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Rudolph Technologies Reports 2017 Third Quarter Results

  • Quarterly Revenue Increased 9 Percent over Prior Year Period
  • Earnings Per Share at High-End of Guidance
  • On Track for Third Year of Record Revenue
Monday, October 30, 2017 4:15 pm EDT

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
RTEC
"Rudolph’s latest process control and lithography solutions are continuing to drive our business by providing customers with more comprehensive solutions to growing challenges."

WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: RTEC), a leading provider of semiconductor process control systems, lithography equipment, as well as process control and yield management software for wafer fabs and advanced packaging facilities, today announced financial results for the 2017 third quarter.

2017 Third Quarter Highlights

  • Third quarter revenue of $66.9 million, an increase of 9 percent over the 2016 third quarter.
  • Orders received from two of the top five IDMs for Rudolph panel lithography system.
  • Company received customers’ acceptance for its new Firefly inspection systems.
  • Shipped two new Dragonfly systems to LED and analog customers.
  • Gross margin remains strong at 53 percent.
  • Cash increases $10.4 million, ending the third quarter at $159.4 million.
 

Key Financial Data for the Quarters Ended September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017,

and September 30, 2016
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
US GAAP
   

September 2017

   

June 2017

   

September 2016

Revenue $ 66,920 $ 67,418 $ 61,641
Gross profit margin

52.5%

52.6%

52.6%

Operating income $ 25,517 $ 12,695 $ 12,641
Net income $ 17,369 $ 9,193 $ 9,286
Net income per diluted share $ 0.54 $ 0.29 $ 0.30
 
US NON-GAAP

September 2017

June 2017

September 2016

Revenue $ 66,920 $ 67,418 $ 61,641
Gross profit margin

52.6%

52.7%

52.7%

Operating income $ 15,566 $ 15,671 $ 13,303
Net income $ 10,627 $ 10,605 $ 9,141
Net income per diluted share $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.29
 

Michael Plisinski, chief executive officer, commented, “Rudolph’s latest process control and lithography solutions are continuing to drive our business by providing customers with more comprehensive solutions to growing challenges.”

Mr. Plisinski continued, “The integration of our Clearfind technology with a Firefly system at a foundry in Asia significantly improved their fan-out package yield, and as a result, utilization is continuing to increase while lowering the cost of the fan-out process. Additionally, we released our Dragonfly system with Truebump technology, providing excellent metrology performance to address the increasing challenges in 3D package interconnects by accurately measuring the volume and height variance of shrinking bump interconnects. Finally, in support of the market demand for lower cost 2.5D packages, our JetStep® panel lithography system was selected by two of the top five leading semiconductor manufacturers.

We believe Rudolph’s tools and software are demonstrating value to our customers by helping them address their demanding new processes.”

Third Quarter 2017 GAAP Financial Results
Third quarter revenue totaled $66.9 million, a decrease of less than one percent compared with $67.4 million for the second quarter of 2017 and a 9 percent increase compared with $61.6 million in the third quarter of 2016. The third quarter gross margin remained at 53 percent of revenues, compared to 53 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2017 totaled $9.6 million, compared to $22.8 million for the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in operating expense was primarily due to a previously announced $13.0 million gain from a litigation settlement in the quarter.

GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $17.4 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $9.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017. In the third quarter of 2016 GAAP net income was $9.3 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.

Third Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Third quarter of 2017 non-GAAP net income was $10.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. Non-GAAP results excluded certain items, as detailed in the attached table. Second quarter 2017 non-GAAP net income was $10.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. In the third quarter of 2016, non-GAAP net income was $9.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share.

Balance Sheet
At September 30, 2017, cash and marketable securities increased $10.4 million over the previous quarter to $159.4 million and cash provided by operating activities was $12.8 million for the third quarter. Accounts receivable decreased in the quarter to $66.2 million and DSOs decreased to 89 days. Inventory decreased slightly to $65.8 million. Working capital increased $18.5 million to $263.4 million.

Outlook
The Company is currently anticipating a seasonal decline in revenue that is comparable to the decline in prior years for the fourth quarter, ending December 31, 2017. We expect revenue to be in a range of $57 million to $63 million. The Company is also expecting diluted GAAP net income per share to be in the range of $0.18 to $0.24 and non-GAAP net income per diluted share to be in the range of $0.22 to $0.28.

Conference Call
Rudolph Technologies will discuss its 2017 third quarter results and other matters on a conference call it is hosting today at 4:30 PM EDT. To participate in the call, please dial (888) 401-4690 (Domestic) or (719) 325-4814 (International), and reference Conference ID #5788108 at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A live webcast will also be available on the Company’s website at www.rudolphtech.com.

