- Q3 2013: Sales of USD 68.8 million; growth in three of four target markets; strong gross margin (49.4%), solid operating income margin (13.7%)
- Full-year outlook: Slightly reduced expectations for sales and operating profit of USD 285-295 million and USD 43-47 million respectively while order books are strong
- Balance sheet and cash flow: debt-free balance sheet with equity ratio of 80.7%; solid operational cash flow of USD 8.3 million
- Downloads, conference call, webcast: conference call and webcast at 09:30 a.m.; presentation slides ready for download at www.inficon.com
Bad Ragaz/Switzerland, October 22, 2013
Somewhat lower year-end expectations at higher order backlog level
INFICON Holding AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: IFCN) reports for the third quarter of 2013 net sales of USD 68.8 million. Adjusted for the vacuum valve business sold at the end of 2012 (-3.6 percent-age points) and exchange rate effects (+0.1 percentage points), sales grew organically by 1.9%, yet were overall 1.7% below the level of the same prior year. In Q3 2013, INFICON grew in all target markets except for General Vacuum Processes. In the market for Specific Vacuum Process Indus-tries, sales have not yet picked up as had been expected during the summer months. INFICON recorded in Q3 a rising order intake, yet reduces sales and operating profit expectations for the full year 2013 to USD 285-295 million and USD 43-47 million respectively.
Quarterly sales somewhat below expectations
INFICON significantly increased sales to its target market Emergency Response & Security: Mainly supported by shipments to North American customers, sales increased by 27.1% over the preceding quarter and by 5.2% over the same prior-year quarter to USD 6.1 million. Sales to the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning market rose by 3.3% compared with the second quarter 2013 and by 4.2% compared with the same quarter last year, to reach USD 12.5 million. In China, the demand for cooling and air conditioning appliances continued to recover from quarter to quarter. In addition, INFICON achieved growing sales as a global supplier to the automotive industry. Looking at the larger end markets, sales to customers in Specific Vacuum Process Industries grew by 8.9% to USD 22.0 million compared with last year. In the reporting quarter, sales for vacuum coating and OLED applications did not fully attain the expected volumes, while sales in the semiconductor business were quite solid. As a result, sales declined by 12.4% over the preceding Q2 2013. With USD 28.2 million, sales to the General Vacuum Processes market declined compared with the same prior-year quarter (-11.9%) as well as over the preceding Q2 (-2.8%), mainly reflecting weak demand in Europe.
Margins remain solid, high order backlog
During the reporting quarter, various INFICON products were qualified by customers for important future investment projects in the market for Special Vacuum Process Industries. In addition, INFICON reports a rather strong order book level for its Emergency Response & Security market, partially even reaching into the next year. With USD 68.8 million, net sales for the reporting quarter were overall below expectations. After increased expenses for research & development and slightly higher sales, general and administration cost, the gross and the operating income margins remained solid with 49.4% and 13.7% of sales, respectively (see fact sheet). The net profit of USD 6.3 million translates into a margin of 9.2% of sales after 11.7% a year ago. This equals fully diluted earnings of USD 2.71 per share after 3.65 a year ago.
Debt-free balance sheet and unchanged strong equity ratio
The balance sheet per September 30, 2013 does not contain any short- or long-term debt. With a cash flow from operations of USD 8.3 million, INFICON reports a net cash balance of USD 75.4 million. The higher order backlog also shows in the inventory level. The net working capital continues to be tightly managed as evidenced by the average of 46.5 days sales outstanding and an inventory turnover of 4.3 times, yet rose slightly to 22.6% of sales. During the first nine months, the equity ratio has risen from 79.8% at the end of 2012 to now 80.7%.
Presentation slides ready for download
Slides discussing the third quarter results in more detail are ready for download in the Investor Relations section of the INFICON website www.inficon.com at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=124424&p=irol-IRHome.
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INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software that enhance productivity and quality in sophisticated industrial vacuum processes. These analysis, measurement and control products are essential for gas leak detection in air conditioning/refrigeration, and automotive manufacturing. They are vital to equipment manufacturers and end-users in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin film coatings for optics, flat panel displays, solar cells and industrial vacuum coating applications. Other users of vacuum based processes include the life sciences, research, aerospace, packaging, heat treatment, laser cutting and many other industrial processes. We also leverage our expertise in vacuum technology to provide unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency response, security, and environmental monitoring. INFICON is headquartered in Switzerland and has world-class manufacturing facilities in Europe, the United States and China, as well as subsidiaries in China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. INFICON registered shares (IFCN) are listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit www.inficon.com.
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