Gemalto Reports Revenue for the First Quarter of 2007

    Amsterdam (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Revenue(1) at EUR 362 million, down by 7%

    - Price pressure easing in Mobile Communication

    - Secure Transactions up by 7%

    - ID & Security: 22% growth in Identity, lower patent licensing revenue

    - New contract wins in digital security

@@start.t1@@                        All revenue and average selling price variations in this press
  release are by reference to the first quarter 2006 pro forma revenue and at
                                         constant exchange rates unless otherwise mentioned.@@end@@

    Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 - GTO), a leader in digital security, today announced its revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.

@@start.t2@@      EUR in millions                              Q1 2006      Q1 2007  Year-on-year change
                                                          pro forma1                at constant exchange
      Mobile Communication                        229.9         194.0                (11)%
      Secure Transactions                          91.4         95.6                  +7%
      ID & Security                                    53.2         47.3                  (9)%
      Public Telephony                                17.9         10.3                 (39)%
      Point of Sales Terminals                  13.8         14.8                  +12%
      Total revenue                                  406.2         362.1                 (7%)@@end@@

    All the figures presented in this press release are unaudited. First quarter 2006 IFRS revenue figures are presented in Appendix 2.

    Olivier Piou, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Our revenue in the first quarter was in line with our expectations. Execution of our strategic plan, which combines programs to reduce costs with initiatives to accelerate profitable growth, is making good progress: it is expected to deliver additional benefits in the second half of 2007. Gemalto's digital security technology continues to gain market acceptance. Going forward, we should also benefit from an improving operating environment."

    First quarter 2007 revenue analysis

    Total revenue for the first quarter of 2007 was down by 7% at constant exchange rates (and by 11% at historical exchange rates). The decrease reflects mainly lower revenue in Mobile Communication and Public Telephony. Secure Transactions posted solid growth on the back of higher microprocessor card volumes delivered for payment and pay-TV applications. In the ID & Security segment, strong momentum in e-Identity solutions was offset by the lower patent licensing revenue compared with a very strong first quarter of 2006.

    Segment information

    Mobile Communication

@@start.t3@@      EUR in                Q1 2006  Q1 2007  Year-on-year change Year-on-year change
      millions                                              at historical    at constant exchange
                              Pro forma                  exchange rates                 rates
      First quarter      229.9      194.0                (16%)                        (11%)

    The revenue profile was in line with the usual pattern for a first quarter. SIM card delivery volumes continued to increase, though at a lower pace than in previous quarters, and were up by 9% compared with the first quarter of 2006. Growth was driven by Asia and to a lesser extent by EMEA(2), while deliveries were flat in the Americas.

    Compared with the same period of last year, the average SIM card selling price was down by 19% at constant exchange rates, with a stronger percentage in total shipments of products sold in emerging countries which use a higher proportion of low-end cards. Nevertheless, the year-on-year average selling price decrease showed continued improvement compared with -25% in the fourth quarter of 2006, -32% in the third quarter of 2006, and -34% in the first half of 2006. This improvement reflects easing competitive pressure overall and the implementation of a stricter pricing discipline since the second half of 2006.

    In the first quarter, Gemalto's digital security leadership and high end application expertise were rewarded in the market:

    - Gemalto provided a Belgian mobile operator with the world's first secure SMS-based mobile payment service. This mobile payment capability targets all kinds of practical services such as home deliveries, taxi rides or baby-sitting, allowing subscribers to pay with their mobile phone.

    - Gemalto also implemented Turkcell's large-scale mobile signature programme. Turkcell is Turkey's leading mobile operator with more than 30 million subscribers. This solution will allow Turkcell subscribers to securely access - from any online device - services that require strong authentication, such as internet banking or e-government applications, using their mobile phone to generate a legally binding electronic signature.

    - Gemalto is currently participating in about 20 mobile contactless payment pilots throughout the world. The Company is uniquely positioned to collaborate with consortiums of mobile operators, banks and transport companies, offering SIM-based contactless payment solutions. Combined with OTA(3) services, Gemalto's solutions provide a flexible platform for a whole range of easy-to-deploy applications, such as ticketing and mobile payment, opening up a fresh revenue stream for the operators. Gemalto's offer includes multi-application cards, OTA platforms for personalization and life-cycle management, as well as a complete set of applications.

    Secure Transactions (Financial Services and pay-TV)

@@start.t4@@      EUR in                Q1 2006  Q1 2007  Year-on-year change Year-on-year change
      millions                                              at historical    at constant exchange
                              Pro forma                  exchange rates                 rates
      First quarter      91.4         95.6                 +5%                          +7%

    Revenue growth reflects strong activity in pay-TV and continued development in microprocessor payment solutions, including cards and associated services.

    Deliveries of microprocessor cards were up by 16%, driven by on-going EMV(4) deployment, primarily in Europe and certain Latin America countries.

    Average selling prices decreased due to more intense competition in certain high growth markets which are migrating to EMV and to a greater share of modules in total deliveries on the back of rapid development in North Asia.

    The contactless payment market confirms its strong potential with initial launches in North Asia and the United Kingdom, and new deployments in the United States.

    ID & Security

@@start.t5@@      EUR in                Q1 2006  Q1 2007  Year-on-year change Year-on-year change
      millions                                              at historical    at constant exchange
                              Pro forma                  exchange rates                 rates
      First quarter      53.2         47.3                (11%)                         (9%)

    Revenue from Identity solutions grew 22% driven by e-passports, as most projects in EMEA are now operational, as well as Government ID and healthcare. Patent licensing revenue was as expected significantly lower than the very high level recorded in the first quarter of 2006. Deliveries of microprocessor products were down by 32%, due to significantly lower sales of low-end Transportation cards.

