Micrel Reports Strong 2010 Third Quarter Financial Results

Oct 21, 2010, 16:01 ET from Micrel, Incorporated

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

  • Third quarter revenues of $80.6 million increased 9.1% on a sequential quarter basis and 37% from the third quarter of 2009
  • Third quarter GAAP net income of $14.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share compared to $0.20 in the prior quarter and $0.11 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2009
  • Third quarter gross margin of 57.9%, up from 57.8% in the prior quarter and up from  52.5% in the third quarter of 2009
  • Third quarter operating margin of 27.6%, up from 25.8% in the prior quarter and up from  17.0% in the third quarter of 2009
  • Third quarter cash and short term investment balance of $101.3 million; Third quarter cash flows from operating activities of $14.1 million
  • Re-purchased 1.1 million shares for $10.9 million during the third quarter
  • Declared dividend of $0.035 per share

Micrel, Incorporated (Nasdaq: MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Third quarter revenues of $80.6 million increased by $6.7 million, or 9.1%, up from $73.9 million in the second quarter of 2010.  The sequential increase in revenues was primarily due to improved demand in the industrial and communications end markets.  Compared to the same period last year, revenues were higher by $21.8 million, or 37.0%, due to higher overall demand from customers in most geographies and end markets.  This is reflective of the Company's successful initiatives to penetrate new high-growth markets, the release of a significant number of new products that are gaining market traction, an expanded sales force, solid operational execution and improved macro-economic conditions.

Third quarter 2010 GAAP net income of $14.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compares to second quarter 2010 GAAP net income of $12.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, and GAAP net income of $6.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share in the same period in 2009.  Third quarter 2010 non-GAAP net income of $15.7 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compares to second quarter 2010 non-GAAP net income of $13.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $7.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in the same period in 2009.  A reconciliation of the GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income is provided in the financial tables of this press release.  Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense and the related tax effects.

"Micrel generated very strong financial results in the third quarter," commented Ray Zinn, president and CEO of Micrel.  "At the top line, revenues of $80.6 million were at the highest quarterly level in nearly a decade and were driven by strong demand in the industrial and communications end markets.  On a year-to-date basis, design wins are up more than 40% compared to last year and reflect the positive impact of our served available market expansion initiatives, including our focus on energy efficiency and green power, that the Company began implementing nearly three years ago.  Operationally, I continue to be pleased with our execution.  Gross margin of 57.9% increased for the sixth quarter in a row.  In addition, operating margin of 27.6% has increased in each quarter during the year and is at its highest since the Company's revenue peak in the fourth quarter of 2000 and reflects our focus on controlling costs and our ability to generate profitable growth.  Third quarter earnings per diluted share of $0.24 is an all-time quarterly record for Micrel and surpasses our previous record of $0.23, which was achieved in the fourth quarter of 2000 when total revenues were 27% higher.  This achievement is a testament to the Company's commitment to enhancing shareholder value through our aggressive share re-purchase program that has helped to reduce Micrel's diluted share count by 37% since the end of 2000."

Outlook

Zinn continued, "Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, customer demand is moderating as the semiconductor industry recovery nears its fruition and the industry approaches its long-term trend line.  Third quarter bookings declined from second quarter levels, resulting in a book-to-bill ratio below one for the quarter.  However, our book-to-bill ratio remains above one on a year-to-date basis. In addition, channel inventories have increased during the last several quarters and are currently within normal levels.  Lead times are also approaching a more normal six to eight weeks from the eight to twelve week range experienced during the first half of the year.  As the industry converges on the long-term trend line, we expect results to more closely follow seasonal patterns going forward."

Based upon current backlog levels and demand estimates, the Company projects fourth quarter revenues will be down in the range of 3% to 7% on a sequential basis.  Gross profit margin is expected to be approximately 57% to 58%.  In addition, the Company estimates that fourth quarter GAAP net income will be approximately $0.19 to $0.23 per diluted share.

Dividend

The Company announced today that Micrel's Board of Directors has authorized a quarterly cash dividend of $0.035 per share of common stock.  The payment of this dividend will be made on November 24, 2010, to shareholders of record as of November 10, 2010.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time), on October 21, 2010.  Chief Executive Officer Raymond Zinn and Chief Financial Officer Ray Wallin will present an overview of the third quarter 2010 financial results, discuss current business conditions and then respond to questions.

