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Cypress Reports First-Quarter 2009 Results

Last Updated: April 16, 2009


  • Q1 revenue exceeded guidance and Street consensus
  • Q2 revenue guidance significantly above Street consensus
  • Solid balance sheet: cash and investments $258 million, debt $29 million
  • Next-generation PSoC®3 sampling globally
  • Strong TrueTouch™ design penetration in touchscreen market at Tier 1 handset customers
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16, 2009 — Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that revenue for the 2009 first quarter was $139.3 million, down 15.6% from $165.1 million for the prior quarter, and down 17.3% from $168.4 million for the year-ago period (excluding SunPower). Revenue exceeded the high end of our guidance due to better than expected results across all divisions and channels as the quarter progressed.
Cypress recorded a GAAP net loss of $90.7 million in the 2009 first quarter, or a diluted net loss per share of $0.67. This compares with last quarter’s diluted net loss per share of $2.88. GAAP diluted loss per share in the year-ago quarter was $0.15.
Non-GAAP1 net loss for the 2009 first quarter—earnings that exclude stock-based compensation, acquisition-related charges, and other special charges and credits—totaled $29.5 million, or a diluted net loss per share of $0.22. That compares with a non-GAAP1 diluted net loss per share of $0.08 for the prior quarter and non-GAAP1 earnings per share of $0.01 for the year-ago quarter (excluding SunPower).
Cypress President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said, “The first quarter remained challenging for us; our revenue fell 15.6% sequentially. However, we exceeded the upper end of our guidance and Street expectations due to better-than-expected revenue in all divisions. The SRAM group even grew sequentially, despite the downturn. Furthermore, we expect to continue to increase our SRAM market share moving forward. Revenue from proprietary products such as PSoC®, West Bridge®, and TrueTouch exceeded our initial expectations going into the quarter.
“Cypress’s gross margin fell short of our guidance as we proactively decreased inventory and drove factory utilization to an all-time low of 34%. We expect gross margin to increase significantly over the next two quarters as we ramp production to meet increased demand and continue to reduce costs. Pricing continues to be fairly stable. Our corporate average selling price (ASP) increased 10.9% sequentially to our highest level since Q304.
“Our semiconductor book-to-bill ended the first quarter at 1.12, with all divisions above unity. Ordering patterns began to stabilize in early Q1 and we entered the second quarter 62% booked. Customers are beginning to place backlog orders and to restock depleted inventory levels.
“The economy obviously remains unsettled. Nonetheless, we believe that Q1 was the bottom of the trough for revenue and gross margins. As the economy recovers, we expect to grow faster than the overall semiconductor market with strong earnings growth and cash flow leverage.”
Non-GAAP1 consolidated gross margin for the first quarter was 34.6%, down 7.9 percentage points from the previous quarter due mainly to record low utilization levels and inventory reserves.
Net inventory decreased by 17.8% sequentially as the company aggressively reduced inventory to meet current demand requirements. Distributor inventory declined by 15% sequentially.
Cypress’s operating expenses were $77 million, down $12 million from the year-ago quarter as a result of a year-long cost-reduction program.
Additional first-quarter data and comparisons relevant to Cypress’s business units are presented below:

March 29, 2009
Percentage of total revenues
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On a non-GAAP1 basis
December 28, 2008
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1.     Refer to “Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Notes to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” following this press release for a detailed discussion of management’s use of non-GAAP financial measures, as well as reconciliations of all non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
2.     CCD—Consumer and Computation Division; DCD—Data Communications Division; MID—Memory and Imaging Division.

