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Sigma Designs, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/05/12 -- Sigma Designs®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leader in connected media platforms, today reported financial results and business highlights for its third fiscal quarter ended October 27, 2012.

Net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $63.9 million, down $4.4 million, or 6%, from $68.3 million reported in the previous quarter and up $24.2 million, or 61%, from $39.7 million reported for the same period last year.

GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $39.5 million, or $1.18 per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the previous quarter and GAAP net loss of $121.6 million, or $3.78 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $9.1 million, or $0.27 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the previous quarter and non-GAAP net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, during the same period one year ago. Non-GAAP adjustments for the third quarter consisted of $2.0 million in amortization expense for acquired intangibles related to acquisitions, $2.5 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, $1.1 million of inventory mark-up, $0.8 million in restructuring expense associated with our cost reduction program, $5.7 million settlement payment, $17.9 million reserve against our deferred income tax assets and $0.4 million in expenses associated with our acquisition of Trident's DTV business. The reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP net income (loss) for all referenced periods is provided in a table immediately following the GAAP financial tables below.

Management Comment
"Sigma is strictly focused and committed to returning to profitability in Q1 and to that end we continue to drive our $45 million cost reduction plan to achieve this goal," said Thinh Tran, CEO of Sigma Designs. "Accordingly, the Company has taken and will continue to take the steps necessary to reach profitability in our first quarter of fiscal 2014 including the natural synergies we are pursuing in the merger of our media processor and DTV research and development expenses. We have executed the initial phase of our cost reduction and reorganization plan by reducing headcount by 44 employees in North America resulting in annual savings of $6.3 million. As we proceed with our strategy of combining our media processor development and support teams with the DTV team acquired from Trident, we have identified significant cost efficiencies to be achieved by converging on a single technology platform to serve both markets. As previously announced, additional operating expense reductions of $33.7 million will become effective at the beginning of fiscal 2014. This will be accompanied by product cost reductions totaling $5.0 million for fiscal 2014."

Recent Highlights

  • We announced the launch of our SMP8680 series of media processors with integrated HPNA home connectivity for IPTV and hybrid Set-Top Boxes (STBs). These media processors also feature 3D video, integrated graphics processing, video scaling, DDR3 memory support, customizable UI and a power efficient CPU that can deliver Over-the-Top (OTT) content.
  • We announced a collaboration with European market leader LEA® to provide the first-to-market over-the-top thin client set top box with HomePlug AV powerline connectivity, ensuring Plug and Play installation and unmatched data transfer quality. LEA's new NetPlayer HD® is powered by Sigma Designs' SMP8671 secure media processor and CG2210 chipset HomePlug® AV modem with ClearPath™ technology.
  • We announced that Devolo®, the European leader in Powerline communication (PLC) solutions, has selected Sigma's CG2210 HomePlug AV® as the basis for their new Powerline 200 AV Diversity+ adaptor. The CG2210 chipset with ClearPath™ technology supports diversity technology by enabling the additional use of the protective ground wire, creating multiple transmission channels for improving overall throughput, higher robustness and better coverage.
  • We announced that Comtrend's PG9141s Powerline Single Port Adapter, which is based on Sigma's HomePlug AV® chipset, has won the 2012 Communications Technologies Platinum Award in home networking announced at the 2012 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

Investor Conference Call
The conference call relating to Sigma's third quarter fiscal 2013 results will take place following this announcement at 5:00 PM ET today, December 5, 2012. Investors will have the opportunity to listen live to the conference call via the Internet through www.sigmadesigns.com/IR or www.earnings.com. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson StreetEvents at www.streetevents.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 10 minutes early to register and download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call via the internet through www.sigmadesigns.com/IR or www.earnings.com. The audio replay will be available for one week after the call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Sigma reports non-GAAP net income, which excludes amortization of acquired intangibles and developed technologies, stock-based compensation, the mark-up on purchased inventory sold during the period, acquisition-related expenses, restructuring charges, a settlement payment, write-down of acquisition-related goodwill and intangible assets, the reserve of deferred income tax assets and the gain upon acquisition of the DTV business that Sigma recognized in accordance with GAAP. Sigma believes that its non-GAAP net income provides useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. Sigma also believes the non-GAAP measures provide useful supplemental information for investors to evaluate its operating results in the same manner as the research analysts that follow Sigma, all of whom present non-GAAP projections in their published reports. As such, the non-GAAP measures provided by Sigma facilitate a more direct comparison of its performance with the financial projections published by the analysts as well as its competitors, many of whom report financial results on a non-GAAP basis. The economic substance behind its decision to use such non-GAAP measures is that such measures approximate its controllable operating performance more closely than the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. For example, Sigma's management has no control over certain variables that have a major influence in the determination of stock-based compensation such as the volatility of its stock price and changing interest rates. Sigma believes that all of these excluded expenses do not accurately reflect the underlying performance of its continuing operations for the period in which they are incurred, even though some of these excluded items may be incurred and reflected in Sigma's GAAP financial results in the foreseeable future.

