Veeco Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Veeco Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

PLAINVIEW, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Veeco Instruments Inc. (NAS: VECO) announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Veeco reports its results on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") basis, and also provides results excluding certain items. Please refer to the attached table for details of the reconciliation between GAAP operating results and Non-GAAP operating results. All results presented herein are for Veeco's "Continuing Operations."

GAAP Results* ($M except EPS)


Non-GAAP Results ($M except EPS)



  Q3 '12 Q3 '11  

Q3 '12


Q3 '11

Revenues $126.9 $268.0

Net income





Net income $9.4 $52.6

EPS (diluted)


$ 0.34



EPS (diluted) $0.24 $1.31

*2012 GAAP results include $2.0M restructuring charge for Company-wide reorganization.

Third Quarter 2012 Results

John R. Peeler, Veeco's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Veeco's third quarter revenue was $127 million, and adjusted EBITA and non-GAAP earnings per share were $17 million and $0.34, in line with our guidance. Veeco generated $46 million in cash flow from operations, ending the quarter with $574 million in cash and short term investments." Third quarter LED & Solar revenues were $94 million: approximately $79 million in MOCVD and $15 million in MBE. Data Storage revenues were $33 million.

Mr. Peeler continued, "Third quarter bookings were weak at $84 million, representing trough levels in all businesses. LED & Solar orders totaled $68 million: MOCVD continued to bump along the bottom at $63 million as LED customers work through overcapacity and delay significant fab expansions. MBE bookings declined 33% sequentially to $5 million, with customer consolidation causing a slowdown in production buys for wireless applications. Data Storage customers froze spending due to hard drive overcapacity and a weakening demand outlook, resulting in a 37% sequential decline in orders to $16 million." Veeco's book-to-bill ratio was 0.66 to 1 and quarter-end backlog was $187 million.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Guidance & Outlook

Veeco's fourth quarter 2012 revenue is currently forecasted to be between $100 million and $115 million. Earnings per share are currently forecasted to be between ($0.09) to $0.03 on a GAAP basis, and $0.04 to $0.16 on a non-GAAP basis. Veeco is likely to take additional restructuring actions in the fourth quarter. Please refer to the attached financial table for more details.

Mr. Peeler added, "Taking into account our fourth quarter guidance, Veeco's 2012 revenue is forecasted to be over $500 million and we will have delivered double digit profitability, successfully managing through a challenging year."

"We are cautious about short-term business conditions since there is still no clear sign that the economy is improving," added Mr. Peeler. "However, the LED market is getting better - general lighting is growing, excess capacity is being absorbed, and customers are reporting more stable business conditions. An MOCVD order snap-back is inevitable as LEDs go from 5% of all lighting to over 30% over the next few years. Insatiable demand for storage will drive future hard drive industry capital expenditures and technology investments. We anticipate that Veeco's orders will improve in the coming quarters."

"In the meantime, we are focused on lowering our cost structure while protecting investments in R&D and new products," concluded Mr. Peeler. "Our goal is to remain profitable while funding our future. We are market leaders with exceptional technology and customer roadmap alignment. We are well positioned for future growth as our end markets recover and the world adopts solid state lighting."

Conference Call Information

A conference call reviewing these results has been scheduled for 5:00pm ET today at 1-877-741-4249 (toll free) or 1-719-325-4767 using passcode 9733840. The call will also be webcast live on the Veeco website at A replay of the call will be available beginning at 8:00pm ET tonight through midnight on November 5, 2012 at 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820, using passcode 9733840, or on the Veeco website. Please follow along with our slide presentation also posted on the website.

About Veeco

Veeco's process equipment solutions enable the manufacture of LEDs, power electronics, hard drives, MEMS and wireless chips. We are the market leader in MOCVD, MBE, Ion Beam and other advanced thin film process technologies. Our high performance systems drive innovation in energy efficiency, consumer electronics and network storage and allow our customers to maximize productivity and achieve lower cost of ownership. For information on our company, products and worldwide service and support, please visit

To the extent that this news release discusses expectations or otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include the risks discussed in the Business Description and Management's Discussion and Analysis sections of Veeco's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and press releases.Veeco does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Veeco Instruments Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
 Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30,September 30,
2012 20112012 2011
Net sales$126,928$267,959$403,384$787,450
Cost of sales 73,195  143,025  223,129  396,204 
Gross profit53,733124,934180,255391,246
Operating expenses (income):
Selling, general and administrative17,48423,56958,15073,966
Research and development23,70626,40470,92269,927
Other, net (519) (199) (408) (228)
Total operating expenses 43,870  51,051  134,326  147,184 
Operating income9,86373,88345,929244,062
Interest (income) expense, net(175)(244)(707)1,142
Loss on extinguishment of debt -  -  -  3,349 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes10,03874,12746,636239,571
Income tax provision 620  21,510  9,745  72,657 
Income from continuing operations 9,418  52,617  36,891  166,914 
Discontinued operations:
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax4,048(16,754)4,805(59,203)
Net income$13,466 $35,863 $41,696 $107,711 
Income (loss) per common share:
Continuing operations$0.24$1.34$0.96$4.16
Discontinued operations 0.11  (0.43) 0.13  (1.48)
Income$0.35 $0.91 $1.09 $2.68 
Continuing operations$0.24$1.31$0.95$3.98
Discontinued operations 0.10  (0.41) 0.12  (1.41)
Income$0.34 $0.90 $1.07 $2.57 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Veeco Instruments Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 September 30, December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$387,048$217,922
Short-term investments185,692273,591
Restricted cash852577
Accounts receivable, net60,31995,038
Inventories, net80,756113,434
Prepaid expenses and other current assets37,61240,756
Assets of discontinued segment held for sale-2,341
Deferred income taxes, current 8,973 10,885
Total current assets761,252754,544
Property, plant and equipment, net99,06086,067
Other assets, net 41,755 39,624
Total assets$957,895$936,063
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$35,498$40,398
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities85,582107,656
Deferred profit9,39910,275
Income taxes payable5253,532
Liabilities of discontinued segment held for sale-5,359
Current portion of long-term debt 263 248
Total current liabilities131,267167,468
Deferred income taxes5,0235,029
Long-term debt2,2072,406
Other liabilities 303 640
Total liabilities138,800175,543
Total liabilities and equity$957,895$936,063
Veeco Instruments Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results
(In thousands, except per share data)
 Guidance for

the three months ending

December 31, 2012

Adjusted EBITA
Operating income$(3,773)$2,491
Equity-based compensation 4,026  4,026 


Earnings from continuing operations before interest, income taxes and amortization excluding certain items ("Adjusted EBITA")

$1,518 $7,782 
Non-GAAP Net Income
Net income from continuing operations (GAAP basis)$(3,593)$1,363
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Equity-based compensation4,0264,026
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (1,442)(1) (1,734)(1)
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