STMicroelectronics Reports 2013 Third Quarter and Nine Month Financial Results
- Third quarter net revenues $2.01 billion; excluding Wireless product line up 3.9% year-over-year and 0.5% sequentially
- Third quarter operating income was a profit of $54 million before impairment and restructuring charges
- Transaction to split up ST-Ericsson completed
- STMicroelectronics - Consolidated Statements of Income
- STMicroelectronics - Consolidated Balance Sheets
- STMicroelectronics - Selected Cash Flow Data
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ending September 28, 2013.
|Third quarter net revenues totaled $2,013 million and gross margin was 32.4%. ST’s third quarter net loss was $142 million as the Company took a charge of $120 million, mostly non-cash, in connection with its annual third quarter impairment review and already announced restructuring initiatives.|
“Our financial performance during the third quarter was mixed. On one hand, we saw overall year-over-year revenue improvement of 3.9 percent across our business outside of the Wireless product line. We believe this exceeds the year-over-year revenue performance of our served market. On the other hand, this growth was milder than expected due to a muted order pattern during the quarter driven by softness in high-end smartphones in Asia and the mass market in Asia, including the cable set-top box market in certain countries,” said ST President and CEO Carlo Bozotti.“However, we did see sequential growth in Imaging, Microcontrollers, MEMS, and Automotive. In particular, Microcontrollers posted record quarterly billings led by our general-purpose products.
“During the third quarter the Company posted an operating profit before impairment and restructuring charges. ST’s operating income excluding these charges was $54 million, improving by $118 million on a sequential basis. This is due in large part to the sale of ST-Ericsson’s Global Navigation Satellite System business along with lower operating expenses.
“In August, we completed the transaction to split up ST-Ericsson in a timely manner. With this we are strengthening our product development in key areas where we see important customer expansion opportunities including embedded processing, RF, analog and power.”
Summary Financial Highlights
(In Million US$)
|Operating Income (Loss), as reported||(66)||(107)||(792)|
|Net Income (Loss) attributable to parent company(b)||(142)||(152)||(478)|
(a)Net revenues include sales recorded by ST-Ericsson as consolidated by ST
(b)Includes a loss on equity-method investment of $8 million, $89 million and $4 million in the third and second quarters of 2013 and the third quarter of 2012, respectively
Before impairment and restructuring charges
(In Million US$)
|Operating Income (Loss)||54||(64)||(79)|
(*)Operating income (loss) before impairment and restructuring charges and operating margin before impairment and restructuring charges are non-U.S. GAAP measures. Please refer to Attachment A for additional information explaining why the Company believes these measures are important and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
Overall, net revenues decreased 1.6% sequentially and 7.1% on a year-over-year basis. On a sequential basis by region of origin, the Americas and Japan & Korea posted growth of 4.0% and 3.7%, respectively, while EMEA and Greater China & South Asia decreased by 3.6% and 9.0%, respectively.ST’s third quarter revenues, excluding the Wireless product line, increased 0.5% and 3.9% on a sequential and year-over-year basis, respectively. Sequential and year-over-year growth was driven by Imaging, Microcontrollers, MEMS and Automotive.
Third quarter gross profit was $652 million and gross margin was 32.4%. On a sequential basis, gross margin declined 40 basis points, below the mid-point of our third quarter guidance range primarily due to the higher than expected weight of wireless legacy products, as well as negative currency effects.R&D expenses were $423 million in the third quarter representing a sequential decrease of $30 million or 7%, benefiting principally from the wind-down of the ST-Ericsson joint venture and seasonality in Europe. R&D expenses declined by 27% compared to $578 million in the year-ago period.
SG&A expenses totaled $253 million in the third quarter decreasing 11% on a sequential basis mainly due to seasonality and the ST-Ericsson wind down. SG&A expenses decreased 8% compared to the year-ago amount of $274 million.
Other Income and Expenses registered income of $78 million in the third quarter mainly benefiting from the sale of ST-Ericsson’s Global Navigation Satellite System business to a third party and other sale of assets for a $80 million gain.