The material limitation associated with the use of the non-GAAP financial measures is that the non-GAAP measures do not reflect the full economic impact of Sigma's activities. Sigma's non-GAAP net income is not prepared in accordance with GAAP, is not an alternative to GAAP financial information, and may be calculated differently than non-GAAP financial information disclosed by other companies. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on non-GAAP information.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about taking the steps necessary to reach profitability in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, becoming profitable in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the amount of the anticipated savings from Sigma's expense reduction efforts and the anticipated features, benefits and market acceptance of Sigma's products. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, the risk that, upon completion of further closing procedures, the financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 are different than the results set forth in this press release, general economic conditions, including continuance of the current economic conditions specific to the semiconductor industry, the ability to recognize the anticipated savings from our restructuring efforts, the rate of growth of the IPTV, connected home technologies, digital TV, connected media player and prosumer and industrial audio/video markets in general, Sigma's integration of the assets and employees related to the DTV business it recently acquired from Trident Microsystems, Inc., the ramp in demand from Sigma's set-top box, television and telecommunication customers, Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma products in these markets, the ability of Sigma's SoCs to compete with other technologies or products in these emerging markets, the risk that such products will not gain widespread acceptance, or will be rendered obsolete, by product offerings of competitors or by alternative technologies, the risk that anticipated design wins will not materialize and that actual design wins will not translate into launched product offerings, and other risks detailed from time to time in Sigma's SEC reports, including Sigma's quarterly report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on September 10, 2012. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Sigma undertakes no obligation to publicly release or otherwise disclose the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements that may be made as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a leader in connected media platforms. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's leading IPTV set-top boxes, connected televisions, connected media players, residential gateways, home control systems and more. For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit www.sigmadesigns.com.

                             SIGMA DESIGNS, INC.
                               (In thousands)
                                                     October 27, January 28,
                                                         2012        2012
                                                     ----------- -----------

Current Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                          $    49,331 $    44,283
  Short-term marketable securities                        17,366      42,134
  Restricted cash                                          1,768       1,769
  Accounts receivable, net                                37,872      21,180
  Inventories                                             30,529      22,037
  Deferred tax assets                                      2,170       4,832
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets               23,515       7,234
                                                     ----------- -----------
    Total current assets                                 162,551     143,469

Long-term marketable securities                           30,403      62,022
Software, equipment and leasehold improvements, net       21,699      19,609
Intangible assets, net                                    44,349      45,656
Deferred tax assets, net of current portion                  874      16,595
Long-term investments                                      6,445       6,443
Other non-current assets                                   6,112       3,430
                                                     ----------- -----------

    Total assets                                     $   272,433 $   297,224
                                                     =========== ===========

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current Liabilities:
  Accounts payable                                   $    22,482 $     8,438
  Accrued liabilities                                     42,116      24,081
                                                     ----------- -----------
    Total current liabilities                             64,598      32,519

  Other long-term liabilities                             15,096      16,230
                                                     ----------- -----------
    Total liabilities                                     79,694      48,749

Shareholders' equity                                     192,739     248,475
                                                     ----------- -----------

    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity       $   272,433 $   297,224
                                                     =========== ===========

                            SIGMA DESIGNS, INC.
                   (In thousands, except per share data)

