Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

x Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarterly period ended October 30, 2011

or

 

¨ Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from              to             

Commission File Number 1-6395

 

 

SEMTECH CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   95-2119684
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, California, 93012-8790

(Address of principal executive offices, Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (805) 498-2111

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer    x   Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer      ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)   Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act):    Yes  ¨    No  x

Number of shares of Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding at December 1, 2011: 65,090,975

 

 

 


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SEMTECH CORPORATION

INDEX TO FORM 10-Q

FOR THE QUARTER ENDED OCTOBER 30, 2011

 

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

     3   

ITEM 1. Financial Statements

     3   

ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     21   

ITEM 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     30   

ITEM 4. Controls and Procedures

     30   

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

     31   

ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings

     31   

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

     31   

ITEM 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     32   

ITEM 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

     32   

ITEM 4. (Removed and Reserved)

     32   

ITEM 5. Other Information

     32   

ITEM 6. Exhibits

     33   

 

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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. Financial Statements

SEMTECH CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
     October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
 

Net sales

   $ 123,944      $ 123,125       $ 376,569       $ 338,232   

Cost of sales

     50,537        49,304         150,588         139,932   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Gross profit

     73,407        73,821         225,981         198,300   

Operating costs and expenses:

          

Selling, general and administrative

     25,110        35,501         74,296         86,767   

Product development and engineering

     20,489        18,400         61,242         51,107   

Intangible amortization and impairments

     4,573        2,406         8,778         7,216   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     50,172        56,307         144,316         145,090   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating income

     23,235        17,514         81,665         53,210   

Interest and other income, net

     729        3         172         508   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income before taxes

     23,964        17,517         81,837         53,718   

Provision for taxes (benefits)

     (3,015     1,412         5,138         7,149   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Income

   $ 26,979      $ 16,105       $ 76,699       $ 46,569   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

          

Basic

   $ 0.41      $ 0.26       $ 1.18       $ 0.75   

Diluted

   $ 0.40      $ 0.25       $ 1.14       $ 0.73   

Weighted average number of shares used in computing earnings per share:

          

Basic

     65,440        62,493         65,180         61,950   

Diluted

     67,314        64,555         67,539         63,723   

See accompanying notes. The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

 

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SEMTECH CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share data)

 

     October 30,
2011
    January 30,
2011
 
     (unaudited)        

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 183,140      $ 119,019   

Temporary investments

     109,006        112,237   

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $5,472 at October 30, 2011 and $4,597 at January 30, 2011

     59,614        50,610   

Inventories

     47,152        47,719   

Deferred tax assets

     13,369        13,369   

Other current assets

     14,090        10,744   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     426,371        353,698   

Non-current assets:

    

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $83,067 at October 30, 2011 and $77,243 at January 30, 2011

     68,512        56,778   

Investments, maturities in excess of 1 year

     25,314        27,086   

Goodwill

     129,651        129,651   

Other intangibles, net

     68,945        74,823   

Other assets

     21,919        17,907   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 740,712      $ 659,943   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 36,599      $ 29,629   

Accrued liabilities

     26,155        55,842   

Deferred revenue

     4,623        5,020   

Deferred tax liabilities

     3,334        3,334   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     70,711        93,825   

Non-current liabilities:

    

Deferred tax liabilities

     18,889        11,120   

Other long-term liabilities

     25,728        26,383   

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 78,136,144 issued and 65,210,126 outstanding on October 30, 2011 and 78,136,144 issued and 63,927,740 outstanding on January 30, 2011

     785        785   

Treasury stock, at cost, 12,926,018 shares as of October 30, 2011 and 14,208,404 shares as of January 30, 2011

     (216,772     (232,267

Additional paid-in capital

     356,819        352,078   

Retained earnings

     483,975        407,276   

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     577        743   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     625,384        528,615   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

   $ 740,712      $ 659,943   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes. The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

 

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SEMTECH CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

 

     Nine Months Ended  
     October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 76,699      $ 46,569   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     13,614        12,267   

Deferred income taxes

     5,209        1,909   

Impairment of acquired intangible assets

     2,470        —     

Stock-based compensation

     17,149        22,925   

Excess tax benefits on stock based compensation

     (2,327     (281

(Gain) loss on disposition of property, plant and equipment

     (6     69   

Changes in assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable, net

     (9,004     (27,748

Inventories

     560        (9,454

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     (8,115     (3,051

Accounts payable

     6,579        12,630   

Accrued liabilities

     (27,629     13,899   

Deferred revenue

     (397     1,934   

Income taxes payable and prepaid taxes

     (881     (9,271

Other liabilities

     (353     2,209   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operations

     73,568        64,606   

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Purchase of available-for-sale investments

     (90,331     (148,802

Proceeds from sales and maturities of available-for-sale investments

     95,122        84,961   

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

     18        76   

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

     (18,007     (18,016

Purchase of intangible assets

     (3,000     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (16,198     (81,781

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Excess tax benefits on stock based compensation

     2,327        281   

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     35,005        22,218   

Repurchase of outstanding common stock

     (30,579     (2,714
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

     6,753        19,785   

Effect of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents

     (2     1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

     64,121        2,611   

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     119,019        80,598   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 183,140      $ 83,209   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes. The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

 

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SEMTECH CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

Note 1: Organization and Basis of Presentation

Semtech Corporation (together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) is a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. The end-customers for the Company’s products are primarily original equipment manufacturers (“OEM’s”) that produce and sell electronics.

The Company designs, develops and markets a wide range of products for commercial applications, the majority of which are sold into the computing, communications, high-end consumer and industrial end-markets.

Computing: desktops, notebooks, servers, graphic boards, printers, and other computer peripherals

Communications: base stations, optical networks, switches and routers, wireless local area networks, and other communication infrastructure equipment

High-end consumer: handheld products, tablet computers, set-top boxes, digital televisions, digital video recorders and other consumer equipment

Industrial: automated meter reading, military and aerospace, medical, security systems, automotive, industrial and home automation, and other industrial equipment

Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying interim unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements of Semtech Corporation and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) have been prepared by the Company, without audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). In the opinion of the Company, these unaudited statements contain all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Semtech Corporation and its subsidiaries for the interim periods presented. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations, although the Company believes that the included disclosures are adequate to make the information presented not misleading.

These unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included in the Company’s latest annual report on Form 10-K. The results reported in these unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements should not be regarded as necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any subsequent period or for the entire year.

Fiscal Year

The Company reports on the basis of 52 and 53 week periods and ends its fiscal year on the last Sunday in January. The other quarters generally end on the last Sunday of April, July and October. All quarters consist of 13 weeks except for one 14-week period in 53-week years. The third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 each consisted of 13 weeks.

Segment Information

The Company operates and accounts for its results in one reportable segment. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets high performance analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. The Chief Executive Officer has been identified as the Chief Operating Decision Maker as defined by guidance regarding segment disclosures.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

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Reclassification

Certain amounts disclosed in the notes to the unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements for the nine months ended October 31, 2010, were reclassified to conform to the presentation used for the nine months ended October 30, 2011.

Subsequent to the issuance of its October 31, 2010 unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements, the Company determined that certain time deposits with original maturities ranging from six, nine, and twelve months should have been classified as Temporary Investments instead of Cash and Cash Equivalents on the Company’s Balance Sheets. As of October 31, 2010, the reclassification between these two current balance sheet captions totaled $59 million.

As reported in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended January 30, 2011, the Company did not include the cash flows from the purchase and maturities of these time deposits under the “cash flows from investing activities” section of the statement of cash flows. Reporting purchases and maturities on a gross basis, after reclassification, the Company’s purchases of available-for-sale investments increased from $85 million to $149 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2010. There was $5 million of investment maturities during this interim period. Overall, the reclassification caused net cash used in investing activities to increase from $23 million to $82 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2010.

The reclassification did not have any impact on the Company’s income for the interim periods within fiscal year 2011 or the trend of earnings. Cash flows from operating activities and cash flows used by financing activities for the nine months ended October 31, 2010 are unaffected by the reclassification. Also, the reclassification has no effect on balance sheet subtotals such as current assets and total assets at October 31, 2010. Taking into consideration both quantitative and qualitative factors, the Company determined that the reclassification is not material to the Company’s balance sheet and statement of cash flows for the respective prior interim periods and therefore the Company has not restated previously issued interim financial statements.

Note 2: Comprehensive Income

The components of comprehensive income, net of tax, were as follows:

 

      Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
     October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Net income

   $ 26,979      $ 16,105       $ 76,699      $ 46,569   

Change in net unrealized holding (loss) gain on available-for-sale investments

     (63     10         (164     36   

(Loss) gain on translation adjustment

     (2     1         (2     1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

   $ 26,914      $ 16,116       $ 76,533      $ 46,606   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gain realized upon reclassification from Comprehensive Income

   $ 4      $ —         $ 4      $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Note 3: Earnings per Share

The computation of basic and diluted earnings per common share was as follows:

 

      Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
(in thousands, except per share amounts)    October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
     October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
 

Net income

   $ 26,979       $ 16,105       $ 76,699       $ 46,569   

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

     65,440         62,493         65,180         61,950   

Dilutive effect of employee equity incentive plans

     1,874         2,062         2,359         1,773   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

     67,314         64,555         67,539         63,723   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Basic earnings per common share

   $ 0.41       $ 0.26       $ 1.18       $ 0.75   

Diluted earnings per common share

   $ 0.40       $ 0.25       $ 1.14       $ 0.73   

Anti-dilutive shares not included in the above calculations

     708         1,645         662         2,595   

Basic earnings per common share is computed by dividing income available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of shares of common stocks outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per common share incorporates the incremental shares issuable, calculated using the treasury stock method, upon the assumed exercise of stock options and the vesting of restricted stock.

