Semtech Announces Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Results

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Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, today reported unaudited financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2021, which ended October 25, 2020.

Highlights for the Third Fiscal Quarter 2021

  • Q3 FY2021 net sales of $154.1 million increased 7% sequentially and 9% year-over-year

  • Q3 FY2021 diluted GAAP EPS of $0.28 and diluted non-GAAP EPS of $0.47

  • Distributor Point of Sale (POS) increased 8% sequentially and represented a new quarterly record

  • Wireless and Sensing products group net sales increased 32% sequentially and represented a new record that included record net sales of our LoRa® platform products

  • Announced collaboration with Amazon's Sidewalk platform to extend home network connectivity for indoor and outdoor smart home products

  • Repurchased 439,921 shares for $24.0 million during Q3 FY2021

Results on a GAAP basis for the Third Fiscal Quarter 2021

  • Net sales were $154.1 million

  • GAAP Gross margin was 61.0%

  • GAAP SG&A expense was $42.9 million

  • GAAP R&D expense was $27.9 million

  • GAAP Operating margin was 13.9%

  • GAAP Net income attributable to common stockholders was $18.5 million or $0.28 per diluted share

To facilitate a complete understanding of comparable financial performance between periods, the Company also presents performance results that exclude certain non-cash items and items that are not considered reflective of the Company’s core results over time. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain items and are described below under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Results on a Non-GAAP basis for the Third Fiscal Quarter 2021 (see the list of non-GAAP items and the reconciliation of these to the most comparable GAAP items set forth in the tables below):

  • Non-GAAP Gross margin was 61.5%

  • Non-GAAP SG&A expense was $32.6 million

  • Non-GAAP R&D expense was $24.4 million

  • Non-GAAP Operating margin was 24.4%

  • Non-GAAP Net income attributable to common stockholders was $30.8 million or $0.47 per diluted share

Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We delivered Fiscal Q3 net sales that were at the upper-end of our guidance led by another quarterly record from our LoRa technology platforms and increasing smartphone demand. During the quarter we announced a collaboration with Amazon for its new Sidewalk network, further demonstrating the value that LoRa delivers to the emerging smart-home and consumer use cases." Maheswaran continued, "We believe the underlying fundamentals driving our growth engines in the Infrastructure, IoT and mobile platform markets remain strong and the Company remains well positioned for growth."

Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2021 Outlook

Both the GAAP and non-GAAP fourth fiscal quarter 2021 outlook below take into account, based on the Company's current estimates, the anticipated, but uncertain, negative impact to the Company of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic conditions and on the Company's business operations, sales and operating results, as well as export restrictions pertaining to Huawei and certain of its affiliates imposed by the U.S. government. The Company is unable to predict the full impact such challenges may have on its future results of operations.

GAAP Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2021 Outlook

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $153.0 million to $163.0 million

  • GAAP Gross margin is expected to be in the range of 60.5% to 61.6%

  • GAAP SG&A expense is expected to be in the range of $43.1 million to $44.1 million

  • GAAP R&D expense is expected to be in the range of $30.5 million to $31.5 million

  • GAAP Intangible amortization expense is expected to be approximately $1.6 million

  • GAAP Interest and other expense, net is expected to be approximately $1.5 million

  • GAAP Effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 10% to 13%

  • GAAP Earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.22 to $0.29

  • Fully-diluted share count is expected to be approximately 65.8 million shares

  • Share-based compensation is expected to be approximately $16.3 million, categorized as follows: $0.7 million cost of sales, $11.6 million SG&A, and $4.0 million R&D

  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $9.3 million

  • Depreciation expense is expected to be approximately $6.1 million

Non-GAAP Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2021 Outlook (see the list of non-GAAP items and the reconciliation of these to the most comparable GAAP items set forth in the tables below)

  • Non-GAAP Gross margin is expected to be in the range of 61.0% to 62.0%

  • Non-GAAP SG&A expense is expected to be in the range of $31.0 million to $32.0 million

  • Non-GAAP R&D expense is expected to be in the range of $26.5 million to $27.5 million

  • Non-GAAP Interest and other expense, net is expected to be approximately $1.5 million

  • Non-GAAP Effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 15% to 17%

  • Non-GAAP Earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.45 to $0.51

Correction of Immaterial Errors

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, management identified certain immaterial errors related to share-based compensation expense of market-based awards granted during fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020. The errors resulted from adjustments to the grant date fair value of the market-based awards that were incorrectly accounted for as performance-based awards. The Company concluded that the impact of these errors was immaterial and has corrected its consolidated financial statements for these errors for all prior periods presented in this press release.

