Xperi Corp (NASDAQ:XPER) Q4 2019 Earnings Conference Call February 18, 2020 5:30 PM ET
Geri Weinfeld – VP IR
Jon Kirchner – CEO & Director
Robert Andersen – EVP & CFO
Conference Call Participants
Eric Wold – B. Riley FBR, Inc.
Mitchell Steves – RBC Capital Markets
Richard Shannon – Craig-Hallum
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Xperi Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. This call is being recorded today, as of the Tuesday of February 18, 2020.
I would now like to turn the call over to Geri Weinfeld, Vice President of Investor Relations for Xperi. Geri, please go ahead.
Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for joining us as we report our fourth quarter fiscal year 2019 financial results. With me on the call today are Jon Kirchner, CEO; and Robert Andersen, CFO. Before we begin, I would like to provide two reminders. First, today’s discussion contains forward-looking statements that are predictions, projections or other statements about future events, which are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and, therefore, subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Please refer to the Risk Factors section in our SEC filings, including our most recent forms 10-K and 10-Q for more information on the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from what we discuss today, including, but not limited to, risks associated with the TiVo transaction, the development and launch of new products and any potential impact of the coronavirus.
Please note that the company does not intend to update or alter these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after this call.
Second, we refer to certain non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude restructuring and other exit costs, merger and acquisition-related expenses, acquired intangible asset amortization, charges for acquired in-process research and development, stock-based compensation expense, interest income associated with ASC 606 and realized and unrealized gains or losses on equity securities. We have provided reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in the earnings release and on the Investor Relations section of our website.
Finally, Xperi and TiVo have launched a website, where you can find more information about the transaction, including our Form S-4 and other materials. Our latest website can be found on the homepage of xperi.com.
I’ll now turn the call over to Jon Kirchner.
Thanks, Geri, and thanks, everyone, for joining us. 2019 was both a strategic and a building year for Xperi. We generated record operating cash flow of $169 million, significantly above our original outlook. We paid down $150 million in debt and returned $40 million to shareholders through dividends. We also accomplished several key milestones within each of our markets.
Starting with the product business. In automotive, we signed our first license agreements for both Connected Radio and occupancy monitoring, which is a growing opportunity for the company as a leader in entertainment and safety in the car. In home, we increased our penetration of DTS:X and Virtual:X in TVs, sound bars and AVRs. We continue to expand the IMAX Enhanced ecosystem now available with 4 streaming services, 17 device manufacturers and in 14 countries. This positions us well for further penetration and growth within the home entertainment market.
In mobile, we advanced our leadership position in gaming through the launch of Sound Unbound, and continue to add PC, mobile and gaming headset partners in this space. Gaming is a key part of our growth opportunity in mobile. And lastly, I’m also incredibly excited to share with you for the first time, the significant progress we have made on a new initiative to develop an advanced machine learning, hardware and software platform that we expect will drive meaningful future growth and expand our business opportunity. We will cover this later in the call.
In our IP business, we recently announced that we’ve entered into a new IP license, along with the technology transfer agreement with SK hynix. This is a major milestone and proof point for DBI Ultra bonding technologies in the memory market. In addition to providing access to our broader semiconductor IP portfolio, this agreement includes a technology transfer of DBI Ultra, initially focused on next-generation memory solutions. This milestone is indicative of the relevance and importance of DBI for an expanding range of high-volume semiconductor products, which should provide licensing growth over time.
And importantly, in December, we announced a strategic combination with TiVo, which will combine 2 strong IP franchises and establish a larger and more robust product technology licensing business in the home, automotive and mobile device markets. We believe combining TiVo and Xperi and subsequently separating the IP and product businesses will create significant strategic and financial value for our shareholders. Let me explain why.
First, in our IP licensing business, we have demonstrated an ability to conclude highly profitable and cash-generative license agreements. However, the subscale and episodic nature of this business has made investing into this business and related visibility challenging. Through this transaction, our IP business will be combined with TiVo’s IP business, which operates a far more stable, recurring licensing model with greater visibility. When combined, among other benefits, the resulting IP business will have far more scale, more capacity for consistent investment, greater diversification, greater profitability, and as a result, better prospects for long-term cash flow generation than either of our respective IP businesses have today.
