Sequans Communications Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results
May 3, 2022

PARIS – May 3, 2022 – Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a leading developer and provider of 5G/4G solutions for IoT devices, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

 

First Quarter 2022 Summary Results Table:

(in US$ millions, except share and per share data)

Q1 2022

Q4 2021

Q1 2021

Revenue

          $13.9   

       $13.8   

         $12.3   

Gross profit

             9.5   

           7.9   

             6.2   

Gross margin (%)

68.1  %

57.1  %

50.1  %

Operating loss

            (2.0)  

          (4.0)  

           (5.8)  

Net Profit (Loss)

             2.0   

          (7.7)  

          (11.4)   

Diluted earnings (loss) per ADS

          $0.04   

      ($0.21)   

        ($0.33)  

Non-IFRS diluted earnings per ADS *

         ($0.04)   

      ($0.09)   

        ($0.15)  

Weighted average number of diluted ADS

46,013,404    

37,497,367

34,664,779    

* See Use of Non-IFRS/non-GAAP Financial Measures disclosure on page 3. IFRS Net Profit (Loss) includes significant non-cash interest expense and change in value of embedded derivative that are excluded from Non-IFRS measures

 

“Sequans is off to a strong start in 2022. First quarter revenue grew by more than 12% year-over-year and, when adjusted to exclude the $1.1 million of the Verizon Jetpack contribution from the first quarter 2021, revenue grew by 23.7% year-over-year,” said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. “The main revenue growth driver in the quarter was our LTE-M/NB business with our Monarch products family, which grew more than 24% sequentially and 125% year-over-year, driven by design wins moving into mass production. Also, the Broadband category grew 35% year-over-year, attributable to increased services and licensing revenue from our existing 5G agreements with our strategic partner and Renesas. This increase in service and licensing revenue significantly boosted our gross margin in the first quarter to 68.1%, up from 50.1% in the same quarter last year and 57.1% in the prior quarter. The increased margin contribution narrowed our operating loss and reduced our non-IFRS net loss to $1.8 million from a non-IFRS net loss of $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2021.

 

“We successfully executed an MOU with a new strategic partner that, once concluded, is expected to fully fund the balance of our 5G investment in the Taurus platform,” continued Mr. Karam. “The definitive agreement is currently being finalized with the goal of closing by June 30th. In parallel with this new strategic partnership, our strong position in 5G has led to other additional non-exclusive, high-potential strategic discussions. These are opportunities that would further expand our addressable market by increasing penetration in existing markets or providing access to new markets that we do not currently serve. We expect to have further clarity on these initiatives over the course of the year.”

 

Mr. Karam concluded, “We are closely monitoring potential business hurdles for the remainder of 2022, including the recent lockdowns in China, the upsurge in the Russia-Ukraine war, and our wafer supply from TSMC. Regarding the lockdown in China, we have managed to limit the impact on our shipment in Q1 and we continue to monitor this closely. In terms of our small R&D team located in Ukraine, they continue to work and successfully meet their deliverables. The impact of the Ukrainian crisis on our execution was minimal. Lastly, with the help of TSMC, we expect to have sufficient wafers supply to meet our customers’ demand for 2022. Sequans has a close working relationship with the team at TSMC, who support our goals and our cellular IoT strategy.”

 

 

Q2 2022 Outlook

 

The following statement is based on management’s current assumptions and expectations and assumes no increase in the severity or duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. This statement is forward-looking and actual results may differ materially.

 

Management is targeting sequential growth in the second quarter but continues to monitor potential impacts on revenue of China’s pandemic lockdowns and of supply chain disruptions on the timing of product shipments and project advancement.  Gross margin is expected to be above 55% in the quarter, driven by a strong component of service and licensing revenue.

 

Management plans to update the outlook once the strategic 5G agreement is closed.

 

 

First Quarter 2022 Highlights:

 

Revenue: Revenue was $13.9 million, an increase of 0.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021 and an increase of 12.7% compared to the first quarter of 2021.

 

Gross margin: Gross margin was 68.1% compared to 57.1% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and compared to 50.1% in the first quarter of 2021.

 

Operating loss:  Operating loss was $2.0 million compared to $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $5.8 million in the first quarter of 2021.

 

Net profit / loss: Net profit was $2.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted ADS, compared to net loss of $7.7 million, or ($0.21) per ADS, in the fourth quarter of 2021 and a net loss of $11.4 million, or ($0.33) per ADS, in the first quarter of 2021. Net profit in the first quarter of 2022 includes a $6.4 million gain on the change in fair value of the convertible debt derivative whereas in the fourth quarter of 2021 there was a loss of $1.2 million.

