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Atmel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Atmel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results16:05 EST Wednesday, February 06, 2013SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.  (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120712/MM39691LOGO) GAAPNon-GAAPQ4 2012Q3 2012Q4 2011Q4 2012Q3 2012Q4 2011Net revenue$345.1$361.0$383.6$345.1$361.0$383.6Gross margin38.1%43.1%48.1%41.6%43.7%48.7%Operating margin(3.8)%7.6%12.8%9.7%12.7%17.9%Net (loss) income$(12.3)$21.6$32.9$29.4$43.0$67.5Diluted EPS$(0.03)$0.05$0.07$0.07$0.10$0.14(In millions, except earnings per share data and percentages)Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $345.1 million, a 4% decrease compared to $361.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, and 10% lower compared to $383.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.  Fourth quarter results for 2012 exclude the Serial Flash product families divested at the end of the third quarter of 2012.  Adjusting for the Serial Flash divestiture, fourth quarter revenue decreased 2% sequentially and declined 8% from the fourth quarter of the prior year.  For the full year 2012, revenue of $1.43 billion decreased 21% compared to $1.80 billion for 2011. Adjusting for the Serial Flash divestiture, full year 2012 revenue decreased 19% from 2011.  GAAP net loss totaled $(12.3) million or $(0.03) per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2012, principally as a result of a $10.6 million loss incurred on purchase commitments relating to a take-or-pay supply agreement, $11.0 million of charges incurred primarily for restructuring activities, and a $6.5 million write-off of receivables from a foundry supplier. This compares to GAAP net income of $21.6 million or $0.05 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2012, and $32.9 million or $0.07 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2011.  For the full year of 2012, GAAP net income was $30.4 million or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $315.0 million or $0.68 per diluted share for 2011. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $29.4 million or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $43.0 million or $0.10 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2012, and non-GAAP net income of $67.5 million or $0.14 per diluted share for the year-ago quarter.  For the full year 2012, non-GAAP net income was $145.1 million or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $438.0 million or $0.92 per diluted share for 2011.  Refer to the non-GAAP reconciliation table included in this release for more details. GAAP gross margin was 38.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 43.1% in the third quarter of 2012 and 48.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, GAAP gross margin was 42.0%, compared to 50.4% for 2011.  Non-GAAP gross margin was 41.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to 43.7% in the immediately preceding quarter and 48.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP gross margin excludes a $10.6 million loss on purchase commitments relating to a take-or-pay supply agreement and stock-based compensation expense.  For the full year 2012, non-GAAP gross margin was 43.3% compared to 50.8% for 2011."Our microcontroller business grew four consecutive quarters in what was a challenging year for the semiconductor industry," said Steve Laub, Atmel's President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we enter 2013, we are well positioned with multiple growth opportunities to drive our revenue, while we remain committed to improving our cost structure which should result in improved earnings growth and cash flow generation." Fourth quarter 2012 loss from operations on a GAAP basis was $(13.2) million or (3.8)% of revenue, compared to income from operations of $27.4 million or 7.6% of revenue for the third quarter of 2012 and $49.0 million or 12.8% of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 loss from operations was adversely affected by a $10.6 million loss incurred on purchase commitments relating to a take-or-pay supply agreement, $11.0 million of charges incurred primarily for restructuring activities, a $6.5 million write-off of receivables from a foundry supplier, and $1.9 million in acquisition related charges.  In comparison, third quarter 2012 income from operations included a $1.4 million credit to restructuring charges and $1.5 million in acquisition related charges, and fourth quarter 2011 income from operations included a $1.1 million restructuring credit and $2.3 million in acquisition related charges.  The 2012 GAAP full year income from operations was $47.4 million compared to $382.0 million for 2011.Non-GAAP income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $33.3 million or 9.7% of revenue, compared to third quarter non-GAAP income from operations of $45.8 million or 12.7% of revenue, and fourth quarter 2011 non-GAAP income from operations of $68.7 million or 17.9% of revenue.  For the full year 2012, non-GAAP income from operations was $157.6 million compared to $440.3 million for 2011.  Refer to the non-GAAP reconciliation table included in this release for more details. Income tax benefit, on a GAAP basis, totaled $2.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. This compares to a provision for income taxes of $5.9 million for the third quarter of 2012 and a provision for income taxes of $14.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.  