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MKS Instruments Reports Q3 2015 Financial Results

ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity; today reports third quarter 2015 financial results.

GAAP ResultsNon-GAAP Results
Net revenues ($ millions)$209 $209
Gross margin 45.0% 45.0%
Operating margin 19.8% 20.8%
Net income ($ millions)$29.8 $31.5
Diluted EPS$0.56 $0.59

Third Quarter Financial Results
Sales were $209 million, a decrease of 4% from $218 million in the second quarter of 2015, and an increase of 12% from $187 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Third quarter net income was $29.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to net income of $33.2 million, or $0.62 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015, and $29.1 million, or $0.55 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014.

Non-GAAP net earnings, which exclude special charges and credits, were $31.5 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, compared to $33.1 million, or $0.62 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015, and $22.8 million, or $0.43 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014.

In the third quarter, the board of directors authorized a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share, and paid a dividend of $9.1 million on September 11th. In addition, during the quarter, the Company repurchased 129 thousand shares for $4.5 million for an average price of $35.21 per share.

Gerald Colella, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, “The third quarter came in largely as expected, with a modest decline in our semiconductor business off of a record second quarter, continued revenue growth in our other advanced markets, and operating performance aligned with the improved financial model targets announced in June. I am pleased to report that semiconductor revenue was up 11% for the first three quarters of 2015, however, recent capex reductions by some of the largest spenders in the semiconductor industry are affecting the near-term environment for our semiconductor business, as semiconductor OEMs adjust their inventory levels ahead of a downtick in industry spending. These swings in our semiconductor business are not new to us, and we anticipate that we will continue to deliver financial performance in line with our improved operating model targets.

"Based on these factors, and looking at current business levels, we anticipate that sales in the fourth quarter may range from $150 million to $170 million, and at these volumes, our non-GAAP net earnings could range from $0.21 to $0.33 per share and our GAAP net income could range from $0.18 to $0.30 per share.”

Conference Call Details
A conference call with management will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). To participate in the conference call, please dial (877) 212-6076 for domestic callers and (707) 287-9331 for international callers, and an operator will connect you. Participants will need to provide the operator with the Conference ID of 39578407, which has been reserved for this call. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on the company’s website at www.mksinst.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results
Non-GAAP amounts exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, costs associated with completed acquisitions, income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value, an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition, restructuring charges, discrete tax benefits and charges, and the related tax effect of these adjustments. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). MKS' management believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors for comparing prior periods and analyzing ongoing business trends and operating results.

About MKS Instruments
MKS Instruments, Inc. is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity. Our products are derived from our core competencies in pressure measurement and control, materials delivery, gas composition analysis, control and information technology, power and reactive gas generation, and vacuum technology. Our primary served markets are manufacturers of capital equipment for semiconductor devices, and for other thin film applications including flat panel displays, solar cells, light emitting diodes, data storage media, and other advanced coatings. We also leverage our technology in other markets with advanced manufacturing applications including medical equipment, pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy generation and environmental monitoring.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains projections or other forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27 of the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act regarding MKS' future growth and the future financial performance of MKS. These projections or statements are only predictions. Actual events or results may differ materially from those in the projections or other forward-looking statements set forth herein. Among the important factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those in the projections or other forward-looking statements are the fluctuations in capital spending in the semiconductor industry, and other advanced manufacturing markets, fluctuations in net sales to MKS' major customers, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, the challenges, risks and costs involved with integrating the operations of MKS and any acquired companies, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, acquisition strategy, manufacturing and sourcing risks, volatility of stock price, international operations, financial risk management, and future growth subject to risks. Readers are referred to MKS' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for a discussion of these and other important risk factors concerning MKS and its operations. MKS is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

