Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
Feb 4, 2010
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Monolithic Power Systems Announces Results for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2009

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb 04, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) (Nasdaq: MPWR), a leading fabless manufacturer of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.

The results for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 are as follows:

The results for the year ended December 31, 2009 are as follows:

"2009 was a recessionary year, and MPS reacted aggressively", said Michael Hsing, CEO of MPS. "We used a few select products to secure and gain a significant share in a very competitive LCD TV market. This resulted in a relatively small reduction in gross margin percentage, but we were able to grow revenues in 2009 despite a sharp decline in our CCFL revenues and market ASP's in general. For 2010, we expect our pricing approach to return to normal practices. Our best achievement in 2009 was the development and release of new technologies that will expand our market segments and reduce manufacturing costs in the future. Based on these technologies, we released a record number of new products in 2009. With these new products we believe that we will penetrate new markets and continue to expand our market share on a much broader scale. We believe this strategy will enable MPS to accelerate our revenue and net income growth rate well above our analog competition in 2010."

Business Outlook

The following are MPS' financial targets for the first quarter ending March 31, 2010:

(1) Non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating expenses and non-GAAP research and development and selling, general and administrative expense differ from net income, operating expenses, and research and development and selling, general and administrative expense determined in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States). Non-GAAP net income for the quarter and year months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 excludes the effect of stock-based compensation expense, a credit for the net effect of a litigation provision reversal and their related tax effects. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense and a credit for the net effect of a litigation provision reversal. Projected non-GAAP research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense. A schedule reconciling these amounts is included at the end of this press release. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. MPS utilizes both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to assess what it believes to be its core operating performance and to evaluate and manage its internal business and assist in making financial operating decisions. MPS believes that the inclusion of non-GAAP financial measures, together with GAAP measures, provides investors with an alternative presentation useful to investors' understanding of MPS' core operating results and trends. Additionally, MPS believes that the inclusion of non-GAAP measures, together with GAAP measures, provides investors with an additional dimension of comparability to similar companies. However, investors should be aware that non-GAAP financial measures utilized by other companies are not likely to be comparable in most cases to the non-GAAP financials measures used by MPS.

Conference Call

MPS plans to conduct an investor teleconference covering its quarter and year ended December 31, 2009 results at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET today, February 4, 2010. To access the conference call and the following replay of the conference call, go to http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=181789&eventID=1744266 and click on the webcast link. From this site, you can listen to the teleconference, assuming that your computer system is configured properly. In addition to the webcast replay, which will be archived for all investors for one year on the MPS website, a phone replay will be available for seven days after the live call at 617-801-6888, code number 73043206. This press release and any other information related to the call will also be posted on the website.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding, among other things, (i) targeted revenues, revenue growth rates, gross margin, GAAP and non-GAAP research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses, stock-based compensation expense and litigation expense for the quarter ending March 31, 2010, and the year ending December 31, 2010, (ii) our outlook for the long term prospects of the company, (iii) our ability to accelerate our revenue and net income growth rates; (iv) our ability to penetrate new markets and expand our market share, (v) our expected pricing practices in 2010, (vi) our ability to reduce our manufacturing costs, and (vii) statements of the assumptions underlying or relating to any statement described in (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi). These forward-looking statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance or events, are based on current expectations, estimates, beliefs, assumptions, goals, and objectives, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from the results expressed by these statements. Readers of this press release and listeners to the accompanying conference call are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, the risks, uncertainties and costs of litigation in which the company is involved; the outcome of any upcoming trials, hearings, motions, and appeals; any market disruptions or interruptions in MPS' schedule of new product release development; adverse changes in production and testing efficiency; adverse changes in government regulations in foreign countries where MPS has offices; acceptance of, or demand for, MPS' products, in particular the new products launched within the past 18 months, being lower than expected; competition generally and the increasingly competitive nature of our industry; the effect of catastrophic events; the adverse impact on MPS' financial performance if its tax and litigation provisions are inadequate; difficulty in predicting or budgeting for future expenses and financial contingencies; and other important risk factors identified in MPS' SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its Form 10-Q filed on October 22, 2009.

The forward-looking statements in this press release represent MPS' targets and current expectations, not predictions of actual performance. MPS assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release or in the accompanying conference call.

About Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.

Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPS) develops and markets proprietary, advanced analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. The company combines advanced process technology with its highly experienced analog designers to produce high-performance power management integrated circuits (ICs) for DC to DC converters, LED drivers, Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) backlight controllers, Class D audio amplifiers, and Linear ICs. MPS products are used extensively in computing and network communications products, LCD monitors and TVs, and a wide variety of consumer and portable electronics products. MPS partners with world-class manufacturing organizations to deliver top quality, ultra-compact, high-performance solutions through the most productive, cost-efficient channels. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has expanded its global presence with sales offices in Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, and Europe, which operate under MPS International, Ltd.

Monolithic Power Systems, MPS, and the MPS logo are registered trademarks of Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. in the U.S. and trademarked in certain other countries.

