Corning Expects Second-Quarter Core Sales to Exceed Guidance, with Core EPS at the High End of or Slightly Above Guided Range

July 8, 2024

Management now expects Q2 core sales of approximately $3.6 billion, compared with guidance of $3.4 billion, and a return to year-over-year core sales and core EPS growth

Outperformance primarily driven by strong adoption of new optical connectivity products for Generative AI

‘Springboard’ framework is expected to add more than $3 billion in annualized sales and strong incremental profit in the next three years, as cyclical factors and secular trends combine

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today provided an update on expectations for its second-quarter 2024 results. The company now expects core sales of approximately $3.6 billion, compared with previous guidance of approximately $3.4 billion, with core EPS at the high end of or slightly above management’s guided range of $0.42 to $0.46.

Wendell Weeks, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We expect second-quarter core sales to exceed our previous guidance and mark a return to year-over-year growth. The outperformance was primarily driven by the strong adoption of our new optical connectivity products for Generative AI. These results reinforce our confidence in ‘Springboard’ – Corning’s plan to add more than $3 billion in annualized sales in the next three years as cyclical factors and secular trends combine.”

Three Core Components of “Springboard” Framework :

  • Management believes that first-quarter 2024 will be the lowest quarter for the year.
  • The company expects to grow by more than $3 billion in annualized sales in the next three years, driven by a combination of cyclical factors and secular trends. The outlook in each of the company’s markets is positive, and its market positions are strong. Innovative products and deep customer relationships position Corning well to capitalize on these opportunities.
  • As Corning captures this growth, management expects to deliver powerful incremental profit and cash flow. The company already has the required production capacity and technical capabilities in place, and the cost and capital are already reflected in its financials.

Weeks continued, “We’re off to a great start with our ‘Springboard’ plan. We’ve positioned the company to capture significant growth with powerful incremental profit and cash flow. Because of our confidence in Springboard, we began buying back our shares in the second quarter. We’re energized by the tremendous opportunity for value creation we’ve built for our shareholders.”

Corning will report second-quarter 2024 results and provide more detail on management’s outlook on July 30, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

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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.

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About Corning Incorporated

Corning (www.corning.com) 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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