O2Micro Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

Jan 27, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Jan. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Operational and Strategic Highlights

  • O2Micro continues to lower operating expenses. Company lowers fiscal year 2015 operating expenses by $7.4 million on a year-over-year basis
  • Lower operating expense levels reflect new cash breakeven level estimate of $16.5-$17.5 million and new profitability breakeven level estimate of $18.5-$19.5 million on a quarterly basis
  • Expects revenue to be down 5 percent to up two percent sequentially in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016

O2Micro® International Limited (NASDAQ:OIIM), a global leader in the design, development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and solutions, reported its financial results today for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015, ending December 31, 2015.

Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter ending December 31, 2015:

O2Micro International Limited reported Q4 2015 revenue of $13.4 million. Revenue was down 2% sequentially and down 7% from the comparable year-ago quarter. The gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 50.4%. The gross margin was down from 52.0% in the prior quarter and down from 51.0% in the fourth quarter of 2014. The gross margin remains in our target range and varies primarily with revenue level and product mix. During the fourth quarter of 2015, the company recorded total GAAP operating expenses of $11.3 million, compared to $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $14.4 million in the year-ago Q4 period. The respective GAAP operating margins for the fourth quarter of 2015, the third quarter of 2015, and fourth quarter of 2014 were (34.1%), (25.0%), and (49.2%).

GAAP net loss was $12.8 million in Q4 2015. This compares to a GAAP net loss of $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2015 and a GAAP net loss of $6.0 million in Q4 2014. GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS was $0.50 in Q4 2015. This compares to a GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.09 in Q3 2015 and a GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.23 in Q4 2014.

Financial Highlights for the Twelve Months ending December 31, 2015:

O2Micro International Limited produced revenue of $54.8 million in 2015. Revenue was down by 13.8% from 2014 when the company reported revenue of $63.6 million. The gross margin in 2015 was 50.5%, compared to 51.5% in 2014. GAAP operating expenses totaled $42.1 million and $49.6 million in 2015 and 2014, respectively. The GAAP operating loss was $14.4 million in 2015 compared to a GAAP operating loss of $16.8 million in 2014. The corresponding GAAP operating margins were (26.3%) and (26.5%) in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Pretax loss from continuing operations was $16.5 million in 2015, compared to a pretax loss from continuing operations of $13.9 million in 2014. GAAP net loss in 2015 was $21.1 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $15.1 million in 2014. The corresponding GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS was $0.81 in 2015, compared to a GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.55 in 2014.

Supplementary Data:

The company ended the fourth quarter of 2015 with $52.4 million in unrestricted cash and short-term investments or $2.05 per outstanding ADS. The accounts receivable balance was $5.2 million and represented 41 days sales outstanding at the end of Q4 2015. Inventory was $9.7 million or 128 days and turned over 2.8 times during Q4 2015. As of December 31, 2015, the company had $57.7 million in working capital and the book value was $83.1 million, or $3.25 per outstanding ADS.

As of December 31, 2015, O2Micro International Limited counted 357 employees, including 194 engineers.

Management Commentary:

"We are very confident that our targets of penetrating the high end 4K TV market and the white-box smartphone and tablet markets, coupled with ongoing growth in our carefully chosen growth drivers including LED general lighting products and battery management products for the power tool market, will contribute to top-line growth in upcoming quarters and lead O2Micro back to profitability in the near future," said Sterling Du, O2Micro's Chairman and CEO. "Meanwhile, we are taking the necessary steps to focus our resources on our key customer accounts and key markets, as well as being financially focused on expense reduction management. "

Conference Call:  O2Micro will hold its fourth quarter conference call today, January 27, 2016, at 6:00 a.m. PST, 9:00 a.m. EST. You may participate using the following dial-in information.

In the US and CANADA:                     800-499-4035, pass code #4400544
INTERNATIONAL participants:             416-204-9269, pass code #4400544

A replay of the call will be available by phone for one week following the live call. The replay can be accessed using the following dial-in information.

In the US and CANADA:                    888-203-1112, pass code #4400544
INTERNATIONAL participants:            719-457-0820, pass code #4400544

A live webcast will also be available on the company website at www.o2micro.com, and an online replay will be available for one week.

About O2Micro

Founded in April 1995, O2Micro develops and markets innovative power management components for the Computer, Consumer, Industrial, Automotive and Communications markets. Products include LED General Lighting, Backlighting, Battery Management and Power Management.

O2Micro International maintains an extensive portfolio of intellectual property with over 1,600 patents issued Worldwide, and over 33,000 patent claims granted. The company maintains offices worldwide. Additional company and product information can be found on the company website at www.o2micro.com.

