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Silicon Motion Announces Results for the Period Ended March 31, 2014

First Quarter 2014

Financial Highlights

  • Net sales increased 1% quarter-over-quarter to US$52.8 million from US$52.5 million in 4Q13
  • Gross margin (non-GAAP1) decreased to 48.6% as compared to 48.8% in 4Q13
  • Operating expenses (non-GAAP) increased to US$16.9 million from US$13.8 million in 4Q13
  • Operating margin (non-GAAP) decreased to 16.7% from 22.5% in 4Q13
  • Diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) decreased to US$0.16 from US$0.30 in 4Q13

Business Highlights

  • Began mass production of our new TLC eMMC 4.5 controller for our third NAND flash partner
  • Began mass production of our new eMMC 5.0 controller (2-3x better IOPS performance as compared to eMMC 4.5)    
  • Secured over 30 new design-wins for our eMMC controllers for smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and gaming consoles
  • Secured our first major global PC OEM design-win for our SATA 3 client SSD controller
  • Secured our first SATA 3 client SSD controller design-win at a NAND flash maker
  • Shipping our SATA 3 client SSD controller to several leading module makers actively retailing $100 256GB SSDs
  • Secured first LTE-Advanced transceiver design-win with leading Korean handset OEM 

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (Nasdaq:SIMO) ("Silicon Motion" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. For the first quarter, net sales increased 1% quarter-over-quarter to US$52.8 million from US$52.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Net income (non-GAAP) of US$5.4 million or US$0.16 per diluted ADS in the first quarter decreased as compared to US$10.2 million or US$0.30 per diluted ADS in the fourth quarter of 2013.

GAAP net income for the first quarter decreased quarter-over-quarter to US$3.8 million or US$0.11 per diluted ADS from a GAAP net income of US$5.4 million or US$0.16 per diluted ADS in the fourth quarter of 2013.

First Quarter 2014 Financial Review

Commenting on the results of the first quarter, Silicon Motion's President and CEO Wallace Kou said:

"We are off to an excellent start for 2014. I am pleased to report solid first quarter results that reflect strength from across most of our products. Our SSD+embedded sales increased sequentially in the first quarter and grew by over 60% as compared to the same period a year ago. In the first quarter, we began commercial sales of our TLC eMMC 4.5 controllers to our third NAND flash partner, converted the majority of our eMMC controller sales to eMMC 4.5, and began mass production of our next generation eMMC 5.0 controller. I am also pleased with the progress we are making in securing new wins for our SATA 3 client SSD controller which recently began shipping to numerous U.S., Taiwan, and China module makers for their channel market SSD solutions. Separately, our SSD OEM partner has been making solid progress marketing their SSD solutions with our controllers and has secured an important first design-win with a tier-one PC OEM. In addition, we secured an important design win with one of our flash partners for our SSD controller.

"We recently secured our first design-win for our LTE-Advanced transceiver with a leading Korean handset OEM and will begin commercial sales of this new transceiver in the second quarter. We are actively working on securing additional wins."


Net sales in the first quarter were US$52.8 million, an increase of 1% compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. For the quarter, mobile storage products accounted for 85% of net sales and mobile communications 10% of net sales.

Net sales of our mobile storage products, which primarily include flash memory card, USB flash drive, SSD and embedded flash controllers, decreased 4% sequentially in the first quarter to US$45.1 million.

Net sales of mobile communications products, which primarily include handset transceivers and mobile TV IC solutions, increased 47% from the fourth quarter of 2013 to US$5.5 million in the first quarter.

Gross and Operating Margins

Gross margin (non-GAAP) decreased slightly to 48.6% in the first quarter as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP gross margin remained unchanged at 48.5% in the first quarter as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

Operating expenses (non-GAAP) in the first quarter were US$16.9 million, an increase from the US$13.8 million expended in the fourth quarter of 2013. Operating margin (non-GAAP) was 16.7%, a decrease from 22.5% in the previous quarter. GAAP operating margin was 14.2% for the first quarter, an increase from 13.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Other Income and Expenses

Net total other income (non-GAAP) was US$0.5 million, unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP net total other income was US$0.2 million, a decrease from the US$0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.


Net income (non-GAAP) was US$5.4 million for the first quarter, a decrease from US$10.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were US$0.16 in the first quarter, a decrease from US$0.30 per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2013.

