FREMONT, Calif. — March 4, 2021 — Identiv, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE), a global leader in digital security and identification, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, demonstrating the increasingly broad adoption of RFID and expansion within the federal government.
Fourth Quarter and Subsequent Financial and Operational Highlights
- Total revenue grew 31% year-over-year to $24.8 million
- RFID grew over 100% year-over-year for the second consecutive quarter
- Revenue in Identity grew 53% year-over-year to $15.8 million; revenue in Premises grew 5% year-over-year
- Exited the fourth quarter of 2020 with backlog for Q1 2021 of $10.5 million, up 121% compared to the same time last year
- Improved profitability over prior year comparable period in both GAAP net loss at $0.7 million and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA at $1.4 million
- Generated positive GAAP net cash flows from operations of $3.6 million
- Strengthened balance sheet after repaying term debt with East West Bank (EWB) and the first of two promissory notes to 21 April Funds ahead of schedule
- In fiscal year 2020, shipped more than 130 million RFID units while increasing average unit prices (AUP) by 20%, and grew federal sales approximately 30% over comparable prior year period
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $24.8 million, an increase of 31% from $19.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Revenues in the Identity segment grew 53% year-over-year to $15.8 million from $10.3 million, primarily due to higher sales of RFID products and higher sales of smart card readers. Revenues in the Premises segment grew 5% year-over-year to $9.0 million from $8.6 million.
GAAP gross margin was 35% in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 40% in the prior quarter and 40% in the fourth quarter of 2019, temporarily compressed due to investments in technology and manufacturing processes and systems to meet the short- and long-term growth profiles of customers, as well as by the mix of products as high growth RFID customers ramped in the second half of 2020.
GAAP operating expenses, including research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative were $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $9.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 reflecting leverage in the business model as expenses were reduced by 4% while revenues increased 31%.
GAAP net loss in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $0.7 million, or $(0.05) per basic and diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, in the prior quarter and GAAP net loss of $1.8 million, or $(0.12) per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.4 million, compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results
Revenue for the fiscal year 2020 was $86.9 million, an increase of 4% from $83.8 million in the fiscal year 2019.
Revenues in the Identity segment increased 25% to $52.7 million from $42.2 million in the fiscal year 2019 primarily due to higher sales of RFID products and smart card readers. Revenues in the Premises segment decreased to $34.2 million from $41.6 million in the fiscal year 2019 primarily due to lower sales of video technology and analytics into retail and other markets impacted by COVID-19. Federal sales within the Premises segment grew 30% year-over-year reflecting continued strength in the federal market.
GAAP gross margin was 39% in the fiscal year 2020 compared to 44% in the fiscal year 2019. The change in gross margin was primarily due to investments in quality and technology to support high-end RFID customers along with a change in product mix driven by rapid RFID growth.
GAAP operating expenses, including research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative were $37.1 million in the fiscal year 2020, compared to $36.8 million in the fiscal year 2019.
GAAP net loss in the fiscal year 2020 was $5.1 million, or $(0.34) per basic and diluted share compared to a GAAP net loss of $1.2 million, or $(0.13) per basic and diluted share in the fiscal year 2019. The change for the full year was primarily due to impacts from COVID-19 in the first half of 2020, which has shown improvement as reflected in the fourth quarter results.
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA in the fiscal year 2020 was $4.4 million, compared to $6.8 million in the fiscal year 2019.
Cash was $11.4 million at December 31, 2020, which compares to $9.4 million at December 31, 2019.
“As our fourth quarter and fiscal year results confirm, we’ve exceeded our growth metrics and believe we’re well positioned to capitalize on the secular growth trends driving our business in 2021 and beyond,” said Identiv’s CEO, Steven Humphreys. “For the second consecutive quarter, our RFID business grew over 100% year-over-year. For the full year, we shipped more than 130 million RFID units while increasing average unit prices by 20%, and we grew federal sales approximately 30%.
