MIGDAL HAEMEK, ISRAEL – February 24, 2016 — TowerJazz (NASDAQ: TSEM & TASE: TSEM) today reports results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015 ended December 31, 2015.
Fourth Quarter Results Overview
Revenues for the 2015 fourth quarter were a record $255 million, reflecting 8% growth as compared with the fourth quarter of 2014 and 4% higher than the immediately preceding quarter.
GAAP gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $65 million, with 25% gross margins and an increase of 69% as compared with $38 million gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2014, with 16% gross margins and an increase of 17% as compared with $55 million gross profit in the immediately preceding quarter, with 23% gross margins.
GAAP operating profit was $34 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, 21% increase as compared with $28 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 43% increase as compared with $24 million operating profit in the immediately preceding quarter.
GAAP net profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $22 million, or $0.28 basic earnings per share, demonstrating increased sustainable GAAP net profit, as compared with $14 million or $0.18 earnings per share in the immediately preceding quarter and $0.6 million, or $0.01 earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2014.
On a non-GAAP basis, as described and reconciled in the tables below, gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $104 million, reflecting a 41% gross margin, an increase of 24% as compared with $84 million gross profit reported for the fourth quarter of 2014. On a non-GAAP basis, net profit for the quarter was $70 million or $0.88 basic earning per shares, as compared with $46 million or $0.83 per share reported in the fourth quarter of 2014, and as compared with $58 million or $0.74 per share reported in the immediately preceding quarter.
EBITDA totaled to approximately $76 million or 30% EBITDA margin, a 35% increase as compared with $56 million or 24% EBITDA margin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and a 20% sequential increase as compared with $63 million or 26% EBITDA margin in the immediately preceding quarter.
Cash and short-term deposits on December 31, 2015 are $206 million, as compared with $155 million as of September 30, 2015. The main cash activities during the fourth quarter of 2015 were comprised of the following: $55 million cash generated from operations, excluding interest payments of $1.6 million; $4 million received from exercise or warrants and options; a receipt of $71 million long-term loan by TPSCo from JA Mitsui bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust bank; investments of $58 million in fixed assets, net; $18 million of debt principal payments to banks and bondholders; and $1.6 million dividend payment to Panasonic by TPSCo.
Shareholders' equity as of December 31, 2015 was $386 million, nearly 2X higher as compared with $196 million as of December 31, 2014 and an increase of 19% as compared with $325 million as of September 30, 2015. Current ratio increased to 2.1X, as compared with 1.3X as of December 31, 2014 and 1.6X as of September 30, 2015. Net debt amounted $105 million as of December 31, 2015, reflecting a net debt to EBITDA ratio of below 0.4X, as compared with net debt of $318 million as of December 31, 2014.
Full Year 2015 Financial Results
Revenues for 2015 were a record $961 million, representing 16% growth, as compared with $828 million revenues in 2014.
GAAP gross profit for 2015 was $205 million, more than 3X as compared with gross profit of $64 million in 2014. Net loss for the year on a GAAP basis was $30 million, or $0.40 loss per share, and included $110 million of non-cash financing expenses, net, mainly attributed to accretion and amortization non-cash costs resulting from the successful accelerated conversion of Series F debentures during 2015. GAAP net profit in 2014 was $4.3 million, which included the gain from the acquisition of TPSCo in the net amount of $166 million and $56 million Nishiwaki fab restructuring and impairment costs.
EBITDA for 2015 was $249 million, an increase of 62% compared with $154 for 2014.
Net profit on a non-GAAP basis, for the full year of 2015 was $231 million, or $3.11 basic earnings per share, 81% higher than $128 million or $2.46 earnings per share, in 2014.
As many of the Company’s investors are located in Israel and in Europe and are familiar with and use International Financial Reporting Standards rules (“IFRS”) the Company is voluntarily providing certain financial information on an IFRS basis. Net profit under IFRS was approximately $43 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 as compared with approximately $30 million loss under US GAAP, and basic earnings per share was $0.58 under IFRS as compared with $0.40 basic loss per share under US GAAP. The main difference between US GAAP and IFRS accounting principles as relates to the Company’s statement of operations for this reporting period is the different treatment of financial instruments affecting financing expenses, net. For the comparable year ended December 31, 2014, net profit under IFRS was approximately $25 million as compared with approximately $4 million under US GAAP, and basic earnings per share was $0.48 per share under IFRS as compared with $0.08 per share under US GAAP.
Cash and short-term deposits on December 31, 2015 are $206 million, as compared with $187 million as of December 31, 2014. The main cash activities during the year were comprised of the following: $208 million cash generated from operations, excluding interest payments of $12 million; $14 million received from exercise or warrants and options; a receipt of $71 million long-term loan by TPSCo from JA Mitsui bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust bank; investments of $166 million in fixed assets, net; $70 million of debt principal payments to banks and bondholders; and $25 million Nishiwaki’s employees termination payments in connection with its cessation of operations.
