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|STMicroelectronics Reports 2012 Third Quarter and Nine Month Financial Results|
Oct 23, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) --STMicroelectronics (
On a sequential basis, third quarter net revenues increased 0.9% to $2.17 billion and gross margin improved to 34.8%. Net loss attributable to parent company was $478 million, mainly due to a non-cash charge of $690 million for the impairment of Wireless goodwill.
President and CEO Carlo Bozotti commented, "Our third quarter revenue and gross margin results delivered sequential improvements. Overall, the strength of our product portfolio enabled us to manage the current weak demand environment. As anticipated, we benefited from the revenue growth of our MEMS, microcontrollers, Power MOSFET and IGBT businesses, which continue to expand into new applications, and we continue to strengthen relationships with key market leaders, such as Audi and Samsung. ST's wholly-owned businesses operating margin improved, on a sequential basis, to 5.8%, mainly driven by improvements in our Power Discrete (PDP) segment.
"We have already been taking a number of important steps to advance our key priorities. In December, we will present our new strategic plan which will accelerate the roadmap towards our previously announced financial model and ensure the future success of both our Analog and Digital businesses and, therefore, of our company as a whole.
"Through this process we are progressing in moving our digital businesses towards self-sustainability and we are announcing today a new $150 million annual savings plan at the ST level: a part of the savings coming from the identified initiatives to leverage on the synergies of our Unified Processing Platform approach announced in April, and the remainder of the savings coming from other new initiatives, such as efficiencies in our process technology development model and expenses related to design outsourcing.
"Our Wireless segment delivered strong progress during the third quarter; however, the segment's operating loss and negative cash flows still remain significant. As part of our annual impairment test and based upon our assessment of the Wireless segment plan, updated in Q3 2012, and the evolving dynamics of the smartphone industry, we posted a non-cash charge of $690 million. This charge reflects our current best estimate of the fair market value of our Wireless business."
Summary Financial Highlights
(a) Net revenues include sales recorded by ST-Ericsson as consolidated by ST
Third Quarter Review
ST's third quarter net revenues increased 0.9% on a sequential basis, with ST's wholly-owned businesses stable and the Wireless product segment increasing by about 4%, including revenue from IP licensing of $35 million. The EMEA region grew sequentially 5%, while Greater China & South Asia, the Americas, and Japan & Korea were relatively flat.
Third quarter gross margin increased 50 basis points sequentially to 34.8% mainly due to improved manufacturing efficiencies, a favorable product mix and currency effects. Unsaturation charges in the third quarter were $19 million compared to $16 million in the second quarter.
Combined SG&A and R&D expenses decreased 6% to $852 million compared to $909 million in the prior quarter due to positive seasonal and currency effects and ST-Ericsson's ongoing cost-realignment initiatives. Combined operating expenses as a percentage of sales, improved to 39.3% in the 2012 third quarter compared to 42.3% in the prior quarter.
Restructuring and impairment charges significantly increased to $713 million compared to $56 million in the prior quarter, mainly due to the non-cash impairment charge of Wireless goodwill.
Reflecting losses at ST-Ericsson, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST improved to 0.3% in the 2012 third quarter compared to negative 1.3% in the prior quarter.*
In the third quarter of 2012, net loss attributable to non-controlling interests was $351 million, which mainly included the 50% owned by Ericsson in the ST-Ericsson joint venture, as consolidated by ST. In the second quarter of 2012, the corresponding amount was $160 million.
Third quarter net loss attributable to parent company was $478 million or $(0.54) per share, compared to a net loss of $(0.08) per share and diluted earnings of $0.08 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 $(0.03), excluding impairment, restructuring charges and one-time items in the third quarter, compared to a net loss of $(0.05) per share and diluted earnings of $0.09 per share in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively.*
For the third quarter of 2012, the effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.29 to EUR 1.00 compared to $1.32 to EUR 1.00 for the second quarter of 2012 and $1.40 to EUR 1.00 for the third 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, Computer, Consumer and Industrial & Other grew 3%, 1% and 1%, respectively, while Automotive and Telecom decreased 3% and 8%, respectively. Distribution increased 6%.
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) third quarter net revenues decreased 3.1% sequentially, mainly due to weak market trends. APG third quarter operating margin was 8.6%, compared to 9.4% in the prior quarter.
