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GigaMedia Announces First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

           GigaMedia Announces First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results  PR Newswire  TAIPEI, May 13, 2014  TAIPEI, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2014.  "Late in Q1 we successfully launched a new mobile game, an important first step in the transformation and growth of our games business," stated GigaMedia Limited Chief Executive Officer Collin Huang. "We also made progress in forming partnerships that will support our social casino games growth initiatives planned for later this year."  "We will soon add a popular new browser game to our portfolio to drive further growth," stated CEO Collin Huang. "And in cloud computing we recently launched a promising new, cutting-edge product: desktop-as-a-service."  "Visibility on revenue growth is increasing," stated CEO Collin Huang. "We forecast revenue growth to begin in the second quarter and accelerate in the third and fourth quarters driven by multiple initiatives."  Highlights    oFirst new growth driver added: GigaMedia successfully added a key new     revenue stream in the first quarter, recording approximately one month of     contributions from the mobile game Three Kingdoms Partner. Mobile games     accounted for approximately nine percent of total game revenues in the     first quarter and represented the first of multiple new revenue streams     anticipated in 2014 from growth initiatives.   oResults in line with expectations: Overall results were in line with     expectations, reflecting mainly the unfinished transition of GigaMedia's     online games business to browser/mobile games and social casino games.     Growth in the company's MMO game Tales Runner and approximately one month     of new contributions from Three Kingdoms Partner were more than offset by     lower contributions from legacy PC games and the cloud computing business.     As a result, revenues decreased to $2.2 million. Revenues from GigaMedia's     growth initiatives in browser/mobile games and social casino games are     expected to increasingly displace revenues from legacy PC games offerings     and drive growth going forward. (See "Recent Developments" and "Business     Outlook.") Net loss was approximately $3.1 million.   oStrong balance sheet: Cashand marketable securities-current of     approximately $78.8 million, or approximately $1.54 per share, compared to     $80.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. Short-term debt     was $4.3 million.  Recent Developments    oRevenue growth forecast: Revenue growth is expected to begin in the second     quarter and accelerate in the second half of 2014. (See "Business     Outlook.")   oNew licensed MMO: The online games business expects to soon announce the     licensing of a popular browser-based MMO game. Following localization,     planning and testing, management expects to launch the game in late 2014.   oNew affiliated marketing partners: The social casino games platform     business has signed agreements with multiple new affiliated marketing     partners in mainland China; launch is expected in the second half of 2014.   oNew strategic partnerships for social casino games: The social casino     games platform business expects to soon finalize agreements with multiple     strategic partners to strengthen the social casino games platform.   oNew virtual desktop product from GigaCloud: The cloud computing business     launched a new virtual desktop product in May. GigaCloud's virtual desktop     provides flexible anytime, anywhere Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and     delivers cost savings to enterprises by eliminating needs for IT     investments and managing complex infrastructure.   oShare buyback: As part of its plans to increase shareholder value,     management intends to implement a share buyback in the near future.   Unaudited Consolidated Financial Results  GigaMedia Limited is a diversified provider of online games and cloud computing services. GigaMedia's online games business FunTown develops and operates a suite of games in Taiwan and Hong Kong, with focus on browser/mobile games and social casino games. GigaMedia's cloud computing business GigaCloud was launched in early April 2013 and is focused on providing small and medium-sized enterprises in Greater China with critical communications services and IT solutions that increase flexibility, efficiency and competitiveness.  Unaudited consolidated results of GigaMedia are summarized in the table below.  GIGAMEDIA 1Q14 UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS (unaudited, all figures                       Change                   Change in US$ thousands, except 1Q14      4Q13       (%)     1Q14     1Q13    (%) per share amounts) Revenues                 2,175     3,381      -36     2,175    4,187   -48 Gross Profit             1,015     1,157      -12     1,015    2,333   -57 Loss from Operations     2,567     31,338     NM      2,567    1,268   NM Net Loss Attributable to 3,076     30,363     NM      3,076    1,389   NM GigaMedia Net Loss Per Share Attributable to          0.06      0.60       NM      0.06     0.03    NM GigaMedia, Diluted EBITDA ^ ^(A) ^          (2,806)   (29,841)   NM      (2,806)  (817)   NM Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash, and     78,821    80,262     -2      78,821   77,832  1 Marketable Securities-Current NM - Not Meaningful ^(A) EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) is provided as a supplement to results provided in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). (See, "Use of Non-GAAP Measures,"for more details.) ^  Consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were $2.2 million; this compared to $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2013. The quarter-over-quarter revenue decline was due to decreased contributions from Giga's online games and cloud computing businesses. In online games, the decrease resulted from lower contributions from legacy PC-based casual games reflecting the continuing shift in player preferences for browser/mobile games. This decrease offset growth in the company's MMO game Tales Runner and approximately one month of new contributions from the mobile game Three Kingdoms Partner, launched late in the first quarter. In cloud computing, the quarter-over-quarter variation reflected the impact of special projects completed in the fourth quarter. Year-over-year results mainly reflected the effect on Giga's currently PC-based online games business of the shift in player preferences for browser/mobile games, as well as lower contributions from Tales Runner.  