SOURCE: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

April 24, 2014 16:00 ET

Lattice Semiconductor Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

HILLSBORO, OR--(Marketwired - Apr 24, 2014) -  Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC)  

Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue of $96.6 million, an increase of nearly 8.0% from $89.5 million in 4Q13 and an increase of 35.7% from $71.2 million in 1Q13.
  • Net income of $0.10 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $0.06 per basic and diluted share in 4Q13 and net income of $0.02 per basic and diluted share in 1Q13.
  • Gross margin of 56.0%, compared to 54.3% in 4Q13 and 53.6% in 1Q13.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended March 29, 2014.

For the first quarter, revenue was $96.6 million, an increase of nearly 8.0% from $89.5 million reported in the prior quarter, and an increase of 35.7% from the $71.2 million reported in the same quarter a year ago.

Net income for the first quarter was $12.0 million ($0.10 per basic and diluted share), compared to the prior quarter net income of $6.5 million ($0.06 per basic and diluted share) and net income of $1.9 million ($0.02 per basic and diluted share) reported in the same quarter a year ago.

Darin G. Billerbeck, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Q1 revenue and net income growth were led by continued momentum in revenue from new products. Consistent with our strategy, we achieved sustained growth in the Consumer market combined with strength in the China communications market, as well as broad market improvement in the European distribution channel. We remain focused on becoming the undisputed leader in providing low cost, low power, small footprint FPGAs to applications where time-to-market is crucial."

Joe Bedewi, Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, "We achieved Q1 revenue growth of nearly 8.0% compared to Q4, realizing five consecutive quarters of sustained growth. Gross margin for the quarter was 56.0%, above our earlier expectations for the quarter. Our increased scale, sustained product cost reductions and favorable mix all contributed to gross margin improvement in the quarter. We ended the first fiscal quarter with a debt-free balance sheet and approximately $219.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities."

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Launch of ECP5™ Family: The ECP5 Family is ideal for small-cell, microserver, broadband access, industrial video and other high-volume applications where the lowest-possible cost, lowest-possible-power, and smallest-possible form-factor are crucial. The ECP5 family removes development obstacles and breaks the rule that conventional FPGAs should be the highest density, power hungry and expensive.
  • Google Selects Lattice: Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group selected Lattice FPGAs for its ambitious Project Ara initiative that aims to deliver the world's first smartphones for consumers to configure from a variety of modules.
  • New FPGA-Based Camera Design Solutions Featured: Lattice demonstrated several new FPGA-based camera design solutions at SPIE Photonics West, along with partner Helion GmbH, that are enabling new HD quality camera solutions for the industrial and healthcare markets.
  • Expands European Distribution: Intercomp was appointed as a representative in Central Europe, in support of Lattice as it extends the reach of its programmable solutions.
  • Philippines Facility Receives ISO9001:2008 Certification: Lattice's operations site in Manila was the company's latest facility to receive this important certification recognizing commitment to excellence and quality worldwide.

Business Outlook - Second Quarter 2014:

  • Revenue is expected to be flat to plus 4% on a sequential basis.
  • Gross margin percentage is expected to be approximately 55% plus or minus 2%. 
  • Total operating expenses are expected to be approximately flat on a sequential basis.

Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details:

Lattice Semiconductor will review the Company's financial results for the first quarter of 2014 and business outlook for the second quarter of 2014 on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call-in number is 1-888-286-6281 or 1-706-643-3761 with conference identification number 22510192. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on Lattice's website at The Company's financial guidance will be limited to the comments on its public quarterly earnings call and the public business outlook statements contained in this press release.

A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 8, 2014, by telephone at 1-404-537-3406. To access the replay, use conference identification number 22510192. A webcast replay will also be available on Lattice's investor relations website at

Forward-Looking Statements Notice:

The foregoing paragraphs contain forward-looking statements that involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include statements relating to: our becoming the undisputed leader in providing low cost, low power, small footprint FPGAs to applications where time-to-market is crucial and those statements under the heading "Business Outlook - Second Quarter 2014" relating to expected revenue, gross margin and total operating expenses. Other forward-looking statements may be indicated by words such as "will," "could," "should," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "forecast," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "propose," "potential," "continue" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Lattice believes the factors identified below could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.

Estimates of future revenue are inherently uncertain due to, among other things, the high percentage of quarterly "turns" business. In addition, revenue is affected by such factors as global economic conditions, which may affect customer demand, pricing pressures, competitive actions, the demand for our Mature, Mainstream and New products, and in particular our iCE™, MachXO™ and LatticeECP3™ devices, the ability to supply products to customers in a timely manner, changes in our distribution relationships, or the volatility of our consumer business. Actual gross margin percentage and operating expenses could vary from the estimates on the basis of, among other things, changes in revenue levels, changes in product pricing and mix, changes in wafer, assembly, test and other costs, including commodity costs, variations in manufacturing yields, the failure to sustain operational improvements, the actual amount of compensation charges due to stock price changes. Any unanticipated declines in revenue or gross margin, any unanticipated increases in our operating expenses or unanticipated charges could adversely affect our profitability.

