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

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."  Key Financial Information  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.  CONFERENCE CALL  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, www.cabotcmp.com, 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.  ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION  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 www.cabotcmp.com or contact Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.  SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT  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.  CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (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 &  15,368     14,364    15,149     44,303     45,538 technical                                                                 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     17,525     13,874    21,555     46,854     51,646 taxes                                                                 Provision for income     4,223      3,779     6,062      12,149     17,030 taxes                                                                 Net income               $13,302  $10,095 $15,493  $34,705  $34,616                                                                                                                                                                                                 Income available to      $13,126  $9,962  $15,493  $34,394  $34,616 common shareholders                                                                                                                                 Basic earnings per share $0.55      $0.42     $0.68      $1.45      $1.51                                                                 Weighted average basic   23,753     23,982    22,951     23,769     22,897 shares outstanding                                                                 Diluted earnings per     $0.53      $0.40     $0.65      $1.39      $1.46 share                                                                 Weighted average diluted 24,613     24,897    23,776     24,704     23,729 shares outstanding   CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited and amounts in thousands)                                                                                                    June 30,         September 30,                                          2014             2013 ASSETS:                                                                                                              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                                                                                                                     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                                                                                Current liabilities:                                       Accounts payable                          $12,428        $16,663 Current portion of long-term debt         8,750           10,938 Accrued expenses, income taxes payable    27,465          40,620 and other current liabilities 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'       $589,978       $551,592 equity                                                                                                                     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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