Cohu Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

  • Sales of $150.6 million exceeded previous guidance
  • Gross margin of 42.2%; non-GAAP gross margin of 44.0%
  • Reduced Term Loan B debt associated with the financing of the Xcerra acquisition by $17.3 million
  • Strong mobility orders for RF testers and handlers driven by new 5G smartphones
  • Improving demand from automotive and industrial segment customers ahead of previous expectations

POWAY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), a global leader in back-end semiconductor equipment and services, today reported fiscal 2020 third quarter net sales of $150.6 million and GAAP loss of $6.6 million or $0.16 per share. Net sales for the first nine months of 2020 were $433.7 million and GAAP loss was $28.7 million or $0.69 per share.(1)


Cohu also reported non-GAAP results, with third quarter 2020 income of $11.6 million or $0.27 per share and income of $18.9 million or $0.44 per share for the first nine months of 2020.(1)

GAAP Results (1)

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Q3 FY

2020

Q2 FY

2020

Q3 FY

2019

9 Months

2020

9 Months

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

150.6

 

$

144.1

 

$

143.5

 

$

433.7

 

$

441.3

 

Loss

$

(6.6

)

$

(4.7

)

$

(10.5

)

$

(28.7

)

$

(52.7

)

Loss per share

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.11

)

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.69

)

$

(1.28

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Results (1)

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Q3 FY

2020

Q2 FY

2020

Q3 FY

2019

9 Months

2020

9 Months

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income

$

11.6

 

$

7.1

 

$

4.9

 

$

18.9

 

$

4.3

 

Income per share

$

0.27

 

$

0.17

 

$

0.12

 

$

0.44

 

$

0.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) All amounts presented are from continuing operations.

Total cash and investments at the end of third quarter 2020 were $170.9 million.

“The mobility segment continued to strengthen during third quarter with a Cohu test cell design-win, new customers for our Neon inspection platform, and the launch and accelerated ramp of our RedDragon RF module for testing 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and Ultra-Wideband devices. Improving automotive and industrial segment orders are driving a ramp in handler deliveries ahead of previous expectations, and PCB test orders were again at record highs. In light of rapidly improving business conditions, Cohu took action to reduce outstanding principal under its Term Loan B debt associated with the financing of the Xcerra acquisition in October 2018,” said Cohu President and CEO Luis Müller. “We are encouraged by momentum across Cohu’s main market segments, and by customer traction with our new products going into 2021.”

Cohu expects fourth quarter 2020 sales to be between $176 million and $192 million.

Conference Call Information:

The Company will host a live conference call and webcast with slides to discuss third quarter 2020 results at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time/8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on October 29, 2020. Interested investors and analysts are invited to dial into the conference call by using 1-866-434-5330 (domestic) or +1-213-660-0873 (international) and entering the pass code 2789504. Webcast access will be available on the Investor Information section of the Company’s website at www.cohu.com.

About Cohu:

Cohu (NASDAQ: COHU) is a global leader in back-end semiconductor equipment and services, delivering leading-edge solutions for the manufacturing of semiconductors and printed circuit boards. Additional information can be found at www.cohu.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information:

Included within this press release and accompanying materials are non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP Gross Margin/Profit, Income and Income (adjusted earnings) per share, Operating Income, Operating Expense and Adjusted EBITDA that supplement the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations prepared under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures adjust the Company’s actual results prepared under GAAP to exclude charges and the related income tax effect for: share-based compensation, the amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring costs, manufacturing transition and severance costs, asset impairment charges, acquisition-related costs and associated professional fees, reduction of indemnification receivable, depreciation of purchase accounting adjustments to property, plant and equipment, purchase accounting inventory step-up included in cost of sales and amortization of cloud-based software implementation costs (Adjusted EBITDA only). Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP amounts for the periods presented herein are provided in schedules accompanying this release and should be considered together with the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. With respect to any forward-looking non-GAAP figures, we are unable to provide without unreasonable efforts, at this time, a GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation of any forward-looking figures due to their inherent uncertainty.

