ESI Darts on Q2 Results

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESIO) hiked on markets Thursday, as the company reported upbeat second-quarter results and issued a strong third-quarter forecast.

The Portland, Oregon-based company reported Wednesday that Q2 revenue was $71.0 million, compared to $29.7 million in the second quarter of last fiscal year. GAAP net income was $4.3 million or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $9.7 million, or $0.30 per share one year ago. On a non-GAAP basis net income was $13.7 million or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $7.7 million or $0.24 per share in the prior year's second quarter.

CEO Michael Burger, said, "We delivered a quarter of strong financial results, with revenues more than doubling from one year ago, higher gross margin, lower fixed expenses, and strong earnings.

"During the quarter we received several large orders for our industry-leading 5335 series of flexible circuit drilling products. Combining our flex demand with excellent performance across our other product categories resulted in total orders for the quarter of $128.9 million."

Based on current market and backlog conditions, revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 are expected to be between $80 and $90 million. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share is expected to be $0.48 to $0.60. Given order and backlog projections we expect fourth quarter results to be in a similar range.

Shares in the company entered afternoon trading on Thursday with a charge, climbing $4.72, or 28.9%, to $21.03.