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EMCORE Reports Fiscal 2022 First Quarter Results

ALHAMBRA, CA, Feb. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EMCORE Corporation (Nasdaq: EMKR), a leading provider of advanced mixed-signal products that serve the aerospace and defense, communications, and sensing markets, today announced results for the fiscal 2022 first quarter ended December 31, 2021 (1Q22). Management will host a conference call to discuss financial and business results today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

For 1Q22, consolidated revenue was $42.2 million, comprised of $9.9 million from the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) segment and $32.3 million from the Broadband segment. Net income was $2.4 million and $5.3 million on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.3 million.

Please refer to the schedules at the end of this press release for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.

Consolidated Results

  Three Months Ended  
  Dec 31, 2021 Sep 30, 2021  +increase/
  1Q22 4Q21 -decrease
Revenue $42.2M $44.0M -$1.8M
Gross margin 37% 39% -2%
Operating expenses (1) $13.3M $11.6M +$1.7M
Operating margin (1) 6% 13% -7%
Net income (1) $2.4M $5.1M -$2.7M
Earnings per share diluted (1) $0.06 $0.13 -$0.07
Non-GAAP gross margin (2) 38% 39% -1%
Non-GAAP operating expenses (2) $10.6M $10.5M +0.1M
Non-GAAP operating margin (2) 13% 16% -3%
Non-GAAP net income (2) $5.3M $6.8M -$1.5M
Non-GAAP earnings per share diluted (2) $0.14 $0.17 -$0.03
Adjusted EBITDA $6.3M $7.8M -$1.5M
Ending cash and cash equivalents $76.0M $71.7M +$4.3M
(1) 1Q22 includes a $1.3 million charge for severance costs associated with the planned shutdown of manufacturing operations in Beijing, China.
(2) Please refer to the schedules at the end of this press release for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.
 

“We delivered another quarter of strong financial performance, including a non-GAAP operating margin of 13% and an increase in cash of $4.3 million. Our 1Q22 results were driven largely by the continued demand from our Broadband customers and solid execution by the EMCORE team, while our Aerospace & Defense business reflected the ongoing challenges associated with the global pandemic and supply chain disruption,” said Jeff Rittichier, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMCORE. “In A&D, EMCORE was awarded the final pre-production contract for an airborne pod IMU and expects to see that program go to production next year. We continue to experience a high level of demand for our Navigation offerings and are highly focused on meeting our growth objectives in Aerospace and Defense.”

Aerospace and Defense Segment

  Three Months Ended  
  Dec 31, 2021 Sep 30, 2021  +increase/
  1Q22 4Q21 -decrease
A&D segment revenue $9.9M $11.7M -$1.8M
A&D segment gross margin 17% 17% —%
A&D segment R&D expense (1) $4.2M $4.2M $—M
A&D segment profit (1) ($2.5M) ($2.2M) -$0.3M
Non-GAAP A&D segment gross margin (2) 18% 18% —%
Non-GAAP A&D segment R&D expense (2) $4.0M $4.0M $—M
Non-GAAP A&D segment profit ($2.3M) ($2.0M) -$0.3M
(1) Individual components may not sum to the total of reported consolidated amounts due to rounding.
(2) Please refer to the schedules at the end of this press release for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.
 

A&D’s sequential-quarter revenue decrease was due to lower sales of Quartz MEMS and Defense Optoelectronics products, partly offset by higher Fiber Optic Gyroscope (FOG) revenue. A&D segment gross margin and R&D expenses were both flat when compared to 4Q21.

Broadband Segment

  Three Months Ended  
  Dec 31, 2021 Sep 30, 2021  +increase/
  1Q22 4Q21 -decrease
Broadband segment revenue $32.3M $32.2M +$0.1M
Broadband segment gross margin 44% 47% -3%
Broadband segment R&D expense (1) $0.5M $0.7M -$0.2M
Broadband segment profit (1) $13.6M $14.4M -$0.8M
Non-GAAP Broadband segment gross margin (2) 44% 47% -3%
Non-GAAP Broadband segment R&D expense (2) $0.4M $0.6M -$0.2M
Non-GAAP Broadband segment profit $13.8M $14.6M -$0.8M
(1) Individual components may not sum to the total of reported consolidated amounts due to rounding.
(2) Please refer to the schedules at the end of this press release for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.
 

