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Silicon Motion Announces Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2020

Financial Highlights

  4Q 2020 GAAP 4Q 2020 Non-GAAP
•  Net sales $143.9 million (+14% Q/Q, -6% Y/Y) $143.9 million (+14% Q/Q, -6% Y/Y)
•  Gross margin 45.9% 49.3%
•  Operating margin 0.3% 21.9%
•  Earnings per diluted ADS $0.04  $0.86

 

  Full Year 2020 GAAP Full Year 2020 Non-GAAP
  •  Net sales $539.5 million (+18% Y/Y) $539.5 million (+17% Y/Y)
  •  Gross margin 48.2% 49.2%
  •  Operating margin 14.9% 21.8%
  •  Earnings per diluted ADS $2.28 $3.24

Business Highlights

  • SSD controller sales: 4Q increased 5% to 10% Q/Q and FY2020 increased 15% to 20% Y/Y
  • eMMC+UFS controller sales: 4Q increased 65% to 70% Q/Q and FY2020 increased 35% to 40% Y/Y
  • SSD solutions sales: 4Q declined 30% to 35% Q/Q and FY2020 increased 35 to 40% Y/Y
  • Launched SM8266, a complete 16-channel PCIe 4.0 NVMe turnkey enterprise SSD controller

TAIPEI, Taiwan and MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) (“Silicon Motion” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. For the fourth quarter, net sales (GAAP) increased sequentially to $143.9 million from $126.0 million in third quarter 2020. Net income (GAAP) declined to $1.4 million or $0.04 per diluted ADS (GAAP) from a net income (GAAP) of $24.3 million or $0.70 per diluted ADS (GAAP) in third quarter 2020.

For the fourth quarter, net income (non-GAAP) increased to $29.9 million or $0.86 per diluted ADS (non-GAAP) from a net income (non-GAAP) of $26.7 million or $0.76 per diluted ADS (non-GAAP) in third quarter 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Review
“Fourth quarter results were stronger than expected as customer procurement continues to be robust,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. “Sales of our eMMC+UFS controllers for smartphones and IOT devices were especially strong and our SSD controllers continued to benefit from strong PC demand. Sales of our SSD solutions were however seasonally soft.”

Key Financial Results

(in millions, except percentages and per ADS amounts)
 
GAAP Non-GAAP
  4Q 2020     3Q 2020     4Q 2019     4Q 2020     3Q 2020     4Q 2019  
Revenue $143.9   $126.0   $153.2   $143.9   $126.0   $153.0  
Gross profit   $66.0     $61.8     $73.6     $71.0     $61.9     $75.4  
Percent of revenue   45.9%     49.1%     48.1%     49.3%     49.1%     49.3%  
Operating expenses $65.6   $36.0   $46.3   $39.5   $32.9   $38.2  
Operating income   $0.4     $25.8     $27.3     $31.5     $29.0     $37.2  
Percent of revenue   0.3%     20.5%     17.8%     21.9%     23.0%     24.3%  
Earnings per diluted ADS $0.04   $0.70   $0.73   $0.86   $0.76   $0.96  

Other Financial Information

(in millions) 4Q 2020 3Q 2020 4Q 2019
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments—end of period $369.2 $368.4 $350.3
Routine capital expenditures $5.6 $2.6 $3.0
Dividend payments $12.1 $12.3 $12.1

During the fourth quarter, we had $5.6 million of capital expenditures for the routine purchase of testing equipment, software, design tools and other items.

Returning Value to Shareholders
On October 26, 2020, our Board of Directors declared a $1.40 per ADS annual dividend to be paid in quarterly installments of $0.35 per ADS. On November 25, 2020, we paid $12.1 million to shareholders as the first installment of our annual dividend.

On November 21, 2018, we announced that our Board of Directors had authorized a new program for the Company to repurchase up to $200 million of our ADS over a 24-month period. On October 26, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized the extension of the expiration of this program to November 21, 2021. Since the start of this program, we have repurchased $84.8 million of our ADSs and $115.2 million remains available for repurchase under the program. There were no share repurchases in the fourth quarter.

