STMicroelectronics reported U.S. GAAP financial results for the second quarter ended July 2, 2022. This press release also contains non-U.S. GAAP measures (see Appendix for additional information).
ST reported second-quarter net revenues of $3.84 billion, gross margin of 47.4%, operating margin of 26.2%, and net income of $867 million or $0.92 diluted earnings per share.
Jean-Marc Chery, STMicroelectronics President & CEO, commented:
- “Q2 net revenues and gross margin came in above the mid-point of our business outlook range driven by continued strong demand for our product portfolio.
- “On a year-over-year basis, Q2 net revenues increased 28.3%, operating margin increased to 26.2% from 16.3% and net income doubled to $867 million.
- “First half net revenues increased 22.9% year-over-year, driven by growth in all product groups and sub-groups. The operating margin was 25.5% and the net income was $1.61 billion.
- “ST’s third-quarter outlook, at the mid-point, is for net revenues of $4.24 billion, increasing year-over-year by 32.6% and sequentially by 10.5%; gross margin is expected to be about 47.0%.
- “We will now drive the Company based on a plan for FY22 revenues in the range of $15.9 billion to $16.2 billion and gross margin to be about 47.0%.”
Quarterly Financial Summary (U.S. GAAP)
|(US$ m, except per share data)||Q2 2022||Q1 2022||Q2 2021||Q/Q||Y/Y|
|Gross Margin||47.4%||46.7%||40.5%||70 bps||690 bps|
|Operating Margin||26.2%||24.7%||16.3%||150 bps||990 bps|
|Net Income (a)||$867||$747||$412||16.1%||110.4%|
|Diluted Earnings Per Share (b)||$0.92||$0.79||$0.44||16.5%||109.1%|
(a) Following a change in U.S. GAAP reporting guidance effective January 1, 2022, Q1 and Q2 2022 net income does not include phantom interests associated with convertible bonds. Prior periods have not been restated.
(b) Q1 and Q2 2022 diluted earnings per share include the full dilutive effect of our outstanding convertible debt upon adoption on January 1, 2022, of the new U.S. GAAP reporting guidance. Prior periods have not been restated.
- Second Quarter 2022 Summary Review
|Net Revenues By Product Group (US$ m)||Q2 2022||Q1 2022||Q2 2021||Q/Q||Y/Y|
|Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG)||1,454||1,256||1,077||15.8%||35.1%|
|Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group (AMS)||1,127||1,087||1,013||3.7%||11.3%|
|Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)||1,251||1,198||897||4.4%||39.5%|
|Total Net Revenues||3,837||3,546||2,992||8.2%||28.3%|
Net revenues totalled $3.84 billion, a year-over-year increase of 28.3%. On a year-over-year basis, the Company recorded higher net sales in its product groups and all sub-groups. Year-over-year net sales to OEMs and Distribution increased 31.7% and 22.2%, respectively. On a sequential basis, net revenues increased 8.2%, 240 basis points above the mid-point of the Company’s guidance. All product groups reported increases in net revenues on a sequential basis.
Gross profit totalled $1.82 billion, a year-over-year increase of 50.2%. The gross margin of 47.4% increased 690 basis points year-over-year, principally due to favourable pricing and improved product mix partially offset by inflation of manufacturing input costs and was 140 basis points above the mid-point of the Company’s guidance.
Operating income increased 105.4% to $1.0 billion, compared to $489 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company’s operating margin increased 990 basis points on a year-over-year basis to 26.2% of net revenues, compared to 16.3% in the 2021 second quarter.
By product group, compared with the year-ago quarter:
Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG):
- Revenue increased in both Automotive and in Power Discrete.
- Operating profit increased by 251.1% to $359.2 million. The operating margin was 24.7% compared to 9.5%.
Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group (AMS):
- Revenue increased in Analog, MEMS and in Imaging.
- Operating profit increased by 42.1% to $268.4 million. The operating margin was 23.8% compared to 18.6%.
Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG):
- Revenue increased in both Microcontrollers and in RF Communications.
- Operating profit increased by 106.6% to $424.7 million. The operating margin was 34.0% compared to 22.9%.
Net income increased to $867 million and diluted earnings per share to $0.92 compared to $412 million and $0.44, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights
|Trailing 12 Months|
|(US$ m)||Q2 2022||Q1 2022||Q2 2021||Q2 2022||Q2 2021||TTM Change|
|Net cash from operating activities||1,056||945||602||3,777||2,591||45.8%|
|Free cash flow (non-U.S. GAAP)||230||82||125||1,046||873||19.8%|
Capital expenditure payments, net of proceeds from sales, were $809 million in the second quarter. In the year-ago quarter, capital expenditures, net, was $438 million.
Inventory at the end of the second quarter was $2.31 billion, compared to $1.97 billion in the year-ago quarter. Day sales of inventory at quarter-end were 104 days compared to 101 days in the year-ago quarter.
Free cash flow (non-U.S. GAAP) was $230 million in the second quarter, compared to $125 million in the year-ago quarter.
