Exar Corporation Reports Fiscal 2011 Fourth Quarter Results

(PRNewswire) — Exar Corporation (Nasdaq: EXAR) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended March 27, 2011.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 were $33.8 million compared to net sales of $35.4 million for the prior quarter and $38.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.  

The GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was 35.0% compared to 45.5% for the prior quarter and 50.4% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

On a non-GAAP basis, the gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was 46.1% compared to 50.0% for the prior quarter and 54.0% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

The GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $18.8 million, or $0.42 net loss per share, compared to a net loss of $5.0 million, or $0.11 net loss per share in the prior quarter, and a net loss of $3.3 million, or $0.08 net loss per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

On a non-GAAP basis, the net loss was $4.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 or $0.10 net loss per share, compared to net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.04 net loss per share in the previous quarter, and the net income of $1.5 million, or $0.03 earnings per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

The Company ended the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 with cash, cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities of $201 million.

"We completed fiscal 2011 with revenue growth of 8.2% year over year.  As the fourth quarter progressed we saw momentum in new orders and shipments," said Pete Rodriguez, the Company's president and chief executive officer.  "During the period we exited the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card market as announced on March 4, 2011.  We reduced our quarterly operating expenses by approximately $3 million, thereby significantly reducing our revenue breakeven point."

For the first quarter of fiscal 2012 ending July 3, 2011, the Company projects that net sales will be between $34 million and $36 million. The non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be between 47% and 49%. Operating expenses are expected to be between $18 million and $19 million on a non-GAAP basis.

The Company's statements about its future financial performance or operating plans are based on current information and expectations and the Company undertakes no duty to update such statements. These statements are forward-looking and actual results could differ materially due to various risks and uncertainties, some of which are described herein.

Results Conference Call

The Company invites investors, financial analysts, and the general public to listen to its conference call discussing the Company's financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, today, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. PDT. To access the conference call, please dial (800) 230-1085 by 1:20 p.m. PDT and use conference ID number 201781. In addition, a live webcast will also be available.

To access the webcast, please go to the Company's Investor Relations Homepage at: http://www.exar.com. A replay of the call will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. PDT on May 5, 2011 until 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 12, 2011. To access the replay, please dial (800) 475-6701 and use conference ID number 201781.

Product Line Highlights:

Power Management

http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/News.aspx?id=8366

Datacom and Storage

http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/News.aspx?id=8342

http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/News.aspx?id=8390

Interface

http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/News.aspx?id=8364

http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/News.aspx?id=8398

Safe Harbor Statement

The Company's statements about its future financial performance, changes in gross margins, net sales and operating expenses, resource allocation and its impact on future performance and product development initiatives, design win conversion, distribution and OEM trends, supply chain issues among others, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include global financial volatility, economic recession, and industry and market conditions, such as customer and distributor relationships; limited visibility associated with customer or distributor demand for the Company's products; the possible loss of, or decrease in orders from, an important customer; vendor capacity, quality or throughput constraints; successful integration of acquired businesses; possible disruption in commercial activities as a consequence of terrorist activity, natural disasters, armed conflict or health issues; successful development, market acceptance and demand for the Company's products, including those for which the Company has achieved design wins; competitive factors, such as pricing or competing solutions; customer ordering patterns; accounting considerations related to impairment analyses or acquisition related issues; the level of inventories maintained at the Company's OEMs and distributors; and the Company's successful execution of internal performance plans, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 28, 2010 and the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended June 27, 2010, September 26, 2010 and December 26, 2010.

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, the Company supplements reported GAAP financials with non-GAAP measures which are included in related press releases and reports furnished to the SEC, copies of which are available at the Company's website: http://www.exar.com or the SEC's website at: http://www.sec.gov. For the periods presented, we are disclosing non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP research and development expenses, non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP net income (loss), and non-GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share, which are adjusted to exclude from our GAAP results all stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, fair value adjustment of acquired inventories, acquisition-related costs, exit costs, separation costs of executive officers, acceleration of depreciation on abandoned equipment, impairment of purchased intangible assets, impairment charges on investments, and income tax effects. These non-GAAP measures are presented in part to enhance the understanding of the Company's historical financial performance and comparability between reporting periods. The Company believes the non-GAAP presentation, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, provide relevant and useful information to analysts, investors, management and other interested parties following the semiconductor industry. For its internal purposes, the Company uses the foregoing non-GAAP measures to evaluate performance across reporting periods, determine certain employee benefits as well as plan for and forecast the Company's future periods. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. The Company believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. These measures should only be used to evaluate the Company's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

About Exar

Exar Corporation delivers highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. For over 40 years, Exar's comprehensive knowledge of end-user markets along with the underlying analog, mixed signal and digital technology has enabled innovative solutions that meet the needs of the evolving connected world. Exar's product portfolio includes power management and interface components, communications products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors. Exar has locations worldwide providing real-time customer support to drive rapid product development. For more information about Exar, visit: http://www.exar.com .

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