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Rambus Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results


SAN JOSE, Calif., May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), a provider of industry-leading chips and IP making data faster and safer, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. GAAP revenue for the first quarter was $70.4 million; licensing billings were $63.5 million, product revenue was $30.8 million, and contract and other revenue was $10.7 million. The Company also generated $39.5 million in cash provided by operating activities.

“Rambus executed well in the first quarter, with revenue and earnings at the high end of expectations, and strong cash generation fueling investment in our product roadmap,” said Luc Seraphin, chief executive officer of Rambus. “Ongoing share gains for memory interface chips and strong demand in Cloud and other target markets are driving topline growth for the company. We are pleased with our customer momentum and are confident in the Company’s ability to deliver ongoing profitable growth.”

Quarterly Financial Review – GAAP

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(In millions, except for percentages and per share amounts)

2021


2020

Revenue




Royalties

$

28.9



$

21.5


Product revenue

30.8



30.7


Contract and other revenue

10.7



13.6


   Total revenue

$

70.4



$

65.8


Cost of product revenue

$

11.4



$

10.3


Cost of contract and other revenue

$

1.6



$

1.2


Amortization of acquired intangible assets (included in total cost of revenue)

$

4.4



$

4.4


Total operating expenses (1)

$

56.5



$

59.4


Operating loss

$

(3.5)



$

(9.5)


Operating margin

(5)

%


(14)

%

Net loss

$

(2.6)



$

(6.5)


Diluted net loss per share

$

(0.02)



$

(0.06)


Net cash provided by operating activities

$

39.5



$

37.3




(1)

Includes amortization of acquired intangible assets of approximately $0.2 million and $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.



Quarterly Financial Review – Non-GAAP (including operational metric) (1)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(In millions)

2021


2020

Licensing billings (2)

$

63.5



$

67.1


Product revenue

$

30.8



$

30.7


Contract and other revenue

$

10.7



$

13.6


Cost of product revenue

$

11.3



$

10.3


Cost of contract and other revenue

$

1.6



$

1.2


Total operating expenses

$

45.3



$

51.9


Interest and other income (expense), net

$

(0.6)



$

1.2


Diluted share count

116



115




(1)

See “Supplemental Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” table included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented and that revenue and cost of contract and other revenue are solely presented on a GAAP basis.

(2)

Licensing billings is an operational metric that reflects amounts invoiced to our licensing customers during the period, as adjusted for certain differences.

GAAP revenue for the quarter was $70.4 million, at the high end of the Company’s expectations. The Company also had licensing billings of $63.5 million, product revenue of $30.8 million, and contract and other revenue of $10.7 million. The Company had total GAAP cost of revenue of $17.4 million and operating expenses of $56.5 million. The Company also had total non-GAAP operating expenses of $58.2 million (which includes non-GAAP cost of revenue), lower than the midpoint of its expectations. The Company had GAAP diluted net loss per share of $0.02. The Company’s basic share count was 112 million shares and its diluted share count would have been 116 million shares. Due to the Company’s strong performance and focus on operational efficiency, the Company delivered a strong first quarter, at the high end of its expectations on revenue and profit.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of March 31, 2021 were $529.1 million, an increase of $26.5 million from December 31, 2020, mainly due to $39.5 million in cash provided by operating activities.

2021 Second Quarter Outlook

The Company will discuss its full revenue guidance for the second quarter of 2021 during its upcoming conference call. The following table sets forth second quarter outlook for other measures.

(In millions)

GAAP


Non-GAAP (1)

Licensing billings (2)

$60 – $66


$60 – $66

Product revenue

$30 – $36


$30 – $36

Contract and other revenue

$8 – $14


$8 – $14

Total operating costs and expenses

$74 – $70


$61 – $57

Interest and other income (expense), net

($1)


($1)

Diluted share count

116


116



(1)

See “Reconciliation of GAAP Forward-Looking Estimates to Non-GAAP Forward-Looking Estimates” table included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented, and that revenue is solely presented on a GAAP basis.

(2)

Licensing billings is an operational metric that reflects amounts invoiced to our licensing customers during the period, as adjusted for certain differences. This metric is the same for both GAAP and non-GAAP presentations.

For the second quarter of 2021, the Company expects licensing billings to be between $60 million and $66 million. The Company also expects royalty revenue to be between $32 million and $38 million, product revenue to be between $30 million and $36 million and contract and other revenue to be between $8 million and $14 million. Revenue is not without risk and achieving revenue in this range will require that the Company sign customer agreements for various product sales, solutions licensing among other matters.

