InterDigital Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results Driven by 23% Increase in Recurring Revenue

WILMINGTON, Del., July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), a mobile technology research and development company, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Second Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

  • Second quarter 2015 recurring revenue was $91.2 million, consisting of current patent royalties and current technology solutions revenue, representing an increase of 23% compared to recurring revenue of $74.3 million in second quarter 2014. This increase in recurring revenue is primarily attributable to an increase in per-unit royalties related to an increase in shipments by Pegatron and our other Taiwan-based licensees.

  • Total revenue was $118.6 million, compared to $194.2 million in second quarter 2014. Second quarter 2014 benefited from past patent royalties of $119.9 million, primarily related to new patent license agreements signed during that quarter, including with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”). Second quarter 2015 included $27.3 million of past patent royalties as a result of the previously announced settlement with Arima Communications Corporation (“Arima”).

  • Second quarter 2015 operating expenses were $60.0 million, compared to $65.9 million in second quarter 2014. The decrease was driven primarily by a $10.8 million decrease in performance-based incentive compensation.

  • Net income1 was $32.6 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, compared to net income of $78.9 million, or $1.93 per diluted share, in second quarter 2014.

  • In second quarter 2015, the company generated $17.0 million of free cash flow3 compared to $23.7 million generated in second quarter 2014. Ending cash and short-term investments totaled $907.6 million.

  • During second quarter 2015, the company repurchased 0.4 million shares of common stock for $19.8 million. In addition, from July 1, 2015 through July 29, 2015, the company repurchased an additional 12,000 shares at a cost of $0.7 million. In June 2015, the company’s Board of Directors authorized a $100 million increase to the current stock repurchase program, bringing it to $400 million. Since initiating this stock repurchase program in June 2014, the company has repurchased a total of 4.9 million shares for $223.9 million, representing approximately 14% of the company's shares outstanding at the time the program was authorized.

“Building on a number of years of success, the second quarter saw us again drive strong revenue, profit and positive cash flow, underscoring the value of our focus on developing fundamental technologies used broadly across the mobile wireless industry,” said William J. Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital. “Our recent announcements regarding key research projects worldwide highlight InterDigital’s continuing efforts to pioneer future mobile technologies and contribute those technologies to worldwide standards, while growing our customer base and market share.”

Additional Financial Highlights for Second Quarter 2015

  • The $5.9 million decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to the $10.8 million decrease in performance-based incentive compensation. The higher performance-based incentive compensation in second quarter 2014 was primarily related to increased accrual rates as a result of new license agreements signed during that quarter. The decrease in operating expenses was partially offset by a $2.5 million increase in commercial initiatives expense, which was primarily attributable to research and development activities to commercialize our IoT and next generation networks technologies.

  • Companies that accounted for ten percent or more of second quarter 2015 total revenue were Pegatron Corporation (30%), Arima Communications Corporation (23%) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (15%).

  • The company's second quarter effective tax rate was approximately 37.1% as compared to 37.4% during second quarter 2014, based on the statutory federal tax rate net of discrete federal and state taxes.

Conference Call Information

InterDigital will host a conference call on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its second quarter 2015 financial performance and other company matters. For a live Internet webcast of the conference call, visit, click on the link to the Investors section, and follow the link under Events and Presentations. The company encourages participants to take advantage of the Internet option.

For telephone access to the conference, call (888) 802-2225 within the United States or (913) 312-1254 from outside the United States. Please call by 9:50 a.m. ET on July 30 and give the operator Conference ID number 5730502.

An Internet replay of the conference call will be available on InterDigital's website in the Investors section. In addition, a telephone replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET July 30 through 1:00 p.m. ET August 4. To access the recorded replay, call (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and use the replay code 5730502.

About InterDigital®

InterDigital develops wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include information regarding our current beliefs, plans and expectations, including, without limitation, our plans to continue our efforts to pioneer future mobile technologies and contribute those technologies to worldwide standards, while growing our customer base and market share. Words such as "believe," “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “forecast,” and variations of any such words or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in or anticipated by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, those identified in this press release, as well as the following: (i) unanticipated delays, difficulties or acceleration in the execution of patent license agreements; (ii) our ability to leverage our strategic relationships and secure new patent license agreements on acceptable terms; (iii) our ability to enter into sales and/or licensing partnering arrangements for certain of our patent assets; (iv) our ability to enter into partnerships with leading inventors and research organizations and identify and acquire technology and patent portfolios that align with InterDigital’s roadmap; (v) our ability to commercialize the company’s technologies and enter into customer agreements; (vi) the failure of the markets for the company’s current or new technologies to materialize to the extent or at the rate that we expect; (vii) unexpected delays or difficulties related to the development of the company’s technologies; (viii) changes in the market share and sales performance of our primary licensees, delays in product shipments of our licensees, delays in the timely receipt and final reviews of quarterly royalty reports from our licensees, delays in payments from our licensees and related matters; (ix) the resolution of current legal proceedings, including any awards or judgments relating to such proceedings, additional legal proceedings, changes in the schedules or costs associated with legal proceedings or adverse rulings in such legal proceedings; (x) changes or inaccuracies in market projections; and (xi) changes in the company’s business strategy.

