Update: Intellectual Ventures has acquired Transmeta Patent Portfolio on Jan. 28, 2009
Company Exceeds Fourth Quarter Financial Guidance
SANTA CLARA, CA. – February 23, 2006 – Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTA), the leader in efficient computing technologies, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2005.
Highlights for the 2005 Full Year
- Continued to execute a successful transformation of the Company's business model.
- Created and executed significant new service relationships with Sony and Microsoft.
- Completed technology transfer and recorded revenue from Fujitsu and Sony, our second and third licensees of our LongRun2 technologies.
- Revenue increased by 147% to $72.7 million compared to $29.4 million in 2004.
- License and service revenue of $48.1 million, a 351% increase, compared to $10.7 million for the 2004 full year.
- Net loss significantly reduced from $106.8 million to $6.2 million.
- Cash balance of $56.5 million at December 31, 2005, and no long-term debt.
"2005 has been a year of significant achievement and excellent execution for Transmeta," commented Arthur L. Swift, president and CEO. "We more than doubled our revenue, cut our losses by roughly $100 million and won major new relationships with marquee partners such as Microsoft and Sony. Over the last two years, we've created significant new revenue streams from licensing and services that have already contributed substantially to our improved results. Our industry needs low power solutions, and we think that we are uniquely positioned with our innovative technologies and superb engineering talent."
The Company reported total revenue of $72.7 million, a 147% increase, compared to $29.4 million for the 2004 full year. License and service revenue was $48.1 million, a 351% increase, compared to $10.7 million for the 2004 full year. As a result of Transmeta's modified business model, the Company reported a significantly reduced net loss of $6.2 million, or $0.03 per share in 2005 compared to a net loss of $106.8 million, or $0.61 per share for the 2004 full year. Included in the 2005 and 2004 results are restructuring and fixed asset impairment charges of $2.0 million and $3.4 million, respectively.
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $13.3 million, slightly ahead of the Company's previous guidance of between $12.0 and $13.0 million, compared to $11.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2004. Gross margin for the fourth quarter was 47.0% compared to a negative gross margin of 13.7% for the fourth quarter of 2004. The Company's net loss of $2.1 million, or a loss of $0.01 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2005 was better than the Company's earlier guidance of a net loss between $5.4 to $5.9 million. This is compared with a net loss of $28.1 million, or a loss of $0.15 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2004.
The Company's cash, cash equivalents and short term investments at December 31, 2005 totaled $56.5 million, which was $3.5 million ahead of prior guidance. In addition, the Company ended the year with no long-term debt as it paid its remaining $5.0 million debt obligation to IBM in the fourth quarter of 2005, earlier than required by the agreement.
"The substantial progress that we made in 2005 enabled us to enter 2006 in a much better financial condition with more strategic and financial flexibility versus this time last year," commented Mark R. Kent, chief financial officer. "Our stated and primary objective during the second half was to be break-even or better on a cash flow from operations basis. We clearly met this goal as we ended the second half with a positive cash flow from operations of $14.1 million. We were thus able to repay a $5.0 million obligation six months ahead of schedule, leaving us with no debt and $56.5 million in cash, higher than our earlier goal of $53.0 million."
For 2006, the Company is anticipating:
- Full year revenue will be in the range of $60.0 to $72.0 million, substantially from licensing and services.
- Full year net loss of $18 million to $12 million, or a loss of $0.09 to $0.06 per share, which includes non-cash charges of $7 million of patent amortization and $5 million of stock option compensation expense.
- First half revenue of at least $27 million.
- First and second quarter revenue is in part dependent on the timing of the recognition of approximately $8.9 million of deferred revenue related to services performed in 2005.
- First half negative operating cash flow no more than $10 million, second half return to positive cash flow.
"In contrast to a year ago, we enter 2006 with a much better business outlook," added Kent. "We have very good visibility into achieving most of the low-end of the revenue range based on expectations from our current customers, and we can achieve the full revenue range through already identified opportunities. Based on our current visibility we expect a loss for the year, but it is manageable while we build a business characterized by recurring revenue streams, which we expect to begin to realize later in 2006 and 2007."
As previously announced, Transmeta's management will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time / 2:00 p.m. Pacific time. The conference call will be available live over the Internet at the investor relations section of Transmeta's website at www.transmeta.com. To listen to the conference call, please dial (913) 981-4915. A recording of the conference call will be available for one week, starting one hour after the completion of the call, until 9:59 p.m. Pacific time on March 2. The phone number to access the recording is (888) 203-1112, and the passcode is 7271974. For callers outside the U.S., please dial (719) 457-0820, with the same passcode.
About Transmeta Corporation
Transmeta Corporation develops and licenses innovative computing, microprocessor and semiconductor technologies and related intellectual property. Founded in 1995, Transmeta first became known for designing, developing and selling its highly efficient x86-compatible software-based microprocessors, which deliver a balance of low power consumption, high performance, low cost and small size suited for diverse computing platforms. We also develop advanced power management technologies for controlling leakage and increasing power efficiency in semiconductor and computing devices. To learn more about Transmeta, visit www.transmeta.com.