Immersion Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Results

Conference Call Information

Immersion will host a conference call with company management on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time) to discuss financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2014. To participate on the live call, analysts and investors should dial +1 888-427-9419 (conference ID: 8533089) at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call. A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available for 90 days within the investor relations section of Immersion’s corporate Web site at www.immersion.com.

About Immersion ( www.immersion.com)

Founded in 1993, Immersion (NASDAQ: IMMR) is the leading innovator in haptic technology; the company's touch feedback solutions deliver a more compelling sense of the digital world. Using Immersion's high-fidelity haptic systems, partners can transform user experiences with unique and customizable touch feedback effects; excite the senses in games, videos and music; restore "mechanical" feel by providing intuitive and unmistakable confirmation; improve safety by reducing distractions while driving; provide realistic touch feedback when performing robotic medical procedures and training simulations; and expand usability when audio and visual feedback are ineffective. Immersion's TouchSense technology provides haptics in mobile phone, automotive, gaming, medical, and consumer electronics products from world-class companies. With approximately 1,900 issued or pending patents in the U.S., China and other countries, Immersion helps bring the digital universe to life. Hear what we have to say at  blog.immersion.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Immersion reports all financial information required in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but it believes that evaluating its ongoing operating results may be difficult to understand if limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Immersion discloses this non-GAAP information, such as Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income per diluted share, because it is useful in understanding the company’s performance as it excludes certain non-cash expenses and other special charges that many investors feel may obscure the company’s true operating performance. Likewise, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to manage and assess the profitability of its business. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of Immersion Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

All statements, other than the statements of historical fact, are statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the statement regarding positioning Immersion to capitalize on exciting market opportunities and a growing market awareness that Immersion’s touch technologies can bring richness and realism to advanced user interfaces in a wide variety of emerging industries and our expectation that revenues for 2015 will be in the range of $56 million to $60 million and non-GAAP net income for 2015 will be in the range of $4 million to $8 million.

Immersion’s actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with Immersion’s business, which include, but are not limited to, potential and actual claims and proceedings, including litigation involving Immersion’s intellectual property; delay in or failure to achieve commercial demand for Immersion’s or its licensees’ products; a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of force feedback as a critical user experience; unexpected difficulties in monetizing the patent portfolio; the commercial success of applications or devices into which Immersion’s technology is licensed; potentially lengthy sales cycles and design processes; unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered in development efforts; unexpected costs; failure to retain key personnel; competition; the inherently uncertain nature of litigation which makes future outcomes and timing difficult to predict; the impact of global economic conditions and other factors. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the control of Immersion.

For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk factors listed in Immersion’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Immersion’s beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. Immersion disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after the date of this release.

Immersion, the Immersion logo, TouchSense, TouchSense TS3000, and TouchSense Engage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Immersion Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” in this press release does not mean a legal partner or legal partnership.

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Immersion Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013
(Unaudited) (1)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,380 $ 14,136
Short-term investments 42,981 56,976
Accounts and other receivables, net 3,021 598
Deferred income taxes 9,377 7,784
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   845   690  
Total current assets 70,604 80,184
 
Property and equipment, net 1,207 944
Deferred income tax assets 25,419 29,066
Intangibles and other assets, net   291   381  
 
TOTAL ASSETS $ 97,521 $ 110,575  
 
LIABILITIES
Accounts payable $ 669 $ 682
Accrued compensation 1,906 4,680
Other current liabilities 2,225 1,653
Deferred revenue   7,779   8,920  
Total current liabilities 12,579 15,935
 
Long-term deferred revenue 7,827 13,441
Other long-term liabilities   512   528  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 20,918 29,904
 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   76,603   80,671  
 

TOTAL LIABILITIES &

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 97,521 $ 110,575  
 
(1) Derived from Immersion’s annual audited consolidated financial statements.
 
       
Immersion Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Twelve Months
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
      (1)
Revenues:
Royalty and license $ 13,331 $ 11,574 $ 51,804 $ 46,154
Product sales 0 61 0 105
Development, services, and other   288     432     1,133     1,211  
Total revenues   13,619     12,067     52,937     47,470  
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues 135 76 460 462
Sales and marketing 3,258 2,646 10,896 9,338
Research and development 3,011 3,007 11,793 10,883
General and administrative 6,009 5,671 23,754 23,104
Amortization of intangibles   12     19     67     79  
Total costs and expenses   12,425     11,419     46,970     43,866  
 
Operating Income 1,194 648 5,967 3,604
Interest and other income   245     (12 )   352     68  
 
Income from continuing operations before provision for income taxes 1,439 636 6,319 3,672
 
Benefit (provision) for income taxes   (422 )   36,767     (2,196 )   36,483  
 
Net Income $ 1,017   $ 37,403   $ 4,123   $ 40,155  
 
Basic net income per share $ 0.04   $ 1.31   $ 0.15   $ 1.42  
Shares used in calculating basic net income per share   27,733     28,614     28,246     28,190  
 
Diluted net income per share $ 0.04   $ 1.26   $ 0.14   $ 1.37  
Shares used in calculating diluted net income per share   28,430     29,675     29,144     29,338  
 
(1) Derived from Immersion’s annual audited consolidated financial statements.
       
Immersion Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Twelve Months
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
2014   2013 2014   2013
 
GAAP Net Income $ 1,017 $ 37,403 $ 4,123 $ 40,155
 
Stock-based compensation   1,237   1,206   5,295   4,644
 
Non-GAAP Net Income $ 2,254 $ 38,609 $ 9,418 $ 44,799
 
Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share $ 0.08 $ 1.30 $ 0.32 $ 1.53
 
Shares used in calculating Non-GAAP Earnings per Share   28,430   29,675   29,144   29,338
 




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