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STMicroelectronics : ST reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM)

PR No. C2705C

  • Fourth quarter net revenues at $2.16 billion; above the midpoint of guidance
  • Net financial position* at $1.19 billion; up from 2011 despite challenging environment
  • Fourth quarter impairment charge of $544 million for Wireless goodwill and other intangible assets

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth quarter net revenues totaled $2.16 billion and gross margin was 32.3%. Net loss attributable to parent company was $428 million, mainly due to a charge of $544 million for the impairment of Wireless goodwill and other intangible assets following the Company's decision to exit the ST-Ericsson joint venture after the communicated transition period as part of the Company's new strategic plan announced on December 10, 2012.

President and CEO Carlo Bozotti commented, "In the fourth quarter, both revenue and gross margin results came in above the midpoint of our guidance despite the ongoing softness in the semiconductor market. We extended our leadership in key areas. Thanks to new product momentum, revenues from our wholly-owned businesses increased 0.2% and 1.6% on a sequential and year-ago basis driven by a very strong ramp of our MEMS products in the fourth quarter.

"Looking at 2012 overall, we improved our net financial position compared to 2011 despite the significant cash used by ST-Ericsson as well as the impact of weak business conditions. We were able to end the year with significant financial flexibility and strong cash balances while providing shareholders with the same level of dividend compared to 2011.

"Important decisions were made in 2012 that are shaping a new, more focused, higher-performing ST. In December, we announced our new strategic plan targeting leadership in two product segments: Sense & Power and Automotive Products and Embedded Processing Solutions. This new strategy includes a sharper focus on five growth drivers: MEMS and sensors, Smart Power, automotive products, microcontrollers, and application processors including digital consumer products. Importantly, from a financial model perspective, we are targeting an operating margin of 10% or more. A key component to achieving this objective is bringing our net operating expenses to an average quarterly rate in the range of $600 million to $650 million by the beginning of 2014.

"In connection with our strategic plan, we decided to exit ST-Ericsson after a transition period and our actions this past quarter, including the further impairment charge, are aligned with moving this decision forward."

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(*) ST net financial position is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. Please refer to Attachment A for additional information explaining why the Company believes this measure is important and for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.

Summary Financial Highlights


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U.S. GAAP
(In Million US$)                                   Q4 2012  Q3 2012  Q4 2011
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Net Revenues (a)                                    2,162    2,166    2,191
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Gross Margin                                        32.3%    34.8%    33.4%
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Operating Income (Loss), as reported                (730)    (792)    (132)
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Net Income (Loss) attributable to parent company    (428)    (478)    (11)
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(a) Net revenues include sales recorded by ST-Ericsson as consolidated by ST


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Non-U.S. GAAP*
Before impairment, restructuring and one-time
 items
(In Million US$)                                   Q4 2012  Q3 2012  Q4 2011
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Operating Income (Loss)                             (142)    (79)     (123)
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Operating Margin                                   (6.5%)   (3.6%)   (5.6%)
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Operating Margin - attributable to ST              (3.3%)    0.3%    (0.2%)
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Fourth Quarter Review
In the fourth quarter, ST's wholly-owned businesses' revenue increased 0.2% and 1.6% on a sequential and year-ago basis, respectively. Wireless product-segment revenues decreased by 2.2% sequentially, and included revenue from IP licensing of $43 million compared to $35 million in the prior quarter. The Japan & Korea and Greater China & South Asia regions grew sequentially 16% and 1%, respectively, while the Americas and EMEA decreased 0.4% and 13%, respectively.

Fourth quarter gross margin decreased 250 basis points sequentially to 32.3% mainly due to negative price effect, lower volumes that were associated with the planned reduction in inventory that resulted in the underloading of ST's wafer fabs partially offset by favorable product mix; as a result of the inventory reduction unsaturation charges in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $66 million compared to $19 million and $99 million in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively.

Combined SG&A and R&D expenses increased 3% to $876 million compared to $852 million in the prior quarter mainly due to unfavorable seasonal effects. Combined operating expenses as a percentage of sales were 40.5% in the 2012 fourth quarter compared to 39.3% in the prior quarter.

Restructuring and impairment charges for the fourth and third quarters were $588 million and $713 million, respectively, principally reflecting non-cash impairment charges on Wireless goodwill and other intangible assets bringing the investment value of ST-Ericsson on our books to a negligible amount.

Operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST decreased to negative 3.3% in the 2012 fourth quarter compared to positive 0.3% in the prior quarter.*

Income tax expense in the fourth quarter was $39 million mainly due to the write-off of ST-Ericsson deferred tax assets following ST's decision to exit from the joint venture after a transition period.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, net loss attributable to non-controlling interests was $361 million, which mainly included the 50% owned by Ericsson in the ST-Ericsson joint venture, as consolidated by ST. In the third quarter of 2012, the corresponding amount was $351 million.