Note 4: Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes product revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectability is probable. Recovery of costs associated with product design and engineering services are recognized during the period in which services are performed when a substantive milestone is achieved. The product design and engineering recovery, when recognized, will be reported as a reduction to product development and engineering expense. Historically, these recoveries have not exceeded the cost of the related development efforts.

The Company defers revenue recognition on shipment of products to certain customers, principally distributors, under agreements which provide for limited pricing credits or return privileges, until these products are sold through to end-users or the return privileges lapse. For sales subject to certain pricing credits or return privileges, the amount of future pricing credits or inventory returns cannot be reasonably estimated given the relatively long period in which a particular product may be held by the customer. Therefore, the Company has concluded that sales to customers under these agreements are not fixed and determinable at the date of the sale and revenue recognition has been deferred.

The estimated deferred gross margins on these sales, where there are no outstanding receivables, are recorded on the unaudited consolidated condensed balance sheets under the heading of “Deferred revenue.” The Company records a provision for estimated sales returns in the same period as the related revenues are recorded. The Company bases these estimates on historical sales returns and other known factors. Actual returns could be different from Company estimates and current provisions for sales returns and allowances, resulting in future charges to earnings.

Note 5: Stock-Based Compensation

Financial Statement Effects and Presentation. The following table shows total pre-tax, stock-based compensation expense included in the unaudited consolidated condensed statements of operations for the three and nine months ended October 30, 2011 and October 31, 2010.

 

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     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
     October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Cost of sales

   $ 238       $ 305       $ 712      $ 1,477   

Selling, general and administrative

     2,757         5,206         11,041        15,512   

Product development and engineering

     2,046         1,908         5,396        5,936   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation, pre-tax

   $ 5,041       $ 7,419       $ 17,149      $ 22,925   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net change in stock-based compensation capitalized into inventory

   $ 34       $ 20       $ (8   $ (70
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Share-based Payment Arrangements. The Company has various equity award plans (the “Plans”) that provide for granting stock-based awards to employees and non-employee directors of the Company. The Plans provide for the granting of several forms of stock-based compensation. As of October 30, 2011, the Company has granted stock options (“Options”) and restricted stock under the Plans and has also issued stock-based compensation outside of the Plans, including Options and restricted stock issued as inducements to join the Company.

Grant Date Fair Values and Underlying Assumptions; Contractual Terms. The Company uses the Black-Scholes pricing model to value Options. For awards classified as equity, stock-based compensation cost is measured at grant date, based on the fair value of the award, and is recognized as an expense over the employee’s or director’s requisite service period. For awards classified as liabilities, stock-based compensation cost is measured at fair value at the end of each reporting period until the date of settlement, and is recognized as an expense over the employee’s or director’s requisite service period. Expected volatilities are based on historical volatility using daily and monthly stock price observations.

The following table summarizes the assumptions used in the Black-Scholes model to determine the fair value of options granted in the three and nine months ended October 30, 2011 and October 31, 2010:

 

      Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
     October 30,
2011
  October 31,
2010
  October 30,
2011
   October 31,
2010

Expected lives, in years

   4.4   4.3   4.4 - 4.7    4.3 - 5.0

Estimated volatility

   41%   40%   40% - 41%    40%

Dividend yield

   —     —     —      —  

Risk-free interest rate

   0.8%   1.2%   0.8% - 1.8%    1.2% - 2.3%

Weighted average fair value on grant date

   $7.13   $5.73   $8.46    $6.30

The estimated fair value of restricted stock was calculated based on the market price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. Some of the restricted stock awarded in fiscal year 2012 and prior years are classified as liabilities rather than equity. For awards classified as liabilities, the value of these awards was re-measured on October 30, 2011.

Stock Option Awards. The Company has historically granted stock option awards to both employees and non-employee directors. The grant date for these awards is equal to the measurement date. These awards were valued as of the measurement date and are amortized over the requisite vesting period (typically 3-4 years). A summary of the activity for stock option awards during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 is presented below:

 

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(in thousands, except per share amounts)    Shares     Weighted
average
exercise
price
(per share)
     Aggregate
intrinsic
value
     Aggregate
unrecognized
compensation
     Number of
shares
exercisable
     Weighted average
contractual term
(years)
 

Balance at January 30, 2011

     6,622      $ 16.84       $ 35,492       $ 7,067         5,160      

Options granted

     273        23.93               

Options exercised

     (2,266     16.92               

Options cancelled/forfeited

     (443     21.51               
  

 

 

               

Balance at October 30, 2011

     4,186      $ 16.77       $ 36,499       $ 5,011         3,248      
  

 

 

               

Exercisable as of October 30, 2011

     3,248      $ 16.50       $ 29,246               2.46   

Restricted Stock. The Company has not granted any restricted stock to employees since fiscal year 2009. The grant date for these awards is equal to the measurement date. These awards are valued as of the measurement date and recognized as compensation expense over the requisite vesting period (typically 3-4 years). The following table summarizes the activity for restricted stock awards for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012:

 

(in thousands, except for per share amounts)    Number of
Shares
    Weighted Average
Grant Date

Fair Value
(per share)
     Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value (1)
     Aggregate
Unrecognized
Compensation
     Weighted Average
Period Over
Which Expected
to be Recognized
(in years)
 

Balance at January 30, 2011

     135      $ 14.44          $ 984         0.8   

Restricted stock vested

     (76     13.99       $  1,853         

Restricted stock forfeited

     (12     15.25            
  

 

 

            

Balance at October 30, 2011

     47      $ 14.99          $ 209         0.3   

 

(1) Represents the value of Semtech stock on the date that the restricted stock vested.

Performance Units. The Company grants performance vested RSUs to select employees. These awards have a performance condition in addition to a service condition. The performance condition generally relates to the Company’s revenue and operating income measured against internal goals. Under the terms of these awards, assuming the highest level of performance with no cancellations due to forfeitures, the maximum number of shares that can be earned in the aggregate is 814,400. In this scenario, the maximum number of shares that could be issued thereunder would be 454,700 and the Company would have a liability accrued in the unaudited consolidated condensed balance sheet equal to the value of 359,700 shares on the settlement date, which would be settled in cash. At October 30, 2011, the performance metrics associated with the awards issued in fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010 are expected to be met at a level which would result in a grant at 100%, 200%, and 200% of target, respectfully. The following table summarizes the activity for performance units for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012:

 

           Subject to
Share Settlement
    Subject to
Cash Settlement
     Weighted Average
Grant Date

Fair Value
(per share)
     Aggregate
Unrecognized
Compensation
     Weighted Average
Period Over
Which Expected

to be Recognized
(in years)
 
(in thousands, except for per unit amount)    Total
Units
    Units     Units     Recorded
Liability
          

Balance at January 30, 2011

     556        326        230        3,925       $ 14.26       $ 7,971         1.0   

Performance units granted

     117        59        58           23.33         

Performance units vested

     (123     (62     (61        13.15         

Performance units cancelled/forfeited

     (95     (48     (47        15.26         

Change in liability

           577            
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

          

Balance at October 30, 2011

     455        275        180        4,502       $ 16.69       $ 5,799         1.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

          

 

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Stock Units, Employees. The Company issues stock unit awards to employees which are expected to be settled with stock. The grant date for these awards is equal to the measurement date. These awards are valued as of the measurement date and amortized over the requisite vesting period (typically 4 years). The following table summarizes the activity for stock unit awards for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012:

 

(in thousands, except per unit amount)    Number of
Units
    Weighted Average
Grant Date

Fair Value
(per unit)
     Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value (1)
     Aggregate
Unrecognized
Compensation
     Weighted Average
Period Over
Which Expected
to be Recognized
(in years)
 

Balance at January 30, 2011

     2,058      $ 16.70          $ 29,763         2.7   

Stock units granted

     692        22.56            

Stock units vested

     (452     16.30       $ 10,280         

Stock units forfeited

     (245     17.68            
  

 

 

            

Balance at October 30, 2011

     2,053      $ 18.64          $ 32,158         2.5   
  

 

 

            

 

(1) Reflects the value of Semtech stock on the date that the stock unit vested.

