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Applied Optoelectronics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year 2016 Results

SUGAR LAND, Texas, Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI), a leading provider of fiber-optic network products for the internet datacenter, cable broadband, fiber-to-the-home and telecom markets, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2016.

“AOI achieved another record year driven by strong demand for our market-leading datacenter products and continued execution by the AOI team. We believe our record performance further demonstrates our growing market share in advanced optics and our team’s ability to generate manufacturing efficiencies that lead to margin improvement,” said Dr. Thompson Lin, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. founder, president and CEO. “Our ability to internally manufacture lasers and light engines provides us with cost-leadership advantages, a faster time to market, and the ability to quickly scale to demand. Looking ahead, as the 100G transition accelerates this year, we see the opportunity to build on our momentum and expand our market leadership.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Summary

  • Total revenue increased to $84.9 million, up 60% compared with $53.0 million in the fourth quarter 2015 and up 21% compared with $70.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.
  • GAAP gross margin increased to 38.0%, up from 29.5% in the fourth quarter 2015 and 33.0% in the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP gross margin increased to 38.0%, up from 29.5% in the fourth quarter 2015 and 33.1% in the third quarter of 2016.
  • GAAP net income increased to $14.2 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2015, and net income of $17.7 million, or $0.97 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Non-GAAP net income increased to $15.5 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $3.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2015, and non-GAAP net income of $7.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.

Year 2016 Financial Summary

  • Total revenue grew to $260.7 million, up 37% compared with $189.9 million in 2015.
  • GAAP gross margin increased to 33.4%, up from 31.8% in 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin increased to 33.4% compared with 31.9% in 2015.
  • GAAP net income increased to $31.2 million, or $1.76 per diluted share, compared with net income of $10.8 million, or $0.65 per diluted share in 2015. Non-GAAP net income increased to $24.6 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $17.0 million, or $1.03 per diluted share in 2015.
  • On December 31, 2016, cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $52.0 million, compared with the December 31, 2015 balance of $40.7 million.

A reconciliation between all GAAP and non-GAAP information referenced above is contained in the tables below. Please also refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of these non-GAAP financial measures.

First Quarter 2017 Business Outlook (+)

For the first quarter of 2017, the company currently expects:

  • Revenue in the range of $87 million to $91 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 38% to 40%.
  • Non-GAAP net income in the range of $15.5 million to $17.2 million, and non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share in the range of $0.80 to $0.88 using approximately 19.5 million shares.

(+) Please refer to the note below on forward-looking statements and the risks involved with such statements as well as the note on non-GAAP financial measures.

Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call and webcast for analysts and investors on Feb. 23, 2017 to discuss its fourth quarter and year 2016 results and outlook for its first quarter of 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time / 3:30 p.m. Central time. Open to the public, investors may access the call by dialing (412) 317-6789. A live audio webcast of the conference call along with supplemental financial information will also be accessible on the company's website at investors.ao-inc.com. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on the website for one year. A telephonic replay of the call will be available one hour after the call and will run for five business days and may be accessed by dialing (412) 317-0088 and entering passcode 10098914.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions and current expectations, which could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: reduction in the size or quantity of customer orders; change in demand for the company’s products due to industry conditions; changes in manufacturing operations; volatility in manufacturing costs; delays in shipments of products; disruptions in the supply chain; change in the rate of design wins or the rate of customer acceptance of new products; the company’s reliance on a small number of customers for a substantial portion of its revenues; potential pricing pressure; a decline in demand for our customers’ products or their rate of deployment of their products; general conditions in the internet datacenter, CATV, FTTH or Telecom markets; changes in the world economy (particularly in the United States and China); the negative effects of seasonality; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in the company’s documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact the company’s business are set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the company’s quarterly and annual reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "believe," "may," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "could," "would," "target," "seek," "aim," "believe," "predicts," "think," "objectives," "optimistic," "new," "goal," "strategy," "potential," "is likely," "will," "expect," "plan" "project," "permit" or by other similar expressions that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes. You should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to us as of the date hereof, and qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in the company’s expectations.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We provide non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP net income (loss), and non-GAAP earnings per share to eliminate the impact of items that we do not consider indicative of our overall operating performance. To arrive at our non-GAAP gross profit, we exclude stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses, if any, from our GAAP gross profit. To arrive at our non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, we exclude all amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses, if any, from our GAAP net income (loss) from operations. Included in our non-recurring expenses for the periods from 1Q16 to 4Q16 are certain consulting fees, items related to the relocation of our plant in Texas, realized loss on the maturity of certain foreign currency investments, and a tax benefit arising from the removal of our valuation allowance. Our non-GAAP earnings per share is calculated by dividing our non-GAAP net income by the fully diluted share count. We believe that our non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance for the following reasons:

