Norwood, MA (11/22/2010) - Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 30, 2010.
“The fourth quarter culminated a very strong year for ADI in which we achieved record revenue, profitability, and cash flow. For fiscal year 2010, revenue increased 37% and earnings nearly tripled,” said Jerald G. Fishman, President and CEO. “Our results reflect the benefits of a stronger market and our concerted efforts over the past few years to refocus our investments on those products and markets where ADI innovations add substantial and sustainable value, fundamentally improve our cost structure, and better align our organization with our customers and end markets.”
The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward- looking and actual results may differ materially, including as a result of the important factors discussed at the end of this release. These statements supersede all prior statements regarding business outlook set forth in prior ADI news releases.
Regarding the outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, Mr. Fishman stated, “Our book-to-bill ratio for the fourth quarter, as measured by end customer bookings, was below one as customers began to lower their inventories in response to shortened industry lead-times. During the fourth quarter, order patterns at ADI weakened in late August and September, but substantially recovered in October. Overall, customer feedback indicates that end demand remains strong in most end markets. In this environment, we would expect to operate with less backlog and higher turns during the first quarter. We are planning for first quarter revenue to be in the range of $715 million to $740 million, down 4% to 7% sequentially, and up 19% to 23% on a year-to-year basis. This guidance is indicative of typical industrial seasonality coupled with potentially lower consumer demand. In addition, for the first quarter, we are planning for our gross margin to be approximately 66% of sales as we slightly adjust our production levels, for our operating expenses to decline by approximately 2%, and for our operating margin to be in the range of 34.5% to 35.5% of sales. As a result, we anticipate that our diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the first quarter will be in the range of $0.63 to $0.67.”
Mr. Fishman will discuss the fourth quarter results and short-term outlook via webcast, accessible at investor.analog.com, today, beginning at 5:00 pm ET. Investors who prefer to join by telephone may call 706-634-7193 ten minutes before the call begins and provide the password "ADI."
A replay will be available almost immediately after the call. The replay may be accessed for up to one week by dialing 800-642-1687 (replay only) and providing the conference ID: 16695213, or by visiting investor.analog.com.
This release includes non-GAAP financial measures for prior periods that are not in accordance with, nor an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles.
Schedule F of this press release provides the reconciliation of the Company’s non-GAAP measures to its GAAP measures.
Management uses non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to evaluate the Company’s operating performance against past periods and to budget and allocate resources in future periods. These non-GAAP measures also assist management in understanding and evaluating the underlying baseline operating results and trends in the Company’s business.
The items excluded from the non-GAAP measures were excluded because they are of a non-recurring or non-cash nature.
Restructuring-Related Expenses. These expenses are incurred in connection with facility closures, consolidation of manufacturing facilities, and other cost reduction efforts. Apart from ongoing expense savings as a result of such items, these expenses and the related tax effects have no direct correlation to the operation of our business in the future.
Management believes that the presentation of non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP diluted EPS is useful to investors because it provides investors with the operating results that management uses to manage the Company.
Analog Devices believes that non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP diluted EPS have material limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. In addition, our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to the non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. The Company’s use of non-GAAP measures, and the underlying methodology in excluding certain items, is not necessarily an indication of the results of operations that may be expected in the future, or that the Company will not, in fact, record such items in future periods.
Management compensates for these material limitations in non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP diluted EPS by also evaluating our GAAP results and the reconciliations of our non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Investors should consider our non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.
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