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Edited Transcript of ON earnings conference call or presentation 3-Feb-20 2:00pm GMT

Q4 2019 ON Semiconductor Corp Earnings Call

PHOENIX Feb 6, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of ON Semiconductor Corp earnings conference call or presentation Monday, February 3, 2020 at 2:00:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Bernard Gutmann

ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer

* Keith D. Jackson

ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director

* Parag Agarwal

ON Semiconductor Corporation - VP of IR

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Conference Call Participants

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* Ambrish Srivastava

BMO Capital Markets Equity Research - MD of Semiconductor Research & Senior Research Analyst

* Christopher Caso

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst

* Christopher Adam Jackson Rolland

Susquehanna Financial Group, LLLP, Research Division - Senior Analyst

* Christopher Brett Danely

Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD

* Craig Andrew Ellis

B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD & Director of Research

* Craig Matthew Hettenbach

Morgan Stanley, Research Division - VP

* David O'Connor

Exane BNP Paribas, Research Division - Analyst of IT Hardware and Semiconductors

* Gary Wade Mobley

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division - Senior Analyst

* Harlan Sur

JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Senior Analyst

* John William Pitzer

Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division - MD, Global Technology Strategist and Global Technology Sector Head

* Mark John Lipacis

Jefferies LLC, Research Division - MD & Senior Equity Research Analyst

* Mark Trevor Delaney

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division - Equity Analyst

* Rajvindra S. Gill

Needham & Company, LLC, Research Division - Senior Analyst

* Ross Clark Seymore

Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - MD

* Shawn Matthew Harrison

Longbow Research LLC - Senior Research Analyst

* Tristan Gerra

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst

* Vijay Raghavan Rakesh

Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Research Division - MD of Americas Research & Senior Semiconductor Analyst

* Vivek Arya

BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - Director

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the ON Semiconductor Fourth Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please be advised that today's conference may be recorded.

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Parag Agarwal, Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations. Please go ahead, sir.

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Parag Agarwal, ON Semiconductor Corporation - VP of IR [2]

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Thank you, Sydney. Good morning, and thank you for joining ON Semiconductor Corporation's Fourth Quarter 2019 Conference -- Quarterly Results Conference Call. I'm joined today by Keith Jackson, our President and CEO; and Bernard Gutmann, our CFO.

This call is being webcast on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.onsemi.com. A replay of this broadcast, along with our 2019 fourth quarter earnings release, will be available on our website approximately 1 hour following this conference call, and the recorded broadcast will be available for approximately 30 days following this conference call.

The script for today's call and additional information related to our end markets, business segments, geographies, channels and share count and 2020 fiscal calendar are also posted on our website.

Our earnings release and this presentation includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable measures under GAAP are in our earnings release, which is posted separately on our website in the Investor Relations section.

During the course of this conference call, we will make projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or future financial performance of the company. The words believe, estimate, project, anticipate, intend, may, expect, will, plan, should or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We wish to caution that such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from projections. Important factors which can affect our business, including factors that could cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements are described in our Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and other filings with Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional factors are described in our earnings release for fourth quarter of 2019. Our estimates and other forward-looking statements may change, and the company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changed assumptions or other factors except as required by law.

On August 18, 2020, we will host an event for investment community in New York City to provide a strategic update on our business. At this event, we will update the investment community on our business, strategy and markets. In addition, we will provide information on our manufacturing consolidation plans and economics of our 300 mm manufacturing strategy. We will send invitations for the event shortly.

Now let me turn it over to Bernard Gutmann, who will provide an overview of our fourth quarter 2019 results. Bernard?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [3]

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Thank you, Parag, and thank you, everyone, for joining us today. Following stabilization in the third quarter, we have seen improving business trends in the fourth quarter. Order trends continued to improve throughout the quarter. We believe that in addition to the normalization of the supply chain, improving demand across most end markets is driving improved order rates. Based on our order rates and conversations with customers, we believe that the pace of recovery is moderate rather than a sharp upturn in demand.

Macroeconomic data from most major economies is increasingly favorable, and industrial activity is showing signs of modest improvement. At the same time, we're cognizant of the potential risks arising from the emerging coronavirus crisis, and we are diligently monitoring this rapidly evolving situation.

