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Leading semiconductor manufacturer Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC - Analyst Report) reported GAAP net loss of $30.2 million or 45 cents per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 (ending Mar 31, 2013) compared to a net loss of $67.6 million or $1.10 in the year-ago quarter. Excluding non-recurring items, non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $0.1 million or break even results versus a net loss of $6.2 million or 10 cents per share in the year-earlier quarter. The non-GAAP earnings were marginally ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 1 cent.

For fiscal 2013, Applied Micro reported GAAP net loss of $146.8 million or $2.25 per share compared to a net loss of $82.7 million or $1.33 in fiscal 2012. Excluding non-recurring items, non-GAAP net loss for the reported fiscal was $28.8 million or 44 cents per share versus a net loss of $5.6 million or 9 cents per share in the prior fiscal.

Net sales for the reported quarter came in at $56.3 million, up 15.5% from the year-earlier quarter. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the substantial progress in Applied Micro’s product range as it solidified its leadership position in the cloud server market category.

For fiscal 2013, revenues were $195.6 million compared to $230.9 million in fiscal 2012, representing a 15.3% year-over-year decrease. High operating expenses, driven by a significant increase in research and development expenditure, led to an operating loss of $147.5 million in the reported fiscal compared to an operating loss of $93.4 million in fiscal 2012. However, this was somewhat offset by the successful introduction of new products in its portfolio.  

Subsequent to the quarter-end, Applied Micro divested TPACK, its wholly-owned subsidiary, to premier semiconductor manufacturer Altera Corp. (ALTR - Analyst Report) for an undisclosed amount. TPACK develops OTN (optical transport network) solutions for packet and optical networking equipment suppliers.

Applied Micro has long-term business association with Altera since 2007 relating to joint marketing and product development initiatives. The divestiture further builds on their business ties and leverages Altera's 2010 purchase of Avalon Microelectronics, a leading OTN IP provider, to provide customers with flexible, scalable solutions in a dynamic market characterized by changing protocols and evolving standards. It also strengthens Altera’s position in the OTN equipment market that is anticipated to reach $13 billion by 2017, according to research firm Infonetics.

On the other hand, the divestiture by Applied Micro is likely to increase its liquidity. Applied Micro ended fiscal 2013 with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $85.5 million versus $113.8 million in the year-ago period.

Outlook

Applied Micro shows determination as it looks ahead following break even results on a non-GAAP basis in the reported quarter. The company anticipates continuing this momentum in the coming quarters with sustained progress in new product developments and increased market acceptance.  

Applied Micro currently has a Zacks Rank # 3 (Hold). Other players in the industry worth mentioning include Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (FSL - Snapshot Report), and Spreadtrum Communications Inc. , each carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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