MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 27, 2011/PRNewswire/ --CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA); (LSE: CVA), the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores for the mobile handset, portable and consumer electronics markets, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was a record $15.1 million, an increase of 42% compared to $10.6 million reported for the first quarter of 2010. First quarter 2011 licensing revenue was $5.1 million, representing an increase of 8% when compared to $4.7 million reported for the same quarter a year ago. Royalty revenue for the first quarter 2011 was a record $9.2 million, an increase of 85% compared to $5.0 million reported for the first quarter of 2010. Revenue from services for the first quarter was $0.7 million, a decrease of 18% compared to $0.9 million reported for the first quarter of 2010.
Gideon Wertheizer, Chief Executive Officer of CEVA, stated, "We are very pleased with the level of earnings growth recorded during the first quarter, which reflects the strong licensing and royalty revenue generating capabilities of our business model. Our rapid market share expansion in cellular baseband for both handsets and non-handsets continues, with more than 210 million CEVA-powered wireless chipsets shipped during the quarter. On licensing, our best of breed DSP, the CEVA-XC, was selected by new key players in the wireless infrastructure and smart grid markets, thereby continuing our expansion beyond handsets to new, strategic and high volume markets."
U.S. GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2011 was $4.7 million, an increase of 126% over $2.1 million reported for the same period in 2010. U.S. GAAP diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2011 were $0.19, an increase of 111% compared to $0.09 for the first quarter of 2010.
Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2011 was $5.5 million and $0.23, respectively, representing an increase of 109% and 92%, respectively, over the $2.6 million and $0.12 reported for the first quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2011 and 2010 excluded an aggregate equity-based compensation expense, net of taxes, of $0.9 million and $0.6 million, respectively.
During the first quarter of 2011, the Company concluded seven new license agreements. Four agreements were for CEVA DSP cores, platforms and software, and three agreements were for CEVA SATA/SAS product lines. Target applications for customer deployment are 3G and 4G baseband processors for handsets, infrastructure, smart grid and SSD drives. Geographically, three of the agreements signed were in the U.S., three were in Asia and one in Europe.
Yaniv Arieli, Chief Financial Officer of CEVA, stated, "Our first quarter 2011 financial performance exceeded our expectations and produced the sixth sequential quarter of record royalty revenue. We achieved strong financial results in all aspects of our business, including GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins of 94%, as well as GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins of 32% and 39%, respectively, excluding, for purposes of non-GAAP operating margins, an aggregate equity-based compensation expense of $1 million. We also bolstered our strong balance sheet with the addition of approximately $12 million in positive cash flow. At the end of the quarter, our cash balance, marketable securities and bank deposits totaled $143 million."
CEVA Conference Call
On April 27, 2011, CEVA management will conduct a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m.London time, to discuss the operating performance for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.
The conference call will be available via the following dial in numbers:
US Participants: Dial 1-877-493-9121 (Access Code: CEVA or 57912042)
UK/Rest of World: Dial +44-800-051-3806 (Access Code: CEVA or 57912042)
The conference call will also be available live via the Internet at the following link: http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=78173. Please go to the web site at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.
For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available by dialing 1-800-642-1687 (passcode: 57912042) for US domestic callers and +44-800-917-2646 (passcode: 57912042) for international callers from two hours after the end of the call until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 04, 2011. The replay will also be available at CEVA's web site www.ceva-dsp.com.
About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the world's leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) DSP cores and platform solutions for the mobile handset, portable and consumer electronics markets. CEVA's IP portfolio includes comprehensive technologies for cellular baseband (2G / 3G / 4G), multimedia, HD video and audio, voice over packet (VoP), Bluetooth, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2010, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 600 million devices, powering handsets from 7 out of the top 8 handset OEMs, including Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and ZTE. Today, more than one in every three handsets shipped worldwide is powered by a CEVA DSP core. For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com. Follow CEVA on twitter at www.twitter.com/cevadsp.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of CEVA to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including Mr. Wertheizer's statements about CEVA's ability to expand into new, strategic and high volume markets. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions include: the ability of the CEVA DSP cores and other technologies to continue to be strong growth drivers; the ability of products incorporating CEVA's technologies to achieve market acceptance; CEVA's success in penetrating new markets and maintaining its market position in existing markets; the effect of intense industry competition and consolidation; the possibility that the markets for CEVA's technologies may not develop as expected; CEVA's ability to timely and successfully develop and introduce new technologies; and general market conditions and other risks relating to CEVA's business, including, but not limited to, those that are described from time to time in its SEC filings. CEVA assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.
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