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Sameer Desai Senior Director, Corporate Development and IR
Tom Edman CEO
Todd Schull CFO
Matt Sheerin Stifel Nicolaus
William Stein SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
James Ricchiuti Needham & Company
Mike Crawford B. Riley
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Operator

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to the TTM Technologies Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results Conference Call. Sameer Desai, TTM's Senior Director of Corporate Development and Investor Relations, will now review TTM's disclosure statement.

Sameer Desai

Thank you, Brad.

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Tom Edman

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Now to review Todd. our third performance financial the Todd will quarter.

Todd Schull

everyone. Thanks, Tom, and afternoon, good

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in quarter. Our effective third XX% tax rate the was

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term $XX.X at quarter for capital sheet $XX.X As debt Net third a short reminder, our for on our was Depreciation balance the quarter spending convertible year-end. become bond million. would million. was the

I'd guidance quarter. for turn like to to Now, the fourth

fourth the for revenue quarter. total expect We

$XXX total the to of revenue to $XXX for quarter of expect million be in million. We fourth XXXX the range

count in be of $X.XX to $X.XX on to share is earnings non-GAAP approximately million forecast per XXX of The based expect We share. diluted the diluted range EPS shares. the

Our dilutive bonds. such RSUs, share guidance with shares as but includes our options count associated no securities, convertible and

We SG&A the expense will of fourth be in revenue X% that about quarter. expect

million. $XX.X expect We interest expense approximate to

Finally, we rate to between tax estimate our be XX%. and XX% effective

To developing financial assist information. we the model, you offer in a following additional

we about expense the expense during fourth of $X.X expect $X.X quarter of million, and be compensation about approximately million. million, estimate approximately We stock-based will amortization to interest record of depreciation intangibles $XX.X of $XX expense non-cash million,

to prepared line our Brad? concludes the That open remarks. And now we'd like for questions.

Operator

our Sheerin first Thank you. And Stifel. Matt [Operator question comes with Instructions] from

Matt Sheerin

Yes, thank you.

backlog questions Just good also you but up very your market, and in some regarding below down, good still one, bookings you've as a labor which looked that markets issues, there. it and came but implies, just and forecast, percentage growth your guidance a certainly like couple about some also other the defense of having into aerospace from me, and but ran strong talked growth, first with

reasons So to you whatever and faced, doing behind overcome could you headwinds that? get what into you're the

Tom Edman

Matt. addition mean about What at we're and talk backlog I clearly requires to of in ongoing but not also record very only equipment, from level. with, by being you, very we've the is regular climate encouraged the of TTM Yes, that Thank investment bookings people. it, a terms Sure. been capital which program

we providing TTM. we're we're now bring A&D capability, work as of also we additional employees in RF additional package not customers, for new new solution course, that the and that, capital particularly, assembly side, our the add As on to PCB and do bringing together solution, the bring we more equipment, only employees and doing

the ramp we it's is in there, in out hoping ramp, as summer a third market quarter and the were in particularly months, as and able in we quickly brought think I not but as as so, to people. those tight labor well-known, for we were

a growth strong that into we So, again next regular summer the will with. year the now people and obviously have positioned we backlog are given to as that be on brought given who of push QX that we're grow, through continuing backdrop, in cadence in vacation focused

at slow in steady but strength to continue So we're this that and to to we grow that progress, up we'll continue going had with and build ramp backlog.

Matt Sheerin

the losing were fulfill going just into you're market Okay. quarter, pushed that? share or basically and orders, words, And ramped to those you're any those in of because other with labor fourth orders the not anything

Tom Edman

while That's correct, some billing bringing yes. happens in The so program keeping is and need timing, the to delicate dance output expectations, terms programs, particular a other our continue critical in, programs really here to our deliver feel that and components we in we're on key ahead programs making and and -- here -- lockstep we hold programs, programs, think what's of and doing that's so there's with of head sure what we customers to our certainly up -- we're what deliver and their always here. I as moving short and we

So we're continuing complete -- and delivering our to for focus not customers losing them. we're we're solutions share, on not certainly yes,

Matt Sheerin

question regarding segment significantly, Thank in you my both Huawei telecom but out down the only weakness which for piece there. know that. just not network and been also supplier there's to And and a next be I communications has you're the networking, calling

So just was as XG XX% telecom and Huawei, year. of mid at in year-on-year, percentage the parse roll that and you're of you seeing can down due help the both us side what you could you looking next out and into side, to networking terms sort what near-term then

