BROOKFIELD, CT--(Marketwired - August 14, 2017) -

  • Third quarter sales were $111.6 million, up 3% sequentially with moderate growth in both IC and FPD
  • Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $4.0 million ($0.06 per diluted share)
  • Increased capital expenditures to fund strategic growth brought net cash1 down slightly during the third quarter to $277 million; balance sheet retains financial strength and flexibility to fund growth
  • Fourth quarter 2017 guidance: sales between $108 and $116 million; diluted EPS between $0.03 and $0.09

Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB), a worldwide leader in supplying innovative imaging technology solutions for the global electronics industry, today reported financial results for fiscal 2017 third quarter ended July 30, 2017.

Third quarter sales were $111.6 million, up 3% sequentially and down 9% compared with last year. Sales of integrated circuits (IC) photomasks were $85.1 million, up 3% sequentially and down 7% compared with last year, while sales of flat panel display (FPD) photomasks were $26.5 million, up 3% sequentially and down 16% compared with last year.

Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $4.0 million ($0.06 per diluted share), compared with $1.8 million ($0.03 per diluted share), for the second quarter of 2017; and $8.1 million ($0.12 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2016.

"Third quarter sales improved sequentially as we were able to achieve moderate growth in both IC and FPD," said Peter Kirlin, chief executive officer. "IC sales were generally in line with our expectations, as high-end memory grew and high-end logic remained flat. FPD sales were also higher, although slightly below our expectations due to unfavorable product mix. Operating income was modestly lower as an increase in gross profit was offset mostly by higher R&D, as qualification activity remained robust. As we ramped up capex during the quarter, primarily to complete our FPD investment, our cash balance declined slightly. However, we still have tremendous financial strength and flexibility to fund strategic growth initiatives."

Fourth Quarter 2017 Guidance

Kirlin continued, "Our outlook for the fourth quarter calls for performance similar to the third quarter. High-end memory should continue to grow steadily as we've seen every quarter year-to-date. The anticipated recovery in high-end logic has been delayed until 2018. High-end FPD capacity will expand during the quarter, with actual sales growth dependent on the mix of high-end business, which may remain tepid for the quarter. Shifting focus to our balance sheet, our cash balance will likely decrease during the fourth quarter as we ramp up investments for our China expansion." For the fourth quarter of 2017, Photronics expects revenues to be between $108 million and $116 million and net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders to be between $0.03 and $0.09 per diluted share.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss these results is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, August 14, 2017. The call can be accessed by logging onto Photronics' web site at The live dial-in number is (877) 377-7095 or (408) 774-4601 outside of the United States and Canada. The call will be archived on Photronics' web site for instant replay access.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders, non-GAAP earnings per share, and non-GAAP EBITDA are "non-GAAP financial measures" as such term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The attached financial supplement reconciles Photronics, Inc.'s financial results under GAAP to non-GAAP financial information. Photronics, Inc. believes these non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain non-cash or non-recurring income or expense items are useful for analysts and investors to evaluate Photronics, Inc.'s future on-going performance because they enable a more meaningful comparison of Photronics, Inc.'s projected earnings and performance with its historical results of prior periods. These non-GAAP metrics are not intended to represent funds available for Photronics, Inc.'s discretionary use and are not intended to represent, or be used as a substitute for, operating income, net income or cash flows from operations data as measured under GAAP. The items excluded from these non-GAAP metrics, but included in the calculation of their closest GAAP equivalent, are significant components of the condensed consolidated statements of income and must be considered in performing a comprehensive assessment of overall financial performance. Non-GAAP financial information is adjusted for the following items:

  • Non-recurring tax benefit in fiscal 2016 related to the recognition of certain tax benefits in Taiwan that were determined to be realizable in filings for future tax periods
  • Non-recurring net gain on sale of investment in fiscal 2016
  • Interest expense, income tax expense/(benefit), depreciation and amortization, and other items are added to GAAP net income to derive non-GAAP EBITDA


1. Net cash defined as cash and cash equivalents less long-term borrowings (including current portion), as reported in accordance with GAAP.

About Photronics

Photronics is a leading worldwide manufacturer of photomasks. Photomasks are high precision quartz plates that contain microscopic images of electronic circuits. A key element in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays, photomasks are used to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers and flat panel substrates during the fabrication of integrated circuits, a variety of flat panel displays and, to a lesser extent, other types of electrical and optical components. They are produced in accordance with product designs provided by customers at strategically located manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Additional information on the Company can be accessed at

