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|STMicroelectronics Reports 2012 Second Quarter and First Half Financial Results|
Jul 23, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) --STMicroelectronics (
(*) ST net financial position is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. Please refer to Attachment A for additional information explaining why the Company believes this measure is important and for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
On a sequential basis, second quarter net revenues increased 6.5% to $2.15 billion, gross margin improved to 34.3% and net loss attributable to parent company decreased to $75 million.
President and CEO Carlo Bozotti commented, "Our second quarter financial results improved on a sequential basis despite a macro-driven change in customer sentiment in June. Thanks to broad-based growth and the continued expansion of our product portfolio into new applications, our second quarter net revenues and gross margin results were in line with our business outlook. Further, we saw a significant improvement in our net results, although there remains substantial progress to be made.
"A critical component of our capability to improve our financial results is ST-Ericsson. During the quarter, the joint-venture took its first steps in executing their new strategic plan and showed initial progress on all profit and loss metrics. In parallel, we are committed to ensure that the VLSI block, our digital businesses plus ST-Ericsson, becomes self-sustainable and this is one of our top priorities.
"New product introductions into the fastest growing applications, from energy management to healthcare and wellness, from trust and data security to smart consumer devices, are delivering results. During the quarter we ramped production of a pressure sensor and an iNEMO module containing an integrated gyroscope and accelerometer for Samsung's latest and most advanced smartphone, we shipped in volume AMOLED drivers for smartphones, we won key design-wins in smart power for automotive and for several STM32 32bit microcontrollers in new fitness applications. We also took an important step towards creating a unified processing platform thanks to the recently completed transfer of the ST-Ericsson application processor development team. This will enable us to leverage our broad system knowledge and customer relationships on a much larger addressable market."
Summary Financial Highlights
(a) Net revenues include sales recorded by ST-Ericsson as consolidated by ST
Second Quarter Review
ST's second quarter net revenues increased 6.5% on a sequential basis, with ST's wholly-owned businesses posting a sequential increase of 4.4% while the Wireless product segment grew by about 19%. All regions grew sequentially with Greater China & South Asia up about 9%, the Americas by about 5%, and EMEA and Japan & Korea each by approximately 4%.
Second quarter gross margin increased 470 basis points sequentially to 34.3%. Excluding a one-time charge following an arbitration award in the first quarter of 2012, gross margin increased 210 basis points sequentially mainly due to a higher level of saturation, favorable product mix and some favorable currency effects which started to occur in the later portion of the quarter. Unsaturation charges in the second quarter were $16 million compared to $71 million in the first quarter.
Combined SG&A and R&D expenses were $909 million compared to $943 million in the prior quarter due to efforts to continuously reduce expenses on a quarter by quarter basis principally driven by ST-Ericsson's ongoing cost-realignment initiatives. Combined operating expenses, as a percentage of sales, improved to 42.3% in the 2012 second quarter compared to 46.8% in the prior quarter.
Restructuring and impairment charges were $56 million, substantially all of which are related to ST-Ericsson's cost-realignment initiatives, compared to $18 million in the prior quarter.
Reflecting losses at ST-Ericsson, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST improved to negative 1.3% in the 2012 second quarter compared to negative 6.5% in the prior quarter.*
In the second quarter of 2012, net loss attributable to non-controlling interests was $160 million, which mainly included the 50% owned by Ericsson in the ST-Ericsson joint venture, as consolidated by ST. In the first quarter of 2012, the corresponding amount was $159 million.
Second quarter net loss attributable to parent company was $75 million or $(0.08) per share, compared to a net loss of $(0.20) per share and net income of $0.46 diluted earnings per share in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively. On an adjusted basis, net of related taxes, ST reported a non-U.S. GAAP net loss per share of $(0.05), excluding impairment, restructuring charges and one-time items in the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $(0.14) per share and net income of $0.14 diluted earnings per share in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively.*
(*)Operating income before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST and adjusted net earnings per share are non-U.S. GAAP measures. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.
For the second quarter of 2012, the effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.32 to EUR 1.00 compared to $1.33 to EUR 1.00 for the first quarter of 2012 and $1.37 to EUR 1.00 for the second quarter of 2011.
