COHR
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Coherent
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Earnings Details
4th Quarter September 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 4:01:00 PM
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Coherent (COHR) Recent Earnings

Coherent (COHR) reported 4th Quarter September 2018 earnings of $2.98 per share on revenue of $461.5 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $2.75 per share on revenue of $460.5 million. Revenue fell 5.9% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Coherent Inc is a supplier of photonics-based solutions in a range of commercial and scientific research applications. It designs, manufactures, services and markets lasers and related accessories for a diverse group of customers.

Results
Reported Earnings
$2.98
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$2.75
Reported Revenue
$461.5 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$460.5 Mil
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Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Earnings Release

Coherent, Inc. Reports Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Year-End Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ, COHR), one of the world's leading providers of lasers, laser-based technologies and laser-based system solutions in a broad range of scientific, commercial and industrial applications, today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended September 29, 2018.

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


Three Months Ended


Year Ended


Sep. 29, 2018


June 30, 2018


Sep. 30, 2017


Sep. 29, 2018


Sep. 30, 2017

GAAP Results










(in millions except per share data)









Net sales

$

461.5



$

482.3



$

490.3



$

1,902.6



$

1,723.3


Net income

$

73.2



$

67.0



$

73.8



$

247.4



$

207.1


Diluted EPS

$

2.99



$

2.69



$

2.96



$

9.95



$

8.36












Non-GAAP Results










(in millions except per share data)









Net income

$

78.8



$

87.3



$

92.5



$

338.9



$

311.4


Diluted EPS

$

3.22



$

3.51



$

3.72



$

13.64



$

12.57


FOURTH FISCAL QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR DETAILS

For the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 29, 2018, Coherent announced net sales of $461.5 million and net income, on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, of $73.2 million, or $2.99 per diluted share.  These results include $16.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, of primarily a one-time additional income tax net benefit due to adjustments calculated under the provisions of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") as well as a $3.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, tax charge due to an increase in valuation allowances against deferred tax assets. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued rules that allow for a measurement period of up to one year after the enactment date of the Tax Act to finalize the recording of the related tax impacts. Accordingly, Coherent has recorded additional adjustments in our fourth fiscal quarter ended September 29, 2018.

These results compare to net sales of $490.3 million and net income of $73.8 million, or $2.96 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, and net sales of $482.3 million and net income of $67.0 million, or $2.69 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $78.8 million, or $3.22 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $92.5 million, or $3.72 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $87.3 million, or $3.51 per diluted share. Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for the three months ended September 29, 2018June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017, and for the fiscal years ended September 29, 2018 and September 30, 2017 appear in the financial statements portion of this release under the heading "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP net income".

For the fiscal year ended September 29, 2018, Coherent posted net sales of $1,902.6 million and net income of $247.4 million, or $9.95 per diluted share, on a GAAP basis compared to the prior year net sales of $1,723.3 million and net income on a GAAP basis of $207.1 million, or $8.36 per diluted share.  For the fiscal year ended September 29, 2018, Coherent posted net income on a non-GAAP basis of $338.9 million, or $13.64 per diluted share, compared to the prior year net income on a non-GAAP basis of $311.4 million, or $12.57 per diluted share.

Results for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2018 include additional income tax expense of $25.5 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, due to the provisions under the Tax Act and a $3.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, tax charge due to an increase in valuation allowances against deferred tax assets as well as a benefit of $12.8 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, from the adoption of new rules for accounting for excess tax benefits and deficiencies for employee stock-based compensation.

As previously announced, on November 7, 2016, Coherent completed its acquisition of Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc. ("Rofin"), one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of high-performance industrial laser sources and laser-based solutions and components. As a result, Rofin's operating results were consolidated for the period from November 7, 2016 through September 30, 2017 in Coherent's fiscal 2017 results. Subsequent to the first quarter of fiscal 2017, Rofin's operating results are consolidated in Coherent's results for the full quarter and fiscal year periods.

