Sequans Communications Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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  • July 30, 2019

PARIS- July 30, 2019 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter Highlights:

Revenue: Revenue was $8.1 million, an increase of 15.1% compared to the first quarter of 2019, primarily due to higher product revenue in broadband and IoT, partially offset by a decrease in other revenue. Q2 revenue represented a decrease of 36.0% compared to the second quarter of 2018, reflecting primarily the decline in the emerging broadband revenue discussed previously.

Gross margin: Gross margin was 40.1% compared to 41.0% in the first quarter of 2019, due to a decrease in other revenue and a higher proportion of modules in the product mix and compared to 39.4% in the second quarter of 2018.

Operating loss: Operating loss was $6.6 million compared to an operating loss of $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2019 and an operating loss of $7.0 million in the second quarter of 2018.

Net loss: Net loss was $8.9 million, or ($0.09) per diluted share/ADS, compared to a net loss of $9.0 million, or ($0.10) per diluted share/ADS, in the first quarter of 2019 and a net loss of $8.1 million, or ($0.09) per diluted share/ADS, in the second quarter of 2018.

Non-IFRS Net loss: Excluding the non-cash stock-based compensation, the non-cash impacts of convertible debt amendments, effective interest adjustments related to the convertible debt and other financings, and deferred tax benefit or expense related to the convertible debt and other financings, non-IFRS net loss was $7.6 million, or ($0.08) per diluted share/ADS, compared to a non-IFRS net loss of $7.8 million, or ($0.08) per diluted share/ADS in the first quarter of 2019, and a non-IFRS net loss of $6.8 million, or ($0.07) per diluted share/ADS, in the second quarter of 2018.

Cash: Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2019 totaled $5.9 million compared to $7.6 million at March 31, 2019. The Company expects to collect the 2018 French research credit and some grant proceeds totaling approximately $3 million in September. To provide additional financial flexibility, Sequans has secured an offer from a major shareholder to provide additional financing of up to $15 million in debt and/or equity should the Company need such financing between now and February 1, 2020.

“The IoT business showed strong sequential growth in Q2, with the Cat 1 business growing and Cat M/NB momentum accelerating as expected,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Total product revenue grew 49% sequentially, with the ongoing improvement in the broadband business also contributing to the increase. Our pipeline of projects from vertical customers continues to expand and, although revenue recognition tends to be lumpy, we expect this business to grow, particularly in the satellite space. We continue to expect IoT revenue to accelerate sequentially during the second half, along with gradual improvement from the broadband business.

“On the strategic front, we believe that we are well-positioned to supply LTE for IoT connectivity that will significantly enhance the offerings of a number of mass-market technology providers and continue to be engaged in a number of ongoing and new discussions. In particular, the deal we have referred to previously as being the most advanced is under discussions regarding potentially expanding its scope,” added Dr. Karam.

In millions of US$ except percentages, shares and per share amounts

Key Metrics
Q2 2019

%*

Q1 2019

%*

Q2 2018

%*

Revenue

$8.1

$7.0

$12.7

Gross profit

3.3

40.1 %

2.9

41.0 %

5.0

39.4 %

Operating loss

(6.6 ) (81.3 )%

(7.4

)

(105.2 )%

(7.0

)

(55.0 )%

Net loss

(8.9 ) (109.7 )%

(9.0

)

(128.4 )%

(8.1

)

(63.9 )%

Diluted EPS

($0.09 )

($0.10

)

($0.09

)

Weighted average number of diluted shares/ADS

94,970,749

94,788,726

94,459,289

Cash flow from (used in) operations

(5.7 )

(4.6

)

(8.0

)

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposit at quarter-end

5.9

7.6

7.0

Additional information on non-cash items:

– Stock-based compensation included in operating result

0.4

0.5

0.5

– Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing

1.0

0.9

0.7

– Non-cash impact of convertible debt amendment

– Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

(0.2 )

(0.1

)

Non-IFRS diluted EPS (excludes non-cash stock-based compensation, impact of convertible debt amendments, effective interest adjustments related to the convertible and other debt and embedded derivative, impact of revaluation of interest-free government loan) and related deferred tax benefit (expense)

($0.08 )

($0.08

)

($0.07

)

* Percentage of revenue

Q3 2019 Outlook

The following statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Sequans undertakes no obligation to update these statements.

Sequans expects revenue for the third quarter of 2019 to continue the trend of sequential improvement and also expects that this trend will continue through the balance of the year.

