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Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
May 03, 2012 (04:05 PM EDT)
SHANGHAI, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRD; "Spreadtrum" or the "Company"), a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
FIRST QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL SUMMARY:
Commenting on the results, Spreadtrum's Chairman and CEO, Dr. Leo Li said, "During the first quarter, we laid a strong foundation for 2012 growth in smartphones with more than 200 design wins for our 1GHz TD-SCDMA and 1GHz EDGE/Wifi smartphone chipsets. Our smartphone platform is now commercially available and we expect to ship more than one million units in the second quarter. Our customers are targeting a $50-100 retail segment through both China Mobile and open market channels. In addition, we secured a significant number of design wins in the premium smartphone segment for our TD-SCDMA basebands. In TD-SCDMA, we expect the overall market for both feature phones and smartphones to grow to approximately 80-90 million units, with the majority of shipments in the second half of the year.
"In the 2.5G segment, we introduced the industry's first 40nm based 2.5G baseband in the industry, the SC6530, and are now beginning to ramp shipments. During the first quarter we grew volume in the mid- to high-end feature phone segment and secured new design wins with first tier global OEMs that will serve as a foundation for continuing volume increase in the second half. Price competition caused margin pressure as expected.
"Looking ahead to 2Q12, we expect revenue to be in the range of US$170 million to US$175 million, a sequential and year-over-year increase of 6% to 9%, with a gross margin of approximately 37%."
Further commenting on the 1Q12 financial results, Shannon Gao, Spreadtrum's CFO added, "Our operating expenses decreased from the prior quarter due to lower R&D expenses relating to our WCDMA program and a higher offset from recognized government subsidies. We expect our operating expenses as a percentage of revenue to go up slightly in Q2 as we continue to invest in new product development. In the first quarter, we made a US$10 million equity investment in handset brand Micromax, which is the third largest handset brand in India. With this investment and joint R&D, we will ensure that our products are closely aligned with the needs of local consumers as well as with the brands that are poised for continuing market share gains. During the quarter, we continued to return capital to shareholders, declaring our fourth quarterly cash dividend of US$0.10 per ADS which was distributed on April 25, 2012."
FIRST QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL REVIEW:
Revenue in 1Q12 totaled US$161.1 million, down from US$192.2 million in 4Q11 and up from US$137.1 million in 1Q11.
Sales volume of 2G/2.5G baseband and radio frequency bundle semiconductors recognized as revenue in 1Q12 increased 16.4% sequentially and 39.1% year-over-year. Sales volume of 3G bundle semiconductors recognized as revenue in 1Q12 decreased 37.6% sequentially and increased 104.8% year-over-year.
The average selling price per unit of 2G/2.5G bundle semiconductors in 1Q12 decreased 6.0% sequentially and 21.4% year-over-year. The average selling price per unit of 3G bundle semiconductors in 1Q12 decreased 10.1% sequentially and 12.7% year-over-year.
Gross Profit and Margin
Gross profit for the quarter was US$61.3 million, down 21.8% from US$78.4 million in 4Q11 and up 5.9% from US$57.9 million in 1Q11. Gross margin for the quarter was 38.0%, down from 40.8% in 4Q11 and 42.2% in 1Q11. Non-GAAP gross margin, adjusted to exclude share-based compensation, was 38.1%, down from 40.9% in 4Q11 and 42.3% in 1Q11.
Cost of revenue in 1Q12 totaled US$99.8 million, a decrease of 12.3% from the previous quarter and up 26.1% from 1Q11.
Operating Expense and Margin
The Company's operating margin for the quarter was 16.1%, compared to 17.8% in the previous quarter and 20.9% in 1Q11, and the sequential and year-over-year decrease was primarily due to a lower gross margin. Non-GAAP operating margin, adjusted to exclude share-based compensation expense was 19.2% in 1Q12, compared to 21.1% in 4Q11 and 23.0% in 1Q11.
