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TI Reports 3Q04 Financial Results

Oct 18, 2004

  • TI Revenue about Even with Prior Quarter, Up 28% from Year Ago
  • Operating Profit Reaches All-Time High, More Than Doubles from Year Ago
  • 4Q04 Revenue Outlook Reflects Seasonally Lower Calculator Sales and Reductions in Inventories by Semiconductor Distributors

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DALLAS (October 18, 2004) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today reported third-quarter 2004 revenue of $3250 million, about even with the second quarter and up 28 percent from the year-ago quarter. Revenue from the company's wireless and Digital Light Processing™ (DLP™) semiconductor products reached record levels for the second consecutive quarter. Strong sequential growth in these areas offset declines in other areas, primarily in standard products, which were affected by ongoing inventory adjustments, especially in distribution channels.

Compared with the third quarter of last year, the increase in TI's revenue reflected double-digit growth across all the company's major Semiconductor operations, with particularly strong contributions from wireless, DLP and high-performance analog products.

In the segments of TI's business, Semiconductor revenue was even sequentially and up 31 percent from a year ago. Sensors & Controls revenue seasonally declined 5 percent from the prior quarter, and increased 14 percent from the year-ago period due to broad-based demand. Educational & Productivity Solutions (E&PS) revenue increased 13 percent sequentially primarily due to seasonal back-to-school demand, and 8 percent from the year- ago period primarily due to strong retail demand for new graphing calculators.

Earnings per share (EPS) of $0.32 include benefits from taxes, which the company discussed in its mid-quarter update on Sept. 8, 2004. Earnings were better than anticipated in the mid-quarter update primarily because the company had higher non-operating income, operating expenses were further reduced, and revenue strengthened late in the quarter.

"TI's operating profit in the third quarter more than doubled from a year ago to reach an all-time high," said Rich Templeton, TI president and chief executive officer. "The value of TI's diverse product portfolio was evident as weaker revenue from standard products was offset by record revenue from both wireless and DLP products. In wireless, TI has achieved early leadership in the UMTS market, which is widely expected to be the prevalent global standard for 3G. A strong majority of these 3G cell phones are based on TI digital signal processors. Likewise, in the nascent market for digital televisions, our DLP technology is now outselling plasma in the North American market for big-screen TVs.

"Nonetheless, the environment is not without challenges. In the third quarter, distributors and customers adjusted semiconductor inventories, and these adjustments have continued into the fourth quarter. In response, we have taken quick actions to sharply reduce production loadings, which should enable us to exit the year with lower inventory levels. We also tightened expense controls across the board," he said.

"In this more uncertain environment, it is important to note that TI's operational flexibility has resulted in a more stable financial model for the company. Our manufacturing strategy combines internal and foundry capacity so that TI's most capital-intensive, advanced-logic factories remain highly utilized as the market expands and contracts. This strategy proved successful in the third quarter as utilization in TI's advanced-logic factories remained high. In addition, this strategy has allowed us to reduce capital spending. TI's capital expenditures in each year since 2001 have been lower as a percent of revenue than any in the past decade," he said.

"I am very confident in TI's position and future. Cash flow is high, our long-term prospects are excellent, and our balance sheet is strong. To increase the return we deliver shareholders, in the quarter we announced plans for a $1 billion share repurchase and a 17 percent higher dividend," Templeton said.

Details of Financial Results

Revenue

In the third quarter, TI revenue of $3250 million increased $9 million sequentially and $717 million from the year-ago quarter.

Gross Profit

Gross profit of $1489 million, or 45.8 percent of revenue, was about even sequentially. A reduction in the profit-sharing accrual was offset by the higher expense that resulted from lower utilization of Semiconductor's manufacturing assets, particularly for production of analog products. Compared with the year-ago quarter, gross profit increased by $459 million, or 45 percent, as a result of higher revenue.

