|Infineon Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and the 2005 Financial Year|
| News Release including financial data (pdf)
Business highlights for the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year (pdf)
Speech of Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart (pdf)
Presentation of Peter J. Fischl (pdf)
Sequential EBIT loss improved significantly in all operating segments. The EBIT loss decrease is primarily attributable to slightly increased average sales prices and a strong reduction in the cost-per-bit in the Memory Products segment, as well as improved gross margin in the Communication segment. The planned phase-out of production at the company’s Munich-Perlach facility and impairment charges in the Communication segment contributed to charges of Euro 64 million, included in the fourth quarter EBIT loss. Third quarter EBIT included charges of Euro 81 million, primarily in connection with the planned phase-out of production at the company’s Munich-Perlach facility and impairment charges in the Communication segment.
In the 2005 financial year, revenues decreased compared to the 2004 financial year, mostly reflecting a strong decline in demand from some customers for mobile-phone components, and continued pricing pressure in all operating segments, in particular in the memory products and security and chip-card businesses. EBIT decreased year-on-year, reflecting lower EBIT in all operating segments. EBIT loss in the 2005 financial year included charges of Euro 222 million primarily related to the planned phase-out of production at the company’s Munich-Perlach facility and net charges resulting from the reorganization measures in the Communication segment, which could not be entirely offset by non-recurring license income of Euro 118 million resulting from the settlement with ProMOS. In the 2004 financial year, EBIT was negatively impacted by net charges aggregating Euro 332 million, resulting primarily from asset impairments and the US and European DRAM antitrust investigations and related potential civil claims. “In the 2005 financial year, we have made substantial progress in cost reduction, and streamlining the company. Nevertheless, the impact of these measures on the year’s financials was more than offset by the strong price erosion and a loss of market share of some mobile phone customers,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, CEO and President of Infineon Technologies AG. “For the third year in a row, the Memory Products segment reported positive EBIT results despite a strong decline in chip prices. I am especially pleased with the performance of our wireline business, where we achieved the turn-around in the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year.”
Cash flow, capital expenditures, and savings in the 2005 financial year
Free cash flow in the 2005 financial year was negative Euro 281 million, decreasing from positive Euro 206 million in the previous year. The decline in free cash flow reflected a decrease in cash flow from operations in the 2005 financial year to Euro 1.04 billion compared to Euro 1.86 billion in the 2004 financial year, which was mostly the result of the net loss in the 2005 financial year. This could not be offset by decreases in net cash used in investing activities (excluding net proceeds from sales of marketable securities) to Euro 1.32 billion, thereof Euro 1.37 billion used for capital expenditures in the 2005 financial year, down from Euro 1.65 billion, thereof Euro 1.16 billion used for capital expenditures in the 2004 financial year. Infineon’s net cash position at the end of the 2005 financial year amounted to Euro 341 million, decreasing from Euro 548 million as of September 30, 2004.
SG&A expenses decreased to Euro 655 million in the 2005 financial year, down from Euro 718 million in the 2004 financial year, but remained constant at 10 percent of total revenues in both years.
The company’s Smart Savings program, implemented in the first quarter of the 2005 financial year, resulted in cost levels that were Euro 320 million lower than originally planned.
As of September 30, 2005, Infineon had approximately 36,400 employees worldwide compared to 35,600 employees at the end of the 2004 financial year. Thereof, approximately 7,400 were engaged in Research and Development as of September 30, 2005, compared to approximately 7,200 employees at the end of the 2004 financial year.
Outlook for the first quarter of the 2006 financial year
Industry experts forecast mid-single-digit growth for the worldwide semiconductor market in the 2006 calendar year. For the 2006 financial year, Infineon expects to develop at least in line with the market. In its Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment, the company anticipates further growth due to increasing demand for electronics in cars, power conversion, and energy-saving technologies. In addition, Infineon expects further business opportunities in the Communication segment, mainly due to its capability in radio-frequency technologies. In its Memory Product segment, Infineon will continue to focus its portfolio on higher margin growth businesses.
