RFMD Continued to Generate Strong Cash Flow in March 2009 Quarter
Company Anticipates Increased Factory Utilization Rates in June 2009 Quarter
and Financial Leverage With Improving Global Demand Environment
GREENSBORO, N.C., April 6, 2009
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD),
a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components, today provided updated
information about its financial performance in the recently completed March 2009 quarter and its expectations for
the June 2009 quarter and 2010 fiscal year.
RFMD increased its cash, cash equivalent and short-term investments balance by approximately $28 million in the
March 2009 quarter to approximately $266 million and retired approximately $22 million of its outstanding
convertible notes. The Company reiterates its forecast for free cash flow of approximately $80 million - $120
million in the Company's 2010 fiscal year, which began March 29, 2009. See below for a reconciliation of free cash
flow to net cash provided by operating activities.
RFMD achieved March 2009 quarterly revenue in-line with
historical seasonal declines in the handset industry. During most of the March 2009 quarter, RFMD's factory
utilization rates were managed down as RFMD focused on reducing inventory and generating cash. Order activity
improved as the quarter progressed and, as a result, factory utilization rates at quarter-end were at
significantly higher levels than when the quarter began.
RFMD currently expects factory utilization rates
in the June 2009 quarter will be close to historical averages due to improving demand and previously announced
capacity reductions. RFMD has responded proactively to the realities of the global recession, and the Company's
cost cutting initiatives and expense reductions remain on track.
RFMD has significantly lowered its
breakeven points for cash generation and operating income, and the Company expects significant financial leverage
as global demand increases. RFMD will provide more detailed information about its March 2009 quarterly financial
results in its quarterly earnings press release and its corresponding quarterly earnings conference call on April
($ in millions)
Free Cash Flow Guidance, Fiscal Year 2010
Estimated Range for
Fiscal Year Ending
April 3, 2010
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 90 $ 140
Purchases of property and equipment (10) (20)
Free cash flow $ 80 $ 120
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD) is a
global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components. RFMD's products enable
worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and support advanced functionality in the cellular handset,
wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband and aerospace and defense markets.
RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio of semiconductor technologies and RF systems expertise and is a
preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer premises and communications equipment providers.
Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer with worldwide
engineering, design, sales and service facilities. RFMD is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the
symbol RFMD. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at
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1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives,
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publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, other than as is required
under the federal securities laws. RF Micro Devices' business is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties,
including variability in quarterly operating results, the impact of global macroeconomic and credit conditions on
our business, the rate of growth and development of wireless markets, risks associated with our planned exit from
our wireless systems business, including cellular transceivers and GPS solutions, the risk that restructuring
charges may be greater than originally anticipated and that the cost savings and other benefits from the
restructuring may not be achieved, risks associated with the operation of our wafer fabrication facilities,
molecular beam epitaxy facility, assembly facility and test and tape and reel facilities, our ability to complete
acquisitions and integrate acquired companies, including the risk that we may not realize expected synergies from
our business combinations, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel and develop leaders, variability in
production yields, our ability to reduce costs and improve gross margins by implementing innovative technologies,
our ability to bring new products to market, our ability to adjust production capacity in a timely fashion in
response to changes in demand for our products, dependence on a limited number of customers, and dependence on
third parties. These and other risks and uncertainties, which are described in more detail in RF Micro Devices'
most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could
cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these
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SOURCE RF Micro Devices, Inc. 01/20/2009
CONTACT: Doug DeLieto, VP, Investor Relations, +1-336-678-7968,
or Jerry Neal,
Executive Vice President, +1-336-678-7001, both of RFMD