Actions Semiconductor Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Nov 30, 2015, 07:30 ET from Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.

ZHUHAI, China, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACTS) ("Actions Semiconductor" or "the Company"), one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics, today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Commenting on the third quarter results, Dr. Zhenyu Zhou, CEO of Actions Semiconductor said, "Revenue in the third quarter came in at the low end of expectations, primarily due to a global slowdown in demand for smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics. Two of our key target markets, tablets and China's open market for OTT set-top boxes, both experienced a decline in shipments during the quarter.  Although we saw a third consecutive quarter gross margin improvement, our bottom line was impacted by a write-down of intangible assets, along with mask expenses associated with the latest chipset in the 28nm series product family, expenses from the Dutch auction tender offer and non-cash expenses related to the devaluation of the Chinese Renminbi relative to the US dollar.

"On a positive note, we continued to see new design wins for our Bluetooth 4.2 solutions for speakers and other Bluetooth enabled audio devices along with stronger than anticipated sales of video boomboxes and other traditional multimedia products. Consumer demand for smart connected devices remains strong, and volumes of our smart product solutions, including our open source SoCs and reference design platforms, continue to ramp. 

"As we approach year end, the worldwide semiconductor industry has now experienced slower growth and has not seen the typical ramp in sales leading up to the holiday season.  In addition, the PRC government recently imposed a new policy on the OTT set-top box market that is negatively impacting demand. We expect these factors to limit our ability to increase revenue for the next several quarters.  As a result, we now expect revenue for the full year to be slightly below 2014 levels. However, we are encouraged by the success of our Bluetooth solutions and are hopeful that strong consumer demand for smart products will drive adoption of our latest 64-bit chipset based on 28nm process technology, along with our open source SoCs and reference design platforms in the year ahead," Dr. Zhou concluded.

Third Quarter 2015 Results

All financial results are reported on a U.S. GAAP basis.

Revenue for the third quarter of 2015 was $13.0 million, as compared to revenue of $13.7 million for the second quarter of 2015, and $13.1 million for the third quarter of 2014. 

Actions Semiconductor reported gross profit in the third quarter of $3.5 million, as compared with $3.5 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2014. Gross margin was 26.6% for the third quarter of 2015, compared to gross margin of 25.7% for the second quarter of 2015, and 14.6% for the third quarter of 2014. The quarter-over-quarter increase in gross margin reflects the contribution of higher margin smart product SoCs in the product mix. In the year ago period the Company recorded a write-down of certain slower moving inventory which reduced gross margin by about 7%. 

Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2015 were $16.4 million, as compared to $10.1 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $14.4 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Research and development expenses were $8.3 million for the third quarter, as compared to $7.3 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $10.7 million in the third quarter of 2014. The quarter-over-quarter increase was due to mask expenses related to the latest chipset in the Company's 28nm series product family. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to higher mask expenses in the year ago period associated with new 28nm chipsets and lower headcount in the current quarter. The Company expects full year R&D expenses in 2015 to be below 2014 levels.  

General and administrative expenses were $3.1 million in the third quarter, as compared to $2.2 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2014. The Company recorded expenses related to Dutch auction tender offers in the third quarters of 2015 and 2014 of $0.6 million and $0.5 million, respectively.

Selling and marketing expenses were $0.5 million for the third quarter, as compared to $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Impairment of intangible assets for the third quarter of 2015 was $4.5 million, compared to nil in the second quarter of 2015 and nil in the third quarter of 2014. The impairment was based on management's best estimates of the market conditions for tablets and OTT set-top boxes over the remaining useful life of these assets. 

Operating loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $12.0 million, as compared to the operating loss of $5.1 million in second quarter of 2015 and the operating loss of $12.4 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Other expense for the third quarter of 2015 was $1.8 million, due to an unrealized, non-cash foreign exchange loss associated with the rapid depreciation of the Chinese RMB against the U.S. dollar, compared to other income of $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2015 and other income of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2014. 

Interest income for the third quarter of 2015 was $1.3 million, down from $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 and down from $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2014. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases were due to lower cash and interest bearing securities following Dutch auction tender offers in September 2015 and 2014.