These non-GAAP measures are not meant as a substitute for GAAP, but are included solely for informational and comparative purposes. The Company’s management believes that this information can assist investors in evaluating the Company’s operational trends, financial performance, and cash generating capacity. Management uses non-GAAP measures for a variety of reasons, including to make operational decisions, to determine executive compensation in part, to forecast future operational results, and for comparison to our annual operating plan. However, the non-GAAP financial measures should not be regarded as a replacement for (or superior to) corresponding, similarly captioned, GAAP measures.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements contained in this release and accompanying materials may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding a Cohu test cell design-win, new customers for our Neon inspection platform, launch and accelerated ramp of our RedDragon RF module for testing 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and Ultra-Wideband devices, improving automotive and industrial segment orders, rapidly improving business conditions and momentum across Cohu’s main market segments, customer traction with our new products going into 2021, customer opportunities for integrated test cell elements, cost benefits of using virtual reality technology, temporary cost savings and expense reductions, optimizing OpEx spending, any comments on Cohu’s FY 2021 outlook or growth, business model for FY’20, % of incremental revenue expected to fall to operating income, debt deleveraging priority, Cohu’s fourth quarter 2020 sales forecast, guidance, sales mix, non-GAAP operating expenses, gross margin, adjusted EBITDA and effective tax rate, and cash and shares outstanding, estimated minimum cash needed, estimated EBITDA breakeven point, any future Term Loan B principal reduction, and any other statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “likely,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” and other similar expressions among others. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Any third-party industry analyst forecasts quoted are for reference only and Cohu does not adopt or affirm any such forecasts.

Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement as a result of various factors, including, without limitation: The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected, and is continuing to adversely affect, our business, financial condition and results of operations, and COVID-19 could re-surge at any time and our business could be abruptly impacted again to an even greater extent; October 2020 COVID-19 related government movement control orders reinstituted in Malaysia and actual adverse impacts that have begun to reoccur among Malaysia-based or other suppliers; Recently increasing COVID-19 cases in countries where Cohu’s principal facilities are located including the United States, the Philippines, Malaysia, Switzerland and Germany; Other significant risks associated with the Xcerra acquisition, integration and synergies including the failure to achieve the expected benefits of the acquisition, and mandatory ongoing impairment evaluation of goodwill and other intangibles whereby Cohu could be required to write off some or all of this goodwill and other intangibles; Continued availability of capital and financing and additional rating agency downgrade actions, and limited market access given our high debt levels; Our Credit Agreement contains various representations and negative covenants that limit our business flexibility; Changes to or replacement of LIBOR may adversely affect interest rates; Adverse investor reaction to the recently suspended cash dividend; Other risks associated with acquisitions; inventory, goodwill and other asset write-downs; Our ability to convert new products into production on a timely basis and to support product development and meet customer delivery and acceptance requirements for new products; Lost productivity, project delays and internal control risks due to ongoing employee “work from home” programs; Our reliance on third-party contract manufacturers and suppliers; Failure to obtain customer acceptance resulting in the inability to recognize revenue and accounts receivable collection problems; Market demand and adoption of our new products; Customer orders may be canceled or delayed; Design-wins may or may not result in future orders or sales; The concentration of our revenues from a limited number of customers; Intense competition in the semiconductor equipment industry; Our reliance on patents and intellectual property; Compliance with U.S. export regulations; Impacts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and ongoing tax examinations; Geopolitical issues, trade wars and Huawei/HiSilicon export restrictions (including new restrictions effective in May and August 2020); Retention of key staff; Other health epidemics or natural disasters; ERP system implementation issues particularly as Cohu recently launched a new ERP system in first quarter 2020 and plans a broader rollout in 2020; The seasonal, volatile and unpredictable nature of capital expenditures by semiconductor manufacturers particularly in light of weakened demand in 2019 followed by the COVID-19 global pandemic in 2020; and Rapid technological change.

