Advanced Energy Announces Fourth Quarter Results

  • Q4 Revenue and Non-GAAP operating income met expectations
  • 2015 Revenues increase 13% y/y
  • 2015 EPS from continuing operations increased 20% y/y
  • Inverter wind down complete and results included in discontinued operations
  • Completed $50M accelerated share repurchase

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 1, 2016Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEIS) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2015.

“2015 was a year of many accomplishments. Semiconductor revenues reached record highs and we achieved double digit growth in revenues, operating income and EPS from continuing operations. All this, despite the industry-wide pause in sales to semiconductor applications in the fourth quarter, which was offset in part by counter-seasonal service sales and the ongoing diversity of our industrial applications,” said Yuval Wasserman, President and CEO of Advanced Energy. “With the wind down of inverters now complete, we turn our focus to addressing the growing number of critical applications for our precision power products and technologies. Our continuing strong cash generation is enabling us to pursue these opportunities while simultaneously repurchasing shares and returning value to our shareholders.”

$ millions   2014     2015   % Change
Revenue $ 367.3   $ 414.8     13 %
Operating Income               $ 86.1   $ 106.7     24 %
Operating Margin   23.4 %   25.7 %  
       

Fourth Quarter Results

Sales were $86.9 million compared with $109.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $110.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

GAAP income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, was $11.5 million or $0.28 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2015 compared to $23.3 million or $0.56 per diluted share in the third quarter, and $23.3 million or $0.57 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2014.

Non-GAAP income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, was $13.0 million or $0.32 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2015 compared to $25.0 million or $0.61 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015, and $26.2 million or $0.64 per diluted share in the same period last year. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is provided in the tables below.

The company ended the quarter with $170.4 million in cash and marketable securities, a sequential decrease of $23 million, after utilizing $50 million for the accelerated stock repurchase launched in the fourth quarter.

Discontinued Operations

As a result of the completion of the wind down of the solar inverter business, the company’s financial statements for all periods presented reflect results for the continuing precision power business, with the discontinued inverter business included in discontinued operations for both the balance sheet and income statement. Further financial detail regarding the amounts related to this will be available in the company’s 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

First Quarter 2016 Guidance

Based on the company's current view, beliefs and assumptions, guidance for the first quarter of 2016 is within the following ranges:

  Q1 2016
Revenues $90M  -  $100M
Non-GAAP EPS from continuing operations       $0.40  -  $0.50
Non-GAAP operating margin 23% - 25%
   

Fourth Quarter 2015 Conference Call

Management will host a conference call tomorrow morning, Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss Advanced Energy's financial results. Domestic callers may access this conference call by dialing 855-232-8958. International callers may access the call by dialing 315-625-6980. Participants will need to provide the operator with the Conference ID Number 14100053, which has been reserved for this call. For a replay of this teleconference, please call 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and enter Conference ID Number 14100053. The replay will be available for one week following the conference call. A webcast will also be available on the company’s Investor Relations web page at http://ir.advanced-energy.com.

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq:AEIS) is a global leader in innovative power and control technologies for high-growth, precision power solutions for thin films processes and industrial applications. Advanced Energy is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, with dedicated support and service locations around the world. For more information, go to www.advanced-energy.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

This release includes GAAP and non-GAAP income and per-share earnings data and other GAAP and non-GAAP financial information. Advanced Energy’s non-GAAP measures exclude restructuring charges, acquisition-related costs, stock based compensation and amortization of intangibles and tax release items. For the first quarter ending March 31, 2016 guidance, the company expects stock based compensation of $1.1 million and amortization of intangibles of $1.2 million. The non-GAAP measures included in this release are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, similar measures calculated under generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Advanced Energy believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. Additionally, the company believes that these non-GAAP measures, in combination with its financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, provide investors with additional perspective. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate business performance and for planning purposes. While some of the excluded items may be incurred and reflected in the company’s GAAP financial results in the foreseeable future, the company believes that the items excluded from certain non-GAAP measures do not accurately reflect the underlying performance of its continuing operations for the period in which they are incurred. The use of non-GAAP measures has limitations in that such measures do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP, and these measures should only be used to evaluate the company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Please refer to the Form 8-K regarding this release furnished today to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-Looking Statements