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(*)Operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST and adjusted net earnings per share are non-U.S. GAAP measures. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.

Fourth quarter net loss attributable to parent company was $428 million or $(0.48) per share, compared to a net loss of $(0.54) and $(0.01) per share in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively. On an adjusted basis, net of related taxes, ST reported a non-U.S. GAAP net loss per share of $(0.11), excluding impairment, restructuring charges and one-time items in the fourth quarter, compared to a net loss of $(0.03) and $(0.01) per share in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively.*

For the fourth quarter of 2012, the effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.30 to EUR 1.00, compared to $1.29 to EUR 1.00 for the third quarter of 2012, and $1.36 to EUR 1.00 for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net Revenues by Market Channel


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Net Revenues By Market Channel (In %)              Q4 2012  Q3 2012  Q4 2011
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Total OEM                                            77%      76%      80%
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Distribution                                         23%      24%      20%
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Revenues and Operating Results by ST Product Segment


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                              Q4 2012            Q3 2012            Q4 2011
                     Q4 2012 Operating  Q3 2012 Operating  Q4 2011 Operating
 Operating Segment     Net     Income     Net     Income     Net     Income
  (In Million US$)  Revenues   (Loss)  Revenues   (Loss)  Revenues   (Loss)
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Automotive (APG)       368       20       391       34       383       41
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Analog, MEMS &
 Microcontrollers
 (AMM)                 864      120       804      101       747      116
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Digital                320      (51)      325      (30)      388       9
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Power Discrete
 (PDP)                 245       3        275       18       253       16
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Wireless (a)           351     (168)      359     (184)      409     (211)
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Others (b)(c)          14      (654)      12      (731)      11      (103)
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TOTAL                 2,162    (730)     2,166    (792)     2,191    (132)
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(a) Wireless includes the portion of sales and operating results of ST-Ericsson as consolidated in the Company's revenues and operating results, as well as other items affecting operating results related to the wireless business.
(b) Net revenues of "Others" includes revenues from sales of Subsystems, assembly services and other revenues.
(c) Operating income (loss) of "Others" includes items such as unused capacity charges, impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs, phase out and start-up costs and other unallocated expenses such as: strategic or special research and development programs, certain corporate-level operating expenses, patent claims and litigations, and other costs that are not allocated to product groups, as well as operating earnings of the Subsystems and Other Products Group. "Others" includes $66 million, $19 million and $99 million of unused capacity charges in the fourth and third quarters of 2012 and fourth quarter of 2011, respectively; and $588 million, $713 million and $9 million of impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs in the fourth and third quarters of 2012 and fourth quarter of 2011, respectively.

Automotive (APG) fourth quarter net revenues decreased 6.0% sequentially, mainly driven by difficult market conditions. APG fourth quarter operating margin was 5.6%, compared to 8.6% in the prior quarter due to lower revenues.

Analog, MEMS and Microcontrollers (AMM) fourth quarter net revenues increased 7.4% sequentially driven by MEMS, secure microcontrollers and analog applications. AMM operating margin increased to 13.9% in the 2012 fourth quarter, compared to 12.6% in the prior quarter mainly due to higher volumes of motion MEMS.

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(*)Operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST and adjusted net earnings per share are non-U.S. GAAP measures. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.

Digital fourth quarter net revenues decreased 1.7% sequentially principally due to weak demand for digital consumer products. Digital operating margin was negative 15.8% in the 2012 fourth quarter mainly due to manufacturing efficiencies related to a sharp decrease in loadings, compared to negative 9.0% in the prior quarter.

Power Discrete (PDP) fourth quarter net revenues decreased 11.0% sequentially due to weak market demand. PDP operating margin decreased to 1.1% in the 2012 fourth quarter compared to 6.4% in the prior quarter due to lower revenues.

Wireless net revenues in the fourth quarter decreased 2.2%, compared to the prior quarter. Revenue results reflected ST-Ericsson's continued ramp of NovaThor platforms as well as $43 million from IP licensing, which was more than offset by the decrease in legacy products sales. Wireless operating loss, excluding ST-Ericsson impairment and restructuring charges, was $168 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a loss of $184 million in the prior quarter. For additional information, see ST-Ericsson's Q4 2012 earnings results press release at www.st.com and at www.stericsson.com

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights

The Company significantly reduced capital expenditures, net of proceeds from sales, in 2012, at $476 million compared to $1.26 billion in 2011. During the fourth quarter capital expenditures net of proceeds from sales were $78 million in line with the year-ago period and, as expected, significantly below the prior quarter.

