PORTLAND, Ore., May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), an innovator of laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year ended April 1, 2017. Financial measures are provided on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring, impairments of intangible assets, inventory, and goodwill, and other items.

Fourth quarter revenue was $49.9 million, compared to $51.5 million in the fourth quarter of last fiscal year and $33.8 million last quarter. GAAP net loss was $17.9 million or $0.54 per share, and included $18.1 million of charges primarily related to restructuring and the impairment of goodwill, intangible assets, and inventory. Of the charges, approximately $5.2 million are expected to be paid in cash. Non-GAAP net income was $2.9 million or $0.09 per diluted share.

"The company had a strong quarter operationally with orders, revenues, and non-GAAP earnings exceeding expectations," stated Michael Burger, president and CEO of ESI. "The seasonally strong orders resulted in our highest backlog in nearly five years and position us well as we enter fiscal 2018. I am also pleased with the progress we are making on our restructuring plan. Our new executive team is in place and we are on track with our plans to improve our consistency of earnings over time."

Orders in the fourth quarter were $82.3 million, compared to $55.6 million last year and $44.1 million in the prior quarter. Burger continued, "Seasonally strong markets and solid execution drove orders to their highest quarterly level in over five years. Year over year we grew fourth quarter orders in all product groups, as well as in service."

On a GAAP basis gross margin was 36.5%, compared with 41.1% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, and included approximately $4.0 million dollars of charges reflecting the impairment of intangible assets and impairment of inventory associated with our restructuring activities. Operating expenses were $36.3 million, up from $20.1 million one year ago, and included $6.6 million of restructuring costs and a $7.4 million impairment of goodwill. Operating loss was $18.1 million, compared to income of $1.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

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