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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 10-K
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(Mark One)
/x/
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended April 2, 2017
OR
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                             to                             .
Commission File No. 0-12695
INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
DELAWARE
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
94-2669985
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
6024 SILVER CREEK VALLEY ROAD, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
95138
(Zip Code)
Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (408) 284-8200
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, $.001 par value
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:  None 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.   Yes ý No o 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act.    Yes o No ý
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes ý No o 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes ý No ¨ 
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.ý 
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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
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The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates was approximately $2,291 million, computed by reference to the last sales price of $23.1 as reported by The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, October 2, 2016. Shares of common stock held by each executive officer and director and by each person who owns 5% or more of the outstanding common stock have been excluded in that such persons may be deemed affiliates. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination for other purposes. 
The number of outstanding shares of the registrant's Common Stock, $.001 par value, as of May 15, 2017 was approximately 132,990,950.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE 
Items 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 of Part III incorporate information by reference from the registrant’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.



INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
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PART I
Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
We have made statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K in Part I, Item 1-“Business,” Item 1A-“Risk Factors,” Item 3-“Legal Proceedings,” Part II, Item 7-“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and in other sections of this Annual Report that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act).  These statements relate to future events and the future results of Integrated Device Technology, Inc., and are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our business and growth prospects, the industry in which we operate and general economic conditions and the beliefs and assumptions of our management.  In addition, in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the words “expects,” “anticipates,” ”targets,” “goals,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans, “believes,” “seeks, “estimates, “will,” “would,” “could,” “might,” and variations of such words and similar expressions, as they relate to us, our business and our management, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved.  Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements.  Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in this Annual Report under the section entitled “Risk Factors” under Part I, Item 1A and elsewhere in this Annual Report, and in other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made.  You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.  We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.  If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
We develop system-level solutions that optimize our customers’ applications in key markets. IDT’s market-leading products in radio frequency (RF), timing, real-time interconnect, wireless power transfer, serial switching, interfaces, automotive application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), sensor signal conditioner integrated circuits (ICs) and environmental sensors are among our broad array of complete mixed-signal solutions for the communications, computing, consumer, automotive, industrial and internet-of-things segments. These products are used for development in areas such as 4G infrastructure, network communications, cloud datacenters, autonomous driving, connected homes, smart appliances and power management for computing and mobile devices.
Our top talent and technology, paired with an innovative product-development philosophy, allows us to solve complex customer problems when designing communications, computing, consumer, automotive, industrial and internet-of-things applications.
On a worldwide basis, we primarily market our products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) through a variety of channels, including direct sales, distributors, electronic manufacturing suppliers (EMSs) and independent sales representatives.
IDT was incorporated in California in 1980 and reincorporated in Delaware in 1987. The terms “the Company,” “IDT,” “our,” “us” and “we” refer to Integrated Device Technology, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, where applicable.
Available Information
We electronically file our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act with the SEC. The public may read or copy any materials we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. You may obtain a free copy of our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed with or furnished to the SEC on our website at http://www.IDT.com, by contacting the Investor Relations Department at our corporate offices by calling (408) 284-8200 or by sending an e-mail message to ir@IDT.com. The information on our website is not part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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Products and Markets
We design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of semiconductor solutions for the advanced communications, computing, consumer, automotive, industrial and internet-of-things end-markets.
We measure our business based on two reportable segments: the Communications segment and the Computing, Consumer and Industrial segment. In fiscal 2017, the Communications segment and the Computing, Consumer and Industrial segment accounted for approximately 36% and 64%, respectively, of our revenues from continuing operations of $728.2 million. In fiscal 2016, the Communications segment and the Computing, Consumer and Industrial segment accounted for approximately 43% and 57%, respectively, of our revenues from continuing operations of $697.4 million. In fiscal 2015, the Communications segment and the Computing, Consumer and Industrial segment accounted for approximately 55% and 45%, respectively, of our revenues from continuing operations of $572.9 million. For further information, see “Note 20 - Segment Information” in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K.
Communications Segment
Communications segment includes clock and timing solutions, flow-control management devices such as Serial RapidIO® switching solutions, multi-port products, telecommunications products, high-speed static random access memory, first in and first out, digital logic, RF, and frequency control solutions.

Communications Timing Products: We are the leading provider of silicon timing solutions, offering a complete portfolio of products for clock generation, distribution, recovery and jitter attenuation to serve performance-oriented applications. Created for networking, wireless infrastructure, wireline communications, advanced computing, and enterprise storage applications, our communications clocks include high-performance and high-reliability frequency generation and clock distribution products enabling advanced clock-tree development, clock synthesizers optimized for the latest processors and systems on a chip (SOCs), ultra-low jitter clock sources, jitter attenuation and frequency translation phase-locked loops (PLLs), RF timing products, and solutions for Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588.

Serial RapidIO Solutions: Our extensive line of high-performance, low-power, low-latency RapidIO switches are ideal for peer-to-peer multiprocessor embedded systems. In February 2016, we introduced a new generation of switches targeting 5G mobile network development and mobile edge computing. The new switches exceed the latest RapidIO 10xN specification, offering ultra-low latency approaching 100ns and a flexible, non-blocking fabric with switching performance of up to 600 Gbps. RapidIO switches are the backbone of 3G and 4G wireless base stations for chip-to-chip, board-to-board and chassis-to-chassis links including secure encryption/decryption of the S-RIO protocol for out-of-the-box cabling.

RF Products: We offer high-performance and full-featured RF signal path products to complement our clocks and timing, RapidIO, and other industry-leading devices from our rich communications portfolio.  Our comprehensive portfolio of performance-leading products includes RF to intermediate frequency (IF) mixers, IF variable gain amplifiers (VGA), digital step attenuators (DSA), digital pre-distortion (DPD) demodulators, IF modulators, and RF switches.
Computing, Consumer and Industrial Segment
The Computing, Consumer and Industrial Segment includes clock generation and distribution products, high-performance server memory interfaces, PCI Express switching solutions, power management solutions, signal integrity products, and sensing products for mobile, automotive and industrial solutions.
The Company completed the acquisition of Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI) in December 2015. During fiscal 2016, the Company renamed its Computing and Consumer reportable segment to Computing, Consumer and Industrial in order to reflect the operations of ZMDI, which are primarily included into the Computing, Consumer and Industrial reportable segment.
Consumer and Computing Timing Products: Our timing products consist of custom and off-the-shelf solutions optimized for digital consumer and computing applications. Consumer timing products include programmable timing devices that address in-system programming and test and I/O translation. By directly enhancing design flexibility, portability and reliability, these products also reduce inventory and test costs. Our other consumer clocks include fanout and zero-delay buffers and spread-spectrum clock generators.
We offer the industry’s largest portfolio of computing timing products for all generations of motherboards. Our computing timing solutions offer a unique combination of features and high performance, enabling leading-edge technologies, such as PCI Express, as well as registered and load-reduced dual in-line memory modules (RDIMMs and LRDIMMs). In addition, we offer synthesizer products and provide customized clock solutions, offering optimized feature sets to meet the needs of specific motherboards.

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Memory Interface Products: The broad range of our products for RDIMMs and LRDIMMs is a direct result of our significant experience in timing, high-speed serial interface and logic technologies. We offer register and PLL chipsets to meet the latest memory speed needs of server and workstation devices, including Single Data Rate (SDR), Double Data Rate (DDR), DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4 memory technology.

PCI Express Switching Solutions: Our family of PCI Express switching solutions is aimed at high-performance server, storage, embedded and communications applications. Moreover, we offer a complete integrated hardware/software development kit that includes evaluation boards, software drivers and a graphical user interface that enables complete system configuration and optimization. Our PCIe Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3 devices are optimized for I/O expansion system interconnects and inter-domain communications.

Power Management Solutions: Our power management portfolio includes the industry's first true single-chip Qi-certified wireless power transmitter and Qi-compliant wireless power receiver ICs, as well as dual-mode single-chip wireless power receivers that support both the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standards. We offer an expanding selection of power management integrated circuits (PMICs), including intelligent, scalable, distributed power management for portable multi-core processors.

We are a leader in wireless power transmitter and receiver solutions for battery charging applications, with proven expertise in developing solutions for both magnetic induction and magnetic resonance technologies. Addressing all major standards and technologies, our highly integrated and innovative transmitter ICs are designed for use in wireless charging stations in homes, offices, libraries, stores, public waiting areas, airports and airplane seats. Our receiver ICs are targeted for use in portable devices and accessories. We participate in all major industry associations and ecosystems, including the WPC and AirFuel Alliance.

Signal Integrity Products: Computing and storage applications face increasing signal integrity challenges as data rates continuously rise. The high-speed I/O used in today’s systems make cost-effective and reliable PCB design complicated. Our signal integrity products condition signals and help alleviate constraints in computing, storage and communications applications.

Sensing Products: IDT has long developed and sold temperature sensors among its memory interface products, but with the acquisition of ZMDI, our sensing portfolio is growing dramatically. IDT now offers a wide array of sensors and sensor conditioning products that have a proven record of capability in applications in automotive, industrial, consumer and internet-of-things end products. These sensing products, when aligned with IDT’s other world-class solutions enable IDT to offer a larger platform solution to their customers especially in the automotive and consumer vertical end-market.
Sales Channels
We sell our semiconductor products through three channels: direct sales to OEMs and EMS providers, consignment sales to OEMs and EMSs, and sales through distributors.  Direct sales are managed mainly through our internal sales force and independent sales representatives.  Revenue is recognized on direct sales based on the relevant shipping terms. During fiscal 2017, direct sales accounted for approximately 45% of our total worldwide revenues.
Consignment sales relate to areas where we have established hubs at or near key customers to allow them quick access to our products. We retain ownership of the product at consignment locations until the product is pulled by the customer. Consignment sales are managed by our internal sales team and accounted for approximately 9% of our total worldwide revenues in fiscal 2017.
The majority of our sales are through distributors. In general, distributors who serve our customers worldwide and distributors who serve our customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific region, have rights to price protection, stock rotations and other credits/allowances. For certain distributors, due to the uncertainty of the amount of the credits related to these programs, revenue is not recognized until the product has been sold by the distributor to an end customer. For those distributors where we can reliably estimate credits related to these programs, revenue is recognized upon shipment to these distributors. Revenue recognized on sales through distributors represented approximately 46% of our total worldwide revenues in fiscal 2017.
Sales through two distributors in each of fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015 accounted for 10% or more of our total revenues in each period. Sales through a distributor, Avnet and its affiliates, represented approximately 10%, 15% and 14% of our total revenues in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Sales through another distributor, Uniquest, represented approximately 11%, 16% and 16% of our total revenues in each of the fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. SK Hynix and its affiliates, which is a direct OEM customer, accounted for 12% of our revenues in fiscal 2016. No other distributor or single direct or consignment customer represented 10% or more of our total revenues in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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Customers
We market our products on a worldwide basis, primarily to OEMs who, in turn, incorporate our products into the customers’ products marketed under their brands. We work closely with our OEM customers to design and integrate current and next generation products to meet the requirements of end users.  Many of our end customer OEMs have outsourced their manufacturing to a concentrated group of global EMSs and original design manufacturers (ODMs), who then buy product directly from us or through our distributors on behalf of the OEM. These EMSs and ODMs have achieved greater autonomy in design win, product qualification and product purchasing decisions, especially for commodity products. SK Hynix and its affiliates accounted for 12% of our revenues in fiscal 2016. No other direct OEM customer accounted for 10% or more of our total revenues in fiscal 2017 and 2015.
Manufacturing
We currently use third-party foundries that are primarily located in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and Germany who provide wafer fabrication requirements for our products. We assemble or package products at several different subcontractors in the APAC region. Utilizing several different subcontractors located in different countries enables us to negotiate lower prices and limits the risk associated with production concentration in one country or company. The criteria used to select assembly subcontractors include, but are not limited to, cost, quality, delivery, automotive certification and subcontractor financial stability. We perform the vast majority of our test operations at our test facilities located in Malaysia and Germany. A relatively small amount of test operations are also performed at third-party subcontractors in the APAC region.
Backlog
We offer custom designed products, as well as industry-standard products and application-specific standard products. Sales are made primarily pursuant to standard purchase orders, which are frequently revised by customers as their requirements change. We have also entered into master purchase agreements, which do not require minimum purchase quantities, with many of our OEM and EMS customers. We schedule product deliveries upon receipt of purchase orders under the related customer agreements. Generally, these purchase orders and customer agreements, especially those for standard products, also allow customers to change the quantities, reschedule delivery dates and cancel purchase orders without significant penalties. In general, orders, especially for industry standard products, are often made with very short lead times and may be canceled, rescheduled, re-priced or otherwise revised prior to shipment. In addition, certain distributor orders are subject to price adjustments both before and after shipment.  For all these reasons, we do not believe that our order backlog is a reliable indicator of future revenues.
Research and Development
Our research and development efforts emphasize the development and design of proprietary, differentiated, high-performance, low-power analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. We believe that a sustained level of investment in research and development is necessary to maintain our competitive position. We operate research and development centers in Irvine, San Jose and San Diego, California; Tempe, Arizona; Duluth, Georgia; Westford, Massachusetts; Smithfield, Rhode Island; Ottawa, Canada; Shanghai, China; Dresden, Munich and Stuttgart, Germany; and Varna and Sofia Bulgaria. Research and development expenses, as a percentage of revenues, were approximately 23%, 21% and 22% in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Our product development activities are focused on the design of integrated circuits that provide differentiated features and enhanced performance primarily for communications, computing, consumer, automotive and industrial applications.
Competition
The semiconductor industry is characterized by rapid technological advances, cyclical market patterns, erosion of product sale prices and evolving industry standards. Many of our competitors have substantially greater technical, marketing, manufacturing or financial resources than we do. In addition, several foreign competitors receive financial assistance from their governments, which could give them a competitive advantage. We compete in different product areas to varying degrees on the basis of technical innovation and product performance, as well as product quality, availability and price.
Our competitive strategy is to use our applications expertise to develop a deep understanding of customers’ systems and to use our unique combination of analog and digital technologies to develop complete product portfolios that solve our customers’ whole problem. We differentiate our products through innovative configurations, proprietary features, high performance, and breadth of offerings. Our ability to compete successfully and to expand our business will depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to:
Performance, feature, quality and price of our products;
Timing and success of new product introductions by us, our customers and our competitors;
Quality of technical service and support and brand awareness;
Cost effectiveness of our design, development, manufacturing and marketing efforts; and
Global economic conditions.

