News: $AEIS – Advanced Energy Announces Third Quarter Results

  • Revenue of $130.8 million
  • GAAP earnings of $0.40 per diluted share
  • Non-GAAP earnings of $0.51 per diluted share
  • Ended quarter with $199.0 million in cash and marketable securities

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 02, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEIS) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. The company reported third quarter sales of $130.8 million compared with $136.8 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $143.1 million in the third quarter of 2014. Net income was $16.4 million or $0.40 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income was $21.1 million or $0.51 per diluted share. A reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted net income and earnings per share is provided in the tables below. The company ended the quarter with $199.0 million in cash and marketable securities, a sequential increase of $15.8 million.

“Near record sales to semiconductor applications drove our strong profitability and cash generation in the third quarter,” said Yuval Wasserman, President and CEO of Advanced Energy. “We expect the fourth quarter slowdown in the semiconductor capital equipment market to be slightly offset by sales to our industrial applications. With the wind down of the inverter business nearly complete, we are excited at the opportunities ahead for our industry-leading technology in an expanding number of Precision Power applications.”

Results Excluding the Inverter Business

Excluding the inverter business, sales were $107.9 million in the third quarter of 2015, above the second quarter’s sales of $104.6 million and up 18.3% from $91.2 million in the third quarter of 2014. Sales to the semiconductor market increased sequentially, while industrial sales were roughly flat.

Non-GAAP operating income for the business excluding inverters was $32.4 million, or 30.1% of sales.

Inverters

Closing out the third quarter, inverter sales were $22.9 million, down from $32.2 million in the second quarter, and down 55.8% from $52.0 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Non-GAAP operating loss for Inverters was $7.5 million.

Restructuring and Tax Charges

During the quarter, the company incurred $13.2 million in charges related to the wind down of the inverter business that was announced on June 29, 2015. These include:

  • Restructuring charges of $13.9 million consisting of $8.0 million for contract settlement costs, $5.6 million for severance and related costs and $0.3 million for facility closure costs;
  • An inventory write-down of $3.4 million that is included in cost of sales; and
  • Recovery of previously impaired accounts receivable of $4.1 million that is included in Selling, General and Administrative.

The remainder of the restructuring plan is expected to be substantially complete by year end. Total year restructuring, tax and other charges related to the wind down are anticipated to be within the expected range of $260 million to $290 million. Cash costs for the wind down are expected to be $20 million to $30 million in 2015. The total year 2015 GAAP tax expense is currently anticipated to range from zero to a slight tax benefit.

Net Income (Loss)

Net income for the third quarter of 2015 was $16.4 million or $0.40 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $232.5 million or $5.68 per diluted share in the second quarter, and net income of $12.3 million or $0.30 per diluted share in the third quarter 2014.

On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income for this quarter was $21.1 million or $0.51 per diluted share as compared to $17.7 million or $0.43 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015, and $16.9 million or $0.42 per diluted share in the same period last year.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Guidance                           

Based on the company’s current view, guidance for the fourth quarter of 2015 is within the following ranges:
               

    Non-GAAP*
  Total Company Inverters Business Excluding
Inverters
Revenues $88M to $102M $8M to $12M $80M to $90M
Non-GAAP* Operating income $10M to $12M ($6M) to ($8M) $16M to $20M
Non-GAAP* Operating income as % of revenue     20% to 22%
Non-GAAP EPS $0.20 to $0.30    
       

*Non-GAAP Operating Income excludes restructuring charges, stock based compensation, amortization of intangibles and tax release items.

Third Quarter 2015 Conference Call

Management will host a conference call tomorrow morning, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss Advanced Energy’s financial results. Domestic callers may access this conference call by dialing 855-232-8958. International callers may access the call by dialing 315-625-6980. Participants will need to provide the operator with the Conference ID Number 51521886, which has been reserved for this call. For a replay of this teleconference, please call 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and enter Conference ID Number 51521886. The replay will be available for one week following the conference call. A webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations web page at http://ir.advanced-energy.com.

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq:AEIS) is a global leader in innovative power and control technologies for high-growth, precision power solutions for thin films processes and industrial applications. Advanced Energy is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, with dedicated support and service locations around the world. For more information, go to www.advanced-energy.com.

