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2019/10/30
 

Silicon Motion Announces Results for the Period Ended September 30, 2019

Financial Highlights

  3Q 2019 GAAP 3Q 2019 Non-GAAP
  Net sales $110.5 million (+12% Q/Q, -20% Y/Y) $113.2 million (+20% Q/Q, -14% Y/Y)
  Gross margin 49.6% 49.8%
  Operating margin 4.2% 22.1%
  Earnings per diluted ADS $0.12
$0.69

Business Highlights

  • SSD controller sales increased about 15% Q/Q to record high
  • eMMC+UFS controller sales increased about 40% Q/Q
  • SSD solutions1 sales increased about 45% Q/Q
  • Repurchased $25.0 million of shares
  • Announced on Oct. 25 annual cash dividend of $1.40 per ADS, an increase from $1.20 last year

TAIPEI, Taiwan and MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) (“Silicon Motion” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2019.  For the third quarter, net sales (GAAP) increased to $110.5 million from $98.8 million in second quarter 2019. Net income (GAAP) decreased to $4.2 million or $0.12 per diluted ADS (GAAP) from $26.5 million or $0.75 per diluted ADS (GAAP) in second quarter 2019.

For the third quarter, net sales (non-GAAP) increased to $113.2 million from $94.3 million in second quarter 2019. Net income (non-GAAP) increased to $24.4 million or $0.69 per diluted ADS (non-GAAP) from $18.6 million or $0.52 per diluted ADS (non-GAAP) in second quarter 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Review
“Third quarter sales were stronger than expected, with total revenue growing 20%,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion.  “We achieved corporate record high SSD controller sales as SSD adoption in client devices grew further, especially at PC OEMs.  Our eMMC+UFS controller sales rebounded further as smartphone adoption of UFS mobile embedded memory accelerated and our module makers’ eMMC projects continued to grow.  Sales of our SSD solutions, specifically our Ferri and Shannon products, started to recover this quarter.”

Key Financial Results

(in millions, except percentages and per ADS amounts) GAAP Non-GAAP
3Q 2019
2Q 2019
3Q 2018
3Q 2019
2Q 2019
3Q 2018
Revenue $110.5 $98.8 $138.6 $113.2 $94.3 $131.4
Gross profit
    Percent of revenue
  $54.8
49.6%
  $46.1
46.7%
  $70.6
50.9%
  $56.4
49.8%
  $48.5
51.5%
  $67.0
51.0%
Operating expenses $50.1 $33.8 $38.3 $31.4 $31.1 $29.0
Operating income
   Percent of revenue
  $4.6
4.2%
  $12.4
12.5%
  $32.2
23.3%
  $25.1
22.1%
  $17.4
18.4%
  $38.0
28.9%
Earnings per diluted ADS $0.12 $0.75 $0.81 $0.69 $0.52 $0.96

Shannon goodwill impairment.  On May 15, 2019, we disclosed in our annual report filed on Form 20-F that we reduced our Shannon 2019 sales forecast meaningfully, which is a triggering event that requires us to reevaluate our Shannon reporting unit’s goodwill and intangible assets.  On July 31, 2019, in our second quarter earnings release filed on Form 6-K, we disclosed that further deterioration in Shannon’s operating performance since the filing of our 20-F has necessitated a $5.0 million inventory write-down and that we believed that we would more than likely have to write-down a significant portion of the reporting unit’s $33.7 million of goodwill and intangible assets later this year.  This quarter, we completed our goodwill impairment evaluation and wrote-down the reporting unit’s goodwill and intangible assets by $16.0 million.

Other Financial Information

(in millions) 3Q 2019 2Q 2019 3Q 2018
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments—end of period $333.3 $368.1 $325.7
Bank loans—end of period   --   -- $3.9
Routine capital expenditures $3.9 $2.9 $4.0
Non-routine capital expenditures   --   -- $58.9
Dividend payments $10.0 $10.9 $10.8
Share repurchases $25.0   --   --

During the third quarter, we had $3.9 million of capital expenditures for the routine purchase of software, design tools and other items. 

Returning Value to Shareholders
On October 29, 2018, our Board of Directors declared a $1.20 per ADS annual dividend to be paid in quarterly installments of $0.30 per ADS. On August 22, 2019, we paid $10.0 million to shareholders as the fourth installment of our annual dividend.  On October 25, 2019, our Board of Directors declared a $1.40 per ADS annual dividend to be paid in quarterly installments of $0.35 per ADS. The first installment of our new annual dividend will be paid on November 21, 2019.

