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Rambus Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – October 29, 2018 – Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 under GAAP Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 (“ASC 606”), which superseded the revenue recognition requirements in ASC Topic 605, Revenue Recognition (“ASC 605”) that was previously applicable. Rambus also reported financial results as they would have been presented under ASC 605. This ASC 605 presentation is required under the modified retrospective transition method that Rambus has chosen to adopt under ASC 606. Rambus notes that this presentation allows a more relevant comparability with prior results, which were all reported under ASC 605.

Luc Seraphin, chief executive officer of Rambus said, “This was a strong quarter that continued to reinforce our confidence in our strategy and execution to plan. As we continue to roll out products, improve operational efficiency and generate cash, we are creating the foundation for future profitable growth.”

(1) As noted above, Rambus is presenting the financial results under ASC 606 along with the results that would have been applicable under ASC 605. The ASC 605 information should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, nor superior to or in isolation from, the financial information prepared in accordance with ASC 606.

(2) See “Reconciliation of GAAP Forward Looking Estimates to Non-GAAP Forward Looking Estimates” tables included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented and that revenue is solely presented on a GAAP basis.

(3) Total revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 under ASC 605 is 5% higher than a year ago excluding the impact of the Lighting Division which was wound down in the first quarter.

Business Review

For the Memory and Interface division, Q3 was a positive quarter with broad OEM and cloud customer qualifications ongoing in chips and steady revenue for IP cores. Our DDR4 server DIMM chip business continues to hit its revenue targets with steady market growth in market share and remains on track to meet our targets for 2018. For the next-generation DDR5 memory buffer chips, we maintain our leadership position as the first and only supplier with working silicon that supports the top-end speeds for both the Register Clock Driver (RCD) and Data Buffer (DB) chips, and we continue to engage with our customers and the ecosystem. Following the record revenue from our high-speed IP Cores in the first half, we continue our leadership with further development of high-end and high-bandwidth SerDes and memory IP cores in advanced process nodes. We see increased traction from a growing number of customers across multiple high-performance applications including AI, automotive, data center and networking.

Our Security Division, which consists of our Cryptography, Ticketing and Payments groups, had a solid quarter with new customer, partner and product announcements across the groups. The Cryptography group systematically increased its product portfolio as part of the ongoing effort to make it simple and fast for our customers to implement security by design. We now offer the general availability of our RISC-V-based programmable CryptoManager Hardware Root of Trust, a full suite of DPA-resistant crypto cores for commercial and government applications, and an enhanced DPA Workstation with expanded side-channel attack testing capabilities through partnership with Riscure. For the Ticketing and Payments groups, market traction and product development for tokenization continue to progress. We have expanded our tokenization solutions from mobile payments and retail, to account-based payments, e-commerce and now the blockchain. This quarter saw announcements from both groups, introducing new customers, partners and products including ScotRail for mobile ticketing, and Coles, Visa and American Express for Payments, and the launch of Vaultify Trade, providing bank-grade tokenization for blockchain.

Our strategy of leveraging innovation and IP to develop differentiated products for high-growth markets remains. While we are pleased with the progress in our software-based Payments and Ticketing programs and see increasing market traction for tokenization solutions, we acknowledge that these businesses are far from our core in the semiconductor space. With that, we are exploring strategic options to maximize the market opportunity and success of these businesses.

(1) As noted above, Rambus is presenting the ASC 606 results together with the adjustments made to reconcile the ASC 606 presentation to the results that would have been applicable under ASC 605. The ASC 605 information should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, nor superior to or in isolation from, the financial information prepared in accordance with ASC 606.

(2) Licensing billings is an operational metric that reflects amounts invoiced to our licensing customers during the period, as adjusted for certain differences.

(1) See “Reconciliation of GAAP Forward Looking Estimates to Non-GAAP Forward Looking Estimates” tables included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented and that revenue is solely presented on a GAAP basis.

(2) See note (1) under “Financial Review-GAAP” above for a description of the Adjustments and ASC 605 presentations.

Revenue for the quarter was $59.8 million, above the high end of our expectations, due to the structure of our licensing agreements signed within the quarter. Revenue under ASC 605 would have been $99.8 million, in line with our expectations. We had GAAP total operating costs and expenses of $78.9 million and non-GAAP total operating costs and expenses of $67.6 million. We also had GAAP and non-GAAP diluted net loss per share of $0.97 and $0.01, respectively. Total GAAP and non-GAAP diluted net income (loss) per share under ASC 605 would have been ($0.65) and $0.22, respectively.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of September 30, 2018 were $248.2 million, a decrease of $50.2 million from June 30, 2018, mainly due to the $81.2 million payment of the remaining balance of our 2018 convertible notes, offset by $31.6 million in cash provided by operating activities. Adjusted EBITDA under ASC 605 for the quarter would have been $34.8 million.

2018 Fourth Quarter Outlook

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASC 606 which materially impacted the timing of revenue recognition for the Company’s fixed-fee intellectual property licensing arrangements. The adoption of ASC 606 did not have a material impact on the Company’s other revenue streams, net cash provided by operating activities or its underlying financial position.

The Company has provided its fourth quarter outlook under ASC 606 and ASC 605 in order to provide additional transparency. The Company believes that providing this additional disclosure in the short term will help its investors and analysts understand the impact of the change in revenue recognition standards, especially given the material difference in the timing of revenue recognition for its fixed-fee licensing arrangements as mentioned above. Note that the presentation under ASC 605 is not a substitute for the new ASC 606 revenue recognition rules under current GAAP.

