STMicroelectronics Statement on Arbitration Award
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced that, on April 5 2012, it has been ordered to pay approximately $59 million to NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V. ("NXP"), following an award from an arbitration tribunal set up according to the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”).
The award concerns a dispute between ST and NXP and relates to a claim by NXP against ST for underloading charges to be included in the price of wafers which NXP supplied to ST’s wireless JV from October 1, 2008 until December 31, 2009.
Although ST is clearly disappointed with the results of this arbitration, which were unexpected, the Company is encouraged by the fact that in its award the ICC Tribunal states that it has chosen not to address certain issues which ST has raised, and that will be part of a second arbitration before the same ICC tribunal. A hearing for this second arbitration is scheduled in June 2012 with a final decision expected during the following twelve months.
ST intends to vigorously pursue its claims in this second arbitration aiming to convince the ICC Tribunal to reverse the economic effect of its award in the first arbitration.
This award will be recognized in our first quarter 2012 results and is currently estimated to have a negative impact on our cost of sales. This will in turn negatively impact our gross margin by approximately 2.6 percentage points. Consequently, we are lowering our previously indicated guidance for the first quarter as a result of this unexpected exceptional charge to about 30.4%, plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.
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ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence applications. 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.
In 2011, the Company’s net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com