On November 21, 2018, the Company announced that our Board of Directors had authorized a new program for the Company to repurchase up to $200 million of our ADS over a 24 month period.  In the third quarter, we repurchased $25.0 million of our ADS at an average price of $32.82 per ADS.  Since the start of this program, we have repurchase $59.8 million of our ADS.

Business Outlook
“We are expecting a strong finish to this year, with revenue growing further in the fourth quarter,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion.  “In the fourth quarter, we expect sales of both our SSD controllers and eMMC+UFS controllers to strengthen, and our SSD solutions sales to continue recovering.  Sales visibility has improved considerably since earlier this year, and based on what we are seeing from our customers’ procurement plans, our SSD controllers, eMMC+UFS controllers and SSD solutions are all expected to deliver solid growth next year.” 

For the fourth quarter of 2019, management expects:

  GAAP Non-GAAP Adjustment Non-GAAP
Revenue $133m to $139m
+20.3% to 25.4% Q/Q
-- $133m to $139m
+17.5% to 22.5% Q/Q
Gross margin 48.4% to 50.4% Approximately $0m* 48.5% to 50.5%
Operating margin 15.6% to 19.5% Approximately $7m to $8m** 21.6% to 24.6%

* Excludes $0.1 million of stock-based compensation.
** Excludes $7.1 million to $8.1 million of stock-based compensation.

Conference Call & Webcast:

The Company’s management team will conduct a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 30, 2019. 

            Speakers:
Wallace Kou, President & CEO
Riyadh Lai, CFO
Chris Chaney, Director of Investor Relations & Strategy

CONFERENCE CALL ACCESS NUMBERS:
USA (Toll Free): 1 866 519 4004
USA (Toll): 1 845 675 0437 
Taiwan (Toll Free): 080 909 1568
Participant Passcode: 1675677

REPLAY NUMBERS (for 7 days):
USA (Toll Free): 1 855 452 5696
USA (Toll): 1 646 254 3697

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 gross profit (non-GAAP), operating expenses (non-GAAP), operating profit (non-GAAP), net income (non-GAAP), and earnings per diluted ADS (non-GAAP). 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 revenue, expenses, gains and losses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results and because they are 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 consists of non-cash charges related to the fair value of 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.

SSD solutions restructuring are charges relate to the restructuring of our underperforming Shannon and Bigtera product lines and include goodwill and intangible assets impairment expenses, the write-down of NAND flash and SSD inventory valuation and customer sales returns attributable to these product lines.

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.

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 and unplanned activity and therefore exclude this charge when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.

FCI divestiture refers to the exclusion of revenue, expenses and other items relating to our FCI specialty RF IC product-line, the sale of which was closed on May 31, 2019.  Under GAAP, according to FASB ASU 2014-08, this disposal transaction does not meet the threshold for presenting as a discontinued operation.  We are excluding FCI from our financial results for non-GAAP as we believe this provides investors with enhanced transparency.  Additionally, we are also excluding transaction expenses and long-term investment gains from this asset disposal.

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.

Gains on disposal of long-term investments relate to gains from the sale of our investment in ProGrade, a professional-grade memory card manufacturer, and Cashido, a manufacturer of flash memory storage devices.

Gain and loss on equity-method investments consist of gain and/or loss related to our investment in a privately-held company, which varies depending on the operational and financial performance of the company in which we invested. We believe that providing non-GAAP measures excluding these charges as supplementary metrics to GAAP measures assists our investors in evaluating our ongoing operations.


Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)

    For Three Months Ended   For Nine Months Ended
    Sep. 30,   Jun. 30,   Sep. 30,   Sep. 30,   Sep. 30,
    2018
  2019
  2019
  2018
  2019
     ($)    ($)    ($)    ($)    ($)
Net Sales   138,562     98,846     110,518     406,962     304,058  
Cost of sales   67,988     52,717     55,727     208,252     155,519  
Gross profit   70,574     46,129     54,791     198,710     148,539  
Operating expenses                    
Research & development   25,506     23,893     24,392     71,353     76,254  
Sales & marketing   7,735     6,062     5,895     21,845     18,919  
General & administrative   4,355     3,554     3,632     12,236     11,543  
Amortization of  intangibles assets   741     255     255     2,223     766  
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets   -     -     15,970     -     15,970  
Operating income   32,237     12,365     4,647     91,053     25,087  
Non-operating income (expense)                    
Interest income, net   1,597     1,770     1,662     4,205     4,926  
Gain on disposal of long-term investments   -     12,904     37     -     12,941  
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net   (749)     (68)     (362)     (606)     64  
Gain (loss) on equity-method investments   (98)     -     -     (303)     -  
Others, net   55     34     6     154     59  
Subtotal   805     14,640     1,343     3,450     17,990  
Income before income tax   33,042     27,005     5,990     94,503     43,077  
Income tax expense   3,858     521     1,777     11,531     4,108  
Net income   29,184     26,484     4,213     82,972     38,969  
                     
