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STR Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results - CONSOLIDATED NET SALES UP 45.2%; RAISES FULL-YEAR GUIDANCE -

ENFIELD, Conn., Nov 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: STRI) today announced financial and operating performance for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Third Quarter 2010 Financial Highlights: Consolidated net sales for the quarter rose 45.2% to $97.8 million from $67.3 million a year ago; Solar segment's net sales rose 93.1% to $68.3 million, from $35.4 million a year ago; Diluted EPS of $0.31 vs. $0.21 a year ago; non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.39 vs. $0.28 a year ago; Free cash flow of $13.8 million generated during the quarter; Increased 2010 consolidated revenue guidance by $19.5 million to $372.0 million and diluted non-GAAP EPS by $0.09 to $1.49, at the midpoint of the ranges.

Consolidated Financial Results Consolidated net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 rose 45.2% to $97.8 million, compared with $67.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. For the first nine months of 2010, net sales rose 48.2% to $274.2 million, compared with $185.0 million in the same period a year ago.

Third quarter 2010 consolidated gross profit rose 48.7% to $37.7 million, compared with $25.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. Year-to-date 2010 consolidated gross profit rose 62.7% to $107.1 million, compared with $65.8 million in the first nine months of 2009.

SG&A expense for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010 was $14.4 million, up from $9.6 million last year, due to increased staffing and infrastructure costs required to support the Company's growth and operating as a public company, higher legal costs and increased non-cash stock-based compensation.

Year to date, SG&A was $43.5 million, up from $30.0 million a year ago. As a percentage of net sales, year to date SG&A improved 35 basis points.

Net income for the third quarter of 2010 rose 68.9% to $13.3 million, or $0.31 on a diluted EPS basis. This compared with net income of $7.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009. Year to date net income totaled $36.1 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, up 155.5% from $14.1 million, or $0.38 on a diluted EPS basis, for the same period in 2009.

Non-GAAP net income, which excludes the tax effected impact of intangible asset amortization expense, non-cash stock-based compensation, amortization of deferred financing costs and secondary offering expense, for the third quarter of 2010 rose 56.8% to $16.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share. This compared with non-GAAP net income of $10.6 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009. Year-to-date 2010 non-GAAP net income increased 126.9% to $47.7 million, or $1.14 per diluted share. This compared with non-GAAP net income of $21.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the first nine months of last year.

Solar Segment "We are delighted to report that Solar's global sales and earnings growth once again exceeded expectations," said Dennis L. Jilot, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This quarter's performance continued to reflect the strength of the global PV market as sales increased over 90% from a year ago. We saw growth across all markets, with sales to Asia showing the largest increase, growing 168% from a year ago. We continue to advance the China portion of our Asia growth strategy to further enhance our position in this rapidly growing market." Solar net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 increased 93.1% from a year ago to $68.3 million from $35.4 million. On a sequential quarterly basis, net sales rose 1.9% due to increases in volume and ASPs.

Solar segment gross profit for the third quarter of 2010 increased 103.0% to $27.5 million, representing 40.2% of net sales, compared with $13.5 million, or 38.2% of net sales a year ago. The increase in Solar's gross profit margin as a percentage of net sales was driven by improved labor efficiencies and favorable fixed cost absorption resulting from strong sales volume growth, which more than offset lower average sales price and increased raw material costs. Adjusted EBITDA rose 71.0% to $28.2 million, compared with $16.5 million a year ago.

Quality Assurance Segment For the third quarter of 2010, Quality Assurance (QA) net sales of $29.5 million were slightly lower than previously announced expectations and lower by $2.5 million compared with $32.0 million a year ago. The decline in net sales was mainly due to industry softness in consumer product quality assurance activity as clients continue to rationalize spending in an uncertain economic environment.

Liquidity During the third quarter of 2010, the Company generated $17.3 million of operating cash flow, compared with $15.7 million a year ago. Free cash flow, which is defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures, increased nearly $1.0 million from the third quarter of 2009.

