Rubicon Technology, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results Of Operations

Rubicon Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCN), a leading provider of optical and industrial sapphire products, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

The Company's third quarter results were impacted by the decision made in the quarter to close its Malaysia facility. On September 12, 2016, the Company announced its plans to cease all production activities and shut down its Penang, Malaysia facility. Production activities at the Penang facility are expected to cease by November 30, 2016, with the shutdown of the facility to be completed by the end of the year. The Company's Malaysia facility has been primarily engaged in producing polished and patterned substrates for the LED market and the decision was made in order for the Company to focus on the optical and industrial sapphire market for the foreseeable future.

Bill Weissman, the Company's CEO, said, "While margin pressure in the LED and mobile device segments of the sapphire market continue to be severe, there remains good margin opportunity in the optical and industrial segments. We believe that the actions we are taking will improve our operating results, strengthen our cash position and allow us to grow in strategic markets that are better aligned with our strengths while offering stronger margin potential. Once the changes are fully implemented, our revenue will be smaller for a period of time, but the optical and industrial sapphire markets are growing with potential new applications for sapphire emerging."

The Company reported third quarter revenue of $7.1 million, $3.6 million higher than the prior quarter revenue. Revenue from wafer sales in the third quarter was $5.5 million as compared with $1.8 million in the prior quarter. The higher wafer revenue was the result of increased orders from a key patterned wafer customer along with that customer drawing down all wafers in consignment inventory. Once our Malaysia facility ceases production activities, our wafer revenue will significantly decrease beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016 and into future periods.

One-time charges in the quarter related to the decision to exit the LED market and close the Malaysia facility included; a $10.2 million asset impairment for writing the Malaysia assets down to liquidation value, a write-down of $4.0 million in excess raw material inventory, and $900 thousand in accrued severance. In addition, the Company recorded a write-down of $2.3 million of excess two-inch core inventory, which is sold primarily into the mobile device market, and severance of $180 thousand for reduction of staffing in the U.S.

The Company's third quarter loss per share was $0.94 as compared with a loss per share of $0.31 in the prior quarter.

About Rubicon Technology, Inc.

Rubicon Technology, Inc. is a vertically integrated advanced materials provider specializing in monocrystalline sapphire for applications in optical and industrial systems. Rubicon has a proprietary technology platform and expertise extending from the preparation of raw aluminum oxide through sapphire crystal growth and fabrication, enabling Rubicon to supply custom sapphire products with superior quality and precision. Rubicon is ISO 9001 certified and ITAR registered.

Further information is available at http://www.rubicontechnology.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements in this release, particularly those preceded by, followed by or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "should," "estimates," or similar expressions, or those relating to or anticipating financial results for periods beyond the end of the third quarter of 2016, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. For those statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the statements. These risks and uncertainties include our ability to shut down the Malaysia facility without significant delays or obstacles, our ability to sell certain assets, including those in Malaysia and underutilized assets in the U.S., and the prices we receive therefor, the outcome of alternatives we pursue to provide greater value to our stockholders, changes in demand or the average selling prices of sapphire products, the adoption of sapphire as a material in new applications, our successful development and the market's acceptance of new products, dependence on key customers, our ability to secure new business and retain customers, our ability to successfully qualify our products with customers and potential customers, the outcome of the testing of new products and processes or the testing of our existing products for new applications, our ability to reduce wafer, crystal and other costs, our ability to reduce capital expenditures, potential disruptions in our supply of electricity, changes in our product mix, our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, the competitive environment, the availability and cost of raw materials, the cost of compliance with environmental standards, the ability to make effective acquisitions and successfully integrate newly acquired businesses into existing operations, and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's 2015 Form 10-K as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2015, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For these reasons, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement that the Company makes speaks only as of the date of such statement, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.
 