Operating Expenses

Research and development (R&D) expense of $483 million, or 14.9 percent of revenue, declined $31 million compared with the prior quarter primarily due to the lower profit-sharing accrual, as well as additional expense reductions. R&D expense increased from $468 million in the year-ago quarter due to higher product development expenses in Semiconductor, especially for wireless products.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense was $349 million, or 10.7 percent of revenue, down $26 million compared with the prior quarter due to the lower profit-sharing accrual. SG&A expense increased from $313 million in the year-ago quarter primarily due to higher marketing expenses, particularly in Semiconductor.

Operating Profit

Operating profit of $657 million, or 20.2 percent of revenue, increased $65 million sequentially due to lower operating expenses. Compared with the year-ago quarter, operating profit increased $408 million due to higher gross profit.

As discussed in the Sept. 8, 2004, update to the company's outlook, third- quarter results include a lower profit-sharing accrual compared with the second quarter, reflecting a downward adjustment in the company's expectations for its 2004 performance. The adjustment resulted in a cumulative reduction in the profit-sharing accrual in the third quarter. There was no profit- sharing accrual in the year-ago quarter. Profit sharing is allocated across cost of revenue, SG&A and R&D.

Other Income (Expense) Net (OI&E) and Interest Expense

OI&E of $62 million increased $24 million from the prior quarter due to the partial settlement of matters related to grants from the Italian government regarding TI's former memory business operations. Compared with the year-ago quarter, OI&E decreased $81 million due to a pre-tax gain of $106 million recorded in the third-quarter of 2003 related to the company's sale of Micron Technology, Inc. common stock.

Interest expense of $4 million declined $4 million from the second and year-ago quarters due to the company's lower debt level.

Net Income

Net income was $563 million, or $0.32 per share, an increase of $122 million sequentially due to higher operating profit, as well as lower taxes. Compared with the year-ago quarter, net income increased $116 million primarily due to higher operating profit, which more than offset lower OI&E and higher taxes. The year-ago quarter included the recognition of a previously reserved tax benefit of $162 million associated with TI's impairment write-down of Micron stock in the fourth quarter of 2002.

As discussed in the Sept. 8, 2004, update to the company's outlook, the expected annual tax rate was revised to 26 percent as of the end of the third quarter, primarily due to an increase in the estimated U.S. tax benefit for export sales. Net income in the quarter reflects an effective quarterly tax rate of 21 percent due to the cumulative reduction in tax expense.

Orders

TI orders of $3019 million decreased 7 percent sequentially primarily due to lower demand for Semiconductor products, as well as a seasonal decline in E&PS demand. Compared with the year-ago quarter, TI orders increased 13 percent due to higher demand for Semiconductor products. Semiconductor orders were $2623 million, down 5 percent sequentially primarily due to lower demand for standard products sold through distribution channels, which more than offset higher demand for wireless and DLP products. Compared with the year-ago quarter, Semiconductor orders increased 14 percent due to higher demand across a broad range of products.

Cash

At the end of the third quarter, total cash (cash and cash equivalents plus short-term investments and long-term cash investments) was $5617 million. In the third quarter, as previously announced, TI redeemed $400 million of 7 percent notes that matured during the quarter.

Cash flow from operations was $942 million, up $436 million sequentially and $432 million compared with the year-ago quarter.

Capital Expenditures and Depreciation

Capital expenditures of $330 million decreased $26 million sequentially and increased $97 million from the year-ago quarter. TI's capital expenditures in the third quarter were used primarily to increase capacity for assembly and test operations, and for 90-nanometer wafer fabrication.

Depreciation of $378 million increased $15 million sequentially and $22 million from the year-ago quarter.

Accounts Receivable and Inventory

Accounts receivable of $1965 million increased $35 million sequentially due to higher shipments in the last month of the third quarter compared with the last month of the second quarter. Accounts receivable increased $443 million from the end of the year-ago quarter due to higher revenue. Days sales outstanding were 54 at the end of the third quarter, the same as the end of the prior and year-ago quarters.