Our traction in our key strategic markets continues to accelerate, and our design win pipeline continues to grow at a rapid pace. Our content in fastest-growing segments of automotive, industrial and cloud power markets continues to increase. Our customers are adopting our solutions for industrial, automotive and cloud power market at an accelerated rate. We believe that a highly diversified customer base, growing content in fastest-growing applications in the semiconductor market and long life cycle of many of our products should enable us to continue to outperform most of our peers.

To accelerate our progress towards our gross margin target, we have begun to make structural changes to our manufacturing footprint. This morning, we announced that we are exploring the sale of our 6-inch fab in Belgium. We will provide updates on financial impact of these actions as we firm up our production transition plans. Keith will further expand on our plans for the Belgium fab later during this call.

Along with making structural changes to improve our gross margin, we are streamlining our investments in various markets. Towards this end, we took limited restructuring actions in the first quarter to reduce our operating expenses by approximately $25 million per year. We should begin to see nominal impact of this action in the second quarter of 2020 and full impact should be apparent by the fourth quarter of 2020.

Now let me provide you additional details on our fourth quarter 2019 results. Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $1.402 million (sic) [$1.402 billion], a decrease of 7% as compared to $1.503 million (sic) [$1.503 billion] in the fourth quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decline in revenue was primarily driven by well-publicized macroeconomic and geopolitical factors, which have affected the overall semiconductor industry.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $0.14 per diluted share as compared to a net income of $0.39 in the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $0.30 per diluted share as compared to $0.53 in the fourth quarter of 2018.

GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 34.6% as compared to 37.9% in the fourth quarter of 2018. Fourth quarter gross margin was lower than our expectations due to a combination of certain transitory mix and operational issues. We had an unexpectedly high demand for a low-margin product line in our consumer segment during the fourth quarter. We expect this strong demand to continue in the first quarter as well. We intend to either discontinue this product line or significantly raise prices after the first quarter. On the operations front, we had certain facilities related and scrap issues. We expect these issues will be resolved by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

In the near term, we expect to see headwinds from fixed costs to our gross margins. As you are aware, we expanded our manufacturing capacity in 2018 and '19. However, revenue has lagged our expectations due to well-understood macroeconomic and geopolitical factors. Therefore, with the addition of manufacturing capacity and lack of revenue growth, we're now facing underutilization charges and higher depreciation expenses.

We expect revenue growth in 2020 -- with expected revenue growth in 2020, we should be able to offset the impact from underutilization and depreciation. We expect higher than 50% incremental gross margin for 2020, starting in the second quarter of the year.

Our GAAP operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 9.9% as compared to 14.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018. Our non-GAAP operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 12.3% as compared to 16.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decline in operating margin was largely driven by lower gross margin.

GAAP operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $347 million, flat as compared to those for the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the fourth quarter were $314 million as compared to $317 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. Recall that our 2019 operating expenses included more than 2 quarters of expenses from our acquisition of Quantenna Communications. The year-over-year decline in fourth quarter operating expenses was driven by aggressive expense control and 0 bonus accrual.

Fourth quarter free cash flow was negative $21 million and operating free cash flow was $92 million. The fourth quarter free cash flow and operating cash flow were negatively impacted by the onetime payment of approximately $175 million to Power Integrations for previously disclosed settlement of intellectual property litigation.

Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter were $112 million, which equate to a capital intensity of 8%. Going forward, we anticipate that a sizable part of our CapEx will be spent on enabling our 300-millimeter East Fishkill fab.

We exited the fourth quarter of 2019 with cash and cash equivalents of $894 million as compared to $929 million at the end of the third quarter 2019.

At the end of the fourth quarter, days of inventory on hand were 123 days, down by 5 days as compared to 128 days in the third quarter of 2019. Distribution inventory increased slightly but is within our comfort zone. The increase was driven by specific customer programs.

Now let me provide you an update on the performance of our business units, starting with the Power Solutions Group or PSG. Revenue for PSG for the fourth quarter was $696 million. Revenue for the Advanced Solutions Group, previously known as Analog Solutions Group, for the fourth quarter was $507 million, and revenue for the Intelligent Sensing Group was $199 million.

Now I would like to turn the call over to Keith Jackson for additional comments on the business environment. Keith?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [4]

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Thanks, Bernard. I will start by reviewing our progress in 2019 and then touch on our objectives for 2020. Despite the macroeconomic and geopolitical challenges faced by the semiconductor industry in 2019, our execution was solid, and we expect to outperform most of our peers in the analog and power semiconductor group.

