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Diodes Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

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Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Revenue was $206.2 million, a decrease of 1.8 percent from the $210.0 million in the first quarter 2014, and a decrease of 7.8 percent from the $223.7 million in the fourth quarter 2014;
  • Gross profit was $63.9 million, compared to $61.6 million in the first quarter 2014 and $70.7 million in the fourth quarter 2014;
  • Gross profit margin was 31.0 percent, compared to 29.3 percent in the first quarter 2014 and 31.6 percent in the fourth quarter 2014;
  • GAAP net income was $11.1 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2014 of $10.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, and fourth quarter 2014 of $16.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share;
  • Non-GAAP adjusted net income was $12.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $12.4 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in first quarter 2014 and $18.3 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2014;
  • Excluding $2.4 million, net of tax, non-cash share-based compensation expense, GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted net income would have increased by $0.05 per diluted share; and
  • Achieved $38.6 million of cash flow from operations, and $15.0 million of free cash flow, including $23.5 million of capital expenditures. Net cash flow was ($20.9) million, which includes the pay down of $23.1 million of long-term debt and a $15.0 million net increase in short-term investments.

Commenting on the results, Dr. Keh-Shew Lu, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Revenue in the quarter declined sequentially due to greater than expected softness in the computing market in Asia as well as the currency impact from a stronger U.S. dollar versus the Euro. In spite of the lower revenue base, we further enhanced product mix to enable gross profit improvement year-over-year and to sustain gross margin at 31 percent in the quarter. Additionally, our ongoing cost reduction efforts helped to support profit margins and achieve non-GAAP earnings of $0.26 per share.

“Notable in the quarter, revenue in Europe grew almost 14 percent sequentially, despite the headwinds from the weaker Euro as we continued to gain traction on products sold in the region, specifically in the industrial and automotive markets. The North America market also performed well in the quarter.

“Overall, the first quarter demonstrates the leverage and flexibility of our business model by maintaining strong earnings and cash flow, and we expect a return to growth in the second quarter.”

First Quarter 2015

Revenue for the first quarter 2015 was $206.2 million, a decrease of 1.8 percent from the $210.0 million in the first quarter 2014, and a decrease of 7.8 percent from the $223.7 million in the fourth quarter 2014. Revenue was down sequentially due primarily to more than expected softness in the computing market in Asia and the currency impact from a stronger U.S. dollar versus the Euro.

Gross profit for the first quarter 2015 was $63.9 million, or 31.0 percent of revenue, compared to the first quarter 2014 of $61.6 million, or 29.3 percent of revenue, and compared to the fourth quarter 2014 of $70.7 million, or 31.6 percent of revenue. Gross profit margin was up 170 basis points over the prior year quarter, which reflects cost reductions and continued product mix improvements on approximately the same revenue level.

Operating expenses for the first quarter 2015 were $47.0 million, or 22.8 percent of revenue, compared to $47.2 million, or 22.5 percent of revenue in the first quarter 2014 and $48.6 million, or 21.7 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter 2014.

First quarter 2015 GAAP net income was $11.1 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2014 of $10.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, and fourth quarter 2014 of $16.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share.

First quarter 2015 non-GAAP adjusted net income was $12.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, which excluded, net of tax, $1.5 million of non-cash, acquisition related intangible asset amortization costs. This compares to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $12.4 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2014 and $18.3 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2014.

The following is a summary reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP adjusted net income and per share data, net of tax (in thousands, except per share data):

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2015
GAAP net income $ 11,132
GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 0.23
Adjustments to reconcile net income to adjusted net income:
Retention costs 70
Amortization of acquisition related intangible assets 1,527
Non-GAAP adjusted net income $ 12,729
Non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 0.26

(See the reconciliation tables of net income to adjusted net income near the end of the release for further details.)

Included in the first quarter of 2015 GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted net income was approximately $2.4 million, net of tax, of non-cash share-based compensation expense. Excluding share-based compensation expense, both GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS would have increased by an additional $0.05 per share for the first quarter 2015, $0.04 per share for the first quarter 2014, and $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter 2014.

EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure), which represents earnings before net interest expense, income tax, depreciation and amortization, for the first quarter 2015, was $35.3 million, compared to $32.8 million for the first quarter 2014 and $42.7 million for the fourth quarter 2014. For a reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA, see the table near the end of the release for further details.

For the first quarter 2015, net cash provided by operating activities was $38.6 million. Net cash flow was ($20.9) million, which reflects the pay down of $23.1 million of long-term debt and a $15.0 million net increase in short-term investments. Free cash flow was $15.0 million, which includes $23.5 million of capital expenditures.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2015, the Company had approximately $249 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, long-term debt totaled approximately $118 million, and working capital was approximately $516 million.

Business Outlook

Dr. Lu concluded, “For the second quarter of 2015, we expect revenue to range between $212 million and $228 million, or an increase of 2.8 percent to 10.6 percent sequentially. We expect gross margin to be 31.5 percent, plus or minus 2 percent. Operating expenses are expected to be approximately 22.4 percent of revenue, plus or minus 1 percent. We expect our income tax rate to be 25 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, and shares used to calculate diluted EPS for the second quarter are anticipated to be approximately 49.3 million.”

Conference Call

Diodes will host a conference call on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its first quarter 2015 financial results. Investors and analysts may join the conference call by dialing 1-855-232-8957 and providing the confirmation code 19578482. International callers may join the teleconference by dialing 1-315-625-6979 and enter the same confirmation code at the prompt. A telephone replay of the call will be made available approximately two hours after the call and will remain available until Thursday, May 14, 2015 at midnight Central Time. The replay number is 1-855-859-2056 with a pass code of 19578482. International callers should dial 1-404-537-3406 and enter the same pass code at the prompt. Additionally, this conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties on the Investors section of Diodes’ website at http://www.diodes.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the Investors section of Diodes’ website and click on the conference call link at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on Diodes’ website for approximately 60 days.

About Diodes Incorporated

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a Standard and Poor’s SmallCap 600 and Russell 3000 Index company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets. Diodes serves the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets. Diodes’ products include diodes, rectifiers, transistors, MOSFETs, protection devices, functional specific arrays, single gate logic, amplifiers and comparators, Hall-effect and temperature sensors; power management devices, including LED drivers, AC-DC converters and controllers, DC-DC switching and linear voltage regulators, and voltage references along with special function devices, such as USB power switches, load switches, voltage supervisors, and motor controllers. Diodes’ corporate headquarters and Americas’ sales office are located in Plano, Texas. Design, marketing, and engineering centers are located in Plano; San Jose, California; Taipei, Taiwan; Manchester, England; and Neuhaus, Germany. Diodes’ wafer fabrication facilities are located in Kansas City, Missouri and Manchester, with two additional facilities located in Shanghai, China. Diodes has assembly and test facilities located in Shanghai and in Chengdu, China, as well as in Neuhaus and in Taipei. Additional engineering, sales, warehouse, and logistics offices are located in Taipei; Hong Kong; Manchester; Shanghai; Shenzhen, China; Seongnam-si, South Korea; and Munich, Germany, with support offices throughout the world. For further information, including SEC filings, visit Diodes’ website at www.diodes.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth above that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such statements include statements regarding our expectation that: we expect a return to growth in the second quarter; for the second quarter of 2015, we expect revenue to range between $212 million and $228 million, or an increase of 2.8 percent to 10.6 percent sequentially; we expect gross margin to be 31.5 percent, plus or minus 2 percent; operating expenses are expected to be approximately 22.4 percent of revenue, plus or minus 1 percent; we expect our income tax rate to be 25 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, and shares used to calculate diluted EPS for the second quarter are anticipated to be approximately 49.3 million. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as: the risk that such expectations may not be met; the risk that the expected benefits of acquisitions may not be realized; the risk that we may not be able to maintain our current growth strategy or continue to maintain our current performance, costs and loadings in our manufacturing facilities; risks of domestic and foreign operations, including excessive operation costs, labor shortages, higher tax rates and our joint venture prospects; the risk of unfavorable currency exchange rates; our future guidance may be incorrect; the global economic weakness may be more severe or last longer than we currently anticipated; breaches of our information technology systems; and other information including the “Risk Factors,” detailed from time to time in Diodes’ filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Recent news releases, annual reports and SEC filings are available at the Company’s website: http://www.diodes.com. Written requests may be sent directly to the Company, or they may be e-mailed to: diodes-fin@diodes.com.

