STMicroelectronics Reports 2007 Third Quarter and Nine Month Revenues and Earnings

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 
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  • Third quarter revenues come in at high end of outlook range, increasing 6.1% sequentially
  • Third quarter benefited from strong sequential improvement in Application Specific Groups’ operating margin
  • Net operating cash flow reached $255 million in the quarter and $652 million for the first nine months of 2007 on lighter-asset strategy advances

GENEVA — STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 29, 2007. On May 22, 2007, ST, in conjunction with Intel and Francisco Partners, announced a definitive agreement to create an independent semiconductor company, with ST contributing its Flash Memories Group (FMG). Since January 1, 2007 ST’s NOR and NAND Flash businesses have been organized into a stand-alone segment, in anticipation of strategic repositioning.

Net revenues for the third quarter increased 6.1% sequentially to $2,565 million from the $2,418 million reported in the prior quarter, with growth led by application-specific wireless and computer products. Excluding FMG, net revenues also increased 6.1% sequentially.

For the combined Company results, Computer was up 14% sequentially and Telecom and Consumer were up 10% and 6%, respectively. Industrial and Others was approximately flat, and Automotive was lower by 3% sequentially.

Application-Specific Product Highlights

  • In mobile communications, ST announced the newest addition to its Nomadik™ family of mobile multimedia application processors. The STn8811 builds on the success of the STn8810 by increasing the speed of its ARM9 core by almost 50% to deliver stunning performance for general-purpose applications running alongside video, music and image processing on smart mobile phones, personal media players and personal navigation devices.
  • In connectivity, ST continued to increase its market share with the gain of further design-ins for new phones, and strong shipments to existing customers. ST’s Bluetooth products have now been designed into a multitude of mobile phones, of which 60 are already available in the market; and ST’s wireless LAN ICs are already in more than 15 phones currently on the market.
  • In the communications infrastructure market, ST unveiled its new RF synthesizer with integrated voltage-controlled oscillators and the highest frequency coverage in the market. The STW81103 is the first single-chip device to operate at up to 5GHz and is aimed at applications such as wireless network infrastructures, CATV systems, instrumentation and test equipment.
  • In digital consumer, ST announced that Korea Telecom’s launch of its new IPTV service, using high-definition (HDTV) set-top boxes (STBs), is based on ST’s STi710x family of highly integrated HDTV decoder chips. ST also announced that it had shipped a cumulative total of more than 400 million MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 decoder chips – used worldwide in STBs, digital television sets (DTV) and DVD players – since entering the market with the world’s first MPEG-2 System-on-Chip (SoC) decoder in 1995.
  • ST gained an important design win from a major Japanese manufacturer for a sound processor to be used in a high-end TV for the Japanese market. Additionally, ST started shipments of its ‘Sound Terminal’ digital amplifiers with integrated sound processing and Bluetooth v1.2 connectivity capability to a major Japanese manufacturer that is launching AD2P Bluetooth speakers in Europe and Japan. ST also gained several other design wins for Bluetooth audio products in cradle and home-system applications.
  • In computer peripherals, ST gained a design win from a world-leading hard-disk drive (HDD) manufacturer for a 65nm SoC that uses ST’s Read Channel and Serial Interface (SATA) Intellectual Property (IP). The SoC will be used in mobile and consumer HDDs, with production expected in 2009. Additionally, ST’s leading-edge SPEAr™ (Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture) family of customizable digital engines gained significant design wins with three leading manufacturers of printers and PC peripherals.
  • In automotive, ST strengthened its leadership in safety applications with the design win for the next-generation airbag platform with a major American company that will go into production in 2010 in vehicles for the American, European and China markets. ST also won a design from a major American maker for a full GDI (gasoline direct injection) platform. In addition, ST expanded its customer base with wins from several customers in applications, such as power-steering modules and turbo controllers. And following ST’s agreement with Mobileye, design wins in advanced safety have also been awarded to ST by major automotive OEMs.
  • In car radio and multimedia applications, ST gained important design wins at major Japanese and Korean car radio makers and from Bosch Blaupunkt for the new generation of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) receiver platforms. ST also announced it had shipped more than 15 million units of its TDA7540 high-performance single-chip tuner IC used in analog AM/FM car-radio applications. Additionally, ST launched volume production of its Teseo GPS engine designed for use in certain Garmin Portable Navigation Devices and handheld GPS receivers, and achieved important design-ins for new navigation SoC devices with several customers, including major European OEMs.
  • In car body applications, ST increased its market share with growth coming from wide customer acceptance of ST’s smart power products, including a major design win for novel smart power actuators. ST also achieved a design win from a world leader for a new 32-bit microcontroller, jointly developed with Freescale, for a generic car body platform. The Company also gained an important design in the emerging automotive markets of India and the Middle East.