InterDigital Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Thursday, 18. February 2021 14:30

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), a mobile and video technology research and development company, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Recurring revenue was $89.1 million, compared to $77.5 million in fourth quarter 2019, a 15% year-over-year increase, which was driven by six new patent license agreements signed during 2020. Total revenue was $90.8 million, compared to $102.2 million in fourth quarter 2019, which is attributable to past sales from deals signed in fourth quarter 2019.
  • Operating expenses were $87.7 million, compared to $76.9 million in fourth quarter 2019, due to one-time charges of approximately $10.0 million, primarily related to a non-cash charge for on-going patent portfolio management.
  • Operating income was $3.1 million, compared to $25.3 million in fourth quarter 2019.
  • Net loss1 was $1.4 million, or $(0.04) per diluted share compared to net income1 of $13.8 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2019.
  • The company recorded $19.3 million of cash provided by operating activities, compared to $17.5 million in the same quarter last year.
  • The company generated $10.4 million of free cash flow in fourth quarter 2020, compared to free cash flow2 of $8.7 million generated in fourth quarter 2019. The increase was primarily driven by timing of collections under fixed-fee agreements. Ending cash and short-term investments totaled $926.6 million.

Full Year 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Recurring revenue was $336.8 million, compared to $298.2 million for full year 2019, a 13% year-over-year increase. This increase was driven by new licensing activity. Total revenue was $359.0 million, compared to $318.9 million for full year 2019, a 13% year-over-year increase.
  • Operating expenses were $303.8 million, compared to $281.1 million for full year 2019. Full year 2020 operating expenses included one-time charges incurred in initiatives designed to drive ongoing cost savings.
  • Operating income was $55.2 million, compared to $37.8 million in full year 2019, a 46% increase year- over- year.
  • The current year tax benefit was driven by discrete benefits of $20.9 million that primarily relate to the expected amendment of a prior year tax return, as well as the reversal of a tax reserve.
  • Net income1 was $44.8 million compared to $20.9 million, an increase of 114% year-over-year. Earnings per share was $1.44 per diluted share compared to $0.66 per diluted share, an increase of 118% year-over-year.
  • The company recorded $163.5 million of cash provided by operating activities, compared to $89.4 million provided by operating activities for full year 2019. The company generated $121.1 million of free cash flow2 in full year 2020, compared to $51.4 million for full year 2019. In each period, free cash flow was largely driven by cash receipts from patent license agreements, a portion of which relates to future periods.

“Despite uncertain macroeconomic conditions, we successfully executed on our strategy and signed numerous license agreements, which delivered very strong year-over-year growth for revenue and earnings, noted William J. Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital. “We enter 2021 with strong licensing momentum and remain confident in our long-term opportunities as we diligently pursue agreements with remaining unlicensed companies in the handset and consumer electronics business.”

“Our performance continues to show the incredible operating leverage in our model, which saw a 13% increase year-over-year in total revenue drive a 46% increase in year-over-year operating income, and a 118% year-over-year increase in earnings per share,” said Richard Brezski, CFO of InterDigital.

Conference Call Information

InterDigital will host a conference call on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial performance and other company matters.

For a live Internet webcast of the conference call, visit and click on the link to the live webcast on the Investors page. The company encourages participants to take advantage of the Internet option.

For telephone access to the conference call, dial +1 (800) 367-2403 within the United States and Canada or +1 (334) 777-6978 from outside the United States. Please call by 9:50 a.m. ET on February 18th and give the operator conference ID number 5906102.

An Internet replay of the conference call will be available on InterDigital’s website in the Investors section. In addition, a telephone replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET February 18th through 1:00 p.m. ET February 23rd. To access the recorded replay call, dial +1 (888) 203-1112 or +1 (719) 457-0820 and use the replay code 5906102.

About InterDigital®

InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks, better video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading technology companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

For more information, visit the InterDigital website:

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include information regarding our current beliefs, plans and expectations, including, without limitation, our belief that we will continue to be able to execute strongly on our business during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “forecast,” “goal,” “see,” and variations of any such words or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in or anticipated by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, those identified in this press release, as well as the following: (i) unanticipated delays, difficulties or accelerations in the execution of patent license agreements; (ii) our ability to leverage our strategic relationships and secure new patent license agreements on acceptable terms; (iii) our ability to enter into sales and/or licensing partnering arrangements for certain of our patent assets; (iv) our ability to enter into partnerships with leading inventors and research organizations and identify and acquire technology and patent portfolios that align with our roadmap; (v) our ability to commercialize our technologies and enter into customer agreements; (vi) the failure of the markets for our current or new technologies and products to materialize to the extent or at the rate that we expect; (vii) unexpected delays or difficulties related to the development of our technologies and products; (viii) changes in our interpretations of, and assumptions and calculations with respect to the impact on us of, the Tax Reform Act, as well as further guidance that may be issued regarding the Tax Reform Act; (ix) failure to accurately forecast the long-term value and costs of the Technicolor business or of certain assets acquired in the transaction; (x) the resolution of current legal or regulatory proceedings, including any awards or judgments relating to such proceedings, additional legal or regulatory proceedings, changes in the schedules or costs associated with legal or regulatory proceedings or adverse rulings in such legal or regulatory proceedings; (xi) changes or inaccuracies in market projections; (xii) the potential effects that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and/or corresponding macroeconomic uncertainty could have on our financial position, results of operations and cash flows; and (xiii) changes in our business strategy.
We undertake no duty to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law, regulation or other competent legal authority.


