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Pixelworks Reports Fourth Quarter 2008 Financial Results
Operations Generate $15 Million Cash Flow in 2008

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PXLW), an innovative provider of powerful video and pixel processing technology, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008.

Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was $18.9 million, down 12% sequentially from $21.5 million in the third quarter of 2008 and down 30% from $27.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

GAAP gross profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2008 was 47.7 percent, at the high end of management guidance, compared with 53.3 percent in the third quarter of 2008 and 48.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 non-GAAP gross profit margin was 52.7 percent, compared with 56.6 percent in the third quarter of 2008 and 51.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Fourth quarter 2008 GAAP operating expenses were $11.1 million, relatively unchanged from $11.0 million in the third quarter of 2008 and down 44% from $19.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. GAAP operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2008 included $0.6 million in restructuring charges related to termination benefits paid in connection with a 5% reduction-in-force that the Company implemented in January 2009, and $0.4 million in stock-based compensation expense. Third quarter 2008 GAAP operating expenses included $0.1 million in restructuring charges and $0.4 million in stock-based compensation expense; and fourth quarter 2007 GAAP operating expenses included $6.2 million in restructuring charges, $1.5 million in stock-based compensation expense and $0.1 million in other non-cash expenses.

Non-GAAP operating expenses of $10.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 were at the low end of management guidance, and were down 4% from $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2008 and down 15% from $11.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The year-over-year decreases in GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses were a result of the Company’s previously completed restructuring actions.

Fourth quarter 2008 GAAP net loss was $(4.6) million, or $(0.34) per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.2 million, or $0.56 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2008 and net loss of $(6.4) million, or $(0.42) per share in the fourth quarter of 2007. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company recorded net loss of $(0.7) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2008, compared with net income of $0.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2008 and net income of $2.3 million, or $0.15 per share in the fourth quarter of 2007. Non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2008 excludes a net gain of $8.1 million realized on the repurchase of $29.1 million of the Company’s convertible subordinated debentures during the quarter. Income and loss per share amounts in prior periods have been adjusted to reflect the Company’s June 4, 2008 reverse stock split.

GAAP net income increased to $8.5 million, or $0.59 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2008, compared with GAAP net loss of $(30.9) million, or $(1.92) per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2007. Non-GAAP net income increased to $3.8 million, or $0.26 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2008, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $(8.3) million, or $(0.52) per share for the year ended December 31, 2007.

Decreased operating expenses and higher gross profit margin in 2008 enabled the Company to generate positive cash flow from operations of approximately $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 and approximately $15.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. The fourth quarter of 2008 was the Company’s fifth consecutive quarter of positive cash flow from operations.

Under the previously announced stock repurchase program, the Company repurchased approximately 594,000 shares of its common stock during the fourth quarter of 2008.

“2008 was a year of significant progress for Pixelworks. With the introduction of leading new products, key senior management additions, and substantial strengthening of our financial position, Pixelworks now has the key components in place to capitalize on exciting trends in the video display market. Significant traction with some of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers in 2008 highlights strong customer acceptance of our new products and validates our product strategy,” said Bruce Walicek, President and CEO of Pixelworks. “While we enter 2009 as a much stronger company, the global economic crisis is having a significant impact on our customer base, and as a consequence our visibility into future periods is severely reduced. In response to this challenging environment, we have acted quickly to initiate restructuring actions and reduce our costs. We remain proactive in managing our expenses and focusing on crisp execution of our product roadmaps.”

Business Outlook for First Quarter 2009

The following statements are based on the Company’s current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of any investments outside the ordinary course of business, mergers or acquisitions that may be completed after December 31, 2008 or other future events. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute a suggestion by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statements are material. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in this release will not be realized.

The Company expects to record GAAP net loss per share in the first quarter of 2009 of ($0.22) to $(0.42) and to record non-GAAP net loss per share of $(0.13) to $(0.33), based on the following estimates:

  • The Company anticipates first quarter revenue of $10.0 million to $13.0 million. Revenue is highly dependent on a number of factors including, but not limited to, general economic conditions, levels of inventory at distributors and customers, seasonality in the consumer electronics market, consumer confidence and spending, timely customer transition to new product designs, new product introductions, the Company’s ability to secure additional design wins, and production yields.
  • GAAP gross profit margin of approximately 35 to 40 percent. Non-GAAP gross profit margin of approximately 42 to 46 percent. Gross profit margin may be higher or lower than expected due to many factors including, but not limited to, revenue levels and product mix, new product yields, changes in estimated product costs, competitive pricing actions, and inventory reserve changes.
  • GAAP operating expenses of $9.5 million to $10.5 million and non-GAAP operating expenses of $9.0 million to $10.0 million.
  • Interest expense, net of $200,000 on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.
  • A benefit for income tax of $1.5 million on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

Conference Call Information

Pixelworks will host a conference call today at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, which can be accessed by calling 617-614-3926 and using passcode 42526764. A Web broadcast of the call can be accessed by visiting the Company’s investor page at www.pixelworks.com. For those unable to listen to the live Web broadcast, it will be archived for 30 days. A replay of the conference call will also be available through midnight on February 4, 2009, and can be accessed by calling 617-801-6888 and using passcode 31960331.

