October 26, 2010

NETGEAR® Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

Third Quarter 2010 Financial Highlights:

  • Net revenue of $236.0 million, compared to $171.1 million in the comparable prior year quarter, 38% year-over-year growth
  • Non-GAAP net income of $16.1 million, compared to net income of $11.0 million in the comparable prior year quarter
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.45, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.31 in the comparable prior year quarter
  • Company expects fourth quarter 2010 net revenue to be in the range of $240 million to $250 million, with non-GAAP operating margin in the range of 11% to 12%

SAN JOSE, California - October 26, 2010 - NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and Internet service providers, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended October 3, 2010.

Net revenue for the third quarter ended October 3, 2010 was $236.0 million, as compared to $171.1 million for the third quarter ended September 27, 2009, and as compared to $196.0 million for the second quarter ended June 27, 2010. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the third quarter of 2010 was $13.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share. This compared to GAAP net income of $8.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009, and to GAAP net income of $10.5 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2010.

Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2010 was 32.7%, as compared to 33.5% in the third quarter of 2009, and 36.3% in the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP operating margin was 11.0% in the third quarter of 2010, as compared to 10.6% in the third quarter of 2009, and 13.1% in the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP net income was $0.45 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2010, as compared to non-GAAP net income of $0.31 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2009, and non-GAAP net income of $0.38 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010.

The differences between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures include adjustments, net of any tax effect, for amortization of purchased intangibles, stock-based compensation, restructuring, acquisition related compensation, and litigation reserves. The accompanying schedules provide a reconciliation of financial measures computed on a GAAP basis to financial measures computed on a non-GAAP basis.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR commented, "For the third quarter of 2010, we are extremely pleased with our strong back-to-school performance in North America, which helped generate 62% year-on-year growth in that region. We also continue to experience a recovery in demand among small business customers worldwide, as reflected in our strong third quarter SMB revenue. Net revenue from service providers was approximately 19% of total net revenue in the third quarter of 2010, as compared to 25% in the third quarter of 2009, and 16% in the second quarter of 2010. We expect our service provider net revenue to continue to increase sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2010 as our service provider customers continue to phase in Docsis 3.0 equipment.

We continue to achieve worldwide market share gains primarily due to the strength of our existing product lineup and our rapid pace of exciting new product introductions. We are the market share leader in networking in U.S. and European retail, and our goal is to become the market share leader in the rest of the world in the coming years. In the third quarter of 2010, we introduced 21 new products into the market. Notable new products introduced during the quarter include the new NETGEAR Roku Player and the ReadyNAS® Ultra series of home network storage devices. We feel that the home consumer market is moving towards a network that revolves around the television via both streaming and recording of shows on demand over the Internet. Thus, we believe that our products are uniquely situated to take advantage of these market trends. In the SMB category we introduced a wireless controller that brings simplified enterprise-class WiFi setup at a very competitive price. Also, we introduced the UTM50, a Unified Threat Management appliance which provides comprehensive network security to 50 users, joining our UTM 5, 10 and 25 user models."

Christine Gorjanc, Chief Financial Officer of NETGEAR, said, "We ended the third quarter of 2010 with $243.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared to $234.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2009, and $231.0 million at the end of the second quarter of 2010. Our net inventory ended at $110.4 million, compared to $73.9 million at the end of the third quarter of 2009, and $125.7 million at the end of the second quarter of 2010."

Net revenue by geography comprises gross revenue less such items as marketing incentives paid to customers, sales returns and price protection. The following table shows net revenue by geography for the periods indicated:

Looking forward, Mr. Lo added, "We expect a strong finish to the year with strong worldwide market demand across all of our product categories. Our success has been driven by innovative product introductions and we will continue to focus on innovation in the fourth quarter with another 20+ new product introductions. Specifically, for the fourth quarter 2010, we expect net revenue in the range of approximately $240 million to $250 million, with non-GAAP operating margin to be in the range of 11% to 12%."

Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details
NETGEAR will review the third quarter 2010 results and discuss management's expectations for the fourth quarter of 2010 today, Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 5 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. PDT). The dial-in number for the live audio call is (201) 689-8560. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on NETGEAR's website at www.netgear.com. A replay of the call will be available 2 hours following the call through midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 by telephone at (858) 384-5517 and via the web at www.netgear.com. The conference ID number to access the phone replay is 358821.

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM:NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and Internet service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of Big IT. The company also supplies all of the top Internet service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and through more than 37,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

© 2010 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo and ReadyNAS are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved.

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Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "anticipate", "expect", "believe", "will", "may", "should", "estimate", "project", "outlook", "forecast" or other similar words are used to identify such forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements represent NETGEAR, Inc.'s expectations or beliefs concerning future events based on information available at the time such statements were made and include statements, among others, regarding NETGEAR's expected revenue, earnings, gross and operating margin and operating income on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, expectations of larger revenue share from service provider customers, Docsis 3.0 products deployment by our service provider customers, product capabilities, our ability and intent to launch new product offerings and continue product development efforts, current and future demand for the Company's existing and anticipated new products, and our ability to increase market share for the Company's products globally. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: future demand for the Company's products may be lower than anticipated; consumers may choose not to adopt the Company's new product offerings or adopt competing products; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; the Company may be unsuccessful or experience delays in manufacturing and distributing its new and existing products; telecommunications service providers may choose to slow their deployment of the Company's products or utilize competing products; the Company may be unable to collect receivables as they become due; the Company may fail to manage costs, including the cost of developing new products and manufacturing and distribution of its existing offerings; channel inventory information reported is estimated based on the average number of weeks of inventory on hand on the last Saturday of the quarter, as reported by certain of NETGEAR's customers; changes in the level of NETGEAR's cash resources and the Company's planned usage of such resources; changes in the Company's stock price and developments in the business that could increase the Company's cash needs, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, and the actions and financial health of the Company's customers. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in such forward-looking statements. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors," pages 36 through 52, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 27, 2010, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 5, 2010. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information:
To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, NETGEAR uses non-GAAP financial measures, which are adjusted to exclude certain expenses and tax benefits, where applicable. We believe non-GAAP financial measures are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our past financial performance and also our prospects for the future. These adjustments to our current period GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of NETGEAR's underlying operational results and trends and our marketplace performance. For example, the non-GAAP results are an indication of our baseline performance before charges that are considered by management to be outside of our core operating results. In addition, these adjusted non-GAAP results are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for our planning and forecasting of future periods. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.


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