STMicroelectronics' CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

STMicroelectronics NV (STM)

Q2 2012 Results Earnings Call

July 24, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Executives

Tait Sorensen – Director, Investor Relations

Carlo Bozotti – President and CEO

Philippe Lambinet – Chief Strategic Officer and EVP, Digital Sector

Mario Arlati – Chief Financial Officer

Carmelo Papa – Executive Vice President, Industrial and Multisegment Sector

Lorenzo Grandi – Corporate Vice President, External Reporting

Analysts

Kai Korschelt – Deutsche Bank

Gareth Jenkins – UBS

Sandeep Deshpande – JP Morgan

Didier Scemama – Merrill Lynch

Andrew Gardiner – Barclays

Peter Knox – Société Générale

Francois Meunier – Morgan Stanley

Jerome Ramel – Exane BNP Paribas

Stéphane Houri – Natixis

Amit Harchandani – Citigroup

Simon Schafer – Goldman Sachs

Cody Acree – Williams Financial

Lee Simpson – Jefferies

Presentation

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning or good afternoon. Welcome to the STM Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Results Conference Call and Live Webcast. I’m Gordan. The chorus call operator. I would like to remind you that all participants will be listen-only mode and the conference is being recorded. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session. (Operator Instructions)

The conference must not be recorded for publication or broadcast. At this time, it's my pleasure to hand over to Mr. Tait Sorensen, Director, Investor Relations. Please go ahead, sir.

Tait Sorensen

Thank you. And thank you to all for joining our second quarter 2012 conference call. Hosting the call today is Carlo Bozotti, ST's President and Chief Executive Officer. Joining Carlo on the call today are, Philippe Lambinet, Chief Strategic Officer and Executive Vice President of the Digital Sector; Mario Arlati, Chief Financial Officer; Carmelo Papa, Executive Vice President of the Industrial and Multisegment Sector; and Lorenzo Grandi, Corporate Vice President, External Reporting.

This call is being broadcast live over the web and can be accessed through ST's website. A replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of this call. This call will include forward-looking statements that involve risk factors that could cause ST's results to differ materially from management's expectations and plans.

We encourage you to review the Safe Harbor statement contained in the press release that was issued with the results last night and also in ST's most recent regulatory filings for a full description of these risk factors. As a reminder, please limit yourself to one question and a brief follow-up.

And now, I'd like to turn the call over to Carlo Bozotti, ST’s President and CEO. Carlo?

Carlo Bozotti

Thank you, Tait, and thank you for joining us for the -- for our second quarter conference call. Let me share some key points before going into a review of the quarter. First, net revenues and gross margin were in line with our guidance, and we saw a significant improvement in our net results. However, in June, we did see a negative impact on our second quarter earnings as a result of the macro-driven changes in the market environment.

Second, we had an active quarter with respect to our product portfolio as we will hear from the level of new design wins and product ramps. Third, we have set three key priorities with which we will manage the business during the second half of 2012 and beyond.

Priority number one is to gain market share and we want it to be profitable market share gains. As part of this we want to continue to expand our customer base, which will allow -- which will also help reduce the risks in our business.

Priority number two, we are focused on moving our VLSI businesses, meaning our digital assets at ST, including ST-Ericsson, towards self-sustainability to drive improved financial performance.

And priority number three, we are focused on carefully managing our assets and investments, and we can see this evidenced in our revised CapEx spending and in our net financial position remaining strong.

All these actions will enable us to improve our profitability and to enhance our flexibility to adjust to market changes.

Turning now to the second quarter in detail. Revenues were up sequentially 6.5% to $2.15 billion and gross margin improved 470 basis points to 34.3%. We had expected the growth to be broad-based and it was, with all product segments reporting sequential growth even with the macro-driven change in customer demand in June.

Revenues from our wholly-owned businesses increased 4.4% on a sequential basis, with APG and AMM somewhat below our expectations while Digital and Power Discrete came in at or above our expectations.

AMM’s second quarter net revenues increased 2.2% led by our analog and microcontroller applications.

Our automotive business grew sequentially 3.4%, driven by market share gains and growth in China, Japan and U.S.

Digital revenues increased about 5% sequentially, thanks to our set-top box products and despite a decrease in Imaging, due to the situation at specific customers, which has also significantly impacted the profitability of the Digital segment. Power Discrete saw 12.3% sequential growth in the quarter led by Power MOSFETs.

ST-Ericsson had been expecting low double-digit sales growth and came in higher at 19% as the NovaThor U8500 ModAp systems started to successfully ramp at major customers including Samsung and Sony Mobile Communications.

As I outlined at the start of the call, a key priority for the second half of the year is gaining market share, profitable market share growth. We had a number of new design wins in the quarter, healthcare and wellness, power management and energy savings, trust and security for instance. And we have a number of new product ramps during the second quarter.

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