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Rudolph Technologies Reports 2018 Third Quarter Results

  • Tracking to fourth consecutive record revenue year
  • JetStep system selected for Wafer Level Chip Scale Package application
Thursday, November 1, 2018 4:10 pm EDT

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
RTEC

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 2018 third quarter.

2018 Third Quarter Highlights

  • Rudolph’s software for Smart Manufacturing adopted globally by leading automotive manufacturer.
  • Second generation Dragonfly™ System tool was introduced during the third quarter at Semicon Taiwan.
  • Second JetStep ® System tool selected by major OSAT customer for capacity ramping of copper pillar devices.
  • Revenue from specialty device customers increased 70 percent and represented 29 percent of system revenue.

Key Financial Data for the Quarters Ended September 30, 2018,

June 30, 2018, and September 30, 2017

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 
US GAAP
  September 2018     June 2018     September 2017
Revenue $ 60,432   $ 77,476   $ 66,920
Gross profit margin 52.0 % 53.9 % 52.5 %
Operating income $ 7,629 $ 16,674 $ 25,517
Net income $ 7,187 $ 14,697 $ 17,369
Net income per diluted share $ 0.22 $ 0.45 $ 0.54
 
US NON-GAAP
September 2018 June 2018 September 2017
Revenue $ 60,432 $ 77,476 $ 66,920
Gross profit margin 52.1 % 54.0 % 52.6 %
Operating income $ 9,304 $ 19,138 $ 15,566
Net income $ 8,504 $ 16,552 $ 10,627
Net income per diluted share $ 0.26 $ 0.51 $ 0.33
 

Michael Plisinski, chief executive officer, commented, “Rudolph continues to build out its diversified business model and the third quarter saw growth in a number of areas most notably in specialty devices which increased 70 percent in the quarter and represented 29 percent of system revenue. This increase was primarily driven by RF manufacturers installing new systems and software for initial production of 5G modules. Software maintained its recovery in the quarter and we delivered an enterprise yield management system to provide process knowledge across four assembly and test facilities at a top tier automotive supplier in the quarter. Lastly, our lithography business leveraged our previous success in the panel market to add a second JetStep System tool into an OSAT customer’s wafer-level packaging expansion for automotive devices. Unfortunately the positive accomplishments were not enough to compensate for the pushouts in revenue from our memory customers which declined by 68% from the second quarter high.”

Mr. Plisinski concluded, “Consistent with prior statements we see the third quarter revenue as a low point for the year and growth returning in the 4th quarter resulting in our 4th consecutive record year. We continue to drive advances in our core product lines such as the Dragonfly G2 system while organically introducing new product lines to expand our TAM such as our announced new NovusEdgeTM system and our long-term program for our high resolution display lithography tool. We believe that our continued pace of innovation will provide continued growth for Rudolph and are confident in our strategy. Our recently announced $40M stock buyback program demonstrates our confidence in our financial ability to execute our innovation strategy and provide an additional method of shareholder return.”

Third Quarter 2018 GAAP Financial Results

Third quarter revenue totaled $60.4 million, a decrease of 22 percent compared with $77.5 million for the second quarter of 2018 and a 10 percent decrease compared with $66.9 million in the third quarter of 2017. The third quarter gross margin was 52 percent of revenues, compared to 54 percent in the second quarter of 2018. The decrease in gross margin was the result of fewer metrology tools in the product mix and the sale of a lower margin lithography tool in the third quarter.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2018 totaled $23.8 million, compared to $9.6 million in the 2017 third quarter and $25.1 million in the second quarter of 2018. The increase in operating expenses over the prior year was primarily due to a one-time patent infringement settlement of $13 million in the prior year quarter, which offset the total operating expenses by that amount. The sequential decrease in operating expenses was due to lower research and development and incentive compensation costs in the quarter.

GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $7.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $17.4 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the same period in 2017. The decrease in GAAP net income was primarily due to the gain on the patent infringement settlement recorded in the prior year.

Third Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results

Third quarter 2018 non-GAAP net income was $8.5 million, or $0.26 detailed in the attached table. Third quarter 2017 non-GAAP net income was $10.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. In the second quarter of 2018, non-GAAP net income was $16.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share.

Balance Sheet

At September 30, 2018, cash and marketable securities increased $10.9 million over the previous quarter to $194.3 million and cash provided by operating activities was $15.0 million for the third quarter. Accounts receivable decreased in the quarter to $68.5 million and inventory increased to $91.4 million primarily due to inventory build for the Company’s Display initiative and an increase in service inventory to support new products. Working capital increased in the quarter and ended at $320.9 million.

Outlook

The Company is currently anticipating revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 to be up and in the range of $60 million - $66 million. The Company is also expecting diluted GAAP net income per share to be in the range of $0.20 to $0.27 and non-GAAP net income per diluted share to be in the range of $0.24 to $0.31.

Conference Call

Rudolph Technologies will discuss its 2018 third quarter results on a conference call it is hosting today at 4:30 PM EDT. To participate in the call, please dial (800) 263-0877 (Domestic) or (646) 828-8143 (International), reference Conference ID # 5577350 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 p.m. ET on November 1 until 11:59 p.m. ET on November 8, 2018. 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 5577350.