Our performance in 2019 clearly demonstrates the transforming nature of our business and the strength of our business model and execution and discipline. Our exposure to secular mega trends in automotive, industrial and cloud power end markets has enabled us to outgrow most of our peers. Despite macroeconomic and geopolitical headwinds, key secular mega trends driving our business remain intact.

Our content in the fastest-growing applications in automotive, industrial and cloud power applications continue to grow, and we continue to strengthen our leadership in key markets, such as ADAS, power management for servers and 5G infrastructure and high-power solutions for electric vehicles.

We announced our plan to acquire our first 300-millimeter fab, and we expect to start production of our power products at this facility soon.

Also in 2019, we closed our acquisition of Quantenna Communications, and we are making solid progress toward launching connectivity solutions for the industrial IoT applications.

While we're pleased with our performance for 2019, we understand the need to take aggressive, substantial and immediate measures to accelerate our progress towards our margin targets. As Bernard indicated earlier, we announced this morning that we are exploring the sale of our 6-inch fab in Belgium. We are looking for partners that are willing to enter into an arrangement on mutually beneficial terms that enable smooth and orderly transition for both parties. Our fab in Belgium is an attractive manufacturing asset with robust tool set and highly skilled workforce. It is automotive qualified, and its proximity to the world's leading automotive innovation and manufacturing hub is a very compelling attribute.

We believe that our 300-millimeter East Fishkill fab affords us significant flexibility in optimizing our front-end footprint, and we will continue to work to improve efficiency of our manufacturing network.

Recall that in our third quarter 2019's earnings conference call, we announced that we had initiated a process of closing down our 6-inch fab in Rochester, New York. We're making strong progress towards ramping production at our 300-millimeter fab in East Fishkill. At this point, we are tracking significantly ahead of schedule, and now we expect to begin initial production in the middle of 2020 as compared to our previous expectation to begin in the latter half of 2020.

The results and yields of initial wafer runs have been spectacular. Based on our experience thus far with the East Fishkill fab, we're even more confident that the transition of production to this fab will be a major inflection point for our manufacturing cost structure as we consolidate our front-end network. We will provide further details on the financial impact of our 300-millimeter fab transition at our strategic business update on August 18 in New York.

In addition to making structural changes to our operational cost structure, we have taken measures to optimize our operating expenses. As previously discussed, we took limited restructuring actions to streamline our investments in certain markets, and these actions are expected to result in annual savings of approximately $25 million. A reduction of approximately $25 million per year should accelerate our progress towards our target operating expense intensity of 21%.

Let me now comment on the current business environment. We saw a moderate improvement in our order rates in the fourth quarter, and improvement has continued thus far in the current quarter. We believe that this improvement is driven by improving macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions and normalization of the supply chain inventories. Macroeconomic data in most geographies suggests improving GDP outlook and modest improvement in manufacturing activity.

Data from China pointing towards relatively resilient manufacturing activity has been especially encouraging. Based on publicly available data and inputs from our partners, we believe that the current inventory levels are in line with our near-term demand outlook. While we are encouraged by near-term trends, we are fully aware of risks emerging from the ongoing coronavirus crisis, and we are diligently monitoring this rapidly evolving situation.

Despite the gyrations in macroeconomic and geopolitical environment, we remain focused on our key strategic markets. At the same time, we are making substantial measures to make structural changes to our manufacturing footprint with the goal of expanding our margins and further improving our industry-leading cost structure. We believe that automotive, industrial and cloud power will be the fastest-growing semiconductor end markets for the next 5 years. With highly differentiated portfolio of power, analog, sensor and connectivity products, we are well positioned to outgrow the semiconductor industry as we grow our content in the fastest-growing applications in our strategic markets. Furthermore, with improving operational efficiency, we expect to meaningfully expand our margins and grow our free cash flow.

Now I'll provide details of the progress in our various end markets for the fourth quarter of 2019. Revenue for the automotive market in the fourth quarter was $462 million and represented 33% of our revenue in the fourth quarter. Fourth quarter automotive revenue declined 3% year-over-year. Although our automotive revenue declined year-over-year, we continue to see improving trends in the market with ongoing recovery in China. Our momentum in ADAS and vehicle electrification continues to accelerate.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, we secured design wins for key platforms for ADAS and in-cabin viewing applications. Our design funnel for ADAS continues to expand at a robust pace. As we noted in our previous earnings call, we have won 16 of the 17 2-megapixel and 8-megapixel platforms awarded in 2019 for level 2 and level 3 vehicles.