"Our fourth fiscal quarter was affected by two significant events that evolved in the second half of the quarter: execution issues at one of our German sites and a demand slowdown in China. The combined top line impact was approximately $11 million and resulted in us missing the low-end of our prior revenue guidance. We have taken a number of steps to rectify these execution problems and believe they will be behind us by the end of the current quarter.  The demand challenges in China are largely due to U.S. tariffs on Chinese manufactured goods. Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods are also affecting demand but to a lesser degree. This is mostly confined to the materials processing market. Given the foregoing we are updating our fiscal 2019 outlook. We expect year-on-year sales to decline between 8-12% with the second half of fiscal 2019 being stronger than the first half. Expense reductions of $10-15 million will partially offset the gross profit impact of lower sales," stated John Ambroseo, Coherent's President and CEO. "Though this past quarter had its challenges, 2018 was a record year for sales, gross profit and EPS for the Company. I want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate my colleagues for all their efforts on behalf of our global customer base," he added.

The Company is also announcing that the Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program in the amount of $250 million through December 31, 2019, with a limit of no more than $75 million deployed in a given quarter.

CONFERENCE CALL REMINDER

The Company will host a conference call today to discuss its financial results at 1:30 P.M. Pacific (4:30 P.M. Eastern). A listen-only broadcast of the conference call and a transcript of management's prepared remarks can be accessed on the Company's website at http://www.coherent.com/Investors/. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately three months on the Company's website.

Summarized statement of operations information is as follows (unaudited, in thousands, except per share data):



Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Sep. 29,
2018


June 30,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017


Sep. 29,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017












Net sales

$

461,548


$

482,342


$

490,298


$

1,902,573


$

1,723,311


Cost of sales(A)(B)(E)(G)(H)


271,646



274,006



268,244



1,071,882



973,042


Gross profit


189,902



208,336



222,054



830,691



750,269


Operating expenses:











Research & development(A)(B)(H)


32,108



34,303



31,063



132,586



119,166


Selling, general & administrative(A)(B)(F)(G)(H)


72,758



70,291



73,482



293,632



292,084


Gain on business combination (C)










(5,416)


Other impairment charges(D)




611



2,916



766



2,916


Amortization of intangible assets(E)


2,527



2,607



2,964



10,690



16,024


Total operating expenses


107,393



107,812



110,425



437,674



424,774


Income from operations


82,509



100,524



111,629



393,017



325,495


Other income (expense), net(B)(I)


(5,827)



(7,625)



(10,415)



(31,462)



(23,440)


Income from continuing operations, before income taxes


76,682



92,899



101,214



361,555



302,055


Provision for income taxes (J)


3,497



25,929



28,327



114,195



93,411


Net income from continuing operations


73,185



66,970



72,887



247,360



208,644


Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes






865



(2)



(1,522)


Net income

$

73,185


$

66,970


$

73,752


$

247,358


$

207,122













Net income (loss) per share:











Basic from continuing operations


3.02


2.72



2.97



10.07


8.52


Basic from discontinued operations






0.03





(0.06)


Basic earnings per share

$

3.02


$

2.72


$

3.00


$

10.07


$

8.46


Diluted from continuing operations


2.99



2.69



2.93



9.95



8.42


Diluted from discontinued operations






0.03





(0.06)


Diluted earnings per share

$

2.99


$

2.69


$

2.96


$

9.95


$

8.36













Shares used in computations:











Basic


24,236



24,658



24,568



24,572



24,487


Diluted


24,490



24,877



24,883



24,851



24,777




(A)

Stock-based compensation expense included in operating results is summarized below (all footnote amounts are unaudited, in thousands, except per share data):



Stock-based compensation expense


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Sep. 29,
2018


June 30,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017


Sep. 29,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017

Cost of sales

$

1,229


$

1,168


$

923


$

4,403


$

3,541


Research & development


869



838



684



3,247



2,973


Selling, general & administrative


6,571



6,577



5,588



25,088



23,911


Impact on income from operations

$

8,669


$

8,583


$

7,195


$

32,738


$

30,425





For the quarters ended Sep. 29, 2018, June 30, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact on net income, net of tax was $7,414 ($0.30 per diluted share), $7,549 ($0.30 per diluted share) and $5,277 ($0.21 per diluted share), respectively. For the years ended Sep. 29, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact on net income, net of tax was $27,665 ($1.11 per diluted share) and $23,352 ($0.94 per diluted share), respectively.