For example, as disclosed in our proxy, without taking into account synergies, the mean of our combined 2020 forecast for the IP business to generate $500 million in top line and $350 million in EBITDA. On a stand-alone basis, this will be the largest public IP licensing company. Second, in the consumer electronics market, scale is a strategic imperative to enable the innovation, investments and market position necessary to drive sustainable growth and long-term profitability. Through the TiVo transaction, we accomplished exactly that, gain significant scale, technology depth and a platform relevant to one of the largest challenges consumers face today, how to find, watch and enjoy entertainment. As a result, our combined business will be able to leverage our significant TV licensing footprint and our leadership position in automotive infotainment to drive more rapid growth for TiVo’s platform.
In addition, the combination enables important new growth vectors for Xperi, including media metadata, content discovery and direct-to-consumer advertising. As disclosed in our proxy, without taking into account synergies, the mean of our combined 2020 forecast for the product business to generate $588 million in top line and $74 million in EBITDA, and we expect to recognize an excess of $125 million in revenue synergies by 2024. The increased scale and breadth of our product business combination should provide greater growth and more attractive long-term profitability.
Third, the combination of our businesses will yield significant revenue and cost synergies, resulting in a more efficient platform, greater profitability and value for investors. Our management team has demonstrated ability to successfully manage M&A integration, exceed target cost synergies and drive focus on key initiatives gives us confidence in our ability to create significant value through the transaction.
In addition to the revenue synergies, we expect to recognize $50 million of expense synergies on an annualized basis in 2021. Given each company’s challenge of being subscale and IP licensing and product licensing, we believe that this combination and subsequent larger scale separation represents the best path forward to maximize shareholder value.
From a financial perspective, this transaction is compelling when one looks at the numbers as prepared and outlined in the Form S-4 filed today. The combined top line is greater than $1 billion even before considering the long-term revenue synergies, we think can be achieved. When combined adjusted EBITDA is well in excess of $400 million. Additionally, it is worth noting that through our combination and subsequent separation, we expect to substantially preserve the tax benefit from the approximately $900 million in NOLs currently on TiVo’s balance sheet.
Given the tremendous profitability of the combined IP business, we expect to be able to utilize this asset to generate significant cash flows for the business. If one assumes a blended U.S. tax rate of approximately 23%, this tax asset translates to approximately $200 million in value alone. Since the merger announcement, we have made significant progress towards closing the transaction. We’ve received HSR clearance, one of the key conditions to closing. We kicked off our integration planning efforts with a focus on combining our respective product and IP businesses, while keeping them internally separate. This will help facilitate their separation into 2 independent public companies with greater scale, each with a different and attractive investment profile. We have now socialized the transaction with our employees and many of our partners and customers, and the feedback has been very positive. On the product side, some customers quickly understood our vision around a larger stack of best-in-class technology that moves up the value chain and extends from capture to discovery to playback.
We’ve had a number of requests for meetings to discuss our long-term product vision and road maps. And this reaffirms our confidence and our ability to recognize revenue synergies to grow our business. In addition, separating the combined product business will enable the pursuit of a focused strategy without some of the volatility, uncertainty and dis-synergy presented by being connected to an IP licensing business.
Now I’d like to turn to a new initiative, and I am particularly excited about. Over the past two years, we have been investing in a confidential R&D project, that combines our work on advanced machine learning with Xperi’s unique experience in imaging, audio and semiconductor technologies. The result is the successful development of the new hardware and software machine learning platform for edge-based computing, initially targeted at the market for smart consumer electronics. This market is comprised of billions of devices across IoT and home, mobile and automotive applications. This new platform enables us to provide advanced imaging and audio applications as well as a range of new applications that further utilize other types of sensing capabilities.
The platform addresses challenges associated with cloud computing, including the amount of data required to be transmitted and associated privacy implications by enabling advanced machine learning capability at the edge. Importantly, this platform allows us to bring more complete solutions to customers, migrating us further up the value chain, increasing both addressable market size and ASPs.
