Renesas Electronics Reports Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Due to Repercussions of Inventory Buildup in FY17 and Impacts from
Weakening End Demands, Full Year Sales Decreased Year-on-Year

FY19 to Generate Early Synergies from IDT Integration and Pursue
Continued Thorough

Cost and Cash Management in Preparation for the Continuing Weak End
Demands in FY19

  • Q4 2018: Non-GAAP(1) semiconductor sales of 183.8 billion
    yen, down 11.0% year-on-year. Non-GAAP gross margin of 40.9%, down 7.0
    points year-on-year and Non-GAAP operating profits (margin) of 21.2
    billion yen (11.3%), down 12.9 billion yen (4.9 points) year-on-year.
  • Full Year 2018: Non-GAAPsemiconductor sales of 740.5
    billion yen, down 3.3% year-on-year. Non-GAAP gross margin of 44.7%,
    down 2.1 points year-on-year and Non-GAAP operating profits (margin)
    of 110.6 billion yen (14.6%), down 17.5 billion yen (1.8 points)
    year-on-year.
  • Outlook for Q1 2019 (IFRS basis): Non-GAAP semiconductor sales within
    the range of 146.0 billion and 154.0 billion yen. Non-GAAP gross
    margin of 39%, based on the midpoint of forecasted sales.

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723, “Renesas”), a premier
supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today reported the
financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018
(October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018) and the financial results for the
year ended December 31, 2018 (January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018).

“In our full year 2018 and fourth quarter, our non-GAAP semiconductor
sales decreased by 3.3% year-on-year, and the non-GAAP gross margin
decreased by 2.1 points on a year-on-year basis. Our fourth quarter
non-GAAP semiconductor sales decreased by 11.0% year-on-year, and
non-GAAP gross margin decreased by 7.0 points on a year-on-year basis.
Impacts from the weak market conditions as well as our continued efforts
to restrain our production volume to achieve optimal inventory levels
led to these decreases,” said Bunsei Kure, Representative Director,
President and CEO, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “For the first
quarter ending March 31, 2019, in light of the continued weak market, we
expect semiconductor sales to decrease year-on-year and also foresee a
drop in gross margin from a year-ago quarter. With uncertainties for
sales in the short term, we will thoroughly control cash and improve
operational efficiency and reduce costs through selective concentration
of R&D. As for our growth strategy, we will update and announce our
mid-term plan after the completion of IDT acquisition.”

 

Quarterly Financial Summary (Billion yen)

                     
Non-GAAP Basis  

Q4 FY2018
(Oct-Dec 2018)

 

Q3 FY2018
(Jul-Sep 2018)

 

Q4 FY2017
(Oct-Dec 2017)

  QoQ   YoY
Net Sales   187.7   180.2   210.2   4.2%   -10.7%
Semi. Sales   183.8   175.6   206.4   4.7%   -11.0%
Gross Margin   40.9%   44.4%   47.9%   -3.5pts   -7.0pts
Operating Income   21.2   24.1   34.1   -3.0   -12.9
Operating Margin   11.3%   13.4%   16.2%   -2.1pts   -4.9pts
EBITDA(2)   43.9   46.8   54.5   -2.9   -10.6
         
                     

Japan GAAP Basis

 

Q4 FY2018
(Oct-Dec 2018)

 

Q3 FY2018
(Jul-Sep 2018)

 

Q4 FY2017
(Oct-Dec 2017)

  QoQ   YoY
Net Sales   187.7   180.2   210.2   4.2%   -10.7%
Semi. Sales   183.8   175.6   206.4   4.7%   -11.0%
Gross Margin   40.7%   44.1%   47.7%   -3.5pts   -7.0pts
Operating Income   10.1   13.1   21.9   -3.0   -11.7
Operating Margin   5.4%   7.3%   10.4%   -1.9pts   -5.0pts
EBITDA   42.4   45.0   52.6   -2.7   -10.2
         
 

Yearly Financial Summary (Billion yen)

             

Non-GAAP basis

 

Full-Year 2018
(Jan-Dec 2018)

 

Full-Year 2017
(Jan-Dec 2017)

