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DSP Group, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2016 Results
New Product Revenues Increase 43% Year-over-Year to Record of $12.8 Million Record HDClear Revenues of $3.9 Million

LOS ALTOS, Calif., April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DSP Group®, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, announced today its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter Financial Review:

  • GAAP and non-GAAP diluted loss per share of $0.13 and $0.08, respectively
  • Revenues of $27.7 million, down 27% year-over-year
  • Non-GAAP gross margin of 42.6%, a 160 basis point improvement year-over-year
  • Non-GAAP operating loss of $1.9 million, compared to non-GAAP operating income of $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2015
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $1.7 million, compared to non-GAAP net income of $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2015
  • Repurchased 282,000 shares for approximately $2.5 million
  • Cash, deposits and marketable securities of $115.1 million as of March 31, 2016

Management Comments:
Commenting on the results, Ofer Elyakim, CEO of DSP Group, stated, “Our first quarter performance reflects two diverging developments in our business. On the positive side, we achieved record revenues from new product initiatives of $12.8 million, an increase of 43% year-over-year, propelled by a major accomplishment of meaningful revenues from HDClear. However, this progress was more than offset by softer demand for cordless products, where revenues declined 49% year-over-year. This decline was expected, but was in excess of the secular decline trend of 10%-15%.The difference is primarily attributable to an inventory correction cycle, which should be exhausted in the second quarter.”

Mr. Elyakim added, “We expect momentum in our new products to continue during the second quarter and beyond supported by further market penetration for HDClear, share gains in VoIP and significant design wins with major global telecom providers for IoT and home gateways.  The combination of new product successes and our anticipation for gradual improvement in the cordless phone market, starting in the second quarter, has DSP Group well-positioned to achieve solid sequential revenue growth. We believe that continued growth of our new products will be the key to driving overall growth and enhancing profitability going forward.”

First Quarter Product and Market Highlights:

  • Record new product revenues of $12.8 million, a year-over-year increase of 43%
  • Office/VoIP segment revenues of $5.1 million, a year-over-year increase of 38%
  • Mobile/HDClear segment revenues of $3.9 million, 14% of total revenues
  • IoT revenues of $1.1 million, a year-over-year increase of 127%
  • Home gateway revenues of $2.7 million, an increase of 4% on a sequential basis, but down 44% year-over-year 
  • Unveiled DBMD4, next-generation, ultra-low-power, always-on voice and audio processor for mobile, wearables and IoT
  • Secured an IP phone design win with a leading Chinese OEM based on our DVF99 SoC
  • A major European operator selected our DECT/ULE products for its next generation home gateway product

First Quarter GAAP Results:
Revenues for the first quarter of 2016 were $27.7 million, a decrease of 27% from revenues of $38.0 million for the first quarter of 2015.  Net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $2.9 million, as compared to net income of $0.8 million for the first quarter of 2015.  Basic and diluted loss per share for the first quarter of 2016 was $0.13, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.03, for the first quarter of 2015.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Results:
Non-GAAP net loss and diluted loss per share for the first quarter of 2016 were $1.7 million and $0.08, respectively, as compared to non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share of $2.3 million and $0.09, respectively, for the first quarter of 2015.  Non-GAAP net loss and loss per share for the first quarter of 2016 exclude the impact of amortization of acquired intangible assets in the amount of $321,000 associated with the acquisition of BoneTone Communications; equity-based compensation expenses of $1.0 million; and amortization of deferred tax liability related to intangible assets acquired in the BoneTone acquisition in the amount of $80,000.  Non-GAAP net income and earnings per share for the first quarter of 2015 exclude the impact of amortization of acquired intangible assets of $321,000 associated with the acquisition of BoneTone Communications; equity-based compensation expenses of $1.3 million; and amortization of deferred tax liability related to intangible assets acquired in connection with the BoneTone acquisition in the amount of $85,000.

Earnings Conference Call Details:
DSP Group will discuss its first quarter financial results, along with its outlook and guidance for the second quarter of 2016, on its conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today, and invites you to listen via our conference call or a live broadcast over the Internet.

Investors may access the conference call by dialing +1 877 280 2296 (domestic US) or +1 212 444 0896 (international) approximately 10 minutes prior to the starting time. The password is DSP Group. The broadcast via the Internet can be accessed by all interested parties through the Investor Relations section of DSP Group’s website at www.dspg.com or link to: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/tvi57k9v

A replay of the conference call will be available for a week following the call. To listen to the session, please dial +1 347 366 9565 (domestic US) or +44(0)20 3427 0598 (international) and enter the company access code: 8452011#.

Presentation on Non-GAAP Net Income Calculation
The Company believes that the non-GAAP presentation of net income and diluted earnings per share presented in this press release is useful to investors in comparing results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 to the same period in 2015 because the exclusion of the above noted expenses may provide a more meaningful analysis of the Company’s core operating results. Further, the Company believes it is useful to investors to understand how the expenses associated with equity-based compensation are reflected in its statements of income.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that qualify as “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including Mr. Elyakim’s statements regarding exhaustion of the cordless inventory correction cycle in the second quarter of 2016, secular decline in cordless being 10% to 15%, momentum in our new products to continue during the second quarter and beyond due to further penetration for HDClear, share gains in VoIP and significant design wins for IoT and HGW products, improvement in the cordless phone market starting in the second quarter of 2016, the company being well positioned for solid sequential revenue growth, and belief that continued growth of our new products will be the key to driving overall growth and enhancing profitability going forward. The results from these statements may not actually arise as a result of various factors, including the market penetration of new products; unexpected delays in the commercial launch of new products, including in the mobile and office segments; slower than expected change in the nature of residential communications domain; DSP Group's ability to manage costs; DSP Group’s ability to develop and produce new products at competitive costs and in a timely manner and the ability of such products to achieve broad market acceptance; and general market demand for products that incorporate DSP Group’s technology in the market. These factors and other factors which may affect future operating results or DSP Group’s stock price are discussed under “RISK FACTORS” in the Form 10-K for fiscal 2015, as well as other reports DSP Group has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and which are available on DSP Group’s website (www.dspg.com) under Investor Relations. DSP Group assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