 

Net loss and diluted loss per ADS:  Excluding the non-cash stock-based compensation, the non-cash impact of the fair-value and effective interest adjustments related to the convertible debt with embedded derivatives and other financings,  non-IFRS net loss was $1.8 million, or ($0.04) per ADS, compared to $3.5 million, or ($0.09) per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2021, and $5.1 million, or ($0.15) per ADS, in the first quarter of 2021. The non-IFRS net loss includes foreign exchange gains of $370,000, or $0.01 per ADS, in the first quarter of 2022, $135,000, or less than $0.01 per ADS, in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $1.4 million, or $0.04 per ADS, in the first quarter of 2021.

 

Cash: Cash and cash equivalents and short-term deposits at March 31, 2022 totaled $26.3 million compared to $4.8 million at December 31, 2021.

 

 

 

Conference Call and Webcast

Sequans plans to conduct a teleconference and live webcast to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of 2022 today, May 3, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. ET /14:00 CET. o participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 877-407-0792 or +1 201-689-8263 if outside the U.S. When prompted, provide the event title or access code: 13728393. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available from the Investors section of the Sequans website at https://www.sequans.com/company/investor-relations/webcasts-and-presentations/. An audio replay of the conference call will be available until May 24, 2022, by dialing toll free 844-512-2921 or 412-317-6671 from outside the U.S., using the following access code: 13728393.

 

 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains projections and other forward-looking statements regarding future events, including strategic agreements, or our future financial performance and potential financing sources. All statements other than present and historical facts and conditions contained in this release, including any statements regarding future results of operations and financial positions, business strategy and plans, including financing alternatives for our 5G business and ability to enter into a new 5G strategic agreement, expectations for Massive IoT sales, the impact of the Covid-19 on our supply chain and on customer demand, our expectation for sufficient capacity to meet customer demand in 2022, the impact of component shortages and manufacturing capacity, our ability to convert our pipeline to revenue and our objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). These statements are only predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risk and uncertainties and subject to change at any time. We undertake no obligation to update the information made in this release in the event facts or circumstances subsequently change after the date of this press release. We operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not rely on or place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the projections or forward-looking statements. In addition to the risk factors contained in our Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein include, without limitation: (i) the contraction or lack of growth of markets in which we compete and in which our products are sold, (ii) unexpected increases in our expenses, including manufacturing expenses, (iii) our inability to adjust spending quickly enough to offset any unexpected revenue shortfall, (iv) delays or cancellations in spending by our customers, (v) unexpected average selling price reductions, (vi) the significant fluctuation to which our quarterly revenue and operating results are subject due to cyclicality in the wireless communications industry and transitions to new process technologies, (vii) our inability to anticipate the future market demands and future needs of our customers, (viii) our inability to achieve new design wins or for design wins to result in shipments of our products at levels and in the timeframes we currently expect, (ix) our inability to enter into and execute on strategic alliances, (x) our ability to meet performance milestones under strategic license agreements, (xi) the impact of natural disasters on our sourcing operations and supply chain, (xii) the impact of Covid-19 on the ability to operate our business and research, production of our products or demand for our products by customers whose supply chain is impacted or whose operations have been impacted by government shelter-in-place or similar orders, (xiii) our ability to raise debt and equity financing, and (xv) other factors detailed in documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Use of Non-IFRS/non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, we disclose certain non-IFRS, or non-GAAP, financial measures.  These measures exclude the non-cash stock-based compensation and the non-cash impacts of convertible debt amendments, conversions and repayments, effective interest adjustments related to the convertible debt with embedded derivatives and other financings; and deferred tax benefit or expense related to the convertible debt and other financings.  We believe that these measures can be useful to facilitate comparisons among different companies.  These non-GAAP measures have limitations in that the non-GAAP measures we use may not be directly comparable to those reported by other companies.  We seek to compensate for this limitation by providing a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the table attached to this press release.

 

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading developer and provider of 5G and 4G chips and modules for IoT devices. For 5G/4G massive IoT applications, Sequans provides a comprehensive product portfolio based on its flagship Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT and Calliope Cat 1 chip platforms, featuring industry-leading low power consumption, a large set of integrated functionalities, and global deployment capability. For 5G/4G broadband and critical IoT applications, Sequans offers a product portfolio based on its Cassiopeia 4G Cat 4/Cat 6 and planned high-end Taurus 5G chip platforms, optimized for low-cost residential, enterprise, and industrial applications. Founded in 2003, Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Taiwan, South Korea, and China.

Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.comwww.facebook.com/sequanswww.twitter.com/sequans

 

Media Relations:  Kimberly Tassin, +1.425.736.0569, Kimberly@sequans.com

Investor Relations: Kimberly Rogers, +1 385.831-7337, krogers@sequans.com

 

Condensed financial tables follow

 

 

 

 

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts)

March 31,
2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

March 31,
2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product revenue

$          5,925 

 

$          6,924 

 

$          8,548 

 

 

Services and license revenue

            7,966 

 

            6,886 

 

            3,773 

 

Total revenue

          13,891 

 

         13,810 

 

         12,321 

 

Cost of revenue

            4,436 

 

            5,922 

 

            6,143 

 

Gross profit

            9,455 

 

            7,888 

 

            6,178 

 

Operating expenses :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

            6,414 

 

            6,678 

 

            7,254 

 

 

Sales and marketing

            2,521 

 

            2,342 

 

            2,294 

 

 

General and administrative

            2,492 

 

            2,897 

 

            2,460 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

          11,427 

 

         11,917 

 

         12,008 

 

Operating loss

           (1,972)

 

          (4,029)

 

          (5,830)

 

Financial income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income (expense), net

           (2,672)

 

          (2,475)

 

          (2,711)

 

 

Change in fair value of convertible debt derivative

            6,397 

 

          (1,176)

 

          (4,090)

 

 

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

               370

 

               135 

 

            1,358 

 

Profit (Loss) before income taxes

            2,123 

 

          (7,545)

 

        (11,273)

 

Income tax expense

               104

 

               173 

 

               147 

 

Profit (Loss)

$          2,019 

 

$        (7,718)

 

$      (11,420)

 

Attributable to :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the parent

            2,019 

 

          (7,718)

 

        (11,420)

 

 

Minority interests

                  —

 

                 —

 

                 —

 

Basic loss per ADS

            $0.05 

 

          ($0.21)

 

          ($0.33)

 

Diluted loss per ADS

            $0.04 

 

          ($0.21)

 

          ($0.33)

 

Weighted average number of ADS used for computing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Basic

   41,142,823 

 

  37,497,367 

 

  34,664,779 

 

— Diluted

   46,013,404 

 

  37,497,367 

 

  34,664,779 

 

 

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

At March 31,

 

At Dec 31,

(in thousands of US$)

2022

 

2021

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

$                  7,700

 

$                   8,010

 

Intangible assets

                 44,255 

 

                   37,984 

 

Deposits and other receivables

                   2,252

 

                     2,311 

 

Other non-current financial assets

                      350

 

                       357

 

     Total non-current assets

                 54,557 

 

                   48,662 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

                   7,539

 

                     6,433

 

Trade receivables

                   5,551

 

                   13,622 

 

Contract assets

                      973

 

                       789

 

Prepaid expenses

                   2,153

 

                     2,108

 

Other receivables

                   6,722

 

                     7,252

 

Research tax credit receivable

                   7,136

 

                     5,863

 

Short-term deposits

                 16,500 

 

                          —

 

Cash and cash equivalents

                   9,803

 

                     4,835

 

     Total current assets

                 56,377 

 

                   40,902 

Total assets

$              110,934 

 

$                 89,564 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Issued capital, euro 0.02 nominal value, 186,564,726  shares authorized, issued and outstanding at March  31, 2022 (151,419,322  shares at December 31, 2021)

$                  4,554

 

$                   3,687

 

Share premium

                327,661 

 

                 298,389 

 

Other capital reserves

                 58,513 

 

                   57,198 

 

Accumulated deficit

               (381,535)

 

                (383,554)

 

Other components of equity

                     (181)

 

                        (26)

 

     Total equity

                   9,012

 

                  (24,306)

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Government grant advances, loans and other liabilities

                   8,005

 

                     9,354

 

Convertible debt

                 38,103 

 

                   36,373 

 

Convertible debt embedded derivative

                   3,684

 

                   10,081 

 

Lease liabilities

                   3,040

 

                     3,373

 

Trade payables

                   3,798

 

                       964

 

Provisions

                   2,212

 

                     2,137

 

Deferred tax liabilities

                      134

 

                       138

 

Contract liabilities

                   2,269

 

                     2,706

 

     Total non-current liabilities

                 61,245 

 

                   65,126 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

                 11,396 

 

                   13,916 

 

Interest-bearing receivables financing

                   9,738

 

                     9,518

 

Lease liabilities

                   1,261

 

                     1,247

 

Government grant advances and loans

                   5,811 

 

                     6,206

 

Contract liabilities

                   4,122

 

                     8,677

 

Other current liabilities and provisions

                   8,349

 

                     9,180

 

