STMicroelectronics Reports 2022 Third Quarter Financial Results

  • Q3 net revenues $4.32 billion; gross margin 47.6%; operating margin 29.4%; net income $1.10 billion
  • YTD net revenues $11.70 billion; gross margin 47.3%; operating margin 26.9%; net income $2.71 billion
  • Business outlook at the mid-point: Q4 net revenues of $4.40 billion and gross margin of 47.3%

STMicroelectronics reported U.S. GAAP financial results for the third quarter ended October 1, 2022.

ST reported third quarter net revenues of $4.32 billion, gross margin of 47.6%, operating margin of 29.4%, and net income of $1.10 billion or $1.16 diluted earnings per share.

Jean-Marc Chery, STMicroelectronics President & CEO, commented:

·        “Q3 net revenues of $4.32 billion and gross margin of 47.6% came in above the mid-point of our business outlook range, driven by continued strong demand for our product portfolio.

·       “On a year-over-year basis, Q3 net revenues increased 35.2%, operating margin increased to 29.4% from 18.9%, and net income more than doubled to $1.10 billion.

·       “First nine months net revenues increased 27.2% to $11.70 billion, driven by growth in all product groups and sub-groups. Operating margin was 26.9% and net income was $2.71 billion.

·       “ST’s fourth quarter outlook, at the mid-point, is for net revenues of $4.40 billion, increasing year-over-year by 23.7% and sequentially by 1.8%; gross margin is expected to be about 47.3%.

·       “The midpoint of this outlook translates into full year 2022 net revenues of about $16.10 billion, representing a 26.2% year-over-year growth and gross margin of about 47.3%, in line with the plan we outlined in July.”

Quarterly Financial Summary (U.S. GAAP)

(US$ m, except per share data)Q3 2022Q2 2022Q3 2021Q/QY/Y
Net Revenues$4,321$3,837$3,19712.6%35.2%
Gross Profit$2,059$1,819$1,33013.2%54.7%
Gross Margin47.6%47.4%41.6%20 bps  600 bps
Operating Income$1,272$1,004$60526.7%110.1%
Operating Margin29.4%26.2%18.9%320 bps1,050 bps
Net Income (a)$1,099$867$47426.8%131.8%
Diluted Earnings Per Share (b)$1.16$0.92$0.5126.1%127.5%

Third Quarter 2022 Summary Review

Effective July 1, 2022, the Low Power RF business unit was transferred from AMS (Analog sub-group) to MDG (Microcontrollers and Memories sub-group). Prior periods have been adjusted accordingly.

Net Revenues By Product Group (US$ m)
Q3 2022Q2 2022Q3 2021Q/QY/YAutomotive and Discrete Group (ADG)1,5631,4541,0057.5%55.5%Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group (AMS)1,3801,1151,25823.7%9.7%Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG)1,3741,2639308.8%47.7%Others454–Total Net Revenues4,3213,8373,19712.6%35.2%

Net revenues totaled $4.32 billion, a year-over-year increase of 35.2%. On a year-over-year basis, the Company recorded higher net sales in all product groups and sub-groups. Year-over-year net sales to OEMs and Distribution increased 34.1% and 37.4%, respectively. On a sequential basis, net revenues increased 12.6%, 210 basis points better than the mid-point of the Company’s guidance. All product groups and sub-groups reported increases in net revenues on a sequential basis.

Gross profit totaled $2.06 billion, a year-over-year increase of 54.7%. Gross margin of 47.6%, 60 basis points above the mid-point of the Company’s guidance, increased 600 basis points year-over-year, principally due to favorable pricing and improved product mix, partially offset by the inflation of manufacturing input costs.

Operating income increased 110.1% to $1.27 billion, compared to $605 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company’s operating margin increased 1,050 basis points on a year-over-year basis to 29.4% of net revenues, compared to 18.9% in the 2021 third quarter.

By product group, compared with the year-ago quarter:

Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG):

·       Revenue increased in both Automotive and in Power Discrete.

·       Operating profit increased by 273.8% to $404.1 million. Operating margin was 25.9% compared to 10.8%.

Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group (AMS):

·       Revenue increased in Analog, in MEMS and in Imaging.

·       Operating profit increased by 23.1% to $375.7 million. Operating margin was 27.2% compared to 24.3%.

Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG):

·       Revenue increased in both Microcontrollers and in RF Communications.

·       Operating profit increased by 130.3% to $503.8 million. Operating margin was 36.7% compared to 23.5%.

Net income increased to $1.10 billion and diluted earnings per share to $1.16 compared to $474 million and $0.51, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights

    Trailing 12 Months
(US$ m)Q3 2022Q2 2022Q3 2021Q3 2022Q3 2021TTM Change
Net cash from operating activities1,6511,0568954,5333,10146.2%
Free cash flow (non-U.S. GAAP)6762304201,3021,318-1.2%

Capital expenditure payments, net of proceeds from sales, were $955 million in the third quarter and $2.61 billion for the year-to-date period. In the year-ago quarter, capital expenditures, net, were $437 million.

Inventory at the end of the third quarter was $2.38 billion, compared to $1.97 billion in the year-ago quarter. Days sales of inventory at quarter-end and in the year-ago quarter were 96 days.

Free cash flow(non-U.S. GAAP) was $676 million in the third quarter, compared to $420 million in the year-ago quarter.

In the third quarter, the Company paid cash dividends to its stockholders totaling $55 million and executed a $86 million share buy-back as part of its current share repurchase program.

ST’s net financial position (non-U.S. GAAP) was $1.46 billion at October 1, 2022 compared to $924 million at July 2, 2022 and reflected total liquidity of $4.09 billion and total financial debt of $2.63 billion.

Business Outlook

The Company’s guidance, at the mid-point, for the 2022 fourth quarter is:

  • Net revenues are expected to be $4.40 billion, an increase of 1.8% sequentially, plus or minus 350 basis points;
  • Gross margin of 47.3%, plus or minus 200 basis points;
  • This outlook is based on an assumed effective currency exchange rate of approximately $1.03 = €1.00 for the 2022 fourth quarter and includes the impact of existing hedging contracts; and
  • The fourth quarter will close on December 31, 2022.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

STMicroelectronics will conduct a conference call with analysts, investors and reporters to discuss its third quarter 2022 financial results and current business outlook today at 9:30 a.m. Central European Time (CET) / 3:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (ET). A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at ST’s website,, and will be available for replay until November 11, 2022.