- Second quarter net revenues of $1.92 billion; up 5.6% sequentially and 12.9% year-over-year
- Second quarter gross margin of 38.3%; up 70 basis points sequentially driving operating margin before impairment and restructuring(1)to 9.6%
- First half net revenues of $3.74 billion, net income of $258 million, free cash flow(1)of $113 million
- Capital structure in July 2017 strengthened with $1.5 billion convertible bond financing
STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, reported financial results for the second quarter and first half ended July 1, 2017.
Second quarter net revenues totaled $1.92 billion, gross margin was 38.3%, and net income was $151 million, or $0.17 per share.
“It was another solid quarter, with both net revenues and gross margin sequentially performing better than seasonality and above the mid-point of our guidance,” commented Carlo Bozotti, STMicroelectronics President, and CEO.
“On a year-over-year basis, revenue growth came from all product groups and sales channels. In Internet of Things and smartphones, we continue to win with our complete portfolio of microcontrollers, sensors, analog and power management, connectivity and security solutions. In Smart Driving, we continue to capture opportunities both with products developed in our Automotive and Discrete Group, as well as from the rest of our organization which fits the needs of our automotive customers, such as sensors and general purpose analog.
“On top of our sales initiatives, during the quarter we improved our profitability thanks to our operating leverage, better product mix, and manufacturing efficiencies driving our operating margin before impairment and restructuring to 9.6% in the second quarter.
“To strengthen our capital structure and further enhance our financial flexibility, in July we raised $1.5 billion at an overall zero cost, through a convertible bond offering. Additionally, the combination of the net share settlement option and the ongoing repurchase of the underlying shares implies substantially no dilution at conversion to shareholders.”
Quarterly Financial Summary (US$ Million)
|U.S. GAAP||Q2 2017||Q1 2017||Q2 2016|
|Net Income attributable to parent company||151||108||23|
|Net cash from operating activities||369||289||192|
1) See Appendix for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP and additional information explaining why the Company believes these measures are important.
|Non-U.S. GAAP (1)||Q2 2017||Q1 2017||Q2 2016|
|Operating Income before impairment and restructuring charges||184||134||40|
|Free cash flow||52||62||48|
|Net financial position||524||518||426|
Quarterly Financial Summary By Product Group (US$ Million)
|Net Revenues By Product Group||Q2 2017||Q1 2017||Q2 2016|
|Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG)||755||708||721|
|Analog and MEMS Group (AMG)||482||443||376|
|Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)||612||593||556|
(a) Net revenues of “Others” includes revenues from sales of Imaging Product Division, Subsystems, assembly services, and other revenue.
Second Quarter Review
Second quarter net revenues increased 5.6% sequentially, a better than seasonal performance and 60 basis points higher than the midpoint of the Company’s guidance. On a sequential basis, both Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) and Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) performed better than the Company average, with AMG’s revenues up 8.9% and ADG’s revenues up 6.6%. Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) revenues were up 3.3% sequentially led by general purpose microcontrollers which posted a record quarterly sales level, offset in part by lower sales of Digital ICs including the businesses undergoing phase-out. Imaging Product Division revenues, reported in Others, decreased temporarily reflecting, as anticipated, the timing of new programs ramping.
On a year-over-year basis, second quarter net revenues increased by 12.9% on growth across all product groups and strong traction with new products. Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) second quarter revenues grew 28.3% year-over-year while Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) revenues increased 10.0% on double-digit growth for general purpose microcontrollers offset in part by lower sales of businesses undergoing phase-out. Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) second quarter revenues increased 4.7% compared to the year-ago quarter. Automotive industry growth was also reflected in the results of the Company’s other businesses. Imaging Product Division second quarter revenues increased significantly year-over-year thanks to ST’s Time-of-Flight technology.
By region of shipment, revenues on a sequential basis increased 8.6% in Asia Pacific and 4.1% in EMEA, while decreasing 3.7% in the Americas. On a year-over-year basis, Asia Pacific revenues were up 21.4%, EMEA revenues increased 7.5% while decreasing 7.2% in the Americas.
