Sequans Communications Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a 4G chipmaker supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to equipment manufacturers for mobile operators worldwide, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Second Quarter 2012 Highlights:

Revenues, gross margin and non-IFRS earnings per share are in line with guidance.

Revenue: Revenue of $7.0 million increased 71% sequentially from the first quarter of 2012 and decreased 77% compared to the second quarter of 2011. The sequential increase reflects an increase in shipments of LTE products and a resumption of orders for WiMAX products from a historically large customer. The decrease compared to the prior year was due to lower sales to this same customer, following changes in the WiMAX market in the United States in the second half of 2011.

Gross margin: Gross margin was 54.2% compared to 57.4% in the first quarter of 2012 and 46.6% in the second quarter of 2011.

Operating income (loss): Operating loss was $8.0 million compared to an operating loss of $9.0 million in the first quarter of 2012 and an operating profit of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2011.

Net profit (loss): Net loss was $8.3 million, or ($0.24) per diluted share/ADS, compared to a net loss of $9.0 million, or ($0.26) per diluted share/ADS in the first quarter of 2012 and a net profit of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per diluted share/ADS in the second quarter of 2011.

Non-IFRS Net profit (loss): Excluding stock-based compensation, non-IFRS net loss was $7.4 million, or ($0.21) per diluted share/ADS, compared to a non-IFRS net loss of $7.7 million, or ($0.22) per diluted share/ADS in the first quarter of 2012, and a non-IFRS net profit of $2.8 million, or $0.08 per diluted share/ADS, in the second quarter of 2011.

 
 

 

In millions of US$ except percentages,
 

Key Metrics

shares and per share amounts
  Q2 2012   %*   Q1 2012   %*   Q2 2011   %*
Revenues $7.0     $4.1     $30.6  
Gross profit 3.8 54.2% 2.4 57.4% 14.3 46.6%
Operating income (loss) (8.0) -113.1% (9.0) -219.4% 1.9 6.2%
Net profit (loss) (8.3) -118.0% (9.0) -220.2% 0.1 0.2%
Diluted EPS ($0.24) ($0.26) $0.00
Number of diluted shares/ADS 34,678,812 34,670,306 35,209,641
 
Cash flow from (used in) operations (6.4) (6.4) 0.3
Cash and cash equivalents at quarter-end 40.7 49.3 61.9
 
Additional information:
Stock-based compensation included in operating result
0.9 1.3 1.7
Non-IFRS diluted EPS (excludes stock-based compensation) ($0.21) ($0.22) $0.08
                         
* Percentage of revenues
 

“We are pleased to report sequential revenue growth at the high end of our guidance,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Our objective during this transition phase is to continue making important progress in the LTE market, while we limit our operating loss with continued stringent control of our expenses. During the second quarter we implemented some optimization of our organization, resulting in a reduction of our workforce by about 10%.

“We achieved a very important milestone for the company at the end of June when we began volume shipments of all three chips in our second generation LTE platform. We also achieved true, sustained 150 Mbps throughput over a 20 MHz FDD channel, showing that our currently-shipping platform provides the highest possible LTE performance. We made key technology announcements regarding interference mitigation technology and a new reference solution for mobile 4G Voice over LTE. Based on the advanced capabilities of our LTE platform, we achieved design wins in several countries, and we strengthened our relationships with several key operators via collaboration on additional advanced features and capabilities, setting the stage for more progress in the future,” concluded Mr. Karam.

Outlook

The following statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Sequans undertakes no obligation to update these statements.

Sequans expects revenue for the third quarter of 2012 to be in the range of $8 to $9 million, with gross margin around 50%. Based on this revenue range and expected gross margin, and assuming an exchange rate of 1 euro = $1.26, non-IFRS net loss per diluted share/ADS is expected to be between ($0.17) and ($0.19) for the third quarter of 2012, with approximately 34.7 million weighted average number of diluted shares/ADSs. Non-IFRS EPS guidance excludes the impact of stock based compensation.

