Fourth Quarter 2010
President and CEO Carlo Bozotti commented, “ST had a very strong finish to the year. Our fourth quarter revenues came in near the top end of our range, increasing 6.6% sequentially on broad-based strength in analog, MEMS, microcontrollers and automotive applications. Our gross margin further increased to 39.9%, up 70 basis points sequentially, coming in above the midpoint of our guidance.
Fourth quarter net revenues increased on a year-over-year basis by 30% in Industrial and Multisegment Sector (IMS), and 15% in Automotive/Consumer/Computer/Communication Infrastructure Sector (ACCI), while Wireless, reflecting the ongoing portfolio transition at ST-Ericsson, decreased by 21%. Overall fourth quarter net revenues increased by 9.7% on a year-over-year basis, geographically led by Greater China-South Asia with sales growth of 15% and the Americas with a 14% increase.
IMS (Industrial and Multisegment Product Sector) fourth quarter net revenues increased 30% year-over-year to a record $1,131 million. Revenue growth was strong in all segments and in distribution. Sequentially, IMS grew net revenues 12%, led by MEMS, microcontrollers, power and industrial products. IMS operating margin improved, both sequentially and year-on-year, to 22.5% from 19.7% and 9.8% in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively.