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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D. C. 20549
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012
For the transition period from to
Commission file number: 001-33435
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (408) 943-7100
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of large accelerated filer, accelerated filer and smaller reporting company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x
The number of shares of the Registrants Common Stock, $0.001 par value, outstanding at May 1, 2012 was:49,716,543
QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Cavium, Inc., (the Company), was incorporated in the state of California on November 21, 2000 and was reincorporated in the state of Delaware effective February 6, 2007. Effective June 17, 2011, the Company changed its corporate name from Cavium Networks, Inc. to Cavium, Inc. The Company designs, develops and markets semiconductor processors for intelligent and secure networks.
The Company completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Wavesat Inc. (Wavesat) on January 25, 2011 and Celestial Semiconductor, Ltd. (Celestial Semiconductor) on March 4, 2011. For a complete discussion of the Companys acquisition of Wavesat and Celestial Semiconductor, see Note 5.
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Presentation
The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Cavium, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.
The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or GAAP, and with the instructions to Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, Form 10-Q and Article 10 of SEC Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. For further information, these financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33435) on file with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2011.
The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contain all normal recurring accruals and adjustments that, in the opinion of management, are necessary to present fairly the Companys condensed consolidated financial position at March 31, 2012, and the condensed consolidated results of its operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, and condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011. The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year.
The condensed consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2011 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP.
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, there were no significant changes to the significant accounting policies and estimates discussed in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, except for the adoption of the new standard on goodwill impairment effective January 1, 2012 as discussed below.
Following the new guidance on goodwill impairment, the Company will perform a qualitative analysis at the end of each reporting period to determine if any events have occurred or circumstances exist that would indicate that it is more likely than not that a goodwill impairment exists. The qualitative factors the Company reviews include, but are not limited to: (a) macroeconomic conditions; (b) industry and market considerations ; (c) overall financial performance; (d) a significant adverse change in legal factors or in the business climate; (e) an adverse action or assessment by a regulator; (f) relevant entity-specific events including changes in management, strategy or customers; (g) a more-likely-than-not expectation of sale or disposal of a reporting unit or a significant portion thereof; or (h) sustained decrease in share price.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in its condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Management bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions it believes to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Concentration of Risk
The Companys products are currently manufactured, assembled and tested by third-party contractors in Asia. There are no long-term agreements with any of these contractors. A significant disruption in the operations of one or more of these contractors would impact the production of the Companys products for a substantial period of time, which could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations.
Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to a concentration of credit risk consist of cash, cash equivalents and accounts receivable. The Company deposits cash with credit worthy financial institutions primarily located in the United States. The Company has not experienced any losses on its deposits of cash. Management believes that the financial institutions are reputable and, accordingly, minimal credit risk exists. The Company follows an established investment policy and set of guidelines to monitor, manage and limit the Companys exposure to interest rate and credit risk. The policy sets forth credit quality standards and limits the Companys exposure to any one issuer, as well as the maximum exposure to various asset classes.
The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers financial condition and, generally, requires no collateral from its customers. The Company provides an allowance for doubtful accounts receivable based upon the expected collectability of accounts receivable.
Summarized below are individual customers whose accounts receivable balances were 10% or higher of the consolidated gross accounts receivable:
The end customer representing greater than 10% of the consolidated net revenue for each of the periods presented was:
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In September 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new guidance which simplifies goodwill impairment tests. The new guidance gives an entity the option of performing a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is necessary to perform step 1 of the annual goodwill impairment test. An entity is required to perform step 1 only if it concludes that it is more likely than not that a reporting units fair value is less than its carrying amount. An entity may choose to perform the qualitative assessment on none, some or all of its reporting units or an entity may bypass the qualitative assessment for any reporting unit in any period and proceed directly to step 1 of the impairment test. This new guidance is effective for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011, early adoption is permitted. The Company adopted this new accounting guidance effective January 1, 2012. The adoption of this new guidance did not have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
In June 2011, the FASB amended its guidance on presentation of comprehensive income. Under the amended guidance, an entity has the option to present comprehensive income in either one continuous statement or two consecutive financial statements. A single statement must present the components of net income and total net income, the components of other comprehensive income and total other comprehensive income, and a total of comprehensive income. In the two-statement approach, an entity must present the components of net income and total net income in the first statement. That statement must be immediately followed by a financial statement that presents the components of other comprehensive income, a total for other comprehensive income, and a total for comprehensive income. The option under current guidance that permits the presentation of components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders equity has been eliminated. The amended guidance is effective retrospectively for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011, early adoption is permitted. The Company adopted this amended guidance effective January 1, 2012. Due to the fact that the Company does not have any other comprehensive income, the adoption of this amended guidance did not have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
In May 2011, the FASB issued an update to existing guidance to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The updated guidance amends the wording used to describe many of the requirements in U.S. GAAP for measuring fair value and for disclosing information about fair value measurements. It does not extend the use of fair value accounting, but provides guidance on how it should be applied where its use is already required or permitted by other standards within U.S. GAAP or IFRS. This updated guidance is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011, early adoption is not permitted. The Company adopted this updated guidance effective January 1, 2012. The adoption of this updated guidance did not have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
The Company calculates basic net income (loss) per common share by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the reporting period (excluding shares subject to repurchase). Diluted net income (loss) per common share is computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted-average number of common and potentially dilutive common shares outstanding during the reporting period. Potentially dilutive securities are composed of incremental common shares issuable upon the exercise of stock options and restricted stock units. The dilutive effect of outstanding shares is reflected in diluted earnings per share by application of the treasury stock method. This method includes consideration of the amounts to be paid by the employees if the instrument was exercised and the amount of unrecognized stock-based compensation related to future services. No potential dilutive common shares are included in the computation of any diluted per share amount when a net loss is reported.
The following table sets forth the computation of net income (loss) per share:
The following outstanding options and restricted stock units were excluded from the computation of diluted net income per common share for the periods presented because including them would have had an anti-dilutive effect:
At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, all of the Companys investments were classified as cash equivalents and are comprised of an investment in a money market fund. In accordance with the guidance provided under fair value measurements and disclosures, the Company determined the fair value hierarchy of its money market fund as Level 1 (Unadjusted quoted market prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets that the Company has the ability to access), which approximated $44.7 million and $47.7 million as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
Inventories are stated at the lower of cost (determined using the first-in, first-out method), or market value (estimated net realizable value) and are comprised of the following:
Property and equipment, net, consist of the following:
Depreciation and amortization expense was $3.5 million and $2.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
The Company leases certain design tools under time-based capital lease arrangements which are included in property and equipment, net, which total cost amounted to $13.2 million at each of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011. Amortization expense related to assets recorded under capital leasing agreements was $1.1 million and $954,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities consist of the following:
The Companys products are generally subject to a one-year warranty period. The Company provides for the estimated future costs of replacement upon shipment of the product as cost of revenue. The warranty accrual is estimated based on historical claims compared to historical revenue. In addition, the Company also provides a one-year warranty period on certain professional services. Such warranty accrual is estimated based on the resource hours needed to cover during the warranty period. The following table presents a reconciliation of the Companys warranty liability, which is included within other in the accrued expenses and other current liabilities above:
The Company records deferred revenue for customer billings and advance payments received from customers before the performance obligations have been completed and/or services have been performed. In addition, the Company also records deferred revenue, net of deferred costs on shipments to a sell-through distributor. Total net deferred revenue as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 comprised of the following:
Other non-current liabilities consist of the following:
On January 25, 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Wavesat Inc. (Wavesat) for a total purchase price consisting of cash consideration of $10.0 million and loan advances made prior to the closing of acquisition amounting to $500,000. The acquisition has been accounted for using the purchase method of accounting in accordance with the business acquisition standards. Under the purchase accounting method, the total estimated purchase consideration of the acquisitions was allocated to the tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their relative fair values. The excess of the purchase consideration over the net tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed was recorded as goodwill. The Company expensed the related transactions costs amounting to $1.1 million incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2011 associated with the acquisition and recorded the costs in the sales, general and administrative expenses in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. No such transaction costs were incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2012.
The purchase price allocation was as follows:
The following represents details of the purchased other identifiable intangible assets as part of the acquisition:
The fair value of the acquired in-process research and development (IPR&D) was determined based on an income approach using the discounted cash flow method and was initially recognized and classified as indefinite-lived assets until it was abandoned during the fourth quarter of 2011. Accordingly, the initially recognized fair value of the IPR&D amounting to $800,000 was charged to selling and general administrative expense within total operating expenses.
The fair value of the existing technology was determined based on an income approach using the discounted cash flow method its remaining useful life was based on historical product development cycles, the projected rate of technology attrition, and the pattern of projected economic benefit of the asset. The fair value of core technology and trademark were determined using a variation of income approach known as profit allocation method and its estimated useful life was determined based on the future economic benefit expected to be received from the assets. During the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company determined to write-down the carrying value of the existing technology, core technology and trademarks as a result of the assessment of the recoverability and future benefit from the assets. The write-down of $2.4 million was charged to selling and general administrative expense within total operating expenses. The remaining carrying value of the existing and core technology will be amortized over the estimated useful life of 3 years.
This acquisition added multicore wireless digital system processing to the Companys embedded processor product line. This factor contributed to a purchase price resulting in the recognition of goodwill. This acquisition is related to the Companys semiconductor products reportable segment. Of the total acquired goodwill from Wavesat, approximately $4.2 million is expected to be deductible for tax purposes in future periods.
Celestial Semiconductor, Ltd.
On March 4, 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Celestial Semiconductor, Ltd. (Celestial Semiconductor) for an aggregate purchase price consisting of a mix of cash and shares of the Companys common stock. In addition, the Company agreed to pay an additional earn-out consideration determined based on a certain percentage of the qualified earn-out revenue for the 12 months following the close of the acquisition as specified in the asset purchase agreement. The acquisition has been accounted for using the purchase method of accounting in accordance with the business acquisition standards. Under the purchase accounting method, the total estimated purchase consideration of the acquisitions was allocated to the tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their relative fair values. The excess of the purchase consideration over the net tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed was recorded as goodwill. The Company expensed the related transaction costs amounting to $892,000 incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2011 associated with the acquisition and recorded the costs in the sales, general and administrative expense in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. No such transaction costs were incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2012.
Following summarizes the total purchase price consideration:
In February 2012, the Company filed an indemnity notice and escrow claim against Celestial Semiconductor for the escrow fund amounting to $4.4 million. The claim alleged Celestial Semiconductor breached certain representations made in the asset purchase agreement. The claim was settled on March 21, 2012 and the full amount of the escrow was released to the Company. Since the related settlement claim does not establish a clear and direct link to the acquisition price, the Company reflected the receipt of the settlement proceeds in the statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 as a credit to sales, general and administrative expenses within total operating expenses.
The total common stock issued to Celestial Semiconductor was determined by dividing the purchase price consideration of $35.0 million as per the asset purchase agreement with the Companys average stock price of $43.41, or total equivalent common stock of 806,265 shares. The average stock price was determined based on the average closing price reported on NASDAQ for the 15 trading days ending five trading days prior to March 1, 2011. The Company, Celestial Semiconductor and a former executive of Celestial Semiconductor who became an employee of the Company entered into a holdback share agreement to hold 48,000 shares issued to such executive in an escrow account. Such holdback shares will vest and will be released to such executive over 2 years following the acquisition date subject to the terms and conditions of continued employment with the Company. Accordingly, the fair value of such shares at the closing date, approximately $2.1 million, was not included in the purchase price and will be accounted for as compensation and recognized ratably over the vesting period of 2 years. Considering the vesting conditions of such holdback shares, it is accounted as liability-classified stock compensation. The vested shares are marked-to-market at each reporting period and the related compensation liability is recorded as deferred compensation in accrued expense and other current liabilities. Total stock-based compensation expense recorded as sales, general and administrative expenses related to such holdback shares for three months ended March 31, 2012 amounted to $236,000. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company released 4,733 vested shares or $164,000 equivalent value, in accordance with the vesting term per the holdback share agreement. In April 2012, the Company and such executive signed an employment separation agreement. As part of the employment separation package, the Company agreed to release the remaining holdback shares at the separation date. Accordingly, the Company will recognize the stock-based compensation expense of approximately $517,000 related to the accelerated vesting of such remaining holdback shares at the separation date.
