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Nanometrics Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nanometrics Incorporated (NASDAQ:NANO), a leading provider of advanced process control systems, today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter, which ended July 1, 2017.

Q2 2017 Highlights:

  • Record Revenue Quarter. Strong revenue contributions from 3D-NAND and DRAM, as well as continued Foundry spending, led to record quarterly revenues for Nanometrics.
  • Record Adoption of Newest Flagship System, the Atlas® III. Atlas III sales comprised over 50% of all Automated tool revenues in the quarter, evidence of the strongest new product launch in the company’s history. Atlas III systems were shipped to four of the six leading spenders of semiconductor wafer fab equipment (WFE) in the quarter, across every key device type: 3D-NAND, DRAM, and Logic.
  • First Revenue Recognized from Domestic China 3D-NAND Manufacturer. A recent competitive win with a new domestic customer in China led to orders for multiple IMPULSE® Integrated Metrology systems, which were shipped and accepted within the second quarter. The IMPULSE systems are being deployed on CMP tools for 3D-NAND devices.
  • Expanded Product Offerings for Thin Film Applications and Data Analytics. The company recently announced the adoption of Atlas MPU and Atlas III systems by multiple leading memory manufacturers, for production control of thin film deposition processes in both DRAM and 3D-NAND.The company also announced the release and delivery to multiple customers of NanoDiffract® 4 and SpectraProbe™, the newest additions to its suite of advanced modeling and analytics software products. These new software products provide improved modeling and analysis for the most advanced device structures. First revenues on the expanded product offerings are expected within fiscal 2017.

GAAP Results
Q2 2017Q1 2017Q2 2016
Revenues (Millions)$64.4$59.3$55.8
Gross Margin 52.2% 48.0% 51.0%
Operating Margin 16.5% 9.3% 13.2%
Net Income (loss) (Millions)$8.3$5.4$6.0
Earnings per Diluted Share$0.32$0.21$0.24
Non-GAAP Results
Q2 2017Q1 2017Q2 2016
Gross Margin 52.4% 48.3% 51.8%
Operating Margin 17.2% 9.9% 13.9%
Net Income (Millions)$7.8$4.8$6.5
Earnings per Diluted Share$0.30$0.19$0.26
A reconciliation between GAAP operating results and non-GAAP operating results is provided following the financial statements that are part of this release and on the investor page of Nanometrics' website. Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of amortization of acquired intangibles, restructuring, executive search costs and certain discrete tax items.

“The second quarter was very notable for Nanometrics in a number of ways,” commented Dr. Timothy J. Stultz, president and chief executive officer of Nanometrics. “We achieved a new quarterly revenue record, led by strong contributions and continued strength in our 3D-NAND and DRAM memory businesses, and as expected, gross margins increased from the first quarter, are trending up, and are on track to return to our target model ranges in the second half of the year. The Atlas III launch has turned out to be the most successful new product introduction in Nanometrics’ history, and comprised over half of our Automated Metrology tool sales in the second quarter, with expectations that the Atlas III will also comprise over half of our Automated Metrology tool sales for the full year 2017. The adoption rate of this new product has exceeded our earlier expectations, rapidly becoming the OCD tool of choice with our major customers across all key device types.

“During the quarter, we also expanded our software product offerings with the release of the SpectraProbe, a novel model-less analytics software product that increases the capability and utility of our OCD platforms, and the next generation of our NanoDiffract OCD modeling software, further strengthening our leadership in OCD metrology. On the competitive front, we were successful in winning 3D-NAND business at a new domestic China fab with significant future revenue potential. We also expanded our Thin-Film Metrology market position in memory, with competitive wins at multiple customer sites for both DRAM and 3D-NAND process control.

“As we look at the full year, our current outlook is consistent with our prior forecasts for meaningful revenue growth in the second half of the year. 3D-NAND spending is looking to be even stronger than we previously expected, with our DRAM outlook also improving since the beginning of the year. Second-half strength in the memory markets will be somewhat moderated by a slightly front-half weighted year for Foundry. In total, we continue to expect second-half revenues will be up 10% from the first half, back-end loaded toward the fourth quarter, with continued expectations for full-year revenue growth outpacing both industry spending and our year-over-year growth in 2016.”

Second Quarter 2017 Summary
Revenues for the second quarter of 2017 were $64.4 million, up 8.6% from $59.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, and up 15.5% from $55.8 million in the second quarter of 2016. On a GAAP basis, gross margin was 52.2%, compared to 48.0% in the prior quarter and 51.0% in the year-ago period. Operating income was $10.7 million, compared to $5.5 million in the prior quarter and $7.3 million in the year-ago period. Net income was $8.3 million or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $5.4 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $6.0 million or $0.24 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2016.

