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MKS Instruments Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

  • Q4 Revenue and Earnings above expectations
  • Full Year 2015 revenue up 4%; Non-GAAP Net Earnings up 18%

ANDOVER, Mass., Jan. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today reports fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results.

Financial Results
Q4 2015 Full Year 2015
GAAP ResultsNon-GAAP Results GAAP ResultsNon-GAAP Results
Net revenues ($ millions)$172 $172 $814 $814
Operating margin 12.9% 14.4% 19.3% 20.1%
Net income ($ millions)$25.5 $18.4 $122.3 $119.1
Diluted EPS$0.48 $0.34 $2.28 $2.22


Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Sales were $172 million, a decrease of 18% from $209 million in the third quarter of 2015, and a decrease of 15% from $203 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Fourth quarter net income was $25.5 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to net income of $29.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015, and $34.2 million, or $0.64 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Non-GAAP net earnings, which exclude special charges and credits, were $18.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $31.5 million, or $0.59 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015, and $29.1 million, or $0.54 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Full Year Results

Sales were $814 million, an increase of 4% from $781 million in 2014. Net income was $122 million, or $2.28 per diluted share, compared to $116 million, or $2.16 per diluted share in 2014. Non-GAAP net earnings were $119 million, or $2.22 per diluted share, compared to $101 million, or $1.89 per diluted share in 2014. Cash and investments at December 31st were $658 million, or approximately $12.37 per share. Total book value, net of goodwill and intangibles, was $917 million or approximately $17.24 per share.

Commenting on the company’s financial results, Gerald Colella, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, “The fourth quarter finished stronger than expected, as the softening we witnessed in the semiconductor market abated somewhat at the very end of the year. With 4% sales growth for the full year, we achieved a significant increase in profitability, testament to the continued improvements we have made to our target operating model. As we begin 2016, recent company reports and analyst estimates forecast a continued healthy environment in our served markets, which bodes well for continued strong financial results for MKS in the coming year.

“Based on current business levels, we expect that sales in the first quarter of 2016 may range from $165 to $185 million, and at these volumes, our non-GAAP net earnings could range from $0.25 to $0.38 per share and GAAP net income could range from $0.23 to $0.36 per share.”

