AURORA, Ill., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2011, which ended December 31, 2010.
Total revenue during the first fiscal quarter was $114.2 million, which represents a record level for the company. The company's first quarter revenue reflects an increase of 16.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year and an increase of 3.5 percent compared to the prior quarter on continued strong demand for the company's products. The company achieved a gross profit margin of 50.3 percent of revenue in the first fiscal quarter and diluted earnings per share of $0.71. The company's balance sheet reflects a cash balance of $263.0 million as of December 31, 2010, and no debt outstanding.
"We are delighted to start fiscal 2011 with strong financial performance, following the company's record setting year in fiscal 2010. We continue to execute on our strategic initiatives and recently began construction on our new manufacturing and research and development center in South Korea. This investment represents another significant milestone demonstrating our commitment to and plans for continued growth in the Asia Pacific region," said William Noglows, Chairman and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "Although we have historically experienced seasonal softening in the March quarter, at present our outlook for the full fiscal year 2011 remains optimistic. With the revitalization in corporate and enterprise IT spending, additional capacity expansions by our major customers and the significant growth of wireless multimedia platforms, we see tremendous opportunities for continued growth for Cabot Microelectronics."
Key Financial Information
Total first fiscal quarter revenue of $114.2 million represents a 16.9 percent increase from the $97.7 million reported in the same quarter last year and a 3.5 percent increase from $110.3 million last quarter. The increase in revenue from the same period last year primarily reflects increased demand within each of the company's business areas. Compared to the prior quarter, revenue increased across all business areas, except CMP slurries for dielectric and copper applications.
Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 50.3 percent this quarter, which is slightly above the company's guidance range of 48 to 50 percent of revenue for the full fiscal year. This is lower than the 51.6 percent reported in the same quarter a year ago and higher than 48.7 percent last quarter. Compared to the year ago quarter, gross profit percentage decreased primarily due to the absence of a $1.6 million raw material supplier credit that the company realized in the first quarter of fiscal 2010, as well as higher fixed manufacturing costs, partially offset by the benefit of increased utilization of the company's manufacturing capacity. The increase in gross profit percentage versus the previous quarter was primarily due to increased utilization of the company's manufacturing capacity.
Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $33.0 million in the first fiscal quarter, or $2.9 million higher than the $30.1 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, driven primarily by higher staffing related costs and travel expenses, partially offset by lower professional fees, including costs to enforce the company's intellectual property. Operating expenses were $0.3 million higher than the $32.7 million reported in the previous quarter, mostly due to higher staffing related costs, partially offset by lower professional fees, including costs to enforce the company's intellectual property. The company expects its full year operating expenses to be near the upper end of its guidance range of $125 million to $130 million for fiscal 2011.
Net income for the quarter was $16.5 million, or 25.7 percent higher than the $13.1 million reported in the same quarter last year primarily due to the higher level of sales and a lower effective tax rate, partially offset by higher operating expenses. Compared to $15.3 million in the previous quarter, net income was up 7.9 percent mainly due to the higher level of sales and higher gross profit margin.
Diluted earnings per share were $0.71 this quarter, which represents a record level for the company. This is up from $0.56 reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and $0.66 reported in the previous quarter.
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation's quarterly earnings conference call will be held today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The conference call will be available via live webcast and replay from the company's website, , or by phone at (866) 356-4279. Callers outside the U.S. can dial (617) 597-5394. The conference code for the call is 89982133. A transcript of the formal comments made during the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website.
ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 950 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit www.cabotcmp.com or contact Amy Ford, Director of Investor Relations at (630) 499-2600.
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CONTACT: Amy Ford, Director of Investor Relations (630) 499-2600