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EMCORE Corporation Announces Financial Results for Fiscal First Quarter Ended December 31, 2018
[February 06, 2019]

EMCORE Corporation Announces Financial Results for Fiscal First Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

  • Consolidated Q1 revenue of $24.0 million
  • Consolidated Q1 GAAP operating loss of $5.8 million and Non-GAAP operating loss of $2.6 million
  • GAAP pre-tax EPS from continuing operations of $(0.20) and Non-GAAP pre-tax EPS from continuing operations of $(0.09)

ALHAMBRA, Calif., Feb. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), a leading provider of advanced Mixed-Signal Optics products that provide the foundation for today's high-speed communications network infrastructures and leading-edge defense systems, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2018.

Jeffrey Rittichier, EMCORE's President and CEO commented, “Revenue in our first fiscal quarter of FY19 met expectations as did the sequential improvement in gross margin.” Rittichier went on to say “Improved operational performance over the quarter helped drive margins upward, despite slightly lower volume.”

Financial Highlights - Fiscal First Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

Financial Highlights For the Three Months Ended
(in thousands) December 31,
 September 30,
 December 31,
Revenue $24,001  $25,241  $24,036 
GAAP Gross Profit $5,808  $4,428  $7,914 
Non-GAAP Gross Profit $5,933  $4,557  $8,070 
GAAP Operating loss $(5,804) $(5,616) $(812)
Non-GAAP Operating (loss) income $(2,637) $(3,518) $608 
GAAP pre-tax loss $(5,523) $(5,833) $(415)
Non-GAAP pre-tax (loss) income $(2,370) $(3,275) $719 
GAAP pre-tax EPS - per diluted share $(0.20) $(0.21) $(0.02)
Non-GAAP pre-tax EPS - per diluted share $(0.09) $(0.12) $0.03 

Financial Statement Highlights for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2019:

  • Consolidated revenue was $24.0 million, representing a 4.9% decrease from the prior quarter
  • Consolidated GAAP gross margin was 24.2%, representing an increase from 17.5% in the prior quarter
  • Consolidated Non-GAAP gross margin was 24.7%, representing an increase from 18.1% in the prior quarter
  • Consolidated GAAP operating margin was (24.2)%, representing a decrease from (22.2)% in the prior quarter
  • Consolidated Non-GAAP operating margin was (11.0)%, representing a decrease from (13.9)% in the prior quarter
  • GAAP diluted pre-tax EPS was $(0.20), representing an increase from $(0.21) in the prior quarter
  • Non-GAAP diluted pre-tax EPS was $(0.09), representing an increase from $(0.12) in the prior quarter
  • Cash and cash equivalents was $57.3 million at the end of the quarter, a decrease of $5.8 million when compared to the end of the prior quarter

Business Outlook
The Company expects revenue for the fiscal second quarter ending March 31, 2019 to be in the range of $21 to $23 million.

Conference Call
The Company will discuss its financial results on February 6, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT). The call will be available by dialing 855-719-5012. For international callers, please dial +1 334-323-0522. The conference passcode number is 8336570. The call will be webcast live via the Company's website at A webcast will be available for replay beginning Wednesday, February 6, 2019 for at least 90 days following the conclusion of the call on the Company's website.

EMCORE Corporation is a leading provider of advanced Mixed-Signal Optics products that provide the foundation for today’s high-speed communication network infrastructures and leading-edge defense systems. Our optical chips, components, subsystems and systems enable broadband and wireless providers to continually enhance their network capacity, speed and coverage to advance the free flow of information that empowers the lives of millions of people daily. The Mixed-Signal Optics technology at the heart of our broadband transmission products is shared with our fiber optic gyros and military communications links to provide the aerospace and defense markets state-of-the-art systems that keep us safe in an increasingly unpredictable world. EMCORE’s performance-leading optical components and systems serve a broad array of applications including cable television, fiber-to-the-premise networks, telecommunications, data centers, wireless infrastructure, satellite RF fiber links, navigation systems and military communications. EMCORE has fully vertically-integrated manufacturing capability through its world-class Indium Phosphide (InP) wafer fabrication facility at our headquarters in Alhambra, California and is ISO 9001 certified in Alhambra and at our facility in Beijing, China. For further information about EMCORE, visit

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We disclose non-GAAP gross profit, gross margin percentage, operating income (loss), operating margin percentage, pre-tax EPS and pre-tax income (loss) as a supplemental measure to U.S. GAAP gross profit, gross margin percentage, operating income (loss), operating margin percentage, pre-tax EPS and pre-tax income (loss) regarding our operational performance. These financial measures exclude the impact of certain items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating results; therefore, they have not been calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP pre-tax income (loss) to GAAP income (loss), which identifies the items excluded from the non-GAAP measures, are provided in the table below titled "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

We believe that these additional non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in assessing our operating performance. We also use these financial measures internally to evaluate our operating performance and for planning and forecasting of future periods. In addition, financial analysts that follow us may focus on and publish both historical results and future projections based on our non-GAAP financial measures. We also believe that it is in the best interests of our investors to provide this non-GAAP information.

