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Cypress Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results | Cypress Semiconductor

Cypress Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results

Last Updated: July 19, 2010


  • Q2 results exceeded guidance and Street consensus
  • Revenue increased 12% sequentially
  • Fab utilization increased to 59%; inventory dollars decreased 10%
  • Generated positive free cash flow ahead of plan
  • TrueTouch(TM) design wins and revenue continued to exceed expectations
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 16, 2009 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp." (NYSE: CY) today announced that revenue for the 2009 second quarter was $155.8 million, up 12% from $139.3 million for the prior quarter, and down 26% from $209.6 million for the year-ago period (excluding SunPower).

Cypress recorded a GAAP net loss of $45.3 million in the 2009 second quarter, or a diluted net loss per share of $0.32. This compares with last quarter's diluted net loss per share of $0.66 and diluted earnings per share in the year-ago second quarter of $0.10.
Non-GAAP1 net loss for the 2009 second quarter-excluding stock-based compensation, acquisition-related charges, restructuring and other special charges and credits-totaled $3.8 million, or a diluted net loss per share of $0.03. That compares with non-GAAP1 diluted net loss per share of $0.22 for the prior quarter and diluted earnings per share of $0.12 for the year-ago second quarter.
Cypress President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said, "Cypress's CCD and DCD divisions reported better-than-expected Q2 revenue, enabling us to exceed the upper end of our guidance and Street expectations. Second-quarter revenue grew 12% sequentially driven by our programmable products. CCD grew 20% sequentially based on strong customer demand for our PSoC(R) and USB products. Our proprietary products continued to generate significant new design wins, particularly in the handset market; TrueTouch-our new product for touchscreens-more than doubled in revenue quarter-on-quarter.
"Gross margins surpassed our guidance due to higher factory utilization and strong cost savings and benefited from a favorable product mix. We decreased our inventory by 10% sequentially and realized an additional 9% reduction in distributor inventory dollars.
"Our book-to-bill ended Q2 at 1.28 with all divisions above unity," Rodgers said. "Ordering patterns have begun to stabilize, leading to increased backlog. Our Q2 backlog grew 51% quarter-on-quarter to $184 million.
"The macro environment seems to have stabilized but longer term visibility continues to remain limited and we remain cautiously optimistic on the pace of the economic recovery. We are projecting that we will have above-average seasonal revenue growth in Q3. We continued to aggressively manage our cost structure and generated positive free cash flow in Q2. Our balance sheet is solid with $280 million in cash and investments and limited debt of $28 million that will mature in Q3. Significant new product design wins, coupled with tight-fisted financial management, position us to drive revenue and leveraged earnings growth."


Non-GAAP1 consolidated gross margin for the second quarter was 44.2%, up 9.5 percentage points from the previous quarter due mainly to increased factory utilization (still only 59%), better product mix and continued cost reductions.
Net inventory decreased by 10% sequentially, the fourth straight quarterly decrease as the company reduced inventory to meet current demand requirements. Distributor inventory decreased by 9% sequentially, the third straight quarterly decrease.
On a GAAP basis, second-quarter consolidated gross margin was 36.7%, up 12.3 percentage points from the previous quarter due mainly to increased factory utilization, better product mix, continued cost reductions and lower stock-based compensation charges.
Operating expenses on a non-GAAP1 basis were $74.7 million, down 19% from the year-ago quarter as a result of the ongoing cost-reduction program.
Cash and investments increased by $22 million; we generated positive operating and free cash flow-both ahead of plan.
Additional second-quarter data and comparisons relevant to Cypress's business units are presented below:

