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Applied Optoelectronics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year 2016 Results

Sugar Land, Texas, Feb. 23, 2017 – Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI), a leading provider of fiber-optic network products for the internet datacenter, cable broadband, fiber-to-the-home and telecom markets, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2016.

“AOI achieved another record year driven by strong demand for our market-leading datacenter products and continued execution by the AOI team. We believe our record performance further demonstrates our growing market share in advanced optics and our team’s ability to generate manufacturing efficiencies that lead to margin improvement,” said Dr. Thompson Lin, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. founder, president and CEO. “Our ability to internally manufacture lasers and light engines provides us with cost-leadership advantages, a faster time to market, and the ability to quickly scale to demand. Looking ahead, as the 100G transition accelerates this year, we see the opportunity to build on our momentum and expand our market leadership.”   

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Summary

  • Total revenue increased to $84.9 million, up 60% compared with $53.0 million in the fourth quarter 2015 and up 21% compared with $70.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.
  • GAAP gross margin increased to 38.0%, up from 29.5% in the fourth quarter 2015 and 33.0% in the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP gross margin increased to 38.0%, up from 29.5% in the fourth quarter 2015 and 33.1% in the third quarter of 2016.
  • GAAP net income increased to $14.2 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2015, and net income of $17.7 million, or $0.97 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Non-GAAP net income increased to $15.5 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $3.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2015, and non-GAAP net income of $7.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.

Year 2016 Financial Summary

  • Total revenue grew to $260.7 million, up 37% compared with $189.9 million in 2015.
  • GAAP gross margin increased to 33.4%, up from 31.8% in 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin increased to 33.4% compared with 31.9% in 2015.
  • GAAP net income increased to $31.2 million, or $1.76 per diluted share, compared with net income of $10.8 million, or $0.65 per diluted share in 2015. Non-GAAP net income increased to $24.6 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $17.0 million, or $1.03 per diluted share in 2015.
  • On December 31, 2016, cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $52.0 million, compared with the December 31, 2015 balance of $40.7 million.

A reconciliation between all GAAP and non-GAAP information referenced above is contained in the tables below. Please also refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of these non-GAAP financial measures.

First Quarter 2017 Business Outlook (+)

For the first quarter of 2017, the company currently expects:

  • Revenue in the range of $87 million to $91 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 38% to 40%.
  • Non-GAAP net income in the range of $15.5 million to $17.2 million, and non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share in the range of $0.80 to $0.88 using approximately 19.5 million shares.

 (+) Please refer to the note below on forward-looking statements and the risks involved with such statements as well as the note on non-GAAP financial measures.

Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call and webcast for analysts and investors on Feb. 23, 2017 to discuss its fourth quarter and year 2016 results and outlook for its first quarter of 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time / 3:30 p.m. Central time. Open to the public, investors may access the call by dialing (412) 317-6789. A live audio webcast of the conference call along with supplemental financial information will also be accessible on the company's website at investors.ao-inc.com. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on the website for one year. A telephonic replay of the call will be available one hour after the call and will run for five business days and may be accessed by dialing (412) 317-0088 and entering passcode 10098914.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions and current expectations, which could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: reduction in the size or quantity of customer orders; change in demand for the company’s products due to industry conditions; changes in manufacturing operations; volatility in manufacturing costs; delays in shipments of products; disruptions in the supply chain; change in the rate of design wins or the rate of customer acceptance of new products; the company’s reliance on a small number of customers for a substantial portion of its revenues; potential pricing pressure; a decline in demand for our customers’ products or their rate of deployment of their products; general conditions in the internet datacenter, CATV, FTTH or Telecom markets; changes in the world economy (particularly in the United States and China); the negative effects of seasonality; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in the company’s documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact the company’s business are set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the company’s quarterly and annual reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "believe," "may," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "could," "would," "target," "seek," "aim," "believe," "predicts," "think," "objectives," "optimistic," "new," "goal," "strategy," "potential," "is likely," "will," "expect," "plan" "project," "permit"  or by other similar expressions that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes. You should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to us as of the date hereof, and qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in the company’s expectations.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We provide non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP net income (loss), and non-GAAP earnings per share to eliminate the impact of items that we do not consider indicative of our overall operating performance. To arrive at our non-GAAP gross profit, we exclude stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses, if any, from our GAAP gross profit. To arrive at our non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, we exclude all amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses, if any, from our GAAP net income (loss) from operations. Included in our non-recurring expenses for the periods from 1Q16 to 4Q16 are certain consulting fees, items related to the relocation of our plant in Texas, realized loss on the maturity of certain foreign currency investments, and a tax benefit arising from the removal of our valuation allowance.  Our non-GAAP earnings per share is calculated by dividing our non-GAAP net income by the fully diluted share count. We believe that our non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance for the following reasons:

  • We believe that elimination of items such as stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses is appropriate because treatment of these items may vary for reasons unrelated to our overall operating performance;
  • We believe that non-GAAP measures provide better comparability with our past financial performance, period-to-period results and with our peer companies, many of which also use similar non-GAAP financial measures; and
  • We anticipate that investors and securities analysts will utilize non-GAAP measures to evaluate our overall operating performance.

Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as an alternative to gross profit, income (loss) from operations, net income (loss) or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other organizations because other organizations may not calculate such other non-GAAP measures in the same manner. We have not reconciled the non-GAAP measures included in our guidance to the appropriate GAAP financial measures because the GAAP measures were not accessible on a forward-looking basis. GAAP measures that impact our non-GAAP financial measures may include stock-based compensation expense, non-recurring expenses, amortization of intangible assets, unrealized exchange loss (gain), asset impairment charges, and loss (gain) from disposal of idle assets. These GAAP measures cannot be reasonably predicted and may directly impact our non-GAAP gross margin, our non-GAAP net income and our non-GAAP fully-diluted earnings per share, although changes with respect to certain of these measures may offset other changes. In addition, certain of these measures are out of our control. Accordingly, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort.

About Applied Optoelectronics

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical products, including components, modules and equipment. AOI's products are the building blocks for broadband fiber access networks around the world, where they are used in the internet datacenter, CATV broadband, fiber-to-the-home and telecom markets. AOI supplies optical networking lasers, components and equipment to tier-1 customers in all four of these markets. In addition to its corporate headquarters, wafer fab and advanced engineering and production facilities in Sugar Land, TX, AOI has engineering and manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan and Ningbo, China. For additional information, visit www.ao-inc.com

Investor Relations Contacts:

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.                         The Blueshirt Group, Investor Relations
Dr. Stefan Murry                                                Maria Riley & Chelsea Lish
Chief Strategy Officer                                      +1-415-217-7722                   
ir@ao-inc.com                                                 ir@ao-inc.com