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SMIC Reports 2014 First Quarter Results

28 Apr 2014


All currency figures stated in this report are in US Dollars unless stated otherwise.
The consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").
SHANGHAI, China, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) ("SMIC" or the "Company"), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, today announced its consolidated results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014.
First Quarter 2014 Highlights
  • Revenue was $451.1 million in 1Q14, a decrease of 8.3% quarter over quarter.
  • Non-GAAP revenue excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was $451.1 million in 1Q14, a decrease of 6.7 % quarter over quarter.
  • Gross margin was 21.3% in 1Q14, compared to 18.9% in 4Q13.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was 21.3% in 1Q14, compared to 19.2% in 4Q13.
  • Profit for the period attributable to SMIC was $20.3 million in 1Q14, compared to $14.7 million in 4Q13.
Second Quarter 2014 Guidance:
The following statements are forward looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are set forth under "Safe Harbor Statements" below.
  • Revenue is expected to be up from 12% to 15% quarter over quarter.
  • Gross margin is expected to range from 22% to 24%.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses excluding the effect of employee bonus accrual, funding of R&D contracts from the government and gain from the disposal of living quarters are expected to range from $89 million to $93 million.
Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, SMIC's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, commented, "We are excited to see that our overall profitability has improved despite hitting a seasonal trough in the first quarter, which is our eighth consecutive profitable quarter. When comparing Q1 2014 to Q4 2013, gross margin increased 2.4 percentage points, profit from operations more than tripled, and profit attributable to SMIC grew 38%; meanwhile, our capital structure also improved as our debt to equity ratio decreased 6.7 percentage points.
We are happy to announce that we received our first 28nm tape-out from one of our customers and we continue to target pilot production for 28nm by the end of 2014, and ramp-up and revenue generation in 2015.
When looking at our differentiated products, we have made good progress in fingerprint sensor technology and CMOS-MEMS technology, which are both now in production.
We are also excited to announce that we have secured some used equipment for our Shenzhen fab, and we target 10-thousand-wafers-per-month capacity installed in Shenzhen by the end of this year and production in 2015.
We have improved our profitability and, as is reflected in our guidance, we believe we are positioned for a recovery in the second quarter, and we continue to be optimistic about the second half of this year."
Conference Call / Webcast Announcement
Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. Shanghai time
Dial-in numbers and pass code:
China 400-620-8038 (Pass code: SMIC)
Hong Kong 852-2475-0994 (Pass code: SMIC)
Taiwan 886-2-2650-7825 (Pass code: SMIC)
United States, New York 1-845-675-0437  (Pass code: SMIC)
An archived version of the webcast, along with an electronic copy of this news release will be available on the SMIC website for a period of 12 months following the webcast.
About SMIC
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in mainland China. SMIC provides integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at 0.35-micron to 28-nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and a 200mm mega-fab in Shanghai; a 300mm mega-fab in Beijing with a joint-venture 300mm fab that is currently under construction; a 200mm fab in Tianjin; and a 200mm fab project under development in Shenzhen. SMIC also has marketing and customer service offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong.
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Safe Harbor Statements
(Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995)
This press release contains, in addition to historical information, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, including statements under "Second Quarter 2014 Guidance" and the statements regarding our targeted timing of pilot production, ramp-up and revenue generation for 28nm technology, our targeted 10-thousand-wafers-per-month capacity in Shenzhen and the timing of the instalment of such capacity, our expected recovery in the second quarter 2014 and our optimism about the second half of 2014 are based on SMIC's current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. SMIC uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project," "target" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks, both known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors that may cause SMIC's actual performance, financial condition or results of operations to be materially different from those suggested by the forward-looking statements including, among others, risks associated with the global economic slowdown, orders or judgments from pending litigation and financial stability in end markets.
Investors should consider the information contained in SMIC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including its annual report on 20-F filed with the SEC on April 14, 2014, especially the consolidated financial statements, and such other documents that SMIC may file with the SEC or The Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited ("SEHK") from time to time, including current reports on Form 6-K. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on SMIC's future results, performance or achievements. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this press release. Except as may be required by law, SMIC undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
About Non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("Non-GAAP") Financial Measures
To supplement SMIC's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with IFRS, SMIC uses in this press release measures of operating results that are adjusted to exclude wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation ("Wuhan Xinxin"), which SMIC began gradually phasing out in 3Q13. There were no wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin from 1Q14 onwards. This earnings release includes non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP cost of sales, non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating expenses, which consists of total operating expenses as adjusted to exclude the effect ofemployee bonus accrual, funding of R&D contracts from the government and gain from the disposal of living quarters. It also includes second quarter 2014 guidance for non-GAAP operating expenses. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS.
SMIC believes that use of these non-GAAP financial measures facilitates investors' and management's comparisons to SMIC's historical performance. The Company's management regularly uses these non-GAAP financial measures to understand, manage and evaluate the Company's business and make financial and operational decisions.
The accompanying table has more information and reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis.
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