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Amtech Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

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Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS), a manufacturer of capital equipment, including thermal processing and wafer polishing, and related consumables used in fabricating semiconductor devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon power chips, electronic assemblies and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), today reported results for its third quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial and Operational Highlights from Continuing Operations:

  • Net revenue of $15.2 million

  • Breakeven operating income of $31,000

  • Loss from continuing operations, net of tax, of $0.1 million

  • Loss per diluted share from continuing operations of $0.01

  • Customer orders of $10.8 million

  • Unrestricted cash of $46.4 million

Mr. Michael Whang, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, "While the global pandemic continues to create operational challenges, thanks to the diligent efforts of our employees and supply chain partners, in the third quarter we saw minimal disruption in our ability to service customers. In the fourth quarter, we began to see a rise in customer engagement with our recently announced 300mm diffusion furnace order. We believe this is an early indicator of the strength in long-term demand drivers for power semiconductors, including silicon carbide, led by growing demand from electric vehicles and automotive sensors, renewable energy, mobile devices, and wireless communications applications," concluded Mr. Whang.

GAAP Financial Results

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Q3

Q2

Q3

9 Months

9 Months

FY
2020

FY
2020

FY
2019

2020

2019

Net revenues

$

15.2

$

14.5

$

21.0

$

50.4

$

64.9

Gross profit

$

6.0

$

5.4

$

7.9

$

19.5

$

24.8

Gross margin

39

%

37

%

37

%

39

%

38

%

Operating income (loss)

$

0.0

$

(1.0

)

$

1.4

$

0.7

$

3.3

Operating margin

0.2

%

-6.7

%

6.4

%

1.4

%

5.0

%

(Loss) income from continuing operations, net of tax

$

(0.1

)

$

(0.5

)

$

0.9

$

(1.9

)

$

2.2

Diluted (loss) income per share from continuing operations

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.04

)

$

0.06

$

(0.13

)

$

0.15

Net revenues increased 5% sequentially and decreased 28% from the third quarter of fiscal 2019. Semiconductor and SiC/LED revenue in fiscal Q3 2020 increased sequentially due primarily to our Shanghai facility returning to normal operations after the extended Chinese New Year in fiscal Q2 and increased consumable and machine shipments in our SiC/LED segment. Semiconductor and SiC/LED revenue decreased compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2019 primarily due to global COVID-19 impacts on our customers.

Gross margin increased in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 both sequentially and compared to the same prior year period, primarily due to favorable product mix.

Selling, General & Administrative ("SG&A") expenses decreased $0.6 million sequentially due primarily to payroll tax credits the Company was able to claim as part of the COVID-19 legislation passed by U.S. Congress, the CARES Act. SG&A decreased $0.9 million compared to the same prior year period due primarily to the payroll tax credits, not having our former Automation segment included in our results, and lower travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Relocation and R&D expenses that were expected in the quarter shifted into the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 due to shutdowns and delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating results were breakeven, primarily from lower SG&A in the quarter, compared to operating loss of $1.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 and $1.4 million of operating income in the same prior year period.

Loss from continuing operations, net of tax, for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $0.1 million, or 1 cent per share. This compares to income from continuing operations of $0.9 million, or 6 cents per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 and loss of $0.5 million, or 4 cents per share, in the preceding quarter.

Outlook

Our outlook reflects the anticipated ongoing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic as we understand them today; however, given how fluid the situation is both for our own business as well as for that of our customers and supply chain, we would like to remind investors that actual results may differ materially in the weeks and months ahead. Additionally, the semiconductor equipment industries can be cyclical and inherently impacted by changes in market demand. Operating results can be significantly impacted, positively or negatively, by the timing of orders, system shipments, and the financial results of semiconductor manufacturers.

For our fourth fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2020, revenues are expected to be in the range of $13.0 to $15.0 million. Gross margin for the quarter ending September 30, 2020 is expected to be in the mid 30% range, with negative operating margin, primarily due to one-time moving costs for our SiC/LED segment to relocate into their new building and an increase in R&D related to new product development.

A portion of Amtech's results are denominated in Renminbis, a Chinese currency. The outlook provided in this press release is based on an assumed exchange rate between the United States Dollar and the Renminbi. Changes in the value of the Renminbi in relation to the United States Dollar could cause actual results to differ from expectations.

Conference Call

Amtech Systems will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss our fiscal third quarter financial results. The call will be available to interested parties by dialing 800-430-8332. For international callers, please dial +1 323-347-3612. The Conference ID number is 9393233. The call will be webcast and available in the Investor Relations section of Amtech’s website at: http://www.amtechsystems.com/conference.htm.

A replay of the webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s web site at http://www.amtechsystems.com/conference.htm shortly after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for approximately 30 calendar days.

