Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results; Announces Availability of 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gigabit per Second Ethernet NICs and End-to-End 100 Gigabit InfiniBand Solutions

Annual revenue growth of 18.8 percent

Fourth quarter year-over-year revenue growth of 33.7 percent

Ethernet sequential quarterly revenue growth of 30 percent

Full end-to-end 100 Gigabit per second InfiniBand solution and 25, 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet NICs and cables expected to ship in the first quarter of 2015

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel--()--Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Highlights

  • Revenues were $141.1 million in the fourth quarter, and $463.6 million in fiscal year 2014.
  • GAAP gross margins were 70.9 percent in the fourth quarter, and 67.9 percent in fiscal year 2014.
  • Non-GAAP gross margins were 72.3 percent in the fourth quarter, and 70.4 percent in fiscal year 2014.
  • GAAP operating income was $13.6 million, or 9.6 percent of revenue, in the fourth quarter, and operating loss was $7.2 million, or (1.6) percent of revenue, in fiscal year 2014.
  • Non-GAAP operating income was $29.1 million, or 20.6 percent of revenue, in the fourth quarter, and $57.8 million, or 12.5 percent of revenue, in fiscal year 2014.
  • GAAP net loss was $4.8 million in the fourth quarter and $24.0 million in fiscal year 2014 which included a deferred tax valuation allowance expense of $17.2 million in the fourth quarter.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $28.0 million in the fourth quarter, and $58.2 million in fiscal year 2014.
  • GAAP net loss per diluted share was $0.10 in the fourth quarter, and $0.54 in fiscal year 2014.
  • Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.59 in the fourth quarter, and was $1.25 in fiscal year 2014.
  • $45.0 million in cash was provided by operating activities during the fourth quarter.
  • $80.1 million in cash was provided by operating activities during fiscal year 2014.
  • Cash and investments totaled $389.0 million at December 31, 2014.

Mellanox also announced that its ConnectX-4 adapter is up and running in its labs at 10, 25, 40, 50, and 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet speeds. In addition, the Company announced that its end-to-end 100 Gigabit InfiniBand solution is accelerating high-performance computing applications in a cluster environment. These solutions are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2015.

Financial Results

In accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company reported revenue of $141.1 million for the fourth quarter, up 16.9 percent from $120.7 million in the third quarter of 2014, and up 33.7 percent from $105.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2014, revenue was $463.6 million, an increase of 18.8 percent from revenue of $390.4 million reported in 2013.

GAAP gross margins in the fourth quarter of 2014 were 70.9 percent, compared with 67.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014 and 65.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP gross margins in 2014 were 67.9 percent, compared with 65.6 percent in 2013.

Non-GAAP gross margins in the fourth quarter of 2014 were 72.3 percent, compared with 70.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014 and 69.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP gross margins in 2014 were 70.4 percent, compared with 69.0 percent in 2013.

GAAP net loss in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $4.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014 and net loss of $7.3 million or $0.17 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $28.0 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, compared with $18.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014, and $9.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013. The fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP net income excludes $11.8 million of share-based compensation expense compared to $11.8 million in the third quarter of 2014, and $11.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP net income also excludes the amortization of intangible assets of $2.7 million, acquisition-related charges of $1.0 million, and a charge related to recognition of a deferred tax valuation allowance of $17.2 million, compared to amortization expenses of acquired intangible assets of $2.9 million, $1.7 million of acquisition-related charges and settlement costs of $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2014, and compared to amortization expenses of acquired intangible assets of $4.5 million, and $0.9 million of acquisition related charges for the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company records a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets when all available evidence indicates that deferred tax assets will likely not be realized.

GAAP net loss in 2014 was $24.0 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to $23.3 million of GAAP net loss, or $0.54 per diluted share in 2013.

Non-GAAP net income in 2014 was $58.2 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, compared to $40.5 million or $0.89 per diluted share in 2013. 2014 non-GAAP net income excludes $47.2 million of share-based compensation expense, $12.1 million of amortization expense of acquired intangible assets, $4.4 million of acquisition related charges, settlement costs of $1.3 million and a charge related to recognition of deferred tax valuation allowance of $17.2 million. 2013 non-GAAP net income excludes $45.1 million of share-based compensation expense, $14.0 million of amortization expense of acquired intangible assets and $4.7 million of acquisition related charges.

Total cash and investments at December 31, 2014 were $389.0 million compared to $330.2 million at December 31, 2013. The company generated $45.0 million in cash from operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2014, and $80.1 million for fiscal year 2014.

