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National Semiconductor Reports Results for Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2010

Q4 sales of $398.5 million increased 10% from Q3 of fiscal 2010 and 42% from Q4 of fiscal 2009

GAAP earnings per share of 33 cents was up from 22 cents in Q3 and up from a loss of 28 cents in last year’s Q4

Gross margin of 68.8% increased from 67.3% in Q3 and 58.3% in Q4 of fiscal 2009

Sales outlook for Q1 of fiscal 2011 expected to be up approximately 3 to 5 percent sequentially ($410 million to $418 million)

Jun 10, 2010

June 10, 2010 -- National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) today reported sales of $398.5 million and net income of $79.2 million, or 33 cents per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, which ended May 30, 2010.

National’s fourth quarter sales were 10 percent higher than the third quarter of fiscal 2010, when the company reported $362 million in sales, and 42 percent higher than the $281 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Increased sales of National’s analog and power management products to the personal mobile device and industrial markets boosted revenues in the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter net income of $79.2 million, or 33 cents per diluted share, was an increase from the $53.2 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. In last year’s fourth quarter, National reported a net loss of $63.7 million, or a net loss of 28 cents per diluted share, which included $116.1 million of pre-tax charges primarily for severance and asset impairments related to a corporate restructuring.

Gross margin increased to 68.8 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 driven by improvements in manufacturing cost performance and increased capacity utilization. National reported gross margin of 67.3 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and 58.3 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. “Increased demand for our analog products for the wireless handset and industrial markets drove revenue growth in the quarter” said Don Macleod, National’s president and chief executive officer. “Looking forward to our summer quarter, we see these two end markets continuing to drive more revenue growth opportunities for our analog, and in particular, power management products.”

Bookings for Q4, Fiscal 2010
Sequentially, National’s total company bookings increased 12 percent as order rates increased from direct OEM customers and from distributors in all regions, especially Europe. Bookings exceeded billings in the quarter.

Notable Items in Q4
Fourth quarter fiscal 2010 results included a $7.3 million restructuring charge related to manufacturing consolidation. In addition, the company incurred a $2.1 million charge related to the early repayment of debt, which is included in other non-operating expenses. Both of these items are on a pre-tax basis.

Outlook for Q1, Fiscal 2011
The company is projecting first quarter of fiscal 2011 revenues to increase 3 to 5 percent (between $410 million and $418 million) from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Summary of Fiscal 2010
For fiscal 2010, National reported sales of $1.42 billion and GAAP net income of $209 million or 87 cents per diluted share. In fiscal 2009, National reported sales of $1.46 billion, GAAP net income of $73 million or 31 cents per diluted share. Gross margin of 65.9 percent in fiscal 2010 improved from fiscal 2009’s gross margin of 62.7 percent.

Company Declares Dividend
The company announced today that the Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.08 per outstanding share of common stock. This dividend will be paid on July 12, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 21, 2010.

Special Note
This release contains forward-looking statements dependent on a number of risks and uncertainties pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including management’s expectations regarding future performance, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not restricted to, such factors as new orders received and shipped during the quarter, the degree of factory utilization, the sale of inventories at existing prices, and the ramp up and sale of new analog products. Other risk factors are included in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2009 under the captions “Outlook,” “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations” contained therein and the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Feb. 28, 2010.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is a leader in power management technology. Known for its easy-to-use analog integrated circuits and world-class supply chain, National’s high-performance analog products enable its customers’ systems to be more energy efficient. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.42 billion for fiscal 2010. Additional information is available at www.national.com.

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