Inventory of $1356 million at the end of the third quarter increased $71 million sequentially primarily due to wireless products being manufactured to support expected seasonally higher shipments early in the fourth quarter. In addition, inventory growth reflects factory loadings that were made in anticipation of higher third-quarter demand that failed in part to materialize, partially offset by sharp reductions in loadings that were made later in the quarter. Compared with the year-ago quarter, inventory increased $361 million as the company built inventory to support higher shipments, as well as to support the company's targets for lead times and on-time deliveries. Days of inventory at the end of the third quarter were 69, compared with 66 days at the end of the prior quarter and 60 days at the end of the year-ago quarter.

Debt

At the end of the third quarter, TI's debt-to-total-capital ratio was 0.03, down from 0.06 at the end of the prior quarter.

Outlook

TI intends to provide a mid-quarter update to its financial outlook on Dec. 7, 2004, by issuing a press release and holding a conference call. Both will be available on the company's web site.

For the fourth quarter of 2004, TI expects revenue to be in the following ranges:

  • Total TI, $2960 million to $3200 million;
  • Semiconductor, $2630 million to $2830 million;
  • Sensors & Controls, $270 million to $290 million; and
  • E&PS, $60 million to $80 million, reflecting the end of the back-to-school season.

TI expects earnings per share to be in the range of $0.24 to $0.28.

For 2004, TI expects: R&D to be about $2.0 billion compared with the prior estimate of $2.1 billion; capital expenditures to be about $1.3 billion, unchanged from the previous estimate; and depreciation to be about $1.5 billion, unchanged from the previous estimate.

For 2004, the effective tax rate is expected to be about 25 percent, which reflects the reinstatement of the federal research tax credit that was signed into law on Oct. 4, 2004. The effect of the reinstated credit is not included in the company's third-quarter results because GAAP requires that companies use the law in effect at the end of the quarter when determining tax rates. Therefore, in the fourth quarter, TI expects an effective quarterly tax rate of about 21 percent, which represents the cumulative reduction in tax expense resulting from the change in the company's effective annual tax rate.

                 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

                       Consolidated Statement of Operations
                (In millions of dollars, except per-share amounts)

                                                 For Three Months Ended
                                            Sept. 30     June 30    Sept. 30
                                                2004        2004        2003

    Net revenue                              $  3250     $  3241     $  2533
    Operating costs and expenses:
     Cost of revenue                            1761        1760        1503
      Gross profit                              1489        1481        1030
       Gross profit % of revenue                45.8%       45.7%       40.7%
     Research and development (R&D)              483         514         468
       R&D % of revenue                         14.9%       15.8%       18.5%
     Selling, general and administrative
      (SG&A)                                     349         375         313
       SG&A % of revenue                        10.7%       11.6%       12.3%

          Total                                 2593        2649        2284

    Profit from operations                       657         592         249
       Operating income % of revenue            20.2%       18.3%        9.8%
    Other income (expense) net                    62          38         143
    Interest on loans                              4           8           8

    Income before income taxes*                  715         622         384
    Provision (benefit) for income taxes         152         181         (63)

    Net income                               $   563     $   441     $   447

    Diluted earnings per common share**      $   .32     $   .25     $   .25

    Basic earnings per common share          $   .33     $   .25     $   .26

    Cash dividends declared per share of
     common stock                            $  .021     $  .021     $  .021

* Income for the third quarter of 2004 includes, in millions of dollars, a charge of $5 for restructuring actions initiated in the second quarter of 2003, of which $1 is associated with achieving manufacturing efficiencies in the Semiconductor business and $4 is associated with moving certain production lines in the Sensors & Controls business from Attleboro to other TI sites. The $5 restructuring charge is primarily for severance and benefit costs and is included in cost of revenue. Income for the second quarter of 2004 includes, in millions of dollars, a charge of $4 for restructuring actions initiated in the second quarter of 2003, of which $1 is associated with achieving manufacturing efficiencies in the Semiconductor business and $3 is associated with moving certain production lines in the Sensors & Controls business from Attleboro to other TI sites. The $4 restructuring charge is primarily for severance and benefit costs and is included in cost of revenue. Income for the third quarter of 2003 includes, in millions of dollars, a charge of $56 for restructuring actions initiated in the second quarter of 2003, of which $48 is associated with achieving manufacturing efficiencies in the Semiconductor business and $8 is associated with moving certain production lines in the Sensors & Controls business from Attleboro to other TI sites. The $56 restructuring charge is primarily for severance and benefit costs. Of the $56, $48 is included in cost of revenue, $7 is in selling, general and administrative expense and $1 is in research and development expense. Income for the third quarter of 2003 also includes an investment gain of $106, included in other income, from the sale of 24.7 million shares of Micron Technology, Inc. common stock, and a charge of $23 for purchased in-process R&D costs, included in research and development expense, from the Radia Communications, Inc. acquisition.  