Total operating expenses in 1Q12, including selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses and research and development (R&D) expenses, were US$35.4 million, representing a decrease from US$44.1 million in 4Q11 and an increase from US$29.2 million in 1Q11.
R&D expenses decreased 24.7% sequentially and increased 18.7% year-over-year to US$28.4 million in 1Q12. The sequential decrease in R&D expenses was primarily due to a decrease in engineering expenses related to the development of new products and stock-based compensation as well as an increase in recognized R&D subsidies. The year-over-year increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to an increase in employee compensation expenses including share-based compensation partially related to the consolidation of MobilePeak starting from end of 3Q11 and depreciation and amortization expenses.
SG&A expenses increased 8.8% sequentially and 32.4% year-over-year to US$7.0 million in 1Q12. The sequential and year-over-year increase in SG&A expenses were primarily due to an increase in employee compensation expenses including share-based compensation.
In 1Q12, the Company recorded interest income of US$2.2 million, up from US$2.1 million in the previous quarter and up from US$1.3 million in 1Q11. The year-over-year increase was due to investment of a higher balance of cash combined with an increase in deposit saving rate. Interest expense in 1Q12 was US$1.4 million, up from US$1.3 million in the previous quarter and up from US$0.7 million in 1Q11. Year-over-year increase in interest expenses was due to increase in both short-term loans and interest rates. Other income (net) in 1Q12 was US$0.6 million, compared to US$2.0 million in 4Q11 and US$1.7 million in 1Q11. Other income (net) mainly represented net foreign exchange gains and losses.
The Company's net income totaled US$24.3 million in 1Q12, compared to US$35.2 million in 4Q11 and US$27.5 million in 1Q11. The sequential decrease in net income was primarily due to the decrease in gross profit, which was partially offset by the decrease in operating expenses. Net margin was 15.1%, down from 18.3% in 4Q11 and 20.1% in 1Q11. Basic and diluted income per ADS were US$0.53 and US$0.47, respectively, in 1Q12, compared to US$0.75 and US$0.66, respectively, in 4Q11, and US$0.57 and US$0.50, respectively, in 1Q11.
Excluding share-based compensation expenses, the Company's non-GAAP net income for 4Q11 was US$29.3 million, down from a non-GAAP net income of US$41.5 million in 4Q11 and US$30.4 million in 1Q11. Diluted non-GAAP net income per ADS in 1Q12 was US$0.57, compared with US$0.78 per ADS in the prior quarter and US$0.55 per diluted ADS in 1Q11.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of March 31, 2012, the total balance of cash and cash equivalents and term deposit with maturity dates over 90 days was US$233.1 million, compared to US$265.7 million as of December 31, 2011. The total balance of restricted cash pledged to banks for short-term loans was US$70.0 million, compared with $69.9 million as of December 31, 2011. In 1Q12, the Company generated US$21.0 million in cash from operating activities and used $3.1 million in cash on property and equipment as well as US$2.1 million on intangible asset. In 1Q12, the Company also used US$10.7 million on equity investments. In 1Q12, the Company used US$31.0 million in cash to repurchase its outstanding shares and US$4.6 million to pay a quarterly dividend.
Accounts receivable decreased by US$3.4 million from US$10.7 million as of December 31, 2011 to US$7.3 million as of March 31, 2012. Average accounts receivable days, calculated based on quarterly average accounts receivable divided by quarterly revenue and multiplied by number of days in the quarter, decreased sequentially from 6 days to 5 days. Inventory as of March 31, 2012 was US$62.9 million, a decrease of US$30.3 million from December 31, 2011. Inventory days, calculated based on quarterly average inventory (excluding deferred cost) divided by quarterly cost of goods sold and multiplied by number of days in the quarter, decreased from 77 days in 4Q11 to 71 days in 1Q12. Deferred cost, which consists of products that have shipped to customer where the rights and obligations of ownership have passed to customers but revenue has not yet been recognized due to pending customer acceptance, decreased from US$64.7 million as of December 31, 2011 to US$55.8 million as of March 31, 2012. Total assets as of March 31, 2012 were US$628.2 million, down US$52.9 million from US$681.1 million as of December 31, 2011. The decrease in total assets was primarily attributable to US$31.7 million decrease in term deposit with maturity dates over 90 days, US$30.3 million decrease in inventory, US$8.9 million decrease in deferred cost and US$3.4 million decrease in accounts receivable, partially offset by US$10.4 million increase in equity investment, US$4.8 million increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets and US$4.5 million increase in property and equipment.
