BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. Announces Q1-19 Results

4/26/2019, 8:31 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Revenue and Net Income of € 81.4 Million and € 9.5 Million, Respectively
Solid Performance in Challenging Market

DUIVEN, the Netherlands, April 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (the “Company" or "Besi") (Euronext Amsterdam: BESI; OTC markets: BESIY, Nasdaq International Designation), a leading manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Key Highlights

  • Revenue of € 81.4 million is down 12.0% vs. Q4-18. Better than guidance (-15%). Down 47.4% vs. Q1-18 due to adverse impact of industry downturn on Besi’s principal end user application markets
  • Orders of € 83.4 million, up 0.4% vs. Q4-18 as customer demand stabilizes. Down 59.5% vs. Q1-18
  • Gross margin of 55.9% remains at attractive levels despite significantly lower revenue vs. Q4-18 and Q1-18 reflecting alignment of production overhead with current demand. At midpoint of guidance
  • Net income of € 9.5 million, down € 13.2 million vs. Q4-18 primarily due to 12% revenue decrease and, as anticipated, higher share based compensation expense. Down € 27.6 million (-74.4%) vs. Q1-18
  • Net cash and deposits increase by € 30.3 million (+15.2%) vs. December 31, 2018 to reach € 229.7 million as solid quarterly cash generation continues


  • Q2-19 revenue expected to increase by approximately 5% vs. Q1-19 reflecting more stable market conditions. Gross margin anticipated to remain in 55%-57% range
(€ millions, except EPS)Q1-2019Q4-2018ΔQ1-2018Δ
Orders 83.483.1+0.4%205.8-59.5%
Operating Income14.726.3-44.1%48.6-69.8%
Net Income9.522.7-58.1%37.1-74.4%
EPS (basic)0.130.30-56.7%0.50-74.0%
EPS (diluted)0.130.29-55.2%0.46-71.7%
Net Cash229.7199.4+15.2%290.1-20.8%

Richard W. Blickman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Besi, commented:
“Besi reported solid results for Q1-19 with revenue and operating profit exceeding expectations. After three consecutive quarters of sequential revenue decreases, customer demand appeared to stabilize. As such, orders were up by 0.4% versus Q4-18 as we saw a modest uptick in bookings by Asian subcontractors and in orders for certain multi-chip die bonding applications.

Profit metrics and cash flow generation also remained healthy in this difficult market environment. Besi’s gross margin held up well at 55.9% versus 56.4% in Q4-18 and 56.5% in Q1-18 in the face of revenue decreases of 12.0% and 47.4%, respectively. The maintenance of gross margin levels above 55% during this down cycle has been accomplished by tight controls of production labor, materials, and supply chain activities in alignment with order activity. In addition, we have made significant progress in reducing SG&A overhead to aid profitability, both in headcount and other operating expenses. As a result, baseline operating expenses declined to € 25.3 million in Q1-19, a 1.6% decrease versus Q4-18 and a 20.2% decrease as compared to the last peak in Q1-18. Further, net cash increased by € 30.3 million, or 15.2%, versus Q4-18, even after share repurchases of € 12.8 million during the quarter.

Besi’s strategic agenda for 2019 focuses primarily on maintaining attractive levels of profitability and cash flow generation during this downturn while we prepare for the next customer investment round. Accordingly, we continue to push structural overhead cost reduction while increasing development spending and headcount for targeted customer road maps. Particular areas of R&D focus include TCB, wafer level processing and 5G enabled devices for next generation applications in our principal end user markets.

For Q2-19, Besi estimates that revenue will grow by approximately 5% vs. Q1-19 and for operating profit to modestly exceed Q1-19 levels in an assembly equipment market that remains challenging. Further, semiconductor inventories have not yet reduced sufficiently to generate large additions to assembly capacity. As such, we remain cautious as to the industry trajectory in the near term. However, when the cycle turns, Besi is well positioned to generate further revenue and share gains from its advanced packaging portfolio and to achieve attractive levels of financial performance from its highly scalable business model.”  

