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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014

Or

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

(Commission File Number) 000-30419

ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   36-3840979

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

5005 E. McDowell Road

Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 244-6600

(Address, zip code and telephone number, including area code, of principal executive offices)

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

 

Title of Each Class

  

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share    The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
   (NASDAQ Global Select Market)

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant was $3,982,333,746 as of June 27, 2014, based on the closing sales price of such stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Shares held by executive officers, directors and persons owning directly or indirectly more than 10% of the outstanding common stock (as applicable) have been excluded from the preceding number because such persons may be deemed to be affiliates of the registrant.

The number of shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding at February 20, 2015 was 431,315,129

Documents Incorporated by Reference

Portions of the registrant’s Proxy Statement relating to its 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the registrant’s fiscal year end December 31, 2014 are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.

 

 

 


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ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

FORM 10-K

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    Part I       

Item 1.

  Business      5   
  Business Overview      5   
  Products and Technology      8   
  Customers      10   
  End-Markets for Our Products      12   
  Manufacturing Operations      13   
  Raw Materials      15   
  Sales, Marketing and Distribution      15   
  Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Other Intellectual Property Rights      15   
  Seasonality      16   
  Backlog      16   
  Competition      16   
  Research and Development      18   
  Government Regulation      18   
  Employees      19   
  Executive Officers of the Registrant      19   
  Geographical Information      21   
  Available Information      22   

Item 1A.

  Risk Factors      22   

Item 1B.

  Unresolved Staff Comments      41   

Item 2.

  Properties      41   

Item 3.

  Legal Proceedings      41   

Item 4.

  Mine Safety Disclosures      41   
  Part II   

Item 5.

  Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities      42   

Item 6.

  Selected Financial Data      43   

Item 7.

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      45   

Item 7A.

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk      67   

Item 8.

  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data      68   

Item 9.

  Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure      68   

Item 9A.

  Controls and Procedures      68   

Item 9B.

  Other Information      69   
  Part III   

Item 10.

  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance      70   

Item 11.

  Executive Compensation      70   

Item 12.

  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters      70   

Item 13.

  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence      71   

Item 14.

  Principal Accountant Fees and Services      71   
  Part IV   

Item 15.

  Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules      72   

Signatures

     80   

(See the glossary immediately following this table of contents for definitions of certain abbreviated terms)


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ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

FORM 10-K

GLOSSARY OF SELECTED ABBREVIATED TERMS*

 

Abbreviated Term

  

Defined Term

1.875% Notes

   1.875% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2025

2.625% Notes

   2.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2026

2.625% Notes, Series B

   2.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2026, Series B

ADAS

   Advanced driver assistance systems

AEC

   Automotive Electronics Council

AFS

   Adaptive front lighting systems

Aptina

   Aptina, Inc.

Aizu

   Former front-end wafer manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan

Amended and Restated SIP

   ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan

AMIS

   AMIS Holdings, Inc.

ASC

   Accounting Standards Codification

ASIC

   Application specific integrated circuits

ASSP

   Application specific standard product

ASU

   Accounting Standards Update

BLDC

   Brushless direct current

Catalyst

   Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc.

CCD

   Charge-coupled device

CMD

   California Micro Devices Corporation

CMOS

   Complementary metal oxide semiconductor

CSP

   Chip scale package

DFN

   Dual-flat no-leads

DSP

   Digital signal processor

ECL

   Emitter coupled logic

EE

   Electrically erasable

EEPROM

   Electrically erasable programmable read-only memory

EFUSE

   Proprietary IBM technology

EPS

   Electric power steering

ERISA

   Employee Retirement Income Security Act

ESD

   Electrostatic discharge

ESPP

   ON Semiconductor Corporation 2000 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

FASB

   Financial Accounting Standards Board

FPGA

   Field programmable gate array

HE

   High efficiency

Freescale

   Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

FS IGBT

   Field stop insulated gate bipolar transistor

GaN

   Gallium nitride

HD

   Hyper device

HE FETS

   High efficiency MOSFETs

HV

   High voltage

HV FETS

   High voltage MOSFETs

IC

   Integrated circuit

IGBT

   Insulated-gate bipolar transistor

IoT

   Internet-of-Things

 

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Abbreviated Term

  

Defined Term

IP

   Intellectual property

IPD

   Integrated passive devices

IPRD

   In-process research and development

IPM

   Integrated power module

ISBU

   Image sensor business unit

IR

   Infrared

KSS

   System Solutions Group back-end manufacturing facility in Hanyu, Japan

LDOs

   Low drop out regulator controllers

LED

   Light-emitting diode

LSI

   Large scale integration

MOSFET

   Metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor

Motorola

   Motorola Inc.

MVFETS

   Medium voltage MOSFETS

nm

   Nanometer

OEM

   Original equipment manufacturers

OPAmps

   Operational amplifiers

PIMs

   Power integrated modules

PulseCore

   PulseCore Holdings (Cayman) Inc.

RF

   Radio frequency

RSU

   Restricted Stock Unit

SANYO Electric

   SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.

SANYO Semiconductor

   SANYO Semiconductor Co., Ltd.

SCI LLC

   Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC

SEC

   Securities and Exchange Commission

SDT

   Sound Design Technologies Ltd.

SMBC

   Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

SoC

   System on chip

TMOS

   T-metal oxide semiconductor

Truesense

   Truesense Imaging, Inc.

UPS

   Uninterruptible power supplies

VREG

   Voltage regulator

WSTS

   World Semiconductor Trade Statistics

 

* Terms used, but not defined, within the body of the Form 10-K are defined in this Glossary.

 

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PART I

Item 1.    Business

Business Overview

ON Semiconductor Corporation and its subsidiaries (“we,” “us,” “our,” “ON Semiconductor,” or the “Company”) is driving innovation in energy efficient electronics. Our extensive portfolio of analog, digital and mixed signal ICs, standard products, image sensors and custom devices helps customers efficiently solve their design challenges in advanced electronic systems and products. Our power management and motor driver semiconductor components control, convert, protect and monitor the supply of power to the different elements within a wide variety of electronic devices. Our custom ASICs use analog, DSP, mixed-signal and advanced logic capabilities to act as the brain behind many of our automotive, medical, military/aerospace, consumer and industrial customers’ products. Our signal management semiconductor components provide high-performance clock management and data flow management for precision computing, communications and industrial systems. Our image sensors, optical image stabilization and auto focus devices provide advanced imaging solutions for automotive, wireless, industrial and consumer applications. Our standard semiconductor components serve as “building blocks” within virtually all types of electronic devices. These various products fall into the logic, analog, discrete, image sensors and memory categories used by the WSTS group.

We serve a broad base of end-user markets, including automotive, communications, computing, consumer electronics, medical, industrial electronics, networking and military/aerospace. Our devices are found in a wide variety of end-products including automotive electronics, smartphones, media tablets, wearable electronics, personal computers, servers, industrial building and home automation systems, consumer white goods, advanced imaging systems, LED lighting, power supplies, networking and telecom equipment, medical diagnostics, imaging and hearing health, sensor networks and the IoT.

Our portfolio of devices enables us to offer advanced ICs and the “building block” components that deliver system level functionality and design solutions. Our extensive product portfolio consisted of approximately 48,000 products in 2014 and we shipped approximately 48.2 billion units in 2014 as compared to 42.4 billion units in 2013. We offer micro packages, which provide increased performance characteristics while reducing the critical board space inside today’s ever shrinking electronic devices and power modules, delivering improved energy efficiency and reliability for a wide variety of high power applications. We believe that our ability to offer a broad range of products, combined with our global manufacturing and logistics network, provides our customers with single source purchasing on a cost-effective and timely basis.

Effective for the third quarter of 2014, we announced a change in the way we report our segment information. Previously reported information has been recast to reflect the current reportable segments. We are currently organized into four operating segments, which also represent four reporting segments: Application Products Group, Image Sensor Group, Standard Products Group, and System Solutions Group. Our Image Sensor Group was established during the third quarter of 2014 as a reporting segment, which includes our recent image sensor business acquisition of Aptina, along with our existing image sensor business units, including Truesense, which were previously reported as part of our Application Products Group. The Image Sensor Group is currently undergoing operational integration to combine Aptina with our previously existing image sensor business units. Each of our major product lines has been assigned to a segment, as illustrated in the table below, based on our operating strategy. From time to time, we reassess the alignment of our product families and devices to our operating segments and may move product families or individual devices from one operating segment to another.

 

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Application Products Group

 

Image Sensor Group

 

Standard Products Group

 

System Solutions Group

Automotive ASSPs (1)   CCD Image Sensors (7)   Bipolar Power (8)   Power MOSFETs (10)
Analog Automotive (2)   CMOS Image Sensors (7)   Thyristor (8)   IGBTs (10)
Automotive Power
Switching (3)
  Linear Light Sensors (7)   Small Signal (8)   Power and Signal Discretes (10)
Automotive Mixed-Signal solutions (1)     Zener (8)   Intelligent Power Modules (11)
Medical ASICs & ASSPs (1)     Protection (3)   Motor Driver ICs (12)
Mixed-Signal ASICs (1)     Rectifier (8)   Display Drivers (12)
Industrial ASSPs (1)     Filters (3)   ASICs (12)
High Frequency / Timing (4)     MOSFETs (3)   Microcontrollers (12)
IPDs (5)     Signal & Interface (2)   Flash Memory (12)
Foundry and Manufacturing Services (5)     Standard Logic (6)   Touch Sensor (12)
Hearing Components (1)     LDO’s & VREGs (2)   Power Supply IC (12)
DC-DC Conversion (2)     EE Memory and Programmable Analog (9)   Audio DSP (12)
Analog Switches (6)     IGBTs (3)   Audio Tuners (12)
AC-DC Conversion (2)       Image Stabilizer ICs (12)
Low Voltage Power Management (2)       Auto Focus ICs (12)
Power Switching (2)      
RF Antenna Tuning Solutions (1)      

 

(1) ASIC products

 

(2) Analog products

 

(3) TMOS products

 

(4) ECL products

 

(5) Foundry products / services

 

(6) Standard logic products

 

(7) Image sensor / ASIC products

 

(8) Discrete products

 

(9) Memory products

 

(10) HD products

 

(11) IPM products

 

(12) LSI products

We currently have domestic design operations in Arizona, California, Idaho, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah. We also have foreign design operations in Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Taiwan. Additionally, we currently operate domestic manufacturing facilities in Idaho, New York and Oregon and have foreign manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.

Company Highlights for the year ended December 31, 2014

 

   

Total revenues of approximately $3,161.8 million

 

   

Gross margin of approximately 34.3%

 

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Net income of $0.43 per diluted share

 

   

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $517.8 million

 

   

Completed the acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense for approximately $405.4 million and $95.7 million in cash, respectively

 

   

Announced new capital allocation policy and a $1 billion share repurchase program

 

   

Completed the repurchase of approximately 13.9 million shares of common stock under our previously announced share repurchase programs

Recent Company Mergers and Acquisitions

We have historically pursued strategic acquisitions to leverage our existing capabilities and further build our business. On August 15, 2014, we completed the purchase of Aptina, whereby Aptina became our wholly-owned subsidiary. The aggregate purchase price of this transaction was approximately $405.4 million in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. We believe the acquisition of Aptina expands our image-sensor business and establishes ON Semiconductor as a leader in the fast growing segment of image sensors in the automotive and industrial end-markets.

On April 30, 2014, we completed the purchase of Truesense, whereby Truesense became our wholly-owned subsidiary. The aggregate purchase price of this transaction was approximately $95.7 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. We believe that the acquisition of Truesense strengthens our product portfolio targeting industrial end-markets such as machine vision, surveillance and intelligent transportation systems by complementing our existing high-speed, high-resolution, power-efficient image sensing solutions with Truesense’s high-performance image sensors for low-light, low-noise.

On January 1, 2011, we paid SANYO Electric $142.1 million in cash and issued a $377.5 million note payable to SANYO Electric, through SCI LLC, in exchange for a 100% interest in SANYO Semiconductor and certain other semiconductor related assets held by SANYO Electric. In the second quarter of 2011, we received approximately $39.7 million in cash from SANYO Electric for working capital and pension adjustments as determined in accordance with the purchase agreement, which resulted in a net purchase price of $479.9 million.

The acquisition of SANYO Semiconductor provided us with a stronger market presence in Japan, with many leading Japan-based customers, some of which were previously our customers. We believe that this acquisition has provided and will continue to provide us with access to market-leading Japanese and Asian customers, while providing our System Solutions Group’s customers with access to advanced front-end mixed-signal and analog manufacturing, and ultra high volume back-end facilities. Since acquiring SANYO Semiconductor in 2011, we have incurred material restructuring expenses to achieve cost savings in order to align the System Solutions Group’s cost structure with expected revenue levels as the System Solutions Group experienced revenue and financial performance declines which were greater than our expectations and greater than cyclical declines in our other operating segments. These revenue declines were at least partially attributable to the impact from the October 2011 Thailand flood, a softening of the Japanese consumer market and, to a lesser extent, political tensions between Japan and China. See Part II, Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Results of Operations—Operating Expenses” under the heading “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net” and in Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for additional information on our System Solutions Group restructuring activities. On a long-term basis, we expect our System Solutions Group to benefit from access to ON Semiconductor’s market leading customers not previously doing business with SANYO Semiconductor in North America, Europe and China.

On February 27, 2011, we acquired 100% of the CMOS ISBU from Cypress Semiconductor for $34.1 million in cash. The ISBU includes a broad portfolio of high-performance custom and standard image sensors

 

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used in multi-megapixel machine vision, linear and two dimensional bar code imaging, medical x-ray imaging, biometrics, digital photography and cinematography, and aerospace applications. The acquired products include the VITA, LUPA, STAR, and IBIS families, which are all well known throughout the industry.

During 2010, we acquired 100% of SDT and CMD in all cash transactions. Among other benefits, these acquisitions improved our position as a leader of certain technologies, expanded our product offerings in certain end-markets, allowed us to reach more customers and enhanced our existing product portfolio.

See Note 4: “Acquisitions” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for further discussion of certain of these acquisitions.

Products and Technology

The following provides certain information regarding our operating segments. See “Business Overview” above and Note 18: “Segment Information” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for other information regarding our segments and their revenues and property, plant and equipment and the income derived therefrom.

Application Products Group

The Application Products Group designs and develops analog, mixed-signal and advanced logic ASIC and ASSP solutions for a broad base of end-users in the automotive, consumer electronics, computing, industrial, communications, medical and military / aerospace markets. Our product solutions enable industry leading active mode and standby mode efficiency now being demanded by regulatory agencies around the world. Additionally, the Application Products Group offers foundry and manufacturing services, including IPD technology, which leverages the Company’s broad range of manufacturing, IC design, packaging and silicon technology offerings to provide flexible turn-key solutions for our customers. Certain of the Application Products Group’s broad portfolio of products and solutions are summarized below:

 

End-Market

  

Certain Focused Products and Solutions

Automotive electronics

   Energy efficient solutions that reduce emissions, improve fuel economy and safety, enhance lighting, and make possible an improved driving experience.

Computing

   Solutions for a wide range of voltage and current options ranging from multi-phase 30 volt power for VCORE processors to single cell battery point of load. Thermal and battery charging solutions are also supported.

Industrial electronics

   Power efficient communication and sensor interface products. Power line communication and power monitoring and switching solutions for high voltage lines to residential applications.

Communications

   Power management products that allow lowest possible current consumption at high efficiency, RF tuning to enhance radio performance.

 

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Image Sensor Group

The Image Sensor Group designs and develops CMOS and CCD image sensors and image processors for a broad base of end-users in the automotive, industrial, consumer electronics, wireless, medical, and military\aerospace markets. Our broad product offering delivers excellent pixel performance, sensor functionality and camera systems capabilities to a world going more visual. With our high-quality imaging portfolio and applications expertise, our customers can deliver new and differentiated imaging solutions to their end-markets. Certain of the Image Sensor Group’s broad portfolio of products and solutions are summarized below:

 

End-Market

  

Certain Focused Products and Solutions

Automotive imaging

   High dynamic range, low-light, fast video frame rates with near-IR sensitivity for scene viewing to dramatically reduce injuries and help eliminate backover fatalities, and scene understanding for ADAS to improve safety and the overall driving experience.

Industrial Imaging

   A broad range of both CMOS and CCD image sensors for aerial surveillance, intelligent traffic systems, Internet protocol cameras, one dimensional light and proximity sensor modules and emerging applications in the IoT for security and surveillance, smart home, lighting, industrial automation and smart cities.
Wireless and Consumer Electronics    A broad range of products for high performance mobile phones, PC and tablet sensors and high speed consumer camera with superior image quality, fast frame rates, high definition, and low light sensitivity to provide customers with a compelling visual experience.

Standard Products Group

The Standard Products Group offers a wide array of discrete and integrated semiconductor products that perform multiple application functions, including power switching, signal conditioning, circuit protection, signal amplification and voltage reference functions. The trends driving growth within our end-user markets are primarily the demand for greater functionality in small hand-held devices, faster data transmission rates in all communications applications and higher efficiency in all power applications. The proliferation of electronic content in automobiles has induced tremendous stress on the existing 12 volt electrical infrastructure. Power efficiency and exceptionally low power drain modes have now become a critical automotive issue as more and more electronic features exist. The new technologies being developed to support these market trends include lower capacitance protection and integrated signal conditioning products to support faster data transmission rates, micro packages for multiple hand-held applications and switching and rectification technologies that allow for high efficiency energy usage and conversion. Certain of the Standard Product Group’s broad portfolio of products and solutions are summarized below:

 

End-Market

  

Certain Focused Products and Solutions

Automotive electronics

   Over 4,000 products AEC qualified. Known Good Die to support automotive modules. Precision OpAmps to support rapid growth in sensors. Auto grade EEPROMs to support Imaging. FS IGBT and HE FETs, PIMs and eFuse to support proliferation of electric motors. Protection devices to support growing number of interface standards used in automotive. LED drivers and MV FETs to support rapid growth of LED lighting in both AFS and ambiance.

Computing

   MOSFETs and protection devices supporting latest chipsets. Multichip power solutions and advanced LDOs to support power efficiency requirements in new computing platforms. GaN technology enables drastic reduction in power adaptor size.

Industrial electronics

   Focused on advanced power technologies to support high performance power conversion for high-end power supply/UPS, alternative energy, industrial motors. Latest technologies include: HV FETs, FS IGBTs, PIMs, Gate Drivers, GaN, and HV LDOs.

 

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End-Market

  

Certain Focused Products and Solutions

Wireless Communications

   Continue to introduce world’s smallest packages: DFN MOSFETs, Chip Scale Package, EEPROMs and LDOs, DFN 01005 for small signal devices and protection. Low capacitance ESD and common mode filters for high speed serial interface protection. High PSRR LDOs for clean power rails and low power LDOs for increased efficiency. Precision OpAmps to support proliferation of sensors and CSP EEPROMs to facilitate storage of security information. GaN technology enables drastic reduction in power adaptor size.

System Solutions Group

Our System Solutions Group designs and develops analog and mixed signal ICs, DSPs, analog and digital tuners, intelligent power modules, memory and discrete semiconductors for the automotive, communications, consumer and industrial end-markets. The continuing transformation to make all electronics systems “smart”, connected and more power efficient presents a substantial opportunity to draw on our diverse product portfolio and applications expertise to provide customers with comprehensive systems solutions for their applications. We further possess unique packaging capabilities that help customers reduce device size, weight and improve power efficiency as more semiconductor content is incorporated into electronics systems and device dimensions shrink to increase portability. These advanced packaging capabilities allow us to provide complete, fully tested solutions resulting in faster time to market for our customers.

 

End-Market

  

Certain Focused Products and Solutions

Wireless Communication

   Auto Focus and optical image stabilizer ICs improve the picture quality of smartphones; our power management ASSPs reduce the charging time and extend battery life of Lithium-ion Batteries, as well as help to power today’s high efficiency displays. Our original IP can be found in ASICs such as our new “touch and pen interface” solutions that reduce power consumption and increase hand writing accuracy in tablets.

Consumer

   We provide a full range of discrete products, ASSPs and IPMs for home appliances. Our products provide improved power management and help to increase the power efficiency of a wide range of motors. Various power efficient audio solutions for a wide range of portable consumer & automotive applications including SoC’s for the next generation wearable applications.

Automotive

   Innovative solutions that reduce size and weight: Our strength and expertise in smart motor control solutions, including our IPMs enable simple and low cost design for BLDC motors used in fans and pumps of all vehicles (examples: EPS, wiper, oil & water pumps, radiator fan, sliding doors, fuel pump, HVAC fan). Ignition control ASSPs that reduce adoption cycle time for OEMs for fuel efficient engines.

Industrial

   Broad portfolio of power solutions including smart motor drivers, MOSFETs, IGBT’s and Intelligent Power Modules.

Customers

In general, we have maintained long-term relationships with our key customers. Sales agreements with customers are renewable periodically and contain certain terms and conditions with respect to payment, delivery, warranty and supply, but typically do not require minimum purchase commitments. Most of our OEM customers negotiate pricing terms with us on an annual basis near the end of the calendar year, while our other customers, including electronic manufacturer service providers and distributors, generally negotiate pricing terms with us on a quarterly basis. Our products are ultimately purchased for use in a variety of end-markets, including computing, automotive electronics, consumer electronics, industrial electronics, wireless communications, networking, military aerospace and medical. For the years ended December 31, 2014, December 31, 2013, and December 31, 2012, we had no sales to individual customers, including distributors, that accounted for 10% or more of our total

 

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consolidated revenues. Prior to 2012, sales to one of our distributors, Avnet, represented 13% of total consolidated revenues for the year ended December 31, 2010. Revenues for our Application Products Group and Standard Products Group include distributor sales to Avnet.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, aggregate revenue from our five largest customers by revenue, including distributors, for our Application Products Group, Image Sensor Group, Standard Products Group, and System Solutions Group comprised approximately 30%, 41%, 44%, and 52% of total revenue for each respective operating segment. The loss of certain of these customers or distributors may have a material adverse effect on the operations of the respective segment.

We generally warrant that products sold to our customers will, at the time of shipment, be free from defects in workmanship and materials and conform to our approved specifications. Subject to certain exceptions, our standard warranty extends for a period of two years. Generally, our customers may cancel orders 30 days prior to shipment for standard products and 90 days prior to shipment for custom products without incurring a significant penalty. For additional information regarding agreements with our customers, see “Backlog” below.

 

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End-Markets for Our Products

The following table sets forth our principal end-markets, the estimated percentage (based in part on information provided by our distributors and electronic manufacturing service providers) of our revenues generated from each end-market during 2014, sample applications for our products and representative OEM customers and end-users.

 

   

Computing

 

Consumer
Electronics

 

Automotive
Electronics

 

Industrial
Electronics

 

Communications

 

Networking

 

Military-
Aerospace

 

Medical

Approximate percentage of 2014 Revenue

  13%   16%   31%   17%   15%   3%   1%   4%

Sample applications

 

 

Notebooks, Ultrabooks, & 2-in-1s

 

 

Music Players, Digital Cameras & Video Recorders

 

 

Fuel Economy & Emission Reduction

 

 

Smart Grid & Metering

 

 

Tablets

 

 

Switches

 

 

Cockpit Displays

 

 

Hearing Devices

  Desktop PCs & All-in-Ones  

Flat TVs &

Set-Top Boxes

  Active Safety (ADAS and Viewing Cameras)   Security & Surveillance   Smart phones   Routers   Guidance Systems   Imaging
  Graphics   Gaming & Home Entertainment Systems   Body Electronics & Lighting   Motor Controls   Wearables Devices   Base Stations   Infrared Imaging   Diagnostic, Therapy, & Monitoring
  Servers & Workstations   White Goods   Infotainment & Connectivity   Smart Buildings   Back lighting & Display Control   Network Cards  

Image

Sensors

  Implantable Devices
  Internal & External Power Supplies   Power Supplies   Power Supplies   Power Supplies   Power Supplies   Power Supplies    
  PC Cameras       Industrial Automation   RF Tuning      

Representative OEM customers and end-users

  Apple Inc.   Canon Inc.   Bosch GMBH   Delta Electronics   Apple Inc.   Alcatel Lucent   Aeroflex   Boston Scientific
  Asus   LG Electronics   Continental Automotive Systems   Emerson Electric Co   Huawei Tech Co., Ltd.   Cisco   British Aerospace   General Electric Co
  Dell Computer   Microsoft   Delphi   Flir Systems   Lenovo   Delta Electronics   General Electric Co.   Intricon Corp
  Delta Electronics   Midea   Fujitsu Ten LTD   Honeywell Inc.   LG Eletronics   Ericsson   Honeywell Inc   Medtronic
  Foxconn   Panasonic Corporation   Hella   Kionix INC   Samsung Electronics   Huawei   ITT Corporation   Mindray
  Gigabyte   Philips   Magneti Marelli   Schneider Electric   Sony Mobile   Nokia Solutions and Networks   L-3 Communications   Philips
  Hewlett Packard Co   Samsung Electronics   Panasonic Corporation   Siemens Industrial   Xiaomi Inc.   ZTE Hong Kong LTD   Lockheed Martin   St. Jude Medical
  Lenovo   Sony Corp   TRW Inc   Tyco International   ZTE Hong Kong Ltd   Apple Inc.   Raytheon Co   Starkey Laboratories
  Seagate Technology   Whirlpool Corp   Valeo         Rockwell Collins  
  Delta Electronics Int’l     Visteon         Sofradir  

 

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OEMs Direct sales to OEMs accounted for approximately 42% of our revenues in 2014, 48% of our revenues in 2013 and 55% of our revenues in 2012. OEM customers include a variety of companies in the electronics industry such as Continental Automotive Systems, Delphi, Hella, Panasonic Corporation and Samsung Electronics. We focus on three types of OEMs: multi-nationals, selected regional accounts and target market customers. Large multi-nationals and selected regional accounts, which are significant in specific markets, are our core OEM customers. The target market customers for our end-markets are OEMs that are on the leading edge of specific technologies and provide direction for technology and new product development. Generally, our OEM customers do not have the right to return our products following a sale other than pursuant to our standard warranty.

