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Cypress Reports Second-Quarter 2014 Results

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/17/14 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced its second-quarter 2014 results, which included the remarks below from its president and CEO, T.J. Rodgers. Highlights for the quarter included:

  • Revenue met guidance
  • Net income beat guidance and more than doubled sequentially
  • Consumer electronics revenue slowed, but the industrial and automotive sector remained strong at 43% of revenue
  • Gross margin was 54%, up 3.7 percentage points sequentially
  • Free cash flow was $39.5 million (21.5% of revenue)

Fellow shareholders:

Our revenue and earnings for the quarter are given below, compared with those of the prior quarter and prior year:

(In thousands, except per-share data)

                           NON-GAAP                        GAAP
                 ----------------------------  ----------------------------
                  Q2 2014   Q1 2014   Q2 2013   Q2 2014   Q1 2014   Q2 2013
                 --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Revenue          $183,601  $170,283  $193,466  $183,601  $170,283  $193,466

Gross margin         54.0%     50.3%     53.1%     51.9%     45.6%     47.3%

Pretax margin        14.9%      7.3%     11.5%      5.2%     -7.5%     -3.1%

Net income
 (loss)          $ 26,723  $ 11,974  $ 21,635  $  9,527  $ (7,934) $  3,766

Diluted EPS
(loss per share) $   0.16  $   0.07  $   0.14  $   0.06  $  (0.05) $   0.02

Second-quarter revenue increased 8% sequentially, and gross margin increased to 54%, due to a favorable product and end-customer mix. Higher revenue and gross margin produced $0.16 earnings per share in the quarter, up significantly from the $0.07 in the prior quarter.

Our book-to-bill ratio was 0.99, due to a mild, but broad, softening in the consumer electronics sector. However, based on the strength of the automotive and industrial sectors, we remain on track to attain our 2014 revenue forecast, which I communicated to shareholders in our 2013 Annual Report. Those two sectors account for 43% of revenue, more than double our TrueTouch® touchscreen revenue.

Our pretax profit of $27.4 million and our free cash flow of $39.5 million were up quarter-on-quarter by 120% and 102%, respectively, reflecting the fall-through leverage in our current model.


+ Our non-GAAP consolidated gross margin for the second quarter was 54.0%, up 3.7 percentage points from the previous quarter, primarily due to product and end-customer mix. Excluding our Emerging Technologies Division (ETD), our core semiconductor gross margin was 55.8%, the highest level since 2012. ETD revenue nearly doubled year-on-year (see Net Revenue Summary table) and will continue to grow rapidly throughout 2014.

+ Net inventory at the end of the second quarter was flat at $89.0 million.

                             NET REVENUE SUMMARY
                     (In thousands, except percentages)

                        THREE MONTHS ENDED

                  Jun. 29,   Mar. 30,   Jun. 30,   Sequential   Year-over-
Business Unit       2014       2014       2013       Change     Year Change
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  ------------
PSD(1)           $  74,676  $  69,347  $  81,320            8%           -8%
MPD(1)           $  85,582  $  81,323  $  88,127            5%           -3%
DCD(1)           $  17,989  $  15,590  $  21,296           15%          -16%
ETD(1, 2)        $   5,354  $   4,023  $   2,723           33%           97%
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  ------------
Total            $ 183,601  $ 170,283  $ 193,466            8%           -5%
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  ------------

China and ROW           62%        62%        69%           0%          -10%
Americas                17%        15%        13%          13%           31%
Europe                  13%        14%        10%          -7%           30%
Japan                    8%         9%         8%         -11%            0%
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  ------------
Total                  100%       100%       100%           0%            0%
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  ------------

Distribution            68%        68%        75%           0%           -9%
Direct                  32%        32%        25%           0%           28%
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  ------------
Total                  100%       100%       100%           0%            0%
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  ------------

1. PSD, Programmable Systems Division; DCD, Data Communications Division;
MPD, Memory Products Division: ETD, Emerging Technologies Division.