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We compete with product offerings from numerous companies, including Analog Devices, Inc.; Broadcom Limited; Cypress Semiconductor Corporation; Inphi Corporation; Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.; Montage Technology; On Semiconductor Corporation; Silicon Laboratories Inc.; Skyworks Solutions Inc.; Texas Instruments Inc; Elmos; AustrianMicrosystem AG (AMS); ST Microsystems; Melexis Semiconductors; and NXP Semiconductors.
Intellectual Property and Licensing
We rely primarily on our patents, trade secrets, contractual provisions, licenses, copyrights, trademarks, and other proprietary rights mechanisms to protect our intellectual property.  We believe that our intellectual property is a key corporate asset, and we continue to invest in intellectual property protection. We also intend to increase the breadth of our patent portfolio. There can be no assurance that any patents issued to us will not be challenged, invalidated or circumvented, that the rights granted thereunder will provide competitive advantages to us or that our efforts to protect our intellectual property rights will be successful.
In recent years, there has been a growing trend of companies resorting to litigation to protect their semiconductor technology from unauthorized use by others. We have been involved in patent litigation, which has impacted or could impact our operating results. Although we have obtained patent licenses from certain semiconductor manufacturers, we do not have licenses from a number of semiconductor manufacturers with broad patent portfolios.  While we are not knowingly infringing on any of their patents, these semiconductor manufacturers may resort to litigation or other means in an effort to allege infringement and force us to obtain licenses to their patents. Our success will depend in part on our ability to obtain necessary intellectual property rights and protect our intellectual property rights. While we have filed patent applications, we cannot be certain that these applications will issue into patents or that we will be able to obtain the patent coverage and other intellectual property rights necessary to protect our technology.  Further, we cannot be certain that once granted, the intellectual property rights covered by such patents will not be challenged by other parties.
Environmental Regulation
We are committed to protecting the environment and the health and safety of our employees, customers and the public. We endeavor to adhere to the most stringent standards across all of our facilities, to encourage pollution prevention and to strive towards continual improvement. As an integral part of our total quality management system, we strive to exceed compliance with regulatory standards in order to achieve a standard of excellence in environmental, health and safety management practices.
Our test facilities are subject to numerous environmental laws and regulations, particularly with respect to the storage, handling, use, discharge and disposal of certain chemicals, gases and other substances used or produced in the semiconductor manufacturing process. Compliance with these laws and regulations has not had a material impact on our capital expenditures, earnings, financial condition or competitive position. Although we believe that we are fully compliant with all applicable environmental laws and regulations there can be no assurance that current or future environmental laws and regulations will not impose costly requirements upon us. Any failure by us to comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations could result in fines, suspension of production and legal liability.
Employees
As of April 2, 2017, we had approximately 1,623 employees worldwide, with approximately 602 employees located in the United States.  Our future success depends in part on our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, particularly engineers, who are often in great demand. We have implemented policies enabling our employees to share in our success, including stock option, restricted stock unit, stock purchase and incentive bonus plans. We have never had a work stoppage related to labor issues. As of April 2, 2017, we have seven employees in France who are covered by a national trade union collective bargaining agreement, and 183 employees in Germany are currently represented by a works council.
ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS
Investing in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described below and all information contained in this report before you decide to purchase our common stock. These risk factors are intended to highlight certain factors that may affect our financial condition and results of operations and are not meant to be an exhaustive discussion of risks that we may face. Our operations could also be affected by factors that are not presently known to us or that we currently consider to be immaterial to our operations. Due to risk and uncertainties, both known and unknown, we may be unable to conduct our business as currently planned and our financial condition and operating results could be adversely impacted. In addition, the price of our securities is subject to volatility and could decline due to the occurrence of any of these risks, causing investors to lose all or part of their investment.
Our operating results can fluctuate dramatically. Our operating results have fluctuated in the past and are likely to vary in the future. Past financial results may not be a reliable indicator of future performance. Fluctuations in operating results can result from a wide variety of factors, including:
global economic conditions, including those related to the credit markets;

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the cyclicality of the semiconductor industry;
changes in the demand for and mix of products sold and in the markets we and our customers serve;
the availability of industry-wide wafer processing capacity;
the availability of industry-wide and package specific assembly subcontract capacity and related raw materials;
competitive pricing pressures;
the success and timing of new product and process technology announcements and introductions from us or our competitors;
potential loss of market share among a concentrated group of customers;
difficulty in attracting and retaining key personnel;
difficulty in predicting customer product requirements;
production difficulties and interruptions caused by our complex manufacturing and logistics operations;
limited control over our manufacturing and product delivery as a result of our reliance on subcontractors, foundry and other manufacturing services;
unrealized potential of acquired businesses and resulting assets impairment;
availability and costs of raw materials from a limited number of suppliers;
political, economic and health conditions in various geographic areas;
timing and execution of plans and programs subject to foreign labor law requirements, including consultation with work councils;
reduced customer demand as a result of the impact from natural and/or man-made disasters which may adversely impact our customer's manufacturing capability or reduce our customer's ability to acquire critical materials or components to manufacture their end products;
costs associated with other events, such as intellectual property disputes or other litigation; and
legislative, tax, accounting, or regulatory changes or changes in their interpretation.
Global economic and geo-political conditions may adversely affect our business and results of operations.
We have and/or rely on facilities and operations in many countries throughout the world and some of our operations are concentrated in one or more geographic regions. A significant portion of our revenue comes from shipments to locations outside the United States. As a result of the breadth of our international operations, we are subject to the potential for substantial volatility in global capital markets and the global demand for semiconductor product. Our financial results and operations, including our ability to manufacture, assemble and test, design, develop and sell products, may be adversely affected by various global economic and geo-political conditions which can include:

slow, uneven economic growth throughout the world;
uncertainty regarding macroeconomic conditions and/or an institutional or economic collapse in a geographic region;
geo-political events and security breaches throughout the world, such as armed conflict, civil or military unrest, political instability, terrorist activity, cyber attacks and data fraud or theft;
natural disasters and public health issues including pandemics and outbreaks of infectious diseases; and
large scale disruptions in transportation, communications and information technology networks.
The cyclicality of the semiconductor industry exacerbates the volatility of our operating results. 
The semiconductor industry is highly cyclical and has experienced significant downturns, often in connection with product cycles of both semiconductor companies and their customers, but also related to declines in general economic conditions. These downturns have been characterized by volatile customer demand, high inventory levels and accelerated erosion of average selling prices. Any future economic downturns could materially and adversely affect our business from one period to the next relative to demand and product pricing. In addition, the semiconductor industry may experience periods of increased demand, during which we may experience internal and external manufacturing constraints. We may also experience substantial changes in future operating results due to the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry.
Our acquisition of ZMDI and GigPeak and the integration of those businesses, operations and employees with our own will involve risks and the failure to integrate successfully in the expected time frame may adversely affect our future results.
On December 7, 2015, we completed the purchase of all of the outstanding non-par-value shares of Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI). On April 4, 2017, subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2017, we completed the purchase of all of the outstanding common stock of GigPeak, Inc. (GigPeak). Any failure to successfully integrate the business, operations and employees of ZMDI and GigPeak could harm our results of operations. Our ability to realize these benefits will depend, in part, on the timely integration and consolidation of organizations, operations, facilities, procedures, policies and technologies, and the harmonization of differences in the business cultures between the companies and their personnel. Implementation and integration of the ZMDI and GigPeak businesses will be complex and time-consuming, will involve additional expense and could disrupt our business and divert management's attention from ongoing business concerns. The challenges involved in integrating ZMDI and GigPeak will include:

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preserving customer, supplier and other important relationships;
coordinating and integrating operations;
integrating financial forecasting and controls, procedures and reporting cycles;
combining and integrating information technology systems; and
integrating employees and related human resources systems and benefits, maintaining employee morale and retaining key employees.
The benefits we expect to realize from the acquisition of ZMDI and GigPeak are, necessarily, based on projections and assumptions about the combined businesses of the Company, ZMDI and GigPeak and assume, among other things, the successful integration of ZMDI and GigPeak into our business and operations. We may not successfully integrate ZMDI and GigPeak and our operations in a timely manner, or at all. If we do not realize the anticipated benefits of this transaction, our growth strategy and future profitability could be affected. In addition, the acquisition significantly increased the amount of our goodwill and other intangible assets, which could adversely affect our future results of operations.
We have a substantial amount of indebtedness which could adversely affect our financial position and prevent us from implementing our strategy or fulfilling our contractual obligations.
On April 4, 2017, subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2017, we borrowed $200 million in a term loan facility (Initial Term B Loan) with an original maturity date of April 4, 2024. In November 2015, we issued $373.8 million of 0.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2022 (Convertible Notes). Our substantial indebtedness may:
limit our ability to use our cash flow or borrow additional funds for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions and general corporate and other purposes;  
make it difficult for us to satisfy our financial obligations;
place us at a competitive disadvantage compared to our less leveraged competitors; and
increase our vulnerability to the impact of adverse economic and industry conditions.

Our Credit Agreement related to the Initial Term B Loan contains customary affirmative and negative covenants, including covenants that limit or restrict our and our subsidiaries’ ability to, among other things, incur indebtedness, grant liens, merge or consolidate, dispose of assets, make investments, make acquisitions, enter into transactions with affiliates, pay dividends or make distributions and repurchase stock. Any of these factors could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, if we incur additional indebtedness, the risks related to our business and our ability to service or repay our indebtedness would increase.
The exercise of warrants issued to JPMorgan Chase Bank concurrently with our Convertible Notes would, and the conversion of our Conversion Notes could, dilute the ownership interest of our existing shareholders.
If the market price per share of our common stock, as measured under the terms of the warrant transactions, exceeds the strike price of the warrants during the measurement period at the maturity of the warrants, we will owe JPMorgan Chase Bank a number of shares of our common stock in an amount based on the excess of such market price per share of our common stock over the strike price of the warrants. Any issuance by us of additional shares to JPMorgan Chase Bank upon exercise of the warrants will dilute the ownership interest of our existing shareholders. In addition, the conversion of our Convertible Notes will dilute the ownership interests of our existing shareholders and could have a dilutive effect on our net income per share to the extent that the price of our common stock exceeds the conversion price of the Convertible Notes. Any sales in the public market by JPMorgan Chase Bank of our common stock upon exercise of the warrants or sales in the public market of our common stock issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Notes could adversely affect prevailing market prices of our common stock.

We have made and may continue to make acquisitions and divestitures which could divert management's attention, cause ownership dilution to our stockholders, be difficult to integrate, and/or adversely affect our financial results.
Acquisitions and divestitures are commonplace in the semiconductor industry and we have acquired and divested, and may continue to acquire or divest, businesses and technologies. Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures include a number of risks and present financial, managerial and operational challenges. Acquisitions or divestitures could divert our management's attention and other resources from other business concerns. Integrating newly acquired businesses or technologies, or in the case of a divestiture, separating businesses or technologies, could put a strain on our resources, could be costly and time consuming, and might not be successful. In addition, we might lose key employees while integrating new organizations or might incur increased expenses, including but not limited to legal, administrative and compensation expenses, related to newly hired or terminated employees. Acquisitions and divestitures could also result in customer dissatisfaction, performance problems with an acquired company or technology, dilutive or potentially dilutive issuances of equity securities, the incurrence of debt, the assumption or incurrence of contingent liabilities, or other unanticipated events or circumstances, any of which could harm our business. Consequently, we might not be successful in acquiring or integrating any new businesses, products, or technologies, and might not achieve anticipated revenues and cost benefits. In addition, we might be unsuccessful in finding or completing acquisition or divestiture opportunities

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on acceptable terms in a timely manner. For all these reasons, our pursuit of an acquisition, investment, divestiture, merger or joint venture could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated.
Demand for our products depends primarily on demand in the communications, enterprise computing, personal computer (PC), consumer, automotive, and industrial markets which can be significantly affected by concerns over macroeconomic issues.
Our product portfolio consists predominantly of semiconductor solutions for the communications, computing, consumer, automotive and industrial markets. Our strategy and resources are directed at the development, production and marketing of products for these markets. The markets for our products will depend on continued and growing demand for communications equipment, servers, PCs and consumer electronics, and automotive and industrial solutions. These end-user markets may experience changes in demand that could adversely affect our business and could be greater in periods of economic uncertainty and contraction. To the extent demand or markets for our products do not grow, our business could be adversely affected.
We rely upon subcontractors and third-party foundries.
We are dependent on third-party subcontractors for all of our assembly operations. We are also dependent on third-party outside foundries for the manufacture of our silicon wafers. Our reliance on subcontractors and third-party foundries for our current products presents certain risks because we will have less control over manufacturing quality and delivery schedules, maintenance of sufficient capacity to meet our orders and maintaining in place the manufacturing processes we require. Due to production lead times and potential capacity constraints, any failure on our part to adequately forecast the mix of product demand and resulting foundry and subcontractor requirements could adversely affect our operating results. In addition, we cannot be certain that these foundries and subcontractors will continue to manufacture, assemble, package and test products for us on acceptable economic and quality terms, or at all, and it may be difficult for us to find alternatives in a timely and cost-effective manner if they do not do so.
We build most of our products based on estimated demand forecasts.
Demand for our products can change rapidly and without advance notice. Demand can be affected by changes in our customers' levels of inventory and differences in the timing and pattern of orders from their end customers. Also, product recalls or delays and/or discontinuance of product development activities of our customers can impact the demand for our products. A large percentage of our revenue in the APAC region is recognized upon shipment to our distributors. Consequently, we have less visibility over both inventory levels at our distributors and end customer demand for our products. Further, the distributors have assumed more risk associated with changes in end demand for our products. Accordingly, significant changes in end demand in the semiconductor business in general, or for our products in particular, may be difficult for us to detect or otherwise measure, which could cause us to incorrectly forecast end-market demand for our products. If we are not able to accurately forecast end demand for our products, we may be left with large amounts of unsold products, may not be able to fill all actual orders, and may not be able to efficiently utilize our existing manufacturing capacity or make optimal investment and other business decisions. As a result, we may end up with excess and obsolete inventory or we may be unable to meet customer short-term demands, either of which could have an adverse impact on our operating results.
If we are unable to execute our business strategy successfully, our revenues and profitability may be adversely affected.
Our future financial performance and success are largely dependent on our ability to execute our business strategy successfully. Our present business strategy to be a leading provider of essential mixed signal semiconductor solutions will be affected, without limitation, by: (1) our ability to continue to aggressively manage, maintain and refine our product portfolio including focus on the development and growth of new applications; (2) our ability to continue to maintain existing customers, aggressively pursue and win new customers; (3) our ability to successfully develop, manufacture and market new products in a timely manner; (4) our ability to develop new products in a more efficient manner; (5) our ability to sufficiently differentiate and enhance our products; (6) our ability to successfully deploy research and development (R&D) investment in the areas of displays, silicon timing, power management, signal integrity and radio frequency, and (7) our ability to improve our results of operations.
Our business strategy is based on our assumptions about the future demand for our current products and the new products and applications that we are developing and on our ability to produce our products profitably. We may not be successful in carrying out our business strategy. Further, some or all of our assumptions may be incorrect and our business strategy may not sustain or improve our results of operations. In particular, we may not be able to build our position in markets with high growth potential, increase our volume or revenue, rationalize our manufacturing operations or reduce our costs and expenses.
In addition, circumstances beyond our control and changes in our business or industry may require us to change our business strategy at any given time.

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We face significant competition.
The semiconductor industry is highly competitive and subject to rapid market developments and changes in industry standards, trends and desirable technology. If we do not anticipate and respond to these developments, our competitive position may weaken and our products and/or technologies may become undesirable or obsolete. Further, the price and product development pressures that result from competition may lead to reduced profit margins and lost business opportunities in the event that we are unable to match the price decline or cost efficiencies or advancements of our competitors.
Our results are dependent on the success of new products.   
The markets we serve are characterized by competition, rapid technological change, evolving standards, short product life cycles and continuous erosion of average selling prices. Consequently, our future success will be highly dependent upon our ability to continually develop new products using the latest and most cost-effective technologies, introduce our products in commercial quantities to the marketplace ahead of the competition and have our products selected for inclusion in leading system manufacturers' products. In addition, the development of new products will continue to require significant R&D expenditures. If we are unable to successfully develop, produce and market new products in a timely manner, have our products available in commercial quantities ahead of competitive products or have our products selected for inclusion in products of systems manufacturers and sell them at gross margins comparable to or better than our current products, our future results of operations could be adversely affected. In addition, our future revenue growth is also partially dependent on our ability to penetrate new markets in which we have limited experience and where competitors are already entrenched. Future success for certain new products will also depend on the development of product solutions for new emerging markets and new applications for existing markets. The success of such products is dependent on the ability of our customers and their customers to successfully develop new markets and gain market acceptance for new product solutions in those markets. Even if we are able to develop, produce and successfully market new products in a timely manner, such new products may not achieve market acceptance. The above described events could have a variety of negative effects on our competitive position and our financial results, such as reducing our revenue, increasing our costs, lowering our gross margin percentage, and ultimately leading to impairment of assets.
The loss of the services of any key personnel may adversely affect our business and growth prospects.
Our performance is substantially dependent on the performance of our executive officers and key employees. The loss of the services of any of our executive officers, technical personnel or other key employees could adversely affect our business. In addition, our future success depends on our ability to successfully compete with other technology firms in attracting and retaining specialized technical and management personnel. If we are unable to identify, hire, and retain highly qualified technical and managerial personnel, our business and growth prospects could be adversely affected.
We are dependent on a concentrated group of customers for a significant part of our revenues.    
A large portion of our revenues depends on sales to a limited number of customers. If these relationships were to diminish, or if these customers were to develop their own solutions or adopt a competitor's solution instead of buying our products, our results could be adversely affected.
Many of our end-customer OEMs have outsourced their manufacturing to a concentrated group of global EMSs and original design manufacturers (ODMs) who then buy products directly from us or from our distributors on behalf of the OEM. These EMSs and ODMs have achieved greater autonomy in the design win, product qualification and product purchasing decisions, especially for commodity products. Competition for the business from EMSs and ODMs is intense and there is no assurance we can remain competitive and retain our existing market share with these customers. If these companies were to allocate a higher share of commodity or second-source business to our competitors instead of buying our products, our results would be adversely affected. Furthermore, as EMSs and ODMs have represented a growing percentage of our overall business, our concentration of credit and other business risks with these customers has increased. Competition among global EMSs and ODMs is intense as they operate on very low margins. If any one or more of our global EMSs or ODMs customers were to file for bankruptcy or otherwise experience significantly adverse financial conditions, our business would be adversely affected as well.
In addition, we utilize a relatively small number of global and regional distributors around the world, who buy product directly from us on behalf of their customers. If our business relationships with any of these distributors were to diminish or any of these distributors were to file for bankruptcy or otherwise experience significantly adverse financial conditions, our business could be adversely affected. Because we continue to be dependent on product demand from a small group of OEM end customers and global and regional distributors, any material delay, cancellation or reduction of orders from or loss of these or other major customers could cause our revenue to decline significantly.

