This excerpt taken from the LLTC 8-K filed Apr 17, 2007.
Volatility in customer demand in the semiconductor industry affect future levels of sales and profitability and limit our ability to predict such levels.
Historically, we have maintained low lead times, which has enabled customers to place orders close to their true needs for product. In defining our financial goals and projections, we consider inventory on hand, backlog, production cycles and expected order patterns from customers. If our estimates in these areas become inaccurate, we may not be able to meet our revenue goals and projections. In addition, some customers require us to manufacture product and have it available for shipment, even though the customer is unwilling to make a binding commitment to purchase all, or even some, of the product. As a result, in any quarterly fiscal period we are subject to the risk of cancellation of orders leading to a fall-off of sales and backlog. Further, those orders may be for products that meet the customers unique requirements so that those cancelled orders would, in addition, result in an inventory of unsaleable products, and thus potential inventory write-offs. We routinely estimate inventory reserves required for such products, but actual results may differ from these reserve estimates.
We generate revenue from thousands of customers worldwide and our revenues are diversified by end-market and geographical region. However, the loss of, or a significant reduction of purchases by a portion of our customer base could adversely affect our results of operations. We can lose a customer due to a change in the customers design or purchasing practices. In addition, the timing of customers inventory adjustments may adversely affect our results of operations.