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Sequans Communications Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

·13-min read

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a leading developer and provider of 5G/4G chips and modules, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 Highlights:

Revenue: Revenue was $14.1 million, an increase of 15.5% compared to the second quarter of 2020 and an increase of 116.6% compared to the third quarter of 2019.

Gross margin: Gross margin was 42.0% compared to 48.3% in the second quarter of 2020, and compared to 30.3% in the third quarter of 2019.

Operating loss: Operating loss was $5.9 million compared to $5.6 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $8.6 million in the third quarter of 2019.

Net loss: Net loss was $9.0 million, or ($0.30) per diluted ADS, compared to $19.0 million, or ($0.70) per ADS, in the second quarter of 2020 and $9.8 million, or ($0.41) per ADS, in the third quarter of 2019. Net loss in the third quarter of 2020 includes a $1.5 million gain on revaluation of the embedded derivative arising from the amendments to the convertible debt made in March 2020. The revaluation was a $9.1 million loss in the second quarter of 2020.

Non-IFRS Net loss and diluted loss per ADS: Excluding the non-cash stock-based compensation, the non-cash impact of the fair-value and effective interest adjustments related to the convertible debt with embedded derivatives and other financings, the non-cash impact of convertible debt amendments, and deferred tax benefit or expense related to the convertible debt and other financings, non-IFRS net loss was $8.4 million, or ($0.28) per ADS, compared to $7.5 million, or ($0.28) per ADS in the second quarter of 2020, and $8.6 million, or ($0.36) per ADS, in the third quarter of 2019. The non-IFRS net loss includes foreign exchange losses of $0.9 million, or ($0.03) per ADS, in the third quarter of 2020 and $0.5 million, or ($0.02) per ADS, in the second quarter of 2020 and a foreign exchange gain of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per ADS, in the third quarter of 2019.

Cash: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposits at September 30, 2020 totaled $25.3 million compared to $35.5 million at June 30, 2020.

In millions of US$ except percentages, shares and per share amounts

Key Metrics

Q3 2020

%*

Q2 2020

%*

Q3 2019 (1)

%*

Revenue

$14.1

$12.2

$6.5

Gross profit

5.9

42.0

%

5.9

48.3

%

2.0

30.3

%

Operating loss

(5.9

)

(41.8

)

%

(5.6

)

(45.4

)

%

(8.6

)

(131.6

)

%

Net loss

(9.0

)

(63.7

)

%

(19.0

)

(155.0

)

%

(9.8

)

(150.6

)

%

Diluted earnings per ADS

($0.30

)

($0.70

)

($0.41

)

Weighted average number of diluted ADS

30,275,352

27,150,562

23,770,644

Cash flow from (used in) operations

(7.9

)

(2.3

)

(1.0

)

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposits at quarter-end

25.3

35.5

6.3

Additional information on non-cash items:

- Non-cash stock-based compensation included in operating result

0.5

0.6

0.4

- Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing

1.6

1.7

1.2

- Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

(1.5

)

9.1

- Non-cash impact of deferred tax expense (benefit)

(0.3

)

Non-IFRS diluted earnings per ADS

($0.28

)

($0.28

)

($0.36

)

* Percentage of revenue

(1) Updated from the prior earnings release

"Revenue in Q3 grew 15.5%, well above our target," said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. "During the quarter, supply chain issues eased, enabling us to serve the high level of demand related to remote learning in our Broadband IoT business, and our Massive IoT business performed in line with expectations. We expect sequential growth again in the fourth quarter, driven by the ramp of our Massive IoT business, as well continued strong performance of our Broadband IoT business. As a result, we are targeting over 60% growth for 2020 as a whole, an improvement from our original target of 50% year-over-year growth.

"An important recent development is adding a new microcontroller (MCU) partner to reinforce our go-to-market strategy and expand our reach to all corners of the Massive IoT market. Momentum continues to build in our Massive IoT business, and we are very excited about the customer acceptance of Monarch 2, our second-generation LTE-M/NB-IoT platform as demonstrated by new design wins in Q3. Also, we have added a new module partner for CBRS, an area expected to make an important contribution to our Broadband IoT business as this new market begins to ramp. Finally, we are making excellent progress with our 5G solutions and related strategic business engagements."

Q4 2020 Outlook

The following statement is based on management’s current assumptions and expectations and assumes no increase in the severity or duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. This statement is forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Sequans undertakes no obligation to update this statement.

Sequans is targeting a sequential increase in revenue of 10% for the fourth quarter of 2020, which would cause revenue for 2020 to be more than 60% greater than the revenue for 2019. The backlog of orders and indications regarding customer demand support this goal, but the company also sees ongoing risks related to COVID-19.

