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Hutchinson Technology Reports Second Quarter Results

HUTCHINSON, Minn., April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:HTCH) (“HTI”) today reported net sales of $54.2 million for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 27, 2016. Suspension assembly shipments for the quarter totaled 85.4 million compared with 106.6 million in the preceding quarter. Rick Penn, Hutchinson Technology’s president and chief executive officer, said that shipments were at the low end of the company’s expectations for the March quarter, which is typically a seasonally slower period for the disk drive industry and its suppliers.

Gross profit in the fiscal 2016 second quarter totaled $5.7 million, or 10.5% of net sales, compared with $11.7 million, or 18.3% of net sales in the preceding quarter. Gross profit declined sequentially due to the decreased volume, resulting in lower leverage of the company’s capacity and fixed costs.

The company reported a fiscal 2016 second quarter net loss of $9.6 million, or $0.28 per share. The net loss for the quarter included:

  • $900,000 of merger-related expenses;
  • $500,000 of severance costs related to a reduction of approximately 80 positions in Hutchinson, Minnesota, due in part to the company’s ongoing transition of high-volume assembly operations to Thailand; and
  • $360,000 of non-cash interest expense, partially offset by
  • a $700,000 foreign currency gain.

Excluding these items, the company’s net loss for the fiscal 2016 second quarter was $8.5 million, or $0.25 per share.

In the preceding quarter, the company reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.16 per share. The net loss for the quarter included: $3.4 million of merger-related expenses; $590,000 of tax benefits related to recently enacted federal income tax legislation; $350,000 of non-cash interest expense; and a $30,000 foreign currency gain. Excluding these items, the company’s net loss for the fiscal 2016 first quarter was $2.1 million, or $0.06 per share.

Cash and investments at the end of the fiscal 2016 second quarter totaled $47.9 million, compared with $49.0 million at the end of the preceding quarter. Capital spending in the quarter totaled $3.2 million and is currently expected to total approximately $10 million for the fiscal year. As in the preceding quarter, there were no outstanding borrowings under the company’s revolving line of credit at the end of the fiscal 2016 second quarter.

The company’s net cash, as defined by its November 1, 2015 merger agreement with TDK Corporation (“TDK”), was $51.3 million at the end of the fiscal 2016 second quarter, compared with $49.9 million at the end of the preceding quarter. The company currently expects the transactions described in the merger agreement to be completed during the second calendar quarter of 2016. Under the terms of the merger agreement, TDK will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of HTI for base consideration of $3.62 per share, plus additional consideration of up to $0.38 per share, depending on the level of net cash held by HTI as of the measurement date, as defined in the merger agreement. The full amount of additional consideration would be realized if the company’s net cash equals or exceeds $35 million as of the measurement date.

For its fiscal 2016 third quarter, the company currently expects its suspension assembly shipments to range from 80 million to 90 million. Average selling price in the fiscal third quarter is expected to be flat to up slightly, depending on the mix of products shipped, compared with 57 cents in the preceding quarter. Gross profit is expected to be about flat with the fiscal 2016 second quarter. “With demand likely to remain soft in our third quarter, we are giving priority to containing costs and maximizing our cash balance as we work to conclude our merger with TDK,” said Penn.

About Hutchinson Technology
Hutchinson Technology is a global supplier of critical precision component technologies. As a key supplier of suspension assemblies for disk drives, we help customers improve overall disk drive performance and meet the demands of an ever-expanding digital universe. Through our new business development initiatives, we focus on leveraging our unique precision manufacturing capabilities in new markets to improve product performance, reduce size, lower cost, and reduce time to market.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement contains forward-looking statements regarding demand for and shipments of the company's products, pricing, production costs, operating performance, capital spending, financial results and the completion of the transactions contemplated by the company’s merger agreement with TDK. The company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties. The company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of changes in market demand and market consumption of disk drives or suspension assemblies, changes in demand for our products, market acceptance of new products, the company’s ability to produce suspension assemblies at levels of precision, quality, volume and cost its customers require, changes in product mix, changes in customers yields, changes in storage capacity requirements, changes in expected data density, changes in the company’s ability to operate its assembly operation in Thailand, changes in the company’s ability to reduce costs, the company’s inability to consummate the transactions contemplated by the company’s merger agreement with TDK due to the failure to satisfy conditions to its completion and other risks to consummation of the transaction and other factors described from time to time in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations - Unaudited
(In thousands, except per share data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
March 27, March 29, March 27, March 29,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net sales $ 54,160 $ 62,359 $ 118,087 $ 134,782
Cost of sales 48,448 56,097 100,654 117,056
Gross profit 5,712 6,262 17,433 17,726
Research and development expenses 5,602 7,097 11,459 13,139
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,905 5,848 11,112 11,833
Merger – related expenses 938 - 4,375 -
Severance and site consolidation expenses 503 - 503 159
Loss from operations (7,236) (6,683) (10,016) (7,405)
Other income (expense), net 937 267 1,088 (288)
Loss on extinguishment of long-term debt - - - (4,318)
Interest income 20 15 32 19
Interest expense (3,359) (3,270) (6,642) (7,723)
Loss before income taxes (9,638) (9,671) (15,538) (19,715)
(Benefit) provision for income taxes (10) 32 (613) (113)
Net loss $ (9,628) $ (9,703) $ (14,925) $ (19,602)
Basic loss per share $ (0.28) $ (0.29) $ (0.44) $ (0.61)
Diluted loss per share $ (0.28) $ (0.29) $ (0.44) $ (0.61)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding 33,905 33,270 33,790 31,910
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 33,905 33,270 33,790 31,910

