FEI Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

HILLSBORO, Ore., May 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC) today reported results for the first quarter of 2016. First quarter revenue of $229 million was up 3.5% compared with $221 million for the first quarter of 2015. First quarter organic revenue was down 1.8% compared with the first quarter of 2015. The company’s backlog of orders at the end of the first quarter of 2016 was a record $656 million compared with $510 million at the end of the first quarter of 2015, and $591 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Bookings for the first quarter of 2016 were $272 million, resulting in a book-to-bill ratio of 1.19-to-1.

Diluted earnings per share computed on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) were $0.56 for the first quarter of 2016, compared with $0.66 in the first quarter of 2015. Net income for the quarter was $23 million compared with $28 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Gross margin for the first quarter was 46.9%, compared with 47.7% for the first quarter of 2015. Operating margin was 13.3% for the first quarter of 2016 compared to 16.4% for the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016 was $41 million compared with $45 million for the first quarter of 2015. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to GAAP operating income is included in a table attached to this press release.

Reported revenue from the December 2015 acquisition of DCG Systems, Inc. was $14 million during the first quarter of 2016. The DCG business had an 80 basis point negative impact on gross margin and $1.8 million negative impact on net income, or $0.04 per share, during the first quarter of 2016.

Net cash provided by operating activities for the first quarter of 2016 was $28 million, up from $23 million for the first quarter of 2015. During the quarter, the company paid cash dividends of $12 million, invested $6.1 million in plant and equipment and repurchased 12,599 shares of its common stock at an average price of $74.87.

“We had a solid start to 2016,” commented Don Kania, president and CEO. “Our Science Group drove record first quarter orders, underpinned by robust cryo-EM activity as new customer enthusiasm for our structural biology solutions continues to build.

“Our record backlog positions us for accelerated revenue and profitability growth as 2016 progresses. In the semiconductor market, we expect a healthier spending environment in the second quarter and the back half of the year.”

Outlook

For the second quarter of 2016, the company expects reported revenue to be in the range of $250 million to $260 million. On an organic basis, excluding revenue from DCG and potential foreign exchange impacts, second quarter 2016 revenue is expected to grow in the range of 5.0% to 8.0% compared with the second quarter of 2015. Second quarter GAAP earnings per fully diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.80 to $0.90. This range is based on an expected tax rate for the quarter of approximately 21%.

For full year 2016, the company continues to expect reported revenue to be in the range of $1.02 billion to $1.05 billion. On an organic basis, excluding revenue from DCG and potential foreign exchange impacts, revenue is expected to grow in the range of 3.5% to 6.5%, compared with 2015. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $235 million to $245 million. GAAP earnings per fully diluted share are expected to be in the range of $3.55 to $3.70. This range is based on an expected tax rate for the full year of approximately 21%.

Investor Conference Call - 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Parties interested in listening to FEI's quarterly conference call may do so by dialing 1-877-407-8293 (U.S., toll-free) or +1-201-689-8349 (international and toll), with the conference title: FEI First Quarter Earnings Conference Call. The call can also be accessed via the web by going to FEI's Investor Relations page at http://investor.fei.com/event, where the webcast will also be archived.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure. The company calculates Adjusted EBITDA by excluding depreciation, amortization, certain restructuring costs, and certain integration costs from GAAP operating income. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP operating income are included in a table attached to this press release. Investors and potential investors are encouraged to review these reconciliations.

FEI's management uses this non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes items that are generally not directly related to the performance of the company's core business operations and therefore provides useful supplemental information to management and investors regarding the performance of the company's business operations, facilitates comparisons to the company's historical operating results, and enhances investors' ability to review the company’s business from the same perspective as management.

The non-GAAP financial measures that are provided are not intended to be used in isolation and should not be considered a substitute for any other performance measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Investors and potential investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures and other companies may calculate similar non-GAAP financial measures differently.

