Inphi Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

Reports 19% year over year revenue growth

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 31, 2017 – Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI), a leader in high-speed data movement interconnects, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

GAAP Results

Revenue from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2017 was $84.5 million on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, up 19% year-over-year, compared with $70.7 million in the third quarter of 2016. This revenue growth reflects an increase in demand for COLORZ® inter-data center solutions and coherent DSP products from the ClariPhy acquisition.

Gross margin from continuing operations under GAAP in the third quarter of 2017 was 49.8%, compared with 68.1% in the third quarter of 2016. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to a Q3 impairment charge of acquired intangibles as well as amortization of other intangibles and a change in the product mix.

GAAP operating loss from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2017 was $52.5 million or (62.1%) of revenue from continuing operations, compared to GAAP income from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2016 of $10.2 million or 14.5% of revenue from continuing operations. The loss was due to an impairment of $47 million ($36.7 million net of tax) in technology intangibles from the ClariPhy acquisition due to a change in product roadmap following the acquisition.

GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 was $48.8 million, or ($1.15) per diluted common share, compared with GAAP net income from continuing operations of $6.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016.

Inphi reports revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, net income (loss), and earnings per share from continuing operations in accordance with GAAP and on a non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, net income, earnings per share from continuing operations, as well as a description of the items excluded from the non-GAAP calculations, is included in the financial statements portion of this press release.

Non-GAAP Results

Gross margin from continuing operations on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2017 was 71.4%, compared to 73.0% in the third quarter of 2016. The decrease was largely due to change in product mix.

Non-GAAP operating income from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2017 was $17.3 million from continuing operations, compared with $20.9 million from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2016. The decrease is primarily due to impact of our Q3 net investment in developing new Coherent DSP components as part of the ClariPhy acquisition.

Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2017 was $15.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted common share. This compares with non-GAAP net income from continuing operations of $20.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016.

“Q3 was a solid quarter of execution for Inphi, in a market still waiting for a rebound in China long haul and metro,” said President and CEO Ford Tamer. “Once again, we had strong growth in the data center market from COLORZ, and we continue to introduce new PAM-based products, like Vega™ and Polaris™ that will lead to continued growth in the data center market in 2018 and beyond.”

Nine Months 2017 Results
Revenue from continuing operations in the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $262.5 million, compared with $185.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2016. GAAP net loss from continuing operations in the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $75.0 million, or ($1.78) per diluted share, on approximately 42.0 million basic weighted average common shares outstanding. This compares with GAAP net income from continuing operations of $7.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, on approximately 44.0 million diluted weighted average common shares outstanding in the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations in the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $50.9 million, or $1.15 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding, on approximately 44.3 million diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. This compares with non-GAAP net income from continuing operations of $45.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2016, or $1.04 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding, on approximately 44.0 million diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.

Business Outlook
The following statements are based on the Company’s current expectations for the fourth quarter of 2017. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. A reconciliation between the GAAP and Non-GAAP outlook is included at the end of this press release.

  • Revenue in Q4 2017 is expected to be in a range of $84.3 million to $88.3 million. The midpoint being $86.3 million or up sequentially 2.2% with Q3 2017.
  • GAAP gross margin is expected to be approximately 59.9% to 61.4%.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be approximately 70.6% to 71.6%.
  • Stock-based compensation expense is expected to be in the range of $11.9 million to $12.3 million.
  • GAAP results are expected to be a net loss in a range between $11.9 million to $14.4 million, or ($0.28) – ($0.34) per basic share, based on 42.7 million estimated weighted average basic shares outstanding.
  • Non-GAAP net income, excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles and inventory step up fair value related to acquisitions and noncash interest on convertible debt, is expected to be in the range of $14.7 million to $17.2 million, or $0.33-$0.39 per diluted share, based on 44.3 million estimated diluted shares outstanding.

Quarterly Conference Call Today
Inphi plans to hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time with Ford Tamer, president and chief executive officer, and John Edmunds, chief financial officer, to discuss the third quarter 2017 results.

The call can be accessed by dialing (765) 507-2591, participant passcode: 7095818. Please dial-in ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on Inphi’s website at http://investors.inphi.com for up to 30 days after the call.

