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Kulicke & Soffa Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

January 28, 2014 at 6:55 AM EST

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) ("Kulicke & Soffa", "K&S" or the "Company") today announced results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 28, 2013.

Quarterly Results
    Fiscal Q1 2014  

Change vs.
Fiscal Q1 2013


Change vs.
Fiscal Q4 2013

Net Revenue   $79.1 million   (30.6)%   (54.4)%
Gross Profit   $38.4 million   (25.5)%   (52.5)%
Gross Margin   48.5%   330 bps   200 bps
Loss from Operations ($2.2 million) (152.5)% (106.4)%
Operating Margin   (2.8)%   (650) bps   (2,270) bps
Net Loss ($2.0 million) (154.3)% (106.6)%
Net Margin   (2.5)%   (570) bps   (1,950) bps
EPS - Diluted   ($0.03)   (160.0)%   (107.7)%

Bruno Guilmart, Kulicke & Soffa's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We have demonstrated the ability to drive significant operational leverage at reasonable costs, in periods of strong demand and have now demonstrated the ability to lower our break-even point and minimize losses, in periods of soft demand. During the December quarter, the shift in product mix and our ability to adjust manufacturing capacity by over 50%, has enabled us to drive meaningful gross margin improvement."

First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Key Product Trends

  • Ball bonder equipment net revenue decreased 67.5% over the September quarter.
  • 81.5% of ball bonder equipment was sold as copper capable.
  • Wedge bonder equipment net revenue increased 7.3% over the September quarter.

First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenue of $79.1 million.
  • Gross margin of 48.5%.
  • Net loss was $(2.0) million or $(0.03) per share.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $557.2 million as at December 28, 2013.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Outlook

The Company expects net revenue in the second fiscal quarter of 2014 ending March 29, 2014 to be approximately $110 million to $120 million.

Looking forward, Bruno Guilmart commented, "According to Gartner and VLSI Research, 2014 and 2015 semiconductor unit growth forecasts are anticipated to significantly outpace the prior two calendar years. This positive market outlook combined with our operational model, growing balance sheet, core market strength and ongoing investments in advanced packaging allows us to look ahead with continued optimism."

Earnings Conference Call Details

A conference call to discuss these results will be held today, January 28, 2014, beginning at 8:00 am (EST). To access the conference call, interested parties may call +1-877-407-8037 or internationally +1-201-689-8037. The call will also be available by live webcast at

A replay will be available from approximately one hour after the completion of the call through February 4, 2014 by calling toll-free +1-877-660-6853 or internationally +1-201-612-7415 and using the replay ID number of 13574612. A webcast replay will also be available at

About Kulicke & Soffa

Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of semiconductor and LED assembly equipment. As a pioneer in this industry, K&S has provided customers with market leading packaging solutions for decades. In recent years, K&S has expanded its product offerings through strategic acquisitions, adding wedge bonding and a broader range of expendable tools to its core ball bonding products. Combined with its extensive expertise in process technology, K&S is well positioned to help customers meet the challenges of assembling the next-generation semiconductor and LED devices. (

Caution Concerning Results and Forward Looking Statements

In addition to historical statements, this press release contains statements relating to future events and our future results. These statements are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to our future revenue, sustained, increasing, continuing or strengthening demand for our products, the continuing transition from gold to copper wire bonding, replacement demand, our research and development efforts, our ability to identify and realize new growth opportunities and our ability to control costs. While these forward-looking statements represent our judgments and future expectations concerning our business, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from our expectations. These factors include, but are not limited to: the risk that customer orders already received may be postponed or canceled, generally without charges; the risk that anticipated customer orders may not materialize; the risk that our suppliers may not be able to meet our demands on a timely basis; the volatility in the demand for semiconductors and our products and services; a slowdown of transition from gold to copper wire bonding by our customers and the industry, volatile global economic conditions, which could result in, among other things, sharply lower demand for products containing semiconductors and for the Company's products, and disruption of capital and credit markets; the risk of failure to successfully manage our operations; acts of terrorism and violence; risks, such as changes in trade regulations, currency fluctuations, political instability and war, which may be associated with a substantial non-U.S. customer and supplier base and substantial non-U.S. manufacturing operations; and the factors listed or discussed in Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


(In thousands, except per share and employee data)


Three months ended
December 28, 2013   December 29, 2012
Net revenue:
Equipment $ 63,145 $ 99,902
Expendable Tools 15,968   14,137
Total net revenue 79,113 114,039
Cost of sales:
Equipment 34,473 56,432
Expendable Tools 6,275   6,082
Total cost of sales 40,748 62,514
Gross profit:
Equipment 28,672 43,470
Expendable Tools 9,693   8,055
Total gross profit 38,365   51,525
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 21,776 26,030
Research and development 17,471 18,253
Amortization of intangible assets 1,329 2,293
Restructuring (3 ) 744
Total operating expenses 40,573   47,320
(Loss) Income from operations:
Equipment (6,880 ) 1,745
Expendable Tools 4,672   2,460
Total (loss) income from operations (2,208 ) 4,205
Other income (expense):
Interest income 279 174
Interest expense (119 )
Interest expense: non-cash  
(Loss) Income from operations before income taxes (2,048 ) 4,379
(Benefit) Provision for income taxes (91 ) 775
Net (loss) income $ (1,957 ) $ 3,604
Net (loss) income per share:
Basic $ (0.03 ) $ 0.05
Diluted $ (0.03 ) $ 0.05
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 75,912 74,852
Diluted 75,912 76,209
Three months ended
Supplemental financial data: December 28, 2013   December 29, 2012
Depreciation and amortization $ 2,992 $ 4,802
Capital expenditures 5,429 1,616
Equity-based compensation expense:
Cost of sales 105 148
Selling, general and administrative 2,616 2,326
Research and development   675   727
Total equity-based compensation expense $ 3,396 $ 3,201
As of
December 28, 2013 December 29, 2012
Backlog of orders (1) $ 46,000 $ 71,000
Number of employees 2,173 2,609

(1) Represents customer purchase commitments. While the Company believes these orders are firm, they are generally cancellable by customers without penalty.


(In thousands)


As of
December 28, 2013   September 28, 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $ 550,598 $ 521,788
Short-term investments 6,552 3,252
Accounts and notes receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $733 and $504, respectively 113,246 162,714
Inventories, net 36,262 38,135
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 16,818 24,012
Deferred income taxes 4,474   4,487  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 727,950 754,388
Property, plant and equipment, net 52,531 47,541
Goodwill 41,546 41,546
Intangible assets 9,880 11,209
Other assets 8,293   8,310  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 840,200   $ 862,994  
Accounts payable $ 22,093 $ 37,030
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 28,352 38,868
Income taxes payable 2,006   1,504  
Financing obligation 19,788 19,396
Deferred income taxes 40,573 40,709
Other liabilities 8,927   8,822  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 121,739   146,329  
Common stock, no par value 471,388 467,525
Treasury stock, at cost (46,356 ) (46,356 )
Accumulated income 289,921 291,878
Accumulated other comprehensive income 3,508   3,618  
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 718,461   716,665  

(In thousands)


Three months ended
December 28, 2013   December 29, 2012
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 37,249 $ 58,494
Net cash used in investing activities, continuing operations (8,729 ) (4,516 )
Net cash provided by financing activities, continuing operations 258 159
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 32   (211 )
Changes in cash and cash equivalents 28,810 53,926
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 521,788   440,244  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 550,598   $ 494,170  

Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc.
Joseph Elgindy
Investor Relations & Strategic Planning
P: +1-215-784-7518
F: +1-215-784-6180

Source: Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc.

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