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Peregrine Semiconductor Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine Semiconductor) (NASDAQ: PSMI), founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, today announced its first quarter 2014 financial results.

First quarter 2014 revenue was $41.3 million, compared with $46.6 million for the same period in 2013.

As reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), first quarter 2014 net loss was $10.0 million, compared with a GAAP net loss of $1.2 million in the same period in 2013. Diluted net loss per share was $0.30 for the first quarter of 2014 compared to a net loss per share of $0.04 for the same period in 2013.

Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2014 was $7.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 32.9 million. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $0.3 million or $0.01 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 35.7 million for the same period in 2013.

Gross margin on a GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2014 was 35.7% of revenue, compared to 42.5% of revenue for the same period in 2013. Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2014 was 36.3% of revenue, compared to 42.9% of revenue for the same period in 2013.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were $24.7 million on a GAAP basis and $22.9 million on a non-GAAP basis, compared to $20.9 million on a GAAP basis and $19.6 million on a non-GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2013. For the first quarter of 2014 both GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses included restructuring costs of $2.0 million, and $3.5 million in legal costs related to our litigation action against RFMD and export compliance investigation versus $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.

“We reported better than expected revenue in the quarter driven by healthy customer activity across our product portfolio. The public unveiling of Global One at Mobile World Congress has reinforced Peregrine’s reputation as the leading innovator in the RF industry, driving a high level of customer and partner interest,” commented Jim Cable, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2014, the company expects revenue to be in the range of $42 million to $46 million. Second quarter GAAP gross margin is expected to be in the range of 36% to 39%.

Quarterly Conference Call Today

Jim Cable, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jay Biskupski, Chief Financial Officer, will host a first quarter 2014 financial results conference call today at 1:30 pm (Pacific) / 4:30 pm (Eastern). Attendees are asked to join the conference call at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. The call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-303-8027 (toll free) or 1-760-536-5165 (international). The passcode is 24683373. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on Peregrine's website at http://investors.psemi.com/ for one week following the live call.

Use of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Peregrine Semiconductor prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for the United States (GAAP). The non-GAAP financial measures such as gross margin, net income and loss per share information for the three months ended March 29, 2014, and similar periods from the prior year included in this press release are different from those otherwise presented under GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures exclude non-cash compensation expense for stock options. When evaluating the performance of our business and developing short and long-term plans, we do not consider share-based compensation charges. Although share-based compensation is necessary to attract and retain quality employees, our consideration of share-based compensation places its primary emphasis on overall shareholder dilution rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants. Because of the varying availability of valuation methodologies and subjective assumptions, we believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation allows for more accurate comparison of our financial results to previous periods. In addition, we believe it useful to investors to understand the specific impact of the application of the fair value method of accounting for share-based compensation on our operating results. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business. However, investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.

For more information on our non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of such measures to the nearest GAAP measure, please see the “Condensed Consolidated Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” table in this press release.

Use of Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward looking statements regarding our management's future expectations, beliefs, intentions, goals, strategies, plans and prospects. Such statements constitute “forward-looking” statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The achievement of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results, performance or achievements could be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; intellectual property risks; intense competition in our industry; our ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of those products; consumer acceptance of our customers’ products that incorporate our solutions; our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply; and potential decreases in average selling prices for our products.

For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Peregrine’s business, please refer to the filings that we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including those set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013, which should be read in conjunction with these financial results. These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations section of our website at http://investors.psemi.com/. Please also note that forward-looking statements represent our management's beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information, becomes available in the future.

About Peregrine Semiconductor

Peregrine Semiconductor (NASDAQ: PSMI), founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator), is a leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF solutions. Since 1988 Peregrine and its founding team have been perfecting UltraCMOS® technology - a patented, advanced form of SOI - to deliver the performance edge needed to solve the RF market's biggest challenges, such as linearity. With products that deliver best-in-class performance and monolithic integration, Peregrine is the trusted choice for market leaders in automotive, broadband, industrial, Internet of Things, military, mobile devices, smartphones, space, test-and-measurement equipment and wireless infrastructure. Peregrine holds more than 180 filed and pending patents and has shipped over 2 billion UltraCMOS units. For more information, visit http://www.psemi.com.

The Peregrine Semiconductor name, logo, and UltraCMOS are registered trademarks of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation in the U.S.A., and other countries.

