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April 27, 2006
 

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation Announces First Quarter Results for the Period Ended March 31, 2006: Market Conditions Contribute to Sequential Weakness but Growth Expected to Pick Up in Q2

First Quarter 2006 Financial Summary:

     *  Sales grew 10% year-over-year and declined 35% sequentially to NT$566
        million (US$17.5 million)

     *  Gross margin was flat at 53.0% compared to 53.9% in 4Q05

     *  Net income increased 42% year-over-year and fell 44% sequentially to
        NT$137 million (US$4.2 million)

     *  Diluted earnings per American Depositary Share (ADS) was NT$4.38
        (US$0.14), up 20% from NT$3.64 (US$0.12) in 1Q05 but down 44% from
        NT$7.81 (US$0.23) in 4Q05

     First Quarter 2006 Business Highlights:

     *  Unit shipments of mobile storage products grew 86% year-over-year and
        declined 33% sequentially to 20 million units

     *  Unit shipments of multimedia System-on-Chip (SoC) products grew 205%
        year-over-year and declined 48% sequentially to approximately 496,000
        units

     *  The Company started volume production of its two new USB 2.0 flash
        disk controllers on 0.16-micron process

TAIPEI, Taiwan, R.O.C., April 27 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: SIMO), ("the Company"), a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets universally compatible, high-performance, low-power semiconductor solutions for the multimedia consumer electronics market, today announced its first quarter 2006 financial results. Under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (US GAAP), diluted earnings per ADS was NT$4.38 (US$0.14) in the first quarter of 2006 (1Q06), an increase of 20% from NT$3.64 (US$0.12) in the same period of the previous year (1Q05) and a decrease of 44% from NT$7.81 (US$0.23) in the fourth quarter of 2005 (4Q05). Net income for 1Q06 was NT$137 million (US$4.2 million), an increase of 42% from NT$96 million in 1Q05 and a decrease of 44% from NT$246 million in 4Q05.

US GAAP net income for 1Q06 reflected stock-based compensation expense in the amount of NT$18 million (US$0.55 million) as a result of the Company's adoption of SFAS No 123(R), effective January 1, 2006. Excluding stock-based compensation, the Company's non-GAAP net income for 1Q06 was NT$155 million (US$4.8 million). Non-GAAP earnings per ADS were NT$4.90 (US$0.15).

Commenting on the results, Silicon Motion's President and CEO, Wallace Kou, said, "As we mentioned a few weeks ago in our guidance update, NAND flash memory prices fell significantly throughout the first quarter, with some densities having fallen as much as 60-70%. The prolonged price decline caused many of our customers to postpone purchases of NAND flash memory and controllers. This exacerbated the slowdown that is typically associated with what is normally a seasonally slow quarter. As a result, sales of our mobile storage products fell 44% compared with the fourth quarter. Despite the setback in the first quarter, we still managed to post a 10% rise in sales compared to the first quarter of 2005 and a 42% increase in net income. Even more importantly, our gross margin remained largely unchanged from the fourth quarter at 53.2%. In what was probably the biggest highlight of the quarter, we managed to buck the seasonality trend in our Multimedia SoC business and increased our sales by 12% from the fourth quarter, mainly as a result of reasonably strong demand for multimedia display processors.

"Since the beginning of the second quarter we have seen a moderation in the rate of price declines in NAND flash memory. We are cautiously optimistic that this uptrend bodes well for a recovery in the flash memory card market and our controllers that are used in the flash memory cards."

First Quarter 2006 Financial Review(1)

Sales

Net sales in the first quarter totaled NT$566 million (US$17.5 million), an increase of 10% from 1Q05 and a decrease of 35% from 4Q05. Overall unit shipments increased 88% from 1Q05 and fell 33% from 4Q05. The blended average selling price per unit fell 41% from 1Q05 and 3% from 4Q05.

By product, net sales from mobile storage products accounted for 72% of total net sales, which was down from 84% in the fourth quarter of 2005. Net sales from multimedia SoCs represented 27% of total net sales, which was an increase from 16% in 4Q05. Net sales from other products in the current period accounted for approximately 1% of net sales.

