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Coherent, Inc. Reports Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Year-End Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ, COHR), a world leader in providing photonics based solutions to the commercial and scientific research markets, today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and year ended October 1, 2011.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS



Three Months Ended


Year Ended

GAAP Results

(in millions except per share data)

Oct. 1,


July 2,


Oct. 2,


Oct. 1,


Oct. 2,

2011


2011


2010


2011


2010

Bookings

$195.4


$228.5


$192.5


$895.0


$696.0

Net sales

$208.0


$210.9


$166.4


$802.8


$605.1

Net income

$31.4


$19.0


$9.9


$93.2


$36.9

Diluted EPS

$1.25


$0.74


$0.39


$3.66


$1.47











Non-GAAP Results

(in millions except per share data)

















Net income

$24.2


$21.1


$14.9


$88.1


$48.1

Diluted EPS

$0.96


$0.83


$0.59


$3.46


$1.92




FOURTH FISCAL QUARTER DETAILS

For the fourth fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2011, Coherent announced net sales of $208.0 million and net income, on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, of $31.4 million, or $1.25 per diluted share.  These results compare to net sales of $166.4 million and net income of $9.9 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.  Coherent's tax expense for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011 was reduced by approximately $9.7 million due to the release of tax reserves and related interest as a result of an IRS settlement and the closure of open tax years. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $24.2 million, or $0.96 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 was $14.9 million, or $0.59 per diluted share. For a complete overview of the differences between GAAP and non-GAAP results, please see the reconciliation table included at the end of our release.

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $210.9 million and net income, on a GAAP basis, was $19.0 million, or $0.74 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $21.1 million, or $0.83 per diluted share.  

Bookings received during the fourth fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2011 of $195.4 million increased 1.5% from $192.5 million in the same prior year period and decreased by 14.5% compared to bookings of $228.5 million in the immediately preceding quarter.  The book-to-bill ratio was 0.94, resulting in backlog of $356.5 million at October 1, 2011 compared to a backlog of $368.7 million at July 2, 2011 and a backlog of $262.0 million at October 2, 2010.

For the fiscal year ended October 1, 2011, Coherent posted net sales of $802.8 million and net profit of $93.2 million ($3.66 per diluted share) on a GAAP basis compared to the prior year sales of $605.1 million and a net profit on a GAAP basis of $36.9 million ($1.47 per diluted share).   Bookings received for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2011 were $895.0 million, compared to $696.0 million in bookings received during fiscal 2010.

"A solid fourth quarter performance capped off a record-setting year for Coherent including all-time highs for sales, orders, operating income and earnings per share.  We also maintained a very strong balance sheet allowing us to make investments in Germany, Korea and Singapore that should deliver long-term returns as well as returning $100 million to shareholders through share repurchases," said John Ambroseo, Coherent's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "While we have the usual puts and takes in various markets, the reduction in fourth quarter bookings is almost entirely related to the timing of orders in the FPD market for annealing systems.  This will have little impact on fiscal 2012 revenues for annealing systems as we have very high backlog coverage.  We are working with a number of customers throughout Asia on adding new capacity for FPD production and we expect to receive meaningful orders in fiscal 2012," he added.

Coherent ended the quarter with cash and short term investments of $220.2 million, a decrease of $47.2 million from cash and short term investments of $267.4 million at July 2, 2011 and a decrease of $42.6 million from cash and short term investments of $262.8 million at October 2, 2010. During the quarter and year ended October 1, 2011, we repurchased approximately 1.3 million and 2.1 million shares of common stock at a cost of $58.7 million and $100.1 million, respectively.

CONFERENCE CALL REMINDER

The Company will host a conference call today to discuss its financial results at 1:30 P.M. Pacific (4:30 P.M. Eastern). A listen-only broadcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Company's website at either http://www.coherent.com/Investors/ or http://www.earnings.com. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately three months on both web sites.  A transcript of management's prepared remarks can be found at http://www.coherent.com/Investors/.

