- Third quarter net revenues of $1.80 billion, up 5.5% sequentially and 1.9% year-over-year
- Q3 gross margin of 35.8%, up 190 basis points sequentially; up 100 basis points year-over-year
- Free cash flow(1) before acquisition was $178 million in Q3; $256 million year-to-date
STMicroelectronics, October 27, 2016 a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended October 1, 2016.
Third quarter net revenues totaled $1.80 billion, gross margin was 35.8%, and net earnings were $71 million or $0.08 per share.
“In the third quarter revenues increased 5.5% sequentially and 1.9% year-over year. Revenue growth also brought improved operating profitability, with a third quarter operating margin before impairment and restructuring of 6.6%,” commented Carlo Bozotti, STMicroelectronics President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Sequential growth was driven by the increasing pervasiveness of ST’s products in flagship smartphones, wearables and Internet of Things applications: from MEMS and sensors, including our latest 6-axis gyroscope, to imaging sensors, with new products based on our Time-of-Flight technology, to our expanding STM32 family of microcontrollers. In addition, we grew year-over-year in automotive and we continued to see positive momentum in industrial, the distribution channel and the mass market.
“In the quarter we completed the acquisition of NFC and RFID reader assets, strengthening our portfolio of secure microcontrollers for next-generation mobile and Internet of Things devices, while also improving our cash balance thanks to increased cash flow generated from operations.”
|Q3 2016||Q2 2016||Q3 2015|
|Operating Income (Loss)||90||28||91|
|Net Income (Loss) attributable to parent company||71||23||90|
|Net cash from operating activities||330||191||225|
|Operating Income (Loss) before impairment and restructuring charges||119||40||102|
|Free cash flow||100||47||85|
|Net financial position||464||426||459|
(1) Non-U.S. GAAP measure. See Appendix for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP and additional information explaining why the Company believes these measures are important.
Quarterly Financial Summary by Product Group
|Product Group Data
|Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG)||704||721||706|
|Analog and MEMS Group (AMG)||403||376||411|
|Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)||587||556||590|
(a) Net revenues of “Others” includes revenues from sales of Imaging Product Division, Subsystems, assembly services, and other revenue.
Third Quarter Review
Third quarter net revenues increased 5.5% sequentially, at the midpoint of the Company’s guidance. Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) revenues increased sequentially 7.1% driven by motion MEMS and microphones. Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) increased 5.5% on a sequential basis driven by general purpose microcontrollers and digital ASICs for networking. Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) revenues decreased 2.3% on a sequential basis due to seasonality in automotive products and substantially flat revenues in power discretes. Specialized image sensors, reported in Others, registered a very strong sequential revenue growth due to new products, based on ST’s Time-of-Flight technology, ramping in wireless applications.
On a year-over-year basis, third quarter net revenues increased 1.9%, or 3.4% excluding businesses undergoing a phase-out (mobile legacy products, camera modules and set-top box). Growth was driven by MEMS and sensors, microcontrollers, automotive, specialized image sensors and digital ASICs partially offset by analog and power discretes – both negatively impacted by the weak computer peripheral market – and by the discontinued product lines.
By region, Asia Pacific grew revenues sequentially 12.7% while the Americas and EMEA were lower by 0.1% and 5.4%, respectively. On a year-over-year basis, Asia Pacific and EMEA grew revenues 5.6% and 1.4%, respectively, while the Americas decreased by 10.2%.
Third quarter gross profit was $643 million. Gross margin was 35.8%, and included about 60 basis points of unused capacity charges. On a sequential basis, gross margin increased 190 basis points due to improved manufacturing efficiency and product mix, partially offset principally by normal price pressure and higher unused capacity charges. Gross margin also improved on a year-over-year basis, increasing 100 basis points on improved manufacturing efficiency and favorable currency effects, net of hedging, partially offset by normal price pressure.
Combined R&D and SG&A expenses were $542 million, decreasing by $23 million on a sequential basis, benefiting from favorable seasonality and the set-top box restructuring plan.
Third quarter other income and expenses, net, registered income of $18 million compared to $28 million in the prior quarter mainly due to lower R&D funding.
Impairment and restructuring charges in the third quarter were $29 million compared to $12 million in the prior quarter, both mostly related to the set-top box restructuring plan announced in January 2016.