2. "Emerging Technologies" includes businesses outside our core
semiconductor businesses outlined in Footnote 1. Includes subsidiaries AgigA
Tech Inc., Deca Technologies Inc., and our foundry business unit.


+ Cypress announced a strategic partnership with Norway-based IDEX ASA to develop fingerprint-recognition solutions. Under terms of the agreement, Cypress will offer fingerprint solutions based on IDEX technology alongside its TrueTouch touchscreen solutions, CapSense® touch-sensing controllers and trackpad solutions. The combination will enable the design of sleek user interfaces with integrated personal security for smartphones, tablets, wearables and identity cards.

+ United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) licensed Cypress's SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) embedded flash memory intellectual property (IP) for its 55-nanometer process technology. This license means that much of our industry will adopt Cypress's SONOS as their next-generation embedded-flash foundry technology.

+ Cypress introduced the PSoC® 4000 family, which offers low-cost 32-bit ARM®-based system-on-chip solutions for quick upgrades of embedded systems using legacy 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers. It also delivers Cypress's industry-leading CapSense technology to cost-sensitive, high-volume applications. The PSoC 4000 family comes with a revolutionary CY8CKIT-049 Prototyping Kit, which sells for only $4, introducing designers of products for the Internet of Things to our low-cost PSoC 4 product family.

+ A teardown by analytics firm TechInsights found that the Cypress TrueTouch Gen5 TMA545 controller drives the touchscreen of the new Samsung Gear Live smartwatch. The smartwatch features the Gen5 controller's best-in-class water-rejection capability and a wake-on-touch mode that helps prolong battery life.

+ Huawei designed Cypress's TrueTouch Gen4 capacitive touchscreen controllers into five smartphone models, including the Honor 3X and 3C and the Ascend G716, G730 and G740.

+ ZTE selected Cypress's TrueTouch Gen5 TMA568 touchscreen controller to drive the 6.44-inch display in its nubia X6 superphone, whose new feature is to switch automatically between glove- and finger-tracking modes.

+ Cypress introduced its fourth-generation, 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB™ radio-on-a-chip transceiver, WirelessUSB NX. The transceiver features ultra-low power consumption with a fast, 2-Mbps data rate, which limits the time and power spent transmitting and receiving, enabling three years of battery life for wireless mice, keyboards, trackpads and remote controls.

+ intelliPaper designed Cypress's enCoRe™ V USB microcontroller into its line of intelligent paper products. The products can be folded to provide a standard USB thumb drive with data stored on a chip embedded in the paper. Intelligent paper products include smart business cards with digital contact info and smart product brochures with additional information.

+ Oneking Technologies of Shenzhen, China selected Cypress's EZ-USB® FX3™ controller for its new high-definition (HD) color video conference camera. The HD820-SN6300 camera uses the USB 3.0 controller's 5-Gbps bandwidth to stream HD video without compression, which degrades image quality.

+ EverPro Technologies and Cypress successfully completed testing of EverPro's USB 3.0 active optical cable. The cable uses Cypress FX3 and CX3™ controllers to transfer data at 5 Gbps over a distance of up to 100 meters -- a requirement for many machine vision and industrial camera applications.

+ Cypress introduced the world's first 16Mb fast asynchronous SRAM with on-chip Error-Correcting Code (ECC). On-chip ECC makes this new SRAM 1,000 times more reliable than standard SRAMs, enabling designers to eliminate additional error correction chips. The SRAM is the first in a new family of ECC-enabled asynchronous SRAMs.

+ Cypress expanded its portfolio of nonvolatile Static Random Access Memories (nvSRAMs) with a new 16Mb family, which is the industry's fastest.

+ Cypress signed agreements with five new distribution partners in Asia: Dadoutek, Sekorm and Lierda in China, and HB Corporation and STC Corporation in Korea. These distributors will sell Cypress's entire product line and expand the reach of its sales organization with 65 new distributor branches in the region.



Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.


