October 25, 2012

NETGEAR® REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

  • Third quarter 2012 net revenue of $315.2 million, as compared to $301.8 million in the comparable prior year quarter, 4.4% year-over-year growth
  • Third quarter 2012 non-GAAP net income of $25.3 million, as compared to $29.9 million in the comparable prior year quarter, decrease of 15.4% year-over-year
  • Third quarter 2012 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.65, as compared to $0.79 in the comparable prior year quarter, decrease of 17.7% year-over-year
  • Company expects fourth quarter 2012 net revenue to be in the range of $300 million to $315 million, with non-GAAP operating margin in the range of 11% to 12%

SAN JOSE, California - October 25, 2012 - NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Net revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $315.2 million, as compared to $301.8 million for the third quarter ended October 2, 2011, and $320.7 million in the second quarter ended July 1, 2012. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the third quarter of 2012 was $23.8 million, or $0.61 per diluted share. This compared to GAAP net income of $26.7 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011, and GAAP net income of $21.5 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012.

Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2012 was 31.6%, as compared to 32.4% in the year ago comparable quarter, and 29.9% in the second quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating margin was 11.5% in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to 12.5% in the third quarter of 2011, and 11.0% in the second quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP net income was $0.65 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to non-GAAP net income of $0.79 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2011, and non-GAAP net income of $0.64 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2012. Our tax rate in the third quarter 2012 reflects a one-time benefit which accounts for an incremental $0.05 per diluted share of earnings. This compares to a one-time tax rate benefit in the third quarter 2011, which accounted for an incremental $0.09 per diluted share of earnings.

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 and other charges, acquisition related compensation, impact to cost of sales from acquisition accounting adjustments to inventory, litigation reserves, and gain on sale of cost method investment. 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, "NETGEAR's financial results for the third quarter of 2012 are a reflection of the current difficult economic climate. The uncertainty in the European and Australian markets has affected consumer, small business, and service provider sales for the quarter."

"Our Retail Business Unit revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was up 9% quarter-on-quarter, driven by back-to-school seasonal demand and market share gains in North America. On a year-over-year basis, Retail was down 3% as a result of the challenging European market. Commercial was down 2% on a sequential basis and down 13% year-over-year. This reflects the tightened spending of European and Australian businesses facing widespread economic uncertainty. Our Service Provider Business Unit revenues were up 34% on a year-over-year basis, and down 11% quarter-over-quarter as service providers reduced their purchases in Q3."

Christine Gorjanc, Chief Financial Officer of NETGEAR, said, "Despite the current challenges we are facing in Europe and Australia, we are continuing our increased investment in research and development. This increased investment positions us for the long term success we believe we can achieve in all geographies, especially when the economic environment improves. We expect that the continuous flow of innovative new products from our R&D team will enable us to gain market share worldwide now and in the future. However, facing the current weakened market demand in Europe, we are shifting our sales and marketing resources to the emerging markets where we believe there is growth to achieve and market share to be gained. We will continue to spend wisely and streamline our operations to achieve more efficiency. As always, we are very focused on managing expenses, inventory levels, and cash."

Mr. Lo added, "Looking forward, we expect to continue to face a challenging economic climate in Europe. We are also seeing a further reduction in capital expenditures budget for broadband gateways in Q4 among our service provider customers in Europe and Australia. Despite the difficult market situation, we continue to innovate and expect to release approximately 25 new products in Q4, setting us up for growth in 2013. Specifically, for the fourth quarter of 2012, we expect net revenue to be in the range of approximately $300 million to $315 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 2012 results and discuss management's expectations for the third quarter of 2012 today, Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 5 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. PDT). The dial-in number for the live audio call is (201) 689-8471. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on NETGEAR's website at http://investor.netgear.com. A replay of the call will be available 2 hours following the call through midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on Thursday, November 1, 2012 by telephone at (858) 384-5517 and via the web at http://investor.netgear.com. The account number to access the phone replay is 401042.

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use 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 top 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 approximately 32,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 40,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR partner. More information is available at http://investor.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

© 2012 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, and the NETGEAR logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. 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.

Contact:
NETGEAR Investor Relations
Christopher Genualdi
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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 and operating margin, investment in research and development, expectations of the economic environment especially in Europe and Australia, expectations on growth and market share gains, expectations on emerging markets, our intent to continue to spend wisely and streamline operations, reductions in capital expenditures budget for broadband gateways in Q4 for service provider customers in Europe and Australia, and the number of new products to be introduced in the fourth quarter. 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; the Company may fail to successfully continue to effect operating expense savings; 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 45 through 63, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2012. 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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