With respect to the outlook for the full year 2016, due to the variability of certain items that affect GAAP operating income over the course of the year, the company is unable to provide a reasonable estimate of GAAP operating income for the year or a corresponding reconciliation of the Adjusted EBITDA estimate for the year. GAAP operating income will be less than Adjusted EBITDA for the year.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include guidance for revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and/or earnings per share for the second quarter of 2016 and/or full year 2016, the impact of certain items on our results for these periods, statements regarding our sources of revenue, our investments and expenditures, foreign currency exchange rates, assumptions about tax rates, the allocation of our resources and expenditures, expectations for DCG, expected customer activity and developments, trends, and opportunities in certain markets. Forward-looking statements may also be identified by words and phrases that refer to future expectations, such as "guidance", "guiding", "forecast", "toward", "plan", "expect", "are expected", "is expected", "believe", "anticipate", “estimate”, "will", "projecting", "look forward", “continue to see”, “outlook” and other similar words and phrases. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the global economic environment, particularly continued slower growth in China and emerging markets; lower than expected customer orders, including for recently-introduced products; potential weakness of the Science and Industry market segments, including continued weakness in the oil and gas sector of the Industry Group segment; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, which, among other things, can affect revenues, margins, bookings, backlog and the competitive pricing of our products; cyclical and other changes and increased volatility in the semiconductor industry, which is a major component of Industry Group market segment revenue; failure to achieve the anticipated benefits of the DCG acquisition; changes in backlog and the timing of shipments from backlog, which may create forecasting challenges; potential delayed or reduced governmental spending to support expected orders, including delayed orders and revenue from Chinese government-controlled or related entities; potential disruption in the company's operations due to organizational changes; the relative mix of higher-margin and lower-margin products; potential for increased volatility and challenges in forecasting resulting from larger sales transactions, cancellations and rescheduling of orders by customers; risks associated with a high percentage of the company's revenue coming from book and ship business, when the order for a product is placed by the customer in the same quarter as the planned shipment, and risks associated with building and shipping a high percentage of the company’s quarterly revenue in the last month of the quarter; delays in meeting all accounting requirements for revenue recognition; the ongoing determination of the effectiveness of foreign exchange hedge transactions; the relative mix of U.S. and non-U.S. sales; additional costs related to future merger and acquisition activity; failure of the company to achieve anticipated benefits of acquisitions and collaborations, including failure to achieve financial goals and integrate acquisitions successfully; reduced profitability due to failure to achieve or sustain margin improvement in service or product manufacturing; potential disruption in manufacturing or unexpected additional costs due to the transition from older to newer products; failure to achieve improved operational efficiency and other benefits from infrastructure investments and restructuring activities; potential additional restructurings, realignments and reorganizations; inability to deploy products as expected or delays in shipping products due to technical problems or barriers; bankruptcy or insolvency of customers or suppliers; and changes in U.S. and foreign tax rates and laws, accounting rules regarding taxes or agreements with tax authorities. Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on these factors and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.

About FEI:

FEI Company (Nasdaq:FEIC) designs, manufactures and supports a broad range of high-performance microscopy workflow solutions that provide images and answers at the micro-, nano- and picometer scales. Its innovation and leadership enable customers in industry and science to increase productivity and make breakthrough discoveries. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., USA, FEI has over 3,000 employees and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world. More information can be found at: www.fei.com.

FEI Company and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
April 3,
2016
December 31,
2015
Assets
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$328,076 $300,911
Restricted cash16,272 19,119
Receivables, net216,623 213,128
Inventories, net199,812 170,513
Deferred tax assets 10,566
Other current assets63,719 33,614
Total current assets824,502 747,851
Long-term investments in marketable securities8,940 8,677
Long-term restricted cash22,544 22,113
Property plant and equipment, net165,709 155,608
Intangible assets, net64,996 35,943
Goodwill258,240 145,607
Deferred tax assets12,885 6,719
Long-term inventories54,981 47,109
Other assets, net23,072 180,222
Total Assets$1,435,869 $1,349,849
Liabilities and ShareholdersEquity
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable$64,339 $58,708
Accrued payroll liabilities40,170 38,643
Accrued warranty reserves15,424 14,107
Deferred revenue120,633 101,155
Income taxes payable6,683 12,124
Accrued restructuring and reorganization516 655
Other current liabilities60,341 52,630
Total current liabilities308,106 278,022
Long-term deferred revenue46,343 44,745
Other liabilities45,470 37,006
Shareholders’ Equity:
Preferred stock - 500 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding
Common stock - 70,000 shares authorized; 40,860 and 40,855 shares issued and outstanding, no par value537,645 533,062
Retained earnings548,693 538,053
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(50,388) (81,039)
Total shareholders’ equity1,035,950 990,076
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity$1,435,869 $1,349,849