June 28, 2009
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March 29, 2009
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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 79.2% of Cypress’s revenue in the second quarter.
Cypress began selling development kits for its new PSoC 3 device to customers worldwide. PSoC 3 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 $6.2 billion.
Cypress introduced two new PSoC products with enhanced analog and digital capabilities. The devices, featuring our CapSense® Plus functionality, can now drive up to 37 CapSense capacitive touch-sensing button and slider interfaces while also supporting motor control, intelligent sensing and LED control on a single chip.
Cypress announced several design wins for its CapSense touch-sensing solution, a low-cost, reliable, button-free interface for thousands of consumer electronics and white goods products. New CapSense designs include LG’s W53 and W54 LCD monitors, four new Acer Aspire notebook computer models, and Whirlpool and Indesit washing machines. CapSense is also being used in Wacom’s Bamboo™ tablet, a graphical input device that converts handwritten text and drawings into digital documents.
HP has selected CapSense technology to drive the touch-sensitive TouchSmart™ control panel on the new HP Photosmart™ C4600 All-in-One Series printer.
Cypress has licensed Immersion Corporation’s patented TouchSense® haptic (touch feedback) technology to deliver single-chip user interface controllers with tactile feedback. Cypress will integrate this technology with its TrueTouch touchscreen and CapSense capacitive touch solutions to improve the end-user interface experience in mobile phones, GPS systems, keyboards, white goods and other systems.
Samsung Electronics Company Ltd. selected Cypress’s TrueTouch solution to implement the touchscreen in its new I8910 (OMNIAHD) mobile phone. The phone also employs a Cypress MoBL® dual-port device to increase multimedia and computing performance and reduce system power consumption.
Sharp Communications Group has selected Cypress’s TrueTouch solution to power the waterproof touchscreen on its KDDI Sportio water beat mobile phone.
Cypress announced that its PSoC-enabled CyFi™ Low-Power wireless solution has been designed into the remote control of the EVOKE Flow and AVANTI Flow digital music systems made by PURE Digital, the U.K.’s leading radio manufacturer.
Cypress introduced the industry’s first 65-nm Quad Data Rate™ (QDR™) and Double Data Rate™ (DDR™) SRAMs. The 72-Mbit devices, developed with foundry partner UMC, feature the industry’s fastest clock speeds and operate at half the power of their 90-nm predecessors. Applications for the new devices include networking, medical imaging and military signal processing.
Cypress introduced the FleXO™ family of high-performance clock generators. These highly flexible devices can be instantly programmed in the factory or field to any frequency up to 650 MHz, accelerating time to market and improving manufacturing quality.
Cypress subsidiary Cypress Envirosystems won the Buildy Award for Smart Devices at the recent ConnectivityWeek building automation conference in Silicon Valley. The company’s award-winning Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat retrofits existing buildings to enable them to work with Smart Grid technology, and helps companies save energy by optimizing heating and cooling systems to meet their needs. 
Cypress Envirosystems released a custom version of its wireless gauge reader to be sold under the Honeywell brand label using Honeywell worldwide sales channels. This product retrofits existing commercial and industrial facilities to improve energy efficiency, plant safety, and reliability.
Cypress subsidiary AgigA Tech introduced AGIGARAM™, the industry’s first battery-free, high-speed, high-density, nonvolatile dynamic random access memory (DRAM) system. In the event of a power outage, AGIGARAM provides fail-safe battery-free data backup capabilities for storage, networking, gaming, automotive, industrial and embedded systems.
Cypress announced that its online solutions library ( now has 150 design elements available for download free of charge. The library’s intellectual property targets a wide array of applications and functions.
The Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India, will collaborate with Cypress to build a PSoC laboratory and offer a two-semester PSoC course. Cypress will support this initiative with hands-on training, hardware kits and software tools. The program is part of the Cypress University Program, which provides equipment, support and training to students and schools around the world.
Cypress named Hitoshi Yoshizawa its Japan country manager. Dr. Yoshizawa joined Cypress in 2008. He was formerly president of Xilinx Japan KK. Meanwhile, Rajeev Mehtani, a former vice president at NXP Semiconductor, was named senior vice president of Cypress’s India operations.
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 third 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 expectations regarding our Q309 and Q409 revenue; our expectations regarding seasonality in Q3; the strength and growth of our proprietary and programmable products, especially PSoC, PSoC3 and PSoC5, USB, CapSense and True Touch products; our TrueTouch, CapSense, PSoC and other high profile design win penetration, especially in the handset market; our gross margins, customer backlog orders and restocking inventory, visibility in the markets we serve, 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, our limited visibility into 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 point of sale 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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