MaxLinear, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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  • Record net revenue of $229.8 million, up 12% sequentially and up 47% year-over-year

  • GAAP gross margin 56.5% and non-GAAP gross margin 61.3%, up 170 bps and 110 bps from previous quarter, respectively

CARLSBAD, Calif., October 27, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of RF, analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights

GAAP basis:

  • Net revenue was $229.8 million, up 12% sequentially and up 47% year-over-year.

  • GAAP gross margin was 56.5%, compared to 54.8% in the prior quarter, and 42.3% in the year-ago quarter.

  • GAAP operating expenses were $106.0 million in the third quarter 2021, or 46% of net revenue, compared to $110.3 million in the prior quarter, or 54% of net revenue, and $100.8 million in the year-ago quarter, or 64% of net revenue.

  • GAAP income from operations was 10% of revenue, compared to income from operations of 1% in the prior quarter, and loss from operations of 22% in the year-ago quarter.

  • Net cash flow provided by operating activities was $84.1 million, compared to net cash flow provided by operating activities of $7.9 million in the prior quarter, and net cash flow used in operating activities of $16.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

  • GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.12, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.01 in the prior quarter, and diluted loss per share of $0.50 in the year-ago quarter.

Non-GAAP basis:

  • Non-GAAP gross margin was 61.3%. This compares to 60.2% in the prior quarter, and 58.0% in the year-ago quarter.

  • Non-GAAP operating expenses were $74.4 million, or 32% of revenue, compared to $75.2 million or 37% of revenue in the prior quarter, and $61.1 million or 39% of revenue in the year-ago quarter.

  • Non-GAAP income from operations was 29% of revenue, compared to 24% in the prior quarter, and 19% in the year-ago quarter.

  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.75, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.53 in the prior quarter, and diluted earnings per share of $0.32 in the year-ago quarter.

Management Commentary

"In the third quarter, revenue was up 12% sequentially and up 47% year-over-year, driven by growth across our broadband, connectivity and industrial and multi-market markets. Solid demand for our broadband access and connectivity and high-performance analog products was due to a combination of end-market strength and company-specific drivers, including platform-level silicon content increases and market share gains. Non-GAAP gross margin for Q3 of 61.3% is ahead of our original plan, as product mix shift towards higher value products continues to accelerate across broadband, connectivity, infrastructure, and high-performance analog end markets. We remain focused on improving the supply chain constraints to meet the strong and growing market demand for our connectivity, broadband, and infrastructure products in the short and long term," commented Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Business Outlook

The company expects revenue in the fourth quarter 2021 to be approximately $240 million to $250 million. The Company also estimates the following:

  • GAAP gross margin of approximately 55.5% to 57.5%;

  • Non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 60.0% to 62.0%;

  • GAAP operating expenses of approximately $105.0 million to $109.0 million;

  • Non-GAAP operating expenses of approximately $73.0 million to $77.0 million;

  • GAAP interest and other expense of approximately $2.7 million to $2.8 million; and

  • Non-GAAP interest and other expense of approximately $2.6 million to $2.7 million.

Webcast and Conference Call

MaxLinear will host its third quarter financial results conference call today, October 27, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time). To access this call, dial US toll free: 1-877-407-3109 / International: 1-201-493-6798. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the investor relations section of the MaxLinear website at https://investors.maxlinear.com, and will be archived and available after the call at https://investors.maxlinear.com until November 10, 2021. A replay of the conference call will also be available until November 10, 2021 by dialing US toll free: 1-877-660-6853 / International: 1-201-612-7415 and Conference ID#: 13724150.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning our future financial performance (including specifically our current guidance for fourth quarter 2021 revenue, gross margins, and operating expenses as well as statements with respect to confidence in the Company’s outlook for the balance of 2021 and into 2022) and statements concerning expectations of potential developments in our target markets, including (without limitation) management’s views with respect to the prospects for and trends in our broadband, connectivity and 5G wireless and fiber-optic high-speed interconnect infrastructure markets. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. In particular, our future operating results are substantially dependent on our assumptions about market trends and conditions. Additional risks and uncertainties affecting our business and future operating results include, without limitation, increasing supply chain risks within our industry, including increases in shipping and material costs and substantial shipping delays resulting in extended lead-times; inflation trends in our supply chain and in the global economy generally; the on-going impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, including the extent to which our broadband businesses will continue to benefit from work-from-home and similar initiatives as the pandemic abates; the impact of our indebtedness and limitations on our operating flexibility based on financial and operating covenants in the applicable term loan agreements, including (without limitation) debt covenant restrictions that may limit our ability to obtain additional financing, granting liens, undergoing certain fundamental changes, or making investments or certain restricted payments, and selling assets; risks associated with our ability to realize improved profitability from our Wi-Fi and Broadband assets business; intense competition in our industry; our dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; potential uncertainties arising from continued consolidation among cable television and satellite operators in our target markets and continued consolidation among competitors within the semiconductor industry generally; our ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of those products, particularly as we seek to expand outside of our historic markets; potential decreases in average selling prices for our products; risks relating to intellectual property protection and the prevalence of intellectual property litigation in our industry; our reliance on a limited number of third party manufacturers; our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply, which may be adversely affected by the pandemic; uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will develop, including in particular markets we have entered more recently such as broadband and Wi-Fi and 5G wireless and fiber-optic data center high-speed interconnect infrastructure markets but also existing markets which we previously referred to as connected home; and uncertainties concerning the outcome of global trade negotiations, export control limitations, and heightened geopolitical risks generally.

