Qualcomm Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Results Fiscal 2012 Revenues $19.1 Billion

GAAP EPS $3.51, Non-GAAP EPS $3.71

- Record Fiscal 2012 Results -

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced results for the fourth fiscal quarter and year ended September 30, 2012.

"I am very pleased with our performance this year.  We delivered record revenues, earnings and MSM chipset shipments driven by increasing global consumption of wireless data across a diverse range of devices, particularly smartphones," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm.  "As we continue to invest in and execute on our strategic priorities, our broad licensing program and industry-leading Snapdragon and 3G/LTE chipset roadmap position us for double-digit revenue growth again in fiscal 2013."

GAAP Results
Qualcomm's results are reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012

  • Revenues: 1 $4.87 billion, up 18 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) and 5 percent sequentially.
  • Operating income: 1 $1.24 billion, even y-o-y and down 11 percent sequentially.
  • Net income: 2 $1.27 billion, up 20 percent y-o-y and 5 percent sequentially.
  • Diluted earnings per share: 2 $0.73, up 18 percent y-o-y and 6 percent sequentially. 
  • Effective tax rate: 1 19 percent for the quarter.
  • Operating cash flow:  $1.41 billion, down 23 percent y-o-y; 29 percent of revenues.
  • Return of capital to stockholders:  $1.27 billion, including $426 million, or $0.25 per share, of cash dividends paid, and $841 million through repurchases of 15.3 million shares of common stock.

1 Throughout this news release, the results of FLO TV are presented as discontinued operations. Revenues, operating expenses, operating income, earnings before tax (EBT) and effective tax rates are from continuing operations (i.e., before discontinued operations and adjustments for noncontrolling interests), unless otherwise stated.
2 Throughout this news release, net income and diluted earnings per share are attributable to Qualcomm (i.e., after discontinued operations and adjustments for noncontrolling interests), unless otherwise stated.

Fiscal 2012*

  • Revenues:  $19.12 billion, up 28 percent y-o-y.
  • Operating income:  $5.68 billion, up 13 percent y-o-y.
  • Net income:  $6.11 billion, up 43 percent y-o-y.
  • Diluted earnings per share:  $3.51, up 39 percent y-o-y. 
  • Effective tax rate:  19 percent.
  • Operating cash flow:  $6.00 billion, up 22 percent y-o-y; 31 percent of revenues.
  • Return of capital to stockholders:  $2.90 billion, including $1.58 billion, or $0.93 per share, of cash dividends paid, and $1.31 billion through repurchases of 23.9 million shares of common stock.

Non-GAAP Results
Non-GAAP results exclude the QSI segment, certain share-based compensation, certain acquisition-related items and certain tax items. 

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012

  • Revenues:  $4.87 billion, up 18 percent y-o-y and 5 percent sequentially.
  • Operating income:  $1.61 billion, down 1 percent y-o-y and 6 percent sequentially.
  • Net income:  $1.55 billion, up 13 percent y-o-y and 4 percent sequentially.
  • Diluted earnings per share:  $0.89, up 11 percent y-o-y and 5 percent sequentially.  Excludes $0.01 earnings per share attributable to QSI, $0.13 loss per share attributable to certain share-based compensation, $0.04 loss per share attributable to certain acquisition-related items and $0.01 earnings per share attributable to certain tax-related items.  The sum of Non-GAAP earnings per share and items excluded do not equal GAAP earnings per share due to rounding. 
  • Effective tax rate:  19 percent for the quarter. 
  • Free cash flow (defined as net cash from operating activities less capital expenditures):  $1.24 billion, down 27 percent y-o-y; 25 percent of revenues.

Fiscal 2012*

  • Revenues:  $19.12 billion, up 28 percent y-o-y.
  • Operating income:  $7.10 billion, up 17 percent y-o-y.
  • Net income:  $6.46 billion, up 20 percent y-o-y.
  • Diluted earnings per share:  $3.71, up 16 percent y-o-y.  Excludes $0.40 earnings per share attributable to QSI, $0.47 loss per share attributable to certain share-based compensation, $0.14 loss per share attributable to certain acquisition-related items and $0.01 earnings per share attributable to certain tax-related items.   
  • Effective tax rate:  20 percent.
  • Free cash flow:  $5.20 billion, up 8 percent y-o-y; 27 percent of revenues.

Detailed reconciliations between results reported in accordance with GAAP and Non-GAAP results are included within this news release.  

