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Power Integrations Reports Second-Quarter Financial Results

Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Net revenues for the second quarter were $76.4 million, up six percent from the prior quarter and down five percent compared with the second quarter of 2011. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 49.4 percent; operating margin was 12.3 percent. The company reported a GAAP net loss for the quarter of $7.2 million or $0.25 per share, driven by a one-time net charge of $15.7 million associated with the tax settlement described below. The second-quarter net loss compares to net income of $0.25 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $0.35 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2011.

In addition to its GAAP results, the company provided certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation expenses, acquisition-related costs and expenses, non-cash interest income, the tax effects of these items, and the one-time charge associated with the tax settlement. Non-GAAP gross margin for the second quarter was 51.9 percent, an increase of 310 basis points sequentially; non-GAAP operating margin was 20.7 percent, up 340 basis points sequentially.

Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $14.6 million or $0.49 per diluted share, compared with $0.36 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $0.43 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2011. The company’s non-GAAP effective tax rate for the second quarter was 9.0 percent, reflecting a reduction in the company’s expected full-year 2012 non-GAAP tax rate to approximately 13 percent, compared with the prior expectation of a full-year rate in the high teens.

The company today announced a settlement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that resolves the IRS audit of the company’s taxes for the years 2003 through 2006. The settlement includes the following elements:

  • During the third quarter of 2012 Power Integrations will make a one-time payment of $42.6 million in taxes and interest relating primarily to the revaluation of a license to certain intellectual property rights of the company to one of its foreign subsidiaries. As noted above, the company’s GAAP results for the second quarter include a one-time net charge of $15.7 million reflecting the taxes and interest to be paid, partially offset by the reversal of previously accrued tax liabilities and valuation allowances. Of the $15.7 million charge, approximately $12.7 million relates to taxes and $3.0 million to interest.
  • The company expects a substantial reduction in its ongoing effective tax rates. Specifically, the company expects its 2013 GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rates to be in the high single digits. For the remaining two quarters of 2012 the GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rates are expected to be approximately 18 percent and 13 percent, respectively.
  • The agreement permits Power Integrations to repatriate approximately $102 million of earnings from its foreign subsidiaries without further U.S. federal income-tax consequences.

Commented Balu Balakrishnan, president and CEO of Power Integrations: “Like many of our peers, we have experienced a slowdown in demand of late, and second-quarter revenues fell short of our expectations. However, our non-GAAP gross margin expanded by more than three percentage points thanks to continued execution on our cost-reduction efforts and a more favorable end-market mix during the quarter. In all, our non-GAAP gross margin is up nearly five points in the past three quarters, and we expect it to remain above the 50-percent benchmark in the second half of the year. The combination of a higher gross margin and our lower tax rate will help support our earnings and cash flow even in the face of a muted demand environment.”

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