Conference Call and Webcast

Sequans plans to conduct a teleconference and live webcast to discuss the financial results for the second quarter of 2012 today, July 26, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. EDT /14:00 CET. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 800-230-1074 (or +1 612-234-9960 if outside the U.S.). A live and archived webcast of the call will be available from the Investors section of the Sequans website at www.sequans.com/investors/. A replay of the conference call will be available until August 26, 2012, by dialing toll free 800-475-6701 in the U.S., or +1 320-365-3844 from outside the U.S., using the following access code:252559.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or our future financial performance. All statements other than present and historical facts and conditions contained in this release, including any statements regarding our future results of operations and financial positions, business strategy, plans and our objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). These statements are only predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risk and uncertainties and subject to change at any time. We operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the projections or forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein include, without limitation: (i) the contraction or lack of growth of markets in which we compete and in which our products are sold, including WiMAX and LTE markets, (ii) unexpected increases in our expenses, including manufacturing expenses, (iii) our inability to adjust spending quickly enough to offset any unexpected revenue shortfall, (iv) delays or cancellations in spending by our customers, (v) unexpected average selling price reductions, (vi) the significant fluctuation to which our quarterly revenue and operating results are subject due to cyclicality in the wireless communications industry and transitions to new process technologies, (vii) our inability to anticipate the future market demands and future needs of our customers, (viii) our inability to achieve new design wins, and (ix) other factors detailed in documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Use of Non-IFRS/non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, we disclose certain non-IFRS, or non-GAAP, financial measures. These measures exclude non-cash charges. We believe that these measures can be useful to facilitate comparisons among different companies. These non-GAAP measures have limitations in that the non-GAAP measures we use may not be directly comparable to those reported by other companies. We seek to compensate for this limitation by providing a detailed reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the table attached to this press release.

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to equipment manufacturers for mobile operators worldwide. Founded in 2003 to address the WiMAX market, the company expanded in early 2009 to address the LTE market. Sequans chips are inside 4G networks around the world. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices throughout the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and China. www.sequans.com

Condensed financial tables follow
 
SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
       
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
               
Three months ended
(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts) June 30, March 31, June 30,
      2012     2012       2011  
 
Revenue :
Product revenue 5,990 3,314 30,006
  Other revenue   1,045     793     601  
Total revenue   7,035     4,107     30,607  
Cost of revenue
Cost of product revenue 3,177 1,707 16,287
  Cost of other revenue   44     44     44  
Total cost of revenue   3,221     1,751     16,331  
Gross profit   3,814     2,356     14,276  
Operating expenses :
Research and development 7,657 7,025 6,767
Sales and marketing 2,009 2,230 3,488
General and administrative 2,108 2,112 2,126
             
Total operating expenses   11,774     11,367     12,381  
Operating income (loss)   (7,960 )   (9,011 )   1,895  
Financial income (expense):
Interest income (expense), net 46 31 (151 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (354 ) (8 ) 103
  Change in the fair value of convertible notes option component   -     -     (1,651 )
Profit (loss) before income taxes   (8,268 )   (8,988 )   196  
Income tax expense 36 55 138
Profit (loss) (8,304 ) (9,043 ) 58
Attributable to :
Shareholders of the parent (8,304 ) (9,043 ) 58
  Minority interests   -     -     -  
Basic earnings (loss) per share   ($0.24 )   ($0.26 ) $ 0.00  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   ($0.24 )   ($0.26 ) $ 0.00  
Number of shares used for computing:
— Basic 34,678,812 34,670,306 33,435,416
— Diluted   34,678,812     34,670,306     35,209,641  
 
 
SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
     
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
           
Six months ended
(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts) June 30 , June 30 ,
      2012       2011  
 
Revenue :
Product revenue 9,304 54,850
  Other revenue   1,838       1,147  
Total revenue   11,142       55,997  
Cost of revenue
Cost of product revenue 4,884 28,587
  Cost of other revenue   88       129  
Total cost of revenue   4,972       28,716  
Gross profit   6,170       27,281  
Operating expenses :
Research and development 14,682 12,745
Sales and marketing 4,239 6,617
General and administrative 4,220 3,707
           
