TranSwitch Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2007 Financial Results

SHELTON, Conn.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 24, 2008— TranSwitch Corporation (NASDAQ: TXCC) today announced that it posted fourth quarter 2007 net revenues of approximately $7.2 million and a net loss of ($5.6) million, or ($0.04) per basic and diluted common share as was previously guided. This compares to fourth quarter 2006 net revenues of approximately $9.3 million and a net loss of ($3.2) million, or ($0.03) per basic and diluted common share.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2007, the Company posted net revenues of approximately $32.6 million and a net loss of ($19.7) million, or ($0.15) per basic and diluted common share. This compares to net revenues of approximately $38.9 million and a net loss of ($10.9) million, or ($0.09) per basic and diluted common share in the comparable period of 2006.

During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company reported a gross profit of $3.5 million or a gross margin of 57% on product revenues. The gross margin for TranSwitch's core product business was approximately 74%, while gross margin for other products was 13%. The gross margin for other products was negatively impacted in the fourth quarter by a one-time non-recurring engineering expense. In the fourth quarter of 2007, new and legacy products represented 67% and 33%, respectively, of total net product revenues.

"While we are disappointed by this quarter's results even though we anticipated these results in October,, we believe that the 2007 results represent the trough and 2008 will be a stronger year for us and our industry. We expect the industry outlook to brighten as the remaining industry consolidation issues get resolved," commented Dr. Santanu Das, President and CEO of TranSwitch Corporation.

"We have been designed into platforms of some of the leading equipment vendors who have contracts with the major carriers in countries such as China, India, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. While the aforementioned platforms have been slow to ramp, we believe, given the needs of these carriers and their stated commitment to these programs and plans, these platforms should begin to ramp shortly. Our confidence is bolstered by the fact that a number of these carriers have publicly stated that their capital expenditure plans call for increased spending in the current fiscal year. We are also enthused by the fact that TranSwitch has not only maintained its position with these vendors, but also has gained further traction," continued Dr. Das.

"While we remain confident that the key platforms we are designed in should materialize into orders, the industry issues would need at least one more quarter to work themselves out. Based on our current visibility, we are projecting our first quarter 2008 revenue to be around $7.4 million. Our first quarter 2008 net loss is estimated to be roughly $(0.04) per basic and diluted common share," stated Dr. Das.

"TranSwitch has responded to the challenges stemming from the turmoil in the telecommunications industry by working intimately with a select set of equipment vendors in a collaborative fashion to ensure that our products fit the needs of the converging wireline/wireless networks. This process has allowed us to sharpen our focus and manage our expenses prudently. As we have indicated previously, we continue to proactively review our expense levels and will take further actions if warranted," continued Dr. Das.

"Our going-forward strategy remains to (a) support our customers' efforts to accelerate their time-to-market and ensure that their production process is always unimpeded, (b) continue to manage our expenses downward to achieve a break-even level of $11 million in revenue per quarter (without stock options expenses), (c) focus on only the growth segments of the telecommunications industry which includes converged wireline and wireless access, carrier Ethernet and multimedia transport products based on the DVI/HDMI standards, and (d) use existing customer relationships and the power of our broad product portfolio to achieve additional design wins in key platforms of tier-one OEMs," concluded Dr. Das.

Additional details on TranSwitch's fourth quarter results will be discussed during a conference call regarding this announcement today at 5:30 PM EDT. To listen to the live call, investors can dial 719-325-4798 and reference confirmation code: 3164992. The call will be recorded and a replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the live broadcast through February 3, 2008. To access the replay, dial 719-457-0820 and enter confirmation code: 3164992. Investors can also access an audio webcast via by clicking on the TranSwitch Corporation conference call link. This audio webcast will also be available on a replay basis for 10 business days.

