Jan 10, 2018

SemiLEDs Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

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HSINCHU, Taiwan, Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS), "SemiLEDs" or the "Company," a developer and manufacturer of LED chips and LED components, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of  fiscal year 2018, ended November 30, 2017.

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $2.0 million, a 22% decrease compared to $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $0.4 million, compared to a loss of $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, or a net loss of $0.11 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.19 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

GAAP gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was 3%, compared with gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 of 6%. Operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was negative 43%, compared with negative 31% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The Company's cash and cash equivalents was $3.4 million at November 30, 2017, compared to $3.6 million at the end of fiscal 2017.

We expect revenue for the second quarter ending February 28, 2018 to be about $1.6 million +/- 10%.

As part of our cost reduction efforts, during the second quarter ending February 28, 2018, we intend to move and consolidate our LED packaging facility to our headquarters in Chunan, Taiwan.

The Chinese New Year (CNY) of 2018 will begin on February 15, 2018. Our office and factory in Chunan will be closed from February 10, 2018 until February 25, 2018 and will resume operations on Monday, February 26, 2018.

About SemiLEDs

SemiLEDs develops and manufactures LED chips and LED components for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial, system and residential lighting, along with specialty industrial applications such as ultraviolet (UV) curing, medical/cosmetic, counterfeit detection, horticulture, architectural lighting and entertainment lighting. SemiLEDs sells blue, white, green and UV LED chips.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact could be deemed forward-looking, including, but not limited to, any projection of future revenues, any statements about historical results that may suggest trends for SemiLEDs' business; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements of expectation or belief regarding recovery of the LED industry, market opportunities and other future events or technology developments; any statements regarding SemiLEDs' position to capitalize on any market opportunities; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections of future SemiLEDs' or industry performance based on management's judgment, beliefs, current trends and market conditions and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. SemiLEDs' Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and other SemiLEDs filings with the SEC (which you may obtain for free at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov) discuss some of the important risks and other factors that may affect SemiLEDs' business, results of operations and financial condition. SemiLEDs undertakes no intent or obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Christopher Lee
Chief Financial Officer
SemiLEDs Corporation


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
    November 30,     August 31,  
    2017     2017  
    (Unaudited)     (Audited)  
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 3,400     $ 3,582  
Accounts receivable (including related parties), net     1,307       1,111  
Inventories     2,614       2,946  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     216       405  
Total current assets     7,537       8,044  
Property, plant and equipment, net     8,099       8,275  
Intangible assets, net     109       104  
Investments in unconsolidated entities     998       992  
Other assets     248       255  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 16,991     $ 17,670  
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Current installments of long-term debt   $ 339     $ 335  
Accounts payable     725       1,145  
Advance receipt toward the convertible note     500       500  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     5,632       5,482  
Total current liabilities     7,196       7,462  
Long-term debt, excluding current installments     2,320       2,391  
Total liabilities     9,516       9,853  
Commitments and contingencies                
SemiLEDs stockholders’ equity                
Common stock            
Additional paid-in capital     175,410       175,386  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     3,727       3,701  
Accumulated deficit     (171,662 )     (171,270 )
Total equity     7,475       7,817  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 16,991     $ 17,670  


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands of U.S. dollars and shares, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended  
    November 30,     August 31,  
    2017     2017  
Revenues, net   $ 2,003     $ 2,571  
Cost of revenues     1,951       2,426  
Gross profit     52       145  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     184       200  
Selling, general and administrative     733       788  
Gain on disposals of long-lived assets           (36 )
Total operating expenses     917       952  
Loss from operations     (865 )     (807 )
Other income (expenses):                
Interest expenses, net     (8 )     (8 )
Other income, net     498       69  
Foreign currency transaction gain (loss), net     (17 )     73  
Total other income, net     473       134  
Loss before income taxes     (392 )     (673 )
Income tax expense            
Net loss   $ (392 )   $ (673 )
Net loss per share:                
Basic and diluted   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.19 )
Shares used in computing net loss per share:                
Basic and diluted     3,544       3,544