Jul 26, 2018 / 5:00 CET/CEST

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

INFICON with Pleasant First Half-year

Second quarter 2018:

  • USD 104.2 million sales; 11.3% over last year
  • USD 22.0 million operating income; plus 19.6%, margin increase to 21.1%

First half-year 2018:

  • USD 214.9 million sales; 18% increase
  • USD 46.6 million operating income; plus 28.9%, margin increase to 21.7%

Confirmed guidance 2018:

  • Sales around USD 400 million and operating income margin over 19%

Bad Ragaz/Switzerland, July 26, 2018

INFICON Holding AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: IFCN) announces sales of USD 104.2 million for the second quarter of 2018. This represents an increase of 11.3% over the same period of last year, yet falls 5.9% short of the record-high value achieved in the first quarter. Excluding currency effects (+2.8 percentage points), quarterly sales rose organically by 8.5%. In the first half-year, sales grew 18% (organically 13.8%) to USD 214.9 million after USD 182.1 million registered a year ago. INFICON is strategically focusing on multiple target markets with partly independent business cycles. Even though the boom in the semiconductor and vacuum coating market has lost some momentum, INFICON confirms its existing guidance and expects sales of around USD 400 million and an operating income margin exceeding 19% for the full year 2018.

Sales development in the target markets

In the second quarter, INFICON recorded higher sales in all target markets and world regions year-over-year. Sales to customers in the Semi & Vacuum Coating market rose year-over-year by 9.7% to reach USD 47.5 million. Compared with the record-high first quarter figures, the sales boom recorded in the semi-conductor and in the vacuum coating markets during the preceding quarters cooled off somewhat (-9%), especially in Asia. For the coming months, INFICON expects high sales volumes which will most probably not reach the former record levels. Largely influenced by the business trend in Europe, the broadly based General Vacuum market reflects a similar pattern. Compared with the same period of last year, sales surged 12.2% to a high USD 28.5 million, yet failed to reach the high levels of the first quarter by 8.1%. The trend here is likely to be influenced by the developments in global trade politics. With USD 20.9 million, INFICON reached another record sales figure in its Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Automotive market. The sales increase amounted to 2.5% compared with the respective period of last year. This market is also broadly rooted and should show a positive trend over the next months. The most impressive sales plus was realized in the Security & Energy market where sales rose by 56.5% to USD 7.2 million compared with the weak prior-year period and by 7.5% over the first quarter of the year. The trend in this attractive market is hard to predict as it depends primarily on large public orders.

Stronger margins

INFICON achieved a gross profit of USD 53.2 million (last year: USD 47.2 million) in the second quarter of 2018. This translates into a strengthened gross profit margin of 51.0%, up from 50.4%. Expenses for research and development increased from USD 6.9 million reported a year ago to now USD 7.8 million, while the sales and administrative costs rose by 6% to USD 23.3 million. The operating income grew by 19.6% to USD 22.0 million, yielding a margin of 21.1% after 19.7% recorded a year ago. Net profit for the period was USD 17.1 million, resulting in a 1.7 percentage points higher margin of 16.5%. Earnings per share were USD 7.05 after USD 5.72 a year ago.

Following the payment of around USD 50 million to the shareholders in April, INFICON's balance sheet shows a net cash position of USD 45.7 million. Based on the balance sheet total of USD 270.5 million, the equity ratio stood at 71.2% after 77.1% at year-end again reflecting the distribution to the shareholders. INFICON achieved in the reporting quarter a higher operating cash flow of USD 21.7 million after USD 14.9 million a year ago. The working capital of USD 104.5 million equals to 25.1 percent of sales and largely reflects strategically higher inventory levels related to the business activity.

Half-year report and presentations ready for download

The English-speaking half-year report 2018, as well as the detailed presentation on the second quarter and half-year results 2018 is available for download in the investors section of the INFICON website

Conference call and international webcast

INFICON discusses its second quarter and half-year 2018 results in greater detail today at an English-speaking conference call at 09:30 CEST a.m. Participants can dial in using any of the following numbers:

Europe: +41 (0)58 310 50 00

UK: +44 (0)207 1070613

USA (Toll free): +1 (1)866 291 41 66

USA (local): +1 (1)631 570 56 13

Please dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the conference call. There is no PIN required to access the call. A live webcast of the conference call, including a visual presentation in addition to the audio, will also be available in the Investors section of the INFICON website www.inficon.com. You can access the webcast directly at http://bit.ly/IFCN_Webcast.

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Communication calendar 2018

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Corporate Contact

Matthias Tröndle

Chief Financial Officer

+423 388 3510



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