Update: Intellectual Ventures has acquired Transmeta Patent Portfolio on Jan. 28, 2009
Company Also Announces Non-Exclusive Patent License Agreement with AMD and Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Novafora, Inc.
SANTA CLARA, CA. - November 17, 2008 - Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTA) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008.
Revenue for the third quarter of 2008 was $25.3 million, compared with $366,000 for the second quarter of 2008. Revenue in both the third and second quarters of 2008 was derived from licensing activities.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2008 resulted in a gain of $3.5 million, compared with expenses of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2008. Third quarter operating expenses included $2.9 million of income from two previously announced agreements with Intel entered into during the quarter. Third quarter operating expenses also included $5.9 million of income from the December 2007 settlement and licensing agreement with Intel, and non-cash stock compensation charges of $887,000.
In the third quarter, Transmeta recorded interest income of $1.8 million, including $1.2 million of imputed interest income from the December 2007 settlement and licensing agreement with Intel. Net income was $30.6 million, or $2.31 per share, compared with $214,000, or $0.02 per share, in the second quarter of 2008.
Transmeta's cash, cash equivalents and short term investments at September 30, 2008 totaled $255.2 million. Cash at September 30, 2008 included the $91.5 million payment received from Intel pursuant to the technology licensing and amended settlement and licensing agreements entered into in September 2008, as well as the $25 million payment from NVIDIA for the licensing agreement it entered into in July 2008. Transmeta continues to be debt free.
AMD Patent License
Transmeta also announced today that it has entered into a patent license agreement with Advanced Micro Devices ("AMD"). The agreement grants a non-exclusive license under Transmeta's patents to AMD, and includes FoundryCo, which AMD recently announced as part of its Asset Smart strategy. Under the terms of the agreement, AMD will transfer to Transmeta 700,000 shares of Transmeta's Series B Preferred Stock held by AMD. The 700,000 shares of Series B Preferred Stock are convertible into 499,429 shares of Transmeta's common stock.
"We are pleased to have achieved this license agreement with AMD," said Les Crudele, president and CEO of Transmeta. "Transmeta and AMD have a long history of collaboration on promoting industry standards for next-generation microprocessors, as well as a broader strategic relationship. This licensing agreement further highlights the value of Transmeta's intellectual property and technologies to our industry, and provides Transmeta stockholders with an immediate return on our intellectual property rights."
Acquisition By Novafora, Inc.
Transmeta also announced in a separate release today that it signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Novafora, Inc. for $255.6 million in cash, subject to certain working capital and other adjustments. Novafora is a privately held fabless semiconductor company in San Jose, California that develops a family of digital video processors. Under the terms of the agreement, and based on current estimates of Transmeta's future working capital at the effective time of the merger, stockholders are expected to receive between $18.70 and $19.00 for each outstanding share of Transmeta's common stock, subject to working capital and other adjustments. The merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2009.
"As a result of our successful licensing activities, we collected $116.5 million of cash payments for our intellectual property and patents in the third quarter, bringing our yearly total to $266.5 million," said Les Crudele, president and CEO. "We also generated additional value for our stockholders through the transfer of 700,000 shares of Transmeta Series B Preferred Stock that was held by AMD. After creating such significant value this year, we are pleased that we are able to return this value to our stockholders through the impending acquisition by Novafora."
In the fourth quarter, Transmeta expects to recognize $5.9 million of operating income from the December 2007 settlement and licensing agreement with Intel. Transmeta expects to be profitable on a GAAP net income basis in the fourth quarter of 2008 and continues to expect to be profitable for fiscal year 2008. The definitive agreement with Novafora provides, among other things, that Transmeta may not enter into any future licensing transaction prior to closing of the merger without Novafora's consent.
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Transmeta has delayed its third quarter earnings conference call, previously scheduled for today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time/2:00 p.m. Pacific time, to Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time/6:00 a.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 (785) 830-1997. A recording of the conference call will be available for one week, starting one hour after the completion of the call, until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on November 24, 2008. The phone number to access the recording is (719) 457-0820, and the passcode is 2156284.
About Transmeta Corporation
Transmeta Corporation develops and licenses innovative computing, microprocessor and semiconductor technologies and related intellectual property. Founded in 1995, we first became known for designing, developing and selling our 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 are presently focused on developing and licensing our advanced power management technologies for controlling leakage and increasing power efficiency in semiconductor and computing devices, and in licensing our computing and microprocessor technologies to other companies. To learn more about Transmeta, visit www.transmeta.com.