EZchip Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results

(PRNewswire) —  EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: EZCH), a leader in high-performance processing solutions for carrier and data center networks, today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.  

Third Quarter 2014 Highlights:

  • Third quarter revenues of $19.2 million
  • Gross margin reached 82.5% on a GAAP basis and 82.9% on a non-GAAP basis
  • Net income, on a GAAP basis, was $4.2 million (22% of revenues)
  • Net income, on a non-GAAP basis, was $8.5 million (44% of revenues)
  • Operating cash flow of $14.1 million
  • Net cash at end of quarter was $223.4 million 

Third Quarter 2014 Results:

Total revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were $19.2 million, an increase of 2% compared to $18.8 million in the third quarter of 2013, and a decrease of 13% compared to $22.1 million in the second quarter of 2014.

Net income, on a GAAP basis, for the third quarter of 2014 was $4.2 million, or $0.14 per share (diluted), compared to net income of $6.5 million, or $0.22 per share (diluted), in the third quarter of 2013, and net income of $6.2 million, or $0.21 per share (diluted), in the second quarter of 2014.

Net income, on a non-GAAP basis, for the third quarter of 2014 was $8.5 million, or $0.28 per share (diluted), compared to non-GAAP net income of $10.1 million, or $0.33 per share (diluted), in the third quarter of 2013, and non-GAAP net income of $11.0 million, or $0.36 per share (diluted), in the second quarter of 2014.

Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and deposits as of September 30, 2014, totaled $223.4 million, compared to $219.2 million as of June 30, 2014. Cash generated from operations was $14.1 million, cash used in investing activities was $10.3 million (including a $10 million advance loan to Tilera, as part of the $50 million closing purchase price), cash provided by financing activities (resulting from the exercise of options) was $0.5 million and a decrease of $0.1 million resulted from cash adjustment of marketable securities, net.

First Nine Months 2014 Results

Total revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 were $61.6 million, a year-over-year increase of 21% compared to $50.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Net income on a GAAP basis for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $16.5 million, or $0.56 per share (diluted), compared to net income of $15.2 million, or $0.52 per share (diluted), for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Net income on a non-GAAP basis for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $29.6 million or $0.96 per share (diluted), compared with non-GAAP net income of $25.5 million, or $0.85 per share (diluted), for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

Eli Fruchter, CEO of EZchip, commented, "2014 started off with two record quarters but is currently being impacted by a slowdown in carrier spending. We believe this is temporary and looking further out, carrier spending is forecasted to resume growth and with it, our corresponding sales into this market. It is also important to highlight that revenues for the first nine months of 2014 were up 21% from the first nine months of 2013. On November 5th, we closed the acquisition of Tilera Corporation. Our strategic goal with this acquisition is to leverage technology and expertise from EZchip and Tilera, to build new powerful processors and deliver some of the highest throughput and lowest power processing solutions to large growth markets represented by data center and cloud networks. Overall, the upcoming NPS and Tilera chips, intelligent network adaptors and appliances are expected to grow our total available market to over two billion dollars by 2017, and significantly diversify our served markets and customers."

Conference Call
The Company will be hosting a conference call later today, November 12, 2014, at 10:00am ET, 7:00am PT, 3:00pm UK time and 5:00pm Israel time. On the call, management will review and discuss the results, and will be available to answer investor questions.

To participate through the live webcast, please access the investor relations section of the Company's web site at:  http://www.ezchip.com/investor_relations.htm, at least 10 minutes before the conference call commences. If you would like to ask a question on the call, please contact the investor relations team for the telephone dial-in numbers.

For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay of the webcast will be available the day after the call under the 'Investor Relations' section of the website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this release of operating results also contains non-GAAP financial measures, which EZchip believes are the principal indicators of the operating and financial performance of its business. The non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effects of stock-based compensation expenses recorded in accordance with FASB ASC 718 and acquisition related costs. Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures provided are useful to investors' understanding and assessment of the Company's on-going core operations and prospects for the future, as the charges eliminated are not part of the day-to-day business or reflective of the core operational activities of the Company.  Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as a basis for strategic decisions, forecasting future results and evaluating the Company's current performance. However, such measures should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided in the schedules attached to this release.

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