  YoY
Net Sales   757.4   781.5   -3.1%
Semi. Sales   740.5   765.6   -3.3%
Gross Margin   44.7%   46.7%   -2.1pts
Operating Income   110.6   128.1   -17.5
Operating Margin   14.6%   16.4%   -1.8pts
EBITDA   200.6   202.8   -2.2
     
             
Japan GAAP basis  

Full Year 2018
(Jan-Dec 2018)

 

Full Year 2017
(Jan-Dec 2017)

  YoY
Net Sales   757.4   780.3   -2.9%
Semi. Sales   740.5   764.4   -3.1%
Gross Margin   44.4%   45.2%   -0.8pt
Operating Income   66.8   78.4   -11.6
Operating Margin   8.8%   10.0%   -1.2pts
EBITDA   194.5   187.1   +7.4
     
 
(1) Non-GAAP Basis: Non-GAAP figures are calculated by adjusting or
removing non-recurring items and other adjustments from GAAP
figures. The Group believes non-GAAP measures provide useful
information in understanding and evaluating the Group’s constant
business results, and therefore results are provided in non-GAAP
base. This adjustment and exclusion include the amortization of
goodwill and depreciation of intangible assets recognized from
acquisitions, other PPA (purchase price allocation) adjustments and
costs relating to acquisitions, stock-based compensation, as well as
other non-recurring expenses and income the Group believes to be
applicable. In addition, following the adoption of IFRS,
amortization of goodwill has been removed from the definition above.
(2) EBITDA: Sum of operating income, depreciation and amortization, and
amortization of long-term prepaid expenses. Amortization of goodwill
is also included for Japan GAAP-based EBITDA.
 

Quarterly Semiconductor Sales by Application (Billion yen)(3)

Following the completion of the acquisition of Intersil in February
2017, Renesas integrated Intersil into its operations and reformed its
business organization into three business units. To align with this
change, Renesas redefined its semiconductor sales breakdown to:
“Automotive,” “Industrial” and “Broad-based,” the three application
categories that constitute the main business of the Group, and “Other
semiconductors,” that constitute the businesses that do not belong to
the above three application categories.

                     
Non-GAAP Basis  

Q4 FY2018
(Oct-Dec
2018)

 

Q3 FY2018
(Jul-Sep
2018)

 

Q4 FY2017
(Oct-Dec
2017)

  QoQ   YoY
Automotive (4)   104.5   95.8   109.1   9.1%   -4.2%
Industrial (5)   43.1   41.8   54.2   3.1%   -20.5%
Broad-Based (6)   35.1   37.3   40.9   -6.0%   -14.2%
Other Semiconductors   1.0   0.7   2.2   52.6%   -52.7%
Total   183.8   175.6   206.4   4.7%   -11.0%
         
             

Semiconductor Sales
by Application
(Billion
yen)

 

Full Year 2018
(Jan-Dec 2018)

 

Full Year 2017
(Jan-Dec 2017)

  YoY
Automotive (4)   398.5   412.6   -3.4%
Industrial (5)   187.2   196.4   -4.7%
Broad-Based (6)   151.3   151.7   -0.2%
Other Semiconductors   3.4   5.0   -31.3%
Total   740.5   765.6   -3.3%
     
 
(3) Semiconductor sales by application: From the fiscal year ended
December 31, 2018, the company partially changed the sales
categories, consisting of “Automotive”, “Industrial” and
“Broad-based” by transferring part of sales from “Industrial” to
“Broad-based” among other changes, to accurately represent the
business content. Accordingly, the figures of the fiscal year ended
December 31, 2017 have been retroactively amended to reflect the new
categories of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
(4) Automotive: Renesas mainly supplies microcontrollers (MCUs),
system-on-chip (SoCs), analog semiconductors and power semiconductor
devices for the “Automotive control” and “Automotive information”
categories.
(5)

Industrial: Renesas mainly supplies MCUs and SoCs for “Smart
factory,” “Smart home” and “Smart infrastructure” categories.

(6) Broad-based: Renesas mainly supplies “General-purpose MCUs” and
“General-purpose analog semiconductor devices” to a wide variety of
end market solutions.
 

