Peregrine Semiconductor Announces Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

(PRNewswire) —  Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine Semiconductor) (NASDAQ: PSMI), founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, today announced its third quarter 2014 financial results.

Peregrine Semiconductor (NASDAQ: 
<a href='PSMI'>PSMI</a>), founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator), is a leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF solutions. Peregrine's UltraCMOS(R) technology - a patented, advanced form of SOI - delivers the performance edge needed to solve the RF market's biggest challenges. Peregrine holds more than 180 filed and pending patents and has shipped over 2 billion UltraCMOS units.

On August 22, 2014, Peregrine Semiconductor entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Murata Electronics North America, Inc. (Murata) and PJ Falcon Acquisition Company, Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murata. Due to this proposed merger with Murata, Peregrine Semiconductor will not conduct a third quarter 2014 financial results conference call.

Third quarter 2014 revenue was $43.1 million, compared with $60.0 million for the same period in 2013.

As reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), third quarter 2014 net loss was $3.1 million, compared with a GAAP net income of $4.4 million in the same period in 2013. Diluted net loss per share was $0.09 for the third quarter of 2014 compared to a diluted net income per share of $0.12 for the same period in 2013.

Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $1.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 33.6 million. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $6.2 million or $0.17 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 35.8 million for the same period in 2013.

Gross margin on a GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2014 was 39.6% of revenue, compared to 42.1% of revenue for the same period in 2013. Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2014 was 40.3% of revenue, compared to 42.5% of revenue for the same period in 2013.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2014 were $20.3 million on a GAAP basis and $18.8 million on a non-GAAP basis, compared to $21.0 million on a GAAP basis and $19.5 million on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2013.

In anticipation of the proposed merger with Murata, which the Company currently expects to be completed by the end of 2014, Peregrine Semiconductor will not issue financial guidance for the upcoming quarter or conduct a fourth quarter financial results conference call. The merger is subject to various closing conditions, including Peregrine stockholder and regulatory approvals.

Use of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Peregrine Semiconductor prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for the United States (GAAP).  The non-GAAP financial measures such as gross margin, net income and loss per share information for the three and nine months ended September 27, 2014, and similar periods from the prior year included in this press release are different from those otherwise presented under GAAP.  The non-GAAP financial measures exclude non-cash compensation expense for stock options.  When evaluating the performance of our business and developing short and long-term plans, we do not consider share-based compensation charges.  Although share-based compensation is necessary to attract and retain quality employees, our consideration of share-based compensation places its primary emphasis on overall shareholder dilution rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants.  Because of the varying availability of valuation methodologies and subjective assumptions, we believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation allows for more accurate comparison of our financial results to previous periods. In addition, we believe it useful to investors to understand the specific impact of the application of the fair value method of accounting for share-based compensation on our operating results.  The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.  We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business.  However, investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool.  These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.

For more information on our non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of such measures to the nearest GAAP measure, please see the "Condensed Consolidated Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results" table in this press release.

Use of Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward looking statements regarding our management's future expectations, beliefs, intentions, goals, strategies, plans and prospects.  Such statements constitute "forward-looking" statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The achievement of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results, performance or achievements could be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; intellectual property risks; intense competition in our industry; our ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of those products; consumer acceptance of our customers' products that incorporate our solutions; our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply; and potential decreases in average selling prices for our products.

For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Peregrine's business, please refer to the filings that we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including those set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013, which should be read in conjunction with these financial results.  These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations section of our website at .  Please also note that forward-looking statements represent our management's beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release.  Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information, becomes available in the future.

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