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Onto Innovation Reports 2021 First Quarter Results
[April 29, 2021]

Onto Innovation Reports 2021 First Quarter Results


Onto Innovation Inc. (NYSE: ONTO) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2021.

2021 First Quarter Highlights

  • Quarterly revenue of $169.3 million represents 21% year over year growth compared to the first quarter of 2020 and 9% sequential quarterly growth.
  • Advanced nodes revenue increased 24% over the fourth quarter, primarily from systems supporting 5nm and 3nm logic and advanced DRAM ramps.
  • Advanced packaging demand from 5G and high-performance computing drove inspection revenue growth of 20% over the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • New metrology products providing advanced node solutions for logic, DRAM, and NAND fabs are now installed at five of the top six semiconductor IDMs and foundries.
  • New product from former Inspectrology launched into silicon carbide market, with two orders received, combining overlay metrology with Discover® Run-to-Run software to significantly reduce process variation.
  • Cash flow from operations totaled $51 million or 30% of revenue; cash and marketable securities of $392.9 million at end of quarter.




Onto Innovation Inc.

Key Financial Data for the Quarters Ended March 27, 2021,

December 26, 2020, and March 28, 2020

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

US GAAP

 

 

 

March 2021

 

 

December 2020

 

 

March 2020

 

Revenue

 

$

169,279

 

 

$

155,128

 

 

$

139,928

 

Gross profit margin

 

 

53

%

 

 

49

%

 

 

45

%

Operating income (loss)

 

$

27,485

 

 

$

14,711

 

 

$

(5,246

)

Net income (loss)

 

$

24,113

 

 

$

19,914

 

 

$

(4,404

)

Net income (loss) per diluted share

 

$

0.49

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

(0.09

)


US NON-GAAP

 

 

 

March 2021

 

 

December 2020

 

 

March 2020

 

Revenue

 

$

169,279

 

 

$

155,128

 

 

$

139,928

 

Gross profit margin

 

 

54

%

 

 

54

%

 

 

52

%

Operating income

 

$

41,874

 

 

$

37,633

 

 

$

22,932

 

Net income

 

$

36,339

 

 

$

35,555

 

 

$

19,740

 

Net income per diluted share

 

$

0.73

 

 

$

0.72

 

 

$

0.39

 

Michael Plisinski, chief executive officer for Onto Innovation commented, "The demand for our front-end and back-end products continues to increase as global pressure for a variety of the semiconductor markets we serve climbs higher. The strong demand we see in the advanced nodes was driven by greater adoption of our optical metrology solutions for 5nm and 3nm process ramps. In addition to increases in mainstay product sales, we are encouraged by the growing adoption of our new metrology suite with both tier one and smaller semiconductor manufacturers placing orders for delivery this year."

Plisinski continued, "Multiple secular drivers provided stronger than expected demand in advanced packaging. We saw expansions at foundry and OSAT customers to support high performance computing, specialty devices, particularly in 5G smartphones, and baseband RF. At the midpoint of second quarter guidance, our strengthened outlook reflects growth of 26% over the first half of 2020 and does not included any additional upside from the approval of pending license applications for companies in China."

First Quarter 2021 GAAP Financial Results

  • First quarter revenue totaled $169.3 million, an increase of 9% compared with $155.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Gross profit margin was 53% of revenue in the first quarter, compared to 49% in the fourth quarter of 2020. Fourth quarter gross margin was negatively impacted by an inventory reserve for a discontinued product line.
  • Operating expenses totaled $63.0 million, an increase of $2.4 million compared to $60.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Operating income was $27.5 million, an increase of $12.8 million compared to $14.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • GAAP net income was $24.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted share and at the high-end of guidance, compared with $19.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the 2020 fourth quarter.

First Quarter 2021 Non-GAAP Financial Results

  • Gross profit margin was 54% of revenue for both the first quarter of 2021 and the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Operating income was $41.9 million, an increase of $4.3 million and represented 25% of revenue in the first quarter of 2021. This compared to operating income of $37.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $36.3 million, or $0.73 per diluted share compared to non-GAAP net income of $35.6 million, or $0.72 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP results exclude merger-related expenses, restructuring costs, litigation expenses and the amortization of intangible assets as detailed in the accompanying tables.

