2018 first quarter highlights

  • Revenues of $250.6 million
  • Gross margin of 47.1%
  • GAAP EPS of $0.61 (diluted); non-GAAP EPS of $0.83 (diluted)

Second quarter 2018 revenue guidance

  • Second quarter 2018 revenue range: $250 million to $265 million

YAVNE, Israel, May 8, 2018 | ORBOTECH LTD. (NASDAQ: ORBK) (the "Company") today announced its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2018.

Throughout the early part of 2018, the Company has continued to deliver innovative solutions to its customers that will help them overcome some of the most difficult production challenges they face today. The technology leadership and momentum in Orbotech's business underscore our confidence in our ability to capitalize on the opportunities available to us for the remainder of 2018.

Separately, Orbotech is today announcing that it has received orders totaling approximately $50 million from Taipei-based Career Technology (Mfg.) Co., Ltd., a worldwide manufacturer of flexible printed circuit (FPC) PCBs for advanced electronic devices, for a range of solutions for liquid-crystal polymer (LCP) FPC production. These solutions will be implemented in Career's new FPC production lines for the manufacture of next generation LCP smartphone flexible components.  Delivery is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018 and to be completed by the end of 2018.  These significant orders further validate Orbotech's position as a technology leader in its served industries. 

Revenues for the first quarter of 2018 totaled $250.6 million, compared with $187.6 million in the first quarter of 2017, and $256.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

In the Company's Production Solutions for Electronics Industry segment:

  • Revenues from the Company's printed circuit board ("PCB") business were $87.1 million (including $53.3 million in equipment sales) in the first quarter of 2018.  This compares to PCB revenues of $77.5 million (including $49.8 million in equipment sales) in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Revenues from the Company's flat panel display ("FPD") business were $80.6 million (including $69.1 million in equipment sales) in the first quarter of 2018.  This compares to FPD revenues of $53.4 million (including $43.0 million in equipment sales) in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Revenues from the Company's semiconductor device ("SD") business were $78.6 million (including $67.2 million in equipment sales) in the first quarter of 2018.  This compares to SD revenues of $52.5 million (including $41.5 million in equipment sales) in the first quarter of 2017.

Revenues in the Company's other segments totaled $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared with $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Service revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were $58.6 million, compared with $50.9 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Gross profit and gross margin in the first quarter of 2018 were $117.9 million and 47.1%, respectively, compared with $87.1 million and 46.4%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2017.

GAAP net income and GAAP net income margin in the first quarter of 2018 were $30.3 million and 12.1%, respectively, compared with $14.9 million and 8.0%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2017.

GAAP earnings per share (diluted) for the first quarter of 2018 were $0.61, compared with $0.31 for the first quarter of 2017.

A reconciliation of each of the Company's non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measure (the "Reconciliation") is included at the end of this press release.

Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) and adjusted EBITDA margin for the first quarter of 2018 were $53.1 million and 21.2%, respectively, compared with $32.5 million and 17.3%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income margin for the first quarter of 2018 were $41.1 million and 16.4%, respectively, compared with $22.3 million and 11.9%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2017.  Non-GAAP earnings per share (diluted) for the first quarter of 2018 were $0.83, compared with $0.46 per share, for the first quarter of 2017.

As of March 31, 2018, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, short term bank deposits and marketable securities of $301.9 million, and debt of $72.6 million.  During the first quarter of 2018, the Company utilized cash for operations of $20.4 million.  As of March 31, 2018, the actual number of ordinary shares outstanding was approximately 48.5 million.

2018 Guidance

The Company expects second quarter 2018 revenue to be in the range of $250 million to $265 million based on current expectations of product mix. Other than with respect to the foregoing quarterly revenue guidance, the Company is withdrawing the financial guidance provided with respect to 2018 and beyond for all financial metrics and periods presented.

In light of the pending acquisition by KLA-Tencor Corporation, Orbotech will not provide guidance other than with respect to quarterly revenues, nor will it hold a conference call to discuss its financial results.

About Orbotech Ltd.

Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORBK) is a leading global supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. Orbotech provides cutting-edge solutions for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs), flat panel displays (FPDs), and semiconductor devices (SDs), designed to enable the production of innovative, next-generation electronic products and improve the cost effectiveness of existing and future electronics production processes. Orbotech's core business lies in enabling electronic device manufacturers to inspect and understand PCBs and FPDs and to verify their quality ('reading'); pattern the desired electronic circuitry on the relevant substrate and perform three-dimensional shaping of metalized circuits on multiple surfaces ('writing'); and utilize advanced vacuum deposition and etching processes in SD and semiconductor manufacturing ('connecting'). Orbotech refers to this 'reading', 'writing' and 'connecting' as enabling the 'Language of Electronics'.  For more information, visit www.orbotech.com and www.spts.com.