Stock Units, Non-Employee Directors. The Company grants stock unit awards to non-employee directors. These RSUs are accounted for as liabilities and accrued in the unaudited consolidated condensed balance sheets because they are cash settled. The value of these awards is re-measured at the end of each reporting period until settlement, which typically occurs upon the director’s separation from service. Vested awards and the pro-rata vested portion of unvested awards are recognized as a liability. These awards are vested after one year of service. The following table summarizes the activity for stock unit awards for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012:

 

(in thousands, except per unit amount)    Number of
Units
    Recorded
Liability
     Weighted Average
Grant Date

Fair Value
(per unit)
     Aggregate
Unrecognized
Compensation
     Period Over
Which Expected
to be Recognized
(in years)
 

Balance at January 30, 2011

     30      $ 2,414       $ 16.43       $ 269         0.4   

Stock units granted

     18         $ 27.60         

Stock units vested

     (30      $ 16.43         

Stock units forfeited

     —                

Change in liability

       860            
  

 

 

   

 

 

          

Balance at October 30, 2011

     18      $ 3,274       $ 27.60       $ 300         0.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

          

Note 6: Investments

Certain investments that have original maturities of three months or less are accounted for as cash equivalents. This includes money market funds, time deposits and U.S. government obligations. Temporary and long-term investments consist of government, bank and corporate obligations, and bank time deposits with original maturity dates in excess of three months. Temporary investments have original maturities in excess of three months, but mature within twelve months of the balance sheet date. Long-term investments have original maturities in excess of twelve months. The Company determines the cost of securities sold based on the specific identification method. Realized gains or losses are reported in “Interest and other income, net” on the unaudited consolidated condensed statements of operations.

The Company classifies its investments as “available for sale” because it may sell some securities prior to maturity. The Company’s investments are subject to market risk, primarily interest rate and credit risks. The Company’s investments are managed by a limited number of outside professional managers that operate within investment guidelines set by the Company. These guidelines include specified permissible investments, minimum credit quality ratings and maximum average duration restrictions and are intended

 

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to limit market risk by restricting the Company’s investments to high quality debt instruments with relatively short-term maturities.

The following table summarizes the Company’s investments:

 

     October 30, 2011      January 30, 2011  
(in thousands)    Market Value      Adjusted
Cost
     Unrealized
Gain
     Market Value      Adjusted
Cost
     Unrealized
Gain
 

Agency securities

   $ 40,754       $ 40,720       $ 34       $ 54,747       $ 54,658       $ 89   

Corporate issues

     13,566         13,501         65         16,576         16,354         222   

Bank time deposits

     80,000         80,000         —           68,000         68,000         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total investments

   $ 134,320       $ 134,221       $ 99       $ 139,323       $ 139,012       $ 311   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Agency securities are specific securities that are issued by United States government agencies such as Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Federal Home Loan Banks. Due to the expectation of federal backing, these securities usually hold the highest credit rating possible.

The following table summarizes the maturities of the Company’s investments:

 

     October 30, 2011      January 30, 2011  
(in thousands)    Market Value      Adjusted Cost      Market Value      Adjusted Cost  

Within 1 year

   $ 109,006       $ 108,909       $ 112,237       $ 112,077   

After 1 year through 5 years

     25,314         25,312         27,086         26,935   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total investments

   $ 134,320       $ 134,221       $ 139,323       $ 139,012   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized gains (losses) are the result of fluctuations in the market value of the Company’s investments and are included in “Accumulated other comprehensive income” on the unaudited consolidated condensed balance sheets. The following table summarizes unrealized gains (losses) in addition to the tax associated with these comprehensive income items:

 

     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Unrealized (loss) gain, net of tax

   $ (63   $ 10      $ (164   $ 36   

Decrease to deferred tax liability

     (19     (1     (48     (6

The following table summarizes interest income generated from investments and cash and cash equivalents:

 

     Three months ended      Nine months ended  
(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
     October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
 

Interest income

   $ 337       $ 242       $ 917       $ 693   

Note 7: Fair Value

When determining the fair value measurements for assets and liabilities required or permitted to be recorded at fair value, the Company considers the principal or most advantageous market in which it would transact and considers assumptions that market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability, such as inherent risk, transfer restrictions, and risk of nonperformance. The Company uses a fair value hierarchy that maximizes the use of observable inputs and minimizes the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. Three levels of inputs are used to measure fair value:

Level 1 - Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2 - Observable inputs other than Level 1 prices such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices in markets with insufficient volume or infrequent transactions (less active markets); or model-derived valuations in which all significant inputs are observable or can be derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.

 

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Level 3 - Unobservable inputs to the valuation methodology that is significant to the measurement of fair value of assets or liabilities.

Available-for-sale securities included in Level 1 are valued using closing price for identical instruments that are traded on active exchanges. Available-for-sale securities included in Level 2 are valued utilizing inputs obtained from an independent service (the “Service”), which uses quoted market prices for identical or comparable instruments rather than direct observations of quoted prices in active markets. The Service gathers observable inputs for all of our fixed income securities from a variety of industry data providers, for example, large custodial institutions and other third-party sources. Once the observable inputs are gathered by the Service, all data points are considered and an average price is determined. The Service’s providers utilize a variety of inputs to determine their quoted prices. Substantially all of our available-for-sale investments are valued utilizing inputs obtained from the Service and accordingly are categorized as Level 2. The Company reviews and evaluates the values provided by the Service and agrees with the valuation methods and assumptions used in determining the fair value of investments. The Company believes this method provides a reasonable estimate for fair value.

To the extent that valuation is based on models or inputs that are less observable or unobservable in the market, the determination of fair value requires more judgment. In certain cases, the inputs used to measure fair value may fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy. In such cases, for disclosure purposes, the level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement is disclosed is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

All items recorded or measured at fair value on a recurring basis in the accompanying unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements were based on the use of Level 2 inputs and consisted of the following:

 

      Fair Value as of October 30, 2011      Fair Value as of January 30, 2011  
(in thousands)    Total      Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical
Instruments
(Level 1)
     Observable
Inputs Other
than Level 1
Prices
(Level 2)
     Total      Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical
Instruments
(Level 1)
     Observable
Inputs Other
than Level 1
Prices
(Level 2)
 

Agency securities

   $ 40,754         —         $ 40,754       $ 54,747         —         $ 54,747   

Corporate issues

     13,566         —           13,566         16,576         —           16,576   

Bank time deposits

     80,000         —           80,000         68,000         —           68,000   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 134,320       $ —         $ 134,320       $ 139,323       $ —         $ 139,323   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The Company’s fixed income available-for-sale security portfolio generally consists of high quality, investment grade securities from diverse issuers with a minimum credit rating of A/A2. The Company previously classified these investments as Level 1 because it did not make adjustments to the prices obtained from the Service. Since the Company values these securities based on pricing from the Service, whose sources may use quoted prices in active markets for identical assets (Level 1 inputs) or inputs other than quoted prices that are observable either directly or indirectly (Level 2 inputs) in determining fair value, the Company began classifying all of its fixed income available-for-sale securities as Level 2 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. See Note 6 for more information regarding the Company’s available-for-sale investments.

Note 8: Inventories

Inventories, consisting of material, labor and manufacturing overhead, are stated at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out) or market and consisted of the following:

 

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(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
     January 30,
2011
 

Raw materials

   $ 5,640       $ 5,070   

Work in process

     29,561         27,763   

Finished goods

     11,951         14,886   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 47,152       $ 47,719   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Note 9: Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Goodwill - Goodwill is not amortized, but is tested for impairment using a two-step method on an annual basis and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. The recoverability of goodwill is measured at the reporting unit level by comparing the reporting unit’s carrying amount, including goodwill, to the fair market value of the reporting unit.

The fair value of goodwill is tested for impairment on a non-recurring basis in the accompanying unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements using Level 3 inputs. The Company concluded that there were no indicators of impairment as of October 30, 2011.

There were no changes to goodwill during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012.

Purchased Intangibles – Purchased intangibles are amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives. In-process research and development is recorded at fair value as an indefinite-lived intangible asset until the completion or abandonment of the associated research and development efforts. Upon completion of development, acquired in-process research and development assets are transferred to finite lived intangible assets and amortized over their useful lives.

The following table sets forth the Company’s finite-lived intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions, which continue to be amortized:

 

             October 30, 2011      January 30, 2011  
(in thousands)    Estimated
Useful Life
     Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
    Net Carrying
Amount
     Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
    Net Carrying
Amount
 

Core technologies

     2-10 years       $ 65,900       $ (19,296   $ 46,604       $ 65,900       $ (14,006   $ 51,894   

Customer relationships

     8-10 years         12,130         (2,589     9,541         12,130         (1,571     10,559   

Technology licenses (1)

     5 years         3,000         (100     2,900         —           —          —     
     

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total finite-lived intangbile assets

      $ 81,030       $ (21,985   $ 59,045       $ 78,030       $ (15,577   $ 62,453   
     

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) Technology licenses relate to licensing agreements entered into by the Company.

Core technologies include $59.9 million of finite-lived intangible assets from the December 9, 2009 acquisition of Sierra Monolithics, Inc. (“SMI”). These developed technology intangibles include current optical products, wireless products and microwave products. The Company concluded that the intangibles classified as core technologies were identifiable intangible assets, separate from goodwill, since they were capable of being separated from SMI and sold, transferred or licensed, regardless of whether the Company intended to do so. The fair value of these core technologies was determined using the multi-period excess earnings method. Each product technology was valued separately since each was determined to have a different remaining useful life.

Amortization expense related to finite-lived intangible assets is reported as “Intangible amortization and impairments” in the consolidated condensed statements of operations.