Business Outlook
“We are kicking-off 2021 with what we believe will be an unseasonally strong first quarter and an extremely strong order book for the year, with sales growth currently capped by foundry supply availability,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. “We are seeing strong, broad-based OEM demand and design activities for our SSD and eMMC+UFS controllers and expect this momentum to carry over to 2022. PC OEMs are driving strong demand for PCIe NVMe SSD controllers and smartphone and IOT OEMs for UFS and eMMC mobile embedded storage controllers.”

For the first quarter of 2021, management expects:

  GAAP Non-GAAP Adjustment Non-GAAP
Revenue $154m to $161m
7% to 12% Q/Q
-- $154m to $161m
7% to 12% Q/Q
Gross margin 47.9% to 49.9% Approximately $0.2m* 48.0% to 50.0%
Operating margin 18.9% to 21.1% Approximately $3.1m to $3.3m** 21.0% to 23.0%

* Projected gross margin (non-GAAP) excludes $0.2 million of stock-based compensation.
** Projected operating margin (non-GAAP) excludes $3.1 million to $3.3 million of stock-based compensation.

For the full year 2021, management expects:

  GAAP Non-GAAP Adjustment Non-GAAP
Revenue $650m to $700m
20% to 30% Y/Y
-- $650m to $700m
20% to 30% Y/Y
Gross margin 47.0% to 49.0% Approximately $0.3m* 47.0% to 49.0%
Operating margin 21.5% to 24.0% Approximately $14.0m to $16.0m** 24.0% to 26.0%

* Projected gross margin (non-GAAP) excludes $0.3 million of stock-based compensation.
** Projected operating margin (non-GAAP) excludes $14.0 million to $16.0 million of stock-based compensation.

Conference Call & Webcast:
The Company’s management team will conduct a conference call at 8:00 am Eastern Time on February 4, 2021.

Speakers:
Wallace Kou, President & CEO
Riyadh Lai, CFO
Chris Chaney, Director of Investor Relations & Strategy

Conference Call Details
Participants must register in advance to join the conference using the link provided below and should dial in 10 minutes prior to the call start time. Conference access information (including dial-in numbers, the passcode, and a unique access pin) will be provided in the email received upon registration.

Participant Online Registration: http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/4467365

Replay Numbers (for 7 days): 
USA (Toll Free): 1 855 452 5696
USA (Toll): 1 646 254 3697
Participant Passcode: 4467365

A webcast of the call will be available on the Company's website at www.siliconmotion.com.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company’s unaudited selected financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation and other items, including gross profit (non-GAAP), operating expenses (non-GAAP), operating profit (non-GAAP), net income (non-GAAP), and earnings per diluted ADS (non-GAAP). These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative to GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measure. We compensate for the limitations of our non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of our performance.

Our non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of our current financial performance and our prospects for the future. Specifically, we believe the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results and because they are consistent with the financial models and estimates published by many analysts who follow the Company. We use non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of our business, for comparison with our forecasts, and for benchmarking our performance externally against our competitors. Also, when evaluating potential acquisitions, we exclude the items described below from our consideration of the target’s performance and valuation. Since we find these measures to be useful, we believe that our investors benefit from seeing the results from management’s perspective in addition to seeing our GAAP results. We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

  • the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s on-going operating results;
  • the ability to better identify trends in the Company’s underlying business and perform related trend analysis;
  • a better understanding of how management plans and measures the Company’s underlying business; and
  • an easier way to compare the Company’s operating results against analyst financial models and operating results of our competitors that supplement their GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures.

The following are explanations of each of the adjustments that we incorporate into our non-GAAP measures, as well as the reasons for excluding each of these individual items in our reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense consists of non-cash charges related to the fair value of restricted stock units awarded to employees. The Company believes that the exclusion of these non-cash charges provides for more accurate comparisons of our operating results to our peer companies due to the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types. In addition, the Company believes it is useful to investors to understand the specific impact of share-based compensation on its operating results.

SSD solutions restructuring are charges related to the restructuring of our underperforming Shannon and Bigtera product lines and include goodwill and intangible assets impairment expenses, the write-down of NAND flash and SSD inventory valuation and customer sales returns and accounts receivable attributable to these product lines.

