Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is providing the following updates on the performance of its business segments in the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2019, reducing expectations for two – Display Technologies and Optical Communications – and maintaining guidance in its other three.
Display Technologies Segment Update
Within Corning’s Display Technologies segment, several panel manufacturing customers have reduced utilization below anticipated levels in the current quarter. Consequently, Corning is reducing its Display volume forecast to a sequential decline of a high-single digit percentage in the third quarter.
For the full year, the company now expects display glass volume to be up slightly and to outperform the overall glass market, driven by the company’s ramp-up of its Gen 10.5 manufacturing capacity.
Corning’s expectations for full-year 2019 glass prices are unchanged. The company continues to expect third-quarter prices to be flat with the second quarter, and full year glass prices to decline at a low-to-mid single digit percentage.
Retail demand continues to track to Corning’s expectations, with TV viewing area growing year-to-date through July. Set makers are purchasing panels more conservatively, apparently due to macro uncertainty, which is driving panel maker utilization reductions. Corning expects this supply chain adjustment to be temporary and panel maker utilization to increase in first-half 2020 over second-half 2019.
Optical Communications Segment Update
Within Corning’s Optical Communications segment, several major carriers are further reducing capital spending on cable deployments and fiber-to-the-home projects. In addition, some enterprise customers have reduced their spending below anticipated levels. Consequently, Corning now expects third-quarter Optical Communications sales to decline year-over-year by a low-teen percentage, versus a prior expectation of a low-single digit percentage decline.
For the full-year 2019, Corning now forecasts Optical Communications sales will decline by 3% to 5%, versus its prior expectation of a low-to-mid-single digit percentage increase. Corning expects both carrier and enterprise network sales to decline year-over-year in the second half of 2019.
Capacity and Cost Action
Corning is providing the investment community with this update based on an assessment of current customer and market dynamics. As a result, management is taking actions to lower cost to align with revised sales expectations. These actions include capacity adjustments in Display and Optical Communications, reductions in operating expenses, and pacing of capital projects.
Additional details on second-half performance expectations can be found on the Web Disclosure section of Corning’s Investor Relations website, at https://investor.corning.com/investor-relations/news-and-events/web-disclosures/default.aspx.
Corning intends to formally report results for the third quarter of 2019 on Oct. 29, 2019. It also intends to update its view of the fourth quarter of 2019 on its conference call with the investment community that day.
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.
Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.