* The following should be considered in regards to the year-over-year comparisons:  Fiscal 2012 GAAP results included $776 million in earnings, net of income taxes, for discontinued operations (primarily a result of a $1.2 billion gain associated with the sale of substantially all of our 700 MHz spectrum), as compared to a $313 million loss, net of income taxes, for discontinued operations in fiscal 2011.  Additionally, fiscal 2012 GAAP and Non-GAAP results included Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., which was acquired on May 24, 2011, as compared to fiscal 2011 GAAP and Non-GAAP results, which only included Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. from the date of the acquisition.  Fiscal 2011 operating and free cash flows reflected the impact of a $1.5 billion income tax payment primarily related to license and settlement agreements entered into in fiscal 2008.

Key Business Metrics

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012

  • MSMTM chip shipments:  141 million units, up 11 percent y-o-y and even sequentially.
  • June quarter total reported device sales:  approximately $46.5 billion, up 19 percent y-o-y and down 3 percent sequentially.
    • June quarter estimated 3G/4G device shipments:  approximately 210 to 214 million units, at an estimated average selling price of approximately $216 to $222 per unit.   

Fiscal 2012

  • MSM chip shipments:  590 million units, up 22 percent y-o-y.
  • Total reported device sales:  approximately $187.3 billion, up 25 percent y-o-y.
    • Estimated 3G/4G device shipments:  approximately 846 to 863 million units, at an estimated average selling price of approximately $216 to $222 per unit.   

Cash and Marketable Securities
Our cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $26.8 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $20.9 billion a year ago and $26.5 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  On October 17, 2012, we announced a cash dividend of $0.25 per share payable on December 21, 2012 to stockholders of record as of December 7, 2012.  Since September 30, 2012, we repurchased and retired 4.1 million shares of common stock for $240 million.

Research and Development

($ in millions)

Non-GAAP


QSI


Share-Based

Compensation


GAAP









Fourth quarter fiscal 2012

$      961


$     1


$       152


$  1,114

As % of revenues

20%






23%

Fourth quarter fiscal 2011

$      731


$     1


$       119


$     851

As % of revenues

18%






21%

Year-over-year change ($)

31%


 N/M 


28%


31%









N/M - Not Meaningful

Non-GAAP research and development (R&D) expenses increased 31 percent y-o-y primarily due to an increase in costs related to the development of CDMA-based 3G, OFDMA-based 4G LTE and other technologies for integrated circuit and related software products and to expand our intellectual property portfolio.  

Selling, General and Administrative

($ in millions)

Non-GAAP


QSI


Share-Based
Compensation


Acquisition-Related
Items


GAAP











Fourth quarter fiscal 2012

$     545


$      3


$       112


$      21


$     681

As % of revenues

11%








14%

Fourth quarter fiscal 2011

$     371


$      8


$       110


$      42


$     531

As % of revenues

9%








13%

Year-over-year change ($)

47%


 N/M 


2%


 N/M 


28%











N/M - Not Meaningful

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased 47 percent y-o-y primarily due to a long-lived asset impairment charge related to our QMT division and increases in employee-related expenses, costs relating to legal matters, selling and marketing expenses and patent-related expenses.    

Effective Income Tax Rates
Our fiscal 2012 effective income tax rates were 19 percent for GAAP and 20 percent for Non-GAAP. The fiscal 2012 GAAP and Non-GAAP effective tax rates only reflect the United States federal R&D credit generated through December 31, 2011, the date on which the credit expired.  The fiscal 2012 GAAP effective tax rate included a tax benefit of $10 million related to the completion of the audit of our fiscal 2005 through fiscal 2008 state tax returns. This tax benefit was excluded from our Non-GAAP results.

QSI Segment
QSI makes strategic investments, many of which are in early-stage companies, and holds wireless spectrum.  QSI also includes the discontinued operations of our FLO TV business.  GAAP results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 included $0.01 earnings per share for QSI.

Business Outlook
The following statements are forward looking, and actual results may differ materially.  The "Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in this news release provides a description of certain risks that we face, and our annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provide a more complete description of risks. 

Our outlook does not include provisions for future asset impairments or for pending legal matters, other than future legal amounts that are probable and estimable.  Further, due to their nature, certain income and expense items, such as realized investment and certain derivative gains or losses, cannot be accurately forecast.  Accordingly, we only include such items in our business outlook to the extent they are reasonably certain; however, actual results may vary materially from the business outlook.

The following table summarizes GAAP and Non-GAAP guidance based on the current business outlook.  The Non-GAAP business outlook presented below is consistent with the presentation of Non-GAAP results included elsewhere herein.