Amortization of intangibles assets consists of non-cash charges that can be impacted by the timing and magnitude of our acquisitions. The Company considers its operating results without these charges when evaluating its ongoing performance and forecasting its earnings trends, and therefore excludes such charges when presenting non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that the assessment of its operations excluding these costs is relevant to its assessment of internal operations and comparisons to the performance of its competitors.

Litigation expenses consist of legal expenses relating to intellectual property disputes, commercial claims and other types of litigation. While litigation may arise in the ordinary course of our business, we nevertheless consider litigation to be an unusual and unplanned activity and therefore exclude this charge when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.

Foreign exchange gains and losses consist of translation gains and/or losses of non-US$ denominated current assets and current liabilities, as well as certain other balance sheet items which result from the appreciation or depreciation of non-US$ currencies against the US$. We do not use financial instruments to manage the impact on our operations from changes in foreign exchange rates, and because our operations are subject to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, we therefore exclude foreign exchange gains and losses when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.

Gain on disposal of long-term investments relate to gains from our sale of FCI, our specialty RF IC product line, and the sale of our investment in ProGrade, a professional-grade memory card manufacturer.

 

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)

       
  For Three Months Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
    2019    2020    2020    2019    2020 
    ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)
Net Sales   153,196     126,043     143,897     457,253     539,521  
Cost of sales   79,563     64,217     77,853     235,081     279,365  
Gross profit   73,633     61,826     66,044     222,172     260,156  
Operating expenses                    
Research & development   33,911     26,378     37,160     110,305     121,784  
Sales & marketing   6,118     6,077     6,411     25,108     24,805  
General & administrative   6,285     3,528     4,585     17,878     15,604  
Amortization of intangibles assets   -     -     -     766     -  
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets   -     -     17,489     15,970     17,489  
Operating income   27,319     25,843     399     52,145     80,474  
Non-operating income (expense)                    
Interest income, net   1,561     841     729     6,748     4,625  
Gain on disposal of long-term investments   -     -     (293 )   12,941     (293 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net   84     551     692     148     619  
Others, net   33     (6 )   117     92     133  
Subtotal   1,678     1,386     1,245     19,929     5,084  
Income before income tax   28,997     27,229     1,644     72,074     85,558  
Income tax expense   3,567     2,962     290     7,676     5,812  
Net income   25,430     24,267     1,354     64,398     79,746  
                     
Earnings per basic ADS   0.73     0.70     0.04     1.83     2.29  
Earnings per diluted ADS   0.73     0.70     0.04     1.82     2.28  
                     
Margin Analysis:                    
Gross margin   48.1 %   49.1 %   45.9 %   48.6 %   48.2 %
Operating margin   17.8 %   20.5 %   0.3 %   11.4 %   14.9 %
Net margin   16.6 %   19.3 %   0.9 %   14.1 %   14.8 %
                               


Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)

         
    For Three Months Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
   2019     2020     2020     2019     2020 
  ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)
Gross profit (GAAP)   73,633     61,826     66,044     222,172     260,156  
Gross margin (GAAP)   48.1 %   49.1 %   45.9 %   48.6 %   48.2 %
Stock-based compensation (A)   141     55     157     305     253  
SSD solutions restructuring   1,618     -     4,772     8,175     4,772  
Gross profit (non-GAAP) (B)   75,392     61,881     70,973     230,652     265,181  
Gross margin (non-GAAP) (C)   49.3 %   49.1 %   49.3 %   50.2 %   49.2 %
                        
Operating expenses (GAAP)   46,314     35,983     65,645     170,027     179,682  
Stock-based compensation (A)   (7,209 )   (3,076 )   (8,572 )   (14,286 )   (14,335 )
Amortization of intangible assets   -     -     -     (766 )   -  
SSD solutions restructuring   (928 )   -     (17,613 )   (16,898 )   (17,613 )
Litigation expense   -     -     -     2     -  
Operating expenses (non-GAAP) (B)   38,177     32,907     39,460     138,079     147,734  
                     
Operating profit (GAAP)   27,319     25,843     399     52,145     80,474  
Operating margin (GAAP)   17.8 %   20.5 %   0.3 %   11.4 %   14.9 %
Total adjustments to operating profit   9,896     3,131     31,114     40,428     36,973  
Operating profit (non-GAAP) (B)   37,215     28,974     31,513     92,573     117,447  
Operating margin (non-GAAP) (C)   24.3 %   23.0 %   21.9 %   20.1 %   21.8 %
                     
