SOITEC : RESULTS FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF FY 2015-2016

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RESULTS FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF FY 2015-2016

  • In the context of the announced proposed capital increases, Soitec is exceptionally reporting its financial statements for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2015-2016 ending on December 31, 2015
  • The interim financial report for the first nine months of fiscal year 2015-2016 is available on Soitec's website

Bernin, France, April 25, 2016 - Soitec (Euronext Paris), a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials, today announced its unaudited consolidated results for the first nine months of the 2015-2016 financial year. The auditors have issued a limited review report ( revue limitée ) on these results which is included in the interim financial report for the first nine months of fiscal year 2015-2016 available on Soitec's website. [1]

Key financials for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2015-2016

Income statement

As already published on January 20 th , 2016 (http://soitec.com/en/investors/financial-press-releases/article-1818/), total Consolidated Revenues for the first nine months of FY 15-16 amounted to €171.7 million , a 49% increase (a 27% increase at constant exchange rates) from €115.4 million for the first nine months of FY 14-15, restated to exclude the Solar activities [2] . [3]

The growth of the Gross Profit, which reached €42.4 million (25% of Sales), compared to €10.7 million for the first nine months of FY 14-15, results from an increase in volume and the positive evolution of exchange rates.

Current Operating Income was positive, amounting to €8.4 million , compared to the Current Operating Loss of €34.9 million recorded for the first nine months of FY 14-15 ( i.e. , an increase of €43.3 million).

As a result of Other Operating Expenses of €29.2 million mainly related to impairment test charges and Restructuring Expenses, Operating Income was negative, amounting to €19.7 million (compared to a €36.4 million loss for the first nine months of FY 14-15).

The main impact results from a €20.1 million depreciation, recorded at the close of the first nine months of FY 15-16, with respect to the clean room in Singapore and the impairment tests on non-current assets recorded on Altatech's asset values (€2.2 million on the basis of the price paid for the shares, it being specified that Soitec sold its entire stake in Altatech at the end of March 2016). [4]

Consolidated Net Loss for the first nine months amounted to €69.1 million (compared to a consolidated net loss of €115.2 million for the first nine months of FY 14-15), taking into account the net financial expenses amounting to €20.9 million and the net loss related to discontinued operations reported under discontinued operations (Solar activities) of €26.3m.

Cash generation

Net Cash used by operating activities (including restructuring costs of the Solar activities) for the first nine months of FY 15-16 amounted to €16.7 million (compared with a positive net cash generation of €8.1 million in the first nine months of FY 14-15 mostly resulting from working capital variations). Group EBITDA for the first nine months of FY 15-16 was negative, amounting to - €18.0 million (compared to - €51.9 million in the first nine months of FY 14-15). However, EBITDA generated by continuing operation was positive at €19.9 million, compared to - €14.1 million for the first nine months of FY 14-15

Net Cash generated by investment activities and asset disposals amounted to €26.3 million in the first nine months of FY 15-16 (compared to a consumption of €23.7 million for the first nine months of FY 14-15), thanks to €32 million in proceeds from the sale of the San Diego building, equipment from San Diego and Freiburg and two solar power plants.

Net Cash generated by financing activities amounted to €19.4 million (compared to €4.6 million for the first nine months of FY 14-15), mainly as a result of:

-                 €65.4 million in new financing including a loan of €30 million from Shin Etsu Handotai (SEH), a major wafer supplier and longstanding shareholder in the Company, a loan of €15 million from Bpifrance Participations, another shareholder, a loan of €9 million from the CEA, Soitec's technology partner, and a €11 million financial lease.

-                 the repayments of €46,1 million in borrowings and interest, including the repayment of a €17.1 million loan related to discontinued activities.

