(PR title cont'd) ... ; resilient consumer demand compensates for Automotive and Industrial weakness; very good third quarter expected despite Covid-19 with ams revenues of USD 530-570 million, up 20% quarter-on-quarter at midpoint, and strong ams adj. EBIT margin of 21-24% reflecting consumer ramps; OSRAM acquisition successfully closed, moving towards start of integration
Premstaetten, Austria (29 July 2020) -- ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, reports record revenues for the second quarter, up 13% year-on-year and at the mid-point of the expectation range, with strong adjusted operating profitability at the top end of the expectation range. This growth was driven by demand in ams’ consumer business, even with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its macro-economic and end market impact which resulted in muted automotive and industrial demand. Despite these factors ams expects a very good third quarter with revenues of USD 530-570 million and continued strong profitability resulting in an adjusted operating (EBIT) margin of 21-24%.
Second quarter group revenues were USD 460.3 million, down 8% sequentially from the first quarter and up 13% from USD 407.3 million in the same quarter 2019. Group revenues for the first half of 2020 were USD 960.9 million, up 22% compared to USD 785.8 million recorded in the first half of 2019. Adjusted gross margin for the second quarter was 40% (excluding acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs) compared to 37% in the same quarter 2019 (37% including acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs, 35% in the same quarter 2019). For the first half of 2020, adjusted gross margin was 40% (excluding acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs) compared to 35% in the first half of 2019 (37% including acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs, 32% in the first half of 2019).
The adjusted result from operations (EBIT) for the second quarter was USD 90.1 million or 20% of revenues (excluding acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs), increasing from USD 49.0 million in the same period 2019 (USD 39.2 million or 9% of revenues including acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs, up from USD 21.5 million in the same period 2019). For the first half of 2020, the adjusted EBIT was USD 191.0 million or 20% of revenues (excluding acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs), significantly up from USD 71.8 million in the same period 2019 (USD 99.0 million or 10% of revenues including acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs, up from USD 17.1 million in the first half year 2019).
For transparent and consistent presentation of ams’ business ams shows the net result and earnings per share adjusted for acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs from this quarter onwards, corresponding to adjusted gross profit and adjusted operating profit (EBIT). Adjusted net income for the second quarter was USD 56.8 million (excluding acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs), compared to USD 52.2 million for the same period 2019 (second quarter 2020: USD 5.9 million including the aforementioned costs). Adjusted basic/diluted earnings per share for the second quarter were CHF 0.21/0.20 or USD 0.22/0.20 based on 256,750,833/261,613,899 shares or CHF 0.02/0.01 or USD 0.02/0.01 including the aforementioned costs (second quarter 2019: CHF 0.66/0.61 or USD 0.65/0.60 based on 80,773,555/86,504,145 shares; all weighted average).
Adjusted net income for the first half year 2020 was USD 82.2 million (excluding acquisition-related and share-based compensation costs), compared to USD 70.2 million for the same period 2019 (first half 2020: USD -9.8 million including aforementioned costs). Adjusted basic/diluted earnings per share for the first half were CHF 0.47/0.50 or USD 0.48/0.52 per share based on 169,720,047/175,619,483 shares or CHF -0.06/0.00 or USD -0.06/0.00 including aforementioned costs (first half 2019: CHF 0.89/0.88 or USD 0.87/0.86 based on 80,504,466/81,864,338 shares; all weighted average).
Operating cash flow for the second quarter was USD 106.2 million, strongly up from USD 49.7 million in the same quarter 2019, and operating cash flow for the first half was USD 340.6 million, significantly higher than USD 142.9 million in the first half 2019. Total backlog on 30 June 2020 (excluding consignment stock agreements) was USD 249.6 million compared to USD 255.1 million at the end of the first quarter 2020 and USD 298.4 million on 30 June 2019.
ams’ business showed a very good performance in the second quarter and first half of 2020 against the backdrop of the continuing impact of Covid-19 on economies and end markets worldwide. ams achieved second quarter results at the midpoint or upper end of the published expectation range. This positive development was again driven by ams’ consumer business and continuing resilient demand in the consumer market overall.
As the key development in the second quarter ams is proud to have successfully closed the acquisition of OSRAM on 9 July 2020. Following the closing ams owned 69% of OSRAM shares (excluding treasury shares) at a transaction value of around EUR 2.7 billion, as of today ams has further increased its holdings to around 71% of OSRAM shares. Prior to the closing and shortly afterwards, ams successfully placed a multi-tranche issue of around EUR 1.25 billion equivalent 5-year senior notes with international investors comprising EUR 850 million and USD 450 million notes in total. The debt issue served to secure a long-term financing structure for the acquisition in line with ams’ plans. Beyond that it is ams’ intention to utilize future excess cash flow from operations to support increasing its OSRAM shareholdings further.
The closing was a vital milestone for this highly strategic and transformative acquisition that will now combine the complementary strengths of ams and OSRAM. ams is bringing together two leaders in their respective areas and is fully convinced of the outstanding technology, market and earnings potential of this combination. ams is welcoming OSRAM’s worldwide employees into the new global combined company team and is aligning all necessary steps to start integrating both organizations.
