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O2Micro Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, April 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Operational and Strategic Highlights:

  • Company experienced strong design activity in solutions for backlighting, general lighting, battery, smartphone and tablet markets; expecting products to continue to ramp in 2015
  • O2Micro continues to lower operating expenses. Company lowers first quarter 2015 operating expenses by 13 percent on a year-over-year basis and 29 percent sequentially
  • Lower operating expense levels reflect new cash breakeven level estimate of $17.0-$18.0 million and new profitability breakeven level estimate of $20.0-$21.0 million on a quarterly basis
  • Expects revenue to be up approximately 10-16 percent sequentially in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015.

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 first quarter of 2015, ending March 31, 2015.

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter ending March 31, 2015:

O2Micro International Limited reported Q1 2015 revenue of $13.1 million. Revenue was down 9% sequentially and down 20% from the comparable year-ago quarter. The gross margin in the first quarter of 2015 was 50.0%. The gross margin was down from 51.0% in the prior quarter and down from 51.5% in the first quarter of 2014. The gross margin remains in our target range and varies primarily with revenue level and product mix. During the first quarter of 2015, the company recorded total GAAP operating expenses of $10.1 million, compared to $14.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $11.6 million in the year-ago Q1 period. The respective GAAP operating margins for the first quarter of 2015, the fourth quarter of 2014, and first quarter of 2014 were (27.3%), (49.2%), and (18.9%).

GAAP net loss was $3.2 million in Q1 2015. This compares to a GAAP net loss of $6.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and a GAAP net loss of $2.9 million in Q1 2014. GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS was $0.12 in Q1 2015. This compares to a GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.23 in Q4 2014 and a GAAP net loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.10 in Q1 2014.

Supplementary Data:

The company ended the first quarter of 2015 with $59.7 million in unrestricted cash and short-term investments or $2.25 per outstanding ADS. The accounts receivable balance was $6.3 million and represented 45 days sales outstanding at the end of Q1 2015. Inventory was $8.2 million or 116 days and turned over 3.1 times during Q1 2015. As of March 31, 2015, the company had $68.4 million in working capital and the book value was $103.7 million, or $3.91 per outstanding ADS.

As of March 31, 2015, O2Micro International Limited counted 382 employees, including 192 engineers.

Management Commentary:

"Our first quarter 2015 financial results were within the range of the guidance that we provided in February and we believe this revenue level represents a trough in our business," said Sterling Du, O2Micro's Chairman and CEO. "Our second quarter revenue guidance reflects ongoing product ramps in our high potential growth drivers based on the Chinese market including LED general lighting, backlighting, battery management products and new products for the tablet and smartphone markets. We believe our solutions for these product segments will contribute to top-line growth in upcoming quarters and lead O2Micro back to profitability in the near future."

Conference Call: O2Micro will hold its first quarter conference call today, April 29, 2015, at 6:00 a.m. PDT, 9:00 a.m. EDT. You may participate using the following dial-in information.

In the US and CANADA: 888-427-9376, pass code #7055035
INTERNATIONAL participants: 719-325-2484, pass code #7055035

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 #7055035
INTERNATIONAL participants: 719-457-0820, pass code #7055035

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 28,852 patent claims granted, and over 29,000 more pending. 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.

O2MICRO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
(In Thousand U.S. Dollars, Except Per Share Amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2015 2014
NET SALES $13,101 $16,472
COST OF SALES 6,546 7,987
GROSS PROFIT 6,555 8,485
OPERATING EXPENSES
Research and development (1) 4,460 5,071
Selling, general and administrative (1) 5,671 6,534
Total Operating Expenses 10,131 11,605
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (3,576) (3,120)
NON-OPERATING INCOME
Interest income 237 269
Foreign exchange gain – net 9 153
Gain on sale of real estate 298 --
Other – net 74 40
Total Non-operating Income 618 462
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX (2,958) (2,658)
INCOME TAX EXPENSE 241 255
NET LOSS (3,199) (2,913)
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
Foreign currency translation adjustments (47) (694)
Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities -- 178
Unrealized pension gain 2 2
Total Other Comprehensive Loss (45) (514)
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS ($3,244) ($3,427)
BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER ADS ($0.12) ($0.10)
ADS UNITS USED IN LOSS PER ADS CALCULATION:
Basic (in thousands) 26,480 27,757
Diluted (in thousands) 26,480 27,757
(1) INCLUDES STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION CHARGE AS FOLLOWS:
Research and development $94 $132
Selling, general and administrative $457 $438
O2MICRO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(In Thousand U.S. Dollars, Except Share Amounts)
March 31, December 31,
2015 2014
ASSETS (Unaudited) (Audited)
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $45,065 $41,069
Restricted cash 32 164
Short-term investments 14,670 21,481
Accounts receivable – net 6,271 6,789
Inventories 8,215 8,642
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,348 1,308
Total Current Assets 75,601 79,453
LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS 14,754 14,754
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT – NET 18,211 19,363
OTHER ASSETS 2,893 3,168
TOTAL ASSETS $111,459 $116,738
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Notes and accounts payable $3,207 $2,131
Income tax payable 620 650
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 3,347 6,049
Total Current Liabilities 7,174 8,830
OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
Accrued pension liabilities 292 293
Other liabilities 311 349
Total Other Long-Term Liabilities 603 642
Total Liabilities 7,777 9,472
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
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 33 33
Outstanding –1,325,439,550 and 1,327,260,450 shares as of March 31, 2015 and
December 31, 2014, respectively
Additional paid-in capital 140,634 141,229
Accumulated deficits (20,490) (17,291)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 6,723 6,768
Treasury stock – 335,347,050 and 333,526,150 shares as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, (23,218) (23,473)
2014,respectively
Total Shareholders' Equity 103,682 107,266
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $111,459 $116,738

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

Source:O2Micro International Limited