Ultratech, Inc. (UTEK) a leading supplier of lithography, laser-processing and inspection systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices and high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), today announced unaudited results for the three-month period ended April 1, 2017.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, Ultratech net sales totaled $57.4 million, or 27 percent higher than the $45.2 million reported in the year ago quarter. This level of net sales is the highest achieved by Ultratech over the past four years.
On a GAAP basis, Ultratech’s net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was $3.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, as compared to net loss of $1.2 million, or $(0.04) per share, for the same quarter last year.
On a non-GAAP basis, Ultratech’s net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was $9.7 million, or $0.35 per share, as compared to net income of $2.7 million, or $0.10 per share, for the same quarter last year.
Arthur W. Zafiropoulo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our first quarter results illustrate our market leading technology position, combined with the strong positive leverage in our business model. Sales grew by 27% versus the prior year, resulting in a 250% increase in non-GAAP earnings per share. Robust demand for our laser spike annealing, and advanced packaging product lines drove strong bookings momentum, generating a book-to-bill ratio of more than 1 to 1. Ultratech’s portfolio of advanced products continue to meet the existing and future needs of the various industries that we serve.”
At April 1, 2017, Ultratech had $274.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. Working capital was $356.3 million and stockholders’ equity was $13.08 per share based on 27,236,174 total shares outstanding as of April 1, 2017.
Recent Business Highlights
- In April, Ultratech announced that it received commitments for its LM7 laser melt anneal system from two leading North American semiconductor manufacturers targeting use of the LM7 melt system at 7-nm and below nodes.
- In March, Ultratech received follow-on, multiple advanced packaging system orders from several OSAT companies in Taiwan, Korea and China.
- Also in March, Ultratech continued to supply LSA101 systems to China foundries for 28-nm and 40-nm production, with announcements of two follow-on orders.
- In February, Ultratech announced that it received a repeat, multiple-system order from a leading semiconductor manufacturer in Asia for its advanced packaging AP300 lithography systems.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Ultratech prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the United States and supplements its GAAP financial results by providing non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of the company. Ultratech’s presentation of non-GAAP net income is defined as GAAP net income excluding the impact of share-based compensation, restructuring, amortization of purchased intangible assets and non-recurring legal expenses. Management believes the presentation of this non-GAAP measure provides useful information to both management and investors by enhancing the overall understanding of Ultratech’s core operating performance and enabling the comparison of Ultratech’s results of operations to its historical results operations as well as to the results of operations of its competitors. Ultratech believes excluding share-based compensation enhances the ability of management and investors to evaluate its performance without reference to this expense and to provide an alternate measure for comparing Ultratech’s performance historically and to its competitors. Further, management believes presenting a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes restructuring, amortization of purchased intangible assets and non-recurring legal expenses provides management and investors an alternate measure to evaluate Ultratech’s performance without reference to charges that it does not believe are reflective of its core operating performance or ongoing operations. A description of the non-GAAP calculations and a reconciliation to comparable GAAP financial measures are provided in the accompanying table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss).” Readers are reminded that non-GAAP information is merely a supplement to, and not a replacement for, GAAP financial measures.
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