With ams and OSRAM now coming together, ams has defined a vision for the combined company: to create the uncontested leader in optical solutions. To this end, ams will focus on the three areas of Sensing, Illumination and Visualization offering exciting solutions for innovative applications. ams looks forward to building an outstanding technology platform delivering strong profitability and growth. This encompasses bold technology investments in innovation and ongoing smart transformation of the company in line with ams’ vision.
ams has declared the intention to pursue a domination and profit and loss transfer agreement (DPLTA) for OSRAM and is driving towards implementing this step. As ams is keen to realize this agreement in a timely manner ams is already engaged in required preparations. Based on these and ams’ current assessment, ams regards an implementation of a DPLTA broadly around year-end 2020 as a feasible timeline following required approvals. ams will provide further information on the timeline and the steps involved as this information becomes available. On the basis of the DPLTA ams will be able to drive and accelerate the integration and alignment of ams’ and OSRAM’s businesses in the most efficient way to build a strongly profitable combined company within the next years.
Notwithstanding the DPLTA process ams is now starting to work closely with OSRAM on the basis of ams’ majority share ownership, taking first steps towards a successful integration of the two companies. These include joint initiatives to prepare the future organizational and business structure, align joint customer-facing marketing and sales activities and set up combined financial management and reporting. At the same time, ams is in the process of realizing its representation on the Supervisory Board of OSRAM where ams plans to take four seats. In this context OSRAM will remain an independent majority-owned listed subsidiary of ams until additional steps such as a DPLTA are concluded and implemented.
As ams moves towards the combination, ams is making profitability, earnings growth and cash flow generation the primary focus for all its businesses as well as the combined company. ams will therefore drive its strategic positioning and portfolio in strong alignment with these target metrics.
Looking at ams’ business, ams’ consumer solutions once more provided the largest contribution to its overall results in the second quarter and first half. Leading in optical sensing ams’ market position is based on ams’ wide range of solutions for 3D sensing including VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser) illumination, high quality display management including behind-OLED (BOLED) sensing, micro-scale proximity sensing, spectral and bio-sensing, and other optical applications.
As a key player in 3D sensing ams leverages an extensive portfolio and industry-leading system know-how and address all architectures, structured light (SL), time-of-flight (iToF/dToF), and active stereo vision (ASV). Building on its advanced VCSEL products and optics capabilities for front-side and world-facing use ams offers high performance 3D illumination for SL, ToF and ASV. ams is shipping high volume 3D sensing products to the leading smartphone OEMs with the Android market contributing attractively in the first half. Here ams serves several platforms with different VCSEL 3D illumination solutions for world-facing iToF 3D sensing. These camera enhancement systems have become successful in the market as they allow OEMs to offer significantly improved picture quality. ams is extending its 3D sensing focus and technology offering through the targeted integration of high quality NIR image sensing for specific architectures. Further expanding ams’ coverage of 3D technology and its system expertise, this roadmap enables solution designs where ams’ NIR technology can drive high QE and other performance aspects.
In display management, behind-OLED (BOLED) light and proximity sensing solutions are continuing their adoption in major Android platforms through this year. Eliminating bezel-placed components from the device face, ams’ unmatched technology makes light and proximity sensing invisible by measuring from behind the OLED display. Leading Android OEMs have been driving penetration of the technology which is becoming a common entry on high-end feature lists. Against this backdrop ams is realizing an expanding multi-generation BOLED roadmap for the coming years. Across its overall display management portfolio ams is shipping very high volumes of differentiated sensing solutions to top consumer OEMs.
ams focuses on innovation in optical sensing through ongoing significant R&D investments for new technologies and applications. ams already introduced innovative technology for camera automatic white balancing (AWB) earlier this year where ams’ highly accurate spectral sensor opens a new way of boosting mobile camera performance. Precise spectrum analysis of the light environment enables previously impossible white balancing accuracy for smartphone cameras through advanced optical sensing. This drives significantly better picture quality and excellent natural color expression for outstanding results and measurable benchmark improvement. The solution is shipping in high volume into a first flagship platform and ams expects broader adoption of the technology going forward.
ams is pursuing a development roadmap for dToF 3D technology, a more complex ToF architecture that offers significant advantages for longer distances. High performance dToF illumination and systems that build on ams’ industry-leading 3D illumination and sensing expertise are an innovation focus for the next years as ams sees dToF emerging into an important 3D area and market interest in future world-facing applications is growing. ams continues development activities to create front-facing 3D sensing technology for face authentication behind the display, making it invisible and eliminating components from the device face. Leveraging ams’ singular BOLED know-how and 3D system capabilities which are built around VCSEL illumination, NIR sensing, software and algorithms ams plans to demonstrate BOLED 3D technology using ASV around year-end. Later on, ams plans to explore potential architectures for BOLED 3D sensing related to SL. All in all, ams sees dToF and BOLED 3D technology as very attractive opportunities for the coming years. Audio sensing which includes ams’ range of active noise cancelling solutions performed in line with expectations based on ams’ strong position in high performance digital and hybrid noise cancelling technologies.
