Hittite Microwave Corporation (NASDAQ:HITT) today reported revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009 of $43.7 million, representing a decrease of 5.9% compared with $46.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 and an increase of 5.3% compared with $41.5 million for the third quarter of 2009. Net income for the quarter was $13.4 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, a decrease of 1.6% compared with $13.6 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2008, and an increase of 11.9% compared with $12.0 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009.
“The fourth quarter was a strong finish to a challenging year,” said Stephen Daly, Chairman and CEO. “In 2009 we stayed focused on developing novel products for our core markets, and these products will generate our future growth. We also continued to build on our competitive advantages.”
For the fourth quarter of 2009, revenue from customers in the United States was $21.9 million, or 50% of the company’s total revenue, and revenue from customers outside the United States was $21.8 million, or 50% of total revenue. Gross margin was 74.8% for the fourth quarter of 2009 as compared with 72.0% in each of the fourth quarter of 2008 and the third quarter of 2009. Operating income for the fourth quarter was $19.8 million, or 45.5% of revenue. Total cash and cash equivalents at the end of Q4 2009 was $220.5 million, an increase of $5.3 million for the fourth quarter, after giving effect to the repurchase by the company of $8.7 million of its common stock during the quarter.
For the full year 2009, revenue was $163.0 million, a 9.6% decrease from $180.3 million for 2008. Net income for the year was $46.2 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, a decrease of 14.2% from $53.8 million, or $1.74 per diluted share, for 2008. Net bookings for 2009 were $187.3 million, a 2.2% increase over bookings of $183.4 million for 2008. The backlog at December 31, 2009 was $63.9 million compared with $39.6 million at December 31, 2008.
The company expects revenue for the first quarter ending March 31, 2010 to be in the range of $50.0 million to $52.0 million and net income to be in the range of $13.7 million to $14.5 million, or $0.46 to $0.48 per diluted share.
Webcast and Taped Replay
The company will host a conference call to discuss its financial results at 5:00 p.m. ET today. A live webcast of the call will be available online on the Hittite Microwave website. To listen to the live webcast, go to the Investors page of the Hittite Microwave web site at www.hittite.com and click on the webcast link located under News & Events. A telephonic replay of the call also will be available for one week after the live call by dialing (303) 590-3030, access code 4201033. Following the call, a webcast replay will also be available by visiting the Investors page at www.hittite.com.
About Hittite Microwave Corporation
Hittite Microwave is an innovative designer and developer of high-performance integrated circuits, or ICs, modules, subsystems and instrumentation for technically demanding radio frequency, or RF, microwave and millimeterwave applications. Products include amplifiers, attenuators, comparators, data converters, dielectric resonator oscillators, frequency dividers and detectors, frequency multipliers, high speed digital logic, interface, limiting amplifiers, mixers and converters, modulators and demodulators, oscillators, passives, phase lock loop (PLL), PLL with integrated VCOs, phase shifters, power conditioning, power detectors, sensors, switches, synthesizers, transimpedance amplifiers and variable gain amplifiers. Hittite's products are used in a variety of applications and end markets including automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, fiber optic, microwave and millimeterwave communications, military, space, and test and measurement. The company utilizes radio frequency integrated circuits (RFIC), monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC), multi-chip modules (MCM) and microwave integrated circuit (MIC) technologies. The company is headquartered in Chelmsford, MA.
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Statements in this press release regarding Hittite Microwave Corporation that do not relate to historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, any statements regarding our expectations as to future levels of revenue, net income and earnings per share. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are only predictions, and actual future events and results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the impact of macro-economic conditions on demand for our products; our ability to effectively manage our costs and expenses in response to fluctuations in our growth rate; market acceptance of our new products; our ability accurately to assess end market requirements; our success in maintaining the business of our significant customers; our ability to keep pace with new semiconductor processes; risks related to our dependence on third-party suppliers; regulatory, operational, financial and political risks inherent in operating internationally; competition within the semiconductor industry; product returns and warranty claims; the possibility that intellectual property claims initiated by or against us could be costly or have adverse outcomes; and other risks and uncertainties that are discussed under “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2009, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.