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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