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MaxLinear, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results


MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL), a leading provider of RF, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, and industrial and multi-market applications, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights

GAAP basis:

  • Net revenue was $80.0 million, down 3% sequentially, and down 6% year-on-year.
  • GAAP gross margin was 52.4%, compared to 53.4% in the prior quarter, and 51.6% in the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP operating expenses were $45.2 million in the third quarter 2019, or 57% of net revenue, compared to $47.0 million in the prior quarter, or 57% of net revenue, and $56.4 million in the year-ago quarter, or 66% of net revenue.
  • GAAP loss from operations was 4% of revenue, compared to loss from operations of 4% in the prior quarter, and loss from operations of 15% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Net cash flow provided by operating activities was $21.8 million.
  • GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.07, compared to diluted loss per share of $0.03 in the prior quarter, and diluted loss per share of $0.20 in the year-ago quarter.

Non-GAAP basis:

  • Non-GAAP gross margin was 63.1%. This compares to 63.9% in the prior quarter, and 62.5% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses were $30.8 million, or 38% of revenue, compared to $32.8 million or 40% of revenue in the prior quarter, and $35.6 million or 42% of revenue in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP income from operations was 25% of revenue, compared to 24% in the prior quarter, and 21% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.23, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.22 in the prior quarter, and diluted earnings per share of $0.19 in the year-ago quarter.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Announced availability of the MxL93515 and MxL93516, new Telluride PAM4 DSPs optimized for 100G applications.
  • Announced that Delta Electronics, Inc. has selected MaxLinear's Telluride PAM4 DSPs to develop sub-3.5W 100G single lambda DR, FR, and LR optical modules.
  • Announced that Centera Photonics Inc. has selected MaxLinear's Telluride PAM4 DSPs and PAM 4 transimpedance amplifier for its next generation 400G-DR4 and 100G-DR1 optical modules.

Management Commentary

"In the third quarter, revenue results were in line with our guidance, gross margin remained solid, and operating expenses declined on disciplined execution. We also generated more than $21 million in cash from operations. We are focused on delivering our new 5G wireless radio and fiber-optic datacenter high-speed interconnect products as we expand into new large, high-growth infrastructure markets," commented Kishore Seendripu, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO.

"We are excited to confirm our first 5G wireless radio-platform design-win at a tier-1 wireless OEM for our industry leading 14nm CMOS 4x4 Quad RF transceiver system-on-chip solution. Early customer evaluation feedback across major OEMs confirms that we are hitting the mark on the feature sets required by this demanding market. We are on track to see initial revenues in 2020 for the 5G market enabled by significant content increases per base station. In early 2020, we also expect production adoption of our 100 gigabit and 400 gigabit PAM4 DSP SoCs in the hyperscale data center market." continued Dr. Seendripu.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Business Outlook

The company expects revenue in the fourth quarter 2019 to be approximately $67 million to $73 million. The Company also estimates the following:

  • GAAP gross margin of approximately 52.0% to 52.5%;
  • Non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 63.5% to 64.0%;
  • GAAP operating expenses of approximately $44.0 million to $44.5 million; and
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses of approximately $29.5 million to $30.5 million.

Webcast and Conference Call

MaxLinear will host its third quarter financial results conference call today, October 24, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time). To access this call, dial US toll free: 1-877-407-3109 / International: 1-201-493-6798. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the investor relations section of the MaxLinear website at, and will be archived and available after the call at until November 7, 2019. A replay of the conference call will also be available until November 7, 2019 by dialing US toll free: 1-877-660-6853 / International: 1-201-612-7415 and Conference ID#: 13692485.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning our future financial performance (including specifically our current guidance for fourth quarter 2019 revenue, gross margins, and operating expenses) and statements concerning expectations of potential developments in our target markets, including management's views with respect to the prospects for and trends in our connected home and 5G wireless and fiber-optic high-speed interconnect infrastructure markets. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Risks and uncertainties affecting our business and future operating results include, without limitation, intense competition in our industry; our dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will develop, including in particular new markets we are entering such as the 5G wireless and fiber-optic data center high-speed interconnect infrastructure markets but also existing markets such as connected home; uncertainties concerning the outcome of global trade negotiations, export control limitations, and heightened geopolitical risks generally; potential uncertainties arising from continued consolidation among cable television and satellite operators in our target markets and continued consolidation among competitors within the semiconductor industry generally; our ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of those products, particularly as we seek to expand outside of our historic markets; potential decreases in average selling prices for our products; risks relating to intellectual property protection and the prevalence of intellectual property litigation in our industry; the impact on our financial condition of the indebtedness arising from the Exar transaction; our reliance on a limited number of third party manufacturers; and our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply.

