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Newport Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

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IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Newport Corporation (NASDAQ: NEWP) today reported financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended September 29, 2012, and its outlook for the fourth quarter of 2012.  The company noted the following highlights regarding the third quarter:

  • Net sales of $142.9 million;
  • Net income attributable to Newport Corporation of $7.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, when measured according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
  • Net income attributable to Newport Corporation of $13.7 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, when measured on a non-GAAP basis, excluding expenses related to recent acquisitions, restructuring and severance costs, the amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, a gain resulting from the sale of a minority-owned investment, and the tax impact of such excluded amounts;
  • Cash from operations of $26.0 million, of which $4.6 million was used to reduce indebtedness; and
  • The company is ahead of schedule in its plan to achieve annualized cost savings of $15 million per year through integration synergies and other cost reductions.

Commenting on the results, Robert J. Phillippy, Newport's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our third quarter operating income, non-GAAP earnings per share and cash from operations were all at the highest levels we have achieved in any quarter in 2012, despite challenging conditions in our end markets.  The $15 million cost reduction plan we launched earlier this year was well timed, and we are implementing it effectively.  In parallel, we continue to execute our strategic plan, with a focus on new product development and market share gains.  These combined efforts will enable us to achieve strong growth and significant operating leverage as market conditions improve."

Sales and Orders

Newport's sales and orders by end market were as follows:

(In thousands, except percentages, unaudited)

Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended



Percentage Change vs.

Prior Year Period





















Third

Nine









September 29,

October 1,



September 29,

October 1,



Quarter

Months









2012

2011 ¹



2012

2011 ¹



2012

2012

























Sales by End Market













































 Scientific research and defense/security 



$           49,935

$           41,931



$         151,330

$         122,986



19.1%

23.0%

 Microelectronics 







32,799

34,093



110,150

122,008



-3.8%

-9.7%

 Life and health sciences 





29,200

30,753



99,509

81,785



-5.0%

21.7%

 Industrial manufacturing and other  



30,947

18,821



92,714

57,362



64.4%

61.6%



 Total 





$         142,881

$         125,598



$         453,703

$         384,141



13.8%

18.1%

























Orders by End Market













































 Scientific research and defense/security 



$           51,775

$           44,369



$         151,054

$         127,876



16.7%

18.1%

 Microelectronics 







32,596

32,080



116,756

131,835



1.6%

-11.4%

 Life and health sciences 





32,999

24,079



115,939

76,287



37.0%

52.0%

 Industrial manufacturing and other  



26,403

18,077



94,414

56,026



46.1%

68.5%



 Total 





$         143,773

$         118,605



$         478,163

$         392,024



21.2%

22.0%

Notes:
1    Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

In the third quarter of 2012, sales and orders increased 13.8% and 21.2%, respectively, compared with the third quarter of 2011, as weakness in some end markets was more than offset by the contributions from the acquisitions of Ophir Optronics and ILX Lightwave, which were not included in the results of the prior year period.  These acquisitions added $26.1 million in sales and $29.0 million in new orders in the third quarter of 2012. 

On a sequential basis, sales declined 7.0% compared with the second quarter of 2012, as stronger sales to customers in Newport's scientific research and defense/security markets partially offset the weakness in the company's other target end markets.  New orders declined 3.0% in the third quarter of 2012 compared with the second quarter level, due to lower orders from customers in the company's microelectronics and industrial and other markets, offset in part by higher orders from customers in the company's life and health sciences and scientific research and defense/security end markets.

Operating Income and Net Income

Newport reported operating income for the third quarter of 2012 of $12.6 million, or 8.8% of net sales, when calculated in accordance with GAAP.  On a non-GAAP basis, excluding acquisition-related expenses, restructuring and severance costs, the amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense, the company's operating income for the third quarter of 2012 was $21.2 million, or 14.8% of net sales.

The company reported net income attributable to Newport Corporation for the third quarter of 2012 of $7.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, when calculated in accordance with GAAP.  On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the items referenced above, a gain on the sale of a minority-owned investment and the tax impact of such excluded amounts, net income attributable to Newport Corporation for the third quarter of 2012 was $13.7 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. 

The company has provided a reconciliation of its gross profit, operating income, net income and net income per diluted share calculated in accordance with GAAP and on a non-GAAP basis following the statements of income and comprehensive income included in this release.  Management believes that the supplemental presentation of non-GAAP financial information helps to provide insight into the company's core business results, as well as a more meaningful comparison of its financial results between periods. 

