Sequans Communications Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 8:00 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 6:00 AM EDT

PARIS, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, 2021.

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Third Quarter 2021 Summary Results Table:


(in US$ millions, except share and per share data)

Q3 2021

Q2 2021

Q3 2020

Revenue

$11.9


$12.9


$14.1


Gross profit

5.8


7.3


5.9


Gross margin (%)

49.2

%

56.6

%

42.0

%

Operating loss

(5.1)


(3.4)


(5.9)


Net Profit (Loss)

0.2


(1.3)


(9.0)


Diluted earnings per ADS

$0.01


($0.04)


($0.30)


Non-IFRS diluted earnings per ADS (1)

($0.14)


($0.15)


($0.28)


Weighted average number of diluted ADS

37,382,595


37,118,845


30,275,352


(1) See Use of Non-IFRS/non-GAAP Financial Measures disclosure on page 3




"The increasing momentum we are experiencing in our Massive IoT and CBRS Broadband categories is a testament to Sequans' strategy to deliver industry-leading 5G/4G chips and modules optimized for a multitude of IoT applications," said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. "Year-to-date, our revenue grew by 6%, despite the termination of Jetpack portable router sales in 2021. Third quarter revenue grew by 106% year-over-year, mainly driven by Massive IoT increasing 118% and CBRS Broadband rising 135% when adjusted to exclude last year's Jetpack contribution(1). This strong performance was limited by supply chain constraints, limiting our ability to meet the robust demand for our chips and modules. Our MCU and channel partners, with their powerful brands and extensive global reach, are also contributing to our growth, and we anticipate growth from these channels to accelerate next year.

"In the third quarter, the portion of our pipeline secured by design wins increased to almost $300 million, which represents nearly 50% of the pipeline," continued Mr. Karam. "Promising opportunities primarily in Massive IoT, but also in our Broadband IoT category, are driving our pipeline growth. This quarter we secured new design-in awards in metering, medical, asset tracking, and industrial applications and achieved excellent progress on existing design wins advancing to mass production in 2022.

Mr. Karam concluded, "Sequans believes the investment in 5G is strategic for the long term given the unique opportunity it presents for our game-changing IoT technology. However, we recognize that rather than receiving credit for the long-term value being created by our 5G strategy, the cash burden related to this investment is negatively impacting the Company's valuation. The company is actively exploring options to finance Sequans' 5G investment to minimize its cash burden, with the goal of upholding our leadership in the Massive IoT and maximizing value for shareholders over the long run".

(1) Revenues from the Verizon Jetpack were $8.4 million in the third quarter of 2020. There were no revenues from the Verizon Jetpack in the third quarter of 2021

Q4 2021 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 and supply chain constraints. This statement is forward-looking and actual results may differ materially.

Taking into consideration current customer demand and the ongoing impact of supply chain constraints on the Company's ability to ship orders, management is targeting 15% sequential revenue growth for the quarter ending December 31, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial and Operational Results Summary

Revenue for the third quarter was $11.9 million, a decrease of 7.5% compared to the second quarter of 2021 and a decrease of 15.8% compared to the third quarter of 2020. The decrease from the second quarter was primarily due to expected lower services revenue based on the advancement of the various projects, partially offset by increases in product revenue for both Massive IoT and Broadband IoT.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2021 was $5.8 million, a $1.4 million decrease from the second quarter and a modest decrease from the prior year third quarter. Gross margin for the third quarter of 2021 was 49.2% compared to 56.6% in the second quarter of 2021 and 42.0% in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential decrease in gross margin was primarily due to the revenue mix with a shift towards more product revenue in the quarter.

Operating loss was $5.1 million compared to $3.4 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $5.9 million in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential increase in operating loss was primarily due to a lower gross margin on lower revenues and lower operating expenses in the second quarter of 2021 due to a one-time net reduction in R&D expense of approximately $1.2 million as a result of an R&D grant recognized in the second quarter.

