Further increase in revenues and backlog driven by strong ARM11™ product family licensing activity
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 19 July 2004—ARM Holdings plc [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] announces its unaudited financial results for the second quarter and the six months ended 30 June 2004
Six months ended 30 June 2004
* Net cash generation is the movement in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as per the balance sheets at the beginning and end of the relevant periods.
** Dollar revenues are based on the group’s actual dollar invoicing, where applicable, and using the rate of exchange applicable on the date of the transaction for invoicing in currencies other than dollars. Approximately 90% of invoicing is in dollars.
*** The actual average dollar exchange rates were $1.81 in Q2 2004 (compared to the effective average rate for ARM of $1.77), $1.84 in Q1 2004 and $1.62 in Q2 2003
**** Each American Depositary Share (ADS) represents three shares.
Commenting on the results, Warren East, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“ARM’s strong technology portfolio has underpinned licensing revenue and backlog growth in the first half of 2004. We are particularly encouraged by the increasing traction of our ARM11 family of products, evidenced by an additional 5 licenses being signed this quarter, which have contributed to a further increase in backlog at the end of June. The increasing momentum behind the ARM® architecture and the opportunities we see to broaden our technology portfolio further give us the confidence to accelerate investment in both the research and development and commercial areas of our business in the second half of the year. ”
Tim Score, Chief Financial Officer, added:
“Sustained revenue growth, margin improvements and strong cash generation underpin the 17% increase in the interim dividend, notwithstanding our ongoing plans to invest in a measured way in people and innovation to optimize our medium term revenue opportunities. These strong results also give us confidence in achieving the anticipated growth in dollar revenues for the full year. ”
Activity levels in the semiconductor industry have been higher in the first half of 2004 than they were a year ago. ARM’s strong technology portfolio and the increasing adoption of the ARM architecture among semiconductor companies have enabled us to prosper in the improved trading environment with growth being achieved across our licensing, royalty and development systems revenue streams.
The higher backlog of licensing revenues together with the robust sales pipeline for ARM IP, comprising further opportunities for licensing ARM11 family products, other recently introduced software and systems IP products and more mature microprocessor cores give us confidence that licensing revenues will continue to grow in dollar terms in the second half of 2004. Growth of overall revenues is further underpinned by the momentum behind royalty revenues as well as the prospects for steady growth in our development systems business. The Board remains confident of achieving the year on year dollar revenue growth anticipated at the 2003 full year results in January 2004.
Licensing and product development
ARM’s licensing revenues have grown steadily over the last five quarters. With 20 licenses for microprocessor cores being signed in Q2, a total of 34 licenses for microprocessor cores were signed in the first half of 2004, compared to 19 licenses in the first half of 2003. These 34 licenses comprised 21 multi-use licenses, 11 per-use licenses, one architecture license and one foundry license. Eight new companies joined the ARM partnership in the first half, bringing the total number of semiconductor partners at the end of June 2004 to 133. This total number of semiconductor partners is net of those companies who have signed licenses with ARM in the past but have since been acquired by other companies or who no longer have access to ARM technology for other reasons.
The first half of 2004 has seen growing traction for the ARM11 family of products. Having signed five licenses in each of 2002 and 2003, we have signed a further seven licenses in the first half of 2004 bringing the cumulative number of licenses signed to 17. There are now four ARM11 family cores available for licensing offering many of the new technology features announced in the second half of 2003, including the TrustZone™ security extension, the Thumb®-2 extension for improved code density and Intelligent Energy Manager (IEM) hardware and software for low-power consumption. The ARM1136™ core which was delivered to lead partners in December 2002 has since been supplemented by the launch of the ARM1156T2(F)-S™ and the ARM1176JZ(F)-S™ cores in October 2003 and more recently by the announcement in May 2004 of the MPCore™ synthesizable multiprocessor, ARM’s first integrated multiprocessor core. The MPCore multiprocessor delivers greater performance at lower frequencies than comparable single processor solutions, bringing significant cost savings to system designers. As the momentum behind our ARM11 family of products gathers pace, the support of the ARM partnership for our high end product strategy was reinforced by the signing in the quarter of our second lead partner for the generation of ARM microprocessor cores beyond the ARM11 family.
Revenues from non-CPU licensing, which comprised 15% of total license revenues in the first half of 2004, illustrate ARM’s success in generating revenues beyond the licensing of microprocessor cores and the sale of development systems. In addition to licensing microprocessor IP, ARM also licenses a wide range of other system IP including models, PrimeCell® peripherals and the PrimeXsys™ Platform. Having introduced the ARM926EJ™ Prime Starter Kit, which includes the core and the PrimeXsys Platform, into the Foundry Programme at the end of last year, the recently launched ARM1176JZ(F)-S core-based PrimeXsys Platform was licensed for the first time in the second quarter.
