O2Micro Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Financial Results

Jan 25, 2017

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Jan. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Operational and Strategic Highlights:

  • Q4 of 2016 was profitable.

  • Significant design wins have translated to increasing revenue.

  • Gross margins improved 1.5% sequentially.

  • We remain optimistic about our growth drivers, including products for the TV backlighting market and battery management products for power tools.

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 2016, ending December 31, 2016.

Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter ending December 31, 2016:
O2Micro International Limited reported Q4 2016 revenue of $15.9 million. Revenue was up 10.1 % sequentially and up 18.9% from the comparable year-ago quarter. The gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2016 was 54.1%. The gross margin was up from 52.6% in the prior quarter and up from 50.4% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The gross margin remains in our target range and varies primarily with revenue level and product mix. During the fourth quarter of 2016, the company recorded total GAAP operating expenses of $9.0 million, compared to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2016 and $11.3 million in the year-ago Q4 period. The respective GAAP operating margins for the fourth quarter of 2016, the third quarter of 2016, and fourth quarter of 2015 were (2.4%), (7.6%), and (34.1%).

GAAP net income was $12,000 in Q4 2016. This compares to a GAAP net income of $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a GAAP net loss of $12.8 million in Q4 2015. GAAP net income per fully diluted ADS was $0.00 in Q4 2016. This compares to a GAAP net income per fully diluted ADS of $0.05 in Q3 2016 and a GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.50 in Q4 2015.

Financial Highlights for the Twelve Months ending December 31, 2016:

O2 Micro International Limited produced revenue of $56.6 million in 2016. Revenue was up by 3.1% from 2015 when the company reported revenue of $54.8 million. The gross margin in 2016 was 51.7%, compared to 50.5% in 2015. GAAP operating expenses totaled $35.1 million and $42.1 million in 2016 and 2015, respectively. The GAAP operating loss was $5.9 million in 2016 compared to a GAAP operating loss of $14.4 million in 2015. The corresponding GAAP operating margins were (10.4%) and (26.3%) in 2016 and 2015, respectively.  GAAP net loss in 2016 was $3 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $21.1 million in 2015. The corresponding GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS was $0.12 in 2016, compared to a GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.81 in 2015.

Supplementary Data:

The company ended the fourth quarter of 2016 with $52.9 million in unrestricted cash and short-term investments or $2.07 per outstanding ADS. The accounts receivable balance was $7.2 million and represented 39 days sales outstanding at the end of Q4 2016. Inventory was $9.3 million or 110 days and turned over 3.3 times during Q4 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the company had $61.9 million in working capital and the book value was $80.8 million, or $3.16 per outstanding ADS. As of December 31, 2016, O2Micro International Limited counted 363 employees, including 202 engineers.

Management Commentary:
"Fourth quarter 2016 financial results were within the range of the improved guidance that we provided on January 4th as we continue to focus on our business objectives," said Sterling Du, O2Micro's Chairman and CEO. "Our Q1 2017 revenue guidance reflects design ramp ups and seasonality expectations along with Inventory related corrections. Our high potential growth drivers for the consumer and industrial end markets will continue to be in Television/Monitor backlighting, power tools, household appliances, LED lighting, and smartphones. Our customers have responded favorably to our product lines and we expect these products will lead us back to profitability and long term shareholder value."

Conference Call:
O2Micro will hold its fourth quarter conference call today, January 25, 2017, at 6:00AM. Pacific, 9:00AM Eastern. You may participate using the following dial-in information.

Conference ID 6057192
In the US and CANADA: 800-768-6544
INTERNATIONAL participants: 785-830-7990
Conference ID 6057192

A replay of the call will be available by phone for one week by visiting https://event.mymeetingroom.com/Public/WebRegistration/Y29uZmVyZW5jZUlkPTY0NzE2OTQmdHlwZT1yZXBsYXkmbGFuZ3VhZ2U9ZW5nbGlzaA==

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. 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 O2Micro'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,
     2016        2015        2016        2015   
NET SALES$15,909  $13,379  $56,561  $54,841 
COST OF SALES 7,302   6,636   27,317   27,145 
GROSS PROFIT 8,607   6,743   29,244   27,696 
Research and development (1) 4,118   5,487   15,645   18,493 
Selling, general and administrative (1) 4,866   5,814   19,481   23,632 
Litigation income -   -   (23)  - 
Total Operating Expenses 8,984   11,301   35,103   42,125 
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (377)  (4,558)  (5,859)  (14,429)
Interest income 77   106   301   681 
Foreign exchange gain — net 367   39   63   730 
Impairment loss on long-term investments -   (4,953)  -   (4,953)
Gain on sale of real estate -   -   1,725   767 
Gain on sale of long-term investments -   -   936   8 
Other — net 283   394   906   741 
Total Non-operating Income (Loss) 727   (4,414)  3,931   (2,026)
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX 350   (8,972)  (1,928)  (16,455)
INCOME TAX EXPENSE 338   3,825   1,058   4,640 
NET INCOME (LOSS) 12   (12,797)  (2,986)  (21,095)
Foreign currency translation adjustments (905)  (192)  (397)  (1,945)
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities -   -   1   - 
Unrealized pension (loss) gain (14)  (4)  (13)  1 
Total Other Comprehensive Loss (919)  (196)  (409)  (1,944)
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS$(907) $(12,993) $(3,395) $(23,039)
Basic$-  $(0.50) $(0.12) $(0.81)
Diluted$-  $(0.50) $(0.12) $(0.81)
Basic (in thousands) 25,592   25,627   25,643   26,029 
Diluted (in thousands) 26,050   25,627   25,643   26,029 
Research and development$52  $76  $231  $322 
Selling, general and administrative$320  $388  $1,375  $1,590 

(In Thousand U.S. Dollars, Except Share Amounts)
 December 31,
 December 31,
     2016         2015      
Cash and cash equivalents$31,332  $41,199 
Restricted cash 32   31 
Short-term investments 21,532   11,233 
Accounts receivable — net 7,205   5,197 
Inventories 9,275   9,662 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,106   1,100 
Assets held for sale -   1,956 
Total Current Assets 70,482   70,378 
OTHER ASSETS 2,218   2,515 
TOTAL ASSETS$90,689  $96,208 
Notes and accounts payable$4,329  $3,333 
Income tax payable 180   2,245 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 4,102   4,896 
Total Current Liabilities 8,611   10,474 
Accrued pension liabilities 281   272 
Deferred income tax liabilities 930   2,206 
Other liabilities 83   139 
Total Other Long-Term Liabilities 1,294   2,617 
Total Liabilities 9,905   13,091 
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 — 1,669,036,600 and 1,660,786,600 shares as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively
Outstanding —1,279,124,900 and 1,278,661,400 shares as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively
 33   33 
Additional paid-in capital 142,738   141,886 
Accumulated deficits (41,372)  (38,386)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,415   4,824 
Treasury stock — 389,911,700 and 382,125,200 shares as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively (25,030)  (25,240)
Total Shareholders' Equity 80,784   83,117 

Contact Information: 
Investor Relations, O2Micro 
Phone: 408.987.5920, x8888