GSI Technology, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

Sunnyvale, California, UNITED STATES

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GSI Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIT) today reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Summary Financial Results Table (in thousands, except per share amounts)

 Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
  Sept. 30,
  June 30,
  Sept. 30,
  Sept. 30,
  Sept. 30,
Net revenues$11,740 $13,019 $12,832 $24,759 $24,098 
Gross margin (%) 55.9% 63.3% 62.6% 59.8% 57.3%
Operating expenses$8,491 $8,472 $8,425 $16,963 $15,872 
Operating loss$(1,923)$(229)$(394)$(2,152)$(2,053)
Net loss$(1,768)$(125)$(351)$(1,893)$(1,997)
Net loss per share, diluted$(0.08)$(0.01)$(0.02)$(0.08)$(0.09)

Lee-Lean Shu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Net revenues and gross margin came in within the range of our guidance for the second quarter. This is an exciting time for GSI Technology. In the second quarter, we successfully advanced our Gemini-1chip on numerous fronts. We’re on track for upcoming customer training sessions in similarity search applications at our US headquarters.  We have also begun benchmarking our device against industry standard benchmarks. We are currently testing our device against the one million item database benchmark and will soon be testing against benchmarks with larger databases of ten million, 100 million and a billion items, all of which we expect to complete before calendar year-end. The third silicon spin of Gemini-Iis expected back from TSMC later in the third fiscal quarter or early in the fourth fiscal quarter. In addition, we are bringing up production boards in preparation for customer demonstrations and are expecting the boards to be ready early in calendar 2020. Our AI team continues to develop the software libraries and algorithms for our expected release of Gemini-1™ in calendar 2020.” 

Commenting on the outlook for GSI’s third quarter of fiscal 2020, Mr. Shu stated, “The internal qualification processes for our radiation hardened SigmaQuad product is expected to be completed before calendar year-end. However, the customer order for the radiation hardened SigmaQuad product that was anticipated before the end of calendar year 2019 has been delayed. As a result, our current expectations for the upcoming quarter are net revenues in a range of $9.7 million to $10.7 million, with gross margin of approximately 60% to 62%. In addition, we expect to incur a charge of approximately $2.7 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2020 for purchased intellectual property that will be incorporated into the next generation of our Gemini chip.”

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Summary Financials

The Company reported a net loss of $(1.8 million), or $(0.08) per diluted share, on net revenues of $11.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to net loss of $(351,000), or $(0.02) per diluted share, on net revenues of $12.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and a net loss of $(125,000), or $(0.01) per diluted share, on net revenues of $13.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Gross margin was 55.9% compared to 62.6% in the prior year period and 63.3% in the preceding first quarter.

In the second quarter of fiscal 2020, sales to Nokia were $5.3 million, or 45.2% of net revenues compared to $6.0 million, or 46.6% of net revenues, in the same period a year ago and $6.0 million, or 45.7% of net revenues in the prior quarter. Military/defense sales were 23.4% of second quarter shipments compared to 16.4% of shipments in the comparable period a year ago and 21.0% of shipments in the prior quarter. SigmaQuad sales were 63.5% of second quarter shipments compared to 66.4% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and 67.9% in the prior quarter.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were $8.5 million, compared to $8.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and $8.5 million in the prior quarter. Research and development expenses were $5.8 million, compared to $5.8 million in the prior year period and up from $5.6 million in the prior quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $2.7 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to $2.7 million in the prior year quarter, and down from $2.9 million in the previous quarter.

Second-quarter fiscal 2020 operating loss was $(1.9 million) compared to $(394,000) in the prior year period and $(229,000) in the prior quarter. Second-quarter fiscal 2020 net loss included interest and other income of $210,000 and a tax provision of $55,000, compared to $145,000 in interest and other income and a tax provision of $102,000 for the same period a year ago. In the preceding first quarter, net loss included interest and other income of $147,000 and a tax provision of $43,000.

