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Cypress Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2016 Results

Last Updated: February 02, 2017



  • Fourth quarter GAAP and non-GAAP revenue was $530.2 million
  • Fourth quarter GAAP margin was 38.1% and non-GAAP margin was 40.1%
  • Enhanced go-to-market strategy to align to high-growth markets, resulting in change in corporate structure from four divisions to two
  • Wireless connectivity solutions acquired from Broadcom increased revenue by 15.6% sequentially
  • Realized annualized synergies of $188.5 million exceeding the plan at the time of Spansion merger


SAN JOSE, Calif., February 2, 2017—Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY) today announced its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 results.

“We’re pleased to report a strong fourth quarter and full year for Cypress in 2016,” said Hassane El-Khoury, Cypress president and chief executive officer. “We grew the company, improved our gross margin, exceeded our expectations in terms of our plan for cost synergies from the Spansion merger and changed the strategic direction of the company, fully implementing Cypress 3.0, our blueprint for selling complete embedded solutions into markets growing faster than the broader semiconductor industry.

“For the year, our GAAP revenue of $1.92 billion and non-GAAP revenue of $1.94 billion reflect 20% and 19% growth, respectively,” El-Khoury continued. “We continue to see strong demand for our expanding portfolio of solutions for embedded systems, and our IoT business, which cuts across all of our target markets, has exceeded our expectations.

“We have now fully aligned our go-to-market strategy with our target markets – automotive, industrial and consumer – and reorganized our reporting structure to two divisions to improve our efficiency. In 2017 we expect to grow faster than the overall semiconductor market, driven by automotive, connectivity and USB-C.”

Revenue and earnings for the quarter are given below, compared with those of the prior quarter:


(In thousands, except per-share data)

Q416 Financial Table1

1.     See “Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables included below.


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

Q416 Financial Table2

  1. See “Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables included below.
  2. 2015 includes results of the merger with Spansion as of March 12, 2015.
  3. 2016 includes results from the IoT business acquired from Broadcom on July 5, 2016.



+ At the Electronica trade show in November, Cypress introduced the all-inclusive, turnkey Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED®) Studio 4 platform, which provides a single development environment for multiple wireless technologies, including Cypress’s world-class Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and combination solutions for the IoT. This software introduction reinforces the Company’s positioning as a leader in the wireless connectivity business with both embedded system solutions and supporting software.

+ For the connectivity business acquired from Broadcom on July 5, 2016, Cypress reported $72.3 million in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016, above the high end of guidance.

+ Cypress changed its corporate structure from four divisions to two, to align with its go-to-market strategy and enhance operational efficiency. The new Microcontroller and Connectivity Division, or MCD, includes the following:

  • Microcontroller and PSoC® product lines of the former Programmable Systems Division;
  • Wireless Connectivity/IoT and USB product lines of the former Data Communications Division;
  • The foundry business from the former Emerging Technologies Division (ETD);
  • The Intellectual Property Business Unit, which was formerly part of the Memory Products Division.  

The Memory Products Division, or MPD, now includes Flash, SRAM and specialty memories, as well as the AgigA Tech subsidiary, which was formerly part of ETD.

+ GAAP and non-GAAP consolidated margins for the fourth quarter of 2016 were 38.1% and 40.1%, respectively, attributable to the Company's margin-enhancing initiatives and favorable product mix. Fab utilization increased to approximately 63% in the fourth quarter as production levels ramped to meet customer demand. 

+ Cash from operations during the fourth quarter was $89.8 million as a result of the Company’s focus on working capital improvement.

+ Inventory at the end of the fourth quarter was $287.8 million, up 16.2% from the third quarter of 2016, due to an increase in MCU and connectivity inventory to support end-customer demand. The Company’s lean inventory initiative has resulted in a reduction of more than $80 million of excess inventory in 2016 as planned.

+ Cypress paid a dividend of $35.4 million, or $0.11 per share, to holders of record of the Company’s common stock as of the close of business on December 29, 2016. The dividend was equivalent to a 3.8% annualized yield as of December 30, 2016.



(In thousands, except percentages)


Q416 Financial Table3

  1. GAAP revenue for the third quarter of 2016 excludes $6.25 million of non-GAAP licensing revenue in MCD, China & ROW region and direct channel.
  2. Prior quarter geographic numbers have been revised to conform to current period presentation.
  3. Historical results of MCD include Deca Technologies.
  4. See “Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables included below.


Q416 Financial Table4
  1. 2015 includes results of the merger with Spansion as of March 12, 2015.
  2. Net sales for twelve months ended 2015 and 2016 include $18.75 million of legacy Spansion non-GAAP licensing revenue in MCD, APAC region and direct channel, respectively.
  3. 2016 includes results of the IoT acquisition as of July 5, 2016.
  4. Prior quarter geographic numbers have been revised to conform to current period presentation.
  5. Historical results of MCD include Deca Technologies.
  6. See “Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables included below.



For the first quarter of 2017, Cypress estimates financial results as follows:

Q416 Financial Table5

A reconciliation of GAAP forward-looking estimates to non-GAAP forward-looking estimates may be found in the tables at the end of this earnings report.

The timing and amount of certain material items, including restructuring charges, asset impairments, changes in value of deferred compensation assets and liabilities, impact of stock-based compensation from modification of equity awards, and the tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments, which are needed to estimate GAAP financial measures are either inherently unpredictable or outside the control of the Company, and may have a significant impact on the Company’s financial results. Accordingly, Cypress cannot provide a full quantitative reconciliation for such non-GAAP financial measures included as part of the first quarter 2017 financial outlook to the most directly comparable GAAP measure without unreasonable effort and additional adjustments may be reflected in our non-GAAP results for the first quarter of 2017. Cypress has qualitatively described below, under the section “Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” the anticipated differences between the non-GAAP financial measures and the most directly comparable GAAP measures.



