MILPITAS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 14, 2014 — Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC), a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2013. Quarterly revenues of $334.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 decreased $5.8 million or 1.7% from the previous quarter's revenue of $340.4 million and increased $29.3 million or 9.6% over $305.3 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. Net income of $104.8 million decreased $3.1 million or 2.9% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 and increased $15.9 million or 17.9% over the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. Diluted earnings per share of $0.44 per share in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 decreased $0.01 per share or 2.2% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 and increased $0.06 per share or 15.8% over the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.
During the second quarter the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities increased by $128.1 million over the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 to $1,718 million net of spending $6.5 million to purchase 163,000 shares of its common stock in the open market. The Company's Board of Directors approved an increase in the Company's quarterly dividend from $0.26 per share to $0.27 per share. This marked the 22nd consecutive year the Company has increased its dividend. A cash dividend of $0.27 per share will be paid on February 26, 2014 to stockholders of record on February 14, 2014.
According to Lothar Maier, CEO, “As we noted last quarter, our December quarter is generally a slower quarter for us as the automotive and industrial markets tend to be weaker. Though automotive continued to grow modestly, the industrial market was down for us and we ended the quarter with total revenues down sequentially 1.7%, in line with the midpoint of our guidance as the quarter generally went as expected. We are encouraged that this decline was modest compared to recent years and that we grew revenues year-over-year by 9.6% over the second quarter of fiscal 2013. In addition, we were able to hold gross margin flat at 75.3% and we managed expenses accordingly to minimize the impact on earnings, which were down 2.9% or one cent per share. Looking ahead, our book-to-bill ratio was slightly positive in the December quarter and we typically see improved bookings momentum in the automotive and industrial markets in the March quarter. Accordingly, we are currently forecasting revenues to grow sequentially by 3% to 6% in our fiscal third quarter.”
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-K for the year ended June 30, 2013.
Company officials will be discussing these results in greater detail in a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Time. Those investors wishing to listen in may call 719-325-4764, or toll free 800-967-7144 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 January 15, 2014 through January 22, 2014. You may access the archive by calling (719) 457-0820 or toll free (888) 203-1112 and entering reservation #1599786. An archive of the webcast will also be available at www.linear.com and www.streetevents.com as of January 22, 2014 until the second 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, µModule subsystems, and wireless sensor network products. For more information, visit www.linear.com.
For further information contact Paul Coghlan at Linear Technology Corporation, 1630 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, California 95035-7417, (408) 432-1900.
LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
U.S. GAAP (unaudited)
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|Cost of sales (1)||82,521||84,001||78,185||166,522||161,943|
|Research & development (1)||62,008||61,512||57,304||123,520||116,107|
|Selling, general & administrative (1)||38,852||38,678||37,090||77,530||74,594|
|Amortization of debt discount (2)||(5,524||)||(5,446||)||(5,219||)||(10,970||)||(10,365||)|
|Interest and other income||791||882||1,043||1,673||2,046|
Income before income taxes
|Provision for income taxes||34,917||36,921||32,857||71,838||71,760|
|Earnings per share:|
|Shares used in determining earnings per share:|
|Includes the following non-cash charges:|
|(1) Stock-based compensation|
|Cost of sales||$||2,106||$||1,964||$||1,984||$||4,070||$||3,954|
|Research & development||9,816||9,162||9,255||18,978||18,451|
|Selling, general & administrative||5,069||4,730||4,778||9,799||9,523|
(2) Amortization of debt discount (non- cash interest expense)