The contingent earn-out provision of up to $10.0 million was expected to be allocated approximately $5.0 million to certain employees of Celestial Semiconductor who became employees of the Company (affected employees) and approximately $5.0 million to other selling shareholders who did not become employees of the Company (other selling shareholders). The contingent earn-out is determined based on a certain percentage of the qualified earn-out revenue for the 12 months following the close of the acquisition as specified in the asset purchase agreement. The estimated initial fair value of the earn-out liability was determined using the weighted probabilities of the achievement of the qualified earn-out revenue discounted using the estimated cost of debt.
The initial fair value of the earn-out liability expected to be distributed to other selling shareholders amounted to $3.43 million and was accounted for as part of the purchase price and was recorded as acquisition related payables in accrued expense and other current liabilities. The initial fair value of the earn-out liability to be distributed to the affected employees amounted to $3.39 million and was not considered to be a component of the purchase price. Instead, considering the terms of employment, compensation expense will be recognized ratably over a 1 year period beginning on the acquisition date. As of the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded $1.13 million as accrued compensation and related benefits in accrued expense and other current liabilities. In accordance with the business acquisition guidance, any changes in the fair value of the contingent earn-out consideration subsequent to the acquisition date, including changes from events after the acquisition date, will be recognized in earnings in the period the estimated fair value changes. During the third quarter of 2011, management determined that the qualifying earn-out revenue would likely not be achieved due to a delay in the customers product roll-out. As such, management assessed that the initial contingent earn-out liability totaling $4.6 million would likely not be paid out, and thus, the related liability was reversed within sales, general and administrative expenses within total operating expenses. The qualifying earn-out was not achieved within the earn-out period which expired on March 4, 2012, the first year anniversary of the acquisition.
The purchase price allocation was as follows:
The following table represents details of the purchased other identifiable intangible assets as part of the acquisition:
The fair value of the IPR&D assets was determined based on an income approach using the discounted cash flow method and was initially recognized at and classified as indefinite-lived assets until the successful completion and abandonment of the associated research and development projects. During the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company determined to abandon one of the two IPR&D projects. As such, the related initial fair value of such IPR&D project amounting to $305,000 was charged to selling, general and administrative expense within total operating expenses. The other IPR&D project with an initial fair value of $295,000 was completed in the fourth quarter of 2011, thus was classified as part of finite-lived intangible assets, and being amortized over the estimated useful life of 5 years.
The fair value of the existing technology and customer contracts and relationships were determined based on an income approach using the discounted cash flow method. The remaining useful life for the existing technology was based on historical product development cycles, the projected rate of technology attrition, and the pattern of projected economic benefit of the asset. The remaining useful life of customer contracts and relationships was estimated based on customer attrition, new customer acquisition and future economic benefit of the asset. The fair value of core technology and trademark were determined using a variation of income approach known as profit allocation method. The fair value of the order backlog was determined using a cost approach where the fair value was based on estimated sales and marketing expenses expected that would have to be incurred to regenerate the order backlog. The estimated useful lives for both assets were determined based on the future economic benefit expected to be received from the asset.
With the acquisition of Celestial Semiconductor, the Company added a processor family targeted for the market of digital media players. This factor contributed to a purchase price resulting in the recognition of goodwill, which was allocated to the Companys semiconductor products reportable segment. Of the total acquired goodwill from Celestial Semiconductor, approximately $17.5 million is expected to be deductible for tax purposes in future periods. The change in the deductible goodwill amount from December 31, 2011 was due to the release of escrow to the Company.
Pro forma financial information
The unaudited pro forma financial information in the table below summarizes the combined results of operations of the Company, Wavesat and Celestial Semiconductor, as though the acquisition of the companies had occurred as of the beginning of the comparable prior annual reporting period. The pro forma financial information is presented for informational purposes only and is not indicative of the results of operations that would have been achieved if the acquisitions had taken place at the beginning of the comparable prior annual reporting period as presented (in thousands).
The supplemental pro forma net loss from January 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011 was adjusted to exclude $5.3 million of acquisition related costs incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2011 and to include $826,000 intangible amortization calculated from January 1, 2011 to the respective acquisition dates.
The following table presents the changes in the carrying amount of goodwill:
The result of the annual impairment test performed by the Company during the fourth quarter of 2011 showed that the estimated fair value of the semiconductor reporting unit exceeded its carrying value with significant headroom while for software and services reporting unit, the estimated fair value exceeded by approximately 33%. The Company continues to monitor the impact of recent market and economic events to determine if impairment indicators exist. No such triggering event occurred during the first quarter of 2012 to cause the Company to perform an interim impairment test.
Intangible assets, net consisted of the following:
Amortization expense was $4.1 million and $2.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The estimated future amortization expense from amortizable intangible assets is as follows (in thousands):
In connection with the acquisition of MontaVista in 2009, the Company assumed a restructuring related liability of $1.3 million. The liability is related to the operating lease facility for the portion of the facility that MontaVista no longer occupied. In December 2011, the MontaVista operation was moved to the Companys principal office in San Jose, California. As such, the remaining portion of the leased facility of MontaVista is no longer occupied. The Company recorded an additional restructuring accrual of $918,000 in 2011 for such remaining portion of the leased facility. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company entered into a lease settlement agreement for the entire facility to buy out the remaining lease term, which was settled in the second quarter of 2012. As such, the Company adjusted the related liability for the expected settlement as of March 31, 2012.
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recorded an additional restructuring accrual amounting to $420,000 related to the leased facility of Wavesat in Canada which will no longer be occupied. The Company expects that the Wavesat obligation to be settled by March 2014.
A summary of the accrued restructuring liabilities, net of related activities during the three months ended March 31, 2012 is as follows (in thousands):
Equity Incentive Plans
The description of the key features of the Companys 2007 Equity Incentive Plan and 2001 Stock Incentive Plan may be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes thereto included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
The following table summarizes the details related to stock options granted and outstanding under the 2007 Equity Incentive Plan and 2001 Stock Incentive Plan for the three months ended March 31, 2012:
The fair value of each employee option grant for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions:
For options granted prior to 2012, the expected volatility of common stock at the date of grant was based on reported market value data of a group of publicly traded companies, which were selected from certain market indices, that the Company believed was relatively comparable after consideration of their size, stage of life cycle, profitability, growth, and risk and return of investments. Further, the expected term was estimated using the simplified method as permitted by the provisions on stock-based compensation. The implied volatility and simplified method to estimate the expected term were determined considering that the Company had a limited trading history. Since the Companys stock has been publicly traded beginning May 2007, it deemed that it has sufficient trading history to use the historical volatility and historical expected term for option grants beginning in the first quarter of 2012.
The estimated weighted-average grant date fair value of options granted were $15.79 and $17.07 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
As of March 31, 2012, there was $16.3 million of unrecognized compensation costs, net of estimated forfeitures, related to stock options granted under the Companys 2007 and 2001 Stock Incentive Plans. The unrecognized compensation cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.12 years.
The following table summarizes the details related to restricted stock units, or RSUs, granted and outstanding under the 2007 Equity Incentive Plan for the three months ended March 31, 2012:
For restricted stock units, or RSUs, stock-based compensation expense is calculated based on the market price of the Companys common stock on the date of grant, multiplied by the number of RSUs granted. The grant date fair value of RSUs, less estimated forfeitures, is recorded on a straight-line basis, over the vesting period.
As of March 31, 2012, there was $73.8 million of unrecognized compensation costs, net of estimated forfeitures related to RSUs granted under the Companys 2007 Equity Incentive Plan. The unrecognized compensation cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.87 years.
The Company recognizes stock-based compensation for options and RSUs granted to employees in accordance with the fair value recognition provisions authoritative guidance as provided under stock-based compensation. In addition, the Company also recognizes stock-based compensation for holdback shares issued related to the Celestial Semiconductor acquisition (See Note 5). The following table presents the detail of stock-based compensation expense amounts included in the condensed consolidated statement of operations for each of the periods presented:
The total stock-based compensation cost capitalized as part of inventory as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were not significant.
The quarterly tax provision for (benefit from) income taxes was based on the estimated annual effective tax rate, plus any discrete items. The Company updates its estimate of its annual effective tax rate at the end of each quarterly period. The estimate takes into account estimations of annual pre-tax income, the geographic mix of pre-tax income and interpretations of tax laws and the possible outcomes of current and future audits.
The following table presents the provision for (benefit from) income taxes and the effective tax rates for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011:
The benefit from income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was primarily related to the year-to-date pre-tax losses. The benefit from income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was mainly attributable to a tax provision for federal, state and foreign income taxes reduced by a discrete tax benefit. The discrete benefit in the three months ended March 31, 2011 was solely related to increased federal research and development credits that resulted from the exercise of compensatory stock options. The federal research and development credits expired at the end of 2011 and the related tax benefit was not included in the 2012 tax analysis.
The difference between the provision for (benefit from) income taxes that would be derived by applying the statutory rate to the Companys loss before tax and the benefit from income taxes actually recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was primarily attributable to the impact of the difference in foreign tax rates, non-deductible stock-based compensation charges and recovery of non-taxable escrow. The difference between the provision for (benefit from) income taxes that would be derived by applying the statutory rate to the Companys net income before tax and the benefit from income taxes actually recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was primarily attributable to the impact of the differential in foreign tax rates, non-deductible stock-based compensation charges and the federal research and development credit benefits.
The Companys net deferred tax assets relate predominantly to its United States tax jurisdiction. The valuation allowance is determined in accordance with the provisions of income taxes which require an assessment of both positive and negative evidence when determining whether it is more likely than not that deferred tax assets are recoverable; such assessment is required on a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction basis. During the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company released its valuation allowance against its United States federal deferred tax assets because the Company believed that sufficient positive evidence existed from historical operations and future projections to conclude that it was more-likely-than-not to fully realize its federal deferred tax assets. In making this determination, the Company considered all available evidence, both positive and negative. Such evidence include, among others, the Companys history of losses and profitability, jurisdictional income recognition trends, taxable income adjusted for certain extraordinary and other items, the impact of acquisitions, and forecasted income by jurisdiction. As of December 31, 2011 and March 31, 2012, the Company believes that it is more-likely-than-not that a valuation allowance is not required against its United States federal deferred tax assets. The Company continues to maintain a full valuation allowance against its California and Massachusetts deferred tax assets of $12.8 million because the likelihood of the realization of those assets have not become more-likely-than-not.
The Company continues to monitor the likelihood that it will be able to recover its deferred tax assets. If recovery is not likely, the Company must increase its provision for taxes by recording a valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets that it estimates will not be ultimately recoverable. Recovery is dependent on generating sufficient taxable income in the future. Although recovery is not assured, the Company believes that it is more-likely-than-not that it will ultimately recover the $34.1 million of deferred tax assets recorded on its consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2011 (other than that for California and Massachusetts), even in light of the losses in recent quarters due to the expectation of returning to profitability in the immediately succeeding years. However, should there be a change in the Companys ability to recover its deferred tax assets; the tax provision would increase in the period in which it determined that the likelihood of recovery was less than more-likely-than-not.
As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company had unrecognized tax benefits for income taxes associated with uncertain tax positions of $11.2 million, each respectively. If all of these unrecognized tax benefits were recognized, $10.1 million would reduce the Companys effective tax rate. The Company is not anticipating any significant changes in unrecognized tax benefits in the next 12 months.
The major jurisdictions in which the Company is subject to income tax reporting requirements are the U.S. federal, the states of California and Massachusetts, Japan, India, China and Singapore. The Company believes it is compliant with all income tax return filing and payment requirements in the major jurisdictions. As of March 31, 2012, the Company was not aware of any on-going tax audits in the major jurisdictions.
Operating segments are defined as components of an enterprise for which separate financial information is available and evaluated regularly by the chief operating decision-maker, or CODM, in deciding how to allocate resources and in assessing performance. The Company has determined that it operates in two reportable segments, namely: (1) semiconductor products; and (2) software and services.
The two reportable segments are based upon the Companys internal organizational structure, the manner in which the operations are managed, the criteria used by the CODM to evaluate segment performance and the availability of separate financial information. The accounting policies for the segment reporting are the same as for the Company as a whole. The financial information used by the Companys CODM to evaluate segments results are net revenue and income from segment operations.
