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Silicon Laboratories Results Exceed Expectations

Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), today reported first quarter revenue of $125.7 million, a five percent increase compared to the same period last year. GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.33 and $0.43, respectively, also exceeded expectations and represented solid growth versus the first quarter of 2011.

Financial Highlights

Strong new product cycles largely offset anticipated seasonal weakness, driving revenue upside. First quarter revenue declined by less than one percent sequentially, setting the stage for a strong start to 2012. On a GAAP-basis, gross margin declined to 59.7 percent. R&D investment was $32.9 million and SG&A expense was $25.4 million. Resulting GAAP operating income was 13 percent, an improvement over the same period a year ago. Net income was 11 percent of revenue. Diluted GAAP earnings per share of 33 cents increased 14 percent sequentially, a six quarter high.

The following non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock compensation and other one-time items. Significant strength in the company’s video products resulted in a mix shift during the quarter. Gross margin therefore declined to 60.0 percent. R&D remained about flat at $29.3 million, while SG&A increased slightly to $23.3 million. Operating income, therefore, was better than expected at 18 percent of revenue, and net income was 15 percent of revenue. Solid operational results provided significant earnings leverage resulting in diluted earnings per share of 43 cents, a 7.5 percent year on year increase. Reconciling charges are set forth in the financial measures table included below.

The company ended the quarter with $351 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments due to continued healthy cash flow from operations.

Business Highlights

First quarter revenue upside was driven by continued strength in video and touch controllers, as well as solid demand for MCU and power-related products.

The company’s video products ramped into new design wins as TV makers began to build their new models for 2012. Market share gains were behind the more than 30 percent revenue growth compared to the same period a year ago. Continued momentum at the company’s large touch controller customer also contributed to the first quarter performance as demand outpaced original forecasts.

The MCU product line benefitted from some demand recovery in the communications and industrial end markets, growing slightly sequentially despite seasonal weakness in consumer end markets. Isolation and related power product revenue also increased due to market share gains.

“As I take the helm, I see tremendous potential for the business. We have the right team, the product line up and the market runway to become one of the leaders in the semiconductor industry,” said Tyson Tuttle, president and CEO of Silicon Laboratories. “We’re building a set of capabilities that I feel strongly are going to be the backbone of a very substantial and valuable piece of our business in the future.”

The company expects revenue for the second quarter to be up three to seven percent sequentially.

Webcast and Conference Call

A conference call discussing the quarterly results will follow this press release at 7:30 a.m. central time. An audio webcast will be available simultaneously on Silicon Laboratories’ website under Investor Relations (www.silabs.com). A replay will be available after the call at the same website listed above or by calling 1 (855) 859-2056 or +1 (404) 537-3406 (international) and by entering 71533415. The replay will be available through May 9th.

About Silicon Laboratories Inc.

Silicon Laboratories Inc. is a leading designer of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of applications. Silicon Laboratories’ diverse portfolio of highly integrated, patented solutions is developed by a world-class engineering team with expertise in cutting-edge mixed-signal design. The company has design, engineering, marketing, sales and applications offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about Silicon Laboratories, please visit www.silabs.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on Silicon Laboratories’ current expectations. The words “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “project,” “will” and similar phrases as they relate to Silicon Laboratories are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views and assumptions of Silicon Laboratories and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are the following: risks that Silicon Laboratories may not be able to maintain its historical growth; quarterly fluctuations in revenues and operating results; volatile stock price; average selling prices of products may decrease significantly and rapidly; difficulties developing new products that achieve market acceptance; dependence on a limited number of products and customers; intellectual property litigation risks; inventory-related risks; risks associated with acquisitions; difficulties managing international activities; difficulties managing our manufacturers and subcontractors; risks that Silicon Laboratories may not be able to manage strains associated with its growth; credit risks associated with our accounts receivable; dependence on key personnel; risks associated with divestitures; geographic concentration of manufacturers, assemblers, test service providers and customers in Asia that subjects Silicon Laboratories’ business and results of operations to risks of natural disasters, epidemics, war and political unrest; the competitive and cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and other factors that are detailed in Silicon Laboratories’ filings with the SEC. Silicon Laboratories disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Note to editors: Silicon Laboratories, Silicon Labs and the Silicon Labs logo are trademarks of Silicon Laboratories Inc. All other product names noted herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.

