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SQNS earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2020.

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Sequans Communications SA ADR (SQNS 3.20%)
Q1 2020 Earnings Call
Apr 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Welcome to the Sequans First Quarter 2020 Results Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

Before I turn the conference over to our host, Mr. George Karam. I would like to remind you of the following important information on behalf of Sequans. This call contains projections and other forward-looking statements regarding future events, our future financial performance and potential financing sources. All statements other than present and historical facts and conditions discussed in this call, including any statements regarding our preliminary results for the first quarter of 2020, expected revenue for the second quarter of 2020, the timing and availability of expected debt financing and tax credits, future results of operations and financial positions, business strategy and plans, expectations for Massive IoT and Broadband and Critical IoT sales, the ability to continue to operate remotely at high levels of productivity, increasing backlog of orders, the impact of the coronavirus on our manufacturing operations, ability to operate remotely and on customer demand and our objectives for future operations are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended.

These statements are only predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties and subject to change at any time. We operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual events, our results may differ materially from those contained in the projections are forward-looking statements. More information on factors that could affect our business and financial results are included in our public filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Financial results described in this call should be considered preliminary and are subject to change to reflect the completion of our valuation of the convertible debt amendments made in March 2020 and posting of related accounting entries. Thank you. Please go ahead.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, sir. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, this is George speaking. I'm with Deborah Choate, our Chief Financial Officer. Welcome to our first quarter results conference call. As you have seen in our press release, our Q1 topline results are in line with the updated view we gave on March 31 with final revenue of $8.8 million and better gross margin from a more favorable mix -- revenue mix as well as a smaller loss per ADS than we indicated at that time. Since we explained Q1 business condition at length on our call three weeks ago, I will not repeat the same discussion, except to summarize quickly for anyone who did not hear the call the following.

During Q1, the coronavirus had some impact on our ability to produce and ship modules from our contract manufacturers located in the Shanghai area. Both [Phonetic] are now operating normally after their employees were able to gradually return to work during the latter part of Q1 as stay-at-home restrictions were removed by the Chinese government. Our chips are produced in other Asian countries. That experienced much less direct impact from the virus during Q1. So overall, we were fortunate to be much less affected in Q1 than many other semiconductor companies and both Broadband IoT and Massive IoT businesses increased sequentially compared to Q4.

On the other front, the Vertical and Strategic Business was lower in Q1 than Q4. But this was expected as it reflects the impact of the revenue recognition rules of the large strategic deals we signed in the fourth quarter. Now I will turn to the main topic of this call, our current situation and how we see the future.

On balance, the impact of the coronavirus on customer demand has been more positive than negative for us. The surge in demand in the US for portable routers is creating a very large increase in orders for our modules that power Verizon's Jetpack mobile hotspot and the main challenge we face now is simply the supply chain.

We expect module demand for the Jetpack to remain at a relatively high level even after stay-at-home orders are lifted. Therefore, we have taken steps to increase our module capacity and to deal with the extended lead times for some of the components. Meanwhile, demand for Massive IoT devices already launched is building in line with our expectations except for some business related to fleet management and car tracking devices that are somehow impacted by the stay-at-home situation. Projects planned to launch in the second half of the year may be impacted with some delay, but it's hard to quantify now. Finally, our Vertical and Strategic Business is by definition less affected by the COVID-19 situation and is progressing very well. Taking all this into account, including the backlog of orders, we expect revenue of at least $12 million in the second quarter despite the challenges on the supply chain where we may face some shortage of components required to build our modules. This represents very strong growth both sequentially and year-over-year for the second quarter.

Looking at the full-year 2020 picture, if we can manage to supply the demand we are expecting during the rest of the year, the upside from our expectations at the beginning of the year for Broadband IoT could more than offset the downside risk from COVID-related delays in the projects that are scheduled to launch during the second half. However given the number of variables in this environment, we prefer for now to assume that the pluses will balance out the minuses and continue to set our sights on the same order of magnitude of revenue for 2020 as we envisioned before the coronavirus. With many companies withdrawing annual guidance entirely, this is the most meaningful statement we think we can make at this point in time.

