AIXTRON in year-end push
Significantly higher growth momentum in the third quarter / Strong 39% increase in orders / Further increase in sales dynamics / Unchanged high R&D activities / Forecast confirmed
Herzogenrath/Germany, October 29, 2020 - AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIXA) has had a successful started to the second half of 2020. In particular, high demand from the application markets for gallium nitride power electronics and laser technology for optical data transmission and 3D sensor systems has enabled strong business development in the third quarter.
AIXTRON SE, one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of deposition equipment for the semiconductor industry, has received orders of EUR 209.3 million from January 1 to September 30. This represents a substantial 39% increase over the same period in the previous year. With new orders totaling EUR 70.8 million in the third quarter, AIXTRON even slightly (2%) exceeded the strong previous quarter (EUR 69.6 million).
Strong increase in customer orders
The Order backlog at the end of the first nine months (September 30) was EUR 164.1 million, up by 51% on the corresponding figure for the previous year. In the third quarter, the order backlog grew by 5% compared to the previous quarter.
In the first three quarters of 2020, AIXTRON generated total revenues (including service and spare parts) of EUR 161.1 million, down 13% year on year. In the third quarter, revenues increased again in a quarterly comparison and grew by 14% to EUR 64.1 million.
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic had only a limited impact on business development in the first nine months of the current fiscal year. AIXTRON took early preventive measures against the Corona Pandemic and strengthened these measures in the third quarter. AIXTRON's operations continue to be not significantly affected by the course of the pandemic.
In the nine month period, the equipment manufacturer for the semiconductor industry generated a gross profit of EUR 63.3 million (previous year EUR 74.7 million), corresponding to a gross margin of 39% (previous year 40%); in the third quarter, gross profit was EUR 25.8 million and the gross margin reached 40% again.
Strong R&D focus on MOCVD technology
Operating expenses increased by 5% year over year in the period January to September 2020. In the past nine months, AIXTRON has invested in the development of next-generation MOCVD tools for various applications. In addition, the Company continues to advance the qualification of OLED technology. In total, AIXTRON's research and development (R&D) expenses for the first nine months of 2020 amounted to EUR 41.2 million, up from EUR 40.0 million year-on-year.
Due to a further quarter-on-quarter increase in revenues and somewhat lower operating costs, AIXTRON more than doubled its operating result (EBIT, earnings before interest and taxes) to EUR 8.2 million in the third quarter of 2020 (up 148%). Despite the improvement in the third quarter, the nine-month operating result of EUR 10.3 million was still 58% lower than in the corresponding prior-year period.
The significant improvement in EBIT in the third quarter was also reflected positively in the development of the EBIT margin. The special equipment manufacturer more than doubled its EBIT margin in the third quarter from 6% to 13%. In a nine-month comparison, at 6% the EBIT margin is lower than in the same period of the previous year (13%).
Accordingly, net income of EUR 7.1 million for the third quarter more than doubled compared to the previous quarter (previous quarter: EUR 3.3 million). For the first nine months, net income of EUR 9.6 million is below the prior year's level (EUR 20.2 million).
Solid financial foundation
AIXTRON's continued balance sheet strength is demonstrated by the high equity ratio of 82% (September 30, 2020) compared to 84% at the same date in the previous year. Free cash flow in the first nine months of 2020 was EUR -3.3 million, compared to EUR -2.4 million in the corresponding prior-year period, mainly due to planned higher inventory levels in preparation for deliveries in the fourth quarter.
On the basis of the business development in the first nine months of the 2020 fiscal year and the internal assessment of the development of demand, the Management Board confirms and narrows the existing annual guidance. This takes into account, among other things, the expected impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, which is still considered to be insignificant for the AIXTRON Group's business.
AIXTRON confirms guidance 2020
The Management Board expects incoming orders to be between EUR 270 million and EUR 300 million. Revenues should reach around EUR 260 million to EUR 280 million by the end of 2020. The gross margin is forecast to remain unchanged at around 40% and the EBIT margin at 10% to 15%.
The Executive Board is constantly monitoring the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and ongoing trade disputes on the global economy and the movement of goods, in order to be able to assess any potential effects on AIXTRON's own supply chain and production as well as on customer demand and thus on the business development of AIXTRON at any time and - if necessary - to initiate corrective actions.
"We're in our year-end push. AIXTRON's business development in the third quarter has shown that the demand for our innovative deposition systems remains at a high level. Not only should our revenues continue to grow dynamically in the final quarter, but also our profits accordingly," commented Dr. Bernd Schulte, President of AIXTRON SE.
"AIXTRON's strength is also reflected in our continued high level of investment in the further development of our leading-edge technology. This allows us to make progress in continuing to align our product portfolio with the growing demands of our customers' future markets such as 5G mobile network expansion and e-mobility," adds Dr. Felix Grawert, President of AIXTRON SE.
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The presentation on the results for the first nine month of 2020 is available at https://www.aixtron.com/en/investors/publications. The complete financial tables of the Group (income statement, other comprehensive income, balance sheet, cash flow statement and statement of changes in equity) relating to this press release are available as part of the Interim Financial Report Q3/2020 at
Investor Conference Call
In conjunction with the announcement of the results for the first nine months of 2020, AIXTRON will hold a conference call (in English) for analysts and investors on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. CET (07:00 a.m. PDT, 10:00 a.m. EDT). You can dial into the conference call from 2:45 p.m. CET (06:45 a.m. PDT, 09:45 a.m. EDT) at +49 (30) 23 25 31 411 or +1 (862) 701-2734. An audio replay or transcript of the conference call will be available at
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About AIXTRON SE
AIXTRON SE is a leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. The Company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Herzogenrath (near Aachen), Germany, with subsidiaries and sales offices in Asia, United States and in Europe. AIXTRON's technology solutions are used by a diverse range of customers worldwide to build advanced components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound or organic semiconductor materials. Such components are used in a broad range of innovative applications, technologies and industries. These include Laser and LED applications, display technologies, data transmission, SiC and GaN power management and conversion, communication, signaling and lighting as well as a range of other leading-edge technologies.
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