Qualcomm's Business Outlook Summary

FIRST FISCAL QUARTER



Q1 FY12

Current Guidance



Results

Q1 FY13 Estimates






Revenues

$4.68B

$5.6B - $6.1B


  Year-over-year change


increase 20% - 30%


Non-GAAP Diluted earnings per share (EPS)

$0.97

$1.08 - $1.16


  Year-over-year change


increase 11% - 20%


         Diluted EPS attributable to QSI

($0.01)

($0.01)


         Diluted EPS attributable to share-based compensation

($0.11)

($0.13)


         Diluted EPS attributable to acquisition-related items

($0.03)

($0.04)


         Diluted EPS attributable to tax items 

N/A

N/A


GAAP Diluted EPS

$0.81

$0.90 - $0.98


  Year-over-year change


increase 11% - 21%






Metrics




MSM chip shipments

156M 

168M - 178M 


  Year-over-year change


increase 8% - 14%


Total reported device sales (1)

 approx. $41.4B*

  approx. $46.0B - $51.0B*


  Year-over-year change


increase 11% - 23%


*Est. sales in September quarter, reported in December quarter











FISCAL YEAR



FY 2012

Current Guidance



Results (2)

FY 2013 Estimates


Revenues

$19.12B 

$23.0B - $24.0B


  Year-over-year change


increase 20% - 26%


Non-GAAP Operating Income

$7.10B

$8.1B - $8.6B


  Year-over-year change


increase 14% - 21%


         Operating loss attributable to QSI

($0.12B)

($0.05B)


         Operating loss attributable to share-based compensation

($1.04B)

($1.15B)


         Operating loss attributable to acquisition-related items

($0.27B)

($0.30B)


GAAP Operating Income

$5.68B

$6.6B - $7.1B


  Year-over-year change


increase 16% - 25%


Non-GAAP Diluted EPS

$3.71

$4.12 - $4.32


  Year-over-year change


increase 11% - 16%


         Diluted EPS attributable to QSI

$0.40

($0.04)


         Diluted EPS attributable to share-based compensation

($0.47)

($0.53)


         Diluted EPS attributable to acquisition-related items

($0.14)

($0.15)


         Diluted EPS attributable to tax items 

$0.01

N/A


GAAP Diluted EPS

$3.51

$3.40 - $3.60


  Year-over-year change


decrease 3% - increase 3%






Metrics




Est. fiscal year* 3G/4G device average selling price range (1)

approx. $216 - $222

approx. $214 - $226


*Shipments in Sept. to June quarters, reported in Dec. to Sept. quarters




CALENDAR YEAR Device Estimates (1)



Prior Guidance
Calendar 2012
Estimates

Current Guidance
Calendar 2012
Estimates

Current Guidance
Calendar 2013
Estimates


Est. 3G/4G device shipments





March quarter

approx. 206M - 211M

approx. 206M - 211M

not provided


June quarter

not provided

approx. 210M - 214M

not provided


September quarter

not provided

not provided

not provided


December quarter

not provided

not provided

not provided


Est. calendar year range (approx.)

875M - 935M

880M - 930M

1,000M - 1,070M


Est. calendar year midpoint (approx.) (3)

905M

905M

1,035M



(1)

Total reported device sales is the sum of all reported sales in U.S. dollars (as reported to us by our licensees) of all licensed CDMA-based, OFDMA-based and multimode CDMA/OFDMA subscriber devices (including handsets, modules, modem cards and other subscriber devices) by our licensees during a particular period (collectively, 3G/4G devices).  The reported quarterly estimated ranges of average selling prices (ASPs) and unit shipments are determined based on the information as reported to us by our licensees during the relevant period and our own estimates of the selling prices and unit shipments for licensees that do not provide such information.  Not all licensees report sales, selling prices and/or unit shipments the same way (e.g., some licensees report selling prices net of permitted deductions, such as transportation, insurance and packing costs, while other licensees report selling prices and then identify the amount of permitted deductions in their reports), and the way in which licensees report such information may change from time to time.  Total reported device sales, estimated unit shipments and estimated ASPs for a particular period may include prior period activity that was not reported by the licensee until such particular period.

(2)

Fiscal 2012 results for QSI and GAAP included $0.44 EPS related to a $1.2 billion gain associated with the sale of substantially all of our 700 MHz spectrum, which was recognized in discontinued operations and was excluded from Non-GAAP results.

