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 Rambus Reports First Quarter Financial Results
   Monday, April 21, 2014 4:06:30 PM ET

--Signed broad five-year agreement with Nanya Technology Corporation, resolving all outstanding disputes

--Lensless Smart Sensor technology highlighted as one of the best technologies at Mobile World Congress 2014

--Generated quarterly revenue of $78.3 million; up 7% quarter-over-quarter and up 17% year-over-year

--First quarter GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.07

--First quarter non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.17; up 21% quarter-over-quarter and up 89% year-over-year

Rambus Inc. (RMBS ), the innovative technology solutions company that brings invention to market, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

GAAP Financial Results:

Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was $78.3 million, up 7% on a sequential basis from the fourth quarter of 2013 primarily due to increased revenue from Micron Technology and the new license agreement signed with Nanya Technology Corporation during the first quarter of 2014. As compared to the first quarter of 2013, revenue was up 17% primarily due to the license agreements signed with SK hynix, Micron Technology and Nanya Technology Corporation, offset by lower royalty revenue from Samsung and recognition of a one-time royalty revenue during the first quarter of 2013 from LSI.

Total operating costs and expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were $55.1 million, 18% lower than the previous quarter and 16% lower than the first quarter of 2013. First quarter operating costs and expenses of $55.1 million included $2.9 million of stock-based compensation expenses, $6.8 million of amortization expenses and $1.4 million of retention bonuses from acquisitions. This is compared to total operating costs and expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $67.2 million which included $3.1 million of stock-based compensation expenses, $9.7 million of impairment of long-lived assets, $2.2 million of restructuring charges, $7.5 million of amortization expenses and $1.5 million of retention bonuses from acquisitions. Total operating costs and expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $65.4 million, which included $4.9 million of stock-based compensation expenses, $2.2 million of restructuring charges, $7.0 million of amortization expenses and $4.0 million of retention bonuses from acquisitions. The change in total operating costs and expenses in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 was primarily due to restructuring charges and impairment of long-lived assets. The change in total operating costs and expenses in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the first quarter of 2013 was primarily due to lower litigation expenses, restructuring charges, retention bonuses from acquisitions, consulting expenses and stock-based compensation expenses offset by higher cost of sales due to the sale of lighting products.

Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $7.8 million as compared to net loss of $9.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and net loss of $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2013. Diluted net income per share for the first quarter of 2014 was $0.07 as compared to diluted net loss per share of $0.09 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and diluted net loss per share of $0.09 in the first quarter of 2013.

Non-GAAP Financial Results (1):

Total non-GAAP operating costs and expenses in the first quarter of 2014 were $43.9 million which was relatively flat as compared to the prior quarter, and 6% lower than the first quarter of 2013.

Non-GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2014 was $19.6 million, 19% higher than the prior quarter and 81% higher than the first quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.17 in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to $0.14 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $0.09 in the first quarter of 2013.

Other Financial Highlights:

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of March 31, 2014 were $403.4 million, an increase of $15.7 million from December 31, 2013. During the first quarter of 2014, the Company generated approximately $17 million from operations.

During the first quarter of 2014, the Company recorded an income tax provision of approximately $5.5 million. As the Company continues to maintain a full valuation allowance against its U.S. deferred tax assets, the Company’s tax provision consists of primarily foreign withholding taxes.

Second Quarter 2014 Outlook:

For the second quarter of 2014, the Company expects revenue to be between $69 million and $74 million. Revenue is not without risk and includes expectations that the Company will sign new customers for patent as well as solutions licensing.

Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT today to discuss its financial results. The call, audio and slides will be available online at investor.rambus.com. A replay will be available following the call on the Rambus Investor Relations website or for one week at the following numbers: (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) with ID#22388776.

(1) 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 income (loss) and net income (loss). In computing each of these non-GAAP financial measures, the following items were considered: stock-based compensation expenses, acquisition-related transaction costs and retention bonus expense, amortization expenses, costs of restatement and related legal activities, restructuring charges, impairment charges, severance costs, 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 they 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.

Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets. These charges consist of non-cash charges to goodwill and long-lived assets and are excluded because such charges are non-recurring and do not reduce the Company’s liquidity.

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 core operation of the Company’s business.

Costs of restatement and related legal activities. These expenses consist primarily of investigation, audit, legal and other professional fees related to the 2006-2007 stock option investigation and related litigation, as well as recoveries received from third parties. The Company excludes these costs and recoveries from its non-GAAP measures primarily because the Company believes that these non-recurring costs and recoveries have no direct correlation to the core operation of the Company’s business.

Non-cash interest expense. 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.

Reversal of one-time litigation costs. These adjustments are a one-time litigation cost reversal of prior litigation costs accrued related to previously awarded costs that the Company was required to pay in connection with the SK hynix and Micron Technology litigation. The Company excludes these reversals from its non-GAAP measures because the Company believes that these reversals have no direct correlation to the core operations of the Company’s business and they are a one-time event.

