Video Processing Chip Vendor Ambarella Raises $36 Million Through Initial Public Offering

Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 22 2012

Video chip maker Ambarella raised $36m through an initial public offering.  The company’s shares were priced at $6, well below the previously estimated range of $9 to $11.

About 4.9 million of the shares in the offering were sold by the company, with the rest coming from existing shareholders.  The company says the offering will net it approximately $24.9m, after expenses, and could rise to approximately $29.9m, if its underwriters fully exercise their over-allotment option.

The company said it intend to use the proceeds from the IPO for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures. The company also said it may use a portion of the net proceeds to acquire complementary businesses, products or technologies, but said it is not currently contemplating any such acquisitions.

Ambarella has two primary segments, “camera” and “infrastructure” (which includes broadcast-related customers), and has shipped approximately 27 million SoCs shipped since it was founded in 2004.

Last year Ambarella year, the company posted a profit of $9.8m on revenue of $97.2m, with approximately $24m coming from its infrastructure segment, which includes broadcast related applications.   For the first six months of 2012, the company posted a net profit of $7.8m on revenue of $53.9m, including $15m from the infrastructure segment.

The company says its A6 broadcast encoder/transcoder, which performs 1080p60 encoding and 1080i60 transcoding, is well-suited for high-density applications such as H.264 and MPEG-2 head-end encoders and high-density transcoders.   It is believed that Ambarella’s broadcast industry clients include Harmonic, Ericsson, Motorola, Cisco, Harris, RGB Networks, and Evertz.

The company also sells video processors for digital video cameras, including the popular GoPro consumer cameras.

The company is listed on the NSADAQ market, and trades under the ticker symbol AMBA.

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