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United States

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

Annual Report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017

Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

for the transition period from                     to                     .

Commission File Number: 0-16195

 

II-VI INCORPORATED

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

25-1214948

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

 

375 Saxonburg Boulevard
Saxonburg, PA

 

16056

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 724-352-4455

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class

 

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, no par value

 

Nasdaq Global Select Market

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.     Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.     Yes       No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).     Yes       No   

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment  to this Form 10-K.  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer

 

 

Accelerated filer

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes      No  

Aggregate market value of outstanding Common Stock, no par value, held by non-affiliates of the Registrant at December 30, 2016, was approximately $1,763,329,797 based on the closing sale price reported on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. For purposes of this calculation only, directors and executive officers of the Registrant and their spouses are deemed to be affiliates of the Registrant.

Number of outstanding shares of Common Stock, no par value, at August 14, 2017, was 63,279,520.

 

 

 

 


 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement, which will be issued in connection with the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of II-VI Incorporated, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report on Form 10-K (including certain information incorporated herein by reference) contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future.  In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as, “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “potential,” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements address, among other things, our expectations, our growth strategies, our efforts to increase bookings, sales and revenues, projections of our future profitability, results of operations, capital expenditures, our financial condition, our ability to integrate acquired businesses or other “forward-looking” information and include statements about revenues, earnings, spending, margins, costs or our actions, plans or strategies.

The forward-looking statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results, performance or trends to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements herein or in previous disclosures. We believe that all forward-looking statements made by us have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that these expectations, beliefs or projections will actually occur or prove to be correct. Actual results could materially differ from such statements. We claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the PSLRA for our forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results, and could cause actual results for fiscal 2018 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K or otherwise made by our management:

 

Investments in future markets of potential significant growth may not result in expected returns.

 

Our competitive position depends on our ability to develop new products and processes.

 

Our competitive position may require significant investments in strategic acquisitions, with associated integration risks, which may not be successful.

 

Our future success depends on continued international sales.

 

Foreign currency risk may negatively affect our revenues, cost of sales and operating margins and could result in foreign exchange losses.

 

Our inability to access financial markets from time to time to raise capital, finance working capital requirements or our acquisition strategies, or otherwise to support our liquidity needs could negatively impact our ability to finance our operations, meet certain obligations or implement our growth strategy.

 

We may fail to accurately estimate our customers’ demands.

 

We may encounter substantial competition.

 

There are limitations on the protection of our intellectual property.

 

A significant portion of our business depends on cyclical industries.

 

Data breach incidents and breakdown of information and communication technologies could disrupt our operations and impact our financial results.

 

Global economic downturns may adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.

 

We are subject to governmental import and export regulations.

 

Our global operations are complex to manage.

 

We have entered into supply agreements which commit us to supply products on specified terms.

 

We depend on highly complex manufacturing processes that require products from limited sources of supply.

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Our global operations are subject to complex legal and regulatory requirements.

 

We use and generate hazardous substances that are subject to stringent environmental regulations.

 

We may be adversely affected by climate change regulations.

 

Some systems that use our products are complex in design, and our products may contain defects that are not detected until deployed which could increase our costs and reduce our revenues.

 

Significant defense spending cuts and/or reductions in defense programs could adversely impact our business.

 

Change in tax rates, tax liabilities or tax accounting rules could affect future results.

 

Increases in commodity prices may adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

 

Natural disasters or other global or regional catastrophic events could disrupt our operations and adversely affect our results.

 

Our success depends on our ability to retain key personnel.

 

We have agreements with government entities that are subject to significant compliance requirements and changes in government spending.

 

Our stock price has been highly volatile in the past and may be extremely volatile in the future.

 

Some anti-takeover provisions contained in our articles of incorporation and by-laws, as well as provisions of Pennsylvania law, could impair a takeover attempt, which could also reduce the market price of our common stock.

 

Because we do not currently intend to pay dividends, holders of our common stock will benefit from an investment in our common stock only if it appreciates in value.

The foregoing and additional risk factors are described in more detail herein under Item 1A. “Risk Factors”. All such factors, as well as factors described or referred to in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) from time to time, should be considered in evaluating our business and prospectus. Many of these factors are beyond our control. In addition, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and, therefore, new risk factors can arise. It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors, assess the impact of all such risk factors on our business nor estimate the extent to which any individual risk factor, or combination of risk factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K speak only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We do not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, or otherwise, except as may be required by the securities laws. We caution you not to rely on them unduly.

Investors should also be aware that while II-VI Incorporated does communicate with securities analysts, from time to time, those communications are conducted in accordance with applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that II-VI Incorporated agrees with any statement or report issued by any analyst irrespective of the content of the statement or report.

 

 

 

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PART I

 

Item 1.

BUSINESS

Definitions

II-VI Incorporated (“II-VI,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1971. Our executive offices are located at 375 Saxonburg Boulevard, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania 16056. Our telephone number is 724-352-4455. Reference to “II-VI,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, unless the context requires otherwise, refers to II-VI Incorporated and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. The Company’s name is pronounced “Two Six Incorporated.” The name II-VI refers to Groups II and VI on the Periodic Table of Elements (Zn and Se) from which II-VI originally designed and produced infrared optics for high-power CO2 lasers used in materials processing. The majority of our revenues are attributable to the sale of engineered materials and optoelectronic components and devices for industrial laser applications, optical communications products, compound semiconductor substrate-based products and consumer products. Reference to “fiscal” or “fiscal year” means our fiscal year ended June 30 for the year referenced.

The following acronyms are defined for reference: 3 dimensional (“3D”); 4th generation (“4G”) wireless; 5th generation (“5G”) wireless; carbon monoxide (“CO”); carbon dioxide (“CO2”); chemical vapor deposited (“CVD”) diamond; dense wavelength division multiplexing (“DWDM”); extreme ultraviolet (“EUV”) lithography; gallium arsenide (“GaAs”); gigabit per second (“Gb/s”); infrared (“IR”); light detection and ranging (“LiDAR”); near infrared (“NIR”); nanometers (“nm”); optical time domain reflectometer (“OTDR”); research, development and engineering (“RD&E”); radio frequency (“RF”); reconfigurable add/drop multiplexer (“ROADM”); silicon carbide (“SiC”); ultraviolet (“UV”); vertical cavity surface emitting laser (“VCSEL”); wavelength division multiplexing (“WDM”);  zinc selenide (“ZnSe”); and zinc sulfide (“ZnS”).

General Description of Business

We develop, manufacture and market engineered materials, optoelectronic components and devices for precision use in industrial materials processing, optical communications, military, consumer electronics, semiconductor equipment, life science and automotive applications. We use advanced engineered material growth technologies coupled with proprietary high-precision fabrication, micro-assembly, thin-film coating and electronic integration to enable complex optoelectronic devices and modules. Our products are deployed in applications that we believe reduce costs and improve performance and reliability in a variety of applications, including (i) laser cutting, welding and marking operations; (ii) 3D sensing consumer applications; (iii) optical communication products; (iv) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; (v) semiconductor processing and tooling; and (vi) thermoelectric cooling and power generation solutions.

Through RD&E and acquisitions, II-VI has expanded its portfolio of materials grown and fabricated in-house.  We believe that the materials that we grow and fabricate are differentiated by one or a combination of unique optical, electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. II-VI’s optics are shaped by precision surfacing techniques to meet the most stringent requirements for flat or curved geometries, with smooth or structured surfaces, or with patterned metallization. Proprietary processes developed at our global optical coating centers enhance our products’ durability to high energy lasers and harsh environments. Optical coatings also provide the desired spectral characteristics ranging from the ultraviolet to the far-infrared. II-VI leverages these capabilities to deliver miniature- to large-scale precision optical assemblies, including in combination with thermal management components, integrated electronics, and/or software.

Since 2013, II-VI also has offered a broad portfolio of compound semiconductor lasers that are used in a variety of applications in most of our end markets. These compound semiconductor lasers enable several types of high power lasers for materials processing, optical signal amplification in terrestrial and submarine communications networks, high bit rate server connectivity within datacenters and 3D sensing in consumer electronics.  

II-VI continues to work to perfect its operational capabilities, develop next generation products, and invest in new technology platforms. With a strategic focus on fast growing markets, II-VI pursues its vision of enabling the world to be safer, healthier, closer and more efficient.

Information Regarding Market Segments and Foreign Operations

Financial data regarding our revenues, results of operations, industry segments and international sales for the three years ended June 30, 2017 are set forth in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings and in Note 11 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K and are incorporated herein by reference. We also discuss certain Risk Factors set forth in Item 1A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K related to our foreign operations, which are incorporated herein by reference.

 

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Bookings and Backlog

We define our bookings as customer orders received that are expected to be converted to revenues over the next 12 months. For long-term customer orders, to address the inherent uncertainty of orders that extend far into the future, the Company records only those orders which are expected to be converted into revenues within 12 months from the end of the reporting period. Bookings are adjusted if changes in customer demands or production schedules cause the expected time of a delivery to extend beyond 12 months. For the year ended June 30, 2017, our bookings were approximately $1.1 billion compared to bookings of approximately $875 million for the year ended June 30, 2016.

We define our backlog as bookings that have not been converted to revenues by the end of the reporting period. As of June 30, 2017, our backlog was approximately $400 million, compared to approximately $290 million as of June 30, 2016.

Global Operations

II-VI is headquartered in Saxonburg, PA, with RD&E, manufacturing and sales facilities worldwide. Our U.S. production and research and development operations are located in Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey, Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Florida and Illinois and our non-U.S. production operations are based in China, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany and Switzerland. We also utilize a contract manufacturer in Thailand. In addition to sales offices at most of our manufacturing sites, we have sales and marketing subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, China, Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, South Korea, and Taiwan. Approximately 69% of our revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 were generated from sales to customers outside of the United States.

Employees

The table below summarizes the number of our employees as of June 30, 2017. We have a long-standing practice of encouraging active employee participation in areas of operations management. We believe our relations with our employees are good. We reward our employees with incentive compensation based on achievement of performance goals. There are approximately 136 employees located in the United States and the Philippines who are covered under collective bargaining agreements. The Company’s collective bargaining agreement in the Philippines expires in June 2019. The collective bargaining agreement covering certain U.S. based employees expires in January 2021. There are 849 employees of Photop in China who work under contract manufacturing arrangements for customers of the Company.

 

 

Number of employees

Percent of total

Direct production

8,216

79%

Research, development & engineering

1,117

11%

Sales, marketing, administration, finance and supporting services

1,016

10%

Total:

10,349

100%

Manufacturing Processes

Our success in developing and manufacturing many of our products depends on our ability to manufacture and refine technically-challenging materials and components. The ability to produce, process and refine these complex materials and to control their quality and in-process yields is an expertise of the Company that is critical to the performance of our customers’ instruments and systems. In the markets we serve, there are a limited number of suppliers of many of the components we manufacture and there are very few industry-standard products.

Our network of worldwide manufacturing sites allows us to manufacture our products in regions that provide cost-effective advantages. We employ numerous advanced manufacturing technologies and systems at our manufacturing facilities. These include automated Computer Numeric Control optical fabrication, high throughput thin-film coaters, micro-precision metrology and custom-engineered automated furnace controls for crystal growth processes. Manufacturing products for use across the electro-magnetic spectrum requires the capability to repeatedly produce products with high yields to atomic tolerances. II-VI continuously updates its comprehensive quality management systems that feature manufacturing quality best practices. II-VI is committed to delivering products within specification, on time and with high quality, with a goal of fully satisfying customers and continually improving.

Sources of Supply

The major raw materials we use include zinc, selenium, ZnSe, ZnS, hydrogen selenide, hydrogen sulfide, tellurium, yttrium oxide, aluminum oxide, iridium, platinum, bismuth, silicon, thorium fluoride, antimony, carbon, GaAs, copper, germanium, molybdenum, quartz, optical glass, diamond, and other materials.

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The continued high-quality of and access to these materials is critical to the stability and predictability of our manufacturing yields. We test materials at the onset of the production process. Additional research and capital investment may be needed to better define future material specifications. We have not experienced significant production delays due to shortages of materials. However, we do occasionally experience problems associated with vendor-supplied materials not meeting contract specifications for quality or purity. As discussed in greater detail in Item 1A – Risk Factors, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, significant failure of our suppliers to deliver sufficient quantities of necessary high-quality materials on a timely basis could have a materially adverse effect on our results of our operations.