First Quarter Results of Operations

Revenue81.492.5 -12.0%154.9 -47.4%
Orders83.483.1 +0.4%205.8 -59.5%
Book to Bill Ratio1.0x0.9x +0.11.3x -0.3

Besi’s Q1-19 revenue decreased by 12.0% vs. Q4-18 and was better than guidance due to higher than anticipated die bonding shipments. Revenue decreased by 47.4% vs. Q1-18 due primarily to (i) lower die bonding shipments for high end mobile capacity following significant customer investment in 2017 and 2018 and, to a lesser extent, (ii) lower shipments for computing and automotive applications. In both comparative periods, the revenue decrease was broad based and consistent with the industry downturn that began at the end of Q2-2018.

Orders of € 83.4 million increased slightly versus Q4-18 as customer demand stabilized. Per customer type, subcontractor orders increased sequentially by € 7.6 million, or 41.4% vs. Q4-18 due to an uptick in bookings by Asian subcontractors. In contrast, IDM orders decreased by € 7.3 million, or 11.2%. IDM and subcontractor orders represented 69% and 31%, respectively, of total Q1-19 orders vs. 54% and 46%, respectively, in Q1-18.  

Gross Margin55.9%56.4%-0.556.5%-0.6
Operating Expenses30.725.9+18.5%39.1-21.5%
Financial Expense, net3.94.2-7.1%4.3-9.3%

Besi’s gross margin in Q1-19 decreased by 0.5 points vs. Q4-18 and by 0.6 points vs. Q1-18 due primarily to significantly lower revenue levels partly offset by lower labor, materials and supply chain activities to help compensate for decreased customer demand. Versus Q1-18, gross margin also benefited from positive forex influences from a stronger USD vs. the euro. 

Q1-19 operating expenses increased by € 4.8 million (+18.5%) vs. Q4-18 due to (i) higher share based compensation expense, as anticipated, associated with Besi’s 2018 performance and (ii) the absence in Q1-19 of favorable one-time, year-end recordings in Q4-18. Excluding variable compensation, restructuring, forex effect and one-time benefits/charges, estimated baseline operating expenses decreased from € 25.7 million in Q4-18 to € 25.3 million in Q1-19 due primarily to lower headcount levels and other operating expenses. Total headcount at March 31, 2019 decreased by 3.6% (-64 employees) vs. December 31, 2018 as Besi continued to align staffing levels with customer demand. Operating expenses decreased by € 8.4 million (-21.5%) vs. Q1-18 primarily due to a € 3.4 million decrease in share based compensation expense, reduced personnel costs and lower variable sales related costs such as warranty, freight and commissions. In addition, total headcount at March 31, 2019 decreased by 20.7% (-442 employees) vs. March 31, 2018.

Financial expense, net decreased by € 0.3 million vs. Q4-18 and by € 0.4 million vs. Q1-18 due primarily to lower hedging costs related to decreased sales volume.  

Net Income9.522.7-58.1%37.1-74.4%
Net Margin11.6%24.5%-12.924.0%-12.4
Tax Rate12.5%-2.9%+15.416.3%-3.8

Besi’s Q1-19 net income declined by € 13.2 million vs. Q4-18 due to (i) lower revenue levels, (ii) higher share based compensation expense, (iii) the absence in Q1-19 of favorable one-time, year-end recordings and (iv) a net tax benefit realized in Q4-18. As compared to Q1-18, net income decreased by € 27.6 million (-74.4%) due primarily to the 47.4% year over year revenue decrease.

Financial Condition

Net Cash229.7199.4+15.2%290.1-20.8%
Cash flow from Ops.47.856.6-15.5%54.9-12.9%

Besi’s net cash rose to € 229.7 million at the end of Q1-19, an increase of € 30.3 million, or 15.2%, vs. the end of Q4-18. The Company generated cash flow from operations of € 47.8 million in Q1-19 which was utilized primarily to fund (i) € 12.8 million of share repurchases, (ii) € 2.9 million of capitalized development spending and (iii) € 0.6 million of capital expenditures.

