TowerJazz Presents Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

TowerJazz Presents Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Full Year 2012 Revenues of $639 Million up 5% YoY

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year, ended December 31, 2012.


  • Record full year revenues of $638.8 million, up 5% year-over-year, further cementing TowerJazz's position as the #1 specialty foundry; $164 million EBITDA for 2012, reflecting 26% EBITDA margins and up 6% year-over-year;
  • Improvement in full year non-GAAP gross and operating margins at 37% and 26%, respectively as compared to 36% and 25% in 2011, respectively;
  • Full year non-GAAP net profit of $132 million and net margin of 21%, higher than $124 million and 20% net margin in 2011;
  • End of year cash balance of $133 million as compared to $101 million as of December 31, 2011.

CEO Perspective

Russell Ellwanger, Chief Executive Officer of TowerJazz, commented: "2012 was a noteworthy and strategically significant year for the company. We acquired the Nishiwaki factory with an understanding of long term capacity needs of our business. This demand is being realized and satisfied in the Nishiwaki factory with the press released Vishay-Siliconix advanced technology transfer, a very large Asian based fabless existing customer transferring its highest volume flow to Nishiwaki and multiple new Japanese and Korean customer engagements. Our recent introduction of an advanced SOI Switch platform opens a new market for us and has already realized over 25 customer tape-outs. In 2012, we had over 450 full mask set tape outs and left the year with more than 400 new design wins. These numbers are at record levels and a strong indicator of customer traction and continued growth."

Ellwanger further stated: "In the immediate, we see revenue reduction as per the planned contractual decrease in the Micron volume agreement in Nishiwaki. We see this as short term, corrected by the qualification and ramp of the above mentioned Nishiwaki based activities, as well as other strategic initiatives in new markets such as the SOI Switch. Our worldwide presence and specialty technology offerings have enabled us to create a competitive advantage for our customers and we expect further market share growth in our chosen value add segments during 2013."

Full year 2012 summary

2012 revenues were a record $638.8 million, an increase of 5 percent over revenues of $611.0 million for 2011.

On a non-GAAP basis, we achieved improvements in gross profit, operating profit and net profit.

Gross profit on a non-GAAP basis for 2012 was $233 million or gross margin of 37%, an improvement over the $219 million or gross margin of 36% in 2011.

Non-GAAP operating profit for 2012 was $165 million or operating margin of 26% compared with an operating profit of $155 or operating margin of 25% million in 2011.

Net profit for 2012, on a non-GAAP basis was $131.5 million or net margin of 21%, as compared to $124.0 million or net margin of 20% in 2011.

On a GAAP basis, 2012 net loss was $70 million or $3.25 per share compared with a net loss of $19 million, or $0.92 per share in 2011. As compared to the previous year, financing expenses increased, mainly due to GAAP, non-cash financing expenses resulting from the changes in the fair market value of part of our debentures and warrants which are recorded at fair market value per GAAP and from the effect of the NIS/USD exchange rate changes on our NIS denominated debentures. Excluding financing expenses and the one-time items in 2011 of gain from the sale of the Company's investment in HHNEC and the one-time gain from acquisition in 2011, and excluding the one-time acquisition related and reorganization costs, net of taxes, net loss in 2012 was $12 million as compared to $4 million in 2011.

EBITDA for 2012 improved to $164 million compared with $155 million in 2011.

The Company's cash and short-term deposits balance as of December 31, 2012 was $133 million as compared to $101 million as of December 31, 2011. Positive cash flow from operations for the year was $75 million (or $95 million excluding the one-time reorganization payments).

Fourth quarter 2012 results summary

Fourth quarter 2012 revenue reached $147.6 million as compared with $154.6 million in the prior quarter.

On a non-GAAP basis, as described and reconciled below, gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $49 million, representing a 33 percent gross margin, similar to the gross margin reported in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Operating profit on a non-GAAP basis in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $32 million, representing an operating margin of 22 percent, compared with operating margin of 23 percent, as reported in the fourth quarter of 2011.

On a GAAP basis, net loss in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $23 million or $1.05 per share as compared to a $17 million net loss or $0.79 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011.

On a non-GAAP basis, net profit in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $22 million or $0.99 per share, representing a net margin of 15%. This is compared to $34 million or $1.60 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011

Financial Guidance

TowerJazz forecasts revenues of $110 to $120 million in the first quarter of 2013. We view this revenue level as short term in line with the Micron volume agreement. Based upon tape out activity and specific engagements, we foresee growth throughout the year.

Conference Call and Web Cast Announcement

TowerJazz will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2012 results today, February 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 5:00 p.m. Israel time.

To participate, please call: 1-888-407-2553 (U.S. toll-free number) or +972-3-918-0609 (international) and mention ID code: TOWER-JAZZ. Callers in Israel are invited to call locally by dialing 03-918-0609. The conference call will also be Web cast live at and at and will be available thereafter on both websites for replay for a period of 90 days, starting a few hours following the call.

