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Netlist Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

November 04, 2019

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Netlist, Inc. (OCTQX: NLST) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2019.

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Net sales for the third quarter ended September 28, 2019 were $6.1 million, compared to net sales of $7.2 million for the quarter ended September 29, 2018.  Gross profit for the quarter ended September 28, 2019 was $0.5 million, or 7.4% of net sales, compared to a gross profit of $0.6 million, or 8.1% of net sales, for the quarter ended September 29, 2018. 

Net loss for the third quarter ended September 28, 2019 was ($3.1) million, or a loss per share of ($0.02), compared to a net loss in the prior year period of ($4.6) million, or a loss per share of ($0.04).  These results include stock-based compensation expense of $0.2 million and $0.2 million for the quarters ended September 28, 2019 and September 29, 2018, respectively.

As of September 28, 2019, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash was $8.6 million, total assets were $17.0 million, working capital was $1.9 million, total debt and accrued interest, net of debt discount, was $18.2 million, and stockholders' deficit was ($11.7) million.

"During the third quarter we grew product revenue sequentially and improved operating performance on both a sequential and year over year basis," said Netlist's Chief Executive Officer, C.K. Hong. "We recently received a favorable Notice of Initial Determination from the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) which represents a major milestone in the multi-year effort to protect our valuable intellectual property."

On October 21, 2019 the ITC issued a Notice of Initial Determination finding that Netlist's standard-essential '907 patent is being infringed by Korean manufacturer SK hynix's sale, sale for importation, and importation into the United States of accused LRDIMM memory modules in violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act.

Conference Call Information
C.K. Hong, Chief Executive Officer, and Gail Sasaki, Chief Financial Officer, will host an investor conference call today, November 4, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review Netlist's results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2019.  The dial-in number for the call is 1-412-317-5443. The live webcast and archived replay of the call can be accessed for 90 days in the Investors section of Netlist's website at www.netlist.com.

About Netlist

Netlist provides high-performance SSDs and modular memory subsystems to enterprise customers in diverse industries.  HybriDIMM™, Netlist's next-generation storage class memory product, addresses the growing need for real-time analytics in Big Data applications, in-memory databases, high-performance computing and advanced data storage solutions. Netlist also manufactures and provides a line of specialty and legacy memory products to storage customers, appliance customers, system builders and cloud and datacenter customers. Netlist holds a portfolio of patents, many seminal, in the areas of hybrid memory, storage class memory, rank multiplication and load reduction. To learn more, visit www.netlist.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical facts and often address future events or Netlist's future performance. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release include statements about Netlist's ability to execute on its strategic initiatives. All forward-looking statements reflect management's present expectations regarding future events and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: risks related to Netlist's plans for its intellectual property, including its strategies for monetizing, licensing, expanding, and defending its patent portfolio; risks associated with patent infringement litigation initiated by Netlist, such as its ongoing proceedings against SK hynix Inc., or by others against Netlist, as well as the costs and unpredictability of any such litigation; risks associated with Netlist's product sales, including the market and demand for products sold by Netlist and its ability to successfully develop and launch new products that are attractive to the market; the success of product, joint development and licensing partnerships, including its relationship with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; the competitive landscape of Netlist's industry; and general economic, political and market conditions. All forward-looking statements reflect management's present assumptions, expectations and beliefs regarding future events and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statements. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in Netlist's annual report on Form 10-K for its most recently completed fiscal year filed on March 22, 2019, and the other filings it makes with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including any subsequently filed quarterly and current reports.  In light of these risks, uncertainties and other factors, these forward-looking statements should not be relied on as predictions of future events. These forward-looking statements represent Netlist's assumptions, expectations and beliefs only as of the date they are made, and except as required by law, Netlist undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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For more information, please contact:




The Plunkett Group

Netlist, Inc.

Mike Smargiassi/Sharon Oh

Gail M. Sasaki

NLST@theplunkettgroup.com 

Chief Financial Officer

(212) 739-6729

(949) 435-0025


 

Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

















(unaudited)







September 28,


December 29,




2019


2018


ASSETS








Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents


$

6,386


$

14,802


Restricted cash



2,250



1,850


Accounts receivable, net



2,488



2,917


Inventories



2,398



2,946


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



703



677


Total current assets



14,225



23,192










Property and equipment, net



313



279


Operating lease right-of-use assets



1,133




Other assets



1,375



1,394


Total assets


$

17,046


$

24,865










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT








Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$

8,520


$

9,497


Revolving line of credit



1,515



2,293


Accrued payroll and related liabilities



475



604


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



808



343


Convertible promissory note and accrued interest, net of debt discounts



997



-


Note payable



-



376


Total current liabilities



12,315



13,113


Convertible promissory notes and accrued interest, net of debt discounts



15,665



17,346


Operating lease liabilities



630




Other liabilities



146



78


Total liabilities



28,756



30,537










Commitments and contingencies
















Stockholders' deficit:








Preferred stock






Common stock



154



139


Additional paid-in capital



173,979



169,355


Accumulated deficit



(185,843)



(175,166)


Total stockholders' deficit



(11,710)



(5,672)


Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit


$

17,046


$

24,865


 

Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)





















Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 28,


September 29,


September 28,


September 29,



2019


2018


2019


2018










Net sales


$    6,116


$    7,203


$   16,733


$   24,508

Cost of sales(1)


5,666


6,617


15,600


23,061

Gross profit 


450


586


1,133


1,447

Operating expenses:









Research and development(1)


583


535


1,738


2,326

Intellectual property legal fees


979


2,760


3,567


6,359

Selling, general and administrative(1)


1,747


1,745


5,724


5,021

Total operating expenses


3,309


5,040


11,029


13,706

Operating loss


(2,859)


(4,454)


(9,896)


(12,259)

Other expense, net:









Interest expense, net


(245)


(183)


(775)


(463)

Other expense, net


(4)


(7)


(5)


(12)

Total other expense, net


(249)


(190)


(780)


(475)

Loss before provision for income taxes 


(3,108)


(4,644)


(10,676)


(12,734)

Provision for income taxes




1


Net loss


$  (3,108)


$  (4,644)


$  (10,677)


$  (12,734)

Net loss per common share:









Basic and diluted


$    (0.02)


$    (0.04)


$      (0.07)


$      (0.13)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:









Basic and diluted


148,058


115,402


142,624


96,516



















(1)  Amounts include stock-based compensation expense as follows:
















Cost of sales


$           6


$           7


$          20


$          19

Research and development


67


46


163


182

Selling, general and administrative


170


104


599


370

Total stock-based compensation


$       243


$       157


$        782


$        571

 

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