Distributors Sales to distributors accounted for approximately 50% of our revenues in 2014, 44% of our revenues in 2013 and 38% of our revenues in 2012. Our distributors, which include Arrow, Avnet, OS Electronics, World Peace and WT Microelectronics, resell to mid-sized and smaller OEMs and to electronic manufacturing service providers and other companies. Sales to certain distributors are made pursuant to agreements that provide return rights with respect to discontinued or slow-moving products. Under certain agreements, distributors are allowed to return any product that we have removed from our price book. In addition, agreements with certain of our distributors contain stock rotation provisions permitting limited levels of product returns. Due to current limitations on the feasibility of estimating the up front effect of returns and allowances with these distributors, we defer recognition of revenue and gross profit on sales to these distributors until these distributors resell the product. As a result, sales returns have minimal impact on our results of operations.

Electronic Manufacturing Service Providers Direct sales to electronic manufacturing service providers accounted for approximately 8% of our revenues in 2014, 8% of our revenues in 2013 and 7% of our revenues in 2012. Among our largest electronic manufacturing service customers are Benchmark Electronic, Celestica, Flextronics, Jabil and Sanmina. These customers are manufacturers who typically provide contract manufacturing services for OEMs. Originally, these companies were involved primarily in the assembly of printed circuit boards, but they now typically provide design, supply management and manufacturing solutions as well. Many OEMs now outsource a large part of their manufacturing to electronic manufacturing service providers in order to focus on their core competencies. We are pursuing a number of strategies to penetrate this increasingly important marketplace. Generally, our electronic manufacturing service customers do not have the right to return our products following a sale other than pursuant to our standard warranty.

See Part II, Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and Note 18: “Segment Information” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for revenues by geographic locations.

Manufacturing Operations

We operate front-end wafer site facilities in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, and the United States and back-end assembly and test site facilities in Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. In addition to these front-end and back-end manufacturing operations, our facility in Roznov, Czech Republic manufactures silicon wafers that are used by a number of our facilities.

 

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The table below sets forth information with respect to the manufacturing facilities we operate either directly or through our joint venture, as well as the reporting segments that use these facilities, along with the approximate gross square footage of each site’s building, which includes, among other things, manufacturing, laboratory, warehousing, office, utility, support and unused areas.

 

Location

  

Reporting Segment

  

Size (sq. ft.)

 

Front-end Facilities:

     

Burlington, Canada (1) (2) (3)

   Application Products Group      95,440   

Gresham, Oregon

   Application Products Group, Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      558,457   

Pocatello, Idaho

   Application Products Group and Standard Products Group      575,276   

Roznov, Czech Republic

   Application Products Group, Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      740,349   

Oudenaarde, Belgium

   Application Products Group and Standard Products Group      719,892   

Seremban, Malaysia (Site-2) (3)

   Application Products Group, Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      123,496   

Niigata, Japan

   Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      1,106,779   

Rochester, New York (1) (4)

   Image Sensor Group      265,594   

Back-end Facilities:

     

Burlington, Canada (1) (2) (3)

   Application Products Group      95,440   

Leshan, China (3)

   Application Products Group and Standard Products Group      406,696   

Seremban, Malaysia (Site-1) (3)

   Application Products Group, Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      328,204   

Carmona, Philippines

   Application Products Group, Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      518,592   

Saitama, Japan (5)

   System Solutions Group      656,990   

Tarlac City, Philippines

   Application Products Group and System Solutions Group      354,861   

Shenzhen, China (3)

   System Solutions Group      277,984   

Bien Hoa, Vietnam (3)

   Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      294,418   

Gunma, Japan (1) (3)

   Application Products Group and System Solutions Group      85,226   

Rochester, New York (1) (4)

   Image Sensor Group      265,594   

Nampa, Idaho (1)

   Image Sensor Group      157,760   

Other Facilities:

     

Roznov, Czech Republic

   Application Products Group, Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group      740,349   

Thuan An District, Vietnam (3)

   System Solutions Group      32,619   

 

(1) These facilities are leased.

 

(2) This facility is used for both front-end and back-end operations with a total square footage of 95,440.

 

(3) These facilities are located on leased land.

 

(4) This facility is used for both front-end and back-end operations with a total square footage of 265,594.

 

(5) We have ceased operations at this location as part of our plans to shut down the facility. See See Part II, Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Results of Operations” under the heading “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net” and Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for additional information on the closure of this facility.

 

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We operate all of our manufacturing facilities directly, with the exception of our assembly and test operations facility located in Leshan, China, which is owned by a joint venture company, Leshan-Phoenix Semiconductor Company Limited (“Leshan”), of which we own a majority of the outstanding equity interests. Our investment in Leshan has been consolidated in our financial statements. Our joint venture partner, Leshan Radio Company Ltd., is formerly a state-owned enterprise. Pursuant to the joint venture agreement, requests for production capacity are made to the board of directors of Leshan by each shareholder of the joint venture. Each request represents a purchase commitment by the requesting shareholder, provided that the shareholder may elect to pay the cost associated with the unused capacity (which is generally equal to the fixed cost of the capacity) in lieu of satisfying the commitment. We committed to purchase 70% of Leshan’s production capacity in 2014, 2013 and 2012 and are currently committed to purchase approximately 80% of Leshan’s expected production capacity in 2015. During the year ended December 31, 2014, we acquired an additional equity interest in Leshan, see Note 9: “Earnings Per Share and Equity” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for additional information.

We use third-party contractors for some of our manufacturing activities, primarily for wafer fabrication and the assembly and testing of finished goods. Our agreements with these contract manufacturers typically require us to forecast product needs and commit to purchase services consistent with these forecasts. In some cases, longer-term commitments are required in the early stages of the relationship. These contract manufacturers, including Amkor, ASE, HAUHONG Grace, UMC and LFoundry S.r., accounted for approximately 30%, 26% and 23% of our manufacturing costs in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

For information regarding risks associated with our foreign operations, see Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” under the heading “Trends, Risks and Uncertainties Related to Our Business” included elsewhere in this report.

Raw Materials

Our manufacturing processes use many raw materials, including silicon wafers, gold, copper, and lead frames, mold compound, ceramic packages and various chemicals and gases. We obtain our raw materials and supplies from a large number of sources generally on a just-in-time basis, and material agreements with our suppliers that impose minimum or continuing supply obligations are reflected in our commitments, contingencies and indemnities table in Part II, Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Liquidity and Capital Resources” under the heading “Contractual Obligations” included elsewhere in this report. From time to time, suppliers may extend lead times, limit supplies or increase prices due to capacity constraints or other factors. Although we believe that supplies of the raw materials we use are currently and will continue to be available, shortages could occur in various essential materials due to interruption of supply, increased demand in the industry or certain other factors.

Sales, Marketing and Distribution

As of December 31, 2014, our global sales and marketing organization consisted of approximately 1,200 professionals, servicing customers in approximately 70 countries. We support our customers through logistics organizations and just-in-time warehouses. Global and regional distribution channels further support our customers’ needs for quick response and service. We offer efficient, cost-effective global applications support from our Technical Information Centers and Solution Engineering Centers, allowing for applications which are developed in one region of the world to be instantaneously available throughout all other regions.

Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Other Intellectual Property Rights

We market our products under our registered trademark ON Semiconductor® and our ON logo, and, in the United States and internationally, we rely primarily on a combination of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, employee and non-disclosure agreements and licensing agreements to protect our intellectual property. We acquired or were licensed or sublicensed to a significant amount of IP, including patents and patent applications, in connection with our acquisitions, and we have numerous U.S. and foreign patents issued, allowed

 

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and pending. Our patents have expiration dates ranging from 2015 to 2034, and none of the patents that expire in the near future materially affect our business. Our policy is to protect our products and processes by asserting our IP rights where appropriate and prudent and by obtaining patents, copyrights and other IP rights used in connection with our business when practicable and appropriate.

Seasonality

Historically, our revenues have been affected by the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the seasonal trends of related end-markets consisting of a stronger second half of the year for certain end-markets as compared to the first half of the year. We have, in the past, experienced substantial quarter-to-quarter fluctuations in revenues and operating results and, in the future, could continue to experience short-term period-to-period fluctuations in operating results due to general industry or economic conditions.

Backlog

Our trade sales are made primarily pursuant to orders that are predominantly booked as far as 26 weeks in advance of delivery. Generally, prices and quantities are fixed at the time of booking. Backlog as of a given date consists of existing orders and forecasted demand from our Electronic Data Interface customers, in each case scheduled to be shipped over the 13-week period following such date. Backlog is influenced by several factors, including market demand, pricing and customer order patterns in reaction to product lead times. For those shipments to distributors who are allowed sales return rights and allowances, we record revenues on a “sell-through” basis. Thus, backlog comprised of orders from these distributors will not result in revenues until these distributors sell the products ordered. During 2014, our backlog at the beginning of each quarter represented between 80% and 85% of actual revenues during such quarter, which is consistent with backlog levels in recent prior periods. As manufacturing capacity utilization in the industry increases, customers tend to order products further in advance and, as a result, backlog at the beginning of a period as a percentage of revenues during such period is likely to increase.

In the semiconductor industry, backlog quantities and shipment schedules under outstanding purchase orders are frequently revised to reflect changes in customer needs. Agreements calling for the sale of specific quantities are either contractually subject to quantity revisions or, as a matter of industry practice, are often not enforced. Therefore, a significant portion of our order backlog may be cancelable. For these reasons, the amount of backlog as of any particular date may not be an accurate indicator of future results.

We sell products to key customers pursuant to contracts that allow us to schedule production capacity in advance and allow the customers to manage their inventory levels consistent with just-in-time principles while shortening the cycle times required for producing ordered products. However, these contracts are typically amended to reflect changes in customer demands and periodic price renegotiations.

Competition

The semiconductor industry, particularly the market for general-purpose semiconductor products like ours, is highly competitive. Although only a few companies compete with us in most of our product lines, we face significant competition within each of our product lines from major international semiconductor companies, as well as smaller companies focused on specific market niches. Because our components are often building block semiconductors that, in some cases, can be integrated into more complex ICs, we also face competition from manufacturers of ICs, ASICs and fully-customized ICs, as well as customers who develop their own IC products. See Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors—Trends, Risks and Uncertainties Related to Our Business” located elsewhere in this report for additional information.

 

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In comparison, several competitors noted below are larger in scale and size, have substantially greater financial and other resources with which to pursue development, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of their products and may generally be better situated to withstand adverse economic or market conditions. The following discusses the effects of competition on our four operating segments:

Application Products Group

The principal methods of competition in the Application Products Group are with other custom semiconductor vendors based on design experience, manufacturing capability, depth and quality of IP, ability to service customer needs from the design phase to the shipping of a completed product, length of design cycle, longevity of technology support and experience of sales and technical support personnel.

Our ability to compete successfully depends on internal and external variables, both inside and outside of our control. These variables include, but are not limited to, the timeliness with which we can develop new products and technologies, product performance and quality, manufacturing yields and availability, customer service, pricing, industry trends and general economic trends. Select competitors for certain of our products and solutions include: Elmos Semiconductor AG; Intersil Corporation; Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.; Melexis N.V.; STMicroelectronics N.V.; and Texas Instruments Inc.

Image Sensor Group

The principal method of competition in the Image Sensor Group is to leverage our deep technical knowledge and close customer relationships to drive the most compelling imaging experience for end users. The Image Sensor Group has over four decades of CCD imaging experience and was the first to commercialize CMOS active pixel sensors. As the result, the Image Sensor Group was the first to introduce CMOS technology into many of our markets, including automotive and industrial applications, and brings a wealth of technical and end-user applications knowledge to help customers develop innovative imaging solutions across a broad range of end-user needs. Select competitors for certain of our products and solutions include: Sony Semiconductor; Samsung; Omnivision; STMicroelectronics N.V.; and Toshiba.

Standard Products Group

The Standard Products Group’s competitive strengths are in our market leading protection and filtering products, the breadth of our portfolio, technical performance, micro-packaging expertise, our high quality, low cost structure, and supply chain management which ensures supply to key customers. In addition, our strengths include our strong IP portfolio and our ability to leverage IP blocks across the Company to develop high value-added ASSPs.

The principal methods of competing in our discrete semiconductor products are through new product and package innovations with enhanced performance over existing products. Of particular importance are our transient voltage protection and filtering portfolios (ESD Protection and Common Mode Filters), power switching and rectification products, where we believe we enjoy significant performance advantages over our competition. Select competitors for certain of our products include: Diodes Incorporated; Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.; Infineon Technologies AG; KEC Corporation; NXP B.V.; Rohm Co., Ltd.; Semtech Corporation; STMicroelectronics N.V.; and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

System Solutions Group

The principal methods of competition for the System Solutions Group are technical performance, quality, service and price. Our competitive strengths are strong technology and design capability, breadth of product portfolio, systems design expertise and long-standing supply relationships with leading OEM customers. Select competitors for certain of our products include: Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.; Infineon

 

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Technologies AG; Mitsubishi Electric; NXP B.V.; Renesas Electronics Corporation; Rohm Co. Ltd.; Sanken Electric; STMicroelectronics N.V.; Texas Instruments Incorporated; and Toshiba Corporation.

Research and Development

Company-sponsored research and development costs in 2014, 2013 and 2012 were $366.6 million (11.6% of revenue), $334.2 million (12.0% of revenue) and $367.5 million (12.7% of revenue), respectively. We seek to maximize the investment of our people and capital in research and development by targeting innovative products and solutions for high growth applications that position the company to outperform the industry. Our design expertise in analog, digital, mixed signal and imaging ICs, combined with our extensive portfolio of standard products enable the company to offer comprehensive, value added solutions to our global customers for their electronics systems.

Government Regulation

Our manufacturing operations are subject to environmental and worker health and safety laws and regulations. These laws and regulations include those relating to emissions and discharges into the air and water, the management and disposal of hazardous substances, the release of hazardous substances into the environment at or from our facilities and at other sites, and the investigation and remediation of contamination.

Our headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona is located on property that is a “Superfund” site, a property listed on the National Priorities List and subject to clean-up activities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Motorola and now Freescale have been actively involved in the cleanup of on-site solvent contaminated soil and groundwater and off-site contaminated groundwater pursuant to consent decrees with the State of Arizona. As part of our separation from Motorola in 1999, Motorola retained responsibility for this contamination, and Motorola and Freescale have agreed to indemnify us with respect to remediation costs and other costs or liabilities related to this matter.

Our former manufacturing location in Aizu, Japan is located on property where soil and ground water contamination has been detected. We believe that the contamination originally occurred during a time when the facility was operated by a prior owner. We have been working with local authorities to implement remediation actions and expect all remaining remediation costs to be covered by insurance. Based on information available, any net costs to us in connection with this matter are not expected to be material.

Our manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic has ongoing remediation projects to respond to releases of hazardous substances that occurred during the years that this facility was operated by government-owned entities. The remediation projects consist primarily of monitoring groundwater wells located on-site and off-site, with additional action plans developed to respond in the event activity levels are exceeded. The government of the Czech Republic has agreed to indemnify us and the respective subsidiaries, subject to specified limitations, for remediation costs associated with this historical contamination. Based upon the information available, we do not believe that total future remediation costs to us will be material.

Our design center in East Greenwich, Rhode Island is located on property that has localized soil contamination. When we purchased the East Greenwich facility, we entered into a Settlement Agreement and Covenant Not To Sue with the State of Rhode Island. This agreement requires that remedial actions be undertaken and a quarterly groundwater monitoring program be initiated by the former owners of the property. Based on the information available, we do not believe that any costs to us in connection with this matter will be material.

As a result of the acquisition of AMIS in 2008, we are a “primary responsible party” to an environmental remediation and cleanup at AMIS’s former corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Costs incurred by AMIS include implementation of the clean-up plan, operations and maintenance of remediation systems and

 

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other project management costs. However, AMIS’s former parent company, a subsidiary of Nippon Mining, contractually agreed to indemnify AMIS and us for any obligations relating to environmental remediation and clean-up at this location. Based on the information available, we do not believe that any future costs to us in connection with this matter will be material.

We believe that our operations are in material compliance with applicable environmental and health and safety laws and regulations. We do not expect the cost of compliance with existing environmental and health and safety laws and regulations, and liability for currently known environmental conditions, to have a material adverse effect on our business or prospects. It is possible, however, that future developments, including changes in laws and regulations, government policies, customer specification, personnel and physical property conditions, including currently undiscovered contamination, could lead to material costs. See Note 12: “Commitments and Contingencies” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for information on certain environmental matters.

Employees

As of December 31, 2014, we had approximately 24,500 employees worldwide, of which approximately 3,100 employees were in the United States. None of our employees in the United States are covered by collective bargaining agreements. Certain of our foreign employees are covered by collective bargaining arrangements (e.g., those in Japan and Belgium) or similar arrangements or are represented by workers councils. For information regarding employee risk associated with our international operations, see Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors—Trends, Risks and Uncertainties Related to Our Business” elsewhere in this report. Of the total number of our employees as of December 31, 2014, approximately 20,400 were engaged in manufacturing, approximately 1,200 were engaged in our sales and marketing organization, which includes customer service, approximately 800 were engaged in administration and approximately 2,100 were engaged in research and development.

Executive Officers of the Registrant

Certain information concerning our executive officers as of February 20, 2015 is set forth below.

 

Name

  

Age

  

Position

Keith D. Jackson

   59    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director*

Bernard Gutmann

   55    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer*

George H. Cave

   57    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Corporate Secretary*

William M. Hall

   59    Executive Vice President and General Manager, Standard Products Group*

Robert A. Klosterboer

   54    Executive Vice President and General Manager, Application Products Group*

Mamoon Rashid

   55    Senior Vice President and General Manager, System Solutions Group*

Paul E. Rolls

   52    Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing*

William A. Schromm

   56    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer*

 

* Executive Officers of both ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC.

The present term of office for the officers named above will generally expire on the earliest of their retirement, resignation or removal. There is no family relationship among such officers.

 

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Keith D. Jackson. Mr. Jackson was elected as a Director of ON Semiconductor and appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC in November 2002. Mr. Jackson has over 32 years of semiconductor industry experience. Before joining ON Semiconductor, he was with Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Analog, Mixed Signal, and Configurable Products Groups, beginning in 1998, and, more recently, was head of its Integrated Circuits Group. From 1996 to 1998, he served as President and a member of the board of directors of Tritech Microelectronics in Singapore, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal products. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Jackson worked for National Semiconductor Corporation, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the Analog and Mixed Signal division. He also held various positions at Texas Instruments Incorporated, including engineering and management positions, from 1973 to 1986. Mr. Jackson joined the board of directors of Veeco Instruments, Inc. in February 2012, and has served on the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association since 2008.

Bernard Gutmann. Mr. Gutmann was promoted and appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC in September 2012 and has served as ON Semiconductor’s and SCI LLC’s Treasurer since January 2013. Before his promotion, he worked with the corporation as Vice President, Corporate Analysis & Strategy of SCI LLC, serving in that position from April 2006 to September 2012. Mr. Gutmann also served and continues to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of SANYO Semiconductor (now known as the System Solutions Group), a position he has held since March 2011. In these roles, his responsibilities have included finance integration, financial reporting, restructuring, tax, treasury, and financial planning and analysis. From November 2002 to April 2006, Mr. Gutmann served as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasury of SCI LLC. From September 1999 to November 2002, he held the position of Director, Financial Planning & Analysis of SCI LLC. Prior to joining ON Semiconductor, Mr. Gutmann served in various financial positions with Motorola, Inc. from 1982 to 1999, including controller of various divisions and an off-shore wafer and backend factory, finance and accounting manager, financial planning manager and financial analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts (U.S.). Additionally, he is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and conversant in German.

George H. Cave. Mr. Cave has served as the General Counsel of ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC since August 1999. He also currently serves as Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer and Chief Risk Officer for the Company. Mr. Cave’s professional career spans over 29 years of broad legal and business experience, including working for over 22 years in the semiconductor industry. Before his tenure with ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC, he served for two years as the Regulatory Affairs Director for Motorola’s Semiconductor Components Group in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that position, Mr. Cave was Senior Counsel in the Corporate Law Department of Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona for five years. Mr. Cave also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical College of Homeopathy.

William M. Hall. Mr. Hall joined the Company in May 2006 and is currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Standard Products Group of ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC. During his career, Mr. Hall has held various marketing and product line management positions. Before joining the Company, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Standard Products Group at Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. Between March 1997 and May 2006, Mr. Hall served at different times as Vice President of Business Development, Analog Products Group, Standard Products Group, and Interface and Logic Group, as well as serving as Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Fairchild. He has also held management positions with National Semiconductor Corp. and was a RADAR design engineer with RCA.

Robert A. Klosterboer. Mr. Klosterboer joined the Company in March 2008 and currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Application Products Group for ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC. From March 2008 to September 2012, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the business unit then known as the Automotive, Industrial, Medical, & Mil/Aero Group. He has more than three decades of experience in the electronics industry. During his career, Mr. Klosterboer has held various

 

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engineering, marketing and product line management positions and responsibilities. Prior to joining ON Semiconductor in 2008, Mr. Klosterboer was Senior Vice President, Automotive & Industrial Group for AMI Semiconductor, Inc. Mr. Klosterboer joined AMIS in 1982 as a test engineer, and during his tenure there, he also was a design engineer, field applications engineer, design section manager, program development manager, and product marketing manager. Mr. Klosterboer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Montana State University.

Mamoon Rashid. Mr. Rashid has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry spanning marketing, manufacturing, sales and product line management positions. In January 2013, Mr. Rashid was appointed as Senior Vice President and General Manager, SANYO Semiconductor Group (now known as the System Solutions Group) for ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Rashid held the position of Vice President of strategic business development, during which time he led the integration and restructuring of SANYO Semiconductor. Mr. Rashid joined ON Semiconductor in October 2004 and has held several leadership positions during his time with us. Prior to September 2008, Mr. Rashid served as Vice President and General Manager of our discrete products division, where he improved the growth and profitability of the business by entering several new product areas. From September 2008 to 2010, Mr. Rashid led our global supply chain organization as Vice President and General Manager during a transformational period for the Company. In these positions, he has supported the growth of ON Semiconductor into a multi-technology leading supplier of power solutions and helped improve profitability, efficiency and new product successes. Prior to joining ON Semiconductor, Mr. Rashid held leadership positions at market leading companies such as Intersil, Semtech and General Semiconductor.

Paul E. Rolls. Mr. Rolls was promoted and appointed Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC in July 2013 to replace his retiring predecessor. Before his promotion, he served as Senior Vice President, Japan Sales and Marketing and Senior Vice President of Global Sales Operations, serving in that position from October 2012 to July 2013. Mr. Rolls has more than 26 years of technology sales, sales management and operations experience, with more than 19 years of sales and sales management experience in the semiconductor industry. Before joining the Company, Mr. Rolls was the Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Integrated Device Technology, Inc. from January 2010 to April 2012. From August 1996 to December 2009, he held multiple sales positions at International Rectifier Corp., most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Sales. During his career, he has also held management roles at Compaq Computer Corporation.

William A. Schromm Mr. Schromm has been with the Company since August 1999 and has more than 30 years of semiconductor industry experience. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office for ON Semiconductor and SCI LLC and has been responsible for the reliability and quality organization, external manufacturing, System Solutions Group manufacturing, global supply chain, information technology, corporate program management and System Solutions Group integration teams since October 2012. Prior to this role, Mr. Schromm served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s former Computing and Consumer Products Group from June 2006 through September 2012. During his tenure with the Company, he has held various positions. From August 2004 through May 2006, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s former High Performance Analog Division and also led the Company’s former Analog Products Group. Beginning in January 2003, he served as Vice President of the Clock and Data Management business and continued in that role with additional product responsibilities when this business became the High Performance Analog Division in August 2004. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Tactical Marketing from July 2001 through December 2002, after leading the Company’s Standard Logic Division since August 1999. Mr. Schromm earned a BS degree from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Geographical Information

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Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in each case, as included elsewhere in this report. For information regarding other aspects of risks associated with our foreign operations, see Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors—Trends, Risks and Uncertainties Related to Our Business” elsewhere in this report.

Available Information

We make our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports available, free of charge, in the “Investor Relations” section of our Internet website as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file these materials with, or furnish these materials to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Our website is www.onsemi.com.

You may also read or copy any materials that we file with the SEC at its Public Reference Room at 100 F. Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549. You may obtain additional information about the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. Additionally, you will find these materials on the SEC Internet site at http://www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC.