Managing inventory levels during 2012 was a key priority with inventory at December 31, 2012, of $1.35 billion, compared to $1.53 billion at December 31, 2011. Inventory in the fourth quarter of 2012 was at 4.3 turns or 84 days, compared to the year-ago period of 3.8 turns or 95 days.

During 2012, dividends paid to stockholders totaled $355 million, including the fourth quarter dividend of $89 million.

For the full year, free cash flow* was slightly positive. Reversing two quarters of negative cash flow and despite significant cash still used at ST-Ericsson, free cash flow in the fourth quarter was $145 million compared to negative $80 million in the prior quarter and positive $47 million in the year-ago period.

ST continued to maintain a solid attributable net financial position* with a net cash position of $1.19 billion at December 31, 2012, compared to $1.17 billion, adjusted to balance out the 50% of ST-Ericsson's debt, at December 31, 2011. ST's cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, short-term deposits and restricted cash equaled $2.49 billion and total debt was $1.30 billion. During the fourth quarter, ST and Ericsson waived their loan to ST-Ericsson for an amount of $1,546 million. As a consequence, the Ericsson portion of $773 million was recorded as a contribution from noncontrolling interest and reduced ST's consolidated debt.

Total equity, including non-controlling interest, was $6.36 billion at year end.

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(*)Free cash flow and net financial position are non-U.S. GAAP measures. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.

2012 Full Year Results

Net revenues for 2012 decreased 12.8% to $8.49 billion mainly due to lower unit volumes which were driven by a significant drop in sales at our former largest customer and weaker market conditions.

Gross profit and gross margin decreased 22% to $2.78 billion and 390 basis points to 32.8% respectively. The principal components of the gross margin decrease were negative price effect and unused capacity charges of $172 million compared to $149 million in 2011, as well as a one-time $53 million charge to ST's cost of sales due to an arbitration award recorded in the first quarter 2012, partially offset by positive currency effects.

ST's income taxes for the full year 2012 in part reflected the write-off of ST-Ericsson deferred tax assets in the fourth quarter. Excluding the ST-Ericsson impact and certain discrete items, ST's annual effective tax rate in 2012 would have been about 16%.

Net loss as reported was $1.16 billion in 2012, or $(1.31) per share. On an adjusted basis, net of related taxes, ST reported a non-U.S. GAAP net loss per share of $(0.33) excluding impairment, restructuring charges and one-time items. In 2011, net income was $650 million, or $0.72 diluted earnings per share, and on an adjusted basis was $0.41 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share.*

The effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.31 to EUR 1.00 for 2012, compared to $1.37 to EUR 1.00 for 2011.

Full Year Revenue and Operating Results by ST Product Segment


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                                                 FY 2012            FY 2011
                                        FY 2012 Operating  FY 2011 Operating
                                          Net     Income     Net     Income
  Operating Segment (In Million US$)   Revenues   (Loss)  Revenues   (Loss)
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Automotive (APG)                         1,554     129      1,678     227
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Analog, MEMS & Microcontrollers(AMM)     3,200     418      3,377     606
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Digital                                  1,334    (154)     1,839     108
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Power Discrete (PDP)                     1,015      18      1,240     139
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Wireless                                 1,345    (885)     1,552    (812)
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Others                                    45     (1,607)     49      (222)
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TOTAL                                    8,493   (2,081)    9,735      46
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First Quarter 2013 Business Outlook

Mr. Bozotti stated, "In the first quarter, we expect our wholly-owned businesses to deliver a better than seasonal revenue performance, with a sequential decrease of about 3% at the midpoint, despite weak macro-economic conditions. Including Wireless, we expect an overall revenue decrease of about 7% at the midpoint of our guidance as ST-Ericsson anticipates a very significant sequential decrease in net sales.

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(*) Adjusted net earnings per share are a non-U.S. GAAP measure. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.

"More broadly, semiconductor market conditions are expected to improve in 2013, driven by a more favorable economic environment. Even today, there are initial signs of a mild recovery. At ST, we expect to outperform the market with our Sense & Power and Automotive Products and Embedded Processing Solutions segments. In particular, we expect imaging, microcontrollers, analog and MEMS to be the highest contributors to our revenue performance.

"With respect to ST-Ericsson, we are finalizing our decision regarding available strategic options. While we do not underestimate the challenges related to the transition, we are committed to ensure a smooth and timely exit.

"Overall, ST will be a much stronger Company with a re-sized cost base, sharpened product focus and stronger market position."

The Company expects first quarter 2013 revenues to decrease sequentially in the range of about -7%, plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Reflecting lower unsaturation charges but no revenues from licensing compared to the fourth quarter, gross margin in the first quarter is expected to be about 31.4%, plus or minus 2.0 percentage points.

