Healthcare and Display Businesses Grow Quarter over Quarter
- Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 of $40.7 million, down 7.9% from last year’s first quarter, primarily from the decline in the PMT semiconductor wafer fab equipment business.
- Richardson Healthcare and Canvys net sales increased by 26.8% and 1.4%, respectively.
- Gross margin increased to 31.9% of net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 versus 31.6% of net sales for the prior year’s first quarter.
- Operating expenses decreased $0.3 million to $12.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
- Net income of $0.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $0.4 million for last year’s first quarter and a net loss in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
- Earnings per common (diluted) share of $0.01 for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $0.03 per common (diluted) share for the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
- Cash and investments of $46.5 million at August 31, 2019 versus $50.0 million at June 1, 2019.
LAFOX, Ill., Oct. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (NASDAQ: RELL) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended August 31, 2019. The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a $0.06 per share quarterly cash dividend.
First Quarter Results
Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased 7.9% to $40.7 million compared to net sales of $44.2 million in the prior year’s first quarter. PMT sales decreased $4.2 million primarily due to the decline in the semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment market, partially offset by higher sales of power conversion and RF and microwave components. Canvys sales increased by $0.1 million or 1.4% due to higher demand in its North American market. Richardson Healthcare sales increased $0.6 million or 26.8% as a result of higher sales of our ALTA750 TM CT tube and replacement parts for diagnostic imaging equipment.
Gross margin decreased to $13.0 million, or 31.9% of net sales during the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $14.0 million, or 31.6% of net sales during the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Margin increased as a percent of net sales primarily due to favorable product mix and manufacturing over absorption in Richardson Healthcare, partially offset by unfavorable product mix and foreign exchange rates for Canvys.
Operating expenses were $12.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $13.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The decrease in operating expenses resulted from lower employee benefits, IT and bad debt expenses. As a result, the Company reported an operating income of $0.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to operating income of $0.9 million in the prior year’s first quarter.
Other income for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, including interest income and foreign exchange, was $0.2 million, compared to other expense of $0.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
The income tax provision of $0.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 reflected a provision for foreign income taxes, which was lower than the prior year’s first quarter and no U.S. tax benefit due to the valuation allowance recorded against the net operating loss. The tax provision of $0.3 million in last year’s first quarter included a provision for foreign income taxes and no U.S. tax benefit due to the valuation allowance recorded against the net operating loss.
Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $0.2 million compared to net income of $0.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Earnings per common share (diluted) in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were $0.01 compared to $0.03 per common share (diluted) in the prior year’s first quarter.
“We are pleased with the quarter over quarter growth in our Healthcare business. We are optimistic this trend will continue with increasing customer confidence in the ALTA750 TM CT tube as well as the recent approval to use the CE Mark opening up sales opportunities throughout Europe,“ said Edward J. Richardson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President. “Revenues resulting from our investments in new power and microwave technologies also continue to increase and Canvys is providing consistent growth helping offset the soft semiconductor wafer fab equipment market,” he concluded.
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a $0.06 quarterly dividend per share to holders of common stock and a $0.054 cash dividend per share to holders of Class B common stock. The dividend will be payable on November 22, 2019, to common stockholders of record as of November 7, 2019.
Cash and investments at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were $46.5 million compared to $50.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and $54.8 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company spent $0.3 million during the quarter on capital expenditures primarily relating to our IT system and LaFox manufacturing business versus $1.1 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2019. During the first quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company did not repurchase any shares of its common stock. Currently, there are 11.0 million outstanding shares of common stock and 2.1 million outstanding shares of Class B common stock.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. CDT, Edward J. Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Robert J. Ben, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s first quarter fiscal year 2020 results. A question and answer session will be included as part of the call’s agenda.
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A replay of the call will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. CDT on October 11, 2019. The toll-free telephone number for the replay is (833) 922-0391.
This release includes certain “forward-looking” statements as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release regarding the Company’s business which are not historical facts represent “forward-looking” statements that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on August 5, 2019. The Company assumes no responsibility to update the “forward-looking” statements in this release as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
ABOUT RICHARDSON ELECTRONICS, LTD.
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered solutions, power grid and microwave tubes and related consumables; power conversion and RF and microwave components; high value flat panel detector solutions, replacement parts, tubes and service training for diagnostic imaging equipment; and customized display solutions. We serve customers in the alternative energy, healthcare, aviation, broadcast, communications, industrial, marine, medical, military, scientific and semiconductor markets. The Company’s strategy is to provide specialized technical expertise and “engineered solutions” based on our core engineering and manufacturing capabilities. The Company provides solutions and adds value through design-in support, systems integration, prototype design and manufacturing, testing, logistics, and aftermarket technical service and repair through its global infrastructure. More information is available at