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Hutchinson Technology Reports Third Quarter Results

Net Cash as Defined by Merger Agreement Totals $50.7 Million at Quarter End

Federal Trade Commission’s Review of Pending Merger Continues

/EIN News/ -- HUTCHINSON, Minn., July 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:HTCH) (“HTI”) today reported net sales of $53.2 million for its fiscal third quarter ended June 26, 2016 compared with $54.2 million in the preceding quarter.  Suspension assembly shipments for the quarter totaled 81.0 million compared with 85.4 million in the preceding quarter.  Average selling price increased from $0.57 in the preceding quarter to $0.59, due to dual-stage actuated (DSA) suspensions increasing from 49% of the product mix in the preceding quarter to 61% in the fiscal 2016 third quarter.

Gross profit in the fiscal 2016 third quarter totaled $7.1 million, or 13.4% of net sales, compared with $5.7 million, or 10.5% of net sales, in the preceding quarter.  Rick Penn, Hutchinson Technology’s president and chief executive officer, said the increase in gross profit was primarily due to adjustments the company made to lower its operating costs.  This included shifting nearly all of its final assembly production to its Thailand assembly operation, which accounted for 98% of the fiscal 2016 third quarter’s assembly production, up from 88% in the preceding quarter.

The company’s operating loss declined from $7.2 million in the preceding quarter to $3.6 million in the fiscal 2016 third quarter due to the increase in gross profit and a reduction in the accrual of incentive compensation costs that lowered sales, general and administrative expenses.

The company reported a fiscal 2016 third quarter net loss of $6.8 million, or $0.20 per share. The net loss for the quarter included:

  • $440,000 of merger-related expenses;
  • $370,000 of non-cash interest expense; and
  • an $80,000 foreign currency loss.

Excluding these items, the company’s net loss for the fiscal 2016 third quarter was $5.9 million, or $0.18 per share.

In the preceding quarter, the company reported a net loss of $9.6 million, or $0.28 per share.  The net loss for the quarter included: $940,000 of merger-related expenses, $500,000 of severance costs and $360,000 of non-cash interest expense, partially offset by a $710,000 foreign currency gain.  Excluding these items, the company’s net loss for the fiscal 2016 second quarter was $8.5 million, or $0.25 per share.

Cash and investments at the end of the fiscal 2016 third quarter totaled $47.8 million compared with $47.9 million at the end of the preceding quarter.  Capital spending in the quarter totaled $1.1 million and is currently expected to be less than $10 million for the fiscal year.  As in the preceding quarter, there were no outstanding borrowings under the company’s revolving line of credit at the end of the fiscal 2016 third quarter.

The company’s net cash (“Net Cash”), as defined by its November 1, 2015 merger agreement with TDK Corporation (“TDK”), was $50.7 million at the end of the fiscal 2016 third quarter compared with $51.3 million at the end of the preceding quarter.  Under the terms of the merger agreement, TDK will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of HTI for base consideration of $3.62 per share, plus additional consideration of up to $0.38 per share, depending on the level of Net Cash held by HTI as of the measurement date, as defined in the merger agreement.  The full amount of additional consideration would be realized if the company’s Net Cash equals or exceeds $35 million as of the measurement date.

With regard to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) review of the pending merger, Penn said that the company and TDK are providing additional information to the FTC and are working cooperatively with the FTC to move the review forward.  The FTC has not indicated when its review may be completed.

In regards to its new business development efforts, Penn said the company continues to invest in the development of its shape memory alloy (SMA) optical image stabilization (OIS) actuator, a precision component for smartphone camera modules.  “Multiple versions of our SMA OIS actuators are currently being tested and evaluated by customers for possible incorporation into future products,” said Penn.  “This includes customer samples of new SMA OIS actuators that were developed for use with larger lenses and with front-facing cameras.”

For its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter, the company currently expects its suspension assembly shipments to decline to 70 million to 80 million as customers rebalance their suspension assembly procurement plans in anticipation of the company’s merger with TDK.  Average selling price in the fiscal fourth quarter is expected to remain flat sequentially at $0.59.  Gross profit is expected to decline on the quarter’s lower volume.  

