MaxLinear, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for cable and satellite broadband communications, the connected home, and wired and wireless infrastructure markets today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Management Commentary

“We are pleased to announce strong third quarter 2016 revenue of $96.3 million, consistent with prior guidance, representing an increase of 1 percent year-over-year. GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins were 57.6 percent and 63.1 percent, respectively. GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins were 11 percent and 30 percent, respectively, and approximately $18.4 million of operating cash flow was generated during the quarter. Our operating results benefited from the revenue contributions of our recently closed wireless infrastructure acquisitions addressing the cellular access and backhaul markets, which partially offset seasonal softness in certain cable and satellite broadband operator platforms. Our diversifying revenues across broadband access, wireless infrastructure, and fiber-optic telecom and data-center infrastructure markets, combined with continued tight operating expense management resulted in another quarter of strong profitability,” commented Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO.

“We continue to increase our analog and mixed-signal content in our broadband access and connectivity platforms addressing broadband service provider markets. These initial revenue contributions from our wireless infrastructure investments illustrate progress being made towards the realization of our strategy of leveraging our leading RF CMOS mixed-signal technology platform into the large wired and wireless infrastructure markets,” continued Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO.

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Results

Net revenue for the third quarter 2016 was $96.3 million, a decrease of 5 percent compared to the second quarter 2016, and an increase of 1 percent compared to the third quarter 2015. Gross margin for the third quarter 2016 was 57.6 percent of revenue, compared to 61.9 percent for the second quarter 2016, and 53.6 percent for the third quarter 2015.

Operating expenses were $44.8 million, $40.5 million and $49.4 million for the third quarter 2016, second quarter 2016 and third quarter 2015, respectively.  Operating expenses increased 11 percent compared to the second quarter 2016, and decreased 9 percent compared to the third quarter 2015. Operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 47 percent for the third quarter 2016, 40 percent for the second quarter 2016 and 52 percent for the third quarter 2015. Operating margins were 11 percent, 22 percent and 2 percent for the third quarter 2016, second quarter 2016 and third quarter 2015, respectively.

Net income for the third quarter 2016 was $9.7 million, or $0.14 per share (diluted). These results compare to net income of $22.6 million, or $0.33 per share (diluted), for the second quarter 2016, and $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share (diluted), for the third quarter 2015.

Gross margin, operating margin and net income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 includes purchase accounting expenses and charges related to our acquisitions of the wireless infrastructure backhaul business in July 2016 and wireless infrastructure access business in April 2016.

Cash flow provided by operations for the third quarter 2016 totaled $18.4 million, compared to cash provided by operations of $32.3 million for the second quarter 2016, and cash provided by operations of $22.1 million for the third quarter 2015.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $110.2 million at September 30, 2016, compared to $176.5 million at June 30, 2016, and $104.8 million at September 30, 2015.  The $110.2 million at September 30, 2016 reflects $80.0 million of cash paid for our acquisition of the wireless infrastructure backhaul business from Broadcom Corporation in July 2016.

Non-GAAP Results

Non-GAAP gross margin for the third quarter 2016 was 63.1 percent of revenue, compared to 63.8 percent for the second quarter 2016, and 56.7 percent for the third quarter 2015.

Non-GAAP operating expenses were $31.5 million, $30.6 million and $29.1 million for the third quarter 2016, second quarter 2016 and third quarter 2015, respectively. Non-GAAP operating expenses increased 3 percent when compared to the second quarter 2016, and increased 8 percent when compared to third quarter 2015. Non-GAAP operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 33 percent, 30 percent and 31 percent for the third quarter 2016, second quarter 2016 and third quarter 2015, respectively. Non-GAAP operating margins were 30 percent, 34 percent and 26 percent for the third quarter 2016, second quarter 2016 and third quarter 2015, respectively.

Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter 2016 was $28.8 million, or $0.43 per share (diluted), compared to $33.9 million, or $0.50 per share (diluted), for the second quarter 2016, and $25.0 million, or $0.40 per share (diluted), for the third quarter 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Revenue and Gross Margin Guidance

We expect revenue in the fourth quarter 2016 to be between $85 million and $89 million, GAAP gross margin to be approximately 57 percent to 58 percent of revenue, and non-GAAP gross margin to be 63 percent to 64 percent of revenue. Our estimates of forward-looking non-GAAP gross margins exclude estimates for amortization of inventory step-up, stock-based compensation expense, stock-based bonus accruals, acquisition related expenses, and restructuring charges, each of which is described in more detail below under the caption “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”  The timing and amounts of these material amounts needed to estimate non-GAAP financial measures are inherently unpredictable or outside our control to predict.  Accordingly, we cannot provide a quantitative reconciliation of non-GAAP gross margin without unreasonable effort.  Material changes to any of these items could have a significant effect on our guidance and future GAAP results.

Conference Call Details

MaxLinear will host its third quarter financial results conference call today, November 7, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time). To access this call, dial US toll free: 1-855-629-3857 / International: 1-661-378-9892 with conference ID: 91352866. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the investor relations section of the MaxLinear website at http://investors.maxlinear.com, and will be archived and available after the call at http://investors.maxlinear.com until November 21, 2016. A replay of the conference call will also be available until November 21, 2016 by dialing toll free: 1-855-859-2056 and referencing passcode: 91352866.

Cautionary Note Concerning 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. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning our future financial performance (including our current guidance for fourth quarter 2016 revenue and gross margin). These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The closing of recent acquisitions of wireless infrastructure assets from Microsemi and Broadcom present particular risks associated with our ability to integrate the acquired businesses, and maintain relationships with employees, customers, and vendors.  In addition, our current expectations with respect to the size of the available market and growth opportunities in future years are subject to substantial management assumptions that are themselves subject to material risks and uncertainties.   Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect our assumptions and expectations with respect to the completed acquisitions that also generally affect our business, operating results, financial condition, and stock price, include, intense competition in our industry; our dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will develop; potential uncertainties arising from continued consolidation among cable television and satellite operators in our target markets and continued consolidation among competitors within the semiconductor industry generally; our ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of those products, particularly as we seek to expand outside of our historic markets; potential decreases in average selling prices for our products; risks relating to intellectual property protection and the prevalence of intellectual property litigation in our industry, including pending litigation against us by a third parties in the United States District Court in Delaware and Superior Court of California; our reliance on a limited number of third party manufacturers; and our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 as amended by Amendment No. 1 filed with the SEC on April 28, 2016; our subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, and for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, which we expect to file shortly; and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. In addition, when available, investors should review the information to be set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in MaxLinear’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements are based on the estimates, projections and assumptions of management as of November 7, 2016, and MaxLinear is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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