Infineon reports results of second quarter and first half of financial year 2005
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- Second quarter revenues were Euro 1.61 billion, down 12 percent sequentially. Excluding license income of Euro 118 million realized in the first quarter from the settlement with ProMOS, revenues declined 5 percent sequentially, reflecting reduced revenues of the Communication and Memory Products segments.
- Net loss in the second quarter was Euro 114 million, down from net income of Euro 142 million sequentially; second quarter EBIT decreased to negative Euro 117 million from positive Euro 211 million in the prior quarter. First quarter EBIT included a net aggregate positive impact of Euro 116 million resulting primarily from the license settlement with ProMOS. Second quarter EBIT was negatively impacted by a net aggregate charge of Euro 74 million resulting primarily from the reorganization measures in the Communication segment.
- Total revenues for the first half of financial year 2005 were Euro 3.42 billion, up 4 percent from Euro 3.29 billion in the same period last year. Net income for the first half of the 2005 financial year amounted to Euro 28 million, compared to Euro 73 million in the prior year. EBIT in the first half of financial year 2005 was Euro 94 million, a decrease from Euro 141 million in the same period last year
Munich, Germany April 26, 2005 In the second quarter of financial year 2005, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE:IFX) reported, as expected, a sequential decrease in overall revenues. The decrease, excluding license income of Euro 118 million realized in the first quarter from the settlement with ProMOS, was primarily due to reduced revenues in its Communication and Memory Products segments. In the Communication segment, sales volumes decreased as a result of a seasonal slow- down of the worldwide mobile phone market coupled with a greater than seasonal decline in demand from some customers. In the Memory Products segment, revenues declined primarily due to the non-recurrence during the second quarter of license income of Euro 118 million from the settlement with ProMOS, and the strong decline of memory prices. Revenues in the Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment remained flat when compared to the previous quarter, mainly due to higher sales volume in the automotive and industrial market and despite strong pricing pressure in the chip-card business. All of the companys segments were impacted by pricing pressure.
EBIT declined in the companys three primary segments, as was noted in the outlook from the prior quarter. The sequential EBIT decrease was partially driven by lower sales volumes in the Communication segment, and by the strong decline in memory prices. In addition, EBIT was negatively impacted by a net aggregate charge of Euro 74 million resulting primarily from the reorganization measures in the Communication segment. EBIT in the first quarter included a net aggregate positive impact of Euro 116 million resulting primarily from the license settlement with ProMOS, which did not recur in the second quarter.
Our cautious assessment of market conditions and the outlook for the last quarter unfortunately turned out to be accurate. In this difficult environment, we concentrated our efforts on optimizing our business setup, and have already achieved several milestones, said Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, CEO and President of Infineon Technologies AG. Back in the first quarter of this financial year, we took immediate action and implemented the fast and effective Smart Savings program. We then simplified the organization to create leaner structures and faster decision paths to allow us to better serve our customers. As a third step, we are focusing on restructuring non-profitable businesses.
Market PositionIn calendar year 2004, Infineon improved its position on the worldwide semiconductor market from rank 7 to rank 4 according to the market research institute iSuppli.
Employee DataAs of March 31, 2005, Infineon had approximately 36,000 employees worldwide, including approximately 7,200 engaged in Research and Development.
Outlook for the third quarter of financial year 2005Infineon anticipates no major improvement in demand in the third quarter of financial year 2005. The company expects continued pricing pressure, especially for chip-card ICs, memory, and mobile phone products. However, growth in shipments, primarily in Memory Products, should partially offset the impact of pricing pressure on revenues and operating results. Results of operations are expected to be negatively affected by further charges related to the planned phase-out of production at Munich Perlach, which the company cannot currently quantify due to the early stage of discussions with the workers council.
As there are no near-term catalysts for growth in demand, especially in the memory and mobile phone businesses, in the third quarter we will continue to focus on cost-cutting measures and on restructuring non-profitable businesses, commented Dr. Ziebart. While this is a very difficult transition period, we believe that our pipeline of innovative products and the steps we have taken to further strengthen the company will put us into an improved competitive position next year.
Business groups 2005 second quarter performance and outlookIn the second quarter of financial year 2005, Infineon reports for the first time its financial position and results of operations under its new organizational structure, which became effective on January 1, 2005. The Mobile and Wireline Communication segments have been combined into the new Communication segment to align the companys structure with market developments. At the same time, the security and chip-card activities and the ASIC & Design Solutions business have been integrated into the extended Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment. The results of prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.
Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket
Despite the overall slow-down in the segments end market, revenues in the Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment remained flat when compared to the previous quarter, primarily due to higher sales volumes in the automotive and industrial business. Revenues and earnings of the Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment were negatively impacted by strong pricing pressure in the companys security and chip-card business, which could not be entirely offset by productivity gains. Margins in the automotive and industrial business were in line with the outlook provided last quarter.
