Netlist Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2015 Results

Feb 29, 2016, 16:15 ET from Netlist, Inc.

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST), a leading provider of high performance memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended January 2, 2016. 

Revenues for the three months ended January 2, 2016, were $2.9 million, compared to revenues of $2.5 million for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2014.  Gross profit for the three months ended January 2, 2016, was $1.3 million compared to a gross loss of ($113,000), for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2014. 

Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) loss is a non-GAAP measure in which the net interest expense, benefit of income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and net other income (expense) are added back to the GAAP basis net income (loss). The non-GAAP measures are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure in the consolidated financial statements portion of this release under the heading "Unaudited Schedule Reconciling GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA." The adjusted EBITDA loss was ($1.4) million for the fourth quarter ended January 2, 2016, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of ($4.8) million for the prior year period.

Net loss for the fourth quarter ended January 2, 2016, was ($4.3) million, or ($0.09) loss per share, compared to a net loss in the prior year period of ($5.8) million, or ($0.14) loss per share.  These results include stock-based compensation expense of $0.5 million for the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2014 and nonrecurring other expense of $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

Revenues for the twelve months ended January 2, 2016, were $8.0 million, compared to revenues of $19.2 million for the twelve months ended December 27, 2014.  Gross profit for the twelve months ended January 2, 2016, was $2.1 million, or 26.2 percent of revenues, compared to a gross profit of $4.0 million, or 20.7 percent of revenues, for the twelve months ended December 27, 2014. 

Adjusted EBITDA loss was ($15.3) million for the twelve months ended January 2, 2016, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of ($10.9) million for the prior year period.

Net loss for the twelve months ended January 2, 2016, was ($20.5) million, or ($0.42) loss per share, compared to a net loss in the prior year period of ($15.4) million, or ($0.38) loss per share.  These results include stock-based compensation expense of $1.8 million and $2.0 million for the twelve month periods ended January 2, 2016 and December 27, 2014, respectively and nonrecurring other expense of $1.0 million for the twelve months ended  January 2, 2016.

As of January 2, 2016, cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash were $20.1 million, total assets were $24.7 million, working capital was $11.9 million, total debt, net of debt discounts, was $13.7 million, and stockholders' deficit was ($1.3) million.

"The company's 2015 financial results reflect our significant investment in technology and patents for a new class of memory technology," said C.K. Hong, Netlist's Chief Executive Officer. During the year we forged a strategic, multi-pronged alliance with Samsung which provided funding and critical validation for HyperVault.  We enter 2016 with momentum across our business as we kicked off joint development activities with Samsung, secured a landmark patent victory against Inphi affirming our ownership of key intellectual property for LRDIMMs, and expanded our product offering with the introduction of NV4.  We are excited about the opportunities for our breakthrough solutions in the emerging hybrid memory and storage class memory markets, as well as prospects for licensing of our patent portfolio."

Conference Call Information C.K. Hong, Chief Executive Officer, and Gail Sasaki, Chief Financial Officer, will host an investor conference call today, February 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review the company's results for the fourth quarter ended January 2, 2016.  The dial-in number for the call is 1-412-317-5443.  The live webcast and archived replay of the call can be accessed in the Investors section of Netlist's website at www.netlist.com.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Certain of the information set forth herein, including EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization), may be considered non-GAAP financial measures. Netlist believes this information is useful to investors because it provides a basis for measuring Netlist's available capital resources, the operating performance of Netlist's business and Netlist's cash flow, excluding net interest expense, provisions for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and net other  expense that would normally be included in the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Netlist's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in evaluating Netlist's operating performance, capital resources and cash flow. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information presented in compliance with GAAP, and non-financial measures as reported by Netlist may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts reported by other companies.

Adjusted EBITDA loss is a non-GAAP measure in which the net interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation and net other (income) expense are added back to the GAAP basis loss. The non-GAAP measures are described above and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure in the condensed consolidated financial statements portion of this release under the heading "Unaudited Schedule Reconciling GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA."

About Netlist, Inc. Netlist creates solutions that accelerate turning data into information. We design and manufacture controller and software-based memory solutions for our OEM and Hyperscale customers in the server and storage space. Flagship products NVvault® and EXPRESSvault™ accelerate system performance and provide mission critical fault tolerance. HyperVault®, Netlist's next-generation architecture, expands the performance and capacity of memory channel storage. The company holds a portfolio of patents, many seminal, in the area of hybrid memory, rank multiplication and load-reduction, among others. To learn more, visit www.netlist.com.