Tom Edman

absolutely you're right. and Sure,

in I seeing weakness. terms situation, not think alone we're the the of seeing

Huawei what came impact about we're to Anaren. revenue as we four and don't our percent wireless type us five don't on what you is here overall to customer, with an on business which customers, tell a can component seeing but we -- about being again at, I look comment think you specific If if usually us traditionally

know, were Anaren you margins operating operating traditional As approximately the twice what margins were. TTM

of that it's so we're bottom impact. terms in impact that line And feeling

the about think less revenue, than still it's X%. you If

at to you're So as of looking X%, a range that X% of revenue. to piece X% X% dropping in that to kind

year overbuilt the are going where more hearing general point that they're games, be our for what some XG. little I Japan of year, right as of but we interpreting next are now Korea, now wave China, certainly that some talk XG, Tokyo what always anticipation off and I expected inventory coming in to To we Olympics, and where this China, investment of on a first the head in thought in should in We've I think we're investment ramp occurring XG, certainly into that a of we're in be investment customers would early phase from year. of about think beyond to seen sort to these back and that -- we ramping telecom latter-half of coming is of to real happening with right build, think the bit is and going going they're next to as to have situation next bleed demand sort that be it we moving of

I think we'll see that.

I second-half think be than it the going it's first-half. the towards year we'll of -- like to looks the more

Matt Sheerin

very much, Tom. thanks Okay,

Tom Edman

thank Sure, Matt. you,

Operator

you. Thank

William with question comes next SunTrust. Our from Stein

William Stein

that's September that sort -- into that my I of it down wondering cost the to Great, be sense as pretty It but the an Do my question. continues comes then you'd for for EMS margin if expectations beat falling I like looks as of the for we right? I'm go-forward have business, consider business to company, low thanks company numbers there's, this expectation business know what makes if a for dig the you. structure consider right, participate expected. you I relative materially, in I taking to was really in. whether if this next if end that unusual quarter. result And to the back this the my automotive wanted have market you

Tom Edman

you, Will. Yes, thank

really the best there's it piece automotive and is solutions to the the the pullout look at portion. So, yes, looked the how as way we'd certain -- automotive at

to going strengthened I we and off think it's last quarter, next had then drop quarter. certainly this

look wanted specifically down automotive that's were the one to as that some And the market. so, get And end looked at they sequentially the where sales we've will PCB we the visibility slightly market. be on for the of at the reasons fourth as sales we really into quarter. forecast PCB And flat

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of in does us of is sales significant profitable and in into it business helpful is an automotive that and, are that the while the the So give particularly world contributor that not and a PCB helpful more business profitability and go itself, customers for course us. to avenue

Same thing networking, So, the that's for Solutions to customers services TTM. way. where in business the stand the business course also with of we communication for E-M same continue

So for that's on automotive. hopefully there, better but the feel stay we gives a that you where

William Stein

Okay.

phone as of pattern, indications I we news right? progress a have suggesting demand into typically, a me typical American very constructed. Asia looked customer doesn't large I quarter, the out that Let QX the revenue cellular I pattern think North flow through think can. I historically well if guess the dig

QX I'm market. So a in this end by little the surprised guidance bit

I performance. flat expected would've customer. biggest your that's think I to

I me And decline, if think driving my you and the if correct. in of sequential tell math sort I'm it right of you're that's down. could what's I'm guiding expectations wondering if

Tom Edman

Yes.

our were we would we third fourth the actually very in still quarter the as of yield forecasting saying forecast in said, exceed good output. So, challenges second in year declining quarter maximizing focused always the from output we're as to quarter, is early third third this had quarter, even We with it we've really our quarter on that And fourth terms our the able actually we of very is quarter. build This we consecutive the in some be where a question.

providing so, forecasting, And it's, customer, fourth and more feeding wise base it's to quarter, with in inventories carefully. we to into year think and as our at I customer in today, for last as our that products the the world manage think therefore be I obviously to we look live conservative

at So and through more call, I get be we're of what sales of what in we see looking looks forecast demand would what to real like December. requirements ultimately looks when revised we'll kind a the

normal, is that right? So

what we're So a seeing seeing a ultimately third we're it's conservative is from really quarter, But at that a third like or the a row second forecast in quarter. where looks quarter more then of the end it's the down determine input mid-December to that the cycle. through into and really And sales how of we through be December doing into feed in QX. in in end sell the we'll then will QX, are the, and that hopefully that looking

where really that's we So stand well.

or forecasting quarter. have but on So think or year not, second a data I a a just going to more say we a it's go year the hard points for this do careful that fourth we're, this in row to to that next you. is Thank slightly in point

William Stein

you. Thank

Operator

Our next Company. Needham question James from with & comes Ricchiuti

James Ricchiuti

Was were question wondering if I'm you Hi. good it Thank what saw? talk fairly on you broad-based geographically. that seeing about market, the as PCV softness the portion the automotive could related it afternoon. and to you you A

Tom Edman

Jim. you, Thank

more I in instructive. the in about more because So, yes, if if I'll think what and give it's think it, year-on-year you at automotive quarter you saw look sequential we and an overall

America. and We more improvement than America we have still saw in so in bit Europe more before, weakness North pretty weakness bottom had much down an Asia, in we then the Asia bouncing along seen North in quarter-on-quarter a of in and

we digital sort impact impact has the The our we're felt But that now been in and business on sort way we the I Europe. it's continues interpret bouncing the of that -- bottom. along did is of

Asia, good to gradual in but improvement indication. a seeing a think, Hard China. I some positive good, it's it's that in trend particularly as it's call yet start to

seeing U.S. fallen the the are just this we're as think experiencing I as softness customer some in customers US now. our auto of

would quarter, your the to sure I quarter, yes, fourth same we're expecting have that's And so, geographic Fourth picture. more of thing, say.

