MaxLinear, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

February 5, 2019

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 5, 2019--MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of RF, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, and industrial and multi-market applications, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

GAAP basis:

Net revenue was $87.6 million, up 3% sequentially, and down 23% year-on-year. GAAP gross margin was 52.4%, compared to 51.6% in the prior quarter, and 45.8% in the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating expenses were $56.6 million in the fourth quarter 2018, or 65% of net revenue, compared to $56.4 million in the prior quarter, or 66% of net revenue, and $57.8 million in the year-ago quarter, or 51% of net revenue. GAAP loss from operations was 12% of revenue, compared to loss from operations of 15% in the prior quarter, and loss from operations of 5% in the year-ago quarter. Net cash flow provided by operating activities of $24.2 million, compared to cash flow provided by operations of $30.7 million in the prior quarter and cash flow provided by operating activities of $21.7 million in the year-ago quarter. GAAP income tax benefit was $14.0 million, which included a $11.3 million discrete tax benefit for a reduction in the valuation allowance on certain loss carryforwards as provisional estimates for the effects of the 2017 Tax Act were finalized, compared to an income tax benefit of $2.1 million in the prior quarter, and income tax provision of $9.0 million in the year-ago quarter. GAAP net income was $0.3 million, compared to net loss of $13.9 million in the prior quarter, and net loss of $19.4 million in the year-ago quarter. GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.00, compared to diluted loss per share of $0.20 in the prior quarter, and diluted loss per share of $0.29 in the year-ago quarter.

Non-GAAP basis:

Non-GAAP gross margin was 62.7%. This compares to 62.5% in the prior quarter, and 62.0% in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating expenses were $36.7 million, or 42% of revenue, compared to $35.6 million or 42% of revenue in the prior quarter, and $38.3 million or 34% of revenue in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP income from operations was 21% of revenue, compared to 21% in the prior quarter, and 28% in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP effective tax rate was 7% of non-GAAP pre-tax income, compared to 7% in the prior quarter, and 4% in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP net income was $14.2 million, compared to $13.2 million in the prior quarter, and $26.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.20, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.19 in the prior quarter, and diluted earnings per share of $0.38 in the year-ago quarter.

Recent Business Highlights

Successfully validated the functionality of the Telluride products in 400Gbps mode through interoperability testing of Telluride PAM4 DSPs with Innovium’s 12.8 Tbps TERALYNX Switch ASIC. Announced the integration of AirPHY multi-gigabit modem technology into Zinwell’s 3rd generation ZRA-003 device, which can transfer power and gigabit data through glass windows and walls up to 20cm thick. G.hn home networking solutions with Comtrend selected by Chunghwa Telecom to deliver gigabit-class service to their subscribers in Taiwan. Announced collaboration with Intel and cable industry leaders to enable 10 Gigabit ready gateway platforms. G.hn Wave-2 technology selected by Zinwell for new family of home networking products.

Management Commentary

“In the fourth quarter, our business performed well overall, highlighted by strong sequential revenue growth from our Infrastructure category. More specifically, in 2018, our wireless backhaul infrastructure business recorded nearly 50% growth. Our Connected Home business also delivered on the beginning of an anticipated recovery, which is now in its early stages. The Industrial and Multi-market business, as expected, was soft, which we believe reflects an overall industry slowdown. These results yielded GAAP net revenue of $87.6 million and net cash flows from operating activities of $24.2 million. These strong operating cash flows enabled us to pre-pay $15.0 million towards our outstanding term-loan debt, which further reduced our net leverage ratio to approximately 1.75 at the end of the fourth quarter,” commented Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO.

“As we begin 2019, we are very excited about the positive early customer feedback regarding the new products launching this year which address the large communications Infrastructure market. Specifically, we have launched our 400G PAM4 DSP plus integrated driver and TIA system solution targeting high speed interconnect data center deployments in the second half of 2019 and our new wireless radio-transceiver targeting the 5G massive MIMO wireless opportunity, slated for sampling in the first half of 2019. These key infrastructure product launches combined with the aforementioned strength in our wireless backhaul business and the beginning of the recovery of our broadband business provide us confidence in our ability to realize our strong mid-term and long-term growth aspirations. Our technology leadership, along with our continued operating expense discipline, strongly position us to be able to navigate a turbulent market environment while supporting our long-term growth initiatives,” continued Dr. Seendripu.

First Quarter 2019 Business Outlook

The company expects revenue in the first quarter 2019 to be approximately $82 million to $87 million, and also estimates the following:

GAAP gross margin of approximately 52.5% to 53.5%; Non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 63.0% to 64.0%; GAAP operating expenses of approximately $56.0 million to $56.5 million; and Non-GAAP operating expenses of approximately $36.0 million to $36.5 million.

