|By Marketwired .||
|April 23, 2014 06:42 PM EDT||
TORONTO, ONTARIO and PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/23/14 -- Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. ("Spectra7" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SEV), a high performance analog semiconductor company delivering unprecedented speed, resolution and signal fidelity to consumer and wireless infrastructure products, today announced its audited financial results for the fifteen month period ended December 31, 2013. A copy of the audited consolidated financial statements for the fifteen month period ended December 31, 2013 prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and the corresponding Management's Discussion and Analysis will be available under the Company's profile on www.sedar.com. All amounts are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
-- Revenue increased 45% for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013 to $3.0 million compared to $2.1 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2012. -- Revenue increased 61% for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 to $1.0 million compared to $0.6 million for the prior quarter ended September 30, 2013. -- Product gross margins(1) were strong at 80% for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 and 71% for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013. -- Announcement of five new products during the year ended December 31, 2013. -- Equity financings of $8.8 million to accelerate product development.
"The Company is now delivering on its vision to develop, launch and command value for best-in-class products across multiple high growth segments," said Tony Stelliga, CEO of Spectra7. "Our latest products are being adopted by market leaders in UltraHD displays, consumer interconnects and wearable computing as we showcase their extensive capabilities and consumer benefits. The year ended December 31, 2013 included a major acquisition, with the successful consolidation and streamlining of operations and costs. Shortly after the year end, the Company closed an upsized CDN$7.0 million public offering to further accelerate the roll-out of these new products."
Following completion of the Company's previously disclosed qualifying transaction (the "Qualifying Transaction"), the Company changed its financial year end from September 30 to December 31 which resulted in a 15 month period (October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013) for its first reporting period.
Since completing the Qualifying Transaction, the Company has made significant progress with respect to capital, products and customers. Re-affirming preliminary financial results announced on January 24, 2014 for the fifteen month period ended December 31, 2013, the Company had revenue of $3.1 million. For the three month period ended December 31, 2013, the Company exceeded previously disclosed results with revenue of $1.0 million, an increase of 61% over the prior quarter ended September 30, 2013 and exceeded revenue for the same quarter of the previous year by almost nine fold.
Product gross margins(1) for the three month period ended December 31, 2013 were 80%, above the preliminary results previously announced, due to product mix consisting of higher margin products. Product margins continue this trend, which started in the three months ended March 31, 2013, resulting in product gross margins(1) for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013 of 71% compared to 67% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012.
On March 28, 2014, the Company announced it had closed a public offering of 23,333,333 units for gross proceeds of CDN$7.0 million. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the offering as disclosed in the final prospectus dated March 24, 2014.
Results for the fifteen month period ended December 31, 2013 includes RedMere from the date of acquisition, February 5, 2013. Results prior to February 5, 2013 include Fresco results only.
Fifteen Month Period Ended Year ended December 31 September 30 2013 2012 $000 $000 -------------------------------- Revenue 3,100 3,495 Cost of Sales 1,153 1,867 Gross Margin 1,948 1,627 Expenses 14,590 8,854 Other expense 5,445 4,591 Net loss (18,087) (11,818)
The Company believes that the most meaningful presentation of the financial results is to discuss the results based on the new year-end for twelve months ended December 31.
The following table outlines key financial information for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 and the three month period ended December 31, and September 30, 2013.
Twelve Twelve Three Three months months months months ended ended ended ended December December December September 31 31 31 30 2013 2012 Percent 2013 2013 Percent $000 $000 Change $000 $000 Change ---------------------------------------------------------- Product Revenue 2,662 1,796 48% 643 613 5% License IP Revenue 346 278 346 - ---------------------------------------------------------- Total Revenue 3,008 2,074 45% 989 613 61% Product Cost 880 690 28% 200 193 4% Inventory Provision 186 279 -33% 173 - ---------------------------------------------------------- Total Cost of Sales 1,066 969 10% 373 193 93% Gross Margin 1,942 1,105 43% 616 420 47% Product Gross Margin % 71% 67% 4% 80% 69% 11% Total Gross Margin % 65% 53% 11% 62% 69% -6% Expenses 10,509 7,246 31% 2,492 2,773 -10% Amortization of intangibles other than licenses 2,726 2,726 Other expense 4,471 4,463 0% 393 856 -54% Net loss (15,764) (10,604) (4,995) (3,209)
Revenue for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 was $3.0 million compared to $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 45% year over year. The Company experienced strong demand for its active cable signal processing technology which is used by market leading customers to design, develop and launch next-generation interconnects for HD displays, wearable computing and second screen viewing.
Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 was $1.0 million, an increase of 61% over the previous quarter. There was strong interest for the Company's broader analog IP technology from major system on chip companies which contributed to the revenue increase in the quarter.
Product gross margins(1) improved year over year from 67% in 2012 to 71% in 2013 reflecting the
Company's strategy to modify traditional distribution channel modes and focus on higher margin products.
Product gross margins(1) represent revenue less the direct costs of manufacturing including yield loss and freight costs. Total gross margin represents product gross margin less a provision to write-down surplus, obsolete, or on-hand inventory to its recoverable amount which was done for demodulators, tuner and cable components. The Company does not expect further significant provisions in the foreseeable future.
Expenses increased year over year by 31% as a result of certain one-time expenses relating to the completion of the Qualifying Transaction and opening of the Company's office in Silicon Valley.
