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Ambarella, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBA), a leading developer of low-power, HD and Ultra HD video compression and image processing semiconductors, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2018 ended October 31, 2017.

  • Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $89.1 million, down 11.4% from $100.5 million in the same period in fiscal 2017. For the nine months ended October 31, 2017, revenue was $224.8 million, up 0.9% from $222.8 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2016.
  • Gross margin under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was 63.6%, compared with 66.0% for the same period in fiscal 2017. For the nine months ended October 31, 2017, GAAP gross margin was 63.3%, compared with 65.8% for the nine months ended October 31, 2016.
  • GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $11.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted ordinary share, compared with GAAP net income of $29.0 million, or $0.84 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2017. GAAP net income for the nine months ended October 31, 2017 was $17.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with GAAP net income of $39.5 million, or $1.15 per diluted ordinary share, for the nine months ended October 31, 2016.

Financial results on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 are as follows:

  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was 64.0%, compared with 66.3% for the same period in fiscal 2017. For the nine months ended October 31, 2017, non-GAAP gross margin was 63.8%, compared with 66.1% for the nine months ended October 31, 2016.
  • Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $25.7 million, or $0.75 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $38.4 million, or $1.11 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended October 31, 2017 was $55.6 million, or $1.61 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $68.4 million, or $2.00 per diluted ordinary share, for the nine months ended October 31, 2016.

Based on information available as of today, Ambarella is offering the following guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, ending January 31, 2018:

  • Revenue is expected to be between $68.0 million and $72.0 million
  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis is expected to be between 62.0% and 63.5%
  • Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis are expected to be between $28.5 million and $30.0 million

Ambarella reports gross margin, net income and earnings per share in accordance with GAAP and, additionally, on a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP financial information for the third fiscal quarter excludes the impact of stock-based compensation adjusted for the associated tax impact which includes the effect of any benefits or shortfalls recognized. A reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP gross margin, net income and earnings per share numbers for the periods presented, as well as a description of the items excluded from the non-GAAP calculations, is included in the financial statements portion of this press release.

Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities on hand at the end of the third fiscal quarter of 2018 was $414.0 million, compared with $372.1 million at the end of the same quarter a year ago. 

Stock Repurchase 

In the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, the company repurchased a total of 269,540 shares for total consideration of approximately $12.8 million. Under the current $50 million repurchase program that was announced in June 2017 and commenced on July 1st, the company repurchased a total of 313,959 ordinary shares for total cash consideration of approximately $15.0 million. As of October 31, 2017, there was approximately $35.0 million available for repurchases under the repurchase program through June 30, 2018.

“During the quarter, we continued our solid execution in support of the development and delivery of our next generation of computer vision solutions. We met our aggressive goal of demonstrating our CV1 performance to customers and commenced sampling in the security and automotive markets,” said Fermi Wang, CEO of Ambarella.  “We continue to invest in leading edge technology to expand our market opportunities, both in current markets, and in a broad range of new automotive applications,” he said.

Quarterly Conference Call

Ambarella plans to hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today with Fermi Wang, chief executive officer, and George Laplante, chief financial officer, to discuss the third quarter fiscal year 2018 results. The call can be accessed by dialing (877) 304-8963 in the USA; international callers should dial (760) 666-4834, Participant passcode is “Ambarella.” Please dial in ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on Ambarella’s website at http://www.ambarella.com/ for up to 30 days after the call.

About Ambarella

Ambarella, Inc. (AMBA) is a leading developer of low-power, high-definition (HD) and Ultra HD video compression and image processing solutions. The company’s products are used in a variety of HD cameras including security IP-cameras, sports cameras, wearable cameras, drone cameras and automotive video processing solutions. Ambarella is currently combining advanced computer vision technology with its state-of-the-art video to enable the next generation of intelligent cameras, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. For more information about Ambarella, please visit www.ambarella.com.

"Safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts and often can be identified by terms such as “outlook,” “projected,” “intends,” “will,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “believes,” “could,” or similar expressions, including the guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 ending January 31, 2018, and the comments of our CEO relating to the company’s markets, ability of the company to expand its opportunities, and the ability of the company to develop and commercialize new technologies, including computer vision functionality.  The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of our future performance.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to, risks associated with revenue being generated from new customers or design wins, neither of which is assured; the commercial success of our customers’ products; our growth strategy; our ability to anticipate future market demands and future needs of our customers; our ability to introduce new and enhanced solutions; our ability to develop, and to generate revenue from, new advanced technologies, such as computer vision functionality; our ability to retain and expand customer relationships and to achieve design wins; the expansion of our current markets and our ability to successfully enter new markets, such as the OEM automotive market; anticipated trends and challenges, including competition, in the markets in which we operate; our ability to effectively manage growth; our ability to retain key employees; and the potential for intellectual property disputes or other litigation.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results is included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our 2017 fiscal year, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information will also be set forth in the company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K and other filings the company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the Investor Relations portion of our web site at www.ambarella.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. The results we report in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 ended October 31, 2017 could differ from the preliminary results announced in this press release.

