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Cypress Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year-End 2011 Results

Last Updated: January 26, 2012


SAN JOSE, Calif., January 26, 2012 —Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced fourth-quarter 2011 and fiscal year 2011 results, which included the following highlights and remarks from its president and CEO, T.J. Rodgers.

• Revenue and earnings exceed guidance
• TrueTouch® revenue exceeds top end of $230 to $250 million annual target
• Handset revenues increased 140% year over year
• Revenue increased 13% year over year
• Cash flow from operations totaled $284.2 million for 2011

Fellow shareholders:

Our revenue and earnings for the quarter are given below, compared with the prior-quarter and prior-year results:

(In thousands, except per-share data)

Our fourth-quarter revenue exceeded the high end of guidance, decreased 8.5% sequentially and grew 10.0% year-on-year. All core divisions and most major product lines decreased sequentially as expected. We continue to focus on operating expense control and even in a challenging revenue quarter our non-GAAP EPS grew 28% year over year. Inventory decreased 17.3% sequentially, and inventory in the supply chain remains very low.

For fiscal year 2011, Cypress posted total revenue of $995.2 million, an increase of 13.4% from fiscal year 2010 revenue of $877.5 million. On a non-GAAP1 basis, Cypress’s fiscal year 2011 diluted earnings per share was $1.24, compared with diluted earnings per share of $0.94 in 2010, an increase of 32%.  On a GAAP basis, Cypress’s fiscal year 2011 diluted net earnings per share was $0.89, compared with diluted net earnings per share of $0.40 in 2010.

Booking visibility will remain limited into Q1 due to historically low lead-times, continued inventory adjustments and ongoing concerns over worldwide macroeconomic issues. Our book-to-bill ratio for Q4 was 0.58, a decrease from that of Q3 and less than the normal seasonal figure. Consequently, we expect Q1 revenue also to decrease at a rate greater than normal.  The expected decrease in revenue includes not only the seasonal factor, but also some revenue decreases due to tablet end sales. Assuming no further macroeconomic deterioration, we expect that bookings and revenue will bottom out in Q1 2012 and lead to a strong second half as many new product design wins ramp into production.

Cypress posted a very good year in 2011, especially considering the macroeconomic cloud that has hung over the industry for the last six plus months. The performance of our broad base of proprietary and TrueTouch products led to a 13% revenue increase, double the industry growth rate.

Our non-GAAP EPS increased 32.0% year over year, and our cash flow from operations in 2011 enabled us to return $672.9 million dollars to our shareholders by purchasing 36 million shares and initiating a $0.36 annualized dividend per share that yielded approximately 2.2% for the year.





Our non-GAAP1 consolidated gross margin for the fourth quarter was 56.1%, down 1.8 percentage points from the previous quarter due mainly to product mix and factory absorption. Our GAAP fourth-quarter consolidated gross margin was 53.6%.

Our net inventory dollars at the end of the fourth quarter were down 17.3% relative to Q3, and our inventory days were down by 12 days to 79 days.

  Cash and investments for the fourth quarter totaled $166.3 million, an increase of $31.3 million from the prior quarter, and equivalent to approximately $1.08 per outstanding share. During the quarter, we bought back 4.0 million shares of common stock (2.3% of total outstanding shares) for $62.8 million at an average price of $15.82 per share. Since we announced our $400-million stock repurchase program in September 2011, we have repurchased 5.1 million shares through January 12, 2012 and have approximately $318.9 million left for additional repurchases.

Our divisional revenue and gross margins are detailed below:


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; MPD—Memory Products Division.

3. “Emerging Technology” – Businesses outside our core semiconductor businesses outlined in footnote 4. Includes subsidiaries Cypress Envirosystems and AgigA Tech, as well as the ONS (Optical Navigation System) Business Unit, the China Business Unit and our foundry-support business.

4. “Core Semiconductor” – Includes CCD, DCD and MPD and excludes “Emerging Technology.”


  Cypress announced that its industry-leading Gen4 family of TrueTouch touchscreen controllers is in production ahead of schedule, and that initial production shipments have begun.  Gen4 delivers industry-best performance in all measurable touch categories, including the world's best Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) and unparalleled performance in the presence of noise sources. Noise is the biggest challenge faced by touchscreen designers. The unprecedented noise immunity offered by our Gen4 family enables manufacturers to eliminate air gaps and shields in displays and produce thinner, sleeker, less expensive cell phone designs.

Cypress expanded its Gen4 TrueTouch controller family, adding a new member that targets displays up to 12 inches used in the fast-growing tablet and ultrabook PC market. Like smaller-screen Gen4 devices, it offers industry-best performance in all categories, including SNR and noise immunity. Gen4 also has the industry’s lowest active power consumption of just 3.6 milliwatts, best tracking accuracy, and fastest screen refresh rates. It provides full support for major mobile operating systems including Win8 and Android.