This effort is run by our CTO, Steve Teig, and today that’s been funded by Xperi. It has been structured as a spin in and operated in the spirit of a startup to attract top talent. The team is already working with lead customers in the home security space, sampling chips and expects to ship production chips in software later this year. We expect the first target market to be home cameras, where there is a growing awareness of privacy issues, creating a significant opportunities for edge-based AI solutions that can process data without sending it to the cloud.
This is a large and growing market, where security and monitoring products represent the vast majority of the current $12.4 billion smart home device market. Additional market opportunities, including other smart home electronics, wearables, mobile, enterprise, industrial and automotive applications are expected to follow as connected devices continue to proliferate and increasingly require intelligence at the edge. The team has done some incredible work to bring this product to market. We are excited about the prospects for this new platform and expect to recognize billing contributions from this initiative late this year. Given incredibly strong customer interest, we plan to focus more of our investment dollars on this initiative during 2020 to support commercialization and product rollout. We look forward to sharing more details about this platform and its highly disruptive set of capabilities in the next few months.
On the IP side, Xperi’s R&D capability, IP sourcing expertise, deep litigation experience and successful track record in IP assertion will augment TiVo’s strong media IP licensing platform and its track record of delivering a recurring base of IP revenue. Together, we believe the size and the diversification of the portfolio, the quality and expertise of the team and the broader market TAM will lead to improved IP licensing outcomes, greater cash flow generation and improved visibility over the long term.
As we move forward, our focus will be on rapid integration and the realization of revenue and cost synergies to quickly realize the full potential of this transaction. During our due diligence process, we extensively evaluated the potential to quickly and efficiently combine and then separate our respective IP and product businesses. It is our intent to do so within 12 months of closing. We are pleased by the progress we’ve made, and we are confident in our ability to successfully execute on the strategy.
Entering 2020, we are focused on a limited set of key priorities across our business. These are as follows. Closing the TiVo transaction and executing our integration and synergy plans to drive shareholder value. In automotive, supporting the commercialization of Connected Radio and our in-cabin monitoring solutions, both expected to launch in vehicles in the back half of 2020. This kicks off an important growth cycle for the next 3 to 5 years. In mobile, building on our leadership position in gaming, as gaming is a rapidly growing category. In home, further driving expansion of the IMAX Enhanced program, adding more content, more streaming services and more devices to build a more valuable long-term ecosystem.
Supporting our product business, we will continue development and commercialization of our new product — excuse me, our new hardware and software machine learning platform for edge-based computing, which provides a new and large growth factor. And finally, in IP licensing, building our portfolio, advancing our pipeline of opportunities and accelerating the adoption of our Invensas bonding technologies to drive a larger base of licensing opportunities.
With that, I’ll turn the call over to Robert to discuss our financials.
Thanks, Jon. Let me start today with a few observations of our planned merger with TiVo. I’ve personally liked the deal from the start, and that view has solidified as we analyze the benefits of the combination. The 2 companies clearly complement each other in the product and IP licensing business segments, which will enable focus on each company’s respective strengths. We will achieve greater scale, have better visibility and improved free cash flow through business optimization and focus. And while there’s complexity in combining the companies, I’m confident the integration teams we have assigned can achieve our aggressive goals.
The ultimate goal is a growing business, increased profitability and a separation of the product and IP segments. We are providing a great deal of information today, both with the filing of the Form S-4 and the reporting of earnings and 2020 outlooks from both companies. This information should help investors a great deal in understanding the economics of the transaction and form a basis for which to value the combined enterprise.
For me the number of the stands out most is the adjusted EBITDA for the combined business, which as Jon noted, is well in excess of $400 million for 2020 and should grow over time.
Now moving to financial results, let me begin with a reminder that we’ll be discussing billings today instead of revenue as we see it as an important measure of our financial progress. Also given the significant timing differences and the contest between revenue and billings on Xperi’s IP licensing business, we intend to continue to report billings after the closing of the merger, hence billings is going to be an important measure in understanding the company’s cash flow generation.
