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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Solid Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2014

  • Revenue of $108.4 Million, Including Record Revenue in Tungsten and Advanced Dielectrics Slurry Business Areas
  • Gross Profit Margin of 47.7 Percent of Revenue
  • Earnings Per Share of 53 Cents
  • Purchased $18.6 million of Stock Under Share Repurchase Program

AURORA, Ill., July 24, 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 third quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended June 30, 2014.

Total revenue during the third fiscal quarter was $108.4 million. The company generated 2.5 percent revenue growth from its CMP consumables products for semiconductor applications over the prior year, including record revenue in its Tungsten and Advanced Dielectrics slurry business areas. However, lower revenue from the company's QED Technologies business, which is primarily capital equipment-oriented, primarily drove the 1.5 percent year-over-year decline in total revenue. The company recorded a gross profit margin of 47.7 percent of revenue in the third fiscal quarter, diluted earnings per share of $0.53 and cash flow from operations of $21.8 million. The company's balance sheet reflects a cash balance of $265.5 million and $175.0 million of debt outstanding as of June 30, 2014. During the quarter, the company purchased $18.6 million of stock under its share repurchase program, compared to $10.0 million in the same quarter last year.

"We are pleased to have achieved record revenue in our Tungsten and Advanced Dielectrics slurry businesses this quarter, as well as additional year-over-year revenue growth in our Aluminum slurry and CMP Pads businesses, and nearly 40 percent revenue growth in China," said William Noglows, Chairman and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "We believe our broad and deep capabilities as a CMP technology leader, including global infrastructure close to our customers around the world, and a commitment to excellence in global supply chain management and quality systems, differentiate us from our competitors. Based on this, we believe we are well-positioned to leverage advanced technologies such as 3D NAND, FinFet and multi-patterning, which have driven the need for new innovations in fab materials and should drive increased demand for CMP consumables."

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Total third fiscal quarter revenue of $108.4 million represents a 1.5 percent decrease from the $110.0 million reported in the same quarter last year, on lower revenue from the company's QED Technologies business, which more than offset 2.5 percent growth from the company's IC CMP consumables products. In particular, the company achieved record revenue in its Tungsten and Advanced Dielectrics slurry businesses this quarter, and revenue from its CMP Pads and Aluminum slurry businesses grew compared to the same quarter last year. Year to date revenue of $308.3 million is 2.7 percent lower than the prior year, reflecting lower revenue from QED Technologies, and also including a $2.7 million adverse impact associated with foreign exchange rate changes, primarily the weaker Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar.

Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 47.7 percent this quarter, compared to 49.7 percent of revenue reported in the same quarter a year ago. Compared to the year ago quarter, gross profit percentage decreased primarily due to higher variable manufacturing costs, including higher raw material costs and higher logistics costs. Year to date, gross profit represented 47.3 percent of revenue, which includes a 70 basis point adverse impact of an asset impairment charge related to certain manufacturing assets recorded during the second fiscal quarter. The company expects its gross profit for the full fiscal year to be around the lower end of its guidance range of 48 to 50 percent of revenue.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $33.2 million in the third fiscal quarter, or $0.8 million higher than the $32.4 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to higher travel costs, and professional fees associated with amending the company's existing credit agreement, which was completed this quarter. Year to date, total operating expenses were $97.2 million, or 3.0 percent lower than the previous fiscal year. The company continues to expect operating expenses for the full fiscal year to be between $127 million and $131 million.

Net income for the quarter was $13.3 million, down from $15.5 million reported in the same quarter last year. Net income was lower primarily due to a lower gross profit margin and lower revenue, partially offset by a lower effective tax rate. Year to date, net income was $34.7 million, which is up 0.3 percent compared to the prior year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.53 this quarter, compared to $0.65 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, which included a $0.05 benefit associated with the company's permanent reinvestment election in Japan. Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $1.39, which includes the adverse impact of $0.06 due to the asset impairment charge recorded during the second fiscal quarter, compared to $1.46 last year.


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 (844) 825-4410. Callers outside the U.S. can dial (973) 638-3236. The conference code for the call is 69642903. 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 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 and in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, both 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 Nine Months Ended
  June 30, March 31, June 30, June 30, June 30,
  2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue  $ 108,358  $ 99,456  $ 109,968  $ 308,329  $ 316,865
Cost of goods sold 56,632 52,931 55,359 162,364 163,872
Gross profit 51,726 46,525 54,609 145,965 152,993
Operating expenses:          
Research, development & technical 15,368 14,364 15,149 44,303 45,538
Selling & marketing 6,489 6,471 6,470 19,667 20,625
General & administrative 11,380 11,076 10,776 33,182 34,017
Total operating expenses 33,237 31,911 32,395 97,152 100,180
Operating income 18,489 14,614 22,214 48,813 52,813
Interest expense 832 843 907 2,547 2,732
Other income, net (132) 103 248 588 1,565
Income before income taxes 17,525 13,874 21,555 46,854 51,646
Provision for income taxes 4,223 3,779 6,062 12,149 17,030
Net income  $ 13,302  $ 10,095  $ 15,493  $ 34,705  $ 34,616
Income available to common shareholders  $ 13,126  $ 9,962  $ 15,493  $ 34,394  $ 34,616
Basic earnings per share $0.55 $0.42 $0.68 $1.45 $1.51
Weighted average basic shares outstanding 23,753 23,982 22,951 23,769 22,897
Diluted earnings per share $0.53 $0.40 $0.65 $1.39 $1.46
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 24,613 24,897 23,776 24,704 23,729
(Unaudited and amounts in thousands)
  June 30, September 30,
  2014 2013
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 265,515  $ 226,029
Accounts receivable, net  55,375  54,640
Inventories, net  70,904  63,786
Other current assets  21,037  18,343
Total current assets 412,831 362,798
Property, plant and equipment, net  105,944  111,985
Other long-term assets  71,203  76,809
Total assets  $ 589,978  $ 551,592
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 12,428  $ 16,663
Current portion of long-term debt  8,750  10,938
Accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other current liabilities  27,465  40,620
Total current liabilities 48,643 68,221
Long-term debt, net of current portion  166,250  150,937
Other long-term liabilities  10,543  8,992
Total liabilities  225,436  228,150
Stockholders' equity  364,542  323,442
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 589,978  $ 551,592
The Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet at September 30, 2013 has been revised to reflect certain non-material adjustments related to prior periods.

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