MaxLinear, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio-frequency, mixed-signal and high-performance analog integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Management Commentary

“In the second quarter of 2018, we delivered net revenue of $101.5 million, highlighted by strong GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins of 55.5% and 64.6%, respectively. Our GAAP loss from operations of 0% of revenue and non-GAAP income from operations of 28% of revenue underscore our strong execution and overall profitability. We are making strong progress in expanding the Company toward becoming a leading provider of high-performance analog and mixed-signal products addressing the capacity, speed, and power bottlenecks in the large and rapidly transforming wired and wireless network infrastructure markets,” commented Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO. “Looking forward, while the cable broadband DOCSIS data standard transition has proven to be a revenue challenge owing to our customers drawing down inventories, we believe Q3 marks the bottom for our DOCSIS and Connected Home business with a resumption of growth of overall revenue beginning in Q4. The continued progress on our infrastructure efforts combined with a growing high-performance analog business gives us confidence in our outlook,” continued Dr. Seendripu.

Second Quarter 2018 Business Highlights

  • Wave 2 transceiver ICs were selected by German home networking pioneer devolo.
  • Announced hardware compression solution XR9240 that supports the Dell EMC VMAX All-Flash storage array portfolio.
  • MxL69x ATSC receiver was selected by Nuvyyo, Inc. for an innovative new Tablo DVR product.
  • MxL85110 broadband modem SoC was selected by GiaX GmbH for its HelEOS network system.
  • Announced MaxLinear's MoCA 2.5 networking ICs were selected by Teamly Digital for its new FiberCableStream cable micronode.
  • Announced collaboration with Hitron Technologies America to integrate MxL3710 on a range of Hitron's new multi-gigabit client devices addressing MoCA 2.5 based broadband data access networks.
  • Announced that Thailand's TOT Public Company Limited is deploying a new gigabit broadband internet service that is powered by MaxLinear's wired connectivity technology.
  • Announced a new fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) platform addressing the needs of service providers in partnership with Methode Electronics, Inc. and LEA Networks.

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

The results of the second quarter of 2018 continue to be influenced by the Company's most recent acquisitions and related purchase price accounting impacts. Specifically, this included the acquisitions of Marvell’s business in April 2017 and Exar Corporation in May 2017, and the interest on the Term loan that was secured to finance the Exar transaction. Additionally, on January 1, 2018, MaxLinear adopted new revenue accounting guidance that accelerated the recognition of revenue and costs on certain distributor sales upon sale to the distributor, or the sell-in method, versus revenue recognition upon sale to the distributor’s end customers, or the sell-through method. Due to a reduction in the level of inventory in the distribution channel at the end of the second quarter, owing to greater sell-through of product to the distributors' end customers, the impact of adopting the new accounting guidance resulted in a decrement of $2.4 million in recognized revenue, and a corresponding decrease in GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit of $1.0 million. Under the prospective method of adoption, the results for the periods prior to the first quarter of 2018 have not been adjusted to reflect the change in timing of revenue recognition on such distributor sales.

GAAP basis:

  • Net revenue was $101.5 million, down 8% sequentially and down 3% year-on-year.
  • GAAP gross margin was 55.5%, compared to 56.5% in the prior quarter, and 49.1% in the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP operating expenses were $56.6 million in the second quarter 2018, or 56% of revenue, compared to $58.2 million or 53% of revenue in the prior quarter, and $66.9 million or 64% of revenue in the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP loss from operations was 0% of revenue, compared to income from operations of 4% in the prior quarter, and loss from operations of 15% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Net cash flow provided by operating activities of $35.8 million, compared to $12.0 million in the prior quarter and cash used in operating activities of $7.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP pre-tax losses were 3% of revenue, compared to pre-tax losses that were 0% of revenue in the prior quarter, and pre-tax losses that were 18% of revenue in the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP income tax provision was $11.2 million, compared to an income tax benefit of $1.9 million in the prior quarter, and an income tax benefit of $29.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP net loss was $14.4 million, compared to net income of $1.8 million in the prior quarter, and net income of $11.0 million in the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.21, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.03 in the prior quarter, and diluted earnings per share of $0.16 in the year-ago quarter.