Business Units

The Company’s organizational structure is divided into three reporting segments for the purpose of making operational decisions and assessing financial performance: (i) II-VI Laser Solutions, (ii) II-VI Photonics, and (iii) II-VI Performance Products. These segments, and the units within the segments, are reflected in the organization chart below:

 

II-VI Laser Solutions designs, manufactures and markets optical and electro-optical components and materials sold under the II-VI Infrared brand name and used primarily in high-power CO2 lasers, fiber-delivered beam delivery systems and processing tools and direct diode lasers for industrial lasers sold under the II-VI HIGHYAG and II-VI Laser Enterprise brand names. II-VI Laser Solutions also manufactures compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers for applications in optical components, wireless devices, and high-speed communication systems and manufactures 6-inch gallium arsenide wafers allowing for the production of high performance lasers and integrated circuits in high volume sold under the II-VI EpiWorks and II-VI OptoElectronic Devices Division brand names.  

II-VI Photonics manufactures crystal materials, optics, microchip lasers and optoelectronic modules for use in optical communication networks and other diverse consumer and commercial applications.  In addition, the segment also manufactures pump lasers, optical isolators, and optical amplifiers and micro-optics for optical amplifiers for both terrestrial and submarine applications within the optical communications market.

II-VI Performance Products designs, manufactures and markets infrared optical components and high-precision optical assemblies for military, medical and commercial laser imaging applications.  In addition, the segment designs, manufactures and markets unique engineered materials for thermoelectric and silicon carbide applications servicing the semiconductor, military and medical markets.


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During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, the Company completed the following acquisitions:

 

Date:

Acquired:

Amount:

October 12, 2016

DirectPhotonics Industries GmbH (“DPI”)

$0.6 million

June 19, 2017

Integrated Photonics, Inc. (“IPI”)

$41.7 million

 

DPI  joined the II-VI Laser Solutions segment and IPI joined the II-VI Photonics segment.  See Note 2 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information regarding the Company’s acquisitions, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 


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II-VI’s segments are organized by business unit at the group or division level. Each of these business units develops and markets products as described below.

 

Segment:

Group/Division:

Our Products:

II-VI Laser Solutions

II-VI Infrared

      Laser optics and accessories for CO2 lasers used in materials processing semiconductor and life sciences

      High power fiber and direct diode laser optics

      Infrared thermal imaging optics and assemblies

      II-VI compound crystalline material production including ZnSe, ZnS, ZnS multispectral and CVD diamond

 

II-VI HIGHYAG

      Laser processing heads and beam delivery systems for laser materials processing with fiber lasers, disk lasers, and diode lasers

 

II-VI Laser Enterprise

      High-power semiconductor lasers and laser bars enabling fiber and direct diode lasers for materials processing, medical, defense, consumer and printing applications

      VCSELs for optical navigation, optical interconnects and 3D sensing

 

II-VI OptoElectronic Devices

      VCSELs for 3D sensing in consumer electronics and automotive

      RF wafers for optical/telecommunications

 

II-VI EpiWorks

      III-V epitaxial wafers to enable higher performance photonic and RF components for consumer, communications, network and mobile applications, including wireless handsets, tablets and the Internet of things

 

II-VI Suwtech

      Diode pumped solid state lasers, green lasers and Q-switched lasers

      Laser diode modules for multiple markets and applications, including aiming, leveling, range finding, machine vision, bio-medical instrumentation, Raman spectroscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy

      Fiber coupled high power diode lasers in the 8xx and 9xx nm wavelength ranges for fiber laser and solid state laser pumping, as well as for medical and other applications

 

II-VI Lasertech

      Laser cutting and drilling machines for processing a wide variety of super hard materials such as CVD diamond, polycrystalline diamond, polycrystalline cubic boron nitride, and ceramics among others as well as for high efficiency laser cutting of non-conductive materials

 

II-VI DirectPhotonics

      High brightness, high power direct diode laser engines for cutting, welding, and thermal processing applications, including optimized solutions for aluminum and aluminum-copper processing applications


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Segment:

Group/Division:

Our Products:

II-VI Photonics

II-VI Optical Communications

      Products and solutions that enable high bit rate interconnects for datacenters and communication service providers, datacenter inter-connects, ROADM systems and submarine transmission

II-VI Photop

      Fiber optics and  precision optics used in projection and displays, crystal materials and components for optical communications, high power UV, visible and NIR optics for industrial lasers, filters and assemblies for life sciences, as well as for sensors, instrumentation and semiconductor equipment

II-VI Performance Products

II-VI Optical Systems

      Precision optical assemblies, objectives, infrared optics, thin film coatings and optical materials

      Optical solutions to critical and complex designs, engineering and production challenges in defense, aerospace and commercial industries

II-VI M Cubed

      Advanced ceramic and metal matrix composite products for semiconductor equipment, flat panel display equipment, industrial and optical equipment, as well as for defense applications

II-VI Marlow

      Thermoelectric components, sub-assemblies and systems for heating, cooling, temperature tuning, thermal cycling and power generation in aerospace, defense, medical, industrial, automotive, consumer, telecommunications and power generation markets

II-VI Advanced Materials

      SiC and advanced semiconductor materials for high frequency and high power electronic device applications in defense, telecommunications, automotive and industrial markets

II-VI Performance Metals

      Specialty refining, recycling and materials recovery services for high purity rare metals such as Selenium and Tellurium, as well as related chemical products such as Tellurium Dioxide, for optics, photovoltaics, semiconductors, thermoelectric coolers, metallurgy, agriculture and industrial applications.


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Our Markets

Our market-focused businesses are organized by technology and products. Our businesses are composed of the following primary markets: Materials Processing, Communications (“Comms”), Military and Semiconductor Equipment (“Semi Cap”). Other markets (“Other”) include: Life Sciences, Consumer Electronics and Automotive. The table below summarizes our revenue by reported segments and the distribution of that revenue by end markets.

 

Reported Segments

FY17

Revenue ($M)

Materials Processing

Comms

Military

Semi Cap

Other

II-VI

Laser Solutions

339

69%

13%

4%

5%

9%

II-VI Photonics

 

419

9%

84%

- %

3%

4%

II-VI Performance Products

214

9%

16%

42%

18%

15%

Total

 

972

30%

44%

11%

7%

8%

Communications Market:

II-VI’s optical communications products and technologies enable the next generation of high-speed optical transmission systems, networks, and datacenter solutions necessary to meet the accelerating global bandwidth demand. At the core of both terrestrial and undersea optical networks, our market-leading 980 nm pump lasers boost the power of the optical signal in the fiber optic cable along the way to enable a larger number of high speed signals to be transmitted over longer distances. Our latest generation of 980 nm pump lasers along with miniature tunable filters and hybrid passives are part of our ultra-compact family of components critical to a new generation of small size, long reach DWDM transmission modules operating at 100, 200 and 400 Gb/s.

Customers continue to rely on us for our industry-leading optical amplification and embedded monitoring solutions for their next generation ROADM systems to compensate for the inherent signal loss and monitor the signal integrity. Our proprietary OTDR modules allow systems to automatically detect and pinpoint issues along the transmission path in real time. The accelerating adoption of applications such as cloud computing are driving the rapid growth of datacenter buildouts. Our high-speed 25 Gb/s VCSELs enable intra-datacenter transceivers to transmit and receive signals. Our miniature WDM thin film filter assemblies are used to increase the bandwidth within many modern transceiver designs by combining wavelengths at the transmitter end and separating them out at the receiver end.

In mobile wireless applications, II-VI supplies base SiC substrates to customers who manufacture RF power amplifier devices that are embedded in remote radio heads in 4G wireless bases stations to boost the power of RF signal before it reaches the antenna. These devices are also widely expected to be embedded in next generation active antennas for 5G wireless where multiple devices per antenna will be required to enable higher bandwidth. SiC has a high number of intrinsic physical and electronic advantages such as high thermal conductivity that enables them to operate at high-power levels and still dissipate the excess heat generated.

Materials Processing Market:

Our industrial laser optics and solutions for the materials processing market remain in strong demand. There continues to be a steady global demand to support existing installations and new deployments of CO2 and fiber laser systems, especially for our greater than 1 kilowatt high-power handling optics and beam delivery solutions. Our vertically integrated and market leading ZnSe optics and components, due to their inherent low loss at around 10 micron wavelength, have enabled high-power CO2 laser systems for many decades and remain critical to the steady stream of new deployments as well as to the continued operation, serving as replacement optics, of the installed base of CO2 lasers. II-VI continues to introduce products that address new and growing applications for low-power CO2 lasers, such as cutting textiles, leather, wood and other organic materials, for which the CO2 laser’s 10 micron wavelength is ideally suited. CO2 lasers are also at the core of EUV lithography systems which are now emerging on the market to enable a new generation of smaller and more powerful personal computing devices.  


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Over the past several years, fiber laser-based systems operating at one micron wavelength in pulsed or continuous mode have taken a central role in nearly all materials processing segments and especially for precision machining such as marking and micro drilling. From the laser chips that generate the input optical power to the beam delivery systems that direct the output optical power to the target, II-VI supplies a broad set of laser optics and fused fiber products that enable many functions within these systems. The same set of II-VI products is also at the core of existing and emerging direct diode laser systems. II-VI is also driving innovation with a direct-diode laser engine small enough to be mounted on a robotic arm so that the end user can apply square beams directly to the work piece at wavelengths optimized for aluminum processing.

Another emerging and fast growing application is the processing of displays for consumer electronics including those based on the OLED technology that are scribed with CO lasers and sealed with UV lasers. II-VI’s broad portfolio of coated optics and crystal materials serve all of these growing laser markets.    

Military Market:

Our focus in the military market is enabling lasers for targeting, night vision, navigation, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Multiple fighter jets are equipped with our large area sapphire windows that surround advanced targeting and imaging systems. Infrared domes are used on missiles with infrared guidance systems ranging from small, man-portable designs to larger designs mounted on helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and ground vehicles. High-precision domes are an integral component of a missile’s targeting system, providing efficient tactical capability, while serving as a protective cover to its internal components.

Rotary and fixed-wing aircraft also use missile warning systems to protect against shoulder fired man-portable missiles. Our competencies in material growth for UV crystals and our optical assembly capabilities provide significant support to these missile warning systems. A key attribute to several of these systems is the ability to filter electro-magnetic interference using micro-fine conductive mesh patterns. This technology is also applied to non-optical applications for absorbing and transmitting energy from the surfaces of aircraft and missiles.

Many military systems employ laser designation and range-finding capabilities supported by our semiconductor lasers bars and yttrium-based materials and laser optics, all manufactured in-house, as well as our competency in short wave infrared and visible optics. Our thermo-electric coolers are used to increase thermal imaging sensitivity or to maintain a constant window temperature in various visible and infrared applications.  

We provide a range of battlefield-ready technologies for soldier equipment or for law enforcement. Our precision patterned reticles are embedded in rifle scopes. Our reaction bonded boron carbide materials are shaped into torso plates and employed as protective body armor. Our thermo-electric coolers are used to regulate the soldier’s body heat. They are also used to convert heat produced by battlefield fuel burners into electrical power, for example to extend battery life on the battlefield.  

We maintain engineering and manufacturing facilities in the United States with strictly controlled access that are dedicated to our U.S. government supported contracts.  

Semiconductor Equipment Market:

Semiconductor equipment requires advanced materials to meet the need for tighter tolerances, enhanced thermal stability, faster wafer transfer speeds and reduced stage settling times. Our metal matrix composites and reaction bonded ceramics enable these applications thanks to their optimum combination of light weight, strength, hardness and coefficient of thermal expansion.  Our reaction bonded SiC materials are used to manufacture wafer chucks, light-wave scanning stages and high temperature, corrosion resistant wafer support systems. Our cooled SiC mirrors and precision patterned reticles are used in the illumination systems of lithography tools.  

In the emerging market of EUV lithography systems, CO2 lasers are used to generate extreme ultraviolet radiation. These CO2 lasers and beam delivery systems leverage our broad portfolio of CO2 laser optics, CdTe Modulators, high power handling polycrystalline CVD diamond windows to route the powerful laser beam to a tin droplet from which EUV light will emanate. Due to their very high mechanical and thermal performance characteristics, our reaction bonded SiC are used in structural support systems that are integral to EUV optics to meet critical requirements for optical system stability.

Life Sciences Market:

Today the majority of our business in the life sciences end market is in analytical tools. Many such analytical tools found in modern biotech laboratories are based on some form of interaction with light. This applies to flow cytometry, cell sorting, confocal microscopy, genome sequencing, Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and particle sizing to name a few. Our multi-colored laser engines along with our broad portfolio of application-specific optics, filters and gratings are embedded in these analytical tools.  We also supply objective lenses, precision patterned reticles and assemblies for microscopes.

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Genome sequencing involves temperature cycling DNA in flow cells with a high degree of temperature uniformity and precision. We believe that our thermal engines are the state of the art in chiller technology, and they achieve what we believe to be industry-leading temperature control and uniformity across large areas. Our green lasers are used to excite the fluorescence of the DNA to reveal their structure. Our flow cells are micro-machined with a high degree of precision to insure the smooth flow of sample fluids undergoing analysis. Our thermal engines are also used in a multitude of other biomedical applications, for example to measure substance concentration in complex mixtures, to protect blood supplies and to perform heating- and cooling-based physical therapy.

