April 27, 2010 05:30 ET

STATS ChipPAC Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

SINGAPORE -- 4/27/2010, UNITED STATES--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) - STATS ChipPAC Ltd. ("STATS ChipPAC" or the "Company") (SGX-ST: STATSChP), a leading semiconductor test and advanced packaging service provider, today announced results for the first quarter 2010.

Tan Lay Koon, President and Chief Executive Officer of STATS ChipPAC, said, "We had a good start to the year. Revenue for first quarter of 2010 of $387.9 million increased by 75.9% over the first quarter of 2009 and declined by 1.7% over prior quarter which was better than seasonal trend. We were also pleased with the successful ramp into high volume of new technologies such as the new embedded Wafer Level Ball Grid Array (eWLB) and the continued growth of our business in advanced technologies such as hybrid flip-chip and wafer level packaging."

Net income for first quarter of 2010 was $27.5 million or $0.01 of net income per diluted ordinary share, compared to net loss of $51.1 million or $0.02 of net loss per diluted ordinary share in the corresponding quarter a year ago and net income of $33.8 million or $0.02 of net income per diluted ordinary share in the prior quarter. 

John Lau, Chief Financial Officer of STATS ChipPAC, said, "Our gross margin in the first quarter of 2010 was 20.0% compared to (1.0)% in the first quarter of 2009 and 21.2% in the prior quarter. Operating margin for first quarter of 2010 was 11.2% of revenue compared to (19.7)% in the first quarter of 2009 and 11.4% in the prior quarter. Capital spending in the first quarter of 2010 was $99.4 million or 25.6% of revenue compared to $9.5 million or 4.3% of revenue in the first quarter of 2009, as we expanded our 300mm eWLB manufacturing capacity. We ended the first quarter of 2010 with cash, cash equivalent and marketable securities of $362.3 million and debt of $451.8 million, compared to $368.1 million and $458.0 million, respectively, as of the fourth quarter of 2009."

Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those described in this release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, general business and economic conditions and the state of the semiconductor industry; prevailing market conditions; demand for end-use applications products such as communications equipment, consumer and multi-applications and personal computers; decisions by customers to discontinue outsourcing of test and packaging services; level of competition; our reliance on a small group of principal customers; our continued success in technological innovations; possible future application of push-down accounting; pricing pressures, including declines in average selling prices; intellectual property rights disputes and litigation; our ability to control operating expenses; our substantial level of indebtedness and access to credit markets; potential impairment charges; availability of financing; changes in our product mix; our capacity utilization; delays in acquiring or installing new equipment; limitations imposed by our financing arrangements which may limit our ability to maintain and grow our business; returns from research and development investments; changes in customer order patterns; shortages in supply of key components; customer credit risks; disruption of our operations; loss of key management or other personnel; defects or malfunctions in our testing equipment or packages; rescheduling or cancelling of customer orders; adverse tax and other financial consequences if the taxing authorities do not agree with our interpretation of the applicable tax laws; classification of our Company as a passive foreign investment company; our ability to develop and protect our intellectual property; changes in environmental laws and regulations; exchange rate fluctuations; regulatory approvals for further investments in our subsidiaries; majority ownership by Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited ("Temasek") that may result in conflicting interests with Temasek and our affiliates; unsuccessful acquisitions and investments in other companies and businesses; labor union problems in South Korea; uncertainties of conducting business in China and changes in laws, currency policy and political instability in other countries in Asia; natural calamities and disasters, including outbreaks of epidemics and communicable diseases, the continued trading and listing of our ordinary shares on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited ("SGX-ST"); and other risks described from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F dated March 5, 2010. You should not unduly rely on such statements. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Our 52-53 week fiscal year ends on the Sunday nearest and prior to December 31. Our fiscal quarters end on a Sunday and are generally thirteen weeks in length. Our first quarter of 2010 ended on March 28, 2010, while our first quarter of 2009 and fiscal year 2009 ended on March 29, 2009 and December 27, 2009, respectively. References to "US GAAP" are to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as practiced in the United States of America and references to "$" are to the lawful currency of the United States of America.