Billings in the fourth quarter were $126.7 million, down from $141.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. While we were down 11% from the same quarter last year, the year-over-year decline was mainly driven by an expected decline in our IP licensing business and the rollout of OSATs in 2018, that was partially offset by a onetime license in 2019.
In Q4, the automotive market delivered $18.6 million in billings, down 6% year-over-year. The decrease was primarily driven by some second half softness in automotive unit sales that impacted HD Radio unit volumes. We expect to see the softness continue in the first half of 2020. Then following the launch of new programs in HD Radio, Connected Radio and in-cabin monitoring, we anticipate automotive to return to growth in the second half of the year.
Supporting our confidence in the second half, at CES, we demonstrated our Connected Radio solution running on platforms, some major Tier 1 radio suppliers, representing more than 50% of the worldwide car infotainment market. This industry support enables automakers to rapidly adopt our connected radio solution in the near term. Similarly, we displayed demos of our best-in-class driver monitoring solution, running on platforms from key automotive suppliers NVIDIA, NXP, Texas Instruments and Visteon. Platform availability is critical to driving near-term adoption of our in-cabin monitoring solution.
As expected, billings in the mobile market declined year-over-year to $8.3 million, a decrease of 21% from Q4 2018 via the ongoing contract interpretation issue with a key mobile customer. We were unable to reach resolution with this customer and consequently filed arbitration last month to recover unpaid royalties. We expect the arbitration process to last 12 to 18 months. We’re very confident in our position and remain open to finding a mutually beneficial settlement as this matter progresses.
Our gaming business remains strong and finished up for the year at 18%. During the quarter, we signed 3 important gaming contracts, 2 with leading PC gaming OEMs and 1 with a gaming motherboard brand. All 3 brands will be shipping product in the second half of this year and shows our solutions because of the enhanced and an immersive sound experience that we bring to gaming customers.
For the home market in Q4, we delivered $24.7 million, up 8% year-over-year, driven by strength in sound bars and the timing of certain payments in TVs. During the quarter, we expanded the breadth and depth of our relationship with by Vizio, by further licensing DTS audio codecs and post-processing technologies for TVs and sound bars.
On the content front, IMAX Enhanced is now available on 4 streaming platforms in 14 countries worldwide and with 17 device manufacturers. Most recently, iQiyi joined as an IMAX Enhanced digital retailer in China, with a launch expected later this year.
Moving to our IP licensing and semiconductor business. Billings were $74.2 million, balance expected 15% year-over-year as the roll off of certain OSAT customers and upfront payment on the new Samsung license in Q4 2018 approximately offset by a onetime billing for a new patent license agreement with a semiconductor company in Q4 2019. During the quarter, we also continued to add to our pipeline of opportunities and progressed certain IP licensing discussions. As Jon noted earlier, we signed a new patent and technology license agreement with SK hynix that highlights the importance of our advanced bonding technologies in the memory market.
Total billings for the full year were $413.9 million, down from $447.3 million last year. The year-over-year decline in billings mainly occurred within our IP licensing business as the roll off of significant billings streams from PTI and Amkor at the end of 2018 were partially offset by new IP arrangements with Samsung and others. GAAP operating expense, including cost of revenue, was $95.4 million compared with a $100.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.
Non-GAAP operating expense, including cost of revenue, was $58 million, a decline of $6.6 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2018. This year-over-year spending decline was primarily due to lower litigation and SG&A. Interest expense for the quarter was $5 million, and we paid $2.6 million in net cash taxes.
Moving to the balance sheet. We finished the year with $121.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments. Our outstanding debt balance at year-end was $344 million, down a $150 million from the end of last year. Operating cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $65 million, down just slightly from the fourth quarter last year, despite a $15.1 million decline in year-over-year billings due to lower spending and lower cash taxes.
Moving to our outlook for Q1 2020. For the first quarter of 2020, we expect billings between $100 million and $104 million, which is almost flat to last year despite the roll off of Micron at the end of 2019. We expect non-GAAP operating expense to be between $57 million and $60 million, as Q1 is typically our highest expense quarter during the year. Embedded in our non-GAAP expense is approximately $2 million of depreciation. We expect interest expense and debt amortization of approximately $4.1 million, non-GAAP interest income of approximately $0.8 million, cash tax of approximately $5.7 million, stock-based compensation of approximately $8.4 million, amortization expense of $22.5 million and acquisition-related costs of approximately $1 million.