Conference Call and Webcast

Sequans plans to conduct a teleconference and live webcast to discuss the preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2019 today, July 30, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. EDT /14:00 CET. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 800-230-1059 (or 612-3320806) if outside the U.S. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available from the Investors section of the Sequans website at www.sequans.com/investors/. A replay of the conference call will be available until August 30, 2019 by dialing toll free 800-475-6701 or 320-365-3844 from outside the U.S., using the following access code: 469454.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains projections and other forward-looking statements regarding future events 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 our future results of operations and financial positions, business strategy and plans, expectations for IoT and Broadband sales, the potential for new strategic transactions 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 operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not 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. 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) the impact of natural disasters on our sourcing operations and supply chain, (xi) our ability to remediate material weaknesses in our internal controls relating to the impact of accounting changes relating to deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities related to the application of IFRS to deferred taxes on debt instruments with equity components, and (xii) other factors detailed in documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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, effective interest adjustments related to the convertible debt 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 provider of single-mode 4G LTE wireless semiconductor solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) and a wide range of broadband data devices. Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and delivered seven generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in 4G networks around the world. Today, Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamliteLTE™, optimized for IoT and M2M devices and StreamrichLTE™, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and home and portable router devices. The company is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China.

Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com; www.facebook.com/sequans; www.twitter.com/sequans

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) June 30,

2019

March 31,

2019

June 30,

2018

Revenue :

Product revenue

$

6,966

$

4,681

$

9,921

Other revenue

1,136

2,357

2,737

Total revenue 8,102

7,038

12,658

Cost of revenue

Cost of product revenue

4,368

3,575

7,127

Cost of other revenue

482

574

549

Total cost of revenue 4,850

4,149

7,676

Gross profit 3,252

2,889

4,982

Operating expenses :

Research and development

5,773

6,157

7,152

Sales and marketing

2,026

2,221

2,518

General and administrative

2,038

1,913

2,276

Total operating expenses 9,837

10,291

11,946

Operating loss (6,585 )

(7,402 )

(6,964 )
Financial income (expense):

Interest income (expense), net

(2,214

)

(1,976

)

(1,240

)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

(303

)

322

188

Loss before income taxes (9,102 )

(9,056 )

(8,016 )
Income tax expense (benefit)

(213

)

(17

)

74

Loss $ (8,889 )

$ (9,039 )

$ (8,090 )
Attributable to :

Shareholders of the parent

(8,889

)

(9,039

)

(8,090

)

Minority interests

Basic loss per share

($0.09

)

($0.10

)

($0.09

)

Diluted loss per share

($0.09

)

($0.10

)

($0.09

)

Weighted average number of shares used for computing:

— Basic

94,970,749

94,788,726

94,459,289

— Diluted

94,970,749

94,788,726

94,459,289

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Six months ended June 30,
(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts) 2019

2018

Revenue :

Product revenue

$

11,647

$

17,556

Other revenue

3,493

6,336

Total revenue 15,140

23,892

Cost of revenue

Cost of product revenue

7,943

12,988

Cost of other revenue

1,056

1,238

Total cost of revenue 8,999

14,226

Gross profit 6,141

9,666

Operating expenses :

Research and development

11,930

14,671

Sales and marketing

4,247

5,003

General and administrative

3,951

4,247

Total operating expenses 20,128

23,921

Operating loss (13,987 )

(14,255 )
Financial income (expense):

Interest income (expense), net

(4,190

)

(2,467

)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

19

(24

)

Loss before income taxes (18,158 )

(16,746 )
Income tax expense (benefit)

(230

)

93

Loss $ (17,928 )

$ (16,839 )
Attributable to :

Shareholders of the parent

(17,928

)

(16,839

)

Minority interests

Basic loss per share

($0.19

)

($0.18

)

Diluted loss per share

($0.19

)

($0.18

)

Weighted average number of shares used for computing:

— Basic

94,879,648

92,954,235

— Diluted

94,879,648

92,954,235

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

At June 30,

At Dec 31,
(in thousands of US$) 2019

2018 (1)

ASSETS

Non-current assets

Property, plant and equipment

$

8,717

$

6,271

Intangible assets

15,640

12,409

Deposits and other receivables

391

394

Other non-current financial assets

334

337

Total non-current assets

25,082

19,411

Current assets

Inventories

6,881

8,243

Trade receivables

12,467

13,177

Contract assets

2,297

2,707

Prepaid expenses and other receivables

4,144

3,237

Recoverable value added tax

418

565

Research tax credit receivable

4,736

3,148

Cash and cash equivalents

5,854

12,086

Total current assets

36,797

43,163

Total assets $ 61,879

$ 62,574

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

Equity

Issued capital, euro 0.02 nominal value, 95,056,279 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 (94,732,539 shares at December 31, 2018)

$

2,384

$

2,384

Share premium

233,739

225,470

Other capital reserves

41,397

39,768

Accumulated deficit

(289,965

)

(272,036

)

Other components of equity

(610

)

(605

)

Total equity

(13,055

)

(5,019

)

