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January 29, 2016
 

Silicon Motion Announces Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2015

 

Financial Highlights

  • Net sales increased 3% quarter-over-quarter to US$98.0 million from US$95.4 million in 3Q15
  • Gross margin (non-GAAP1) decreased to 50.1% from 51.6% in 3Q15
  • Operating expenses (non-GAAP) decreased to US$25.3 million from US$25.8 million in 3Q15
  • Operating margin (non-GAAP) decreased to 24.4% from 24.5% in 3Q15
  • Diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) decreased to US$0.55 from US$0.57 in 3Q15

Business Highlights

  • Highest quarterly and full-year revenue in our corporate history
  • Client SSD controller sales increased nearly 20% sequentially and accounted for almost 25% of total revenue
  • Began initial shipments of our client SSD controller to our third NAND flash partner
  • Introduced the world’s first turnkey SATA3 SSD controller solution specifically designed to support 3D NAND
  • Sales of our Shannon enterprise-grade PCIe SSDs nearly doubled in the quarter led by growing shipments to leading e-commerce companies in China

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) (“Silicon Motion” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.  For the fourth quarter, net sales increased sequentially to $98.0 million from $95.4 million in the third quarter. Net income (non-GAAP) decreased to $19.7 million or $0.55 per diluted ADS from a net income (non-GAAP) of $20.0 million or $0.57 per diluted ADS in the third quarter.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter increased to $13.4 million or $0.38 per diluted ADS from a GAAP net income of $13.2 million or $0.38 per diluted ADS in the third quarter.

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Non-GAAP measures represent GAAP measures excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles assets, foreign exchange gain (loss), and other non-recurring items.  For reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results and further discussion, see accompanying financial tables and the note “Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this press release.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Review

“Our fourth quarter sales grew by 3% sequentially to achieve record quarterly sales and record full-year results,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion.  “Our client SSD controller sales in the fourth quarter grew by nearly 20% and according to recently released market research data, we are now the world’s largest merchant supplier of SSD controllers.  Sales of our Shannon enterprise SSDs nearly doubled in the quarter and together with stable demand for our eMMC controllers, our overall Embedded Storage sales increased to account for two-thirds of our total revenue.”

Sales

(in millions, except percentages) 4Q 2015 3Q 2015 4Q 2014
  Sales Mix Sales Mix Sales Mix
Mobile Storage* $ 87.5     89 % $ 80.9     85 % $ 65.5     81 %
Sequential growth   8 %     14 %     -9 %  
Mobile Communications** $ 8.8     9 % $ 12.5     13 % $ 13.3     16 %
Others $ 1.7     2 % $ 2.0     2 % $ 1.8     2 %
Total Revenue $ 98.0     100 % $ 95.4     100 % $ 80.5     100 %
Sequential growth   3 %     9 %     -7 %  
                         

* Mobile Storage products include Embedded Storage products (eMMC and SSD controllers and Ferri and Shannon storage solutions) and Expandable Storage products (SD and USB flash drive controllers).   

** Mobile Communications products include LTE transceivers and mobile TV ICs.

Key Financial Results

(in millions, except percentages and per ADS amounts) Non-GAAP GAAP
  4Q 2015 3Q 2015 4Q 2014 4Q 2015 3Q 2015 4Q 2014
Revenue $ 98.0   $ 95.4   $ 80.5   $ 98.0   $ 95.4   $ 80.5  
Sequential growth   3 %   9 %   -7 %   3 %   9 %   -7 %
Gross profit $ 49.1   $ 49.2   $ 42.3   $ 49.0   $ 49.1   $ 42.2  
Percent of revenue   50.1 %   51.6 %   52.5 %   50.0 %   51.5 %   52.4 %
Operating expenses $ 25.3   $ 25.8   $ 21.4   $ 31.0   $ 29.7   $ 25.4  
Operating income $ 23.9   $ 23.4   $ 20.9   $ 18.1   $ 19.4   $ 16.8  
Percent of revenue   24.4 %   24.5 %   26.0 %   18.4 %   20.4 %   20.9 %
Earnings per ADS (diluted) $ 0.55   $ 0.57   $ 0.53   $ 0.38   $ 0.38   $ 0.35  
                                     

Other Financial Information

(in millions) 4Q 2015 3Q 2015 4Q 2014
Cash and cash equivalents, and short-term investments $ 185.2   $ 183.7   $
194.9
 
Capital Expenditures $ 14.4   $ 4.6   $ 1.9  
Dividend payments $ 5.2   $ 5.2   $ 5.1  
                   

During the fourth quarter, we had $14.4 million of capital expenditures, with $12.0 million spent on the purchase of additional operating facilities and $2.2 million for the routine purchase of software and design tools. We paid $4.6 million for previously deferred Shannon acquisition payments.