Webcast and Conference Call

Semtech will be hosting a conference call today to discuss its third fiscal quarter 2021 results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time. An audio webcast will be available on Semtech’s website at www.semtech.com in the "Investor Relations" section under "Investor News." A replay of the call will be available through December 30, 2020 at the same website or by calling (877) 660-6853 and entering conference ID 13704538.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP, this release includes a presentation of select non-GAAP metrics. The Company’s non-GAAP measures of gross margin, SG&A expenses, R&D expenses, operating margin, effective tax rate, net income attributable to common stockholders and earnings per diluted share exclude the following items, if any:

  • Share-based compensation

  • Amortization of purchased intangibles, impairments and credit loss reserves

  • Restructuring, transaction and other acquisition or disposition-related gains or losses

  • Litigation expenses or dispute settlement charges or gains

  • Cumulative other reserves associated with historical activity including environmental and pension

  • Equity in net gains or losses of equity method investments

  • Loss on early extinguishment of debt

  • Non-cash interest income from debt investments

To provide additional insight into the Company's fourth quarter outlook, this release also includes a presentation of forward-looking non-GAAP measures. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations because these non-GAAP financial measures are adjusted to exclude the items identified above because such items are either operating expenses which would not otherwise have been incurred by the Company in the normal course of the Company’s business operations, or are not reflective of the Company’s core results over time. These excluded items may include recurring as well as non-recurring items, and no inference should be made that all of these adjustments, charges, costs or expenses are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. For example: certain restructuring and integration-related expenses (which consist of employee termination costs, facility closure or lease termination costs, and contract termination costs) may be considered recurring given the Company’s ongoing efforts to be more cost effective and efficient; certain acquisition and disposition-related adjustments or expenses may be deemed recurring given the Company's regular evaluation of potential transactions and investments; and certain litigation expenses or dispute settlement charges or gains (which may include estimated losses for which we may have established a reserve, as well as any actual settlements, judgments, or other resolutions against, or in favor of, the Company related to litigation, arbitration, disputes or similar matters, and insurance recoveries received by the Company related to such matters) may be viewed as recurring given that the Company may from time to time be involved in, and may resolve, litigation, arbitration, disputes, and similar matters.

Notwithstanding that certain adjustments, charges, costs or expenses may be considered recurring, in order to provide meaningful comparisons, the Company believes that it is appropriate to exclude such items because they are not reflective of the Company's core results and tend to vary based on timing, frequency and magnitude.

These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of the Company's comparable financial performance between periods. In addition, the Company’s management generally excludes the items noted above when managing and evaluating the performance of the business. The financial statements provided with this release include reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to their most comparable GAAP measures for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 and the second and third quarters of fiscal year 2021, along with a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP measures (other than the non-GAAP effective tax rate) to their most comparable GAAP measures for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021. The Company is unable to include a reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP measure of the non-GAAP effective tax rate to the corresponding GAAP measure as this is not available without unreasonable efforts due to the high variability and low visibility with respect to the charges that are excluded from this non-GAAP measure. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a potentially significant impact on our GAAP financial results. These additional non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered substitutes for any measures derived in accordance with GAAP and may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and projections about its operations, industry, financial condition, performance, results of operations, and liquidity. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical information or statements of current condition and relate to matters such as future financial performance including the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 outlook; the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic conditions and on the Company's business operations, sales and operating results; the Company’s expectations concerning the negative impact on the Company’s results of operations from its inability to ship certain products and provide certain support services due to the export restrictions including export restrictions with respect to Huawei and certain of its affiliates; future operational performance; the anticipated impact of specific items on future earnings; and the Company’s plans, objectives and expectations. Statements containing words such as "may," "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "estimates," "should," "will," "designed to," "projections," or "business outlook," or other similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those projected. Potential factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the uncertainty surrounding the impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic conditions and on the Company's business and results of operations; export restrictions and laws affecting the Company's trade and investments including with respect to Huawei and certain of its affiliates, and tariffs or the occurrence of trade wars; competitive changes in the marketplace including, but not limited to, the pace of growth or adoption rates of applicable products or technologies; downturns in the business cycle; decreased average selling prices of the Company’s products; the Company’s reliance on a limited number of suppliers and subcontractors for components and materials; changes in projected or anticipated end-user markets; the Company’s ability to forecast its effective tax rates due to changing income in higher or lower tax jurisdictions and other factors that contribute to the volatility of the Company’s effective tax rates and impact anticipated tax benefits; and the Company's ability to forecast and achieve anticipated net sales and earnings estimates in light of periodic economic uncertainty, to include impacts arising from Asian, European and global economic dynamics. Additionally, forward-looking statements should be considered in conjunction with the cautionary statements contained in the risk factors disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 26, 2020, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in material incorporated therein, including, without limitation, information under the captions "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors." In light of the significant risks and uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein that may cause actual performance and results to differ materially from those predicted, any such forward-looking information should not be regarded as representations or guarantees by the Company of future performance or results, or that its objectives or plans will be achieved or that any of its operating expectations or financial forecasts will be realized. Reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained herein, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to publicly release the results of any update or revision to any forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated or future events, or otherwise.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog, mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for infrastructure, high-end consumer, and industrial end markets. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit http://www.semtech.com.