Non-current liabilities

Government grant advances and loans

6,796

5,674

Venture Debt

9,498

11,811

Convertible debt and accrued interest

17,747

19,723

Lease liabilities

4,112

Provisions

1,804

1,689

Deferred tax liabilities

725

691

Deferred revenue

566

808

Total non-current liabilities

41,248

40,396

Current liabilities

Trade payables

7,417

9,412

Interest-bearing receivables financing

7,339

10,295

Venture Debt

3,348

823

Convertible debt and accrued interest

6,526

Lease liabilities

2,131

Government grant advances and loans

835

688

Other current liabilities

5,121

4,654

Deferred revenue

774

973

Provisions

195

352

Total current liabilities

33,686

27,197

Total equity and liabilities $ 61,879

$ 62,574

(1) Updated from the 2018 earnings release provided on February 19, 2019. See Sequans’ Form 20-F filed on May 1, 2019

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

Six months ended June 30,
(in thousands of US$) 2019

2018
Operating activities

Loss before income taxes

$ (18,158 )

$ (16.746 )

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

Depreciation and impairment of property, plant and equipment

2,074

1,550

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

2,252

1,581

Share-based payment expense

917

1,058

Increase (decrease) in provisions

(61

)

23

Financial expense (income)

4,190

2,467

Foreign exchange loss (gain)

(188

)

(126

)

Loss (Gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(32

)

Working capital adjustments

Decrease (Increase) in trade receivables and other receivables

769

(49

)

Decrease (Increase) in inventories

1,362

(279

)

Increase in research tax credit receivable

(1,313

)

(1,739

)

Decrease in trade payables and other liabilities

(1,442

)

(1,001

)

Decrease in deferred revenue

(441

)

(46

)

Decrease in government grant advances

(163

)

(613

)

Income tax paid

(130

)

(59

)

Net cash flow used in operating activities (10,364 )

(13,979 )
Investing activities

Purchase of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment

(822

)

(2,137

)

Capitalized development expenditures

(2,187

)

(1,324

)

Sale (purchase) of financial assets

6

21

Interest received

5

64

Net cash flow used in investments activities (2,998 )

(3,376 )
Financing activities

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

30

Public equity offering proceeds, net of transaction costs paid

20,840

Proceeds from issuing of warrants, net of transaction costs paid

8,269

Proceeds (Repayment of) from interest-bearing receivables financing

(2,956

)

779

Proceeds from interest-bearing research project financing

1,126

Proceeds from convertible debt, net of transaction costs

2,984

Payment of lease liabilities

(923

)

Repayment of government loans

(113

)

(235

)

Interest paid

(1,257

)

(330

)

Net cash flows from financing activities 7,130

21,084

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(6,232

)

3.729

Net foreign exchange difference

(2

)

Cash and cash equivalent at January 1

12,086

2,948

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 5,854

$ 6,675

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts) Three months ended
June 30,

2019

March 31,

2019

June 30,

2018

Net IFRS loss as reported $ (8,889 )

$ (9,039 )

$ (8,090 )
Add back

Stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

429

488

526

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

1,041

872

745

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

(166

)

(76

)

$ (7,585 )

$ (7,755 )

$ (6,819 )
IFRS basic loss per share as reported ($0.09 )

($0.10 )

($0.09 )
Add back

Stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.00

$0.01

$0.01

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

$0.01

$0.01

$0.01

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Non-IFRS basic loss per share ($0.08 )

($0.08 )

($0.07 )
IFRS diluted loss per share ($0.09 )

($0.10 )

($0.09 )
Add back

Stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.00

$0.01

$0.01

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

$0.01

$0.01

$0.01

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Non-IFRS diluted loss per share ($0.08 )

($0.08 )

($0.07 )

(1) Included in the IFRS loss as follows:

Cost of product revenue

$

3

$

2

$

3

Research and development

121

140

127

Sales and marketing

60

68

73

General and administrative

245

278

323

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

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts) Six months ended June 30,
2019

2018
Net IFRS loss as reported $ (17,928 )

$ (16,839 )
Add back

Stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

917

1,058

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

1,913

1,416

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

(242

)

$ (15,340 )

$ (14,365 )
IFRS basic loss per share as reported ($0.19 )

($0.18 )
Add back

Stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.01

$0.01

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

$0.02

$0.02

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.00

Non-IFRS basic loss per share ($0.16 )

($0.15 )
IFRS diluted loss per share ($0.19 )

($0.18 )
Add back

Stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.01

$0.01

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

$0.02

$0.02

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.00

Non-IFRS diluted loss per share ($0.16 )

($0.15 )

(1) Included in the IFRS loss as follows:

Cost of product revenue

$

5

$

6

Research and development

261

266

Sales and marketing

128

153

General and administrative

523

633

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

 

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