Selected segment financial information for the Companys reportable segments was as follows:
The following is a reconciliation of the total segment income from reportable segments to the total consolidated income (loss) before income taxes:
The following table is based on the geographic location of the original equipment manufacturers, the contract manufacturers or the distributors who purchased the Companys products. For sales to the distributors, their geographic location may be different from the geographic locations of the ultimate end customers. Sales by geography for the periods indicated were as follows:
The following table sets forth long lived assets, which consist primarily of property and equipment, net by geographic regions based on the location of the tangible asset:
The Company is not currently a party to any legal proceedings that the outcome of which, if determined adversely to the Company, would have a material adverse effect on the consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows of the Company.
The Company leases its facilities under non-cancelable operating leases, which contain renewal options and escalation clauses, and expire on varying dates ending in February 2019. The Company also acquires certain assets under capital leases.
Minimum commitments under non-cancelable operating and capital lease agreements, excluding accrued restructuring liability (See Note 7) as of March 31, 2012 were as follows:
On March 16, 2011, the Company entered into a lease agreement with a landlord to lease approximately 113,400 sq. ft. in a building located in San Jose, California. The lease term is 7.75 years beginning on June 1, 2011 and ending on February 28, 2019. This leased facility is currently held as the Companys principal executive office, which accommodates the principal software engineering, sales and marketing, operations and finance and administrative activities.
Rent expense incurred under operating leases was $1.6 million and $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
The capital lease and technology license obligations include future cash payments payable primarily for license agreements with outside vendors. As of March 31, 2012, the capital lease and technology license obligations include a license agreement, which was entered into in October 2009 for certain design tools totaling $9.5 million, with 12 installment payments, which license will expire in October 2012. The present value of the installment payments has been capitalized and is amortized over 3 years, and included within capital lease and technology license obligations on consolidated balance sheets. As of March 31, 2012, the outstanding unpaid obligation related to this license agreement amounted to $1.6 million.
The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements and the related notes that appear elsewhere in this document.
The information in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act), which are subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Forward-looking statements are based on our managements beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as may, will, should, could, would, estimate, project, predict, potential, continue, strategy, believe, anticipate, plan, expect, intend and similar expression intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance, time frames or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, time frames or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. We discuss many of these risks, uncertainties and other factors in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in greater detail under the heading Risk Factors. Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Also, these forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this filing. You should read this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect. We hereby qualify our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
OCTEON®, OCTEON® PlusTM, OCTEON II®, NITROX®, NEURONTM, CelestialTM , ECONA® and PureVu® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cavium, Inc.
We are a provider of highly integrated semiconductor processors that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless, security, video and connected home and office applications. Our products allow our customers to develop networking, wireless, storage and electronic equipment that is application-aware and content-aware and securely processes voice, video and data traffic at high speeds. Our products are systems on a chip, or SoCs, which incorporate single or multiple processor cores, a highly integrated architecture and customizable software that is based on a broad range of standard operating systems. We focus our resources on the design, sales and marketing of our products, and outsource the manufacturing of our products.
From our incorporation in 2000 through 2003, we were primarily engaged in the design and development of our first processor family, NITROX, which we began shipping commercially in 2003. In 2004, we introduced and commenced commercial shipments of NITROX Soho. In 2006, we commenced our first commercial shipments of our OCTEON family of multi-core MIPS64® processors. We introduced a number of new products within all three of these product families in 2006. In 2007 we introduced our new line of OCTEON based storage services processors designed to address the specific needs in the storage market, as well as other new products in the OCTEON and NITROX families. In 2008, we expanded our OCTEON and NITROX product families with new products including wireless services processors to address the needs for wireless infrastructure equipment. In 2009, we announced the OCTEON II Internet Application Processor (IAP) family multi-core MIPS64® processors, with one to 32 cores to address next generation networking applications support converged voice, video, data mobile traffic and services. In 2010, we announced the next generation NITROX III, a processor family with 16 to 64-cores that delivers security and compression processors for application delivery, cloud computing and wide area network optimization. In 2011, we introduced NEURON, a new search processor product family that targets a wide range of high performance, L2-L4 network search applications in enterprise and service provider infrastructure equipment. In 2011, we also introduced another new product family, the OCTEON Fusion, a single chip SoCs with up to 6x MIPS64 cores and up to 8x LTE/3G baseband DSP cores which enable macro base station class features for small cell base stations. In 2012, we introduced OCTEON III, Caviums 48-core 2.5GHz multi-core processor family that can deliver up to 100Gbps of application processing, up to 120GHz of 64-bit compute processing per chip and can be connected in multi-chip configurations.
In August 2008, we acquired Star Communications, Inc. With the acquisition of Star, we added the Star ARM-based processors to our portfolio to address connected home and office applications and have since introduced our ECONA line of dual-core ARM processors that address a large variety of connected home and office applications.
In December 2008, we acquired W&W Communications, Inc. This acquisition launched us into the video processor market with our PureVu product line. These products address the need for video processing in wireless displays, teleconferencing, gaming and other applications.
In December 2009, we acquired MontaVista Software, Inc. This acquisition complements our broad portfolio of multi-core processors to deliver integrated and optimized embedded solutions to the market.
In October 2010, we acquired Celestial Systems, Inc. With the acquisition of Celestial Systems, we gained additional professional services such as Automotive Infotainment Systems, Digital Media product development and Android commercialization and support.
In January 2011, we acquired Wavesat Inc. This acquisition added multicore wireless digital system processing to our embedded processor product line.
In March 2011, we completed acquired Celestial Semiconductor, Ltd. With the acquisition of Celestial Semiconductor, we have added a processor family targeted for the market of digital media players.
For a complete discussion on our recent acquisitions, see Note 5 of Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
Since inception, we have invested heavily in new product development and our net revenue has grown from $19.4 million in 2005 to $259.2 million in 2011 driven primarily by demand in the enterprise network, data center and access and service provider markets and increased demand in the broadband and consumer markets. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, our net revenue was $52.7 million. We expect sales of our products for use in the enterprise network, data center and access and service provider markets to continue to represent a significant portion of our revenue in the foreseeable future, however, we do expect growth in the broadband and consumer markets.
We primarily sell our products to OEMs, either directly or through their contract manufacturers. Contract manufacturers purchase our products only when an OEM incorporates our product into the OEMs product, not as commercial off-the-shelf products. Our customers products are complex and require significant time to define, design and ramp to volume production. Accordingly, our sales cycle is long. This cycle begins with our technical marketing, sales and field application engineers engaging with our customers system designers and management, which is typically a multi-month process. If we are successful, a customer will decide to incorporate our product in its product, which we refer to as a design win. Because the sales cycles for our products are long, we incur expenses to develop and sell our products, regardless of whether we achieve the design win and well in advance of generating revenue, if any, from those expenditures. We do not have long-term purchase commitments from any of our customers, as sales of our products are generally made under individual purchase orders. However, once one of our products is incorporated into a customers design, it is likely to remain designed in for the life cycle of the product. We believe this to be the case because a redesign would generally be time consuming and expensive. We have experienced revenue growth due to an increase in the number of our products, an expansion of our customer base, an increase in the number of average design wins within any one customer and an increase in the average revenue per design win.
Our revenue from MontaVista is mainly from sale of software subscriptions of embedded Linux operating system, related development tools, support and professional services. The net revenue for our software and services are primarily derived from the sale of time-based software licenses, software maintenance and support, and from professional services arrangements and training.
Key Business Metrics for Semiconductor Products
Design Wins. We closely monitor design wins by customer and end market on a periodic basis. We consider design wins to be a key ingredient in our future success, although the revenue generated by each design win can vary significantly. Our long-term sales expectations are based on internal forecasts from specific customer design wins based upon the expected time to market for end customer products deploying our products and associated revenue potential.
Pricing and Margins. Pricing and margins depend on the features of the products we provide to our customers. In general, products with more complex configurations and higher performance tend to be priced higher and have higher gross margins. These configurations tend to be used in high performance applications that are focused on the enterprise network, data center, and access and service provider markets. We tend to experience price decreases over the life cycle of our products, which can vary by market and application. In general, we experience less pricing volatility with customers that sell to the enterprise and data center markets.
Sales Volume. A typical design win can generate a wide range of sales volumes for our products, depending on the end market demand for our customers products. This can depend on several factors, including the reputation, market penetration, the size of the end market that the product addresses, and the marketing and sales effectiveness of our customer. In general, our customers with greater market penetration and better branding tend to develop products that generate larger volumes over the product life cycle. In addition, some markets generate large volumes if the end market product is adopted by the mass market.
Customer Product Life Cycle. We typically commence commercial shipments from nine months to three years following a design win. Once our product is in production, revenue from a particular customer may continue for several years. We estimate our customers product life cycles based on the customer, type of product and end market. In general, products that go into the enterprise network and data center take longer to reach volume production but tend to have longer lives. Products for other markets, such as broadband and consumer, tend to ramp relatively quickly, but generally have shorter life cycles. We estimate these life cycles based on our managements experience with providers of networking equipment and the semiconductor market as a whole.
Results of Operations
Three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
Our net revenue, cost of revenue, gross profit and gross margin for the periods presented were:
Net Revenue. Our net revenue consists primarily of sales of our semiconductor products to providers of networking equipment and their contract manufacturers and distributors. Initial sales of our products for a new design are usually made directly to providers of networking equipment as they design and develop their product. Once their design enters production, they often outsource their manufacturing to contract manufacturers that purchase our products directly from us or from our distributors. We price our products based on market and competitive conditions and periodically reduce the price of our products, as market and competitive conditions change, and as manufacturing costs are reduced. We do not experience different margins on direct sales to providers of networking equipment and indirect sales through contract manufacturers because in all cases we negotiate product pricing directly with the providers of networking equipment. To date, most of our revenue has been denominated in U.S. dollars.
Our sole end customer representing greater than 10% of net revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was Cisco. Cisco accounted for 28% and 21% of the net revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Revenue and costs relating to sales to distributors are deferred if we grant more than limited rights of returns and price credits or if we cannot reasonably estimate the level of returns and credits issuable. We have an existing agreement with a certain distributor to distribute our products primarily in the United States. Given the terms of the distribution agreement, for sales to this distributor, revenue and costs are deferred until products are sold to its end customers. For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, 5.7% and 4.6%, respectively, of our net revenues were from products sold by this distributor. Revenue recognition depends on notification from this distributor that product has been sold to its end customers.
Our distributors, other than the distributor discussed above, are used primarily to support international sale logistics in Asia, including importation and credit management. Total net revenue through these distributors was $17.7 million and $17.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, which accounted for 33.4% and 27.3% of net revenue, respectively. The inventory at these distributors at the end of the period may fluctuate from time to time mainly due to the OEM production ramps and new customer demands. While we have purchase agreements with our distributors, the distributors do not have long-term contracts with any of the equipment providers. Our distributor agreements limit the distributors ability to return product up to a portion of purchases in the preceding quarter. Given our experience, along with our distributors limited contractual return rights, we believe we can reasonably estimate expected returns from our distributors. Accordingly, we recognize sales through distributors at the time of shipment, reduced by our estimate of expected returns.
Revenue derived from licensing software and providing software maintenance, support and training for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 amounted to $4.6 million and $6.4 million, respectively. Revenue from professional service arrangements for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 amounted to $3.3 million and $7.6 million, respectively.
Our net revenue decreased by $10.8 million or 17.0% in the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011. The decrease in net revenue was attributable to the decrease in sales of $4.4 million from our enterprise network; data center; and access and service provider markets, combined, and the decrease of $6.1 million in net revenue from our software and services. The decrease in sales in our enterprise networks; data center; and access and service provider markets was mainly due to the decline in demand for our products from our top 20 customers which was generally impacted by the transition of these customers volume production of our design wins. The decrease in net revenue from our software and services was mainly driven by the timing of completion of existing large professional service agreements as well as a decrease in the rate of execution of new professional service contracts. In addition, net revenue in broadband and consumer markets decreased by $330,000 mainly from lower customers demand.