Webcast and Conference Call

MaxLinear will host its fourth quarter financial results conference call today, February 5, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time). To access this call, dial US toll free: 1-877-407-3109 / International: 1-201-493-6798. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the investor relations section of the MaxLinear website at http://investors.maxlinear.com, and will be archived and available after the call at http://investors.maxlinear.com until February 19, 2019. A replay of the conference call will also be available until February 19, 2019 by dialing US toll free: 1-877-660-6853 / International: 1-201-612-7415 and Conference ID#: 13686233.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning our future financial performance (including our current guidance for first quarter 2019 revenue, gross margins, and operating expense and statements concerning expectations of potential developments in our target markets, including management’s views with respect to trends in our DOCSIS and Connected Home markets. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Risks and uncertainties affecting our business and future operating results include, without limitation, intense competition in our industry; our dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will develop, including in particular new markets we are entering but also existing markets such as cable; potential uncertainties arising from continued consolidation among cable television and satellite operators in our target markets and continued consolidation among competitors within the semiconductor industry generally; our ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of those products, particularly as we seek to expand outside of our historic markets; potential decreases in average selling prices for our products; risks relating to intellectual property protection and the prevalence of intellectual property litigation in our industry; the impact on our financial condition of the indebtedness arising from the Exar transaction; our reliance on a limited number of third party manufacturers; and our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply.

In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K, as well as the information to be set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in MaxLinear’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which we expect to file shortly. All forward-looking statements are based on the estimates, projections and assumptions of management as of February 5, 2019, and MaxLinear is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated financial statements presented on a basis consistent with GAAP, we disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP gross margin, operating expenses, operating expenses as a percentage of revenue, income from operations as percentage of revenue, pre-tax margins, effective tax rate, net income and diluted earnings per share. These supplemental measures exclude the effects of (i) stock-based compensation expense; (ii) accruals related to our performance based bonus plan for 2018, which we currently intend to settle in shares of our common stock; (iii) accruals related to our performance based bonus plan for 2017, which we settled in shares of common stock in 2018; (iv) amortization of purchased intangible assets and inventory step up; (v) depreciation of fixed assets step-up; (vi) acquisition and integration costs related to 2017 acquisitions; (vii) professional fees and settlement costs related to our previously disclosed IP and commercial litigation matters; (viii) impairment losses on acquired intangible assets; (ix) severance and other restructuring charges; and (x) non-cash income tax benefits and expenses and effects of the Tax Act. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with and do not serve as an alternative for GAAP. We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our GAAP results of operations. These non-GAAP measures should only be viewed in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures. We compensate for the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of our performance.

We believe that non-GAAP financial measures can provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain non-cash and other one-time expenses that are not indicative of our core operating results. Among other uses, our management uses non-GAAP measures to compare our performance relative to forecasts and strategic plans and to benchmark our performance externally against competitors. In addition, management’s incentive compensation will be determined in part using these non-GAAP measures because we believe non-GAAP measures better reflect our core operating performance.

The following are explanations of each type of adjustment that we incorporate into non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense relates to equity incentive awards granted to our employees, directors, and consultants. Our equity incentive plans are important components of our employee incentive compensation arrangements and are reflected as expenses in our GAAP results. Stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense for MaxLinear.

Bonuses under our executive and non-executive bonus programs have been excluded from our non-GAAP net income for all periods reported. Bonus payments for the 2017 performance periods were settled through the issuance of shares of common stock under our equity incentive plans in February 2018. We currently expect that bonus awards under our fiscal 2018 program will be settled in common stock in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. While we include the dilutive impact of equity awards in weighted average shares outstanding, the expense associated with stock-based awards reflects a non-cash charge that we exclude from non-GAAP net income.

Expenses incurred in relation to acquisitions include amortization of purchased intangible assets and step-up of inventory to fair value, depreciation of step-up of property and equipment to fair value, acquisition and integration costs primarily consisting of professional and consulting fees.

Restructuring charges incurred are related to our restructuring plans which address issues primarily relating to the integration of the Company and acquired businesses or internal operations and primarily include severance and restructuring costs related to exiting certain facilities.

Expenses incurred in relation to our intellectual property and commercial litigation include professional fees incurred.

Income tax benefits and expense adjustments are those that do not affect cash income taxes payable. Effects of the Tax Act were excluded from Non-GAAP effective tax rate.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures for the historic periods disclosed in this press release appear below. Because of the inherent uncertainty associated with our ability to project future charges, particularly related to stock-based compensation and its related tax effects as well as potential impairments, we have not provided a reconciliation for non-GAAP guidance provided for the first quarter 2019.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL) is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit www.maxlinear.com.

MXL is MaxLinear’s registered trademark. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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