Item 1A.    Risk Factors

Overview

This Annual Report on Form 10-K includes “forward-looking statements,” as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included or incorporated in this Form 10-K could be deemed forward-looking statements, particularly statements about our plans, strategies and prospects under the headings “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Business.” Forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “intends,” “plans,” or “anticipates,” or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. All forward-looking statements in this Form 10-K are made based on our current expectations, forecasts, estimates and assumptions, and involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results or events to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Among these factors are our revenues and operating performance, economic conditions and markets (including current financial conditions), effects of exchange rate fluctuations, the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry, changes in demand for our products, changes in inventories at our customers and distributors, technological and product development risks, enforcement and protection of our IP rights and related risks, risks related to the security of our information systems and secured network, availability of raw materials, electricity, gas, water and other supply chain uncertainties, our ability to effectively shift production to other facilities when required in order to maintain supply continuity for our customers, variable demand and the aggressive pricing environment for semiconductor products, our ability to successfully manufacture in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality for our current products, competitor actions, including the adverse impact of competitor product announcements, pricing and gross profit pressures, loss of key customers, order cancellations or reduced bookings, changes in manufacturing yields, control of costs and expenses and realization of cost savings and synergies from restructurings, significant litigation, risks associated with decisions to expend cash reserves for various uses in accordance with our capital allocation policy such as debt prepayment, stock repurchases, or acquisitions rather than to retain such cash for future needs, risks associated with acquisitions and dispositions (including from integrating and consolidating and timely filing financial information with the SEC for acquired businesses and difficulties encountered in accurately predicting the future financial performance of acquired businesses), risks associated with our substantial leverage and restrictive covenants in our debt agreements that may be in place from time to time, risks associated with our worldwide operations including foreign employment and labor matters associated with unions and collective bargaining arrangements as well as man-made and/or natural disasters affecting our operations and finances/financials, the threat or occurrence of international armed conflict and terrorist activities both in the United States and internationally, risks and costs associated with increased and new regulation of corporate governance and

 

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disclosure standards, risks related to new legal requirements and risks involving environmental or other governmental regulation. Additional factors that could affect our future results or events are described from time to time in our SEC reports. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update such information, except as may be required by law.

You should carefully consider the trends, risks and uncertainties described below and other information in this Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC before making any investment decision with respect to our securities. If any of the following trends, risks or uncertainties actually occurs or continues, our business, financial condition or operating results could be materially adversely affected, the trading prices of our securities could decline, and you could lose all or part of your investment. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Trends, Risks and Uncertainties Related to Our Business

From time to time, we have experienced declines in revenues and incurred operating losses, and we may experience additional declines in revenues and incur additional operating losses in the future.

At times, our historical financial results have been subject to substantial fluctuations and during those times we have experienced declines in revenues and incurred operating losses. Reduced end-user demand, price declines, excess inventory, underutilization of our manufacturing capacity, the effects of natural disasters such as the flooding in Thailand or the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and other factors have adversely affected and could in the future adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We operate in the highly cyclical semiconductor industry, which is subject to significant downturns and upturns.

The semiconductor industry is highly cyclical and, as a result, is subject to significant downturns and upturns. The industry has experienced significant downturns, often in connection with, or in anticipation of, maturing product cycles (for semiconductors and for the end-user products in which they are used) and declines in general economic conditions. These downturns have been characterized by diminished product demand, production overcapacity, high inventory levels and accelerated erosion of average selling prices. In the event of such a downturn, our operating results may be adversely affected as a result of increased operating expenses, reduced margins, underutilization of capacity or asset impairment charges. On the other hand, significant upturns have led to increased customer demand for our products and the risk of not being able to meet this demand in a timely and cost efficient manner. In the event of such an upturn, we may not be able to expand our workforce and operations in a sufficiently timely manner, procure adequate resources and raw materials, or locate suitable third-party suppliers to respond effectively to changes in demand for our existing products or to the demand for new products requested by our customers, and our current or future business could be materially and adversely affected. We may also not be able to balance our expansion activities and actual demand in such an environment. The overbuilding of capacity and excess increases of inventory by us and other companies can result in overcapacity in the industry and general price erosion.

We have experienced these conditions in our business in the past and may experience them in the future. We cannot accurately predict the timing of the current and future downturns and upturns in the semiconductor industry and how severe and prolonged these conditions might be. These future conditions in the semiconductor industry could adversely impact our revenues and harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Economic conditions, including those related to the credit markets, may adversely affect our industry, business and results of operations.

Adverse global economic conditions may result in fluctuations and reductions in consumer and commercial spending from time to time, and such conditions or uncertainties about such conditions may result in lower orders for our products and make it difficult for us to accurately forecast and plan our future business activities. The

 

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semiconductor industry has often experienced significant downturns in connection with, or in anticipation of, declines in general economic conditions. Volatility in global economic conditions, including the level of the economic recovery in the United States, the growth rate of the Chinese economy, the effect of conditions in Japan, including a weakened demand environment and Yen, and economic weakness in many other countries and regions, volatility in oil prices and conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, may adversely and materially affect our industry, business and results of operations, and we cannot accurately predict volatility or how severe and prolonged any downturn or recovery might be. Reduced spending has in the past driven us and may in the future drive us and our competitors to reduce product pricing, which results in a negative effect on gross profit. In addition, to the extent we incorrectly plan for favorable economic conditions that do not materialize or take longer to materialize than expected, our business and results of operations could be adversely and materially affected. Moreover, volatility in revenues as a result of unpredictable economic conditions may alter our anticipated working capital needs and interfere with our short-term and long-term strategies.

Furthermore, the United States and global credit markets could experience renewed financial turmoil. If the past pressures on credit were renewed or we experience an additional global downturn, we may not be able to obtain additional financing on favorable terms or at all, and we may not be able to refinance, if necessary, any outstanding debt when due, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business. While we believe we have adequate sources of liquidity, on terms acceptable to us, to meet our anticipated requirements for working capital, debt service and capital expenditures for the immediate future, if our operating results falter and our cash flow or capital resources prove inadequate, or if interest rates increase significantly, we could face liquidity problems that could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

In addition, global financial uncertainty affecting the financial and other markets could impact our business in a number of other ways, including causing (1) our customers and consumers in general to defer purchases, (2) our customers difficulties in obtaining sufficient credit to finance purchases of our products and meet their payment obligations to us, (3) our key suppliers to become capacity-constrained or insolvent, resulting in a reduction or interruption in supplies or a significant increase in the price of supplies and (4) our key suppliers to require acceleration of payments to them or our customers to delay payments to us. Any of the foregoing could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

We have made and may continue to make strategic acquisitions of other companies or businesses and these acquisitions introduce significant risks and uncertainties, including risks related to integrating the acquired businesses, incurring additional debt, assuming contingent liabilities or diluting our existing stockholders.

In order to position ourselves to take advantage of growth opportunities, we have made, and may continue to make, strategic acquisitions and alliances that involve significant risks and uncertainties. Successful acquisitions and alliances in the semiconductor industry are difficult to accomplish because they require, among other factors, efficient integration and aligning of product offerings and manufacturing operations and coordination of sales and marketing and research and development efforts. We face risks resulting from the expansion of our operations through acquisitions, including but not limited to: (1) the difficulty of integrating, aligning and coordinating organizations, which will likely be geographically separated and involve separate technologies and corporate cultures; (2) risks of entering new semiconductor markets or regions of the world in which we have limited experience; (3) risks associated with integrating financial reporting and internal control systems of acquired companies; (4) the risk that our due diligence in the acquisition process may not identify compliance issues or other liabilities that are in existence at the time of our acquisitions; (5) the risk that our existing or prospective customers or customers of the acquired business may delay or defer their purchasing or other decisions as we integrate new businesses and companies into our business, or that they may seek to change their existing business relationships; (6) challenges in achieving strategic objectives, cost savings and other benefits from acquisitions, including difficulties in entering into new market segments in which we are not experienced; (7) the risk that our markets do not evolve as anticipated and that the technologies acquired do not prove to be those needed to be successful in those markets; (8) difficulties in expanding information technology systems and other business processes to accommodate the acquired businesses; (9) the diversion of management’s attention from the daily operations of existing businesses; and (10) negative pressure on gross margins resulting from increased operating and restructuring costs.

 

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The integration of newly acquired businesses will also require a significant amount of time and attention from management. The diversion of management attention away from ongoing operations and key research and development, marketing or sales efforts could adversely affect ongoing operations and business relationships. Moreover, even if we were able to fully integrate a new acquisition’s business operations and other assets successfully, there can be no assurance that such integration will result in the realization of the full benefits of synergies, cost savings, innovation and operational efficiencies that may be possible or were anticipated from the acquisition or that these benefits will be achieved within a reasonable period of time. Delays in integrating our acquisitions, which could be caused by factors outside of our control, could adversely affect the intended benefits of the acquisitions to our business, financial results, financial condition and stock price.

In addition, current and prospective employees could experience uncertainty about their future with us, and as a result, we could lose key employees. These uncertainties may also impair our ability to recruit or motivate key personnel. In connection with a transaction, key employees of acquired businesses may receive substantial value in the form of change-in-control agreements, acceleration of stock options and the lifting of restrictions on other equity-based compensation rights. These amounts could impact their willingness to continue to work for us. Further, as a result of our acquisitions, we may assume liabilities from the target’s current employee benefit plans that may require us to bring plan documentation into compliance with current law, including ensuring that plans are adequately funded.

In connection with our acquisition activity, we are required by generally accepted accounting principles and SEC rules and regulations to integrate newly acquired businesses into our consolidated financial statements. The acquired businesses may not have independent audited financial statements, or if they do have independent audited financial statements, such statements may not be prepared under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Acquired businesses may have financial controls and systems that are not compatible with our financial controls and systems, which could materially impair our ability to obtain or prepare necessary financial information concerning such businesses in a format required to allow proper integration with our systems and financial statements. In addition, immediately after an acquisition and until such time as we are able to fully integrate an acquired business into our financial statements, we may be dependent on the acquired business’ financial controls and systems for reporting and other financial information, including projections and goals for such acquired business. We may not be able to successfully prepare and file required financial statements or other financial information for the acquired business, or to integrate the acquired business into our financial controls and systems and our consolidated financial statements in a timely manner. Failure to prepare accurate financial reports for our acquired businesses in a timely manner in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States could cause material inaccuracies in our financial statements and SEC filings, which could result in the necessity to restate our financials or lead to unknown liabilities and possibly result in a material impact on our stock price.

In connection with an acquisition, it is possible that we may anticipate tax savings through integration of the newly acquired business into our business and rationalization of a combined infrastructure. As with any estimate, it is possible that the estimates of the potential savings could turn out to be incorrect.

We review goodwill associated with our acquisitions for impairment at least on an annual basis (see Part II, Item 7: “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” Note 2: “Significant Accounting Policies—Goodwill” and Note 5: “Goodwill and Intangible Assets” of the notes to our consolidated audited financial statements located elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information about goodwill). In the past, we have recorded goodwill impairment charges related to certain of our acquisitions. Factors we consider important that could result in a subsequent impairment to goodwill include significant underperformance relative to historical or projected future operating results, significant changes in the manner of the use of our assets or the strategy for our overall business and significant negative industry or economic trends. We may have further material goodwill impairments which could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

 

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In addition, we may also issue equity securities to pay for future acquisitions or alliances, which could be dilutive to existing stockholders. We may also incur debt or assume contingent liabilities in connection with acquisitions and alliances, which could harm our operating results. In any such case, it is possible that factors outside of our control, including but not limited to increases in interest rates and loss of key customers, could adversely affect the intended benefits from an acquisition, even though we would continue to have a repayment obligation under the related loan agreement.

Our gross profit is dependent on a number of factors, including our level of capacity utilization and realizing expected synergies from acquisitions.

Semiconductor manufacturing requires significant capital investment, leading to high fixed costs, including depreciation expense. We believe that our success materially depends on our ability to maintain or improve our current margin levels related to our manufacturing. For instance, if we are unable to utilize our manufacturing and testing facilities at a high level, the fixed costs associated with these facilities will not be fully absorbed, resulting in higher average unit costs and lower gross profits.

Moreover, we believe that we will need to continue to improve the margin levels of our System Solutions Group business and successfully execute on available opportunities in order to realize the intended benefits of this transaction. While we anticipate that certain cost reduction measures taken, including voluntary retirement programs implemented in 2013 and 2014, should improve its margin levels, we may not be able to benefit fully from such actions.

The failure to successfully implement profitability enhancement programs and cost reductions, including restructuring activities, could adversely affect our business.

From time to time, we have implemented various cost reduction initiatives in response to, among other factors, significant downturns in our industry. These initiatives have included accelerating our manufacturing moves into lower cost regions, transitioning higher-cost external supply to internal manufacturing, working with our material suppliers to further lower costs, personnel reductions, reductions in employee compensation, temporary shutdowns of facilities with mandatory vacation and aggressively streamlining our overhead. In the past, we have recorded net restructuring charges to cover costs associated with our cost reduction initiatives. These costs have been primarily composed of employee separation costs and asset impairments. See Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information on restructuring activities.

We also often undertake restructuring activities in connection with our business acquisitions, which can result in significant charges, including charges for severance payments to terminated employees and asset impairment charges.

We cannot assure you that our restructuring plans and cost reduction initiatives will be successfully or timely implemented, or that they will materially and positively impact our profitability. Because our restructuring activities involve changes to many aspects of our business, the cost reductions could adversely impact productivity and sales to an extent we have not anticipated. Even if we fully execute and implement these activities and they generate the anticipated cost savings, there may be other unforeseeable and unintended factors or consequences that could adversely impact our profitability and business, including unintended employee attrition.

For additional information regarding our profitability enhancement programs and cost reduction measures, see Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

 

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If we are unable to implement our business strategy, our revenues and profitability may be adversely affected.

Our future financial performance and success are largely dependent on our ability to implement our business strategy successfully. Our present business strategy to build upon our position as a global supplier of power and data management semiconductors and standard semiconductor components includes, without limitation, plans to: (1) continue to aggressively manage, maintain and refine our product portfolio; (2) continue to develop leading edge customer support services; (3) further expand our just-in-time delivery capabilities; (4) increase our die manufacturing capacity in a cost-effective manner; (5) further reduce the number of our product platforms and process flows; (6) rationalize our manufacturing operations; (7) relocate manufacturing operations or outsource to lower cost regions; (8) reduce selling and administrative expenses; (9) manage capital expenditures to forecasted production demands; (10) actively manage working capital; (11) develop new products in a more efficient manner; and (12) integrate newly acquired products, manufacturing capabilities and sales channels. We cannot assure you that we will successfully implement our business strategy or that implementing our strategy will sustain or improve our results of operations. In particular, we cannot assure you that we will be able to build our position in markets with high growth potential, increase our volume or revenue, rationalize our manufacturing operations or reduce our costs and expenses.

Our business strategy is based on our assumptions about the future demand for our current products, and the new products and applications that we are developing, and on our ability to produce our products profitably. Each of these factors depends on our ability, among other factors, to finance our operating and product development activities, maintain high quality and efficient manufacturing operations, relocate and close manufacturing facilities and reduce operating expenses as part of our ongoing cost restructuring with minimal disruption to our operations, access quality raw materials and contract manufacturing services in a cost-effective and timely manner, protect our IP portfolio and attract and retain highly-skilled technical, managerial, marketing and finance personnel. Several of these factors and other factors that could affect our ability to implement our business strategy, such as risks associated with international operations, the threat or occurrence of armed international conflict and terrorist activities, the impact of natural disasters and cyber attacks, increased competition, legal developments and general economic conditions, are beyond our control. In addition, circumstances beyond our control and changes in our business or industry may require us to change our business strategy.

We may be unable to make the substantial research and development investments required to remain competitive in our business.

The semiconductor industry requires substantial investment in research and development in order to develop and bring to market new and enhanced technologies and products. We cannot assure you that we will have sufficient resources to maintain the level of investment in research and development that is required to remain competitive.

An inability to introduce new products could adversely affect us, and changing technologies or consumption patterns could reduce the demand for our products.

Rapidly changing technologies and industry standards, along with frequent new product introductions, characterize the industries that are currently the primary end-users of semiconductors. As these industries evolve and introduce new products, our success will depend on our ability to predict and adapt to these changes in a timely and cost-effective manner by designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and providing customer support for our own new products and technologies. The development of new products is a complex and time-consuming process and often requires significant capital investment. Additionally, expenditures for technology and product development are generally made before the commercial viability for such developments can be assured. There can be no assurance that we will win competitive bid selection processes, known as “design wins,” for new products. New products and enhancements to existing products can require long development and testing periods. Significant delays in new product releases or significant problems in creating new products, including any delays in establishing sufficient manufacturing capacity, could adversely affect our ability to generate revenue. In addition, design wins do not guarantee that we will make customer sales or that we will generate sufficient revenue to recover design and development investments.

 

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We cannot assure you that we will be able to identify changes in the product markets and requirements of our customers and end-users, including changes due to evolving consumer preferences, international political developments influencing end-user preferences, and natural disasters or other extraordinary events that impact our customers or end-users and adapt to such changes in a timely and cost-effective manner. Nor can we assure you that products or technologies that may be developed in the future by our competitors and others will not render our products or technologies obsolete or noncompetitive. There is no assurance that the products we develop and market will be well received by customers, that we will realize a return on the capital expended to develop new products, that a significant investment in new products will be profitable or that we will have margins as high as we anticipate at the time of investment or have experienced historically. Further, a fundamental shift in technologies or consumption patterns in our existing product markets or the product markets of our customers or end-users could have a material adverse effect on our business or prospects.

Uncertainties involving the timing and amount of orders, and payment for, our products could adversely affect our business.

Our sales are typically made pursuant to individual purchase orders or customer agreements and we generally do not have long-term supply arrangements with our customers. Generally, our customers may cancel orders 30 days prior to shipment for standard products and 90 days for custom products without incurring a significant penalty. We routinely generate inventory based on customers’ estimates of demand for their products, which is difficult to predict. This difficulty may be compounded when we sell to OEMs indirectly through distributors or contract manufacturers, or both, as our forecasts for demand are then based on estimates provided by multiple parties. In addition, our customers may change their inventory practices on short notice for any reason. Furthermore, short customer lead times are standard in the industry due to overcapacity. The cancellation or deferral of product orders, the return of previously sold products or overproduction due to the failure of anticipated orders to materialize could result in excess obsolete inventory, which could result in write-downs of inventory or the incurrence of significant cancellation penalties under our arrangements with our raw materials and equipment suppliers.

Competition in our industry could prevent us from maintaining our revenues and from raising prices to offset increases in costs.

The semiconductor industry is highly competitive and our ability to compete successfully depends on elements both within and outside of our control, including industry and general economic trends. Although only a few companies compete with us in most of our product lines, we face significant competition within each of our product lines from major global semiconductor companies as well as smaller companies focused on specific market niches. Because our components are often building block semiconductors that, in some cases, are integrated into more complex ICs, we also face competition from manufacturers of ICs, ASICs and fully customized ICs, as well as from customers who develop their own IC products. In addition, companies not currently in direct competition with us may introduce competing products in the future. In different product lines we compete, to varying degrees, on the basis of price, quality, technical performance, product features, product system compatibility, customized design, strategic relationships with customers, new product innovation, availability, delivery timing and reliability and customer sales and technical support. Gross margins in the industry vary by geographic region depending on local demand for the products in which semiconductors are used, such as personal computers, tablets, industrial and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics and automotive goods. Any inability to maintain revenues or raise prices to offset increases in costs could have a material adverse effect on our gross margin and on our business and prospects as a whole.

The semiconductor components industry has also been undergoing significant restructuring and consolidation that could adversely affect our competitiveness. Many of our competitors, particularly larger competitors resulting from consolidations, may have certain advantages over us, including: substantially greater financial and other resources with which to withstand adverse economic or market conditions and pursue development, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of their products; longer independent operating histories; presence in key markets; patent protection; and greater name recognition.

 

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Unless we maintain manufacturing efficiency, our future profitability could be adversely affected.

Manufacturing semiconductor components involves highly complex processes that require advanced equipment. We and our competitors continuously modify these processes in an effort to improve yields and product performance. Impurities or other difficulties in the manufacturing process can lower yields. Our manufacturing efficiency will be an important factor in our future profitability, and we cannot assure you that we will be able to maintain our manufacturing efficiency or increase manufacturing efficiency to the same extent as our competitors.

From time to time, we have experienced difficulty in beginning production at new facilities, transferring production to other facilities or in effecting transitions to new manufacturing processes that have caused us to suffer delays in product deliveries or reduced yields. We cannot assure you that we will not experience manufacturing problems in achieving acceptable yields or experience product delivery delays in the future as a result of, among other conditions and events, capacity constraints, construction delays, transferring production to other facilities (including as a part of our cost reduction measures and in reaction to man-made and natural disasters, such as the 2011 flooding in Thailand), upgrading or expanding existing facilities, changing our process technologies or uncertainty as a result of the acquisition and integration of manufacturing facilities acquired as a result of our acquisition activities, any of which could result in a loss of future revenues. Our results of operations could also be adversely affected by the increase in fixed costs and operating expenses related to increases in production capacity, if revenues do not increase proportionately.

We could be required to incur significant capital expenditures for manufacturing, information technology and equipment to remain competitive, and any failure, inadequacy or delayed implementation could harm our ability to effectively operate our business. Such capital expenditures and commitments, as well as other commitments, may materially decrease our liquidity.

Our principal sources of liquidity are cash on hand, cash generated from operations and funds from external borrowings and equity issuances. Semiconductor manufacturing has historically required a constant upgrading of process technology to remain competitive, as new and enhanced semiconductor processes are developed which permit smaller, more efficient and more powerful semiconductor devices. Our manufacturing, assembly and test facilities have required and will continue to require significant investments in manufacturing technology and equipment. We have made substantial capital expenditures and installed significant production capacity to support new technologies and increased production volume. However, there can be no assurance that we will successfully develop and utilize these new technologies. There also is no assurance that the new technologies we do develop and utilize will be sufficient to support our business operations and strategies, or that we will realize a return on the capital expended to develop such new technologies.

We also may incur significant costs to implement new manufacturing and information technologies to increase our productivity and efficiency. Any such implementation, however, can be negatively impacted by failures or inadequacies of the new manufacturing or information technology and unforeseen delays in its implementation, any of which may require us to spend additional resources to correct these problems or, in some instances, to conclude that the new technology implementation should be abandoned. In the case of abandonment, we may have to recognize losses for amounts previously expended in connection with such implementation that have been capitalized on our balance sheet.

In the recent past, we have undertaken various and material cost reduction measures which we believe have been largely successful. However, these reductions, and any future reductions, may unintentionally affect our ability to remain competitive in efficiency and productivity. Ultimately, we may be forced to increase our future capital expenditures in unexpected ways to meet our operational needs in, among other areas, manufacturing, information technology and equipment. We cannot assure you that we will have sufficient capital resources to make timely and necessary investments in the areas discussed above or other areas we have not identified.

 

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We are subject to risks associated with natural disasters and other business disruptions.

Our worldwide operations are subject to natural disasters and other business disruptions from time to time, which could adversely impact our business, results of operations and financial reporting and condition. We are susceptible to losses and interruptions caused by floods, hurricanes, typhoons, droughts, and other extreme weather conditions, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and similar natural disasters, as well as power outages, power shortages, telecommunications failures, industrial accidents, and similar events. Such events can cause direct injury or damage to our employees and property, including our books and financial and corporate records and data, and related internal controls, and can also have significant direct and indirect consequences. For example, such events can negatively impact revenues and earnings and can significantly impact cash flow, both from decreased revenue and from increased costs associated with the event. Such costs may include expenses to restore production or to move production to other facilities, including incremental capital expenditures and costs for expedited shipping, expenses incurred with a shut-down of the damaged facility, including employee severance payments, and other unusual costs and expenses such as fixed asset impairments, inventory write-downs, charges relating to cancellation of purchase orders for excess materials and charges for restoration and recovery work. Overall costs may also be impacted by other factors, such as the under-absorption of our manufacturing and operating support overhead. For example, in the case of our facility in Roznov, Czech Republic that manufactures silicon wafers used by a number of our facilities, any natural or man-made disaster, operational disruption, or other extraordinary event that impacted the facility or regional infrastructure would have a substantial adverse effect on our ability to produce a number of our products and could have a material adverse effect on our business, revenues, costs, and/or prospects if we were unable to effectively source silicon wafers on acceptable terms from qualified third parties to replace the production loss. Such events may also affect the infrastructure of the country in which the event occurs, causing water damage, power outages and rolling blackouts, transportation delays and restrictions, public health issues and economic instability and disrupting local and international supply chains. As a result, we could experience shortages of, and interruptions in supply and increased prices for, components that we source from companies located in or with operations in any such country, as well as from other suppliers whose supply chains may similarly be affected. Such shortages and interruptions may also affect our ability to communicate with our customers and suppliers and to timely deliver our products to customers and, as a result, our customers may seek substitute products from other manufacturers. In addition, damage or destruction to our books and financial and corporate records and data could adversely affect our ability to prepare our financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and the historical and future reporting of our financial results and our ability to integrate the financial reporting and internal control systems of acquired companies. Responding to natural disasters and their consequences will also require a significant amount of time and attention from management. The diversion of management attention away from ongoing operations and key research and development, marketing or sales efforts could adversely affect ongoing operations and business relationships. Although we carry insurance to generally compensate for losses of the type noted above, such insurance may be subject to deductible and coverage limits and may not be adequate to cover all losses that may be incurred or continue to be available in the affected area at commercially reasonable rates and terms.

If we were to lose one of our large customers, our revenues and profitability could be adversely affected.

Product sales to our ten largest customers have traditionally accounted for a significant amount of our business. Many of our customers operate in cyclical industries, and, in the past, we have experienced significant fluctuations from period to period in the volume of our products ordered. Generally, our agreements with our customers impose no minimum or continuing obligations to purchase our products. We cannot assure you that any of our customers will not turn to other suppliers, significantly reduce orders or seek price reductions in the future or that the loss of one or more of our customers would not have a material adverse effect on our business or prospects.

 

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The loss of our sources of raw materials or manufacturing services, or increases in the prices of such goods or services, could adversely affect our operations and productivity.

Our results of operations could be adversely affected if we are unable to obtain adequate supplies of raw materials in a timely manner, the costs of our raw materials increase significantly, their quality deteriorates or the raw materials give rise to compatibility or performance issues in our products. Our manufacturing processes rely on many raw materials, including polysilicon, silicon wafers, gold, copper, lead frames, mold compound, ceramic packages and various chemicals and gases. Generally, our agreements with suppliers impose no minimum or continuing supply obligations, and we obtain our raw materials and supplies from a large number of sources on a just-in-time basis. From time to time, suppliers may extend lead times, limit supplies or increase prices due to capacity constraints or other factors. Although we believe that our current supplies of raw materials are adequate, shortages could occur in various essential materials due to interruption of supply or increased demand in the industry.

