SOURCE: Audience

October 30, 2014 16:40 ET

Audience Announces Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2014) -  Audience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADNC), the leader in Advanced Voice, and a pioneer in Multisensory and natural user experience technology for mobile devices, today announced its third quarter 2014 financial results.

Revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was $22.7 million, compared with $34.5 million for the same period in 2013. As reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), third quarter 2014 net loss was ($16.3) million, or ($0.71) per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 22.8 million. This compares with GAAP net loss of ($2.3) million, or ($0.11) per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 21.6 million, for the same period in 2013. Gross margin on a GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2014 was 46.7% of revenue, compared to 55.9% of revenue for the same period in 2013.

Non-GAAP net loss, as defined below, for the third quarter of 2014 was ($8.0) million, or ($0.35) per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 22.8 million. This compares with non-GAAP net loss of ($0.3) million, or ($0.01) per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 21.6 million, for the same period in 2013. Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2014 was 50.7% of revenue, compared to 56.2% of revenue for the same period in 2013.

"In the third quarter we saw continued near-term weakness in our core smartphone market, largely due to less than expected market acceptance of certain smartphone models; however, we expect our market and product diversification efforts to take hold going forward," said Peter Santos, president and chief executive officer. "We specifically expect increased traction with our codec solutions and Multisensory products, as well as progress in new markets including TV remotes and smart watches."

"We've executed successfully on our operating expense reduction communicated in our last earnings call and will continue to carefully manage our business, focusing on our diversification strategy and long term business model," said Kevin Palatnik, chief financial officer.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2014, Audience expects total revenue to be in the range of $13 to $16 million. Fourth quarter GAAP gross margin is expected to be in the range of 37.5% to 40.5%. Fourth quarter GAAP net loss, which includes $2.5 million of expected stock-based compensation expense and $1.2 million of amortization expense related to acquired intangible assets, is expected to be in the range of ($14.6) to ($16.0) million, or ($0.63) to ($0.69) per diluted share on approximately 23.1 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Fourth quarter non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be in the range of 44% to 47%. Fourth quarter non-GAAP net loss is expected to be in the range of ($10.9) to ($12.3) million, or ($0.47) to ($0.53) per share on a diluted basis.

The foregoing statements regarding the company's business outlook reflect the acquisition of Sensor Platforms, Inc. in July 2014.

A schedule showing a reconciliation of the business outlook from GAAP diluted net loss per share to non-GAAP diluted net loss per share is included with this release.

The above information concerning guidance represents Audience's outlook only as of the date hereof and is subject to change as a result of amendments to material contracts and other changes in business conditions. Audience undertakes no obligation to update or revise any financial forecast or other forward looking statements, as a result of new developments or otherwise.

Quarterly Conference Call Today
Peter Santos, president and chief executive officer, and Kevin Palatnik, chief financial officer, will host a conference call today at 2:00 pm (Pacific) / 5:00 pm (Eastern). Attendees are asked to join the call at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. The call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-212-6076 (toll free) or 1-707-287-9331 (international). The passcode is 10582945. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on Audience's website at http://investor.audience.com for 30 days.

Audience expects that its corporate representatives will meet privately during the quarter with investors, the media, investment analysts and others. At these meetings, Audience may reiterate the business outlook published in this press release. At the same time, Audience will keep this press release, including the business outlook, publicly available on its website.

Beginning December 15, 2014, Audience will observe a Quiet Period during which Audience's representatives will not comment on Audience's business outlook, financial results or expectations. The Quiet Period will extend until the day when Audience's Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Release is published, which is currently scheduled to be February 5, 2015.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Audience 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 (loss) and earnings (loss) per share information for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and similar periods from the prior year included in this press release are different from those otherwise presented under GAAP. The following are explanations of each type of adjustment that we incorporate into non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense relates to equity incentive awards granted to our employees, directors and consultants. Stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense for Audience. While we include the dilutive impact of such equity awards in weighted average shares outstanding, the expense associated with stock-based awards reflects a non-cash charge that we exclude from non-GAAP net income (loss).

On June 5, 2012, Audience entered into a lease agreement for its future corporate headquarters facility in Mountain View, California. Pursuant to the lease agreement, the lease fell under "build-to-suit" accounting treatment and therefore, in accordance with accounting for the effect of lessee involvement in asset construction, the company was considered to be the owner of the real estate project during the construction period. As such, Audience recorded an asset for construction in progress for incurred construction costs, and a liability for those costs that were not funded by the company. Additionally, the rent costs associated with the ground lease during construction was recorded to the income statement. This rent cost is a non-cash charge that the company excluded from its non-GAAP net income (loss). The construction was completed and the lease commenced October 1, 2013. Upon lease commencement, "build-to-suit" accounting treatment was terminated. The company concluded that the lease qualifies for sale-leaseback accounting treatment and that the lease is to be recorded as an operating lease.