Net Revenues by Market Segment / Channel
(*) Sales recorded by ST-Ericsson and consolidated by ST are included in Telecom and Distribution.
On a sequential basis, Telecom led all market segments growing 19%. Consumer increased about 3%, Industrial & Other up about 2% while Automotive was flat and Computer decreased by about 7%. Distribution increased 12%.
Revenues and Operating Results by ST Product Segment
Commencing January 1, 2012, the Company began reporting the former ACCI Product Segment (Automotive/Consumer/Computer/Communication Infrastructure) into the other segments. The new product segments are Automotive Segment ("APG") and Digital Sector ("Digital") comprised of the Digital Convergence Group ("DCG") and Imaging, BiCMOS ASIC and Silicon Photonics Group ("IBP").
(a) Wireless includes the portion of sales and operating results of ST-Ericsson as consolidated in the Company's revenues and operating results, as well as other items affecting operating results related to the wireless business.
Automotive (APG) second quarter net revenues increased 3.4% sequentially, mainly driven by market share gains and market improvement in China, Japan and the U.S. APG second quarter operating margin was 9.4%, stable compared to the prior quarter.
Analog, MEMS and Microcontrollers (AMM) second quarter net revenues increased 2.2% sequentially driven by analog and microcontroller applications. AMM operating margin was 12.6% in the 2012 second quarter, compared to 13.1% in the prior quarter.
Digital second quarter net revenues increased 4.9% sequentially principally due to higher demand for set-top-box products. Digital operating margin was negative 10.3% in the 2012 second quarter, compared to negative 11.2% in the prior quarter.
Power Discrete (PDP) second quarter net revenues increased 12.3% sequentially due to higher demand for Power MOSFET and IGBT. PDP returned to profitability registering an operating margin of 1.6% in the 2012 second quarter compared to negative 2.6% in the prior quarter.
Wireless net revenues in the second quarter increased 18.6% compared to the prior quarter due to a significant ramp of volumes of NovaThor™ platforms shipping to ST-Ericsson's major customers. Wireless operating loss was $240 million in the second quarter, or $113 million after considering non-controlling interest, compared to a loss of $293 million, or $135 million after considering non-controlling interest, in the prior quarter.
Our joint venture ST-Ericsson is still in a challenging situation. The company continues to focus on securing the successful execution and delivery of its NovaThor ModAps platforms and Thor modems to customers while executing on company transformation aiming at lowering its break-even point.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights
Free cash flow was negative $129 million in the second quarter mainly due to the results of ST-Ericsson and the one-time payment of $60 million to NXP following an arbitration award. In the prior quarter free cash flow was positive $98 million.*
Capital expenditures net of proceeds from sale were $70 million during the second quarter of 2012 compared to $125 million in the prior quarter.
Inventory decreased by $19 million to $1.49 billion at quarter end.
In the second quarter, dividends paid to shareholders were $89 million. In addition, the Company paid $6 million to redeem the entire residual outstanding 2016 convertible bonds.
ST continued to maintain a strong net financial position with a net cash position of $1.15 billion, as adjusted, taking into account the 50% of ST-Ericsson's debt, at June 30, 2012 compared to $1.17 billion at December 31, 2011. ST's cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash equaled $2.07 billion and total debt was $1.54 billion, including $619 million of short-term debt by ST-Ericsson to Ericsson, at June 30, 2012.*
Total equity, including non-controlling interest, was $7.01 billion at quarter end.
In the 2012 second quarter the Company posted a return on net assets (RONA) attributable to ST of negative 1.7%.*
(*)Free cash flow, net financial position and RONA attributable to ST are non-U.S. GAAP measures. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.
First Half 2012 Results
Net revenues for the first half of 2012 decreased approximately 18% to $4.16 billion from $5.10 billion in the year-ago period mainly due to lower volumes, including a significant drop in sales at our former largest customer, and much weaker market conditions.
