BTU International Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

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NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Oct. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BTU International, Inc. (Nasdaq:BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the electronics manufacturing and alternative energy markets, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended on September 29, 2013.

Third quarter net sales were $12.0 million, down 15.7 percent compared to $14.2 million in the preceding quarter, and down 15.0 percent compared to $14.1 million for the same quarter a year ago. Net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $5.1 million, or ($0.53) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.3 million, or ($0.03) per diluted share, in the preceding quarter, and compared to a net loss of $2.4 million, or ($0.25) per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012.

Net sales for the nine months ended September 29, 2013, were $36.8 million compared to $45.0 million for the first nine months of 2012. Net loss for the first nine months of 2013, was $8.5 million, or ($0.89) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.6 million, or ($0.69) per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2012.


Commenting on the company's performance, Paul J. van der Wansem, BTU chairman and CEO, said, "Our electronics business continued to be the key contributor for our revenues during the quarter and nine month period. Growth in the Asia Pacific markets has moderated in the past quarter compared to historical levels. In solar, we are encouraged by early signs of interest by customers about improving factory efficiencies and potentially increasing capacities once we are beyond the current imbalance in supply versus demand.

"On the technology side, we are pleased with the engagement of the Fraunhofer Institute, Europe's largest application-oriented research organization located in Germany, involving process development using our in-line diffusion concepts as part of manufacturing technology for existing and advanced cell structures.

"The results of the past quarter were heavily influenced by two significant onetime expenses, the first being the settlement of a legal dispute regarding equipment deliveries in the 2006 timeframe with a customer and the second being the recording of a full valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets of the company's China subsidiary.

"We ended the quarter with $16.7 million in cash and refinanced our $7.7 million mortgage with a new ten year term and lower interest rate."


"Fourth quarter revenues are expected to be in the $13.5 million to $14.5 million range. Gross margins will continue to be affected by under absorption in our factories, due to the absence of solar customer demand. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 are expected to be approximately 15% below the third quarter. Looking out into 2014 we see a strengthening electronics business and additional revenues in nuclear. With the increase in customer interest in production efficiencies, we see a potential for solar orders later in the year," concluded van der Wansem.

Teleconference and Simultaneous Webcast

BTU will be discussing its financial results, along with its outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013, in a conference call to be held today, October 29, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in number to participate in the conference call is 877-303-9139. A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on BTU's website at

About BTU International

BTU International is a global supplier and technology leader of advanced thermal processing equipment and processes to the electronics manufacturing and alternative energy markets. BTU equipment is used in the production of printed circuit board assemblies and semiconductor packaging as well as in the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuel. BTU has operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts and Shanghai, China with direct sales and service in the U.S.A., Asia and Europe. Information about BTU International is available at

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This news release contains expressed or implied forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, the company's expected revenues, gross margins and operating expenses and financial performance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Such statements are neither promises nor guarantees but rather are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such statements are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions established by the federal securities laws, and are based on the assumptions and expectations of the company's management at the time such statements are made. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ include the acceptance of new products, particularly in the alternative energy market, general market conditions governing supply and demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing and other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may vary materially. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. All information set forth in this press release is as of October 29, 2013, and, unless otherwise required by law, the company disclaims any obligation to revise or update this information in order to reflect future events or developments.

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 29, 2013 September 30, 2012 September 29, 2013 September 30, 2012
Net sales $ 12,014 $ 14,137 $ 36,761 $ 45,007
Costs of goods sold 8,480 10,018 25,103 30,983
Gross profit 3,534 4,119 11,658 14,024
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 6,228 4,925 15,237 15,674
Research, development and engineering 1,276 1,333 3,427 4,121
Operating loss (3,970) (2,139) (7,006) (5,771)
Interest income 13 10 36 47
Interest expense (103) (114) (323) (346)
Foreign exchange loss (33) (3) (147) (56)
Other income 17 1 63 2
Loss before provision for income taxes (4,076) (2,245) (7,377) (6,124)
Provision for income taxes 998 153 1,083 430
Net loss $ (5,074) $ (2,398) $ (8,460) $ (6,554)
Loss per share:
Basic $ (0.53) $ (0.25) $ (0.89) $ (0.69)
Diluted $ (0.53) $ (0.25) $ (0.89) $ (0.69)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic shares 9,544,864 9,515,967 9,536,010 9,506,926
Effect of dilutive options -- -- -- --
Diluted shares 9,544,864 9,515,967 9,536,010 9,506,926
(in thousands)
Assets September 29,
December 31,
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,672 $ 20,218
Accounts receivable, net 9,168 9,623
Inventories 10,260 9,547
Other current assets 2,067 4,131
Total current assets 38,167 43,519
Property, plant and equipment, net 3,604 4,669
Other assets, net 491 481
Total assets $ 42,262 $ 48,669
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities
Current portion of long-term debt $ 363 $ 400
Trade accounts payable 6,416 5,185
Other current liabilities 5,954 6,040
Total current liabilities 12,733 11,625
Long-term debt, less current portion 7,307 7,564
Other long-term liabilities 620 --
Total liabilities 20,660 19,189
Total stockholders' equity 21,602 29,480
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 42,262 $ 48,669

CONTACT: Company Contact: Peter Tallian Chief Operating Officer BTU International, Inc. Phone: (978) 667-4111

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