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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2014

  • Revenue of $100.5 Million, Primarily Reflects Soft Industry Demand and Traditional Seasonality
  • Gross Profit Margin of 47.5 Percent; Full Year Guidance Remains Unchanged at 48 to 50 Percent of Revenue
  • Earnings Per Share of 45 Cents

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended December 31, 2013.

Total revenue during the first fiscal quarter was $100.5 million, which reflects decreases of 5.6 percent compared to the same quarter last year, and 13.5 percent compared to the record revenue reported in the prior quarter, on softer semiconductor industry demand, including traditional seasonal weakness that the company typically has experienced in its first fiscal quarter. Revenues were also adversely impacted by customary fluctuations in the company's QED Technologies business, primarily capital equipment oriented, which also recorded record revenue in the prior quarter. Despite these headwinds, the company achieved a gross profit margin of 47.5 percent of revenue in the first fiscal quarter, improving its gross profit margin by 50 basis points compared to the prior year. As a result, the company recorded diluted earnings per share of $0.45 for the first fiscal quarter. The company's balance sheet reflects a cash balance of $246.5 million and $159.7 million of debt outstanding as of December 31, 2013.

"We believe our financial results provide a solid start to our fiscal year, despite the soft industry demand, including traditional seasonal weakness, that we referenced last October when we reported results for our previous fiscal quarter. Even within this environment, we were able to improve our gross margin and control costs compared to the same quarter last year, on lower revenue," said William Noglows, Chairman and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "Looking forward, we expect strengthening in overall semiconductor industry demand during the fiscal year, based on recent public statements from a number of industry analysts and some of our strategic customers, as well as past trends within similar demand environments. Industry reports generally indicate that holiday sales of technology products were solid, most IC inventories have returned to normal levels and fab utilization rates now appear to be improving. In addition, certain industry analysts are forecasting modest growth in 2014 for the PC market, a shift from the contraction that has beset this industry over the previous two years. Having successfully navigated periods of both strong and soft industry demand environments, we believe the continued successful execution of our strategic initiatives positions us well as we work to deliver another year of solid business performance."

Key Financial Information

Total first fiscal quarter revenue of $100.5 million represents a 5.6 percent decrease from the $106.5 million reported in the same quarter last year and a 13.5 percent decrease from the record level of $116.3 million reported last quarter. Compared to the same quarter last year, the company believes the decrease in revenue primarily reflects softer demand due to lower utilization at some fabs, and the continued soft demand for PCs. Compared to the previous quarter, the company believes the decrease in revenue primarily reflects soft demand within the global semiconductor industry that the company began to experience late last fiscal year, including traditional seasonal weakness that the company typically has experienced in its first fiscal quarter, and soft demand for the company's QED products.

Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 47.5 percent this quarter. This is higher than the 47.0 percent reported in the same quarter a year ago and lower than 50.9 percent last quarter. Compared to the year ago quarter, gross profit percentage increased primarily due to benefits associated with a weaker Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar and higher manufacturing yields, partially offset by lower sales volume and higher variable manufacturing costs, including higher raw material costs. The decrease in gross profit percentage versus the previous quarter was primarily due to lower sales volume and higher variable manufacturing costs, including higher raw material costs, partially offset by lower fixed manufacturing costs, including incentive compensation costs. The company's full fiscal year guidance range of 48 to 50 percent of revenue remains unchanged.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $32.0 million in the first fiscal quarter, or $1.4 million less than the $33.4 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to lower clean room materials expense and depreciation expense. Operating expenses were $3.5 million lower than the $35.5 million reported in the previous quarter, primarily due to lower staffing related costs, including incentive compensation costs.

Net income for the quarter was $11.3 million, up from $9.7 million reported in the same quarter last year and down from $16.8 million in the prior quarter. Compared to the same quarter last year, net income was higher primarily due to lower tax expense on the company's foreign earnings resulting from its election to permanently reinvest the earnings of certain foreign subsidiaries. The first quarter of fiscal 2013 also included an adverse foreign tax adjustment that reduced net income by $1.7 million. Compared to the prior quarter, net income was down mainly due to lower revenue and a lower gross profit margin, partially offset by lower operating expenses.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.45 this quarter, up from $0.41 reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 and down from $0.69 reported in the previous quarter.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation's quarterly earnings conference call will be held today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The conference call will be available via live webcast and replay from the company's website,, or by phone at (877) 280-4960. Callers outside the U.S. can dial (857) 244-7317. The conference code for the call is 13089896. A transcript of the formal comments made during the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 1,050 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit or contact Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.


This news release may include statements that constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to: future sales and operating results; company and industry growth, contraction or trends; growth or contraction of the markets in which the company participates; international events, regulatory or legislative activity, or various economic factors; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; natural disasters; the acquisition of or investment in other entities; uses and investment of the company's cash balance; financing facilities and related debt, payment of principal and interest, and compliance with covenants and other terms; the company's capital structure; and the construction and operation of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics Corporation. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, filed with the SEC. Cabot Microelectronics assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.

(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Quarter Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2013 2012
Revenue  $ 100,515  $ 116,266  $ 106,533
Cost of goods sold  52,801 57,143 56,494
Gross profit 47,714 59,123 50,039
Operating expenses:      
Research, development & technical  14,571 15,835 15,316
Selling & marketing  6,707 7,360 7,109
General & administrative  10,726 12,270 10,954
Total operating expenses 32,004 35,465 33,379
Operating income 15,710 23,658 16,660
Interest expense 872 911 953
Other income (expense), net 617 (173) 854
Income before income taxes 15,455 22,574 16,561
Provision for income taxes  4,147 5,805 6,858
Net income  $ 11,308  $ 16,769  $ 9,703
Basic earnings per share  $0.47 $0.72 $0.42
Weighted average basic shares outstanding  23,590 23,041 22,845
Diluted earnings per share  $0.45 $0.69 $0.41
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding  24,623 23,994 23,658
(Unaudited and amounts in thousands)
  December 31, September 30,
  2013 2013
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 246,463  $ 226,029
Accounts receivable, net   52,078  54,640
Inventories, net  66,118  63,786
Other current assets  32,077  21,257
Total current assets 396,736 365,712
Property, plant and equipment, net  109,514  111,985
Other long-term assets  69,475  76,809
Total assets  $ 575,725  $ 554,506
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 15,825  $ 16,663
Current portion of long-term debt  12,031  10,938
Accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other current liabilities  28,503  39,899
Total current liabilities 56,359 67,500
Long-term debt, net of current portion  147,657  150,937
Other long-term liabilities  9,103  8,992
Total liabilities  213,119  227,429
Stockholders' equity  362,606  327,077
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 575,725  $ 554,506
CONTACT: Trisha Tuntland
         Manager, Investor Relations
         (630) 499-2600

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