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - Unaudited
(In thousands, except shares data)
March 27, September 27,
2016 2015
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 47,434 $ 39,454
Short-term investments - restricted 506 965
Trade receivables, net 8,046 15,860
Other receivables 1,814 2,707
Inventories 37,242 40,148
Other current assets 3,231 3,588
Total current assets
98,273 102,722
Property, plant and equipment, net 123,808 134,509
Other assets 3,686 4,281
Total assets $ 225,767 $ 241,512
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current debt, net of discount $ 86,874 $ 3,000
Current portion of capital lease obligation 2,259 2,188
Accounts payable 15,209 19,877
Accrued compensation 9,809 9,388
Accrued expenses and other 7,438 4,239
Accrued interest 2,785 2,838
Total current liabilities
124,374 41,530
Long-term debt, net of discount 37,500 122,156
Capital lease obligation 3,276 4,220
Other long-term liabilities 3,171 2,731
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares
authorized, 33,915,000 and 33,540,000
issued and outstanding 339 335
Additional paid-in capital 452,830 452,165
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,482) (4,309)
Accumulated loss (392,241) (377,316)
Total shareholders' equity
57,446 70,875
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 225,767 $ 241,512

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Unaudited
(Dollars in thousands)
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
March 27, March 29,
2016 2015
Operating activities:
Net loss$ (14,925) $ (19,602)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to
cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 14,559 16,419
Stock-based compensation 636 661
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets (418) 39
Non-cash interest expense 718 1,290
Loss on extinguishment of debt - 4,318
Severance and site consolidation expenses 387 (27)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities 11,676 15,599
Cash provided by operating activities 12,633 18,697
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures (4,582) (14,505)
Proceeds from sale / leaseback of equipment 707 2,408
Change in restricted cash 32 (974)
Purchases of marketable securities (506) (965)
Sales / maturities of marketable securities 965 965
Cash used for investing activities (3,384) (13,071)
Financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 33 60
Repayments of capital lease (1,288) (1,113)
Repayments of revolving credit line (29,752) (76,523)
Proceeds from revolving credit line 29,752 66,990
Repayments of debt (1,500) (39,822)
Proceeds from private placement of debt - 37,500
Proceeds from term loan - 15,000
Debt refinancing costs - (3,175)
Cash used for financing activities (2,755) (1,083)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 1,486 114
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 7,980 4,657
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 39,454 37,939
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$ 47,434 $ 42,596

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures - Unaudited
(In thousands, except per share data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
March 27, December 27, March 29,
2016 2015 2015
Net loss - GAAP $ (9,628) $ (5,297) $ (9,703)
Subtract foreign currency gain (713) (33) (139)
Subtract tax benefit - (589) -
Add foreign currency loss - - -
Add non-cash interest expenses 364 354 431
Add merger – related expenses 938 3,437 -
Add site consolidation and severance expenses 503 - -
Net loss - Adjusted $ (8,536) $ (2,128) $ (9,411)
Net loss per common share – GAAP:
Basic loss income per share $ (0.28) $ (0.16) $ (0.29)
Diluted loss income per share $ (0.28) $ (0.16) $ (0.29)
Net loss per common share – Adjusted:
Basic loss per share $ (0.25) $ (0.06) $ (0.28)
Diluted loss per share $ (0.25) $ (0.06) $ (0.28)
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic 33,790 33,674 33,267
Diluted 33,790 33,674 33,267
Net loss per common share basic and diluted, is calculated by dividing net loss by weighted average common
and common equivalent shares outstanding basic and diluted, respectively.

INVESTOR CONTACT: Chuck Ives Hutchinson Technology Inc. 320-587-1605 MEDIA CONTACT: Connie Pautz Hutchinson Technology Inc. 320-587-1823

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