In addition, for some of our products, we are dependent upon a limited number of highly specialized suppliers for required components and materials. The number of qualified alternative suppliers for these kinds of technologies is extremely limited. The inability of such suppliers to deliver adequate supplies of production materials or other supplies could disrupt production in material ways. In addition, we cannot assure you that we will not lose our suppliers for these key technologies or that our suppliers will be able to meet performance and quality specifications or delivery schedules. Disruption or termination of our limited supply sources for these components and materials could delay our shipments of products utilizing these technologies and damage relationships with current and prospective customers.

We also use third-party contractors for some of our manufacturing activities, primarily for wafer fabrication and the assembly and testing of final goods. Our agreements with these manufacturers typically require us to forecast product needs and commit to purchase services consistent with these forecasts and, in some cases, require longer-term commitments in the early stages of the relationship. Our operations and customer relations could be materially adversely affected if these contractual relationships were disrupted or terminated, the cost of such services increased significantly, the quality of the services provided deteriorated or our forecasts proved to be materially incorrect. In any such case, arranging for replacement contractors can be time consuming and costly, and we may encounter start-up difficulties.

Regulations that impose disclosure requirements regarding the use of “conflict” minerals mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries in our products will result in additional cost and expense and could result in other significant adverse effects.

Rules adopted by the SEC implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act impose diligence and disclosure requirements regarding the use of “conflict” minerals mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries in our products. Compliance with these rules will result in additional cost and expense, including for due diligence to determine and verify the sources of any conflict minerals used in our products, in addition to the cost of remediation and other changes to products, processes, or sources of supply as a consequence of such verification activities. These rules may also affect the sourcing and availability of minerals used in the manufacture of our semiconductor devices as there may be only a limited number of suppliers offering “conflict free” metals or components that can be used in our products. There can be no assurance that we will be able to obtain such metals or components in sufficient quantities or at competitive prices. The cost of compliance to our service providers, foundries, subcontractors and suppliers could also be passed along to us, resulting in higher prices for the materials or components we use in our products. Also, since our supply chain is complex, we may face reputational challenges with our customers, stockholders and other stakeholders if we are unable to sufficiently verify the origins of the metals used in our products. We may also encounter customers who require that all of the components of our products be certified as conflict free. If we are not able to meet customer requirements, such customers may choose to disqualify us as a supplier, which could impact our sales and the value of portions of our inventory.

 

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Our international operations subject us to risks inherent in doing business on an international level that could adversely impact our results of operations.

A significant amount of our total revenue is derived from the Asia/Pacific region, the Americas, and Europe, and we maintain significant operations in these regions. In addition, we rely on a number of contract manufacturers whose operations are primarily located in the Asia/Pacific region. We cannot assure you that we will be successful in overcoming the risks that relate to or arise from operating in international markets. Risks inherent in doing business on an international level include, among others, the following:

 

   

economic and political instability (including as a result of the threat or occurrence of armed international conflict or terrorist attacks);

 

   

changes in regulatory requirements, tariffs, customs, duties and other trade barriers;

 

   

exposure to different legal standards, customs, business practices, tariffs, duties and other trade barriers, including changes with respect to price protection, competition practices, IP, anti-corruption and environmental compliance, trade and travel restrictions, pandemics, import and export license requirements and restrictions, and accounts receivable collections;

 

   

transportation and other supply chain delays and disruptions;

 

   

power supply shortages and shutdowns;

 

   

fluctuations in raw material costs and energy costs;

 

   

difficulties in staffing and managing foreign operations including collective bargaining agreements and workers councils, exposure to foreign labor laws and other employment and labor issues;

 

   

currency fluctuations;

 

   

currency convertibility and repatriation;

 

   

taxation of our earnings and the earnings of our personnel;

 

   

limitations on the repatriation of earnings and potential taxation of foreign profits in the United States;

 

   

potential violations by our international employees or third party agents of international or U.S. laws relevant to foreign operations (e.g., the Federal Corrupt Practices Act);

 

   

difficulty in enforcing intellectual property rights; and

 

   

other risks relating to the administration of or changes in, or new interpretations of, the laws, regulations and policies of the jurisdictions in which we conduct our business.

In the past, we have benefited from relatively low effective tax rates because most of our income has been earned and reinvested in jurisdictions outside the U.S. Our effective tax rate is uncertain on an ongoing basis. Changes to income tax regulations in the United States and the jurisdictions in which we operate, or in the interpretation of such laws, could, under our existing tax structure, significantly increase our effective tax rate and ultimately reduce our cash flow from operations and otherwise have a material adverse effect on our financial condition. In addition, business combinations and investment transactions, changes in the valuation of our deferred tax assets and liabilities, adjustments to income taxes upon finalization of various tax returns, increases in expenses not deductible for tax purposes and changes in available tax credits could increase our future effective tax rate. Changes in our effective tax rate may impact our results of operations. Tax rates vary among the jurisdictions in which we operate. Our results of operations could be affected by our increasing or decreasing operations in jurisdictions with higher or lower rates, as well as by changes in rates or the laws that determine when we are subject to taxation in a specific jurisdiction.

We hold a significant amount of cash and cash equivalents outside the United States in various foreign subsidiaries. As we intend to reinvest certain of our foreign earnings indefinitely, this cash held outside the United States in various foreign subsidiaries is not readily available to meet certain of our cash requirements in

 

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the United States. We require a substantial amount of cash in the United States for operating requirements, debt repurchases, payments, acquisitions and stock repurchases. If we are unable to address our U.S. cash requirements through operations, through borrowings under our current debt agreements or from other sources of cash obtained at an acceptable cost, it may be necessary for us to consider repatriation of earnings that are permanently reinvested, and we may be required to pay additional taxes under current tax laws, which could have a material effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

Other activities outside the United States are subject to additional risks associated with fluctuating currency values and exchange rates, hard currency shortages and controls on currency exchange. For instance, while our sales are primarily denominated in U.S. dollars, worldwide semiconductor pricing is influenced by currency rate fluctuations.

If we fail to attract and retain highly skilled personnel, our results of operations and competitive position could deteriorate.

Our success, both generally and in connection with mergers and acquisitions, depends upon our ability to attract and retain highly-skilled design, technical, managerial, marketing and financial personnel. The market for personnel with such qualifications is highly competitive. In addition, from time to time, we have announced certain cost reductions that included the freezing of salaries and elimination of bonuses, mandatory unpaid time off, factory shutdowns and reduction in personnel. We also establish performance criteria for awards to officers and employees under bonus and other incentive plans and programs that may not be satisfied. These measures, as well as any future measures, could negatively affect morale and lead to unintended employee attrition at all levels of our organization. Moreover, we have not entered into employment agreements with all of our key personnel and our existing employment agreements do not require the employee to continue to work for us.

As employee incentives, we have issued common stock options that generally have exercise prices at the market value at the time of the grant and that are subject to vesting over time, RSUs with time-based vesting and performance-based awards. Any difficulty relating to obtaining stockholder approval of new, or amendments to, equity compensation plans could limit our ability to issue these types of awards. Our stock price at times has declined substantially, reducing the effectiveness of certain of these incentives. Loss of the services of, or failure to effectively recruit, qualified personnel, including senior managers and design engineers, could have a material adverse effect on our business.

We use a significant amount of intellectual property in our business. Some of that intellectual property is currently subject to disputes with third parties, and litigation could arise in the future. If we are unable to protect the intellectual property we use, our business could be adversely affected.

We rely on various laws and regulations governing our registered and unregistered IP assets, patents, trade secrets, trademarks, mask works and copyrights to protect our products and technologies. These laws and regulations are subject to legislative and regulatory change and interpretation by courts. Additionally, some of our products and technologies are not covered by any patents or pending patent applications. With respect to our IP generally, we cannot assure you that:

 

   

any of the substantial number of U.S. or foreign patents and pending patent applications that we employ in our business will not lapse or be invalidated, circumvented, challenged, abandoned or licensed to others;

 

   

any of our pending or future patent applications will be issued or have the coverage originally sought;

 

   

any of the trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, know-how or mask works that we employ in our business will not lapse or be invalidated, circumvented, challenged, abandoned or licensed to others; or

 

   

any of our pending or future trademark, copyright, or mask work applications will be issued or have the coverage originally sought.

 

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In addition, our competitors or others may develop products or technologies that are similar or superior to our products or technologies, duplicate our products or technologies or design around our protected technologies. Effective IP protection may be unavailable, limited or not applied for in the United States and in foreign countries.

Also, we may from time to time in the future be notified of claims that we may be infringing third-party IP rights. If necessary or desirable, we may seek licenses under such IP rights. However, we cannot assure you that we will obtain such licenses or that the terms of any offered licenses will be acceptable to us. The failure to obtain a license from a third party for IP we use could cause us to incur substantial liabilities or to suspend the manufacture or shipment of products or our use of processes requiring the technologies. Litigation could cause us to incur significant expense by adversely affecting sales of the challenged product or technologies and diverting the efforts of our technical and management personnel, whether or not such litigation is resolved in our favor. In the event of an adverse outcome in any such litigation, we may be required to:

 

   

pay substantial damages;

 

   

indemnify customers or distributors;

 

   

cease the manufacture, use, sale or importation of infringing products;

 

   

expend significant resources to develop or acquire non-infringing technologies;

 

   

discontinue the use of processes; or

 

   

obtain licenses, which may not be available on reasonable terms, to the infringing technologies.

We cannot assure you that we would be successful in any such development or acquisition. Any such development, acquisition or license could require the expenditure of substantial time and other resources.

We also seek to protect our proprietary technologies, including technologies that may not be patented or patentable, in part by confidentiality agreements and, if applicable, inventors’ rights agreements with our collaborators, advisors, employees and consultants. We cannot assure you that these agreements will not be breached, that we will have adequate remedies for any breach or that persons or institutions will not assert rights to IP arising out of our research.

We may not be able to enforce or protect our intellectual property rights, which may harm our ability to compete and adversely affect our business.

Our ability to enforce our patents, trademarks, copyrights, software licenses and other IP is subject to general litigation risks, as well as uncertainty as to the enforceability of our IP rights in various countries. When we seek to enforce our rights, we are often subject to claims that the IP right is invalid, is otherwise not enforceable or is licensed to the party against whom we are asserting a claim. In addition, our assertion of IP rights often results in the other party seeking to assert alleged IP rights of its own against us, which may adversely impact our business. An unfavorable ruling in these sorts of matters could include money damages or, in cases for which injunctive relief is sought, an injunction prohibiting us from manufacturing or selling one or more products, which could in turn negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. We can provide no assurances as to the outcome of these claims asserted by other parties with respect to their alleged IP rights.

We are subject to litigation risks, including securities class action litigation, which may be costly to defend and the outcome of which is uncertain.

All industries, including the semiconductor industry, are subject to legal claims, including securities litigation, litigation in connection with acquisitions and litigation over executive compensation and disclosure of executive compensation. The price of our common stock has been, and may continue to be, volatile, and we can provide no assurance that securities litigation will not be filed against us in the future. In addition, we can

 

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provide no assurance that our past or future acquisitions and executive compensation will not subject us to additional litigation. This sort of litigation can be particularly costly and may divert the attention of our management and our resources in general. We are involved in a variety of legal matters, most of which we consider either routine matters that arise in the normal course of business or immaterial for our aggregate business operations. These routine matters typically fall into broad categories such as those involving suppliers and customers, employment and labor and IP. We believe it is unlikely that the final outcome of these legal claims will have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. However, defense and settlement costs can be substantial, even with respect to claims that we believe have no merit. Due to the inherent uncertainty of the litigation process, the resolution of any particular legal claim or proceeding could have a material effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. Further, uncertainties resulting from the initiation and continuation of securities or other litigation could harm our ability to obtain credit and financing for our operations and to compete in the marketplace. See Part I, Item 3 “Legal Proceedings” of this report for more information on our legal proceedings.

We are exposed to increased costs and risks associated with complying with increasing and new regulation of corporate governance and disclosure standards.

Like most publicly traded companies, we incur significant cost and spend a significant amount of management time and internal resources to comply with changing laws, regulations and standards relating to corporate governance and public disclosure, which requires management’s annual review and evaluation of our internal control over financial reporting and attestations of the effectiveness of these systems by our management and by our independent registered public accounting firm. As we continue to make strategic acquisitions, mergers and alliances, the integration of these businesses increases the complexity of our systems of controls. While we devote significant resources and time to comply with the internal control over financial reporting requirements under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”), we cannot be certain that these measures will ensure that we design, implement and maintain adequate control over our financial process and reporting in the future.

There can be no assurance that we or our independent registered public accounting firm will not identify a material weakness in the combined company’s internal control over financial reporting in the future. Failure to comply with SOX, including delaying or failing to successfully integrate our acquisitions into our internal control over financial reporting or the identification and reporting of a material weakness, may cause investors to lose confidence in our consolidated financial statements or even in our ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of such transactions, and the trading price of our common stock may decline. In addition, if we fail to remedy any material weakness, our investors and others may lose confidence in our financial statements, our financial statements may be materially inaccurate, our access to capital markets may be restricted and the trading price of our common stock may decline. See Part II, Item 9A “Controls and Procedures” of this report for information on disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting.

Environmental and other regulatory matters could adversely affect our ability to conduct our business and could require expenditures that could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

Our manufacturing operations are subject to various environmental laws and regulations relating to the management, disposal and remediation of hazardous substances and the emission and discharge of pollutants into the air, water and ground. Our operations are also subject to laws and regulations relating to workplace safety and worker health, which, among other requirements, regulate employee exposure to hazardous substances. Motorola has agreed to indemnify us for certain environmental and health and safety liabilities related to the conduct or operation of our business or Motorola’s ownership, occupancy or use of real property occurring prior to the closing of our 1999 recapitalization and spinout from Motorola. We also have purchased environmental insurance to cover certain claims related to historical contamination and future releases of hazardous substances. However, we cannot assure you that such indemnification arrangements and insurance policy will cover all material environmental costs. In addition, the nature of our operations exposes us to the continuing risk of environmental and health and safety liabilities.

 

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Based on information currently available to us, we believe that the future cost of compliance with existing environmental and health and safety laws and regulations, and any liability for currently known environmental conditions, will not have a material adverse effect on our business or prospects. However, we cannot predict:

 

   

changes in environmental or health and safety laws or regulations;

 

   

the manner in which environmental or health and safety laws or regulations will be enforced, administered or interpreted;

 

   

our ability to enforce and collect under indemnity agreements and insurance policies relating to environmental liabilities;

 

   

the cost of compliance with future environmental or health and safety laws or regulations or the costs associated with any future environmental claims, including the cost of clean-up of currently unknown environmental conditions; or

 

   

the cost of fines, penalties or other legal liability, should we fail to comply with environmental or health and safety laws or regulations.

Warranty claims, product liability claims and product recalls could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Manufacturing semiconductors is a highly complex and precise process, requiring production in a tightly controlled, clean environment. Minute impurities in our manufacturing materials, contaminants in the manufacturing environment, manufacturing equipment failures, and other defects can cause our products to be non-compliant with customer requirements or otherwise nonfunctional. We face an inherent business risk of exposure to warranty and product liability claims in the event that our products fail to perform as expected or such failure of our products results, or is alleged to result, in bodily injury or property damage (or both). In addition, if any of our designed products are or are alleged to be defective, we may be required to participate in their recall. As suppliers become more integrally involved in the electrical design, OEMs are increasingly expecting them to warrant their products and are increasingly looking to them for contributions when faced with product liability claims or recalls. A successful warranty or product liability claim against us in excess of our available insurance coverage, if any, and established reserves, or a requirement that we participate in a product recall, would have adverse effects (that could be material) on our business, results of operations and financial condition. Additionally, in the event that our products fail to perform as expected or such failure of our products results, our reputation may be damaged, which could make it more difficult for us to sell our products to existing and prospective customers and could adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Since a defect or failure in our product could give rise to failures in the goods that incorporate them (and consequential claims for damages against our customers from their customers), we may face claims for damages that are disproportionate to the revenues and profits we receive from the products involved. In certain instances, we attempt to limit our liability through our standard terms and conditions of sale and other customer contracts. There is no assurance that such limitations will be effective.

New legal requirements, particularly with respect to health care reform, could increase the cost of our employee benefits and adversely affect our business, liquidity and results of operations.

We incur significant costs to maintain competitive employee benefits to attract and retain our highly skilled personnel. Changes to the regulatory environment with respect to these benefits could adversely affect our business, liquidity and results of operations. In particular, the health care reform legislation enacted by the U.S. Congress is intended to result in significant changes to the U.S. health care system. This legislation may lead to additional costs related to the implementation of the new healthcare regulations and may impair our ability to provide the same level of coverage.

 

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We may be subject to disruptions or breaches of our secured network that could damage our reputation and harm our business and operating results.

We may be subject to disruptions or breaches of our secured network caused by computer viruses, illegal hacking, or acts of vandalism or terrorism. Additionally, the proprietary, sensitive or confidential information we manage and store may be subject to accidental loss, misuse, inadvertent disclosure or unapproved dissemination. Our security measures and/or those of our third party service providers may not detect or prevent such security breaches. In some cases, we may initially be unaware of an incident or its magnitude or effects. The costs to us to eliminate or alleviate cyber or other security problems, bugs, viruses, worms, malicious software programs and security vulnerabilities could be significant, and our efforts to address these problems may not be successful and could result in interruptions and delays that may impede our sales, manufacturing, distribution or other critical functions. We also provide certain confidential and proprietary information to our third party service providers and other business partners, and the systems of these third parties could be subject to security breaches or otherwise compromised. Any such compromise of our information security could result in the unauthorized publication of our confidential business or proprietary information or that of other parties with which we do business, cause an interruption in our operations, result in the unauthorized release of customer or employee data, result in a violation of privacy or other laws, expose us to a risk of litigation or damage our reputation, which could harm our business and operating results.

Trends, Risks and Uncertainties Relating to Our Indebtedness

Our substantial debt could impair our financial condition and adversely affect our ability to operate our business.

Despite the fact that we have recently retired some debt with existing cash flow, we have substantial debt service obligations. In addition, we incurred debt to acquire Aptina and may incur additional debt in the future, subject to certain limitations contained in our debt instruments from time to time. The degree to which we are leveraged could have important consequences to our potential and current investors, including:

 

   

our ability to obtain additional financing in the future for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, general corporate purposes or other purposes may be impaired;

 

   

the timing, amount and execution of our capital allocation policy, including our share repurchase program, could be affected by the degree to which we are leveraged;

 

   

a significant portion of our cash flow from operations must be dedicated to the payment of interest and principal on our debt, which reduces the funds available to us for our operations;

 

   

some of our debt is and will continue to be at variable rates of interest, which may result in higher interest expense in the event of increases in market interest rates;

 

   

our debt agreements may contain, and any agreements to refinance our debt likely will contain, financial and restrictive covenants, and our failure to comply with them may result in an event of default which if not cured or waived, could have a material adverse effect on us;

 

   

our level of indebtedness will increase our vulnerability to general economic downturns and adverse industry conditions;

 

   

as our long-term debt ages, we may need to renegotiate or repay such debt or seek additional financing (see Part II, Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of this report under “Contractual Obligations” within the “Liquidity and Capital Resources” section);

 

   

our debt service obligations could limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and the semiconductor industry; and

 

   

our substantial leverage could place us at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis our competitors who may have less leverage relative to their overall capital structures.

 

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We may incur more debt and may require additional capital in the future to service this new debt, which could exacerbate the risks described above.

We may need to incur substantial additional indebtedness in the future. The agreements relating to our outstanding indebtedness from time to time may limit us and our subsidiaries from incurring additional indebtedness. While we expect to have sufficient cash and cash equivalents for the next 12 months, if we incur additional debt, the related risks that we now face could intensify, and it is possible that we may need to raise additional capital to service this new debt and to fund our future activities. Moreover, the debt we may incur from time to time may require collateral to secure such indebtedness, which would place our assets at risk, as well as limit our flexibility related to such assets. Ultimately, we may not be able to obtain additional funding on favorable terms, or at all, and we may need to curtail our operations significantly, reduce planned capital expenditures and research and development, or be forced to obtain funds through arrangements that management did not anticipate, including disposing of our assets and relinquishing rights to certain technologies or other activities that may impair our ability to remain competitive.

The agreements relating to our indebtedness may restrict our current and future operations, particularly our ability to respond to changes or to take some actions.

Our debt agreements from time to time may contain, and any future debt agreements may include, a number of restrictive covenants that impose significant operating and financial restrictions on, among other decisions we might make, our ability to:

 

   

incur additional debt, including guarantees;

 

   

incur liens;

 

   

sell or otherwise dispose of assets;

 

   

make some acquisitions;

 

   

engage in mergers or consolidations;

 

   

make distributions to our shareholders;

 

   

engage in restructuring activities;

 

   

engage in certain sale and leaseback transactions; and

 

   

issue or repurchase stock or other securities.

These restrictions may limit our ability to engage in activities that could otherwise benefit us. Any future debt could contain financial and other covenants more restrictive than those that are currently applicable.

Our failure to comply with the agreements relating to our outstanding indebtedness, including as a result of events beyond our control, could result in an event of default that could materially and adversely affect our operating results and our financial condition.

If there were an event of default under any of the agreements relating to our outstanding indebtedness, the holders of the defaulted debt could cause all amounts outstanding with respect to that debt to be due and payable immediately, which could cross default other indebtedness. We cannot assure you that our assets or cash flow would be sufficient to fully repay borrowings under our outstanding debt instruments, either upon maturity or if accelerated upon an event of default or, if we were required to repurchase any of our debt securities upon a change of control or other specified event, that we would be able to refinance or restructure the payments on those debt securities. Further, if we are unable to repay, refinance or restructure our indebtedness under our collateralized debt, the holders of such debt could proceed against the collateral securing that indebtedness. In addition, any event of default or declaration of acceleration under one debt instrument could also result in an event of default under one or more of our other debt instruments.

 

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We may not be able to generate sufficient cash flow to meet our debt service obligations.

Our ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to make scheduled payments on our debt obligations will depend on our future financial performance, which will be affected by a range of economic, competitive and business factors, many of which are outside of our control. If we do not generate sufficient cash flow from operations and proceeds from sales of assets in the ordinary course of business to satisfy our debt obligations, we may have to undertake alternative financing plans, such as refinancing or restructuring our debt, selling additional assets, reducing or delaying capital investments or seeking to raise additional capital. The terms of our financing agreements from time to time may contain limitations on our ability to incur additional indebtedness. We cannot assure you that any refinancing would be possible, that any assets could be sold, or, if sold, of the timing of the sales and the amount of proceeds realized from those sales, or that additional financing could be obtained on acceptable terms, if at all, or would be permitted under the terms of our various debt instruments then in effect. Our inability to generate sufficient cash flow to satisfy our debt obligations, or to refinance our obligations on commercially reasonable terms, would have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations, as well as on our ability to satisfy our other debt obligations. In addition, to the extent we are not able to borrow or refinance debt obligations, we may have to issue additional shares of our common stock which would have a dilutive effect to then current stockholders.

Conversion of Convertible Notes may dilute the ownership interest of existing shareholders, including holders who had previously converted their Convertible Notes, or may otherwise depress the price of our stock.

Under the terms of the 2.625% Notes, Series B, any conversions of the 2.625% Notes, Series B will be settled in cash up to the par value of the notes being converted, with the excess of the conversion value over the par value being settled in shares of common stock, subject to our ability to settle the entire amount in cash. It is our current intent to settle the per value in cash. Generally speaking, this would result in the issuance of common stock upon the conversion of the 2.625% Notes, Series B only if our common stock is trading at a value in excess of $10.50 per share and we do not elect to pay the entire amount in cash or are unable to do so. The conversion of some or all of the 2.625% Notes, Series B into common stock will dilute the ownership interests of our existing stockholders and may impact the value of our common stock. The 2.625% Notes, Series B will become fully convertible on June 15, 2016. Prior to that date, the 2.625% Notes, Series B will be convertible only upon the occurrence of certain extraordinary events. See Note 8: “Long Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information. The dilutive effect of the 2.625% Notes, Series B on the calculation of our earnings per share is described in Note 9: “Earnings Per Share and Equity” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report.

Trends, Risks and Uncertainties Relating to Our Common Stock

Fluctuations in our quarterly operating results may cause our stock price to decline.

Given the nature of the markets in which we participate, we cannot reliably predict future revenues and profitability, and unexpected changes may impact the value of our common stock. A large portion of our costs are fixed, due in part to our significant sales, research and development and manufacturing costs. Thus, small declines in revenues could negatively affect our operating results in any given quarter. In addition to the other factors described above, factors that could affect our quarterly operating results include:

 

   

the timing and size of orders from our customers, including cancellations and reschedulings;

 

   

the timing of introduction of new products;

 

   

the gain or loss of significant customers, including as a result of industry consolidation or as a result of our acquisitions;

 

   

seasonality in some of our target markets;

 

   

changes in the mix of products we sell;

 

   

changes in demand by the end-users of our customers’ products;

 

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market acceptance of our current and future products;

 

   

variability of our customers’ product life cycles;

 

   

availability of supplies and manufacturing services;

 

   

changes in manufacturing yields or other factors affecting the cost of goods sold, such as the cost and availability of raw materials and the extent of utilization of manufacturing capacity;

 

   

changes in the prices of our products, which can be affected by the level of our customers’ and end-users’ demand, technological change, product obsolescence, competition or other factors;

 

   

cancellations, changes or delays of deliveries to us by our third-party manufacturers, including as a result of the availability of manufacturing capacity and the proposed terms of manufacturing arrangements;

 

   

our liquidity and access to capital; and

 

   

our research and development activities and the funding thereof.

