Altera Announces Second Quarter Results; Raises Dividend

(PRNewswire) — Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced second quarter sales of $491.5 million, up 7 percent from the first quarter of 2014 and up 17 percent from the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter net income was $127.0 million, $0.41 per diluted share, compared with net income of $116.5 million, $0.37 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014 and $101.5 million, $0.31 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013.

Altera(R) programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, ASICs and complementary technologies, such as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.

Year-to-date cash flow from operating activities was $301.4 million. Altera repurchased approximately 6.0 million shares during the quarter at a cost of approximately $197.0 million.

Altera's board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share, to be paid on September 2, 2014 to shareholders of record on August 11, 2014. The company's previous quarterly cash dividend had been $0.15 per share.

"Revenue growth was stronger than expected with new products up double digits sequentially. New product growth reflects very good 28 nm FPGA performance as well as continued solid growth from our 40 nm products," said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. "With new capabilities and vastly improved performance compared with our prior-generation midrange offerings, our 20 nm Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are displaying solid competitive potential as we are seeing a record level of identified customer opportunities. Further, at the high end, with continuing development of our Intel-sourced 14 nm FinFET-based Stratix 10 FPGAs, it remains clear that this new technology coupled with our HyperFlex architecture will deliver industry-leading density and performance as well as lower power and cost."

Recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress:

  • Early access customers are successfully achieving the anticipated 2X core performance gain in their Stratix® 10 FPGA and SOC designs compared to previous generation high-performance programmable devices. This breakthrough leap in FPGA core performance is a result of Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate process technology and the groundbreaking Stratix 10 HyperFlex™ architecture. Through the Stratix 10 FPGA early access program, Altera is working with several customers to run their existing designs through performance evaluation tools built for Stratix 10 FPGAs. The customer designs target a wide range of applications and leverage a variety of hardware design approaches, including ASIC replacement designs, traditional high-performance FPGA communication designs and high-throughput data center and computation designs.


  • Altera continues to work with several partners and customers on software-defined data centers and server acceleration, including Microsoft Corporation, who is seeking to accelerate portions of Microsoft's Bing web search engine. Based on the results of this collaboration, Bing plans to roll out Altera FPGA-accelerated servers to process customer searches in one of its data centers starting in early 2015. Altera's FPGAs accelerate the processing of large amounts of data on servers, which helps address big data challenges and massive distributed workloads.  Altera's view of the software defined data center is that FPGAs are helping drive the transformation of the modern data center with a virtualized infrastructure delivered as a service using commodity servers. In this environment, FPGAs can deliver performance advantages, in some cases orders of magnitude improvements, with significantly lower power consumption than alternative approaches. A data center with reconfigurable fabric enabled by Altera FPGAs provides greater business agility, and its complexity can be managed as it scales.



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