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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.