Netlist Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

IRVINE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 6, 2020 / Netlist, Inc. (OCTQX:NLST) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2020.

Net sales for the first quarter ended March 28, 2020 were $14.6 million, compared to net sales of $5.1 million for the quarter ended March 30, 2019. Gross profit for the quarter ended March 28, 2020 was $2.1 million, or 14.4% of net sales, compared to a gross profit of $0.3 million, or 5.5% of net sales, for the quarter ended March 30, 2019.

Net loss for the first quarter ended March 28, 2020 was ($1.5) million, or a loss per share of ($0.01), compared to a net loss in the prior year period of ($4.1) million, or a loss per share of ($0.03). These results include stock-based compensation expense of $0.2 million and $0.3 million for the quarters ended March 28, 2020 and March 30, 2019, respectively.

As of March 28, 2020, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash was $8.6 million, total assets were $22.8 million, working capital was $4.2 million, total debt and accrued interest, net of debt discount, was $20.7 million, and stockholders’ deficit was ($9.7) million.

“We had a strong first quarter with revenue growth of 56% consecutively and 187% year over year, which translated into improved gross profit and bottom line results. This performance reflects continued positive traction for Netlist’s SSD product line in the enterprise and data center markets,” said Chief Executive Officer, Chuck Hong. “We are troubled by the recent U.S. International Trade Commission’s final determination. We believe that the Commission’s reversal of the Chief Administrative Law Judge’s well-reasoned initial determination defies legal logic and raises questions of objectivity. Nevertheless, we remain undeterred in our commitment to protecting the company’s valuable intellectual property rights.”

During the quarter, Netlist brought new legal proceedings for patent infringement against SK hynix in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, asserting two new patents that read on SK hynix’s RDIMM and LRDIMM memory products.

Conference Call Information

C.K. Hong, Chief Executive Officer, and Gail Sasaki, Chief Financial Officer, will host an investor conference call today, May 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review Netlist’s results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2020. The live webcast and archived replay of the call can be accessed for 90 days in the Investors section of Netlist’s website at www.netlist.com.

About Netlist

Netlist provides high-performance SSDs and modular memory subsystems to enterprise customers in diverse industries. HybriDIMM™, Netlist’s next-generation storage class memory product, addresses the growing need for real-time analytics in Big Data applications, in-memory databases, high-performance computing and advanced data storage solutions. Netlist also manufactures and provides a line of specialty and legacy memory products to storage customers, appliance customers, system builders and cloud and datacenter customers. Netlist holds a portfolio of patents, many seminal, in the areas of hybrid memory, storage class memory, rank multiplication and load reduction. To learn more, visit www.netlist.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical facts and often address future events or Netlist’s future performance. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release include statements about Netlist’s ability to execute on its strategic initiatives. All forward-looking statements reflect management’s present expectations regarding future events and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: risks related to Netlist’s plans for its intellectual property, including its strategies for monetizing, licensing, expanding, and defending its patent portfolio; risks associated with patent infringement litigation initiated by Netlist, such as its ongoing proceedings against SK hynix Inc., or by others against Netlist, as well as the costs and unpredictability of any such litigation; risks associated with Netlist’s product sales, including the market and demand for products sold by Netlist and its ability to successfully develop and launch new products that are attractive to the market; the success of product, joint development and licensing partnerships; the competitive landscape of Netlist’s industry; and general economic, political and market conditions, including quarantines, factory slowdowns or shutdowns, and travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. All forward-looking statements reflect management’s present assumptions, expectations and beliefs regarding future events and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statements. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in Netlist’s annual report on Form 10-K for its most recently completed fiscal year filed on March 10, 2020, and the other filings it makes with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including any subsequently filed quarterly and current reports. In light of these risks, uncertainties and other factors, these forward-looking statements should not be relied on as predictions of future events. These forward-looking statements represent Netlist’s assumptions, expectations and beliefs only as of the date they are made, and except as required by law, Netlist undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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For more information, please contact:

The Plunkett Group
Mike Smargiassi/Sharon Oh
NLST@theplunkettgroup.com
(212) 739-6729

Netlist, Inc.
Gail M. Sasaki
Chief Financial Officer
(949) 435-0025

Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

 
  (unaudited)        
 
  March 28,     December 28,  
 
  2020     2019  
ASSETS
           
Current assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  5,713     8,966  
Restricted cash
    2,900       2,750  
Accounts receivable, net
    5,116       3,672  
Inventories
    5,974       3,496  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    663       627  
Total current assets
    20,366       19,511  
 
               
Property and equipment, net
    259       286  
Operating lease right-of-use assets
    832       968  
Other assets
    1,377       1,376  
Total assets
  22,834     22,141  
 
               
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT
               
Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
  9,757     9,134  
Revolving line of credit
    4,449       2,990  
Accrued payroll and related liabilities
    837       740  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
    790       793  
Note payable
    285       412  
Total current liabilities
    16,118       14,069  
Convertible promissory note and accrued interest, net
    15,921       15,793  
Operating lease liabilities
    383       498  
Other liabilities
    143       144  
Total liabilities
    32,565       30,504  
 
               
Commitments and contingencies
               
 
               
Stockholders’ deficit:
               
Preferred stock
           
Common stock
    171       169  
Additional paid-in capital
    179,258       179,086  
Accumulated deficit
    (189,160 )     (187,618 )
Total stockholders’ deficit
    (9,731 )     (8,363 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit
  22,834     22,141  
 
               
 
               

Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 
  Three Months Ended     
 
  March 28,     March 30,  
 
  2020     2019  
 
           
Net sales
  14,631     5,105  
Cost of sales(1)
    12,522       4,826  
Gross profit
    2,109       279  
Operating expenses:
               
Research and development(1)
    654       590  
Intellectual property legal fees
    625       1,495  
Selling, general and administrative(1)
    2,221       1,973  
Total operating expenses
    3,500       4,058  
Operating loss
    (1,391 )     (3,779 )
Other income (expense):
               
Interest expense, net
    (148 )     (272 )
Other income (expense), net
    (3 )     1  
Total other expense, net
    (151 )     (271 )
Loss before provision for income taxes
    (1,542 )     (4,050 )
Provision for income taxes
           
Net loss
  (1,542 )   (4,050 )
Net loss per common share:
               
Basic and diluted
  (0.01 )   (0.03 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
               
Basic and diluted
    169,719       139,039  
 
               
 
               
(1) Amounts include stock-based compensation expense as follows:
               
 
               
Cost of sales
  3     7  
Research and development
    47       51  
Selling, general and administrative
    156       284  
Total stock-based compensation
  206     342  
 
               

SOURCE: Netlist, Inc. via EQS Newswire

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