Camtek Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel –November 7, 2017 – Camtek Ltd. (NASDAQ: CAMT; TASE: CAMT), today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Financial highlights of the third quarter 2017

  • Semiconductor revenues were $23.8 million, up 13% year-over-year, in the upper end of the guidance range and a record for the semiconductor segment;
  • GAAP gross margins reached 49.3%; non GAAP gross margin of 49.4%;
  • GAAP operating margins of 12.0%; non-GAAP operating margins of 12.3%;
  • GAAP net profit of $11.7 million;
  • Non-GAAP net income from continuing semiconductor operations of $2.9 million; up 194% year-over-year;
  • End of quarter net cash balance of $21.7 million; additional $22.0 million received on October 2, 2017 as second installment of the PCB transaction.


Guidance for the Fourth Quarter of 2017

Fourth quarter revenues are expected to increase to between $24-25 million, while operating costs are expected to decrease and continue to benefit from Camtek becoming a focused semiconductor inspection and metrology company. As a result, non-GAAP operating margins are expected to improve to approximately 15% in the fourth quarter of 2017, with continued improvement in 2018.

Due to the completion of the sale of Camtek’s PCB business at the end of the third quarter, the results of this unit ceased to be consolidated into Camtek’s financial statements and are accounted for as discontinued operations in both the current period ended September 30, 2017, as well as the comparative periods. Following the sale of the PCB business, the Company recorded one-time income of $12.5 million to GAAP net income in the third quarter 2017 results. This amount is excluded from the non-GAAP results. The reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP results appears in the tables at the end of this press release.

Dividend Announcement

Camtek’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend in the amount of $0.14 per share representing an aggregate distribution of approximately $4.9 million. The dividend will be paid on November 30, 2017 to all shareholders of record at the close of the NASDAQ Global Select Market on November 22, 2017.

Management Comment

Rafi Amit, Camtek’s CEO, commented, “The past few months have been very significant for Camtek from a strategic perspective. We successfully completed the divestment of our PCB business, settled outstanding legal litigation and minimized our FIT-related expenses. Following these initiatives, Camtek has now become a focused semiconductor inspection and metrology company, with significantly reduced operating expenses, which will allow us to continue to support strong and growing levels of profitability.”

Added Mr. Amit, “Our guidance for the fourth quarter calls for continued sequential growth in our revenue, built on strong momentum in our markets and we do not see any sign of a seasonal or other slowdown in demand. We intend to capitalize on this momentum and the opportunities we see in our end markets. We recently completed developing a number of breakthrough technologies which will enable us to increase our total available market. We expect them also to increase our market share both in the metrology and the inspection segments. We introduced our new inspection platform, EagleT2D, to the market at the beginning of the year and have already sold it to several major customers. Furthermore, our new system dedicated for the 3D Advance Packaging market, EagleT-AP, was tested by a number of tier-1 customers, showing excellent performance in terms of accuracy and throughput, leaving behind all our competitors’ latest systems. Following the positive feedback from our customers, we expect to receive orders for multiple systems in the first half of 2018. We believe that these achievements will enable us to increase our dominance in the 3D segment of the advanced packaging sector, strengthening our leading competitive position.”

Concluded Mr. Amit, “Given the significant $32 million in cash that we received from the PCB transaction, and in light of the high level of cash on our balance sheet, the Board of Directors decided to distribute dividend to shareholders which amounted to $4.9 million. This is a reflection of our continued success and our dedication to the creation of shareholder value. We look forward to bringing our business to the next level over the coming years, with even greater vigor and focus.”

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Revenues for the third quarter of 2017 were $23.8 million. This compares to third quarter 2016 revenues of $21.0 million, a growth of 13%.

Gross profit on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis in the quarter totaled $11.8 million (49.3% and 49.4% of revenues, respectively). This is compared to $4.4 million (20.9% of revenue) on a GAAP basis and $9.3 million (44.4% of revenues) on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter 2016. The gross profit in 2016 on a GAAP basis included one-time costs related to the reorganization of Camtek’s FIT business. The variance in the non-GAAP gross margin between quarters is a function of the product and sales mix delivered in the quarter.

Operating profit on a GAAP basis in the quarter totaled $2.8 million (12.0% of revenues), compared to an operating profit of $0.3 million (1.4% of revenues) in the third quarter 2016.

Operating profit on a non-GAAP basis in the quarter totaled $2.9 million (12.3% of revenues), compared to $1.3 million (6.0% of revenues), in the third quarter 2016.

Net income on a GAAP basis in the quarter totaled $11.7 million, or $0.33 per share. This income consists of $2.8 million in net income from continuing operations and $8.9 million from the discontinued operations and the sale of the PCB business. This compares to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share in the third quarter 2016. 

Net income from continuing operations on a non-GAAP basis in the quarter totaled $2.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the third quarter 2016. 

Cash, cash equivalents, short and long-term restricted deposits, as of September 30, 2017 were $21.7 million compared to $19.7 million as of December 31, 2016. During the third quarter, Camtek paid Rudolph $13 million in a legal settlement. Camtek also received $10 million in initial proceeds from the sale of its PCB business. On October 2, 2017, Camtek received a further $22 million in proceeds from the sale of its PCB business.

Conference Call

Camtek will host a conference call today, November 7, 2017, at 9:00 am ET.

Rafi Amit, CEO, Moshe Eisenberg, CFO and Ramy Langer, VP, Head of the Semiconductors Business will host the call and will be available to answer questions after presenting the results. To participate, please call one of the following telephone numbers a few minutes before the start of the call.

US:                                            1 866 860 9642          at 9:00 am Eastern Time

Israel:                                             03 918 0685          at 4:00 pm Israel Time

International:                        +972 3 918 0685


For those unable to participate, the teleconference will be available for replay on Camtek’s website at beginning 24 hours after the call.


Camtek is a leading manufacturer of metrology and inspection equipment and a provider of software solutions serving the Advanced Packaging, Memory, CMOS Image Sensors, MEMS, RF and other segments in the Mid End of the Semiconductors industry.

Camtek provides dedicated solutions and crucial yield-enhancement data, enabling manufacturers to improve yield and drive down their production costs.

With eight offices around the world, Camtek has best-in-class sales and customer support organization, providing tailor-made solutions in line with customers’ requirements.