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Altera Announces Second Quarter Results

July 28, 2014



ENP Newswire - 28 July 2014

Release date- 25072014 - SAN JOSE, Calif. - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced second quarter sales of $491.5 million, up 7 percent from the first quarter of 2014 and up 17 percent from the second quarter of 2013.

Second quarter net income was $127.0 million, $0.41 per diluted share, compared with net income of $116.5 million,$0.37 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014 and $101.5 million, $0.31 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013.

Year-to-date cash flow from operating activities was $301.4 million. Altera repurchased approximately 6.0 million shares during the quarter at a cost of approximately $197.0 million.

Altera's board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share, to be paid on September 2, 2014 to shareholders of record on August 11, 2014. The company's previous quarterly cash dividend had been $0.15 per share.

'Revenue growth was stronger than expected with new products up double digits sequentially. New product growth reflects very good 28 nm FPGA performance as well as continued solid growth from our 40 nm products,' said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. 'With new capabilities and vastly improved performance compared with our prior-generation midrange offerings, our 20 nm Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are displaying solid competitive potential as we are seeing a record level of identified customer opportunities.

Further, at the high end, with continuing development of our Intel-sourced 14 nm FinFET-based Stratix 10 FPGAs, it remains clear that this new technology coupled with our HyperFlex architecture will deliver industry-leading density and performance as well as lower power and cost.'

Recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress: Early access customers are successfully achieving the anticipated 2X core performance gain in their Stratix10 FPGA and SOC designs compared to previous generation high-performance programmable devices. This breakthrough leap in FPGA core performance is a result of Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate process technology and the groundbreaking Stratix 10 HyperFlex architecture.

Through the Stratix 10 FPGA early access program, Alterais working with several customers to run their existing designs through performance evaluation tools built for Stratix 10 FPGAs. The customer designs target a wide range of applications and leverage a variety of hardware design approaches, including ASIC replacement designs, traditional high-performance FPGA communication designs and high-throughput data center and computation designs.

Altera continues to work with several partners and customers on software-defined data centers and server acceleration, including Microsoft Corporation, who is seeking to accelerate portions of Microsoft's Bing web search engine. Based on the results of this collaboration, Bing plans to roll out Altera FPGA-accelerated servers to process customer searches in one of its data centers starting in early 2015.

Altera's FPGAs accelerate the processing of large amounts of data on servers, which helps address big data challenges and massive distributed workloads. Altera's view of the software defined data center is that FPGAs are helping drive the transformation of the modern data center with a virtualized infrastructure delivered as a service using commodity servers.

In this environment, FPGAs can deliver performance advantages, in some cases orders of magnitude improvements, with significantly lower power consumption than alternative approaches. A data center with reconfigurable fabric enabled by Altera FPGAs provides greater business agility, and its complexity can be managed as it scales.

Product Category Description

New Products include the Arria 10, Stratix V, Stratix IV, Arria V, Arria II, Cyclone V, Cyclone IV, MAXV, HardCopy IV devices and Enpirion PowerSoCs.

Mainstream Products include the Stratix III, Cyclone III, MAX II and HardCopy III devices.

Mature and Other Products include the Stratix II, Stratix, Arria GX, Cyclone II, Cyclone, MAX 3000A, MAX 7000, MAX 7000A, MAX 7000B, MAX 7000S, MAX 9000, HardCopy II, HardCopy, FLEX series, APEX series, Mercury, Excalibur devices, configuration and other devices, intellectual property cores, and software and other tools.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical are 'forward-looking statements' as the term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally written in the future tense and/or preceded by words such as 'will,' 'expects,' 'anticipates,' or other words that imply or predict a future state.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding both absolute and relative product performance, product development schedules, customer intention to incorporate our FPGAs into equipment supporting the Bing search engine, and any projection of revenue, gross margin, expense or other financial items discussed in the Business Outlook section or elsewhere in this press release.

Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that can cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated, due to a number of factors, including without limitation, current global economic conditions, customer business environment, customer inventory levels, product availability, vertical market mix, market acceptance of the company's products, the performance of products once introduced, product introduction schedules, the rate of growth of the company's new products including Cyclone V, Cyclone IV, Arria V, Arria II, Stratix V, Stratix IV FPGAs, MAX V CPLDs, HardCopy IV device families and Enpirion PowerSoCs, as well as changes in economic conditions and other risk factors discussed in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time.

Copies of Altera'sSEC filings are posted on the company's website and are available from the company without charge. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and, except as required by law, the company does not undertake an obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

About Altera

Altera programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, ASICs and complementary technologies, such as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.

ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, ENPIRION, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS and STRATIX words and logos are trademarks of Altera Corporation and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.

INVESTOR CONTACT:

Scott Wylie

Vice President

Tel: (408) 544-6996

Email: swylie@altera.com

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sue Martenson

Senior Manager

Tel: (408) 544-8158


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