Rubicon Technology, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
         
  September 30,   September 30,
2016 2015
Assets (unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,370 $ 21,428
Restricted cash 176 167
Short-term investments - 12,676
Accounts receivable, net 1,978 3,276
Inventories 10,644 23,112
Other current assets   6,809   7,723
Total current assets 35,977 68,382
 
Property and equipment, net 41,119 59,079
Other assets   624   1,492
Total assets $ 77,720 $ 128,953
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable $ 2,263 $ 2,563
Accrued and other current liabilities   2,727   1,993
Total current liabilities 4,990 4,556
 
Deferred tax liability   -   9
Total liabilities 4,990 4,565
 
Stockholders' equity   72,730   124,388
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 77,720 $ 128,953
 
Rubicon Technology, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(in thousands except share and per share amounts)
                 
  Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,
2016   2015 2016   2015
 
Revenue $ 7,086 $ 5,346 $ 14,908 $ 21,362
Cost of goods sold   18,732     9,237     36,024     35,517  
Gross loss (11,646 ) (3,891 ) (21,116 ) (14,155 )
 
General and administrative expenses 1,709 3,037 6,171 7,293
Sales and marketing expenses 395 287 1,147 979
Research and development expenses 803 558 2,034 1,594
Loss on disposal of assets - - 126 22

Long-lived asset impairment charge
  10,216     39,597     10,481     39,597  
Total operating expenses   13,123     43,479     19,959     49,485  
Loss from operations (24,769 ) (47,370 ) (41,075 ) (63,640 )
 
Other (expense) income:
Interest income, expense and other, net   (248 )   (1,489 )   191     (2,060 )
Loss before income taxes (25,017 ) (48,859 ) (40,884 ) (65,700 )
Income tax benefit   216     663     541     576  
Net loss $ (24,801 ) $ (48,196 ) $ (40,343 ) $ (65,124 )
 
Net loss per common share:
Basic $ (0.94 ) $ (1.84 ) $ (1.53 ) $ (2.49 )
Diluted $ (0.94 ) $ (1.84 ) $ (1.53 ) $ (2.49 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding used in computing net loss per common share:
Basic 26,374,516 26,160,308 26,374,516 26,143,948
Diluted 26,374,516 26,160,308 26,374,516 26,143,948
 
Rubicon Technology, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
(in thousands)
 
  Three months ended September 30,     Nine months ended September 30,
2016   2015 2016   2015
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net loss $ (24,801 ) $ (48,196 ) $ (40,343 ) $ (65,124 )
 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities
Depreciation and amortization 1,628 3,178 4,919 9,780
Long-lived asset impairment charges 10,216 39,597 10,481 39,597
Other 350 292 1,207 961
Deferred taxes (217 ) (663 ) (554 ) (584 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable 759 4,668 (240 ) 5,047
Inventories 10,338 (2,301 ) 11,031 (2,177 )
Other assets 880 206 2,276 1,450
Accounts payable (1,375 ) 259 (1,045 ) (910 )
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   1,736     143     789     55  
Net cash used in operating activities   (486 )   (2,817 )   (11,479 )   (11,905 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment, net of disposal of assets 65 (459 ) (405 ) (801 )
Proceeds from sales of investments, net of purchases   1,006     537     8,900     7,901  
Net cash provided by investing activities   1,071     78     8,495     7,100  
 
Cash flows from financing activities
Loan payable (1,500 ) - (1,500 ) -
Other financing activities   6     28     (7 )   12  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (1,494 )   28     (1,507 )   12  
 
Net effect of currency translation 212 1,395 (355 ) 1,868
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (697 ) (1,316 ) (4,846 ) (2,925 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   17,067     22,744     21,216     24,353  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 16,370   $ 21,428   $ 16,370   $ 21,428  
 
Rubicon Technology, Inc.
Revenue by Product Group
(in thousands)
           
Three months ended   Three months ended   Three months ended
September 30, June 30, September 30,
2016 2016 2015
Core
2 Inch $ 3 $ - $ 551
4 Inch 421 689 1,233
6 Inch   -   -   40
Total Core   424   689   1,824
Wafers
Polished 994 488 763
PSS   4,513   1,342   1,373
Total Wafers   5,507   1,830   2,136
R&D 80 112 270
Optical and other   1,075   904   1,116
$ 7,086 $ 3,535 $ 5,346
 

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