In addition to the foregoing, other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release include global economic uncertainty, overall semiconductor market conditions, market acceptance and demand for our new products, the Company's dependencies on its silicon wafer suppliers, the impact of competitive products and pricing, technological and product development risks, and the other risks that are described in this press release and that are otherwise described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

About Lattice Semiconductor:

Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) is the world's leading provider of ultra-low-power programmable IC solutions for makers of smartphones, mobile handheld devices, small-cell networking equipment, industrial control, automotive infotainment, and much more. With more than 1 billion units sold over the past 10 years, Lattice ships more FPGAs, CPLDs and Power Management solutions than any other programmable solutions vendor. For more information, visit You can also follow Lattice via Twitter, Facebook, or RSS.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Lattice (& design), L (& design), ECP5 and specific product designations are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

GENERAL NOTICE: Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holders.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation  
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
    Three Months Ended  
    March 29,
  December 28,
    March 30,
Revenue   $ 96,637   $ 89,519     $ 71,158  
Costs and expenses:                      
Cost of products sold     42,499     40,916       33,003  
Research and development     21,239     22,331       18,114  
Selling, general and administrative     18,749     17,189       16,498  
Acquisition related charges     737     737       749  
Restructuring     11     131       153  
      83,235     81,304       68,517  
Income from operations     13,402     8,215       2,641  
Other income (loss), net     309     (540 )     (52 )
Income before provision for income taxes     13,711     7,675       2,589  
Provision for income taxes     1,727     1,128       699  
Net income   $ 11,984   $ 6,547     $ 1,890  
Net income per share:                      
Basic   $ 0.10   $ 0.06     $ 0.02  
Diluted   $ 0.10   $ 0.06     $ 0.02  
Shares used in per share calculations:                      
Basic     116,436     115,718       115,391  
Diluted     118,917     117,156       116,714  
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
    March 29,
  December 28,
Current assets:            
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities   $ 219,515   $ 215,815
Accounts receivable, net     66,674     50,085
Inventories     58,180     46,222
Other current assets     12,945     13,679
Total current assets     357,314     325,801
Property and equipment, net     41,432     41,719
Long-term marketable securities     5,241     5,241
Other long-term assets     5,336     6,120
Intangible assets, net of amortization     11,747     12,484
Goodwill     44,808     44,808
Deferred income taxes     10,651     11,703
    $ 476,529   $ 447,876
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities   $ 51,542   $ 51,113
Deferred income and allowances on sales to sell-through distributors     16,980     7,495
Total current liabilities     68,522     58,608
Other long-term liabilities     3,264     3,588
Total liabilities     71,786     62,196
Stockholders' equity     404,743     385,680
    $ 476,529   $ 447,876
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation  
- Supplemental Historical Financial Information -  
    Three Months Ended  
    3/29/2014     12/28/2013     3/30/2013  
Operations Information                  
  Percent of Revenue                  
  Gross Margin   56.0 %   54.3 %   53.6 %
  R&D Expense   22.0 %   24.9 %   25.5 %
  SG&A Expense   19.4 %   19.2 %   23.2 %
  Depreciation and amortization (in thousands)   5,860     5,634     5,066  
  Capital expenditures (in thousands)   2,395     2,263     3,054  
  Stock compensation expense (in thousands)   3,090     2,537     1,912  
  Restructuring and severance related charges (in thousands)   90     167     153  
  Taxes paid (cash, in thousands)   380     289     852  
Balance Sheet Information                  
  Current Ratio   5.2     5.6     5.1  
  A/R Days Revenue Outstanding   62     50     71  
  Inventory Months   4.1     3.4     4.0  
Revenue% (by Product Family)                  
  PLD   65 %   68 %   68 %
  FPGA   35 %   32 %   32 %
Revenue% (by Product Classification) (1)                  
  New   53 %   46 %   39 %
  Mainstream   34 %   40 %   44 %
  Mature   13 %   14 %   17 %
Revenue% (by Geography)                  
  Asia   75 %   76 %   69 %
  Europe (incl. Africa)   15 %   12 %   18 %
  Americas   10 %   12 %   13 %
Revenue% (by End Market) (2)                  
  Communications   41 %   41 %   39 %
  Consumer   31 %   27 %   25 %
  Industrial, Scientific, Medical and Computing   28 %   32 %   36 %
Revenue% (by Channel)                  
  Sell-through distribution   39 %   45 %   49 %
  Direct   61 %   55 %   51 %

(1) New: LatticeECP5, MachXO3, LatticeECP3, MachXO2, Power Manager II, and iCE40 Mainstream: ispMACH 4000ZE, ispMACH 4000/Z, LatticeSC, LatticeECP2/M, LatticeXP2, MachXO, ispClock A/D/S, Software and IP Mature: LatticeECP, LatticeXP, ispXPLD, ispXPGA, FPSC, ORCA 2, ORCA 3, ORCA 4, ispPAC, isplsi 8000V, ispMACH 5000B, ispMACH 2LV, ispMACH 5LV, ispLSI 2000V, ispLSI 5000V, ispMACH 5000VG, all 5-volt CPLDs, ispGDX2, GDX/V, ispMACH 4/LV, iCE65, ispClock, Power Manager I, all SPLDs

 *  Product categories are modified as appropriate relative to our portfolio of products and the generation within each major product family. New products consist of our latest generation of products, while Mainstream and Mature are older or based on unique late stage customer-based production needs. Generally, product categories are adjusted every two to three years, at which time prior periods are reclassified to conform to the new categorization. In the first fiscal quarter 2014 we reclassified our New, Mainstream and Mature product categories to better reflect our current product portfolio.

(2) During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company condensed its End Market categories. All periods presented have been revised accordingly.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Joe Bedewi
    Chief Financial Officer
    Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

    David Pasquale
    Global IR Partners