The Company also expects operating costs and expenses to be between $74 million and $70 million. Additionally, the Company expects non-GAAP operating costs and expenses to be between $61 million and $57 million. These expectations also assume non-GAAP interest and other income (expense), net, of ($1 million), tax rate of 24% and diluted share count of 116 million, and exclude stock-based compensation expense ($8 million), amortization expense ($5 million), non-cash interest expense on convertible notes ($2 million) and interest income related to the significant financing component from fixed-fee patent and technology licensing arrangements ($2 million).

Conference Call

The Company’s management will discuss the results of the quarter during a conference call scheduled for 2:00pm PT today. The call, audio and slides will be available online at investor.rambus.com and a replay will be available for the next week at the following numbers: (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) with ID# 3985069.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In the commentary set forth above and in the financial statements included in this earnings release, the Company presents the following non-GAAP financial measures: operating expenses and interest and other income (expense), net. In computing each of these non-GAAP financial measures, the following items were considered as discussed below: stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs and retention bonus expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, restructuring charges, expense on abandoned operating leases, restatement and shareholder activist costs, facility restoration costs, change in fair value of earn-out liability, non-cash interest expense and certain other one-time adjustments. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures are appropriate for both its own assessment of, and to show investors, how the Company’s performance compares to other periods. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliation from GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial statements contained in this release.

The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures reflect adjustments based on the following items:

Stock-based compensation expense. These expenses primarily relate to employee stock options, employee stock purchase plans, and employee non-vested equity stock and non-vested stock units. The Company excludes stock-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP measures primarily because such expenses are non-cash expenses that the Company does not believe are reflective of ongoing operating results. Additionally, given the fact that other companies may grant different amounts and types of equity awards and may use different option valuation assumptions, excluding stock-based compensation expense permits more accurate comparisons of the Company’s results with peer companies.

Acquisition-related/divestiture costs and retention bonus expense. These expenses include all direct costs of certain acquisitions, divestitures and the current periods’ portion of any retention bonus expense associated with the acquisitions. The Company excludes these expenses in order to provide better comparability between periods as they are related to acquisitions and divestitures and have no direct correlation to the Company’s operations.

Amortization of acquired intangible assets. The Company incurs expenses for the amortization of intangible assets acquired in acquisitions. The Company excludes these items because these expenses are not reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts arise from the Company’s prior acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the operation of the Company’s core business.

Restructuring charges. These charges may consist of severance, contractual retention payments, exit costs and other charges and are excluded because such charges are not directly related to ongoing business results and do not reflect expected future operating expenses.

Expense on abandoned operating leases. Reflects the expense on building leases that were abandoned. The Company excludes these charges because such charges are not directly related to ongoing business results and do not reflect expected future operating expenses.

Restatement and shareholder activist costs. These charges consist of costs associated with our restatement of our financial statements and certain shareholder activist costs and are excluded because such charges are not directly related to ongoing business results and do not reflect expected future operating expenses.

Facility restoration costs. These charges consist of exit costs associated with our leased office space and are excluded because such charges are not directly related to ongoing business results and do not reflect expected future operating expenses.

Change in fair value of earn-out liability. This change is due to a reduction of acquisition purchase consideration. This is a non-recurring benefit that has no direct correlation to the operation of the Company’s business.

Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes. The Company incurs non-cash interest expense related to its convertible notes. The Company excludes non-cash interest expense related to its convertible notes to provide more accurate comparisons of the Company’s results with other peer companies and to more accurately reflect the Company’s ongoing operations.

Income tax adjustments. For purposes of internal forecasting, planning and analyzing future periods that assume net income from operations, the Company estimates a fixed, long-term projected tax rate of approximately 24 percent for both 2021 and 2020, which consists of estimated U.S. federal and state tax rates, and excludes tax rates associated with certain items such as withholding tax, tax credits, deferred tax asset valuation allowance and the release of any deferred tax asset valuation allowance. Accordingly, the Company has applied these tax rates to its non-GAAP financial results for all periods in the relevant years to assist the Company’s planning.

On occasion in the future, there may be other items, such as significant gains or losses from contingencies that the Company may exclude in deriving its non-GAAP financial measures if it believes that doing so is consistent with the goal of providing useful information to investors and management.

About Rambus Inc.

