STMicro Claims Solid Third Quarter Results

October 28, 2014 by Jeff Shepard

STMicroelectronics, Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 27, 2014. Third quarter net revenues totaled $1.89 billion, gross margin was 34.3%, operating margin excluding impairment and restructuring was 4.0%, net income was $72 million and positive free cash flow was $140 million.

“We had a solid quarter in terms of performance across a number of metrics and year-over-year improvement: from gross margin to operating margin progression and from net income to cash flow generation. At the same time, the softening of demand towards the end of the quarter, specifically in the mass market and in microcontrollers, slowed our anticipated sequential revenue progress,” said ST President and CEO Carlo Bozotti.

“Our Analog, MEMS and Sensors group returned to sequential revenue growth, as anticipated, with the ramp-up of new MEMS products including our high-performance microphones and high-accuracy pressure sensors, and touch-screen controllers for volume markets. Our Digital Convergence Group grew sequentially driven principally by our latest generation of broadcast set-top-box products.

“We are progressing in moving our digital businesses towards self-sustainability, with a sharper focus on developing and bringing to our customers our latest home gateway and set-top box products as well as our FD-SOI and mixed process ASICs. In order to maintain the path of progress towards turning these businesses to profit, and in light of slower than expected future revenue growth in a weaker than anticipated market, we have launched a series of actions targeting an estimated $100 million of operating expense savings. We are discontinuing our commodity camera module products, while reinforcing our imaging efforts on prioritized customer projects and opportunities. We are also combining our DCG and IBP product groups to extract synergies. Finally, we are reviewing the implications to our process technology following the recent announcements by our Research Alliance partners.”