Monolithic Power Systems Announces Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015 and Resolution with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service

"MPS continues to execute against its plan," said Michael Hsing, CEO and founder of MPS.  "We expect to deliver high growth quality revenue."

In April 2015, MPS's Board of Directors approved an extension of the current stock buyback program to December 31, 2015.

Resolution with the Internal Revenue Service

MPS also announced today a settlement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that resolves the IRS audit of MPS's taxes for the years 2005 through 2007. The settlement includes the following elements:

  • During the second quarter of 2015, MPS will make a payment of $1.2 million for taxes related primarily to the revaluation of a license to certain intellectual property rights of the company to one of its foreign subsidiaries.
  • The Buy-In payment is final and no additional payment will be required with respect to the intellectual property license for the years under examination or for a previous or subsequent tax year.
  • MPS expects to make a $1.1 million related interest payment in the next few months as well as a $0.2 million tax payment for the years 2008 to 2013. 
  • Under GAAP, the income tax impact is recorded in the period of resolution. Therefore, the results for the Company's second quarter will include a one-time net charge of $2.3 million reflecting the taxes and interest to be paid, partially offset by the reversal of previously accrued tax liabilities and valuation allowances. Of the $2.3 million charge, approximately $1.6 million relates to taxes and $0.7 million to interest.
  • There were no penalties assessed on MPS.
  • The agreement permits MPS to repatriate approximately $17.4 million of cash from its foreign subsidiary without any U.S. federal tax consequences other than those summarized above.

Business Outlook

The following are MPS' financial targets for the second quarter ending June 30, 2015:

  • Revenue in the range of $79 million to $83 million.
  • GAAP gross margin between 53.7% and 54.7%.  Non-GAAP(1) gross margin between 54.5% and 55.5%.  This excludes an estimated impact of stock-based compensation expenses of 0.3% and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of 0.5%.
  • GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses between $32.6 million and $34.6 million. Non-GAAP(1) R&D and SG&A expenses between $24.3 million and $25.3 million. This excludes an estimate of stock-based compensation expenses in the range of $8.3 million to $9.3 million.
  • Total stock-based compensation expense of $8.6 million to $9.6 million.
  • Litigation expenses of $200,000 to $400,000.
  • Other income of $200,000 to $300,000 before foreign exchange gains or losses.
  • Fully diluted shares outstanding between 40.7 million and 41.1 million before shares buyback.

 (1) Non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses and non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses differ from net income, earnings per share, gross margin, operating expenses, and R&D and SG&A expenses determined in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States). Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, deferred compensation plan income/expense and related tax effects. Non-GAAP gross margin for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense and deferred compensation plan income/expense. Projected non-GAAP gross margin excludes the effect of stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets. Projected non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A schedule reconciling non-GAAP financial measures is included at the end of this press release. MPS utilizes both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to assess what it believes to be its core operating performance and to evaluate and manage its internal business and assist in making financial operating decisions. MPS believes that the inclusion of non-GAAP financial measures, together with GAAP measures, provides investors with an alternative presentation useful to investors' understanding of MPS' core operating results and trends. Additionally, MPS believes that the inclusion of non-GAAP measures, together with GAAP measures, provides investors with an additional dimension of comparability to similar companies. However, investors should be aware that non-GAAP financial measures utilized by other companies are not likely to be comparable in most cases to the non-GAAP financial measures used by MPS.

Conference Call
MPS plans to conduct an investor teleconference covering its quarter ended March 31, 2015 results at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET, April 22, 2015. To access the conference call and the following replay of the conference call, go to http://ir.monolithicpower.com and click on the webcast link. From this site, you can listen to the teleconference, assuming that your computer system is configured properly. In addition to the webcast replay, which will be archived for all investors for one year on the MPS website, a phone replay will be available for seven days after the live call at (404) 537-3406, code number 23954504. This press release and any other information related to the call will also be posted on the website.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains, and statements that will be made during the accompanying teleconference will contain, forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among other things, (i) projected revenues, GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin, GAAP and non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses, stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, litigation expenses and diluted shares outstanding for the quarter ending June 30, 2015, (ii) our outlook for the long-term prospects of the company, including our performance against our business plan, expected revenue growth and the prospects of our new product families, (iii) our ability to penetrate new markets and expand our market share, (iv) the seasonality of our business, (v) our ability to reduce our expenses, (vi) the income tax impact from the resolution of audits with the Internal Revenue Service, and (vii) statements of the assumptions underlying or relating to any statement described in (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi). These forward-looking statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance or events, are based on current expectations, estimates, beliefs, assumptions, goals, and objectives, and involve significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from the results expressed by these statements. Readers of this press release and listeners to the accompanying conference call are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, our ability to attract new customers and retain existing customers; acceptance of, or demand for, MPS' products, in particular the new products launched within the past 18 months, being different than expected; competition generally and the increasingly competitive nature of our industry; any market disruptions or interruptions in MPS' schedule of new product release development; adverse changes in production and testing efficiency of our products; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of companies and products that we acquire, and our ability to effectively and efficiently integrate these acquired companies and products into our operations; adverse changes in government regulations in foreign countries where MPS has offices or operations; the effect of catastrophic events; adequate supply of our products from our third-party manufacturer; the risks, uncertainties and costs of litigation in which we are involved; the outcome of any upcoming trials, hearings, motions and appeals; the adverse impact on MPS' financial performance if its tax and litigation provisions are inadequate; adverse changes or developments in the semiconductor industry generally; difficulty in predicting or budgeting for future customer demand and channel inventories, expenses and financial contingencies; and other important risk factors identified in MPS' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 2, 2015 .

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