SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 19, 2012 — Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), the leading global supplier of power semiconductors, today announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 25, 2011. Fairchild reported fourth quarter sales of $339.4 million, down 16 percent from the prior quarter and 15 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2010.
Fairchild reported fourth quarter net income of $21.3 million or $0.17 per diluted share compared to $35.8 million or $0.28 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $51.0 million or $0.40 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross margin was 30.0 percent compared to 35.9 percent in the prior quarter and 37.0 percent in the year ago quarter.
Fairchild reported fourth quarter adjusted gross margin of 30.4 percent, down 560 basis points sequentially and 670 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2010. Adjusted gross margin excludes the change in retirement plans, accelerated depreciation and inventory reserve releases/write offs related to fab closures. Adjusted net income was $19.3 million or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $44.5 million or $0.34 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $57.3 million or $0.45 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2010. Adjusted net income excludes amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, restructuring and impairments, accelerated depreciation and inventory reserve releases/write offs related to fab closures, write off of deferred financing fees, charge for litigation, change in retirement plans, and associated net tax effects of these items and other acquisition-related intangibles.
Full year revenues for 2011 were $1.6 billion, roughly flat to 2010. Fairchild reported net income of $146 million or $1.12 per diluted share in 2011, compared to net income of $153 million or $1.20 per diluted share in 2010. On an adjusted basis, the company reported 2011 net income of $170 million or $1.30 per diluted share, compared to $193 million or $1.51 per diluted share in 2010.
“We reduced our overall inventory dollars in the fourth quarter despite significantly lower demand,” said Mark Thompson, Fairchild’s president and CEO. “Distribution sell-through decreased 20 percent sequentially due to lower end market demand and further downstream inventory reductions in the appliance, consumer, industrial, solar and computing supply chains. We also experienced about a 2 to 3 percentage point negative impact to sales due to supply disruptions related to the flooding in Thailand. Despite the weak sell-through and supply disruptions, we reduced channel inventory by 3 percent and internal inventory by 10 percent sequentially. There were some bright spots in demand as our mobile analog business posted solid sequential sales growth in the fourth quarter and our auto sales also held up well. In these times of uncertain demand, we focus on tightly managing the variables under our control such as inventories and expenses. We made good progress reducing inventories and operating expenses in the fourth quarter and we plan to continue these efforts as we enter 2012.”
Fourth Quarter Financials
“Gross margin decreased primarily due to lower factory loadings as we tightly controlled our inventory,” said Mark Frey, Fairchild’s executive vice president and CFO. “Margins were also reduced due to 8 inch fab start-up costs and normal price reductions. Adjusted R&D and SG&A expenses were down 4 percent sequentially to $88.4 million due to spending reductions and lower variable compensation. Free cash flow was $1 million during the quarter. We decreased internal inventory dollars by 10 percent as we further reduced factory loadings in the fourth quarter.
“We expect sales to be in the range of $340 to 370 million for the first quarter as we continue to focus on reducing channel inventory,” said Frey. “Our current scheduled backlog is sufficient to achieve the low end of this range. This guidance includes about a 1 percent impact to sales from the flooding in Thailand. We expect adjusted gross margin to be 29 to 30 percent due to low factory utilization, especially in January. We anticipate R&D and SG&A spending to be approximately $96 to 98 million in the first quarter. The adjusted tax rate is forecast at 15 percent plus or minus 3 percent for the quarter. Recall that our first quarter has 14 weeks to again synchronize our fiscal year with the actual calendar. As with last quarter, we are not assuming any obligation to update this information, although we may choose to do so before we announce first quarter results.”
Adjusted gross margin, adjusted R&D and SG&A, adjusted net income and
free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be
considered replacements for GAAP results. We exclude the change in
retirement plans, accelerated depreciation and inventory reserve
releases/write offs related to fab closures from GAAP gross margins to
determine adjusted gross margins. To determine adjusted R&D and SG&A we
exclude the change in retirement plans. To determine adjusted net
income/loss, we exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangibles,
restructuring and impairments, accelerated depreciation and inventory
reserve releases/write offs related to fab closures, write off of
deferred financing fees, charge for litigation, change in retirement
plans, and associated net tax effects of these items and other
acquisition-related intangibles. To determine free cash flow, we
subtract capital expenditures from GAAP cash provided by operating
activities. Fairchild presents adjusted results because its management
uses them as additional measures of the company’s operating performance,
and management believes adjusted financial information is useful to
investors because it illuminates underlying operational trends by
excluding significant non-recurring, non-cash or otherwise unusual
transactions. Fairchild’s criteria for determining adjusted results may
differ from methods used by other companies, and should not be regarded
as a replacement for corresponding GAAP measures.