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Ambarella Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

June 6, 2017 at 4:05 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ambarella, Inc.  (NASDAQ:AMBA), a leading developer of semiconductor processing solutions for video that enable HD video capture, analysis, sharing, and display, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2018 ended April 30, 2017.

  • Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $64.1 million, up 12.2% from $57.2 million in the same period in fiscal 2017.
  • Gross margin under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was 63.9%, compared with 64.2% for the same period in fiscal 2017.
  • GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $2.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted ordinary share, compared with GAAP net income of $1.8 million, or $0.05 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2017.

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

  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was 64.3%, compared with 64.6% for the same period in fiscal 2017.
  • Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $13.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $11.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2017.

Total of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities on hand at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 was $420.2 million, compared with $323.8 million at the end of the same quarter a year ago. 

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 first quarter of fiscal year 2018 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.

Based on information available as of today, Ambarella is offering the following guidance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, ending July 31, 2017:

  • Revenue is expected to be between $69.0 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 $26.0 million and $27.5 million

"Q1 revenue of $64.1 million reflects our continued push to diversify our markets and customers with strong growth in the quarter coming from IP security cameras, including both professional and home monitoring markets, and continued growth in other cameras markets including wearable and automotive cameras," said Fermi Wang, President and CEO of Ambarella. "While our current markets continue to expand, we believe the combination of video with computer vision technology will be the real driver of new opportunities in both our current markets as well as emerging markets such as OEM automotive and robotics. We feel our investment in the development of a family of computer vision SoCs in support of our customers' advanced video cameras will be the foundation for the future expansion of our business."  

Stock Repurchase

Ambarella's Board of Directors previously authorized the repurchase of up to an aggregate of $75 million of the company's ordinary shares through June 30, 2017.  In the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, the company repurchased a total of 162,738 shares for total consideration of approximately $8.77 millionAmbarella has repurchased a total of 567,827 shares from inception of the program for total cash consideration of approximately $29.0 million.  While the previously authorized program will continue through June 30th, Ambarella's Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $50 million of its ordinary shares over a twelve-month period commencing July 1, 2017.  Repurchases 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.

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 first quarter of 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 webcast of the call will be available on Ambarella's website at and an archive will be available 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. For more information about Ambarella, please visit

"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 second quarter of fiscal year 2018, ending July 31, 2017, and the comments of our CEO relating to growth of the company's current and emerging markets, future growth drivers, and investment in computer vision technology.  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; our ability to retain and expand customer relationships and to achieve design wins; 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; 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 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 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 first quarter ended April 30, 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 first quarter of fiscal year 2018, 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 second 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.

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended April 30,
  2017 2016
Revenue $64,135 $57,157 
Cost of revenue  23,172  20,450 
Gross profit  40,963  36,707 
Operating expenses:    
Research and development  26,602  24,466 
Selling, general and administrative  11,744  10,893 
Total operating expenses  38,346  35,359 
Income from operations  2,617  1,348 
Other income  153  27 
Income before income taxes  2,770  1,375 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes  206  (408)
Net income $2,564 $1,783 
Net income per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:    
Basic $0.08 $0.05 
Diluted $0.07 $0.05 
Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per share    
attributable to ordinary shareholders:    
Basic  33,253,817  32,428,047 
Diluted   34,685,081  33,950,736 

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 April 30,
  2017 2016
  (unaudited, in thousands)
Stock-based compensation:    
Cost of revenue $303 $245
Research and development  7,977  6,719
Selling, general and administrative  4,692  4,337
Total stock-based compensation $12,972 $11,301

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended April 30,
GAAP net income $2,564  $1,783 
Non-GAAP adjustments:    
Stock-based compensation expense   12,972   11,301 
Income tax effect  (2,136)  (1,645)
Non-GAAP net income $13,400  $11,439 
GAAP - diluted weighted average shares  34,685,081   33,950,736 
Non-GAAP - diluted weighted average shares  34,685,081   33,950,736 
GAAP - diluted net income per share $0.07  $0.05 
Non-GAAP adjustments:    
Stock-based compensation expense  0.38   0.34 
Income tax effect  (0.06)  (0.05)
Non-GAAP - diluted net income per share $0.39  $0.34 

The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.4% and 0.4%, or $303,000 and $245,000 for the three months ended April 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The difference was due to the effect of stock-based compensation. 

(unaudited, in thousands)
  April 30, January 31,
  2017 2017
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $335,182  $322,872 
Marketable securities  84,986   82,522 
Accounts receivable, net  22,871   38,596 
Inventories  19,066   20,145 
Restricted cash  9   8 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  3,304   4,392 
Total current assets  465,418   468,535 
Property and equipment, net  5,241   4,988 
Deferred tax assets, non-current  6,028   5,774 
Intangible assets, net  13,613   4,149 
Goodwill  26,601   26,601 
Other non-current assets  2,168   2,224 
Total assets $519,069  $512,271 
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable  18,699   19,955 
Accrued and other current liabilities  20,929   26,448 
Income taxes payable  555   568 
Deferred revenue  5,555   7,425 
Total current liabilities  45,738   54,396 
Other long-term liabilities  9,002   3,241 
Total liabilities  54,740   57,637 
Shareholders' equity:    
Preference shares      
Ordinary shares  15   15 
Additional paid-in capital  219,425   212,276 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (88)  (70)
Retained earnings  244,977   242,413 
Total shareholders' equity  464,329   454,634 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $519,069  $512,271 

Deborah Stapleton


Source: Ambarella

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