2/27/2012 7:00:12 AM
Company grows revenue by 19%, reduces cash used in operations by 40%
and kicks off 2012 with design sample shipments of next-generation PicoP
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 27, 2012–
MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), the leader in innovative
ultra-miniature projection display technology, today announced its 2011
operating and financial results and key 2012 business objectives.
MicroVision completed all of the key objectives of its 2011 business
Advancement of the next-generation HD PicoP® display engine technology
based on direct green lasers (PicoP® Gen2) for commercialization in
2012. MicroVision’s PicoP Gen2 display engine will offer multiple
advantages including small form factor, lower price, and superior
Substantially completed the development of key components and
subsystems of the PicoP Gen2 display engine, including a new light
source module that uses red, blue, and green laser diodes, a new 720p
MEMS mirror and accompanying electronics.
Integrated early samples of direct green lasers from three different
manufacturers into the first prototypes of the PicoP Gen2 display
engine to validate their performance.
PicoP Gen2 display engine prototypes at the 2012 Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) garnering a ‘CES
Product of the Future’ award by Popular Science.
Began shipments in February 2012 of PicoP Gen2 display engine design
samples for customer evaluation.
Revenue growth of 19% to $5.6 million in 2011 from $4.7 million in
Reduction of 40% in cash used in operations to $27.9 million in 2011
compared to $46.2 million for 2010.
Other Notable 2011 Operating Achievements
Cultivated business relationships with Apple, Intel, RIM and WOWee
through distribution agreements for the award-winning SHOWWX+™ line of
pico projectors for them to gain a better understanding of the
emerging pico projection market and related applications.
Sold PicoHUD™ development kits to automotive customers and signed an
agreement with a major automotive manufacturer to incorporate
MicroVision’s PicoHUD technology into its test vehicles.
Highlighted unique value proposition of PicoP Gen2 technology by
demonstrating Touch Interactive and 3D displays at CES in January that
the company believes will unlock new use models for consumers on the
2011 Financial Results
MicroVision reported the following financial results for the quarter and
year ended December 31, 2011, compared to the same periods one year ago.
Grew annual revenue to $5.6 million in 2011, compared to $4.7 million
in 2010. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.5 million,
compared to $683,000 for the same quarter in 2010.
Reduced operating loss to $36.0 million for 2011, compared to $48.3
million in 2010, and $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011
compared to $15.4 million for the same quarter in 2010. The decrease
in operating loss for 2011 was driven by lower operating cost and
lower inventory adjustments compared to prior year.
Reduced net loss to $35.8 million, or $2.57 per share, compared to
$47.5 million, or $4.17 per share for the prior year and $9.8 million,
or $0.62 per share, compared to $15.4 million, or $1.27 per share for
the same quarter a year ago. Per share numbers have been adjusted for
a reverse stock split which became effective February 17, 2012.
Decreased cash used in operations to $27.9 million in 2011, compared
to $46.2 million for 2010, reflecting a 40 percent decrease from a
As of December 31, 2011, backlog was $2.1 million and cash and cash
equivalents were $13.1 million.
“MicroVision heads into 2012 with a focused strategy for delivering the
world’s first HD pico display solution,” stated Alexander Tokman,
president and CEO of MicroVision. “With the significant progress we made
last year and the expected availability of the direct green lasers, we
plan to deliver a robust solution to Pioneer for its targeted mid-year
product launch and to supply PicoP Gen2 display engines to other
customers later in the year.”
Highlights of MicroVision’s 2012 plan include:
Secure OEM commitments to design products using the PicoP Gen2 display
- Launch commercial PicoP Gen2 display engine.
- Transition to core “Image by PicoP” ingredient brand model.
Secure OEM customer commitments to design products using the PicoP
Gen2 display engine
The company is targeting OEMs in the consumer electronics, mobile
entertainment, automotive, and industrial markets to define future
products using the PicoP Gen2 technology.
MicroVision successfully completed the evaluation phase last year with
Pioneer Corporation, delivering PicoP Gen2 display engine samples to
them. Pioneer is now developing its HUD product which is expected to be
introduced in the middle of 2012 and would be the first commercially
available product with an embedded PicoP Gen2 display engine.
MicroVision recently began to deliver samples of the PicoP Gen2 display
engine to additional OEMs for evaluation. During an evaluation phase,
MicroVision provides design samples to prospective customers for their
evaluation of the PicoP Gen2 display engine as a component they can
embed in their future products. The company then provides design
guidelines and engineering support in order to secure customer product
development commitments and assist OEMs in the commercialization phase.
During the later stages of an OEM’s product commercialization cycle,
MicroVision would begin supplying commercial engines in larger volumes.
Launch the commercial PicoP Gen2 display engine
Commercial availability of the PicoP Gen2 display engine will be driven
by the qualification and manufacturing readiness of three key elements:
(1) direct green lasers by at least one manufacturer; (2) the laser
module and display engine subsystems by Pioneer; and (3) the MEMS,
electronics and systems controls.