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We face competitive pressures and unique requirements from our automotive business customers.
Our automotive business is highly competitive and we may face significant pricing and price reduction pressures from our automotive business customers. Our automotive business results could be adversely impacted if we are unable to offset pricing reduction pressures by improving operating efficiencies and reducing expenditures. In addition to aggressive pricing and ongoing price reductions, our automotive business customers may require longer term product supply commitments and greater contractual penalties and/or liability terms than those or our non-automotive business customers. Our automotive business customers’ products may also carry a risk of personal injury or property damage to end users in the event of a component failure and our participation in such business segment carries an increased risk that we will be required to respond to product liability and other similar types of claims.
We are dependent on a limited number of suppliers.  
Our manufacturing operations depend upon obtaining adequate raw materials on a timely basis. The number of suppliers of certain raw materials, such as silicon wafers, ultra-pure metals and certain chemicals and gases needed for our products, is very limited. In addition, certain packages for our products require long lead times and are available from only a few suppliers. From time to time, suppliers have extended lead times or limited supply to us due to capacity constraints. Our results of operations would be materially and adversely affected if we were unable to obtain adequate supplies of raw materials in a timely manner or if there were significant increases in the costs of raw materials, or if foundry or assembly subcontractor capacity were not available, or if capacity were only available at unfavorable prices.
Our operations and business could be significantly harmed by natural disasters or acts of terrorism.
A majority of the third-party foundries and subcontractors we currently use are located in Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and Germany. In addition, we own test facilities in Malaysia and Germany. The risk of an earthquake or tsunami in these Pacific Rim locations is significant. The occurrence of an earthquake, drought, flood, fire, or other natural disaster near any of these locations could cause a significant reduction of end-customer demand and/or availability of materials, a disruption of the global supply chain, an increase in the cost of products that we purchase, and otherwise interfere with our ability to conduct business. In addition, public health issues, acts of terrorism, armed conflicts or other catastrophic events could significantly delay the production or shipment of our products. Although we maintain insurance for some of the damage that may be caused by natural disasters, our insurance coverage may not be sufficient to cover all of our potential losses and would not cover us for lost business. As a result, a natural disaster in one or more of these regions could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Costs related to product defects and errata may harm our results of operations and business.
Costs associated with unexpected product defects and errata, or deviations from published specifications, due to, for example, unanticipated problems in our design and manufacturing processes, could include:
writing off the value of inventory of such products;
disposing of products that cannot be fixed;
recalling such products that have been shipped to customers;
providing product replacements for, or modifications to, such products; and
defending against litigation related to such products.
These costs could be substantial and may therefore increase our expenses and lower our gross margin. In addition, our reputation with our customers or users of our products could be damaged as a result of such product defects and errata, and the demand for our products could be reduced. The announcement of product defects and/or errata could cause customers to purchase products from our competitors as a result of anticipated shortages of our components or for other reasons. These factors could harm our financial results and the prospects for our business.
Intellectual property claims against and/or on behalf of us could adversely affect our business and operations.  
The semiconductor industry is characterized by vigorous protection and pursuit of intellectual property rights, which has resulted in significant and often protracted and expensive litigation. We have been involved with patent litigation and asserted intellectual property claims in the past, both as a plaintiff and a defendant, some of which have adversely affected our operating results. Although we have obtained patent licenses from certain semiconductor manufacturers, we do not have licenses from a number of semiconductor manufacturers that have broad patent portfolios. Claims alleging infringement of intellectual property rights have been asserted against us in the past and could be asserted against us in the future.

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As a result of these claims, we may have to discontinue the use of certain processes, license certain technologies, cease the manufacture, use, and sale of infringing products, incur significant litigation costs and damages, indemnify customers against certain claims made against them, and develop non-infringing technology. We might not be able to obtain such licenses on acceptable terms or develop non-infringing technology. Further, the failure to renew or renegotiate existing licenses on favorable terms, or the inability to obtain a key license, could materially and adversely affect our business. Future litigation, either as a plaintiff or a defendant, could adversely affect our operating results, as a result of increased expenses, the cost of settled claims, and/or payment of damages.
We may be unable to enforce or protect our intellectual property rights.
We rely on patents, copyrights, trade secrets, mask rights, and other intellectual property rights as well as confidentiality and licensing agreements to protect our intellectual property interests. Our ability to enforce these rights is subject to general litigation risks, as well as uncertainty as to the enforceability of these rights in various countries. Should we seek to enforce our intellectual property rights, we could be subject to claims that our intellectual property rights are invalid or otherwise not enforceable. Our assertion of our intellectual property rights may result in the other party seeking to assert claims against us, which could be disruptive to and/or harm our business. Our inability to enforce our intellectual property rights under any of these circumstances may harm our competitive position and business.
We rely on access to third-party intellectual property, which may not be available to us on commercially reasonable terms or at all.
Some of our products include third-party intellectual property and/or implement industry standards, which may require licenses from third parties. Based on past experience and industry practice, we believe such licenses generally can be obtained on commercially reasonable terms. However, there is no assurance that the necessary licenses can be obtained on acceptable terms or at all. Failure to obtain the right to use third-party intellectual property, or to use such intellectual property on commercially reasonable terms, could preclude us from selling certain products or otherwise have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and operating results.
Our product manufacturing operations are complex and subject to interruption.
From time to time, we have experienced production difficulties, including lower manufacturing yields or products that do not meet our or our customers' specifications, which has resulted in delivery delays, quality problems and lost revenue opportunities. While delivery delays have been infrequent and generally short in duration, we could experience manufacturing problems, capacity constraints and/or product delivery delays in the future as a result of, among other things, the complexity of our manufacturing processes, changes to our process technologies (including transfers to other facilities and die size reduction efforts), and difficulties in ramping production. In addition, any significant quality problems could damage our reputation with our customers and could take focus away from the development of new and enhanced products. These could have a significant negative impact on our financial results.
We are dependent upon electric power and water provided by public utilities where we operate our manufacturing facility. We maintain limited backup generating capability, but the amount of electric power that we can generate on our own is insufficient to fully operate this facility, and prolonged power interruptions and restrictions on our access to water could have a significant adverse impact on our business.
Tax benefits we receive may be terminated or reduced in the future, which would increase our costs.
As a result of our international manufacturing operations, a significant portion of our worldwide profits are in jurisdictions outside the United States, primarily Malaysia, which has granted the Company significant reductions in tax rates. These lower tax rates allow us to record a relatively low tax expense on a worldwide basis. If U.S. corporate income tax laws were to change regarding deferral of U.S. income tax on foreign earnings or other matters impacting our operating structure, this would have a significant impact to our financial results.
We were granted a tax incentive in Malaysia during fiscal 2009. The tax incentive was contingent upon us continuing to meet specified investment criteria in fixed assets, and to operate as an APAC regional headquarters center. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company agreed with the Malaysia Industrial Development Board (MIDA) to cancel the previously granted tax incentive and enter into a new tax incentive agreement which provides a full tax exemption on statutory income for a period of 10 years commencing April 4, 2011. We are required to meet several conditions as to financial targets, investment, headcount and activities in Malaysia to retain this status. Our inability to renew this tax incentive or other exemptions, when they expire, or to meet certain conditions of the agreement with MIDA may adversely impact our effective tax rate.
Our financial results may be adversely affected by higher than expected tax rates or exposure to additional tax liabilities. Tax audits may have a material adverse effect on our profitability.
As a global company, our effective tax rate is highly dependent upon the geographic composition of worldwide earnings and tax regulations governing each region in which we operate. We are subject to income taxes in the United States and various foreign

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jurisdictions, and significant judgment is required to determine worldwide tax liabilities. The United States and other countries where we do business have been considering changes in relevant tax laws applicable to multinational corporations such as ours. These potential changes could adversely affect our effective tax rate or result in higher cash tax liabilities. In addition, our effective tax rate could be adversely affected by changes in the mix of earnings between countries with differing statutory tax rates, by changes in the valuation of deferred tax assets, or by material audit assessments, which could affect our profitability. In particular, the carrying value of deferred tax assets, which are predominantly in the United States, is dependent upon our ability to generate future taxable income in the United States. In addition, the amount of income taxes we pay is subject to ongoing audits in various jurisdictions, and a material assessment by a governing tax authority such as the Internal Revenue Service in the United States could have a material effect on our profitability.
Also, we have not made a provision for U.S. income tax on the portion of our undistributed earnings of our non-US subsidiaries that is considered permanently reinvested outside the U.S. If in the future we repatriate any of these foreign earnings, we might incur incremental U.S. income tax, which could affect our results of operations.
The costs associated with legal proceedings can be substantial, specific costs are unpredictable and not completely within our control, and unexpected increases in litigation costs could adversely affect our operating results.
We have been, and continue to be, involved in various legal proceedings from time to time, such as those described below in Part I, Item 3 "Legal Proceedings." We may face legal claims or regulatory matters involving stockholder, consumer, competition and other issues on a global basis. The costs associated with legal proceedings are typically high, relatively unpredictable, and are not completely within our control. The costs may be materially more than expected, which could adversely affect our operating results. Moreover, we may become involved in unexpected litigation with additional litigants at any time, which would increase our aggregate litigation costs, and could adversely affect our operating results. We are not able to predict the outcome of any legal action, and an adverse decision in any legal action could significantly harm our business and financial performance.
If the credit market conditions deteriorate, it could have a material adverse impact on our investment portfolio.
Although we manage our investment portfolio by purchasing only highly-rated securities and diversifying our investments across various sectors, investment types, and underlying issuers, recent volatility in the short-term financial markets has been high. We have no securities in asset-backed commercial paper and hold no auction rated or mortgage-backed securities. However, it is uncertain as to the full extent of the current credit and liquidity crisis and with possible further deterioration, particularly within one or several of the large financial institutions, the value of our investments could be negatively impacted.
Our results of operations could vary as a result of the methods, estimates, and judgments we use in applying our accounting policies.
The methods, estimates, and judgments we use in applying our accounting policies have a significant impact on our results of operations. Such methods, estimates, and judgments are, by their nature, subject to substantial risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and factors may arise over time that lead us to change our methods, estimates, and judgments. Changes in those methods, estimates, and judgments could significantly affect our results of operations. In particular, the calculation of stock-based compensation expense under the authoritative guidance requires us to use valuation methodologies that were not developed for use in valuing employee stock options and make a number of assumptions, estimates, and conclusions regarding matters such as expected forfeitures, expected volatility of our share price and the exercise behavior of our employees. Changes in these variables could affect our stock-based compensation expense and have a significant and potentially adverse effect on our gross margins, research and development expense and selling, general and administrative expense. For more information, see "Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates" in Part II, Item 7 and "Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies" in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K.
International operations add increased volatility to our operating results.   
A substantial percentage of our total revenues are derived from international sales, as summarized below:
 
(percentage of total revenues)
Fiscal
2017
 
Fiscal
2016
 
Fiscal
2015
Hong Kong
36
%
 
44
%
 
46
%
Rest of Asia Pacific
31
%
 
25
%
 
24
%
Americas
10
%
 
11
%
 
7
%
Korea
11
%
 
11
%
 
12
%
Europe
12
%
 
9
%
 
11
%
Total
100
%
 
100
%
 
100
%

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In addition, our test facilities in Malaysia and Germany, our design centers in Canada, China, and Germany, and our foreign sales offices incur payroll, facility, and other expenses in local currencies. Accordingly, movements in foreign currency exchange rates can impact our revenues and costs of goods sold, as well as both pricing and demand for our products.
Our non-U.S. offshore sites, manufacturing subcontractors and export sales are also subject to risks associated with foreign operations, including:
political instability and acts of war or terrorism, which could disrupt our manufacturing and logistical activities;
regulations regarding use of local employees and suppliers;
exposure to foreign employment practices and labor laws;
currency controls and fluctuations, devaluation of foreign currencies, hard currency shortages and exchange rate fluctuations;
changes in local economic conditions;
governmental regulation of taxation of our earnings and those of our personnel; and
changes in tax laws, import and export controls, tariffs and freight rates.
Our international locations are subject to local labor laws, which are often significantly different from U.S. labor laws and which may under certain conditions result in large separation costs upon termination.
Contract pricing for raw materials and equipment used in the fabrication and assembly processes, as well as for foundry and subcontract assembly services, may also be affected by currency controls, exchange rate fluctuations and currency devaluations. We sometimes hedge currency risk for currencies that are highly liquid and freely quoted, but may not enter into hedge contracts for currencies with limited trading volume. In addition, as much of our revenues are generated outside the United States, a significant portion of our cash and investment portfolio accumulates in the foreign countries in which we operate. As of April 2, 2017, we had cash, cash equivalents and investments of approximately $214.4 million invested overseas in accounts belonging to our foreign subsidiaries. While these amounts are primarily invested in U.S. dollars, a portion is held in foreign currencies, and all offshore balances are exposed to local political, banking, currency control and other risks. In addition, these amounts may be subject to tax and other transfer restrictions.
We rely upon certain critical information systems for the operation of our business.
We maintain and rely upon certain critical information systems for the effective operation of our business. These information systems include telecommunications, the Internet, our corporate intranet, various computer hardware and software applications, network communications, and e-mail. These information systems are subject to attacks, failures, and access denials from a number of potential sources including viruses, destructive or inadequate code, power failures, and physical damage to computers, communication lines and networking equipment. To the extent that these information systems are under our control, we have implemented security procedures, such as virus protection software and emergency recovery processes, to address the outlined risks. While we believe that our information systems are appropriately controlled and that we have processes in place to adequately manage these risks, security procedures for information systems cannot be guaranteed to be failsafe and our inability to use or access these information systems at critical points in time could unfavorably impact the timely and efficient operation of our business.
We are exposed to potential impairment charges on certain assets.
Over the past several years, we have made several acquisitions. As a result of these acquisitions, we had $306.9 million of goodwill and $108.8 million of intangible assets on our consolidated balance sheet as of April 2, 2017. In determining fair value, we consider various factors, including our market capitalization, forecasted revenue and costs, risk-adjusted discount rates, future economic and market conditions, determination of appropriate market comparables and expected periods over which our assets will be utilized and other variables. If our assumptions regarding forecasted cash flow, revenue and margin growth rates of certain long-lived asset groups and reporting units are not achieved, an impairment review may be triggered for the remaining balance of goodwill and long-lived assets prior to the next annual review in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, which could result in material charges that could impact our operating results and financial position.
Our reported financial results may be adversely affected by new accounting pronouncements or changes in existing accounting standards and practices.
We prepare our financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. These accounting principles are subject to interpretation by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), SEC and various organizations formed to interpret and create appropriate accounting standards and practices. New accounting pronouncements and varying interpretations of accounting standards and practices have occurred and may occur in the future. New accounting pronouncements or a change in the interpretation of existing accounting standards or practices may have a significant effect on our reported financial results and may even affect our reporting of transactions completed before the change is announced or effective.