MKS Instruments, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
September 30, September 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015
Net revenues:
Products $179,441 $158,520 $188,281
Services 29,891 28,278 29,685
Total net revenues 209,332 186,798 217,966
Cost of revenues:
Products 95,710 89,181 99,849
Services 19,393 18,292 19,319
Total cost of revenues 115,103 107,473 119,168
Gross profit 94,229 79,325 98,798
Research and development 17,217 15,827 17,567
Selling, general and administrative 33,396 32,365 33,269
Restructuring 562 1,223 219
Amortization of intangible assets 1,691 1,760 1,709
Income from operations 41,363 28,150 46,034
Interest income, net 721 394 790
Income from operations before income taxes 42,084 28,544 46,824
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 12,315 (573) 13,604
Net income $29,769 $29,117 $33,220
Net income per share:
Basic $0.56 $0.55 $0.62
Diluted $0.56 $0.55 $0.62
Cash dividends per common share $0.170 $0.165 $0.170
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 53,314 53,054 53,384
Diluted 53,568 53,310 53,589
The following supplemental Non-GAAP earnings information is presented to aid in understanding MKS' operating results:
Net income $29,769 $29,117 $33,220
Adjustments (net of tax, if applicable):
Release of tax reserves (Note 1) - (6,109) -
Tax benefit (Note 2) - (3,343) -
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 3) - - (2,098)
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 4) - 1,634 -
Restructuring (Note 5) 562 1,223 219
Amortization of intangible assets 1,691 1,760 1,709
Pro forma tax adjustments (543) (1,500) 74
Non-GAAP net earnings (Note 6) $31,479 $22,782 $33,124
Non-GAAP net earnings per share (Note 6) $ 0.59 $ 0.43 $ 0.62
Weighted average shares outstanding 53,568 53,310 53,589
Income from operations $41,363 $28,150 $46,034
Adjustments:
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 3) - - (2,098)
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 4) - 1,634 -
Restructuring (Note 5) 562 1,223 219
Amortization of intangible assets 1,691 1,760 1,709
Non-GAAP income from operations (Note 7) $43,616 $32,767 $45,864
Non-GAAP operating margin percentage (Note 7) 20.8% 17.5% 21.0%
Gross profit $94,229 $79,325 $98,798
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 3) - - (2,098)
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 4) - 1,634 -
Non-GAAP gross profit (Note 8) $94,229 $80,959 $96,700
Non-GAAP gross profit percentage (Note 8) 45.0% 43.3% 44.4%
Note 1: For the three months ended September 30, 2014, we recorded $6.1 million in credits for reserve releases related to the settlement of audits and expiration of the statute of limitations.
Note 2: For the three months ended September 30, 2014, we recorded a tax benefit of $3.3 million related to a one time foreign dividend to the U.S.
Note 3: Cost of sales for the three months ended June 30, 2015 includes income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value.
Note 4: Inventory step-up adjustment related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 5: The three months ended September 30, 2015 and June 30, 2015, includes restructuring charges related to the outsourcing of an international manufacturing operation and the consolidation of certain other foreign manufacturing locations. The three months ended September 30, 2014 includes restructuring charges primarily for severance costs related to a reduction in work force at one of our foreign subsidiaries.
Note 6: The Non-GAAP net earnings and Non-GAAP net earnings per share amounts exclude discrete tax benefits, income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value, an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition, restructuring costs, amortization of intangible assets and the related tax effect of these adjustments to reflect the expected full year effective tax rate in the related quarter.
Note 7: The Non-GAAP income from operations and Non-GAAP operating margin percentages exclude income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value, an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition, restructuring costs and amortization of intangible assets.
Note 8: The Non-GAAP gross profit amounts and Non-GAAP gross profit percentages exclude income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value and an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition.


