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OPLINK REPORTS FIRST QUARTER OF FISCAL YEAR 2015 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Sequential Quarterly Revenue Growth of 12%; $0.05 Quarterly Dividend Declared

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oplink Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPLK), a leading provider of optical communication components, intelligent modules and subsystems, today reported its financial results for its quarter ended September 28, 2014, the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year.

Revenue for the quarter was $57.1 million, an increase of 12% from prior quarter revenue of $51.1 million, and a 4% increase from first quarter fiscal 2014 revenue of $54.8 million.

GAAP income from continuing operations was $4.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $3.2 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the prior quarter and income from continuing operations of $4.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. GAAP income from continuing operations excludes the results of the Oplink Connected division, which has been classified as discontinued operations. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified for consistency with the current period presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on the reported results of operations. All income from continuing operations amounts provided in this press release are net of income taxes.

Non-GAAP income from continuing operations for the first quarter was $6.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP income from continuing operations of $4.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the prior quarter, and non-GAAP income from continuing operations of $6.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their GAAP equivalents is included in the financial tables accompanying this press release.

GAAP net income for the first quarter, which includes the results of Oplink Connected, was $0.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.2 million, or ($0.23) per diluted share, in the prior quarter and net income of $2.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Oplink repurchased $12.1 million of its stock during the first quarter and closed the quarter with cash and marketable securities of $130 million.

Oplink also announced that, as in the prior quarter, it will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share of common stock. The dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of November 10, 2014 and will be paid on November 17, 2014.

"We are pleased to announce our highest ever quarterly revenue, driven primarily by demand in the North American datacom markets and the continued wireless network build-out in China," said Joe Liu, Chairman and CEO of Oplink. "These results highlight the fundamental strength of our core optical business, and we are intently focused on capitalizing on the growth opportunities ahead."

Business Outlook for the Quarter Ending December 28, 2014

For the quarter ending December 28, 2014, the Company expects to report revenue of $58 to $62 million and GAAP income from continuing operations (net of taxes) of $0.32 to $0.38 per diluted share. The Company expects to report non-GAAP income from continuing operations (net of taxes) of $0.38 to $0.44, which will exclude stock compensation, amortization of intangible assets, expenses relating to the divestment of the Oplink Connected business and other non-cash or non-recurring charges. Expenses for the Oplink Connected business, including expenses relating to the divestment of the business, are expected to be approximately $2.7 million.

Conference Call Information

Oplink will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its financial results and the other matters referred to above at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time on October 30, 2014. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-481-2844, or 1-719-457-2664 (outside the U.S. and Canada). A live webcast will be available on the Investors section of Oplink's corporate website at www.oplink.com and via replay beginning approximately two hours after the completion of the call until Oplink's announcement of its financial results for the next quarter. An audio replay of the call will also be available to investors beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on October 30, 2014 until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 5, 2014, by dialing 1-888-203-1112 or 1-719-457-0820 (outside the U.S. and Canada) and entering pass code 8309017#.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this earnings release and during the earnings conference call and webcast as described above, Oplink will discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation between non-GAAP and GAAP measures can be found in the accompanying tables.

Oplink believes that providing these non-GAAP measures to its investors provides investors the benefit of viewing Oplink's performance using the same financial metrics that the management team uses in making many key decisions and evaluating how Oplink's "core operating performance" and its results of operations may look in the future. Oplink defines "core operating performance" as its on-going performance in the ordinary course of its operations. Items that are non-recurring or do not involve cash expenditures, such as one-time tax benefits or charges, impairment charges, expenses related to acquisitions, divestments or restructurings, amortization of intangible assets, and non-cash compensation related to stock and options, are not included in Oplink's view of "core operating performance."

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including without limitation the statements relating to (a) the possible sale of the Oplink Connected business and (b) expected financial results for the quarter ending December 28, 2014. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Oplink's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the following risks and uncertainties: (1) the risk that the process being undertaken to seek the sale of the Oplink Connected business fails to identify any parties willing to acquire or invest in that business; (2) possible reductions in customer orders or delays in shipments of products to customers; (3) Oplink's reliance on third parties to supply critical components and materials for its products; (4) intense competition in Oplink's target markets and potential pricing pressure that may arise from changing supply or demand conditions in the industry; (5) increasing reliance on sales to datacom customers, which can fluctuate more than sales to our traditional telecom customers; (6) changes in our effective tax rate, which could reduce our net income; and (7) other risks detailed from time to time in Oplink's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. The foregoing information represents Oplink's outlook only as of the date of this press release, and Oplink undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.

Additional Information

The Company plans to file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Company. Promptly after filing any definitive proxy statement with the SEC, the Company will mail the definitive proxy statement and a WHITE proxy card to each stockholder of the Company entitled to execute, withhold or revoke proxies relating to the proxy solicitation. STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, and at the Company's website at www.oplink.com.

Certain Information Regarding Participants

The Company and certain of its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company's stockholders in connection with the proxy solicitation by the Company. Stockholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of the Company's directors and executive officers in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 29, 2014 and Form 10-K/A amendment to Annual Report, filed with the SEC on September 12, 2014, and October 29, 2014, respectively. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants in any solicitation of proxies and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will also be included in any proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC if and when they become available. These documents can be obtained free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, and at the Company's website at www.oplink.com.

About Oplink

Oplink is a leading provider of optical communication components, intelligent modules and subsystems. We offer advanced solutions in DWDM and CWDM bandwidth creation, optical amplification, switching & routing, wavelength conditioning, monitoring & protection, connectivity and system-level integration, as well as a broad portfolio of optical transceivers for metro WDM, aggregation and access applications. We supply to global leading and emerging telecommunications, data communications and cable TV equipment makers. We are headquartered in Fremont, California and own multiple research and manufacturing facilities in Asia. To learn more about Oplink, visit our web site at www.oplink.com.

