Ambarella, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ambarella, Inc.  (NASDAQ:AMBA), a leading developer of low-power, HD and Ultra HD video compression and image processing semiconductors, today announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended July 31, 2016.

  • Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $65.1 million, down 22.6% from $84.2 million in the same period in fiscal 2016. For the six months ended July 31, 2016, revenue was $122.3 million, down 21.2% from $155.2 million for the six months ended July 31, 2015.
  • Gross margin under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was 66.7%, compared with 65.1% for the same period in fiscal 2016. For the six months ended July 31, 2016, GAAP gross margin was 65.6%, compared with 64.9% for the six months ended July 31, 2015.
  • GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $8.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted ordinary share, compared with GAAP net income of $23.1 million, or $0.68 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2016. GAAP net income for the six months ended July 31, 2016 was $10.4 million, or $0.31 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with GAAP net income of $42.0 million, or $1.25 per diluted ordinary share, for the six months ended July 31, 2015.

Financial results on a non-GAAP basis for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 are as follows:

  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was 67.1%, compared with 65.3% for the same period in fiscal 2016. For the six months ended July 31, 2016, non-GAAP gross margin was 66.0 %, compared with 65.1% for the six months ended July 31, 2015.
  • Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $18.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $29.7 million, or $0.88 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2016. Non-GAAP net income for the six months ended July 31, 2016 was $29.9 million, or $0.88 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $53.4 million, or $1.58 per diluted ordinary share, for the six months ended July 31, 2015.

Based on information available as of today, Ambarella is offering the following guidance for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017:

  • Revenue is expected to be between $95.0 million and $99.0 million
  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis is expected to be between 63.5% and 65.0%
  • Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis are expected to be between $25.0 million and $26.5 million
  • Effective tax rate on a non-GAAP basis is expected to be between 11.5% and 12.5%
  • Annual revenue for fiscal 2017 is expected to be flat to down 5% compared to fiscal 2016, consistent with previous guidance.

Ambarella reports gross margin, net income and earnings per share in accordance with GAAP and, additionally, on a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP financial information for the second fiscal quarter excludes the impact of stock-based compensation adjusted for the associated tax impact which includes the effect of any benefits or shortfalls recognized, and for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 also excludes certain costs associated with the acquisition of VisLab S.r.l. in June 2015.  A reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP gross margin, net income and earnings per share numbers for the periods presented, 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.

Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities on hand at the end of the second fiscal quarter of 2017 was $327.0 million, compared with $239.8 million at the end of the same quarter a year ago. 

Stock Repurchase

On June 2, 2016, Ambarella announced that its Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of up to $75 million of its ordinary shares over a six-month period commencing in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Repurchases under the program may be made from time-to-time through open market purchases or through privately negotiated transactions subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other relevant factors.  The repurchase program does not obligate the company to acquire any particular amount of ordinary shares, and it may be suspended at any time at the company’s discretion.  The repurchase program will be funded using Ambarella’s working capital and any repurchased shares will be available for general corporate purposes.   During the second quarter, Ambarella repurchased a total of 405,089 shares in the open market for total cash consideration of approximately $20.2 million or $49.80 per share.

“Our results reflect strong execution across the business despite several hurdles in the quarter as discussed on our last earnings call," said Fermi Wang, CEO of Ambarella.  "Solid product development and customer support continued to result in new design win momentum in all our markets, led by new projects in drone, home monitoring, virtual reality and wearable applications. We believe the continued investment in the development of advanced technologies in video capture and computer vision will help to expand our market opportunities.”

Quarterly Conference Call

Ambarella plans to hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today with Fermi Wang, Chief Executive Officer, and George Laplante, Chief Financial Officer, to discuss the second quarter fiscal year 2017 results. The call can be accessed by dialing 877-304-8963 in the USA; international callers should dial 760-666-4834. Participant passcode is “Ambarella.” Please dial in ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on Ambarella’s website at http://www.ambarella.com/ for up to 30 days after the call.

About Ambarella

Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBA), is a leading developer of low-power, high-definition (HD) and Ultra HD video compression and image processing solutions. The company’s products are used in a variety of HD cameras including security IP-cameras, sports cameras, wearable cameras, flying cameras and automotive video camera recorders. Ambarella compression chips are also used in broadcasting TV programs worldwide. Ambarella is the recipient of the Global Semiconductor Alliance 2015 awards for “Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company” and “Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company,” with annual sales of between $100M and $500M.

For more information about Ambarella, please visit www.ambarella.com.

"Safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts and often can be identified by terms such as “outlook,” “projected,” “intends,” “will,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “believes,” “could,” or similar expressions, including the comments of our CEO relating to design win momentum, our ability to successfully develop advanced technologies and our market opportunities. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of our future performance.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to, risks associated with revenue being generated from new customers or design wins, neither of which is assured; the commercial success of our customers’ products; our growth strategy; our ability to anticipate future market demands and future needs of our customers; our ability to introduce new and enhanced solutions; our ability to retain and expand customer relationships and to achieve design wins; the expansion of our current markets and our ability to successfully enter new markets; anticipated trends and challenges, including competition, in the markets in which we operate; our ability to effectively manage growth; our ability to retain key employees; and the potential for intellectual property disputes or other litigation.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results is included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our 2016 fiscal year, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information will also be set forth in the company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K and other filings the company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the Investor Relations portion of our web site at www.ambarella.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov .  Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof.  The results we report in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended July 31, 2016 could differ from the preliminary results announced in this press release.

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