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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013
  • Revenue of $100.4 Million
  • Gross Profit Margin of 48.2 Percent of Revenue,
    Up 210 Basis Points Year-Over-Year
  • Earnings Per Share of 40 Cents
  • Received Supplier Awards from Intel and Texas Instruments

AURORA, Ill., April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2013, which ended March 31, 2013.

Total revenue during the second fiscal quarter was $100.4 million. This reflects an increase of 1.1 percent compared to the same quarter last year despite continued softness in demand within the semiconductor industry and traditional seasonal weakness typically experienced by the company during its second fiscal quarter. The company achieved a gross profit margin of 48.2 percent of revenue in the second fiscal quarter, which represents increases of 210 and 120 basis points on year-over-year and sequential bases, respectively. Diluted earnings per share were $0.40, compared to $0.23 in the same quarter last year which included the impact of approximately $0.12 due to certain adverse items recorded during the prior year quarter. The company's balance sheet reflects a cash balance of $188.4 million, $18.7 million higher than in the prior quarter, and $168.4 million of debt outstanding as of March 31, 2013.

"We are pleased with our financial performance this quarter in light of continued soft demand within the semiconductor industry, along with traditional seasonal weakness," said William Noglows, Chairman and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "As highlighted by our performance, we continue to demonstrate our ability to successfully manage our business over a range of industry conditions. Our strong financial position allows us to continue to invest in technology innovation in CMP consumables to meet the evolving and demanding needs of our customers, and to respond quickly when industry demand strengthens."

Mr. Noglows continued, "As a result of our intensive focus on supporting our customers, as well as careful management of our supply chain to assure that we deliver innovative, reliable, high quality solutions to our customers, during the quarter we received two important supplier awards. We are honored to have earned Intel's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement award, and Texas Instruments' Supplier Excellence award for our performance in 2012. These awards reflect our continued commitment to quality and continuous improvement."

Key Financial Information

Total second fiscal quarter revenue of $100.4 million represents a 1.1 percent increase from the $99.2 million reported in the same quarter last year and a 5.8 percent decrease from $106.5 million last quarter. The company believes revenues were adversely impacted by continued soft demand within the global semiconductor industry that began to appear late in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012, and in particular, soft demand for PCs, with the associated reduction in demand for DRAM. Compared to the same quarter last year, revenue from the company's dielectrics and copper, including aluminum, CMP slurry business areas increased, while revenue from all other business areas decreased. Compared to the prior quarter, revenue for the company's data storage slurry business increased, while revenue for all other business areas decreased. Year to date, revenue of $206.9 million represents an increase of 2.8 percent from the prior year.

Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 48.2 percent this quarter, which is higher than both the 46.1 percent of revenue reported in the same quarter a year ago and 47.0 percent last quarter. Compared to the year ago quarter, gross profit percentage increased primarily due to lower variable manufacturing costs and benefits associated with a weaker Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar, partially offset by a lower valued product mix. The increase in gross profit percentage versus the previous quarter was primarily due to lower variable and fixed manufacturing costs, including the positive impact of Japanese yen exchange rate changes, partially offset by lower sales volume, and a lower valued product mix. Year to date, gross profit represented 47.6 percent of revenue, which is in the upper half of the company's full fiscal year guidance range of 46 to 48 percent of revenue.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $34.4 million in the second fiscal quarter, or $2.3 million lower than the $36.7 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to the absence of bad debt expense related to a customer bankruptcy, partially offset by higher staffing related costs. Operating expenses were $1.0 million higher than the $33.4 million reported in the previous quarter, primarily due to higher staffing related costs, partially offset by lower depreciation expense and lower clean room materials expense. Year to date, total operating expenses were $67.8 million. The company's full year guidance for operating expenses remains unchanged at $132 million to $136 million.

Net income for the quarter was $9.4 million, up from $5.5 million reported in the same quarter last year. Compared to the same quarter last year, net income was higher primarily due to a higher gross profit margin and lower operating expenses, due to the absence of certain adverse items recorded during the prior year quarter. Compared to the prior quarter, net income was down $0.3 million mainly due to the company's lower revenue, partially offset by a lower effective tax rate due to enacted tax legislation. Year to date, net income of $19.1 million was up 19.9 percent compared to the prior year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.40 this quarter, up from $0.23 reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 and down from $0.41 reported in the previous quarter. Year to date, diluted earnings per share of $0.81 are up 19.1 percent compared to last year.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation's quarterly earnings conference call will be held today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The conference call will be available via live webcast and replay from the company's website,, or by phone at (866) 318-8617. Callers outside the U.S. can dial (617) 399-5136. The conference code for the call is 68317435. A transcript of the formal comments made during the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 1,050 employees on a global basis.  For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit or contact Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.


This news release may include statements that constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to: future sales and operating results; company and industry growth, contraction or trends; growth or contraction of the markets in which the company participates; international events, regulatory or legislative activity, or various economic factors; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; natural disasters; the acquisition of or investment in other entities; uses and investment of the company's cash balance; financing facilities and related debt, payment of principal and interest, and compliance with covenants and other terms; the company's capital structure; and the construction and operation of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics Corporation. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, both filed with the SEC. Cabot Microelectronics assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.

(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
  March 31, December 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
  2013 2012 2012 2013 2012
Revenue  $ 100,364  $ 106,533  $ 99,236  $ 206,897  $ 201,358
Cost of goods sold  52,019  56,494 53,442 108,513 106,285
Gross profit 48,345  50,039 45,794 98,384 95,073
Operating expenses:          
Research, development & technical  15,073  15,316 14,071 30,389 27,826
Selling & marketing  7,046  7,109 7,434 14,155 14,770
General & administrative  12,287  10,954 15,177 23,241 28,078
Total operating expenses 34,406  33,379 36,682 67,785 70,674
Operating income 13,939  16,660 9,112 30,599 24,399
Interest expense 872  953 354 1,825 393
Other income (expense), net 463  854 97 1,317 201
Income before income taxes 13,530  16,561 8,855 30,091 24,207
Provision for income taxes  4,110  6,858 3,325 10,968 8,262
Net income  $ 9,420  $ 9,703  $ 5,530  $ 19,123  $ 15,945
Basic earnings per share  $0.41 $0.42 $0.24 $0.84 $0.70
Weighted average basic shares outstanding  22,974 22,845 22,768 22,914 22,624
Diluted earnings per share  $0.40 $0.41 $0.23 $0.81 $0.68
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding  23,871 23,658 23,780 23,755 23,378
(Unaudited and amounts in thousands)
  March 31, September 30,
  2013 2012
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 188,354  $ 178,459
Accounts receivable, net   51,220  53,506
Inventories, net  66,075  66,472
Other current assets  20,397  19,451
Total current assets 326,046 317,888
Property, plant and equipment, net  112,632  125,020
Other long-term assets  72,174  74,917
Total assets  $ 510,852  $ 517,825
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 13,913  $ 19,542
Current portion of long-term debt  10,938  10,937
Capital lease obligations  --  2
Accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other current liabilities  29,411  32,738
Total current liabilities 54,262 63,219
Long-term debt, net of current portion  157,500  161,875
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion  --  19
Other long-term liabilities  8,947  9,121
Total liabilities  220,709  234,234
Stockholders' equity  290,143  283,591
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 510,852  $ 517,825
CONTACT: Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations

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