In the first quarter of the 2006 financial year, Infineon expects revenues to increase slightly compared to the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year. The company will continue to phase out the production at Munich-Perlach, build the new production site in Kulim, Malaysia, and to ramp up the 300-millimeter production facility in Richmond. In the first quarter of the 2006 financial year, Infineon expects no significant charges. In addition, Infineon will begin to recognize stock-based compensation expense in its statements of operations.
In November 2005, the company’s Supervisory Board has approved a plan to separate the memory products business and to form a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon effective July 1, 2006. It is the preferred plan of the Infineon management to subsequently move towards a public offering of shares in this business.
“We have intensively examined Infineon’s strategic orientation. The logic and the memory segments are increasingly characterized by diverging processes and business models,” commented Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart. “Therefore, we have decided on a new strategic set-up including two companies - one focused on logic products, the other on memories. Both companies will benefit from higher flexibility and will be able to more efficiently exploit growth opportunities.”
Segments’ 2005 fourth quarter and financial year performance and outlook
Following a reorganization of its segment structure, Infineon began to report its results of operations in accordance with this new organizational structure during the second quarter of the 2005 financial year. The former mobile business and the Wireline Communication segment were combined into the new Communication segment to align the company’s structure with market developments. At the same time, the company’s security and chip-card activities and the ASIC & Design Solutions business were integrated into the extended Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment. The results of operations of all periods presented have been reclassified to be consistent with the revised reporting structure and presentation, as well as to facilitate analysis of current and future operating segment information.
Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket
In the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year, revenues in the Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment were stable compared to the previous quarter. Revenues in the industrial business increased, mainly due to higher sales of chips for power supply. In the security and chip-card business, revenues decreased, as the slight increase in unit volume could not compensate for the continued strong price decline. The segment’s EBIT was negatively impacted by costs related to product transfer in connection with the planned phase-out of production at Munich-Perlach and the expenses in connection with the new production site in Kulim, Malaysia.
In the 2005 financial year, the segment’s revenues decreased slightly, as growth in sales in the automotive business could not offset reduced revenues in the company’s discrete and security and chip-card businesses, primarily due to volume decline and pricing pressure. EBIT in the 2005 financial year decreased, mostly due to the significant price decline in the security and chip-card business.
Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket’s outlook for the first quarter of the 2006 financial year
Infineon expects revenues and EBIT to increase slightly in its automotive and industrial business in the first quarter of the 2006 financial year compared to the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year, despite annual price reductions at major customers that take effect for the first time in the first quarter of the 2006 financial year. Infineon anticipates revenues and EBIT in the security and chip-card business to remain under pressure, but currently expects the trend to be reversed beginning with the second quarter of the 2006 financial year, due to the cost-reduction measures put in place. In the overall Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket segment, Infineon expects revenues to increase slightly and EBIT to remain stable compared to the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year, despite the previously mentioned price reductions, the anticipated expenses in connection with the planned phase-out of production at Munich-Perlach and expenses for the new production site in Kulim, Malaysia.
In the Communication segment, the segment’s revenues increased sequentially, primarily due to improved revenues in the mobile platform and radio frequency transceiver business in the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year. In the company’s wireline business, revenues were stable compared to the previous quarter. The EBIT loss decreased significantly compared to the third quarter, mainly due to improved gross margin and lower expenses in research and development. Fourth quarter EBIT was negatively impacted by impairment charges of Euro 14 million.
In the 2005 financial year, revenues decreased, mainly due to a strong decline in demand from some mobile phones customers, as well as continued pricing pressure. Revenues of the segment’s wireline business remained stable year-on-year. The significant EBIT loss increase compared to the previous year was mainly due to the reduced sales volume in the mobile platform business, increased idle capacity costs, and charges resulting primarily from the sale or reorganization of the fiber optics and certain other communications businesses.
Communication’s outlook for the first quarter of the 2006 financial year
In the first quarter of the 2006 financial year, the company expects revenues of its Communication segment to remain stable compared to the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year. The company expects the segment’s EBIT loss to stay in the range of the EBIT loss in the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year.
