Amtech Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results
Amtech Systems, Inc. ("Amtech") (NASDAQ: ASYS), a manufacturer of capital equipment, including thermal processing and wafer polishing, and related consumables used in fabricating semiconductor devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon power devices, analog and discrete devices, electronic assemblies and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), today reported results for its second quarter ended March 31, 2022.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights:
Mr. Michael Whang, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, "The strong demand for our products continued with our fifth consecutive quarter of total new orders exceeding $30 million and revenue of $28.6 million, up 44% year-over-year. While the Chinese government-mandated COVID lockdown of Shanghai is impacting our ability to produce and ship orders for our advanced packaging and SMT products in the third quarter, last week we were cleared by the government to begin reopening with limited staffing and capacity. Our customers are working with us on delivery dates, and we have not seen order cancellations due to the closure. Market demand for our products remains strong, with customers placing new orders with delivery dates extending into the second fiscal quarter of 2023. Coupled with the steadily increasing demand we are seeing in the Silicon Carbide market, we remain as excited as ever about the opportunities ahead of us."
Net revenues increased 5% sequentially and 44% from the second quarter of fiscal 2021, with the sequential increase primarily attributable to strong shipments of our advanced packaging equipment, and the increase from the prior year quarter due to higher shipments across all of our product lines. Due to the closure of our Shanghai facility on March 28, 2022, $1.2 million in net revenues shifted to a future quarter.
Gross margin increased sequentially and from the second quarter of fiscal 2021 primarily due a more favorable product mix.
Selling, General & Administrative ("SG&A") expenses decreased $0.2 million on a sequential basis primarily due to lower shipping and logistics costs, partially offset by increased employee-related expenses. SG&A increased $2.1 million compared to the prior year period due primarily to $0.6 million in higher commissions on higher sales, $0.6 million in employee-related expenses, $0.4 million in higher shipping expenses driven by higher revenues and increased shipping rates, and $0.2 million in added SG&A from our acquisition of Intersurface Dynamics in March 2021.
Research, Development and Engineering increased $0.2 million sequentially and decreased $0.1 million compared to the same prior year period.
Operating income was $2.6 million, compared to operating income of $1.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and operating income of $0.2 million in the same prior year period.
Income tax provision was $0.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to a provision of $0.2 million in the preceding quarter and $0.5 million in the same prior year period.
Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $2.0 million, or 14 cents per share. This compares to net income of $1.0 million, or 7 cents per share, for the preceding quarter and net loss of $0.2 million, or 2 cents per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2021.
On April 28, 2022, we announced that our subsidiary, BTU International, entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with a third party for the sale of BTU's headquarters in Billerica, MA. The sale price for the property is $21.5 million, $0.5 million of which was paid as a nonrefundable deposit, with the remainder due at closing. We expect to close in June, and closing is subject to the execution of a leaseback of the premises. Terms of the leaseback are expected to include a base rent of $1.5 million per year in an absolute triple net lease for a two-year term. During the two-year leaseback period, we will conduct a search and eventually relocate to another building that better suits our Billerica operations. Assuming a June closing, we expect to recognize a gain on this transaction in our fiscal third quarter ending June 30, 2022, of approximately $11 to $12 million, net of tax. Additionally, we expect a net cash inflow of approximately $15 to $16 million, after repayment of the existing mortgage and settlement of related sale expenses.
The Company's outlook reflects the anticipated impact of our Shanghai factory closure due to the China COVID policy, ongoing logistical impacts and the related delays for goods shipped to and from China. Actual results may differ materially in the weeks and months ahead. Additionally, the semiconductor equipment industries can be cyclical and inherently impacted by changes in market demand. Operating results can be significantly impacted, positively or negatively, by the timing of orders, system shipments, and the financial results of semiconductor manufacturers.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the local government's policies on COVID shutdowns, we are assuming a slow ramp to reopen our factory in Shanghai, which has represented approximately half of our revenues depending on product mix, over the past four quarters. Therefore, this outlook assumes very few shipments out of our Shanghai facility through June 30, 2022. For the third fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2022, revenues are expected to be in the range of $14 to $16 million. Gross margin for the quarter ending June 30, 2022, is expected to be in the upper 20 percent range with negative operating margin. This outlook excludes the gain that will be recognized from the building sale transaction, which is expected to close in June 2022.
A portion of Amtech's results is denominated in Renminbis, a Chinese currency. The outlook provided in this press release is based on an assumed exchange rate between the United States Dollar and the Renminbi. Changes in the value of the Renminbi in relation to the United States Dollar could cause actual results to differ from expectations.
Amtech Systems will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss our fiscal second quarter financial results. The call will be available to interested parties by dialing 1-313-209-5140. For international callers, please dial +1 800-304-0389. The confirmation code is 3278309. A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investor Relations section of Amtech's website at: https://www.amtechsystems.com/investors/events.
A replay of the webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's web site at http://www.amtechsystems.com/conference.htm shortly after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for approximately 30 calendar days.
About Amtech Systems, Inc.
Amtech Systems, Inc. is a leading, global manufacturer of capital equipment, including thermal processing and wafer polishing, and related consumables used in fabricating semiconductor devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon power devices, analog and discrete devices, electronic assemblies and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). We sell these products to semiconductor device and module manufacturers worldwide, particularly in Asia, North America and Europe. Our strategic focus is on semiconductor growth opportunities in power electronics, sensors and analog devices leveraging our strength in our core competencies in thermal and substrate processing. We are a market leader in the high-end power chip market (SiC substrates, 300mm horizontal thermal reactor, and electronic assemblies used in power, RF, and other advanced applications), developing and supplying essential equipment and consumables used in the semiconductor industry. Amtech's products are recognized under the leading brand names BTU International, Bruce Technologies™, PR Hoffman™ and Intersurface Dynamics, Inc.
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