Conference Call Details

A conference call with management will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). 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 11158287, 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, certain excess and obsolete inventory charges, 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
December 31, December 31, September 30,
2015 2014 2015
Net revenues:
Products $ 143,286 $ 176,647 $ 179,441
Services 29,101 26,374 29,891
Total net revenues 172,387 203,021 209,332
Cost of revenues:
Products 79,553 97,295 95,710
Services 20,035 16,292 19,393
Total cost of revenues 99,588 113,587 115,103
Gross profit 72,799 89,434 94,229
Research and development 16,841 16,022 17,217
Selling, general and administrative 31,555 32,633 33,396
Restructuring 505 494 562
Amortization of intangible assets 1,693 1,731 1,691
Income from operations 22,205 38,554 41,363
Interest income, net 841 391 721
Income from operations before income taxes 23,046 38,945 42,084
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (2,476) 4,753 12,315
Net income $ 25,522 $ 34,192 $ 29,769
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.48 $ 0.64 $ 0.56
Diluted $ 0.48 $ 0.64 $ 0.56
Cash dividends per common share $ 0.17 $ 0.165 $ 0.17
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 53,217 53,102 53,314
Diluted 53,554 53,436 53,568
The following supplemental Non-GAAP earnings information is presented
to aid in understanding MKS' operating results:
Net income $ 25,522 $ 34,192 $ 29,769
Adjustments (net of tax, if applicable):
Income tax charges (Note 1) - 1,422 -
Release of tax reserves (Note 2) (7,692) (3,394) -
Tax benefit and tax credits (Note 3) (1,378) (4,614) -
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 4) 488 - -
Restructuring (Note 5) 505 494 562
Amortization of intangible assets 1,693 1,731 1,691
Pro forma tax adjustments (761) (779) (543)
Non-GAAP net earnings (Note 6) $ 18,377 $ 29,052 $ 31,479
Non-GAAP net earnings per share (Note 6) $ 0.34 $ 0.54 $ 0.59
Weighted average shares outstanding 53,554 53,436 53,568
Income from operations $ 22,205 $ 38,554 $ 41,363
Adjustments:
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 4) $ 488 $ - $ -
Restructuring (Note 5) 505 494 562
Amortization of intangible assets 1,693 1,731 1,691
Non-GAAP income from operations (Note 7) $ 24,891 $ 40,779 $ 43,616
Non-GAAP operating margin percentage (Note 7) 14.4% 20.1% 20.8%
Gross profit $ 72,799 $ 89,434 $ 94,229
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 4) 488 - -
Non-GAAP gross profit (Note 8) $ 73,287 $ 89,434 $ 94,229
Non-GAAP gross profit percentage (Note 8) 42.5% 44.1% 45.0%
Note 1: In the fourth quarter of 2014, we recorded $1.4 million of withholding tax related to a foreign intercompany dividend.
Note 2: Reserve releases related to the settlement of audits and expiration of the statute of limitations.
Note 3: In the fourth quarter of 2015, we recorded a tax benefit of $1.8 million from the reinstatement of the U.S. research tax credit, representing the full year benefit. We are excluding the benefit applicable to the first three quarters of 2015, which is $1.4 million, from Non-GAAP net earnings. In the fourth quarter of 2014, we recorded a tax benefit of $3.2 million related to a German net operating loss resulting from a change in tax status and we recorded a $1.4 million tax credit for the reinstatement of the U.S. research credit for the full year 2014.
Note 4: In the fourth quarter of 2015, we incurred $0.5 million of excess and obsolete inventory charges, related to the discontinuation of a product line.
Note 5: The third and fourth quarters of 2015, include restructuring charges related to the outsourcing of an international manufacturing operation and the consolidation of certain other foreign manufacturing locations. The fourth quarter of 2014 includes restructuring charges for severance costs related to a reduction in workforce, primarily 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 and charges, excess and obsolete inventory charges, 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 certain excess and obsolete inventory charges, restructuring costs and amortization of intangible assets.
Note 8: The Non-GAAP gross profit amounts and Non-GAAP gross profit percentages exclude certain excess and obsolete inventory charges.