Commenting on the outlook for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter, Penn said that in addition to working with the FTC on their continuing review of the pending merger, the company’s priorities are managing costs to adjust to the expected lower volume, aggressively managing cash and engaging in contingency planning for the potential of continued delays or impediments to the pending merger.

About Hutchinson Technology
Hutchinson Technology is a global supplier of critical precision component technologies. As a key supplier of suspension assemblies for disk drives, we help customers improve overall disk drive performance and meet the demands of an ever-expanding digital universe. Through our new business development initiatives, we focus on leveraging our unique precision manufacturing capabilities in new markets to improve product performance, reduce size, lower cost, and reduce time to market.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement contains forward-looking statements regarding demand for and shipments of the company's products, pricing, production costs, development and market adoption of OIS actuators, operating performance, capital spending, financial results and the completion of the transactions contemplated by the company’s merger agreement with TDK. The company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties. The company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of changes in market demand and market consumption of disk drives or suspension assemblies, changes in demand for our products, market acceptance of new products, the company’s ability to produce suspension assemblies at levels of precision, quality, volume and cost its customers require, changes in product mix, changes in customers yields, changes in storage capacity requirements, changes in expected data density, changes in the company’s ability to operate its assembly operation in Thailand, changes in the company’s ability to reduce costs, the company’s inability to consummate the transactions contemplated by the company’s merger agreement with TDK due to the failure to satisfy conditions to its completion and other risks to consummation of the transaction and other factors described from time to time in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                       
Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations - Unaudited
(In thousands, except per share data)
                       
      Thirteen Weeks Ended     Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
      June 26,   June 28,     June 26,   June 28,  
        2016       2015         2016       2015    
                       
                       
Net sales   $    53,196     $    54,675       $    171,283     $    189,457    
Cost of sales     46,062       49,846         146,716       166,902    
  Gross profit     7,134       4,829         24,567       22,555    
                       
Research and development expenses     5,577       5,165         17,036       18,304    
Selling, general and administrative expenses     4,724       5,726         15,836       17,559    
Merger-related expenses     444         -          4,819         -     
Severance  and site consolidation expenses       -          -            503         159    
  Loss from operations     (3,611 )     (6,062 )       (13,627 )     (13,467 )  
                       
Other income (expense), net     30       (1,004 )       1,118       (1,292 )  
Loss on extinguishment of long-term debt       -          -            -          (4,318 )  
Interest income     20       7         52       26    
Interest expense       (3,303 )       (3,086 )         (9,945 )       (10,809 )  
  Loss before income taxes     (6,864 )     (10,145 )       (22,402 )     (29,860 )  
                       
(Benefit) provision for income taxes       (17 )       15           (630 )       (98 )  
                       
  Net loss   $    (6,847 )   $    (10,160 )     $    (21,772 )   $    (29,762 )  
                       
Basic loss per share   $    (0.20 )   $    (0.30 )     $    (0.64 )   $    (0.92 )  
                       
Diluted loss per share   $    (0.20 )   $    (0.30 )     $    (0.64 )   $    (0.92 )  
                       
Weighted-average common shares outstanding   33,917       33,493         33,832       32,437    
                       
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding     33,917       33,493         33,832       32,437    
                       
                   

 

                   
Hutchinson Technology Incorporated  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - Unaudited  
(In thousands, except shares data)  
                   
            June 26,   September 27,  
              2016       2015    
ASSETS                
Current assets:              
  Cash and cash equivalents     $    47,255     $    39,454    
  Short-term investments - restricted       506       965    
  Trade receivables, net         11,664       15,860    
  Other receivables         1,486       2,707    
  Inventories         32,586       40,148    
  Other current assets         3,535       3,588    
   Total current assets         97,032       102,722    
Property, plant and equipment, net       117,280       134,509    
Other assets         3,508       4,281    
Total assets       $    217,820     $    241,512    
                   
