Amkor Technology Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016

Full Year 2016 Highlights:

  • Record sales $3.9 billion
  • Gross margin 17.9%
  • Net income $164 million, earnings per diluted share $0.69, EBITDA $852 million, net cash provided by operating activities $729 million and free cash flow $140 million
  • Successful consolidation of J-Devices
  • Notable second-half strength in mobile communications across multiple tiers
  • Solid sales growth in automotive, Greater China and advanced SiP

TEMPE, Ariz.--()--Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMKR), a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

“Although the smartphone market is going through a seasonal slowdown, demand in other markets is healthy.”

“Fourth quarter revenues were up $350 million year-over-year. For the full year, revenues were up $1 billion,” said Steve Kelley, Amkor’s president and chief executive officer. “The consolidation of J-Devices and the success of our automotive, Greater China and advanced SiP initiatives fueled the growth in revenue, which in turn drove significantly improved profitability and cash flow.”

                   
Results**     Q4 2016     Q3 2016     Q4 2015     2016     2015
($ in millions, except per share amounts)
Net sales $1,022 $1,086 $671 $3,894 $2,885
Gross margin 22.2% 19.7% 15.3% 17.9% 16.6%
Net income (loss) $100 $60 $(11) $164 $51
Earnings per diluted share $0.42 $0.25 $(0.04) $0.69 $0.22
EBITDA* $280 $248 $130 $852 $659

Net cash provided by operating activities

$238 $219 $154 $729 $585
Free cash flow* $117 $106 $(29) $140 $54
 

*EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures. The reconciliations to the comparable GAAP measures are included below under “Selected Operating Data.”

**In December 2015, Amkor increased its ownership in J-Devices Corporation from 66% to 100%. The operating results of J-Devices were consolidated beginning in 2016.

“Fourth quarter EPS was above the high end of our guidance,” said Megan Faust, Amkor’s corporate vice president and chief financial officer. “As expected, we received approximately $26 million of insurance proceeds related to the second quarter 2016 Japan earthquakes which contributed 250 basis points to gross margin and $0.08 (net of tax) to earnings per diluted share. With the receipt of these payments, the impact of the Japan earthquakes on our full year 2016 results was minimal.”

Cash and cash equivalents were $550 million, and total debt was $1.5 billion, at December 31, 2016.

Business Outlook

“We expect first quarter 2017 revenues to be around $900 million, up 4% year-on-year and down 12% sequentially,” said Kelley. “Although the smartphone market is going through a seasonal slowdown, demand in other markets is healthy.”

First quarter 2017 outlook:

  • Net sales of $860 million to $940 million, down 8% to 16% from the prior quarter
  • Gross margin of 13% to 17%
  • Net loss of $27 million to net income of $12 million, or ($0.11) to $0.05 per diluted share
  • Full year 2017 capital expenditures of around $500 million

Conference Call Information

Amkor will conduct a conference call on Monday, February 13, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This call may include material information not included in this press release. This call is being webcast and can be accessed at Amkor's website: www.amkor.com. You may also access the call by dialing 1-877-645-6380 or 1-404-991-3911. A replay of the call will be made available at Amkor's website or by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 (conference ID 60757036). The webcast is also being distributed over NASDAQ OMX's investor distribution network to both institutional and individual investors. Institutional investors can access the call via NASDAQ OMX's password-protected event management site, Street Events (www.streetevents.com).

About Amkor

Amkor Technology, Inc. is one of the world’s largest providers of outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services. Founded in 1968, Amkor pioneered the outsourcing of IC packaging and test, and is now a strategic manufacturing partner for more than 250 of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, foundries and electronics OEMs. Amkor’s operational base includes 10 million square feet of floor space with production facilities, product development centers and sales and support offices located in key electronics manufacturing regions in Asia, Europe and the USA. For more information visit www.amkor.com.

