23% revenue growth year-over-year

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 23, 2013 –LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) today reported results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Highlights

  • Fourth quarter 2012 revenues from continuing operations* of $600 million, up 15% year-over-year
  • Fourth quarter 2012 GAAP** income from continuing operations of $0.05 per diluted share
  • Fourth quarter 2012 non-GAAP*** income from continuing operations of $0.18 per diluted share
  • Fourth quarter 2012 operating cash flows of $95 million
  • Full year 2012 revenues of $2.51 billion, up 23% year over year

First Quarter 2013 Business Outlook

  • Projected revenues from continuing operations* of $535 million to $575 million
  • GAAP** income from continuing operations in the range of ($0.03) to $0.06 per share
  • Non-GAAP*** income from continuing operations in the range of $0.09 to $0.15 per share

* On May 6, 2011, LSI completed the sale of its external storage systems business. The financial results of the external storage systems business have been classified as discontinued operations in LSI’s financial statements. Our ongoing business is referred to as “continuing operations.”

** Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
*** Excludes stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, purchase accounting effect on inventory, restructuring of operations and other items, net, gain on remeasurement of a pre-acquisition equity interest to fair value, gain/loss on sale/write-down of investments and, in the case of non-GAAP net income, gain from the sale of the external storage systems business. It also excludes the income tax effect associated with the above-mentioned items. 

“2012 was a year of exciting progress for LSI as we delivered 23% revenue growth, strong expansion in operating margin and earnings per share from continuing operations, and record design wins. We introduced several important new products, and customers are increasingly looking to new LSI solutions for mega datacenters, mobile networks and flash,” said Abhi Talwalkar, LSI’s president and CEO. “LSI’s intelligent silicon offers proven solutions as businesses turn to the cloud and look for new ways to accelerate their ability to quickly analyze, store, share and protect data. While there is uncertainty in the macro environment and softness in some end markets, we are centered in dynamic new growth cycles that are expected to drive long-term growth in our flash, server and networking businesses." 

Fourth quarter 2012 revenues from continuing operations were $600 million, in line with guidance, compared to $523 million generated from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2011, and compared to $624 million generated from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2012.

Fourth quarter 2012 GAAP** income from continuing operations was $29 million or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to fourth quarter 2011 GAAP income from continuing operations of $11 million or $0.02 per diluted share. Third quarter 2012 GAAP income from continuing operations was $40 million or $0.07 per diluted share. Fourth quarter 2012 GAAP income from continuing operations included a net charge of $72 million from special items, consisting primarily of approximately $30 million of amortization of acquisition-related items, $25 million of stock-based compensation expense, $16 million of net restructuring and other items, and $1 million income tax effect.

Fourth quarter 2012 non-GAAP*** income from continuing operations was $101 million or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to fourth quarter 2011 non-GAAP income from continuing operations of $73 million or $0.13 per diluted share. Third quarter 2012 non-GAAP income from continuing operations was $99 million or $0.17 per diluted share.

Cash and short-term investments totaled approximately $676 million at quarter end. The company completed fourth-quarter purchases of approximately 7 million shares of its common stock for approximately $46 million. In 2012 the company purchased approximately 36 million shares of its common stock for approximately $273 million.

LSI recorded full-year 2012 revenues from continuing operations of $2.51 billion, a 23% increase compared to $2.04 billion in 2011.

“We delivered solid profitability and results in 2012, making good progress on our gross margin targets and generating strong cash flows,” said Bryon Look, LSI’s CFO. “With a strong balance sheet, zero debt and $479 million remaining on our share buyback authorization, we are in a good position to continue to return capital to our shareholders.”

LSI 1Q2013 Business Outlook for Continuing Operations

 

GAAP** Special Items Non-GAAP***
Revenue $535 million to $575 million $535 million to $575 million
Gross Margin 48% to 52% $18 million to $28 million 53% to 55%​
Operating Expenses $257 million to $277 million $32 million to $42 million $225 million to $235 million​
Net Other Income ​$4 million $4 million​
Tax Approximately $8 million​ Approximately $8 million​
(Loss)/Income from Continuing Operations Per Share​ ($0.03) to $0.06 ($0.09) to ($0.12)​ $0.09 to $0.15​
Diluted Share Count​ ​570 million 570 million​

 

Capital spending is projected to be around $25 million in the first quarter and approximately $80 million in total for 2013.

Depreciation and software amortization is projected to be around $15 million in the first quarter and approximately $60 million in total for 2013.

LSI Conference Call Information

LSI will hold a conference call today at 2 p.m. PST to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results and the first quarter 2013 business outlook. Internet users can access the conference call at http://www.lsi.com/webcast. Subsequent to the conference call, a replay will be available at the same web address.

 

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the current opinions and estimates of management. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause LSI’s actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: our ability to successfully integrate and manage the SandForce business and retain its key employees; our ability to achieve anticipated synergies and to develop integrated new products following our acquisition of SandForce; our ability to repurchase our common stock at prices we believe to be advantageous; our reliance on major customers and suppliers; our ability to keep up with rapid technological change; our ability to compete successfully in competitive markets; fluctuations in the timing and volumes of customer demand; the unavailability of appropriate levels of manufacturing capacity; and general industry and macro-economic conditions. For additional information, see the documents filed by LSI with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and specifically the risk factors set forth in the company’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q. LSI disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About LSI

LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters, mobile networks and client computing. Our technology is the intelligence critical to enhanced application performance, and is applied in solutions created in collaboration with our partners. More information is available at www.lsi.com.

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