All financial results are reported on a U.S. GAAP basis.
Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was $11.3 million, as compared to revenue of $17.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, and $16.4 million for the first quarter of 2013.
Net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders for the first quarter of 2014 was $5.5 million or $0.080 per basic and diluted American Depositary Share ("ADS"). This compares to net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders of $0.8 million or $0.012 per basic and diluted ADS, for the fourth quarter of 2013, and net income attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders of $0.4 million or $0.006 per basic and diluted ADS, for the first quarter of 2013.
Actions Semiconductor reported gross margin of 23.1% for the first quarter of 2014, compared to gross margin of 22.2% for the fourth quarter of 2013, and 36.2% for the first quarter of 2013. The Company ended the first quarter with $219.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, together with time deposits, trading securities and marketable securities, current and non-current.
Since the share repurchase program commenced in 2007, the Company has invested approximately $51.5 million in repurchasing its shares. As of March 31, 2014, approximately 22.5 million ADSs were repurchased. The Company's Board of Directors today authorized an increase to 50 million ADSs from 30 million ADSs for the share repurchase program. In addition, at the Company's 2014 annual general meeting held today, shareholders approved the Company's future repurchases from time to time of its Ordinary Shares and ADSs (and the underlying Ordinary Shares representing such ADSs) at such time, at such price, and in such manner and on such other terms as determined by the Company's Board of Directors.
"In the first quarter of 2014, the whitebox tablet market experienced soft demand, primarily due to the buildup of inventory by tablet manufacturers in late 2013 in advance of the Chinese New Year holiday. Combined with more intense competition in the whitebox tablet market following the entry of two large players and typical seasonality related to the Chinese New Year holiday, revenue came in below our expectations. Meanwhile, our bottom line was impacted by our ongoing aggressive pricing strategy, an unanticipated inventory write-down which reduced gross margin by about 4% and a $2.5 million unrealized, non-cash foreign exchange loss associated with the rapid depreciation of the Chinese RMB against the U.S. dollar," stated Dr. Zhenyu Zhou, CEO of Actions Semiconductor.
"Although more intense competition and other dynamics in the whitebox tablet market are expected to impact our near term performance, we believe the tablet market still holds the strongest growth potential for Actions. We expect growth in shipments of our OWL Series product family for tablets in the remainder of the year. We also anticipate good traction from our new quad-core solution for Over-the-top (OTT) set top boxes with advanced multimedia features and Bluetooth 4.0 dual-mode boombox solutions."
"In terms of our corporate development, we have initiated a reorganization of our group structure which will put us in a better position to monetize the vast intellectual property portfolio we have developed over the years, including entering into additional licensing contracts and joint venture agreements. We are also mindful of the intense competition for quality engineers in China. We will be rethinking and rolling out better incentive programs for our employees in the coming months, particularly with respect to our talented engineers," Dr. Zhou concluded.
The following statements are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements.
Based on current market trends, the Company expects revenue in the second quarter of 2014 to be in the range of $15.0 to $17.0 million. The Company expects revenue in the second half of 2014 to return to a strong growth trajectory, driven primarily by growth in shipments of its OWL Series product family of chipsets.
Conference Call Details
Actions Semiconductor's first quarter of fiscal year 2014 teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 1-888-549-7750 (within U.S.) or 1-480-629-9722 (outside U.S.) at least ten minutes prior to the call. The conference ID number is 4680482. Actions Semiconductor will also offer a live and archived webcast of the conference call, accessible from the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at www.actions-semi.com. An audio replay of the call will be available to investors through May 16, 2014 by dialing 1-800-406-7325 (within U.S.) or 1-303-590-3030 (outside U.S.) and entering access code 4680482.
About Actions Semiconductor
Actions Semiconductor is one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics. Actions Semiconductor products include SoCs, firmware, software, solution development kits, as well as detailed specifications of other required components. Actions Semiconductor also provides total product and technology solutions that allow customers to quickly introduce new portable consumer electronics to the mass market in a cost effective way. The Company is headquartered in Zhuhai, China, with offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit the Actions Semiconductor website at http://www.actions-semi.com.
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