About Pixelworks, Inc.

Pixelworks, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is an innovative designer, developer and marketer of video and pixel processing technology semiconductors and software for high-end digital video applications. At design centers in Shanghai and San Jose, Pixelworks engineers push pixel performance to new levels for leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and professional displays worldwide.

For more information, please visit the Company’s Web site at www.pixelworks.com.

Note: Pixelworks® and the Pixelworks logo® are trademarks of Pixelworks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release makes reference to non-GAAP gross profit margins, non-GAAP operating expenses and non-GAAP net income (loss), which exclude gains on the repurchase of long-term debt, other-than-temporary impairments of a marketable security, other income, restructuring charges, acquisition-related items, stock-based compensation expense and accelerated amortization of a non-cancelable prepaid royalty, all of which are required under GAAP. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide a meaningful perspective on its underlying cash flow dynamics, but cautions investors to consider these measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, its consolidated financial results as presented in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is included in this earnings release which is available in the investor relations section of the Company’s website.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains statements, including the statements in Bruce Walicek’s quote and the “Business Outlook for First Quarter 2009” section above, that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the federal Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company’s business. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual results could vary materially from the description contained herein due to many factors including those described above and the following: current global economic challenges, changes in the multimedia projector, advanced television, advanced media processor, and LCD panel and monitor markets; competitive factors, such as rival chip architectures, introduction or traction by competing designs, or pricing pressures; changes in customer ordering patterns or lead times; seasonality in the consumer electronics market; new product yield rates; supply of products from third party foundries; the success of our products in expanded markets; our efforts to maintain profitability and a positive EBITDA; insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory and variations in inventory valuation; changes in the recoverability of intangible assets and long lived assets; and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

The forward-looking statements we make today, speak as of today, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any such statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today. Please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and subsequent SEC filings for a description of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the preliminary results announced.

PIXELWORKS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec. 31, 2008 Sept. 30, 2008 Dec. 31, 2007 Dec. 31, 2008 Dec. 31, 2007
 
Revenue, net $ 18,916 $ 21,479 $ 26,970 $ 85,164 $ 105,980
Cost of revenue (1)   9,901     10,028     13,826     42,529     59,273  
Gross profit 9,015 11,451 13,144 42,635 46,707
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development (2) 6,121 6,476 8,180 26,512 38,792
Selling, general and administrative (3) 4,355 4,413 5,202 17,945 25,437
Restructuring 618 121 6,237 1,589 13,285
Amortization of acquired intangible assets   -     -     90     164     359  
Total operating expenses   11,094     11,010     19,709     46,210     77,873  
Income (loss) from operations (2,079 ) 441 (6,565 ) (3,575 ) (31,166 )
 
Other-than-temporary impairment of marketable security (1,400 ) - - (7,890 ) -
Interest expense (296 ) (343 ) (639 ) (1,631 ) (2,642 )
Interest income 161 405 1,361 2,102 5,786
Amortization of debt issuance costs (72 ) (83 ) (165 ) (426 ) (661 )
Gain on repurchase of long-term debt, net - 8,113 - 19,670 -
Other income   -     -     -     218     -  
Interest and other income, net   (1,607 )   8,092     557     12,043     2,483  
Income (loss) before income taxes (3,686 ) 8,533 (6,008 ) 8,468 (28,683 )
 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   940     314     441     (8 )   2,237  
 
Net income (loss) $ (4,626 ) $ 8,219   $ (6,449 ) $ 8,476   $ (30,920 )
 
Net income (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.34 ) $ 0.57   $ (0.42 ) $ 0.59   $ (1.92 )
Diluted $ (0.34 ) $ 0.56   $ (0.42 ) $ 0.59   $ (1.92 )
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   13,716     14,383     15,431     14,399     16,069  
Diluted   13,716     15,399     15,431     14,410     16,069  
 
       

(1)

 

