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FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AXT, Inc. (NasdaqGS: AXTI), a leading material science company manufacturing single crystal compound semiconductor substrates, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Third Quarter 2019 Results
Revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $19.8 million, compared with $24.8 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $28.6 million for the third quarter of 2018.
Gross margin was 29.0 percent of revenue for the third quarter of 2019, compared with 34.3 percent of revenue in the second quarter of 2019 and 37.1 percent for the third quarter of 2018.
Operating expenses were $6.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared with $6.2 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $6.3 million for the third quarter of 2018.
Income/loss from operations for the third quarter of 2019 was a loss of $0.5 million, compared with an operating profit of $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2019 and an operating profit of $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2018.
Interest income, net for the third quarter of 2019 included interest income of $41,000, a net loss of $0.2 million from the partially owned companies in AXT’s supply chain accounted for under the equity method and a foreign exchange gain and other income totaling $0.2 million.
Income tax expense in the third quarter of 2019 was $23,000, compared with income tax expense of $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2019 and income tax expense of $0.4 million for the third quarter of 2018.
Net loss in the third quarter of 2019 was $0.9 million, or $0.02 per basic share, compared with a net income of $1.5 million or $0.04 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2019 and net income of $3.9 million or $0.10 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2018.
Management Qualitative Comments
“Q3 was a difficult quarter in a challenging market environment,” said Morris Young, chief executive officer. “But despite the near-term market softness, we are confident that the underlying technology trends fueling the applications that drive our success are intact. In the meantime, we are taking the opportunity to effectively execute our relocation, and are pleased to have met significant milestones with permitting and volume-production readiness. These will allow us to support the expected customer volume ramp over the coming quarters, as well as new business opportunities when the demand environment strengthens.”
The company will host a conference call to discuss these results today at 1:30 p.m. PT. The conference call can be accessed at (844) 892-6598 (passcode 5191303). The call will also be simulcast on the Internet at www.axt.com. Replays will be available at (855) 859-2056 (passcode 5191303) until November 5, 2019. Financial and statistical information to be discussed in the call will be available on the company's website immediately prior to commencement of the call. Additional investor information can be accessed at http://www.axt.com or by calling the company's Investor Relations Department at (510) 438-4700.
About AXT, Inc.
AXT designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance compound and single element semiconductor substrates comprising indium phosphide (InP), gallium arsenide (GaAs) and germanium (Ge) through its manufacturing facilities in Beijing, China. AXT’s worldwide headquarters are in Fremont, California where the company maintains its sales, administration and customer service functions. The company’s substrate products are used primarily in lighting display applications, wireless communications, fiber optic communications and solar cell applications. Its vertical gradient freeze (VGF) process technology for manufacturing semiconductor substrates provides significant benefits over other methods and enabled AXT to become a leading manufacturer of such substrates. AXT has manufacturing facilities in China and, as part of its supply chain strategy, has partial ownership in ten companies in China producing raw materials. For more information, see AXT’s website at http://www.axt.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
The foregoing paragraphs contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws, including, for example, statements regarding the market demand for our products, our growth prospects and opportunities for continued business expansion, our market opportunity, our relocation and our expectations with respect to our business prospects and financial results. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions that are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the company’s operations and business environment, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements contained in the foregoing discussion. These uncertainties and factors include but are not limited to: the timing and receipt of significant orders; the cancellation of orders and return of product; emerging applications using chips or devices fabricated on our substrates; end-user acceptance of products containing chips or devices fabricated on our substrates; our ability to bring new products to market; product announcements by our competitors; the ability to control costs and improve efficiency; the ability to utilize our manufacturing capacity; product yields and their impact on gross margins; the relocation of manufacturing lines; possible factory shutdowns as a result of air pollution in China; tariffs and other trade war issues; the financial performance of our partially owned supply chain companies; policies and regulations in China and other factors as set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each of these factors is difficult to predict and many are beyond the company’s control. The company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
FINANCIAL TABLES TO FOLLOW
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Cost of revenue||14,082||18,012||43,886||48,968|
|Selling, general and administrative||4,755||4,615||14,247||13,824|
|Research and development||1,482||1,668||4,227||4,588|
|Total operating expenses||6,237||6,283||18,474||18,412|
|Income (loss) from operations||(478||)||4,331||2,486||12,785|
|Interest income, net||41||133||215||414|
|Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures||(204||)||6||(1,650||)||(21||)|
|Other income (expense), net||169||87||(55||)||(179||)|
|Income (loss) before provision for income taxes||(472||)||4,557||996||12,999|
|Provision for income taxes||23||410||776||1,111|
|Net income (loss)||(495||)||4,147||220||11,888|
|Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||(403||)||(208||)||(771||)||(1,173||)|
|Net income (loss) attributable to AXT, Inc.||$||(898||)||$||3,939||$||(551||)||$||10,715|
|Net income (loss) attributable to AXT, Inc. per common
|Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited, in thousands)
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||27,837||$||16,526|
|Accounts receivable, net||17,450||19,586|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||8,249||11,728|
|Total current assets||108,723||128,540|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||89,680||82,280|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||2,981||—|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Total current liabilities||23,188||28,709|
|Noncurrent operating lease liabilities||2,744||—|
|Other long-term liabilities||324||283|
|Additional paid-in capital||236,320||234,418|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(7,240||)||(1,972||)|
|Total AXT, Inc. stockholders’ equity||186,918||190,835|
|Total stockholders’ equity||191,454||194,532|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||217,710||$||223,524|
|Chief Financial Officer|
|Green Communications Consulting, LLC|