Longer term, we firmly believe that several trends already favorable to our 5G/4G business will be reinforced and perhaps accelerated by the unprecedented global event. Before we discuss each business in detail, we must first state categorically that there is nothing positive about the impact of COVID-19 even though there's increasing demand for some of our solutions. This pandemic has caused the global health crisis that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, taxing Medicare resources, and shutting down all segments of the global economy. Millions of people are still confined to their homes, enduring various degree of hardship. And we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who are risking their lives on a daily basis, the medical personnel and the first responders, as well as all the courageous people who go to work every day or volunteer their time in order to keep the rest of us going. We are pleased that we can play some part in helping deal with the consequences of this crisis by providing cellular connectivity for a variety of important devices. In addition to the Broadband IoT demand for Jetpack hotspot, some medical device companies are using our Massive IoT solutions. Last summer, we announced a design win with a company called OneCare for a health monitoring wearable. We are also shipping to a medical equipment company that supplies innovative testing equipment to hospitals, laboratories and doctors' office. There, devices are used to test for among other things infectious diseases. And they are at the forefront designing small portable testing equipment. We also have a design win in the area of remote health monitoring, including cardiovascular monitoring that we expect to begin shipping to later this year. And we are in discussions with several more remote healthcare companies for various other applications and we are powering many tracking or monitoring devices that facilitate our day-to-day life. We are gratified that we are able to contribute to people's safety and wellness by providing connectivity for these devices at a critical time. With the number of people around the world who are forced to remain at home and to work remotely to the extent possible, high-speed broadband connectivity has become an even greater focus and will remain so in the future. This bodes well for our 5G/4G Broadband IoT business. This includes fixed wireless customer premise equipment as well as portable router. We also expect more focus on Massive IoT applications to enhance the home environment. People are looking for ways to minimize their need to be in crowded places, they are apt to focus on making their home smarter and more comfortable. An example of currently shipping device powered by our Monarch platform is Comcast's Xfinity tablet. We have more smart home projects under discussion, including connected speaker, as well as additional home security applications.

Looking further ahead to what the new normal might look like, it's easy to imagine growing use of our technology to do more things remotely in an industrial setting via robotics or using smart building technology to minimize the need to touch surface in common areas or connectivity for applications that improves the safety of public transportation, and of course for additional remote healthcare applications. This pandemic is going to change the way we live and work. The reduced contact economy where we can work, study or be entertained remotely requires more connectivity for more devices. So it's important to look past the boost we may get from Jetpack related orders; I consider the bigger picture even if it's difficult to forecast the exact timing and magnitude of the trends that are being reinforced.

Moving to a discussion of each business, we'll begin with Broadband IoT, since this is one source of the sequential growth throughout the year. Current indications are that demand for the Jetpack mobile router will settle at a higher level than we were seeing prior to the coronavirus. We expect demand from emerging markets to gradually improve during the balance of the year, mainly from new customers we added last year. We also remain confident in our strong position in CBRS, where we have won growing pipeline of opportunities with multiple customers. We hope that the one month delay in the auction of licenses won't impact the ramp we have planned toward the end of this year.

Finally, we could see additional design wins from new customers that would fuel growth in 2021. We are working with several of them and some are in the final product evaluation phase in a couple of markets. The natural evolution of our 4G Broadband IoT solutions is our 5G Taurus platform currently under development. This is going very well and we are seeing a lot of traction and interest from many customers. We expect to be able to offer superior solutions for applications that enable Industry 4.0, a new level of automation and remote factory management, new smart city and security capabilities and more bandwidth for people to work and play in the cloud.

Turning to the Massive IoT business, we'll begin with Cat 1. The channel inventory issue we had with our large module partner was fully resolved during Q1 and this business is now moving well in line with our plan. Direct customer demand for Cat 1 modules seems OK for now, although we may expect some lower demand in the telematic and fleet management segment.

In the second quarter, we are giving priority to certain components for modules to satisfy the huge increase in demand for Cat 4 modules used in the Jetpack, so there is some potential trade-off between modules for the Broadband IoT business and Cat 1 modules for the Massive IoT business, which could push out some of our Cat 1 module revenues. We are on track with the development of Calliope 2, our next-generation Cat 1 platform. And we see a lot of interest developing in this new low-power, low-cost Cat 1 solution. This should help us increase our market share in the traditional end of our market and also expand our reach in the consumer IoT space, where we have already one design win and we are in advanced stage with several others.

Cat M/NB grew sequentially in Q1 compared to Q4. And this is expected to grow sequentially again in Q2 and beyond. Demand for devices that are already launched is in line with our expectations, and this includes sales to our main module partner. Given the various forms of disruption caused by COVID-19, we see more risk of some delays related to launches planned during the second half of the year. But we still expect a very sizable increase in Cat M/NB revenue for 2020 with even stronger longer-term prospects than before. We have several new design wins in Q1 for our Monarch platform. We continue to see a lot of interest in our Monarch SiP that we have jointly developed with Skyworks.

We are working on many big opportunities for various applications. Our go-to-market initiatives with our distribution partners Avnet, RFPD as well as our partnerships with MCU vendors Microchip, NXP and ST are moving very well, and we expect them to begin contributing toward the end of the year. We have not observed any impact from COVID-19 on the development of our Cat M/NB pipeline of new opportunities. This keeps expanding and the interest in our second generation platforms Monarch 2 and Monarch N is increasing. The highly secure iSIM capability provided by these chips and unique to Sequans today as well as the further optimization of power and costs keeps us very well positioned in the market.