Third quarter operating income was $90 million compared to $28 million and $91 million in the prior quarter and year-ago quarter. In the third quarter, the Imaging Product Division turned to profit. In addition, the Company continued to make progress on its restructuring of the set-top box business targeting annualized savings of $170 million upon completion. Operating income before impairment and restructuring charges(1) improved sequentially to $119 million, or 6.6% of revenues, from $40 million, mainly due to higher revenues and higher gross profit as well as lower operating expenses. On a year-over-year basis, operating income before impairment and restructuring charges improved by $17 million reflecting improved manufacturing efficiencies, better product mix, lower operating expenses and favorable currency effects, net of hedging, partially offset mainly by a lower level of R&D grants.
Third quarter net income was $71 million, equivalent to $0.08 per share, compared to net income of $23 million in the prior quarter and net income of $90 million in the year-ago quarter which included an income tax benefit of $14 million related to the settlement of a tax assessment.
Nine Month Financial Summary by Product Group
|Product Group Data
|Nine Months 2016 Net Revenues||Nine Months 2015 Net Revenues|
|Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG)||2,096||2,094|
|Analog and MEMS Group (AMG)||1,148||1,301|
|Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)||1,676||1,678|
Nine Months 2016 Review
In total, net revenues in the nine months 2016 decreased 2.2% to $5.11 billion from $5.23 billion in the year-ago period. Net revenues, excluding businesses undergoing a phase-out, decreased 0.9% with strong growth in specialized image sensors and solid growth in microcontrollers and automotive offset by analog and power discrete, due to weakness in the computer peripheral markets, and MEMS, due to weakness in smartphones earlier in the year.
Gross margin in the nine months 2016 improved to 34.4% from 33.9% in the year-ago period mainly benefiting from manufacturing efficiencies and favorable currency effects, net of hedging, partially offset by price pressure.
Nine Month 2016 operating income was $85 million compared to $84 million in the year-ago period. Operating income before impairment and restructuring charges(1) was $154 million, compared to $145 million in the year-ago period reflecting improved manufacturing efficiencies, better product mix, favorable currency effects, net of hedging, and lower operating expenses partially offset mainly by price pressure and lower R&D grants. ADG operating performance improved principally due to mix improvements in comparison to the year-ago period. MDG operating margin turned positive due to higher sales of general purpose microcontrollers, lower sales of low margin set-top box products and the savings from the set-top box restructuring plan. AMG operating results decreased mainly due to lower sales.
(1)Non-U.S. GAAP measure. See Appendix for additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
Combined R&D and SG&A expenses decreased 3.5% to $1.68 billion compared to $1.74 billion in the year-ago period mainly reflecting lower R&D costs due to favorable currency effects, net of hedging, and the benefits of the set-top box restructuring plan and the saving plan completed in 2015.
Other income and expenses, net, registered income of $73 million compared to $110 million in the year-ago period mainly due to a lower level of R&D grants.
On a year-to-date basis, impairment and restructuring charges were $69 million compared to $61 million in the year-ago period and principally related to the set-top box restructuring plan.
Nine Month 2016 net income was $53 million, equivalent to $0.06 per share, compared to net income of $102 million, which included a one-time $46 million income tax benefit, or $0.12 per share in the year-ago period.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights
Net cash from operating activities was $330 million and $662 million for the third quarter and nine months of 2016, respectively. Nine months 2015 net cash from operating activities was $597 million.
Capital expenditure payments, net of proceeds from sales, were $143 million and $379 million during the third quarter and nine months of 2016, respectively. Nine Month 2015 capital expenditures were $378 million.
After the cash outflow of $78 million for the acquisition of NFC and RFID reader assets, free cash flow(1) was $100 million and $178 million during the third quarter and nine months of 2016, respectively. Nine months 2015 free cash flow was $179 million.
Inventory was $1.24 billion at quarter end, down 2.2% from the prior quarter. Inventory in the third quarter of 2016 was at 3.7 turns or 97 days.
The Company paid cash dividends totaling $53 million and $197 million for the third quarter and year-to-date period, respectively.
ST’s total financial resources equaled $2.02 billion and total financial debt was $1.55 billion at October 1, 2016. ST’s net financial position(1)was $464 million at October 1, 2016 compared to $426 million at July 2, 2016.
Total equity, including non-controlling interest, was $4.65 billion at October 1, 2016.
(1)Non-U.S. GAAP measure. See Appendix for additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
Fourth Quarter 2016 Business Outlook
Mr. Bozotti commented, “Demand is currently strong in the smartphone market and we continue to see positive trends in automotive and industrial. In the fourth quarter, we anticipate at the midpoint a sequential increase in net revenues of about 3.2% and a gross margin of about 37.0%.
