27.4.2007: Meldung: MEMC Reports First Quarter Results

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.

Summary of first quarter results:
-- Net sales of $440.4 million
-- Gross margin of $222.5 million (50.5% of net sales)
-- Operating income of $187.7 million (42.6% of net sales)
-- Cash and short-term investment balances of $838.1 million

The company reported first quarter net sales of $440.4 million, which represents an increase of 4.7% from the fourth quarter 2006 level of $420.5 million. Gross margin in the quarter was $222.5 million, or 50.5% of net sales, compared to $203.3 million, or 48.3% of net sales, in the 2006 fourth quarter. Operating expenses totaled $34.8 million in the quarter, or 7.9% of sales, compared to $34.7 million, or 8.2% of sales, in the fourth quarter. Operating income in the quarter was $187.7 million, or 42.6% of net sales, compared to $168.6 million, or 40.1% of net sales, in the fourth quarter. Non- operating expense in the quarter includes a non-cash charge of $1.1 million, reflecting the required end of period valuation of the Suntech warrants.

Using an estimated effective cash tax rate of 15%, non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2007 was $164.3 million and non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.71. Net income for the first quarter, using a book tax rate of 30.2%, was $134.7 million and GAAP diluted EPS was $0.58. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS figures include $7.4 million in pre-tax stock compensation expense and a $1.1 million pre-tax charge relating to the Suntech warrants. See non-GAAP reconciliation information at the end of this press release following the financial statement tables.

During the first quarter, the company generated operating cash flow of $214.5 million, or 48.7% of sales. Capital expenditures for the quarter totaled $47.9 million, or 10.9% of sales. Free cash flow (operating cash flow minus capital expenditures) was $166.6 million or 37.8% of sales. MEMC ended the first quarter with cash and short-term investments of $838.1 million, compared to $585.5 million at the end of the prior quarter. Cash balances include an additional security deposit made by a long-term supply agreement customer of $66 million.

Commenting on the company"s performance, Nabeel Gareeb, MEMC"s Chief Executive Officer said, "We are pleased to have grown revenue by almost 5% over the previous quarter, despite some semiconductor application areas being weaker than anticipated. Solar demand, however, remained healthy."

"In addition to revenue growth in the first quarter," continued Gareeb, "the company continued to improve margins, generate high levels of free cash flow, and further improve its already strong balance sheet. Cash and short- term investments grew by 43% over the previous quarter to over $838 million, while total debt remained flat at $35 million."

"During the quarter, the company commenced its first shipments of solar wafers. This marks an important milestone for MEMC as we introduce this new product line given our 50 years of experience in making wafers."

Second Quarter 2007 Outlook

"Although the demand environment for some of our semiconductor customers is improving compared to a soft first quarter, the wafer inventory recovery seems to be lagging that improvement a bit because of their days of inventory; in addition, other customers seem to have remnant inventory issues from the holiday season. Demand from the solar market, however, continues to be healthy. Based on these customer indications, we are targeting revenues of approximately $460-$470 million for the second quarter. We are also targeting margins to improve by approximately 100 basis points compared to the first quarter, with operating expenses between $36-$37 million," concluded Gareeb.

Other Events

The company also announced the appointment of Marshall Turner to MEMC"s board of directors, effective April 25, 2007. Last year, Mr. Turner completed three years as the chief executive officer of Toppan Photomasks, Inc., formerly named "Dupont Photomasks, Inc." prior to its acquisition by Toppan Printing Company, Ltd. in April 2005. Mr. Turner is also a member of the board of directors of Xilinx, Inc. and the Alliance Bernstein Funds , and is a member of the boards of directors or advisory boards of several privately-held technology companies, including Toppan Photomasks. He is also a director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and a trustee of the ResearchChannel. Prior to 2003, he was a general partner or principal of venture capital firms for thirty years. Mr. Turner has previously been a board member of twenty public and private companies, as well as four investment companies and eight non-profit organizations.

Conference Call

MEMC will host a conference call today, April 26, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the company"s first quarter results and related business matters. A live webcast will be available on the company"s web site at www.memc.com. Please go to the web site at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

A replay of the conference call will be available from 6:30 p.m. ET on April 26, 2007, until 11:59 p.m. ET on May 3, 2007. To access the replay, please dial (203) 369-3179 at any time during that period. A replay will also be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on May 3, 2007 on the company"s web site at www.memc.com.

About MEMC

MEMC is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of wafers and related intermediate products to the semiconductor and solar industries. MEMC has been a pioneer in the design and development of wafer technologies over the past four decades. With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, MEMC enables the next generation of high performance semiconductor devices and solar cells.

Certain matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements, including our expectation that second quarter 2007 sales are targeted to be approximately $460-$470 million; and that margins are targeted to increase by approximately 100 basis points from the first quarter; with operating expenses between $36-$37 million. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include market demand for wafers and semiconductors as well as polysilicon; customer acceptance of our new products; utilization of manufacturing capacity; our ability to reduce manufacturing and operating costs; inventory levels of our customers; changes in the pricing environment for both silicon wafers and polysilicon; supply chain difficulties or problems; assumptions underlying management"s financial estimates; general economic conditions; actions by competitors, customers and suppliers; changes in product specifications and manufacturing processes; changes in financial market conditions; changes in the composition of worldwide taxable income; the impact of competitive products and technologies; changes in interest and currency exchange rates and other risks described in the company"s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements represent the company"s judgment as of the date of this release. The company disclaims, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

(Unaudited; Dollars in millions, except share data)

Three Months Ended

March 31, December 31, March 31,
2007 2006 2006

Net sales $440.4 $420.5 $341.5
Cost of goods sold 217.9 217.2 208.8
Gross margin 222.5 203.3 132.7

Operating expenses:
Marketing and administration 25.3 25.9 22.6
Research and development 9.5 8.8 8.4
Operating income 187.7 168.6 101.7

Nonoperating (income) expense:
Interest expense 0.3 0.4 1.0
Interest income (8.4) (6.2) (1.6)
Loss (gain) on warrants 1.1 (21.3) -
Other income, net (0.2) (0.8) (0.8)
Total nonoperating (income) expense (7.2) (27.9) (1.4)
Income before income tax expense
and minority interests 194.9 196.5 103.1
Income tax expense 58.8 66.1 34.8
Income before minority interests 136.1 130.4 68.3
Minority interests (1.4) (1.5) (1.0)
Net income $134.7 $128.9 $67.3

Basic income per share $0.60 $0.58 $0.30
Diluted income per share $0.58 $0.56 $0.29

Weighted-average shares used in
computing basic income per share 223,971,069 222,728,419 221,695,347
Weighted-average shares used in
computing diluted income per share 231,627,942 230,330,246 229,114,697

(Dollars in millions)
March 31, December 31,
2007 2006
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $783.4 $527.5
Short-term investments 54.7 58.0
Accounts receivable, net 210.4 199.0
Inventories 66.7 80.2
Prepaid and other current assets 25.0 34.8
Total current assets 1,140.2 899.5
Property, plant and equipment, net 626.5 603.5
Deferred tax assets, net 121.0 119.5
Other assets 151.3 143.0
Total assets $2,039.0 $1,765.5

Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $5.1 $5.0
Accounts payable 121.8 125.4
Accrued liabilities 44.7 40.3
Accrued wages and salaries 33.3 32.8
Customer deposits 50.5 -
Income taxes payable 75.6 54.3
Total current liabilities 331.0 257.8

Long-term debt, less current portion 29.6 29.4
Pension and post-employment liabilities 83.0 85.2
Deferred revenue 79.9 68.1
Other liabilities 147.0 119.5
Total liabilities 670.5 560.0
Minority interests 33.7 38.6
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders" equity:
Preferred stock - -
Common stock 2.3 2.2
Additional paid-in capital 273.8 242.5
Retained earnings 1,069.1 933.8
Accumulated other comprehensive
loss (6.2) (7.4)
Treasury stock (4.2) (4.2)
Total stockholders" equity 1,334.8 1,166.9
Total liabilities and stockholders"
equity $2,039.0 $1,765.5

(Unaudited; Dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2007 2006 2006

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income $134.7 $128.9 $67.3
Adjustments to reconcile net income
to net cash provided by operating
Depreciation and amortization 19.0 18.7 16.4
Minority interests 1.4 1.5 1.0
Stock compensation 7.4 7.1 3.6
Working capital and other 52.0 (3.8) 32.0
Net cash provided by operating
activities 214.5 152.4 120.3

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Proceeds from sales and maturities of
investments 14.2 15.8 3.4
Purchases of investments (11.7) (44.4) (2.0)
Capital expenditures (47.9) (51.6) (29.7)
Other - - 0.1
Net cash used in investing
activities (45.4) (80.2) (28.2)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Net repayments on short-term borrowings - - (13.0)
Proceeds from customer deposits 63.7 16.0 -
Principal payments on long-term debt - (2.5) -
Excess tax benefits from stock-based
compensation arrangements 12.1 9.4 -
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 10.2 10.9 3.3
Net cash provided by (used in)
financing activities 86.0 33.8 (9.7)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
and cash equivalents 0.8 3.1 1.3

Net increase in cash and cash
equivalents 255.9 109.1 83.7
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning
of period 527.5 418.4 126.5
Cash and cash equivalents at end of
period $783.4 $527.5 $210.2

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income and EPS
to non-GAAP Net Income and EPS

Net Income EPS
GAAP $134.7 $0.58
Cash Tax Difference* 29.6 0.13
Non-GAAP $164.3 $0.71

*Our estimated cash tax rate is the estimated tax payable on
our tax returns as a percentage of estimated annual pre-tax
book income. The annual cash tax rate is estimated quarterly
by reference to book taxable income and then taking into
account temporary book/tax differences and any tax basis items
reflected on our annual tax returns. The Q1 2007 estimated cash
tax rate is 15%. The Q1 2007 book tax rate is 30.2%, giving rise
to a $29.6 million tax difference from GAAP to non-GAAP EPS
calculations as reflected in the above table.

CONTACT: Bill Michalek
Director, Investor Relations
MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
SOURCE MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
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