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EMCORE Reports Fiscal 2021 First Quarter Results

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ALHAMBRA, CA, Feb. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EMCORE Corporation (Nasdaq: EMKR), a leading provider of advanced mixed-signal products that serve the aerospace & defense and broadband communications markets, today announced results for the fiscal 2021 first quarter ended December 31, 2020 (1Q21). Management will host a conference call to discuss financial and business results tomorrow, Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 8:00 AM Eastern Time.

Consolidated revenue for 1Q21 was $33.4 million, comprised of $13.6 million from the Aerospace & Defense segment and $19.8 million from the Broadband segment. Net income on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis was $2.6 million and $3.4 million, respectively, in 1Q21 compared with a net income on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis of $0.7 million and $2.9 million, respectively, in 4Q20. Adjusted EBITDA was positive $4.4 million in 1Q21.

“The EMCORE team executed well in 1Q21 combining and gross margin consistency with lower operating expenses to drive strong sequential-quarter earnings growth,” said Jeff Rittichier, Chief Executive Officer of EMCORE. “We continued to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in our supply chain and operations, and made good progress on product qualification and new programs capture despite the COVID headwinds. We remain excited and confident about the growth prospects across our Aerospace & Defense product portfolio. On the Broadband side, we have strong order book for our Cable TV products through the September 2021 quarter with MSOs favoring proven linear optics to provide the network bandwidth that customers need,” concluded Rittichier.

Consolidated Results

Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

+ increase /

1Q21

4Q20

- decrease

Revenue

$33.4M

$33.5M

-$0.1M

Gross Margin

38%

37%

+1%

Operating Expenses

$10.1M

$11.9M

-$1.8M

Operating Margin

8%

2%

+6%

Net Income

$2.6M

$0.7M

+$1.9M

Earnings Per Share Basic

$0.09

$0.02

+$0.07

Earnings Per Share Diluted

$0.08

$0.02

+$0.06

Non-GAAP Gross Margin (1)

38%

38%

-

Non-GAAP Operating Expenses (1)

$9.3M

$9.7M

-0.4M

Non-GAAP Operating Margin (1)

10%

9%

+1%

Non-GAAP Net Income (1)

$3.4M

$2.9M

+$0.5M

Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Basic (1)

$0.12

$0.10

+$0.02

Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Diluted (1)

$0.11

$0.10

+$0.01

Adjusted EBITDA

$4.4M

$4.0M

+$0.4M

Ending Cash and Cash Equivalents

$31.2M

$30.5M

+$0.7M

Loan Payable

$6.5M

$6.5M

-

(1) Please refer to the schedules at the end of this press release for complete GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations and other
information related to non-GAAP financial measures.

Aerospace and Defense (A&D) Segment

A&D’s sequential-quarter revenue decrease was primarily due to lower sales of Navigation products. A&D’s gross margin decreased slightly, primarily due to the lower revenue.

Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

+ increase /

1Q21

4Q20

- decrease

A&D Segment Revenue

$13.6M

$14.5M

-$0.9M

A&D Segment Gross Margin

30

%

31

%

-1

%

A&D Segment R&D Expense (2)

$3.7M

$5.6M

-$1.9M

A&D Segment Profit

$0.4M

-$1.1M

+$1.5M

Non-GAAP A&D Segment Gross Margin (1)

31

%

32

%

-1

%

Non-GAAP A&D Segment R&D Expense (1)

$3.6M

$4.0M

-$0.4M

Non-GAAP A&D Segment Profit

$0.6M

$0.6M

-

(1) Please refer to the schedules at the end of this press release for complete GAAP to non-GAAP
reconciliations and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.

(2) Individual components may not sum to the total of reported consolidated amounts due to rounding.

Broadband Segment

Broadband’s sequential-quarter revenue increase was primarily driven by higher sales of Cable TV optical transmitters and components. Broadband’s gross margin increased slightly, primarily driven by the higher revenue.

Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

+ increase /

1Q21

4Q20

- decrease

Broadband Segment Revenue

$19.8M

$19.0M

+$0.8M

Broadband Segment Gross Margin

43

%

42

%

+1

%

Broadband Segment R&D Expense (2)

$0.6M

$0.7M

-$0.1M

Broadband Segment Profit

$7.9M

$7.3M

+$0.6M

Non-GAAP Broadband Segment Gross Margin (1)

43

%

42

%

+1

%

Non-GAAP Broadband Segment R&D Expense (1)

$0.5M

$0.6M

-$0.1M

Non-GAAP Broadband Segment Profit

$8.0M

$7.4M

+$0.6M

(1) Please refer to the schedules at the end of this press. release for complete GAAP to non-GAAP
reconciliations and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.

(2) Individual components may not sum to the total of reported consolidated amounts due to rounding.

Business Outlook

The Company expects revenue for the fiscal second quarter ending March 31, 2021 to be in the range of $34 million to $36 million.

Conference Call

The Company will discuss its financial results on February 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. ET (5:00 a.m. PT). The call will be available, live, to interested parties by dialing 866-248-8441. For international callers, please dial +1 323-289-6576. The conference passcode number is 8047032. The call will be webcast live via the Company's website at http://www.emcore.com. A webcast will be available for replay beginning Thursday, February 4, 2021 following the conclusion of the call.

About EMCORE

EMCORE Corporation is a leading provider of advanced mixed-signal products that serve the aerospace & defense and broadband communications markets. Our best-in-class components and systems support a broad array of applications including navigation and inertial sensing, defense optoelectronics, broadband transport, 5G wireless infrastructure, optical sensing, and cloud data centers. We leverage industry-leading Quartz MEMS, Lithium Niobate and Indium Phosphide chip-level technology to deliver state-of-the-art component and system-level products across our end-market applications. EMCORE has vertically-integrated manufacturing capability at its wafer fabrication facility in Alhambra, CA, and Quartz MEMS manufacturing facility in Concord, CA. Our manufacturing facilities maintain ISO 9001 quality management certification, and we are AS9100 aerospace quality certified at our facility in Concord. For further information about EMCORE, please visit http://www.emcore.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company conforms to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in the preparation of its financial statements. We disclose supplemental non-GAAP earnings measures for gross profit margin, operating expenses, operating profit margin, net income, and earnings per share, as well as adjusted EBITDA.

Management believes these supplemental non-GAAP measures reflect the Company’s core ongoing operating performance and facilitates comparisons across reporting periods. The Company uses these measures when evaluating its financial results and for planning and forecasting of future periods. We believe that these supplemental non-GAAP measures are also useful to investors in assessing our operating performance. While we believe in the usefulness of these supplemental non-GAAP measures, there are limitations. Our non-GAAP measures may not be reported by other companies in our industry and/or may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in calculation. We compensate for these limitations by using these non-GAAP measures as a supplement to GAAP and by providing the reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measure.

The schedules at the end of this press release reconcile the Company’s non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. The adjustments share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and the Company does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business, they do not involve the expenditure of cash, they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course, or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of the Company’s control. For all reporting periods disclosed, the Company has applied consistent rationale, method, and adjustments in reconciling non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative to GAAP, nor are they meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures. Our disclosures of these measures should be read only in conjunction with our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as a substitute for the Company’s GAAP results.

Forward-Looking Statements

The information provided herein may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). These forward-looking statements are largely based on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the financial condition of our business. Such forward-looking statements include, in particular, projections about our future results, statements about our plans, strategies, business prospects, changes and trends in our business and the markets in which we operate.