About TowerJazz

Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, manufacturing integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron. TowerJazz provides industry leading design enablement tools to allow complex designs to be achieved quickly and more accurately and offers a broad range of customizable process technologies including SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as MEMS capabilities. To provide world-class customer service, TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S., and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit

As previously announced, beginning with the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company has been presenting its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

This release, including the financial tables below, presents other financial information that may be considered "non-GAAP financial measures" under Regulation G and related reporting requirements promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission as they apply to our company. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude (1) depreciation and amortization, (2) compensation expenses in respect of options granted to directors, officers and employees, (3) acquisition related and reorganization costs, one time gain from acquisition and one time gain from the sale of HHNEC shares, (4) financing expenses, net other than interest accrued, such that non-GAAP financial expenses, net include only interest accrued during the reported period, whether paid or payable and (5) income tax expense, such that non-GAAP income tax expense include only taxes paid during the reported period. Non-GAAP financial measures should be evaluated in conjunction with, and are not a substitute for, GAAP financial measures. The tables also present the GAAP financial measures, which are most comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures as well as reconciliation between the non-GAAP financial measures and the most comparable GAAP financial measures.

As applied in this release, the term Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) consists of loss, according to U.S. GAAP, excluding acquisition related and reorganization costs, one time gain from acquisition and one time gain from the sale of HHNEC shares, interest and financing expenses (net), tax, depreciation and amortization and stock based compensation expenses. EBITDA is not a required GAAP financial measure and may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure employed by other companies.

EBITDA and the non-GAAP financial information presented herein should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, per share data or other income or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP and is not necessarily consistent with the non-GAAP data presented in previous filings.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements and you should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with: (i) maintaining existing customers and attracting additional customers, (ii) cancellation of orders, (iii) failure to receive orders currently expected, (iv) the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the resulting periodic overcapacity, fluctuations in operating results and future average selling price erosion, (v) material amount of debt and other liabilities and having sufficient funds to satisfy our debt obligations and other liabilities on a timely basis, (vi) operating our facilities at high utilization rates which is critical in order to defray the high level of fixed costs associated with operating a foundry and reduce our losses, (vii) our ability to satisfy the covenants stipulated in our agreements with our lenders, banks and bond holders, (viii) our ability to capitalize on potential increases in demand for foundry services, (ix) meeting the conditions set in the approval certificates received from the Israeli Investment Center under which we received approximately $200 million in grants over the last ten years, (x) our ability to accurately forecast financial performance, which is affected by limited order backlog and lengthy sales cycles, (xi) the purchase of equipment to increase capacity, the completion of the equipment installation, technology transfer and raising the funds therefor, (xii) the concentration of our business in the semiconductor industry, (xiii) product returns, (xiv) our ability to maintain and develop our technology processes and services to keep pace with new technology, evolving standards, changing customer and end-user requirements, new product introductions and short product life cycles, (xv) competing effectively, (xvi) achieving acceptable device yields, product performance and delivery times, (xvii) possible production or yield problems in our wafer fabrication facilities, (xviii) our ability to manufacture products on a timely basis, (xix) our dependence on intellectual property rights of others, our ability to operate our business without infringing others' intellectual property rights and our ability to enforce our intellectual property against infringement, (xxi) our ability to fulfill our obligations and meet performance milestones under our agreements, including successful execution of our agreement with an Asian entity signed in 2009, (xxiii) retention of key employees and recruitment and retention of skilled qualified personnel, (xxiv) exposure to inflation, currency exchange and interest rate fluctuations and risks associated with doing business locally and internationally, (xxv) fluctuations in the market price of our traded securities may adversely affect our reported GAAP non-cash financing expenses, (xxvi) issuance of ordinary shares as a result of conversion and/or exercise of any of our convertible securities may dilute the shareholdings of current and future shareholders, (xxvii) successfully achieving ramping new technologies at TowerJazz's Japan fab and engaging new customers to utilize this fab at a level that will cover all of its cost; (xxviii) meeting regulatory requirements worldwide; and (xxix) business interruption due to fire and other natural disasters, the security situation in Israel and other events beyond our control.

A more complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect our business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower's most recent filings on Forms 20-F, F-3, F-4, S-8 and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz's most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC. Future results may differ materially from those previously reported. The Company does not intend to update, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.

(dollars in thousands)
  December 31,    December 31,


Cash, short-term deposits and designated deposits$133,398$101,149
Trade accounts receivable79,35475,350
Other receivables5,3795,000
Other current assets 14,804 15,567
Total current assets 298,505 266,090
GOODWILL 7,000 7,000
OTHER ASSETS, NET 13,768 14,067
TOTAL ASSETS$814,640$857,221
Short term debt$49,923$48,255
Trade accounts payable81,372111,620
Deferred revenue1,7845,731
Other current liabilities 36,240 64,654
Total current liabilities169,319230,260
LONG-TERM DEBT288,954301,610


Total liabilities 594,615 682,518
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (*) 220,025 174,703
(*) In accordance with ASC 470-20 (formerly EITF 98-5 and EITF 00-27), a Beneficial Conversion Feature (BCF) exists for bonds series F, which has been measured in accordance with such standards and classified during 2012 as a net increase of $109 thousands in shareholders' equity with a correspondence decrease in the carrying value of the debentures presented as long term liabilities; said amount will be accreted through the remaining life of the debentures to the non-cash financing expenses.
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
    Three months ended
December 31,    December 31,
COST OF REVENUES 139,017  157,010 
GROSS PROFIT 8,570  17,574 
Research and development7,3327,279
Marketing, general and administrative 10,755  13,297 
 18,087  20,576 
OPERATING LOSS(9,517)(3,002)
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX(25,700)(15,121)
LOSS FOR THE PERIOD$(23,389)$(16,701)

Basic loss per ordinary share is $1.05 and $0.79 for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively and the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding is 22,235 thousands and 21,217 thousands for these periods.

Loss per ordinary share includes the effect of the reverse stock split of one-for-fifteen effected on August 5, 2012.
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