Aehr Test Systems Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2016 Financial Results

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ:AEHR), a worldwide supplier of semiconductor test and burn-in equipment, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended August 31, 2015.

Fiscal First Quarter Financial Results:

  • Net sales were $6.6 million, compared to $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $613,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to a non-GAAP loss of $1.6 million, or a loss of $0.13 per diluted share, in the preceding quarter.
  • GAAP net income was $294,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $1.9 million, or a loss of $0.15 per diluted share, in the preceding quarter.

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Initial shipment of FOX-15 Multi-Wafer Test and Burn-in system test cell to major new customer.
  • Successfully tested initial devices on the new FOX-1P Wafer Level Test and Burn-in System.
  • Completed evaluation of new FOX-XP WaferPak Contactor design.
  • Completed development and shipped the new fully automated FOX WaferPak Aligner.
  • Completed key milestone of full wafer flash memory testing on our new FOX-XP Wafer Level Test and Burn-in System.

Gayn Erickson, President and CEO of Aehr Test Systems, commented:

“We are pleased to report improved revenue in the first quarter along with strong non-GAAP and GAAP net income. The non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense. During the quarter, we fulfilled an important initial shipment of our FOX-15 test cell to a major new customer, meeting their request for delivery ahead of schedule. This system will be used in production burn-in of a very high volume device used in a consumer application. This system is reflective of the significant growth opportunity ahead for our unique and cost effective multi-wafer test solutions within the rapidly growing consumer, mobile, automotive and computing markets. We continue to be optimistic about the potential opportunities for Aehr Test with this new application and for follow on business with this customer.

“We also achieved critical milestones toward development and rollout of our next generation FOX-P platform of wafer level test and burn-in products. During the quarter we successfully tested initial devices on the FOX-1P, our single wafer test and burn-in solution. We are completing system integration and expect to begin shipping FOX-1P configurations to the first customer for final acceptance and production release in our second quarter. We also successfully completed testing a full-wafer single touchdown 300mm NAND Flash wafer with our new FOX-XP multi-wafer test and burn-in system, which used our new FOX-XP WaferPak Contactor and our new FOX high performance WaferPak Aligner. All three of these were necessary to achieve this important milestone as part of our initial FOX-XP customer evaluation order.

“We completed development and shipped our new FOX WaferPak Aligner during the quarter that provides fully automated WaferPak alignment and wafer exchange with up to 300mm wafers. We also completed evaluation of our new FOX-XP WaferPak Contactor design, which is a higher channel count WaferPak Contactor design that supports the larger resource capability of our new FOX-XP system, and improves on our already proven FOX WaferPak Contactor used in our current multi-wafer test and burn-in systems. We believe that wafer-level burn-in and test is a key enabler for cost effectively producing reliable multi-die stacked NAND packages for enterprise Solid State Drives (SSDs) and other high-reliability and stacked-die applications. Our FOX-XP system is also being evaluated for production test and burn-in for other applications and we are excited about these additional high volume multi-wafer test and burn-in opportunities. The customer feedback on the FOX-P platform systems has been very positive, and our manufacturing and R&D efforts continue to focus on moving both the FOX-1P and FOX-XP to production volumes as quickly as possible.

“With our strong first quarter results and increased customer activity we believe we are well positioned to deliver a much healthier top and bottom line in fiscal 2016.”

Management Conference Call and Webcast

Aehr Test Systems will host a conference call and webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (2:00 p.m. PT) to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2016 operating results. To access the call dial 888-427-9411 (+1 719-325-2361 outside the United States) and give the participant pass code 8299312. In addition, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available over the Internet at www.aehr.com in the Investor Relations section. A replay of the conference call will also be available via telephone by dialing 888-203-1112 (+1 719-457-0820 outside the United States) and entering pass code 8299312, beginning approximately two hours after conclusion of the call through 8:00 p.m. ET on October 1, 2015.