Statements herein that are not historical facts and that refer to Cypress or its subsidiaries' plans and expectations for Q3 2014 and the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and beyond are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may use words such as "believe," "expect," "future," "plan," "intend" and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements that include, but are not limited to, statements related to the semiconductor market; the strength and growth of our proprietary and programmable products; our expectations regarding revenue for the third quarter and fiscal 2014 overall as well as our earnings leverage; our expectations regarding gross margin growth; our expectation that our ETD division will significantly contribute to our 2014 financial performance; our expectations regarding the demand for our products and how our products are expected to perform, our expectations for our new Asian distributors, as well as, our belief that much of the industry will adopt our SONOS foundry technology. Such statements reflect our current expectations, which are based on information and data available to our management as of the date of this release. Our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of uncertainties and risk factors, including, but not limited to, the state of and future of the global economy, business conditions and growth trends in the semiconductor market, whether our products and Emerging Technologies Division perform as expected, whether the demand for our proprietary and programmable products is fully realized, our ability to manage our business to have strong earnings and revenue growth, our ability to effectively implement our foundry processes at third party facilities, the strength or softness of the markets we serve, our ability to maintain and improve our gross margins and realize our bookings, the seasonality of the markets we serve, the financial performance of our Emerging Technologies Division, the performance of our new distributors in Asia, and other risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements.

Cypress, the Cypress logo, TrueTouch, CapSense, PSoC and EZ-USB are registered trademarks and WirelessUSB, enCoRe, FX3 and CX3 are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

                               (In thousands)

                                               -------------  -------------
                                                  June 29,     December 29,
                                                    2014           2013
                                               -------------  -------------


  Cash, cash equivalents and short-term
   investments                                 $     113,768  $     104,462
  Accounts receivable, net                           115,805         81,084
  Inventories, net (a)                                88,955        100,612
  Property, plant and equipment, net                 248,878        258,585
  Goodwill and other intangible assets, net          102,765        106,524
  Other assets                                       116,095        111,617
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total assets                               $     786,266  $     762,884
                                               =============  =============


  Accounts payable                             $      48,251  $      47,893
  Deferred margin on sales to distributors           138,755        122,578
  Income tax liabilities                              23,031         29,865
  Other liabilities                                  176,220        159,865
  Long-term revolving credit facility                227,000        227,000
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total liabilities                                613,257        587,201
                                               -------------  -------------
  Total Cypress stockholders' equity                 178,751        180,157
  Noncontrolling interest                             (5,742)        (4,474)
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total equity                                     173,009        175,683
                                               -------------  -------------
      Total liabilities and equity             $     786,266  $     762,884
                                               =============  =============

(a) Net inventories include $4.5 million and $5.3 million of capitalized
 inventories related to stock compensation expense, as of June 29, 2014 and
 December 29, 2013, respectively.

                              ON A GAAP BASIS
                   (In thousands, except per-share data)

                                                  Three Months Ended
                                           June 29,   March 30,    June 30,
                                             2014        2014        2013
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------

Revenues                                  $ 183,601   $ 170,283   $ 193,466
Cost of revenues                             88,231      92,561     102,041
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------
Gross margin                                 95,370      77,722      91,425
Operating expenses:
  Research and development                   40,927      45,330      48,804
  Selling, general and administrative        42,059      42,609      48,073
  Amortization of acquisition-related
   intangibles                                1,800       1,833       1,987
  Restructuring charges                           -      (1,014)        693
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------
    Total operating expenses, net            84,786      88,758      99,557
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------
Operating income (loss)                      10,584     (11,036)     (8,132)
Interest and other income, net               (1,128)     (1,750)      2,119
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------
Income (loss) before income taxes             9,456     (12,786)     (6,013)
Income tax benefit (provision)                 (299)      4,517       9,343
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------
Income (loss), net of taxes                   9,157      (8,269)      3,330
Adjust for net loss attributable to
 noncontrolling interest                        370         335         436
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------
Net Income (loss) attributable to
 Cypress                                  $   9,527   $  (7,934)  $   3,766
                                          =========   =========   =========

