Strong Start to 2022 with Record Quarterly Revenue Driven by Solid Demand Across All Markets
HOD HASHARON, ISRAEL, May 11, 2022 – Valens Semiconductor Ltd. (NYSE: VLN), a premier provider of high-speed connectivity solutions for the automotive and audio-video markets, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
“In the first quarter of 2022, Valens Semiconductor reported the company’s highest ever quarterly revenues of $21.6 million, up 62% from Q1 2021, as we delivered on strong demand from customers in our audio-video and automotive markets,” said Gideon Ben-Zvi, CEO of Valens Semiconductor. “Interest for our market leading audio-video solutions continues to build across all geographic regions and is expanding into new applications within multiple verticals – corporate, education, government, industrial, and medical. In our emerging automotive segment, we continue to make inroads as Valens continues to grow its automotive revenues, and we are receiving positive feedback from prospective customers and partners evaluating our next generation MIPI A-PHY compliant VA7000 chipset. Since December 2021, we have been shipping engineering samples to a growing number of automotive OEMs, Tier 1s and Tier 2 partners. With our automotive product portfolio of the non-symmetric VA7000 chipset and the symmetric VA6000 chipset family, installed in vehicles today, Valens Semiconductor is a one-stop-shop for in-vehicle wired high-speed connectivity required by OEMs.
“As a result of the better than anticipated start to 2022 and our outlook for the rest of the year, we are raising our full year 2022 guidance. Our continued success and ability to capitalize on the significant secular growth trends in both our served automotive and audio-video markets demonstrate once again why we believe Valens is well-positioned to create long-term value for our stakeholders.”
Key Financial and Business Highlights
- Record quarterly revenues of $21.6 million, up 61.8% from Q1 2021 and up 4.3% from Q4 2021
- Q1 2022 GAAP gross margin was 71.4% compared to 71.3% in Q1 2021 (non-GAAP gross margin was 71% compared to 71.8% in Q1 2021)
- Q1 2022 GAAP Net Loss was $(1) million, better than the $(6.4) million in Q1 2021, and Adjusted EBITDA loss in the first quarter was $(4.1) million, compared with $(4.3) million in Q1 2021
- Increased the number of OEMs, Tier 1s and Tier 2s evaluating the company’s MIPI A-PHY VA7000 chipset to more than 30, doubling OEMs to eight
- Announced partnership with OMNIVISION, a leading Tier 2 supplier for in-vehicle camera sensors, for a MIPI A-PHY compliant camera solution for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications
- Joined the Logitech Collaboration Program to develop a solution using Valens technology and products in Logitech’s USB peripheral suite of products for both onsite and remote hybrid settings, e.g., in classrooms and corporate meeting rooms
- Increased demand for the Stello VS3000, Valens’ newest audio-video product family, with leading audio-video manufacturers embedding it in additional products, addressing various end-markets
- Met all demand from customers, in a severely supply constrained environment
- Strong balance sheet with $165.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposits as of March 31, 2022
Second Quarter and Full Year 2022 Outlook
“Q1 was a strong start to the year, positioning us for a better than originally anticipated 2022,” said Dror Heldenberg, CFO of Valens Semiconductor.
“Valens is introducing second quarter 2022 guidance. Revenue is expected to range between $21.6 million and $22.0 million. Gross margins are expected to range between 66.3% and 67.3%, and Adjusted EBITDA loss is expected to be in the range of $(9.8) million to $(8.8) million.
“We are also raising our revenue, gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA guidance for the full year 2022. The company now expects revenue to range between $86.5 million and $88.0 million, up from a range of between $83.0 million and $85.0 million. Most of this increase is attributed to audio-video, while also essentially doubling the automotive revenue from the full year 2021. Gross margins are expected to range between 66.0% and 67.3%, and Adjusted EBITDA loss is expected to be in the range of $(37.2) million to $(35.5) million,” concluded Heldenberg.
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.
Conference Call Information
Valens will host a conference call today, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its first quarter 2022 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’ 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’ website shortly after the call concludes.
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About Valens Semiconductor
Valens Semiconductor pushes the boundaries of connectivity by enabling long-reach, high-speed video and data transmission for the Automotive and Audio-Video 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’ 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 new industry standard for high-speed in-vehicle connectivity. For more, visit https://www.valens.com/.
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