InterDigital Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

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

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

  • Third quarter 2015 recurring revenue was $78.6 million, consisting of current patent royalties and current technology solutions revenue, representing an increase of 7% compared to recurring revenue of $73.2 million in third quarter 2014. This increase in recurring revenue was primarily attributable to a 16% increase in per-unit royalties, driven by increased shipments by Pegatron Corporation ("Pegatron") and our other Taiwan-based licensees.

  • Total revenue was $100.4 million, compared to $77.6 million in third quarter 2014. Third quarter 2015 total revenue included $21.8 million of past sales.

  • Third quarter 2015 operating expenses were $55.0 million, compared to $62.3 million in third quarter 2014. This 12% decrease in operating expenses was primarily driven by a $4.9 million decrease in intellectual property enforcement and a $1.4 million decrease in consulting services. These and other decreases were partially offset by a $0.9 million increase in commercial initiatives expenses related to IoT and next generation network technologies.

  • Net income1 was $24.5 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared to net income of $13.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in third quarter 2014.

“The ongoing market strength of our licensees continues to drive recurring revenue growth, even as we work to expand our licensee base," said William J. Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital. "That growth, coupled with our careful expense management, highlights the tremendous operating leverage of our business, which positions us very strongly as revenues expand."

Additional Financial Highlights for Third Quarter 2015

  • In third quarter 2015, the company used $7.7 million of free cash flow.2 This compares to $147.8 million of positive free cash flow in third quarter 2014, primarily attributable to the higher cash receipts from the patent license agreement with Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (“Samsung”) signed during 2014. Ending cash and short-term investments totaled $867.4 million.

  • During third quarter 2015, the company repurchased 0.4 million shares of common stock for $18.5 million. In addition, from October 1, 2015 through October 29, 2015, the company repurchased an additional 147,000 shares at a cost of $7.4 million. Since initiating our current $400 million stock repurchase program in June 2014, the company has repurchased a total of 5.4 million shares for $249.0 million, representing approximately 15% of the company's shares outstanding at the time the program was authorized.

  • Companies that accounted for ten percent or more of third quarter 2015 total revenue were Sony Corporation of America (32%), Pegatron (23%), and Samsung (17%).

  • The company's third quarter 2015 effective tax rate was approximately 36.2% as compared to 3.8% during third quarter 2014, based on the statutory federal tax rate net of discrete federal and state taxes. The third quarter 2014 effective tax rate benefited from the inclusion of a $5.7 million discrete net benefit from available U.S. federal research and development tax credits.

Conference Call Information

InterDigital will host a conference call on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its third quarter 2015 financial performance and other company matters. A live Internet webcast of the conference call will be available at, under "Events and Presentations" in the Investors Section. 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 October 30 and give the operator Conference ID number 371670.

An Internet replay of the conference call will be available on InterDigital's website in the Investors section, under "Events and Presentations." In addition, a telephone replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET October 30 through 1:00 p.m. ET November 4. To access the recorded replay, call (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and use the replay code 371670.

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.

For more information, visit the InterDigital website:

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 work to expand our licensee base. 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 September 30,
For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Per-unit royalty revenue$43,698 $37,626 $175,270 $108,030
Fixed fee amortized royalty revenue33,373 33,359 100,119 88,545
Current patent royalties77,071 70,985 275,389 196,575
Past patent royalties21,817 2,414 49,094 123,186
Total patent licensing royalties98,888 73,399 324,483 319,761
Patent sales 1,999 1,999
Past technology solutions revenue 84 800
Current technology solutions revenue1,520 2,224 4,770 7,140
$100,408 $77,622 $329,337 $329,700
Patent administration and licensing28,363 33,923 91,200 98,889
Development16,618 19,072 52,935 57,860
Selling, general and administrative10,040 9,286 29,993 29,279
55,021 62,281 174,128 186,028
Income from operations45,387 15,341 155,209 143,672
OTHER EXPENSE (NET)(8,108) (3,167) (21,090) (10,733)
Income before income taxes37,279 12,174 134,119 132,939
INCOME TAX (PROVISION) BENEFIT(13,491) 461 (50,044) (44,747)
NET INCOME$23,788 $12,635 $84,075 $88,192
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest(732) (877) (2,112) (2,360)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO INTERDIGITAL, INC.$24,520 $13,512 $86,187 $90,552
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE — BASIC$0.68 $0.34 $2.38 $2.25
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE — DILUTED$0.68 $0.34 $2.35 $2.23
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 September 30,
For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Income before income taxes$37,279 $12,174 $134,119 $132,939
Taxes paid(7,069) (63,168) (43,833) (85,991)
Non-cash expenses20,991 19,367 60,013 52,545
Increase in deferred revenue276 14,013 91,052 270,872
Deferred revenue recognized(39,936) (44,814) (125,958) (119,150)
(Decrease) increase in operating working capital, deferred charges and other(10,885) 218,176 (87,671) (65,186)
Capital spending and capitalized patent costs(8,321) (7,943) (25,841) (26,521)
FREE CASH FLOW(7,665) 147,805 1,881 159,508
Tax benefit from share-based compensation(38) 22 2,126 1,218
Acquisition of patents (1,025) (20,000) (26,300)
Purchase of long-term investments(6,594) (6,594)
Proceeds from noncontrolling interests 1,275 2,550 3,825
Dividends paid(7,179) (8,032) (21,844) (16,120)
Share repurchases(18,480) (79,568) (89,052) (88,022)
Proceeds from other financing activities 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 options3 16 29 369
Unrealized loss on short-term investments(198) (703) (182) (237)

(dollars in thousands)
Cash & short-term investments$867,444 $703,928
Accounts receivable (net)116,079 51,702
Current deferred tax assets68,873 54,019
Other current assets33,884 32,227
Property & equipment and patents (net)289,490 278,086
Other long-term assets (net)72,922 73,000
TOTAL ASSETS$1,448,692 $1,192,962
Current portion of long-term debt$224,348 $
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, taxes payable & dividends payable65,882 80,474
Current deferred revenue116,352 124,695
Long-term deferred revenue290,100 293,342
Long-term debt & other long-term liabilities260,400 218,774
TOTAL LIABILITIES957,082 717,285
Noncontrolling interest5,287 7,349
TOTAL EQUITY491,610 475,677


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 September 30,
For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net cash provided by operating activities $656 $155,748 $27,722 $186,029
Purchases of property, equipment, & technology licenses (506) (1,730) (1,835) (3,196)
Capitalized patent costs (7,815) (6,213) (24,006) (23,325)
Free cash flow $(7,665) $147,805 $1,881 $159,508

CONTACT: InterDigital, Inc.: Patrick Van de Wille +1 (858) 210-4814

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