Non-GAAP provision for income taxes for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $2.6 million compared to $2.9 million for the third quarter of 2012 and a non-GAAP income tax benefit of $0.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, the non-GAAP tax provision was $7.4 million compared to $1.5 million for 2011.Cash provided from operations totaled approximately $78.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $53.6 million for the third quarter of 2012 and $43.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. For calendar 2012, operating cash flow exceeded $200 million. Combined cash balances (cash and cash equivalents plus short-term investments) totaled $296.1 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of $6.9 million from the immediately preceding quarter. Company HighlightsAcquired Ozmo, Inc., a leader in ultra-low power Wi-Fi solutions Atmel and Celeno Communications collaborate on Wi-Fi Direct remote controls for consumer products Atmel introduced new family of ARM® Cortex?-A5 processor-based MPUs for embedded industrial and consumer applications Expanded ARM® Cortex?-M4 processor-based Flash family to include the SAM4E Series, featuring advanced  connectivity peripherals, a floating point unit, advanced analog capabilities, and higher processing power Introduced  new ATmegaRFR2 AVR® family of devices, offering industry's lowest power wireless microcontrollers for 2.4GHz industrial, scientific, and medical band (ISM) applications Joined G3-PLC Alliance, expanding development in standards-based smart grid communications Atmel and Wasion Group signed memorandum of understanding to develop PRIME power line communication solutions for smart metering ASUS selected XSense? touch sensor for their next-generation tablet Demonstrated XSense with curved and ultra-thin 0.55mm Corning® Gorilla® Glass Won 2013 CES Innovations Award for XSense Expanded Atmel maXTouch® S family of touchscreen controllers with mXT540S Google selected maXTouch to power the touchscreen Nexus 10"Android tablet Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks featuring maXTouch include:  ASUS' Vivo Tab, Vivo Tab RT, X202E, S400, and S56, Bluebird's Pidion BP80 tablet, DELL's XPS10,  XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook and Inspiron 15z, Fujitsu's Arrows Tab QH55, HP's Envy, Envy X2, and Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook,  Lenovo's Think Pad Tablet 2 and X230, LG's H160 and Z160 Tab-Books, Samsung's ATIV Tab RT, Series 5 Slate, and Series 7 Slate, and Toshiba's 925t Recent smartphone introductions with maXTouch inside include: Samsung's I9105 Galaxy S II Plus, SCH-W889, and GT-B9388, Nokia's Lumia 510 and 620, Kyocera's Digno S, Sharp's Aquos SH930W, Fujitsu's F-03E Arrows Kiss, Gionee's GN700W, Meizu's MX2 and Xiaomi's MI2  Introduced new LIN family for automotive switch scan and ambient lighting applications Launched industry's first integrated app store and collaboration workspace for embedded microcontroller designers in Atmel Studio 6 Stock RepurchaseDuring the fourth quarter of 2012, Atmel repurchased 3.3 million shares of its common stock in the open market at an average price of $4.87 per share. Non-GAAP Metrics Non-GAAP net income excludes charges related to losses on purchase commitments relating to the take-or-pay supply agreements, losses relating to receivables from a foundry supplier, restructuring activities, charges associated with acquisitions, gain or loss on sale of assets, credit from reserved grant income, stock-based compensation, as well as the non-GAAP income tax adjustments and other non-recurring income tax items. A reconciliation of GAAP results to non-GAAP results is included following the financial statements below. Conference Call Atmel will hold a teleconference at 2:00 p.m. PT today to discuss the fourth quarter 2012 financial results. The conference call will be webcast live and can also be monitored by dialing 1-800-374-0405 or 1-706-758-4519. The conference ID number is 84526682 and participants are encouraged to initiate their calls 10 minutes prior to the 2:00 p.m. PT start time to ensure a timely connection. The webcast and earnings release will be accessible at http://ir.atmel.com/ and will be archived for 12 months.A replay of the February 6, 2013 conference call will be available the same day at approximately 5:00 p.m. PT and will be archived for 48 hours. The replay access numbers are 1-800-585-8367 within the U.S. and 1-404-537-3406 for all other locations. The access code is 84526682.About AtmelAtmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.© 2013 Atmel Corporation. Atmel®, Atmel logo and combinations thereof, and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements Information in this release regarding Atmel's forecasts, business outlook, expectations, new product launches, and beliefs are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may include comments about our future operating and financial performance, including our outlook for 2013 and beyond, our expectations regarding market share and product revenue growth, and Atmel's strategies. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Atmel as of the date of this release, which may change. 