Dolby Laboratories Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

7/29/2021, 10:15 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced the company's financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2021. For the third quarter, Dolby reported total revenue of $286.8 million, compared to $246.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

"With the launch of Dolby Atmos on Apple Music and Comcast delivering the Tokyo Olympics in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, more people around the world are enjoying the Dolby experience than ever before," said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO, Dolby Laboratories. "As we increase our presence across a broader range of content, we are creating more reasons for deeper adoption of Dolby within devices, driving our future growth opportunities."

Third quarter GAAP net income was $54.6 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $67.3 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. On a non-GAAP basis, third quarter net income was $74.8 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to $87.5 million, or $0.86 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Third quarter cash flows from operations was $172.4 million, compared to $134.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. A complete listing of Dolby's non-GAAP measures are described and reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this release.


Dolby continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our company. The safety and well-being of our employees and supporting our communities continue to be priorities. Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19, our revenue continues to be impacted across various markets within licensing and products and services. The implications of COVID-19 on our future results of operations remain uncertain.

We expect continued uncertainty in global financial markets. Dolby’s financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 rely on estimates of royalty-based revenue that take into consideration the macroeconomic effect of global events, including COVID-19, which may impact supply chain activities and consumer demand for electronic products.


Today, Dolby announced a cash dividend of $0.22 per share of Class A and Class B common stock, payable on August 19, 2021, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2021.

Stock Repurchase Program

Today, Dolby also announced that its Board of Directors has approved increasing the size of its stock repurchase program by $350 million, bringing the amount available for future repurchases of its Class A Common Stock to approximately $387 million. Stock repurchases under this program may be made through open market transactions, negotiated purchases, or otherwise, at times and in amounts that the company considers appropriate.

Financial Outlook

The volume of shipments, aggregated across various end markets and devices, continues to be impacted and difficult to predict because of economic uncertainty due to COVID-19. The global cinema market has been adversely impacted by COVID-19, and it remains uncertain when and where cinemas will resume operating at full capacity.

Our actual results could differ materially from the estimates we are providing due in part to the challenging economic environment and highly uncertain effects of COVID-19. The estimates we are providing for future periods reflect certain assumptions about the potential impact of COVID-19, based upon a consideration of external and internal data and information. For more information, see "Forward-Looking Statements" in this press release for a description of certain risks that we face, and the section captioned "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, filed on or around the date hereof.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021

Dolby is providing the following estimates for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2021:

  • Total revenue is estimated to range from $280 million to $310 million
  • Gross margin percentages are anticipated to range from 88% to 89% on a GAAP basis and from 89% to 90% on a non-GAAP basis
  • Operating expenses are anticipated to range from $216 million to $226 million on a GAAP basis and from $190 million to $200 million on a non-GAAP basis
  • Effective tax rate is anticipated to range from 19% to 20% on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis
  • Diluted earnings per share is anticipated to range from $0.25 to $0.40 on a GAAP basis and from $0.47 to $0.62 on a non-GAAP basis

Second Half of Fiscal 2021

Dolby is also providing the following estimate for its second half of fiscal 2021:

  • Total revenue is estimated to range from $570 million to $600 million

Full Year Fiscal 2021

Dolby is also providing the following estimates for its fiscal year 2021:

  • Total revenue is estimated to range from $1.28 billion to $1.31 billion
  • Gross margin percentages are anticipated to range from 89% to 90% on a GAAP basis and from 90% to 91% on a non-GAAP basis
  • Operating expenses are anticipated to range from $810 million to $820 million on a GAAP basis and from $710 million to $720 million on a non-GAAP basis
  • Diluted earnings per share is anticipated to range from $2.79 to $2.94 on a GAAP basis and from $3.57 to $3.72 on a non-GAAP basis

Conference Call Information

Members of Dolby management will lead a conference call open to all interested parties to discuss third quarter fiscal 2021 financial results for Dolby Laboratories at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Access to the teleconference will be available at or by dialing 1-844-200-6205 (or dialing +44-208-0682-558 for international callers), and entering confirmation code 128014.

A replay of the call will be available from 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 29, 2021, until 8:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, August 5, 2021, by dialing 1-929-458-6194 (international callers can access the replay by dialing +44-204-525-0658) and entering the confirmation code 571517. An archived version of the teleconference will also be available on the Dolby website,

Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement Dolby's financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, Dolby provides certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate Dolby's operating results in a manner that focuses on what Dolby's management believes to be its ongoing business operations. Specifically, we exclude the following as adjustments from one or more of our non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation expense: Stock-based compensation, unlike cash-based compensation, utilizes subjective assumptions in the methodologies used to value the various stock-based award types that we grant. These assumptions may differ from those used by other companies. To facilitate more meaningful comparisons between our underlying operating results and those of other companies, we exclude stock-based compensation expense.

Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles: We amortize intangible assets acquired in connection with acquisitions. These intangible assets consist of patents and technology, customer relationships, and other intangibles. We record amortization charges relating to these intangible assets in our GAAP financial statements, and we view these charges as items arising from pre-acquisition activities that are determined by the timing and valuation of our acquisitions. As these amortization charges do not directly correlate to our operations during any particular period, and often remain unchanged between reporting periods, we exclude these charges to facilitate an evaluation of our current operating results and comparisons to our past operating performance.

Restructuring charges: Restructuring charges are costs associated with restructuring plans and primarily relate to costs associated with exit or disposal activities, employee severance benefits, and asset impairments. We exclude restructuring costs, including any adjustments to charges recorded in prior periods, as we believe that these costs are not representative of our normal operating activities and therefore, excluding these amounts enables a more effective comparison to our past operating performance.

Income tax adjustments: We believe that excluding the income tax effect of the aforementioned non-GAAP adjustments provides a more accurate view of our underlying operating results to management and investors.

Other operating income adjustments: We are excluding a one-time gain on the sale of property, which was previously classified as held for sale, finalized during the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The property was 51% owned by the controlling interest, therefore 51% of the gain recognized has been attributed to the controlling interest.

Using the aforementioned adjustments, Dolby provides various non-GAAP financial measures including, but not limited to: non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP effective tax rate. Dolby's management believes it is useful for itself and investors to review both GAAP and non-GAAP measures to assess the performance of Dolby's business. Dolby's management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Whenever Dolby uses non-GAAP financial measures, it provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measures. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as detailed above. Investors are also encouraged to review Dolby's GAAP financial statements as reported in its US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is provided at the end of this press release and on the Dolby investor relations website,

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including, but not limited to, statements relating to Dolby's expected financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, second half of fiscal 2021 and full year fiscal 2021, our ability to advance our long-term objectives, our stock repurchase program and future dividend payments are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those provided. The following important factors, without limitation, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: the potential impacts of COVID-19 on Dolby’s business operations, financial results, and financial position (including the impact to Dolby partners and disruption of the supply chain and delays in shipments of consumer products; consumer demand for products that incorporate Dolby technologies; delays in the development and release of new products or services that contain Dolby technologies; delays in royalty reporting or delinquent payment by partners or licensees; the impact to the overall cinema market, including closures or limitations of cinema capacity and resulting adverse impact to Dolby’s revenue recognized on box-office sales and demand for cinema products and services; temporary Dolby office closures and other actions to protect Dolby’s workforce; and macroeconomic conditions that affect discretionary spending and access to products that contain Dolby technologies); risks associated with trends in the markets in which Dolby operates, including the Broadcast, Mobile, Consumer Electronics, PC, Cinema, and Other Markets; the loss of, or reduction in sales by, a key customer, partner, or licensee; pricing pressures; risks that the continued shift in content distribution from optical disc-based and other traditional media to online and streaming media content could result in fewer devices with Dolby technologies or less revenue from such devices; risks relating to conducting business internationally, including trade restrictions and changes in diplomatic or trade relationships; risks relating to the expiration of patents; the timing of Dolby's receipt of royalty reports and payments from its licensees, including recoveries; changes in tax regulations; timing of revenue recognition under licensing agreements and other contractual arrangements; Dolby's ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen relationships with industry participants; Dolby's ability to develop and deliver innovative technologies in response to new and growing markets; competitive risks; risks associated with conducting business in China and other countries that have historically limited recognition and enforcement of intellectual property and contractual rights; risks associated with the health of the motion picture industry generally; Dolby's ability to increase its revenue streams and to expand its business generally, and to continue to expand its business beyond its current technology offerings; risks associated with acquiring and successfully integrating businesses or technologies; and other risks detailed in Dolby's SEC filings and reports, including the risks identified under the section captioned "Risk Factors" in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Dolby disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) is based in San Francisco, California with offices around the globe. From movies and TV shows, to apps, music, sports and gaming, Dolby transforms the science of sight and sound into spectacular experiences for billions of people worldwide. We partner with artists, storytellers, developers, and businesses to revolutionize entertainment and communications with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, Dolby Cinema, and