During the quarter, Besi repurchased 597,463 of its ordinary shares at an average price of € 21.49 per share for a total of € 12.8 million. Cumulatively, as of March 31, 2019, a total of 1.8 million shares have been purchased under the current € 75 million share repurchase program (which started July 26, 2018) at an average price of € 19.36 per share for a total of € 35.3 million.

Based on its March 31, 2019 order backlog and feedback from customers, Besi forecasts for Q2-19 that:

  • Revenue will increase by approximately 5% vs. the € 81.4 million reported in Q1-19.
  • Gross margin will range between 55%-57% vs. the 55.9% realized in Q1-19.
  • Operating expenses will decrease by approximately 5% vs. the € 30.7 million reported in Q1-19.

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Basis of Presentation
The accompanying condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as adopted by the European Union. Reference is made to the Summary of Significant Accounting Policies to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements as included in our 2018 Annual Report which is available on

Besi has adopted IFRS 16 “Leases” as of January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach and therefore did not restate prior years presented upon adoption in 2019. The most significant change in our accounting policy is the recognition of right of use assets and lease liabilities for operating leases. As of January 1, 2019 we recognized € 14.2 million of right of use assets (€ 13.4 million as at March 31, 2019), and € 14.2 million of lease liabilities (€ 13.4 million as at March 31, 2019 of which € 10.0 million was recorded under lease liabilities and € 3.4 million under other current liabilities).

The adoption of IFRS 16 had a positive impact on our cash flows from operating activities and EBITDA of approximately € 0.9 million in Q1-19 with an offsetting negative cash flow effect under financing activities.

About Besi
Besi is a leading supplier of semiconductor assembly equipment for the global semiconductor and electronics industries offering high levels of accuracy, productivity and reliability at a low cost of ownership. The Company develops leading edge assembly processes and equipment for leadframe, substrate and wafer level packaging applications in a wide range of end-user markets including electronics, mobile internet, cloud server, computing, automotive, industrial, LED and solar energy. Customers are primarily leading semiconductor manufacturers, assembly subcontractors and electronics and industrial companies. Besi’s ordinary shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (symbol: BESI). Its Level 1 ADRs are listed on the OTC markets (symbol: BESIY Nasdaq International Designation) and its headquarters are located in Duiven, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit our website at

Richard W. Blickman, President & CEOCFF Communications
Cor te Hennepe, SVP FinanceFrank Jansen
Tel. (31) 26 319 4500Tel. (31) 20 575 4024

Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains statements about management's future expectations, plans and prospects of our business that constitute forward-looking statements, which are found in various places throughout the press release, including, but not limited to, statements relating to expectations of orders, net sales, product shipments, expenses, timing of purchases of assembly equipment by customers, gross margins, operating results and capital expenditures. The use of words such as “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “can”, “intend”, “believes”, “may”, “plan”, “predict”, “project”, “forecast”, “will”, “would”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements, although not all forward looking statements contain these identifying words. The financial guidance set forth under the heading “Outlook” contains such forward looking statements. While these forward looking statements represent our judgments and expectations concerning the development of our business, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from those contained in forward looking statements, including any inability to maintain continued demand for our products; failure of anticipated orders to materialize or postponement or cancellation of orders, generally without charges; the volatility in the demand for semiconductors and our products and services; failure to develop new and enhanced products and introduce them at competitive price levels; failure to adequately decrease costs and expenses as revenues decline; loss of significant customers, including through industry consolidation or the emergence of industry alliances; lengthening of the sales cycle; acts of terrorism and violence; disruption or failure of our information technology systems; inability to forecast demand and inventory levels for our products; the integrity of product pricing and protection of our intellectual property in foreign jurisdictions; risks, such as changes in trade regulations, currency fluctuations, political instability and war, associated with substantial foreign customers, suppliers and foreign manufacturing operations, particularly to the extent occurring in the Asia Pacific region; potential instability in foreign capital markets; the risk of failure to successfully manage our diverse operations; any inability to attract and retain skilled personnel; those additional risk factors set forth in Besi's annual report for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other key factors that could adversely affect our businesses and financial performance contained in our filings and reports, including our statutory consolidated statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or alter our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(euro in thousands, except share and per
share data)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Cost of sales35,92867,327
Gross profit45,47187,610
Selling, general and administrative expenses21,68529,242
Research and development expenses9,0449,812
Total operating expenses30,72939,054
Operating income14,74248,556
Financial expense, net3,9174,272
Income before taxes10,82544,284
Income tax expense1,3587,205
Net income9,46737,079
Net income per share – basic0.130.50
Net income per share – diluted0.130.46
Number of shares used in computing per share amounts1:
- basic
- diluted2