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Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements relate to, among other things, future prospects, developments and business strategies and involve certain risks and uncertainties. The words "anticipate," "believe," "could," "will," "plan," "expect" and "would" and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, have been used in this press release to identify forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are made based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting Orbotech and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to Orbotech's operations and business environment, the previously announced acquisition of Orbotech by KLA, the manner in which the parties plan to effect the transaction, including the share repurchase program, the ability to raise additional capital necessary to complete the repurchase program within the time frame expected, the expected benefits, synergies and costs of the transaction, management plans relating to the transaction, including with respect to the Company's ownership interest in Frontline, the expected timing of the completion of the transaction, the parties' ability to complete the transaction considering the various closing conditions, including conditions related to regulatory and Orbotech shareholder approvals, the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, product development, product extensions, product integration, complementary product offerings and growth opportunities in certain business areas, the potential future financial impact of the transaction, and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. 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The foregoing information should be read in connection with the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2017, and subsequent SECfilings. The Company is subject to the foregoing and other risks detailed in those reports. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release to reflect new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share detailed in the Reconciliation exclude charges, income or losses, as applicable, related to one or more of the following: (i) equity-based compensation expenses; (ii) certain items associated with acquisitions, including release of earn outs, amortization of intangible assets and acquisition costs; (iii) tax impact including tax effect of Non-GAAP adjustments and tax benefit; (iv) share in losses of equity method investee and amounts associated with non-controlling interests company; (v) release of valuation allowance and/or (vii) expenses associated with the KLA transaction that were recorded during the first quarter of 2018.

The Company uses the non-GAAP measures indicated in the Reconciliation to supplement the Company's financial results presented on a GAAP basis. These non-GAAP measures exclude equity based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets, share in losses/profits of associated companies, as well as certain financial and other expenses and items that are believed to be helpful in understanding and comparing past operating and financial performance with current results. Management uses all of the non-GAAP measures to evaluate the Company's operating and financial performance in light of business objectives and for planning purposes. These measures are not in accordance with GAAP and may differ from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. Orbotech believes that these measures enhance investors' ability to review the Company's business from the same perspective as the Company's management and facilitate comparisons with results for prior periods. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are among the primary factors management uses in planning for and forecasting future periods.  However, the non-GAAP measures presented are subject to limitations as an analytical tool because they exclude certain recurring items (such as, equity compensation, financial expense and amortization of intangible assets) as described below and in the Reconciliation.  The presentation of this additional non-GAAP information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income; net income attributable to Orbotech Ltd. or earnings per share prepared in accordance with GAAP, and should be read only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  For a quantification of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, please see the Reconciliation.

The effect of equity-based compensation expenses has been excluded from the non-GAAP measures. Although equity-based compensation is a key incentive offered to employees, and the Company believes such compensation contributed to the revenues earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the Company continues to evaluate its business performance excluding equity based compensation expenses. Equity-based compensation expenses will recur in future periods.

The effects of amortization of intangible assets have also been excluded from the measures.  This item is inconsistent in amount and frequency and is significantly affected by the timing and size of acquisitions and dispositions.  Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to future period revenues as well.  Amortization of intangible assets will recur in future periods and the Company may be required to record impairment charges in the future. The Company believes that it is useful for investors to understand the effects of these items on total operating expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA is also a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Orbotech Ltd., further adjusted, in addition to the items described above, to exclude taxes on income, financial expenses (income) – net and depreciation.  The Company presents adjusted EBITDA because it considers it to be an important supplemental measure and believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in Orbotech's industry. Adjusted EBITDA margin is a measurement of Orbotech's adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of its revenues.  Although the Company believes its presentation of adjusted EBITDA is useful, its adjusted EBITDA measure may not be comparable to similarly named measures presented by other companies.

For more information about all of the foregoing items, see the Reconciliation, the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2017, and its subsequent SEC filings.


Company Contact:

Rami Rozen
VP, Investor Relations
Orbotech Ltd
Tel: +972-8-942 3582

Tally Kaplan Porat
Director of Corporate Marketing
Orbotech Ltd
Tel: +972-8-942 3603

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