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AXT Q2: A Turning Point

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"Clear signs in the marketplace that strategic applications like 5G, data centres, and passive optical networks (PON) are strengthening", says CEO Morris Young

AXT, a manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates, has reported financial results for the second quarter, ended June 30, 2020.

“We view 2020 as a turning point in our business,” said Morris Young, chief executive officer. “There are clear signs in the marketplace that strategic applications like 5G, data centres, and passive optical networks (PON) are strengthening. In addition, we believe new applications across our portfolio are creating exciting incremental opportunities beginning later this year.

"Further, with the relocation of our GaAs manufacturing largely completed and production ramping, we are now focusing on elevating our manufacturing and business processes to serve the needs of increasingly sophisticated applications and customer requirements. In total, we believe we are positioning ourselves for renewed revenue expansion and improving profitability.”

Second Quarter 2020 Results

Revenue for the second quarter of 2020 was $22.1 million, compared with $20.7 million in the first quarter of 2020 and $24.8 million for the second quarter of 2019.

Gross margin was 30.6 percent of revenue for the second quarter of 2020, compared with 26.6 percent of revenue in the first quarter of 2020 and 34.3 percent for the second quarter of 2019.

Operating expenses were $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2020, compared with $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2020, and $6.2 million for the second quarter of 2019.

Operating profit for the second quarter of 2020 was $0.5 million, compared with an operating loss of $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2020, and an operating profit of $2.3 million for the second quarter of 2019.

Other income, after deducting for associated taxes and the portion attributable to noncontrolling interests, net for the second quarter of 2020 was a charge of $0.1 million. This includes a grant of $1.6 million from a provincial government agency as an award for relocating to its province, $0.9 million for taxes and $0.6 million attributable to noncontrolling interests and a loss of $0.2 million from our unconsolidated joint ventures.

Net income in the second quarter of 2020 was $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.2 million or ($0.01) per share in the first quarter of 2020, and net income of $1.5 million or $0.04 per share for the second quarter of 2019.

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