Our stock price may be volatile, which could result in substantial losses for investors in our securities.

The stock markets in general, and the markets for high technology stocks in particular, have experienced extreme volatility that has often been unrelated to the operating performance of particular companies. These broad market fluctuations may adversely affect the trading price of our common stock.

The market price of the common stock may also fluctuate significantly in response to the following factors, among others, some of which are beyond our control:

 

   

variations in our quarterly operating results;

 

   

the issuance or repurchase of shares of our common stock;

 

   

changes in securities analysts’ estimates of our financial performance;

 

   

changes in market valuations of similar companies;

 

   

announcements by us or our competitors of significant contracts, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, capital commitments, new products or product enhancements;

 

   

loss of a major customer or failure to complete significant transactions; and

 

   

additions or departures of key personnel.

The trading price of our common stock since our initial public offering has had significant variance and we cannot accurately predict every potential risk that may materially and adversely affect our stock price.

Provisions in our charter documents may delay or prevent the acquisition of our company, which could decrease the value of our stock.

Our certificate of incorporation and by-laws contain provisions that could make it harder for a third party to acquire us without the consent of our board of directors. These provisions:

 

   

establish advance notice requirements for submitting nominations for election to the board of directors and for proposing matters that can be acted upon by stockholders at a meeting;

authorize the issuance of “blank check” preferred stock, which is preferred stock that our board of directors can create and issue without prior stockholder approval and that could be issued with voting or other rights or preferences that could impede a takeover attempt; and

 

   

require the approval by holders of at least 66 2/3% of our outstanding common stock to amend any of these provisions in our certificate of incorporation or by-laws.

 

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Although we believe these provisions make a higher third-party bid more likely by requiring potential acquirers to negotiate with our board of directors, these provisions apply even if an initial offer may be considered beneficial by some stockholders.

Item 1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

Item 2.    Properties

Our corporate headquarters as well as certain design center and research and development operations are located in approximately 1.4 million square feet of building space on property that we own in Phoenix, Arizona. We also lease properties around the world for use as sales offices, design centers, research and development labs, warehouses, logistic centers, trading offices and manufacturing support. The size and/or location of these properties change from time to time based on business requirements. We operate distribution centers, which are leased or contracted through a third party, in locations throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. See Part I, Item 1 “Business—Manufacturing Operations” located elsewhere in this report for information on properties used in our manufacturing operations. While these facilities are primarily used in manufacturing operations, they also include office, utility, laboratory, warehouse and unused space. Additionally, we own research and development facilities located in Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States. Our joint venture in Leshan, China also owns manufacturing, warehouse, laboratory, office and other unused space. We believe that our facilities around the world, whether owned or leased, are well maintained.

Certain of our properties are subject to encumbrances such as mortgages and liens. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for further information. In addition, due to local law restrictions, the land upon which our facilities are located in certain foreign locations is subject to varying long-term leases.

See Part I, Item 1 “Business—Manufacturing Operations” and “Sales, Marketing and Distribution” included elsewhere in this report for further details on our properties and “Business-Governmental Regulation” for further details on environmental regulation of our properties.

Item  3.    Legal Proceedings

See Note 12: “Commitments and Contingencies” under the heading “Legal Matters” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for a description of legal proceedings and related matters.

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosure

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PART II

Item 5.    Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Our common stock is traded under the symbol “ONNN” on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices for our common stock for the fiscal periods indicated as reported by the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

 

     Range of Sales Price
High
     Low  

2014

     

First Quarter

   $ 9.75       $ 7.82   

Second Quarter

   $ 10.07       $ 8.22   

Third Quarter

   $ 9.94       $ 8.32   

Fourth Quarter

   $ 10.44       $ 6.76   

2013

     

First Quarter

   $ 8.71       $ 7.20   

Second Quarter

   $ 8.73       $ 7.18   

Third Quarter

   $ 8.50       $ 7.16   

Fourth Quarter

   $ 8.35       $ 6.80   

As of February 20, 2015, there were approximately 256 holders of record of our common stock and 431,315,129 shares of common stock outstanding.

We have neither declared nor paid any cash dividends on our common stock since our initial public offering. Our future dividend policy with respect to our common stock will depend upon our earnings, capital requirements, financial condition, debt restrictions and other factors deemed relevant by our Board of Directors. Our ability to pay dividends may also be limited by tax considerations, as described in Note 15: “Income Taxes” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

Our senior revolving credit facility permits us to pay cash dividends to our common stockholders, if after giving effect thereto, the senior leverage ratio (calculated in accordance with the credit agreement) does not exceed 2.75 to 1.00. As of December 31, 2014, we were within the required senior leverage ratio and therefore permitted to pay cash dividends under our senior revolving credit facility. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to the audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for further discussion of our revolving credit facility.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Share Repurchase Program

The following table provides information regarding repurchases of our common stock during the three months ended December 31, 2014. Also see Note 9: “Earnings per Share and Equity” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information on this repurchase program.

 

     (a)      (b)      (c)      (d)  

Period (1)

   Total Number of
Shares Purchased
     Average Price Paid
per Share ($)
     Total Number of
Shares Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced Program
     Approximate Dollar
Value of Shares that
May Yet Be  Purchased
Under the Program ($)
(2) (3)
 

Month #1 September 27—October 24, 2014

     4,346,677       $ 7.51         4,346,677       $ 56,391,264   

Month #2 October 25—November 21, 2014

     1,235,640         8.15         1,235,640         46,319,639   

Month #3 November 22—December 31, 2014

     2,444,200         9.81         2,444,200         976,026,091   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total

     8,026,517       $ 8.31         8,026,517      
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

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(1) These time periods represent our fiscal month start and end dates for the fourth quarter of 2014.

 

(2) On August 2, 2012, we announced a share repurchase program (the “2012 Share Repurchase Program”) for up to $300.0 million of our common stock over a three year period, exclusive of any fees, commissions or other expenses. The 2012 Share Repurchase Program was terminated on December 1, 2014, and the approximately $46.3 million that remained of the total authorized amount to purchase common stock pursuant to the 2012 Share Repurchase Program was canceled.

 

(3) On December 1, 2014, we announced a capital allocation policy and a new share repurchase program pursuant to the capital allocation policy (the “2014 Share Repurchase Program”) for up to $1 billion of our common stock over a four year period effective December 1, 2014, exclusive of any fees, commissions or other expenses.

Under the 2012 Share Repurchase Program and the 2014 Share Repurchase Program, we may repurchase our common stock from time to time in privately negotiated transactions or open market transactions, including pursuant to a trading plan in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 and Rule 10b-18 of the Exchange Act, or by any combination of such methods or other methods. The timing of any repurchases and the actual number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, including our stock price, corporate and regulatory requirements, restrictions under our debt obligations, other market and economic conditions. The 2012 Share Repurchase Program and 2014 Share Repurchase Program do not require us to purchase any particular amount of common stock and are subject to a variety of factors including the Board’s discretion. During the fourth quarter of 2014, we repurchased approximately 8.0 million shares of common stock under the 2012 Share Repurchase Program and 2014 Share Repurchase Program for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $66.7 million, exclusive of fees, commissions and other expenses, at a weighted-average execution price per share of $8.31. These repurchases were made in open market transactions, including pursuant to a trading plan in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 and Rule 10b-18 of the Exchange Act. At December 31, 2014, approximately $976.0 million remained of the total authorized amount to purchase common stock pursuant to the 2014 Share Repurchase Program. This table does not include shares tendered to us to satisfy the exercise price in connection with cashless exercises of employee stock options or shares tendered to or withheld by us to satisfy tax withholding obligations in connection with the vesting of time and performance-based restricted stock units issued to employees. See Note 9: “Earnings Per Share and Equity” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for further information on the 2012 Share Repurchase Program and the 2014 Share Repurchase Program.

Convertible Note Repurchase, Redemption, Conversion or Exchange

See Part II, Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” under the heading “Key Financing and Capital Events” and Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for a description of certain transactions with respect to our 2.625% Notes and our 2.625% Notes, Series B.

Equity Compensation Plan Table

Information concerning equity compensation plans is included in Part III, Item 12 “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters,” found elsewhere in this report.

Item  6.    Selected Financial Data

The following table sets forth certain of our selected financial data for the periods indicated. The statement of operations and balance sheet data set forth below for the years ended and as of December 31, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 are derived from our audited consolidated financial statements. The table below includes consolidated results, including our recent acquisitions, thus comparability will be materially affected. We also revised our previously-issued consolidated financial statements to reflect certain immaterial error corrections as fully described in Note 1: “Background and Basis of Presentation” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

 

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You should read this information in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our audited consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

 

     Year ended December 31,  
     2014      2013      2012     2011 (3)      2010 (4)  
     (in millions, except per share data)  

Statement of Operations data:

             

Revenues

   $ 3,161.8       $ 2,782.7       $ 2,894.9      $ 3,442.3       $ 2,313.4   

Restructuring, asset impairments and other, net (1)

     30.5         33.2         163.7        104.3         10.5   

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges (2)

     9.6         —           49.5        —           16.1   

Net income (loss)

     192.1         153.6         (92.9     15.0         298.1   

Diluted net income (loss) per common share attributable to ON Semiconductor Corporation

     0.43         0.33         (0.21     0.03         0.67   
     Year ended December 31,  
     2014      2013      2012     2011 (3)      2010 (4)  
     (in millions)  

Balance Sheet data:

             

Total assets

   $ 3,823.0         3,293.8       $ 3,376.3      $ 3,935.6       $ 2,968.5   

Long-term debt, including current maturities, less capital lease obligations

     1,151.8         888.8         920.8        1,106.1         773.3   

Capital lease obligations

     40.8         53.4         91.1        100.9         115.5   

Total stockholders’ equity

     1,647.4         1,523.6         1,427.9        1,537.3         1,431.7   

 

(1) Restructuring, asset impairments and other, net primarily includes employee severance and other exit costs associated with our worldwide cost reduction and profitability enhancement programs, asset impairments and any other infrequent or unusual items. See Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, net” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

 

(2) For the year ended December 31, 2014, we recorded $9.6 million of goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges on our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income relating to a reporting unit in our Applications Products Group. For the year ended December 31, 2012, we recorded $49.5 million of goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges on our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income relating to certain reporting units in our Standard Products Group and System Solutions Group. For the year ended December 31, 2010, we recorded $16.1 million of goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges relating to our PulseCore acquisition on our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income. See Note 5: “Goodwill and Intangible Assets” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information on goodwill and intangible asset impairments.

 

(3) Includes adjustments, related to the revision described above, that increased net income by $0.1 million, increased restructuring, asset impairments and other, net by $1.6 million, increased total assets by $52.1 million, and increased total stockholders’ equity by $43.8 million.

 

(4) Includes adjustments, related to the revision described above, that increased net income by $5.2 million, increased total assets by $49.3 million and increased total stockholders’ equity by $43.7 million.

 

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Item 7.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

You should read the following discussion in conjunction with our audited historical consolidated financial statements, which are included elsewhere in this Form 10-K. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contains statements that are forward-looking. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risk, uncertainties, and other factors. Actual results could differ materially because of the factors discussed in Part 1, Item 1A “Risk Factors” included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

Executive Overview

This executive overview presents summary information regarding our industry, markets, business and operating trends only. For further information relating to the information summarized herein, see Part II, Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in its entirety.

Industry Overview

According to WSTS (an industry research firm), worldwide semiconductor industry sales were $335.8 billion in 2014, an increase of approximately 9.9% from $305.6 billion in 2013. We participate in unit and revenue surveys and use data summarized by WSTS to evaluate overall semiconductor market trends and also to track our progress against the market in the areas we provide semiconductor components. The following table sets forth total worldwide semiconductor industry revenues and revenues in our Serviceable Addressable Market (“SAM”) since 2010:

 

Year Ended December 31,

   Worldwide
Semiconductor
Industry Sales (1)
     Percentage
Change
    Serviceable
Addressable Market
Sales (1) (2)
     Percentage
Change
 
     (in billions)            (in billions)         

2014

   $ 335.8         9.9   $ 112.0         7.4

2013

   $ 305.6         4.8   $ 104.3         0.6

2012

   $ 291.6         (2.6 )%    $ 103.7         (3.4 )% 

2011

   $ 299.5         0.4   $ 107.4         (2.5 )% 

2010

   $ 298.3         31.8   $ 110.2         28.7

 

(1) Based on shipment information published by WSTS. WSTS collects this information based on product shipments, which differs from how we recognize revenue on shipments to certain distributors as described in Note 2: “Significant Accounting Policies—Revenue Recognition” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements contained elsewhere in this report. We believe the data provided by WSTS is reliable, but we have not independently verified it. WSTS periodically revises its information. We assume no obligation to update such information.

 

(2) Our SAM comprises the following specific WSTS product categories: (a) discrete products (all discrete semiconductors other than sensors, microwave power transistors/modules, microwave diodes, and microwave transistors, power modules, logic and optoelectronics); (b) standard analog products (amplifiers, VREGs and references, comparators, ASSP consumer, ASSP communications, ASSP computer, ASSP automotive and ASSP industrial and others); (c) standard logic products (general purpose logic); (d) standard product logic (consumer other, computer other peripherals, wired / wireless communications, automotive, industrial and multipurpose); (e) CMOS and CCD image sensors; (f) memory; (g) microcontrollers and (h) motor control modules. Our SAM is derived using the most recent information available at the time of the filing of each respective period’s annual report and is revised in subsequent periods to reflect final results.

Worldwide semiconductor industry sales grew 31.8% in 2010, grew 0.4% in 2011, declined 2.6% in 2012, grew 4.8% in 2013, and grew 9.9% in 2014 following a pattern associated with the financial crisis, subsequent recovery and persistent economic uncertainty. The increase of 9.9% from 2013 to 2014 is related to improved global macroeconomic conditions within the semiconductor industry affecting sales in all geographic regions.

 

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Sales in our SAM increased to $110.2 billion in 2010, decreased to $107.4 billion in 2011, decreased to $103.7 billion in 2012, increased to $104.3 billion in 2013 and increased to $112 billion in 2014. The increase of approximately 7.4% from $104.3 billion in 2013 to $112 billion in 2014 is consistent with the trend in the worldwide semiconductor market. The most recently published estimates of WSTS project a compound annual growth rate in our SAM of approximately 3% for the next three years. These projections are not ours and may not be indicative of actual results.

Recent Results

Our total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $3,161.8 million, an increase of approximately 14% from $2,782.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The majority of the increase was attributable to our acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense, along with other increases in our Application Products Group and Standard Products Group, partially offset by decreased revenue from our System Solutions Group. During 2014, we reported net income attributable to ON Semiconductor Corporation of $189.7 million compared to net income attributable to ON Semiconductor Corporation of $150.4 million in 2013. Our gross margin increased by approximately 90 basis points to 34.3% in 2014 from 33.4% in 2013, primarily driven by changes in volume and mix across certain of our product lines.

During 2014, the majority of our restructuring and cost saving initiatives were focused on our System Solutions Group, which included certain voluntary retirement programs and the planned closure of our KSS facility.

For further information with respect to our restructuring activity, including our other restructuring and cost savings programs initiated during 2014, see Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments, and Other, net” of the notes to the audited consolidated financial statements located elsewhere in this report.

Business Overview

We are driving innovation in energy efficient electronics. Our extensive portfolio of analog, digital and mixed signal ICs, standard products, image sensors and custom devices helps customers efficiently solve their design challenges in advanced electronic systems and products. Our power management and motor driver semiconductor components control, convert, protect and monitor the supply of power to the different elements within a wide variety of electronic devices. Our custom ASICs use analog, DSP, mixed-signal and advanced logic capabilities to act as the brain behind many of our automotive, medical, military/aerospace, consumer and industrial customers’ products. Our signal management semiconductor components provide high-performance clock management and data flow management for precision computing, communications and industrial systems. Our image sensors, optical image stabilization and auto focus devices provide advanced imaging solutions for automotive, wireless, industrial and consumer applications. Our standard semiconductor components serve as “building blocks” within virtually all types of electronic devices. These various products fall into the logic, analog, discrete, image sensors and memory categories used by the WSTS group.

Our new product development efforts continue to be focused on building solutions in product areas that appeal to customers in focused market segments and across multiple high growth applications. We collaborate with our customers to identify desired innovations in electronic systems in each end-market that we serve. This enables us to participate in the fastest growing sectors of the market. We also innovate in advanced packaging technologies to support ongoing size reduction in electronic systems and in advanced thermal packaging to support high performance power conversion applications. It is our practice to regularly re-evaluate our research and development spending, to assess the deployment of resources and to review the funding of high growth technologies. We deploy people and capital with the goal of maximizing our investment in research and development in order to position ourselves for continued growth. We seek to maximize the investment of our people and capital in research and development by targeting innovative products and solutions for high growth

 

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applications that position the company to outperform the industry. Our design expertise in analog, digital, mixed signal and imaging ICs, combined with our extensive portfolio of standard products enable the company to offer comprehensive, value added solutions to our global customers for their electronics systems.

Historically, the semiconductor industry has been highly cyclical. During a down cycle, unit demand and pricing have tended to fall in tandem, resulting in revenue declines. In response to such declines, manufacturers have reduced or shut down production capacity. When new applications or other factors have caused demand to strengthen, production volumes have historically stabilized and then grown again. As market unit demand reaches levels above capacity production capabilities, shortages begin to occur, which typically causes pricing power to swing back from customers to manufacturers, thus prompting further capacity expansion. Such expansion has typically resulted in overcapacity following a decrease in demand, which has triggered another similar cycle.

Business and Macroeconomic Environment Influence on Cost Savings and Restructuring Activities

We have recognized efficiencies from implemented restructuring activities and programs and continue to implement profitability enhancement programs to improve our cost structure. However, the semiconductor industry has traditionally been highly cyclical and has often experienced significant downturns in connection with, or in anticipation of, declines in general economic conditions. While there have been recent indications of improving conditions, our business environment continues to experience significant uncertainty and volatility. We have historically reviewed, and will continue to review, our cost structure, capital investments and other expenditures to align our spending and capacity with our current sales and manufacturing projections.

We have historically taken significant actions to align our overall cost structure with our expected revenue levels. Such actions continued in 2014 within our System Solutions Group. See “Results of Operations” under the heading “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net” below, along with Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, net” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for further details relating to our most recent cost saving actions.

Outlook

ON Semiconductor Q1 2015 Outlook

Based upon product booking trends, backlog levels, and estimated turns levels, we estimate that our revenues will be approximately $840 million to $880 million in the first quarter of 2015. Backlog levels for the first quarter of 2015 represent approximately 80% to 85% of our anticipated first quarter 2015 revenues. We estimate average selling prices for the first quarter of 2015 will be down approximately two percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. For the first quarter of 2015, we estimate that gross margin as a percentage of revenues will be approximately 33.4% to 35.4%.

Results of Operations

Our results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 include the operations of our acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense on August 15, 2014 and April 30, 2014, respectively.

Revision of Previously-Issued Financial Statements

During the quarter ended December 31, 2014, we revised our financial statements for 2013 and 2012 to record a deferred tax asset in a foreign subsidiary and have made adjustments in each successive period related to the foreign currency exchange rate changes associated with that item. The prior periods also include revised amounts from a change in application of an accounting convention, related to manufacturing variances, and other adjustments relating to hedging and inventory amounts. These other previously-identified errors were either uncorrected or corrected in a period subsequent to the period in which the error originated.

 

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We assessed the effect of the above errors in the aggregate on prior periods’ financial statements in accordance with the SEC’s Staff Accounting Bulletins No. 99 and 108 and, based on an analysis of quantitative and qualitative factors, determined that the errors were not material to any of our prior interim and annual financial statements.

All financial information contained herein has been revised to reflect the correction of these errors. See Note 1: “Background and Basis of Presentation” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report for additional information.

Operating Results

The following table summarizes certain information relating to our operating results that has been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012 (in millions):

 

     Year ended December 31,     Dollar Change  
     2014     2013     2012     2013 to 2014     2012 to 2013  

Revenues

   $ 3,161.8      $ 2,782.7      $ 2,894.9      $ 379.1      $ (112.2

Cost of revenues (exclusive of amortization shown below)

     2,076.9        1,853.6        1,948.6        223.3        (95.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     1,084.9        929.1        946.3        155.8        (17.2

Operating expenses:

          

Research and development

     366.6        334.2        367.5        32.4        (33.3

Selling and marketing

     200.0        171.2        180.9        28.8        (9.7

General and administrative

     180.9        148.5        160.6        32.4        (12.1

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

     68.4        33.1        44.4        35.3        (11.3

Restructuring, asset impairments and other, net

     30.5        33.2        163.7        (2.7     (130.5

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment

     9.6        —          49.5        9.6        (49.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     856.0        720.2        966.6        135.8        (246.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     228.9        208.9        (20.3     20.0        229.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expenses), net:

          

Interest expense

     (34.1     (38.6     (56.1     4.5        17.5   

Interest income

     1.5        1.3        1.5        0.2        (0.2

Other

     (4.4     1.5        5.8        (5.9     (4.3

Loss on debt extinguishment

     —          (3.1     (7.8     3.1        4.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expenses), net

     (37.0     (38.9     (56.6     1.9        17.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     191.9        170.0        (76.9     21.9        246.9   

Income tax benefit (provision)

     0.2        (16.4     (16.0     16.6        (0.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     192.1        153.6        (92.9     38.5        246.5   

Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

     (2.4     (3.2     (4.3     0.8        1.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to ON Semiconductor Corporation

   $ 189.7      $ 150.4      $ (97.2   $ 39.3      $ 247.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Revenues

Revenues were $3,161.8 million, $2,782.7 million and $2,894.9 million for 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase from 2013 to 2014 was primarily attributed to approximately $262.4 million of additional revenue in the Image Sensor Group provided by the acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense, along with increases from our Application Products Group and Standard Products Group, which experienced greater revenue as a result of an improved demand environment. The increase in revenue was partially offset by decreased revenue from our System Solutions Group.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, we experienced a decline in average selling prices of approximately 5%, as compared to 2013, offset by favorable changes in volume and mix, which resulted in a net increase in revenue of approximately 14%.

The decrease in revenues from 2012 to 2013 was the result of decreased revenue in our System Solutions Group from a weakened demand environment associated with a further softening of the Japanese consumer market and a devalued Yen, which was partially offset by increased revenue from our other reportable segments.

Revenues by reportable segment for each of the three years below, were as follows (dollars in millions):

 

     Year Ended
December 31,
2014
     As a % of
Revenue (1)
    Year Ended
December 31,
2013
     As a % of
Revenue (1)
    Year Ended
December 31,
2012
     As a % of
Revenue (1)
 

Application Products Group

   $ 1,070.4         33.9   $ 996.8         35.8   $ 969.6         33.5

Image Sensor Group

     306.1         9.7     39.5         1.4     49.6         1.7

Standard Products Group

     1,210.4         38.3     1,121.2         40.3     1,104.7         38.2

System Solutions Group

     574.9         18.2     625.2         22.5     771.0         26.6
  

 

 

      

 

 

      

 

 

    

Total revenues

   $ 3,161.8         $ 2,782.7         $ 2,894.9      
  

 

 

      

 

 

      

 

 

    

 

(1) Certain of the amounts may not total due to rounding of individual amounts.

Revenues from the Application Products Group

Revenues from the Application Products Group increased by $73.6 million, or approximately 7%, from 2013 to 2014 and increased from 2012 to 2013 by $27.2 million or approximately 3%.

The 2014 increase resulted from an increase in revenues from ASIC products of $44.4 million, or approximately 9%, an increase in revenues from analog products of $13.2 million, or approximately 3%, an increase in revenues from foundry services of $8.8 million, or approximately 65%, and an increase in revenues from TMOS products of $7.8 million, or approximately 20%.

The 2013 increase resulted from an increase in revenues from analog products of $29.9 million, or approximately 8%, and an increase in revenue from TMOS products of $5.0 million, or approximately 15%, partially offset by a decrease in revenues from ASIC products of $10.4 million, or approximately 2%, and a decrease in revenues from ECL products, of $6.9 million, or approximately 15%.

Revenues from the Image Sensor Group

Revenues from the Image Sensor Group increased by $266.6 million from 2013 to 2014 and decreased from 2012 to 2013 by $10.1 million.

This increase in 2014 is primarily attributable to revenue provided by the 2014 acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense, which generated approximately $262.4 million, of revenue during 2014. Revenues from our existing image sensor business units also increased during 2014.

 

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Revenues from the Standard Products Group

Revenues from the Standard Products Group increased by $89.2 million, or approximately 8%, from 2013 to 2014 and increased from 2012 to 2013 by $16.5 million, or approximately 1%.

The 2014 increase resulted from an increase in revenues from discrete products of $60.4 million, or approximately 14%, an increase in revenues from analog products of $24.1 million, or approximately 8%, and an increase in revenues from memory products of $11.3 million, or approximately 20%, partially offset by a decrease in revenues from TMOS products.

The 2013 increase resulted from an increase in revenues from discrete products of $24.9 million, or approximately 6%, and an increase in revenues from analog products of $8.9 million, or approximately 3%, partially offset by a decrease in revenues from TMOS products of $13.8 million, or approximately 6%.

Revenues from the System Solutions Group

Revenues from the System Solutions Group decreased by $50.3 million, or approximately 8%, from 2013 to 2014 and decreased from 2012 to 2013 by $145.8 million, or approximately 19%.

The 2014 decrease resulted from a decrease in demand from the Japanese consumer market and an increase in competition in other regions, causing a decrease in revenue from LSI products of approximately $53.8 million, or approximately 13.0%.