The company’s guidance with respect to anticipated financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016, expectations regarding future market trends and the company’s future performance within specific markets and other statements that are not historical information are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a) the effects of global macroeconomic conditions upon demand for our products; (b) the volatility and cyclicality of the industries the company serves, particularly the semiconductor industry; (c) delays in capital spending by end-users in our served markets; (d) the accuracy of the company’s estimates related to fulfilling Solar inverter product warranty and post-warranty obligations; (e) the company’s ability to realize on its plan to avoid additional costs after the Solar inverter wind-down; (f) the accuracy of the company's estimates and assumptions on which its financial statement projections are based; (g) the impact of price changes, which may result  from a variety of factors; (h) the timing of orders received from customers; (i) the company’s ability to realize benefits from cost improvement efforts including avoided costs, restructuring plans and inorganic growth; (j) the company’s ability to obtain in a timely manner the materials necessary to manufacture its products; and (k) unanticipated changes to management's estimates, reserves or allowances. These and other risks are described in Advanced Energy's Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q and other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). These reports and statements are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Copies may also be obtained from Advanced Energy's investor relations page at http://ir.advanced-energy.com or by contacting Advanced Energy's investor relations at 970-407-6555. Forward-looking statements are made and based on information available to the company on the date of this press release. Aspirational goals and targets discussed on the conference call or in the presentation materials should not be interpreted in any respect as guidance. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

 

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share data)
       
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
SALES $ 86,891     $ 110,163     $ 109,756     $ 414,811     $ 367,333  
COST OF SALES 44,207     53,620     51,218     197,941     179,273  
GROSS PROFIT 42,684     56,543     58,538     216,870     188,060  
  49.1 %   51.3 %   53.3 %   52.3 %   51.2 %
OPERATING EXPENSES:                                      
Research and development 9,437     9,728     10,370     39,551     36,915  
Selling, general and administrative 16,121     15,959     16,585     66,097     58,549  
Amortization of intangible assets 1,070     1,384     1,098     4,368     4,998  
Restructuring (benefit) charges (117 )   863     317     198     1,507  
Total operating expenses 26,511     27,934     28,370     110,214     101,969  
OPERATING INCOME 16,173     28,609     30,168     106,656     86,091  
OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME, NET (1,661 )   241     (722 )   (1,214 )   (86 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 14,512     28,850     29,446     105,442     86,005  
Provision for income taxes 3,022     5,538     6,133     21,960     16,510  
INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES 11,490     23,312     23,313     83,482     69,495  
INCOME (LOSS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES 24,775     (13,993 )   (6,881 )   (241,968 )   (22,513 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 36,265     $ 9,319     $ 16,432     $ (158,486 )   $ 46,982  
                                       
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding 40,270     40,329     41,027     40,746     40,420  
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 40,601     40,757     41,319     41,077     41,034  
                                       
EARNINGS PER SHARE:                                      
                                       
CONTINUING OPERATIONS:                                      
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.29     $ 0.58     $ 0.57     $ 2.05     $ 1.72  
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.28     $ 0.57     $ 0.56     $ 2.03     $ 1.69  
                                       
DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:                                      
BASIC EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE $ 0.62     $ (0.35 )   $ (0.17 )   $ (5.94 )   $ (0.56 )
DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE $ 0.61     $ (0.35 )   $ (0.17 )   $ (5.94 )   $ (0.56 )
                                       
NET INCOME:                                      
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.90     $ 0.23     $ 0.40     $ (3.89 )   $ 1.16  
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.89     $ 0.23     $ 0.40     $ (3.89 )   $ 1.14  

 