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Our common stock may experience substantial price volatility.  
Our stock price has experienced volatility in the past, and volatility in the price of our common stock may occur in the future, particularly as a result of fluctuations in global economic conditions and quarter-to-quarter variations in our actual or anticipated financial results, or the financial results of other semiconductor companies or our customers. Stock price volatility may also result from product announcements by us or our competitors, or from changes in perceptions about the various types of products we manufacture and sell. In addition, our stock price may fluctuate due to price and volume fluctuations in the stock market, especially in the technology sector, and as a result of other considerations or events described in this section.
We depend on the ability of our personnel, raw materials, equipment and products to move reasonably unimpeded around the world.
Any political, military, world health or other issue which hinders the worldwide movement of our personnel, raw materials, equipment or products or restricts the import or export of materials could lead to significant business disruptions. Furthermore, any strike, economic failure, or other material disruption on the part of major airlines or other transportation companies could also adversely affect our ability to conduct business. If such disruptions result in cancellations of customer orders or contribute to a general decrease in economic activity or corporate spending on information technology, or directly affect our marketing, manufacturing, financial and logistics functions, our results of operations and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.
We invest in companies for strategic reasons and may not realize a return on our investments.
We make investments in companies around the world to further our strategic objectives and support our key business initiatives. Such investments include equity instruments of private companies, and many of these instruments are non-marketable at the time of our initial investment. These companies range from early-stage companies that are often still defining their strategic direction to more mature companies with established revenue streams and business models. The success of these companies is dependent on product development, market acceptance, operational efficiency, and other key business factors as well as their ability to secure additional funding, obtain favorable investment terms for future financings, or participate in liquidity events such as public offerings, mergers, and private sales. If any of these private companies fail, we could lose all or part of our investment in that company. If we determine that other-than-temporary decline in the fair value exists for an equity investment in a private company in which we have invested, we write down the investment to its fair value and recognize the related write-down as an investment loss.
When the strategic objectives of an investment have been achieved, or if the investment or business diverges from our strategic objectives, we may decide to dispose of the investment. We may incur losses on the disposal of our non-marketable investments.
We are subject to a variety of environmental and other regulations related to hazardous materials used in our manufacturing processes.  
The manufacturing and testing of our products require the use of hazardous materials that are subject to a broad array of environmental, health and safety laws and regulations. Any failure by us to adequately control the use or discharge of hazardous materials under present or future regulations could subject us to substantial costs or liabilities or cause our manufacturing operations to be suspended.
Existing and future environmental, health and safety laws and regulations could also require us to acquire pollution abatement or remediation equipment, modify our product designs, or incur other expenses associated with such laws and regulations. Many new materials that we are evaluating for use in our operations may be subject to regulation under existing or future environmental laws and regulations that may restrict our use of one or more of such materials in our manufacturing, and test processes, or products. Any of these restrictions could harm our business and results of operations by increasing our expenses or requiring us to alter our manufacturing and test processes.
Our operations could be affected by the complex laws, rules and regulations to which our business is subject.
We are subject to complex laws, rules and regulations affecting our domestic and international operations relating to, for example, environmental, safety and health; exports and imports; bribery and corruption; tax; data privacy; labor and employment; competition; and intellectual property ownership and infringement. Compliance with these laws, rules and regulations may be onerous and expensive, and if we fail to comply or if we become subject to enforcement activity, our ability to manufacture our products and operate our business could be restricted and we could be subject to fines, penalties or other legal liability. Furthermore, should these laws, rules and regulations be amended or expanded, or new ones enacted, we could incur materially greater compliance costs or restrictions on our ability to manufacture our products and operate our business.

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In October 2015, the European Court of Justice invalidated the year 2000 “Safe Harbor” agreement between the European Union and the United States. Before this ruling, companies that complied with the Safe Harbor agreement were deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for European Union citizens’ personally identifiable information that was transferred to, and used in, the United States in the ordinary course of business. Since 2000, we have relied on the Safe Harbor agreement to ensure compliance with data privacy laws in Europe. In light of the October 2015 ruling invalidating the Safe Harbor agreement, we may incur fines, penalties, legal liability and/or additional material costs as we move forward to put in place policies, procedures and practices that ensure compliance with existing and evolving data privacy laws and requirements of the European Union and its member states.
ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.
ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
We own and operate test facilities in Malaysia (approximately 145,000 square feet), and Germany (approximately 19,200 square feet). Our test facilities in Malaysia and Germany are subject to ground lease.
Our corporate headquarters and various administrative, engineering and support functions are located in San Jose, California. We own and occupy approximately 263,000 square feet of space at our San Jose headquarters. We also lease various facilities throughout the world for sales and marketing functions and research and development, including design centers in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
We believe that the facilities that we currently own or lease are suitable and adequate for our needs for the immediate future.
ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
For a discussion of legal proceedings, please see “Note 16 – Commitments and Contingencies – Litigation” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not Applicable.

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PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Price Range of Common Stock
Our Common Stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol IDTI. The following table shows the high and low sales prices for our Common Stock as reported by the NASDAQ Global Select Market for the fiscal periods indicated:
 
High
 
Low
Fiscal 2017
 
 
 
First Quarter
$
23.99

 
$
18.49

Second Quarter
$
23.20

 
$
18.49

Third Quarter
$
25.87

 
$
19.38

Fourth Quarter
$
26.66

 
$
23.10

Fiscal 2016
 

 
 

First Quarter
$
24.53

 
$
18.02

Second Quarter
$
22.20

 
$
14.50

Third Quarter
$
29.04

 
$
18.85

Fourth Quarter
$
26.26

 
$
16.22

Stockholders
As of May 15, 2017, there were approximately 586 record holders of our Common Stock. A substantial majority of our shares are held by brokers and other institutions on behalf of individual stockholders.
Dividends
We have never paid cash dividends on our Common Stock. We currently plan to retain any future earnings for use in our business and do not currently anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future.
Equity Incentive Programs
We primarily issue awards under our equity-based plans in order to provide additional incentive and retention to directors and employees who are considered to be essential to the long-range success of the Company.  Please see “Note 9 – Stock-Based Employee Compensation” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Other equity plan information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to the information in Part III, Item 12 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
The following table sets forth information with respect to repurchases of our common stock for the three months ended April 2, 2017:
Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased
 
Average Price Paid Per Share
 
Total Number of Shares
Purchased as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs
 
Approximate Dollar
Value of Shares that
May Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans or
Programs
January 2, 2017 - January 29, 2017
237,100

 
$
24.58

 
237,100

 
$
106,336,540

January 30, 2017 - February 26, 2017
245,000

 
$
25.09

 
245,000

 
$
100,185,198

February 27, 2017 - April 2, 2017
334,100

 
$
24.07

 
334,100

 
$
92,139,208

Total
816,200

 
$
24.52

 
816,200

 
 


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In April 2015, our Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase program authorization for $300 million. In October 2015, our Board of Directors approved an increase in the share repurchase authorization by another $300 million. In November 2015, we entered into separate accelerated share repurchase agreements (ASR Agreements) with JPMorgan Chase Bank and Bank of America to repurchase a total of $225 million of our common stock, which were completed during fiscal 2016.
As of April 2, 2017, approximately $92.1 million was available for future purchases under the share repurchase program. In fiscal 2017, we repurchased 4.3 million shares of our common stock for $93.5 million. In fiscal 2016, we repurchased 17.9 million shares of our common stock for $422.3 million, and approximately $225 million under the ASR Agreements. In fiscal 2015, we repurchased 5.3 million shares of our common stock for $79.2 million.
Share repurchases were recorded as treasury stock and resulted in a reduction of stockholders’ equity. The programs are intended to reduce the number of outstanding shares of our common stock to offset dilution from employee equity grants and increase shareholder value.
Stock Performance Graph
Set forth below is a line graph comparing the percentage change in the cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock against the cumulative total return of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P Electronics (Semiconductors) Index for a period of five fiscal years. Our fiscal year ends on a different day each year because our year ends at midnight on the Sunday nearest to March 31 of each calendar year. However, for convenience, the amounts shown below are based on a March 31 fiscal year end. “Total return,” for the purpose of this graph, assumes reinvestment of all dividends.
The performance of our stock price shown in the following graph is not necessarily indicative of future stock price performance.
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 Cumulative Total Return
2012
 
2013
 
2014
 
2015
 
2016
 
2017
Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
$
100.00

 
$
104.48

 
$
166.99

 
$
276.78

 
$
290.21

 
$
331.05

S&P Semiconductor Index
$
100.00

 
$
111.41

 
$
132.93

 
$
146.33

 
$
147.17

 
$
167.75

S&P 500 Index
$
100.00

 
$
111.26

 
$
132.81

 
$
146.11

 
$
146.95

 
$
167.42



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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
The data set forth below are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and should be read in conjunction with, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes thereto included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Statements of Operations Data
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
(in thousands, except per share data)
April 2, 2017
 
April 3, 2016 (1)(2)
 
March 29, 2015
 
March 30, 2014 (3)
 
March 31, 2013 (4)
Revenues (5)
$
728,243

 
$
697,376

 
$
572,905

 
$
484,779

 
$
484,452

Net income from continuing operations (5)
$
109,184

 
$
195,299

 
$
114,581

 
$
111,313

 
$
2,711

Basic net income per share – continuing operations (5)
$
0.82

 
$
1.37

 
$
0.77

 
$
0.74

 
$
0.02

Diluted net income per share – continuing operations (5)
$
0.79

 
$
1.32

 
$
0.74

 
$
0.73

 
$
0.02

Net cash provided by operating activities
$
168,974

 
$
192,602

 
$
171,772

 
$
75,629

 
$
44,074

Balance Sheet Data
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 (in thousands)
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016
 
March 29,
2015
 
March 30, 2014
 
March 31,
2013
Cash, cash equivalents and investments
$
406,046

 
$
354,464

 
$
555,060

 
$
453,815

 
$
297,170

Working capital
$
469,866

 
$
390,994

 
$
573,797

 
$
508,713

 
$
365,980

Total assets
$
1,183,634

 
$
1,099,189

 
$
913,659

 
$
830,960

 
$
728,579

Convertible notes (2)
$
285,541

 
$
272,221

 
$

 
$

 
$

Other long-term obligations
$
18,894

 
$
21,264

 
$
17,605

 
$
18,683

 
$
22,022

(1)
In fiscal 2016, we completed the acquisition of the ZMDI business. The results of operations have been included for the period from December 7, 2015 (the Acquisition Date) to April 3, 2016. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, we recorded a tax benefit of $61.7 million from the release of a valuation allowance. Based on significant positive evidence which overcame prior negative evidence, we concluded that it was appropriate to release the valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets, with the exception of deferred tax assets related to certain foreign and state jurisdictions.
(2)
In fiscal 2016, we completed the private offering and sale of $373.8 million in aggregate principal amount of 0.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2022. Balance as of the end of fiscal year 2017 and 2016 represents the liability component, net of unamortized debt discount and issuance cost.
(3)
In fiscal 2014, we recognized a gain on divestitures of $82.3 million relating to the divestiture of our PCI Express enterprise flash controller business and a $3.7 million loss on divestiture relating to the sale of our Audio business. In addition, associated with the decision to discontinue production and sale of products using technology attained through the acquisitions of Mobius Microsystems in fiscal 2010 and IKOR in fiscal 2011, we recorded an additional $8.7 million in accelerated amortization of intangible assets which was charged to cost of revenues. In addition, we recorded a $2.4 million impairment of in process research and development ("IPR&D"), charged to research and development expense, associated with the decision to discontinue further development required to complete the Mobius Microsystems acquired IPR&D.
(4)
In fiscal 2013, we recognized a gain on divestitures of $8.0 million relating to the sale of our smart metering business.
(5)
In fiscal 2014, we initiated a project to divest our High-Speed Data Converter ("HSC") Business. The results of operations for the discontinued business have been segregated and excluded from the continuing operations presented.

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with “Item 6. Selected Financial Data” and “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The information in this Annual Report contains forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: operating results; new product introductions and sales; competitive conditions; capital expenditures and resources; manufacturing capacity utilization; customer demand and inventory levels; intellectual property issues; and the risk factors set forth in the section “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, actual results and timing of events could differ significantly from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly release any revisions to the forward-looking statements for future events or new information after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Our consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. The preparation of such statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements. Our estimates and assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that we consider to be appropriate in the circumstances. However, actual future results may vary from our estimates and assumptions.
We believe that the following accounting policies are "critical," as defined by the SEC, in that they are both highly important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results, and they require difficult management judgments, estimates and assumptions about matters that are inherently uncertain.
Accounting for Business Combinations. We use the acquisition method of accounting, which is in accordance with ASC 805, Business Combinations, for business combinations and recognizes assets acquired and liabilities assumed measured at their fair values on the date acquired. This requires us to recognize separately from goodwill the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed at their acquisition date fair values. Goodwill as of the acquisition date is measured as the excess of consideration transferred over the net of the acquisition date fair values of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. While management uses its best estimates and assumptions to accurately value assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date as well as contingent consideration, where applicable, the estimates are inherently uncertain and subject to refinement. As a result, during the measurement period, which may be up to one year from the acquisition date, we adjust the assets acquired and liabilities assumed with the corresponding offset to goodwill. Upon the conclusion of the measurement period or final determination of the values of assets acquired or liabilities assumed, whichever comes first, any subsequent adjustments are recognized in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.
Accounting for business combinations requires management to make significant estimates and assumptions, especially at the acquisition date, including estimates for intangible assets, contractual obligations assumed, restructuring liabilities, pre-acquisition contingencies and contingent consideration, where applicable. Although we believe the assumptions and estimates made in the past have been reasonable and appropriate, they are based, in part, on historical experience and information obtained from the management of the acquired companies and are inherently uncertain. Critical estimates in valuing certain of the intangible assets that we have acquired include, but are not limited to future expected cash flows from product sales, customer contracts and acquired technologies, and discount rates. Unanticipated events and circumstances may occur that may affect the accuracy or validity of such assumptions, estimates or actual results.
Revenue Recognition. Our revenue results from semiconductor products sold through three channels: direct sales to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronic manufacturing service providers (EMSs), consignment sales to OEMs and EMSs, and sales through distributors. We recognize revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred or services have been rendered, the price is fixed or determinable, and our ability to collect is reasonably assured.
Distributors have rights to price protection, ship from stock pricing credits and stock rotation. When we are unable to estimate these credits, we defer revenue and related cost of revenues on sales to these distributors until the product is sold through by the distributor to an end-customer. We have certain distributors for which revenue is recognized upon shipment, with reserves recorded for the estimated return and pricing adjustment exposures. The determination of the amount of reserves to be recorded requires that we make estimates. We utilize historical experience and market trends to estimate the reserves. Historically, differences between actual and estimated credits have not been material.

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Income Taxes.  We account for income taxes under an asset and liability approach that requires the expected future tax consequences of temporary differences between book and tax basis of assets and liabilities be recognized as deferred tax assets and liabilities. Generally accepted accounting principles require us to evaluate the ability to realize the value of our net deferred tax assets on an ongoing basis. A valuation allowance is recorded to reduce the net deferred tax assets to an amount that will more likely than not be realized. Accordingly, we consider all available positive and negative evidence, including various tax planning strategies, forecasts of future taxable income, and recent operating results in assessing the need for a valuation allowance.
We maintained a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets through the third quarter of fiscal 2016 as there was insufficient positive evidence to overcome the significant negative evidence to conclude that it was more likely than not that the deferred tax assets would be realized. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, we generated a substantial amount of U.S. profit, utilizing our remaining U.S. federal net operating loss carryovers available as well as a significant amount of U.S. tax credit carryforwards. In addition, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, we validated our mid-term business plan. We also considered forecasts of future taxable income and evaluated the utilization of our remaining tax credit carryforwards prior to their date of expiration. All of these were significant positive factors that overcame prior negative evidence and we concluded that it was appropriate to release the valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets, with the exception of deferred tax assets related to certain foreign and state jurisdictions.
As of April 2, 2017, we continue to maintain a valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets in certain state and foreign jurisdictions, as we are not able to conclude that it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will be realized. We reached this decision based on judgment, which included consideration of historical operating results and projections of future profits. We will continue to monitor the need for the valuation allowance on a quarterly basis.
We recognize tax liabilities for uncertain income tax positions taken on our income tax return based on the two-step process prescribed under U.S. GAAP. The first step is to determine whether it is more likely than not that each income tax position would be sustained upon audit. The second step is to estimate and measure the tax benefit as the amount that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the tax authority. Estimating these amounts requires us to determine the probability of various possible outcomes. We evaluate these uncertain tax positions on a quarterly basis. This evaluation is based on the consideration of several factors including changes in facts or circumstances, changes in applicable tax law, settlement of issues under audit, and new exposures. If we later determine that the exposure is lower or that the liability is not sufficient to cover our revised expectations, we adjust the liability and effect a related change in our tax provision during the period in which we make such determination.
Inventories.  Inventories are recorded at the lower of standard cost (which approximates actual cost on a first-in, first-out basis) or market value. We record provisions for obsolete and excess inventory based on our forecasts of demand over specific future time horizons. We also record provisions to value our inventory at the lower of cost or market value, which rely on forecasts of average selling prices (ASPs) in future periods. Actual market conditions, demand and pricing levels in the volatile semiconductor markets that we serve may vary from our forecasts, potentially impacting our inventory reserves and resulting in material impacts to our gross margin.
Valuation of Long-Lived Assets and Goodwill. We operate our own test facilities in Malaysia and Germany, and have also acquired certain businesses and product portfolios in recent years. As a result, we have property, plant and equipment, goodwill and other intangible assets. We evaluate these items for impairment on an annual basis, or sooner, if events or changes in circumstances indicate that carrying values may not be recoverable. Triggering events for impairment reviews may include adverse industry or economic trends, significant restructuring actions, significantly lowered projections of profitability, or a sustained decline in our market capitalization. Evaluations of possible impairment and if applicable, adjustments to carrying values, require us to estimate among other factors, future cash flows, useful lives and fair values of our reporting units and assets. Actual results may vary from our expectations.
We review goodwill for impairment annually and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value of goodwill may not be recoverable. Determining the fair value of a reporting unit is judgmental in nature and involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions. These estimates and assumptions include revenue growth rates and operating margins used to calculate projected future cash flows, risk-adjusted discount rates, future economic and market conditions and determination of appropriate market comparables. We utilize a discounted cash flow analysis to estimate the fair value of our reporting units. Actual future results may differ from those estimates. In addition, we make certain judgments and assumptions in allocating shared assets and liabilities to determine the carrying values for each of our reporting units. For the annual impairment testing in fiscal 2017, there was no evidence of any impairment.
Stock-based Compensation. In accordance with FASB guidance on stock-based payments, we measure and recognize compensation expense for all stock-based payments awards, including employee stock options, restricted stock units and rights to purchase shares under employee stock purchase plans, based on their estimated fair value and recognize the costs in the financial statements over the employees’ requisite service period.

