STMicroelectronics Reports 2005 Third Quarter and Nine Month Revenues and Earnings

Geneva, Switzerland (ots/PRNewswire) - - All figures in US Dollars $ STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended October 1, 2005. Revenues, Gross Profit, and Margin Review Net revenues for the third quarter were $2,247 million, up 3.9% sequentially from the $2,162 million reported in the prior quarter, and 0.7% above the $2,231 million reported in last year's third quarter. Sequential sales growth was primarily driven by wireless and computer peripheral applications, both of which also experienced strong double-digit, year-over-year sales growth. Gross profit increased 7.3% to $766 million from $714 million in the second quarter of 2005. Gross margin was 34.1% in the third quarter compared to 33.0% in the prior quarter. Enhanced product mix and manufacturing performance drove the improvements in gross profit and gross margin, more than offsetting continuing price pressure, especially in memory and standard products. Operating Expenses Research and development expenses in the third quarter were $401 million compared to $423 million in the prior quarter. Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $248 million for the 2005 third quarter, down from $255 million in the prior quarter. Combined SG&A and R&D expenses in the third quarter were 28.9% of net revenues, improving from 31.4% in the second quarter. The decrease in operating expenses was largely attributable to specific cost-control actions coupled with seasonal factors. Operating Income, Net Income, and Earnings per Share For the 2005 third quarter, the Company reported operating income of $102 million and net income of $89 million, or $0.10 per share. In the prior quarter the Company reported operating income of $12 million and net income of $26 million, or $0.03 per share. The Company posted $12 million of impairment, restructuring charges, and other related closure costs during the 2005 third quarter. In the prior quarter, restructuring related expenses were $22 million. In the third quarter, the effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.30 to EUR1, similar to second quarter levels. Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights Net cash from operating activities in the third quarter was $475 million compared to $409 million in the prior quarter. Capital expenditures were $284 million in the 2005 third quarter, compared to $363 million in the prior quarter. Net operating cash flow* for the third quarter increased to $173 million, compared to $23 million in the second quarter. At October 1, 2005, ST had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $1.77 billion. Total debt was $1.84 billion; net financial debt was reduced from $276 million at the end of the prior quarter to $71 million at October l, 2005; shareholders' equity was $8.4 billion. (*) Net operating cash flow is defined as net cash from operating activities ($475 million in the third quarter of 2005) minus net cash used in investing activities ($302 million in the third quarter of 2005) excluding payments for purchase of and proceeds from the sale of marketable securities ($0 in the third quarter of 2005). President and CEO Remarks Carlo Bozotti, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "ST's third quarter financial performance, which was well in line with our outlook, showed sequential improvements in revenues, gross margin, and earnings per share. Additionally, we were pleased by the significant increase in net operating cash flow resulting from our capital management. The quarter was also a period of steady progress across all of our key objectives: - ST had a good level of sequential sales growth in several key markets, led by wireless. The effort to expand the key customer base also continued to gain momentum. In addition, reflecting the importance of China and ST's leading presence there, we created a new regional organisation focused exclusively on this key market; - On the product front, we continue to gain traction in the acceptance of our new products. From wireless connectivity ASSP solutions to a new wave of high-definition digital consumer offerings, we are compiling important design wins which will help drive sales and margin improvement in 2006 and beyond; - Finally, our manufacturing cost-reduction initiatives are moving forward steadily and contributed to the improved results in the quarter. In summary, we are on track with our roadmap to improve overall corporate performance. Our efforts are starting to become visible with improvements in most of our key metrics to date. Nonetheless, there is more work to be done." Additional Third Quarter 2005 Financial and Operating Data The following tables and commentary provide a breakdown of revenues and operating income (loss) by product group and segment revenues by targeted market. Net Revenues and Operating Income (Loss) by Group: In Million US$ Q3 2005 Operating Net % of Net income Group Revenues Revenues (loss) Application Specific Product Groups (a) 1,263 56.2% 81 MLD (Microcontroller, Linear & Discrete Group) 472 21.0% 68 MPG (Memory Products Group) 501 22.3% (17) Others (1)(2) 11 0.5% (30) Total 2,247 100% 102 GENEVA, Switzerland, October 25 /PRNewswire/ -- (a) Automotive; Computer Peripheral; and Home, Personal, and Communication products (1) Net revenues of "Others" include revenues from sales of Subsystems and other products not allocated to product groups. (2) Operating loss of "Others" includes items