These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of terms and phrases such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “can”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “projects”, “targets”, “will”, and similar expressions or variations of these terms and similar phrases. Additionally, statements concerning future matters such as projected financial results, the development of new products, enhancements or technologies, sales levels, expense levels and other statements regarding matters that are not historical are forward-looking statements. We caution that these forward-looking statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and are subject to business, economic, and other risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of our business or our industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including without limitation, the following: (a) the rapidly evolving markets for the Company's products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; (b) the Company's historical dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and fluctuations in the mix of products and customers in any period; (c) delays and other difficulties in commercializing new products; (d) the failure of new products: (i) to perform as expected without material defects, (ii) to be manufactured at acceptable volumes, yields, and cost, (iii) to be qualified and accepted by our customers, and (iv) to successfully compete with products offered by our competitors; (e) uncertainties concerning the availability and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components that we do not make internally; (f) actions by competitors; (g) risks and uncertainties related to applicable laws and regulations, including the impact of changes to applicable tax laws and tariff regulations; (h) acquisition-related risks, including that (i) the revenues and net operating results obtained from our acquisition of the Systron Donner Inertial ("SDI") business may not meet our expectations, (ii) the costs and cash expenditures for integration of the SDI business operations may be higher than expected, (iii) there could be losses and liabilities arising from the acquisition of SDI that we will not be able to recover from any source, and (iv) we may not realize sufficient scale in our navigation systems product line from the SDI acquisition and will need to take additional steps, including making additional acquisitions, to achieve our growth objectives for this product line; (i) risks related to our ability to obtain capital; (j) risks related to the transition of certain of our manufacturing operations from our Beijing facility to a contract manufacturer’s facility; (k) the outbreak of COVID-19 and the impact on our business and operations, which is evolving and beyond our control; and (l) other risks and uncertainties discussed under Item 1A - Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020, as updated by our subsequent periodic reports.

Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analysis made in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors that we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. While these statements represent our judgment on what the future may hold, and we believe these judgments are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and subsequent facts or circumstances may contradict, obviate, undermine, or otherwise fail to support or substantiate such statements. We caution you not to rely on these statements without also considering the risks and uncertainties associated with these statements and our business that are addressed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that are available on the SEC’s web site located at www.sec.gov, including the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Certain information included in this press release may supersede or supplement forward-looking statements in our other Exchange Act reports filed with the SEC. We do not intend to update any forward-looking statement to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

EMCORE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except for per share data)
(unaudited)

For the three months ended

December 31,

2020

2019

Revenue

$

33,426

$

25,482

Cost of revenue

20,854

18,008

Gross profit

12,572

7,474

Operating expense:

Selling, general, and administrative

5,798

5,887

Research and development

4,296

4,642

Gain on sale of assets

(29

)

(1,602

)

Total operating expense

10,065

8,927

Operating income (loss)

2,507

(1,453

)

Other income:

Interest expense, net

(49

)

(15

)

Foreign exchange gain

237

147

Total other income

188

132

Income (loss) before income tax expense

2,695

(1,321

)

Income tax expense

(126

)

(14

)

Net income (loss)

$

2,569

$

(1,335

)

Foreign exchange translation adjustment

(10

)

(36

)

Comprehensive income (loss)

$

2,559

$

(1,371

)

Per share data:

Net income (loss) per basic share

$

0.09

$

(0.05

)

Weighted-average number of basic shares outstanding

29,503

28,832

Net income (loss) per diluted share

$

0.08

$

(0.05

)

Weighted-average number of diluted shares outstanding

30,377

28,832

EMCORE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

December 31,

September 30,

2020

2020

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

31,120

$

30,390

Restricted cash

38

148

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $234 and $227, respectively

27,276

25,324

Contract assets

582

1,566

Inventory

27,855

25,525

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,283

5,589

Assets held for sale

1,661

1,568

Total current assets

92,815

90,110

Property, plant, and equipment, net

20,558

21,052

Goodwill

69

69

ROU assets

14,262

14,566

Other intangible assets, net

193

202

Other non-current assets

229

242

Total assets

$

128,126

$

126,241

LIABILITIES and SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

PPP liability - current

$

1,093

$

Accounts payable

17,158

16,484

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

9,650

11,577

ROU liability - current

979

992

Total current liabilities

28,880

29,053

PPP liability - non-current

5,395

6,488

ROU liability - non-current

13,481

13,735

Asset retirement obligations

2,041

2,022

Other long-term liabilities

794

794

Total liabilities

50,591

52,092

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders’ equity:

