Second quarter of the 2009 fiscal year with good progress on cost reductions - Strong improvement for third quarter revenues and combined Segment Result expected
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Neubiberg, Germany – April 30, 2009 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) today reported results for the second quarter of the 2009 fiscal year, ended March 31, 2009.
Infineon’s revenues in the second quarter were Euro 747 million, down 10 percent sequentially and 29 percent year-over-year. Infineon’s combined Segment Result was negative Euro 110 million, compared to negative Euro 102 million in the first quarter. Included in combined Segment Result was non-recurring Euro 33 million from the reduction of accruals for bonuses and incentives.
“Our progress with cost reduction measures was very good and revenues were as forecast despite a challenging operating environment. During the first half of the 2009 fiscal year, we reduced capital expenditures and working capital aggressively in order to contain free cash outflows. Finally, we successfully implemented the most effective cost-reduction program Infineon has ever had”, said Peter Bauer, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG.
The sequential decrease in revenues reflects a decline in four of the company’s five operating segments. The segments Industrial & Multimarket (IMM), Chip Card & Security (CCS) and Wireline Communications (WLC) saw the strongest percentage declines in revenues. Revenues of the Automotive (ATV) segment also decreased, whereas revenues of the Wireless Solutions (WLS) segment were driven by market share gains and increased compared to the first quarter, despite of the shrinking market. Excluding the effects of currency fluctuations and acquisitions and divestitures, revenues decreased 11 percent sequentially and 32 percent year-over-year.
Net loss from continuing operations for the second quarter was Euro 150 million, resulting in basic and diluted loss per share from continuing operations of Euro 0.20. For the prior quarter, net loss from continuing operations was Euro 116 million, and basic and diluted loss per share from continuing operations was Euro 0.16.
The loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, was Euro 108 million for the second quarter. Basic and diluted loss per share from discontinued operations was Euro 0.12. On January 23, 2009, Qimonda AG and its wholly owned subsidiary Qimonda Dresden GmbH & Co. oHG filed an application at the Munich Local Court to open insolvency proceedings. As a result of this application, Infineon deconsolidated Qimonda during the second quarter. In this context, the company recognized a loss of Euro 100 million primarily resulting from the recognition of accumulated currency translation effects, previously recognized in equity. The recognition of such accumulated losses did not have any impact on Infineon’s shareholders’ equity.
For the second quarter, Infineon reported group net loss of Euro 258 million, and basic and diluted loss per share of Euro 0.32.
In the second quarter, Infineon reduced inventories aggressively compared to the prior quarter, including by lowering production levels again from the already low levels in the first quarter. As a consequence, inventories declined 18 percent sequentially and net working capital was reduced by Euro 72 million during the second quarter. This decrease included cash inflow of Euro 95 million from the German bank deposit protection fund following the insolvency of Lehman Brothers and cash outflows of Euro 56 million in connection with the IFX10+ cost-reduction program. All in all, Infineon was able to contain free cash outflow to negative Euro 22 million in a quarter that may have marked the low-point for revenue and production levels.
During the quarter, the company repurchased a total nominal amount of Euro 35 million of its exchangeable bonds for about 20 million Euro in cash.
Savings of about Euro 60 million realized in operating expenses under IFX10+
In the second quarter, Infineon made continued progress with cost reductions under the IFX10+ program. The fast implementation of the IFX10+ measures was supported by the organizational structure introduced at the beginning of the 2009 fiscal year. In operating expenses, the company saved approximately Euro 60 million compared to the fourth quarter of the 2008 fiscal year, equating to annualized savings of about Euro 240 million in operating expenses alone. In the second quarter, the company has made very good progress with respect to the planned workforce reductions. Total headcount stood at fewer than 26,400 employees at the end of March 2009 as compared to 29,100 at the end of September 2008.
In order to reduce costs further going forward, Infineon announced reduced working hours and implemented unpaid leave at all German operations. Infineon does not expect to incur expenses or cash outflows in relation to these measures.
Outlook for the third quarter
Revenues to increase, Segment Result to narrow significantly
Although visibility still remains limited, Infineon expects group revenues for the third quarter to increase by approximately 10 percent compared to the second quarter. The increase in revenues will be within all segments, but driven in particular by the WLS segment.
Infineon reduced inventories aggressively during the quarter. Given this reduction and given some signs of stabilization in the demand environment, the company can carefully adjust production back to levels more commensurate with current shipments and customer forecasts. Together with the benefits of higher sales levels and further cost reductions, Infineon therefore expects combined Segment Result to improve significantly in the third quarter, with negative mid-to-high single-digit combined Segment Result margin.
Update outlook for the 2009 fiscal year
Considerable uncertainties regarding the developments in the fourth quarter remain. However, given results for the first six months and the outlook for the third quarter, Infineon expects revenues for the 2009 fiscal year to decrease by more than 20 percent compared to the 2008 fiscal year. The company continues to expect Infineon’s Combined Segment Result to decrease significantly and to be negative.
