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ARM swings to Q4 loss of £6.2M, shares sink

  • ARM Holdings (ARMH) swung to a net loss off £6.2M in Q4 from a profit of £42.5M a year earlier, with the microchip designer hurt by one-off charges such as payroll taxes and impairments.
  • Adjusted pretax profit rose 19% to £95.5M.
  • Revenue climbed 15% to £189.1M, topping estimates of £181.8M, although growth was limited by slower sales of chips for high-end smartphones.
  • Processor royalty revenue +7% in U.S.-dollar terms and licensing revenue +26%.
  • 2.9B chips using ARM technology shipped, +16%.
  • Signed 26 processor licenses.
  • ARM has "a strong opening order backlog and a healthy pipeline of licensing opportunities," and it expects full-year 2014 processor royalty revenues "to grow at a similar rate to that reported over the last three years." The company also forecasts overall revenue to be in line with market expectations.
  • Shares -4.35% in London. (PR)
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