ON Semiconductor Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

  • •Revenue of $1,377.6 million
  • •Gross margin of 37.6 percent
  • •GAAP operating margin of 13.5 percent and non-GAAP operating margin of 15.7 percent
  • •Operating cash flow of $226.5 million and free cash flow of $127.0 million
  • •GAAP earnings per share of $0.31 and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.40

PHOENIX, Ariz. – April 29, 2018 – ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON) today announced that total revenue in the first quarter of 2018 was $1,377.6 million, down approximately 4 percent compared to GAAP revenue in the first quarter of last year. First quarter 2018 revenue was up approximately 7 percent compared to non-GAAP revenue in the first quarter of last year, which excluded the one-time impact from a change in revenue recognition to the "sell-in" method from the "sell-through" method. First quarter 2018 revenue was approximately flat as compared to revenue in fourth quarter of 2017.

"We delivered strong revenue and margin performance in the first quarter. We are seeing an upwards inflection in long-term demand for our products, driven by strengthening engagement with our customers on their long-term strategic projects and broad-based acceptance of our products for automotive and industrial markets," said Keith Jackson, president and CEO of ON Semiconductor. "Along with robust revenue performance, we continue to deliver impressive margin performance driven by solid execution, improving mix, and operating leverage. We continue to make strong progress towards our target financial model."

"Sustained demand has put pressure on the semiconductor industry's supply chain. We are pro-actively investing in our operations to further strengthen our industry leading cost structure and to ensure supply for our customers."

Q1 2018 Results

FINANCIALS

* Convertible Notes, Non-cash Interest Expense is calculated pursuant to FASB's Accounting Standards Codification Topic 470: Debt.

** Diluted share count can vary as a result of, among other things, the actual exercise of options or vesting of restricted stock units, the incremental dilutive shares from the Company's convertible senior subordinated notes, and the repurchase or the issuance of stock or convertible notes or the sale of treasury shares. In periods in which the quarterly average stock price per share exceeds $18.50, the non-GAAP diluted share count and non-GAAP net income per share includes the impact of the Company’s hedge transactions issued concurrently with our 1.00% convertible notes. As such, at an average stock price per share between $18.50 and $25.96, the hedging activity offsets the potentially dilutive effect of the 1.00% convertible notes. In periods when the quarterly average stock price per share exceeds $20.72, the non-GAAP diluted share count and non-GAAP net income per share includes the anti-dilutive impact of the Company’s hedge transactions issued concurrently with the 1.625% convertible notes. As such, at an average stock price per share between $20.72 and $30.70, the hedging activity offsets the potentially dilutive effect of the 1.625% convertible notes. Both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted share counts are based on the Company’s stock price as of April 29, 2018.

*** Special items may include: amortization of acquisition-related intangibles; expensing of appraised inventory fair market value step-up; purchased in-process research and development expenses; restructuring, asset impairments and other, net; goodwill impairment charges; gains and losses on debt prepayment; non-cash interest expense; actuarial (gains) losses on pension plans and other pension benefits; and certain other special items, as necessary. These special items are out of our control and could change significantly from period to period. As a result, we are not able to reasonably estimate and separately present the individual impact or probable significance of these special items, and we are similarly unable to provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures. The reconciliation that is unavailable would include a forward looking income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows in accordance with GAAP. For this reason, we use a projected range of the aggregate amount of special items in order to calculate our projected non-GAAP operating expense outlook.

**** We believe these non-GAAP measures provide important supplemental information to investors. We use these measures, together with GAAP measures, for internal managerial purposes and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. However, we do not, and you should not, rely on non-GAAP financial measures alone as measures of our performance. We believe that non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when taken together with GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures that we also provide in our releases, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures, even if they have similar names.

TELECONFERENCE

ON Semiconductor will host a conference call for the financial community at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 30, 2018 to discuss this announcement and ON Semiconductor’s results for the first quarter of 2018. The Company will also provide a real-time audio webcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its website at http://www.onsemi.com. The webcast replay will be available at this site approximately one hour following the live broadcast and will continue to be available for approximately 30 days following the conference call. Investors and interested parties can also access the conference call through a telephone call by dialing (877) 356-3762 (U.S./Canada) or (262) 558-6155 (International). In order to join this conference call, you will be required to provide the Conference ID Number, which is 4988927.

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