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TMCNet:  Cypress Reports Second-Quarter 2014 Results

[July 21, 2014]

Cypress Reports Second-Quarter 2014 Results

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 21 July 2014 Release date- 18072014 - SAN JOSE, Calif. - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) announced its second-quarter 2014 results, which included the remarks below from its president and CEO, T.J. Rodgers.

Highlights for the quarter included: Revenue met guidance Net income beat guidance and more than doubled sequentially Consumer electronics revenue slowed, but the industrial and automotive sector remained strong at 43% of revenue Gross margin was 54%, up 3.7 percentage points sequentially Free cash flow was $39.5 million (21.5% of revenue) Fellow shareholders: Our revenue and earnings for the quarter are given below, compared with those of the prior quarter and prior year.

Second-quarter revenue increased 8% sequentially, and gross margin increased to 54%, due to a favorable product and end-customer mix. Higher revenue and gross margin produced $0.16 earnings per share in the quarter, up significantly from the $0.07 in the prior quarter.

Our book-to-bill ratio was 0.99, due to a mild, but broad, softening in the consumer electronics sector. However, based on the strength of the automotive and industrial sectors, we remain on track to attain our 2014 revenue forecast, which I communicated to shareholders in our 2013 Annual Report. Those two sectors account for 43% of revenue, more than double our TrueTouch touchscreen revenue.

Our pretax profit of $27.4 million and our free cash flow of $39.5 million were up quarter-on-quarter by 120% and 102%, respectively, reflecting the fall-through leverage in our current model.

BUSINESS REVIEW Our non-GAAP consolidated gross margin for the second quarter was 54.0%, up 3.7 percentage points from the previous quarter, primarily due to product and end-customer mix. Excluding our Emerging Technologies Division (ETD), our core semiconductor gross margin was 55.8%, the highest level since 2012. ETD revenue nearly doubled year-on-year and will continue to grow rapidly throughout 2014.

Net inventory at the end of the second quarter was flat at $89.0 million.

SECOND-QUARTER 2014 HIGHLIGHTS Cypress announced a strategic partnership with Norway-based IDEX ASA to develop fingerprint-recognition solutions. Under terms of the agreement, Cypress will offer fingerprint solutions based on IDEX technology alongside its TrueTouch touchscreen solutions, CapSense touch-sensing controllers and trackpad solutions. The combination will enable the design of sleek user interfaces with integrated personal security for smartphones, tablets, wearables and identity cards.

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) licensed Cypress's SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) embedded flash memory intellectual property (IP) for its 55-nanometer process technology. This license means that much of our industry will adopt Cypress's SONOS as their next-generation embedded-flash foundry technology.

Cypress introduced the PSoC 4000 family, which offers low-cost 32-bit ARM-based system-on-chip solutions for quick upgrades of embedded systems using legacy 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers. It also delivers Cypress's industry-leading CapSense technology to cost-sensitive, high-volume applications. The PSoC 4000 family comes with a revolutionary CY8CKIT-049 Prototyping Kit, which sells for only $4, introducing designers of products for the Internet of Things to our low-cost PSoC 4 product family.

A teardown by analytics firm TechInsights found that the Cypress TrueTouch Gen5 TMA545 controller drives the touchscreen of the new Samsung Gear Live smartwatch. The smartwatch features the Gen5 controller's best-in-class water-rejection capability and a wake-on-touch mode that helps prolong battery life.

Huawei designed Cypress's TrueTouch Gen4 capacitive touchscreen controllers into five smartphone models, including the Honor 3X and 3C and the Ascend G716, G730 and G740.

ZTE selected Cypress's TrueTouch Gen5 TMA568 touchscreen controller to drive the 6.44-inch display in its nubia X6 superphone, whose new feature is to switch automatically between glove- and finger-tracking modes.

Cypress introduced its fourth-generation, 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB radio-on-a-chip transceiver, WirelessUSB NX. The transceiver features ultra-low power consumption with a fast, 2-Mbps data rate, which limits the time and power spent transmitting and receiving, enabling three years of battery life for wireless mice, keyboards, trackpads and remote controls.

Oneking Technologies of Shenzhen, China selected Cypress's EZ-USB FX3 controller for its new high-definition (HD) color video conference camera. The HD820-SN6300 camera uses the USB 3.0 controller's 5-Gbps bandwidth to stream HD video without compression, which degrades image quality.

EverPro Technologies and Cypress successfully completed testing of EverPro's USB 3.0 active optical cable. The cable uses Cypress FX3 and CX3 controllers to transfer data at 5 Gbps over a distance of up to 100 meters-a requirement for many machine vision and industrial camera applications.

Cypress introduced the world's first 16Mb fast asynchronous SRAM with on-chip Error-Correcting Code (ECC). On-chip ECC makes this new SRAM 1,000 times more reliable than standard SRAMs, enabling designers to eliminate additional error correction chips. The SRAM is the first in a new family of ECC-enabled asynchronous SRAMs.

Cypress expanded its portfolio of nonvolatile Static Random Access Memories (nvSRAMs) with a new 16Mb family, which is the industry's fastest.

Cypress signed agreements with five new distribution partners in Asia: Dadoutek, Sekorm and Lierda in China, and HB Corporation and STC Corporation in Korea. These distributors will sell Cypress's entire product line and expand the reach of its sales organization with 65 new distributor branches in the region.

ABOUT CYPRESS Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals.

Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Statements herein that are not historical facts and that refer to Cypress or its subsidiaries' plans and expectations for Q3 2014 and the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and beyond are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

We may use words such as 'believe,' 'expect,' 'future,' 'plan,' 'intend' and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements that include, but are not limited to, statements related to the semiconductor market; the strength and growth of our proprietary and programmable products; our expectations regarding revenue for the third quarter and fiscal 2014 overall as well as our earnings leverage; our expectations regarding gross margin growth; our expectation that our ETD division will significantly contribute to our 2014 financial performance; our expectations regarding the demand for our products and how our products are expected to perform, our expectations for our new Asian distributors, as well as, our belief that much of the industry will adopt our SONOS foundry technology.

Such statements reflect our current expectations, which are based on information and data available to our management as of the date of this release.

Our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of uncertainties and risk factors, including, but not limited to, the state of and future of the global economy, business conditions and growth trends in the semiconductor market, whether our products and Emerging Technologies Division perform as expected, whether the demand for our proprietary and programmable products is fully realized, our ability to manage our business to have strong earnings and revenue growth, our ability to effectively implement our foundry processes at third party facilities, the strength or softness of the markets we serve, our ability to maintain and improve our gross margins and realize our bookings, the seasonality of the markets we serve, the financial performance of our Emerging Technologies Division, the performance of our new distributors in Asia, and other risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

We assume no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements.

Cypress, the Cypress logo, TrueTouch, CapSense, PSoC and EZ-USB are registered trademarks and WirelessUSB, enCoRe, FX3 and CX3 are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contact: Cypress Semiconductor Corp.

198 Champion Ct. Building 6.3 San Jose, CA 95134 Tel: 1 408-232-4552 Email: media_inquiry@cypress.com (c) 2014 Electronic News Publishing -

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