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Onto Innovation Reports 2021 Third Quarter Results

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Record quarterly revenue exceeds guidance, resulting in 59% year-over-year growth

Continued revenue growth expected for the fourth quarter extending into 2022

WILMINGTON, Mass., November 04, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Onto Innovation Inc. (NYSE: ONTO) ("Onto Innovation," "Onto," or the "Company") today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2021.

2021 Third Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly revenue of $200.6 million represents 59% year-over-year growth compared to the third quarter of 2020.

  • Gross margin improved to 55% from 54% year-over-year.

  • Operating margin improved to 21% GAAP and 29% non-GAAP, in line with the Company’s $800 million long-term operating model.

  • Year-to-date cash flow from operations totaled $126.3 million, or 22% of revenue.

2021 Third Quarter Business Highlights

  • Metrology revenue from advanced logic customers increased 95% over the second quarter, driven by investments in next-generation transistor structures and expanding applications.

  • New top five IDM selected Onto Innovation’s integrated metrology platform, contributing to 50% integrated metrology revenue growth year-to-date over the same period in 2020.

  • Inspection revenue increased 21% over the prior quarter.

  • Received commitments for six additional manufacturing slots for advanced packaging lithography tool deliveries in 2022 and 2023.

  • Record software revenue grew 28% over the prior quarter driven by specialty device manufacturers.

Onto Innovation Inc.

Key Financial Data for the Quarters Ended September 25, 2021,

June 26, 2021, and September 26, 2020

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

US GAAP

September 2021

June 2021

September 2020

Revenue

$

200,589

$

193,387

$

126,492

Gross profit margin

55

%

55

%

54

%

Operating income

$

43,126

$

35,941

$

9,282

Net income

$

36,448

$

35,051

$

8,091

Net income per diluted share

$

0.73

$

0.71

$

0.16

US NON-GAAP

September 2021

June 2021

September 2020

Revenue

$

200,589

$

193,387

$

126,492

Gross profit margin

55

%

55

%

54

%

Operating income

$

58,910

$

49,652

$

23,786

Net income

$

48,733

$

45,879

$

19,602

Net income per diluted share

$

0.98

$

0.92

$

0.40

Michael Plisinski, chief executive officer for Onto Innovation commented, "The Onto team delivered another record quarter on the top line, while improving operating margins for the seventh straight quarter. New product adoption is not only supporting revenue growth but also expanding our opportunities in both our served markets and new markets, including image sensors and heterogenous packaging, as well as RF and power devices."

"With several of our advanced nodes and specialty customers announcing expansions for next year and a record backlog that is more than twice the backlog at this time last year, we are optimistic that demand for Onto Innovation’s solutions will remain strong going into 2022."

Third Quarter 2021 GAAP Financial Results

  • Third quarter revenue totaled $200.6 million, an increase of 4% compared with $193.4 million for the second quarter of 2021 and above the high-end of guidance.

  • Gross profit margin was 55% of revenue in both the third and second quarter of 2021. In the third quarter of 2020, gross margin was 54%.

  • Operating expenses totaled $66.2 million, a decrease of $3.3 million compared to $69.5 million in the second quarter of 2021. The decrease was primarily the result of lower variable compensation plan costs in the third quarter.

  • Operating income was $43.1 million, an increase of $7.2 million compared to $35.9 million in the second quarter of 2021.

  • GAAP net income was $36.4 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, and at the high end of guidance compared with $35.1 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Non-GAAP Financial Results

  • Gross profit margin was 55% of revenue in both the third and second quarter of 2021. In the third quarter of 2020, gross margin was 54%. Non-GAAP gross margin has increased in each of the last seven consecutive reported quarters.

  • Operating income was $58.9 million, an increase of $9.3 million, and represented 29% of revenue in the third quarter of 2021. This compares to an operating income of $49.7 million in the second quarter of 2021.

  • Non-GAAP net income was $48.7 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $45.9 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2021.

  • Non-GAAP results exclude merger and acquisition related expenses, restructuring costs, litigation expenses and the amortization of intangible assets as detailed in the accompanying tables.

Balance Sheet

  • As of September 25, 2021, cash and marketable securities increased to $461.6 million, an increase of $50.7 million over the prior quarter.

  • Working capital increased $58.4 million from the second quarter of 2021 and ended the quarter at $736.9 million.

  • Accounts receivable increased to $179.8 million in the third quarter mainly due to the increase in revenue and timing of shipments in the quarter. In addition, inventory increased to $222.3 million by quarter end.

Outlook

Management provided an outlook for the fourth quarter, the fiscal period ending January 1, 2022. Based on current estimates, management expects:

  • $210 million to $220 million in revenue

  • $0.75 to $0.89 in diluted GAAP EPS

  • $1.02 to $1.16 in diluted non-GAAP EPS

The guidance assumes that well-publicized supply chain issues will not materially impact our vendors’ scheduled deliveries in the quarter.

Webcast and Conference Call Details
Onto Innovation will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today, November 4, 2021, to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results in greater detail. To participate in the call, please dial (800) 823-1563 or International: +1 (334) 777-6989 and reference conference ID 6712375 at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A live webcast will also be available at www.ontoinnovation.com.