Income includes, in millions of dollars, acquisition-related amortization of $16, $19 and $26 for the third quarter and second quarter of 2004 and the third quarter of 2003.

** Diluted earnings per common share are based on average common and dilutive potential common shares outstanding (in millions of shares, 1759.3, 1771.6 and 1766.8 for the third quarter and second quarter of 2004 and the third quarter of 2003).

               TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
                          Consolidated Balance Sheet
                           (In millions of dollars)

                                           Sept. 30     June 30    Sept. 30
                                               2004        2004        2003
    Assets
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents              $ 1674      $ 1623      $  943
      Short-term investments                   2312        2311        2360
      Accounts receivable, net of allowances
       for customer adjustments and doubtful
       accounts of $45 million at
       September 30, 2004, $42 million at
       June 30, 2004, and $62 million
       at September 30, 2003                   1965        1930        1522
      Inventories:
        Raw materials                           122         135         106
        Work in process                         885         799         625
        Finished goods                          349         351         264

          Inventories                          1356        1285         995

      Deferred income taxes                     451         467         576
      Prepaid expenses and other
       current assets                           541         491         398

        Total current assets                   8299        8107        6794

    Property, plant and equipment at cost      9830        9831        9443
      Less accumulated depreciation           (5711)      (5654)      (5202)

        Property, plant and equipment (net)    4119        4177        4241

    Long-term cash investments                 1631        1600        1235
    Equity investments                          248         254         684
    Goodwill                                    693         693         703
    Acquisition-related intangibles             125         138         184
    Deferred income taxes                       476         496         612
    Other assets                                546         585         633

    Total assets                             $16137      $16050      $15086

    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
    Current liabilities:
      Loans payable and current portion
       long-term debt                        $   10      $  415      $  434
      Accounts payable and accrued expenses    1550        1601        1436
      Income taxes payable                      124          35         284
      Accrued retirement and profit
       sharing contributions                    208         183          15

        Total current liabilities              1892        2234        2169

    Long-term debt                              373         375         402
    Accrued retirement costs                    591         611         647
    Deferred income taxes                        63          59          87
    Deferred credits and other liabilities      322         333         353

    Stockholders' equity:
      Preferred stock, $25 par value.
       Authorized -- 10,000,000 shares.
         Participating cumulative preferred.
         None issued.                           ---         ---         ---
      Common stock, $1 par value.
       Authorized -- 2,400,000,000 shares.
         Shares issued: September 30, 2004 --
         1,738,141,785; June 30, 2004 --
         1,738,123,534; September 30, 2003 --
         1,740,470,215                         1738        1738        1740
      Paid-in capital                           789         812         953
      Retained earnings                       10795       10269        9059
      Less treasury common stock at cost:
         Shares:  September 30, 2004 --
         10,216,953; June 30, 2004 --
         7,045,901; September 30, 2003 --
         9,844,861                             (248)       (193)       (198)
      Accumulated other comprehensive
       income (loss)                           (170)       (178)       (105)
      Unearned compensation                      (8)        (10)        (21)

        Total stockholders' equity            12896       12438       11428

    Total liabilities and stockholders'
     equity                                  $16137      $16050      $15086



               TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
                           Statement of Cash Flows
                           (In millions of dollars)