 
AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Selected Operating Data
         
Q4 2016 Q3 2016 Q4 2015 2016 2015
Net Sales Data:
Net sales (in millions):
Advanced products* $ 451 $ 480 $ 333 $ 1,680 $ 1,433
Mainstream products**   571     606     338     2,214     1,452  
Total net sales $ 1,022   $ 1,086   $ 671   $ 3,894   $ 2,885  
 
Packaging services 83 % 82 % 85 % 82 % 85 %
Test services 17 % 18 % 15 % 18 % 15 %
 
Net sales from top ten customers 66 % 68 % 64 % 67 % 63 %
 
End Market Distribution Data (an approximation including representative devices and applications based on a sampling of our largest customers):
Communications (smart phones, tablets, handheld devices, wireless LAN) 45 % 47 % 54 % 44 % 55 %
Automotive, industrial and other (infotainment, safety, performance, comfort) 25 % 24 % 15 % 25 % 14 %
Consumer (television, set top boxes, gaming, portable media, digital cameras) 14 % 14 % 12 % 14 % 12 %
Networking (servers, routers, switches) 9 % 9 % 11 % 10 % 11 %
Computing (PCs, hard disk drive, printers, peripherals, servers)   7 %   6 %   8 %   7 %   8 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Gross Margin Data:
Net sales 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Cost of sales:
Materials 36.6 % 37.2 % 35.8 % 37.2 % 36.6 %
Labor 14.5 % 14.6 % 15.8 % 15.3 % 15.1 %
Other manufacturing***   26.7 %   28.5 %   33.1 %   29.6 %   31.7 %
Gross margin   22.2 %   19.7 %   15.3 %   17.9 %   16.6 %
 
*Advanced products include flip chip and wafer-level processing and related test services
**Mainstream products include wirebond packaging and related test services

***Fourth quarter and full year 2016 results include approximately $26 million of insurance proceeds related to the second quarter 2016 Japan earthquakes

 
 

AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.

Selected Operating Data

 

In the press release above we provide EBITDA, which is not defined by U.S. GAAP. We define EBITDA as net income before interest expense, income tax expense and depreciation and amortization. We believe EBITDA to be relevant and useful information to our investors because it provides additional information in assessing our financial operating results. Our management uses EBITDA in evaluating our operating performance, our ability to service debt and our ability to fund capital expenditures. However, EBITDA has certain limitations in that it does not reflect the impact of certain expenses on our consolidated statements of income, including interest expense, which is a necessary element of our costs because we have borrowed money in order to finance our operations, income tax expense, which is a necessary element of our costs because taxes are imposed by law, and depreciation and amortization, which is a necessary element of our costs because we use capital assets to generate income. EBITDA should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, operating income, net income or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Furthermore our definition of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Below is our reconciliation of EBITDA to U.S. GAAP net income.

         
Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation:
Q4 2016 Q3 2016 Q4 2015

  2016  

  2015  

(in millions)
EBITDA Data:
Net income attributable to Amkor $ 100 $ 60 $ (11 ) $ 164 $ 51
Plus: Interest expense 22 23 18 85 86
Plus: Income tax expense 19 24 1 48 28
Plus: Depreciation & amortization   139   141   122     555   494
EBITDA $ 280 $ 248 $ 130   $ 852 $ 659
 

In the press release above we refer to free cash flow, which is not defined by U.S. GAAP. We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less payments for property, plant and equipment, plus proceeds from the sale of and insurance recovery for property, plant and equipment. We believe free cash flow to be relevant and useful information to our investors because it provides them with additional information in assessing our liquidity, capital resources and financial operating results. Our management uses free cash flow in evaluating our liquidity, our ability to service debt and our ability to fund capital expenditures. However, free cash flow has certain limitations, including that it does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures since other, non-discretionary expenditures, such as mandatory debt service, are not deducted from the measure. The amount of mandatory versus discretionary expenditures can vary significantly between periods. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, other measures of liquidity or financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, such as net cash provided by operating activities. Furthermore, our definition of free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Below is our reconciliation of free cash flow to U.S. GAAP net cash provided by operating activities.