Second quarter gross profit was $736 million and gross margin was 38.3%, 20 basis points above the midpoint of the Company’s guidance. On a sequential basis, gross margin increased 70 basis points, reflecting both the Company’s product and profitability initiatives, leading to a more favorable product mix and improved manufacturing efficiencies partially offset by normal price pressure.
(1)Non-U.S. GAAP measure. See Appendix for additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
Gross margin increased 440 basis points year-over-year, mainly due to significant manufacturing efficiencies and improved fab loading as well as favorable product mix partially offset by normal price pressure.
Combined R&D and SG&A expenses in the second quarter were $567 million, similar to $568 million and $565 million in the prior and year-ago quarter, respectively.
Second quarter other income and expenses, net, registered income of $15 million compared to $17 million and $28 million in the prior and year-ago quarter, respectively.
Impairment and restructuring charges in the second quarter were $6 million compared to $5 million and $12 million in the prior and year-ago quarter, respectively, mainly related to the set-top box restructuring plan announced in January 2016. The Company continued to make progress on its restructuring of the set-top box business. Exiting the second quarter of 2017, the restructuring plan was on track and had achieved a run-rate of about $132 million of the total $170 million of targeted annualized savings expected upon completion.
Operating income of $178 million in the second quarter increased by $49 million and $150 million compared to the prior and year-ago quarter, respectively.
Second quarter operating income before impairment and restructuring charges(1) was $184 million, equivalent to 9.6% of net revenues and expanded gross margin, increasing from $134 million, or 7.4% of net revenues in the previous quarter mainly due to higher revenues. On a year-over-year basis, operating income before impairment and restructuring charges(1) improved by $144 million reflecting higher revenues, improved product mix, manufacturing efficiencies and better fab loading.
Second quarter net income was $151 million, equivalent to $0.17 per share, compared to a net income of $108 million, equivalent to $0.12 per share, in the prior quarter. On a year-over-year basis, net income improved by $128 million, equivalent to $0.14 per share, from net income of $23 million, equivalent to $0.03 per share, in the year-ago quarter.
First Half Financial Summary By Product Group (US$ Million)
|Net Revenues By Product Group||H1 2017||H1 2016|
|Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG)||1,463||1,392|
|Analog and MEMS Group (AMG)||925||745|
|Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)||1,204||1,089|
(1)Non-U.S. GAAP measure. See Appendix for additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
First Half 2017 Review
Net revenues in the first half 2017 increased 12.9% to $3.74 billion from $3.32 billion in the first half 2016, or 14.1% excluding businesses undergoing a phase-out (mobile legacy products and set-top box). By product group, first half 2017 Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) revenues were up 24.1% while Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) revenues increased 10.7% compared to the prior period on strong growth in general purpose microcontrollers partially offset by lower revenues for products undergoing phase-out. Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) revenues increased 5.1% in the first half 2017 compared to the first half 2016. Imaging Product Division revenues increased significantly in the first half 2017 compared to the prior period.
Gross margin in the first half 2017 improved by 440 basis points to 38.0% from 33.6% in the year-ago period. Specifically, the 2017 first half gross margin benefited from manufacturing efficiencies, product mix, and lower unused capacity charges partially offset by normal price pressure.
Combined R&D and SG&A expenses were $1.14 billion in the first half 2017, flat compared to the year-ago.
Other income and expenses, net, registered income of $32 million compared to $55 million in the year-ago period mainly due to lower R&D funding.
First half impairment and restructuring charges were $11 million compared to $40 million in the year-ago period.
Operating income in the first half of 2017 improved significantly by $312 million to $307 million compared to the prior period.
First half 2017 operating income before impairment and restructuring charges(1) increased sharply to $318 million, compared to $35 million in the first half 2016. MDG operating income had a positive swing of $126 million, resulting in an increase in its operating margin to 10.9% for the 2017 first half with a higher margin for microcontrollers and memories and substantially reduced losses in the Company’s digital businesses. AMG operating performance substantially improved with a positive swing in operating income of $112 million and expansion of its operating margin to 12.4% from essentially breakeven, with improvements coming from both MEMS and Analog. ADG operating income was up slightly from the 2016 first half and the operating margin was substantially stable at 7.1% compared to 7.2% in the year-ago period.