(B)

Changes in deferred compensation plan liabilities are included in cost of sales and operating expenses while gains and losses on deferred compensation plan assets are included in other income (expense), net.  Deferred compensation expense (benefit) included in operating results is summarized below:



Deferred compensation expense (benefit)


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Sep. 29,
2018


June 30,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017


Sep. 29,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017

Cost of sales

$

34


$

11


$

43


$

151


$

166


Research & development


303



46



133



836



629


Selling, general & administrative


1,579



414



692



4,222



3,074


Impact on income from operations

$

1,916


$

471


$

868


$

5,209


$

3,869





For the quarters ended Sep. 29, 2018, June 30, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact on other income net from gains or losses on deferred compensation plan assets was income of $1,957, $416 and $883, respectively. For the years ended Sep. 29, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact on other income net from gain or losses on deferred compensation plan assets was income of $5,047 and $3,909, respectively. The net gain on deferred compensation assets excludes a death benefit of $1,301 in the quarter and year ended Sep. 30, 2017.



(C)

For the year ended Sep. 30, 2017, the gain on business combination was $5,416 ($3,426 net of tax ($0.14 per diluted share)).



(D)

For the quarters ended June 30, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, other impairment charges were $611 ($611 net of tax ($0.02 per diluted share)) and $2,916 ($1,885 net of tax ($0.08 per diluted share)), respectively. For the years ended Sep. 29, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, other impairment charges were $766 ($766 net of tax ($0.03 per diluted share)) and $2,916 ($1,885 net of tax ($0.08 per diluted share)), respectively.



(E)

For the quarters ended Sep. 29, 2018, June 30, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact of amortization of intangible expense was $14,401 ($10,220 net of tax ($0.42 per diluted share)), $15,209 ($10,859 net of tax ($0.44 per diluted share)) and $16,253 ($11,546 net of tax ($0.46 per diluted share)), respectively. For the years ended Sep. 29, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact of amortization of intangible expense was $60,039 ($42,783 net of tax ($1.72 per diluted share)) and $60,556 ($42,715 net of tax ($1.72 per diluted share)), respectively.



(F)

For the quarter ended Sep. 29, 2018 and June 30, 2018, the impact of costs related to acquisitions included $206 ($206 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)) and $129 ($129 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)), respectively. The years ended Sep. 29, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017 included $735 ($735 net of tax ($0.03 per diluted share)) and $17,587 ($17,425 net of tax ($0.70 per diluted share)), respectively, of costs related to acquisitions.



(G)

For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the impact of inventory and favorable lease step-up costs related to acquisitions was $392 ($281 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)). For the years ended Sep. 29, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact of inventory and favorable lease step-up costs related to acquisitions was $803 ($574 net of tax ($0.02 per diluted share)) and $26,768 ($19,042 net of tax ($0.77 per diluted share)), respectively.



(H)

For the quarters ended Sep. 29, 2018, June 30, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact of restructuring charges was $871 ($632 net of tax ($0.02 per diluted share)), $1,192 ($870 net of tax ($0.04 per diluted share)) and $3,201 ($2,273 net of tax ($0.09 per diluted share)), respectively. For the years ended Sep. 29, 2018 and Sep. 30, 2017, the impact of restructuring charges was $3,949 ($2,907 net of tax ($0.12 per diluted share)) and $12,320 ($8,382 net of tax ($0.34 per diluted share)), respectively.



(I)

For the year ended Sep. 30, 2017, the gain on our hedge of the debt commitment and issuance of debt was $11,298 ($7,147 net of tax ($0.29 per diluted share)) and interest expense on the debt commitment was $2,665 ($1,844 net of tax ($0.07 per diluted share)).



(J)

The quarter ended Sep. 29, 2018 included a $16,203 ($0.66 per diluted share) non-recurring tax net benefit due to adjustments calculated under the Tax Act transition tax and deferred tax remeasurement and a $3,367 ($0.14 per diluted share) tax charge due to an increase in valuation allowances against deferred tax assets. The year ended Sep. 29, 2018 included a $25,542 ($1.03 per diluted share) non-recurring tax expense due to the Tax Act transition tax and deferred tax remeasurement, a $3,367 ($0.14 per diluted share) tax charge due to an increase in valuation allowances against deferred tax assets and a $12,754 ($0.51 per diluted share) tax benefit from the adoption of new rules for accounting for excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies for employee stock-based compensation. The quarter and year ended Sep. 30, 2017 included a $1,358 ($0.05 per diluted share) non-recurring tax benefit from the closure of audits.