 
OPLINK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(In thousands)
     
 September 28,June 29,
 20142014
 (Unaudited)(1)
ASSETS  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 48,558 $ 41,819
Short-term investments 74,270 87,656
Accounts receivable, net 46,669 43,619
Inventories 37,039 38,771
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,518 5,345
Deferred tax assets 815 815
Total current assets 216,869 218,025
Property, plant and equipment, net 50,841 52,113
Long-term investments 7,149 10,442
Goodwill and acquired intangible assets, net 746 919
Deferred tax assets 7,759 7,792
Other assets 13,082 13,402
Total assets $ 296,446 $ 302,693
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 16,177 $ 15,816
Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities 18,053 15,089
Total current liabilities 34,230 30,905
Non-current liabilities 11,783 11,539
Total liabilities 46,013 42,444
Stockholders' equity 250,433 260,249
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 296,446 $ 302,693
     
 (1) The June 29, 2014 condensed consolidated balance sheet has been derived from audited consolidated financial statements at that date.
 
OPLINK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended 
 September 28,June 29,September 29,
 201420142013
       
Revenues $ 57,138 $ 51,117 $ 54,773
Cost of revenues 38,935 35,819 36,807
Gross profit 18,203 15,298 17,966
Operating expenses:      
Research and development 6,189 6,059 5,699
Sales and marketing 3,149 3,205 2,970
General and administrative 2,814 1,941 1,970
Stock-based compensation expense  1,381 1,072 1,861
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 10 10 40
Net loss on sale/disposal of assets -- 13 77
Total operating expenses 13,543 12,300 12,617
Income from operations 4,660 2,998 5,349
Interest and other income, net  173 898 32
Income from continuing operations before provision for income taxes  4,833  3,896  5,381
Provision for income taxes  642  663  1,170
Income from continuing operations, net of tax  4,191  3,233  4,211
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  (3,579)  (7,431)  (1,989)
Net income (loss)  $ 612  $ (4,198)  $ 2,222
       
Basic net income (loss) per share from:      
Continuing operations  $ 0.24  $ 0.18  $ 0.22
Discontinued operations  $ (0.20)  $ (0.41)  $ (0.10)
Net income (loss)  $ 0.04  $ (0.23)  $ 0.12
       
Diluted net income (loss) per share from:      
Continuing operations  $ 0.24  $ 0.18  $ 0.22
Discontinued operations  $ (0.20)  $ (0.41)  $ (0.11)
Net income (loss)  $ 0.04  $ (0.23)  $ 0.11
       
Shares used in per share calculation:      
Basic 17,167 18,157 19,239
Diluted 17,447 18,363 19,543
       
       
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended 
 September 28,June 29,September 29,
   20142014 2013 
Reconciliation of GAAP income from continuing operations, net of tax, to non-GAAP income from continuing operations, net of tax:      
       
GAAP income from continuing operations, net of tax  $ 4,191  $ 3,233  $ 4,211
Adjustments to measure non-GAAP:      
Related to cost of revenues:      
Stock-based compensation expense  89 88 108
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 36 36 35
Total related to cost of revenues 125 124 143
       
Related to operating expenses:      
Legal, advisory and other charges related to certain corporate governance matters 799 -- --
Stock-based compensation expense  1,381 1,072 1,861
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 10 10 40
Total related to operating expenses 2,190 1,082 1,901
       
Gain on sale of equity investments -- (578) --
Tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments (500) 385 (275)
       
Non-GAAP income from continuing operations, net of tax  $ 6,006  $ 4,246  $ 5,980
       
Non-GAAP income per share - continuing operations, net of tax      
Basic  $ 0.35  $ 0.23  $ 0.31
Diluted  $ 0.34  $ 0.23  $ 0.31
       
Shares used in computing non-GAAP income per share - continuing operations, net of tax:      
Basic 17,167 18,157 19,239
Diluted 17,447 18,363 19,543
       
Reconciliation of GAAP gross profit to non-GAAP gross profit:      
GAAP gross profit  $ 18,203  $ 15,298  $ 17,966
Stock-based compensation expense included in cost of revenues 89 88 108
Amortization of acquired intangible assets included in cost of revenues 36 36 35
Non-GAAP gross profit  $ 18,328  $ 15,422  $ 18,109
       
GAAP gross margin 31.9% 29.9% 32.8%
Non-GAAP gross margin 32.1% 30.2% 33.1%
 
OPLINK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(Unaudited, in thousands)
 Three Months Ended
 September 28,September 29,
 20142013
   
     
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income $ 612 $ 2,222
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 2,428 2,001
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 46 75
Stock-based compensation expense  1,576 2,077
Deferred income taxes 36 (74)
Net loss on sale/disposal of assets -- 77
Other 223 189
Change in assets and liabilities (597) (2,128)
Net cash provided by operating activities  4,324  4,439
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Net maturities (purchases) of investments 16,482 (8,336)
Net purchases of property, plant and equipment (1,383) (5,451)
Net purchases of cost or equity investments (74) --
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  15,025 (13,787)
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Proceeds from issuance of common stock  1,263 620
Repurchases of common stock (12,569) --
Dividend payments to shareholders (858) --
Other (445) (1,147)
Net cash used in financing activities (12,609) (527)
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1) 38
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 6,739 (9,837)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 41,819 65,014
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 48,558 $ 55,177
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