On July 11, 2014, Audience completed its acquisition of Sensor Platforms, Inc. Certain non-recurring acquisition costs have been excluded from non-GAAP net loss.

In the third quarter of 2014, the company implemented a restructuring plan for a workforce reduction through involuntary terminations. The costs related to the restructuring have been excluded from non-GAAP net loss.

Non-GAAP financial information is adjusted for a tax rate equal to our three year annual estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income. Our three year estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income is determined annually and may be adjusted during the year to take into account events or trends that we believe materially impact the estimated annual rate including, but not limited to, significant changes resulting from tax legislation, material changes in the geographic mix of revenues and expenses and other significant events. Due to the differences in the tax treatment of items excluded from non-GAAP earnings, as well as the methodology applied to our estimated annual tax rates, our estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income may differ from our GAAP tax rate and from our actual tax liabilities.

Audience has provided these measures in addition to GAAP financial results because management believes these non-GAAP measures help provide a consistent basis for comparison between quarters and annual growth rates that are not influenced by certain non-cash charges and therefore are helpful in understanding Audience's underlying operating results. These non-GAAP measures are some of the primary measures Audience's management uses for planning and forecasting. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP and these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to information provided by other companies. Reconciliations of the GAAP to non-GAAP results are presented at the end of this press release.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in the press release and certain matters to be discussed on the third quarter conference call regarding Audience, Inc., which are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as believe, expect, may, will, provide, could and should and the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These statements, including statements relating to expectations of future revenue, net income and operating margin performance, integration of the Sensor Platforms' team and technology, future success for various products and our leadership position in the market, and the demand for our solutions including continued demand by customers upon whom we are substantially dependent, are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those we anticipate as a result of various factors, including: completion of our September 30, 2014 review by our independent auditors, and potential fluctuations in the company's quarterly and annual operating results and financial condition, including but not limited to matters related to tax; our dependence on a single OEM, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., for a substantial portion of our revenue; weak demand for high end smart phones integrating our products and the impact on our business; our need to maintain and expand our existing relationships with our OEMs, including Samsung and leading Chinese OEMs, and to establish relationships with new OEMs in order to maintain and increase our revenue; our ability to sustain profitable operations due to our history of losses and accumulated deficit; quarterly fluctuations in our results due to factors such as the timing of OEM product launches and customer purchasing behavior in light of anticipated mobile phone launches; our assessments of whether we have excess or obsolete inventory; increasing competition and new entrants in the market for our products; our need to diversify our sources of revenue; our ability to successfully integrate Sensor Platforms' team and technology; our ability to enter new end user product markets, as well as new geographic markets; pressure on the average selling prices for our products; our lengthy sales cycle and the lack of certainty as to whether any given OEM's products will achieve market acceptance; our OEMs' lengthy and expensive process to qualify our products; our ability to develop new or enhanced products, including codecs, in a timely manner that achieve market acceptance; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble and test our products; increased defects that may be present in our products as we scale our manufacturing processes; the impact of future intellectual property litigation and claims for indemnification; changes in tax laws or our ability to utilize our tax structure and net operating losses and other risks inherent in fabless semiconductor businesses. For a discussion of these and other related risks, please refer to "Risk Factors" in our most recent Quarter Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2014, which is available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Also, forward-looking statements represent our management's beliefs and assumptions only as of the date made. You should review our SEC filings carefully and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect.

Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

About Audience 
Audience is the leader in Advanced Voice, and a pioneer in Multisensory processing and natural user experience technology for consumer devices. Its technologies, based in auditory neuroscience, improve the mobile voice experience, as well as enhance speech-based services and audio quality for multimedia. In early 2014, the Company announced its expansion into Multisensory and motion processing. Through the combination of Advanced Voice and Multisensory processing, Audience aims to transform the way consumers engage with devices by enabling seamless natural user experiences and context-aware services. The Company's products have been shipped in more than 400 million devices worldwide. For more information, see www.audience.com.

