Rubicon Revenue Dips in 2Q16, Shifts Away from LEDs and Smartphone Sector

Rubicon Technology, a provider of sapphire substrates and products to the LED, optical and semiconductor industries, reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

The Company reported second quarter revenue of $3.5 million, $0.8 million lower than the prior quarter revenue, primarily as a result of a temporary reduction of wafer orders. Revenue from wafer sales in the second quarter was $1.8 million as compared with $2.3 million in the prior quarter.

The Company continues to work on re-focusing its business on the optical sapphire market. Continued progress was reported on its two new technologies, LANCE large window growth and SapphirEX coating technologies (patents pending), which are expected to allow the Company to introduce new products into the optical sapphire market. The Company also continues to work with developers of other new applications for sapphire outside of the traditional LED and mobile device markets.

Bill Weissman, the Company’s CEO, said, “Given the excess capacity of sapphire serving the LED substrate and mobile device markets, we are placing more emphasis on the optical and industrial sapphire markets where we feel we have a greater competitive advantage. In addition, the Company is reviewing a variety of alternatives with a goal of providing greater value to our stockholders. ”

The Company’s second quarter loss per share was $0.31 as compared with a loss per share of $0.28 in the prior quarter. The second quarter loss per share was impacted by increased proxy solicitation costs related to the contested director election, which added approximately $0.04 to the loss per share in the second quarter.

Cash used in the quarter was impacted by building a higher consignment inventory for a key wafer customer in response to higher volume orders for the third quarter. In addition timing of receivables collections and payment on the settlement of securities litigation affected cash flow. During the quarter the Company took additional actions to reduce operating costs which it anticipates will positively impact cash flow.

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