Amtech Systems, Inc. reported results for its third fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2017.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial and Operational Highlights:
- Net revenues of $47.8 million (solar $29.0 million)
- Net income of $3.3 million
- Diluted earnings per share of $0.25
- Customer orders of $79.9 million (solar $54.2 million)
- Quarter-end backlog of $125.7 million (solar $98.2 million)
- Book to bill ratio of 1.7:1 (1.9:1 solar)
- Unrestricted cash of $39.2 million
Mr. Fokko Pentinga, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, "We are pleased to report profitable growth with net revenue of $47.8 million, net income of $3.3 million, and EPS of $0.25, our best performance since our solar business unit peaked in the third and fourth fiscal quarters of 2011. During the quarter our semiconductor segment revenue and earnings improved as the semiconductor and electronics industries are in a cycle of increased capital spending. While all segments performed well in the quarter, we are seeing the greatest improvement in the solar growth segment. Our fiscal year-to-date orders were $183 million (solar $117 million) with a backlog at June 30, 2017 of $125.7 million, giving us good visibility for the coming quarters."
Mr. Pentinga continued, "Our n-type bi-facial solar cell technologies are driving our participation in what appears to be a technology focused buying cycle in the solar industry. With our ongoing investment in both n-type and PERC we have continuously improved cell efficiency and production throughput with our products and technology solutions."
At June 30, 2017, our total order backlog was $125.7 million (solar $98.2 million), compared to total backlog of $87.4 million (solar $66.9 million) at March 31, 2017. Backlog includes deferred revenue and customer orders that are expected to ship within the next 12 months.
Net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $47.8 million compared to $32.9 million in the preceding quarter and $33.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The sequential increase and the increase from the prior year quarter are due primarily to shipments relating to the large turn-key order, as well as increased shipments of our semiconductor equipment.
Gross margin in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was 32%, compared to 25% in the preceding quarter and 29% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Sequentially, gross margin increased primarily due to higher sales volumes, favorable product mix, and a lower net deferral of profit. The higher gross margin compared to a year ago is primarily due to higher sales volumes and improved product mix, slightly offset by lower usage of previously reserved inventory.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $10.1 million compared to $8.3 million in the preceding quarter and $8.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Sequentially, and compared to prior year, the increase results primarily from severance, higher commissions and other employee-related expenses.
Research, development and engineering (RD&E) expense was $1.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to $1.5 million in the preceding quarter and $1.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
Depreciation and amortization in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $0.6 million, compared to $0.6 million in the preceding quarter and $0.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
Income tax expense in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $1.0 million compared to $0.2 million in the preceding quarter and $0.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $3.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million or $0.11 per share in the preceding quarter and a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.09 per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2017 were $39.2 million, compared to $38.9 million at March 31, 2017.
The company expects revenues for the quarter ending September 30, 2017 to be in the range of $45 to $48 million. Gross margin for the quarter ending September 30, 2017 is expected to be in the mid to high 20 percent range, with positive operating margin, both influenced by product mix and revenue deferrals.
Operating results could be impacted by the timing of system shipments, particularly the first shipment of equipment for the turnkey order, the net impact of revenue deferral on those shipments, and recognition of revenue based on customer acceptances, all of which can have a significant effect on operating results.
A substantial portion of Amtech's revenues are denominated in Euros. The revenue outlook provided in this press release is based on an assumed exchange rate between the United States Dollar and the Euro. A significant decrease in the value of the Euro in relation to the United States Dollar could cause actual revenues to be lower than anticipated.