such as impairment, restructuring charges, and other related closure costs, start-up costs, and other unallocated expenses such as strategic or special research and development programs, certain corporate-level operating expenses, certain patent claims and litigations, and other costs that are not allocated to the product groups, as well as operating earnings or losses of the Subsystems and Other Products Group. Certain costs, mainly R&D, formerly in the "Others" category, have been allocated to the groups. All product groups increased revenues and improved their operating margins on a sequential basis. Application Specific Product Groups' revenue increased 2.3% sequentially, and operating profit increased nearly 13% to $81 million. MLD sales were up 2.7% and operating income was up nearly 5%. MPG sales grew 10.5% sequentially and the group had an operating loss of $17 million, a significant improvement from the $66 million loss recorded in the prior quarter. Flash memory sales increased 17% sequentially to $345 million. Q3 2005 Net Revenues Breakdown by Market Segment The following table estimates, within a variance of 5% to 10% in the absolute dollar amount, the relative weighting of each of the Company's target market segments in the third quarter of 2005. % of Net Revenues Automotive 15% Consumer 17% Computer 18% Telecom 36% Industrial & Others 14% GENEVA, Switzerland, October 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Three of the five market segments experienced sequential sales increases, with both Telecom and Computer growing faster than the Company average of 3.9%. Specifically, Telecom, the Company's largest segment, grew approximately 9% followed by Computer which grew approximately 8%. Consumer reported a slight sequential increase of approximately 1%. Automotive declined approximately 4% while Industrial & Others was essentially flat. First Nine Months 2005 Results Net revenues for the first nine months of 2005 were $6,493 million, an increase of 0.9% over the 2004 first nine months revenues of $6,432 million. Gross profit was $2,165 million, or 33.3% of net revenues, compared to $2,376 million or 36.9% of net revenues for the 2004 first nine months. Operating income was $47 million compared to $473 million in last year's first nine months. Net income was $83 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to net income of $414 million, or $0.45 per diluted share in last year's first nine months. Net income included $137 million of aggregate charges for pre-tax impairment, restructuring charges, other related closure costs, and one-time compensation charges for the 2005 first nine months compared to $57 million of charges for pre-tax impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs for the 2004 first nine months. Research and development expenses were $1,228 million, compared to $1,131 million in the 2004 first nine months. Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $766 million compared to $702 million in the same period in 2004. Capital expenditures for the first three quarters of 2005 were $1,211 million, consistent with the 2005 full year capital budget of $1.5 billion. In the 2005 first nine months, the effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.30 to EUR1, compared to $1.23 to EUR1 in last year's first nine months. First Nine Months 2005 Net Revenues and Operating Income (Loss) by Group: In Million US$ First Nine Months 2005 Operating Net % of Net income Group Revenues Revenues (loss) Application Specific Product Groups (a) 3,686 56.8% 218 MLD (Microcontroller, Linear & Discrete Group) 1,388 21.4% 204 MPG (Memory Products Group) 1,375 21.2% (145) Others (1)(2) 44 0.6% (230) TOTAL 6,493 100% 47 GENEVA, Switzerland, October 25 /PRNewswire/ -- (a) (1) and (2) defined in a previous table Outlook Mr. Bozotti observed, "We believe that moderate industry growth will continue into the final quarter of 2005 and through 2006. Within these dynamics, we expect that ST will continue to make solid progress in improving the performance of the Company thanks to our ongoing marketing, R&D, and cost actions. Accordingly, we expect that ST's sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter will be in the range between 3% and 9%. Gross margin for the fourth quarter is expected to be about 36%, plus or minus one percentage point." This guidance is based on an effective currency exchange rate for the Company of approximately $1.22 = EUR1, which reflects current exchange rate levels combined with the impact of existing hedging contracts. Products, Technology and Design Wins - In the digital consumer field, the company gained multiple design wins for both the STB7100 and STi7109 single-chip H.264 high-definition TV (HDTV) decoders with various OEMs addressing the worldwide operator market. Volume production of the STB7100 HD decoder is also ramping up in 90nm technology for use in IP set-top boxes (STBs) from major European operators. And, in the European cable market, multiple operators have adopted the STB5100 as the CPU/decoder solution for interactive DOCSIS-based set-top boxes. - ST announced its first range of STB decoders to embed Secure Video Processor (SVP) capability, the next-generation open specification for the protection of digital-video content. The two new devices - the STB5525, which is also ST's first single-chip solution to support dual TV and dual DVR (Digital Video Recorder) requirements in standard-definition STBs, and the STB5524, which targets the growing DVR