GAAP net income was US$3.8 million for the first quarter, a decrease from a net income of US$5.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Diluted GAAP earnings per ADS in the first quarter were US$0.11, a decrease from US$0.16 per ADS in the previous quarter.

Balance Sheet

Cash and cash equivalents, and short-term investments of US$158.6 million at the end of the first quarter were a decrease from US$162.5 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013.

Cash Flow

Our cash flows were as follows:

3 months ended March 31, 2014
  (In US$ millions)
Net income 3.8
Depreciation & amortization 1.6
Stock-based compensation 1.5
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (5.2)
Others 1.2
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 2.9
Acquisition of property and equipment (1.7)
Others --
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (1.7)
Others 0.1
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (4.9)
Effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on cash (0.2)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (3.9)

During the first quarter, we had US$1.7 million of capital expenditures primarily relating to the purchase of testing equipment, software and design tools. 

Returning Value to Shareholders

In January 2013, the Company announced a US$40 million share repurchase program. We did not repurchase any shares in the first quarter of 2014.  On January 28, 2014 the Board of Directors of the Company declared a US$0.15 per ADS quarterly dividend.  On February 25, we paid $5.0 million as dividend payments to our shareholders.

Business Outlook:

Silicon Motion's President and CEO, Wallace Kou, added:

"We are off to a solid start and are confident about growing our business this year as we have already met the milestones that we had set: begin commercial sales of our eMMC controllers to our third NAND flash partner, secure our first SATA 3 client SSD controller design-win with a tier-1 global PC OEM, and win our first LTE-Advanced transceiver project with our Korean handset OEM partner. These are important achievements for us, and we believe we are well positioned for growth this year and next as we build on these milestones and further expand our business."

For the second quarter of 2014, management expects:

  • Revenue to increase 10% to 15% sequentially
  • Gross margin (non-GAAP) to be in the 48% to 50% range
  • Operating expenses (non-GAAP) of approximately US$18 to US$20 million

For the full year 2014, management expects:

  • Revenue to increase 5% to 15% year-over-year
  • Gross margin (non-GAAP) to be in the 48% to 50% range
  • Operating expenses (non-GAAP) of approximately US$74 to US$79 million

Conference Call & Webcast:

The Company's management team will conduct a conference call at 8:00 am Eastern Time on April 29, 2014. 

Wallace Kou, President & CEO
Riyadh Lai, CFO
Jason Tsai, Director of Investor Relations and Strategy
USA (Toll Free): 1 866 519 4004
USA (Toll): 1 845 675 0437 
Taiwan (Toll Free): 0080 112 6920
Participant Passcode: 2423 8648
REPLAY NUMBERS (for 7 days):
USA (Toll Free): 1 855 452 5696
USA (Toll): 1 646 254 3697
Participant Passcode: 2423 8648

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 non-GAAP cost of sales, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP selling, general, and administrative expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP earnings per diluted ADS. 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 it is 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 stock options and 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.

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.

Other non-recurring items:

  • 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, non-recurring and unplanned activity and therefore exclude this charge when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.
  • Vendor dispute charges relate to the write down of certain unsalable inventory due to defects in the components provided by our vendor. These parts were supplied to us at a quality below levels previously specified and agreed. All parts known to be defective have been identified and are within our control. We have resolved this matter with our vendor and recovered in 1Q 2013 the full value of the inventory being written off. This charge (as well as the amount recovered) has been excluded from our non-GAAP results as we believe this is an unusual, non-recurring and unplanned activity.

1 Non-GAAP measures represent GAAP measures excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, foreign exchange gain (loss), and other non-recurring items. For reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results and further discussion, see accompanying financial tables and the note "Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this press release.

