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Ambarella, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2024

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), an edge AI semiconductor company, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2024 ended October 31, 2023.

  • Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was $50.6 million, down 39% from $83.1 million in the same period in fiscal 2023. For the nine months ended October 31, 2023, revenue was $174.9 million, down 31% from $254.3 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2022.
  • Gross margin under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was 59.3%, compared with 62.2% for the same period in fiscal 2023. For the nine months ended October 31, 2023, GAAP gross margin was 60.6%, compared with 62.6% for the nine months ended October 31, 2022.
  • GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was $41.7 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $1.04, compared with GAAP net loss of $19.8 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $0.51, for the same period in fiscal 2023. GAAP net loss for the nine months ended October 31, 2023 was $108.8 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $2.74. This compares with GAAP net loss of $54.3 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $1.42, for the nine months ended October 31, 2022.

Financial results on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 are as follows:

  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was 62.6%, compared with 63.5% for the same period in fiscal 2023. For the nine months ended October 31, 2023, non-GAAP gross margin was 63.5%, compared with 64.0% for the nine months ended October 31, 2022.
  • Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was $11.2 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $0.28. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $9.5 million, or earnings per diluted ordinary share of $0.24, for the same period in fiscal 2023. Non-GAAP net loss for the nine months ended October 31, 2023 was $23.2 million, or loss per diluted ordinary share of $0.59. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $34.1 million, or earnings per diluted ordinary share of $0.88, for the nine months ended October 31, 2022.

Based on information available as of today, Ambarella is offering the following guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024, ending January 31, 2024:

  • Revenue is expected to be between $50.0 million and $53.0 million.
  • Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis is expected to be between 62.0% and 63.0%.
  • Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis are expected to be between $45.0 million and $48.0 million.

Ambarella reports gross margin, net income (loss) and earnings (losses) per share in accordance with GAAP and, additionally, on a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP financial information excludes the impact of stock-based compensation, acquisition-related costs and restructuring expense adjusted for the associated tax impact, which includes the effect of any benefits or shortfalls recognized. Non-GAAP financial information also excludes the impact of the release of a valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets. A reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP gross margin, net income (loss) and earnings (losses) per share for the periods presented, as well as a description of the items excluded from the non-GAAP calculations, is included in the financial statements portion of this press release.

Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable debt securities on hand at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was $222.3 million, compared with $216.5 million at the end of the prior quarter and $199.0 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2023.

“Our customers appear to be making progress with their inventory reduction efforts and we expect to return to revenue growth in Fiscal 2025,” said Fermi Wang, President and CEO. “We remain determined and focused on our strategic R&D priorities for the introduction of a portfolio of SoCs and software targeting more sophisticated AI inference workloads. Our 5nm SoCs are progressing well; CV5 the flagship of our CV2 family is forecasted to generate meaningful revenue in Fiscal 2025, we have received first silicon of CV3-AD685, the flagship of our CV3 platform, and we plan to demonstrate this to customers in December.”

Quarterly Conference Call

Ambarella plans to hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today with Fermi Wang, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian White, Chief Financial Officer, to discuss the third quarter of fiscal year 2024 results. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on Ambarella’s website at http://www.ambarella.com/ for up to 30 days after the call.

About Ambarella

Ambarella’s products are used in a wide variety of human vision and edge AI applications, including video security, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), electronic mirror, drive recorder, driver/cabin monitoring, autonomous driving and robotics applications. Ambarella’s low-power systems-on-chip (SoCs) offer high-resolution video compression, advanced image and radar processing, and powerful deep neural network processing to enable intelligent perception, fusion and planning. For more information, please visit www.ambarella.com.

“Safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts and often can be identified by terms such as “outlook,” “projected,” “intends,” “will,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “believes,” “could,” “should,” or similar expressions, including the guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024 ending January 31, 2024, and the comments of our CEO relating to our customers’ efforts to reduce inventory, our anticipated future return to revenue growth in fiscal year 2025, our progress with commercializing our CV5 and CV3-AD685 SoCs, and our projected revenue growth in the automotive market, including our ability to achieve revenue levels associated with our projected six-year automotive funnel. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of our future performance.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to, global economic and political conditions, including possible trade tariffs and restrictions; revenue being generated from new customers or design wins, neither of which is assured; the commercial success of our customers’ products; our customers’ ability to manage their inventory requirements; our growth strategy; our ability to anticipate future market demands and future needs of our customers, particularly for AI computer vision applications; our ability to introduce, and to generate revenue from, new and enhanced solutions; our ability to develop, and to generate revenue from, new advanced technologies, such as computer vision and AI functionality; our ability to retain and expand customer relationships and to achieve design wins; the expansion of our current markets and our ability to successfully enter new markets, such as the OEM automotive and robotics markets; anticipated trends and challenges, including competition, in the markets in which we operate; risks associated with global health conditions and associated risk mitigation measures; our ability to effectively manage growth; our ability to retain key employees; and the potential for intellectual property disputes or other litigation.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results is included in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of fiscal 2024, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information will also be set forth in the company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K and other filings the company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the Investor Relations portion of our web site at www.ambarella.com or the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. The results we report in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2023 could differ from the preliminary results announced in this press release.

