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ESI Announces Strong First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

August 1, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), an innovator of laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced results for its fiscal 2019 first quarter ended June 30, 2018. Financial measures are provided on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring, and other items shown in the non-GAAP reconciliation table below.

First quarter revenue was $110.6 million, compared to $72.7 million in the first quarter of last fiscal year. GAAP net income was $31.1 million or $0.87 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.9 million or $0.08 per diluted share one year ago. On a non-GAAP basis net income was $34.6 million or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to net income of $13.0 million or $0.38 per share in the prior fiscal year’s first quarter.

Michael Burger, ESI’s president and CEO, stated, “The technology trends toward the need for precision laser processing and component test within the consumer electronics and automotive markets have enabled us to post a strong start to our fiscal year with 52% year on year revenue growth and excellent overall financial performance.”

Total orders for the quarter were $82.3 million, compared to $76.6 million one year ago and $111.8 million in the prior quarter. Burger continued, “We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for our MLCC testing tools as many MLCC producers have begun adding manufacturing and testing capacity that partially offset the expected cyclical softness in new demand for flexible circuit laser drills and resulted in an overall 7% year on year order growth.”

GAAP gross margin was 48.1%, compared to 36.3% in the first quarter of last fiscal year. Operating expense was $20.2 million, down from $23.0 million last year. Operating income was $33.0 million, or 30% of revenue, compared to income of $3.5 million in last fiscal year’s first quarter.

Non-GAAP gross margin was 48.3%, compared to 46.7% one year ago, primarily as a result of significantly higher revenues. Non-GAAP operating expense decreased year over year from $20.3 million to $18.7 million as a result of the completion of the Company’s restructuring activities, and non-GAAP operating income was $34.8 million or 31% of sales.

Balance Sheet and Cash FlowAt quarter end, total cash, restricted cash and current investments increased to $131.0 million. The company generated $9.8 million of cash from operations during the quarter despite sequential increases in inventory and accounts receivable that resulted from the timing of customer shipments.

Second Quarter 2019 OutlookBased on current market and backlog conditions, revenues for fiscal 2019 second quarter are expected to be between $80 and $90 million. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share is expected to be $0.52 to $0.62.

Burger concluded, “I’m pleased to see the same technology trends toward connected devices, automotive and 5G that led to strong demand for flex products have now resulted in increased demand for our MLCC test tools, strengthening our belief that overall company demand will remain above historical levels for the foreseeable future.”

The company will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The call will include a review of the financial results, operational performance and business outlook, followed by a question and answer session. The conference call can be accessed by calling 888-419-5570 (domestic participants) or 617-896-9871 (international participants). The conference ID number is 93200917. A live audio webcast can be accessed at www.esi.com.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn this press release, we have presented financial measures which have not been determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are therefore non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures exclude the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring, and other items. We believe that this presentation of non-GAAP financial measures allows investors to assess the company’s operating performance by comparing it to prior periods on a more consistent basis. We have included a reconciliation of various non-GAAP financial measures to those measures reported in accordance with GAAP. Because our calculation of non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, investors should be careful when comparing our non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies.

About ESIESI enables our customers to commercialize technology using precision laser processes. ESI’s solutions produce the industry’s highest quality and throughput, and target the lowest total cost of ownership. ESI is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with global operations and subsidiaries in Asia, Europe and North America. More information is available at www.esi.com.

Forward-Looking StatementsThe statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including our expected financial results for the fiscal 2019 second quarter, our expectations regarding market and backlog conditions, anticipated technology trends, our belief that overall company demand will remain above historical levels for the foreseeable future, and other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates,” “continue,” “will,” “may,” “should,” and similar words, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to us on the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements for any reason. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may affect the forward-looking statements include those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as: the risk that anticipated growth opportunities may be smaller than anticipated or may not be realized; risks related to the relative strength and volatility of the electronics industry; the volatility associated with the industries we serve which includes the relative level of capacity and demand, and financial strength of the manufacturers; the risk that customer orders may be canceled or delayed, including as a result of any shipment delays; our ability to respond promptly to customer requirements; the risk, especially at heightened production levels, that we may not be able to ship products on the schedule required by customers, whether as a result of production delays, supply delays, or otherwise; our ability to develop, manufacture and successfully deliver new products and enhancements; the risk that customer acceptance of new or customized products may be delayed; the risk that large orders and related revenues may not be repeated; our ability to create and sustain intellectual property protection around our products; the risk that competing or alternative technologies could reduce demand for our products; the risk that we may not be successful in penetrating new or adjacent markets; the risk that our new products may not gain acceptance in the marketplace; the risk that new products may not be introduced to the market in the anticipated time frame or at all; foreign currency fluctuations; the risk that duties or tariffs could be imposed or increased on goods imported or exported by us; the risk of timing of shipments or increased costs related to licenses for goods exported by us; the risk that changes to policies regarding immigration and visits to the United States could negatively impact our ability to hire or retain and train qualified personnel or our ability to operate internationally on an integrated basis; our ability to utilize recorded deferred tax assets; taxes, interest or penalties resulting from tax audits; and changes in tax laws or the interpretation of such tax laws.

