Pixelplus Reports Financial Results for Fiscal Third Quarter 2008

SEOUL, South Korea , Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pixelplus Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: PXPL), a fabless semiconductor company in Korea that designs, develops, and markets CMOS image sensors for various consumer electronics applications, today announced unaudited financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2008, which ended on September 30, 2008 .

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 was US$3.7 million, compared to US$3.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2008, and US$3.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. Pixelplus' weaker-than-expected revenues in the third quarter were mainly attributable to the economic slowdown in China , which caused the Company to sustain lower-than-anticipated revenues arising from its supply of image sensors to module makers and handset manufacturers in China .

Net loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2008 was US$2.9 million, or a net loss of US$0.84 per diluted ADS, compared to a net loss of US$2.3 million, or a net loss of US$0.68 per diluted ADS, in the second quarter of fiscal 2008, and a net loss of US$1.2 million, or a net loss of US$0.36 per diluted ADS, in the third quarter of fiscal 2007.

Revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2008 was US$9.7 million, compared to US$12.0 million for the same period in fiscal 2007. Net loss for the first nine months of fiscal 2008 was US$7.2 million, or a net loss of US$2.13 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of US$3.5 million, or a net loss of US$1.07 per diluted share, for the same period in fiscal 2007.

The Company sold approximately 7.4 million image sensors in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, which represents an increase of about 0.3 million units from its sale of around 7.1 million units in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Separately, the Company provided approximately 0.8 million image sensors arising from its supply of services to a leading Japanese module maker in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, which represents a decrease of roughly 0.3 million units from its sale of around 1.1 million units in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. So, in terms of combined figures, the Company sold and supplied a total of about 8.2 million image sensors in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, which is nearly the same as its supply of around 8.2 million units in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.

Gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 was 15.3%, compared to 4.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. The Company's increase in gross margin was primarily due to its rise in the total number of PC1030 NTSC/PAL image sensors sold in the third quarter of 2008. To improve gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company aims to increase its revenues arising from the steadily increasing supply of its 'System-on-a-Chip' ("SoC") image sensors, especially its PC1030 NTSC/PAL image sensors.

The Company's SG&A expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2008 were about US$2.9 million, compared to roughly US$1.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2008, and approximately US$1.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. This increase in SG&A expenses mainly stemmed from a rise in bad debt expenses of US$1.8 million in the third quarter of 2008. The Company's operating expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2008 were around US$3.7 million, compared to about US$2.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2008, and approximately US$2.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2007.

The Company notes that all U.S. dollar figures specified above were converted at the rate of 1,206.3 Korean won to one U.S. dollar, which is the noon buying rate of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York in effect on September 30, 2008 .

Due to the current economic turmoil in Asia arising from the Global Financial Crisis, the Company is not in a position to provide specific guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, but does expect its revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 to increase over the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

In the first quarter of 2009, the Company expects to issue a trading update reporting its audited results of operations for the full fiscal year of 2008 prepared in accordance with Korean GAAP on a non-consolidated basis.

"While we are not pleased with our revenues in the third quarter, the Company views this as a temporary setback which is mainly attributable to the economic downturn in Asia," said Dr. S.K. Lee , President and Chief Executive Officer of Pixelplus. "Specifically, the economic slowdown in China had a negative impact on our business in the third quarter, and this impact was much greater and broader than we had ever imagined. In response to the unprecedented financial turmoil arising from the Global Financial Crisis and the severe economic burden this has placed on the Asian economies, we continue to adapt to unfavorable market conditions and seek to identify and capture new business opportunities by adjusting and implementing creative sales and marketing strategies which should allow us to further strengthen our customer focus and select growth initiatives, as well as enhance our abilities to increase new business margins, drive higher profitability, and improve our performance. We remain fully committed to achieving our long-term growth targets and business strategies through developing new products, entering new markets, and securing new design wins with our PO4010 CIF SoC, PO6030 VGA SoC, and PC1030 NTSC/PAL image sensors, as well as our PM1002, which is the Company's new SoC processor for various image recognition applications. For that aim, we continue to cultivate our core strategic business with first and second-tier mobile camera phone manufacturers in Korea, with key distributors as well as manufacturers of security and surveillance applications and notebook embedded cameras in China , Hong Kong , and Taiwan , and with a leading module marker in Japan through our co-development of image sensors. In parallel, we are working closely with our customers on a pro-active basis to provide them with higher resolution, better image quality, and smaller form factor products. While we will continue to invest smartly in valued R&D programs and new market opportunities and do everything possible to ramp new sources of revenue, we are confident that our strategic business adjustments will allow us to achieve our goals in the most cost-efficient and effective manner possible, and enable us to see gradual gains and improvements in our sales revenues starting in this fourth quarter."

Pixelplus will hold an investor conference call at 5:00 PM Thursday, October 30 ( New York ) / 9:00 PM Thursday, October 30 ( London ) / 5:00 AM Friday, October 31 ( Hong Kong / Singapore ) / 6:00 AM Friday, October 31 ( Seoul / Tokyo ). To access the Pixelplus investor call, please dial one of the following numbers: +1 480 629 1990 ( North America ) / +1 480 629 1990 ( Europe ) / +81 3 3570 8179 ( Asia ). To obtain replay details for the call, available for a limited time, please contact Taylor Rafferty at the numbers provided below.

About Pixelplus Co., Ltd.

Pixelplus is a South Korea -based developer of high-performance, high-resolution, and cost-effective CMOS image sensors for use primarily in mobile camera phones. In addition to mobile phones, Pixelplus provides CMOS image sensors and SoC solutions for use in webcams and notebook embedded cameras, toys and games, and security and surveillance system applications.

As a fabless semiconductor company, Pixelplus is focused on creating proprietary design technologies to develop CMOS image sensors with sharp, colorful and enhanced image quality, size efficiency, and low power consumption.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains certain statements that are not historical in nature but are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "project," or "continue" or the negative of such words or other similar words. Pixelplus cautions readers that forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations, estimates and assumptions about our company and our industry, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. Investors are directed to Pixelplus' reports and documents filed from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a description of various factors that should be considered before investing in Pixelplus' securities. These factors may cause Pixelplus' results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made in this release. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and Pixelplus assumes no duty or obligation to update them to reflect new, changing, or unanticipated events or circumstances. The financial results for the third quarter of 2008 contained in this document have not been audited by Pixelplus' independent registered public accountants.

The Company's functional currency on a consolidated basis is the Korean won. The U.S. dollar amounts disclosed in the financial statements are presented solely for the convenience of the reader, and have been converted at the rate of 1,206.3 Korean won to one U.S. dollar, which is the noon buying rate of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York in effect on September 30, 2008 . Such conversions should not be construed as representations that the Korean won amounts represent, have been, or could be, converted into, U.S. dollars at that or any other rate. Please note that the numbers specified for the fiscal year 2007 in the financial statements provided in the Company's Form 20-F, which were converted at the rate of 935.8 Korean won to one U.S. dollar in effect on December 31, 2007 , are different from the numbers specified for the fiscal year 2007 in the above financial statements.

SOURCE Pixelplus Co., Ltd.



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