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GigaMedia Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Results

May 4, 2011

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ — GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) today announced full-year 2010 revenues of $64.7 million, net income of $2.7 million and fully-diluted earnings per share of $0.04.

Fourth-quarter 2010 revenues were $8.9 million; non-GAAP consolidated net loss was $8.8 million; non-GAAP basic and fully-diluted loss per share were each $0.16, which exclude results from discontinued operations, non-cash share-based compensation expenses, bad debt expense and certain other non-cash or one-time items.

“Fourth-quarter and full-year results were hurt by significant write-downs,” stated GigaMedia Chief Executive Officer Yichin Lee. “We completely wrote-down our investment in T2CN; we also wrote-down investments in IAHGames on initially disappointing results related to Blizzard game initiatives.”

“More encouragingly, we successfully launched new products at the end of the fourth quarter, including A.V.A. and a new web-based MahJong game,” stated CEO Yichin Lee. “Looking ahead, we expect to deliver revenue growth from these games, as well as the launch of FIFA Online 2 in early 2011, and are strongly focused on turning around our financial performance.”

Overview

  • In the fourth quarter of 2010, GigaMedia successfully launched the new game A.V.A. and a new Web-based MahJong game in Taiwan.
  • GigaMedia completely wrote-down its investment in T2CN in the fourth quarter; management is continuing to pursue all means to regain control of T2CN.
  • Management expects cost-cutting initiatives implemented in late 2010 to yield reductions in general and administrative expenses beginning in the first part of 2011.
  • Management is reviewing the option of using excess cash to buy back stock, as well as the potential disposal of certain studio investments to realize gains and crystallize value on GigaMedia’s balance sheet.

Consolidated Financial Results

GigaMedia Limited is a major provider of online entertainment software and services, developing and operating a suite of online games in Asia covering the regions of Greater China and Southeast Asia. GigaMedia also retains a 40 percent equity interest in gambling software business Everest Gaming – now part of BetClic Everest.

For the Fourth Quarter

              GIGAMEDIA 4Q10 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS
    (unaudited,
     all figures
     in US$
     thousands,
     except per
     share                              Change
     amounts)        4Q10      4Q09       (%)
    Revenues
     (A)              8,903    40,255       -78
    Gross
     Profit (A)       2,821    31,321       -91
    Loss from
     Operations
     (A)           (34,668)  (41,952)        NA
    Income
     (Loss)
     from
     Continuing
     Operations
     (A)           (44,598)  (58,059)        NA
    Net Income
     (Loss)
     Attributable
     to
     GigaMedia     (41,255)  (51,685)        NA
    Net Income
     (Loss) Per
     Share,
     Diluted          (0.73)    (0.95)       NA
    Non-GAAP
     Loss from
     Operations
     (A)(B)          (6,636)   (2,044)       NA
    Non-GAAP
     Net Loss
     (A) (B)         (8,814)   (2,280)       NA
    Non-GAAP
     Net Loss
     Per Share,
     Diluted
     (A) (B)          (0.16)    (0.04)       NA
    EBITDA (C)     (40,347)  (50,003)        NA
    Cash, Cash
     Equivalents,
     Restricted
     Cash, and
     Marketable
     Securities-
     Current         79,541    59,985        33


    (unaudited,
     all figures
     in US$
     thousands,
     except per
     share                              Change
     amounts)        4Q10      3Q10       (%)
    Revenues
     (A)              8,903     7,831        14
    Gross
     Profit (A)       2,821     4,262       -34
    Loss from
     Operations
     (A)           (34,668)    (4,903)       NA
    Income
     (Loss)
     from
     Continuing
     Operations        598)
     (A)               (44,    (9,775)       NA
    Net Income
     (Loss)
     Attributable
     to
     GigaMedia     (41,255)    (9,960)       NA
    Net Income
     (Loss) Per
     Share,
     Diluted          (0.73)    (0.18)       NA
    Non-GAAP
     Loss from
     Operations
     (A)(B)          (6,636)   (4,328)       NA
    Non-GAAP
     Net Loss
     (A) (B)         (8,814)   (9,420)       NA
    Non-GAAP
     Net Loss
     Per Share,
     Diluted
     (A) (B)          (0.16)    (0.17)       NA
    EBITDA (C)     (40,347)    (8,708)       NA
    Cash, Cash
     Equivalents,
     Restricted
     Cash, and
     Marketable
     Securities-
     Current         79,541    94,420       -16
    (A) Excludes results from discontinued operations; 4Q10 and 3Q10
    figures exclude GigaMedia's China operations. (See, "Deconsolidation
    of T2CN operations," for more details.)
    (B) Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income
    (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share exclude results
    from discontinued operations, non-cash share-based compensation
    expenses, bad debt expenses and certain non-cash or one-time
    items. (See, "Use of Non-GAAP Measures," for more details.)
    (C) EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and
    amortization) is provided as a supplement to results provided in
    accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles
    ("GAAP"). (See, "Use of Non-GAAP Measures," for more details.)

Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter decreased to $8.9 million from $40.3 million in the same period of 2009 and increased from $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2010. Year-over-year results decreased primarily as a result of the deconsolidation of the company’s gambling software business, of which GigaMedia sold a majority interest in 2010. Quarter-over-quarter revenue growth resulted from improved contributions from GigaMedia’s Asian online games business, led by growth in the company’s subsidiary IAHGames.

Revenues in the company’s Asian online games business in the fourth quarter of 2010 decreased 17 percent year-over-year and increased 14 percent compared with the third quarter. The decrease from the prior year was attributable to deconsolidation of T2CN’s operations, which more than offset new contributions from IAHGames. (See “Deconsolidation of T2CN operations” for further details.) The increase from the third quarter of 2010 primarily resulted from revenue growth in IAHGames.