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
 
  December 31,   December 31,
  2015   2014
ASSETS UNAUDITED    
       
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 158,443     $ 121,401  
Marketable securities 11,986     3,083  
Accounts receivable, net 54,959     79,053  
Inventories, net 52,573     46,092  
Deferred income tax assets 6,441     14,011  
Income taxes receivable 8,719     14,472  
Other current assets 7,538     6,146  
Current assets of discontinued operations 41,902     92,495  
Total current assets 342,561     376,753  
       
Property and equipment, net 9,645     9,759  
       
Deposits and other 1,729     1,666  
Goodwill and intangibles, net 76,870     84,186  
Deferred income tax assets 21,395     23,637  
Non-current assets of discontinued operations 18,849     188,567  
Total assets $ 471,049     $ 684,568  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
       
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 27,246     $ 24,541  
Other accrued expenses 40,357     29,459  
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 38,140     58,568  
Total current liabilities 105,743     112,568  
       
Non-current liabilities of continuing operations 75,130     78,361  
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations 27,302     18,674  
Long-term liabilities 102,432     97,035  
       
Total liabilities 208,175     209,603  
       
Stockholders' equity 262,874     474,965  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 471,049     $ 684,568  
       

* December 31, 2014 amounts are derived from the December 31, 2014 audited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.  
SELECTED OTHER DATA (UNAUDITED)  
(in thousands)  
                                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure -                                      
operating expenses and operating income,                                       
excluding certain items Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
Gross Profit from continuing operations, as reported $ 42,684     $ 56,543     $ 58,538     $ 216,870     $ 188,060  
Operating expenses from continuing operations, as reported 26,511     27,934     28,370     110,214     101,969  
Adjustments:                                      
Restructuring charges 117     (863 )   (317 )   (197 )   (1,507 )
Acquisition-related costs                 (730 )
Stock-based compensation (897 )   (1,316 )   (733 )   (2,810 )   (3,712 )
Amortization of intangible assets (1,070 )   (1,384 )   (1,098 )   (4,368 )   (4,998 )
Nonrecurring executive severance                 (867 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses from continuing operations 24,661     24,371     26,222     102,839     90,155  
Non-GAAP operating income from continuing operations $ 18,023     $ 32,172     $ 32,316     $ 114,031     $ 97,905  
                                       
                                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure -                                       
 income excluding certain items Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
Income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, as reported $ 11,490     $ 23,312     $ 23,313     $ 83,482     $ 69,495  
Adjustments, net of tax                                      
Restructuring charges (93 )   697     251     156     1,218  
Acquisition-related costs                 590  
Stock-based compensation 710     1,064     580     2,225     2,999  
Amortization of intangible assets 847     1,118     870     3,459     4,039  
Nonrecurring executive severance                 701  
Non-GAAP income from continuing operations, net of income taxes $ 12,954     $ 26,191     $ 25,014     $ 89,322     $ 79,042  
                                       
                                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure -                                       
per share earnings excluding certain                                       
items Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2015   2014
                   
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, as reported $ 0.28     $ 0.57     $ 0.56     $ 2.03     $ 1.69  
Add back:                  
per share impact of Non-GAAP adjustments, net of tax 0.04     0.07     0.05     0.14     0.24  
Non-GAAP per share earnings from continuing operations $ 0.32     $ 0.64     $ 0.61     $ 2.17     $ 1.93  
                                       

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions for mission-critical applications and processes. AE’s power solutions enable customer innovation in complex semiconductor and industrial manufacturing applications. With engineering know-how and responsive service and support around the globe, the company builds collaborative partnerships to meet technology advances, propel growth for its customers and innovate the future of power. Advanced Energy has devoted more than three decades to perfecting power for its global customers and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. For more information, visit www.advancedenergy.com

Advanced Energy | Precision. Power. Performance.

Thank You

You may now view any resource on the Advanced Energy site. Click the button below to view your requested resource.

Thank You

You may now view any resource on the Advanced Energy site. Click the button below to view your requested resource.