This release includes GAAP and non-GAAP income and per-share earnings data. Advanced Energy’s non-GAAP measures exclude restructuring charges, acquisition-related costs, stock based compensation and amortization of intangibles and tax release items. For the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2015 guidance, the company expects stock based compensation of $0.8 million, amortization of intangibles of $1.1 million and restructuring charges ranging between $15 million and $20 million in the inverter business as the company continues to wind down the segment. The non-GAAP measures included in this release are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, similar measures calculated under generally accepted accounting principles 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. Advanced Energy believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. Additionally, the company believes that these non-GAAP measures, in combination with its financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, provide investors with additional perspective. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate business performance and for planning purposes. While some of the excluded items may be incurred and reflected in the company’s GAAP financial results in the foreseeable future, the company believes that the items excluded from certain non-GAAP measures do not accurately reflect the underlying performance of its continuing operations for the period in which they are incurred. The use of non-GAAP measures has limitations in that such measures do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP, and these measures should only be used to evaluate the company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Please refer to the Form 8-K regarding this release furnished today to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-Looking Statements

The company’s guidance with respect to anticipated financial results for the fourth quarter and year ending December 31, 2015, estimates of future costs related to the inverter business, estimates regarding the timing of completion of the wind-down of the inverter business, expectations regarding future market trends and the company’s future performance within specific markets and other statements that are not historical information are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a) the effects of global macroeconomic conditions upon demand for our products; (b) the volatility and cyclicality of the industries the company serves, particularly the semiconductor industry; (c) the delays of renewable energy projects; (d) expected decreases in customer orders and sales and potential disruptions in operations, supplier relationships and employee relations given the decision to wind down the Solar Inverter business; (e) the company’s ability to identify and execute upon a sale of the assets or license of intellectual property (if any) of the inverter business; (f) unanticipated developments that may prevent or delay wind down or sale activities; (g) the company’s ability to realize on its plan to avoid costs as it winds down the Solar Inverter business; (h) the accuracy of the company’s estimates and assumptions on which its financial statement projections are based, including estimates and assumptions related to the wind down of the Solar Inverter business; (i) the impact of price changes resulting from a variety of factors; (j) the timing of orders received from customers; (k) the company’s ability to realize benefits from cost improvement efforts including avoided costs, restructuring plans and inorganic growth; (l) the company’s ability to obtain materials and manufacture products; and (m) unanticipated changes to management’s estimates, reserves or allowances. These and other risks are described in Advanced Energy’s Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q and other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). These reports and statements are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies may also be obtained from Advanced Energy’s investor relations page at http://ir.advanced-energy.com or by contacting Advanced Energy’s investor relations at 970-407-6555. Forward-looking statements are made and based on information available to the company on the date of this press release. Aspirational goals and targets discussed on the conference call or in the presentation materials should not be interpreted in any respect as guidance. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
SALES $ 130,800     $ 143,147     $ 136,791     $ 408,709     $ 430,380  
COST OF SALES 77,763     95,204     96,513     255,650     277,230  
GROSS PROFIT 53,037     47,943     40,278     153,059     153,150  
  40.5 %   33.5 %   29.4 %   37.4 %   35.6 %
OPERATING EXPENSES:                  
Research and development 11,696     15,074     14,047     39,985     44,952  
Selling, general and administrative 16,484     20,223     40,546     78,784     62,782  
Amortization of intangible assets 1,267     2,238     1,894     5,052     6,339  
Restructuring charges 13,930     1,183     168,393     182,323     1,427  
Total operating expenses 43,377     38,718     224,880     306,144     115,500  
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 9,660     9,225     (184,602 )   (153,085 )   37,650  
OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME, NET (867 )   (618 )   154     354     (689 )
Income (loss) before income taxes 8,793     8,607     (184,448 )   (152,731 )   36,961  
(Benefit) provision for income taxes (7,639 )   (3,695 )   48,012     42,020     (702 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 16,432     $ 12,302     $ (232,460 )   $ (194,751 )   $ 37,663  
                   
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding 41,027     39,998     40,946     40,905     40,450  
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 41,319     40,470     40,946     40,905     41,102  
                   
EARNINGS PER SHARE:                  
                   