TowerJazz expects revenues for the first quarter of 2016 ending March 31, 2016 to be $276 million, with an upward or downward range of 5%, representing approximately 22% year over year revenue growth as compared with the first quarter of 2015 and 8% growth as compared with the fourth quarter of 2015. This expected growth is partially attributed to the inclusion of revenues from the San Antonio fab, having commenced in the beginning of February 2016.
Chairman and CEO Commentaries
Mr. Russell Ellwanger, Chief Executive Officer of TowerJazz, commented, “We are most enthusiastic to enter 2016 having achieved above $1 billion of annualized revenue run rate, and having (i) demonstrated sustainable and growing net profits commencing the second quarter of the past year and (ii) a forward looking business model of profit margin growth utilizing cost covered available capacity to support the continued high customer demand.”
Ellwanger continued, “Built upon the strong revenue and margins growth, we launched a number of strategic technological and operational initiatives. Among those we previously announced were 300mm advanced roadmaps activities for CMOS image sensors and RF products and the recent acquisition of the San Antonio fab from Maxim, which allows us to increase our manufacturing capacity while enhancing our existing customer relationship with this world leader. These and other such activities add to and build upon a strong foundation enabling continued growing performance, as reflected in our guidance for the first quarter of 2016.”
Mr. Amir Elstein, TowerJazz Chairman of the Board, concluded:, “2015 was a noteworthy year, presenting continuous increase in revenues and profitability, and even more important, setting the stage for future growth by adding significant manufacturing capacity and advance leading technological offerings, in order to better serve our customers. Our stated vision is to be the world leader in specialty foundry solutions. With a strong and growing customer base, which includes long term tier-1 partners and with meaningful activities fueling our design wins pipeline, I believe that in 2016 we will continue this path, successfully delivering on our strategy to build an increasingly profitable, fast growing and world leading specialty semiconductor foundry.”
Teleconference and Webcast
TowerJazz will host an investor conference call today, February 24, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Central time, 8:00 a.m. Mountain time, 7:00 a.m. Pacific time and 5:00 p.m. Israel time) to discuss the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015 and its first quarter 2016 outlook.
This call will be webcast and can be accessed via TowerJazz’s website at www.towerjazz.com., or by calling: 1-888-668-9141 (U.S. Toll-Free), 03-918-0609 (Israel), +972-3-918-0609 (International). For those who are not available to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for 90 days.
The Company presents its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Some of the financial information in this release, including in the financial tables below, may be considered "non-GAAP financial measures" under Regulation G and related reporting requirements promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission as they apply to our company. These non-GAAP financial measures are calculated excluding one or more of the following: (1) depreciation and amortization; (2) compensation expenses in respect of equity grants to directors, officers and employees; (3) Nishiwaki Fab restructuring costs and impairment; (4) TPSCo pre-merger costs; (5) financing expenses, net, other than interest accrued, such that non-GAAP interest expenses and other non-cash financial expenses, net, include only interest accrued during the reported period, whether paid or payable; (6) gain from acquisition; and (7) income tax expense, such that non-GAAP income tax expense includes only taxes paid during the reported period on a cash basis. Non-GAAP financial measures should be evaluated in conjunction with, and are not a substitute for, GAAP financial measures. The tables also present the GAAP financial measures, which are most comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures as well as reconciliation between the non-GAAP financial measures and the most comparable GAAP financial measures. As applied in this release, the term Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) consists of profit or loss, according to U.S. GAAP, excluding Nishiwaki Fab restructuring costs and impairment, TPSCo pre-merger costs, gain from acquisition, interest and other financing expenses (net), taxes, non-controlling interest, depreciation and amortization and stock based compensation expenses. EBITDA is akin to non-GAAP operating profit, which is reconciled in the tables below. EBITDA is not a required GAAP financial measure and may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure employed by other companies. EBITDA and the non-GAAP financial information presented herein should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating profit, net profit or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, per share data or other profit or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP and is not necessarily consistent with the non-GAAP data presented in previous filings. Net debt, as presented in this report, is comprised of the outstanding principal amount of banks loans (in the amounts of approximately $246 million and $194 million as of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively) and the outstanding principal amount of debentures (in the amounts of approximately $65 million and $311 million as of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively), less cash, cash equivalents and interest bearing deposits (in the amounts of approximately $206 million and $187 million as of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively).
The Company uses US GAAP in the preparation of its financial statements. As many of the Company’s investors and analysts are located in Israel and in Europe and are familiar with and use IFRS, the Company has included on a voluntary basis in this release certain financial information on an IFRS basis in addition to US GAAP financials. IFRS differs in certain significant aspects from U.S. GAAP. Net profit under IFRS was approximately $43 million for 2015 and net profit for 2014 was approximately $25 million with the main difference between US GAAP and IFRS accounting principles as relates to the Company’s statement of operations for this reporting period being the different treatment of financial instruments affecting non-cash financing expenses, net.