Cypress will host its quarterly conference call on February 2, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 results and provide an outlook for the first quarter of 2017.

All interested parties may dial 517-308-9119 and provide the passcode “Cypress” to listen to the call. The event will be broadcast over the Internet and may be accessed through Cypress’s website at The archived presentation will be available for two weeks immediately following the event.



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Founded in 1982, Cypress is a leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world’s most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress’s programmable systems-on-chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analog ICs, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing customers with support and engineering resources that enable innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers to disrupt markets and create new product categories. To learn more, go to



To supplement its condensed consolidated unaudited financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Cypress uses the non-GAAP financial measures listed below, which are adjusted from the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures to exclude certain items, as described in more detail below.

• Revenue;

• Margin;

• Margin %;

• Research and development expenses;

• Selling, general and administrative expenses;

• Provision (benefit) for income taxes;

• Pretax profit margin %;

• Operating income (loss);

• Net income (loss); and

• Diluted earnings (loss) per share.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional and useful way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations which, when viewed in conjunction with Cypress's GAAP results, provide a more comprehensive understanding of the various factors and trends affecting the Company's business and operations.

The Company presents non-GAAP financial measures because management uses these measures to analyze and assess the Company's financial results and to manage the business.

There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures including those discussed below. Moreover, the Company’s non-GAAP measures may be calculated differently than the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures supplement and should be viewed in conjunction with GAAP financial measures.

As presented in the "Non-GAAP Results" tables in this press release, each of the non-GAAP financial measures excludes one or more of the following items:

Acquisition-related charges: Acquisition-related charges are not factored into management's evaluation of potential acquisitions or Cypress's long-term performance after the completion of acquisitions. However, a limitation of non-GAAP measures that exclude acquisition-related charges is that these charges may represent payments that reduce the cash available to the Company for other purposes.  Acquisition-related expenses primarily include:

• Amortization of purchased intangibles, including purchased technology, patents, customer relationships, trademarks, backlog and non-compete agreements;

• Amortization of step-up in value of inventory recorded as part of purchase price accounting; and

• One-time charges associated with the completion of an acquisition including items such as contract termination costs, severance and other acquisition-related restructuring costs; costs incurred in connection with integration activities, and legal and accounting costs.

Share-based compensation expense: Share-based compensation expense relates primarily to employee stock options, restricted stock units, performance stock units and the employee stock purchase plan. Share-based compensation expense is a non-cash expense that is affected by changes in market factors including the price of Cypress’s common shares, which are not within the control of management. In addition, the valuation of share-based compensation is subjective, and the expense recognized by Cypress may be significantly different than the expense recognized by other companies for similar equity awards, which makes it difficult to assess Cypress’s results compared to its competitors. Accordingly, management excludes this item from its internal operating forecasts and models. However, a limitation of non-GAAP measures that exclude share-based compensation expense is that they do not reflect the full costs of compensating employees.

Other adjustments: These items are excluded from non-GAAP financial measures because they are not related to the core operating activities and ongoing operating performance of Cypress. Excluding these items, which can vary significantly from quarter to quarter, allows management to better compare Cypress’s period-over-period performance. However, limitations of non-GAAP measures that exclude these items include that these adjustments are often subjective and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Other adjustments primarily include:

• Revenue from an intellectual property license,

• Changes in value of deferred compensation plan assets and liabilities,

• Investment-related gains or losses, including equity method investments,

• Restructuring and related costs,

• Debt issuance costs, including imputed interest related to the equity component of convertible debt,

• Asset impairments,

• Tax effects of non-GAAP adjustments,

• Certain other expenses and benefits, and

• Diluted weighted average shares non-GAAP adjustment – for purposes of calculating non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, the GAAP diluted weighted average shares outstanding is adjusted to exclude the benefits related to share-based compensation expense.



Statements herein that are not historical facts and that refer to Cypress or its subsidiaries’ plans and expectations for the future are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may use words such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “future,” “continue” or other wording indicating future results or expectations to identify such forward-looking statements that include, but are not limited to: statements related to our estimated non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP EPS, net interest expense, tax expense, capital expenditures and depreciation for the first quarter of fiscal 2017; the expected benefits of our acquisition of Broadcom’s wireless IoT business, including revenue growth and margin improvement; sources of revenue for the first quarter; the expected impact of our lean inventory initiative on fab utilization, inventory levels, cash flow, pricing and profitability; estimates of certain GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items for the first quarter; the demand environment for semiconductors; the expected impact of our margin improvement plan; the impact of seasonality on revenue; the CEO transition; cross-selling opportunities in the automotive business; our ability to meet our targeted range of inventory; the expected synergies related to our merger with Spansion; expected or anticipated uses of cash flow, including to pay dividends, repurchase shares of common stock, or pay down our existing indebtedness; and plans to reduce excess inventory. Such statements reflect our current expectations, which are based on information and data available to our management as of the date of this press release. Our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to:  global economic and market conditions; business conditions and growth trends in the semiconductor market; our ability to compete effectively; the volatility in supply and demand conditions for our products, including but not limited to the impact of seasonality on supply and demand; our ability to develop, introduce and sell new products and technologies; potential problems relating to our manufacturing activities; the impact of acquisitions, including but not limited to the continuing integration of Spansion and the recent acquisition of Broadcom’s wireless IoT business; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; and other risks and uncertainties described in the "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements.

Cypress, the Cypress logo, WICED and PSoC are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their owners.




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