These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed more fully in Cohu’s filings with the SEC, including the most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, and the other filings made by Cohu with the SEC from time to time, which are available via the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as required by applicable law, Cohu does not undertake any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For press releases and other information of interest to investors, please visit Cohu’s website at www.cohu.com.

COHU, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended (1)

Nine Months Ended (1)

 

September 26,

September 28,

September 26,

September 28,

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

150,647

 

$

143,498

 

$

433,652

 

$

441,318

 

Cost and expenses:

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales (excluding amortization)

 

87,147

 

 

84,565

 

 

253,111

 

 

265,564

 

Research and development

 

20,497

 

 

20,483

 

 

63,389

 

 

65,324

 

Selling, general and administrative (2)

 

31,336

 

 

33,690

 

 

95,664

 

 

108,404

 

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

 

9,783

 

 

9,969

 

 

28,848

 

 

29,975

 

Restructuring charges

 

412

 

 

814

 

 

1,400

 

 

10,720

 

Impairment charges (3)

 

7,300

 

 

-

 

 

11,249

 

 

-

 

Gain on sale of facilities (4)

 

(4,468

)

 

-

 

 

(4,495

)

 

-

 

 

 

152,007

 

 

149,521

 

 

449,166

 

 

479,987

 

Loss from operations

 

(1,360

)

 

(6,023

)

 

(15,514

)

 

(38,669

)

Other (expense) income:

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(3,021

)

 

(5,000

)

 

(10,904

)

 

(15,789

)

Gain on extinguishment of debt (5)

 

293

 

 

-

 

 

293

 

 

-

 

Interest income

 

42

 

 

190

 

 

210

 

 

603

 

Foreign transaction gain (loss)

 

(1,484

)

 

1,630

 

 

(2,528

)

 

1,302

 

Loss from continuing operations before taxes

 

(5,530

)

 

(9,203

)

 

(28,443

)

 

(52,553

)

Income tax provision

 

1,116

 

 

1,277

 

 

261

 

 

161

 

Loss from continuing operations

 

(6,646

)

 

(10,480

)

 

(28,704

)

 

(52,714

)

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations: (6)

 

 

 

 

Income from discontinued operations before taxes

 

-

 

 

173

 

 

46

 

 

400

 

Income tax provision

 

-

 

 

19

 

 

4

 

 

58

 

Income from discontinued operations

 

-

 

 

154

 

 

42

 

 

342

 

Net loss

 

(6,646

)

 

(10,326

)

$

(28,662

)

$

(52,372

)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

-

 

 

142

 

 

-

 

 

62

 

Net loss attributable to Cohu

$

(6,646

)

$

(10,468

)

$

(28,662

)

$

(52,434

)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic:

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations before noncontrolling interest

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.69

)

$

(1.28

)

Income from discontinued operations

 

-

 

 

0.00

 

 

0.00

 

 

0.00

 

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

-

 

 

(0.00

)

 

-

 

 

(0.00

)

Net loss attributable to Cohu

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.69

)

$

(1.28

)

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted:

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations before noncontrolling interest

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.69

)

$

(1.28

)

Income from discontinued operations

 

-

 

 

0.00

 

 

0.00

 

 

0.00

 

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

-

 

 

(0.00

)

 

-

 

 

(0.00

)

Net loss attributable to Cohu

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.25

)

$

(0.69

)

$

(1.28

)

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares used in (7)

 

 

 

 

computing loss per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

41,947

 

 

41,229

 

 

41,764

 

 

41,075

 

Diluted

 

41,947

 

 

41,229

 

 

41,764

 

 

41,075

 

(1)

The three- and nine-month periods ended September 26, 2020 and September 28, 2019 were both comprised of 13 weeks and 39 weeks, respectively.

(2)

For the nine-month period ended September 28, 2019 Xcerra transaction costs were $0.4 million. No transaction costs were incurred during the three-month period ended September 28, 2019 or during 2020.

(3)

Included in our results for the three- and nine-month period ended September 26, 2020 is impairment charges recorded in the third and first quarter to write certain of our in-process research and development assets (“IPR&D”) obtained as part of our acquisition of Xcerra down to current estimated fair values.

