Veeco reports second quarter 2012 financial results

Date Announced: 27 Jul 2012

Plainview, NY - Veeco Instruments Inc. VECO +2.25% announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Veeco reports its results on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") basis, and also provides results excluding certain items. Please refer to the attached table for details of the reconciliation between GAAP operating results and Non-GAAP operating results. All results presented herein are for Veeco's "Continuing Operations."

Second Quarter 2012 Results

John R. Peeler, Veeco's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Veeco continues to deliver solid results in a soft market. Second quarter revenue was $137 million, and adjusted EBITA and non-GAAP earnings per share were $20 million and $0.37, respectively, with gross margins of 45%. Veeco generated about $19 million in cash flow from operations, ending the quarter with $540 million in cash and short term investments." Second quarter LED & Solar revenues were $87 million, including $75 million in MOCVD and $12 million in MBE. Data Storage revenues were $50 million.

"As anticipated, we experienced a challenging bookings environment in Q2, with total orders of approximately $103 million," continued Mr. Peeler. "Across our markets, macro-economic concerns and weakness in TV, PC and consumer electronics sales are delaying customers' capex purchases." Veeco's LED & Solar orders totaled $77 million, with MOCVD flat sequentially at $70 million and MBE declining 50% to $7 million. Data Storage bookings remained weak at $25 million. Veeco's book-to-bill ratio was 0.75 to 1 and quarter-end backlog, after a $30 million adjustment, was $241 million.

Third Quarter 2012 Guidance & Outlook

Veeco's third quarter 2012 revenue is currently forecasted to be between $120 million and $140 million. Earnings per share are currently forecasted to be between $0.12 to $0.29 on a GAAP basis, and $0.22 to $0.38 on a non-GAAP basis. Please refer to the attached financial table for more details.

Mr. Peeler commented, "We are executing on our plan to deliver solid profitability in a down revenue year while investing for future growth. At the mid-point of the year, we are tightening our 2012 revenue guidance to between $520 and $560 million. Assuming macro-economic conditions do not worsen, we currently anticipate a gradual order recovery in the second half of 2012."

Mr. Peeler continued, "MOCVD orders appear to be bumping along the bottom and we have not yet seen a meaningful inflection in customer buying. However, utilization rates are up at key customer facilities in China, Taiwan and Korea, and we have seen a pick-up in quoting activity as customers plan future capacity expansions to ensure their position in LED lighting for 2013 and beyond. We continue to win in the market due to our low cost of ownership solutions that drive customers' yield and productivity, most recently through our new TurboDisc(R) 'M' and 'HP' product suite."

Conference Call Information

A conference call reviewing these results has been scheduled for 5:00pm ET today at 1-877-419-6594 (toll free) or 1-719-325-4768 using passcode 4807787. The call will also be webcast live on the Veeco website at www.veeco.com . A replay of the call will be available beginning at 8:00pm ET tonight through midnight on August 9, 2012 at 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820, using passcode 4807787, or on the Veeco website. Please follow along with our slide presentation also posted on the website.

About Veeco

Veeco's process equipment solutions enable the manufacture of LEDs, power electronics, hard drives, MEMS and wireless chips. We are the market leader in MOCVD, MBE, Ion Beam and other advanced thin film process technologies. Our high performance systems drive innovation in energy efficiency, consumer electronics and network storage and allow our customers to maximize productivity and achieve lower cost of ownership. For information on our company, products and worldwide service and support, please visit www.veeco.com .

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