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The fair value of employee restricted stock units is equal to the market value of our common stock on the date the award is granted. We estimate the fair value of employee stock options and the right to purchase shares under the employee stock purchase plan using the Black-Scholes valuation model. Option-pricing models require the input of highly subjective assumptions, including the expected term of options and the expected price volatility of the stock underlying such options. In addition, we are required to estimate the number of stock-based awards that will be forfeited due to employee turnover and true up these forfeiture rates when actual results are different from our estimates. We attribute the value of stock-based compensation to expense using an accelerated method.  Finally, we capitalize into inventory a portion of the periodic stock-based compensation expense that relates to employees working in manufacturing activities. For market-based stock unit awards, the fair value of each award is estimated on the date of grant using a Monte Carlo simulation model that uses the assumptions such as expected price volatility, expected term, and risk-free interest rate.
We update the expected term of stock option grants annually based on our analysis of the stock option exercise behavior over a period of time. The interest rate is based on the average U.S. Treasury interest rate over the expected term during the applicable quarter. We believe that the implied volatility of our common stock is an important consideration of overall market conditions and a good indicator of the expected volatility of our common stock. However, due to the limited volume of options freely traded over the counter, we believe that implied volatility, by itself, is not representative of the expected volatility of our common stock and therefore we use a volatility factor to estimate the fair value of our stock-based awards which reflects a blend of historical volatility of our common stock and implied volatility of call options and dealer quotes on call options, generally having a term of less than twelve months. We have not paid, nor do we have current plans to pay dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.
Recent Developments
Divestiture of Fox's Organic Business
On October 3, 2016, we completed the sale of our wholly-owned subsidiary’s, Fox Enterprises, Inc.’s (Fox) organic business for approximately $1.2 million and recorded a loss on divestiture (included in interest income and other, net in the Consolidated Statement of Operations) of approximately $0.7 million in fiscal 2017. See “Note 5 - Other Divestitures (not accounted for as discontinued operations)” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Acquisition of Synkera Technologies, Inc.
On July 22, 2016, we purchased substantially all of the assets and liabilities of Synkera Technologies, Inc. (Synkera), a company engaged in developing and marketing metal oxide gas sensor technology, for total purchase consideration of approximately $2.8 million, of which $1.5 million was paid in cash at closing and $1.3 million was recorded as a liability representing the fair value of contingent cash consideration of up to $1.5 million. The contingent cash consideration will be paid based upon the achievement of certain milestones to be completed within 3.5 years from the date of acquisition.
Acquisition of Zentrum Mikroelektonik Dresden AG
On December 7, 2015, we completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding no-par-value shares of Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI), a privately-held company mainly operating in Germany, in an all-cash transaction for approximately $307.0 million. ZMDI is a global supplier of sensing and digital power semiconductor solutions for automotive, industrial, mobile sensing and other consumer applications. The acquisition provides the Company a significant new growth opportunity in the automotive and industrial business. As a result of this acquisition, we recorded amortizable intangible assets of $126.2 million and goodwill of $170.1 million in fiscal 2016. In addition, we recorded approximately $2.5 million of acquisition related costs in fiscal 2016, which were included in Selling, General and Administrative Expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. Refer to “Note 3 - Business Combinations” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Convertible Notes Offering
On November 3, 2015, we issued $373.8 million aggregate principal amount of 0.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2022 (the Convertible Notes). The net proceeds from this offering were approximately $363.4 million, after deducting the initial purchasers' discounts and commissions and the offering expenses. The net proceeds were primarily used in the purchase of note hedges and repurchases of our common stock. We used the remainder of the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes. Refer to “Note 18 - Convertible Senior Notes, Warrants and Hedges” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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Convertible Note Hedge and Warrant Transactions
In connection with the convertible notes offering, we also entered into two other separate transactions which involved purchase of a note hedge for $94.2 million and issuance of warrants for $56.8 million. We used $37.4 million of the net proceeds from the convertible notes offering to pay for the cost of the note hedge, after such cost was partially offset by the proceeds we received from the issuance of warrants. Refer to “Note 18 - Convertible Senior Notes, Warrants and Hedges” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Accelerated Share Repurchase
On November 2, 2015, we separately entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement (the ASR Agreements) with each of JPMorgan Chase Bank and Bank of America (the Dealers) to repurchase a total of $225 million of our common stock. We received approximately 7.0 million shares of our common stock at $25.69 per share representing approximately $180 million on November 5, 2015. Subsequently the remaining prepayment amount of $45 million was settled in January 2016 resulting in the repurchase of 1.6 million of the Company’s common stock at an average price per share of $28.32.
Discontinued Operations
High-Speed Converter (“HSC”) Business
On April 27, 2015, we completed the sale of the remaining HSC business to eSilicon Corporation (“eSilicon”) for $1.5 million which was recorded as other receivable. During fiscal 2017, we collected the receivable of $1.5 million and recognized a gain from discontinued operations of $1.4 million . In connection with the sale, we entered into an Exclusive Intellectual Property License Agreement with eSilicon, whereby we provided an exclusive license to eSilicon to develop, manufacture, sell and maintain HSC products.
The HSC business was included in the Communications reportable segment. For financial statements purposes, the results of operations for the HSC business have been segregated from those of the continuing operations and are presented in the consolidated financial statements as discontinued operations.

Subsequent Events

On April 4, 2017, we completed the purchase of all of the outstanding common stock, par value of $0.001 per share, of GigPeak, Inc. (GigPeak), in an all-cash transaction for approximately $250 million. GigPeak was a publicly listed company headquartered in San Jose, California that was a global supplier of semiconductor ICs and software solutions for high-speed connectivity and high-quality video compression over the network and the cloud. At the time of the issuance of our consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended April 2, 2017, the initial accounting for the acquisition of GigPeak, including the purchase price allocation, was yet to be completed.

We funded the acquisition from our available cash on hand and net proceeds from borrowings under our credit facility entered into on April 4, 2017 with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent and the various lenders signatory thereto (the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement provides for a $200 million term loan facility (Initial Term B Loan). In addition, we may request incremental term loan and/or incremental revolving loan commitments in an aggregate amount not to exceed the sum of $200 million and an unlimited amount that is subject to pro forma compliance with certain secured leverage ratio test; provided, however that incremental revolving loan commitments may not exceed $50 million. We also used a portion of the proceeds of the loan to pay off GigPeak’s existing credit facility with Silicon Valley Bank and to pay acquisition-related expenses.

The maturity date of the Initial Term B Loan is April 4, 2024; provided that if any Convertible Notes are outstanding on August 16, 2022, the maturity date of which had not otherwise been extended to a date that is no earlier than 91 days after April 4, 2024, the Initial Term B Loan maturity date shall instead be August 16, 2022, unless we and our guarantors have cash, permitted investments and/or unwithdrawn revolving credit commitments in an aggregate amount not less than the aggregate principal amount of then outstanding Convertible Notes. We may prepay the Initial Term B Loan, in whole or in part, at any time without premium or penalty, subject to certain conditions, and amounts repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed. For the initial three-month period through June 30, 2017, the interest rate on the Initial Term B Loan is approximately 4.15%. Refer to “Note 18 - Convertible Senior Notes, Warrants and Hedges” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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Overview
The following table and discussion provide an overview of our operating results from continuing operations for fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015
 
Fiscal Year End
 
(in thousands, except for percentage)
April 2,
2017
 
 
April 3,
2016
 
 
March 29,
2015
Revenues
$
728,243

 
 
$
697,376

 
 
$
572,905

Gross profit
$
420,638

 
 
$
421,654

 
 
$
345,304

As a % of revenues
57.8
%
 
 
60.5
%
 
 
60.3
%
Operating expenses
$
310,297

 
 
$
285,015

 
 
$
234,157

As a % of revenues
42.6
%
 
 
40.9
%
 
 
40.9
%
Operating income
$
110,341

 
 
$
136,639

 
 
$
111,147

As a % of revenues
15.2
%
 
 
19.6
%
 
 
19.4
%
Net income from continuing operations
$
109,184

 
 
$
195,299

 
 
$
114,581

As a % of revenues
15.0
%
 
 
28.0
%
 
 
20.0
%
Our revenues in fiscal 2017 were $728.2 million as compared to $697.4 million in fiscal 2016. During fiscal 2017, total revenue from our Computing, Consumer and Industrial market segment increased primarily due to higher revenue contribution from our automotive/industrial/sensing products and increased demand for our wireless power products. These increases were partly offset by lower demand for our memory interface, communications timing and RapidIO switching solutions products. Gross profit as a percentage of net revenues was 57.8% in fiscal 2017 as compared to 60.5% in fiscal 2016. The decrease in gross profit percentage was primarily due to product mix and certain costs related to the acquisition of ZMDI such as the amortization of intangibles and amortization of fair value markup on inventory. Our operating expenses increased by $25.3 million, or 8.9%, to $310.3 million in fiscal 2017 as compared to $285.0 million in fiscal 2016, primarily due to higher employee related costs, severance expenses and the amortization of new intangibles resulting from the acquisition of ZMDI. Fiscal 2017 included full-year results of ZMDI while fiscal 2016 included approximately four months of results of ZMDI. Net income from continuing operations decreased to $109.2 million in fiscal 2017 from $195.3 million in fiscal 2016 primarily due to higher operating expenses in fiscal 2017 and an income tax benefit of $61.7 million from the release of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets recognized in fiscal 2016.  We ended fiscal 2017 with cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $406.0 million. We generated $169.0 million in cash from operations, used a net $78.5 million for investing activities and used a net $77.5 million for financing activities in fiscal 2017.
Results of Operations, Continuing Operations
Revenues
Revenues by segment:
Fiscal Year Ended
(in thousands)
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016
 
March 29,
2015
Communications
$
265,421

 
$
302,188

 
$
313,630

Computing, Consumer and Industrial
462,822

 
395,188

 
259,275

Total revenues
$
728,243

 
$
697,376

 
$
572,905



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Product groups representing greater than 10% of net revenues:
Fiscal Year Ended
As a percentage of net revenues
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016 (1)
 
March 29,
2015 (1)
Communications:
 
 
 
 
 
Communications timing products
13
%
 
15
%
 
20
%
Serial RapidIO products
10
%
 
13
%
 
17
%
All others less than 10% individually
13
%
 
15
%
 
18
%
     Total Communications
36
%
 
43
%
 
55
%
Computing, Consumer and Industrial:
 
 
 
 
 
Memory interface products
26
%
 
32
%
 
25
%
Wireless power products
10
%
 
*

 
*

Automotive, industrial and sensing products
14
%
 
*

 
%
All others less than 10% individually (2)
14
%
 
25
%
 
20
%
Total Computing, Consumer and Industrial
64
%
 
57
%
 
45
%
Total
100
%
 
100
%
 
100
%
* Represents less than 10% of net revenues.
(1) Prior year numbers have been adjusted to conform to our current organizational structure.
(2) Includes product group with less than 10% of net revenue in a given year.
Communications Segment
Revenues in our Communications segment decreased by $36.8 million, or 12%, to $265.4 million in fiscal 2017 as compared to $302.2 million in fiscal 2016. This decrease was primarily driven by an $11.6 million decrease in communications timing product revenues partly as a result of the divestiture of Fox’s organic business, an $18.2 million decrease in shipments of our Rapid I/O switching solutions products and an $18.4 million decrease in our legacy products. These decreases were partly offset by $11.4 million higher revenue from other communications products.
In fiscal 2016, revenues in our Communications segment decreased by $11.4 million, or 4%, to $302.2 million as compared to $313.6 million in fiscal 2015. This decrease was driven primarily by a $12.2 million decrease in shipments of our Rapid I/O switching solutions products combined with a $13.1 million decrease in communications timing product revenues, partially offset by a $13.9 million increase in revenue from other communications products.
Computing, Consumer and Industrial Segment
Revenues in our Computing, Consumer and Industrial segment increased by $67.6 million, or 17%, to $462.8 million in fiscal 2017 as compared to $395.2 million in fiscal 2016. The increase was primarily due to a $78.5 million revenue increase in automotive, industrial and sensing products combined with a $17.0 million increase in shipments of wireless power products as our wireless business continues to grow, and a $9.2 million increase in revenue from other consumer and computing products. The increases were partly offset by a $37.1 million decrease in memory interface product revenues due to cyclical demand.
In fiscal 2016, revenues in our Computing, Consumer and Industrial segment increased by $135.9 million, or 52%, to $395.2 million as compared to $259.3 million in fiscal 2015. The increase was primarily due to an $80.2 million increase in memory interface product revenues as a result of higher demand combined with a $44.7 million increase in shipments of wireless power products as our wireless business continues to grow, and a $24.4 million revenue contribution from the ZMDI business which mainly included automotive, industrial and sensing products. The increases were partly offset by a $13.4 million decrease in revenue from other consumer and computing products.
Revenues by Region
Revenues, based on shipped to locations, in Hong Kong, Korea, rest of APAC, Europe and Americas accounted for 36%, 11% , 31%, 12%, and 10%, respectively, of consolidated revenues in fiscal 2017 compared to 44%, 11%, 25%, 9% and 11%, respectively, of our consolidated revenues in fiscal 2016. Revenues in Hong Kong, Korea, rest of APAC, Europe and Americas accounted for 46%, 7%, 24%, 11% and 12%, respectively, of our consolidated revenues in fiscal 2015. The APAC region continues to be our largest region, as many of our customers utilize manufacturers in that region.

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Deferred Income on Shipments to Distributions
Included in the Balance Sheet caption “Deferred income on shipments to distributors” are amounts related to shipments to certain distributors for which revenue is not recognized until our product has been sold by the distributor to an end customer. The components as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016 are as follows:
(in thousands)
April 2, 2017
 
April 3, 2016
Gross deferred revenue
$
2,335

 
$
9,460

Gross deferred costs
(350
)
 
(2,454
)
Deferred income on shipments to distributors
$
1,985

 
$
7,006

The gross deferred revenue represents the gross value of shipments to distributors at the list price billed to the distributor less any price protection credits provided to them in connection with reductions in list price while the products remain in their inventory.  The amount ultimately recognized as revenue will be lower than this amount as a result of ship from stock pricing credits which are issued in connection with the sell through of our products to end customers. Based on the last four quarters, this amount has ranged from an average of approximately 25% to 31% of the list price billed to the customer. The gross deferred costs represent the standard costs (which approximate actual costs) of products we sell to the distributors. Although we monitor the levels and quality of inventory in the distribution channel, our experience is that products returned from these distributors may be sold to a different distributor or in a different region of the world. As such, inventory write-downs for products in the distribution channel have not been significant. The decrease in deferred income in fiscal 2017 was due to lower inventory balances for distributors where we cannot reliably estimate the related credits and allowances.
Gross Profit
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016
 
March 29,
2015
Gross Profit (in thousands)
$
420,638

 
$
421,654

 
$
345,304

Gross Profit Percentage
57.8
%
 
60.5
%
 
60.3
%
Gross profit decreased slightly by $1.0 million or 0.2%, in fiscal 2017 as compared to fiscal 2016. Gross profit as a percentage of revenues decreased by 2.7% in fiscal 2017 as compared to fiscal 2016, primarily due to changes in product mix and certain costs related to the acquisition of ZMDI such as amortization of intangibles and amortization of the fair value markup on inventory. Product mix changes specifically pertain to a decline in Communication segment revenue, which has higher margins and an increase in the Computing, Consumer and Industrial segment which has relatively lower margins.
In fiscal 2016, gross profit increased by $76.4 million, or 22%, compared to fiscal 2015 primarily as a result of increased revenue combined with a higher gross margin percentage. Gross profit as a percentage of revenues increased by 0.2% in fiscal 2016 as compared to fiscal 2015, primarily due to reduced manufacturing costs and improved inventory management.
Operating Expenses
The following table presents our operating expenses for fiscal years 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively:
 
 
April 2, 2017
 
April 3, 2016
 
March 29, 2015
 
(in thousands, except for percentages)
 
Dollar Amount
 
% of Net
Revenues
 
Dollar Amount
 
% of Net
Revenues
 
Dollar Amount
 
% of Net
Revenues
Research and development
 
$
165,104

 
23
%
 
$
148,507

 
21
%
 
$
127,688

 
22
%
Selling, general and administrative
 
$
145,193

 
20
%
 
$
136,508

 
20
%
 
$
106,469

 
19
%
Research and Development (R&D)
R&D expense increased by $16.6 million, or 11.2%, to $165.1 million in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016. The increase was primarily driven by an approximate $15.4 million increase (excluding severance costs) as a result of the acquisition of ZMDI, which included full-year results for fiscal 2017 while fiscal 2016 included approximately four months of results, and an $8.3 million increase in severance costs primarily for our operations in France and Germany. The increases were partially offset by lower R&D labor and benefit related costs.

