CEVA, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $25.4 million, an 8% increase year-over-year.

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $25.4 million, an 8% increase compared to $23.6 million reported for the first quarter of 2020. First quarter 2021 licensing and related revenue was $14.4 million, a decrease of 1% when compared to $14.5 million reported for the same quarter a year ago. Royalty revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $11.0 million, an increase of 21% when compared to $9.1 million reported for the first quarter of 2020.

Eleven license agreements were completed during the quarter, out of which two were with first time customers. Customers' target applications include 5G reduced capability (RedCap) connectivity, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ultra-wide band (UWB) connectivity for a range of IoT, smartphones and smart home devices. Geographically, ten of the deals signed were in China, and one was elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.

Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA, stated: "Our first quarter results reflect a strong start for the year, with outstanding execution in licensing and royalty revenues exceeding our expectations. Our wireless connectivity technologies in particular are experiencing exceptional demand, driven by Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi 6, and new IoT use cases based on the 5G RedCap standard and UWB."

Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was $3.6 million, as compared to a net loss of $1.2 million reported for the same period in 2020. GAAP diluted loss per share for the first quarter of 2021 was ($0.16), as compared to a GAAP diluted loss per share of ($0.05) for the same period in 2020.

Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2021 decreased to $0.3 million and $0.01, respectively, from $2.6 million and $0.11 reported for the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2021 excluded: (a) equity-based compensation expense, net of taxes, of $3.2 million, and (b) the impact of the amortization of acquired intangibles, net of taxes, of $0.7 million associated with the acquisition of the Hillcrest Labs business and investments in NB-IoT and Immervision technologies. Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2020 excluded: (a) equity-based compensation expense, net of taxes, of $3.1 million, and (b) the impact of the amortization of acquired intangibles, net of taxes, of $0.7 million associated with the acquisition of the Hillcrest Labs business and investments in NB-IoT and Immervision technologies.

Yaniv Arieli, Chief Financial Officer of CEVA, stated: "Our first quarter financial performance generated top-line growth year-over-year of 8%, driven by 56% growth in royalties from our base station & IoT product category. Our earnings per share for the quarter reflects a revenue mix in which the majority of revenues recognized are associated with our connectivity products originating in France, and are subject to a higher corporate tax rate. We expect our ongoing corporate tax rate to be lower and in line with our original expectations, but mainly dependent on the outcome of our revenue allocation mix. At the end of March 2021, our cash and cash equivalent balances, marketable securities and bank deposits were approximately $174 million, with no debt."

CEVA Conference Call
On May 10, 2021, CEVA management will conduct a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the operating performance for the quarter.

The conference call will be available via the following dial in numbers:

  • U.S. Participants: Dial 1-844-435-0316 (Access Code: CEVA)
  • International Participants: Dial +1-412-317-6365 (Access Code: CEVA)

The conference call will also be available live via webcast at the following link: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/984/40760. Please go to the web site at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available by dialing +1-877-344-7529 or +1-412-317-0088 (access code: 10154502) from one hour after the end of the call until 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on May 17, 2021. The replay will also be available at CEVA's web site www.ceva-dsp.com.

Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of CEVA to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions.  Forward-looking statements include Mr. Wertheizer's statements regarding demand for the Company's products and Mr. Arieli's statements regarding anticipated ongoing corporate tax rates. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause differing CEVA results  include: the scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic; the extent and length of the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on customers, consumer demand and the global economy generally; the ability of CEVA DSP cores and other technologies to continue to be strong growth drivers for us; our success in penetrating new markets, including in the base station and IoT markets, and maintaining our market position in existing markets; our ability to diversify the company's royalty streams, the ability of products incorporating our technologies to achieve market acceptance, the maturation of the connectivity, IoT and 5G markets, the effect of intense industry competition and consolidation, global chip market trends, including supply chain issues as a result of COVID-19 and other factors, the possibility that markets for CEVA's technologies may not develop as expected or that products incorporating our technologies do not achieve market acceptance; our ability to timely and successfully develop and introduce new technologies; and general market conditions and other risks relating to our business, including, but not limited to, those that are described from time to time in our SEC filings.  CEVA assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies. We offer Digital Signal Processors, AI processors, wireless platforms and complementary software for sensor fusion, image enhancement, computer vision, voice input and artificial intelligence, all of which are key enabling technologies for a smarter, connected world. We partner with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, robotics, industrial and IoT. Our ultra-low-power IPs include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for 5G baseband processing in mobile and infrastructure, advanced imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device and audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For sensor fusion, our Hillcrest Labs sensor processing technologies provide a broad range of sensor fusion software and inertial measurement unit ("IMU") solutions including hearables, wearables, AR/VR, PC, robotics, remote controls and IoT. For artificial intelligence, we offer a family of AI processors capable of handling the complete gamut of neural network workloads, on-device. For wireless IoT, we offer the industry's most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode), Wi-Fi 4/5/6 (802.11n/ac/ax) and NB-IoT.

