At September 27, 2008, ST's cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities (current and non-current), short-term deposits and restricted cash equaled $2.14 billion. Total debt was $2.55 billion. ST's net financial position** was a net debt of $409 million. Shareholders' equity was $8.77 billion.
*Net operating cash flow is a non-US GAAP metric, which the Company's management utilizes as a measure of cash-generation capability. It is defined as net cash from operating activities ($414 million in the third quarter of 2008) minus net cash used in investing activities (-$1,664 million in the third quarter of 2008) excluding payments for purchase of and proceeds from the sale of marketable securities ($127 million in the third quarter of 2008), proceeds from matured short-term deposits and restricted cash.
**Net financial position is a non-US GAAP metric used by the Company's management to help assess financial flexibility. It is defined as cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities (current and non-current), short-term deposits and restricted cash ($2,141 million) minus total debt (current portion of long-term debt $63 million plus long-term debt $2,487 million).
"Thanks to our systematic ability to generate operating cash flow and our solid capital structure we have been able to advance our strategic initiatives independent of the uncertainties in the financial markets. During 2008 these strengths have enabled ST to complete the deconsolidation of Numonyx, fund $1.7 billion of acquisitions, maintain a solid credit rating, pay increased cash dividends and initiate a share buyback program, all while increasing our return on invested capital" said Mr. Bozotti.
Net Revenues by Market Segment for Q3 2008
The following table estimates, within a variance of 5% to 10% in the absolute dollar amount, the relative weighting of each of the Company's target market segments for the 2008 third quarter. For comparison purposes, the table incorporates the effect of the former NXP Wireless business since August 2, 2008.
As % of Net Revenues Q3 2008 Q3 2008 Market Segment ST excluding ST including NXP Wireless NXP Wireless Automotive 15% 13% Consumer 17% 16% Computer 17% 15% Telecom 34% 40% Industrial & Other 17% 16%
In comparison to the year-ago quarter, all market segments posted growth, led by Telecom which increased 16% (50% including NXP Wireless), Industrial which increased 19%, followed by Consumer, Computer and Automotive, which increased approximately 8%, 5% and 1%, respectively.
Sequentially, performance was led by Telecom which increased 8% (39% including NXP Wireless) and Computer by 8%. Consumer was up 2%, while Industrial and Automotive declined by 1% and 8%, respectively, from the prior quarter.
Financial and Operating Data by Product Segment for Q3 2008
Starting August 2, 2008, following the addition of the wireless business from NXP, the Company introduced a new product segment to report the sales and operating results of the newly created "Wireless Product Sector," which includes ST's wireless business for the full quarter and the results of the joint venture created with NXP since August 2, 2008. The results of ST's wireless business were previously included in the Application Specific Groups (ASG) segment, which has been revised to reflect the change. The newly created ACCI (Automotive, Consumer, Computer and Telecom Infrastructure) Product Groups segment includes the former ASG segment less the ST wireless business contributed to the ST-NXP Wireless joint venture.
-- ACCI (Automotive, Consumer, Computer and Telecom Infrastructure Product Groups) -- IMS (Industrial & Multisegment Product Sector) -- WPS (Wireless Product Sector)
The following table provides a breakdown of revenues and operating income by product segment.
In Million US$ and % Q3 2008 Operating Product Segment Net % of Net income Revenues Revenues (loss) ACCI (Auto/Cons./Comp./Telecom Infra. Product Groups) (a) $1,085 40.2% $58 IMS (Industrial and Multisegment Product Sector) 901 33.4 152 WPS (Wireless Product Sector) 696 25.9 22 Others (b) (c) 14 0.5 (177) TOTAL $2,696 100% $55 (a) ACCI is the former ASG (Application Specific Groups) less the ST wireless business contributed to the ST-NXP joint venture. (b) Net revenues of "Others" include revenues from sales of Subsystems and other revenues. (c) Operating income (loss) of "Others" includes items such as impairment, restructuring charges, and other related closure costs, start-up costs, and other unallocated expenses such as: strategic or special research and development programs, acquired in-process R&D and other purchase accounting impacts, certain corporate-level operating expenses, patent claims and litigations, and the other costs that are not allocated to product groups, as well as operating earnings or losses of the Subsystems and Other Products Group. The third quarter 2008 "Others" include a $133 million charge due to purchase accounting items and $22 million of impairment and restructuring charges.