About Aehr Test Systems

Headquartered in Fremont, California, Aehr Test Systems is a worldwide provider of test systems for burning-in and testing logic and memory integrated circuits and has an installed base of more than 2,500 systems worldwide. Increased quality and reliability needs of the Automotive and Mobility integrated circuit markets are driving additional test requirements, capacity needs and opportunities for Aehr Test products in package and wafer level test. Aehr Test has developed and introduced several innovative products, including the ABTSTM and FOX families of test and burn-in systems and WaferPak contactors. The ABTS systems are used in production and qualification testing of packaged parts for both low-power and high-power logic as well as memory devices. The FOX family of systems includes single and multi-wafer full wafer contact test and burn-in systems used for burn-in and functional test of complex devices, such as leading-edge memories, digital signal processors, microprocessors, microcontrollers and systems-on-a-chip. The WaferPak contactor contains a unique full wafer probe card capable of testing wafers up to 300mm that enables IC manufacturers to perform test and burn-in of full wafers on Aehr Test FOX systems. For more information, please visit Aehr Test’s website at www.aehr.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Aehr Test as of the date hereof and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied due to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Aehr Test’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future including statements regarding future market opportunities and conditions, expected product shipment dates, customer orders or commitments and future operating results. The risks and uncertainties that could cause Aehr Test’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, general market conditions, customer demand and acceptance of Aehr Test’s products and Aehr Test’s ability to execute on its business strategy. See Aehr Test’s recent 10-K, 10-Q and other reports from time to time filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more detailed description of the risks facing Aehr Test’s business. Aehr Test disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Financial Tables to Follow

AEHR TEST SYSTEMS AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended
  Aug 31, May 31, Aug 31,
  2015 2015 2014
       
Net sales  $ 6,633  $ 1,818  $ 3,558
Cost of sales 3,250 1,136 1,948
Gross profit 3,383 682 1,610
       
Operating expenses:      
Selling, general and administrative 1,845 1,526 1,624
Research and development 1,062 967 959
Total operating expenses 2,907 2,493 2,583
       
Income (loss) from operations 476 (1,811) (973)
       
Interest expense  (135)  (101)  (14)
Other (expense) income, net (24) 10 31
       
Income (loss) before income tax (expense) benefit 317 (1,902) (956)
       
Income tax (expense) benefit (23) 2 49
       
Net income (loss) 294 (1,900) (907)
       
Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest  —   —   — 
       
Net income (loss) attributable to Aehr Test Systems common shareholders  $ 294  $ (1,900)  $ (907)
       
Net income (loss) per share      
Basic  $ 0.02  $ (0.15)  $ (0.08)
Diluted  $ 0.02  $ (0.15)  $ (0.08)
       
Shares used in per share calculations:      
Basic 12,963 12,751 11,391
Diluted 13,814 12,751 11,391
 
AEHR TEST SYSTEMS AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
         
         
    Three Months Ended
    Aug 31, May 31, Aug 31,
    2015 2015 2014
         
         
GAAP net income (loss)  $ 294  $ (1,900)  $ (907)
Stock-based compensation expense 319 303 197
Non-GAAP net income (loss)  $ 613  $ (1,597)  $ (710)
         
GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share  $ 0.02  $ (0.15)  $ (0.08)
Non-GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share  $ 0.04  $ (0.13)  $ (0.06)
Shares used in diluted shares calculation 13,814 12,751 11,391
Shares used in non-GAAP diluted shares calculation 13,814 12,751 11,391
 
         
Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP measure and should not be considered a replacement for GAAP results. Non-GAAP net income is a financial measure the Company uses to evaluate the underlying results and operating performance of the business. The limitation of this measure is that it excludes items that impact the Company’s current period net income. This limitation is best addressed by using this measure in combination with net income (the most comparable GAAP measure).
 
AEHR TEST SYSTEMS AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
     
  August 31, May 31,
  2015 2015
     
ASSETS    
     
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 3,653  $ 5,527
Accounts receivable, net 2,628 1,383
Inventories 7,258 7,123
Prepaid expenses and other 465 262
Total current assets 14,004 14,295
     
Property and equipment, net 465 478
Other assets  94  95
Total assets  $ 14,563  $ 14,868
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY  
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 1,848  $ 724
Accrued expenses 1,557 1,045
Customer deposits and deferred revenue, short-term 1,819 4,750
Total current liabilities 5,224 6,519
     
Long-term debt 3,828  3,791
Income taxes payable  — 8
Deferred revenue, long-term 127  —
Total liabilities 9,179 10,318
     
Aehr Test Systems shareholders’ equity 5,402 4,568
Noncontrolling interest (18) (18)
Total shareholders’ equity 5,384 4,550
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  $ 14,563  $ 14,868
CONTACT: Aehr Test Systems	
         Ken Spink		
         Chief Financial Officer
         (510) 623-9400 x309	

         Investor Relations Contact:
         Todd Kehrli or Jim Byers	
         MKR Group, Inc.
         (323) 468-2300
         aehr@mkr-group.com

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