Silicon Motion Announces Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2015
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Silicon Motion Announces Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2015

Financial Highlights

Business Highlights

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) (“Silicon Motion” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.  For the fourth quarter, net sales increased sequentially to $98.0 million from $95.4 million in the third quarter. Net income (non-GAAP) decreased to $19.7 million or $0.55 per diluted ADS from a net income (non-GAAP) of $20.0 million or $0.57 per diluted ADS in the third quarter.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter increased to $13.4 million or $0.38 per diluted ADS from a GAAP net income of $13.2 million or $0.38 per diluted ADS in the third quarter.

Non-GAAP measures represent GAAP measures excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles assets, foreign exchange gain (loss), and other non-recurring items.  For reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results and further discussion, see accompanying financial tables and the note “Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this press release.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Review

“Our fourth quarter sales grew by 3% sequentially to achieve record quarterly sales and record full-year results,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion.  “Our client SSD controller sales in the fourth quarter grew by nearly 20% and according to recently released market research data, we are now the world’s largest merchant supplier of SSD controllers.  Sales of our Shannon enterprise SSDs nearly doubled in the quarter and together with stable demand for our eMMC controllers, our overall Embedded Storage sales increased to account for two-thirds of our total revenue.”


(in millions, except percentages)4Q 20153Q 20154Q 2014
Mobile Storage*$87.5  89%$80.9  85%$65.5  81%
Sequential growth 8%  14%  -9% 
Mobile Communications**$8.8  9%$12.5  13%$13.3  16%
Others$1.7  2%$2.0  2%$1.8  2%
Total Revenue$98.0  100%$95.4  100%$80.5  100%
Sequential growth 3%  9%  -7% 

* Mobile Storage products include Embedded Storage products (eMMC and SSD controllers and Ferri and Shannon storage solutions) and Expandable Storage products (SD and USB flash drive controllers).   

** Mobile Communications products include LTE transceivers and mobile TV ICs.

Key Financial Results

(in millions, except percentages and per ADS amounts)Non-GAAPGAAP
 4Q 20153Q 20154Q 20144Q 20153Q 20154Q 2014
Revenue$98.0 $95.4 $80.5 $98.0 $95.4 $80.5 
Sequential growth 3% 9% -7% 3% 9% -7%
Gross profit$49.1 $49.2 $42.3 $49.0 $49.1 $42.2 
Percent of revenue 50.1% 51.6% 52.5% 50.0% 51.5% 52.4%
Operating expenses$25.3 $25.8 $21.4 $31.0 $29.7 $25.4 
Operating income$23.9 $23.4 $20.9 $18.1 $19.4 $16.8 
Percent of revenue 24.4% 24.5% 26.0% 18.4% 20.4% 20.9%
Earnings per ADS (diluted)$0.55 $0.57 $0.53 $0.38 $0.38 $0.35 

Other Financial Information

(in millions)4Q 20153Q 20154Q 2014
Cash and cash equivalents, and short-term investments$185.2 $183.7 $
Capital Expenditures$14.4 $4.6 $1.9 
Dividend payments$5.2 $5.2 $5.1 

During the fourth quarter, we had $14.4 million of capital expenditures, with $12.0 million spent on the purchase of additional operating facilities and $2.2 million for the routine purchase of software and design tools. We paid $4.6 million for previously deferred Shannon acquisition payments.

Our fourth quarter cash flows were as follows:

3 months ended December 31, 2015 
 (In $ millions) 
Net income  13.4  
Depreciation & amortization 2.7  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities 3.8  
Others 1.2  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 21.1  
Acquisition of property and equipment (14.4) 
Acquisition of Shannon  (4.6) 
Others 0.1  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (18.9) 
Dividend (5.2) 
Others -  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (5.2) 
Effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on cash 0.5  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (2.5) 

Returning Value to Shareholders

On October 23, 2015 the Board of Directors of the Company declared a $0.15 per ADS quarterly dividend.  On November 20, we recorded $5.2 million as dividend payments to our shareholders.

Business Outlook

“We expect to continue strong growth in 2016 led again by our Embedded Storage products, specifically client SSD controllers, eMMC controllers and enterprise SSDs,” said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. “We are upbeat about our first quarter as we expect our Embedded Storage sales growth to largely offset anticipated Expandable Storage seasonal weakness.”

For the first quarter of 2016, management expects:

For the full-year 2016, management expects:

Conference Call & Webcast:

The Company’s management team will conduct a conference call at 8:00 am Eastern Time on January 29, 2016. 

