Altera Announces Third Quarter Results

(PRNewswire) — Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced third quarter sales of $495.0 million, up 6 percent from the second quarter of 2012 and down 5 percent from the third quarter of 2011. Third quarter net income was $157.5 million, $0.49 per diluted share, compared with net income of $162.7 million, $0.50 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012 and $185.4 million, $0.57 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011.

Year-to-date cash flow from operating activities was $460.5 million. Altera repurchased 1.6 million shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $50.0 million. Altera ended the quarter with $3.7 billion in cash and investments.

Altera's board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, to be paid on December 3, 2012 to stockholders of record on November 13, 2012.

"Despite uneven global economic conditions, Altera experienced relatively broad vertical market sequential growth with both our new and mainstream product categories performing well," said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. "Our 28 nm opportunity pipeline exceeds that of any prior process node as FPGAs continue to displace ASICs. Altera is the only 28 nm FPGA supplier to offer production-qualified devices across our entire range of product families, which gives us clear advantage as we compete for design wins. Altera is the design-win value leader at 28 nm."

Several recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress:

  • Production-qualified devices are now available across Altera's entire 28 nm portfolio of high-end, midrange, and low-cost FPGAs. As the first FPGA supplier to reach this 28 nm industry milestone, Altera's technology leadership, with its unique tailored architecture approach, is successfully delivering a range of products optimized for cost, performance and low power. At the high end, Stratix® V FPGAs are the industry's only production monolithic devices with 28 Gbps integrated transceivers. In the midrange, Arria® V FPGAs use the lowest power while providing optimized performance for a variety of applications including remote radio units, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless communications equipment, in-studio mixers and 10G/40G line cards. Developed on TSMC's 28 nm Low Power (28LP) process, the Cyclone® V FPGA family provides customers the lowest power and lowest cost at optimal performance levels needed for today's high-volume, cost-sensitive applications.
  • Altera has unveiled several key innovations planned for its next generation of 20 nm products. Extending the promise of silicon convergence, Altera is offering customers the ultimate system-integration platform, combining the hardware programmability of FPGAs with the software flexibility of digital signal processors and microprocessors along with the efficiencies of application-specific hard intellectual property. The architectural, software and process innovations Altera is making at 20 nm enable the development of an enhanced mixed-system fabric that delivers new levels of performance, bandwidth, integration and power efficiency. Altera's 20 nm mixed-system fabric includes the integration of 40 Gbps transceiver technology, a next-generation variable-precision digital signal processing (DSP) block architecture that delivers over 5 TFLOPs of IEEE 754 floating-point performance, and heterogeneous 3D integrated circuits that integrate FPGAs with a user-customizable HardCopy® ASIC or a variety of other technologies, including memory, third-party ASICs and optical interfaces.
  • For the second consecutive year, Altera has been selected as one of the 100 most innovative companies in the world, according to a study just published by Forbes Magazine. The Forbes ranking is based on "Innovation Premium," an indication of the premium the stock market gives a company because investors expect it to launch new offerings and enter new markets. The algorithm was developed by Hal Gregersen, Jeff Dyer, and Clayton Christensen, and is described in their book, The Innovator's DNA (Harvard Business Press, 2011).


Key New Product Devices

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Arria II



Cyclone IV



HardCopy IV



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