Looking out into the next years, ams sees a number of new optical sensing opportunities and potential applications ams is pursuing across the top smartphone OEMs. These are based on ams’ strong relationships and high level of engagement at each of these customers. ams is working to bring new and better solutions to customers that are driven by ams’ focus on high value innovation and differentiating capabilities.
ams’ automotive, industrial, and medical businesses as a whole showed a muted performance in the second quarter and first half. This development reflected expectations due to the continued impact of Covid-19 though end markets differed in the respective effects recorded. In Automotive, global demand weakness and lowered automotive production remained apparent in order trends and volume requirements so ams’ business performed in line with expectations. ams navigates through this challenging environment looking forward to a more significant strengthening of automotive production globally. ams is well positioned for attractive automotive sensing markets in safety, driver assistance/autonomous driving, position sensing, and chassis control, and continues to invest in R&D and project-based development efforts.
For 3D LIDAR ams supports illumination in several programs at different Tier 1 system suppliers where ams’ high power VCSEL arrays enable advanced scan/non-scan LIDAR architectures. Beyond this, ams is seeing ongoing good market traction in LIDAR from its partnership with LIDAR technology leader IBEO. ams’ internal VCSEL production, where a ramp-up continues through this year, is already fully automotive qualified which offers further differentiation in the VCSEL market. The emerging area of optical in-cabin sensing (ICS) shows positive momentum as OEM and Tier 1 suppliers are highly interested in new in-cabin comfort and safety applications such as monitoring. ams is developing products for first secured ICS projects including illumination and sees future opportunities around its 3D solution capabilities.
ams industrial business also recorded a continued subdued performance in the second quarter reflecting ongoing weak demand in industrial markets due to Covid-19 impacts worldwide. As ams progresses towards recovery of demand its broad customer base and leading position in high performance sensing for industrial and factory automation, HABA, imaging and other industrial uses remain supportive factors in the current environment. Built around ams’ leading global shutter technology, ams’ imaging business for industrial applications and machine vision saw a similar development and performed in line with expectations.
ams’ medical business continued to perform well in the second quarter in contrast to other AIM markets. ams is a leading supplier of medical imaging solutions for CT, digital X-ray, and mammography as well as miniature camera endoscopy. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic ams has been fulfilling demand for broader deployment of computed tomography (CT) scanners that help clinical Covid-19 diagnostics. Driving innovation ams notes positive momentum for its recently announced new use of spectral sensing technology in medical lateral flow testing (LFT). Here ams enables fast diagnostics by optically analyzing LFT results at the point-of-care with very high accuracy. ams has announced a partnership with European medical test manufacturer Senova for an integrated LFT test kit for Covid-19 antibody identification that incorporates ams’ spectral sensor, and expects first production runs to start in the second half of this year. Given the strength of ams’ unmatched technology ams is already exploring several additional industry partnerships for different medical LFT uses and sees a meaningful growth opportunity for the coming years.
In manufacturing operations, ams has maintained volume production in all its locations despite the continued Covid-19 related restrictions and challenges. As ams continues detailed measures to safeguard the health of its employees as well as the ability to manufacture ams remains fully aligned with customer requirements and able to support evolving customer demand. ams’ Singapore manufacturing showed a strong operational performance through the first half and ams expects this to continue as capacity utilization increases with expected higher production volumes in the third quarter and second half. Capital expenditures remained low through the first half of 2020, even when compared to 2019, underlining the successful management of investment requirements for ams’ business. ams therefore expects capital expenditures to continue to be limited for the remainder of the year.
For the third quarter 2020, ams expects very good growth for the ams business despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic impacting economies and its end markets, on a sequential basis. This growth will be driven by volume ramps for smartphone sensing solutions while ams’ non-consumer business in Automotive and Industrial continues to show limited demand and provide a muted contribution to the results. ams will be fully consolidating OSRAM as of the beginning of the third quarter 2020 and intends to include OSRAM as a separate reporting segment. Going forward, ams plans to continue its practice of providing a financial outlook for the current quarter. Given the current financial guidance structure of OSRAM, however, ams’ financial outlook for the third quarter 2020 below only comprises the ams business.
Based on available information and the above mentioned definition, ams expects third quarter revenues for the ams business of USD 530-570 million, up 20% sequentially at the midpoint. This positive outlook encompasses strength in ams’ consumer business compensating for ongoing demand weakness in the majority of ams’ non-consumer business. Despite this situation, ams also expects robust profitability for the third quarter with an expected adjusted operating (EBIT) margin of 21-24%, on the basis of ams’ operational strength. The expectations above assume no further unforeseen negative effects from the Covid-19 pandemic that would result in a meaningful negative impact on ams’ business.
The half year report 2020 including additional financial information is available on the company website at https://ams.com/financial-reports.
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