Amtech Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

TEMPE, Ariz., May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS), a global supplier of production equipment and related supplies for the solar, semiconductor, and LED markets, today reported results for its second fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2015.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial and Operational Highlights:

  • Successful close of BTU acquisition
  • Integration of BTU and SoLayTec progressing as planned
  • Cost synergies on target
  • Customer orders of $30.9 million (solar $15.8 million)
  • Quarter-end backlog of $56.0 million (solar $41.4 million)
  • Net revenue of $24.3 million (solar $7.9 million)
  • Book to bill ratio of 1.2:1 (solar 1.9:1)
  • Net loss of $2.3 million, or $0.19 per share

Mr. Fokko Pentinga, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, "We made much progress in the quarter including the successful close of the BTU acquisition and the integration of both BTU and SoLayTec is progressing according to plan.  Bookings continued at a healthy rate in the quarter and our backlog is at the highest level in the last three years.  The mix of product in our backlog, including PECVD, ion implant, and atomic layer deposition systems (ALD), is a direct result of our decision several years ago to invest in expanding the size of our served available markets through product development and acquisition. Global solar installations continue to grow and the balance between supply and demand continues to improve. With strong growth of the market in 2015 and beyond, we see an increase in activity among top tier solar cell manufacturers to expand production both inside and outside of China and we are pleased to fully participate in the industry's selective capacity expansion and technology adaptation."

Customer orders in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $30.9 million ($15.8 million solar), compared to $30.0 million ($21.1 million solar) in the preceding quarter and $21.5 million ($13.6 million solar) in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

At March 31, 2015, the Company's total order backlog was $56.0 million (solar $41.4 million), compared to total backlog of $48.3 million (solar$37.5 million) at December 31, 2014. Backlog includes deferred revenue and customer orders that are expected to ship within the next 12 months.

Net revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $24.3 million compared to $12.4 million in the preceding quarter and $12.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The increase is due primarily to higher solar revenues and the inclusion of BTU revenues since January 30, 2015.

Gross margin in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was 28%, compared to 28% in the preceding quarter and 23% in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The higher margin compared to a year ago resulted primarily from inclusion of BTU's gross margin since the acquisition date and higher volumes in the company's other semiconductor business.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $8.1 million compared to $6.4 million in the preceding quarter and $5.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.  The increase results primarily from inclusion of BTU's SG&A sinceJanuary 30, 2015, and acquisition related expenses.  Partially offsetting the increase is a decrease in bad debt expense.

Research, development  and engineering (RD&E) expense was $0.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to $1.8 million in the preceding quarter and $2.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.  The lower RD&E expense is primarily due to an increase in the recognition of government grant funding, partially offset by increases in spending resulting from inclusion of BTU and SoLayTec RD&E since acquisition.                                         

Depreciation and amortization in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $937,000, compared to $705,000 in the preceding quarter and $583,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The increase is primarily due to the acquisitions of BTU and SoLayTec.

Income tax expense was $170,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to $180,000 in the preceding quarter.  In the second quarter of fiscal 2014, income tax expense was approximately zero, due to the effect of book/tax differences and valuation allowances on net operating losses in certain tax jurisdictions in which the company operates.

The net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $2.3 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to a net loss of $5.2 million or $0.53 per share in the preceding quarter and a net loss of $3.8 million, or $0.39 per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2015 were $32.6 million, compared to $28.6 million at December 31, 2014.  The increase in cash and cash equivalents is primarily due to the cash acquired in the BTU acquisition.

Outlook

The company expects revenues for the quarter ending June 30, 2015 to be in the range of $33 to $35 million. Gross margin for the quarter endingJune 30, 2015, is expected to be in the high 20s percent range, negatively influenced by anticipated revenue deferrals due to higher shipment levels, with operating margin slightly negative.

Operating results could be impacted by the timing of system shipments, the net impact of revenue deferral on those shipments, and recognition of revenue based on customer acceptances, all of which can have a significant effect on operating results.  Operating results could also be significantly impacted by the timing of recognition of government grant revenue related to research and development projects in China and The Netherlands.

A substantial portion of Amtech's revenues are denominated in Euros. The revenue outlook provided in this press release is based on an assumed exchange rate between the United States Dollar and the Euro. A significant decrease in the value of the Euro in relation to the United States Dollar could cause actual revenues to be lower than anticipated. 

Conference Call

Amtech Systems will host a conference call and webcast today at 5:00pm ET to discuss second quarter fiscal 2015 financial results. Those in the USA wishing to participate in the live call should dial (877) 317-6789. From Canada, dial (866)-605-3852, and internationally, dial (412) 317-6789. Request "Amtech" when connected to the operator. A replay of the call will be available one hour after the end of the conference call through May 15, 2015.  To access the replay please dial US toll free (877) 344-7529 and enter code 10065282. Internationally, dial (412) 317-0088 and use the same code.  A live and archived web cast of the conference call can be accessed in the investor relations section of Amtech's website at www.amtechsystems.com.

About Amtech Systems, Inc.