“We are pleased with the results of the quarter. They were achieved by the adoption of 40 Gigabit Ethernet by some of our leading customers, the growth in high-performance computing deployments with our increased market share and additional penetration into Web 2.0, storage and cloud markets,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “The need for faster interconnects continues to grow as data increases exponentially. We are very excited to see our 100 Gigabit per second InfiniBand interconnect solution go to market and expect to be utilized by multiple applications starting in the first quarter of 2015. In addition, we are also excited to see our 25, 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet NICs and cables up and running, and expect to ship these products this quarter as well. As the only provider of full end-to-end standard InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and the first company with a full end-to-end EDR 100 Gigabit solution, we believe we are the only vendor who can help our customers handle the demands that this data growth creates.”

Recent Mellanox Press Release Highlights

  • Jan. 6, 2015 - EMGS Selects Mellanox 40 Gigabit Ethernet Switches and NICs
  • Nov. 19, 2014 - Mellanox Introduces Programmable Network Adapter Product Line with Application Acceleration Engine
  • Nov. 18, 2014 - Mellanox Delivers the World’s Fastest EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Switch with Latency Less than 90 Nanoseconds
  • Nov. 18, 2014 - Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Selects Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand for Large-Scale Supercomputer
  • Nov. 17, 2014 - Mellanox Announces Availability of 100Gb/s Direct Attach Copper and Active Optical Cables
  • Nov. 14, 2014 - Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Solutions Chosen for Leading Supercomputer Project (“CORAL”)
  • Nov. 12, 2014 - Mellanox Enables End-to-End 100Gb/s Interconnect Solution with Introduction of ConnectX-4 Adapter
  • Nov. 4, 2014 - Toshiba Selects Mellanox 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs for Storage Platforms
  • Oct. 30, 2014 - Mellanox 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs to Support Microsoft Open CloudServer (OCS) Specification “version 2”
  • Oct. 30, 2014 - Mellanox Introduces New 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs Supporting the Open Compute Project 2.0 Specification

First Quarter 2015 Guidance

Our guidance for first quarter 2015 non-GAAP results is as follows:

  • Quarterly revenues of $140 million to $145 million
  • Non-GAAP gross margins of 70 percent to 71 percent
  • An increase in non-GAAP operating expenses of 5 percent to 7 percent
  • Share-based compensation expense of $12.0 million to $12.5 million
  • Non-GAAP diluted share count of 47.3 million to 47.8 million shares

Conference Calls

Mellanox will hold its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results conference call today at 2 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the company’s financial results. To listen to the call, dial +1-785-424-1826 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time.

The Mellanox financial results conference call will be available via live webcast on the investor relations section of the Mellanox website at http://ir.mellanox.com. Access the webcast 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to download and install any necessary audio software. Replay of the webcast will also be available on the Mellanox website.

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Mellanox uses non-GAAP measures of net income which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude share-based compensation expense, amortization expense of acquired intangible assets, acquisition related expense, settlement costs and changes related to recognition of deferred tax valuation allowance. The company believes the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors, as these non-GAAP results exclude expenses that are not indicative of our core operating results. Management believes it is useful to exclude share-based compensation expense, amortization expense of acquired intangible assets, acquisition related expense, settlement costs and changes related to recognition of deferred tax valuation allowance because it enhances investors’ ability to understand our business from the same perspective as management, which believes that such items are not directly attributable to nor reflect the underlying performance of the company’s business operations. Further, management believes certain non-cash charges such as share-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets and changes related to recognition of deferred tax valuation allowance do not reflect the cash operating results of the business. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may be different than the non-GAAP measures used by other companies. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP condensed consolidated statements of operations is also presented in the financial statements portion of this release and is posted under the “Investors” section on our website.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including the guidance for the three months ended March 31, 2015, statements related to trends in the market for our solutions and services, opportunities for our company in 2015 and beyond, and future product capabilities. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change.