O2Micro, the O2Micro logo, and combinations thereof are registered trademarks of O2Micro. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Statements made in this release that are not historical, including statements regarding O2Micro or its management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other Federal Securities Laws. Such statements involve risks, speculation and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements or from management's current views and expectations. Risks and uncertainties in this release may include, without limitation, any one or combination of the following:  the effect of competitive and economic factors; real property value fluctuations and market demand; legal changes in any relevant rules and regulations pertaining to O2Micro's business; changes in technology and industry standards, and O2Micro's reaction to those factors; consumer and business buying decisions with respect to our customers' products incorporating O2Micro's products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of O2Micro to deliver to the marketplace, and stimulate customer demand therein, for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on O2Micro's gross margins; the inventory risk associated with O2Micro's need to order, or commit to order, product components and product capacity in advance of forecast customer orders; the continued availability of acceptable terms of certain components and services essential to O2Micro's business which are currently obtained by the company from sole or limited sources; the effect that O2Micro's dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity, availability or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with O2Mcro's international operations; the potential impact of a finding that O2Micro has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others, or that any third party may have infringed on O2Micro's intellectual property that may negatively affect O2Micro's business; O2Micro's legal classifications with governmental and regulatory agencies; O2Micro's dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers, independent sales representatives, and other resellers of O2Micro's products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on O2Micro's sales ability and operating profits; the ability of O2Micro to deliver its products in a timely fashion to its customers, and the possible negative ramifications if such is not possible; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings.

Actual results may differ materially due to numerous risk factors. Such risk factors are more fully enumerated in O2Micro's 20-F Annual Filings, Annual Report(s), 6-K's, the Form F-1 filed in connection with the company's initial public offering in August 2000, information posted on our website at www.o2micro.com, and other documents filed with the SEC, NASDAQ or any other public agency from time to time. The statements herein are based on dated information on the dates mentioned herein, which is subject to change. O2Micro assumes no obligation to update or revise the information provided on today, or any other forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other information that may arise. This information only speaks to the respective dates mentioned in said information.

 (In Thousand U.S. Dollars, Except Per Share Amounts)
 Three Months EndedYears Ended
     December 31,    December 31, 
     2015        2014        2015        2014    
NET SALES$  13,379  $  14,330  $  54,841  $  63,591  
COST OF SALES     6,636       7,028       27,145       30,856  
GROSS PROFIT     6,743       7,302       27,696       32,735  
Research and development (1)   5,487     8,296     18,493     24,625  
Selling, general and administrative (1)   5,814       6,057       23,632       24,933  
Total Operating Expenses     11,301       14,353       42,125       49,558  
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS   (4,558)    (7,051)    (14,429)    (16,823) 
Interest income   106     244     681     1,035  
Foreign exchange gain — net     39     415       730       589  
Impairment loss on long-term investments   (4,953)      -     (4,953)      -  
Gain on sale of real estate     -       458       767       458  
Other — net     394       375       749       868  
Total Non-operating Income (Loss)   (4,414)      1,492     (2,026)      2,950  
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX   (8,972)    (5,559)    (16,455)    (13,873) 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE     3,825       450       4,640       1,184  
NET LOSS   (12,797)    (6,009)    (21,095)    (15,057) 
Foreign currency translation adjustments   (192)    (696)    (1,945)    (1,416) 
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities   -     (166 )    -       (398) 
Unrealized pension (loss) gain     (4)      65       1       70  
Total Other Comprehensive Loss     (196)      (797)    (1,944)    (1,744) 
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS$(12,993) $  (6,806) $  (23,039) $  (16,801) 
BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER ADS$  (0.50) $  (0.23) $  (0.81) $  (0.55) 
Basic (in thousands)     25,627       26,690       26,029       27,249  
Diluted (in thousands)     25,627       26,690       26,029       27,249  
Research and development$    76  $    99  $    322  $    489  
Selling, general and administrative$    388  $    399  $    1,590  $    1,631  

(In Thousand U.S. Dollars, Except Share Amounts)
 December 31,December 31,
     2015           2014    
Cash and cash equivalents$    41,199  $    41,069 
Restricted cash       31         164 
Short-term investments       11,233         21,481 
Accounts receivable — net       5,197         6,789 
Inventories       9,662         8,642 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       1,126         1,308 
Assets held for sale       1,956         - 
Total Current Assets       70,404         79,453 
LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS       9,304         14,754 
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT — NET     14,011       19,363 
OTHER ASSETS       2,489       3,168 
TOTAL ASSETS$      96,208  $    116,738 
Notes and accounts payable$      3,333  $      2,131 
Income tax payable       2,245         650 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities       7,102         6,049 
Total Current Liabilities       12,680         8,830 
Accrued pension liabilities   272     293 
Other liabilities     139       349 
Total Other Long-Term Liabilities   411     642 
Total Liabilities       13,091         9,472 
Preference shares at $0.00002 par value per share  
  Authorized — 250,000,000 shares       -         - 
Ordinary shares at $0.00002 par value per share  
  Authorized — 4,750,000,000 shares  
  Issued — 1,660,786,600 shares
  Outstanding —1,278,661,400 and 1,327,260,450 shares as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively
       33         33 
Additional paid-in capital   141,886     141,229 
Accumulated deficits   (38,386)    (17,291)
Accumulated other comprehensive income   4,824     6,768 
Treasury stock — 382,125,200 and 333,526,150 shares as of December 31, 2015 and  
  2014, respectively
   (25,240)    (23,473 )
Total Shareholders' Equity       83,117         107,266 


Contact Information:
Scott L. Anderson
Director of Investor Relations, O2Micro
Phone: 408.987.5920, x8888
Email:  scott.anderson@o2micro.com