Summary of Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
(Non-GAAP Basis)

Fourth quarter consolidated net sales were 187.7 billion yen, up 4.2%
quarter-on-quarter and down 10.7% year-on-year. Fourth quarter
semiconductor sales were 183.8 billion yen, up 4.7% from the previous
quarter and down 11.0% year-on-year. Automotive sales increased by 9.1%
quarter-on-quarter and decreased by 4.2% year-on-year, mainly due to
changes in channel inventory levels. Industrial sales increased by 3.1%
quarter-on-quarter and decreased by 20.5% year-on-year. Broad-based
sales decreased by 6.0% quarter-on-quarter and by 14.2% year-on-year.
Industrial and Broad-based sales decreases were mainly due to reduced
demand in factory automation (FA), home appliances and broad-based
markets stemming from the economic slowdown in China.

Non-GAAP gross margin in the fourth quarter was 40.9%, 0.9 point above
the Company’s guidance, mainly due to an increase in sales and cost
containment. On a sequential basis, due to a production decrease to
achieve optimal inventory levels, gross margin decreased by 3.5 points
quarter-on-quarter and decreased by 7.0 points on a year-on-year basis.

Non-GAAP R&D (7) expenses in the fourth quarter were 30.1
billion yen, compared to 30.4 billion yen and 34.3 billion yen in the
sequential and year-ago quarter. Fourth quarter R&D ratio to net sales
was 16.0%.

Non-GAAP SG&A (8) expenses in the fourth quarter were
25.6 billion yen, compared to 25.5 billion yen and 32.4 billion yen in
the sequential and year-ago quarter. Fourth quarter SG&A ratio to net
sales was 13.6%.

While Renesas focuses its OPEX (operating expenses such as R&D and SG&A
costs) on R&D expenses for future growth, the Company is continuing its
control of disciplinary SG&A, and aims to sustain long-term financial
targets at around 30% which is the sum of the ratios of R&D- and
SG&A-to-net sales.

Non-GAAP operating income was 21.2 billion yen, equivalent to 11.3% of
operating margin in the fourth quarter, showing a decrease of 3.0
billion yen from the 24.1 billion yen on a sequential basis. Non-GAAP
operating margin decreased by 2.1 points from 13.4% in the previous
quarter due to production control despite of controlling SG&A. On a
year-on-year basis, non-GAAP operating income decreased by 12.9 billion
yen (4.9 points) mainly due to sales decreases and reduced production.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to shareholders of parent company in
the fourth quarter was 17.4 billion yen, and Non-GAAP net income per
share was 10.4 yen.

Inventories at the end of the fourth quarter was 118.0 billion yen, a
23.5 billion yen decrease from the 141.5 billion yen in the previous
quarter.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter was 60.0
billion yen and net cash used in investing activities was 13.2 billion
yen. These resulted in positive free cash flows of 46.8 billion yen.

Capital expenditures for property, plant, equipment (manufacturing
equipment) and intangible assets, were 4.4 billion yen in the fourth
quarter. These expenditures are based on the amount of investment
decisions made and does not refer to the cash outlays in the cash flow
statement.

Equity ratio was 54.1% as of December 31, 2018, against 53.7% as of
September 30, 2018. Debt/equity ratio (gross) was 0.37 as of December
31, 2018.

 
(7) R&D: Research & Development
(8) SG&A: Selling, General and Administrative expenses
 

Summary of Full Year 2018 Results (Non-GAAP
Basis)

Full year consolidated net sales were 757.4 billion yen, down 3.1%
year-on-year. Full year semiconductor sales were 740.5 billion yen, a
3.3% decrease year-on-year. Automotive sales decreased by 3.4%
year-on-year. Steady sales from non-Japanese customers despite slowdown
in the second half caused by the European vehicle emission regulations
and decrease in Chinese sales were offset by weakened demand from
Japanese customers in respect to the inventory buildup in FY17.
Industrial sales and Broad-based sales decreased by 4.7% year-on-year
and by 0.2% year-on-year, mainly due to a decrease in demand in the FA,
home appliance and broad-based markets owing to an economic slowdown in
China, respectively.

Non-GAAP gross margin in the full year was 44.7%, decreased by 2.1
points due to decreased revenue and restrained production.

Non-GAAP R&D expenses in the full year were 122.9 billion yen, compared
to 125.8 billion yen year-on-year. Full year R&D ratio to net sales was
16.2%.