Clinical procedures are increasingly performed with tools that embed our lasers and optics. For example, our semiconductor laser bars are used in hair and wrinkle removal procedures and our custom designed lens assemblies are used for laser eye surgery. We continue to leverage our core lasers, optics and temperature control expertise into new applications to grow our business in life sciences.

Consumer Electronics Market:

II-VI manufactures low cost VCSELs, VCSEL arrays and low angle shift filters for the consumer electronics market. Our VCSEL products leverage our world-class 6-inch GaAs platform, comprising our epitaxial wafer growth and wafer fabrication capabilities.

Our VCSELs, unlike many on the market, have already been designed into consumer products such as the computer mouse as well as for menu navigation in smart phones and in car steering wheels. Our VCSELs are also widely deployed in datacenters and in the emerging market for HDMI optical cables. This expertise in VCSEL technology is being leveraged for the upcoming 3D sensing market. Following our acquisition in fiscal year 2016 of a 6-inch epitaxy and wafer capabilities, we invested significantly in fiscal year 2017 to complete our capacity expansion and be ready to ramp our sales significantly in the near future.

Automotive Market:

Power conversion electronics for high-efficiency electric vehicles need a combination of high-power density, high-efficiency and high temperature operation that are only afforded by advanced material systems based on SiC substrates. Our SiC substrates are available in large diameters and have what we believe to be best-in-class quality and low defect levels.

Our thermo-electric modules are used to cool the batteries to extend their operating life. They are also more efficient than resistive heaters when used in heated car seats and extend a battery’s range of travel in cold environments.

To operate safely, self-driving cars will rely on control systems that are informed by a comprehensive number of sensors. One such sensor is based on LiDAR, which employs semiconductor lasers to properly identify and measure the distance to obstacles ahead. Our GaAs-based semiconductor laser platform, which already enables a broad portfolio of products in communications and materials processing, is now being scaled further for consumer electronics, and will be leveraged to deliver a highly reliable and cost-effective laser product for this emerging market.  

Marketing and Sales

We market our products through a direct sales force and through representatives and distributors around the world. Our market strategy is focused on understanding our customers’ requirements and building market awareness and acceptance of our products. New products are continually being produced and introduced to our new and established customers in all markets.

The Company has centralized its worldwide marketing and sales functions across the Company’s business units. Sales offices have been strategically established to best serve and distribute products to our worldwide customer base. There is significant cooperation, coordination and synergies among our business units that capitalize on the most efficient and appropriate marketing channels to address diverse applications within our markets.

Our sales forces develop effective communications with our OEM and end-user customers worldwide. Products are actively marketed through targeted mailings, telemarketing, select advertising and attendance at trade shows and customer partnerships. Our sales force includes a highly-trained team of applications engineers to assist customers in designing, testing and qualifying our parts as key components of our customers’ systems. As of June 30, 2017, we employed approximately 246 individuals in sales, marketing and support.

We do business with a number of customers in the defense industry, who in turn generally contract with a governmental entity, typically a U.S. governmental agency. Most governmental programs are subject to funding approval and can be modified or terminated without warning by a legislative or administrative body. For further information regarding our exposure to government markets, see the discussion set forth in Item 1A – Risk Factors of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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Customers

The main groups of customers by segments are as follows:

 

Segment:

Group/Division:

Our Customers Are:

Representative Customers:

II-VI Laser Solutions

II-VI Infrared

OEM and system integrators of industrial, medical and military laser systems.  Laser end-users who require replacement optics for their existing laser systems.

      TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG

      Bystronic Laser AG

      Coherent, Inc.

 

II-VI HIGHYAG

Automotive manufacturers, laser manufacturers and system integrators.

      Ford Motor Company

      Laserline GmbH

 

II-VI Laser Systems

OEM and subsystem integrators of aiming, machine vision, bio-medical instruments, and fiber lasers.

      BGI Complete Genomics, Shenzhen Co., Ltd.

      SPI Lasers Limited

 

II-VI Opto Electronics

Manufacturers of industrial laser components, optical communication equipment and consumer technology applications.  

      Laserline GmbH

      Wuhan Raycus Fiber Laser Technologies Co., Ltd

 

II-VI Photonics

II-VI Optical Communications & II-VI Photop

Worldwide network system and sub-system providers of telecommunications, data communications and CATV.

 

      Cisco Systems, Inc.

      Fujitsu Network Communications

      Corning Incorporated

      Coherent, Inc.

      Acacia Communications, Inc.

      Han’s Laser Technology Industry Group Co. Ltd.

Global manufacturers of industrial and medical laser optics and crystals including commercial and consumer products used in a wide array of instruments, sensors, fiber lasers, displays and projection devices.

II-VI Performance Products

II-VI Optical Systems

Manufacturers of equipment and devices for aerospace, defense and commercial markets.

      Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

II-VI M Cubed

Manufacturers and developers of integrated circuit capital equipment for the semiconductor industry.

      ASML Holding NV

      Carl Zeiss AG

      Nikon Corporation

      KLA-Tencor Corporation

 

Manufacturers and developers of products and components for various defense and industrial markets.

      Corning Incorporated

 

II-VI Marlow

Manufacturers and developers of equipment and devices for defense, space, telecommunications, medical, industrial, automotive, personal comfort and commercial markets.

 

II-VI Advanced Materials

Manufacturers and developers of equipment and devices for high-power RF electronics and high-power and voltage switching and power conversion systems for both commercial and military applications.

      Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, Inc.

      Showa Denko K. K.

      STMicroelectronics

      IQE PLC

      Infineon Technologies AG

II-VI Performance Metals

Primary mineral processors, refineries and providers of specialized materials that are used in laser optics, photovoltaics, semiconductors, thermoelectric coolers, metallurgy and industrial products.

      Aurubis AG

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Competition

We believe we are a global leader in many of our product families. We compete on the basis of our reputation for offering the highly engineered nature of our products, product and technology roadmaps, IP, ability to scale, quality, delivery time, technical support and pricing. We believe that we compete favorably with respect to these factors and that our vertical integration, manufacturing facilities and equipment, experienced technical and manufacturing employees and worldwide marketing and distribution channels provide us with competitive advantages. The main groups of our competitors are as follows:

 

Segment:

Areas of Competition:

Competitors:

II-VI Laser Solutions

Infrared laser optics

      Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

      Newport Corporation

Automated equipment and laser material processing tools to deliver high-power one-micron laser systems

      Optoskand AB

      Precitece GmbH

Bio-medical instruments for flow cytometry, DNA sequencing, fluoresce microscopy

      Lumentum Operations LLC

      Coherent, Inc.

      BWT Beijing Ltd

Semiconductor laser diodes for the industrial and consumer markets

      Lumentum Operations LLC

      Finisar Corporation

      Broadcom Ltd.

      Koninklijke Philips N.V

      Jenoptik AG

      Osram Licht AG

II-VI Photonics

Optics and optical components for networking

      O-Net Communications Group Ltd.

      OPLINK Communication, LLC

      Axsun

      Casix, Inc. (Fabrinet)

Optical modules and subsystems for amplification, monitoring and wavelength  management

      Lumentum Operations LLC

      Finisar Corporation

      Accelink

      O-Net Communications Group, Ltd.

Optical and crystal components, thin film coatings and sub-assemblies for lasers and metrology instruments

      Casix, Inc. (Fabrinet)

      Castech

      REO

      Laser Components

II-VI Performance Products

Infrared optics for military applications

      UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Goodrich Corporation)

      In-house fabrication and thin-film coating capabilities of major military customers

Thermoelectric components, sub-assemblies and systems

      Komatsu, Ltd.

      Laird plc

      Ferrotec Corporation

Metal Matrix Composites and reaction bonded ceramics products

      Berliner Glas

      CoorsTek, Inc.

      Japan Fine Ceramics Co. Ltd.

Single crystal SiC substrates

      Cree, Inc.

      Dow Corning Corporation

      Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal

      SiCrystal AG

Refining and materials recovery services for high purity rare metals

      Vital

      5NPlus

In addition to competitors who manufacture products similar to those we produce, there are other technologies and products available that may compete with our technologies and products.

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Our Strategy

Our strategy is to grow businesses with world-class engineered material capabilities to advance our current customers’ strategies, penetrate new markets through innovative technologies and platforms, and enable new applications in large and growing markets. A key strategy of ours is to develop and manufacture high-performance materials that are differentiated from those produced by our competitors. We focus on providing components that are critical to the heart of our customers’ assembly lines for products serving the applications mentioned above.

A substantial portion of our business is based on sales orders with market leaders, which enable our forward planning and production efficiencies. We intend to continue capitalizing and executing on this proven model, participating effectively in the growth of the markets discussed above, and continuing our focus on operational excellence as we execute business strategies in the areas of:

 

Key Business Strategies:

Our Plan to Execute:

Identify New Products and Markets

Identify new technologies, products and markets to meet evolving customer requirements for high performance engineered materials through our dedicated corporate R&D program to increase new product revenue and maximize return on investment.

Balanced Approach to Research and Development

Internally and externally funded R&D expenditures, targeting an overall investment of between 7 and 10 percent of revenues.

We are committed to accepting the right mix of internally and externally funded research that ties closely to our long-term strategic objectives.

Leverage Vertical Integration

Combine R&D and manufacturing expertise, operating with a bias to both components and production machines, reducing cost and lead time to enhance competitiveness, time to market, and profitability.

Investment in Scalable Manufacturing

Strategically invest in, evaluate and identify opportunities to consolidate manufacturing operations worldwide to increase production capacity, capabilities and cost effectiveness.  

Enhance Our Performance and Reputation as a Quality and Customer Service Leader

Continue to improve upon our established reputation as a consistent, high-quality supplier of engineered materials and optoelectrical components into our customers’ products.

Execute our global quality transformation process thereby eliminating costs of non-conforming materials and processes.

Identify and Complete Strategic Acquisitions and Alliances

Identify acquisition opportunities that accelerate our access to emerging high-growth segments of the markets we serve and further leverage our competencies and economies of scale.

Research, Development and Engineering

During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, the Company continued to identify, invest in and focus our research and development on new products across the Company in an effort to accelerate our organic growth.  This approach is managed under a disciplined innovation program that we refer to as the “II-VI Phase Gate Process”.

Our research and development program includes internally and externally funded research and development expenditures targeting an overall annual investment of between 7% and 10% of product revenues. From time to time, the ratio of externally funded contract activity to internally funded contract activity varies due to the unevenness of government funded research programs and changes in the focus of our internally funded research programs. We are committed to having the right mix of internally and externally funded research that ties closely to our long-term strategic objectives. The Company continues to believe that externally funded research and development will decrease in the near term due to governmental budget constraints.

We devote significant resources to RD&E programs directed at the continuous improvement of our existing products and processes and to the timely development of new technologies, materials and products. We believe that our RD&E activities are essential to establish and maintain a leadership position in each of the markets we serve. As of June 30, 2017, we employed 1,117 people in RD&E functions, 687 of whom are engineers or scientists. In addition, certain manufacturing personnel support or participate in our research and development efforts on an ongoing basis. We believe this interaction between the development and manufacturing functions enhances the direction of our projects and design for manufacturing, reducing costs and accelerating technology transfers.

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During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, we focused our research and development investments in the following areas:

 

Segment:

Area of Development:

Our Research and Development Investments:

II-VI Laser Solutions

 

High Power Laser Diodes and High Volume Manufacturing

Focusing on increasing fiber coupled optical output power of multi-emitter modules.

Developing high power VCSELs for consumer devices and next generation high speed VCSELs for 3D sensing and datacom applications.

CVD Diamond Technology

Developing CVD synthetic diamond for EUV applications.

Focusing on broadening our portfolio beyond infrared windows applications.

II-VI Photonics

 

Photonics Design

Continuing to improve photonic crystal materials, precision optical parts, and laser device components.

Pump Lasers

Continuing to invest in next generation GaAs pump portfolio to address evolving terrestrial and undersea markets

Developing indium phosphide growth and processing capability.

Optical Amplifiers

Investing and broadening the range of semi-custom and custom amplifiers for Tier 1 customers.

Optical Monitoring

Continuing optical channel monitor investment.

Developing compact OTDRs embedded in optical system equipment to monitor the health of the fiber plant.

Micro-Optics Manufacturing

Shifting toward smaller, more compact platforms and packages.

Investing in manufacturing equipment for computerized processes.

II-VI Performance Products

 

Silicon Carbide Technology

Developing advanced SiC substrate growth technologies to support emerging markets in GaN RF and power electronics.

Focused on continuous improvements to maintain world-class, high quality, large diameter substrates.