STR's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Barry A. Morris stated, "We have recently added additional solar manufacturing capacity, bringing our total capacity to 7.5 GW. Importantly, our previously announced 2011 capacity expansion is underway and will be funded from existing cash and strong operating cash flow. Our strong balance sheet provides us flexibility to pursue multiple growth avenues as opportunities arise." Business Outlook The Company today provided guidance for the fourth quarter of 2010 and increased its previously announced full-year 2010 financial guidance as follows: (Amounts in millions, except per share amounts) Quarter ending December 31, 2010 Low High -------------------------------- Solar net sales $ 68 $ 71 Quality Assurance net sales 28 29 ---- ---- Total net sales $ 96 $ 100 --- ---- --- ---- Diluted non-GAAP EPS $ 0.34 $ 0.38 --- ---- --- ---- Previous Current Year ending December 31, 2010 Low High Low High -------------------------------- Solar net sales $ 230 $ 240 $ 258 $ 261 Quality Assurance net sales 115 120 112 113 ---- ---- ---- ---- Total net sales $ 345 $ 360 $ 370 $ 374 --- ---- --- ---- --- ---- --- ---- Diluted non-GAAP EPS $ 1.35 $ 1.45 $ 1.47 $ 1.51 --- ---- --- ---- --- ---- --- ---- Conference Call STR will discuss its financial results and guidance in a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. EST. Investors accessing the live call from the U.S. should dial 866-543-6407 and enter passcode: 36995696. Those calling from outside the U.S.

should dial 617-213-8898 and use the same passcode. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through Thursday, November 18, 2010, by dialing 888-286-8010 from the U.S., or 617-801-6888 from outside the U.S., and entering passcode: 62983776. A live audio webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.strholdings.com. The webcast will be archived on the Company's website for one year.

About STR Holdings, Inc.

STR Holdings, Inc. is a leading global provider of high quality, superior performance solar encapsulants to the photovoltaic module industry. It is also one of the world's leading providers of consumer product quality assurance testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services, which helps ensure that suppliers and retailers have the highest level of confidence in the quality and safety of their products and in the social standards of the supply chain producing them. Further information about STR Holdings, Inc. can be obtained via the Company's website at www.strholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements This press release and any oral statement made in respect of the information in this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements present the Company's current expectations and projections relating to its financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business and are based on assumptions that the Company has made in light of its industry experience and perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors management believes are appropriate under the circumstances. However, these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or financial or operating results. In addition to the risks and uncertainties discussed in this release, the Company faces risks and uncertainties that include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) demand for solar energy in general and solar modules in particular; (ii) the timing and effects of the implementation of recently announced government incentives and policies for renewable energy, primarily in China and the United States; (iii) the effects of the recently reduced solar incentives, and potential future reductions in solar incentives, primarily in Germany and Italy; (iv) customer concentration in the Company's Solar business and our relationships with key customers; (v) any potential inflation of raw material costs, including paper and resin used in the Company's encapsulants, and the Company's ability to successfully manage any increases in these raw material costs; (vi) the continual operation of our Malaysia plant and the planned expansion of our Malaysia plant; (vii) the closing on the purchase of a new solar manufacturing facility and the integration of our existing Connecticut Solar operations into that facility; (viii) demand for our Quality Assurance services; (ix) the need to utilize our existing $20 million revolving credit facility, and the ability to further access the credit markets on acceptable terms; (x) maintaining sufficient liquidity in order to fund future profitable growth and long term vitality; (xi) pricing pressures and other competitive factors; (xii) loss of professional accreditations and memberships; (xiii) the extent to which the Company may be required to write-off accounts receivable or inventory; (xiv) the Company's reliance on vendors and potential supply chain disruptions, including those resulting from bankruptcy filings by customers or vendors; (xv) potential product performance matters, product liability or professional liability claims and the Company's ability to manage them; (xvi) the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on financial results, and the geographic distribution of revenues and earnings; (xvii) the impact of changes in interest rates in relation to the Company's variable rate debt; (xviii) the impact of events that cause or may cause disruption in the Company's inspection, testing, manufacturing, distribution and sales networks such as war, terrorist activities, and political unrest; (xix) the extent of implemented cost reduction measures in its QA business providing benefit in the remainder of the year; (xx) outcomes of litigation and regulatory actions; (xxi) our ability to protect our intellectual property; and (xxii) the other risks and uncertainties described under "Risk Factors" and ''Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's reports filed with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. You are urged to carefully review and consider the disclosure found in our filings which are available on www.sec.gov or www.strholdings.com. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of these assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement contained in this release, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

