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Corning Reports Second-Quarter 2023 Financial Results with Notable Progress on Profitability and Cash Flow

Corning, N.Y., July 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its second-quarter 2023 results and provided its outlook for third-quarter 2023.

Wendell P. Weeks, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Corning’s second-quarter results reflect progress on our comprehensive plan to improve profitability and cash flow – even in the current weak end-market environment. As expected, core gross margin expanded 1 percentage point sequentially, and has grown more than 2 percentage points since the beginning of the year. We also improved free cash flow to $310 million.”

Weeks continued, “We expect to continue improving profitability and cash flow despite our relatively muted sales environment. Furthermore, our ‘More Corning’ approach is opening additional revenue streams. Taken together, we anticipate strong operating leverage when our markets recover and our volume returns.”

Second-Quarter 2023 Highlights:

  • Second-quarter GAAP sales were $3.2 billion, up 2% sequentially. Core sales were $3.5 billion, up 3% sequentially, driven by Display Technologies. GAAP and core sales were down year over year, reflecting continued lower demand in several markets.
  • Second-quarter GAAP EPS was $0.33, up 65% sequentially. Core EPS of $0.45 increased $0.04, or 10%, from the prior quarter. The difference between GAAP and core EPS stemmed primarily from restructuring charges and also from non-cash, mark-to-market adjustments associated with the company’s currency-hedging contracts and Japanese-yen-denominated debt.  
  • Core gross margin of 36.2% and core operating margin of 17.5% increased sequentially by 100 basis points and 200 basis points, respectively, reflecting pricing and productivity improvement actions.  
  • Second-quarter free cash flow improved from the first quarter to $310 million.

Third-Quarter 2023 Outlook:

  • In the third quarter, management expects core sales of approximately $3.5 billion and core EPS to be about the same or slightly better than in the second quarter.

Ed Schlesinger, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, “In the second quarter, sales grew 3% sequentially as higher sales in Display Technologies more than offset a decline in Optical Communications. We executed well on our comprehensive plan to improve profitability and cash flow. Core operating income increased 16% sequentially, and free cash flow grew to $310 million.”

Schlesinger continued, “Looking ahead, we will continue improving profitability and cash generation in the second half despite our current sales outlook. Overall, we remain well positioned to capture upside, and as sales grow, we’ll drive strong operating leverage.”


Strategy in Action

Corning strives to be a catalyst for positive change and to help move the world forward. The company drives profitable multiyear growth by inventing, making, and selling life-changing products while cultivating deep, trust-based relationships with industry leaders, ultimately incorporating more content into customers’ offerings. To do so, Corning takes the long view, investing in a set of vital capabilities that are increasingly relevant to profound transformations that touch many facets of daily life. Today, Corning’s markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive, solar, semiconductor, and life sciences.

Recent highlights include:

  • Driving “More Corning” opportunities by delivering cover material innovations that help enable the ultimate visual gaming experience. In June, Corning collaborated with Dough GmbH, known for its innovative gaming hardware, on Dough’s latest flagship monitor, Spectrum Black. The gaming monitor is designed with Corning® Gorilla® Glass with DXC, which enhances optical clarity while maintaining the durability consumers have come to expect from Gorilla Glass.

  • Continuing its dedication to all its stakeholders. For the sixth consecutive year, Corning was named a Top Scorer on the Disability Equality Index®. Corning was also recognized by non-profit advocacy organizations Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities as a 2023 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.

Second-Quarter 2023 Results and Comparisons
(In millions, except per-share amounts)

  Q2 2023  Q1 2023  % change  Q2 2022  % change 
GAAP Net Sales $3,243  $3,178   2% $3,615   (10%)
GAAP Net Income (1) $281  $176   60% $563   (50%)
GAAP EPS $0.33  $0.20   65% $0.66   (50%)
Core Sales (2) $3,482  $3,367   3% $3,762   (7%)
Core Net Income (2) $388  $350   11% $489   (21%)
Core EPS (2) $0.45  $0.41   10% $0.57   (21%)

(1) Represents GAAP net income attributable to Corning Incorporated.
(2) Core performance measures are non-GAAP financial measures. The reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP measures is provided in the tables following this news release as well as on the companys website.