The following table is based on the geographic location of our customers including the original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers or the distributors who purchased our products and services. For sales to our distributors, their geographic location may be different from the geographic locations of the ultimate end customers. Sales by geography for the periods presented were:
Cost of Revenue and Gross Margin. We outsource wafer fabrication, assembly and test functions of our products. A significant portion of our cost of revenue consists of payments for the purchase of wafers and for assembly and test services, amortization of acquired intangibles and amortization related to capitalized mask costs. To a lesser extent, cost of revenue includes expenses relating to our internal operations that manage our contractors, stock-based compensation, the cost of shipping and logistics, royalties, inventory valuation expenses for excess and obsolete inventories, warranty costs and changes in product cost due to changes in sort, assembly and test yields. In general, our cost of revenue associated with a particular product declines over time as a result of yield improvements, primarily associated with design and test enhancements.
We use third-party foundries and assembly and test contractors, which are primarily located in Asia, to manufacture, assemble and test our semiconductor products. We purchase processed wafers on a per wafer basis from our fabrication suppliers, which are currently Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, with the remaining manufacturing outsourced to Samsung Electronics, or Samsung, Fujitsu Microelectronics, or Fujitsu and United Microelectronics Corporation, or UMC. We also outsource the sort, assembly, final testing and other processing of our product to third-party contractors, primarily ASE Electronics in Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as ISE Labs, Inc, in the United States. We negotiate wafer fabrication on a purchase order basis and do not have long-term agreements with any of our third-party contractors.
Our gross margin has been and will continue to be affected by a variety of factors, including the product mix, average sales prices of our products, the amortization expense associated with the acquired intangible assets, the timing of cost reductions for fabricated wafers and assembly and test service costs, inventory valuation charges, the cost of fabrication masks that are capitalized and amortized, and the timing and changes in sort, assembly and test yields. Overall gross margin is impacted by the mix between higher performance, higher margin products and services and lower performance, lower margin products and services. In addition, we typically experience lower yields and higher associated costs on new products, which improve as production volumes increase.
Gross margin decreased from 60.9% in the three months ended March 31, 2011 to 46.9% in the three months ended March 31, 2012, a decrease of 14.1%. The decrease in the overall gross margin percentage was primarily due to the overall decrease in revenue and increase in cost of sales due to write-downs of Celestial product inventories of approximately $4.8 million. In addition, in the three months ended March 31, 2012, the mix of our semiconductor product sales shifted and we sold more of our lower performance products, which yield slightly lower gross margins compared to our higher performance products, which contributed, to a lesser extent, to the decrease in the overall gross margin.
Research and Development Expenses
Research and development expenses primarily include personnel costs, engineering design development software and hardware tools, allocated facilities expenses and depreciation of equipment used in research and development, and stock-based compensation.
Total research and development expenses for the periods presented were:
Research and development expenses increased by $6.3 million or 30.6% in the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase was primarily due to higher salaries and benefit expenses of $2.7 million and stock-based compensation expense and related taxes of $1.2 million as a result of an increase in headcount mainly from acquisitions and additional expense associated with the options and restricted stock unit grants. In addition, depreciation and amortization expense increased by $1.5 million mainly due to higher amortization expense from acquired technology licenses used for research and development projects. The remaining increase was due to higher facilities expenses, software maintenance costs and other miscellaneous research and development costs which resulted from increased research and development activities to support the development of our new products. Research and development headcount increased to 521 at March 31, 2012 compared to 512 at March 31, 2011.
Sales, General and Administrative Expenses
Sales, general and administrative expenses primarily include personnel costs, accounting and legal fees, information systems, sales commissions, trade shows, marketing programs, depreciation, allocated facilities expenses and stock-based compensation.
Total sales, general and administrative costs for the periods presented were:
Sales, general and administrative expenses decreased by $4.4 million or 26.1% in the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011. The decrease was mainly a result of a one-time credit of $4.4 million due to the receipt of proceeds from an escrow claim related to Celestial Semiconductor acquisition received in the first quarter of 2012. In addition, professional services decreased by $2.1 million mainly related to acquisition related expenses. The overall decrease as a result of the one-time credit and decreased professional fees were partially offset by the increase in salaries and employee benefits of $656,000 and stock-based compensation and related taxes of $1.4 million as a result of the increase in headcount and additional expense associated with the options and restricted stock unit grants. Sales, general and administrative headcount increased to 192 at March 31, 2012 from 179 at March 31, 2011.
Other income (expense), net. Other income (expense), net primarily includes interest expense associated with the installment payment of capital leases, foreign currency gains and losses, financing expenses and interest income on cash and cash equivalents.
Other expense, net increased in the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011 mainly due to higher foreign exchange loss resulting from balance sheet remeasurement, which was partially offset by lower interest expense associated with installment payment of capitalized leased.
Benefit from Income Taxes. For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, the tax benefit from income taxes was based on our estimated annual effective tax rate, plus any discrete items, in compliance with the guidance provided under income taxes. We update our estimate of our annual effective tax rate at the end of each quarterly period. Our estimate takes into account estimations of annual pre-tax income, the geographic mix of pre-tax income and our interpretations of tax laws and the possible outcomes of current and future audits.
The following table presents the benefit from income taxes and the effective tax rates for the respective periods presented:
The benefit from income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was primarily related to the year-to-date pre-tax losses. The benefit from income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was mainly attributable to a tax provision for federal, state and foreign income taxes reduced by a discrete tax benefit. The discrete benefit in the three months end March 31, 2011 was solely related to increased federal research and development credits that resulted from the exercise of compensatory stock options. The federal research and development credits expired at the end of 2011 and the related tax benefit was not included in the 2012 tax analysis.
The difference between the provision for (benefit from) income taxes that would be derived by applying the statutory rate to our loss before tax and the benefit from income taxes actually recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was primarily attributable to the impact of the difference in foreign tax rates, non-deductible stock-based compensation charges and recovery of non-taxable escrow. The difference between the provision for (benefit from) income taxes that would have been derived by applying the statutory rate our net income before tax and the benefit from income taxes actually recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was primarily attributable to the impact of the differential in foreign tax rates, non-deductible stock-based compensation charges and the federal research and development credit benefits.
Our net deferred tax assets relate predominantly to its United States tax jurisdiction. The valuation allowance is determined in accordance with the provisions of income taxes which require an assessment of both positive and negative evidence when determining whether it is more likely than not that deferred tax assets are recoverable; such assessment is required on a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction basis. During the year ended December 31, 2010, we released our valuation allowance against its United States federal deferred tax assets because we believed that sufficient positive evidence existed from historical operations and future projections to conclude that it was more-likely-than-not to fully realize its federal deferred tax assets. In making this determination, we considered all available evidence, both positive and negative. Such evidence include, among others, our history of losses and profitability, jurisdictional income recognition trends, taxable income adjusted for certain extraordinary and other items, the impact of acquisitions, and forecasted income by jurisdiction. As of December 31, 2011 and March 31, 2012, we believe that it is more-likely-than-not that a valuation allowance is not required against our United States federal deferred tax assets. We continues to maintain a full valuation allowance against its California and Massachusetts deferred tax assets of $12.8 million because the likelihood of the realization of those assets have not become more-likely-than-not.
We continue to monitor the likelihood that it will be able to recover its deferred tax assets. If recovery is not likely, we must increase our provision for taxes by recording a valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets that our estimate will not be ultimately recoverable. Recovery is dependent on generating sufficient taxable income in the future. Although recovery is not assured, we believe that it is more-likely-than-not that we will ultimately recover the $34.1 million of deferred tax assets recorded on our consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2011 (other than that for California and Massachusetts), even in light of the losses in recent quarters due to the expectation of returning to profitability in the immediately succeeding years. However, should there be a change in our ability to recover its deferred tax assets, the tax provision would increase in the period in which it determined that the likelihood of recovery was less than more-likely-than-not.
As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had unrecognized tax benefits for income taxes associated with uncertain tax positions of $11.2 million, each respectively. If all of these unrecognized tax benefits were recognized, $10.1 million would reduce our effective tax rate. We are not anticipating any significant changes in unrecognized tax benefits in the next 12 months.
Our major jurisdictions in which we are subject to income tax reporting requirements are the U.S. federal, the states of California and Massachusetts, Japan, India, China and Singapore. We believe we are compliant with all income tax return filing and payment requirements in the major jurisdictions. As of March 31, 2012, we were not aware of any on-going tax audits in the major jurisdictions.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Following is a summary of our working capital and cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:
Following is a summary of our cash flows from operating activities, investing activities and financing activities for the periods presented:
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net cash flows from operating activities decreased by $1.7 million from $8.5 million in the three months ended March 31, 2011 compared to $6.8 million in the three months ended March 31, 2012. Net loss after adjustments of non-cash operating items was $1.2 million cash inflow in the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to net income after adjustments of non-cash operating items of $11.5 million cash inflow in the three months ended March 31, 2011. The net loss after adjustments of non-cash operating items for the three months ended March 31, 2012 includes a onetime credit of $4.4 million related to the proceeds received from a settlement of an escrow claim. Changes in assets and liabilities generated net cash inflow of $5.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to a net cash outflow of $3.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The significant changes in assets and liabilities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were mainly due to inventory write-downs as a result of our evaluation of expected future customer demands for our products, higher accounts payable due to the timing of payments to vendors and higher deferred revenue due to the timing of the receipt of subscription licenses and professional services billings from the customers.
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Net cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $3.1 million which resulted mainly from the payments made to purchase property and equipment of $1.7 million and intangible assets of $1.4 million. Net cash used in investing activities was $33.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 which resulted mainly from cash payments made for business acquisitions which amounted to $30.4 million and purchases of property and equipment of $2.1 million and intangible assets of $942,000.
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Net cash used in financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $1.8 million which resulted mainly from principal payment of capital lease and technology license obligations of $3.4 million, partially offset by the proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of options of $1.6 million. Net cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was $3.7 million which resulted mainly from the issuance of common stock upon exercise of options of $7.1 million, partially offset by the principal payment of capital lease and technology license obligations of $3.4 million.
Cash equivalents consist primarily of an investment in a money market fund. As of March 31, 2012, we have not experienced any impairment charges due to such concentration of credit risk. We believe that our $65.1 million of cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2012 and expected cash flows from operations will be sufficient to fund our projected operating requirements for at least twelve months. Our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including our rate of revenue growth, the expansion of our engineering, sales and marketing activities, the timing and extent of our expansion into new territories, the timing of introductions of new products and enhancements to existing products and the continuing market acceptance of our products. Although we currently are not a party to any agreement with respect to potential material investments in, or acquisitions of, complementary businesses, services or technologies, we may enter into these types of arrangements in the future, which could also require us to seek additional equity or debt financing. Additional funds may not be available on terms favorable to us or at all.
In the ordinary course of business, we have entered into agreements with customers that include indemnity provisions. Based on historical experience and information known as of March 31, 2012, we believe our exposure related to the above indemnities at March 31, 2012 is not material. We also enter into indemnification agreements with our officers and directors and our certificate of incorporation and bylaws include similar indemnification obligations to our officers and directors. It is not possible to determine the amount of our liability related to these indemnification agreements and obligations to our officers and directors due to the limited history of prior indemnification claims and the unique facts and circumstances involved in each particular agreement.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
During the periods presented, we did not have, nor do we currently have, any relationships with unconsolidated entities or financial partnerships, such as entities often referred to as structured finance or special purpose entities, which would have been established for the purpose of facilitating off-balance sheet arrangements or other contractually narrow or limited purposes.
The following table describes our commitments to settle contractual obligations in cash as of March 31, 2012:
As of March 31, 2012, the liability for uncertain tax positions was $992,000. The timing of any payments which could result from these unrecognized tax benefits will depend upon a number of factors. Accordingly, the timing of payment cannot be estimated.
In addition to the enforceable and legally binding obligations quantified in the table above, we have other obligations for goods and services entered into in the normal course of business. These obligations, however, are either not enforceable or legally binding or are subject to change based on our business decisions.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
The preparation of our financial statements and accompanying disclosures in conformity with GAAP requires estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities in the consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes. The SEC has defined a companys critical accounting policies as policies that are most important to the portrayal of a companys financial condition and results of operations, and which require a company to make its most difficult and subjective judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates of matters that are inherently uncertain. Based on this definition, we have identified our most critical accounting policies and estimates to be as follows: (1) revenue recognition; (2) stock-based compensation; (3) inventory valuation; (4) accounting for income taxes; (5) mask costs; (6) business combinations and (7) goodwill and purchased intangible assets. Although we believe that our estimates, assumptions and judgments are reasonable, they are based upon information not presently available. Actual results may differ significantly from these estimates if the assumptions, judgments and conditions upon which they are based turn out to be inaccurate. Management believes that there have been no significant changes to the items that we disclosed as our critical accounting policies and estimates in Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed on February 27, 2012, except for the adoption of the new standard on goodwill impairment effective January 1, 2012, as discussed in Note 1 of Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Please refer to the recent accounting pronouncements listed in Note 1 of Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, there were no material changes to our quantitative and qualitative disclosures about market risk related to our investment activities as disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 as filed with the SEC on February 27, 2012.
Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer evaluated, with the participation of our management, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) or 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) as of March 31, 2012. Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to provide reasonable assurance that information we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management as appropriate to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 that has materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
The following risks and uncertainties may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations. Investors should carefully consider the risks described below before making an investment decision. The risks described below are not the only ones we face. Additional risks not presently known to us or that we currently believe are immaterial may also significantly impair our business operations. Our business could be harmed by any of these risks. The trading price of our common stock could decline due to any of these risks, and investors may lose all or part of their investment.
We have marked with an asterisk (*) those risks described below that reflect substantive changes from the risks described under Item 1A. Risk Factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 27, 2012.
Risks Related to Our Business and Industry
*We have a limited history of profitability, and we may not achieve or sustain profitability in the future, on a quarterly or annual basis.
We were established in 2000. Our first quarter of profitability since then was the quarter ended September 30, 2007 and we remained profitable through the quarter ended September 30, 2008. We incurred a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2009 and became profitable from the quarter ended June 30, 2010 through the quarter ended September 30, 2011. We incurred a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 and for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. As of March 31, 2012, our accumulated deficit was $55.3 million. We expect to make significant expenditures related to the development of our products and expansion of our business, including research and development and sales and administrative expenses. Additionally, we may encounter unforeseen difficulties, complications, product delays and other unknown factors that require additional expenditures. As a result of these increased expenditures, we may have to generate and sustain substantially increased revenue to achieve profitability. Our revenue growth trends in prior periods may not be sustainable. Accordingly, we may not be able to achieve or maintain profitability and we may continue to incur losses in the future.
We expect our operating results to fluctuate.
We expect our revenues and expense levels to vary in the future, making it difficult to predict our future operating results. In particular, we experience variability in demand for our products as our customers manage their product introduction dates and their inventories. Given the current global economic uncertainty, the demand for our products may be more varied and difficult to ascertain in a timely and efficient manner.
Additional factors that could cause our results to fluctuate include, among other things:
Unfavorable changes in any of the above factors, most of which are beyond our control, could significantly harm our business and results of operations.
We have a limited operating history, and we may have difficulty accurately predicting our future revenues for the purpose of appropriately budgeting and adjusting our expenses.
We were established in 2000. Since we have had only ten quarters of operating profitability, we do not have an extended history from which to predict and manage profitability. Our limited operating experience, a dynamic and rapidly evolving market in which we sell our products, our dependence on a limited number of customers, as well as numerous other factors beyond our control, including general market conditions, impede our ability to forecast quarterly and annual revenues accurately. As a result, we could experience budgeting and cash flow management problems, unexpected fluctuations in our results of operations and other difficulties, any of which could make it difficult for us to attain and maintain profitability and could increase the volatility of the market price of our common stock.
We face intense competition and expect competition to increase in the future, which could reduce our revenue and customer base.
The market for our products is highly competitive and we expect competition to intensify in the future. This competition could make it more difficult for us to sell our products, and result in increased pricing pressure, reduced profit margins, increased sales and marketing expenses and failure to increase, or the loss of, market share or expected market share, any of which would likely seriously harm our business, operating results and financial condition. For instance, semiconductor products have a history of declining prices as the cost of production is reduced. However, if market prices decrease faster than product costs, gross and operating margins can be adversely affected. Currently, we face competition from a number of established companies, including Broadcom Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Intel Corporation, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., and PMC-Sierra, Inc. In addition, in the video capture, process and display market segments we consider our competition to be companies that provide video encode and decode solutions, including Broadcom, Marvell and Wondermedia Technologies, Inc.
A few of our current competitors operate their own fabrication facilities and have, and some of our potential competitors could have, longer operating histories, greater name recognition, larger customer bases and significantly greater financial, technical, sales, marketing and other resources than we have. Potential customers may prefer to purchase from their existing suppliers rather than a new supplier regardless of product performance or features.
We expect increased competition from other established and emerging companies both domestically and internationally. Our current and potential competitors may also establish cooperative relationships among themselves or with third parties. If so, new competitors or alliances that include our competitors may emerge that could acquire significant market share. We expect these trends to continue as companies attempt to strengthen or maintain their market positions in an evolving industry. In the future, further development by our competitors could cause our products to become obsolete. We expect continued competition from incumbents as well as from new entrants into the markets we serve. Our ability to compete depends on a number of factors, including:
In addition, we cannot assure you that existing customers or potential customers will not develop their own products, purchase competitive products or acquire companies that use alternative methods to enable networking, communication or security applications to facilitate network-aware processing in their systems. Any of these competitive threats, alone or in combination with others, could seriously harm our business, operating results and financial condition.
Our customers may cancel their orders, change production quantities or delay production, and if we fail to forecast demand for our products accurately, we may incur product shortages, delays in product shipments or excess or insufficient product inventory.
We generally do not obtain firm, long-term purchase commitments from our customers. Because production lead times often exceed the amount of time required to fulfill orders, we often must build in advance of orders, relying on an imperfect demand forecast to project volumes and product mix. Our demand forecast accuracy can be adversely affected by a number of factors, including inaccurate forecasting by our customers, changes in market conditions, adverse changes in our product order mix and demand for our customers products. Even after an order is received, our customers may cancel these orders or request a decrease in production quantities. Any such cancellation or decrease subjects us to a number of risks, most notably that our projected sales will not materialize on schedule or at all, leading to unanticipated revenue shortfalls and excess or obsolete inventory which we may be unable to sell to other customers. Alternatively, if we are unable to project customer requirements accurately, we may not build enough products, which could lead to delays in product shipments and lost sales opportunities in the near term, as well as force our customers to identify alternative sources, which could affect our ongoing relationships with these customers. We have in the past had customers dramatically increase their requested production quantities with little or no advance notice. If we do not timely fulfill customer demands, our customers may cancel their orders. Either underestimating or overestimating demand could lead to insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory, which could harm our operating results, cash flow and financial condition, as well as our relationships with our customers.
Adverse changes in general economic or political conditions in any of the major countries in which we do business could adversely affect our operating results.
As our business has grown to both customers located in the United States as well as customers located outside of the United States, we have become increasingly subject to the risks arising from adverse changes in both the domestic and global economic and political conditions. For example, the direction and relative strength of the U.S. and international economies remains uncertain due to softness in the housing markets, difficulties in the financial services sector and credit markets and continuing geopolitical uncertainties. If economic growth in the United States and other countries economies continues to slow, the demand for our customers products could decline, which would then decrease demand for our products. Furthermore, if economic conditions in the countries into which our customers sell their products continue to deteriorate, some of our customers may decide to postpone or delay certain development programs, which would then delay their need to purchase our products. This could result in a reduction in sales of our products or in a reduction in the growth of our product sales. Any of these events would likely harm investors view of our business, and our results of operations and financial condition.
*We receive a substantial portion of our revenues from a limited number of customers, and the loss of, or a significant reduction in, orders from one or a few of our major customers would adversely affect our operations and financial condition.
We receive a substantial portion of our revenues from a limited number of customers. We received an aggregate of approximately 49.3% and 43.9% of our net revenues from our top five customers for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. We received approximately 28% and 21% of our net revenue from Cisco for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 respectively. We anticipate that we will continue to be dependent on a limited number of customers for a significant portion of our revenues in the immediate future and in some cases the portion of our revenues attributable to certain customers may increase in the future. However, we may not be able to maintain or increase sales to certain of our top customers for a variety of reasons, including the following:
In the past, we have relied in significant part on our strategic relationships with customers that are technology leaders in our target markets. We intend to continue expanding such relationships and forming new strategic relationships but we cannot assure you that we will be able to do so. These relationships often require us to develop new products that may involve significant technological challenges. Our customers frequently place considerable pressure on us to meet their tight development schedules. Accordingly, we may have to devote a substantial amount of our resources to our strategic relationships, which could detract from or delay our completion of other important development projects. Delays in development could impair our relationships with our other strategic customers and negatively impact sales of the products under development. Moreover, it is possible that our customers may develop their own product or adopt a competitors solution for products that they currently buy from us. If that happens, our sales would decline and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.
In addition, our relationships with some customers may also deter other potential customers who compete with these customers from buying our products. To attract new customers or retain existing customers, we may offer certain customers favorable prices on our products. In that event, our average selling prices and gross margins would decline. The loss of a key customer, a reduction in sales to any key customer or our inability to attract new significant customers could seriously impact our revenue and materially and adversely affect our results of operations.
*If we do not manage the risks associated with our large professional service contracts properly our revenue and customer base could be adversely affected.
The pricing and other terms of some of our larger professional services agreements require us to make estimates and assumptions at the time we enter into these contracts that could differ from actual results. Any increased or unexpected costs or unanticipated delays in connection with the performance of these engagements, including delays caused by factors outside our control, could make these agreements less profitable or unprofitable, which would have an adverse effect on the profit margin of our software and services business segment and adversely affect our operating results. In addition, changes in costs or a delay in connection with the performance of our large professional service agreements may harm our relationships with these customers.
*We may not sustain our growth rate, and we may not be able to manage any future growth effectively.
We have experienced significant growth in a short period of time. Our net revenues increased from approximately $7.4 million in 2004 to $259.2 million in 2011. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, our net revenue was $52.7 million. We may not achieve similar growth rates in future periods. You should not rely on our operating results for any prior quarterly or annual periods as an indication of our future operating performance. If we are unable to maintain adequate revenue growth, our financial results could suffer and our stock price could decline.
To manage our growth successfully and to continue handling the responsibilities of being a public company, we believe we must effectively, among other things:
If we are unable to manage our growth effectively, we may not be able to take advantage of market opportunities or develop new products and we may fail to satisfy customer requirements, maintain product quality, execute our business plan or respond to competitive pressures.
The average selling prices of products in our markets have historically decreased over time and will likely do so in the future, which could harm our revenues and gross profits.
Average selling prices of semiconductor products in the markets we serve have historically decreased over time. Our gross profits and financial results will suffer if we are unable to offset any reductions in our average selling prices by reducing our costs, developing new or enhanced products on a timely basis with higher selling prices or gross profits, or increasing our sales volumes. Additionally, because we do not operate our own manufacturing, assembly or testing facilities, we may not be able to reduce our costs as rapidly as companies that operate their own facilities, and our costs may even increase, which could also reduce our margins.
We may be unsuccessful in developing and selling new products or in penetrating new markets.
We operate in a dynamic environment characterized by rapidly changing technologies and industry standards and technological obsolescence. Our competitiveness and future success depend on our ability to design, develop, manufacture, assemble, test, market and support new products and enhancements on a timely and cost effective basis. A fundamental shift in technologies in any of our product markets could harm our competitive position within these markets. Our failure to anticipate these shifts, to develop new technologies or to react to changes in existing technologies could materially delay our development of new products, which could result in product obsolescence, decreased revenues and a loss of design wins to our competitors. The success of a new product depends on accurate forecasts of long-term market demand and future technological developments, as well as a variety of specific implementation factors, including:
If we fail to introduce new products that meet the demand of our customers or penetrate new markets that we target our resources on, our revenues will likely decrease over time and our financial condition could suffer. Additionally, if we concentrate resources on a new market that does not prove profitable or sustainable, our financial condition could decline.
*Fluctuations in the mix of products sold may adversely affect our financial results.
