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ViXS Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - June 08, 2016) - ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS) a pioneer and leader in advanced media processing solutions, reported today its first quarter fiscal 2017 results for the period ending April 30, 2016. All results are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise specified.

Selected Financial Highlights                                               
                                             For the three                  
US$ 000s (except earnings   For the three    Months ended     For the three 
 per share)                 Months ended      January 31,     Months ended  
                           April 30, 2016        2016        April 30, 2015 
Revenue                        $5,702           $5,255           $9,962     
Gross Margin                   $1,777           $1,294           $4,689     
Gross Profit Margin             31.2%            24.6%            47.1%     
Comprehensive Loss            $(3,187)         $(2,942)         $(1,771)    
Non-IFRS Loss (defined                                                      
 below)                       $(2,189)         $(2,068)         $(2,236)    
Earnings per share -                                                        
 basic                         $(0.04)          $(0.07)          $(0.03)    
Cash and Equivalents           $2,850           $7,272           $12,131    

Customer, Product and Corporate Announcements

  • First production order from a Japanese Consumer Electronics company to power their Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray Players with ViXS' XCode 6800.
  • OTA (Over-the-Air) design win with North American service provider that is launching late summer.
  • Strong backlog in our Cloud & Video Delivery segment for ViXS XCodePro professional transcoder/decoder products, with production designs with:
    • Vecima Networks Inc. for their Terrace Hospitality Gateway;
    • Inca Networks Incorporated for their 4400 Series Modular platform for video delivery and;
    • Zycast Technology Inc., who is adding a 4K Ultra HD decoder receiver to their existing ViXS product portfolio.
  • ViXS CordCutterTV Streaming Stick is now sampling to customers with production orders expected in Q3 of this year.
  • Launch of the third Generation of the Golden Reference Decoder (GRD3) in collaboration with Geniatech and Nuvyyo, which is currently sampling with multiple OEMs and production is scheduled for the second half of this year.
  • Passed approval testing of one the largest broadcast and cable television companies in the U.S for our MoCA 2.0 capable multimedia-over-coax solution.
  • Former Bell Labs President and pioneer of HDTV technology, Arun Netravali, to stand for election to Board of Directors.

/ -- "This quarter we stabilized the business with improved financial results. Our backlog is strong which will translate into revenue growth over the coming quarters," stated Sohail Khan, President and CEO of ViXS. "Our focused strategy is just beginning to yield results as we return to growth and experience positive customer engagements with both existing and new customers."

Q1FY17 Financial Summary

  • Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 totalled $5.7 million, a 9% sequential increase compared to $5.3 million recognized in the prior quarter. This higher revenue came from strong sales of MoCA-based products (XConnex), higher XCode sales, and growing demand for our cloud-based products (XCode Pro). Revenue decreased by $4.3 million from $10.0 million recognized a year ago, due to lower XConnex unit sales, along with lower XCode6400 that were used as companion chips into first generation UHD TVs.
  • Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was 31.2%, a 6.6% point increase from the previous quarter's level of 24.6%, but a 15.9% point decrease from the first quarter of fiscal 2016 gross margin of 47.1%. The sequential improvement in margins was primarily due to better selling prices of MoCA-based products and favourable product mix; while the decrease in margins from the first quarter of fiscal 2016 was primarily due to lower sales of high margin XCode6400 chips, as previously mentioned. As expected shipments of the Company's XCode5500, XC6000 family, and XCodePro products begin to ramp in the upcoming quarters; this better sales mix should generate a corresponding improvement in gross margins.
  • IFRS comprehensive loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was $(3.2) million, or a loss of $(0.04) per share basic and diluted. This is compared to a loss of $(2.9) million in the previous quarter, and a $1.4 million decrease from the $(1.8) million loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. This year-over-year decline in net loss from was mainly due to lower revenue levels, coupled with strong Canadian dollar impacts, and a $0.7 million non-cash adjustment that positively impacted the first quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Non-IFRS net loss for the current quarter (as defined in the Non-IFRS Financial Measures section of our results) totaled $2.2 million. Despite the year-over-year decline in revenue, non-IFRS loss improved from the $2.2 million loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 due to lower operating expenses and continued cost efficiencies.
  • Cash and Equivalents finished at $2.9 million, with $4.3 million in working capital spent with our foundries and back-end partners to support the ramp of our +$10 million backlog.