MKS Instruments, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2015 2014
Net revenues:
Products $553,818 $497,172
Services 87,319 80,676
Total net revenues 641,137 577,848
Cost of revenues:
Products 294,211 276,905
Services 56,853 52,611
Total cost of revenues 351,064 329,516
Gross profit 290,073 248,332
Research and development 51,464 46,866
Selling, general and administrative 97,532 99,195
Acquisition costs 30 499
Restructuring 1,569 1,970
Amortization of intangible assets 5,071 3,214
Income from operations 134,407 96,588
Interest income, net 2,015 860
Income from operations before income taxes 136,422 97,448
Provision for income taxes 39,647 15,862
Net income $96,775 $81,586
Net income per share:
Basic $1.82 $1.53
Diluted $1.81 $1.52
Cash dividends per common share $0.505 $0.49
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 53,304 53,276
Diluted 53,562 53,541
The following supplemental Non-GAAP earnings information is presented to aid in understanding MKS' operating results:
Net income $96,775 $81,586
Adjustments (net of tax, if applicable):
Release of tax reserves (Note 1) - (11,188)
Tax benefit (Note 2) - (3,343)
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 3) (2,098) -
Acquisition costs (Note 4) 30 499
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 5) - 2,179
Restructuring (Note 6) 1,569 1,970
Amortization of intangible assets 5,071 3,214
Pro forma tax adjustments (1,241) (2,569)
Non-GAAP net earnings (Note 7) $100,106 $72,348
Non-GAAP net earnings per share (Note 7) $1.87 $1.35
Weighted average shares outstanding 53,562 53,541
Income from operations $134,407 $96,588
Adjustments:
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 3) (2,098) -
Acquisition costs (Note 4) 30 499
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 5) - 2,179
Restructuring (Note 6) 1,569 1,970
Amortization of intangible assets 5,071 3,214
Non-GAAP income from operations (Note 8) $138,979 $104,450
Non-GAAP operating margin percentage (Note 8) 21.7% 18.1%
Gross profit $290,073 $248,332
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 3) (2,098) -
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 5) - 2,179
Non-GAAP gross profit (Note 9) $ 287,975 $ 250,511
Non-GAAP gross profit percentage (Note 9) 44.9% 43.4%
Note 1: For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, we recorded $11.2 million in credits for reserve releases related to the settlement of audits and expiration of the statute of limitations.
Note 2: For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, we recorded a tax benefit of $3.3 million related to a one time foreign dividend to the U.S.
Note 3: Cost of sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value.
Note 4: The nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes acquisition costs related to the Precisive LLC acquisition which closed during the first quarter of 2015. The nine months ended September 30, 2014 includes acquisition costs comprised of legal fees and filing fees related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 5: Inventory step-up adjustment related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 6: The nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes restructuring charges related to the outsourcing of an international manufacturing operation and the consolidation of certain other foreign manufacturing locations. The nine months ended September 30, 2014 includes restructuring charges primarily for severance related costs related to a reduction in work force at one of our foreign subsidiaries.
Note 7: The Non-GAAP net earnings and Non-GAAP net earnings per share amounts exclude discrete tax benefits, income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value, an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition, restructuring costs, amortization of intangible assets and the related tax effect of these adjustments to reflect the expected full year effective tax rate in the related quarter.
Note 8: The Non-GAAP income from operations and Non-GAAP operating margin percentages exclude income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value, an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition, restructuring costs and amortization of intangible assets.
Note 9: The Non-GAAP gross profit amounts and Non-GAAP gross profit percentages exclude income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value and an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition.