To listen to the live webcast, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. There will be a replay of the conference call available from 7:30 p.m. ET on November 4, 2021, until 7:30 p.m. ET on November 11, 2021. To access the replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 and reference conference ID 6712375 at any time during that period. A replay will also be available at www.ontoinnovation.com.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company has provided in this release non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS, which exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, certain acquisition-related expenses and benefits, litigation expenses and restructuring costs. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS can also exclude certain other gains and losses that are either isolated or cannot be expected to occur again with any predictability, tax provisions/benefits related to the previous items, and significant discrete tax events. We exclude the above items because they are outside of our normal operations and/or, in certain cases, are difficult to forecast accurately for future periods.

We utilize several different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of our business, in making operating decisions, forecasting and planning for future periods, and determining payments under compensation programs. We consider the use of the non-GAAP measures to be helpful in assessing the performance of the ongoing operation of our business. We believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, allows for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance. We also believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. More specifically, management adjusts for the excluded items for the following reasons:

Amortization of purchased intangible assets: we do not acquire businesses and assets on a predictable cycle. The amount of purchase price allocated to the purchased intangible assets and the term of amortization can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition or purchase. We believe that excluding amortization of purchased intangible assets allows the users of our financial statements to better review and understand the historic and current results of our operations, and also facilitates comparisons to peer companies.

Merger or acquisition related expenses and benefits: we incur expenses or benefits with respect to certain items associated with our mergers and acquisitions, such as transaction and integration costs, change in control payments, adjustments to the fair value of assets, etc. We exclude such expenses or benefits as they are related to acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the operation of our on-going business.

Restructuring charges: we incur restructuring and impairment charges on individual or groups of employed assets, which arise from unforeseen circumstances and/or often occur outside of the ordinary course of our on-going business. Although these events are reflected in our GAAP financials, these unique transactions may limit the comparability of our on-going operations with prior and future periods.

Significant litigation charges or benefits and legal costs: we may incur charges or benefits as well as legal costs in connection with litigation and other contingencies unrelated to our core operations. We exclude these charges or benefits, when significant, as well as legal costs associated with significant legal matters, because we do not believe they are reflective of on-going business and operating results.

Income tax expense: we estimate the tax effect of the items identified to determine a non-GAAP annual effective tax rate applied to the pretax amount in order to calculate the non-GAAP provision for income taxes. We also adjust for items for which the nature and/or tax jurisdiction requires the application of a specific tax rate or treatment.

From time to time in the future, there may be other items excluded if we believe that doing so is consistent with the goal of providing useful information to investors and management.

There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The non-GAAP financial measures are limited in value because they exclude certain items that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP in the United States. Investors should review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as provided in the tables accompanying this press release.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") which include Onto Innovation’s business momentum and future growth; the benefit to customers of Onto Innovation’s products and customer service; Onto Innovation’s ability to both deliver products and services consistent with our customers’ demands and expectations and strengthen its market position; Onto Innovation’s expectations regarding the semiconductor market outlook; Onto Innovation’s 2021 and 2022 financial outlook; as well as other matters that are not purely historical data. Onto Innovation wishes to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provided for by the Act and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Onto Innovation’s control. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the length, severity and potential business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to leverage its resources to improve its position in its core markets; its ability to manage supply chain delays and shortages; its ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and technologies; its ability to weather difficult economic environments; its ability to open new market opportunities and target high-margin markets; the strength/weakness of the back-end and/or front-end semiconductor market segments; and fluctuations in customer capital spending. Additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Onto Innovation are available in Onto Innovation’s Form 10-K report for the year ended December 26, 2020 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the forward-looking statements are based on Onto Innovation’s current expectations, the Company cannot guarantee any related future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Onto Innovation does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

About Onto Innovation
Onto Innovation is a leader in process control, combining global scale with an expanded portfolio of leading-edge technologies that include: Un-patterned wafer quality; 3D metrology spanning chip features from nanometer scale transistors to large die interconnects; macro defect inspection of wafers and packages; elemental layer composition; overlay metrology; factory analytics; and lithography for advanced semiconductor packaging. Our breadth of offerings across the entire semiconductor value chain helps our customers solve their most difficult yield, device performance, quality, and reliability issues. Onto Innovation strives to optimize customers’ critical path of progress by making them smarter, faster and more efficient. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Onto Innovation supports customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found at www.ontoinnovation.com.