We also see increasing opportunities to generate revenues from software. In order to capitalize on these opportunities, we have recently established an embedded software business within ARM. This business unit will drive growth in embedded software revenue, building on the strong foundation of the existing Java, Intelligent Energy Manager, TrustZone and Swerve product families and bring more focus to the development of enabling software technology to support further growth of licensing, development systems and data engines revenues. An example of the initiatives being undertaken by this business is the recent announcement of the development by ARM and Trusted Logic, the embedded systems security experts, of a new TrustZone technology-optimized software solution to increase security for the mobile industry. The new software will increase electronic transaction security on ARM Powered® mobile phones, set-top boxes and other consumer devices.
Following the acquisition of Adelante Technologies N.V., now ARM Belgium, in July 2003, we formally announced the launch of our OptimoDE™ embedded signal processing technology at the Embedded Processor Forum in May 2004. ARM has introduced this disruptive technology to address the processing requirements of very data-intensive consumer applications which are often outstripping the capabilities of general-purpose DSPs. The OptimoDE product, which comprises a configurable data engine (signal processor) together with related IP and tools, will be deployed in systems alongside existing ARM microprocessor cores and other ARM system IP.
Royalty revenues and unit shipments
Royalty revenues earned in the first half of 2004 were $49.0 million on 564 million units shipped, up 50% and 58% respectively on the first half of 2003. Royalty revenues recognized in the quarter ended 30 June 2004 (we receive and report royalty data one quarter in arrears) were $24.9 million on 286 million units shipped, up 53% and 59% respectively on the same period a year ago. The average royalty rate reported in the second quarter was at the same level as that reported in the previous quarter at 8.7 cents. Of the total reported unit shipments in the second quarter, 17% related to units based on ARM9 family technology. The increasingly widespread penetration of ARM technology is illustrated by unit shipments across segments other than wireless growing to 173 million units in the first half, up 65% on the same period in 2003 and up 336% on the first half of 2002. The wireless segment accounted for 68% of unit shipments in the second quarter. The total number of partners shipping ARM technology-based product at the end of Q2 is 59, after taking into account corporate activity within the ARM partnership.
At 30 June 2004 we had 763 full time employees compared to 741 at the end of Q1. Headcount is expected to grow in a measured way between now and the end of the year as we seek to optimize our medium term revenue opportunities by making selective investments across our business, including in the research and development and commercial functions as well as in the Development Systems business.
(US GAAP unless otherwise stated)
Second quarter ended 30 June 2004
Total revenues for the second quarter ended 30 June 2004 amounted to £36.9 million, representing a 6% increase on revenues of £35.0 million in the first quarter of 2004, and an 18% increase over second quarter 2003 revenues of £31.4 million. In US dollar terms**, second quarter revenues of $65.3 million were 5% up on Q1 2004 and 30% up on Q2 2003. The effective average US dollar to sterling exchange rate in Q2 2004 was $1.77 compared to $1.78 in Q1 2004 and $1.60 in Q2 2003.
License revenues amounted to £14.6 million representing 39% of revenues compared to £14.0 million or 40% of revenues in the first quarter of 2004 and £12.7 million or 40% of revenues in Q2 2003.
20 licenses to microprocessor cores were signed in the second quarter of 2004. Three new partners took a total of four licenses in the period. Two of these licenses were per use licenses for the ARM7TDMI® core and two were per use licenses for the ARM926EJ core.
10 existing partners extended their ARM technology offering by taking licenses to a further 16 ARM cores. These consisted of two derivatives from the ARM7™ family, three derivatives and one upgrade to the ARM9 family and four derivatives and one upgrade to the ARM11 family. One partner took an ARM7 family license having previously licensed an ARM9 family core and two per use customers took a total of three licenses to further products in the Foundry Programme. One partner upgraded to the next generation of ARM microprocessor cores.
In addition to the 20 core licenses, the first license to the ARM1176JZF-S PrimeXsys Platform was signed in the second quarter.
Royalty revenues in the second quarter were £13.9 million, accounting for 38% of revenues compared to £13.4 million or 38% of revenues in the first quarter of 2004 and £10.2 million or 33% of revenues for the corresponding period in 2003.
Development Systems and Service revenues
Sales of development systems were £4.8 million, representing 13% of total revenues compared to £4.0 million or 12% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2004 and £4.8 million or 15% of revenues in the second quarter of 2003. Service revenues were £3.6 million comprising consulting fees of £0.6 million and support, maintenance and training fees of £3.0 million compared to total service revenues of £3.6 million in the first quarter of 2004 and £3.7 million for the corresponding period in 2003.
Gross margins for the second quarter were 93.2%, up from 92.3% in the first quarter, reflecting a small drop in the proportion of service revenues quarter on quarter and a slight reduction in revenues earned from strategic relationships where revenue sharing arrangements are booked as a cost of sale.
Operating expenses and operating margins
Research and development expenses were £12.4 million in the second quarter of 2004 representing 33% of revenues. This compares to £12.1 million or 35% of revenues in the first quarter of 2004. Sales and marketing costs for the second quarter were £5.9 million or 16% of revenues compared to £5.7 million or 16% of revenues in the first quarter of 2004. General and administration expenses were £7.4 million in the second quarter of 2004 or 20% of revenues compared to £6.6 million or 19% of revenues in the first quarter. Operating margins were 23.8% for the second quarter of 2004 compared to 22.6% for the first quarter of 2004 and 17.2% in Q2 2003.