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.40     $ 0.31     $ (5.68 )   $ (4.76 )   $ 0.93  
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.40     $ 0.30     $ (5.68 )   $ (4.76 )   $ 0.92  
                                       

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)

  September 30,   December 31,
  2015   2014
ASSETS UNAUDITED    
       
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 184,296     $ 125,285  
Marketable securities 14,708     3,083  
Accounts receivable, net 90,755     124,150  
Inventories, net 71,712     95,082  
Deferred income tax assets 13,767     14,011  
Income taxes receivable 5,955     5,555  
Other current assets 12,224     9,588  
Total current assets 393,417     376,754  
       
Property and equipment, net 12,519     28,976  
       
Deposits and other 1,540     2,052  
Goodwill and intangibles, net 80,078     250,403  
Deferred income tax assets 26,107     26,384  
Total assets $ 513,661     $ 684,569  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
       
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 50,117     $ 53,040  
Other accrued expenses 92,622     59,530  
Total current liabilities 142,739     112,570  
       
Long-term liabilities 95,553     97,034  
       
Total liabilities 238,292     209,604  
       
Stockholders’ equity 275,369     474,965  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 513,661     $ 684,569  
       

* December 31, 2014 amounts are derived from the December 31, 2014 audited Consolidated Financial Statements.

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
SALES:                  
Precision Power Products $ 107,851     $ 91,192     $ 104,610     $ 318,300     $ 255,896  
Inverters 22,949     51,955     32,181     90,409     174,484  
Total Sales $ 130,800     $ 143,147     $ 136,791     $ 408,709     $ 430,380  
                   
                   
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS):                  
Precision Power Products $ 30,600     $ 22,882     $ 28,632     $ 90,335     $ 64,455  
Inverters (7,010 )   (12,474 )   (44,841 )   (61,097 )   (25,378 )
Total segment operating income (loss) 23,590     10,408     (16,209 )   29,238     39,077  
Restructuring charges (13,930 )   (1,183 )   (168,393 )   (182,323 )   (1,427 )
Other (expense) income, net (867 )   (618 )   154     354     (689 )
Income (loss) before income taxes $ 8,793     $ 8,607     $ (184,448 )   $ (152,731 )   $ 36,961  
                                       

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
SELECTED OTHER DATA (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure –
operating expenses and operating income,
excluding certain items
Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
Gross Profit, as reported $ 53,037     $ 47,943     $ 40,278     $ 153,059     $ 153,150  
Operating expenses, as reported 43,377     38,718     224,880     306,144     115,500  
Adjustments:                  
Restructuring charges (13,930 )   (1,183 )   (168,393 )   (182,323 )   (1,427 )
Acquisition-related costs     (60 )           (790 )
Stock-based compensation (803 )   (1,488 )   (853 )   (2,245 )   (4,747 )
Amortization of intangible assets (1,267 )   (2,238 )   (1,894 )   (5,052 )   (6,339 )
Nonrecurring inventory impairment (3,375 )       (14,994 )   (18,369 )    
Nonrecurring accounts receivable impairment, net of recoveries 4,068         (17,661 )   (13,593 )    
Nonrecurring executive severance                 (867 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses 28,070     33,749     21,085     84,562     101,330  
Non-GAAP operating income $ 24,967     $ 14,194     $ 19,193     $ 68,497     $ 51,820  

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure –
income excluding certain items
Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
Income (loss), net of tax, as reported $ 16,432     $ 12,302     $ (232,460 )   $ (194,751 )   $ 37,663  
Adjustments, net of tax                  
Restructuring charges 12,927     1,102     167,063     179,990     1,327  
Acquisition-related costs     56             718  
Stock-based compensation 746     1,385     792     2,085     4,309  
Amortization of intangible assets 1,175     2,084     1,757     4,687     5,778  
Nonrecurring tax items (9,499 )       50,272     40,773      
Nonrecurring accounts receivable impairment, net of recoveries (3,775 )       16,389     12,614      
Nonrecurring inventory impairment 3,132         13,914     17,046      
Nonrecurring executive severance                 800  
Non-GAAP income, net of tax $ 21,138     $ 16,929     $ 17,727     $ 62,444     $ 50,595  

