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GSI Technology, Inc. Reports Third-Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 28, 2016) -  GSI Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSIT) today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015.

The Company reported a net loss of $(819,000) or $(0.04) per diluted share, on net revenues of $12.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to net income of $148,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, on net revenues of $14.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 and a net loss of $(347,000) or $(0.02) per diluted share, on net revenues of $13.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, ended September 30, 2015. Gross margin was 49.4% compared to 46.7% in the prior year period and 50.9% in the preceding second quarter.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $7.9 million, compared to $7.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 and $7.2 million in the preceding second quarter. Research and development expenses were $2.8 million, compared to $2.9 million in the prior year period and $2.9 million in the preceding quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses, which include litigation-related expenses, were up year-over-year to $5.2 million compared to $4.5 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2014, and up sequentially from $4.3 million in the preceding quarter. 

Litigation-related expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $2.4 million, up from $1.6 million in the previous quarter and $1.8 million in the same period a year ago. Litigation-related expenses in the third quarter were incurred in connection with the preparation for and conduct of the trial of a commercial and trade secret lawsuit against United Memories, Inc. ("UMI") and Integrated Silicon Solutions, Inc. ("ISSI"). As previously reported, the trial began on October 26, 2015 and concluded on November 25, 2015 with mixed results. 

Lee-Lean Shu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, noted, "Our net revenues and gross margin came in within the range of guidance that we had provided earlier in the third quarter. As in the last several quarters, our gross margin came in above our operating model at 49.4%, fueled by a continuing favorable mix of higher margin products. During the third quarter, we continued to see slowness in the telecommunications and networking markets and continued weak sales in Asia. Also, as expected, we again incurred substantial litigation-related expenses as we prepared for and conducted the trial in the UMI/ISSI case. Excluding the impact of litigation-related expenses, our bottom line for the third quarter would have been net income of $1.5 million rather than a $819,000 net loss. The trial of this case is now concluded, and we anticipate substantially reduced legal expenses in coming quarters. This lengthy litigation has also constituted a major distraction for our management team, and its conclusion will allow the team to focus its attention on maintaining our leadership position in the high speed SRAM segment, expanding into the low-latency DRAM space as shipments of our LLDRAMs increase, and developing the associative computing technology we acquired from MikaMonu during the third quarter. We see greatly expanded opportunities in big data, computer vision and cyber security as we develop products utilizing this new IP." 

Sales to Alcatel-Lucent were $4.8 million, or 37.1% of net revenues, during the third quarter, compared to $3.5 million, or 25.6% of net revenues, in the prior quarter and $3.2 million, or 22.8% of net revenues, in the same period a year ago. Third-quarter direct and indirect sales to Cisco Systems were $1.1 million, or 8.9% of net revenues, compared to $1.1 million, or 7.9% of net revenues, in the prior quarter, and $2.0 million, or 13.9% of net revenues, in the same period a year ago. Military/defense sales were 15.8% of shipments compared to 24.7% of shipments in the prior quarter and 24.3% of shipments in the comparable period a year ago. SigmaQuad sales were 54.9% of shipments compared to 54.2% in the prior quarter and 40.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Third-quarter fiscal 2016 operating loss was $(1.6 million), compared to operating losses of $(297,000) in the prior quarter and $(654,000) a year ago. The third-quarter fiscal 2016 net loss included interest and other income of $89,000 and a tax benefit of $652,000, compared to $101,000 in interest and other income and a tax benefit of $701,000 a year ago; in the preceding quarter, net loss included interest and other expense, net of $21,000 and a tax provision of $29,000.

Total third-quarter pre-tax stock-based compensation expense was $414,000 compared to $498,000 in the prior quarter and $390,000 in the comparable quarter a year ago.

At December 31, 2015, the Company had $50.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $15.5 million in long-term investments. 