Moving to our outlook for 2020. The outlook we’re providing for the year does not take into account any impact from the pending transaction with TiVo. The combined company will update its outlook post close. For the full year 2020, on a stand-alone basis, we are expecting billings of between $400 million and $420 million. The S-4 document we filed today contains various financial forecasts and scenarios. It is worth noting that our guidance range is approximately 10% to 15% lower than the 2020 billings metrics referenced in the S-4 due to the nature of our guidance approach, which includes risk and timing adjustments specific to providing annual guidance.
As a practice, we don’t include IP licensing deals in guidance, unless we have a strong line of sight around timing of resolution, and we adjust our guidance for product licensing deals that have risks around not shipping during the year. We expect 2020 non-GAAP operating expense, again on a stand-alone basis, to be essentially flat to 2019 as we prepare for the pending merger. Depreciation expense for 2020 is expected to be approximately $8 million.
Compared to 2019, we expect an increase in cash taxes of about $7.8 million, and that’s on a net basis, balanced by lower interest expense of about $7.4 million. We expect the fully diluted non-GAAP share count of 52.3 million at the end of — year-end 2019 to increase by approximately 0.5 million shares prior to the deal closure. Note that we are restricted from buying back shares prior to the close of the transaction.
Xperi does not anticipate any change to its dividend policy prior to the merger with TiVo. Notably, Xperi’s Board will have the ability to declare a dividend at its April meeting. On the completion of the transaction, the new Board will assess capital allocation strategy, including share buybacks, dividends, debt pay down and investments in the business.
On upcoming earnings calls, the combined company will provide more detail on the operating metrics we will use to track the business in terms of top line performance, profitability and cash flow generation.
That concludes our prepared remarks. We’ll now turn the call over to your questions.
[Operator Instructions]. All right, we’ll take our first question from Eric Wold at B. Riley.
I guess, a couple of questions. I guess, first off, on kind of the non-GAAP EPS calculations for Q4 and Q1 just to make sure I’m looking the right way. I have $1.19 to the fourth quarter reported and the guidance for Q1 would take a range of about $0.64 to $0.66. That sounds all right?
Yes, if one is using billings as a top line measure, if you calculate the earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis, then that’s correct, $1.19 for Q4. And then I think $0.64 to $0.66 is a reasonable range for Q1. Thanks for checking, Eric.
And I’ll just dive in a little bit for what I can on the guidance for the billings for the year, impressive to see flattish billings guidance for the year, even with loss of Micron, I guess, you have kind of uncertainty around that. I know you mentioned that you don’t include IT semi-billings assumptions in unless you’re fairly confident in a resolution. I guess, can you frame maybe kind of what’s in there that would fall into that confident part versus try and maybe what’s in hand? Just kind of get a sense of kind of what the visibility of that number?
Sure. I think IP is probably the main issue here. We announced earlier this year that we’ve entered into a new arrangement with SK hynix, and that has an impact on 2020. And we also have some new IP licensing in the forecast, for which we have high confidence. So those are the 2 pieces. We also have some growth, of course, in the product licensing business for which we have confidence. So all those factors get us to our range for this year.
Okay. And I know you’re not giving turns but should we assume that the Hynix deal would be a full year at the kind of recently signed level versus kind of partial year at your level and partial year at the new level?
Unfortunately, I can’t give you too much detail on the Hynix structure just because it’s subject to confidentiality, but it absolutely has a positive impact on 2020.
Okay. That’s helpful. And then on the $125 million in revenue synergies by 2024 in the product business, home and auto, should we assume that’s somewhat of a hockey stick as you go over that kind of 3- to 4-year period? Or maybe some — can you maybe give some sense of kind of the ramp you see getting to that number? And how soon revenue should start to materialize in the numbers?
