LONDON ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) posted a 10 percent fall in sales expressed in dollars for the first quarter of the year as it saw continuing decline in the semiconductor market.
The company had sales of $120.9 million year-on-year, but stressed this translated into an 18 percent rise in revenue if expressed in UK currency of of £79.9 million.
Pretax profits were £23.9 million pounds for the quarter, short of analysts' expectations.
Commenting on the figures, Warren East, ARM's chief executive officer, said the company made an encouraging start to 2009. "Leading semiconductor and OEM companies are continuing to utilize ARM technology, creating healthy demand for our latest processors and physical IP products."
He added ARM outperformed the semiconductor industry in the first quarter, as overall industry revenues had declined by about 30 percent in the same period, referring to tecent estimates from gartner Inc.
"This outperformance, combined with careful management of costs and the strengthening of the dollar against sterling, has given rise to year-on-year earnings growth of 18 percent and further robust net cash generation in the first quarter."
East reiterated previous guidance for the rest of the year, but cautioned this may change if "industry conditions deteriorate to a greater extent than is generally anticipated."
Total dollar license revenues in Q1 2009 declined by 15 percent year-on-year to $40.7 million, representing 34 percent of group revenues. License revenues comprised $31.9 million from the processor division and $8.8 million from the Physical IP group.
17 processor licenses were signed in Q1, including 5 for Mali graphics processor and 4 for the Cortex-M for microcontrollers.
Total dollar royalty revenues in Q1 2009 declined by 9 percent $58.3 million, representing 48 percent of group revenues. Royalty revenues comprised $50.3 million from PD and $8.0 million from PIPD.
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