NVIDIA® certified Cypress’s new single-chip TrueTouch solution on the reference design for its NVIDIA Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor. The design supports large touchscreens, including next-generation Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-based tablets.

Cypress announced that its single-chip, large-touchscreen, Gen4 TrueTouch controllers also enable sensor-on-lens technology with direct lamination to the LCD. The controllers enable manufacturers to deposit conductive Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) touch sensor lines directly onto the cover glass, so tablets can be made thinner, cheaper, and with fewer manufacturing steps.

Cypress unveiled Tx-Boost™, a breakthrough feature for its Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers that dramatically improves system performance without added cost. Based on Gen4’s patent-pending, high-voltage Tx drivers, Tx-Boost delivers three times higher Signal-to-Noise ratio without the use of digital filters, enabling the industry’s thinnest devices while reducing materials cost. It also reduces power consumption and increases scan rates. Cypress accomplishes this without large, expensive, and noisy external switching regulators needed by competitors to generate high-voltage Tx signaling.

Cypress announced official USB-IF certification of its two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 peripheral controllers, EZ-USB® FX3 and West Bridge® Benicia™, both of which are in full production. EZ-USB FX3, one of the first USB 3.0 peripheral controllers in the industry, is also the only programmable USB 3.0 solution available from any source. Its integrated, highly flexible features enable developers to add 5-Gbps USB 3.0 connectivity to any system. West Bridge Benicia enables mobile devices to double input/output performance, stream high-definition video, “side-load” multimedia content at up to 160 Mbytes per second, and reduce battery charging time by 50 percent.

Cypress announced that the next generation of its revolutionary PSoC Creator™ software – the design environment for its PSoC® 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families – is available at Among hundreds of new features in the new version, PSoC Creator 2.0 supports the ARM-based PSoC 5 architecture and the popular Keil µVision® 4 software.

Cypress introduced the new CY8CKIT-025 Development Kit for its PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip architectures. The new kit highlights PSoC’s unique, programmable 8- to 20-bit Delta-Sigma ADC that allows tradeoffs between speed and accuracy.

Cypress announced that Sonoma Wire Works selected the PSoC 3 solution for its new GuitarJack Model 2, which connects a musical instrument, microphone, or audio hardware with Apple products such as the iPod touch, iPhone or iPad.

Cypress unveiled a new subsidiary, Deca Technologies, part of its Emerging Technology Division. Deca designs and manufactures breakthrough electronic interconnect solutions—microwiring that links ever-smaller generations of integrated circuits and packages to small-form-factor electronic products such as smartphones. Deca leverages the unique, cost-effective solar wafer manufacturing technology of SunPower Corp. Its initial products include Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging (WLCSP) derivatives targeting the $1 billion-plus Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) market. Deca aims to leverage its technology to integrate the dissimilar chips used in next-generation systems.

Cypress announced that Avago Technologies Inc. has dropped its lawsuit against Cypress. The lawsuit had claimed that Cypress’s OvationONS® products infringed Avago optical navigation patents. Cypress paid no damages and admitted to no infringement in the case. Cypress uses its own, patented OptiCheck™ technology in OvationONS products, which enable finger navigation in handheld devices.


Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market 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 remainder of fiscal year 2011 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, the strength and growth of our proprietary and programmable products, including our TrueTouch and PSoC product families, our expectations regarding our Q112 revenue, bookings and earnings, our expected financial results in the second half of fiscal 2012, the demand and growth in the markets Cypress and its subsidiaries serve, including touchscreens, our booking visibility, the expected performance of our products, the production schedule for our Gen4 touchscreen controllers and our focus on controlling operating expenses. Such statements reflect our current expectations, which are based on information and data available to our management as of the date of this release. Our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of uncertainties and risk factors, including but not limited to the state of and future of the global economy, business conditions and growth trends in the semiconductor market, the timing and success of our launch of Gen4 family of TrueTouch controllers, our ability to enter into new markets with our portfolio of products, whether our products perform as expected, whether the demand for our proprietary and programmable products, including our TrueTouch and PSoC products, is fully realized, whether our product and design wins result in increased sales, further decreases in lead-time, additional inventory adjustments, worldwide macroeconomic issues customer acceptance of Cypress and its subsidiaries’ products, seasonality in the markets we serve, our ability to achieve lower operating expenses and maintain a solid balance sheet, any impact to sales due to the recent U.S. International Trade Commission ruling in Apple Inc.  v. HTC Corp. et al, the actions of our competitors, the behavior of our supply chain, our ability to manage our business to have strong earnings and cash flow leverage, factory utilization, the strength or softness of the markets we serve and whether those markets achieve expected growth, our ability to maintain and improve our gross margins and realize our bookings, our ability to continue to focus on fixed costs, the financial performance of our subsidiaries and Emerging Technology Division, our ability to outgrow the market in revenue once the economy recovers 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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