Pixelworks Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 31, 2013 — Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PXLW), a pioneer in innovative video and display processing technology, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth quarter 2012 revenue was $13.6 million, compared to $16.3 million reported in the third quarter of 2012 and $16.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline in revenue was primarily due to a weak macro environment across the Company’s product lines.

On a GAAP basis, gross profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 48.6%, compared to 47.8% in the third quarter of 2012 and 47.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 GAAP operating expenses were $9.8 million, compared with $8.3 million in the previous quarter and $9.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company recorded a GAAP net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share, in the third quarter of 2012 and GAAP net loss of $2.0 million, or $0.11 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011.

On a non-GAAP basis, fourth quarter 2012 gross profit margin was 49.9%, compared to 49.0% in the third quarter of 2012 and 48.0% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The improvement in gross margin was largely the result of a favorable product mix. Fourth quarter 2012 operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis were $9.2 million, compared to $7.7 million in the previous quarter and $9.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2012 were positively impacted by a reimbursement credit to research and development expense related to a co-development partnership with a major customer, based on the achievement of certain milestones. Fourth quarter 2012 research and development expense did not include a reimbursement credit, however future reimbursement credits to research and development expense are anticipated in 2013 as additional milestones associated with the co-development partnership are achieved. The Company expects the product being developed under this co-development project to begin contributing significant revenue in 2014.

On a non-GAAP basis, net loss in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $2.8 million, or $0.15 per share, compared with net income of $0.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.07 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2012 was negative $1.3 million, compared with positive $1.4 million in the previous quarter and positive $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

“During 2012, we demonstrated the value of Pixelworks’ video display technology and expertise through significant licensing engagements with key customers and partners,” said Bruce Walicek, President and CEO of Pixelworks. “The recent introduction of our next-generation Video Display Processor, the PA168 for Ultra HD Displays, positions us to address the explosive growth opportunity as displays transition to higher resolutions. During the course of 2013, we are focused on taking advantage of the growth in video consumption by applying our industry leading video display processing technology to deliver the highest quality video experience to displays of all sizes."

The Company will discuss the details of its business outlook for the first quarter of 2013 during its conference call scheduled for today, January 31, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Conference Call Information

Pixelworks will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, which can be accessed by calling 866-510-0708 and using passcode 61361354. A Web broadcast of the call can be accessed by visiting the Company's investor page at www.pixelworks.com. For those unable to listen to the live Web broadcast, it will be archived for approximately 30 days. A replay of the conference call will also be available through Thursday, February 7, 2013, and can be accessed by calling 888-286-8010 and using passcode 10001690.

About Pixelworks, Inc.

Pixelworks creates, develops and markets video display processing technology for digital video applications that demand the very highest quality images. At design centers around the world, Pixelworks engineers constantly push video performance to keep manufacturers of consumer electronics and professional displays worldwide on the leading edge. The company is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.pixelworks.com.

Note: Pixelworks and the Pixelworks logo are registered trademarks of Pixelworks, Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release makes reference to non-GAAP gross profit margins, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share which exclude stock-based compensation expense, gain on sale of patents, gain on the sale of marketable securities and additional amortization of a non-cancelable prepaid royalty, all of which are required under GAAP. The press release also reconciles GAAP net loss and adjusted EBITDA which Pixelworks defines as GAAP net income before interest expense and other, net, income tax provision, depreciation and amortization, as well as the specific items listed above. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide a meaningful perspective on the Company's core operating results and underlying cash flow dynamics, but cautions investors to consider these measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, its consolidated financial results as presented in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is included in this earnings release which is available in the investor relations section of the Company's website.

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