Balance Sheet

  • As of March 27, 2021, cash and marketable securities increased $19.2 million in the quarter, net of $27 million for the acquisition of Inspectrology, LLC.
  • Working capital increased $16.8 million from the 2020 fourth quarter and ended the quarter at $628.4 million.
  • Accounts receivable decreased in the quarter to $141.9 million and inventory increased, ending the quarter at $200.9 million with the increase related to anticipated higher sales volume in the second quarter and systems in finished goods awaiting license approval to ship to customers in China.

Outlook

The Company is currently anticipating revenue for the second quarter of 2021 to be in the range of $173 million to $184 million. This guidance assumes that the safety protocols in place continue to limit the impact of COVID-19 on our factories and our suppliers. Within this revenue range the Company is expecting GAAP net income per diluted share to be in the range of $0.58 to $0.67 and non-GAAP net income per diluted share to be in the range of $0.76 to $0.85.

Webcast & Conference Call Details

Onto Innovation will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today, April 29, 2021, to discuss its first quarter 2021 financial results in greater detail. To participate in the call, please dial (800) 367-2403 or International: +1 (334) 777-6978 and reference conference ID 2203382 at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A live webcast will also be available at www.ontoinnovation.com.

To listen to the live webcast, please go to the website at least fifteen (15) minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. There will be a replay of the conference call available from 7:30 p.m. ET on April 29, 2021 until 7:30 p.m. ET on May 6, 2021. To access the replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 and reference conference ID 2203382 at any time during that period. A replay will also be available at www.ontoinnovation.com.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has provided in this release non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS, which exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, certain acquisition-related expenses and benefits, litigation expenses and restructuring costs. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS can also exclude certain other gains and losses that are either isolated or cannot be expected to occur again with any predictability, tax provisions/benefits related to the previous items, and significant discrete tax events. We exclude the above items because they are outside of our normal operations and/or, in certain cases, are difficult to forecast accurately for future periods.

We utilize several different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of our business, in making operating decisions, forecasting and planning for future periods, and determining payments under compensation programs. We consider the use of the non-GAAP measures to be helpful in assessing the performance of the ongoing operation of our business. We believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, allows for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance. We also believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. More specifically, management adjusts for the excluded items for the following reasons:

Amortization of purchased intangible assets: we do not acquire businesses and assets on a predictable cycle. The amount of purchase price allocated to the purchased intangible assets and the term of amortization can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition or purchase. We believe that excluding amortization of purchased intangible assets allows the users of our financial statements to better review and understand the historic and current results of our operations, and also facilitates comparisons to peer companies.

Merger or acquisition related expenses and benefits: we incur expenses or benefits with respect to certain items associated with our mergers and acquisitions, such as transaction and integration costs, change in control payments, adjustments to the fair value of assets, etc. We exclude such expenses or benefits as they are related to acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the operation of our on-going business.

Restructuring charges: we incur restructuring and impairment charges on individual or groups of employed assets, which arise from unforeseen circumstances and/or often occur outside of the ordinary course of our on-going business. Although these events are reflected in our GAAP financials, these unique transactions may limit the comparability of our on-going operations with prior and future periods.

Significant litigation charges or benefits and legal costs: we may incur charges or benefits as well as legal costs in connection with litigation and other contingencies unrelated to our core operations. We exclude these charges or benefits, when significant, as well as legal costs associated with significant legal matters, because we do not believe they are reflective of on-going business and operating results.

Income tax expense: we estimate the tax effect of the items identified to determine a non-GAAP annual effective tax rate applied to the pretax amount in order to calculate the non-GAAP provision for income taxes. We also adjust for items for which the nature and/or tax jurisdiction requires the application of a specific tax rate or treatment.

From time to time in the future, there may be other items excluded if we believe that doing so is consistent with the goal of providing useful information to investors and management.