The call is available, live, to any interested party on a listen only basis by dialing 877-941-0843.  For international callers, please dial 480-629-9643.  Interested callers should dial in at least five minutes before the scheduled start time and ask to be connected to the Micrel, Incorporated Conference Call.  A live webcast will also be available through www.investorcalendar.com.  An audio replay of the conference call will be available through October 28, 2010, by dialing 800-406-7325 or 303-590-3030, and entering access code number 4373029.  The webcast replay will also be available on the Company's website at: http://www.micrel.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This press release includes statements that qualify as forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements include statements about the following topics: our expectations regarding future financial results, including revenues, customer demand and inventories, order lead times, backlog, turns-fill requirements, net income, earnings per share, gross margin, average selling prices, the effect of cost-control efforts, supply chain constraints, channel inventory levels and trends, capacity utilization, development of new products, design wins and customer order patterns, and the nature and extent of macro-economic and industry trends.  Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as: softness in demand for our products; customer decisions to cancel, reschedule, or delay orders for our products; the effect that lead times and channel inventories have on the demand for our products; economic or financial difficulties experienced by our customers; the effect of business conditions in the computer, wireless, telecommunications and industrial markets; the impact of any previous or future acquisitions; changes in demand for networking or high bandwidth communications products; the impact of competitive products and pricing and alternative technological advances; the accuracy of estimates used to prepare the Company's financial statements and forecasts; the global economic situation; the ability of the Company's vendors and subcontractors to supply or manufacture the Company's products in a timely manner; the timely and successful development and market acceptance of new products and upgrades to existing products; softness in the economy and the U.S. stock markets as a whole; fluctuations in the market price of Micrel's common stock and other market conditions; the difficulty of predicting our future cash needs; the nature of other investment opportunities available to the Company from time to time; Micrel's operating cash flow, and economic and industry projections.  For further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the documents the Company files with the SEC from time to time, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.  All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company disclaims any duty to update such statements.

Non-GAAP Reporting

The Company presents non-GAAP financial measures only because investors and financial analysts use non-GAAP results in their analysis of historical results and projections of the Company's future operating results.  The Company's management uses non-GAAP measures on a limited basis, primarily for employee performance-based compensation.  In order to facilitate the computation of non-GAAP results for the financial analyst community and investors, the Company makes reference to non-GAAP net income and earnings per share.  These non-GAAP results exclude the impact of revenues and cost of revenues related to intellectual property settlements, stock-based compensation expense, proxy contest expenses, restructuring and impairment charges or credits, other income related to litigation settlements and their respective related tax effects.  Micrel references those results to allow a better comparison of results in the current period to those in prior periods and to provide insight to the Company's on-going operating performance after exclusion of these items.  The Company has reconciled such non-GAAP results to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in the financial tables at the end of this press release.

Reference to these non-GAAP results should be considered in addition to results that are prepared under current accounting standards, but should not be considered a substitute for results that are presented in accordance with GAAP.  It should also be noted that Micrel's non-GAAP information may be different from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies.

About Micrel

Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets.  The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs.  Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products.  Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Jose, CA with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.  In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide.  Web: www.micrel.com.  For further information, contact Ray Wallin at: Micrel, Incorporated, 2180 Fortune Drive, San Jose, California 95131, (408) 944-0800; or visit the Micrel website at: www.micrel.com.

Contact: Ray Wallin

Micrel, Incorporated

2180 Fortune Drive

San Jose, CA  95131

Phone:   (408) 944-0800

-Financial Tables to Follow-

MICREL, INCORPORATED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 Three  Months  Ended

 Nine Months  Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

 September 30,

2010

2010

2009

2010

2009

Net revenues

$80,626

$                   73,911

$        58,872

$221,729

$157,656

Cost of revenues*

33,937

31,222

27,936

95,132

76,537

Gross profit

46,689

42,689

30,936

126,597

81,119

Operating expenses:

    Research and development*

11,681

11,540

11,405

34,594

35,378

    Selling, general and administrative*

12,770

12,070

9,507

35,738

27,278

         Total operating expenses

24,451

23,610

20,912

70,332

62,656

Income from operations

22,238

19,079

10,024

56,265

18,463

Other income (expense):

  Interest income

146

126

164

416

677

  Interest expense

(49)