Non-operating income (expense) (GAAP)   1,678     1,386     1,245     19,929     5,084  
Foreign exchange loss (gain), net   (84 )   (551 )   (692 )   (148 )   (619 )
Gain on disposal of long-term investments   -     -     293     (12,941 )   293  
Non-operating income (expense) (non-GAAP) (B)   1,594     835                  846     6,840     4,758  
                     
Net income (GAAP)   25,430     24,267     1,354     64,398     79,746  
Total pre-tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments (B)   9,812     2,580     30,715     27,339     36,647  
Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments (B)   (1,430 )   (171 )   (2,152 )   (2,708 )   (2,845 )
Net income (non-GAAP) (B), (C)   33,812     26,676     29,917     89,029     113,548  
                     
Earnings per diluted ADS (GAAP)   $0.73     $0.70     $0.04     $1.82     $2.28  
Earnings per diluted ADS (non-GAAP) (B), (C)   $0.96     $0.76     $0.86     $2.51     $3.24  
                     
Shares used in computing earnings per diluted ADS (GAAP)   35,021     34,891     34,761     35,296     34,978  
Non-GAAP Adjustments   171     163     219     106     121  
Shares used in computing earnings per diluted ADS (non-GAAP)   35,192     35,054     34,980     35,402     35,099  
                     
(A) Excludes stock-based compensation as follows:                    
Cost of Sales   141     55     157     305     253  
Research & development   5,178     2,163     6,196     9,927     10,132  
Sales & marketing   790     405     933     1,789     1,758  
General & administrative   1,241     508     1,443     2,570     2,445  
                     
(B) FCI divestiture items previously excluded from non-GAAP:                    
Revenue   -     -     -     10,359     -  
Gross Profit   -     -     -     5,687     -  
Operating Expenses   -     -     -     8,542     -  
Operating Profit   -     -     -     (2,855 )   -  
Non-Operating Income   -     -     -     9     -  
Taxes   -     -     -     8     -  
Net income   -     -     -     (2,854 )   -  
EPS   -     -     -     (0.08 )   -  
                     
(C) Reconciliation with previous non-GAAP disclosures:              
Revenue (GAAP)   153,196     126,043     143,897     457,253     539,521  
SSD solutions restructuring   (162 )   -     -     2,494     -  
Revenue (non-GAAP)   153,034     126,043     143,897     459,747     539,521  
FCI   -     -     -     (10,359 )   -  
Revenue (non-GAAP) less FCI   153,034     126,043     143,897     449,388     539,521  
Gross Margin (non-GAAP) less FCI   49.3 %   49.1 %   49.3 %   50.1 %   49.2 %
Operating Margin (non-GAAP) less FCI   24.3 %   23.0 %   21.9 %   21.2 %   21.8 %
EPS (non-GAAP) less FCI   $0.96     $0.76     $0.86     US$2.60   $3.24  
                             

 

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheet
(In thousands, unaudited)

             
    Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Dec. 31,
    2019   2020   2020
    ($)   ($)   ($)
Cash and cash equivalents   323,166   341,281   342,961
Short-term investments   2,010   1,951   -
Accounts receivable (net)   108,734   95,519   115,800
Inventories   88,439   107,426   110,162
Refundable deposits – current   24,085   24,094   24,098
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   18,765   24,643   13,948
Total current assets   565,199   594,914   606,969
Long-term investments   3,000   5,000   5,000
Property and equipment (net)   98,488   102,046   105,496
Goodwill and intangible assets (net)   17,489   17,489   -
Other assets   13,553   10,984   24,595
Total assets   697,729   730,433   742,060
             
Accounts payable   30,687   37,148   44,535
Income tax payable   2,465   5,870   6,886
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   98,336   65,500   107,323
Total current liabilities   131,488   108,518   158,744
Other liabilities   29,457   26,207   25,574
Total liabilities   160,945   134,725   184,318
Shareholders’ equity   536,784   595,708   557,742
Total liabilities & shareholders’ equity   697,729   730,433   742,060
             


Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands, unaudited)