ST, following its announcement to exit ST-Ericsson after a transition period that is expected to end during the third quarter of 2013, is finalizing its decision regarding available strategic options. Our current best estimate is that ST could have funding requirements, including the ongoing operations of ST-Ericsson during the transition period and restructuring costs, in the range of approximately $300 million to $500 million during 2013, taking into account the impact of the strategic options.

This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.31 = EUR 1.00 for the 2013 first quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts. The first quarter will close on March 30, 2013.

Recent Corporate Developments

  • On December 10, ST announced its new strategic plan, vision and financial model. The outcome of a strategic review started more than a year ago as the company saw major changes in the dynamics of the wireless market. The plan is aimed at making the new ST more focused, leaner and better positioned to deliver value to customers and shareholders. The plan emphasizes two product-segment organizations that together address a growing $140 billion market shared roughly equally: Sense & Power and Automotive Products and Embedded Processing Solutions.

The Sense & Power and Automotive Products Sector builds on ST's leading positions in MEMS and sensors, power discrete and advanced analog products, as well as automotive powertrain, safety, body and infotainment products. The Embedded Processing Solutions Sector focuses on the core of the electronics systems rather than on wireless broadband access and includes microcontrollers, imaging products, digital consumer products, application processors and digital ASICs.

As part of the new plan, ST said it would exit its investment in ST-Ericsson after a transition period. ST emphasized that it would continue to pursue significant growth opportunities in wireless through its leading product portfolio and would continue to support ST-Ericsson as its supply-chain partner, advanced process-technology partner (FD-SOI) and application-processor IP provider.

In the announcement, ST also revealed its new financial model, in which the company is targeting an operating margin of 10 percent or more. In order to achieve the new financial model, ST is targeting a reduction in quarterly net operating expenses to an average quarterly rate in the range of $600 million to $650 million by the beginning of 2014.

  • On December 11, ST announced its progress in making available its 28nm FD-SOI Technology Platform from its Crolles (France) 300mm manufacturing facility. The silicon-verified process technology has now proven that it can deliver 30% higher speed at the same power and up to 50% greater power efficiency at the same performance as bulk processes at comparable cost. Ready for pre-production, this step confirms ST's ability to provide its planar fully-depleted technology from the 28nm technology node, essential to meeting the industry's highest performance and lowest power demands.

Q4 2012 - Product and Technology Highlights

During the quarter, ST made strong progress with important new-product introductions and significant design wins.

Automotive

  • Confirmed its leadership position in car-door electronics with an exclusive-supplier contract for a new generation of door-zone modules at a major equipment manufacturer.
  • Became a long-term supplier of audio amplifiers in car infotainment systems for the world's largest automotive players.
  • Awarded a design win in the next-generation braking platform at a leading automotive equipment maker.
  • Secured design wins for a multi-standard digital-radio chipset with several large car-manufacturing groups.
  • Collected multiple design wins in China for 32-bit automotive microcontrollers that manage transmission control, vehicle diagnostics, and steering systems in the car.

Digital Sector

Digital Convergence

  • Earned multiple design wins for broadcast set-top box chips at leading Chinese set-top box makers Jiuzhou and Inspur.
  • Collected a design win for the world's most powerful set-top box system-on-chip (Orly) in an IPTV set-top box platform at a major Asian equipment producer.
  • Saw increased traction for high-resolution multimedia-monitor controllers in premium monitors and public displays: ST's innovative systems-on-chip power, among others, LG's new 29-inch cinema display and 27-inch ultra-high-resolution monitor, and a public display from Samsung.
  • Earned multiple design wins for high-speed media-routing devices for docking stations and dongles at several top PC OEMs.
  • Earned an important design win for a 32nm digital ASIC for software-defined networks from a global networking giant.

Imaging, Bi-CMOS, ASIC and Silicon Photonics

  • Provided cutting-edge image-sensing technology for a new optical navigation device at a leading consumer and PC peripherals maker.
  • Ramped volume production of innovative high-performance image sensors for mobile applications, using ST's proprietary backside-illumination (BSI) technology.

Analog, MEMS and Microcontrollers

  • Announced that ST and PNI sensors are selected for Nintendo's Wii U™.

