Vimicro Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results

(PRNewswire) — Vimicro International Corporation (Nasdaq: VIMC) ("Vimicro"), a leading multimedia semiconductor and solution provider, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.

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Third Quarter 2010

Net revenue in the third quarter of 2010 was $26.5 million, compared to $26.4 million in the second quarter of 2010 and $20.5 million in the third quarter of 2009. Revenue in the third quarter of 2010 reflects increased revenue from Vimicro's surveillance business.

For the first nine months of 2010, revenue totaled $73.0 million, a 48% increase compared to $49.2 million for the same period in 2009 primarily due to the Company's expanded product offerings in high growth markets.

Dr. John Deng, Vimicro's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "In the third quarter, revenue from our new surveillance business improved as a result of the Company's increased marketing efforts and new contract wins, but recognized revenue has not yet reached the levels originally forecast. Another contributing factor was the delayed release of our SVAC standard, which was just recently approved by the Standardization Administration of China. Our notebook camera processor business remains solid as we maintain our leadership position in high-end notebooks. In mobile, we continued to ship volume orders to large mobile OEMs and secured new customer contracts."

Gross margin in the third quarter of 2010 was 31% compared to 34% in the previous quarter due to product mix within the quarter. Operating expenses remained flat sequentially at $13.9 million in the third quarter.

The Company recognized approximately $0.5 million of grants during the third quarter, and expects to recognize increased levels of grant benefits in the coming quarters. In addition, the Company initiated cost control programs including cutting variable expenses, lowering IP purchases and halting investment in non-core product lines and projects. Collectively, these actions will help the Company to achieve its financial goals, while establishing a more profitable operating model.

Third quarter 2010 net loss, prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), was $5.3 million, which included $1.1 million in share-based compensation expense, compared to a loss of $4.3 million, including $0.9 million in share-based compensation, in the second quarter. After excluding loss attributable to non-controlling interest, net loss attributed to Vimicro was $3.8 million in the third quarter, or $0.10 loss per ADS (each representing four ordinary shares), compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.08 loss per ADS, in the second quarter of 2010.

Business Outlook

Vimicro anticipates fourth quarter revenue to range between $26 million and $28 million. Surveillance revenue is expected to increase, driven by new product introductions and expanded sales and marketing efforts in multiple regions. The Company also anticipates a modest improvement in mobile sales volume and comparable volume in notebook products. The Company expects to achieve non-GAAP breakeven in the coming quarters and further contribute to future profitability on a sustainable basis through aggressive growth efforts and SVAC adoption in the surveillance market, business restructuring and operating expense controls implemented in the fourth quarter and first half of 2011.

Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast

Vimicro will host a conference call and Webcast November 29, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's recent results. Investors and other interested parties may access the call by dialing 800.299.9630 (or +1-617.786.2904 outside of the U.S.) with the pass code 42807962, at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

In addition, an audio Webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at Following the live Webcast, an archived version will be available on the Company's Web site. A telephone replay of the call will also be available approximately two hours after the call and will be available until December 6, 2010 at midnight (ET). The replay number is 888-286-8010 with a pass code of 71992356. International callers should dial +1-617-801-6888 and enter the same pass code at the prompt.

About Vimicro International Corporation

Vimicro International Corporation is a leading multimedia semiconductor and solution provider that designs, develops and markets mixed-signal semiconductor products and system-level solutions that enable multimedia capabilities in a variety of products for the consumer electronics and communications markets. Vimicro is also expanding business into the surveillance market with system-level solutions and semiconductor products. Vimicro's ADSs, each of which represents four ordinary shares, are currently trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol "VIMC."

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Vimicro's expectations and forecasts, contain forward-looking statements. Vimicro may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on forms 20-F and 6-K, etc., in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Vimicro's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the company's ability to develop and sell new mobile multimedia products; the expected growth of the mobile multimedia market; the company's ability to increase sales of notebook camera multimedia processors; the company's ability to retain existing customers and acquire new customers and respond to competitive market conditions; the company's ability to respond in a timely manner to the evolving multimedia market and changing consumer preferences and industry standards and to stay abreast of technological changes; the company's ability to secure sufficient foundry capacity in a timely manner; the company's ability to effectively protect its intellectual property and the risk that it may infringe on the intellectual property of others; and cyclicality of the semiconductor industry. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Vimicro's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Vimicro does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release is as of the date hereof, and Vimicro undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Non-GAAP Measures

To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, Vimicro uses non-GAAP measures of non-GAAP (loss)/income from operations, non-GAAP net (loss)/income attributed to Vimicro International Corporation and non-GAAP diluted net (loss)/income per ADS, which are adjusted from the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP to exclude amortization of share-based compensation expenses. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the company's financial performance as they exclude share-based expenses that are not expected to result in future cash payments. The non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that these non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charges that have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in our business for the foreseeable future. We compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of our share-based compensation charges in our reconciliations to the GAAP measures. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliation of non- GAAP results of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

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