Our fourth quarter cash flows were as follows:

3 months ended December 31, 2015  
  (In $ millions)  
Net income    13.4    
Depreciation & amortization   2.7    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   3.8    
Others   1.2    
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   21.1    
Acquisition of property and equipment   (14.4 )  
Acquisition of Shannon    (4.6 )  
Others   0.1    
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (18.9 )  
Dividend   (5.2 )  
Others   -    
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (5.2 )  
Effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on cash   0.5    
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (2.5 )  
 

Returning Value to Shareholders

On October 23, 2015 the Board of Directors of the Company declared a $0.15 per ADS quarterly dividend.  On November 20, we recorded $5.2 million as dividend payments to our shareholders.

Business Outlook

“We expect to continue strong growth in 2016 led again by our Embedded Storage products, specifically client SSD controllers, eMMC controllers and enterprise SSDs,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. “We are upbeat about our first quarter as we expect our Embedded Storage sales growth to largely offset anticipated Expandable Storage seasonal weakness.”

For the first quarter of 2016, management expects:

  • Revenue to decrease 2.5% to increase 2.5% sequentially
  • Gross margin (non-GAAP) to be in the 49% to 51% range
  • Operating margin (non-GAAP) to be in the 23% to 24% range

For the full-year 2016, management expects:

  • Revenue to increase 12% to 20% as compared to full-year 2015
  • Gross margin (non-GAAP) to be in the 49% to 51% range
  • Operating margin (non-GAAP) to be in the 23% to 25% range

Conference Call & Webcast:

The Company’s management team will conduct a conference call at 8:00 am Eastern Time on January 29, 2016. 

Speakers
Wallace Kou, President & CEO
Riyadh Lai, CFO
Jason Tsai, Senior Director of Investor Relations and Strategy

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A webcast of the call will be available on the Company's website at www.siliconmotion.com

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s unaudited selected financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation and other items, including non-GAAP cost of sales, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP earnings per diluted ADS. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative to GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.  The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measure.  We compensate for the limitations of our non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of our performance.

Our non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of our current financial performance and our prospects for the future. Specifically, we believe the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results and because it is consistent with the financial models and estimates published by many analysts who follow the Company.  We use non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of our business, for comparison with our forecasts, and for benchmarking our performance externally against our competitors.  Also, when evaluating potential acquisitions, we exclude the items described below from our consideration of the target’s performance and valuation.  Since we find these measures to be useful, we believe that our investors benefit from seeing the results from management’s perspective in addition to seeing our GAAP results.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

  • the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s on-going operating results;
  • the ability to better identify trends in the Company’s underlying business and perform related trend analysis;
  • a better understanding of how management plans and measures the Company’s underlying business; and
  • an easier way to compare the Company’s operating results against analyst financial models and operating results of our competitors that supplement their GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures.

The following are explanations of each of the adjustments that we incorporate into our non-GAAP measures, as well as the reasons for excluding each of these individual items in our reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense consists of non-cash charges related to the fair value of stock options and restricted stock units awarded to employees. The Company believes that the exclusion of these non-cash charges provides for more accurate comparisons of our operating results to our peer companies due to the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types. In addition, the Company believes it is useful to investors to understand the specific impact of share-based compensation on its operating results.

Foreign exchange gains and losses consist of translation gains and/or losses of non-US$ denominated current assets and current liabilities, as well as certain other balance sheet items which result from the appreciation or depreciation of non-US$ currencies against the US$. We do not use financial instruments to manage the impact on our operations from changes in foreign exchange rates, and because our operations are subject to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, we therefore exclude foreign exchange gains and losses when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.

Amortization of intangibles assets consists of non-cash charges that can be impacted by the timing and magnitude of our acquisitions.  The Company considers its operating results without these charges when evaluating its ongoing performance and forecasting its earnings trends, and therefore excludes such charges when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.  The Company believes that the assessment of its operations excluding these costs is relevant to its assessment of internal operations and comparisons to the performance of its competitors.