  • Ramped production of extreme high-accuracy analog chips to monitor the battery state in a range of smartphones from a worldwide leader.
  • Volume shipments to 1st-tier Chinese manufacturers contributed to a rebound in market share for Sound-Terminal audio devices for flat-panel TV.
  • Started production of Motion MEMS and iNEMO-Engine Sensor Fusion Software for Windows 8™ based tablets and smartphones.
  • Collected numerous design wins for the low-power SPIRIT1 radio transceivers that transmit sensor data in industrial applications.
  • Shipped 60 million MEMS microphones by the end of 2012 across a broad range of applications, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
  • Earned a design win for a pressure sensor with a major phone manufacturer.
  • Awarded a design win for high-efficiency switching regulators in car infotainment systems from a major European manufacturer.
  • Collected multiple wins for electronic fuses in hard-disk drives, set-top boxes and DVD players from major Asian OEMs.
  • ST's smart-power (BCD8) device selected by a major Japanese manufacturer for the next-generation 5mm and 7mm hard-disk drive platforms.
  • Built further STM32 momentum with an important design win for the STM32F4 at a major Chinese telecom-infrastructure OEM. The STM32 design-win run rate has seen a steady increase with the new product series introduced in 2012.
  • Won the main controller slot for the STM8 low-power microcontroller from a leading Japanese entertainment device manufacturer.
  • Collected multiple design wins for a dual-interface secure microcontroller in the new EMV® (Europay/MasterCard/Visa) migration program in China.
  • Awarded a design win from a key European industrial OEM for the dual-interface wireless memory in an energy-management application.

Power Discretes

  • Collected multiple wins for MOSFET devices in power supplies and adapters for leading PC makers.
  • Increased share of IGBT devices at large automotive customers in EMEA and Japan for electronic ignition, air conditioning, and High Intensity Discharge lamps.
  • Collected multiple design wins for dedicated rectifiers and protection devices in various automotive applications at leading Asian OEMs.
  • Won new sockets for Integrated Passive & Active Devices (IPAD) at major Chinese smartphone makers.
  • Secured multiple wins for power diodes in high-power industrial welding equipment and TV adapters.

ST-Ericsson

  • Samples of ST-Ericsson's first FD-SOI product, manufactured by ST, became available in December and the NovaThor L8580 ModAp platform was announced on January 7, 2013.
  • Samsung GALAXY S III mini is powered by an ST-Ericsson NovaThor ModAp, making it the fourth Samsung smartphone using the NovaThor platform.
  • With the new NovaThor L8580 ModAp ST-Ericsson introduced eQuad technology. eQuad is a CPU architecture in which each processor core can operate as an industry-leading high performance core or a very low-power core for less computing-intensive tasks running at 0.6 V.
  • ST-Ericsson tested and demonstrated its VoLTE (Voice over LTE) technology with key operators during the quarter.
  • ST-Ericsson announced that it is ready to support Jolla's Sailfish OS in its NovaThor platforms.

iNEMO, IPAD, Orly, Sound Terminal, STM8 and STM32 are trademarks of STMicroelectronics. NovaThor is a trademark of ST-Ericsson. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Use of Supplemental Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information, including operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items, operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST, adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per share, free cash flow, net financial position and net financial position, adjusted to account for 50% investment in ST-Ericsson.

Readers are cautioned that these measures are unaudited and not prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for U.S. GAAP financial measures. In addition, such non-U.S. GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled information by other companies.

See Attachment A of this press release for a reconciliation of the Company's non-U.S. GAAP financial measures to their corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures. To compensate for these limitations, the supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information should not be read in isolation, but only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Forward-looking information

Some of the statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended) that are based on management's current views and assumptions, and are conditioned upon and also involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those anticipated by such statements, due to, among other factors:

  • future risks to our core business as well as our ability to accurately estimate our share of costs and the required cash resources which ensue from our decision to exit ST-Ericsson;
  • our ability to competitively address market demand for the products which we design manufacture and sell;
  • changes in the market for our products, including the actual demand for products where we have achieved design wins and/or demand for applications where we are targeting growth, which is also dependent on our customers' ability to successfully compete in the application markets they serve with our products;
  • our ability in periods of reduced market demand or visibility, to reduce our expenses as required, as well as our ability to operate our manufacturing facilities at sufficient levels with existing process technologies to cover our fixed operating costs;
  • our ability, in an intensively competitive environment, to identify and allocate necessary design resources to successfully develop and secure customer acceptance for new products meeting their expectations;
  • our ability to achieve our pricing expectations for high-volume supplies of new products in whose development we have been, or are currently, investing;
  • the financial impact of obsolete or excess inventories if actual demand differs from our expectations;
  • our ability to maintain or improve our competitiveness especially in light of volatility in the foreign exchange markets and, more particularly, in the U.S. dollar exchange rate as compared to the Euro and the other major currencies we use for our operations;
  • the impact of intellectual property ("IP") claims by our competitors or other third parties, and our ability to obtain required licenses on reasonable terms and conditions;
  • restructuring charges and associated cost savings that differ in amount or timing from our estimates;
  • changes in our overall tax position as a result of changes in tax laws, the outcome of tax audits or changes in international tax treaties which may impact our results of operations as well as our ability to accurately estimate tax credits, benefits, deductions and provisions and to realize deferred tax assets;
  • natural events such as severe weather, earthquakes, tsunami, volcano eruptions or other acts of nature, health risks and epidemics in locations where we, our customers or our suppliers operate;
  • changes in economic, social, political or infrastructure conditions in the locations where we, our customers or our suppliers operate including as a result of macro-economic or regional events, military conflict, social unrest or terrorist activities;
  • availability and costs of raw materials, utilities, third-party manufacturing services, or other supplies required by our operations;
  • the outcome of ongoing litigation as well as any new litigation to which we may become a defendant;
  • product warranty or liability claims based on epidemic, security or delivery failures or recalls by our customers for a product containing one of our parts or claims arising out of breaches of our information technology systems.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results and performance of our business to differ materially and adversely from the forward-looking statements. Certain forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking terminology, such as "believes," "expects," "may," "are expected to," "should," "would be," "seeks" or "anticipates" or similar expressions or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions.