Summarized balance sheet information is as follows (unaudited, in thousands):



Sep. 29,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments

$

311,473


$

476,673


Accounts receivable, net


355,208



305,668


Inventories


486,741



414,807


Assets held-for-sale




44,248


Prepaid expenses and other assets


85,080



70,268


Total current assets


1,238,502



1,311,664


Property and equipment, net


311,793



278,850


Other assets


709,674



747,286


Total assets

$

2,259,969


$

2,337,800







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Short-term borrowings

$

5,072


$

5,078


Accounts payable


70,292



75,860


Other current liabilities


297,474



338,207


Total current liabilities


372,838



419,145


Other long-term liabilities


572,667



755,391


Total stockholders' equity


1,314,464



1,163,264


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

2,259,969


$

2,337,800


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP net income (unaudited, in thousands, (other than per share data), net of tax):



Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Sep. 29,
2018


June 30,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017


Sep. 29,
2018


Sep. 30,
2017

GAAP net income from continuing operations

$

73,185


$

66,970


$

72,887


$

247,360


$

208,644


Stock-based compensation expense


7,414



7,549



5,277



27,665



23,352


Amortization of intangible assets


10,220



10,859



11,546



42,783



42,715


Restructuring charges


632



870



2,273



2,907



8,382


Non-recurring tax expense (benefit)


(12,836)





(1,358)



28,909



(1,358)


Tax benefit from stock-based compensation expense




(4)





(12,754)




Other impairment charges




611



1,885



766



1,885


Acquisition-related costs


206



129





735



17,425


Interest expense on debt commitment










1,844


Gain on hedge of debt and debt commitment










(7,147)


Gain on business combination










(3,426)


Purchase accounting step-up




281





574



19,042


Non-GAAP net income

$

78,821


$

87,265


$

92,510


$

338,945


$

311,358













Non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$

3.22


$

3.51


$

3.72


$

13.64


$

12.57


RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined under the Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include the statements in this press release that relate to the Company's belief in its rectification of execution problems; the Company's expectations of a weak environment in China during fiscal 2019, in particular in the materials processing market; and the Company's fiscal 2019 outlook, including its expectations for a year-on-year sales decline between 8-12%, the second half of fiscal 2019 being stronger than the first half, and expense reductions of $10-15 million partially offsetting gross profit impacts on lower sales.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. The Company and its business, including the aforementioned forward-looking statements, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks associated with growth in demand for our products, customer acceptance and adoption of our products, the worldwide demand for flat panel displays and adoption of OLED for mobile displays, the pricing and availability of OLED displays, the demand for and use of our products in commercial applications, our ability to generate sufficient cash to fund capital spending or debt repayment, our successful implementation of our customer design wins, our ability to successfully rectify execution issues on a going forward basis, our and our customers' exposure to risks associated with worldwide economic conditions, our customers' ability to cancel long-term purchase orders, the ability of our customers to forecast their own end markets, our ability to accurately forecast future periods, continued timely availability of products and materials from our suppliers, our ability to timely ship our products and our customers' ability to accept such shipments, our ability to have our customers qualify our product offerings, worldwide government economic policies, including U.S. tariffs on Chinese manufactured goods, our ability to integrate the business of Rofin and other acquisitions successfully, manage our expanded operations and achieve anticipated synergies, and other risks identified in the Company's SEC filings. Readers are encouraged to refer to the risk disclosures and critical accounting policies described in the Company's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, including the risks identified in today's financial press release, as applicable and as filed from time-to-time by the Company.

Founded in 1966, Coherent, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of lasers, laser-based technologies and laser-based system solutions in a broad range of scientific, commercial and industrial customers. Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and is part of the Russell 1000 and Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index. For more information about Coherent, visit the company's website at www.coherent.com/ for product and financial updates.

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