ams AG to Open New York Factory
Jul 28 15
ams AG has reached an agreement with New York to begin making wafers for computer chips in the state by 2017. The company announced that the state will construct a factory in the Tech Valley region, which ams AG will then lease for 20 years. Production is expected to begin by the end of 2017. Wafers are thin, silicon surfaces upon which computer chips are etched. ams AG's New York location will manufacture between 150,000 and 450,000 wafers annually.
ams AG Announces Executive Appointments
Jul 27 15
ams AG announced that Alexander Everke will become CEO of ams in March 2016. The Supervisory Board announced that Alexander Everke will join ams' Management Board on October 1, 2015 as CEO designate with responsibility for corporate strategy, sales and marketing. On March 1, 2016, Alexander Everke will become CEO of ams. Kirk Laney will take on the new position of Chief Strategist Sensor Solutions for a minimum of 18 months, responsible for defining sensor solution roadmaps. He will work closely with the other Management Board members, particularly on M&A and strategic relationships. Alexander Everke spent 14 years at Siemens AG and Infineon Technologies AG in sales, marketing and senior management roles including VP Sales & Marketing for the Memory Products Division, SVP Global Sales, and General Manager Chip Card and Security ICs Business Unit. From 2006-2014, Alexander Everke held senior management positions at NXP Semiconductors including SVP & General Manager Business Line Power Management, EVP & General Manager Business Unit Multi Market Semiconductors, EVP & General Manager Business Unit High Performance Mixed Signal, and EVP & General Manager Business Unit Infrastructure and Industrial and was member of the NXP management team. The Supervisory Board has also extended the Management Board contract of Michael Wachsler-Markowitsch as CFO of ams until 2019.
ams AG Reports Group Earnings Results for the Second Quarter and First Half of 2015; Provides Revenue Guidance for the Third Quarter of 2015 and 2019 and Capital Expenditures Guidance for 2015
Jul 27 15
ams AG reported group earnings results for the second quarter and first half of 2015. The company reported second quarter 2015 results at the high end of expectations with year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter growth in revenues and earnings. Second quarter group revenues were EUR 169.5 million, the higher quarterly revenues in the company’s history, up 11% sequentially compared to the first quarter and increasing 59% from EUR 106.3 million in the same quarter 2014. On a constant currency basis, second quarter revenues were 36% higher compared to the second quarter last year. In the second quarter, gross margin remained high at 56% excluding acquisition-related costs and 54% including acquisition-related costs, compared to 57% and 55% respectively, in the same quarter 2014. The result from operations (EBIT) excluding acquisition-related costs for the second quarter was EUR 48.5 million or 29% of revenues, increasing by 84% from EUR 26.4 million in the same period 2014. The result from operations (EBIT) including acquisition-related costs for the second quarter was EUR 44.6 million or 26% of revenues, up 86% from EUR 24.0 million in the same period 2014. This increase includes a one-time positive effect from the sale of an investment as well as operational leverage effects. The net result for the second quarter was EUR 41.8 million compared to EUR 22.2 million in the same period last year. Basic and diluted earnings per share were CHF 0.63/0.61 or EUR 0.61/0.58 based on 68,948,844/71,639,611 shares (basic/diluted; weighted average) compared to CHF 0.40/0.38 or EUR 0.33/0.31 for the second quarter 2014 based on 67,822,300/70,833,270 shares (basic/diluted; split-adjusted weighted average). Operating cash flow for the second quarter was EUR 30.1 million compared to EUR 33.9 million in the second quarter last year.
For the first half, the group revenues for the first half of 2015 were EUR 322.9 million, increasing 68% from EUR 192.6 million recorded in the first half of 2014. On a constant currency basis, first half revenues were 44% higher compared to the first half of 2014. In the first half of 2015, gross margin was unchanged at 56% excluding acquisition-related costs and 54% including acquisition-related costs, from 56% and 54% respectively, in the first half of 2014. For the first half of 2015, the result from operations (EBIT) including acquisition-related costs was EUR 82.8 million, up 110% from EUR 39.4 million in the same period 2014. The net profit for the first half year 2015 was EUR 84.0 million, equivalent to CHF 1.28/1.23 or EUR 1.22/1.17 per share (basic/diluted) based on 68,792,636/71,560,877 shares (basic/diluted; weighted average), compared to EUR 36.9 million, i.e. CHF 0.66/0.63 or EUR 0.54/0.52 per share (basic/diluted) based on 67,788,585/70,855,770 shares (basic/diluted; split-adjusted weighted average), for the same period last year. Operating cash flow for the first half was EUR 74.4 million compared to EUR 48.2 million in the first half year 2014.
For the third quarter of 2015, the company expects year-on-year revenue growth with operating profitability reflecting revenue trends and the addition of R&D resources. For the third quarter 2015, the company expects revenues of EUR 150 million – EUR 155 million driven by ongoing business momentum in its consumer and non-consumer markets based on available information and current exchange rates. The company anticipates continued high gross margin profitability in the third quarter with gross margins remaining on a comparable level quarter-on-quarter while operating profitability is expected to reflect revenue development and the addition of further R&D resources including the new CMOS sensor business.
The company adds a revenue goal of EUR 1 billion in 2019. The company is confident about the strong revenue and earnings potential of its business, particularly when looking towards 2016 and beyond, based on available information. ams' focus on high performance sensor solutions including new opportunities such as IP licensing drives a full design and development pipeline across the markets for Smartphone, mobile devices, industrial, medical, and automotive systems. This pipeline offers significant opportunities for revenue and earnings growth on the way to the company's revenue goal in 2019.
In operations, the second capacity expansion step in the company’s wafer fab in Austria was completed as planned. To support two significant new programs for mobile device/smartphone applications which the company expects to ramp in 2016, the company has decided to accelerate investments into additional fab equipment. The company will also implement a further expansion of its test capacity for upcoming high volume requirements. Total capital expenditures for 2015 are therefore expected to reach EUR 75 million – EUR 80 million as the company prepares to realize its growth plans in the coming years.