InterDigital Announces Financial Results for First Quarter 2017

Long-Term Fixed-Fee Agreements Provide Strong Revenue Stability, Platform for Growth

Company Release - 4/27/2017 8:30 AM ET

WILMINGTON, Del., April 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), a mobile technology research and development company, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • First quarter 2017 total revenue was $94.5 million, compared to $107.8 million in first quarter 2016.  The decrease was primarily attributable to the elimination of seasonality related to Apple shipments as a result of the fixed-fee agreement signed in fourth quarter 2016. That seasonality, driven by new product launches, had previously resulted in higher per-unit revenue in first quarter. The decrease in first quarter total revenue was partially offset by revenue from our fixed-fee agreement with Huawei, signed in third quarter 2016.
  • First quarter 2017 operating expenses of $60.6 million were relatively flat compared to $59.4 million in first quarter 2016.
  • Net income1 was $33.8 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $28.1 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, in first quarter 2016.  This increase was driven by a discrete first quarter 2017 tax benefit associated with vesting of stock-based compensation.
  • In first quarter 2017, the company recorded $25.9 million of cash used by operating activities, compared to cash generated of $19.6 million in first quarter 2016.  The company used $33.9 million and generated $10.0 million of free cash flow2 in first quarter 2017 and first quarter 2016, respectively.  These decreases in cash generated were primarily due to the timing of cash receipts under new fixed-fee agreements.  Ending cash and short-term investments totaled $886.1 million.

“Our licensing success in 2016 has resulted in very strong and stable revenues that provide the company with a platform for continued growth,” said William J. Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital. “With a significant proportion of the cellular market left to license, our position in the Avanci IoT licensing platform, and strong technologies to market in both IoT and sensor technology, InterDigital is focused on growing our business while maintaining strong expense discipline.”

Additional Financial Highlights for First Quarter 2017

  • The slight increase in operating expenses was primarily attributable to a $2.6 million increase in costs associated with commercial initiatives and a $1.7 million increase in depreciation and amortization, both primarily due to the acquisition of Hillcrest Labs during fourth quarter 2016.  These increases were partially offset by a decrease in performance-based incentive compensation and personnel-related costs, primarily due to the recognition in first quarter 2016 of a $4.9 million non-recurring charge related to an increase to accrual rates associated with our long-term performance-based compensation plans and the recognition of a severance charge.
  • The company's first quarter 2017 effective tax rate was a benefit of 5.2% compared to a provision of 34.1% during first quarter 2016 based on the statutory federal tax rate net of discrete federal and state taxes.  The effective tax rate was favorably impacted by our current year adoption of Accounting Standard Update 2016-09, “Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.” As a result, we recorded discrete benefits of $11.8 million for excess tax benefits related to share-based compensation. The effective rate would have been a provision of 32.6% not including these discrete benefits.

Conference Call Information

InterDigital will host a conference call on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its first quarter 2017 financial performance and other company matters. For a live Internet webcast of the conference call, visit www.interdigital.com and click on the link to the live webcast on the Investors page. The company encourages participants to take advantage of the Internet option.

For telephone access to the conference, call (800) 211-3767 within the United States or +1 719 325-2341 from outside the United States. Please call by 9:50 a.m. ET on April 27 and give the operator conference ID number 3262776.

An Internet replay of the conference call will be available on InterDigital's website in the Investors section. In addition, a telephone replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET April 27 through 1:00 p.m. ET May 2. To access the recorded replay, call (888) 203-1112 or +1 719 457-0820 and use the replay code 3262776.

About InterDigital®

InterDigital develops mobile technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

For more information, visit the InterDigital website: www.interdigital.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Such statements include information regarding our current beliefs, plans and expectations, including, without limitation, our belief that our strong and stable revenues provide the company with a platform for continued growth and our plans to focus on growing our business while maintaining strong expense discipline.  Words such as "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "forecast," "goal," and variations of any such words or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in or anticipated by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, those identified in this press release, as well as the following: (i) unanticipated delays, difficulties or acceleration in the execution of patent license agreements; (ii) our ability to leverage our strategic relationships and secure new patent license agreements on acceptable terms; (iii) our ability to enter into sales and/or licensing partnering arrangements for certain of our patent assets; (iv) our ability to enter into partnerships with leading inventors and research organizations and identify and acquire technology and patent portfolios that align with InterDigital's roadmap; (v) our ability to commercialize the company's technologies and enter into customer agreements; (vi) the failure of the markets for the company's current or new technologies and products to materialize to the extent or at the rate that we expect; (vii) unexpected delays or difficulties related to the development of the company's technologies and products; (viii) changes in the market share and sales performance of our primary licensees, delays in product shipments of our licensees, delays in the timely receipt and final reviews of quarterly royalty reports from our licensees, delays in payments from our licensees and related matters; (ix) the resolution of current legal or regulatory proceedings, including any awards or judgments relating to such proceedings, additional legal or regulatory proceedings, changes in the schedules or costs associated with legal or regulatory proceedings or adverse rulings in such legal or regulatory proceedings; (x) changes or inaccuracies in market projections; and (xi) changes in the company's business strategy.