Consolidated Balance Sheets

(euro in thousands)March 31,

December 31,

Cash and cash equivalents327,503295,539
Trade receivables82,591106,347
Other current assets10,44011,496
Total current assets611,463603,619
Property, plant and equipment28,07428,551
Right of use assets13,414-
Other intangible assets38,89938,334
Deferred tax assets5,5794,769
Other non-current assets2,3022,317
Total non-current assets183,547169,070
Total assets795,010772,689
Notes payable to banks3,3072,812
Current portion of long-term debt1,5251,502
Trade payables35,57333,158
Other current liabilities68,76963,454
Total current liabilities109,174100,926
Long-term debt272,978271,824
Lease liabilities10,035-
Deferred tax liabilities10,27310,244
Other non-current liabilities17,73017,507
Total non-current liabilities311,016299,575
Total equity374,820372,188
Total liabilities and equity795,010772,689

Consolidated Cash Flow Statements

(euro in thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 2019 2018 
Cash flows from operating activities:  
Income before income tax10,825 44,284 
Depreciation and amortization4,922 3,414 
Share-based payment expense3,711 7,161 
Financial expense, net3,917 4,272 
Other non-cash items- - 
Change in working capital25,373 (2,022)
Income tax paid(928)(1,877)
Interest paid(49)(309)
Net cash provided by operating activities47,771 54,923 
Cash flows from investing activities:  
Capital expenditures(628)(1,926)
Capitalized development expenditures(2,927)(2,640)
Investment in deposits- (130,000)
Net cash used in investing activities(3,555)(134,566)
Cash flows from financing activities:  
Proceeds from (payments of) bank lines of credit363 (463)
Proceeds from (payments of) debt and financial leases(11)307 
Payments of lease liabilities(890)- 
Purchase of treasury shares(12,838)(6,000)
Net cash used in financing activities(13,376)(6,156)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents30,840 (85,799)
Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and
  cash equivalents
1,124 (1,024)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the
295,539 527,806 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period327,503 440,983 

Supplemental Information (unaudited)
(euro in millions, unless stated otherwise)

