Infineon reports improved third quarter results for 2003
25 July 2003 Munich Lightwave Europe -- Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) has announced results for its Q3 and first nine months of 2003, ended 30 June. The company had revenues from continuing operations of EUR 1.47 billion, remaining almost flat sequentially and increasing 11 percent year-on-year.
- Third quarter revenues were EUR 1.47 billion - flat sequentially and increasing 11% year-on-year - mainly driven by increased sales in the communications segments
- Quarterly net loss was EUR 116 million - strongly improving from a net loss of EUR 328 million sequentially - primarily due to further productivity increases and no significant inventory valuation effect; the net loss includes impairment charges of EUR 68 million
- Improved gross cash position of EUR 2.4 billion and positive free cash flow of EUR 11 million
25 July 2003 Munich -- Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX), the world's sixth-largest semiconductor manufacturer, has announced results for its Q3 and first nine months of 2003, ended 30 June. The company had revenues from continuing operations of EUR 1.47 billion, remaining almost flat sequentially and increasing 11 percent year-on-year.
Quarterly net loss amounted to EUR 116 million compared to a net loss of EUR 328 million in the previous quarter and a net loss of EUR 76 million in the third quarter of the last fiscal year. This strong sequential improvement is mainly due to increased productivity, further cost reductions and no significant inventory valuation effect compared to the previous quarter.
The quarterly loss included impairment charges of EUR 68 million, reflecting a goodwill write down of the company's interest in Catamaran Communications. The net loss also included a tax benefit of EUR 10 million compared to a tax expense of EUR 96 million in the previous quarter.
Quarterly EBIT (which Infineon defines as earnings (loss) from continuing operations before interest, minority interest and taxes) significantly improved to a loss of EUR 115 million, compared to a loss of EUR 223 million in the previous quarter, but up from a loss of EUR 110 million in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.
Dr. Ulrich Schumacher, President and CEO of Infineon Technologies said, "Although we currently see a more positive market environment, especially for DRAM, last quarter still was very difficult due to the unfavourable Euro/Dollar exchange rate conditions and ongoing strong pricing pressure. However, we achieved a solid revenue performance in most of our business groups and significantly reduced our net loss by EUR 212 million sequentially. Without the impairment charge our net loss would have been EUR 48 million."
Basic and diluted loss per share for the third quarter of fiscal year 2003 was EUR 0.16, compared to a loss per share of EUR 0.45 in the previous quarter and EUR 0.11 year-on-year.
Expenditures for Research and Development in the third quarter totalled EUR 273 million, or 19% of sales, compared to EUR 254 million in the second quarter. The sequential increase is mainly due to additional investments in our technology expertise for 3G as well as optical networking.
SG&A expenses totalled EUR 158 million or 11% of total revenues, down from EUR 164 million in the previous quarter. The further decrease in these expenditures primarily reflects the effects of cost reduction measures taken by the company.
On 5 June 2003, Infineon issued subordinated convertible notes due 2010 for gross proceeds of EUR 700 million. The company decided to take advantage of the low interest rates available in the EURpean convertibles market to improve its cash position. The notes may be converted into up to 68 million ordinary shares of Infineon Technologies AG.
Infineon's gross cash position, representing cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash, amounted to EUR 2.4 billion, up sequentially from EUR 1.5 billion. The increase in gross cash was mainly due to the convertible bond. In addition, the company has decided to divest of its interest in ProMOS Technologies and from 1 April 2003 its investment in ProMOS is no longer accounted for on the equity method and is instead treated as marketable securities.
Free cash flow, representing cash from operating and investing activities excluding purchases or sales of marketable securities, significantly improved from a negative EUR 90 million in the previous quarter to a positive EUR 11 million. This improvement mainly reflects higher operating cash flow and lower capital expenditures compared to the previous quarter.
Revenues outside Europe in the third quarter constituted 57% of total revenues, up from 56 percent in the previous quarter.
As of 30 June 2003, Infineon had approximately 31,600 employees worldwide, including about 5,700 engaged in research and development.
First nine months of 2003
Total revenues for the first nine months of fiscal year 2003 were EUR 4.4 billion, up 22% from EUR 3.6 billion in the same period last year. Net loss amounted to EUR 484 million, compared to a net loss of EUR 515 million year-on-year.
The company had tax expenses of EUR 98 million during the first nine months of fiscal year 2003 compared to a tax benefit of EUR 345 million during the comparable period of fiscal year 2002. EBIT for the first nine months of this fiscal year was a loss of EUR 369 million, a significant improvement from an EBIT loss of EUR 845 million year-on-year.
Business Group Performance
The Automotive & Industrial group's third quarter revenues were EUR 351 million, a decrease of 1% sequentially but an increase of 14% year-on-year. The sequential decrease was due to a non-linear booking of license income in the previous quarter.
EBIT remained flat sequentially at EUR 49 million and increased from EUR 29 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2002. The segment maintained its high level of profitability mainly due to higher productivity, based on the ongoing conversion of production to 200-mm wafers and the full utilisation of capacities.
Infineon says it has reached a leading market position in Europe for next generation engine management with its TriCore microcontroller technology. With particular strength in Asia, the company has continued to increase its market share for power management and supply applications with CoolMOS and OptiMOS technology, mainly for computing.
With the acquisition of SensoNor in June 2003, the company enhanced its product portfolio for advanced automotive sensor technology including magnetic, pressure and temperature as well as acceleration sensors.
According to Strategy Analytics, Infineon's Automotive and Industrial segment continued to outperform the market in 2002 and increased its market share as the No 1 in Europe with a greater than 15% market share and the No 2 position worldwide with a greater than 8% market share.
