Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. ( ACTS)

Q1 2011 Earnings Call

May 10, 2011 5:30 PM ET

Executives

Ellen Davis – Investor Relations, The BlueShirt Group

Niccolo Chen – Chief Executive Officer

Patricia Chou – Chief Financial Officer

Analysts

Rick Fearon – Accretive Capital Partners

Presentation

Operator

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Actions Semiconductor First Quarter 2011 Earnings Conference Call. During today's presentation, all parties will be in a listen-only mode.

Following the presentation, the conference will be open for questions. (Operator Instructions) This conference is being recorded, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Ellen Davis of The BlueShirt Group. Please go ahead, ma'am.

Ellen Davis

Good afternoon and thank you for joining us on today's conference call to discuss Actions Semiconductor's first quarter 2011 financial results. This call is being broadcast live over the web and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of Actions website at www.actions-semi.com, for 90 days.

On today's call are Niccolo Chen, Chief Executive Officer, and Patricia Chou, Chief Financial Officer. After the market closed in the U.S. today, Actions issued a press release discussing the results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

The press release was also filed on Form 6-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The press release is accessible online at the company's website as well as the SEC's website or you can call the Blueshirt Group at area code 415-217-7722 and we will e-mail you a copy.

We would like to remind you that during the course of this conference call, Actions' management team may make projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of the company. We wish to caution you that such events -- such statements are simply estimates and actual events or results may differ materially.

We refer you to the documents that Actions files from time to time with the SEC, specifically the company's most recently filed Forms F-1, 20-F and 6-Ks. These documents identify important factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements.

And now, I'd like to turn the call over to Patricia Chou.

Patricia Chou

Thanks for participating in Actions earnings conference call. We appreciate your continued interest in the Actions. I will provide a business update and discuss financial results for the first quarter of 2011 as well as the expectations for future performance. Niccolo will be available during the Q&A portion of the call, where I will translate from Mandarin to English on his behalf.

First, I would like to discuss our financial results for the first quarter. As a reminder, our financials are reported in accordance with the U.S. GAAP. While the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 we've recorded revenue of $9.4 million compared to $10.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Our gross margin for the first quarter of 2011 was 39.1% compared to 37.1% for the prior quarter. For the first quarter, total stock-based compensation expense was $0.6 million compared to a credit for the fourth quarter of $0.2 million, which included a true-up of underestimated forfeiture rate.

R&D expense was $5.1 million or 54% of revenue for the first quarter compared to $4.4 million in the fourth quarter, which included the impact of the true-up of underestimated forfeiture rate. We anticipate our R&D expense to continue to represent a high percentage of revenue as we increase R&D talent to focus on our diversified product development initiative.

G&A expense was $1.7 million in the first quarter or 18.1% of revenue, which was lower than the fourth quarter of $2.2 million, mainly due to the annual listing expense or reimbursement for our [ADS Depositary] Bank. Sales and marketing expense was $0.3 million in the first quarter or 2.8% of revenue compared to $0.4 million in the fourth quarter.

We continue to tightening manage the expense levels in this category as demonstrated by our higher increase of growth, non-engineering functions and the salary cuts of the executive and the management level. Operating loss was $3.1 million for the first quarter of 2011, compared to operating loss of $3 million for the prior quarter. As a result of their continued appreciation of the Chinese Yen against the U.S. dollar and their competitive compensation in China talent market, we expect our operating expenses denominated against Chinese Yen to increase gradually.

Net other income was $1.1 million as a net result of a foreign exchange gain. Other income of $0.8 million for the fourth quarter was also related to a net foreign exchange gain. Interest income was $2.8 million for the first quarter, up from $2.5 million in the fourth quarter as a result of the interest rate related in Chinese Yen starting in late 2010.

Income before taxes was $0.8 million for the first quarter as compared to income of $0.3 million in the fourth quarter. Net income tax expense was $0.3 for the first quarter compared to income tax expense of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter.

Net income attributable to Actions Semiconductor on a U.S. GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2011 was $5,000 or $0.00 per diluted ADS compared to a net loss of $115,000 or $0.00 per diluted ADS for the fourth quarter of 2010.

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