Ambarella assumes no obligation and does not intend to update the forward-looking statements made in this press release, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company has provided in this release non-GAAP financial information including non-GAAP gross margin, net income, and earnings per share, as a supplement to the condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing the company’s financial results to assess operational performance and liquidity. The company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Further, the company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics that the company uses in making operating decisions and because the company believes that investors and analysts use them to help assess the health of its business and for comparison to other companies. Non-GAAP results are presented for supplemental informational purposes only for understanding the company’s operating results. The non-GAAP information should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

With respect to its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, the company has provided below reconciliations of its non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.  With respect to the company’s expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, a reconciliation of non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating expenses  guidance to the closest corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures.  We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

 
AMBARELLA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
                 
    Three Months Ended October 31,   Nine Months Ended October 31,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
         
Revenue   $   89,062   $   100,490   $   224,827   $   222,789
                 
Cost of revenue       32,448       34,167       82,445       76,289
Gross profit       56,614       66,323       142,382       146,500
                 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development       29,796       25,967       83,936       74,076
Selling, general and administrative       11,700       10,686       35,406       32,144
                 
Total operating expenses        41,496       36,653       119,342       106,220
                 
Income from operations       15,118       29,670       23,040       40,280
                 
Other income       319       132       696       330
                 
Income before income taxes       15,437       29,802       23,736       40,610
                 
Provision for income taxes       3,713       757       6,145       1,150
                 
Net income   $   11,724   $   29,045   $   17,591   $   39,460
                 
Net income per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:                
Basic    $   0.35   $   0.89   $   0.53   $   1.21
Diluted    $   0.34   $   0.84   $   0.51   $   1.15
Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per share               
attributable to ordinary shareholders:                
Basic        33,128,761       32,670,784       33,203,432       32,552,077
Diluted        34,358,893       34,599,992       34,538,968       34,242,065
                 

 

 

The following table presents details of stock-based compensation expense included in each functional line item in the condensed consolidated statements of operations above:

                 
  Three Months Ended October 31,   Nine Months Ended October 31,  
  2017   2016   2017   2016  
  (unaudited, in thousands)  
Stock-based compensation:                
Cost of revenue $   343   $   282   $   978   $   773  
Research and development     8,906       7,804       25,532       21,396  
Selling, general and administrative     5,419       4,621       15,565       13,305  
                 
Total stock-based compensation $   14,668   $   12,707   $   42,075   $   35,474  
                 

 

 
AMBARELLA, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
  Three Months Ended October 31,   Nine Months Ended October 31,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
  (unaudited)
GAAP net income $   11,724     $   29,045     $   17,591     $   39,460  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation expense     14,668         12,707         42,075         35,474  
Income tax effect     (686 )       (3,312 )       (4,043 )       (6,550 )
Non-GAAP net income $   25,706     $   38,440     $   55,623     $   68,384  
               
GAAP - diluted weighted average shares     34,358,893         34,599,992         34,538,968         34,242,065  
Non-GAAP - diluted weighted average shares     34,358,893         34,599,992         34,538,968         34,242,065  
               
GAAP - diluted net income per share $   0.34     $   0.84     $   0.51     $   1.15  
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation expense     0.43         0.37         1.22         1.04  
Income tax effect     (0.02 )       (0.10 )       (0.12 )       (0.19 )
Non-GAAP - diluted net income per share $   0.75     $   1.11     $   1.61     $   2.00  
               


The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.4% and 0.3%, or $343,000 and $282,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.5% and 0.3%, or $978,000 and $773,000 for the nine months ended October 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The difference was due to the effect of stock-based compensation.

 
AMBARELLA, INC. 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
         
  October 31,   January 31,  
  2017   2017  
         
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $   320,933     $   322,872    
Marketable securities     93,085         82,522    
Accounts receivable, net     47,197         38,596    
Inventories     21,097         20,145    
Restricted cash     9         8    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     4,008         4,392    
Total current assets     486,329         468,535    
         
Property and equipment, net     5,666         4,988    
Deferred tax assets, non-current     6,536         5,774    
Intangible assets, net     15,241         4,149    
Goodwill     26,601         26,601    
Other non-current assets     2,214         2,224    
         
Total assets $   542,587     $   512,271    
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable     26,208         19,955    
Accrued and other current liabilities     26,578         26,448    
Income taxes payable     2,447         568    
Deferred revenue     5,219         7,425    
Total current liabilities     60,452         54,396    
         
Other long-term liabilities     13,071         3,241    
         
Total liabilities     73,523         57,637    
         
Shareholders' equity:        
Preference shares            
Ordinary shares     15         15    
Additional paid-in capital     209,161         212,276    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (116 )       (70 )  
Retained earnings     260,004         242,413    
Total shareholders’ equity     469,064         454,634    
         
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $   542,587     $   512,271    
         


Contact:

Deborah Stapleton
650.815.1239
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Source: Ambarella