In response to market trends, GigaMedia is rebuilding its portfolio with browser/mobile games and social casino games. The company launched its first mobile game of 2014 in March and plans additional launches of browser/mobile games and social casino games throughout 2014.  In online games, average monthly revenue per active paying account was $23.95 during the first quarter of 2014 compared to $27.82 in the previous quarter, with the variation reflecting mainly the impact of the MMO A.V.A. on fourth-quarter results, prior to the termination of its operation in December. Peak concurrent users were approximately 12,000 in the first quarter compared to approximately 16,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013.  Consolidated gross profit for the first quarter of 2014 was $1.0 million compared to $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and to $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2013. First-quarter 2014 consolidated gross profit margin was 46.6 percent compared to 34.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 55.7 percent in the first quarter of 2013.  Consolidated operating expenses  for the first quarter of 2014 were $3.6 million. This compared to $32.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which included non-cash impairment losses of approximately $30.0 million related primarily to the write-off of goodwill and intangible assets of GigaMedia's legacy PC games business, acquired in 2006, and to $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.  Consolidated product development and engineering expenses were $246 thousand in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $497 thousand in the previous quarter and $372 thousand in the first quarter of 2013.  Consolidated selling and marketing expenses were $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $935 thousand in the previous quarter and $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.  Consolidated general and administrative expenses were $1.8 million in the first quarter versus $1.1 million in the previous quarter and $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. Corporate operating expenses were approximately $860 thousand in the first quarter of 2014, in line with $523 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2013.  Consolidated loss from operations for the first quarter of 2014 was $2.6 million compared to $31.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which included non-cash impairment losses of approximately $30.0 million, and to $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2013. The quarter-over-quarter variation mainly reflected the impact of the fourth-quarter 2013 non-cash impairment losses. The year-over-year increase in consolidated operating loss was attributable to revenue decline during the period, which outpaced decreases in operating expenses, and led to lower gross margin.  Consolidated non-operating expenses/income during the first quarter of 2014 was a loss of $208 thousand compared to income of $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a loss of $137 thousand recorded in the first quarter of 2013.  Consolidated net income for the first quarter of 2014 was a loss of $3.1 million compared to $30.4 million in the previous quarter, which included non-cash impairment losses of approximately $30.0 million, and to $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.  Consolidated EBITDA for the first quarter of 2014 was a loss of $2.8 million compared to $29.8 million in the previous quarter, which included non-cash impairment losses of approximately $30.0 million, and to $817 thousand in the first quarter of 2013.  Strong Financial Position  During the first quarter, GigaMedia continued to maintain a strong balance sheet. As of March 31 2014, GigaMedia had $78.8 million in cash and marketable securities-current, or approximately $1.54 per share, compared to $80.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. Cash flow from operations was an outflow of approximately $2.5 million, an increase from cash outflow in the fourth quarter of $1.8 million, due primarily to termination of the game A.V.A. in the fourth quarter, lower contributions from GigaCloud, promotions surrounding the launch of Three Kingdoms Partner, and investments in the first quarter in developing new game products and services.  Short-term debt was $4.3 million at the end of the first quarter.  Business Outlook  The following forward-looking statements reflect GigaMedia's expectations as of May 13, 2014. Given potential changes in economic conditions and consumer spending, the evolving nature of online games, and various other risk factors, including those discussed in the company's 2013 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as referenced below, actual results may differ materially.  Online games business  In response to the ongoing downturn in the PC-based games market in which GigaMedia has historically operated, management is repositioning its online games business to align itself with strong growth in browser/mobile games and social casino games. Investments in rebuilding GigaMedia's game pipeline and upgrading systems are ongoing to support anticipated future growth.  In 2014, management expects accelerating revenue growth in its online games business, with contributions from 1) new browser/mobile games; 2) new social casino games; and 3) new licensed games to more than offset declines in its legacy PC games products. The company expects to update content in its new mobile game late in Q2 2014 and plans launches of, a new social casino game platform, and a new browser-based MMO game in the next six months. In the next 4-6 weeks, management expects to begin testing a new mobile social game platform planned for operations in 2015.  The pace of future growth will be subject to the timing of these growth initiatives, as well as potential new strategic transactions, making near-term forecasts difficult. Nonetheless, based on progress to date in strengthening the pipeline, building a new technology platform, and executing new growth plans, management is confident the online games business will deliver growing revenues in 2014.  