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM) and its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor, Inc. operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated circuits, offering a broad range of customizable process technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management (BCD and 700V), and MEMS. TowerJazz also provides a world-class design enablement platform for a quick and accurate design cycle as well as Transfer Optimization and development Process Services (TOPS) to IDMs and fabless companies that need to expand capacity.
To provide multi-fab sourcing and extended capacity for its customers, TowerJazz operates two manufacturing facilities in Israel (150mm and 200mm), two in the U.S. (200mm) and three additional facilities in Japan (two 200mm and one 300mm) through TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. (TPSCo), established with Panasonic Corporation of which TowerJazz has the majority holding. Through TPSCo, TowerJazz provides leading edge 45nm CMOS, 65nm RF CMOS and 65nm 1.12um pixel technologies, including the most advanced image sensor technologies. For more information, please visit www.towerjazz.com or www.tpsemico.com.
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This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements and you should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with: (i) over demand for our foundry services and/or products that exceeds our capacity; (ii) maintaining existing customers and attracting additional customers, (iii) demand in our customers’ end markets, (iv) high utilization and its effect on cycle time, yield and on schedule delivery which may cause customers to transfer their product(s) to other fabs, (v) operating results fluctuate from quarter to quarter making it difficult to predict future performance, (vi) impact of our debt and other liabilities on our financial position and operations, (vii) our ability to successfully execute acquisitions, integrate them into our business, utilize our expanded capacity and find new business, (viii) fluctuations in cash flow, (ix) our ability to satisfy the covenants stipulated in our agreements with our lenders, banks and bond holders, (x) pending litigation, including the putative shareholder class actions that were recently filed against the Company, certain officers, its directors and/or its external auditor in the US and Israel, following a short sell thesis report issued in January 2016 by a short-selling focused firm, which the Company believes contains false and misleading information about the Company's strategy, business model and financials; (xi) our majority stake in TPSCo and acquisition of TJT, (xii) in the course of the operations cessation, dissolution and closure of TJP within the scope of restructuring our activities and business in Japan, settling any future claims or potential claims from suppliers or other third parties, (xiii) meeting the conditions set in the approval certificates received from the Israeli Investment Center under which we received a significant amount of grants in past years, (xiv) receipt of orders that are lower than the customer purchase commitments, (xv) failure to receive orders currently expected, (xvi) possible incurrence of additional indebtedness, (xvii) effect of global recession, unfavorable economic conditions and/or credit crisis, (xviii) our ability to accurately forecast financial performance, which is affected by limited order backlog and lengthy sales cycles, (xix) may have obsolete inventory if forecasted demand exceeds actual demand when we manufacture products before receipt of customer orders, (xx) the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the resulting periodic overcapacity, fluctuations in operating results and future average selling price erosion, (xxi) to execute debt re-financing, restructuring and/or fundraising to enable the service of our debt and other liabilities, (xxii) operating our facilities at high utilization rates which is critical in order to cover a portion or all of the high level of fixed costs associated with operating a foundry, and our debt, in order to improve our results, (xxiii) the purchase of equipment to increase capacity, the timely completion of the equipment installation, technology transfer and raising the funds therefor, (xxiv) the concentration of our business in the semiconductor industry, (xxv) product returns, (xxvi) our ability to maintain and develop our technology processes and services to keep pace with new technology, evolving standards, changing customer and end-user requirements, new product introductions and short product life cycles, (xxvii) competing effectively, (xxviii) use of outsourced foundry services by both fabless semiconductor companies and integrated device manufacturers; (xxix) achieving acceptable device yields, product performance and delivery times, (xxx) our dependence on intellectual property rights of others, our ability to operate our business without infringing others’ intellectual property rights and our ability to enforce our intellectual property against infringement, (xxxi) retention of key employees and recruitment and retention of skilled qualified personnel, (xxxii) exposure to inflation, currency exchange and interest rate fluctuations and risks associated with doing business locally and internationally and fluctuations in the market price of our traded securities, (xxxiii) issuance of ordinary shares as a result of conversion and/or exercise of any of our convertible securities may depress the market price of our ordinary shares and may impair our ability to raise future capital, (xxxiv) meeting regulatory requirements worldwide, including environmental and governmental regulations; and (xxxv) business interruption due to fire and other natural disasters, the security situation in Israel and other events beyond our control such as power interruptions.
A more complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect our business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower’s most recent filings on Forms 20-F and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz’s most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC. Future results may differ materially from those previously reported. The Company does not intend to update, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, specializes in manufacturing analog integrated circuits for more than 300 customers worldwide in growing markets such as automotive, medical, industrial, consumer and aerospace and defense, among others. more information