Total second quarter pre-tax stock-based compensation expense was $642,000 compared to $552,000 in the comparable quarter a year ago and $651,000 in the prior quarter.

At September 30, 2019, the Company had $68.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $4.8 million in long-term investments, compared to $61.8 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $9.0 million in long-term investments at March 31, 2019. Working capital was $75.6 million as of September 30, 2019 versus $68.6 million at March 31, 2019, with no debt.  Stockholders’ equity as of September 30, 2019 was $95.8 million compared to $93.2 million as of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

Conference Call

GSI Technology will review its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and discuss its current business outlook during a conference call at 1:30 p.m. Pacific (4:30 p.m. Eastern) today, October 24, 2019. To listen to the teleconference, please call toll-free 1-888-394-8218 approximately 10 minutes prior to the above start time and provide Conference ID 2977002. You may also listen to the teleconference live via the Internet at, where it will be archived.

About GSI Technology

Founded in 1995, GSI Technology, Inc. is a leading provider of semiconductor memory solutions. GSI’s resources are currently focused on bringing new products to market that leverage existing core strengths, including radiation-hardened memory products for extreme environments and Gemini-1, the associative processing unit designed to deliver performance advantages for diverse artificial intelligence applications. GSI Technology is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has sales offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.  For more information, please visit

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 the normal quarterly and fiscal year-end closing process.  Examples of risks that could affect our current expectations regarding future revenues and gross margins 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 delays or unanticipated costs that may be encountered in the development of new products based on our in-place associative computing 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.

Source: GSI Technology, Inc.

GSI Technology, Inc.
Douglas M.  Schirle
Chief Financial Officer

Hayden IR
Kim Rogers
Managing Director

(in thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 Sept. 30,June 30,Sept. 30, Sept. 30,Sept. 30,
  2019 2019 2018  2019 2018
Net revenues$11,740 $13,019 $12,832  $24,759 $24,098 
Cost of goods sold 5,172  4,776  4,801   9,948  10,279 
Gross profit 6,568  8,243  8,031   14,811  13,819 
Operating expenses:      
Research & development 5,833  5,595  5,752   11,428  10,602 
Selling, general and administrative 2,658  2,877  2,673   5,535  5,270 
Total operating expenses 8,491  8,472  8,425   16,963  15,872 
Operating loss (1,923) (229) (394)  (2,152) (2,053)
Interest and other income, net 210  147  145   357  168 
Loss before income taxes (1,713) (82) (249)  (1,795) (1,885)
Provision for income taxes 55  43  102   98  112 
Net loss$(1,768)$(125)$(351) $(1,893)$(1,997)
Net loss per share, basic$(0.08)$(0.01)$(0.02) $(0.08)$(0.09)
Net loss per share, diluted$(0.08)$(0.01)$(0.02) $(0.08)$(0.09)
Weighted-average shares used in      
  computing per share amounts:      
Basic 22,975  22,605  21,844   22,791  21,707 
Diluted 22,975  22,605  21,844   22,791  21,707 
Stock-based compensation included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations:
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 Sept. 30,June 30,Sept. 30, Sept. 30,Sept. 30,
  2019 2019 2018  2019 2018
Cost of goods sold$52 $55 $61  $107 $114 
Research & development 397  399  321   796  644 
Selling, general and administrative 193  197  170   390  336 
 $642 $651 $552  $1,293 $1,094 

(in thousands) 
  Sept. 30, 2019March 31, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents $45,724 $42,495 
Short-term investments  22,352  19,346 
Accounts receivable  7,488  7,339 
Inventory  5,045  5,685 
Other current assets  3,235  2,500 
Net property and equipment  8,478  9,001 
Long-term investments  4,788  8,997 
Other assets  11,657  10,860 
Total assets $108,767 $106,223 
Current liabilities $8,277 $8,733 
Long-term liabilities  4,721  4,335 
Stockholders' equity  95,769  93,155 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$108,767 $106,223