     Total current liabilities

                 40,677 

 

                   48,744 

Total equity and liabilities

$              110,934 

 

$                 89,564 

 

 

 

 

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands of US$)

2022

 

2021

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit (Loss) before income taxes

$            2,123 

 

$       (11,273)

 

Non-cash adjustment to reconcile income before tax to net cash from (used in) operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and impairment of property, plant and equipment

                826 

 

               875 

 

 

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

             1,574 

 

            1,895 

 

 

Share-based payment expense

             1,315 

 

            1,160 

 

 

Increase in provisions

                  70

 

                 41

 

 

Interest expense, net

             2,672 

 

            2,734 

 

 

Change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

            (6,397)

 

            4,090 

 

 

Foreign exchange loss (gain)

                 (89)

 

           (1,115)

 

Working capital adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease (Increase) in trade receivables and other receivables

             8,215 

 

          10,141 

 

 

Decrease (increase) in inventories

            (1,106)

 

            1,604 

 

 

Increase  in research tax credit receivable

               (659)

 

               380 

 

 

Increase in trade payables and other liabilities

            (4,286)

 

               208 

 

 

Decrease in contract liabilities

            (5,456)

 

           (2,812)

 

 

Increase (Decrease) in government grant advances

            (1,200)

 

            1,390 

 

Income tax paid

               (298)

 

              (120)

Net cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities

            (2,696)

 

            9,198 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment

            (1,259)

 

           (3,610)

 

Capitalized development expenditures

            (4,231)

 

           (2,279)

 

Purchase of financial assets

                  66

 

           (2,698)

 

Decrease (increase) of short-term deposit

          (16,500)

 

          10,900 

 

Interest received

                  —

 

                 23

Net cash flow provided by (used in) investments activities

          (21,924)

 

            2,336 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of warrants, exercise of stock options/warrants

                  —

 

                 87

 

Public and private equity offering proceeds, net of transaction costs paid

            30,139 

 

                 —

 

Proceeds (Repayment of) from interest-bearing receivables financing

                359 

 

           (2,976)

 

Proceeds from interest-bearing research project financing

                  —

 

              (181)

 

Payment of lease liabilities

               (246)

 

              (448)

 

Repayment of government loans

               (110)

 

              (121)

 

Repayment of venture debt

                  —

 

           (1,460)

 

Repayment of interest-bearing research project financing

               (241)

 

                 —

 

Interest paid

               (311)

 

              (533)

Net cash flows from (used in) financing activities

            29,590 

 

           (5,632)

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

             4,970 

 

            5,902 

 

Net foreign exchange difference

                   (2)

 

                 10

 

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1

             4,835 

 

            7,574 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

             9,803 

 

          13,486 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

 

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts)

Three months ended

March 31,
2022

 

December 31, 2021

 

March 31,
2021

Net IFRS loss as reported

$          2,019 

 

$         (7,718)

 

$      (11,420)

Add back

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

            1,315 

 

            1,861 

 

            1,160 

 

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

           (6,397)

 

            1,176 

 

            4,090 

 

Non-cash interest on convertible debt  and other financing (2)

            1,218 

 

            1,219 

 

            1,085 

Non-IFRS loss adjusted

$         (1,845)

 

$         (3,462)

 

$        (5,085)

IFRS basic loss per ADS as reported

            $0.05 

 

           ($0.21)

 

          ($0.33)

Add back

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

            $0.03 

 

            $0.05 

 

            $0.03 

 

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

           ($0.15)

 

            $0.03 

 

            $0.12 

 

Non-cash interest on convertible debt  and other financing (2)

            $0.03 

 

            $0.03 

 

            $0.03 

Non-IFRS basic loss per ADS

           ($0.04)

 

           ($0.09)

 

          ($0.15)

IFRS diluted loss per ADS

            $0.04 

 

           ($0.21)

 

          ($0.33)

Add back

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

            $0.03 

 

            $0.05 

 

            $0.03 

 

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

           ($0.14)

 

            $0.03 

 

            $0.12 

 

Non-cash interest on convertible debt  and other financing (2)

            $0.03 

 

            $0.03 

 

            $0.03 

Non-IFRS diluted loss per ADS

           ($0.04)

 

           ($0.09)

 

          ($0.15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Included in the IFRS loss as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of product revenue

$                29

 

$                14 

 

$               15 

 

 

Research and development

                470 

 

                555 

 

               554 

 

 

Sales and marketing

                290 

 

                346 

 

               217 

 

 

General and administrative

                526 

 

                946 

 

               374 

 

(2) Related to the difference between contractual and effective interest rates

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