Dolby, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, Dolby Cinema,, and the double-D symbol are among the registered and unregistered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners. DLB-F

(in thousands, except per share amounts; unaudited)

 Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Year-To-Date Ended
 June 25,
June 26,
 June 25,
June 26,
Licensing$271,569  $235,125   $948,159  $821,673  
Products and services15,230  11,784   48,072  68,928  
Total revenue286,799  246,909   996,231  890,601  
Cost of revenue:     
Cost of licensing12,480  12,572   41,486  38,157  
Cost of products and services19,164  17,316   57,840  65,876  
Total cost of revenue31,644  29,888   99,326  104,033  
Gross margin255,155  217,021   896,905  786,568  
Operating expenses:     
Research and development62,094  59,583   191,674  177,319  
Sales and marketing80,714  70,934   234,205  254,537  
General and administrative56,116  50,843   169,968  164,172  
Gain on sale of assets     (13,871)   
Restructuring charges140  1,522   10,904  1,866  
Total operating expenses199,064  182,882   592,880  597,894  
Operating income56,091  34,139   304,025  188,674  
Other income/(expense):     
Interest income741  2,578   2,677  12,231  
Interest expense(108) (34)  (360) (131) 
Other income, net2,401  3,307   5,112  4,449  
Total other income3,034  5,851   7,429  16,549  
Income before income taxes59,125  39,990   311,454  205,223  
(Provision for)/benefit from income taxes(4,565) 27,388   (37,859) (580) 
Net income including controlling interest54,560  67,378   273,595  204,643  
Less: net (income)/loss attributable to controlling interest61  (93)  (7,559) (109) 
Net income attributable to Dolby Laboratories, Inc.$54,621   $67,285    $266,036   $204,534   
Net income per share:     
Basic$0.54  $0.67   $2.63  $2.03  
Diluted$0.52  $0.66   $2.54  $1.99  
Weighted-average shares outstanding:     
Basic101,351  100,593   101,177  100,594  
Diluted104,633  102,075   104,607  102,912  

(in thousands; unaudited)

 June 25,
September 25,
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents$1,219,648   $1,071,876   
Restricted cash7,604   8,103   
Short-term investments48,277   46,948   
Accounts receivable, net275,080   180,340   
Contract assets, net166,584   161,357   
Inventories, net12,143   25,550   
Prepaid expenses and other current assets43,540   53,022   
Total current assets1,772,876   1,547,196   
Long-term investments54,155   52,149   
Property, plant, and equipment, net538,421   541,963   
Operating lease right-of-use assets71,625   76,515   
Goodwill and intangible assets, net467,599   489,376   
Deferred taxes145,104   118,881   
Other non-current assets85,356   91,245   
Total assets$3,135,136   $2,917,325   
Current liabilities:  
Accounts payable$12,187   $12,617   
Accrued liabilities255,033   219,974   
Income taxes payable7,902   3,260   
Contract liabilities18,201   15,436   
Operating lease liabilities15,642   15,822   
Total current liabilities308,965   267,109   
Non-current contract liabilities22,142   24,342   
Non-current operating lease liabilities60,967   65,315   
Other non-current liabilities115,248   122,154   
Total liabilities507,322   478,920   
Stockholders’ equity:  
Class A common stock59   58   
Class B common stock41   41   
Retained earnings2,626,447   2,443,138   
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(5,032) (10,594) 
Total stockholders’ equity – Dolby Laboratories, Inc.2,621,515   2,432,643   
Controlling interest6,299   5,762   
Total stockholders’ equity2,627,814   2,438,405   
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$3,135,136   $2,917,325   

(in thousands; unaudited)

