Sigma Designs, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Sep 04, 2013 -- Sigma Designs®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leader in connected media platforms, today reported financial results and business highlights for its second fiscal quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended August 3, 2013.

Net revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $53.8 million, up $1.3 million, or 2.5%, from $52.5 million reported in the previous quarter and down $14.5 million, or 21.2%, from $68.3 million reported for the same period last year.

GAAP net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was $4.8 million, or a net loss of $0.14 per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net loss of $4.5 million, or net loss of $0.13 per diluted share, for the previous quarter and GAAP net loss of $13.4 million, or a net loss of $0.41 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was $2.0 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the previous quarter and non-GAAP net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, during the same period last year. The reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP net income (loss) for all referenced periods is provided in a table immediately following the GAAP financial tables below.

Management Comment

"We are very pleased about reaching non-GAAP profitability for the second consecutive quarter. Our Financial results were all positive, with an increase in revenues and gross margin, a decrease in operating expenses, positive pro-forma net income and positive net cash flow. We remain focused on sustaining our non-GAAP profitability in fiscal year 2014 as well as achieving profitable revenue growth throughout the remainder of the fiscal year," said Thinh Tran, President and CEO of Sigma Designs.

"Moving into the third quarter of fiscal 2014, we believe revenue will be in the range of $54.0 to $58.0 million," Mr. Tran continued. "We expect to see revenue increases in most of our target markets along with a steady non-GAAP gross margin between a range of 52% to 54% in the quarter. In addition, we expect our non-GAAP operating expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 to trend lower than the second quarter of fiscal 2014," said Mr. Tran.

Recent Highlights

  • We announced that YES, an Israeli satellite provider, has chosen Sigma Designs HomePlugAV solution with Clear Path™ to help strengthen their video-on-demand and multi-room customer solutions.
  • We began sampling our next generation SoC chipsets for the set-top box market, which will offer a dramatic increase in performance and is set for public demonstration at the upcoming IFA tradeshow in Germany.
  • We achieved a milestone in home connectivity, having shipped our 40 millionth HomePNA chipset.
  • We achieved HomeGrid certification for our second generation G.hn chipset, validating the quality of our solution.

Investor Conference Call
The conference call relating to Sigma's second quarter fiscal year 2014 financial results will take place following this announcement at 5:00 PM ET today, September 4, 2013. Investors will have the opportunity to listen live to the conference call via the Internet through www.sigmadesigns.com/IR or www.earnings.com. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson StreetEvents at www.streetevents.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 10 minutes early to register and download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call via the internet through www.sigmadesigns.com/IR or www.earnings.com. The audio replay will be available for one week after the call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Sigma reports non-GAAP net income (loss), which excludes amortization of acquired intangibles, stock-based compensation, the mark-up on purchased inventory sold during the period, acquisition-related expenses, restructuring charges, impairment of pre-production purchased IP and design tools, impairment of purchased IP and mask sets used in production, the gain on the sale of an R&D development project to a third party and the gain upon acquisition of the DTV business that Sigma recognized in accordance with GAAP. The tax amounts included in Sigma's non-GAAP results approximate its operating cash tax expense, similar to the liability reported on Sigma's tax returns. While the Company has historically not presented its non-GAAP tax provision in this manner, it believes this approach will enhance the ability of investors to understand the Company's actual tax expense on its current operations and provide improved modeling accuracy for analysts and investors. The Company intends to report its non-GAAP tax provision in this manner in future periods. Prior periods included in this release have been updated to reflect this new methodology. Sigma believes that its non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. Sigma also believes the non-GAAP measures provide useful supplemental information for investors to evaluate its operating results in the same manner as the research analysts that follow Sigma, all of whom present non-GAAP projections in their published reports. As such, the non-GAAP measures provided by Sigma facilitate a more direct comparison of its performance with the financial projections published by the analysts as well as its competitors, many of whom report financial results on a non-GAAP basis. The economic substance behind its decision to use such non-GAAP measures is that such measures approximate its controllable operating performance more closely than the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. For example, Sigma's management has no control over certain variables that have a major influence in the determination of stock-based compensation such as the volatility of its stock price and changing interest rates. Sigma believes that all of these excluded expenses do not accurately reflect the underlying performance of its continuing operations for the period in which they are incurred, even though some of these excluded items may be incurred and reflected in Sigma's GAAP financial results in the foreseeable future.

The material limitation associated with the use of the non-GAAP financial measures is that the non-GAAP measures do not reflect the full economic impact of Sigma's activities. Sigma's non-GAAP net income (loss) is not prepared in accordance with GAAP, is not an alternative to GAAP financial information, and may be calculated differently than non-GAAP financial information disclosed by other companies. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on non-GAAP information.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about sustaining non-GAAP profitability in fiscal year 2014 as well as achieving profitable revenue growth throughout the remainder of the fiscal year, our expectation to see revenue increases in most of our target markets and our estimated financial results for the third fiscal quarter of fiscal 2014, including our estimated revenue, non-GAAP gross margins and non-GAAP operating expenses for the third fiscal quarter. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, the risk that, upon completion of further closing procedures and audit, the financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 are different than the results set forth in this press release, general economic conditions, the ability to recognize the anticipated savings from our restructuring efforts, the rate of growth of the Set-Top Box, home networking, digital TV, and home control and energy management markets in general, the ramp in demand from Sigma's set-top box, television and telecommunication customers, Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma products, and the risk that such products will not gain widespread acceptance, or will be rendered obsolete, by product offerings of competitors or by alternative technologies, and other risks detailed from time to time in Sigma's SEC reports, including Sigma's report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on June 13, 2013. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Sigma undertakes no obligation to publicly release or otherwise disclose the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements that may be made as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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