There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The non-GAAP financial measures are limited in value because they exclude certain items that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP in the United States. Investors should review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as provided in the tables accompanying this press release.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") which include Onto Innovation's business momentum and future growth; the benefit to customers of Onto Innovation's products and customer service; Onto Innovation's ability to both deliver products and services consistent with our customers' demands and expectations and strengthen its market position; Onto Innovation's expectations regarding the semiconductor market outlook; Onto Innovation's 2021 financial outlook; as well as other matters that are not purely historical data. Onto Innovation wishes to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provided for by the Act and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Onto Innovation's control. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the length, severity and potential business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company's ability to leverage its resources to improve its position in its core markets; its ability to weather difficult economic environments; its ability to open new market opportunities and target high-margin markets; the strength/weakness of the back-end and/or front-end semiconductor market segments; fluctuations in customer capital spending and any potential impact as a result of the novel coronavirus situation. Additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Onto Innovation are available in Onto Innovation's Form 10-K report for the year ended December 26, 2020 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the forward-looking statements are based on Onto Innovation's current expectations, the Company cannot guarantee any related future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Onto Innovation does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

About Onto Innovation

Onto Innovation is a leader in process control, combining global scale with an expanded portfolio of leading-edge technologies that include: Un-patterned wafer quality; 3D metrology spanning chip features from nanometer scale transistors to large die interconnects; macro defect inspection of wafers and packages; elemental layer composition; overlay metrology; factory analytics; and lithography for advanced semiconductor packaging. Our breadth of offerings across the entire semiconductor value chain helps our customers solve their most difficult yield, device performance, quality, and reliability issues. Onto Innovation strives to optimize customers' critical path of progress by making them smarter, faster and more efficient. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Onto Innovation supports customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found at www.ontoinnovation.com.

Source: Onto Innovation Inc.

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands) - (Unaudited)

 

 

 

March 27,

2021

 

 

December 26,

2020

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

 

$

392,900

 

 

$

373,722

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

141,876

 

 

 

149,251

 

Inventories

 

 

200,896

 

 

 

191,217

 

Prepaid and other assets

 

 

19,156

 

 

 

17,471

 

Total current assets

 

 

754,828

 

 

 

731,661

 

Net property, plant and equipment

 

 

87,679

 

 

 

87,950

 

Intangibles, net

 

 

632,101

 

 

 

624,989

 

Other assets

 

 

29,111

 

 

 

23,572

 

Total assets

 

$

1,503,719

 

 

$

1,468,172

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

$

74,547

 

 

$

77,258

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

51,865

 

 

 

42,833

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

126,412

 

 

 

120,091

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

84,995

 

 

 

83,335

 

Total liabilities

 

 

211,407

 

 

 

203,426

 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

1,292,312

 

 

 

1,264,746

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$

1,503,719

 

 

$

1,468,172

 

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts) - (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 27,

 

 

December 26,

 

 

March 28,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2020

 

Revenue

 

$

169,279

 

 

$

155,128

 

 

$

139,928

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

78,810

 

 

 

79,779

 

 

 

77,297

 

Gross profit

 

 

90,469

 

 

 

75,349

 

 

 

62,631

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

 

21,964

 

 

 

21,812

 

 

 

20,927

 

Sales and marketing

 

 

13,104

 

 

 

11,272

 

 

 

13,071

 

General and administrative

 

 

15,559

 

 

 

14,889

 

 

 

20,147

 

Amortization

 

 

12,357

 

 

 

12,665

 

 

 

13,732

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

62,984

 

 

 

60,638

 

 

 

67,877

 

Operating income (loss)

 

 

27,485

 

 

 

14,711

 

 

 

(5,246

)

Interest income, net

 

 

361

 

 

 

459

 

 

 

1,210

 

Other (expense) income, net

 

 

(1,244

)

 

 

(643

)

 

 

32

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

26,602

 

 

 

14,527

 

 

 

(4,004

)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 

2,489

 

 

 

(5,387

)

 

 

400

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

24,113

 

 

$

19,914

 

 

$

(4,404

)

