SMIC Reports 2013 Third Quarter Results

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(PRNewswire) —  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) ("SMIC" or the "Company"), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, today announced its consolidated results of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Highlights:

  • Revenue including wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was $534.3 million in 3Q13, an increase of 15.8% year over year, and down 1.3% quarter over quarter.
  • Non-GAAP revenue excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was $503.7 million in 3Q13, an increase of 21.7% year over year, and up 0.4% quarter over quarter.
  • Revenues from China-based customers increased to 42.1% of overall revenue in 3Q13, an all-time high, compared to 35.3% in 3Q12 and 40.9% in 2Q13.
  • Gross margin including wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was 21.0% in 3Q13, compared to 27.5% in 3Q12 and 25.0% in 2Q13.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was 22.1% in 3Q13, compared to 30.4% in 3Q12 and 26.7% in 2Q13.
  • Profit attributable to SMIC was $42.5 million in 3Q13, compared to $12.0 million in 3Q12 and $75.4 million in 2Q13.

Fourth Quarter 2013 Guidance:

The following statements are forward looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are set forth under "Safe Harbor Statements" below.

  • Excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin which SMIC began gradually phasing out in 3Q13, non-GAAP revenue is expected to be flat to down 4.5% quarter over quarter.
  • Revenue including wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin is expected to be down 4.5% to down 9% quarter over quarter.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin is expected to range from 19.0% to 22.0%.
  • Gross margin including wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin is expected to range from 18.5% to 21.5%.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses excluding the effect of foreign exchange, employee bonus accrual, funding of R&D contracts from the government and gain from the disposal of living quarters are expected to range from $80.0 million to $84.0 million.

Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, SMIC's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, commented, "SMIC has achieved another good quarter. Revenue excluding Wuhan wafer shipment was $503.7 million in the third quarter of 2013, representing a robust year over year growth of 21.7% and a sequential growth of 0.4%. Total revenue including Wuhan wafer shipments declined 1.3% sequentially as we exit our relationship with Wuhan Xinxin. I'm also pleased that we made $42.5 million in profit attributable to SMIC, which is our sixth consecutive quarter of positive profit.
I am happy to announce that 40nm wafer revenue grew 50.3% sequentially to 15.7% of total wafer revenue. This growth was mainly driven by smartphone related products. Meanwhile, 40nm new tape outs grew significantly in the second half of this year, driven by both consumer and communications products like smartphones, set-top box, IPTV, and tablets. As a result, we are targeting strong growth for 40nm next year.
During the quarter, demand for our differentiated applications continued to be strong, especially in the areas of power management, CIS, and EEPROM. Revenue from our differentiated applications, specifically PMIC, CIS, and EEPROM, grew over 50% year over year in 3Q2013 compared to 3Q2012.

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