5/2/2003 - U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq:RMTR) reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2003. Revenue for the first quarter was $11.0 million, compared with $12.6 million for the same quarter a year ago. Net loss applicable to common shares was $1.8 million, or a loss of $0.08 per share (basic and diluted), compared with a net loss of $1.2 million, or a loss of $0.05 per share (basic and diluted), for the same quarter of 2002. First quarter 2003 results included a non-cash charge of $1.2 million for a provision for inventory write-off related to Ramtron's recently announced business realignment.
On April 14, the company announced a realignment of its FRAM and Enhanced Memory Systems businesses to improve operational efficiency and focus the company's resources on its profitable FRAM product business.
FRAM product revenue for the first quarter was $6.8 million, compared with $4.6 million for the first quarter of 2002. Revenue from the company's Mushkin subsidiary totaled $2.7 million, compared with $5.4 million for the same period last year. The company reported $117,000 in license and development fees during first-quarter 2003, compared with $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2002. Total product revenue for the first quarter of 2003 includes $1.3 million of revenue resulting from changes in estimates on returns from distributors. This change in estimate reflects the company's ability to reasonably estimate returns from distributors as a result of sufficient shipment and return experience.
"As anticipated, FRAM shipments into our Enel metering program grew sequentially, increasing by nearly one-million units over the fourth quarter of 2002," said Ramtron CEO, Bill Staunton. "Going forward, we expect our Enel business to remain steady and our non-Enel FRAM product shipments to increase during the second quarter as our customer base for FRAM products continues to broaden."
Q1 2003 Highlights:
The following statements are based on Ramtron's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially from those set forth in these statements. Ramtron intends to continue its policy of not updating forward-looking statements other than in publicly available documents, even if experience or future changes show that anticipated results or events will not be realized.
Except for historical information, the preceding statements contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "estimated," and "potential," among others. These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, expectations of the business environment in which Ramtron operates; projections of future performance including predictions of future profitability; demand for our products and the products of our principal FRAM customer; anticipated increased demand for our products; the level and timing of orders that we receive and that we can ship in a quarter; levels of inventories at our distributors and other customers; inventory mix and timing of customer orders; the success of our ongoing cost-reduction efforts; our timely introduction of new technologies and products; market acceptance of our new products and those of our customers; maintaining or improving our level of product shipments; our ability to obtain any required financing in a timely manner; the outcome of the ongoing patent litigation with National Semiconductor; and factors not directly related to Ramtron, such as competitive pressures on pricing, market conditions in general, competition, technological progression, product obsolescence, and the changing needs of potential customers and the semiconductor industry in general; and current political conditions and negative trends in the global economy. Ramtron intends to continue its policy of not updating forward-looking statements other than in publicly available documents, even if experience or future changes show that anticipated results or events will not be realized.
For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors, please refer to Ramtron's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Ramtron's subsequent filings. You can obtain copies of Ramtron's Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and any other documents at no charge at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov) or from commercial document retrieval services.
The financial information in this press release and the attached financials are unaudited and have been prepared from the books and records of the company with the omission of certain information and disclosures normally included in financial statements. Please refer to Ramtron's filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and other filings with the SEC for complete information.
Ramtron is the world leader in ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) products -- high-performance nonvolatile memories that merge the benefits of many mainstream memory technologies into a single device. Due to the products' unique advantages, FRAM memory products are expected to revolutionize a variety of electronic consumer and industrial products. Current applications for Ramtron's FRAM memory devices include electronic power meters, automotive systems, smart cards, test instrumentation, factory automation, laser printers, security systems, and other systems that require reliable storage of data without an external power source.
For more information about Ramtron and its products, contact: Communications Department, Ramtron International Corporation, 1850 Ramtron Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, 80921. Telephone is 800-545-FRAM (3726); FAX is 719-481-9294; E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Homepage is http://www.ramtron.com.
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