Because of the wide price differences among our processors, the mix and types of performance capabilities of processors sold affect the average selling price of our products and have a substantial impact on our revenue. Generally, sales of higher performance products have higher gross margins than sales of lower performance products. We currently offer both higher and lower performance products in our NITROX, OCTEON, ECONA, NEURON, Celestial and PureVu product families. During 2008 and in the first two quarters of 2009, we experienced a sales mix shift towards increased sales of lower performance, lower margin products, which negatively affected our overall gross margins. In the third and fourth quarters of 2009, the product mix moved towards higher performance and higher margin products and the product mix was at about the same level throughout 2010 and 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, the product mix shifted slightly as we sold more of our lower performance products. If the sales mix shifts back to lower performance, lower margin products, our overall gross margins will be negatively affected. Fluctuations in the mix and types of our products may also affect the extent to which we are able to recover our fixed costs and investments that are associated with a particular product, and as a result can negatively impact our financial results.
The semiconductor and communications industries have historically experienced significant fluctuations with prolonged downturns, which could impact our operating results, financial condition and cash flows
The semiconductor industry has historically exhibited cyclical behavior, which at various times has included significant downturns in customer demand, including in late 2008 through 2009. Because a significant portion of our expenses is fixed in the near term or is incurred in advance of anticipated sales, we may not be able to decrease our expenses rapidly enough to offset any unanticipated shortfall in revenues. If this situation were to occur, it could adversely affect our operating results, cash flow and financial condition. Furthermore, the semiconductor industry has periodically experienced periods of increased demand and production constraints. If this happens in the future, we may not be able to produce sufficient quantities of our products to meet the increased demand. We may also have difficulty in obtaining sufficient wafer, assembly and test resources from our subcontract manufacturers. Any factor adversely affecting the semiconductor industry in general, or the particular segments of the industry that our products target, may adversely affect our ability to generate revenue and could negatively impact our operating results.
The communications industry has, in the past, experienced pronounced downturns, and these cycles may continue in the future. To respond to a downturn, many networking equipment providers may slow their research and development activities, cancel or delay new product development, reduce their inventories and take a cautious approach to acquiring our products, which would have a significant negative impact on our business. If this situation were to occur, it could adversely affect our operating results, cash flow and financial condition. In the future, any of these trends may also cause our operating results to fluctuate significantly from year to year, which may increase the volatility of the price of our stock.
Our products must meet exact specifications, and defects and failures may occur, which may cause customers to return or stop buying our products.
Our customers generally establish demanding specifications for quality, performance and reliability that our products must meet. However, our products are highly complex and may contain defects and failures when they are first introduced or as new versions are released. If defects and failures occur in our products during or after the design phase, we could experience lost revenues, increased costs, including warranty expense and costs associated with customer support, delays in or cancellations or rescheduling of orders or shipments, product returns or discounts, diversion of management resources or damage to our reputation and brand equity, and in some cases consequential damages, any of which would harm our operating results. In addition, delays in our ability to fill product orders as a result of quality control issues may negatively impact our relationship with our customers. We cannot assure you that we will have sufficient resources, including any available insurance, to satisfy any asserted claims.
We may have difficulty selling our products if our customers do not design our products into their systems, and the nature of the design process requires us to incur expenses prior to recognizing revenues associated with those expenses which may adversely affect our financial results.
One of our primary focuses is on winning competitive bid selection processes, known as design wins, to develop products for use in our customers products. We devote significant time and resources in working with our customers system designers to understand their future needs and to provide products that we believe will meet those needs and these bid selection processes can be lengthy. If a customers system designer initially chooses a competitors product, it becomes significantly more difficult for us to sell our products for use in that system because changing suppliers can involve significant cost, time, effort and risk for our customers. Thus, our failure to win a competitive bid can result in our foregoing revenues from a given customers product line for the life of that product. In addition, design opportunities may be infrequent or may be delayed. Our ability to compete in the future will depend, in large part, on our ability to design products to ensure compliance with our customers and potential customers specifications. We expect to invest significant time and resources and to incur significant expenses to design our products to ensure compliance with relevant specifications.
We often incur significant expenditures in the development of a new product without any assurance that our customers system designers will select our product for use in their applications. We often are required to anticipate which product designs will generate demand in advance of our customers expressly indicating a need for that particular design. Even if our customers system designers select our products, a substantial period of time will elapse before we generate revenues related to the significant expenses we have incurred.
The reasons for this delay generally include the following elements of our product sales and development cycle timeline and related influences:
The resources devoted to product development and sales and marketing may not generate material revenue for us, and from time to time, we may need to write off excess and obsolete inventory if we have produced product in anticipation of expected demand. We may spend resources on the development of products that our customers may not adopt. If we incur significant expenses and investments in inventory in the future that we are not able to recover, and we are not able to compensate for those expenses, our operating results could be adversely affected. In addition, if we sell our products at reduced prices in anticipation of cost reductions but still hold higher cost products in inventory, our operating results would be harmed.
Additionally, even if system designers use our products in their systems, we cannot assure you that these systems will be commercially successful or that we will receive significant revenue from the sales of processors for those systems. As a result, we may be unable to accurately forecast the volume and timing of our orders and revenues associated with any new product introductions.
Because a significant portion of our software and licenses revenues is derived from subscription-based software licenses, we are dependent upon the ability of our customers to develop and penetrate new markets successfully, and to develop new products for existing markets.
Our subscription-based license revenues depend both upon our ability to successfully negotiate such license agreements with our customers and, in turn, upon our customers successful commercialization of their underlying products. As our open source business grows, we may not be able to rely on receiving per unit fees from our customers. For our open source business, we may instead need to rely on other fees to compensate for the subscription-based license fees that we have traditionally received for our proprietary products. Also, we derive significant revenues from customers that develop products in highly competitive and technologically complex markets such as the internet infrastructure, server and storage, digital consumer, aerospace and defense, industrial control, medical equipment, gaming, office automation and automotive markets. If these customers sell fewer products or otherwise face significant economic difficulties, particularly in the current global economic recession, our revenues may decline.
In the event we terminate one of our distributor arrangements, it could lead to a loss of revenues and possible product returns.
A portion of our sales is made through third-party distribution agreements. Termination of a distributor relationship, either by us or by the distributor, could result in a temporary or permanent loss of revenues, until a replacement distributor can be established to service the affected end-user customers. We may not be successful in finding suitable alternative distributors on satisfactory terms or at all and this could adversely affect our ability to sell in certain locations or to certain end-user customers. Additionally, if we terminate our relationship with a distributor, we may be obligated to repurchase unsold products. We record a reserve for estimated returns and price credits. If actual returns and credits exceed our estimates, our operating results could be harmed.
We rely on our ecosystem partners to enhance our product offerings and our inability to continue to develop or maintain such relationships in the future would harm our ability to remain competitive.
We have developed relationships with third parties, which we refer to as ecosystem partners, which provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services designed for specific uses with our SoCs. We believe that these relationships enhance our customers ability to get their products to market quickly. If we are unable to continue to develop or maintain these relationships, we might not be able to enhance our customers ability to commercialize their products in a timely fashion and our ability to remain competitive would be harmed, which could negatively impact our ability to generate revenue and our operating results
The loss of any of our key personnel could seriously harm our business, and our failure to attract or retain specialized technical, management or sales and marketing talent could impair our ability to grow our business.
We believe our future success will depend in large part upon our ability to attract, retain and motivate highly skilled managerial, engineering, sales and marketing personnel. The loss of any key employees or the inability to attract, retain or motivate qualified personnel, including engineers and sales and marketing personnel could delay the development and introduction of and harm our ability to sell our products. We believe that our future success is highly dependent on the contributions of Syed Ali, our co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, and others. None of our employees have fixed-term employment contracts; they are all at-will employees. The loss of the services of Mr. Ali, other executive officers or certain other key personnel could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. For instance, if any of these individuals were to leave our company unexpectedly, we could face substantial difficulty in hiring qualified successors and could experience a loss in productivity during the search for and while any such successor is integrated into our business and operations.
There is currently a shortage of qualified technical personnel with significant experience in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of integrated circuits. In particular, there is a shortage of engineers who are familiar with the intricacies of the design and manufacture of multi-core networking processors, and competition for these engineers is intense. Our key technical personnel represent a significant asset and serve as the source of our technological and product innovations. We may not be successful in attracting, retaining and motivating sufficient numbers of technical personnel to support our anticipated growth.
To date, we have relied primarily on our direct marketing and sales force to drive new customer design wins and to sell our products. Because we are looking to expand our customer base and grow our sales to existing customers, we will need to hire additional qualified sales personnel in the near term and beyond if we are to achieve revenue growth. The competition for qualified marketing and sales personnel in our industry, and particularly in Silicon Valley, is very intense. If we are unable to hire, train, deploy and manage qualified sales personnel in a timely manner, our ability to grow our business will be impaired. In addition, if we are unable to retain our existing sales personnel, our ability to maintain or grow our current level of revenues will be adversely affected. Further, if we are unable to integrate and retain personnel acquired through our various acquisitions, we may not be able to fully capitalize on such acquisitions.
In addition, we rely on stock-based awards as one means for recruiting, motivating and retaining highly skilled talent. If the value of such stock awards does not appreciate as measured by the performance of the price of our common stock or if our share-based compensation otherwise ceases to be viewed as a valuable benefit, our ability to attract, retain, and motivate employees could be weakened, which could harm our results of operations. A decline in the trading price of our common stock would result in the exercise price of a portion of our outstanding options to exceed the trading price of our common stock, reducing the effectiveness of these stock-based awards. Consequently, we may not continue to successfully attract and retain key personnel which would harm our business.
Some of our operations and a significant portion of our customers and contract manufacturers are located outside of the United States, which subjects us to additional risks, including increased complexity and costs of managing international operations and geopolitical instability.
We have international sales offices and research and development facilities and we conduct, and expect to continue to conduct, a significant amount of our business with companies that are located outside the United States, particularly in Asia and Europe. Even customers of ours that are based in the United States often use contract manufacturers based in Asia to manufacture their systems, and it is the contract manufacturers that purchase products directly from us. As a result of our international focus, we face numerous challenges, including:
We are subject to governmental export and import controls that may adversely affect our business.
We and our customers are subject to various import and export laws and regulations. Government export regulations apply to the encryption or other features contained in some of our products. If we fail to continue to receive licenses or otherwise comply with these regulations, we may be unable to manufacture the affected products at foreign foundries or ship these products to certain customers, or we may incur penalties or fines. In addition, changes in import or export laws and regulations may create delays in the introduction of our products in international markets, prevent our customers with international operations from deploying our products or cause decreased use of our products by customers with international operations, each of which would adversely affect our business and results of operations.
We outsource our wafer fabrication, assembly, testing, warehousing and shipping operations to third parties, and rely on these parties to produce and deliver our products according to requested demands in specification, quantity, cost and time.
We rely on third parties for substantially all of our manufacturing operations, including wafer fabrication, assembly, testing, warehousing and shipping. We depend on these parties to supply us with material of a requested quantity in a timely manner that meets our standards for yield, cost and manufacturing quality. We do not have any long-term supply agreements with our manufacturing suppliers. Any problems with our manufacturing supply chain could adversely impact our ability to ship our products to our customers on time and in the quantity required, which in turn could cause an unanticipated decline in our sales and possibly damage our customer relationships.
The fabrication of integrated circuits is a complex and technically demanding process. Our foundries could, from time to time, experience manufacturing defects and reduced manufacturing yields. Changes in manufacturing processes or the inadvertent use of defective or contaminated materials by our foundries could result in lower than anticipated manufacturing yields or unacceptable performance. Many of these problems are difficult to detect at an early stage of the manufacturing process and may be time consuming and expensive to correct. In addition, our manufacturing processes with our foundries are unique and not within the customary manufacturing processes of these foundries, which may lead to manufacturing defects, reduced manufacturing yields and/or increases in manufacturing costs. Poor yields from our foundries, or defects, integration issues or other performance problems in our products could cause us significant customer relations and business reputation problems, harm our financial results and result in financial or other damages to our customers. Our customers could also seek damages from us for their losses. A product liability claim brought against us, even if unsuccessful, would likely be time consuming and costly to defend.