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Audience, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(in thousands, except share and per share data)  
   
    September 30,        
    2014     December 31,  
    (unaudited)     2013 (1)  
Assets                
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 46,780     $ 124,691  
  Short-term investments     9,000       14,855  
  Restricted cash     4,225       170  
  Accounts receivable, net     8,113       5,670  
  Inventories     32,949       13,422  
  Other current assets     5,386       4,676  
    Total current assets     106,453       163,484  
                 
Property and equipment, net     12,627       13,533  
Acquired intangibles, net     17,986       -  
Goodwill     20,734       -  
Other noncurrent assets     2,323       2,402  
    Total assets   $ 160,123     $ 179,419  
                 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 3,013     $ 6,304  
  Accrued and other current liabilities     13,429       10,673  
  Deferred credits and income     608       265  
    Total current liabilities     17,050       17,242  
                 
Income taxes payable - noncurrent     956       935  
Other liabilities - noncurrent     2,502       1,861  
    Total liabilities     20,508       20,038  
                 
Stockholders' equity:                
  Common stock     23       22  
  Additional paid-in capital     192,166       183,840  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     -       (1 )
  Accumulated deficit     (52,574 )     (24,480 )
    Total stockholders' equity     139,615       159,381  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 160,123     $ 179,419  
                 
(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2013 has been derived from audited consolidated financial statements.
   
   
   
Audience, Inc.  
Condensed consolidated statements of operations  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
(unaudited)  
                         
    Three months ended
September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
 
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
                                 
Revenue:                                
  Hardware   $ 20,015     $ 32,445     $ 89,086     $ 118,901  
  Licensing     2,636       2,007       7,046       8,089  
                                   
    Total revenue     22,651       34,452       96,132       126,990  
                                 
Cost of revenue     12,063       15,179       46,443       55,461  
                                 
  Gross profit     10,588       19,273       49,689       71,529  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
  Research and development     13,594       11,499       39,145       31,298  
  Selling, general and administrative     11,996       9,929       36,572       31,067  
Total operating expenses     25,590       21,428       75,717       62,365  
                                 
Income (loss) from operations     (15,002 )     (2,155 )     (26,028 )     9,164  
                                 
Interest income, net     5       37       33       128  
Other expense, net     (80 )     (50 )     (146 )     (209 )
                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes     (15,077 )     (2,168 )     (26,141 )     9,083  
Income tax provision     1,231       153       1,953       4,092  
                                 
Net income (loss)   $ (16,308 )   $ (2,321 )   $ (28,094 )   $ 4,991  
                                 
Net income (loss) per share:                                
    Basic   $ (0.71 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (1.25 )   $ 0.23  
    Diluted   $ (0.71 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (1.25 )   $ 0.22  
                                 
Weighted average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share:                                
    Basic     22,810       21,636       22,518       21,281  
    Diluted     22,810       21,636       22,518       23,121  
                                     
                                     
                                     
Audience, Inc.
GAAP to Non-GAAP net income (loss) reconciliation
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
                       
    Three months ended
September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
    2014     2013     2014     2013
                               
GAAP net income (loss)   $ (16,308 )   $ (2,321 )   $ (28,094 )   $ 4,991
  Stock-based compensation     2,056       1,552       5,556       4,195
  Non-cash rent expense     -       231       -       663
  Acquisition-related fees and expenses     1,666       -       2,212       -
  Restructuring charges     1,305       -       1,305       -
  Tax adjustments     3,241       230       5,367       1,708
Non-GAAP net income (loss)   $ (8,040 )   $ (308 )   $ (13,654 )   $ 11,557
                               
                               
                               
Audience, Inc.
Computation of GAAP earnings (loss) per share
(in thousands, except for per share amounts)
(unaudited)
                       
    Three months ended
September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
    2014     2013     2014     2013
                               
Computation of GAAP net income (loss) per share:                              
                               
GAAP net income (loss)   $ (16,308 )   $ (2,321 )   $ (28,094 )   $ 4,991
                               
Weighted average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share:                              
  Basic     22,810       21,636       22,518       21,281
  Diluted     22,810       21,636       22,518       23,121
                               
Net income (loss) per share:                              
  Basic   $ (0.71 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (1.25 )   $ 0.23
  Diluted   $ (0.71 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (1.25 )   $ 0.22
                               
                               
                               
Audience, Inc.
Unaudited reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
    Three months ended
September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
    2014     2013     2014     2013
                               
GAAP net income (loss)   $ (16,308 )   $ (2,321 )   $ (28,094 )   $ 4,991
Non-GAAP adjustments:                              
  Stock-based compensation     2,056       1,552       5,556       4,195
  Non-cash rent expense     -       231       -       663
  Acquisition-related fees and expenses     1,666       -       2,212       -
  Restructuring charges     1,305       -       1,305       -
  Effective tax rate change     3,241       230       5,367       1,708
Non-GAAP net income (loss)   $ (8,040 )   $ (308 )   $ (13,654 )   $ 11,557
                               
