On March 10, 2008, the Company announced its entry into an agreement by which TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT) will acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company in exchange for $1.00 per share in cash, implying a total purchase price of approximately $72.0 million. Proxy materials pertaining to the transaction were mailed to the Company’s stockholders on April 10, 2008 and a special meeting of stockholders is scheduled for May 22, 2008 to consider and vote upon the proposed merger agreement. The transaction is expected to close, in the event of approval by the Company’s stockholders, shortly after the meeting.
Revenue for the first quarter of 2008 was $10.3 million, which was in line with the Company’s guidance, compared to revenue of $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 and $10.8 million in the same period one year ago.
“Our first quarter was highlighted by our first two production orders for our MCM chipset targeted at the TD-SCDMA rollout in China,” commented Bruce Diamond, President and Chief Executive Officer of WJ Communications. “Going forward, we believe the enhanced scale that will result from the TriQuint transaction will lead to a greater level of market penetration for many of the innovative products that WJ has produced over the last several years. We look forward to the transaction closing and furthering our success as a combined company.”
Net loss for the first quarter was $2.9 million, or ($0.04) per share, and included $1.2 million in expenses related to the TriQuint transaction. This compared to a net loss of $738,000, or ($0.01) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2007 and a net loss of $4.4 million, or ($0.07) per share, in the first quarter of 2007. Stock compensation charges were $822,000 in the first quarter of 2008, compared to $843,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007 and $875,000 in the year ago period.
EBITDA for the first quarter was a loss of $1.6 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter, which excludes $1.2 million in expenses related to the TriQuint transaction and the $4,000 of income from restructuring, was a loss of $354,000. This compares to EBITDA of $290,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007, which included a restructuring benefit of $669,000 and a loss of $2.7 million in the same period one year ago, which included a restructuring charge of $212,000. Removing the effects of the expenses related to the TriQuint transaction and restructuring charges and benefits, first quarter EBITDA improved by approximately $25,000 compared to the fourth quarter of 2007.
Gross margin for the first quarter of 2008 was 45.2 percent, compared to 44.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007 and 44.3 percent in the same period a year ago. Operating expenses for the quarter totaled $6.3 million, which excludes $1.2 million in transaction related expenses. This compares to $6.0 million in the previous quarter, which included a restructuring benefit of $669,000, and $9.5 million in the same period one year ago.
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of March 30, 2008 were $15.1 million, compared to $16.7 million as of December 31, 2007.
A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results is provided in the table below and on the Company’s website.
First Quarter 2008 Financial Results Conference Call
WJ Communications will host a conference call and Web cast with investors today, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss the first quarter 2008 financial results. Investors and other interested parties may access the call by dialing 800-257-7063 (+1-303-262-2006 outside of the U.S.), with the Reservation ID 11113828, at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. In addition, an audio Web cast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s Web site at www.wj.com. Following the live Web cast, an archived version will be available on the Company’s Web site.
This release contains forward-looking statements as to certain expected
Company actions and goals. These forward-looking statements and others
made by the Company are not historical facts but rather are based on
current expectations and our beliefs. These forward-looking statements
are made within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933
and are subject to the safe harbor created by that section. Words such
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Company's actual results may differ materially from these
forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors,
including, but not limited to, the actual closing of the TriQuint
transaction, the actual timing of the closing of the TriQuint
transaction being affected by unexpected delays and any failure to
satisfy the closing conditions to the transaction, the Company ’ s
actual performance in the second quarter of 2008 and fiscal year 2008
and the risk factors contained in the Company's Form 10-K for year ended
2007, Form 10-Q, and such other factors as described from time to time
in the Company's filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission,
which are available on the SEC Web site at
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to publicly update or revise the forward-looking statements contained
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