Our products are manufactured at a limited number of locations. If we experience manufacturing problems at a particular location, we would be required to transfer manufacturing to a backup location or supplier. Converting or transferring manufacturing from a primary location or supplier to a backup fabrication facility could be expensive and could take one to two quarters. During such a transition, we would be required to meet customer demand from our then-existing inventory, as well as any partially finished goods that can be modified to the required product specifications. We do not seek to maintain sufficient inventory to address a lengthy transition period because we believe it is uneconomical to keep more than minimal inventory on hand. As a result, we may not be able to meet customer needs during such a transition, which could delay shipments, cause a production delay or stoppage for our customers, result in a decline in our sales and damage our customer relationships. In addition, we have no long-term supply contracts with the foundries that we work with. Availability of foundry capacity has in the recent past been reduced due to strong demand. The ability of each foundry to provide us with semiconductor devices is limited by its available capacity and existing obligations. Foundry capacity may not be available when we need it or at reasonable prices which could cause us to be unable to meet customer needs, delay shipments, because a production delay or stoppage for our customers, result in a decline in our sales and harm our financial results.
In addition, a significant portion of our sales are to customers that practice just-in-time order management from their suppliers, which gives us a very limited amount of time in which to process and complete these orders. As a result, delays in our production or shipping by the parties to whom we outsource these functions could reduce our sales, damage our customer relationships and damage our reputation in the marketplace, any of which could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Any increase in the manufacturing cost of our products could reduce our gross margins and operating profit.
The semiconductor business exhibits ongoing competitive pricing pressure from customers and competitors. Accordingly, any increase in the cost of our products, whether by adverse purchase price variances or adverse manufacturing cost variances, will reduce our gross margins and operating profit. We do not have any long-term supply agreements with our manufacturing suppliers and we typically negotiate pricing on a purchase order by purchase order basis. Consequently, we may not be able to obtain price reductions or anticipate or prevent future price increases from our suppliers.
Some of our competitors may be better financed than we are, may have long-term agreements with our main foundries and may induce our foundries to reallocate capacity to those customers. This reallocation could impair our ability to secure the supply of components that we need. Although we use several independent foundries to manufacture substantially all of our semiconductor products, most of our components are not manufactured at more than one foundry at any given time, and our products typically are designed to be manufactured in a specific process at only one of these foundries. Accordingly, if one of our foundries is unable to provide us with components as needed, we could experience significant delays in securing sufficient supplies of those components. We cannot assure you that any of our existing or new foundries will be able to produce integrated circuits with acceptable manufacturing yields, or that our foundries will be able to deliver enough semiconductor devices to us on a timely basis, or at reasonable prices. These and other related factors could impair our ability to meet our customers needs and have a material and adverse effect on our operating results.
In order to secure sufficient foundry capacity when demand is high and mitigate the risks described in the foregoing paragraph, we may enter into various arrangements with suppliers that could be costly and harm our operating results, such as nonrefundable deposits with or loans to foundries in exchange for capacity commitments and contracts that commit us to purchase specified quantities of integrated circuits over extended periods. We may not be able to make any such arrangement in a timely fashion or at all, and any arrangements may be costly, reduce our financial flexibility, and not be on terms favorable to us. Moreover, if we are able to secure foundry capacity, we may be obligated to use all of that capacity or incur penalties. These penalties may be expensive and could harm our financial results.
*Our failure to protect our intellectual property rights adequately could impair our ability to compete effectively or to defend ourselves from litigation, which could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
We rely primarily on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws, as well as confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements and other methods, to protect our proprietary technologies and know-how. We have been issued 35 patents in the United States and 11 patents in foreign countries and have an additional 73 patent applications pending in the United States and 25 patent applications pending in foreign countries as of March 31, 2012. Even if the pending patent applications are granted, the rights granted to us may not be meaningful or provide us with any commercial advantage. For example, these patents could be opposed, contested, circumvented or designed around by our competitors or be declared invalid or unenforceable in judicial or administrative proceedings. The failure of our patents to adequately protect our technology might make it easier for our competitors to offer similar products or technologies. Our foreign patent protection is generally not as comprehensive as our U.S. patent protection and may not protect our intellectual property in some countries where our products are sold or may be sold in the future. Many U.S.-based companies have encountered substantial intellectual property infringement in foreign countries, including countries where we sell products. Even if foreign patents are granted, effective enforcement in foreign countries may not be available.
We enter into confidentiality agreements with our employees, consultants and strategic partners. We also control access to and distribution of our technologies, documentation and other proprietary information. However, internal or external parties may copy, disclose, obtain or use our proprietary information without our authorization. Further, current or former employees or third parties may attempt to misappropriate our proprietary information.
Monitoring unauthorized use of our intellectual property and the intellectual property of our customers and strategic partners is difficult and costly. Although we are not aware of any unauthorized use of our intellectual property in the past, it is possible that unauthorized use of our intellectual property may have occurred or may occur without our knowledge. We cannot assure you that the steps we have taken will prevent unauthorized use of our intellectual property.
Our failure to effectively protect our intellectual property could reduce the value of our technology in licensing arrangements or in cross-licensing negotiations, and could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition. We may in the future need to initiate infringement claims or litigation. Litigation, whether we are a plaintiff or a defendant, can be expensive, time consuming and may divert the efforts of our technical staff and managerial personnel, which could harm our business, whether or not such litigation results in a determination favorable to us.
Assertions by third parties of infringement by us of their intellectual property rights could result in significant costs and cause our operating results to suffer.
The semiconductor industry is characterized by vigorous protection and pursuit of intellectual property rights and positions, which has resulted in protracted and expensive litigation for many companies. From time to time we receive communications that allege we have infringed certain patents, trade secrets or other intellectual property rights owned by others. Any such allegations, regardless of merit, could cause us to incur significant costs in responding to, defending and resolving such allegations. Any lawsuits resulting from such allegations could subject us to significant liability for damages and invalidate our proprietary rights. Any potential intellectual property litigation also could force us to do one or more of the following:
Any significant impairment of our intellectual property rights from any litigation we face could harm our business and our ability to compete.
Our customers have in the past and may in the future also become the target of allegations of infringement or litigation relating to the patent and other intellectual property rights of others. This could trigger technical support and indemnification obligations in some of our licenses or customer agreements. These obligations could result in substantial expenses, including the payment by us of costs and damages relating to claims of intellectual property infringement. In addition to the time and expense required for us to provide support or indemnification to our customers, any such litigation could disrupt the businesses of our customers, which in turn could hurt our relationships with our customers and cause the sale of our products to decrease. We cannot assure you that claims for indemnification will not be made or that if made, such claims would not have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results or financial conditions.
If we fail to maintain an effective system of internal controls, we may not be able to accurately report our financial results or prevent fraud.
Effective internal controls are necessary for us to provide reliable financial reports and effectively prevent fraud. Any inability to provide reliable financial reports or prevent fraud could harm our business. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires management and our independent registered public accounting firm to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. These Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements may be modified, supplemented or amended from time to time. Implementing these changes may take a significant amount of time and may require specific compliance training of our personnel. In the future, we may discover areas of our internal controls that need improvement. If our independent registered public accounting firm or we discover a material weakness, the disclosure of that fact, even if quickly remedied, could reduce the markets confidence in our financial statements and harm our stock price. We may not be able to effectively and timely implement necessary control changes and employee training to ensure continued compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory and reporting requirements. Our rapid growth in recent years and our possible future expansion through acquisitions, present challenges to maintain the internal control and disclosure control standards applicable to public companies. If we fail to maintain effective internal controls, we could be subject to regulatory scrutiny and sanctions and investors could lose confidence in the accuracy and completeness of our financial reports.
Our acquisition strategy may result in unanticipated accounting charges or otherwise adversely affect our results of operations, and result in difficulties in assimilating and integrating the operations, personnel, technologies and products of acquired companies or businesses, or be dilutive to existing shareholders.
In May 2008, we acquired certain assets of Parallogic Corporation, in August 2008 we acquired substantially all of the assets of Star Semiconductor Corporation; in December 2008, we acquired W&W Communications, Inc.; in December 2009 we acquired MontaVista Software, Inc.; in October 2010, we acquired substantially all of the assets of Celestial Systems; in January 2011, we acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Wavesat Inc.; and in March 2011, we acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Celestial Semiconductor, Ltd. We expect that we will in the future continue to acquire companies or assets of companies that we believe to be complementary to our business, including for the purpose of expanding our new product design capacity, introducing new design, market or application skills or enhancing and expanding our existing product lines. In connection with any such future acquisitions, we may need to use a significant portion of our available cash, issue additional equity securities that would dilute current stockholders percentage ownership and incur substantial debt or contingent liabilities. Such actions could adversely impact our operating results and the market price of our common stock. In addition, difficulties may occur in assimilating and integrating the operations, personnel, technologies, and products of acquired companies or businesses. Further, key personnel of an acquired company may decide not to work for us. Moreover, to the extent we acquire a company with existing products; those products may have lower gross margins than our customary products, which could adversely affect our gross margin and operating results. If an acquired company also has inventory that we assume, we will be required to write up the carrying value of that inventory to fair value. When that inventory is sold, the gross margins for those products will be reduced and our gross margins for that period would be negatively affected. Furthermore, the purchase price of any acquired businesses may exceed the current fair values of the net tangible assets of such acquired businesses. As a result, we would be required to record material amounts of goodwill, and acquired in-process research and development charges and other intangible assets, which could result in significant impairment and acquired in-process research and development charges and amortization expense in future periods. These charges, in addition to the results of operations of such acquired businesses and potential restructuring costs associated with an acquisition, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. We cannot forecast the number, timing or size of future acquisitions, or the effect that any such acquisitions might have on our operating or financial results.
We rely on third-party technologies for the development of our products and our inability to use such technologies in the future would harm our ability to remain competitive.
We rely on third parties for technologies that are integrated into our products, such as wafer fabrication and assembly and test technologies used by our contract manufacturers, as well as licensed MIPS and ARM architecture technologies. If we are unable to continue to use or license these technologies on reasonable terms, or if these technologies fail to operate properly, we may not be able to secure alternatives in a timely manner and our ability to remain competitive would be harmed, which could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition. In addition, if we are unable to successfully license technology from third parties to develop future products, we may not be able to develop such products in a timely manner or at all.
Our open source business could be seriously harmed by the outcome of lawsuits challenging the use and distribution of Linux-based software products.
We rely on Linux system software as the basis of our software products. Several lawsuits have been filed challenging the right to use and/or distribute Linux system software and software applications based on Linux. Although we are not a party to or directly involved in any of the lawsuits relating to Linux, we expect that further lawsuits could be filed against Linux in the future which would challenge the use and distribution of our Linux-based software products. It is impossible to estimate or anticipate all of the financial or other impacts the results of these litigation matters could have on our business. Success by a plaintiff in one or more of these lawsuits could have a material adverse effect on our open source business.
Legal uncertainty surrounding the use and distribution of open source software may cause the market for Linux-based products to disappear, fail to further develop or fail to develop at a rate sufficient to sustain our business.
The majority of our open source software products are licensed from third parties under the GNU General Public License (the GPL), and similar open source licenses. There remains some significant confusion among our customers about the scope of their obligations and rights with respect to using and distributing Linux-based products. One element of this confusion is whether the GPL and other open source licenses require customers to (i) make all of the source code for their products available to the public, and/or (ii) license all of the code underlying such products under an open source license. There is little or no legal precedent for interpreting the terms of the GPL and similar open source licenses, including the determination of which types of programs or products would be considered derived works and thus potentially subject to the terms of such open source licenses. If this confusion remains, increases or is prolonged by litigation, the market for Linux-based products may disappear, fail to further develop or fail to develop at a rate sufficient to sustain our open source business.
Our open source business depends on Linux developers to continue to improve Linux and Linux-based applications that are incorporated into our open source products.
Our ability to release major upgrades of MontaVista Linux is largely dependent upon the release of new versions of the Linux kernel. The Linux kernel is the heart of the Linux system software. Linus Torvalds and a small group of engineers are primarily responsible for the development, evolution and maintenance of the Linux kernel. In addition, other individuals and small groups of developers are largely responsible for Linux programs tailored to specific tasks or computer architectures. If Mr. Torvalds or other key developers fail to further develop the Linux kernel or other programs on which we rely, we will have to either develop them ourselves or rely on another party for development. This development effort could be costly and time consuming, and could delay or entirely prevent our open source product release and upgrade schedule.
We may be unsuccessful in marketing our open source products because we encounter widespread negative perceptions about Linux and open source software in general.
