Revenues were $114.7 million in first half 2008 compared to $122.8 million in first half 2007. First half 2007 revenues included $11.2 million of non-recurring revenue associated with prior period sales of Sony Ericsson’s covered 2G products as well as $8.7 million of revenue related to current period sales of Sony Ericsson’s covered 2G products. First half 2008 included $0.8 million of revenue from past infringement. Excluding revenue from the Sony Ericsson as well as other non-recurring revenue, recurring patent license royalties from continuing licensees were $109.3 million in first half 2008, an $8.0 million or 8% increase over first half 2007. In addition, first half 2008 revenues included technology solutions revenue of $4.6 million, which increased $3.0 million over first half 2007.
During first half 2008, the company generated $97.6 million of free cash flow2, compared to $90.8 million of free cash flow in first half 2007. First half 2008 free cash flow included the third of three patent license payments from LG totaling $95.0 million, offset in part by (i) $15.9 million of federal and foreign withholding tax payments, (ii) litigation and arbitration costs, (iii) patent related costs and (iv) investments in product development initiatives.
Excluding a first half 2007 charge of $16.6 million relating to the Federal arbitration, first half 2008 operating expenses of $96.0 million increased $5.1 million from first half 2007 due primarily to a $4.2 million increase in litigation and arbitration expenses, net of insurance reimbursements.
Net interest and investment income of $1.7 million in first half 2008 decreased $3.2 million from $4.9 million in first half 2007 due primarily to a $0.7 million investment write-down and lower rates of return.
The company’s first half 2008 tax expense was $7.3 million, compared with first half 2007 tax expense of $7.0 million. The first half 2008 effective tax rate was approximately 35%. The first half 2007 effective tax rate was approximately 34%, including the effect of estimated future tax credits related to 2007 research and development activity.
Scott McQuilkin, Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Our second quarter was strong, with a sequential increase in royalty revenue from several of our licensees combined with a decrease in our core operating expenses as well as a decrease in litigation and arbitration costs. As we move closer to full commercialization of our SlimChip product, we expect that development spending related to new product and customer activities will drive an 8%-12% sequential increase in third quarter operating expenses, excluding arbitration and litigation. Also in the third quarter 2008, we will recognize a $2.6 million one-time reduction in expenses related to the recent resolution of the United Kingdom legal actions with Nokia. Lastly, our book tax rate for the second half of the year is expected to approximate 35%.
“As is our practice, we will provide an update on our expectation for third quarter 2008 revenue after we receive and review the applicable royalty reports and update our forecasts on anticipated revenue from work associated with technology solution agreements,” Mr. McQuilkin added.
InterDigital designs, develops and provides advanced wireless technologies and products that drive voice and data communications. InterDigital is a leading contributor to the global wireless standards and holds a strong portfolio of patented technologies, which it licenses to manufacturers of 2G, 2.5G, 3G, and 802 products worldwide. Additionally, the company offers a family of SlimChip™ high performance mobile broadband modem solutions, consisting of Baseband ICs, Modem IP and Reference Platforms. InterDigital's differentiated technology and product solutions deliver time-to-market, performance and cost benefits. For more information, visit: www.interdigital.com.
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