Wireline Communications revenues improved to EUR 119 million in the third quarter, an increase of 6% from the previous quarter, and up 17% year-on-year. The sequential revenue increase was principally due to higher sales of access and fibre-optic products. EBIT amounted to a loss of EUR 99 million compared to a loss of EUR 39 million in the previous quarter and a loss of EUR 49 million year-on-year.
Third quarter EBIT included an impairment of EUR 68 million related to the acquisition of Catamaran Communications. Without this impairment the EBIT would have improved sequentially to a loss of EUR 31 million, primarily resulting from improved gross margins.
Infineon significantly strengthened its ADSL market position with further design wins of the company's Geminax-chipset technology at leading customers. The company also launched new fibre-optics products such as the Triport-Bidi transceiver enabling the transmission of analog TV, telephony and high-speed Internet over a single fibre-optic link with first shipments to major customers.
Secure Mobile Solutions' third quarter revenues were EUR 387 million, an increase of 3% from the previous quarter and 18% compared to the third quarter of last year. The sequential quarterly revenue increase was mainly driven by security solutions and Local Area Wireless applications, particularly Bluetooth.
The quarterly EBIT loss of EUR 17 million improved from an EBIT loss of EUR 23 million during the previous quarter but was down from a positive EBIT of 3 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2002. The sequential improvement of EBIT loss was mainly due to increased sales volumes, particularly for security controllers.
Infineon says it has strengthened its leading market position for national ID-projects and entered into a security cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of the Interior to establish a sound technology basis for an enhanced security level in IT systems that are used in the Civil Service, in private companies and households. The company also introduced the high-performance SingleStone Bluetooth module for advanced Bluetooth applications used, e.g. in PCs, automotive, and consumer devices.
In June 2003, Infineon and Ericsson signed an amendment to the acquisition agreement for the Ericsson Microelectronics business to strengthen their strategic cooperation in various areas of mobile phone and wireless infrastructure technology. The companies also agreed to a reduced purchase price and to eliminate the historic and future purchase thresholds of Ericsson and related penalties.
The Memory Products group's third quarter revenues were EUR 569 million, a decrease of 7% sequentially but an increase of 4% year-on-year. The sequential revenue decrease was mainly due to the unfavourable dollar/euro exchange rate development, slightly declining average selling prices for memory products and, compared to the previous quarter, a lower deferred licensing income of EUR 36 million.
EBIT improved significantly to EUR 2 million compared to an EBIT loss of EUR 138 million in the second quarter and a loss of EUR 22 million year-on-year. The strong EBIT improvement was mainly due to a faster than expected productivity increase from the 300-mm production which compensated the unfavourable exchange rate and no significant inventory valuation effect.
"We achieved profitability in our memory products group despite slightly declining average selling prices for DRAMs and maintained our favorable cost position in the DRAM market with our lead in 300mm volume production in Dresden where we have reached approximately 6,400 wafer starts per week," said Schumacher.
Infineon has qualified the 256M DDR DRAM main volume product in 0.11-µm technology and achieved DDR400 validation for this product at Intel. Furthermore Infineon has received very good customer feedback for its samples of 1-Gbit Double Data Rate (DDR) Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) fabricated using the company's advanced 110-nm CMOS process.
The company together with IBM has developed the most advanced Magnetoresistive Random Access Technology (MRAM) and introduced the high-speed 128-kbit MRAM core which allows for faster access, more storage and less power consumption in PCs and laptops and could eventually replace today's common DRAM, SRAM and flash memory technology. Infineon together with Cypress and Micron Technologies also announced first CellularRAM samples for future mobile communications applications.
Revenues in the other operating segment were EUR 36 million, up 38% sequentially and up 50% year-on-year. EBIT was a loss of EUR 14 million compared to a loss of EUR 15 million in the previous quarter and a positive EBIT of EUR 3 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2002.
In Corporate and Reconciliation EBIT in the third quarter improved to a loss of EUR 36 million, compared to a loss of EUR 57 million in the second quarter and a loss of EUR 74 million year-on-year. The loss primarily reflects reduced unallocated idle capacity costs and corporate restructuring charges.
Outlook for the second half of calendar year 2003
Schumacher said, "We have seen first signs of a positive market trend in the last quarter and thus look forward with optimism for a stronger improvement of demand both in our logic segments as well as our memory products segment in the second half of calendar year 2003.
"In the light of the continuing uncertainty of the global economic situation, which makes it difficult to predict consumer demand in our target applications, we will continue to implement our successful cost reduction and restructuring programs."
For its Secure Mobile Solutions segment, Infineon expects a further moderate increase of demand for GSM/GPRS mobile handsets and Bluetooth products. In addition, the company sees a positive development of demand for security solutions, particularly for ID-systems, but also expects overall continued pricing pressure.
Agreeing with many industry analysts, Infineon expects further reductions in capital expenditures in the global wireline telecom infrastructure market in 2003, but continues to expect moderate growth in Europe. Infineon expects a further positive development of demand for broadband access technology, particularly in Asia.
In the automotive electronics and automotive semiconductor markets, Infineon sees weaker demand. However, we anticipate this to be primarily a seasonal effect since the automotive electronics market is expected to grow further despite the current weakness in the overall automotive industry.
For the logic segments as a whole, Infineon expects a further overall improvement in revenues as well as EBIT in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2003.
Infineon has seen continuously growing demand and steadily increasing prices for DDR memory products since the beginning of June 2003. The company expects a further positive development of demand mainly driven by gradually increasing corporate replacement investments, the upcoming back-to-school season and the move towards higher Megabyte per Box and DRAM demand due to the introduction of the new INTEL Springdale chipset offering Dual Channel DDR technology for computers.