Chipmaker STMicro to cut 1,400 jobs

PARIS • French-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics said yesterday it would cut about 1,400 jobs worldwide as part of a global restructuring plan that would put an end to its set-top box business.

The headcount reduction includes about 430 positions in France, 670 in Asia (mostly in India) and 120 in the United States, STMicro said in a statement.

The chipmaker also said it would redeploy about 600 employees within the company. Once completed, the plan will generate annualised savings of US$170 million (S$243 million), STMicro said.

Total restructuring costs would also be US$170 million.

STMicro's set-top box activity is part of its digital products group division, which also makes smartphone sensors and has been struggling for several years.

Chief executive officer Carlo Bozotti said in May last year that the business needed "to be fixed". The Geneva-based firm had since repeatedly delayed saying if it would restructure or sell the division.

"This difficult decision is consistent with our strategy to only participate in sustainable businesses and is due to the significant losses posted by our set-top box business over the past years in an increasingly challenging market," Mr Bozotti said yesterday.

TOUGH DECISION

This difficult decision is consistent with our strategy to only participate in sustainable businesses and is due to the significant losses posted by our set-top box business over the past years in an increasingly challenging market.

MR CARLO BOZOTTI, ST Micro CEO

STMicro also announced that its fourth-quarter gross margin stood at 33.5 per cent, in line with its target. Net revenue fell to US$1.67 billion from US$1.76 billion in the third quarter. Its mid-point gross margin target for the first quarter is about 33 per cent, it said.

First-quarter revenue is expected to decrease by a mid-point target of 3 per cent from the fourth quarter.

REUTERS

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