Some of these risk factors are set forth and are discussed in more detail in "Item 3. Key Information - Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the SEC on March 5, 2012. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as anticipated, believed or expected. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update any industry information or forward-looking statements set forth in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

STMicroelectronics Conference Call and Webcast Information

On January 31, 2013, the management of STMicroelectronics will host an earnings presentation in Paris and will also conduct a conference call to discuss performance for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012.

The earnings presentation will be held at 5:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time / 11:00 a.m. CET and the conference call at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time / 3:00 p.m. CET. Both the earnings presentation and conference call will be available live via the Internet by accessing http://investors.st.com. Those accessing the webcast should go to the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call, in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com

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STMicroelectronics
Supplemental Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Information
U. S. GAAP - Non-U.S. GAAP Reconciliation
In Million US$ Except Per Share Data

The supplemental non-U.S. GAAP information presented in this press release is unaudited and subject to inherent limitations. Such non-U.S. GAAP information is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered as a substitute for U.S. GAAP measurements. Also, our supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled non-U.S. GAAP measures used by other companies. Further, specific limitations for individual non-U.S. GAAP measures, and the reasons for presenting non-U.S. GAAP financial information, are set forth in the paragraphs below. To compensate for these limitations, the supplemental non-U.S. GAAP financial information should not be read in isolation, but only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Operating income (loss) before, impairment, restructuring and one-time items is used by management to help enhance an understanding of ongoing operations and to communicate the impact of the excluded items, such as impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs. Adjusted net earnings and earnings per share (EPS) are used by management to help enhance an understanding of ongoing operations and to communicate the impact of the excluded items like impairment, restructuring charges and other related closure costs attributable to ST, and other one-time items net of the relevant tax impact.

Operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST is calculated as operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items excluding 50% of ST-Ericsson operating income (loss) before impairment, restructuring and one-time items as consolidated by ST. Operating margin before impairment, restructuring and one-time items attributable to ST is calculated as operating income (loss) before restructuring attributable to ST divided by reported revenues excluding 50% of ST-Ericsson revenues as consolidated by ST.

The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information for investors and management because they measure the Company's capacity to generate profits from its business operations, excluding the effect of acquisitions and expenses related to the rationalizing of its activities and sites that it does not consider to be part of its on-going operating results, thereby offering, when read in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financials, (i) the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company's on-going operating results, (ii) the ability to better identify trends in the Company's business and perform related trend analysis, and (iii) an easier way to compare the Company's results of operations against investor and analyst financial models and valuations, which usually exclude these items.


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Q4 2012                                    Operating
(US$ millions and cents per        Gross     Income     Net    Corresponding
 share)                            Profit    (loss)   Earnings      EPS
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U.S. GAAP                           697      (730)     (428)       (0.48)
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Impairment & Restructuring                    588       307
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Estimated Income Tax Effect                             (1)
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Income Tax at ST Ericsson                                26
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Non-U.S GAAP                        697      (142)      (96)       (0.11)
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Q3 2012                                    Operating
(US$ millions and cents per        Gross     Income     Net    Corresponding
 share)                            Profit    (loss)   Earnings      EPS
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U.S. GAAP                           753      (792)     (478)       (0.54)
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Impairment & Restructuring                    713       456
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Estimated Income Tax Effect                             (7)
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Non-U.S GAAP                        753       (79)      (29)       (0.03)
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Q4 2011                                    Operating
(US$ millions and cents per        Gross     Income     Net    Corresponding
 share)                            Profit    (loss)   Earnings      EPS
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U.S. GAAP                           732      (132)      (11)       (0.01)
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Impairment & Restructuring                     9         5
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Estimated Income Tax Effect                             (2)
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Non-U.S GAAP                        732      (123)      (8)        (0.01)
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(continued)
(Attachment A - continued)

Net financial position: resources (debt), represents the balance between our total financial resources and our total financial debt. Our total financial resources include cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, short-term deposits and restricted cash, and our total financial debt includes short-term borrowings, current portion of long-term debt and long-term debt, all as reported in our consolidated balance sheet. We believe our net financial position provides useful information for investors because it gives evidence of our global position either in terms of net indebtedness or net cash position by measuring our capital resources based on cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities and the total level of our financial indebtedness. Net financial position is not a U.S. GAAP measure.


