Posted: February 11, 2008

Veeco Announces Fourth Quarter and 2007 Financial Results

(Nanowerk News) Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007. Veeco reports its results on a generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) basis, and also provides results excluding certain items. Investors should refer to the attached table for further details of the reconciliation of GAAP operating (loss) income to earnings excluding certain items.
Veeco will host a conference call reviewing these results at 5:00 pm ET today at 1-877-723-9521 (toll free) or 1-719-325-4825. The call will also be webcast live on the Veeco website at A replay of the call will be available beginning at 8:00 pm ET tonight through midnight on February 26, 2008 at 1-888-203-1112 (toll free) or 1-719-457-0820, using pass code 4865894, or on the Veeco website. Please also see the Veeco website for a slide presentation reviewing financial data.
Fourth Quarter 2007 Highlights
  • Revenue was $106.8 million, in line with Veeco’s guidance of $104-$112 million;
  • Bookings were $114.9 million, at the high end of Veeco’s guidance of $105-$115 million;
  • Net loss was ($9.4) million, or ($0.30) per share, compared to net income of $7.6 million, or $0.24 per share, last year. The current quarter net loss includes restructuring and other charges of $10.6 million;
  • Veeco’s earnings per share, excluding certain items, was $0.07 compared to earnings per share of $0.29 last year, ahead of Veeco’s guidance of $0.00-$0.06 per share.
  • John R. Peeler, Veeco’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “Veeco’s revenues of $106.8 million were in line with our guidance, representing a decrease of 13% compared to the prior year fourth quarter but a sequential increase of 9%. We are pleased that fourth quarter bookings, at $114.9 million, were at the high end of our guidance. We received orders of over $40 million from HB-LED/wireless and solar customers for our metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems and thermal deposition sources. Veeco’s fourth quarter data storage orders of $36 million were flat sequentially.”
    “During the fourth quarter, Veeco made significant progress on our profit improvement programs,” continued Mr. Peeler. “We completed a 7.5% reduction in force, representing an annualized savings of nearly $12 million. We are on track to consolidate corporate headquarters into our Plainview, NY site, which we anticipate will save $1.8 million annually. In addition, we have right-sized our data storage businesses, including the discontinuation of two products and consolidation of our Fremont, CA R&D center into Plainview, representing another $1.3 million of annual savings. Veeco remains committed to our data storage customers and will focus our R&D and engineering expenditures on specific products aligned to their technology needs and transition to larger wafer sizes. While we will continue to rigorously focus on cost-containment activities, we are investing in our global field sales and service organization, strengthening our management team, and aligning our R&D spending to growth opportunities in LED, solar and nanotechnology.”
    Fourth Quarter 2007 Summary
    Veeco’s revenue for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $106.8 million, compared to $123.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter 2007 operating loss was ($8.6) million, which includes the previously noted $10.6 million in restructuring and other charges, compared with operating income of $10.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. Veeco’s fourth quarter 2007 earnings before interest, taxes and amortization excluding certain charges (EBITA) was $4.1 million, compared to $14.3 million last year. Fourth quarter net loss was ($9.4) million, or ($0.30) per share, compared to net income of $7.6 million, or $0.24 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2006. Excluding $10.6 million in charges for severance, as well as asset impairment and inventory write-offs related to discontinued product lines in 2007, and excluding amortization expenses and using a 35% tax rate in both periods, fourth quarter 2007 earnings per share were $0.07 compared to $0.29 in 2006. Veeco’s fourth quarter 2007 bookings were $114.9 million compared to $109.1 million last year. Veeco recorded $16.2 million in backlog cancellations during the fourth quarter, primarily relating to certain discontinued data storage products.
    2007 Summary
    Veeco’s 2007 revenue was $402.5 million, compared to $441.0 million last year, and the Company’s 2007 operating loss was ($12.1) million compared with operating income of $22.5 million in 2006. Veeco’s 2007 EBITA was $10.8 million, compared to $39.7 million last year. 2007 net loss was ($17.4) million, or ($0.56) per share, compared to net income of $14.9 million, or $0.48 per share in 2006. Excluding certain charges and gains as well as amortization expense, and using a 35% tax rate in both periods, 2007 earnings were $0.17 per share, compared to $0.75 per share in 2006. Veeco’s 2007 bookings were $451.6 million compared to $493.8 million last year.
    The Company forecasts first quarter 2008 revenues to be in the range of $98-$105 million. Veeco’s loss per share is currently forecasted to be between ($0.19) – ($0.09) on a GAAP basis, and earnings per share are currently forecasted to be between $0.00 to $0.06 on a non-GAAP basis (excluding amortization of $2.0 million and restructuring charges of $3.6 million, using a 35% tax rate). As previously announced, the Company expects to incur restructuring charges principally related to the consolidation of its corporate headquarters in the first quarter. The range for these charges is $3.5 million to $4.0 million. ($3.6 million is the current estimate of these charges). Veeco currently expects that its first quarter 2008 bookings will be $105-$112 million.
    Mr. Peeler commented, “As we have previously stated, the first half of 2008 will start off slowly. We expect 2008 to be a recovery year for Veeco in terms of growth and profitability. While we always face unpredictability in our served markets, our 2008 goal is for revenue growth at a minimum of 10% and for operating spending to decline as a percentage of sales. While we are cautious about macro-economic issues, we are currently experiencing positive growth trends for Veeco’s MOCVD and MBE technologies in the HB-LED/wireless market, as well as early penetration in solar applications. In data storage, Veeco is well-aligned with our customers’ technology requirements, and focused on improving profitability in 2008. We also anticipate strength in the scientific research/industrial market to continue, driven by several new instrumentation products. While softness in the semiconductor market continues, our newly launched InSight™ 3DAFM offers Veeco opportunities for growth.”
    About Veeco
    Veeco Instruments Inc. manufactures Process Equipment and Metrology and Instrumentation solutions for the data storage, HB-LED, solar, wireless, semiconductor and scientific research markets. Veeco’s manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and APAC.
    To the extent that this news release discusses expectations or otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include the risks discussed in the Business Description and Management's Discussion and Analysis sections of Veeco's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and press releases. Veeco does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances after the date of such statements.
    Source: Veeco
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