Balance sheet

The Group's Cash and Cash Equivalents improved during the first nine months of FY 15-16 to reach €51.8 million on 31 December 2015, representing an increase of €22.9 million compared to March 31, 2015. The main factor underpinning this improvement was the new financing arranged with Soitec's partners. Therefore Soitec's total Gross Financial Debts increased from €173.0 million on March 31, 2015 to €217.5 million on December 31, 2015. Consequently, Net Debt reached €165.7 million at the end of December 2015 compared to €150 million on March 31, 2015. As a result of the net loss generated over the period Soitec's consolidated equity declined from €50.0 million to €-0.8 million. As already publicly announced, the Company is in the process of strengthening its equity through capital increases designed to ensure the continuity of its business and the restructuring of its financial debt.

Outlook concerning the Electronics business

For FY 15-16 (ending on March 31, 2016), Soitec forsees an EBITDA margin (EBITDA/revenues) of approximately 15% for the Electronics business.

For FY 16-17, growth in demand for products used in radio-frequency applications (RF) and power applications should be robust and compensate the impact associated with the end of the lifecycle of PD-SOI. If this is the case, the Company would target (at constant exchange rates) a single-digit revenue growth for the Electronics business from FY2015-2016 and an EBITDA margin of the Electronics business of the same order than in FY 15-16. Regarding more specifically the first quarter of FY 16-17, Soitec expects its Electronics revenues to be substantially in line with those generated in the first quarter of FY 15-16 at constant exchange rates ( i.e. , a sequential decrease of approximately 15% compared with the fourth quarter of FY 15-16).

Also, in the longer run, Soitec intends to benefit from attractive perspectives associated with the adoption of FD-SOI on a large scale in the semiconductor industry.

For more details on the forecasts, objectives and trends for FY 15-16, FY 16-17 and subsequent years, please refer to the information set forth in sections 12 and 13 of the update to Soitec's 2014-2015 registration document filed with the French stock market authority (Autorité des Marchés Financiers, the "AMF") on March 7, 2016 under number D.15-0587-A01 as well as in sections B.4.a and B.9 of the summary of the prospectus approved by the AMF on March 18, 2016 under no. 16-085 (the "Prospectus"). Soitec S.A. draws the public's attention to the "Risk factors" sections of the Prospectus, set out in chapter 4 of the registration document filed with the AMF on June 10, 2015 under no. D.15-0587 and in chapter 4 of the update filed to the registration document with the AMF on March 7, 2016 under no. D-15-0587-A01 as well as in chapter 2 of the securities note forming part of the Prospectus. The realization of all or part of these risks is likely to have a material adverse effect on the business, assets, financial situation, results or prospects of the Soitec group as well as on the market price of the Soitec S.A. shares.


Agenda

Shareholders will be invited to meet at an Extraordinary General Meeting on second notice on April 29, 2016.

Given the current capital increase project, the date of publication of the FY 15-16 results has not yet been decided.

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About Soitec

Soitec (Euronext, Paris) is a world leader in designing and manufacturing high performance semiconductor materials. The company uses its unique technologies to serve the electronics and energy markets. With 3,600 patents worldwide, Soitec's strategy is based on disruptive innovation to respond to its customers' needs for high performance, energy efficiency and cost competitiveness. Soitec has manufacturing facilities, R&D centers and offices in Europe, US and Asia. For more information, please visit www.soitec.com

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Consolidated income statement
for the first nine months of fiscal year 2015-2016*

