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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2016
  • Revenue of $99.2 Million Reflects Continued Soft Semiconductor Industry Demand, as Expected
  • GAAP Gross Profit Margin of 47.3 Percent of Revenue; Non-GAAP 48.4 Percent; Full Year GAAP Guidance Remains Unchanged at 49 to 51 Percent
  • GAAP Earnings Per Share of 37 Cents; Non-GAAP 41 Cents
  • Cash Flow From Operations of $25.4 Million; $15 Million of Share Repurchases

AURORA, Ill., April 28, 2016 (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 2016, which ended March 31, 2016.

During the second fiscal quarter, total revenue was $99.2 million, reflecting continued soft semiconductor industry demand.  Gross profit margin was 47.3 percent of revenue; non-GAAP gross profit margin was 48.4 percent of revenue, excluding amortization expense related to the company’s acquisition of NexPlanar Corporation.  The company recorded diluted earnings per share of $0.37 for the second fiscal quarter; non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.41, excluding the NexPlanar amortization expense.  Cash flow from operations was $25.4 million.  During the quarter, the company purchased $15.0 million of stock under its share repurchase program.  As of March 31, 2016, the company’s balance sheet reflected a cash balance of $226.4 million and $159.7 million of debt outstanding.  On April 15, the company paid its first regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share, or approximately $4.4 million in aggregate.

“This quarter we made significant progress on a number of strategic initiatives, although our financial results reflect continued soft semiconductor industry demand, consistent with my comments during our annual meeting on March 8,” said David Li, President and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics.  “During the quarter we won new business in CMP slurries, pads, and slurry-and-pad consumable sets.  In particular, we advanced customer adoption of our new, high-performing colloidal silica-based dielectrics slurries.  In pads, we continued the successful integration of our NexPlanar acquisition and are leveraging combined capabilities to speed customer adoption.  We have qualified NexPlanar pads for a number of opportunities in less than six months – far shorter than our previous experience of generally 18 months or longer.  Furthermore, in March we earned Intel’s most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award, for the fourth consecutive year, for our performance in 2015.  We are proud of this repeated recognition, and also of the awards we have received from other customers over the years; we believe these awards are evidence of our ongoing ability to successfully deliver innovative, high-quality, high-performing, and reliable CMP solutions.”

Mr. Li continued, “Looking ahead, we continue to expect stronger semiconductor industry demand in the second half of our fiscal year, and through the first month of our third fiscal quarter orders for our CMP products have notably strengthened.  With our continued focus on executing our strategic initiatives, strengthening and growing our current business, and building our pipeline of new business opportunities, we are confident that we are well positioned to deliver profitable growth for our company, particularly with improving near term demand conditions, and in light of longer term industry trends.”

Key Financial Information

Total second fiscal quarter revenue of $99.2 million represents a decrease of 5.4 percent compared to the same quarter last year, reflecting continued softness in demand within the global semiconductor industry, continued soft demand for PCs, and competitive dynamics within data storage applications, all of which the company has previously disclosed.  Revenue from the company’s CMP pads grew 35.1 percent year-over-year, and includes $5.4 million from NexPlanar.  Foreign exchange effects reduced revenue by $1.1 million, primarily due to the weaker Korean won versus the U.S. dollar.  Revenue for the first half of the fiscal year totaled $199.6 million, which is 7.9 percent lower than last year.  The decrease reflects similar factors as in the second fiscal quarter, as well as competitive dynamics in certain dielectrics applications previously disclosed.  Year to date revenue includes a $2.5 million adverse impact associated with foreign exchange rate changes, primarily the weaker Korean won and Japanese yen.

The company’s full fiscal year GAAP gross profit guidance range of 49 to 51 percent of revenue, including NexPlanar, remains unchanged.  Gross profit for the quarter was 47.3 percent, including $1.1 million of NexPlanar amortization expense.  Excluding this amortization expense, non-GAAP gross profit was 48.4 percent of revenue, compared to 52.1 percent of revenue reported in the same quarter a year ago.  Other factors impacting gross profit this quarter compared to last year include lower sales volume and higher fixed manufacturing costs, including NexPlanar costs, partially offset by lower incentive compensation costs.  Year to date, gross profit was 48.6 percent of revenue, which includes $0.7 million of acquisition-related costs and $2.0 million of amortization expense related to NexPlanar.  Excluding these costs, non-GAAP gross profit for the first half of the fiscal year was 50.0 percent of revenue, compared to 51.5 percent last year.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $34.6 million in the second fiscal quarter, including $0.5 million of NexPlanar amortization expense.  Operating expenses were $0.6 million lower than the $35.2 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to lower staffing related costs, including incentive compensation costs, and the absence of costs associated with last year’s CEO transition, partially offset by NexPlanar staffing costs.  Year to date, total operating expenses were $70.4 million, which includes $2.1 million of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and $0.8 million of amortization expense.  The company is lowering its full fiscal year guidance range for operating expenses to $139 million to $143 million, including NexPlanar; this is $2 million lower than the company’s prior guidance range of $141 million to $145 million.

Net income for the quarter was $9.1 million, or $10.2 million on a non-GAAP basis, excluding NexPlanar amortization expense, down from $13.8 million reported in the same quarter last year.  Net income was lower than in the same quarter last year primarily due to lower revenue and a lower gross profit margin.  Year to date, net income was $20.4 million, or $24.1 million on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the referenced costs related to the NexPlanar acquisition, down from $33.7 million reported last year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.37 this quarter, or $0.41 on a non-GAAP basis, excluding amortization expense related to the acquisition, compared to $0.55 reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.  Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $0.83, or $0.98 on a non-GAAP basis, compared to $1.36 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 (844) 825-4410.  Callers outside the U.S. can dial (973) 638-3236.  The conference code for the call is 82779243.  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.