(3)

The midpoints of the estimated calendar year ranges are identified for comparison purposes only and do not indicate a higher degree of confidence in the midpoints.



Sums may not equal totals due to rounding.


Results of Business Segments
The following table reconciles our Non-GAAP results to our GAAP results (in millions, except per share data):

SEGMENTS

QCT

QTL

QWI 

Non-GAAP Reconciling Items (1)

Non-GAAP (2)

QSI (2)


Share-Based
Compensation (2)

Acquisition- Related Items (2) (3)

Tax Items (4)

GAAP

Q4 - FISCAL 2012









Revenues 

$3,129

$1,572

$161

$9

$4,871

$  -

$  -

$  -

$  -

$4,871

  Change from prior year

21%

16%

(1%)

50%

18%





18%

  Change from prior quarter 

9%

(1%)

1%

N/M

5%





5%

Operating income (loss)



$1,612

($4)

($284)

($89)

$  -

$1,235

  Change from prior year



(1%)

56%

(13%)

29%


0%

  Change from prior quarter 



(6%)

64%

(8%)

(46%)


(11%)

EBT

$486

$1,370

($1)

$65

$1,920

($21)

($284)

($89)

$  -

$1,526

  Change from prior year

(15%)

15%

80%

N/M

11%

38%

(13%)

29%


15%

  Change from prior quarter 

3%

(3%)

83%

33%

0%

(31%)

(8%)

(46%)


(3%)

EBT as % of revenues

16%

87%

N/M

N/M

39%





31%

Discontinued operations, net of tax (5)


$  -

$23

$  -

$  -

$  -

$23

Net income (loss) 



$1,547

$14

($222)

($78)

$ 10

$1,271

  Change from prior year



13%

N/M

(4%)

35%

(75%)

20%

  Change from prior quarter 



4%

N/M

(6%)

(34%)

N/A

5%

Diluted EPS



$0.89

$0.01

($0.13)

($0.04)

$0.01

$0.73

  Change from prior year



11%

N/M

(8%)

43%

(50%)

18%

  Change from prior quarter 



5%

N/M

(8%)

(33%)

N/A

6%

Diluted shares used



1,745

1,745

1,745

1,745

1,745

1,745

Q3 - FISCAL 2012









Revenues 

$2,869

$1,593

$160

$4

$4,626

$  -

$  -

$  -

$  -

$4,626

Operating income (loss)



1,718

(11)

(264)

(61)

-

1,382

EBT

$472

$1,407

($6)

$49

1,922

(16)

(264)

(61)

-

1,581

Discontinued operations, net of tax (5)


-

(3)

-

-

-

(3)

Net income (loss)



1,486

(11)

(210)

(58)

-

1,207

Diluted EPS



$0.85

($0.01)

($0.12)

($0.03)

$  -

$0.69

Diluted shares used



1,758

1,758

1,758

1,758

1,758

1,758

Q1 - FISCAL 2012









Revenues 

$3,085

$1,440

$152

$4

$4,681

$  -

$  -

$  -

$  -

$4,681

Operating income (loss)


1,871

(13)

(247)

(60)

-

1,551

EBT

$739

$1,267

$1

$55

2,062

(34)

(247)

(60)

-

1,721

Discontinued operations, net of tax (5)


-

(5)

-

-

-

(5)

Net income (loss)



1,672

(22)

(194)

(55)

-

1,401

Diluted EPS



$0.97

($0.01)

($0.11)

($0.03)

$  -

$0.81

Diluted shares used



1,721

1,721

1,721

1,721

1,721

1,721

Q4 - FISCAL 2011









Revenues 

$2,587

$1,361

$163

$6

$4,117

$  -

$  -

$  -

$  -

$4,117

Operating income (loss)



1,624

(9)

(252)

(125)

-

1,238

EBT

$569

$1,193

($5)

($20)

1,737

(34)

(252)

(125)

-

1,326

Discontinued operations, net of tax (5)


-

(5)

(1)

-

-

(6)

Net income (loss)



1,372

(22)

(214)

(120)

40

1,056

Diluted EPS



$0.80

($0.01)

($0.12)

($0.07)

$0.02

$0.62

Diluted shares used



1,716

1,716

1,716

1,716

1,716

1,716

12 MONTHS - FISCAL 2012









Revenues 

$12,141

$6,327

$633

$20

$19,121

$  -

$  -

$  -

$  -

$19,121

  Change from prior year

37%

17%

(4%)

0%

28%





28%

Operating income (loss)