FEI Company and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 3,
2016
March 29,
2015
Net Sales:
Products$162,278 $164,059
Service66,366 56,757
Total net sales228,644 220,816
Cost of Sales:
Products82,665 81,501
Service38,707 34,044
Total cost of sales121,372 115,545
Gross profit107,272 105,271
Operating Expenses:
Research and development27,645 23,322
Selling, general and administrative49,239 45,822
Restructuring and reorganization(102) (121)
Total operating expenses76,782 69,023
Operating Income30,490 36,248
Other Expense, Net(1,091) (967)
Income Before Income Taxes29,399 35,281
Income Tax Expense6,497 7,269
Net Income$22,902 $28,012
Basic Net Income Per Share$0.56 $0.67
Diluted Net Income Per Share$0.56 $0.66
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
Basic40,858 41,796
Diluted41,202 42,185


FEI Company and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended (1)
April 3,
2016
March 29,
2015
Net Sales:
Products71.0% 74.3%
Service29.0 25.7
Total net sales100.0% 100.0%
Cost of Sales:
Products36.2% 36.9%
Service16.9 15.4
Total cost of sales53.1% 52.3%
Gross Margin:
Products49.1% 50.3%
Service41.7 40.0
Gross margin46.9% 47.7%
Operating Expenses:
Research and development12.1% 10.6%
Selling, general and administrative21.5 20.8
Restructuring and reorganization (0.1)
Total operating expenses33.6% 31.3%
Operating Income13.3% 16.4%
Other Expense, Net(0.5)% (0.4)%
Income Before Income Taxes12.9% 16.0%
Income Tax Expense2.8% 3.3%
Net Income10.0% 12.7%

(1) Percentages may not add due to rounding.

FEI Company and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Summary of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 3,
2016
March 29,
2015
Net Income$22,902 $28,012
Depreciation6,793 5,981
Amortization3,655 2,890
Stock-based compensation5,839 5,949
Other changes in working capital(11,048) (19,708)
Net cash provided by operating activities28,141 23,124
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment(6,140) (5,192)
Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (5,377)
Other investing activities4,029 (5,317)
Net cash used in investing activities(2,111) (15,886)
Dividends paid on common stock(12,260) (10,450)
Repurchases of common stock(943) (8,296)
Other financing activities2,415 3,022
Net cash used in financing activities(10,788) (15,724)
Effect of exchange rate changes11,923 (23,765)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents27,165 (32,251)
Cash and Cash Equivalents:
Beginning of period300,911 300,507
End of period$328,076 $268,256
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:
Cash paid for income taxes, net$16,678 $5,942
Increase (decrease) in fixed assets related to transfers from inventories2,394 (901)
Accrued purchases of plant and equipment1,192 398
Dividends declared but not paid12,258 10,450
Accrued repurchases of common stock 1,785


FEI Company and Subsidiaries
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 3,
2016
March 29,
2015
GAAP Operating Income$30,490 $36,248
Add: Depreciation6,793 5,981
Add: Amortization3,655 2,890
EBITDA40,938 45,119
Add: Restructuring costs(102) (121)
Add: Integration costs (1)431
Adjusted EBITDA$41,267 $44,998

(1) Integration costs are included in selling, general and administrative expenses in our consolidated statements of operations.

FEI Company and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Data Table
($ in millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 3, 2016 March 29, 2015
Income Statement Highlights:
Consolidated sales$228.6 $220.8
Gross margin46.9% 47.7%
Net income$22.9 $28.0
Diluted net income per share$0.56 $0.66
Sales and Bookings Highlights:
Sales by Segment
Industry Group$121.9 $111.9
Science Group106.7 108.9
Sales by Geography
USA & Canada$75.3 $64.9
Europe61.1 54.6
Asia-Pacific and Rest of World92.2 101.3
Gross Margin by Segment
Industry Group49.4% 50.6%
Science Group44.1 44.7
Bookings and Backlog
Bookings - Total$272.1 $215.9
Book-to-bill Ratio1.19 0.98
Backlog - Total$656.1 $509.7
Backlog - Service189.5 167.8
Bookings by Segment
Industry Group$111.6 $137.1
Science Group160.5 78.8
Bookings by Geography
USA & Canada$122.2 $52.4
Europe55.9 38.3
Asia-Pacific and Rest of World94.0 125.2
Balance Sheet and Other Highlights:
Cash, equivalents, investments, restricted cash$375.8 $470.7
Days sales outstanding (DSO)86 97
Days in inventory178 174
Days in payables (DPO)48 57
Cash Cycle (DSO + Days in Inventory - DPO)216 214
Working capital$516.4 $471.4
Headcount (permanent and temporary)3,080 2,738
Euro average rate1.10 1.13
Euro ending rate1.14 1.09
Yen average rate116.12 118.92
Yen ending rate112.03 119.19


For more information contact: FEI Company Jason Willey Sr. Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Development (503) 726-2533 jason.willey@fei.com

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