SUNNYVALE, Calif. – October 23, 2017 – Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Total revenue for the quarter was $99.1 million, 10% higher than a year ago, with GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.07 and non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.19. Total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $291.2 million, 22% higher than a year ago.
“We continue to demonstrate our leadership and execution on strategic programs with the industry’s first functional server DIMM buffer chipset to reach the speeds targeted for next-generation DDR5 and the integration of our Token Service Provider software at eftpos to support the roll out of Apple Pay in Australia,” said Dr. Ron Black, chief executive officer of Rambus. “We are excited by our progress, with strong execution on strategic programs for the data center and mobile edge markets, as we continue to deliver profitable growth.”
In our Memory and Interfaces Division, we continue to demonstrate our technology leadership with the announcement of the industry’s first functional silicon of a server DIMM buffer chipset capable of achieving the speeds expected for next-generation DDR5. This represented an important milestone for both the company and the market, as it puts Rambus in a leadership position and provides an early path to market readiness and adoption for future data center solutions. The IP cores team extended its portfolio of high-speed interfaces for data center and enterprise applications with the addition of 16G and 30G SerDes IP cores on GLOBALFOUNDRIES 14nm FX-14™ ASIC platform. In addition, and as part of the ongoing ecosystem development to ease integration and accelerate adoption, we validated the interoperability of our memory PHYs with Northwest Logic and ARM memory controllers.
Our Security Division, which consists of our cryptography, mobile payments and smart ticketing businesses, had a strong quarter with the Cryptography team demonstrating the CryptoManager IoT Security Service on a leading cloud platform to enable secure device connectivity, monitoring and provisioning. In addition, we announced Cryptography will partner with SiFive to make our cryptography technology available for the SiFive Freedom platform, easing the path to designing innovative and cost-effective SoCs in the open and growing RISC-V hardware ecosystem. For mobile payments, we continue to gain traction for our tokenization solutions, teaming with eftpos, a leading debit card network in Australia, to support the roll out of Apple Pay to their debit card users with our Token Service Provider software.
(1) See “Supplemental Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” and “Reconciliation of Other GAAP to Non-GAAP Items” tables included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented and that revenue and the balance sheet items are solely presented on a GAAP basis.
Revenue for the quarter was $99.1 million due to execution in our Security Division and continued strength in our licensing program. As a result of our execution in both businesses, revenue for our Memory and Interface Division was up 9% year over year and revenue for our Security Division was up 17% year over year. GAAP total operating costs and expenses were below the low end of our expectations, yielding $0.07 of GAAP net income per share, at the high end of our expectations. We had non-GAAP net income per share of $0.19, at the high end of our expectations.
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of September 30, 2017 were $183.6 million, an increase of $15.7 million from June 30, 2017, mainly due to cash generated from operating activities of approximately $15 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $37.8 million.
(1) See “Reconciliation of GAAP Forward Looking Estimates to Non-GAAP Forward Looking Estimates” tables included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented and that revenue is solely presented on a GAAP basis.
For the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company expects revenue to be between $98 million and $104 million. Revenue is not without risk and achieving revenue in this range will require that the Company sign customer agreements for patent licensing, various product sales, mobile payments software and solutions licensing among other matters. The Company also expects operating costs and expenses to be between $83 million and $88 million, and diluted net income per share to be between $0.04 and $0.11. Additionally, the Company expects non-GAAP operating costs and expenses to be between $64 million and $69 million, and non-GAAP diluted net income per share to be between $0.16 and $0.22. These non-GAAP expectations assume non-GAAP interest and other income and expense of $1.3 million, tax rate of 35% (refer to non-GAAP financial information below – income tax adjustments) and diluted share count of 114 million, and exclude stock-based compensation expense ($8 million), amortization expense ($11 million), and non-cash interest expense on convertible notes ($2 million).
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