Income tax expense was $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to income tax expense of $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2015 and an income tax credit of $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders for the third quarter of 2015 was $12.6 million or $0.217 per basic and diluted American Depositary Share ("ADS").  This compares to net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders of $3.7 million or $0.063 per basic and diluted ADS, for the second quarter of 2015, and net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders of $9.2 million or $0.137 per basic and diluted ADS, for the third quarter of 2014. 

Financial Condition

The Company ended the third quarter of 2015 with $147.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, together with time deposits, trading securities and marketable securities. Total current assets were approximately $163.7 million, and the Company had working capital of approximately $67.6 million and $81.0 million in short-term bank loans, and total shareholder's equity was 164.9 million as of September 30, 2015. 

Since the share repurchase program commenced in 2007, the Company has invested approximately $113.3 million in repurchasing its ADSs and ordinary shares, including $57.2 million representing the equivalent of 24.0 million ADSs repurchased through Dutch auction tender offers in September 2015 and 2014.  As of September 30, 2015, the equivalent of approximately 49.0 million ADSs were repurchased. As of September 30, 2015, total number of outstanding ordinary shares (including ordinary shares represented by ADSs) was 265,898,800.

Business Outlook

The following statements are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements.

Based on current market trends, the Company expects revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 to be in the range of $11.0 to $12.0 million. The Company expects challenging conditions in the worldwide semiconductor industry to limit its ability to increase revenue for the next several quarters, and now expects full year revenue for 2015 to be slightly below 2014 levels.

Conference Call Details

Actions Semiconductor's management will conduct an earnings conference call offering prepared remarks on the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, new products, business outlook and other matters.  Although the management will not be conducting a question and answer session during the call, the Company continues to welcome written questions and comments from its shareholders.

The teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on Monday, November 30, 2015. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 1-888-401-4668 (within U.S.) or 1-719-457-2689 (outside U.S.) at least ten minutes prior to the call.  The conference ID number is 4912399. Actions Semiconductor will also offer a webcast of the conference call, accessible from the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at www.actions-semi.com.  An audio replay of the call will be available to investors through December 10, 2015 by dialing 1-888-203-1112 (within U.S.) or 1-719-457-0820 (outside U.S.) and entering access code 4912399.

About Actions Semiconductor

Actions Semiconductor is one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics. Actions Semiconductor products include SoCs, firmware, software, solution development kits, as well as detailed specifications of other required components. Actions Semiconductor also provides total product and technology solutions that allow customers to quickly introduce new portable consumer electronics to the mass market in a cost effective way. The Company is headquartered in Zhuhai, China, with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Taipei. For more information, please visit the Actions Semiconductor website at http://www.actions-semi.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements concerning the outlook for the worldwide semiconductor market, its Bluetooth single chip 4.0 solutions, 64-bit product enabled by 28nm process technology targeting various smart products and open-source SoCs and reference design platforms, customer acceptance of the Actions Semiconductor's new products and corresponding increases in market share, Actions Semiconductor's belief that it is positioned to capture some upside from its new products and Actions Semiconductor's future expectations with respect to revenue.  Actions Semiconductor uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These forward-looking statements are estimates reflecting current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events and involve significant risks, both known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Actions Semiconductor's actual performance, financial condition or results of operations to be materially different from those suggested by the forward-looking statements including, among others, customers' cancellation or modification of their orders; our failure to accurately forecast demand for our products; the loss of, or a significant reduction in orders from, any of our significant customers; fluctuations in our operating results; our inability to develop and sell new products; defects in or failures of our products; the expense and uncertainty involved in our customer design-win efforts; the financial viability of the distributors of our products; consumer demand; worldwide economic and political conditions; fluctuations in our costs to manufacture our products; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, test, assemble and ship our products; our ability to retain and attract key personnel; our ability to compete with our competitors; and our ability to protect our intellectual property rights and not infringe the intellectual property rights of others. Other factors that may cause our actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and that may affect our prospects in general are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed Forms F-1, 20-F and 6-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Actions Semiconductor's future results, performance or achievements. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Actions Semiconductor undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or changed assumptions or circumstances.

