Mr. Zinn continued, "We are pleased with our financial management and our success in stabilizing gross margins. In addition, we are also encouraged by the improvements we have seen in our industrial, auto and consumer end markets. We believe that Micrel is executing at a high level from an operational perspective, and we will continue to remain intensely focused on expense management. Looking ahead, I am excited about the new products that we are introducing and believe that they will be drivers of growth for Micrel in the years to come.
"Based upon current inventory levels and demand estimates, the Company projects second quarter 2013 revenue growth will be in a range of plus 2% to 6% on a sequential basis. Gross profit margin is expected to be in the range of 51% to 52%. In addition, the Company estimates that second quarter 2013 GAAP net income will be approximately $0.07 to $0.09 per diluted share," Mr. Zinn concluded.
The Company announced today that Micrel's Board of Directors has authorized a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0425 per share of common stock. The payment of this dividend will be made on May 22, 2013, to shareholders of record as of May 8, 2013.
The Company will host a conference call today, April 25, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time). President and Chief Executive Officer, Raymond Zinn, and Chief Financial Officer, Ray Wallin, will present an overview of the 2013 first quarter financial results, discuss current business conditions, and then respond to questions.
The call is available, live, to any interested party, on a listen-only basis, by dialing (866) 410-0553 and entering the participant code 824722 followed by the # key. For international callers, please dial (646) 583-7389 and enter the participant code 824722 followed by the # key. A live webcast will also be available at the 'Investors' section of Micrel's website at: www.micrel.com. An audio replay of the conference call will be available for all interested parties through May 2, 2013, by dialing (855) 410-0556 or (646) 583-7395 and entering the participant code 337159 followed by the # key. The webcast replay will also be available on the Company's website.
Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This press release includes statements that qualify as forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements about the following topics: our expectations regarding future financial results, including revenues, customer demand and inventories, order lead times, backlog, turns-fill requirements, net income, earnings per share, gross margin, average selling prices, the effect of cost-control efforts, supply chain constraints, channel inventory levels and trends, capacity utilization, development of new products, design wins and customer order patterns, and the nature and extent of macro-economic and industry trends. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as: softness in demand for our products; customer decisions to cancel, rescheduling, or delayed orders for our products; the effect that lead times and channel inventories have on the demand for our products; economic or financial difficulties experienced by our customers; the effect of business conditions in the computing, wireless, telecommunications and industrial markets; the impact of any previous or future acquisitions; changes in demand for the Company's products; the impact of competitive products and pricing and alternative technological advances; the accuracy of estimates used to prepare the Company's financial statements and forecasts; the global economic situation; the ability of the Company's vendors and subcontractors to supply or manufacture the Company's products in a timely manner; the timely and successful development and market acceptance of new products and upgrades to existing products; softness in the economy and the U.S. stock markets as a whole; fluctuations in the market price of Micrel's common stock and other market conditions; the difficulty of predicting our future cash needs; the nature of other investment opportunities available to the Company from time to time; Micrel's operating cash flow, and economic and industry projections. For further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the documents the Company files with the SEC from time to time, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company disclaims any duty to update such statements.
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