Kulicke & Soffa Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Kulicke & Soffa Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NAS: KLIC) ("Kulicke & Soffa", "K&S" or the "Company") today announced results for its second fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2013.

Quarterly Results

Fiscal Q2 2013


Change vs.
Fiscal Q2 2012


Change vs.
Fiscal Q1 2013

Net Revenue $106.1 million (27.5%) (7.0%)
Gross Profit $48.8 million (26.8%) (5.2%)
Gross Margin 46.0% 40 bps 80 bps
Income from Operations$8.2 million(59.5%)94.8%
Operating Margin 7.7% (610) bps 400 bps
Net Income$7.3 million(55.9%)103.6%
Net Margin 6.9% (450) bps 370 bps
EPS - Diluted $0.10 (54.5%) 100%

Bruno Guilmart, Kulicke & Soffa's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The second fiscal quarter's revenue exceeded the high-end of our guidance range. The broadening of our customer base helped partially offset softer demand from certain key customers. Importantly, despite the recent softness and based on the latest VLSI reports and internal data, we believe that we have at least maintained our market share and we remain confident in the ongoing copper transition."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Key Product Trends

  • Ball bonder equipment net revenue decreased 4.3% over the December quarter.
  • 67.7% of ball bonder equipment was sold as copper capable bonders.
  • Wedge bonder equipment net revenue decreased 56.6% from the December quarter.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenue of $106.1 million.
  • Gross margin of 46.0%.
  • Net income was $7.3 million or $0.10 per share.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $498.6 million as at March 30, 2013.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Outlook

The Company expects net revenue in the third fiscal quarter of 2013 ending June 29, 2013 to be approximately $120 million to $130 million.

Looking forward, Bruno Guilmart commented, "Wire bonding remains a very significant manufacturing process step for the overwhelming majority of global semiconductor products. We do not expect this to change over the foreseeable future, as wire bonding is and will likely continue to be the most cost-effective interconnect solution. We remain positive in our core business outlook and continue to invest in new products that maintain our existing market leadership positions, such as our recently released PowerFusionPSTM line of wedge bonding solutions. We also remain focused on new opportunities, such as investments in our advanced packaging program, which will provide new vectors of long-term growth with an attractive return on investment profile."

Earnings Conference Call Details

A conference call to discuss these results will be held today, April 30, 2013, beginning at 8:00 am (EDT). To access the conference call, interested parties may call +1-877-407-8037 or internationally +1-201-689-8037. The call will also be available by live webcast at investor.kns.com.

A replay will be available from approximately one hour after the completion of the call through May 7, 2013 by calling toll-free +1-877-660-6853 or internationally +1-201-612-7415 and using the replay ID number of 421379. A webcast replay will also be available at investor.kns.com.

About Kulicke & Soffa

Kulicke & Soffa (NAS: KLIC) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of semiconductor and LED assembly equipment. As a pioneer in this industry, K&S has provided customers with market leading packaging solutions for decades. In recent years, K&S has expanded its product offerings through strategic acquisitions, adding wedge bonding and a broader range of expendable tools to its core ball bonding products. Combined with its extensive expertise in process technology, K&S is well positioned to help customers meet the challenges of assembling the next-generation semiconductor and LED devices. (www.kns.com)

Caution Concerning Results and Forward Looking Statements

In addition to historical statements, this press release contains statements relating to future events and our future results. These statements are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to our future revenue, sustained, increasing, continuing or strengthening demand for our products, the continuing transition from gold to copper wire bonding, replacement demand, our research and development efforts, our ability to identify and realize new growth opportunities and our ability to control costs. While these forward-looking statements represent our judgments and future expectations concerning our business, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from our expectations. These factors include, but are not limited to: the risk that customer orders already received may be postponed or canceled, generally without charges; the risk that anticipated customer orders may not materialize; the risk that our suppliers may not be able to meet our demands on a timely basis; the volatility in the demand for semiconductors and our products and services; a slowdown of transition from gold to copper wire bonding by our customers and the industry, volatile global economic conditions, which could result in, among other things, sharply lower demand for products containing semiconductors and for the Company's products, and disruption of capital and credit markets; the risk of failure to successfully manage our operations;acts of terrorism and violence;risks, such as changes in trade regulations, currency fluctuations, political instability and war, which may be associated with a substantial non-U.S. customer and supplier base and substantial non-U.S. manufacturing operations;and the factors listed or discussed in Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(In thousands, except per share and employee data)
Three months endedSix months ended
March 30,March 31,March 30,March 31,
Net revenue:
Expendable Tools 15,027  15,255  29,164  29,130 
Total net revenue106,110146,308220,149266,332
Cost of sales:
Expendable Tools 6,150  6,786  12,232  12,530 
Total cost of sales57,29079,621119,804144,369
Gross profit:
Expendable Tools 8,877  8,469  16,932  16,600 
Total gross profit 48,820  66,687  100,345  121,963 
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative26,20427,48452,23452,724
Research and development12,20715,91130,46030,059
Amortization of intangible assets2,2942,2944,5874,589
Restructuring (75) 756  669  1,973 
Total operating expenses 40,630  46,445  87,950  89,345 
Income from operations:
Expendable Tools 3,762  2,226  6,222  4,725 
Total income from operations8,19020,24212,39532,618

Other income (expense):

Interest income188191362451
Interest expense(1)(242)(1)(484)
Interest expense: non-cash -  (1,958) -  (3,868)
Income from operations before income taxes8,37718,23312,75628,717
Provision for income taxes1,0411,6161,8163,593
Net income$7,336 $16,617 $10,940 $25,124 
Net income per share:
Basic$0.10 $0.23 $0.15 $0.34 
Diluted$0.10 $0.22 $0.14 $0.33 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Three months endedSix months ended
March 30,March 31,March 30,March 31,
Supplemental financial data:2013201220132012
Depreciation and amortization$4,702$4,221$9,504$8,479
Capital expenditures$1,787$1,383$3,403$2,881
Equity-based compensation expense:
Cost of sales$74$97$222$182
Selling, general and administrative1,9251,8334,2513,444
Research and development 293  463  1,020  866 
Total equity-based compensation expense$2,292  $2,393  $5,493  $4,492 
As of
March 30,March 31,
Backlog of orders$56,000$164,000
Number of employees2,3282,802
(In thousands)
 March 30, September 29,
Cash and cash equivalents$498,619$440,244
Short-term investments--

Accounts and notes receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $852 and $937, respectively

Inventories, net45,59458,994
Prepaid expenses and other current assets18,46721,577
Deferred income taxes 3,511  3,515 
Property, plant and equipment, net26,59228,441
Intangible assets15,79820,387
Other assets 11,039  11,919 
TOTAL ASSETS$778,398 $815,609 
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