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Net Financial Position (in US$      December 31, September 29,  December 31,
 millions)                              2012          2012          2011
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Cash and cash equivalents              2,250         1,686         1,912
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Marketable securities                   238           237           413
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Short-term deposits                      1             -             -
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Restricted cash                          -             -             3
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Non-current restricted cash              4             4             5
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Total financial resources              2,493         1,927         2,333
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Short-term borrowings and current
 portion of long-term debt             (630)        (1,260)        (740)
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Long-term debt                         (671)         (298)         (826)
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Total financial debt                  (1,301)       (1,558)       (1,566)
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Net financial position                 1,192          369           767
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Net financial position, adjusted
 to account for 50% investment in
 ST-Ericsson                           1,192         1,064         1,167
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Free cash flow is defined as net cash from operating activities minus net cash used in investing activities, excluding payment for purchases of and proceeds from the sale of marketable securities, short-term deposits and restricted cash. We believe free cash flow provides useful information for investors and management because it measures our capacity to generate cash from our operating and investing activities to sustain our operating activities. Free cash flow is not a U.S. GAAP measure and does not represent total cash flow since it does not include the cash flows generated by or used in financing activities. In addition, our definition of free cash flow may differ from definitions used by other companies.


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Free cash flow (in US$ millions)              Q4 2012    Q3 2012    Q4 2011
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Net cash from (used in) operating
 activities                                     252        148        137
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Net cash from (used in) investing
 activities                                    (107)      (203)       43
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Payment for purchases of (proceeds from
 sale of) marketable securities, short-term
 deposits and restricted cash, net               -        (25)       (133)
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Free cash flow                                  145       (80)        47
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STMicroelectronics N.V.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share
 data ($))

                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                 --------------------------
                                                  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
                                                 ------------  ------------
                                                 December 31,  December 31,
                                                     2012          2011
                                                 ------------  ------------

Net sales                                               2,111         2,170
Other revenues                                             51            21
                                                 ------------  ------------
  NET REVENUES                                          2,162         2,191
Cost of sales                                          (1,465)       (1,459)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  GROSS PROFIT                                            697           732
Selling, general and administrative                      (291)         (280)
Research and development                                 (585)         (614)
Other income and expenses, net                             37            39
Impairment, restructuring charges and other
 related closure costs                                   (588)           (9)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  Total Operating Expenses                             (1,427)         (864)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  OPERATING LOSS                                         (730)         (132)
Interest expense, net                                      (9)           (5)
Income (loss) on equity-method investments                (11)           (6)
Gain on financial instruments, net                          -             3
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND NONCONTROLLING
 INTEREST                                                (750)         (140)
Income tax expense                                        (39)          (70)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  NET LOSS                                               (789)         (210)
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling
 interest                                                 361           199
                                                 ------------  ------------
  NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO PARENT COMPANY                (428)          (11)
                                                 ============  ============

  EARNINGS PER SHARE (BASIC) ATTRIBUTABLE TO
   PARENT COMPANY STOCKHOLDERS                          (0.48)        (0.01)
  EARNINGS PER SHARE (DILUTED) ATTRIBUTABLE TO
   PARENT COMPANY STOCKHOLDERS                          (0.48)        (0.01)

  NUMBER OF WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES USED IN
   CALCULATING DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE               887.9         885.0
                                                 ------------  ------------


STMicroelectronics N.V.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share
 data ($))

                                                     Twelve Months Ended
                                                 --------------------------
                                                  (Unaudited)    (Audited)
                                                 December 31,  December 31,
                                                     2012          2011
                                                 ------------  ------------

