Akoustis Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year FY20 Results

– Company to Host Investor Update Call Today at 8:00 am ET –

Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, will host an investor call to provide a business update and outlook, followed by a Q & A session this morning at 8:00 a.m. EDT. The call-in numbers are 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). The conference call will be webcast live on the Company’s website and will be available for playback at the following URL: https://ir.akoustis.com/ir-calendar.

Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, commented, “The June quarter delivered a strong finish to fiscal year 2020 as we began shipping RF filter products into our first two high-volume commercial markets, namely 5G small cell network infrastructure and WiFi CPE devices, at the end of the quarter”. Mr. Shealy continued, “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to achieve our strategic milestones and are actively delivering new, high performance frequency selectivity solutions including our groundbreaking BAW-based WiFi 6E coexistence filters. With our growing catalog of commercially available RF filter products and technology aimed at large and growing markets including 5G network infrastructure, high-band WiFi, 5G mobile devices and advanced defense communications equipment, we are working to convert design wins to revenue moving forward.”

Recent Business Highlights

  • Announced the Company’s first WiFi CPE design win and filter orders from a tier-1 OEM for a retail tri-band router launching later in calendar 2020
  • Received second 5G small cell network infrastructure design win with tier-1 OEM
  • Shipped compliant 5G band n77 high power RF filters to first tier-1 network infrastructure customer
  • Announced the first 5.5 GHz BAW filter for the emerging WiFi 6E specification and shipped samples to multiple customers including tier-1 OEM and SoC companies
  • Announced the world’s first 6.5 GHz BAW filter for the emerging WiFi 6E specification that covers the recently allotted ultra-wideband 5.9 to 7.1 GHz unlicensed spectrum
  • Announced first order for 5.5 and 6.5 GHz WiFi 6E coexistence filters from tier-1 enterprise OEM
  • Signed strategic purchase agreement with tier-1 OEM for the development and sale of multiple new XBAW™ filters for WiFi 6E
  • Executive appointment of Colin Hunt to new role as VP of Global Sales
  • Continued engagement with 5G mobile partner for evaluation in future mobile RF products
  • Further expanded Company’s product portfolio by adding 14th design-locked RF filter solution to its product catalog
  • Expanded XBAW™ patent portfolio to 33 issued and licensed patents plus 71 patents pending as of August 17, 2020

Fourth Fiscal Quarter Performance

For the 4th quarter ended June 30th, 2020, the Company reported revenue of $365,000, which was flat as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2020 but represented a greater than 350% increase in core filter product revenue.

On a GAAP basis: operating loss was ($8.2) million for the June quarter, mainly driven by labor costs of $4.7 million, depreciation of $0.9 million, and other operational costs totaling $2.6 million. As a result, GAAP net loss per share was ($0.28).

On a non-GAAP basis: operating loss was ($6.6) million, and non-GAAP net loss per share was ($0.19). 

Capex spend for Q4 was $3.4 million compared to $2.2 million in the third fiscal quarter, mostly related to the targeted 500% capacity expansion in the Company’s NY fab. Cash used in operating activities in Q4 was $4.9 million, compared to $4.4 million in Q3. The increase of approximately $0.5 million is primarily due to the $0.6 million increase in other current assets. The Company exited the June quarter with $44.4 million of cash and cash equivalents, versus $39.7 million at the end of Q3.

Akoustis’ high frequency, high performance XBAW™ process and filters are experiencing growing interest as the Company prepares to enter production in multiple markets in calendar 2020, including 5G network infrastructure, high-band WiFi and phased-array radar applications.

Akoustis has added 14 filters to its product catalog including a 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.5 GHz WiFi-6E filter, three small cell 5G network infrastructure filters including two Band n77 filters and one Band n79 filter, a 3.8 GHz filter and five S-Band filters for defense phased-array radar applications, a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS 5G infrastructure market and a C-Band filter for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. The Company is also developing several new filters for the sub-7 GHz bands targeting 5G mobile device, network infrastructure, WiFi CPE and defense markets.


                                                                                 Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

                                                                          Consolidated Statement of Operations

                                                                          (In thousands, except per share data)

    For the Year   For the Year   For the Three Months   For the Three Months
Ended Ended Ended Ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenue    $      1,790    $      1,443    $      366    $       570
Cost of revenue                    2,414                    1,013                    1,074                       200
Gross profit                     (624)                       430                     (708)                       370
Operating expenses                
Research and development                  20,523                  19,075                    4,787                    4,735
General and administrative expenses                  10,891                    8,922                    2,733                    2,081
Total operating expenses                  31,414                  27,997                    7,520                    6,816
Loss from operations                (32,038)                (27,567)                  (8,228)                  (6,446)
Other (expense) income                
Interest (expense) income                  (4,573)                  (2,886)                  (1,314)                     (880)
Rental income                       181                       270                         17                         63
Change in fair value of contingent real estate liability                       445                       785                         (1)                       (20)
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities                     (155)                       150                       551                    1,522
Total Other (expense) income                  (4,102)                  (1,681)                  (1,849)                       685
Net loss                (36,140)                (29,248)                (10,077)                  (5,761)
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted    $     (1.07)    $     (1.06)    $      (0.27)    $      (0.19)
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted   33,698,502   27,512,426   36,844,237   30,079,073