Rambus is a provider of industry-leading chips and silicon IP making data faster and safer. With over 30 years of advanced semiconductor experience, we are a pioneer in high-performance memory subsystems that solve the bottleneck between memory and processing for data-intensive systems. Whether in the cloud, at the edge or in your hand, real-time and immersive applications depend on data throughput and integrity. Rambus products and innovations deliver the increased bandwidth, capacity and security required to meet the world’s data needs and drive ever-greater end-user experiences. For more information, visit rambus.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those relating to drivers of the Company’s topline growth, the Company’s ability to deliver ongoing profitable growth, and the Company’s outlook for the second quarter of 2021. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by the Company’s management. Actual results may differ materially. The Company’s business generally is subject to a number of risks which are described more fully in Rambus’ periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the potential adverse impacts related to, or arising from, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Contact

Rahul Mathur
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Rambus Inc.
(408) 462-8000
[email protected]

Rambus Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



March 31,
2021


December 31,
2020

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

109,554



$

136,146


Marketable securities

419,574



366,503


Accounts receivable

35,937



27,903


Unbilled receivables

137,729



138,813


Inventories

9,926



14,466


Prepaids and other current assets

11,616



15,881


Total current assets

724,336



699,712


Intangible assets, net

31,872



36,487


Goodwill

183,222



183,222


Property, plant and equipment, net

53,687



57,693


Operating lease right-of-use assets

27,214



28,708


Deferred tax assets

4,372



4,353


Unbilled receivables, long-term

207,016



236,699


Other assets

4,061



4,535


Total assets

$

1,235,780



$

1,251,409






LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

7,802



$

8,993


Accrued salaries and benefits

14,113



23,326


Deferred revenue

13,534



10,198


Income taxes payable, short-term

20,186



20,064


Operating lease liabilities

7,026



4,724


Other current liabilities

17,741



18,559


Total current liabilities

80,402



85,864


Long-term liabilities:




Convertible notes, long-term

157,905



156,031


Long-term operating lease liabilities

32,535



34,305


Long-term income taxes payable

36,391



41,333


Deferred tax liabilities

14,711



14,276


Other long-term liabilities

4,430



6,894


Total long-term liabilities

245,972



252,839


Total stockholders’ equity

909,406



912,706


Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,235,780



$

1,251,409


Rambus Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

March 31,


2021


2020

Revenue:




Royalties

$

28,859



$

21,482


Product revenue

30,781



30,728


Contract and other revenue

10,742



13,567


   Total revenue

70,382



65,777


Cost of revenue:




Cost of product revenue

11,410



10,343


Cost of contract and other revenue

1,556



1,198


Amortization of acquired intangible assets

4,386



4,344


   Total cost of revenue

17,352



15,885


Gross profit

53,030



49,892


Operating expenses:




Research and development

32,354



36,664


Sales, general and administrative

23,562



23,306


Amortization of acquired intangible assets

229



348


Restructuring charges

368



836


Change in fair value of earn-out liability



(1,800)


   Total operating expenses

56,513



59,354


Operating loss

(3,483)



(9,462)


Interest income and other income (expense), net

2,981



6,443


Interest expense

(2,614)



(2,555)


Interest and other income (expense), net

367



3,888


Loss before income taxes

(3,116)



(5,574)


Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

(503)



965


Net loss

$

(2,613)



$

(6,539)


Net loss per share:




Basic

$

(0.02)



$

(0.06)


Diluted

$

(0.02)



$

(0.06)


Weighted average shares used in per share calculation




Basic

112,211



112,907


Diluted

112,211



112,907


Rambus Inc.

Supplemental Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

March 31,


2021


2020

Cost of product revenue

$

11,410



$

10,343


Adjustment:




Stock-based compensation expense

(89)




Non-GAAP cost of product revenue

$

11,321



$

10,343






Total operating expenses

$

56,513



$

59,354


Adjustments:




Stock-based compensation expense

(6,501)



(6,072)


Acquisition-related costs and retention bonus expense

(655)



(1,577)


Amortization of acquired intangible assets

(229)



(348)


Restructuring charges

(368)



(836)


Expense on abandoned operating leases

(521)




Restatement and shareholder activist costs

(2,956)




Facility restoration costs



(411)


Change in fair value of earn-out liability



1,800


Non-GAAP total operating expenses

$

45,283



$

51,910






Interest and other income (expense), net

$

367



$

3,888


Adjustments:




Interest income related to significant financing component from fixed-fee patent and technology licensing arrangements

(2,842)



(4,437)


Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes

1,874



1,773


Non-GAAP interest and other income (expense), net

$

(601)



$

1,224






Rambus Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Forward-Looking Estimates to Non-GAAP Forward-Looking Estimates

(In millions)

(Unaudited)


2021 Second Quarter Outlook

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2021


Low


High

Forward-looking operating costs and expenses

$

73.7



$

69.7


Adjustments:




Stock-based compensation expense

(8.0)



(8.0)


Amortization of acquired intangible assets

 

(4.7)



(4.7)


Forward-looking Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses

$

61.0



$

57.0






Forward-looking interest and other income (expense), net

$

(0.5)



$

(0.5)


Adjustments:




Interest income related to significant financing component from fixed-fee patent and technology licensing arrangements

(2.4)



(2.4)


Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes

1.9



1.9


Forward-looking Non-GAAP interest and other income (expense), net

$

(1.0)



$

(1.0)


SOURCE Rambus Inc.

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