ASML reports EUR 2.2 billion sales at 41.6% gross margin in Q1
2019 view unchanged
Press release - Veldhoven, the Netherlands, April 17, 2019
ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) today publishes its 2019 first-quarter results.
Q1 net sales of EUR 2.2 billion, net income of EUR 355 million, gross margin 41.6%
ASML expects Q2 2019 net sales of between EUR 2.5 billion and EUR 2.6 billion and a gross margin between 41% and 42%
|(Figures in millions of euros unless otherwise indicated)||Q4 2018||Q1 2019|
|...of which Installed Base Management sales1||719||540|
|New lithography systems sold (units)||58||43|
|Used lithography systems sold (units)||6||5|
|Gross margin (%)||44.3||41.6|
|EPS (basic; in euros)||1.87||0.84|
|End-quarter cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments||4,034||3,275|
"Our first-quarter sales and gross margin came in slightly above guidance, supported by better than planned EUV system shipments and DUV profitability. The outlook for the remainder of the year remains unchanged, as we see accelerating growth through 2019 on the back of significant technology transitions, primarily in Logic. Our outlook is further underpinned by expected increasing Applications and Installed Base revenues. EUV systems are starting production of the first layers of the most advanced Logic nodes. Supporting these technology transitions is our higher productivity NXE:3400C EUV scanner – which we expect will also drive adoption in the DRAM memory segment. We reconfirm our previously disclosed longer-term outlook for 2020 and beyond, which remains based on our positive view on technology drivers such as 5G communications, automotive, artificial intelligence and data centers. In the short term, some volume demand uncertainties remain due to macro-economic developments," said ASML President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink.
Q1 2019 product and business highlights
In our DUV lithography business, we see increasing demand for 200 mm TWINSCAN scanners across all dry wavelengths, which is mainly driven by strong growth in the automotive, industrial and Internet of Things market segments.
For thin film head manufacturing, ASML is expected to enable the shrink roadmap with a special version of the XT:1460K scanner, for which the company recently received an order from a leading storage manufacturer.
On 300 mm, we continue innovations in DUV to support future nodes and new applications. We will bring the DUV Dry products to the high performance NXT platform. We are on track to deliver the NXT:1470 mid next year. Due to our cost-effective DUV product portfolio, important market share wins were recently achieved in multiple regions.
Our Applications portfolio, including optical and E-beam metrology and inspection, computational lithography and software control products, continues to see growth. In Q1 2019, our Brion deep-learning technology has been adopted by several leading-edge customers.
We are making progress on our E-beam products for improved defect inspection sensitivity required on future nodes. To improve E-beam system productivity, we are on track to deliver a multi-beam system this year for R&D, moving to commercial product shipment in 2020.
In January, ASML announced the acquisition of the intellectual property assets of Mapper, a Delft-based high-tech company. In Q1 2019, approximately 100 former Mapper employees accepted job offers from ASML and are now working in projects for our Applications business – 80 employees in multi-beam and 20 in YieldStar.
For EUV, the first set of NXE:3400C optics are in the factory. These higher transmission optics will enable the higher throughput of 170 wafers per hour. This is expected to deliver cost effective shrink for both Logic and DRAM. The system is expected to be available to our customers in the second half of 2019.
In light of questions we recently received concerning a court case ASML has won against XTAL, we have included the key facts on our website.
For the second quarter of 2019, ASML expects net sales between EUR 2.5 billion and EUR 2.6 billion, and a gross margin between 41% and 42%. ASML also expects R&D costs of around EUR 485 million, and SG&A costs of around EUR 125 million. Our estimated annualized effective tax rate is around 11% for 2019.
