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 fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 ended January 31, 2017.

  • Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $87.5 million, up 28.8% from $68.0 million in the same period in fiscal 2016. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017, revenue was $310.3 million, down 1.9% from $316.4 million for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016.
  • Gross margin under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was 66.9%, compared with 63.7% for the same period in fiscal 2016. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017, GAAP gross margin was 66.1%, compared with 64.9% for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016.
  • GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $18.4 million, or $0.53 per diluted ordinary share, compared with GAAP net income of $5.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2016. GAAP net income for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017 was $57.8 million, or $1.68 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with GAAP net income of $76.5 million, or $2.27 per diluted ordinary share, for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016.

Financial results on a non-GAAP basis for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 are as follows:

  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was 67.2%, compared with 64.1% for the same period in fiscal 2016. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017, non-GAAP gross margin was 66.4%, compared with 65.1% for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016.
  • Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $32.0 million, or $0.92 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $21.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2016. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017 was $100.4 million, or $2.92 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $111.6 million, or $3.31 per diluted ordinary share, for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016.

Based on information available as of today, Ambarella is offering the following guidance for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, ending April 30, 2017:

  • Revenue is expected to be between $62.5 million and $64.5 million
  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis is expected to be between 63.0% and 64.5%
  • Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis are expected to be between $26.0 million and $27.5 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 fourth fiscal quarter and 2017 fiscal year 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 fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 was $405.4 million, compared with $307.9 million at the end of the same quarter a year ago. 

Stock Repurchase

Ambarella’s Board of Directors has approved share repurchase plan authorizing the repurchase of up to an aggregate of $75 million of the company’s ordinary shares through June 30, 2017.  As of February 27, 2017, Ambarella has repurchased a total of 405,089 shares under the program for total cash consideration of $20.2 million.  No repurchases were made under the program in the fourth fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2017.  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.  

“During the year we continued to make progress in diversifying our markets and customer base and enjoyed significant revenue growth from home monitoring and drone markets, as well as building customer momentum in new OEM automotive applications. We entered mass production with our first 14nm SoCs, continued to raise the performance bar with the launch of our 4Kp60 Ultra HD SoCs and introduced our first automotive qualified solutions,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “Looking forward, we will continue to invest in computer vision technology, automotive solutions, and advanced 10nm process nodes, as we believe these efforts will provide significant additional opportunities for success in the future.”

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 fourth quarter and 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 https://www.ambarella.com/ 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.

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 first quarter of fiscal year 2018, ending April 30, 2017, and the comments of our CEO relating to the company’s markets, product ramps, customer momentum and anticipated investment in computer vision technology, automotive solutions and advanced 10nm process nodes.  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 2016 fiscal year and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2016, which are 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 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 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 fourth 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 first 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.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
                 
    Three Months Ended January 31,   Twelve Months Ended January 31,
      2017     2016     2017     2016
         
Revenue   $ 87,508   $ 67,967   $ 310,297   $ 316,373
                 
Cost of revenue     28,994     24,651     105,283     111,029
Gross profit     58,514     43,316     205,014     205,344
                 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     27,129     23,442     101,205     82,927
Selling, general and administrative     11,302     10,768     43,446     37,738
                 
Total operating expenses     38,431     34,210     144,651     120,665
                 
Income from operations     20,083     9,106     60,363     84,679
                 
Other income     188     207     518     530
                 
Income before income taxes     20,271     9,313     60,881     85,209
                 
Provision for income taxes     1,921     4,217     3,071     8,701
                 
Net income   $ 18,350   $ 5,096   $ 57,810   $ 76,508
                 
Net income per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:                
Basic   $ 0.56   $ 0.16   $ 1.77   $ 2.42
Diluted   $ 0.53   $ 0.15   $ 1.68   $ 2.27
Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per share              
attributable to ordinary shareholders:                
Basic     33,028,656     32,105,797     32,671,221     31,633,936
Diluted     34,584,700     33,747,273     34,327,724     33,755,709
                         

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

 

  Three Months Ended January 31,   Twelve Months Ended January 31,
    2017     2016     2017     2016
  (unaudited, in thousands)
Stock-based compensation:              
Cost of revenue $ 305   $ 249   $ 1,078   $ 657
Research and development   8,333     7,116     29,729     19,082
Selling, general and administrative   4,720     4,181     18,025     11,355
               
Total stock-based compensation $ 13,358   $ 11,546   $ 48,832   $ 31,094

 

 

AMBARELLA, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
  Three Months Ended January 31,   Twelve Months Ended January 31,
    2017     2016       2017       2016  
  (unaudited)
GAAP net income $ 18,350   $ 5,096     $ 57,810     $ 76,508  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation expense   13,358     11,546       48,832       31,094  
Valuation allowance on deferred tax assets       6,090             6,090  
Acquisition cost                   1,229  
Income tax effect   277     (1,132 )     (6,273 )     (3,328 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 31,985   $ 21,600     $ 100,369     $ 111,593  
               
GAAP – diluted weighted average shares   34,584,700     33,747,273       34,327,724       33,755,709  
Non-GAAP – diluted
weighted average shares
  34,584,700     33,747,273       34,327,724       33,755,709  
               
GAAP – diluted net income per
share
$ 0.53   $ 0.15     $ 1.68     $ 2.27  
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation
expense
  0.39     0.34       1.42       0.92  
Valuation allowance on deferred tax assets       0.18             0.18  
Acquisition cost                   0.04  
Income tax effect       (0.03 )     (0.18 )     (0.10 )
Non-GAAP – diluted net income per share $ 0.92   $ 0.64     $ 2.92     $ 3.31  
                             

The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.3% and 0.4%, or $305,000 and $249,000 for the three months ended January 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.3% and 0.2%, or $1,078,000 and
$657,000 for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The difference was due to the effect of stock-based compensation.

 

AMBARELLA, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
         
  January 31,   January 31,  
    2017       2016    
         
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $ 322,872     $ 268,056    
Marketable securities   82,522       39,837    
Accounts receivable, net   38,596       39,408    
Inventories   20,145       18,167    
Restricted cash   8       7    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   4,392       4,170    
Total current assets   468,535       369,645    
         
Property and equipment, net   4,988       3,448    
Deferred tax assets, non-current   5,774       4,626    
Intangible assets, net   4,149       4,178    
Goodwill   26,601       26,601    
Other non-current assets   2,224       2,117    
         
Total assets $ 512,271     $ 410,615    
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   19,955       14,175    
Accrued liabilities   26,448       23,778    
Income taxes payable   568       787    
Deferred revenue, current   7,425       10,077    
Total current liabilities   54,396       48,817    
         
Other long-term liabilities   3,241       12,342    
         
Total liabilities   57,637       61,159    
         
Shareholders’ equity:        
Preference shares            
Ordinary shares   15       15    
Additional paid-in capital   212,276       176,306    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (70 )     (7 )  
Retained earnings   242,413       173,142    
Total shareholders’ equity   454,634       349,456    
         
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 512,271     $ 410,615    

 

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Source: Ambarella

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