Net profit was $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted ADS, compared to net losses of $1.3 million, or ($0.04) per ADS, in the second quarter of 2021 and $9.0 million, or ($0.30) per ADS, in the third quarter of 2020. Net profit in the third quarter of 2021 includes a $7.7 million benefit from the change in fair value of convertible debt derivative and $409,000 foreign exchange gain primarily related to the revaluation of euro liabilities during the quarter.

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 debt reimbursement, and deferred tax benefit or expense related to the convertible debt and other financings, non-IFRS net loss was $5.3 million, or ($0.14) per ADS, compared to $5.6 million, or ($0.15) per ADS in the second quarter of 2021, and $8.4 million, or ($0.28) per ADS, in the third quarter of 2020.

Cash: Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term deposits at September 30, 2021 totaled $15.2 million compared to $18.5 million at December 31, 2020.

Conference Call and Webcast

Sequans plans to conduct a teleconference and live webcast to discuss the financial results for the third quarter of 2021 today, November 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. ET /13:00 CET. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 877-407-0792 or +1 201-689-8263 if outside the U.S. When prompted, provide the event title or access code: 13723445. 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 16, 2021 by dialing toll free 844-512-2921 or +1 412-317-6671 from outside the U.S., using the following access code:13723445.

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 future results of operations and financial positions, business strategy and plans, including financing alternatives for our 5G business, expectations for Massive IoT sales, the impact of the Covid-19 on our supply chain and on customer demand, the impact of component shortages and manufacturing capacity, our ability to convert our pipeline to revenue 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 undertake no obligation to update the information made in this release in the event facts or circumstances subsequently change after the date of this press release. 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, 2020, 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) the impact of Covid-19 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, (xiii) 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, conversions and repayments, 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, Finland, Taiwan, South Korea, and China.

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

Media Relations:  Kimberly Tassin, +1.425.736.0569, Kimberly@sequans.com
Investor Relations: Kimberly Rogers, +1 385.831-7337, krogers@sequans.com

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,
2021

June 30,
2021

Sept 30,
2020






Revenue :





Product revenue

$

7,545

$

7,393

$

11,580


Other revenue

4,346

5,464

2,542

Total revenue

11,891

12,857

14,122

Cost of revenue





Cost of product revenue

5,681

5,133

7,668


Cost of other revenue

362

449

527

Total cost of revenue

6,043

5,582

8,195

Gross profit

5,848

7,275

5,927

Operating expenses :





Research and development

6,634

5,848

7,984


Sales and marketing

2,116

2,297

1,774


General and administrative

2,181

2,507

2,076

Total operating expenses

10,931

10,652

11,834

Operating loss

(5,083)

(3,377)

(5,907)

Financial income (expense):





Interest income (expense), net

(2,685)

(3,411)

(3,623)


Change in fair value of convertible debt derivative

7,706

1,408

1,522


Impact of debt reimbursement

5,177


Foreign exchange gain (loss)

409

(964)

(885)

Loss before income taxes

347

(1,167)

(8,893)

Income tax expense (benefit)

155

150

98

Profit (Loss)

$

192

$

(1,317)

$

(8,991)

Attributable to :





Shareholders of the parent

192

(1,317)

(8,991)


Minority interests

Basic loss per ADS

$0.01

($0.04)

($0.30)

Diluted loss per ADS

$0.01

($0.04)

($0.30)

Weighted average number of ADS used for computing:




— Basic

37,382,595

37,118,845

30,275,352

— Diluted

37,382,595

37,118,845

30,275,352

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)

2021

2020



Revenue :



Product revenue

$

23,486

$

25,855


Other revenue

13,583

9,270

Total revenue

37,069

35,125

Cost of revenue




Cost of product revenue

16,505

17,449


Cost of other revenue

1,263

1,340

Total cost of revenue

17,768

18,789

Gross profit

19,301

16,336

Operating expenses :




Research and development

19,736

22,917


Sales and marketing

6,707

5,909


General and administrative

7,148

6,763




Total operating expenses

33,591

35,589

Operating loss

(14,290)