Based on recent discussions with green laser suppliers, MicroVision
currently believes that at least one manufacturer will be able to
provide commercial direct green lasers to Pioneer and MicroVision by
mid-2012 to enable Pioneer’s commercial product launch. Two additional
suppliers now plan to introduce a commercial version of their lasers in
the second half of 2012. At commercial introduction, direct green lasers
are expected to meet all of the performance criteria necessary to launch
the PicoP Gen2 display engine for automotive applications with Pioneer.
To meet the display requirements for consumer applications, MicroVision
identified and is developing PicoP Gen2 display engine system
enhancements that are expected to be available to OEMs in the second
half of 2012.
Transition to core “Image by PicoP” ingredient brand model
During 2012 MicroVision plans to transition to its core business model
of enabling others to create products using its PicoP display engine
technology, “Image by PicoP”. This ingredient brand strategy frees the
company from developing the infrastructure necessary to develop and
market end user products across multiple vertical markets and allows
MicroVision to focus its resources on continuous innovation of its PicoP
technology. For these reasons, the company believes that pursuing this
strategy plays to its strengths as a technology company allowing OEMs to
leverage their product development abilities and established product
The company will host a conference call today to discuss its financial
and operating results for 2011, 2012 business strategy, and current
business operations at 8:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 a.m. PT. Participants may
join the conference call by dialing (866) 272-9941 (for U.S.
participants) or (617) 213-8895 (for international participants) ten
minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call pass code
number is 25048503. The call will also be broadcast over the Internet
and can be accessed from the company’s web site at www.microvision.com/investors.
The webcast and information needed to access the telephone replay will
be available through the same link approximately one hour after the
conference call concludes.
MicroVision provides the PicoP® display engine technology platform which
enables next-generation display and imaging products for pico
projectors, vehicle displays and wearable displays that interface with
mobile devices. The company’s projection display engine uses highly
efficient laser light sources which can create vivid images with high
contrast and brightness. For more information, visit us on:
MicroVision, SHOWWX, PicoMagic, PicoHUD and PicoP are trademarks of
MicroVision, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other
trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
Certain statements contained in this release, including those relating
to future product development, expected product benefits, availability
of direct green lasers and other risks relating to efforts by third
parties, commercial contracting, operating results, and product
commercialization, and those using words such as “expects”, “intends”,
“plans”, “should”, “would”, “will” and “believe” are forward-looking
statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected in the company’s forward-looking statements include the
following: our ability to raise additional capital when needed; our or
our customers failure to perform under open purchase orders; our
financial and technical resources relative to those of our competitors;
our ability to keep up with rapid technological change; government
regulation of our technologies; our ability to enforce our intellectual
property rights and protect our proprietary technologies; the ability to
obtain additional contract awards; the timing of commercial product
launches and delays in product development; the ability to achieve key
technical milestones in key products; dependence on third parties to
develop, manufacture, sell and market our products; potential product
liability claims; and other risk factors identified from time to time in
the company’s SEC reports, including the company’s Annual Report on Form
10-K filed with the SEC. Except as expressly required by federal
securities laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise
any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events, changes in circumstances or any other reason.
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||13,075||$||19,413|
|Investment securities, available-for-sale||8||13|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowances||463||1,116|
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted
|Current restricted investments||–||306|
|Other current assets||785||564|
|Total current assets||18,655||27,624|
|Property and equipment, net||2,347||4,169|
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity|
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted
|Current portion of capital lease obligations||39||40|
|Current portion of long-term debt||93||85|
Total current liabilities
|Capital lease obligations, net of current portion||72||114|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion||67||159|
|Deferred rent, net of current portion||187||697|
|Other long-term liabilities||–||424|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Common stock at par value||136||102|
|Additional paid-in capital||425,539||400,791|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(35||)||(30||)|
|Total shareholders’ equity||10,802||21,833|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||23,870||$||35,233|
|Statement of Operations|
|(In thousands, except earnings per share data)|
|Three months ended December 31,||Twelve months ended December 31,|
|Cost of product revenue||3,932||7,224||11,640||15,779|
|Cost of contract revenue||494||241||1,425||443|
|Total cost of revenue||4,426||7,465||13,065||16,222|
|Research and development expense||3,833||4,639||15,279||21,600|
|Sales, marketing, general and administrative expense||3,132||3,992||13,314||15,252|
|Gain on disposal of fixed assets||–||–||(11||)||–|
|Total operating expenses||6,965||8,631||28,582||36,852|
|Loss from operations||(9,887||)||(15,413||)||(36,030||)||(48,334||)|
|Realized loss on sale of investment securities||–||(127||)||–||(127||)|
|Gain (loss) on derivative instruments, net||–||(33||)||–||842|
|Net loss per share – basic and diluted||$||(0.62||)||$||(1.27||)||$||(2.57||)||$||(4.17||)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding – basic and diluted||15,880||12,152||13,919||11,379|
Source: MicroVision, Inc.
Tiffany Bradford, 425-882-6629 (investors)
Snyder (Edelman), 503-997-3440 (media/PR)