Microchip reports Small-than-Anticipated Revenue Decline

February 01, 2015 by Jeff Shepard

Microchip Technology Incorporated reported results for the three months ended December 31, 2014 summarized as follows: GAAP net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 were $528.7 million, down 3.2% sequentially from net sales of $546.2 million in the immediately preceding quarter, and up 9.6% from GAAP net sales of $482.4 million in the prior year's third fiscal quarter. GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $86.1 million, or 39 cents per diluted share, down 8.1% from GAAP net income of $93.6 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, in the immediately preceding quarter, and down 18.4% from GAAP net income of $105.4 million, or 48 cents per diluted share, in the prior year's third fiscal quarter.

"We are very pleased with our execution in the December quarter," said Steve Sanghi, President and CEO. "Our original revenue guidance was to be down 4.5% sequentially and in early December we improved our guidance for revenue to be down only 3.5% at the midpoint. Our actual non-GAAP revenue results were down only 1.9%, which was better than what is seasonally normal."

Mr. Sanghi added, "Calendar year 2014 was Microchip's first year above the $2 billion revenue mark and was up 12.8% from calendar year 2013 as a result of very strong performance from our microcontroller and analog product lines."

"For calendar year 2014 our microcontroller business was up 13.8%," said Ganesh Moorthy, Chief Operating Officer. "Our 16-bit and 32-bit microcontroller businesses were up 27.7% and 41.3% respectively, in calendar year 2014. All three microcontroller segments achieved new revenue records in calendar year 2014 and we believe these results clearly show that Microchip is continuing to gain significant microcontroller market share. In addition, our analog business also achieved a new revenue record in calendar year 2014."

Eric Bjornholt, Microchip's Chief Financial Officer, said, "Our cash generation in the December quarter excluding the purchase of additional shares of ISSC, our dividend payment, changes in marketable equity securities and changes in borrowing levels under our revolving line of credit was $145.7 million. As of December 31, 2014, our consolidated cash and total investment position was approximately $2.23 billion. The dividend that we announced today marks the 44th occasion that we have increased our dividend payment, and cumulative dividends paid will now be $2.44 billion."

Mr. Sanghi concluded, "We completed a small correction in the September 2014 quarter, and the December 2014 quarter turned out to be better than seasonal. The March quarter is historically a very strong quarter in Europe due to fewer holidays, but a weak quarter in Asia due to the Lunar New Year holidays. Considering these factors, along with the current economic backdrop, we expect our non-GAAP revenue to be up between 1% and 3% sequentially in the March quarter."