(in thousands of euros)Nine months ended December 31, 2015Nine months ended December 31, 2014
Sales  171,675  115,446
Cost of sales(129,248)(104,747)
Gross profit  42,427  10,699
Sales and marketing expenses(6,660)(5,904)
Research and development costs(13,771)(24,213)
Solar power plant project development costs- 
General and administrative expenses(13,563)(15,503)
Current operating income/(loss)  8,432 (34,921)
Other operating income 1,065 2,343
Other operating expenses(29,233)(3,783)
Operating loss (19,736) (36,362)
Financial income2,325 20,931
Financial expense(23,230)(29,222)
Net financial expense (20,905) (8,291)
Loss before tax (40,641) (44,653)
Income tax(1,986)(8)
Share of loss of equity-accounted companies(207)(2,583)
Net loss from continuing operations (42,834) (47,244)
Net loss from discontinued operations (26,256) (67,983)
Consolidated net loss for the period (69,091) (115,227)
Non-controlling interests- 
Net loss (attributable to owners of the parent) (69,091) (115,227)
Basic loss per share in euros  (0.30)  (0.51)
Of which continuing operations   (0.18)  (0.20)
Of which discontinued operations   (0.11)  (0.30)
Diluted loss per share in euros  (0.30)  (0.51)
Of which continuing operations   (0.18)  (0.20)
Of which discontinued operations   (0.11)  (0.30)

* Unaudited information

Results for the Electronics segment *

(in thousands of euros) Electronics Electronics % Change
  9m FY15-16 9m FY14-15  
Sales167,762111,876 50%
Gross profit/(loss) 42,690 10,084 323%
in % of sales 25.4% 9.0%  
    
Net research and development costs -10,104 -19,156 -47%
in % of sales -6.0% -17.1%  
Sales and marketing expenses -4,000 -3,980 1%
in % of sales -2.4% -3.6%  
General and administrative expenses -12,893 -14,684 -12%
in % of sales -7.7% -13.1%  
Current operating income/(loss) 15,692 -27,734  
in % of sales 9.4% -24.8%  
Other operating income and expenses, net -26,652 -1,440  
EBIT -10,961 -29,174  
EBITDA 27,292 -8,294  
in % of sales 16.3% -7.4%  

* Unaudited information

Results for the Other segment*

(in thousands of euros) Other Activities Other Activities % Change
  9m FY15-16 9m FY14-15  
Sales3,9133,570 9.6%
Gross profit/(loss) -263 615 -142.8%
in % of sales -6.7% 17.2%  
Net research and development costs -3,667 -5,057 -27.5%
Sales and marketing expenses -2,660 -1,924 38.3%
General and administrative expenses -670 -820 -18.3%
Current operating income/(loss) -7,259 -7,187  
Net income/(loss) from discontinued operations      
Other operating income1065- 
Other operating expenses-2,581-  
Other operating income and expenses, net -1,516 -  
EBIT -8,775 -7,187  
EBITDA -7,322 -5,779  

* Unaudited information

Balance sheet at the end of December 31, 2015*

Assets

(in thousands of euros)
December 31, 2015March 31, 2015
Non-current assets:    
Goodwill and intangible assets4,3238,842
Capitalized development projects1,9442,226
Property, plant and equipment123,930156,736
Solar power plant projects-1,600
Deferred tax assets--
Investments in equity-accounted companies--
Non-current financial assets9,4175,739
Other non-current assets22,22528,961
Total non-current assets 161,839 204,104
Current assets:    
Inventories36,48433,073
Trade receivables36,45543,812
Other current assets20,22118,894
Current financial assets1,330 1,311
Cash and cash equivalents51,75722,911
Total current assets 146,247 120,001
Assets held for sale21,82769,435
Assets related to discontinued operations6,259-
Total assets 336,172 393,540
   
Equity and liabilities

(in thousands of euros)
December 31, 2015March 31, 2015
Equity:   
Share capital23,13223,119
Share premium781,382782,058
Treasury shares(475)(475)
Retained earnings(813,239)(737,473)
Other reserves8,389(17,270)
Equity attributable to owners of the parent (811) 49,958
Non-controlling interests -
Total equity (811) 49,958
Non-current liabilities:    
Long-term debt156,507123,552
Deferred tax liabilities- -
Provisions and other non-current liabilities**14,92017,543
Total non-current liabilities 171,427 141,095
Current liabilities:    
Short-term debt60,98049,455
Trade payables36,40252,279
Provisions and other current liabilities**40,82083,902
Total current liabilities 138,202 185,635
Liabilities held for sale-16,852
Liabilities related to discontinued operations27,354-
Total equity and liabilities 336,172 393,540

