Pixelworks Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PXLW), a leading provider of power efficient visual processing solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter and Recent Highlights

  • Video Delivery revenue grew 64% year-over-year, and Mobile revenue increased over 250%, including mobile-related licensing revenue
  • Recognized net gain of $3.9 million on the sale of non-strategic patents
  • Unveiled 5th generation Iris visual processor and began pre-production sampling to multiple mobile OEMs
  • Announced cooperative agreement with Qualcomm to provide a subset of Pixelworks Iris features as a software-only solution optimized for Snapdragon™ 855 mobile platforms
  • Black Shark incorporated Iris visual processor into its newest gaming smartphone, the Black Shark 2
  • Launched TrueCut®, an end-to-end video optimization platform, extending cinematic motion and HDR across mobile, home-entertainment and cinema applications
  • YouKu selected TrueCut as part of a multi-year marketing and license agreement to jointly advance the ecosystem for HDR quality video on mobile devices in China

President and CEO of Pixelworks, Todd DeBonis, commented, “First quarter revenue of $16.6 million included strong year-over-year growth in Video Delivery and Mobile on increased demand for both our Iris and XCode families of processors. Additionally, higher mobile-related licensing revenue resulted in better than expected gross margin, contributing to quarterly EPS being at the high-end of guidance. As anticipated, we also successfully monetized certain non-strategic patents acquired as part of ViXS, resulting in the recognition of a $3.9 million net gain in the first quarter.

“Since the beginning of the year, we’ve announced a series of new wins and strategic agreements with industry leading customers and ecosystem partners. In addition to sampling our new 5th generation Iris device to multiple mobile OEMs, we also significantly expanded our visual processing product portfolio with the introduction of Pixelworks’ first software-only solutions for mobile applications. These included a cooperative agreement with Qualcomm to offer our advanced display calibration software on Snapdragon mobile platforms, as well as the launch of Pixelworks’ TrueCut video optimization platform for cinematic motion and HDR. In conjunction with the commercial launch of TrueCut, we announced a multi-year marketing and license agreement with YouKu to jointly advance the ecosystem for high-quality HDR video on mobile devices in China.”

DeBonis concluded, “Pixelworks’ value proposition and the growing market opportunity for our advanced visual processing and video delivery technology are becoming significantly more pervasive in the current ‘Golden Age’ of content creation. Looking forward, our robust pipeline of engagements for our chip-based solutions combined with the expanding opportunities for our new software-only offerings are expected to contribute to incremental wins and momentum over the course of 2019.”

First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenue in the first quarter of 2019 was $16.6 million, compared to $20.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $15.3 million in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase in revenue reflects a combination of growth in the Video Delivery and Mobile end markets.

On a GAAP basis, gross profit margin in the first quarter of 2019 was 50.9%, compared to 53.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 51.0% in the first quarter of 2018. GAAP operating expenses in the first quarter of 2019 were $11.9 million, compared to $12.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $9.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

For the first quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a GAAP net loss of $29,000, or ($0.00) per share, which included a net gain of $3.9 million related to the sale of non-strategic patents, compared to a GAAP net loss of $1.6 million, or ($0.04) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2018 and a GAAP net loss of $598,000, or ($0.02) per share, in the year-ago quarter.

On a non-GAAP basis, first quarter 2019 gross profit margin was 53.3%, compared to 55.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 54.2% in the first quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP operating expenses in the first quarter of 2019 were $10.3 million, compared to $10.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $7.8 million in the year-ago quarter.

Operating expenses in the fourth and first quarters of 2018 included the recognition of offsets to R&D of approximately $220,000 and $2.0 million, respectively, related to the Company’s since-completed co-development project with a large digital projector customer.

For the first quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a non-GAAP net loss of $1.6 million, or ($0.04) per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $1.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018 and non-GAAP net income of $38,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2019 was ($464,000), compared to $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2019, Pixelworks expects revenue to be in a range of between $17.5 million and $18.5 million, reflecting anticipated seasonal growth in the Digital Projection market and continued year-over-year momentum in the Company’s Mobile and Video Delivery businesses. Additional guidance will be provided as part of the Company’s earnings conference call.

Conference Call Information

Pixelworks will host a conference call today, May 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, which can be accessed by calling 1-877-359-9508 and using passcode 3885227. A Web broadcast of the call can be accessed by visiting the Company's investor page at www.pixelworks.com. For those unable to listen to the live Web broadcast, it will be archived for at least 30 days. A replay of the conference call will also be available through Thursday, May 9, 2019, and can be accessed by calling 1-855-859-2056 and using passcode 3885227.

About Pixelworks, Inc.

Pixelworks creates, develops and markets high-efficiency visual display processing and advanced video delivery solutions for the highest quality display and streaming applications. The Company has a 20-year history of delivering image processing innovation to providers of leading-edge consumer electronics and professional displays, as well as video delivery and streaming solutions. The Company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.pixelworks.com.

Note: Pixelworks, the Pixelworks logo and TrueCut are registered trademarks of Pixelworks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release makes reference to non-GAAP gross profit margins, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, which exclude gain on sale of patents, inventory step-up and backlog amortization, amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring expenses, gain on extinguishment of convertible debt, and discount accretion on convertible debt fair value which are all required under GAAP as well as the tax effect of the non-GAAP adjustments. The press release also makes reference to and reconciles GAAP net income (loss) and adjusted EBITDA, which Pixelworks defines as GAAP net income (loss) before interest income (expense) and other, net, income tax provision (benefit), depreciation and amortization, as well as the specific items listed above.

Pixelworks management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate the business and establish its operational goals, review its operations on a period to period basis, for compensation evaluations, to measure performance, and for budgeting and resource allocation. Pixelworks management believes it is useful for the Company and investors to review, as applicable, both GAAP information and non-GAAP financial measures to help assess the performance of Pixelworks’ continuing business and to evaluate Pixelworks’ future prospects. These non-GAAP measures, when reviewed together with the GAAP financial information, provide additional transparency and information for comparison and analysis of operating performance and trends. These non-GAAP measures exclude certain items to facilitate management’s review of the comparability of our core operating results on a period to period basis.

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