FormFactor Inc. ( FORM Quick Quote FORM - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 44 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 39 cents. The figure increased 12.8% sequentially and 7.3% year over year. Revenues increased 10.3% from the year-ago quarter and 10.7% sequentially to $197 million. Also, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7.1%. The top line was driven by strong demand for both Foundry & Logic probe cards, along with strength in advanced packaging. Customer node transitions and new design releases also aided revenues. Management continues to expect strong demand for Foundry & Logic probe cards in the near term due to acceleration of 5G handset pilot production and persistent spending on the work-from-home infrastructure. Quarter Details
Probe card segment revenues were $162.5 million for the fourth quarter, up 7% from the prior quarter. The increase was driven by foundry and logic, and DRAM revenues, partially offset by a decline in flash revenues.
Within the probe card segment, Foundry & Logic sales (accounting for 62% of its total revenues) increased on a sequential basis to $123 million. Systems revenues for the fourth quarter were $45 million, up 27% sequentially. Revenues for DRAM products (18% of revenues) were $35 million, reflecting an increase of $3 million from the third quarter. Flash revenues (3% of revenues) were $5 million, down on a sequential basis. Operating Details
On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin contracted 230 basis points (bps) year over year and 330 bps sequentially to 43.4%. The decrease was mainly due to unfavorable product mix in the System segment.
Non-GAAP operating expenses were $48.1 million for the fourth quarter, up from $43.8 million in the prior-year period. The increase was due to higher investments. Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
At fourth quarter-end, cash and cash equivalents, as well as marketable securities were $255 million compared with $241.5 million in the third quarter.
Cash flow from operations was $45 million versus $41.8 million in the third quarter. Free cash flow was $31.4 million, down from $37.2 million in the third quarter. Guidance
FormFactor expects first-quarter 2021 revenues between $176 million and $188 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is currently pegged at $182.9 million.
On a non-GAAP basis, the company projects gross margin within 44-47% and earnings in the band of 34-42 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings per share is pegged at 39 cents. Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
Currently, FormFactor carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other top-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include
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