About DSP Group
DSP Group®, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG) is a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications. Delivering semiconductor system solutions with software and hardware reference designs, DSP Group enables OEMs/ODMs, consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers and service providers to cost-effectively develop new revenue-generating products with fast time to market. At the forefront of semiconductor innovation and operational excellence for over two decades, DSP Group provides a broad portfolio of wireless chipsets integrating DECT/CAT-iq, ULE, Wi-Fi, PSTN, HDClear™, video and VoIP technologies. DSP Group enables converged voice, audio, video and data connectivity across diverse mobile, consumer and enterprise products – from mobile devices, connected multimedia screens, and home automation & security to cordless phones, VoIP systems, and home gateways. Leveraging industry-leading experience and expertise, DSP Group partners with CE manufacturers and service providers to shape the future of converged communications at home, office and on the go. For more information, visit www.dspg.com.             

DSP GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
      2016       2015  
    (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
       
Revenues   $ 27,659     $ 38,035  
Cost of revenues     15,942       22,500  
      ---------       ---------  
Gross profit     11,717       15,535  
Operating expenses:      
Research and development, net     8,889       9,116  
Sales and marketing     3,392       3,063  
General and administrative     2,283       2,521  
Amortization of intangible assets     321       321  
      ---------       ---------  
Total operating expenses     14,885       15,021  
      ---------       ---------  
Operating income (loss)     (3,168 )     514  
       
Financial income, net     292       335  
      ---------       ---------  
Income (loss) before taxes on income    
  (2,876

)
   
849

 
Taxes on income     37       76  
      ---------       ---------  
Net income (loss)   $   (2,913 )   $   773  
Net earnings (loss) per share:      
Basic   $ (0.13 )   $ 0.03  
Diluted   $ (0.13 )   $ 0.03  
       
Weighted average number of shares used in per share computations of net earnings per share:      
Basic     21,711       22,167  
Diluted     21,711       23,885  


Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
  (In thousands, except per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
      2016       2015      
    Unaudited Unaudited    
GAAP net income (loss)   $ (2,913 )   $ 773      
Equity-based compensation expense included in cost of revenues     61       70      
Equity-based compensation expense included in research and development, net     426       538      
Equity-based compensation expense included in sales and marketing     131       152      
Equity-based compensation expense included in general and administrative     367       493      
Amortization of intangible assets     321       321      
Amortization of deferred tax liability related to intangible assets     (80 )     (85 )    
Non-GAAP net income (loss)   $  (1,687 )   $ 2,262      
           
Weighted-average number of common stock used in computation of GAAP diluted net earnings per share (in thousands)     21,711       23,885      
Weighted-average number of shares related to outstanding options, stock appreciation rights and restricted share units (in thousands)     -       351      
Weighted-average number of common stock used in computation of non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share (in thousands)     21,711       24,236      
           
GAAP diluted net earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.13 )   $ 0.03      
Equity-based compensation expense     0.05       0.06      
Amortization of intangible assets     0.01       0.01      
Amortization of deferred tax liability related to intangible assets     (0.01 )     (0.01 )    
Non-GAAP diluted net earnings (loss) per share   $   (0.08 )   $ 0.09      


DSP GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
    March 31, December 31,  
      2016       2015     
    (Unaudited) (Audited)  
Assets         
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents
Restricted deposits
  $

10,032
172
    $

13,704
168
   
Marketable securities and short term deposits     19,028       18,070    
Trade receivables, net     19,511       19,211    
Inventories     13,483       11,453    
Other accounts receivable and prepaid expenses     3,365       3,319    
Total current assets
    65,591       65,925    
                   
Property and equipment, net     4,008       3,764    
                   
Long term marketable securities and deposits     85,902       89,714    
Severance pay fund     12,003       11,578    
Deferred income taxes     1,389       1,311    
Intangible assets, net     8,806       9,127    
Investment in other companies     1,800       1,800    
Long term prepaid expenses and lease deposits       816          743     
      110,716       114,273    
Total assets
  $ 180,315     $ 183,962    
       
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:        
Trade payables   $ 12,980     $ 13,103    
Other current liabilities     12,691       14,470    
Total current liabilities     25,671       27,573    
         
Accrued severance pay     12,195       11,703    
Accrued pensions     928       892    
Deferred income taxes     396       476    
Total long term liabilities     13,519       13,071    
         
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock     22       22    
Additional paid-in capital     362,008       361,023    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (584 )     (1,267 )  
Less – Cost of treasury stock     (124,212 )     (125,697 )  
Accumulated deficit     (96,109 )     (90,763 )  
Total stockholders’ equity     141,125       143,318    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 180,315     $ 183,962    


Contact:
DSP Group Inc.
Dror Levy, CFO
Work: 1-408-240-6844
Dror.Levy@dspg.com

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