Our Vertical and Strategic Business also continues to be in line with our expectations and we believe will show a large increase in 2020 due mainly to revenue recognition related to the large strategic deals signed in the fourth quarter last year as we keep executing to meet the various milestones. We continue to have a good pipeline of opportunities and are hopeful we can finalize the large vertical deal in the satellite space we've been working on before the end of this quarter.

In general, our visibility is good in this portion of our business and we are on track to meet our target for the year despite some timing risk related to the nature of such big deals.

Regarding potential new strategic deals, discussions still ongoing with respect to ones we have mentioned previously, although it's more complicated with everyone working from home. This continues to be an area of focus for us. As expected, we executed the loan agreement with BPI, the French investment bank earlier this month. And we are working to close another bigger one. Both of them are COVID-19 related. These funds will add to the traditional innovation financing we are working on to support our 5G investment. Deborah will give you more details on this in a moment.

So to summarize, we are expecting very strong sequential growth in the second quarter, driven mainly by very strong demand for Broadband IoT modules. We don't think it's time to set our sights any higher than our pre-COVID targets for all of 2020. But we certainly have potential upside if we can successfully navigate the supply chain challenges and address all the demand. More important is that the long-term trends toward a digital economy are apt to be reinforced by this experience in working, studying, shopping and socializing remotely. Technology can compensate for the human and economic tragedy from the coronavirus, but we expect Internet of Things to be even more important in a reconnected world with increased health awareness and concern for personal and workplace safety and well-being.

Now, I would like to turn the call over to Deborah to give you more detail on the financial picture.

Deborah Choate -- Chief Financial Officer

Hello everyone. I'd like to add some details about our Q1 results and recent financing activities. Our Q1 revenue was $8.8 million, a decrease sequentially of 4.3% from the fourth quarter, primarily due to the impact on our shipments from COVID-19. Revenue in Q1 increased 35.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago. We had three greater than 10% customers in the first quarter, one OEM and two ODMs.

Gross margin in Q1 was 51.3% compared to 47% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and compared to 35.9% in the first quarter of 2019. A substantially higher gross margin was primarily due to a more favorable proportion of chips versus modules in the revenue mix. There can be significant fluctuation in gross margin between quarters based on this mix. However, our assumption is that non-IFRS gross margin will average around 45% in the next several quarters.

Operating expenses were $12.3 million in Q1, higher than the $9.9 million in Q4, primarily due to higher R&D expense related to bringing on the new 5G development team in Israel, as well as a one-time non-cash expense recorded in general and administrative expenses also related to bringing on the new team. Q1 sales and marketing expenses tend to be higher than other quarters due to two major trade shows during the first quarter. Given these quarterly fluctuations, we are expecting non-IFRS operating expenses to average around $10.5 million per quarter for the next several quarters.

Our first quarter operating loss was $7.8 million compared to an operating loss of $5.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and an $8 million loss in the first quarter of 2019. Our net loss in Q1 was $10.6 million or $0.44 per diluted ADS compared to a net loss of $9.2 million or $0.38 per diluted ADS in the fourth quarter. The net loss in the first quarter of last year was $9.6 million or $0.41 per ADS. Our weighted average number of ADSs in Q1 2020 was $23.9 million. We have not yet finalized the valuation of the amendments to our five issues of convertible notes that was made in late March. The accounting entries resulting from this process are expected to lead to some changes in our financial and deferred tax expenses and therefore our consolidated IFRS net loss. Consequently, the results we reported today are preliminary. However, our cash position, operating results and non-IFRS loss for the first quarter are not expected to change. To assist some of you with developing your models, we expect non-IFRS financial and interest expenses to be around $2.2 million per quarter during the remainder of 2020.

On a non-IFRS basis, our net loss for Q1 was $8.7 million or $0.36 per diluted ADS compared to a non-IFRS net loss of $7.9 million or $0.33 in the fourth quarter and a net loss of $8.3 million or $0.35 per diluted ADS in the first quarter of 2019. Our non-IFRS net loss excludes non-cash items related to stock-based compensation expense and the non-cash impact of convertible debt amendments, effective interest rate adjustments related to the convertible debt and other financings and the deferred tax benefit or expense related to convertible debt and other financings.

Cash used in operations during the first quarter was $7.7 million compared to cash generated by operations of $16.1 million in the fourth quarter. Our cash at March 31, 2020 totaled $5.1 million compared to $14.1 million at the end of Q4. This cash balance at the end of March does not include several cash inflows recently secured, $2.2 million from a new loan from BPI we received in April, $2.8 million from the recovery of the 2019 French research credit we now expect in early May, and additional EUR5 million government loan just approved as part of the relief package aimed at helping French technology companies. We also then able to take advantage of COVID-19 relief measures from the French government, which should enable us to defer certain charges and reimbursements during the second quarter totaling approximately $1 million. These new debt financings from the French government will have no impact on our ability to receive innovation financing as part of a technology consortium for 5G. However that process, as George mentioned, is moving slowly because of the focus on the COVID-19 relief measures.