About Amtech Systems, Inc.

Amtech Systems, Inc. is a leading, global manufacturer of capital equipment, including thermal processing and wafer polishing, and related consumables used in fabricating semiconductor devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon power chips, electronic assemblies and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). We sell these products to semiconductor and automotive component manufacturers worldwide, particularly in Asia, North America and Europe. Our strategic focus is on semiconductor growth opportunities in power electronics, leveraging our strength in our core competencies in thermal and substrate processing. We are a market leader in the high-end power chip market (SiC and 300mm silicon horizontal thermal reactor), developing and supplying essential equipment and consumables used in the semiconductor industry. Amtech's products are recognized under the leading brand names BTU International, Bruce Technologies™, and PR Hoffman™.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information contained in this press release is forward-looking in nature. All statements in this press release, or made by management of Amtech Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries ("Amtech"), other than statements of historical fact, are hereby identified as "forward-looking statements" (as such term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). The forward-looking statements in this press release relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this press release. Examples of forward-looking statements include statements regarding Amtech's future financial results, operating results, business strategies, projected costs, products under development, competitive positions, plans and objectives of Amtech and its management for future operations, efforts to improve operational efficiencies and effectiveness and profitably grow our revenue, the planned divestiture of our solar business, and enhancements to our technologies and expansion of our product portfolio. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "plan," "anticipate," "seek," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "predict," "potential," "project," "should," "would," "could", "likely," "future," "target," "forecast," "goal," "observe," and "strategy" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology used in this press release or by our management, which are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. The Form 10-K that Amtech filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for the year-ended September 30, 2019, listed various important factors that could affect the Company's future operating results and financial condition and could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and expectations based on forward-looking statements made in this document or elsewhere by Amtech or on its behalf. These factors can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Form 10-K and investors should refer to them. Because it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors, any such list cannot be considered a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

AMTECH SYSTEMS, INC.
(NASDAQ: ASYS)
August 6, 2020
(Unaudited)

Summary Financial Information for Continuing Operations
(in thousands, except percentages and ratios)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended June 30,

June 30,
2020

March 31,
2020

June 30,
2019

2020

2019

Amtech Systems, Inc.

Revenues, net of returns and allowances

$

15,227

$

14,460

$

21,003

$

50,379

$

64,861

Gross profit

$

5,951

$

5,358

$

7,850

$

19,483

$

24,797

Gross margin

39

%

37

%

37

%

39

%

38

%

Operating income (loss)

$

31

$

(972

)

$

1,351

$

696

$

3,263

New orders

$

10,830

$

20,626

$

16,278

$

49,081

$

56,216

Backlog

$

15,221

$

19,618

$

17,237

$

15,221

$

17,237

Semiconductor Segment

Revenues, net of returns and allowances

$

12,357

$

11,992

$

16,254

$

41,581

$

51,267

Gross profit

$

4,953

$

4,413

$

6,566

$

16,552

$

20,499

Gross margin

40

%

37

%

40

%

40

%

40

%

Operating income (loss)

$

1,058

$

(18

)

$

1,951

$

3,762

$

6,428

New orders

$

8,356

$

17,019

$

12,899

$

40,469

$

44,462

Backlog

$

13,798

$

17,799

$

13,931

$

13,798

$

13,931

SiC/LED Segment

Revenues, net of returns and allowances

$

2,870

$

2,468

$

3,074

$

8,155

$

9,330

Gross profit

$

998

$

945

$

1,038

$

2,922

$

3,524

Gross margin

35

%

38

%

34

%

36

%

38

%

Operating income

$

241

$

421

$

607

$

1,196

$

2,253

New orders

$

2,474

$

3,607

$

2,697

$

8,612

$

9,574

Backlog

$

1,423

$

1,819

$

2,934

$

1,423

$

2,934

AMTECH SYSTEMS, INC.
(NASDAQ: ASYS)
August 6, 2020
(Unaudited)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Nine Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenues, net of returns and allowances

$

15,227

$

21,003

$

50,379

$

64,861

Cost of sales

9,276

13,153

30,896

40,064

Gross profit

5,951

7,850

19,483

24,797

Selling, general and administrative

4,804

5,718

16,134

18,137

Research, development and engineering

899

746

2,436

2,325

Restructuring charges

217

35

217

1,072

Operating income

31

1,351

696

3,263

Loss on sale of subsidiary

(2,793

)

Interest (expense) income and other, net

(13

)

249

512

511

Income (loss) from continuing operations before

income taxes

18

1,600

(1,585

)

3,774

Income tax provision

90

707

297

1,621

(Loss) income from continuing operations, net of tax

(72

)

