Arteris Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter 2021 and Estimated Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Guidance

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CAMPBELL, Calif., Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arteris, Inc. (Arteris or Arteris IP), a leading provider of network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect and other intellectual property (IP) technology that manages the on-chip communications in system-on-chip (SoC) semiconductor devices, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021 as well as estimated fourth quarter and full year 2021 guidance.

“We continued our strong momentum in the third quarter with revenue increasing 39% year-over year. Demand for our products within the machine learning and automotive sectors remains strong as semiconductor manufacturers accelerate their designs for autonomous driving applications,” said K. Charles Janac, president and CEO of Arteris IP. “Demand for Arteris solutions continues to strengthen as increasing complexity of SoC creation, combined with tighter time-to-market requirements creates the need for best-in-class solutions. We remain excited about the significant opportunity ahead and believe Arteris is well positioned to drive increasing customer value in the years to come.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Annual Contract Value (ACV) and Trailing-twelve-month (TTM) royalties of $45.6 million, up 21% year-over-year

  • Revenue of $9.0 million, up 39% year-over-year

  • Remaining performance obligation (RPO) of $50.6 million, up 48% year-over-year

  • Operating loss of $4.5 million or 50% of revenue

  • Non-GAAP operating loss of $4.0 million or 44% of revenue

  • Net loss of $5.0 million or $0.24 per share

  • Non-GAAP net loss of $4.4 million or $0.21 per share

  • Non-GAAP free cash flow of $(4.5) million or (50)% of revenue

Third Quarter 2021 Business Highlights:

  • Announced pricing of our initial public offering for gross proceeds of $80.5 million, including the exercise of the underwriters’ overallotment option

  • Ended the quarter with 179 active customers, increasing 72% year-over-year

  • 22 designs starts in the third quarter, increasing 69% year over year, across all major verticals

  • Launched the Arteris® Harmony Trace™ Design Data Intelligence Solution to ease compliance with semiconductor industry functional safety and quality standards

  • FlexNoC® Interconnect licensed by Eyenix for AI-enabled imaging / digital camera SoC

  • Announced 4D LiDAR pioneer Aeva as our 200th customer

  • FlexNoC® Interconnect licensed for use in SK Telecom SAPEON AI chips

Estimated Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Guidance:

Q4 2021

FY 2021

(in millions, except %)

ACV + TTM royalties

$48.5 - $50.0

$48.5 - $50.0

Revenue

$10.0 - $11.1

$36.3 - $37.5

Non-GAAP operating loss (%)

32% - 54%

40% - 50%

Free cash flow (%)

(52)% - (37)%

(35)% - (20)%

The guidance provided above are forward-looking statements and reflect our expectations as of today's date. Actual results may differ materially. Refer to the "Forward-Looking Statements" below for information on the factors, among others, that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating loss margin, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, free cash flow and free cash flow margin are non-GAAP financial measures. Additional information on Arteris’ historic reported results, including a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP measures, is included in the financial tables below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures reported above to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty of expenses that may be incurred in the future, although it is important to note that these factors could be material to Arteris' results computed in accordance with GAAP.

Definitions of the other business metrics used in this press release including ACV, customers and customer retention, design starts and RPO are included below under the heading “Other Business Metrics.”

Conference Call

Arteris will host a conference call today on November 30, 2021 to review its third quarter 2021 financial results and to discuss its financial outlook.

Time:

4:30PM ET

United States/Canada Toll Free:

877-407-9208

International Toll:

1-201-493-6784

Conference ID:

13725077

A live webcast will also be available in the Investor Relations section of Arteris’ website at: https://ir.arteris.com/events-and-presentations

A replay of the webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s web site approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for approximately 30 calendar days.

About Arteris

Arteris IP provides network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IP and IP deployment technology to accelerate system-on-chip (SoC) semiconductor development and integration for a wide range of applications from AI to automobiles, mobile phones, IoT, cameras, SSD controllers, and servers for customers such as Bosch, Baidu, Mobileye, Samsung, Toshiba and NXP. Arteris IP products include the Ncore® cache coherent and FlexNoC® non-coherent interconnect IP, the CodaCache® standalone last level cache, and optional Resilience Package (ISO 26262 functional safety), FlexNoC AI Package, and PIANO® automated timing closure capabilities. Customer results obtained by using Arteris IP products include lower power, higher performance, more efficient design reuse and faster SoC development, leading to lower development and production costs. For more information, visit www.arteris.com

