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Advanced Energy Announces Fourth Quarter Results
  • Revenue of $153 million
  • GAAP earnings of $0.83 per diluted share
  • Non-GAAP earnings of $0.67 per diluted share
  • Ended quarter with $150 million in cash

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEIS) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. The company reported fourth quarter sales of $152.6 million compared with $142.9 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $113.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Income from continuing operations was $34.4 million or $0.83 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP basis, income from continuing operations was $27.8 million or $0.67 per diluted share. A reconciliation of non-GAAP income from continuing operations and earnings per share is provided in the tables below. Based on our current mix of profits between thin films and solar, the effective tax rate excluding restructuring was approximately 0%. The company ended the quarter with $149.7 million in cash and marketable securities, a sequential increase of $45.0 million.

"Two years into our strategic plan, we have increased our global presence, completed our restructuring, improved margins, accelerated revenues and effectively utilized our cash for acquisitions and share repurchases, all in order to return value to our shareholders," said Garry Rogerson, CEO of Advanced Energy. "Our highly efficient engine is now in place, with R&D centers throughout the world and our manufacturing centralized through Shenzhen. Entering the new year, our opportunities span applications and geographies. With a variety of new thin films products, growing demand for our revamped inverter product line and a strong pipeline of opportunities in both existing and new applications, we believe we are poised for a strong 2014."

Thin Films                                                                                                                   

Thin Films sales were $87.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 16.2% increase from $75.4 million in the third quarter of 2013 and a 64.4% increase from $53.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Growth this quarter was particularly strong as our OEM customers prepared for first quarter shipments to their customers and the company's multitude of new products continue to enable expansion into new applications.

Solar Energy                                                                                                                

Solar Energy sales were $64.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, down 4% from $67.5 million in the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 8.9% from $59.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Backlog for our new 1 megawatt inverter remained strong as the company began to ramp production in the fourth quarter to meet demand.

Income from Continuing Operations

Income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $34.4 million or $0.83 per diluted share, compared with $687,000 or $0.02 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013, and $4.9 million or $0.13 per diluted share in the same period last year. On a non-GAAP basis, net of tax and excluding the restructuring charges, income from continuing operations this quarter grew to $27.8 million or $0.67 per diluted share from $21.7 million or $0.53 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013.

Restructuring Activities

During the fourth quarter, the company recorded a pre-tax restructuring charge of $2.3 million, $405,000 of which was non-cash. The company has now completed all of its restructuring actions and expects to report future charges only as related to inorganic activity. The total charges related to the restructuring activities over the last 2 years were $53.9 million, of which $37.9 million was non-cash. These cost savings activities are expected to deliver annual savings of approximately $80 million by the end of 2014.

First Quarter 2014 Guidance                                 

The company anticipates first quarter 2014 results from continuing operations to continue our trend of significant year-over-year increases. This guidance reflects some Solar seasonality partially offset by demand for new products and the resulting impact of last quarter's strong OEM sales in Thin Films. Guidance is within the following ranges:

  • Sales of $138 million to $146 million ($112 million in Q1 2013)
  • Earnings per share of $0.36 to $0.42 ($0.17 in Q1 2013)
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.41 to $0.47 ($0.29 in Q1 2013)

Fourth Quarter 2013 Conference Call

Management will host a conference call tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss Advanced Energy's financial results. Domestic callers may access this conference call by dialing 855-232-8958. International callers may access the call by dialing 315-625-6980. Participants will need to provide conference pass code 34809200. For a replay of this teleconference, please call 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and enter pass code 34809200. The replay will be available for one week following the conference call. A webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations web page at http://ir.advanced-energy.com.

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq:AEIS) is a global leader in innovative power and control technologies for high-growth, thin-film manufacturing and solar-power generation. Advanced Energy is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, with dedicated support and service locations around the world. For more information, go to www.advanced-energy.com. 

This release includes GAAP and non-GAAP income and per share earnings data. Please note that beginning in 2013, Advanced Energy redefined its non-GAAP measures to exclude restructuring charges, acquisition –related costs, stock based compensation and amortization of intangibles and tax release items. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, similar measures calculated under generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Advanced Energy believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. Additionally, the company believes that these non-GAAP measures, in combination with its financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, provides investors with additional perspective. While some of these excluded items may be incurred and reflected in the company's GAAP financial results in the foreseeable future, the company believes that the items excluded from certain non-GAAP measures do not accurately reflect the underlying performance of its continuing operations for the period in which they are incurred. The use of non-GAAP measures has limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with its results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and these measures should only be used to evaluate the company's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Please refer to the Form 8-K regarding this release furnished today to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-Looking Statements

