Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) Shareholders Get Unexpected News

Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT)

Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) operates in a very specialized area – it develops, manufactures, and sells testing equipment for the semiconductor industry. It produces robotics, gas delivery systems, and tubing products among others. Shares in the Hayward, CA-based firm ended trading yesterday at $12.58 but gapped up and opened at $14 after their Q4 2016 and full year financials were released.

Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) reported total revenue for Q4 2016 at $174.5 million, an increase of 19.4% over Q3 2016 and 68.8% from the same period a year ago. Semiconductor revenue increased 20.6% from Q3 2016 and 60.7% from the same period a year ago. Gross margin for Q4 2016 was 17.0% compared with 16.1% for the prior quarter and 12.9% for the same period a year ago. Net income for Q4 was $10.0 million, or $0.30 per share (basic and diluted), compared with net income of $2.6 million, or $0.08 per share (basic and diluted) in the previous quarter, and a net loss of $15.8 million, or $0.49 per share (basic and diluted) for the same period a year ago. Total revenue for fiscal 2016 was $562.8 million, an increase of 20.0% from fiscal 2015. Gross margin for 2016 was 15.4% compared with 15.1% for 2015. Net income for 2016 was $10.1 million, or $0.31 per basic share and $0.30 per diluted share compared with a net loss of $10.7 million, or $0.34 per share (basic and diluted) in 2015. Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) also gave guidance for 2017 – they expect revenue to be between $190 – $197 million.

UCTT shares opened the day at $14 and closed just a penny higher. UCTT shares reached a high of $14.45 and a low of $13.60 on heavy volumes – over seven times average daily volumes. Company sales have been relatively flat for the past five years. In 2011 Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) posted a figure of $452.6 million and that figure stood at just $469.1 million in 2015. So today’s revenue figure was a bit of good news. EPS also turned positive after a loss in 2015 that was preceded by four years of EPS profit. Four firms follow UCTT and one assigns UCTT shares a rating of “Strong Buy”, two rate the shares as a Buy”, and one rates the shares as a “Hold”.


Ticker Symbol UCTT
Last Price a/o 4:32 PM EST  $                    14.00
Average Volume                    382,200
Market Cap (mlns)  $                  414.51
Sales (mlns) $491.60
Shares Outstanding (mlns) 32.95
Share Float (mlns) 29.74
Shortable Yes
Optionable Yes
Inside Ownership 1.40%
Short Float 3.05%
Short Interest Ratio 2.37
Quarterly Return 27.59%
YTD Return 29.69%
Year Return 164.84%

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About the author: Steve Clark is a 23 year Wall St professional with stints in M&A, risk management, and algorithm trading.


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