Altera Announces First Quarter Results
(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 23 April 2012
Release date- 20042012 - SAN JOSE, Calif. - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced first quarter sales of $383.8 million, down 16 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011 and down 28 percent from the first quarter of 2011.
First quarter net income was $115.8 million, $0.35 per diluted share, compared with net income of $146.6 million, $0.45 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $224.1 million $0.68 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011.
Cash flow from operating activities was $89.8 million. Altera repurchased 220,449 shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $8.2 million. Altera ended the quarter with $3.6 billion in cash and investments.
Altera's board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share payable on June 1, 2012 to stockholders of record on May 10, 2012.
'Demand in the last month of the quarter was generally lighter than forecasted, particularly from customers in the communications vertical market. In addition, we experienced some mix issues as we attempted to fulfill orders that arrived in the last month of the quarter. These factors were the major contributors to quarterly revenue that was well below our previous outlook.
As we enter the second quarter, our backlog position has significantly improved reflecting stronger demand for our products. We expect a rebound in our business in the second quarter,' said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. 'Our portfolio of 28-nm FPGAs is displaying strong design-win momentum. We continue to benefit from both our incumbency position and a tailored architecture approach that optimizes the performance of each of our 28-nm FPGA families.'
Several recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress:
Altera is now delivering production-qualified Stratix V FPGAs, the industry's first fully production-qualified 28-nm FPGAs. Stratix V FPGAs are the only FPGAs manufactured using TSMC's 28-nm High Performance (28HP) process, which, when combined with the company's tailored architecture, produces the best logic fabric performance available today.
The performance benefits offered by Altera's high-end FPGAs combined with its leading-edge process technology and feature advantages enable Stratix V FPGAs to displace ASICs and ASSPs and win over competitive FPGAs across the diverse markets accessible to FPGAs.
Initial software support for the Stratix V family became available in May 2010. Altera began shipping engineering samples of the industry's first high-end 28-nm FPGAs in April 2011 and moved to production in less than a year with eight Stratix V family members now in production. The Stratix V FPGA family includes an E variant which is rich in logic resources and GX, GS and GT variants which include the FPGA industry's only integrated transceivers operating up to 28 Gbps.
The first of Altera's Cyclone V FPGAs, the only 28-nm low-cost FPGAs in the market, are now shipping. Availability of the Cyclone V family completes Altera's release of its 28-nm tailored product portfolio which offers a broad range of devices-from the highest bandwidth to the lowest power-to meet customers' specific design needs. The Cyclone V family is developed on TSMC's 28-nm Low Power (28LP) process, delivering the lowest power, lowest cost and optimal performance levels needed for today's high-volume, cost-sensitive applications.
The family encompasses six variants allowing designers to choose the device that best meets their needs-the logic-only E, the 3.125 Gbps transceiver GX, the 5 Gbps transceiver GT, and the SE, SX and ST SoC FPGA variants with integrated dual-core ARM-based Hard Processor Systems (HPSs).
Altera and TSMC have jointly developed the world's first heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle using TSMC's Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS) integration process. Heterogeneous 3D ICs are one of the innovations enabling the industry's move beyond Moore's Law by stacking various technologies within a single device, including analog, logic and memory. Altera's vision for heterogeneous 3D ICs includes developing device derivatives that allow customers to mix and match silicon IP based on their application requirements.
Altera will leverage its leadership position in FPGA technology to integrate various technologies with an FPGA, including CPUs, ASICs, ASSPs, memory and optics. CoWoS is an integrated process technology that attaches device silicon chips to a wafer through a chip on wafer (CoW) bonding process.
Product Category Description
New Products include the Stratix V (including GS, GT and GX), Stratix IV (including E, GX and GT), Arria V, Arria II (including GX and GZ), Cyclone V, Cyclone IV (including E and GX), MAX V, and HardCopy IV devices.
Mainstream Products include the Stratix III, Cyclone III, MAX II, and HardCopy III devices.
Mature and Other Products include the Stratix II (and GX), Stratix (and GX), Arria GX, Cyclone II, Cyclone, Classic, MAX 3000A, MAX 7000, MAX 7000A, MAX 7000B, MAX 7000S, MAX 9000, HardCopy II, HardCopy, FLEX series, APEX series, Mercury, and Excalibur devices, configuration and other devices, intellectual property cores, and software and other tools.
First Quarter Earnings Conference Call
A conference call will be held today at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the quarter's results and management's current business outlook. The web cast and subsequent replay will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.altera.com. A telephonic replay of the call may be accessed later in the day by calling (719) 457-0820 and referencing confirmation code 258712. The telephonic replay will be available for two weeks following the live call.
Second Quarter Update
Altera's second quarter business update will be issued in a press release available after the market close on June 7, 2012.
Statements in this press release that are not historical are 'forward-looking statements' as the term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally written in the future tense and/or preceded by words such as 'will,' 'expects,' 'anticipates,' or other words that imply or predict a future state.
Forward-looking statements include an expectation of improvement in our business and in demand in the second quarter, as well as any projection of revenue, gross margin, expense or other financial items discussed in the Business Outlook section or elsewhere in this press release.
Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that can cause actual results to differ from those currently anticipated, due to a number of factors, including without limitation, current global economic conditions, customer business environment, customer inventory levels, vertical market mix, market acceptance of the company's products, product introduction schedules, the rate of growth of the company's new products including Cyclone V, Cyclone IV, Arria V, Arria II, Stratix V, Stratix IV FPGAs, MAX V CPLDs and HardCopy IV device families, as well as changes in economic conditions and other risk factors discussed in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time.
Copies of Altera's SEC filings are posted on the company's website and are available from the company without charge. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and, except as required by law, the company does not undertake an obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
Altera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGA, CPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Facebook, RSS and Twitter.
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