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current liabilities:              
  Current debt, net of discount     $    86,494     $    3,000    
  Current portion of capital lease obligation     2,178       2,188    
  Accounts payable     14,818       19,877    
  Accrued compensation         8,908       9,388    
  Accrued expenses and other       7,560       4,239    
  Accrued interest         3,639       2,838    
  Total current liabilities         123,597       41,530    
Long-term debt, net of discount       37,500       122,156    
Capital lease obligation         2,793       4,220    
Other long-term liabilities         3,028       2,731    
Shareholders' equity:              
  Common stock $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares        
    authorized, 33,915,000 and 33,540,000                
    issued and outstanding       339       335    
  Additional paid-in capital         453,161       452,165    
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (3,510 )     (4,309 )  
  Accumulated loss         (399,088 )     (377,316 )  
  Total shareholders' equity         50,902       70,875    
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity     $    217,820     $    241,512    
                   

 

             
Hutchinson Technology Incorporated  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Unaudited  
(Dollars in thousands)  
             
      Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended  
      June 26,   June 28,  
        2016       2015    
Operating activities:        
  Net loss $    (21,772 )   $    (29,762 )  
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to        
  cash provided by operating activities:        
    Depreciation and amortization   21,749       24,134    
    Stock-based compensation   931       1,041    
    (Gain) loss on disposal of assets     (473 )       63    
    Non-cash interest expense   1,088       1,622    
    Loss on extinguishment of debt     -          4,318    
    Severance and site consolidation expenses     153         (27 )  
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities   13,063       9,463    
      Cash provided by operating activities   14,739       10,852    
             
Investing activities:        
  Capital expenditures   (5,684 )     (17,344 )  
  Proceeds from sale / leaseback of equipment     816         3,111    
  Change in restricted cash   (447 )     19    
  Purchases of marketable securities   (1,012 )     (965 )  
  Sales / maturities of marketable securities   1,471       965    
      Cash used for investing activities   (4,856 )     (14,214 )  
             
Financing activities:        
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock     69         60    
  Repayments of capital lease     (1,845 )       (1,749 )  
  Repayments of revolving credit line     (38,494 )       (100,389 )  
  Proceeds from revolving credit line     38,494         93,856    
  Repayments of debt     (2,250 )       (40,572 )  
  Proceeds from private placement of debt     -          37,500    
  Proceeds from term loan     -          15,000    
  Debt refinancing costs     -          (3,175 )  
      Cash used for (provided by) financing activities   (4,026 )     531    
             
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   1,944         279    
             
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   7,801       (2,552 )  
             
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   39,454       37,939    
             
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $    47,255     $    35,387    
             


                 
Hutchinson Technology Incorporated  
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures - Unaudited  
(In thousands, except per share data)  
                 
      Thirteen Weeks Ended  
      June 26,   March 27,   June 28,  
        2016       2016       2015    
                 
Net loss - GAAP     $    (6,847 )   $    (9,628 )   $    (10,160 )  
Subtract foreign currency gain         -         (713 )       -    
Add foreign currency loss         84         -         1,093    
Add non-cash interest expenses         370         364         332    
Add merger-related expenses         444         938         -    
Add site consolidation and severance expenses       -         503         -    
Net loss - Adjusted     $    (5,949 )   $    (8,536 )   $    (8,735 )  
                 
                 
Net loss per common share – GAAP:                
                 
Basic loss income per share     $    (0.20 )   $    (0.28 )   $    (0.30 )  
Diluted loss income per share     $    (0.20 )   $    (0.28 )   $    (0.30 )  
                 
Net loss per common share – Adjusted:                
                 
Basic loss per share     $    (0.18 )   $    (0.25 )   $    (0.26 )  
Diluted loss per share     $    (0.18 )   $    (0.25 )   $    (0.26 )  
                 
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding:                
                 
Basic     33,917       33,790       33,493    
Diluted     33,917       33,790       33,493    
             
             
Net loss per common share basic and diluted, is calculated by dividing net loss by weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding basic and diluted, respectively.  
     
INVESTOR CONTACT:		
                    Chuck Ives			
                    Hutchinson Technology Inc.
                    320-587-1605			
                    
                    MEDIA CONTACT:
                    Connie Pautz
                    Hutchinson Technology Inc.
                    320-587-1823

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