Includes:
Amortization of acquired developed technology $ 705 $ 705 $ 705 $ 2,820 $ 2,820
Accelerated amortization of non-cancelable prepaid royalty 144 - - 144 -
Restructuring 91 - 25 91 172
Stock-based compensation 12 8 28 58 98

(2)

 

Includes stock-based compensation 175 177 602 1,250 2,320

(3)

 

Includes stock-based compensation 233 227 894 1,198 3,527
PIXELWORKS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION *
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended

Dec. 31,

2008

Sept. 30,

2008

Dec. 31,

2007

Dec. 31,

2008

Dec. 31,

2007

Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit
 
GAAP gross profit $ 9,015 $ 11,451 $ 13,144 $ 42,635 $ 46,707
 
Amortization of acquired developed technology 705 705 705 2,820 2,820
Accelerated amortization of non-cancelable prepaid royalty 144 - - 144 -
Restructuring 91 - 25 91 172
Stock-based compensation   12     8     28     58     98  
Total reconciling items included in cost of revenue   952     713     758     3,113     3,090  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 9,967   $ 12,164   $ 13,902   $ 45,748   $ 49,797  
 
Non-GAAP gross profit margin   52.7 %   56.6 %   51.5 %   53.7 %   47.0 %
 
Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses
 
GAAP operating expenses $ 11,094 $ 11,010 $ 19,709 $ 46,210 $ 77,873
 
Reconciling item included in research and development:
Stock-based compensation 175 177 602 1,250 2,320
Reconciling item included in selling, general and administrative:
Stock-based compensation 233 227 894 1,198 3,527
Restructuring 618 121 6,237 1,589 13,285
Amortization of acquired intangible assets   -     -     90     164     359  
Total reconciling items included in operating expenses   1,026     525     7,823     4,201     19,491  
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 10,068   $ 10,485   $ 11,886   $ 42,009   $ 58,382  
 
Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP net income (loss)
 
GAAP net income (loss) $ (4,626 ) $ 8,219 $ (6,449 ) $ 8,476 $ (30,920 )
 
Reconciling items included in cost of revenue 952 713 758 3,113 3,090
Reconciling items included in operating expenses 1,026 525 7,823 4,201 19,491
Other than temporary impairment of marketable security 1,400 - - - 7,890 - -
Gain on repurchase of long-term debt, net - (8,113 ) - - (19,670 ) - -
Other income - - - - (218 ) - -
Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments   596     (596 )   123     -     -  
 
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ (652 ) $ 748   $ 2,255   $ 3,792   $ (8,339 )
 
Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted $ (0.05 ) $ 0.05   $ 0.15   $ 0.26   $ (0.52 )
 
Non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding
Basic   13,716     14,383     15,431     14,399     16,069  
Diluted   13,716     14,392     15,452     14,410     16,069  
 
                         

* Our non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share differs from GAAP gross profit, GAAP operating expenses, GAAP net income (loss) and GAAP net income (loss) per share due to the exclusion of gains on the repurchase of long-term debt, other-than-temporary impairments of a marketable security, other income, restructuring charges, acquisition-related items, stock-based compensation expense and accelerated amortization of a non-cancelable prepaid royalty.  Pixelworks' management believes the presentation of non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share provides useful information to investors regarding Pixelworks' results of operations by allowing investors to better evaluate underlying cash flow dynamics.  Pixelworks' management also uses each of these non-GAAP measures internally to better evaluate underlying cash flow dynamics.  Pixelworks, however, cautions investors to consider these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, our GAAP financial measures.

PIXELWORKS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
December 31, December 31,
  2008   2007  
 
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 53,149 $ 74,572
Short-term marketable securities 8,058 34,581
Accounts receivable, net 6,149 6,223
Inventories, net 4,981 11,265
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,381   3,791  
Total current assets 75,718 130,432
 
Long-term marketable securities 2,110 9,804
Property and equipment, net 5,187 6,148
Other assets, net 4,639 6,902
Debt issuance costs, net 692 2,260
Acquired intangible assets, net   3,386   6,370  
Total assets $ 91,732 $ 161,916  
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 4,215 $ 3,992
Accrued liabilities and current portion of long-term liabilities 8,921 13,848
Current portion of income taxes payable   137   232  
Total current liabilities 13,273 18,072
 
Long-term liabilities, net of current portion 2,035 1,236
Income taxes payable, net of current portion 10,581 10,635
Long-term debt   60,634   140,000  
Total liabilities 86,523 169,943
 
Shareholders' equity (deficit)   5,209   (8,027 )
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 91,732 $ 161,916  

Source: Pixelworks, Inc.

Pixelworks, Inc.
Steven Moore, 408-200-9221
smoore@pixelworks.com