Impairment, restructuring and other related closure costs for the third quarter were $120 million, and mainly included a non-cash charge of $56 million for the impairment of Digital Convergence Group goodwill and intangible assets, a non-cash charge of $33 million for the impairment of tangible assets and restructuring costs of $29 million, compared to $43 million in the prior quarter.Income tax expense was $49 million in the third quarter including expense for deferred tax assets valuation allowance and re-alignment of the year-to-date tax expense to reflect updated projections for the full year.
In the third quarter of 2013, net earnings attributable to non-controlling interest was an expense of $17 million, which mainly included the 50% owned by Ericsson in the ST-Ericsson joint venture, as consolidated by ST. In the second quarter of 2013, the corresponding amount was income of $21 million.Third quarter net loss was $142 million or $(0.16) per share, compared to a net loss of $(0.17) and $(0.54) per share in the prior and year-ago quarter, respectively. On an adjusted basis, net of related taxes, ST reported a non-U.S. GAAP net loss per share estimated at $(0.03) in the third quarter excluding impairment and restructuring charges and one-time items compared to a net loss estimated at $(0.06) and $(0.03) per share in the prior and year-ago quarter, respectively.*
For the third quarter of 2013, the effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.31 to €1.00 compared to $1.30 to €1.00 for the second quarter of 2013 and $1.29 to €1.00 for the third quarter of 2012.
Net Revenues Summary
|Net Revenues By Product Line and Segment|
|Q3 2013||Q2 2013||Q3 2012|
|Analog & MEMS (AMS)||329||327||324|
|Industrial & Power Discrete (IPD)||458||466||459|
|Sense & Power and Automotive Products (SP&A)||1,205||1,209||1,175|
|Digital Convergence Group (DCG)||163||189||234|
|Imaging, BiCMOS, ASIC and Silicon Photonics (IBP)||144||108||85|
|Microcontrollers, Memory & Security (MMS)||360||351||296|
|Embedded Processing Solutions (EPS)||802||824||980|
|Net Revenues By Market Channel (In %)||Q3 2013||Q2 2013||Q3 2012|
|Revenues and Operating Results by ST Product Segment|
(In Million US$)
| Q3 2012|
|Sense & Power and Automotive Products (SP&A)||1,205||75||1,209||42||1,175||114|
|Embedded Processing Solutions including Wireless product line (EPS)(a)||802||(18)||824||(106)||980||(175)|
(a) Embedded Processing Solutions includes the Wireless product line which includes a 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.
Embedded Processing Solutions (EPS) third quarter net revenues decreased 2.7% and 18.2% on a sequential and year-over-year basis, respectively, due to a significant decrease in WPS sales and to a lesser extent, overall lower DCG sales despite the strong growth in IBP and MMS. EPS segment operating margin improved to negative 2.2% in the 2013 third quarter, from negative 12.8% and negative 17.8% in the prior and year-ago quarter, respectively, mainly due to a significant reduction in expenses and a $75 million gain from the sale of businesses.
Free cash flow* was negative, as anticipated, at $72 million in the third quarter compared to negative $134 million in the prior quarter.
Capital expenditure payments, net of proceeds from sales, were $166 million during the third quarter of 2013 compared to $121 million in the prior quarter.
Inventory decreased by $20 million to $1.32 billion at quarter end. Inventory in the third quarter of 2013 was at 4.1 turns or 88 days, flat compared to the prior quarter.
In the third quarter, dividends paid to stockholders were $93 million.As expected, ST’s net financial position** was a net cash position of $739 million at September 28, 2013, compared to $954 million, adjusted by $145 million of ST-Ericsson’s debt to our joint venture partner, at June 29, 2013. ST’s financial resources equaled $1.53 billion and total debt was $787 million at September 28, 2013.
Total equity, including non-controlling interest, was $5.81 billion at quarter end.
(*)Free cash flow is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.
