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Linear Technology Closes Out Fiscal Year 2012 With Sequential Quarterly Increases In Revenues And Net Income, Whereas Fiscal Year 2012 Revenues And Net Income Decreased From The Prior Year

Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC), a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended July 1, 2012. Quarterly revenues of $330.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 increased $17.7 million or 5.7% over the previous quarter's revenue of $312.4 million and decreased $28.5 million or 8.0% from $358.6 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011. Net income of $103.3 million increased $4.8 million or 4.9% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and decreased $54.9 million or 34.7% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 benefited from a lower tax rate of 9.5% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 rate of 26.5%. The Company's tax rate in the prior year quarter included a quarterly tax benefit from a settlement with the IRS related to its audit of prior fiscal years. Diluted earnings per share of $0.44 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 increased $0.02 per share or 5% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and decreased $0.24 per share or 35% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011.

Revenue for fiscal year 2012 was $1.27 billion, a decrease of 14.6% or $217.3 million from revenue of $1.48 billion for the previous fiscal year. Net income of $398.1 million for fiscal year 2012 decreased $182.7 million or 31.5% from $580.8 million reported in the previous fiscal year. Fiscal year 2012 results were impacted by a $3.2 million charge related to acquisition costs for Dust Networks while the previous fiscal year benefited from a $4.2 million gain related to various legal settlements and from a lower tax rate of 19.8% compared to 25.7% in fiscal 2012. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2012 was $1.70, a decrease of 32% or $0.80 per share from the prior fiscal year.

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