$7,100

($116)

($1,035)

($267)

$  -

$5,682

  Change from prior year



17%

N/M

(27%)

(28%)


13%

EBT

$2,296

$5,585

($15)

$168

$8,034

($170)

($1,035)

($267)

$  -

$6,562

  Change from prior year

12%

18%

90%

(8%)

17%

(29%)

(27%)

(28%)


15%

EBT as a % of revenues

19%

88%

N/M

N/M

42%





34%

Discontinued operations, net of tax (5)


$  -

$777

($1)

$  -

$  -

$776

Net income (loss) 



$6,463

$690

($811)

($243)

$ 10

$6,109

  Change from prior year



20%

N/M

(30%)

(22%)

(84%)

43%

Diluted EPS



$3.71

$0.40

($0.47)

($0.14)

$0.01

$3.51

  Change from prior year



16%

N/M

(27%)

(17%)

(75%)

39%

Diluted shares used



1,741

1,741

1,741

1,741

1,741

1,741

12 MONTHS - FISCAL 2011









Revenues 

$8,859

$5,422

$656

$20

$14,957

$  -

$  -

$  -

$  -

$14,957

Operating income (loss)



6,084

(37)

(813)

(208)

-

5,026

EBT

$2,056

$4,753

($152)

$183

6,840

(132)

(813)

(208)

-

5,687

Discontinued operations, net of tax (5)


-

(308)

(5)

-

-

(313)

Net income (loss)



5,407

(385)

(624)

(200)

62

4,260

Diluted EPS



$3.20

($0.23)

($0.37)

($0.12)

$0.04

$2.52

Diluted shares used



1,691

1,691

1,691

1,691

1,691

1,691



(1)

Non-GAAP reconciling items related to revenues consist primarily of other nonreportable segment revenues less intersegment eliminations.  Non-GAAP reconciling items related to earnings before taxes consist primarily of certain costs of equipment and services revenues, research and development expenses, sales and marketing expenses, other operating expenses and certain investment income or losses and interest expense that are not allocated to the segments for management reporting purposes; nonreportable segment results; and the elimination of intersegment profit.

(2)

At fiscal year end, the sum of the quarterly tax provision (benefit) for each column equals the annual tax provision (benefit) for each column computed in accordance with GAAP.  In interim quarters, the sum of these provisions (benefits) may not equal the total GAAP tax provision, and starting in fiscal 2012, this difference is allocated to tax provisions (benefits) among the columns.  In interim quarters of prior years, it was included in QSI because variability in QSI results was considered the primary driver of the difference.

(3)

In addition to our historical practice of excluding acquired in-process research and development expenses, starting with acquisitions completed in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, Non-GAAP results also exclude other items related to acquisitions.  During fiscal 2012, acquisition-related items consisted of amortization of certain intangible assets, expense associated with the termination of a contract of an acquiree and the recognition of the step-up of inventories to fair value.

(4)

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, we recorded a tax benefit of $10 million related to the completion of the audit of our fiscal 2005 through fiscal 2008 state tax returns.  Our quarterly and fiscal 2012 Non-GAAP results exclude this item. 

(5)

During fiscal 2011, we shut down the FLO TV business and network.  The results of FLO TV are presented as discontinued operations.


N/M – Not Meaningful


N/A – Not Applicable


Sums may not equal totals due to rounding.

Conference Call
Qualcomm's fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 earnings conference call will be broadcast live on November 7, 2012, beginning at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) at www.qualcomm.com/investor.  This conference call will include a discussion of "Non-GAAP financial measures" as defined in Regulation G.  The most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and GAAP reconciliation information, as well as the other material financial and statistical information to be discussed on the conference call, will be posted at www.qualcomm.com/investor immediately prior to commencement of the call.  An audio replay will be available at www.qualcomm.com/investor and via telephone for 30 days shortly following the live call.  To listen to the replay via telephone, U.S. callers may dial (855) 859-2056, and international callers may dial (404) 537-3406.  Callers should use reservation number 37726774.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Non-GAAP financial information presented herein should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, "Non-GAAP" is not a term defined by GAAP, and as a result, the Company's measure of Non-GAAP results might be different than similarly titled measures used by other companies.  Reconciliations between GAAP and Non-GAAP results are presented herein.