Nine Months 2013 Results
The effective average exchange rate for the Company was approximately $1.30 to €1.00 for the first nine months of 2013, compared to $1.31 to €1.00 for the first nine months of 2012.
* *Net financial position and adjusted net earnings per share are non-US GAAP measures. For additional information and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, please refer to Attachment A.
Nine Months Revenue and Operating Results by Product Segment
(In Million US$)
|Nine Months 2013|
|Nine Months 2013|
|Nine Months 2012|
|Nine Months 2012|
|Sense & Power and Automotive Products|
|Embedded Processing Solutions including|
Wireless product line
Fourth Quarter 2013 Business Outlook
Mr. Bozotti stated, “In the third quarter we began to experience a softening of bookings with the exception of automotive. We believe this is a reflection of a demand correction in the semiconductor industry. For the fourth quarter, we anticipate a relatively flat sequential revenue performance. Nevertheless, we anticipate seeing a return to positive cash flow generation as a result of the wind-down of ST-Ericsson.“We are confident in our ability to turn our significant business opportunities into revenue. Our innovative products and technologies in MEMS and Sensors, Smart Power, Automotive, Microcontrollers and Set-top box/Home Gateway, are gaining greater traction with customers and will enable us to further expand our customer base.
“We continue to aggressively pursue our objective to reach an operating margin of about 10 percent. Our initiatives to reduce costs, such as achieving our net operating expenses target, and improving our manufacturing, are on track. However, the timing for us to achieve our operating margin target will depend greatly on our level of revenues. Based on current visibility including market conditions, reaching this operating margin target is now expected in mid-2015, about six months later than originally expected.”
The Company expects fourth quarter 2013 revenues to be about flat on a sequential basis, plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Gross margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be about 33.0%, plus or minus 2.0 percentage points.Net operating expenses target in the range of $600 million to $650 million average per quarter include SG&A and R&D expenses including R&D grants.
The resolution to distribute a cash dividend of US$0.10 per outstanding common share for each of the fourth quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014 has been submitted for shareholder adoption at the forthcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders which will be held in Schiphol, The Netherlands, on December 2, 2013.
This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.34 = €1.00 for the 2013 fourth quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts. The fourth quarter will close on December 31, 2013.
Recent Corporate Developments
On July 22, ST announced the Nano2017 Research and Development program, a five-year public-private strategic R&D program led by ST to further advance the company’s leadership in key embedded processing solutions and technologies.
The project draws support from a broad coalition of French national, regional and local authorities as well as by the European community through the ENIAC Joint Technology Initiative. Funding for the program is subject to approval by the European Commission. Ultimately, Nano2017 strengthens ST’s leadership in such key technologies as FD-SOI (low-power, high-performance processing), next-generation imaging (sensors and image signal processors), and next-generation embedded non-volatile memories. These technologies are at the core of ST’s embedded processing solutions which include microcontrollers, imaging solutions, digital consumer products, application processors and digital ASICs.
On July 24, the Company announced the publication of its 2012 Sustainability Report. ST’s sixteenth annual Sustainability Report contains comprehensive details of ST’s Sustainability strategy, policies and performance during 2012.
At the same time, ST announced that Carlo Ferro returned to ST as Chief Financial Officer, with extended responsibilities that includes leading legal, central operation planning, procurement, IT and investor relations. He continues as ST-Ericsson President & CEO through the joint venture wind-down.On August 20, ST announced that it had posted its IFRS 2013 Semi Annual Accounts for the six-month period ended June 29, 2013, on its website and has filed them with the Netherlands Authority.
On September 20, ST announced that it would propose a cash dividend of US$0.10 for each of the fourth quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014, per outstanding share of the Company’s common stock. The amount of the proposed dividend is stable with respect to the previous quarterly dividend distribution.This was followed with an announcement, on September 27, of the resolutions to be submitted for shareholder adoption at the forthcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (the “EGM”), which will be held in Schiphol, The Netherlands, on December 2, 2013.