market - are ideal for satellite, cable, and terrestrial TV services. - The Company announced the STx5300 family of MPEG-2 decoder chips for low-cost STBs and DVD recording that anticipate the increasing demands of interactive TV applications by increasing the available computing power by over five times compared to earlier devices. The chip uses the company's most advanced processor core, the ST200 VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) family, whose high performance has been certified at 300MHz by the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium and is intended for use in high-performance multimedia System-on-Chip (SoC) devices. - ST gained further success in Bluetooth as the company's single-chip STLC2500 recorded several design wins with major mobile phone manufacturers. And in audio applications, Taiwanese company TwinMos selected ST's audio Bluetooth chipset for its high-quality audio wireless applications, and has started production of Bluetooth wireless speakers and audio dongles. - In imaging, ST's 2-megapixel SMIA-based camera modules and image processors are now in volume production for use in mobile phones. - In the wireline infrastructure area, ST won a major ASIC design, which will be implemented in ST's leading-edge 65nm process technology. This design, won with a large telecomms customer, confirms the leading role played by ST in state-of-the-art ASICs. - For healthcare applications, ST introduced a lab-on-chip application for DNA-based detection of sepsis-causing bacteria, using a diagnostic panel from ST's bio-tech partner, Mobidiag, and running on ST's In-Check platform. Providing faster and more reliable results at a fraction of the cost and complexity of conventional laboratory systems, the miniaturised solution enables early detection of disease, resulting in better patient treatment choices and lower costs for healthcare systems. - In automotive, ST's strategic partnership with Bosch has been reinforced with the signature of an agreement for ST's next-generation BCD6S smart power process. Also in smart power, ST gained a significant design win in battery charging from an important European OEM. - In the power train area, ST won designs for several new kits with two major American OEMs for the European and American markets. In the car body area, ST signed with a major North American OEM for an advanced smart body-control module. - In car safety, ST has extended its reach into the Japanese market by winning a design from an important new OEM. Also in car safety, ST won a design for a new ABS chipset with a major American OEM for the worldwide market. - In car radio and multimedia, ST won a design for an advanced digital-input audio power amplifier with a leading North American customer for the 2007 model year. And finally in automotive, ST announced that it had shipped a cumulative total of approximately 10.5 million XM Satellite Radio Baseband Decoders to radio manufacturers, since starting production in 2001. The 10.5 million XM Radio decoders have been delivered to equipment manufacturers including Delphi and Pioneer, for vehicle, portable and home radio receivers. - In peripherals, ST started shipments of an advanced SATA (Serial ATA) SoC to a major hard-disk drive manufacturer. Additionally, ST, in conjunction with Synopsys, conducted and successfully completed interoperability testing of its 90nm SATA MIPHY (Multi-Interface PHY) Physical Layer interface macro-cell, aimed at designers integrating SATA functions into SoC designs for hard-disk drive applications. - In smart cards, ST announced that its established ST22L128 32-bit secure microcontroller has received "Common Criteria" security certification at Evaluation Assurance Level EAL5+ (Augmented), the first 0.18-micron 32-bit secure MCU to be certified at this level. - ST announced volume production of the ST19WP18 Trusted Platform Module, and confirmed that more than one million of the TCG 1.2 (Trusted Computing Group) solutions, complete with software stack, had been delivered to a number of major PC motherboard makers. - In RFID, ST introduced an ultra-high frequency contactless memory chip, compliant with the latest Electronic Product Code(TM) (EPC) specifications. ST's XRAG2 RFID chip delivers interoperability, enhanced security, and optimised performance for next-generation supply-chain and logistics applications. - In NOR Flash, multiple leading mobile phone manufacturers started platform development based on ST's 90nm 2-bit per cell 512-Mbit NOR Flash. In NAND Flash, ST started high-volume shipments of 1.8V 2-Gbit NAND Flash in 90nm technology to a market-leading multimedia-phone manufacturer. Also, production of ST's 128-Mbit NAND Flash device was transferred to 90nm process technology. The shrink to 90nm reduces both the cost and the power consumption of the memory chip, which is widely used in consumer equipment such as digital still cameras, audio recorders, PDAs, STBs, printers, and bundled Flash cards. - In microcontrollers, ST won a design for its ST7232A 8-bit microcontroller at one of the top five Chinese air-conditioner manufacturers. ST also expanded its family of USB MCUs with new products in its ST7263B series, which has become the reference solution for a range of USB-based peripheral products. ST also announced 8-bit ST7Lite Flash microcontrollers for control applications, adding new embedded peripherals to the established ST7Lite feature set. - In power, ST introduced a reference-design platform for the