About STATS ChipPAC Ltd.
STATS ChipPAC Ltd. is a leading service provider of semiconductor packaging design, assembly, test and distribution solutions in diverse end market applications including communications, digital consumer and computing. With global headquarters in Singapore, STATS ChipPAC has design, research and development, manufacturing or customer support offices in 10 different countries. STATS ChipPAC is listed on the SGX-ST. Further information is available at Information contained in this website does not constitute a part of this release.

STATS ChipPAC Ltd.  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share and per share data)  
          Three Months Ended  
          March 29,     March 28,  
          2009     2010  
Net revenues   $ 220,493     $ 387,947  
Cost of revenues     (222,663 )     (310,270 )
Gross profit (loss)     (2,170 )     77,677  
Operating expenses:                
  Selling, general and administrative     20,607       22,583  
  Research and development     7,625       11,538  
  Restructuring charges     12,933       ¿  
    Total operating expenses     41,165       34,121  
Operating income (loss)     (43,335 )     43,556  
Other income (expenses), net     (8,633 )     (7,864 )
Income (loss) before income taxes     (51,968 )     35,692  
Income tax expense     (420 )     (6,983 )
Net income (loss)     (52,388 )     28,709  
Less: Net (income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest     1,321       (1,259 )
Net income (loss) attributable to STATS ChipPAC Ltd.   $ (51,067 )   $ 27,450  
Net income (loss) per ordinary share attributable to STATS ChipPAC Ltd.:                
  Basic   $ (0.02 )   $ 0.01  
  Diluted   $ (0.02 )   $ 0.01  
Ordinary shares (in thousands) used in per ordinary share calculation:                
  Basic     2,202,218       2,202,218  
  Diluted     2,202,218       2,202,238  
Key Ratios and Information:                  
Gross Margin     (1.0 )%     20.0 %
Operating Expenses as a % of Revenue     18.7 %     8.8 %
Operating Margin     (19.7 )%     11.2 %
Depreciation & Amortization, including Amortization of Debt Issuance Costs   $ 66,655     $ 67,815  
Capital Expenditures   $ 9,493     $ 99,387  


  STATS ChipPAC Ltd.
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  (In thousands of U.S. Dollars)
              December 27,   March 28,
              2009   2010
Current assets:          
  Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 351,195   $ 345,199
  Accounts receivable, net   208,766     238,366
  Inventories     61,859     62,862
  Other current assets *   52,215     47,851
    Total current assets   674,035     694,278
  Marketable securities   16,929     17,148
  Property, plant and equipment, net   1,115,497     1,149,665
  Investment in equity investee   7,743     7,736
  Goodwill and intangible assets   591,125     591,595
  Other non-current assets *   21,611     18,273
    Total assets $ 2,426,940   $ 2,478,695
Current liabilities:          
  Accounts and other payables $ 182,704   $ 212,539
  Other current liabilities   103,394     95,899
  Short-term debts   224,786     219,432
    Total current liabilities   510,884     527,870
Long-term debts   233,181     232,358
Other non-current liabilities   59,329     62,449
    Total liabilities   803,394     822,677
STATS ChipPAC Ltd. shareholders' equity   1,564,669     1,595,060
Noncontrolling interest   58,877     60,958
    Total liabilities and equity $ 2,426,940   $ 2,478,695
  * Includes $0.4 million of non-current restricted cash as of December 27, 2009, and $0.3 million of current restricted cash and $0.4 million of non-current restricted cash as of March 28, 2010.
Other Supplemental Information
      1Q 2009   4Q 2009   1Q 2010
Net Revenues by Product Line              
Packaging - laminate     56.5%   56.7%   55.5%
Packaging - leaded     16.7%   15.2%   15.3%
Test and other services     26.8%   28.1%   29.2%
      100.0%   100.0%   100.0%
Net Revenues by End User Market              
Communications     50.4%   48.8%   52.3%
Personal Computers     12.3%   17.7%   15.4%
Consumer, Multi-applications and Others     37.3%   33.5%   32.3%
      100.0%   100.0%   100.0%
Net Revenues by Region              
United States of America     80.1%   65.5%   61.5%
Europe     5.4%   8.3%   12.8%
Asia     14.5%   26.2%   25.7%
      100.0%   100.0%   100.0%
Number of Testers     954   962   929
Number of Wirebonders     4,607   4,538   4,538
Overall Equipment Utilization Rate     33%   64%   63%


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