Thermoelectric Materials and Devices

Continuing to develop leading bismuth telluride for thermoelectric cooling/heating.

Focusing on thermoelectric power generation capability in order to introduce new products to the market.

Metal Matrix Composites and Reaction Bonded Ceramics

Support Industrial customers in developing application specific wear and thermal management solutions.

The development of our products and manufacturing processes is largely based on proprietary technical know-how and expertise. We rely on a combination of contract provisions, trade secret laws, invention disclosures and patents to protect our proprietary rights. We have entered into selective intellectual property licensing agreements. We have in the past and expect that we will continue to assert and vigorously protect our intellectual property rights.

Internally funded research and development expenditures were $96.8 million, $60.4 million and $51.3 million for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. For these same periods, externally funded research and development expenditures were $7.8 million, $8.7 million and $9.5 million, respectively.

 


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Export and Import Compliance

We are required to comply with various export/import control and economic sanction laws, including:

 

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations administered by the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, which, among other things, impose licensing requirements on the export from the United States of certain defense articles and defense services, which generally include items that are specially designed or adapted for a military application and/or listed on the U.S. Munitions List;

 

The Export Administration Regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, which, among other things, impose licensing requirements on certain dual-use goods, technology and software, which are items that potentially have both commercial and military applications;

 

The regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, which implement economic sanctions imposed against designated countries, governments and persons based on U.S. foreign policy and national security considerations; and

 

The import regulations administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Foreign governments have also implemented similar export and import control regulations, which may affect our operations or transactions subject to their jurisdiction. For additional discussions regarding our import and export compliance, see the discussion set forth in Item 1A – Risk Factors of this Annual Report Form on Form 10-K.

Trade Secrets, Patents and Trademarks

Our use of trade secrets, proprietary know-how, trademarks, copyrights, patents and contractual confidentiality and IP ownership provisions help us develop and maintain our competitive position with respect to our products and manufacturing processes. We aggressively pursue process and product patents in certain areas of our businesses. We have entered into selective intellectual property licensing agreements. We have in the past and will continue to assert and vigorously protect our intellectual property rights.  We have confidentiality and non-competition agreements with certain personnel. We require that our U.S. employees sign a confidentiality and noncompetition agreement upon their commencement of employment with us.

The design, processes and specialized equipment utilized in our engineered materials, advanced components and subsystems are innovative, complex and difficult to duplicate. However, there can be no assurance that others will not develop or patent similar technology or that all aspects of our proprietary technology will be protected. Others have obtained patents covering a variety of materials, devices, equipment, configurations and processes, and others could obtain patents covering technology similar to our technology. We may be required to obtain licenses under such patents, and there can be no assurance that we would be able to obtain such licenses, if required, on commercially reasonable terms, or that claims regarding rights to technology will not be asserted which may adversely affect our results of operations. In addition, our research and development contracts with agencies of the U.S. Government present a risk that project-specific technology could be disclosed to competitors as contract reporting requirements are fulfilled.

Executive Officers of the Registrant

The executive officers of the Company and their respective ages and positions as of June 30, 2017 are set forth below. Each executive officer listed has been appointed by the Board of Directors to serve until removed or until such person’s successor is appointed and qualified.

 

Name

  

Age

  

Position

Vincent D. Mattera, Jr.

  

61

  

President and Chief Executive Officer; Director

Mary Jane Raymond

  

57

  

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and Assistant Secretary

Gary A. Kapusta

 

57

 

Chief Operating Officer

Giovanni Barbarossa

 

57

 

Chief Technology Officer and President II-VI Laser Solutions

David G. Wagner

 

54

 

Vice President, Human Resources

Jo Anne Schwendinger

 

62

 

General Counsel and Secretary

 


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Vincent D. Mattera, Jr. Dr. Mattera initially served as a member of the II-VI Board of Directors from 2000-2002. Dr. Mattera joined the company as a Vice President in 2004 and served as Executive Vice President from January of 2010 to November of 2013, when he became the Chief Operating Officer. In November of 2014, Dr. Mattera became the President and Chief Operating Officer, and was reappointed to the Board of Directors. In November of 2015, he became the President of II-VI. In September of 2016, Dr. Mattera became the Company’s third President and Chief Executive Officer in 45 years. During his career at II-VI he has assumed successively broader management roles, including as a lead architect of the Company’s diversification strategy. He has provided vision, energy and dispatch to the Company’s growth initiatives including overseeing the acquisition-related integration activities in the US, Europe, and Asia-especially in China-thereby establishing additional platforms. These have contributed to a new positioning of the Company into large and transformative global growth markets while increasing considerably the global reach of the Company, deepening the technology and IP portfolio, broadening the product roadmap and customer base, and increasing potential of II-VI.

Prior to joining II-VI as an executive, Dr. Mattera had a continuous 20 year career in the Optoelectronic Device Division of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems during which he led the development and manufacturing of semiconductor laser based materials and devices for optical and data communications networks. Dr. Mattera has 34 years of leadership experience in the compound semiconductor materials and device technology, operations and markets that are core to II-VI’s business and strategy.  Dr. Mattera holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Rhode Island (1979), and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Brown University (1984). He completed the Stanford University Executive Program (1996). His 14 year tenure at II-VI underpins a valuable historical knowledge about the Company’s operational and strategic issues. We believe that Dr. Mattera’s expertise and experience qualifies him to provide the board with continuity and a unique perspective about on the Company.

Mary Jane Raymond has been Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since March 2014. Previously, Ms. Raymond was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hudson Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSON) from 2005 to 2013. Ms. Raymond was the Chief Risk Officer and Vice President and Corporate Controller at Dun and Bradstreet, Inc., from 2002 to 2005. Additionally, she was the Vice President, Merger Integration, at Lucent Technologies, Inc., from 1997 to 2002 and held several management positions at Cummins Engine Company from 1988 to 1997. Ms. Raymond holds a B.A. degree in Public Management from St. Joseph’s University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Gary A. Kapusta joined II-VI in February 2016 and has served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his employment with the Company, Mr. Kapusta served in various roles at Coca-Cola, including as President & Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services L.L.C., President, Customer Business Solutions and Vice President, Procurement Transformation, Coca-Cola Refreshments. He joined Coca-Cola following a 19 year career at Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T. Mr. Kapusta graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering, and holds an M.B.A from Lehigh University.  

Giovanni Barbarossa joined II-VI in 2012 and has been the President, Laser Solutions Segment, since 2014, and the Chief Technology Officer since 2012. Dr. Barbarossa was employed at Avanex Corporation from 2000 through 2009, serving in various executive positions in product development and general management, ultimately serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. When Avanex merged with Bookham Technology, forming Oclaro, Dr. Barbarossa became a member of the Board of Directors of Oclaro and served as such from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he had management responsibilities at British Telecom, AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and Hewlett-Packard. Dr. Barbarossa graduated from the University of Bari, Italy, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Photonics from the University of Glasgow, U.K.

David G. Wagner has been employed by the Company since 2008 and has been the Vice President, Human Resources since 2011.  Prior to his employment with the Company, Mr. Wagner was employed with Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) from 1985 through 2008, serving in various human resource management positions, ultimately becoming the Vice President, Human Resources, for Owen Corning’s global sales force. Mr. Wagner graduated with a B.S. degree in Human Resources Management from Juniata College in 1985.   

Jo Anne Schwendinger joined II-VI in March 2017 and serves as the Company’s General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to her employment with the Company, Ms. Schwendinger practiced law with the law firm Blank Rome, LLP from August 2016 until February 2017. Previously, Ms. Schwendinger served in various legal roles at Deere & Company from February 2000 until August 2016, including Regional General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel. Ms. Schwendinger holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, a Master’s degree from the Université de Strasbourg, Maitrise and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh Law School.


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Availability of Information

Our Internet address is www.ii-vi.com. Information contained on our website is not part of, and should not be construed as being incorporated by reference into, this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We post the following reports on our website as soon as reasonably practical after they are electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”): our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to those reports or statements filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act. In addition, we post our proxy statements on Schedule 14A related to our annual shareholders’ meetings as well as reports filed by our directors, officers and ten-percent beneficial owners pursuant to Section 16 of the Exchange Act. In addition, all filings are available via the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). We also make our corporate governance documents available on our website, including the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, governance guidelines and the charters for various board committees. All such documents are located on the Investors page of our website and are available free of charge.

Item 1A.

RISK FACTORS

We caution our investors that our performance is subject to risks and uncertainties. The following material risk factors may cause our future results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statement. You should carefully consider these factors, as well as the other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K when evaluating an investment in our securities.

Investments in Future Markets of Potential Significant Growth May Not Result in Expected Returns

We previously announced an investment program with the goal of gaining a greater share of end markets using semiconductor lasers, especially those used for 3D sensing.  We cannot guarantee that our investments in capital and capabilities will be sufficient.  The potential market, as well as our ability to gain market share in such market, may not materialize on the timeline anticipated or at all.  We cannot be sure of the end market price for products incorporating our technologies. Our technologies could fail to fulfill, completely or at all, our target customers’ finalized specifications.  We cannot guarantee the end market customers’ acceptance of our technologies. Further, we may be unable to fulfill the terms of our contracts with our target customers, which could result in penalties of a material nature, including consequential damages, loss of market share and loss of reputation.

Our Competitive Position Depends on Our Ability to Develop New Products and Processes

To meet our strategic objectives, we must develop, manufacture and market new products and continue to update our existing products and processes to keep pace with market developments to address increasingly sophisticated customer requirements. Our success in developing and selling new and enhanced products and processes depends upon a variety of factors including strategic product selection, efficient completion of product design and development, timely implementation of manufacturing and assembly processes, effective sales and marketing, and successful product performance in the market.

The introduction by our competitors of products or processes using new developments better or faster than ours could render our products or processes obsolete or unmarketable.  We intend to continue to make significant investments in research and development to achieve our goals.  There can be no assurance that we will be able to develop and introduce new products or enhancements to our existing products and processes in a manner which satisfies customer needs or achieves market acceptance. The failure to do so could have a material adverse effect on our ability to grow our business and maintain our competitive position and on our results of operations and/or financial condition.  

Our Competitive Position May Require Significant Investments in Strategic Acquisitions, With Associated Integration Risks, Which May Not Be Successful

We continuously monitor the marketplace for strategic opportunities, and our business strategy includes expanding our product lines and markets through both internal product development and acquisitions.  Consequently, we expect to continue to consider strategic acquisition of businesses, products or technologies complementary to our business.  This may require significant investments of management time and financial resources.  If market demand is outside our organic capabilities, if a strategic acquisition is required and we cannot identify one or execute on it, and/or if financial investments that we undertake distract management, do not result in the expected return on investment, expose us to unforeseen liabilities or jeopardize our ability to comply with our credit facility covenants due to any inability to integrate the business, retain staff, or work with the customers or otherwise we could suffer a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.


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Our Future Success Depends on Continued International Sales

Sales to customers in countries other than the United States accounted for approximately 69%, 63% and 63% of revenues during the years ended June 30, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. We anticipate that international sales will continue to account for a significant portion of our revenues for the foreseeable future. If we do not maintain our current volume of international sales, we could suffer a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and/or financial condition.

Foreign Currency Risk May Negatively Affect our Revenues, Cost of Sales and Operating Margins and Could Result in Foreign Exchange Losses

 

We conduct our business and incur costs in the local currency of most countries in which we operate. Our net sales outside the United States represented a majority of our total sales in each of the last three fiscal years. We incur currency transaction risk whenever one of our operating subsidiaries enters into either a purchase or a sales transaction using a different currency from the currency in which it operates or holds assets or liabilities in a currency different than its functional currency. Changes in exchange rates can also affect our results of operations when the value of sales and expenses of foreign subsidiaries are translated to U.S. dollars. We cannot accurately predict the impact of future exchange rate fluctuations on our results of operations. Further, given the volatility of exchange rates, we may not be able to effectively manage our currency risks, and any volatility in currency exchange rates may increase the price of our products in local currency to our foreign customers or increase the manufacturing cost of our products, either of which may have an adverse effect on our financial condition, cash flows and profitability.

Any Inability to Access Financial Markets from Time to Time to Raise Capital, Finance Working Capital Requirements or Our Acquisition Strategies, or Otherwise to Support our Liquidity Needs Could Negatively Impact our Ability to Finance our Operations, Meet Certain Obligations or Implement our Growth Strategy.

 

We occasionally borrow under our existing credit facilities to fund operations, including working capital investments, and to finance our acquisition strategies. In the past, market disruptions experienced in the United States and abroad have materially impacted liquidity in the credit and debt markets, making financing terms for borrowers less attractive, and, in certain cases, have resulted in the unavailability of certain types of financing. Uncertainty in the financial markets may negatively impact our ability to access additional financing or to refinance our existing credit facilities or existing debt arrangements on favorable terms or at all, which could negatively affect our ability to fund current and future expansion as well as future acquisitions and development. These disruptions may include turmoil in the financial services industry, volatility in the markets where our outstanding securities trade, and general economic downturns in the areas where we do business. If we are unable to access funds at competitive rates, or if our short-term or long-term borrowing costs increase, our ability to finance our operations, meet our short-term obligations and implement our operating strategies could be adversely affected.  