Common stock, no par value, 50,000 shares authorized; 36,693 shares issued and 29,783 shares
outstanding as of December 31, 2020; 36,461 shares issued and 29,551 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2020

745,188

744,361

Treasury stock at cost; 6,910 shares

(47,721

)

(47,721

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

908

918

Accumulated deficit

(620,840

)

(623,409

)

Total shareholders’ equity

77,535

74,149

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

128,126

$

126,241

EMCORE CORPORATION

Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

1Q21

4Q20

Gross Profit

$

12,572

$

12,463

Gross Margin

38

%

37

%

Adjustments:

Stock-based compensation

141

194

Asset retirement obligation (ARO) accretion

19

8

Amortization of acquired intangibles

9

9

Total adjustments

169

211

Non-GAAP Gross Profit

$

12,741

$

12,674

Non-GAAP Gross Margin

38

%

38

%


Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

1Q21

4Q20

Operating Expenses

$

10,065

$

11,850

Stock-based compensation

(762

)

(697

)

Severance and restructuring charges

(41

)

(5

)

CATV transition - gain on sale of asset

29

55

Litigation-related expenses

(1,464

)

Gain/loss due to change in ARO estimate

Gain/loss on sale of assets

Non-GAAP Operating Expenses

$

9,291

$

9,739


Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

1Q21

4Q20

Operating Profit

$

2,507

$

613

Operating Margin

8

%

2

%

Adjustments:

Stock-based compensation

903

891

Asset retirement obligation (ARO) accretion

19

8

Amortization of acquired intangibles

9

9

Severance and restructuring charges

41

5

CATV transition - gain on sale of asset

(29

)

(55

)

Litigation-related expenses

1,464

Total adjustments

943

2,322

Non-GAAP Operating Profit

3,450

2,935

Non-GAAP Operating Margin

10

%

9

%

Depreciation

996

1,108

Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,446

$

4,043

Adjusted EBITDA %

13

%

12

%


Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

1Q21

4Q20

Net Income

$

2,569

$

703

Earnings Per Share Basic

0.09

0.02

Earnings Per Share Diluted

0.08

0.02

Adjustments:

Stock-based compensation

903

891

Asset retirement obligation (ARO) accretion

19

8

Amortization of acquired intangibles

9

9

Severance and restructuring charges

41

5

CATV transition - gain on sale of asset

(29

)

(55

)

Litigation-related expenses

1,464

Foreign currency gain

(237

)

(227

)

Income tax expense

126

87

Total adjustments

832

2,182

Non-GAAP Net Income

3,401

2,885

Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Basic

0.12

0.10

Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Diluted

0.11

0.10

Interest expense, net

49

50

Depreciation

996

1,108

Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,446

$

4,043

Adjusted EBITDA %

13

%

12

%


Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

1Q21

4Q20

1Q21

4Q20

Aerospace and Defense

Broadband

Gross Profit

$

4,100

$

4,501

Gross Profit

$

8,472

$

7,962

Gross Margin

30

%

31

%

Gross Margin

43

%

42

%

Adjustments:

Adjustments:

Stock-based compensation

91

154

Stock-based compensation

50

40

Asset retirement obligation (ARO) accretion

Asset retirement obligation (ARO) accretion

19

8

Amortization of acquired intangibles

9

9

Amortization of acquired intangibles

Total adjustments

100

163

Total adjustments

69

48

Non-GAAP Gross Profit

$

4,200

$

4,664

Non-GAAP Gross Profit

$

8,541

$

8,010

Non-GAAP Gross Margin

31

%

32

%

Non-GAAP Gross Margin

43

%

42

%

Aerospace and Defense

Broadband

R&D Expenses

$

3,686

$

5,574

R&D Expenses

$

610

$

662

Stock-based compensation

(123

)

(70

)

Stock-based compensation

(80

)

(42

)

Litigation-related expenses

(1,464

)

Litigation-related expenses

Non-GAAP R&D Expenses

$

3,563

$

4,040

Non-GAAP R&D Expenses

$

530

$

620

Contact:
EMCORE Corporation
Tom Minichiello
(626) 293-3400
investor@emcore.com