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R&D expense increased by $20.8 million, or 16%, to $148.5 million in fiscal 2016 compared to fiscal 2015. The increase was primarily driven by an $8.9 million increase in R&D labor and benefit related costs, a $5.5 million increase in stock-based compensation, a $1.8 million increase in R&D consulting and outside services, a $1.4 million increase in severance costs as a result of headcount reductions during fiscal 2016, a $ 1.4 million increase in photomasks and R&D materials and a $1.4 million increase in various other R&D related expenses as a result of the acquisition of ZMDI.
Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A)
SG&A expenses increased by $8.7 million, or 6.4%, to $145.2 million in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016. The increase was primarily driven by an approximate $15.0 million increase (excluding severance costs) as a result of the acquisition of ZMDI, which included full-year results for fiscal 2017 while fiscal 2016 included approximately four months of results, and a $4.7 million increase in stock-based compensation. These increases were partially offset by a $5.7 million decrease in severance costs and by lower SG&A labor and benefit related costs.
SG&A expenses increased by $30.0 million, or 28%, to $136.5 million in fiscal 2016 compared to fiscal 2015. The increase was primarily driven by a $7.8 million increase in severance costs as a result of headcount reductions during fiscal 2016, a $5.5 million increase in stock-based compensation, a $5.5 million increase in amortization of intangibles as a result of new intangibles recognized from the acquisition of ZMDI, a $3.6 million increase in SG&A labor and benefit related costs, a $2.5 million increase in acquisition-related costs, a $2.0 million increase consulting and other outside services and a $1.3 million increase in medical insurance costs.
Other-Than-Temporary Impairment Loss on Investment
We account for our equity investments in privately held companies under the cost method which totaled $13.2 million and $10.0 million as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, respectively. These investments are subject to periodic impairment review and measured and recorded at fair value when they are deemed to be other-than-temporarily impaired. In determining whether a decline in value of our investments has occurred and is other than temporary, an assessment is made by considering available evidence, including the general market conditions, the investee’s financial condition, near-term prospects, market comparables and subsequent rounds of financing. The valuation also takes into account the investee’s capital structure, liquidation preferences for its capital and other economic variables. The valuation methodology for determining the decline in value of non-marketable equity securities is based on inputs that require management judgment. There were no impairments recorded during fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Restructuring Charges
As part of an effort to streamline operations with changing market conditions and to create a more efficient organization, we have undertaken restructuring actions to reduce our workforce and consolidate facilities. Our restructuring expenses consisted primarily of: (i) integration-related cost reduction and restructuring activities; (ii) severance and termination benefit costs related to the reduction of our workforce; and (iii) lease termination costs and costs associated with permanently vacating certain facilities.
Integration-related Restructuring Plan
During fiscal 2017, we prepared a workforce-reduction plan with respect to employees of our Automotive and Industrial business (formerly ZMDI) in Germany. The plan which required consultation with the German Works Council was approved by the German Works Council. Also, the details of the plan were communicated to the affected employees. Accordingly, we accrued restructuring charges in accordance with ASC 420, Exit and Disposal Cost Obligations. The restructuring charges recorded in the Consolidated Statements of Operations, in connection with the workforce-reduction plan, were approximately $5.0 million for fiscal 2017, for a total of 49 employees. $4.9 million of the $5.0 million was paid during fiscal 2017 and the remaining $0.1 million will be paid in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
In fiscal 2016, we began the implementation of planned cost reduction and restructuring activities in connection with the acquisition of ZMDI. We recorded charges of approximately $6.9 million of employee termination cost for two former executives of ZMDI and 36 employees during fiscal 2016. Approximately $5.7 million of the $6.9 million of employee termination cost was paid in fiscal 2016 and the remaining $1.2 million was paid during fiscal 2017.
Radio Frequency Business
During fiscal 2017, we prepared a workforce-reduction plan with respect to employees of our Radio Frequency business in France. The Company and the affected employees signed agreements with regards to the timing and payment of severance benefits. Accordingly, we accrued restructuring charged in accordance with ASC 420, Exit and Disposal Cost Obligations. During fiscal 2017, we recorded in the Consolidated Statement of Operations, approximately $7.5 million of severance benefits, for a total of 13 employees. During fiscal 2017, we paid $4.1 million related to this action. As of April 2, 2017, the total accrued balance for employee severance costs related to this action was $2.9 million. We plan to complete this action by December 2017.

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HSC Business
In fiscal 2015, we prepared a workforce-reduction plan (the Plan) with respect to employees of our HSC business in France and the Netherlands. The Plan sets forth the general parameters, terms and benefits for employee dismissals. The Plan was approved by the French Works Council and Labor Administrator and the related Plan details were communicated to the affected employees in France and the Netherlands. No works council consultation was required in the Netherlands. Accordingly, we accrued restructuring charges in accordance with ASC 420, Exit or Disposal Cost Obligations. The restructuring charges recorded to discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statement of Operations were approximately $18.3 million for the fiscal year ended March 29, 2015, for a total of 53 employees in France and the Netherlands combined. We have substantially completed payments of these termination benefits and the total accrued balance related to this action was $1.4 million as of April 2, 2017. We expect to complete this action by December 2017.
Others
During fiscal 2017, we recorded restructuring charges of $4.0 million and reduced headcount by 59 employees. During fiscal 2017, we paid $3.6 million related to these actions. As of April 2, 2017, the total accrued balance for employee severance costs related to these actions was $0.4 million. We plan to complete these actions by the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
In fiscal 2016, we recorded restructuring charges of $4.7 million and reduced headcount by 48 employees. Approximately $4.6 million of the $4.7 million of employee termination cost was paid in fiscal 2016 and the remaining $0.1 million was paid in fiscal 2017.
In fiscal 2015, we recorded other restructuring charges of $1.1 million and reduced headcount by 28 employees in multiple reduction in workforce actions. Approximately $0.8 million of the $1.1 million of employee termination cost was paid in fiscal 2015 and the remaining $0.3 million was paid in fiscal 2016. In fiscal 2015, we also paid $0.6 million regarding the remaining severance liabilities for certain actions in fiscal 2014.
Interest Expense
The components of interest expense are summarized as follows:
 
Fiscal Year Ended
(in thousands)
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016
 
March 29,
2015
Accretion of debt discount
$
12,239

 
$
4,904

 
$

Contractual interest expense
3,307

 
1,363

 

Amortization of issuance costs
1,081

 
450

 

Other
251

 
326

 
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Total interest expense
$
16,878

 
$
7,043

 
$
27

Interest expense for fiscal 2017 and 2016 is primarily related to the Convertible Notes issued in November 2015.
Interest Income and Other, Net 
The components of interest income and other, net are summarized as follows:
 
Fiscal Year Ended
(in thousands)
April 2, 2017
 
April 3, 2016
 
March 29, 2015
Interest income
$
2,916

 
$
3,616

 
$
2,724

Other income, net
2,906

 
652

 
2,094

Interest income and other, net
$
5,822

 
$
4,268

 
$
4,818

Interest income is derived from earnings on our cash and short term investments. Other income, net primarily consists of gains or losses in the value of deferred compensation plan assets, foreign currency gains or losses and other non-operating gains or losses. The decrease in interest income was primarily attributable to a lower average level of short-term investments. The yearly variation in other income, net was primarily due to changes in value of the underlying investments of the deferred compensation plan and the impact of foreign currency fluctuations.

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Income Tax Expense (Benefit)
We recorded an income tax benefit of $9.9 million and $61.4 million in fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively and an income tax expense of $1.4 million in fiscal 2015. The income tax benefit recorded in fiscal 2017 was primarily due to a $7.5 million tax benefit recorded on the loss in jurisdictions where no valuation allowance was in place. The loss was primarily attributable to the amortization of acquired intangible assets as well as severance costs. Additionally, stock-based compensation excess tax benefits of $2.5 million were reflected in the income tax benefit as a result of the early adoption of ASU 2016-09. Refer to “Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more details regarding the adoption of ASU 2016-09. The income tax benefit in fiscal 2016 was primarily due to a $61.7 million tax benefit from the release of a valuation allowance that otherwise was offsetting deferred tax assets as of April 3, 2016 and a $6.8 million tax benefit related to the amortization of acquired intangible assets and severance costs incurred in connection to the acquisition of ZMDI, partially offset by $5.7 million of U.S. taxes resulting from distributions of foreign earnings. The income tax expense in fiscal 2015 was primarily due to foreign income tax expense.
We maintained a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets through the third quarter of fiscal 2016 as there was insufficient positive evidence to overcome the significant negative evidence and to conclude that it was more likely than not that the deferred tax assets would be realized. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 we generated a substantial amount of U.S. profit, primarily as a result of our repatriation of foreign earnings during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, utilizing our remaining U.S. federal net operating loss carryovers available as well as a significant amount of U.S. tax credit carryforwards. In addition, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 we validated our mid-term business plan. We also considered forecasts of future taxable income and evaluated the utilization of our remaining tax credit carryforwards prior to their date of expiration. All of these are significant positive factors that overcame prior negative evidence and we concluded that it was appropriate to release the valuation allowance of $61.7 million against our deferred tax assets as of April 3, 2016, with the exception of deferred tax assets related to certain foreign and state jurisdictions.
As of April 2, 2017, we continue to maintain a valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets in certain state and foreign jurisdictions, as we are not able to conclude that it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will be realized. We reached this decision based on judgment, which included consideration of historical operating results and projections of future profits. We will continue to monitor the need for the valuation allowance on a quarterly basis.
In fiscal 2016, after examination of our projected offshore cash flows, and global cash requirements, we determined that we would no longer require 100% of our foreign-generated cash to support our foreign operations. We plan to continue to repatriate a portion of our offshore earnings generated after March 29, 2015 to the U.S. for domestic operations, and we have accrued for the related tax impacts accordingly.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, we repatriated $85 million of our offshore earnings to the U.S. for domestic operations, bringing the total repatriation in fiscal 2016 to $101 million, which included a distribution above and beyond the anticipated annual amount. This repatriation, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, reflected our objectives of increasing our available U.S. cash and providing liquidity to meet our cash needs in the U.S., including, among other things, servicing debt, potentially funding strategic investments, and potentially funding opportunistic share repurchases on an accelerated basis, while evaluating the future cash needs in our foreign jurisdictions after our recent foreign acquisition.
For earnings accumulated as of March 29, 2015, we continue to indefinitely reinvest such amounts in our foreign jurisdictions, except to the extent there is any previously taxed income which is expected to be repatriated. If circumstances change and it becomes apparent that some or all of the remaining undistributed earnings of our offshore subsidiaries will be remitted in the foreseeable future, we will accrue income taxes at that time.
We benefit from tax incentives granted by local tax authorities in certain foreign jurisdictions. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, we agreed with the Malaysia Industrial Development Board to enter into a new tax incentive agreement which is a full tax exemption on statutory income for a period of 10 years commencing April 4, 2011. This tax incentive agreement is subject to the Company meeting certain financial targets, investments, headcounts and activities in Malaysia.
On January 16, 2017, the Malaysia Finance Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was enacted. The Act contains a number of provisions including, most notably, the reimposition of withholding taxes on offshore services provided to Malaysian entities and is effective prospectively from the date of enactment. We have determined that it will not affect our intercompany activities and will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and cash flows.
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”) was signed into law on December 18, 2015. The Act contains a number of provisions including, most notably, a permanent extension of the U.S. federal research tax credit. Our tax provision for fiscal 2016 reflects the benefit of the U.S. federal research credit.
During the quarter ended June 28, 2015, we reached an understanding regarding the terms for settling with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") and closed out all positions as part of the examination of our income tax returns for the fiscal years 2010 through 2012. As a result, we remeasured our tax positions based on the facts, circumstances, and information available at the

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reporting date. The outcome did not have a material effect on our financial position, cash flows or results of operations due to our tax attributes.
During the quarter ended October 2, 2016, we closed out all positions as part of the examination of our Singapore income tax returns for the fiscal years 2009 through 2012. The outcome did not have a material effect on the our financial position, cash flows or results of operations.
During the quarter ended April 2, 2017, we closed out all positions as part of the examination of our German income tax returns for the fiscal years 2012 through 2014. The outcome did not have a material effect on our financial position, cash flows or results of operations.
As of April 2, 2017, we are under examination in Malaysia for fiscal years 2012 through 2015, in India for fiscal year 2015, and in the state of New York for fiscal years 2013 through 2016. Although the final outcome of each examination is uncertain, based on currently available information, we believe that the ultimate outcome will not have a material adverse effect on our financial position, cash flows or results of operations.
On July 27, 2015, in Altera Corp. v. Commissioner, the U.S. Tax Court issued an opinion, in favor of Altera Corp., related to the treatment of stock-based compensation expense in an intercompany cost-sharing arrangement. The Internal Revenue Service filed a notice of appeal on February 19, 2016 in this case. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the status of the current regulations, questions related to the scope of potential benefits, and the risk of the Tax Court’s decision being overturned upon appeal, we have not recorded any benefit as of April 2, 2017. We will continue to monitor ongoing developments and potential impacts to our financial statements.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Our cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $406.0 million as of April 2, 2017, a decrease of $51.6 million compared to April 3, 2016
We had an outstanding debt in the form of convertible notes amounting to $373.8 million as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016.
On April 4, 2017, subsequent to the end of our fiscal 2017, we completed the purchase of all of the outstanding common stock of GigPeak. In order to partly finance the acquisition, on April 4, 2017, we borrowed $200 million in Initial Term B Loan with original maturity date of April, 4, 2024. Refer to Note 23 - Subsequent Events for details.
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $169.0 million in fiscal 2017 compared to $192.6 million in fiscal 2016 and $171.8 million in fiscal 2015. Cash provided by operating activities in fiscal 2017 consisted of our net income of $110.5 million, as adjusted to add back deferred tax benefit, depreciation, amortization, asset impairment, stock-based compensation, non-cash interest expense and other non-cash items totaling $88.6 million and less $30.1 million in cash used as a result of changes in our working capital requirements primarily related to increases and decreases in assets and liabilities. In fiscal 2017, significant proceeds from changes in working capital requirements included an increase of $3.9 million in accounts payable and an increase of $4.9 million in other accrued liabilities. Net use of cash for changes in working capital requirements included a decrease of $18.9 million in accrued compensation and related expenses, a decrease of $5.0 million in deferred income, and an increase of $16.6 million in accounts receivable.
In fiscal 2016, net cash provided by operating activities in fiscal 2016 consisted of our net income of $192.6 million, as adjusted to add back deferred tax benefit, tax benefit from stock-based based payment arrangements, depreciation, amortization, stock compensation, non-cash interest expense and other non-cash items totaling $1.1 million and less $3.2 million in cash used by changes in working capital requirements primarily related to increases and decreases in assets and liabilities. In fiscal 2016, significant proceeds from changes in working capital requirements included a decrease of $11.7 million in inventories, a decrease of $2.7 million of other assets and an increase of $6.5 million in accounts payable. Net use of cash for changes in working capital requirements included a decrease of $13.3 million in accrued compensation and related expenses, a decrease of $8.7 million in deferred income, a decrease of $5.0 million in other accrued liabilities and long-term liabilities and an increase of $1.6 million in accounts receivable.
In fiscal 2015, net cash provided by operating activities consisted of our net income of $93.9 million, as adjusted to exclude net gain on divestitures of $16.8 million and to add back depreciation, amortization, asset impairment, stock compensation and other non-cash items totaling $56.1 million, and $38.9 million in cash used by changes in working capital requirements primarily related to increases and decreases in assets and liabilities. In fiscal 2015, significant proceeds from changes in working capital requirements included an increase of $19.3 million in accrued compensation and related expenses as a result of higher accrued employee bonus, an increase of $8.1 million in other accrued liabilities and long-term liabilities as a result of accrued severance costs for the HSC business, a decrease of $5.3 million in accounts receivable, a decrease of $4.4 million in inventories, an increase of $2.3 million in accounts payable and an increase of $1.7 million in deferred income. Net use of cash for changes in working capital requirements included a $2.3 million increase in prepayment and other assets.