                                                 Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

                                               Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                         (In thousands, except per share data)

    June 30,   June 30,  
    2020   2019  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 44,308   $ 30,054  
Accounts receivable     351     285  
Inventory     136     94  
Other current assets     1,408     1,288  
Total current assets     46,203     31,721  
Property and equipment, net     23,605     15,178  
Intangibles, net     544     388  
Assets held for sale, net     21     300  
Operating lease right-of-use asset, net     699      
Restricted cash     100     100  
Other assets     261     262  
Total Assets   $ 71,433   $ 47,949  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity              
Current Liabilities:              
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 5,899   $ 3,211  
Contingent real estate liability         446  
Operating lease liability-current     231      
Deferred revenue         5  
Total current liabilities     6,130     3,662  
Long-term Liabilities:              
Convertible notes payable, net     21,628     18,215  
Operating lease liability-non current     472      
Loans payable     1,591      
Other long-term liabilities     117     117  
Total long-term liabilities     23,808     18,332  
Total Liabilities     29,938     21,994  
Stockholders’ Equity              
Preferred Stock, par value $0.001: 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding          
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 37,990,380 and 30,140,955 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019, respectively     38     30  
Additional paid in capital     145,072     93,399  
Accumulated deficit     (103,615 )   (67,474 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity     41,495     25,955  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 71,433   $ 47,949  


Non-GAAP Measures

We regularly review a number of metrics, including Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss, which are not financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). Non-GAAP Operating Loss represents operating loss before common stock issued for services. Non-GAAP Net Loss represents net loss before change in fair value of contingent real estate liability, change in fair value of derivative liabilities, debt discount amortization and common stock issued for services. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management, investors and financial analysts regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. We use these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate financial projections and make strategic decisions.

Non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company's financial statements and are subject to inherent limitations.

Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss for the three months ending June 30, 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
  Three Months Ended
  June 30, 2020 June 30, 2019
(in thousands)
GAAP operating loss  $         (8,228)  $         (6,446)
Common stock issued for services                   1,626                   1,718
Non-GAAP operating loss  $         (6,602)  $        (4,728)
  Three Months Ended
  June 30, 2020 June 30, 2019
(in thousands)
GAAP net loss  $       (10,077)  $         (5,761)
Change in fair value of contingent real estate liability                         -                          20
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities                      551                  (1,522)
Debt discount amortization                      925                      637
Common stock issued for services                   1,626                   1,718
Non-GAAP net loss  $        (6,975)  $         (4,908)
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted          36,844,237          30,079,073
Non-GAAP net loss per common share - basic and diluted  $(0.19)  $(0.16)


About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

Akoustis® (http://www.akoustis.com/) is a high-tech BAW RF filter solutions company that is pioneering next-generation materials science and MEMS wafer manufacturing to address the market requirements for improved RF filters - targeting higher bandwidth, higher operating frequencies and higher output power compared to incumbent polycrystalline BAW technology deployed today. The Company utilizes its proprietary XBAW manufacturing process to produce bulk acoustic wave RF filters for mobile and other wireless markets, which facilitate signal acquisition and accelerate band performance between the antenna and digital back end. Superior performance is driven by the significant advances of high-purity, single-crystal and associated piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which drives electro-mechanical coupling and translates to wide filter bandwidth. 

Akoustis plans to service the fast growing multi-billion-dollar RF filter market using its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) business model. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 certified commercial wafer-manufacturing facility located in Canandaigua, NY, which includes a class 100 / class 1000 cleanroom facility - tooled for 150-mm diameter wafers - for the design, development, fabrication and packaging of RF filters, MEMS and other semiconductor devices. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in the Piedmont technology corridor near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are intended to be covered by the “safe harbor” created by those sections. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans or strategies for the future (including our possible future results of operations, business strategies, competitive position, potential growth opportunities, potential market opportunities and the effects of competition), and the assumptions underlying such statements. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," “intend,” “forecast,” “seek,” "potential," "continue" and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, these forward-looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated include, without limitation, risks relating to the results of our research and development activities, including uncertainties relating to semiconductor process manufacturing; the development of our XBAWTM technology and products presently under development and the anticipated timing of such development; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights that are valuable to our business, including patent and other intellectual property rights; our ability to successfully manufacture, market and sell products based on our technologies; the ability to achieve qualification of our products for commercial manufacturing in a timely manner and the size and growth of the potential markets for any products so qualified; the rate and degree of market acceptance of any of our products; our ability to achieve design wins from current and future customers; our ability to raise funding to support operations and the continued development and qualification of our products and the technologies underlying them; our ability to service our outstanding indebtedness; and the effects of a pandemic or epidemic or a natural disaster, including the Covid-19 pandemic. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in more detail in the Risk Factors and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Considering these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking statements regarding future events and circumstances discussed in this document may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The forward-looking statements included in this document speak only as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly or privately any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, for any reason after the date of this document to conform these statements to new information, actual results or to changes in our expectations.

Tom Sepenzis
Akoustis Technologies
VP of Corporate Development & IR
(980) 689-4961

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag, President
(858) 794-9500

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