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TowerJazz Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Record Results in Revenues, Gross Profit, Operating Profit, EBITDA, Net Profit, Cash from Operations and Free Cash Flow

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel – February 22, 2018TowerJazz (NASDAQ: TSEM & TASE: TSEM) reported today its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Highlights of the Full Year 2017:

  • Record revenues of $1.39 billion, up 11% year over year;
    Organic revenues up 23% year over year.
  • Record EBITDA of $425 million, up 16% year over year;
  • Record net profit of $298 million, as compared to $204 million for the full year of 2016;
  • Record free cash flow of $191 million, as compared to free cash flow of $118 million for the full year of 2016.

Highlights of the Fourth Quarter of 2017:

  • Record revenues of $358 million, as compared with $340 million in the fourth quarter of 2016;
  • EBITDA of $107 million and net profit of $147 million, as compared to $105 million and $48 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, respectively;
  • Free cash flow of $44 million, as compared to free cash flow of $39 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.

CEO End of Year Commentary

Mr. Russell Ellwanger, Chief Executive Officer of TowerJazz, commented: “2017 was the best year for the Company to date, as seen in the across the board record financial results, as well as, and maybe more importantly, the realization of several key strategic initiatives, providing a palpable foundation for growth well into the next decade. We continue, as a team, to be committed and passionate to create value. We are confident that the strength and capabilities of the Company – our technology offerings, long-term customer and partner relationships, and devoted worldwide employee base, will propel us to even greater heights.”

Full Year 2017 Financial Results

Revenues for 2017 were at a record of $1.39 billion, reflecting an 11% growth as compared to $1.25 billion for the prior year. Year over year organic growth, excluding the Panasonic and Maxim long-term committed contracts, was 23%.

Gross profit for 2017 was at a record of $354 million, an increase of 17% as compared to $303 million in the prior year.

Operating profit for 2017 was at a record of $220 million, an increase of 26% as compared to $175 million in 2016.

EBITDA for 2017 totaled to a record $425 million, or 31% EBITDA margin, representing a 16% increase as compared to $367 million in 2016.

Net profit for 2017 was at a record of $298 million, representing a record of $3.08 basic earnings per share and a record of $2.90 diluted earnings per share. Net profit for 2017 included two one-time income tax benefit items as follows: (i) $82 million income tax benefit resulting from Israeli deferred tax asset realization following the release of a valuation allowance, which the Company had over the net operating loss carry forward for tax in the Israeli parent Company, and (ii) $13 million income tax benefit resulting from the US tax reform and the reduction in federal income tax rate from 35% to 21%, which will reduce the Company’s future tax payments and already caused a reduction of certain deferred tax liabilities (net of certain deferred tax assets).

Net profit for 2016 was $204 million, representing $2.33 basic earnings per share and $2.09 diluted earnings per share. Net profit for 2016 included $50 million net gain from the San Antonio fab acquisition and $6 million income tax benefit related to the Nishiwaki fab closure offset by $7 million non-cash financing expense relating to the Israeli banks’ loans early repayment.

On an adjusted basis, as described and reconciled in the tables below, net profit for the full year of 2017 was $226 million, a 29% increase as compared to $175 million in 2016.

Free cash flow for 2017 was a record of $191 million, with a record $356 million cash flow from operations and $165 million investments in fixed assets, net. The other main cash activities during the year were comprised of the following: $115 million invested in marketable securities, $31 million received from the exercise of warrants and options and $50 million debt repaid.

Fourth Quarter Results Overview

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 were a record $358 million, as compared to $340 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Gross and operating profits for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $89 million and $54 million, respectively, as compared to $88 million and $55 million, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2016.

EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $107 million, or 30% EBITDA margin, as compared to $105 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Net profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 was a record of $147 million as compared to $48 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Basic earnings per share for the quarter was a record $1.50 and diluted earnings per share was a record $1.40, as compared to $0.53 and $0.49, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Net profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 included the two one-time income tax benefit items of $82 million and $13 million, as described above.

On an adjusted basis, as described and reconciled in the tables below, net profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $60 million, as compared to $53 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $44 million, with $85 million cash flow from operations and $41 million investments in fixed assets, net. The other main cash activities during the fourth quarter of 2017 were $65 million invested in marketable securities, $17 million debt repaid and $3 million received for the exercise of warrants and options.

Cash (including short-term marketable securities), net of gross debt as of December 31, 2017, totaled to a record of $226 million, as compared to net cash of $37 million as of December 31, 2016.

