Power Integrations, Inc. announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Net revenues for the quarter were $79.2 million, up one percent from the prior quarter and up 19 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP net income for the quarter was $9.7 million or $0.33 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss in the prior quarter of $1.54 per share, the result of charges stemming from the closure of SemiSouth Laboratories. Net income in the year-ago quarter was $0.22 per diluted share. GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter was 49.8 percent; operating margin was 12.0 percent.
In addition to its GAAP results, the company provided non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation expenses, certain acquisition-related expenses, charges related to SemiSouth and the company’s tax-audit settlement, non-cash interest income, and the tax effects of these items. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $13.7 million or $0.47 per diluted share, compared with $0.49 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $0.29 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter was 52.8 percent; non-GAAP operating margin was 20.6 percent.
Commented Balu Balakrishnan, president and CEO of Power Integrations: “Bookings improved moderately over the course of the fourth quarter, resulting in higher-than-expected quarterly revenues of $79.2 million. Our non-GAAP gross margin is up five percentage points from a year ago, contributing to a 62-percent increase in our non-GAAP earnings per share in the fourth quarter.
“While uncertain global economic conditions make it difficult to forecast demand for the year ahead, we believe we are well positioned competitively and strategically, and our balance sheet remains sound. Accordingly, we are continuing to return cash to stockholders through a mix of share repurchases and dividends. We utilized more than $20 million for repurchases in the fourth quarter, and our board of directors has increased our quarterly dividend by 60 percent for the upcoming year, to eight cents per share.”
For the full year 2012, net revenues were $305.4 million, an increase of two percent compared with 2011. The company reported a full-year GAAP net loss of $34.4 million or $1.20 per share, reflecting the charges related to SemiSouth as well as a one-time tax payment in the second quarter related to the settlement of the company’s tax audit; this loss compares to GAAP net income of $34.3 million or $1.14 per diluted share in 2011. Non-GAAP net income for 2012 was $53.6 million or $1.80 per diluted share compared with $43.2 million or $1.44 per diluted share in 2011.