James Ricchiuti

Are any GM you you have recent to seeing you any or you disruption as strike? it did are the Tom, seeing, related or seen

Tom Edman

pull. us so right? the selling hub part inventory. to tell. into That could saw this last generally And then, so, we Well, shift into difficult we the we're hard of tier because always but we And what for parts, tell, in be one U.S. suppliers, it's to a quarter, experienced

James Ricchiuti

Okay. And in that but there's you that you, is beyond that early you're not market to environment in to in the down change of try would some pin for automotive QX, there suggest the seeing anything the part XXXX?

Tom Edman

a China more I doubled a average, towards markets on of the an say, in Europe, challenging transition, be with Long-term terrific than vehicle. XXXX, TTM, ongoing going and I content electric think a for it's to as really that's particularly still would thing year and year those really push EV adoption.

to but the now Jim macro what market tied certainly terrific, the level, and U.S. with least in But China and very is to to which market, say of regards terms in see unit in Europe I call steady it Europe stabilize. this a little in at the at of going is that's a of to can the be Asia, U.S. is is but improvement lower So European challenging. Asia sort bit a to see going little more to good market, think happens harder to be, I sales, it's transition and to continue what think economy I bit to unsatisfactory

be I I as this transition. continue -- that's market to challenging we good just year. sign. overall to it's go see going say a don't, for that So, next through that we're I think

James Ricchiuti

a thanks it, lot. Got

Tom Edman

Jim. Thanks,

Operator

Mike We'll Instructions] [Operator Thank you. Riley. take next our Crawford from with question B.

Mike Crawford

Thanks.

first times next is changes recently lead have about can or of any enough, demand running XG, got But good adopters. ahead run rate is of where relative QX starting more year? QX direction that And indicate in situation that in path? you that demand the its expanding build inventory any might from of You a maybe see we the and seen some particularly, to talked of

Tom Edman

Thank you, think I Yes, Mike. on.

anything going conservative. difficult customer again, than on They're leading forecast our we're, they're more I that it's So certainly on there. would based on -- else. be say based to being

couple think that public a seen you've of announcements with the I as well.

I think next latter real starting they're year. at looking of half the towards demand

see of forward at they build I that here, or working be mean still a bring that inventory, expecting but terms We quarters off for least what that couple inventory. that equipment think whether we're will and not, they'll of in

Mike Crawford

have I could the you U.S. footprint, thanks. your think just and utilization, probably versus be in with before at Okay, on -- a I to operate say peak it started XX% Asia, quarter, like in how sounds to maybe even in that you'd slip footprint in utilization Asia at fine. would think there? but far And you're lower consolidating Certainly, XX% you about then think closer XX% bottlenecks, rather you

Tom Edman

in prefer you're Asia, we in absolutely so Yes, Right. right, to XX% be really peak a territory. operating or quarter, above we

have where which we it's based we core And based concerning so, to a is so this on on that plating is equipment that that may number from the capacity, plating that at installed, -- standpoint, be have remember XX%, process.

will. we but capacity, in equipment may operating, sitting still would have that's And if so, a not we facility call you that that's

the that's basis So, calculation. for the

to seeing a bit but really about still talking and our to markets, we've XG, the term us longer second-half of looked what you're we're we're of me as of year that little for we markets, as term facility, only, Things a it here, actually a point expect we with at course, be let of make what would longer side, at just phone about is, our expect sense what close so, which we look felt and see industrial And on at not the talk to business. felt seeing coming, side in Internet towards medical next the the communications, network XG and the impact be in and but cellular of pick-up we our and

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terms at we're to from careful So, that going those market in will but situation continue businesses, be labor we comes footprint, our look manage managing again, costs into as very how standpoint, will of careful how to we it requirements a come could our awfully of return and cut they tie we facilities because the charters be the when end about of quickly. that

Mike Crawford

you. And the that talked talked the to customers you what's data with your in that see sector to and about in think call, stored. that in thank last made but conversely, we datacenter be where being improving coming about XG-enabled you little Okay, you a point then visibility and general your about question I last the needs remarks, all data then the soft, relates

or not? anything there So, visibility regarding changed has

Tom Edman

Yes, excellent it's question.

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Mike Crawford

you. thank Well, great. Okay,

Tom Edman

Thank you.

Operator

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Tom Edman

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