RFMD(R) Delivers 21% Sequential Growth in Quarterly Revenue
Demand Outlook For December 2007 Quarter Is Robust Business Highlights: -- September 2007 Quarterly Revenue Totaled $255.8 Million -- September 2007 Quarterly GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share Equaled $0.07 -- September 2007 Quarterly Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share Equaled $0.11 -- RFMD Commenced High Volume Shipments Of POLARIS(TM) 3 -- December 2007 Quarterly Revenue Is Expected To Be In The Range Of $265 Million To $280 Million -- December 2007 Quarterly EPS Is Expected To Be Approximately $0.06 To $0.07 On GAAP Basis and Approximately $0.08 To $0.09 On Non-GAAP Basis
GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high- performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2008 second quarter ended September 29, 2007. Quarterly revenue increased approximately 3.6% year-over-year and approximately 21% sequentially to $255.8 million. Operating income totaled approximately $8.1 million on a GAAP basis and approximately $17.2 million on a non-GAAP basis. RFMD's September 2007 quarterly performance reflected growth in all three of its business units.
Business Unit Highlights Cellular -- RFMD commenced high volume shipments of its POLARIS(TM) 3 RF solution to a leading handset manufacturer and anticipates an aggressive product ramp in the December 2007 quarter -- RFMD experienced strength at top customers and across all major tiers of the cellular handset market -- RFMD grew sequential quarterly revenue of 3G front ends in the September quarter faster than 3G unit growth and extended its number- one position in the high-growth 3G market Wireless Connectivity -- RFMD increased sales of wireless LAN front ends, driven by its leading position in wireless LAN-enabled handsets and participation on leading 802.11n reference designs -- RFMD accomplished a key milestone by achieving interoperability of its GPS architecture with a leading handset customer's system platform -- RFMD began commercial shipments into the WiMAX market and experienced favorable design activity on a leading WiMAX/WLAN reference design Infrastructure -- RFMD commenced gallium nitride (GaN) design activity for new markets, including CATV line amplifiers and high-lumen lighting sources -- RFMD shipped production volumes of all five products in its RF386x family of GaAs pHEMT multi-market low noise amplifiers (LNAs) -- RFMD completed customer design review for GaN-based S-band military radar and commenced prototype testing and evaluation
GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures are presented in the tables below, and non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP financial measures in the financial statement portion of this press release.
GAAP RESULTS (in millions, Q2 Q1 % Change Q2 % Change except percentages Fiscal Fiscal vs. Q1 Fiscal vs. Q2 and per share data) 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 Revenue $255.8 $211.6 20.9% $246.9 3.6% Gross Margin 32.2% 31.5% 0.7 ppt 34.9% (2.7)ppt Operating Income (loss) $8.1 $(1.8) 562% $13.0 (37.7)% Net Income (Loss) $14.5 $23.6 (38.7)% $(20.0) 172% Diluted EPS (LPS) $0.07 $0.11 (37.6)% $(0.10) 164%
NON-GAAP RESULTS (excluding share-based compensation, amortization, discontinuation of WLAN chipset development efforts, gain/loss on investment, start-up costs, restructuring charges related to sale of substantially all of our Bluetooth® assets, valuation allowance adjustment for taxes and the tax
effect on certain non-GAAP adjustments) (in millions, Q2 Q1 % Change Q2 % Change except percentages Fiscal Fiscal vs. Q1 Fiscal vs. Q2 and per share data) 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 Gross Margin 32.5% 31.9% 0.6 ppt 35.3% (2.8)ppt Operating Income $17.2 $2.3 663% $22.8 (24.7)% Net Income $23.4 $6.6 257% $23.7 (1.3)% Diluted EPS $0.11 $0.03 233% $0.11 (4.1)% Financial Guidance And Business Outlook
RFMD anticipates sequential revenue growth in the December 2007 quarter to be driven by its newly formed Cellular Handset and Multi-Market Products Groups. In the cellular handset market, RFMD is expanding its dollar content on a per-handset basis through strong sales of cellular front ends and other high-performance RF solutions, including RFMD's POLARIS RF solutions. RFMD is also experiencing favorable design activity in its Multi-Market Products Group and expects sequential growth driven by multiple applications, including WLAN front ends, multi-market LNAs and GaN devices.