First half of 2017 net income, as reported, was $258 million, equivalent to $0.28 per share, compared to a net loss of $18 million, or negative $0.02 per share, in the first half of 2016.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights
Capital expenditure payments, net of proceeds from sales, were $307 million and $526 million during the second quarter and first half of 2017, respectively. First half 2016 capital expenditures, net of proceeds from sales, were $236 million.
Inventory was $1.26 billion at quarter end, up 5% from the prior quarter. Inventory in the second quarter of 2017 was at 3.8 turns or 95 days.
(1)Non-U.S. GAAP measure. See Appendix for additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
The Company paid cash dividends totaling $48 million and $101 million for the second quarter and the first half of 2017, respectively.
ST’s net financial position(1) was $524 million on July 1, 2017, compared to $518 million at April 1, 2017. ST’s total financial resources equaled $1.99 billion and total financial debt was $1.47 billion at July 1, 2017.
Total equity, including non-controlling interest, was $4.90 billion on July 1, 2017.
On June 22, 2017, ST launched and priced a $1.5 billion offering of senior unsecured bonds convertible into new or existing ordinary shares of ST. The Company simultaneously launched a share buyback program of up to 19 million shares for an amount up to $297 million intended to meet its obligations arising from debt financial instruments that are exchangeable into equity instruments and to meet obligations arising from employee share award programs.
The terms of the New Convertible Bonds contain customary provisions which will allow the Company to satisfy conversion rights on the New Convertible Bonds with a combination of cash, new Shares, and treasury Shares, or cash or Shares only including, unless the Company elects otherwise, by way of net share settlement. A net share settlement is the default settlement scenario under the New Convertible Bonds, and the Company’s share buy-back program is designed to equal or exceed the number of Shares required to be delivered on the exercise of conversion rights under the New Convertible Bonds, assuming a net share settlement.
The Bonds were issued in two $750 million tranches, one with a maturity of 5 years (37.5% conversion premium, negative 0.25 yield to maturity, 0% coupon) and the other 7 years (37.5% conversion premium, 0.25 yield to maturity, 0.25% coupon). Under the terms of the Bonds, the Company can satisfy the conversion rights either in cash or shares, or a combination of the two, at its selection. Proceeds from the issuance of the Bonds will be used by STMicroelectronics for general corporate purposes, including support for growth, the early redemption of the outstanding $600 million convertible bond due 2019 which will be completed by the end of August and the future redemption of the outstanding $400 million convertible bond due 2021. The issuance of the new Bonds occurred on July 3, 2017, therefore the impact on financial reporting will be effective in the third quarter of 2017.
Third Quarter 2017 Business Outlook
Mr. Bozotti commented, “Based on current booking activity and visibility on our anticipated key new program, we expect third quarter revenues to increase about 9.0% on a sequential basis, representing year-over-year growth of about 16.6% at the mid-point of our guidance range. We anticipate another quarter of margin expansion with third quarter gross margin of about 39.0% at the mid-point, leading to strong year-over-year improvement in operating and net income.
“Overall, we believe we are very well positioned to reach the short-term financial targets we outlined for the second half of 2017 at our Capital Markets Day held in May.”
The Company expects third quarter 2017 revenues to increase about 9.0% on a sequential basis, plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Gross margin in the third quarter is expected to be about 39.0% plus or minus 2.0 percentage points.
This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.12 = €1.00 for the 2017 third quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts. The third quarter will close on September 30, 2017.