 Per geography:           
 Asia Pacific120.5 78%88.6 55%71.2 61%66.6 72%54.5 67% 
 EU / USA34.4 22%72.5 45%45.5 39%25.9 28%26.9 33% 
 Total154.9 100%161.1 100%116.7 100%92.5 100%81.4 100% 
 ORDERS Q1-2018Q2-2018Q3-2018Q4-2018Q1-2019 
 Per geography:           
 Asia Pacific120.8 59%47.5 55%70.1 65%61.5 74%55.9 67% 
 EU / USA85.0 41%38.8 45%37.8 35%21.6 26%27.5 33% 
 Total205.8 100%86.3 100%107.9 100%83.1 100%83.4 100% 
 Per customer type:           
 IDM111.1 54%70.8 82%82.0 76%64.8 78%57.5 69% 
 Subcontractors94.7 46%15.5 18%25.9 24%18.3 22%25.9 31% 
 Total205.8 100%86.3 100%107.9 100%83.1 100%83.4 100% 
 HEADCOUNT Mar 31, 2018 Jun 30, 2018 Sep 30, 2018Dec 31, 2018Mar 31, 2019 
 Fixed staff (FTE)           
 Asia Pacific1,254 71%1,259 72%1,255 72%1,230 73%1,174 72% 
 EU / USA500 29%495 28%483 28%462 27%452 28% 
 Total1,754 100%1,754 100%1,738 100%1,692 100%1,626 100% 
 Temporary staff (FTE)           
 Asia Pacific290 76%257 75%108 61%6 9%11 16% 
 EU / USA93 24%86 25%68 39%61 91%58 84% 
 Total383 100%343 100%176 100%67 100%69 100% 
 Total fixed and temporary staff (FTE)2,137  2,097  1,914  1,759  1,695   
 OTHER FINANCIAL DATAQ1-2018Q2-2018Q3-2018Q4-2018Q1-2019 
 Gross profit           
 As reported  87.6 56.5%  91.1 56.5%  67.6 57.9%  52.1 56.4%  45.5 55.9% 
 Restructuring charges / (gains)  -  -   0.4 0.2%  (0.0)-0.0%  -  -   -  -  
 Gross profit as adjusted  87.6 56.5%  91.5 56.8%  67.6 57.9%  52.1 56.4%  45.5 55.9% 
 Selling, general and admin expenses:           
 As reported  29.2 18.8%  22.7 14.1%  20.3 17.4%  18.0 19.5%  21.7 26.7% 
 Amortization of intangibles  (0.1)-0.1%  (0.1)-0.1%  (0.1)-0.1%  (0.2)-0.2%  (0.1)-0.1% 
 Impairment charges  -  -   -  -   -  -   (0.4)-0.4%  -  0.0% 
 Restructuring gains / (charges)  0.0 0.0%  (0.1)-0.1%  (0.4)-0.3%  (0.2)-0.2%  -  0.0% 
 SG&A expenses as adjusted  29.1 18.8%  22.5 14.0%  19.8 17.0%  17.2 18.6%  21.6 26.5% 
 Research and development expenses:           
 As reported  9.8 6.3%  9.0 5.6%  8.7 7.5%  7.9 8.5%  9.0 11.1% 
 Capitalization of R&D charges  2.6 1.7%  3.4 2.1%  2.7 2.3%  2.7 2.9%  2.9 3.6% 
 Amortization of intangibles  (2.1)-1.4%  (2.1)-1.3%  (2.4)-2.1%  (2.4)-2.6%  (2.5)-3.1% 
 R&D expenses as adjusted  10.3 6.6%  10.3 6.4%  9.0 7.7%  8.2 8.9%  9.4 11.5% 
 Financial expense (income), net:           
 Interest expense (income), net2.5  2.4  2.4  2.3  2.4   
 Foreign exchange effects1.8  2.7  1.8  1.9  1.5   
 Total4.3  5.1  4.2  4.2  3.9   
 Operating income (loss)           
   as % of net sales48.6 31.4%59.3 36.8%38.6 33.1%26.3 28.4%14.7 18.1% 
   as % of net sales52.0 33.6%62.8 39.0%42.4 36.3%30.5 33.0%19.7 24.2% 
 Net income (loss)           
   as % of net sales37.1 23.9%47.2 29.3%29.3 25.1%22.7 24.5%9.5 11.7% 
 Income per share           
 Basic0.50  0.63  0.39  0.30  0.13   
 Diluted0.46  0.58  0.37  0.29  0.13   


1    Share amounts in 2018 have been adjusted for the 2-for-1 stock split effective May 4, 2018.
2    The calculation of diluted income per share assumes the exercise of equity settled share based payments and the conversion of the Convertible Notes.

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