For the three months ended October 30, 2011 and October 31, 2010, amortization expense related to finite-lived intangible assets was $2.1 million and $2.4 million, respectively. Amortization expense related to finite-lived intangible assets for the nine months ended October 30, 2011 and October 31, 2010 was $6.3 million and $7.2 million, respectively.

The following table sets forth the Company’s indefinite-lived intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions:

 

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     October 30, 2011      January 30, 2011  
(in thousands)    Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Impairment Loss
    Net Carrying
Amount
     Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Impairment Loss
     Net Carrying
Amount
 

In-process research and development

   $ 12,370       $ (2,470   $ 9,900       $ 12,370       $ —         $ 12,370   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total indefinite-lived intangible assets

   $ 12,370       $ (2,470   $ 9,900       $ 12,370       $ —         $ 12,370   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

We review indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable. Recoverability of indefinite-lived intangible assets is measured by comparing the carrying amount of the asset to the future discounted cash flows the asset is expected to generate.

During the three month period ended October 30, 2011, the Company abandoned certain development efforts related to acquired intangible assets. As a result of these actions, the Company concluded that a portion of the net carrying amount of in-process research and development was not recoverable and therefore it recorded an impairment charge against the net carrying value in the three month period ended October 30, 2011, as summarized below:

 

In-process research and development impairment

   Net Carrying
Amount
     Impairment  

High-speed switching technology for power management applications (1)

   $ 2,070       $ (2,070

Integrated driver for telecommunications applications (2)

     400         (400
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 2,470       $ (2,470
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) related to the February 2009 Leadis Technology Inc. acquisition.
(2) related to the December 2009 Sierra Monolithics, Inc. acquisition.

These impairment charges are included in “Intangible amortization and impairments” on the unaudited consolidated condensed statements of operations.

Note 10: Taxes

The Company’s effective tax rate differs from the statutory federal income tax rate of 35% due primarily to certain undistributed foreign earnings for which no U.S. taxes are provided because such earnings are intended to be indefinitely reinvested outside of the U.S.

The gross unrecognized tax benefits (before federal impact of state items) were $13.3 million and $17.0 million at October 30, 2011 and January 30, 2011, respectively. Included in the balances of unrecognized tax benefits at October 30, 2011 and January 30, 2011, are $11.1 and $14.7 million of net tax benefits (after federal impact of state items) that, if recognized, would impact the effective tax rate. The liability for uncertain tax positions is reflected on the unaudited consolidated condensed balance sheets as follows:

 

(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
     January 30,
2011
 

Accrued liabilities

   $ 797       $ 4,191   

Other long-term liabilities

     10,277         10,548   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total accrued taxes

   $ 11,074       $ 14,739   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

In the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company released $3.7 million of previously recorded reserves for uncertain tax positions as a result of statutes of limitations for the taxing authority to challenge the position expiring.

As of October 30, 2011, it was reasonably possible that the total amounts of unrecognized tax benefits would decrease by up to $0.8 million within twelve months as a result of statutes of limitations for the taxing authority to challenge the position expiring. If recognized, this decrease will impact the effective tax rate.

 

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The Company’s policy is to include net interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits within the provision for taxes. The Company had approximately $293,000 of net interest and penalties accrued at October 30, 2011 and January 30, 2011.

In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Internal Revenue Service initiated an examination of the Company’s 2009 Federal tax return (fiscal year 2010) which is currently ongoing. Tax years prior to 2007 (fiscal year 2008) are generally not subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service except for items with tax attributes that could impact open tax years. For state returns, the Company is generally not subject to income tax examinations for years prior to 2006 (fiscal year 2007).

The Company’s significant foreign tax presence is in Switzerland. The Company’s material Swiss tax filings have been examined through fiscal year 2009. The Company is also subject to routine examinations by various foreign tax jurisdictions in which it operates and may be subject to a variety of transfer pricing or permanent establishment challenges by taxing authorities in various jurisdictions.

Note 11: Commitments and Contingencies

Legal Matters

From time to time in the ordinary course of its business, the Company is involved in various claims, litigation, and other legal actions that are normal to the nature of its business, including with respect to intellectual property, contract, product liability, employment, and environmental matters.

The Company records any amounts recovered in these matters when collection is certain. In accordance with accounting standards regarding loss contingencies, the Company accrues an undiscounted liability for those contingencies where the incurrence of a loss is probable and the amount can be reasonably estimated, and we disclose the amount accrued and the amount of a reasonably possible loss in excess of the amount accrued, if such disclosure is necessary for our financial statements not to be misleading. The Company does not record liabilities when the likelihood that the liability has been incurred is probable but the amount cannot be reasonably estimated, or when the liability is believed to be only reasonably possible or remote.

Because litigation outcomes are inherently unpredictable, the Company’s evaluation of legal proceedings often involves a series of complex assessments by management about future events and can rely heavily on estimates and assumptions. If the assessments indicate that loss contingencies that could be material to any one of our financial statements are not probable, but are reasonably possible, or are probable, but cannot be estimated, then we disclose the nature of the loss contingencies, together with an estimate of the range of possible loss or a statement that such loss is not reasonably estimable. While the consequences of certain unresolved proceedings are not presently determinable, and an estimate of the probable and reasonably possible loss or range of loss in excess of amounts accrued for such proceedings cannot be reasonably made, an adverse outcome from such proceedings could have a material adverse effect on our earnings in any given reporting period. However, in the opinion of our management, after consulting with legal counsel, and taking into account insurance coverage, the ultimate liability related to current outstanding claims and lawsuits is not expected to have a material adverse effect on our financial statements.

While some insurance coverage is maintained for such matters, there can be no assurance that the Company has a sufficient amount of insurance coverage, that asserted claims will be within the scope of coverage of the insurance, or that the Company will have sufficient resources to satisfy any amount due not covered by insurance.

Refer to the discussion in Note 12 to the unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements in Item 8 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 31, 2011. Except as discussed below, all proceedings discussed in the Form 10-K remains outstanding.

Class Action Lawsuit. In Re: Semtech Corporation Securities Litigation, United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. 2:07-CV-07114-CAS, two separate purported class action lawsuits were filed against the Company and certain current and former officers in August and October 2007, on behalf of persons who purchased or acquired Company securities from dates in 2002 to July 2006. The cases alleged violations of Federal securities laws in connection with the Company’s past stock option practices. In February 2008, the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (“MPERS”) filed a motion in the United States District Court for the Central District of California for consolidation of the cases described above, appointment of MPERS as lead plaintiff, and approval of selection of counsel. The MPERS motion was granted in late March 2008, and a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint was filed in May 2008, initiating the consolidated action with MPERS as the lead plaintiff. In August, 2010, the Court issued its class certification order, certifying the plaintiff class as persons who acquired common stock of the Company between August 27, 2002 and July 19, 2006 (inclusive).

At a mediation meeting held on December 5, 2010, an agreement in principle to settle the class action litigation was reached. The Company agreed to pay $20 million to settle all claims in the litigation. As a result of this agreement, the Company recorded an additional charge of $10 million in fiscal year 2011 to increase its total accrued liability for this matter to $20 million. Payment in full of the $20 million settlement amount was made on April 14, 2011 into the applicable escrow account associated with the proposed settlement after preliminary Court approval of same was issued on April 11, 2011.

 

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Final approval of the proposed settlement was issued by the Court on June 27, 2011, per the Court’s Final Judgment and Order of Dismissal (the “Final Judgment”). No class member opted out of or otherwise presented any objection to the proposed settlement prior to entry of the Final Judgment. The Final Judgment fully resolves all claims against the Company, all current officers and directors of the Company named in the lawsuit, and certain former officers and directors of the Company named in the lawsuit. No parties admitted any wrongdoing in connection with the entry of the Final Judgment. All claims asserted against the Company and the named defendants in connection with the subject litigation have been released and dismissed with prejudice as part of the Final Judgment. All related civil legal proceedings, including separate appellate proceedings (that had been stayed pending settlement discussions) involving certain matters relating to prospective evidentiary matters impacting trial proceedings, have also now been dismissed with prejudice.

Indemnification

The Company has entered into agreements with its current executive officers and directors indemnifying them against certain liabilities incurred in connection with the performance of their duties. The Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws contain comparable indemnification obligations with respect to the Company’s current directors and employees. Additionally, comparable indemnification agreements and obligations under the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws remain in effect for certain former executive officers and directors of the Company, rights under which are being claimed by certain former executives and former directors in relation to the Government Inquiries discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2011 and the Class Action Lawsuit discussed above. As a result of the settlement of the Class Action Lawsuit, and dismissal of the lawsuit per the Final Judgment and Order of Dismissal issued by the Court on June 27, 2011, the Company’s indemnification obligations and expenses in relation to the Class Action Lawsuit are now ended. Obligations in relation to the Government Inquiries will remain pending.