Accounts receivable at March 31, 2020 increased to $8.8 million from $8.4 million at the end of Q4, reflecting higher product sales. DSOs were 91 days compared to 90 days at the end of Q4. Inventories decreased to $6.1 million compared to $6.7 million at the end of Q4. Current trade payables increased to $12.1 million from $8.8 million, reflecting primarily large capex expenditures at the end of March. Short-term debt from financing receivables increased to $6.6 million from $4.1 million at the end of Q4. And the entire amount of our outstanding convertible debt now appears under non-current liabilities after we recently extended the maturity over the tranche issued in 2016 by one year to April of 2021.

Finally, turning to the financial outlook. After taking into account supply chain challenges related to components for our modules, we expect at least $12 million in revenue for Q2. This represents more than 35% sequential growth and approximately 50% growth year-over-year. In addition, we continue to expect sequential quarterly revenue growth during the balance of 2020. So we are on track to achieve significant revenue growth for the year.

Before I turn the call back to George, I'd just like to remind you that at the conclusion of this call, we will post a written version of our formal remarks in the Investor Relations section of our website on the Webcasts and Presentations page. That's the same location where you will find the audio replay. Also, George and I will be participating in the virtual Baird Conference on June 4. We look forward to speaking with you if you plan to participate.

Now I'll turn the call back to George.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you Deborah. So to conclude, just few more on the year without really for 2020 the way I see it and staying as a general statement, not to give you for the time being specific guidance for 2020. As we said in summary, if you look at our businesses, the vertical business is doing very well in line with our expectation. All what we have planned is moving and it has zero impact for the time being, at least the way we see it on COVID, because by definition, it's not sensitive to the situation of the COVID-19 and we see more opportunity by the way and progressing very well.

If I look to the Massive IoT business, the business is doing well, moving as expected both on Cat 1 and Cat M as explained. Really here, we're seeing even more traction by the COVID for different situation as we talk about the push for health application there. The only risk we see, which is -- as we are speaking, which is very hard to quantify are for those projects that were planned to launch in Q3 and Q4. Obviously, our customers are executing on those projects and for the time being, it's too early to say that is going to take a big delay there, but all the other projects that they have been launched and they are in production. Some of them are very big one are moving very well. And more important, the opportunities there keep building up. So we're not seeing, I would say, any negative there, but we see, OK people are not looking anymore to design the project and think about the Massive IoT in the future. This is really definitely an area of I'd say interest of the people, which is going to be accelerated after the COVID in my opinion.

And last but not least is really the Broadband IoT. Let me stress that all the components, whether we are in the emerging, the CBRS and all those applications, everything is moving according to plan and moving well. And obviously here, we have the upside coming from the Verizon Jetpack, where here, we have huge upside. The challenge is really the supply. What's also interesting that we see this expanding and over more than one quarter and very likely we will set at a new plateau after the COVID because we expect people as we explained to move more and more to an environment working from home and broadband will become a key component for them.

So overall, we are quite positive and we remain excited about great 2020 that we can do this year. We remain obviously a little bit cautious with all this environment around us. But the way we see it today, the way we are sitting, now we believe that 2020 is going to be at least in line with our plan and hopefully maybe some potential upside if we are able to serve all the supply. And more important, as I said, the 4G/5G IoT is going to be more and more the heart of our new economy. I believe this is obvious for everybody. And we are really happy to be in the right place for once and be able to contribute to the new world we are building and obviously be able to deliver results for Sequans and create value for our shareholders.

Thank you very much for your listening. I will turn now the call maybe to take your questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers:


Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And we'll take our first question from Raji Gill of Needham & Company.

Raji Gill -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

Yes, thanks for the information. And congrats on the momentum. Just a question on the Verizon Jetpack. Has Verizon given you a sense in terms of how much volume they're expecting and any kind of thoughts in terms of the growth of that product ramp as they progress throughout the year?

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Obviously -- hi Raji. I mean obviously what we saw is the first wave. This is really real. But obviously, the first wave is huge demand, so you cannot take this as the new trend, but in the same time, we're seeing demand for longer run and the discussion that obviously we are getting today, that does feel like maybe this can go to a factor of two down the road. It's still too early to confirm it. But my feeling is that we could be going to a 2x demand in Q4 and next year on this kind of business.

Raji Gill -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

And just on the gross margin, the upside in the quarter based on the favorable mix shift, but then kind of you said tracking at 45% for the rest of the quarter -- rest of the year. Any thoughts on kind of why it will be around 45%?

Deborah Choate -- Chief Financial Officer

It's primarily due to the mix; in that, we're not expecting the services and other revenue that tends to be higher margin to -- we're expecting that to be fairly stable across the year and the growth will come more from product revenues.