Severance costs. These expenses relate to the separation payment to the Company’s former chief executive officer. The Company excludes these costs from its non-GAAP measures because the Company believes that these non-recurring costs have no direct correlation to the core operations of the Company’s business.

Income tax adjustments. For purposes of internal forecasting, planning and analyzing future periods that assumes net income from operations, the Company estimates a fixed, long-term projected tax rate of approximately 36 percent. Accordingly, the Company has applied the 36 percent tax rate to its non-GAAP financial results to assist the Company’s planning for future periods.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to Rambus’ expectations regarding revenue for the second quarter of 2014. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by Rambus’ management. Actual results may differ materially. Rambus’ business generally is subject to a number of risks which are described more fully in Rambus’ periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rambus undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

About Rambus Inc.

Rambus brings invention to market. Our customizable IP cores, architecture licenses, tools, services, and training improve the competitive advantage of our customers’ products while accelerating their time-to-market. Rambus products and innovations capture, secure and move data. For more information, visit rambus.com.

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                                                                                     Rambus Inc.
                                                                        Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                                                                   (In thousands)
                                                                                     (Unaudited)
                                                                                                              
                                                                                        March 31,                                           December 31,
                                                                                                             2014                                                  2013
                                                                                              -------------------------------                        ------------------------------
ASSETS
                                                                                                                                                      
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                      $ 346,576                                                    $              338,696
  Marketable securities                                                                             56,848                                                                    48,966
  Accounts receivable                                                                                7,816                                                                     2,251
  Prepaids and other current assets                                                                  8,766                                                                     8,253
  Deferred taxes                                                                                     1,009                                                    205
                                                                                              ---------------------------------                      --------------------------------
   Total current assets                                                                            421,015                                                                   398,371
Intangible assets, net                                                                             109,260                                                                   117,172
Goodwill                                                                                           116,899                                                                   116,899
Property, plant and equipment, net                                                                  70,110                                                                    72,642
Deferred taxes, long-term                                                                              643                                                                     4,797
Other assets                                                                                         3,071                                                  3,498
                                                                                              ---------------------------------                      --------------------------------
   Total assets                                                                                  $ 720,998                                 $              713,379
                                                                                              ==== ======= ====================                      ========== ====================
                                                                                                                                                      
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
                                                                                                                                                      
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                                                                               $   5,555                                                    $                7,001
  Accrued salaries and benefits                                                                     27,257                                                                    33,448
  Convertible notes, short-term                                                                    168,658                                                                   164,047
  Other accrued liabilities                                                                          8,171                                                  8,346
                                                                                              ---------------------------------                      --------------------------------
   Total current liabilities                                                                       209,641                                                                   212,842
Long-term liabilities:
  Convertible notes, long-term                                                                     110,962                                                                   109,629
  Long-term imputed financing obligation                                                            39,295                                                                    39,349
  Other long-term liabilities                                                                        9,115                                                 11,330
                                                                                              ---------------------------------                      --------------------------------
   Total long-term liabilities                                                                     159,372                                                160,308
                                                                                              ---------------------------------                      --------------------------------
Total stockholders’ equity                                              351,985                                                340,229
                                                                                              ---------------------------------                      --------------------------------
   Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                         $ 720,998                                 $              713,379
                                                                                              ==== ======= ====================                      ========== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                   Rambus Inc.
                                                                 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                                                                    (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                                                                                   (Unaudited)
                                                       
                                                                                                  Three Months Ended
                                                                                                                          March 31,
                                                                           -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                           2014                                       2013
                                                                           -------------------------------------                     --------------------------------------------
                                                                            
Revenue:
  Royalties                                                                      $  73,637                                                 $         66,222
  Contract and other revenue                                                         4,651                                           644  
                                                                           ------------------------------------                      -------------------------------------------
    Total revenue                                                                   78,288                                        66,866  
                                                                           ------------------------------------                      -------------------------------------------
Operating costs and expenses:
  Cost of revenue (1)                                                               10,022                                                            6,534
  Research and development (1)                                                      26,898                                                           32,848
  Marketing, general and administrative (1)                                         18,820                                                           25,122
  Restructuring charges                                                                 39                                                            2,206
  Gain from sale of intellectual property                                             (170 )                                                         (1,285 )
  Gain from settlement                                                                (510 )                                                 --  
                                                                           ------------------------------------                      -------------------------------------------
    Total operating costs and expenses                                              55,099                                        65,425  
                                                                           ------------------------------------                      -------------------------------------------
Operating income                                                                    23,189                                                            1,441
  Interest income and other income (expense), net                                       13                                                              (20 )
  Interest expense                                                                  (9,926 )                                                         (7,312 )
                                                                           ------------------------------------                      -------------------------------------------
Interest and other income (expense), net                                            (9,913 )                                                         (7,332 )
                                                                           ------------------------------------                      -------------------------------------------
Income (loss) before income taxes                                                   13,276                                                           (5,891 )
Provision for income taxes                                                           5,472                                         4,511  
                                                                           ------------------------------------                      -------------------------------------------
  Net income (loss)                                                              $   7,804                              $        (10,402 )
                                                                           ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ============== ====================
Net income (loss) per share:
  Basic                                                                          $    0.07                              $          (0.09 )
                                                                           ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ============== ====================
  Diluted                                                                        $    0.07                              $          (0.09 )
                                                                           ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ============== ====================
Weighted average shares used in per share calculation
  Basic                                                                            113,590                                       111,599  
                                                                           ====================================                      ===========================================
  Diluted                                                                          116,629                                       111,599  
                                                                           ====================================                      ===========================================
                                                                                                                                      