Product Warranties

The Company’s general warranty policy provides for repair or replacement of defective parts. In some cases, a refund of the purchase price is offered. In certain instances the Company has agreed to other warranty terms, including some indemnification provisions. As a result of lower than anticipated field failures and a revised estimate of anticipated warranty claims, the Company has reduced its warranty accrual with a corresponding offset to cost of sales. The table below summarizes the changes in product warranty allowances included in accrued liabilities as of October 30, 2011:

 

(in thousands)       

Balance at January 30, 2011

   $ 607   

Current accruals

     131   

Accrual reversals

     (497

Settlements made (in cash or in kind) during period

     —     
  

 

 

 

Balance at October 30, 2011

   $ 241   
  

 

 

 

Note 12: Geographic Information and Concentration of Risk

The Company operates exclusively in the semiconductor industry and primarily within the analog and mixed-signal sector.

 

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Net sales activity by geographic region is as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

North America

     22     24     24     25

Asia-Pacific

     63     62     62     57

Europe

     15     14     14     18
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     100     100     100     100
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The Company generally attributes sales to a country based on the ship-to address. The table below summarizes sales activity to countries that represented greater than 10% of total sales:

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
(percentage of total sales)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

United States

     18     21     21     21

China (including Hong Kong)

     37     36     37     33

South Korea

           12

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes is as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
 

Domestic

   $ (7,895   $ (10,263   $ 3,080       $ (10,598

Foreign

     31,859        27,780        78,757         64,316   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 23,964      $ 17,517      $ 81,837       $ 53,718   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Domestic income (loss) from continuing operations include amortization of acquired intangible assets, litigation expenses and higher levels of stock-based compensation compared to foreign operations.

Sales to the Company’s customers are generally made on open account, subject to credit limits the Company may impose, and the receivables are subject to the risk of being uncollectible.

Each of the following significant customers accounted for at least 10% of our net sales for the periods indicated:

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Samsung Electronics (and affiliates)

     14     12     13     13

Frontek Technology Corp

     10     10     11     11

Huawei Technologies (and affiliates)

       10    

The following table shows the list of customers that have an outstanding receivable balance that represents at least 10% of our total net receivables for the periods indicated:

 

     Balance as of  
     October 30,
2011
    January 30,
2011
 

Samsung Electronics (and affiliates)

     11     15

Frontek Technology Corp

       12

 

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Outside Subcontractors and Suppliers

The Company relies on a limited number of outside subcontractors and suppliers for the production of silicon wafers, packaging and certain other tasks. Disruption or termination of supply sources or subcontractors, due to natural disasters such as the recent earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand or other causes, could delay shipments and could have a material adverse effect on the Company. Although there are generally alternate sources for these materials and services, qualification of the alternate sources could cause delays sufficient to have a material adverse effect on the Company. Several of the Company’s outside subcontractors and suppliers, including third-party foundries that supply silicon wafers, are located in foreign countries, including China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Germany, Japan, Israel and Canada. The Company’s largest source of silicon wafers is an outside foundry located in China and a significant amount of the Company’s assembly and test operations are conducted by third-party contractors in China, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Note 13: Matters Related to Historical Stock Option Practices

Since May 2006, the Company has incurred substantial expenses for legal, accounting, tax and other professional services in connection with matters associated with or stemming from its historical stock option practices. These expenses include claims for advancement of legal expenses to current and former directors, officers and executives under pre-existing indemnification agreements and to other current and former employees under the California Labor Code and a resolution of the Board of Directors authorizing such advances. See Note 11 for additional information regarding indemnification.

Since May 2006, the Company has incurred substantial expenses for legal, accounting, tax and other professional services in connection with matters associated with or stemming from its historical stock option practices.

In the third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 the Company incurred expenses of $8,000 and $10.6 million, respectively, in support of these matters.

In the first nine months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011, the Company incurred expenses of $194,000 and $13.3 million, respectively, in support of these matters.

All activity related to these matters is charged to “Selling, general and administrative” on the unaudited consolidated condensed statements of operations.

Note 14: Reorganization Costs

During the three month period ended October 30, 2011, the Company initiated a reorganization plan which resulted in a consolidation of research and development activities and a reduction of its workforce. The following table summarizes the reorganization charges incurred and liability balance included in “Accrued liabilities” on the unaudited consolidated condensed balance sheet as of October 30, 2011. Charges below were included in “Selling, general and administrative” on the unaudited consolidated condensed statement of operations.

 

(in thousands)    Balance at
January 30, 2011
     Reorganization
charges
     Cash Payments /
Other
     Balance at
October 30, 2011
 

Severance and related costs

   $ —         $ 1,981       $ 1,113       $ 869   

Note 15: Stock Repurchase Program and Shares Withheld from Vested Restricted Shares

On March 4, 2008, the Company announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $50 million of the Company’s common stock from time to time through negotiated or open market transactions (the “2008 Program”). The 2008 Program does not have an expiration date. On August 24, 2011, the Company announced a $36 million expansion of the 2008 Program. Refer to Exhibit 99.1 of our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 24, 2011 for the complete announcement. On November 30, 2011, the Company announced an additional $50 million expansion of the 2008 Program.

 

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Refer to Exhibit 99.1 of our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 30, 2011 for the complete announcement.

The following table summarizes the stock repurchase activities during the period:

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
(in thousands, except number of shares)    October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
     October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
 
     Shares      Value      Shares      Value      Shares      Value      Shares      Value  

Shares repurchased under the 2008 Program

     1,369,495       $ 30,000         74,702       $ 1,258         1,369,495       $ 30,000         74,702       $ 1,258   

In addition to repurchase activities under the 2008 Program, the Company has a practice of withholding shares from vested restricted stock to pay employee payroll and income tax withholding liabilities.

The following table summarizes the shares withheld during the period:

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
(in thousands, except number of shares)    October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
     October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
 
     Shares      Value      Shares      Value      Shares      Value      Shares      Value  

Shares withheld from vested restricted shares

     1,322       $ 28         3,310       $ 54         23,835       $ 579         85,397       $ 1,456   

The Company currently intends to hold the repurchased and withheld shares as treasury stock. The Company typically reissues treasury shares to settle stock option exercises and restricted share grants.

Note 16: Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In September 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued updated guidance that simplifies goodwill impairment testing by allowing a qualitative review to assess whether a quantitative impairment analysis is necessary as a first step to the testing. Under this guidance, a company will not be required to calculate the fair value of a reporting unit that contains recorded goodwill unless it concludes, based on the qualitative assessment, that it is more likely than not that the fair value of that reporting unit is less than its book value. If a decline in fair value is deemed more likely than not to have occurred, then the quantitative goodwill impairment test that is provided under U.S. GAAP must be completed; otherwise, goodwill is deemed not to be impaired and no further testing is required until the next annual test date (or sooner if conditions or events before that date raise concerns of potential impairment in the reporting unit). The amended goodwill impairment guidance does not affect the manner in which a company estimates fair value. The new standard is effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011, with early adoption permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on its financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, or disclosures.

In June 2011, the FASB issued a final standard requiring presentation of net income and other comprehensive income in either a single continuous statement or in two, consecutive statements of net income and other comprehensive income. Under both alternatives, an entity is required to present each component of net income and other comprehensive income, their respective totals, and totals for comprehensive income. This standard eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in shareholders’ equity. The amendment is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company does not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on its financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, or disclosures.

 

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ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

You should read the following discussion of our financial condition and results of operations together with the consolidated condensed financial statements and the notes to the consolidated condensed financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (this “Quarterly Report”).

Forward Looking Statements

This Quarterly Report contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical information or statements of current condition and relate to matters such as our future financial performance, future operational performance and our plans, objectives and expectations. Some forward-looking statements may be identified by use of terms such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” “believes,” “projects,” “should,” “will,” “plans” and similar words. In light of the risks and uncertainties inherent in all such projected matters, forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that our objectives or plans will be achieved or that any of our operating expectations or financial forecasts will be realized. Results could differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements, due to factors including, but not limited to, those set forth in the “Risk Factors” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” sections of this Quarterly Report and the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 31, 2011. We undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

In addition to regarding forward-looking statements with caution, you should consider that the preparation of financial statements requires us to draw conclusions and make interpretations, judgments, assumptions and estimates with respect to factual, legal, and accounting matters. Different conclusions, interpretations, judgments, assumptions, or estimates could result in materially different results. See Note 1 to the consolidated condensed financial statements included in Part I, Item 1 of this Quarterly Report.

Overview

We design, develop, manufacture and market high-performance analog and mixed signal semiconductor products. We operate and report our results in one reportable segment. Our product lines include:

Protection Products. We design, develop and market high performance protection devices, which are often referred to as transient voltage suppressors (“TVS”). TVS devices provide protection for electronic systems where voltage spikes (called transients), such as electrostatic discharge generated by the human body, can permanently damage voltage-sensitive components. Our portfolio includes filter and termination devices that can be sold as a complement to TVS devices. Our protection products feature low capacitance, providing robust protection while preserving signal integrity in high-speed voice and video interfaces and are low leakage, thus increasing battery life in electronic devices. Our protection products can be found in a broad range of applications including high-end consumer, computer, data-communications, telecommunications and industrial applications.