         
Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation:
Q4 2016 Q3 2016 Q4 2015

  2016  

  2015  

(in millions)
Free Cash Flow Data:
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 238 $ 219 $ 154 $ 729 $ 585
Less: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (168 ) (126 ) (185 ) (650 ) (538 )
Plus: Proceeds from sale of and insurance recovery for property, plant and equipment   47     13     2     61     7  
Free cash flow $ 117   $ 106   $ (29 ) $ 140   $ 54  
 
 
AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
   
For the Three Months Ended For the Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2016   2015 2016   2015
(In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales $ 1,021,613 $ 670,644 $ 3,893,635 $ 2,884,603
Cost of sales   794,426     568,024     3,198,158     2,405,338  
Gross profit   227,187     102,620     695,477     479,265  
Selling, general and administrative 67,437 58,800 284,331 232,409
Research and development   33,061     22,898     117,206     82,017  
Total operating expenses   100,498     81,698     401,537     314,426  
Operating income   126,689     20,922     293,940     164,839  
Interest expense 21,172 17,090 79,668 81,407
Interest expense, related party 1,242 1,242 4,969 4,969
Other (income) expense, net   (15,461 )   15,335     (5,854 )   10,551  
Total other expense, net   6,953     33,667     78,783     96,927  
Income (loss) before taxes and equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate 119,736 (12,745 ) 215,157 67,912
Income tax expense   18,534     837     47,853     28,035  
Income (loss) before equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate 101,202 (13,582 ) 167,304 39,877
Equity in earnings of J-Devices       3,429         14,016  
Net income (loss) 101,202 (10,153 ) 167,304 53,893
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (939 )   (409 )   (3,114 )   (2,795 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Amkor $ 100,263   $ (10,562 ) $ 164,190   $ 51,098  
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Amkor per common share:
Basic $ 0.42   $ (0.04 ) $ 0.69   $ 0.22  
Diluted $ 0.42   $ (0.04 ) $ 0.69   $ 0.22  
Shares used in computing per common share amounts:
Basic 238,190 236,961 237,416 236,850
Diluted 239,187 236,961 238,034 237,170
 
 
AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
 
December 31,
2016   2015
(In thousands)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 549,518 $ 523,172
Restricted cash 2,000 2,000
Accounts receivable, net of allowances 563,107 526,143
Inventories 267,990 238,205
Other current assets   27,081     27,960  
Total current assets 1,409,696 1,317,480
Property, plant and equipment, net 2,564,648 2,579,017
Goodwill 24,122 23,409
Restricted cash 3,977 2,176
Other assets   89,643     104,346  
Total assets $ 4,092,086   $ 4,026,428  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt $ 35,192 $ 76,770
Trade accounts payable 487,430 434,222
Capital expenditures payable 144,370 242,980
Accrued expenses   338,669     264,212  
Total current liabilities 1,005,661 1,018,184
Long-term debt 1,364,638 1,435,269
Long-term debt, related party 75,000 75,000
Pension and severance obligations 166,701 167,197
Other non-current liabilities   76,682     113,242  
Total liabilities   2,688,682     2,808,892  
 
Amkor stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock
Common stock 284 283
Additional paid-in capital 1,895,089 1,883,592
Accumulated deficit (303,557 ) (467,747 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 6,262 (2,084 )
Treasury stock   (214,490 )   (213,758 )
Total Amkor stockholders’ equity 1,383,588 1,200,286
Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries   19,816     17,250  
Total equity   1,403,404     1,217,536  
Total liabilities and equity $ 4,092,086   $ 4,026,428  
 
 
AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
For the Year Ended
December 31,
2016   2015
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 167,304 $ 53,893
Depreciation and amortization 555,186 494,200
Loss on debt retirement 9,560
Loss from acquisition of J-Devices 13,501
Proceeds from insurance recovery for property, plant and equipment (15,166 )
Other operating activities and non-cash items 7,156 (3,992 )
Changes in assets and liabilities   14,922     17,813  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   729,402     584,975  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Payments for property, plant and equipment (650,038 ) (537,975 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 45,635 6,945
Proceeds from insurance recovery for property, plant and equipment 15,166
Cash received from business acquisition of J-Devices, net 22,577
Disposition of business to J-Devices, net of cash transferred 8,355
Investment in J-Devices (12,908 )
Other investing activities   (190 )   (1,984 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (589,427 )   (514,990 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings under revolving credit facilities 115,000 290,000
Payments under revolving credit facilities (155,000 ) (150,000 )
Borrowings under short-term debt 49,131
Payments of short-term debt (49,500 )
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 56,000 400,000
Payments of long-term debt (132,078 ) (530,000 )
Payments for debt issuance costs (156 ) (312 )
Payments for retirement of debt (7,030 )
Payments for capital lease obligations (2,543 )
Proceeds from issuance of stock through share-based compensation plans 8,247 931
Payments of tax withholding for restricted shares (732 ) (730 )
Payments of subsidiary dividends to noncontrolling interests   (548 )   (246 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (112,179 )   2,613  
 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   351      
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 28,147 72,598
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period   527,348     454,750  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $ 555,495   $ 527,348  
 

Revision to Previously Reported Financial Information

In the second quarter of 2016, we identified an error in the provision for income taxes in the financial statements for J-Devices for the periods beginning in 2012 through the fourth quarter of 2015. We believe that the error is not material to Amkor for the periods impacted and have elected to revise our previously issued consolidated financial statements. Periods presented herein are based on the revised financial results. Please refer to the supplementary slides posted on our Investor Relations website for revised historical financial information.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact are considered forward-looking statements including, without limitation, all of the statements made under "Business Outlook" above. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could affect future results and cause actual results and events to differ materially from historical and expected results and those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • there can be no assurance regarding the success of our growth initiatives;
  • there can be no assurance regarding when our new factory and research and development center in Korea will be fully utilized, or that the actual scope, costs, timeline or benefits of the project will be consistent with our current expectations;
  • the highly unpredictable nature, cyclicality, and rate of growth of the semiconductor industry;
  • timing and volume of orders relative to production capacity and the inability to achieve high capacity utilization rates, control costs and improve profitability;
  • volatility of consumer demand, double booking by customers and deterioration in forecasts from our customers for products incorporating our semiconductor packages, including any slowdown in demand or changes in customer forecasts for smartphones or other mobile devices and generally soft end market demand for electronic devices;
  • delays, lower manufacturing yields and supply constraints relating to wafers, particularly for advanced nodes and related technologies;
  • dependence on key customers and the impact of changes in our market share and prices for our services with those customers;
  • the performance of our business, economic and market conditions, the cash needs and investment opportunities for the business, the need for additional capacity and facilities to service customer demand and the availability of cash flow from operations or financing;
  • the effect of the global economy on credit markets, financial institutions, customers, suppliers and consumers, including the uncertain macroeconomic environment;
  • the highly unpredictable nature and costs of litigation and other legal activities and the risk of adverse results of such matters and the impact of other legal proceedings;
  • changes in tax rates and taxes as a result of changes in U.S. or foreign tax law or the jurisdictions thereof, changes in our organizational structure, changes in the jurisdictions in which our income is determined to be earned and taxed, the outcome of tax reviews, audits and ruling requests, our ability to realize deferred tax assets and the expiration of tax holidays;
  • curtailment of outsourcing by our customers;
  • our substantial indebtedness and restrictive covenants;
  • failure to realize sufficient cash flow or access to other sources of liquidity to fund capital expenditures;
  • the effects of an economic slowdown in major economies worldwide, particularly the recent slowdown in China;
  • disruptions in our business or deficiencies in our controls resulting from the integration of newly acquired operations, particularly J-Devices, or the implementation and security of, and changes to, our enterprise resource planning, factory shop floor systems and other management information systems;
  • economic effects of terrorist attacks, political instability, natural disasters and military conflict;
  • competition, competitive pricing and declines in average selling prices;
  • fluctuations in manufacturing yields;
  • dependence on international operations and sales and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, particularly in Japan;
  • dependence on raw material and equipment suppliers and changes in raw material and precious metal costs;
  • dependence on key personnel;
  • enforcement of and compliance with intellectual property rights;
  • environmental and other governmental regulations, including regulatory efforts by foreign governments to support local competitors; and
  • technological challenges.

Other important risk factors that could affect the outcome of the events set forth in these statements and that could affect our operating results and financial condition are discussed in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in the company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made prior to or after the date hereof. Amkor undertakes no obligation to review or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Contacts

Amkor Technology, Inc.
Megan Faust
Corporate Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
480-786-7707
megan.faust@amkor.com
or
Greg Johnson
Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations
480-786-7594
greg.johnson@amkor.com

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