Programmable and proprietary products accounted for 78% of Cypress’s revenue in the first quarter.
Cypress shipped its 500 millionth PSoC® programmable system-on-chip device during the first quarter. The company has shipped PSoC revenue to nearly 9,000 PSoC customers to date. PSoC ranks among the fastest-ever product ramps in the embedded systems market. According to the research firm iSuppli, Cypress advanced from a No. 41 position in the 8-bit microcontroller market in 2003-2004 to No. 11 in 2007-2008, a fact we put on the cover of our 2008 Annual Report, which can be downloaded at
Cypress began sampling its PSoC®3 device globally. PSoC3 dramatically improves upon the performance of PSoC1. It features a 67 MHz 8051 microcontroller that is 10 times more powerful than PSoC1, with 10 times more programmable logic, and precision analog that is more than 20 times faster and more accurate. It also increases Cypress’s addressed market from $1.5 billion to $4.7 billion.
Cypress introduced the PowerPSoC® family of embedded power controllers—the industry’s first fully integrated single-chip solution for controlling and driving high-power LEDs and other power applications such as small motors. LED lighting is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of better than 90% over the next five years, according to the analyst firm Darnell Group. PowerPSoC adds to the powerful PSoC architecture special analog circuitry to control our four 32-volt, one-ampere integrated power transistors.
Cypress announced that its TrueTouch solution drives the touchscreen interfaces in three new mobile phones: Sharp Communication Systems Group’s Softbank Mobile 931SH phone, LG Electronics’ KS360 mobile handset, and Fujitsu Limited’s Docomo Prime Series F-01A phone. Powered by PSoC, TrueTouch provides a fully integrated touchscreen solution with a state-of-the-art visual capability that allows dozens of gestures to be programmed in software.
Samsung Electronics Co. also selected the TrueTouch touchscreen solution for its award-winning P3 portable media player. Leveraging the TrueTouch solution’s flexible, PSoC-based architecture, the player enables users to control the system using a variety of customized gestures.
Cypress introduced the Turbo-MTP™ module for its West Bridge peripheral controllers that dramatically accelerates the transfer of multimedia files from PCs to cell phones and other handheld devices. The solution enables users to download a feature-length movie in less than a minute—10 times faster than conventional MTP implementations. Also, during download, the cell phone remains on line to receive emails, make phone calls, and to act as a tethered wireless modem.
Cypress’s CyFi™ low-power RF solution was named one of EDN magazine’s Hot 100 products of 2008. The PSoC-based CyFi solution enables a user to hook up a custom sensor network to a PC in less than one hour, as demonstrated by CEO T.J. Rodgers in a video posted at
Cypress’s intelligent lighting solutions now support the XLamp® LEDs by Cree, one of the top LED producers worldwide. The device specifications and temperature characteristics of this product family are built into Cypress’s PSoC Designer™ visual embedded design software, enabling users to create complex lighting systems onscreen in drag-and-drop fashion, without writing custom computer code.
Cypress Envirosystems—a Cypress internal startup company—was named a “Startup of the Year” finalist in EE Times magazine’s Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) awards competition, recognizing excellence in business or technology development. Cypress Envirosystems’ electronic control and monitoring solutions save energy with a payback of one year or less, still attractive even in tough economic times.
Two Cypress products received awards from the EN-Genius Network, a leading electronics design publication. EN-Genius namedCypress’s West BridgeAstoria™ peripheral controller “Embedded Connectivity Product of the Year.” The publication also named Cypress subsidiary Cypress Envirosystems’ suite of wireless control and monitoring solutions “Most Cost-Effective Energy Conservation Product of the Year.”
Cypress sampled the industry’s first 65-nm synchronous SRAM devices, which store data at rates up to 40 gigabits per second and sell for as much as $100. The devices are used in routers, buffers, switches and basestations to improve network performance.
Dana Nazarian was named executive vice president of the Memory and Imaging Division. Nazarian, a 21-year Cypress veteran, was previously vice president of Cypress’s synchronous SRAM business unit. Nazarian replaces Ahmad Chatila who left Cypress to become the CEO of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. We wish him well in his new endeavors.
Cypress will host its Annual Stockholder Meeting on Friday May 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the company’s headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC Programmable System-on-Chip, USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks, and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its CyFi low-power RF solution, to West Bridge and EZ-USB FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets, including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive and industrial. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at
Statements herein that are not historical facts and that refer to Cypress or its subsidiaries’ plans and expectations for the second quarter of 2009 and the future are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may use words such as “believe,” “expect,” “future,” “plan,” “intend” and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements that include, but are not limited to, statements related to the semiconductor market, our Q209 revenue, the strength and growth of our proprietary and programmable products, especially PSoC3 and PSoC5, our ability to increase our SRAM market share, our TrueTouch and high profile design win penetration, our gross margins, customer backlog orders & restocking inventory, visibility in the markets we serve, the growth of lighting applications, and our ability to outgrow the market in revenue once the economy recovers. Such statements reflect our current expectations, which are based on information and data available to our management as of the date of this release. This press release sets forth our preliminary and unaudited financial results for our first fiscal quarter. Our actual results may differ materially due a variety of uncertainties and risk factors, including but not limited to business conditions and growth trends in the semiconductor market, seasonality in the markets we serve, the impact of the current economy on our operating results, the stability of the ordering patterns of our customers, the accuracy of the revenue reporting by our distributors, our ability to successfully complete the implementation of our new Oracle order management or ERP system, the demand and growth in the markets we serve, customer acceptance of our portfolio of products,our ability to achieve lower operating expenses and to maintain a solid balance sheet, strong earnings and cash flow, the actions of our competitors, our ability to develop and roll out new products, our factory utilization, whether our products perform as expected, whether the demand for our PSoC3 and PSoC5 products is fully realized, customer acceptance of Cypress and its subsidiaries’ products as evidenced by design wins, whether the expected growth in the markets we serve materializes, our ability to maintain and improve our gross margins and realize our bookings, the financial performance of our subsidiaries, and other risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements.
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