Management of the Company will host a conference call to discuss the financial results.


DATE:         Wednesday June 8, 2016                                        
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The following table sets forth selected financial information derived from the Company's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements for the three months ended April 30, 2016 and January 31, 2016, as well as for the three months ended April 30, 2015. The selected financial information was prepared in accordance with IAS 34 in a manner consistent with the Company's annual financial statements. The following information should be read in conjunction with these statements and the accompanying notes.

                                            Three-months Period Ended       
                                       April 30,   January 31,   April 30,  
Dollar amounts in U.S. dollars            2016         2016         2015    
Amounts in thousands, except loss per                                       
Revenue                                    $5,702       $5,255       $9,962 
  Cost of sales                             3,925        3,961        5,273 
Gross margin                                1,777        1,294        4,689 
Operating expenses                                                          
  Research and development                  2,972        2,806        4,104 
  Selling, general and administrative       2,038        1,449        2,585 
Total operating expenses (1)                5,010        4,255        6,689 
Loss before finance costs and income                                        
 and currency gains                        (3,233)      (2,961)      (2,000)
Other income (expenses):                                                    
  Finance costs                              (154)        (208)         (92)
  Finance income                                1           24           22 
  Currency gains                              141          181          314 
Total other income (expenses)                 (12)          (3)         244 
Loss before income taxes                   (3,245)      (2,964)      (1,756)
  Income tax expense                           (9)         (10)         (10)
Net loss for the period                    (3,254)      (2,974)      (1,766)
Other comprehensive income (loss)                                           
Item subject to reclassification                                            
  Exchange difference on translating                                        
   foreign operations                          67           32           (5)
Comprehensive loss for the period         ($3,187)     ($2,942)     ($1,771)
Loss per share attributed to common                                         
 equity holders                                                             
  Basic                                    ($0.04)      ($0.07)      ($0.03)
  Diluted                                  ($0.04)      ($0.07)      ($0.03)
Weighted average number of common                                           
 shares outstanding                                                         
  Basic                                    60,452       60,452       50,376 
  Diluted                                  60,452       60,452       50,376 
(1) Includes share-based transaction                                        
 expense (recovery) of:                                                     
Research and development                      257          100          163 
Selling, general and administrative           273          124         (214)
                                             $530         $224         ($51)
                                       As at April  As January   As at April
                                           30,          31,          30,    
in thousands of US Dollars                2016         2016         2015    
Cash and cash equivalents                   $2,850       $7,272      $12,131
Trade accounts receivable                    3,441        2,291        3,811
Other amounts receivable                       836          615             
Inventories                                  2,809        2,151        4,344
Prepayments                                  5,456        6,614        1,614
Total assets                               $23,820      $26,576      $32,770
Trade payables                               1,425        3,378        8,742
Accrued liabilities                          3,531        2,391        3,007
Revolving bank loan payable                  6,285        5,285             
Deferred revenues                              247          390          155
Total liabilities                           16,107       16,206       15,273
Total liabilities and shareholders'                                         
 equity                                    $23,820      $26,576      $32,770


In addition to disclosing results in accordance with IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), the Company also provides supplementary non-IFRS financial measures as a method of evaluating the Company's performance. These non-IFRS measures are disclosed as a supplement to financial results prepared in accordance with IFRS in order to provide a further understanding of ViXS' results of operations from management's perspective. In particular, ViXS uses non-IFRS measures to provide investors with supplemental measures of its operating performance and highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be readily apparent solely from IFRS measures. ViXS management uses non-IFRS measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period, prepare annual operating budgets and assess ViXS' ability to meet its future capital expenditure and working capital requirements. ViXS believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS measures in the evaluation of issuers.