In February 2018, Wells Fargo and Jazz Semiconductor, the US wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, signed a 5-year extension of the existing credit line agreement, which has been originally set to mature in December 2018, under which Jazz Semiconductor will be able to drawdown up to $70 million through 2023. Any such drawdown will bear an interest rate ranging from Libor + 1.25% to Libor + 1.75%. As of December 31, 2017, and the date hereof, there were no loans drawdown under this credit line.

Shareholders’ equity as of December 31, 2017 was a record of $1.03 billion, as compared to $683 million as of December 31, 2016.

Business Outlook

TowerJazz expects revenues for the first quarter of 2018 ending March 31, 2018 to be $325 million, with an upward or downward range of 5%, in line with present industry seasonality, and forecasts growth throughout the year.

Teleconference and Webcast

TowerJazz will host an investor conference call today, February 22, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Central time, 8:00 a.m. Mountain time, 7:00 a.m. Pacific time and 5:00 p.m. Israel time) to discuss the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017, for fiscal year 2017 and its outlook.
This call will be webcast and can be accessed via TowerJazz’s website at www.towersemi.com, or by calling: 1-888-668-9141 (U.S. Toll-Free), 03-918-0609 (Israel), +972-3-918-0609 (International). For those who are not available to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived on TowerJazz’s website for 90 days.

The Company presents its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The financial information included in the tables below includes unaudited condensed financial data. Some of the financial information in this release, which we describe in this release as “adjusted financial measures”, is non-GAAP financial measures as defined in Regulation G and related reporting requirements promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission as they apply to our Company. These adjusted financial measures are calculated excluding one or more of the following: (1) amortization of acquired intangible assets; (2) compensation expenses in respect of equity grants to directors, officers and employees; (3) financing costs resulted from banks loans early repayment, (4) gain from acquisition, net, (5) non-recurring items related to long-term investments, (6) income tax benefit resulted from Israeli deferred tax asset realization following valuation allowance release; (7) income tax benefit related to U.S. tax reform;(8) income tax benefit related to Nishiwaki closure; and (9) acquisition related costs. These adjusted financial measures should be evaluated in conjunction with, and are not a substitute for, GAAP financial measures. The tables also present the GAAP financial measures, which are most comparable to the adjusted financial measures, as well as a reconciliation between the adjusted financial measures and the comparable GAAP financial measures. As used and/ or presented in this release, as well as calculated in the tables herein, the term Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) consists of net profit in accordance with GAAP, excluding gain from acquisition, net, interest and other financing expense, net, other income, net, taxes, non-controlling interest, depreciation and amortization expense, stock based compensation expense, acquisition related costs and Nishiwaki Fab restructuring and impairment cost (income), net. EBITDA is reconciled in the tables below from GAAP operating profit. EBITDA is not a required GAAP financial measure and may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure employed by other companies. EBITDA and the adjusted financial information presented herein should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating profit, net profit or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, per share data or other profit or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. The term Net Cash, as used and/ or presented in this release, is comprised of cash, cash equivalents, short-term deposits and short-term marketable securities (in the amounts of $560 million and $389 million as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively) less the outstanding principal amount of bank loans (in the amounts of $138 million and $166 million as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively), the outstanding principal amount of capital leases (in the amounts of $16 million as of December 31, 2017) and the outstanding principal amount of debentures including the related hedging effect (in the amounts of $180 million and $186 million as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively). The term Net Cash is not a required GAAP financial measure, may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure employed by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for cash, debt, operating profit, net profit or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, per share data or other profit or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the term Free Cash Flow, as used and/ or presented in this release, is calculated to be cash from operating activities (in the amounts of $356 million and $327 million for the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively and in the amounts of $85 million and $82 million for the three months periods ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively) less cash for investments in property and equipment, net (in the amounts of $165 million and $209 million for the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively and in the amounts of $41 million and $43 million for the three months periods ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively). The term Free Cash Flow is not a required GAAP financial measure, may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure employed by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating profit, net profit or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, per share data or other profit or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

About TowerJazz
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM) and its subsidiaries operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures next-generation integrated circuits (ICs) in growing markets such as consumer, industrial, automotive, medical and aerospace and defense. TowerJazz’s advanced technology is comprised of a broad range of customizable process platforms such as: SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management (BCD and 700V), and MEMS. TowerJazz also provides world-class design enablement for a quick and accurate design cycle as well as Transfer Optimization and development Process Services (TOPS) to IDMs and fabless companies that need to expand capacity. To provide multi-fab sourcing and extended capacity for its customers, TowerJazz operates two manufacturing facilities in Israel (150mm and 200mm), two in the U.S. (200mm) and three facilities in Japan (two 200mm and one 300mm). For more information, please visit www.towersemi.com.