Non-GAAP SG&A expenses in the full year were 105.0 billion yen, compared
to 111.5 billion yen year-on-year. Full year SG&A ratio to net sales was
13.9%.

With regard to OPEX (Operating expenses such as R&D and SG&A), while R&D
investments were made to attain future growth, Renesas continued to
control SG&A discipline.

Non-GAAP operating income was 110.6 billion yen, equivalent to 14.6% of
operating margin in the full year. On a year-on-year basis, non-GAAP
operating income decreased from 128.1 billion (16.4%) yen by 17.5
billion yen (1.8 points), mainly due to a decrease in sales despite
continued OPEX discipline.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to shareholders of parent company in
the full year was 92.3 billion yen. Non-GAAP net income per share for
the full year was 55.4 yen.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the full year was 164.2
billion yen and net cash used in investing activities was 61.3 billion
yen. These resulted in positive free cash flows of 102.8 billion yen.

Capital expenditures for property, plant, equipment (manufacturing
equipment) and intangible assets, were 17.6 billion yen in the full
year. These expenditures are based on the amount of investment decisions
made and does not refer to the cash outlays in the cash flow statement.

Outlook for First Quarter 2019

Renesas will disclose its consolidated financial statements in
accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”)
starting from the annual securities report for the fiscal year ended
December 31, 2018. Similarly, starting from the consolidates forecasts
for the three months ending March 31, 2019, the Group will present
financial forecasts as a range. In order to provide useful information
that will help to better understand the Group’s constant business
results, figures such as sales, semiconductor sales and gross margin
will be presented in the non-GAAP format, which excludes or adjusts the
non-recurring items related to acquisitions and other adjustments
removed as non-recurring expenses or income. Therefore, as the first and
the fourth quarter of 2018 was represented under Japan GAAP, the
percentage change from those periods are not provided.

In the first quarter of 2019, Renesas expects semiconductor sales within
the range of 146.0 billion yen and 154.0 billion yen.

Based on the midpoint of the sales outlook, Non-GAAP gross margin and
operating margin for the first quarter of 2019 is expected to be 39% and
4.5%, respectively.

The forecasts for the first quarter of the 2019 are calculated at the
rate of 109 yen per USD and 124 yen per Euro.

Refer to page 19 of the presentation material available on our website
for Japan GAAP based percentage change from the previous quarter and the
year-ago quarter.

References

Refer to Renesas Electronics’ earnings report “Renesas Electronics
Reports Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2018”
for
the consolidated balance sheets, the consolidated statements of income
and the consolidated statements of cash flows.

Refer to the separate sheet for Japan GAAP – non-GAAP reconciliation.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release with respect to the plans,
strategies and financial outlook of Renesas Electronics and its
consolidated subsidiaries (collectively “we”) are forward-looking
statements involving risks and uncertainties. We caution you in advance
that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking
statements due to several important factors including, but not limited
to, general economic conditions in our markets, which are primarily
Japan, North America, Asia, and Europe; demand for, and competitive
pricing pressure on, products and services in the marketplace; ability
to continue to win acceptance of products and services in these highly
competitive markets; and fluctuations in currency exchange rates,
particularly between the yen and the U.S. dollar. Among other factors,
downturn of the world economy; deteriorating financial conditions in
world markets, or deterioration in domestic and overseas stock markets,
may cause actual results to differ from the projected results forecast.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:
6723
) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete
semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent
devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global
leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas
provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive,
industrial, home electronics, office automation, and information
communication technology applications that help shape a limitless
future. Learn more at renesas.com.

 
Separate Sheet
Renesas Electronics
Japan GAAP – Non-GAAP Reconciliation
             

(Billion yen)

Q4 FY2018
Actual

(Dec-Oct
2018)

Q3 FY2018
Actual
(Jul-Sep
2018)

Q4 FY2017
Actual
(Dec-Oct
2017)

       
Net Sales (after PPA adjustment) 187.7 180.2 210.2
PPA Effects +0.0
Non-GAAP Net Sales 187.7 180.2 210.2
       
GAAP Gross Profit 76.3 79.5 100.2
GAAP Gross Margin (%) 40.7% 44.1% 47.7%
PPA Effects (COGS) +0.3 +0.3 +0.4
Stock-Based Compensation (COGS) +0.2 +0.2 +0.2
Non-GAAP Gross Profit 76.8 80.0 100.8
Non-GAAP Gross Margin (%) 40.9% 44.4% 47.9%
       
GAAP Operating Profit 10.1 13.1 21.9
PPA Effects (Net Sales/COGS) +0.3 +0.3 +0.4
PPA Effects (R&D, SG&A)

Increase in Depreciation of Fixed Assets, etc.