Cloud services business  GigaMedia's cloud services business was launched in April 2013 with a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) offering of hosted phone, fax, storage, and video security systems for SMEs. Management plans to expand the scope, reach, and quality of its cloud offerings going forward. Expansion of GigaCloud in 2014 has begun with new private SaaS applications and services for SMEs and larger enterprises. A new virtual desktop product was launched in May and additional new public and private SaaS applications and consulting services are planned for 2014.  Management expects GigaCloud to make small revenue contributions in the second quarter of 2014. Based on results to date and the company's strategic growth plans, management is confident the cloud business will deliver growing revenues in 2014.  Overall Outlook  Management expects a small sequential revenue increase in the second quarter of 2014, with contributions from the mobile game Three Kingdoms Partner more than offsetting declines in GigaMedia's legacy PC games products. Management forecasts revenue growth to accelerate in the third and fourth quarter, following the implementation of growth initiatives in its online games and cloud computing businesses.   Use of Non-GAAP Measures  To supplement GigaMedia's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with US GAAP, the company uses the following measure defined as non-GAAP by the SEC: EBITDA. Management believes that EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) is a useful supplemental measure of performance because it excludes certain non-cash items such as depreciation and amortization and that EBITDA is a measure of performance used by some investors, equity analysts and others to make informed investment decisions. EBITDA is not a recognized earnings measure under GAAP and does not have a standardized meaning. Non-GAAP measures such as EBITDA should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A limitation of using EBITDA is that it does not include all items that impact the company's net income for the period. Reconciliations to the GAAP equivalents of the non-GAAP financial measures are provided on the attached unaudited financial statements.  About the Numbers in This Release  Quarterly results  All quarterly results referred to in the text, tables and attachments to this release are unaudited. The financial statements from which the financial results reported in this press release are derived have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, unless otherwise noted as "non-GAAP," and are presented in U.S. dollars.  Conference Call and Webcast  Management will hold an investor conference call and webcast on May 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, which is 8:00 a.m. Taipei Time on May 14, 2014, to discuss GigaMedia's first-quarter 2014 performance.  Dial-in numbers:  U.S.: +1-845-675-0437 International: +65-6723-9381 Passcode: 42510401  A replay will be available from 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 13, 2014 for seven days.  U.S.: +1-646-254-3697 International: +612-8199-0299 Passcode: 42510401  A link to the live and archived webcast will be available at www.gigamedia.com.  Conference Call Format  The call will consist of brief prepared remarks, followed by live Q&A and management responses to questions submitted via email. Questions may be sent in advance to IR@gigamedia.com.tw.  About GigaMedia  Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, GigaMedia Limited (Singapore registration number: 199905474H) is a diversified provider of online games and cloud computing services. GigaMedia's online games business develops and operates a suite of games in Taiwan and Hong Kong, with focus on browser/mobile games and social casino games. The company's cloud computing business is focused on providing SMEs in Greater China with critical communications services and IT solutions that increase flexibility, efficiency and competitiveness. More information on GigaMedia can be obtained from www.gigamedia.com .  The statements included above and elsewhere in this press release that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding expected financial performance (as described without limitation in the "Business Outlook" section and in quotations from management in this press release) and GigaMedia's strategic and operational plans. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties and changes in circumstances. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward looking statements, including but not limited to, our ability to license, develop or acquire additional online games that are appealing to users, our ability to retain existing online game players and attract new players, and our ability to launch online games in a timely manner and pursuant to our anticipated schedule. Further information on risks or other factors that could cause results to differ is detailed in GigaMedia's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed in April 2014 and its other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.    (Tables to follow) GIGAMEDIA LIMITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS                                                                 Three months ended                                                                 3/31/2014    12/31/2013    3/31/2013                                                                 unaudited    unaudited     unaudited                                                                 USD          USD           USD Operating revenues Asian online game and service revenues                          2,042,102    2,463,125     4,186,767 Other revenues                                                  133,204      917,736       0                                                                 2,175,306    3,380,861     4,186,767 Operating costs Cost of Asian online game and service revenues                  912,002      1,231,969     1,817,078 Cost of other revenues                                          248,772      991,980       36,236                                                                 1,160,774    2,223,949     1,853,314 Gross profit                                                    1,014,532    1,156,912     2,333,453 Operating expenses Product development and engineering expenses                   246,328      497,083       371,519 Selling and marketing