* Q4 non-GAAP EPS $0.20 vs $0.15 forecast
* Q4 revenue $14 mln vs $12 mln forecast
* Sees Q1 EPS $0.12-$0.14, revenue $11.6 mln-$12.6 mln
* Shares up 7 pct on Nasdaq
TEL AVIV, Jan 30 Israeli mobile chip designer
Ceva Inc reported higher quarterly net profit and
revenue that beat analysts' expectations as it broadened its
portfolio of products and secured new customers.
Ceva said on Thursday it earned 20 cents a share excluding
one-off items in the fourth quarter, compared with 19 cents a
year earlier while revenue rose 8 percent to $14 million.
Analysts had forecast Ceva would earn 15 cents on revenue of
$12 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Its shares jumped 7 percent to $16.95 in early Nasdaq trade.
Chief Executive Gideon Wertheizer said the results represent
the strongest licensing quarter in Ceva's history as the company
penetrated new markets.
"Overall, during 2013 we made substantial progress in
expanding our licensee reach beyond the cellular baseband market
with our broadened technology portfolio," he said, noting Ceva
signed 30 licensing agreements during the year, including 17
It signed a record 11 licensing agreements in the fourth
quarter, including six with first-time customers.
These new licensees will help to grow Ceva's royalty base.
While royalty revenue fell 18 percent in the fourth quarter,
this was in line with Ceva's outlook, Wertheizer said.
He told a conference call of analysts that sales of
smartphones based on Ceva's technology rose 80 percent in 2013.
In the fourth quarter Ceva customer Intel began to
supply its first chip for the LTE market for Samsung tablets.
Broadcom, also a Ceva customer, has been expanding
its presence in China and other emerging markets and Ceva is
receiving royalties from Broadcom's supply of chips to Samsung,
ZTE and HTC smartphones, he said.
Ceva forecast first-quarter revenue of $11.6-$12.6 million
compared with $12.1 million a year earlier. It sees diluted
earnings per share ex-items of 12 to 14 cents compared with 13
cents a year ago.
Analysts were expecting the company to earn 15 cents on
revenue of $12.3 million.