In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on February 11, 2021, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K, as well as the information to be set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in MaxLinear’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, which we expect to file soon. All forward-looking statements are based on the estimates, projections and assumptions of management as of October 27, 2021, and MaxLinear is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated financial statements presented on a basis consistent with GAAP, we disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP gross margin, operating expenses, operating expenses as a percentage of revenue, income from operations as percentage of revenue, and diluted earnings per share. These supplemental measures exclude the effects of (i) stock-based compensation expense; (ii) accruals related to our performance based bonus plan for 2021, which we currently intend to settle in shares of our common stock; (iii) accruals related to our performance based bonus plan for 2020, which we settled in shares of common stock in 2021; (iv) amortization of inventory fair value adjustments; (v) amortization of purchased intangible assets; (vi) research and development funded by others; (vii) acquisition and integration costs related to our acquisitions; (viii) professional fees and settlement costs related to IP and commercial litigation matters; (ix) severance and other restructuring charges; (x) impairment losses on intangible assets; (xi) loss from extinguishment of debt; (xii) other non-recurring interest and other income (expenses), net attributable to acquisitions and (xiii) non-cash income tax benefits and expenses. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with and do not serve as an alternative for GAAP. We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our GAAP results of operations. These non-GAAP measures should only be viewed in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures. We compensate for the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of our performance.

We believe that non-GAAP financial measures can provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain non-cash and other one-time expenses that are not indicative of our core operating results. Among other uses, our management uses non-GAAP measures to compare our performance relative to forecasts and strategic plans and to benchmark our performance externally against competitors. In addition, management’s incentive compensation will be determined in part using these non-GAAP measures because we believe non-GAAP measures better reflect our core operating performance.

The following are explanations of each type of adjustment that we incorporate into non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense relates to equity incentive awards granted to our employees, directors, and consultants. Our equity incentive plans are important components of our employee incentive compensation arrangements and are reflected as expenses in our GAAP results. Stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense for MaxLinear. While we include the dilutive impact of equity awards in weighted average shares outstanding, the expense associated with stock-based awards reflects a non-cash charge that we exclude from non-GAAP net income.

Bonuses under our executive and non-executive bonus programs have been excluded from our non-GAAP net income for all periods reported. Bonus payments for the 2020 performance periods were settled through the issuance of shares of common stock under our equity incentive plans in February 2021. We currently expect that bonus awards under our fiscal 2021 program will be settled in common stock in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.

Expenses incurred in relation to acquisitions include amortization of purchased intangible assets, amortization of inventory fair value adjustments, acquisition and integration costs primarily consisting of professional and consulting fees, and amortization of discount on deferred purchase price payments to interest expense.

Research and development funded by others represents proceeds received under a contract for a jointly funded R&D project to develop technology that may be commercialized into a product in the future. Such proceeds have not yet been recognized in GAAP results as the Company may be required to repay all or a portion of the funds provided by the other party under certain conditions. Management believes it is not probable that it will trigger such conditions.

Impairment losses relate to certain intangible assets.

Restructuring charges incurred are related to our restructuring plans which eliminate redundancies and primarily include severance and restructuring costs related to impairment of leased right-of-use assets or from exiting certain facilities.

Loss on extinguishment of debt is related to the charge-off of remaining unamortized debt discount and issuance costs on debt we repaid early with proceeds from a new term loan in June 2021.

Expenses incurred in relation to our intellectual property and commercial litigation include professional fees incurred.