expenses                                 1,572,235    934,726       1,417,610 General and administrative expenses                            1,751,163    1,093,795     1,839,645 Bad debt expenses (recoveries )                                 11,450       51,818        (27,247) Impairment losses                                               0            29,917,344    0                                                                 3,581,176    32,494,766    3,601,527 Loss from operations                                            (2,566,644)  (31,337,854)  (1,268,074) Non-operating income (expense) Interest income                                                 173,830      85,717        50,191 Gain on sales of marketable securities                          241          1,199,533     0 Interest expense                                                (15,580)     (7,549)       (27,237) Foreign exchange (loss) gain - net                              (447,252)    24,262        (186,438) Gain(loss)ondisposalofproperty,plantandequipment        15           603           (4,872) Gain (loss) on equity method investments - net                  23,501       (59,304)      22,917 Other                                                           57,428       (41,504)      8,228                                                                 (207,817)    1,201,758     (137,211) Loss from continuing operations before income taxes             (2,774,461)  (30,136,096)  (1,405,285) Income tax (expense) benefit                                    (721)        (76,099)      16,570 Loss from continuing operations                                 (2,775,182)  (30,212,195)  (1,388,715) Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax                   0            (431,910)     (345) Net loss                                                        (2,775,182)  (30,644,105)  (1,389,060) Less:Net(gain)lossattributabletononcontrollinginterest   (300,921)    281,157       0 Net loss attributable to shareholders of GigaMedia              (3,076,103)  (30,362,948)  (1,389,060) (Loss) earnings per share attributable to GigaMedia Basic: Loss from continuing operations                                 (0.06)       (0.59)        (0.03) Loss from discontinued operations                               0.00         (0.01)        0.00                                                                 (0.06)       (0.60)        (0.03) Diluted: Loss from continuing operations                                 (0.06)       (0.59)        (0.03) Loss from discontinued operations                               0.00         (0.01)        0.00                                                                 (0.06)       (0.60)        (0.03) Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic                                                           51,224,134   50,720,498    50,719,976 Diluted                                                         51,224,134   50,720,498    50,719,976      GIGAMEDIA LIMITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                                     3/31/2014    12/31/2013   3/31/2013                                     unAIdited    unaudited    unaudited                                     USD          USD          USD Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents           49,667,405   58,801,533   60,313,323 Marketable securities - current     29,153,315   21,460,119   17,518,275 Accounts receivable - net           1,159,243    2,026,891    3,630,552 Prepaid expenses                    681,611      749,598      849,549 Restricted cash                     1,491,139    0            0 Other receivables                   208,249      211,006      2,197 Other current assets                145,424      82,244       922,066 Total current assets                82,506,386   83,331,391   83,235,962 Marketable securities - noncurrent  10,178,480   6,048,080    4,250,550 Investments                         5,279,776    5,822,332    5,059,876 Property, plant & equipment - net   1,663,286    1,676,772    1,826,313 Goodwill                            0            0            16,485,591 Intangible assets - net             1,151,311    1,461,304    15,125,057 Prepaid licensing and royalty fees  4,629,954    4,665,992    8,118,402 Other assets                        301,240      315,327      2,515,525 Total assets                        105,710,433  103,321,198  136,617,276 Liabilities and equity Accounts payable                    297,595      1,178,357    159,133 Accrued compensation                572,948      379,905      440,810 Accrued expenses                    2,262,425    2,616,623    4,947,557 Short-term borrowings               4,266,492    4,360,953    7,542,742 Other current liabilities           6,082,274    6,302,847    7,396,623 Total current liabilities           13,481,734   14,838,685   20,486,865 Other liabilities                   177,449      181,485      834,643 Total liabilities                   13,659,183   15,020,170   21,321,508 GigaMedia's shareholders' equity    91,904,862   88,447,894   115,634,182 Noncontrolling interest             146,388      (146,866)    (338,414) Total equity                        92,051,250   88,301,028   115,295,768 Total liabilities and equity        105,710,433  103,321,198  136,617,276    GIGAMEDIA LIMITED Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operations                                         Three months ended                                         3/31/2014    12/31/2013    3/31/2013                                         unaudited    unaudited     unaudited                                         USD          USD           USD Reconciliation of Net Loss Income to EBITDA Net loss attributable to GigaMedia      (3,076,103)  (30,362,948)  (1,389,060) Depreciation                            77,689       89,778        111,651 Amortization                           349,771      434,343       500,084 Interest income                         (173,826)    (85,652)      (50,574) Interest expense                        15,580       7,549         27,237 Income tax expense                      721          76,099        (16,570) EBITDA                                  (2,806,168)  (29,840,831)  (817,232)  For further information contact:  Brad Miller, Investor Relations Director +886-2-2656-8016 Brad.Miller@GigaMedia.com  SOURCE GigaMedia Limited  Website: http://www.gigamedia.com  
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