In the second quarter, the Company paid cash dividends to its stockholders totalling $54 million and executed an $87 million share buy-back as part of its current share repurchase program.
ST’s net financial position (non-U.S. GAAP) was $924 million on July 2, 2022, compared to $840 million on April 2, 2022, and reflected total liquidity of $3.44 billion and total financial debt of $2.52 billion.
The Company’s guidance, at the mid-point, for the 2022 third quarter is:
- Net revenues are expected to be $4.24 billion, an increase of 10.5% sequentially, plus or minus 350 basis points;
- Gross margin of 47.0%, plus or minus 200 basis points;
- This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.09 = €1.00 for the 2022 third quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts; and
- The third quarter will close on October 1, 2022.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
STMicroelectronics will conduct a conference call with analysts, investors and reporters to discuss its second quarter 2022 financial results and current business outlook today at 9:30 a.m. Central European Time (CET) / 3:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (ET). A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at ST’s website, http://investors.st.com, and will be available for replay until August 12, 2022.
Use of Supplemental Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information.
Readers are cautioned that these measures are unaudited and not prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for U.S. GAAP financial measures. In addition, such non-U.S. GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled information from other companies. To compensate for these limitations, the supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information should not be read in isolation, but only in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
See the Appendix of this press release for a reconciliation of the Company’s non-U.S. GAAP financial measures to their corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures.
Some of the statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended) that are based on management’s current views and assumptions, and are conditioned upon and also involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those anticipated by such statements, due to, among other factors:
- changes in global trade policies, including the adoption and expansion of tariffs and trade barriers, that could affect the macro-economic environment and adversely impact the demand for our products;
- uncertain macro-economic and industry trends (such as inflation and fluctuations in supply chains), which may impact production capacity and end-market demand for our products;
- customer demand that differs from projections;
- the ability to design, manufacture and sell innovative products in a rapidly changing technological environment;
- changes in economic, social, public health, labor, political, or infrastructure conditions in the locations where we, our customers, or our suppliers operate, including as a result of macroeconomic or regional events, military conflicts, (including the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine), social unrest, labor actions, or terrorist activities;
- unanticipated events or circumstances, which may impact our ability to execute our plans and/or meet the objectives of our R&D and manufacturing programs, which benefit from public funding;
- legal, political and economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit may be a continued source of instability in international markets and currency exchange rate volatility and may adversely affect business activity, political stability and economic conditions while we do not have material operations in the U.K. and have not experienced any material impact from Brexit on our underlying business to date, we cannot predict its future implications;
- financial difficulties with any of our major distributors or significant curtailment of purchases by key customers;
- the loading, product mix, and manufacturing performance of our production facilities and/or our required volume to fulfil capacity reserved with suppliers or third-party manufacturing providers;
- availability and costs of equipment, raw materials, utilities, third-party manufacturing services and technology, or other supplies required by our operations (including increasing costs resulting from inflation);
- the functionalities and performance of our IT systems, which are subject to cybersecurity threats and which support our critical operational activities including manufacturing, finance and sales, and any breaches of our IT systems or those of our customers or suppliers;
- theft, loss, or misuse of personal data about our employees, customers, or other third parties, and breaches of global and local privacy legislation, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”);
- the impact of intellectual property claims by our competitors or other third parties, and our ability to obtain required licenses on reasonable terms and conditions;
- changes in our overall tax position as a result of changes in tax rules, new or revised legislation, the outcome of tax audits or changes in international tax treaties which may impact our results of operations as well as our ability to accurately estimate tax credits, benefits, deductions and provisions and to realize deferred tax assets;
- variations in the foreign exchange markets and, more particularly, the U.S. dollar exchange rate as compared to the Euro and the other major currencies we use for our operations;
- the outcome of ongoing litigation as well as the impact of any new litigation to which we may become a defendant;
- product liability or warranty claims based on epidemic or delivery failure, or other claims relating to our products, or recalls by our customers for products containing our parts;
- natural events such as severe weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions or other acts of nature, the effects of climate change, health risks and epidemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic in locations where we, our customers or our suppliers operate;
- increased regulation and initiatives in our industry, including those concerning climate change and sustainability matters and our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2027;
- potential loss of key employees and potential inability to recruit and retain qualified employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote-working arrangements and the corresponding limitation on social and professional interaction;
- the duration and the severity of the global outbreak of COVID-19 may continue to negatively impact the global economy in a significant manner for an extended period of time, and could also materially adversely affect our business and operating results;
- industry changes resulting from vertical and horizontal consolidation among our suppliers, competitors, and customers; and
- the ability to successfully ramp up new programs that could be impacted by factors beyond our control, including the availability of critical third-party components and performance of subcontractors in line with our expectations.
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Some of these risks are set forth and are discussed in more detail in “Item 3. Key Information — Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021, as filed with the SEC on February 24, 2022. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this press release as anticipated, believed, or expected. We do not intend and do not assume any obligation, to update any industry information or forward-looking statements set forth in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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