Ambarella (AMBA – Free Report) reported non-GAAP earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 of 44 cents per share, beating Zacks’ consensus estimate of a loss of 20 cents per share. The reported figure climbed 91.3% from year-earlier quarter earnings of 23 cents per share.
Revenue jumped 29% year-over-year to $90.3 million and narrowly topped the consensus mark of $90 million. Robust year-over-year revenue growth was primarily driven by improvement in the automotive and security camera businesses.
Customer and market details
Ambarella had three clients that contributed more than 10% in the current quarter. WT Microelectronics, a fulfillment partner in Taiwan that serves multiple customers in Asia, accounted for 57% of the company’s revenue. Hakuto, a Japanese distributor for automotive customers, contributed 10%, while Chicony, a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer serving multiple IOT customers, accounted for 11% of the company’s revenue.
The momentum of AMBA’s on-chip CV stream system in professional IP cameras across all geographies continued in the quarter under review.
Non-GAAP gross margin was 63.8%, up 90 basis points year-over-year in the fiscal first quarter.
A healthy customer base and product mix, supported by stable price movements, contributed to gross margin expansion in the reported quarter.
On a non-GAAP basis, operating expenses were $39.8 million, down 1.2% sequentially. Non-GAAP operating expenses were slightly lower than the midpoint of the company’s previous guidance, primarily due to the timing of new product development activities.
Net inventory was $41.5 million as of April 30, 2022, down 8.2% sequentially.
Balance sheet and cash flow
As of April 30, 2022, Ambarella had cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities of $200.6 million, compared to $171 million as of January 31, 2022.
During the first fiscal quarter, the company generated operating cash flow of $34 million.
For the second quarter of fiscal 2023, revenue is expected between $78 million and $82 million. Non-GAAP gross margin is expected at 63-64%.
Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be between $42 million and $45 million.
Management noted that supply chain constraints will remain a concern in the second quarter of fiscal 2023.
Zacks ranking and key picks
Ambarella currently wears a Zacks rank #4 (sale). AMBA shares are down 15.8% over the past year.
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