Net Income (loss) per share attributable
 to Cypress:
    Basic                                 $    0.06   $   (0.05)  $    0.03
    Diluted                               $    0.06   $   (0.05)  $    0.02
Cash dividend per share                   $    0.11   $    0.11   $    0.11
Shares used in net income (loss) per
 share calculation:
    Basic                                   157,936     154,572     147,287
    Diluted                                 164,460     154,572     156,262
                                          ---------   ---------   ---------

                    (In thousands, except per-share data)

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                June 29, March 30, June 30,
                                                  2014      2014     2013
                                               --------- --------- --------

GAAP gross margin                              $  95,370 $  77,722 $ 91,425
  Stock-based compensation expense                 4,433     2,251    3,279
  Acquisition-related expense                       (109)    2,967    1,321
  Changes in value of deferred compensation
   plan                                              248       218       31
  Impairment of assets and other                     187     2,564    6,681
  Tax and tax-related items                         (925)
                                               --------- --------- --------
Non-GAAP gross margin                          $  99,204 $  85,722 $102,737
                                               ========= ========= ========

GAAP research and development expenses         $  40,927 $  45,330 $ 48,804
  Stock-based compensation expense                (4,362)   (7,183)  (6,913)
  Acquisition-related expense                          -         -      (26)
  Changes in value of deferred compensation
   plan                                             (483)     (424)     (99)
  Impairment of assets and other                       -         -        -
                                               --------- --------- --------
Non-GAAP research and development expenses     $  36,082 $  37,723 $ 41,766
                                               ========= ========= ========

GAAP selling, general and administrative
 expenses                                      $  42,059 $  42,609 $ 48,073
  Stock-based compensation expense                (5,523)   (7,388) (10,203)
  Acquisition-related expense                       (385)     (473)     (98)
  Changes in value of deferred compensation
   plan                                           (1,097)     (964)    (145)
  Impairment of assets and other                    (877)        -     (160)
                                               --------- --------- --------
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative
 expenses                                      $  34,177 $  33,784 $ 37,467
                                               ========= ========= ========

GAAP operating income (loss)                   $  10,584 $ (11,036)$ (8,132)
  Stock-based compensation expense                14,318    16,822   20,395
  Acquisition-related expense                      2,077     5,274    3,432
  Changes in value of deferred compensation
   plan                                            1,828     1,606      275
  Impairment of assets and other                   1,063     2,564    6,841
  Restructuring charges                                -    (1,014)     693
  Tax and tax-related items                         (925)
                                               --------- --------- --------
Non-GAAP operating income                      $  28,945 $  14,216 $ 23,504
                                               ========= ========= ========

GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Cypress $   9,527 $  (7,934)$  3,766
  Stock-based compensation expense                14,318    16,822   20,395
  Acquisition-related expense                      2,075       747    3,432
  Changes in value of deferred compensation
   plan                                               75     5,274      (21)
  Impairment of assets and other                   1,080     2,564    5,763
  Restructuring charges                                -    (1,014)     693
  Tax and tax-related items                       (1,719)   (5,367) (12,393)
  Investment-related gains/losses                  1,367       883        -
                                               --------- --------- --------
Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cypress    $  26,723 $  11,975 $ 21,635
                                               ========= ========= ========

GAAP net income (loss) per share attributable
 to Cypress - diluted                          $    0.06 $   (0.10)$   0.02
  Stock-based compensation expense                  0.09      0.10     0.13
  Acquisition-related expense                       0.01      0.03     0.02
  Changes in value of deferred compensation
   plan                                                -         -        -
  Impairment of assets and other                    0.01      0.02     0.04
  Restructuring charges                                -     (0.01)    0.01
  Tax and tax-related items                        (0.01)    (0.03)   (0.08)
  Investment-related gains/losses                   0.01      0.01
  Non-GAAP share count adjustment                  (0.01)        -        -
                                               --------- --------- --------
Non-GAAP net income per share attributable to
 Cypress - diluted                             $    0.16 $    0.02 $   0.14
                                               --------- --------- --------

(a) Refer to the accompanying "Notes to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a
 detailed discussion of management's use of non-GAAP financial measures.