Other non-recurring items:

  • Litigation expenses consist of legal expenses relating to intellectual property disputes, commercial claims and other types of litigation. While litigation may arise in the ordinary course of our business, we nevertheless consider litigation to be an unusual, non-recurring and unplanned activity and therefore exclude this charge when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.
  • Acquisition costs consist of direct costs of acquisitions, such as transaction fees, which vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition. The Company does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle, so we have excluded the effect of these costs in calculating our non-GAAP operating expenses and net income.
 
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended
  Dec. 31, 
2014
Sep. 30, 
2015
Dec. 31, 
2015
 ($)  ($)  ($)
Net Sales   80,503     95,397     98,041  
Cost of sales   38,306     46,285     49,028  
Gross profit   42,197     49,112     49,013  
Operating expenses      
Research & development   17,528     19,628     19,281  
Sales & marketing   4,434     5,545     6,136  
General & administrative   3,410     3,994     5,008  
Amortization of  intangibles assets   -     526     526  
Operating income   16,825     19,419     18,062  
Non-operating income (expense)      
                   
Gain on sale of investments   1     -     1  
Interest income, net   613     506     455  
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net   (451 )   220     (523 )
Others, net   (4 )   4     -  
Subtotal   159     730     (67 )
Income before income tax   16,984     20,149     17,995  
Income tax expense   4,911     6,969     4,583  
Net income    12,073     13,180     13,412  
       
Basic earnings per ADS $ 0.36   $ 0.38   $ 0.38  
Diluted earnings per ADS $ 0.35   $ 0.38   $ 0.38  
Margin Analysis:      
Gross margin   52.4 %   51.5 %   50.0 %
Operating margin   20.9 %   20.4 %   18.4 %
Net margin   15.0 %   13.8 %   13.7 %
Additional Data:      
Weighted avg. ADS equivalents2   33,892     34,726     34,875  
Diluted ADS equivalents   34,471     34,941     35,288  
       

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2 Assumes all outstanding ordinary shares are represented by ADSs.  Each ADS represents four ordinary shares.

   
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation  
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results  
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)  
 
  For the Three Months Ended  
  Dec. 31, 
2014
Sep. 30, 
2015
Dec. 31, 
2015
 
  (US$) ($) ($)  
GAAP net income    12,073     13,180     13,412    
Stock-based compensation:        
Cost of sales   99     88     132    
Research and development   2,583     2,118     3,319    
Sales and marketing   701     601     859    
General and administrative   624     616     913    
Total stock-based compensation   4,007     3,423     5,223    
         
Non-recurring items:        
Litigation expenses   (6 )   24     28    
Acquisition costs   30     (6 )   38    
Amortization of  intangibles assets   -     526     526    
Foreign exchange loss (gain),net   2,422     2,901     455    
Non-GAAP net income   18,526     20,048     19,682    
         
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS   34,650     35,273     35,493    
         
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS $ 0.53   $ 0.57   $ 0.55    
         
Non-GAAP gross margin   52.5 %   51.6 %   50.1 %  
Non-GAAP operating margin   26.0 %   24.5 %   24.4 %  
         


   
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation  
Consolidated Statements of Income  
(in thousands, except percentages, and per ADS data, unaudited)  
 
  For the Year Ended  
  Dec. 31, Dec. 31,  
    2014     2015    
  ($) ($)  
Net Sales   289,323     361,297    
Cost of sales   139,625     176,765    
Gross profit   149,698     184,532    
Operating expenses      
Research & development   60,949     71,157    
Sales & marketing   16,324     20,173    
General & administrative   13,355     15,718    
Amortization of  intangibles assets   -     1,052    
Operating income    59,070     76,432    
       
Non-operating expense (income)      
Gain on sale of investments   4     3    
Interest income, net   2,101     1,979    
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net   (606 )   76    
Others, net   (1 )   9    
Subtotal   1,498     2,067    
Income before income tax   60,568     78,499    
Income tax expense   16,101     18,219    
Net income    44,467     60,280    
       
Basic earnings per ADS $ 1.32   $ 1.75    
Diluted earnings per ADS $ 1.30   $ 1.73    
       