(64)

(116)

(191)

(176)

  Other income

40

34

5

115

85

       Total other income

137

96

53

340

586

Income before income taxes

22,375

19,175

10,077

56,605

19,049

Provision for income taxes

7,455

6,819

3,276

19,618

6,835

Net income

$14,920

$                   12,356

$          6,801

$  36,987

$  12,214

Net income per share:

   Basic

$    0.24

$                       0.20

$            0.11

$     0.59

$     0.19

   Diluted

$    0.24

$                       0.20

$            0.11

$     0.59

$     0.19

Shares used in computing per share amounts:

   Basic

61,936

62,430

62,322

62,236

63,993

   Diluted

62,311

63,191

62,545

62,633

64,063

* Includes amortization of stock-based

    compensation as follows:

        Cost of revenues

$     197

$                        184

$             184

$      589

$      470

        Research and development

453

430

425

1,309

1,133

        Selling, general and administrative

550

531

427

1,539

1,116

MICREL, INCORPORATED

SUPPLEMENTAL RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 Three  Months  Ended

 Nine Months  Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

 September 30, 

2010

2010

2009

2010

2009

GAAP Net income

$        14,920

$                   12,356

$          6,801

$36,987

$12,214

  Adjustments to GAAP Net Income:

    Stock-based compensation included in:

      Cost of revenues

197

184

184

589

470

      Research and development

453

430

425

1,309

1,133

      Selling, general and administrative

550

531

427

1,539

1,116

    Tax effect of adjustments to GAAP income

(381)

(355)

(272)

(1,109)

(723)

Total Adjustments to GAAP Net Income

819

790

764

2,328

1,996

Non-GAAP income**

$        15,739

$                   13,146

$          7,565

$39,315

$14,210

Non-GAAP shares used in computing non-GAAP

  income per share (in thousands):

   Basic

61,936

62,430

62,322

62,236

63,993

   Diluted*

62,641

63,533

62,521

63,003

64,135

GAAP income per share - Basic

$            0.24

$                       0.20

$            0.11

$    0.59

$    0.19

Total Adjustments to GAAP Net Income

$            0.01

$                       0.01

$            0.01

$    0.04

$    0.03

Non-GAAP income per share - Basic

$            0.25

$                       0.21

$            0.12

$    0.63

$    0.22

GAAP income per share - Diluted

$            0.24

$                       0.20

$            0.11

$    0.59

$    0.19

Total Adjustments to GAAP Net Income

$            0.01

$                       0.01

$            0.01

$    0.03

$    0.03

Non-GAAP income per share - Diluted*

$            0.25

$                       0.21

$            0.12

$    0.62

$    0.22

 *  Non-GAAP shares have been adjusted from diluted outstanding shares calculated under FAS123R.

 **  Non-GAAP results were reached by excluding revenues and cost of revenues related to intellectual property settlements,

    stock-based compensation expense, other operating income or expense items, proxy contest expenses, equipment

    impairment, restructuring charges or credits, other income related to litigation settlements and their related tax-effects.  

    Non-GAAP results are presented to supplement our GAAP consolidated financial statements to allow a better comparison

    of results in the current period to those in prior periods and to provide meaningful insight to the Company's on-going operating

    performance after exclusion of these items.

MICREL, INCORPORATED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

September 30,

December 31,

2010

2009

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS:

    Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

$       101,283

$        70,898

    Accounts receivable, net

43,269

26,330

    Inventories

34,216

34,191

    Income taxes receivable

-

4,011

    Deferred income taxes

26,578

18,465

    Other current assets

1,682

1,449

         Total current assets

207,028

155,344

LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS

12,520

12,692

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

64,390

67,644

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET

319

509

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

9,953

9,381

OTHER ASSETS

1,431

388

TOTAL

$       295,641

$      245,958

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    Accounts payable

$         18,305

$        15,342

    Income taxes payable

2,064

-

    Deferred income on shipments to distributors

43,028

23,405

    Current portion of Long-term debt

5,000

8,571

    Other current liabilities

12,421

5,760

         Total current liabilities

80,818

53,078

LONG-TERM DEBT

-

2,857

LONG-TERM TAXES PAYABLE

5,196

4,672

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

209,627

185,351

TOTAL

$       295,641

$      245,958

SOURCE Micrel, Incorporated



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