Source: Onto Innovation Inc.
ONTO-I

(Financial tables follow)

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands) - (Unaudited)

September 25,

December 26,

2021

2020

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

$

461,551

$

373,722

Accounts receivable, net

179,766

149,251

Inventories

222,311

191,217

Prepaid and other assets

21,846

17,471

Total current assets

885,474

731,661

Net property, plant and equipment

85,685

87,950

Intangibles, net

606,783

624,989

Other assets

25,321

23,572

Total assets

$

1,603,263

$

1,468,172

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

93,509

$

77,258

Other current liabilities

55,108

42,833

Total current liabilities

148,617

120,091

Other non-current liabilities

81,096

83,335

Total liabilities

229,713

203,426

Stockholders’ equity

1,373,550

1,264,746

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,603,263

$

1,468,172

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts) - (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 25,

June 26,

September 26,

September 25,

September 26,

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

$

200,589

$

193,387

$

126,492

$

563,255

$

401,368

Cost of revenue

91,231

87,931

57,604

257,972

198,264

Gross profit

109,358

105,456

68,888

305,283

203,104

Operating expenses:

Research and development

23,811

25,507

19,678

71,282

62,772

Sales and marketing

12,880

15,429

11,924

41,413

36,864

General and administrative

16,548

16,255

14,358

48,362

50,421

Amortization

12,993

12,324

13,646

37,674

41,081

Total operating expenses

66,232

69,515

59,606

198,731

191,138

Operating income

43,126

35,941

9,282

106,552

11,966

Interest income, net

234

304

544

899

2,440

Other expense, net

(291

)

(289

)

(899

)

(1,824

)

(2,065

)

Income before income taxes

43,069

35,956

8,927

105,627

12,341

Provision for income taxes

6,621

905

836

10,015

1,230

Net income

$

36,448

$

35,051

$

8,091

$

95,612

$

11,111

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.74

$

0.71

$

0.17

$

1.94

$

0.23

Diluted

$

0.73

$

0.71

$

0.16

$

1.92

$

0.22

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

49,361

49,193

48,900

49,190

49,231

Diluted

49,762

49,701

49,131

49,684

49,551

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL SUMMARY

(In thousands, except percentage and per share amounts) - (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 25,

June 26,

September 26,

September 25,

September 26,

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

$

200,589

$

193,387

$

126,492

$

563,255

$

401,368

Gross profit

$

110,505

$

105,457

$

68,873

$

306,991

$

213,323

Gross margin as percentage of revenue

55

%

55

%

54

%

55

%

53

%

Operating expenses

$

51,595

$

55,805

$

45,087

$

156,555

$

142,399

Operating income

$

58,910

$

49,652

$

23,786

$

150,436

$

70,924

Operating margin as a percentage of revenue

29

%

26

%

19

%

27

%

18

%

Net income

$

48,733

$

45,879

$

19,602

$

130,951

$

60,155

Net income per diluted share

$

0.98

$

0.92

$

0.40

$

2.64

$

1.21

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP GROSS PROFIT,

OPERATING EXPENSES AND OPERATING INCOME TO NON-GAAP

GROSS PROFIT, OPERATING EXPENSES AND OPERATING INCOME

(In thousands, except percentages) - (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 25,

June 26,

September 26,

September 25,

September 26,

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

U.S. GAAP gross profit

$

109,358

$

105,456

$

68,888

$

305,283

$

203,104

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:

Merger and acquisition related expenses

13

1

(15

)

268

10,219

Restructuring expenses

1,134

1,440

Non-GAAP gross profit

$

110,505

$

105,457

$

68,873

$

306,991

$

213,323

U.S. GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue

55

%

55

%

54

%

54

%

51

%

Non-GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue

55

%

55

%

54

%

55

%

53

%

U.S. GAAP operating expenses

$

66,232

$

69,515

$

59,606

$

198,731

$

191,138

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:

Merger and acquisition related expenses

1,289

1,386

645

3,644

4,259

Restructuring expenses

228

3,399

Litigation expenses

355

858

Amortization of intangibles

12,993

12,324

13,646

37,674

41,081

Non-GAAP operating expenses

51,595

55,805

45,087

156,555

142,399

Non-GAAP operating income

$

58,910

$

49,652

$

23,786

$

150,436

$

70,924

GAAP operating margin as a percentage of revenue

21

%

19

%

7

%

19

%

3

%

Non-GAAP operating margin as a percentage of revenue

29

%

26

%

19

%

27

%

18

%

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME TO

NON-GAAP NET INCOME

(In thousands, except share and per share data) - (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 25,

June 26,

September 26,

September 25,

September 26,

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

U.S. GAAP net income

$

36,448

$

35,051

$

8,091

$

95,612

$

11,111

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:

Merger and acquisition related expenses

1,302

1,387

630

3,912

14,478

Restructuring expenses

1,134

228

1,440

3,399

Litigation expenses

355

858

Amortization of intangibles

12,993

12,324

13,646

37,674

41,081

Net tax provision adjustments

(3,499

)

(2,883

)

(2,993

)

(8,545

)

(9,914

)

Non-GAAP net income

$

48,733

$

45,879

$

19,602

$

130,951

$

60,155

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$

0.98

$

0.92

$

0.40

$

2.64

$

1.21

ONTO INNOVATION INC

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION OF FOURTH QUARTER 2021

GAAP TO NON-GAAP GUIDANCE

Low

High

Estimated GAAP net income per diluted share

$

0.75

$

0.89

Estimated non-GAAP items:

Amortization of intangibles

0.28

0.28

Merger and acquisition related expenses

0.03

0.03

Litigation expenses

0.01

0.01

Net tax provision adjustments

(0.05

)

(0.05

)

Estimated non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$

1.02

$

1.16

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Contacts

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