Gross margin was 32.0% of net revenues, compared to 38.6% of net revenues for the 2011 first half. The first half 2012 gross margin was negatively impacted by a one-time $53 million charge to ST's cost of sales due to an arbitration award and unsaturation charges of $87 million compared to unsaturation charges of $8 million in the prior period. Net income, as reported, was negative $252 million in the first half of 2012, or ($0.28) per share, compared to a net income of $590 million, or $0.65 diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2011. On an adjusted basis, net of related taxes, ST reported a non-U.S. GAAP net loss per share of ($0.19) excluding impairment, restructuring charges and one-time items in the first half of 2012 compared to a net income of $0.34 diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2011.*
(*) Adjusted net earnings per share is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.
The effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.32 to EUR 1.00 for the first half of 2012, compared to $1.35 to EUR 1.00 for the first half of 2011.
First Half Revenue and Operating Results by Product Segment
Third Quarter 2012 Business Outlook
Mr. Bozotti stated, "As we saw during the end of the second quarter, the global economic environment has weakened. As a result, bookings in June softened and remain somewhat volatile.
"Nonetheless, we continue to expect sequential revenue growth and gross margin improvement with respect to the third quarter, thanks to our new product momentum, in particular in MEMS, microcontrollers and Power MOSFET & IGBT.
"Looking forward, key operational priorities as we navigate the softness in the market environment include market share gains in the second half of the year and careful management of our assets and investments in order to maintain ST's solid net financial position. In this regard, we are reducing by approximately 25% our full year 2012 capital expenditures plan to be in the range of $500 to $600 million for 2012.
"Furthermore, we are focused on delivering continued expense reduction. Overall, we will become a much leaner company with increased flexibility to adjust to market conditions and reduce our earnings volatility."
The Company expects third quarter 2012 revenues to grow sequentially in the range of about +2.5%, plus or minus 3 percentage points. Reflecting a similar level of utilization at our facilities compared to the second quarter, gross margin in the third quarter is expected to be about 35.3%, plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.
This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.27 = EUR 1.00 for the 2012 third quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts. The third quarter will close on September 29, 2012.
Recent Corporate Developments
On April 23, ST announced its next step in Multimedia Convergence, focused on offering a unified processing platform to serve a broad range of multimedia devices like set-top-boxes, TVs, car infotainment, smartphones and tablets. The plan includes combining the strengths of ST-Ericsson through a strategic partnership in which ST is taking on ST-Ericsson's application processor development R&D activity and licensing back the technology to ST-Ericsson for integration into their ModAps (competitive integrated modem plus application processor solutions) for smartphones and tablets. Additionally, the two companies entered into a commercial agreement that enables ST to offer stand-alone application processors for multiple applications, including smartphones and tablets. By consolidating the expertise to master all of the key technologies necessary to serve the multi-screen society, the strategy vaults ST into the league of very few companies able to provide complete solutions based on a unified processing platform that delivers the features required by its customers and the whole ecosystem. On July 1, ST completed the transfer of the application processor development organization from ST-Ericsson.
The main resolutions approved by shareholders were:
On June 11, ST announced that it had secured additional sourcing for its leading-edge 28nm and 20nm FD-SOI (Fully-Depleted-Silicon-on-Insulator) technology with GLOBALFOUNDRIES. The technology, developed by ST and already selected by ST-Ericsson for its future mobile platforms, is ideal for its faster design and superior power performance, while enabling product-cost and power reductions.
On July 2, ST announced the publication of the Company's 2011 Sustainability Report. The report provides comprehensive details of ST's Sustainability strategy, policies and performance during 2011 and illustrates how ST embeds sustainability into its business practices to create value for all of its stakeholders.
Q2 2012 - Product and Technology Highlights
During the quarter, ST made solid progress with important new-product introductions and significant design wins in its key growth areas, including energy management & savings, trust & data security, healthcare & wellness and smart consumer devices.
Imaging, Bi-CMOS, ASIC and Silicon Photonics
Analog, MEMS and Microcontrollers
Cartesio+, Mystique, STarGRID, iNEMO, STM32 and Orly are trademarks of STMicroelectronics. Thor and NovaThor are trademarks of ST-Ericsson. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Use of Supplemental Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information, including operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST, adjusted net earnings (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) per share, free cash flow, RONA attributable to ST, net financial position and net financial position, adjusted to account for 50% investment in ST-Ericsson.
