GSI Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSIT) today reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Summary Financial Results Table (in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended Six Months Ended  
      Sept. 30,2020     June 30,2020     Sept. 30,2019     Sept. 30,2020       Sept. 30,2019  
Net revenues $6,659   $6,621   $11,740   $13,280   $24,759  
Gross margin (%)   46.7%     46.1%     55.9%     46.4%     59.8%  
Operating expenses $8,265   $8,745   $8,491   $17,010   $16,963  
Operating loss $(5,153)   $(5,695)   $(1,923)   $(10,848)   $(2,152)  
Net loss $(5,231)   $(6,076)   $(1,768)   $(11,307)   $(1,893)  
Net loss per share, diluted $(0.22)   $(0.26)   $(0.08)   $(0.48)   $(0.08)  
                               

Lee-Lean Shu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Business disruptions related to COVID have significantly impacted our financial results in the first half of fiscal year 2021. Nokia, our largest customer, downgraded its outlook for full-year 2020 due to declining demand as its customers delay their spending plans. While we did see an increase in Nokia sales from the prior two quarters, our sales to this customer remain below last year’s levels. We continue to progress on multiple fronts with new products, including Gemini-I, our in-memory processor for search. First, our APU software team has developed a new algorithm, called Neural Hash, to improve the speed of similarity search for a given accuracy rate. We presented the algorithm on October 15, 2020 at the 2020 BayLearn conference. Second, we have developed a code generator for Gemini-I and will release a compiler stack in early calendar 2021. These tools allow developers to write code in Python for multiple applications using the Gemini-I solution and simplify the process of testing and evaluation by prospective customers. The compiler is a program that converts high level language into a machine code so that it can be read and executed by the Gemini-I chip. We plan to release a Python compiler in early calendar 2021. Third, in the first quarter of calendar 2021, we expect to begin testing the 600 MHz Gemini-I to finalize and prepare the product for mass production. Finally, we have made progress towards Gemini-II, the second product in our APU family, with a planned launch in late 2022 with orders of magnitude performance-cost improvement over Gemini I.”

"In addition to reduced demand, we are experiencing a longer sales cycle, especially for new products, which typically require more time than selling established products. Ideally, we conduct sales meetings in person and spend the time educating customers on how our new product will change their current practices. Given the restrictions in the COVID environment, our new product sales process is taking longer. For our Radiation Hardened SRAM products, where we target national assets and top-secret applications, sales communications have slowed due to a lack of access to secured communications facilities. While we anticipate orders for our Radiation Tolerant SRAM products in imaging satellites and space applications when funding is released, COVID restrictions cloud the sales timeline for those products as well. We continue to make progress with Gemini-I customers on several fronts as prospects test our product offering, and we see more target market opportunities. However, given the business challenges to educate and train new customers, we now anticipate design wins and initial sales of Gemini-I Leda boards in calendar 2021," continued Mr. Shu. Commenting on the outlook for GSI's third quarter of fiscal 2021, Mr. Shu stated, "current expectations for the upcoming third quarter are net revenues in a range of $6.0 million to $7.2 million, with gross margin of approximately 41% to 43%.”

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Summary Financials

The Company reported a net loss of $(5.2 million), or $(0.22) per diluted share, on net revenues of $6.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to a net loss of $(1.8 million), or $(0.08) per diluted share, on net revenues of $11.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 and a net loss of $(6.1 million), or $(0.26) per diluted share, on net revenues of $6.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Gross margin was 46.7% compared to 55.9% in the prior year period and 46.1% in the preceding first quarter. The changes in gross margin were primarily due to changes in product mix sold in the three periods.

In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, sales to Nokia were $3.4 million, or 51.7% of net revenues compared to $5.3 million, or 45.2% of net revenues, in the same period a year ago and $1.8 million, or 26.9% of net revenues in the prior quarter. Military/defense sales were 26.9% of second quarter shipments compared to 23.4% of shipments in the comparable period a year ago and 30.1% of shipments in the prior quarter. SigmaQuad sales were 65.4% of second quarter shipments compared to 63.5% in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 and 46.3% in the prior quarter.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 were $8.3 million, compared to $8.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 and $8.7 million in the prior quarter. Research and development expenses were $5.7 million, compared to $5.8 million in the prior year period and $5.8 million in the prior quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $2.6 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to $2.7 million in the prior year quarter, and down from $2.9 million in the previous quarter.

Second quarter fiscal 2021 operating loss was $(5.2 million) compared to $(1.9 million) in the prior year period and $(5.7 million) in the prior quarter. Second quarter fiscal 2021 net loss included interest income and other expense, net of $(16,000) and a tax provision of $62,000, compared to $210,000 in interest and other income and a tax provision of $55,000 for the same period a year ago. In the preceding first quarter, net loss included interest and other income of $106,000 and a tax provision of $487,000, primarily resulting from the settlement of a tax audit in Israel for fiscal years 2017 through 2019.

Total second quarter pre-tax stock-based compensation expense was $653,000 compared to $642,000 in the comparable quarter a year ago and $755,000 in the prior quarter.

