MILPITAS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 24, 2012 — Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC), a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended July 1, 2012. Quarterly revenues of $330.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 increased $17.7 million or 5.7% over the previous quarter's revenue of $312.4 million and decreased $28.5 million or 8.0% from $358.6 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011. Net income of $103.3 million increased $4.8 million or 4.9% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and decreased $54.9 million or 34.7% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 benefited from a lower tax rate of 9.5% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 rate of 26.5%. The Company's tax rate in the prior year quarter included a quarterly tax benefit from a settlement with the IRS related to its audit of prior fiscal years. Diluted earnings per share of $0.44 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 increased $0.02 per share or 5% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and decreased $0.24 per share or 35% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011.
Revenue for fiscal year 2012 was $1.27 billion, a decrease of 14.6% or $217.3 million from revenue of $1.48 billion for the previous fiscal year. Net income of $398.1 million for fiscal year 2012 decreased $182.7 million or 31.5% from $580.8 million reported in the previous fiscal year. Fiscal year 2012 results were impacted by a $3.2 million charge related to acquisition costs for Dust Networks while the previous fiscal year benefited from a $4.2 million gain related to various legal settlements and from a lower tax rate of 19.8% compared to 25.7% in fiscal 2012. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2012 was $1.70, a decrease of 32% or $0.80 per share from the prior fiscal year.
During the fourth quarter the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities increased by $91.2 million to $1.2 billion. A cash dividend of $0.25 will be paid on August 29, 2012 to stockholders of record on August 17, 2012.
According to Lothar Maier, CEO, “Our fourth quarter financial results were in the mid-range of our guidance as sales grew 6% compared to the preceding third quarter and both gross margin and operating margin improved as a percent of sales. This was also our fiscal year-end. In a challenging global economic environment we improved as the year progressed growing sequentially 6% in each of the last two quarters. Automotive was our best performing end-market, growing bookings 24% year over year. Our largest end-market is industrial, which was 40% of our business. Over the last three years industrial and automotive have been the fastest growing analog end-markets and we have grown these end-markets at a faster rate than the industry overall.
As we turn our focus to fiscal 2013, general economic sluggishness remains in the U.S. and we are particularly cautious about the European market and its sovereign debt issues. Historically, the first fiscal quarter is a seasonally weak period in that region and this could be exacerbated by the continuing debt crisis. We are hopeful that the strength we are seeing in Japan and Asia will continue to offset weakness in Europe and flatness in the USA. Given the current environment and the level of bookings we have received over the past quarter, we are currently forecasting our revenues to be flat to up 3% over our just completed fourth fiscal quarter, generally in line with our historical seasonality for summer quarters.”
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements. In particular, the statements regarding the demand for our products, our customers' ordering patterns and the anticipated trends in our sales and profits are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are dependent on certain risks and uncertainties, including such factors, among others, as the timing, volume and pricing of new orders received and shipped, the timely introduction of new processes and products, general and country specific conditions in the world economy and financial markets and other factors described in our 10-Q for the quarter ended April 1, 2012.
Company officials will be discussing these results in greater detail in a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Time. Those investors wishing to listen in may call (913) 312-1483, or toll free (888) 670-2254 before 8:15 a.m. to be included in the audience. There will be a live webcast of this conference call that can be accessed through www.linear.com or www.streetevents.com. A replay of the conference call will be available from July 25, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
You may access the archive by calling (719) 457-0820 or toll free (888) 203-1112 and entering reservation #3353704. An archive of the webcast will also be available at www.linear.com and www.streetevents.com as of July 25, 2012 until the fourth quarter earnings release next year.
Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been
designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance
analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for three
decades. The Company's products provide an essential bridge between our
analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking,
industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer,
and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power
management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs,