Atmel Reports Revenue Growth in the First Quarter of 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a worldwide leader in the development, fabrication and sale of advanced semiconductors, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2005 totaled $419.8 million, versus $408.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 and $407.4 million in the first quarter of 2004. Net loss for the first quarter of 2005 totaled $43.0 million or $0.09 per share. These results compare to a net loss of $7.1 million or $0.01 per share for the fourth quarter of 2004, as well as a net income of $11.0 million or $0.02 per share for the first quarter of 2004.

"Demand for our products strengthened during the first quarter, as illustrated by the 3% sequential revenue growth, despite a tough pricing environment," stated George Perlegos, Atmel's President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we experienced some manufacturing difficulties during the quarter, our gross margins came under pressure. We are now taking steps to improve our overall cost structure in such a way that allows our increasing demand to more fully yield increased profits.

"Our ASIC revenue grew 3% sequentially in the first quarter, and was up 4% over the first quarter of 2004. Smart card ICs were the main contributor to the revenue growth. As this business continues to provide revenue growth and market share gains, we are working diligently to improve the yields of our smart card IC wafers as well as to increase the production of our smart card ICs on a 0.18-micron line width in order to improve their profitability. Up to this point of the second quarter of 2005, we have already seen material improvements in both the yields and the ramp of our 0.18-micron smart card wafers.

"During the first quarter of 2005, our microcontroller sales grew approximately 2% sequentially, while they declined by approximately 20% year over year. We experienced growth in our proprietary AVR and 8051 microcontroller products. The decline in revenue from the first quarter of 2004 is primarily related to the end of life buys for some of our military and aerospace products during the first quarter of 2004.

"Sales in our RF and Automotive business unit in the first quarter were up 21% sequentially and 40% year over year. An increase in our production of RF BiCMOS products for CDMA phones was the main reason for the growth during the quarter.

"During the first quarter, our Non Volatile Memory business declined 10% sequentially and declined 8% when compared to the first quarter of 2004. Recently, we have chosen to significantly shift our approach to selling memory by focusing on our serial memory products, which include serial EEPROM and serial DataFlash(TM) products. Our serial products have experienced 6% sequential and 6% year over year growth, and have maintained the number one market share position in their respective markets," concluded Mr. Perlegos.

Outlook

The Company anticipates that for the second quarter of 2005, revenues should be flat to slightly up when compared to the first quarter of 2005. Additionally, R&D should be approximately $70-$74 million, while SG&A should be between $48-$52 million. Finally, gross margins should be up two to three points during the second quarter, primarily due to manufacturing improvements in our smart card ICs. Net interest expense for the quarter should be approximately $4-$6 million, while income taxes should be approximately $2-$6 million. We anticipate that depreciation and amortization will be approximately $77-$80 million.

Teleconference

Atmel will hold a teleconference for the financial community at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time today to discuss the first quarter financial results. Atmel will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference from the Investor Relations page of its website at http://www.atmel.com/ . Investors may access the live teleconference by dialing 800-374-0405, and using the passcode 5524468.

A webcast replay will be available for one year after the teleconference at http://www.atmel.com/ . Atmel will also provide a telephone recording of the teleconference, which will be available shortly after the completion of the call. Interested parties may listen to the playback of the teleconference by calling the following number: 800-374-2441, and using the passcode 5524468, within 48 hours of completion of the call.

Information in this release regarding Atmel's forecasts, outlook, expectations and beliefs are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include statements about Atmel's expected second quarter operating results, including revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, demand levels, new product shipments and market conditions. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Atmel as of the date of this release, which may change, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from our current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include the impact of competitive products and pricing, timely design acceptance by our customers, timely introduction of new technologies, ability to ramp new products into volume, industry wide shifts in supply and demand for semiconductor products, industry and/or company overcapacity, effective and cost efficient utilization of manufacturing capacity, financial stability in foreign markets, and other risks detailed from time to time in Atmel's SEC reports and filings, including our Form 10-K, filed on March 25, 2005 and subsequent Form 10-Q reports.

  Contact:  Steven Horwitz, Director, Investor Relations:  408-487-2677


                            Atmel Corporation
             Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                  (In thousands, except per-share data)
                               (Unaudited)


                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                     2005           2004


  Net revenues                                    $419,777       $407,395

  Operating expenses:
        Cost of revenues                           332,775        286,761
        Research and development                    68,721         56,644
        Selling, general and administrative         52,316         43,217
                Total operating expenses           453,812        386,622

  Income (loss) from operations                    (34,035)        20,773
  Interest and other expenses, net                   (3,923)                (5,896)
    Income  (loss)  before  income  taxes                                (37,958)                14,877
    Provision  for  income  taxes                                                (5,063)                (3,868)

    Net  income  (loss)                                                              ($43,021)              $11,009


    Basic  net  income  (loss)  per  share                                  ($0.09)                  $0.02
    Diluted  net  income  (loss)  per  share                              ($0.09)                  $0.02
    Shares  used  in  basic  net  income  (loss)
      per-share  calculation                                                      479,609                474,527
    Shares  used  in  diluted  net  income  (loss)
      per-share  calculation                                                      479,609                485,872


                                                        Atmel  Corporation
                                    Condensed  Consolidated  Balance  Sheets
                                                            (In  thousands)
                                                              (Unaudited)

                                                                                                    March  31,        December  31,
                                                                                                        2005                      2004
    Current  assets:
        Cash  and  cash  equivalents                                          $322,847              $346,350
        Short-term  investments                                                    48,298                  58,858
        Accounts  receivable,  net                                              242,966                228,544
        Inventories                                                                        334,155                346,589
        Other  current  assets                                                        96,175                  91,588
                Total  current  assets                                          1,044,441            1,071,929

    Fixed  assets,  net                                                            1,134,065            1,204,852
    Other  assets                                                                            44,771                  46,742
                Total  assets                                                        $2,223,277          $2,323,523

    Current  liabilities:
        Current  portion  of  long-term  debt                          $136,937              $141,383
        Trade  accounts  payable                                                  198,976                245,240
        Accrued  and  other  liabilities                                    246,134                208,942
        Deferred  income  on  shipments  to  distributors        16,850                  18,124
                Total  current  liabilities                                    598,897                613,689

    Long-term  debt  less  current  portion                            123,207                110,302
    Convertible  notes                                                                216,176                213,648
    Other  long-term  liabilities                                            267,151                274,288
                Total  liabilities                                                1,205,431            1,211,927

    Stockholders'  equity                                                      1,017,846            1,111,596
                Total  liabilities  and  stockholders'
                  equity                                                                  $2,223,277          $2,323,523
 


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