(Tables Follow)

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation
(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
March 29,
  March 30,
Net revenue $ 41,317 $ 46,625
Cost of net revenue 26,575   26,808  
Gross profit 14,742 19,817
Operating expense:
Research and development 11,384 10,164
Selling, general and administrative 13,361   10,720  
Total operating expense 24,745   20,884  
Loss from operations (10,003 ) (1,067 )
Interest income (expense), net 35 (79 )
Other income (expense), net 19   (34 )
Loss before income taxes (9,949 ) (1,180 )
Provision for income taxes 44   28  
Net loss $ (9,993 ) $ (1,208 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share: $ (0.30 ) $ (0.04 )
Shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share: 32,937   31,925  
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation
(in thousands)
March 29, December 28,
2014   2013  
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,385 $ 16,249
Short-term marketable securities 25,963 28,035
Accounts receivable, net 17,761 16,905
Inventories 44,928 53,489
Prepaids and other current assets 7,181   4,085  
Total current assets 108,218 118,763
Property and equipment, net 21,480 23,122
Long-term marketable securities 20,591 18,888
Other assets 100   102  
Total assets $ 150,389   $ 160,875  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 11,838 $ 12,983
Accrued liabilities 9,934 11,829
Accrued compensation 3,603 4,542
Customer deposits 916 916
Deferred revenue 7,106   6,131  
Total current liabilities 33,397 36,401
Other long-term liabilities 828 943
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 33 33
Additional paid-in capital 351,313 348,684
Accumulated deficit (234,979 ) (224,986 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (203 ) (200 )
Total stockholders’ equity 116,164   123,531  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 150,389   $ 160,875  
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
March 29,   March 30,
2014   2013  
Operating activities
Net loss $ (9,993 ) $ (1,208 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 1,817 1,500
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 337
Stock-based compensation 2,104 1,466
Imputed interest related to deposit arrangements, net 41 19
Amortization of premium and discount on investments, net 80 106
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (767 ) (839 )
Inventories 8,570 (3,399 )
Prepaids and other current and noncurrent assets (3,188 ) 5,272
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (3,988 ) (15,613 )
Customer deposits (9,093 )
Deferred revenue 974   (5,207 )
Net cash used in operating activities (4,013 ) (26,996 )
Investing activities
Purchase of property and equipment (628 ) (1,866 )
Purchase of marketable securities (11,222 ) (8,882 )
Sale of marketable securities 11,500   10,340  
Net cash used in investing activities (350 ) (408 )
Financing activities
Payments on customer deposit financing arrangement (2,787 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 525   261  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 525 (2,526 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (26 ) (9 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (3,864 ) (29,939 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 16,249   44,106  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 12,385   $ 14,167  
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation
(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
March 29,
  March 30,
Gross profit - GAAP $ 14,742 35.7 % $ 19,817 42.5 %
Non-cash compensation expense (1) 258   0.6   143   0.4  
Gross profit - Non-GAAP $ 15,000   36.3 % $ 19,960   42.9 %
Loss from operations - GAAP $ (10,003 ) (24.2 %) $ (1,067 ) (2.3 %)
Non-cash compensation expense (1) 2,104   5.1   1,466   3.2  
Income (loss) from operations - Non-GAAP $ (7,899 ) (19.1 %) $ 399   0.9 %
Net loss - GAAP $ (9,993 ) (24.2 %) $ (1,208 ) (2.6 %)
Non-cash compensation expense (1) 2,104   5.1     1,466   3.2  
Net income (loss) - Non-GAAP $ (7,889 ) (19.1 %) $ 258   0.6 %
Diluted net loss per share - GAAP $ (0.30 ) $ (0.04 )
Non-cash compensation expense 0.06   0.05  
Diluted net income (loss) per share - Non-GAAP $ (0.24 ) $ 0.01  
Shares used to compute diluted net loss per share - GAAP 32,937 31,925
Dilutive effect of stock options and warrants 3,810
Shares used to compute diluted net income (loss) per share - Non-GAAP 32,937   35,735  
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:
Three Months Ended
March 29,
March 30,
Cost of net revenue $ 258 $ 196
Research and development 736 517
Selling, general and administrative 1,110   753  
Total $ 2,104   $ 1,466  

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