 Fiscal Year-To-Date Ended
 June 25,
June 26,
Operating activities:  
Net income including controlling interest$273,595   $204,643   
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:  
Depreciation and amortization70,701   63,899   
Stock-based compensation75,562   64,850   
Amortization of premium on investments1,051   545   
Provision/(benefit) for credit losses(567) 5,927   
Deferred income taxes(26,479) 9,834   
Gain on sale of assets(13,871) —   
Other non-cash items affecting net income(3,293) 5,348   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:  
Accounts receivable, net(93,848) (64,247) 
Contract assets(5,402) 67,334   
Inventories14,828   (12,533) 
Operating lease right-of-use assets7,762   (16,969) 
Prepaid expenses and other assets15,468   (10,812) 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities31,788   (46,851) 
Income taxes, net4,293   (58,243) 
Contract liabilities512   (2,222) 
Operating lease liabilities(7,507) 17,632   
Other non-current liabilities(6,613) 3,052   
Net cash provided by operating activities337,980   231,187   
Investing activities:  
Purchases of investment securities(48,066) (266,065) 
Proceeds from sales of investment securities7,332   206,728   
Proceeds from maturities of investment securities37,040   97,625   
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment(42,619) (55,909) 
Proceeds from sale of assets16,365   —   
Purchase of intangible assets—   (2,640) 
Net cash used in investing activities(29,948) (20,261) 
Financing activities:  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock89,148   68,289   
Repurchase of common stock(149,764) (128,753) 
Payment of cash dividend(66,883) (66,439) 
Distribution to controlling interest(7,362) (283) 
Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock(30,789) (21,969) 
Payment related to prior purchases of intangible assets—   (91) 
Payment of deferred consideration for prior business combination—   (4,671) 
Net cash used in financing activities(165,650) (153,917) 
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash4,891   791   
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash147,273   57,800   
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period1,079,979   805,593   
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$1,227,252   $863,393   

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(in millions, except per share data; unaudited)
The following tables present Dolby's GAAP financial measures reconciled to the non-GAAP financial measures included in this release for the third quarter and year-to-date period ended June 25, 2021 and June 26, 2020:
Net income:Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Year-To-Date Ended
 June 25,
June 26,
 June 25,
June 26,
GAAP net income$54.6  $67.3   $266.0  $204.5  
Stock-based compensation (1)24.9  21.3   75.6  64.9  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)2.5  3.6   7.5  8.2  
Restructuring charges0.1  1.5   10.9  1.9  
Income tax adjustments(7.3) (6.2)  (30.3) (20.0) 
Other operating income adjustments     (6.8)   
Non-GAAP net income$74.8  $87.5   $322.9  $259.5  
(1)  Stock-based compensation included in above line items:     
Cost of products and services$0.5  $0.5   $1.6  $1.5  
Research and development7.3  6.2   22.4  19.4  
Sales and marketing9.3  7.9   28.2  23.8  
General and administrative7.8  6.7   23.4  20.2  
(2)  Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles included in above line items:     
Cost of licensing$0.7  $0.7   $2.1  $2.4  
Cost of products and services0.9  1.5   2.7  2.7  
Research and development0.1  0.4   0.3  0.6  
Sales and marketing0.8  1.0   2.4  2.5  
Diluted earnings per share:Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Year-To-Date Ended
 June 25,
June 26,
 June 25,
June 26,
GAAP diluted earnings per share$0.52  $0.66   $2.54  $1.99  
Stock-based compensation0.24  0.21   0.73  0.63  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles0.02  0.04   0.06  0.08  
Restructuring charges  0.01   0.11  0.02  
Income tax adjustments(0.07) (0.06)  (0.29) (0.20) 
Other operating income adjustments     (0.06)   
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share$0.71  $0.86   $3.09  $2.52  
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share105  102   105  103  
The following tables present a reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP versions of the estimated financial amounts for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2021 included in this release:
Gross margin: Q4 2021  Fiscal 2021
GAAP gross margin (low - high end of range) 88% - 89%  89% - 90%
Stock-based compensation 0.3 %  0.3 %
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles 0.7 %  0.7 %
Non-GAAP gross margin (low - high end of range) 89% - 90%  90% - 91%
Operating expenses: Q4 2021  Fiscal 2021
GAAP operating expenses (low - high end of range) $216 - $226  $810 - $820
Stock-based compensation (25)   (99) 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (1)   (4) 
Restructuring charges, net     (11) 
Other operating income adjustments     14  
Non-GAAP operating expenses (low - high end of range) $190 - $200  $710 - $720
Diluted earnings per share:Q4 2021 Fiscal 2021
 LowHigh LowHigh
GAAP diluted earnings per share$0.25  $0.40   $2.79  $2.94  
Stock-based compensation0.24  0.24   0.97  0.97  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles0.03  0.03   0.10  0.10  
Restructuring charges, net     0.10  0.10  
Income tax adjustments(0.05) (0.05)  (0.33) (0.33) 
Other operating income adjustments     (0.06) (0.06) 
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share$0.47  $0.62   $3.57  $3.72  
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share104  104   105  105  

Investor Contact:
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Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

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Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

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