Summarized statement of operations information is as follows (unaudited, in thousands except per share data):



Three Months Ended

Year Ended


October 1,


July 2,


October 2,


October 1,


October 2,


2011


2011


2010


2011


2010











Net sales

$207,961


$210,882


$166,398


$802,834


$605,067

Cost of sales (A) (B) (D) (E)

118,464


120,720


96,579


452,012


344,256

Gross profit

89,497


90,162


69,819


350,822


260,811

Operating expenses:










Research & development (A) (B) (D)

19,718


21,738


19,192


81,232


72,354

Selling, general & administrative (A) (B) (C) (D)

36,459


37,983


32,848


149,499


123,575

Intangibles amortization

1,879


1,851


2,044


8,082


8,002

Total operating expenses

58,056


61,572


54,084


238,813


203,931

Income from operations

31,441


28,590


15,735


112,009


56,880

Other income (expense), net (D) (E)

(25)


766


(1,000)


11,820


1,099

Income before income taxes

31,416


29,356


14,735


123,829


57,979

Provision for income taxes (F)

36


10,334


4,882


30,591


21,063

Net income

$31,380


$19,022


$9,853


$93,238


$36,916











Net income per share:










Basic

$1.27


$0.76


$0.40


$3.74


$1.49

Diluted

$1.25


$0.74


$0.39


$3.66


$1.47











Shares used in computation:










Basic

24,697


25,066


24,677


24,924


24,718

Diluted

25,167


25,587


25,240


25,464


25,091




(A)

Stock-related compensation expense included in operating results is summarized below (all footnote


amounts are unaudited, in thousands, except per share data):




Stock-related compensation expense

Three Months Ended

Year Ended


Oct. 1,


July 2,


Oct. 2,


Oct. 1,


Oct. 2,


2011


2011


2010


2011


2010

Cost of sales

$374


$369


$241


$1,331


$949

Research & development

390


384


311


1,474


1,174

Selling, general & administrative

2,676


2,686


1,500


10,158


6,333

Impact on income from operations

$3,440


$3,439


$2,052


$12,963


$8,456




For the quarters ended October 1, 2011, July 2, 2011, and October 2, 2010, the impact on net income, net of tax was $2,489 ($0.10 per diluted share), $2,112 ($0.08 per diluted share) and $1,864 ($0.07 per diluted share), respectively. For the years ended October 1, 2011 and October 2, 2010, the impact on net income, net of tax was $9,161 ($0.36 per diluted share) and $6,846 ($0.27 per diluted share), respectively.

(B)

Restructuring costs included in operating results are summarized below:




Restructuring costs

Three Months Ended

Year Ended


Oct. 1,


July 2,


Oct. 2,


Oct. 1,


Oct. 2,


2011


2011


2010


2011


2010

Cost of sales

$-


$-


$3,453


$ -


$5,018

Research & development

-


-


282


-


994

Selling, general & administrative

-


-


861


-


2,590

Impact on income from operations

$-


$-


$4,596


$-


$8,602




Restructuring costs for the quarters ended October 1, 2011 and July 2, 2011 and the year ended October 1, 2011 were not material to our results of operations and have not been broken out here or in our non-GAAP reconciliation. For the three months and year ended October 2, 2010, the impact on net income, net of tax was $3,209 ($0.13 per diluted share) and $5,786 ($0.23 per diluted share), respectively.

(C)

The year ended October 2, 2010 includes $2,185 ($1,438 net of tax ($0.06 per diluted share)) net receipt from the settlement of litigation resulting from our internal stock option investigation.  



(D)

Changes in deferred compensation plan liabilities are included in cost of sales and operating expenses while gains and losses on deferred compensation plan assets are included in other income (expense) net.  Deferred compensation expense (benefit) included in operating results is summarized below:




Deferred compensation expense (benefit)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended


Oct. 1,


July 2,


Oct. 2,


Oct. 1,


Oct. 2,


2011


2011


2010


2011


2010

Cost of sales

$(50)


$13


$ -


$66


$34

Research & development

(206)


80


15


280


183

Selling, general & administrative

(1,390)


488


68


2,214


1,349

Impact on income from operations

$(1,646)


$581


$83


$2,560


$1,566




For the quarters ended October 1, 2011, July 2, 2011 and October 2, 2010, the impact on other income (expense) net from gains or losses on deferred compensation plan assets was expense of $1,763, income of $216 and expense of $74, respectively. For the year ended October 1, 2011 and October 2, 2010, the impact on other income (expense) net was income of $3,123 and income of $745, respectively.