MKS Instruments, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2015 2014
Net revenues:
Products $ 697,104 $ 673,819
Services 116,420 107,050
Total net revenues 813,524 780,869
Cost of revenues:
Products 373,764 374,200
Services 76,888 68,903
Total cost of revenues 450,652 443,103
Gross profit 362,872 337,766
Research and development 68,305 62,888
Selling, general and administrative 129,087 131,828
Acquisition costs 30 499
Restructuring 2,074 2,464
Amortization of intangible assets 6,764 4,945
Income from operations 156,612 135,142
Interest income, net 2,856 1,251
Income from operations before income taxes 159,468 136,393
Provision for income taxes 37,171 20,615
Net income $ 122,297 $ 115,778
Net income per share:
Basic $ 2.30 $ 2.17
Diluted $ 2.28 $ 2.16
Cash dividends per common share $ 0.675 $ 0.655
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 53,282 53,232
Diluted 53,560 53,515
The following supplemental Non-GAAP earnings information is presented
to aid in understanding MKS' operating results:
Net income $ 122,297 $ 115,778
Adjustments (net of tax, if applicable):
Income tax charges (Note 1) - 1,422
Release of tax reserves (Note 2) (7,692) (14,582)
Tax benefit and tax credits (Note 3) - (7,957)
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 4) 488 -
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 5) (2,098) -
Acquisition costs (Note 6) 30 499
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 7) - 2,179
Restructuring (Note 8) 2,074 2,464
Amortization of intangible assets 6,764 4,945
Pro forma tax adjustments (2,790) (3,569)
Non-GAAP net earnings (Note 9) $ 119,073 $ 101,179
Non-GAAP net earnings per share (Note 9) $ 2.22 $ 1.89
Weighted average shares outstanding 53,560 53,515
Income from operations $ 156,612 $ 135,142
Adjustments:
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 4) 488 -
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 5) (2,098) -
Acquisition costs (Note 6) 30 499
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 7) - 2,179
Restructuring (Note 8) 2,074 2,464
Amortization of intangible assets 6,764 4,945
Non-GAAP income from operations (Note 10) $ 163,870 $ 145,229
Non-GAAP operating margin percentage (Note 10) 20.1% 18.6%
Gross profit $ 362,872 $ 337,766
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 5) (2,098) -
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 4) 488 -
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 7) - 2,179
Non-GAAP gross profit (Note 11) $ 361,262 $ 339,945
Non-GAAP gross profit percentage (Note 11) 44.4% 43.5%
Note 1: In 2014, we recorded $1.4 million of withholding tax related to a foreign intercompany dividend.
Note 2: Reserve releases related to the settlement of audits and expiration of the statute of limitations.
Note 3: In 2014, we recorded a tax benefit of $3.3 million related to a foreign intercompany dividend to the U.S. and a tax benefit off $3.2 million related to a German net operating loss resulting from a change in tax status. We also recorded a $1.4 million credit for the reinstatement of the U.S. research credit for the full year 2014.
Note 4: In the fourth quarter of 2015, we incurred $0.5 million of excess and obsolete inventory charges, related to the discontinuation of a product line.
Note 5: In the second quarter of 2015, we recorded income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value.
Note 6: In 2015, we incurred acquisition costs related to the Precisive LLC acquisition which closed during the first quarter of 2015. In 2014, we incurred acquisition costs comprising of legal fees and filing fees related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 7: Inventory step-up adjustment related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 8: In 2015, we incurred restructuring charges related to the outsourcing of an international manufacturing operation and the consolidation of certain other foreign manufacturing locations. In 2014, we incurred restructuring charges primarily for severance related costs related to a reduction in workforce at one of our foreign subsidiaries.
Note 9: The Non-GAAP net earnings and Non-GAAP net earnings per share amounts exclude discrete tax benefits and charges, an excess and obsolete inventory charge, income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value, acquisition costs, an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition, restructuring costs, amortization of intangible assets and the related tax effect of these adjustments.
Note 10: The Non-GAAP income from operations and Non-GAAP operating margin percentages exclude an excess and obsolete inventory charge, income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value, acquisition costs, an inventory step-up adjustment related to an acquisition, restructuring costs and amortization of intangible assets.
Note 11: 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 excess and obsolete inventory charges.

