MagnaChip Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

(PRNewswire) —  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation ("MagnaChip" or the "Company") (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $180.5 million, a decline of 6.2% compared to $192.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, and up 18.4% as compared to $152.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Revenue in the fourth quarter was at the high end of the previous guidance range provided in October 2016, and was consistent with the Company's pre-announcement of fourth quarter financial results on January 10, 2017. 

Revenue for the 2016 full year was $688.0 million, an increase of 8.6% from $633.7 million in 2015. The 2016 figure included $10 million of revenue from a 6" fab closed in February 2016, whereas 2015 included $74 million in revenue from that same 6" fab.   

Foundry Services Group revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $77.8 million, a sequential increase of 5.3% from $73.9 million, marking the third consecutive quarter of growth. Foundry Services revenue in the fourth quarter increased 18.2% from revenue of $65.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Revenue in the Standard Products Group was $102.5 million in the fourth quarter, a sequential decline of 13.4% from $118.3 million in the prior quarter, due primarily to seasonal factors in display products. Standard Products Group revenue in the fourth quarter increased 18.6% from $86.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.  

Total gross profit in the fourth quarter was $46.1 million, or 25.5%, as compared with gross profit of $39.1 million, or 20.4%, for the third quarter of 2016 and $29.9 million or 19.6%, for the fourth quarter of 2015. Gross profit and gross profit margin figures in the fourth quarter were at the highest levels in more than three years. The gross profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2016 exceeded the high-end of the guidance range provided in October 2016 by 150 basis points.  

Foundry gross profit margin was 30.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared with 23.5% in the third quarter of 2016, and 22.7% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Standard Products Group gross profit margin was 21.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared with 18.3% in the third quarter of 2016 and 17.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net loss, on a GAAP basis, for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $49.8 million or $1.42 per basic share as compared with net income in the third quarter of 2016 of $29.9 million or $0.86 per basic share and $0.85 per diluted share, and as compared to net income of $22.9 million or $0.66 per basic and diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2015.  The net loss in the fourth quarter of 2016 was attributable primarily to a non-cash foreign exchange loss on the Company's intercompany loans.

Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the fourth quarter of 2016 totaled $1.6 million or $0.05 per basic share and $0.04  per diluted share, compared to Adjusted Net Loss of $1.3 million or $0.04 per basic share in the third quarter of 2016, and compared to Adjusted Net Income of $5.2 million or $0.15 per basic and diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $14.1 million as compared with $9.9 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a negative $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

"The financial results in the fourth quarter of 2016 and the full year continue to reflect the operational progress we've made in our business turnaround," said YJ Kim, Chief Executive Officer of MagnaChip.  "Our key priorities in 2017 include a plan to achieve higher gross profit margin, improve overall profitability and invest in initiatives to fuel long-term growth."  

The Company this month launched a new headcount reduction plan that is expected to be two to three times larger than a 2016 program, which resulted last year in a reduction in headcount of 169 employees. The expected payback period is estimated at approximately 1.5 years, with estimated annual cost savings from $20 million to $27 million, depending upon the final size of the workforce reduction.  The Company expects to use $30-40 million of the proceeds from the Exchangeable Senior Notes Offering completed earlier this year to pay severance and other benefits to affected employees.

In commenting on the fourth quarter financial results, Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Kim said, "Gross profit margin exceeded our expectation, due primarily to a richer-than-expected product mix and a larger-than expected increase in foundry revenue. Gross margin for the AMOLED product line continued to exceed the corporate average in the fourth quarter despite a seasonal slowdown in revenue." Mr. Kim added, "We  believe  our gross profit margin and Adjusted EBITDA will increase sequentially throughout 2017 beginning in the second quarter, based on our current view of the business as well as our assumptions of the cost reductions we expect to achieve from the current headcount reduction program."

Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed in conjunction with GAAP results, can provide a meaningful understanding of the factors and trends affecting MagnaChip's business and operations and assist in evaluating our core operating performance. However, such non-GAAP financial measures have limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income or as a better indicator of our operating performance than measures that are presented in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of GAAP results to non-GAAP results is included in this press release.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $83.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase from $75.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2016.  In the fourth quarter of 2016, MagnaChip received proceeds of $18.2 million in advance, including $1.7 million valued added tax, related to the sale of a building that housed a 6" wafer fab that was closed in February 2016. The Company is required to perform certain removal construction work that is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017. Accordingly, once the construction obligation is completed, the proceeds will be recorded as cash and cash equivalents on the consolidated balance sheet.   

The following table sets forth information relating to our operating segments:



Three Months Ended



Year Ended




December 31,
2016



December 31,
2015



December 31,
2016



December 31,
2015


Net Sales













Foundry Services Group


$

77,809



$

65,822



$

273,961



$

290,775


Standard Products Group













Display Solutions



64,796




53,895




281,967




207,480


Power Solutions



37,718




32,576




131,468




134,814


Total Standard Products Group



102,514




86,471




413,435




342,294


All other



139




137




573




643


Total net sales


$

180,462



$

152,430



$

687,969



$

633,712




















Three Months Ended
December 31, 2016



Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015




Amount



% of
Net Sales



Amount



% of
Net Sales


Gross Profit













Foundry Services Group


$

23,592




30.3

%


$

14,935




22.7

%

Standard Products Group



22,358




21.8




14,878




17.2


All other



139




100.0




89




65.0


Total gross profit


$

46,089




25.5

%


$

29,902




19.6

%























Year Ended
December 31, 2016



Year Ended
December 31, 2015




Amount



% of
Net Sales



Amount



% of
Net Sales


Gross Profit













Foundry Services Group


$

69,412




25.3

%


$

66,175




22.8

%

Standard Products Group



87,194




21.1




68,094




19.9


All other



(380)




(66.3)




595




92.5


Total gross profit


$

156,226




22.7

%


$

134,864




21.3

%


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