    As % of Net Sales     2Q04  3Q04   4Q04  1Q05   2Q05   3Q05  4Q05   1Q06

    Mobile Storage
     Products              80 %  87 %   92 %  86 %   80 %   87 %  84 %   72 %
    Multimedia SoCs        18 %  13 %    7 %  13 %   19 %   13 %  16 %   27 %
    Others                  2 %   0 %    1 %   1 %    1 %    0 %   0 %    1 %
    Total                 100 % 100 %  100 % 100 %  100 %  100 % 100 %  100 %

Net sales from mobile storage products, which include flash memory card controllers and USB 2.0 flash disk controllers, declined 8% from 1Q05 and 44% from 4Q05 to NT$409 million (US$12.7 million). Unit shipments increased 86% from 1Q05 but fell 33% from 4Q05 to 20 million units. The ASP per unit in 1Q06 declined 17% from 4Q05, with steeper declines for USB 2.0 flash disk controllers and smaller declines for flash memory card controllers. The decline in ASP was primarily attributed to pricing pressure in a soft business environment.

Net sales from multimedia SoC products, which include multimedia display processors and portable audio SoCs, grew 129% from 1Q05 and 12% from 4Q05 to NT$152 million (US$4.7 million). Unit shipments of multimedia SoC products increased 205% from 1Q05 but decreased 48% from 4Q05 to approximately 496,000 units. The ASP per unit for multimedia SoC products increased 114% from 4Q05 primarily because multimedia display processors, which command higher selling prices compared to portable audio SoCs, comprised a greater proportion of the total number of multimedia SoC products sold in the first quarter.

    Unit Shipment
     (thousand
     units)        2Q04   3Q04   4Q04    1Q05    2Q05    3Q05    4Q05   1Q06

    Mobile
     Storage
     Products     4,913  9,983  14,549  10,912  14,120  24,265  30,146  20,306
    Multimedia
     SoCs           114    128     111     163     337     407     947     496
    Others           34      3       -      17      59       3       7      21
    Total         5,061 10,114  14,660  11,092  14,516  24,675  31,100  20,823


    Expenses

The cost of sales in 1Q06 totaled NT$266 million (US$8.2 million), representing decreases of 9% from 1Q05 and 34% from 4Q05. The year-over-year decrease was driven primarily by a decline in total wafer costs. The sequential decrease was driven primarily by a decline in total wafer, assembly, and test costs, as a result of the lower sales volume overall, as well as lower manufacturing personnel expenses. The gross margin for the quarter was 53.0%, up from 43.6% in 1Q05 and down slightly from 53.9% in 4Q05. Non-GAAP gross margin was 53.2%.

Total operating expenses in 1Q06, which include sales and marketing expenses, general and administrative (G&A) expenses, and research and development (R&D) expenses, were NT$174 million (US$5.4 million), an increase of 36% from 1Q05 and a decrease of 16% from 4Q05. Total operating expenses, excluding stock-based compensation expense, increased 23% year over year and declined 24% sequentially.

Total operating expenses represented 30.7% of net sales, compared to 24.7% and 23.7% of net sales in 1Q05 and 4Q05, respectively. The Company's operating margin increased from 18.8% in 1Q05 to 22.3% in 1Q06 but fell from 30.2% in 4Q05. Non-GAAP operating margin was 25.5%.

Sales and marketing expenses in 1Q06 increased by 47% from 1Q05 but fell by 18% from 4Q05 and represented 8.3% of net sales. The year-over-year increase was driven primarily by higher commissions, higher salary and benefits that were associated with increased headcount, higher rental expenses, and higher professional fees. This increase was somewhat offset by reductions in travel expenses. The sequential decrease, on the other hand, was primarily due to lower bonus accrual and lower commissions.

General and administrative expenses in 1Q06 increased 77% year-over-year and 35% sequentially, and represented 7.9% of net sales. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher salary and benefits from the higher headcount, stock-based compensation expense, higher professional fees, and other miscellaneous fees. The sequential increase was primarily due to an increase in professional fees and higher bad debt reserves and was partially offset by lower bonus accrual.

Research and development expenses in 1Q06 increased 19% year-over-year and decreased 29% sequentially and represented 14.5% of net sales. The year-over- year increase was driven by higher salary and benefits and stock-based compensation expense arising from higher R&D headcount, as well as higher rental, travel, and depreciation expenses, and was partially offset by lower project costs and IP licensing fees. The sequential decline was driven by lower project costs, lower bonus accrual, lower IP licensing fees, and lower professional fees.

The company-wide headcount increased 12% from 242 at the end of 4Q05 to 271 at the end of 1Q06. A large majority of the headcount increase took place in the Research and Development department.

