Aehr Test Systems Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results

Fremont, California, UNITED STATES

FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ:AEHR), a worldwide supplier of semiconductor test and burn-in equipment, today announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2017 ended November 30, 2016.

Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Results:

  • Net sales were $4.2 million, compared to $4.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • GAAP net loss was $1.5 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $1.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was $1.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $794,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago.

Fiscal First Six Months Financial Results:

  • Net sales were $9.5 million, compared to $11.3 million in the first six months of fiscal 2016.
  • GAAP net loss was $2.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $754,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was $1.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $181,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.

An explanation of the use of non-GAAP financial information and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures can be found in this release.

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Completed shipment of the initial production order for the company’s new FOXTM-1P single wafer test system to the lead customer.
  • Completing FOX-P platform development with first FOX-XP production configuration shipment planned for the third quarter for previously announced order from one of the world’s top semiconductor manufacturers.
  • Shipped multiple ABTSTM packaged part burn-in and test systems to a leading multi-national manufacturer of advanced logic integrated circuits (ICs) for automotive, embedded processing, digital signal processing and analog applications.
  • Successfully completed previously announced private placement of approximately $5.9 million in shares of the company’s common stock.

Gayn Erickson, President and CEO of Aehr Test Systems, commented:

“While our year to date revenue is down from last year, we continue to hold to our forecast for strong year over year growth in our revenue, bookings, and bottom line.

“We continue to make significant progress completing the development of our new FOX-P platform of both single and multi-wafer test and burn-in systems.

“During the second quarter we shipped multiple FOX-1P Single Wafer Level Test and Burn-in Systems to our lead customer for this product. The FOX-1P cost effectively addresses full wafer parallel testing of devices with long test times, including flash memories, microcontrollers, and automotive ICs. This system has applications that include burn-in and/or test of wafers that have a need for significant test resources and can deliver over 16,000 individual device power supplies or digital test channels with our unique FOX-P system architecture of Universal Channels. This provides our customers with a never before offered test capability for devices while still in wafer form.

“We are also pleased with our progress on the FOX-XP Multi-Wafer Test and Burn-in System, and we expect to ship our initial FOX-XP test cell in the third quarter to our previously announced second lead customer for this system. This system is configured for testing 18 wafers in parallel and provides unprecedented capability for high power wafers, with 18 individual thermal chucks supporting temperatures of 125 degrees Celsius or more. This application is for production burn-in of optical devices to be used in high performance server and data centers. This is a very exciting new market that Aehr Test’s new FOX-XP system is uniquely positioned to address due to its ability to test and burn-in these devices while still in wafer form, which allows for an extremely low cost and high quality alternative to burning in these devices further downstream in module format.  We are very optimistic about the prospects for this market for Aehr Test.

“We also continue to engage with our initial lead customer that purchased and accepted the first FOX-XP system in an engineering configuration earlier in 2016. We are successfully demonstrating burn-in of their devices on the FOX-XP system in our factory today and continue to believe they will need systems to support their production burn-in requirements. We remain optimistic about the opportunity to address this customer’s needs that span across multiple programs and applications, and look forward to a very exciting calendar year 2017.”

Management Conference Call and Webcast
Aehr Test Systems will host a conference call and webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (2:00 p.m. PT) to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2017 operating results. To access the call dial 888-239-5343 (+1 913-312-1448 outside the United States) and give the participant pass code 7947996. In addition, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available over the Internet at in the Investor Relations section. A replay of the conference call will also be available via telephone beginning approximately two hours after conclusion of the call through 8:00 p.m. ET on January 12, 2017. To access the replay dial-in information, please click here.

About Aehr Test Systems
Headquartered in Fremont, California, Aehr Test Systems is a worldwide provider of test systems for burning-in and testing logic and memory integrated circuits and has an installed base of more than 2,500 systems worldwide. Increased quality and reliability needs of the Automotive and Mobility integrated circuit markets are driving additional test requirements, capacity needs and opportunities for Aehr Test products in package and wafer level test. Aehr Test has developed and introduced several innovative products, including the ABTS and FOX families of test and burn-in systems and WaferPak contactors. The ABTS systems are used in production and qualification testing of packaged parts for both low-power and high-power logic as well as memory devices. The FOX family of systems includes single and multi-wafer full wafer contact test and burn-in systems used for burn-in and functional test of complex devices, such as leading-edge memories, digital signal processors, microprocessors, microcontrollers and systems-on-a-chip. The WaferPak contactor contains a unique full wafer probe card capable of testing wafers up to 300mm that enables IC manufacturers to perform test and burn-in of full wafers on Aehr Test FOX systems. For more information, please visit Aehr Test’s website at

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Aehr Test as of the date hereof and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied due to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Aehr Test's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future including statements regarding future market opportunities and conditions, expected product shipment dates, customer orders or commitments and future operating results. The risks and uncertainties that could cause Aehr Test’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, general market conditions, customer demand and acceptance of Aehr Test’s products and Aehr Test’s ability to execute on its business strategy. See Aehr Test’s recent 10-K, 10-Q and other reports from time to time filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more detailed description of the risks facing Aehr Test’s business. Aehr Test disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

– Financial Tables to Follow –


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
  Nov 30, Aug 31, Nov 30, Nov 30, Nov 30,
   2016   2016   2015   2016   2015 
Net sales$  4,216  $  5,318  $  4,620  $  9,534  $  11,253 
Cost of sales  2,753   3,112   2,929   5,865   6,179 
Gross profit 1,463   2,206   1,691   3,669   5,074 
Operating expenses:         
Selling, general and administrative 1,707   1,716   1,713   3,423   3,558 
Research and development 1,040   1,060   923   2,100   1,985 
Total operating expenses 2,747   2,776   2,636   5,523   5,543 
Loss from operations (1,284)  (570)  (945)  (1,854)  (469)
Interest expense   (181)    (178)    (137)    (359)    (272)
Other income (expense), net 43   (3)  55   40   31 
Loss before income tax expense (1,422)  (751)  (1,027)  (2,173)  (710)
Income tax expense (30)  (4)  (21)  (34)  (44)
Net loss (1,452)  (755)  (1,048)  (2,207)  (754)
Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest   -      -      -      -      -  
 Net loss attributable to Aehr Test Systems common shareholders$  (1,452) $  (755) $  (1,048) $  (2,207) $  (754)
Net loss per share         
Basic$  (0.09) $  (0.06) $  (0.08) $  (0.15) $  (0.06)
Diluted$  (0.09) $  (0.06) $  (0.08) $  (0.15) $  (0.06)
Shares used in per share calculations:         
Basic 16,029   13,317   13,048   14,673   13,005 
Diluted 16,029   13,317   13,048   14,673   13,005 


 Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results 
 (in thousands, except per share data) 
   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 
   Nov 30, Aug 31, Nov 30, Nov 30, Nov 30, 
    2016   2016   2015   2016   2015  
 GAAP net loss  $  (1,452) $  (755) $  (1,048) $  (2,207) $  (754) 
 Stock-based compensation expense  215   319   254   534   573  
 Non-GAAP net loss $  (1,237) $  (436) $  (794) $  (1,673) $  (181) 
 GAAP net loss per diluted share $  (0.09) $  (0.06) $  (0.08) $  (0.15) $  (0.06) 
 Non-GAAP net loss per diluted share $  (0.08) $  (0.03) $  (0.06) $  (0.11) $  (0.01) 
 Shares used in diluted shares calculation  16,029   13,317   13,048   14,673   13,005  
 Shares used in non-GAAP diluted shares calculation  16,029   13,317   13,048   14,673   13,005  
 Non-GAAP net loss is a non-GAAP measure and should not be considered a replacement for GAAP results.  Non-GAAP net loss is a financial measure the Company uses to evaluate the underlying results and operating performance of the business.  The limitation of this measure is that it excludes items that impact the Company's current period net loss.  This limitation is best addressed by using this measure in combination with net loss (the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure).  These measures are not in accordance with GAAP and may differ from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. 

We believe these measures enhance investors’ ability to review the company’s business from the same perspective as the company’s management and facilitate comparisons of this period’s results with prior periods. 


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(in thousands, except per share data) 
  November 30, August 31, May 31, 
   2016   2016   2016  
 Current assets:      
 Cash and cash equivalents$  5,154  $  2,342  $  939  
 Accounts receivable, net 1,429   1,774   522  
 Inventories 6,069   6,031   7,033  
 Prepaid expenses and other 390   305   254  
 Total current assets 13,042   10,452   8,748  
 Property and equipment, net 793   789   1,204  
 Other assets   95     95     94  
 Total assets$  13,930  $  11,336  $  10,046  
 Current liabilities:      
 Accounts payable$  1,770  $  1,906  $  1,413  
 Accrued expenses 1,366   1,372   1,553  
 Customer deposits and deferred revenue, short-term 1,055   2,724   1,714  
 Total current liabilities 4,191   6,002   4,680  
 Long-term debt 6,051   6,006   5,962  
 Deferred revenue, long-term 47   63     127  
 Total liabilities 10,289   12,071   10,769  
 Aehr Test Systems shareholders' equity (deficit) 3,660   (714)  (703) 
 Noncontrolling interest (19)  (21)  (20) 
 Total shareholders' equity (deficit) 3,641   (735)  (723) 
 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity (deficit)$  13,930  $  11,336  $  10,046  




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