Income tax benefits and expense adjustments are those that do not affect cash income taxes payable.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures for the historic periods disclosed in this press release appear below. Because of the inherent uncertainty associated with our ability to project future charges, particularly related to stock-based compensation and its related tax effects as well as potential impairments, we have not provided a reconciliation for non-GAAP guidance provided for the fourth quarter 2021.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL) is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits for access and connectivity, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit www.maxlinear.com.

MXL is MaxLinear’s registered trademark. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

MAXLINEAR, INC.

UNAUDITED GAAP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

September 30, 2020

Net revenue

$

229,774

$

205,376

$

156,633

Cost of net revenue

99,981

92,833

90,427

Gross profit

129,793

112,543

66,206

Operating expenses:

Research and development

67,538

74,416

55,816

Selling, general and administrative

38,469

35,885

41,685

Restructuring charges

38

3,280

Total operating expenses

106,007

110,339

100,781

Income (loss) from operations

23,786

2,204

(34,575

)

Interest income

28

18

27

Interest expense

(2,649

)

(3,741

)

(3,569

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(5,221

)

Other income (expense), net

(105

)

(537

)

(719

)

Total other income (expense), net

(2,726

)

(9,481

)

(4,261

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

21,060

(7,277

)

(38,836

)

Income tax provision (benefit)

11,802

(8,010

)

(2,191

)

Net income (loss)

$

9,258

$

733

$

(36,645

)

Net income (loss) per share:

Basic

$

0.12

$

0.01

$

(0.50

)

Diluted

$

0.12

$

0.01

$

(0.50

)

Shares used to compute net income (loss) per share:

Basic

76,582

75,930

73,402

Diluted

79,815

79,026

73,402

MAXLINEAR, INC.

UNAUDITED GAAP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

Nine months ended

September 30, 2021

September 30, 2020

Net revenue

$

644,509

$

283,880

Cost of net revenue

290,454

154,169

Gross profit

354,055

129,711

Operating expenses:

Research and development

205,120

109,489

Selling, general and administrative

110,823

93,787

Impairment losses

86

Restructuring charges

2,204

3,833

Total operating expenses

318,147

207,195

Income (loss) from operations

35,908

(77,484

)

Interest income

46

283

Interest expense

(10,596

)

(8,228

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(5,221

)

Other income (expense), net

(746

)

(620

)

Total other income (expense), net

(16,517

)

(8,565

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

19,391

(86,049

)

Income tax provision (benefit)

5,598

(12,128

)

Net income (loss)

$

13,793

$

(73,921

)

Net income (loss) per share:

Basic

$

0.18

$

(1.02

)

Diluted

$

0.17

$

(1.02

)

Shares used to compute net income (loss) per share:

Basic

75,795

72,729

Diluted

79,048

72,729

MAXLINEAR, INC.

UNAUDITED GAAP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

September 30, 2020

Operating Activities

Net income (loss)

$

9,258

$

733

$

(36,645

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

Amortization and depreciation

23,117

21,997

20,554

Amortization of inventory fair value adjustments

14,445

Amortization of debt issuance costs and accretion of discount on debt and leases

513

918

579

Stock-based compensation

16,022

13,966

14,145

Deferred income taxes

6,866

(6,002

)

3,834

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

145

20

Impairment of leasehold improvements

156

Impairment of leased right-of-use assets

1,464

Loss on extinguishment of debt

5,221

(Gain) loss on foreign currency and other

(24

)

387

601

Excess tax benefits on stock based awards

(738

)

(2,822

)

(152

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:

Accounts receivable

28,454

(47,800

)

(63,569

)

Inventory

(28,844

)

(6,254

)

(17,349

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

39

3,588

(35,131

)

Leased right-of-use assets

36

79

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

28,743

8,652

61,958

Accrued compensation

8,616

13,857

15,364

Accrued price protection liability

(5,319

)

(344

)

12,108

Lease liabilities

(2,723

)

(2,345

)

(1,566

)

Other long-term liabilities

(48

)

4,043

(7,459

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

84,077

7,851

(16,584

)

Investing Activities

Purchases of property and equipment

(9,624

)

(11,158

)

(5,196

)

Purchases of intangible assets

(5,504

)

(375

)

Cash used in acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(7,500

)

(7,500

)

(160,000

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(22,628

)

(18,658

)

(165,571

)

Financing Activities

Proceeds from the issuance of debt

350,000

Payment of debt issuance cost

(17

)

(4,127

)

(2,696

)

Repayment of debt

(20,000

)

(349,813

)

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock

192

4,796

628

Minimum tax withholding paid on behalf of employees for restricted stock units

(976

)

(2,663

)

(1,393

)

Repurchase of common stock

(1,008

)

(4,464

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(21,809

)

(6,271

)

171,539

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(520

)

(681

)

(71

)

Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

39,120

(17,759

)

(10,687

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

131,434

149,193

107,429

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

170,554

$

131,434

$

96,742

MAXLINEAR, INC.

