Dolby Laboratories Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

2/3, 10:15 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced the company's financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022. For the first quarter, Dolby reported total revenue of $351.6 million, compared to $389.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

"We made great progress across each of our key initiatives this quarter," said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO, Dolby Laboratories. "The inclusion of Dolby Atmos in Samsung’s latest TVs, Dell and ASUS supporting Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in their PCs, and positive momentum with are just a few examples of how Dolby is bringing spectacular experiences to even more people around the world."

First quarter GAAP net income was $80.0 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $135.2 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. On a non-GAAP basis, first quarter net income was $104.5 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, compared to $153.3 million, or $1.48 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. First quarter cash flows from operations was $31.7 million, compared to $82.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. A complete listing of Dolby's non-GAAP measures are described and reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this release. 

Recent Business Highlights

  • Samsung announced the adoption of Dolby Atmos in their TVs for the first time.
  • Dell and ASUS will now support the combined Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos experience in their latest PC line-ups.
  • Electric car manufacturer NIO announced their new ET5 model will include Dolby Atmos.
  • Comcast will deliver NBC’s coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to their X1 customers.


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. 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.

Dolby’s financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 rely on estimates of royalty-based revenue that take into consideration the macroeconomic effect of global events, including COVID-19, supply chain constraints, and consumer demand for electronic products. For more information, see the section captioned "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, filed on or around the date hereof.


Today, Dolby announced a cash dividend of $0.25 per share of Class A and Class B common stock, payable on February 23, 2022, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 16, 2022.

Stock Repurchase Program

Today, Dolby also announced that its Board of Directors has approved increasing the size of its stock repurchase program by $250 million, bringing the amount available for future repurchases of its Class A Common Stock to approximately $506 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 - Second Quarter and Full Year of Fiscal 2022

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 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 first quarter of fiscal 2022, filed on or around the date hereof.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2022

Dolby is providing the following estimates for its second quarter of fiscal 2022:

  • Total revenue is estimated to range from $315 million to $345 million.
  • Gross margin percentages are anticipated to range from 88.5% to 89.5% on a GAAP basis and from 89.5% to 90.5% on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Operating expenses are anticipated to range from $224 million to $236 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 a GAAP basis and 18% to 19% on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Diluted earnings per share is anticipated to range from $0.42 to $0.57 on a GAAP basis and from $0.72 to $0.87 on a non-GAAP basis.

Fiscal Year 2022

Dolby is also providing the following estimates for its fiscal year 2022:

  • Total revenue is estimated to range from $1.34 billion to $1.40 billion.
  • Operating expenses are anticipated to range from $877 million to $897 million on a GAAP basis and from $750 million to $770 million on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Operating margin percentages are anticipated to range from 24% to 26% on a GAAP basis and from 34% to 36% on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Diluted earnings per share is anticipated to range from $2.50 to $3.00 on a GAAP basis and from $3.52 to $4.02 on a non-GAAP basis.

Conference Call Information

Members of Dolby management will lead a conference call open to all interested parties to discuss first quarter fiscal 2022 financial results for Dolby Laboratories at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Access to the teleconference will be available at or by dialing 1-844-200-6205 (or dialing 1-929-526-1599 for international callers) and entering confirmation code 003699.

A replay of the call will be available from 4:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. ET) on Thursday, February 3, 2022, until 10:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, February 10, 2022 (1:30 a.m. ET on Friday, February 11, 2022), by dialing 1-866-813-9403 (international callers can access the replay by dialing +44-204-525-0658) and entering the confirmation code 895879. 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 excluded 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 second quarter of fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2022, our ability to advance our long-term objectives, 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, Developer Platform Services, 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
 December 31,
December 25,
Licensing$332,284 $373,005 
Products and services 19,349  16,869 
Total revenue 351,633  389,874 
Cost of revenue:  
Cost of licensing 14,935  12,946 
Cost of products and services 17,774  22,358 
Total cost of revenue 32,709  35,304 
Gross margin 318,924  354,570 
Operating expenses:  
Research and development 68,824  63,772 
Sales and marketing 97,170  75,445 
General and administrative 62,444  54,454 
Gain on sale of assets   (13,871)
Restructuring charges/(credits) (95) 10,023 
Total operating expenses 228,343  189,823 
Operating income 90,581  164,747 
Other income/(expense):  
Interest income 716  974 
Interest expense (84) (85)
Other income, net 229  1,326 
Total other income 861  2,215 
Income before income taxes 91,442  166,962 
Provision for income taxes (11,432) (24,272)
Net income including controlling interest 80,010  142,690 
Less: net (income)/loss attributable to controlling interest 4  (7,492)
Net income attributable to Dolby Laboratories, Inc.$80,014  $135,198  
Net income per share:  
Basic$0.79 $1.34 
Diluted$0.77 $1.30 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:  
Basic 101,230  100,716 
Diluted 103,801  103,876 

(in thousands; unaudited)

