Gennum Highlights Business Achievements and Vision for Growth at its 2010 Investor Day

Oct 27, 2010, 08:20 ET from Gennum Corporation

Showcases progress in extending broadcast market leadership and
capitalizing on significant expansion of high speed networks

BURLINGTON, ON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) (the "Company" or "Gennum") today is holding an investor day event in Toronto to provide investors with a business update and its vision of the Company's growth strategy, prospects and future potential.

At the investor day event, Dr. Franz Fink, President and Chief Executive Officer, is addressing Gennum's leadership position in the market for high speed optical and mixed-signal ICs for broadcast, networking, storage and telecommunications applications.

The general managers of Gennum's three product groups - Analog & Mixed Signal Products, Optical Products and Snowbush IP, are addressing the compelling offerings of their product portfolios. With focused strategy and execution, each product group has developed a strong foundation for growth with their differentiated products and is expanding customer relationships, achieving leading market positioning in their product categories.

"We continue to make excellent progress in executing our strategy of extending our broadcast market leadership, expanding into new, high growth markets and investing for the next market inflection of 40Gbps and 100Gbps," said Dr. Fink. "With clear and differentiated technology leadership in these markets, we believe we are well positioned to grow faster than the semiconductor industry and deliver profitable growth in 2011 and beyond."

In addition to addressing its broader strategy and vision, at its investor day event the Company is reporting that:

  • Design wins and open opportunities remain strong for the Company's new products
  • The Company's Q4 order book is similar to recent quarters' order levels at this time
  • For Q4, the Company expects to achieve another solid quarter of operating income
  • For its 2010 financial year, the Company expects to achieve better than industry revenue growth, a strengthened cash position, and operating results in line with the Company's business model
  • The Company expects that the percentage of the Company's revenue from data communications products, currently approximately 40%, will continue to grow in the future

With respect to its business model, at the investor day event the Company is reiterating its previously disclosed business model targets, including above-industry average revenue growth, greater than 70% gross margins and operating income as a percentage of revenue of greater than 20%.  The Company is also addressing its business model targets for cash flow from ongoing operating activities as a percentage of revenue of approximately 26% to 30%, and for net cash flow after dividends as a percentage of revenue of approximately 14%.

Copies of the presentations from the investor day event, which include the information noted above, are being posted to Gennum's web site at http://www.gennum.com/investors/events.  These presentations, together with an audio replay of the event, will be available on Gennum's web site until November 30, 2010.

Gennum Corporation Investor Event October 27, 2010 8:30 AM ET

To listen to this event, please visit http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=3235540

About Gennum

Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions and intellectual property (IP) cores to serve the rising global demand for high-speed data transmission products in the broadcast, networking, storage and telecommunications markets. Gennum offers proven optical, analog and mixed-signal solutions with uncompromising signal integrity to support standards such as high-definition (HD) video, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand®, Ethernet, SONET and PCI Express®.  The company is headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development and sales offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, United States, India and the United Kingdom. www.gennum.com.

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