Finisar Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 07, 2017 — Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR), a global technology leader for subsystems and components for fiber optic communications, today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter, ended October 29, 2017. 
COMMENTARY“We experienced strong demand in our second fiscal quarter for our 100G QSFP28 transceivers for datacenters,” said Jerry Rawls, Finisar’s Chief Executive Officer.  “However, our overall revenues for the second fiscal quarter were $332.2 million, a decrease of $9.6 million, or 2.8%, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018.  This decline was primarily due to lower revenues from our Chinese OEM customers. Also, during the second quarter, we began shipping production quantities of our VCSEL arrays for 3D sensing. In addition, after the end of the quarter, we acquired an approximately 700,000 square foot facility in Sherman, Texas.  In the second half of calendar year 2018, we expect this facility will allow us to produce VCSEL arrays using 6” wafers for both consumer and automotive applications.”_____________(a) In evaluating the operating performance of Finisar’s business, Finisar management utilizes financial measures that exclude certain charges and credits required by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, that are considered by management to be outside of Finisar’s core ongoing operating resultsA reconciliation of Finisar’s non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, as well as additional related information, can be found under the heading “Finisar Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.Financial Statement Highlights for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2018: Sales of datacom products decreased by $1.7 million, or (0.7)%, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily from lower demand for 10G and below transceivers, 40G QSFP transceivers, and 100G CFP ethernet transceivers.  This was partially offset by an increase in sales of 100G QSFP28 transceivers as well as new revenues from VCSEL arrays for 3D sensing.Sales of telecom products decreased by $7.9 million, or (9.5)%, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily driven by lower revenues from our Chinese OEM customers.GAAP gross margin was 29.0% compared to 33.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily due to lower revenue levels, unfavorable product mix, and under-absorption of manufacturing costs at our Allen, Texas VCSEL fab. This under-absorption was primarily due to our shipping production quantities of VCSEL arrays late in the quarter.Non-GAAP gross margin was 30.3% compared to 34.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.GAAP operating margin was 2.8% compared to 8.8% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily due to lower revenue levels and gross margins.Non-GAAP operating margin was 7.8% compared to 13.5% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.GAAP income per fully diluted share was $0.05 compared to $0.17 in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily due to lower revenue levels and gross margin.Non-GAAP income per fully diluted share was $0.23 compared to $0.40 in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.OUTLOOKFinisar indicated that for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 it currently expects revenues in the range of $325 to $345 million, non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 30%-31%, non-GAAP operating margin of approximately 7.5% -8.5%, and non-GAAP earnings per fully diluted share in the range of approximately $0.21 to $0.27.Finisar has not provided a reconciliation of its third quarter outlook for non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP earnings per fully diluted share because estimates of all of the reconciling items cannot be provided without unreasonable efforts.  It is difficult to reasonably provide a forward-looking estimate of certain reconciling items between such non-GAAP forward-looking measures and the comparable forward-looking GAAP measures. Certain factors that are materially significant to Finisar’s ability to estimate these items are out of its control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, including with respect to restructuring charges, litigation settlements and resolutions and related costs, and the timing of tax related adjustments. Accordingly, a reconciliation of such non-GAAP forward-looking measures to the comparable forward-looking GAAP measures are not available within a reasonable range of predictability. CONFERENCE CALLFinisar will discuss its financial results for the second quarter and current business outlook during its regular quarterly conference call scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 2:00 pm PT (5:00 pm ET).  To listen to the call you may connect through the Finisar investor relations page at or dial 1-(855) 473-9088 (domestic) or 1- (720) 405-0995 (international) and enter conference ID 61569772.An audio replay will be available for two weeks following the call by dialing 1- (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or 1-404-537-3406 (international) and then following the prompts: enter conference ID 61569772and provide your name, affiliation, and contact number.  A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call on Finisar’s website until the next regularly scheduled earnings conference call.SAFE HARBOR UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995This press release contains forward-looking statement concerning Finisar’s expected financial performance. These statements are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about our business and industry, and the markets and customers we serve, and they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Finisar assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Examples of such risks include those associated with:  the uncertainty of customer demand for Finisar’s products; the rapidly evolving markets for Finisar’s products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; Finisar’s historical dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and fluctuations in the mix of products and customers in any period; ongoing new product development and introduction of new and enhanced products; the challenges of rapid growth followed by periods of contraction; and intensive competition.  Further information regarding these and other risks relating to Finisar’s business is set forth in Finisar’s annual report on Form 10-K (filed June 16, 2017) and quarterly SEC filings.ABOUT FINISARFinisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR) is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and components  that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for telecommunications, networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For over 25 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage.  Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit FINANCIAL STATEMENTS The following financial tables are presented in accordance with GAAP.
FINISAR NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURESIn addition to reporting financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Finisar provides the following financial measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the Securities and Exchange Commission: non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP income and non-GAAP net income per share. These non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental information regarding Finisar’s operating performance on a non-GAAP basis that excludes certain gains, losses and charges of a non-cash nature or that occur relatively infrequently and/or that management considers to be outside of our ongoing core operating results.   Management believes that tracking non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share provides management and the investment community with valuable insight into our ongoing core current operations, our ability to generate cash and the underlying business trends that are affecting our performance.  These non-GAAP measures are used by both management and our Board of Directors, along with the comparable GAAP information, in evaluating our current performance and planning our future business activities.  In particular, management finds it useful to exclude non-cash charges in order to better correlate our operating activities with our ability to generate cash from operations and to exclude certain cash charges as a means of more accurately predicting our liquidity requirements.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when used in conjunction with our GAAP financial information, also allow investors to better evaluate our financial performance in comparison to other periods and to other companies in our industry.In calculating non-GAAP gross profit in this release, we have excluded the following items from cost of revenues in applicable periods in this release:Amortization of acquired technology (non-cash charges related to technology obtained in acquisitions);Duplicate facility costs during facility move (non-core cash charges);Stock-based compensation expense (non-cash charges);Reduction in force costs (non-core cash charges); andAcquisition related retention payments (non-core cash charges). In calculating non-GAAP operating income in this release, we have excluded the same items to the extent they are classified as operating expenses, and have also excluded the following items in applicable periods in this release:Litigation settlements and resolutions and related costs (non-core charges);Acquisition related costs (non-core cash charge) andAmortization of purchased intangibles (non-cash charges).In calculating non-GAAP income and non-GAAP income per share in this release, we have also excluded the following items in applicable periods in this release:Imputed interest expenses on convertible debt (non-cash charges);Imputed interest related to restructuring (non-cash charges);Gains and losses on sales of assets (non-cash losses and cash gains related to the periodic disposal of assets no longer required for current activities);Loss (gain) related to minority investment (non-core charges or benefits);Dollar denominated foreign exchange transaction losses (gains) (non-cash charges or benefits); andAmortization of debt issuance costs (non-cash charges).In addition, in this release we have adjusted non-GAAP income and non-GAAP income per share for the difference between GAAP income taxes and non-GAAP income.A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial information to the corresponding GAAP information is set forth below: Finisar-FInvestor Contact:                                                                             
Kurt Adzema
Chief Financial Officer
408-542-5050 or [email protected] 
Press contact:
Victoria McDonald
Director, Corporate Communications 

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