Category: Semiconductors

Conexant Raises Earnings Outlook for Fourth Fiscal Quarter

Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT) today announced that core operating income and core net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 will exceed the guidance provided by the company on July 31, 2008. The company also said it expects fourth fiscal quarter revenues to be within the range provided in July, which was $120 million to $125 million.

When we established expectations for the fourth fiscal quarter two months ago, we anticipated non-GAAP core operating income in a range between $14 million and $16 million, and core net income of $0.13 to $0.17 per share, said Scott Mercer, Conexants chairman and chief executive officer. At that time, we expected core gross margins of 51.5 percent to 52.5 percent of revenues. Because of a richer-than-anticipated product mix, we now expect core gross margins of 54 percent to 55 percent. During the quarter, our team also made better-than-expected progress reducing core operating expenses.

As a result, we now expect to deliver core operating income in a range between $19 million and $20 million, resulting in core net income of $0.24 to $0.26 per share, Mercer said.

Conexants fourth fiscal quarter ends on Friday, October 3, 2008. The company will announce complete financial results for the quarter after the close of the U.S. markets on Thursday, October 30, 2008.

About Conexant

Conexants comprehensive portfolio of innovative semiconductor solutions includes products for imaging, video, audio, and Internet connectivity applications. Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company that recorded revenues of $809 million in fiscal year 2007. The company is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, please visit

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