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Photronics Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

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  • Third quarter 2018 revenue was $136.4 million, up 22% year-over-year and 4% sequentially
  • High-end IC revenue nearly doubled, improving 94% year-over-year on strong demand from Asia foundries
  • Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $13.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share
  • Cash balance increased to $333 million, with strong operating cash flow of $49.0 million
  • Returned $6.8 million to shareholders through share repurchase program
  • Fourth quarter 2018 guidance: revenue between $133 and $141 million with diluted EPS between $0.14 and $0.19

BROOKFIELD, Conn., Aug. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB), a worldwide leader in supplying innovative imaging technology solutions for the global electronics industry, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ended July 29, 2018.

Third quarter revenue was $136.4 million, improving 22% compared with the same quarter last year and 4% compared with the previous quarter. Integrated circuit (IC) revenue was $107.2 million, up 26% compared with last year and 5% sequentially. Flat panel display (FPD) revenue was $29.1 million, up 10% compared with last year and 2% sequentially.

Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $13.0 million ($0.18 per diluted share), compared with $4.0 million ($0.06 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2017 and $10.7 million ($0.15 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2018. Results for the third quarter of 2018 includes a $2 million one-time tax benefit ($0.01 per diluted share).

"During the third quarter, demand remained strong across nearly all our end markets, and we benefitted from successfully repositioning the business to take advantage of growing markets in China and demand from captives," said Peter Kirlin, chief executive officer. "High-end IC once again was the primary contributor to growth, nearly doubling compared with last year, up 94%. For FPD, sales of both AMOLED and LTPS LCD photomasks increased, primarily for mobile applications. With the increase in revenue, we expanded margins through operating leverage and cost control, delivering 15% operating margin. In addition to strong revenue and income growth, our cash balance increased to $333 million, demonstrating once again our ability to generate strong cash from operations. Our balance sheet is very healthy as we approach the peak of our China investment over the next two quarters, and we have begun to return cash to our shareholders through the initiation of a share repurchase program last quarter. We have increased our momentum heading into the end of fiscal 2018, and are now in an even stronger position to ramp our China facilities in 2019."

Fourth Quarter 2018 Guidance

For the fourth quarter of 2018, Photronics expects revenue to be between $133 million and $141 million, and net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders to be between $0.14 and $0.19 per diluted share.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss these results is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The call can be accessed by logging onto Photronics' web site at www.photronics.com.  The live dial-in number is (877) 377-7095 or (408) 774-4601 outside of the United States and Canada. The call will be archived on Photronics' web site for instant replay access.

About Photronics

Photronics is a leading worldwide manufacturer of photomasks. Photomasks are high precision quartz plates that contain microscopic images of electronic circuits. A key element in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays, photomasks are used to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers and flat panel display substrates during the fabrication of integrated circuits, a variety of flat panel displays and, to a lesser extent, other types of electrical and optical components. They are produced in accordance with product designs provided by customers at strategically located manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Additional information on the Company can be accessed at www.photronics.com.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Photronics, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the Company). The forward-looking statements contained in this press release and other parts of Photronics' web site involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company's operations, markets, products, services, prices, and other factors. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic, competitive, legal, governmental, and technological factors as well as decisions we may make in the future regarding our business, capital structure and other matters. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "projects", and similar expressions.  Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company's expectations will be realized. For a fuller discussion of the factors that may affect the Company's operations, see "Forward Looking Statements" in the Company's Quarterly and Annual Reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-Q and 10-K. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements.

For Further Information:
R. Troy Dewar, CFA
Director, Investor Relations
(203) 740-5610
tdewar@photronics.com 

 
PHOTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  July 29,    April 29,   July 30,   July 29,   July 30,
   2018     2018     2017     2018     2017 
                   
Revenue $   136,391     $   130,779     $   111,579     $   390,616     $   329,707  
                   
Cost of goods sold     (100,794 )       (97,960 )       (89,862 )       (294,538 )       (264,835 )
                   
Gross profit     35,597         32,819         21,717         96,078         64,872  
                   
Operating Expenses:                  
                   
Selling, general and administrative     (12,504 )       (13,637 )       (11,639 )       (37,891 )       (33,403 )
                   
Research and development     (2,653 )       (3,817 )       (4,812 )       (10,574 )       (12,023 )
                   
Total Operating Expenses     (15,157 )       (17,454 )       (16,451 )       (48,465 )       (45,426 )
                   
Operating income      20,440         15,365         5,266         47,613         19,446  
                   
Other income (expense), net     1,411         3,332         (134 )       637         (5,839 )
                   
Income before income taxes     21,851         18,697         5,132         48,250         13,607  
                   
Income tax provision     (2,054 )       (3,508 )       (333 )       (3,783 )       (2,814 )
                   
Net income      19,797         15,189         4,799         44,467         10,793  
                   
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (6,792 )       (4,524 )       (798 )       (14,899 )       (3,048 )
                   
Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders $   13,005     $   10,665     $   4,001     $   29,568     $   7,745  
                   
Earnings per share:                  
                   
Basic $   0.19     $   0.15     $   0.06     $   0.43     $   0.11  
                   
Diluted $   0.18     $   0.15     $   0.06     $   0.41     $   0.11  
                   
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:                  
                   
Basic   69,374       69,293       68,525       69,141       68,376  
                   
Diluted   75,258       75,190       69,380       75,121       69,311  
                   

 

   
PHOTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(in thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
                 
        July 29,   October 29,    
         2018    2017    
                 
Assets                
                 
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $   332,739   $   308,021    
Accounts receivable       118,727       105,320    
Inventories         31,756       23,703    
Other current assets       21,698       12,080    
                 
Total current assets       504,920       449,124    
                 
Property, plant and equipment, net     546,688       535,197    
Intangible assets, net       13,507       17,122    
Other assets         22,897       19,351    
                 
Total assets     $   1,088,012   $   1,020,794    
                 
Liabilities and Equity            
                 
Current liabilities:              
Current portion of long-term borrowings $   57,893   $   4,639    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     100,949       77,137    
                 
Total current liabilities       158,842       81,776    
                 
Long-term borrowings       -        57,337    
Other liabilities         15,657       16,386    
                 
Photronics, Inc. shareholders' equity      770,810       744,564    
Noncontrolling interests       142,703       120,731    
Total equity         913,513       865,295    
                 
Total liabilities and equity   $   1,088,012   $   1,020,794    
                 

 

   
PHOTRONICS,  INC.  AND  SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
(in thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
                 
          Nine Months Ended  
          July 29,   July 30,  
           2018     2017   
                 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income        $   44,467     $   10,793    
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash        
provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization        64,485         64,081    
Changes in operating assets, liabilities and other     (21,995 )       (1,085 )  
                 
Net cash provided by operating activities       86,957         73,789    
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (64,372 )       (38,759 )  
Acquisition of business         -          (5,400 )  
Proceeds from sale of investments       -          167    
Other             453         (458 )  
                 
Net cash used in investing activities       (63,919 )       (44,450 )  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Repayments of long-term borrowings       (4,170 )       (4,057 )  
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests     (8,166 )       (8,298 )  
Purchase of treasury stock         (6,787 )       -     
Contribution from noncontrolling interest     17,996         -     
Proceeds from share-based arrangements     4,028         2,529    
Other             (273 )       (33 )  
                 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     2,628         (9,859 )  
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash        (948 )       7,018    
                 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents       24,718         26,498    
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     308,021         314,074    
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $   332,739     $   340,572    
                 

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