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PDF Solutions® Reports Third Fiscal Quarter Results


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDF Solutions, Inc. ("PDF Solutions" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:PDFS), the leading provider of process-design integration technologies to enhance integrated circuit (IC) manufacturability, today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Fiscal Quarter 2018 Results

Total revenues for the third fiscal quarter of 2018 were $20.2 million, down 4% from $21.1 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 and down 24% from $26.5 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2017. Design-to-silicon-yield solutions revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2018 was $14.0 million, down 8% from $15.3 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 and down 27% from $19.2 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2017. Gainshare performance incentives revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2018 was $6.2 million, up 5% from $5.9 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 and down 15% from $7.3 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2017.

On a GAAP basis, net loss for the third fiscal quarter of 2018 was $2.1 million, or $(0.06) per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss of $2.1 million, or $(0.07) per basic and diluted share, for the second fiscal quarter of 2018, and compared to net income of $0.6 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, for the third fiscal quarter of 2017.

Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2018, were $96.8 million, compared to $101.3 million at December 31, 2017.

Non-GAAP net income for the third fiscal quarter of 2018 was $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to $0.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the second fiscal quarter of 2018, and compared to $3.6 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the third fiscal quarter of 2017.   

As previously announced, PDF Solutions will discuss these results on a live conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. The call will be simultaneously web cast on PDF Solutions' website at A replay of the web cast will be available at the same website address beginning approximately two hours after completion of the live call. A copy of this press release, including the disclosure and reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures, which non-GAAP measures may be used periodically by PDF Solutions' management when discussing financial results with investors and analysts, will also be available on PDF Solutions' website at following the date of this release.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Commenced time-based-license usage for largest China-based deployment of Exensio® platform at a major IDM
  • Deployed the Exensio platform at seven additional OSATs, with more than 900 testers, designed to give global fabless customers real-time access to their test and assembly data
  • Moved headquarters to Santa Clara, CA, for a significantly lower annual rent
  • Added Gerald Yin, Chairman and CEO of AMEC, a global micro-fabrication equipment company serving customers in the semiconductor industry, and Mike Gustafson, Executive Chairman of Druva, a company that provides data management-as-a-service, to the Board of Directors

Third Fiscal Quarter 2018 Financial Commentary Available Online

A Management Report reviewing the Company's third fiscal quarter 2018 financial results, as well as providing updated 2018 financial outlook, will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on the Company's website at Analysts and investors are encouraged to review this commentary prior to participating in the conference call webcast.

Information Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to providing results that are determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), PDF Solutions also provides certain non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP net income excludes the effects of non-recurring items (including severance payments), stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired technology and other acquired intangible assets, and their related income tax effects, as applicable, as well as adjusts for the non-cash portion of income taxes. These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management internally to measure the Company's profitability and performance. PDF Solutions' management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the Company's ongoing operations in light of the fact that none of these categories of expense has a current effect on the future uses of cash (with the exception of certain non-recurring items) nor do they impact the generation of current or future revenues. These non-GAAP results should not be considered an alternative to, or a substitute for, GAAP financial information, and may differ from similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In particular, these non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures of income or loss as a measure of performance, or to cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity. Since management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to measure profitability and performance, PDF Solutions has included these non-GAAP measures to give investors an opportunity to see the Company's financial results as viewed by management. A reconciliation of the comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures is provided at the end of the Company's financial statements presented below.  

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements made on the planned conference call regarding the Company's future expected business performance and financial results are forward looking and are subject to events and circumstances of the future. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: customers' production volumes under contracts that, provide Gainshare royalties, cost and schedule of new product development; continued adoption of the Company's solutions by new and existing customers; project milestones or delays and performance criteria achieved; the provision of technology and services prior to the execution of a final contract; and other risks set forth in PDF Solutions' periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, most recently filed for the year ended December 31, 2017, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to such reports. The forward-looking statements made in the conference call are made as of the date hereof, and PDF Solutions does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

About PDF Solutions

PDF Solutions enables customers to reduce the time to market of integrated circuits ("ICs"), lower the cost of IC design and manufacturing and improve both quality and profitability. The Company has developed proprietary hardware and software and provides services that target the entire systems value chain, including the activities from technology development and the design of a semiconductor product through volume manufacturing of devices and subsequent system assembly and test.

PDF Solutions' products and services consist of proprietary test structures and electrical test systems, physical intellectual property, enterprise platform software and professional services. The Company's Characterization Vehicle ®  (CV ® ) electrical test chip infrastructure provides core modeling capabilities, and is used by more leading manufacturers than any other test chips in the industry. The Design-for-Inspection solution includes the proprietary eProbe ® e-beam tool and extends the Company's electrical characterization technologies into the e-beam measurement of extremely dense test structures, or DFI cells, across an entire fabrication process. Proprietary Template layout patterns for standard cell libraries optimize area, performance, and manufacturability for designing IC products. The Exensio ®  platform for big data unlocks relevant, actionable information buried in wafer fabrication, process control and test data through key components: Exensio ®  -Yield, Exensio ®  -Control, Exensio ®  -Test, Exensio ®  -ALPS, and Exensio ®  -Char. The Exensio ® platform is available either on-premise or via software as a service (SaaS).

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, PDF Solutions operates worldwide with additional offices in Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. PDF Solutions is listed on The NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol PDFS. For the Company's latest news and information, visit

Characterization Vehicle, CV, Exensio, eProbe, PDF Solutions, and the PDF Solutions logo are registered trademarks of PDF Solutions, Inc. or its subsidiaries. ALPS, Design-for-Inspection, DFI, and Template are trademarks of PDF Solutions, Inc. or its subsidiaries. 

(In thousands)        
    September 30,       December 31,  
    2018       2017  
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents  $   96,788     $   101,267  
Accounts receivable, net      52,744         57,564  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      10,890         5,069  
Total current assets      160,422         163,900  
Property and equipment, net      34,120         25,386  
Goodwill     1,923         1,923  
Intangible assets, net     5,317         6,074  
Deferred tax assets     17,714         16,348  
Other non-current assets      8,163         10,545  
Total assets  $   227,659     $   224,176  
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable  $   3,286     $   2,536  
Accrued compensation and related benefits      4,969         6,493  
Accrued and other current liabilities      4,386         2,627  
Deferred revenues - current portion     7,360         7,981  
Billings in excess of recognized revenues     669         -   
Total current liabilities      20,670         19,637  
Long-term income taxes payable     4,140         3,902  
Other non-current liabilities     1,954         2,269  
Total liabilities      26,764         25,808  
Stockholders' equity:              
Common stock and additional paid-in-capital     308,103         297,955  
Treasury stock at cost      (78,752 )       (71,793 )
Accumulated deficit      (27,337 )       (27,089 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,119 )       (705 )
Total stockholders' equity 
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