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

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

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

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 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

"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 or the SEC's web site at  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.

Ambarella assumes no obligation and does not intend to update the forward-looking statements made in this press release, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company has provided in this release non-GAAP financial information including non-GAAP gross margin, net income, and earnings per share, as a supplement to the condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing the company’s financial results to assess operational performance and liquidity. The company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Further, the company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics that the company uses in making operating decisions and because the company believes that investors and analysts use them to help assess the health of its business and for comparison to other companies. Non-GAAP results are presented for supplemental informational purposes only for understanding the company’s operating results. The non-GAAP information should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

With respect to its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, the company has provided below reconciliations between its non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.  With respect to the company’s expectations for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, a reconciliation of non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses and non-GAAP effective tax rate guidance to the closest corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures.  We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended July 31, Six Months Ended July 31,
   2016   2015   2016   2015 
Revenue $65,142  $84,193  $122,299  $155,206 
Cost of revenue  21,672   29,345   42,122   54,440 
Gross profit  43,470   54,848   80,177   100,766 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  23,643   20,840   48,109   37,423 
Selling, general and administrative  10,565   9,087   21,458   18,097 
Total operating expenses  34,208   29,927   69,567   55,520 
Income from operations  9,262   24,921   10,610   45,246 
Other income  171   127   198   154 
Income before income taxes  9,433   25,048   10,808   45,400 
Provision for income taxes  801   1,951   393   3,449 
Net income $8,632  $23,097  $10,415  $41,951 
Net income per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:        
Basic $0.27  $0.73  $0.32  $1.34 
Diluted $0.25  $0.68  $0.31  $1.25 
Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per share       
attributable to ordinary shareholders:        
Basic  32,557,398   31,515,446   32,492,723   31,307,236 
Diluted  34,175,466   33,904,222   34,063,103   33,688,239 


The following table presents details of stock-based compensation expense included in each functional line item in the condensed consolidated statements of operations above:

 Three Months Ended July 31, Six Months Ended July 31, 
  2016   2015   2016   2015  
 (unaudited, in thousands) 
Stock-based compensation:        
Cost of revenue$246  $127  $491  $251  
Research and development 6,873   3,671   13,592   6,765  
Selling, general and administrative 4,347   2,323   8,684   4,587  
Total stock-based compensation$11,466  $6,121  $22,767  $11,603  


(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended July 31, Six Months Ended July 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
GAAP net income$8,632  $23,097  $10,415  $41,951 
Non-GAAP adjustments:       
Stock-based compensation expense 11,466   6,121   22,767   11,603 
Acquisition cost   1,229     1,229 
Income tax effect (1,592)  (750)  (3,238)  (1,425)
Non-GAAP net income$18,506  $29,697  $29,944  $53,358 
GAAP - diluted weighted average shares 34,175,466   33,904,222   34,063,103   33,688,239 
Non-GAAP - diluted weighted average shares 34,175,466   33,904,222   34,063,103   33,688,239 
GAAP - diluted net income per share$0.25  $0.68  $0.31  $1.25 
Non-GAAP adjustments:       
Stock-based compensation expense 0.34   0.18   0.67   0.34 
Acquisition cost   0.04     0.03 
Income tax effect (0.05)  (0.02)  (0.10)  (0.04)
Non-GAAP - diluted net income per share$0.54  $0.88  $0.88  $1.58 

The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.4% and 0.2%, or $246,000 and $127,000 for the three months ended July 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.4% and 0.2%, or $491,000 and $251,000 for the six months ended July 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The difference was due to the effect of stock-based compensation. 

(unaudited, in thousands)
 July 31, January 31, 
  2016   2016  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents$276,507  $268,056  
Marketable securities 50,520   39,837  
Accounts receivable, net 33,588   39,408  
Inventories 20,898   18,167  
Restricted cash 8   7  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,180   4,170  
Total current assets 385,701   369,645  
Property and equipment, net 3,642   3,448  
Deferred tax assets, non-current 5,743   4,626  
Intangible assets, net 4,173   4,178  
Goodwill 26,601   26,601  
Other non-current assets 1,998   2,117  
Total assets$427,858  $410,615  
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable 19,723   14,175  
Accrued liabilities 23,123   23,778  
Income taxes payable   787  
Deferred revenue 5,464   10,077  
Total current liabilities 48,310   48,817  
Other long-term liabilities 2,793   12,342  
Total liabilities 51,103   61,159  
Shareholders' equity:    
Preference shares    
Ordinary shares 15   15  
Additional paid-in capital 181,690   176,306  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 33   (7) 
Retained earnings 195,017   173,142  
Total shareholders’ equity 376,755   349,456  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$427,858  $410,615  

Deborah Stapleton