Conference Call and Webcast

Sequans plans to conduct a teleconference and live webcast to discuss the financial results for the third quarter of 2020 today, October 27, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET /13:00 CET. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 800-289-0571 or +1 720-543-0206 if outside the U.S. When prompted, provide the event title or access code: 9909270. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available from the Investors section of the Sequans website at www.sequans.com/investors/. An audio replay of the conference call will be available until November 4, 2020 by dialing toll free 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 from outside the U.S., using the following access code: 9909270.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains projections and other forward-looking statements regarding future events or our future financial performance and potential financing sources. All statements other than present and historical facts and conditions contained in this release, including any statements regarding expected revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020, future results of operations and financial positions, business strategy and plans, expectations for Massive IoT and Broadband and Critical IoT sales, the ability to continue to operate remotely (as required) at high levels of productivity, increasing backlog of orders, the impact of the coronavirus on our manufacturing operations, and on customer demand, and our objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). These statements are only predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risk and uncertainties and subject to change at any time. We operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not rely on or place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the projections or forward-looking statements. In addition to the risk factors contained in our Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein include, without limitation: (i) the contraction or lack of growth of markets in which we compete and in which our products are sold, (ii) unexpected increases in our expenses, including manufacturing expenses, (iii) our inability to adjust spending quickly enough to offset any unexpected revenue shortfall, (iv) delays or cancellations in spending by our customers, (v) unexpected average selling price reductions, (vi) the significant fluctuation to which our quarterly revenue and operating results are subject due to cyclicality in the wireless communications industry and transitions to new process technologies, (vii) our inability to anticipate the future market demands and future needs of our customers, (viii) our inability to achieve new design wins or for design wins to result in shipments of our products at levels and in the timeframes we currently expect, (ix) our inability to enter into and execute on strategic alliances, (x) our ability to meet performance milestones under strategic license agreements, (xi) the impact of natural disasters on our sourcing operations and supply chain, (xii) our ability to remediate material weaknesses in our internal controls relating to controls over the accounting and presentation of complex, non-routine and certain other transactions, including certain revenue arrangements, (xiii) the impact of the coronavirus on the ability to operate our business and research, production of our products or demand for our products by customers whose supply chain is impacted or whose operations have been impacted by government shelter-in-place or similar orders, (xiv) the impact of the coronavirus on capital markets and our ability to raise debt and equity financing, and (xv) other factors detailed in documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-IFRS/non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, we disclose certain non-IFRS, or non-GAAP, financial measures. These measures exclude the non-cash stock-based compensation and the non-cash impacts of convertible debt amendments, effective interest adjustments related to the convertible debt with embedded derivatives and other financings, and deferred tax benefit or expense related to the convertible debt and other financings. We believe that these measures can be useful to facilitate comparisons among different companies. These non-GAAP measures have limitations in that the non-GAAP measures we use may not be directly comparable to those reported by other companies. We seek to compensate for this limitation by providing a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the table attached to this press release.

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading developer and provider of 5G and 4G chips and modules for IoT devices. For 5G/4G massive IoT applications, Sequans provides a comprehensive product portfolio based on its flagship Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT and Calliope Cat 1 chip platforms, featuring industry-leading low power consumption, a large set of integrated functionalities, and global deployment capability. For 5G/4G broadband and critical IoT applications, Sequans offers a product portfolio based on its Cassiopeia 4G Cat 4/Cat 6 and high-end Taurus 5G chip platforms, optimized for low-cost residential, enterprise, and industrial applications. Founded in 2003, Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China.

Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com; www.facebook.com/sequans; www.twitter.com/sequans

Condensed financial tables follow

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three months ended

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts)

Sept 30,
2020

June 30,
2020

Sept 30,
2019 (1)

Revenue :

Product revenue

$

11,580

$

8,774

$

5,208

Other revenue

2,542

3,457

1,312

Total revenue

14,122

12,231

6,520

Cost of revenue

Cost of product revenue

7,668

5,884

4,151

Cost of other revenue

527

440

394

Total cost of revenue

8,195

6,324

4,545

Gross profit

5,927

5,907

1,975

Operating expenses :

Research and development

7,984

7,512

6,205

Sales and marketing

1,774

1,871

1,857

General and administrative

2,076

2,082

2,495

Total operating expenses

11,834

11,465

10,557

Operating loss

(5,907

)

(5,558

)

(8,582

)

Financial income (expense):

Interest income (expense), net

(3,623

)

(3,717

)

(2,293

)

Change in fair value of convertible debt derivative

1,522

(9,141

)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

(885

)

