- Revenue grows 115% year-over-year, 22% sequentially.
- Launching four new technology platforms.
- GaN and SiC continue rapid displacement of legacy silicon power chips.
TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Navitas Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: NVTS), the industry leader in next-generation power semiconductors, today announced unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.
“I am pleased to announce another record quarter for Navitas as our gallium nitride and silicon carbide technologies continue to displace legacy power silicon in traditional markets and enable and accelerate new energy markets,” said Gene Sheridan, CEO and co-founder. “It’s a very exciting time at Navitas as we launch four major new technology platforms across GaN and SiC. We expect Navitas’ revenues to far exceed market growth rates in 2024 and for years to come.”
- Revenue: Total revenue grew to $22.0 million in the third quarter of 2023, a 115% increase from $10.2 million in the third quarter of 2022 and a 22% increase from $18.1 million in the second quarter of 2023.
- Gross Margin: GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of 2023 was 32.3%, impacted by inventory adjustments, compared to 3.8% in the third quarter of 2022 and 41.5% for the second quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of 2023 was 42.1% compared to 38.4% for the third quarter of 2022 and 41.5% for the second quarter of 2023.
- Loss from Operations: GAAP loss from operations for the quarter was $28.6 million, compared to a loss of $37.4 million for the third quarter of 2022 and a loss of $27.2 million for the second quarter of 2023. On a non-GAAP basis, loss from operations for the quarter was $8.7 million compared to a loss of $10.3 million for the third quarter of 2022 and a loss of $9.6 million for the second quarter of 2023.
- Cash: Cash and cash equivalents were $176.7 million as of September 30, 2023.
Market, Customer and Technology Highlights
GaN is moving from a beachhead to the mainstream for mobile fast chargers, with continued strength and upside led by major China OEMs Xiaomi and Oppo. We expect 30% of their total mobile charger shipments in 2024 will utilize GaN, and GaN has been adopted by Samsung for the latest Galaxy S23 and other models, contributing to Q3 and expected Q4 2023 revenue ramp. New Gen-4 GaNSense™ half-bridge ICs, targeting ultra-fast chargers of 100 W or more, are projected to contribute another $10 million per year in revenue ramping in 2024. The new GaNSense products replace dozens of components with a single GaN IC and enable switching frequencies up to 2 MHz to reduce footprint and simplify designs.
Launched in September, GaNSafe™ is the world’s most-protected, most-reliable and highest-performance GaN power semiconductor, with advanced sensing, protection, higher-power capability and cool operation. GaNSafe breaks the glass ceiling for GaN to enter high-power, high-reliability markets like AI data centers, solar, EV and industrial. GaNSafe power ICs are featured in a new 6.6 kW, 800 V on-board charger (OBC) platform from Navitas’ dedicated EV system design center, setting industry benchmarks in system efficiency, density and cost, and attracting significant customer interest. The OBC is a ‘hybrid’ platform, featuring GaNSafe and a new, Gen-3 Fast (G3F) GeneSiC™ MOSFET platform, with leading-edge silicon carbide power and switching performance up to 50% better than competition.
Rapid AI adoption has created unprecedented demand for more power, higher efficiency and greater power density. Navitas’ data center design center has developed a new 4.5 kW AC-DC system platform design, with efficiency exceeding the 96% ‘Titanium Plus’ standard, and with twice the power density of previous, best-in-class, legacy silicon designs. GaNSafe and Gen-3 Fast SiC are again used to optimize these high-power applications, with significant growth in the number of customer pipeline projects.
Solar, appliance and industrial markets also show robust growth in the customer pipeline, with broad interest in the new Gen-3 Fast MOSFETs. The Gen-4 GaNSense half-bridge portfolio now includes new application-specific ICs for motor drives, compressors and pumps up to 1 kW, with sensing, autonomy and programming functionality for easy EMI.
Q4 2023 will also see the introduction of a new, breakthrough innovation: ‘bi-directional’ GaN. Each GaN power IC will replace up to four discrete power transistors, dramatically reducing component count, cost and complexity, and delivering major speed and efficiency benefits. Bi-directional GaN technology is expected to usher in major advances in energy storage, grid infrastructure, motor drives and many other emerging topologies and architectures across multiple markets.
Fourth quarter 2023 net revenues are expected to increase to $25.0 – $26.0 million. Gross margin for the fourth quarter is expected to expand to 42.5%, plus or minus 30 basis points, and operating expenses, excluding stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, are expected to be approximately $20.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2023. Weighted-average basic share count is expected to be approximately 179 million shares for the fourth quarter of 2023.
Further details on the four new technology platforms, Navitas’ growing customer pipeline, financial outlook, and immersive “Planet Navitas” experience are to be revealed at the in-person Investor Day, at the Torrance HQ on December 12th.
Navitas Q3 2023 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast Information:
When: Thursday, November 9th, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Toll Free Dial-in: (800) 715-9871 or (646) 307-1963, Conference ID: 5349784
Live Webcast: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/s6vbz75y
Replay: A replay of the call will be accessible from the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://ir.navitassemi.com/.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and statements in our public webcast include financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), which we refer to as “non-GAAP financial measures,” including (i) non-GAAP gross margin, (ii) non-GAAP operating expenses, (iii) non-GAAP research and development expense, (iv) non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expense, (v) non-GAAP loss from operations, (vi) non-GAAP operating margin, and (vi) non-GAAP loss and loss per share. Each of these non-GAAP financial measures are adjusted from GAAP results to exclude certain expenses which are outlined in the “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables below. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about our operating performance and enable comparison of financial trends and results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures offer an additional view of our operations that, when coupled with the GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of the results of operations. However, these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
Note Regarding Customer Pipeline Statistic
“Customer pipeline” reflects estimated potential future business based on interest expressed by potential customers for qualified programs, stated in terms of estimated revenue that may be realized in one or more future periods. All customer pipeline information constitutes forward-looking statements. Customer pipeline is not a proxy for backlog or an estimate of future revenue, nor should it be considered as any other measure or indicator of financial performance. Rather, Navitas uses customer pipeline as a statistical metric to indicate the company’s current view of relative changes in future potential business across various end markets. Time horizons vary accordingly, based on product type and application. Actual business realized depends on ultimate customer selection, program share and other factors discussed below under “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”
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These and other risk factors are discussed in the Risk Factors section beginning on p. 15 of our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, as updated in the Risk Factors section of our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, and in other documents we file with the SEC. If any of the risks described above, and discussed in more detail in our SEC reports, materialize or if our assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove to be incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that Navitas is not aware of or that Navitas currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Navitas’ expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this press release. Navitas anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Navitas’ assessments to change. However, while Navitas may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Navitas specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Navitas’ assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
Navitas Semiconductor (Nasdaq: NVTS) is the only pure-play, next-generation power-semiconductor company, founded in 2014. GaNFast™ power ICs integrate gallium nitride (GaN) power and drive, with control, sensing, and protection to enable faster charging, higher power density, and greater energy savings. Complementary GeneSiC™ power devices are optimized high-power, high-voltage, and high-reliability silicon carbide (SiC) solutions. Focus markets include EV, solar, energy storage, home appliance / industrial, data center, mobile and consumer. Over 185 Navitas patents are issued or pending. Over 100 million GaN and 12 million SiC units have been shipped, and with the industry’s first and only 20-year GaNFast warranty. Navitas was the world’s first semiconductor company to be CarbonNeutral®-certified.
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Stephen Oliver, VP Corporate Marketing & Investor Relations