_________
(1) Total stock-based compensation expense for the three months
ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 are presented as follows:
 
                                                                                                                Three Months Ended March 31,
                                                                           ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                           2014                                                          2013
                                                                           -------------------------------------                     --------------------------------------------
Cost of revenue                                                                  $       7                                                 $ --
Research and development                                                         $   1,311                                                 $          1,876
Marketing, general and administrative                                            $   1,581                                                 $          3,072
                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                  Rambus Inc.
                                                                                            Supplemental Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results
                                                                                                                (In thousands)
                                                                                                                  (Unaudited)
                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   March 31,                            December 31,                             March 31,
                                                                                                     2014                                                      2013                                                      2013
                                                                                     ----------------------------------                        ----------------------------------                        ----------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Operating costs and expenses                                                               $  55,099                                                 $  67,208                                                 $  65,425
Adjustments:
  Stock-based compensation                                                                    (2,899 )                                                  (3,096 )                                                  (4,948 )
  Acquisition-related transaction costs and retention bonuses                                 (1,435 )                                                  (1,463 )                                                  (4,012 )
  Amortization                                                                                (6,797 )                                                  (7,489 )                                                  (7,040 )
  Reversal of one-time litigation costs                                               --                                                       566                                            --
  Restructuring charges                                                                          (39 )                                                  (2,211 )                                                  (2,206 )
  Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets                                        --                                                    (9,681 )                                          --
  Severance costs                                                                     --                                            --                                                      (514 )
  Costs of restatement and related legal activities                                   --                         --                                    (17 )
                                                                                     ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------
Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses                                                      $  43,929                              $  43,834                              $  46,688  
                                                                                     ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Operating income                                                                           $  23,189                                                 $   6,214                                                 $   1,441
Adjustments:
  Stock-based compensation                                                                     2,899                                                     3,096                                                     4,948
  Acquisition-related transaction costs and retention bonuses                                  1,435                                                     1,463                                                     4,012
  Amortization                                                                                 6,797                                                     7,489                                                     7,040
  Reversal of one-time litigation costs                                               --                                                      (566 )                                          --
  Restructuring charges                                                                           39                                                     2,211                                                     2,206
  Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets                                        --                                                     9,681                                            --
  Severance costs                                                                     --                                            --                                                       514
  Costs of restatement and related legal activities                                   --                         --                                     17  
                                                                                     ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------
Non-GAAP operating income                                                                  $  34,359                              $  29,588                              $  20,178  
                                                                                     ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Income (loss) before income taxes                                                          $  13,276                                                 $  (3,604 )                                               $  (5,891 )
Adjustments:
  Stock-based compensation                                                                     2,899                                                     3,096                                                     4,948
  Acquisition-related transaction costs and retention bonuses                                  1,435                                                     1,463                                                     4,012
  Amortization                                                                                 6,797                                                     7,489                                                     7,040
  Reversal of one-time litigation costs                                               --                                                      (566 )                                          --
  Restructuring charges                                                                           39                                                     2,211                                                     2,206
  Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets                                        --                                                     9,681                                            --
  Severance costs                                                                     --                                            --                                                       514
  Costs of restatement and related legal activities                                   --                                            --                                                        17
  Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes                                               6,242                                  5,927                                  4,089  
                                                                                     ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------
Non-GAAP income before income taxes                                                        $  30,688                                                 $  25,697                                                 $  16,935
Non-GAAP provision for income taxes                                                           11,048                                  9,251                                  6,096  
                                                                                     ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ------------------------------------
Non-GAAP net income                                                                        $  19,640                              $  16,446                              $  10,839  
                                                                                     ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Non-GAAP basic net income per share                                                        $    0.17                                                 $    0.15                                                 $    0.10
Non-GAAP diluted net income per share                                                      $    0.17                                                 $    0.14                                                 $    0.09
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Weighted average shares used in non-GAAP per share calculation:
  Basic                                                                                      113,590                                                   113,217                                                   111,599
  Diluted                                                                                    116,629                                                   116,211                                                   118,021

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SOURCE: Rambus Inc.

Rambus Inc. 
Carolyn Robinson, 408-462-8717 
Corporate Communications 
crobinson@rambus.com 
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Investor Relations 
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