InterDigital Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter 2018

WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), a mobile technology research and development company, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Effective January 1, 2018, the company adopted a new revenue recognition standard ("ASC 606"), which impacted the company’s recognition of revenue from certain of its fixed-fee and per-unit license agreements.  The company adopted ASC 606 using the modified retrospective method, which means that the total amount of revenue reported for second quarter 2017 has not been restated in the current financial statements.  In the interest of comparability during the transition year to ASC 606, the company has provided revenue, net income and earnings per share information in accordance with both ASC 606 and revenue recognition rules in effect prior to the adoption of ASC 606 (“ASC 605”).

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Second quarter 2018 recurring revenue was $67.5 million, a 5% sequential increase compared to first quarter 2018.  Under ASC 605, recurring revenue for second quarter 2018 would have been $88.6 million, compared to $87.9 million in second quarter 2017, primarily driven by new fixed-fee agreements signed during 2018.

  • Second quarter 2018 operating expenses decreased by $1.0 million to $53.9 million, compared to $54.8 million in second quarter 2017.  Operating expenses were not affected by the adoption of ASC 606.

  • The second quarter 2018 effective tax rate was 9.8%, based on the statutory federal tax rate net of discrete federal and state taxes.  The effective tax rate for second quarter 2018 was favorably impacted by provisions contained within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Tax Reform Act").  This is compared to an effective tax rate of 34.4% based on the statutory federal tax rate net of discrete federal and state taxes during second quarter 2017.

  • Second quarter 2018 net income1 was $10.7 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.  Under ASC 605, net income for second quarter 2018 would have been $33.2 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $52.5 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, in second quarter 2017.

  • In second quarter 2018, the company recorded $6.8 million of cash provided by operating activities, compared to $19.4 million in second quarter 2017.  The company used $0.8 million of free cash flow2 in second quarter 2018, compared to generating $10.1 million in second quarter 2017.  These changes were primarily due to the timing of cash receipts under fixed-fee agreements.  Ending cash and short-term investments totaled $1.1 billion.

“Our continued licensing efforts, including new agreements in the second quarter, saw growth in recurring revenue coupled with careful expense discipline and another excellent quarter,” said William J. Merritt, President and CEO. “With the expansion of our patent portfolio, our continued strong participation in 5G, and the expansion of wireless into new markets, we see new opportunities and a platform for continued growth.”

Additional Highlights

  • The current period tax benefit was driven by:

    • the decrease in the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and the imposition of a 13.125% tax rate on income that qualifies as Foreign Derived Intangible Income ("FDII") under the Tax Reform Act; and

    • timing differences between the recognition of book and tax revenue that magnify the FDII impact in the current period.

  • The company expects to report a negative effective tax rate for the full year, but expects its long-term tax rate will be in the range of approximately 14% to 15%.  The effective tax rate reported in any given year will continue to be influenced by a variety of factors, including timing differences between the recognition of book and tax revenue, the level of pre-tax income or loss, the foreign vs. domestic classification of the company’s customers, and any discrete items that may occur.  The company further notes that its tax positions could be altered by pending IRS regulations that could clarify certain provisions of the Tax Reform Act.

  • From January 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018, the company has repurchased 0.2 million shares of common stock under its stock repurchase program for a total cost of $16.0 million.

  • On July 31, 2018, we announced that we had completed the acquisition of the patent licensing business of Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector.

Conference Call Information

InterDigital will host a conference call on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its second quarter 2018 financial performance and other company matters.  For a live Internet webcast of the conference call, visit and click on the link to the live webcast on the Investors page.  The company encourages participants to take advantage of the Internet option.

For telephone access to the conference, call (888) 224-1005 within the United States or +1 (323) 794-2551 from outside the United States.  Please call by 9:50 a.m. ET on August 2nd and give the operator conference ID number 9287523.

An Internet replay of the conference call will be available on InterDigital's website in the Investors section. In addition, a telephone replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET August 2 through 1:00 p.m. ET August 7. To access the recorded replay, call (888) 203-1112 or +1 (719) 457-0820 and use the replay code 9287523.

About InterDigital®

InterDigital develops mobile technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide.  We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment.  InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies.  Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

For more information, visit the InterDigital website:

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Such statements include information regarding our current beliefs, plans and expectations, including, without limitation, (i) our current expectations with respect to our effective tax rate for 2018 and our long-term tax rate; and (ii) our belief that the expansion of our patent portfolio, our continued strong participation in 5G, and the expansion of wireless into new markets will provide new opportunities and a platform for continued growth.  Words such as "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "forecast," "goal," "see," and variations of any such words or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in or anticipated by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, those identified in this press release, as well as the following: (i) unanticipated delays, difficulties or acceleration in the execution of patent license agreements; (ii) our ability to leverage our strategic relationships and secure new patent license agreements on acceptable terms; (iii) our ability to enter into sales and/or licensing partnering arrangements for certain of our patent assets; (iv) our ability to enter into partnerships with leading inventors and research organizations and identify and acquire technology and patent portfolios that align with InterDigital's roadmap; (v) our ability to commercialize the company's technologies and enter into customer agreements; (vi) the failure of the markets for the company's current or new technologies and products to materialize to the extent or at the rate that we expect; (vii) unexpected delays or difficulties related to the development of the company's technologies and products; (viii) changes in our interpretations of, and assumptions and calculations with respect to the impact on the company of, the Tax Reform Act, as well as further guidance that may be issued regarding the Tax Reform Act; (ix) the resolution of current legal or regulatory proceedings, including any awards or judgments relating to such proceedings, additional legal or regulatory proceedings, changes in the schedules or costs associated with legal or regulatory proceedings or adverse rulings in such legal or regulatory proceedings; (x) changes or inaccuracies in market projections; and (xi) changes in the company's business strategy.

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