indie Semiconductor Achieves High End of Revenue Guidance Range in Q1 2022
May 12, 2022 at 16:30 PM EDT
indie Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: INDI), an Autotech solutions innovator, today announced first quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2022. First quarter revenue was up 171 percent from the same period a year ago and 16 percent sequentially to a record $22.0 million, at the high end of the Company’s prior guidance range and exceeding analyst consensus estimates. Non-GAAP gross margin expanded 710 basis points year-over-year and 110 basis points sequentially to 47.4 percent, better than indie’s 47.0 percent guidance for the quarter. On a GAAP basis, first quarter 2022 operating loss was $34.3 million compared to $8.1 million in the year ago timeframe. Non-GAAP operating loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $16.5 million versus $7.6 million during the same period last year, reflecting increasing customer-driven R&D and marketing investments as well as incremental public company infrastructure costs.
“indie is off to a great start in 2022, delivering record first quarter revenue fueled by growing demand for our highly innovative Autotech solutions,” said Donald McClymont, indie’s chief executive officer. “Our outperformance versus the industry in the face of continued supply chain headwinds reflects indie’s differentiated product portfolio and our team’s ability to obtain committed volumes from our strategic supply partners. At a higher level, we are well positioned to capitalize on several powerful automotive megatrends, including ADAS, enhanced user experience and electrification. We believe our deeper R&D investments coupled with successful acquisition integrations will leverage the indie platform to accelerate growth, enable us to become the leading provider of edge sensors across all key modalities and, in turn, create shareholder value.”
Q1 Business Highlights
Q2 2022 Outlook
We provide earnings guidance on a non-GAAP basis only because certain information necessary to reconcile such guidance to GAAP is difficult to estimate and dependent on future events outside of our control. Please refer to the attached Discussion Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures in this press release for a further discussion of our use of non-GAAP measures, including quantification of known expected adjustment items.
“Given strong order visibility, set customer ramps and new product launches, we plan to sustainably outpace indie’s addressable markets over the forecast horizon,” said Thomas Schiller, indie’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of strategy. “Specifically, for the second quarter of 2022, we anticipate accelerating top-line growth on the order of 172 to 183 percent year-over-year with non-GAAP gross margin expansion into the 48 percent range. At the mid-point of our revenue guidance, indie will be on a greater than $100 million annualized run-rate. Further, based on our design win momentum and planned operating leverage, we remain on track to achieve profitability in the second half of next year, representing another key milestone toward our target model of 60 percent gross and 30 percent operating margins.”
indie’s Q1 2022 Conference Call
indie Semiconductor will host a conference call with analysts to discuss its first quarter 2022 results and business outlook today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. To listen to the conference call via the Internet, please go to the Financials tab on the Investors page of indie’s website. To listen to the conference call via telephone, please call (877) 451-6152 (domestic) or (201) 389-0879 (international), Conference ID: 13728667.
A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 12, 2022 until 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 26, 2022 under the Financials tab on the Investors page of indie’s website, or by calling (844) 512-2921 (domestic) or (412) 317-6671 (international), Conference ID: 13728667.
indie is empowering the Autotech revolution with next generation automotive semiconductors and software platforms. We focus on edge sensors spanning multiple modalities including LiDAR, radar, ultrasound and vision for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles, connected car, user experience and electrification applications. These technologies represent the core underpinnings of both electric and autonomous vehicles, while the advanced user interfaces transform the in-cabin experience to mirror and seamlessly connect to the mobile platforms we rely on every day. We are an approved vendor to Tier 1 partners and our solutions can be found in marquee automotive OEMs around the world. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, indie has design centers and sales offices in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; San Francisco and San Jose, CA; Budapest, Hungary; Dresden and Munich, Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland; Haifa, Israel; Quebec City, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea and several locations throughout China.
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We provide investors with non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin, non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share because we believe it is important for investors to be able to closely monitor and understand changes in our ability to generate income from ongoing business operations. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures give investors an additional method to evaluate historical operating performance and identify trends, an additional means of evaluating period-over-period operating performance and a method to facilitate certain comparisons of our operating results to those of our peer companies. We further believe these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to assess the overall financial performance of our ongoing operations by eliminating the impact of (i) acquisition-related expenses (including acquisition-related professional fees and legal expenses, deemed compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles and expenses recognized in relation to changes in contingent consideration obligations), (ii) gains or losses recognized in relation to changes in the fair value of the simple agreements for future equity (“SAFEs”), warrants and contingent considerations issued by indie, and unrealized gains or losses from currency hedging contracts (iii) non-cash interest expenses related to the amortization of debt discounts and issuance costs, (iv) share-based compensation, (v) gains and losses from extinguishment of debt and (vi) non-cash tax expenses. We believe that disclosing these non-GAAP financial measures contributes to enhanced financial reporting transparency and provides investors with added clarity about complex financial performance measures.
We do not report a GAAP measure of gross profit or gross margin because certain costs related to contract revenues are expensed as incurred and included in research and development expenses, and not in cost of sales, as it is not practicable for us to bifurcate these expenses. We derive and reconcile non-GAAP gross profit from the most relevant GAAP financial measures by subtracting cost of sales, adjusted for acquisition-related expenses, from revenue. We calculate non-GAAP operating loss by excluding from GAAP operating loss, any (i) acquisition-related expenses (including acquisition-related professional fees and legal expenses, deemed compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles and expenses recognized in relation to changes in contingent consideration obligations) and share-based compensation. We calculate non-GAAP net income (loss) by excluding from GAAP net income (loss), any (i) acquisition-related expenses (including acquisition-related professional fees and legal expenses, deemed compensation expense, and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles and expenses recognized in relation to changes in contingent consideration obligations), (ii) gains or losses recognized in relation to change in the fair value of the simple agreements for future equity (“SAFEs”), warrants and contingent considerations issued by indie, (iii) non-cash interest expenses related to the amortization of debt discounts and issuance costs, (iv) share-based compensation, (v) gains and losses from the extinguishment of debt, and (vi) non-cash tax expenses. We calculate non-GAAP share count by adding to GAAP weighted average common shares outstanding: (i) Escrow Shares and (ii) ADK Minority Holders interest, which represents all shares issuable to vested minority equity interests held in Ay Dee Kay LLC upon exchange for indie Class A shares as described in the Form 10-Q. Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share is calculated by non-GAAP income (loss) divided by non-GAAP share count.
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Gain from extinguishment of debt - related to the gain from the PPP loan forgiveness and partially offset by the one-time debt termination fees and the acceleration of unamortized debt discounts and issuance costs as a result of the payoff of debt obligations. This net gain is not reflective of management’s operation decisions and are not expected to recur.
Other income (expense) - primarily related to an unrealized gain (loss) that represented the change in exchange rate between contract issuance date and period-end for a currency forward contract.
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