SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Thursday, February 18, 2021 — PDF Solutions, Inc. (“PDF Solutions” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PDFS), a leading provider of differentiated data and analytics solutions to the semiconductor and electronics industries, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.
- Total full year 2020 revenues of $88.0 million, up 3% year-over-year
- Analytics revenue grew by 15% for full year 2020 year-over-year
- Analytics accounted for 65% of total 2020 full year revenues
- GAAP Gross Margin of 58% for full year 2020
- Non-GAAP Gross Margin of 63% for full year 2020
- Operating activities generated $21.8 million in cash during the full year 2020
- Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $145.3 million at the end of 2020
- Strategic partnership with Advantest Corporation during the third quarter of 2020, including issuance of $65.2 million in our common stock and a five-year Exensio cloud-based subscription agreement for a minimum of $50.0 million
- Completed acquisition of Cimetrix Incorporated, a leading global provider of equipment connectivity products for smart manufacturing, during the fourth quarter of 2020
Highlights of Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $22.4 million, compared to $23.1 million for the third quarter of 2020 and $22.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Analytics revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $14.5 million, compared to $14.3 million for the third quarter of 2020 and $13.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Integrated Yield Ramp revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $7.9 million, compared to $8.8 million for the third quarter of 2020 and $9.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Total revenues for the full year 2020 and 2019 were $88.0 million and $85.6 million, respectively.
GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 56%, compared to 59% for the third quarter of 2020 and 60% for the fourth quarter of 2019. GAAP gross margin for the full year 2020 and 2019 was 58% and 61%, respectively.
Non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 61%, compared to 63% for the third quarter of 2020 and 64% for the fourth quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP gross margin for the full year 2020 and 2019 was 63% and 65%, respectively.
PDF Solutions® Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results
Tax provision for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $26.4 million, compared to tax benefit of $0.9 million for the third quarter of 2020 and tax benefit of $0.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Tax provision for the full year 2020 was $22.3 million compared to tax benefit of $1.9 million for the full year 2019. In fourth quarter of 2020, we recognized a full valuation allowance against our U.S. net deferred tax assets pursuant to ASC 740, Income Taxes.
On a GAAP basis, net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $33.4 million, or ($0.91) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.7 million, or ($0.08) per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020, and compared to a net loss of $1.3 million, or ($0.04) per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2019. On a GAAP basis, net loss for the full year 2020 was $40.4 million, or ($1.17) per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss of $5.4 million, or ($0.17) per basic and diluted share, for the full year 2019.
Non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.3 million, or ($0.03) per diluted share, compared to a net income of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020, and compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP net loss for the full year 2020 was $0.8 million, or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $4.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the full year 2019.
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at December 31, 2020, were $145.3 million, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $97.6 million at December 31, 2019. The increase was due mainly to the gross proceeds from issuance of common stock pursuant to strategic partnership with Advantest Corporation during the third quarter of 2020, partially offset by cash used in the acquisition of Cimetrix Incorporated during the fourth quarter of 2020. Operating activities generated $21.8 million in cash during the year ended December 31, 2020.
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 webcast on PDF Solutions’ website at http://ir.pdf.com/webcasts. A replay of the webcast 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 https://www.pdf.com/press-releases following the date of this release.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Commentary Available Online
A Management Report reviewing the Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K and published on the Company’s website at http://ir.pdf.com/financial-reports. Analysts and investors are encouraged to review this commentary prior to participating in the conference call.
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 gross margin excludes stock-based compensation expense and the amortization of acquired technology. Non-GAAP net income (loss) excludes the effects of non-recurring items (including restructuring charges, severance payments, adjustments to contingent consideration related to acquisition, and expenses related to an arbitration proceeding for a disputed contract with a customer), acquisition-related costs, write-down in value of property and equipment, stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired technology and other acquired intangible assets, and their related income tax effects, as applicable, as well as adjustments for the non-cash portion of income taxes, tax impact of the CARES Act and valuation allowance for deferred tax assets. 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 and acquisition-related costs) 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.
The press release and the planned conference call regarding the Company’s future expected business performance and financial results may include forward-looking statements that are subject to future events and circumstances. 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; the continuing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the semiconductor industry and on the Company’s operations or demand for the Company’s products; the time required of the Company’s executive management for, and the expenses related to, as well as the success of the Company’s strategic growth opportunities and partnerships, including its partnership with Advantest Corporation; our ability to successfully integrate the Cimetrix acquisition; 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, 2019, 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. The Company has not filed its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. As a result, all financial results described in this earnings release should be considered preliminary, and are subject to change to reflect the completion of our audit and any necessary adjustments or changes in accounting estimates that are identified prior to the time the Company files the Form 10-K.
About PDF Solutions
PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS) is a leading provider of advanced data analytics, machine learning, and equipment connectivity. PDF Solutions provides a comprehensive end-to-end analytics platform for smart manufacturing connectivity, data collection and management, and machine-learning analytics for the semiconductor and electronics ecosystem, enabling companies improve the yield, quality, and reliability across the entire product lifecycle. Organizations of all sizes around the world rely on the Exensio® and Cimetrix® platforms to connect, collect, monitor, and analyze data at scale to drive efficient and profitable high-volume manufacturing.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, PDF Solutions also operates worldwide in Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. For the Company’s latest news and information, visit https://www.pdf.com/.
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