Semtech, the Semtech logo and LoRa are registered trademarks or service marks of Semtech Corporation or its subsidiaries.

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SEMTECH CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 25,

2020

July 26,

2020

October 27,

2019

October 25,

2020

October 27,

2019

Q321

Q221

Q320

Q321

Q320

Net sales

$

154,082

$

143,660

$

141,011

$

430,444

$

409,511

Cost of sales

60,021

55,409

54,763

167,371

157,104

Gross profit

94,061

88,251

86,248

263,073

252,407

Operating costs and expenses:

Selling, general and administrative

42,891

38,255

37,777

115,746

120,074

Product development and engineering

27,890

29,220

26,976

84,696

80,012

Intangible amortization

1,798

2,020

3,770

6,658

12,821

Changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations

(152

)

(33

)

(2,313

)

Total operating costs and expenses

72,579

69,495

68,371

207,067

210,594

Operating income

21,482

18,756

17,877

56,006

41,813

Interest expense

(1,008

)

(1,252

)

(2,183

)

(3,819

)

(7,247

)

Non-operating (expense) income, net

(236

)

(176

)

644

11

2,900

Investment impairments and credit loss reserves

(335

)

(1,485

)

(5,450

)

Income before taxes and equity in net (losses) gains of equity method investments

19,903

15,843

16,338

46,748

37,466

(Benefit) provision for taxes

1,580

(416

)

2,693

2,523

8,638

Net income before equity in net (losses) gains of equity method investments

18,323

16,259

13,645

44,225

28,828

Equity in net (losses) gains of equity method investments

159

(137

)

352

11

109

Net income

18,482

16,122

13,997

44,236

28,937

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

(5

)

(3

)

(11

)

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

18,487

$

16,125

$

13,997

$

44,247

$

28,937

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.28

$

0.25

$

0.21

$

0.68

$

0.44

Diluted

$

0.28

$

0.24

$

0.21

$

0.67

$

0.43

Weighted average number of shares used in computing earnings per share:

Basic

65,136

65,084

66,387

65,270

66,337

Diluted

65,967

66,004

67,318

66,050

67,630

SEMTECH CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

October 25, 2020

January 26, 2020

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

262,271

$

293,324

Accounts receivable, net

58,700

61,927

Inventories

78,367

73,010

Prepaid taxes

22,677

10,718

Other current assets

25,731

21,757

Total current assets

447,746

460,736

Non-current assets:

Property, plant and equipment, net

127,472

124,418

Deferred tax assets

24,983

20,094

Goodwill

351,141

351,141

Other intangible assets, net

13,354

20,012

Other assets

83,276

76,032

Total assets

$

1,047,972

$

1,052,433

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

47,338

$

48,009

Accrued liabilities

58,535

50,632

Total current liabilities

105,873

98,641

Non-current liabilities:

Deferred tax liabilities

877

3,600

Long term debt

183,075

194,743

Other long-term liabilities

81,521

78,249

Stockholders’ equity

676,391

676,954

Noncontrolling interest

235

246

Total liabilities & equity

$

1,047,972

$

1,052,433

SEMTECH CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS AND SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

October 25,

2020

October 27,

2019

Net income

$

44,236

$

28,937

Net cash provided by operations

91,676

73,361

Net cash used in investing activities

(32,399

)

(29,672

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(90,330

)

(72,752

)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(31,053

)

(29,063

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

293,324

312,120

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

262,271

$

283,057

Three Months Ended

October 25,

2020

July 26,

2020

October 27,

2019

Q321

Q221

Q320

Free Cash Flow:

Cash Flow from Operations

$

28,377

$

37,216

$

33,268

Net Capital Expenditures

(7,168

)

(6,968

)

(3,516

)

Free Cash Flow

$

21,209

$

30,248

$

29,752

SEMTECH CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 25,

2020

July 26,

2020

October 27,

2019

October 25,

2020

October 27,

2019

Q321

Q221

Q320

Q321

Q320

Gross Margin–GAAP

61.0

%

61.4

%

61.2

%

61.1

%

61.6

%

Share-based compensation

0.5

%

0.4

%

0.4

%

0.4

%

0.4

%

Adjusted Gross Margin (Non-GAAP)

61.5

%

61.8

%

61.6

%

61.5

%

62.0

%

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 25,

2020

July 26,

2020

October 27,

2019

October 25,

2020

October 27,

2019

Q321

Q221

Q320

Q321

Q320

Selling, general and administrative–GAAP

$

42,891

$

38,255

$

37,777

$

115,746

$

120,074

Share-based compensation

(9,404

)