1        Throughout this press release, net income (loss) and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) are attributable to InterDigital, Inc. (e.g., after adjustments for non-controlling interests), unless otherwise stated.

2        Free cash flow is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that InterDigital believes is helpful in evaluating the company’s ability to invest in its business, make strategic acquisitions and fund share repurchases, among other things. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the company’s cash balance for the period. InterDigital defines “free cash flow” as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, technology licenses and investments in patents. InterDigital’s computation of free cash flow might not be comparable to free cash flow reported by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. A detailed reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is provided at the end of this press release.

(dollars in thousands except per share data)

 For the Three Months Ended December 31, For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Variable patent royalty revenue$8,667  $7,871  $26,587  $30,428 
Fixed-fee royalty revenue77,438  66,876  298,461  257,221 
Current patent royalties86,105  74,747  325,048  287,649 
Non-current patent royalties1,121  24,690  21,582  19,782 
Total patent royalties87,226  99,437  346,630  307,431 
Patent sales600    600  975 
Current technology solutions revenue2,964  2,724  11,761  10,518 
 $90,790  $102,161  $358,991  $318,924 
Patent administration and licensing51,011  46,744  170,178  154,940 
Development22,891  18,832  84,646  74,860 
Selling, general and administrative13,748  11,289  48,999  51,289 
 87,650  76,865  303,823  281,089 
Income from operations3,140  25,296  55,168  37,835 
INTEREST EXPENSE(9,918) (10,650) (40,799) (40,955)
OTHER INCOME, NET3,118  5,290  16,924  29,062 
Income (loss) before income taxes(3,660) 19,936  31,293  25,942 
INCOME TAX PROVISION (BENEFIT)769  (7,984) 6,648  (10,991)
NET INCOME (LOSS)$(2,891) $11,952  $37,941  $14,951 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest(1,541) (1,802) (6,860) (5,977)
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO INTERDIGITAL, INC.$(1,350) $13,754  $44,801  $20,928 
NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE — BASIC$(0.04) $0.44  $1.46  $0.66 
NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE — DILUTED$(0.04) $0.44  $1.44  $0.66 

(dollars in thousands)

 For the Three Months Ended December 31, For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Income (loss) before income taxes$(3,660) $19,936  $31,293  $25,942 
Taxes paid(8,022) (7,746) (26,233) (24,229)
Non-cash expenses34,900  26,896  111,527  113,035 
Change in deferred revenue(28,669) (8,624) 24,397  (7,749)
Increase (decrease) in operating working capital, deferred charges and other24,706  (13,005) 22,483  (17,566)
Capital spending and capitalized patent costs(8,807) (8,805) (42,408) (37,990)
FREE CASH FLOW10,448  8,652  121,059  51,443 
Net proceeds from change in long-term investments25  (350) 4,285  (350)
Proceeds from noncontrolling interests5,333  5,333  5,333  15,666 
Proceeds from sale of business910    910  10,000 
Dividends paid(10,782) (10,897) (43,072) (44,580)
Taxes withheld upon vesting of restricted stock units(216) (52) (1,751) (4,368)
Repurchase of common stock  (25,000) (349) (196,269)
Net proceeds from exercise of stock options100    1,892  2 
Payments on long-term debt    (94,909) (221,091)
Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes      400,000 
Purchase of convertible bond hedge      (72,000)
Payment for warrant unwind      (4,184)
Prepayment penalty on long-term debt      (10,763)
Proceeds from hedge unwind      9,038 
Proceeds from issuance of warrants      47,600 
Payments of debt issuance costs      (8,375)
Unrealized gain on short-term investments153  684  1,136  5,076 

(dollars in thousands)

Cash & short-term investments$926,647  $924,695 
Accounts receivable (net)16,008  28,272 
Other current assets84,224  63,365 
Property & equipment and patents (net)434,973  446,556 
Other long-term assets (net)154,423  149,194 
TOTAL ASSETS$1,616,275  $1,612,082 
Current portion of long-term debt$  $94,170 
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, taxes payable & dividends payable75,827  64,734 
Current deferred revenue219,935  146,654 
Long-term deferred revenue108,069  123,653 
Long-term debt & other long-term liabilities415,878  396,590 
TOTAL LIABILITIES819,709  825,801 
Noncontrolling interest23,197  24,724 
TOTAL EQUITY796,566  786,281 


In the summary consolidated cash flows and throughout this release, the company refers to free cash flow. The table below presents a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

  For the Three Months Ended December 31, For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Net cash provided by operating activities $19,255  $17,457  $163,467  $89,433 
Purchases of property, equipment, & technology licenses (1,918) (1,447) (11,793) (4,509)
Capitalized patent costs (6,889) (7,358) (30,615) (33,481)
Free cash flow $10,448  $8,652  $121,059  $51,443 

CONTACT:InterDigital, Inc.:
 Tiziana Figliolia
 +1 (302) 300-1857

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