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Cypress Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year-End 2014 Results

Last Updated: April 30, 2015


SAN JOSE, Calif., January 22, 2015—Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced its fourth-quarter 2014 and fiscal year results, which included the remarks below from its president and CEO, T.J. Rodgers. Highlights for the quarter included:

•    Revenue of $184.1 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13 met guidance
•    2014 non-GAAP operating expenses at a 15-year low
•    2014 non-GAAP earnings per share increased 33% year-over-year
•    Free cash flow increased by $19 million sequentially
•    Announced a $4 billion merger with Spansion that is expected to achieve $135 million in annual cost synergies over three years

Fellow shareholders:

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

(In thousands, except per-share data)

Our revenue and earnings for the fiscal year are given below, compared with those of the prior year:

(In thousands, except per-share data)

Our fourth-quarter revenue was $184.1 million and our non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.13. We continued to execute on our operating expense management initiatives, which led to a year-over-year 33% increase to $0.52 in 2014 non-GAAP earnings per share. We thus are prepared to deliver strong operating leverage as we grow in 2015.

Our planned merger with Spansion has cleared review by the government agencies in the U.S. and Germany. We remain confident that the post-merger company will position us as a leading global provider of microcontrollers, flash and SRAM memories, and automotive components required for today's embedded systems.


+ Our non-GAAP consolidated gross margin for the fourth quarter was 52.4%, down 1.1 percentage points from the previous quarter, primarily due to product and customer mix. Excluding our Emerging Technologies Division, our core semiconductor gross margin was 54.6%.

+ Net inventory at the end of the fourth quarter was $88.2 million, down 0.6% from the third quarter.

+ Cypress announced that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share, payable to holders of record of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on December 26, 2014. This dividend was paid on January 15, 2015.

(In thousands, except percentages)

1.    PSD, Programmable Systems Division; DCD, Data Communications Division; MPD, Memory Products Division.
2.    ETD, Emerging Technologies Division includes businesses outside our core semiconductor businesses outlined in Footnote 1. Includes subsidiaries AgigA Tech Inc., Deca Technologies Inc., and our foundry business unit.

1.    PSD, Programmable Systems Division; DCD, Data Communications Division; MPD, Memory Products Division.
2.    ETD, Emerging Technologies Division includes businesses outside our core semiconductor businesses outlined in Footnote 1. Includes subsidiaries AgigA Tech Inc., Deca Technologies Inc., and our foundry business unit.



+ Cypress and Spansion announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. The merger is expected to achieve more than $135 million in cost synergies on an annualized basis over three years and to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings within the first full year after the transaction closes. The combined company will continue to pay $0.11 per share in quarterly dividends to shareholders.

+ Cypress introduced two highly integrated, single-chip Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) solutions that simplify the design of low-power, sensor-based systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) and other applications. The new PSoC® 4 BLE Programmable System-on-Chip delivers unprecedented ease of use and integration to applications for the IoT, home automation, healthcare equipment, sports and fitness monitors, and other wearable devices. The PRoC™ BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip provides a cost-effective, turnkey solution for wireless human interface devices, remote controls and applications that require wireless connectivity.

+ Cypress announced the qualification of its BLE solutions under the Bluetooth 4.1 specification, which is designed to coexist with faster 4G cellular technologies, such as LTE, and to deliver better connections and data transfer. The qualification further simplifies customer Bluetooth Low Energy designs.

+ Cypress introduced its TrueTouch® Gen5 TMA568 capacitive touchscreen controller for large-screen smartphones, tablets and e-readers with advanced features: gloved-finger tracking, 1-mm passive stylus support and hover functionality that enlarges touchscreen content to improve ease of use.

+ Casio selected Cypress’s TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controller and low-power SRAM products for its wearable EX-FR10 camera. TrueTouch provides best-in-class waterproofing, while MoBL® (More Battery Life™) asynchronous SRAMs enable fast throughput and fluid image buffering.

+ Yota Devices announced production of its next-generation YotaPhone with Cypress’s TrueTouch Gen5 touchscreen controllers in the smartphone’s two displays. The premium Android phone uses the TMA568 controller for advanced multitouch functionality in its standard display and the TMA545 controller for its “electronic paper” display.

+ iConnectivity, a leading developer of digital audio interfaces for musicians, is using Cypress’s CapSense® MBR3 mechanical button replacement solution in its next-generation iConnectAUDIO4+ audio interface system. The easy-to-use MBR3 solution enables the implementation of a dynamic, reliable touch-sensing user interface for this system.

+ Cypress began sampling its EZ-USB® HX3™ hub controller in a 36-mm2 ball grid array (BGA) package. The new package makes the hub controller the industry’s smallest, saving board space in Ultrabook™ devices, tablets and other mobile and consumer devices.

+ Cypress and Icron Technologies successfully completed interoperability testing between Cypress’s EZ-USB FX3™ USB 3.0 peripheral controller and the EZ-USB CX3™ camera controller and Icron’s USB 3.0 Spectra™ 3001-15 active copper extension cable. The Icron cable extends USB 3.0 performance to 15 meters and enables the Cypress controllers to address a broader range of machine vision and industrial applications.

+ Cypress’s RadStop™ radiation-hardened 72-Mb QDR-II+ SRAMs and 4-Mbit fast asynchronous SRAMs have met the Qualified Manufacturers List Class V and Class Q standards—the highest quality and reliability standards for aerospace-grade ICs in satellites and other applications.

+ United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) licensed Cypress’s SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) embedded flash memory intellectual property (IP) for its 40-nanometer process technology. UMC had licensed Cypress’s 55-nanometer SONOS IP in 2014. This ongoing collaboration strengthens the position of SONOS as the next-generation embedded-flash solution of choice for foundries.



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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 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major 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 Q1 2015 and the remainder of fiscal year 2015 and beyond 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 our expectations regarding the proposed merger with Spansion which include dependence on government regulators and shareholder approval; the semiconductor market; the strength and growth of our proprietary and programmable products; our expectations regarding our revenue growth and earnings leverage; our expectation that our ETD division will significantly contribute to our 2015 revenue growth; as well as our expectations regarding the demand for our products and how our products are expected to perform. 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, whether our products perform as expected, whether the demand for our proprietary and programmable products is fully realized, our ability to manage our business to have strong earnings and significant revenue growth, reduce operating expenses, our ability to effectively implement third party wafer processes, the strength or softness of the markets we serve, our ability to maintain and improve our gross margins and realize our bookings, the seasonality of the markets we serve, the financial performance of our subsidiaries and Emerging Technologies Division, 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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