    During the quarter, Gemalto and Barclays Bank announced a large-scale roll out of a two-factor authentication smart card solution for online banking designed to prevent online fraud. The contract includes the provision of authentication devices and a full service encompassing design of custom card readers, fulfilment and distribution to the final users.

    In February 2007, Gemalto launched its Network Identity Manager (NIM) solution, a self-contained and portable network security device which plugs into a USB port, works with a standard browser, runs on any PC and does not require any software installations or downloads. This easy-to-use solution allows online consumers to take control of their own network security by protecting themselves against identity theft. Gemalto is targeting leading organizations with large online communities who would issue NIM devices to their customers.

    Public Telephony

@@start.t6@@      EUR in                Q1 2006  Q1 2007  Year-on-year change Year-on-year change
      millions                                              at historical    at constant exchange
                              Pro forma                  exchange rates                 rates
      First quarter      17.9         10.3                (42%)                        (39%)

    The continuing sharp decline of the memory card market for Public Telephony is attributable to the broader usage of mobile telephony worldwide.

    Point-of-Sale Terminals

@@start.t7@@      EUR in                Q1 2006  Q1 2007  Year-on-year change Year-on-year change
      millions                                              at historical    at constant exchange
                              Pro forma                  exchange rates                 rates
      First quarter      13.8         14.8                 +8%                          +12%

    First quarter revenue growth was supported by the successful introduction of a new range of products developed on a common, highly adaptable new technology platform.

    Regional analysis

    First quarter revenue by region

@@start.t8@@      EUR in millions         Q1 2006  Q1 2007      Year-on-year        Year-on-year
                                      Pro forma                    change at              change at
                                                                         historical            constant
                                                                      exchange rates    exchange rates
      EMEA                            222.6      208.7              (6%)                    (5%)
      North & South              97.4        75.9              (22%)                    (16%)
      Asia                            86.2        77.6              (10%)                    (2%)
      Total revenue              406.2      362.1            (11%)                    (7%)@@end@@

    Regional analysis shows a shift in revenue contribution by region: Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) accounted for 58% of first quarter 2007 revenue compared with 55% a year ago, mainly due to a stronger performance in Secure Transactions and to the appreciation of the euro relative to the US dollar and currencies linked to it. The Americas accounted for 21% of first quarter 2007 revenue compared with 24% a year ago, reflecting lower revenue in Mobile Communication revenue and Public Telephony, as well as a weaker US dollar.


    In the first half of 2007, demand in Mobile Communication is mainly driven by emerging countries and the revenue profile is therefore expected to consist primarily of entry and mid-range products. Furthermore, in the first half of 2007, Gemalto's operating margin(5) will not benefit from the unusually high patent licensing revenue and positive one-off items booked in the same period of 2006. Cost synergies from the combination are materializing progressively in line with the Company's expectations, but they will not be sufficient to offset the adverse effect on the operating margin5 of the strong price decline of last year.

    In the second half of 2007, operating margin5 should reflect the usual favorable seasonal pattern and the increasing contribution of the first digital security solutions deployments. It will also benefit from additional cost synergies from the combination.

    Gemalto continues to anticipate sustained demand in all of its key markets. It will continue to proactively make the necessary adjustments to its cost base and remains determined to reach its stated objective of an operating margin5 above 10% in 2009.

    Reporting calendar

    The annual general shareholders' meeting will be held in Amsterdam on May 22, 2007.

    Second quarter 2007 revenue will be reported on July 26, 2007, before the opening of Euronext Paris.

    First half 2007 earnings will be reported on September 13, 2007, before the opening of Euronext Paris.

    Conference call

    The company has scheduled a conference call for today at 3:00 pm CET (2:00 pm BST and 9:00 am New-York time). Callers may participate in the live conference call by dialling:

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    The slide show will be posted on the Company's web site at noon CET (11:00 BST).

    Replays of the conference call will be available approximately 3 hours after the conclusion of the conference call until May 9, 2007 midnight by dialling:

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    About Gemalto

    Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of EUR1.7 billion, operations in about 100 countries and over 10,000 employees including 1,500 R&D engineers.

    In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto's solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable.

    Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the management of deployment services for its customers.

    More than a billion people worldwide use the company's products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

    Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.

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                                                        Appendix 1

    Deliveries of secure personal devices

@@start.t9@@      In millions of units                                    Q1 06      Q1 07    % growth
                                                                        Pro forma
      SIM cards                                                      197.1      215.3        +9%
      Secure transactions                                      45.5         52.9        +16%
      ID & Security                                                 9.5         6.4         -32%
      Total                                                            252.1      274.6        +9%@@end@@

                                                        Appendix 2


    Note: the combination between Gemalto and Gemplus was effective on June 2, 2006, and Gemplus activity was fully consolidated with that of Gemalto as from that date.

    First quarter revenue by segment

      EUR in millions                                         Q1 06        Q1 07
      Mobile Communication                                 93.8         194.0
      Secure Transactions                                  36.0         95.6
      ID & Security                                            26.6         47.3
      Public Telephony                                         5.7         10.3
      Point of Sales Terminals                          13.8         14.8
      Total revenue                                            175.9        362.1


    (1) First quarter 2006 revenue and volume of deliveries reported in this press release were prepared on a pro forma basis, and reflect the combined activity of Gemalto and Gemplus over the corresponding period.

    (2) Europe, Middle East, Africa

    (3) Over-The-Air

    (4) EMV is a jointly defined set of specifications adopted by Europay, MasterCard and Visa for the migration of bank cards to smart card technology.

    (5) Prepared on an Adjusted basis (Adjusted pro forma basis for 2006), excluding one-off expenses incurred in connection with the combination with Gemplus, reorganization charges and charges resulting from the accounting treatment of the transaction, and assuming that the combination had taken place as of January 1, 2005.

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