Magnachip Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

SEOUL, South Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (“MagnaChip”) (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $152.4 million, a 1.3% decline compared to $154.4 million for the third quarter of 2015, and down 9.1% compared to $167.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Foundry Services revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $65.8 million and Standard Products Group revenue was $86.5 million. For the full year 2015, revenue was $633.7 million compared to $698.2 million for 2014, a 9.2% decrease.

Gross profit was $29.9 million, or 19.6% as a percent of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015. This compared with gross profit of $34.7 million, or 22.5%, for the third quarter of 2015 and $34.5 million, or 20.6%, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Foundry gross profit was 22.7% and Standard Products Group gross profit was 17.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the full year 2015, gross profit was $134.9 million, or 21.3%, compared to $152.9 million, or 21.9%, for 2014.

Net income, on a GAAP basis, for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $22.9 million, or $0.66 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $57.1 million, or $1.65 per basic share, for the third quarter of 2015 and net loss of $63.8 million, or $1.87 per basic share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Net income included a tax benefit and a foreign currency translation gain on intercompany loans payable as well as spending reductions. For the full year 2015, net loss was $84.9 million, or $2.47 per basic share, compared to $117.2 million or $3.44 per basic share, for 2014.

“Revenue in the fourth quarter was at the high end of our guidance range and gross margin was better than expected, driven primarily by an increase in demand for AMOLED display drivers consumed by smartphone makers in China,” said YJ Kim, Chief Executive Officer of MagnaChip. “Despite a weak macro environment, our foundry pipeline is filling, AMOLED demand is improving and our business is showing early signs of stabilizing.”

Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Kim commented, “During 2015, we embarked on a comprehensive plan to reduce total normalized spending by more than $40 million for the year. In fact, we far exceeded our goal and reduced total normalized spending by over $50 million, including approximately $13 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 alone. We will continue to explore opportunities to control spending in 2016.”

Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP measurement, for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $5.2 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, compared to an Adjusted Net Loss, a non-GAAP measurement, of $10.4 million, or $0.30 per basic share, in the third quarter of 2015 and an Adjusted Net Loss of $10.8 million, or $0.32 per basic share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year 2015, Adjusted Net Loss was $26.7 million, or $0.78 per basic share compared to an Adjusted Net Loss of $38.1 million or $1.12 per basic share for 2014.

Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed in conjunction with GAAP results, can provide a meaningful understanding of the factors and trends affecting MagnaChip’s business and operations. However, such non-GAAP financial measures have limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income or as a better indicator of our operating performance than measures that are presented in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of GAAP results to non-GAAP results is included following the financial statements.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $90.9 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of $22.4 million from the end of the prior quarter primarily due to one-time receipts of pre-paid deposits for the planned sale of our 6″ fab equipment and prepayment received for end-of-life products produced in our 6″ fab.

As disclosed in MagnaChip’s 2015 proxy statement, the Board of Directors established a Strategic Review Committee (“SRC”) to assist the Board in reviewing, considering and evaluating strategic alternatives that may be available to MagnaChip. The SRC and the Board of Directors are still actively involved in an ongoing process of reviewing various strategic alternatives and will continue to evaluate alternatives consistent with their obligation to act in the best interest of stockholders. No decision has been made to enter into a transaction at this time and MagnaChip can offer no assurance that it will enter into any transaction in the future.

The following table sets forth information relating to our operating segments:

Fourth Quarter and Recent Company Highlights
Surpassed 160 Million Mark in AMOLED Display Driver IC Units Shipped
Selected for the “2015 Excellence Supplier Award” by LG Display
Hosted a Foundry Technology Symposium in Shenzhen, China, on November 10, 2015
Announced a 2016 Foundry Technology Symposium in Beijing, China, on March 15, 2016

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2016, MagnaChip anticipates:
Revenue in the first quarter, typically our seasonally weakest period, will be in the range of $141 million to $147million. This would represent a sequential decline of between 3-7% – despite a sequential loss of more than $10 million in revenue from our 6″ fab, which will close at the end of February.
Gross profit to be 21% to 24% as a percent of revenue.

Conference Call

MagnaChip will hold a conference call at 5 p.m. EST today (February 17, 2016) to discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results. The conference call will be webcast live and is also available by dialing 1-866-776-2061 in the U.S. or 1-706-679-0298 for all other locations. The conference ID number is 24897567 and participants are encouraged to initiate their calls at least 10 minutes in advance of the 5 p.m. EST start time to ensure a timely connection. The webcast and earnings release will be accessible at

A replay of the conference call will be available the same day and will run for 72 hours. The replay access numbers are 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406. The access code is 24897567.

About MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation

Headquartered in South Korea, MagnaChip is a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for high-volume consumer applications. MagnaChip believes it has one of the broadest and deepest ranges of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor platforms in the industry, supported by its 30-year operating history, a large portfolio of registered and pending patents, and extensive engineering and manufacturing process expertise. For more information, please visit Information on or accessible through, MagnaChip’s website is not a part of, and is not incorporated into, this release.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this release regarding MagnaChip’s forecasts, business outlook, expectations and beliefs are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include statements about our future operating and financial performance, including first quarter 2016 revenue and gross profit and expectations related to future spending and cost reduction initiatives. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to MagnaChip as of the date of this release, which may change, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from our current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include general economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, timely design acceptance by our customers, timely introduction of new products and technologies, ability to ramp new products into volume production, industry wide shifts in supply and demand for semiconductor products, industry and/or company overcapacity, effective and cost efficient utilization of manufacturing capacity, financial stability in foreign markets and the impact of foreign exchange rates, unanticipated costs and expenses or the inability to identify expenses which can be eliminated, compliance with U.S. and international trade and export laws and regulations by us and our distributors, and other risks detailed from time to time in MagnaChip’s filings with the SEC, including our Form 10-K filed on May 28, 2015 and our Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2015 and subsequent registration statements, amendments or other reports that we may file from time to time with the SEC and/or make available on our website. MagnaChip assumes no obligation and does not intend to update the forward-looking statements provided, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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Robert Pursel
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Director of Public Relations
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