About Inphi
Inphi Corporation is a leader in high-speed data movement. We move big data – fast, throughout the globe, between data centers, and inside data centers. Inphi’s expertise in signal integrity results in reliable data delivery, at high speeds, over a variety of distances. As data volumes ramp exponentially due to video streaming, social media, cloud-based services, and wireless infrastructure, the need for speed has never been greater. That’s where we come in. Customers rely on Inphi’s solutions to develop and build out the Service Provider and Cloud infrastructures, and data centers of tomorrow. To learn more about Inphi, visit www.inphi.com.

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Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in the press release and certain matters to be discussed on the third quarter of 2017 conference call regarding Inphi Corporation, which are not historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as outlook, believe, expect, may, will, provide, continue, could, and should, and the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These statements include statements relating to: the Company’s business outlook and current expectations for 2017, including with respect to the fourth quarter of 2017, revenue, gross margin, stock-based compensation expense, operating performance, net income or loss, and earnings per share; the Company’s expectations regarding growth opportunities and the introduction of new products in 2017 and 2018, including growth in the data center market, long haul, metro and inter- and intra-data center markets; the Company’s plans regarding COLORZ; the impact of inventory accumulation and recovery of the metro and long haul markets in China and their effects on revenue; and benefits of using non-GAAP financial measures. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including: the Company’s ability to sustain profitable operations due to its history of losses and accumulated deficit; dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of revenue and lack of long-term purchase commitments from our customers; product defects; risk related to intellectual property matters, lengthy sales cycle and competitive selection process; lengthy and expensive qualification processes; ability to develop new or enhanced products in a timely manner; development of the markets that the Company targets; market demand for the Company’s products; reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble and test products; ability to compete; and other risks inherent in fabless semiconductor businesses. In addition, actual results could differ materially due to changes in tax rates or tax benefits available, changes in government regulation, changes in claims that may or may not be asserted, as well as changes in pending litigation. For a discussion of these and other related risks, please refer to Inphi Corporation’s recent SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. Inphi Corporation undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements for any reason, except as required by law, even as new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

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Corporate Contact:
Kim Markle
Inphi
408-217-7329
kmarkle@inphi.com

Investor Contact:
Deborah Stapleton
650-815-1239
deb@stapleton.com

The following table presents details of stock-based compensation expense included in each functional line item in the consolidated statements of operations above:

To supplement the financial data presented on a GAAP basis, the Company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude stock-based compensation, legal, transition costs and other expenses, purchase price fair value adjustments related to acquisitions, impairment of certain intangibles, non-cash interest expense related to convertible debt, indirect expenses associated with discontinued operations and deferred tax asset valuation allowance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with GAAP. These results should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. The Company believes that its non-GAAP financial information provides useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations because it excludes charges or benefits that management considers to be outside of the Company’s core operating results. The Company believes that the non-GAAP measures of gross margin, income from operations, net income and earnings per share, in combination with the Company’s financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, provide investors with additional perspective and a more meaningful understanding of the Company’s ongoing operating performance. In addition, the Company’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to review and assess the financial performance of the Company, to determine executive officer incentive compensation and to plan and forecast performance in future periods. The Company’s non-GAAP measurements are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, and are not an alternative to GAAP financial information, and may be calculated differently than non-GAAP financial information disclosed by other companies.

(a) Reflects the stock-based compensation expense recorded relating to stock based awards. The Company excludes this item when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(b) Reflects the legal, transition costs and other expenses related to acquisitions. The transition costs also include short-term cash retention bonus payments to Cortina and ClariPhy employees that were part of the purchase agreement when the Company acquired Cortina and ClariPhy. The Company excludes this item when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(c) Reflects the cost of goods sold fair value amortization of inventory step-up related to acquisitions. The Company excludes these items when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(d) Reflects the fair value amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions. The Company excludes these items when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(e) Reflects the fair value depreciation of fixed assets related to acquisitions. The Company excludes these items when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(f) Reflects indirect expenses which includes engineering software tools and lease expenses associated with discontinued operations. The Company excludes these items when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its continuing operating performance.
(g) Reflects the impairment of in-process research and development and developed technology from the ClariPhy acquisition. The Company excludes these items when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(h) Reflects the loss on disposal of certain property and equipment from the ClariPhy acquisition. The Company excludes these items when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(i) Reflects the accretion and amortization expense on convertible debt. The Company excludes these items when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(j) Reflects the gain on sale of cost method investment. The Company excludes this item when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.
(k) Reflects the change in valuation allowance and delta in interim period tax allocation from GAAP to non-GAAP related to non-GAAP adjustments. The Company excludes this item when it evaluates the continuing operational performance of the Company as management believes this GAAP measure is not indicative of its core operating performance.