Advanced Energy Announces First Quarter Results

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  • Revenue of $141 million
  • GAAP earnings of $0.35 per diluted share
  • Non-GAAP earnings of $0.43 per diluted share
  • Ended quarter with $123 million in cash

FORT COLLINS, Colo., May 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEIS) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. The company reported first quarter sales of $140.9 million compared with $152.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $111.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. Net income was $14.7 million or $0.35 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $18.1 million or $0.43 per diluted share. A reconciliation of non-GAAP net income and earnings per share is provided in the tables below. Based on the current mix of profits between precision power products and inverters, the effective tax rate was approximately 12.5%. The company ended the quarter with $122.7 million in cash and marketable securities, a decrease of $27.0 million, primarily due to the acquisition of AEG Power Solutions GmbH line of Power Control Modules announced in January.

"We largely delivered the results we anticipated in the first quarter. Our diversified business and powerful manufacturing and distributed R&D model drove increased profitability year over year," said Garry Rogerson, CEO of Advanced Energy. "New precision power product lines are extending our reach into additional applications and geographies and new inverter products are being well received in our markets. While our margins were pressured by first quarter inverter seasonality and the impact of new products on our mix, our results demonstrate the advantages of our broadening product lines. With the completion of two successful acquisitions since the beginning of the year, we continue to generate and deploy our cash effectively. Overall, our business model is expanding our opportunities for future growth as we add adjacent power conversion products and new markets and continue our focus on reducing costs to drive year over year profitability."

Precision Power Products

Precision Power products sales were $82.9 million in the first quarter of 2014, a 5.4% decrease from $87.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a 34.1% increase from $61.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. Growth moderated this quarter after exceptionally strong fourth quarter sales to semiconductor applications, while the addition of new product lines added to the growth of our industrial applications.

Inverters

Inverter sales were $58.1 million in the first quarter of 2014, down 10.6% from $64.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and up 16.1% from $50.0 million in the first quarter of 2013. The convergence of multiple market dynamics this quarter caused revenues to decline sequentially more than expected during a typical seasonal first quarter.

Net Income

Net income for the first quarter was $14.7 million or $0.35 per diluted share, including $0.3 million of acquisition-related expenses, compared with $34.4 million or $0.83 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $6.8 million or $0.17 per diluted share in the same period last year. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income this quarter decreased to $18.1 million or $0.43 per diluted share from $27.8 million or $0.67 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013, and increased from $11.7 million or $0.29 per diluted share in the same period last year.

Second Quarter 2014 Guidance

Consistent with industry reports, OEM customers are seeing a decline in their second quarter bookings compared to the last six months. This is resulting in lower order rates, balanced out to an extent by our diversified product portfolio. Based on this, guidance is within the following ranges:

  • Sales of $135 million to $145 million
     
  • Earnings per share of $0.26 to $0.31, excluding restructuring charges
     
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.34 to $0.40

First Quarter 2014 Conference Call

Management will host a conference call tomorrow, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss Advanced Energy's financial results. Domestic callers may access this conference call by dialing 855-232-8958. International callers may access the call by dialing 315-625-6980. Participants will need to provide conference pass code 31352758. For a replay of this teleconference, please call 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and enter pass code 31352758. The replay will be available for one week following the conference call. A webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations web page at http://ir.advanced-energy.com.

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) is a global leader in innovative power and control technologies for high-growth, precision power conversion solutions. Advanced Energy is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, with dedicated support and service locations around the world. For more information, go to www.advanced-energy.com

This release includes GAAP and non-GAAP income and per share earnings data. Please note that beginning in 2013, Advanced Energy redefined its non-GAAP measures to exclude restructuring charges, acquisition–related costs, stock based compensation and amortization of intangibles and tax release items. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, similar measures calculated under generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Advanced Energy believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. Additionally, the company believes that these non-GAAP measures, in combination with its financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, provides investors with additional perspective. While some of these excluded items may be incurred and reflected in the company's GAAP financial results in the foreseeable future, the company believes that the items excluded from certain non-GAAP measures do not accurately reflect the underlying performance of its continuing operations for the period in which they are incurred. The use of non-GAAP measures has limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with its results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and these measures should only be used to evaluate the company's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Please refer to the Form 8-K regarding this release furnished today to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-Looking Statements

The company's expectations with respect to guidance to financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2014, anticipated cost savings, profitability, market performance, demand for products, future charges, positioning of the company and other statements that are not historical information are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a) the effects of global macroeconomic conditions upon demand for our products; (b) the volatility and cyclicality of the industries the company serves, particularly the semiconductor industry; (c) the volatility and seasonality of renewable energy projects and inverter sales; (d) the acquisition of Solvix, REFUsol, the Power Control Modules product line from AEG Power Solutions GmbH (the "PCM"), and HiTek Power Group (collectively, the "Acquisitions") including the successful integration of the operations of such Acquisitions, the retention of key employees of such Acquisitions, expectations surrounding the benefits of the Acquisitions' products, the total available market and expected sales of such products, and product cost expectations surrounding the fabless manufacturing models for REFUsol and the PCM; (e) with regard to the renewable energy market, the continuation of feed-in-tariffs and other incentives in Europe and elsewhere for inverters, including the RPS (renewable portfolio standards) and the timing and availability of grant programs in North America and Europe; (f) renewable energy project delays resulting from solar panel price changes and increased competition in the solar inverter equipment market, (g) the timing of orders received from customers, (h) the company's ability to realize benefits from cost improvement efforts including avoided costs, any restructuring plans and any inorganic growth, (i) the ability to obtain materials and manufacture products; and (j) unanticipated changes to management's estimates, reserves or allowances. These and other risks are described in Advanced Energy's Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q and other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports and statements are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Copies may also be obtained from Advanced Energy's website at www.advancedenergy.com or by contacting Advanced Energy's investor relations at 970-407-6555. Forward-looking statements are made and based on information available to the company on the date of this press release. As reiterated previously, aspirational goals and targets discussed on the conference call or in the presentation materials should not be interpreted in any respect as guidance. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share data)
       
