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Intersil Corporation (ticker: ISIL, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
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Intersil Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2006 Financial Results— Achieves record net revenues of $740.6 million in 2006; 23% increase from 2005
— Achieves record net income of $151.9 million in 2006; 77% increase from 2005
— Generates over $200 million in free cash flow in 2006; 50% increase from 2005
Milpitas, CA, January 24, 2007 - Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high performance analog semiconductors, today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 29, 2006. Net revenues for the fourth quarter were $181.1 million, a 3% increase from $175.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2005 and a 6% decrease from $192.9 million in the third quarter of 2006.
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Results
For the fourth quarter of 2006, gross margins were 57.8%. This compares to gross margins of 56.5% in the same quarter last year, and 57.5% in the third quarter of 2006. Operating margins were 20.4%, as compared to operating margins of 22.8% in the same quarter last year, and 22.2% in the third quarter of 2006. Net income was $38.8 million, or $0.28 earnings per diluted share, as compared to net income of $28.7 million, or $0.20 earnings per diluted share in the same quarter last year. For the third quarter of 2006, the Company reported net income of $37.7 million, or $0.27 earnings per diluted share.
For the year ended December 29, 2006, net revenue was $740.6 million, a 23.4% increase from $600.3 million for 2005. Gross margins were 57.4% as compared to 55.8% for the previous year. Operating margins were 20.5% as compared to 16.7% for the previous year. Net income was $151.9 million or $1.07 earnings per diluted share as compared to $85.9 million or $0.59 earnings per diluted share for the previous year.
For the fourth quarter of 2006, non-GAAP gross margins were 58.2%. This compares to gross margins of 56.6% for the same quarter last year, and 58.0% for the third quarter of 2006. Operating margins were 28.0%, as compared to operating margins of 26.1% for the same quarter last year, and 29.9% for the third quarter of 2006. Net income was $48.2 million, or $0.34 earnings per diluted share. This compares to net income of $39.3 million, or $0.27 earnings per diluted share for the same quarter last year, and $46.9 million, or $0.33 earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 2006.
For the year ended December 29, 2006, gross margins were 57.8% as compared to 55.9% for the previous year. Net income was $179.9 million or $1.25 earnings per diluted share. This compares to net income of $108.9 million or $0.75 earnings per diluted share for 2005.
"There is no question 2006 was a really fine year for Intersil," stated Rich Beyer, Intersil's Chief Executive Officer. "We achieved record net revenues of $740.6 million for the year. Revenues grew 23% and non-GAAP net income grew 65% over 2005. In addition, we achieved record gross margins of 58.2% for the fourth quarter. This marks the ninth consecutive quarter that we grew gross margins on a non-GAAP basis."
By end market, Intersil's fourth quarter revenues were as follows: high-end consumer (29% of revenues), computing (22% of revenues), industrial (25% of revenues), and communication (24% of revenues). "Revenues in the high-end consumer market experienced strong sequential growth this quarter due to increased market acceptance for our products and seasonality normally experienced in the fourth quarter. We saw a sequential decline in the computing market, primarily due to excessive inventory at the contract manufacturers in Asia. The industrial and communications end markets were also down sequentially due to normal seasonality, excessive inventory in the channel and some weakness in certain communication related product families. Despite the softness experienced in the fourth quarter, this was an excellent year for Intersil. We achieved double digit sequential growth in all four end markets for fiscal year 2006," said Rich Beyer. "Communications grew the fastest, 27%, followed by computing, 26%, high-end consumer, 22% and industrial, 19%."
During the quarter the Company repurchased approximately $100 million or 4.1 million shares of its stock, under a previously announced stock repurchase program. In 2006, Intersil generated more than $200 million in free cash flow and returned approximately $324 million to its investors in the form of stock repurchases and cash dividends.
"For the first quarter we expect a continuation of the inventory issues currently affecting our industry," said Rich Beyer. "We expect the industrial and communications markets to be sequentially down again due to these issues. As is traditionally anticipated, high-end consumer and computing revenues are expected to be sequentially down due mainly to seasonality. As a result, we currently anticipate Intersil revenues for the first quarter to be between $162M and $168M. We expect GAAP earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.21 to $0.23 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.27 to $0.29."
Investors and interested parties within the United States may listen to Intersil's conference call on January 24th at 1:45 p.m. Pacific/4:45 p.m. Eastern by dialing (800) 901-5259 using the password "Intersil." International callers may connect to the call by dialing (617) 786-4514. A replay of Intersil's conference call will be available for two weeks by dialing (888) 286-8010 in the U.S. or (617) 801-6888 internationally using the access code "93779938". A webcast replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks on the Company's web site at http://www.intersil.com/investor. A copy of this press release may be found on the Company's web site at http://www.intersil.com/investor.
Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog semiconductors. The Company's products address some of the industry's fastest growing markets, such as, flat panel displays, cell phones, other handheld systems, and notebooks. Intersil's product families address power management functions and analog signal processing functions. Intersil products include ICs for battery management, hot-swap and hot-plug controllers, linear regulators, power sequencers, supervisory ICs, bridge drivers, PWM controllers, switching DC/DC regulators and power MOSFET drivers; optical storage laser diode drivers; DSL line drivers; video and high-performance operational amplifiers; data converters; interface ICs; analog switches and multiplexers; crosspoint switches; voice-over-IP devices; and ICs for military, space and radiation-hardened applications. For more information about Intersil or to find out how to become a member of our winning team, visit the Company's web site and career page at www.intersil.com.
In addition to GAAP reporting, Intersil reports net income or loss, as well as earnings per share, gross margin and operating margin on a non-GAAP basis. This non-GAAP earnings information excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles and unusual items and their related tax effects. Intersil believes this non-GAAP earnings information provides meaningful insight into the Company's on-going performance and has therefore chosen to provide this information to investors for a more consistent basis of comparison and to emphasize the results of on-going operations. Intersil also uses this information internally to evaluate and manage the Company's operations and to determine incentive compensation. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP net income is included in the tables below.
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