Amtech Systems, Inc. is a global supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the solar, semiconductor / electronics, and LED manufacturing markets. Amtech's equipment includes diffusion, ALD and PECVD systems, ion implanters, and solder reflow systems. Amtech also supplies wafer handling automation and polishing equipment and related consumable products. The Company's wafer handling, thermal processing and consumable products currently address the diffusion, oxidation, and deposition steps used in the fabrication of solar cells, LEDs, semiconductors, MEMS, printed circuit boards, semiconductor packaging, and the polishing of newly sliced sapphire and silicon wafers. Amtech's products are recognized under the leading brand names Tempress SystemsTM, Bruce TechnologiesTM, PR HoffmanTM, R2D AutomationTM, Kingstone Semiconductor, SoLayTec, and BTU International. 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information contained in this press release is forward-looking in nature. All statements in this press release, or made by management of Amtech Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries ("Amtech"), other than statements of historical fact, are hereby identified as "forward-looking statements" (as such term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "would," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology or our management are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  Examples of forward-looking statements include statements regarding Amtech's future financial results, operating results, business strategies, projected costs, products under development, competitive positions, and plans and objectives of Amtech and its management for future operations.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.  The Form 10-K that Amtech filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for the year-ended September 30, 2014, listed various important factors that could affect the company's future operating results and financial condition and could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and expectations based on forward-looking statements made in this document or elsewhere by Amtech or on its behalf.  These factors can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Form 10-Ks and investors should refer to them.  Because it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors, any such list cannot be considered a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.  Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contacts:

Amtech Systems, Inc.
Bradley C. Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
(480) 967-5146

irelations@Amtechsystems.com

Christensen
Investor Relations
Patty Bruner
(480) 201-6075

pbruner@christensenir.com

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

Unaudited

(in thousands, except per share data)










Three Months Ended March 31,


Six Months Ended March 31,


2015


2014


2015


2014









Revenues, net of returns and allowances

$24,273


$12,717


$36,669


$27,488

Cost of sales

17,384


9,819


26,352


20,055

Gross profit

6,889


2,898


10,317


7,433









Selling, general and administrative

8,075


5,277


14,459


9,402

Research, development and engineering

750


2,155


2,586


3,044

Operating loss

(1,936)


(4,534)


(6,728)


(5,013)









Interest and other income, net

(217)


(20)


(120)


87

Loss before income taxes

(2,153)


(4,554)


(6,848)


(4,926)









Income tax provision

170


-


350


560

    Net loss

(2,323)


(4,554)


(7,198)


(5,486)









Add: net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest

2


803


(317)


941

    Net loss attributable to Amtech Systems, Inc.

$ (2,321)


$ (3,751)


$ (7,515)


$ (4,545)









Loss Per Share:








Basic loss per share attributable to Amtech shareholders

$   (0.19)


$   (0.39)


$   (0.69)


$   (0.47)

Weighted average shares outstanding

11,997


9,679


10,914


9,619









Diluted loss per share attributable to Amtech shareholders

$   (0.19)


$   (0.39)


$   (0.69)


$   (0.47)

Weighted average shares outstanding

11,997


9,679


10,914


9,619

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)
































March 31,

September 30,

Assets






2015

2014










(Unaudited)


Current Assets









Cash and cash equivalents  




$           32,607

$           27,367


Restricted cash





1,584

2,380


Accounts receivable 









Trade (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,423 and $2,846 at

17,312

8,896



        March 31, 2015 and September 30, 2014, respectively)






Unbilled and other





9,450

6,880


Inventories






33,057

16,760


Deferred income taxes





1,650

1,060


Other






6,637

2,082



Total current assets





102,297

65,425












Property, Plant and Equipment - Net




20,179

9,752

Deferred Income Taxes - Long Term




120

1,300

Intangible Assets - Net





5,378

2,678

Goodwill 






14,596

8,323

Other Assets - Long Term





3,212

2,426


Total Assets






$         145,782

$           89,904












Liabilities and Stockholders'  Equity






Current Liabilities









Accounts payable





$           22,517

$             6,003


Current maturities of long-term debt




670

-


Accrued compensation and related taxes



6,574

4,269


Accrued warranty expense  




1,051

628


Deferred profit






5,497

6,908


Customer deposits 





11,894

4,992


Other accrued liabilities





7,426

5,346


Income taxes payable 





4,090

4,990



Total current liabilities





59,719

33,136












Long-term Debt






8,548

-

Income Taxes Payable - Long-Term




5,140

3,180

Deferred Income Taxes - Long-Term




250

-



Total liabilities





73,657

36,316












Stockholders' Equity








Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;





shares issued and outstanding: 13,067,057 and 9,848,253






at March 31, 2015 and  September 30, 2014, respectively


131

98


Additional paid-in capital





109,100

81,884


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(8,992)

(5,790)


Retained deficit





(28,566)

(21,051)



Total stockholders' equity




71,673

55,141


Noncontrolling interest





452

(1,553)



Total equity






72,125

53,588


Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity



$         145,782

$           89,904

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Unaudited

(in thousands)



















Six Months Ended March 31,









2015

2014

Operating Activities









Net loss






$  (7,198)

$  (5,486)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net






cash provided by (used in) operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization




1,641

1,206



Write-down of inventory




81

93



Deferred income taxes




901

-



Non-cash share based compensation expense 


568

373



Provision for (reversal of) allowance for doubtful accounts


(281)

1,408


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Restricted cash





844

2,846



Accounts receivable





(1,406)

(9,646)



Inventories





(7,482)

4,860



Income taxes refundable and payable, net



(922)

5,849



Prepaid expenses and other assets



(2,027)

716



Accounts payable





7,664

456



Accrued liabilities and customer deposits



5,269

(8,799)



Deferred profit





(643)

4,234


 Net cash used in operating activities




(2,991)

(1,890)











Investing Activities









Purchases of property, plant and equipment



(125)

(214)


Acquisitions, net of cash acquired




8,595

-


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities



8,470

(214)











Financing Activities









Proceeds from the exercise of stock options



55

1,116


Payments on long-term debt




(121)

-


Borrowings on long-term debt




335

-


Excess tax benefit of stock options




-

100


Net cash provided by financing activities



269

1,216











Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash




(508)

341











Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents


5,240

(547)

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period



27,367

37,197

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period




$ 32,607

$ 36,650