Wallace Kou, President & CEO
Riyadh Lai, CFO
Jason Tsai, Senior Director of Investor Relations and Strategy

USA (Toll Free): 1 866 519 4004
USA (Toll): 1 845 675 0437   
Taiwan (Toll Free): 0080 112 6920
Participant Passcode: 1852 8965

REPLAY NUMBERS (for 7 days):
USA (Toll Free): 1 855 452 5696
USA (Toll): 1 646 254 3697
Participant Passcode: 1852 8965

A webcast of the call will be available on the Company's website at

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s unaudited selected financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation and other items, including non-GAAP cost of sales, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP earnings per diluted ADS. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative to GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.  The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measure.  We compensate for the limitations of our non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of our performance.

Our non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of our current financial performance and our prospects for the future. Specifically, we believe the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results and because it is consistent with the financial models and estimates published by many analysts who follow the Company.  We use non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of our business, for comparison with our forecasts, and for benchmarking our performance externally against our competitors.  Also, when evaluating potential acquisitions, we exclude the items described below from our consideration of the target’s performance and valuation.  Since we find these measures to be useful, we believe that our investors benefit from seeing the results from management’s perspective in addition to seeing our GAAP results.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

The following are explanations of each of the adjustments that we incorporate into our non-GAAP measures, as well as the reasons for excluding each of these individual items in our reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense consists of non-cash charges related to the fair value of stock options and restricted stock units awarded to employees. The Company believes that the exclusion of these non-cash charges provides for more accurate comparisons of our operating results to our peer companies due to the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types. In addition, the Company believes it is useful to investors to understand the specific impact of share-based compensation on its operating results.

Foreign exchange gains and losses consist of translation gains and/or losses of non-US$ denominated current assets and current liabilities, as well as certain other balance sheet items which result from the appreciation or depreciation of non-US$ currencies against the US$. We do not use financial instruments to manage the impact on our operations from changes in foreign exchange rates, and because our operations are subject to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, we therefore exclude foreign exchange gains and losses when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.

Amortization of intangibles assets consists of non-cash charges that can be impacted by the timing and magnitude of our acquisitions.  The Company considers its operating results without these charges when evaluating its ongoing performance and forecasting its earnings trends, and therefore excludes such charges when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.  The Company believes that the assessment of its operations excluding these costs is relevant to its assessment of internal operations and comparisons to the performance of its competitors.

Other non-recurring items:

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited)
 For the Three Months Ended
 Dec. 31, 
Sep. 30, 
Dec. 31, 
 ($) ($) ($)
Net Sales 80,503  95,397  98,041 
Cost of sales 38,306  46,285  49,028 
Gross profit 42,197  49,112  49,013 
Operating expenses   
Research & development 17,528  19,628  19,281 
Sales & marketing 4,434  5,545  6,136 
General & administrative 3,410  3,994  5,008 
Amortization of  intangibles assets -  526  526 
Operating income 16,825  19,419  18,062 
Non-operating income (expense)   
Gain on sale of investments 1  -  1 
Interest income, net 613  506  455 
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net (451) 220  (523)
Others, net (4) 4  - 
Subtotal 159  730  (67)
Income before income tax 16,984  20,149  17,995 
Income tax expense 4,911  6,969  4,583 
Net income  12,073  13,180  13,412 
Basic earnings per ADS$0.36 $0.38 $0.38 
Diluted earnings per ADS$0.35 $0.38 $0.38 
Margin Analysis:   
Gross margin 52.4% 51.5% 50.0%
Operating margin 20.9% 20.4% 18.4%
Net margin 15.0% 13.8% 13.7%
Additional Data:   
Weighted avg. ADS equivalents2 33,892  34,726  34,875 
Diluted ADS equivalents 34,471  34,941  35,288 

2 Assumes all outstanding ordinary shares are represented by ADSs.  Each ADS represents four ordinary shares.

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results 
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited) 
 For the Three Months Ended 
 Dec. 31, 
Sep. 30, 
Dec. 31, 
GAAP net income  12,073  13,180  13,412  
Stock-based compensation:    
Cost of sales 99  88  132  
Research and development 2,583  2,118  3,319  
Sales and marketing 701  601  859  
General and administrative 624  616  913  
Total stock-based compensation 4,007  3,423  5,223  
Non-recurring items:    
Litigation expenses (6) 24  28  
Acquisition costs 30  (6) 38  
Amortization of  intangibles assets -  526  526  
Foreign exchange loss (gain),net 2,422  2,901  455  
Non-GAAP net income 18,526  20,048  19,682  
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS 34,650  35,273  35,493  
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS$0.53 $0.57 $0.55  
Non-GAAP gross margin 52.5% 51.6% 50.1% 
Non-GAAP operating margin 26.0% 24.5% 24.4% 