STR Holdings, Inc. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS All amounts in thousands except shares and per share amounts Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- Net sales - Solar $ 68,285 $ 35,362 $ 190,093 $ 99,192 Net sales - Quality Assurance 29,491 31,956 84,110 85,804 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Total net sales 97,776 67,318 274,203 184,996 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Cost of sales - Solar 40,831 21,837 110,591 62,904 Cost of sales - Quality Assurance 19,292 20,155 56,508 56,259 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Total cost of sales 60,123 41,992 167,099 119,163 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Gross profit 37,653 25,326 107,104 65,833 Selling, general and administrative expenses 14,423 9,566 43,488 29,987 Bad debt expense 157 20 900 1,372 Earnings on equity-method investments (30 ) (68 ) (103 ) (227 ) ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - Operating income 23,103 15,808 62,819 34,701 Other expense (3,687 ) (3,966 ) (9,273 ) (12,020 ) ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - Income before income tax expense 19,416 11,842 53,546 22,681 Income tax expense 6,095 3,955 17,439 8,551 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Net income $ 13,321 $ 7,887 $ 36,107 $ 14,130 Basic and diluted earnings per share: Basic $ 0.33 $ 0.22 $ 0.90 $ 0.39 ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- Diluted $ 0.31 $ 0.21 $ 0.86 $ 0.38 ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- * Non-GAAP earnings per share: Basic $ 0.41 $ 0.29 $ 1.19 $ 0.58 ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- Diluted $ 0.39 $ 0.28 $ 1.14 $ 0.57 ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic 40,433,681 36,665,586 40,257,091 36,490,833 add: dilutive effect of stock options 1,210,810 - 987,103 - add: dilutive effect of restricted common stock 682,875 632,534 750,786 710,746 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Diluted 42,327,366 37,298,120 41,994,980 37,201,579 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- * Please refer to the reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures included in this release. STR Holdings, Inc. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS All amounts in thousands September 30, 2010 December 31, 2009 -------------------- ------------------ (Unaudited) (Unaudited) -------------------- ------------------ ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $ 97,720 $ 70,150 Accounts receivable, net 49,943 33,744 Inventories 24,361 12,267 Other current assets 12,331 8,962 --------- -------- Total current assets 184,355 125,123 Property, plant and equipment, net 67,984 68,895 Intangible assets, net 430,894 439,522 Other noncurrent assets 11,539 12,320 --------- -------- Total assets $ 694,772 $ 645,860 ========= ========= ======== ======== LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Current portion of long-term debt $ 1,850 $ 1,981 Interest rate swap liability - 4,018 Other current liabilities 45,081 33,986 --------- -------- Total current liabilities 46,931 39,985 Long-term debt, less current portion 237,138 238,525 Other long-term liabilities 96,929 96,080 --------- -------- Total liabilities 380,998 374,590 --------- -------- STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Stockholders' equity 313,774 271,270 --------- -------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 694,772 $ 645,860 ========= ========= ======== ======== STR Holdings, Inc. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS All amounts in thousands Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 13,321 $ 7,887 $ 36,107 $ 14,130 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities Depreciation 3,758 3,062 10,040 8,822 Amortization of intangibles 2,876 2,876 8,628 8,628 Amortization of deferred financing costs 332 288 995 863 Stock-based compensation expense 1,377 859 6,551 1,852 Unrealized gain on interest rate swap (1,356 ) (316 ) (4,018 ) (903 ) Earnings on equity-method investments (30 ) (68 ) (103 ) (227 ) (Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (1 ) - 9 10 Provision for bad debt expense 157 20 900 1,372 Provision for deferred taxes 345 (520 ) 1,372 (573 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities (3,472 ) 1,616 (20,113 ) 2,636 ------ ---- ------ ------- --- ------- Net cash provided by operating activities 17,307 15,704 40,368 36,610 ------ ------ ------- ------- INVESTING ACTIVITIES (3,477 ) (3,832 ) (10,055 ) (14,443 ) FINANCING ACTIVITIES (477 ) (1,167 ) (3,024 ) (2,403 ) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 3,831 1,170 280 1,708 ------ ------ ------- ------- Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 17,184 11,875 27,569 21,472 Cash and cash equivalents, Beginning of period 79,534 37,465 69,149 27,868 ------ ------ ------- ------- Cash and cash equivalents, End of period $ 96,718 $ 49,340 $ 96,718 $ 49,340 ====== ====== ====== ====== ====== ======= ====== ======= * Free cash flow $ 13,826 $ 12,872 $ 30,297 $ 23,167 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------- ------ ------- * Please refer to the reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures included in this release. STR Holdings, Inc. RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES All amounts in thousands except shares and per share amounts Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Net income $ 13,321 $ 7,887 $ 36,107 $ 14,130 Add: Amortization of intangibles 2,876 2,876 8,628 8,628 Amortization of deferred financing costs 332 288 995 863 Stock-based compensation expense 1,377 859 6,551 1,852 Secondary offering expense - - 534 - Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (1,337 ) (1,344 ) (5,080 ) (4,435 ) ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - Non-GAAP net income $ 16,569 $ 10,566 $ 47,735 $ 21,038 ====== ========== ====== ========== ====== ========== ====== ========== Non-GAAP earnings per share: Basic $ 0.41 $ 0.29 $ 1.19 $ 0.58 ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- Diluted $ 0.39 $ 0.28 $ 1.14 $ 0.57 ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- ------ ---------- Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic 40,433,681 36,665,586 40,257,091 36,490,833 add: dilutive effect of stock options 1,210,810 - 987,103 - add: dilutive effect of restricted common stock 682,875 632,534 750,786 710,746 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Diluted 42,327,366 37,298,120 41,994,980 37,201,579 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- Free Cash Flow Cash flow from operations $ 17,307 $ 15,704 $ 40,368 $ 36,610 Less: Capital expenditures (3,481 ) (2,832 ) (10,071 ) (13,443 ) ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - Free cash flow $ 13,826 $ 12,872 $ 30,297 $ 23,167 ====== ========== ====== ========== ====== ========== ====== ========== Non-GAAP Financial Measures To supplement the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements, which statements are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP), the Company uses two non-GAAP financial measures called non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) and free cash flow. The Company defines non-GAAP EPS as net income not including the tax effected impact of amortization of deferred financing costs, stock-based compensation, intangible asset amortization expense and secondary offering expense divided by the weighted-average common shares outstanding. It should be noted that diluted weighted-average common shares are determined on a GAAP basis and the resulting share count is used for computing both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted EPS. Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons.

Management believes that non-GAAP EPS provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of the core business operating results and may help in comparing current-period results with those of prior periods as well as with its peers.

The Company believes free cash flow is an important measure of its overall liquidity and its ability to fund future growth and provide a return to shareowners. Free cash flow does not reflect, among other things, mandatory debt service, other borrowing activity, discretionary dividends on the Company's common stock and acquisitions.

SOURCE: STR Holdings, Inc.

CONTACT: STR Holdings, Inc. Joseph C. Radziewicz, 860-758-7325 Controller and Principal Accounting Officer joseph.radziewicz@strus.com or ICR, Inc. Gary Dvorchak, CFA, 310-954-1123 Senior Vice President Investor Relations Consultant Gary.Dvorchak@icrinc.com Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: United States

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