Fourth-quarter revenues for FunTown decreased to $5.5 million from $6.6 million a year ago and were up from $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. The year-period decrease and the quarterly sequential increase were mainly attributable to variations in contributions from MahJong and other casual games. Revenue contributions from A.V.A. were small during the fourth quarter as commercial operations began in December; contributions are expected to grow in the first quarter of 2011. Average monthly active paying accounts held steady at approximately 66,000 during the fourth quarter. Average monthly revenue per active paying account was approximately $27.70 during the fourth quarter of 2010, up 5 percent from the previous quarter. Fourth-quarter peak concurrent users were approximately 38,000, up 23 percent from the third quarter.

Fourth-quarter revenues for IAHGames were $3.4 million, up from $2.5 million in the third quarter of 2010. Revenue growth was driven by game box sales, which represented 53 percent of IAHGames total fourth-quarter revenues. Online game revenues were 41 percent of total revenues during the fourth quarter, led by contributions from FIFA Online 2, Dragonica Online and Granado Espada.

Consolidated gross profit for the fourth quarter decreased to $2.8 million from $31.3 million in 2009 and $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2010, with the year-over-year decrease primarily resulting from the deconsolidation of the gambling software business and the quarterly sequential decrease attributable to a loss in IAHGames. Fourth-quarter 2010 consolidated gross profit margin decreased to 31.7 percent from 77.8 percent in the same period in the prior year, and decreased from 54.4 percent in the third quarter of 2010. The year-over-year decrease was related to the deconsolidation of gambling software business results. The decrease from the third quarter was due to lower gross margin in the Asian online games business mainly attributable to results in IAHGames.

Gross profit in the Asian online games business decreased to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter from $6.5 million a year ago and $4.3 million last quarter, attributable to revenue trends in each period and lower gross margin. Gross margin in the Asian online games business declined to 31.7 percent from 60.0 percent in 2009 and from 54.4 percent in the third quarter of 2010 with the period decreases primarily reflecting results in IAHGames.

Consolidated operating expenses for the fourth quarter decreased to $37.5 million from $73.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and increased from $9.2 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Operating expenses in the Asian online games in the fourth quarter of 2010 were $33.1 million compared to $43.5 million in the prior year period and $4.8 million in the third quarter.

Product development and engineering expenses decreased to $549 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2010 from $3.8 million in the prior year due to deconsolidation of the gambling software business and held steady compared to $603 thousand in the third quarter of 2010.

Selling and marketing expenses decreased to $2.5 million in the fourth quarter from $23.4 million in 2009 and increased compared to $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2010. The year-over-year variation resulted from the deconsolidation of the gambling software business and T2CN. The quarterly sequential increase was attributable to promotion of A.V.A., which GigaMedia launched in December in Taiwan.

General and administrative expenses were $6.7 million in the fourth quarter compared to $6.8 million in 2009 and $6.5 million in the third quarter of 2010. Corporate operating expenses increased to $4.1 million from $3.8 million quarter-over-quarter. The increase was primarily due to legal fees related to the company’s business dispute in China. Fourth-quarter results do not reflect the impact of new cost cutting initiatives; management expects to achieve reductions in general and administrative costs beginning in early 2011 from controlling legal and other costs.

Fourth-quarter 2010 impairment losses and bad debt expenses totaled $27.7 million, primarily consisting of 1) a full impairment of and bad debt related to GigaMedia’s T2CN operations totaling $23.6 million; and 2) impairments of certain prepaid game costs, intangible assets and goodwill totaling $3.4 million related to IAHGames.

Consolidated loss from operations for the fourth quarter increased to a loss of $34.7 million from a loss of $42.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and increased from a loss of $4.9 million in the third quarter of 2010. The period variations primarily reflected the aforementioned factors affecting revenues and costs and expenses.

Loss from operations in the Asian online games business in the fourth quarter of 2010 was $30.3 million compared to a loss of $37.0 million in the prior year period and a loss of $555 thousand in the third quarter of 2010.

Non-GAAP consolidated loss from operations for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased to a loss of $6.6 million from a loss of $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and from a loss of $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Non-GAAP consolidated loss from operations for the fourth quarter of 2010 excluded the following non-cash or one-time items recorded during the fourth quarter of 2010: (1) share-based compensation expenses of $379 thousand; and (2) the aforementioned impairment losses in GigaMedia’s T2CN operations and IAHGames. (See, the attachment to this release entitled “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operations” for more details.)

Consolidated non-operating income/loss during the fourth quarter of 2010 decreased to a loss of $9.4 million from a loss of $16.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and increased from a loss of $4.8 million recorded in the third quarter of 2010. Results included the following related to IAHGames: 1) an impairment loss of $13.2 million recorded in equity method investments related to IAHGames online game initiatives with Blizzard partially offset by 2) a gain of $2.6 million related to a warrant issued in connection with IAHGames initiatives with Blizzard. Results also included the following related to Everest Gaming: 1) an equity loss of $3.4 million reflecting GigaMedia’s remaining interest in the business, which more than offset 2) a favorable adjustment to the purchase price, net of transaction costs, of $3.3 million related to the sale of the gambling software business.

Consolidated net income/loss for the fourth quarter of 2010 decreased to a loss of $41.3 million from a loss of $51.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and increased from a loss of $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2010. The period variations primarily reflected the aforementioned factors affecting income from operations and consolidated non-operating loss.

Non-GAAP consolidated net loss in the fourth quarter of 2010 was $8.8 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $2.3 million in the same period last year and a non-GAAP net loss of $9.4 million in the third quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP basic and fully-diluted loss per share in the fourth quarter of 2010 were both $0.16.

Consolidated EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2010 decreased to a loss of $40.3 million from a loss of approximately $50.0 million in the same period last year and increased from a loss of $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Cash and Strategic Investments

GigaMedia continued to maintain a solid balance sheet during the fourth quarter. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities-current were $79.5 million, down from $94.4 million in the third quarter of 2010. The decrease reflected major cash outflow items, including payments of $7.8 million related to pre-paid game licensing and royalty costs, a one-time tax payment of $2.5 million related to the sale of the gambling software business, and repayment of short-term debt of $2.6 million. Total short-term borrowings were $12.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $15.0 million for the prior quarter.

