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Coherent, Inc. Reports Second Fiscal Quarter Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHR), one of the world's leading providers of lasers, laser-based technologies and laser-based system solutions in a broad range of scientific, commercial and industrial applications, today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018.

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


March 31,


December 30,


April 1,


March 31,


April 1,


2018


2017


2017


2018


2017

GAAP Results










(in millions except per share data)










Net sales

$

481.1



$

477.6



$

422.8



$

958.7



$

768.9


Net income

$

65.3



$

41.9



$

41.8



$

107.2



$

72.3


Diluted EPS

$

2.61



$

1.67



$

1.69



$

4.29



$

2.93












Non-GAAP Results










(in millions except per share data)









Net income

$

84.3



$

88.6



$

72.1



$

172.9



$

135.5


Diluted EPS

$

3.37



$

3.54



$

2.91



$

6.91



$

5.49


2018 SECOND FISCAL QUARTER DETAILS

For the second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018, Coherent announced net sales of $481.1 million and net income, on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, of $65.3 million, or $2.61 per diluted share. These results compare to net sales of $422.8 million and net income of $41.8 million, or $1.69 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 was $84.3 million, or $3.37 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $72.1 million, or $2.91 per diluted share. Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for the three months ended March 31, 2018, December 30, 2017 and April 1, 2017 and six months ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017 appear in the financial statements portion of this release under the heading "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP net income."

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $477.6 million and net income, on a GAAP basis, was $41.9 million, or $1.67 per diluted share. These results include additional income tax expense of $41.7 million, or $1.67 per diluted share due to the provisions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as a benefit of $12.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share from the adoption of new rules for accounting for excess tax benefits and deficiencies for employee stock-based compensation. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued rules that allow for a measurement period of up to one year after the enactment date of the Tax Act to finalize the recording of the related tax impacts. Coherent currently anticipates finalizing and recording any resulting adjustments by the end of the quarter ending September 29, 2018. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $88.6 million, or $3.54 per diluted share.

As previously announced, on November 7, 2016, Coherent completed its acquisition of Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc. ("Rofin"), one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of high-performance industrial laser sources and laser-based solutions and components. As a result, Rofin's operating results were consolidated for the period from November 7, 2016 through April 1, 2017 in Coherent's six months results ended April 1, 2017. Subsequent to the first quarter of fiscal 2017, Rofin's operating results are consolidated in Coherent's results for the full quarter and year-to-date.

"We experienced a surge in demand across a number of end markets during our second fiscal quarter.  Orders for high power fiber lasers were up significantly from metal cutting OEMs in China, Tier 1 automotive component suppliers and EV battery manufacturers.   Semiconductor capital equipment orders benefitted from high fab utilization rates and Chinese IC investments as part of Made in China 2025.  Bookings across the OEM component and instrumentation space were up due to annual buys in bioinstrumentation, strength from medical OEMs and increasing opportunities in defense and aerospace.

Our Fiscal 2018 outlook on the FPD business is largely unchanged and the supply chain issue discussed last quarter has been resolved.  FPD service demand was similar to last quarter and is expected to accelerate into the second half of the year," said John Ambroseo, Coherent's President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We also made our first investment in the metal additive manufacturing market with the acquisition of privately-held OR Laser, which has developed a compact tool to enable process development across multiple markets, as well as provide production capability for the dental, medical and jewelry markets.  OR also developed proprietary software that is intuitive to use and does not require third party add-ons to go from CAD modeling to printed parts.  Future projects will be directed towards the automotive and aerospace markets.  In addition to the OR investment, we have continued making voluntary prepayments on our debt.  The most recent prepayment of €60 million brings the total voluntary reduction to €285 million," Ambroseo added.

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 and a transcript of management's prepared remarks can be accessed on the Company's website at http://www.coherent.com/Investors/. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately three months on the Company's website.

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


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


March 31,


December 30,


April 1,


March 31,


April 1,


2018


2017


2017


2018


2017











Net sales

$

481,118



$

477,565



$

422,833



$

958,683



$

768,906


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

265,688



260,542



243,318



526,230



447,877


Gross profit

215,430



217,023



179,515



432,453



321,029


Operating expenses:










Research & development (A)(B)(F)

34,783



31,392



30,536



66,175



57,620


Selling, general & administrative (A)(B)(E)(F)(G)

77,146



73,437



72,451



150,583



146,219


Gain from business combination (C)









(5,416)


Other impairment charges(recoveries) (I)

 

(110)



265





155




  Amortization of intangible assets (D)

 

2,950



2,606



5,439



5,556



9,317


   Total operating expenses

114,769



107,700



108,426



222,469



207,740


Income from operations

100,661



109,323



71,089



209,984



113,289


Other income (expense), net (B) (H)