Raji Gill -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

Okay, got it. And lastly, the partnerships with the microcontroller companies Microchip and NXPI you talked about you might see some revenue end of 2020. Can you elaborate further in terms of what their roadmaps are and how your technology corresponds with that? Thank you.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, I mean absolutely. In terms of go-to-market with the MCU partners, is obviously what we did really, and today the three solutions are available. You can get an integrated solution with what you have. Microchip Sequans or NXP Sequans or ST Sequans and this creates obviously a facility for our customers to build that IoT system very quickly and in an easy way. What we are doing as well with those partners is, we are preparing maybe another version of those products like more integrated facilities further and obviously it's the channel itself because for Sequans, it's really a big plus to play with those big players because it gives us access to some of the Tier 1 customers that could be maybe complicated for us to address them if we were alone. So all those angles are contributing to us.

Obviously, when you have a design win in terms of revenue, the early revenue will be coming because people are buying reference designs and so on even if you could have, maybe, many of them and this creates maybe some number, the major revenue is going to come when you have full project launch with millions of units and obviously this is more -- needs some time from design win to production. And typically, it can take 12 months. So that's why we are saying we could see some revenue maybe in the second half, but in my opinion, they will be more related to some reference design early product. And then for next year, we could have more of our Cat M product accelerated I will say by those kind of partners.

Raji Gill -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you.


Thank you. We'll take our next question from Mike Walkley of Canaccord. Please go ahead, your line is open.

Mike Walkley -- Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. -- Analyst

Hey, thank you. Yes, just on the surge of demand for Q2, is that mainly just Broadband or is IoT still growing? And as you kind of look at sequential growth for the rest of the year, can you kind of just give us some color? Does Broadband continue to grow in the back half of the year after the Q2 surge or is it more IoT driven? Just trying to get a feel for the different lines of business and the growth trajectory you are seeing in the pipeline.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I mean, definitely, as I said Massive IoT is growing. It grew from Q4 to Q1. It's growing from Q1 to Q2. The number I'm giving I would say the $12 million minimum we are targeting this year and we expect to keep going. So there is -- definitely the business of the company on the IoT is moving well. Obviously, in terms of the second half of the year for the new project, I'm talking about really the second phase of the growth on the Cat M/NB. Here, we have a little bit maybe some risk. Today, it's very hard to identify it, but this doesn't mean it will not grow. Just only a little bit of delay or couple of months on some project could reduce a little bit the slope of the curve, but from all what we have launched so far, we are in a nice shape in terms of growth. And obviously, as you go to the Broadband, very honestly, today we have -- we could, as I said, do much more than the $12 million if we serve all the orders we have in hand in the Broadband. So some of them maybe that will shift to beginning of Q3, because the demand -- we have lot of demand. We didn't accept at all in Q2. We've positioned some of it in Q3. So we have a little bit of upside as well in Broadband in Q3 already related to the Jetpack. Beyond this passing item to say August, September, too early to talk about it. It comes back to what I said previously to Raji by saying the signs we are getting today that is going to set on a new plateau, which is higher than what we've used in the past because it's becoming more -- people are going to stay working from home longer than what anyone is thinking today, and we believe maybe we'll have continuous upside, maybe not at the same level we get in Q2 and beginning of Q3 of the Broadband in the Q4 as well. But for the time being, we are staying cautious on this because obviously all this is really directions and more than specific guidance because we need to see how this will -- things will shape after I will say July time frame -- June, July time frame.

Mike Walkley -- Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. -- Analyst

Thanks. Just a follow-up on the Broadband. You've talked about some new customers coming in with work-from-home probably more of a global thing. Just the US side, are you seeing maybe upside in orders from new customers or any previous customers may be coming back? Are there more and more places around the world that might have this permit [Phonetic] work-from-home phenomenon?

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I mean, absolutely I will. By the way, just to mention that the Jetpack is not only sold under Verizon brand, it's sold as well as for a couple of MVNOs in the US. So we see similar demand there coming there. And as I mentioned in the Broadband, we're seeing very good traction with the new deals. We are currently in advanced stage with a big guy who's testing -- has the product in test in the US and in Europe for a new version of this. So definitely, the demand is there. They're emerging as well as moving well. So I believe that the Broadband is going to be -- it's going to continue to grow and obviously the trend from 4G to 5G is going to continue. Just only what I could not predict is really this spike we saw now for the order of Q2. What it's going to land in Q4, which is a little bit complicated to be precise on this, even if I see it's setting up maybe at 2 times the level where we are today.