893

(1,882

)

2,153

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

1,154

(11,816

)

(8,113

)

Net (loss) income

$

(72

)

$

2,047

$

(13,698

)

$

(5,960

)

(Loss) Income Per Basic Share:

Basic (loss) income per share from continuing

operations

$

(0.01

)

$

0.06

$

(0.13

)

$

0.15

Basic income (loss) per share from discontinued

operations

$

$

0.08

$

(0.83

)

$

(0.57

)

Net (loss) income per basic share

$

(0.01

)

$

0.14

$

(0.96

)

$

(0.42

)

(Loss) Income Per Diluted Share:

Diluted (loss) income per share from continuing

operations

$

(0.01

)

$

0.06

$

(0.13

)

$

0.15

Diluted income (loss) per share from discontinued

operations

$

$

0.08

$

(0.83

)

$

(0.57

)

Net (loss) income per diluted share

$

(0.01

)

$

0.14

$

(0.96

)

$

(0.42

)

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

14,155

14,245

14,195

14,231

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

14,155

14,316

14,195

14,267

AMTECH SYSTEMS, INC.
(NASDAQ: ASYS)
August 6, 2020
(Unaudited)

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)

June 30,
2020

September 30,
2019

Assets

Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

46,436

$

52,982

Restricted cash

101

Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $138 and $172 at

June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2019, respectively)

10,297

12,873

Inventories

19,385

17,532

Notes and other receivables

1,250

Income taxes receivable

150

Held-for-sale assets

22,755

Other current assets

3,066

2,027

Total current assets

80,584

108,270

Property, Plant and Equipment - Net

10,438

10,217

Right-of-Use Assets - Net

5,162

Intangible Assets - Net

674

870

Goodwill - Net

6,633

6,633

Other Assets

565

487

Total Assets

$

104,056

$

126,477

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Current Liabilities

Accounts payable

$

3,933

$

4,371

Accrued compensation and related taxes

1,983

2,717

Accrued warranty expense

401

556

Other accrued liabilities

1,478

1,274

Current maturities of long-term debt

376

371

Contract liabilities

1,645

1,378

Income taxes payable

1,434

Held-for-sale liabilities

18,547

Total current liabilities

9,816

30,648

Long-Term Debt

4,894

5,178

Long-Term Lease Liability

5,088

Income Taxes Payable

2,007

3,199

Total Liabilities

21,805

39,025

Commitments and Contingencies

Shareholders’ Equity

Preferred stock; 100,000,000 shares authorized; none issued

Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; shares

issued and outstanding: 14,048,172 and 14,268,797 at June 30, 2020

and September 30, 2019, respectively

140

143

Additional paid-in capital

124,289

125,098

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,792

)

(11,233

)

Retained deficit

(40,386

)

(26,556

)

Total shareholders’ equity

82,251

87,452

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

$

104,056

$

126,477

AMTECH SYSTEMS, INC.
(NASDAQ: ASYS)
August 6, 2020
(Unaudited)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

Nine Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

Operating Activities

Net loss

$

(13,698

)

$

(5,960

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by

operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

932

1,280

Write-down of inventory

540

2,991

Deferred income taxes

784

192

Non-cash share-based compensation expense

257

474

Loss (gain) on sales of subsidiaries

13,708

(1,614

)

(Reversal of) provision for allowance for doubtful accounts, net

(26

)

1,104

Other, net

13

107

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

2,356

630

Inventories

(2,791

)

284

Other assets

(2,376

)

12,675

Accounts payable

(2,363

)

(3,843

)

Accrued income taxes

(2,722

)

(1,359

)

Accrued and other liabilities

5,346

(5,726

)

Contract liabilities

(950

)

(814

)

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(990

)

421

Investing Activities

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(860

)

(552

)

Net cash disposed of in sales of subsidiaries

(9,940

)

(1,112

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(10,800

)

(1,664

)

Financing Activities

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

799

175

Repurchase of common stock

(2,000

)

Payments on long-term debt

(285

)

(280

)

Borrowings on long-term debt

9

Net cash used in financing activities

(1,486

)

(96

)

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash, Cash Equivalents and

Restricted Cash

578

(1,450

)

Net Decrease in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

(12,698

)

(2,789

)

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash, Beginning of Period*

59,134

62,496

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash, End of Period*

$

46,436

$

59,707

* Includes Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash that are included in Held-For-Sale Assets on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets for periods prior to January 22, 2020.

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Contacts

Amtech Systems, Inc.
Lisa D. Gibbs
Chief Financial Officer
(480) 967-5146
irelations@amtechsystems.com

Sapphire Investor Relations, LLC
Erica Mannion and Mike Funari
(617) 542-6180
irelations@amtechsystems.com