CEVA is a sustainable and environmentally conscious company, adhering to our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. As such, we emphasize and focus on environmental preservation, recycling, the welfare of our employees and privacy – which we promote on a corporate level. At CEVA, we are committed to social responsibility, values of preservation and consciousness towards these purposes. Visit us at www.ceva-dsp.com and follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

CEVA, INC. AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME – U.S. GAAP

U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data



Quarter ended


March 31,


2021

2020


Unaudited

Unaudited

Revenues:



Licensing and related revenues

$  14,397

$  14,495

Royalties

11,005

9,120




Total revenues

25,402

23,615




Cost of revenues

2,381

2,751




Gross profit

23,021

20,864




Operating expenses:



Research and development, net

17,593

15,113

Sales and marketing

3,302

3,168

General and administrative

2,880

3,664

Amortization of intangible assets

576

582




Total operating expenses

24,351

22,527




Operating loss

(1,330)

(1,663)

Financial income, net

36

831




Loss before taxes on income

(1,294)

(832)

Taxes on income

2,336

353




Net loss

$  (3,630)

$  (1,185)




Basic and diluted net loss per share

($0.16)

($0.05)

Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share (in thousands):



Basic

22,546

21,994

Diluted

22,546

21,994

 

Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

U.S. Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts



Quarter ended


March 31,


2021

2020


Unaudited

Unaudited

GAAP net loss

(3,630)

(1,185)

Equity-based compensation expense included in cost of revenues

143

158

Equity-based compensation expense included in research and development 
     expenses

1,685

1,623

Equity-based compensation expense included in sales and marketing 
     expenses

418

451

Equity-based compensation expense included in general and administrative 
     expenses

952

875

Income tax benefit related to equity-based compensation expenses

(49)

Amortization of intangible assets, net of taxes, related to acquisition of 
     Hillcrest Labs business, investments in NB-IoT and Immervision 
     technologies

686

693

Non-GAAP net income

$  254

$  2,566




GAAP weighted-average number of Common Stock used in computation 
     of diluted net loss per share (in thousands)

22,546

21,994

Weighted-average number of shares related to outstanding stock-based 
     awards (in thousands)

819

933


Weighted-average number of Common Stock used in computation of 
     diluted earnings per share, excluding the above (in thousands)

23,365

22,927







GAAP diluted loss per share

($ 0.16)

($ 0.05)

Equity-based compensation expense, net of taxes

$  0.14

$  0.13

Amortization of intangible assets, net of taxes, related to acquisition of 
     Hillcrest Labs business, investments in NB-IoT and Immervision 
     technologies

$  0.03

$  0.03




Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

$  0.01

$  0.11




 

CEVA, INC. AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

(U.S. Dollars in thousands)



March 31,

December 31,


2021

2020 (*)


Unaudited

Unaudited 

ASSETS



Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$        53,662

$           21,143

Marketable securities and short-term bank deposits

92,319

108,987

Trade receivables, net

13,802

14,765

Unbilled receivables

10,829

16,459

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

8,061

6,205

Total current assets

178,673

167,559

Long-term assets:



Bank deposits

28,156

29,529

Severance pay fund

10,403

10,535

Deferred tax assets, net

11,931

10,826

Property and equipment, net

7,829

7,586

Operating lease right-of-use assets

8,354

9,052

Goodwill

51,070

51,070

Intangible assets, net

10,190

10,836

Other long-term assets

8,927

9,959

Total assets

$        315,533

$        306,952



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                        



Current liabilities:                                                         



Trade payables

$           818

$           894

Deferred revenues

3,394

2,434

Accrued expenses and other payables

29,873

21,883

Operating lease liabilities

2,834

2,969

Total current liabilities

36,919

28,180




Long-term liabilities:



Accrued severance pay

11,000

11,226

Operating lease liabilities

5,056

5,772

Other accrued liabilities

909

885

Total liabilities

53,884

46,063




Stockholders' equity:



Common stock

23

22

Additional paid in-capital

227,671

233,172

Treasury stock

(17,708)

(30,133)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

93

478

Retained earnings

51,570

57,350

Total stockholders' equity

261,649

260,889

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$   315,533

$   306,952


(*) Derived from audited financial statements

 

 

SOURCE CEVA, Inc.