Update share buyback program
As part of ASML’s financial policy to return excess cash to shareholders through dividends and regularly timed share buybacks, in January 2018 ASML announced its intention to purchase up to EUR 2.5 billion of shares to be executed within the 2018–2019 time frame. ASML intends to cancel these shares after repurchase, with the exception of up to 2.4 million shares, which will be used to cover employee share plans. Through March 31, 2019, ASML has acquired 7.4 million shares under this program for a total consideration of EUR 1.2 billion. The current program may be suspended, modified or discontinued at any time. All transactions under this program are published on ASML’s website on a weekly basis.
Quarterly video interview and investor and media conference call
With this press release, ASML has published a video interview in which CFO Roger Dassen discusses the Q1 2019 results, which can be viewed on www.asml.com. A conference call for investors and media will be hosted by CEO Peter Wennink and CFO Roger Dassen on April 17, 2019 at 15:00 Central European Time / 09:00 U.S. Eastern Time. To register for the call and receive dial-in information, follow the link below. Listen-only access is also available via www.asml.com.
ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Our vision is a world in which semiconductor technology is everywhere and helps to tackle society’s toughest challenges. We contribute to this goal by creating products and services that let chipmakers define the patterns that integrated circuits are made of. We continuously raise the capabilities of our products, enabling our customers to increase the value and reduce the cost of chips. By helping to make chips cheaper and more powerful, we help to make semiconductor technology more attractive for a larger range of products and services, which in turn enables progress in fields such as healthcare, energy, mobility and entertainment. ASML is a multinational company with offices in more than 60 cities in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We employ more than 23,800 people on payroll and flexible contracts (expressed in full time equivalents). ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. More information about ASML, our products and technology, and career opportunities is available on www.asml.com.
US GAAP financial reporting
ASML's quarterly financial reporting is prepared in accordance with US GAAP, the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The consolidated balance sheets of ASML Holding N.V. as of March 31, 2019, the related consolidated statements of operations and consolidated statements of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2019 as presented in this press release are unaudited and available on www.asml.com.
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This document contains statements relating to certain projections, business trends and other matters that are forward-looking, including statements with respect to expected trends and outlook, bookings, expected financial results and trends, including expected sales, EUV revenue, gross margin, R&D and SG&A expenses, and estimated annualized effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2019, and expected financial results and trends for the full year 2019, including the expectation for continued growth in sales in 2019, annual revenue opportunity in 2020 and annual revenue through 2025, outlook for 2020 and beyond, including ASML's positive view on technology drivers such as 5G communications, automotive, artificial intelligence and data centers, trends in DUV systems revenue and Holistic Lithography and installed based management and Applications revenues, expected industry trends and expected trends in the business environment, including expected short term volatility in the market due to macroeconomics, including added capacity in memory and new leading edge nodes in logic, drivers of long-term growth opportunity, statements with respect to the expected benefits of the introduction of the new DUV system and expected demand for such system, statements with respect to film head manufacturing, where ASML is expected to enable the shrink roadmap with a special version of the XT:1460K scanner, expected support of technology transitions through the higher productivity NXE:3400C, including its expected availability date and the expectation that such scanner will drive adoption in the DRAM memory segment, expected throughput of higher transmission optics and the expectation that this will deliver cost effective shrink for both Logic and DRAM, statements with respect to the continued DUV innovation, to support future nodes and new applications, including the expectation that DUV Dry products will be brought to the NTX platform and the expected timing of delivery of NXT:1470, the expected deliver of a multi-beam system in 2019 for R&D and expected timing of commercial product shipment of e-beam products , shrink being a key industry driver supporting innovation and providing long-term industry growth, Holistic Lithography enabling affordable shrink and delivering value to customers, DUV, EUV and Application products providing unique value drivers for ASML and its customers, the expected continuation of Moore’s law and that EUV will continue to enable Moore’s law and drive long term value for ASML well into the next decade, the intention to continue to return excess cash to shareholders through a combination of share buybacks and growing dividends in line with ASML’s policy, and statements with respect to the proposed dividend for the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and the share repurchase plan for 2018-2019, including the intention to use certain shares to cover employee share plans and cancel the rest of the shares upon repurchase. 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