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, without limitation, general global macroeconomic conditions (especially in Europe and Asia); the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry; the inability to realize the anticipated benefits of transactions related to acquisitions, restructuring activities or other initiatives in a timely manner or at all; the impact of competitive products and pricing; disruption to our business caused by our increased dependence on outside foundries and the financial instability of those foundries in some cases; industry and/or company overcapacity or undercapacity, including capacity constraints of our independent assembly contractors; the success of our customers' end products and timely design acceptance by our customers; timely introduction of new products and technologies (including, for example, our XSense? and maXTouch® products); our ability to ramp new products into volume production; our reliance on non-binding customer forecasts and the absence of long-term supply contracts with most of our customers; financial stability in foreign markets and the impact of foreign exchange rates; unanticipated changes in environmental, health and safety regulations; our dependence on selling through independent distributors; the complexity of our revenue recognition policies; information technology system failures; business interruptions, natural disasters and terrorist acts; unanticipated costs and expenses or the inability to identify expenses which can be eliminated; the market price or volatility of our common stock; disruptions in the availability of raw materials; compliance with U.S. and international laws and regulations by us and our distributors; our dependence on key personnel; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; litigation (including intellectual property litigation in which we may be involved or in which our customers may be involved, especially in the mobile device sector), and the possible unfavorable results of legal proceedings; and other risks detailed from time to time in Atmel's SEC reports and filings, including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed on February 28, 2012, and our subsequent Form 10-Q reports. Atmel assumes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investor Contact: Peter Schuman Director, Investor Relations (408) 437-2026 Atmel CorporationCondensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)Three Months Ended Twelve Months EndedDecember 31,September 30,December 31,December 31,December 31,20122012201120122011Net revenue$       345,083$        360,990$       383,609$    1,432,110$    1,803,053Cost of revenue213,544205,464198,952830,791894,820Research and development58,87259,96663,669251,519255,653Selling, general and administrative66,37668,03670,817275,257280,410Acquisition-related charges1,9461,5302,3397,3885,408Restructuring charges (credit)11,036(1,404)(1,146)23,98620,064Impairment of receivables from foundry supplier6,495--6,495-Credit from reserved grant income---(10,689)-Gain on sale of assets----(35,310)Total operating expenses358,269333,592334,6311,384,7471,421,045(Loss) income from operations(13,186)27,39848,97847,363382,008Interest and other (expense) income, net(1,338)153(1,736)(5,125)(818)(Loss) income before income taxes(14,524)27,55147,24242,238381,190Benefit from (provision for) income taxes2,192(5,915)(14,381)(11,793)(66,200)Net (loss) income $        (12,332)$          21,636$         32,861$         30,445$       314,990Basic net (loss) income per share:Net (loss) income per share$           (0.03)$             0.05$            0.07$            0.07$            0.69Weighted-average shares used in basic net (loss) income per share calculations429,312430,845451,582433,017455,629Diluted net (loss) income per share:Net (loss) income per share$           (0.03)$             0.05$            0.07$            0.07$            0.68Weighted-average shares used in diluted net (loss) income per share calculations429,312433,295456,514437,582462,673  Atmel CorporationCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(In thousands)(Unaudited)December 31,December 31,20122011Current assetsCash and cash equivalents$       293,370$       329,431Short-term investments2,6873,079Accounts receivable, net188,488212,929Inventories348,273377,433Prepaids and other current assets125,019116,929Total current assets957,8371,039,801Fixed assets, net221,044257,070Goodwill 104,43067,662Intangible assets, net27,25720,594Other assets122,965141,471Total assets$    1,433,533$    1,526,598Current liabilitiesTrade accounts payable 103,98076,445Accrued and other liabilities203,510207,118Deferred income on shipments to distributors29,22647,620Total current liabilities336,716331,183Other long-term liabilities100,179112,971Total liabilities436,895444,154Stockholders' equity996,6381,082,444Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$    1,433,533$    1,526,598 ATMEL CORPORATIONRECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES(in thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)Three Months Ended Twelve Months EndedDecember 31,September 30,December 31,December 31,December 31,20122012201120122011GAAP gross margin$       131,539$        155,526$       184,657$       601,319$       908,233Loss related to foundry arrangement 10,628--10,628-Stock-based compensation expense1,3292,1542,0578,0527,840Non-GAAP gross margin$       143,496$        157,680$       186,714$       619,999$       916,073GAAP research and development expense$         58,872$          59,966$         63,669$       251,519$       255,653Stock-based compensation expense(5,257)(4,925)(6,591)(22,825)(22,916)Non-GAAP research and development expense$         53,615$          55,041$         57,078$       228,694$       232,737GAAP selling, general and administrative expense$         66,376$          68,036$         70,817$       275,257$       280,410Stock-based compensation expense(9,818)(11,150)(9,873)(41,565)(37,369)Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expense$         56,558$          56,886$         60,944$       233,692$       243,041GAAP (loss) income from operations$        (13,186)$          27,398$         48,978$         47,363$       382,008Stock-based compensation expense16,40418,22918,52172,44268,125Acquisition-related charges 1,9461,5302,3397,3885,408Restructuring charges (credit)11,036(1,404)(1,146)23,98620,064Loss related to foundry arrangement 10,628--10,628-Impairment of receivables from foundry supplier6,495--6,495-Credit from reserved grant income---(10,689)-Gain on sale of assets----(35,310)Non-GAAP income from operations$         33,323$          45,753$         68,692$       157,613$       440,295GAAP benefit from (provision for) income taxes$          2,192$           (5,915)$        (14,381)$        (11,793)$        (66,200)Adjustments for cash tax and other tax settlements4,790(3,047)(14,916)(4,410)(64,682)Non-GAAP (provision for) benefit from income taxes$         (2,598)$           (2,868)$             535$         (7,383)$         (1,518)GAAP net (loss) income$        (12,332)$          21,636$         32,861$         30,445$       314,990Stock-based compensation expense16,40418,22918,52172,44268,125Acquisition-related charges 1,9461,5302,3397,3885,408Restructuring charges (credit)11,036(1,404)(1,146)23,98620,064Loss related to foundry arrangement 10,628--10,628-Impairment of receivables from foundry supplier6,495--6,495-Credit from reserved grant income---(10,689)-Gain on sale of assets----(35,310)Tax adjustments(4,790)3,04714,9164,41064,682Non-GAAP net income $         29,387$          43,038$         67,491$       145,105$       437,959GAAP net (loss) income per share - diluted(0.03)$             0.05$            0.07$            0.07$            0.68Stock based compensation expense0.040.040.040.160.14Acquisition-related charges0.01--0.02-Restructuring charges (credit)0.02--0.050.04Loss related to foundry arrangement 0.02--0.02-Impairment of receivables from foundry supplier0.01--0.01-Credit from reserved grant income---(0.02)-Gain on sale of assets----(0.07)Tax adjustments-0.010.030.010.13Non-GAAP net income per share  - diluted0.07$             0.10$            0.14$            0.32$            0.92GAAP diluted shares429,312433,295456,514437,582462,673Adjusted dilutive stock awards - non-GAAP14,66911,03414,5249,76411,046Non-GAAP diluted shares443,981444,329471,038447,346473,719Notes to Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresTo supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Atmel uses non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share, which are adjusted from the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures to exclude certain items, as shown above and described below. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional and useful way of viewing aspects of Atmel's operations that, when viewed in conjunction with Atmel's GAAP results, provide a more comprehensive understanding of the various factors and trends affecting Atmel's business and operations.Atmel uses each of these non-GAAP financial measures for internal purposes and believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding operational and financial performance. Management uses these non-GAAP measures for strategic and business decision making, internal budgeting, forecasting and resource allocation processes. Atmel may, in the future, determine to present non-GAAP financial measures other than those presented in this release, which it believes may be useful to investors. Any such determinations will be made with the intention of providing the most useful information to investors and will reflect information used by the company's management in assessing Atmel's business, which may change from time to time.Atmel believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to the GAAP financial results, is useful to investors because the non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to see Atmel's results "through the eyes" of management as these non-GAAP financial measures reflect Atmel's internal measurement processes. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures enable investors to better assess changes in each key element of Atmel's operating results across different reporting periods on a consistent basis. Thus, management believes that each of these non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with another method for assessing Atmel's operating results in a manner that is focused on the performance of its ongoing operations. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may facilitate comparisons to Atmel's historical operating results and to competitors' operating results.There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because they are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, non-GAAP financial measures may be limited in value because they exclude certain items that may have a material impact upon Atmel's reported financial results. Management compensates for these limitations by providing investors with reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for or superior to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures supplement, and should be viewed in conjunction with, GAAP financial measures. Investors should review the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as provided above.As presented in the "Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" tables above, each of the non-GAAP financial measures excludes one or more of the following items:Loss from foundry arrangement. Loss from foundry arrangement relates to the Company's assessment of the probable loss with respect to a European foundry "take-or-pay" arrangement for wafers to be delivered during the remaining term of the arrangement.  Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude loss from foundry arrangement from Atmel's non-GAAP financial measures, as it enhances the ability of investors to compare Atmel's period-over-period operating results from continuing operations.Impairment of receivables from foundry supplier. Impairment of receivables from foundry supplier relates to the Company's assessment of the probability of collecting on receivables from a European foundry supplier for certain services provided by Atmel to that foundry.  Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude impairment of receivables from foundry supplier from Atmel's non-GAAP financial measures, as it enhances the ability of investors to compare Atmel's period-over-period operating results from continuing operations.   Stock-based compensation expense. Stock-based compensation expense relates primarily to equity awards such as stock options and restricted stock units.  This includes stock-based compensation expense related to performance-based restricted stock units for which Atmel recognizes stock-based compensation expense to the extent management believes it probable that Atmel will achieve the performance criteria which occurs before these awards actually vest. If the performance goals are unlikely to be met, no compensation expense is recognized and any previously recognized compensation expense is reversed.  Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense that varies in amount from period to period and is dependent on market forces that are often beyond Atmel's control. As a result, management excludes this item from Atmel's internal operating forecasts and models. Management believes that non-GAAP measures adjusted for stock-based compensation provide investors with a basis to measure Atmel's core performance against the performance of other companies without the variability created by stock-based compensation as a result of the variety of equity awards used by other companies and the varying methodologies and assumptions used.  Acquisition-related charges. Acquisition-related charges include: (1) amortization of intangibles, which include acquired intangibles such as customer relationships, backlog, core developed technology, trade names and non-compete agreements and (2) contingent compensation expense, which include compensation resulting from the employment retention of certain key employees established in accordance with the terms of the acquisitions. In most cases, these acquisition-related charges are not factored into management's evaluation of potential acquisitions or Atmel's performance after completion of acquisitions, because they are not related to Atmel's core operating performance. In addition, the frequency and amount of such charges can vary significantly based on the size and timing of acquisitions and the maturities of the businesses being acquired. Excluding acquisition-related charges from non-GAAP measures provides investors with a basis to compare Atmel against the performance of other companies without the variability caused by purchase accounting.Restructuring charges (credit). Restructuring charges primarily relate to expenses necessary to make infrastructure-related changes to Atmel's operating costs.  Restructuring charges are excluded from non-GAAP financial measures because they are not considered core operating activities. Although Atmel has engaged in various restructuring activities in recent years, each has been a discrete event based on a unique set of business objectives. Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude restructuring charges (credit) from Atmel's non-GAAP financial measures, as it enhances the ability of investors to compare Atmel's period-over-period operating results from continuing operations.Credit from reserved grant income. Atmel recognized a credit from reserved grant income as a result of a ministerial decision executed by the Greek government providing for a partial refund of an outstanding state grant previously made. Based on the execution of this ministerial decision and the subsequent publication of that decision, management determined that it would not be required to repay the full amount of the outstanding grant. Atmel believes that it is appropriate to exclude credit from reserved grant income from Atmel's non-GAAP financial measures, as it enhances the ability of investors to compare Atmel's period-over-period operating results from continuing operations.Gain on sale of assets. Atmel recognizes gains resulting from the sale of certain non-strategic assets that no longer align with Atmel's long-term operating plan. Atmel excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures primarily because these gains are individually discrete events and generally not reflective of the ongoing operating performance of Atmel's business and can distort period-over-period comparisons.Non-GAAP tax adjustment. In conjunction with the implementation of Atmel's global structure changes which took effect January 1, 2011, the company changed its methodology for reporting non-GAAP taxes. Beginning in the first quarter of 2011, Atmel's non-GAAP tax amounts approximate operating cash tax expense, similar to the liability reported on Atmel's tax returns.  This approach is designed to enhance the ability of investors to understand the company's tax expense on its current operations, provide improved modeling accuracy, and substantially reduce fluctuations caused by GAAP adjustments which may not reflect actual cash tax expense.  Atmel forecasts its annual cash tax liability and allocates the tax to each quarter in proportion to earnings for that period. SOURCE Atmel Corporation