The 2013 decrease resulted from a softening of the Japanese consumer market, a devalued Yen, and, to a lesser extent, political tensions between Japan and China.

Revenues by Geographic Location

Revenues by geographic location, including local sales made by operations within each area, based on sales billed from the respective country, are summarized as follows (in millions):

 

     Year Ended
December 31,
2014
     As a % of
Revenue
    Year Ended
December 31,
2013
     As a % of
Revenue (1)
    Year Ended
December 31,
2012
     As a % of
Revenue (1)
 

United States

   $ 497.0         15.7   $ 415.4         14.9   $ 452.0         15.6

United Kingdom

     497.9         15.7     400.2         14.4     388.3         13.4

Hong Kong

     975.3         30.8     862.4         31.0     874.2         30.2

Japan

     293.1         9.3     290.2         10.4     401.2         13.9

Singapore

     786.5         24.9     700.6         25.2     627.7         21.7

Other

     112.0         3.5     113.9         4.1     151.5         5.2
  

 

 

      

 

 

      

 

 

    

Total

   $ 3,161.8         $ 2,782.7         $ 2,894.9      
  

 

 

      

 

 

      

 

 

    

 

(1) Certain of the amounts may not total due to rounding of individual amounts.

For additional information, see the table of revenues by geographic location included in Note 18: “Segment Information” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

 

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Gross Profit and Gross Margin (exclusive of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets described below)

Our gross profit by reportable segment in each of the three years below was as follows (dollars in millions):

 

    Year Ended
December 31,
2014
    As a %  of
Segment

Revenue (2)
    Year Ended
December 31,
2013
    As a %  of
Segment

Revenue (2)
    Year Ended
December 31,
2012
    As a %  of
Segment

Revenue (2)
 

Application Products Group

  $ 475.0        44.4   $ 431.0        43.2   $ 430.3        44.4

Image Sensor Group

    91.1        29.8     24.6        62.3     28.9        58.3

Standard Products Group

    431.0        35.6     390.7        34.8     400.9        36.3

System Solutions Group

    117.5        20.4     103.4        16.5     143.1        18.6
 

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

   

Gross profit by segment

  $ 1,114.6        $ 949.7        $ 1,003.2     

Unallocated manufacturing (1)

    (29.7     (0.9 )%      (20.6     (0.7 )%      (56.9     (2.0 )% 
 

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

   

Total gross profit

  $ 1,084.9        34.3   $ 929.1        33.4     946.3        32.7
 

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

(1) Unallocated manufacturing costs are being shown as a percentage of total revenue.

 

(2) Certain of the amounts may not total due to rounding of individual amounts.

Our gross profit was $1,084.9 million, $929.1 million and $946.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The gross profit increase of $155.8 million, or approximately 17%, for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to 2013 is primarily attributable to increased revenues, along with increased capacity utilization and cost savings realized from previous restructuring activities, partially offset by decreased average selling prices and approximately $27.0 million for the expensing of the fair market value of inventory step-up from our recent acquisitions for the year ended December 31, 2014.

The gross profit decrease from 2012 to 2013 is primarily attributable to decreases in gross profit in our System Solution Group as a result of lower revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013 as well as smaller decreases in gross profit from our other operating segments.

Gross margin increased to approximately 34.3% during 2014 compared to approximately 33.4% during 2013. This increase was primarily driven by favorable changes in volume and mix across certain product lines as well as a larger proportion of revenues generated from our Applications Products Group, Image Sensor Group and Standard Products Group which experienced higher gross margin levels than our System Solutions Group.

The increase in gross margin as a percentage of revenues from 2012 to 2013 was primarily driven by changes in volume and mix across certain product lines.

Operating Expenses

Research and Development

Research and development expenses were $366.6 million, $334.2 million and $367.5 million, representing approximately 11.6%, 12.0% and 12.7% of revenues for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The increase in research and development expenses of $32.4 million, or approximately 10%, from 2013 to 2014 is primarily associated with approximately $38.0 million of expenses attributable to our 2014 acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense. These expenses were further increased by greater personnel costs in our Application Products Group and Standard Products Group, along with increased performance-based compensation as a result of improved performance results for 2014 compared to 2013, partially offset by decreases in our System Solutions Group attributable to decreased payroll related expenses resulting from our restructuring and cost saving activities.

 

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The decrease in research and development expenses from 2012 to 2013 was primarily associated with decreased payroll and related expenses resulting from our 2012 and 2013 restructuring and cost saving activities in our System Solutions Group, along with the impact of a devalued Yen.

Selling and Marketing

Selling and marketing expenses were $200.0 million, $171.2 million and $180.9 million, representing approximately 6.3%, 6.2% and 6.2% of revenues, for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The increase in selling and marketing expenses of $28.8 million, or approximately 17%, from 2013 to 2014 is primarily associated with approximately $11.2 million of expenses attributable to our 2014 acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense, along with increased sales commissions and increased payroll related expenses associated with performance-based compensation as a result of improved performance results for 2014 compared to 2013.

The decrease in selling and marketing expenses from 2012 to 2013 was primarily attributable to decreased payroll and related expenses resulting from our 2012 and 2013 restructuring and cost saving activities in our System Solutions Group, along with the impact of a devalued Yen.

General and Administrative

General and administrative expenses were $180.9 million, $148.5 million and $160.6 million, representing approximately 5.7%, 5.3% and 5.5% of revenues, for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The increase in general and administrative expenses of $32.4 million, or approximatively 22%, from 2013 to 2014 is primarily associated with approximately $9.6 million of expenses attributable to our 2014 acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense, along with increased payroll related expenses associated with performance-based compensation as a result of improved performance results for 2014 compared to 2013, in addition to approximately $8.1 million in third-party acquisition-related expenses.

The decrease in general and administrative expenses from 2012 to 2013 was primarily attributable to decreased payroll and related expenses resulting from our 2012 and 2013 restructuring and cost saving activities in our System Solutions Group, along with the impact of a devalued Yen.

Amortization of Acquisition—Related Intangible Assets

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets was $68.4 million, $33.1 million and $44.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase of $35.3 million from 2013 to 2014 is attributable to the amortization of intangible assets assumed as a result of our acquisitions of Aptina and Truesense. See Note 5: “Goodwill and Intangible Assets” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

The decrease in amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets from 2012 to 2013 was primarily attributed to the impairment of certain of the System Solutions Group’s intangible assets recorded during the fourth quarter of 2012. See Note 5: “Goodwill and Intangible Assets” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, Net

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activities in each year. For additional information, see Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments and Other, net” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

2014

During the fourth quarter of 2013, we initiated a voluntary retirement program for employees of certain of our System Solutions Group subsidiaries in Japan (the “Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program”). Approximately 350 employees opted to retire under the Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program, of which all employees had exited by December 31, 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2014, we recognized approximately $10.4 million of employee separation charges related to the Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program.

In connection with the Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program, approximately 70 contractor positions were also identified for elimination, all of which all had exited by the end of 2014. During the year ended December 31, 2014, an additional 40 positions were identified for elimination, as an extension of the Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program, consisting of 20 employees and 20 contractors, substantially all of which had exited by December 31, 2014.

As a result of the Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program, we recognized a pension curtailment benefit associated with the affected employees of $4.5 million during the year ended December 31, 2014, which is recorded in Restructuring, Asset Impairments and other, Net. See Note 11: “Employee Benefit Plans” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

During the year ended December 31, 2014, we initiated further voluntary retirement activities applicable to an additional 60 to 70 positions, for certain of our System Solutions Group subsidiaries in Japan, consisting of employees and contractors. Substantially all personnel had exited under this program by December 31, 2014. We anticipate total cost savings for the Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program, which includes the above headcounts, to be between the range of our previously disclosed expectations of $36 million to $45 million during the first year following the completion of the anticipated headcount reductions.

On October 6, 2013, we announced a plan to close KSS (the “KSS Plan”). Pursuant to the KSS Plan, a majority of the production from KSS was transferred to other of our manufacturing facilities. The KSS Plan includes the elimination of approximately 170 full time and 40 contract employees. During the year ended December 31, 2014, we recorded approximately $7.8 million of employee separation charges and $2.3 million of exit costs related to the KSS Plan.

As a result of the KSS facility closure, we recognized a $2.1 million pension curtailment benefit associated with the affected employees during the year ended December 31, 2014, which is recorded in Restructuring, asset impairments and other, net. See Note 11: “Employee Benefit Plans” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

2013

During the year ended December 31, 2013, we initiated two voluntary retirement programs for certain employees of our System Solutions Group subsidiaries in Japan. Approximately 500 employees opted to retire pursuant to the first program, and substantially all employees had retired by December 31, 2013. Approximately 170 employees had retired by December 31, 2013 under the Q4 2013 Voluntary Retirement Program. As part of these restructuring activities, approximately half of the 70 contractor positions identified for elimination were terminated by the end of 2013.

We recorded net charges of approximately $37.3 million in connection with these programs, consisting of employee severance charges of $52.9 million, partially offset by pension and related retirement liability adjustments associated with the affected employees, which resulted in a pension curtailment benefit of $15.6 million.

 

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During the year ended December 31, 2013, we recorded $3.1 million of restructuring charges related to the announced closure of our Aizu facility. We also released approximately $21.0 million of associated cumulative foreign currency translation gains related to our subsidiary that owned the Aizu facility, which utilized the Japanese Yen as its functional currency. The related amount was recorded as a benefit to restructuring, asset impairments and other, net on the our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income. For additional information, see Note 16: “Changes in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss” of the notes to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

We recorded approximately $10.0 million of net restructuring charges related to the KSS Plan during the year ended December 31, 2013, consisting of employee severance charges of $6.5 million and $3.5 million of asset impairment charges associated with the KSS Plan.

2012

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we initiated a voluntary retirement program for certain employees of our System Solutions Group and certain of its subsidiaries. We recorded net charges of approximately $35.9 million associated with this program, consisting of employee severance charges of $47.6 million, partially offset by $11.7 million attributed to pension plan curtailment gains.

Additionally, during the year ended December 31, 2012, we executed a global workforce reduction program. Restructuring expenses resulting from this program consisted primarily of $11.2 million associated with employee severance charges.

We incurred additional charges related to the closure of certain of our facilities during 2012.

Indefinite and Long-Lived Asset Impairment Charges

2014

During the year ended December 31, 2014, we determined that approximately $8.7 million in carrying value of goodwill relating to one of our reporting units in the Application Products Group was impaired resulting from a decline in estimated future cash flows. In connection with this impairment, we wrote-off approximately $0.9 million of intangible assets and $4.7 million of other long-lived assets. See Note 5: “Goodwill and Intangible Assets” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

2012

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we evaluated the current period operating results of the System Solutions Group and re-assessed future projections for the segment. As a result, we determined that $94.4 million of carrying value for certain long-lived assets associated with the System Solutions Group and $31.6 million of related intangible assets were impaired. For additional information, see Note 5: “Goodwill and Intangible Assets” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we further determined that approximately $14.1 million in carrying value of goodwill relating to our 2008 acquisition of Catalyst was impaired resulting from a strategic decision to invest in other business units and the resulting decline in estimated future cash flows. As part of our annual goodwill testing, it was determined that certain intangible assets associated with the Standard Products Group were impaired. In connection with this impairment, we wrote-off approximately $3.8 million of intangible assets. These goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges were recognized in our Standard Products Group segment. See Note 5: “Goodwill and Intangible Assets” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

 

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Other Income and Expenses

Interest Expense

Interest expense decreased by $4.5 million from $38.6 million in 2013 to $34.1 million in 2014. Additionally, interest expense decreased by $17.5 million from $56.1 million in 2012 to $38.6 million in 2013. We recorded amortization of debt discount to interest expense of $7.0 million, $11.2 million and $23.4 million for 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Our average long-term debt balance (including current maturities and net of debt discount) during 2014, 2013 and 2012, was $1,067.4 million, $977.1 million and $1,109.5 million, respectively. Our weighted average interest rate on long-term debt (including current maturities and net of debt discount) was approximately 3.2%, 3.9% and 5.1% per annum in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. See “Liquidity and Capital Resources—Key Financing and Capital Events” below for a description of our refinancing activities.

Other

Other income decreased by $5.9 million from a gain of $1.5 million in 2013 to a loss of $4.4 million in 2014. Other income decreased by $4.3 million from a gain of $5.8 million in 2012 to a gain of $1.5 million in 2013. The change from year to year is largely attributable to fluctuations in foreign currencies against the dollar for the periods presented, net of the impact from our hedging activity.

Loss on Debt Extinguishment

2013

During the year ended December 31, 2013, we exchanged $60.0 million in principal value ($57.4 million of carrying value) of our 2.625% Notes for $58.5 million in principal value of our 2.625% Notes, Series B, plus accrued and unpaid interest on the 2.625% Notes, resulting in a loss on debt repurchase of $3.1 million. Subject to certain other terms and conditions, this transaction extended the earliest put date for the exchanged amount from December 2013 to December 2016.

See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

2012

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we exchanged $99.9 million in par value ($92.8 million of carrying value) of our 2.625% Notes for $99.9 million in par value of 2.625% Notes, Series B and $2.0 million in cash, which resulted in a loss on debt exchange of $7.8 million. Subject to certain other terms and conditions, this exchange extended the first put date of the underlying notes, which we consider to be the earliest maturity date, from December 2013 to December 2016. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Provision for Income Taxes

We recorded an income tax benefit of $0.2 million and a provision of $16.4 million and $16.0 million in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The income tax benefit for the year ended December 31, 2014 consisted of the reversal of $23.3 million of our previously established valuation allowance against our U.S. deferred tax assets as a result of a net deferred tax liability recorded as part of the Truesense acquisition and the reversal of $4.6 million for reserves and interest for uncertain tax positions in foreign taxing jurisdictions that were effectively settled or for which the statute lapsed during the year ended December 31, 2014. This is partially offset by $19.8 million for income and withholding taxes of certain of our foreign and domestic operations, $4.6 million of new reserves and interest on existing reserves for uncertain tax positions in foreign taxing jurisdictions, and $3.3 million of deferred federal income taxes associated with tax deductible goodwill.

 

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The 2013 provision of $16.4 million included $22.2 million for income and withholding taxes of certain of our foreign operations and $0.9 million of interest on existing reserves for potential liabilities in foreign taxing jurisdictions and $2.7 million of deferred federal income taxes associated with tax deductible goodwill. This is partially offset by the reversal of $6.0 million of valuation allowances against deferred tax assets of certain foreign subsidiaries and the reversal of $3.4 million for reserves and interest for potential liabilities in foreign taxing jurisdictions which were effectively settled or for which the statute lapsed during 2013.

The 2012 provision of $16.0 million included $21.7 million for income and withholding taxes of certain of our foreign operations, $2.6 million of deferred federal income taxes associated with tax deductible goodwill, and $0.9 million of interest on existing reserves for potential liabilities in foreign taxing jurisdictions. This is partially offset by $7.8 million of additional tax benefit recorded and the reversal of $1.4 million for reserves and interest for potential liabilities in foreign taxing jurisdictions which were effectively settled or for which the statute lapsed during 2012.

Our provision for income taxes is subject to volatility and could be adversely impacted by earnings being lower than anticipated in countries that have lower tax rates and earnings being higher than anticipated in countries that have higher tax rates. Our effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2014 was a benefit of 0.1%, which differs from the U.S. statutory federal income tax rate of 35%, due to our domestic tax losses and tax rate differential in our foreign subsidiaries. Our effective tax rate was also lower than the U.S. statutory federal income tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 , due to our domestic tax losses and tax rate differential in our foreign subsidiaries. We continue to maintain a full valuation allowance on all of our domestic and Japan related deferred tax assets; however, it is reasonably possible that a substantial portion of the valuation allowance on our domestic deferred tax assets will be reversed within one year of December 31, 2014, which is not expected to have a material effect on the Company’s cash taxes. As of December 31, 2014, the valuation allowance on our domestic deferred tax assets was approximately $461.9 million.

Income taxes have not been provided on approximately $1,784.1 million of the undistributed earnings of our foreign subsidiaries at December 31, 2014 over which we have sufficient influence to control the distribution of such earnings and have determined that substantially all such earnings have been reinvested indefinitely. These earnings could become subject to either or both federal income tax and foreign withholding tax if they are remitted as dividends, if foreign earnings are loaned to any of our domestic companies, or if we sell our investment in certain subsidiaries. We estimate that repatriation of these foreign earnings would generate additional taxes of approximately $178.7 million after the assumed utilization of our available net operating loss carryforwards and foreign tax credits.

For additional information, see Note 15: “Income Taxes” of the notes to the audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

This section includes a discussion and analysis of our cash requirements, off-balance sheet arrangements, contingencies, sources and uses of cash, operations, working capital, and long-term assets and liabilities.

 

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Contractual Obligations

Our principal outstanding contractual obligations relate to our long-term debt, capital leases, operating leases and purchase obligations. The following table summarizes our contractual obligations at December 31, 2014 and the effect such obligations are expected to have on our liquidity and cash flow in the future (in millions):

 

     Payments Due by Period  

Contractual obligations (1)

   Total      2015      2016      2017      2018      2019      Thereafter  

Long-term debt, excluding capital leases (2)

   $ 1,235.1       $ 215.1       $ 436.1       $ 59.3       $ 489.8       $ 34.8       $ —     

Capital leases (2)

     43.2         21.9         13.6         6.1         0.8         0.8         —     

Operating leases (3)

     103.6         21.0         18.0         14.0         9.5         6.9         34.2   

Purchase obligations (3):

                    

Capital purchase obligations

     42.4         38.5         1.8         0.5         0.4         0.4         0.8   

Inventory and external manufacturing purchase obligations

     454.9         279.3         105.1         37.7         8.1         7.8         16.9   

Information technology, communication and mainframe support services

     10.9         9.0         1.4         0.3         0.1         0.1         —     

Other

     18.7         13.6         4.1         0.4         0.4         0.2         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total contractual obligations

   $ 1,908.8       $ 598.4       $ 580.1       $ 118.3       $ 509.1       $ 51.0       $ 51.9   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) The table above excludes approximately $16.0 million of liabilities related to unrecognized tax benefits because we are unable to reasonably estimate the timing of the settlement of such liabilities.

 

(2) Includes interest payments at applicable rates as of December 31, 2014.

 

(3) These represent our off-balance sheet arrangements (See “Liquidity and Capital Resources—Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements” for a description of our off-balance sheet arrangements).

This table also excludes our pension obligations. We expect to make cash contributions and future pension payments to comply with local funding requirements of approximately $8.5 million in 2015. This future payment estimate assumes we continue to meet our statutory funding requirements. The timing and amount of contributions may be impacted by a number of factors, including the funded status of the plans. Beyond 2015, the actual amounts required to be contributed are dependent upon, among other things, interest rates, underlying asset returns and the impact of legislative or regulatory actions related to pension funding obligations. See Note 11: “Employee Benefit Plans” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for more information on our pension obligations.

Our balance of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments was $517.8 million at December 31, 2014. We believe that our cash flows from operations, coupled with our existing cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments will be adequate to fund our operating and capital needs for at least the next 12 months. Total cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments at December 31, 2014 include approximately $203.6 million available in the United States. In addition to cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments already on hand in the United States, we have the ability to obtain cash in the United States by settling loans with our foreign subsidiaries in order to cover our domestic needs, by utilizing existing credit facilities or through new bank loans or debt obligations.

We hold a significant amount of cash and cash equivalents outside the United States in various foreign subsidiaries. As we intend to reinvest certain of our foreign earnings indefinitely, this cash held outside the United States in various foreign subsidiaries is not readily available to meet certain of our cash requirements in the United States. We require a substantial amount of cash in the United States for operating requirements, common stock and debt repurchases, payments and acquisitions. If we are unable to address our U.S. cash requirements through operations, borrowings under our current debt agreements or other sources of cash obtained

 

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at an acceptable cost, it may be necessary for us to consider repatriation of earnings that are permanently reinvested, and we may be required to pay additional taxes under current tax laws, which could have a material effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt,” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for a discussion of our long-term debt.

See Part II, Item 5 “Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities” included elsewhere in this report for a discussion of restrictions on our ability to pay dividends and our stock repurchase activities.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

In the normal course of business, we enter into various operating leases for buildings and equipment including our mainframe computer system, desktop computers, communications, foundry equipment and service agreements relating to this equipment.

In the normal course of business, we provide standby letters of credit or other guarantee instruments to certain parties initiated by either our subsidiaries or us, as required for transactions including, but not limited to: material purchase commitments; agreements to mitigate collection risk; leases; utilities; and customs guarantees. Our senior revolving credit facility includes $40.0 million of availability for the issuance of letters of credit. A $0.2 million letter of credit was outstanding under our senior revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2014. We also had outstanding guarantees and letters of credit outside of our senior revolving credit facility of $6.3 million at December 31, 2014.

As part of securing financing in the normal course of business, we issued guarantees related to our capital lease obligations, equipment financing, lines of credit and real estate mortgages, which totaled approximately $113.3 million as of December 31, 2014. We are also a guarantor of SCI LLC’s non-collateralized loan with SMBC, which had a balance of $235.9 million as of December 31, 2014. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements found elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Based on historical experience and information currently available, we believe that in the foreseeable future we will not be required to make payments under the standby letters of credit or guarantee arrangements.

For our operating leases, we expect to make cash payments and incur similar expenses totaling $103.6 million as payments come due. We have not recorded any liability in connection with these operating leases, letters of credit and guarantee arrangements. See Note 12: “Commitments and Contingencies” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements found elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Contingencies

We are a party to a variety of agreements entered into in the ordinary course of business pursuant to which we may be obligated to indemnify other parties for certain liabilities that arise out of or relate to the subject matter of the agreements. Some of the agreements entered into by us require us to indemnify the other party against losses due to IP infringement, property damage including environmental contamination, personal injury, failure to comply with applicable laws, our negligence or willful misconduct, or breach of representations and warranties and covenants related to such matters as title to sold assets.

We face risk of exposure to warranty and product liability claims in the event that our products fail to perform as expected or such failure of our products results, or is alleged to result, in economic damages, bodily injury or property damage. In addition, if any of our designed products are alleged to be defective, we may be

 

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required to participate in their recall. Depending on the significance of any particular customer and other relevant factors, we may agree to provide more favorable rights to such customer for valid defective product claims.

We and our subsidiaries provide for indemnification of directors, officers and other persons in accordance with limited liability agreements, certificates of incorporation, by-laws, articles of association or similar organizational documents, as the case may be. We maintain directors’ and officers’ insurance, which should enable us to recover a portion of any future amounts paid.

While our future obligations under certain agreements may contain limitations on liability for indemnification, other agreements do not contain such limitations and under such agreements it is not possible to predict the maximum potential amount of future payments due to the conditional nature of our obligations and the unique facts and circumstances involved in each particular agreement. Historically, payments made by us under any of these indemnities have not had a material effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows, and we do not believe that any amounts that we may be required to pay under these indemnities in the future will be material to our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

See Part I, Item 3 “Legal Proceedings” and Note 12: “Commitments and Contingencies” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for possible contingencies related to legal matters. See also Part I, Item 1 “Business—Government Regulation” for information on certain environmental matters.

Sources and Uses of Cash

We require cash to fund our operating expenses and working capital requirements, including outlays for research and development, to make capital expenditures, for strategic acquisitions and investments, to repurchase our common stock and other Company securities, and to pay debt service, including principal and interest and capital lease payments. Our principal sources of liquidity are cash on hand, cash generated from operations and funds from external borrowings and equity issuances. In the near term, we expect to fund our primary cash requirements through cash generated from operations and cash and cash equivalents on hand, including short-term investments.

As part of our business strategy, we review acquisition and divestiture opportunities and proposals on a regular basis. On August 15, 2014, we completed the purchase of Aptina, for a total purchase price of approximately $405.4 million in cash, of which approximately $2.9 million remained unpaid and approximately $40.0 million was held in escrow as of December 31, 2014. On April 30, 2014, we completed the purchase of Truesense, for a total purchase price of approximately $95.7 million in cash. See Note 4: “Acquisitions” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements found elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

We believe that the key factors that could affect our internal and external sources of cash include:

 

   

Factors that affect our results of operations and cash flows, including the impact on our business and operations as a result of changes in demand for our products, competitive pricing pressures, effective management of our manufacturing capacity, our ability to achieve further reductions in operating expenses, the impact of our restructuring programs on our production and cost efficiency and our ability to make the research and development expenditures required to remain competitive in our business; and

 

   

Factors that affect our access to bank financing and the debt and equity capital markets that could impair our ability to obtain needed financing on acceptable terms or to respond to business opportunities and developments as they arise, including interest rate fluctuations, macroeconomic conditions, sudden reductions in the general availability of lending from banks or the related increase in cost to obtain bank financing, and our ability to maintain compliance with covenants under our debt agreements in effect from time to time.

 

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Our ability to service our long-term debt, including our 2.625% Notes, Series B, to remain in compliance with the various covenants contained in our debt agreements and to fund working capital, capital expenditures and business development efforts will depend on our ability to generate cash from operating activities, which is subject to, among other things, our future operating performance, as well as to general economic, financial, competitive, legislative, regulatory and other conditions, some of which may be beyond our control.

If we fail to generate sufficient cash from operations, we may need to raise additional equity or borrow additional funds to achieve our longer term objectives. There can be no assurance that such equity or borrowings will be available or, if available, will be at rates or prices acceptable to us. We believe that cash flow from operating activities coupled with existing cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and existing credit facilities will be adequate to fund our operating and capital needs, as well as enable us to maintain compliance with our various debt agreements, through at least the next twelve months. To the extent that results or events differ from our financial projections or business plans, our liquidity may be adversely impacted.