(4)

During the third quarter of 2020 we completed the sale of our facility in Rosenheim, Germany which generated a gain of $4.5 million. In the second quarter of 2020 we completed the sale of our facility in Penang, Malaysia which generated a gain of $27,000. The gain related to the sale of the Penang facility was previously included in SG&A and has been reclassified to gain on sale of facility for the nine months ended September 26, 2020. Both facilities were sold as part of the previously announced Xcerra integration program.

(5)

In August 2020 we repurchased and retired $16.4 million of our outstanding Term Loan B which resulted in a gain from the extinguishment of debt.

(6)

On October 1, 2018, the Company made the decision to sell the fixtures business acquired from Xcerra, and, as a result, the operating results of this business have been presented as discontinued operations. In February 2020, we completed the sale of this business.

(7)

For the three- and nine-month periods ended September 26, 2020 and September 28, 2019, potentially dilutive securities were excluded from the per share computations due to their antidilutive effect. The Company has utilized the "control number" concept in the computation of diluted earnings per share to determine whether a potential common stock instrument is dilutive. The control number used is income from continuing operations. The control number concept requires that the same number of potentially dilutive securities applied in computing diluted earnings per share from continuing operations be applied to all other categories of income or loss, regardless of their anti-dilutive effect on such categories.

COHU, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

September 26,

December 28,

 

2020

2019

Assets:

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and investments

$

170,875

$

156,098

Accounts receivable

 

116,805

 

127,921

Inventories

 

137,879

 

130,706

Other current assets

 

19,259

 

21,468

Current assets of discontinued operations (1)

 

-

 

3,503

Total current assets

 

444,818

 

439,696

Property, plant & equipment, net

 

64,546

 

70,912

Goodwill

 

244,341

 

238,669

Intangible assets, net

 

238,832

 

275,019

Operating lease right of use assets

 

30,099

 

33,269

Other assets

 

23,717

 

20,030

Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations (1)

 

-

 

115

Total assets

$

1,046,353

$

1,077,710

 

 

 

Liabilities & Stockholders’ Equity:

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

Short-term borrowings

$

5,209

$

3,195

Current installments of long-term debt

 

2,990

 

3,322

Deferred profit

 

11,859

 

7,645

Other current liabilities

 

126,845

 

134,124

Current liabilities of discontinued operations (1)

 

-

 

599

Total current liabilities

 

146,903

 

148,885

Long-term debt

 

331,469

 

346,518

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

26,532

 

28,877

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

66,840

 

70,334

Noncurrent liabilities of discontinued operations (1)

 

-

 

24

Cohu stockholders’ equity

 

474,609

 

483,072

Total liabilities & stockholders’ equity

$

1,046,353

$

1,077,710

(1)

On October 1, 2018, the Company made the decision to sell the fixtures business acquired from Xcerra, and, as a result, the fixtures business has been presented as discontinued operations since that date. The sale of this business was completed in February 2020.

COHU, INC.

Supplemental Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Three Months Ended

 

September 26,

 

June 27,

 

September 28,

 

2020

 

2020

 

2019

Loss from operations - GAAP basis (a)

$

(1,360

)

$

(528

)

$

(6,023

)

Non-GAAP adjustments:

 

 

 

Share-based compensation included in (b):

 

 

 

Cost of sales (COS)

 

218

 

 

211

 

 

212

 

Research and development (R&D)

 

782

 

 

828

 

 

820

 

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A)

 

2,299

 

 

2,364

 

 

2,474

 

 

 

3,299

 

 

3,403

 

 

3,506

 

Amortization of purchased intangible assets (c)

 

9,783

 

 

9,527

 

 

9,969

 

Restructuring charges related to inventory adjustments in COS (d)

 

2,606

 

 

72

 

 

1,114

 

Restructuring charges (d)

 

412

 

 

585

 

 

814

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacturing and sales transition costs included in (e):

 

 

 

COS

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

416

 

SG&A

 

179

 

 

76

 

 

152

 

 

 

179

 

 