Total operating expenses   23,141       23,069  
Operating income (loss)   (16,971 )     4,212  
Financial income (expense):
Interest income (expense), net 77 (336 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (362 ) (104 )
  Change in the fair value of convertible notes option component   -       (1,651 )
Profit (Loss) before income taxes   (17,256 )     2,121  
Income tax expense (benefit) 91 168
Profit (Loss) (17,347 ) 1,953
Attributable to :
Shareholders of the parent (17,347 ) 1,953
  Minority interests   -       -  
Basic earnings (loss) per share   ($0.50 )   $ 0.06  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   ($0.50 )   $ 0.06  
Number of shares used for computing:
— Basic 34,674,648 30,595,087
— Diluted   34,674,648       32,369,312  
 
 
SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
 
     
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
           
At June 30, At December 31,
(in thousands of US$)   2012     2011  
 
ASSETS
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 10,121 9,334
Intangible assets 4,078 4,233
Loan and other receivables 519 531
Available for sale assets   753     677  
Total non-current assets   15,471     14,775  
Current assets
Inventories 10,450 11,660
Trade receivables 7,522 8,373
Prepaid expenses and other receivables 2,689 2,571
Recoverable value added tax 526 2,008
Research tax credit receivable 6,370 4,423
Cash and cash equivalents   40,663     57,220  
Total current assets   68,220     86,255  
Total assets 83,691 101,030
 
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Equity
Issued capital, euro 0.02 nominal value, 34,683,839 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at June 30, 2012 (34,667,339 at December 31, 2011) 912 912
Share premium 129,308 129,283
Other capital reserves 11,591 9,368
Accumulated deficit (72,038 ) (54,691 )
Other components of equity   (360 )   (628 )
Total equity   69,413     84,244  
Non-current liabilities
Government grant advances and interest-free loans 241 385
Provisions 299 259
Deferred tax liabilities   59     55  
Total non-current liabilities   599     699  
Current liabilities
Trade payables 7,170 8,580
Government grant advances and interest-free loans 505 717
Other current liabilities 5,042 5,846
Deferred revenue 863 869
Provisions   99     75  
Total current liabilities   13,679     16,087  
Total equity and liabilities 83,691 101,030
 
 
SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
 
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

Six months ended June 30,
(in thousands of US$)   2012   2011  

 
Operating activities
Loss before income taxes (17,256 ) 2,121
Non-cash adjustment to reconcile income before tax to net cash from (used in) operating activities
Depreciation and impairment of property, plant and equipment 2,298 1,829
Amortization and impairment of intangible assets 909 897
Share-based payment expense 2,223 1,597
Increase (decrease) in provisions 58 (153 )
Change in fair value of convertible notes option component - 1,651
Financial expense (income) (77 ) 49
Foreign exchange loss (gain) (11 ) 474
Interest free financing benefit - 178
Working capital adjustments
Decrease (Increase) in trade receivables and other receivables 2,100 (1,938 )
Decrease (Increase) in inventories 1,216 (2,364 )
Decrease (Increase) in research tax credit receivable (1,947 ) (1,336 )
Increase (Decrease) in trade payables and other liabilities (1,938 ) (2,216 )
Increase (Decrease) in deferred revenue (6 ) (380 )
Increase (Decrease) in government grant advances (242 ) (311 )
Income tax paid (99 ) (160 )
Net cash flow used in operating activities (12,772 ) (62 )
 
Investing activities
Purchase of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment (3,828 ) (6,236 )
Purchase of financial assets (64 ) (346 )
Net cash flow used in investments activities (3,892 ) (6,582 )
 
Financing activities
IPO proceeds, net of costs - 59,956
Proceeds from exercice of stock options and founders' warrants 25 343
Repayment of borrowings - (36 )
Interest received (paid) 77 (184 )
Repayment of interest-free loans - (1,321 )
Net cash flows from financing activities 102 58,758
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (16,562 ) 52,114
Net foreign exchange difference 5 4
Cash and cash equivalent at January 1 57,220 9,739
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period 40,663 61,857
 