Broadband’s sequential-quarter revenue increased slightly, driven primarily by higher sales of chip level sensing products. The Broadband segment gross margin change in 1Q22 when compared to 4Q21 was due to slight changes in material costs, mix, and overhead cost absorption. R&D expenses on a sequential-quarter basis were down due to lower material usage related to Chip Devices development projects.

Business Outlook

The Company expects revenue for the fiscal 2022 second quarter ending March 31, 2022 to be in the range of $32 million to $34 million.

Conference Call

The Company will discuss its financial results on February 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT). The call will be available, live, to interested parties by dialing 888-220-8474. For international callers, please dial +1 313-209-6544. The conference passcode number is 2623785. The call will be webcast live via the Company's website at http://www.emcore.com. A webcast will be available for replay following the conclusion of the call.

About EMCORE

EMCORE Corporation is a leading provider of advanced mixed-signal products that serve the aerospace and defense, communications, and sensing markets. Our best-in-class components and systems support a broad array of applications including navigation and inertial sensing, defense optoelectronics, broadband communications, optical sensing, and specialty chips for telecom and data centers. We leverage industry-leading Quartz MEMS, Lithium Niobate, and Indium Phosphide chip-level technology to deliver state-of-the-art component and system-level products across our end-market applications. EMCORE has vertically-integrated manufacturing capability at its wafer fabrication facility in Alhambra, CA, and Quartz MEMS manufacturing facility in Concord, CA. Our manufacturing facilities maintain ISO 9001 quality management certification, and we are AS9100 aerospace quality certified at our facility in Concord. For further information about EMCORE, please visit http://www.emcore.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company conforms to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in the preparation of its financial statements. We disclose supplemental non-GAAP earnings measures for gross profit margin, operating expenses, research and development expenses, operating profit, operating profit margin, net income, and earnings per share, as well as adjusted EBITDA.

Management believes these supplemental non-GAAP measures reflect the Company’s core ongoing operating performance and facilitates comparisons across reporting periods. The Company uses these measures when evaluating its financial results and for planning and forecasting of future periods. We believe that these supplemental non-GAAP measures are also useful to investors in assessing our operating performance. While we believe in the usefulness of these supplemental non-GAAP measures, there are limitations. Our non-GAAP measures may not be reported by other companies in our industry and/or may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in calculation. We compensate for these limitations by using these non-GAAP measures as a supplement to GAAP and by providing the reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measure.

The schedules at the end of this press release reconcile the Company’s non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. The adjustments share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and the Company does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business, they do not involve the expenditure of cash, they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course, or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of the Company’s control. For all reporting periods disclosed, the Company has applied consistent rationale, method, and adjustments in reconciling non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative to GAAP, nor are they meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures. Our disclosures of these measures should be read only in conjunction with our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as a substitute for the Company’s GAAP results.

Forward-Looking Statements

The information provided herein may include 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 (“Exchange Act”). These forward-looking statements are largely based on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the financial condition of our business. Such forward-looking statements include, in particular, projections about our future results, including growth expectations in the A&D segment, production expectations regarding our contract for an airborne pod IMU, and statements about our future results of operations and financial position, plans, strategies, business prospects, changes, and trends in our business and the markets in which we operate.