(1)Non-U.S. GAAP measure. See Appendix for additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
Recent Corporate Developments
- On April 27, ST announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Chery as Deputy CEO, effective July 1, 2017 upon shareholder approval of the reappointment of Carlo Bozotti as the sole member of the Managing Board and President and CEO of ST at the Company’s June 20, 2017 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. In his new role, Chery holds overall responsibility for Technology and Manufacturing as well as for Sales and Marketing and continues to report to Carlo Bozotti. Also effective July 1, ST has begun operating under a new organization and the Executive Team is now composed of:
- Jean-Marc Chery, Deputy CEO
- Orio Bellezza, President, Global Technology and Manufacturing
- Marco Cassis, President, Global Sales and Marketing
- Claude Dardanne, President, Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group
- Carlo Ferro, Chief Financial Officer and President, Finance, Legal, Infrastructure and Services
- Marco Monti, President, Automotive and Discrete Group
- Georges Penalver, Chief Strategy Officer and President, Strategy, Communication, Human Resources and Quality
- Benedetto Vigna, President, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group.
- On May 24, ST announced the publication of the Company’s 2017 Sustainability Report. The report contains details and highlights of ST’s sustainability strategy and its 2016 performance, in alignment with the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles and Sustainable Development Goals.
- On June 20, ST announced that all the resolutions were approved at the Company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM). The main resolutions approved by the shareholders were:
- The adoption of the Company’s Statutory Annual Accounts for the year ended December 31, 2016, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS);
- The distribution of a cash dividend of US$0.24 per outstanding share of the Company’s common stock, to be distributed in quarterly installments of US$0.06 in each of the second, third and fourth quarters of 2017 and first quarter of 2018 to shareholders of record in the month of each quarterly payment;
- The appointment of Mr. Frederic Sanchez as a new member of the Supervisory Board, for a three-year term expiring at the 2020 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, in replacement of Mr. Didier Lombard whose mandate expired as of the 2017 AGM;
- The reappointment, for a three-year term expiring at the 2020 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, of the following members of the Supervisory Board: Ms. Heleen Kersten and Messrs. Jean-Georges Malcor, Alessandro Rivera and Maurizio Tamagnini;
- The reappointment of Mr. Carlo Bozotti as the sole member of the Managing Board for a one-year term;
- The approval of a new four-year Unvested Stock Award Plan for Management and Key Employees;
- The approval of the stock-based portion of the compensation of the President and CEO;
- The authorization to the Managing Board, for eighteen months following the AGM, to repurchase shares, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board; and
- The delegation to the Supervisory Board of the authority to issue new common and preference shares, to grant rights to subscribe for such shares and to limit and/or exclude existing shareholders’ pre-emptive rights on common shares for a period of eighteen months.
Following the conclusion of the STMicroelectronics N.V. Annual General Meeting, the members of the Supervisory Board appointed Mr. Nicolas Dufourcq as the Chairman and Mr. Maurizio Tamagnini as the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board, respectively.
- On June 22, ST announced the pricing of a US$1.5 billion offering of senior unsecured bonds convertible into new or existing ordinary shares of STMicroelectronics. The New Convertible Bonds were issued in two tranches, one of US$750 million with a maturity of 5 years and one of US$750 million with a maturity of 7 years. The offering proceeds, net of costs (including costs in respect of the share buy-back program), will be used by STMicroelectronics for general corporate purposes, including the early redemption of the outstanding US$600 million Zero Coupon Convertible Bonds due 2019 and the future redemption of the outstanding US$400 million 1.00 per cent. Convertible Bonds due 2021. The Company also announced the launch of a share buy-back program of up to 19 million shares for an amount up to US$297 million intended to meet obligations arising from debt financial instruments that are exchangeable into equity instruments and to meet obligations arising from share award programs and the early redemption of the 2019 Convertible Bonds.
Q2 2017 – Product and Technology Highlights
Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG)
- Won new generation of airbag platform, with fully integrated system solution containing a squib driver and sensor interface from a major car-safety technology leader;
- Selected as partner by Germany-based company for development of next-gen rear LED driver targeting major global carmakers;
- Won class AB and class D audio-amplifier sockets with a global Tier1 for booster and radio applications;
- Recorded multiple design–wins for high-temp silicon-controlled rectifiers and ultrafast diodes supporting car electrification from Automotive Tier1 and Tier2 suppliers;
- Continued to reinforce leadership with ultrafast series diodes with wins at top air-conditioning makers;
- Registered several wins for SiC diodes in Automotive and high-end Industrial markets and for SiC MOSFETs in Automotive applications;
- Captured several wins for high-voltage MDmesh (Super Junction) devices for onboard chargers, battery chargers, and outdoor LEDs from major Automotive Tier1s and smartphone and lighting manufacturers;
- Earned multiple wins with high-voltage IGBTs from Chinese, American, and European leaders in home appliances and electronic ignition for cars.