Investor Contacts:
Arteris
Nick Hawkins
Chief Financial Officer
IR@arteris.com

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Erica Mannion and Michael Funari
+1 617 542 6180
IR@arteris.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, statements regarding our future financial and operating performance, including our GAAP and non-GAAP guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2021; our market opportunity and its potential growth, as well as our position within the market; and our ability to drive customer value. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on our historical performance and our current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looks statements represent our expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the significant competition we face from larger companies and third-party providers; our history of net losses; whether semiconductor companies in the automotive market, AI/ML market, 5G and wireless communications market, large scale cloud and data center market and consumer electronics market incorporate our solutions into their end products; our ability to attract new customers and the extent to which our customers renew their subscriptions for our solutions; the ability of our customers’ end products achieving market acceptance or growth; our ability to sustain or grow our licensing revenue; our ability, and the cost, to successfully execute on research and development efforts; the occurrence of product errors or defects in our solutions; if we fail to offer high-quality support; the occurrence of macro-economic conditions that adversely impact us, our customers and their end product markets; the range of regulatory, operational, financial and political risks we are exposed to as a result of our dependence on international customers and operations; our ability to protect our proprietary technology and inventions through patents and other IP rights; whether we are subject to any liabilities or fines as a result of government regulation, including import, export and economic sanctions laws and regulations; the occurrence of a disruption in our networks or a security breach; risks associated with doing business in China; and the other factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in our final prospectus dated October 26, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements reflect our beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. Our results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of our operating results for any future periods.

Arteris, Inc
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

Licensing, support and maintenance

$

8,136

$

5,211

$

24,353

$

14,005

Variable royalties and other

823

1,218

2,077

3,361

Total revenue

8,959

6,429

26,430

17,366

Cost of revenue

883

227

2,618

1,118

Gross profit

8,076

6,202

23,812

16,248

Operating expense:

Research and development

7,609

4,011

20,572

11,842

Sales and marketing

3,242

2,240

7,971

6,345

General and administrative

1,742

2,570

9,754

4,993

Total operating expenses

12,593

8,821

38,297

23,180

Loss from operations

(4,517

)

(2,619

)

(14,485

)

(6,932

)

Interest and other expense, net

(183

)

(26

)

(497

)

(111

)

Loss before provision for income taxes

(4,700

)

(2,645

)

(14,982

)

(7,043

)

Provision for income taxes

268

1,199

612

3,793

Net loss and comprehensive loss

$

(4,968

)

$

(3,844

)

$

(15,594

)

$

(10,836

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.24

)

$

(0.22

)

$

(0.79

)

$

(0.62

)

Weighted average shares used on computing per share amounts, basic and diluted

20,578,386

17,628,023

19,768,574

17,495,311

Arteris, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

As of

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

ASSETS

Currents assets:

Cash

$

11,241

$

11,744

Accounts receivable, net

8,123

14,350

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,047

2,858

Total current assets

24,411

28,952

Property and equipment, net

2,256

2,365

Operating lease right-of-used assets

2,974

2,753

Intangibles, net

3,052

3,409

Goodwill

2,677

2,677

Other assets

5,229

2,580

TOTAL ASSETS

$

40,599

$

42,736

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

Current liabilities:

Account payable

$

1,531

$

1,116

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

9,577

7,249

Operating lease liabilities, current

980

767

Deferred revenue, current

23,707

17,894

Vendor financing arrangements, current

759

643

Term loan, current

100

557

Total current liabilities

36,654

28,226

Deferred revenue, noncurrent

14,541

15,014

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

2,054

2,079

Vendor financing arrangements, noncurrent

345

727

Other liabilities

1,986

2,986

Total liabilities

55,580

49,032

Redeemable convertible preferred stock:

Redeemable convertible preferred stock, par value of $0.001 - 4,471,316 shares authorized; 4,471,316 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 (aggregate liquidation preference of $5,768 as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020)

5,712

5,712

Stockholders' deficit:

Common stock, par value of $0.001 - 36,525,154 and 31,525,154 shares authorized as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 20,607,851 and 18,486,989 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

21

18

Additional paid-in-capital

10,518

3,612

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(31

)

(31

)

Accumulated deficit

(31,201

)

(15,607

)

Total stockholders' deficit

(20,693

)

(12,008

)

TOTAL LIABILITIES REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

$

40,599

$

42,736

Arteris, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net loss

$

(15,594

)

$

(10,836

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

1,107

658

Stock-based compensation

1,144

281

Operating non-cash lease expense

(221

)

380

Other, net

(8

)

8

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

6,226

2,437

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(3,932

)

(21

)

Account payable

415

178

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

1,328

4,109

Operating lease liabilities

189

(374

)

Deferred revenue

5,340

2,678

Net cash used in operating activities

(4,006

)

(502

)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Purchases of property and equipment

(488

)

(523

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(488

)

(523

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

5,435

Proceeds from PPP Loan

1,603

Payments of principle portion of Term loan

(450

)

(450

)

Principle payments under vendor financing arrangements

(418

)

(321

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

330

112

Payments of deferred offering costs

(906

)

Other

(5

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

3,991

939

NET DECREASE IN CASH

(503

)

(86

)

CASH, beginning of period

11,744

13,938

CASH, end of period

$

11,241

$

13,852

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial results, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, as described below, to understand and evaluate our core performance. These non-GAAP measures, which may be different than similarly-titled measures used by other companies, are presented to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our financial performance and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We define “Non-GAAP Loss from Operations” as our income (loss) from operations adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation, acquisition costs and amortization of acquired intangible assets. We define “Non-GAAP Net Loss” as our net income (loss) adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation, acquisition costs, amortization of acquired intangible assets and gain on extinguishment of debt.