Marketable securities – noncurrent plus investments, consisting of GigaMedia’s strategic holdings in game studios, developers and other related entities and the company’s remaining 40 percent interest in Everest Gaming, were $100.2 million in the fourth quarter, down from $113.6 million last quarter. The period decrease reflected fourth-quarter write-downs of investments in T2CN, and Blizzard-related products, as well as GigaMedia’s equity loss in Everest Gaming, which offset appreciation in value of investments in certain game studios and developers.

Management is evaluating the potential disposal of certain game studio investments to realize gains and crystallize value on the company’s balance sheet.

Management is also evaluating using excess cash to buy back stock.

Additional Information

The loss on equity method investments during the fourth quarter of 2010 reported in the consolidated financial statements attached hereto includes GigaMedia’s 40 percent share of the gambling software business (Everest Gaming’s) net loss for the fourth quarter of 2010.

In addition, GigaMedia is providing the following supplemental figures related to Everest Gaming’s operations in order to facilitate investors’ understanding of GigaMedia’s results. All amounts were provided to GigaMedia by Everest Gaming’s management and are unaudited.

During the fourth quarter of 2010, Everest Gaming reported to GigaMedia total revenues of $15.4 million, including poker revenues of $10.8 million, with approximately 146,000 active depositing players and 38,000 new depositing players. Everest Gaming also reported to GigaMedia total net loss of $8.6 million for the period.

For the Full Year 2010

              GIGAMEDIA FY10 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS
    (all figures in
     US$ thousands,
     except per
     share amounts)   FY10 (unaudited)  FY09 (audited)     Change (%)
    Revenues (A)                64,682         159,581              -59
    Gross Profit (A)            43,569         122,694              -64
    Income (Loss)
     from Operations
     (A)                       (47,696)        (40,061)              NA
    Net Income
     (Loss)
     Attributable to
     GigaMedia                   2,650         (49,085)              NA
    Net Income
     (Loss) Per
     Share, Diluted               0.04           (0.90)              NA
    Non-GAAP Income
     from Operations
     (A) (B)                   (14,243)          2,462               NA
    Non-GAAP Net
     Income (A) (B)            (25,083)          2,711               NA
    Non-GAAP Net
     Income Per
     Share, Diluted
     (A) (B)                     (0.45)           0.05               NA
    EBITDA (C)                  13,644         (40,504)              NA
    (A) Excludes results from discontinued operations.
    (B) Non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income and non-
    GAAP net income per share exclude results from discontinued
    operations, non-cash share-based compensation expenses, bad debt
    expense, and certain other non-cash or one-time items. (See, "Use
    of Non-GAAP Measures," for more details.)
    (C) EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and
    amortization) is provided as a supplement to results provided in
    accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles
    ("GAAP"). (See, "Use of Non-GAAP Measures," for more details.)

Consolidated revenues for 2010 decreased to $64.7 million from $159.6 million in 2009 primarily due to deconsolidation of the gambling software business. Revenues in the Asian online games business also decreased to $38.9 million in 2010 from $46.9 million in 2009, with FunTown revenues down during the period and deconsolidation of T2CN revenues from July 1, 2010 more than offsetting new contributions from IAHGames.

Consolidated gross profit for 2010 decreased to $43.6 million from $122.7 million in 2009 attributable to the aforementioned revenue declines and lower gross margin in the Asian online games businesses primarily resulting from deconsolidation of T2CN and consolidation of IAHGames in 2010. Consolidated gross profit margin declined to 67.4 percent in 2010 from 76.9 percent in 2009, reflecting the deconsolidation of the gambling software business and a lower gross margin in the Asian online games businesses during the period.

Consolidated income from operations for 2010 was a loss of $47.7 million compared to a loss of $40.1 million in 2009. The loss in 2010 included the previously detailed fourth-quarter impairment losses and bad debt, plus certain contract termination costs, which all together totaled $30.4 million, and the 2009 loss included non-cash write-downs that totaled approximately $39.2 million largely composed of impairment losses on capitalized software and licensed games costs and goodwill on online game investments in China and bad debt, which impacted operating income and distorted period comparisons.

Non-GAAP consolidated income from operations for 2010 excluded a number of non-cash or one-time items recorded during 2010, as previously detailed. (See, the attachment to this release entitled “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operations” for more details.)

Non-GAAP consolidated loss from operations decreased to $14.2 million in 2010 from income of $2.5 million in 2009. The decrease in non-GAAP consolidated income from operations was primarily attributable to deconsolidation of the gambling software business and increased operating expenses in the Asian online games business in 2010.

Consolidated net income for 2010 increased to $2.7 million from a loss of $49.1 million in 2009.

Non-GAAP consolidated net loss in 2010 was $25.1 million compared to net income of $2.7 million in 2009. Non-GAAP basic and fully-diluted loss per share in 2010 were each $0.45 compared to earnings per share of $0.05 in 2009.

Consolidated EBITDA for 2010 increased to $13.6 million from a loss of $40.5 million a year ago.

Business Outlook

The following forward-looking statements reflect GigaMedias expectations as of May 5, 2011. Given potential changes in economic conditions and consumer spending, the evolving nature of gambling software, online games, and various other risk factors, including those discussed in the companys 2009 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as referenced below, actual results may differ materially.

In the first quarter of 2011, management anticipates a double-digit quarterly sequential increase in revenues and expects a quarterly sequential decrease in total operating expenses.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

To supplement GigaMedia’s consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with US GAAP, the company uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP by the SEC: EBITDA, and US GAAP income from operations, net income and basic and fully-diluted earnings per share data adjusted to exclude the impact of discontinued operations, share-based compensation, as well as certain non-cash or one-time items, including impairment losses related to game licensing, game studios and other related assets, gains and losses on the sale of businesses and discontinued operations, and impairment losses on marketable securities and investments. GigaMedia may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures it uses. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operations” set forth at the end of this release.