Advanced Communication and Sensing Products. We design, develop and market a portfolio of proprietary advanced wired communication, wireless communication, sensing integrated circuits (“ICs”) and ultra-high speed Serializer/Deserializer (“SerDes”) products for transport communication. These ICs perform specialized timing and synchronization functions used in high-speed networks, specialized radio frequency (“RF”) functions used in a wide variety of industrial, medical and networking applications, and specialized sensing functions used in industrial and consumer applications and 40Gbps and 100Gbps chips and transceivers for short reach, metro and long haul applications and high performance transceivers for datacenter applications. Our advanced communications products feature a leading integrated timing solution for packet based communications networks. Our wireless and sensing products feature industry leading and longest range industrial, scientific and medical (“ISM”) radio, enabling low cost of ownership and increased reliability in all environments. Our unique sensing interface platforms can interface to any sensor and output digital data in any form. Our advanced communications and sensing products can be found in a broad range of applications including communications, industrial, medical and consumer applications.

 

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Power Management Products. Power management products control, alter, regulate and condition the power supplies within electronic systems. The highest volume product types within the power management product line are switching voltage regulators, combination switching and linear regulators, smart regulators and charge pumps. Our power management products feature highly integrated devices for the telecom industry and low-power, small form factor and high-efficiency products for mobile phones, notebook computers, computer peripherals and other portable devices. The primary application for these products is power regulation for computer, communications, high-end consumer and industrial systems.

Microwave and High-Reliability Products. We design, develop and market transceivers for wireless communications infrastructure, including 2G/3G/4G cellular repeaters, WiMAX CPE and base stations and defense and aerospace products, including satellite communication, ground to air beacons and unmanned air vehicles (“UAV”). This product segment also includes our line of high-reliability discrete semiconductor products comprised of rectifiers, assemblies (packaged discrete rectifiers) and other products. These products are typically used to convert alternating currents (“AC”) into direct currents (“DC”) and to protect circuits against very high voltage spikes or high current surges. Our microwave and high-reliability products can be found in a broad range of applications including industrial, military, and medical and communications systems.

Most of our sales to customers are made on the basis of individual customer purchase orders. Many customers include liberal cancellation provisions in their purchase orders. Trends within the industry toward shorter lead-times and “just-in-time” deliveries have resulted in our reduced ability to predict future shipments. As a result, we rely on orders received and shipped within the same quarter for a significant portion of our sales. Orders received and shipped in the third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 represented 45% and 31% of net sales, respectively. Sales made directly to customers during the third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 were 55% and 58% of net sales, respectively. The remaining sales were made through independent distributors.

Our business involves reliance on foreign-based entities. Most of our outside subcontractors and suppliers, including third-party foundries that supply silicon wafers, are located in foreign countries, including China, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Denmark, Malaysia, Ireland, Germany, Israel and Canada. For the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, approximately 68% of our silicon, in terms of cost of wafers purchased, was manufactured in China.

Foreign sales during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 constituted approximately 72% of our net sales. Approximately 63% of sales during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 were to customers located in the Asia-Pacific region. The remaining foreign sales were primarily to customers in Europe, Canada, and Mexico.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

In addition to the discussion below, you should refer to the disclosures regarding our critical accounting policies in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in Item 7 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 31, 2011.

Revenue and Cost of Sales

We recognize product revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectability is probable. We record a provision for estimated sales returns in the same period as the related revenues are recorded. We base these estimates on historical sales returns and other known factors. Actual returns could be different from our estimates and current provisions for sales returns and allowances, resulting in future charges to earnings.

Recovery of costs associated with product design and engineering services are recognized during the period in which services are performed when a substantive milestone is achieved. The product design and engineering recovery, when recognized, will be reported as a reduction to product development and engineering expense. Historically, these recoveries have not exceeded the cost of the related development efforts.

 

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We defer revenue recognition on shipment of products to certain customers, principally distributors, under agreements which provide for limited pricing credits or product return privileges, until these products are sold through to end-users or the return privileges lapse. For sales subject to certain pricing credits or return privileges, the amount of future pricing credits or returns cannot be reasonably estimated given the relatively long period in which a particular product may be held by the customer. Therefore, we have concluded that sales to customers under these agreements are not fixed and determinable at the date of the sale and revenue recognition has been deferred. We estimate the deferred gross margin on these sales by applying an average gross profit margin to the actual gross sales. The average gross profit margin is calculated for each category of products using current standard costs. The deferred gross margin does not include any adjustments for sales returns. The estimated deferred gross margin on these sales, where there are no outstanding receivables, is recorded on the balance sheet under the heading of “Deferred revenue.” There were no significant impairments of deferred cost of sales in fiscal year 2011 or the first nine months of fiscal year 2012.

The following table summarizes the deferred net revenue balance:

 

(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
    January 30,
2011
 

Deferred revenues

   $ 5,475      $ 6,369   

Less: Deferred cost of revenues

     (1,413     (1,560
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Deferred revenues, net

   $ 4,062      $ 4,809   

Deferred product design and engineering recoveries

     561        211   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total deferred revenue

   $ 4,623      $ 5,020   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross Profit

Gross profit is equal to our net sales less our cost of sales. Our cost of sales includes materials, depreciation on fixed assets used in the manufacturing process, shipping costs, direct labor and overhead. We determine the cost of inventory by the first-in, first-out method.

Operating Costs

Our operating costs and expenses generally consist of selling, general and administrative, product development and engineering costs, costs associated with acquisitions, and other operating related charges.

 

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Results of Operations

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, our statements of operations data expressed as a percentage of revenues.

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Net Sales

     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0

Cost of Sales

     40.8     40.0     40.0     41.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross Profit

     59.2     60.0     60.0     58.6

Operating costs and expenses:

        

Selling, general & administrative

     20.3     28.8     19.7     25.7

Product development & engineering

     16.5     14.9     16.3     15.1

Intangible amortization

     3.7     2.0     2.3     2.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     40.5     45.7     38.3     42.9
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     18.7     14.2     21.7     15.7

Interest and other income, net

     0.6     0.0     0.0     0.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before taxes

     19.3     14.2     21.7     15.9

Provision for taxes (benefits)

     -2.4     1.1     1.4     2.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     21.8     13.1     20.4     13.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Percentages may not add precisely due to rounding.

Our regional mix of income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes is as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
(in thousands)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    October 30,
2011
     October 31,
2010
 

Domestic

   $ (7,895   $ (10,263   $ 3,080       $ (10,598

Foreign

     31,859        27,780        78,757         64,316   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 23,964      $ 17,517      $ 81,837       $ 53,718   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Domestic income (loss) from continuing operations include amortization of acquired intangible assets, litigation expenses and higher levels of stock-based compensation compared to foreign operations.

Comparison of the Three Months Ended October 30, 2011 and October 31, 2010

We report on the basis of 52 and 53 week periods and end our fiscal year on the last Sunday in January. All quarters consist of 13 weeks, except for one 14-week quarter in 53-week years. The third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 were both 13-week periods.

Our estimates of sales by major end-market are detailed below:

 

     Three Months Ended  
(dollars in thousands; % of net sales)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Computing

   $ 10,560         9   $ 11,081         9

Communications

     46,212         37     44,325         36

High-end Consumer (1)

     45,859         37     43,094         35

Industrial

     21,313         17     24,625         20
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 123,944         100   $ 123,125         100
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) Approximately $4.9 million and $6.4 million of our total sales to Samsung Electronics (and affiliates), one of our significant customers, in the third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011, respectively, were for products that target the handheld market (which includes mobile phones). This activity is included in the high-end consumer end-market category.

 

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Net Sales Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 were $123.9 million, an increase of 1% compared to $123.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. The higher revenue in the current quarter resulted primarily from higher demand for products in the communications and high-end consumer end-markets. As we enter the fourth quarter of our fiscal year, which is typically our seasonally weakest quarter, we see continued macro-economic uncertainty. In addition, we expect net sales in the fourth quarter to be adversely impacted by the recent floods in Thailand. These factors are expected to result in sequential revenue declining approximately 13% to 18% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Gross Profit During the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, gross profit decreased to $73.4 million from $73.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. Gross profit margins decreased to 59.2% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 from 60.0% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. This decrease in gross profit reflects the impact of a less favorable end-market product mix. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 is expected to decline as a result of lower expected revenue and lower gross profit margins resulting from expected changes of product mix.

Operating Costs and Expenses

 

     Three Months Ended        
(dollars in thousands)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    Change  

Selling, general and administrative

   $ 25,110         50   $ 35,501         63     -29

Product development and engineering

     20,489         41     18,400         33     11

Intangible amortization and impairments

     4,573         9     2,406         4     90
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total operating costs and expenses

   $ 50,172         100   $ 56,307         100     -11
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 were lower than the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 driven primarily by lower expenses for legal, accounting, tax and other professional services in connection with matters associated with or stemming from our historical stock option practices and lower stock-based compensation expenses resulting from higher level of forfeitures during the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Lower expense in these areas was partially offset by higher costs related to corporate reorganization activities and approximately $921,000 of diligence costs related to transaction activities.

SG&A expense for the third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 includes approximately $8,000 and $10.6 million, respectively, for legal and other professional services incurred in connection with matters related to our historical stock option practices, including the related litigation, and other associated matters. These expenses also include claims for advancement of legal expenses to current and former directors, officers and employees. The class action lawsuit was dismissed on June 27, 2011. See Note 13 to our consolidated condensed financial statements included in Item 1 of this Quarterly Report for additional information regarding expenses related to the class action lawsuit and historical stock option matters.