DIODES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2015 2014
NET SALES $ 206,182 $ 209,986
COST OF GOODS SOLD 142,269 148,405
Gross profit 63,913 61,581
OPERATING EXPENSES
Selling, general and administrative 31,731 32,330
Research and development 13,309 12,920
Amortization of acquisition related intangible assets 1,922 1,981
Loss (gain) on fixed assets 48 7
Total operating expenses 47,010 47,238
Income from operations 16,903 14,343
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)
Interest income 298 397
Interest expense (1,064 ) (1,260 )
Gain (loss) on securities carried at fair value 71 (256 )
Other (244 ) (231 )
Total other expenses (939 ) (1,350 )
Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest 15,964 12,993
INCOME TAX PROVISION 4,187 2,547
NET INCOME 11,777 10,446
Less: NET INCOME attributable to noncontrolling interest (645 ) (244 )
NET INCOME attributable to common stockholders $ 11,132 $ 10,202
EARNINGS PER SHARE attributable to common stockholders
Basic $ 0.23 $ 0.22
Diluted $ 0.23 $ 0.21
Number of shares used in computation
Basic 47,667 46,699
Diluted 48,978 47,996

Note: Throughout this release, we refer to “net income attributable to common stockholders” as “net income.”

DIODES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

For the three months ended March 31, 2015:

Operating
Expenses

Income Tax
Provision

Net Income
Per-GAAP $ 11,132
Earnings per share (Per-GAAP)
Diluted $ 0.23
Adjustments to reconcile net income to adjusted net income:
Retention costs 83 (13 ) 70
Amortization of acquisition related intangible assets 1,922 (395 ) 1,527
Adjusted (Non-GAAP) $ 12,729
Diluted shares used in computing earnings per share 48,978
Adjusted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)
Diluted $ 0.26

Note: Included in GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted net income was approximately $2.4 million, net of tax, non-cash share-based compensation expense. Excluding share-based compensation expense, both GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share would have improved by $0.05 per share.

DIODES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME – Cont.

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

For the three months ended March 31, 2014:

Operating
Expenses

Income Tax
Provision

Net Income

Per-GAAP $ 10,202
Earnings per share (Per-GAAP)
Diluted $ 0.21
Adjustments to reconcile net income to adjusted net

income:

Retention costs 690 (104 ) 586
Amortization of acquisition related intangible assets 1,981 (416 ) 1,565
Adjusted (Non-GAAP) $ 12,353
Diluted shares used in computing earnings per share 47,996
Adjusted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)
Diluted $ 0.26

Note: Included in GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted net income was approximately $2.1 million, net of tax, non-cash share-based compensation expense. Excluding share-based compensation expense, both GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share would have improved by $0.04 per share.

ADJUSTED NET INCOME and ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE (Non-GAAP)

This consists of generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) net income and earnings per share, which are then adjusted solely for the purpose of adjusting for amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and retention costs. Excluding the above items provides investors with a better depiction of the Company’s operating results and provides a more informed baseline for modeling future earnings expectations. The Company excludes the above items to evaluate the Company’s operating performance, to develop budgets, and to manage cash expenditures. Presentation of the above non-GAAP measures allows investors to review the Company’s results of operations from the same viewpoint as the Company’s management and Board of Directors. The Company has historically provided similar non-GAAP financial measures to provide investors an enhanced understanding of its operations, facilitate investors’ analyses and comparisons of its current and past results of operations and provide insight into its future performance. The Company also believes the non-GAAP measures are useful to investors because they provide additional information that research analysts use to evaluate semiconductor companies. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results and may differ from measures used by other companies. The Company recommends a review of net income and earnings per share on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis to obtain a comprehensive view of the Company’s results. The Company provides a reconciliation of GAAP net income and GAAP earnings per share to non-GAAP adjusted net income and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share.

