April 30, 2013

Nanometrics Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

MILPITAS, Calif., April 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nanometrics Incorporated (Nasdaq:NANO), a leading provider of advanced process control metrology and inspection systems, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 30, 2013.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Competitive win for advanced 3D memory applications with our industry-leading NanoDiffract® OCD software and Atlas® II metrology solution at a leading memory company in Asia;
  • High-volume manufacturing adoption of our UniFire® system for advanced front-end-of-line process control at a leading foundry customer;
  • New order for a UniFire on a 450mm Lynx™ platform addressing front-end-of-line process control applications;
  • Additional penetration into the EUV infrastructure with a follow-on SPARK™ shipment for reticle inspection at a leading foundry customer; and
  • Repurchase of 333,000 shares of common stock for $5.0 million.
GAAP Results
       
 Q1 2013Q4 2012 Q1 2012
       
Revenues  $ 24,552  $ 30,270  $ 55,492
       
Gross Profit  $ 10,486  $ 11,951  $ 25,066
       
Income (Loss) from Operations  $ (9,603)  $ (6,538)  $ 4,106
       
Net Income (Loss)  $ (5,582)  $ (3,647)  $ 1,703
       
Earnings (Loss) per Diluted Share  $ (0.24)  $ (0.16)  $ 0.07
       
       
Non-GAAP Results
       
 Q1 2013Q4 2012 Q1 2012
       
Gross Profit  $ 11,144  $ 12,597  $ 25,703
       
Income (Loss) from Operations  $ (8,747)  $ (5,696)  $ 4,935
       
Net Income (Loss)  $ (5,032)  $ (3,112)  $ 2,884
       
Earnings (Loss) per Diluted Share  $ (0.22)  $ (0.13)  $ 0.12
 

A reconciliation between GAAP operating results and non-GAAP operating results is provided following the financial statements that are part of this release and on the investor page of Nanometrics' website. Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of amortization of acquired intangible assets and certain discrete tax items.

Commenting on the company's results, president and chief executive officer Dr. Timothy J. Stultz said, "As expected, the first quarter was challenging due to limited capital spending by our largest customers. The quarter however had some important bright spots, including competitive wins, increased traction of our UniFire and SPARK products, and adoption of our process control solutions for forthcoming technology inflection points such as 3D memory, 450mm wafer manufacturing and EUV lithography. These bright spots are evidence of continued performance toward our key strategic initiatives, which include strengthening our position with our key customers, increasing our engagements with new customers and applications, and gaining share in additional segments of process control. Looking forward, we see a significant improvement in revenues coming off a low first quarter, and continue to expect a stronger second half 2013. More importantly, the growing number of customer engagements, new applications and increasing market penetration are collectively pointing to an even higher level of business going into 2014."

First Quarter 2013 Summary

Revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were $24.6 million, down 19% from $30.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and down 56% from $55.5 million in the first quarter of 2012.  Gross margin was 42.7% compared to 39.5% in the prior quarter and 45.2% in the year-ago period. The operating loss was $9.6 million compared to an operating loss of $6.5 million in the prior quarter and operating income of $4.1 million in the year-ago period. The net loss was $5.6 million or $0.24 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.6 million or $0.16 per share in the prior quarter and net income of $1.7 million or $0.07 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. 

On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the impact of amortization of acquired intangible assets and discrete tax items, gross margin was 45.4% compared to 41.6% in the prior quarter and 46.3% in the year-ago period. The operating loss was $8.7 million, compared to an operating loss of $5.7 million in the prior quarter and operating income of $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2012. The non-GAAP net loss was $5.0 million or $0.22 per share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $3.1 million or $0.13 per share in the prior quarter and non-GAAP net income of $2.9 million or $0.12 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012.

Balance Sheet Strength

At March 30, 2013, Nanometrics had $95.3 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities and $149.7 million in working capital. Stockholders' equity, excluding intangible assets, was $184.9 million, or $8.00 per share based on 23.1 million shares outstanding at quarter end.

Business Outlook

Management forecasts improvement in spending by its largest customers in the second quarter of 2013, with total revenues expected to be in the range of $30 to $34 million. Management expects GAAP gross margin in the range of 40% to 43%, non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 42% to 45%, and operating expenses to increase between $1.1 and $2.1 million from the first quarter. The expected increase in operating expenses is primarily due to incremental R&D and applications investments in support of customer engagements at leading edge device nodes. Management expects the second quarter GAAP net loss to be in the range of $0.28 to $0.17 per share and the non-GAAP net loss to be in the range of $0.26 to $0.15 per share.