                                                For Three Months Ended
                                           Sept. 30     June 30    Sept. 30
                                               2004        2004        2003
    Cash flows from operating activities:
      Net income                             $  563      $  441      $  447
      Depreciation                              378         363         356
      Amortization of acquisition-related
       costs                                     16          19          26
      Purchased in-process research
       and development                          ---         ---          23
      Write-downs of equity investments           5           1          11
      Gains on sale of equity investments        (1)         (4)       (108)
      Deferred income taxes                      41          62         (79)
      (Increase) decrease in working
       capital (excluding cash and cash
       equivalents, short-term investments,
       deferred income taxes, and loans
       payable and current portion
       long-term debt):
         Accounts receivable                    (37)       (254)        (72)
         Inventories                            (71)       (137)          5
         Prepaid expenses and other
          current assets                        (50)         56         (70)
         Accounts payable and accrued
          expenses                              (53)         40         139
         Income taxes payable                    88        (174)         32
         Accrued retirement and profit
          sharing contributions                  26         100           1
      Decrease in noncurrent accrued
       retirement costs                         (11)         (5)       (141)
      Other                                      48          (2)        (60)

    Net cash provided by operating
      activities                                942         506         510

    Cash flows from investing activities:
      Additions to property, plant and
       equipment                               (330)       (356)       (233)
      Purchases of short-term investments      (241)       (689)       (879)
      Sales and maturities of short-term
       investments                              877        1027         743
      Purchases of long-term cash
       investments                             (670)       (433)       (311)
      Sales of long-term cash investments         6          51         ---
      Purchases of equity investments            (2)        (12)         (8)
      Sales of equity investments                 1          19         350
      Acquisition of businesses, net
       of cash acquired                         ---         ---        (128)

    Net cash used in investing activities      (359)       (393)       (466)

    Cash flows from financing activities:
      Payments on loans payable                  (5)        ---          (3)
      Payments on long-term debt               (400)        (28)        (30)
      Dividends paid on common stock            (36)        (37)        (37)
      Sales and other common stock
       transactions                               5          69          17
      Common stock repurchase program           (98)       (113)        (60)

    Net cash used in financing activities      (534)       (109)       (113)
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash       2           4          (7)

    Net increase (decrease) in cash and
     cash equivalents                            51           8         (76)

    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning
     of period                                 1623        1615        1019

    Cash and cash equivalents at
     end of period                           $ 1674      $ 1623      $  943



                           Business Segment Net Revenue
                             (In millions of dollars)

                                                 For Three Months Ended
                                           Sept. 30     June 30    Sept. 30
                                               2004        2004        2003

    Semiconductor
      Trade                                  $ 2785      $ 2783      $ 2115
      Intersegment                                1           1           3

                                               2786        2784        2118

    Sensors & Controls
      Trade                                     275         289         242
      Intersegment                                1           1           1

                                                276         290         243

    Education Technology
      Trade                                     190         169         177

    Corporate activities                         (2)         (2)         (5)

    Total net revenue                        $ 3250      $ 3241      $ 2533


                             Business Segment Profit
                             (In millions of dollars)

                                                For Three Months Ended
                                           Sept. 30     June 30    Sept. 30
                                               2004        2004        2003

    Semiconductor                            $  582      $  526      $  264
    Sensors & Controls                           66          77          58
    Education Technology         83          68          73
    Corporate activities                        (52)        (56)        (41)
    Charges/gains and acquisition-related
     amortization                               (21)        (23)          1
    Interest on loans/other income
     (expense) net, excluding a third-quarter
     2003 gain of $106 included above in
     Charges/gains and acquisition-related
     amortization                                57          30          29

