Pericom Semiconductor Reports Fiscal Q1 2009 Financial Results (Revenue up 14%)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ --



Posts Record Revenues with Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth of 14%


SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM), a worldwide supplier of high-speed integrated circuits and frequency control products, today announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended September 27, 2008.


Quarterly Highlights


    -- Net revenues grew 1.2% sequentially and 14.1% year-over-year to
       $43.9 million.
    -- Net income declined 14.5% sequentially and increased 1.1%
       year-over-year to $3.9 million.
    -- Gross profits increased $0.4 million sequentially and $2.0 million
       year-over-year.  Gross margins increased 0.4% sequentially and were
       constant year-over-year at 36.4%.
    -- Total shares repurchased were 200,000 shares.



Net revenues for the first quarter were $43.9 million, up 1.2% from the $43.4 million reported in the fourth quarter of last year, and up 14.1% from the $38.5 million reported in the comparable period last year. Gross margin was 36.4%, up 0.4% from 36.0% last quarter mainly due to a higher mix of IC products compared to the fourth quarter of last year. Operating expenses in the quarter were $11.1 million, up from $10.6 million in the previous quarter of last year and up from $9.9 million in the comparable period last year. Stock based compensation expense in the quarter was $0.8 million, up from $0.6 million in the previous quarter of last year and up from $0.5 million in the comparable period last year. Net income in the quarter was $3.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with net income of $4.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of last year and net income of $3.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.


"Pericom had an outstanding quarter with record revenue growth of 14 percent year-over-year, and solid profitability," said Alex Hui, president and CEO of Pericom. "We have a strong financial foundation - this quarter alone we generated $30 million in cash and repurchased over 139 thousand shares."


"While we enter our fiscal second quarter with a cautious outlook, due to the challenging business environment and limited visibility on end-market demands, we remain confident in our competitive position in the markets we serve. Our strategy to focus on enabling serial connectivity in high performance systems reaches out to a diverse set of customers in established and emerging markets and positions us to resume strong growth as the global economy achieves more stability," concluded Hui.


New Products

Pericom introduced a total of 8 new products across the Signal Integrity, Timing and Connectivity product areas in this quarter.


Continuing to expand its solutions for high-speed serial protocols, Pericom introduced 2 switch products supporting the new DisplayPort(TM) serial protocol and legacy VGA standard, targeting volume notebook and PC market segments. A family of 4 LVDS switches for LCD panel switching in notebook applications was also released. All 6 new switches address the need for seamless switching of multiple displays or display port options in next generation notebook and PC products.


Expanding its timing solutions for high speed serial protocols, Pericom introduced the FD family of very low jitter, very high power supply rejection crystal oscillators. This new high performance oscillator family is aimed at hard disk drives, wireless access, and other high speed serial protocol applications that require a very stable, very low jitter clock source.


Adding to its broad PCIe Connectivity solution family, Pericom introduced an 'industry first' PCIe packet switch offering extremely small package and very low power consumption, enabling the new switch to target volume Computing, Consumer and Networking platforms.


Share Repurchase Update

On April 26, 2007, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional 2.0 million shares and on April 29, 2008, our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional $30 million of our common stock. Pursuant to the 2007 authority, the Company repurchased 139,190 shares in the three months ended September 27, 2008 for an aggregate cost of $1.9 million and completed the repurchase of 2,000,000 shares at a total cost of approximately $25.2 million. Pursuant to the 2008 authority, the Company repurchased 60,810 shares in the three months ended September 27, 2008 for an aggregate cost of $0.8 million. During the same period in fiscal 2008, the Company repurchased approximately 0.5 million shares for an aggregate cost of $5.0 million. Shares purchased in the three months ended September 27, 2008 under the 2007 and 2008 authority had a combined average per share purchase price of $13.34.


Fiscal Q2 Outlook

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward looking, and actual results may differ materially.


    -- Revenues in the second fiscal quarter are expected to be in the
       range of $36.0 million to $40.0 million.
    -- Gross margins are expected to be in the range of 35.0% to 36.0%.
       Margins are influenced by the product mix of turns business and
    -- Operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $10.6 million
       to $11.0 million, which include stock-based compensation expense of
       approximately $0.9 million.
    -- Other income is expected to be approximately $1.0 million,
       consisting primarily of interest income.
    -- The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 34.0%.



Conference Call

The press release will be followed by a conference call beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time. To listen to the call, dial (877) 874-1588 (domestic) or (719) 325-4811 (international) and reference "Pericom." A slide presentation will accompany the conference call. To view the slides, please visit the investor relations section of


A taped replay of the conference call will be made available for four business days. To listen to the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 and reference Passcode 3609417. The Pericom financial results conference call will be available via a live webcast on the investor relations section of the web site at Access the web site 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to download and install any necessary audio software. An archived webcast replay will be available on the web site for approximately 90 days.


About Pericom

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM) enables serial connectivity with the industry's most complete solutions for the computing, communications and consumer market segments. Pericom's analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, along with its SaRonix-eCERA frequency control products are essential in the timing, switching, bridging and conditioning of high-speed signals required by today's ever-increasing speed and bandwidth demanding applications. Company headquarters is in San Jose, Calif., with design centers and technical sales and support offices globally.


This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined under The Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding Pericom being positioned to resume strong growth and the statements under the captions 'Fiscal Q2 Outlook', which regard the anticipated revenues, gross margin, operating expenses, other income and tax rate in the first fiscal quarter, The Company's actual results could differ materially from what is set forth in such forward-looking statements due to a variety of risk factors, including softness in demand for our products, price erosion for certain of our products, unexpected difficulties in developing new products, customer decisions to reduce inventory, economic or financial difficulties experienced by our customers, or technological and market changes. All forward-looking statements included in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and Pericom assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. Parties receiving this release are encouraged to review our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 28, 2008 and in particular the risk factors sections of that filing.

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