The company’s management uses non-GAAP financial measures to gain an understanding of the company’s comparative operating performance (when comparing such results with previous periods or forecasts) and future prospects. The company’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude the aforementioned items from GigaMedia’s internal financial statements for purposes of its internal budgets. Non-GAAP financial measures are used by the company’s management in their financial and operational decision-making, because management believes they reflect the company’s ongoing business in a manner that allows meaningful period-to-period comparisons. The company’s management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in the following ways: (1) in understanding and evaluating the company’s current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose, and (2) in comparing in a consistent manner the company’s current financial results with the company’s past financial results. GigaMedia further believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful and meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors regarding GigaMedia’s performance by excluding certain expenses, expenditures, gains and losses (i) that are not expected to result in future cash payments or (ii) that may not be indicative of the company’s core operating results and business outlook.

GigaMedia records the expensing of share-based compensation based on the FASB Accounting Standards Codification. The company’s management believes excluding share-based compensation from its non-GAAP financial measures is useful for itself and investors as such expense will not result in future cash payments and is otherwise unrelated to the company’s core operating results. Non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation also enhance the comparability of results against prior periods.

The company’s management believes excluding the non-cash write-offs of loan receivables, game capitalized costs and investments is useful for itself and for investors as such write-offs do not impact cash and are not indicative of the company’s core operating results and business outlook. The company’s management believes excluding the results of discontinued operations from its non-GAAP financial measure of net income is useful for itself and for investors because such gains and losses are not indicative of the company’s core operating results and are no longer associated with the company’s continuing operations.

The company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP income from operations, net income, and basic and fully-diluted earnings per share enables more meaningful comparisons of performances across periods to be made by excluding the effect of share-based compensation, and that EBITDA is a measure of performance used by some investors, equity analysts and others to make informed investment decisions.

The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations. They do not include all items of income and expense that affect the company’s operations. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with US GAAP, may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and, with respect to the non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain items under US GAAP, do not reflect any benefit that such items may confer to the company. A limitation of using non-GAAP income from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses and other non-cash items and adjustments, net income excluding share-based compensation expenses and other non-cash items and adjustments, and basic and fully-diluted earnings per share excluding share-based compensation expenses and other non-cash items and adjustments is that these non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation expenses and may exclude other items that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a recurring expense in the company’s business. A limitation of using EBITDA is that it does not include all items that impact the company’s net income for the period. Management compensates for these limitations by also considering the company’s financial results as determined in accordance with US GAAP and by providing specific information regarding the US GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. Reconciliations of the adjusted income statement data to GigaMedia’s US GAAP income statement data are provided on the attached unaudited financial statements.

About the Numbers in This Release

Consolidation of IAHGames

The allocation of the purchase price of IAHGames is subject to adjustment during the measurement period after the closing date (July 2010) when additional information on assets and liability valuations becomes available. Management finalized the valuation of certain assets and liabilities recorded pursuant to the acquisition, including intangibles assets, in the fourth quarter of 2010. Thus, any change to the fair value of the assets and liabilities recorded in the third quarter of 2010 was allocated to goodwill.

Deconsolidation of T2CN operations

As previously mentioned in Forms 6-K dated November 15 and 26, 2010, due to the dispute with Wang Ji that arose in July 2010, GigaMedia has been prevented from obtaining and currently does not have access to the financial information of T2CN Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and its VIEs. Since GigaMedia does not have access to the operating assets of T2CN and has been prevented from obtaining the financial information necessary to report the financial results of T2CN, GigaMedia has effectively lost control over T2CN’s financial reporting process. Therefore, the company deconsolidated T2CN’s results with effect from July 1, 2010.

In connection with the year-end financial reporting process, management was required to perform an impairment analysis for the investment in and advances to the entities held by T2CN as of December 31, 2010. While management continues to believe that its general legal position is sound, as a result of recent setbacks that have delayed the progress of the litigation against Wang Ji and the increasing complexity of the ongoing litigation, it is now impractical for the company to estimate with any degree of certainty the timeline for the eventual resolution of the dispute or the likelihood of a successful outcome. Given the uncertain timeline relating to the resolution of the dispute, and primarily because GigaMedia still cannot exercise any control over the operations of T2CN or obtain any financial data from the management of T2CN, management decided to completely write-off both GigaMedia’s investment and its advances to the entities held by T2CN in order to properly reflect GigaMedia’s financial position as of December 31, 2010. The impairment charges recorded for the investment and the advances in the fourth quarter of 2010 are approximately US$22.2 million (after removing the other comprehensive income component of equity related to T2CN from GigaMedia’s balance sheet) and approximately US$1.4 million, respectively.

Full-year and quarterly figures

All 2010 quarterly and full-year figures and all 2009 quarterly figures referred to in the text, tables and attachments to this release are unaudited; all full-year 2009 amounts are audited. The financial statements from which the financial results reported in this press release are derived have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, unless otherwise noted as “non-GAAP,” and are presented in U.S. dollars.

Consolidated financial results for 2010 include the results from GigaMedia’s strategic acquisition from July 2010 of leading Southeast Asian online games operator, publisher and distributor IAHGames. Period results were also impacted by a dispute between GigaMedia and its former China head related to T2CN operations, as detailed in GigaMedia’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In accordance with reporting guidelines, beginning in the third quarter of 2010 GigaMedia began to consolidate the results of its IAHGames online games operations and deconsolidated the results of its T2CN operations. As a result, consolidated financial results for 2010 may not be comparable with other periods.