Mike Walkley -- Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. -- Analyst

Great, thanks. Last question, then I'll pass on. Just on CBRS, can you just update us? I know there's just a month delay, but kind of how you're seeing that market development? What could be kind of I'll call it calendar '21 type opportunity for your business? Thank you.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I mean, definitely CBRS is -- it keeps developing. We have a lot of customers. As you know already, not all of them announced, but we have many customers that they have product ready. We did some revenue with this. We continue to see traction on the CBRS. The delay of, I'll say, announcing the auction by one month I don't believe is going to impact globally the market; obviously a little bit of delay here. We planned for this year -- maybe we stayed modest for this year. We planned kind of above [Phonetic] $1 million CBRS this year, more coming in the second half. We're still targeting the same level today, but we see this really accelerating next year with more and more application because it's all about private LTE connectivity and you have a lot of application there. Even some of them are consumer related applications, where people -- in a private environment, you could have connectivity.

Instead of using the carrier networks, you can have some local networks to connect on it. So this is definitely an area of growth for the company next year.

Mike Walkley -- Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my questions. I hope you and Sequans team stay healthy.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Thank you.


Thank you. We can take our next question from Scott Searle of Roth Capital. Please go ahead, your line is open.

Scott Searle -- Roth Capital Partners, LLC -- Analyst

Good afternoon -- good morning. Thanks for taking my question. George and Deborah really appreciate the color and commentary you've provided in the call. Hope you, your families and your teams are doing well given the current environment. Just to jump in on the balance sheet, I want to clarify from the end of the quarter, it looks like you've secured $10 million in incremental sources from tax credits, BPI loan, as well as COVID-19 loan. Is that correct? And then in terms of the innovation loan, could you remind us how big that could be? And I think you've got some other sources as well in terms of potential upfront NRE payments that you've been talking about, as well as the strategic opportunities are I think more related on the 5G front. So all-in, could you give us an idea of what that total cash inflow could look like? I think even if it extends beyond the second quarter here, you put the innovation loan and some of these other sources were up over $20 million in incremental cash coming into the balance sheet. Is that correct?

Deborah Choate -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So what we've secured already Scott is between the two French loans and the recovery of the tax credit is above $10 million. And on top of that, we have a boost in the quarter for another $1 million or so of deferral of certain payroll taxes and others that -- but that's more of a timing difference within the year. On top of that, we had talked about the innovation funding, which is totally unrelated to the COVID-19 situation. This is typically what's available in France and in Europe for major R&D projects we had. Certainly, we do a number of these every year, usually on a smaller scale, but what we're looking at is potentially EUR7 million, so $8 million funding for the 5G project. This is something where we're hoping to finalize this in the quarter. As George mentioned, this is one of the things where it's taken a bit of a backseat to all of the other COVID measures put in place by the French government. But we're moving forward on that.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

That's moving well. Yes. There is no issue.

Deborah Choate -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. And in addition to that, of course, we have -- Sorry. Yes.

Scott Searle -- Roth Capital Partners, LLC -- Analyst

I'm sorry. Yes, just as well in other sources in terms of strategic options with potential partners out there I think specifically related to 5G and some other NRE. It sounds like there is some incremental potential cash opportunities additionally.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We have, definitely, obviously the strategic option as I mentioned we are moving very well. There is at least one quite -- I mean we have couple of them, but one is really progressing. I don't know if we'll be able to close it in the quarter, maybe I believe more beginning of Q3, what I'm setting to myself, and it's moving very well. I mean even if the COVID is not impacting, I will say, the demand or anything, it's just only making things a little bit more complicated because the priority of management and company is really short term and everything a little bit longer. [Indecipherable] but this is recovering and we'll come back and we believe this could be kind of bring high-single digit, I mean it could be as close maybe to $10 million. We have couple of others as well similar and I wanted to say another one as well. Yes. Oh, yes. What I want to say as well that from -- even if it could not qualify it, I mean it has some cash impact to the vertical deals. I was talking about big deal that we are working on since last year and now I was saying on the call that we should close it this quarter. I'm more than 90% confident that it should close this quarter. This is really more than two-digit number, and it has as well some upside down payment. So the vertical deals as well, they can contribute to $2 million at least upside that will add up to the strategic. So you are absolutely right. If you add all this what Deborah mentioned, more than $10 million already secured and you add $7 million [Phonetic] to $8 million [Phonetic] of the innovation funding and other strategic plus some vertical, so definitely we start exceeding the $30 million of source with the strategic close to $30 million, if you add the strategic, it will be close to $30 million new money coming to the company.

Scott Searle -- Roth Capital Partners, LLC -- Analyst

Great, thank you. And George, maybe just to follow-up on the 5G timeline. It seems like with the hiring of the team in Israel, the inbound interest as it relates to 5G in general and in particular, it sounds like a lot around fixed wireless access. What is the current timeline of when you're expecting to have some initial product at least taping out into the marketplace in revenue? Is that at '22 type of opportunity or something that -- is that going to pull forward into '21?

