Microchip's Earnings Beat on Record Revs

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Leading semiconductor manufacturer Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP) reported stellar fourth quarter and full fiscal 2013 results with record revenues, driven by broad-based growth across all product lines. The company reported GAAP net income of $59.7 million or 28 cents per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $80.6 million or 39 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted net income for the reported quarter was $109.3 million or 52 cents per share, up 15.9% year over year from $94.3 million or 46 cents per share in the year-earlier quarter. The quarterly adjusted earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 10 cents.

For full fiscal 2013, Microchip reported GAAP net income of $127.4 million or 62 cents per share versus $336.7 million or $1.65 per share in fiscal 2012. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted net income for the reported fiscal was $388.5 million or $1.89 per share compared to $383.7 million or $1.89 per share in the prior fiscal.

Microchip generated net revenue of $430.1 million in fourth quarter fiscal 2013, up 26.9% year over year, aided by a healthy microcontroller business. The quarterly revenues were well above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $423 million. For full fiscal 2013, the company reported net sales of $1.6 billion compared to $1.4 billion in fiscal 2012, representing a year-over-year increase of 14.4%.

In terms of product mix, revenue from microcontroller products accounted for 64.1% of the total revenue in the quarter, while analog revenue, memory chip and licensing business represented 22.6%, 7.6% and 5.1% of total revenue, respectively. Net sales of microcontroller products were up 20.5% year over year in the reported quarter to a record high of $275.8 million, driven by robust sales of16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers. While 16-bit microcontroller business climbed 93% year over year, 32-bit microcontroller revenues were up a staggering 527% in the reported quarter compared to the year-ago quarter, driven by new design wins and applications.

Analog revenues increased 124.4% year over year to achieve record sales of $97.2 million in the reported quarter. Revenues from memory business totaled $32.8 million, while licensing revenues were $22.1 million in fourth quarter fiscal 2013.

Gross margin for the reported quarter was 55.6% versus 57.7% in the prior-year period, while operating income for fourth quarter fiscal 2013 was $56.7 million versus $93.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

With a diligent focus on right-sizing the various components of inventory holdings, Microchip was able to reduce its inventory during the quarter to $242.3 million or 116 days. However, management noted that although inventory purchased from foundries was significantly low, internally produced inventory was relatively high.  

The company hiked its quarterly cash dividend from 35.30 cents to 35.35 cents per share, representing the 37th dividend increase since its inception. Cash and investments at fiscal-end 2013 were $1.84 billion, with $620 million debt under its revolving line of credit. Free cash flow at quarter-end was $123.3 million prior to a dividend payment of $69.2 million.

Outlook

Concurrent with the fourth quarter earnings release, management provided guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Management expects GAAP net sales between $438.7 million and $456.0 million, while gross margin is expected to be in the range of 56.0% to 56.5%. GAAP net income is anticipated to be in the range of $64.2 million to $71.5 million, with earnings per share of 30 to 34 cents.

Microchip expects to generate net cash of approximately $100 million to $120 million in the first quarter prior to dividend payment. The company expects to incur $35 million in capital expenditure in the next quarter, bringing its tally to about $80 million for fiscal 2014.

With better-than-expected bookings and expedite requests in its business driven by strong demand and robust product designs, Microchip anticipates to continue its bull run in the coming quarters. We also remain encouraged by the strong results of the company and its bullish guidance.

Microchip presently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other players in the industry that are worth mentioning include Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (MPWR), ON Semiconductor Corp. (ONNN), and Semtech Corporation (SMTC), each carrying Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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