The company's expectations with respect to guidance to financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2014, anticipated cost savings, profitability, market performance, demand for products, future charges, positioning of the company and other statements that are not historical information are 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. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a) the effects of global macroeconomic conditions upon demand for our products; (b) the volatility and cyclicality of the industries the company serves, particularly the semiconductor industry; (c) the volatility and seasonality of renewable energy projects and solar inverter sales; (d) the acquisition of Solvix, REFUsol  and recently the Power Control Modules product line from AEG Power Solutions GmbH (the "POC Modules") (collectively, the "Acquisitions") including the successful integration of the operations of such Acquisitions,  the retention of key employees of such Acquisitions, expectations surrounding the benefits of the Acquisitions' products, the total available market and expected sales of such products, and product cost expectations surrounding the fabless manufacturing models for REFUsol and the POC Modules; (e) with regard to the renewable energy market, the continuation of feed-in-tariffs and other incentives in Europe and elsewhere for solar inverters, including the RPS (renewable portfolio standards) and the timing and availability of grant programs in North America and Europe; (f) renewable energy project delays resulting from solar panel price declines and increased competition in the solar inverter equipment market, (g) the timing of orders received from customers, (h) the company's ability to realize benefits from cost improvement efforts including avoided costs, any restructuring plans and any inorganic growth, (i) the ability to obtain materials and manufacture products; and (j) unanticipated changes to management's estimates, reserves or allowances. These and other risks are described in Advanced Energy's Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q and other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports and statements are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Copies may also be obtained from Advanced Energy's website at www.advancedenergy.com or by contacting Advanced Energy's investor relations at 970-407-6555. Forward-looking statements are made and based on information available to the company on the date of this press release. As reiterated previously, aspirational goals and targets discussed on the conference call or in the presentation materials should not be interpreted in any respect as guidance. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share data)
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2013 2012
           
SALES  $ 152,580  $ 112,971  $ 142,899  $ 547,004  $ 451,931
COST OF SALES  93,753  74,425  86,688  336,868  284,185
GROSS PROFIT  58,827  38,546  56,211  210,136  167,746
  38.6% 34.1% 39.3% 38.4% 37.1%
OPERATING EXPENSES:          
Research and development  13,216  13,895  15,105  58,314  58,076
Selling, general and administrative  21,960  15,556  22,138  84,662  69,127
Restructuring charges and asset impairments  2,305  2,039  19,884  46,395  7,473
Amortization of intangible assets  1,328  1,557  626  6,142  5,696
Total operating expenses  38,809  33,047  57,753  195,513  140,372
           
Operating income (loss)  20,018  5,499  (1,542)  14,623  27,374
           
Other income (expense), net  30  181  164  (339)  2,432
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes  20,048  5,680  (1,378)  14,284  29,806
Provision (benefit) for income taxes  (14,307)  806  (2,065)  (17,802)  9,630
INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES  34,355  4,874  687  32,086  20,176
           
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes  --  (25)  --  --  405
           
NET INCOME  $ 34,355  $ 4,849  $ 687  $ 32,086  $ 20,581
           
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding 40,284 37,955 39,878 39,597 38,879
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 41,332 38,484 40,577 40,667 39,447
           
EARNINGS PER SHARE:          
CONTINUING OPERATIONS:          
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ 0.85  $ 0.13  $ 0.02  $ 0.81  $ 0.52
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ 0.83  $ 0.13  $ 0.02  $ 0.79  $ 0.51
           
DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS          
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ --   $ (0.00)  $ --   $ --   $ 0.01
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ --   $ (0.00)  $ --   $ --   $ 0.01
           
NET INCOME:          
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ 0.85  $ 0.13  $ 0.02  $ 0.81  $ 0.53
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE  $ 0.83  $ 0.13  $ 0.02  $ 0.79  $ 0.52
           
           
           
           
ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.      
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS      
(in thousands)      
           
   December 31,   December 31,       
  2013 2012      
ASSETS  UNAUDITED         
           
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 138,125  $ 146,564      
Marketable securities  11,568  25,683      
Accounts receivable, net  125,782  83,914      
Inventories, net  109,771  81,482      
Deferred income tax assets  10,746  19,477      
Income taxes receivable  9,423  4,951      
Other current assets  10,950  9,075      
Total current assets  416,365  371,146      
           
Property and equipment, net  34,888  39,523      
           
Deposits and other  2,421  7,529      
Goodwill and intangibles, net  177,211  106,600      
Deferred income tax assets  21,488  12,444      
Total assets  $ 652,373  $ 537,242      
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $ 55,623  $ 41,044      
Other accrued expenses  53,073  44,704      
Notes payable to banks  13,661  --       
Total current liabilities  122,357  85,748      
           