I think in the 1 to 3 year period, Eric, you’re certainly going to see meaningful progress towards that number as it relates to the home synergy opportunities because the product cycles are shorter in TV, in particular. I think automotive probably skews towards the latter end of that time frame, just based on how fast that market moves and when designs are locked down. So I think that gives you a perspective. I don’t think it’s heavily back-end weighted. I think you’ll start to see things happen pretty quickly. It’s one of the things we’ve been primarily focused on is we’re very excited about the respective customer and channel synergies. And we certainly got plenty of interest based on our announcement of the deal from customers who really understand that trying to manage your content universe is very, very difficult and having best-in-class technology to help you find watch and enjoy entertainment, play it back and the rest is critically important to providing a positive user experience.
No, that’s helpful, Jon. Just want to make sure obviously I’ve not read through the entire S-4 yet, but just to clarify that $125 million in revenue that’s an annualized number in the year 2024, not a sum between now and then, correct?
That’s correct, yes. There’s some detail in the S-4 that you can find embedded in that document.
Will take you a little bit to read, it’s a thorn.
We’ll now take our next question from Mitch Steves at RBC Capital Markets.
I wanted to focus a bit on the end markets like breakout you guys gave. Historically, you guys have provided some kind of long-term targets. It looks like mobile is clearly declining well and the other ones are doing a lot better. Is there any way you guys can provide an update where you guys think it’s going to happen with the end markets in terms of auto, home and mobile in kind of walking us through what the growth rate should look like?
Yes, I think, we sort of held off trying to give particularly long-term guidance in terms of the markets themselves, because they’ve been, I think, we found to be quite unpredictable, particularly mobile. And I think we still have a great deal of confidence in our automotive and home business and so I think we could get comfortable. But I think mobile has just been the difficult one. So I think when you have to look at our forecast, I think, in totality, and again there’s a avalanche or a ton of information available in the S-4 that sort of lays out a longer term view of the business itself, but not what the type of breakout you’re looking for.
Yes, Mitch, I would add maybe 2 or 3 things to that. I think, as you think longer term, there are some new technology and opportunity cycles coming in automotive. So we previously said that being in the low double digits for automotive over a period of time is something we think that’s achievable. Home, given its maturity, is probably more of a single-digit grower. But again, as you see new programs like IMAX and other activities, I think you see that skew more towards mid- to upper single digits depending on the period.
And the last point I’d make is — and this is really important. We talked today about a new machine learning initiative. That’s a whole different animal as that ramps up because you’re talking about much larger ASPs for our combined hardware, software solution that has application first-in-home and then later across a range of markets. And obviously, post combination with TiVo, we’ll have a much broader stack of technology we’ll be offering into the home space, which will meaningfully, potentially change our thoughts and guidance around what growth rates and opportunities look like.
Got you. And then in terms of the operating expense, I mean, it sounds like you guys have to increase that. I guess, is that going to come into your R&D side? Is it SG&A? Just trying to understand what the — what segments should go up in ’20?
Yes. In the comments on the call here, I noted we would work on keeping the expense level from 2019 to the extent that we make any investments, they would be on the R&D side and primarily focused, I think, on new initiatives. But given that we’re heading toward a merger, it makes sense for us to keep things level at the moment.
We’ll take our next question from Richard Shannon at Craig-Hallum.
I think I want to follow-up on the questions earlier on the 2020 outlook. Part of my question was asked here about — but bridging kind of Hynix here, it sounds like you’re — I think it’s kind of a net adder for this year. Maybe I want to touch on some of the other puts and takes here. I know you had a couple — at least 1 licensee from the fourth quarter. Wonder if you can give us any sense of scale of how material those contributions could be this year? And then I want to follow-up on a couple of other points as well.
Well, as we announced with the transaction in the fourth quarter, it’s a onetime arrangement. So it’s not going to have an impact going into 2020.
Okay. And Robert, I think in response to the last question, you’re talking, you mentioned some other deals for which you had good line of sight on as well. I can’t remember if they’re on the IP and product side. If you can give us a sense of any other — is there any real scale there? Or maybe just want to get a little help in bridging between last year and your guidance for this year?
