You are here

Cypress Reports Fourth Quarter 2004 Results | Cypress Semiconductor

Cypress Reports Fourth Quarter 2004 Results

Last Updated: March 16, 2010

Cypress Reports Fourth Quarter 2004 Results

            Manny Hernandez
         CFO, VP Finance & Administration
             (408) 943-2754
         Joseph L. McCarthy
       VP Corporate Communications
             (408) 943-2902

For immediate release

Cypress Reports Fourth Quarter 2004 Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 27, 2005 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that revenue for the 2004 fourth quarter was $210.2 million, down 4.3% from prior quarter revenue of $219.6 million and down 11% from year-ago fourth quarter revenue of $236.0 million.

On a non-GAAP basis-excluding the amortization of intangibles and other acquisition-related, restructuring and special charges and credits-the 2004 fourth quarter resulted in a net loss of $18.0 million, or a diluted loss per share of $0.14. This compares with the prior quarter's diluted earnings per share of $0.22, which included a favorable adjustment to income tax liabilities of $29.9 million, without which earnings per share were $0.04. Diluted earnings per share in the year-ago fourth quarter were $0.16.

Cypress posted a GAAP net loss of $28.1 million in the 2004 fourth quarter, or a diluted loss per share of $0.22. This compares with last quarter's GAAP earnings of $0.02, which includes the tax benefit noted above, without which the GAAP loss per share was $0.16. Diluted earnings per share in the year-ago fourth quarter were $0.15 per share.

For the fiscal year 2004, Cypress posted total revenue of $948.4 million, a growth of 13.3% from fiscal year 2003 revenue of $836.8 million. On a non-GAAP basis, Cypress's total year net income was $83.3 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.54. On a GAAP basis, Cypress's total year net income was $24.7 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.17.

Cypress President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said, "Although our results were in line with revenue guidance issued at the beginning of the quarter, we missed our earnings guidance. This was primarily due to the underutilization of our fabs, which in turn was based on our decision to drain inventory in the current low-demand environment. As a result, internally fabricated inventory dropped by $3.6 million, compared with last quarter's inventory growth of $16.7 million. Combined with lower sales and a decrease in average selling price, these factors contributed to a 37% gross margin for the quarter."

Rodgers continued, "To hasten our return to profitability, we have taken action to reduce our cost structure and improve our end-market orientation, including an organizational restructuring and a reduction in force of approximately 200 employees worldwide. We are merging our Timing Technology Division and Personal Communications Division into a new, market-oriented Consumer and Computation Division. We will close our Austin, Texas CAD center, lower our headcount in Minnesota Fab 4 in line with demand, and systematically reduce the number of management layers in the company to no more than six in most of our functional organizations. The full impact of these actions won't be realized until the second quarter of 2005. Our current estimate of charges related to these actions is approximately $15 million, of which $6 million is expected to be an actual cash expense."



Wide Area Networks and Storage Area Networks (WAN/SAN)

Revenue from the WAN/SAN segment, which accounted for 31% of fourth-quarter revenue, decreased 11% from the prior quarter, compared with our expectation of flat revenue. The gross margin for the segment was 44%. There was a more aggressive inventory-reduction push at our customers in Q4 than we had anticipated at the beginning of the quarter. We are not expecting this to change in the first quarter; as a result, we are forecasting another reduction in revenue. Segment highlights for the fourth quarter include:


+ Cypress announced the release of its Cynapse™ SP software platform, providing networking vendors with a common-control-plane application programming interface (API) that supports Cypress's portfolio of TCAM- and algorithmic-based network search engines (NSEs). Cynapse SP enables software developers to build and simulate applications prior to their integration into hardware, accelerating time-to-market.

+ Cypress shipped fully qualified 4-Mbit, 9-Mbit, 36-Mbit and 72-Mbit synchronous SRAMs. These memories, built on Cypress's 90-nm RAM9™ technology, are many times faster than competing high-speed DRAMs and feature high data throughput and low latency. They target a broad array of applications, including switches, routers, basestations and data storage devices.

+ Cypress also introduced 90-nanometer versions of its 18-Mbit QDR™-II (Quad Data Rate™) SRAM family, including 250 MHz devices optimized for router applications. Earlier in 2004, Cypress became the first company to sample 72-Mbit QDR-II devices at 90 nm.