                            Consolidated Balance Sheets
                    (Unaudited, in thousands, except par value)
                                                               December 31,
                                                               ------------
                                                               2009    2008
                                                               ----    ----
    ASSETS
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                              $46,717  $83,266
      Short-term investments                                 118,914   21,922
      Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $0 in both
       2009 and 2008                                          15,521    9,115
      Inventories                                             19,616   18,887
      Deferred income tax assets, net - current                    5       75
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets                2,726    2,622
      Restricted cash                                              -    7,360
                                                                 ---    -----
        Total current assets                                 203,499  143,247
                                                             -------  -------
    Property and equipment, net                               17,968   14,163
    Long-term investments                                     19,445   37,425
    Deferred income tax assets, net - long-term                  175       19
    Other assets                                                 734      438
    Restricted assets                                              -        7
                                                                 ---      ---
        Total assets                                        $241,821 $195,299
                                                            ======== ========
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable                                        $7,787   $4,674
      Accrued compensation and related benefits                8,454    7,848
      Accrued liabilities                                      7,681   13,360
                                                               -----   ------
        Total current liabilities                             23,922   25,882
                                                              ------   ------
    Non-current income tax liability                           4,915    4,762
    Other long-term liabilities                                   27       10
                                                                 ---      ---
          Total liabilities                                   28,864   30,654
                                                              ------   ------
    Stockholders' equity:
      Common stock, $0.001 par value, $35 and $34 in 2009
       and 2008, respectively; shares authorized:
       150,000,000; shares issued and outstanding:
       35,165,316 and 33,646,821 in 2009 and 2008,
       respectively                                          175,518  147,298
      Retained earnings                                       37,085   17,411
      Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)              354      (64)
                                                                 ---      ---
        Total stockholders' equity                           212,957  164,645
                                                             -------  -------
        Total liabilities and stockholders' equity          $241,821 $195,299
                                                            ======== ========


                           Consolidated Income Statements
              (Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                        Three months ended      Year ended
                                           December 31,        December 31,
                                          --------------      --------------
                                          2009      2008      2009      2008
                                          ----      ----      ----      ----

      Revenue                            $46,547  $34,709  $165,008  $160,511
      Cost of revenue*                    19,208   14,564    67,330    61,184
                                          ------   ------    ------    ------
            Gross profit                  27,339   20,145    97,678    99,327
                                          ------   ------    ------    ------
      Operating expenses:
        Research and development*         10,366    9,256    38,295    34,850
        Selling, general and
         administrative*                  10,185    8,056    36,752    35,256
        Litigation expense                 2,367      594     9,457     6,714
        Litigation provision reversal,
         net                                   -        -    (6,356)        -
                                          ------   ------    ------    ------
            Total operating expenses      22,918   17,906    78,148    76,820
                                          ------   ------    ------    ------
      Income from operations               4,421    2,239    19,530    22,507
      Other income (expense):
        Interest and other income            220      659     1,047     3,587
        Interest and other expense           (74)    (145)     (429)     (652)
                                             ---      ---       ---     -----
            Total other income, net          146      514       618     2,935
                                             ---      ---       ---     -----
      Income before income taxes           4,567    2,753    20,148    25,442
      Income tax provision (benefit)         (87)    (481)      474     1,216
                                          ------   ------   -------   -------
      Net income                          $4,654   $3,234   $19,674   $24,226
                                          ======   ======   =======   =======
      Basic net income per share           $0.13    $0.10     $0.57     $0.72
                                           =====    =====     =====     =====
      Diluted net income per share         $0.12    $0.09     $0.54     $0.67
                                           =====    =====     =====     =====
      Weighted average common shares
       outstanding                        34,987   33,587    34,310    33,509
      Stock options and restricted stock   2,418    1,599     2,324     2,611
                                           -----    -----     -----     -----
      Diluted weighted-average common
       equivalent shares outstanding      37,405   35,186    36,634    36,120
                                          ======   ======    ======    ======
    * Stock-based compensation has been
      included in the following line items:
        Cost of revenue                      $29      $95      $246      $344
        Research and development           1,752    1,747     6,408     5,821
        Selling, general and
         administrative                    2,399    1,852     7,957     6,993
                                           -----    -----     -----     -----
            Total                         $4,180   $3,694   $14,611   $13,158
                                          ======   ======   =======   =======
                RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME
                     (in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                          ------   ------   -------   -------
    Net income                            $4,654   $3,234   $19,674   $24,226
                                          ======   ======   =======   =======
    Adjustments to reconcile net income
     to non-GAAP net income
        Stock-based compensation          $4,180   $3,694   $14,611   $13,158
        Litigation provision reversal,
         net                                   -        -    (6,356)        -
        Tax effect                        (1,180)  (1,448)   (3,076)   (5,051)
                                          ------   ------    ------    ------
        Non-GAAP net income               $7,654   $5,480   $24,853   $32,333
                                          ------   ------   -------   -------
    Non-GAAP earnings per share,
     excluding stock-based compensation and
     related tax effects:
        Basic                              $0.22    $0.16     $0.72     $0.96
        Diluted                            $0.20    $0.16     $0.68     $0.90
    Shares used in the calculation of
     non-GAAP earnings per share:
        Basic                             34,987   33,587    34,310    33,509
        Diluted                           37,405   35,186    36,634    36,120

        RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING EXPENSES TO NON-GAAP OPERATING EXPENSES
                     (in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                         -------  -------   -------   -------
    Total operating expenses             $22,918  $17,906   $78,148   $76,820
                                         =======  =======   =======   =======
    Adjustments to reconcile total
     operating expenses to non-GAAP total
     operating expenses
        Stock-based compensation         $(4,151) $(3,599) $(14,365) $(12,814)
        Litigation provision reversal,
         net                                   -        -     6,356         -
        Non-GAAP total operating
         expenses                        $18,767  $14,307   $70,139   $64,006
                                         -------  -------   -------   -------


                            2010 First Quarter Outlook

      RECONCILIATION OF R&D AND SG&A EXPENSES TO NON-GAAP R&D AND SG&A
                                   EXPENSES
                  (in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                                       Three months ended
                                                          March 31, 2010
                                                           Low      High
                                                           ---      ----
    R&D and SG&A                                         $19,200  $20,600
                                                         =======  =======
    Adjustments to reconcile R&D and SG&A to non-GAAP
     R&D and SG&A
        Stock-based compensation                          (3,200)  (3,600)
                                                          ------   ------
        Non-GAAP R&D and SG&A                            $16,000  $17,000
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