Valens Semiconductor Reports First Quarter 2023 Results
May 10, 2023
Delivered Record Quarterly Revenue with Growing Contribution from Automotive
HOD HASHARON, ISRAEL, May 10, 2023 – Valens Semiconductor Ltd. (NYSE: VLN), a premier provider of high-speed connectivity solutions for the audio-video and automotive markets, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023.
“Valens Semiconductor revenues reached a record of $23.9 million dollars in the first quarter of 2023, and we also achieved better than anticipated profitability metrics,” said Gideon Ben-Zvi, CEO of Valens Semiconductor.
“Turning to our business segments, our automotive business continued to demonstrate resiliency, with our VA6000 chipset deployments in Mercedes-Benz cars. The bids we are participating in with several automotive OEMS for the deployment of the VA7000 chipset family, our high-speed connectivity solution required for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), are moving along well and we remain on track to announce our first design wins this year. In the audio-video segment, we taped out our newest product, the VS6320 chipset. Conversations with prospective customers for the VS6320 continue to progress and we expect relatively quick adoption by them. We anticipate first engineering samples to be shipped by the fourth quarter of this year, and we believe our customers will introduce their new products embedding the VS6320 during the second half of 2024.
“While we are confident that we will continue the progress made in the first quarter into another successful quarter, we are all facing a heightened level of uncertainty due to dynamics such as inflation and rising interest rates as we look to the rest of the year. At Valens Semiconductor, we remain focused on those elements in our control. We are executing our long-term growth strategy while driving financial discipline and operational excellence – and are emphasizing opportunities that we believe will deliver value to all stakeholders,” concluded Ben-Zvi.
Key Financial and Business Highlights
- Record quarterly revenues. First quarter revenues reached $23.9 million, up 10.5% from the first quarter of 2022, and up 1.7% from the fourth quarter of 2022
- GAAP gross margin was 66.1% for the first quarter 2023 (non-GAAP gross margin was 67.2%)
- Q1 2023 GAAP Net Loss was $(5.4) million, compared to $(5.1) million in Q1 2022, and Adjusted EBITDA Loss in Q1 2023 was $(2.9) million, compared to $(4.1) million in Q1 2022
- Strong balance sheet as of March 31, 2023, with working capital of $161.4 million, including $139.7 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposits, and no debt
- Leveraged the Company’s disruptive connectivity offerings across both business segments – audio-video and automotive
- Audio-video: Taped out the VS6320 chipset, a key milestone in the manufacture and availability of this product, which is aimed at long reach extension of USB3.2
- Automotive: Continue to progress with several automotive OEM bids for the VA7000, and remain on track to announce first design wins this year
Disclaimer: Valens Semiconductor does not provide GAAP net profit (loss) guidance as certain elements of net profit (loss), including share-based compensation expenses and warrant valuations, are not predictable due to the high variability and difficulty of making accurate forecasts. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See the tables below for additional information regarding this and other non-GAAP metrics used in this release.
“We exceeded the high end of our revenue, gross margin, and Adjusted EBITDA guidance for Q1 2023,” said Dror Heldenberg, CFO of Valens Semiconductor.
“For the second quarter of 2023, revenues are expected to range between $23.9 million and $24.1 million. Gross margin is expected to range between 61.0% and 62.0%, reflecting the higher portion of revenues from our automotive business. Adjusted EBITDA loss is expected to be in the range of $(4.3) million to $(3.7) million.
“For the full year 2023, the company’s guidance remains unchanged. Revenues are expected to range between $97 million and $100 million. We keep following the trends in the semiconductor industry, such as lead times for materials which appear to be shortening. We are also closely monitoring our bookings and backlog, as inventory digestion by our customers appears to be slower than originally anticipated. While we are not currently providing specific guidance for third quarter revenue, we are now expecting it to be lower than the second quarter. Gross margin for the full year 2023 is expected to range between 62.0% and 62.7%. Adjusted EBITDA loss in 2023 is expected to be in the range of $(15.4) million to $(13.6) million. We remain on track to achieve Adjusted EBITDA breakeven by the end of 2023 and expect the Company to be cashflow positive starting in 2024.”
Conference Call Information
Valens Semiconductor will host a conference call today, Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its first quarter 2023 financial results and business outlook. To access this call, dial (at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time) +1 (888) 642-5032 (U.S.), 0 (800) 917-5108 (UK), 03 918 0609 (Israel) or +972 3 918 0609 (all other locations).
A live webcast of the conference call will be available via the investor relations section of Valens Semiconductor’s website at Valens – Financials – Quarterly Results. The live webcast can also be accessed by clicking here. A replay of the conference call will be available on Valens Semiconductor’s website shortly after the call concludes.
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Valens Semiconductor pushes the boundaries of connectivity by enabling long-reach, high-speed video and data transmission for the Audio-Video and Automotive industries. Valens’ HDBaseT® technology is the leading standard in the Audio-Video market with tens of millions of Valens’ chipsets integrated into thousands of products in a wide range of applications. Valens Semiconductor’s Automotive chipsets are deployed in systems manufactured by leading customers and are on the road in vehicles around the world. Valens is a key enabler of the evolution of ADAS and autonomous driving and its advanced technology is the basis for the MIPI A-PHY industry standard for high-speed in-vehicle connectivity. For more information, visit https://www.valens.com/.
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