(505

)

874

Loss before income taxes

(8,893

)

(18,921

)

(10,001

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

98

34

(179

)

Loss

$

(8,991

)

$

(18,955

)

$

(9,822

)

Attributable to :

Shareholders of the parent

(8,991

)

(18,955

)

(9,822

)

Minority interests

Basic loss per ADS

($0.30

)

($0.70

)

($0.41

)

Diluted loss per ADS

($0.30

)

($0.70

)

($0.41

)

Weighted average number of ADS used for computing:

— Basic

30,275,352

27,150,562

23,770,644

— Diluted

30,275,352

27,150,562

23,770,644

(1) Updated from the prior earnings release

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Nine months ended Sept 30,

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts)

2020

2019 (1)

Revenue :

Product revenue

$

25,855

$

16,093

Other revenue

9,270

4,805

Total revenue

35,125

20,898

Cost of revenue

Cost of product revenue

17,449

12,169

Cost of other revenue

1,340

1,450

Total cost of revenue

18,789

13,619

Gross profit

16,336

7,279

Operating expenses :

Research and development

22,917

18,135

Sales and marketing

5,909

6,104

General and administrative

6,763

6,446

Total operating expenses

35,589

30,685

Operating loss

(19,253

)

(23,406

)

Financial income (expense):

Interest income (expense), net

(10,831

)

(6,483

)

Change in fair value of convertible debt derivative

(13,240

)

Convertible debt amendment

1,399

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

(715

)

893

Loss before income taxes

(42,640

)

(28,996

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

575

(409

)

Loss

$

(43,215

)

$

(28,587

)

Attributable to :

Shareholders of the parent

(43,215

)

(28,587

)

Minority interests

Basic loss per ADS

($1.59

)

($1.20

)

Diluted loss per ADS

($1.59

)

($1.20

)

Weighted average number of ADS used for computing:

— Basic

27,120,905

23,736,950

— Diluted

27,120,905

23,736,950

(1) Updated from the prior earnings release

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

At Sept 30,

At Dec 31,

(in thousands of US$)

2020

2019 (1)

ASSETS

Non-current assets

Property, plant and equipment

$

8,748

$

8,858

Intangible assets

24,618

16,696

Deposits and other receivables

449

401

Other non-current financial assets

349

335

Total non-current assets

34,164

26,290

Current assets

Inventories

5,801

6,664

Trade receivables

14,084

8,390

Contract assets

1,028

1,587

Prepaid expenses

1,226

901

Other receivables

4,367

2,253

Research tax credit receivable

3,287

3,132

Short-term deposits

14,900

Cash and cash equivalents

10,385

14,098

Total current assets

55,078

37,025

Total assets

$

89,242

$

63,315

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

Equity

Issued capital, euro 0.02 nominal value, 121,248,638 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 (95,587,146 shares at December 31, 2019)

$

2,962

$

2,403

Share premium

262,641

233,720

Other capital reserves

41,012

43,656

Accumulated deficit

(351,948

)

...

(308,733

)

Other components of equity

(750

)

(607

)

Total equity

(46,083

)

(29,561

)

Non-current liabilities

Government grant advances, loans and other liabilities

11,148

6,150

Venture debt

3,469

7,071

Convertible debt

34,984

23,342

Convertible debt embedded derivative

18,506

Lease liabilities

3,978

3,204

Trade payables

1,050

1,139

Provisions

1,885

1,905

Deferred tax liabilities

18

429

Contract liabilities

4,341

11,572

Total non-current liabilities

79,379

54,812

Current liabilities

Trade payables

17,204

8,834

Interest-bearing receivables financing

14,449

4,068

Venture debt

5,694

5,109

Convertible debt

7,329

Lease liabilities

806

900

Government grant advances and loans

3,026

1,472

Contract liabilities

8,018

5,812

Other current liabilities and provisions

6,749

4,540

Total current liabilities

55,946

38,064

Total equity and liabilities

$

89,242

$

63,315

(1) Updated from the prior earnings releases; as set forth in the annual report on Form 20-F

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

Nine months ended Sept 30,

(in thousands of US$)

2020

2019 (1)

Operating activities

Loss before income taxes

$

(42,640

)

$

(28,996

)

Non-cash adjustment to reconcile income before tax to net cash from (used in) operating activities

Depreciation and impairment of property, plant and equipment

2,845

2,900

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

4,314

3,310

Share-based payment expense

1,813

1,279

Decrease in provisions

(55

)

68

Interest expense, net

10,831

6,483

Change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

13,240

Convertible debt amendment

(1,399

)

Foreign exchange loss (gain)

1,200

(1,059

)