Infineon has reduced further its CapEx budget, including capitalized intangible assets, for the 2009 fiscal year, which is now expected to be in the range of Euro 170 million to Euro 190 million, down from an already reduced budget of Euro 250 million at the start of the fiscal year and compared to Euro 370 million in the prior fiscal year. Depreciation and amortization is expected to be around Euro 500 million, up from the planned level of about Euro 450 million at the beginning of the 2009 fiscal year.
"In this challenging environment, we further need to have a tight grip on expenses. Strategically, Infineon is positioned well. We address the growth markets which will gain even more in importance in the future with our three core topics energy efficiency, communications, and security. The recent customer endorsements from Bosch and Toyota in automotive power products and from Nokia in single-chip platforms for GSM/GPRS and EDGE illustrate the competitiveness of our product offering and our customers' faith in our operations", Peter Bauer said.
WLS segment records highest revenues at Infineon in the second quarter
Combined Segment Result consistent with expectations
In the second quarter, revenues in the ATV segment decreased compared to the prior quarter due to the continued decline in demand in the worldwide automotive market. ATV Segment Result decreased due to the earnings impact of lower revenues and the negative effects of lower production levels that were implemented in order to reduce inventories. Savings from IFX10+ partially prevented from a more negative result.
The IMM segment’s revenues decreased quarter-over-quarter, driven by continued inventory corrections in the supply chain as well as low demand in the seasonally weak quarter. IMM Segment Result turned negative in the second quarter given the decline in revenues and due to lower fab loading that the company implemented to reduce inventory levels. Negative earnings effects were partially offset by IFX10+ savings and a positive impact from currency hedging.
Revenues of the CCS segment decreased compared to the first quarter, as overall soft demand in most CCS businesses due to a weak market environment was only partially offset by higher revenues in the payment business. CCS Segment Result decreased in-line with the revenue decrease and due to a further decrease in fab utilization. Savings from the IFX10+ program only partially offset these effects.
In the second quarter, revenues in the WLS segment increased on a sequential basis, mainly due to increased demand of some major mobile phone platform customers for both HSDPA and Ultra Low Cost. WLS Segment Result improved significantly, reflecting the increase in revenues, the positive impact of IFX10+ measures and improved hedging results.
The WLC segment’s revenues in the second quarter decreased compared to the prior quarter, mostly driven by the continued weak market environment and ongoing inventory corrections in the supply chain. The decline was partly compensated by a positive impact from 3G infrastructure and Next Generation Network deployments in China. WLC Segment Result remained positive as the cost reduction efforts under IFX10+ and the currency development almost offset the impact from the decline in revenues.
All amounts are preliminary and unaudited.
Analyst and press telephone conferences
Infineon Technologies AG will conduct a telephone conference (in English only) with analysts and investors on April 30, 2009, at 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 the 2009 fiscal year. In addition, the Infineon Management Board will host 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 conferences will be available live and for download on the Infineon web site at http://corporate.infineon.com.
IFX financial calendar (*preliminary date)
Jul 29, 2009; Earnings Release for the Third Quarter of the 2009 Fiscal Year
Nov 19, 2009*; Earnings Release for the Fourth Quarter and Full 2009 Fiscal Year
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D I S C L A I M E R
This press release includes forward-looking statements about the future of Infineon’s business and the industry in which we operate. These include statements relating to general economic conditions, future developments in the world semiconductor market, our ability to manage our costs and to achieve our savings and growth targets, the resolution of Qimonda’s insolvency proceedings and the liabilities we may face as a result of Qimonda’s insolvency, the benefits of research and development alliances and activities, our planned levels of future investment, the introduction of new technology at our facilities, the continuing transitioning of our production processes to smaller structure sizes, and our continuing ability to offer commercially viable products.
These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of uncertainties, including broader economic developments, including the duration and depth of the current economic downturn; trends in demand and prices for semiconductors generally and for our products in particular, as well as for the end-products, such as automobiles and consumer electronics, that incorporate our products; the success of our development efforts, both alone and with partners; the success of our efforts to introduce new production processes at our facilities; the actions of competitors; the availability of funds, including for the re-financing of our indebtedness; the outcome of antitrust investigations and litigation matters; and the outcome of Qimonda’s insolvency proceedings; as well as the other factors mentioned in this press release and those described in the “Risk Factors” section of the annual report of Infineon on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on December 29th, 2008.
As a result, Infineon’s actual results could differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Infineon does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in light of developments which differ from those anticipated.
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, communications, and security. In the 2008 fiscal year (ending September), the company reported sales of Euro 4.3 billion with approximately 29,100 employees worldwide in continuing operations. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).