To listen to the live webcast, please go to the website at least fifteen (15) minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

There will be a replay of the conference call available from 8:00 pm EDT on October 30, 2017 until 11:59 pm EST on November 6, 2017. To access the replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 (Domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (International) at any time during that period and use Conference ID #5788108.

A replay will also be available on the Company’s website at www.rudolphtech.com.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company has provided in this release non-GAAP financial information including non-GAAP gross profit, operating income, net income, and net income per diluted share, as a supplement to the condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing the Company’s financial results to assess operational performance. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Further, the Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics that the Company uses in making operating decisions and because the Company believes that investors and analysts use them to help assess the health of its business and for comparison to other companies. Non-GAAP results are presented for supplemental informational purposes only for understanding the Company’s operating results. The non-GAAP information should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

The financial statements provided with this release include a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to those measures reported in accordance with GAAP.

The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures, used in this press release, reflect adjustments based on the following items:

Share-based compensation expense. These expenses relate to employee restricted stock units and employee stock options. The Company excludes stock-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP measures primarily because such expenses are non-cash expenses that the Company does not believe are reflective of ongoing operating results.

Amortization of intangibles. The Company incurs expenses for the amortization of intangible assets acquired in acquisitions. The Company excludes these items because these expenses are not reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts arise from the Company’s prior acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the operation of the Company’s core business.

Patent litigation fees and income. The Company, from time to time, may incur charges or benefits that are outside of the ordinary course of the Company’s business related to litigation. The Company believes it is useful to exclude such charges or benefits because it does not consider such amounts to be part of the ongoing operation of the Company’s business and because of the singular nature of the claims underlying the matter.

Net tax provision (benefit) adjustments. This line item represents the income tax effects of the non-GAAP items.

About Rudolph Technologies
Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, lithography, process control metrology, and process control software used by semiconductor and advanced packaging device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph delivers comprehensive solutions throughout the fab with its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market of their devices. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the Company’s website at www.rudolphtech.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) which include Rudolph’s business momentum and future growth; the benefit to customers of Rudolph’s products and customer service; Rudolph’s ability to both deliver products and services consistent with our customers’ demands and expectations and strengthen its market position; Rudolph’s expectations regarding the semiconductor market outlook; Rudolph’s fourth quarter 2017 financial outlook; as well as other matters that are not purely historical data. Rudolph wishes to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provided for by the Act and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Rudolph’s control. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to leverage its resources to improve its position in its core markets; its ability to weather difficult economic environments; its ability to open new market opportunities and target high-margin markets; the strength/weakness of the back-end and/or front-end semiconductor market segments; and fluctuations in customer capital spending. Additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Rudolph are available in Rudolph’s Form 10-K report for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the forward-looking statements are based on Rudolph’s current expectations, the Company cannot guarantee any related future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Rudolph does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

 
RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands) - (Unaudited)
       
September 30, December 31,
2017 2016
  (Audited)
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and marketable securities $ 159,365 $ 125,731
Accounts receivable, net 66,188 64,912
Inventories 65,766 65,485
Prepaid and other assets   17,533   6,502
Total current assets 308,852 262,630
Net property, plant and equipment 15,849 11,858
Intangibles 31,501 32,768
Other assets   31,342   31,443
Total assets $ 387,544 $ 338,699
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 25,381 $ 21,495
Other current liabilities   20,042   14,467
Total current liabilities 45,423 35,962
Other non-current liabilities   9,915   9,002
Total liabilities 55,338 44,964
Stockholders’ equity   332,206   293,735
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 387,544 $ 338,699
 
 
RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts) - (Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30,     June 30,     September 30, September 30,     September 30,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues $ 66,920 $ 67,418 $ 61,641 $ 195,017 $ 178,704
Cost of revenues   31,775     31,962     29,192     92,548     83,017  
Gross profit   35,145     35,456     32,449     102,469     95,687  
Operating expenses:
Research and development 12,020 12,146 9,330 36,176 33,655
Selling, general and administrative 10,102 10,110 9,894 29,880 28,881
Amortization 506 505 595 1,516 1,785
Patent litigation income   (13,000 )       (11 )   (13,000 )   (14,643 )
Total operating expenses   9,628     22,761     19,808     54,572     49,678  
Operating income 25,517 12,695 12,641 47,897 46,009
Interest (income) expense, net (244 ) (223 ) 64 (658 ) 2,979
Other expense (income)   98     166     (393 )   533     (94 )
Income before income taxes 25,663 12,752 12,970 48,022 43,124
Provision for income taxes   8,294     3,559     3,684     14,309     12,298  
Net income $ 17,369   $ 9,193   $ 9,286   $ 33,713   $ 30,826  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.55 $ 0.29 $ 0.30 $ 1.07 $ 0.99
Diluted $ 0.54 $ 0.29 $ 0.30 $ 1.05 $ 0.97
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 31,571 31,501 30,988 31,455 31,082
Diluted 32,170 32,146 31,459 32,126 31,655
 