emerging electronic power-meter market. The versatility and low-cost provided by electronic meters allows manufacturers to implement features that were impractical with older mechanical designs, such as protecting against meter tampering and theft of service; and automatic meter reading. - ST won an important design with a major North American server manufacturer for its low-voltage power MOSFET, the STSJ100NHS3LL, which is implemented in ST's proprietary STripFET(TM) III technology. ST also announced production of the first devices built using the second generation of its MDmesh(TM) high-voltage power MOSFET technology. - In high-end analogue ICs, ST gained a design-win with a major Asian manufacturer for its new Gamma-Correction circuit for LCD panel applications. Some of the statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended) based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those in such statements due to, among other factors: - future developments of the world semiconductor market, in particular the future demand for semiconductor products in the key application markets and from key customers served by our products; - pricing pressures, losses, or curtailments of purchases from key customers as well as inventory adjustments from distributors or other customers; - changes in the exchange rates between the US Dollar and the Euro, compared to the effective exchange rate of approximately $1.22= EUR , and between the US Dollar and the currencies of the other major countries in which we have our operating infrastructure; - our ability to develop new products in time to obtain design wins as well as our ability to timely supply such products to meet market demand; - our ability to complete, successfully and in a timely manner, our various announced initiatives to improve the efficiency of our research and development programs, our manufacturing, and our overall corporate performance; - the anticipated benefits of research & development alliances and cooperative activities; - the ability of our suppliers to meet our demands for products and to offer competitive pricing; - changes in the economic, social, or political environment, as well as natural events such as severe weather, health risks, epidemics or earthquakes in the countries in which we and our key customers operate; and - our ability to obtain required licenses on third-party intellectual property. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results and performance of our business to differ materially and adversely from the forward-looking statements. Certain such forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "may," "will," "should," "would be," "anticipates," or similar expressions, or the negative thereof, or other variations thereof, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, or intentions. Some of these risk factors are set forth and are discussed in more detail in "Item 3. Key Information-Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2004, as filed with the SEC on March 23, 2005. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialise, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as anticipated, believed, or expected. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update any industry information or forward-looking statements set forth in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Unfavourable changes in the above or other factors listed under "Risk Factors" from time to time in our SEC filings, including in our Form 20-F, could have a material adverse effect on our business or financial condition. Conference Call Information The management of STMicroelectronics will conduct a conference call on Wednesday, October 26, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. US Eastern Time / 3:00 p.m. CET, to discuss operating performance for the third quarter of 2005. The conference call will be available via the Internet by accessing the following Web address: Those viewing the webcast should go to the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call, in order to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. The webcast will be available until Friday, November 4, 2005. About STMicroelectronics STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2004, the Company's net revenues were $8.76 billion and net earnings were $601 million. 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Consolidated Statements of Income (in million of US dollars, except per share data ($)) Three Months Ended (Unaudited) (Unaudited) October 1, September 25, 2005 2004 Net sales 2,246 2,231 Other revenues 1 0 NET REVENUES 2,247 2,231 Cost of sales -1,481 -1,386 GROSS PROFIT 766 845 Selling, general and administrative -248 -233 Research and development -401 -384 Other income and expenses, net -3 -3 Impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs -12 -12 Total Operating Expenses -664 -632 OPERATING INCOME 102 213 Interest income, net 8 0 Loss on equity investments -2 -2 INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 108 211 AND MINORITY INTERESTS Income tax expense -18 -20 INCOME BEFORE MINORITY INTERESTS 90 191 Minority interests -1 -2 NET INCOME 89 189 EARNINGS PER SHARE (BASIC) 0.10 0.21 EARNINGS PER SHARE (DILUTED) 0.10 0.20 NUMBER OF WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES USED IN CALCULATING 935.5 934.9 DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE STMicroelectronics N.V. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS Nine Months Ended October 1, September 25, In million of US dollars 2005 2004 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Cash flows from operating activities: Net income 83 414 Items to reconcile net income and cash flows from operating activities Depreciation and amortisation 1,482 1,319 Amortisation of discount on convertible debt 3 28 Loss on extinguishment of convertible debt 0 4 Other non-cash items 7 -3 Minority interest in net income of subsidiaries 2 3 Deferred income tax -40 -16 Loss on equity investments 2 2 Impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs, net of cash payments 67 11 Changes in assets and liabilities: Trade receivables, net -119 -256 Inventories, net -152 -77 Trade payables -33 309 Other assets and liabilities, net -59 -41 Net cash from operating activities 1,243 1,697 Cash flows from investing activities: Payment for purchases of tangible assets -1,211 -1,627 Payment for purchase of marketable securities -525 -1,030 Investment in intangible and financial assets -52 -64 Payment for acquisitions, net of cash received 0 -3 Net cash used in investing activities -1,788 -2,724 Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 25 22 Repayment of long-term debt -90 -1,263 Decrease in short-term facilities -5 -37 Capital increase 32 17 Dividends paid -107 -107 Other financing activities 1 0 Net cash used in financing activities -144 -1,368 Effect of changes in exchange rates -19 -2 Net cash decrease -708 -2,397 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 1,950 2,998 Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period 1,242 601 GENEVA, Switzerland, October 25 /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics N.V. Consolidated Statements of Income (in million of US dollars, except per share data ($)) Nine Months Ended (Unaudited) (Unaudited) October 1, September 25, 2005 2004 Net sales 6,489 6,429 Other revenues 4 3 NET REVENUES 6,493 6,432 Cost of sales -4,328 -4,056 GROSS PROFIT 2,165 2,376 Selling, general and administrative -766 -702 Research and development -1,228 -1,131 Other income and expenses, net -11 -13 Impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs -113 -57 Total Operating Expenses -2,118 -1,903 OPERATING INCOME 47 473 Interest income (expense), net 23 -8 Loss on equity investments -2 -2 Loss on extinguishment of convertible debt 0 -4 INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 68 459 AND MINORITY INTERESTS Income tax benefit (expense) 17 -42 INCOME BEFORE MINORITY INTERESTS 85 417 Minority interests -2 -3 NET INCOME 83 414 EARNINGS PER SHARE (BASIC) 0.09 0.46 EARNINGS PER SHARE (DILUTED) 0.09 0.45 NUMBER OF WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES USED IN CALCULATING 935.0 936.9 DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE STMicroelectronics N.V. Consolidated Balance Sheets As at October 1, July 2, December 31, In million of US dollars 2005 2005 2004 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Audited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents 1,242 1,075 1,950 Marketable securities 525 525 0 Trade accounts receivable, net 1,483 1,468 1,408 Inventories, net 1,398 1,363 1,344 Deferred tax assets 182 154 140 Other receivables and assets 610 653 785 Total current assets 5,440 5,238 5,627 Goodwill 223 223 264 Other intangible assets, net 227 240 291 Property, plant and equipment, net 6,412 6,618 7,442 Long-term deferred tax assets 53 59 59 Investments and other non-current assets 137 120 117 7,052 7,260 8,173 Total assets 12,492 12,498 13,800 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Bank overdrafts 48 34 58 Current portion of long-term debt 1,527 150 133 Trade accounts payable 987 1,099 1,352 Other payables and accrued liabilities 712 755 776 Deferred tax liabilities 9 7 17 Accrued income tax 163 167 176 Total current liabilities 3,446 2,212 2,512 Long-term debt 263 1,692 1,767 Reserve for pension and termination indemnities 261 254 285 Long-term deferred tax liabilities 69 46 63 Other non-current liabilities 20 20 15 613 2,012 2,130 Total liabilities 4,059 4,224 4,642 Commitment and contingencies Minority interests 50 49 48 Common stock (preferred stock: 540,000,000 shares authorised, not issued; 1,153 1,150 1,150 common stock: Euro 1.04 nominal value, 1,200,000,000 shares authorised, 907,597,149 shares issued, 894,197,149 shares outstanding) Capital surplus 1,953 1,927 1,924 Accumulated result 5,244 5,156 5,268 Accumulated other comprehensive income 381 340 1,116 Treasury stock -348 -348 -348 Shareholders' equity 8,383 8,225 9,110 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 12,492 12,498 13,800 GENEVA, Switzerland, October 25 /PRNewswire/ -- For further information, please contact: Investor Relations: Stanley March Vice President, Investor Relations Tel: +1-212-821-89-39 Fax: +1-212-821-89-23 Email: Benoit de Leusse Director, Investor Relations Tel: +41-22-929-58-12 Fax: +41-22-929-69-61 Email: Fabrizio Rossini Investor Relations Senior Manager Tel: +41-22-929-69-73 Fax: +41-22-929-69-61 Email: Media Relations: Jonathan Dinkeldein Burson-Marsteller London Tel: +44-207-300-6150 Sandrine Romano Burson-Marsteller Paris Tel: +33-1-41-86-76-77 Email: Guerric de Beauregard Burson-Marsteller Paris Tel: +33-1-41-86-76-82 Email: GENEVA, Switzerland, October 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ots Originaltext: STMicroelectronics Im Internet recherchierbar: Contact: Jonathan Dinkeldein, Burson-Marsteller London, Tel: +44-207-300-6150,

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