MILPITAS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 22, 2014 — Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC), a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended June 29, 2014. Quarterly revenues of $365.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 increased $17.4 million or 5.0% over the previous quarter's revenue of $348.0 million and increased $38.2 million or 11.7% over $327.3 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Net income of $129.7 million increased $12.1 million or 10.3% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 and increased $27.8 million or 27.3% over the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Diluted earnings per share of $0.53 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 increased $0.05 per share or 10.4% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 and increased $0.10 per share or 23.3% over the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.
Revenue for fiscal year 2014 was $1,388.4 million, an increase of 8.3% or $106.2 million over revenue of $1,282.2 million in the prior fiscal year. Net income of $460.0 million for fiscal year 2014 increased $53.0 million or 13.0% over $406.9 million reported in the previous fiscal year. The results for fiscal year 2014 benefited from lower interest expense as a result of the bond redemption in May 2014 offset by a slightly higher effective tax rate of 23.5% compared to 23.0% in fiscal year 2013. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2014 was $1.91, an increase of $0.19 per share or 11.1% over the prior fiscal year.
During the fourth quarter the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance decreased $749.9 million from the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 to $1,012.8 million net of spending $845.1 million to redeem all of its outstanding 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes. As a result of the redemption, the Company paid $845.1 million in cash for the outstanding principal and issued 2.9 million shares of the Company’s common stock related to the conversion premium. There was no gain or loss recognized as a result of the redemption. In addition, the Company spent $29.0 million to purchase 650,000 shares of its common stock in the open market. A cash dividend of $0.27 per share will be paid on August 27, 2014 to stockholders of record on August 15, 2014.
According to Lothar Maier, CEO, “We completed our fiscal year with a good fourth quarter as revenues were at the high end of our guidance, up 5% sequentially. Each of our end-markets grew over the preceding quarter led by a particularly strong industrial market. We continued to improve our industry leading gross margin and operating margin, which increased to 76% and 47%, respectively. Effective May 1, 2014, we redeemed with internally generated funds our outstanding 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes with a principal value of $845.1 million, which led to lower interest expense for the period.
For the fiscal year, we grew revenues 8% to $1.39 billion. We believe we have good momentum heading into the new fiscal year as our book to bill ratio for the quarter was positive and improved over the previous quarter. We are excited about our position and growth prospects heading into the new fiscal year. We believe we are in the right end-markets with the right innovative products to take advantage of our positioning. Historically, the first fiscal quarter is a seasonally weaker period for us, but given our current bookings level and backlog we are currently forecasting revenue growth in our first quarter of fiscal 2015 of 1% to 3% sequentially over the prior quarter which would be 8% to 11% on an annual basis over the same quarter in the prior year.”
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements. In particular, the statements regarding the demand for our products, our customers' ordering patterns and the anticipated trends in our sales and profits are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are dependent on certain risks and uncertainties, including such factors, among others, as the timing, volume and pricing of new orders received and shipped, the timely introduction of new processes and products, general and country specific conditions in the world economy and financial markets and other factors described in our 10-Q for the quarter ended March 30, 2014.
Company officials will be discussing these results in greater detail in a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Time. Those investors wishing to listen in may call 719-325-2453, or toll free 888-339-3504 before 8:15 a.m. to be included in the audience. There will be a live webcast of this conference call that can be accessed through www.linear.com or www.streetevents.com. A replay of the conference call will be available from July 23, 2014 through July 30, 2014. You may access the archive by calling (719) 457-0820 or toll free (888) 203-1112 and entering reservation #7532972. An archive of the webcast will also be available at www.linear.com and www.streetevents.com as of July 23, 2014 until the fourth quarter earnings release next year.
Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been
designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance
analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for over three
decades. The Company’s products provide an essential bridge between our
analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking,
industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer,
and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power
management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs,