Adept Technology Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Results

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided and autonomous mobile robotic solutions, today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter ended March 26, 2011.

Third Quarter 2011 Results

Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $12.8 million, which compares to $14.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and $13.3 million for the previous quarter of fiscal 2011. The decline in revenues is due to the downturn in the historically cyclical disk drive industry which helped drive growth during fiscal 2010. Revenues from Adept's core markets, including packaging, automotive, industrial, electronics and solar, as well as sales from MobileRobots partially offset the decline, and taken together, more accurately reflect the Company's ongoing performance in its core markets. Adept reported a GAAP net loss of $3.3 million, or $0.37 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, which compares to net income of $596,000, or $0.07 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2010, and a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.20 per share in the previous quarter.

Gross margin was 45% of revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to 43% of revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and 39% in the previous quarter. The increase in gross margin was due to favorable product mix as well as improvements in inventory management.

Operating expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $8.6 million, compared to $5.7 million for the same period last year and $7.0 million in the previous quarter. The increase in operating expenses was driven almost entirely by costs associated with our recent acquisitions of MobileRobots and InMoTx including $498,000 in transaction fees; restructuring charges of $595,000 as we streamline operations to eliminate redundancies; and an expected increase in SG&A associated with the respective acquisitions. The aforementioned restructuring charges includes $498,000 in accelerated stock compensation expense. Operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $2.9 million, which compares to operating income of $374,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and an operating loss of $1.8 million in the previous quarter.

Adept's adjusted EBITDA loss was $1.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $1.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and adjusted EBITDA loss of $190,000 in the previous quarter. A discussion of this non-GAAP measure and reconciliation to the applicable GAAP measure is included below.

Adept's cash and cash equivalents balance at March 26, 2011 was $7.4 million, compared to $6.7 million as of December 25, 2010. 

"We continued to see the return of demand from our core European markets with solid orders from our automotive, industrial and consumer electronics customers, and experienced an uplift in sales to the solar market," said John Dulchinos, president and chief executive officer of Adept. "We experienced customer program delays in some areas, however our pipeline is strong across multiple markets and our outlook is positive for both revenue growth and cash flow generation. We are making substantial progress in the integration of our recent acquisitions, InMoTx and MobileRobots, which create unique value propositions for a wider and more diversified customer base for Adept. As we move forward, we intend to leverage what we believe is the strongest position in the worldwide packaging industry to emerge as the leader in the high-volume natural products handling market."

Recent Highlights:

  • Received order from a large solar equipment manufacturer for deployment in China. This order is expected to be fulfilled by the end of calendar year 2011.
  • Received first orders for Adept's new Octomation packaging solution from leading northern European seafood and tomato producers.
  • Undertook organizational improvement including office consolidation to reduce redundancies, reorganization within the sales infrastructures and general streamlining of the America's business operations.

Quarterly Conference Call

John Dulchinos, president and chief executive officer, and Lisa Cummins, vice president and chief financial officer, will host an investor conference call today, April 27, 2011 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, to review the Company's financial and operating performance for the fiscal 2011 third quarter. The call may also include statements regarding the Company's anticipated operations during the remainder of fiscal 2011. These statements will be forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. The Company intends to continue its practice of not updating forward-looking statements or providing anticipated financial performance information not included in this press release. The call can be accessed by dialing 877-941-6012. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. In addition, the conference call will be available over the Internet at in the Investor Relations section of the website. For those who are not available to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived at and a telephonic playback of the conference call will also be available for seven days following the call. Replay listeners should call (800) 406-7325 and enter the passcode 4434292#.

Company Profile

Adept is a global, leading provider of intelligent robotics systems and services that enable customers to achieve precision, speed, quality and productivity in their assembly, handling, packaging, testing and other automated processes. With a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance motion controllers, application development software, vision-guidance technology and high-reliability robot mechanisms with autonomous capabilities, Adept provides specialized, cost-effective robotics systems and services to high-growth markets including Packaging, Medical, Disk Drive/Electronics and Solar; as well as to traditional industrial markets including machine tool automation and automotive components. More information is available at .

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to presenting GAAP net income (loss), we present adjusted EBITDA (loss), which we define as earnings (loss) before interest income, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, goodwill impairment, merger and acquisition related expenses and stock-based compensation expense, as a relevant measure of performance approximating operating cash flow, a metric commonly used among technology companies. We believe that this provides meaningful supplemental information to our investors regarding our ongoing operating performance, and it was used as a basis for an incentive compensation program for our management team in fiscal 2010. 

Adjusted EBITDA (loss) should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, GAAP measures of financial performance. For more information on our adjusted EBITDA (loss), please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA (loss)" below. While we believe that adjusted EBITDA (loss) is useful as described above, it is incomplete and should not be used to evaluate the full performance of the Company or its prospects. Although historically infrequent, unpredictable and significantly variable and thus included in this adjustment, mergers and acquisitions expenses may occur in the future if additional acquisitions are pursued. Additionally, stock-based compensation has been, and will continue to be, a recurring expense as an important incentive component of employee compensation. GAAP net income (loss) is the most complete measure available to evaluate all elements of our performance. Similarly, our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, as presented in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, provides the full accounting for how we have decided to use resources provided to us from our customers and shareholders.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements about our expectations for revenues and cash flow impact in our core markets and potential new markets and our ability to grow our customer base and revenues through our acquisitions of MobileRobots and InMoTx and manage our operating expenses. Such statements are based on current expectations and projections about the Company's business. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to factors affecting our fluctuating operating results that are difficult to forecast or outside our control: the effect of the current state of the manufacturing sector and other businesses of our customers; the timing and impact of the Company's decisions to engage in acquisition activities and other expense-related matters, such as impact of our restructuring actions; the ability to integrate MobileRobots and InMoTx and impact of the acquired companies on the Company's operations, the Company's inability to react quickly to changes in demand for our products; risks of acceptance of the Company's new or current products in the marketplace; the costs of international operations, sales and foreign suppliers and the impact of foreign currency exchange; the cyclicality of capital spending of the Company's customers and lack of long-term customer contracts; the highly competitive nature of and rapid technological change within the intelligent automation industry; the lengthy sales cycles for the Company's products; the Company's increasing investment in markets that are subject to increased regulation; risks associated with sole or single sources of supply, including suppliers located in Japan; potential delays associated with the development and introduction of new products; and the need to complete acquisitions to expand operations.

For a discussion of risk factors relating to Adept's business, see Adept's SEC filings, including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, which includes the discussion in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Risk Factors.

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CONTACT: Lisa Cummins Chief Financial Officer 925-245-3400 Investor.relations@adept.com Bonnie McBride Avalon IR 415-454-8898 bonnie@avalonir.com