(19,253)

Financial income (expense):




Interest income (expense), net

(8,807)

(10,831)


Change in fair value of convertible debt derivative

5,024

(13,240)


Impact of debt reimbursement

5,177

1,399


Foreign exchange gain (loss)

803

(715)

Loss before income taxes

(12,093)

(42,640)

Income tax expense (benefit)

452

575

Profit (Loss)

$

(12,545)

$

(43,215)

Attributable to :




Shareholders of the parent

(12,545)

(43,215)


Minority interests

Basic loss per ADS

($0.34)

($1.59)

Diluted loss per ADS

($0.34)

($1.59)

Weighted average number of ADS used for computing:



— Basic

36,396,026

27,120,905

— Diluted

36,396,026

27,120,905

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION



At Sept 30,

At Dec 31,

(in thousands of US$)

2021

2020

ASSETS




Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

$

8,022

$

9,187


Intangible assets

35,256

25,312


Deposits and other receivables

2,369

588


Other non-current financial assets

365

386


     Total non-current assets

46,012

35,473


Current assets




Inventories

5,883

6,225


Trade receivables

7,740

17,277


Contract assets

1,089

371


Prepaid expenses

2,891

962


Other receivables

8,018

3,264


Research tax credit receivable

4,557

5,110


Short-term deposits

8,000

10,900


Cash and cash equivalents

7,232

7,574


     Total current assets

45,410

51,683

Total assets

$

91,422

$

87,156

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES




Equity




Issued capital, euro 0.02 nominal value, 149,874,258  shares authorized, issued and outstanding at September  30, 2021 (133,934,090 shares at December 31, 2020)

$

3,653

$

3,269


Share premium

298,415

276,560


Other capital reserves

55,336

46,677


Accumulated deficit

(375,754)

(363,209)


Other components of equity

(504)

(423)


     Total equity

(18,854)

(37,126)


Non-current liabilities




Government grant advances, loans and other liabilities

9,905

11,203


Venture debt

2,172


Convertible debt

34,608

26,074


Convertible debt embedded derivative

8,904

12,395


Lease liabilities

3,798

4,762


Trade payables

942

851


Provisions

2,433

1,874


Deferred tax liabilities

19

19


Contract liabilities

192

2,397


     Total non-current liabilities

60,801

61,747


Current liabilities




Trade payables

13,855

15,701


Interest-bearing receivables financing

9,415

14,228


Venture debt

6,104


Lease liabilities

1,216

1,014


Government grant advances and loans

7,112

3,867


Contract liabilities

7,728

13,145


Other current liabilities and provisions

10,149

8,476


     Total current liabilities

49,475

62,535

Total equity and liabilities

$

91,422

$

87,156

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW


Nine months ended Sept 30,

(in thousands of US$)

2021

2020

Operating activities




Loss before income taxes

$

(12,093)

$

(42,640)


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





Depreciation and impairment of property, plant and equipment

2,733

2,845



Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

5,417

4,314



Share-based payment expense

3,273

1,813



Increase in provisions

463

(55)



Interest expense, net

8,807

10,831



Change in the fair value of convertible debt embedded derivative

(5,024)

13,240



Impact of debt reimbursement

(5,177)



Convertible debt amendment

(1,399)



Foreign exchange loss (gain)

(743)

1,200



Loss (Gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

7



Bad debt expense

63


Working capital adjustments





Decrease (Increase) in trade receivables and other receivables

5,973

(7,670)



Decrease in inventories

342

863



Decrease (Increase) in research tax credit receivable

(2,700)

716



Increase  in trade payables and other liabilities

5,324

5,762



Decrease in contract liabilities

(9,506)

(7,564)



Increase (Decrease) in government grant advances (1)

(574)

12


Income tax paid

(542)

(269)

Net cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities

(4,020)

(17,938)

Investing activities




Purchase of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment

(8,511)

(5,073)


Capitalized development expenditures

(14,926)