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(32

)

Bad debt expense

63

635

Working capital adjustments

Decrease (Increase) in trade receivables and other receivables

(7,670

)

2,031

Decrease in inventories

863

839

Decrease in research tax credit receivable

716

1,376

Increase in trade payables and other liabilities

5,762

466

Decrease in contract liabilities

(7,564

)

(631

)

Increase in government grant advances

12

245

Income tax paid

(269

)

(247

)

Net cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities

(17,938

)

(11,333

)

Investing activities

Purchase of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment

(5,073

)

(2,888

)

Capitalized development expenditures

(4,776

)

(3,537

)

Sale (purchase) of financial assets

(62

)

32

Purchase of short-term deposits

(14,900

)

Interest received

21

5

Net cash flow used in investments activities

(24,790

)

(6,388

)

Financing activities

Proceeds from issue of warrants, exercise of stock options/warrants

32

Public equity offering proceeds, net of transaction costs paid

27,496

Proceeds from issuing of warrants, net of transaction costs paid

8,269

Proceeds (Repayment of) from interest-bearing receivables financing

10,381

(2,300

)

Proceeds from government loans, net of transaction cost

5,392

Proceeds from interest-bearing research project financing

405

1,126

Proceeds from convertible debt, net of transaction cost

2,050

7,970

Payment of lease liabilities

(894

)

(1,048

)

Repayment of interest-bearing research project financing

(177

)

Repayment of government loans

(118

)

(335

)

Repayment of venture debt

(3,775

)

Interest paid

(1,777

)

(1,788

)

Net cash flows from financing activities

39,015

11,894

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(3,713

)

(5,827

)

Net foreign exchange difference

(8

)

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1

14,098

12,086

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

$

10,385

$

6,251

(1) Updated from the prior earnings release

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts)

Three months ended

September 30,
2020

June 30,
2020

Sept 30,
2019 (3)

Net IFRS loss as reported

$

(8,991

)

$

(18,955

)

$

(9,822

)

Add back

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

521

625

362

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

(1,522

)

9,141

Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing (2)

1,608

1,671

1,180

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

(287

)

$

(8,384

)

$

(7,518

)

$

(8,567

)

IFRS basic loss per ADS as reported

($0.30

)

($0.70

)

($0.41

)

Add back

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.02

$0.02

$0.02

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

($0.05

)

$0.34

$0.00

Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing (2)

$0.05

$0.06

$0.05

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.00

($0.02

)

Non-IFRS basic loss per ADS

($0.28

)

($0.28

)

($0.36

)

IFRS diluted loss per ADS

($0.30

)

($0.70

)

($0.41

)

Add back

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.02

$0.02

$0.02

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

($0.05

)

$0.34

$0.00

Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing (2)

$0.05

$0.06

$0.05

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.00

($0.02

)

Non-IFRS diluted loss per ADS

($0.28

)

($0.28

)

($0.36

)

(1) Included in the IFRS loss as follows:

Cost of product revenue

$

4

$

4

$

2

Research and development

209

266

110

Sales and marketing

105

111

54

General and administrative

203

244

196

(2) Related to the difference between contractual and effective interest rates

(3) Updated from the prior earnings release

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in thousands of US$, except share and per share amounts)

Nine months ended Sept 30,

2020

2019 (3)

Net IFRS loss as reported

$

(43,215

)

$

(28,587

)

Add back

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

1,813

1,279

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

13,240

Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing (2)

4,507

3,093

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

398

(529

)

Non-cash impact of convertible debt amendment

(1,399

)

$

(24,656

)

$

(24,744

)

IFRS basic loss per ADS as reported

($1.59

)

($1.20

)

Add back

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.07

$0.06

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

$0.49

$0.00

Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing (2)

$0.17

$0.13

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.01

($0.02

)

Non-cash impact of convertible debt amendment

($0.05

)

$0.00

Non-IFRS basic loss per ADS

($0.91

)

($1.04

)

IFRS diluted loss per ADS

($1.59

)

($1.20

)

Add back

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense according to IFRS 2 (1)

$0.07

$0.06

Non-cash change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

$0.49

$0.00

Non-cash interest on convertible debt and other financing (2)

$0.17

$0.13

Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.01

($0.02

)

Non-cash impact of convertible debt amendment

($0.05

)

$0.00

Non-IFRS basic loss per ADS

($0.91

)

($1.04

)

(1) Included in the IFRS loss as follows:

Cost of product revenue

$

13

$

7

Research and development

748

371

Sales and marketing

339

182

General and administrative

713

719

(2) Related to the difference between contractual and effective interest rates

(3) Updated from the prior earnings release

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