ContactErica Mannion or Michael FunariSapphire Investor Relations, LLC617-542-6180investorrelations@esi.com

ELECTRO SCIENTIFIC INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESFirst Quarter Fiscal 2019 ResultsCondensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(Unaudited)

Fiscal quarter ended (In thousands, except per share data) Jun 30, Mar 31, Jul 1, 2018 2018 2017 ---------- ----------- ---------- Net sales: Systems $ 96,857 $ 103,522 $ 62,093 Services 13,767 9,871 10,591 -------- - --------- - -------- - Total net sales 110,624 113,393 72,684 Cost of sales: Systems 50,094 53,247 41,426 Services 7,332 5,424 4,838 -------- - --------- - -------- - Total cost of sales 57,426 58,671 46,264 Gross profit 53,198 54,722 26,420 Gross margin 48.1 % 48.3 % 36.3 % Operating expenses: Selling, general and administrative 10,130 11,128 12,808 Research, development and engineering 10,059 9,038 8,934 Restructuring costs — (144 ) 1,211 Total operating expenses 20,189 20,022 22,953 -------- - --------- - -------- - Operating income 33,009 34,700 3,467 Non-operating income (expense): Interest and other income, net 452 (283 ) (184 ) Total non-operating income (loss) 452 (283 ) (184 ) -------- - --------- - -------- - Income before income taxes 33,461 34,417 3,283 Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 2,318 (40,671 ) 381 -------- - --------- - -------- - Net income $ 31,143 $ 75,088 $ 2,902 - ------ - - ------ - Net income per share - basic $ 0.90 $ 2.19 $ 0.09 - ------ - - ------ - Net income per share - diluted $ 0.87 $ 2.10 $ 0.08 - ------ - - ------- - - ------ -

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.First Quarter Fiscal 2019 ResultsCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(Unaudited)

(In thousands) Jun 30, Mar 31, 2018 2018 ----------- ------------ Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 74,854 $ 76,792 Short-term investments 55,026 47,121 Trade receivables, net 80,525 63,044 Inventories 94,265 87,686 Shipped systems pending acceptance 1,937 4,734 Other current assets (1) 5,041 5,493 --------- - --------- -- Total current assets 311,648 284,870 Non-current assets: Property, plant and equipment, net 22,870 22,025 Non-current deferred income taxes, net 43,637 43,518 Goodwill 2,626 2,626 Acquired intangible assets, net 4,812 5,169 Other assets(1) 11,110 14,780 --------- - --------- -- Total assets $ 396,703 $ 372,988 - ------- - - ------- -- Liabilities and shareholders’ equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 32,616 $ 37,354 Accrued liabilities 32,193 34,533 Deferred revenue 9,026 9,818 --------- - --------- -- Total current liabilities 73,835 81,705 Non-current liabilities Long-term debt 12,659 12,766 Income taxes payable 2,345 1,901 Other liabilities 10,614 10,258 Total liabilities 99,453 106,630 Shareholders’ equity: Preferred and common stock 211,766 210,995 Retained earnings 86,000 54,816 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (516 ) 547 --------- - Total shareholders’ equity 297,250 266,358 --------- -- Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 396,703 $ 372,988 - ------- - - ------- -- End of period shares outstanding 34,525 34,387 --------- - --------- --

(1) On June 30, 2018, $1.1 million of current restricted cash was included in Other current assets. Included in Other assets as of March 31, 2018, is long-term restricted cash of $1.1 million.

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.Analysis of First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results(Unaudited)

Fiscal quarter ended ----------------------------------------------- (Dollars and shares in thousands) Jun 30, Mar 31, Dec 30, Oct 1, Jul 1, 2018 2018 2017 2017 2017 --------- --------- --------- -------- -------- Sales detail: Printed Circuit Board $ 66,337 $ 70,896 $ 76,933 $ 38,187 $ 46,185 Component Test 9,405 8,401 6,504 7,007 7,448 Semiconductor 18,777 22,362 10,664 9,641 5,181 Industrial Machining 2,338 1,863 5,317 5,481 3,279 Service 13,767 9,871 11,422 10,651 10,591 --------- --------- --------- -------- -------- Net Sales $ 110,624 $ 113,393 $ 110,840 $ 70,967 $ 72,684 - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------ - ------

