GT Advanced Technologies Inc. Announces Results For Quarter Ending September 29, 2012

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: GTAT) today reported results for the third quarter of calendar year 2012, which ended September 29, 2012.

Revenue for the third quarter of calendar 2012 came in at the low end of the company’s previously issued guidance at $110.1 million, compared to $167.3 million in the second quarter of calendar 2012 and $217.7 million in the third quarter of calendar 2011. Revenue by business segment for the third quarter of calendar 2012 was $95.9 million in polysilicon, $1.6 million in photovoltaic (PV), and $12.6 million in sapphire.

Gross profit for the third quarter of calendar 2012 was $35.0 million, or 31.8 percent of revenue, compared to $60.2 million, or 36.0 percent of revenue in the second quarter of calendar 2012 and $95.1 million, or 43.7 percent of revenue for the third quarter of calendar 2011.

Operating margin for the third quarter of calendar 2012 was 4.6 percent of revenue, compared to 14.7 percent of revenue in the second quarter of calendar 2012 and 24.7 percent of revenue in the third quarter of calendar 2011.

In the third quarter of calendar 2012, the company had net income of $2.3 million, compared to $14.8 million in the second quarter of calendar 2012 and $36.9 million for the third quarter of calendar 2011.

Non-GAAP net income was $0.7 million in the third quarter of calendar 2012, compared to $19.3 million in the second quarter of calendar 2012 and $45.8 million for the third quarter of calendar 2011.

Earnings per share on a fully-diluted basis was $0.02 in the third quarter of calendar 2012, compared to $0.12 for the second quarter of calendar 2012 and $0.29 for the third quarter of calendar 2011.

Non-GAAP earnings per share on a fully diluted basis came in at the upper range of guidance at $0.01 in the third quarter of calendar 2012, compared to $0.16 for the second quarter of calendar 2012 and $0.35 for the third quarter of calendar 2011.

At the end of the third quarter of calendar 2012, cash and cash equivalents totaled $479.2 million and the company had $298.1 million of total debt. This compares to $332.4 million of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter of calendar 2012 which included $145 million of total debt and $483.8 million of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter of calendar 2011 which included $90.9 million of total debt.

As of September 29, 2012, the company’s backlog was $1.5 billion. This included approximately $617.7 million in the polysilicon segment, $141.4 million in the PV segment and $717.6 million in the sapphire segment. Included in the total backlog was approximately $93.2 million of deferred revenue.

New orders for the third quarter of calendar 2012 were $49.2 million and included $11.1 million of polysilicon orders, $5.2 million of PV orders and $33.0 million of sapphire orders. The company had $56.3 million of negative adjustments to backlog primarily related to the termination of a polysilicon contract with a startup Chinese company which GT had previously indicated was at risk due to the customer’s failure to perform.

Management Commentary

“We are pleased that we remained profitable and achieved the upper end of our EPS guidance in Q3 in spite of the softer demand environment in our core markets, demonstrating the resilience of our business model,” said Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer.

“In the face of economic and trade related challenges impacting GT and its customers, we have taken significant steps to lower our cost structure and to improve our ability to make strategic investments in R&D, next-generation technology and diversification initiatives that we believe will drive future growth and the creation of shareholder value.

“It remains our strategy to invest through these challenging times and we are positioned to do so with our healthy balance sheet which includes nearly $480 million of cash and cash equivalents,” said Gutierrez.

Conference Call, Webcast

Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 8:00am ET the company will host a live conference call with Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer, and Richard Gaynor, chief financial officer, to discuss its third quarter results.

The call will be webcast live and can be accessed by logging on to the "Investors" section of GT Advanced Technologies’ website, http://investor.gtat.com/. No password is required to access the webcast. A slide presentation will accompany the call. The live call can also be accessed by dialing 617.213.8841. The telephone passcode is GTAT.

A replay of the call will be available through February 5, 2013. To access the replay, please go to http://investor.gtat.com/ and select the webcast replay link on the ‘Events and Presentations’ page. Or, please dial 617.801.6888 for international callers. The telephone replay passcode is 78656309.

Business Outlook

Given current market volatility, the company will hold a separate conference call in mid-December once it has completed an assessment of recent market and economic developments. On that call the company will provide its guidance for the December quarter and updated commentary on calendar 2013. Details will follow.

Investor Financial Summary Document

A comprehensive summary of the company’s financial performance can be found on the Investor Relations section of its website in the “Featured Documents” section and the “Q3 CY12 Earnings Call” webcast page. To access: http://investor.gtat.com.

About GT Advanced Technologies Inc.

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. is a diversified technology company with innovative crystal growth equipment and solutions for the global solar, LED and electronics industries. Our products accelerate the adoption of new advanced materials that improve performance and lower the cost of manufacturing. For additional information about GT Advanced Technologies, please visit www.gtat.com.
GT Advanced Technologies Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
   
September 29, March 31,
2012 2012
 
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 479,219 $ 350,903
Accounts receivable, net 11,453 65,676
Inventories 216,282 193,295
Deferred costs 36,154 91,740
Vendor advances 99,549 85,396
Deferred income taxes 12,271 13,857
Refundable income taxes 1,516 1,516
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   13,981   12,117  
Total current assets 870,425 814,500
Property, plant and equipment, net 111,833 99,982
Other assets 16,141 20,306
Intangible assets, net 81,272 86,357
Deferred cost 4,394 9,293
Goodwill   102,152   102,152  
Total assets $ 1,186,217 $ 1,132,590  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 9,063 $ 3,750
Accounts payable 43,693 34,323
Accrued expenses 30,551 37,074
Contingent consideration 4,819 16,071
Customer deposits 251,601 334,098
Deferred revenue 80,366 165,149
Accrued income taxes   1,685   37,620  
Total current liabilities 421,778 628,085
Long-term debt 134,125 71,250
Convertible notes 154,946 -
Deferred income taxes 35,871 38,918
Deferred revenue 12,787 31,010
Contingent consideration - 6,402
Other non-current liabilities 711 547
Accrued income taxes   25,465   24,824  
Total liabilities 785,683 801,036
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, 10,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding - -

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 500,000 shares authorized,118,938 and 118,331 shares issued and outstandingas of September 29, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively
1,189 1,183
Additional paid-in capital 183,073 131,563
Accumulated other comprehensive loss 176 (187 )
Retained earnings   216,096   198,995  
Total stockholders' equity   400,534   331,554  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,186,217 $ 1,132,590  

GT Advanced Technologies Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
Three Months Ended
September 29, June 30, October 1,
  2012     2012     2011  
 
Revenue $ 110,061 $ 167,252 $ 217,691
Cost of revenue   75,033     107,046     122,606  
Gross profit 35,028 60,206 95,085
Operating expenses:
Research and development 18,767 13,939 10,008
Selling and marketing 3,123 3,827 7,114
General and administrative 15,428 15,133 19,582
Contingent consideration expense (9,943 ) 155 2,787
Amortization of intangible assets   2,538     2,547     1,760  
Total operating expenses   29,913     35,601     41,251  
Income from operations 5,115 24,605 53,834
Other income (expense):
Interest income 27 6 136
Interest expense (1,620 ) (979 ) (1,842 )
Other, net   (431 )   (485 )   151  
Income before income taxes 3,091 23,147 52,279
Provision for income taxes   747     8,390     15,364  
Net income $ 2,344   $ 14,757   $ 36,915  
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.02 $ 0.12 $ 0.29
Diluted $ 0.02 $ 0.12 $ 0.29
Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculations:
Basic 118,769 118,444 126,734
Diluted 119,874 119,379 129,075

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, we are presenting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and reconciling the non-GAAP financial metrics to the comparable GAAP measures.
GT Advanced Technologies Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
Three Months Ended
September 29, June 30, October 1,
  2012     2012     2011  
 
Non-GAAP Net Income & Earnings per Share
 
Net income $ 2,344 $ 14,757 $ 36,915
 
Non-GAAP adjustments:
 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 2,538 2,547 1,760
Stock-based compensation 4,818 4,103 3,776
Third party acquisition related expenses 136 246 3,090
Contingent consideration (9,943 ) 155 2,787
Non-cash portion of interest expense 342 238 843
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (1)   457     (2,710 )   (3,399 )
 
Non-GAAP net income $ 692   $ 19,336   $ 45,772  
 
Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share ("Non-GAAP EPS") $ 0.01   $ 0.16   $ 0.35  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 119,874 119,379 129,075
 
 
(1) The Company utilized the with and without method to determine the income tax effect on non-GAAP adjustments.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to providing financial measurements based on generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), GT Advanced Technologies is providing additional financial metrics that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP (non-GAAP). We believe that the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures helps investors to gain a meaningful understanding of our past performance and future prospects, consistent with how management measures and forecasts company performance, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasts. Our management uses these non-GAAP measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring our core operating performance and comparing our performance to prior periods and to the performance of our competitors. Management also uses these measures in its financial and operational decision-making.

We define "non-GAAP net income" as GAAP net income excluding share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition and acquisition related expenses, contingent consideration, and the non-cash portion of interest expense. We consider non-GAAP net income to be an important indicator of our operational strength and performance of our business because it eliminates the effects of events that are not part of the Company's core operations.

We define "non-GAAP earnings per share on a fully-diluted basis" as our non-GAAP net income divided by our weighted average shares outstanding on a fully-diluted basis.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the information in this press release relate to future expectations, plans and prospects for our business and industry that constitute “forward-looking statements” for the purposes of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, the steps the Company has taken will lower its cost structure and will improve its ability to make strategic investments in R&D, next-generation technology and diversification initiatives and that the Company believes these actions will drive future growth and the creation of shareholder value; it is the Company’s strategy to invest through these challenging times and the Company’s healthy balance sheet puts it in a position to invest in R&D, next-generation technology and diversification initiatives through these challenging times. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the company’s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. These factors may include the possibility that the company is unable to recognize revenue on contracts in its order backlog. Although the company’s backlog is based on signed purchase orders or other written contractual commitments in effect as of the end of our fiscal quarter ended September 29, 2012, we cannot guarantee that our bookings or order backlog will result in actual revenue in the originally anticipated period or at all, which could reduce our revenue, profitability and liquidity. Other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include the impact of continued decreased demand and/or excess capacity in the markets for the output of our solar and sapphire equipment, general economic conditions and the tightening credit market for having an adverse impact on demand for our products, the possibility that changes in government incentives may reduce demand for solar products, which would, in turn, reduce demand for our equipment, technological changes could render existing products or technologies obsolete, the company may be unable to protect its intellectual property rights, competition from other manufacturers may increase, exchange rate fluctuations and conditions in the credit markets and economy may reduce demand for the company’s products and various other risks as outlined in GT Advanced Technologies Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the statements under the heading “Risk Factors” in the company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2012. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. The statements in this press release represent GT Advanced Technologies Inc.’s expectations and beliefs as of the date of this press release. GT Advanced Technologies Inc. anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause these expectations and beliefs to change. GT Advanced Technologies Inc. is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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