MKS Instruments, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Income Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Income Tax Rate
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended December 31, 2015 Three Months Ended December 31, 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 $ 23,046 $ (2,476) -10.7% $ 38,945 $ 4,753 12.2%
Adjustments:
Income tax charges (Note 1) - - - (1,422)
Release of tax reserves (Note 2) - 7,692 - 3,394
Tax benefit and tax credits (Note 3) - 1,378 - 4,614
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 5) 488 - - -
Restructuring (Note 8) 505 - 494 -
Amortization of intangible assets 1,693 - 1,731 -
Tax effect of pro forma adjustments - 761 - 779
Non-GAAP $ 25,732 $ 7,355 28.6% $ 41,170 $ 12,118 29.4%
Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
Income Before Provision (benefit) Effective
Income Taxes for Income Taxes Tax Rate
GAAP $ 42,084 $ 12,315 29.3%
Adjustments:
Restructuring (Note 8) 562 -
Amortization of intangible assets 1,691 -
Tax effect of pro forma adjustments - 543
Non-GAAP $ 44,337 $ 12,858 29.0%
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015 Twelve Months Ended December 31, 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 $ 159,468 $ 37,171 23.3% $ 136,393 $ 20,615 15.1%
Adjustments:
Income tax charges (Note 1) - - - (1,422)
Release of tax reserves (Note 2) - 7,692 - 14,582
Tax benefit and tax credits (Note 3) - - - 7,957
Sale of previously written down inventory (Note 4) (2,098) - - -
Excess and obsolete charge (Note 5) 488 - - -
Acquisition costs (Note 6) 30 - 499 -
Acquisition inventory step-up (Note 7) - - 2,179 -
Restructuring (Note 8) 2,074 - 2,464 -
Amortization of intangible assets 6,764 - 4,945 -
Tax effect of pro forma adjustments - 2,790 - 3,569
Non-GAAP $ 166,726 $ 47,653 28.6% $ 146,480 $ 45,301 30.9%
Note 1: In 2014, we recorded $1.4 million of withholding tax related to a foreign intercompany dividend.
Note 2: We recorded credits for reserve releases related to the settlement of audits and expiration of the statute of limitations.
Note 3: In the fourth quarter of 2015, we recorded a tax benefit of $1.8 million from the reinstatement of the U.S. research tax credit, representing the full year benefit. We are excluding the benefit applicable to the first three quarters of 2015, which is $1.4 million, from Non-GAAP net earnings. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, we recorded a tax benefit off $3.2 million related to a German net operating loss resulting from a change in tax status. We also recorded a $1.4 million credit for the reinstatement of the U.S. research credit for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014. In the third quarter of 2014, we recorded a tax benefit of $3.3 million related to a foreign intercompany dividend to the U.S.
Note 4: In the second quarter of 2015, we recorded income related to the sale of excess and obsolete inventory previously written down to net realizable value.
Note 5: In the fourth quarter of 2015, we incurred $0.5 million of excess and obsolete inventory charges, related to the discontinuation of a product line.
Note 6: In 2015, we incurred acquisition costs related to the Precisive LLC acquisition which closed during the first quarter of 2015. In 2014, we incurred acquisition costs comprising of legal fees and filing fees related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 7: Inventory step-up adjustment related to the Granville-Phillips acquisition which closed during the second quarter of 2014.
Note 8: The three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 includes restructuring charges related to the outsourcing of an international manufacturing operation and the consolidation of certain other foreign manufacturing locations. The three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014 includes restructuring charges primarily for severance related costs related to a reduction in workforce at one of our foreign subsidiaries.
MKS Instruments, Inc.
Reconciliation of Q1-16 Guidance - GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Earnings
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
Low Guidance High Guidance
$ Amount $ Per Share $ Amount $ Per Share
GAAP net income $ 12,400 $ 0.23 $ 19,000 $ 0.36
Amortization 1,700 0.03 1,700 0.03
Tax effect of adjustments (500) (0.01) (500) (0.01)
Non-GAAP net earnings $ 13,600 $ 0.25 $ 20,200 $ 0.38
Q1 -16 forecasted shares 53,500 53,500

MKS Instruments, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet
(In thousands)
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 227,574 $ 305,437
Short-term investments (1) 430,663 286,795
Trade accounts receivable, net 101,883 106,362
Inventories 152,631 155,169
Deferred income taxes - 14,017
Other current assets 26,760 27,512
Total current assets 939,511 895,292
Property, plant and equipment, net 68,856 72,776
Goodwill 199,703 192,381
Intangible assets, net 44,027 46,389
Other assets 21,250 17,206
Total assets $ 1,273,347 $ 1,224,044
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 23,177 $ 34,166
Accrued compensation 28,424 26,970
Income taxes payable 4,024 6,702
Other current liabilities 35,359 35,789
Total current liabilities 90,984 103,627
Other liabilities 21,482 38,595
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 113 113
Additional paid-in capital 744,725 734,732
Retained earnings 427,214 349,061
Other stockholders' equity (11,171) (2,084)
Total stockholders' equity 1,160,881 1,081,822
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,273,347 $ 1,224,044
(1) In the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company started classifying all investments as short-term investments. Management has the ability and intent to liquidate long-term investments if needed and management and the Board of Directors view all investments as a single pool of funds available for operations. Prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform with this presentation.

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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