NXP Results Solid in Q1 with Positive Expectations for the Future

April 23, 2014 by Jeff Shepard

NXP Semiconductors N.V. reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014, ended March 30, 2014, and provided guidance for the second quarter 2014. "Our results for the first quarter of 2014 were very good, above the mid-point of our guidance, as NXP delivered Product revenue of $1,207 million, a 14 percent increase from the prior year period and a 4 percent sequential decline. Total NXP revenue in the first quarter was $1,246 million, a 15 percent increase year-on-year, and a 4 percent sequential decline, slightly better than typical seasonal decline," said Richard Clemmer, NXP Chief Executive Officer.

“Our HPMS segment performed better than expected during the first quarter, resulting in 18 percent year-on-year growth, though declining about 5 percent sequentially - this after a better than seasonally strong fourth quarter. Performance within our Automotive business was better than our initial expectations, resulting in 20 percent year-on-year growth primarily due to better than expected demand for in-vehicle networking solutions.

"Similarly, within our Identification business, revenue performance was better than planned resulting in 6 percent year-on-year growth due to improved demand for infrastructure and mobile payment products. In our Portable & Computing business, our results were near the high end of expectations, reflecting 45 percent growth versus the prior year. Within our Industrial & Infrastructure business, revenue performance was slightly below plan but still up 19 percent year-on-year. Within our Standard products segment, revenue performance was incrementally better than originally planned.

“During the quarter, non-GAAP, diluted earnings per share were $0.98, above the mid-point of guidance due to the combination of better product revenue; positive product mix; and offset by slightly higher operating expenses. Taken together, NXP generated $223 million in free cash flow during the quarter, representing 18 percent non-GAAP free cash flow margin. Additionally, we repurchased 8.3 million shares during the quarter, executing on our commitment to aggressively and opportunistically return cash to shareholders via our share repurchase program. In summary the first quarter results were better than anticipated, and we believe NXP is ideally positioned to continue to deliver solid revenue growth, strong earnings and robust free cash flow in future periods,” said Clemmer.