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Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Net cash used for investing activities in fiscal 2017 was $78.5 million compared to net cash used for investing activities of $25.5 million in fiscal 2016 and net cash used for investing activities of $81.8 million in fiscal 2015.  Net cash used for investing activities in fiscal 2017 was primarily due to $3.2 million used for the purchase of non-marketable equity securities and convertible notes, $1.5 million of payments to purchase Synkera, net of cash acquired, $27.0 million in expenditures to purchase fixed assets, $4.8 million used for the purchase of intangible assets and $42.0 million of net purchases of short-term investments. Refer to Note 23 - Subsequent Events for acquisition of GigPeak.
In fiscal 2016, net cash used for investing activities was primarily due to $279.1 million of payments to purchase ZMDI, net of cash acquired, $16.3 million in expenditures to purchase fixed assets, $10.8 million used for the purchase of intangible assets and $6.0 million used for the purchase of non-marketable equity securities, which were offset in part by $284.0 million of net proceeds from sale of short-term investments and receipt of $2.7 million in escrow related to a prior acquisition.
In fiscal 2015, net cash used for investing activities was primarily due to $76.4 million used for the net purchase of short-term investments, $17.8 million in expenditures to purchase fixed assets and $4.0 million used for the purchase of non-marketable equity securities, which were offset in part by $15.3 million of proceeds from the divestiture of assets of the Alvand portion of the HSC business and receipt of $1.0 million in escrow related to a prior acquisition.
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Net cash used for financing activities was $77.5 million in fiscal 2017 as compared to net cash used for financing activities of $81.6 million in fiscal 2016 and net cash provided by financing activities of $59.8 million in fiscal 2015. Cash used for financing activities in fiscal 2017 was primarily due to repurchases of $93.5 million of our common stock and payment of capital leases of $1.5 million, partially offset by proceeds of $17.5 million from the exercise of employee stock options and the issuance of stock under our employee stock purchase plan. Refer to Note 23 - Subsequent Events for details on the Initial Term B Loan.
In fiscal 2016, cash used for financing activities was primarily due to repurchases of $422.3 million of IDT common stock, purchase of Convertible Note hedges of $94.2 million and payment of ZMDI bank loans and capital leases of $9.7 million, partially offset by net proceeds from our Convertible Notes offering of $363.4 million, proceeds from the sale of warrants of $56.8 million, proceeds of $19.7 million from the exercise of employee stock options and the issuance of stock under our employee stock purchase plan and $4.5 million of excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements.
In fiscal 2015, cash used by financing activities was primarily due to repurchases of $79.2 million of IDT common stock and $1.6 million in payments of acquisition-related consideration, partially offset by proceeds of $21.1 million from the exercise of employee stock options and the issuance of stock under our employee stock purchase plan.
We anticipate capital expenditures of approximately $20 million to $30 million during fiscal 2018 to be financed through cash generated from operations and existing cash and investments.
Cash equivalents are highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less at the time of purchase. We maintain our cash and cash equivalents with reputable major financial institutions. Deposits with these banks may exceed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance limits or similar limits in foreign jurisdictions. These deposits typically may be redeemed upon demand and, therefore, bear minimal risk. In addition, a significant portion of cash equivalents is concentrated in money market funds which are invested primarily in U.S. government treasuries. While we monitor daily the cash balances in our operating accounts and adjust the balances as appropriate, these balances could be affected if one or more of the financial institutions with which we deposit fails or is subject to other adverse conditions in the financial markets. As of April 2, 2017, we had not experienced any loss or lack of access to our invested cash or cash equivalents in our operating accounts.  However, we can provide no assurances that access to our invested cash and cash equivalents will not be affected by adverse conditions in the financial markets. See Part I, Item 1A-“Risk Factors: Global economic and geo-political conditions may adversely affect our business and results of operations.”
In addition, as much of our revenues are generated outside the U.S., a significant portion of our cash and investment portfolio accumulates in the foreign countries in which we operate. As of April 2, 2017, we had cash, cash equivalents and investments of approximately $214.4 million invested overseas in accounts belonging to various IDT foreign operating entities. While these amounts are primarily invested in U.S. dollars, a portion is held in foreign currencies, and all offshore balances are exposed to local political, banking, currency control and other risks. In addition, these amounts may be subject to tax and other transfer restrictions.
All of our short-term investments which are classified as available-for-sale investments are subject to a periodic impairment review. Investments are considered to be impaired when a decline in fair value is judged to be other-than-temporary. This determination requires significant judgment. For publicly traded investments, impairment is determined based upon the specific facts and circumstances present at the time, including a review of the closing price over the length of time, general market conditions and our intent and ability to hold the investment for a period of time sufficient to allow for recovery. Although we believe the portfolio continues to be comprised of sound investments due to high credit ratings and government guarantees of the underlying investments,

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a further decline in the capital and financial markets would adversely impact the market values of its investments and their liquidity. We continually monitor the credit risk in our portfolio and future developments in the credit markets and make appropriate changes to our investment policy as deemed necessary. We did not record any other-than-temporary impairment charges related to our short-term investments in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments
The following table summarizes our contractual arrangements as of April 2, 2017 and the expected timing and effects of these commitments on our liquidity and cash flow in future periods:
 
Payments Due by Fiscal Year (in thousands)
 
 
 
Less Than
 
1-3
 
3-5
 
More Than
Contractual Obligations
Total
 
1 Year
 
Years
 
Years
 
5 Years
0.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2022 (1)
$
393,581

 
$
3,270

 
$
6,540

 
$
6,540

 
$
377,231

Operating lease obligations
23,328

 
5,796

 
10,642

 
6,000

 
890

Capital lease obligations (2)
1,676

 
1,388

 
288

 

 

Other supplier obligations (3)
7,115

 
5,163

 
1,952

 

 

Total
$
425,700

 
$
15,617

 
$
19,422

 
$
12,540

 
$
378,121

(1)
Represents the aggregate principal amount of $373.8 million and anticipated interest payments of $19.8 million of the Convertible Notes. See“Note 18 - Convertible Senior Notes, Warrants and Hedges” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
(2)
We have machinery and equipment that we account for as capital leases. The related liabilities are apportioned between current and long-term other liabilities on our Consolidated Balance Sheets based on the contractual timing of payments.
(3)
Other supplier obligations represent payments due under various software design tool and technology license agreements.
As of April 2, 2017, our net unrecognized tax benefits and related interest and penalties were $31.9 million, of which $0.9 million are classified as long-term liabilities and $31.0 million are netted against deferred tax assets. In addition, we have $15.0 million of amounts payable related to obligations under our deferred compensation plan, which are classified as long-term liabilities. At this time, we are unable to make a reasonably reliable estimate of the timing of payments, if any, in individual years due to uncertainties in the timing or outcomes of either actual or anticipated tax audits and the timing of employee departures.  As a result, these amounts are not included in the table above.
Purchase orders or contracts for the purchase of raw materials and other goods and services are not included in the table above. We are not able to determine the aggregate amount of such purchase orders that represent binding contractual obligations, as purchase orders often represent authorizations to purchase rather than binding agreements. Our purchase orders are based on our current manufacturing needs and are fulfilled by our vendors within short time horizons. We also enter into contracts for outsourced services, which generally contain clauses allowing for cancellation prior to services being performed without significant penalty. In addition, the table above excludes leases in which amounts have been accrued for impairment charges.
We believe that existing cash and investment balances, together with cash flows from operations, will be sufficient to meet our working capital and capital expenditure needs through at least fiscal 2018. We may choose to investigate other financing alternatives; however, we cannot be certain that additional financing will be available on satisfactory terms.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
We assumed an agreement with a financial institution to sell certain of our trade receivables from customers with limited, non-credit-related recourse provisions as part of an acquisition during the quarter ended January 3, 2016. The agreement was subsequently terminated on September 30, 2016. Total receivables sold under the factoring facility during fiscal 2017 and 2016 were $26.2 million and $21.8 million, respectively. Total collections from the sale of receivables and from deferred purchase payments during fiscal 2017 were $33.3 million and $3.4 million, respectively. Total collections from the sale of receivables and from deferred purchase payment during fiscal 2016 were $21.8 million and $2.1 million, respectively. The total available amount of the factoring facility as of April 3, 2016 was $1.9 million. The sales of accounts receivable in accordance with the factoring agreement are reflected as a reduction of Accounts Receivable, net in the Consolidated Balance Sheets as they meet the applicable criteria of ASC 860, Transfers and Servicing. Collections of deferred purchase payments are included in the change in accounts receivable under the operating activities section of the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. The amount due from the factoring institution was $0.8 million as of April 3, 2016, and is shown in Prepayments and Other Current Assets on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. As the result of terminating the agreement, the total available amount of the factoring facility and the amount due from

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the factoring institution were zero as of April 2, 2017. We paid factoring fees associated with the sale of receivables based on the dollar value of the receivables sold. Such fees were not material in fiscal 2017 and 2016.
As of April 2, 2017, we did not have any off-balance sheet arrangement, as defined under SEC Regulation S-K Item 303(a) (4) (ii), other than the items discussed above and in "Note 16 - Commitments and Contingencies - Commitments" in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
For further information, please see “Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
Our interest rate risk relates primarily to our short-term investments of $191.5 million and $151.2 million as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, respectively. By policy, we limit our exposure to long-term investments and mitigate the credit risk through diversification and adherence to a policy requiring the purchase of highly-rated securities. As of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, our cash, cash equivalents and investment portfolio was concentrated in securities with same day liquidity and at the end of fiscal 2017, a substantial majority of securities in our investment portfolio had maturities of less than two years. A hypothetical 10% change in interest rates will not have a material effect on the value of our investment portfolio as of April 2, 2017. We do not currently use derivative financial instruments in our investment portfolio.
As of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, we had outstanding debt of $373.8 million in the form of convertible notes. The fair value of our Convertible Notes is subject to interest rate risk, market risk and other factors due to the convertible feature. The fair value of the Convertible Notes will generally increase as interest rates fall and decrease as interest rates rise. In addition, the fair value of the Convertible Notes will generally increase as our common stock price increases and will generally decrease as our common stock price declines in value. The interest and market value changes affect the fair value of our Convertible Notes but do not impact our financial position, cash flows or results of operations due to the fixed nature of the debt obligation.
We are exposed to foreign currency exchange rate risk as a result of international sales, assets and liabilities of foreign subsidiaries, local operating expenses of our foreign entities and capital purchases denominated in foreign currencies. We may use derivative financial instruments to help manage our foreign currency exchange exposures. We do not enter into derivatives for speculative or trading purposes. We have foreign exchange facilities used for hedging arrangements with banks that allow us to enter into foreign exchange contracts totaling approximately $32.0 million, all of which was available at April 2, 2017. We performed a sensitivity analysis as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016 and determined that, without hedging the exposure, a 10% change in the value of the U.S. dollar would result in an approximate 0.01% and 0.5% impact on gross profit margin percentage, as we operate a manufacturing testing facility in each of Malaysia and Germany, and an approximate 0.5% and 0.7% impact to operating expenses (as a percentage of revenue), respectively, as we operate sales offices in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea and throughout Europe and design centers in China and Canada.  As of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, we had no material outstanding foreign exchange contracts.
We did not have any material currency exposure related to any outstanding capital purchases as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016.


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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
Index to Consolidated Financial Statements
Consolidated Financial Statements:
 
 
 
Financial Statement Schedule:
 


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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Integrated Device Technology, Inc.:

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the accompanying index appearing under item 15(a)(1), present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Integrated Device Technology, Inc. and its subsidiaries at April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended April 2, 2017 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the accompanying index under item 15(a)(2) presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of April 2, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company's management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed the manner in which it accounts for certain elements of its employee share-based payments in 2017.
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.



/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

San Jose, California
May 19, 2017


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INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(in thousands)
April 2, 2017
 
April 3, 2016
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
214,554

 
$
203,231

Short-term investments
191,492

 
151,233

Accounts receivable, net
89,312

 
74,386

Inventories
52,288

 
54,243

Prepayments and other current assets
13,054

 
15,008

Total current assets
560,700

 
498,101

Property, plant and equipment, net
80,961

 
73,877

Goodwill
306,925

 
305,733

Intangible assets, net
108,818

 
127,761

Deferred tax assets
85,831

 
60,929

Other assets
40,399

 
32,788

Total assets
$
1,183,634

 
$
1,099,189

Liabilities and stockholders' equity
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
42,020

 
$
39,858

Accrued compensation and related expenses
26,624

 
45,269

Deferred income on shipments to distributors
1,985

 
7,006

Other accrued liabilities
20,205

 
14,974

Total current liabilities
90,834

 
107,107

Deferred tax liabilities
13,835

 
19,712

Convertible notes
285,541

 
272,221

Long-term income tax payable
867

 
2,190

Other long-term liabilities
18,894

 
21,264

Total liabilities
409,971

 
422,494

Commitments and contingencies (Note 16)


 


Stockholders' equity:
 

 
 

Preferred stock: $.001 par value: 10,000 shares authorized; no shares issued

 

Common stock: $.001 par value: 350,000 shares authorized; 133,175 and 133,885 outstanding as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, respectively
133

 
134

Additional paid-in capital
2,685,649

 
2,628,381

Treasury stock at cost: 121,982 and 117,720 shares as of April 2, 2017 and April 3, 2016, respectively
(1,616,315
)
 
(1,522,808
)
Accumulated deficit
(289,019
)
 
(425,298
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(6,785
)
 
(3,714
)
Total stockholders' equity
773,663

 
676,695

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$
1,183,634

 
$
1,099,189


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016
 
March 29,
2015
Revenues
$
728,243

 
$
697,376

 
$
572,905

Cost of revenues
307,605

 
275,722

 
227,601

Gross profit
420,638

 
421,654

 
345,304

Operating expenses:
 

 
 

 
 

Research and development
165,104

 
148,507

 
127,688

Selling, general and administrative
145,193

 
136,508

 
106,469

Total operating expenses
310,297

 
285,015

 
234,157

Operating income
110,341

 
136,639

 
111,147

Interest expense
(16,878
)
 
(7,043
)
 
(27
)
Interest income and other, net
5,822

 
4,268

 
4,818

Income before income taxes from continuing operations
99,285

 
133,864

 
115,938

Income tax expense (benefit)
(9,899
)
 
(61,435
)
 
1,357

Net income from continuing operations
109,184

 
195,299

 
114,581

 
 
 
 
 
 
Discontinued operations:
 
 
 
 
 
Gain from divestiture
1,385

 

 
16,840

Loss from discontinued operations before income taxes

 
(547
)
 
(37,237
)
Income tax expense
87

 
15

 
275

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations
1,298

 
(562
)
 
(20,672
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
110,482

 
$
194,737

 
$
93,909

 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic net income per share – continuing operations
$
0.82

 
$
1.37

 
$
0.77

Basic net income (loss) per share – discontinued operations
$
0.01

 
$

 
$
(0.14
)
Basic net income per share
$
0.83

 
$
1.37

 
$
0.63

 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted net income per share – continuing operations
$
0.79

 
$
1.32

 
$
0.74

Diluted net income (loss) per share – discontinued operations
$
0.01

 
$

 
$
(0.13
)
Diluted net income per share
$
0.80

 
$
1.32

 
$
0.61

 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares:
 

 
 

 
 

Basic
133,817

 
142,783

 
148,714

Diluted
137,440

 
147,652

 
153,983



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


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INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
(in thousands)
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016
 
March 29,
2015
Net income
$
110,482

 
$
194,737

 
$
93,909

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
 
 
 
 
 
Currency translation adjustments, net of tax
(2,042
)
 
