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Ambarella, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ambarella, Inc. (AMBA), a leading developer of low-power and high-resolution human and computer vision solutions, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended October 31, 2019.

  • Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $67.9 million, up 18.6% from $57.3 million in the same period in fiscal 2019. For the nine months ended October 31, 2019, revenue was $171.5 million, down 2.9% from $176.7 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2018.
  • Gross margin under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was 57.6%, compared with 60.4% for the same period in fiscal 2019. For the nine months ended October 31, 2019, GAAP gross margin was 57.9%, compared with 60.8% for the nine months ended October 31, 2018.
  • GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $4.3 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $0.13, compared with GAAP net loss of $9.0 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $0.28, for the same period in fiscal 2019. GAAP net loss for the nine months ended October 31, 2019 was $31.8 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $0.97. This compares with GAAP net loss of $25.9 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $0.79, for the nine months ended October 31, 2018.

Financial results on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 are as follows:

  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was 58.1%, compared with 60.9% for the same period in fiscal 2019. For the nine months ended October 31, 2019, non-GAAP gross margin was 58.5%, compared with 61.4% for the nine months ended October 31, 2018.
  • Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $11.3 million, or earnings per diluted ordinary share of $0.32. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $7.0 million, or earnings per diluted ordinary share of $0.21, for the same period in fiscal 2019. Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended October 31, 2019 was $18.8 million, or earnings per diluted ordinary share of $0.55. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $20.0 million, or earnings per diluted ordinary share of $0.59, for the nine months ended October 31, 2018.

Based on information available as of today, Ambarella is offering the following guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, ending January 31, 2020:

  • Revenue is expected to be between $55.0 million and $59.0 million
  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis is expected to be between 56.5% and 58.5%
  • Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis are expected to be between $29.5 million and $31.5 million

Ambarella reports gross margin, net income (loss) and earnings (losses) per share in accordance with GAAP and, additionally, on a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP financial information excludes the impact of stock-based compensation adjusted for the associated tax impact, which includes the effect of any benefits or shortfalls recognized. A reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP gross margin, net income (loss) and earnings (losses) per share for the periods presented, as well as a description of the items excluded from the non-GAAP calculations, is included in the financial statements portion of this press release.

Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities on hand at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $400.8 million, compared with $348.6 million at the end of the same quarter a year ago. 

“Our October 15th update provided clarity on one trade issue faced by the company, though other foreign policy, trade and IP matters remain outstanding, with a wide range of potential outcomes,” said Fermi Wang, President and CEO.  “Despite the geopolitical and trade uncertainties, in Q3 we demonstrated continued progress toward our transition to a video AI company, with mass production shipments into the automotive and security camera markets continuing to ramp.  Our family of computer vision (“CV”) products all contributed to the early revenue ramp and we shipped pre-production parts and development systems to more than 50 customers in the quarter.”    

Quarterly Conference Call

Ambarella plans to hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today with Fermi Wang, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Casey Eichler, Chief Financial Officer, to discuss the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 results. The call can be accessed by dialing 877-304-8963 in the USA; international callers should dial 760-666-4834.  Please dial in ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on Ambarella’s website at http://www.ambarella.com/ for up to 30 days after the call.

About Ambarella

Ambarella’s products are used in a wide variety of human and computer vision applications, including video security, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), electronic mirror, drive recorder, driver/cabin monitoring, autonomous driving, and robotic applications. Ambarella’s low-power System-on-Chips (SoCs) offer high-resolution video compression, advanced image processing, and powerful deep neural network processing to enable intelligent cameras to extract valuable data from high-resolution video streams. For more information, please visit www.ambarella.com

"Safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts and often can be identified by terms such as “outlook,” “projected,” “intends,” “will,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “believes,” “could,” or similar expressions, including the guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 ending January 31, 2020, and the comments of our CEO relating to the continuing global trade and foreign policy risks faced by the company, the company’s progress toward its transition to a video AI based business, and the company’s traction in the automotive and security camera markets with the company’s new computer vision products.  The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of our future performance.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to, risks associated with revenue being generated from new customers or design wins, neither of which is assured; the commercial success of our customers’ products; our growth strategy; global economic and political conditions, including possible trade tariffs and restrictions; the expansion of our current markets and our ability to successfully enter new markets, such as the OEM automotive and robotics markets; our ability to anticipate future market demands and future needs of our customers; our ability to introduce new and enhanced solutions; our ability to develop, and to generate revenue from, new advanced technologies, such as computer vision functionality; our ability to retain and expand customer relationships and to achieve design wins; anticipated trends and challenges, including competition, in the markets in which we operate; our ability to effectively manage growth; our ability to retain key employees; and the potential for intellectual property disputes or other litigation.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results is included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our 2019 fiscal year, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information will also be set forth in the company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K and other filings the company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the Investor Relations portion of our web site at www.ambarella.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov.  Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof.  The results we report in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2019 could differ from the preliminary results announced in this press release.