About TranSwitch Corporation

TranSwitch Corporation designs, develops and markets innovative semiconductors that provide core functionality and complete solutions for voice, data and video communications network equipment. As a leading supplier to telecom, datacom, cable television and wireless markets, TranSwitch customers include the major OEMs that serve the worldwide public network, the Internet, and corporate Wide Area Networks (WANs). TranSwitch devices are inherently flexible, many incorporating embedded programmable microcontrollers to rapidly meet customers' new requirements or evolving network standards by modifying a function via software instruction. TranSwitch implements global communications standards in its VLSI solutions and is committed to providing high-quality products and services. TranSwitch, Shelton, CT, is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company. For more information, visit

Forward-looking statements in this release, including statements regarding management's expectations for future financial results and the markets for TranSwitch's products, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements regarding TranSwitch, its operations and its financial results involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation risks associated with acquiring new businesses; of downturns in economic conditions generally and in the telecommunications and data communications markets and the semiconductor industry specifically; risks in product development and market acceptance of and demand for TranSwitch's products and products developed by TranSwitch's customers; risks relating to TranSwitch's indebtedness; risks of failing to attract and retain key managerial and technical personnel; risks associated with foreign sales and high customer concentration; risks associated with competition and competitive pricing pressures; risks associated with investing in new businesses; risks of dependence on third-party VLSI fabrication facilities; risks related to intellectual property rights and litigation; risks in technology development and commercialization; and other risks detailed in TranSwitch's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
                       TranSwitch Corporation
            (in thousands, except for per share amounts)

                                    Three Months     Twelve Months
                                       Ended             Ended
                                    December 31,      December 31,
                                  ---------------- ------------------
                                   2007     2006     2007      2006
Net revenues:
  Product revenues               $  6,078 $  8,930 $ 29,310  $ 36,159
  Service revenues                  1,092      394    3,255     2,761
                                 --------- -------  -------- ---------

    Total net revenues              7,170    9,324   32,565    38,920
Cost of revenues:
  Cost of product revenues          2,588    2,532   10,514     9,507
  Provision for excess and
   obsolete inventories                --       --          443                --
    Cost  of  service  revenues                        558            173        1,437          1,239
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

Total  cost  of  revenues                            3,146        2,705      12,394        10,746
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

Gross  profit                                                4,024        6,619      20,171        28,174
Operating  expenses:
    Research  and  development                    5,034        5,618      21,703        21,245
    Marketing  and  sales                              2,326        2,678      10,223        11,523
    General  and  administrative                1,365        1,590        5,617          6,139
    Restructuring  charge  and  asset
      impairments                                                781              --        1,428              403
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

        Total  operating  expenses                9,506        9,886      38,971        39,310
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

Operating  loss  (Note  1)                        (5,482)    (3,267)  (18,800)    (11,136)
Other  income  (expense):
    Change  in  fair  value  of
      derivative  liability                                --            391            980          5,060
    Loss  on  extinguishment  of  debt              --              --          (351)      (3,124)
    Impairment  in  investments                        --              --          (109)              --
    Other  income                                                  --              --              --                85
    Interest  income  (expense):
      Interest  income                                        466            764        2,457          2,728
      Interest  expense                                    (607)    (1,075)    (3,606)      (4,355)
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

        Interest  expense,  net                        (141)        (311)    (1,149)      (1,627)
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

        Total  other  (expense)
          income,  net                                          (141)            80          (629)            394
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

Loss  before  income  taxes                      (5,623)    (3,187)  (19,429)    (10,742)
Income  tax  (credit)  expense                      (12)            35            283              114
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

Net  loss                                                  $  (5,611)$  (3,222)$(19,712)  $(10,856)
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

Basic  and  diluted  net  loss  per
  common  share:                                      $    (0.04)$    (0.03)$    (0.15)  $    (0.09)
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

Basic  and  diluted  average  common
  shares  outstanding                              133,076    127,968    132,529      124,801

Note  1:  Stock-based  compensation
  expense  included  in  cost  of
  revenues  and  operating  expenses
  is  as  follows:
    Cost  of  revenues                              $          17  $          27  $          83    $        117
    Research  and  development                        246            224            834              751
    Marketing  and  sales                                  106            183            489              752
    General  and  administrative                      86            185            564              775
                                                                  ---------  -------    --------  ---------

        Total                                                $        455  $        619  $    1,970    $    2,395

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