Atomera Provides First Quarter 2018 Results

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Atomera Provides First Quarter 2018 Results

LOS GATOS, Calif., May 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atomera Incorporated (NASDAQ:ATOM), a semiconductor materials and intellectual property licensing company focused on deploying its proprietary technology into the semiconductor industry, today provided a corporate update and announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Company Highlights

  • Grew the number of customers in Phase III Integration by 50% to nine
  • Initiated first customer multi-process evaluations
  • 17 engagements underway with 14 customers
  • Completed Atomera’s first installation of MST technology at a customer fab

Management Commentary

“The first part of 2018 has been a period of great progress for Atomera as measured by advancement of customer milestones toward licenses,” commented Scott Bibaud, President and CEO.  “Our work in many process nodes, from the legacy analog to the most cutting edge, is being recognized by industry, the press, academia and, most importantly, our growing customer base.” 

First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

During the first quarter of 2018, the Company incurred a net loss of $3.1 million, or ($0.26) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.5 million, or ($0.31) per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) in the first quarter of 2018 was a loss of $2.6 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2017.

The Company had $14.5 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2018, compared to $17.4 million as of December 31, 2017.

The total number of shares outstanding was 12,361,069 as of March 31, 2018.

2018 First Quarter Results Conference Call and Webcast

Atomera will host a conference call today to discuss its financial results and recent progress.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET)

Phone: 844­-263-­8318 (domestic); +1 (213) 358-­0960 (international)

Replay: Available until May 10, 2018; 855­-859-­2056 (domestic); +1(404) 537­-3406 (international); passcode 2688678.

Webcast: Accessible at www.atomera.com

Note about Non­-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the unaudited results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, in this press release, Atomera presents adjusted EBITDA, which is a non­-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by taking net loss and eliminating the impacts of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock­-based compensation, the change in fair value of derivative liabilities, and the gain on the extinguishment of debt. Our definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to the definitions of similarly-­titled measures used by other companies. We believe that this non­-GAAP financial measure, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of its reported GAAP results, provides useful information to investors by providing a more focused measure of operating results. This metric is used as part of the Company's internal reporting to evaluate its operations and the performance of senior management. A table reconciling this measure to the comparable GAAP measure is available in the accompanying financial tables below.

About Atomera Incorporated

Atomera Incorporated has developed Mears Silicon Technology™ ("MST®"), which increases performance and power efficiency in semiconductor transistors. MST can be implemented using equipment already deployed in semiconductor manufacturing facilities and is complementary to other nano­-scaling technologies already in the semiconductor industry roadmap.

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-­looking statements concerning Atomera Incorporated, including statements regarding the prospects for the semiconductor industry generally and the ability of our MST technology to significantly improve semiconductor performance. Those forward-­looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Among those factors are: (1) the fact that we have not yet commenced revenue producing operations or entered into a definitive agreement with regard to the licensing or commercialization of our MST technology, thus subjecting us to all of the risks inherent in a pre­-revenue enterprise; (2) risks related to our ability to raise sufficient capital, as and when needed, to pursue the further development, licensing and commercialization of our MST technology; (3) our ability to protect our proprietary technology, trade secrets and know­-how and (4) those other risks disclosed in the section "Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and filed with the SEC on March 6, 2018. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-­looking statements. We do not undertake, and specifically disclaim any obligation, to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.

Atomera Incorporated
Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)

  March 31,       December 31,  
  2018     2017  
  (Unaudited)          
               
ASSETS              
               
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,547     $ 17,369  
Accounts receivable         110  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   401       248  
Total current assets   14,948       17,727  
               
Property and equipment, net   68       67  
Security deposit   13       13  
               
Total assets $ 15,029     $ 17,807  
               
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY              
               
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 283     $ 198  
Accrued expenses   208       239  
Accrued payroll related expenses   226       512  
               
Total liabilities   717       949  
               
Commitments and contingencies              
               
Stockholders’ equity:              
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 2,500 shares; none issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017          
Common stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 47,500 shares; 12,361 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and 12,161 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017   12       12  
Additional paid-in capital   126,457       125,911  
Accumulated deficit   (112,157 )     (109,065 )
Total stockholders’ equity   14,312       16,858  
               
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 15,029     $ 17,807  
 


Atomera Incorporated
Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months ended
March 31,
 
  2018     2017  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development $ 1,690     $ 1,456  
General and administrative   1,203       1,603  
Selling and marketing   246       509  
Total operating expenses   3,139       3,568  
               
    Loss from operations   (3,139 )     (3,568 )
               
Other income/(expense):              
Interest income   47       28  
Other expense         (4 )
Total other income, net   47       24  
               
Net loss $ (3,092 )   $ (3,544 )
               
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted $ (0.26 )   $ (0.31 )
               
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   12,041       11,572  
 


Atomera Incorporated
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months ended
March 31,
 
  2018     2017  
           
Net loss (GAAP): $ (3,092 )   $ (3,544 )
Add (subtract) the following items:              
Interest income   (47 )     (28 )
Interest expense          
Depreciation and amortization   8       5  
Stock-based compensation   545       1,210  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) $ (2,586 )   $ (2,357 )
               

 

Investor Contact:
Bishop IR
Mike Bishop
(415) 894-9633
investor@atomera.com

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