Segmental results

GigaMedia’s segmental financial results are based on the company’s method of internal reporting and are not necessarily in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Consolidated quarterly and/or annual financial results of the company may differ from totals of the company’s segmental financial results for the same period due to (1) the impact of certain of the company’s headquarters costs and expenses, which are not reflected in the business segment results, (2) the impact of certain non-operating subsidiaries of GigaMedia on the company’s consolidated financial results, and (3) certain inter-company eliminations.

Equity in net loss in Everest Gaming

In the second quarter of 2010, in conjunction with the sale of a majority (60 percent) interest of GigaMedia’s online gambling software business to BetClic Everest and subsequent deconsolidation of GigaMedia’s gambling software business, the company began accounting for its investment in Everest Gaming under the equity method of accounting. At the time of the deconsolidation, GigaMedia, along with BetClic Everest, was in the process of finalizing the valuation of Everest Gaming, including the purchase price allocation analysis, and was still gathering the information necessary to determine the appropriate amount of the fair value of Everest Gaming to allocate to identifiable intangible assets and goodwill. In the fourth quarter of 2010, GigaMedia, along with BetClic Everest, finalized the valuation of Everest Gaming. Thus, any change to the fair value of these assets and liabilities recorded previously was allocated to goodwill. In addition, amortization of provisional fair value adjustments to the intangible assets acquired was also adjusted accordingly in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Non-controlling interest

In January 2009, the company adopted new accounting guidance issued by the FASB for non-controlling interests, which required certain reclassifications of non-controlling interests. Unless stated otherwise, all references to “net income” or “net loss” contained in this press release refer to the income statement line item titled “Net income (loss) attributable to GigaMedia.”

About GigaMedia

GigaMedia Limited (Singapore registration number: 199905474H) is a major provider of online entertainment software and services. Through its subsidiaries, GigaMedia develops and operates a suite of online games in Asia covering the regions of Greater China and Southeast Asia. More information on GigaMedia can be obtained from www.gigamedia.com.

The statements included above and elsewhere in this press release that are not historical in nature are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding expected financial performance (as described without limitation in the “Business Outlook” section and in quotations from management in this press release) and GigaMedia’s strategic and operational plans. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties and changes in circumstances. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward looking statements, including but not limited to, Everest Gaming’s ability to retain existing online gambling players and attract new players, our ability to license, develop or acquire additional online games that are appealing to users, our ability to retain existing online game players and attract new players, and our ability to launch online games in a timely manner and pursuant to our anticipated schedule. Further information on risks or other factors that could cause results to differ is detailed in GigaMedia’s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed in June 2010 and its other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

(Tables to follow)


               GIGAMEDIA LIMITED
     CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                         Three months ended
                             12/31/2010        9/30/2010          12/31/2009
                             ----------        ---------          ----------
                            unaudited        unaudited           unaudited
                            ---------        ---------           ---------
                               USD              USD                 USD
                               ---              ---                 ---
    Operating revenues
    Gaming software
     and service
     revenues                         0                0          29,491,869
    Online game and
     service revenues         8,902,652        7,830,514          10,762,732
                              ---------        ---------          ----------
                              8,902,652        7,830,514          40,254,601
                              ---------        ---------          ----------

    Operating costs
    Cost of gaming
     software and
     service revenues                 0                0           4,623,274
    Cost of online
     game and service
     revenues
     (includes share-
     based
     compensation
     expenses under
     SFAS 123(R) of -
     $798, $337,
     $15,249, $10,552
     and $100,775,
     respectively)         6,081,326     3,568,794        4,310,148
                              ---------        ---------           ---------
                              6,081,326        3,568,794           8,933,422
                              ---------        ---------           ---------

    Gross profit              2,821,326        4,261,720          31,321,179
                              ---------        ---------          ----------

    Operating expenses
    Product
     development and
     engineering
     expenses
     (includes share-
     based
     compensation
     expenses under
     SFAS 123(R) of -
     $7,079, $4,290, -
     $21,506,  $17,632
     and $59,243,
     respectively)           549,410       603,334        3,796,265
    Selling and
     marketing
     expenses
     (includes share-
     based
     compensation
     expenses under
     SFAS 123(R) of -
     $17,747, $16,658,
      $37,470, $64,358
      and $231,548,
     respectively)         2,512,633     1,992,726       23,395,184
    General and
     administrative
     expenses
     (includes share-
     based
     compensation
     expenses under
     SFAS 123(R) of
     $404,353,
     $554,291,
     $630,512,
     $2,921,839 and
     $2,885,878,
     respectively)         6,734,875     6,528,207        6,812,471
    Bad debt expenses         1,436,207           37,281             955,722
    Impairment loss           4,016,442              671          38,313,335
    Impairment loss on
     T2CN operating
     entites                 22,234,363                0                   0
    Contract
     termination costs            5,892            2,920                   0
                                  -----            -----                 ---
                             37,489,822        9,165,139          73,272,977
                             ----------        ---------          ----------

    Income (loss) from
     operations             (34,668,496)      (4,903,419)        (41,951,798)
                            -----------       ----------         -----------

    Non-operating
     income (expense)
    Interest income             495,998          156,660             115,820
    Interest expense             49,475         (232,446)           (118,598)
    Foreign exchange
     gain (loss) -net          (364,526)        (204,500)           (122,381)
    Gain (loss) on
     disposal of
     property, plant
     and equipment              (18,257)           2,458             (13,746)
    Gain (loss) on
     equity method
     investments            (15,529,564)      (4,521,467)             54,751
    Gain on
     deconsolidation
     of gaming
     software and
     service business      3,312,756             0                0
    Impairment loss on
     marketable
     securities and
     investments                 (2,277)               0         (15,742,980)
    Gain on fair value
     changes of
     warrant                  2,595,219                0                   0
    Other                        39,211            1,490            (404,264)
                                 ------            -----            --------
                             (9,421,965)      (4,797,805)        (16,231,398)
                             ----------       ----------         -----------