MKS Instruments, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Income Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Income Tax Rate
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended September 30, 2015 Three Months Ended September 30, 2014
Income Before Provision (benefit) Effective Income Before Provision (benefit) Effective
Income Taxes for Income Taxes Tax Rate Income Taxes for Income Taxes Tax Rate
GAAP $42,084 $12,315 29.3% $28,544 $(573) -2.0%
Adjustments:
Release of tax reserves (Note 1) - - - 6,109
Tax benefit (Note 2) - - - 3,343
Restructuring (Note 3) 562 - 1,223 -
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 4) - - 1,634 -
Amortization of intangible assets 1,691 - 1,760 -
Tax effect of pro forma adjustments - 755 - 1,680
Adjustment to pro forma tax rate - (212) - (180)
Non-GAAP $44,337 $12,858 29.0% $33,161 $10,379 31.3%
Three Months Ended June 30, 2015
Income Before Provision (benefit) Effective
Income Taxes for Income Taxes Tax Rate
GAAP $46,824 $13,604 29.1%
Adjustments:
Restructuring (Note 3) 219 -
Amortization of intangible assets 1,709 -
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 5) (2,098) -
Tax effect of pro forma adjustments - 311
Adjustment to pro forma tax rate - (385)
Non-GAAP $46,654 $13,530 29.0%
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
Income Before Provision (benefit) Effective Income Before Provision (benefit) Effective
Income Taxes for Income Taxes Tax Rate Income Taxes for Income Taxes Tax Rate
GAAP $136,422 $39,647 29.1% $97,448 $15,862 16.3%
Adjustments:
Release of tax reserves (Note 1) - - - 11,188
Tax benefit (Note 2) - - - 3,343
Restructuring (Note 3) 1,569 - 1,970 -
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 4) - - 2,179 -
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 5) (2,098) - - -
Acquisition costs (Note 6) 30 - 499 -
Amortization of intangible assets 5,071 - 3,214 -
Tax effect of pro forma adjustments - 1,883 - 2,790
Adjustment to pro forma tax rate - (642) - (221)
Non-GAAP $140,994 $40,888 29.0% $105,310 $32,962 31.3%
Note 1: For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, we recorded $6.1 million and $11.2 million in credits, respectively, for reserve releases related to the settlement of audits and expiration of the statute of limitations.
Note 2: For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, we recorded a tax benefit of $3.3 million related to a one time foreign dividend to the U.S.
Note 3: The three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes restructuring charges related to the outsourcing of an international manufacturing operation and the consolidation of certain other foreign manufacturing locations. The nine months ended September 30, 2014 includes restructuring charges primarily for severance related costs related to a reduction in work force at one of our foreign subsidiaries.
Note 4: Inventory step-up adjustment related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 5: Cost of sales for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value.
Note 6: The nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes acquisition costs related to the Precisive LLC acquisition, which closed during the first quarter of 2015. The nine months ended September 30, 2014 includes acquisition costs comprised of legal fees and filing fees related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
MKS Instruments, Inc.
Reconciliation of Q4-15 Guidance - GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Earnings
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
Low Guidance High Guidance
$ Amount $ Per Share $ Amount $ Per Share
GAAP net income $ 9,800 $ 0.18 $ 16,300 $ 0.30
Amortization 1,700 0.03 1,700 0.03
Restructuring 500 0.01 500 0.01
Tax effect of adjustments (Note 1) (600) (0.01) (600) (0.01)
Non-GAAP net earnings $ 11,400 $ 0.21 $ 17,900 $ 0.33
Q4 -15 forecasted shares 53,500 53,500
Note 1: The Non-GAAP adjustments are tax effected at the estimated Q4-15 tax rate of 29%.

MKS Instruments, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet
(In thousands)
September 30, December 31,
2015 2014
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 195,147 $ 305,437
Short-term investments 196,842 129,594
Trade accounts receivable, net 115,988 106,362
Inventories 168,079 155,169
Deferred income taxes 14,412 14,017
Other current assets 28,894 27,512
Total current assets 719,362 738,091
Property, plant and equipment, net 69,193 72,776
Long-term investments 240,908 157,201
Goodwill 199,562 192,381
Intangible assets, net 45,647 46,389
Other assets 18,673 17,206
Total assets $ 1,293,345 $ 1,224,044
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 26,326 $ 34,166
Accrued compensation 29,172 26,970
Income taxes payable 9,279 6,702
Other current liabilities 42,835 35,789
Total current liabilities 107,612 103,627
Other liabilities 39,061 38,595
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 113 113
Additional paid-in capital 741,423 734,732
Retained earnings 413,419 349,061
Other stockholders' equity (8,283) (2,084)
Total stockholders' equity 1,146,672 1,081,822
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,293,345 $ 1,224,044

Company Contact: Seth H. Bagshaw Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Telephone: 978.645.5578 Investor Relations Contact: Claire McAdams Headgate Partners LLC Telephone: 530.265.9899 Email: claire@headgatepartners.com

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