Earnings

Net income totaled NT$137 million (US$4.2 million) in 1Q06, an increase of 42% from NT$96 million in 1Q05 and a decrease of 44% from NT$246 million in 4Q05. Non-GAAP net income was NT$155 million (US$4.8 million). The net margin was 24.1%, up from 18.6% in 1Q05 but down slightly from 28.2% in 4Q05. Non-GAAP net margin was 27.3%. Diluted earnings per ADS were NT$4.38 (US$0.14), up 20% from NT$3.64 (US$0.12) in 1Q05 and down 44% from NT$7.81 (US$0.23) in 4Q05. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS were NT$4.90 (US$0.15).

Balance Sheet

At the end of 1Q06, the Company had NT$1,555 million (US$48.0 million) in cash and cash equivalents and NT$1,229 million (US$37.9 million) in short-term investments. Accounts receivable (A/R) decreased from NT$573 million (US$17.5 million) at the end of 4Q05 to NT$492 million (US$15.2 million) at the end of 1Q06. However, the average A/R days increased from 55 days to 86 days, mainly as a result of lower sales in 1Q06. Inventory decreased from NT$279 million (US$8.5 million) at the end of 4Q05 to NT$257 million (US$7.9 million) at the end of 1Q06. However, the average inventory days increased from 58 days to 92 days, mainly as a result of lower business volume in 1Q06. Total assets were NT$4,065 million (US$125.4 million), which was approximately the same as at the end of 4Q05.

Current liabilities decreased from NT$631 million (US$19.2 million) at the end of 4Q05 to NT$428 million (US$13.2 million) at the end of 1Q06, primarily due to a reduction in accounts payable. There was no material change in the Company's long-term liabilities.

There were 123.114 million ordinary shares outstanding at the end of 1Q06, which was equivalent to 30.779 million units of ADS.

    (1) Note: Unless otherwise stated, all financial information used in this
        press release is unaudited, consolidated, prepared in accordance with
        US GAAP and denominated in New Taiwan dollars.  US dollar amounts are
        translated for convenience only.  Such financial information is
        generated internally and has not been subjected to the same review and
        scrutiny, including internal auditing procedures and audit by
        independent auditors, to which we subject our audited consolidated
        financial statements, and may vary materially from the audited
        consolidated financial information for the same period.  Any
        evaluation of the financial information presented in this press
        release should also take into account our published audited
        consolidated financial statements and the notes to those statements.
        In addition, the financial information presented is not necessarily
        indicative of our results for any future period.


    Business Outlook:

In March, the Company started to see a pick up in demand for small form factor flash memory cards as some customers began manufacturing these cards for bundling into mobile phones. We are optimistic about continuing growth in this area in the second quarter, especially in micro-SD, mini-SD, and MMC Mobile form factors. The Company also expects declines in NAND flash memory prices to be moderate in the second quarter after having gone through dramatic declines in the first quarter.

The Company currently expects sales in the second quarter of 2006 to be approximately US$20-$22 million, which represents a sequential increase of 14%-26% from US$17.5 million in the first quarter. The Company estimates that its gross margin in 2Q06 should be similar to its 1Q06 level and its operating margin should improve from its 1Q06 level.

Webcast of Conference Call:

The Company's management team will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 28. A webcast of the conference call will be accessible on the Company's web site at http://www.siliconmotion.com.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, the Company's earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the effects of share-based compensation and the requirements of SFAS No. 123(R). The non-GAAP financial measures used by management and disclosed by the Company exclude the income statement effects of all forms of share-based compensation and the effects of 123(R) upon the number of diluted shares used in calculating non-GAAP earnings per share.

The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for financial measures calculated in accordance with US GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with US GAAP and reconciliations to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP gross margin, non- GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP net income per share provides important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations.

Non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin are GAAP gross margin and GAAP operating margin excluding stock-based compensation expenses that are driven by discrete events that management does not consider to be directly related to the Company's core operating performance. Similarly, Non-GAAP net income consists of net income excluding stock-based compensation expenses that are driven primarily by discrete events that management does not consider to be directly related to the Company's core operating performance. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income by adjusted GAAP weighted average diluted shares outstanding. For this purpose, the calculation of GAAP weighted average diluted shares outstanding is adjusted to exclude the benefit of compensation costs attributable to future services and not yet recognized in the financial statements that are treated as proceeds assumed to be used to repurchase shares under the GAAP treasury stock method.