In the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year, revenues in the Memory Products segment increased sequentially, mainly due to growth in bit shipments and slightly increased average sales prices. EBIT in the fourth quarter swung to a profit after a loss in the previous quarter, as a result of the slight increase in average sales prices, higher volumes and a strong reduction in the cost-per-bit. This cost reduction was mainly achieved by the growth of overall bit shipments, improved productivity which led to a decline of cost-per-bit in manufacturing.
In the 2005 financial year, revenues decreased slightly compared to the previous year, mostly due to a price-per-bit decline of approximately 30 percent year-on-year, and the continued weakening of the US dollar compared to the Euro. This could not be fully offset by growth in bit shipments from increased output of 300-millimeter wafers and products manufactured in the company’s 110-nanometer technology. The year-on-year EBIT decrease was primarily due to the price-per-bit decline and the weakening US dollar, as well as increasing expenses for research and development related to the acceleration of the technology roadmap and the broadening of the product portfolio. This could not be offset by the company’s cost-per-bit reductions and higher bit shipments. Revenues and EBIT in the 2005 financial year included non-recurring license income of Euro 118 million resulting from the settlement with ProMOS. During the 2005 financial year, Infineon continued to extend its portfolio of less volatile and higher-margin memory products, such as modules for servers, and components for high-end graphics. Their contribution is continuously increasing.
Memory Products’ outlook for the first quarter of the 2006 financial year
In the first quarter of the 2006 financial year, Infineon expects seasonal strength in demand for computers to drive bit growth in the DRAM market. On the supply side, capacity and productivity in the industry are expected to grow, offset only partially by capacity shifts to non-DRAM products by some of the company’s competitors. This, coupled with pricing pressure and uncertainties regarding chipset availability in the PC segment, makes price development difficult to predict. The company expects to further increase its bit production based on additional capacities at the company’s joint venture Inotera and its 300-millimeter production facility in Richmond. The company continues to focus its portfolio on higher margin growth businesses, including infrastructure, and high-end graphics, as well as consumer and mobile applications.
Other Operating Segments
The increase of the EBIT loss in the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year, compared to the third quarter, was mainly due to impairment charges of Euro 10 million.
EBIT loss in the 2004 financial year was negatively impacted by impairment charges for terminated venture capital activities.
Corporate and Reconciliation
The sequential EBIT loss remained relatively stable in the fourth quarter of the 2005 financial year compared to the previous quarter. As in the previous quarter, it was negatively impacted by charges resulting primarily from the restructuring activities in connection with the planned phase-out of production at the Munich-Perlach facility.
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Analyst telephone and press conferences
Infineon Technologies AG will conduct a telephone conference (in English only) with analysts and investors on November 18, 2005, 10:00 a.m. Central European Time (CET), 4:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S. EST), to discuss operating performance during the fourth quarter and the 2005 financial year. In addition, the Infineon Management Board will host a press conference at 11:30 a.m. (CET), 5:30 a.m. (U.S. EST). It can be followed in German and English over the Internet. Both conference calls will be available live and for download on Infineon‘s web site at http://www.infineon.com
D I S C L A I M E R
This discussion includes forward-looking statements about our future business. These forward-looking statements include statements relating to future developments of the world semiconductor market, especially the market for memory products, Infineon’s future growth, the benefits of research and development alliances and activities, our planned levels of future investment in the expansion and modernization of our production capacity, the introduction of new technology at our facilities, the transitioning of our production processes to smaller structure sizes, cost savings related to such transitioning and other initiatives, our successful development of technology based on industry standards, our ability to offer commercially viable products based on our technology, and our ability to achieve our cost savings and growth targets. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of uncertainties, including trends in demand and prices for semiconductors generally and for our products in particular, the success of our development efforts, both alone and with our partners, the success of our efforts to introduce new production processes at our facilities and the actions of our competitors, the availability of funds for planned expansion efforts, the outcome of antitrust investigations and litigation matters, as well as the other factors mentioned herein. As a result, our actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.
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Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2004 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.19 billion with about 35,600 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at http://www.infineon.com