PDF Solutions® Reports Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDF Solutions, Inc. (“PDF Solutions” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:PDFS), the leading provider of process-design integration technologies to enhance integrated circuit (IC) manufacturability, today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.

Total revenues for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 were $26.8 million, up 1% from $26.5 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2017 and down 6% from $28.4 million for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016. Design-to-silicon-yield solutions revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 was $19.0 million, down 1% from $19.2 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2017 and down 2% from $19.5 million for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016. Gainshare performance incentives revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 was $7.8 million, up 7% from $7.3 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2017 and down 13% from $9.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Total revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, were $101.9 million, down 5% when compared with total revenues of $107.5 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Design-to-silicon-yield solutions revenue for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, was $74.4 million, down 4% when compared with Design-to-silicon-yield solutions revenues of $77.2 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Gainshare performance incentives revenue for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, was $27.4 million, down 9% when compared with Gainshare performance incentives revenue of $30.3 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. 

On a GAAP basis, net loss for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 was $2.6 million, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $0.6 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, for the third fiscal quarter of 2017, and compared to net income of $2.9 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016. Net loss for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, was $1.3 million, or 0.04 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $9.1 million, or $0.29 per basic and $0.28 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2017, were $101.3 million, compared to $116.8 million at December 31, 2016.

Non-GAAP net income for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 was $4.2 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $3.6 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the third fiscal quarter of 2017, and compared to $5.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, was $13.0 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $21.5 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. EBITDAR for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $5.5 million, compared to $5.1 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2017 and compared to $7.4 million for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016. EBITDAR for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, was $17.8 million, compared to $28.3 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

As previously announced, PDF Solutions will discuss these results on a live conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. The call will be simultaneously web cast on PDF Solutions’ website at http://ir.pdf.com/webcasts. A replay of the web cast will be available at the same website address beginning approximately two hours after completion of the live call. A copy of this press release, including the disclosure and reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures, which non-GAAP measures may be used periodically by PDF Solutions’ management when discussing financial results with investors and analysts, will also be available on PDF Solutions’ website at www.pdf.com/press-releases following the date of this release.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Commentary Available Online

A Management Report reviewing the Company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 financial results, as well as providing updated first quarter 2018 financial outlook, will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on the Company’s website at http://ir.pdf.com/financial-reports.

Information Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to providing results that are determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), PDF Solutions also provides certain non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP net income excludes the effects of non-recurring items (including severance payments), stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquired technology and other acquired intangible assets, and their related income tax effects, as applicable, as well as adjusts for the non-cash portion of income taxes. EBITDAR is calculated by taking GAAP net income, adding back the effects of non-recurring items, stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquired technology and other acquired intangibles, depreciation expense and income tax provision (benefit). These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management internally to measure the Company’s profitability and performance. PDF Solutions’ management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful supplemental measures to investors regarding the Company’s ongoing operations in light of the fact that none of these categories of expense has a current effect on the future uses of cash (with the exception of certain non-recurring items) nor do they impact the generation of current or future revenues. These non-GAAP results should not be considered an alternative to, or a substitute for, GAAP financial information, and may be different from similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In particular, these non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures of income or loss as a measure of performance, or to cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity. Since management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to measure profitability and performance, PDF Solutions has included these non-GAAP measures to give investors an opportunity to see the Company’s financial results as viewed by management. A reconciliation of the comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures is provided at the end of the Company’s financial statements presented below.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements made on the planned conference call regarding the Company's future expected business performance and financial results are forward looking and are subject to events and circumstances of the future. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: customers' production volumes at Gainshare-covered facilities; cost and schedule of new product development; continued adoption of the Company's solutions by new and existing customers; project milestones or delays and performance criteria achieved; the provision of technology and services prior to the execution of a final contract; and other risks set forth in PDF Solutions' periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, most recently filed for the year ended December 31, 2016, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to such reports. The forward-looking statements made in the conference call are made as of the date hereof, and PDF Solutions does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

About PDF Solutions

PDF Solutions enables customers to reduce the time to market of integrated circuits (“ICs”), lower the cost of IC design and manufacturing and improve both quality and profitability. The Company has developed proprietary hardware and software and provides services that target the entire systems value chain, which is a term we use that means the activities from technology development and the design of a semiconductor product through volume manufacturing of devices and subsequent system assembly and test.

PDF Solutions’ products and services consist of proprietary test structures and electrical test systems, physical intellectual property, enterprise platform software and professional services. The Company’s Characterization Vehicle® (CV®) electrical test chip infrastructure provides core modeling capabilities, and is used by more leading manufacturers than any other test chips in the industry. The Design-for-Inspection™ solution includes the proprietary eProbe® e-beam tool and extends the Company’s electrical characterization technologies into the e-beam measurement of extremely dense test structures, or DFI™ cells, across an entire fabrication process. Proprietary Template <

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