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PDF Solutions Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results

Oct 28, 2008 - SAN JOSE, Calif. (PDF Solutions, Inc.)

PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDFS) the leading provider of yield improvement technologies and services for the integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing process life cycle, today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2008.

Total revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2008 totaled $18.8 million, down 11% from $21.1 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2008 and down 22% when compared with total revenue of $24.1 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2007. Gain share revenue totaled $5.4 million, down 4% from $5.7 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2008 and down 20% when compared to gain share revenue of $6.8 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2007. Net loss for the third fiscal quarter was $12.2 million, or $0.44 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share in the second fiscal quarter of 2008 and a net loss for the third fiscal quarter of 2007 of $939,000, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share.

In addition to using GAAP results in evaluating PDF Solutions' business, management also believes it is useful to measure results using a non-GAAP measure of net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired technology and intangible assets, loss on sale of commercial paper from bankrupt institution, deferred tax asset valuation allowance and their related income tax effects, as applicable. Using this non-GAAP measure, the non-GAAP net income for the third fiscal quarter of 2008 totaled approximately $192,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $5.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the third fiscal quarter of 2007.

Additionally, during the third quarter ended September 30, 2008, PDF Solutions utilized a portion of the $10 million share repurchase plan previously authorized by its Board of Directors to repurchase 81,300 of its shares on the open market at a weighted average cost of $6.11, for a total repurchase value of $497,000. Early in the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2008, PDF Solutions completed its acquisition of the fault, detection and classification business of Triant Holdings, Inc., a British Columbia corporation. Additional information regarding this acquisition is described in Form 8-K's filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 2, 2008 and October 14, 2008.

As previously announced, PDF Solutions will discuss these results on a live conference call beginning at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time/6:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. The call will be simultaneously web cast on PDF Solutions' website at http://ir.pdf.com/events.cfm. A replay of the web cast will be available at the same website address beginning approximately two hours after completion of the live call. Further, 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 be available on PDF Solutions' website at http://www.pdf.com/news_archive.phtml following the date of this release.

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 that exclude the effects of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired technology and intangible assets, loss on sale of commercial paper from bankrupt institutions, deferred tax asset valuation allowances, and their related income tax effects, as applicable. PDF Solutions' management believes that the presentation of these measures provides useful supplemental information to investors regarding PDF Solutions' operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management internally to measure the company's profitability and performance. PDF Solutions' management believes that excluding the effects of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired technology and intangible assets, loss on sale of commercial paper from bankrupt institution, deferred tax asset valuation allowance, and their related income tax effects, as applicable, provides a useful supplemental measure of 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 loss on sale of commercial paper from bankrupt institution) nor do they have use with regards to 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 be different 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 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 non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measure is provided at the end of the company's financial statements presented below.

About PDF Solutions
PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDFS) is the leading provider of yield improvement technologies and services for the IC manufacturing process life cycle. PDF Solutions offers solutions that are designed to enable clients to lower costs of IC design and manufacture, enhance time to market, and improve profitability by addressing design and manufacturing interactions from product design to initial process ramps to mature manufacturing operations. PDF Solutions' Characterization Vehicle® (CV®) test chips provide the core modeling capabilities, and are used by more leading manufacturers than any other test chips in the industry. PDF Solutions' industry leading yield management system software, dataPOWER®, and fault detection and classification software, mÊstria®, enhance yield improvement and production control activities at leading fabs around the world. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., PDF Solutions operates worldwide with additional offices in China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. For the company's latest news and information, visit http://www.pdf.com/

Characterization Vehicle, CV, dataPOWER, mÊstria, PDF Solutions, and the PDF Solutions logo are registered trademarks of PDF Solutions, Inc.


PDF SOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands)

September 30, December 31,
2008 2007
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 27,026 $ 35,315
Short-term investments 15,178 9,949
Accounts receivable, net 33,355 38,526
Prepaid expenses, deferred tax assets, and other current assets 5,543 5,030
Total current assets 81,102 88,820
Property and equipment, net 3,049 3,621
Non-current investments 841 --
Goodwill 64,103 65,170
Intangible assets, net 10,342 12,818
Other non-current assets 600 8,922
Total assets $ 160,037 $ 179,351
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERSí EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 393 $ 421
Accounts payable 1,810 3,469
Accrued compensation and related benefits 5,874 5,950
Other accrued liabilities 2,292 2,604
Taxes payable 31 208
Deferred revenue 2,966 3,159
Billings in excess of recognized revenue 115 553
Total current liabilities 13,481 16,364
Long-term debt 550 907
Long-term taxes payable 3,339 5,581
Other liabilities 1,295 29
Total liabilities 18,665 22,881
Stockholdersí equity:
Preferred stock -- --
Common stock 4 4
Additional paid-in-capital 187,373 181,566
Treasury stock, at cost (14,632) (11,524)
Accumulated deficit (33,569) (16,892)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,196 3,316
Total stockholdersí equity 141,372 156,470
Total liabilities and stockholdersí equity $ 160,037 $ 179,351


PDF SOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
September 30
Nine Months Ended
September 30
2008 2007 2008 2007
Revenue:
Design-to-silicon-yield solutions: $ 13,348 $ 17,261 $ 43,824 $ 52,318
Gainshare performance incentives 5,417 6,807 16,402 17,590
Total revenue 18,765 24,068 60,226 69,908
Cost of design-to-silicon-yield solutions:
Direct costs of design-to-silicon-yield solutions 7,152 8,100 22,185 22,976
Amortization of acquired technology 631 1,331 1,893 4,516
Total cost of design-to-silicon-yield solutions 7,783 9,431 24,078 27,492
Gross margin 10,982 14,637 36,148 42,416
Operating Expenses:
Research and development 7,835 9,008 26,045 26,175
Selling, general and administrative 5,401 5,789 17,346 18,278
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets 194 985 583 3,029
Restructuring charges -- -- 1,471 --
Total operating expenses 13,430 15,782 45,445 47,482
Loss from operations (2,448) (1,145) (9,297) (5,066)
Interest and other income, net (343) 322 397 1,347
Loss before taxes (2,791) (823) (8,900) (3,719)
Income tax provision 9,433 116 7,777 276
Net loss $ (12,224) $ (939) $ (16,677) $ (3,995)
Net loss per share - basic and diluted $ (0.44) $ (0.03) $ (0.60) $ (0.14)
Weighted average common shares - basic and diluted 27,540 28,223 27,663 28,127


PDF SOLUTIONS, INC.
NON-GAAP RESULTS (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
September 30
2008 2007
GAAP net loss $ (12,224) $ (939)
Stock-based compensation expense - cost of design-to-silicon yield solutions 454 435
Stock-based compensation expense - research and development 536 553
Stock-based compensation expense - selling, general and aministrative 723 682
Amortization of aquired core technology 631 1,331
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets 194 985
Loss on sale of commercial paper from bankrupt institution 445 --
Deferred tax asset valuation allowance 9,433 --
Tax impact on reversal of stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets -- 2,280
Non-GAAP net income $ 192 $ 5,327
GAAP net loss per diluted share $ (0.44) $ (0.03)
Non-GAAP net income per diluted share $ 0.01 $ 0.19
Shares used in computing diluted non-GAAP measure of net income per share 27,688 28,713