Norwood, MA (11/21/2011) - 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 29, 2011.
“We are very pleased with our fiscal year 2011 performance as ADI delivered record annual revenue and profitability, with revenue of approximately $3 billion, operating profit of approximately $1.1 billion, or 35.8% of revenue, and diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.79. In addition, we generated strong free cash flow of $778 million, or 26% of revenue,” said Jerald G. Fishman, President and CEO. “In the fourth quarter, our results declined, consistent with a general slowdown in the semiconductor industry, particularly in the industrial and communications markets. Nevertheless, during this period, the consumer end market showed seasonal growth and the automotive sector continued to be strong. During the fourth quarter, we also reduced production levels, which reduced both our internal and channel inventories despite lower revenue, and resulted in lower gross margins. In addition, we took steps to reduce discretionary spending, allowing us to produce strong profitability while continuing to invest in our key strategic programs.”
Outlook for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2012
The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward- looking and actual results may differ materially, as a result of, among other things, the important factors discussed at the end of this release. These statements supersede all prior statements regarding our business outlook set forth in prior ADI news releases.
Regarding the company’s short-term outlook, Mr. Fishman stated, “During the fourth quarter, order rates slowed but appeared to stabilize and our backlog decreased from the prior quarter. We believe that our customers are taking steps to reduce their inventory levels due to the uncertainties in the worldwide economy and we expect this to continue through the first quarter. These inventory reductions, together with what is typically a seasonally weak quarter for ADI, cause us to believe that revenue will decline sequentially in the first quarter. We plan to bring production levels down in the first quarter, consistent with the decline in revenue, which should have a negative impact on gross margin. In response to this drop in revenue and gross margin, we plan to once again manage expenses carefully.”
Mr. Fishman continued, “Our first quarter will have 14 weeks. However, the shutdowns for Christmas in Europe and North America, and the Lunar New Year in Asia will likely mitigate, or eliminate, the benefit of the extra week of revenue. The net result is likely to be an equivalent of 13 weeks of shipments and 14 weeks of expenses.”
As a result of these factors, ADI’s outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 is as follows:
Conference Call Scheduled for 5:00 pm ET
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."
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Non-GAAP Financial Information
This release includes non-GAAP financial measures 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.
Manner in Which Management Uses the Non-GAAP Financial 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 Company’s operating results and trends in the Company’s business.
Economic Substance Behind Management’s Decision to Use Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The items excluded from the non-GAAP measures were excluded because they are of a non-recurring or non-cash nature.
The following item is excluded from our non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share:
Restructuring-Related Expenses. These expenses are incurred in connection with facility closures, consolidation of manufacturing facilities, and other material 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.
The following items are excluded from our non-GAAP diluted earnings per share:
Tax-Related Items. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, we recorded a $13 million tax benefit related to taxes that are one-time in nature. These one-time tax items included the reinstatement of the R&D tax credit in December 2010, retroactive to January 1, 2010; a reduction in a state tax credit valuation reserve we had recorded in prior years, which we now believe we can recover; and a benefit from the increase to the Irish deferred tax asset as a result of the increase in the Irish manufacturing tax rate from 10% to 12.5%. In the second quarter of fiscal 2011, we recorded a one-time $10.8 million tax benefit for a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service related to certain tax matters for the fiscal 2004 through fiscal 2007 tax years. We excluded these tax-related items from our non-GAAP measures because they are not associated with the tax expense on our current operating results.
Why Management Believes the Non-GAAP Financial Measures Provide Useful Information to Investors
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.
Material Limitations Associated with Use of the Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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 when 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’s Compensation for Limitations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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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