  • We believe that elimination of items such as stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses is appropriate because treatment of these items may vary for reasons unrelated to our overall operating performance;
  • We believe that non-GAAP measures provide better comparability with our past financial performance, period-to-period results and with our peer companies, many of which also use similar non-GAAP financial measures; and
  • We anticipate that investors and securities analysts will utilize non-GAAP measures to evaluate our overall operating performance.

Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as an alternative to gross profit, income (loss) from operations, net income (loss) or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other organizations because other organizations may not calculate such other non-GAAP measures in the same manner. We have not reconciled the non-GAAP measures included in our guidance to the appropriate GAAP financial measures because the GAAP measures were not accessible on a forward-looking basis. GAAP measures that impact our non-GAAP financial measures may include stock-based compensation expense, non-recurring expenses, amortization of intangible assets, unrealized exchange loss (gain), asset impairment charges, and loss (gain) from disposal of idle assets. These GAAP measures cannot be reasonably predicted and may directly impact our non-GAAP gross margin, our non-GAAP net income and our non-GAAP fully-diluted earnings per share, although changes with respect to certain of these measures may offset other changes. In addition, certain of these measures are out of our control. Accordingly, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort.

About Applied Optoelectronics
Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical products, including components, modules and equipment. AOI's products are the building blocks for broadband fiber access networks around the world, where they are used in the internet datacenter, CATV broadband, fiber-to-the-home and telecom markets. AOI supplies optical networking lasers, components and equipment to tier-1 customers in all four of these markets. In addition to its corporate headquarters, wafer fab and advanced engineering and production facilities in Sugar Land, TX, AOI has engineering and manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan and Ningbo, China. For additional information, visit www.ao-inc.com.

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
December 31, 2016 December 31, 2015
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short term investments $ 52,000 $ 40,679
Accounts Receivable, Net 49,766 38,775
Inventories 51,817 66,238
Other Receivables 1,501 4,121
Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets 2,468 4,115
Total Current Assets 157,552 153,928
Cash restricted for Construction in Progress 8 -
Property, Plant And Equipment, Net 144,098 109,699
Land Use Rights, Net 778 854
Intangible Assets, Net 3,993 3,900
Deferred Income Tax Assets 11,421 -
Other Assets 4,468 5,094
TOTAL ASSETS $ 322,318 $ 273,475
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts Payable $ 36,375 $ 28,668
Accrued Expenses 15,426 11,506
Bank Acceptance Payable 307 2,998
Bank Loan-Short Term - 27,316
Current Portion of Long Term Debt 7,865 3,592
Total Current Liabilities 59,973 74,080
Notes Payable and Long Term Debt 34,961 33,997
TOTAL LIABILITIES 94,934 108,077
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Total Preferred Stock - -
Common Stock 18 17
Additional Paid-in Capital 265,264 233,336
Cumulative Translation Adjustment (885) 292
Accumulated Deficit (37,013) (68,247)
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 227,384 165,398
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 322,318 $ 273,475


Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31,
Revenue 2016 2015 2016 2015
CATV $ 13,424 $ 11,000 $ 43,567 $ 53,675
Datacenter 68,105 38,769 201,314 123,286
FTTH 234 87 1,567 2,458
Other 3,137 3,096 14,265 10,484
Total Revenue 84,900 52,952 260,713 189,903
Total Cost of Goods Sold 52,662 37,334 173,759 129,450
Total Gross Profit 32,238 15,618 86,954 60,453
Operating Expenses:
Research and Development 7,208 5,960 31,780 20,852
Sales and Marketing 1,743 1,633 6,627 6,381
General and Administrative 7,443 5,271 25,527 19,771
Total Operating Expenses 16,394 12,864 63,934 47,004
Operating Income 15,844 2,754 23,020 13,449
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 41 92 247 328
Interest Expense (404) (242) (1,717) (1,018)
Other Income (Expense) (12) 39 70 257
Foreign Exchange Gain (Loss) (3) (130) (617) (1,848)
Total Other Income (Expense): (378) (241) (2,017) (2,281)
Net Income before Income Taxes 15,466 2,513 21,003 11,168
Income Tax Benefit (Expense) (1,241) 166 10,231 (375)
Net Income 14,225 2,679 31,234 10,793
Net income per share attributable to common stockholders
basic $ 0.81 $ 0.16 $ 1.82 $ 0.69
diluted $ 0.77 $ 0.15 $ 1.76 $ 0.65
Weighted-average shares used to compute
net income per share attributable to
common stockholders
basic 17,631 16,833 17,202 15,627
diluted 18,513 17,691 17,713 16,533


Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
Reconciliation of Statements of Operations under GAAP and Non-GAAP
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
GAAP total gross profit $ 32,238$ 15,618 $ 86,954$ 60,453
Share-based compensation expense 51 18 190 70
Non-recurring expense 0 0 0 45
Non-GAAP income from gross profit 32,289 15,636 87,144 60,568
GAAP research and development expense 7,208 5,960 31,780 20,852
Share-based compensation expense 154 65 591 231
Non-GAAP research and development expense 7,054 5,895 31,189 20,621
GAAP sales and marketing expense 1,743 1,633 6,627 6,381
Share-based compensation expense 93 55 358 217
Non-GAAP sales and marketing expense 1,650 1,578 6,269 6,164
GAAP general and administrative expense 7,443 5,271 25,527 19,771
Share-based compensation expense 705 415 2,693 1,602
Amortization expense 117 106 454 412
Non-recurring expense 53 235 775 807
Non-GAAP general and administrative expense 6,568 4,515 21,605 16,950
GAAP total operating expense 16,394 12,864 63,934 47,004
Share-based compensation expense 952 535 3,642 2,050
Amortization expense 117 106 454 412
Non-recurring expense 53 235 775 807
Non-GAAP total operating expense 15,272 11,988 59,063 43,735
GAAP operating income 15,844 2,754 23,020 13,449
Share-based compensation expense 1,003 553 3,832 2,120
Amortization expense 117 106 454 412
Non-recurring expense 53 235 775 852
Non-GAAP operating income 17,017 3,648 28,081 16,833


Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
Reconciliation of Statements of Operations under GAAP and Non-GAAP
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
GAAP other income (loss) (378) (241) (2,017) (2,281)
Loss from disposal of idle assets 37 54 81 54
Unrealized exchange loss (gain) 46 299 (3,639) 2,567
Non-recurring expense 0 0 3,736 153
Non-GAAP other income (loss) (295) 112 (1,839) 493
GAAP net income 14,225 2,679 31,234 10,793
Amortization of intangible assets 117 106 454 412
Share-based compensation expense 1,003 553 3,832 2,120
Non-recurring charges 53 235 4,511 1,005
Loss from disposal of idle assets 37 54 81 54
Unrealized exchange loss (gain) 46 299 (3,639) 2,567
Non-recurring tax benefit 0 0 (11,856) 0
Non-GAAP net income 15,481 3,926 24,617 16,951
GAAP net income 14,225 2,679 31,234 10,793
Amortization of intangible assets 117 106 454 412
Share-based compensation expense 1,003 553 3,832 2,120
Depreciation expense 4,146 2,584 13,734 9,012
Non-recurring charges 53 235 4,511 1,005
Loss from disposal of idle assets 37 54 81 54
Unrealized exchange loss (gain) 46 299 (3,639) 2,567
Interest expense, net 363 150 1,470 690
Tax (benefit) expense related to the above 1,241 (166) (10,231) 375
Adjusted EBITDA $ 21,231 $ 6,494 $ 41,446 $ 27,028


Investor Relations Contacts: The Blueshirt Group, Investor Relations Maria Riley & Chelsea Lish +1-415-217-7722 ir@ao-inc.com

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