Interest receivable increased to £1.6 million in Q2 2004 compared to £1.5 million in the first quarter, due to higher average cash balances and higher interest rates.
Income before income tax for the second quarter of 2004 was £10.4 million or 28% of revenues compared to £9.4 million or 27% of revenues in the first quarter of 2004 and £6.6 million or 21% of revenues in the second quarter of 2003.
Second quarter fully diluted earnings per share prepared under US GAAP were 0.7 pence (3.8 cents per ADS) compared to 0.6 pence (3.5 cents per ADS) in Q1 2004 or 0.4 pence (2.1 cents per ADS) in the second quarter of 2003.
Total revenues for the six months ended 30 June 2004 amounted to £71.9 million, an increase of 15% on £62.4 million reported in the six months ended 30 June 2003. The actual average dollar to sterling exchange rate in the first half of 2004 was $1.82 (compared to the effective average exchange rate for ARM of $1.77) compared to $1.61 in the first half of 2003. This had the effect of reducing total reported sterling revenues by approximately £8.4 million.
Licensing revenues in the first half of 2004 were £28.6 million, being 40% of total revenues, compared to £24.7 million or 40% of total revenues in the six months to 30 June 2003. Royalty revenues were £27.3 million, representing 38% of total revenues in the first half of 2004, compared to £20.5 million or 33% of total revenues in the same period in 2003. Sales of development systems were £8.8 million, being 12% of total revenues in the first half of 2004 compared to £9.8 million or 15% of total revenues in the first six months of 2003. Service revenues were £7.2 million in the first half of 2004, representing 10% of total revenues compared to £7.4 million or 12% of total revenues in the same period in 2003.
Gross margins for the first six months of 2004 were 92.7%, compared to 91.5% for the first six months of 2003, reflecting primarily the lower proportion of Development Systems and Service revenues in the current year.
Operating expenses and operating margins
Research and development expenses were £24.5 million or 34% of revenues in the first half of 2004 compared with £24.0 million or 39% of revenues in 2003. Sales and marketing costs were £11.6 million or 16% of revenues in the first six months of 2004 compared to £11.0 million or 18% of revenues in 2003. General and administration costs were £14.0 million or 19% of revenues in the first six months of 2004 compared to £11.5 million or 18% of revenues in the first six months of 2003. Operating margins in the first half of 2004 were 23.2% compared to 16.8% reported in the first six months of 2003.
Interest receivable increased to £3.1 million for the first six months of 2004 compared to £2.2 million in 2003, due primarily to higher average cash balances.
Earnings and taxation
For the six months ended 30 June 2004, income before income tax under US GAAP was £19.8 million or 28% of revenues compared to £12.6 million or 20% of revenues in the six months ended 30 June 2003. The group’s effective taxation rate under US GAAP decreased to 29.7% in the first half of 2004 compared to 31.6% in the first six months of 2003, primarily due to a lower level of disallowable expenses in the current period.
Fully diluted earnings for the six months ended 30 June 2004 under US GAAP were 1.3 pence per share (7.3 cents per ADS) compared to 0.8 pence per share (4.2 cents per ADS) for the six months ended 30 June 2003.
Balance sheet and cash flow
Net cash inflow from operating activities of £15.7 million was generated in the second quarter giving total net cash inflow from operating activities in the first six months of 2004 of £14.9 million, measured under UK GAAP. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments increased by £7.4 million in the second quarter (after payment of the full year 2003 dividend of £6.1 million in the quarter), giving total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of £166.3 million at 30 June 2004.
Accounts receivable increased marginally to £25.3 million at 30 June 2004 from £25.0 million at 31 March 2004. The allowance against receivables decreased slightly to £1.0 million at the end of June from £1.1 million at 31 March 2004. Deferred revenues increased to £12.6 million at the end of June 2004 from £11.6 million at 31 March 2004.
In May 2004, the Company paid a combined interim and final dividend in respect of the full year 2003 of 0.6 pence per share. From 2004 onwards, it is the intention that in each year, an interim dividend will be declared and paid after the first half results and a final dividend will be recommended and, if approved by shareholders, will be paid after the full year results. As announced in January, the interim dividend is likely to represent approximately 40% of the total dividend for the year. On this basis, the interim dividend for 2003 would have been 0.24 pence per share and the final dividend 0.36 pence per share.
In respect of the year to 31 December 2004, the directors are declaring an interim dividend of 0.28 pence per share, an increase of approximately 17% over the pro forma 2003 interim dividend of 0.24 pence per share. This interim dividend will be paid on 8 October 2004 to shareholders on the register on 3 September 2004.
Sarah Marsland/ Juliet Clarke
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For The Second Quarter and Six Months Ended 30 June 2004
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19 July 2004