Actions Semiconductor Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Second Quarter Revenue Up 46.5% Year-Over-Year

ZHUHAI, China, Aug. 7, 2013 — (PRNewswire) —

ZHUHAI, China, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACTS), one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

All financial results are reported on a U.S. GAAP basis.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $18.5 million, as compared to revenue of $16.4 million for the first quarter of 2013, and $12.6 million for the second quarter of 2012.

Net income attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders for the second quarter of 2013 was $0.7 million or $0.01 per American Depositary Shares ("ADS"). This compares to net income attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders of $0.4 million or $0.006 per ADS, for the first quarter of 2013, and net loss attributable to Actions Semiconductor's shareholders of $0.6 million or $0.008 per ADS, for the second quarter of 2012.

Actions Semiconductor reported gross margin of 32.2% for the second quarter of 2013, compared to gross margin of 36.2% for the first quarter of 2013, and 37.0% for the second quarter of 2012. Included in gross margin for the second quarter of 2013 was a $0.6 million write down of obsolete inventory representing 3.1% of revenue. The Company ended the second quarter with $220.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, together with time deposits, trading securities and marketable securities.

Since the share repurchase program commenced in 2007, the Company has invested approximately $47.8 million in repurchasing its shares. As of June 30, 2013, approximately 21.1 million American Depositary Shares (ADSs) were repurchased.

"Our second quarter revenue was inline with our expectations, driven by strong sales of our OWL series of chipsets supported by the launch of our new dual-core ATM7023 chipset in April of this year. We also saw a sequential increase in shipments from our traditional portable audio products and sales growth from our newer products such as our extended line of high definition video products inspired by our high definition portable media player," stated Dr. Zhenyu Zhou, CEO of Actions Semiconductor.

"We are aggressively building share in the whitebox tablet market, and expect further penetration once we roll out our second generation lower cost series of dual-core chipsets and high performance series of quad-core chipsets utilizing more powerful CPU and GPU cores and more advanced process nodes over the next few months. At that point, we will have a complete product portfolio that addresses each segment of the whitebox tablet market, from entry level to high end.

"We maintained our leading market position in the traditional portable audio and portable video multimedia business, and are developing new feature rich and differentiated products in those categories. These initiatives, combined with careful cost control and cash management, will move us forward on the path to operational profitability in the future," concluded Dr. Zhou.

Business Outlook

The following statements are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements.

Based on current market trends, the peak season for tablets, consumer electronics and portable media players is expected to begin a month later than usual. Therefore, the company expects revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013 to be higher than the third quarter of 2013, which is contrary to the company's historical seasonal sales pattern.

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 ending September 30, 2013, Actions Semiconductor estimates revenue in the range of $19.0 to $21.0 million and gross margin of approximately 34%.

Conference Call Details

Actions Semiconductor's second quarter of fiscal year 2013 teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors should dial 877-941-2332 (within U.S.) or 480-629-9723 (outside U.S.) at least ten minutes prior to the call. Actions Semiconductor will also offer a live and archived webcast of the conference call, accessible from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at An audio replay of the call will be available to investors through August 17, 2013 by dialing 800-406-7325 (within U.S.) or 303-590-3030 (outside U.S.) and entering access code 4632954.

About Actions Semiconductor

Actions Semiconductor is one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics. Actions Semiconductor products include SoCs, firmware, software, solution development kits, as well as detailed specifications of other required components. Actions Semiconductor also provides total product and technology solutions that allow customers to quickly introduce new portable consumer electronics to the mass market in a cost effective way. The company is headquartered in Zhuhai, China, with offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit the Actions Semiconductor website at

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements concerning the outlookfor the whitebox tablet market, customer acceptance of the Actions Semiconductor's new products and corresponding increases in market share, Actions Semiconductor's belief that it is positioned to capture some upside from these trends, and Actions Semiconductor's future expectations with respect to revenue, gross margin, operating expenses and share-based compensation expense.  Actions Semiconductor uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These forward-looking statements are estimates reflecting current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events and involve significant risks, both known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Actions Semiconductor's actual performance, financial condition or results of operations to be materially different from those suggested by the forward-looking statements including, among others, customers' cancellation or modification of their orders; our failure to accurately forecast demand for our products; the loss of, or a significant reduction in orders from, any of our significant customers; fluctuations in our operating results; our inability to develop and sell new products; defects in or failures of our products; the expense and uncertainty involved in our customer design-win efforts; the financial viability of the distributors of our products; consumer demand; worldwide economic and political conditions; fluctuations in our costs to manufacture our products; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, test, assemble and ship our products; our ability to retain and attract key personnel; our ability to compete with our competitors; and our ability to protect our intellectual property rights and not infringe the intellectual property rights of others. Other factors that may cause our actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and that may affect our prospects in general are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed Forms F-1, 20-F and 6-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Actions Semiconductor's future results, performance or achievements. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Actions Semiconductor undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or changed assumptions or circumstances.

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