Akoustis Reports Fourth Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue as First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Sales Grew over 195% Year-Over-Year

Huntersville, North Carolina, UNITED STATES


  • Ramp in XBAW Filter Revenue Expected to Continue in the Current Q2 FY23 with an Estimated Greater than 100% Year-Over-Year Revenue Increase
  • Akoustis Now has Fifteen Customers in Production with Finished XBAW Filter Products
  • Customer Activity Remains Robust with Expanding Pipelines in 5G Mobile, Wi-Fi CPE, 5G Infrastructure, Automotive, Timing Control and Other Markets
  • Akoustis Is Ideally Positioned to Expand its Chip Manufacturing in Upstate New York, USA and Benefit from the Recently Passed CHIPS and Science Act of 2022
  • Company to Host Investor Update Call Today at 8:00 am ET

Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today a 195% year-over-year increase in quarterly revenue to a record $5.6 million for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Based on robust activity in both the sales and design win pipelines, the Company expects to report another quarter of record revenue in the current December quarter with a year-over-year increase of 55%-70% despite the ongoing supply chain challenges in the consumer electronics industry.

Akoustis will host an investor call to provide a business update and outlook, followed by a Q & A session, this morning at 8:00 am ET. The call-in numbers are 877-407-3982 (domestic) and +01 201-493-6780 (international). The conference call will be webcast live on the Company’s website and will be available for playback at the following URL: https://ir.akoustis.com/ir-calendar.

Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “Akoustis was able to achieve another quarter of record revenue and continued unit growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 despite the persistent macro challenges presented by COVID lockdowns, supply chain disruptions and semiconductor chip shortages. Our current growth is being driven largely by production ramps of our patented XBAW® RF filter solutions to multiple customers across our diverse end markets, including Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, 5G mobile and infrastructure, timing control, automotive and other markets.”

Mr. Shealy added, “As Akoustis manufactures its XBAW® semiconductor chips exclusively in Upstate New York, USA, we believe we are an attractive candidate to receive funding from the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.  Such funding could position Akoustis to expand manufacturing to deliver billions of XBAW® RF filter chips annually and enable the Company to service both tier-1 and tier-2 mobile companies for 5G smartphones, as well as other end markets, including 5G networks, high-frequency Wi-Fi devices, and other high-volume wireless markets.”

Akoustis continues to experience strong demand and a growing sales funnel for its Wi-Fi, 5G mobile and 5G infrastructure products, including CBRS XBAW® filters, as well as its new XBAW® and RFMi resonator and oscillator products. During the June and September quarters, the Company shipped multiple samples of its new 5G XBAW® wafers complete with its new, advanced wafer-level packaging (WLP) technology. Akoustis continues to add new Wi-Fi design wins, many of which are expected to ramp into production in calendar 2022.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Announced three new Wi-Fi 6E design wins for MU-MIMO architectures, bringing the total number of Wi-Fi design wins to 20
  • Started sampling next generation 5.5 GHz and 6.5 GHz Wi-Fi 6E / 7 XBAW® filters in chip-scale-packaging offering 4x smaller size compared to prior generations of Akoustis parts and superior out-of-band rejection
  • Completed development of new 5.6 GHz and 6.6 GHz Wi-Fi 6E / 7 XBAW® filter solutions and started sampling with multiple OEMs and ODMs
  • Received a new development order from a Fortune 100 Internet company for multiple new Wi-Fi 7 diplexer products for the AR/VR and wearable markets
  • Received first purchase order from tier-1 RF module maker for 5G filter
  • Iterated first RF filter design for 5G mobile foundry customer and received a purchase order for two additional filters
  • Completed process flow for new WLP and chip-scale package (CSP) products and design-locked first WLP for tier-1 5G mobile customer, received volume order from this customer for production ramp in early calendar 2023
  • Continued the migration of the development and manufacture of Akoustis’ new WLP process into the New York fab
  • Announced new design win for a 3.5 GHz 5G network infrastructure filter, bringing the total number of 5G design wins to five
  • Continued ramping production for three Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) customers with a total of four additional network infrastructure design wins
  • Scaled CBRS production capacity given stronger than expected demand from leading customer
  • Began sampling new 3.7-3.98 GHz C-band filter for the US 5G infrastructure market
  • RFMi product line awarded significant new design win from a leading integrated circuit supplier for a secure battery management system for use in electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Started multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract from the Deference Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to advance XBAW® technology to 18 GHz
  • Started qualification of two timing control resonator products for first customer
  • Received order from second timing control customer for resonator products
  • Continued DARPA direct-to-phase II (DP2) contract to advance design and manufacturing of XBAW® technology for filters and other sensors
  • Company’s XBAW® patent portfolio grew to 73 issued and licensed patents plus 123 patents pending as of October 28, 2022