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More information about the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may impact our business is set forth in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 28, 2014, and in our subsequent quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements in this press release, including the guidance for the three months ended March 31, 2015, are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2014   2013 (*) 2014   2013 (*)
 
Total revenues $ 141,116 $ 105,560 $ 463,649 $ 390,436
Cost of revenues   41,131     36,625     148,672     134,282  
Gross profit 99,985 68,935 314,977 256,154
Operating expenses:
Research and development 56,814 47,884 208,877 169,382
Sales and marketing 19,995 19,155 76,860 70,544
General and administrative   9,570     9,853     36,431     37,046  
Total operating expenses 86,379 76,892 322,168 276,972
Income (loss) from operations 13,606 (7,957 ) (7,191 ) (20,818 )
Other income, net   497     301     1,449     1,228  
Income (loss) before taxes 14,103 (7,656 ) (5,742 ) (19,590 )
(Provision) benefit for taxes on income   (18,856 )   340     (18,267 )   (3,752 )
Net loss $ (4,753 ) $ (7,316 ) $ (24,009 ) $ (23,342 )
Net loss per share — basic $ (0.10 ) $ (0.17 ) $ (0.54 ) $ (0.54 )
Net loss per share — diluted $ (0.10 ) $ (0.17 ) $ (0.54 ) $ (0.54 )

Shares used in computing income (loss) per share:

Basic

45,380 43,907 44,831 43,421
Diluted 45,380 43,907 44,831 43,421
   
  * Certain prior year amounts have been revised to reflect non-material adjustments.
 
           
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjustments
(in thousands, percentages, unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31
2014 2013 (*) 2014 2013 (*)
 

Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to non-GAAP:

GAAP net loss $ (4,753 ) $ (7,316 ) $ (24,009 ) $ (23,342 )
Adjustments:
Share-based compensation expense:
Cost of revenues 576 469 2,162 1,828
Research and development 6,792 6,808 26,979 25,956
Sales and marketing 2,370 2,325 9,755 9,198
General and administrative   2,063     2,064     8,339     8,156  
Total share-based compensation expense 11,801 11,666 47,235 45,138
Amortization of acquired intangibles:
Cost of revenues 1,474 3,250 7,173 10,548
Research and development 195 168 781 507
Sales and marketing   1,039     1,039     4,156     2,951  
Total amortization of acquired intangibles 2,708 4,457 12,110 14,006
Settlement costs:
Total settlement costs in cost of revenues 1,250
Acquisition related charges:
Cost of revenues 208 849 907
Research and development 744 219 2,693 552
Sales and marketing 226 219 863 480
General and administrative       274         2,774  
Total acquisition related charges 970 920 4,405 4,713
Deferred tax valuation allowance   17,231         17,231      
Non-GAAP net income $ 27,957   $

9,727

  $ 58,222   $ 40,515  
 

Reconciliation of GAAP gross profit to non-GAAP:

Revenues $ 141,116 $ 105,560 $ 463,649 $ 390,436
GAAP gross profit 99,985 68,935 314,977 256,154
GAAP gross margin 70.9 % 65.3 % 67.9 % 65.6 %
Share-based compensation expense 576 469 2,162 1,828
Amortization of acquired intangibles 1,474 3,250 7,173 10,548
Settlement costs 1,250
Acquisition related charges       208     849     907  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 102,035   $ 72,862   $ 326,411   $ 269,437  
Non-GAAP gross margin 72.3 % 69.0 % 70.4 % 69.0 %
 

Reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to non-GAAP:

GAAP operating expenses $ 86,379 $ 76,892 $ 322,168 $ 276,972
Share-based compensation expense (11,225 ) (11,197 ) (45,073 ) (43,310 )
Amortization of acquired intangibles (1,234 ) (1,207 ) (4,937 ) (3,458 )
Acquisition related charges   (970 )   (712 )   (3,556 )   (3,806 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 72,950   $ 63,776   $ 268,602   $ 226,398  
 

Reconciliation of GAAP income (loss) from operations to non-GAAP income:

GAAP income (loss) from operations $ 13,606 $ (7,957 ) $ (7,191 ) $ (20,818 )
Share-based compensation expense 11,801 11,666 47,235 45,138
Amortization of acquired intangibles 2,708 4,457 12,110 14,006
Settlement costs 1,250
Acquisition related charges   970     920     4,405     4,713  
Non-GAAP income from operations $ 29,085   $ 9,086   $ 57,809   $ 43,039  
 
       
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjustments
(in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31
2014   2013 (*) 2014   2013 (*)
 
Shares used in computing GAAP diluted earnings per share 45,380 43,907 44,831 43,421
Adjustments:
Effect of dilutive securities under GAAP**
Total options vested and exercisable   1,837     1,913     1,837     1,913  
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per share   47,217     45,820     46,668     45,334  
 