While we believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors, there are limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP financial measures. Our non-GAAP financial measures may not be reported by all of our competitors and they 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 financial measures as a supplement to U.S. GAAP and by providing a reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with or an alternative for U.S. GAAP. Our non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures and our disclosures of these measures should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

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 included in our Exchange Act reports, statements about our 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 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) the rapidly evolving markets for the Company's products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; (b) 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; (c) delays and other difficulties in commercializing new products; (d) 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; (e) uncertainties concerning the availability and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components that we do not make internally; (f) actions by competitors; and (g) 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, 2018, 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, 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 assume no obligation 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.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)

  For the Three Months Ended
  December 31,
 September 30,
 December 31,
Revenue $24,001  $25,241  $24,036 
Cost of revenue 18,193  20,813  16,122 
Gross profit 5,808  4,428  7,914 
Operating expense:      
Selling, general, and administrative 7,593  5,532  4,819 
Research and development 4,019  4,372  3,800 
Loss from change in estimate on ARO obligation   145   
(Gain) loss on sale of assets   (5) 107 
Total operating expense 11,612  10,044  8,726 
Operating loss (5,804) (5,616) (812)
Other income (expense):      
Interest income, net 267  243  111 
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 14  (570) 286 
Other income   110   
Total other income (expense) 281  (217) 397 
Loss before income tax (expense) benefit (5,523) (5,833) (415)
Income tax (expense) benefit (15) (53) 333 
Net (loss) income $(5,538) $(5,886) $(82)
Per share data:      
Net loss per basic and diluted share $(0.20) $(0.21) $ 
Weighted-average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding 27,534  27,424  27,032 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

  As of
December 31,
 As of
September 30,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$57,284  $63,117 
Restricted cash11  78 
Accounts receivable, net18,362  19,275 
Inventory20,466  20,850 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets13,251  12,730 
Total current assets109,374  116,050 
Property, plant, and equipment, net19,088  18,216 
Non-current inventory1,415  1,433 
Other non-current assets, net114  199 
Total assets$129,991  $135,898 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$10,515  $12,997 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities16,008  14,205 
Total current liabilities26,523  27,202 
Asset retirement obligations1,823  1,809 
Other long-term liabilities89  82 
Total liabilities28,435  29,093 
Shareholders’ equity:   
Common stock734,341  734,066 
Treasury stock(47,721) (47,721)
Accumulated other comprehensive income899  885 
Accumulated deficit(585,963) (580,425)
Total shareholders’ equity101,556  106,805 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$129,991  $135,898 

We have provided a reconciliation of our non-GAAP pre-tax income (loss) financial measure to its most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure as indicated in the table below:

EMCORE Corporation
(in thousands, except per share data)

  For the Three Months Ended
  December 31,
 September 30,
 December 31,
US GAAP net loss $(5,538) $(5,886) $(82)
Income tax expense (benefit) 15  53  (333)
Other income   (110)  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (14) 570  (286)
Total other income & tax related adjustments 1  513  (619)
Stock based compensation expense - R&D 155  153  138 
Stock based compensation expense - SG&A 159  669  638 
Litigation and strategic planning related expenses 2,671  1,169  292 
Severance and restructuring charges 57  (162) 89 
Loss (gain) from change in estimate on ARO obligation   145   
(Gain) loss on sale of assets   (5) 107 
Total operating expense adjustments 3,042  1,969  1,264 
ARO accretion 14  16  17 
Stock based compensation expense - COGS 111  113  139 
Total COGS adjustments 125  129  156 
Non-GAAP pre-tax (loss) income $(2,370) $(3,275) $719 
GAAP EPS - per diluted share $(0.20) $(0.21) $(0.00)
Other income and tax related adjustments 0.00  0.02  (0.02)
Operating expense adjustments 0.11  0.07  0.05 
COGS adjustments 0.00  0.00  0.00 
Non-GAAP pre-tax EPS - per diluted share $(0.09) $(0.12) $0.03 
GAAP Gross Margin Percentage 24.2% 17.5% 32.9%
Non GAAP Gross Margin Percentage 24.7% 18.1% 33.6%
GAAP Operating Margin Percentage (24.2)% (22.2)% (3.4)%
Non GAAP Operating Margin Percentage (11.0)% (13.9)% 2.5%

Stock-based compensation expense
The effect of recording stock-based compensation expense was as follows:

Stock-based Compensation Expense For the Three Months Ended
(in thousands) December 31,
 September 30,
 December 31,
Cost of revenue $111  $113  $139 
Selling, general, and administrative 159  669  638 
Research and development 155  153  138 
Total stock-based compensation expense $425  $935  $915 

EMCORE Corporation
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(626) 293-3400 

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