Yes. The increase for 2020, I think, that you would — that’s going to have most impact is on the IP licensing side. So again, that, as I mentioned earlier, it really is an impact from SK hynix, and then at new IP licensing for which we have very high confidence in this year. And we are — we’ve learned over time to be very cautious about providing guidance that is — has too much risk in it. So we’ve derisked our guidance range as best we can. It’s worth noting also that we do have growth in the product licensing business really across all the categories. And so that’s another contributor to 2020 numbers.
Okay. And then my last question on the topic is, to what degree is there going to be any noticeable contribution either from bonding technology, the in-cabin monitoring and other new initiatives that really haven’t generated much to date?
I think bonding is actually represented really by the SK hynix deal. So we have, I think, some fairly significant contributions from that initiative. And then in in-cabin monitoring, we’re expecting that to ship initially in the second half of the year. And then I think the same could be said for Connected Radio, which was also a second half shift. So we start to see the benefit from some of these longer term initiatives in the latter half of this year, which will set us up very nicely for future growth.
Okay. That’s helpful. Maybe two other quick question, I’ll jump out of line here. It’s interesting that of your three big licenses in the IP side, you had a fairly difficult long process going through a litigation with Samsung. And Hynix happened to relicense here well before the term of their deal expired. Maybe, Jon, if you can kind of help us understand what was the difference between these two? And how do you expect future IP license deals to go based on what you’ve seen between these two?
Well, I think, to a large extent, it has a lot to do with circumstance and where people are in their business. I think there’s broad recognition that our hybrid bonding technology is kind of foundational in best-in-class to enable some of what people are trying to do in memory and ultimately in 3D-stacked ICs. And so I think you can attribute part of the discussion as it relates to some of the license that we both entered into and will to that interest in getting access to know-how and IP that we have, that’s really critical to making that happen. And so I think depending on who the customer is in their respective road maps, I think in some cases, we’re seeing tremendously more interest in hybrid bonding, certainly in places like memory and outside image sensors, whether it’d be RF or elsewhere. And we fully expect that to continue. In places where we’re more talking about legacy IP or legacy technologies that are better known and understood, I think it may continue to be something that occasionally requires litigation and/or a fairly protracted discussion before you get to fair and reasonable licensing outcomes.
Okay. Thanks for that perspective, gentlemen. I’d ask 1 more question and jump out of line here. In your prepared remarks, you talked about your thought process on the TiVo acquisition. Appreciate the detail there. Maybe if you can give us a sense of what you’re hearing from investors since you announced this in late December. And part of the reason I ask, Jon, is that we’ve seen the stock prices from both participants in this central acquisition come down here in a reasonably good market. So there’s clearly some difference between your views and what you’re hearing from others. Maybe if you could highlight a couple of things that you think are the biggest misperceptions of this deal?
Well, I think first and foremost, I think there has been a big information gap around just how the businesses were expected to perform. And I think part of the importance of today is that we’ve both been able to give 2020 guidance. And then secondarily, I think in the course of — as one looks at the proxy and we share information about how we both think about our respective businesses over time, I think one of the things that will show through that maybe isn’t completely well understood is really the benefits of size and scale and profitability is further optimized in the — under the IP business and under the product business and now we believe we can take these businesses to very successful outcome as independent companies. So I think perhaps the information gap had a lot to do. I think naturally there are concerns maybe from one set of investors or another depending on who they’re invested in about the other business. But our belief, after a ton of diligence and a lot of discussion as we think about the best way to set up and create value for the respective IP business and the product business is through this combination. And I think as the information gets out there and we have a chance to talk now more specifically and openly about how we drive that value, I think we believe that it will be very value-enhancing and value-creating for all of our shareholders.
There appears to be no further questions as of right now. I’d like to turn the conference back to Jon for any additional or closing remarks. Please go ahead.
Thanks, operator, and thanks, everyone, for joining us on today’s call. We are excited about our progress on key initiatives across our business, and most importantly, about our pending transaction with TiVo. The business combination is highly complementary to address the strategic issues for both our product and IP businesses and sets the stage for significant value creation over time. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress and look forward to an exciting and productive year ahead. This concludes today’s call.
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