FormFactor Inc. FORM reported first-quarter adjusted earnings of 20 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a couple of cents. The figure decreased 35.5% sequentially but increased 17.6% year over year.
Revenues increased 11.8% from the year-ago quarter but decreased 6.2% sequentially to $132.2 million. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $130 million and was at the high end of the company's guided range of $127-$135 million.
Probe card segment revenues were $108.1 million in the first quarter, down 6.9% from fourth-quarter 2018.
Within the probe card segment, Foundry & Logic sales (accounting for 54% of its total revenues) decreased 6.6% on a sequential basis to $71.6 million.
Revenues for DRAM products (22% of revenues) were $28.9 million, down 2.4% sequentially.
Flash revenues were $7.6 million, down on a sequential basis. Almost $4.4 million of the flash revenues were from NAND flash applications.
Systems revenues in the first quarter were $24.1 million, down 2.5% sequentially.
On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin expanded 80 basis points (bps) year over year but was flat sequentially at 44.1%. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to a strong product mixin its engineering systems segment.
Non-GAAP operating expenses were $38.1 million in the first quarter, up $0.9 million from the fourth quarter. The increase was due to higher R&D investments, partially offset by lower SG&A expenses.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
At the end of the first quarter, cash and cash equivalents as well as marketable securities were $159.8 million compared with $149 million in the fourth quarter.
Cash flow from operations was $20.6 million in the first quarter. Free cash flow was $14.9 million, down from $15.8 million in the fourth quarter.
FormFactor expects second-quarter 2019 revenues between $131 million and $139 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is currently pegged at $134.3 million.
On a non-GAAP basis, the company projects gross margin within 41-44% and earnings in the band of 15-21 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at 21 cents per share.
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