 

In the future we may be required to raise additional capital through public or private financing or other arrangements. Such financing may not be available on acceptable terms, or at all, and our failure to raise capital when needed could harm our business and prospects. Additional equity financing may be dilutive to the holders of our common stock, and debt financing, if available, may involve restrictive covenants that may limit our ability to undertake certain operational activities that we otherwise would find to be desirable. Further, debt service obligations associated with any such debt financing could reduce our profitability. If we cannot raise funds on acceptable terms, we may not be able to grow our business or respond to competitive pressures.

We May Fail to Accurately Estimate Our Customers’ Demands

We make significant decisions based on our estimates of customer requirements.  We use our estimates to determine the levels of business we seek and accept, production schedules, personnel needs and other resource requirements.

Customers may require rapid increases in production on short notice.  We may not be able to purchase sufficient supplies or allocate sufficient manufacturing capacity to meet such increases in demand. Rapid customer ramp-up and significant increases in demand may strain our resources or negatively affect our margins.  Inability to satisfy customer demand in a timely manner may harm our reputation, reduce our other opportunities, damage our relationships with customers, reduce revenue growth, and/or incur contractual penalties.

Alternatively, downturns in the industries in which we compete may cause our customers to significantly reduce their demand.  With respect to orders we initiate with our suppliers to address anticipated demand from our customers, certain suppliers may have required non-cancelable purchase commitments or advance payments from us, and those obligations and commitments could reduce our ability to adjust our inventory or expense levels to declining market demands. Unexpected decline in customer demands can result in excess or obsolete inventory and result in additional charges.  Because certain of our sales, research and development and internal manufacturing overhead expenses are relatively fixed, a reduction in customer demand likely would decrease our gross margins and operating income.   

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We May Encounter Substantial Competition

We may encounter substantial competition from other companies in the same market, including established companies with significant resources. Some of our competitors may have financial, technical, marketing or other capabilities that are more extensive than ours.  They may be able to respond more quickly than we can to new or emerging technologies and other competitive pressures. We may not be able to compete successfully against our present or future competitors.  Our failure to effectively compete could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

There Are Limitations on the Protection of Our Intellectual Property

We rely on a combination of trade secret, patent, copyright and trademark laws combined with employee confidentiality, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements to protect our intellectual property rights. There can be no assurance that the steps taken by us will be adequate to prevent misappropriation of our technology or intellectual property. Furthermore, there can be no assurance that third-parties will not assert infringement claims against us in the future.

Asserting our intellectual property rights or defending against third-party claims could involve substantial expense.  In the event a third-party were successful in a claim that one of our processes infringed its proprietary rights, we could be required to pay substantial damages or royalties, or spend substantial amounts in order to obtain a license or modify processes so that they no longer infringe such proprietary rights.  Any such events could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

A Significant Portion of Our Business is Dependent on Cyclical Industries

Our business is significantly dependent on the demand for products produced by end-users of industrial lasers and optical communication products. Many of these end-users are in industries that have historically experienced a highly cyclical demand for their products. As a result, demand for our products is subject to these cyclical fluctuations. Fluctuations in demand could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

Data Breach Incidents and Breakdown of Information and Communication Technologies Could Disrupt our Operations and Impact Our Financial Results

In the course of our business, we collect and store sensitive data, including intellectual property (both our own and that of our customers), as well as proprietary business information. We could be subject to service outages or breaches of security systems which may result in disruption, unauthorized access, misappropriation, or corruption of this information. Security breaches of our network or data, including physical or electronic break-ins, vendor service outages, computer viruses, attacks by hackers or similar breaches can create system disruptions, shutdowns, or unauthorized disclosure of confidential information. Although we have not experienced an incident, if we are unable to prevent such security or privacy breaches, our operations would be disrupted or we could suffer legal claims, loss of reputation, financial loss, property damage, or regulatory penalties because of lost or misappropriated information.

Global Economic Downturns May Adversely Affect Our Business, Operating Results and Financial Condition

Current and future conditions in the global economy have an inherent degree of uncertainty. As a result, it is difficult to estimate the level of growth or contraction for the global economy as a whole. It is even more difficult to estimate growth or contraction in various parts, sectors and regions of the economy, including industrial, military, optical communications, telecommunications, semiconductor, and medical and life science markets in which we participate. All aspects of our company forecast depend on estimates of growth or contraction in the markets we serve.  Thus, prevailing global economic uncertainties render estimates of future income and expenditures very difficult to make.

Global economic downturns may affect industries in which our customers operate. These changes could include decreases in the rate of consumption or use of our customers’ products. Such conditions could have a material adverse effect on demand for our customers’ products, and in turn, on demand for our products.

Adverse changes may occur in the future as a result of declining or flat global or regional economic conditions, fluctuations in currency and commodity prices, wavering confidence, capital expenditure reductions, unemployment, decline in stock markets, contraction of credit availability or other factors affecting economic conditions. For example, factors that may affect our operating results include disruption in the credit and financial markets in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, adverse effects of ongoing stagnation in the European economy, slowdown in the Chinese economy, reductions or limited growth in consumer spending or consumer credit, and other adverse economic conditions that may be specific to the Internet, e-commerce and payments industries.

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These changes may negatively affect sales of products and increase exposure to losses from bad debt and commodity prices, the cost and availability of financing, and costs associated with manufacturing and distributing products. Any economic downturn could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

We Are Subject to Governmental Import and Export Regulations

We are subject to the passage of and changes in the interpretation of regulation by U.S. government entities at the federal, state and local levels and non-U.S. agencies, including, but not limited to, the following:

 

We are required to comply with import laws and export control and economic sanctions laws, which may affect our transactions with certain customers, business partners and other persons, including dealings with or between our employees and subsidiaries. In certain circumstances, export control and economic sanctions regulations may prohibit the export of certain products, services and technologies.  We may be required to obtain an export license before exporting a controlled item.  Compliance with the import laws that apply to our businesses may restrict our access to, and may increase the cost of obtaining, certain products and could interrupt our supply of imported inventory.

 

Exported technologies necessary to develop and manufacture certain products are subject to U.S. export control laws and similar laws of other jurisdictions.  We may be subject to adverse regulatory consequences, including government oversight of facilities and export transactions, monetary penalties and other sanctions for violations of these laws. In certain instances, these regulations may prohibit the Company from developing or manufacturing certain of its products for specific end applications outside the United States.

Failure to comply with any of these laws and regulations could result in civil and criminal, monetary and non-monetary penalties, disruptions to our business, limitations on our ability to import and export products and services and damage to our reputation.

Our Global Operations are Complex to Manage

We manufacture products in the United States, China, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, and Switzerland, and through contract manufacturers in Thailand and China.  We also maintain direct sales offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, China, Singapore, Italy, South Korea, and Taiwan.  Our operations vary by location and are influenced on a location-by-location basis by local customs, languages and work practices, as well as different local weather conditions, management styles and education systems. In addition, multiple complex issues may arise concurrently in different countries, potentially hampering our management’s ability to respond in an effective and timely manner. Any inability to respond in an effective and timely manner to issues in our global operations could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

We Have Entered into Supply Agreements which Commit Us to Supply Products on Specified Terms

We have supply agreements with some customers which require us to supply products and to allocate sufficient capacity to make these products.  We have also agreed to pricing schedules and methodologies which could result in penalties if we fail to meet development, supply and quality commitments.  Failure to do so may cause us to be unable to generate the amount of revenue or the level of profitability we expect from these arrangements.  Our ability to realize a profit under some of these agreements will be subject to the level of customer demand, the cost of maintaining facilities and manufacturing capacity, and supply chain capability.

If we fail to fulfill our commitments under these supply agreements our business, after using all remedies available, financial conditions and results of operations may suffer a material adverse effect.

We Depend on Highly Complex Manufacturing Processes That Require Products from Limited Sources of Supply

Our operations are dependent upon a supply chain of difficult-to-make or difficult-to-refine products and materials.  Some of our product inflow is subject to yield reductions from growth or fabrication losses, and thus the quantities we may receive are not consistently predictable.  Customers may also change the specification for a product that our suppliers cannot meet.

We also make products for which the Company is one of the world’s largest suppliers.  We use high-quality, optical grade ZnSe in the production of many of our IR optical products. We are a leading producer of ZnSe for our internal use and for external sale. The production of ZnSe is a complex process requiring a highly controlled environment. A number of factors, including defective or contaminated materials, could adversely affect our ability to achieve acceptable manufacturing yields of high quality ZnSe. Lack of adequate availability of high quality ZnSe could have a material adverse effect upon our business. There can be no assurance that we will not experience manufacturing yield inefficiencies which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

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We produce hydrogen selenide gas which is used in our production of ZnSe. There are risks inherent in the production and handling of such material. Our lack of proper handling of hydrogen selenide could require us to curtail our production of hydrogen selenide. Our potential inability to internally produce hydrogen selenide could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

In addition, we produce and use other high purity and relatively uncommon materials and compounds to manufacture our products including, but not limited to, ZnS, GaAs, Yttrium Aluminum Garnet, Yttrium Lithium Fluoride, Calcium Fluoride, Germanium, Selenium, Telluride, Bismuth Telluride and SiC. A significant failure of our internal production processes or our suppliers to deliver sufficient quantities of these necessary materials on a timely basis could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

Our Global Operations Are Subject to Complex Legal and Regulatory Requirements

We manufacture products in the United States, China, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, and Switzerland, and through contract manufacturers in Thailand and China.  We also maintain direct sales offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, China, Singapore, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan.  Operations outside of the United States are subject to many legal and regulatory requirements, some of which are not aligned with others.  These include tariffs, quotas, taxes and other market barriers, restrictions on the export or import of technology, potentially limited intellectual property protection, customs import and export requirements, anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, foreign exchange controls and cash repatriation restrictions, foreign investment rules and regulations, data privacy requirements, anti-competition laws, employment and labor laws, pensions and social insurance,  and environmental health, and safety laws and regulations.

Compliance with these laws and regulations can be onerous and expensive, and requirements differ among jurisdictions.  New laws, changes in existing laws and abrogation of local regulations by national laws result in significant uncertainties in how they will be interpreted and enforced. Failure to comply with any of these foreign laws and regulations could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

We Use and Generate Hazardous Substances that Are Subject to Stringent Environmental Regulations

Hazardous substances used or generated in our research and manufacturing facilities are subject to stringent environmental regulation. We believe that our handling of such substances is in material compliance with applicable local, state and federal environmental, safety and health regulations at each operating location. We invest substantially in proper protective equipment, process controls and specialized training to minimize risks to employees, surrounding communities and the environment that could result from the presence and handling of such hazardous substances. We regularly conduct employee physical examinations and workplace monitoring regarding such substances. When exposure problems or potential exposure problems have been uncovered, corrective actions have been implemented and re-occurrence has been minimal or non-existent.

We have in place an emergency response plan with respect to our generation and use of the hazardous substance Hydrogen Selenide. Special attention has been given to all procedures pertaining to this gaseous material to minimize the chances of its accidental release into the atmosphere.

With respect to the manufacturing, use, storage and disposal of the low-level radioactive material Thorium Fluoride, our facilities and procedures have been inspected and licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thorium-bearing by-products are collected and shipped as solid waste to a government-approved low-level radioactive waste disposal site in Clive, Utah.

The generation, use, collection, storage and disposal of all other hazardous by-products, such as suspended solids containing heavy metals or airborne particulates, are believed by us to be in material compliance with regulations. We believe that we have obtained all of the permits and licenses required for operation of our business.

We do not carry environmental impairment insurance. Although we do not know of any material environmental, safety or health problems in our properties or processes, there can be no assurance that problems will not develop in the future which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

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We May Be Adversely Affected by Climate Change Regulations

In many of the countries in which we operate, government bodies are increasingly enacting legislation and regulations in response to potential impacts of climate change. These laws and regulations may be mandatory. They have the potential to impact our operations directly or indirectly as a result of required compliance by our customers or our supply chain. Inconsistency of regulations may also affect the costs of compliance with such laws and regulations. Assessments of the potential impact of future climate change legislation, regulation and international treaties and accords are uncertain, given the wide scope of potential regulatory change in countries in which we operate.

We may incur increased capital expenditures resulting from required compliance with revised or new legislation or regulations, added costs to purchase or lower profits from sales of our products, allowances or credits under a “cap and trade” system, increased insurance premiums and deductibles as new actuarial tables are developed to reshape coverage, a change in competitive position relative to industry peers, and changes to profit or loss arising from increased or decreased demand for goods produced by us and indirectly, from changes in costs of goods sold.