(9,510)



(8,500)



(10,255)



(18,010)



(5,083)


Income from continuing operations, before income taxes

91,151



100,823



60,834



191,974



108,206


Provision for income taxes (J)

25,849



58,920



18,646



84,769



35,320


Net income from continuing operations

65,302



41,903



42,188



107,205



72,886


Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes



(2)



(343)



(2)



(633)


Net income

$

65,302



$

41,901



$

41,845



$

107,203



$

72,253












Net income (loss) per share:










Basic from continuing operations

2.64



1.70



1.72



4.34



2.98


Basic from discontinued operations





(0.01)





(0.03)


Basic earnings per share

$

2.64



$

1.70



$

1.71



$

4.34



$

2.96


Diluted from continuing operations

2.61



1.67



1.70



4.29



2.95


Diluted from discontinued operations





(0.01)





0.03


Diluted earnings per share

$

2.61



$

1.67



$

1.69



$

4.29



$

2.93












Shares used in computations:










Basic

24,761



24,635



24,496



24,698



24,422


Diluted

25,010



25,025



24,757



25,018



24,700




(A)

Stock-based compensation expense included in operating results is summarized below (all footnote amounts are unaudited, in thousands, except per share data):



 

Stock-based compensation expense

Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


March 31,


December 30,


April 1,


March 31,


April 1,


2018


2017


2017


2018


2017

Cost of sales

$

1,018



$

988



$

778



$

2,006



$

1,738


Research & development

872



668



597



1,540



1,650


Selling, general & administrative

6,520



5,420



5,308



11,940



12,950


Impact on income from operations

$

8,410



$

7,076



$

6,683



$

15,486



$

16,338





For the quarters ended March 31, 2018, December 30, 2017 and April 1, 2017, the impact on net income, net of tax was $7,235 ($0.29 per diluted share), $5,467 ($0.22 per diluted share) and $4,868 ($0.20 per diluted share), respectively. For the six months ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, the impact on net income, net of tax was $12,702 ($0.51 per diluted share) and $13,034 ($0.53 per diluted share), respectively.



(B)

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


Six Months Ended


March 31,


December 30,


April 1,


March 31,


April 1,


2018


2017


2017


2018


2017

Cost of sales

$

28



$

78



$

69



$

106



$

70


Research & development

128



359



308



487



333


Selling, general & administrative

602



1,627



1,430



2,229



1,368


Impact on income from operations

$

758



$

2,064



$

1,807



$

2,822



$

1,771





For the quarters ended March 31, 2018, December 30, 2017 and April 1, 2017, the impact on other income (expense), net from gains or losses on deferred compensation plan assets was income of $768, $1,906 and $1,812, respectively. For the six months ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, the impact on other income (expense) net from gains or losses on deferred compensation plan assets was income of $2,674 and $1,822, respectively.



(C)

For the six months ended April 1, 2017, the gain from business combination was $5,416 ($3,426 net of tax ($0.14 per diluted share)).



(D)

For the quarters ended March 31, 2018, December 30, 2017 and April 1, 2017, the impact of amortization of intangibles expense was $15,329 ($10,931 net of tax ($0.44 per diluted share)), $15,100 ($10,773 net of tax ($0.43 per diluted share)) and $16,763 ($12,573 net of tax ($0.51 per diluted share)), respectively. For the six months ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, the impact of amortization of intangible expense was $30,429 ($21,704 net of tax ($0.87 per diluted share)) and $28,851 ($20,299 net of tax ($0.82 per diluted share)), respectively.



(E)

For the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, the impact of inventory and favorable lease step-up costs related to acquisitions was $411 ($293 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)) and $13,019 ($9,401 net of tax ($0.38 per diluted share)). For six months ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, the impact of inventory and favorable lease step-up costs related to acquisitions was $411 ($293 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)) and $22,323 ($15,870 net of tax ($0.64 per diluted share)).



(F)

For the quarters ended March 31, 2018, December 30, 2017 and April 1, 2017, the impact of restructuring charges was $726 ($555 net of tax ($0.02 per diluted share)), $1,160 ($850 net of tax ($0.04 per diluted share)) and $557 ($378 net of tax ($0.02 per diluted share)) respectively. For the six months ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, the impact of restructuring charges was $1,886 ($1,405 net of tax ($0.05 per diluted share)) and $7,619 ($4,978 net of tax ($0.20 per diluted share)).



