STMicroelectronics Reports 2016 Second Quarter and First Half Financial Results

  • Net revenues of $1.70 billion and gross margin of 33.9% in the second quarter
  • Continued strength in automotive and microcontroller revenues; growing about 6% and 4% year-over-year, respectively
  • Free cash flow(1) of $47 million in the second quarter; $78 million in the first half of 2016

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

Second quarter net revenues totaled $1.70 billion, gross margin was 33.9%, and net earnings were $0.03 per share.

"In the second quarter, we made another step towards our goal to return to year-over-year sales growth in the second half of 2016. Sequentially, revenues increased 5.6% and gross margin improved 50 basis points. We also made progress in our set-top box restructuring program and well managed our cash flow," commented Carlo Bozotti, STMicroelectronics President and Chief Executive Officer.

"Sequential revenue growth came from the progress we are making on our areas of strategic focus, Smart Driving and Internet of Things. Our automotive business enjoyed another strong quarter across all applications; our general purpose microcontroller business had another record billing performance, driven by STM32; our Time-of-Flight specialized image sensors entered multiple smartphone models and our power discretes started a broad-based recovery."


(Million US$)
Q2 2016 Q1 2016 Q2 2015
Net Revenues 1,703 1,613 1,760
Gross Margin 33.9% 33.4% 33.8%
Operating Income (Loss) 28 (33) 12
Net Income (Loss) attributable to parent company 23 (41) 35
Non-U.S. GAAP(1)

(Million US$)
Operating Income (Loss) before impairment and restructuring charges 40 (5) 33
Free cash flow 47 31 53
Net financial position 426 439 459

 (1) Non-U.S. GAAP measure. 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

Product Group Data
(Million US$)
Q2 2016
Q1 2016
Q2 2015
Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) 721 671 714
Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) 376 369 445
Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) 556 532 558
Others (a) 50 41 43
Total 1,703 1,613 1,760
  1. Net revenues of "Others" includes revenues from sales of Imaging Product Division, Subsystems, assembly services, and other revenue.

Second Quarter Review

Second quarter net revenues increased 5.6% sequentially, above the midpoint of the Company's guidance. Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) revenues, representing the largest product group of ST, increased 7.5% on a sequential basis driven by a strong recovery in demand for power discrete products and continued and broad-based strength in automotive products. Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) increased 4.6% on a sequential basis driven by general purpose microcontrollers and digital ASICs for networking applications. Analog and MEMS Group (AMG) revenues increased sequentially 1.8% driven by analog products partially offset by lower sales of MEMS products. Specialized image sensors, reported in Others, registered a strong sequential revenue growth.

On a year-over-year basis, second quarter net revenues decreased 3.2%, or 1.7% excluding businesses undergoing a phase-out (mobile legacy products, camera modules and set-top box). As anticipated, automotive, including ADAS solutions, and microcontrollers, led by general purpose, continued to be strong, growing revenues about 6% and 4%, respectively, compared to the year-ago quarter. In the second quarter, specialized image sensors posted year-over-year growth. Power discretes, still impacted by weaker market conditions compared to the year-ago period, decreased as did digital reflecting the discontinued product lines. AMG revenues decreased 15.4% compared to the year-ago period mainly due to lower wireless and computer peripheral applications sales.

All regions grew revenues sequentially, led by the Americas up by 9.6%, Asia Pacific up by 5.1% and EMEA up by 4.6%. On a year-over-year basis, EMEA grew 4.6% while the Americas and Asia Pacific decreased by 3.6% and 6.7%, respectively.

Second quarter gross profit was $577 million. The gross margin was 33.9%, and included about 45 basis points of unused capacity charges. On a sequential basis, gross margin increased 50 basis points on manufacturing efficiencies and improved product mix partially offset principally by price pressure.

Combined R&D and SG&A expenses were $565 million, decreasing by $6 million on a sequential basis, benefiting from fewer calendar days and the initial benefits of the set-top box restructuring plan, partially offset by unfavorable currency effects, net of hedging, in the second quarter.

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

Second quarter operating income before impairment and restructuring charges(1) improved sequentially to $40 million from a loss of $5 million, mainly due to higher revenues and higher gross profit. On a year-over-year basis, operating income improved by $7 million reflecting favorable currency effects, net of hedging, improved product mix, manufacturing efficiencies and lower operating expenses partially offset by lower revenues and lower R&D grants.

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