                             Three months ended          Nine months ended
                      -------------------------------  --------------------
                       October   July 28,    October    October    October
                       27, 2012     2012     29, 2011   27, 2012   29, 2011
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net revenue           $  63,905  $  68,251  $  39,725  $ 172,414  $ 147,051
Cost of revenue          38,422     37,671     21,723     95,256     86,263
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Gross profit             25,483     30,580     18,002     77,158     60,788
Gross margin percent       39.9%      44.8%      45.3%      44.8%      41.3%

Operating expenses:
  Research and
   development           26,741     27,975     21,633     76,505     65,034
  Sales and marketing    12,774      7,795      8,545     27,457     25,475
  General and
   administrative         6,007      9,489      4,828     21,875     15,460
  Gain on acquisition       ---     (1,417)       ---     (1,417)       ---
   charges                  821        ---        ---        821        ---
  Write-down of
   intangible assets
   and acquired in-
   process R&D              ---        ---    111,278        ---    111,278
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total operating
     expenses            46,343     43,842    146,284    125,241    217,247

Loss from operations    (20,860)   (13,262)  (128,282)   (48,083)  (156,459)
Interest and other
 income (expense),
 net                        299        242        542      1,032      2,095
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Loss before income
 taxes                  (20,561)   (13,020)  (127,740)   (47,051)  (154,364)
Provision for
 (benefit from)
income taxes             18,890        398     (6,165)    19,520     (5,157)
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net loss              $ (39,451) $ (13,418) $(121,575) $ (66,571) $(149,207)
                      =========  =========  =========  =========  =========

Net loss per share:
  Basic               $   (1.18) $   (0.41) $   (3.78) $   (2.02) $   (4.67)
  Diluted             $   (1.18) $   (0.41) $   (3.78) $   (2.02) $   (4.67)

Shares used in
 computing net loss
 per share:
  Basic                  33,383     33,052     32,139     33,032     31,928
  Diluted                33,383     33,052     32,139     33,032     31,928

                            SIGMA DESIGNS, INC.
                   (In thousands, except per share data)

                             Three months ended          Nine months ended
                      -------------------------------  --------------------
                       October   July 28,    October    October    October
                       27, 2012     2012     29, 2011   27, 2012   29, 2011
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
GAAP net loss         $ (39,451) $ (13,418) $(121,575) $ (66,571) $(149,207)

Items reconciling
 GAAP net loss to
 non-GAAP net loss:
  Included in cost of
     compensation          (130)      (133)      (123)      (380)      (352)
    Amortization of
     intangibles         (1,591)    (1,590)    (2,701)    (4,676)    (8,066)
     expenses              (101)       ---        ---       (101)       ---
    Mark-up on
     acquired in
     sold during the
     period              (1,078)    (2,529)        (3)    (3,607)       (71)
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
      Total related
       to cost of
       revenue           (2,900)    (4,252)    (2,827)    (8,764)    (8,489)

  Included in operating
    Research and
       compensation      (1,375)    (1,508)    (1,544)    (4,346)    (4,760)
      Amortization of
       intangibles          (34)       (33)       (31)      (100)       (98)
       expenses             ---     (1,417)       ---     (1,417)       ---
    Sales and
       compensation        (457)      (483)      (475)    (1,412)    (1,634)
      Amortization of
       intangibles         (360)      (360)    (2,033)    (1,082)    (6,086)
       Payment           (5,700)       ---        ---     (5,700)       ---
       expenses             ---       (257)       ---       (257)       ---
    General and
       compensation        (539)      (626)      (664)    (1,940)    (2,387)
       expenses            (251)    (1,781)       ---     (2,501)       (89)

     charges               (821)       ---        ---       (821)       ---
    Gain on
     acquisition            ---      1,417        ---      1,417        ---
    Write-down of
     related goodwill
     and intangible
     assets                 ---        ---   (111,278)       ---   (111,278)
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
        Total related
         to operating
         expenses        (9,537)    (5,050)  (116,025)   (18,159)  (126,332)
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

    Deferred tax
     assets             (17,932)       ---        ---    (17,932)       ---
    Net effect of
     adjustments        (30,369)    (9,302)  (118,852)   (44,855)  (134,821)
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Non-GAAP net loss     $  (9,082) $  (4,116) $  (2,723) $ (21,716) $ (14,386)
                      =========  =========  =========  =========  =========

Non-GAAP net loss per
 diluted share        $   (0.27) $   (0.12) $   (0.08) $   (0.66) $   (0.45)

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