SOURCE: Atomera, Inc.

Atomera, Inc.

March 07, 2017 16:05 ET

Atomera Incorporated Provides Fourth Quarter and Year-End Update

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 7, 2017) - Atomera Incorporated ("Atomera" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ATOM), a semiconductor materials and intellectual property licensing company focused on deploying its proprietary technology into the semiconductor industry, today provided a corporate update and announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Signed evaluation agreement with one new top-tier integrated device manufacturer and entered into the engagement and planning phase with four new prospective customers. Atomera's three earliest potential customers continue evaluation of MST®.
  • Announced a collaboration with Synopsys, Inc., a leading provider of Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) software tools, to integrate MST® into their Sentaurus TCAD models. This collaboration enables companies to model the integration of MST® into their semiconductor process which should shorten the time to adoption of Atomera's technology.
  • Announced an R&D service agreement with specialty foundry TSI Semiconductors, enabling the Company to run internal wafer experiments resulting in significantly faster cycle times for developing MST® films and integrating them with new customers.

Management Commentary
"We are extremely pleased with our progress in 2016," commented Scott Bibaud, President and CEO. "Our level of customer activity has never been stronger or broader than it is currently. We are now in various phases of engagement with over 30% of the top semiconductor companies in the world. During the last quarter, we have taken major steps toward accelerating our internal MST® development, shortening customer evaluation time for our revolutionary technology, and our very strong cash position affords us runway to continue investing in our technology and developing our business for the long term," added Mr. Bibaud.

Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results
During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company incurred a net loss of $3.4 million, or ($0.28) per share, compared to a net loss of $4.1 million, or ($3.08) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) in the fourth quarter of 2016 was a loss of $2.1 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $12.6 million, or ($2.22) per share, compared to a net loss of $9.5 million, or ($7.55) per share in the year ended December 31, 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2016 was a loss of $7.5 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $5.1 million in 2015.

The Company had $26.7 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2016, compared to $3.2 million as of December 31, 2015.

The total number of shares outstanding was 12,024,564 as of December 31, 2016.

2016 Year-End and Fourth Quarter Conference Call and Webcast
Atomera will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and recent progress. Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET)
Phone: 8442638318 (domestic); +1 (213) 3580960 (international)
Replay: Available until March 14, 2017; 8558592056 (domestic); +1(404) 5373406 (international); passcode 65012959.
Webcast: Accessible at www.atomera.com

Note about NonGAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the unaudited results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, in this press release, Atomera presents adjusted EBITDA, which is a nonGAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by taking net loss and eliminating the impacts of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stockbased compensation, the change in fair value of derivative liabilities, and the gain on the extinguishment of debt. Our definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to the definitions of similarlytitled measures used by other companies. We believe that this nonGAAP financial measure, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of its reported GAAP results, provides useful information to investors by providing a more focused measure of operating results. This metric is used as part of the company's internal reporting to evaluate its operations and the performance of senior management. A table reconciling this measure to the comparable GAAP measure is available in the accompanying financial tables below.

About Atomera Incorporated
Atomera Incorporated has developed Mears Silicon Technology™ ("MST®"), which increases performance and power efficiency in semiconductor transistors. MST® can be implemented using equipment already deployed in semiconductor manufacturing facilities and is complementary to other nanoscaling technologies already in the semiconductor industry roadmap.

Safe Harbor
This press release contains forwardlooking statements concerning Atomera Incorporated, including statements regarding the prospects for the semiconductor industry generally and the ability of our MST® technology to significantly improve semiconductor performance. Those forwardlooking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Among those factors are: (1) the fact that we have not yet commenced revenue producing operations or entered into a definitive agreement with regard to the licensing or commercialization of our MST technology, thus subjecting us to all of the risks inherent in a prerevenue enterprise; (2) risks related to our ability to raise sufficient capital, as and when needed, to pursue the further development, licensing and commercialization of our MST® technology; (3) our ability to protect our proprietary technology, trade secrets and knowhow, and (4) those other risks disclosed in the section "Risk Factors" included in our final prospectus dated August 5, 2016 filed with the SEC on August 8, 2016. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forwardlooking statements. We do not undertake, and specifically disclaim any obligation, to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.

   
   
Atomera Incorporated  
Condensed Balance Sheets  
(in thousands)  
   
   

December 31,
 
    2016     2015  
ASSETS                
                 
Current Assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 26,718     $ 3,197  
  Restricted investment     --       15  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     96       48  
    Total current assets     26,814       3,260  
                 
Property and equipment, net     28       15  
Deferred offering costs     --       145  
Security deposit     37       --  
                 
    Total assets   $ 26,879     $ 3,420  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)                
                 
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 353     $ 301  
  Accrued expenses     168       131  
  Accrued payroll related expenses     510       14  
  Senior secured convertible promissory notes payable, net     --       16,095  
                 
    Total liabilities     1,031       16,541  
                 
Commitments and contingencies     --       --  
                 
Stockholders' equity (deficiency):                
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 2,500 shares; none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 2015     --       --  
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 47,500 shares; 12,025 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 1,617 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2015     12       2  
  Additional paid-in capital     121,833       70,452  
  Subscription receivable     --       (188 )
  Accumulated deficit     (95,997 )     (83,387 )
    Total stockholders' equity (deficiency)     25,848       (13,121 )
                 
    Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit   $ 26,879     $ 3,420  
     
   
   
Atomera Incorporated  
Condensed Statements of Operations  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
   
    Three Months ended
December 31, (unaudited)
    Twelve Months ended
December 31,
 
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Operating Expenses:                                
  Research and development   $ 1,236     $ 492     $ 3,993     $ 2,022  
  General and administrative     1,736       960       5,105       3,441  
  Selling and marketing     462       18       901       36  
    Total operating expenses   $ 3,434     $ 1,470     $ 9,999     $ 5,499  
                                 
Loss from operations     (3,434 )     (1,470 )     (9,999 )     (5,499 )
                                 
Other income/(expense):                                
  Interest income     21       --       29       5  
  Interest expense     --       (567 )     (2,640 )     (1,930 )
  Loss on settlement of options and warrants     --       (2,089 )     --       (2,089 )
    Total other expense, net     21       (2,656 )     (2,611 )     (4,014 )
                                 
Net loss:   $ (3,413 )   $ (4,126 )   $ (12,610 )   $ (9,513 )
                                 
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted   $ (0.28 )   $ (3.08 )   $ (2.22 )   $ (7.55 )
                                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     12,025       1,338       5,682       1,260  
     
   
   
Atomera Incorporated  
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA  
(Unaudited)  
(in thousands)  
   
    Three Months ended
December 31,
    Twelve Months ended
December 31,
 
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
                                 
Net loss (GAAP):   $ (3,413 )   $ (4,126 )   $ (12,610 )   $ (9,513 )
Add (subtract) the following items:                                
  Interest income     (21 )     --       (29 )     (5 )
  Interest expense     --       567       2,640       1,930  
  Depreciation and amortization     5       3       15       10  
  Loss on settlement of options & warrants     --       2,089       --       2,089  
  Stock-based compensation     1,328       57       2,468       431  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)   $ (2,101 )   $ (1,410 )   $ (7,516 )   $ (5,058 )
                                 
                                 

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