                            (In thousands)

                             Three Months Ended          Six Months Ended
                      -------------------------------  --------------------
                       June 29,  March 30,   June 30,   June 29,   June 30,
                         2014       2014       2013       2014       2013
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Selected Cash Flow
 Data (Preliminary):
  Net cash provided
   by operating
   activities         $  45,307  $  25,191  $  30,355  $  70,498  $  38,620
  Net cash provided
   by (used in)
   activities         $ (20,148) $   2,063  $   3,545  $ (18,085) $   2,650
  Net cash provided
   by (used in)
   activities         $ (27,372) $  (9,619) $ (20,502) $ (36,991) $ (33,856)

Other Supplemental
 Data (Preliminary):
   expenditures       $   5,767  $   5,559  $   7,771  $  11,326  $  17,069
  Depreciation        $  10,133  $   9,485  $  10,036  $  19,618  $  20,391
  Payment of dividend $  17,412  $  16,850  $  16,138  $  34,262  $  31,983
  Dividend paid per
   share              $    0.11  $    0.11  $    0.11  $    0.22  $    0.22
  Dividend yield per
   share (a)                4.1%       4.4%       4.1%       4.1%       4.1%
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

(a) Dividend yield per share is calculated based on annualized dividend
 paid per share divided by the common stock share price at the end of the

                    (In thousands, except per-share data)

                                        Three Months Ended
                           June 29,          March 30,          June 30,
                             2014              2014               2013
                      ----------------- ------------------ -----------------
                        GAAP   Non-GAAP   GAAP    Non-GAAP   GAAP   Non-GAAP
                      -------- -------- --------  -------- -------- --------

Net income (loss)
 attributable to
 Cypress              $  9,527 $ 26,723 $ (7,934) $ 11,974 $  3,766 $ 21,635
                      -------- -------- --------  -------- -------- --------

 common shares
 outstanding (basic)   157,936  157,936  154,572   154,572  147,287  147,287
Effect of dilutive
  Stock options,
   restricted stock
   and other             6,524    8,761        -    11,366    8,975   12,500
                      -------- -------- --------  -------- -------- --------
 common shares
 outstanding for
 diluted computation   164,460  166,697  154,572   165,938  156,262  159,787
                      -------- -------- --------  -------- -------- --------

Net income (loss) per
 share attributable
 to Cypress - basic   $   0.06 $   0.17 $  (0.05) $   0.08 $   0.03 $   0.15
Net income (loss) per
 share attributable
 to Cypress - diluted $   0.06 $   0.16 $  (0.05) $   0.07 $   0.02 $   0.14

                      ----------------- ------------------ -----------------
                           June 29,          March 30,          June 30,
                             2014               2014              2013
                      ----------------- ------------------ -----------------

Average stock price
 for the period ended $      10.13      $      10.13       $      10.72

Common stock
 outstanding at
 period end (in
 thousands)                 158,299           156,971            147,972

                      ----------------- ------------------ -----------------

Notes to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Cypress uses the following non-GAAP financial measures which are adjusted from the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures:

  • Gross margin
  • Research and development expenses
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses
  • Operating income (loss)
  • Net income (loss)
  • Diluted net income (loss) per share

The non-GAAP measures set forth above exclude charges primarily related to stock-based compensation, which represent approximately 60% to 85% of total adjustments for the four most recent quarters, as well as restructuring charges, acquisition-related expenses and other adjustments. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional and useful way of viewing aspects of Cypress's operations that, when viewed in conjunction with Cypress's GAAP results, provide a more comprehensive understanding of the various factors and trends affecting Cypress's business and operations. Management uses these non-GAAP measures for strategic and business decision-making, internal budgeting, forecasting and resource allocation processes. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management's internal comparisons to Cypress's historical operating results and comparisons to competitors' operating results. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G and to make clear to our investors the adjustments we make to GAAP measures, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Thad Trent
EVP Finance & Administration and CFO
(408) 943-2925

Joseph L. McCarthy
Director, Corporate Communications
(408) 943-2902

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DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...