Investor Contacts: Elaine Ketchmere, CFA                      Ally Xie, CA, CPA Compass Investor Relations               Actions Semiconductor eketchmere@compass-ir.com            investor.relations@actions-semi.com +1-310-528-3031                          +86-756-3392353*1018

ACTIONS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

At September 30,

At June 30,

At December 31,

2015

2015

2014

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

ASSETS                                                                                                                                

Current assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents                                    

46,564

57,350

78,177

  Time deposit

-

-

5

  Restricted deposits

70,482

51,667

51,590

  Marketable securities

13,635

46,571

38,384

  Trading securities

68

72

70

  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $40, $40, and $558     as of September 30, 2015, June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

4,675

3,242

2,832

  Amount due from a related party

1,516

1,277

1,650

  Notes receivable

-

-

161

  Amount due from an equity method investee

39

53

41

  Inventories, net of inventory written-down of $5,300, $6,776, and $7,718 as of     September 30, 2015, June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

16,691

15,571

13,970

  Prepaid expenses and other current assets

9,091

7,443

4,511

  Income tax recoverable

-

154

186

  Deferred tax assets

945

1,432

1,179

Total current assets

163,706

184,832

192,756

  Investments in equity method investees

27,404

27,215

27,352

  Other investments 

15,489

15,510

15,627

  Restricted deposits

16,600

-

-

  Rental deposits

57

58

54

  Property, plant and equipment, net

28,820

29,910

30,327

  Land use right

1,452

1,497

1,514

  Acquired intangible assets, net

9,001

14,537

16,459

  Deposit paid for acquisition of intangible assets

218

218

538

  Deferred tax assets

6

45

53

TOTAL ASSETS

262,753

273,822

284,680

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

  Accounts payable

9,279

8,662

5,790

  Amount due to a related party

225

133

259

  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

4,316

4,690

8,349

  Short-term bank loans

81,000

45,000

45,000

  Other liabilities

1,063

1,065

1,929

  Income tax payable

49

49

49

  Deferred tax liabilities

134

429

160

Total current liabilities

96,066

60,028

61,536

  Other liabilities

912

-

-

  Payable for acquisition of intangible assets

155

155

155

  Deferred tax liabilities

767

832

919

Total liabilities

97,900

61,015

62,610

Equity:

  Ordinary shares

1

1

1

  Additional paid-in capital

63,285

63,125

63,046

  Treasury Stock

(103,714)

(71,275)

(70,479)

  Accumulated other comprehensive income

33,965

37,074

36,937

  Retained earnings

171,349

183,915

192,598

Total Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. shareholders' equity

164,886

212,840

222,103

Non-controlling interest

(33)

(33)

(33)

Total equity

164,853

212,807

222,070

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

262,753

273,822

284,680

 

ACTIONS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except number of shares and per share amounts)

Three months ended

Three months ended

Nine months ended

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Revenues:                                                                                                   

   System-on-a-chip products

12,997

13,084

37,111

36,317

   Semiconductor product testing services

40

27

86

81

13,037

13,111

37,197

36,398

Cost of revenues:

   System-on-a-chip products

(9,553)

(11,188)

(27,719)

(29,633)

   Semiconductor product testing services

(19)

(11)

(37)

(38)

(9,572)

(11,199)

(27,756)

(29,671)

Gross profit

3,465

1,912

9,441

6,727

Other operating income

950

30

2,536

659

Operating expenses:

  Research and development

(8,315)

(10,667)

(22,447)

(24,057)

  General and administrative

(3,060)

(3,130)

(11,798)

(7,954)

  Selling and marketing

(539)

(556)

(1,722)

(1,574)

  Impairment on intangible assets

(4,467)

-

-

-

Total operating expenses

(16,381)

(14,353)

(35,967)

(33,585)

Loss from operations

(11,966)

(12,411)

(23,990)

(26,199)

Other (expenses) income 

(1,795)

846

(1,700)

(1,651)

Dividend income from an other investment

-

-

488

423

Other-than-temporary impairment loss on an other investment

-

-

(117)

-

Interest income

1,273

2,029

4,593

7,912

Interest expense

(193)

(87)

(526)

(383)

Loss before income taxes, equity in net income of

  equity method investees and non-controlling interest

(12,681)