*Note: The impact of the non-tax deductible goodwill impairment recorded in our second quarter exaggerated our income tax rate resulting in significant book tax expense as compared to our pre-tax book loss.  Therefore for preparation of our non-GAAP information we have applied an estimated normalized tax rate of 7.2%, which is consistent with our pre-restructuring Q1 tax rate in order to tax effect the non-GAAP items above. Additionally, we assessed the tax impact of this one-time event by applying this estimated tax rate to our “book operating income excluding restructuring” in order to arrive at our Q3 estimated non-GAAP non-recurring tax add-back of ($9.5 million) and 2015 YTD estimated non-GAAP non-recurring tax add-back of $40.8 million shown above.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure –
per share earnings excluding certain items
Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
Diluted earnings per share, as reported $ 0.40     $ 0.30     $ (5.68 )   $ (4.76 )   $ 0.92  
Add back:                  
per share impact of Non-GAAP adjustments, net of tax 0.11     0.12     6.11     6.27     0.31  
Non-GAAP per share earnings $ 0.51     $ 0.42     $ 0.43     $ 1.51     $ 1.23  
                                       

OTHER SELECTED DATA (UNAUDITED)

Based on the decision by the Company to exit the inverter segment in a wind-down of operations commencing effective June 29, 2015 we have ceased allocating corporate overhead to the inverter segment as of that date. These costs include allocated costs which have historically been shared between the inverter segment and the precision power segment but which going forward will burden solely our single reporting segment, the precision power business. For comparability to assist the reader with understanding how our results would have been reported had we not had the inverter segment we have prepared the following Non-GAAP presentation. The following non-GAAP tables present historical comparative periods presented on a consistent basis with this forward looking presentation approach with respect to internal costs. We have eliminated from the historical GAAP segment presentation for inverters the corporate overhead expenses previously allocated to inverters and these costs have been reflected as burdening the Precision Power segment (reflected below in the column “Non-GAAP results excluding inverter amounts”).

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure –
Revenue & operating income excluding certain items
Three months ended
September 30, 2015
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2015
  As
reported
  Amounts
related to
Inverter
  Amounts
excluding
Inverter
  As
reported
  Amounts
related to
Inverter
  Amounts
excluding
Inverter
Revenues $ 130,800     $ 22,949     $ 107,851     $ 408,709     $ 90,409     $ 318,300  
                       
Operating income (loss) as reported $ 9,660     $ (20,940 )   $ 30,600     $ (153,085 )   $ (239,934 )   $ 86,849  
Adjustments                      
Restructuring charges 13,930     13,930         182,323     182,323      
Acquisition-related costs                      
Stock-based compensation 803     66     737     2,245     326     1,919  
Nonrecurring tax items                      
Nonrecurring inventory impairment 3,375     3,375         18,369     18,369      
Nonrecurring accounts receivable impairment, net of recoveries (4,068 )   (4,068 )       13,593     13,593      
Amortization of intangible assets 1,267     169     1,098     5,052     1,755     3,297  
Non-GAAP Operating income (loss) $ 24,967     $ (7,468 )   $ 32,435     $ 68,497     $ (23,568 )   $ 92,065  

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure –
Revenue & operating income excluding certain items
Three months ended
September 30, 2014
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2014
  As
reported
  Amounts
related to
Inverter
  Amounts
excluding
Inverter
  As
reported
  Amounts
related to
Inverter
  Amounts
excluding
Inverter
Revenues $ 143,147     $ 51,955     $ 91,192     $ 430,380     $ 174,484     $ 255,896  
                       
Operating income (loss) as reported $ 9,225     $ (11,394 )   $ 20,619     $ 37,650     $ (19,616 )   $ 57,266  
Adjustments                      
Restructuring charges 1,183     1,183         1,427     1,372     55  
Acquisition-related costs 60         60     790         790  
Stock-based compensation 1,488     327     1,161     4,747     1,054     3,693  
Amortization of intangible assets 2,238     883     1,355     6,339     3,108     3,231  
Nonrecurring executive severance             867         867  
Non-GAAP Operating income (loss) $ 14,194     $ (9,001 )   $ 23,195     $ 51,820     $ (14,082 )   $ 65,902  

 

CONTACT: CONTACTS:
Tom Liguori
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
970.407.6570
Tom.liguori@aei.com

Annie Leschin
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
970.407.6555
ir@aei.com