Ambarella assumes no obligation and does not intend to update the forward-looking statements made in this press release, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company has provided in this release non-GAAP financial information including non-GAAP gross margin, net income, and earnings per share, as a supplement to the condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing the company’s financial results to assess operational performance and liquidity. The company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Further, the company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics that the company uses in making operating decisions and because the company believes that investors and analysts use them to help assess the health of its business and for comparison to other companies. Non-GAAP results are presented for supplemental informational purposes only for understanding the company’s operating results. The non-GAAP information should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

With respect to its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, the company has provided below reconciliations of its non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.  With respect to the company’s expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, a reconciliation of non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating expenses guidance to the closest corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures.  We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

AMBARELLA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
                 
    Three Months Ended October 31,   Nine Months Ended October 31,
     2019    2018    2019    2018
                                 
Revenue   $ 67,922     $ 57,286     $ 171,520     $ 176,698  
                 
Cost of revenue     28,819       22,701       72,127       69,208  
Gross profit     39,103       34,585       99,393       107,490  
                 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     32,480       31,653       95,917       95,446  
Selling, general and administrative     13,791       12,354       39,293       38,098  
                 
Total operating expenses     46,271       44,007       135,210       133,544  
                 
Loss from operations     (7,168 )     (9,422 )     (35,817 )     (26,054 )
                 
Other income, net     1,917       993       6,308       2,517  
                 
Loss before income taxes     (5,251 )     (8,429 )     (29,509 )     (23,537 )
                 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes     (942 )     592       2,302       2,367  
                 
Net loss   $ (4,309 )   $ (9,021 )   $ (31,811 )   $ (25,904 )
                 
Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:              
Basic   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.28 )   $ (0.97 )   $ (0.79 )
Diluted   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.28 )   $ (0.97 )   $ (0.79 )
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share              
attributable to ordinary shareholders:                
Basic     33,304,171       32,171,890       32,885,729       32,908,614  
Diluted     33,304,171       32,171,890       32,885,729       32,908,614  
                 

 

The following table presents details of stock-based compensation expense included in each functional line item in the condensed consolidated statements of operations above:

  Three Months Ended October 31,   Nine Months Ended October 31,  
   2019    2018    2019    2018  
     
  (unaudited, in thousands)  
Stock-based compensation:                
Cost of revenue $ 335   $ 310   $ 922   $ 942  
Research and development   10,601     9,720     31,306     27,847  
Selling, general and administrative   6,372     5,582     17,740     16,148  
                 
Total stock-based compensation $ 17,308   $ 15,612   $ 49,968   $ 44,937  
                 


AMBARELLA, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
  Three Months Ended October 31,   Nine Months Ended October 31,
  2019    2018    2019    2018
   
  (unaudited)
GAAP net loss $ (4,309 )   $ (9,021 )   $ (31,811 )   $ (25,904 )
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation expense   17,308       15,612       49,968       44,937  
Income tax effect   (1,737 )     359       634       977  
Non-GAAP net income $ 11,262     $ 6,950     $ 18,791     $ 20,010  
               
GAAP - diluted weighted average shares   33,304,171       32,171,890       32,885,729       32,908,614  
Non-GAAP - diluted weighted average shares   34,789,673       32,864,693       34,052,772       33,846,658  
               
GAAP - diluted net loss per share $ (0.13 )   $ (0.28 )   $ (0.97 )   $ (0.79 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation expense   0.52       0.49       1.52       1.37  
Income tax effect   (0.05 )     0.01       0.02       0.03  
Effect of Non-GAAP - diluted weighted average shares   (0.02 )     (0.01 )     (0.02 )     (0.02 )
Non-GAAP - diluted net income per share $ 0.32     $ 0.21     $ 0.55     $ 0.59  
               

 

The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.5% and 0.5%, or $335,000 and $310,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 0.6% and 0.6%, or $922,000 and $942,000, for the nine months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The differences were due to the effect of stock-based compensation. 

AMBARELLA, INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
           
  October 31,   January 31,    
   2019    2019    
           
ASSETS          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 252,310   $ 194,047    
Marketable debt securities   148,481     164,861    
Accounts receivable, net   21,609     26,212    
Inventories   19,845     18,252    
Restricted cash   9     11    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   5,174     6,206    
Total current assets   447,428     409,589    
           
Property and equipment, net   5,927     6,728    
Deferred tax assets, non-current   10,320     10,587    
Intangible assets, net   8,232     10,936    
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   10,595        
Goodwill   26,601     26,601    
Other non-current assets   5,386     2,412    
           
Total assets $ 514,489   $ 466,853    
           
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable   18,697     12,801    
Accrued and other current liabilities   28,447     24,700    
Operating lease liabilities, current   2,161        
Income taxes payable   955     993    
Deferred revenue, current   545     529    
Total current liabilities   50,805     39,023    
           
Operating lease liabilities, non-current   8,519        
Other long-term liabilities   9,925     8,341    
           
Total liabilities   69,249     47,364    
           
Shareholders' equity:          
Preference shares          
Ordinary shares   15     15    
Additional paid-in capital   245,490     188,516    
Accumulated other comprehensive income   685     97    
Retained earnings   199,050     230,861    
Total shareholders’ equity   445,240     419,489    
           
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 514,489   $ 466,853    
           

Contact:

Louis Gerhardy
408.636.2310
lgerhardy@ambarella.com