Optical Communications

  Q2 2023  Q1 2023  % change  Q2 2022  % change 
Net Sales $1,066  $1,125   (5%) $1,313   (19%)
Net Income $140  $159   (12%) $182   (23%)

In Optical Communications, near-term demand for passive optical network products remains weak. Second-quarter sales were $1.07 billion, down 5% sequentially and 19% year over year, due to lower volume. Net income was $140 million, down 12% sequentially and 23% year over year; the impact of lower volume was moderated by productivity improvements.

Display Technologies

  Q2 2023  Q1 2023  % change  Q2 2022  % change 
Net Sales $928  $763   22% $878   6%
Net Income $208  $160   30% $228   (9%)

In Display Technologies, second-quarter sales were $928 million, up 22% sequentially and 6% year over year, driven by higher volume from increased panel maker utilization. Net income was $208 million, up 30% sequentially.

Specialty Materials

  Q2 2023  Q1 2023  % change  Q2 2022  % change 
Net Sales $423  $406   4% $485   (13%)
Net Income $33  $39   (15%) $91   (64%)

In Specialty Materials, second-quarter sales were $423 million, up 4% sequentially, reflecting higher Gorilla Glass sales. Sales were down 13% year over year, primarily reflecting continued end-market softness. Net income was $33 million, down 15% sequentially, impacted by continued development costs for new product launches.

Environmental Technologies

  Q2 2023  Q1 2023  % change  Q2 2022  % change 
Net Sales $457  $431   6% $356   28%
Net Income $107  $82   30% $62   73%

In Environmental Technologies, second-quarter sales were $457 million, up 6% sequentially and 28% year over year, driven by a ramp in gasoline particulate filter sales in China related to new regulations. Net income increased to $107 million, reflecting stronger sales and improved productivity.

Life Sciences

  Q2 2023  Q1 2023  % change  Q2 2022  % change 
Net Sales $231  $256   (10%) $312   (26%)
Net Income $11  $9   22% $37   (70%)

In Life Sciences, second-quarter sales were $231 million, down 10% sequentially and 26% year over year, as a result of lower demand for COVID-related products in China and customers continuing to draw down inventory. Net income increased sequentially to $11 million, driven by pricing and productivity actions.

Hemlock and Emerging Growth Businesses

  Q2 2023  Q1 2023  % change  Q2 2022  % change 
Net Sales $377  $386   (2%) $418   (10%)
Net Income $26  $16   63% $25   4%

In Hemlock and Emerging Growth Businesses, second-quarter sales were $377 million, down 2% sequentially and 10% year over year. Net income increased sequentially to $26 million due to productivity improvements.

Upcoming Investor Events
On Sept. 7, Corning will attend Citi’s 2023 Global Technology Conference. Corning will also host management visits to investor offices in select cities. Visit the company’s Investor Relations’ website for up-to-date conference information.

Second-Quarter Conference Call Information
The company will host its second-quarter conference call on Tuesday, July 25, at 8:30 a.m. EDT. To participate, individuals may preregister here prior to the start of the call. Once the required fields are completed, click “Register.” A telephone number and PIN will be auto generated and will pop up on screen. Participants will have the choice to “Dial In” or have the system “Call Me.” A confirmation email will also be sent with specific dial-in information. To listen to a live audio webcast of the call, go to the company's Investor Relations’ events page and follow the instructions.

Presentation of Information in this News Release
This news release includes non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. Corning’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of items that are driven by general economic conditions and events that do not reflect the underlying fundamentals and trends in the company’s operations. The company believes presenting non-GAAP financial measures assists in analyzing financial performance without the impact of items that may obscure trends in the company’s underlying performance. Definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures can be found on the company’s website by going to the Investor Relations page and clicking “Quarterly Results” under the “Financials and Filings” tab. These reconciliations also accompany this news release.