These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of terms and phrases such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “can”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “projects”, “targets, “will”, and similar expressions or variations of these terms and similar phrases. Additionally, statements concerning future matters such as projected financial results, the development of new products, enhancements or technologies, sales levels, expense levels and other statements regarding matters that are not historical are forward-looking statements. We caution that these forward-looking statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and are subject to business, economic, and other risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements of our business or our industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including without limitation, the following: (a) uncertainties regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the length of time it will take for the COVID 19 pandemic to subside, and the impact of measures intended to reduce its spread on our business and operations, which is evolving and beyond our control; (b) the rapidly evolving markets for the Company's products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; (c) the Company's historical dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and fluctuations in the mix of products and customers in any period; (d) delays and other difficulties in commercializing new products; (e) the failure of new products: (i) to perform as expected without material defects, (ii) to be manufactured at acceptable volumes, yields, and cost, (iii) to be qualified and accepted by our customers, and (iv) to successfully compete with products offered by our competitors; (f) uncertainties concerning the availability and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components that we do not make internally; (g) actions by competitors; (h) risks and uncertainties related to applicable laws and regulations, including the impact of changes to applicable tax laws and tariff regulations; (i) acquisition-related risks, including that (i) the revenues and net operating results obtained from our acquisition of the Systron Donner Inertial ("SDI") business may not meet our expectations, (ii) there could be losses and liabilities arising from the acquisition of SDI that we will not be able to recover from any source, and (iii) we may not realize sufficient scale in our navigation systems product line from the SDI acquisition and will need to take additional steps, including making additional acquisitions, to achieve our growth objectives for this product line; (j) risks related to our ability to obtain capital; (k) risks related to the transition of certain of our manufacturing operations from our Beijing facility to a contract manufacturer’s facility; (l) risks and uncertainties related to manufacturing and production capacity and expansion plans related thereto; (m) risks related to the conversion of order backlog into product revenue; and (n) other risks and uncertainties discussed under Item 1A - Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, as updated by our subsequent periodic reports.

Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analysis made in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors that we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. While these statements represent our judgment on what the future may hold, and we believe these judgments are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and subsequent facts or circumstances may contradict, obviate, undermine, or otherwise fail to support or substantiate such statements. We caution you not to rely on these statements without also considering the risks and uncertainties associated with these statements and our business that are addressed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that are available on the SEC’s web site located at www.sec.gov, including the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Certain information included in this press release may supersede or supplement forward-looking statements in our other Exchange Act reports filed with the SEC. We do not intend to update any forward-looking statement to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

EMCORE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income
(in thousands, except for per share data)
(unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
    2021       2020  
Revenue $ 42,236     $ 33,426  
Cost of revenue   26,439       20,854  
Gross profit   15,797       12,572  
Operating expense:      
Selling, general, and administrative   7,187       5,757  
Research and development   4,627       4,296  
Restructuring charge   1,298       41  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets   187       (29 )
Total operating expense   13,299       10,065  
Operating income   2,498       2,507  
Other income:      
Interest expense, net   (11 )     (49 )
Foreign exchange gain   42       237  
Total other income   31       188  
Income before income tax expense   2,529       2,695  
Income tax expense   (115 )     (126 )
Net income $ 2,414     $ 2,569  
Foreign exchange translation adjustment   20       (10 )
Comprehensive income $ 2,434     $ 2,559  
Per share data      
Net income per basic share $ 0.07     $ 0.09  
Weighted-average number of basic shares outstanding   36,950       29,503  
Net income per diluted share $ 0.06     $ 0.08  
Weighted-average number of diluted shares outstanding   39,031       30,377  
               

EMCORE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

  As of
  December 31,
2021
  September 30,
2021
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 74,896     $ 71,621  
Restricted cash   1,062       61  
Accounts receivable, net of credit loss of $425 and $260, respectively   32,382       31,849  
Contract assets   238       361  
Inventory   31,283       32,309  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   7,046       6,877  
Assets held for sale   1,052       1,241  
Total current assets   147,959       144,319  
Property, plant, and equipment, net   23,219       22,544  
Goodwill   69       69  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   20,140       13,489  
Other intangible assets, net   161       167  
Other non-current assets   213       225  
Total assets $ 191,761     $ 180,813  
LIABILITIES and SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 17,033     $ 16,686  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   10,344       9,936  
Operating lease liabilities - current   941       1,198  
Total current liabilities   28,318       27,820  
Operating lease liabilities - non-current   19,628       12,684  
Asset retirement obligations   2,058       2,049  
Other long-term liabilities   794       794  
Total liabilities   50,798       43,347  
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders’ equity:      
Common stock, no par value, 50,000 shares authorized; 44,181 shares issued and 37,275 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2021; 43,890 shares issued and 36,984 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2021   783,329       782,266  
Treasury stock at cost; 6,906 shares as of December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021   (47,721 )     (47,721 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   707       687  
Accumulated deficit   (595,352 )     (597,766 )
Total shareholders’ equity   140,963       137,466  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 191,761     $ 180,813  
               