76

 

 

568

 

Impairment charges (f)

 

7,300

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

Gain on sale of facility (g)

 

(4,468

)

 

(27

)

 

-

 

PP&E step-up included in SG&A (h)

 

243

 

 

243

 

 

1,257

 

Income from operations - non-GAAP basis (i)

$

17,994

 

$

13,351

 

$

11,205

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations - GAAP basis

$

(6,646

)

$

(4,740

)

$

(10,480

)

Non-GAAP adjustments (as scheduled above)

 

19,354

 

 

13,879

 

 

17,228

 

Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (j)

 

(1,080

)

 

(2,011

)

 

(1,836

)

Income from continuing operations - non-GAAP basis

$

11,628

 

$

7,128

 

$

4,912

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP loss from continuing operations per share - diluted

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.11

)

$

(0.25

)

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP income from continuing operations per share - diluted (k)

$

0.27

 

$

0.17

 

$

0.12

 

Management believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's operating performance. Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's operating results, as well as when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods and these non-GAAP measures allow investors to evaluate the Company’s financial performance using some of the same measures as management. Management views share-based compensation as an expense that is unrelated to the Company’s operational performance as it does not require cash payments and can vary in amount from period to period and the elimination of amortization and impairment charges provides better comparability of pre- and post-acquisition operating results and to results of businesses utilizing internally developed intangible assets. Management initiated certain restructuring activities including employee headcount reductions and other organizational changes to align our business strategies in light of the merger with Xcerra. Restructuring costs have been excluded because such expense is not used by Management to assess the core profitability of Cohu’s business operations. Manufacturing and sales transition costs relate principally to expenses incurred as a result of moving certain manufacturing activities to Asia and incremental costs incurred related to the buildup of a direct sales force for certain equipment sales in Asia. Employee severance are costs incurred in conjunction with the termination of certain employees to streamline our operations and reduce costs. Management has excluded these costs primarily because they are not reflective of the ongoing operating results and they are not used to assess ongoing operational performance. Impairment charges and gain on sale of facility have been excluded as these amounts are infrequent and are unrelated to the operational performance of Cohu. Adjustments for inventory and PP&E step-up costs have been excluded by management as they are unrelated to the core operating activities of the Company and the frequency and variability in the nature of the charges can vary significantly from period to period. Excluding this data provides investors with a basis to compare Cohu’s performance against the performance of other companies without this variability. However, the non-GAAP financial measures should not be regarded as a replacement for (or superior to) corresponding, similarly captioned, GAAP measures. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures above may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies and investors should be careful when comparing our non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies.

(a)

(0.9)%, (0.4)% and (4.2)% of net sales, respectively.

(b)

To eliminate compensation expense for employee stock options, stock units and our employee stock purchase plan.

(c)

To eliminate the amortization of acquired intangible assets.

(d)

To eliminate restructuring costs incurred related to the integration of Xcerra.

(e)

To eliminate manufacturing and sales transition and severance costs.

(f)

To eliminate impairment charges recorded to adjust IPR&D assets obtained in the acquisition of Xcerra to current fair value.

(g)

To eliminate the gains generated by the sale of the Company’s facilities in Rosenheim, Germany in the third quarter and Penang, Malaysia in the second quarter, sold as part of the previously announced Xcerra integration and restructuring program.

(h)

To eliminate the accelerated depreciation from the property, plant & equipment step-up related to the acquisition of Xcerra.

(i)

11.9%, 9.3% and 7.8% of net sales, respectively.

(j)

To adjust the provision for income taxes related to the adjustments described above based on applicable tax rates.

(k)

The three months ended September 26, 2020, June 27, 2020 and September 28, 2019 were computed using 42,659, 42,283 and 41,587 shares outstanding, respectively, as the effect of dilutive securities was excluded from GAAP diluted common shares due to the reported net loss under GAAP, but are included for non-GAAP diluted common shares since the Company has non-GAAP net income.


Contacts

Cohu, Inc.
Jeffrey D. Jones - Investor Relations
858-848-8106


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