We undertake no duty to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law, regulation or other competent legal authority.


1 Throughout this press release, net income (loss) and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") are attributable to InterDigital, Inc. (e.g., after adjustments for noncontrolling interests), unless otherwise stated.

2 Free cash flow is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that InterDigital believes is helpful in evaluating the company's ability to invest in its business, make strategic acquisitions and fund share repurchases, among other things. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the company's cash balance for the period. InterDigital defines “free cash flow” as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, technology licenses and investments in patents. InterDigital's computation of free cash flow might not be comparable to free cash flow reported by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. A detailed reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is provided at the end of this press release.

(dollars in thousands except per share data)
For the Three Months
Ended June 30,
For the Six Months
Ended June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Per-unit royalty revenue$55,989 $33,916 $131,572 $70,404
Fixed fee amortized royalty revenue33,373 38,250 66,746 55,186
Current patent royalties89,362 72,166 198,318 125,590
Past patent royalties27,260 119,922 27,277 120,772
Total patent licensing royalties116,622 192,088 225,595 246,362
Current technology solutions revenue1,845 2,146 3,250 4,916
Past technology solutions revenue84 84 800
$118,551 $194,234 $228,929 $252,078
Patent administration and licensing31,212 31,272 62,837 64,966
Development18,326 22,901 36,317 38,788
Selling, general and administrative10,435 11,689 19,953 19,993
59,973 65,862 119,107 123,747
Income from operations58,578 128,372 109,822 128,331
OTHER EXPENSE (NET)(7,746) (3,602) (12,982) (7,566)
Income before income taxes50,832 124,770 96,840 120,765
INCOME TAX PROVISION(18,877) (46,658) (36,553) (45,208)
NET INCOME$31,955 $78,112 $60,287 $75,557
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest(647) (789) (1,380) (1,483)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO INTERDIGITAL, INC.$32,602 $78,901 $61,667 $77,040
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE — BASIC$0.91 $1.95 $1.69 $1.90
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE — DILUTED$0.89 $1.93 $1.67 $1.90
Note: Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period amounts to conform to the current period presentation.

(dollars in thousands)
For the Three Months
Ended June 30,
For the Six Months
Ended June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Income before income taxes$50,832 $124,770 $96,840 $120,765
Taxes paid(24,050) (12,424) (36,764) (22,823)
Non-cash expenses20,763 19,213 39,022 33,178
Increase in deferred revenue18,273 242,361 90,776 256,859
Deferred revenue recognized(41,865) (47,701) (86,022) (74,336)
Increase (decrease) in operating working capital, deferred charges and other1,342 (293,079) (76,786) (283,362)
Capital spending and capitalized patent costs(8,255) (9,475) (17,520) (18,578)
FREE CASH FLOW17,040 23,665 9,546 11,703
Tax benefit from share-based compensation624 66 2,163 1,196
Acquisition of patents (25,275) (20,000) (25,275)
Proceeds from noncontrolling interests1,276 1,275 2,551 2,550
Dividends paid(7,232) (4,045) (14,665) (8,088)
Share repurchases(19,841) (8,454) (70,572) (8,454)
Proceeds from other financing activities4,500 4,500
Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes 316,000
Purchase of convertible bond hedge (59,376)
Proceeds from issuance of warrants 42,881
Payment of debt issuance costs (9,403)
Net proceeds from exercise of stock options26 10 26 353
Unrealized loss on short-term investments21 1,067 16 466

(dollars in thousands)
JUNE 30,
Cash & short-term investments$907,595 $703,928
Accounts receivable (net)108,717 51,702
Current deferred tax assets68,409 54,019
Other current assets32,473 32,227
Property & equipment and patents (net)271,183 278,086
Other long-term assets (net)72,745 73,000
TOTAL ASSETS$1,461,122 $1,192,962
Current portion of long-term debt$221,607 $
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, taxes payable & dividends payable66,548 80,474
Current deferred revenue110,198 124,695
Long-term deferred revenue312,592 293,342
Long-term debt & other long-term liabilities257,346 218,774
TOTAL LIABILITIES968,291 717,285
Noncontrolling interest8,520 7,349
TOTAL EQUITY492,831 475,677

In the summary consolidated cash flows and throughout this release, the company refers to free cash flow. The table below presents a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
For the Three Months
Ended June 30,
For the Six Months
Ended June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net cash provided by operating activities $25,295 $33,140 $27,066 $30,281
Purchases of property, equipment, & technology licenses (491) (246) (1,329) (1,466)
Capitalized patent costs (7,764) (9,229) (16,191) (17,112)
Free cash flow $17,040 $23,665 $9,546 $11,703

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