Some people still falsely believe that anyone who writes a software program that runs on Linux will necessarily have to publicly disclose the source code for that software. If a potential customer believes their source code will need to be made public if they use our open source product, they may be less likely to purchase our open source product. We devote substantial time and attention helping potential customers understand the legal implications of using our open source products, including that fact that in most instances, applications developed to run on Linux may be distributed under a proprietary license. In many cases, we are required to address these issues at different levels across an organization (such as at the engineering, managerial and executive levels), which can be very time consuming. We are sometimes unsuccessful at convincing a potential customer that using Linux-based system software will not have negative consequences for that customer. Furthermore, many potential customers believe that they should not be required to pay for our open source products, since our open-source products are based on open source (also sometimes called free) software. They believe that open source products are all publicly available at no charge. There is also the misconception that distributors of Linux software cannot offer warranties or indemnifications with respect to Linux software. Each of these customer fears or misperceptions could cause us to lose potential orders or cause our customers to delay purchase decisions, which could significantly lengthen our sales cycle. These misperceptions could cause the market for Linux-based products to disappear, fail to further develop, or fail to develop at a rate sufficient to sustain our open source business.
Our open source software may contain errors or defects that could delay introduction of new products, result in costly remedial expenditures or cause disputes with customers.
Most of the open source software that we sell and distribute is developed by third parties with whom we have no business relationship, including thousands of individual software programmers. In order to successfully release our open source products, we must assemble and test software developed by thousands of disparate sources. Despite our efforts, errors have been and may continue to be found in our open source products. If errors are discovered, we may not be able to successfully correct them in a timely manner or at all. Errors and failures in our open source products could result in a loss of, or delay in, market acceptance of our open-source products and could damage our reputation and our ability to convince commercial users of the benefits of Linux-based systems software and other open source software products. In addition, we may need to make significant expenditures of capital resources in order to reduce errors and failures.
We face intense competition related to our open source products, and expect competition to increase in the future, which could reduce our open source-related revenue and customer base.
The market for Linux-based systems software is highly competitive, and we expect competition to intensify in the future. We consider the primary competitors for our MontaVista software products to be Wind River Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Intel Corporation and, to a lesser extent, Canonical Programming, inc. and Mentor Graphics Corporation. In addition, potential customers for our open source products may believe that they can build their own open source product cheaper or more efficiently than purchasing our products.
In addition to competitors in the business of distributing a commercial Linux-based operating system, we face competition from certain hardware companies who offer Linux-based operating systems and related software components at little or no charge. We also face competition from Linux-based software distributions provided by new and emerging consortiums and software stacks such as Meego, Linaro, Moblin and Android. And because, apart from such hardware vendors and consortiums, there is a large Linux code base generally available at no charge, certain customers or potential customers have made, and will continue to make, efforts to develop their own Linux-based operating system without purchasing or otherwise obtaining it from a third-party vendor. To the extent that the quality and availability of non-commercial Linux-based operating system software continues to improve, it could have a material adverse effect on our ability to sell open source software.
Our third-party contractors are concentrated primarily in Asia, an area subject to earthquake and other risks. Any disruption to the operations of these contractors could cause significant delays in the production or shipment of our products.
Substantially all of our products are manufactured by third-party contractors located in Taiwan and to a lesser extent manufactured by third party contractors located in Japan, Malaysia and Korea. The risk of an earthquake in any of those countries or elsewhere in Asia is significant due to the proximity of major earthquake fault lines to the facilities of our foundries and assembly and test subcontractors. For example, several major earthquakes have occurred in Taiwan and Japan since our incorporation in 2000, the most recent being the major earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March 2011 in Japan. Although our third-party contractors did not suffer any significant damage as a result of these most recent earthquakes, the occurrence of additional earthquakes or other natural disasters could result in the disruption of our foundry or assembly and test capacity. Any disruption resulting from such events could cause significant delays in the production or shipment of our products until we are able to shift our manufacturing, assembling or testing from the affected contractor to another third-party vendor. We may not be able to obtain alternate capacity on favorable terms, if at all.
We may experience difficulties in transitioning to new wafer fabrication process technologies or in achieving higher levels of design integration, which may result in reduced manufacturing yields, delays in product deliveries and increased expenses.
In order to remain competitive, we expect to continue to transition our semiconductor products to increasingly smaller line width geometries. This transition requires us to modify our designs to work with the manufacturing processes of our foundries. We periodically evaluate the benefits, on a product-by-product basis, of migrating to new process technologies to reduce cost and improve performance. We may face difficulties, delays and expenses as we continue to transition our products to new processes. We are dependent on our relationships with our foundry contractors to transition to new processes successfully. We cannot assure you that the foundries that we use will be able to effectively manage the transition or that we will be able to maintain our existing foundry relationships or develop new ones. If any of our foundry contractors or we experience significant delays in this transition or fail to efficiently implement this transition, we could experience reduced manufacturing yields, delays in product deliveries and increased expenses, all of which could harm our relationships with our customers and our results of operations. As new processes become more prevalent, we expect to continue to integrate greater levels of functionality, as well as customer and third-party intellectual property, into our products. However, we may not be able to achieve higher levels of design integration or deliver new integrated products on a timely basis.
*Our investment portfolio may become impaired by further deterioration of the capital markets.
Our cash equivalents at March 31, 2012 consisted primarily of an investment in a money market fund, which is invested primarily in United States treasury securities, bonds of government agencies, and corporate bonds. We follow an established investment policy and set of guidelines to monitor, manage and limit our exposure to interest rate and credit risk. The policy sets forth credit quality standards and limits our exposure to any one issuer, as well as our maximum exposure to various asset classes.
As a result of current adverse financial market conditions, investments in some financial instruments, such as structured investment vehicles, sub-prime mortgage-backed securities, European sovereign debt and collateralized debt obligations, may pose risks arising from liquidity and credit concerns. As of March 31, 2012, we had no direct holdings in these categories of investments and our indirect exposure to these financial instruments through our holdings in money market instruments was immaterial. As of March 31, 2012, we had no impairment charges associated with our cash equivalents relating to such adverse financial market conditions. Although we believe our current investment portfolio has very little risk of impairment, we cannot predict future market conditions or market liquidity and can provide no assurance that our investment portfolio will remain unimpaired.
We may need to raise additional capital, which might not be available or which, if available, may be on terms that are not favorable to use.
We believe our existing cash and cash equivalent balances and cash expected to be generated from our operations will be sufficient to meet our working capital, capital expenditures and other needs for at least the next 12 months. In the future, we may need to raise additional funds, and we cannot be certain that we will be able to obtain additional financing on favorable terms, if at all. If we issue equity securities to raise additional funds, the ownership percentage of our stockholders would be reduced, and the new equity securities may have rights, preferences or privileges senior to those of existing holders of our common stock. If we borrow money, we may incur significant interest charges, which could harm our profitability. Holders of debt would also have rights, preferences or privileges senior to those of existing holders of our common stock. If we cannot raise needed funds on acceptable terms, we may not be able to develop or enhance our products, take advantage of future opportunities or respond to competitive pressures or unanticipated requirements, which could harm our business, operating results and financial condition.
We may incur impairments to goodwill or long-lived assets.
We review our long-lived assets, including goodwill and other intangible assets, for impairment annually in the fourth quarter or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of these assets may not be recoverable.
Significant negative industry or economic trends, including a significant decline in the market price of our common stock, reduced estimates of future cash flows for our reporting units or disruptions to our business could lead to an impairment charge of our long-lived assets, including goodwill and other intangible assets.
Our valuation methodology for assessing impairment requires management to make judgments and assumptions based on historical experience and to rely heavily on projections of future operating performance. We operate in highly competitive environments and projections of future operating results and cash flows may vary significantly from results. Additionally, if our analysis results in impairment to our goodwill, we may be required to record a charge to earnings in our financial statements during a period in which such impairment is determined to exist, which may negatively impact our results of operations.
The complexity of accounting regulations and related interpretations and policies, particularly those related to revenue recognition, could materially affect our financial results for a given period.
Although we use standardized agreements designed to meet current revenue recognition criteria under generally accepted accounting principles, we must often negotiate and revise terms and conditions of these standardized agreements, particularly in multi-element license and services transactions. As we increase our transactions to more complex multi-element transactions, negotiation of mutually acceptable terms and conditions may require us to defer recognition of revenue on such licenses. We believe that we are in compliance with the guidance as provided under multiple element arrangements; however, bigger and more complex, multi-element transactions may require additional accounting analysis to account for them accurately. Errors in such analysis in any period could lead to unanticipated changes in our revenue accounting practices and may affect the timing of revenue recognition, which could adversely affect our financial results. If we later discover that we have interpreted and applied revenue recognition rules differently than prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S., we could be required to devote significant management resources, and incur the expense associated with an audit, restatement or other examination of our financial statements.
Our future effective tax rates could be affected by the allocation of our income among different geographic regions, which could affect our future operating results, financial condition and cash flows.
As a global company, we are subject to taxation in the United States and various other countries and states. Significant judgment is required to determine and estimate worldwide tax liabilities. We may further expand our international operations and staff to better support our international markets. As a result, we anticipate that our consolidated pre-tax income will be subject to tax at relatively lower tax rates when compared to the United States federal statutory tax rate and, as a consequence, our effective income tax rate is expected to be lower than the United States federal statutory rate. Our future effective income tax rates could be adversely affected if tax authorities were to successfully challenge our international tax structure or if the relative mix of United States and international income changes for any reason, or US or foreign tax laws were to change. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that our income tax rate will continue to be less than the United States federal statutory rate.
Any significant change in our future effective tax rates could adversely impact our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Our future effective tax rates may be adversely affected by a number of factors including:
*Changes in valuation allowance of deferred tax assets may affect our future operating results
We record a valuation allowance to reduce our net deferred tax assets to the amount that we believe is more likely than not to be realized. In assessing the need for a valuation allowance, we consider historical levels of income, expectations and risks associated with estimates of future taxable income and ongoing prudent and practical tax planning strategies. On a periodic basis we evaluate our deferred tax asset balance for realizability. To the extent we believe it is more likely than not that some portion of our deferred tax assets will not be realized, we will increase the valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets. Realization of our deferred tax assets is dependent primarily upon future taxable income in related tax jurisdictions.
As of March 31, 2012, we assessed that it is more-likely-than-not that we will realize our federal deferred tax assets based on positive evidence of our history of profits and projections of future income. Accordingly, we only applied a valuation allowance on the state deferred tax assets. In the event future income by jurisdiction is less than what is currently projected, we may be required to record a valuation allowance to these deferred tax assets in jurisdictions where realization of such assets are no longer more-likely-than-not. This would have adverse impact in our operating results (see Note 9 of Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements).
Risks Related to our Common Stock
*The market price of our common stock may be volatile, which could cause the value of your investment to decline.
The trading prices of the securities of technology companies have been highly volatile. Further, our common stock has a limited trading history. Since our initial public offering in May 2007 through March 31, 2012, our stock price has fluctuated from a low of $7.61 to a high of $47.60. We cannot predict the extent to which the trading market will continue to develop or how liquid the market may become. The trading price of our common stock is therefore likely to be highly volatile and could be subject to wide fluctuations in price in response to various factors, some of which are beyond our control. These factors include:
Furthermore, the stock market in general, and the market for semiconductor and other technology companies in particular, have experienced price and volume fluctuations that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of those companies. These broad market and industry factors may seriously harm the market price of our common stock, regardless of our actual operating performance. These trading price fluctuations may also make it more difficult for us to use our common stock as a means to make acquisitions or to use options to purchase our common stock to attract and retain employees. In addition, in the past, following periods of volatility in the overall market and the market price of a companys securities, securities class action litigation has often been instituted against these companies. This litigation, if instituted against us, could result in substantial costs and a diversion of our managements attention and resources.
Delaware law and our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws contain provisions that could delay or discourage takeover attempts that stockholders may consider favorable.
Provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws may have the effect of delaying or preventing a change of control or changes in our management. These provisions include the following:
In addition, because we are incorporated in Delaware, we are governed by the provisions of Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. These provisions may prohibit large stockholders, particularly those owning 15% or more of our outstanding voting stock, from merging or combining with us. These provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws and under Delaware law could discourage potential takeover attempts, could reduce the price that investors are willing to pay for shares of our common stock in the future and could potentially result in the market price being lower than they would without these provisions.
See the Exhibit Index which follows the signature page of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which is incorporated here by reference.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.