CEVA, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

- All-time record high total revenue of $30.5 million, up 29% year-over-year

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 9, 2021 — (PRNewswire) —  CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

CEVA, Inc. reported Q2 2021 record revenue of $30.5 million and non-GAAP EPS of $0.22. 17 new agreements were signed, including 6 first-time customers. Royalty revenue was $14.9 million, generated from 451 million CEVA-powered units, including a record 313 million units under the base station & IoT product category. For more information and highlights, view the infographic.

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2021 was an all-time record high $30.5 million,  up 29% year-over-year.

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2021 was an all-time record high $30.5 million, a 29% increase compared to $23.6 million reported for the second quarter of 2020. Second quarter 2021 licensing, non-recurring engineering (NRE) and related revenue was $15.5 million, an increase of 15% when compared to $13.5 million reported for the same quarter a year ago. Royalty revenue for the second quarter of 2021 was $14.9 million, an increase of 48% when compared to $10.1 million reported for the second quarter of 2020. Royalty revenue included a payment of $3.3 million upon the resolution of a disagreement on royalties for past shipments.

Seventeen license agreements were concluded during the quarter, out of which six were with first time customers. Customers' target applications and devices include True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds, 5G smartphones, surveillance equipment, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G for telecom, enterprise and industrial markets, and a range of applications for IoT, consumer and medical. Geographically, nine of the deals signed were in China, two were elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific Region, five were in the U.S, and one was in Europe.

Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA, stated: "Our performance in the second quarter was exceptional, both in terms of financial metrics, with all-time high revenue, and in terms of market traction, where our IP portfolio continues to attract customers who rely on us to streamline and expedite their IoT and 5G strategies. With the acquisition of Intrinsix in the quarter, we are expanding our market reach to the large aerospace & defense space and enriching our business model, offering key customers optimized solutions that take advantage of our differentiated IP and competencies in RF, mixed-signal and security IP solutions. Our royalty mix continues to show strength in the base station and IoT category, with 5G base station radio access networks (RAN) returning to growth in the quarter and record shipments of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular IoT devices."

GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2021 was $0.3 million, as compared to a net loss of $1.1 million reported for the same period in 2020. GAAP diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2021 was $0.01, as compared to a GAAP diluted loss per share of ($0.05) for the same period in 2020.

Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2021 increased to $5.1 million and $0.22, respectively, from $2.9 million and $0.12 reported for the second quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2021 excluded: (a) equity-based compensation expense, net of taxes, of $2.9 million, (b) the impact of the amortization of acquired intangibles, net of taxes, of $0.9 million associated with the acquisition of the Intrinsix and Hillcrest Labs business, investments in NB-IoT and Immervision technologies, and (c) $1.0 million of costs associated with the Intrinsix acquisition. Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2020 excluded: (a) equity-based compensation expenses, net of taxes, of $3.3 million, and (b) the impact of the amortization of acquired intangibles, net of taxes, of $0.7 million associated with the acquisition of the Hillcrest Labs business and investments in NB-IoT and Immervision technologies.

Yaniv Arieli, Chief Financial Officer of CEVA, stated: "Our outstanding second quarter financial performance generated top-line growth year-over-year of 29%, and non-GAAP EPS growth of 83%. Licensing, NRE and related revenue included NRE revenues for the first time, as we completed the acquisition of Intrinsix prior to the end of the quarter. Our blended corporate tax rate was back to its forecasted levels as our revenue deal mix was more balanced. At the end of June 2021, our cash and cash equivalent balances, marketable securities and bank deposits were approximately $137 million, with no debt."

CEVA Conference Call
On August 9, 2021, CEVA management will conduct a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the operating performance for the quarter.

The conference call will be available via the following dial in numbers:

  • U.S. Participants: Dial 1-844-435-0316 (Access Code: CEVA)
  • International Participants: Dial +1-412-317-6365 (Access Code: CEVA)

The conference call will also be available live via webcast at the following link: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/984/42097. 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 +1-877-344-7529 or +1-412-317-0088 (access code: 10158545) from one hour after the end of the call until 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on August 16, 2021. The replay will also be available at CEVA's web site www.ceva-dsp.com.

Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of CEVA to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions.  Forward-looking statements include Mr. Wertheizer's statements regarding the impact of the Intrinsix acquisition on the Company's market reach and business model and demand for the Company's products. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause differing CEVA results  include: the scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic; the extent and length of the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on customers, consumer demand and the global economy generally; the ability of CEVA DSP cores and other technologies to continue to be strong growth drivers for us; our success in penetrating new markets, including in the base station and IoT markets, and maintaining our market position in existing markets; our ability to diversify the company's royalty streams, the ability of products incorporating our technologies to achieve market acceptance, the maturation of the connectivity, IoT and 5G markets, the effect of intense industry competition and consolidation, global chip market trends, including supply chain issues as a result of COVID-19 and other factors, the possibility that markets for CEVA's technologies may not develop as expected or that products incorporating our technologies do not achieve market acceptance; our ability to timely and successfully develop and introduce new technologies; our ability to successfully integrate Intrinsix into our business; and general market conditions and other risks relating to our business, including, but not limited to, those that are described from time to time in our SEC filings.  CEVA assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

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