 
RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL SUMMARY
 
(In thousands, except percentage and per share amounts) - (Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended

September 30,

    June 30,    

September 30,

September 30,

    September 30,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenue $ 66,920 $ 67,418 $ 61,641 $ 195,017 $ 178,704
Gross profit $ 35,210 $ 35,553 $ 32,513 $ 102,691 $ 95,871
Gross margin as percentage of revenue 52.6 % 52.7 % 52.7 % 52.7 % 53.6 %
Operating expenses $ 19,644 $ 19,882 $ 19,210 $ 59,234 $ 57,691
Operating income $ 15,566 $ 15,671 $ 13,303 $ 43,457 $ 38,180
Operating margin as a percentage of revenue 23.3 % 23.2 % 21.6 % 22.3 % 21.4 %
Net income $ 10,627 $ 10,605 $ 9,141 $ 29,463 $ 24,747
Net income per diluted share $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.29 $ 0.92 $ 0.78
 
 
RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP GROSS PROFIT,
OPERATING EXPENSES AND OPERATING INCOME TO NON-GAAP
GROSS PROFIT, OPERATING EXPENSES AND OPERATING INCOME
 
(In thousands, except percentages) - (Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30,     June 30,     September 30, September 30,     September 30,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
U.S. GAAP gross profit $ 35,145 $ 35,456 $ 32,449 $ 102,469 $ 95,687
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:
Share-based compensation expense   65     97     64     222     184  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 35,210 $ 35,553 $ 32,513 $ 102,691 $ 95,871

U.S. GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue

52.5 % 52.6 % 52.6 % 52.5 % 53.5 %

Non-GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue

52.6 % 52.7 % 52.7 % 52.7 % 53.6 %
U.S. GAAP operating expenses $ 9,628 $ 22,761 $ 19,808 $ 54,572 $ 49,678
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:
Amortization of intangibles 506 505 595 1,516 1,785
Litigation fees 1,078 671 (1,181 ) 2,631 1,382
Patent litigation income (13,000 ) (11 ) (13,000 ) (14,643 )
Share-based compensation expense   1,400     1,703     1,195     4,191     3,463  
Non-GAAP operating expenses 19,644 19,882 19,210 59,234 57,691
Non-GAAP operating income $ 15,566   $ 15,671   $ 13,303   $ 43,457   $ 38,180  

GAAP operating margin as a percentage of revenue

38.1 % 18.8 % 20.5 % 24.6 % 25.7 %

Non-GAAP operating margin as a percentage of revenue

23.3 % 23.2 % 21.6 % 22.3 % 21.4 %
 
 
RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME TO
NON-GAAP NET INCOME
 
(In thousands, except share and per share data) - (Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30,     June 30,     September 30, September 30,     September 30,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
U.S. GAAP net income $ 17,369 $ 9,193 $ 9,286 $ 33,713 $ 30,826
Pre-tax non-GAAP items
Amortization of intangibles 506 505 595 1,516 1,785
Litigation fees 1,078 671 (1,181 ) 2,631 1,382
Patent litigation income (13,000 ) (11 ) (13,000 ) (14,643 )
Share-based compensation expense 1,465 1,800 1,259 4,413 3,647
Gain on sale of building (946 ) (946 )
Net tax provision (benefit) adjustments   3,209     (1,564 )   139     190     2,696  
Non-GAAP net income $ 10,627   $ 10,605   $ 9,141   $ 29,463   $ 24,747  
Non-GAAP net income per diluted share $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.29 $ 0.92 $ 0.78
 
 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION OF FOURTH QUARTER 2017
GAAP TO NON-GAAP GUIDANCE (net of tax)
     
Low High
Estimated GAAP net income per diluted share $ 0.18 $ 0.24
Estimated non-GAAP items:
Amortization of intangibles 0.01 0.01
Share-based compensation expense   0.03   0.03
Estimated non-GAAP net income per diluted share $ 0.22 $ 0.28
 

Contact:

Rudolph Technologies, Inc.
Investors:
Michael Sheaffer, 978-253-6273
Senior Director, Corp. Communications
Mike.Sheaffer@rudolphtech.com
or
Trade Press:
Amy Shay, 952-259-1794
Amy.Shay@rudolphtech.com

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