We undertake no duty to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law, regulation or other competent legal authority.

Footnotes

1  Throughout this press release, net income (loss) and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") are attributable to InterDigital, Inc. (e.g., after adjustments for noncontrolling interests), unless otherwise stated.

2  Free cash flow is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that InterDigital believes is helpful in evaluating the company's ability to invest in its business, make strategic acquisitions and fund share repurchases, among other things.  A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the company's cash balance for the period. InterDigital defines “free cash flow” as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, technology licenses and investments in patents.  InterDigital's computation of free cash flow might not be comparable to free cash flow reported by other companies.  The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.  A detailed reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is provided at the end of this press release.



SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(dollars in thousands except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
 For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 2017 2016
REVENUES:   
Per-unit royalty revenue$15,859  $73,689 
Fixed fee amortized royalty revenue73,367  29,098 
Current patent royalties89,226  102,787 
Past patent royalties  4,167 
Total patent licensing royalties89,226  106,954 
Current technology solutions revenue5,304  810 
 $94,530  $107,764 
    
OPERATING EXPENSES:   
Patent administration and licensing29,407  27,167 
Development18,521  20,269 
Selling, general and administrative12,634  11,972 
 60,562  59,408 
    
Income from operations33,968  48,356 
    
OTHER EXPENSE (NET)(2,814) (7,137)
Income before income taxes31,154  41,219 
INCOME TAX BENEFIT (PROVISION)1,624  (14,068)
NET INCOME$32,778  $27,151 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest(978) (920)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO INTERDIGITAL, INC.$33,756  $28,071 
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE — BASIC$0.98  $0.80 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING — BASIC34,370  35,045 
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE — DILUTED$0.93  $0.79 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING — DILUTED36,220  35,377 
CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE$0.30  $0.20 



SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
 For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 2017 2016
Income before income taxes$31,154  $41,219 
Taxes paid(2,990) (14,423)
Non-cash expenses23,046  25,385 
Increase in deferred revenue185,000  80,440 
Deferred revenue recognized(78,921) (34,594)
(Decrease) increase in operating working capital, deferred charges and other(183,144) (78,389)
Capital spending and capitalized patent costs(8,055) (9,656)
FREE CASH FLOW(33,910) 9,982 
    
Payments on long-term debt  (230,000)
Long-term investments(501)  
Acquisition of patents  (4,500)
Dividends paid(10,292) (7,068)
Taxes withheld upon vesting of restricted stock units(21,955) (3,405)
Share repurchases  (40,399)
Net proceeds from exercise of stock options82   
Unrealized (loss) gain on short-term investments(45) 376 
NET DECREASE IN CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS$(66,621) $(275,014)



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
 MARCH 31,
2017
 DECEMBER 31,
2016
ASSETS   
Cash & short-term investments$886,140  $952,761 
Accounts receivable402,533  228,464 
Other current assets53,562  39,894 
Property & equipment and patents (net)318,108  323,394 
Other long-term assets (net)205,045  183,340 
TOTAL ASSETS$1,865,388  $1,727,853 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, taxes payable & dividends payable$86,341  $65,288 
Current deferred revenue, including customer advances328,324  360,192 
Long-term deferred revenue398,960  261,013 
Long-term debt & other long-term liabilities291,622  286,992 
TOTAL LIABILITIES1,105,247  973,485 
TOTAL INTERDIGITAL, INC. SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY746,460  739,709 
Noncontrolling interest13,681  14,659 
TOTAL EQUITY760,141  754,368 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY$1,865,388  $1,727,853 


RECONCILIATION OF FREE CASH FLOW TO NET CASH
PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

In the summary consolidated cash flows and throughout this release, the company refers to free cash flow.  The table below presents a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

  For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
  2017 2016
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities $(25,855) $19,638 
Purchases of property, equipment, & technology licenses (268) (1,594)
Capitalized patent costs (7,787) (8,062)
Free cash flow $(33,910) $9,982 


CONTACT:
InterDigital, Inc.:
Patrick Van de Wille
patrick.vandewille@interdigital.com
+1 (858) 210-4814

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