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities

In the third quarter of 2012, Newport generated $26.0 million in cash from operations, of which $4.6 million was used to reduce indebtedness.  The company ended the quarter with $76.9 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, an increase of $19.4 million compared with the second quarter of 2012.  In the first nine months of 2012, Newport has generated $54.3 million in cash from operations and reduced its total indebtedness by $37.2 million.    

Cost Reduction Plan

The company noted that it continues to implement its broad-based initiative designed to achieve annualized cost savings of $15 million per year.  This initiative includes actions currently underway to maximize operating efficiencies through the integration of the company's recent acquisitions, as well as other cost reduction steps.  The results of this cost reduction plan contributed significantly to the $4.6 million reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses in the third quarter compared with the second quarter level. 

Financial Outlook

The company noted that it does not see a near-term catalyst for improvement in overall market conditions.  As such, the company expects its sales, non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 to be similar to the third quarter levels. 

Mr. Phillippy concluded, "Due to the uncertainty in market conditions, our outlook remains cautious.  As we have done successfully during prior periods of weak market demand, we are continuing to invest in opportunities to drive future growth, while taking actions to enhance our profitability and cash generation.  This balanced approach will fortify our business in the near term and position us well for 2013 and beyond."

ABOUT NEWPORT CORPORATION 

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research and defense/security, microelectronics, life and health sciences and industrial manufacturing markets.  Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in advanced technologies, including lasers, photonics and precision motion equipment, and optical components and sub-systems, to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications.  Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL

Robert J. Phillippy, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Charles F. Cargile, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host an investor conference call today, October 31, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to review the company's results for the third quarter of 2012 and its outlook for the fourth quarter of 2012.  The call will be open to all interested investors through a live audio web broadcast via the Internet at www.newport.com/investors.  The call also will be available to investors and analysts by dialing 877-375-4189 within the U.S. and Canada or 973-935-2046 from abroad.

The webcast will be archived on the Newport website and can be reached through the same link.  A telephonic playback of the conference call also will be available by calling 855-859-2056 within the U.S. and Canada and 404-537-3406 from abroad.  Playback will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time today and continue through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  The replay passcode is 45243447.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including without limitation statements regarding the status and expected cost savings and other impacts of the company's cost reduction initiatives, its expectation of strong future sales growth, operating leverage, profitability and cash generation resulting from its execution of its strategic plan and its cost reduction initiatives, and Newport's expected end market demand, sales, non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP net income levels in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate" or "continue" or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements.  Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments and risks with respect to, among other things, Newport's ability to achieve expected benefits from the integration of Ophir Optronics, High Q Laser and ILX Lightwave and its other cost savings initiatives; the strength of business conditions in the industries Newport serves, particularly the semiconductor and defense/security industries; Newport's ability to successfully penetrate and increase sales to its targeted end markets; the levels of private and governmental research funding worldwide; potential order cancellations and push-outs; future economic, competitive and market conditions, including those in Europe and Asia and those related to its strategic markets; whether its products will continue to achieve customer acceptance; and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the control of Newport.  Certain of these judgments and risks are discussed in more detail in Newport's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Although Newport believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance that the results contemplated in forward-looking statements will be realized.  In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by Newport or any other person that Newport's objectives or plans will be achieved.  Newport undertakes no obligation to revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

Newport Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(Unaudited)



















Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended



September 29,



October 1,



September 29,



October 1,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

2012



2011



2012



2011

















Net sales

$         142,881



$      125,598



$         453,703



$      384,141

Cost of sales

80,073



69,815



255,943



210,810

Gross profit

62,808



55,783



197,760



173,331

















Selling, general and administrative expenses

37,320



30,417



123,267



93,629

Research and development expense

12,869



11,152



40,319



31,785

Operating income 

12,619



14,214



34,174



47,917

















Foreign currency translation gain from dissolution of subsidiary

-



-



-



7,198

Gain on sale of investments

950



-



6,248



-

Interest and other expense, net

(2,082)



(2,348)



(7,097)



(6,377)

Income before income taxes

11,487



11,866



33,325



48,738

















Income tax provision 

3,955



1,364



10,144



3,555

Net income 

7,532



10,502



23,181



45,183

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

(104)



-



(201)



-

Net income attributable to Newport Corporation

$             7,636



$        10,502



$           23,382



$        45,183

































Net income

$             7,532



$        10,502



$           23,181



$        45,183

Other comprehensive income:















Foreign currency translation gains (losses)

1,399



(5,514)



(499)



(8,649)

Unrecognized net pension losses

10



119



96



544

Unrealized gains (losses) on marketable securities

(13)