On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets and restructuring, gross margin was 52.4%, compared to 48.3% in the prior quarter and 51.8% in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP operating income was $11.1 million, compared to $5.8 million in the prior quarter and $7.8 million in the second quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP net income, which adjusts for amortization of intangible assets, restructuring, executive search costs and certain discrete tax items, was $7.8 million or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to $4.8 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $6.5 million or $0.26 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2016.

Business Outlook
Management expects third-quarter 2017 revenues in the range of $60 to $64 million. Gross margin is expected to be in the range of 53% to 54% on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. Management expects third-quarter operating expenses to range between $23.0 million and $23.5 million on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, and earnings in the range of $0.22 to $0.31 per diluted share on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

Conference Call Details
A conference call to discuss second quarter 2017 results will be held today at 4:30 p.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. PDT). To participate in the conference call, the dial-in numbers are (877) 374-4041 for domestic callers and (253) 237-1156 for international callers. The conference ID is 51893339. A live and recorded webcast and supplemental financial information will be made available on the investor page of the Nanometrics website at www.nanometrics.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
The non-GAAP gross profit, gross margin, operating income, operating income margin, net income, net income per share, which exclude certain expenses, charges and special items, and free cash flow, were not prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Management uses non-GAAP financial results, which exclude amortization of acquired intangibles assets, restructuring charges, and certain discrete tax items, to evaluate the company’s ongoing performance and to enable comparison to other periods that did not include these items. The company believes the presentation of non-GAAP results is useful to investors for analyzing ongoing business trends, comparing performance to prior periods, and enhancing the investor’s ability to view the company’s results from management’s perspective; however, investors are cautioned that other companies may calculate these measures differently than Nanometrics does, which would limit the usefulness of these financial measures. A table presenting a reconciliation of GAAP results to non-GAAP results is included at the end of this press release and is available on the investor page of the Nanometrics website at www.nanometrics.com.

About Nanometrics
Nanometrics is a leading provider of advanced, high-performance process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices, including sensors, optoelectronic devices, high-brightness LEDs, discretes and data storage components. Nanometrics’ automated and integrated metrology systems measure critical dimensions, device structures, topography and various thin film properties, including three-dimensional features and film thickness, as well as optical, electrical and material properties. The company’s process control solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to high-volume production of semiconductors and other devices, to advanced three-dimensional wafer-level packaging applications. Nanometrics’ systems enable advanced process control for device manufacturers, providing improved device yield at reduced manufacturing cycle time, supporting the accelerated product life cycles in the semiconductor and other advanced device markets. The company maintains its headquarters in Milpitas, California, with sales and service offices worldwide. Nanometrics is traded on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol NANO. Nanometrics’ website is http://www.nanometrics.com.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release, including those found in the Q2 2017 Highlights, Dr. Stultz’s quote, and under the caption “Business Outlook,” are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in this release. Although Nanometrics believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from these expectations due to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: decreased levels of industry spending; slowing adoption rate of Nanometrics’ new products; Nanometrics’ inability to gain additional market share, increase sales, ship products as scheduled, achieve customer acceptance of new products, or outperform the industry; decreased demand for Nanometrics’ products; shifts in the timing of customer orders and product shipments; technology adoption rates; changes in customer and product mix; changes in market share; changes in operating expenses; and general economic conditions. For additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Nanometrics that could cause actual results to differ materially, see its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 3, 2017 including under the caption “Risk Factors,” as well as other periodic reports filed with the SEC from time to time. Nanometrics disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
July 1, 2017 December 31,
2016
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $42,354 $47,062
Marketable securities 93,340 82,899
Accounts receivable, net 46,966
39,457
Inventories 48,862 38,837
Inventories-delivered systems 1,674 2,457
Prepaid expenses and other 8,887 5,667
Total current assets 242,083 216,379
Property, plant and equipment, net 42,018 44,226
Goodwill 9,756 8,940
Intangible assets, net 309 412
Deferred income tax assets 17,827 17,399
Other assets 399 474
Total assets $312,392 $287,830
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $14,925
$11,342
Accrued payroll and related expenses 10,615 12,656
Deferred revenue 11,045 9,168
Other current liabilities 7,368 8,047
Income taxes payable 1,258 813
Total current liabilities 45,211
42,026
Deferred revenue 776 816
Income taxes payable 882 841
Deferred tax liabilities 21 20
Other long-term liabilities 375 353
Total liabilities 47,265
44,056
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 25 25
Additional paid-in capital 275,908 271,969
Accumulated deficit (7,449) (22,174)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (3,357) (6,046)
Total stockholders’ equity 265,127 243,774
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $312,392 $287,830


NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
July 1, 2017 June 25, 2016 July 1, 2017 June 25, 2016
Net revenues:
Products $53,576 $47,445 $101,751 $86,659
Service 10,851 8,322 21,990 16,597
Total net revenues 64,427 55,767 123,741 103,256
Costs of net revenues:
Cost of products 25,337 21,736 50,738 39,815
Cost of service 5,364 5,164 10,642 9,648
Amortization of intangible assets 52 442 104 877
Restructuring 53 - 189 -
Total costs of net revenues 30,806 27,342 61,673 50,340
Gross profit 33,621 28,425 62,068 52,916
Operating expenses:
Research and development 9,089 7,511 17,689 15,579
Selling 7,169 7,823 15,053 15,072
General and administrative 6,591 5,755 12,898 11,175
Amortization of intangible assets - - - 24
Restructuring 120 - 268 -
Total operating expenses 22,969 21,089 45,908 41,850
Income from operations 10,652 7,336 16,160 11,066
Other income (expense):
Interest income 3 12 4 21
Interest expense (19) (67) (59) (184)
Other income, net 274 (394) 271 (169)
Total other income (expense), net 258 (449) 216 (332)
Income before income taxes 10,910 6,887 16,376 10,734
Provision for income taxes 2,622 856 2,736 1,236
Net income $8,288 $6,031 $13,640 $9,498
Net income per share:
Basic $0.33 $0.25 $0.54 $0.39
Diluted $0.32 $0.24 $0.53 $0.38
Shares used in per share calculation:
Basic 25,307 24,524 25,220 24,416
Diluted 25,906 24,927 25,880 24,773


NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended
July 1, 2017 June 25, 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $13,640 $9,498
Reconciliation of net income to net cash from operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 3,552 4,305
Stock-based compensation 4,327 3,432
Loss on disposal of fixed assets 98 128
Inventory write down 1,015 1,046
Deferred income taxes 798 (30)
Changes in fair value of contingent consideration - 95
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (4,720) (14,277)
Inventories (10,090) 6,457
Inventories-delivered systems 783 (6,737)
Prepaid expenses and other (947) (151)
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities (521) (1,511)
Deferred revenue 1,837 12,080
Income taxes payable 486 (1,115)
Net cash provided by operating activities 10,258 13,220
Cash flows from investing activities:
Payment for acquisition of certain assets (2,000) -
Sales of marketable securities 27,391 -
Maturities of marketable securities 40,923 21,816
Purchases of marketable securities (78,787) (12,880)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (1,536) (2,528)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (14,009) 6,408
Cash flows from financing activities:
Payments to Zygo Corporation related to acquisition - (315)
Proceeds from sale of shares under employee stock option and purchase plans 2,865 3,466
Taxes paid on net issuance of stock awards (3,392) (1,288)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (527) 1,863
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (430) 387
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents (4,708) 21,878
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 47,062 38,154
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $42,354 $60,032


NANOMETRICS INCORPORATED
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
July 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 June 25, 2016
Reconciliation of GAAP gross profit and gross margin to non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin
GAAP gross profit and gross margin, respectively $33,621 52.2% $28,447 48.0% $28,425 51.0%
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Restructuring included in cost of revenues 53 0.1% 136 0.2% - -
Amortization of intangible assets 52 0.1% 52 0.1% 442 0.8%
Non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin, respectively $33,726 52.4% $28,635 48.3% $28,867 51.8%
Reconciliation of GAAP operating income to non-GAAP operating income
GAAP operating income and operating margin, respectively $10,652 16.5% $5,508 9.3% $7,336 13.1%
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Amortization of intangible assets included in cost of revenues 52 0.1% 52 0.1% 442 0.7%
Amortization of intangible assets included in operating expenses - - - 0.0% - -
Restructuring included in cost of revenues 53 0.1% 136 0.2% - -
Restructuring included in operating expenses 120 0.2% 148 0.3% - -
Executive search costs 230 0.3% - - - -
Total non-GAAP adjustments to operating income 455 0.7% 336 0.6% 442 0.7%
Non-GAAP operating income and operating margin, respectively $11,107 17.2% $5,844 9.9% $7,778 13.9%
Reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income
GAAP net income $8,288 $5,352 $6,031
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Total non-GAAP adjustments to non-GAAP operating income 455 336 442
Discrete tax items and tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (948) (901) -
Non-GAAP net income $7,795 $4,787 $6,473
GAAP net income per diluted share $0.32 $0.21 $0.24
Non-GAAP net income per diluted share $0.30 $0.19 $0.26
Shares used in diluted net income per share calculation 25,906 25,833 24,927
Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities $7,183 $3,075 $12,721
Purchase of property and equipment (1,489) (47) (1,918)
Free cash flow $5,694 $3,028 $10,803

Investor Relations Contact: Claire McAdams Headgate Partners LLC 530.265.9899 claire@headgatepartners.com Company Contact: Jeffrey Andreson, CFO Nanometrics Incorporated 408.545.6143 jandreson@nanometrics.com

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