(9,501

)

(9,323

)

(24,864

)

(27,794

)

Transaction and integration related

(292

)

(249

)

258

(626

)

(977

)

Restructuring and other reserves

(502

)

(502

)

(2,711

)

Litigation cost, net of recoveries

(558

)

(105

)

(205

)

(809

)

(930

)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative (Non-GAAP)

$

32,637

$

27,898

$

28,507

$

88,945

$

87,662

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 25,

2020

July 26,

2020

October 27,

2019

October 25,

2020

October 27,

2019

Q321

Q221

Q320

Q321

Q320

Product development and engineering–GAAP

$

27,890

$

29,220

$

26,976

$

84,696

$

80,012

Share-based compensation

(3,480

)

(3,135

)

(3,180

)

(9,505

)

(8,283

)

Transaction and integration related

593

87

360

Adjusted product development and engineering (Non-GAAP)

$

24,410

$

26,085

$

24,389

$

75,278

$

72,089

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 25,

2020

July 26,

2020

October 27,

2019

October 25,

2020

October 27,

2019

Q321

Q221

Q320

Q321

Q320

Operating Margin–GAAP

13.9

%

13.1

%

12.7

%

13.0

%

10.2

%

Share-based compensation

8.8

%

9.2

%

9.2

%

8.4

%

9.1

%

Intangible amortization

1.2

%

1.4

%

2.7

%

1.5

%

3.1

%

Transaction and integration related

0.1

%

0.1

%

(0.6

)%

0.2

%

0.2

%

Restructuring and other reserves

%

0.3

%

%

0.1

%

0.7

%

Litigation cost, net of recoveries

0.4

%

0.1

%

0.1

%

0.2

%

0.2

%

Changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations

%

%

(0.1

)%

%

(0.6

)%

Adjusted Operating Margin (Non-GAAP)

24.4

%

24.2

%

24.0

%

23.4

%

22.9

%

SEMTECH CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS (CONTINUED)

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 25,

2020

July 26,

2020

October 27,

2019

October 25,

2020

October 27,

2019

Q321

Q221

Q320

Q321

Q320

GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders

$

18,487

$

16,125

$

13,997

$

44,247

$

28,937

Adjustments to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders:

Share-based compensation

13,538

13,186

13,055

36,103

37,458

Intangible amortization

1,798

2,020

3,770

6,658

12,821

Transaction and integration related

292

249

(851

)

539

617

Restructuring and other reserves

502

502

2,711

Litigation cost, net of recoveries

558

105

205

809

930

Changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations

(152

)

(33

)

(2,313

)

Investment gains, losses, reserves and impairments

61

729

4,420

Total Non-GAAP adjustments before taxes

16,247

16,791

16,027

48,998

52,224

Associated tax effect

(3,763

)

(4,848

)

(2,276

)

(11,183

)

(5,175

)

Equity in net losses (gains) of equity method investments

(159

)

137

(352

)

(11

)

(109

)

Total of supplemental information, net of taxes

12,325

12,080

13,399

37,804

46,940

Non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders

$

30,812

$

28,205

$

27,396

$

82,051

$

75,877

Diluted GAAP earnings per share

$

0.28

$

0.24

$

0.21

$

0.67

$

0.43

Adjustments per above

0.19

0.19

0.20

0.57

0.69

Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share

$

0.47

$

0.43

$

0.41

$

1.24

$

1.12

SEMTECH CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP OUTLOOK

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Outlook

(in millions, except per share data)

Q4 FY21 Outlook

January 31, 2021

Low

High

Gross Margin–GAAP

60.5

%

61.6

%

Share-based compensation

0.5

%

0.4

%

Adjusted Gross Margin (Non-GAAP)

61.0

%

62.0

%

Low

High

Selling, general and administrative–GAAP

$

43.1

$

44.1

Share-based compensation

(11.6

)

(11.6

)

Transaction and integration related

(0.5

)

(0.5

)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative (Non-GAAP)

$

31.0

$

32.0

Low

High

Product development and engineering–GAAP

$

30.5

$

31.5

Share-based compensation

(4.0

)

(4.0

)

Adjusted product development and engineering (Non-GAAP)

$

26.5

$

27.5

Low

High

Diluted GAAP earnings per share

$

0.22

$

0.29

Share-based compensation

0.25

0.25

Transaction, restructuring, and acquisition related expenses

0.01

0.01

Amortization of acquired intangibles

0.02

0.02

Associated tax effect

(0.05

)

(0.06

)

Diluted adjusted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)

$

0.45

$

0.51

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Contacts

Sandy Harrison
Semtech Corporation
(805) 480-2004
webir@semtech.com