481



(120)



(281)

Comprehensive income

$             8,928



$          5,588



$           22,658



$        36,797

















Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests

$                 (94)



$                -



$               (209)



$                -

Comprehensive income attributable to Newport Corporation

9,022



5,588



22,867



36,797

Comprehensive income

$             8,928



$          5,588



$           22,658



$        36,797

















Net income per share attributable to Newport Corporation:















Basic

$               0.20



$            0.28



$               0.61



$            1.21

Diluted

$               0.20



$            0.27



$               0.60



$            1.17

















Shares used in the computation of net income per share:















Basic

38,264



37,543



38,072



37,342

Diluted

38,645



38,571



38,825



38,732

















Other operating data:















New orders received during the period

$         143,773



$      118,605



$         478,163



$      392,024

Backlog at the end of period scheduled to ship within 12 months









$         154,972



$      152,377

 

Newport Corporation

Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures

(Unaudited)























Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended

(In thousands, except per share amounts)



September 29,
2012



October 1,
2011



September 29,
2012



October 1,
2011



















Net Sales



$          142,881



$        125,598



$           453,703



$        384,141



















Cost of sales:

















Cost of sales - GAAP



$            80,073



$          69,815



$           255,943



$        210,810

Amortization of intangible assets



1,071



180



1,431



540

Stock-based compensation expense



189



133



490



354

Acquisition-related costs 



-



-



808



-

Non-GAAP cost of sales



78,813



69,502



253,214



209,916

Non-GAAP gross profit



$            64,068



$          56,096



$           200,489



$        174,225



















Non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of net sales



44.8%



44.7%



44.2%



45.4%



















Operating income:

















Operating income - GAAP



$            12,619



$          14,214



$             34,174



$          47,917

Amortization of intangible assets



4,615



1,286



14,823



2,798

Stock-based compensation



2,173



1,509



6,265



4,679

Acquisition-related costs



933



759



4,342



3,098

Restructuring and severance costs



823



288



1,846



999

Gain on sale of assets



-



-



(166)



-

Non-GAAP operating income



$            21,163



$          18,056



$             61,284



$          59,491



















Non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of net sales



14.8%



14.4%



13.5%



15.5%



















Net income attributable to Newport Corporation:

















Net income - GAAP



$              7,636



$          10,502



$             23,382



$          45,183

Foreign currency translation gain from dissolution of subsidiary



-



-



-



(7,198)

Amortization of intangible assets



4,615



1,286



14,823



2,798

Stock-based compensation



2,173



1,509



6,265



4,679

Acquisition-related costs



933



759



4,342



3,098

Restructuring and severance costs



823



288



1,846



999

Gain on sale of assets



(950)



-



(6,414)



(619)

Commitment fee for interim revolving line of credit



-



500



-



500

Release of valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets



(424)



-



(1,815)



-

Income tax provision on non-GAAP adjustments



(1,129)



(567)



(4,994)



(1,062)

Non-GAAP net income 



$            13,677



$          14,277



$             37,435



$          48,378





































Net income per diluted share attributable to Newport Corporation:















Net income - GAAP



$                0.20



$              0.27



$                 0.60



$              1.17

Total non-GAAP adjustments



0.15



0.10



0.36



0.08

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share



$                0.35



$              0.37



$                 0.96



$              1.25

 

Newport Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)



















September 29,



December 31,

(In thousands)

2012



2011









ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$             67,760



$             55,701

Restricted cash

2,954



12,367

Marketable securities

6,158



4,787

Accounts receivable, net 

94,010



97,690

Notes receivable, net

2,680



2,091

Inventories, net

110,940



112,968

Deferred income taxes

29,809



30,339

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

15,869



15,374

Total current assets

330,180



331,317









Property and equipment, net

84,198



89,873

Goodwill

146,880



143,259

Deferred income taxes

9,151



9,289

Intangible assets, net

140,546



150,572

Investments and other assets

38,697



39,759



$           749,652



$           764,069









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Short-term borrowings, net

$             34,421



$             45,149

Accounts payable

29,806



30,856

Accrued payroll and related expenses

27,800



36,914

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

41,960



39,800

Total current liabilities

133,987



152,719









Long-term debt, net 

151,542



178,043

Accrued pension liabilities

25,649



24,444

Other liabilities

37,934



36,586









Total stockholders' equity of Newport 

398,770



370,258

Non-controlling interests

1,770



2,019

Total stockholders' equity 

400,540



372,277



$           749,652



$           764,069

 

SOURCE Newport Corporation

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