(1) See “Reconciliation of GAAP Forward Looking Estimates to Non-GAAP Forward Looking Estimates” tables included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented and that revenue is solely presented on a GAAP basis.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company expects revenue under ASC 606 to be between $56 million and $62 million. Revenue is not without risk and achieving revenue in this range will require that the Company sign customer agreements for patent licensing, various product sales, mobile payments software and solutions licensing among other matters.

The Company also expects operating costs and expenses to be between $77 million and $73 million, and diluted net loss per share to be between $0.13 and $0.06. Additionally, the Company expects non-GAAP operating costs and expenses to be between $65 million and $61 million, and non-GAAP diluted net income (loss) per share to be between ($0.03) and $0.04. These expectations also assume non-GAAP interest and other income and expense of ($5 million), tax rate of 24% (refer to non-GAAP financial information below – income tax adjustments) and diluted share count of 110 million, and exclude stock-based compensation expense ($7 million), amortization expense ($5 million) and non-cash interest expense on convertible notes ($3 million).

(1) See “Reconciliation of GAAP Forward Looking Estimates to Non-GAAP Forward Looking Estimates” tables included below. Note that the applicable non-GAAP measures are presented and that revenue is solely presented on a GAAP basis.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company expects that revenue under ASC 605 would be between $99 million and $105 million. Revenue is not without risk and achieving revenue in this range will require that the Company sign customer agreements for patent licensing, various product sales, mobile payments software and solutions licensing among other matters.

The Company also expects that operating costs and expenses would be between $77 million and $73 million, and diluted net income per share would be between $0.12 and $0.19. Additionally, the Company expects that non-GAAP operating costs and expenses would be between $65 million and $61 million, and non-GAAP diluted net income per share would be between $0.23 and $0.29. These expectations also assume non-GAAP interest and other income and expense of $1 million, tax rate of 24% (refer to non-GAAP financial information below – income tax adjustments) and diluted share count of 110 million, and exclude stock-based compensation expense ($7 million), amortization expense ($5 million) and non-cash interest expense on convertible notes ($3 million).

Conference Call:

Rambus management will discuss the results of the quarter during a conference call scheduled for 2:00pm PT today. The call, audio and slides will be available online at investor.rambus.com and a replay will be available for the next week at the following numbers: (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) with ID# 4888626.

Non-GAAP Financial Information:

In the commentary set forth above and in the financial statements included in this earnings release, the Company presents the following non-GAAP financial measures: operating costs and expenses, operating margin, operating income (loss), net income (loss) and, diluted net income (loss) per share, presented both under ASC 606 and as they would have been presented under ASC 605. In computing each of these non-GAAP financial measures, the following items were considered as discussed below: stock-based compensation expenses, acquisition-related transaction costs and retention bonus expense, amortization expenses, non-cash interest expense and certain other one-time adjustments. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures are appropriate for both its own assessment of, and to show investors, how the Company’s performance compares to other periods. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliation from GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial statements contained in this release.

The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures reflect adjustments based on the following items:

Stock-based compensation expense. These expenses primarily relate to employee stock options, employee stock purchase plans, and employee non-vested equity stock and non-vested stock units. The Company excludes stock-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP measures primarily because such expenses are non-cash expenses that the Company does not believe are reflective of ongoing operating results. Additionally, given the fact that other companies may grant different amounts and types of equity awards and may use different option valuation assumptions, excluding stock-based compensation expense permits more accurate comparisons of the Company’s results with peer companies.

Acquisition-related transaction costs and retention bonus expense. These expenses include all direct costs of certain acquisitions and the current periods’ portion of any retention bonus expense associated with the acquisitions. The Company excludes these expenses in order to provide better comparability between periods.

Restructuring charges. These charges may consist of severance, contractual retention payments, exit costs and other charges and are excluded because such charges are not directly related to ongoing business results and do not reflect expected future operating expenses.

Amortization expense. The Company incurs expenses for the amortization of intangible assets acquired in acquisitions. The Company excludes these items because these expenses are not reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts arise from the Company’s prior acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the operation of the Company’s core business.

Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes. The Company incurs non-cash interest expense related to its convertible notes. The Company excludes non-cash interest expense related to its convertible notes to provide more accurate comparisons of the Company’s results with other peer companies and to more accurately reflect the Company’s ongoing operations.

Income tax adjustments. For purposes of internal forecasting, planning and analyzing future periods that assume net income from operations, the Company estimates a fixed, long-term projected tax rate of approximately 24 percent for 2018 and 35 percent for 2017, which consists of estimated U.S. federal and state tax rates, and excludes tax rates associated with certain items such as withholding tax, tax credits, deferred tax asset valuation allowance and the release of any deferred tax asset valuation allowance. Accordingly, the Company has applied these tax rates to its non-GAAP financial results for all periods in the relevant years to assist the Company’s planning. The Company has provided below a reconciliation of its GAAP provision for income taxes and GAAP effective tax rate to the assumed non-GAAP provision for income taxes and non-GAAP effective tax rate.

On occasion in the future, there may be other items, such as significant gains or losses from contingencies that the Company may exclude in deriving its non-GAAP financial measures if it believes that doing so is consistent with the goal of providing useful information to investors and management.

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