-- Revenue in the December 2007 quarter is currently expected to be in the range of $265.0 million to $280.0 million -- Quarterly GAAP net income in the December 2007 quarter is currently expected to be in the range of $0.06 to $0.07 per diluted share -- Quarterly non-GAAP net income in the December 2007 quarter is currently expected to be in the range of $0.08 to $0.09 per diluted share, excluding start-up costs related to the Company's Beijing expansion and estimated non-cash share-based compensation expense and non-cash amortization of intangibles of approximately $4.0 million in the aggregate
The methodology used by RFMD to estimate non-cash share-based compensation expense does not factor in items such as new grants, terminations or amounts that may be capitalized in inventory, and the methodology used to estimate intangible amortization assumes no additional intangible assets are recorded. As a result, RFMD does not estimate the impact of non-cash share-based compensation expense on gross margin or operating expenses and will provide this information with its December 2007 quarterly results. Accordingly, actual quarterly results may differ from these estimates, and such differences may be material.
Comments From Management
Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RF Micro Devices, said, "RFMD's record September quarterly revenue performance was driven by share gains, new product cycles, a strong customer base and a robust overall handset market. Our sequential revenue growth of approximately 21 percent demonstrates we are on a growth trajectory, and our growth in operating income illustrates our earnings power.
"In the cellular handset market, RFMD enjoyed sequential growth during the September quarter with the leading handset manufacturers. We commenced high volume shipments of our POLARIS 3 RF solution and expanded our POLARIS customer base to include an additional top-tier handset manufacturer. We also grew sequentially in 3G front ends and extended our product leadership in 3G multimode devices. Beyond cellular, we increased shipments of wireless LAN front ends for handsets, MP3 players, gaming devices and other applications.
"Our December guidance reflects strong market dynamics as well as continued share gains in RF semiconductors and an expanding leadership position in the industry's highest growth segments and customers. Based upon current forecasts and customer activity, we anticipate increasing demand for our high-performance RF solutions.
"Finally, we'd like to remind investors that our special shareholder meeting to vote on the proposed Sirenza Microdevices transaction will be held October 29. Upon shareholder approval, we intend to close the transaction as soon as possible pending all regulatory approvals."
Dean Priddy, CFO and corporate vice president of administration of RF Micro Devices, said, "RFMD's strong September results demonstrate the magnitude of the business we're winning and the opportunities we enjoy in calendar year 2008 for exceptional revenue growth and earnings leverage. RFMD achieved excellent cash flow in the September quarter, and our strong balance sheet is supporting our vision of being the world's largest, most diversified and best positioned RF company.
"In the current quarter, RFMD is benefiting from higher-than-anticipated demand for POLARIS 3 and record demand for our transmit modules. The aggressive demand is temporarily impacting gross margin as POLARIS 3 startup yields are low, and the increase in demand for our transmit modules is causing higher-than-planned outsourcing of pHEMT switches.
"As a remedy, we are driving steady improvements in POLARIS yields - even as we meet upside customer demand - and we anticipate yields will continue to improve throughout the quarter. Additionally, we continue to add GaAs manufacturing capacity, and we plan to reduce our reliance on outsourced pHEMT as that capacity comes online. Accordingly, we view both issues as temporary in nature and expect both to be margin levers in calendar year 2008."
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with United States (U.S.) generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company's earnings release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: (i) non-GAAP gross margin, (ii) non-GAAP operating income, (iii) non-GAAP net income, and (iv) non-GAAP net income per diluted share. Each of these non- GAAP financial measures are adjusted from GAAP results to exclude certain expenses that are outlined in the "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" table on page 10.
In managing the Company's business on a consolidated basis, management develops an annual operating plan, which is approved by our Board of Directors, using non-GAAP financial measures. In developing and monitoring performance against this plan, management considers the actual or potential impacts on these non-GAAP financial measures from actions taken to reduce unit costs with the goal of increasing gross margin. In addition, management relies upon these non-GAAP financial measures to assess whether research and development efforts are at an appropriate level, and when making decisions about product spending, administrative budgets, and marketing programs. In addition, the Company believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors and enable investors to analyze the results of operations in the same way as management. The Company has chosen to provide this supplemental information to enable investors to perform additional comparisons of operating results and to analyze financial performance excluding the effect of certain non-cash expenses, unusual items and share-based compensation expense, which may obscure trends in the Company's underlying performance.