The resolutions, proposed by the Supervisory Board, are:
- The distribution of a cash dividend of US$0.10 per outstanding common share for each of the fourth quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014.
- An amendment of the Articles of Association of the Company authorizing the Supervisory Board, in addition to the General Meeting of Shareholders, to resolve upon the distribution of quarterly dividends from the reserves of the Company.
The record date for all shareholders to participate at the EGM will be November 4, 2013. The complete agenda and all relevant detailed information concerning the EGM, as well as all related EGM materials, are available on the Company’s web site (www.st.com) and have been made available to shareholders in compliance with legal requirements as of September 27, 2013.
Q3 2013 – Product and Technology HighlightsDuring the quarter, ST made strong progress with important new-product introductions and significant design wins.
Embedded Processing Solutions (EPS)Digital Convergence (DCG)
- Continued to maintain strong momentum on FD-SOI. We delivered a test chip to a top customer in the consumer market, launched an engagement with a key player in mobile phone market in China, and successfully completing a 28nm performance validation with a key networking Chinese player.
- Also in FD-SOI, we are addressing significant customer interest with major European and US operators, as well as network infrastructure providers and device makers.
- Achieved DOCSIS 3 certification for SoC products addressing the cable-data gateway and interactive set-top box markets.
- Launched system-on-chip devices that support UltraHD and HEVC video-decoding and are ideally suited for server, gateway and client-box applications.
- Started shipments of DisplayPort converter IC for Panasonic’s newly launched Smart VIERA (65WT600) Ultra HD TV.
Imaging, BiCMOS, ASIC and Silicon Photonics (IBP)
- Started deliveries of a new high-value dedicated Image Signal Processor to a leading consumer brand.
- Sampled and demonstrated to automotive market leaders a new high-performance Image Signal Processor and image-sensor chipset with advanced features for automotive and security applications.
- Ramping production for 100G and Parallel Optics applications to satisfy request from a leading customer.
Microcontrollers, Memory and Secure MCU (MMS)
- Expanded STM32 family of Microcontrollers with Value-line devices offering 32-bit processing at as little as 32 cents in high volumes while also increasing the ecosystem at the high-end of the family with new STM32 F4 Discovery Kits.
- Captured microcontroller sockets with our STM32F2 in the innovative Pebble Smartwatch.
- Earned a win for our low-power STM32 devices in a new generation of fitness products from a leading manufacturer.
- Ramped production of STM32 microcontrollers for Samsung’s latest wearable device and smartphone unveiled recently at IFA2013.
- Achieved Bank-Card Test Center certification for our secure microcontroller for Dual Interface Banking in China.
- Won multiple sockets for innovative dual-interface EEPROM Near-Field Communication RFID tag in a range of home appliance from a leading Korean OEM .
- Succeeded in placing a secure microcontroller in a new generation of Secure Element from major customers.
- Captured Secure Element in the showcase smartphone from a major OEM.
Sense & Power and Automotive Products (SP&A)
Analog, MEMS and Sensors (AMS)
- Captured a design win for a new environmental sensor from a leading Chinese Smartphone manufacturer.
- Began high-volume production of the 4th-generation 3-axis gyroscope for a major consumer-electronics manufacturer.
- Launched mass production of a Smart iNemo module, containing an accelerometer, gyro, and brain for a handheld gaming system from a major manufacturer.
- Captured a socket for a high-G (large-range) 3-axis accelerometer with Brain-Sentry for a lightweight helmet-mounted impact-monitoring device.
- Started production of a new inkjet printhead for an important American customer.
- Announced the world’s smallest eCompass module and a new family of gyroscopes specifically optimized for image stabilization on mobile phones and cameras.
- Launched an innovative USB charge-controller chip that delivers power to devices connected to a PC’s USB port, even when the PC is in shutdown mode.
- Began sampling industry’s most energy-efficient Bluetooth 4.0 network processor for Bluetooth smart applications.
- Leveraged its record of success with Sirius/XM to win the new-generation 40nm BaseBand chip for Digital Satellite Broadcasting.