 December 31,
September 24,
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents$1,056,686 $1,225,380 
Restricted cash 7,746  7,652 
Short-term investments 80,618  38,839 
Accounts receivable, net 241,449  232,609 
Contract assets, net 226,809  182,316 
Inventories, net 13,144  10,965 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 68,693  62,737 
Total current assets 1,695,145  1,760,498 
Long-term investments 120,988  62,819 
Property, plant and equipment, net 533,706  534,381 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 63,141  67,128 
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 465,701  463,584 
Deferred taxes 164,909  156,020 
Other non-current assets 61,331  61,257 
Total assets$3,104,921  $3,105,687  
Current liabilities:  
Accounts payable$19,104 $17,779 
Accrued liabilities 225,847  262,728 
Income taxes payable 1,601  1,334 
Contract liabilities 21,426  18,473 
Operating lease liabilities 15,312  15,403 
Total current liabilities 283,290  315,717 
Non-current contract liabilities 24,117  23,713 
Non-current operating lease liabilities 52,615  56,715 
Other non-current liabilities 102,378  105,310 
Total liabilities 462,400  501,455 
Stockholders’ equity:  
Class A common stock 59  59 
Class B common stock 41  41 
Retained earnings 2,649,175  2,607,909 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (11,521) (10,030)
Total stockholders’ equity – Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 2,637,754  2,597,979 
Controlling interest 4,767  6,253 
Total stockholders’ equity 2,642,521  2,604,232 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$3,104,921  $3,105,687  

(in thousands; unaudited)

 Fiscal Quarter Ended
 December 31,
December 25,
Operating activities:  
Net income including controlling interest$80,010 $142,690 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:  
Depreciation and amortization 23,477  22,168 
Stock-based compensation 32,656  26,313 
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets 3,944  4,194 
Amortization of premium on investments 311  329 
Provision for/(benefit from) credit losses 1,559  (1,367)
Deferred income taxes (9,004) (15,439)
Gain on sale of assets   (13,871)
Other non-cash items affecting net income (358) 1,276 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:  
Accounts receivable, net (9,965) (111,902)
Contract assets (44,428) (26,384)
Inventories (1,819) 4,424 
Operating lease right-of-use assets (77) (844)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (7,082) 6,397 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (34,034) 30,397 
Income taxes, net 1,439  13,984 
Contract liabilities 3,350  5,153 
Operating lease liabilities (4,038) (3,481)
Other non-current liabilities (4,281) (1,877)
Net cash provided by operating activities 31,660  82,160 
Investing activities:  
Purchases of marketable securities (108,147) (13,726)
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities 2,001  1,854 
Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities 10,913  9,535 
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment (14,452) (15,527)
Proceeds from sale of assets   16,365 
Purchases of intangible assets (11,426)  
Purchases of other investments (5,000)  
Net cash used in investing activities (126,111) (1,499)
Financing activities:  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 21,372  51,323 
Repurchase of common stock (35,573) (39,985)
Payment of cash dividend (25,283) (22,231)
Distribution to controlling interest (1,435) (7,362)
Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock (31,920) (28,085)
Net cash used in financing activities (72,839) (46,340)
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (1,310) 5,125 
Net increase/(decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (168,600) 39,446 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period 1,233,032  1,079,979 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$1,064,432  $1,119,425  

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 first quarter of fiscal 2022 and 2021:
Net income:   Fiscal Quarter Ended
    December 31,
December 25,
GAAP net income   $80.0 $135.2 
Stock-based compensation (1)    32.7  26.3 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)    2.8  2.5 
Restructuring charges/(credits)    (0.1) 10.0 
Income tax adjustments    (10.9) (13.9)
Other operating income adjustments      (6.8)
Non-GAAP net income   $104.5 $153.3 
(1) Stock-based compensation included in above line items:     
Cost of products and services   $0.6 $0.6 
Research and development    10.1  7.9 
Sales and marketing    12.3  9.8 
General and administrative    9.7  8.0 
(2) Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles included in above line items:     
Cost of licensing   $0.7 $0.7 
Cost of products and services    0.9  0.9 
Research and development    0.1  0.1 
Sales and marketing    1.1  0.8 
Diluted earnings per share:   Fiscal Quarter Ended
    December 31,
December 25,
GAAP diluted earnings per share   $0.77 $1.30 
Stock-based compensation    0.31  0.25 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles    0.03  0.02 
Restructuring charges      0.10 
Income tax adjustments    (0.10) (0.13)
Other operating income adjustments      (0.06)
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share   $1.01 $1.48 
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share    104  104 
The following tables present a reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP versions of the estimated financial amounts for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2022 included in this release:
Gross margin:    Q2 2022
GAAP gross margin (low - high end of range)    88.5% - 89.5%
Stock-based compensation     0.4% 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     0.6% 
Non-GAAP gross margin (low - high end of range)    89.5% - 90.5%
Operating expenses: Q2 2022  Fiscal 2022
GAAP operating expenses (low - high end of range) $224 - $236  $877 - $897
Stock-based compensation  (28)   (117)
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  (1)   (4)
Restructuring charges, net (low - high end of range) ($5) - ($7)   (6)
Non-GAAP operating expenses (low - high end of range) $190 - $200  $750 - $770
Operating margin:    Fiscal 2022
GAAP operating margin (low - high end of range)    24% - 26%
Stock-based compensation     9.0% 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     1.0% 
Non-GAAP operating margin (low - high end of range)    34% - 36%
Effective tax rate:    Q2 2022
GAAP effective tax rate (low - high end of range)    19% - 20%
Stock-based compensation (low - high end of range)    2% - 3%
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (low - high end of range)    (1%) - 0%
Other (low - high end of range)    (1%) - 0%
Non-GAAP effective tax rate (low - high end of range)    18% - 19%
Diluted earnings per share:Q2 2022 Fiscal 2022
 LowHigh LowHigh
GAAP diluted earnings per share$0.42 $0.57  $2.50 $3.00 
Stock-based compensation 0.27  0.27   1.14  1.14 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles 0.03  0.03   0.09  0.09 
Restructuring charges, net 0.06  0.06   0.06  0.06 
Income tax adjustments (0.06) (0.06)  (0.27) (0.27)
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share$0.72 $0.87  $3.52 $4.02 
Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share 104  104   104  104 

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Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

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Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

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