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MKS Instruments Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

  • 2018 was another record year in revenue and GAAP and Non-GAAP EPS
  • Total revenue increased 8% in 2018, compared to 2017, to a record $2.1 billion
  • Revenue from advanced markets increased 14% to $931 million in 2018, compared to 2017
  • Semiconductor revenue increased 4% to $1.14 billion in 2018, compared to 2017

ANDOVER, Mass., Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today reported fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results.

GAAP Financial Results

    Q4     Full Year  
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net revenues ($ millions)   $ 461     $ 512     $ 2,075     $ 1,916  
Operating margin     20.4 %     23.4 %     23.8 %     21.2 %
Net income ($ millions)   $ 72     $ 78     $ 393     $ 339  
Diluted EPS   $ 1.32     $ 1.41     $ 7.14     $ 6.16  

Non-GAAP Financial Results

    Q4     Full Year  
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net revenues ($ millions)   $ 461     $ 512     $ 2,075     $ 1,916  
Operating margin     23.7 %     25.9 %     26.3 %     24.6 %
Net earnings ($ millions)   $ 84     $ 95     $ 430     $ 328  
Diluted EPS   $ 1.54     $ 1.71     $ 7.83     $ 5.96  

"We are pleased to report another year of record results despite semiconductor market headwinds in the second half of the year," said Gerald Colella, Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Colella added, "Our ability to consistently deliver sustainable and profitable growth through market cycles reflects the benefits of our diversification strategy as well as our cost discipline, flexible manufacturing capabilities, and continued market share gains."

"During 2018, we recorded 8% revenue growth, a 170 basis point improvement in non-GAAP operating margins and a 31% increase in non-GAAP earnings per share," said Seth Bagshaw, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Bagshaw added "This performance reflects the strong operating leverage inherent in our model as well as balanced exposure to a variety of end markets, and continued cost structure improvements." 

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Revenue was $461 million, a decrease of 5% from $487 million in the third quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 10% from $512 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Fourth quarter net income was $72 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $93 million, or $1.70 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018, and $78 million, or $1.41 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP net earnings, which exclude special charges and credits, were $84 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, compared to $103 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2018, and $95 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Sales to semiconductor customers were $235 million, a decrease of 10% compared to the third quarter of 2018, and sales to Advanced Markets were $226 million, consistent with the third quarter of 2018.

Sales in the Vacuum and Analysis Division were $258 million, a decrease of 10% compared to the third quarter of 2018, and Sales in the Light and Motion Division were $203 million, an increase of 1% from the third quarter of 2018.

Additional Financial Information
The Company had $718 million in cash and short-term investments and $348 million of Term Loan Debt as of December 31, 2018.  During the fourth quarter, the Company also paid a dividend of $10.8 million or $0.20 per diluted share.

Full Year and 2018 Financial Results
Sales were a record $2.1 billion, an increase of 8% from $1.9 billion in 2017, driven by strong sales to both semiconductor customers, specifically during the first half of the year, as well as customers in our Advanced Markets, which include industrial manufacturing, life and health sciences and research and defense markets. Sales to semiconductor customers were $1.1 billion, an increase of 4% compared to 2017, while sales to Advanced Markets were $931 million, an increase of 14% compared to 2017.

Sales in the Vacuum and Analysis Division were $1.3 billion, an increase of 4% compared to 2017, driven by very strong sales to semiconductor customers during the first half of 2018 and sales to our Advanced Markets.

Sales in the Light and Motion Division were $814 million, an increase of 15% from $709 million in 2017, driven by both sales to semiconductor customers as well as industrial manufacturing customers.

First Quarter 2019 Outlook
Based on current business levels, the Company expects that revenue in the first quarter of 2019 could range from $400 million to $440 million.  At these volumes, GAAP net income could range from $0.78 to $1.02 per diluted share and Non-GAAP net earnings could range from $0.95 to $1.18 per diluted share.  The financial guidance excludes the effects of our announced acquisition of Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO) which is expected to close on February 1, 2019.

Conference Call Details
A conference call with management will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). To participate in the conference call, please dial (877) 212-6076 for domestic callers and (707) 287-9331 for international callers, and an operator will connect you.  Participants will need to provide the operator with the Conference ID of 6575625, which has been reserved for this call.  A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on the Company's website at, along with the Company's earnings press release and supplemental financial information.

About MKS Instruments
MKS Instruments, Inc. is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, monitor, deliver, analyze, power and control critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity for our customers.  Our products are derived from our core competencies in pressure measurement and control, flow measurement and control, gas and vapor delivery, gas composition analysis, residual gas analysis, leak detection, control technology, ozone generation and delivery, power, reactive gas generation, vacuum technology, lasers, photonics, sub-micron positioning, vibration control and optics.  We also provide services relating to the maintenance and repair of our products, installation services and training.  Our primary served markets include semiconductor, industrial technologies, life and health sciences, research and defense. Additional information can be found at

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results
This release includes measures that are not in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("Non-GAAP measures"). Non-GAAP measures exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, asset impairments, costs associated with completed and announced acquisitions, acquisition integration costs, restructuring charges, certain excess and obsolete inventory charges, fees and expenses related to the re-pricings of our term loan, amortization of debt issuance costs, environmental costs related to an acquisition, costs associated with the sale of a business, the one-time tax effects of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, windfall tax benefits from stock-based compensation, accrued taxes on subsidiary distributions, a tax adjustment related to the sale of a business, tax cost of the inter-company sale of an asset and the related tax effects of adjustments impacting pre-tax income. These Non-GAAP measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as a substitute for, MKS' reported results, and may be different from Non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these Non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. MKS management believes the presentation of these Non-GAAP measures is useful to investors for comparing prior periods and analyzing ongoing business trends and operating results.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the future financial performance, business prospects and growth of MKS.  These statements are only predictions based on current assumptions and expectations.  Actual events or results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements set forth herein.  Among the important factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are the conditions affecting the markets in which MKS operates, including the fluctuations in capital spending in the semiconductor industry and other advanced manufacturing markets, fluctuations in net sales to our major customers, the ability of MKS to complete the ESI acquisition, litigation relating to the ESI acquisition, the risk that disruption from the proposed ESI acquisition materially and adversely affects the respective business and operations of MKS and ESI, the risk that the anticipated benefits from the proposed ESI acquisition may not be realized within the expected time period or at all, competition from larger or more established companies in MKS' and ESI's respective markets; MKS' ability to successfully grow ESI's business; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement, pendency or completion of the ESI acquisition, the challenges, risks and costs involved with integrating the operations of the companies we have acquired, including our most recently completed acquisition of Newport Corporation, the Company's ability to successfully grow our business, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, the terms of our term loan, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, acquisition strategy, manufacturing and sourcing risks, volatility of stock price, international operations, financial risk management, and the other factors described in MKS' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with SEC, and its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  MKS is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this press release.  

Company Contact:  Seth H. Bagshaw
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Telephone:  978.645.5578

Investor Relations Contacts
Monica Gould
The Blueshirt Group
Telephone:  212.871.3927

Lindsay Grant Savarese
The Blueshirt Group
Telephone:  212.331.8417

MKS Instruments, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended   
    December 31,    December 31,    September 30,  
      2018       2017       2018    
        (Note 14)      
Net revenues:              
Products   $   402,271     $   458,155     $   426,255    
Services       58,270         53,645         60,897    
Total net revenues       460,541      
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