“We entered 2021 with a backlog for the first quarter 121% greater than at the same time last year, and with total orders booked in the first month and a half of 2021 up 60% year-over-year. Given the strength of the business and our markets, we’re confident in our ability to execute against our growth strategy by leveraging our industry-leading reputation as a premier provider of sophisticated NFC-enabled RFID products, by expanding our presence with our federal government clients, and by improving our business’s predictability by driving recurring revenues while maintaining high customer retention rates.”
Sandra Wallach, Identiv’s CFO, added, “2020 was a challenging year for many, but due to our flexibility and the enduring momentum that we generated in the second half of the year, our revenues were above our initial expectations. Revenue, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, and GAAP cash flows from operations were all at the high end of the ranges published in our preliminary results, and GAAP net loss was within $0.1 million of the range provided. We exited 2020 with a strengthened balance sheet that includes $11.4 million in cash and reduced debt. As a result, we believe the business is on track for a solid 2021 that may exceed our revenue projections from last November and as such are providing updated guidance today.”
Identiv provides guidance based on current market conditions and expectations. Total orders booked in 2021 through mid-February were 60% higher than the same period in 2020. This momentum combined with the strong backlog growth entering 2021 provides management with confidence that the Company’s growth expectations are on track. Management is therefore raising the low end of expected revenues from prior guidance of $96 million to a new low end of $100 million. Normal seasonality is expected to continue with momentum building quarter over quarter from the first quarter of 2021 through the end of the year. As a result, management anticipates growth of 20-25 % in the first half of 2021.
Given current business momentum, management believes full-year guidance ranges may still be somewhat conservative. Identiv expects to update its full year guidance ranges as it develops further visibility.
Identiv management will hold a conference call on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT) to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Time: 5 PM ET (2 PM PT)
Toll-Free Number: +1 888.506.0062
International Number: +1 973.528.0011
Call ID: 652950
Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at +1.949.574.3860.
The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously and available for replay here.
The replay of the call will be available after 8 PM ET on the same day through March 18, 2021 under +1 877.481.4010 (Toll-Free Replay Number) and +1 919.882.2331 (International Replay Number) with Replay ID: 40070.
Identiv, Inc. is a global leader in digitally securing the physical world. Identiv’s platform encompasses RFID and NFC, cybersecurity, and the full spectrum of physical access, video, and audio security. Identiv is a publicly traded company, and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC in the U.S. under the symbol “INVE.” For more information, visit identiv.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP, including non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP operating expenses. Identiv uses non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating our ongoing operational performance. We believe that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends. The non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA discussed above excludes items that are included in GAAP net income (loss), GAAP operating expenses, and GAAP gross margin, and excludes provision for income taxes, interest expense, foreign currency (gains) losses, stock-based compensation, amortization and depreciation, change in fair value of earnout liability, acquisition related transaction costs, and restructuring and severance. Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude stock-based compensation, amortization and depreciation, change in fair value of earnout liability, acquisition related transaction costs and restructuring and severance. For historical periods, the exclusions are detailed in the reconciliation table included in this press release. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as detailed in this press release.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are those involving future events and future results that are based on current expectations as well as the current beliefs and assumptions of the Company’s management and can be identified by words such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “plans”, “will”, “intends”, “expects”, and similar references to the future. Any statement that is not a historical fact, including statements regarding the Company’s expectations regarding future operating and financial outlook and performance, including statements regarding 2021 expectations and 2021 guidance and its ability to meet such guidance, the Company’s beliefs regarding its ability to achieve its business and strategic objectives and expected benefits thereof, the drivers of momentum in its business, the Company’s beliefs regarding its ability to execute on its key initiatives and the potential benefits thereof, the Company’s beliefs regarding its ability to respond to market conditions, the Company’s beliefs regarding the benefits and attributes of its platform and products, and beliefs regarding future orders is a forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the Company’s ability to continue the momentum in its business, its ability to successfully execute its business strategy, its ability to capitalize on trends in its business, the level and timing of customer orders, the success of its products and partnerships, industry trends and seasonality, the impact of COVID-19, and factors discussed in its periodic reports, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and subsequent reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to us on the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update such statements.
Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover and Charlie Schumacher
Gateway Investor Relations