Earnings (loss) per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.49

 

 

$

0.41

 

 

$

(0.09

)

Diluted

 

$

0.49

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

(0.09

)

Weighted average shares

outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

49,000

 

 

 

48,931

 

 

 

50,121

 

Diluted

 

 

49,572

 

 

 

49,326

 

 

 

50,121

 

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL SUMMARY

(In thousands, except percentage and per share amounts) - (Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 27,

2021

 

December 26,

2020

 

March 28,

2020

 

Revenue

$

169,279

 

$

155,128

 

$

139,928

 

Gross profit

$

91,029

 

$

83,958

 

$

72,533

 

Gross margin as percentage of

revenue

 

54

%

 

54

%

 

52

%

Operating expenses

$

49,155

 

$

46,325

 

$

49,601

 

Operating income

$

41,874

 

$

37,633

 

$

22,932

 

Operating margin as a

percentage of revenue

 

25

%

 

24

%

 

16

%

Net income

$

36,339

 

$

35,555

 

$

19,740

 

Net income per diluted share

$

0.73

 

$

0.72

 

$

0.39

 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP GROSS PROFIT,

OPERATING EXPENSES AND OPERATING INCOME TO NON-GAAP

GROSS PROFIT, OPERATING EXPENSES AND OPERATING INCOME

(In thousands, except percentages) - (Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 27,

2021

 

December 26,

2020

 

March 28,

2020

 

U.S. GAAP gross profit

$

90,469

 

$

75,349

 

$

62,631

 

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger related expenses

 

254

 

 

505

 

 

9,902

 

Restructuring expense

 

306

 

 

8,104

 

 

-

 

Non-GAAP gross profit

$

91,029

 

$

83,958

 

$

72,533

 

U.S. GAAP gross margin as a

percentage of revenue

 

53

%

 

49

%

 

45

%

Non-GAAP gross margin as a

percentage of revenue

 

54

%

 

54

%

 

52

%

U.S. GAAP operating expenses

$

62,984

 

$

60,638

 

$

67,877

 

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger related expenses

 

969

 

 

1,647

 

 

1,936

 

Restructuring expense

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

2,608

 

Litigation expenses

 

503

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

12,357

 

 

12,666

 

 

13,732

 

Non-GAAP operating expenses

 

49,155

 

 

46,325

 

 

49,601

 

Non-GAAP operating income

$

41,874

 

$

37,633

 

$

22,932

 

GAAP operating margin as a

percentage of revenue

 

16

%

 

9

%

 

(4

%)

Non-GAAP operating margin

as a percentage of revenue

 

25

%

 

24

%

 

16

%

ONTO INNOVATION INC.

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME TO

NON-GAAP NET INCOME

(In thousands, except share and per share data) - (Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 27,

2021

 

December 26,

2020

 

March 28,

2020

 

U.S. GAAP net income (loss)

$

24,113

 

$

19,914

 

$

(4,404

)

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger related expenses

 

1,223

 

 

2,152

 

 

11,838

 

Restructuring expense

 

306

 

 

8,104

 

 

2,608

 

Litigation expense

 

503

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

12,357

 

 

12,666

 

 

13,732

 

Net tax provision adjustments

 

(2,163

)

 

(7,281

)

 

(4,034

)

Non-GAAP net income

$

36,339

 

$

35,555

 

$

19,740

 

Non-GAAP net income per

diluted share

$

0.73

 

$

0.72

 

$

0.39

 

ONTO INNOVATION INC

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - RECONCILIATION OF SECOND QUARTER 2021

GAAP TO NON-GAAP GUIDANCE

 

 

Low

 

High

 

Estimated GAAP net income per diluted share

 $

0.58

 

 

0.67

 

 

Estimated pre-tax non-GAAP items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger related expenses

 

0.02

 

 

 

0.02

 

 

Litigation expense

 

0.01

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

0.25

 

 

 

0.25

 

 

Net tax provision adjustments

 

(0.10

)

 

 

(0.10

)

 

Estimated non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$

0.76

 

 

$

0.85

 

 

 


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