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I mean, very honestly we're trying to do something. I mean, all depends how we accelerate things, but '21 will be major, I'll say. We'll start seeing some of the technology. I don't believe we'll be shipping anything in '21, it will be more for '22 to start shipping customers. But in '21, we could be sampling without giving more details for the time being.

Scott Searle -- Roth Capital Partners, LLC -- Analyst

Got you, and just...

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

It's -- all the R&D investment is on this. The team in Israel is doing well. Well, now we have there more than close to 40 people and strong focus because the more -- the less we are doing on Cat M obviously because we have our new generation is already in hand, the more -- more and more people are engaged into the 5G, which is now becoming like the major R&D investment in the company.

Scott Searle -- Roth Capital Partners, LLC -- Analyst

Got you. And just two last follow-ups, and then I'll move on. But in terms of Broadband, could you calibrate us what it was in the first quarter and what you're expecting for the second quarter? I think George in the past you had said expect somewhere in the ballpark on an annual basis getting back to the $10 million or so range. Is that kind of correct and we're seeing some upside to that?

And then in the past also you've talked on the massive IoT market. A lot of activity certainly going on there related to Skyworks, your MCU partners and some of the distribution channels that you've dealt with; Avnet and others and things like Monarch Go. What is the size of the pipeline? Is there some way you could help us understand? I know you've talked a lot qualitatively, but in the past, you've given some numbers around the magnitude of that pipeline of opportunities, maybe not explicitly numbers, but can you kind of gauge it in terms of size? Is it 50% larger than it's been? Is it more than that? I mean, just trying to gauge the level of activity there. Thanks; a nice quarter.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. Well, I mean, just to talk about the Broadband, obviously, I don't want to -- because the Broadband as you know, we have the emerging and we have Verizon and upside is coming from Verizon. Verizon typically, on the Jetpack, we do around $1.5 million to $2.0 million, depending per quarter. This is the level what I would call it nominal level.

Obviously, the demand is -- we've got -- if we were able to supply five times of this, I will take it I mean in Q2. So definitely, we have a lot of demand. We didn't accept all the demand because obviously we need to be serious and knowing because we have limitation as well of what we could build in very, very short time and possible to do.

We took more than -- we accepted order more than what we can supply at risk if you want, and we are working hard to see how to serve this between Q2 and Q3 because some of this demand can shift to Q3. And I'm hoping that beyond this that this -- only this product line maybe will go to a new high, maybe to close to $3.0 million per quarter instead of staying at $1.52 million [Phonetic]. So this is on the Broadband side.

You spoke about the IoT. I mean if I compare the projection if you want, we are talking about quarter to quarter these days even with the Q2, even when we counted some of our growth of Q2 is coming from the Broadband, still relying on above 30% of growth into the IoT and also -- so the IoT is growing every quarter. And if it continues like this, obviously, the Cat 1 is not really growing, it is going to stable if you want as it's today. I don't see quarter to quarter major growth. I mean the growth is minor. Before we introduce new customers, I mean we have a customer, but it's more toward the end of the year with bigger project that could add further growth. But we are going to see a little bit of Cat 1. Our target is kind of at least in the coming quarters to be flat. And all the growth is coming obviously generated by the Cat M/NB with the product we have there.

And in terms of opportunity, we are talking about -- we're still talking about more than $250 million, I would say $300 million opportunity of Cat M/NB. So we start reporting those because at sometime we start getting as well very big one. If you add them, I mentioned last time that we have some good success in the metering space. We continue that and those projects tend to be not only three years business, they tend to be seven, eight years business and just only one project I can -- just to one project alone, we're talking about one just I have in mind now, where we are really in very good position. We're talking just this project alone could be more than $100 million, just on the one design win if you want, one [Phonetic] customer because it's not only three years, it's going about four years there -- I'm sorry, seven years there.

So this is really progressing well and we keep building the pipe. And as I mentioned, a lot of traction around on the SiP with Skyworks. The push off the distributor is helping. Too early yet to say it's -- to celebrate this, but the quarter was very good since we signed them because obviously it takes time to put everything in place, train all their sales people. We did a lot of training for more than two teams; each one of them close to 100 sales people get trained by a lot of sales and marketing people to push deals everywhere. So the pipe is increasing because of this extra sales force if you want that we are getting thanks to the distributor. So all this is really going into the right direction. And still I don't want to anticipate, I will say the success. I would like to see it happening before we start talking about it, but all what we did in Q1 was really very well and very promising, I will say to where we are heading there.

Scott Searle -- Roth Capital Partners, LLC -- Analyst

Great, thank you. A nice quarter.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Scott.


Thank you. We'll now take our next question from Tristan Gerra of Baird. Please go ahead.

Tristan Gerra -- Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. -- Analyst

[Technical Issues] you mentioned how the supply disruptions out of China were pretty much behind. Anything else that you see in terms of disruptions outside of China, whether it's for you or your suppliers? And also if you could talk about the type of components where you're seeing shortages?