GAAP diluted net loss per share $ (0.10 ) $ (0.17 ) $ (0.54 ) $ (0.54 )
Adjustments:
Share-based compensation expense 0.26 0.27 1.05 1.04
Amortization of acquired intangibles 0.06 0.10 0.27 0.32
Settlement costs 0.00 0.00 0.03 0.00
Acquisition related charges 0.02 0.02 0.10 0.11
Deferred tax valuation allowance 0.38 0.00 0.38 0.00
Effect of dilutive securities under GAAP** 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total options vested and exercisable   (0.03 )   (0.01 )   (0.04 )   (0.04 )
Non-GAAP diluted income per share $ 0.59   $ 0.21   $ 1.25   $ 0.89  
   
  * Certain prior year amounts have been revised to reflect non-material adjustments.
** This adjustment adds back the GAAP effect of additional ordinary shares that would have been outstanding if the dilutive potential ordinary shares from stock options had been issued under the Treasury method.
 
       
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)
 
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 (*)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 51,326 $ 63,164
Short-term investments 334,038 263,528
Restricted cash 3,604
Accounts receivable, net 64,922 69,480
Inventories 44,470 36,470
Deferred taxes and other current assets   18,147     17,581
Total current assets 516,507 450,223
Property and equipment, net 78,827 71,915
Severance assets 9,474 10,630
Intangible assets, net 42,067 54,249
Goodwill 200,743 199,196
Deferred taxes and other long-term assets   15,600     20,613
Total assets $ 863,218   $ 806,826
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 39,811 $ 29,964
Accrued liabilities 61,974 51,011
Deferred revenue 14,758 15,710
Capital lease liabilities, current   1,102     1,377
Total current liabilities 117,645 98,062
Accrued severance 11,850 13,418
Deferred revenue 8,942 9,045
Capital lease liabilities 494 1,600
Other long-term liabilities   22,535     17,890
Total liabilities 161,466 140,015
Shareholders’ equity:
Ordinary shares 192 185
Additional paid-in capital 615,148 550,795
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (4,020 ) 1,390
Retained earnings   90,432     114,441
Total shareholders’ equity   701,752     666,811
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 863,218   $ 806,826
   
  * Certain prior year amounts have been revised to reflect non-material adjustments.
 
   
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in thousands, unaudited)
 
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2014     2013 (*)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (24,009 ) $ (23,342 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 38,671 35,646
Deferred income taxes 13,832 (1,240 )
Share-based compensation 47,235 45,138
Loss (gain) on investments 425 (1,219 )
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation (342 ) (2,662 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net 5,421 (9,500 )
Inventories (9,624 ) 9,472
Prepaid expenses and other assets (7,687 ) 1,414
Accounts payable 9,659 (4,447 )
Accrued liabilities and other payables   6,549     2,610  
Net cash provided by operating activities   80,130     51,870  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisition of Kotura, net of cash acquired of $101 (80,671 )
Acquisition of IPtronics A/S, net of cash acquired of $2,077 (42,848 )
Purchase of severance-related insurance policies (777 ) (849 )
Purchases of short-term investments (307,924 ) (200,377 )
Proceeds from sale of short-term investments 158,054 122,997
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments 78,567 117,806
Decrease in restricted cash deposits 3,468
Purchase of property and equipment (29,924 ) (30,911 )
Purchase of intangible assets (7,440 )
Purchase of equity investment in private companies   (5,708 )   (3,123 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (107,712 )   (121,948 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Principal payments on capital lease obligations (1,381 ) (1,111 )
Proceeds from exercise of share awards 16,783 14,637
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation   342     2,662  
Net cash provided by financing activities   15,744     16,188  
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (11,838 ) (53,890 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   63,164     117,054  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 51,326   $ 63,164  
   
  * Certain prior year amounts have been revised to reflect non-material adjustments.

Contacts

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
Press/Media Contact
McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications
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or
USA Investor Contact
Mellanox Technologies
Gwyn Lauber, +1-408-916-0012
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or
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Release Summary

Mellanox Announces 4th Quarter and FY 2014 Financial Results; Announces Availability of 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gigabit per Second Ethernet NICs and End-to-End 100 Gigabit InfiniBand Solution

Contacts

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
Press/Media Contact
McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications
Allyson Scott, +1-408-727-0351
allysonscott@mcgrathpower.com
or
USA Investor Contact
Mellanox Technologies
Gwyn Lauber, +1-408-916-0012
gwyn@mellanox.com
or
Israel PR Contact
Gelbart Kahana Investor Relations
Sharon Levin, +972-3-6070567
sharonl@gk-biz.com