Our LiDAR and radar products are gaining strong traction. Our design funnel for these products continues to expand at a rapid pace. We believe that we are enabling democratization of LiDAR with a solid-state solution, which is a fraction of the cost of other existing solutions. Our low-cost advantage is enabled by a CMOS-based architecture as opposed to that based on exotic materials. Based on our design win pipeline, we expect to have leading share with the top 5 global LiDAR module makers.

In addition, customer feedback on our radar solutions has been very positive, and we have emerged as a key contender for upcoming round of design wins. Based on our engagement with leading radar Tier 1 integrators, we expect to gain a very meaningful share in this market as the next round of designs are announced.

On vehicle electrification front, our engagement for silicon carbide modules with major global automakers continues to grow. We are seeing a strong ramp of our IGBT modules for drivetrain of electric vehicles in Asia and in Europe, and based on our design wins and backlog, we expect continuing acceleration in this ramp during 2020 and beyond.

We are beginning to see a ramp in analog power management for ADAS processors. We are engaged with all the leading processor providers for the automotive ecosystem and expect strong revenue contribution from this product line. We expect to see strong growth in our analog power management solutions for instrument clusters, in-vehicle networking and advanced lighting. Revenue in the first quarter of 2020 for the automotive end market is expected to be up quarter-over-quarter.

The industrial end market, which includes military, aerospace and medical, contributed revenue of $344 million in the fourth quarter. Industrial end market represented 25% of our revenue in the fourth quarter. Year-over-year, our fourth quarter industrial revenue declined 12%.

While macroeconomic data points to moderately improving manufacturing activity, we haven't seen significant improvement in order activity from our industrial customers. It appears that industrial customers are still in the process of realigning their inventories.

Despite soft end-market conditions, key secular trends driving our businesses remain intact. We're seeing strong traction for our silicon carbide modules, and we have commenced shipments of these modules to leading global industrial OEMs.

An emerging area of growth for industrial business is e-commerce. We have built a strong design win pipeline for our CMOS image sensors for warehouse automation and delivery robots. We are engaged with leading e-commerce retailers on many programs, and we expect strong contribution from this segment of the industrial market. Revenue in the first quarter of 2020 for industrial end market is expected to be flat to down slightly quarter-over-quarter.

The communications end market, which includes both networking and wireless, contributed revenue of $289 million in the fourth quarter. The communications end market represented 21% of our revenue in the fourth quarter. Fourth quarter communications revenue declined 3% year-over-year. The decline was primarily due to weakness in our smartphone-related business. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, we saw strong growth in our smartphone business in the fourth quarter, but 5G-related business was weak as customers continue to realign their inventories. Revenue in the first quarter of 2020 for the communications end market is expected to be down quarter-over-quarter.

The computing end market contributed revenue of $153 million in the fourth quarter. Computing end market represented 11% of our revenue in the fourth quarter. Fourth quarter computing revenue declined 8% year-over-year. We continue to see strong momentum in our server-related computing business. On a sequential basis, we saw growth in our client computing business, driven by improved supply of Intel processors. Revenue in the first quarter of 2020 for the computing end market is expected to be down slightly quarter-over-quarter. We expect that strength in our server business should help mitigate the impact of normal seasonality.

The consumer end market contributed revenue of $153 million in the fourth quarter. The consumer end market represented 11% of our revenue in the fourth quarter. Fourth quarter consumer revenue declined by 10% year-over-year. The year-over-year decline was due to continuing broad-based weakness in consumer electronics.

On a quarter-over-quarter basis, revenue for consumer end market was flat as compared to our expectation of a decline due to previously discussed unexpected demand for a low-margin product line. Revenue in the first quarter of 2020 for the consumer end market is expected to be down quarter-over-quarter.

In summary, we are taking substantial actions to make structural changes to our cost model with the goal of accelerating our progress towards our target financial model. At the same time, we have accelerated the time line for production ramp at our 300-millimeter fab as we now anticipate that initial production will start in the middle of 2020 as opposed to our prior expectation of the second half of the year.