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 2018 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, 2017 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,
2018 2017
  (Audited)
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and marketable securities $ 194,339 $ 177,359
Accounts receivable, net 68,512 65,283
Inventories 91,391 67,521
Prepaid and other assets   12,229   11,919
Total current assets 366,471 322,082
Net property, plant and equipment 16,763 17,342
Intangibles 30,281 31,127
Other assets   16,395   15,371
Total assets $ 429,910 $ 385,922
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 30,095 $ 26,800
Other current liabilities   15,486   15,507
Total current liabilities 45,581 42,307
Other non-current liabilities   10,173   10,461
Total liabilities 55,754 52,768
Stockholders’ equity   374,156   333,154
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 429,910 $ 385,922
 

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,
2018 2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenue $ 60,432 $ 77,476 $ 66,920 $ 211,004 $ 195,017
Cost of revenue   28,978   35,740   31,775   95,393   92,548
Gross profit   31,454   41,736   35,145   115,611   102,469
Operating expenses:

Research and development

12,313 12,733 12,020 36,829 36,176

Selling, general and administrative

11,128 11,946 10,102 35,867 29,880
Amortization 384 383 506 1,147 1,516
Patent litigation income       (13,000 )     (13,000 )

Total operating expenses

  23,825   25,062   9,628   73,843   54,572
Operating income 7,629 16,674 25,517 41,768 47,897
Interest income, net (607 ) (476 ) (244 ) (1,474 ) (658 )
Other expense (income), net   (132 )   (140 )   98   (90 )   533
Income before income taxes 8,368 17,290 25,663 43,332 48,022
Provision for income taxes   1,181   2,593   8,294   6,318   14,309
Net income $ 7,187 $ 14,697 $ 17,369 $ 37,014 $ 33,713
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.23 $ 0.46 $ 0.55 $ 1.16 $ 1.07
Diluted $ 0.22 $ 0.45 $ 0.54 $ 1.14 $ 1.05

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic 31,901 31,859 31,571 31,807 31,455
Diluted 32,408 32,437 32,170 32,387 32,126
 

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,
2018 2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenue $ 60,432 $ 77,476 $ 66,920 $ 211,004 $ 195,017
Gross profit $ 31,462 $ 41,851 $ 35,210 $ 115,795 $ 102,691

Gross margin as percentage of revenue

52.1 % 54.0 % 52.6 % 54.9 % 52.7 %
Operating expenses $ 22,158 $ 22,713 $ 19,644 $ 68,001 $ 59,234
Operating income $ 9,304 $ 19,138 $ 15,566 $ 47,794 $ 43,457

Operating margin as a percentage of revenue

15.4 % 24.7 % 23.3 % 22.7 % 22.3 %
Net income $ 8,504 $ 16,552 $ 10,627 $ 41,402 $ 29,463
Net income per diluted share $ 0.26 $ 0.51 $ 0.33 $ 1.28 $ 0.92
 

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,
2018 2018 2017 2018 2017
U.S. GAAP gross profit $ 31,454 $ 41,736 $ 35,145 $ 115,611 $ 102,469
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:

Share-based compensation expense

  8   115   65   184   222
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 31,462 $ 41,851 $ 35,210 $ 115,795 $ 102,691

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

52.0 % 53.9 % 52.5 % 54.8 % 52.5 %

Non-GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue

52.1 % 54.0 % 52.6 % 54.9 % 52.7 %
U.S. GAAP operating expenses $ 23,825 $ 25,062 $ 9,628 $ 73,843 $ 54,572
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:
Amortization of intangibles 384 383 506 1,147 1,516
Litigation fees 1,078 2,631
Patent litigation income (13,000 ) (13,000 )

Share-based compensation expense

  1,283   1,966   1,400   4,695   4,191
Non-GAAP operating expenses   22,158   22,713   19,644   68,001   59,234
Non-GAAP operating income $ 9,304 $ 19,138 $ 15,566 $ 47,794 $ 43,457

GAAP operating margin as a percentage of revenue

12.6 % 21.5 % 38.1 % 19.8 % 24.6 %

Non-GAAP operating margin as a percentage of revenue

15.4 % 24.7 % 23.3 % 22.7 % 22.3 %
 

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,
2018 2018 2017 2018 2017
U.S. GAAP net income $ 7,187 $ 14,697 $ 17,369 $ 37,014 $ 33,713
Pre-tax non-GAAP items
Amortization of intangibles 384 383 506 1,147 1,516
Litigation fees 1,078 2,631
Patent litigation income (13,000 ) (13,000 )

Share-based compensation expense

1,291 2,081 1,465 4,879 4,413

Net tax (benefit) expense adjustments

  (358 )   (609 )   3,209   (1,638 )   190
Non-GAAP net income $ 8,504 $ 16,552 $ 10,627 $ 41,402 $ 29,463

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$ 0.26 $ 0.51 $ 0.33 $ 1.28 $ 0.92
 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION OF FOURTH QUARTER 2018

GAAP TO NON-GAAP GUIDANCE (net of tax)

   
Low High
Estimated GAAP net income per diluted share $ 0.20 $ 0.27
Estimated non-GAAP items:
Share-based compensation expense 0.03 0.03
Amortization of intangibles   0.01   0.01
Estimated non-GAAP net income per diluted share $ 0.24 $ 0.31

Contact:

Rudolph Technologies, Inc.
Investors:
Michael Sheaffer, 978-253-6273
Senior Director, Corp. Communications
Mike.Sheaffer@rudolphtech.com

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