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Microchip Technology Posts Q3

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today reported results for the three months ended December 31, 2010.

Consolidated net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $367.8 million, down 3.8% sequentially from net sales of $382.3 million in the immediately preceding quarter, and up 47.1% from net sales of $250.1 million in the prior year’s third quarter. GAAP net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $101.9 million, or 52 cents per diluted share, down 2.7% from GAAP net income from continuing operations of $104.7 million, or 55 cents per diluted share, in the immediately preceding quarter, and up 46.9% from GAAP net income of $69.4 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, in the prior year’s third quarter. Due to the appreciation in the price of our common stock in the December 2010 quarter, the dilutive share count reflects the effect of our convertible debentures, with the effect of an additional 4.4 million shares sequentially, which negatively impacted our GAAP diluted earnings per share by about 1.2 cents.

Consolidated non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $113.8 million, or 58 cents per diluted share, down 4.9% from consolidated non-GAAP net income from continuing operations of $119.6 million, or 63 cents per diluted share, in the immediately preceding quarter, and up 62.2% from consolidated non-GAAP net income of $70.1 million, or 38 cents per diluted share, in the prior year’s third quarter. Due to the appreciation in the price of our common stock in the December 2010 quarter, the dilutive share count reflects the effect of our convertible debentures, with the effect of an additional 4.4 million shares sequentially, which negatively impacted our non-GAAP diluted earnings per share by about 1.3 cents. For the third fiscal quarter of both fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011, our consolidated non-GAAP results exclude the effect of share-based compensation, expenses related to our acquisition activities (including intangible asset amortization, inventory valuation costs, severance costs and legal and other administrative expenses associated with acquisitions), the tax benefit from tax audit settlements and tax law changes and non-cash interest expense on our convertible debentures. A reconciliation of our non-GAAP and GAAP results is included in this press release.

Microchip announced on November 4, 2010 that its Board of Directors accelerated the March 2011 quarterly cash dividend payment on its common stock of 34.5 cents per share into the December 31, 2010 quarter. Microchip’s next dividend payment will be in June of 2011. Microchip initiated quarterly cash dividend payments in the third quarter of fiscal 2003.

“Microchip’s performance in the December 2010 quarter exceeded our expectations. Net sales, gross margins, operating income and earnings per share were better than the mid-point of our guidance provided on November 30, 2010,” said Steve Sanghi, President and CEO. “The gross margin upside was driven by ongoing cost reductions in our manufacturing processes, a favorable product mix and continued improvements in the product lines we acquired from SST. Operating expenses continue to be well managed and came in at the mid-point of our guidance at 24.1% of sales on a non-GAAP basis in the December quarter.”

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