Atmel Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Second Quarter Revenues of $479 Million, Increased 4% Sequentially

(PRNewswire) — Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2011 were $478.6 million, a 4% increase compared to $461.4 million for the first quarter of 2011, and a 22% increase compared to $393.4 million for the second quarter of 2010.  Adjusting for the Smart Card divestiture completed at the end of the third quarter of 2010, second quarter 2011 revenues increased 31% from the second quarter of the prior year.

Net income, on a GAAP basis, totaled $90.9 million or $0.19 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2011. This compares to first quarter 2011 net income of $74.6 million, or $0.16 per diluted share.  Included in first quarter 2011 results were restructuring charges of $21.2 million or $0.05 per diluted share, related to personnel reductions at Rousset, France following the sale of our wafer fabrication and Smart Card businesses. The second quarter 2011 net income compares to a net loss of $36.4 million or $(0.08) per diluted share for the second quarter of 2010, which included $107.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, of charges related to the sale of the company's manufacturing operations in Rousset, France.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2011 totaled $124.3 million or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $122.2 million or $0.26 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011, and non-GAAP net income of $50.6 million or $0.11 per diluted share for the year-ago quarter.  Refer to the non-GAAP reconciliation table included in this release for more details.

Gross margin advanced to 51.8% in the second quarter of 2011, a record for the company.  This compares to gross margin of 51.0% in the first quarter of 2011 and 40.6% in the second quarter of 2010.

"Atmel continues to gain increasing share in the microcontroller market as seen by our most recent quarter's results," said Steve Laub, Atmel's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our ninth consecutive quarter of revenue growth, record gross margin, and improved profitability are clear indicators of our significantly improved operating model."

Second quarter income from operations of $111.0 million or 23.2% of revenues compared with $81.9 million or 17.7% of revenues for the first quarter of 2011, and an operating loss of $(78.9) million or a loss from operations of 20.1% for the second quarter 2010. First quarter 2011 income from operations included $21.2 million of restructuring charges and a $1.9 million gain on the sale of assets while second quarter 2010 loss from operations included charges related to the sale of the company's manufacturing operations in Rousset, France of $107.6 million.

Income tax provision totaled $18.8 million for the second quarter of 2011. This compares to an income tax provision of $9.8 million for the first quarter of 2011 and a tax benefit of $39.7 million for the second quarter of 2010.  The income tax benefit for the second quarter 2010 resulted from discrete benefits related to the taxable losses from the Rousset fab transaction and related changes to deferred tax liabilities.

Cash provided from operations totaled approximately $42.6 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $74.1 million for the first quarter of 2011 and $49.2 million for the second quarter of 2010.   Combined cash balances (cash and cash equivalents plus short-term investments) totaled $453.3 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011.  Net cash balance (cash balances less current and long-term debt) was $448.6 million at June 30, 2011.  

Operational and Company Highlights

  • Ninth consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth
  • Record microcontroller revenues, surpassing $300 million for the first time in company history
  • Record gross margin of 51.8%
  • Operating margin of 23.2%, the highest level achieved in over 14 years
  • Net income of $90.9 million or $0.19 per diluted share

Product Highlights

  • Recent maXTouch smartphone introductions include: Samsung's Galaxy S II and Infuse 4G, Motorola's Photon, Bionic, and Droid 3, Nokia's recently introduced E6, X7, and N9 smartphones
  • maXTouch drives Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch tablet
  • Recent reference designs for large format touchscreens include Qualcomm's 11.6-inch and Texas Instrument's 10.1-inch reference designs for Android based tablets
  • Began volume shipments of the new maXTouch mXT224E, mXT540E, and mXT768E products for capacitive touchscreens
  • Announced maXTouch mXT112 E-Series family for feature phones, cameras, and other high-volume markets
  • Atmel delivers SAM3S16 ARM-based microcontroller with 1MB embedded flash
  • Atmel launches ultra-low power, 8-bit AVR XMEGA series with USB and high-precision analog
  • Atmel launches power-efficient multi-string LED drivers

Stock Repurchase

During the second quarter of 2011, Atmel repurchased 2.0 million shares of its common stock in the open market at an average price of $13.64 per share.

Non-GAAP Metrics

Non-GAAP net income excludes charges related to restructuring activities, acquisitions, gain on sale of assets, and stock-based compensation, as well as the non-GAAP income tax adjustment and other non-recurring income tax items. A reconciliation of GAAP results to non-GAAP results is included following the financial statements below.

Conference Call

Atmel will hold a teleconference at 2:00 p.m. PT today to discuss the second quarter 2011 financial results. The conference call will be webcast live and can also be monitored by dialing 1-800-374-0405 or 1-706-758-4519. The conference ID number is 79339189 and participants are encouraged to initiate their calls 10 minutes in advance of the 2 p.m. PT start time to ensure a timely connection. The webcast and earnings release will be accessible at and will be archived for 12 months.

A replay of the August 3, 2011 conference call will be available the same day at approximately 5:00 p.m. PT and will be archived for 48 hours. The replay access numbers are 1-800-642-1687 within the U.S. and 1-706-645-9291 for all other locations. The access code is 79339189.

About Atmel

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.

© 2011 Atmel Corporation. Atmel®, Atmel logo and combinations thereof, and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this release regarding Atmel's forecasts, business outlook, expectations and beliefs are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may include comments about our future operating and financial performance, including our outlook for 2011, our expectations regarding market share and product revenue growth, and Atmel's strategies. 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. 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 general economic conditions (including a downgrade of U.S. Sovereign debt); the inability to realize the anticipated benefits of transactions related to our manufacturing assets, restructuring plans or other initiatives in a timely manner or at all; the impact of competitive products and pricing; timely design acceptance by our customers; timely introduction of new products and technologies; ability to ramp new products into volume production; industry wide shifts in supply and demand for semiconductor products; industry and/or company overcapacity or undercapacity; effective and cost efficient utilization of manufacturing capacity; financial stability in foreign markets and the impact of foreign exchange rates; unanticipated costs and expenses or the inability to identify expenses which can be eliminated; the market price of our common stock; compliance with U.S. and international laws and regulations by us and our distributors; litigation (including intellectual property litigation in which we may be involved or in which our customers may be involved), and the possible unfavorable results of legal proceedings; and other risks detailed from time to time in Atmel's SEC reports and filings, including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 , filed on March 1, 2011 , and our subsequent Form 10-Q reports. Atmel assumes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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