We define “Non-GAAP EPS”, as our Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) divided by our GAAP weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the period on a diluted basis. Management uses Non-GAAP EPS to evaluate the performance of our business on a comparable basis from period to period.

The above items are excluded from our Non-GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) because these items are non-cash in nature, or are not indicative of our core operating performance, and render comparisons with prior periods and competitors less meaningful. We believe Non-GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations, Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) provide useful supplemental information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our results of operations, as well as provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business performance.

We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less cash used for purchases of property and equipment. We believe that free cash flow is a useful indicator of liquidity that provides information to management and investors, even if negative, about the amount of cash used in our operations other than that used for investments in property and equipment.

Other Business Metrics

Annual Contract Value (ACV) – we define Annual Contract Value for an individual customer agreement as the total fixed fees payable under the agreement divided by the number of years in the agreement term. Our total ACV is the aggregate ACVs for all our customers as measured at a given point in time. Total fixed fees includes licensing, support and maintenance and other fixed fees under IP licensing or software licensing agreements but excludes variable revenue derived from licensing agreements with customers, particularly royalties. We monitor ACV to measure our success and believe the increase in the number shows our progress in expanding our customers’ adoption of our platform.

Customers and Customer Retention – we define Active Customers as customers who have entered into a license agreement with us that remains in effect. The retention and expansion of our relationships with existing customers are key indicators of our revenue potential.

Design Starts – we define Design Starts as when customers commence new semiconductor designs using our interconnect IP and notify us. Design Starts is a metric management uses to assess the activity level of our customers in terms of the number of new semiconductor designs that are started using our interconnect IP in a given period. We believe that the number of Design Starts is an important indicator of the growth of our business and future royalty revenue trends.

Remaining Performance Obligations (RPO) – we define Remaining Performance Obligations as the amount of contracted future revenue that has not yet been recognized, including both deferred revenue and contracted amounts that will be invoiced and recognized as revenue in future periods.

Arteris, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

Non-GAAP Loss from Operations

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in thousands)

Loss from operations

$

(4,517

)

$

(2,619

)

$

(14,485

)

$

(6,932

)

Add:

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

433

111

1,144

281

Acquisition costs (2)

114

238

461

Amortization of acquired intangible assets (3,4)

119

358

Non-GAAP loss from operations

$

(3,965

)

$

(2,394

)

$

(12,745

)

$

(6,190

)

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in thousands)

Research and development

$

225

$

68

$

645

$

158

Sales and marketing

38

21

114

66

General and administrative

170

22

385

57

Total stock-based compensation expense

$

433

$

111

$

1,144

$

281

(2) Includes advisory, legal, accounting, valuation, and other professional or consulting fees associated with the Magillem acquisition.
(3) Represents the amortization expenses of our intangible assets attributable to the Magillem acquisition.
(4) Includes amortization of acquired intangible assets as follows:

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in thousands)

Research and development

$

85

$

$

255

$

Sales and marketing

34

103

Total amortization

$

119

$

$

358

$

Non-GAAP Net Loss and Non-GAAP EPS, Basic and Diluted

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in thousands, excepts per share data)

Net loss

$

(4,968

)

$

(3,844

)

$

(15,594

)

$

(10,836

)

Add:

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

433

111

1,144

281

Acquisition costs (2)

114

238

461

Amortization of acquired intangible assets (3,4)

119

358

Gain on extinguishment of debt

(10

)

Non-GAAP net loss (5)

$

(4,416

)

$

(3,619

)

$

(13,864

)

$

(10,094

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.24

)

$

(0.22

)

$

(0.79

)

$

(0.62

)

Per share impacts of adjustments to net loss (6)

$

0.03

0.01

$

0.09

0.04

Non-GAAP EPS, basic and diluted

$

(0.21

)

$

(0.21

)

$

(0.70

)

$

(0.58

)

Weighted average shares used in computing per share amounts, basic and diluted

20,578,386

17,628,023

19,768,574

17,495,311

(1) See table in footnote (1) to the Non-GAAP Loss from Operations above for breakdown of stock-based compensation expense by line item.
(2) Includes advisory, legal, accounting, valuation, and other professional or consulting fees associated with the Magillem acquisition.
(3) Represents the amortization expenses of our intangible assets attributable to the Magillem acquisition.
(4) See table in footnote (4) to the Non-GAAP Loss from Operations above for breakdown of amortization of acquired intangible assets by line item.
(5) Our GAAP tax provision is primarily related to foreign withholding taxes and income tax in profitable foreign jurisdictions. We maintain a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the US. Accordingly, there is no significant tax impact associated with these non-GAAP adjustments
(6) Reflects the aggregate adjustments made to reconcile Non-GAAP Net Loss to our net loss as noted in the above table, divided by the GAAP diluted weighted average number of shares of the relevant period.

Free Cash Flow

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

(in thousands)

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(4,006

)

$

(502

)

Less:

Purchase of property and equipment

(488

)

(523

)

Free cash flow

$

(4,494

)

$

(1,025

)

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(488

)

$

(523

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

$

3,991

$

939



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