(E)

The year ended October 1, 2011 includes $5,918 ($6,113 net of tax ($0.24 per diluted share)) gain from the dissolution of our Finland operations, of which a charge of $593 is recorded in cost of sales and a benefit of $6,511 is recorded in other income (expense), net.



(F)

The year ended October 1, 2011 includes a $9,686 ($0.38 per diluted share) benefit from the release of tax reserves and related interest as a result of an IRS settlement and the closure of open tax years and a $1,549 ($0.06 per diluted share) expense due to an increase in valuation allowances against deferred tax assets.



Summarized balance sheet information is as follows (unaudited, in thousands):  



October 1,

2011


October 2,

2010

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

$220,203


$262,771

Restricted cash

-


625

Accounts receivable, net

141,037


110,211

Inventories

152,385


113,858

Prepaid expenses and other assets

67,021


55,052

Total current assets

580,646


542,517

Property and equipment, net

104,504


90,339

Other assets

158,116


170,248

Total assets

$843,266


$803,104





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Current portion of long-term obligations

$ 15


$ 18

Accounts payable

39,841


39,737

Other current liabilities

122,549


92,165

Total current liabilities

162,405


131,920

Other long-term liabilities

62,860


79,721

Total stockholders' equity

618,001


591,463

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$843,266


$803,104




Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP net income (unaudited, in thousands, net of tax):



Three Months Ended

Year Ended


October 1,

2011


July 2,

2011


October 2,

2010


October 1,

2011


October 2,

2010

GAAP net income

$31,380


$19,022


$9,853


$93,238


$36,916

Stock option investigation and litigation expense (benefit)

--


--


--


--


(1,438)

Stock-related compensation expense

2,489


2,112


1,864


9,161


6,846

Gain on Finland dissolution

--


--


--


(6,113)


--

One-time tax expense (benefit)

(9,686)


--


--


(8,137)


--

Restructuring costs

--


--


3,209


--


5,786

Non-GAAP net income

$24,183


$21,134


$14,926


$88,149


$48,110











Non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$  0.96


$  0.83


$  0.59


$  3.46


$  1.92




FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined under the Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include the statements in this press release that relate to the timing and achievement of any long-term returns on the Company's investments in Germany, Korea and Singapore, the impact of timing of orders in the FPD market for annealing systems, the impact of the timing of orders on the Company's fiscal 2012 revenues, the timing, impact and amount of backlog and the timing of receipt of orders in fiscal 2012. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks associated with any general market recovery, our successful implementation of our customer design wins, our and our customers' exposure to risks associated with worldwide economic conditions, the ability of our customers to forecast their own end markets, our ability to accurately forecast future periods, customer acceptance and adoption of our new product offerings, continued availability of products and materials from our suppliers, our ability to derive benefits and returns on the Company's investments in Germany, Korea and Singapore, our ability to timely ship our products and our customers' ability to accept such shipments, our ability to have our customers qualify our product offerings, and other risks identified in the Company's SEC filings.  Readers are encouraged to refer to the risk disclosures and critical accounting policies and estimates described in the Company's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, as applicable and as filed from time-to-time by the Company.  Actual results, events and performance may differ materially from those presented herein.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Founded in 1966, Coherent, Inc. is a world leader in providing photonics based solutions to the commercial and scientific research markets and part of the Russell 2000. Please direct any questions to Leen Simonet, Chief Financial Officer at 408-764-4161. For more information about Coherent, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.coherent.com/ for product and financial updates.

SOURCE Coherent, Inc.

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