    Income before income taxes               $  715      $  622      $  384


Semiconductor

  • In the third quarter, revenue of $2786 million was even sequentially, and up 31 percent from the year-ago quarter as shipments across a broad range of products, especially wireless, DLP and high-performance analog, increased as a result of higher demand.
  • Gross profit was $1287 million, or 46.2 percent of revenue, about even with the prior quarter as a reduction in the profit-sharing accrual was offset by the higher expense that resulted from lower utilization of Semiconductor's manufacturing assets, particularly for production of analog products. Compared with the year-ago quarter, gross profit increased $388 million primarily due to higher revenue.
  • Operating profit was $582 million, or 20.9 percent of revenue, up $56 million sequentially due to lower operating expenses that resulted from the lower profit-sharing accrual, as well as other expense reductions. Compared with the year-ago quarter, operating profit increased $318 million due to higher gross profit.
  • Analog revenue decreased 5 percent sequentially primarily due to lower shipments that resulted from weaker demand for standard products, including high-performance analog and commodity linear products, which both are predominantly sold through distribution channels. Compared with the year-ago quarter, analog revenue increased 29 percent primarily as shipments increased due to higher demand for high-performance and wireless analog products. Revenue from TI's high-performance analog products decreased 7 percent sequentially due primarily to distributor inventory adjustments, and increased 41 percent from the year-ago quarter due to higher demand. For the first three quarters of 2004, analog revenue was about 40 percent of total Semiconductor revenue.
  • DSP revenue increased 6 percent sequentially and 33 percent from the year-ago quarter due to demand in the wireless market. For the first three quarters of 2004, DSP revenue was about 35 percent of total Semiconductor revenue.
  • TI's remaining Semiconductor revenue was even sequentially, and increased 34 percent compared with the year-ago quarter primarily due to higher shipments as a result of demand for DLP products.
  • Results for TI Semiconductor products sold into key end-equipment markets were as follows:
    • Wireless revenue increased 5 percent sequentially and 40 percent from the year-ago quarter primarily due to strong overall demand from major original equipment manufacturers, including higher demand for TI's 3G UMTS modem products, which are compatible with the W-CDMA, GPRS and GSM cellular standards. This growth area more than offset a sequential decline in shipments of wireless chipsets that are mostly sold to Asian original design manufacturers and Chinese local manufacturers.
    • Broadband communications revenue, which includes DSL and cable modems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and wireless LAN (WLAN), increased 2 percent sequentially as gains in VoIP, cable modem and WLAN products offset lower demand for DSL products. Compared with the year-ago quarter, broadband revenue increased 32 percent primarily due to higher demand for VoIP, as well as cable modem products.
  • Semiconductor orders of $2623 million declined 5 percent sequentially and were up 14 percent compared with the year-ago quarter.

Semiconductor Highlights

  • Symbian Ltd and TI announced that TI wireless technology, including OMAP™ processors, powers 28 of 31 Symbian OS-based 2.5G and 3G cell phones either in the market today or scheduled to ship in the near future. More than 85 percent of the 5 million Symbian OS-based phones shipped in the first half of 2004 were based on TI's OMAP platform.
  • TI and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced plans to jointly develop an integrated UMTS digital baseband and applications processor based on TI's OMAP 2 architecture and NTT DoCoMo's W-CDMA technology for use in 3G cell-phone markets worldwide.
  • TI announced a fully integrated WLAN Internet Protocol (IP) phone solution that will speed the development of portable IP phones and enable end users to talk, receive e-mail and use other data services throughout an enterprise or home WLAN network.

Sensors & Controls

  • Sensors & Controls revenue was $276 million, down 5 percent in a seasonally lower quarter and up 14 percent from the year-ago quarter due to higher shipments resulting from broad-based demand.
  • Gross profit was $102 million, or 37.1 percent of revenue, a decrease of $10 million from the prior quarter primarily due to lower revenue, and up $12 million compared with the year-ago quarter primarily due to higher revenue.
  • Operating profit was $66 million, or 23.9 percent of revenue, a decrease of $11 million sequentially primarily due to lower gross profit. Compared with the year-ago quarter, operating profit increased $8 million due to higher gross profit.

Educational & Productivity Solutions (E&PS)

  • E&PS revenue was $190 million, up $21 million sequentially due to higher shipments resulting from seasonal back-to-school demand. Compared with the year-ago quarter, revenue increased $13 million due to higher shipments resulting from strong retail demand for the company's new graphing calculator products.
  • Gross profit was $114 million, or 60.1 percent of revenue, up $15 million sequentially and $11 million from the year-ago quarter due to higher revenue.
  • Operating profit was $83 million, or 43.8 percent of revenue, up $15 million from the prior quarter and $10 million from the year-ago quarter due to higher gross profit.

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