AXT, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

May 2, 2016

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FREMONT, CA–(Marketwired – May 2, 2016) – AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI), a leading manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates, today reported financial results for the first quarter, ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter 2016 Results

Revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $18.7 million, compared with $18.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Gross margin was 28.1 percent of revenue for the first quarter of 2016, compared with 17.1 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Operating expenses were $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared with $4.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

Operating profit for the first quarter of 2016 was $0.5 million compared with an operating loss of $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

Net interest and other income for the first quarter of 2016 was a loss of $0.2 million, compared with a gain of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net profit in the first quarter of 2016 was $42,000, or $0.00 per share, compared with a net loss of $1.2 million or a loss of $0.04 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Management Qualitative Comments
“Q1 was a strong quarter for AXT in which we exceeded our revenue and profitability guidance, and posted a strong increase in both our gross and operating margins from the prior quarter,” said Morris Young, chief executive officer. “Our indium phosphide revenue was our strongest in recent years. In addition, our manufacturing team continues to work on efficiency and yield improvement, and these efforts along with our product mix helped improve our gross margin in the quarter.”

Conference Call
The company will host a conference call to discuss these results today at 1:30 p.m. PT. The conference call can be accessed at (719) 325-2469 (passcode 4866670). The call will also be simulcast on the Internet at Replays will be available at (719) 457-0820 (passcode 4866670) until May 8, 2016. Financial and statistical information to be discussed in the call will be available on the company’s website immediately prior to commencement of the call. Additional investor information can be accessed at or by calling the company’s Investor Relations Department at (510) 438-4700.

About AXT, Inc.
AXT designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance compound and single element semiconductor substrates comprising indium phosphide (InP), gallium arsenide (GaAs) and germanium (Ge) through its manufacturing facilities in Beijing, China. In addition, AXT maintains its sales, administration and customer service functions at its headquarters in Fremont, California. The company’s substrate products are used primarily in lighting display applications, wireless communications, fiber optic communications and solar cell applications. Its vertical gradient freeze (VGF) technique for manufacturing semiconductor substrates provides significant benefits over other methods and enabled AXT to become a leading manufacturer of such substrates. AXT has manufacturing facilities in China and invests in joint ventures in China producing raw materials. For more information, see AXT’s website at

Safe Harbor Statement
The foregoing paragraphs contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws, including, for example, statements regarding the market demand for our products, our market opportunity, and our expectations with respect to our business prospects. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions that are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the company’s operations and business environment, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements contained in the foregoing discussion. These uncertainties and factors include but are not limited to: overall conditions in the markets in which the company competes; global financial conditions and uncertainties; policies and regulations in China; market acceptance and demand for the company’s products; the impact of factory closures or other events causing delays by our customers on the timing of sales of our products; our ability to control costs, our ability to utilize our manufacturing capacity; product yields and their impact on gross margins; and other factors as set forth in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each of these factors is difficult to predict and many are beyond the company’s control. The company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)  
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2016     2015  
Revenue   $ 18,713     $ 20,064  
Cost of revenue     13,460       15,315  
Gross profit     5,253       4,749  
Operating expenses:                
  Selling, general and administrative     3,374       5,251  
  Research and development     1,381       1,241  
    Total operating expenses     4,755       6,492  
Income (loss) from operations     498       (1,743 )
Interest income, net     98       97  
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures     (456 )     200  
Other income (expense), net     190       633  
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes     330       (813 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     397       86  
Net income (loss)     (67 )     (899 )
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest     109       (125 )
Net income (loss) attributable to AXT, Inc.   $ 42     $ (1,024 )
Net income (loss) attributable to AXT, Inc. per common share:                
  Basic   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.03 )
  Diluted   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.03 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                
  Basic     32,002       32,553  
  Diluted     32,002       32,553  
(Unaudited, in thousands)  
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2016     2015  
Current assets                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 25,067     $ 24,875  
  Short-term investments     9,053       11,437  
  Accounts receivable, net     19,711       18,468  
  Inventories     38,822       38,012  
  Related party notes receivable – current            
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     4,386       4,096  
      Total current assets     97,039       96,888  
Long-term investments     9,211       7,691  
Property, plant and equipment, net     31,141       31,422  
Related party notes receivable – long-term     1,792       1,781  
Other assets     13,544       14,114  
    Total assets   $ 152,727     $ 151,896  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity:                
Current liabilities                
  Accounts payable   $ 8,034     $ 6,460  
  Accrued liabilities     5,357       6,381  
    Total current liabilities     13,391       12,841  
Long-term portion of royalty payments     1,006       1,150  
Other long-term liabilities     308       344  
    Total liabilities     14,705       14,335  
Stockholders’ equity:                
  Preferred stock     3,532       3,532  
  Common stock     32       32  
  Additional paid-in capital     194,899       194,646  
  Accumulated deficit     (70,579 )     (70,621 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income     4,665       4,382  
    Total AXT, Inc. stockholders’ equity     132,549       131,971  
Noncontrolling interest     5,473       5,590  
    Total stockholders’ equity     138,022       137,561  
    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 152,727     $ 151,896  
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