 

Silicon Laboratories Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2012

    April 2,

2011

Revenues $ 125,702 $ 119,636
Cost of revenues   50,606     47,478  
Gross margin 75,096 72,158
Operating expenses:
Research and development 32,930 35,359
Selling, general and administrative   25,402     31,860  
Operating expenses   58,332     67,219  
Operating income 16,764 4,939
Other income (expense):
Interest income 497 571
Interest expense (33 ) (5 )
Other income (expense), net   (111 )   209  
Income before income taxes 17,117 5,714
Provision for income taxes   2,797     7,674  
 

Net income (loss)

$ 14,320   $ (1,960 )
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.34 $ (0.04 )
Diluted $ 0.33 $ (0.04 )
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 42,458 44,269
Diluted 43,850 44,269
 
   

Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
     
Non-GAAP Income Statement Items Three Months Ended

March 31, 2012

GAAP

Measure

 

GAAP

Percent of

Revenue

   

Stock

Compensation

Expense *

   

Termination

Costs **

   

Acquisition

Related

Items

    Non-GAAP

Measure

   

Non-GAAP

Percent of

Revenue

Revenues $ 125,702
 
Gross margin 75,096 59.7 % $ 360 $ -- $ -- $ 75,456 60.0 %
 

Research and development

32,930 26.2 % 3,602 -- --

29,328

23.3 %
 

Selling, general and administrative

25,402

20.2

%

3,895

(868

)

(949

)

23,324

18.6 %
 
Operating income 16,764 13.3 % 7,857 (868 ) (949 ) 22,804 18.1 %
 
Net income 14,320 11.4 % 6,470 (1,133 ) (949 ) 18,708 14.9 %
 
       
Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share     Three Months Ended

March 31, 2012

GAAP

Measure

Stock

Compensation

Expense *

Termination

Costs **

Acquisition

Related

Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Net income $ 14,320 $ 6,470 $ (1,133 ) $ (949 ) $ 18,708
 
Diluted shares outstanding 43,850 43,850
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.33 $ 0.43
 

* Excludes stock compensation recognized in connection with terminations costs.

** Termination costs include the reversal of previously recognized stock compensation for modified stock awards.

     

Silicon Laboratories Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
March 31,

2012

December 31,

2011

Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 98,038 $ 94,964
Short-term investments 235,299 212,526

Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $925 at March 31, 2012 and $725 at December 31, 2011

61,425 55,351
Inventories 34,295 34,778
Deferred income taxes 4,941 11,563
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   47,527     43,867  
Total current assets 481,525 453,049
Long-term investments 17,729 17,477
Property and equipment, net 24,008 25,141
Goodwill 115,489 115,489
Other intangible assets, net 57,725 60,005
Other assets, net   36,334     34,830  
Total assets $ 732,810   $ 705,991  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 29,965 $ 26,354
Accrued expenses 30,810 30,857
Deferred income on shipments to distributors 28,269 24,962
Income taxes   1,302     665  
Total current liabilities 90,346 82,838
Long-term obligations and other liabilities   19,053     24,214  
Total liabilities 109,399 107,052
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock--$0.0001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding

-- --

Common stock--$0.0001 par value; 250,000 shares authorized; 42,835 and 42,068 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

4 4
Additional paid-in capital 24,251 14,749
Retained earnings 600,973 586,653
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (1,817 )   (2,467 )
Total stockholders' equity   623,411     598,939  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 732,810   $ 705,991  
 
 

Silicon Laboratories Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2012

    April 2,

2011

Operating Activities
Net income (loss) $ 14,320 $ (1,960 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

Depreciation of property and equipment 3,543 3,253
Amortization of other intangible assets and other assets 2,280 3,057
Stock-based compensation expense 6,693 9,473
Income tax benefit from employee stock-based awards 2,656 1,184
Excess income tax benefit from employee stock-based awards (2,426 ) (1,142 )
Deferred income taxes 3,101 1,366
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (6,074 ) (11,704 )
Inventories 447 (759 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets 4,581 (4,499 )
Accounts payable 4,209 (4,787 )
Accrued expenses (5,087 ) (1,634 )
Deferred income on shipments to distributors 3,307 2,293
Income taxes   (5,403 )   3,233  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 26,147 (2,626 )
Investing Activities
Purchases of available-for-sale investments (82,845 ) (31,492 )
Proceeds from sales and maturities of marketable securities 60,518 55,092
Purchases of property and equipment (2,428 ) (2,697 )
Purchases of other assets (850 ) (584 )
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired   --     (27,546 )
Net cash used in investing activities (25,605 ) (7,227 )
Financing Activities
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of shares withheld for taxes 106 (3,580 )
Excess income tax benefit from employee stock-based awards 2,426 1,142
Repurchases of common stock -- (606 )
Payments on debt   --     (7,174 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   2,532     (10,218 )
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 3,074 (20,071 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   94,964     138,567  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 98,038   $ 118,496  

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