With respect to the outlook for future periods, it is not possible to provide reconciliations for these non-GAAP measures because management does not forecast the movement of foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar, or other items that do not reflect ongoing operations, nor does it forecast items that have not yet occurred or are out of management's control. As a result, management is unable to provide outlook information on a GAAP basis.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
The statements contained in this release and related comments by management that are not historical facts or information and contain words such as “will,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “see,” “would,” “target,” “estimate,” “forecast” or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and include estimates and assumptions related to economic, competitive and legislative developments. Such statements relate to future events that by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the company’s future operating performance, the company’s share of new and existing markets, the company's revenue and earnings growth rates, the company’s ability to innovate and commercialize new products, the company's expected capital expenditure and the company’s implementation of cost-reduction initiatives and measures to improve pricing, including the optimization of the company’s manufacturing capacity.

Although the company believes that these forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions regarding, among other things, current estimates and forecasts, general economic conditions, its knowledge of its business and key performance indicators that impact the company, there can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws.

Some of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: global economic trends, competition and geopolitical risks, or an escalation of sanctions, tariffs or other trade tensions between the U.S. and China or other countries, and related impacts on our businesses' global supply chains and strategies; changes in macroeconomic and market conditions and market volatility, including developments and volatility arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, interest rates, the value of securities and other financial assets, precious metals, oil, natural gas and other commodity prices and exchange rates (particularly between the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen, new Taiwan dollar, euro, Chinese yuan and South Korean won), the availability of government incentives, decreases or sudden increases of consumer demand, and the impact of such changes and volatility on our financial position and businesses; the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact across our businesses on demand, personnel, operations, our global supply chains and stock price; possible disruption in commercial activities or our supply chain due to terrorist activity, cyber-attack, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, international trade disputes or major health concerns; loss of intellectual property due to theft, cyber-attack, or disruption to our information technology infrastructure; ability to enforce patents and protect intellectual property and trade secrets; unanticipated disruption to Corning’s, our suppliers’ and manufacturers’ supply chain, equipment, facilities, IT systems or operations; product demand and industry capacity; competitive products and pricing; availability and costs of critical components, materials, equipment, natural resources and utilities; new product development and commercialization; order activity and demand from major customers; the amount and timing of our cash flows and earnings and other conditions, which may affect our ability to pay our quarterly dividend at the planned level or to repurchase shares at planned levels; the amount and timing of any future dividends; the effects of acquisitions, dispositions and other similar transactions; the effect of regulatory and legal developments; ability to pace capital spending to anticipated levels of customer demand; our ability to increase margins through implementation of operational changes, pricing actions and cost reduction measures; rate of technology change; adverse litigation; product and component performance issues; retention of key personnel; customer ability to maintain profitable operations and obtain financing to fund ongoing operations and manufacturing expansions and pay receivables when due; loss of significant customers; changes in tax laws, regulations and international tax standards; the impacts of audits by taxing authorities; the potential impact of legislation, government regulations, and other government action and investigations; and other risks detailed in Corning’s SEC filings.

For a complete listing of risks and other factors, please reference the risk factors and forward-looking statements described in our annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

Web Disclosure
In accordance with guidance provided by the SEC regarding the use of company websites and social media channels to disclose material information, Corning Incorporated (“Corning”) wishes to notify investors, media, and other interested parties that it uses its website ( to publish important information about the company, including information that may be deemed material to investors, or supplemental to information contained in this or other press releases. The list of websites and social media channels that the company uses may be updated on Corning’s media and website from time to time. Corning encourages investors, media, and other interested parties to review the information Corning may publish through its website and social media channels as described above, in addition to the company’s SEC filings, press releases, conference calls, and webcasts.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning ( is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-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 its customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive, solar, semiconductors, and life sciences.

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