Conference Call Details

A conference call to discuss first quarter 2013 results will be held today at 4:30 p.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. PDT). To participate in the conference call, the dial-in numbers are (877) 374-4041 for domestic callers and (253) 237-1156 for international callers. A live and recorded webcast and supplemental financial information will be made available on the investor page of the Nanometrics website at www.nanometrics.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Financial results such as non-GAAP gross profit, gross margin, operating income, net income, and net income per share, which exclude certain expenses, charges and special items, were not prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Management uses non-GAAP financial results, which exclude acquisition-related expenses such as amortization of acquired intangibles and transaction costs, asset impairments, restructuring charges, legal settlements, certain discrete tax items and the impact of the timing of the approval of elections related to tax treatment of certain foreign subsidiaries, and other unusual and infrequent items to evaluate the company's ongoing performance and to enable comparison to other periods that did not include these unusual and infrequent items. The company believes the presentation of non-GAAP results is useful to investors for analyzing ongoing business trends, comparing performance to prior periods, and enhancing the investor's ability to view the company's results from management's perspective. A table presenting a reconciliation of GAAP results to non-GAAP results is included at the end of this press release and is available on the investor page of the Nanometrics website at www.nanometrics.com.

About Nanometrics

Nanometrics is a leading provider of advanced, high-performance process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors, high-brightness LEDs, data storage devices and solar photovoltaics. Nanometrics' automated and integrated systems address numerous process control applications, including critical dimension and film thickness measurement, device topography, defect inspection, overlay registration, and analysis of various other film properties such as optical, electrical and material characteristics. The company's process control solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to high-volume production of semiconductors and other devices, to advanced wafer-scale packaging applications. Nanometrics' systems enable device manufacturers to improve yields, increase productivity and lower their manufacturing costs. The company maintains its headquarters in Milpitas, California, with sales and service offices worldwide. Nanometrics is traded on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol NANO. Nanometrics' website is www.nanometrics.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements included in the quotation from management and statements included in the business outlook section, such as the statements regarding future financial results, including revenue, margins and profitability, customer spending and future levels of business. These forward-looking statements may also be identified by words such as "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecasts," "looking forward," "plan," "predict," "see," "view," and similar terms. Although Nanometrics believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from these expectations due to a variety of factors, including economic conditions, levels of industry spending, shifts in the timing of customer orders and product shipments, market adoption rates, changes in product mix and changes in operating expenses. For additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Nanometrics, see its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2013, as well as other periodic reports filed with the SEC from time to time. Nanometrics disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
   March 30,   December 29, 
  2013 2012
     
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 47,345  $ 62,915
Marketable securities  47,939  46,993
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $90 and $82, respectively  19,747  21,388
Inventories   43,545  39,659
Inventories-delivered systems   1,524  2,274
Prepaid expenses and other   7,141  7,492
Deferred income tax assets   12,555  8,593
Total current assets   179,796  189,314
     
Property, plant and equipment, net   42,938  43,213
Goodwill  11,041  11,352
Intangible assets, net   9,938  10,980
Deferred income tax assets  3,591  3,671
Other assets   829  924
Total assets   $ 248,133  $ 259,454
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable   $ 6,362  $ 6,398
Accrued payroll and related expenses   5,926  6,670
Deferred revenue   8,221  8,485
Other current liabilities   8,385  7,822
Income taxes payable   274  424
Current portion of debt obligations   945  928
Total current liabilities   30,113  30,727
     
Deferred revenue, non-current   3,746  4,307
Income taxes payable, non-current  2,280  2,135
Other long-term liabilities   2,011  2,140
Debt obligations  4,131  4,374
Total liabilities   42,281  43,683
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 47,000,000 shares authorized; 23,095,612 and 23,250,429, respectively, issued and outstanding   23  23
Additional paid-in capital   235,928  238,326
Accumulated deficit   (29,432)  (23,850)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  (667)  1,272
Total stockholders' equity   205,852  215,771
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 248,133  $ 259,454
 
NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended
  March 30, March 31,
  2013 2012
     
Net revenues:    
Products   $ 13,079  $ 47,858
Service   11,473  7,634
Total net revenues   24,552  55,492
     
Costs of net revenues:    
Cost of products   7,960  24,819
Cost of service   5,448  4,970
Amortization of intangible assets  658  637
Total costs of net revenues   14,066  30,426
Gross profit   10,486  25,066
     