(4,776)


Purchase of financial assets

(1,760)

(62)


Decrease of short-term deposit

2,900

(14,900)


Interest received

36

21

Net cash flow used in investments activities

(22,261)

(24,790)

Financing activities




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

99

32


Public equity offering proceeds, net of transaction costs paid

9,881

27,496


Proceeds (Repayment of) from interest-bearing receivables financing

(128)

10,381


Proceeds from convertible debt, net of transaction cost

39,647

2,050


Proceeds from government loans, net of transaction cost

5,392


Proceeds from interest-bearing research project financing

405


Payment of lease liabilities

(810)

(894)


Repayment of convertible debt

(8,750)


Repayment of government loans

(356)

(118)


Repayment of venture debt

(8,042)

(3,775)


Repayment of interest-bearing research project financing

(804)

(177)


Interest paid

(4,800)

(1,777)

Net cash flows from financing activities

25,937

39,015


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(344)

(3,713)


Net foreign exchange difference

2


Cash and cash equivalents at January 1

7,574

14,098

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

7,232

10,385

 (1) Including $1.4 million related to the forgiveness of a debt in April 2021

SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS S.A.


UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL RESULTS

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

Three months ended

Sept 30,
2021

June 30,
2021

Sept 30,
2020

Net IFRS loss as reported

$

192

$

(1,317)

$

(8,991)

Add back





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

1,022

1,092

521


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

(7,706)

(1,408)

(1,522)


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

1,193

1,187

1,608


Impact of debt reimbursement

(5,177)

Non-IFRS loss adjusted

$

(5,299)

$

(5,623)

$

(8,384)

IFRS basic loss per ADS as reported

$0.01

($0.04)

($0.30)

Add back





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

$0.03

$0.03

$0.02


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

($0.21)

($0.03)

($0.05)


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

$0.03

$0.03

$0.05


Impact of debt reimbursement

$0.00

($0.14)

$0.00

Non-IFRS basic loss per ADS

($0.14)

($0.15)

($0.28)

IFRS diluted loss per ADS

$0.01

($0.04)

($0.30)

Add back





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

$0.03

$0.03

$0.02


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

($0.21)

($0.03)

($0.05)


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

$0.03

$0.03

$0.05


Impact of debt reimbursement

$0.00

($0.14)

$0.00

Non-IFRS diluted loss per ADS

($0.14)

($0.15)

($0.28)








(1) Included in the IFRS loss as follows:






Cost of product revenue

$

14

$

14

$

4



Research and development

487

513

209



Sales and marketing

200

206

105



General and administrative

321

359

203


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

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,

2021

2020

Net IFRS loss as reported

$

(12,545)

$

(43,215)

Add back




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

3,274

1,813


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

(5,024)

13,240


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

3,465

4,507


Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

398


Impact of debt reimbursement

(5,177)


Non-cash impact of convertible debt amendment

(1,399)

Non-IFRS loss adjusted

$

(16,007)

$

(24,656)

IFRS basic loss per ADS as reported

($0.34)

($1.59)

Add back




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

$0.09

$0.07


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

($0.15)

$0.49


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

$0.10

$0.17


Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.01


Impact of debt reimbursement

($0.14)

$0.00


Non-cash impact of convertible debt amendment

$0.00

($0.05)

Non-IFRS basic loss per ADS

($0.44)

($0.91)

IFRS diluted loss per ADS

($0.34)

($1.59)

Add back




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

$0.09

$0.07


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

($0.15)

$0.49


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

$0.10

$0.17


Non-cash impact of deferred tax income (loss)

$0.00

$0.01


Impact of debt reimbursement

($0.14)

$0.00


Non-cash impact of convertible debt amendment

$0.00

($0.05)

Non-IFRS basic loss per ADS

($0.44)

($0.91)







(1) Included in the IFRS loss as follows:





Cost of product revenue

$

44

$

13



Research and development

1,554

748



Sales and marketing

623

339



General and administrative

1,053

713


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


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