The Company uses Non-GAAP financial information (i) to evaluate, assess and benchmark the Company's operating results on a consistent and comparable basis; (ii) to measure the performance and efficiency of the Company's ongoing core operating businesses, including the QCT, QTL and QWI segments; and (iii) to compare the performance and efficiency of these segments against each other and against competitors outside the Company.  Non-GAAP measurements of the following financial data are used by the Company:  revenues, cost of revenues, R&D expenses, SG&A expenses, other operating expenses, operating income (loss), net investment income (loss), income (loss) before income taxes, effective tax rate, net income (loss), diluted earnings (loss) per share, operating cash flow and free cash flow.  The Company is able to assess what it believes is a more meaningful and comparable set of financial performance measures for the Company and its business segments by using Non-GAAP information.  As a result, management compensation decisions and the review of executive compensation by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors focus primarily on Non-GAAP financial measures applicable to the Company and its business segments.  The Company presents Non-GAAP financial information to provide greater transparency to investors with respect to its use of such information in financial and operational decision-making.

Non-GAAP information used by management excludes QSI, certain share-based compensation, certain acquisition-related items and certain tax items. 

  • QSI is excluded because the Company expects to exit its strategic investments at various times, and the effects of fluctuations in the value of such investments and realized gains or losses are viewed by management as unrelated to the Company's operational performance. 
  • Share-based compensation expense relates primarily to restricted stock units and stock options.  Certain share-based compensation is excluded because management views such expenses as unrelated to the operating activities of the Company's ongoing core business.  Further, the fair values of share-based awards are affected by factors that are variable on each grant date, which may include the Company's stock price, stock market volatility, expected award life, risk-free interest rates and expected dividend payouts in future years. 
  • In addition to its historical practice of excluding acquired in-process R&D expenses from Non-GAAP results, the Company began excluding amortization of certain intangible assets, recognition of the step-up of inventories to fair value and the related tax effects of these items starting with acquisitions completed in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, as well as any tax effects from restructuring the ownership of such acquired assets.  Additionally, starting with acquisitions completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company began excluding expenses related to the termination of contract(s) that limit the use of the acquired intellectual property.  These certain acquisition-related items are excluded and no longer allocated to the Company's segments because management views such expenses as unrelated to the operating activities of the Company's ongoing core business.  In addition, these charges are impacted by the size and timing of acquisitions, potentially obscuring period to period comparisons of the Company's operating businesses.  
  • Certain tax items that were recorded in each fiscal year presented, but that were unrelated to the fiscal year in which they were recorded, are excluded in order to provide a clearer understanding of the Company's ongoing Non-GAAP tax rate and after tax earnings.  The Company also excludes any benefit resulting from the retroactive extensions of the federal R&D tax credit from Non-GAAP results because the Company does not include the potential extension of the credit in its business outlook due to uncertainty as to whether and when the federal R&D tax credit will be retroactively extended. 

The Company presents free cash flow, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, to facilitate an understanding of the amount of cash flow generated that is available to grow its business and to create long-term stockholder value.  The Company believes that this presentation is useful in evaluating its operating performance and financial strength.  In addition, management uses this measure to evaluate the Company's performance and to compare its operating performance with other companies in the industry. 

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq:  QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies.  For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other.  For more information, visit www.qualcomm.com.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
In addition to the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to statements regarding our broad licensing program and industry-leading Snapdragon and 3G/LTE chipset roadmap positioning us for double-digit revenue growth in fiscal 2013; the Company's business outlook; and estimates and guidance related to revenues, GAAP and Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, effective income tax rates, MSM chip shipments, total reported device sales, 3G/4G device average selling price ranges and 3G/4G device shipment ranges and midpoints.  Forward-looking statements are generally identified by words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "guidance" and similar expressions.  Actual results may differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements due to a number of important factors, including but not limited to risks associated with the commercial deployment of our technologies and our customers' and licensees' sales of equipment, products and services based on these technologies; competition; our dependence on a small number of customers and licensees; attacks on our licensing business model, including current and future legal proceedings and actions of governmental or quasi-governmental bodies; our dependence on third-party suppliers, including the potential impact of supply constraints; the enforcement and protection of our intellectual property rights; claims by third parties that we infringe their intellectual property; global economic conditions that impact the communications industry and the potential impact on demand for our products and our customers' and licensees' products; our stock price and earnings volatility; strategic transactions and investments; the commercial success of our QMT division's display technology; foreign currency fluctuations; and failures, defects or errors in our products and services or in the products of our customers and licensees.  These and other risks are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012 filed with the SEC.  Our reports filed with the SEC are available on our website at www.qualcomm.com.  We undertake no obligation to update, or continue to provide information with respect to, any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.