Linear Technology Reports Sequential Quarterly Declines, but Modest Year Over Year Quarterly Increas

Linear Technology Reports Sequential Quarterly Declines, but Modest Year Over Year Quarterly Increases in Revenues and Net Income and Guides for Sequential Quarterly Improvement.

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Linear Technology Corporation (NAS: LLTC) , a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2012. Quarterly revenues of $305.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 decreased $29.9 million or 8.9% from the previous quarter's revenue of $335.1 million and increased $10.9 million or 3.7% over $294.3 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. Net income of $88.8 million decreased $16.3 million or 15.5% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 and increased $0.9 million or 1% over the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. Diluted earnings per share of $0.38 per share in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 decreased $0.07 per share or 16% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 and was flat compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.

During the second quarter the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities decreased by $20.6 million to $1.299 billion from the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. The Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance decreased primarily due to the Company accelerating the payment of its March quarterly dividend payment into the December quarter to benefit shareholders due to fiscal cliff tax rate uncertainties. Concurrent with the December payout, the Company's Board of Directors approved an increase in the Company's quarterly dividend from $0.25 per share to $0.26 per share. This marked the 21st consecutive year the Company has increased its dividend. At the current stock price the Company's dividend yield is approximately 3%.

According to Lothar Maier, CEO, "As we reported at this time last quarter, we expected a difficult second fiscal quarter given the tough economic climate existing domestically and globally. Revenue declined 9% compared to the preceding quarter. This was within our guidance, though at the low end, as bookings continued to be weak throughout the first two months of the quarter. Though we were disappointed in the revenue decline, we are encouraged that we saw stronger bookings momentum exiting the quarter and this improvement has continued through the early stage of the current quarter. Innovation is prevalent in our end markets and our product positioning is strong. Based upon our current bookings rate, and assuming business confidence improves, we expect to resume moderate revenue growth. We currently estimate that fiscal third quarter revenues will grow in the range of 1% to 4% over the second quarter."

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements. In particular, the statements regarding the demand for our products, our customers' ordering patterns and the anticipated trends in our sales and profits are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are dependent on certain risks and uncertainties, including such factors, among others, as the timing, volume and pricing of new orders received and shipped, the timely introduction of new processes and products, general and country specific conditions in the world economy and financial markets and other factors described in our 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2012.

Company officials will be discussing these results in greater detail in a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Time. Those investors wishing to listen in may call 719-325-4833, or toll free 877-741-4249 before 8:15 a.m. to be included in the audience. There will be a live webcast of this conference call that can be accessed through or A replay of the conference call will be available from January 16, 2013 through January 22, 2013. You may access the archive by calling (719) 457-0820 or toll free (888) 203-1112 and entering reservation #1296943. An archive of the webcast will also be available at and as of January 16, 2013 until the second quarter earnings release next year.

Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for three decades. The Company's products provide an essential bridge between our analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking, industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs, µModulesubsystems, and wireless sensor network products. For more information, visit

For further information contact Paul Coghlan at Linear Technology Corporation, 1630 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, California 95035-7417, (408) 432-1900.




(In thousands, except per share amounts)

U.S. GAAP (unaudited)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended

December 30,


September 30,


January 1,

December 30,


January 1,

Cost of sales (1)78,185 83,758 73,821 161,943 153,614 
Gross profit227,096 251,390 220,512 478,486 470,639 
Research & development (1)57,30458,80352,519116,107107,408
Selling, general & administrative (1)37,090 37,504 34,922 74,594 72,594 
94,394 96,307 87,441 190,701 180,002 
Operating income132,702155,083133,071287,785290,637
Interest expense(6,835)(6,855)(6,925)(13,690)(13,866)

Amortization of debt discount (2)

Acquisition related costs(3,195)(3,195)
Interest and other income1,043 1,003 1,146 2,046 2,367 
Income before income taxes121,691144,085119,166265,776266,150
Provision for income taxes32,857 38,903 31,281 71,760 69,864 
Net income$88,834 $105,182 $87,885 $194,016 $196,286 
Earnings per share:
Basic$0.38 $0.45 $0.38 $0.82 $0.85 
Diluted$0.38 $0.45 $0.38 $0.82 $0.84 
Shares used in determining earnings per share:
Basic235,852 234,990 232,209 235,613 232,051 
Diluted236,850 236,010 233,565 236,636 233,347 
Includes the following non-cash charges:
(1) Stock-based compensation

 Cost of sales


 Research & development


 Selling, general & administrative


(2) Amortization of debt discount (non-cash interest expense)




(in thousands)

U.S. GAAP (unaudited)


December 30,

July 1,

Current assets:
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$1,299,402$1,203,059

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,891 ($2,035 at July 1, 2012)

Deferred tax assets and other current assets69,334 69,597 
Total current assets1,599,076 1,505,410 
Property, plant & equipment, net303,520320,222
Other noncurrent assets20,558 25,436 
Total assets$1,923,154 $1,851,068 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$11,857$11,459
Accrued income taxes, payroll & other accrued liabilities108,785117,789
Deferred income on shipments to distributors42,291 41,333 
Total current liabilities162,933 170,581 
Convertible senior notes815,965805,599
Deferred tax and other noncurrent liabilities151,749138,380
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock1,641,5901,588,045
Accumulated deficit(849,490)(851,702)
Accumulated other comprehensive income407 165 
Total stockholders' equity792,507 736,508 
$1,923,154 $1,851,068 



(In thousands, except per share amounts)


Three Months EndedSix Months Ended

December 30,


September 30,


January 1,

December 30,


January 1,

Reported net income
(GAAP basis)$88,834$105,182$87,885$194,016$196,286
Stock-based compensation16,01715,91114,89531,92830,272

Amortization of debt discount(1)

Acquisition related costs3,1953,195
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments(5,734)(5,685)(6,043)(11,419)(11,356)
Non-GAAP net income$104,336 $120,554 $104,863 $224,890 $228,190 
Non-GAAP earnings per share
Basic$0.44 $0.51 $0.45 $0.95 $0.98 
Diluted$0.44 $0.51 $0.45 $0.95 $0.98 

(1) Amortization of debt discount is non-cash interest expense related to the Company's Convertible Senior Notes.

The Company's non-GAAP measures set forth above exclude charges related to stock-based compensation and the amortization of the Company's debt discount which is a non-cash interest expense. In addition, the Company's non-GAAP measures exclude the special expense items related to the acquisition. The Company's management uses non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share to evaluate the Company's current operating results and financial results and to compare them against historical financial results. The Company excludes stock-based compensation, non-cash interest expenses, acquisition related costs and the related tax effects primarily because they are significant special expense estimates, which management separates for consideration when evaluating and managing business operations. In addition management believes it is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in evaluating the Company and provides further clarity on its profitability.

In addition, the Company believes that providing investors with these non-GAAP measurements enhances their ability to compare the Company's business against that of its many competitors who employ and disclose similar non-GAAP measures. This financial measure may be different from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by the Company's competitors to the extent their non-GAAP measures include other items. The presentation of thi

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