Ambarella assumes no obligation and does not intend to update the forward-looking statements made in this press release, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company has provided in this release non-GAAP financial information, including non-GAAP gross margin, net income (loss), and earnings (losses) per share, as a supplement to the condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Non-GAAP financial information excludes the impact of stock-based compensation, acquisition-related costs and restructuring expense adjusted for the associated tax impact, which includes the effect of any benefits or shortfalls recognized. Non-GAAP financial information also excludes the impact of the release of a valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing the company’s financial results to assess operational performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Further, the company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics that the company uses in making operating decisions and because the company believes that investors and analysts use them to help assess the health of its business and for comparison to other companies. The company’s definitions of its non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the definitions used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited, and other companies may not publish these non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP results are presented for supplemental informational purposes only for understanding the company’s operating results. The non-GAAP information should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

With respect to its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2024, the company has provided below reconciliations of its non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. With respect to the company’s expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024, a reconciliation of the company’s guidance for non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating expenses to the closest corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts due to the high variability and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

AMBARELLA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
2023 2022 2023 2022
Revenue $ 50,595 $ 83,096 $ 174,858 $ 254,285
Cost of revenue 20,612 31,418 68,894 94,996
Gross profit 29,983 51,678 105,964 159,289
Operating expenses:
Research and development 53,702 52,864 163,060 151,892
Selling, general and administrative 18,246 18,944 55,750 58,213
Total operating expenses 71,948 71,808 218,810 210,105
Loss from operations (41,965 ) (20,130 ) (112,846 ) (50,816 )
Other income, net 1,900 1,433 3,923 1,493
Loss before income taxes (40,065 ) (18,697 ) (108,923 ) (49,323 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 1,645 1,112 (113 ) 4,958
Net loss $ (41,710 ) $ (19,809 ) $ (108,810 ) $ (54,281 )
Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:
Basic $ (1.04 ) $ (0.51 ) $ (2.74 ) $ (1.42 )
Diluted $ (1.04 ) $ (0.51 ) $ (2.74 ) $ (1.42 )
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share
attributable to ordinary shareholders:
Basic 40,053,251 38,582,584 39,710,248 38,185,421
Diluted 40,053,251 38,582,584 39,710,248 38,185,421

The following tables present details of stock-based compensation, acquisition-related costs and restructuring expense included in each functional line item in the condensed consolidated statements of operations above:

Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
2023 2022 2023 2022
(unaudited, in thousands)
Stock-based compensation:
Cost of revenue $ 868 $ 360 $ 2,694 $ 1,071
Research and development 17,898 18,741 54,809 53,775
Selling, general and administrative 8,643 9,000 25,293 27,205
Total stock-based compensation $ 27,409 $ 28,101 $ 82,796 $ 82,051
Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
2023 2022 2023 2022
(unaudited, in thousands)
Acquisition-related costs:
Cost of revenue $ 757 $ 757 $ 2,271 $ 2,271
Research and development
Selling, general and administrative 520 520 1,560 1,578
Total acquisition-related costs $ 1,277 $ 1,277 $ 3,831 $ 3,849
Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
2023 2022 2023 2022
(unaudited, in thousands)
Restructuring expense:
Cost of revenue $ 66 $ $ 66 $
Research and development 672 672
Selling, general and administrative 114 114
Total restructuring expense $ 852 $ $ 852 $

The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 3.3% and 1.3%, or $1.7 million and $1.1 million, for the three months ended October 31, 2023 and October 31, 2022, respectively. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 2.9% and 1.4%, or $5.0 million and $3.3 million, for the nine months ended October 31, 2023 and October 31, 2022, respectively. The differences were due to the effect of stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related costs and restructuring expense.

AMBARELLA, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSSES) PER SHARE
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
2023 2022 2023 2022
(unaudited)
GAAP net loss $ (41,710 ) $ (19,809 ) $ (108,810 ) $ (54,281 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Stock-based compensation expense 27,409 28,101 82,796 82,051
Acquisition-related costs 1,277 1,277 3,831 3,849
Restructuring expense 852 852
Income tax effect 994 (104 ) (1,910 ) 2,525
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ (11,178 ) $ 9,465 $ (23,241 ) $ 34,144
GAAP – diluted weighted average shares 40,053,251 38,582,584 39,710,248 38,185,421
Non-GAAP – diluted weighted average shares 40,053,251 39,090,050 39,710,248 38,967,335
GAAP – diluted net loss per share $ (1.04 ) $ (0.51 ) $ (2.74 ) $ (1.42 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Stock-based compensation expense 0.68 0.73 2.08 2.15
Acquisition-related costs 0.03 0.03 0.10 0.10
Restructuring expense 0.02 0.02
Income tax effect 0.03 (0.05 ) 0.07
Effect of Non-GAAP – diluted weighted average shares (0.01 ) (0.02 )
Non-GAAP – diluted net income (loss) per share $ (0.28 ) $ 0.24 $ (0.59 ) $ 0.88
AMBARELLA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
October 31, January 31,
2023 2023
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 143,787 $ 113,541
Marketable debt securities 78,549 93,322
Accounts receivable, net 22,968 51,987
Inventories 30,783 40,486
Restricted cash 7 8
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,728 5,288
Total current assets 279,822 304,632
Property and equipment, net 10,917 11,814
Deferred tax assets, non-current 22,952 19,276
Intangible assets, net 58,805 58,497
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net 5,760 8,339
Goodwill 303,625 303,625
Other non-current assets 2,748 4,012
Total assets $ 684,629 $ 710,195
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable 9,298 17,845
Accrued and other current liabilities 57,991 56,655
Operating lease liabilities, current 3,553 3,539
Income taxes payable 2,391 4,112
Deferred revenue, current 2,596 1,311
Total current liabilities 75,829 83,462
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 2,316 5,097
Other long-term liabilities 14,696 15,548
Total liabilities 92,841 104,107
Shareholders’ equity:
Preference shares
Ordinary shares 18 18
Additional paid-in capital 667,313 572,076
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,219 ) (492 )
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (74,324 ) 34,486
Total shareholders’ equity 591,788 606,088
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 684,629 $ 710,195

Contact:

Louis Gerhardy
408.636.2310
lgerhardy@ambarella.com

Ambarella

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