    Income (loss) from
     continuing
     operations before
     income taxes           (44,090,461)      (9,701,224)        (58,183,196)
    Income tax
     (expense) benefit         (507,283)         (73,807)            123,847
                               --------          -------             -------

    Income (loss) from
     continuing
     operations             (44,597,744)      (9,775,031)        (58,059,349)
    Income (loss) from
     discontinued
     operations                  33,904           35,872             103,440
                                 ------           ------             -------

    Net income (loss)       (44,563,840)      (9,739,159)        (57,955,909)
    Less: Net loss
     (income)
     attributable to
     noncontrolling
     interest and
     subsidiary
     preferred shares      3,308,927      (220,533)       6,271,205
                              ---------         --------           ---------

    Net  income (loss)
     attributable to
     GigaMedia              (41,254,913)      (9,959,692)        (51,684,704)
                            ===========       ==========         ===========

    Earnings (loss)
     per share
     attributable to
     GigaMedia
    Basic:
        (Loss) income from
         continuing
         operations               (0.73)           (0.18)              (0.95)
        (Loss) income from
         discontinued
         operations                0.00             0.00                0.00
                                   ----             ----                ----
                                  (0.73)           (0.18)              (0.95)
                                  =====            =====               =====
    Fully-diluted:
        (Loss) income from
         continuing
         operations               (0.73)           (0.18)              (0.95)
        (Loss) income from
         discontinued
         operations                0.00             0.00                0.00
                                   ----             ----                ----
                                  (0.73)           (0.18)              (0.95)
                                  =====            =====               =====

    Weighted average
     shares
     outstanding:
    Basic                    56,261,901       56,244,243          54,640,786

    Diluted                  58,992,728       59,502,030          59,358,528


                                                    Twelve months ended
                                                12/31/2010         12/31/2009
                                                ----------         ----------
                                                unaudited          audited
                                                ---------          -------
                                                   USD                USD
                                                   ---                ---
    Operating revenues
    Gaming software and service revenues        25,820,083        112,694,086
    Online game and service revenues            38,862,413         46,886,672
                                                ----------         ----------
                                                64,682,496        159,580,758
                                                ----------        -----------

    Operating costs
    Cost of gaming software and service
     revenues                                    4,009,650         20,102,201
    Cost of online game and service
     revenues (includes share-based
     compensation expenses under SFAS
     123(R) of -$798, $337, $15,249,
     $10,552 and $100,775, respectively)     17,103,636      16,784,422
                                                ----------         ----------
                                                21,113,286         36,886,623
                                                ----------         ----------

    Gross profit                                43,569,210        122,694,135
                                                ----------        -----------

    Operating expenses
    Product development and engineering
     expenses (includes share-based
     compensation expenses under SFAS
     123(R) of -$7,079, $4,290, -
     $21,506,  $17,632 and $59,243,
     respectively)                            7,300,868      14,195,295
    Selling and marketing expenses
     (includes share-based compensation
     expenses under SFAS 123(R) of -
     $17,747, $16,658,  $37,470, $64,358
     and $231,548, respectively)             21,588,620      79,421,555
    General and administrative expenses
     (includes share-based compensation
     expenses under SFAS 123(R) of
     $404,353, $554,291, $630,512,
     $2,921,839 and $2,885,878,
     respectively)                           31,780,630      29,691,830
    Bad debt expenses                            1,639,159          1,091,595
    Impairment loss                              4,732,333         38,355,273
    Impairment loss on T2CN operating
     entites                                    22,234,363                  0
    Contract termination costs                   1,988,882                  0
                                                 ---------                ---
                                                91,264,855        162,755,548
                                                ----------        -----------

    Income (loss) from operations             (47,695,645)        (40,061,413)
                                               -----------        -----------

    Non-operating income (expense)
    Interest income                                955,597            432,099
    Interest expense                              (370,032)          (390,685)
    Foreign exchange gain (loss) - net            (605,558)           168,060
    Gain (loss) on disposal of property,
     plant and equipment                          (125,146)           (30,898)
    Gain (loss) on equity method
     investments                              (20,770,157)            (87,088)
    Gain on deconsolidation of gaming
     software and service business              79,140,088                  0
    Impairment loss on marketable
     securities and investments                 (4,677,150)       (15,742,980)
    Gain on fair value changes of
     warrant                                     2,595,219                  0
    Other                                          220,787            126,855
                                                   -------            -------
                                                56,363,648        (15,524,637)
                                                ----------        -----------

    Income (loss) from continuing
     operations before income taxes              8,668,003        (55,586,050)
    Income tax (expense) benefit                (7,260,495)          (516,755)
                                                ----------           --------

    Income (loss) from continuing
     operations                                  1,407,508        (56,102,805)
    Income (loss) from discontinued
     operations                                   (127,519)           222,314
                                                  --------            -------

    Net income (loss)                            1,279,989        (55,880,491)
    Less: Net loss (income) attributable
     to noncontrolling interest and
     subsidiary preferred shares                 1,370,371          6,795,286
                                                 ---------          ---------

    Net  income (loss) attributable to
     GigaMedia                                   2,650,360        (49,085,205)
                                                 =========        ===========

    Earnings (loss) per share
     attributable to GigaMedia
    Basic:
        (Loss) income from continuing
         operations                                   0.05              (0.90)
        (Loss) income from discontinued
         operations                                   0.00               0.00
                                                      ----               ----
                                                      0.05              (0.90)
                                                      ====              =====
    Fully-diluted:
        (Loss) income from continuing
         operations                                   0.04              (0.90)
        (Loss) income from discontinued
         operations                                   0.00               0.00
                                                      ----               ----
                                                      0.04              (0.90)
                                                      ====              =====

    Weighted average shares outstanding:
    Basic                                       55,834,368         54,523,618
                                                         =                 ==
    Diluted                                     59,290,983         59,639,242