Akoustis is actively delivering volume production of its Wi-Fi 6 tandem filter solutions, shipping multiple 5G small cell XBAW® filter solutions, and delivering initial designs of its new 5G mobile filter solutions to multiple customers and is now entering the market with its new Wi-Fi 6E coexistence XBAW® filter solutions. To date, Akoustis has received more than 20 customer design wins for its patented XBAW® filter solutions.

Given the rapidly growing sales funnel activity, as well as ongoing interaction with customers regarding expected ramps in 5G mobile, Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E in calendar 2022, the Company is completing the annual production capacity increase at its New York fab to approximately 0.5 billion filters per year.

First Fiscal Quarter Financial Performance

Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share data)
     
     
  September 30,

2022
 June 30,

2022
Assets    
     
Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents 60,664 80,485
Accounts receivable 2,976 3,793
Inventory 4,525 4,094
Other current assets 4,519 3,566
Total current assets 72,684 91,938
     
Property and equipment, net 54,188 51,157
Goodwill 8,051 8,051
Intangibles, net 8,639 8,994
Operating lease right-of-use asset, net 1,029 1,126
Other assets                     71                  72
Total Assets  $        144,662   $    161,338
     
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity    
     
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 10,929 11,204
Contingent consideration  1,268 591
Operating lease liability 147 313
Deferred revenue 305 286
Total current liabilities 12,649 12,394
     
Long-term Liabilities:    
Convertible notes payable, net              43,854           43,731
Contingent consideration 624 855
Operating lease liability 732 811
Other long-term liabilities 116 117
Total long-term liabilities 45,326 45,514
     
Total Liabilities 57,975 57,908
     
Stockholders’ Equity    
Preferred Stock, par value $0.001: 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 57,341,047 and 57,079,347 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2022 and June 30, 2022, respectively 57 57
Additional paid in capital 312,519 310,171
Accumulated deficit           (225,889)      (206,798)
Total Stockholders’ Equity  $          86,687   $    103,430
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity  $        144,662   $    161,338


Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
 (In thousands, except per share data)
      
 For the For the
Three
Months
Three
Months
EndedEnded
September

30,
September

30,
20222021
    
Revenue$5,566 1,868
      
Cost of revenue 6,453  2,902
      



Gross profit
                

 (887)
                 

(1,034)
      
Operating expenses     
Research and development 10,097  7,974
General and administrative expenses 6,982  3,876
Total operating expenses 17,079  11,850
      



Loss from operations


          (17,966)              (12,884)
      
Other (expense) income     



Interest (expense) income

           

    (743)
          

            35


Change in fair value of contingent liability

               (446)                          -  


Other (expense) income
              

   (14)
                 

    -


Change in fair value of derivative liabilities
             

      21
  

0


Total Other (expense) income
          

  (1,182)
                    

  35


Net loss before income taxes


$
   

 (19,148)
 

$
        

    (12,849)
      


Income taxes


$
      

          (57)
                 

      -  
      





Net loss





$
        

(19,091)
       

       (12,849)
      
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted
$  

 (0.33)


 $            (0.25)
      



Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted


    
57,154,393
  
51,436,075

The following non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company's financial statements and are subject to inherent limitations. Please see reconciliations to comparable GAAP measures below and descriptions of these non-GAAP measures under “Non-GAAP Measures.”

Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss for the quarters ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 were as follows:

Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
   
 Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2022September 30, 2021
(in thousands)
GAAP operating loss $      (17,966) $      (12,884)
Gain on sale of Fixed Assets                           -                         (197)
Common stock issued for services                       2,348                       2,348
   
Non-GAAP operating loss $      (15,618) $     (10,733)
   
   
 Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2022September 30, 2021
(in thousands)
GAAP net loss $    (19,091) $    (12,849)
Change in fair value of contingent consideration                        446                            -  
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities                        (21)                           -  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets                        348                            -  
Debt discount amortization                        143                            -  
Loss/(Gain) on disposal of Fixed Assets                            1                       (197)
Common stock issued for services                    2,348                     2,348
   
Non-GAAP net loss $        (15,825) $     (10,698)
   
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted          57,154,393           51,436,075
Non-GAAP net loss per common share - basic and diluted $            (0.28) $         (0.21)

Non-GAAP Measures

We regularly review a number of metrics, including Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss, which are not financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). Non-GAAP Operating Loss represents operating loss before common stock issued for services and gain or loss on the sale of fixed assets. Non-GAAP Net Loss represents net loss before change in fair value of contingent consideration, change in fair value of derivative liabilities, debt discount amortization, gain on extinguishment of debt, gain or loss on disposal of fixed assets, tax adjustments related to acquisitions and common stock issued for services. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management, investors and financial analysts regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. We use these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate financial projections and make strategic decisions.

About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

Akoustis® (http://www.akoustis.com/) is a high-tech BAW RF filter solutions company that is pioneering next-generation materials science and MEMS wafer manufacturing to address the market requirements for improved RF filters - targeting higher bandwidth, higher operating frequencies and higher output power compared to legacy polycrystalline BAW technology. The Company utilizes its proprietary and patented XBAW® manufacturing process to produce bulk acoustic wave RF filters for mobile and other wireless markets, which facilitate signal acquisition and accelerate band performance between the antenna and digital back end. Superior performance is driven by the significant advances of poly-crystal, single-crystal and other high purity piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which enables optimal trade-offs between critical power, frequency and bandwidth performance specifications. 

Akoustis plans to service the fast growing multi-billion-dollar RF filter market using its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) business model. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 registered commercial wafer-manufacturing facility located in Canandaigua, NY, which includes a class 100 / class 1000 cleanroom facility - tooled for 150-mm diameter wafers - for the design, development, fabrication and packaging of RF filters, MEMS and other semiconductor devices. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in the Piedmont technology corridor near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Instead, these forward-looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated include, without limitation, risks relating to our inability to obtain adequate financing and sustain our status as a going concern; our limited operating history; our inability to generate revenues or achieve profitability;  the results of our research and development activities; our inability to achieve acceptance of our products in the market; the possibility that the anticipated benefits from business acquisitions  will not be realized in full or at all or may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that costs or difficulties related to the integration of acquired businesses’ operations will be greater than expected and the possibility of disruptions to our business during integration efforts and strain on management time and resources; the impact of a pandemic or epidemic or a natural disaster, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and other sources of volatility on our operations, financial condition and the worldwide economy, including its impact on our ability to access the capital markets; increases in prices for raw materials, labor, and fuel caused by rising inflation; general economic conditions, including upturns and downturns in the industry; shortages in supplies needed to manufacture our products, or needed by our customers to manufacture devices incorporating our products; our limited number of patents; failure to obtain, maintain, and enforce our intellectual property rights; claims of infringement, misappropriation or misuse of third party intellectual property, including the lawsuit filed by Qorvo, Inc. in October 2021, that, regardless of merit, could result in significant expense and negatively impact our business results; our inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; our reliance on third parties to complete certain processes in connection with the manufacture of our products; product quality and defects; existing or increased competition; our ability to successfully manufacture, market and sell products based on our technologies; our ability to meet the required specifications of customers and achieve qualification of our products for commercial manufacturing in a timely manner; our inability to successfully scale our New York wafer fabrication facility and related operations while maintaining quality control and assurance and avoiding delays in output; the rate and degree of market acceptance of any of our products; our ability to achieve design wins from current and future customers; contracting with customers and other parties with greater bargaining power and agreeing to terms and conditions that may adversely affect our business; risks related to doing business in foreign countries, including China; any security breaches, cyber-attacks or other disruptions compromising our proprietary information and exposing us to liability; our failure to innovate or adapt to new or emerging technologies, including in relation to our competitors; our failure to comply with regulatory requirements; results of any arbitration or litigation that may arise; stock volatility and illiquidity; dilution caused by any future issuance of common stock or securities that are convertible into or exercisable for common stock; our failure to implement our business plans or strategies; and our ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in more detail in the Risk Factors and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Considering these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking statements regarding future events and circumstances discussed in this document may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The forward-looking statements included in this document speak only as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly or privately any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, for any reason after the date of this document to conform these statements to new information, actual results or to changes in our expectations.

 

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