GAAP - diluted weighted average shares     22,810       21,636       22,518       23,121
Non-GAAP - diluted weighted average shares     22,810       21,636       22,518       23,121
                               
                               
GAAP - diluted net income (loss) per share   $ (0.71 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (1.25 )   $ 0.22
Non-GAAP adjustments:                              
  Stock-based compensation     0.09       0.08       0.25       0.18
  Non-cash rent expense     -       0.01       -       0.03
  Acquisition-related fees and expenses     0.07       -       0.10       -
  Restructuring charges     0.06       -       0.06       -
  Effective tax rate change     0.14       0.01       0.24       0.07
Non-GAAP - diluted net income (loss) per share   $ (0.35 )   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.61 )   $ 0.50
                               
                               
                               
Audience, Inc.  
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
                                   
  Three months ended
September 30, 2014
    Three months ended
September 30, 2013
 
  Reported GAAP     Adjustments     Non-GAAP     Reported GAAP     Adjustments     Non-GAAP  
                                               
Total revenue $ 22,651     $ -     $ 22,651     $ 34,452     $ -     $ 34,452  
                                               
Cost of revenue (1)   12,063       (893 )     11,170       15,179       (82 )     15,097  
                                               
Gross profit   10,588       893       11,481       19,273       82       19,355  
                                               
Total operating expenses (2)   25,590       (4,134 )     21,456       21,428       (1,701 )     19,727  
Income (loss) from operations $ (15,002 )   $ 5,027     $ (9,975 )   $ (2,155 )   $ 1,783     $ (372 )
                                               
                                               
Income (loss) before income taxes $ (15,077 )   $ 5,027     $ (10,050 )   $ (2,168 )   $ 1,783     $ (385 )
                                               
Income tax provision (benefits) (3)   1,231       (3,241 )     (2,010 )     153       (230 )     (77 )
                                               
Net income (loss) $ (16,308 )   $ 8,268     $ (8,040 )   $ (2,321 )   $ 2,013     $ (308 )
                                               
(1) For the third quarter of 2014, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $99 and acquisition-related fees and expenses of $794 recognized for GAAP purposes. For the third quarter of 2013, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $82 recognized for GAAP purposes.
(2) For the third quarter of 2014, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $1,957, acquisition-related fees and expenses of $872, and restructuring charges of $1,305 recognized for GAAP purposes. For the third quarter of 2013, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $1,470 and non-cash rent expense of $231 recognized for GAAP purposes.
(3) Adjustment reflects the tax effect from all non-GAAP adjustments for the periods.
   
   
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2014
    Nine months ended
September 30, 2013
  Reported GAAP     Adjustments     Non-GAAP     Reported GAAP   Adjustments     Non-GAAP
                               
Total revenue $ 96,132     $ -     $ 96,132     $ 126,990   $ -     $ 126,990
                                           
Cost of revenue (1)   46,443       (1,040 )     45,403       55,461     (226 )     55,235
                                           
Gross profit   49,689       1,040       50,729       71,529     226       71,755
                                           
Total operating expenses (2)   75,717       (8,033 )     67,684       62,365     (4,632 )     57,733
Income (loss) from operations $ (26,028 )   $ 9,073     $ (16,955 )   $ 9,164   $ 4,858     $ 14,022
                                           
                                           
Income (loss) before income taxes $ (26,141 )   $ 9,073     $ (17,068 )   $ 9,083   $ 4,858     $ 13,941
                                           
Income tax provision (benefits) (3)   1,953       (5,367 )     (3,414 )     4,092     (1,708 )     2,384
                                           
Net income (loss) $ (28,094 )   $ 14,440     $ (13,654 )   $ 4,991   $ 6,566     $ 11,557
                                           
(1) For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $246 and acquisition-related fees and expenses of $794 recognized for GAAP purposes. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $226 recognized for GAAP purposes.
(2) For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $5,310, acquisition-related fees and expenses of $1,418, and restructuring charges of $1,305 recognized for GAAP purposes. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, adjustments are related to stock-based compensation expense of $3,969 and non-cash rent expense of $663 recognized for GAAP purposes.
(3) Adjustment reflects the tax effect from all non-GAAP adjustments for the periods.
   
   
   
Audience, Inc.
Estimated computation of GAAP to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share
(unaudited)
   
  Three months
  ending
  December 31, 2014
   
Estimated GAAP diluted net loss per share ($0.63) - ($0.69)
Estimated stock-based compensation expense per share $0.11
Estimated amortization of intangible assets per share $0.05
Non-GAAP diluted net loss per share ($0.47) - ($0.53)

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