Safe Harbor Statement: This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future performance of Netlist. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our ability to regain compliance with NASDAQ listing rules, risks associated with the launch and commercial success of our products, programs and technologies; our capital resources; the success of product partnerships; continuing development, qualification and volume production of HyperVault™, EXPRESSvault™, NVvault®, HyperCloud® and VLP Planar-X RDIMM; the timing and magnitude of the decrease in sales; our ability to leverage our NVvault® and EXPRESSvault™ technology in a more diverse customer base; the rapidly-changing nature of technology; risks associated with intellectual property, including risks associated with the inherent uncertainty of the litigation process; patent infringement litigation against us as well as the costs and unpredictability of litigation over infringement of our intellectual property and the possibility of our patents being reexamined by the United States Patent and Trademark office; volatility in the pricing of DRAM ICs and NAND; changes in and uncertainty of customer acceptance of, and demand for, our existing products and products under development, including uncertainty of and/or delays in product orders and product qualifications; delays in the Company's and its customers' product releases and development; introductions of new products by competitors; changes in end-user demand for technology solutions; the Company's ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; the Company's reliance on suppliers of critical components and vendors in the supply chain; fluctuations in the market price of critical components; evolving industry standards; and the political and regulatory environment in the People's Republic of China. Other risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 27, 2015, and subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission made by the Company from time to time. Except as required by law, Netlist undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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For more information, please contact:

Brainerd Communicators, Inc.

Netlist, Inc.

Mike Smargiassi or Jenny Perales 

Gail M. Sasaki

NLST@braincomm.com  

Chief Financial Officer

(212) 986-6667 

(949) 435-0025

 

Netlist, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

January 2,

December 27,

2016

2014

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

19,684

$

11,040

Restricted cash

400

700

Accounts receivable, net

716

1,091

Inventories

1,658

1,880

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,739

735

Total current assets

24,197

15,446

Property and equipment, net

408

393

Other assets

61

69

Total assets

$

24,666

$

15,908

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

3,299

$

3,957

Accrued payroll and related liabilities

1,243

710

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

340

420

Deferred revenue

6,857

-

Accrued engineering charges

500

500

Current portion of long-term debt, net of debt discount

13

1,952

Total current liabilities

12,252

7,539

Long-term debt, net of current portion and debt discount

13,699

3,551

Long-term warranty liability

49

99

Total liabilities

26,000

11,189

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' (deficit) equity:

Preferred stock

-

-

Common stock

50

41

Additional paid-in capital

132,011

117,546

Accumulated deficit

(133,395)

(112,868)

Total stockholders' (deficit) equity

(1,334)

4,719

Total liabilities and stockholders' (deficit) equity

$

24,666

$

15,908

 

Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

January 2,

December 27,

January 2,

December 27,

2016

2014

2016

2014

Net product sales

$

1,709

$

2,516

$

6,869

$

19,195

Non-recurring engineering revenues

1,143

-

1,143

-

Total net revenues

2,852

2,516

8,012

19,195

Cost of sales(1)

1,583

2,629

5,915

15,231

Gross profit (loss)

1,269

(113)

2,097

3,964

Operating expenses:

Research and development(1)

1,680

1,234

6,049

4,586

Intellectual property legal fees, net of settlement transactions

(1,091)

2,465

5,588

6,387

Selling, general and administrative(1)

2,628

1,611

7,841

6,796

Total operating expenses

3,217

5,310

19,478

17,769

Operating loss

(1,948)

(5,423)

(17,381)

(13,805)

Other expense, net:

Interest expense, net

(648)

(393)

(2,064)

(1,574)

Other income (expense), net

(1,748)

5

(1,081)

-

Total other expense, net

(2,396)

(388)

(3,145)

(1,574)

Loss before provision for income tax

(4,344)

(5,811)

(20,526)

(15,379)

Provision for income taxes

-

-

1

2

Net loss

$

(4,344)

$

(5,811)

$

(20,527)

$

(15,381)

Net loss per common share:

Basic and diluted

$

(0.09)

$

(0.14)

$

(0.42)

$

(0.38)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

50,354

41,483

48,967

40,304

(1) Amounts include stock-based compensation expense as follows:

Cost of sales

$

16

$

14

$

53

$

56

Research and development

152

178

613

726

Selling, general and administrative

309

269

1,104

1,230

 

Netlist, Inc.

Unaudited Schedule Reconciling GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

January 2,

December 27,

January 2,

December 27,

2016

2014

2016

2014

GAAP net loss

$

(4,344)

$

(5,811)

$

(20,527)

$

(15,381)

Interest expense, net

648

393

2,064

1,574

Provision for income taxes

-

-

1

2

Depreciation and amortization

37

160

349

882

EBITDA (loss)

(3,659)

(5,258)

(18,113)

(12,923)

Stock-based compensation

477

461

1,770

2,012

Other expense (income), net

1,748

(5)

1,081

-

Adjusted EBITDA (loss)

$

(1,434)

$

(4,802)

$

(15,262)

$

(10,911)

 

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