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Linear Technology Reports Quarterly and Fiscal Year Increases in Revenues and Net Income

Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC), a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended June 29, 2014. Quarterly revenues of $365.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 increased $17.4 million or 5.0% over the previous quarter's revenue of $348.0 million and increased $38.2 million or 11.7% over $327.3 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Net income of $129.7 million increased $12.1 million or 10.3% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 and increased $27.8 million or 27.3% over the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Diluted earnings per share of $0.53 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 increased $0.05 per share or 10.4% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 and increased $0.10 per share or 23.3% over the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Revenue for fiscal year 2014 was $1,388.4 million, an increase of 8.3% or $106.2 million over revenue of $1,282.2 million in the prior fiscal year. Net income of $460.0 million for fiscal year 2014 increased $53.0 million or 13.0% over $406.9 million reported in the previous fiscal year. The results for fiscal year 2014 benefited from lower interest expense as a result of the bond redemption in May 2014 offset by a slightly higher effective tax rate of 23.5% compared to 23.0% in fiscal year 2013. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2014 was $1.91, an increase of $0.19 per share or 11.1% over the prior fiscal year.

During the fourth quarter the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance decreased $749.9 million from the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 to $1,012.8 million net of spending $845.1 million to redeem all of its outstanding 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes. As a result of the redemption, the Company paid $845.1 million in cash for the outstanding principal and issued 2.9 million shares of the Company’s common stock related to the conversion premium. There was no gain or loss recognized as a result of the redemption. In addition, the Company spent $29.0 million to purchase 650,000 shares of its common stock in the open market. A cash dividend of $0.27 per share will be paid on August 27, 2014 to stockholders of record on August 15, 2014.

According to Lothar Maier, CEO, “We completed our fiscal year with a good fourth quarter as revenues were at the high end of our guidance, up 5% sequentially. Each of our end-markets grew over the preceding quarter led by a particularly strong industrial market. We continued to improve our industry leading gross margin and operating margin, which increased to 76% and 47%, respectively. Effective May 1, 2014, we redeemed with internally generated funds our outstanding 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes with a principal value of $845.1 million, which led to lower interest expense for the period.

For the fiscal year, we grew revenues 8% to $1.39 billion. We believe we have good momentum heading into the new fiscal year as our book to bill ratio for the quarter was positive and improved over the previous quarter. We are excited about our position and growth prospects heading into the new fiscal year. We believe we are in the right end-markets with the right innovative products to take advantage of our positioning. Historically, the first fiscal quarter is a seasonally weaker period for us, but given our current bookings level and backlog we are currently forecasting revenue growth in our first quarter of fiscal 2015 of 1% to 3% sequentially over the prior quarter which would be 8% to 11% on an annual basis over the same quarter in the prior year.”

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 quarter ended March 30, 2014.

Company officials will be discussing these results in greater detail in a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Time. Those investors wishing to listen in may call 719-325-2453, or toll free 888-339-3504 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 www.linear.com or www.streetevents.com. A replay of the conference call will be available from July 23, 2014 through July 30, 2014. You may access the archive by calling (719) 457-0820 or toll free (888) 203-1112 and entering reservation #7532972. An archive of the webcast will also be available at www.linear.com and www.streetevents.com as of July 23, 2014 until the fourth 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 over 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, µModule® subsystems, and wireless sensor network products. For more information, visit www.linear.com

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 Twelve Months Ended
June 29, March 30, June 30, June 29, June 30,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenues $ 365,428 $ 348,006 $ 327,265 $ 1,388,386 $ 1,282,236
Cost of sales(1)   87,579     84,479     81,314     338,580     322,516  
Gross profit   277,849     263,527     245,951     1,049,806     959,720  
Research and development (1) 64,785 62,129 60,560 250,434 235,184
Selling, general and administrative(1)   41,419     40,693     38,308     159,642     151,382  
Total operating expenses   106,204     102,822     98,868     410,076     386,566  
Operating income 171,645 160,705 147,083 639,730 573,154
Interest expense (2,271 ) (6,813 ) (6,812 ) (22,710 ) (27,314 )
Amortization of debt discount(2) (1,885 ) (5,603 ) (5,370 ) (18,458 ) (21,029 )
Interest income and other income   452     581     1,020     2,706     4,070  
Income before income taxes 167,941 148,870 135,921 601,268 528,881
Provision for income taxes   38,206     31,263     33,980     141,307     121,956  
Net income $ 129,735   $ 117,607   $ 101,941   $ 459,961   $ 406,925  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.53   $ 0.49   $ 0.43   $ 1.91   $ 1.72  
Diluted $ 0.53   $ 0.48   $ 0.43   $ 1.90   $ 1.71  
Shares used in determining earnings per share:
Basic   243,279     240,669     237,947     240,498     236,703  
Diluted   244,935     243,992     238,925     242,551     237,753  
Includes the following non-cash charges:
(1) Stock-based compensation
Cost of sales $ 2,043 $ 1,961 $ 1,960 $ 8,074 $ 7,912
Research and development 9,513 9,133 9,129 37,624 36,904
Selling, general and administrative 4,913 4,718 4,714 19,430 19,049

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

1,885 5,603 5,370 18,458 21,029
(in thousands)
U.S. GAAP (unaudited)
June 29, 2014 June 30, 2013
Current assets:
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 1,012,787 $ 1,524,741

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,653 ($1,891 at June 30, 2013)

173,340 145,274
Inventories 91,310 87,229
Deferred tax assets and other current assets   87,276     36,646  
Total current assets   1,364,713     1,793,890  
Property, plant & equipment, net 277,080 288,466
Other noncurrent assets   13,785     15,985  
Total assets $ 1,655,578   $ 2,098,341  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 28,221 $ 10,258
Accrued income taxes, payroll & other accrued liabilities 141,275 109,426
Deferred income on shipments to distributors 45,619 44,088
Convertible senior notes 826,629
Deferred tax liabilities- current portion       35,479  
Total current liabilities   215,115     1,025,880  
Deferred tax and other noncurrent liabilities 109,094 90,553
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 1,948,006 1,736,729
Accumulated deficit (616,992 ) (754,555 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   355     (266 )
Total stockholders’ equity   1,331,369     981,908  
$ 1,655,578   $ 2,098,341  
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
June 29, March 30, June 30, June 29, June 30,
2014 2013 2013 2014 2013
Reported net income $ 129,735 $ 117,607 $ 101,941 $ 459,961 $ 406,925
(GAAP basis)
Stock-based compensation 16,469 15,812 15,803 65,128 63,865
Amortization of debt discount(1) 1,885 5,603 5,370 18,458 21,029
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (4,175 ) (4,497 ) (5,293 ) (19,644 ) (19,576 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 143,914   $ 134,525   $ 117,821   $ 523,903   $ 472,243  
Non-GAAP earnings per share
Basic $ 0.59   $ 0.56   $ 0.50   $ 2.18   $ 2.00  
Diluted $ 0.59   $ 0.55   $ 0.49   $ 2.16   $ 1.99  

(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. 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 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 this additional information should not be considered a substitute for net income or net income per diluted share prepared in accordance with GAAP.

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