Excluding the effects of our recently announced intent to acquire Silicon Image, our outlook for the First Quarter of 2015 is as follows:
- Revenue is expected to be approximately flat plus or minus 2%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Gross margin percentage is expected to be approximately 55% plus or minus 2%.
- Total operating expenses are expected to increase approximately 1%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details:
Lattice Semiconductor will review the Company's financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014 and business outlook for the first quarter of 2015 on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call-in number is 1-888-286-6281 or 1-706-643-3761 with conference identification number 64961608. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on Lattice's website at www.latticesemi.com. The Company's financial guidance will be limited to the comments on its public quarterly earnings call and the public business outlook statements contained in this press release.
A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 17, 2015, by telephone at 1-404-537-3406. To access the replay, use conference identification number 64961608. A webcast replay will also be available on Lattice's investor relations website at www.latticesemi.com.
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. No tender offer for the shares of Silicon Image, Inc. has commenced at this time. In connection with the proposed transaction, Lattice Semiconductor may file tender offer documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Any definitive tender offer documents will be mailed to shareholders of Silicon Image. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF SILICON IMAGE ARE URGED TO READ THESE AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Lattice Semiconductor through the Web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov or through Secretary, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, 5555 NE Moore Court, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124-6421.
Forward-Looking Statements Notice:
The foregoing paragraphs contain forward-looking statements that involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Any statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance are not historical facts and may be forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements include statements relating to: our expectation that we will continue to execute on the major strategic and operational initiatives designed to further accelerate our market penetration, and drive our revenue and EPS growth in the coming years; our statement that we may continue to repurchase additional shares of our common stock through February 2015; and those statements under the heading “Business Outlook - First Quarter 2015” relating to expected revenue, gross margin and total operating expenses. Other forward-looking statements may be indicated by words such as “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “may,” “expect,” “plan,” “project,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “forecast,” “future,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “propose,” “potential,” “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Lattice believes the factors identified below could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.
Estimates of future revenue are inherently uncertain due to, among other things, the high percentage of quarterly “turns” business. In addition, revenue is affected by such factors as global economic conditions, which may affect customer demand, pricing pressures, competitive actions, the demand for our Mature, Mainstream and New products, and in particular our iCE40™ and MachXO3L™ devices, the ability to supply products to customers in a timely manner, changes in our distribution relationships, or the volatility of our consumer business. Actual gross margin percentage and operating expenses could vary from the estimates on the basis of, among other things, changes in revenue levels, changes in product pricing and mix, changes in wafer, assembly, test and other costs, including commodity costs, variations in manufacturing yields, the failure to sustain operational improvements, the actual amount of compensation charges due to stock price changes. Any unanticipated declines in revenue or gross margin, any unanticipated increases in our operating expenses or unanticipated charges could adversely affect our profitability.
In addition to the foregoing, other factors that may cause actual
results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this
press release include global economic uncertainty, overall semiconductor
market conditions, market acceptance and demand for our new products,
the Company's dependencies on its silicon wafer suppliers, the impact of
competitive products and pricing, technological and product development
risks, the risk that the Silicon Image transaction will not close when
expected or at all, the risk that the operations of the two companies
will not be integrated successfully, the failure to achieve the
anticipated benefits and synergies of the transaction, the risk that
Lattice or Silicon Image’s business will be adversely impacted during
the pendency of the transaction, costs associated with the transaction;
matters arising in connection with the parties’ efforts to comply with
and satisfy applicable regulatory approvals and closing conditions
relating to the transaction, and other events that could adversely
impact the completion of the transaction, including industry or economic
conditions outside of the control of Lattice and Silicon Image. In
addition, actual results are subject to other risks and uncertainties
that relate more broadly to our overall business, including those risks
more fully described in Lattice’s filings with the SEC including its
annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2013,
and Lattice’s quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q for the 2014 fiscal
year, and those more fully described in Silicon Image’s filings with the
SEC including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
December 31, 2013, and its quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q for the
2014 fiscal year.