EMCORE Corporation (EMKR) Q3 2012 Earnings Call August 7, 2012, 04:00 pm ET Executives Victor Allgeier - TTC Group Hong Hou - CEO Mark Weinswig - CFO Analysts David Kang - B. Riley Edward Zabitsky - ACI Research Alex Henderson - Needham Presentation Operator
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In the third quarter, we recognized $1.8 million of revenues related to the divested enterprise product lines versus $4 million in the prior quarter. Hong will discuss the prospects of the Fiber Optics business later on the call.Consolidated gross margin was 10.7%, a 3.5 percentage point decrease from the prior quarter, primarily attributable to deterioration in our solar segment margins and the shift towards Fiber Optics which typically have lower margins. On a segment basis Photovoltaic gross margin decreased 8 percentage points to 13% as we were unfavorably impacted by higher losses in our terrestrial solar business, various losses from power outage at our Albuquerque location and lower yields. We believe that this segment can reach gross margin targets of 30%. Fiber Optics gross margin was 9.3% flat with the prior quarter primarily from higher margins from increasing revenues offset by higher excess and obsolete charges, losses on purchase commitments and yield variances associated with our manufacturing ramp up. The gross margin for our Fiber Optics segment would have been over 15% in the quarter if we exclude these items and our consolidated gross margins would have also been close to 15%. We expect our gross margins in the Fiber Optic segment to improve in future quarters as our revenues continue to increase. After we complete the rebuild of the manufacturing lines damaged by the flood, we will lay out the operating targets for the fiber segment. Total operating expenses for R&D and SG&A were $13.8 million excluding the flood related charges; gain on sale of assets, legal settlements and impairment charges. During the third quarter we recorded a gain on the sale of the enterprise product line of $2.8 million. We have differed $4.9 million of the gain on sale until the indemnification obligation and adjustment contingencies are cleared. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com