- Reduced debt by $57.5 million with available cash balance
- Removed 5.5 million potentially dilutive shares
- Total of 14.1 million shares (18%) removed from potentially-dilutive share count since 2016
BROOKFIELD, Conn., April 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Photronics, Inc. (PLAB), a worldwide leader in photomask technologies and solutions, reported that $57.5 million in convertible debt which matured on April 1, 2019 was repaid in full.
The debt repayment eliminated 5.5 million potentially dilutive shares. When combined with the previous repayment of convertible debt in April 2016, 10.4 million potentially dilutive shares have been eliminated over the last three years. In addition, as previously reported, the company repurchased 3.7 million shares on the open market beginning in July 2018; thus, a total of 14.1 million shares, or 18% of total potentially-dilutive shares outstanding have been eliminated since 2016.
"During the last few years, we have strategically improved our balance sheet, with this debt repayment being the most recent step in that strategy,” said Peter Kirlin, chief executive officer. “All debt has been repaid, with the exception of targeted debt in China for which we expect to receive reimbursement on all interest expense. In addition, over the last three years we have significantly lowered our diluted share count, providing greater value for our equity holders. We now have greater financial flexibility as we evaluate future uses of cash, whether it be additional share repurchases or investments in organic growth to respond to customer commitments.”
Photronics is a leading worldwide manufacturer of integrated circuit (IC) and flat panel display (FPD) photomasks. High precision quartz plates that contain microscopic images of electronic circuits, photomasks are a key element in the IC and FPD manufacturing process. Founded in 1969, Photronics has been a trusted photomask supplier for 50 years. Today, the company employs 1,575 across 11 strategically located manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Additional information on the Company can be accessed at www.photronics.com.
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