At December 31, 2011, Nanometrics had $97.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and $160.6 million in working capital. Stockholders’ equity, excluding intangible assets, was $183.6 million, or $7.92 per share based on 23.2 million shares outstanding at year end.
Due to the improvement in business conditions since last quarter, management expects revenues in the range of $52 to $55 million, gross margin in the range of 47% to 50%, and operating income margin in the range of 5% to 10% for the first quarter of 2012. The anticipated effective income tax rate for the first quarter is approximately 40%, which assumes the elimination of the research and development tax credit. Given this outlook, management expects first quarter GAAP net earnings in the range of $0.06 to $0.13 per share and non-GAAP net earnings in the range of $0.09 to $0.16 per share.
Conference Call DetailsA conference call to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 results will be held today at 4:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. PST). 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 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 net income and net income per share, which exclude certain expenses, charges and special items, are not in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Management uses non-GAAP net income, which excludes acquisition-related expenses such as professional fees and amortization of acquired intangibles, asset impairments, restructuring charges, legal settlements and other unusual and infrequent items to evaluate the company’s ongoing performance and to enable comparison to other periods which did not have 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.