Analog, MEMS and Microcontrollers (AMM) third quarter net revenues increased 3.9% sequentially driven by analog and microcontroller applications. AMM operating margin was 12.6% in the 2012 third quarter, stable compared to the prior quarter.
Digital third quarter net revenues decreased 7.8% sequentially principally due to weak demand from specific Imaging customers leading to a sequential revenue decrease of the Imaging, Bi-CMOS ASIC and Silicon Photonics (IBP) division to $85 million from $124 million in the previous quarter. Digital operating loss was reduced to negative $30 million in the 2012 third quarter, compared to a loss of $36 million in the prior quarter.
Power Discrete (PDP) third quarter net revenues increased 5.2% sequentially due to higher demand for Power MOSFET and IGBT. PDP operating margin increased to 6.4% in the 2012 third quarter compared to 1.6% in the prior quarter.
Wireless net revenues in the third quarter increased 4.3% compared to the prior quarter reflecting ST-Ericsson's continued ramp of NovaThor platforms as well as revenues from IP licensing. Wireless operating loss was $184 million in the third quarter, or $98 million after considering non-controlling interest, compared to a loss of $240 million, or $113 million after considering non-controlling interest, in the prior quarter. For additional information, see ST-Ericsson's Q3 2012 earnings results press release at www.st.com and at www.stericsson.com
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights
Free cash flow was negative $80 million in the third quarter mainly due to the results of ST-Ericsson. In the prior quarter free cash flow was negative $129 million.*
Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from sale, were $203 million during the third quarter of 2012 compared to $70 million in the prior quarter. Year-to-date capital expenditures are down significantly, at $398 million, compared to $1.2 billion in the first nine months of 2011.
Inventory slightly decreased at quarter end to $1.48 billion.
In the third quarter, dividends paid to stockholders were $89 million.
ST continued to maintain a solid attributable net financial position with a net cash position of $1.06 billion, as adjusted, taking into account the 50% of ST-Ericsson's debt, at September 29, 2012 compared to $1.17 billion at December 31, 2011. ST's cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash equaled $1.93 billion and total debt was $1.56 billion, including $695 million of short-term debt by ST-Ericsson to Ericsson, at September 29, 2012.*
Total equity, including non-controlling interest, was $6.33 billion at quarter end.
In the 2012 third quarter the Company posted a return on net assets (RONA) attributable to ST of 0.5%.*
Nine Months 2012 Results
Net revenues for the first nine months of 2012 decreased approximately 16% to $6.33 billion from $7.54 billion in the year-ago period mainly due to lower volumes, including a significant drop in sales at ST's former largest customer, and a slowdown in the overall semiconductor market.
Gross margin was 32.9% of net revenues, compared to 37.7% of net revenues for the 2011 first nine months. The first nine months 2012 gross margin was negatively impacted by lower sales, unsaturation charges of $106 million and, to a lesser extent, a one-time $53 million charge to ST's cost of sales due to an arbitration
award. Net loss, as reported, was $730 million in the first nine months of 2012, or ($0.82) per share, compared to a net income of $661 million, or $0.73 diluted earnings per share in the first nine months of 2011. On an adjusted basis, net of related taxes, ST reported a non-U.S. GAAP net loss per share of ($0.22) excluding impairment, restructuring charges and one-time items in the first nine months of 2012 compared to diluted earnings of $0.43 per share in the first nine months of 2011.*
The effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.31 to EUR 1.00 for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $1.37 to EUR 1.00 for the first nine months of 2011.
2012 Nine Months Revenue and Operating Results by Product Segment
New Savings Plan
In a move to enhance performance and optimize asset utilization, ST has announced a new savings plan designed to achieve $150 million in annual savings at the ST level upon completion by the end of 2013.
A portion of the savings coming from the identified initiatives will leverage the synergies of our previously disclosed Unified Processing Platform approach by integrating the development of System-On-Chip for digital TV. The plan also involves other new initiatives, such as efficiencies in our process-technology development model and expenses related to design outsourcing. Total restructuring costs are expected to be about $25 to $30 million through completion and might affect up to 500 jobs including contractors and attritions.