Readers are cautioned that these measures are unaudited and not prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for U.S. GAAP financial measures. In addition, such non-U.S. GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled information by other companies.
See Attachment A of this press release for a reconciliation of the Company's non-U.S. GAAP financial measures to their corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures. To compensate for these limitations, the supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information should not be read in isolation, but only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
Some of the statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended) that are based on management's current views and assumptions, and are conditioned upon and also involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those in such statements due to, among other factors:
Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results and performance of our business to differ materially and adversely from the forward-looking statements. Certain forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "believes," "expects," "may," "are expected to," "should," "would be," "seeks" or "anticipates" or similar expressions or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions.
STMicroelectronics Conference Call and Webcast Information
On July 24, 2012, the management of STMicroelectronics will conduct a conference call to discuss the Company's operating performance for the second quarter of 2012.
The conference call will be held at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time / 3:00 p.m. CET. The conference call will be available live via the Internet by accessing http://investors.st.com. Those accessing the webcast should go to the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call, in order to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. The webcast will be available until August 3, 2012.
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence applications. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
In 2011, the Company's net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
Supplemental Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Information
The supplemental non-U.S. GAAP information presented in this press release is unaudited and subject to inherent limitations. Such non-U.S. GAAP information is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered as a substitute for U.S. GAAP measurements. Also, our supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled non-U.S. GAAP measures used by other companies. Further, specific limitations for individual non-U.S. GAAP measures, and the reasons for presenting non-U.S. GAAP financial information, are set forth in the paragraphs below. To compensate for these limitations, the supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information should not be read in isolation, but only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
Operating income (loss) before, impairment, restructuring and one-time items is used by management to help enhance an understanding of ongoing operations and to communicate the impact of the excluded items, such as impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs. Adjusted net earnings and earnings per share (EPS) are used by management to help enhance an understanding of ongoing operations and to communicate the impact of the excluded items like impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs attributable to ST, and other one-time items net of the relevant tax impact.
Return on net assets (RONA) is considered by management to be the key financial and economic metric to measure the return on invested capital. RONA is the ratio of operating income before impairment and restructuring charges divided by average net assets used during the period. ST defines average net assets as average total assets net of total liabilities as reported in our consolidated balance sheet excluding all items related to our financial position such as cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, short-term deposits, current portion of long-term debt and long-term debt.
Operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST is calculated as operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items excluding 50% of ST-Ericsson operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items as consolidated by ST. Operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST is calculated as operating income (loss) before restructuring attributable to ST divided by reported revenues excluding 50% of ST-Ericsson revenues as consolidated by ST. RONA attributable to ST is calculated as annualized operating income (loss) before restructuring attributable to ST divided by reported net assets excluding 50% of ST-Ericsson net assets as consolidated by ST.
The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information for investors and management because they measure the Company's capacity to generate profits from its business operations, excluding the effect of acquisitions and expenses related to the rationalizing of its activities and sites that it does not consider to be part of its on-going operating results, thereby offering, when read in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financials, (i) the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company's on-going operating results, (ii) the ability to better identify trends in the Company's business and perform related trend analysis, and (iii) an easier way to compare the Company's results of operations against investor and analyst financial models and valuations, which usually exclude these items.
Net financial position: resources (debt), represents the balance between our total financial resources and our total financial debt. Our total financial resources include cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, short-term deposits and restricted cash, and our total financial debt includes short-term borrowings, current portion of long-term debt and long-term debt, all as reported in our consolidated balance sheet. We believe our net financial position provides useful information for investors because it gives evidence of our global position either in terms of net indebtedness or net cash position by measuring our capital resources based on cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities and the total level of our financial indebtedness. Net financial position is not a U.S. GAAP measure.
Free cash flow is defined as net cash from operating activities minus net cash used in investing activities, excluding payment for purchases of and proceeds from the sale of marketable securities, short-term deposits and restricted cash. We believe free cash flow provides useful information for investors and management because it measures our capacity to generate cash from our operating and investing activities to sustain our operating activities. Free cash flow is not a U.S. GAAP measure and does not represent total cash flow since it does not include the cash flows generated by or used in financing activities. In addition, our definition of free cash flow may differ from definitions used by other companies.
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