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Tristan. Obviously, the demand shortage we had was in China. I tend to seem to defend. What I spoke in Q1, it was really -- we didn't have a challenge or funding component or anything because we had everything ready anticipating our production for Q1. We didn't have any lead time because the units were there and so on. The challenge was really the production capacity got stopped because people went home and they were not able to work. So this is behind us.

The Chinese are working, our office in China, all of them are working from the office. Obviously, they have all the measures. They use mask and so on, but things are moving well, very close to normal. I don't want to say normal, but very close to normal in China the way we see it.

However, the challenge going into the future and this is what you see. For example, we didn't hear in Q1 anything about any disruption in Singapore, and as you are hearing recently, Singapore started getting some problems. Thanks God that they maintain what they call essential services open. And for us, Singapore is very important. This is our hub. This is where we have our logistics, our manufacturing team. And we have a lot of packaging, all-set [Phonetic] company doing for us there. So this was a little bit of concern very honestly in the last couple of weeks, but so far so good. I mean we are getting even yesterday the Prime Minister of Singapore was giving a new update and everything is moving well there.

We had social -- we have as well with TSMC, there is demand of TSMC. So we had some -- I don't say because we are coming and jumping in long lead time, we are getting a little bit more pressure on the lead time with TSMC, but so far so good. I don't want to say it's like normal, but I'm managing and TSMC was always great support for Sequans. So we are managing to get our capacity. I don't see issue there.

So on the chip, we don't see issue. We are managing, even if it's tight because we have a lot of demand and you need to serve it, so it's not easy. But it's tight. And the only challenge I see in terms of supply today, I mean I touch not about anything that could happen next months because I have no clue, but what we see today, we have long lead time on some of the components we use on the module. Quite often, they are the analog piece, and without naming our friends Skyworks, they have some long lead time and we use some of that component on our modules.

There is some -- still some manufacturing in Malaysia shutting down. So we have some components, not all of them. They are short and we need to go and figure out ways to get some from the grey market and so on to accelerate to serve of our supply. So that's how I see it. It's not really 100% clear. Otherwise, I will be coming and serving all the capacity I have because it will be more. So we want to be cautious, but we evaluated what we have in hand, the risk we can take it. And that's why we estimated what we can build for Q2 and took this in our number for Q2, with the hope to get more as things will get clear by June time frame.

Tristan Gerra -- Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. -- Analyst

Okay. That's great color. So it sounds that on a quarterly basis, you could see $1 million or $2 million upside in revenue from that Jetpack business. Now you've talked about some Cat M and delays in the second half. What will have been the type of revenue contribution in the second half that you would have expected from that business without any push out?

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I mean, let me say it in another words. But first of all we don't have any push out. I don't want really to say because it's too early, because when the customer for example they get their PCB under test, and they didn't receive it because of the COVID on time, they get it later on two, three weeks. Are they going to catch up or not?

So it's very hard to come to conclusion because obviously the customer they would like as well to get their product out and they have order, they have customer first of all. I'm thinking about one guy in mind who has customers and order waiting for him and his challenge was that he was supposed to get ready with the best production, get some good position in Q1 and in Q1, he was not able to receive his boards because the COVID situation, so obviously now he is working in Q2 to catch up. So we'll see.

But if you think about -- our Cat 1 business is not impacted. We're talking here mainly about the Cat M and new projects, because here where we have the new projects and you could say like our business was kind of the growth in the second half. Half of it was coming from new projects. So let me talk about -- we're talking about like $1 million, maybe $2 million in Q4 relying on new projects. So this is in the order of magnitude of risk versus my target if you want at the beginning of the year.

So obviously if those $2 million will get impacted, then I will do one of them, one instead of two. I'll be short by one. Hopefully if the broadband is giving me the one back, I will be in the same situation and I will be still making my number, and maybe with a little bit of upside if things come well with the supply and not too much risk, not too much impact on the Cat M. That's how I see it.

Tristan Gerra -- Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. -- Analyst

Great. Well, thanks a lot for the color. Very useful.

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Tristan.


Thank you. There are no further questions in the telephone queue, so I'll hand the call back for any additional or closing [Technical Issues].

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. So thank you for all of you for all the questions and staying on the call. Looking forward obviously to seeing you in the near future or at least talk with you hopefully. Hopefully, seeing you again. It will come faster than everyone is dreaming about, thinking about but who knows. We need to get used to this virtual reality where we meet and talk without touching each other.

Okay, take care guys. Thank you very much. Thanks, operator.


[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 60 minutes

Call participants:

Georges Karam -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Choate -- Chief Financial Officer

Raji Gill -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

Mike Walkley -- Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. -- Analyst

Scott Searle -- Roth Capital Partners, LLC -- Analyst

Tristan Gerra -- Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. -- Analyst

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