As a consequence, in combination with the savings to be realized through the restructuring plan announced in April 2012 underway at ST-Ericsson and considering the 50% holding of ST in ST-Ericsson, the Company expects to capture $220 million in annualized savings benefiting operating income attributable to ST by the end of 2013 (based on Q4 2011 cost base).*
Fourth Quarter 2012 Business Outlook
Mr. Bozotti stated, "Looking to the fourth quarter, we expect a relatively flat quarter-to-quarter pattern in revenue for the Company, reflecting the weak macro environment which has translated into a decrease of our booking levels. In anticipation, we have put in place plans to better align our manufacturing with the market environment by temporarily closing fabs, repatriating activities from subcontractors and executing cost-reduction measures. These extraordinary measures target an inventory reduction of approximately $150 million and will result in unsaturation charges during the fourth quarter estimated at about $80 million.
"As we have been managing through the difficult wireless business and macro-economic issues this year, our focus has been on maintaining a solid financial position. ST's attributable net financial position exiting 2012 is expected to improve in the fourth quarter and to be stable compared to the end of December, 2011. We have significantly reduced our capital expenditures this year and now project that the full year amount will be about $500 million.
"Finally, even with the softer macro environment, in the fourth quarter we anticipate strong revenue growth in motion MEMS and environmental sensors and continued progress in microcontrollers. On a longer-term basis, we have greatly expanded our opportunities in automotive with the recently announced strategic alliance with Audi."
The Company expects fourth quarter 2012 revenues sequential evolution to be in the range of about -5% to +2%. Reflecting significantly higher unsaturation charges compared to the third quarter, gross margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be about 32.0%, plus or minus 2 percentage points.
This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.30 = EUR 1.00 for the 2012 fourth quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts. The fourth quarter will close on December 31, 2012.
Recent Corporate Developments
On August 6, ST announced the completion of an IP and talent acquisition from bTendo, an Israel-based projection-technology innovator. Following a successful joint development effort leveraging bTendo's Scanning Laser Projection engine and ST's industry-leading MEMS expertise, ST is well positioned to lead the emerging video-sharing market for smartphones and other portable consumer devices.
On August 30, ST announced a cooperation agreement with, and minority investment of 6 million Euros in, MicroOLED, a Grenoble, France-based company dedicated to the development and commercialization of state-of-the-art organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). The agreement and investment strengthens ST's presence in the emerging market of micro-displays for a wide range of portable applications, spanning from camera viewfinders, video goggles to medical and security applications.
On September 13, ST announced that Georges Penalver had joined the company and been appointed Executive Vice President, Member of the Corporate Strategic Committee and Corporate Strategy Office. Penalver, most recently a member of the executive board of France Telecom/Orange Group in charge of the Group's Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships brings wide experience in defining corporate strategies, leading businesses, and implementing comprehensive transformation processes. At the same time, Executive Vice-President Jean-Marc Chery assumed the responsibilities of General Manager, Digital Sector, while maintaining his current role of Executive Vice-President, Chief Technology and Manufacturing Officer. As a consequence of Chery's expanded responsibilities, Eric Aussedat, Corporate Vice President, General Manager, Imaging, Bi-CMOS ASIC and Silicon Photonics Group; Joel Hartmann, Corporate Vice President, Front-end Manufacturing & Process R&D, Digital Sector, and Philippe Magarshack, Corporate Vice President, Design Enablement & Services, were promoted to Executive Vice Presidents while maintaining their previous scope of activities.
At the same time, ST also announced it will present its new strategic plan in December. The objectives of the plan are to continue to accelerate the company's roadmap towards its already announced financial model, taking into account the changed market environment and some specific customer dynamics, and to continue to ensure the future success of the company in total, with the two pillars, the Analog and the Digital businesses, both becoming as quickly as possible sustainable segments of ST.
Q3 2012 - Product and Technology Highlights
During the quarter, ST made strong progress with important new-product introductions and significant design wins in its key growth areas, including energy management & savings, trust & data security, health & wellness and smart consumer devices.
Imaging, Bi-CMOS ASIC and Silicon Photonics
Analog, MEMS and Microcontrollers
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.
Some of these risk factors are set forth and are discussed in more detail in "Item 3. Key Information - Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the SEC on March 5, 2012. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as anticipated, believed or expected. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update any industry information or forward-looking statements set forth in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
STMicroelectronics Conference Call and Webcast Information
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In 2011, the Company's net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
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 (loss) 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.
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Free cash flow is defined as net cash from (used in) 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.
ST Reports Q3 2012 Results: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1651731/532956.pdf
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