         
    For Three Months Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
    2019    2020    2020    2019    2020 
    ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)
Net income   25,430     24,267     1,354     64,398     79,746  
Depreciation & amortization   3,347     3,322     3,640     13,213     13,562  
Stock-based compensation   7,350     3,131     8,729     14,591     14,589  
Goodwill & intangible assets impairment   -     -     17,489     15,970     17,489  
Investment impairment, losses & disposals   (16 )   1     260     (12,908 )   267  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (6,075 )   (552 )   (11,158 )   (17,553 )   (9,871 )
Others   63     22     79                 (16 )   113  
Net cash provided by operating activities   30,099     30,191     20,393     77,695     115,895  
                     
Purchase of property & equipment   (2,966 )   (2,618 )   (5,636 )   (11,015 )   (18,784 )
Purchase of long-term investments   -     -     -     -     (2,000 )
Disposal of long-term investments   -     -     -     45,683     -  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (2,966 )   (2,618 )   (5,636 )   34,668     (20,784 )
                     
Dividend payments   (12,147 )   (12,280 )   (12,065 )   (44,029 )   (48,901 )
Share repurchases   -     (25,013 )   -     (26,231 )   (25,013 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (12,147 )   (37,293 )   (12,065 )   (70,260 )   (73,914 )
                     
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents & restricted cash   14,986     (9,720 )   2,692     42,103     21,197  
Effect of foreign exchange changes   (13 )   323     102     (977 )   (239 )
Cash, cash equivalents & restricted cash—beginning of period   333,280     375,814     366,417     307,127     348,253  
Cash, cash equivalents & restricted cash—end of period   348,253     366,417     369,211     348,253     369,211  
                               

About Silicon Motion:
We are the global leader in supplying NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices and the merchant leader in supplying SSD controllers. We have the broadest portfolio of controller technologies and our controllers are widely used in storage products such as SSDs and eMMC+UFS devices, which are found in data centers, PCs, smartphones, and commercial and industrial applications. We have shipped over six billion NAND controllers in the last ten years, more than any other company in the world.  We also supply customized high-performance hyperscale data center and industrial SSD solutions.  Our customers include most of the NAND flash vendors, storage device module makers and leading OEMs.  For further information on Silicon Motion, visit us at www.siliconmotion.com.

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, including without limitation, statements about Silicon Motion’s currently expected first quarter of 2021 and full year 2021 expectations of revenue, gross margin and operating expenses, all of which reflect management’s estimates based on information available at the time of this press release. While Silicon Motion believes these estimates to be meaningful, these amounts could differ materially from actual reported amounts for the first quarter of 2021 and full year 2021. Forward-looking statements also include, without limitation, statements regarding trends in the semiconductor or consumer electronics markets and our future results of operations, financial condition and business prospects. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although such statements are based on our own information and information from other sources we believe to be reliable, you should not place undue reliance on them. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual market trends or our actual results of operations, financial condition or business prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the unpredictable volume and timing of customer orders, which are not fixed by contract but vary on a purchase order basis; the loss of one or more key customers or the significant reduction, postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of orders from one or more customers; general economic conditions or conditions in the semiconductor or consumer electronics markets; the effects on our business and our customer’s business taking into account the ongoing US-China tariffs and trade disputes together with any uncertainties associated with the ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19; decreases in the overall average selling prices of our products; changes in the relative sales mix of our products; changes in our cost of finished goods; the payment, or non-payment, of cash dividends in the future at the discretion of our board of directors and any announced planned increases in such dividends; changes in our cost of finished goods; the availability, pricing, and timeliness of delivery of other components and raw materials used in our customers’ products; our customers’ sales outlook, purchasing patterns, and inventory adjustments based on consumer demands and general economic conditions; any potential impairment charges that may be incurred related to businesses previously acquired or divested in the future; our ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new or enhanced products in a timely manner; and the timing of new product announcements or introductions by us or by our competitors. For additional discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other factors, please see the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on June 12, 2020. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

Investor Contact: Investor Contact:
Christopher Chaney Selina Hsieh
Director, Investor Relations & Strategy Investor Relations
E-mail: cchaney@siliconmotion.com E-mail: ir@siliconmotion.com
   
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