Dec 1, 2016

Ambarella, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

Company Reports First $100 million Quarter

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 01, 2016 (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 2017 ended October 31, 2016.

Financial results on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 are as follows:

Based on information available as of today, Ambarella is offering the following guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, ending January 31, 2017:

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 of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities on hand at the end of the third fiscal quarter of 2017 was $372.1 million, compared with $276.7 million at the end of the same quarter a year ago. 

Stock Repurchase

Ambarella's Board of Directors has authorized an extension of the duration of the current share repurchase plan initially authorized in June 2016, to allow the repurchase of up to an aggregate of $75 million of the company's ordinary shares through June 30, 2017.  As of December 1, 2016, Ambarella has repurchased a total of 405,089 shares for total cash consideration of $20.2 millionNo repurchases were made under the program in the third fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2016.  Repurchases under the program may be made from time-to-time through open market purchases or through privately negotiated transactions subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other relevant factors.  The repurchase program does not obligate the company to acquire any particular amount of ordinary shares, and it may be suspended at any time at the company's discretion.  The repurchase program will be funded using Ambarella's working capital.  

"We are very proud to have achieved more than $100 million in revenue in the quarter, a new milestone," said Fermi Wang, CEO of Ambarella.  "We saw continued revenue growth in IP security, home monitoring and the automotive camera markets, as well as a ramp in revenue from action sports cameras for the holiday season. We were also pleased to enable the introduction of a new generation of products, offering 4Kp60 video performance for the first time," 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 2017 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 for up to 30 days after the call.

About Ambarella

Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: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, flying cameras and automotive video camera recorders. Ambarella compression chips are also used in broadcasting TV programs worldwide. Ambarella is the recipient of the Global Semiconductor Alliance 2015 awards for "Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company" and "Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company," with annual sales of between $100M and $500M.

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"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 2017, ending January 31, 2017, and the comments of our CEO relating to growth of the company's markets, product ramps for the holiday season, and the ability of the company's new products to generate design wins and revenue.  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 retain and expand customer relationships and to achieve design wins; the expansion of our current markets and our ability to successfully enter new markets; 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 2016 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 or the SEC's web site at  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 2017 ended October 31, 2016 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 2017, the company has provided below reconciliations between 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 2017, a reconciliation of non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses and non-GAAP effective tax rate 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.

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
   2016   2015   2016   2015 
Revenue $  100,490  $  93,200  $  222,789  $  248,406  
Cost of revenue    34,167     31,938     76,289     86,378 
Gross profit    66,323     61,262     146,500     162,028 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development    25,967     22,062     74,076     59,485 
Selling, general and administrative    10,686     8,873     32,144     26,970 
Total operating expenses     36,653     30,935     106,220     86,455 
Income from operations    29,670     30,327     40,280     75,573 
Other income    132     169     330     323 
Income before income taxes    29,802     30,496     40,610     75,896 
Provision for income taxes    757     1,035     1,150     4,484  
Net income $  29,045  $  29,461  $  39,460  $  71,412 
Net income per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:        
Basic   $  0.89  $  0.93  $  1.21  $  2.27 
Diluted  $  0.84  $  0.87  $  1.15  $  2.12 
Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per share        
attributable to ordinary shareholders:        
Basic     32,670,784     31,815,588     32,552,077     31,476,668 
Diluted     34,599,992     33,899,202      34,242,065     33,758,541 

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, 
  2016   2015   2016   2015  
 (unaudited, in thousands) 
Stock-based compensation:        
Cost of revenue$  282  $  157  $  773   $  408  
Research and development   7,804     5,201     21,396     11,966  
Selling, general and administrative   4,621     2,587      13,305     7,174  
Total stock-based compensation$  12,707  $  7,945  $  35,474  $  19,548  

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
GAAP net income$  29,045  $  29,461  $  39,460  $  71,412 
Non-GAAP adjustments:       
Stock-based compensation expense   12,707     7,945     35,474     19,548 
Acquisition cost      1,229 
Income tax effect   (3,312)    (771)    (6,550)    (2,197)
Non-GAAP net income$  38,440  $  36,635  $  68,384  $  89,992 
GAAP - diluted weighted average shares   34,599,992     33,899,202     34,242,065     33,758,541 
Non-GAAP - diluted weighted average shares   34,599,992     33,899,202      34,242,065     33,758,541 
GAAP - diluted net income per share$  0.84  $  0.87  $  1.15  $  2.12 
Non-GAAP adjustments:       
Stock-based compensation expense   0.37     0.23     1.04     0.58 
Acquisition cost      0.04 
Income tax effect   (0.10)    (0.02)    (0.19)    (0.07)
Non-GAAP - diluted net income per share$  1.11  $  1.08  $  2.00  $  2.67 

The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.3% and 0.2%, or $282,000 and $157,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.3% and 0.2%, or $773,000 and $408,000 for the nine months ended October 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The difference was due to the effect of stock-based compensation. 

(unaudited, in thousands) 
 October 31, January 31,  
  2016   2016   
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$  313,455  $  268,056   
Marketable securities   58,645     39,837   
Accounts receivable, net   41,394     39,408    
Inventories   23,340     18,167   
Restricted cash   8     7   
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   4,762     4,170   
Total current assets   441,604     369,645   
Property and equipment, net   4,291     3,448   
Deferred tax assets, non-current   6,024     4,626    
Intangible assets, net   4,162     4,178   
Goodwill   26,601     26,601   
Other non-current assets   2,162     2,117   
Total assets$  484,844  $  410,615   
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable   28,364     14,175   
Accrued liabilities   23,332     23,778   
Income taxes payable   1,359     787   
Deferred revenue   6,885     10,077   
Total current liabilities   59,940     48,817   
Other long-term liabilities   2,291     12,342   
Total liabilities   62,231     61,159    
Shareholders' equity:     
Preference shares   
Ordinary shares   15     15   
Additional paid-in capital   198,554     176,306   
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (18)    (7)  
Retained earnings   224,062     173,142   
Total shareholders' equity   422,613     349,456    
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$  484,844  $  410,615   



Deborah Stapleton


Source: Ambarella

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