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)
  For the Three Months Ended
  Mar. 31, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013 Mar. 31, 2014
   (US$)  (US$)  (US$)
Net Sales 57,365 52,489 52,848
Cost of sales 32,219 27,045 27,224
Gross profit 25,146 25,444 25,624
Operating expenses      
 Research & development 11,640 12,339 11,907
 Sales & marketing 3,382 3,578 3,591
 General & administrative 3,126 2,592 2,630
Operating income 6,998 6,935 7,496
Non-operating income (expense)      
 Gain on sale of investments -- 1 1
 Interest income, net 453 483 474
 Foreign exchange gain (loss), net (311) 73 (230)
 Others, net 112 7 2
 Subtotal 254 564 247
Income before income tax 7,252 7,499 7,743
Income tax expense  2,415 2,083 3,915
Net income  4,837 5,416 3,828
Basic earnings per ADS $0.15 $0.16 $0.12
Diluted earnings per ADS $0.14 $0.16 $0.11
Margin Analysis:      
Gross margin 43.8% 48.5% 48.5%
Operating margin 12.2% 13.2% 14.2%
Net margin 8.4% 10.3% 7.2%
Additional Data:      
Weighted avg. ADS equivalents2 33,283 32,899 33,184
Diluted ADS equivalents 34,051 33,670 33,963
2 Assumes all outstanding ordinary shares are represented by ADSs. Each ADS represents four ordinary shares.
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)
  For the Three Months Ended
  Mar. 31,
Dec. 31,
Mar. 31,
  (US$) (US$) (US$)
GAAP net income  4,837 5,416 3,828
Stock-based compensation:      
 Cost of sales 77 160 58
 Research and development 1,525 3,152 1,068
 Sales and marketing 521 891 214
 General and administrative 355 656 205
 Total stock-based compensation 2,478 4,859 1,545
Non-recurring items:      
Vendor dispute  (1,717) -- --
Litigation expenses  104 (5) (239)
Foreign exchange loss (gain), net 311 (73) 230
Non-GAAP net income 6,013 10,197 5,364
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS 34,502 34,065 34,104
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS $0.17 $0.30 $0.16
Non-GAAP gross margin 41.0% 48.8% 48.6%
Non-GAAP operating margin 13.7% 22.5% 16.7%
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheet 
 (In thousands, unaudited)
  Mar. 31,
Dec. 31,
Mar. 31,
   (US$)  (US$)  (US$)
Cash and cash equivalents 151,001 161,720 157,841
Short-term investments 14,993 742 727
Accounts receivable (net) 32,269 30,963 37,441
Inventories 29,060 33,666 30,982
Refundable deposits - current 15,241 15,299 15,310
Deferred income tax assets (net) 739 1,278 --
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,156 2,870 2,586
Total current assets 247,459 246,538 244,887
Long-term investments 178 133 133
Property and equipment (net) 23,604 30,195 30,211
Goodwill and intangible assets (net) 35,465 35,474 35,471
Other assets 4,341 4,423 4,513
Total assets 311,047 316,763 315,215
Accounts payable 19,313 14,661 14,199
Income tax payable 5,171 8,189 10,766
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 19,020 17,826 13,651
Total current liabilities 43,504 40,676 38,616
Other liabilities 3,379 5,390 5,671
Total liabilities 46,883 46,066 44,287
Shareholders' equity 264,164 270,697 270,928
Total liabilities & shareholders' equity 311,047 316,763 315,215

About Silicon Motion:

We are a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, low-power semiconductor solutions to OEMs and other customers in the mobile storage and mobile communications markets. For the mobile storage market, our key products are microcontrollers used in solid state storage devices such as SSDs, eMMCs and other embedded flash applications, as well as removable storage products. For the mobile communications market, our key products are handset transceivers and mobile TV IC solutions. Our products are widely used in smartphones, tablets, and industrial and commercial applications. For further information on Silicon Motion, visit 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 expected second quarter of 2014 and full year 2014 revenue, gross margin and operating expenses, all of which reflect management's estimates based on information available at this 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 2014. Forward-looking statements also include, without limitation, statements regarding trends in the multimedia consumer electronics market 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 these customers; general economic conditions or conditions in the semiconductor or consumer electronics markets; decreases in the overall average selling prices of our products; changes in the relative sales mix of our products; the payment, or non-payment, of cash dividends in the future at the discretion of our board of directors; the effect, if any, on the price of our ADS as a result of the implementation of the announced share repurchase program; 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, its customers and consumers; 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 April 30, 2013, as amended on May 29, 2013. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Jason Tsai
         Director of IR and Strategy
         Tel: +1 408 519 7259
         Fax: +1 408 519 7101
         E-mail: jtsai@siliconmotion.com

         Investor Contact:
         Selina Hsieh
         Investor Relations
         Tel: +886 3 552 6888 x2311
         Fax: +886 3 560 0336
         E-mail: ir@siliconmotion.com

         Media Contact:
         Sara Hsu
         Project Manager
         Tel: +886 2 2219 6688 x3509
         Fax: +886 2 2219 6868
         E-mail: sara.hsu@siliconmotion.com
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