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Photronics, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the Company). The forward-looking statements contained in this press release and other parts of Photronics' web site involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company's operations, markets, products, services, prices, and other factors. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic, competitive, legal, governmental, and technological factors as well as decisions we may make in the future regarding our business, capital structure and other matters. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "projects", and similar expressions. Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company's expectations will be realized. For a fuller discussion of the factors that may affect the Company's operations, see "Forward Looking Statements" in the Company's Quarterly and Annual Reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-Q and 10-K. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income  
(in thousands, except per share amounts)  
   Three Months Ended    Nine Months Ended  
   July 30,    April 30,    July 31,    July 30,    July 31,  
   2017    2017    2016    2017    2016  
Net sales $111,579   $108,297   $123,209   $329,707   $376,088  
Costs and expenses:                         
 Cost of sales  (89,862 )  (88,140 )  (91,759 )  (264,835 )  (277,915 )
  Gross profit  21,717    20,157    31,450    64,872    98,173  
 Selling, general and administrative  (11,639 )  (10,894 )  (11,163 )  (33,403 )  (34,386 )
 Research and development  (4,812 )  (3,726 )  (5,466 )  (12,023 )  (16,613 )
  Operating income  5,266    5,537    14,821    19,446    47,174  
Gain on sale of investment  -    -    157    -    8,940  
Other income (expense), net  (134 )  (3,622 )  1,237    (5,839 )  (872 )
 Income before income taxes  5,132    1,915    16,215    13,607    55,242  
Income tax provision  (333 )  (431 )  (4,762 )  (2,814 )  (6,136 )
 Net income  4,799    1,484    11,453    10,793    49,106  
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests  (798 )  313    (3,365 )  (3,048 )  (8,162 )
Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders $4,001   $1,797   $8,088   $7,745   $40,944  
Earnings per share:                         
 Basic $0.06   $0.03   $0.12   $0.11   $0.61  
 Diluted $0.06   $0.03   $0.12   $0.11   $0.56  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:                         
 Basic  68,525    68,426    67,953    68,376    67,377  
 Diluted  69,380    69,385    74,317    69,311    76,990  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
   July 30,   October 30,
   2017   2016
 Current assets:       
 Cash and cash equivalents $340,572  $314,074
 Accounts receivable  91,812   92,636
 Inventories  25,668   22,081
 Other current assets  10,558   12,795
  Total current assets  468,610   441,586
Property, plant and equipment, net  501,720   506,434
Intangible assets, net  18,320   19,854
Other assets  19,948   20,114
Total assets $1,008,598  $987,988
Liabilities and Equity       
Current liabilities:       
 Current portion of long-term borrowings $5,541  $5,428
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  73,769   75,889
  Total current liabilities  79,310   81,317
Long-term borrowings  57,776   61,860
Other liabilities  16,384   19,337
Photronics, Inc. shareholders' equity  739,282   710,363
Noncontrolling interests  115,846   115,111
  Total equity  855,128   825,474
Total liabilities and equity $1,008,598  $987,988
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
(in thousands)  
   Nine Months Ended  
   July 30,    July 31,  
   2017    2016  
Cash flows from operating activities:          
 Net income $10,793   $49,106  
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash          
 provided by operating activities:          
  Depreciation and amortization  64,081    60,102  
  Gain on sale of investment  -    (8,940 )
  Changes in assets, liabilities and other  (1,085 )  (8,881 )
Net cash provided by operating activities  73,789    91,387  
Cash flows from investing activities:          
 Purchases of property, plant and equipment  (38,759 )  (44,828 )
 Acquisition of Business  (5,400 )  -  
 Proceeds from sale of investments  167    101,853  
 Other  (458 )  584  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  (44,450 )  57,609  
Cash flows from financing activities:          
 Repayments of long-term borrowings  (4,057 )  (56,276 )
 Proceeds from share-based arrangements  2,529    3,172  
 Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests  (8,298 )  (11,890 )
 Other  (33 )  (19 )
Net cash used in financing activities  (9,859 )  (65,013 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  7,018    1,819  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  26,498    85,802  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  314,074    205,867  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $340,572   $291,669  
Non-GAAP Financial Measures  
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
   July 30,   April 30,   July 31,   July 30,   July 31,  
   2017   2017   2016   2017   2016  
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income                     
Attributable to Photronics, Inc. Shareholders and EPS data                     
GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders $4,001  $1,797  $8,088  $7,745  $40,944  
 Income tax benefit (a)  -   -   -   -   (3,004 )
 Gain on sale of investment, net of tax (b)  -   -   -   -   (8,753 )
Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders $4,001  $1,797  $8,088  $7,745  $29,187  
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding                     
 GAAP  69,380   69,385   74,317   69,311   76,990  
 Non-GAAP  69,380   69,385   74,317   69,311   76,990  
Net income per diluted share                     
 GAAP $0.06  $0.03  $0.12  $0.11  $0.56  
 Non-GAAP $0.06  $0.03  $0.12  $0.11  $0.41  
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP EBITDA                     
GAAP Net Income (c) $4,799  $1,484  $11,453  $10,793  $49,106  
 Interest expense  550   550   612   1,658   2,750  
 Income tax expense  333   431   4,762   2,814   6,136  
 Depreciation and amortization  21,840   21,345   19,572   64,081   60,102  
 Other items (d)  984   921   975   2,842   2,848  
Non-GAAP EBITDA $28,506  $24,731  $37,374  $82,188  $120,942  

(a) Represents tax benefit primarily related to the recognition of prior period tax benefits and other tax positions no longer deemed necessary in Taiwan
(b) Represents gain on sale of investment in a foreign entity
(c) Includes net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, and in 2016 includes gain on sale of investment in a foreign entity
(d) Consists of stock compensation expense

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