Non-GAAP basis:

  • Non-GAAP gross margin was 64.6%. This compares to 64.9% in the prior quarter, and 64.4% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses were $37.1 million, or 37% of revenue, compared to $39.3 million or 35% of revenue in the prior quarter, and $36.9 million and 35% of revenue in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP income from operations was 28% of revenue, compared to 29% in the prior quarter, and 29% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP pre-tax margin was 25% of revenue, compared to 25% in the prior quarter, and 26% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP effective tax rate was 7% of non-GAAP pre-tax income, compared to 7% in the prior quarter, and 10% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $23.7 million, compared to $26.2 million in the prior quarter, and $24.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.34, compared to $0.37 in the prior quarter, and $0.35 in the year-ago quarter.

Third Quarter 2018 Business Outlook
The company expects revenue in the third quarter to be in the range of $83 million to $87 million, and also estimates the following:

  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 51.5% and 62.5%, respectively.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses of approximately $54.5 million and $36.0 million, respectively.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP interest expenses of approximately $3.8 million.
  • GAAP income taxes of approximately $0.5 million and non-GAAP cash tax rate of approximately 7%.

Webcast and Conference Call
MaxLinear will host its second quarter financial results conference call today, August 7, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time). To access this call, dial US toll free: 1-877-407-3109 / International: 1-201-493-6798. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the investor relations section of the MaxLinear website at, and will be archived and available after the call at until August 21, 2018. A replay of the conference call will also be available until August 21, 2018 by dialing US toll free: 1-877-660-6853 / International: 1-201-612-7415 and Conference ID#: 13653123.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning our future financial performance (including our current guidance for third quarter 2018 revenue, gross margins, operating expenses, interest expenses, and tax rates). These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. In particular, our future operating results are substantially dependent on our assumptions about market trends and conditions and our expectations with respect to recently completed acquisitions. With respect to the 2017 acquisition of Exar Corporation, Exar’s target markets and business operations differ substantially from those of MaxLinear, and we may be unable to realize anticipated strategic, financial, and operating synergies to the same relative extent as we were able to achieve in other recent acquisitions.  In addition, our decisions with respect to all our acquisitions were based on management’s current expectations with respect to the size of the available markets and growth opportunities presented by these acquisitions, all of which are subject to material risks and uncertainties. In connection with the acquisition of Exar, we incurred substantial acquisition-related indebtedness, which materially changed our financial profile and presents specific risks relating to our ability to service interest and principal payments and limitations on our operating flexibility based on operating covenants in the applicable term loan agreements, including (without limitation) debt covenant restrictions that limit our ability to obtain additional financing, issue guarantees, create liens, make certain restricted payments or repay certain obligations or to pursue future acquisitions. Additional risks and uncertainties arising from our operations generally and our recently completed acquisitions include intense competition in our industry; our dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will develop; potential uncertainties arising from continued consolidation among cable television and satellite operators in our target markets and continued consolidation among competitors within the semiconductor industry generally; our ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of those products, particularly as we seek to expand outside of our historic markets; potential decreases in average selling prices for our products; risks relating to intellectual property protection and the prevalence of intellectual property litigation in our industry; indemnification obligations of Exar arising from a recent divestiture; the impact on our financial condition of the incurred acquisition indebtedness and cash usage arising from the Exar transaction; our reliance on a limited number of third party manufacturers; and our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply. Our forward-looking GAAP income tax rate includes preliminary assumptions regarding the Tax Act, whereas our forward-looking non-GAAP income tax rate excludes impacts of the Tax Act. The final impact of the Tax Act on our income taxes may differ from our estimates, possibly materially, due to, among other things, changes in interpretations and assumptions made, additional guidance that may be issued, and actions taken by MaxLinear as a result of the Tax Act. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the SEC on February 20, 2018, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K, as well as the information to be set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in MaxLinear’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, which we expect to file shortly. All forward-looking statements are based on the estimates, projections and assumptions of management as of August 7, 2018, and MaxLinear is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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