- Earned an important award for a 32-bit 40nm microcontroller family for body gateway and body control modules from a major European Tier 1.
- Captured a socket for the brushless DC motor controller for a transmission from a leading European manufacturer.
- Reinforced success in automotive lighting with major awards from multiple suppliers in Europe and Korea.
- Won 2nd-generation engine-management system from a Japanese Tier1.
Industrial and Power Discrete (IPD)
- Captured two new ASICs for industrial applications from major EMEA automation companies. Both programs have extended lifetimes.
- Won key EMIF filters, RF Baluns & protection-device sockets with leading game-console, tablet, notebook and other portable applications.
- Qualified high-voltage 600 - 650V MDmeshII Plus and MDmeshV MOSFETs for top power-supply, lighting and consumer customers and low-voltage STripFETTM VI/VIII DeepGATETM products for Automotive customers for hybrid electric vehicles and powertrain applications.
- Earned a design win for our newest DC-DC converter from a major US car-module manufacturer for the LED backlight in an infotainment platform.
- Awarded an ASIC for a dedicated power supply to be used by a leading Meter manufacturer.
- Captured an important SiC diode win in solar inverters with an Americas-based manufacturer.
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 and restructuring charges, operating margin before impairment and restructuring charges, 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.
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.
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:
- Uncertain macro-economic and industry trends;
- Customer demand and acceptance for the products which we design, manufacture and sell;
- Unanticipated events or circumstances which may either impact our ability to execute the planned reductions in our net operating expenses and / or meet the objectives of our R&D Programs which benefit from public funding;
- Future events or circumstances which may require us to reassess our current plans concerning the wind down of our ST-Ericsson joint venture;
- The loading and the manufacturing performances of our production facilities;
- The functionalities and performance of our IT systems, which support our critical operational activities including manufacturing, finance and sales;
- Variations in the foreign exchange markets and, more particularly, in the rate of 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;
- The outcome of ongoing litigation as well as the impact of any new litigation to which we may become a defendant;
- 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; and
- The possibility of widespread financial and business disruption on account of a default by the U.S. on U.S. government financial obligations.
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, 2012, as filed with the SEC on March 4, 2013. 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 October 23, 2013, the management of STMicroelectronics will conduct a conference call to discuss the Company’s operating performance for the third quarter of 2013.
The conference call will be held at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time / 3:00 p.m. CET. The 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. The webcast will be available until November 1, 2013.
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.
In 2012, the Company’s net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
|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 and restructuring charges 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.
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.
(US$ millions and cents per share)
|Impairment & Restructuring||120||117|
|Loss on equity-method investments (MicroOLED)||4|
|Estimated Income Tax Effect||(2)|
(US$ millions and cents per share)
|Impairment & Restructuring||43||41|
|Loss on equity-method investments (3Sun)||69|
|Estimated Income Tax Effect||(11)|
(US$ millions and cents per share)
|Gross Profit||Operating Income |
|Impairment & Restructuring||713||456|
|Estimated Income Tax Effect||(7)|
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.
|Net Financial Position (in US$ millions)||September 28,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||1,434||1,583||1,686|
|Non-current restricted cash||-||-||4|
|Total financial resources||1,526||1,773||1,927|
|Short-term borrowings and current portion of|
|Total financial debt||(787)||(964)||(1,558)|
|Net financial position||739||809||369|
|Net financial position, adjusted to account for 50% investment in ST-Ericsson||739||954||1,064|
Free cash flow is defined as net cash from operating activities minus net cash from (used in) investing activities, excluding purchase of and proceeds from the sale of marketable securities, short term deposits and release of 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
|Free cash flow (in US$ millions)||Q3|
|Net cash from (used in) operating activities||14||15||148|
|Net cash from (used in) investing activities||(7)||(146)||(203)|
|Payment for purchases of (proceeds from sale of) marketable securities, short term deposits and restricted cash, net and net variation for joint ventures deconsolidation||(79)||(3)||(25)|
|Free cash flow||(72)||(134)||(80)|