Product Development and Engineering Expenses

The increase in product development and engineering expenses was principally driven by investments in new product and process development activities and higher salary costs associated with an overall increase in personnel.

The levels of product development and engineering expenses reported in a fiscal period can be significantly impacted, and therefore experience period over period volatility, by the number of new product tape-outs and by the timing of recoveries from non-recurring engineering services which are typically milestone based and recorded as a reduction to product development and engineering expense.

Intangible Amortization and Impairments

Intangible amortization and impairments was $4.6 million and $2.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011, respectively. The increase reflects the impact of impairment charges of $2.5 million associated with acquired in-process research and developments (“IPR&D”) in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. The impact of this impairment charge was partially offset by lower amortization costs for certain intangible assets that have been fully amortized. As of October 30, 2011, we had IPR&D with a net carrying amount of $9.9 million.

Interest and Other, Net

Interest and other, netted to income of $729,000 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, compared to income of $3,000 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. The increase resulted from higher gains related to foreign currency transactions due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar.

 

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Provision for Taxes

In the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 we recorded an income tax benefit of $3.0 million compared to $1.4 million income tax provision in the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. The effective tax rates for the third quarter of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 were (13%) and 8%, respectively. Our effective tax rates for these periods differ from the statutory federal income tax rate of 35% due primarily to certain undistributed foreign earnings for which no U.S. taxes are provided because such earnings are intended to be indefinitely reinvested outside of the U.S. In the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, we released $3.7 million of previously recorded reserves for uncertain tax positions as a result of statutes of limitations for the taxing authority to challenge the position expiring.

As a global organization, we are subject to audit by taxing authorities in various jurisdictions. To the extent that an audit, or the closure of a statute of limitations, results in our adjusting our reserves for uncertain tax positions, our effective tax rate could experience extreme volatility since any adjustment would be recorded as a discrete item in the period of adjustment.

Comparison of the Nine Months Ended October 30, 2011 and October 31, 2010

We report on the basis of 52 and 53 week periods and end our fiscal year on the last Sunday in January. All quarters consist of 13 weeks, except for one 14-week quarter in 53-week years. The first nine months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 were both 39-week periods.

Our estimates of sales by major end-market are detailed below:

 

     Nine Months Ended  
(dollars in thousands; % of net sales)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Computing

   $ 30,813         8   $ 33,291         10

Communications

     146,873         39     119,390         35

High-end Consumer (1)

     132,641         35     115,609         34

Industrial

     66,242         18     69,942         21
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 376,569         100   $ 338,232         100
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) Approximately $13.3 million and $16.2 million of our total sales to Samsung Electronics (and affiliates), one of our significant customers, in the first nine months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011, respectively, were for products that target the handheld market (which includes mobile phones). This activity is included in the high-end consumer end-market category.

Net Sales Net sales for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 were $376.6 million, an increase of 11% compared to $338.2 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011. The higher revenue in the current quarter resulted primarily from higher demand for products in the communications and high-end consumer end-markets. As we enter the fourth quarter of our fiscal year, which is typically our seasonally weakest quarter, we see continued macro-economic uncertainty. In addition, we expect net sales in the fourth quarter to be adversely impacted by the recent floods in Thailand.

Gross Profit During the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, gross profit increased to $226.0 million from $198.3 million in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011. Gross profit margins increased to 60.0% in the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from 58.6% in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011. This increase in gross profit reflects the impact of substantially higher sales, and specifically a more favorable end-market product mix through the first half of the fiscal year, and the benefit of higher levels of absorption as a result of higher manufacturing volumes. Also contributing to the higher margins was the impact of the transition away from lower margin computing products within our Power Management business and the impact of lower stock-based compensation expense. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 is expected to decline as a result of lower expected revenue and lower gross profit margins resulting from expected changes of product mix.

 

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Operating Costs and Expenses

 

     Nine Months Ended        
(dollars in thousands)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
    Change  

Selling, general and administrative

   $ 74,296         52   $ 86,767         60     -14

Product development and engineering

     61,242         42     51,107         35     20

Intangible amortization and impairments

     8,778         6     7,216         5     22
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total operating costs and expenses

   $ 144,316         100   $ 145,090         100     -1
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

SG&A expenses in the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 were lower than the first nine months of fiscal year 2011 driven primarily by lower expenses for legal, accounting, tax and other professional services in connection with matters associated with or stemming from our historical stock option practices and lower stock-based compensation expenses resulting from higher level of forfeitures during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012. Lower expense in these areas was partially offset by higher costs related to corporate reorganization activities and approximately $921,000 of diligence costs related to transaction activities.

SG&A expenses for the first nine months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 include approximately $194,000 and $13.3 million, respectively, for legal and other professional services incurred in connection with matters related to our historical stock option practices, including the related litigation, and other associated matters. These expenses also include claims for advancement of legal expenses to current and former directors, officers and employees. The class action lawsuit was dismissed on June 27, 2011. See Note 13 to our consolidated condensed financial statements included in Item 1 of this Quarterly Report for additional information regarding expenses related to the class action lawsuit and historical stock option matters.

Product Development and Engineering Expenses

The increase in product development and engineering expenses was principally driven by investments in new product and process development expenses and higher salary costs associated with an overall increase in personnel.

The levels of product development and engineering expenses reported in a fiscal period can be significantly impacted, and therefore experience period over period volatility, by the number of new product tape-outs and by the timing of recoveries from non-recurring engineering services which are typically milestone based and recorded as a reduction to product development and engineering expense.

Intangible Amortization and Impairments

Intangible amortization and impairments was $8.8 million and $7.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011, respectively. The increase reflects the impact of impairment charges of $2.5 million associated with acquired IPR&D in the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 which is offset by the impact of lower amortization costs for certain intangibles that have been fully amortized. As of October 30, 2011, we had IPR&D with a net carrying amount of $9.9 million.

Interest and Other, Net

Interest and other, netted to income of $172,000 in the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, compared to income of $508,000 in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011. This decrease is attributable to a foreign exchange transaction loss of $662,000 and $241,000, in the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Provision for Taxes

Provision for income taxes was $5.1 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, compared to $7.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011. The effective tax rates for the first nine months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 were 6% and 13%, respectively. Our effective tax rates for these periods differ from the statutory federal income tax rate of 35% due primarily to certain undistributed foreign earnings for which no U.S. taxes are provided because such earnings are intended to be indefinitely reinvested outside of the U.S. In the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, we released $3.7 million of previously recorded reserves for uncertain tax positions as a result of statutes of limitations for the taxing authority to challenge the position expiring.

 

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Business Outlook

On November 30, 2011, we announced our outlook for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. At that time, we expected sequential revenue to be down approximately 13% to 18% from the third quarter and we expected earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.18 to $0.24. Refer to Exhibit 99.1 of our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 30, 2011 for the complete announcement.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our capital requirements depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the rate of increase or decrease in our existing business base; the success, timing and amount of investment required to bring new products to market; revenue growth or decline; and potential acquisitions. We believe that we have the financial resources necessary to meet business requirements for the next 12 months, including funds needed for working capital requirements.

As of October 30, 2011, our total shareholders’ equity was $625.4 million. At that date we also had approximately $292.1 million in cash and short-term investments, as well as $25.3 million in long-term investments. We have no outstanding debt.

Our primary sources and uses of cash during the comparative nine month periods are presented below:

 

     Nine Months Ended  
(in millions)    October 30,
2011
    October 31,
2010
 

Sources of Cash

    

Operating activities

   $ 73.6      $ 64.6   

Proceeds from exercise of stock options including tax benefits

     37.3        22.5   

Proceeds (purchases) from sale of investments. net

     4.8        (63.9
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 115.7      $ 23.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Uses of Cash

    

Capital expenditures, net of sale proceeds

   $ (18.0   $ (17.9

Repurchase of common stock

     (30.6     (2.7

Purchase of intangible assets

     (3.0     0.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ (51.6   $ (20.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

   $ 64.1      $ 2.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

We incur significant expenditures in order to fund the development, design, and manufacture of new products. We intend to continue to focus on those areas that have shown potential for viable and profitable market opportunities, which may require additional investment in equipment and the hiring of additional design and application engineers aimed at developing new products. Certain of these expenditures, particularly the addition of design engineers, do not generate significant payback in the short-term. We plan to finance these expenditures with cash generated by our operations and our existing cash balances.

A meaningful portion of our capital resources, and the liquidity they represent, are held by our foreign subsidiaries. As of October 30, 2011, our foreign subsidiaries held approximately $253.4 million of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments compared to $165.7 million at January 30, 2011. If we needed these funds for investment in domestic operations, any repatriation could result in increased tax liabilities.

 

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One of our primary goals is to improve the cash flows from our existing business activities. Our cash, cash equivalents and investments, when combined with the lack of any outstanding debt obligations, give us the flexibility to use our free cash flow to return value to shareholders (in the form of stock repurchases) and also pursue business improvement opportunities.

Additionally, we will continue to seek to maintain and improve our existing business performance with capital expenditures and, potentially, acquisitions that meet our rate of return requirements. Acquisitions might be made for either cash or stock consideration, or a combination of both.