Wireless Terminals and Wireless Infrastructure (WIT/WIN)

Revenue from the WIT/WIN segment, which accounted for 31% of fourth-quarter revenue, declined 16% from the prior quarter, compared with our expectation of flat revenue. The WIT/WIN gross margin was 30%. Cypress's handset revenue was flat with a significant reduction of average selling prices. The segment continued to experience a slowdown in the wireless infrastructure business as customers deferred 3G basestation deployment projects. We expect segment revenue to be flat quarter on quarter. Among the highlights:

 + Cypress added five new products to its FLEx18™ family of synchronous, pipelined, dual-port RAMs, all of them in the world's smallest package: a 144-pin fine-pitch ball-grid array (FBGA). The devices, ranging in density from 512 Kbit to 9 Mbit, with up to 24 gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth, enable designers to shrink board sizes and increase reliability by reducing pin count. Cypress's FLEx18 dual ports target applications including wireless microbasestations and voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP).   

 + Cypress announced that its HOTLink II™ physical layer family now meets the 768-Mbaud and 1536-Mbaud Reference Point 3 (RP3) specifications of the Open Basestation Architecture Initiative (OBSAI). The RP3 specification addresses the interface between baseband processing cards and RF modules using OBSAI-defined packets and high-speed serial links.

 + Cypress also announced that its HOTLink II family is compliant with version 1.2 of the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) specification. The CPRI spec defines a standardized serial interface between the digital and RF components of a basestation, reducing system costs and accelerating time to market.

Computation and Consumer

Revenue from the computation and consumer segment, which accounted for 31% of fourth-quarter revenue, increased 13% from the prior quarter, outpacing the company's expectation of flat revenue. The gross margin for the segment was 37%, primarily due to the negative impact of memory pricing in cell phones. Strong demand for USB and clock products-particularly those for mobile computing and gaming platforms-helped to drive segment growth. We expect flat revenues in Q1, which is normally a seasonally down quarter due to low inventory levels in the channel. Fourth-quarter highlights include:

+ In the wired Universal Serial Bus (USB) business, Cypress and Agilent Technologies announced a joint reference design kit for high-performance optical mice. The combination USB-PS/2 reference design kit gives manufacturers the technical instructions and firmware to quickly implement an optical mouse design and create innovative products for PC OEM and retail markets.

+ Cypress also announced general availability of the CY4640 USB Host Mass-Storage Reference Design Kit, which has helped it to secure lead customers for USB hard drives, MP3 players and set-top boxes with host functionality. 

+ Cypress launched production shipments of its WirelessUSB™ Sensor Network Development Kit for low-cost, low-power, wireless sensor networks. The solution targets low-data-rate, high-node-density systems, providing a scalable development environment for a wide variety of consumer, industrial, medical, building and home-automation systems. WirelessUSB is a low-cost, high-performance 2.4 GHz radio system-on-a-chip technology that enables developers to "cut-the-cord" in low-data-rate applications such as PC keyboards and mice, video game controllers and sensors.

 + Cypress announced that its WirelessUSB radio system-on-a-chip received a best-in-class design innovation award from the publisher of Electronic Product Design magazine, a major electronics trade publication. The award marked the fifth time Cypress's WirelessUSB has received such industry recognition.

+ Cypress entered the $1.52 billion market for crystal oscillators with the launch of its CY25701 programmable timing generator, which integrates a spread-spectrum crystal oscillator (SSXO) and a high-frequency reference crystal in a single package. The addition of an onboard crystal to Cypress's SSXO products eliminates the need for designers to characterize oscillators with the broad array of crystals available on the market to determine the optimal pairing for their system. The new family of "oscillator-inside" devices-now available in production quantities-paves the way for Cypress to expand outside the $1.69 billion market for conventional clock chips.

Cypress Subsidiaries

Revenue from Cypress's subsidiaries, which accounted for 7% of fourth-quarter revenue, increased 31% from the prior quarter, in line with expectations. The gross margin for the segment was 47%. Increased revenues were driven by the continued ramp of SunPower Corp. solar cells and Cypress MicroSystems' Programmable System-on-Chip™ (PSoC™) mixed-signal arrays. Segment highlights include:


+ SunPower announced plans to double the capacity of its Philippines manufacturing plant to 50 megawatts-about $150 million per year in revenue potential-based on strong demand for its solar cells and modules. The global demand for solar-electric systems has increased by more than 40 percent annually over the past five years, according to Strategies Unlimited, a leading independent market research firm. But even with this rapid growth, the entire solar-cell industry produced only 1,000 megawatts of capacity in 2004-equivalent to one large power plant. In other words, the solar industry is just beginning to show up on the energy production charts and has a long future ahead of it.

