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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


April 25, 2024

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):







(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-33170   95-4812784
(State or other jurisdiction of   (Commission   (IRS Employer
incorporation)   File Number)   Identification Number)


111 Academy, Suite 100

Irvine, California 92617

(Address of principal executive offices)


(949) 435-0025

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class  

Trading Symbol(s)

  Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share   NLST   None


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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On April 25, 2024, Netlist, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing the Company’s financial results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2024. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d)           Exhibits.


Number   Description
99.1   Press Release of Netlist, Inc., dated March 30, 2024.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date:  April 25, 2024 By: /s/ Gail M. Sasaki
    Gail M. Sasaki
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer






Exhibit 99.1



Netlist Reports First Quarter 2024 Results


IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, April 25, 2024 - Netlist, Inc. (OTCQB: NLST) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2024.


First Quarter 2024 Highlights:


·Net sales for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 297% to $35.8 million compared to $9.0 million from the same quarter one year ago.


“First quarter revenue improved nearly threefold and reflects the strong turnaround in the memory market from the year ago period,” said Chief Executive Officer, C.K. Hong. “We have received some disappointing Patent Trial Board (PTAB) decisions recently, specifically in regards to Netlist's '912 patent which in the past 14 years has been validated through multiple reexams, PTAB reexam reviews, and upheld by the Federal Circuit. We will consider all options to redress these decisions and remain committed to defending Netlist’s intellectual property rights, and focused on the goal of fairly licensing our innovative technologies.”


Net sales for the first quarter ended March 30, 2024 were $35.8 million, compared to net sales of $9.0 million for the first quarter ended April 1, 2023. Gross profit for the first quarter ended March 30, 2024 was $0.7 million, compared to a gross profit of $0.6 million for the first quarter ended April 1, 2023.


Net loss for the first quarter ended March 30, 2024 was ($17.0) million, or ($0.07) per share, compared to a net loss of ($15.8) million in the same period of prior year, or ($0.07) per share. These results include stock-based compensation expense of $1.4 million and $1.1 million for the quarters ended March 30, 2024 and April 1, 2023, respectively.


As of March 30, 2024, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash was $41.1 million, total assets were $64.6 million, working capital was $9.0 million, and stockholders’ equity was $10.4 million.


Conference Call Information

C.K. Hong, Chief Executive Officer, and Gail Sasaki, Chief Financial Officer, will host an investor conference call today, April 25, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review Netlist’s results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2024. The live webcast and archived replay of the call can be accessed for 90 days in the Investors section of Netlist’s website at www.netlist.com.


About Netlist

Netlist is a leading innovator in memory and storage solutions, pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver unparalleled performance and reliability. With a rich portfolio of patented technologies, Netlist has consistently driven innovation in the field of cutting-edge enterprise memory and storage, empowering businesses and industries to thrive in the digital age. To learn more about Netlist, please visit www.netlist.com.





Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical facts and often address future events or Netlist's future performance. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release include statements about Netlist's ability to execute on its strategic initiatives. All forward-looking statements reflect management's present expectations regarding future events and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: risks that Samsung will appeal the final judgment by the trial court, which could cause a lengthy delay in Netlist’s ability to collect the damage award or overturn the verdict or reduce the damages award; risks that the Ninth Circuit ruling or the re-trial of its contractual breach claims against Samsung in the Central District of California will adversely affect Netlist’s ability to defend the final judgment on appeal; risks that Netlist will suffer adverse outcomes in its pending litigation against Micron, Samsung and Google; risks related to Netlist's plans for its intellectual property, including its strategies for monetizing, licensing, expanding, and defending its patent portfolio; risks associated with patent infringement litigation initiated by Netlist, or by others against Netlist, as well as the costs and unpredictability of any such litigation; risks associated with Netlist's product sales, including the market and demand for products sold by Netlist and its ability to successfully develop and launch new products that are attractive to the market; the success of product, joint development and licensing partnerships; the competitive landscape of Netlist's industry; and general economic, political and market conditions, including quarantines, factory slowdowns and/or shutdowns. The military conflict between Russia and Ukraine may increase the likelihood of supply interruptions. All forward-looking statements reflect management's present assumptions, expectations and beliefs regarding future events and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statements. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in Netlist's annual report on Form 10-K for its most recently completed fiscal year filed on February 23, 2024, and the other filings it makes with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including any subsequently filed quarterly and current reports. In light of these risks, uncertainties and other factors, these forward-looking statements should not be relied on as predictions of future events. These forward-looking statements represent Netlist's assumptions, expectations and beliefs only as of the date they are made, and except as required by law, Netlist undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason.


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For more information, please contact:  
The Plunkett Group Netlist, Inc.
Mike Smargiassi Gail M. Sasaki
NLST@theplunkettgroup.com Chief Financial Officer
(212) 739-6729 (949) 435-0025





Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)


   March 30,   December 30, 
   2024   2023 
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $28,736   $40,445 
Restricted cash   12,400    12,400 
Accounts receivable, net   4,529    4,562 
Inventories   15,169    12,031 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,153    441 
Total current assets   61,987    69,879 
Property and equipment, net   722    770 
Operating lease right-of-use assets   1,423    1,590 
Other assets   484    560 
Total assets  $64,616   $72,799 
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $43,042   $39,831 
Revolving line of credit   4,381    3,844 
Accrued payroll and related liabilities   1,585    1,346 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   3,559    2,569 
Long-term debt due within one year   377     
Total current liabilities   52,944    47,590 
Operating lease liabilities   1,072    1,213 
Other liabilities   249    237 
Total liabilities   54,265    49,040 
Commitments and contingencies          
Stockholders' equity:          
Preferred stock        
Common stock   256    254 
Additional paid-in capital   310,886    307,328 
Accumulated deficit   (300,791)   (283,823)
Total stockholders' equity   10,351    23,759 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $64,616   $72,799 





Netlist, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)


   Three Months Ended 
   March 30,   April 1, 
   2024   2023 
Net sales  $35,807   $9,021 
Cost of sales(1)   35,092    8,461 
Gross profit   715    560 
Operating expenses:          
Research and development(1)   2,441    2,301 
Intellectual property legal fees   12,540    11,070 
Selling, general and administrative(1)   3,116    3,030 
Total operating expenses   18,097    16,401 
Operating loss   (17,382)   (15,841)
Other income, net:          
Interest income, net   377    56 
Other income (expense), net   38    (3)
Total other income, net   415    53 
Loss before provision for income taxes   (16,967)   (15,788)
Provision for income taxes   1     
Net loss  $(16,968)  $(15,788)
Loss per common share:          
Basic and diluted  $(0.07)  $(0.07)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:          
Basic and diluted   254,931    235,121 
(1)  Amounts include stock-based compensation expense as follows:          
Cost of sales  $21   $18 
Research and development   362    274 
Selling, general and administrative   991    785 
Total stock-based compensation  $1,374   $1,077