(G) 

For the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, the impact of costs related to acquisitions included $400 ($400 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share) and $2,933 ($2,664 net of tax ($0.11 per diluted share)). For the six months ended March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2017, it included $400 ($400 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)) and $17,161 ($17,156 net of tax ($0.69 per diluted share)) of costs related to the acquisition of Rofin.



(H) 

For the six months ended April 1, 2017, the gain on our hedge of the debt commitment and issuance of the debt was $11,298 ($7,147 net of tax ($0.29 per diluted share)) and interest expense on the debt commitment was $2,665 ($1,844 net of tax ($0.07 per diluted share)).



(I)

For the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and December 30, 2017, other impairment charges (recoveries) was a recovery of $110 ($110 net of tax ($0.00 per diluted share)) and a charge of $265 ($265 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)), respectively. For the six months ended March 31, 2018, other impairment charges (recoveries) was a charge of $155 ($155 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)).



(J)

The six months ended March 31, 2018 and the quarter ended December 30, 2017 included $41,745 ($1.67 per diluted share) non-recurring tax expense due to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and deferred tax remeasurement. The quarter ended March 31, 2018 and December 30, 2017 included $299 ($0.01 per diluted share) and $12,451 ($0.50 per diluted share) tax benefit from the adoption of new rules for accounting for excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies for employee stock-based compensation. The six months ended March 31, 2018 included $12,750 ($0.51 per diluted share) tax benefit from the adoption of new rules for accounting for excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies for employee stock-based compensation.



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


March 31,


September 30,


2018


2017

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments

$

347,258



$

476,673


Accounts receivable, net

312,938



305,668


Inventories

492,686



414,807


Prepaid expenses and other assets

85,446



70,268


Assets held-for-sale

 

9,079



44,248


   Total current assets

1,247,407



1,311,664


Property and equipment, net

307,330



278,850


Other assets

781,848



747,286


   Total assets

$

2,336,585



$

2,337,800






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Short-term borrowings

$

7,422



$

5,078


Accounts payable

93,309



75,860


Other current liabilities

301,237



338,207


   Total current liabilities

401,968



419,145


Other long-term liabilities

644,936



755,391


Total stockholders' equity

1,289,681



1,163,264


   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

2,336,585



$

2,337,800


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP net income (unaudited, in thousands (other than per share data), net of tax):


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


March 31,


December 30,


April 1,


March 31,


April 1,


2018


2017


2017


2018


2017

GAAP net income from continuing operations

$

65,302



$

41,903



$

42,188



$

107,205



$

72,886


Stock-based compensation expense

7,235



5,467



4,868



12,702



13,034


Amortization of intangible assets

10,931



10,773



12,573



21,704



20,299


Restructuring charges

555



850



378



1,405



4,978


Gain on business combination









(3,426)


Non-recurring tax expense (benefit)



41,745





41,745




Tax benefit from stock-based compensation expense

(299)



(12,451)





(12,750)



 


Interest expense on debt commitment

 









1,844


Gain on hedge of debt and debt commitment

 









(7,147)


Other impairment charges (recoveries)

(110)



265





155




Acquisition-related costs

400





2,664



400



17,156


Purchase accounting step-up

293





9,401



293



15,870


Non-GAAP net income

$

84,307



$

88,552



$

72,072



$

172,859



$

135,494


Non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$

3.37



$

3.54



$

2.91



$

6.91



$

5.49


RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

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 Company's fiscal 2018 outlook for its FPD business, the Company's FPD service business and the expectation for it to accelerate into the second half of this year and any future products directed towards the automotive and aerospace markets.  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. The Company and its business, including the aforementioned forward-looking statements, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks associated with growth in demand for our products, customer acceptance and adoption of our products, the worldwide demand for flat panel displays and adoption of OLED for mobile displays, the demand for and use of our products in commercial applications, our ability to generate sufficient cash to fund capital spending or debt repayment, our successful implementation of our customer design wins, our and our customers' exposure to risks associated with worldwide economic conditions, our customers' ability to cancel long-term purchase orders, the ability of our customers to forecast their own end markets, our ability to accurately forecast future periods, continued timely availability of products and materials from our suppliers, 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, worldwide government economic policies, our ability to integrate the business of Rofin and other acquisitions successfully, manage our expanded operations and achieve anticipated synergies, and other risks identified in the Company's SEC filings. Readers are encouraged to refer to the risk disclosures and critical accounting policies described in the Company's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, including the risks identified in today's financial press release, as applicable and as filed from time-to-time by the Company.

Founded in 1966, Coherent, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of lasers, laser-based technologies and laser-based system solutions for scientific, commercial and industrial customers. Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and is part of the Russell 1000 and Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index. For more information about Coherent, visit the company's website at www.coherent.com for product and financial updates.

 

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