As % of Net Sales Fiscal quarter ended --------------------------------------- GAAP Jun 30, 2018 Mar 31, 2018 Jul 1, 2017 ------------ ------------ ----------- Gross profit 48.1% 48.3% 36.3% Selling, general and administrative expense 9% 10% 18% Research, development and engineering expense 9% 8% 12% Total operating expenses 18% 18% 32% Operating income 30% 31% 5% Non-GAAP Gross profit 48.3% 49.2% 46.7% Net operating expenses 17% 17% 28% Operating income 31% 33% 19% GAAP - Effective tax rate % 6.9% (118.2%) 11.6% Weighted average shares outstanding Basic 34,459 34,350 33,432 Diluted GAAP 35,924 35,830 34,321 Diluted Non-GAAP 35,924 35,830 34,321 End of period employees 634 615 607

Reconciliation of Cash and Investments Fiscal quarter ended -------------------- Jun 30, Mar 31, 2018 2018 --------- --------- Cash $ 25,808 $ 58,817 Cash equivalents 49,046 17,975 Current restricted cash 1,097 — Long-term restricted cash — 1,093 --------- --------- Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period 75,951 77,885 Short-term investments 55,026 47,121 --------- --------- Cash, restricted cash and current investments $ 130,977 $ 125,006 - ------- - -------

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.First Quarter Fiscal 2019 ResultsReconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures(Unaudited)

Fiscal quarter ended ---------------------------------------------- - (In thousands, except per share data) Jun 30, 2018 Mar 31, Jul 1, 2018 2017 ------------------ - ---------- - ---------- - Gross profit per GAAP $ 53,198 $ 54,722 $ 26,420 Purchase accounting 243 242 251 Equity compensation 106 69 67 Charges for other asset and inventory impairment — 277 7,194 Charges from VAT audit (97 ) 521 — Non-GAAP gross profit $ 53,450 $ 55,831 $ 33,932 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ - Operating expenses per GAAP $ 20,189 $ 20,022 $ 22,953 Purchase accounting (114 ) (114 ) (219 ) Equity compensation (1,393 ) (1,223 ) (1,211 ) Restructuring costs — 144 (1,211 ) Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 18,682 $ 18,829 $ 20,312 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ - Operating income per GAAP $ 33,009 $ 34,700 $ 3,467 Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 252 1,109 7,512 Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,507 1,193 2,641 Non-GAAP operating income $ 34,768 $ 37,002 $ 13,620 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ - Non-operating income (expense), net per GAAP $ 452 $ (283 ) $ (184 ) (Income) expense, on charges from VAT audit, Gain on asset (49 ) 336 — sale, net of other non-operating expense (income) Non-GAAP non-operating income $ 403 $ 53 $ (184 ) (expense) ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ - Non-GAAP income before income taxes $ 35,171 $ 37,055 $ 13,436 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ - Net income per GAAP $ 31,143 $ 75,088 $ 2,902 Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 252 1,109 7,512 Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,507 1,193 2,641 Non-GAAP adjustments to non-operating expense (49 ) 336 — Income tax effect of other non-GAAP adjustments 1,734 (41,225 ) (24 ) ------------------ - ---------- - ---------- - Non-GAAP net income $ 34,587 $ 36,501 $ 13,031 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ - Basic Non-GAAP net income per share $ 1.00 $ 1.06 $ 0.39 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ - Diluted Non-GAAP net income per share $ 0.96 $ 1.02 $ 0.38 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ -

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.First Quarter Fiscal 2019 ResultsCondensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Unaudited)

Fiscal quarter ended ---------------------------------------------- - (In thousands) Jun 30, 2018 Mar 31, Jul 1, 2018 2017 ------------------ - ---------- - ---------- - Net income $ 31,143 $ 75,088 $ 2,902 - ---------------- - - -------- - - -------- - Non-cash adjustments and changes in operating activities (21,374 ) (48,457 ) 4,529 ------------------ - ---------- - ---------- - Net cash provided by operating activities 9,769 26,631 7,431 Net cash (used in) investing activities (9,916 ) (10,993 ) (4,789 ) Net cash used in financing activities (840 ) (1,739 ) (506 ) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (947 ) 648 135 ------------------ - ---------- - ---------- - NET CHANGE IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH (1,934 ) 14,547 2,271 CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH AT BEGINNING OF 77,885 63,338 57,732 PERIOD ------------------ - ---------- - ---------- - CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH AT END OF PERIOD $ 75,951 $ 77,885 $ 60,003 ----------- ------ - --- ------ - --- ------ -

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Projected Fiscal quarter ending September 29, 2018 ----------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------- Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share 0.52 - 0.62 Purchase accounting (0.02) Equity compensation (0.05) Other items (0.10) GAAP earnings per diluted share 0.35 - 0.45 ---------------------

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