MaxLinear, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated financial statements presented on a basis consistent with GAAP, we disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net income, gross profit percentage, operating expenses, operating margins and earnings per share. These supplemental measures exclude the effects of (i) stock-based compensation expense and its related tax effect, if any; (ii) an accrual related to our performance based bonus plan for 2015, which we intend to settle in shares of our class A common stock in 2016; (iii) an accrual related to our performance based bonus plan for 2014, which we settled in stock in May 2015; (iv) amortization of inventory step-up; (v) amortization of purchased intangible assets; (vi) impairment of production masks; (vii)  severance charges; (viii) restricted merger proceeds and contingent consideration; (ix) acquisition and integration costs related to our recently completed acquisitions of Physpeed and Entropic; (x) professional fees and settlement costs related to our previously disclosed IP litigation matters; (xi) impairment losses for intangible assets; (xii) restructuring charges related to our acquisition of Entropic; and (xiii) release of valuation allowance due to net deferred tax liability acquired. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with and do not serve as an alternative for GAAP. We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our GAAP results of operations. These non-GAAP measures should only be viewed in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures. We compensate for the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of our performance.

We believe that non-GAAP financial measures can provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain non-cash and other one-time expenses that are not indicative of our core operating results. Among other uses, our management uses non-GAAP measures to compare our performance relative to forecasts and strategic plans and to benchmark our performance externally against competitors. In addition, management’s incentive compensation will be determined in part using these non-GAAP measures because we believe non-GAAP measures better reflect our core operating performance.

The following are explanations of each type of adjustment that we incorporate into non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense relates to equity incentive awards granted to our employees, directors, and consultants. Our equity incentive plans are important components of our employee incentive compensation arrangements and are reflected as expenses in our GAAP results. Stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense for MaxLinear. In addition, we exclude the related tax effect of stock-based compensation expense, if any, from non-GAAP net income.

Bonus payments under our executive and non-executive bonus programs have been excluded from our non-GAAP net income for 2015 and 2014. Bonus payments for the 2014 and first half of the 2015 performance periods were settled through the issuance of shares of Class A common stock under our equity incentive plans in May and August 2015, and we currently expect that bonus payments under our 2015 programs for the second half of 2015 will also be settled in Class A common stock in 2016. While we include the dilutive impact of equity awards in weighted average shares outstanding, the expense associated with stock-based awards reflects a non-cash charge that we exclude from non-GAAP net income.

Restricted stock units to be granted under our equity incentive plan to Physpeed continuing employees if certain 2015 and 2016 revenue targets are met contingent upon continued employment reflect a non-cash charge that we exclude from non-GAAP net income.

Expenses incurred in relation to acquisitions include amortization of purchased intangible assets, amortization of inventory step-up, acquisition and integration costs primarily consisting of professional and consulting fees, restricted merger proceeds which represent merger proceeds held back from the former principal shareholders of Physpeed which will be paid on a quarterly basis through October 31, 2016 and the change in fair value of contingent consideration.

Restructuring charges incurred are related to our restructuring plan which addresses issues primarily relating to the integration of the Company and Entropic businesses. Severance charges incurred relate primarily to our exit of research and development activities in Shanghai, China, and other non-recurring charges related to the termination of employees and transitional employees from the Entropic acquisition.

Expenses incurred in relation to impairment of production masks reflect costs that were previously capitalized but for which future use is no longer expected.

Impairment losses related to the impairments taken on the fair value of acquired intangible assets.

Expenses incurred in relation to our intellectual property litigation include professional fees incurred.

The acquisitions of Entropic and Physpeed resulted in a net deferred tax liability, which led to the release of valuation allowance and a benefit (provision) for income taxes.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures for the historic periods disclosed in this press release appear below. Because of the inherent uncertainty associated with our ability to project future charges, particularly related to stock-based compensation and its related tax effects as well as potential impairments, we have not provided a reconciliation for non-GAAP guidance provided for the first quarter of 2016.

About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL) is a global provider of integrated, radio frequency, and mixed-signal integrated circuits and SoCs. The company is a pioneer in multimedia over coax alliance (MoCA) technology and its products serve broadband communications and infrastructure industries, including cable TV, satellite TV, data center, metro, and long-haul optical transport network applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit

MXL is MaxLinear’s registered trademark. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2015 (1)  September 30, 2015 (1)  December 31, 2014
Net revenue$98,949  $95,191  $32,478 
Cost of net revenue43,189  44,141  12,728 
Gross profit55,760  51,050  19,750 
Operating expenses:     
Research and development22,640  23,491  14,681 
Selling, general and administrative17,960  25,457  9,601 
Impairment losses 21,600          
Restructuring charges 2,272     425      
Total operating expenses 64,472     49,373     24,282  
Income (loss) from operations (8,712 )   1,677     (4,532 )
Interest income 107     47     54  
Other income (expense), net 117     407     (44 )
Income (loss) before income taxes (8,488 )   2,131     (4,522 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 56     549     (2,160 )
Net income (loss) $ (8,544 )   $ 1,582     $ (2,362 )
Net income (loss) per share:          
Basic $ (0.14 )   $ 0.03     $ (0.06 )
Diluted $ (0.14 )   $ 0.03     $ (0.06 )
Shares used to compute net income (loss) per share:          
Basic 61,895     60,644     37,496  
Diluted 61,895     63,209     37,496  
(1) Included three months of Entropic operations.

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