“Thanks to our strategic focus on Smart Driving and Internet of Things, the increased traction we are seeing with our new products and positive market trends, ST is positioned to achieve year-over-year revenue growth for 2016 driven by automotive, specialized image sensors and microcontrollers.
“In addition, we expect for 2016 to improve our profitability and continue to generate solid free cash flow. While we remain mindful of macroeconomic factors and their potential impact on our customers and the semiconductor market, we see less macro risk than we did earlier in the year.”
The Company expects fourth quarter 2016 revenues to increase about 3.2% on a sequential basis, plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Gross margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be about 37.0% plus or minus 2.0 percentage points.
This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.11 = €1.00 for the 2016 fourth quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts. The fourth quarter will close on December 31, 2016.
Recent Corporate Developments
- On July 29, ST announced that it had acquired ams’ assets related to its NFC and RFID- reader business. ST acquired intellectual property, technologies, products and business highly complementary to its secure microcontroller solutions serving mobile devices, wearables, banking, identification, industrial, automotive and IoT markets.
- On August 23, ST announced that it had posted its IFRS 2016 Semi Annual Accounts for the six-month period ended July 2, 2016, on its website and filed them with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.
Q3 2016 – Product and Technology Highlights
Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG)
- Launched strategic cooperation with European Tier1 for a new generation of car-body applications using our 40nm 32-bit microcontrollers;
- Captured a win for our 40nm powertrain microcontroller for an automatic transmission from a major European Tier1;
- Continued expansion of market presence in infotainment for Accordo STAR tuner families by earning an award for a high-volume car radio with a major American OEM;
- Earned additional important wins for our audio amplifiers for multiple telematics platforms for a European car manufacturer;
- Landed significant business wins for motor-control solutions for fuel pumps from an important European Tier1;
- Registered multiple design wins for high-temperature triacs and medium-power silicon-controller rectifiers from market leaders in the appliance and automotive sectors;
- Collected design wins with SiC diodes in both automotive- and server-market applications in China;
- Released the first free-of-charge simulator to help designers quickly validate electrostatic-discharge (ESD) protection and signal integrity;
- Won important business for IGBTs from European appliance leaders for a washing-machine platform, air-conditioning system, and for induction heating;
- Recorded important wins with low-voltage trench-technology products from a top European Tier1 and from a leading Asia-Pacific Tier1;
- Earned an important win for an injection driver ASIC for engine management from a market leading Tier1;
- Captured a major award for a motor pre-driver and power stage for a parking brake from a Chinese manufacturer.
Analog and MEMS Group (AMG)
- Continued gaining traction for Bluetooth Low Energy ICs in consumer applications and SPIRIT RF chips in industrial applications.
- Earned multiple design wins in the mass market for our STSPIN products, which were recognized as a Top 10 Power Product of the Year in China by 21ic.com and EPC;
- Introduced an ultra-tiny, low-dropout regulator in a breakthrough bumpless chip-scale package, which was named Product of Month, by How2Power.com;
- Announced a high-voltage converter for ultra-low-consumption power supplies in smart homes and industrial applications;
- Demonstrated progress in Industry 4.0 with an order from a top industrial customer for IO-Link;
- Landed important wins for high-precision chopper amplifiers and nano-power op-amps with multiple Tier1 automotive customers;
- Introduced high-efficiency wireless battery-charging chipsets for smaller, simpler, sealed wearables;
- Named MEMS Manufacturer of the Year at the MEMS World Summit, in Shanghai.
Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)
- Added new LoRa™ Kit to the STM32 Microcontroller Development Ecosystem;
- Certified STM32 cryptographic library according to the US Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program;
- Designed the STM32L4 into gas meters at key European OEMs;
- Won socket for STM32F7 from a major Chinese OEM in a smartwatch;
- Placed multiple STM32 series MCUs into motor controls for industrial pumps at major European OEMs;
- Recognized with Smart Security Week Award for STSAFE-A100 Authentication Secure Element;
- Qualified ST33J2M0, 3rd-generation NFC Secure Element, in 40nm technology;
- Captured a socket for a ST25 dynamic tag in a washing machine from a major appliance OEM;
- Earned a win for 16k EEPROM in a camera module from a major Japanese OEM;
- Signed a deal for an Internet-over-satellite application with a major European satellite operator;
- Won a socket from a major OEM in the European Satellite eco-system;
- Achieved a milestone 1 millionth ASIC shipment to a networking-equipment market leader;
- Continued strong momentum of Optical ICs, exhibiting double-digit sequential growth.
Use of Supplemental Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Information
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