We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures offer an additional view of the Company's operations that, when coupled with the GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of the Company's results of operations and the factors and trends affecting the Company's business. However, these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
The Company's rationale for using these non-GAAP financial measures, as well as their impact on the presentation of the Company's operations, are outlined below:
Non-GAAP gross margin. Non-GAAP gross margin excludes share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. The Company believes that exclusion of these costs in presenting non-GAAP gross margin gives management and investors a more effective means of evaluating its historical performance and projected costs and the potential for realizing cost efficiencies. The Company believes that the majority of its purchased intangibles are not relevant to analyzing current operations because they generally represent costs incurred by the acquired company to build value prior to acquisition, and thus are effectively part of transaction costs rather than ongoing costs of operating the Company's business. In this regard, the Company notes that (i) once the intangibles are fully amortized, the intangibles will not be replaced with cash costs and therefore, the exclusion of these costs provide management and investors with better visibility into the actual costs required to generate revenues over time, and (ii) although the Company sets the amortization expense based on useful life of the various assets at the time of the transaction, the Company cannot influence the timing and amount of the future amortization expense recognition once the lives are established. Similarly, the Company believes that presentation of non-GAAP gross margin and other non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the impact of share-based compensation expense assists management and investors in evaluating the period-over-period performance of the Company's ongoing operations because (i) the expenses are non-cash in nature, and (ii) although the size of the grants is within the Company's control, the amount of expense varies depending on factors such as short-term fluctuations in stock price volatility and prevailing interest rates, which can be unrelated to the operational performance of the Company during the period in which the expense is incurred and generally is outside the control of management. Moreover, the Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense in presenting non-GAAP gross margin and other non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors to understand the impact of the expensing of share-based compensation to the Company's gross margins and other financial measures in comparison to both prior periods as well as to its competitors.
The Company believes disclosure of non-GAAP gross margin has economic substance because the excluded expenses do not represent continuing cash expenditures and, as described above, the Company has little control over the timing and amount of the expenses in question.
Non-GAAP operating income. Non-GAAP operating income excludes share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, restructuring charges related to the sale of substantially all of our Bluetooth® assets, start-up costs, and adjustments associated with the discontinuation of our WLAN chipset development efforts. The Company believes that presentation of a measure of operating income that excludes amortization of intangible assets and share- based compensation expense is useful to both management and investors for the same reasons as described above with respect to our use of non-GAAP gross margin. The Company believes that the restructuring charges related to the sale of substantially all of our Bluetooth® assets, as well as the expenses and adjustments associated with the discontinuation of our WLAN chipset development efforts and start-up costs, do not constitute part of its ongoing operations and therefore, the exclusion of these costs provides management and investors with better visibility into the actual costs required to generate revenues over time and gives management and investors a more effective means of evaluating our historical and projected performance. The Company believes disclosure of non-GAAP operating income has economic substance because the excluded expenses are either non-recurring in nature or do not represent current cash expenditures.
Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share exclude the effects of share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, restructuring charges related to the sale of substantially all of our Bluetooth® assets, start-up costs, adjustments associated with the discontinuation of our WLAN chipset development efforts and gain/loss on investment, and also reflect an adjustment of income tax expense associated with the exclusion of certain of these non-GAAP adjustments and a reversal of our tax valuation allowance. The Company believes that presentation of measures of net income and net income per diluted share that exclude these items is useful to both management and investors for the reasons described above with respect to non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating income. The Company believes disclosure of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share has economic substance because the excluded expenses are either non-recurring in nature, do not represent current cash expenditures, or are variable in nature and thus unlikely to become recurring expenses.
Limitations of non-GAAP financial measures. The primary material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share as compared to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures of gross margin, operating income, net income and net income per diluted share is (i) they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies in the Company's industry, and (ii) they exclude financial information that some may consider important in evaluating our performance. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing full disclosure of the differences between these non-GAAP financial measures and the corresponding GAAP financial measures, including a reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, to enable investors to perform their own analysis of our gross margin, operating income, net income and net income per diluted share.
RF Micro Devices will conduct a conference call at 5:00 p.m. EDT today to discuss today's press release. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by any interested party at http://www.earnings.com or http://www.rfmd.com (under Investor Info). A telephone playback of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the call's completion by dialing 303-590-3000 and entering pass code 11098616.
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications. RFMD's power amplifiers, transmit modules, cellular transceivers and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and support advanced functionality in current- and next-generation mobile handsets, cellular base stations, wireless local area networks (WLANs) and global positioning systems (GPS). Recognized for its diverse portfolio of state-of-the-art semiconductor technologies and vast RF systems expertise, RFMD is a preferred supplier enabling the world's leading mobile device manufacturers to deliver advanced wireless capabilities that satisfy current and future market demands.
Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001- certified manufacturer with worldwide engineering, design, sales and service facilities. RFMD is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol RFMD. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at www.rfmd.com.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue" and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. You should be aware that the forward-looking statements included herein represent management's current judgment and expectations, but our actual results, events and performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, other than as is required under the federal securities laws. RF Micro Devices' business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including variability in quarterly operating results, the rate of growth and development of wireless markets, risks associated with the operation of our wafer fabrication facilities, molecular beam epitaxy facility, assembly facility and test and tape and reel facilities, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, variability in production yields, our ability to reduce costs and improve gross margins by implementing innovative technologies, our ability to bring new products to market, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in response to changes in demand for our products, dependence on a limited number of customers, and dependence on third parties. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in RF Micro Devices' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements.
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Tables To Follow RF MICRO DEVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended September 29, 2007 September 30, 2006 Total revenue $255,845 $246,919 Costs and expenses: Cost of goods sold 173,580 160,778 Research and development 48,812 46,473 Marketing and selling 12,912 14,480 General and administrative 10,829 12,141 Other operating expense 1,610 32 Total costs and expenses 247,743 233,904 Operating income 8,102 13,015 Gain (loss) on investment 160 (33,865) Other income 7,212 1,412 Income (loss) before income taxes $15,474 $(19,438) Income tax expense (1,012) (539) Net income (loss) $14,462 $(19,977) Net income (loss) per share, diluted $0.07 $(0.10) Weighted average outstanding diluted shares 227,431 191,670 RF MICRO DEVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Six Months Ended September 29, 2007 September 30, 2006 Total revenue $467,444 $485,254 Costs and expenses: Cost of goods sold 318,481 319,457 Research and development 96,500 90,359 Marketing and selling 25,142 27,890 General and administrative 18,605 20,403 Other operating expense 2,369 98 Total costs and expenses 461,097 458,207 Operating income 6,347 27,047 Loss on investment (511) (33,865) Other income 13,953 2,364 Income (loss) before income taxes $19,789 $(4,454) Income tax benefit (expense) 18,275 (1,588) Net income (loss) $38,064 $(6,042) Net income (loss) per share, diluted $0.17 $(0.03) Weighted average outstanding diluted shares 227,466 191,345 RF MICRO DEVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended September 29, June 30, September 30, 2007 2007 2006 GAAP operating income (loss) $8,102 $(1,755) $13,015 Share-based compensation expense 7,167 2,791 9,289 Amortization of intangible assets 325 461 503 Restructuring charges related to sale of Bluetooth(R) assets 1,107 329 - Start-up costs 503 430 - Discontinuation of WLAN chipset development efforts - - 32 Non-GAAP operating income 17,204 2,256 22,839 GAAP net income (loss) 14,462 23,601 (19,977) (Gain) loss on investment (160) 671 33,865 Share-based compensation expense 7,167 2,791 9,289 Amortization of intangible assets 325 461 503 Restructuring charges related to sale of Bluetooth(R) assets 1,107 329 - Start-up costs 503 430 - Valuation allowance adjustment - (21,722) - Discontinuation of WLAN chipset development efforts - - 32 Non-GAAP net income 23,404 6,561 23,712 Plus: Income impact of assumed conversions for interest on 1.50% convertible notes 669 669 1,050 Non-GAAP net income plus assumed conversion of notes-Numerator for diluted income per share $24,073 $7,230 $24,762 GAAP weighted average outstanding diluted shares 227,431 227,504 191,670 Adjustments: Diluted stock options - - 2,484 Assumed conversion of 1.50% convertible notes - - 30,144 Non-GAAP weighted average outstanding diluted shares 227,431 227,504 224,298 Non-GAAP net income per share, diluted $0.11 $0.03 $0.11 GAAP gross margin percentage 32.2% 31.5% 34.9% Adjustment for share-based compensation 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% Adjustment for intangible amortization 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% Non-GAAP gross margin percentage 32.5% 31.9% 35.3% RF MICRO DEVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) September 30, March 31, 2007 2007 (Unaudited) (Audited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $329,192 $229,034 Short-term investments 372,255 89,678 Accounts receivable, net 104,235 102,307 Inventories 121,473 112,975 Other current assets 51,596 46,445 Total current assets 978,751 580,439 Property and equipment, net 380,615 373,455 Goodwill 109,727 114,897 Long-term investments 1,145 617 Intangible assets, net 6,211 8,486 Other assets 39,562 11,740 Total assets $1,516,011 $1,089,634 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $102,501 $108,929 Current portion - long-term debt 4,313 4,151 Other short-term liabilities, net 50 136 Total current liabilities 106,864 113,216 Long-term debt, net 617,419 245,709 Other long-term liabilities 11,144 11,042 Total liabilities 735,427 369,967 Shareholders' equity: Total shareholders' equity 780,584 719,667 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,516,011 $1,089,634
SOURCE RF Micro Devices, Inc.
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