Some Systems That Use our Products Are Complex in Design and May Contain Defects that Are Not Detected Until Deployed Which Could Increase Our Costs and Reduce Our Revenues

Some systems that use our products are inherently complex in design and require ongoing maintenance. Our customers may discover defects in our products after the products have been fully deployed and operated under peak stress conditions. In addition, some of our products are combined with products from other vendors which may contain defects. Should problems occur, it may be difficult to identify the source of the problem. If we are unable to correct defects or other problems, we could experience, among other things loss of customers, increased costs of product returns and warranty expenses, damage to our brand reputation, failure to attract new customers or achieve market acceptance, diversion of development and engineering resources, or legal action by our customers.

The occurrence of any one or more of the foregoing factors could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

Significant Defense Spending Cuts and/or Reductions in Defense Programs Could Adversely Impact Our Business

Specific to the military business within our II-VI Laser Solutions and II-VI Performance Products segments, sales to customers in the defense industry totaled approximately 11% of our revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. These customers generally contract with a governmental entity, typically a U.S. governmental agency. Future reductions in defense spending could result from the current or future economic or political environment.  For example, the ongoing sequestration of the defense budget could result in reductions in demand for defense-related products that we produce. Further, changes to existing defense procurement laws and regulations could adversely affect our results of operations.  Most governmental programs are subject to funding approval and can be modified or terminated with no warning upon the determination of a legislative or administrative body. The loss of or failure to obtain certain contracts or the loss of a major government customer could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

Changes in Tax Rates, Tax Liabilities or Tax Accounting Rules Could Affect Future Results

As a global company, we are subject to taxation in the United States and various other countries and jurisdictions. As such, we must exercise a level of judgment in determining our worldwide tax liabilities. Our future tax rates could be affected by changes in the composition of earnings in countries with differing tax rates or changes in tax laws. Changes in tax laws or tax rulings may have a significantly adverse impact on our effective tax rate. For example, proposals for fundamental U.S. international tax reform, if enacted, could have a significant adverse impact on our effective tax rate. In addition, we are subject to regular examination of our income tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities. We regularly assess the likelihood of favorable or unfavorable outcomes resulting from these examinations to determine the adequacy of our provision for income taxes. Although we believe our tax estimates are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any final determination will not be materially different than the treatment reflected in our historical income tax provision and accruals, which could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operation or financial condition.

Increases in Commodity Prices May Adversely Affect Our Results of Operations and Financial Condition

We are exposed to a variety of market risks, including the effects of increases in commodity prices. Our businesses purchase, produce and sell high-purity selenium and other raw materials based upon quoted market prices from minor metal exchanges. The negative impact from increases in commodity prices may not be recovered through our product sales which could have a material adverse effect on our net earnings and financial condition.

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Natural Disasters or Other Global or Regional Catastrophic Events Could Disrupt Our Operations and Adversely Affect Our Results

We may be exposed to business interruptions due to catastrophe, natural disaster, pandemic, terrorism or acts of war that are beyond our control. Disruptions to our facilities or systems, or to those of our key suppliers, could also interrupt operational processes and adversely impact our ability to manufacture our products and provide services and support to our customers. As a result, our business, results of operations or financial condition could be materially adversely affected.

Our Success Depends on Our Ability to Retain Key Personnel

We are highly dependent upon the experience and continuing services of certain scientists, engineers, production and management personnel. Competition for the services of these personnel is intense.  There can be no assurance that we will be able to retain or attract the personnel necessary for our success. The loss of the services of our key personnel could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

We Have Agreements with Government Entities That Are Subject to Significant Compliance Requirements and Changes in Government Spending

Our agreements relating to the sale of products to government entities may be subject to termination, reduction or modification in the event of changes in government requirements, reductions in federal spending and other factors. We are also subject to investigation and audit for compliance with the requirements of government contracts, including procurement integrity, export control, employment practices, the accuracy of records and the recording of costs.  Failure to comply with these requirements might result in suspension of these contracts and suspension or debarment from government contracting or subcontracting.

Our Stock Price Has Been Highly Volatile in the Past and May Be Extremely Volatile in the Future

The market price for our common stock on The NASDAQ Global Select Market varied between a high of $41.10 and a low of $17.76 in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. We expect that this volatility will continue. Factors that could cause fluctuation in our stock price include, among other things, general economic and market conditions, actual or anticipated variations in operating results, changes in financial estimates by securities analysts, our inability to meet or exceed securities analysts’ estimates or expectations, conditions or trends in the industries in which our products are purchased, announcements by us or our competitors of significant acquisitions, strategic partnerships, divestitures, joint ventures or other strategic initiatives, capital commitments, additions or departures of key personnel and sales of our common stock or equity-linked securities.

Many of these factors are beyond our control. However, these factors could cause the market price of our common stock to decline, regardless of our actual operating performance. In addition, in recent years, the stock market in general, and The NASDAQ Stock Market and the securities of technology companies in particular, have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations. These fluctuations have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of individual companies. These broad market fluctuations have in the past, and may in the future, materially and adversely affect our stock price, regardless of our operating results. This volatility may affect the price at which our shareholders can sell our common stock.

Some Anti-takeover Provisions Contained in Our Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, as Well as Provisions of Pennsylvania Law, Could Impair a Takeover Attempt, Which Could Also Reduce the Market Price of Our Common Stock

Our articles of incorporation and by-laws contain provisions that could make us a less attractive target for a hostile takeover and could make more difficult or discourage a merger proposal, a tender offer or a proxy contest. Such provisions include:

 

A requirement that shareholder-nominated director nominees be nominated in advance of the meeting at which directors are elected and that specific information be provided in connection with such nomination;

 

The ability of our board of directors to issue additional shares of common stock or preferred stock without shareholder approval; and

 

Certain provisions requiring supermajority approval (at least two-thirds of the votes cast by all shareholders entitled to vote thereon, voting together as a single class).

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In addition, the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law (the “BCL”) contains provisions that may have the effect of delaying or preventing a change in control of us or changes in our management. Many of these provisions are triggered if any person or group acquires, or discloses intent to acquire, 20% or more of a corporation’s voting power, subject to certain exceptions. These provisions:

 

provide the other shareholders of the corporation with certain rights against the acquiring group or person;

 

prohibit the corporation from engaging in a broad range of business combinations with the acquiring group or person;

 

restrict the voting and other rights of the acquiring group or person; and

 

provide that certain profits realized by the acquiring group or person from the sale of our equity securities belong to and are recoverable by us.

Regardless of the amount of a person’s holdings, if a shareholder or shareholder group (including affiliated persons) would be a party to certain proposed transactions with us or would be treated differently from other shareholders of ours in certain proposed transactions, the BCL requires approval by a majority of votes entitled to be cast by all shareholders other than the interested shareholder or affiliate group, unless the transaction is approved by independent directors or other criteria are satisfied. Furthermore, under the BCL, a “short-form” merger of II-VI cannot be implemented without the consent of our board of directors.

In addition, as permitted by Pennsylvania law, an amendment to our articles of incorporation or other corporate action that is approved by shareholders may provide mandatory special treatment for specified groups of nonconsenting shareholders of the same class. For example, an amendment to our articles of incorporation or other corporate action may provide that shares of common stock held by designated shareholders of record must be cashed out at a price determined by the corporation, subject to applicable dissenters’ rights.

Furthermore, the BCL provides that directors may, in discharging their duties, consider, to the extent they deem appropriate, the effects of any action upon shareholders, employees, suppliers, customers and the communities in which its offices are located. Directors are not required to consider the interests of shareholders to a greater degree than other constituencies’ interests. The BCL expressly provides that directors do not violate their fiduciary duties solely by relying on “poison pills” or the anti-takeover provisions of the BCL. We do not currently have a “poison pill.”  

All of these provisions may limit the price that investors may be willing to pay for shares of our common stock.

Because We Do Not Currently Intend to Pay Dividends, Holders of Our Common Stock Will Benefit from an Investment in Our Common Stock Only If It Appreciates in Value

We have never declared or paid any dividends on our common stock, and do not expect to pay cash dividends in the foreseeable future.  We currently anticipate that we will retain any future earnings to support operations and to finance the development of our business. As a result, the success of an investment in our common stock will depend entirely upon future appreciation in its value. There is no guarantee that our common stock will maintain its value or appreciate in value.  

Item 1B.

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

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Item 2.

PROPERTIES

Information regarding our principal U.S. properties at June 30, 2017 is set forth below:

 

Location

 

Primary Use(s)

  

Primary Business Segment(s)

  

Approximate Square
Footage

  

Ownership

Saxonburg, PA

 

Manufacturing, Corporate Headquarters and Research and Development

  

II-VI Laser Solutions and II-VI Performance Products

  

252,000

  

Owned
and
Leased

Warren, NJ

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Laser Solutions

  

151,000

  

Leased

Newark, DE

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

90,000

  

Leased

Temecula, CA

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

87,000

  

Leased

Dallas, TX

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

67,000

  

Owned
and
Leased

Monroe, CT

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

48,000

  

Leased

Easton, PA

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Laser Solutions

  

48,000

  

Leased

Santa Rosa, CA

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Photonics

  

39,000

  

Leased

Pine Brook, NJ

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

36,000

  

Leased

Tustin, CA

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

31,000

  

Leased

Philadelphia, PA

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

30,000

  

Leased

Champaign, IL

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Laser Solutions

  

27,000

  

Leased

Hillsborough, NJ

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Photonics

  

23,000

  

Leased

Woburn, MA

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Photonics

  

20,000

  

Leased

Starkville, MS

 

Manufacturing

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

19,000

  

Leased

Newtown, CT

 

Manufacturing and
Research and Development

  

II-VI Performance Products

  

13,000

  

Leased

Tyngsboro, MA

 

Research and Development

  

II-VI Laser Solutions

  

10,000

  

Leased

 

We also maintain some additional small research and development, distribution, and administrative facilities in leased space in the United States.

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Information regarding our principal foreign properties at June 30, 2017 is set forth below:

 

Location

  

Primary Use(s)

  

Primary Business Segment(s)

  

Approximate Square
Footage

  

Ownership

China

  

Manufacturing, Research and Development, and Distribution

  

II-VI Laser Solutions, II-VI Photonics and II-VI Performance Products

  

1,227,000

  

Leased

Philippines

  

Manufacturing

  

II-VI Laser Solutions and II-VI Performance Products

  

314,000

  

Leased

Vietnam

  

Manufacturing

  

II-VI Photonics and II-VI Performance Products

  

207,000

  

Leased

Switzerland

  

Manufacturing, Research and Development, and Distribution

  

II-VI Laser Solutions

  

134,000

  

Leased

Germany

  

Manufacturing and Distribution

  

II-VI Laser Solutions, II-VI Photonics and II-VI Performance Products

  

80,000

  

Owned and Leased

Singapore

  

Manufacturing

  

II-VI Laser Solutions

  

35,000

  

Leased

We also maintain some additional small distribution facilities in leased space in Belgium, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

The square footage listed for each of the above properties represents facility square footage, except in the case of the Philippines location, which includes land.

 

Item 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The Company and its subsidiaries are involved in various claims and lawsuits incidental to its business. The resolution of each of these matters is subject to various uncertainties, and it is possible that these matters may be resolved unfavorably to the Company. Management believes, after consulting with legal counsel, that the ultimate liabilities, if any, resulting from such legal proceedings will not materially affect the Company’s financial condition, liquidity or results of operation.

 

Item 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.

 

 

 

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PART II

 

Item 5.

MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

The Company’s Common Stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”) under the symbol “IIVI.” The following table sets forth the range of high and low trading prices per share of the Company’s Common Stock for the fiscal periods indicated, as reported by NASDAQ.  

 

 

 

High

 

 

Low

 

Fiscal 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

$

24.46

 

 

$

17.76

 

Second Quarter

 

$

32.45

 

 

$

23.80

 

Third Quarter

 

$

41.10

 

 

$

29.10

 

Fourth Quarter

 

$

36.35

 

 

$

27.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High

 

 

Low

 

Fiscal 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

$

19.30

 

 

$

15.04

 

Second Quarter

 

$

19.46

 

 

$

15.69

 

Third Quarter

 

$

22.18

 

 

$

16.09

 

Fourth Quarter

 

$

23.39

 

 

$

17.91

 

On August 14, 2017, the last reported sale price for the Company’s Common Stock was $36.60 per share. As of such date, there were approximately 771 holders of record of our Common Stock. The Company historically has not paid cash dividends and does not presently anticipate paying cash dividends in the future.

ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

In August 2014, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to purchase up to $50.0 million of its Common Stock. The repurchase program calls for shares to be purchased in the open market or in private transactions from time to time. Shares purchased by the Company are retained as treasury stock and available for general corporate purposes. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, the Company did not repurchase shares of its Common Stock pursuant to the repurchase program. Since inception of the repurchase program, the Company has repurchased 1,316,587 shares of its Common Stock for approximately $19.0 million in the aggregate.

The following table provides information with respect to purchases of the Company’s equity securities during the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Number of

 

 

Dollar Value of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares Purchased

 

 

Shares That May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as Part of Publicly

 

 

Yet be Purchased

 

 

 

Total Number of

 

 

Average Price Paid

 

 

Announced Plans or

 

 

Under the Plan or

 

Period

 

Shares Purchased

 

 

Per Share

 

 

Programs (a)

 

 

Program

 

April 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017

 

 

2,698

 

(1)

$

32.50

 

 

 

-

 

 

$

30,906,904

 

May 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017

3,873

 

(2)

$

33.25

 

 

 

-

 

 

$

30,906,904

 

June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017

 

 

15,069

 

(3)

$

34.05

 

 

 

-

 

 

$

30,906,904

 

(1)

Includes 2,698 shares of our Common Stock transferred to the Company from employees in satisfaction of minimum tax withholding obligations associated with the vesting of restricted share awards.

(2)

Includes 3,873 shares of our Common Stock transferred to the Company from employees in satisfaction of minimum tax withholding obligations associated with the vesting of restricted share awards.

(3)

Includes 15,069 shares of our Common Stock transferred to the Company from employees in satisfaction of minimum tax withholding obligations associated with the vesting of restricted share awards.

The information incorporated by reference in Item 12 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K from our 2017 Proxy Statement under the heading “Equity Compensation Plan Information” is hereby also incorporated by reference into this Item 5.

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PERFORMANCE GRAPH

The following graph compares cumulative total shareholder return on the Company’s Common Stock with the cumulative total shareholder return of the Nasdaq Composite Index and with a peer group of companies constructed by the Company for the period from June 30, 2012, through June 30, 2017. The Company’s current fiscal year peer group includes Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, Franklin Electric Co., Inc., MKS Instruments, Inc., Silicon Laboratories, Lumentum Holdings Inc., Finisar Corp, Coherent, Inc. and Corning Inc. The Company’s prior fiscal year peer group reflected below consisted of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, Franklin Electric Co., Inc., MKS Instruments, Inc., and Silicon Laboratories. The prior year peer group does not include Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc., which previously had been included in the Company’s peer group, as this company was acquired during fiscal year 2017 and ceased to be publicly traded.

 


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Item 6.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

Five-Year Financial Summary

The following selected financial data for the five fiscal years presented are derived from the Company’s audited Consolidated Financial Statements. All periods presented have been adjusted to present this product line on a discontinued operations basis. The data should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and the related notes thereto included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Year Ended June 30,

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

2013

 

($000 except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of Earnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues from continuing operations

 

$

 

972,046

 

 

$

 

827,216

 

 

$

 

741,961

 

 

$

 

683,261

 

 

$

 

551,075

 

Earnings from continuing operations

 

 

 

95,274

 

 

 

 

65,486

 

 

 

 

65,975

 

 

 

 

38,316

 

 

 

 

58,720

 

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

133

 

 

 

 

(6,789

)

Net earnings attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

1,118

 

Net earnings attributable to II-VI Incorporated

 

 

 

95,274

 

 

 

 

65,486

 

 

 

 

65,975

 

 

 

 

38,449

 

 

 

 

50,813

 

Basic earnings (loss) per shares:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

1.52

 

 

 

 

1.07

 

 

 

 

1.08

 

 

 

 

0.62

 

 

 

 

0.92

 

Discontinued operation

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

(0.11

)

Consolidated

 

 

 

1.52

 

 

 

 

1.07

 

 

 

 

1.08

 

 

 

 

0.62

 

 

 

 

0.81

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per shares:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

1.48

 

 

 

 

1.04

 

 

 

 

1.05

 

 

 

 

0.60

 

 

 

 

0.90

 

Discontinued operation

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

(0.11

)

Consolidated

 

 

 

1.48

 

 

 

 

1.04

 

 

 

 

1.05

 

 

 

 

0.60

 

 

 

 

0.80

 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

 

 

64,507

 

 

 

 

62,909

 

 

 

 

62,586

 

 

 

 

63,686

 

 

 

 

63,884

 

 

Year Ended June 30,

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

2013

 

($000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working capital

 

$

 

517,344

 

 

$

 

411,721

 

 

$

 

373,812

 

 

$

 

370,666

 

 

$

 

366,710

 

Total assets

 

 

 

1,477,297

 

 

 

 

1,211,981

 

 

 

 

1,057,273

 

 

 

 

1,070,753

 

 

 

 

863,317

 

Long-term debt

 

 

 

322,022

 

 

 

 

215,307

 

 

 

 

155,066

 

 

 

 

220,787

 

 

 

 

113,551

 

Total debt

 

 

 

342,022

 

 

 

 

235,307

 

 

 

 

175,066

 

 

 

 

240,787

 

 

 

 

113,551

 

Retained earnings

 

 

 

748,062

 

 

 

 

652,788

 

 

 

 

587,302

 

 

 

 

521,327

 

 

 

 

482,878

 

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

900,563

 

 

 

 

782,338

 

 

 

 

729,081

 

 

 

 

675,043

 

 

 

 

636,108

 

 

 

Item 7.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are also identified by words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects” or similar expressions. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements for many reasons, including those potential risks set forth in Item 1A, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, which are incorporated herein by reference.

Overview

The Company generates revenues, earnings and cash flows from developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered materials and optoelectronic components and devices for precision use in industrial materials processing, optical communications, consumer electronics, semiconductor equipment, life sciences and automotive applications. We also generate revenue, earnings and cash flows from government funded research and development contracts relating to the development and manufacture of new technologies, materials and products.

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Our customer base includes OEMs, laser end-users, system integrators of high-power lasers, manufacturers of equipment and devices for the industrial, optical communications, military, semiconductor, medical and life science markets, consumer, U.S. government prime contractors, various U.S. Government agencies and thermoelectric integrators.

Critical Accounting Estimates

The preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) and the Company’s discussion and analysis of its financial condition and results of operations requires the Company’s management to make judgments, assumptions and estimates that affect the amounts reported in its Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes. Note 1 of the Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements contained in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K describes the significant accounting policies and accounting methods used in the preparation of the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements. Management bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that it believes to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

Management believes the Company’s critical accounting estimates are those related to revenue recognition, allowance for doubtful accounts, warranty reserves, inventory valuation, business combinations, valuation of long-lived assets including acquired intangibles and goodwill, accrual of bonus and profit sharing estimates, accrual of income tax liability estimates and accounting for share-based compensation. Management believes these estimates to be critical because they are both important to the portrayal of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, and they require management to make judgments and estimates about matters that are inherently uncertain.

Management has discussed the development and selection of these critical accounting estimates with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee has reviewed the related disclosure. In addition, there are other items within our financial statements that require estimation, but are not deemed critical as described above. Changes in estimates used in these and other items could have a material impact on the financial statements.

Revenue Recognition

Revenues for product shipments are realizable when we have persuasive evidence of a sales arrangement, the product has been shipped or delivered, the sales price is fixed or determinable and collectability is reasonably assured. Title and risk of loss passes from the Company to its customer at the time of shipment in most cases, with the exception of certain customers for whom customer’s title does not pass and revenue is not recognized until the customer has received the product at its physical location.

The Company’s revenue recognition policy is consistently applied across the Company’s segments, product lines and geographical locations. Further for the periods covered herein, we did not have post shipment obligations such as training or installation, customer acceptance provisions, credits and discounts, rebates and price protection or other similar privileges. Our distributors and agents are not granted price protection. Our distributors and agents, who comprise less than 10% of consolidated revenue, have no additional product return rights beyond the right to return defective products covered by our warranty policy. We believe our revenue recognition practices are consistent with Staff Accounting Bulletin 104 and that we have adequately considered the requirements of Accounting Standards Codification 605 Revenue Recognition. Revenues generated from transactions other than product shipments are contract-related and have historically accounted for less than 1% of the Company’s consolidated revenues.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

The Company establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts based on historical experience and believes the collection of revenues, net of this reserve, is reasonably assured. The allowance for doubtful accounts is an estimate for potential non-collection of accounts receivable based on historical experience. The Company did not experience a non-collection of accounts receivable materially affecting its financial condition or results of operations as of and for each of the fiscal years ended June 30, 2017, 2016 and 2015. If the financial condition of the Company’s customers were to deteriorate, causing an impairment of their ability to make payments, additional provisions for bad debts could be required in future periods. The Company’s allowance for doubtful accounts reserve estimates have historically been proven to be materially correct based upon actual charges incurred.

Warranty Reserve

The Company records a warranty reserve as a charge against earnings based on a historical percentage of revenues utilizing actual returns over a period that approximates historical warranty experience. If actual returns in the future are not consistent with the historical data used to calculate these estimates, additional warranty reserves could be required. The Company’s warranty reserve estimates have historically been proven to be materially correct based upon actual charges incurred.

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Inventory Reserves

The Company generally records an inventory reserve as a charge against earnings for all products on hand for more than 12 to 24 months, depending on the products that have not been sold to customers or cannot be further manufactured for sale to alternative customers. An additional reserve may be recorded for products on hand that are in excess of product sold to customers over the same periods noted above. If actual market conditions are less favorable than projected, additional inventory reserves may be required. The Company’s inventory reserve estimates have historically been proven to be materially correct based upon actual write-offs incurred.

Business Acquisitions

The Company accounts for business acquisitions by establishing the acquisition-date fair value as the measurement for all assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Certain provisions of U.S. GAAP prescribe, among other things, the determination of acquisition-date fair value of consideration paid in a business combination (including contingent consideration) and the exclusion of transaction and acquisition-related restructuring costs from acquisition accounting.

Goodwill and Indefinite-Lived Intangibles

The Company tests goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets on an annual basis for impairment or when events or changes in circumstances indicate that goodwill or indefinite-lived intangible assets might be impaired. Other intangible assets are amortized over their estimated useful lives. The determination of the estimated useful lives of other intangible assets and whether goodwill or indefinite-lived intangibles are impaired requires us to make judgments based upon long-term projections of future performance. Estimates of fair value are based on our projection of revenues, operating costs and cash flows of each reporting unit considering historical and anticipated results and general economic and market conditions. The fair values of the reporting units are determined using a discounted cash flow analysis based on historical and projected financial information as well as market analysis. The annual goodwill impairment analysis considers the financial projections of the reporting unit based on our most recently completed long-term strategic planning processes and also considers the current financial performance compared to our prior projections of the reporting unit. Changes in our internal structuring, financial performance, judgments and projections could result in an impairment of goodwill or indefinite-lived intangible assets. As of June 30, 2017, no reporting units are at risk for impairment as the fair value of the reporting units substantially exceed the carrying value.

The Company has the option to perform a qualitative assessment of goodwill prior to completing the two-step process described above to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, including goodwill and other intangible assets. If the Company concludes that this is the case, it must perform the two-step process. Otherwise, the Company will forego the two-step process and does not need to perform any further testing.

As a result of the purchase price allocations from our acquisitions, and due to our decentralized structure, our goodwill is included in multiple reporting units which are the same as the Company’s operating segments. Due to the cyclical nature of our business, and the other factors described in the section on Risk Factors set forth in Item 1A, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the profitability of our individual reporting units may periodically suffer from downturns in customer demand, operational challenges and other factors. These factors may have a relatively more pronounced impact on the individual reporting units as compared to the Company as a whole, and might adversely affect the fair value of the individual reporting units. If material adverse conditions occur that impact one or more of our reporting units, our determination of future fair value may not support the carrying amount of one or more of our reporting units, and the related goodwill would need to be impaired. Based upon our annual quantitative goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets impairment tests, the Company did not record any impairments of goodwill or indefinite-lived intangible assets for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

Bonus and Profit Sharing

The Company records certain bonus and profit sharing estimates as a charge against earnings. These estimates are adjusted to actual based on final results of operations achieved during the fiscal year. Certain partial bonus amounts are paid quarterly based on interim company performance, and the remainder is paid after the fiscal year end. Other bonuses are paid annually.

Income Taxes

The Company prepares and files tax returns based on its interpretation of tax laws and regulations and records estimates based on these judgments and interpretations. In the normal course of business, the Company’s tax returns are subject to examination by various taxing authorities, which may result in future tax, interest and penalty assessments by these authorities. Inherent uncertainties exist in estimates of many tax positions due to changes in tax law resulting from legislation, regulation and/or as concluded through the various jurisdictions’ tax court systems. The Company recognizes the tax benefit from an uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities, based on the technical merits of the

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position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such a position are measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate resolution. The amount of unrecognized tax benefits is adjusted for changes in facts and circumstances. For example, adjustments could result from significant amendments to existing tax law and the issuance of regulations or interpretations by the taxing authorities, new information obtained during a tax examination, or resolution of an examination. The Company believes that its estimates for uncertain tax positions are appropriate and sufficient to pay assessments that may result from examinations of its tax returns. The Company recognizes both accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.