                                        GIGAMEDIA LIMITED
                                   CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                     12/31/2010     9/30/2010  12/31/2009
                                     ----------     ---------  ----------
                                   unaudited     unaudited    audited
                                   ---------     ---------    -------
                                      USD           USD         USD
                                      ---           ---         ---
    Assets
    Current assets
    Cash and cash equivalents        70,988,577    85,889,473  55,565,735
    Marketable securities -
     current                          3,552,920     3,530,178   3,486,393
    Accounts receivable - net         9,505,663    11,276,054   4,227,647
    Prepaid expenses                  1,996,659     2,059,730   1,204,035
    Restricted cash                   5,000,000     5,000,000     932,407
    Assets held for sale - current            0             0  35,443,651
    Other receivables                   991,800     8,245,207     792,071
    Other current assets              1,052,010     1,629,659   3,186,854
    Total current assets             93,087,629   117,630,301 104,838,793

    Marketable securities -
     noncurrent                      33,388,752    15,988,932  18,355,693
    Investments                      66,773,523    97,575,615   3,477,322
    Retained ownership of gaming
     software and service business            0             0  25,951,322
    Property, plant & equipment -
     net                              5,301,678     4,771,299   5,988,586
    Goodwill                         39,492,651    45,462,680  44,416,902
    Intangible assets - net          19,769,323    20,067,286  18,923,809
    Assets held for sale -
     noncurrent                               0             0  31,301,014
    Prepaid licensing and royalty
     fees                             4,213,553     1,327,575   5,556,923
    Other assets                      5,561,716     2,060,809   1,370,571
                                      ---------     ---------   ---------
    Total assets                    267,588,825   304,884,497 260,180,935
                                    ===========   =========== ===========

    Liabilities & equity
    Accounts payable                  4,305,186     3,457,431     590,742
    Accrued compensation              4,239,051     4,761,196   2,813,711
    Accrued expenses                 10,985,777    13,068,942   6,719,275
    Short-term borrowings            12,413,465    14,971,018  22,503,598
    Liabilities held for sale -
     current                                  0             0  26,457,962
    Other current liabilities        11,349,536    11,665,618  13,243,917
                                     ----------    ----------  ----------
    Total current liabilities        43,293,015    47,924,205  72,329,205
    Liabilities held for sale -
     noncurrent                               0             0   1,359,720
    Other liabilities                 7,729,586    11,362,075     131,715
                                      ---------    ----------     -------
    Total liabilities                51,022,601    59,286,280  73,820,640
                                     ----------    ----------  ----------

    Subsidiary preferred shares       1,464,791     1,289,712           0
                                      ---------     ---------         ---

    GigaMedia's shareholders'
     equity                         217,521,137   239,759,546 184,744,662

    Noncontrolling interest          (2,419,704)    4,548,959   1,615,633
                                     ----------     ---------   ---------

    Total equity                    215,101,433   244,308,505 186,360,295
                                    -----------   ----------- -----------

    Total liabilities & equity      267,588,825   304,884,497 260,180,935

                                        GIGAMEDIA LIMITED
                        Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operations
                                       Three months ended
                                          12/31/2010         9/30/2010
                                          ----------         ---------
                                         unaudited         unaudited
                                         ---------         ---------
                                             USD               USD
                                            ---                ---
           Income (loss) from
    I.     operations
          GAAP result                    (34,668,496)       (4,903,419)
          Adjustments:
            (a) share-based
             compensation                   378,729           575,576
            (b) bad debt expenses
             related to loan
             receivables                  1,404,882                 0
            (c) impairment loss on
             capitalized software
             costs                        1,759,818                 0
            (d) impairment loss on
             fixed assets                         0                 0
            (e) impairment loss on
             goodwill                     2,254,992                 0
            (f) impairment loss on
             T2CN operating entites         22,234,363                 0
            (g) contract termination
             costs                                0                 0
                                                ---               ---
          Non-GAAP result                (6,635,712)       (4,327,843)
                                         ==========        ==========

           Net income (loss)
           attributable to
    II.    GigaMedia
          GAAP result                   (41,254,913)       (9,959,692)
          Adjustments:
            (a) share-based
             compensation                   382,207           575,576
            (b) bad debt expenses
             related to loan
             receivables                  1,404,882                 0
            (c) impairment loss on
             capitalized software
             costs                        1,424,874                 0
            (d) impairment loss on
             fixed assets                         0                 0
            (e) impairment loss on
             goodwill                     1,803,994                 0
            (f) impairment loss on
             T2CN operating entites         22,234,363                 0
            (g) contract termination
             costs                                0                 0
            (h) impairment loss on
             Blizzard games recorded
             in equity method
             investments                 10,571,882                 0
            (i) gain on
             deconsolidation of gaming
             software and service
             business, net of taxes         (3,271,468)                0
            (j) impairment loss on
             marketable securities and
             investments                          0                 0
            (k) other non-operating
             income                      (2,076,175)                0
            (l) income from
             discontinued operations            (33,904)          (35,872)
                                            -------           -------
          Non-GAAP result                (8,814,258)       (9,419,988)
                                         ==========        ==========

           Basic earnings (loss)
           per share
           attributable to
    III.   GigaMedia
          GAAP result                         (0.73)            (0.18)
          Adjustments                          0.57              0.01
                                               ----              ----
          Non-GAAP result                     (0.16)            (0.17)
                                              =====             =====

           Diluted earnings
           (loss) per share
           attributable to
    IV.    GigaMedia
          GAAP result                         (0.73)            (0.18)
          Adjustments                          0.57              0.01
                                               ----              ----
          Non-GAAP result                     (0.16)            (0.17)
                                              =====             =====

           Reconciliation of Net
           Income (Loss) to
    V.     EBITDA

      Net income (loss)
       attributable to GigaMedia        (41,254,913)       (9,959,692)
      Depreciation                          459,097           466,673
      Amortization                          683,734           635,358
      Interest (income) expense            (625,730)           75,834
      Tax expense                           390,556            73,555
                                            -------            ------
      EBITDA                            (40,347,256)       (8,708,272)