Current liabilities decreased from US$355.4 million as of December 31, 2011 to US$309.3 million as of March 31, 2012, primarily due to the decrease of US$28.8 million in advance from customers, US$11.6 million in accrued expenses and other current liabilities and US$8.3 million in accounts payable. Long-term liabilities as of March 31, 2012 were US$12.2 million, compared to US$12.7 million as of December 31, 2011.
Looking ahead, Spreadtrum expects revenue for the second quarter of 2012 to be in the range of US$170 million - US$175 million with a gross margin of approximately 37%.
WEBCAST OF CONFERENCE CALL:
The Company's senior management will host a conference call at 9:00 pm (Eastern) / 6:00 pm (Pacific) on Thursday, May 3, 2012, which is 9:00 am (Hong Kong) on Friday, May 4, 2012 to discuss the financial results and recent business activities. The conference call may be accessed by calling:
A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until May 10, 2012 at (US Toll / International) +1 718 354 1232, passcode: 73034225.
A live webcast of the conference call and replay, along with an accompanying quarterly results presentation, will be available in the investor relations section of the Company's website.
DISCUSSION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES:
In addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with US GAAP, the Company's earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the effects of share-based compensation and other non-recurring items. The non-GAAP financial measures used by management and disclosed by the Company exclude the income statement effects of all forms of share-based compensation.
The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with US GAAP. The financial results reported in accordance with US GAAP and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results should be carefully evaluated. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be prepared differently from and, therefore, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
The Company provides the presentation of non-GAAP gross margin, non- GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS, all excluding share-based compensation expenses. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. The non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS are calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income by the US GAAP weighted average diluted shares outstanding.
ABOUT SPREADTRUM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRD; "Spreadtrum") is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum's solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum's customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT:
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's 2012 growth in smartphones; the Company's expectations with respect to shipping more than one million units of its smartphone platforms in the second quarter; the Company's expectations with respect to the overall TD-SCDMA market for both feature phones and smartphones growing to approximately 80-90 million units, with the majority of shipments in the second half of the year; the Company's continuing volume increase of the SC6530 in the second half; the Company's expectations with respect to revenue in 2Q12 being in the range of US$170 million - US$175 million with a gross margin of approximately 37%; the Company's expectations with respect to its operating expenses as a percentage of revenue going up slightly in Q2 as the Company continues to invest in new product development; and the Company's belief in its products being aligned with the needs of local consumers as well as with the brands that are poised for continuing market share gains. The Company uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements are forward-looking in nature and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual market trends and the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continuing competitive pressure in the semiconductor industry and the effect of such pressure on prices; unpredictable changes in technology and consumer demand for mobile phones; the rate at which the market adoption of TD-SCDMA technology will grow; market acceptance of the Company's smartphone chipsets and 40nm 2.5G chipsets; the pace of commercial deployment of TD-LTE technology; the state of and any change in the Company's relationship with its major domestic and international customers and Chinese government agencies; and changes in political, economic, legal and social conditions in China. For additional discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other factors, please consider the information contained in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the annual report on Form 20-F filed on April 10, 2012, especially the section under "Risk Factors" and such other documents that the Company may file with the SEC from time to time, including on Form 6-K. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release, and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by law.
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