SOITEC REPORTS FY'18 FOURTH QUARTER REVENUES Revenue growth increased in Q4'18, sales reaching €92m, up 42% at constant exchange rates compared with Q4'17 Communication & Power 200-mm wafer sales increased by 14% at constant exchange rates ...
SOITEC REPORTS FY'18 FOURTH QUARTER REVENUES
- Revenue growth increased in Q4'18, sales reaching €92m, up 42% at constant exchange rates compared with Q4'17
- Communication & Power 200-mm wafer sales increased by 14% at constant exchange rates compared with Q4'17
- 300-mm wafer sales nearly doubled at constant exchange rates versus Q4'17, with a strong momentum across all product lines
- FY'18 revenues reached €311m, up 31% at constant exchange rates compared with FY'17, significantly above guidance thanks to the strong performance achieved in Q4'18
- FY'18 Electronics EBITDA margin now expected well above 25% versus previous guidance at around 25%
Bernin (Grenoble), France, April 18th, 2018 - Soitec (Euronext Paris), a world leader in designing and manufacturing innovative semiconductor materials, today announced consolidated revenues of 91.7 million Euros for the fourth quarter of FY'18 (ended March 31st 2018), up 30% compared with 70.5 million Euros in the fourth quarter of FY'17. This represents a 42% increase at constant exchange rates. On a sequential basis, fourth quarter FY'18 revenues were up 23% at constant exchange rates compared to the third quarter of FY'18.
For the full of FY'18, revenues reached 310.6 million Euros. Compared with FY'17, they were up 26%, or +31% at constant exchange rates, significantly above the sales growth of around 25% at constant exchange rates which was expected for the full year of FY'18.
Paul Boudre, Soitec's CEO, commented: "We had a particularly strong fourth quarter which allows us to end up the fiscal year 2017-2018 with an annual revenue growth above 30% excluding currency impact. In Bernin, our 200-mm plant continues to operate at full capacity and our 300-mm plant reached more than 50% utilization rate in the fourth quarter thanks to a strong demand in FD-SOI, Imager-SOI, Photonics SOI and radiofrequency 300-mm wafers.
This performance bodes well for the future as we continue to see significant increase in the SOI footprint in our key end-markets: smartphones, automotive, cloud infrastructure and Internet of Things" added Paul Boudre.
Fourth quarter FY'18 business review by business unit
Communication & Power
In the fourth quarter of FY'18, 200-mm wafer sales - radiofrequency (RF-SOI) and power electronics (Power-SOI) products - have shown additional incremental growth compared to the third quarter of FY'18, whilst RF 300-mm wafer sales have gained further momentum.
Particularly well suited for smartphones' switch and antenna tuners, RF-SOI helps coping with the rising number of frequency bands and higher data speed requirements of mobile communications. RF-SOI content is increasing significantly as more antennas are needed to boost data rate. In the meantime, the deployment of LTE Advanced Pro (4G+) requires greater RF complexity.
Demand for Power-SOI substrates remains strong as power conversion circuits are widely used in the automotive industry, but also, increasingly, in industrial, consumer and white goods applications.
In the digital business unit, revenues have risen significantly in the fourth quarter of FY'18 compared to third quarter of FY'18.
Sales of FD-SOI wafers (fully depleted silicon-on-insulator) have steadily grown quarter after quarter throughout FY'18. FD-SOI provides strong value across many applications. Traction is strong with designs going into various applications for automotive (ADAS, Infotainment, Radar/ Lidar), for smartphones, IOT and Home (wireless communication, single chip SOC, Edge Computing / AI Processors, ISP for security cameras) and for the Cloud (cyber currency, blockchain processing).
Since the strong surge recorded in the first quarter of FY'18 in the level of sales of SOI substrates for emerging applications, sales of Imagers and Silicon Photonics remained at a high level throughout the year and even increased in the fourth quarter of FY'18.
Sales of Imager-SOI substrates are driven by strong activity in the image sensor segment. The solution based on SOI substrates provides the highest level of performance in 3D imaging for consumer application.
Sales of Photonics-SOI are supported by the demand for increasing data transmission speed in data centers. However, other applications such as phone infrastructure connecting base stations or high-speed connectivity between ADAS computing units in cars, could bring further potential to Photonics-SOI.
In the fourth quarter of FY'18, sales related to PD-SOI 300-mm wafers (partially depleted silicon-on-insulator) that are used for ASICs, servers and networking applications, benefitted from a usual positive seasonal effect to reach a slightly higher level than in the fourth quarter of last year.
