ESI Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), a leading supplier of innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced results for its fiscal 2013 third quarter ended December 29, 2012. Financial measures are provided on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

Revenue in the third quarter was $37.9 million, compared to $80.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $49.8 million in the third quarter of last fiscal year. On a GAAP basis, net income was $6.8 million or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to $5.2 million or $0.17 per diluted share in the prior quarter and a loss of $1.9 million or $0.07 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. GAAP income included $15.4 million in pre-tax net settlement proceeds from patent infringement litigation. On a non-GAAP basis, third quarter net loss was $1.5 million or $0.05 per share, compared to second quarter income of $7.0 million or $0.23 per diluted share and income of $0.5 million or $0.02 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

“Solid execution enabled us to deliver respectable results on significantly lower revenues in the third quarter,” stated Nick Konidaris, president and CEO of ESI. “In addition, strong ongoing operating cash flow and successful settlement of our patent dispute enabled us to declare and pay a $2.00 per share special dividend to our shareholders while preserving our ability to grow the company and pursue our strategy.”

Orders were $26.3 million, compared to $35.0 million in the prior quarter. “Slow capital spending in our core markets, combined with timing of design wins in laser microfabrication, pushed orders lower in the third quarter,” continued Konidaris. “Nonetheless, we continue to see an active funnel related to consumer electronics, and we remain optimistic about our long term opportunities.”

GAAP gross margin was 34.9%, compared to 41.8% last quarter and included $1.2 million of inventory write-downs related to discontinuing our investment in LED package test. “Given the extended overcapacity in LED and ongoing commoditization of package test, we have decided to redirect our investments into more attractive opportunities,” stated Konidaris. Non-GAAP gross margin was 39.9% compared to 42.8% in the prior quarter on lower volume.

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