  Three Months Ended 
  March 31, December 31,
  2014 2013 2013
       
SALES  $ 140,948  $ 111,814  $ 152,580
COST OF SALES  88,287  69,975  93,753
GROSS PROFIT  52,661  41,839  58,827
  37.4% 37.4% 38.6%
OPERATING EXPENSES:      
Research and development  14,142  14,253  13,216
Selling, general and administrative  19,731  17,654  21,960
Restructuring charges  --  --  2,305
Amortization of intangible assets  1,875  2,213  1,328
Total operating expenses  35,748  34,120  38,809
       
Operating income  16,913  7,719  20,018
       
Other income (expense), net  (96)  (203)  30
Income before income taxes  16,817  7,516  20,048
Provision (benefit) for income taxes  2,102  690  (14,307)
       
NET INCOME  $ 14,715  $ 6,826  $ 34,355
       
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding 40,814 38,775 40,284
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 41,870 39,598 41,332
       
EARNINGS PER SHARE:      
       
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ 0.36  $ 0.18  $ 0.85
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ 0.35  $ 0.17  $ 0.83
       
       
ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
     
   March 31,   December 31, 
  2014 2013 *
ASSETS  UNAUDITED   
     
Current assets:    
 Cash and cash equivalents  $ 110,227  $ 138,125
 Marketable securities  12,494  11,568
 Accounts receivable, net  137,032  125,782
 Inventories, net  109,656  109,771
 Deferred income taxes  10,736  10,746
 Income taxes receivable  10,109  10,027
 Other current assets  11,760  10,950
Total current assets  402,014  416,969
     
Property and equipment, net  33,041  34,888
     
Deposits and other  2,457  2,421
Goodwill and intangibles, net  207,210  177,211
Deferred income tax assets, net  21,486  21,488
Total assets  $ 666,208  $ 652,977
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Current liabilities:    
 Accounts payable  $ 64,163  $ 55,623
 Other accrued expenses  58,156  66,734
Total current liabilities  122,319  122,357
     
Long-term liabilities  67,770  66,158
     
Total liabilities  190,089  188,515
     
Stockholders' equity  476,119  464,462
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 666,208  $ 652,977
     
* December 31, 2013 amounts are derived from the December 31, 2013 audited Consolidated Financial Statements.
     
     
ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
       
  Three Months Ended 
  March 31, December 31,
  2014 2013 2013
SALES:      
Precision Power Products  $ 82,872  $ 61,777  $ 87,647
Inverters  58,076  50,037  64,933
Total Sales  $ 140,948  $ 111,814  $ 152,580
       
       
OPERATING INCOME:      
Precision Power Products  $ 23,211  $ 7,511  $ 24,723
Inverters  (6,298)  208  (2,400)
Total segment operating income  16,913  7,719  22,323
Restructuring charges  --  --  (2,305)
Other income (expense), net  (96)  (203)  30
Income before income taxes  $ 16,817  $ 7,516  $ 20,048
       
       
ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
SELECTED OTHER DATA (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
       
       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - operating expenses and income, excluding certain items Three Months Ended 
  March 31, December 31,
  2014 2013 2013
       
Gross profit, as reported  $ 52,661  $ 41,839  $ 58,827
Operating expenses, as reported  35,748  34,120  38,809
Adjustments:      
Restructuring charges  --   --   (2,305)
Acquisition-related costs  (260)  (1,093)  -- 
Stock-based compensation  (1,764)  (2,034)  (4,432)
Amortization of intangible assets  (1,875)  (2,213)  (1,328)
Non-GAAP operating expenses  31,849  28,780  30,744
Non-GAAP income from operations  $ 20,812  $ 13,059  $ 28,083
       
       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - net income excluding certain items Three Months Ended 
  March 31, December 31,
  2014 2013 2013
       
Net income as reported  $ 14,715  $ 6,826  $ 34,355
Adjustments, net of tax      
Restructuring charges  --   --   (11,785)
Acquisition-related costs  228  993  -- 
Stock-based compensation  1,544  1,847  4,038
Amortization of intangible assets  1,642  2,010  1,210
Non-GAAP adjusted net income  $ 18,129  $ 11,676  $ 27,818
       
       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - per share earnings excluding certain items Three Months Ended 
  March 31, December 31,
  2014 2013 2013
       
Diluted earnings per share, as reported  $ 0.35  $ 0.17  $ 0.83
Add back:      
per share impact of non-GAAP adjustments, net of tax benefit  0.08  0.12  (0.16)
Non-GAAP per share earnings  $ 0.43  $ 0.29  $ 0.67
       
Danny Herron
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
970.407.6570


Annie Leschin
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
970.407.6555