Linear Technology Reports a Sequential Quarterly Increase in Revenues and Completes Its Fiscal Year with Increases in Revenues and Net Income over the Prior Fiscal Year

MILPITAS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 23, 2013 — Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC), a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Quarterly revenues of $327.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 increased $12.7 million or 4.0% over the previous quarter's revenue of $314.5 million and decreased $2.7 million or 0.8% from $330.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. Net income of $101.9 million decreased $9.0 million or 8.1% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 and decreased $1.4 million or 1.3% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. Net income in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 benefited from a lower tax rate of 12.75% whereas the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 had a more normalized rate of 25.0%. The Company's tax rate in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 was lower primarily due to cumulative benefits from the reinstatement of the federal R&D tax credit and secondarily due to the release of estimated tax liabilities for fiscal years that are no longer subject to audit. Diluted earnings per share of $0.43 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 decreased $0.03 per share or 6.5% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 due to the change in the tax rate and decreased $0.01 per share from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Revenue for fiscal year 2013 was $1,282 million, an increase of 1.2% or $15.6 million over revenue of $1,267 million in the prior fiscal year. Net income of $406.9 million for fiscal year 2013 increased $8.8 million or 2.2% over $398.1 million reported in the previous fiscal year. The results for fiscal year 2013 benefited from a lower tax rate of 23.1% compared to 25.7% in fiscal year 2012. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2013 was $1.71, an increase of $0.01 per share over the prior fiscal year.

During the fourth quarter the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities increased by $70.2 million to $1.525 billion net of spending $34.0 million to purchase 944 thousand shares in the open market. A cash dividend of $0.26 will be paid on August 28, 2013 to stockholders of record on August 16, 2013.

According to Lothar Maier, CEO, “We completed our fourth fiscal quarter with revenues at the high end of our guidance, up 4% sequentially, led by higher sales into the automotive and industrial markets. In addition, we improved both gross margin and operating margin which continue at industry leading levels. The June quarter was also our fiscal year end, and though fiscal 2013 suffered from a difficult macro economic environment, we managed to grow revenues slightly over the prior fiscal year, up 1.2%, and increase net income and earnings per share. Heading into the new fiscal year, we are optimistic about our future growth prospects. We ended the fiscal year with a good bookings quarter and a book-to-bill ratio greater than one. Historically, the first fiscal quarter is a seasonally weak period for us, but given our current bookings level we are currently forecasting that revenues for our first quarter of fiscal 2014 will be up 2% to 5%.”

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements. In particular, the statements regarding the demand for our products, our customers' ordering patterns and the anticipated trends in our sales and profits are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are dependent on certain risks and uncertainties, including such factors, among others, as the timing, volume and pricing of new orders received and shipped, the timely introduction of new processes and products, general and country specific conditions in the world economy and financial markets and other factors described in our 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Company officials will be discussing these results in greater detail in a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Time. Those investors wishing to listen in may call (719) 325-4936, or toll free (800) 818-6592 before 8:15 a.m. to be included in the audience. There will be a live webcast of this conference call that can be accessed through www.linear.com or www.streetevents.com. A replay of the conference call will be available from July 24, 2013 through July 30, 2013.

You may access the archive by calling (719) 457-0820 or toll free (888) 203-1112 and entering reservation #7655285. An archive of the webcast will also be available at www.linear.com and www.streetevents.com as of July 24, 2013 until the fourth quarter earnings release next year.

Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for over three decades. The Company's products provide an essential bridge between our analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking, industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs, µModule®

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