The Company has recorded valuation allowances against certain of its deferred tax assets, primarily those that have been generated from net operating losses in certain foreign taxing jurisdictions and acquired U.S. carryforwards. The Company adopted an accounting policy to apply acquired deferred tax liabilities to pre-existing deferred tax assets before evaluating the need for a valuation allowance for acquired deferred tax assets. In evaluating whether the Company would more likely than not recover these deferred tax assets, it has not assumed any future taxable income or tax planning strategies in the jurisdictions associated with these carry-forwards where history does not support such an assumption. Implementation of tax planning strategies to recover these deferred tax assets or future income generation in these jurisdictions could lead to the reversal of these valuation allowances and a reduction of income tax expense.

Share-Based Compensation

The Company recognizes share-based compensation expense over the requisite service period of the individual grantees, which generally equals the vesting period. The Company utilizes the Black-Scholes valuation model for estimating the fair value of share-based equity expense using assumptions such as the risk-free interest rate, expected stock price volatility, expected stock option life and expected dividend yield. The risk-free interest rate is derived from the average U.S. Treasury Note rate during the period, which approximates the rate in effect at the time of grant related to the expected life of the options. Expected volatility is based on the historical volatility of the Company’s Common Stock over the period commensurate with the expected life of the options. The expected life calculation is based on the observed time to post-vesting exercise and/or forfeitures of options by our employees. The dividend yield is zero, based on the fact the Company has never paid cash dividends and has no current intention to pay cash dividends in the future.

Fiscal Year 2017 Compared to Fiscal Year 2016

The Company aligns its organizational structure into the following three reporting segments for the purpose of making operational decisions and assessing financial performance: (i) II-VI Laser Solutions, (ii) II-VI Photonics, and (iii) II-VI Performance Products. The Company is reporting financial information (revenue through operating income) for these reporting segments in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The following table sets forth bookings and select items from our Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the years ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016 ($ in millions except per share information):

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2017

 

 

June 30, 2016

 

Bookings

 

$

1,072.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

875.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% of

 

 

 

 

 

 

% of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

Total revenues

 

$

972.0

 

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

827.2

 

 

 

100.0

%

Cost of goods sold

 

 

583.7

 

 

 

60.1

 

 

 

514.4

 

 

 

62.2

 

Gross margin

 

 

388.3

 

 

 

39.9

 

 

 

312.8

 

 

 

37.8

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal research and development

 

96.8

 

 

 

10.0

 

 

 

60.4

 

 

 

7.3

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

176.0

 

 

 

18.1

 

 

 

160.6

 

 

 

19.4

 

Interest and other, net

 

 

(3.3

)

 

 

(0.3

)

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

0.2

 

Earnings before income tax

 

 

118.8

 

 

 

12.2

 

 

 

89.9

 

 

 

10.9

 

Income taxes

 

 

23.5

 

 

 

2.4

 

 

 

24.5

 

 

 

3.0

 

Net earnings

 

$

95.3

 

 

 

9.8

%

 

$

65.5

 

 

 

7.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

$

1.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

1.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Executive Summary

Net earnings for fiscal year 2017 were $95.3 million ($1.48 per-share diluted), compared to $65.5 million ($1.04 per-share diluted) for the same period last fiscal year. The increase in net earnings for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same period last year was primarily the result of increased revenues, favorable product mix at the II-VI Photonics segment and improved operational performance from all three segments. In particular, the Company has seen continued increased demand from the optical communications customer base as a result of continuation of the China broadband initiative, datacenter and U.S. metro upgrade cycles (including cable television). The Company’s II-VI Laser Solutions segment realized increased demand for its carbon dioxide (“CO2”), one-micron laser and diamond optics product lines. Net earnings were also favorably impacted by the earnout and technology transfer income received as part of the sale of the RF business of ANADIGICS last fiscal year recorded in Other expense (income), net. The Company recorded $7.0 million or $0.09 per share diluted of other income related to these transactions. In addition, the Company benefitted from lower income tax expenses as a result of reversing certain U.S. valuation allowances in conjunction with the acquisition of IPI. Partially offsetting the increase in net earnings were increased internal research and development expenses incurred in the II-VI Laser Solutions segment for the Company’s investment in the high-volume VCSELs platform.

Consolidated

Bookings. Bookings are defined as customer orders received that are expected to be converted to revenues over the next 12 months. For long-term customer orders, the Company does not include in bookings the portion of the customer order that is beyond 12 months, due to the inherent uncertainty of such an order that far out in the future.  Bookings for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased 22% to $1.1 billion, compared to $875.3 million for the same period last fiscal year. The Company’s II-VI Photonics segment realized increased bookings of $81.3 million, or 22%, over the same period last fiscal year due to increased orders from the ongoing Chinese broadband initiative, U.S. Metro, datacenter communications, and the continued investment in undersea fiber optic networks. The Company’s II-VI Laser Solutions segment realized increased bookings of $60.8 million, or 20%, over the same period last fiscal year. The increase was driven by higher demand for high and low power laser optics, fiber laser and direct diode laser components and optics and components supporting semiconductor photolithography. Additionally, the Company’s II-VI Performance Products segment realized increased bookings of $54.8 million, or 28% driven by increased demand for silicon carbide (“SiC”) substrates supporting radio frequency (“RF”) development and also power device products in automotive and industrial markets.

Revenues. Revenues for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased 18% to $972.0 million, compared to $827.2 million for the prior fiscal year.  The Company has seen continued increased demand from the optical communications customer base as a result of continuation of the China broadband initiative, datacenter and U.S. metro upgrade cycles (including cable television). In addition, the Company’s II-VI Laser Solutions segment saw increased demand for its products addressing CO2, one-micron laser and diamond optic products.

Gross margin. Gross margin for the year ended June 30, 2017 was $388.3 million, or 39.9%, of total revenues, compared to $312.8 million, or 37.8%, of total revenues for the same period last fiscal year.  The improvement in gross margin was primarily driven by incremental margins realized on the Company’s higher revenue levels which increased approximately $145.0 million from the prior year as well as favorable product mix primarily in the II-VI Photonics segment.

Internal research and development. Company-funded internal research and development expenses for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 were $96.8 million, or 10.0% of revenues, compared to $60.4 million, or 7.3% of revenues, last fiscal year. The increase in internal research and development expense for fiscal year 2017 is the result of the Company’s continued investments in the development of the technology required to produce new optoelectronic devices in large volume for future applications as well as new product introductions across the Company’s segments. The Company anticipates the internal research and development expenses as a percentage of revenues to approximate the current run rate as the Company continues to invest in its growth strategies across its segments.

Selling, general and administrative. Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the year ended June 30, 2017 were $176.0 million, or 18.1% of revenues, compared to $160.6 million, or 19.4% of revenues, last fiscal year. The increase in SG&A in absolute dollars is the result of a higher revenue base requiring more level of SG&A support. The Company experienced favorable leverage as a result of capitalizing on synergies created from the Company’s recent acquisitions over the past several years.

Interest and other, net. Interest and other, net for the year ended June 30, 2017 was income of $3.3 million compared to expense of $1.9 million last fiscal year. Included in interest and other, net were interest expense on borrowings, interest income on excess cash reserves, foreign currency gains and losses and contingent earnout and technology transfer income from the sale of the ANADIGICS RF business that occurred in June 2016. In particular, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, other income consisted primarily of foreign currency gains of $1.3 million, income from the residual agreements on the sale of the RF business noted above of $7.0 million, and interest income of $0.9 million on the Company’s excess cash reserves offset by interest expense of $6.8 million on outstanding borrowings. The prior year’s expense of $1.9 million included $3.1 million of interest expense on the Company’s

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outstanding borrowings offset by $1.2 million of interest income on the Company’s excess cash reserves. The increase in interest expense in the current fiscal year is the result of higher levels of outstanding borrowings during the current fiscal year.

Income taxes. The Company’s year-to-date effective income tax rate at June 30, 2017 was 19.8%, compared to an effective tax rate of 27.3% last fiscal year. The variation between the Company’s effective tax rate and the U.S. statutory rate of 35% was primarily due to the Company’s foreign operations, which are subject to income taxes at lower statutory rates. The lower year-to-date effective tax rate was primarily driven by the reversal of certain valuation allowances triggered by the acquisition of IPI which generated deferred tax liabilities which offset the previously reserved deferred tax asset.

Segment Reporting

Bookings, revenues and operating income for each of the Company’s reportable segments are discussed below. Operating income differs from income from operations in that operating income excludes certain operational expenses included in other expense (income) – net as reported. Management believes operating income to be a useful measure for investors, as it reflects the results of segment performance over which management has direct control and is used by management in its evaluation of segment performance. See “Note 11. Segment and Geographic Reporting,” to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further information on the Company’s reportable segments and for the reconciliation of operating income to net earnings, which is incorporated herein by reference.

II-VI Laser Solutions ($ in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

%

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

June 30,

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

Bookings

 

$

366.8

 

 

$

306.0

 

 

 

20

%

Revenues

 

$

339.3

 

 

$

303.0

 

 

 

12

%

Operating income

 

$

30.9

 

 

$

36.2

 

 

 

(15

%)

 

The Company’s II-VI Laser Solutions segment includes the combined operations of II-VI Infrared Optics, II-VI HIGHYAG, II-VI Laser Enterprise, II-VI Laser Systems Group, II-VI OED, and II-VI EpiWorks. The Company acquired II-VI EpiWorks on February 1, 2016 and II-VI OptoElectronic Devices Division, on March 15, 2016.

Bookings for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 for II-VI Laser Solutions increased 20% to $366.8 million, compared to $306.0 million last fiscal year. Bookings included $27.2 million for fiscal year 2017 and $14.3 million for fiscal year 2016, respectively, attributed to the acquisitions of II-VI EpiWorks and II-VI OED. Exclusive of acquisitions, the increase in bookings for the current fiscal year was driven by higher demand for CO2 and fiber laser and direct diode laser components and photolithography related products, including diamond product optics.

Revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 for II-VI Laser Solutions increased 12% to $339.3 million, compared to revenues of $303.0 million last fiscal year. Revenues included $24.0 million for fiscal 2017 and $13.9 million for fiscal year 2016, respectively, attributed to the recent acquisitions. Exclusive of acquisitions, the increase in revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 was the result of higher demand for high and low power laser optics, one-micron laser applications and semiconductor photolithography tools and precision optics in laser applications up to 1 kilowatt for marking and engraving.

Operating income for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 for II-VI Laser Solutions decreased 15% to $30.9 million, compared to $36.2 million last fiscal year. Operating income was impacted by the segment’s ongoing internal research and development investments for its new optoelectronic laser platform. During the current year, this expense increased approximately $30.2 million over the prior year.

II-VI Photonics ($ in millions)

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

%

 

 

 

June 30,

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

Bookings

 

$

453.5

 

 

$

372.2

 

 

 

22

%

Revenues

 

$

418.5

 

 

$

325.9

 

 

 

28

%

Operating income

 

$

63.0

 

 

$

37.8

 

 

 

67

%

 

36


 

The Company’s II-VI Photonics segment includes the combined operations of II-VI Photop and II-VI Optical Communications.

Bookings for the year ended June 30, 2017 for II-VI Photonics increased 22% to $453.5 million, compared to $372.2 million for the prior fiscal year.  The increase in bookings during the current fiscal year was the result of increased orders from the ongoing Chinese broadband initiative, U.S. Metro, datacenter communications, and the continued investment in undersea fiber optic networks. The broadband China initiative continued to increase demand for the segment’s transport and amplification component products, particularly 980nm pumps, optical channel monitors and integrated passive components used in optical communications. In addition, the segment saw increased demand for its infrared optics and industrial filters.

Revenues for the year ended June 30, 2017 for II-VI Photonics increased 28% to $418.5 million, compared to $325.9 million for last fiscal year. The Company continued to realize increased revenues from the broadband China initiative as China continues to expand its geographical broadband networks. In addition, increased market share gains in the datacenter communications market and undersea fiber optic networks and new product introductions fueled the higher revenues during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

Operating income for the year ended June 30, 2017 for II-VI Photonics increased 67% to $63.0 million, compared to an operating income of $37.8 million last fiscal year. The increase in operating income was primarily due to incremental margin realized on the higher revenue volume as well as higher margin product mix, including terrestrial and submarine 980nm pumps and amplifiers, and new product introductions which have higher margin profiles.

II-VI Performance Products ($ in millions)

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

%

 

 

 

June 30,