(280
)
 
(5,218
)
Change in net unrealized gain or loss on investments, net of tax
(1,029
)
 
(638
)
 
666

Change in unrealized gain or loss on post-employment and post-retirement benefit plans, net of tax

 
(615
)
 
762

Total other comprehensive loss
(3,071
)
 
(1,533
)
 
(3,790
)
Comprehensive income
$
107,411

 
$
193,204

 
$
90,119


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
(in thousands)
April 2,
2017
 
April 3,
2016
 
March 29,
2015
Cash flows provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
110,482

 
$
194,737

 
$
93,909

Adjustments:
 

 
 

 
 

Depreciation
20,830

 
18,346

 
18,808

Amortization of intangible assets
23,653

 
15,354

 
6,573

Amortization of debt issuance cost and debt discount
13,320

 
5,354

 

Asset impairments
2,180

 

 
8,471

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

 
(325
)
 

Net gain from divestitures
(675
)
 

 
(16,840
)
Stock-based compensation expense, net of amounts capitalized in inventory
39,869

 
34,125

 
22,259

Deferred income tax and deferred tax charge
(10,587
)
 
(67,277
)
 
(293
)
Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements

 
(4,475
)
 

Changes in assets and liabilities (net of amounts acquired):
 

 
 

 
 

Accounts receivable, net
(16,647
)
 
(1,640
)
 
5,286

Inventories
861

 
11,719

 
4,412

Prepayments and other assets
500

 
2,705

 
(2,337
)
Accounts payable
3,934

 
6,527

 
2,314

Accrued compensation and related expenses
(18,895
)
 
(13,312
)
 
19,306

Deferred income on shipments to distributors
(5,021
)
 
(8,688
)
 
1,688

Income taxes payable and receivable
231

 
4,463

 
90

Other accrued liabilities and long-term liabilities
4,939

 
(5,011
)
 
8,126

Net cash provided by operating activities
168,974

 
192,602

 
171,772

Cash flows used for investing activities:
 

 
 

 
 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired
(1,528
)
 
(279,138
)
 

Cash in escrow related to acquisitions

 
2,700

 
1,026

Proceeds from divestitures, net
231

 

 
15,300

Purchases of property, plant and equipment, net
(27,055
)
 
(16,286
)
 
(17,765
)
Purchase of intangible assets
(4,896
)
 
(10,800
)
 

Investment in convertible note
(1,955
)
 

 

Purchases of non-marketable equity securities
(1,245
)
 
(6,020
)
 
(4,000
)
Purchases of short-term investments
(303,722
)
 
(364,029
)
 
(285,817
)
Proceeds from sales of short-term investments
224,028

 
551,289

 
119,070

Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments
37,679

 
96,771

 
90,344

Net cash used for investing activities
(78,463
)
 
(25,513
)
 
(81,842
)
Cash flows used for financing activities:
 

 
 

 
 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock
17,508

 
19,722

 
21,067

Repurchase of common stock
(93,507
)
 
(422,262
)
 
(79,245
)
Proceeds from issuance of senior convertible notes, net of issuance costs

 
363,445

 

Purchase of convertible note hedge

 
(94,185
)
 

Proceeds from issuance of warrants

 
56,847

 

Payment of acquisition related contingent consideration

 

 
(1,600
)
Payment of capital lease obligations
(1,507
)
 
(221
)
 

Repayment of loans

 
(9,437
)
 

    Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements

 
4,475

 

Net cash used for financing activities
(77,506
)
 
(81,616
)
 
(59,778
)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 
(1,682
)
 
813

 
(4,418
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
11,323

 
86,286

 
25,734

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
203,231

 
116,945

 
91,211

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
214,554

 
$
203,231

 
$
116,945

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
 

 
 

 
 


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Cash paid for:
 

 
 

 
 

Interest
$
3,370

 
$
67

 
$
27

Fees on prepayment of loans
$

 
$
259

 
$

Income taxes, net of refunds
$
1,098

 
$
996

 
$
1,840

Non-cash investing activities:
 

 
 

 
 

Additions to property, plant and equipment included in accounts payable
$
2,616

 
$
1,389

 
$
473

Additions to intangible assets included in other long-term liabilities
$

 
$
600

 
$

Conversion of a cost method investment in convertible notes to ordinary shares of stock
$
(1,955
)
 
$
(2,020
)
 
$


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 
Common Stock and Additional Paid-In Capital
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Total
Stockholders'
Equity
(in thousands)
Shares
 
Dollars
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, March 30, 2014
149,996

 
$
2,467,491

 
$
(1,021,301
)
 
$
(713,944
)
 
$
1,609

 
$
733,855

Net income

 

 

 
93,909

 

 
93,909

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 
(3,790
)
 
(3,790
)
Issuance of common stock
3,710

 
21,067

 

 

 

 
21,067

Repurchase of common stock
(5,292
)
 

 
(79,245
)
 

 

 
(79,245
)
Stock-based compensation expense

 
22,458

 

 

 

 
22,458

Balance, March 29, 2015
148,414

 
2,511,016

 
(1,100,546
)
 
(620,035
)
 
(2,181
)
 
788,254

Net income

 

 

 
194,737

 

 
194,737

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 
(1,533
)
 
(1,533
)
Issuance of common stock
3,342

 
19,722

 

 

 

 
19,722

Repurchase of common stock
(17,871
)
 

 
(422,262
)
 

 

 
(422,262
)
Equity component of senior convertible notes, net of issuance costs

 
96,578

 

 

 

 
96,578

Purchases of convertible note hedge

 
(94,185
)
 

 

 

 
(94,185
)
Proceeds from issuance of warrants

 
56,847

 

 

 

 
56,847

Excess tax benefit from stock option

 
4,475

 

 

 

 
4,475

Stock-based compensation expense

 
34,062

 

 

 

 
34,062

Balance, April 3, 2016
133,885

 
2,628,515

 
(1,522,808
)
 
(425,298
)
 
(3,714
)
 
676,695

Net income

 

 

 
110,482

 

 
110,482

Other comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 
(3,071
)
 
(3,071
)
Issuance of common stock
3,552

 
17,508

 

 

 

 
17,508

Repurchase of common stock
(4,262
)
 

 
(93,507
)
 

 

 
(93,507
)
Stock-based compensation expense

 
39,759

 

 

 

 
39,759

Cumulative-effect adjustment from adoption of ASU No. 2016-09

 

 

 
25,797

 

 
25,797

Balance, April 2, 2017
133,175

 
$
2,685,782

 
$
(1,616,315
)
 
$
(289,019
)
 
$
(6,785
)
 
$
773,663


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Nature of Business. Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT or the Company) designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of integrated circuits for the advanced communications, computing, consumer and automotive industries.
Basis of Presentation. The Company's fiscal year is the 52 or 53 week period ending on the Sunday nearest to March 31. Fiscal 2017 included 52 weeks and ended on April 2, 2017. Fiscal 2016 included 53 weeks and ended on April 3, 2016 and fiscal 2015 included 52 weeks and ended on March 29, 2015.
Principles of Consolidation. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated.
Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Accounting for Business Combinations. The Company uses the acquisition method of accounting, which is in accordance with ASC 805, Business Combinations, for business combinations and recognizes assets acquired and liabilities assumed measured at their fair values on the date acquired. This requires the Company to recognize separately from goodwill the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed at their acquisition date fair values. Goodwill as of the acquisition date is measured as the excess of consideration transferred over the net of the acquisition date fair values of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. While management uses its best estimates and assumptions to accurately value assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date as well as contingent consideration, where applicable, the estimates are inherently uncertain and subject to refinement. As a result, during the measurement period, which may be up to one year from the acquisition date, the Company adjusts the assets acquired and liabilities assumed with the corresponding offset to goodwill. Upon the conclusion of the measurement period or final determination of the values of assets acquired or liabilities assumed, whichever comes first, any subsequent adjustments are recognized in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations.
Accounting for business combinations requires management to make significant estimates and assumptions, especially at the acquisition date, including estimates for intangible assets, contractual obligations assumed, restructuring liabilities, pre-acquisition contingencies and contingent consideration, where applicable. Although the Company believes the assumptions and estimates made in the past have been reasonable and appropriate, they are based, in part, on historical experience and information obtained from the management of the acquired companies and are inherently uncertain. Critical estimates in valuing certain of the intangible assets that the Company has acquired include, but are not limited to future expected cash flows from product sales, customer contracts and acquired technologies, and discount rates. Unanticipated events and circumstances may occur that may affect the accuracy or validity of such assumptions, estimates or actual results.
Cash and Cash Equivalents. Cash equivalents are highly liquid investments with remaining maturities of three months or less at the time of purchase.
Investments
Available-for-Sale InvestmentsInvestments designated as available-for-sale include marketable debt and equity securities. Available-for-sale investments are classified as short-term, as these investments generally consist of highly marketable securities that are intended to be available to meet near-term cash requirements. Marketable securities classified as available-for-sale are reported at fair value, with net unrealized gains or losses recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), a separate component of stockholders' equity, until realized. Realized gains and losses on investments are computed based upon specific identification, are included in interest income and other, net and have not been significant for all periods presented.
Non-Marketable Equity SecuritiesNon-marketable equity securities are accounted for at historical cost or, if the Company has significant influence over the investee, using the equity method of accounting.
Other-Than-Temporary ImpairmentAll of the Company’s available-for-sale investments and non-marketable equity securities are subject to a periodic impairment review.  Investments are considered to be impaired when a decline in fair value is judged to be other-than-temporary.  This determination requires significant judgment.  For publicly traded investments, impairment is determined based upon the specific facts and circumstances present at the time, including a review of the closing price over the previous six months, general market conditions and the Company’s intent and ability to hold the investment for a period of time sufficient to allow for recovery.  For non-marketable equity securities, the impairment analysis requires the identification of events or circumstances that would likely have a significant adverse effect on the fair value of the investment, including revenue and earnings trends, overall business prospects and general market conditions in the investees’ industry or geographic area.  Investments

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identified as having an indicator of impairment are subject to further analysis to determine if the investment is other-than-temporarily impaired, in which case the investment is written down to its impaired value.
Inventories. Inventories are recorded at the lower of standard cost (which approximates actual cost on a first-in, first-out basis) or market value.  Inventory held at consignment locations is included in finished goods inventory as the Company retains full title and rights to the product.  Inventory valuation includes provisions for excess and obsolete inventory based on management’s forecasts of demand over specific future time horizons and reserves to value the Company's inventory at the lower of cost or market which rely on forecasts of average selling prices (ASPs) in future periods.
Property, Plant and Equipment. Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost. Property, plant and equipment acquired in conjunction with mergers or acquisitions are stated at estimated fair value at the time of acquisition.  For financial reporting purposes, depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over estimated useful lives of the assets.  Estimated useful lives for major asset categories are as follows: machinery and equipment, 3 to 5 years; and buildings and improvements, 10 to 30 years. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of the estimated useful lives of the assets or the remaining term of the lease.
Long-Lived Assets and Goodwill. The carrying values of long-lived assets, including purchased intangibles are evaluated whenever events or circumstances indicate that the carrying values may not be recoverable. If estimated undiscounted cash flows are not sufficient to recover the carrying values, the affected assets are considered impaired and are written down to their estimated fair value, which is generally determined on the basis of discounted cash flows or outside appraisals.
The Company tests for impairment of goodwill and other indefinite-lived assets on an annual basis, or more frequently if indicators of impairment are present.  These tests are performed at the reporting unit level using a two-step, fair-value based approach. The first step, used to determine if impairment possibly exists, is to compare the carrying amount of a reporting unit, including goodwill, to its fair value. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds the fair value, the second step is to measure the amount of impairment loss by comparing the implied fair value of reporting unit goodwill with the carrying amount of that goodwill.
Income Taxes. The Company accounts for income taxes under an asset and liability approach that requires the expected future tax consequences of temporary differences between book and tax bases of assets and liabilities be recognized as deferred tax assets and liabilities. Generally accepted accounting principles require the Company to evaluate the ability to realize the value of its net deferred tax assets on an ongoing basis. A valuation allowance is recorded to reduce the net deferred tax assets to an amount that will more likely than not be realized. Accordingly, the Company considers all available positive and negative evidence, including various tax planning strategies, forecasts of future taxable income, and recent operating results in assessing the need for a valuation allowance.
The Company maintained a full valuation allowance against its deferred tax assets through the third quarter of fiscal 2016 as there was insufficient positive evidence to overcome the significant negative evidence to conclude that it was more likely than not that the deferred tax assets would be realized. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company generated a substantial amount of U.S. profit, especially as a result of the repatriation of foreign earnings during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, utilizing the Company's remaining U.S. federal net operating loss carryovers available as well as a significant amount of U.S. tax credit carryforwards. In addition, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company validated its mid-term business plan. The Company also considered forecasts of future taxable income and evaluated the utilization of its remaining tax credit carryforwards prior to their date of expiration. All of these were significant positive factors that overcame prior negative evidence and the Company concluded that it was appropriate to release the valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax assets as of April 3, 2016, with the exception of deferred tax assets related to certain foreign and state jurisdictions.
As of April 2, 2017, the Company continues to maintain a valuation allowance against the Company's net deferred tax assets in certain foreign and state jurisdictions, as the Company is not able to conclude that it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will be realized. The Company reached this decision based on judgment, which included consideration of historical operating results and projections of future profits. The Company will continue to monitor the need for the valuation allowance on a quarterly basis.
The Company recognizes the tax liabilities for uncertain income tax positions taken on the income tax return based on the two-step process prescribed under U.S. GAAP. The first step is to determine whether it is more likely than not that each income tax position would be sustained upon audit. The second step is to estimate and measure the tax benefit as the amount that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the tax authority. Estimating these amounts requires the Company to determine the probability of various possible outcomes. The Company evaluates these uncertain tax positions on a quarterly basis. This evaluation is based on the consideration of several factors including changes in facts or circumstances, changes in applicable tax law, settlement of issues under audit, and new exposures. If the Company later determines that the exposure is lower or that the liability is not sufficient to cover its revised expectations, the Company adjusts the liability and effect a related change in its tax provision during the period in which the Company makes such determination.

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Revenue Recognition. The Company’s revenue results from semiconductor products sold through three channels: direct sales to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronic manufacturing service providers (EMSs), consignment sales to OEMs and EMSs, and sales through distributors. The Company recognizes revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred or services have been rendered, the price is fixed or determinable, and its ability to collect is reasonably assured.
Distributors have rights to price protection, ship from stock pricing credits and stock rotation. When the Company is unable to estimate these credits, the Company defers revenue and related cost of revenues on sales to these distributors until the product is sold through by the distributor to an end-customer. The Company has certain distributors for which revenue is recognized upon shipment, with reserves recorded for the estimated return and pricing adjustment exposures.  The determination of the amount of reserves to be recorded requires that the Company makes estimates. The Company utilizes historical experience and market trends to estimate the reserves. Historically, differences between actual and estimated credits have not been material.
Shipping and Handling Costs. The Company includes shipping and handling costs billed to customers in revenues. The Company’s shipping and handling costs are included in cost of revenues.
Stock-based Compensation. The fair value of employee restricted stock units is equal to the market value of the Company’s common stock on the date the award is granted.  For performance-based restricted stock units, the Company is required to assess the probability of achieving certain financial objectives at the end of each reporting period. Based on the assessment of this probability, which requires subjective judgment, the Company records stock-based compensation expense before the performance criteria are actually fully achieved, which may then be reversed in future periods if the Company determines that it is no longer probable that the objectives will be achieved. The expected cost of each award is reflected over the performance period and is reduced for estimated forfeitures. For restricted stock units which are subject to a market condition, compensation cost is recognized regardless of whether the market condition is satisfied, provided that the requisite service period has been provided. The market condition is considered in the estimate of fair value using a method that incorporates the possibility that the market condition may not be satisfied.
The Company estimates the fair value of employee stock options and the right to purchase shares under the employee stock purchase plan using the Black-Scholes valuation model, consistent with the FASB’s authoritative guidance for stock-based payments. Option-pricing models require the input of highly subjective assumptions, including the expected term of options and the expected price volatility of the stock underlying such options. In addition, the Company is required to estimate the number of stock-based awards that will be forfeited due to employee turnover and true up these forfeiture rates when actual results are different from the Company's estimates. The Company attributes the value of stock-based compensation to expense on an accelerated method.  Finally, the Company capitalizes into inventory a portion of the periodic stock-based compensation expense that relates to employees working in manufacturing activities. For market-based stock unit awards, the fair value of eac