Aug 04, 2016 / 5:00 CET/CEST

Ad hoc announcement of INFICON Holding AG pursuant to Art. 53 LR SIX Swiss Exchange

INFICON gains momentum and confirms guidance for 2016

  • USD 75.5 million sales in Q2 2016; increase of 9.9% over prior-year period
  • 30.8% higher operating income of USD 11.8 million yields strengthened margin of 15.6%
  • USD 145.2 million sales in first half year; 7.4% increase over prior-year period
  • Reaffirmed guidance for 2016: Sales exceeding USD 300 million and operating income margin of over 15%

Bad Ragaz/Switzerland, August 4, 2016

INFICON Holding AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: IFCN) reports sales of USD 75.5 million for the second quarter of 2016. This is an increase of 8.3% over the first three months of the year and a rise of 9.9% over the second quarter of 2015. Excluding the effect from the acquisition of InstruTech (+2.3 percentage points) and considering currency effects (-0.7 percentage points), the organic growth rate for the second quarter of 2016 was 8.3%. For the first half of 2016, INFICON achieved sales of USD 145.2 million. This represents an increase of 7.4% and organically of 6.7%. As announced previously, INFICON expects to achieve for the fiscal year 2016 sales of over USD 300 million and an operating income margin exceeding 15%.

Sales development in the various target markets

INFICON increased its sales to the Semi & Vacuum Coating market both compared with the same period of last year (+18.7%) as well as over the first quarter of 2016 (+19.7%) remarkably to USD 27.9 million. This stronger than expected gain reflects a growing popularity of the OLED technology for flat panel displays, the normal business trend in the semiconductor industry and last but not least, a slowly strengthening solar panel business. In the thin film coating market, a clearly perceptible shift towards China dampens the dynamics in Europe and Japan. The sales achieved with customers of the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Automotive market grew double-digit (+11.4%) compared with last year's period, yet hardly increased (+1.1%) over the preceding first quarter. The main drivers for this development was a globally strong automotive business, whereas the traditional air conditioning and refrigeration market shows signs of saturation in China. The demand for after-sales service tools developed positively. In Security & Energy, a market dominated by large-scale orders, strong sales increases were realized in comparison with the same period of last year. Sales for Security & Energy surged by 90.2% to USD 7.8 million, and showed a rise of 21.9% over the first three months of the year. INFICON has somewhat reduced the backlog which resulted from delayed shipments over the last quarters. Sales in the General Vacuum market remained quite stable compared with the first quarter of this year (-1.8%), while the USD 22.2 million of sales represent a decrease of 12.3% over the same period of last year. A portion of this decline is due to the reclassification of certain customers which are now included in the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Automotive market. In addition, the subdued trend is also consequence of a dragging economy in Europe. Good news for this market is the positive response from first users of the new Contura leak detector, specially designed to leak-test packaging of all sorts (http://bit.ly/inficon_Contura).

Stronger margins

With a gross profit of USD 38.1 million, INFICON increased its gross margin for the reporting period to 50.4%. The expenses for research and development as well as selling, general, and administrative costs increased also because of the acquisition. The operating income for the second quarter picked up by 30.8% to USD 11.8 million or 15.6% of sales. Net income for the period was USD 9.7 million. This translates into a net income margin of 12.8%. Earnings per share were USD 4.08 after USD 2.66 a year ago.

After the distribution of USD 32 million to the shareholders in May, the acquisition of InstruTech, and having generated an appealing cash flow of USD 10.6 million, INFICON's balance sheet shows liquidity of USD 45.6 million after USD 60.9 million at year-end. The working capital was USD 74.7 million or 24.7% of sales. Based on the balance sheet total of USD 207.1 million, the equity ratio was approximately 70% at mid-year.

Full half-year report and presentation available for download

The complete half-year report 2016 and a detailed presentation on the second quarter and half-year results are available for download in the investor section of the INFICON website at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=124424&p=irol-IRHome or following bit.ly/IFCN_IR_home.

Conference call and international webcast

INFICON explains its second quarter and half-year 2016 results in more detail in an English-speaking conference call, scheduled for 09:30 a.m. CEST. Participants are requested to kindly dial in using the following numbers:

Europe: +41 (0) 58 310 5000

UK: +44 (0) 203 059 5862

USA: +1 (1) 631 570 5613

USA (Toll free): +1 (1) 866 291 4166

Please dial in some 10 minutes prior to the call. No PIN is needed for the call. The accompanying presen-

tation is available on the INFICON website www.inficon.com where the conference call can be followed as a webcast and later on as a recording. You can access the webcast directly at http://bit.ly/IFCN_WebcastQ2.

Communication calendar 2016

INFICON regularly updates its communication calendar which is available on the company's website or directly at http://bit.ly/IFCN_Calendar.

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