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation 
Consolidated Statements of Income 
(in thousands, except percentages, and per ADS data, unaudited) 
 For the Year Ended 
 Dec. 31,Dec. 31, 
  2014  2015  
Net Sales 289,323  361,297  
Cost of sales 139,625  176,765  
Gross profit 149,698  184,532  
Operating expenses   
Research & development 60,949  71,157  
Sales & marketing 16,324  20,173  
General & administrative 13,355  15,718  
Amortization of  intangibles assets -  1,052  
Operating income  59,070  76,432  
Non-operating expense (income)   
Gain on sale of investments 4  3  
Interest income, net 2,101  1,979  
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net (606) 76  
Others, net (1) 9  
Subtotal 1,498  2,067  
Income before income tax 60,568  78,499  
Income tax expense 16,101  18,219  
Net income  44,467  60,280  
Basic earnings per ADS$1.32 $1.75  
Diluted earnings per ADS$1.30 $1.73  
Margin Analysis:   
Gross margin 51.7% 51.1% 
Operating margin 20.4% 21.2% 
Net margin 15.4% 16.7% 
Additional Data:   
Weighted avg. ADS equivalents 33,651  34,525  
Diluted ADS equivalents 34,197  34,909  

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results 
(in thousands, except percentages and per ADS data, unaudited) 
 For the Year Ended 
 Dec. 31,Dec. 31, 
  2014  2015  
GAAP net income 44,467  60,280  
Stock-based compensation:   
Cost of sales 282  261  
Research and development 6,760  6,591  
Sales and marketing 1,740  1,801  
General and administrative 1,542  1,811  
Total stock-based compensation 10,324  10,464  
Non-recurring items:   
Litigation expenses 190  104  
Acquisition costs 30  358  
Amortization of  intangibles assets -  1,052  
Foreign exchange loss (gain), net 3,499  1,812  
Non-GAAP net income 58,510  74,070  
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS 34,377  35,067  
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS$1.70 $2.11  
Non-GAAP gross margin 51.8% 51.2% 
Non-GAAP operating margin 24.1% 24.5% 

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheet 
 (In thousands, unaudited)
 Dec. 31, Sep. 30, Dec. 31,
 2014 2015 2015
  (US$)  ($)  ($)
Cash and cash equivalents194,211 182,984 180,519
Short-term investments703 679 4,681
Accounts receivable (net)28,742 56,432 58,963
Inventories44,076 50,176 47,110
Refundable deposits - current19,322 19,531 19,328
Prepaid expenses and other current assets3,386 4,244 4,578
Total current assets290,440 314,046 315,179
Long-term investments133 133 133
Property and equipment (net)35,537 38,322 50,469
Goodwill and intangible assets(net)35,467 76,528 75,990
Other assets4,957 3,945 3,859
Total assets366,534 432,974 445,630
Accounts payable14,246 14,077 22,766
Income tax payable17,696 21,791 13,099
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities24,125 41,887 42,165
Total current liabilities56,067 77,755 78,030
Other liabilities6,367 8,338 7,376
Total liabilities62,434 86,093 85,406
Shareholders’ equity304,100 346,881 360,224
Total liabilities & shareholders’ equity366,534 432,974 445,630

About Silicon Motion:

We are a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets solutions for mobile storage and mobile communications markets. For the mobile storage market, our key products are controller ICs used in embedded storage devices such as SSDs and eMMCs and in expandable storage devices. For the mobile communications market, our key products include mobile TV SoCs and other specialty RF ICs.  Our products are widely used in smartphones, tablets, and industrial, enterprise and commercial applications.  For further information on Silicon Motion, visit

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, including without limitation, statements about Silicon Motion’s currently expected first quarter of 2016 and full year 2016 revenue, gross margin and operating expenses, all of which reflect management’s estimates based on information available at this time of this press release.  While Silicon Motion believes these estimates to be meaningful, these amounts could differ materially from actual reported amounts for the fourth quarter of 2015 and full year 2015. Forward-looking statements also include, without limitation, statements regarding trends in the multimedia consumer electronics market and our future results of operations, financial condition and business prospects.  In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology.  Although such statements are based on our own information and information from other sources we believe to be reliable, you should not place undue reliance on them.  These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual market trends or our actual results of operations, financial condition or business prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward looking statements for a variety of reasons.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the unpredictable volume and timing of customer orders, which are not fixed by contract but vary on a purchase order basis; the loss of one or more key customers or the significant reduction, postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of orders from these customers; general economic conditions or conditions in the semiconductor or consumer electronics markets; decreases in the overall average selling prices of our products; changes in the relative sales mix of our products; our ability to continue to successfully integrate our 2015 acquisition of Shannon Systems; changes in our cost of finished goods; the payment, or non-payment, of cash dividends in the future at the discretion of our board of directors; changes in our cost of finished goods; the availability, pricing, and timeliness of delivery of other components and raw materials used in our customers’ products; our customers’ sales outlook, purchasing patterns, and inventory adjustments based on consumer demands and general economic conditions, its customers and consumers; our ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new or enhanced products in a timely manner; and the timing of new product announcements or introductions by us or by our competitors. For additional discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other factors, please see the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on April 30, 2015.  We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. 

Investor Contact:
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