 
SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
                 
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS
                           
Three months ended
(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts) June 30, 2012 March 31, June 30,
                    2012         2011  
    IFRS (as reported)     Adjustments (*)     Non-IFRS     Non-IFRS     Non-IFRS
 
Revenue :
Product revenue 5,990 5,990 3,314 30,006
Other revenue   1,045             1,045     793         601  
Total revenue   7,035       -       7,035     4,107         30,607  
Cost of revenue
Cost of product revenue 3,177 42 3,135 1,642 16,227
Cost of other revenue   44             44     44         44  
Total cost of revenue   3,221       42       3,179     1,686         16,271  
Gross profit   3,814       (42 )     3,856     2,421         14,336  
Operating expenses :
Research and development 7,657 280 7,377 6,641 6,480
Sales and marketing 2,009 210 1,799 1,961 3,244
General and administrative 2,108 385 1,723 1,524 1,583
                           
Total operating expenses   11,774       875       10,899     10,126         11,307  
Operating income (loss)   (7,960 )     (917 )     (7,043 )   (7,705 )       3,029  
Financial income (expense):
Interest income (expense), net 46 46 31 (151 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   (354 )           (354 )   (8 )       103  
Profit (loss) before income taxes   (8,268 )     (917 )     (7,351 )   (7,682 )       2,981  
Income tax expense 36 36 55 138
Net profit (loss) (8,304 ) (917 ) (7,387 ) (7,737 ) 2,843
Attributable to :
Shareholders of the parent (8,304 ) (7,387 ) (7,737 ) 2,843
Minority interests   -             -     -         -  
Basic earnings per share   ($0.24 )           ($0.21 )   ($0.22 )     $ 0.09  
Diluted earnings per share   ($0.24 )           ($0.21 )   ($0.22 )     $ 0.08  
Number of shares used for computing:
— Basic 34,678,812 34,678,812 34,670,306 33,435,416
— Diluted   34,678,812             34,678,812     34,670,306         35,209,641  
 
(*) Adjustments related to stock based compensation
expenses according to IFRS 2
 
 
SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
             
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS
 
Six months ended
(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts) June 30, 2012 June 30,
                      2011  
    IFRS (as reported)     Adjustments (*)     Non-IFRS     Non-IFRS
 
Revenue :
Product revenue 9,304 9,304 54,850
Other revenue   1,838             1,838       1,147  
Total revenue   11,142       -       11,142       55,997  
Cost of revenue
Cost of product revenue 4,884 107 4,777 28,515
Cost of other revenue   88             88       129  
Total cost of revenue   4,972       107       4,865       28,644  
Gross profit   6,170       (107 )     6,277       27,353  
Operating expenses :
Research and development 14,682 664 14,018 12,322
Sales and marketing 4,239 479 3,760 6,192
General and administrative 4,220 973 3,247 3,030
                     
Total operating expenses   23,141       2,116       21,025       21,544  
Operating income (loss)   (16,971 )     (2,223 )     (14,748 )     5,809  
Financial income (expense):
Interest income (expense), net 77 77 (336 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   (362 )           (362 )     (104 )
Profit (loss) before income taxes   (17,256 )     (2,223 )     (15,033 )     5,369  
Income tax expense 91 91 168
Net profit (loss) (17,347 ) (2,223 ) (15,124 ) 5,201
Attributable to :
Shareholders of the parent (17,347 ) (15,124 ) 5,201
Minority interests   -             -       -  
Basic earnings per share   ($0.50 )           ($0.44 )   $ 0.17  
Diluted earnings per share   ($0.50 )           ($0.44 )   $ 0.16  
Number of shares used for computing:
— Basic 34,674,648 34,674,648 30,595,087
— Diluted   34,674,648             34,674,648       32,369,312  
 
(*) Adjustments related to stock based compensation
expenses according to IFRS 2
 

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