For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, expenses were 10% lower than the previous quarter as a result of cost control programs to reduce variable expenses such as travel.
For a complete discussion of expenses please refer to the financial statements and management's discussion and analysis.
Product and Customer Development
During the quarter ended December 31, 2013, the Company announced the VR7100 chip which delivers the speed and low latency to enable new levels and lengths of ultra-light and wearable connectivity between virtual reality ("VR") headsets and compute cluster or gaming machine. The VR7100 seeks to address the bulk and weight of previous VR platforms.
On September 24, 2013, the Company announced CouchConnect(TM), a portable, five meter / 16 foot, plug'n'play, ultra-light and ultra-long active HDMI cable capable of delivering true, real-time 1080p HD or 4K UltraHD content from any mobile device to any large screen display. On January 7, 2014, the Company announced that CouchConnect(TM) would be sold on Walmart.com. In March 2014, the Company announced that it had expanded its retailer presence with the availability of CouchConnect(TM) on Newegg.com.
On January 7, 2014, the Company unveiled its Detectiv4K(TM) integrated audio/video performance monitoring technology and announced that Detectiv4K(TM) was now embedded in Monster® Cable's Black Platinum® cable, adding to the existing use of the Company's home theatre technology in Monster's Core Power® and MSeries® cable lines.
ABOUT SPECTRA7 MICROSYSTEMS INC.
Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. is a high performance analog semiconductor company delivering unprecedented speed, resolution and signal fidelity to consumer and wireless infrastructure products. Spectra7's new system-level components address throughput bottlenecks and satisfy the exponential demand for more bandwidth and lower costs in mobile and internet infrastructure equipment, including handsets, tablets, base stations and microwave backhaul systems. Spectra7 is headquartered in Markham, Ontario with development centers in Silicon Valley, Irvine, California and Cork, Ireland. For more information, please visit www.spectra7.com.
ADDITIONAL GAAP MEASURES
Gross margin is an additional GAAP measure. Gross margin is presented in this press release as additional information regarding the Company's financial performance. The Company's method of calculating gross margin may differ from other methods used. Gross margin has been calculated by deducting manufacturing cost of sales from revenue excluding any provision for inventory write- downs. Gross margin helps the Company to plan and forecast for future periods as well as being a close proximity to cash. Management of the Company believes that providing this information, in addition to IFRS measures, allows investors to see the Company's results through the eyes of management, and to better understand its historical and future financial performance.
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company's future financial position and results of operations, strategy, proposed acquisitions, plans, objectives, goals and targets, and any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "believe", "expect", "aim", "intend", "plan", "continue", "will", "may", "would", "anticipate", "estimate", "forecast", "predict", "project", "seek", "should" or similar expressions or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company's expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially include, but are not limited to the risk factors discussed in the Company's annual MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2013. Management provides forward- looking statements because it believes they provide useful information to investors when considering their investment objectives and cautions investors not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
(1) Gross margin is an additional GAAP measure. See "Additional GAAP Measures".
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading in...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,993
SYS-CON Events announced today the Containers & Microservices Bootcamp, being held November 3-4, 2015, in conjunction with 17th Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, and @DevOpsSummit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This is your chance to get started with the latest technology in the industry. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Containers and Microservices Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, a Microsoft Regional Director, will include presentations as well as hands-on...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 378
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding bu...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,623
Enterprises can achieve rigorous IT security as well as improved DevOps practices and Cloud economics by taking a new, cloud-native approach to application delivery. Because the attack surface for cloud applications is dramatically different than for highly controlled data centers, a disciplined and multi-layered approach that spans all of your processes, staff, vendors and technologies is required. This may sound expensive and time consuming to achieve as you plan how to move selected applicati...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:30 AM EDT
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and a...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 491
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the ...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,607
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
Sep. 2, 2015 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 183
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 226
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises ar...
Sep. 2, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,556
DevOps Summit, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development...
Sep. 2, 2015 10:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,550
It’s been proven time and time again that in tech, diversity drives greater innovation, better team productivity and greater profits and market share. So what can we do in our DevOps teams to embrace diversity and help transform the culture of development and operations into a true “DevOps” team? In her session at DevOps Summit, Stefana Muller, Director, Product Management – Continuous Delivery at CA Technologies, answered that question citing examples, showing how to create opportunities for ...
Sep. 2, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 519
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
Sep. 2, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 813
This Enterprise Strategy Group lab validation report of the NEC Express5800/R320 server with Intel® Xeon® processor presents the benefits of 99.999% uptime NEC fault-tolerant servers that lower overall virtualized server total cost of ownership. This report also includes survey data on the significant costs associated with system outages impacting enterprise and web applications. Click Here to Download Report Now!
Sep. 2, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 274
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, a producer of the first smartphones and tablets, will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater. He will explain how M2M controllers work through wirelessly connected remote controls; and specifically delve into a retrofit option that reverse-engineers control codes of existing conventional controller systems so the...
Sep. 2, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 196
In 2014, the market witnessed a massive migration to the cloud as enterprises finally overcame their fears of the cloud’s viability, security, etc. Over the past 18 months, AWS, Google and Microsoft have waged an ongoing battle through a wave of price cuts and new features. For IT executives, sorting through all the noise to make the best cloud investment decisions has become daunting. Enterprises can and are moving away from a "one size fits all" cloud approach. The new competitive field has ...
Sep. 2, 2015 09:45 AM EDT