    Listed below are the items included in net income that management excludes
in computing the non-GAAP financial measures referred to in the text of this
press release:

                                                Three Months Ended
                                               Mar. 31, 2006 (NT$000)

    (1) Cost of sales:
          Stock-based compensation                     963

    (2) Research and development expense:
          Stock-based compensation                   6,519

    (3) Sales and marketing expense
          Stock-based compensation                   2,461

    (4) General and administrative expense
          Stock-based compensation                   7,903



                    Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
                      Consolidated Statements of Income
            (in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
                                 (unaudited)


                          For the   For the  For the   For the
                          3 Months  3 Months 3 Months  3 Months
                           Ended     Ended    Ended     Ended    Change Change
                          Mar. 31,  Dec. 31, Mar. 31,  Mar. 31,   from   from
                            2005      2005     2006     2006      1Q05   4Q05
                            (NT$)     (NT$)    (NT$)  (US$)(2)     (%)   (%)

    Net Sales              515,261   872,472  566,137   17,538     10    (35)
    Cost of sales          290,729   402,282  265,897    8,237     (9)   (34)
    Gross profit           224,532   470,190  300,240    9,301     34    (36)
    Operating expenses
       Research &
        development         69,036   115,342   82,145    2,545     19    (29)
       Sales & marketing    32,008    57,071   46,931    1,454     47    (18)
       General &
        administrative      25,298    33,300   44,827    1,388     77     35
       Amort. of
        intangible assets    1,125     1,125        -        -   (100)  (100)
       Subtotal            127,467   206,838  173,903    5,387     36    (16)
    Operating income        97,065   263,352  126,337    3,914     30    (52)
    Non-operating income
    (expense)
       Gain on sale of
        investments          2,945     3,880    3,957      122     34      2
       Interest income
        (net)                  529    13,920   13,696      424  2,489     (2)
       Foreign exchange
        gain (loss)         (1,550)   (2,711)      51        2    103    102
       Others                  (16)      520      708       22  4,525     36
       Subtotal              1,908    15,609   18,412      570    865     18
    Income before tax       98,973   278,961  144,749    4,484     46    (48)
    Income tax expense       2,928    32,926    8,072      250    176    (76)
    Net income             $96,045  $246,035  136,677   $4,234     42    (44)

    Basic earnings per
     ADS                   NT$3.64   NT$8.03  NT$4.45    $0.14
    Diluted earnings per
     ADS                   NT$3.64   NT$7.81  NT$4.38    $0.14
    Margin Analysis:
    Gross margin             43.6 %    53.9 %   53.0 %
    Operating margin         18.8 %    30.2 %   22.3 %
    Net margin               18.6 %    28.2 %   24.1 %
    Additional Data:
    Weighted average ADS
     equivalents(3)         26,353    30,653   30,691
    Diluted ADS
     equivalents            26,353    31,505   31,226


    (2) The Company maintains its accounts and expresses its financial
        statements in New Taiwan dollars.  For convenience only, U.S. dollar
        amounts presented in the income statement have been translated from
        New Taiwan dollars, using an average exchange rates of NT$31.4647 to
        US$1 for the first quarter of 2005, NT$33.4419 to US$1 for the fourth
        quarter of 2005, and NT$32.2792 to US$1 for the first quarter of 2006
        based on the average of the noon buying rate for cable transfers of
        the NT dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve
        Bank of New York.

    (3) Assumes all outstanding ordinary shares are represented by ADSs.
        Each ADS represents four ordinary shares.



                    Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
                 Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results
           (NT$ thousands, except per-share amount and percentages)
                                 (unaudited)


                                                         Three Months Ended
                                                            Mar. 31, 2006
                                                           NT$          US$

    GAAP Cost of sales                                   265,897       8,237
       Adjustment for share-based compensation              (963)        (30)
    Cost of sales excluding share-based compensation     264,934       8,207

    GAAP Operating Income                                126,337       3,914
       Adjustment for share-based compensation within:
             Cost of sales                                   963          30
             Research and development                      6,519         202
             Sales and marketing                           2,461          76
             General and administrative                    7,903         245
    Operating Income excluding share-based compensation  144,183       4,467

    GAAP Net Income                                      136,677       4,234
       Adjustment for share-based compensation within:
             Cost of sales                                   963          30
             Research and development                      6,519         202
             Sales and marketing                           2,461          76
             General and administrative                    7,903         245
    Net Income excluding share-based compensation        154,523       4,787