EMCORE CORPORATION
Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

  Three Months Ended
  Dec 31, 2021   Sep 30, 2021
  1Q22   4Q21
Gross profit $            15,797     $            17,057  
Gross margin   37 %     39 %
       
Adjustments:      
Stock-based compensation expense   151       204  
Asset retirement obligation accretion   9       9  
Amortization of acquired intangibles   6       9  
Total adjustments                      166                          222  
       
Non-GAAP gross profit $            15,963     $            17,279  
Non-GAAP gross margin   38 %     39 %


  Three Months Ended
  Dec 31, 2021   Sep 30, 2021
  1Q22   4Q21
Operating expense $            13,299     $            11,560  
Stock-based compensation expense   (937 )     (966 )
CATV transition - severance and restructuring charge   (1,298 )      
CATV transition - loss on sale of assets   (187 )     (76 )
Litigation-related expense   (234 )     (58 )
Non-GAAP operating expense $            10,643     $            10,460  


  Three Months Ended
  Dec 31, 2021   Sep 30, 2021
  1Q22   4Q21
Operating profit $               2,498     $               5,497  
Operating margin   6 %     13 %
       
Adjustments:      
Stock-based compensation   1,088       1,170  
Asset retirement obligation accretion   9       9  
Amortization of acquired intangibles   6       9  
CATV transition - severance and restructuring charge   1,298        
CATV transition - loss on sale of assets   187       76  
Litigation-related expenses   234       58  
Total adjustments                   2,822                       1,322  
       
Non-GAAP operating profit                   5,320                       6,819  
Non-GAAP operating margin   13 %     16 %
       
Depreciation expense   995       990  
Adjusted EBITDA $               6,315     $               7,809  
Adjusted EBITDA %   15 %     18 %
               


  Three Months Ended
  Dec 31, 2021   Sep 30, 2021
  1Q22   4Q21
Net income $              2,414     $              5,075  
Earnings per share basic $                0.07     $                0.14  
Earnings per share diluted $                0.06     $                0.13  
       
Adjustments:      
Stock-based compensation expense   1,088       1,170  
Asset retirement obligation accretion   9       9  
Amortization of acquired intangibles   6       9  
CATV transition - severance and restructuring charge   1,298        
CATV transition - loss on sale of assets   187       76  
Litigation-related expense   234       58  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss   (42 )     49  
Income tax expense   115       358  
Total adjustments                  2,895                      1,729  
       
Non-GAAP net income                  5,309                      6,804  
Non-GAAP earnings per share basic                    0.14                        0.18  
Non-GAAP earnings per share diluted                    0.14                        0.17  
       
Interest expense, net   11       15  
Depreciation expense   995       990  
Adjusted EBITDA $              6,315     $              7,809  
Adjusted EBITDA %   15 %     18 %
               


  Three Months Ended     Three Months Ended
  Dec 31, 2021   Sep 30, 2021     Dec 31, 2021   Sep 30, 2021
  1Q22   4Q21     1Q22   4Q21
Aerospace and Defense         Broadband      
Gross profit $             1,684     $             1,959     Gross profit $          14,113     $          15,098  
Gross margin   17 %     17 %   Gross margin   44 %     47 %
                 
Adjustments:         Adjustments:      
Stock-based compensation expense   86       118     Stock-based compensation expense   65       86  
Asset retirement obligation accretion             Asset retirement obligation accretion   9       9  
Amortization of acquired intangibles   6       9     Amortization of acquired intangibles          
Total adjustments                      92                        127     Total adjustments                      74                          95  
                 
Non-GAAP gross profit $             1,776     $             2,086     Non-GAAP gross profit $          14,187     $          15,193  
Non-GAAP gross margin   18 %     18 %   Non-GAAP gross margin   44 %     47 %
                 
R&D expense $ 4,162     $ 4,175     R&D expense $ 465     $ 706  
Stock-based compensation expense   (117 )     (131 )   Stock-based compensation expense   (65 )     (76 )
Non-GAAP R&D expense $             4,045     $             4,044     Non-GAAP R&D expense $                400     $                630  
                                 

Contact:
EMCORE Corporation
Tom Minichiello
(626) 293-3400
investor@emcore.com


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