In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the SEC on February 5, 2019, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on May 1, 2019 and for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 filed with the SEC on July 25, 2019, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K, as well as the information to be set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in MaxLinear's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, which we expect to file shortly. All forward-looking statements are based on the estimates, projections and assumptions of management as of October 24, 2019, and MaxLinear is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated financial statements presented on a basis consistent with GAAP, we disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP gross margin, operating expenses, operating expenses as a percentage of revenue, income from operations as percentage of revenue, effective tax rate, net income and diluted earnings per share. These supplemental measures exclude the effects of (i) stock-based compensation expense; (ii) accruals related to our performance based bonus plan for 2019, which we currently intend to settle in shares of our common stock; (iii) accruals related to our performance based bonus plan for 2018 which we settled in shares of common stock in 2019; (iv) amortization of purchased intangible assets; (v) depreciation of fixed assets step-up; (vi) professional fees and settlement costs related to our previously disclosed IP and commercial litigation matters; (vii) severance and other restructuring charges; (viii) non-cash income tax benefits and expenses and effects of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or Tax Act, as applicable; and (ix) non-recurring gain on reversal of liability. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with and do not serve as an alternative for GAAP. We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our GAAP results of operations. These non-GAAP measures should only be viewed in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures. We compensate for the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of our performance.

We believe that non-GAAP financial measures can provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain non-cash and other one-time expenses that are not indicative of our core operating results. Among other uses, our management uses non-GAAP measures to compare our performance relative to forecasts and strategic plans and to benchmark our performance externally against competitors. In addition, management's incentive compensation will be determined in part using these non-GAAP measures because we believe non-GAAP measures better reflect our core operating performance.

The following are explanations of each type of adjustment that we incorporate into non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense relates to equity incentive awards granted to our employees, directors, and consultants. Our equity incentive plans are important components of our employee incentive compensation arrangements and are reflected as expenses in our GAAP results. Stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense for MaxLinear. While we include the dilutive impact of equity awards in weighted average shares outstanding, the expense associated with stock-based awards reflects a non-cash charge that we exclude from non-GAAP net income.

Bonuses under our executive and non-executive bonus programs have been excluded from our non-GAAP net income for all periods reported. Bonus payments for the 2018 performance periods were settled through the issuance of shares of common stock under our equity incentive plans in February 2019. We currently expect that bonus awards under our fiscal 2019 program will be settled in common stock in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

Expenses incurred (gains recognized) in relation to acquisitions include amortization of purchased intangible assets, depreciation of step-up of property and equipment to fair value, and non-recurring gain on reversal of liability for an assumed indemnification obligation.

Restructuring charges incurred are related to our restructuring plans which eliminate redundancies and primarily include severance and restructuring costs related to exiting certain facilities.

Expenses incurred in relation to our intellectual property and commercial litigation include professional fees incurred.

Income tax benefits and expense adjustments are those that do not affect cash income taxes payable. Effects of the Tax Act were excluded from non-GAAP effective tax rate, as applicable.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures for the historic periods disclosed in this press release appear below. Because of the inherent uncertainty associated with our ability to project future charges, particularly related to stock-based compensation and its related tax effects as well as potential impairments, we have not provided a reconciliation for non-GAAP guidance provided for the fourth quarter 2019.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL) is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit

MXL is MaxLinear's registered trademark. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.



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