    GAAP diluted earnings per ADS                           4.38        0.14
       Adjustment for share-based compensation              0.52        0.01
    Diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based
     compensation                                        NT$4.90     US$0.15

    GAAP Gross margin percentage                           53.0 %      53.0 %
       Adjustment for share-based compensation              0.2 %       0.2 %
    Gross margin percentage excluding share-based
     compensation                                          53.2 %      53.2 %

    GAAP Operating margin percentage                       22.3 %      22.3 %
       Adjustment for share-based compensation              3.2 %       3.2 %
    Operating margin percentage excluding share-based
     compensation                                          25.5 %      25.5 %




                    Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
                          Consolidated Balance Sheet
                               (NT$ thousands)
                                 (unaudited)


                                            Dec. 31, 2005      Mar. 31, 2006

    Cash and cash equivalents                   1,581,993          1,554,699
    Short-term investments                      1,157,955          1,229,414
    Accounts receivable, net                      573,498            492,045
    Inventories                                   278,528            256,536
    Refundable deposits -- current                 60,000             60,000
    Deferred income tax assets, net                48,858            105,330
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     222,563            202,385
    Total current assets                        3,923,395          3,900,409

    Long-term investments                          15,954             15,802
    Property and equipment (net)                   83,734             85,694
    Other assets                                   65,048             63,571
    Total assets                             NT$4,088,131       NT$4,065,476

    Accounts payable                              318,841            171,746
    Income tax payable                            104,744            121,275
    Accrued expenses and other current
     liabilities                                  207,769            134,509
    Total current liabilities                     631,354            427,530

    Accrued pension cost                            5,365              4,720
    Other long-term liabilities                     1,627              1,687
    Total liabilities                             638,346            433,937
    Shareholders' equity                        3,449,785          3,631,539
    Total liabilities & shareholders' equity NT$4,088,131       NT$4,065,476


    About Silicon Motion:

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation is a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets universally compatible, high- performance, low-power semiconductor solutions for the multimedia consumer electronics market. The Company's semiconductor solutions include controllers used in mobile storage media, such as flash memory cards and USB flash drives, and multimedia systems on a chip, or SoCs, used in digital media devices such as MP3 players, PC cameras, PC notebooks and broadband multimedia phones.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding trends in the multimedia consumer electronics market and our future results of operations, financial condition and business prospects. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although such statements are based on our own information and information from other sources we believe to be reliable, you should not place undue reliance on them. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual market trends or our actual results of operations, financial condition or business prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward looking statements for a variety of reasons. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our belief in the outcome of any claim or lawsuit, including our claim against one of our subcontractors for the inventory loss that we sustained during a fire at the subcontractor's factory; unpredictable volume and timing of customer orders, which are not fixed by contract but vary on a purchase order basis; the loss of one or more key customers or the significant reduction, postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of orders from these customers; general economic conditions or conditions in the semiconductor or multimedia consumer electronics markets; decreases in the overall average selling prices of our products; changes in the relative sales mix of our products; changes in our cost of finished goods; the availability, pricing, and timeliness of delivery of other components and raw materials used in our customers' products; our customers' sales outlook, purchasing patterns, and inventory adjustments based on consumer demands and general economic conditions; our ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new or enhanced products in a timely manner; and the timing of new product announcements or introductions by us or by our competitors. For additional discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other factors, please see the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the registration statement on Form F-1 filed on June 24, 2005, as amended. We assume no obligation to update any forward- looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

    Investor Contact:              Media Contact:

     Selina Hsieh                   Sara Hsu
     Investor Relations             Project Manager
     Tel: +886 3 552 6888 x2311     Tel: +886 2 2219 6688 x3509
     Fax: +886 3 552 6988           Fax: +886 2 2219 6868
     E-mail: ir@siliconmotion.com   E-mail: sara.hsu@siliconmotion.com.tw

SOURCE  Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
    -0-                             04/27/2006
    /CONTACT:  Investors: Selina Hsieh, Investor Relations, +886-3-552-6888,
ext. 2311, fax: +886-3-552-6988, ir@siliconmotion.com, or Media: Sara Hsu,
Project Manager, +886-2-2219-6688, ext. 3509, fax: +886-2-2219-6868,
sara.hsu@siliconmotion.com.tw, both of Silicon Motion Technology Corporation/
    /Web site:  http://www.siliconmotion.com /
    (SIMO)

CO:  Silicon Motion Technology Corporation
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