Operating Activities

Net cash provided by operating activities is primarily due to net income adjusted for non-cash items plus fluctuations in operating assets and liabilities.

Investing Activities

Cash used for investing activities is primarily attributable to capital expenditures, purchases of investments, offset by proceeds from the sales/maturities of investments. Our marketable securities investment portfolio is invested primarily in highly rated securities, generally with a minimum rating of A/A2 or equivalent.

Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from disposals, were $18.0 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 compared to $17.9 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011.

Financing Activities

Cash provided by financing activities is primarily attributable to the following: proceeds from the exercise of stock options offset by the repurchase of common stock under the Company’s stock repurchase program and the payment of statutory tax withholding obligations resulting from the vesting of restricted stock settled by withholding shares.

For the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, cash proceeds from the exercise of stock options were $35.0 million compared to $22.2 million in fiscal year 2011.

We do not directly control the timing of the exercise of stock options. Such exercises are independent decisions made by grantees and are influenced most directly by the stock price and the expiration dates of stock awards. Such proceeds are difficult to forecast, resulting from several factors which are outside our control. We believe that such proceeds will remain an important secondary source of cash after cash flow from operating activities.

We currently have in effect a stock repurchase program. This program represents one of our principal efforts to return value to our shareholders. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, we repurchased 1.4 million shares for $30.0 million. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2011, we repurchased 74,702 shares under this program for $1.3 million. On August 24, 2011 we announced a $36 million expansion of our existing stock repurchase program. Refer to Exhibit 99.1 of our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 24, 2011 for the complete announcement. On November 30, 2011 we announced an additional $50 million expansion of our existing stock repurchase program. Refer to Exhibit 99.1 of our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 30, 2011 for the complete announcement.

In addition to the stock repurchase program, shares valued at $579,000 and $1.5 million were withheld in connection with the vesting of restricted stock to cover statutory tax withholding obligations in the first nine months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements, as those arrangements are defined by the SEC, that are reasonably likely to have a material effect on our financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources.

 

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We do not have any unconsolidated subsidiaries or affiliated entities. We have no special purpose or limited purpose entities that provide off-balance sheet financing, liquidity or market or credit risk support. We do not engage in leasing, hedging, research and development services, or other relationships that expose us to liability that is not reflected on the face of the financial statements.

Certain contractual obligations, representing various commitments we have associated with our business, such as lease commitments and open purchase obligations, are not recorded as liabilities on our balance sheet because we have not yet received the related goods or services as of October 30, 2011.

Contractual Obligations

There were no material changes in our contractual obligations during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from those disclosed in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in Item 7 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 31, 2011.

Inflation

Inflationary factors have not had a significant effect on our performance over the past several years. A significant increase in inflation would affect our future performance.

Available Information

General information about us can be found on our website at www.semtech.com. The information on our website is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on for investment purposes. The information on our website is not incorporated by reference into this Quarterly Report and should not be considered part of this or any other report filed with the SEC.

We make available free of charge, either by direct access on our website or by a link to the SEC website, our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. Our reports filed with, or furnished to, the SEC are also available directly at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

ITEM 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

We are subject to a variety of market risks, including commodity risk and the risks related to foreign currency, interest rates and market performance that are discussed in Item 7A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2011 that ended on January 30, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 31, 2011. Many of the factors that can have an impact on our market risk are external to us, and so we are unable to fully predict them.

 

ITEM 4. Controls and Procedures

Disclosure Controls

We carried out, under the supervision and with the participation of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report. Based on this evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that such disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

Changes in Internal Controls

There was no change in our internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter ended October 30, 2011 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings

Information about legal proceedings is set forth in Note 11 to the consolidated condensed financial statements included in Part I, Item 1 of this Quarterly Report.

 

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

You should carefully consider and evaluate all of the information in this Quarterly Report and the risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 31, 2011. The risks set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K are not the only ones we face. Additional risks not now known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business operations. If any of these risks actually occur, our business could be materially harmed. If our business is harmed, the trading price of our common stock could decline.

Other than the addition of the risk factor below, the risk factors associated with our business have not materially changed, as compared to the risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 31, 2011. Also see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in this Quarterly Report for a discussion of certain factors that may affect our future performance.

We may be subject to taxation in other jurisdictions which could negatively affect our operations

As a global organization, we may be subject to a variety of transfer pricing or permanent establishment challenges by taxing authorities in various jurisdictions. If certain of our non-U.S. activities were treated as carrying on business as a permanent establishment and therefore, subject to income tax in such jurisdiction, our results of operations could be materially adversely affected.

 

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ITEM 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

We did not make any sales of unregistered securities during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Issuer Purchase of Equity Securities

This table provides information with respect to purchases by us of shares of our common stock during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.

 

Fiscal Month/Year

   Total Number of
Shares Purchased
(2)
     Average Price Paid
per Share
     Total Number of Shares
Purchased as Part of Publicly

Announced Program
     Approximate Dollar Value of
Shares That May Yet Be
Purchased Under The Program
(1)
 

August 2011 (08/01/11-08/28/11)

     —         $ —           —         $ 50 million   

September 2011 (08/29/11-09/25/11)

     1,369,495       $ 21.91         1,369,495       $ 20 million   

October 2011 (09/26/11-10/30/11)

     —         $ —           —         $ 20 million   
  

 

 

       

 

 

    

Total activity

     1,369,495            1,369,495      
  

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

(1) On March 4, 2008, we announced that our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $50 million of our common stock from time to time through negotiated or open market transactions (“2008 Program”). This stock repurchase program does not have an expiration date. On August 24, 2011, we announced a $36 million expansion of the 2008 Program. Refer to Exhibit 99.1 of our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 24, 2011 for the complete announcement. On November 30, 2011, we announced an additional $50 million expansion of our existing stock repurchase program. Refer to Exhibit 99.1 of our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 30, 2011 for the complete announcement.
(2) The table does not include shares surrendered to us or withheld in connection with the cashless exercise of stock options by employees and directors or shares surrendered to us or withheld to cover tax liabilities upon vesting of restricted stock.

 

ITEM 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

 

ITEM 4. (Removed and Reserved)

 

ITEM 5. Other Information

None.

 

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ITEM 6. Exhibits

Documents that are not physically filed with this report are incorporated herein by reference to the location indicated.

 

Exhibit No.    Description    Location
3.1    Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Semtech Corporation    Exhibit 3.1 to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended October 26, 2003
3.2    Bylaws of Semtech Corporation    Exhibit 3.2 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 27, 2008
31.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended    Filed herewith
31.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended    Filed herewith
32.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Exhibit 32.1 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed”)
   Filed herewith
32.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer Pursuant 18 U.S.C. §1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Exhibit 32.2 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed”)
   Filed herewith
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document*    Filed herewith
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document*    Filed herewith
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document*    Filed herewith
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document*    Filed herewith
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document*    Filed herewith
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document*    Filed herewith

*Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files on Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

    SEMTECH CORPORATION
    Registrant
Date: December 9, 2011      

/s/ Mohan R. Maheswaran

   

Mohan R. Maheswaran

President and Chief Executive Officer

Date: December 9, 2011      

/s/ Emeka N. Chukwu

   

Emeka N. Chukwu

Senior Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SECTION 302 CERTIFICATION OF PRESIDENT AND CEO

Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION

I, Mohan R. Maheswaran, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Semtech Corporation;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: December 9, 2011

/s/ Mohan R. Maheswaran
Mohan R. Maheswaran
President and Chief Executive Officer
SECTION 302 CERTIFICATION OF SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION

I, Emeka N. Chukwu, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Semtech Corporation;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: December 9, 2011

/s/ Emeka N. Chukwu
Emeka N. Chukwu

Senior Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

SECTION 906 CERTIFICATION OF PRESIDENT AND CEO

Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 USC 1350 AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Semtech Corporation (the “Company”) for the period ended October 30, 2011 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Mohan R. Maheswaran, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, hereby certify pursuant to 18 USC §1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that to my knowledge:

 

  1. the Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

  2. the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

Date: December 9, 2011

/s/ Mohan R. Maheswaran
Mohan R. Maheswaran
President and Chief Executive Officer

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or other document authenticating, acknowledging, or otherwise adopting the signature that appears in typed form within the electronic version of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, has been provided to Semtech Corporation and will be retained by Semtech Corporation and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.

The information contained in this Exhibit 32.1 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information in this Exhibit 32.1 shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference to this Exhibit 32.1 in such filing.

SECTION 906 CERTIFICATION OF SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO

Exhibit 32.2

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 USC 1350 AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Semtech Corporation (the “Company”) for the period ended October 30, 2011 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Emeka N. Chukwu, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, hereby certify pursuant to 18 USC §1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that to my knowledge:

 

  1. the Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

  2. the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

Date: December 9, 2011

/s/ Emeka N. Chukwu

Emeka N. Chukwu

Senior Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or other document authenticating, acknowledging, or otherwise adopting the signature that appears in typed form within the electronic version of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, has been provided to Semtech Corporation and will be retained by Semtech Corporation and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.

The information contained in this Exhibit 32.2 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information in this Exhibit 32.2 shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference to this Exhibit 32.2 in such filing.