Immersion Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2020 Results

Company Results at Top End or Exceeds Preliminary Announcement;

Reports Over 40% Sequential Quarterly Revenue Growth and GAAP and Non-GAAP EPS of $0.30 and $0.29 per share

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#haptics–Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), the leading developer and provider of technologies for haptics, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter Financial Summary:

  • Total revenues of $10.9 million, compared to $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Royalty and license revenues were $10.9 million, compared to $11.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • GAAP operating expenses of $5.7 million declined 48% from $11.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP operating expenses of $3.5 million declined 58% from non-GAAP operating expenses of $8.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. (See attached table for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.)
  • GAAP net income was $8.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $8.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $3.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • As of December 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents increased to $59.5 million.

Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Summary:

  • Revenues for 2020 were $30.5 million, compared to $36.0 million in 2019. Royalty and license revenues for 2020 totaled $30.2 million, compared to $35.6 million in 2019.
  • Net income for 2020 was $5.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $20.0 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for 2019.
  • Non-GAAP net income for 2020 was $10.3 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss for 2019 of $11.9 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.

“We had a very strong fourth quarter, growing our top-line by over 40% compared to the third quarter and maintained control over our operating expenses,” said Jared Smith, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Immersion. “The net result was a solid, profitable quarter. We did this while continuing to innovate our next-generation haptic technology and achieving several exciting customer wins. All of this positions us well as we enter 2021 with momentum to deliver double-digit top-line and profitability growth year-over-year.”

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Announced commercial partnership with Faurecia for the use of Immersion’s haptic technologies and solutions for interactive haptic user interfaces for the car.
  • Signed a multi-year license agreement with Woory Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading automotive supplier in Korea, for haptic technology use in automotive touchscreens.
  • Executed renewal agreement with Abtivan, an innovative game peripheral OEM that offers force feedback steering wheel and related racing and flight simulator equipment.
  • Signed a multi-year licensing agreement with SenseArena, a provider of VR products for athletes designed to improve reaction time and performance.
  • Announced a collaboration agreement with StrikerVR, a developer of cutting-edge force feedback peripherals for the use of new adaptive trigger capabilities in StrikerVR’s next generation VR and gaming peripheral devices.
  • Named a Top 100 Global Innovator 2021 by Clarivate for the second year in a row. Clarivate is a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics on research and intellectual property.

Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Immersion will host a conference call with company management today at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) to discuss financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020. To participate on the live call, analysts and investors should dial +1-866-548-4713 (conference ID: 2481300) at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call.

A recorded webcast will also be available for 90 days in the “IR News and Events” page of Immersion’s Investor Relations website at https://ir.immersion.com/news-and-events.

About Immersion

Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) is the leading innovator of touch feedback technology, also known as haptics. The company invents, accelerates, and scales haptic experiences by providing technology solutions for mobile, automotive, gaming, and consumer electronics. Haptic technology creates immersive and realistic experiences that enhance digital interactions by engaging users’ sense of touch. Learn more at www.immersion.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Immersion reports all financial information required in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but it believes that evaluating its ongoing operating results may be difficult to understand if limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Immersion discloses this non-GAAP information, such as non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share because it is useful in understanding the company’s performance as it excludes certain non-cash expenses like stock-based compensation expense and other special charges, such as deferred tax assets valuation allowance, depreciation and restructuring costs, that many investors feel may obscure the company’s true operating performance. Likewise, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to manage and assess the profitability of its business. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company’s reported results under GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Such non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to their closest GAAP financial measures in tables contained in this press release. The Company has not reconciled the non-GAAP financial measures guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis due to the uncertainty and the potential variability of many of the costs and expenses that may be incurred in the future. Accordingly, reconciliations of the Company’s forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures are not available without unreasonable effort.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “can,” “will,” “places,” “estimates,” and other similar expressions. However, these words are not the only way we identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include any expectations, projections, or other characterizations of future events, or circumstances, and include statements regarding: our momentum to deliver double-digit top-line and profitability growth in 2021; and other statements regarding the future prospects and opportunities for the Company’s business.

Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, therefore we caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following: the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the Company and its business, and on the business of its suppliers and customers; unanticipated changes in the markets in which the Company operates; the effects of the current macroeconomic climate (especially in light of the ongoing adverse effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic); delay in or failure to achieve adoption of or commercial demand for the Company’s products or third party products incorporating the Company’s technologies; the inability of Immersion to renew existing licensing arrangements, or enter into new licensing arrangements on favorable terms; the loss of a major customer; the ability of Immersion to protect and enforce its intellectual property rights and other factors.

For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk factors listed in Immersion’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2019 and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements made by us in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release, and Immersion does not intend to update these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, except as required by law.

Immersion, and the Immersion logo are trademarks of Immersion Corporation in the United States and other countries. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” in this press release does not mean a legal partner or legal partnership.

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Immersion Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

 

(1)

 

(1)

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

59,522

 

 

$

86,478

 

Short-term investments

 

 

3,019

 

Accounts and other receivables

2,218

 

 

3,385

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

12,610

 

 

14,078

 

Total current assets

74,350

 

 

106,960

 

Property and equipment, net

209

 

 

1,226

 

Long-term deposits

12,571

 

 

7,062

 

Other assets, net

9,000

 

 

9,600

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

96,130

 

 

$

124,848

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

149

 

 

$

809

 

Accrued compensation

1,001

 

 

2,844

 

Other current liabilities

2,457

 

 

3,478

 

Deferred revenue

5,173

 

 

4,692

 

Total current liabilities

8,780

 

 

11,823

 

Long-term deferred revenue

21,334

 

 

25,952

 

Other long-term liabilities

2,035

 

 

3,316

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

32,149

 

 

41,091

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

63,981

 

 

83,757

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

96,130

 

 

$

124,848

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Derived from Immersion’s annual audited consolidated financial statements.