Stock Repurchase Program

Our Board of Directors has authorized us to repurchase, at management's discretion, shares of our common stock. On August 20, 2013, the Board increased the dollar value of shares that may be repurchased by $10 million. Under the repurchase program, we may repurchase shares from time to time on the open market or in private transactions. The specific timing and amount of the repurchases will be dependent on market conditions, securities law limitations and other factors. The repurchase program may be suspended or terminated at any time without prior notice. During the quarter ended December 31, 2015, we repurchased 239,508 shares at an average cost of $4.21 per share for a total cost of $1.0 million. To date, the Company has repurchased a total of 9,546,446 shares at an average cost of $5.30 per share for a total cost of $50.6 million, including 3,846,153 shares acquired for purchase, at a purchase price of $6.50 per share, under a modified "Dutch auction" self-tender offer completed in August 2014. At December 31, 2015, management was authorized to repurchase additional shares of our common stock with a value of up to $4.4 million under the repurchase program. 

Outlook for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2016

Looking forward to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, we currently expect net revenues to be in the range of $12.2 million to $13.2 million. We expect gross margin of approximately 48% to 50% in the fourth quarter. 

Conference Call

GSI Technology will review its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 and discuss its current business outlook during a conference call at 1:30 p.m. Pacific (4:30 p.m. Eastern) today, January 28, 2016. To listen to the teleconference, please call toll-free 888-510-1785 approximately 10 minutes prior to the above start time and provide Conference ID 865353. You may also listen to the teleconference live via the Internet at www.gsitechnology.com, where it will be archived.

About GSI Technology

Founded in 1995, GSI Technology, Inc. is a provider of high performance semiconductor memory solutions to networking, industrial, medical, aerospace and military customers. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has sales offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.gsitechnology.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding GSI Technology's expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to GSI Technology as of the date hereof, and GSI Technology assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include those associated with fluctuations in GSI Technology's operating results; GSI Technology's historical dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and fluctuations in the mix of customers and products in any period; the rapidly evolving markets for GSI Technology's products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; the need to develop and introduce new products to offset the historical decline in the average unit selling price of GSI Technology's products; the challenges of rapid growth followed by periods of contraction; intensive competition; and the integration of the operations of MikaMonu, including potential problems, delays or unanticipated costs that may be encountered in the development of products based on the MikaMonu technology and the establishment of new markets and customer relationships for the sale of such products. Further information regarding these and other risks relating to GSI Technology's business is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in such filings.

         
GSI TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
                     
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    Dec. 31,   Sept. 30,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
    2015   2015   2014   2015   2014
                               
Net revenues   $ 12,921   $ 13,577   $ 14,227   $ 40,523   $ 40,435
Cost of goods sold     6,535     6,660     7,577     19,925     21,785
                               
Gross profit     6,386     6,917     6,650     20,598     18,650
                               
Operating expenses:                              
                               
  Research & development     2,782     2,940     2,850     8,720     8,869
  Selling, general and administrative     5,164     4,274     4,454     14,743     12,945
    Total operating expenses     7,946     7,214     7,304     23,463     21,814
                               
Operating loss     (1,560)     (297)     (654)     (2,865)     (3,164)
                               
Interest and other income (expense), net     89     (21)     101     184     284
                               
Income (loss) before income taxes     (1,471)     (318)     (553)     (2,681)     (2,880)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes     (652)     29     (701)     (598)     (632)
Net Income (loss)   $ (819)   $ (347)   $ 148   $ (2,083)   $ (2,248)
                               
                               
Net income (loss) per share, basic   $ (0.04)   $ (0.02)   $ 0.01   $ (0.09)   $ (0.09)
Net inocme (loss) per share, diluted   $ (0.04)   $ (0.02)   $ 0.01   $ (0.09)   $ (0.09)
                               
Weighted-average shares used in computing per share amounts:                              
                               
Basic     22,612     22,676     23,738     22,743     25,591
Diluted     22,612     22,676     24,325     22,743     25,591
                               
                               
Stock-based compensation included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations:
                               
      Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
      Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,
      2015     2015     2014     2015     2014
                               
Cost of goods sold   $ 85   $ 87   $ 93   $ 242   $ 296
Research & development     208     224     220     649     709
Selling, general and administrative     121     187     77     496     528
    $ 414   $ 498   $ 390   $ 1,387   $ 1,533
                               
                               
Litigation related expenses included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations:      
                               
      Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
      Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,
      2015     2015     2014     2015     2014
                               
Selling, general and administrative   $ 2,373   $ 1,553   $ 1,804   $ 6,434   $ 5,067
                               

GSI Technology, Inc.
Douglas M. Schirle
Chief Financial Officer
408-331-9802

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David Fore or Brett Maas
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