Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) James B. Flaws, vice chairman and chief financial officer, will update investors on the company’s recent announcements at today’s UBS 2013 Global Technology Conference in Sausalito, Calif. Flaws’ presentation will cover topics such as expectations for the fourth quarter, the company’s recently announced series of agreements with Samsung Display Co., Ltd., and growth in Corning’s major business segments.
Flaws will report that the company expects earnings in the fourth quarter to be down sequentially, driven by normal seasonality and a few special business factors. He will note that the fiber market is lower than anticipated entering the fourth quarter, and the company is taking actions to control costs and inventory. He also will say that sales in Corning’s Specialty Materials segment are expected to be down 20% year over year in quarter four, driven by the supply chain inventory build of Corning® Gorilla® Glass in the fourth quarter last year.
“Gorilla Glass continues to perform well in the cover glass market,” Flaws will tell investors. “Corning's Gorilla Glass can now be found on more than 2 billion consumer electronics devices in use today. The popularity of our cover glass continues to grow, as we constantly develop material compositions that enhance its legendary durability and scratch resistance. Corning continues to innovate with Apple to advance the state of the art with even tougher versions of our glass.
“As we look ahead, with supply and demand in balance,” Flaws will say, “we expect our volume to increase, driven by growth in the end market for smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers.”
Flaws also will summarize the strategic and financial benefits Corning expects from the closing of its series of agreements with Samsung Display. He will note that the company expects full ownership of Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co., Ltd. will provide immediate and significant benefits.
“There are many advantages to owning these assets,” Flaws will say, “including greater flexibility in meeting the needs of our customers, lower capital spending, increased cash flow, and cost savings from synergies.
“We expect that these synergies will equate to $460 million through 2017, and the future free cash flow will enable us to pursue additional share repurchases,” Flaws will say. “We anticipate the combination of this additional income and share repurchases will provide accretion of about 20% in 2014 and 2015 on a fully diluted basis.”
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About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.