At September 30, 2020, the Company had $56.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $8.7 million in long-term investments, compared to $66.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $4.1 million in long-term investments at March 31, 2020. Working capital was $59.2 million as of September 30, 2020 versus $70.9 million at March 31, 2020, with no debt. Stockholders’ equity as of September 30, 2020 was $82.2 million compared to $89.6 million as of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.

Conference Call

GSI Technology will review its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and discuss its current business outlook during a conference call at 1:30 p.m. Pacific (4:30 p.m. Eastern) today, October 29, 2020. To listen to the teleconference, please call toll-free 1-866-248-8441 in the U.S. or 1-856-344-9206 for international approximately10 minutes before the above start time and provide Conference ID 7837554. You may also listen to the teleconference live via the Internet at www.gsitechnology.com where it will be archived.

About GSI Technology

Founded in 1995, GSI Technology, Inc. is a leading provider of semiconductor memory solutions. GSI’s resources are currently focused on bringing new products to market that leverage existing core strengths, including radiation-hardened memory products for extreme environments, and Gemini, the APU designed to deliver performance advantages for diverse artificial intelligence applications. GSI Technology is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has sales offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  For more information, please visit www.gsitechnology.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding GSI Technology’s expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to GSI Technology as of the date hereof, and GSI Technology assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include those associated with the normal quarterly and fiscal year-end closing process. Examples of risks that could affect our current expectations regarding future revenues and gross margins include those associated with fluctuations in GSI Technology’s operating results; GSI Technology’s historical dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and fluctuations in the mix of customers and products in any period; global public health crises that reduce economic activity (including the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and the governmental and regulatory actions relating thereto); the rapidly evolving markets for GSI Technology’s products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; the need to develop and introduce new products to offset the historical decline in the average unit selling price of GSI Technology’s products; the challenges of rapid growth followed by periods of contraction; intensive competition; and delays or unanticipated costs that may be encountered in the development of new products based on our in-place associative computing technology and the establishment of new markets and customer relationships for the sale of such products. Many of these risks are currently amplified by and will continue to be amplified by, or in the future may be amplified by, the COVID-19 global pandemic. Further information regarding these and other risks relating to GSI Technology’s business is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in such filings.

Source: GSI Technology, Inc.

GSI Technology, Inc.Douglas M. SchirleChief Financial Officer408-331-9802

Hayden IRKim RogersManaging Director385-831-7337Kim@HaydenIR.com

Media Relations Finn Partners for GSI TechnologyJulie Ortega510-697-5599 gsi@finnpartners.com

GSI TECHNOLOGY, INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)   
(Unaudited) 
             
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  Sept. 30, June 30, Sept. 30,   Sept. 30, Sept. 30,
    2020     2020     2019       2020     2019  
             
Net revenues $ 6,659   $ 6,621   $ 11,740     $ 13,280   $ 24,759  
Cost of goods sold   3,547     3,571     5,172       7,118     9,948  
             
Gross profit   3,112     3,050     6,568       6,162     14,811  
             
Operating expenses:            
             
Research & development   5,659     5,825     5,833       11,484     11,428  
Selling, general and administrative   2,606     2,920     2,658       5,526     5,535  
Total operating expenses   8,265     8,745     8,491       17,010     16,963  
             
Operating loss   (5,153 )   (5,695 )   (1,923 )     (10,848 )   (2,152 )
             
Interest and other income, net   (16 )   106     210       90     357  
      -          
Loss before income taxes   (5,169 )   (5,589 )   (1,713 )     (10,758 )   (1,795 )
Provision for income taxes   62     487     55       549     98  
Net loss $ (5,231 ) ($ 6,076 ) $ (1,768 )   $ (11,307 ) $ (1,893 )
             
             
Net loss per share, basic $ (0.22 ) ($ 0.26 ) $ (0.08 )   $ (0.48 ) $ (0.08 )
Net loss per share, diluted $ (0.22 ) ($ 0.26 ) $ (0.08 )   $ (0.48 ) $ (0.08 )
             
Weighted-average shares used in            
     computing per share amounts:            
             
Basic   23,617     23,440     22,975       23,529     22,791  
Diluted   23,617     23,440     22,975       23,529     22,791  
             
             
Stock-based compensation included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations:
             
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  Sept. 30, June 30, Sept. 30,   Sept. 30, Sept. 30,
    2020     2020     2019       2020     2019  
             
Cost of goods sold $ 84   $ 88   $ 52     $ 172   $ 107  
Research & development   353     413     397       766     796  
Selling, general and administrative   216     254     193       470     390  
  $ 653   $ 755   $ 642     $ 1,408   $ 1,293  
             
GSI TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
         
    Sept. 30, 2020     March 31, 2020  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 44,022   $ 51,506  
Short-term investments   12,067     15,061  
Accounts receivable   4,282     6,330  
Inventory   4,273     4,282  
Other current assets   1,655     1,934  
Net property and equipment   7,632     8,119  
Long-term investments   8,655     4,117  
Other assets   11,454     11,212  
Total assets $ 94,040   $ 102,561  
         
Current liabilities $ 7,073   $ 8,260  
Long-term liabilities   4,744     4,660  
Stockholders' equity   82,223     89,641  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 94,040   $ 102,561