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  • mylots@sbcglobal.net mylots Oct 8, 2013 1:08 PM Flag

    OCZ Technology Group, Inc. Reports Results for Its First Quarter of Fiscal 2014 and Provides Guidance for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

    OCZ Technology Group, Inc. Reports Results for Its First Quarter of Fiscal 2014 and Provides Guidance for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014
    BY Market Wire
    — 11:05 PM ET 10/07/2013
    SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/08/13 -- OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OCZ
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    ) , a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, reports its first quarter (Q1'14) results which ended on May 31, 2013.
    "Revenue generated from our enterprise solutions for the first quarter more than doubled compared to the last quarter, and drove the sequential gross margin increase. Overall revenue declined about 20% sequentially, primarily due to the lack of NAND flash supply for our client SSD products," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO of OCZ Technology (OCZ
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    "Over the past year we have restructured the Company, which included the appointment of new leadership, reduced operating expenses, streamlined our product offerings, realigned our engineering talent, and introduced new controller silicon and firmware, new higher-end SSDs for the client market and new storage solutions for the enterprise market," added Schmitt. "Fiscal Q1 is the first quarter in which the company operated with all these particular restructuring and restatement adjustments behind us."
    First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, ended May 31, 2013
    Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was $55.3 million compared to revenue of $69.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and revenue of $76.5 million for the first quarter of 2013. We had record revenue of more than $25 million generated from our enterprise solutions for the first quarter. Revenue from our client SSDs were impacted due to the tight supply of NAND flash.
    GAAP gross margin for the first quarter of 2014 was 14.7% compared to a GAAP gross margin of 1.7% for the fourth quarter of 2013 and a GAAP gross margin loss of (11.0%) for the first quarter of 2013.
    Non-GAAP gross margin for the first quarter of 2014 was 15.5% compared to a non-GAAP gross margin of 2.4% for the fourth quarter of 2013 and a non-GAAP gross margin loss of (10.7%) for the first quarter of 2013. On a sequential basis, gross margins increased significantly due primarily to product mix shift towards our enterprise solutions and inventory write-downs in the fourth quarter. We expect gross margin to decline in future periods as availability of NAND flash has impacted unit shipments, and we expect a less favorable mix of higher margin enterprise products to total unit shipments.
    GAAP operating expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were $19.7 million, compared to operating expenses of $21.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and operating expenses of $23.0 million for the first quarter of 2013.
    Non-GAAP operating expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were $17.7 million, compared to non-GAAP operating expenses of $19.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and non-GAAP operating expenses of $21.1 million for the first quarter of 2013. Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2014 included additional legal expenses in the amount of $1.7 million compared to $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, a reduction of $1.2 million sequentially. The Company continues to reduce non-critical spending.
    GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2014 was $(13.2) million, or a loss of $(0.19) per share on 68.2 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares with a net loss of $(21.1) million, or a loss of $(0.31) per share on 68.0 million weighted average shares outstanding for the fourth quarter of 2013 and a net loss of $(24.5) million, or a loss of $(0.36) per share on 67.5 million weighted average shares outstanding for the first quarter of 2013.
    Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2014 was $(9.7) million, or a loss of $(0.14) per share on 68.2 million weighted average shares outstanding compared to a non-GAAP loss of $(18.5) million, or $(0.27) per share on 68.0 million weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2013 and to a non-GAAP net loss of $(29.4) million, or a loss of $(0.44) per share on 67.5 million weighted average shares outstanding for the first quarter of 2013.
    Cash and cash equivalents at the end of first quarter of 2014 were $5.0 million compared to $12.2 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013.
    1Q14 Highlights:
    Appointment of Rafael Torres as Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    Entered into loan and security agreement with Hercules Technology Growth Capital
    Launched new VXL 1.3 Cache and Virtualization Software. VXL 1.3 adds additional features including evolved synchronous data mirroring capabilities and automatic server failover mechanisms to enable 'SAN-less,' highly available, fault tolerant environments based entirely on virtualized host flash
    AB S.A., an established multinational distributor of leading IT and computer technology products, became an authorized distributor of OCZ's complete line of SSDs and PSUs in the Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) region
    The ZD-XL SQL Accelerator earned the Best of Interop® award in the Data Center & Storage category. OCZ's new ZD- XL SQL Accelerator is a tightly integrated, plug-and-play flash acceleration solution optimized for SQL Server applications
    OCZ Enterprise-Class SATA-Based Deneva 2 SSDs were qualified on NETGEAR's ReadyDATA 516 NAS Device
    Launched the next generation Vertex 450 Series Solid State Drives which utilizes the proprietary Barefoot 3 M10 Series Controller and 20nm Flash to deliver a superior client computing experience. The Vertex 450 has received over 80 positive reviews from industry trade press including Editor's Choice Awards from leading media reviewers including The SSD Review, PC Perspective and Storage Review
    OCZ Collaborated with Mellanox Technologies to optimize Microsoft SQL Server for Microsoft Always-On Environments. The combined solutions deliver industry-leading Ethernet connectivity, intelligent and efficient cache and flash volume distribution of PCI Express (PCIe) flash resources as well as enabling High Availability (HA) services of Microsoft SQL Server installations
    Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, ended August 31, 2013 Guidance
    We intend to file our Second Quarter results for Fiscal 2014 by the required date of October 15, 2013.
    "In the first half of our fiscal year, we faced significant challenges securing flash. We believe that flash availability and pricing was impacted by our credit situation due to our restatement efforts. This especially came to light in the second quarter," explained Schmitt.
    "Preliminary revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 will decrease to between $30 and $35 million with a significant reduction to gross margins as compared to the first quarter. Our NAND supply constraints and costs more significantly impacted our client revenue and margins," continued Schmitt.
    "Also in the second quarter, one of our major customers completed their data center installation and other large scale data center designs to offset this revenue are still in process. Our channel based Enterprise business grew but could not offset this shortfall. We continue to see robust overall demand for our products but are challenged with our credit situation to realize these revenues."
    Additional Financial Information
    To help investors better understand OCZ's historical revenue trends, including geographic revenue by delivery location and revenue by product groups, additional revenue information is shown in the charts below.
    Quarterly net revenue by product groups and major geographic area by delivery location ($000)'s (Unaudited)

    Product Groups Q1 2014 Q4 2013 Q3 2013 Q2 2013 Q1 2013
    SSD $ 49,767 $ 63,683 $ 92,322 $ 83,436 $ 71,602
    Power supplies & Other 5,555 5,989 6,880 5,162 4,890
    Total $ 55,322 $ 69,672 $ 99,202 $ 88,598 $ 76,492


    Major Geographic Areas Q1 2014 Q4 2013 Q3 2013 Q2 2013 Q1 2013
    United States $ 35,215 $ 27,243 $ 37,243 $ 33,034 $ 26,918
    EMEA 12,290 $ 27,935 45,553 38,834 33,017
    ROW 7,817 $ 14,494 16,406 16,730 16,557
    Total $ 55,322 $ 69,672 $ 99,202 $ 88,598 $ 76,492

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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