Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), a global leader in back-end semiconductor equipment and services, today provided a business update and an upward revision to its fiscal third quarter 2020 guidance:
Cohu expects a net neutral to positive impact from the newly introduced U.S. export restrictions to Huawei and expanded list of affiliated companies, as market share and demand is expected to shift to other customers.
Order forecast has improved through third quarter with continued positive customer momentum in mobility and strong demand for Cohu’s RF testers.
Cohu now expects third quarter revenue at the high-end of guidance at approximately $146 million.
The company commenced reduction of the term loan B debt associated with the financing of the Xcerra acquisition in October 2018, recently reducing such debt by $17.3 million.
Luis Müller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cohu, commented, "We are encouraged by our customers’ acceptance and ramp of our RF test solutions, and this drives our increased optimism about near-term business conditions.”
Cohu is a leading supplier of semiconductor test and inspection handlers, micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) test modules, test contactors and thermal sub-systems used by global semiconductor manufacturers and test subcontractors.
Forward Looking Statements:
Certain statements contained in this release and accompanying materials may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding expected impact from the newly introduced U.S. export restrictions to Huawei and expanded list of affiliated companies, expected market share and demand shift, order forecast improvements and positive customer momentum in mobility and strong demand for Cohu’s RF testers, increased third quarter revenue forecast to the high-end of guidance at approximately $146 million, ramp of RF test solutions, increased optimism about near-term business conditions, and any other statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as "may,” "will,” "should,” "would,” "expect,” "anticipate,” "plan,” "likely,” "believe,” "estimate,” "project,” "intend,” and other similar expressions among others. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance.
Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement as a result of various factors, including, without limitation: The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected, and is continuing to adversely affect, our business, financial condition and results of operations, and COVID-19 could re-surge at any time and our business could be abruptly impacted again to an even greater extent; Other significant risks associated with the Xcerra acquisition, integration and synergies including the failure to achieve the expected benefits of the acquisition, and mandatory ongoing impairment evaluation of goodwill and other intangibles whereby Cohu could be required to write off some or all of this goodwill and other intangibles; Continued availability of capital and financing and additional rating agency downgrade actions, and limited market access given our high debt levels; Our Credit Agreement contains various representations and negative covenants that limit our business flexibility; Changes to or replacement of LIBOR may adversely affect interest rates; Adverse investor reaction to the recently suspended cash dividend; Other risks associated with acquisitions; inventory, goodwill and other asset write-downs; Our ability to convert new products into production on a timely basis and to support product development and meet customer delivery and acceptance requirements for new products; Lost productivity, project delays and internal control risks due to ongoing employee "work from home” programs; Our reliance on third-party contract manufacturers and suppliers; Failure to obtain customer acceptance resulting in the inability to recognize revenue and accounts receivable collection problems; Market demand and adoption of our new products; Customer orders may be canceled or delayed; Design-wins may or may not result in future orders or sales; The concentration of our revenues from a limited number of customers; Intense competition in the semiconductor equipment industry; Our reliance on patents and intellectual property; Compliance with U.S. export regulations; Impacts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and ongoing tax examinations; Geopolitical issues, trade wars and Huawei/HiSilicon export restrictions (including new restrictions effective in May and August 2020); Retention of key staff; Other health epidemics or natural disasters; ERP system implementation issues particularly as Cohu recently launched a new ERP system in first quarter 2020 and plans a broader rollout in 2020; The seasonal, volatile and unpredictable nature of capital expenditures by semiconductor manufacturers particularly in light of weakened demand in 2019 followed by the COVID-19 global pandemic in 2020; and Rapid technological change.
These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed more fully in Cohu’s filings with the SEC, including the most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, and the other filings made by Cohu with the SEC from time to time, which are available via the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as required by applicable law, Cohu does not undertake any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions (NYSE:AGCO), today announced that Martin Richenhagen has chosen to retire as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2020. The Company further announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eric Hansotia, currently AGCO’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Mr. Richenhagen as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021. In addition, Mr. Hansotia has been elected to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Martin Richenhagen joined AGCO in 2004 as President and CEO and was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006.
"It’s been my greatest privilege to serve alongside my AGCO colleagues for the past 16 years,” stated Mr. Richenhagen. "Their dedication, integrity, innovativeness and commitment to our customers are what make AGCO such an extraordinary Company, and I’m proud to have been part of its history. I have tremendous confidence in Eric, the Board, our employees and our dealer network, and believe that AGCO’s best days are yet to come.”
Speaking on behalf of AGCO’s Board of Directors, Gerald Shaheen, AGCO’s independent Lead Director, stated, "Martin has served AGCO with great distinction through the years, and we are enormously thankful for his contributions to the Company. Under his leadership, AGCO evolved into an integrated global manufacturer of high-tech, sustainable, agricultural solutions to serve our farmers around the world. AGCO expanded its product portfolio, entered into new markets, consolidated product platforms and modernized facilities. Driven by strong financial performance under his direction, AGCO improved to an investment grade credit rating while initiating a dividend and a substantial share re-purchase program. Martin has been a model of corporate leadership and integrity in the industry. We wish him well in his retirement and look forward to new levels of success under Eric’s leadership.”
"The Board and I are confident that Eric is the right person to build on AGCO’s solid foundation,” added Mr. Richenhagen. "Eric is a seasoned leader with broad industry knowledge, making him uniquely qualified to lead AGCO into the future. Eric has made significant contributions to AGCO’s success over the past seven years, most recently leading the Company through the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. His strong strategic view on the future trends in global agriculture along with his diverse operational experience will enable AGCO to successfully meet the changing needs of our customers.” Mr. Hansotia joined AGCO as Senior Vice President, Global Crop Cycle and Fuse Connected Services in 2013 and has served in the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2019. Prior to joining AGCO, Mr. Hansotia had a successful 20-year tenure with Deere & Company where he held leadership positions including Senior Vice President, Global Harvesting and Vice President of Global Crop Care.
Mr. Hansotia shared, "I want to express my gratitude to both Martin and the Board of Directors for their confidence in my ability to lead AGCO into the future. Together with our talented team, I look forward to helping our global farmers sustainably feed the world through smart, innovative agricultural solutions. I believe farmer-driven innovation is the key to unlocking value for our employees, dealers and shareholders, and I look forward to building on Martin’s legacy as we realize AGCO’s bright future.”
AGCO (NYSE:AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and delivers high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® smart farming solutions. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA, AGCO had net sales of $9.0 billion in 2019. For more information, visit https://www.AGCOcorp.com. For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.
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