Long-term liabilities  66,158  61,883      
           
Total liabilities  188,515  147,631      
           
Stockholders' equity  463,858  389,611      
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 652,373  $ 537,242      
           
           
           
ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2013 2012
SALES:          
Thin Films  $ 87,647  $ 53,322  $ 75,409  $ 296,535  $ 235,335
Solar Energy  64,933  59,649  67,490  250,469  216,596
Total Sales  $ 152,580  $ 112,971  $ 142,899  547,004  451,931
           
           
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS):          
Thin Films  $ 24,723  $ 4,691  $ 18,150  $ 64,790  $ 22,804
Solar Energy  (2,400)  3,360  192  (3,772)  14,003
Total segment operating income  22,323  8,051  18,342  61,018  36,807
           
Corporate expenses  --  (513)  --  --  (1,960)
Restructuring charges and asset impairments  (2,305)  (2,039)  (19,884)  (46,395)  (7,473)
Other income (expense), net  30  181  164  (339)  2,432
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes  $ 20,048  $ 5,680  $ (1,378)  $ 14,284  $ 29,806
           
           
           
           
ADVANCED ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
SELECTED OTHER DATA (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
           
           
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - operating expenses and income from operations, excluding certain items Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2013 2012
           
Gross Profit, as reported  $ 58,827  $ 38,546  $ 56,211  $ 210,136  $ 167,746
Operating expenses, as reported  38,809  33,047  57,753  195,513  140,372
Adjustments:          
Restructuring charges and asset impairments  (2,305)  (2,039)  (19,884)  (46,395)  (7,473)
Acquisition-related costs  --   --   --   (1,093)  -- 
Stock-based compensation  (4,432)  (2,648)  (4,106)  (13,742)  (12,720)
Amortization of intangible assets  (1,328)  (1,557)  (626)  (6,142)  (5,696)
Non-GAAP operating expenses  30,744  26,803  33,137  128,141  114,483
Non-GAAP income from operations  $ 28,083  $ 11,743  $ 23,074  $ 81,995  $ 53,263
           
           
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - income from continuing operations excluding certain items Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2013 2012
           
Income from continuing operations, net of tax, as reported  $ 34,355  $ 4,874  $ 687  $ 32,086  $ 20,176
Adjustments, net of tax          
Restructuring charges and asset impairments  (11,785)  1,367  22,441  30,235  4,775
One-time gain on sale of flow assets  --   --   --   --   (1,452)
Acquisition-related costs  --   --   --   993  -- 
Stock-based compensation  4,038  1,687  3,601  12,010  8,103
Amortization of intangible assets  1,210  992  549  5,342  3,629
Nonrecurring tax release items  --   --   (5,608)  (5,608)  -- 
Non-GAAP income from continuing operations, net of tax  $ 27,818  $ 8,920  $ 21,670  $ 75,058  $ 35,231
           
           
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - per share earnings from continuing operations excluding certain items Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2013 2012
           
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, as reported  $ 0.83  $ 0.13  $ 0.02  $ 0.79  $ 0.51
Add back:          
per share impact of Non-GAAP adjustments, net of tax  (0.16)  0.10  0.51  1.06  0.39
Non-GAAP per share earnings from continuing operations  $ 0.67  $ 0.23  $ 0.53  $ 1.85  $ 0.90
           
           
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - operating income excluding restructuring Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2013 2012
           
Operating income (loss), as reported  $ 20,018  $ 5,499  $ (1,542)  $ 14,623  $ 27,374
Adjustment:          
Restructuring charges and asset impairments  2,305  2,039  19,884  46,395  7,473
Non-GAAP operating income excluding restructuring charges  $ 22,323  $ 7,538  $ 18,342  $ 61,018  $ 34,847
           
           
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measure - income from operations and per share earnings excluding restructuring Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2013 2012
           
Net income from continuing operations, as reported  $ 34,355  $ 4,874  $ 687  $ 32,086  $ 20,176
Adjustments, net of tax:          
Restructuring charges and asset impairments  (11,785)  1,367  22,441  30,235  4,775
Non-GAAP income from continuing operations, net of tax excluding restructuring charges  $ 22,570  $ 6,241  $ 23,128  $ 62,321  $ 24,951
           
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 41,332 38,484 40,577 40,667 39,447
Non-GAAP per share earnings from continuing operations excluding restructuring charges  $ 0.55  $ 0.16  $ 0.57  $ 1.53  $ 0.63
CONTACT: Danny Herron
         Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
         970.407.6570
         danny.herron@aei.com

         Annie Leschin
         Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
         970.407.6555
         ir@aei.com
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.