Net sales                                               8,380         9,630
Other revenues                                            113           105
                                                 ------------  ------------
  NET REVENUES                                          8,493         9,735
Cost of sales                                          (5,710)       (6,161)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  GROSS PROFIT                                          2,783         3,574
Selling, general and administrative                    (1,166)       (1,210)
Research and development                               (2,413)       (2,352)
Other income and expenses, net                             91           109
Impairment, restructuring charges and other
 related closure costs                                 (1,376)          (75)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  Total Operating Expenses                             (4,864)       (3,528)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)                              (2,081)           46
Other-than-temporary impairment charge and
 realized gain on financial assets                          -           318
Interest expense, net                                     (35)          (25)
Loss on equity-method investments                         (24)          (28)
Gain on financial instruments, net                          3            25
  INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND
   NONCONTROLLING INTEREST                             (2,137)          336
Income tax expense                                        (51)         (181)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  NET INCOME (LOSS)                                    (2,188)          155
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling
 interest                                               1,030           495
                                                 ------------  ------------
  NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO PARENT
   COMPANY                                             (1,158)          650
                                                 ============  ============

  EARNINGS PER SHARE (BASIC) ATTRIBUTABLE TO
   PARENT COMPANY STOCKHOLDERS                          (1.31)         0.74
  EARNINGS PER SHARE (DILUTED) ATTRIBUTABLE TO
   PARENT COMPANY STOCKHOLDERS                          (1.31)         0.72

  NUMBER OF WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES USED IN
   CALCULATING DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE               886.7         904.5
                                                 ------------  ------------


STMicroelectronics N.V.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
As at                            December 31,  September 29,   December 31,
In millions of U.S. dollars          2012           2012           2011
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
                                 (Unaudited)    (Unaudited)     (Audited)
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents               2,250          1,686          1,912
Restricted cash                             -              -              3
Short-term deposits                         1              -              -
Marketable securities                     238            237            413
Trade accounts receivable, net          1,005          1,040          1,046
Inventories, net                        1,353          1,484          1,531
Deferred tax assets                       137            155            141
Assets held for sale                        -              -             28
Other current assets                      518            612            506
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
Total current assets                    5,502          5,214          5,580
Goodwill                                  141            370          1,059
Other intangible assets, net              213            554            645
Property, plant and equipment,
 net                                    3,481          3,611          3,920
Non-current deferred tax assets           414            365            332
Restricted cash                             4              4              5
Long-term investments                     119            114            121
Other non-current assets                  560            480            432
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
                                        4,932          5,498          6,514
Total assets                           10,434         10,712         12,094
                                -------------  -------------  -------------

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Bank overdrafts                             -              -              7
Short-term debt                           630          1,260            733
Trade accounts payable                    797            864            656
Other payables and accrued
 liabilities                              942            934            976
Dividends payable to
 stockholders                              89            178             88
Deferred tax liabilities                   11              1             14
Accrued income tax                         86             84             95
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
Total current liabilities               2,555          3,321          2,569
Long-term debt                            671            298            826
Post-retirement benefit
 obligations                              477            426            409
Long-term deferred tax
 liabilities                               14             23             21
Other long-term liabilities               353            315            273
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
                                        1,515          1,062          1,529
Total liabilities                       4,070          4,383          4,098
Commitment and contingencies
Equity
Parent company stockholders'
 equity
Common stock (preferred stock:
 540,000,000 shares authorized,
 not issued; common stock: Euro
 1.04 nominal value,
 1,200,000,000 shares
 authorized, 910,559,805 shares
 issued, 887,953,202 shares
 outstanding)                           1,156          1,156          1,156
Capital surplus                         2,555          2,549          2,544
Retained earnings                       1,959          2,388          3,504
Accumulated other comprehensive
 income                                   794            743            670
Treasury stock                           (239)          (240)          (271)
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
Total parent company
 stockholders' equity                   6,225          6,596          7,603
Noncontrolling interest                   139           (267)           393
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
Total equity                            6,364          6,329          7,996
Total liabilities and equity           10,434         10,712         12,094
                                -------------  -------------  -------------


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STMicroelectronics N.V.

SELECTED CASH FLOW DATA

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Cash Flow Data (in US$ millions)                   Q4 2012  Q3 2012  Q4 2011
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Net Cash from operating activities                     252      148      137
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Net Cash from (used in) investing activities         (107)    (203)       43
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Net Cash from (used in) financing activities           406     (80)    (213)
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Net Cash increase (decrease)                           564    (120)     (61)
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Selected Cash Flow Data (in US$ millions)          Q4 2012  Q3 2012  Q4 2011
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Depreciation & amortization                            272      266      315
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Net payment for Capital expenditures                  (78)    (203)     (76)
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Dividends paid to stockholders                        (89)     (89)     (89)
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Change in inventories, net                             143       24      139
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ST FY 2012 Q4: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1674373/545188.pdf

For further information, please contact:

INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Tait Sorensen
Group VP, Investor Relations
Tel: +1 602 485 2064
tait.sorensen@st.com

MEDIA RELATIONS:
Maria Grazia Prestini
Group VP, Corporate Media and Public Relations
STMicroelectronics
Tel: + 41 22 929 6945

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