Immersion Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Year Ended
December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

(2)

 

(2)

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royalty and license

$

10,870

 

 

$

11,379

 

 

 

$

30,176

 

 

$

35,643

 

 

Development, services, and other

65

 

 

85

 

 

 

280

 

 

310

 

 

Total revenues

10,935

 

 

11,464

 

 

 

30,456

 

 

35,953

 

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenues

30

 

 

53

 

 

 

168

 

 

170

 

 

Sales and marketing

932

 

 

1,550

 

 

 

4,999

 

 

6,426

 

 

Research and development

1,082

 

 

1,774

 

 

 

5,014

 

 

7,840

 

 

General and administrative

3,649

 

 

7,609

 

 

 

18,055

 

 

42,968

 

 

Total costs and expenses

5,693

 

 

10,986

 

 

 

28,236

 

 

57,404

 

 

Operating Income (loss)

5,242

 

 

478

 

 

 

2,220

 

 

(21,451

)

 

Interest and other income

605

 

 

772

 

 

 

939

 

 

1,878

 

 

Income (loss) before benefit from (provision for) income taxes

5,847

 

 

1,250

 

 

 

3,159

 

 

(19,573

)

 

Benefit from (provision for) income taxes

2,239

 

 

(271

)

 

 

2,242

 

 

(471

)

 

Net Income (loss)

$

8,086

 

 

$

979

 

 

 

$

5,401

 

 

$

(20,044

)

 

Basic net income (loss) per share

$

0.30

 

 

$

0.03

 

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

$

(0.64

)

 

Shares used in calculating basic net income (loss) per share

26,959

 

 

31,731

 

 

 

28,117

 

 

31,529

 

 

Diluted net income (loss) per share

$

0.30

 

 

$

0.03

 

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

$

(0.64

)

 

Shares used in calculating diluted net income (loss) per share

27,321

 

 

31,904

 

 

 

28,477

 

 

31,529

 

 

 

(1) unaudited quarterly financial data

(2) Derived from audited annual consolidated financial statements

Immersion Corporation

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Years Ended
December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

GAAP net income (loss)

$

8,086

 

 

$

979

 

 

$

5,401

 

 

$

(20,044

)

Add: Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

(2,239

)

 

271

 

 

(2,242

)

 

471

 

Less: Non-GAAP provision for income taxes

(26

)

 

(72

)

 

(129

)

 

(218

)

Add: Stock-based compensation

1,323

 

 

1,093

 

 

4,756

 

 

5,464

 

Add: Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

23

 

 

702

 

 

1,052

 

 

1,290

 

Add: Impairment of right-of-use assets

271

 

 

939

 

 

271

 

 

939

 

Add: Severance and other termination costs (benefits)

556

 

 

(95

)

 

1,175

 

 

154

 

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

7,994

 

 

$

3,817

 

 

$

10,284

 

 

$

(11,944

)

Non-GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share

$

0.29

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.36

 

 

$

(0.38

)

Shares used in calculating Non-GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share

27,321

 

 

31,904

 

 

28,477

 

 

31,529

 

Immersion Corporation

Disaggregated Revenue Information

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Years Ended
December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Fixed fee license revenue

$

1,651

 

$

2,517

 

$

5,472

 

$

12,627

Per-Unit royalty revenue

9,219

 

8,862

 

24,704

 

23,016

Total royalty and license revenue

10,870

 

11,379

 

30,176

 

35,643

Development, services, and other revenue

65

 

85

 

280

 

310

Total revenues

$

10,935

 

$

11,464

 

$

30,456

 

$

35,953

Immersion Corporation

Revenue by Line of Business

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Years Ended
December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Mobility

57

%

 

67

%

 

69

%

 

63

%

Gaming

19

%

 

6

%

 

15

%

 

16

%

Automotive

24

%

 

27

%

 

15

%

 

21

%

Other

%

 

%

 

1

%

 

%

Total

100

%

 

100

%

 

100

%

 

100

%

Immersion Corporation

Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Expenses to Non-GAAP Operating Expenses

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Years Ended
December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

GAAP operating expenses

$

5,663

 

 

 

$

10,933

 

 

 

$

28,068

 

 

 

$

57,234

 

 

Adjustments to GAAP operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense – S&M

(254

)

 

 

(247

)

 

 

(846

)

 

 

(947

)

 

Stock-based compensation expense – R&D

(216

)

 

 

(250

)

 

 

(870

)

 

 

(1,304

)

 

Stock-based compensation expense – G&A

(853

)

 

 

(596

)

 

 

(3,040

)

 

 

(3,213

)

 

Depreciation and amortization expense of property and equipment

(23

)

 

 

(702

)

 

 

(1,052

)

 

 

(1,290

)

 

Impairment of right-of-use assets

(271

)

 

 

(939

)

 

 

(271

)

 

 

(939

)

 

Severance and other termination (costs) benefits

(556

)

 

 

95

 

 

 

(1,175

)

 

 

(154

)

 

Non-GAAP operating expenses

$

3,490

 

 

 

$

8,294

 

 

 

$

20,814

 

 

 

$

49,387

 

 

 

Contacts

Investor Contact:
Aaron Akerman

Immersion Corporation

514-987-9800 ext. 5110

aakerman@immersion.com

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