Fourth quarter FY'18 consolidated sales (unaudited)
|(Euros thousands)||%||% at cst FX|
|Royalties and IP||2,026||6,055||+199%||+227%|
200-mm wafer sales enjoyed a strong double-digit growth at constant exchange rates in the fourth quarter of FY'18 compared to the fourth quarter of FY'17. In the meantime, 300-mm wafer sales have almost doubled compared to the fourth quarter of FY'17. This resulted in a further rebalancing of Soitec sales breakdown: indeed, 300-mm wafer sales rose from 30% of total sales in the fourth quarter of FY'17 to 40% of total sales in the fourth quarter of FY'18; consequently, the proportion of 200-mm wafer sales went down from 67% to 54% of total sales.
200-mm wafer sales
Sales of 200-mm wafers went up 14% at constant exchange rates in the fourth quarter of FY'18 compared with the fourth quarter of FY'17.
Demand for 200-mm wafers remained strong. Compared to the fourth quarter of FY'17, the increase in sales in the fourth quarter of FY'18 reflects slightly higher volumes as well as positive combined mix and price effect. As the Bernin I 200-mm production site is operating at full capacity, the volume increase comes from the 200-mm wafers produced by Simgui's manufacturing facility in Shanghai, using Soitec's proprietary Smart Cut(TM) technology. These growing additional volumes from Simgui help Soitec to better meet market demand for 200-mm SOI wafers.
On a sequential basis, sales of 200-mm wafers rose by 2% at constant exchange rates compared to the third quarter of FY'18.
300-mm wafer sales
Sales of 300-mm wafers in the fourth quarter of FY'18 were up 88% at constant exchange rates compared with the fourth quarter of FY'17. This results from of a strong growth in sales of FD-SOI, Imager-SOI, Photonics-SOI and RF 300-mm wafers combined with a small increase in sales of PD-SOI product line.
On a sequential basis, 300-mm wafer sales of the fourth quarter of FY'18 were 50% higher at constant exchange rates than in the third quarter of FY'18. The capacity utilization rate of Bernin II 300-mm production site has further increased in the fourth quarter of FY'18, standing at more than 50%, ahead of the around 50% rate which was expected towards the end of FY'18 / early FY'19.
Royalties and intellectual property
Revenues from royalties and intellectual property (7% of total sales) reached 6.1 million Euros in the fourth quarter of FY'18, compared with 2.0 million Euros recorded in the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year. This strong surge is partly due to revenue related to the completion of a technology transfer service provided to Simgui, Soitec's Chinese subcontractor and distributor in China. It is also due to the recognition of remaining revenue related to a no longer used license which was sold to a customer in 2011 and for which a recognition over a period of 10 years was initially applied.
Full year FY'18 consolidated sales (unaudited)
|(Euros thousands)||%||% at cst FX|
|Royalties and IP||6,551||11,918||+82%||+89%|
For the full of FY'18, revenues reached 310.6 million Euros, up 31% at constant exchange rates compared with FY'17.
200-mm wafer sales were up 9% at constant exchange rates compared to FY'17 while 300-mm wafer sales were up 95% at constant exchange rates.
Based on the strong sales performance achieved in the fourth quarter of FY'18, Soitec now expects FY'18 Electronics EBITDA1 margin2 to be well above 25% against a guidance of around 25% previously stated.
This document was prepared by Soitec (the "Company") on April 18th, 2018 in connection with the announcement of the sales figures of the fourth quarter of FY'18.
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Soitec is a French joint-stock corporation with a Board of Directors (Société Anonyme à Conseil d'administration) with a share capital of € 62,762,070.50, having its registered office located at Parc Technologique des Fontaines - Chemin des Franques - 38190 Bernin (France), and registered with the Grenoble Trade and Companies Register under number 384 711 909.
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Consolidated sales (Q3 and Q4 FY'18 unaudited)
|Royalties and IP||4,975||2,026||1,405||1,973||1,314||2,214||1,806||1,677||2,026||6,055|
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|Royalties and IP||-59.3%||-60.7%||+40.4%||+36.1%||+68.4%||+70,2%||-7.2%||-2.0%||+198.9%||+227.0%|
 The EBITDA represents the operating gain (EBIT) before depreciation, amortization, non-monetary items related to share-based payments, and changes in provisions on current assets and provisions for risks and contingencies. This indicator is a non-IFRS quantitative measure used to measure the company's ability to generate cash from its operating activities. EBITDA is not defined by an IFRS standard and must not be considered an alternative to any other financial indicator.
 Electronics EBITDA margin = EBITDA from continuing operations / Sales.
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