Operating expenses:    
Research and development   7,447  7,476
Selling   6,932  7,211
General and administrative   5,512  6,081
Amortization of intangible assets   198  192
Total operating expenses  20,089  20,960
Income (loss) from operations   (9,603)  4,106
     
Other income (expense):    
Interest income   25  52
Interest expense   (226)  (269)
Other expense, net   40  (175)
Total other expense, net   (161)  (392)
     
Income (loss) before income taxes   (9,764)  3,714
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes   (4,182)  2,011
     
Net income (loss)  $ (5,582)  $ 1,703
     
Net income (loss) per share:    
Basic   $ (0.24)  $ 0.07
Diluted   $ (0.24)  $ 0.07
     
Shares used in per share calculation:    
Basic   23,341  23,349
Diluted   23,341  23,981
 
NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
 (Unaudited)
     
     
  Three Months Ended
  March 30, March 31,
  2013 2012
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income  $ (5,582)  $ 1,703
Reconciliation of net income to net cash used in operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 2,108 1,790
Stock-based compensation 1,457 1,461
Excess tax benefit from equity awards 367 (645)
Loss on disposal of fixed assets 12 118
Inventory write down 1,321 806
Deferred taxes (4,065) 2,468
Change in the fair value of contingent payments to Zygo Corporation 389 8
Changes in assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable 1,268 (9,617)
Inventories (5,631) (713)
Inventories-delivered systems 750 (61)
Prepaid expenses and other 592 (2,337)
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities (351) (1,166)
Deferred revenue (796) 2,731
Income taxes payable (360) 518
Net cash used in operating activities (8,521) (2,936)
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Maturities of marketable securities  10,111  -- 
Purchases of marketable securities  (11,292)  -- 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment  (997) (867)
Net cash used in investing activities (2,178) (867)
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Payments to Zygo Corporation related to acquisition  (133) (107)
Repayments of debt obligations  (227) (186)
Proceeds from sale of shares under the employee stock option and purchase plans  1,598  1,214
Excess tax benefit from equity awards  (367) 645
Taxes paid on net issuance of stock awards  (86) (16)
Repurchase of common stock  (5,000)  -- 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (4,215) 1,550
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (656) 32
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (15,570) (2,221)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 62,915 97,699
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $ 47,345  $ 95,478
   
NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED  
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS   
(In thousands, except per share amounts)  
(Unaudited)  
         
  Three Months Ended  
  March 30, December 29, March 31,  
  2013 2012 2012  
Reconciliation of GAAP gross profit to non-GAAP gross profit        
GAAP gross profit  $ 10,486  $ 11,951  $ 25,066  
Non-GAAP adjustments:        
 Amortization of intangible assets   658  646  637  
 Non-GAAP gross profit   $ 11,144  $ 12,597  $ 25,703  
         
Reconciliation of GAAP operating income (loss) to non-GAAP operating income (loss)        
GAAP operating income (loss)  $ (9,603)  $ (6,538)  $ 4,106  
Non-GAAP adjustments:        
 Amortization of intangible assets included in cost of revenues   658  646  637  
 Amortization of intangible assets included in operating expenses   198  196  192  
 Total non-GAAP adjustments to GAAP operating income   856  842  829  
 Non-GAAP operating income (loss)   $ (8,747)  $ (5,696)  $ 4,935  
         
Reconciliation of GAAP net income (loss) to non-GAAP net income (loss)        
GAAP net income (loss)  $ (5,582)  $ (3,647)  $ 1,703  
Non-GAAP adjustments:        
 Total non-GAAP adjustments to GAAP operating income   856  842  829  
 Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments   (306)  (307)  (303)  
 Discrete tax adjustment   --   --   655(a)
 Non-GAAP net income (loss)   $ (5,032)  $ (3,112)  $ 2,884  
         
GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share  $ (0.24)  $ (0.16)  $ 0.07  
         
Non-GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share  $ (0.22)  $ (0.13)  $ 0.12  
         
Shares used in diluted income per share calculation  23,341  23,408  23,981  
         
(a) Reflects the tax benefit for certain first quarter foreign losses related to entity classification elections that were approved by the IRS in the second quarter. The tax benefit of these first quarter losses was recorded as a decrease to the second quarter tax provision on a GAAP basis.   
CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:

         Claire McAdams

         Headgate Partners LLC

         530.265.9899

         email: claire@headgatepartners.com

         

         Company Contact:

         Ronald Kisling, CFO

         Nanometrics Incorporated

         408.545.6143

         email: rkisling@nanometrics.com


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