Contacts:

TowerJazz Investor Relations Contact:

Noit Levi | +972-4-604-7066 | noitle@towersemi.com

GK Investor Relations:

GK Investor Relations | Gavriel Frohwein, (646) 688 3559 | towerjazz@gkir.com

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements and you should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with: (i) demand in our customers’ end markets; (ii) over demand for our foundry services and/or products that exceeds our capacity; (iii) maintaining existing customers and attracting additional customers, (iv) high utilization and its effect on cycle time, yield and on schedule delivery which may cause customers to transfer their product(s) to other fabs, (v) operating results fluctuate from quarter to quarter making it difficult to predict future performance, (vi) impact of our debt and other liabilities on our financial position and operations, (vii) our ability to successfully execute acquisitions, integrate them into our business, utilize our expanded capacity and find new business, (viii) fluctuations in cash flow, (ix) our ability to satisfy the covenants stipulated in our agreements with our lender banks and bondholders (as of December 31, 2017 we are in compliance with all such covenants included in our banks’ agreements, bond G indenture and others), (x) obtaining new customer engagements, products qualification and production ramp-up of the TPSCo facilities and our San Antonio facility, (xi) the closure of TJP within the scope of restructuring our activities and business in Japan, settling any future claims or potential claims, (xii) meeting the conditions set in the approval certificates received from the Israeli Investment Center under which we received a significant amount of grants in past years, (xiii) receipt of orders that are lower than the customer purchase commitments, (xiv) failure to receive orders currently expected, (xv) possible incurrence of additional indebtedness, (xvi) effect of global recession, unfavorable economic conditions and/or credit crisis, (xvii) our ability to accurately forecast financial performance, which is affected by limited order backlog and lengthy sales cycles, (xiii) possible situations of obsolete inventory if forecasted demand exceeds actual demand when we manufacture products before receipt of customer orders, (xix) the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the resulting periodic overcapacity, fluctuations in operating results and future average selling price erosion, (xx) the execution of debt re-financing and/or fundraising to enable the service of our debt and/or other liabilities, (xxi) operating our facilities at high utilization rates which is critical in order to cover a portion or all of the high level of fixed costs associated with operating a foundry, and our debt, in order to improve our results, (xxii) the purchase of equipment to increase capacity, the timely completion of the equipment installation, technology transfer and raising the funds therefor, (xxiii) the concentration of our business in the semiconductor industry, (xxiv) product returns, (xxv) our ability to maintain and develop our technology processes and services to keep pace with new technology, evolving standards, changing customer and end-user requirements, new product introductions and short product life cycles, (xxvi) competing effectively, (xxvii) use of outsourced foundry services by both fabless semiconductor companies and integrated device manufacturers; (xxiii) achieving acceptable device yields, product performance and delivery times, (xxix) our dependence on intellectual property rights of others, our ability to operate our business without infringing others’ intellectual property rights and our ability to enforce our intellectual property against infringement, (xxx) retention of key employees and recruitment and retention of skilled qualified personnel, (xxxi) exposure to inflation, currency rates (mainly the Israeli Shekel and Japanese Yen) and interest rate fluctuations and risks associated with doing business locally and internationally, as well fluctuations in the market price of our traded securities, (xxxii) issuance of ordinary shares as a result of conversion and/or exercise of any of our convertible securities, as well as any sale of shares by any of our shareholders, or any market expectation thereof, which may depress the market price of our ordinary shares and may impair our ability to raise future capital, (xxxiii) meeting regulatory requirements worldwide, including environmental and governmental regulations; (xxxiv) negotiation and closure of definitive agreements in relation to the fab establishment in China, as well as implementation of this project and licensing of technologies, subject to obtaining required funding and receipt of payment milestones, qualification and ramp of process flows and products to enable mass production for customers and attain revenue to levels that would cover the facility’s fixed costs; and (xxxv) business interruption due to fire and other natural disasters, the security situation in Israel and other events beyond our control such as power interruptions. We note that the risk disclosure included in previous releases related to the shareholder class action pending in Israel has been removed as a result of the Israeli court decision in February 2018 granting the Company’s motion to dismiss the action in its entirety.

A more complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect our business is included under the heading “Risk Factors” in Tower’s most recent filings on Forms 20-F and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Israel Securities Authority. Future results may differ materially from those previously reported. The Company does not intend to update, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.