Atmel Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Impairment of XSense manufacturing assets reflects a $26.6 million charge for the write-down of assets used in the manufacture of XSense touch sensors.  The company determined in the fourth quarter 2014 to discontinue its investment and exit this business.

  • Acquisition-related charges.

Acquisition-related charges include: (1) amortization of purchased intangibles, which include acquired intangibles such as customer relationships, backlog, core developed technology, trade names and non-compete agreements, (2) contingent compensation expense, which includes compensation resulting from the employment retention of certain key employees established in accordance with the terms of the acquisitions, (3) adjustments to previously recognized earn-out liability on contingent compensation expense related to acquisitions, and (4) direct costs related to acquisitions such as banker, legal and accounting fees. In most cases, these acquisition-related charges are not factored into management's evaluation of potential acquisitions or Atmel's performance after completion of acquisitions, because they are not related to Atmel's core operating performance. In addition, the frequency and amount of such charges can vary significantly based on the size and timing of acquisitions and the maturities of the businesses being acquired. Management believes that excluding acquisition-related charges from non-GAAP measures provides investors with a basis to compare Atmel against the performance of other companies without the variability caused by purchase accounting.

  • Restructuring charges (credits).

Restructuring charges (credits) primarily relate to expenses necessary to make infrastructure-related changes to Atmel's operating costs.  Restructuring charges (credits) are excluded from non-GAAP financial measures because they are not considered core operating activities. Although Atmel has engaged in various restructuring activities in recent years, each has been a discrete event based on a unique set of business objectives. Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude restructuring charges (credits) from Atmel's non-GAAP financial measures as it enhances the ability of investors to compare Atmel's period-over-period operating results from continuing operations.

  • Loss from manufacturing facility damage and shutdown.

Atmel experienced an unplanned shutdown of its semiconductor manufacturing operations in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to damage to the facility's nitrogen plant.  All repairs were completed in the first quarter of 2014 and the facility has resumed normal operations.  During the third quarter 2014 we received an insurance payment of $3.6 million related to our facility damage claim.  Atmel believes that the loss from the manufacturing facility damage and shutdown is an individually discrete event that is not generally reflective of ongoing operating performance and should be excluded from period-over-period comparisons.

  • Loss (gain) related to foundry arrangements.

Loss (gain) related to foundry arrangements relates to the reduction of estimated loss (gain)  previously recorded with respect to European foundry "take or pay" arrangements for wafers that were delivered during the term of the arrangement.   Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude loss (gain) related to foundry arrangements from Atmel's non-GAAP financial measures, as it enhances the ability of investors to compare Atmel's period-over-period operating results from continuing operations.

  • French building underutilization and other (credits).

French building underutilization and other (credits) relates to charges incurred as a result of the insolvency of our tenant in France in the first quarter of 2014, and prior year real estate taxes relating to an audit assessment of the same facilities in France.  Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude these charges as they are individually discrete events and generally not reflective of the ongoing operating performance and should be excluded from period-over-period comparisons.

  • Recovery of receivables from foundry suppliers.

Recovery of receivables from foundry suppliers relates to the company's assessment of the probability of collecting on receivables from European foundry suppliers for certain services provided by Atmel to those foundries.  Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude recovery of receivables from foundry suppliers from Atmel's non-GAAP financial measures as it enhances the ability of investors to compare Atmel's period-over-period operating results from continuing operations.  

  • Gain on sale of assets.

Atmel recognizes gains resulting from the sale of certain non-strategic assets that no longer align with Atmel's long-term operating plan. Atmel excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures primarily because these gains are individually discrete events and generally not reflective of the ongoing operating performance of Atmel's business and can distort period-over-period comparisons.

  • Fair value adjustments to inventory from businesses acquired.

In connection with the acquisition of businesses, Atmel recognizes the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair value at the date of acquisition.  In connection with the Newport Media, Inc. acquisition in the third quarter of 2014, Atmel recorded a fair value increase to inventory which is amortized over the expected inventory turns and recognized in cost of revenue.  Excluding the fair value adjustments from businesses acquired from non-GAAP measures provides investors with a basis to compare Atmel against the performance of other companies without the variability caused by purchase accounting.

  • Interest income from sale of assets.

Atmel recognized interest income from the sale proceeds of certain non-strategic assets that were not aligned with Atmel's long-term operating plan. Atmel excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures primarily because these gains are individually discrete events and generally not reflective of the ongoing operating performance of Atmel's business and can distort period-over-period comparisons.

  • Non-GAAP tax adjustments.

In conjunction with the implementation of Atmel's global structure changes which took effect January 1, 2011, the company changed its methodology for reporting non-GAAP taxes. Beginning in the first quarter of 2011, Atmel's non-GAAP tax amounts approximate operating cash tax expense, similar to the liability reported on Atmel's tax returns for the current period/year.  This approach is designed to enhance the ability of investors to understand the company's tax expense on its current operations, provide improved modeling accuracy, and substantially reduce fluctuations caused by GAAP adjustments which may not reflect actual cash tax expense. 

Atmel forecasts its annual cash tax liability and allocates the tax to each quarter in proportion to earnings for that period.

  • Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest.

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest relates the share of profit and loss allocated to a noncontrolling interest in one of Atmel's subsidiaries.  Atmel excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures primarily because these gains are individually discrete events and generally not reflective of the ongoing operating performance of Atmel's business and can distort period-over-period comparisons.

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