+0.1 +0.1 +0.2
Stock-Based Compensation (COGS) +0.2 +0.2 +0.2
Amortization of Goodwill (SG&A) +5.3 +5.2 +5.3
Costs Related to the Acquisition of Intersil (SG&A) +0.2 +0.2 +0.2
Costs Related to the Acquisition of Intersil (R&D) +0.1 +0.1 +0.1
Amortization of Purchased Intangible Assets (SG&A) +3.9 +3.8 +4.5
Stock-Based Compensation (R&D) +0.5 +0.4 +0.5
Stock-Based Compensation (SG&A) +0.5 +0.5 +0.9
Costs Related to the Offering and Others (SG&A) +0.1 +0.4
Non-GAAP Operating Profit 21.2 24.1 34.1
Non-GAAP Operating Margin (%) 11.3% 13.4% 16.2%
 
             
GAAP Net Profit Attributable to Shareholders of Parent Company -2.4 7.6 18.6
Reconciliations in Operating Profit Level +11.1 +11.1 +12.2
Reconciliations in Ordinary Profit
(PPA Effects)
+0.1
Reconciliations in Net Profit
(PPA Effects)
-0.5
Reconciliations in Net Profit
(Impact from Intersil Acquisition)

Reconciliations in Net Profit
(Other Non-Ordinary Income)

+8.7
Non-GAAP Net Profit Attributable to Shareholders of Parent Company 17.4 18.6 30.3
 
 
Renesas Electronics
Japan GAAP – Non-GAAP Reconciliation
         
(Billion yen)

Full Year 2018
(Jan-Dec 2018)

Full Year 2017
(Jan-Dec 2017)

     
Net Sales (after PPA adjustments) 757.4 780.3
PPA Effects +1.2
Non-GAAP Net Sales 757.4 781.5
     
GAAP Gross Profit 336.6 352.8
GAAP Gross Margin (%) 44.4% 45.2%
PPA Effects (COGS) +1.3 +12.4
Stock-Based Compensation (COGS) +0.6 +0.2
Non-GAAP Gross Profit 338.5 365.3
Non-GAAP Gross Margin (%) 44.7% 46.7%
     
GAAP Operating Profit 66.8 78.4
PPA Effects (Net Sales/COGS) +1.3 +12.4
PPA Effects (R&D, SG&A)

Increase in Depreciation of Fixed Assets, etc.

+0.3 +0.7
Stock-Based Compensation (COGS) +0.6 +0.2
Amortization of Goodwill (SG&A) +20.7 +17.4
Costs Related to the Acquisition of Intersil (SG&A) +0.8 +1.5
Costs Related to the Acquisition of Intersil (R&D) +0.2 +0.1
Amortization of Purchased Intangible Assets (SG&A) +15.5 +14.7
Stock-Based Compensation (R&D) +1.7 +1.1
Stock-Based Compensation (SG&A) +2.2 +1.5
Costs Related to the Offering (SG&A) +0.6 +0.2
Non-GAAP Operating Profit 110.6 128.1
Non-GAAP Operating Margin (%) 14.6% 16.4%
 
         
GAAP Net Profit Attributable to Shareholders of Parent Company 54.6 77.2
Reconciliations in Operating Profit Level +43.8 +49.7
Reconciliations in Ordinary Profit
(PPA Effects)
+0.1
Reconciliations in Net Profit
(PPA Effects)
-3.0

Reconciliations in Net Profit
(Impact from Intersil
Acquisition
and Non-Recurring Expense)

-6.1
Non-GAAP Net Profit Attributable to Shareholders of Parent Company 92.3 123.9
 

Contacts

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Corporation
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Investor Contacts
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Renesas Electronics
Corporation
+81 3-6773-3002
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