Margin Analysis:      
Gross margin   51.7 %   51.1 %  
Operating margin   20.4 %   21.2 %  
Net margin   15.4 %   16.7 %  
Additional Data:      
Weighted avg. ADS equivalents   33,651     34,525    
Diluted ADS equivalents   34,197     34,909    
       


Silicon Motion Technology Corporation  
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results  
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)  
 
  For the Year Ended  
  Dec. 31, Dec. 31,  
    2014     2015    
  ($) ($)  
GAAP net income   44,467     60,280    
Stock-based compensation:      
Cost of sales   282     261    
Research and development   6,760     6,591    
Sales and marketing   1,740     1,801    
General and administrative   1,542     1,811    
Total stock-based compensation   10,324     10,464    
       
Non-recurring items:      
Litigation expenses   190     104    
Acquisition costs   30     358    
Amortization of  intangibles assets   -     1,052    
Foreign exchange loss (gain), net   3,499     1,812    
       
Non-GAAP net income   58,510     74,070    
       
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS   34,377     35,067    
       
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS $ 1.70   $ 2.11    
       
Non-GAAP gross margin   51.8 %   51.2 %  
Non-GAAP operating margin   24.1 %   24.5 %  


 
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheet 
 (In thousands, unaudited)
 
  Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Dec. 31,
  2014   2015   2015
   (US$)    ($)    ($)
Cash and cash equivalents 194,211   182,984   180,519
Short-term investments 703   679   4,681
Accounts receivable (net) 28,742   56,432   58,963
Inventories 44,076   50,176   47,110
Refundable deposits - current 19,322   19,531   19,328
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,386   4,244   4,578
Total current assets 290,440   314,046   315,179
           
Long-term investments 133   133   133
Property and equipment (net) 35,537   38,322   50,469
Goodwill and intangible assets(net) 35,467   76,528   75,990
Other assets 4,957   3,945   3,859
Total assets 366,534   432,974   445,630
           
Accounts payable 14,246   14,077   22,766
Income tax payable 17,696   21,791   13,099
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 24,125   41,887   42,165
Total current liabilities 56,067   77,755   78,030
Other liabilities 6,367   8,338   7,376
Total liabilities 62,434   86,093   85,406
Shareholders’ equity 304,100   346,881   360,224
Total liabilities & shareholders’ equity 366,534   432,974   445,630
           

About Silicon Motion:

We are a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets solutions for mobile storage and mobile communications markets. For the mobile storage market, our key products are controller ICs used in embedded storage devices such as SSDs and eMMCs and in expandable storage devices. For the mobile communications market, our key products include mobile TV SoCs and other specialty RF ICs.  Our products are widely used in smartphones, tablets, and industrial, enterprise and commercial applications.  For further information on Silicon Motion, visit www.siliconmotion.com

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including without limitation, statements about Silicon Motion’s currently expected first quarter of 2016 and full year 2016 revenue, gross margin and operating expenses, all of which reflect management’s estimates based on information available at this time of this press release.  While Silicon Motion believes these estimates to be meaningful, these amounts could differ materially from actual reported amounts for the fourth quarter of 2015 and full year 2015. Forward-looking statements also include, without limitation, statements regarding trends in the multimedia consumer electronics market and our future results of operations, financial condition and business prospects.  In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology.  Although such statements are based on our own information and information from other sources we believe to be reliable, you should not place undue reliance on them.  These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual market trends or our actual results of operations, financial condition or business prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward looking statements for a variety of reasons.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the unpredictable volume and timing of customer orders, which are not fixed by contract but vary on a purchase order basis; the loss of one or more key customers or the significant reduction, postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of orders from these customers; general economic conditions or conditions in the semiconductor or consumer electronics markets; decreases in the overall average selling prices of our products; changes in the relative sales mix of our products; our ability to continue to successfully integrate our 2015 acquisition of Shannon Systems; changes in our cost of finished goods; the payment, or non-payment, of cash dividends in the future at the discretion of our board of directors; changes in our cost of finished goods; the availability, pricing, and timeliness of delivery of other components and raw materials used in our customers’ products; our customers’ sales outlook, purchasing patterns, and inventory adjustments based on consumer demands and general economic conditions, its customers and consumers; our ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new or enhanced products in a timely manner; and the timing of new product announcements or introductions by us or by our competitors. For additional discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other factors, please see the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on April 30, 2015.  We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. 

Investor Contact:
Jason Tsai
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