Automotive, Industrial and Multimarkets outlook for the third quarter of financial year 2005
As the third quarter of the financial year typically shows seasonally strong demand in the automotive industry, Infineon expects further growth in its automotive business in the third quarter of 2005. On the other hand, the company anticipates continuing pricing pressure in its industrial business and therefore expects earnings to decrease slightly in the upcoming quarter. In its security and chip-card business, Infineon anticipates continued weakness in the third quarter of financial year 2005, in line with the worldwide chip-card market. While the price decline for chip-card ICs is very hard to predict, Infineon anticipates that productivity improvements would be sufficient to offset the pressure on revenues and EBIT caused by falling prices. All in all, the company expects revenues and earnings of the segment to remain stable.
While revenues in the wireline business were stable in the second quarter of financial year 2005, Infineon suffered a sharp revenue decline in its wireless communication business. This revenue decrease was primarily caused by a seasonal slow-down of the worldwide market for mobile phones in the second quarter of the financial year in combination with a greater than seasonal decline in demand from some customers. Due to the reduced sales volume, a continued high level of idle capacity costs, and a net charge of Euro 44 million resulting primarily from the sale or reorganization of the fiber optics and certain other communications businesses, the sequential EBIT loss increased significantly.
Effective January 31, 2005, Infineon and Finisar Corporation closed an agreement in which Finisar acquired Infineons fiber optics transceiver business in exchange for 34 million shares of Finisars common stock. In April 2005, Infineon sold the 34 million shares of Finisars common stock to VantagePoint Venture Partners. As a result of the sale of the fiber optics transceiver business and the subsequent sale of the shares of Finisars common stock, EBIT in the second quarter was positively impacted by Euro 13 million. Operating losses from the fiber optics business are not expected to materially impact EBIT after the end of the 2005 financial year.
In April 2005, Infineon and Exar entered into a definitive agreement under which Exar has acquired a significant portion of Infineons optical networking business. The existing MetroMapper family of Ethernet-over-SONET products will remain part of Infineon's product portfolio. The optical networking business unit will be dissolved effective July 1, 2005. Revenue and earnings contributions from residual products after that date are expected to be negligible.
With these initiatives, Infineon has a clearly defined path to focus its wireline communications activities on access applications and to bring this business back to profitability.
In the second quarter of financial year 2005, the product portfolio of Infineons wireless activities was strengthened by the introduction of the CMOS single-chip E-GOLDradio that integrates baseband and the RF transceiver on one chip.
Communications outlook for the third quarter of financial year 2005
In the third quarter of financial year 2005, the company expects revenues of its Communication segment to remain flat or to decrease slightly compared to the previous quarter, mainly due to continued weak demand from some customers for mobile phone components. Because of an anticipated continuation of pricing pressure in the overall Communication segment, and lower sales volumes, the company anticipates significant negative EBIT results for the third quarter of financial year 2005. However, Infineon expects the companys recently initiated efficiency programs to start impacting financial results positively in the third quarter of the financial year. Accordingly, the company expects the segments losses to decrease compared to the second quarter of the financial year.
The sequential revenue and EBIT decrease resulted primarily from the non-recurrence during the second quarter of license income of Euro 118 million from the settlement with ProMOS that was realized in the first quarter. In addition, revenues and EBIT were negatively impacted by a strong price decline in the worldwide memory market that could not be completely offset by increased sales volume and reduced unit costs.
In March 2005, Rambus and Infineon reached an agreement settling all claims between them and licensing the Rambus patent portfolio for use in current and future Infineon products. Accordingly, Rambus granted Infineon a worldwide license to existing and future Rambus patents and patent applications for a quarterly license fee of US dollars 5.85 million to be paid by Infineon starting November 15, 2005, and continuing through November 15, 2007.
Memory Products outlook for the third quarter of financial year 2005
For the third quarter of financial year 2005, Infineon expects an increase in system memory loads and worldwide demand for memories due to the price reductions for DRAMs in the second quarter of financial year 2005. The companys bit shipments are expected to increase at a rate above market growth based on growing capacities at joint venture and foundry partners. The company will continue to focus on the expansion of its product portfolio with higher margin products as these are less exposed to price fluctuations.
Other Operating Segments
The significant EBIT improvement in the second quarter of financial year 2005 compared to the previous quarter was mainly due to a gain of Euro 13 million realized on the sale of Infineons venture capital activities to Cipio Partners.
Corporate and Reconciliation
The sequential EBIT loss increase in the second quarter of financial year 2005 compared to the previous quarter was mainly due to charges of Euro 31 million resulting primarily from the restructuring of the companys fiber optics business.
Analyst and press telephone conferencesInfineon Technologies AG will host a telephone conference (in English only) with analysts and investors on April 26, 2005, 10:00 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST), 4:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (U.S. EDT), to discuss operating performance during the second quarter of financial year 2005. In addition, the Infineon Management Board will conduct a telephone conference with the media at 11:30 a.m. (CEST), 5:30 a.m. (U.S. EDT). It can be followed in German and English over the Internet. Both conference calls will be available live and for download on Infineons web site at http://www.infineon.com.
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