+ SunPower launched its line of high-efficiency photovoltaic modules in the North American market at the Solar Power 2004 conference in San Francisco. Previously, SunPower's breakthrough products had been available only in Europe due to very high demand and a limited but ramping supply.

+ SunPower also announced the installation of its first building-integrated photovoltaic system. The company's solar cells were laminated into custom glass panels and designed into the rounded façade of a building in Paderborn, Germany. SunPower's A-300 cells were selected for their high efficiency and unique all-black appearance. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has rated A-300 solar cells at 21.5% efficiency, the best in the industry, compared with typical production cells in the 12%-15% range.

+ Cypress MicroSystems (CMS) announced production shipments of its smallest, most integrated PSoC mixed-signal arrays, featuring four configurable analog and digital blocks. The new device rounds out the PSoC portfolio, which now targets embedded-control applications ranging from the most complex to the most cost-effective.

+ CMS also announced the qualification of its PSoC device by the Automotive Electronics Council. The ability of a PSoC array to integrate analog and digital functionality with an eight-bit microcontroller in applications operating up to 125 degrees Celsius has enabled it to secure design wins in power train and automotive body electronics, as well as in car-based safety, security and entertainment systems.

+ Silicon Magnetic Systems provided alpha samples of its 256-Kbit magnetic random access memory (MRAM) device to seven key customers, two of which have indicated that the MRAMs are fully functional in initial system tests and five that are currently developing evaluation systems. MRAM is a fast-write, easy-to-use technology combining the best characteristics of volatile and non-volatile memories.

Other Developments

+ Cypress's founder and CEO, T.J. Rodgers, was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. Rodgers and four other industry pioneers-including Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse-will be honored in February at an event hosted by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC), a regional organization representing 60,000 engineers, scientists and technology professionals. The Hall of Fame's membership comprises a virtual "Who's-Who" of industry pioneers, including Hewlett-Packard founders William Hewlett and David Packard, Intel Corp. founders Robert N. Noyce and Gordon E. Moore, and Apple Computer founder Steve Wozniak. Rodgers remains active in a few key technology programs at Cypress; he recently received his 10th patent.

+ In December, Cypress completed the redemption of all outstanding 3.75% convertible subordinated notes, due July 1, 2005 for approximately $69 million.


Rodgers concluded, "In light of our fourth-quarter results, we are taking decisive action to return the company to profitability quickly. We remain excited about the growth prospects of our subsidiaries, particularly SunPower and Cypress MicroSystems. We still expect these new businesses to ramp and offset the market softness that may impact our industry in the first half of 2005."

About Cypress

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) provides high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch and core communications system applications. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, USB devices, timing technology solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

This press release contains statements that are not historical facts, but are forward looking statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "future," "estimates," "plans," "intends" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements regarding the future prospects of Cypress and the semiconductor industry more generally, Cypress's anticipated revenue and operating results, and customer demand for Cypress products are based on management's current expectations as of the date of this release. Our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of uncertainties and risks, including those described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as our ability to fully realize the anticipated benefits of the cost-cutting and restructuring measures identified this release, the actual cost of such measures, the ability of such measures to return the Company to profitability, the possible disruptive effects of merging certain divisions within the Company, the optimization of our manufacturing facilities, the movement in ASPs, our ability to manage inventory, the seasonality of the computation and consumer segment, and the demand for SunPower and PsoC products. Cypress cannot provide any assurance that its results will meet expectations, or that it has identified all of the risk factors that might materially affect such results. We assume no responsibility to update any forward-looking statement.

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.

Cynapse, RAM9, WirelessUSB, FLEx18, and HOTLink II are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.

Quad Data Rate™ and QDR™ comprise a family of SRAM products developed by Cypress, IDT, NEC and Samsung.

Programmable System-on-Chip and PSoC are trademarks of Cypress MicroSystems, Inc.

Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.

All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Click here to download financials.

Click here to download Q4 2004 GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation.

Click here to download reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP 2005 financial plan.