Silicon Laboratories Reports Third Quarter Results

--Strong Operational Performance Drives Earnings Leverage--

AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 26, 2011 — Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), today reported third quarter revenue of $119.1 million and GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.26 and $0.44, respectively.

Financial Highlights

The company detected and communicated market weakness early in the quarter and delivered solid top-line performance relative to the guidance and good operational controls, enabling better than anticipated earnings results.

On a GAAP basis, which includes approximately $9.1 million in non-cash stock compensation charges, gross margin improved to 61.2 percent for the third quarter. R&D investment was down in the third quarter to $31.7 million, and SG&A was $27.3 million, resulting in operating income of 12 percent. This resulted in fully diluted GAAP earnings per share of $0.26.

The following non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock compensation expense and certain other one-time items. Non-GAAP gross margin was 61.5 percent as a result of product mix changes including better than anticipated results in the company’s Broadcast products and macro-related declines in the Broad-based and Access products. Operating expenses declined meaningfully. Specifically, R&D expense was $28.1 million and SG&A was $22.4 million resulting in operating income of 19 percent. Resulting third quarter non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.44. The reconciling charges are set forth in the financial measures table included below.

The company ended the quarter with $301 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments due to continued healthy cash flow from operations partially offset by share repurchases. Share repurchases during the quarter totaled $86 million, completing the current repurchase authorization and bringing the total shares repurchased to date to 22.4 million. The company’s board of directors approved a new authorization for $50 million that will run through April 2012.

Business Highlights

The company’s third quarter performance reflected weakening demand across end markets. Visibility remained limited as customers continued to be cautious about building inventory in light of an uncertain demand environment. However, the Timing products had another record revenue quarter, with new products driving wins in a broad set of applications, supporting further diversification. The company also reported record design wins in both MCU and Timing, two of its leading product lines.

The Broadcast products benefited from some seasonal lift during the quarter, resulting in growth in audio products. The video products also fared better than expected and TV inventory issues that tempered growth appeared to have been largely resolved during the quarter.

“While the macro-economic headwinds are still weighing heavily on the industry, we do expect our new product cycles to help us start outperforming our peers in the fourth quarter,” said Necip Sayiner, president and CEO of Silicon Laboratories. “I’m optimistic about the traction we’re getting with new products and believe that with the improved complexion of our business and continued focus on market share gains, we’ll benefit disproportionately when the market environment improves.”

The company expects revenue for the fourth quarter to be in the range of up 3 percent to down 3 percent sequentially.

Webcast and Conference Call

A conference call discussing the quarterly results will follow this press release at 7:30 a.m. central time. An audio webcast will be available simultaneously on Silicon Laboratories’ website under Investor Relations ( A replay will be available after the call at the same website listed above or by calling 1 (855) 859-2056 or +1 (404) 537-3406 (international) and by entering 18864586. The replay will be available through November 9th.

About Silicon Laboratories Inc.

Silicon Laboratories Inc. is a leading designer of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of applications. Silicon Laboratories’ diverse portfolio of highly integrated, patented solutions is developed by a world-class engineering team with expertise in cutting-edge mixed-signal design. The company has design, engineering, marketing, sales and applications offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about Silicon Laboratories, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on Silicon Laboratories’ current expectations. The words “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “project,” “will” and similar phrases as they relate to Silicon Laboratories are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views and assumptions of Silicon Laboratories and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are the following: risks that Silicon Laboratories may not be able to maintain its historical growth; quarterly fluctuations in revenues and operating results; volatile stock price; average selling prices of products may decrease significantly and rapidly; difficulties developing new products that achieve market acceptance; dependence on a limited number of products and customers; intellectual property litigation risks; inventory-related risks; risks associated with acquisitions; difficulties managing international activities; difficulties managing our manufacturers and subcontractors; risks that Silicon Laboratories may not be able to manage strains associated with its growth; credit risks associated with our accounts receivable; dependence on key personnel; risks associated with divestitures; geographic concentration of manufacturers, assemblers, test service providers and customers in Asia that subjects Silicon Laboratories’ business and results of operations to risks of natural disasters, epidemics, war and political unrest; the competitive and cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and other factors that are detailed in Silicon Laboratories’ filings with the SEC. Silicon Laboratories disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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