(9,623)

(21,252)

(19,898)

Income tax (expense) credit

(93)

353

(68)

1,459

Equity in net income of equity method investees

208

27

71

234

Net loss

(12,566)

(9,243)

(21,249)

(18,205)

Add: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

Net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Shareholders

(12,566)

(9,243)

(21,249)

(18,205)

Net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Shareholders

Basic (per share)

(0.036)

(0.023)

(0.061)

(0.044)

Diluted (per share)

(0.036)

(0.023)

(0.061)

(0.044)

Basic (per ADS)

(0.217)

(0.137)

(0.364)

(0.267)

Diluted (per ADS)

(0.217)

(0.137)

(0.364)

(0.267)

Weighted-average shares used in computation:

Basic

348,102,892

403,462,431

350,523,838

409,491,710

Diluted

348,102,892

403,462,431

350,523,838

409,491,710

Weighted-average ADS used in computation :

Basic

58,017,149

67,243,739

58,420,640

68,248,618

Diluted

58,017,149

67,243,739

58,420,640

68,248,618

Note: Share-based compensation recorded in each

expense classification above is as follows:

  Research and development

130

3

193

10

  General and administrative

11

1

11

5

  Selling and marketing

14

-

21

-

  Cost of revenues

5

-

14

-

 

ACTIONS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

Three months ended

Nine months ended

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2015

2015

2014

(unaudited)

  (unaudited) 

  (unaudited) 

Operating activities:

Net Loss

(12,566)

(21,249)

(18,205)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by

  Operating activities:

  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

510

1,450

1,462

  Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable

-

-

379

  Amortization of land use right

9

28

27

  Amortization of acquired intangible assets

1,278

3,766

4,138

  Utilization of subsidy from local authorities of Zhuhai, the People's Republic of China ("PRC")

(24)

(1,159)

-

  Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

2

2

(3)

  Write down of inventories

-

-

2,189

  Loss on disposal of intangible assets

-

-

415

  Share of net income of equity method investees

(255)

(118)

(234)

  Share-based compensation

160

239

16

  Deferred taxes

142

81

(3,277)

  Dividend income from an other investment

-

-

(423)

  Other-than-temporary impairment loss recognised in respect of other investments

-

117

-

  Impairment loss recognised in respect of intangible assets

4,467

4,467

-

  Dividend received

-

-

425

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    Accounts receivable

(1,450)

(1,859)

862

    Amount due from a related party

(239)

134

269

    Amount due from an equity method investee

14

2

(8)

    Inventories

(1,450)

(3,038)

(4,858)

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(2,372)

(5,283)

369

    Accounts payable

778

3,636

(815)

    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(307)

(1,423)

(1,350)

    Amount due to a related party

196

66

-

    Income tax recoverable

154

186

(88)

    Rental deposit (paid) received

-

(4)

5

    Note Receivables

-

161

-

Net cash used in operating activities

(10,953)

(19,798)

(18,705)

Investing activities:

  Investment in an equity method investee

-

-

(9,016)

  Proceeds from redemption of marketable securities

34,269

34,269

153,277

  Purchase of marketable securities

(1,438)

(9,578)

(53,384)

  Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

16

16

20

  Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(143)

(635)

(1,090)

  Purchase of intangible assets

(340)

(3,128)

(5,438)

  Increase in restricted deposits

(36,088)

(36,164)

(11,885)

  (Increase) decrease in time deposits

-

(30)

162

  Deposit paid for acquisition of intangible assets

-

-

(349)

  Proceeds from disposal of intangible assets

-

-

24

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(3,724)

(15,250)

72,321

Financing activities:

  Advance subsidy from local authorities of Zhuhai, the PRC

960

1,229

232

  Proceeds from exercise of share based awards

45

762

2,410

  Repurchase of ordinary shares

(32,484)

(33,997)

(28,461)

  Raise of short-term bank loans

36,000

36,000

10,000

  Repayment of short-term bank loans

-

-

(12,000)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

4,521

3,994

(27,819)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(10,156)

(31,054)

25,797

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

57,350

78,177

53,263

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(630)

(559)

(540)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

46,564

46,564

78,520

SOURCE Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.



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