SAN JOSE, Calif. -- May 5, 2009
- Executed nine new licensing agreements, further penetrating next generation cellular and mobile multimedia markets
- Continued focus on operational efficiencies yielded record high operating margins
-- CEVA, Inc, a leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores for the mobile handset, consumer electronics and portable device markets, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2009 was $9.5 million, a decrease of 6% compared to $10.1 million reported for the first quarter of 2008. First quarter of 2009 licensing revenue was $4.5 million, a decrease of 11% from $5.1 million reported for the first quarter of 2008. Royalty revenue for the first quarter of 2009 was $3.8 million, an increase of 1% over $3.7 million reported for the first quarter of 2008. Revenue from services for the first quarter of 2009 was $1.2 million, which was approximately the same amount as reported for the first quarter of 2008.
U.S. GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2009 was $1.4 million, compared to net income of $5.5 million for the same period of last year. U.S. GAAP diluted net income per share for the first quarter of 2009 was $0.07 per share, compared to diluted net income per share of $0.27 for the first quarter of 2008. U.S. GAAP financial results for the first quarter of 2009 include an equity-based compensation expense of $0.8 million. U.S. GAAP financial results for the first quarter of 2008 included a capital gain of $10.9 million from the divestment of the Company's equity investment in GloNav Inc. to NXP Semiconductors; a tax expense of $3.1 million related to such divestment; a reorganization expense associated with the termination of the long-term Harcourt lease in Ireland of $3.5 million; and equity-based compensation expense of $0.6 million. The contribution to the diluted net income per share for the first quarter of 2008 of the capital gain, net of taxes and the reorganization expenses were $0.37 and $(0.17), respectively.
Non-GAAP net income and diluted net income per share for the first quarter of 2009, excluding the equity-based compensation expense of $0.8 million, was an all-time record high of $2.2 million or $0.11 per share, an increase of 17% and 22%, respectively, over $1.9 million and $0.09 per share reported for the first quarter of 2008, excluding the items described above.
During the quarter, the Company concluded nine new license agreements. Eight agreements were for CEVA DSP cores and platforms and one was for CEVA Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology. Target applications for customer deployment are 3G and 4G handsets and data cards, smartphones, portable multimedia players and storage equipment. Geographically, four of the nine deals signed were in Europe, three were in the Asia Pacific region and two were in the U.S.
Gideon Wertheizer, Chief Executive Officer of CEVA, stated: "We are encouraged by first quarter achievements. We signed key licensing agreements with customers in our target markets. During the quarter, we introduced a next generation DSP core, the CEVA-XC, which revolutionizes the architectures of future wireless solutions. Our continued focus on operational efficiencies and lucrative business opportunities yielded substantial profitability despite the overall economic slowdown that substantially impacted some of the end-markets we serve. We remain committed to enrich our product offerings and growing our business for the long-term. As we leverage the Company's solid balance sheet and strong cash position, we are confident that CEVA is well positioned to capitalize on the eventual market rebound."
Of the license deals concluded, four are strategic agreements with leading companies in their respective markets. Two of the agreements signed are with a leading player in the handset space who licensed the CEVA-X and CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP cores for use across a wide range of handset and smartphone platforms. Another strategic agreement signed is with a leading Japanese company who selected CEVA DSP technology for a next-generation portable consumer product. The fourth agreement is with a company in the WiMAX and 3G markets who licensed the CEVA-X DSP for its products.
Yaniv Arieli, Chief Financial Officer of CEVA, stated: "During the first quarter, we continued to set new standards for the Company's financial performance, generating record U.S. GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins of 12% and 20%, respectively. In addition, CEVA recorded all-time high non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS. The Company generated positive cash flow of approximately $1.3 million before taking into account $0.8 million of cash outflow associated with our share buyback program. We saw an immediate positive impact in our operating expense levels in part attributable to the operational adjustments announced last quarter. Going forward, we will continue to monitor these variables closely and make additional adjustments as necessary."
During the first quarter, CEVA continued to implement its previously-announced one million share buy-back program. As of May 4, 2009, the Company repurchased approximately 894,000 shares at an average price of $7.44 per share for a total amount of approximately $6.6 million. The Company currently has approximately 106,000 shares remaining for repurchase under the existing program.Financial Tables
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On May 05, 2009, CEVA management will conduct a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 1.30 p.m. London time, to discuss the operating performance for the quarter.
The conference call will be available via the following dial in numbers:
- US Participants: Dial 1-877-493-9121 (Access Code: CEVA)
- UK/Rest of World: Dial +44-800-051-3806 (Access Code: CEVA)
The conference call will also be available live via the Internet at the following link: http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=57500
. Please go to the web site at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.
For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available by dialing 1-800-642-1687 (passcode: 93608270) for US domestic callers and +44-800-917-2646 (passcode: 93608270) for international callers from two hours after the end of the call until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 12, 2009. The replay will also be available at CEVA's web site www.ceva-dsp.com
.About CEVA, Inc.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., CEVA is a leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) DSP Cores and platform solutions for the mobile handset, portable and consumer electronics markets. CEVA's IP portfolio includes comprehensive solutions for multimedia, audio, voice over packet (VoP), Bluetooth and Serial ATA (SATA), and a wide range of programmable DSP cores and subsystems with different price/performance metrics serving multiple markets. In 2008, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 300 million devices. For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com