The company presented the following measures considered as non-GAAP by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:  gross profit margin, net income and diluted earnings per share excluding the effects of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense.  The non-GAAP financial information provided in this press release is a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the company’s financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the investor's understanding about the company's ongoing operations.  Specifically, the company believes the NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense are not indicative of its core operating results, and thus presents its gross profit margin, net income and diluted earnings per share excluding these costs.  The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  A reconciliation table of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures, including gross profit percentage, net income and diluted earnings per share, is contained in this press release.

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.  The company has approximately 1,100 employees on a global basis.  For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit or contact Trisha Tuntland, Director 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; growth or contraction, and trends in the industry and markets in which the company participates; the company’s management; various economic factors and international events; regulatory or legislative activity; 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; the company’s supply chain; natural disasters; the acquisition of or investment in other entities; uses and investment of the company’s cash balance, including dividends and share repurchases, which may be suspended, terminated or modified at any time for any reason, based on a variety of factors; financing facilities and related debt, payment of principal and interest, and compliance with covenants and other terms; the company’s capital structure; the company’s current or future tax rate; and the 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 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, 2015 and in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, 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,
    2016     2015     2015     2016     2015  
Revenue $ 99,244   $ 100,369   $ 104,858   $ 199,613   $ 216,792  
Cost of goods sold   52,348     50,174     50,182     102,522     105,142  
Gross profit   46,896     50,195     54,676     97,091     111,650  
Operating expenses:          
Research, development & technical   14,934     14,828     15,131     29,762     30,149  
Selling & marketing   6,668     6,749     5,777     13,417     13,416  
General & administrative   12,990     14,263     14,296     27,253     26,047  
Total operating expenses   34,592     35,840     35,204     70,432     69,612  
Operating income   12,304     14,355     19,472     26,659     42,038  
Interest expense   1,191     1,167     1,059     2,358     1,965  
Other income (expense), net   452     190     (332 )   642     725  
Income before income taxes   11,565     13,378     18,081     24,943     40,798  
Provision for income taxes   2,434     2,069     4,270     4,503     7,071  
Net income $ 9,131   $ 11,309   $ 13,811   $ 20,440   $ 33,727  
Income available to common shareholders $ 9,090   $ 11,182   $ 13,628   $ 20,280   $ 33,397  
Basic earnings per share $ 0.38   $ 0.46   $ 0.57   $ 0.84   $ 1.40  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding   24,061     24,142     24,057     24,070     23,845  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.37   $ 0.46   $ 0.55   $ 0.83   $ 1.36  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   24,408     24,549     24,693     24,444     24,582  


(Unaudited and amounts in thousands)        
    March 31, September 30,  
      2016     2015    
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 226,388   $ 354,190    
Accounts receivable, net     52,087     49,405    
Inventories, net     76,325     70,678    
Other current assets     16,716     20,235    
Total current assets     371,516     494,508    
Property, plant and equipment, net     104,315     93,743    
Other long-term assets     188,755     72,223    
Total assets   $ 664,586   $ 660,474    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 16,273   $ 15,448    
Current portion of long-term debt     8,750     8,750    
Accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other current liabilities     34,455     36,446    
Total current liabilities     59,478     60,644    
Long-term debt, net of current portion     150,938     155,313    
Other long-term liabilities     17,045     15,553    
Total liabilities     227,461     231,510    
Stockholders' equity     437,125     428,964    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 664,586   $ 660,474    


U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation            
Gross Profit as a Percentage of Revenue, Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share    
(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share and percentage amounts)      
The following presents reconciliation of the Non-GAAP financial measures included in the Cabot    
Microelectronics Corporation press release dated April 28, 2016.        
  Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 Six Months Ended March 31, 2016
  U.S. GAAP Adjustments Non-GAAP U.S. GAAP Adjustments Non-GAAP
Gross profit $ 46,896     1,143   $ 48,039   $ 97,091     2,734   $ 99,825  
Gross profit as a percentage of revenue (1)   47.3 %     48.4 %   48.6 %     50.0 %
Net income (2) $ 9,131   $ 1,036   $ 10,167   $ 20,440   $ 3,633   $ 24,073  
Diluted earnings per share (3) $ 0.37   $ 0.04   $ 0.41   $ 0.83   $ 0.15   $ 0.98  
(1) Non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2016 excludes $1,143 of NexPlanar amortization expense. Non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of revenue for the six months ended March 31, 2016 excludes $706 of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and $2,028 of NexPlanar amortization expense. Acquisition-related costs include the fair value markup of NexPlanar inventory sold and post-acquisition employee severance.
(2) Non-GAAP net income for the three months ended March 31, 2016 excludes the items mentioned above in (1) plus $467 of NexPlanar amortization expense recorded in operating expenses. These adjustments are partially offset by a $574 related increase in the provision for income taxes. Non-GAAP net income for the six months ended March 31, 2016 excludes the items mentioned above in (1) plus $2,074 of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and $829 of NexPlanar amortization expense recorded in operating expenses. The $2,074 in acquisition-related costs include share-based compensation expense for certain unvested NexPlanar stock options settled in cash at the date of acquisition, post-acquisition employee severance, share-based compensation expense for accelerated vesting of certain replacement stock options, and professional fees incurred directly related to the acquisition. These adjustments are partially offset by a $2,004 related increase in the provision for income taxes.
(3) Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is calculated based upon Non-GAAP net income.




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