UNAUDITED GAAP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

Nine months ended

September 30, 2021

September 30, 2020

Operating Activities

Net income (loss)

$

13,793

$

(73,921

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

Amortization and depreciation

67,439

53,819

Impairment losses

86

Amortization of inventory fair value adjustments

14,445

Amortization of debt issuance costs and accretion of discount on debt and leases

2,584

1,386

Stock-based compensation

42,943

33,057

Deferred income taxes

1,405

(5,253

)

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

533

Impairment of leasehold improvements

226

319

Impairment of leased right-of-use assets

429

1,508

Loss on extinguishment of debt

5,221

Loss on foreign currency

384

375

Excess tax benefits on stock-based awards

(5,369

)

(530

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:

Accounts receivable

(39,425

)

(54,592

)

Inventory

(29,440

)

(20,180

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

33,487

(34,357

)

Leased right-of-use assets

72

405

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

35,054

67,193

Accrued compensation

23,849

23,121

Accrued price protection liability

1,636

5,439

Lease liabilities

(7,070

)

(4,275

)

Other long-term liabilities

4,449

(8,721

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

152,200

(676

)

Investing Activities

Purchases of property and equipment

(26,934

)

(10,132

)

Purchases of intangible assets

(6,616

)

(388

)

Cash used in acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(35,000

)

(160,000

)

Purchases of available-for-sale securities

(5,000

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(73,550

)

(170,520

)

Financing Activities

Proceeds from the issuance of debt

350,000

175,000

Payment of debt issuance cost

(4,144

)

(2,696

)

Repayment of debt

(389,813

)

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock

6,286

5,270

Minimum tax withholding paid on behalf of employees for restricted stock units

(11,081

)

(2,892

)

Repurchase of common stock

(8,145

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(56,897

)

174,682

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(1,233

)

139

Increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

20,520

3,625

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

150,034

93,117

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

170,554

$

96,742

MAXLINEAR, INC.

UNAUDITED GAAP CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

September 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

September 30, 2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

169,424

$

130,312

$

96,570

Short-term restricted cash

107

107

111

Accounts receivable, net

106,867

135,321

105,355

Inventory

127,347

98,502

104,471

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

14,535

13,866

43,546

Total current assets

418,280

378,108

350,053

Long-term restricted cash

1,023

1,015

61

Property and equipment, net

53,022

48,104

37,258

Leased right-of-use assets

23,668

22,847

11,876

Intangible assets, net

163,894

174,964

232,148

Goodwill

302,828

302,828

302,576

Deferred tax assets

84,660

91,526

72,537

Other long-term assets

6,519

7,235

1,270

Total assets

$

1,053,894

$

1,026,627

$

1,007,779

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities

$

231,274

$

211,789

$

211,374

Long-term lease liabilities

21,400

20,445

9,406

Long-term debt

326,027

343,022

372,457

Other long-term liabilities

17,650

17,704

17,734

Stockholders’ equity

457,543

433,667

396,808

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,053,894

$

1,026,627

$

1,007,779

MAXLINEAR, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP ADJUSTMENTS

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

September 30, 2020

GAAP gross profit

$

129,793

$

112,543

$

66,206

Stock-based compensation

151

148

143

Performance based equity

123

127

180

Amortization of inventory fair value adjustments

14,445

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

10,743

10,743

9,901

Non-GAAP gross profit

140,810

123,561

90,875

GAAP R&D expenses

67,538

74,416

55,816

Stock-based compensation

(7,691

)

(7,268

)

(6,056

)

Performance based equity

(6,642

)

(8,249

)

(6,190

)

Research and development funded by others

(3,800

)

Acquisition and integration costs

(38

)

Non-GAAP R&D expenses

53,205

55,061

43,570

GAAP SG&A expenses

38,469

35,885

41,685

Stock-based compensation

(8,179

)

(6,551

)

(7,349

)

Performance based equity

(3,120

)

(3,357

)

(2,991

)

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

(5,811

)

(5,816

)

(6,057

)

Acquisition and integration costs

(135

)

(25

)

(7,762

)

IP litigation costs, net

(35

)

Non-GAAP SG&A expenses

21,224

20,136

17,491

GAAP restructuring expenses

38

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