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Photronics (PLAB) Q1 Earnings In Line With Estimates, Up Y/Y

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Photronics, Inc. PLAB reported first-quarter fiscal 2020 earnings of 16 cents per share, which were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Also, the bottom line surged 100% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.   

Revenues of $159.7 million outpaced the consensus mark by 5.8% and rallied 28% on a year-over-year basis.

The year-over-year growth was driven by Photronics’ strong technology portfolio, expanding global operations and the company’s leadership position in the photomask market.     

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Segment Details    

IC Revenues (67% of total revenues) amounted to $107 million, up 13% from the year-ago quarter’s figure but down sequentially due to seasonal softness. However, the company’s efforts to establish a strong presence in China are driving IC revenues.

Moreover, the company’s business in China comprises a few large key customers and many smaller developing customers. They are split evenly between the IC and FPD segments, representing a diverse revenue stream.

FPD Revenues (33% of total revenues) surged 77% year over year to $52.8 million, driven by strong demand for AMOLED and LTPS mobile displays as well as G10.5 displays for the large format TVs.

Moreover, Photronics’ expanded production capabilities at its FPD facility in Hefei was a key contributor.

Operating Details

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 3.1% year over year to $14.2 million. Research and development expenses were $4 million, down 4.3% year over year.

Total operating profit for the quarter was $16.3 million compared with $8 million in the year-ago quarter.

However, operating margin contracted 350 basis points (bps) year over year to 10.2%, driven by costs of ramping the facilities in China and increased compensation costs.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

As of Feb 2, 2020, the company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $218.3 million compared with $206.5 million as Oct 31, 2019.

Net cash flow from operating activities was $30.8 million as of Feb 2, 2020 compared with $48.3 million as of Oct 31, 2019.

The company repurchased 0.9 million shares for $11 million during the quarter.


For the second quarter of fiscal 2020, the company expects revenues in the range of $145-$155 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at 150.4 million, which indicates year-over-year growth of 14.3%.

Earnings are expected to be between 11 cents and 17 cents per share for fiscal second quarter. The consensus mark for earnings is pegged at 17 cents, which indicates growth of 30.8% from the year-ago quarter’s levels.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Currently, Photronics carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Applied Materials, Inc. AMAT, Garmin Ltd. GRMN and Microsoft Corporation MSFT are some better-ranked stocks in the same industry. All the three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The long-term earnings growth rate for Applied Materials, Garmin and Microsoft is currently pegged at 9.9%, 7.4% and 13.2%, respectively.

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