* Unaudited information


Statement of cash flows for the first nine months of fiscal year 2015-2016*

(in thousands of euros)Nine months ended December 31, 2015Nine months ended December 31, 2014
Net loss from continuing operations  (42,834)  (47,244)
Net loss from discontinued operations  (26,256)  (67,983)
Consolidated net loss for the period   (69,091)   (115,227)
     
Elimination of non-cash items:    
Share of profit/(loss) of equity-accounted companies  207  2,583
(Reversal)/Impairment of investments in equity-accounted companies  
Depreciation and amortization expenses  20,665  25,835
Impairment of non-current assets and accelerated depreciation/amortization  20,283  572
Provisions, net  (1,354)  (377)
Provision for retirement benefit obligations  396  317
Proceeds from disposals of assets  (28)  (3,297)
Change in taxes  1,986  8
Net financial income  20,904  8,296
Share-based payments  (254)  28
Impact of IFRIC 21 (included in operating income/loss)   (795)
Non-cash items relating to discontinued operations  (11,747)  30,169
Total non-cash items   51,057   63,340
Of which continuing operations   62,804   33,170
EBITDA   (18,033)   (51,887)
Of which continuing operations   19,970   (14,073)
     
Increase/(decrease) in cash relating to:    
Inventories  (8,973)  (8,599)
Trade receivables  (2,061)  13,798
Other receivables   (1,395)  6,367
Trade payables  (10,641)  3,631
Other liabilities  3,694  7,975
Change in working capital related to discontinued operations  20,707  36,852
Change in working capital   1,331   60,025
Of which continuing operations   (19,376)   23,173
Net cash generated by/(used in) operating activities   (16,702)   8,138
Of which continuing operations   594   9,100
   
Purchases of intangible assets  (473)  (369)
Purchases of property, plant and equipment  (4,934)  (5,903)
Proceeds from sales of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment  312  5,706
(Acquisition) and disposal of financial assets (1)  (827)  (4,115)
Capital contribution to an equity-accounted company   (2,521)
Investment/divestment flows related to discontinued operations (2)  32,222  (16,465)
Net cash generated by/(used in) investing activities   26,301   (23,667)
Of which continuing operations   (5,921)   (7,202)
   
Proceeds from shareholders: capital increases and exercise of stock options (3)  474  79,450
ABSAAR redeemable warrants  (675) 
Issuance of debt (4)  65,427  11,000
Drawdowns of credit lines  173  7,200
Repayment of borrowings (including finance leases) (5)  (23,687)  (99,936)
Interest received  95  4,255
Interest paid  (5,232)  (10,059)
Financing flows related to discontinued operations (6)  (17,183)  3,504
Net cash generated by/(used in) financing activities   19,393   (4,586)
Of which continuing operations   36,576   (8,090)
   
Effects of exchange rate fluctuations  (146)  3,800
Change in net cash   28,846   (16,315)
   
Cash at beginning of the period  22,911  44,728
Cash at end of the period  51,757  28,413

* Unaudited information



[1]         This report of the auditors contains an observation as follows: "Without calling into question the conclusion expressed above, we draw attention to Note 7.2.4 to the appendices, specifying the assumptions underlying the maintenance of the principle of the Group's operating continuity".

[2]           In accordance with the Group's decision in January 2015 to withdraw from the Solar activities, the related income and expenses are reported under discontinued operations. The financial statements for the first nine months of FY 14-15 have thus been restated to ensure comparability with the financial statements for the first nine months of FY 15-16.  

3           For the consolidated revenues of the fourth quarter of FY 15-16, please refer to the press release published by the Company on April 13, 2016  (http://www.soitec.com/en/investors/financial-press-releases/article-1826/).

[4]           For purposes of the financial statements for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2015-2016, the Company has completed impairment tests that are usually conducted for its full year financial statements.

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