STMicroelectronics Reports 2016 First Quarter Financial Results

  • Net revenues of $1.61 billion and gross margin of 33.4%
  • Organization in place to drive growth in Smart Driving and Internet of Things
  • First quarter automotive and microcontroller revenues grew year-over-year, well-supporting strategic focus 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, reported financial results for the first quarter ended April 2, 2016.

First quarter net revenues totaled $1.61 billion, gross margin was 33.4%, and net loss was $0.05 per share.

"ST's results were in line with expectations and better than normal seasonality, despite a volatile macro-economic scenario and mixed industry dynamics as we entered the first quarter," commented Carlo Bozotti, STMicroelectronics President and Chief Executive Officer.

"While revenues declined sequentially by 3.3% in the first quarter, we are focused on returning to year-over-year growth. We already started, in the first quarter, with two important product areas, representing about 50% of ST revenues in 2015: automotive, driven by our pervasiveness in all domains, and microcontrollers, driven by the STM32 family. Both businesses are at the heart of our strategy, focused on Smart Driving and on Internet of Things for industrial, home, city and consumer applications. These early results show that the strategic choices we have made are already bringing results."

 Quarterly Financial Summary

U.S. GAAP

(Million US$)
Q1 2016 Q4 2015 Q1 2015
Net Revenues 1,613 1,668 1,705
Gross Margin 33.4% 33.5% 33.2%
Operating Income (Loss) (33) 25 (19)
Net Income (Loss) attributable to parent company (41) 2 (22)
Non-U.S. GAAP (1)

(Million US$)
Operating Income (Loss) before impairment and restructuring charges (5) 29 10
Free cash flow 31 148 41
Net financial position 439 494 512

 (1) See Appendix for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP and additional information explaining why the Company believes these measures are important.

Quarterly Financial Summary By Product Group

In the first quarter of 2016, ST realigned its product families into three product groups to better leverage the product synergies around its strategic focus on Smart Driving and Internet of Things applications: Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG); Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) and Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG). MDG includes ST's set-top-box business which is currently undergoing a restructuring targeting annualized savings of $170 million upon completion. All prior-period amounts have been retrospectively aligned to the 2016 reporting segments.

Net Revenues By Product Group
(Million US$)
Q1 2016 Q4 2015 Q1 2015
Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) 671 637 674
Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) 369 370 445
Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) 532 614 530
Others (a) 41 47 56
Total 1,613 1,668 1,705

(a) Net revenues of "Others" includes revenues from sales of Imaging Product Division, Subsystems, assembly services, and other revenue.

First Quarter Review

First quarter net revenues decreased 3.3% sequentially, in line with the Company's expectations and reflecting seasonal factors overall. Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) revenues, representing the largest product group of ST, increased 5.4% on a sequential basis driven by strong demand, especially in Europe, in automotive products partially offset by difficult market conditions and seasonality related to discrete products. Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) revenues were substantially flat on a sequential basis while Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG), moving from a strong base of comparison in the prior quarter, decreased 13.4%.

On a year-over-year basis, first quarter net revenues decreased 5.4% or 3.3% excluding negative currency effects and certain businesses undergoing a phase-out including mobile legacy products, camera modules and set-top box. This mainly reflected weaker market conditions. However, certain product families saw an increase in revenues. Automotive and microcontroller revenues, excluding negative currency effects, both increased over 4.0%.

As of the first quarter of 2016, ST has three regional sales organizations: EMEA; Americas; and Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific was created from the merger of the Japan & Korea and Greater China-South Asia regional sales organizations. On a year-over-year basis, EMEA grew 3.0%, while the Americas and Asia Pacific decreased by 8.0% and 8.6%, respectively.

First quarter gross profit was $538 million and gross margin was 33.4%, including a negative impact of about 60 basis points from unused capacity charges. Gross margin improved 20 basis points year-over-year, benefiting from favorable currency effects, net of hedging, lower unused capacity charges and manufacturing efficiencies partially offset by price pressure. Gross margin decreased 10 basis points sequentially due to manufacturing efficiencies and price pressure partially offset by lower unused capacity charges, favorable product mix and favorable currency effects, net of hedging.

Combined R&D and SG&A expenses were $571 million compared to $591 million in the year-ago quarter mainly due to favorable currency effects, net of hedging, as well as the savings plan completed in 2015. On a sequential basis, combined R&D and SG&A expenses decreased by $12 million, benefiting from favorable currency effects, net of hedging, and lower calendar days in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter.

First quarter other income & expenses, net, registered income of $28 million mainly due to R&D funding.

First quarter operating loss before impairment and restructuring charges <

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