During the ordinary course of business, we evaluate our cash requirements and, if necessary, adjust our expenditures for inventory, operating expenditures and capital expenditures to reflect the current market conditions and our projected sales and demand. During 2014, we paid $204.3 million for capital expenditures, while in 2013 we paid $155.2 million. Our current projection for capital expenditures in 2015 is approximately $250 million to $270 million, of which our current minimum commitment is approximately $38.5 million. The capital expenditure levels can materially influence our available cash for other initiatives.

On October 10, 2013, we entered into an $800.0 million, five-year senior revolving credit facility. The new credit agreement amended and restated our prior agreement dated as of December 23, 2011 and significantly increased our liquidity as described under “Key Financing and Capital Events—2013 Financing Events—Amended and Restated Senior Revolving Credit Facility.” We borrowed approximately $350.0 million of the $800.0 million available under the new facility. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

On December 1, 2014, we announced a capital allocation policy (the “Capital Allocation Policy”) under which we intend to return approximately 80 percent of free cash flow less repayments of long-term debt to shareholders, subject to a variety of factors, including our strategic plans, market and economic conditions and the Board’s discretion. For the purposes of the Capital Allocation Policy, we define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment. We also announced the 2014 Share Repurchase Program pursuant to the Capital Allocation Policy. Under the 2014 Share Repurchase Program, we intend to repurchase approximately $1 billion of our common shares over a four year period, subject to the same factors and considerations described above. The 2014 Share Repurchase Program was effective December 1, 2014, and the $300 million 2012 Stock Repurchase Program was terminated on that date. See Part II, Item 5. “Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities” for additional information with respect to our share repurchase programs.

Cash Management

Our ability to manage cash is limited, as our primary cash inflows and outflows are dictated by the terms of our sales and supply agreements, contractual obligations, debt instruments and legal and regulatory requirements. While we have some flexibility with respect to the timing of capital equipment purchases, we must invest in capital equipment on a timely basis to allow us to maintain our manufacturing efficiency and support our platforms of new products.

 

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Primary Cash Flow Sources

Our long-term cash generation is dependent on the ability of our operations to generate cash. Our cash flows from operations is summarized as follows (in millions):

 

     For the year ended
December 31,
 
     2014     2013     2012  

Summarized cash flow from operating activities

      

Net income (loss)

   $ 192.1      $ 153.6      $ (92.9

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

      

Depreciation and amortization

     268.8        211.8        243.6   

Write-down of excess inventories

     40.6        51.9        51.9   

Non-cash share-based compensation expense

     45.8        32.3        20.5   

Non-cash interest

     7.0        11.2        23.4   

Non-cash asset impairment charges

     6.5        8.0        103.0   

Non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges

     9.6        —          49.5   

Non-cash foreign currency translation gain

     —          (21.0     —     

Change in deferred taxes

     (18.8     1.4        (1.9

Other

     1.8        (2.7     (1.2

Changes in assets and liabilities (exclusive of the impact of acquisitions):

      

Receivables

     20.5        (35.4     95.4   

Inventories

     (59.0     (88.3     (1.5

Accounts payable

     (17.3     6.6        (159.9

Deferred income on sales to distributors

     24.6        6.0        (37.5

Other long-term liabilities

     (15.5     (48.9     (12.4

Other changes in assets and liabilities

     (25.4     40.8        (4.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 481.3      $ 327.3      $ 276.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Our cash flows provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2014 increased by approximately $154.0 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2013. The increase is primarily attributable to higher net sales, cost savings realized from our previously enacted restructuring programs and lower cash outflows from our restructuring activities.

Our ability to maintain positive operating cash flows is dependent on, among other factors, our success in achieving our revenue goals and manufacturing and operating cost targets.

Our management of our assets and liabilities, including both working capital and long-term assets and liabilities, also influences our operating cash flows, and each of these components is discussed below.

Working Capital

Working capital, calculated as total current assets less total current liabilities, fluctuates depending on end-market demand and our effective management of certain items such as receivables, inventory and payables. In times of escalating demand, our working capital requirements may be affected as we purchase additional manufacturing materials and increase production. Our working capital may also be affected by restructuring programs, which may require us to use cash for severance payments, asset transfers and contract termination costs. In addition, our working capital may be affected by acquisitions, capital activities as part of our share repurchase programs and transactions involving our convertible notes and other debt instruments. Our working capital, including cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments, was $765.0 million at December 31, 2014 and has fluctuated between $913.1 million and $743.5 million over the last eight quarter-ends. Although investments made to fund working capital will reduce our cash balances, these investments are necessary to support business and operating initiatives. For the year ended December 31, 2014, our working capital was most

 

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significantly impacted by our capital expenditures, the acquisition of Aptina and Truesense, the repurchase of our common stock and the payments associated with our restructuring activities. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt,” Note 6: “Restructuring, Asset Impairments, and Other, net” and Note 9: “Earnings Per Share and Equity”of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Long-Term Assets and Liabilities

Our long-term assets consist primarily of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and goodwill.

Our manufacturing rationalization plans have included efforts to utilize our existing manufacturing assets and supply arrangements more efficiently. We believe that near-term access to additional manufacturing capacity, should it be required, could be readily obtained on reasonable terms through manufacturing agreements with third parties. We will continue to look for opportunities to make strategic purchases in the future for additional capacity.

Our long-term liabilities, excluding long-term debt, consist of liabilities under our foreign defined benefit pension plans and contingent tax reserves. In regard to our foreign defined benefit pension plans, generally, our annual funding of these obligations is equal to the minimum amount legally required in each jurisdiction in which the plans operate. This annual amount is dependent upon numerous actuarial assumptions. For additional information, see Note 11: “Employee Benefit Plans” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K and see Note 15: “Income Taxes” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

Key Financing and Capital Events

Overview

For the past several years, we have undertaken various measures to repurchase shares of our common stock, reduce our long-term debt, reduce related interest costs and, in some cases, extend a portion of our debt maturities to continue to provide us additional operating flexibility. Certain of these measures continued in 2014. Set forth below is a summary of certain key financing events affecting our capital structure during the last three years. For further discussion of our debt instruments see Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

2014 Financing Events

Share Repurchase Program

During the year ended December 31, 2014, we purchased approximately 13.9 million shares of our common stock pursuant to our share repurchase programs for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $121.0 million, exclusive of fees, commissions and other expenses, at a weighted-average execution price of $8.71 per share. See Part II, Item 5. “Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities” for additional information. See also See Note 9: “Earnings Per Share and Equity” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements under the heading “Equity—Share Repurchase Program” included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for information on the share repurchase programs.

Amounts Drawn on Amended and Restated Senior Revolving Credit Facility

During the third quarter of 2014, we drew an incremental amount of approximately $230.0 million to partially fund the purchase of Aptina. The outstanding balance of the facility as of December 31, 2014 was $350.0 million. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

 

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2013 Financing Events

Share Repurchase Program

During the year ended December 31, 2013, we purchased approximately 13.9 million shares of our common stock pursuant to our previously announced share repurchase program for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $101.3 million, exclusive of fees, commissions and other expenses, at a weighted-average execution price per share of $7.29. See Note 9: “Earnings Per Share and Equity” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements under the heading “Equity—Share Repurchase Program” included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information on the share repurchase program.

Convertible Note Exchange

During the year ended December 31, 2013, we exchanged $60.0 million in principal value ($57.4 million of carrying value) of our 2.625% Notes for $58.5 million in principal value of our 2.625% Notes, Series B, plus accrued and unpaid interest on the 2.625% Notes, resulting in a loss on debt repurchase of $3.1 million. Subject to certain other terms and conditions, this exchange extended the earliest put date for the exchanged amount from December 2013 to December 2016. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information. This exchange, along with the exchange in 2012 described below, was based on the exemption from registration in Section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Retirement of 1.875% and 2.625% Notes

On January 28, 2013, we settled the conversion obligation on the outstanding 1.875% Notes by delivering approximately $77.5 million in cash to the holders who tendered their 1.875% Notes for conversion. The excess $4.1 million over the $73.4 million in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the 1.875% Notes was attributable to the conversion feature for the 1.875% Notes. The settlement of the conversion obligation on January 28, 2013 resulted in the retirement of our obligation under the 1.875% Notes.

On December 20, 2013, we exercised our option to redeem all of our outstanding 2.625% Notes. As a result, we paid the gross principal amount of $72.6 million to the holders of the 2.625% Notes and retired the outstanding obligation.

Note Payable to SMBC

On January 31, 2013, we amended and restated our seven-year non-collateralized loan obligation with SANYO Electric. In connection with the amendment and restatement of the loan agreement, SANYO Electric assigned all of its rights under the loan agreement to SMBC.

See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Amended and Restated Senior Revolving Credit Facility

On October 10, 2013, we entered into an $800 million, five-year senior revolving credit facility (the “Facility”), the terms of which are set forth in an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of October 10, 2013 (the “Credit Agreement”). The Facility may be used for general corporate purposes, including working capital, stock repurchase, and/or acquisitions. The increase in amount of the Facility further enhances our profile and provides financial flexibility to support long-term business and financial objectives. Following entry into the Credit Agreement, we borrowed $120 million of the $800 million available under the Facility. The Facility includes $40 million of availability for the issuance of letters of credit, $15 million of availability for swingline loans for short-term borrowings and a foreign currency sublimit of $75 million. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

 

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2012 Financing Events

Share Repurchase Program

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we purchased approximately 8.8 million shares of our common stock under a share repurchase program for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $55.3 million, exclusive of fees, commissions and other expenses, at a weighted-average price per share of $6.26. See Note 9: “Earnings Per Share and Equity” under the heading “Equity—Share Repurchase Program” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Convertible Note Exchange

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we exchanged $99.9 million in par value ($92.8 million of carrying value) of our 2.625% Notes for $99.9 million in par value of our 2.625% Notes, Series B and $2.0 million in cash, resulting in a loss on debt repurchase of $7.8 million, which included the write-off of $0.6 million of unamortized debt issuance costs. Subject to certain other terms and conditions, this exchange extended the earliest put date for the exchanged amount from December 2013 to December 2016. See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Redemption of 1.875% Notes

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we redeemed approximately $21.6 million in aggregate principal value of our 1.875% Notes for approximately $21.6 million in cash.

Retirement of Zero Coupon Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2024

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we exercised a call option relating to our Zero Coupon Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2024. As a result, we paid the aggregate principal amount of $96.2 million to the holders of the notes and retired the outstanding obligation.

Debt Guarantees and Related Covenants

Our 2.625% Notes, Series B are subordinated to the senior indebtedness of ON Semiconductor Corporation and its guarantor subsidiaries, as defined in Note 20: “Guarantor and Non-Guarantor Statements” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K, on the terms described in the indentures for such notes. As of December 31, 2014, we believe that we were in compliance with the indentures relating to our 2.625% Notes, Series B and with covenants relating to our senior revolving credit facility and various other debt agreements.

See Note 8: “Long-Term Debt” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for additional information.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The accompanying discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations is based upon our audited consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. We believe certain of our accounting policies are critical to understanding our financial position and results of operations. We utilize the following critical accounting policies in the preparation of our financial statements.

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expenses during the reporting period. Significant estimates have been used by management in conjunction with the following: (i) measurement of valuation allowances relating to trade receivables, inventories and deferred tax assets; (ii) estimates of future payouts for customer incentives and allowances, warranties, and restructuring activities; (iii) assumptions surrounding future pension obligations; (iv) fair values of share-based compensation and of financial instruments (including derivative financial instruments); (v) evaluations of uncertain tax positions; (vi) estimates and assumptions used in connection with business combinations; and (vi) future cash flows used to assess and test for impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, if applicable. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

Revenue. We generate revenue from sales of our semiconductor products to OEMs, electronic manufacturing service providers and distributors. We also generate revenue, although to a much lesser extent, from manufacturing services provided to customers. Distributor revenue is recognized in various ways within the industry, dependent on the facts and circumstances of the arrangement with distributors. Some entities recognize revenue upon sale to the distributor, while others, like us, recognize revenue when the sale is made to the end customer, where the facts and circumstances of the distributor arrangements allow for such recognition. Additionally, there can often be a lag in the data collection from distributors, which may have an effect on our revenue recognition. Due to our high distributor sales, revenue recognition is a critical accounting policy.

We recognize revenue on sales to OEMs, distributors that are not entitled to returns and allowances, and electronic manufacturing service providers, net of provisions for related sales returns and allowances, when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, title and risk of loss pass to the customer (which is generally upon shipment), the price is fixed or determinable and collectability is reasonably assured.

For products sold to distributors who are entitled to returns and allowances, we recognize the related revenue and cost of revenues when we are informed by the distributor that it has resold the products to the end-user. As a result of our inability to reliably estimate up front the effects of the returns and allowances with these distributors, we defer the related revenue and gross margin on sales to these distributors until we are informed by the distributor that the products have been resold to the end-user, at which point the ultimate sales price is known. Although payment terms vary, most distributor agreements require payment within 30 days.

Taxes assessed by government authorities on revenue-producing transactions, including value added and excise taxes, are presented on a net basis (excluded from revenues) in the statement of operations.

Sales returns and allowances are estimated based on historical experience. Our OEM customers do not have the right to return our products, other than pursuant to the provisions of our standard warranty. Sales to distributors, however, are typically made pursuant to agreements that provide return rights with respect to discontinued or slow-moving products. Under our general agreements, distributors are allowed to return any product that we have removed from our price book. In addition, agreements with our distributors typically contain standard stock rotation provisions permitting limited levels of product returns. However, since we defer recognition of revenue and gross profit on sales to distributors until the distributor resells the product due to our inability to reliably estimate up front the effect of the returns and allowances with these distributors, sales returns and allowances have minimal impact on our results of operations. Provisions for discounts and rebates to customers, estimated returns and allowances, and other adjustments are provided for in the same period the related revenues are recognized, and are netted against revenues. We review warranty and related claims activity and record provisions, as necessary.

We generally warrant that products sold to our customers will, at the time of shipment be free from defects in workmanship and materials and conform to our specifications. Subject to certain exceptions, our standard warranty extends for a period of two years. At the time revenue is recognized, we establish an accrual for estimated warranty expenses associated with our sales, recorded as a component of cost of revenues. In addition, we also offer cash discounts to certain customers for payments received by us within an agreed upon time, generally 10 days after shipment. We accrue reserves for cash discounts as a reduction to accounts receivable and a reduction to revenues, based on experience with each customer.

 

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Freight and handling costs are included in the cost of revenues and are recognized as period expenses during the period in which they are incurred.

Inventories. We carry our inventories at the lower of standard cost (which approximates actual cost on a first-in, first-out basis) or market and record provisions for potential excess and obsolete inventories based upon a regular analysis of inventory on hand compared to historical and projected end-user demand. These provisions can influence our results from operations. For example, when demand falls for a given part, all or a portion of the related inventory which is considered to be in excess of anticipated demand is reserved, impacting our cost of revenues and gross profit. If demand recovers and the parts previously reserved are sold, we will generally recognize a higher than normal margin. However, the majority of product inventory that has been previously reserved is ultimately discarded. Although we do sell some products that have previously been written down, such sales have historically been relatively consistent on a quarterly basis and the related impact on our margins has not been material.

Deferred Tax Valuation Allowance. We record a valuation allowance to reduce our deferred tax assets to the amount that is more likely than not to be realized. In determining the amount of the valuation allowance, we consider estimated future taxable income as well as feasible tax planning strategies in each taxing jurisdiction in which we operate. If we determine that it is more likely than not that we will not realize all or a portion of our remaining deferred tax assets, we will increase our valuation allowance with a charge to income tax expense. Conversely, if we determine that we will more likely than not be able to utilize all or a portion of the deferred tax assets for which a valuation allowance has been provided, the related portion of the valuation allowance will be released to income as a credit to income tax expense. We maintain a valuation allowance for our domestic deferred tax assets and most of our foreign deferred tax assets.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets. We evaluate the recoverability of the carrying amount of our property, plant and equipment and intangible assets whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset group may not be fully recoverable. Impairment is first assessed when the undiscounted expected cash flows derived for an asset group are less than its carrying amount. Impairment losses are measured as the amount by which the carrying value of an asset group exceeds its fair value and are recognized in operating results. We continually apply our best judgment when applying these impairment rules to determine the timing of the impairment test, the undiscounted cash flows used to assess impairments and the fair value of an impaired asset group. The dynamic economic environment in which we operate and the resulting assumptions used to estimate future cash flows impact the outcome of our impairment tests. In recent years, most of our asset groups that have been impaired consist of assets that were ultimately abandoned, sold or otherwise disposed of due to cost reduction activities and the consolidation of our manufacturing facilities. In some instances, these assets have subsequently been sold for amounts higher than their impaired value with related gains recorded in the restructuring, asset impairment and other, net line item in our consolidated statement of operations and disclosed in the footnotes to the financial statements.

Goodwill. We evaluate our goodwill for potential impairment annually during the fourth quarter and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value of goodwill may not be recoverable. Determining the fair value of our reporting units is subjective in nature and involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions including projected net cash flows, discount and long-term growth rates. We determine the fair value of our reporting units based on an income approach, whereby the fair value of the reporting unit is derived from the present value of estimated future cash flows. Estimates of the future cash flows associated with the businesses are critical to these assessments. The assumptions about future conditions include factors such as future revenues, gross profits, operating expenses, and industry trends. Changes in these estimates based on evolving economic conditions or business strategies could result in material impairment charges in future periods. We consider other valuation methods, such as the cost approach or market approach, if it is determined that these methods provide a more representative approximation of fair value. We base our fair value estimates on assumptions we believe to be reasonable. Actual future results may differ from those estimates. We consider historical rates and current market conditions when determining the discount and growth rates to use in our analysis.

 

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The first step of the goodwill impairment test compares the fair value of the reporting unit to its carrying value. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds the carrying value of the net assets associated with that unit, goodwill is not considered impaired and we are not required to perform further testing. If the carrying value of the net assets associate with the reporting unit exceeds the fair value of the reporting unit, then we must perform the second step of the goodwill impairment test in order to determine the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill. If, during this second step, we determine that the carrying value of a reporting unit’s goodwill exceeds its implied fair value, we would record an impairment loss equal to the difference.

We have determined that our product families, which are components of our operating segments, constitute reporting units for purposes of allocating and testing goodwill. Our product families are one level below the operating segments, constituting individual businesses with our segment management conducting regular reviews of the operating results for each product family. As of each acquisition date, all goodwill acquired was assigned to the product families that were expected to benefit from the synergies of the respective acquisition. The amount of goodwill assigned to each reporting unit was the difference between the fair value of the acquired business included in a reporting unit and the fair value of identifiable assets and liabilities allocated to the reporting unit as of the acquisition date.

Our next annual test for impairment is expected to be performed on the first day of the fourth quarter of 2015; however, identification of a triggering event may result in the need for earlier reassessments of the recoverability of our goodwill and may result in material impairment charges in future periods.

Defined Benefit Pension Plans and Related Benefits. We maintain defined benefit pension plans covering certain of our non-U.S. employees. For financial reporting purposes, net periodic pension costs and estimated withdrawal liabilities are determined based upon a number of actuarial assumptions, including discount rates for plan obligations, assumed rates of return on pension plan assets and assumed rates of compensation increase for employees participating in the plans. These assumptions are based upon management’s judgment and consultation with actuaries, considering all known trends and uncertainties. Actual results that differ from these assumptions impact the expense recognition and cash funding requirements of our pension plans. As of December 31, 2014, a one percentage point change in the discount rate utilized to determine our continuing foreign pension liabilities and expense for our continuing foreign defined benefit plans would have impacted our results by approximately $35.0 million.

Contingencies. We are involved in a variety of legal matters that arise in the normal course of business. Based on the available information, we evaluate the relevant range and likelihood of potential outcomes and we record the appropriate liability when the amount is deemed probable and reasonably estimable.

For a further listing and discussion of our accounting policies, see Note 2: “Significant Accounting Policies” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

For a discussion of recent accounting pronouncements, see Note 3: “Recent Accounting Pronouncements” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

Item 7A.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

We are exposed to financial market risks, including changes in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates. To mitigate these risks, we utilize derivative financial instruments. We do not use derivative financial instruments for speculative or trading purposes.

At December 31, 2014, our long-term debt (including current maturities) totaled $1,192.6 million. We have no interest rate exposure to rate changes on our fixed rate debt, which totaled $446.8 million. We do have interest rate exposure with respect to the $745.8 million balance on our variable interest rate debt outstanding as of

 

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December 31, 2014. A 50 basis point increase in interest rates would impact our expected annual interest expense for the next twelve months by approximately $3.7 million. However, some of this impact would be offset by additional interest earned on our cash and cash equivalents should rates on deposits and investments also increase.

To ensure the adequacy and effectiveness of our foreign exchange hedge positions, we continually monitor our foreign exchange forward positions, both on a stand-alone basis and in conjunction with their underlying foreign currency exposures, from an accounting and economic perspective. However, given the inherent limitations of forecasting and the anticipatory nature of exposures intended to be hedged, we cannot assure that such programs will offset more than a portion of the adverse financial impact resulting from unfavorable movements in foreign exchange rates.

We are subject to risks associated with transactions that are denominated in currencies other than our functional currencies, as well as the effects of translating amounts denominated in a foreign currency to the United States Dollar as a normal part of the reporting process. Our Japanese operations utilize Japanese Yen as the functional currency, which results in a translation adjustment that is included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income.

We enter into forward foreign currency contracts that economically hedge the gains and losses generated by the re-measurement of certain recorded assets and liabilities in a non-functional currency. Changes in the fair value of these undesignated hedges are recognized in other income and expense immediately as an offset to the changes in the fair value of the assets or liabilities being hedged. The notional amount of foreign exchange contracts at December 31, 2014 and 2013 was $145.7 million and $101.7 million, respectively. Our policies prohibit speculation on financial instruments, trading in currencies for which there are no underlying exposures, or entering into trades for any currency to intentionally increase the underlying exposure.

Substantially all of our revenue is transacted in U.S. dollars. However, a significant amount of our operating expenditures and capital purchases are transacted in local currencies, including Japanese Yen, Euros, Malaysian ringgit, Philippines peso, Singapore dollars, Swiss francs, Chinese renminbi, and Czech koruna. Due to the materiality of our transactions in these local currencies, our results are impacted by changes in currency exchange rates measured against the U.S. dollar. For example, we determined that based on a hypothetical weighted-average change of 10% in currency exchange rates, our results would have impacted our income before taxes by approximately $66.0 million as of December 31, 2014, assuming no offsetting hedge positions.

See Note 14: “Financial Instruments” of the notes to the audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Form 10-K for further information with respect to our hedging activity.

Item 8.    Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

Our consolidated Financial Statements listed in the index appearing under Part IV, Item 15(a)(1) of this report and the Financial Statement Schedule listed in the index appearing under Part IV, Item 15(a)(2) of this report are filed as part of this report and are incorporated herein by reference in this Item 8.

Item 9.    Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

None.

Item 9A.    Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures.

We carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) of the Exchange Act. Based upon that evaluation, our

 

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Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of the end of the period covered in this report, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports filed under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the required time periods and is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.

On August 15, 2014, we acquired Aptina, which operated under its own set of systems and internal controls. We are separately maintaining Aptina’s systems and much of its control environment until we are able to incorporate Aptina’s processes into our own systems and control environment. We currently expect to complete the integration of Aptina’s operations into our systems and control environment by the end of the year ended December 31, 2015.

On April 30, 2014, we acquired Truesense, which operated under its own set of systems and internal controls. We are separately maintaining Truesense’s control environment until we are able to incorporate Truesense’s processes into our own control environment. We currently expect to complete the integration of Truesense’s control environment by the end of the year ended December 31, 2015.

Other than as described above, there have been no changes to our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) that occurred during the quarter ended December 31, 2014 which have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)). Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies and procedures may deteriorate.

Our management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014. In making this assessment, we used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) in Internal Control—Integrated Framework 2013. We have concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2014.

Management’s assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014 excluded Aptina, which was acquired by the Company on August 15, 2014, and Truesense which was acquired on April 30, 2014. Total excluded assets of Aptina as of December 31, 2014 represent approximately 5% of consolidated assets, and Aptina’s revenues for the period from August 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 represents approximately 7% of consolidated revenues. Total excluded assets for Truesense as of December 31, 2014 represents less than 1% of consolidated assets, and Truesense revenues for the period from April 30, 2014 through December 31, 2014 represents approximately 2% of consolidated revenues.

The effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which appears in Part IV, Item 15 “Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules” of this report.

Item 9B.    Other Information

None.

 

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Part III

 

Item 10.    Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

The information under the heading “Executive Officers of the Registrant” in Part I, Item 1 of this Form 10-K is incorporated by reference into this section. Information concerning directors and persons nominated to become directors and executive officers is incorporated by reference from the text under the captions “Management Proposals—Proposal 1—Election of Directors,” “The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance,” “Section 16(a) Reporting Compliance” and “Miscellaneous Information—Stockholder Nominations and Proposals” in our Proxy Statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after our year ended December 31, 2014 in connection with our 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (“Proxy Statement”).

Code of Business Conduct

Information concerning our Code of Business Conduct is incorporated by reference from the text under the caption “The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance—Code of Business Conduct” in our Proxy Statement.

 

Item 11.    Executive Compensation

Information concerning executive compensation is incorporated by reference from the text under the captions “The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance—Compensation of Directors,” “Compensation of Executive Officers,” “Compensation Committee Report,” “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” and “Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation” in our Proxy Statement.

The information incorporated by reference under the caption “Compensation Committee Report” in our Proxy Statement shall be deemed furnished, and not filed, in this Form 10-K and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, or the Exchange Act, as a result of this furnishing, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference.

 

Item 12.    Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

Information concerning security ownership of certain beneficial owners and management is incorporated by reference from the text under the captions “Principal Stockholders” and “Share Ownership of Directors and Officers” in our Proxy Statement.

Share-Based Compensation Plan Information

The following table sets forth share-based compensation plan information as of December 31, 2014:

 

     Number of
Securities to be
Issued Upon
Exercise of
Outstanding
Options, Warrants
and Rights
    Weighted-Average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding
Options, Warrants
and Rights (4)
    Number of Securities
Remaining Available
for Future Issuance
Under Equity
Compensation Plans
(Excluding Securities
Reflected in Column
(a))
 

Plan Category

     (a)        (b)        (c)   

Share-Based Compensation Plans Approved By Security Holders (1)

     16,696,956  (3)    $ 7.74        38,080,846  (5) 

Share-Based Compensation Plans Not Approved By Security Holders (2)

     830,675       $ 8.55        —      
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     17,527,631           38,080,846    

 

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(1) Consists of the ON Semiconductor Corporation 2000 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2000 SIP”), the Amended and Restated SIP and the ESPP.

 

(2) We have assumed awards in accordance with applicable NASDAQ listing standards under the AMIS Holdings, Inc. Amended and Restated 2000 Equity Incentive Plan, which has not been approved by our stockholders, but which was approved by AMIS stockholders. We have also assumed awards in accordance with applicable NASDAQ listing standards under the following plans, which have not been approved by our stockholders but which were approved by Catalyst stockholders: the Catalyst Options Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan; and the Catalyst 1998 Special Equity Incentive Plan. We have also assumed awards in accordance with applicable NASDAQ listing standards under the following plans, which have not been approved by our stockholders but which were approved by CMD stockholders: the California Micro Devices Corporation 2004 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan; the California Micro Devices Corporation 1995 Employee Stock Option Plan; and options granted under agreements between California Micro Devices and certain employees. Also included are shares that were added to the 2000 SIP as a result of the assumption of the number of shares remaining available for grant under the AMIS Holdings, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan and AMIS Holdings Inc. Amended and Restated 2000 Equity Incentive Plan.

 

(3) Includes 8,733,159 shares of common stock subject to time-based and performance-based restricted stock units, (collectively “RSUs”), which entitle each holder to one share of common stock for each unit that vests over the holder’s period of continued service or based on the achievement of certain performance criteria. This amount excludes purchase rights accruing under the ESPP that has a shareholder approved reserve of 18,000,000 shares.

 

(4) Calculated without taking into account shares of common stock subject to outstanding RSUs that will become issuable as those units vest, without any cash consideration or other payment required for such shares.

 

(5) Includes 2,927,948 shares of common stock reserved for future issuance under the ESPP and 35,152,898 shares of common stock available for issuance under the Amended and Restated SIP, as adjusted to account for full value awards which reduce the shares of common stock available for future issuance at a fungible ratio of 1:1.58 for each full value award previously awarded pursuant to the plan document. The 2000 SIP terminated on February 17, 2010, and, accordingly, there are no available shares for future grants under the 2000 SIP as of December 31, 2014. However, if an award under the Amended and Restated SIP or under the 2000 SIP is forfeited, terminated, canceled, expires or is paid in cash, the shares subject to such award, to the extent of the forfeiture, termination, cancellation, expiration or cash payment, may be added back to the shares available for issuance under the Amended and Restated SIP on a one for one basis for options and stock appreciation rights and on the basis of 1.58 to one for other awards.

Item 13.    Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

Information concerning certain relationships and related transactions involving us and certain others is incorporated by reference from the text under the captions “Management Proposals—Proposal No. 1—Election of Directors,” “The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance,” “Compensation of Executive Officers” and “Relationships and Related Transactions” in our Proxy Statement.

Item 14.    Principal Accountant Fees and Services

Information concerning principal accounting fees and services is incorporated by reference from the text under the caption “Management Proposals—Proposal No. 3—Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm—Audit and Related Fees” in our Proxy Statement.

 

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Part IV

Item 15.    Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

 

  (a) The following documents are filed as part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K:

 

  (1) Consolidated Financial Statements:

 

ON Semiconductor Corporation and Subsidiaries Consolidated Financial Statements:

  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     81   

Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013

     83   

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income for the years ended December  31, 2014, 2013 and 2012

     84   

Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended December  31, 2014, 2013 and 2012

     85   

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012

     86   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     87   

(2)    Consolidated Financial Statement Schedule:

  
Schedule II—Valuation and Qualifying Accounts      153   

All other schedules are omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is shown in the financial statements or related notes

 

  (3) Exhibits:

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX*

 

Exhibit No.

 

Exhibit Description

  2.1   Reorganization Agreement, dated as of May 11, 1999, among Motorola, Inc., SCG Holding Corporation and Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 2.1 to Registration Statement No. 333-90359 filed with the Commission on November 5, 1999)†
  2.2(a)   Agreement and Plan of Recapitalization and Merger, as amended, dated as of May 11, 1999, among SCG Holding Corporation, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, Motorola, Inc., TPG Semiconductor Holdings LLC, and TPG Semiconductor Acquisition Corp. (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 2.2 to Registration Statement No. 333-90359 filed with the Commission on November 5, 1999)†
  2.2(b)   Amendment No. 1 to Agreement and Plan of Recapitalization and Merger, dated as of July 28, 1999, among SCG Holding Corporation, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, Motorola, Inc., TPG Semiconductor Holdings LLC, and TPG Semiconductor Acquisition Corp. (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 2.3 to Registration Statement No. 333-90359 filed with the Commission on November 5, 1999)†
  2.3(a)   Purchase Agreement by and among ON Semiconductor Corporation, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. dated July 15, 2010 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on November 4, 2010)†
  2.4(b)   Amendment No. 1 to Purchase Agreement by and among ON Semiconductor Corporation, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. dated November 30, 2010 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on January 6, 2011)†
  2.5   Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among ON Semiconductor Benelux B.V., Alpine Acquisition Sub, Aptina, Inc. and Fortis Advisors LLC, as Equityholder Representative, dated as of June 9, 2014 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 1, 2014)
  3.1   Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of ON Semiconductor Corporation, as further amended through March 26, 2008 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s First Quarter 2008 Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 7, 2008)
  3.2   Certificate of Amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on June 3, 2014)
  3.3   By-Laws of ON Semiconductor Corporation as Amended and Restated on November 21, 2013 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on November 25, 2013)
  4.1   Specimen of share certificate of Common Stock, par value $0.01, ON Semiconductor Corporation (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on March 10, 2004)
  4.2(a)   Indenture regarding the 2.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2026, dated as of December 15, 2006, among ON Semiconductor Corporation, the Note Guarantors named therein and Deutsche Trust Company Americas (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on December 20, 2006)

 

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Exhibit No.

 

Exhibit Description

    4.2(b)   Indenture regarding the 2.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2026, Series B, dated as of December 15, 2011 among the ON Semiconductor Corporation, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Trustee (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on December 19, 2011)
    4.2(c)   Form of Note for the 2.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2026 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.2 (Exhibit A to Exhibit 4.1) to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on December 20, 2006)
    4.2(d)   Form of Note for the 2.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2026, Series B (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.2 (Exhibit A to Exhibit 4.1) to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on December 19, 2011)
    4.2(e)   Registration Rights Agreement for the 2.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2026, dated as of December 15, 2006, among ON Semiconductor Corporation and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse (USA) LLC, Lehman Brothers Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc. (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on December 20, 2006)
    4.3   Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of January 31, 2013 among Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, ON Semiconductor Corporation the Lenders party hereto and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 3, 2013)
  10.1   Stock Purchase Agreement dated March 8, 2000 among Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, SCG Holding Corporation and The Cherry Corporation (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.3 to Amendment No. 2 to Registration Statement No. 333-30670 filed with the Commission on April 7, 2000)
  10.2   Amended and Restated Intellectual Property Agreement, dated August 4, 1999, among Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and Motorola, Inc. (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.5 to Amendment No. 1 to the Registration Statement No. 333-90359 filed with the Commission on January 11, 2000)††
  10.3   Lease for 52nd Street property, dated July 31, 1999, among Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC as Lessor, and Motorola Inc. as Lessee (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.16 to Registration Statement No. 333-90359 filed with the Commission on November 5, 1999)
  10.4   Declaration of Covenants, Easement of Restrictions and Options to Purchase and Lease, dated July 31, 1999, among Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and Motorola, Inc. (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.17 to Registration Statement No. 333-90359 filed with the Commission on November 5, 1999)
  10.5(a)   Joint Venture Contract for Leshan-Phoenix Semiconductor Company Limited, amended and restated on April 20, 2006 between SCG (China) Holding Corporation (a subsidiary of ON Semiconductor Corporation) and Leshan Radio Company Ltd. (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on July 28, 2006)
  10.5(b)   Amendment Agreement, dated September 29, 2014, to Joint Venture Contract for Leshan-Phoenix Semiconductor Company Limited between ON Semiconductor (China) Holding, LLC (a subsidiary of ON Semiconductor Corporation) and Leshan Radio Company Ltd. (1)

 

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Exhibit No.

 

Exhibit Description

  10.6(a)   Credit Agreement by and between ON Semiconductor Corporation, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, the lenders party thereto, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, Bank of America, N.A. and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc as Co-Syndication Agents, dated as of December 23, 2011(incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.6 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 22, 2012)
  10.6(b)   Amendment No. 1 to the Credit Agreement by and between ON Semiconductor Corporation, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, the lenders party thereto, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, dated as of June 28, 2012 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 3, 2012)
  10.6(c)   Amended and Restated Credit Agreement by and among ON Semiconductor Corporation, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, the lenders party thereto, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, and Bank of America, N.A., The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as Co-Syndication Agents, dated as of October 10, 2013 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 1, 2014)
  10.7(a)   Stock Incentive Plan as amended and restated May 19, 2004 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.7 of the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 6, 2004)(2)
  10.7(b)   Amendment to the ON Semiconductor Corporation 2000 Stock Incentive Plan, dated May 16, 2007 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 1, 2007)(2)
  10.7(c)   ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-8 No. 333-166958 filed with the Commission on May 19, 2010)(2)
  10.7(d)   First Amendment to the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 3, 2012)(2)
  10.7(e)   2000 Stock Incentive Plan-non-qualified stock option agreement (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.35(d) to Amendment No. 1 to Registration Statement No. 333-30670 filed with the Commission on March 24, 2000)(2)
  10.7(f)   Non-qualified Stock Option Agreement for Senior Vice Presidents and Above (form of agreement) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.5 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on February 16, 2005)(2)
  10.7(g)   Non-qualified Stock Option Agreement for Directors (form of standard agreement) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on February 16, 2005)(2)
  10.7(h)   Non-qualified Stock Option Agreement for Directors for the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (form of standard agreement) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 5, 2010)(2)
  10.7(i)   Non-qualified Stock Option Agreement for Senior Vice Presidents and Above for the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (form of standard agreement) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 5, 2010)(2)

 

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Exhibit No.

 

Exhibit Description

  10.7(j)   Restricted Stock Units Award Agreement for Senior Vice Presidents and Above for the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (form of standard agreement) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 5, 2010)(2)
  10.7(k)   Stock Grant Award Agreement for Directors under the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (form of standard Stock Grant Award for Non-employee Directors) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 6, 2011)(2)
  10.7(l)   Performance Based Restricted Stock Units Award Agreement under the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (form of Performance Based Award for Senior Vice Presidents and Above) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 6, 2011)(2)
  10.7(m)   Performance Based Restricted Stock Units Award Agreement under the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (form of Performance Based Award for Senior Vice Presidents and Above) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 4, 2012)(2)
  10.7(n)   Performance Based Restricted Stock Units Award Agreement under the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (2013 form of Performance Based Award for Senior Vice Presidents and Above) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 3, 2013)(2)
  10.8(a)   ON Semiconductor Corporation 2000 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated as of May 20, 2009 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (No. 333-159381) filed with the Commission on May 21, 2009)(2)
  10.8(b)   Amendment to the ON Semiconductor Corporation 2000 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended as of May 15, 2013 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 2, 2013)(2)
  10.9(a)   ON Semiconductor 2002 Executive Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 9, 2002)(2)
  10.9(b)   ON Semiconductor 2007 Executive Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference from Appendix B of Schedule 14A filed with the Commission on April 11, 2006)(2)
  10.9(c)   First Amendment to the ON Semiconductor 2007 Executive Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on August 22, 2007)(2)
  10.10(a)   Employee Incentive Plan January 2002 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 of the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 9, 2002)(2)
  10.10(b)   First Amendment to the ON Semiconductor 2002 Employee Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on August 22, 2007)(2)
  10.11(a)   Employment Agreement, dated as of November 10, 2002, between ON Semiconductor Corporation and Keith Jackson (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.50(a) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on March 25, 2003)(2)
  10.11(b)   Letter Agreement dated as of November 19, 2002, between ON Semiconductor Corporation and Keith Jackson (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.50(b) to the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Commission on March 25, 2003)(2)

 

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Exhibit No.

 

Exhibit Description

  10.11(c)   Amendment No. 2 to Employment Agreement between ON Semiconductor Corporation and Keith Jackson dated as of March 21, 2003 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.18(c) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 22, 2006)(2)
  10.11(d)   Amendment No. 3 to Employment Agreement between ON Semiconductor Corporation and Keith Jackson dated as of May 19, 2005 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 in the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 3, 2005)(2)
  10.11(e)   Amendment No. 4 to Employment Agreement between ON Semiconductor Corporation and Keith Jackson dated as of February 14, 2006 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on February 17, 2006)(2)
  10.11(f)   Amendment No. 5 to Employment Agreement between ON Semiconductor Corporation and Keith Jackson executed on September 1, 2006 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on September 8, 2006)(2)
  10.11(g)   Amendment No. 6 to Employment Agreement with Keith Jackson executed on April 23, 2008 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 6, 2008)(2)
  10.11(h)   Amendment No. 7 to Employment Agreement with Keith Jackson executed on April 30, 2009 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 7, 2009)(2)
  10.11(i)   Amendment No. 8 to Employment Agreement with Keith Jackson executed on March 24, 2010 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Corporation’s Form 10- Q filed with the Commission on May 5, 2010)(2)
  10.12(a)   Employment Agreement, effective May 26, 2005, between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and George H. Cave (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on May 27, 2005)(2)
  10.12(b)   Amendment No. 1 to Employment Agreement with George H. Cave executed on April 23, 2008 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.5 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on August 6, 2008)(2)
  10.12(c)   Amendment No. 2 to Employment Agreement with George H. Cave executed on April 30, 2009 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.8 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 7, 2009)(2)
  10.12(d)   Amendment No. 3 to Employment Agreement with George H. Cave executed on March 24, 2010 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.6 to the Corporation’s Form 10- Q filed with the Commission on May 5, 2010)(2)
  10.13   Employment Agreement by and between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and Bill Hall, dated as of April 23, 2006 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 7, 2009)(2)
  10.14   Employment Agreement by and between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and Bernard Gutmann, dated as of September 26, 2012 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on September 27, 2012)(2)
  10.15   Employment Agreement by and between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and Robert Klosterboer, dated as of March 14, 2008 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.16 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 21, 2014)(2)

 

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Exhibit No.

 

Exhibit Description

  10.16(a)   Amended and Restated AMIS Holdings, Inc. 2000 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 to AMIS Holdings, Inc. Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on November 12, 2003)(2)
  10.16(b)   Form of 2000 Equity Incentive Plan Stock Option Agreement (Nonstatutory Stock Option Agreement) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to AMIS Holdings, Inc. Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on February 7, 2005)(2)
  10.16(c)   Form of U.S. Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to AMIS Holdings, Inc. Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on November 9, 2006)(2)
  10.17   Performance Based Restricted Stock Units Award Agreement under the ON Semiconductor Corporation Amended and Restated Stock Incentive Plan (2014 form of performance based award for Senior Vice Presidents and above) (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 2, 2014)(2)
  10.18   Employment Agreement, effective January 7, 2013, between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and Mamoon Rashid (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 2, 2014)(2)
  10.19   International Assignment Letter of Understanding, effective January 7, 2013, by and among Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, SANYO Semiconductor Co., Ltd. and Mamoon Rashid (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 2, 2014)(2)
  10.20   Retention Bonus Agreement, effective January 7, 2013, by and among Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, SANYO Semiconductor Co., Ltd. and Mamoon Rashid (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 2, 2014)(2)
  10.21   Employment Agreement between Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC and William Schromm dated as of August 25, 2014 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 from the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on August 25, 2014)(2)
  14.1   ON Semiconductor Corporation Code of Business Conduct effective as of 2015 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 14 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on February 18, 2015)
  21.1   List of Significant Subsidiaries(1)
  23.1   Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm-PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP(1)
  24.1   Powers of Attorney(1)
  31.1   Certification by CEO pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002(1)
  31.2   Certification by CFO pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002(1)
  32   Certification by CEO and CFO pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002(3)
101.INS   XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

 

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Exhibit Description

101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

* Reports filed under the Securities Exchange Act (Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K) are filed under File No. 000-30419.

 

(1) Filed herewith.

 

(2) Management contract or compensatory plan, contract or arrangement.

 

(3) Furnished herewith.

 

Schedules or other attachments to these exhibits not filed herewith shall be furnished to the Commission upon request.

 

†† Portions of these exhibits have been omitted pursuant to a request for confidential treatment.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

February 27, 2015

 

ON Semiconductor Corporation
By:  

 /s/ KEITH D. JACKSON

Name:   Keith D. Jackson
Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

  

Titles

 

Date

/s/     KEITH D. JACKSON

Keith D. Jackson

   President, Chief Executive Officer and Director (Principal Executive Officer)   February 27, 2015

/s/     BERNARD GUTMANN

Bernard Gutmann

   Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)   February 27, 2015

*

J. Daniel McCranie

   Chairman of the Board of Directors   February 27, 2015

*

Atsushi Abe

  

Director

 

February 27, 2015

*

Curtis J. Crawford

  

Director

 

February 27, 2015

*

Bernard L. Han

  

Director

 

February 27, 2015

*

Emmanuel T. Hernandez

  

Director

 

February 27, 2015

*

Paul A. Mascarenas

  

Director

 

February 27, 2015

*

Daryl A. Ostrander

  

Director

 

February 27, 2015

*

Teresa M. Ressel

  

Director

 

February 27, 2015

*By:  

/s/ BERNARD GUTMANN

Bernard Gutmann

           Attorney in Fact       February 27, 2015

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of

ON Semiconductor Corporation:

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)(1) present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of ON Semiconductor Corporation (the “Company”) and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2014 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)(2) presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework 2013 issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

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As described in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A, management has excluded Aptina, Inc. (“Aptina”) and Truesense Imaging, Inc. (“Truesense”) from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014 because they were acquired by the Company in a purchase business combination during 2014. We have also excluded Aptina and Truesense from our audit of internal control over financial reporting. Aptina and Truesense are wholly-owned subsidiaries whose total assets represent 5% and less than 1%, respectively, and total revenues represent 7% and 2%, respectively, of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 31, 2014.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Phoenix, Arizona

February 27, 2015

 

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(in millions, except share and per share data)

 

     December 31,
2014
    December 31,
2013
 
Assets             

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 511.7      $ 509.5   

Short-term investments

     6.1        116.2   

Receivables, net

     417.5        383.4   

Inventories

     729.9        608.8   

Other current assets

     140.6        89.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     1,805.8        1,707.2   

Property, plant and equipment, net

     1,203.9        1,074.2   

Goodwill

     264.7        184.6   

Intangible assets, net

     457.6        223.4   

Other assets

     91.0        104.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 3,823.0      $ 3,293.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities, Non-Controlling Interest and Stockholders’ Equity

    

Accounts payable

   $ 378.2      $ 276.8   

Accrued expenses

     287.9        220.3   

Deferred income on sales to distributors

     165.1        140.5   

Current portion of long-term debt (see Note 8)

     209.6        181.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     1,040.8        819.2   

Long-term debt (see Note 8)

     983.0        760.6   

Other long-term liabilities

     151.8        190.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     2,175.6        1,770.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (See Note 12)

    

ON Semiconductor Corporation stockholders’ equity:

    

Common stock ($0.01 par value, 750,000,000 shares authorized, 524,615,562 and 515,888,942 shares issued, 434,100,017 and 440,250,288 shares outstanding, respectively)

     5.2        5.2   

Additional paid-in capital

     3,281.2        3,210.8   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (41.5     (47.4

Accumulated deficit

     (915.6     (1,105.3

Less: treasury stock, at cost; 90,515,545 and 75,638,654 shares, respectively

     (702.8     (572.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total ON Semiconductor Corporation stockholders’ equity

     1,626.5        1,490.8   

Non-controlling interest in consolidated subsidiary

     20.9        32.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     1,647.4        1,523.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 3,823.0      $ 3,293.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in millions, except per share data)

 

     Year ended December 31,  
     2014     2013     2012  

Revenues

   $ 3,161.8      $ 2,782.7      $ 2,894.9   

Cost of revenues (exclusive of amortization shown below)

     2,076.9        1,853.6        1,948.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     1,084.9        929.1        946.3   

Operating expenses:

      

Research and development

     366.6        334.2        367.5   

Selling and marketing

     200.0        171.2        180.9   

General and administrative

     180.9        148.5        160.6   

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

     68.4        33.1        44.4   

Restructuring, asset impairments and other, net

     30.5        33.2        163.7   

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment

     9.6        —          49.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     856.0        720.2        966.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     228.9        208.9        (20.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expenses), net:

      

Interest expense

     (34.1     (38.6     (56.1

Interest income

     1.5        1.3        1.5   

Other

     (4.4     1.5        5.8   

Loss on debt extinguishment

     —          (3.1     (7.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expenses), net

     (37.0     (38.9     (56.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     191.9        170.0        (76.9

Income tax benefit (provision)

     0.2        (16.4     (16.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     192.1        153.6        (92.9

Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

     (2.4     (3.2     (4.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to ON Semiconductor Corporation

   $ 189.7      $ 150.4      $ (97.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

      

Net income (loss)

   $ 192.1      $ 153.6      $ (92.9
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     3.5        (3.8     4.3   

Effects of cash flow hedges

     (1.7     (2.6     0.8   

Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities

     4.1        —          0.4   

Amortization of prior service costs of defined benefit plan

     —          0.1        0.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax of $0.2 million, $0.0 million and $0.0 million, respectively

     5.9        (6.3     5.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss)

     198.0        147.3        (87.3

Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interest

     (2.4     (3.2     (4.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to ON Semiconductor Corporation

   $ 195.6      $ 144.1      $ (91.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share attributable to ON Semiconductor Corporation:

      

Basic

   $ 0.43      $ 0.34      $ (0.21
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.43      $ 0.33      $ (0.21
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

      

Basic

     439.5        447.9        452.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     443.5        450.7        452.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(in millions, except per share data)

 

                      Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
    Accumulated
Deficit
                Non-
controlling
Interest
in  Consolidated
Subsidiary
    Total
Equity
 
    Common Stock     Additional
Paid-In
Capital
        Treasury Stock      
    Number of     At Par           Number of            
    Shares     Value           Shares     At Cost      

Balance at December 31, 2011

    502,452,084      $ 5.0      $ 3,113.5      $ (46.7   $ (1,158.5     (51,167,864   $ (401.3   $ 25.3      $ 1,537.3   

Comprehensive income

    —          —          —          5.6        (97.2         4.3        (87.3

Stock option exercises

    1,866,376        0.1        9.3        —          —          —          —          —          9.4   

Shares issued pursuant to the employee stock purchase plan

    1,445,309        —          8.3        —          —          —          —          —          8.3   

Restricted stock units and stock grant awards issued

    4,214,230        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

Shares withheld for employee taxes on restricted stock units

    —          —          —          —          —          (1,141,640     (9.6     —          (9.6

Share-based compensation expense

    —          —          20.5        —          —          —          —          —          20.5   

Repurchase of common stock

    —          —          —          —          —          (8,844,150     (55.5     —          (55.5

Exchange of convertible notes

    —          —          4.8        —          —          —          —          —          4.8   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2012

    509,977,999        5.1        3,156.4        (41.1     (1,255.7     (61,153,654     (466.4     29.6        1,427.9   

Comprehensive income (loss)

    —          —          —          (6.3     150.4        —          —          3.2        147.3   

Stock option exercises

    2,084,541        0.1        12.0        —          —          —          —          —          12.1   

Shares issued pursuant to the employee stock purchase plan

    1,330,919        —          8.3        —          —          —          —          —          8.3   

Restricted stock units and stock grant awards issued

    2,495,483        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

Shares withheld for employee taxes on restricted stock units

    —          —          —          —          —          (581,585     (4.5     —          (4.5

Share-based compensation expense

    —          —          32.3        —          —          —          —          —          32.3   

Repurchase of common stock

    —          —          —          —          —          (13,903,415     (101.6     —          (101.6

Exchange of convertible notes

    —          —          1.8        —          —          —          —          —          1.8   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2013

    515,888,942        5.2        3,210.8        (47.4     (1,105.3     (75,638,654     (572.5     32.8        1,523.6   

Comprehensive income

    —          —          —          5.9        189.7        —          —          2.4        198.0   

Stock option exercises

    3,735,048        —          24.9        —          —          —          —          —          24.9   

Shares issued pursuant to the employee stock purchase plan

    1,346,677        —          10.0        —          —          —          —          —          10.0   

Restricted stock units and stock grant awards issued

    3,644,895        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

Shares withheld for employee taxes on restricted stock units

    —          —          —          —          —          (976,786     (9.1     —          (9.1

Share-based compensation expense

    —          —          45.8        —          —          —          —          —          45.8   

Repurchase of common stock

    —          —          —          —          —          (13,900,105     (121.2     —          (121.2

Dividend to non-controlling shareholder of consolidated subsidiary

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          (4.2