Retention costs – The Company excluded costs related to the employee retention plan in connection with the acquisition of BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited. The retention payments are payable at the 12, 18 and 24 month anniversaries of the acquisition with the majority of the expense occurring in the first 12 months. Although these retention costs recurred every quarter until the final retention payment was made in first quarter 2015, they are not part of the normal annual salaries and therefore have been excluded. The Company believes the exclusion of this item provides investors an enhanced view of certain costs the Company may incur from time to time and facilitates comparisons with the results of other periods that may not reflect such costs.

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assetsThe Company excluded this item, including developed technologies and customer relationships. The fair value of the acquisition-related intangible assets, which was recognized through purchase accounting, is amortized using straight-line methods which approximate the proportion of future cash flows estimated to be generated each period over the estimated useful lives of the applicable assets. The Company believes the exclusion of this item is appropriate because a significant portion of the purchase price for its acquisitions was allocated to the intangible assets that have short lives and exclusion of the amortization expense allows comparisons of operating results that are consistent over time for both the Company’s newly acquired and long-held businesses. In addition, the Company excluded this item because there is significant variability and unpredictability among companies with respect to this expense.

CASH FLOW ITEMS

Free cash flow (FCF) (Non-GAAP)

FCF for the first quarter 2015 is calculated by subtracting capital expenditures from cash flow from operations. For the first quarter 2015, FCF was $15.0 million and represents the cash and cash equivalents that we are able to generate after taking into account cash outlays required to maintain or expand property, plant and equipment. FCF is important because it allows us to pursue opportunities to develop new products, make acquisitions and reduce debt.

CONSOLIDATED RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA

EBITDA represents earnings before net interest expense, income tax provision, depreciation and amortization. Management believes EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties, such as financial institutions in extending credit and in evaluating companies in our industry, and provides further clarity on our profitability. In addition, management uses EBITDA, along with other GAAP and non-GAAP measures, in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry. The calculation of EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financing, operating in different income tax jurisdictions, and accounting effects of capital spending, including the impact of our asset base, which can differ depending on the book value of assets and the accounting methods used to compute depreciation and amortization expense. EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under GAAP, and when analyzing our operating performance, investors should use EBITDA in addition to, and not as an alternative for, income from operations and net income, each as determined in accordance with GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. For example, our EBITDA takes into account all net interest expense, income tax provision, depreciation and amortization without taking into account any amounts attributable to noncontrolling interest. Furthermore, EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management’s discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as tax and debt service payments.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA (in thousands, unaudited):

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2015 2014
Net income (per-GAAP) $ 11,132 $ 10,202
Plus:
Interest expense, net 766 863
Income tax provision 4,187 2,547
Depreciation and amortization 19,172 19,176
EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 35,257 $ 32,788
DIODES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
ASSETS

(in thousands)

March 31, December 31,
2015 2014
(unaudited)
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 222,113 $ 243,000
Short-term investments 26,722 11,726
Accounts receivable, net 177,628 188,248
Inventories 187,379 182,026
Deferred income taxes, current 11,301 11,295
Prepaid expenses and other 46,455 50,510
Total current assets 671,598 686,805
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net 325,278 309,931
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES, non-current 32,556 32,550
OTHER ASSETS
Goodwill 79,665 81,229
Intangible assets, net 42,663 45,028
Other 23,270 23,614
Total assets $ 1,175,030 $ 1,179,157
DIODES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

(in thousands, except share data)

March 31, December 31,
2015 2014
(unaudited)
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Lines of credit $ 973 $ 1,064
Accounts payable 84,017 79,390
Accrued liabilities 62,513 60,436
Income tax payable 8,047 8,381
Total current liabilities 155,550 149,271
LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current portion 117,734 140,787
OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES 78,918 78,932
Total liabilities 352,202 368,990
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
EQUITY
Diodes Incorporated stockholders’ equity

Preferred stock – par value $1.00 per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

Common stock – par value $0.66 2/3 per share; 70,000,000 shares authorized; 47,963,677 and 47,591,092 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

31,977 31,729
Additional paid-in capital 324,023 314,942
Retained earnings 501,138 490,006
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (76,873 ) (68,402 )
Total Diodes Incorporated stockholders’ equity 780,265 768,275
Noncontrolling interest 42,563 41,892
Total equity 822,828 810,167
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,175,030 $ 1,179,157

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