Analog and MEMS Group (AMG)
- Introduced flexible and multi-standard wireless charger ICs;
- Landed a major design win for fast, wireless-charging ICs in mobile phones;
- Won numerous sockets globally for STSPIN family in a broad range of Consumer and Industrial motor-control applications – including 3D printers and vacuum cleaners and fan controls and textile machines for Industry 4.0 factories;
- Captured a design win for touchscreen controllers in a rigid-screen display for a top Chinese phone maker;
- Launched extremely efficient Bluetooth 5.0-certified Bluetooth® Low Energy System-on-Chip processor;
- Won multiple sub-GHz and Bluetooth Low Energy designs in a range of applications including wearable, home, and building automation;
- Landed major design wins for MEMS microphones, inertial measurement unit, and magnetometer in PCs and tablet application with important manufacturers;
- Captured multiple design wins with accelerometer and 6-axis motion sensor for bike-lock, security, and performance applications in China and Japan;
- Earned a win for a 6-axis inertial measurement unit from a top Chinese smartphone manufacturer;
- Received first order for waterproof pressure sensors for a wearable watch from a top global brand and won sockets globally for ultra-compact pressure sensor in multiple applications, including drones and appliances;
- Enlarged family of 10-year-longevity sensors with the introduction of 6-axis module targeting Smart Industry applications.
Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)
- Expanded STM32L4 series with lines featuring on-chip digital filter for sigma-delta modulators, enabling advanced audio capabilities;
- Announced STM32L4 IoT Discovery kit to speed development of applications with direct connection to cloud services;
- Enhanced STM32 Ecosystem to provide a scalable multi-protocol industrial Ethernet platform through a cooperative effort with Hilscher;
- Released to production the latest high-performance NFC controller targeting consumer and mobile-security applications;
- Launched STPay-Ivory, new STPay dual-interface banking solution based on the ST31 secure micro controller;
- Disclosed a drop-in solution for IoT Security, based on STSAFE Trusted Platform Module, in cooperation with Security Platform Inc;
- Introduced tiny Dual-Flat No-lead package options while beginning production ramp of 256k-bit EEPROM for a top sportswear brand;
- Gained wins for ST25D dynamic RFID tags in washing machines and for ST25R NFC reader ICs for point-of-sales terminals from major OEMs;
- Launched ST25DV Dynamic NFC/RFID Tag expansion board for STM32 Nucleo ecosystem;
- Introduced first European independent design platform dedicated to ASICs for space applications in 65nm low-power CMOS technology, in cooperation with ESA and CNES;
- Qualified new FD-SOI digital ASIC for key networking OEM;
- Captured several designs wins for optical ICs at a key module manufacturer for applications in data centers.
Imaging Product Division (IMD)
- Continued to gain design-wins while building volume shipments of FlightSense™Time-of-Flight proximity and ranging sensors to multiple smartphone OEMs.
Use of Supplemental Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information, including operating income (loss) before impairment and restructuring charges, operating margin before impairment and restructuring charges, adjusted net earnings per share, free cash flow and net financial position.
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See the Appendix of this press release for a reconciliation of the Company’s non-U.S. GAAP financial measures to their corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures. To compensate for these limitations, the supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information should not be read in isolation, but only in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
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- Uncertain macroeconomic and industry trends, which may impact end-market demand for our products;
- Customer demand that differs from projections;
- The ability to design, manufacture and sell innovative products in a rapidly changing technological environment;
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- The functionalities and performance of our IT systems, which support our critical operational activities including manufacturing, finance and sales, and any breaches of our IT systems or those of our customers or suppliers;
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