Earnings per basic ADS   0.81     0.75     0.12     2.30     1.10  
Earnings per diluted ADS   0.81     0.75     0.12     2.30     1.10  
                     
Margin Analysis:                    
Gross margin   50.9%     46.7%     49.6%     48.8%     48.9%  
Operating margin   23.3%     12.5%     4.2%     22.4%     8.3%  
Net margin   21.1%     26.8%     3.8%     20.4%     12.8%  
                     
Additional Data:                    
Weighted avg. ADS equivalents2   36,136     35,518     35,128     36,050     35,311  
Diluted ADS equivalents   36,171     35,536     35,153     36,147     35,388  



Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)

    For Three Months Ended   For Nine Months Ended
    Sep. 30,   Jun. 30,   Sep. 30,   Sep. 30,   Sep. 30,
  2018
  2019
  2019
  2018
  2019
   ($)    ($)    ($)    ($)    ($)
Revenue (GAAP)     138,562       98,846       110,518       406,962       304,058  
SSD solutions restructuring     -       -       2,656       -       2,656  
FCI divestiture     (7,201)       (4,566)       -       (22,578)       (10,359)  
Revenue (non-GAAP)     131,361       94,280       113,174       384,384       296,355  
                     
Gross profit (GAAP)     70,574       46,129       54,791       198,710       148,539  
  Gross margin (GAAP)     50.9%       46.7%       49.6%       48.8%       48.9%  
Stock-based compensation (A)     77       7       50       130       152  
SSD solutions restructuring     -       4,985       1,572       -       6,557  
FCI divestiture     (3,663)       (2,597)       -       (11,214)       (5,675)  
Gross profit (non-GAAP)     66,988       48,524       56,413       187,626       149,573  
Gross margin (non-GAAP)     51.0%       51.5%       49.8%       48.8%       50.5%  
                     
Operating expenses (GAAP)     38,337       33,764       50,144       107,657       123,452  
Stock-based compensation (A)     (4,413)       (275)       (2,561)       (7,949)       (6,930)  
Amortization of intangible assets     (741)       (255)       (255)       (2,223)       (766)  
SSD solutions restructuring     -       -       (15,970)       -       (15,970)  
Litigation expense     (8)       -       -       (29)       2  
FCI divestiture     (4,154)       (2,098)       -       (12,675)       (8,682)  
Operating expenses (non-GAAP)     29,021       31,136       31,358       84,781       91,106  
                     
Operating profit (GAAP)     32,237       12,365       4,647       91,053       25,087  
Operating margin (GAAP)     23.3%       12.5%       4.2%       22.4%       8.3%  
Total adjustments to operating profit     5,730       5,023       20,408       11,792       33,380  
Operating profit (non-GAAP)     37,967       17,388       25,055       102,845       58,467  
 Operating margin (non-GAAP)     28.9%       18.4%       22.1%       26.8%       19.7%  
                     
Non-operating income (expense) (GAAP)     805       14,640       1,343       3,450       17,990  
Foreign exchange loss (gain), net     749       68       362       606       (64)  
Gain on disposal of long-term investments     -       (495)       (37)       -       (532)  
Loss on equity-method investments     98       -       -       303       -  
FCI diverstiture     (24)       (12,401)       -       (57)       (12,412)  
Non-operating income (expense) (non-GAAP)     1,628       1,812       1,668       4,302       4,982  
                     
Net income (GAAP)     29,184       26,484       4,213       82,972       38,969  
Total pre-tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments     6,553       (7,805)       20,733       12,644       20,372  
Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments     (820)       (76)       (521)       (1,190)       (1,270)  
Net income (non-GAAP)     34,917       18,603       24,425       94,426       58,071  
                     
Earnings per diluted ADS (GAAP)   $0.81     $0.75     $0.12     $2.30     $1.10  
Earnings per diluted ADS (non-GAAP)   $0.96     $0.52     $0.69     $2.61     $1.64  
                     
Shares used in computing earnings per diluted ADS (GAAP)     36,171       35,536       35,153       36,147       35,388  
Non-GAAP Adjustments     142       29       139       75       84  
Shares used in computing earnings per diluted ADS (non-GAAP)     36,313       35,565       35,292       36,222       35,472  
                     
(A) Excludes stock-based compensation as follows:                    
Cost of Sales     77       7       50       130       152  
Research & development     2,791       128       1,811       4,756       4,634  
Sales & marketing     866       107       320       1,873       982  
General & administrative     756       40       430       1,320       1,314  



Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheet
 (In thousands, unaudited)

    Sep. 30,   Jun. 30,   Sep. 30,
    2018   2019   2019
     ($)    ($)    ($)
Cash and cash equivalents   303,329   342,930   308,191
Short-term investments   4,919   2,309   4,664
Accounts receivable (net)   84,273   80,782   90,332
Inventories   91,117   79,252   87,840
Refundable deposits – current   19,341   24,074   24,078
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   7,588   17,663   17,903
Total current assets   510,567   547,010   533,008
Long-term investments   4,412   3,000   3,000
Property and equipment (net)   110,953   97,981   98,749
Goodwill and intangible assets (net)   64,163   33,714   17,489
Other assets   7,023   13,911   14,002
Total assets   697,118   695,616   666,248
             
Accounts payable   30,986   37,845   32,457
Loans   3,900   -   -
Income tax payable   6,808   1,346   1,293
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   44,728   54,183   48,200
Total current liabilities   86,422   93,374   81,950
Other liabilities   27,635   31,884   31,810
Total liabilities   114,057   125,258   113,760
Shareholders’ equity   583,061   570,358   552,488
Total liabilities & shareholders’ equity   697,118   695,616   666,248



Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)

    For Three Months Ended   For Nine Months Ended
    Sep. 30,   Jun. 30,   Sep. 30,   Sep. 30,   Sep. 30,
    2018
  2019
  2019
  2018
  2019
     ($)    ($)    ($)    ($)    ($)
Net income   29,184     26,484     4,213     82,972     38,969  
Depreciation & amortization   3,838     3,329     3,244     10,898     9,865  
Stock-based compensation   4,548     227     2,611     8,400     7,241  
Goodwill & intangible assets impairment   -     -     15,970     -     15,970  
Investment impairment, losses & disposals   39     (12,925)     (44)     144     (12,989)  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (8,134)     23,061     (21,925)     (29,142)     (12,694)  
Others   1     3     11     1     19  
Net cash provided by operating activities   29,476     40,179     4,080     73,273     46,381  
                     
Purchase of property & equipment   (62,903)     (2,929)     (3,925)     (69,732)     (8,049)  
Purchase of long-term investments   -     -     -     (4,715)     -  
Disposal of long-term investments   -     45,704     38     -     45,742  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (62,903)     42,775     (3,887)     (74,447)     37,693  
                     
Dividend payments   (10,823)     (10,937)     (10,009)     (32,451)     (31,882)  
Share repurchases   -     -     (25,015)     -     (25,015)  
Bank loan   (8,100)     -     -     (21,100)     -  
Net cash used in financing activities   (18,923)     (10,937)     (35,024)     (53,551)     (56,897)  
                     
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents & restricted cash   (52,350)     72,017     (34,831)     (54,725)     27,177  
Effect of foreign exchange changes   (540)     (847)     (24)     (1,132)     (1,024)  
Cash, cash equivalents & restricted cash—beginning of period   378,556     296,965     368,135     381,523     307,127  
Cash, cash equivalents & restricted cash—end of period   325,666     368,135     333,280     325,666     333,280  

About Silicon Motion:

We are the global leader in supplying NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices and the merchant leader in supplying SSD controllers.  We have the broadest portfolio of controller technologies and our controllers are widely used in embedded storage products such as SSDs and eMMC+UFS devices, which are found in smartphones, PCs and commercial and industrial applications. We have shipped over six billion NAND controllers in the last ten years, more than any other company in the world.  We also supply customized high-performance hyperscale data center and industrial SSD solutions.  Our customers include most of the NAND flash vendors, storage device module makers and leading OEMs.  For further information on Silicon Motion, visit us at 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 fourth  quarter of 2019 and full year 2019 expectations of 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 2019 and full year 2019. Forward-looking statements also include, without limitation, statements regarding trends in the semiconductor or consumer electronics markets 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; the effects on our business and our customer’s business taking into account the ongoing US-China tariffs and trade disputes; goodwill impairment; decreases in the overall average selling prices of our products; changes in the relative sales mix of our products; 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 and any announced planned increases in such dividends; 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; any potential impairment charges that may be incurred related to businesses previously acquired or divested in the future; 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 May 15, 2019. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

Investor Contact:  Investor Contact:
Christopher Chaney Selina Hsie
Director, Investor Relations & Strategy Investor Relations
E-mail: CChaney@siliconmotion.com E-mail: ir@siliconmotion.com
   
Media Contact:  
Sara Hsu  
Project Manager  
E-mail: sara.hsu@siliconmotion.com  
   

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