SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 24, 2012-- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced second quarter sales of $464.8 million, up 21 percent from the first quarter of 2012 and down 15 percent from the second quarter of 2011. Second quarter net income was $162.7 million, $0.50 per diluted share, compared with net income of $115.8 million, $0.35 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012 and $214.6 million, $0.65 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011.
Year-to-date cash flow from operating activities was $175.3 million. Altera repurchased 3.5 million shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $121.0 million. Altera ended the quarter with $3.5 billion in cash and investments.
Altera's board of directors has increased the company's quarterly cash dividend to $0.10 per share, up from the previous dividend of $0.08 per share. The board of directors has declared that the next quarterly dividend will be paid on September 4, 2012 to stockholders of record on August 10, 2012.
Altera's board of directors has approved a 10.0 million share increase to the number of shares authorized for repurchase under the company's share repurchase program. There are now 14.6 million shares authorized by the board of directors for repurchase. Under the program, which was previously authorized by the board of directors, shares may be purchased in the open market from time to time at the discretion of the company's management.
"New product revenue surged this quarter, as sales of both 28-nm and 40-nm accelerated strongly, driving the sharp revenue improvement from the prior quarter. Though growth was quite broad, the results in our Telecom and Wireless vertical market were particularly notable," said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. "Leading edge 28-nm FPGAs are creating more opportunities for us as we displace more ASICs and ASSPs. Our 28-nm competitive position remains strong. We estimate that to date we have secured the majority of available 28-nm FPGA design win value."
Several recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress:
Altera released the latest version of its industry-proven Quartus® II development software, the industry's number one software in performance and productivity for FPGA design. Quartus II software version 12.0 provides customers additional productivity and performance advantages, such as up to 4X faster compile times for high-performance 28-nm designs. Additional upgrades include broadened 28-nm device support, including initial support for Altera's system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs, enhanced Qsys system integration and DSP Builder tools, and improved intellectual property (IP) core offerings.
Altera has delivered significant reductions in development times and dramatic increases in system performance for early customers in Altera's OpenCL for FPGAs program. Altera launched its OpenCL for FPGAs program in November 2011. As part of the program, Altera initiated work with early customers, academia and standards groups to define and develop an OpenCL for FPGAs solution. OpenCL for FPGAs combines the industry-standard OpenCL parallel programming language with the parallel performance capabilities of FPGAs to deliver higher performance compared to multi-core CPUs and CPU/GPU-based systems. In addition, Open CL for FPGAs delivers a significant productivity advantage to designers who have traditionally modeled their algorithms in C and converted them to HDL. An OpenCL solution for FPGAs further drives adoption of FPGAs in a variety of markets, including military, medical, computer and broadcast.
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