                                   Three months ended
                                                          12/31/2009
                                                          ----------
                                                         unaudited
                                                         ---------
                                                             USD
                                                            ---
           Income (loss) from
    I.     operations
          GAAP result                                    (41,951,798)
          Adjustments:
            (a) share-based
             compensation                                   661,725
            (b) bad debt expenses
             related to loan
             receivables                                    933,116
            (c) impairment loss on
             capitalized software
             costs                                       22,960,584
            (d) impairment loss on
             fixed assets                                 1,249,827
            (e) impairment loss on
             goodwill                                    14,102,896
            (f) impairment loss on
             T2CN operating entites                                  0
            (g) contract termination
             costs                                                0
                                                                ---
          Non-GAAP result                                (2,043,650)
                                                         ==========

           Net income (loss)
           attributable to
    II.    GigaMedia
          GAAP result                                   (51,684,704)
          Adjustments:
            (a) share-based
             compensation                                   583,745
            (b) bad debt expenses
             related to loan
             receivables                                    862,715
            (c) impairment loss on
             capitalized software
             costs                                       17,256,870
            (d) impairment loss on
             fixed assets                                 1,025,134
            (e) impairment loss on
             goodwill                                    14,102,896
            (f) impairment loss on
             T2CN operating entites                                  0
            (g) contract termination
             costs                                                0
            (h) impairment loss on
             Blizzard games recorded
             in equity method
             investments                                          0
            (i) gain on
             deconsolidation of gaming
             software and service
             business, net of taxes                                  0
            (j) impairment loss on
             marketable securities and
             investments                                 15,676,613
            (k) other non-operating
             income                                               0
            (l) income from
             discontinued operations                           (103,440)
                                                           --------
          Non-GAAP result                                (2,280,171)
                                                         ==========

           Basic earnings (loss)
           per share
           attributable to
    III.   GigaMedia
          GAAP result                                         (0.95)
          Adjustments                                          0.91
                                                               ----
          Non-GAAP result                                     (0.04)
                                                              =====

           Diluted earnings
           (loss) per share
           attributable to
    IV.    GigaMedia
          GAAP result                                         (0.95)
          Adjustments                                          0.91
                                                               ----
          Non-GAAP result                                     (0.04)
                                                              =====

           Reconciliation of Net
           Income (Loss) to
    V.     EBITDA

      Net income (loss)
       attributable to GigaMedia                        (51,684,704)
      Depreciation                                          668,235
      Amortization                                          991,075
      Interest (income) expense                              91,816
      Tax expense                                           (69,237)
                                                            -------
      EBITDA                                            (50,002,815)


                                              Twelve months ended
                                           12/31/2010         12/31/2009
                                           ----------         ----------
                                          unaudited          unaudited
                                          ---------          ---------
                                              USD                USD
                                              ---                ---
           Income (loss) from
    I.     operations
          GAAP result                     (47,695,645)       (40,061,413)
          Adjustments:
            (a) share-based
             compensation                  3,014,381          3,277,444
            (b) bad debt expenses
             related to loan
             receivables                   1,482,631            933,116
            (c) impairment loss on
             capitalized software
             costs                         2,199,557         22,960,584
            (d) impairment loss on
             fixed assets                    277,784          1,249,827
            (e) impairment loss on
             goodwill                      2,254,992         14,102,896
            (f) impairment loss on
             T2CN operating entites          22,234,363                  0
            (g) contract termination
             costs                         1,988,882                  0
                                           ---------                ---
          Non-GAAP result                (14,243,055)         2,462,454
                                         ===========          =========

           Net income (loss)
           attributable to
    II.    GigaMedia
          GAAP result                      2,650,360        (49,085,205)
          Adjustments:
            (a) share-based
             compensation                  2,871,089          3,093,970
            (b) bad debt expenses
             related to loan
             receivables                   1,482,631            862,715
            (c) impairment loss on
             capitalized software
             costs                         1,789,857         17,256,870
            (d) impairment loss on
             fixed assets                    163,061          1,025,134
            (e) impairment loss on
             goodwill                      1,803,994         14,102,896
            (f) impairment loss on
             T2CN operating entites          22,234,363                  0
            (g) contract termination
             costs                         1,658,732                  0
            (h) impairment loss on
             Blizzard games recorded
             in equity method
             investments                  10,571,882                  0
            (i) gain on
             deconsolidation of gaming
             software and service
             business, net of taxes         (73,037,860)                 0
            (j) impairment loss on
             marketable securities and
             investments                   4,677,150         15,676,613
            (k) other non-operating
             income                       (2,076,175)                 0
            (l) income from
             discontinued operations             127,519           (222,314)
                                             -------           --------
          Non-GAAP result                (25,083,397)         2,710,679
                                         ===========          =========

           Basic earnings (loss)
           per share
           attributable to
    III.   GigaMedia
          GAAP result                           0.05              (0.90)
          Adjustments                          (0.50)              0.95
                                               -----               ----
          Non-GAAP result                      (0.45)              0.05
                                               =====               ====

           Diluted earnings
           (loss) per share
           attributable to
    IV.    GigaMedia
          GAAP result                           0.04              (0.90)
          Adjustments                           0.49               0.95
                                                ----               ----
          Non-GAAP result                      (0.45)              0.05
                                               =====               ====

           Reconciliation of Net
           Income (Loss) to
    V.     EBITDA

      Net income (loss)
       attributable to GigaMedia           2,650,360        (49,085,205)
      Depreciation                         1,918,862          3,036,479
      Amortization                         2,649,624          4,887,482
      Interest (income) expense             (566,674)           210,763
      Tax expense                          6,991,840            446,338
                                           ---------            -------
      EBITDA                              13,644,012        (40,504,143)

SOURCE GigaMedia Limited


Source: newswire