Non-IFRS net loss is defined as total comprehensive loss before share-based transaction expense, exchange difference related to translating foreign operations, unrealized currency gains/losses and non-recurring or one-time items such as: share offering costs, listing fees, convertible preferred share revaluation adjustment, fair value adjustment on warrant liability convertible debt and provision for repayable government assistance. Non-IFRS net loss does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and is not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Non-IFRS net loss from operations should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comprehensive loss prepared in accordance with IFRS.

ViXS has provided a comparison of comprehensive loss to non-IFRS net loss in the following table:

                                             Three Month Period Ended       
                                       April 30,   January 31,   April 30,  
                                          2016         2016         2015    
Comprehensive loss for the period         ($3,187)     ($2,942)     ($1,771)
R&D adjustments                                                             
 Stock-based compensation expense            $257          100          163 
 Provision for repayment of                                                 
  government assistance                       238          556            - 
Selling, general and administrative                                         
 Stock based compensation expense             273          124         (214)
 Legal fee settlement                                                       
Other Income/Expense adjustments                                            
 Listing Fees                                  15           18            - 
 Unrealized currency loss (gain)              148           44         (419)
Other adjustments                                                           
 Fair value adjustment on convertible                                       
  debt and warrant liability                                              - 
 Exchange differences on translating                                        
  foreign operations                           67           32            5 
Non-IFRS net loss                         ($2,189)     ($2,068)     ($2,236)
Non-IFRS EPS basic                         ($0.04)      ($0.07)      ($0.04)
Non-IFRS EPS Diluted                       ($0.04)      ($0.07)      ($0.04)


Certain statements in this press release which are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding ViXS' projected revenues, gross margins, earnings, growth rates, the impact of new product design wins, market penetration and product plans. The use of terms such as "may", "anticipated", "expected", "projected", "targeting", "estimate", "intend" and similar terms are intended to assist in identification of these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees of future performance and involve both known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause ViXS' actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and readers are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by forward looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to: our history of losses and the risks associated with not achieving or sustaining profitability; the Company's dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of revenues; fluctuating revenue and expense levels arising from changes in customer demand, sales cycles, product mix, average selling prices, manufacturing costs and timing of product introductions; risks associated with competing against larger and more established companies; competitive risks and pressures from further consoldiation amongst competitors, customers, and suppliers; market share risks and timing of revenue recognition associated with product transitions; risks associated with changing industry standards such as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec), HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Ultra HD resolution; risks related to intellectual property, including third party licensing or patent infringement claims; the loss of any of the Company's key personnel could seriously harm its business; risks associated with adverse economic conditions; delays in the launch of customer products; price re-negotiations by existing customers; the Company's dependence on a limited number of supply chain partners for the manufacture of its products, legal proceedings arising from the ordinary course of business; ability to raise needed capital; ongoing liquidity requirements;and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2016, a copy of which is available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. ViXS is providing this information as of the current date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

About ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS is a pioneer and market leader in designing revolutionary media processing semiconductor solutions for video over IP streaming solutions, with over 500 patents issued and pending worldwide, numerous industry awards for innovation, and over 33 million media processor shipped to date. ViXS is driving the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content value chain by providing professional and consumer grade chipsets that support the new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard up to Main 12 Profile, reducing bandwidth consumption by 50% while providing the depth of color and image clarity needed to take advantage of higher-resolution content. ViXS' XCodePro 300 family is ideal for Ultra HD 4K infrastructure equipment, and the XCode 6000 family of system-on-chip (SoC) products achieve unprecedented levels of integration that enable manufacturers to create cost-effective consumer entertainment devices.

ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in Europe, Asia and North America. VIXS™, the ViXS® logo, XCode®, XCodePro™, XConnex™ and Xtensiv™ are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ViXS. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information on ViXS, visit our website:

For further information, please contact:

Charlie Glavin
ViXS Systems Inc.
T: +1 416 646-2000

Investor Relations
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