Secular mega trends driving our business remain intact, and we are upbeat about our medium- to long-term prospects. We are focused on the fastest-growing end markets of the semiconductor industry. And with our design wins, we expect that our content in automotive, industrial and cloud power applications will continue to grow. Our performance in 2019 clearly demonstrates the transforming nature of our business, strength of our business model and execution discipline.

Now I would like to turn it back over to Bernard for forward-looking guidance. Bernard?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [5]

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Thank you, Keith. Our guidance for the first quarter of 2020 does not include the impact from potential supply chain disruption resulting from prevailing coronavirus crisis. As we indicated earlier, we are diligently monitoring the situation, but at this time, we don't have enough information on potential impact on our business from this rapidly evolving crisis.

Based on product booking trends, backlog levels and estimated turns levels, we anticipate that total ON semiconductor revenue is expected to be in the range of $1.355 billion to $1.405 billion in the first quarter of 2020.

For the first quarter of 2020, we expect GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin between 33.7% and 34.7%. The quarter-over-quarter decline in first quarter gross margin is driven primarily by the annual contract pricing reset. We expect total GAAP operating expenses of $357 million to $377 million.

Our GAAP operating expenses include the amortization of intangibles, restructuring, asset impairments and other charges, which are expected to be in the $30 million to $34 million. We expect total non-GAAP operating expenses of $327 million to $343 million in the first quarter. The anticipated quarter-over-quarter increase in GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses is primarily driven by the acceleration of process transfer activity at our 300-millimeter fab, the resumption of variable compensation accrual for 2020 and the end of tactical expense control measures in the fourth quarter of 2019.

We anticipate the first quarter 2020 GAAP net other income and expenses, including interest expense, will be $38 million to $41 million, which includes noncash interest expense of $9 million to $10 million. We anticipate our non-GAAP net other income and expenses, including interest expense, will be in the $29 million to $31 million.

Net cash paid for income taxes in the first quarter of 2020 is expected to be $14 million to $18 million. We expect total capital expenditures of $125 million to $145 million in the first quarter of 2020. We currently are targeting an overwhelming proportion of our CapEx for enabling our 300-millimeter fab at an accelerated pace. We expect our CapEx intensity to subside in the latter half of the current year.

We also expect share-based compensation of $19 million to $21 million in the first quarter of 2020, of which approximately $2 million is expected to be in cost of goods sold and the remaining amount is expected to be in operating expenses. This expense is included in our non-GAAP financial measures.

Our GAAP diluted share count for the first quarter of 2020 is expected to be 418 million shares, and our non-GAAP diluted share count is expected to be 413 million shares based on our current stock price. Further details on share count and earnings per share calculations are provided regularly in our quarterly and annual reports on Forms 10-Q and Form 10-K, respectively.

With that, I would like to start the Q&A session. Thank you. And Sydney, please open the line for questions.

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) And our first question comes from Ross Seymore with Deutsche Bank.

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Ross Clark Seymore, Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - MD [2]

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It's good to see the revenue side turning the corner, and I think that's an important step. But the gross margin side is a big concern for a lot of investors. So Bernard or Keith, talk a little bit about the greater-than-50% incremental fall-through going forward. Any sort of scale on that? Revenues look like they should be up second quarter year-over-year. Will gross margins take a big step-up? And when will some of these fixes really start to be shown on the gross margin side as you work your way towards that 4-handle target that you have?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [3]

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So a couple of comments. Thank you, Ross. We do expect greater than 50% fall-through as revenue resume normal seasonality patterns in the second quarter as we mentioned in the call. We also have certain one-off transitionary items that affected us mix wise and factory wise that we expect to subside by the end of the first quarter, and that will also allow us to grow at a better-than-50% fall-through in the second quarter.

Also, let me remind you that we have about -- probably 30 to 40 basis points improvement starting in the second quarter due to the elimination of the low-margin OSA contract. So -- and as we mentioned, we are exploring the sale of our 6-inch facility in Belgium, which eventually will also result in some very nice tailwinds for our gross margin.

We are quite confident about our secular drivers for growth on the top line in automotive, industrial and 5G, so we expect to see some pretty good resumption of our growth. And furthermore, we do feel very good about how the qualification is going at the 300-millimeter fab, which will also be a tailwind as we move further into 2020 and '21.

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Ross Clark Seymore, Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - MD [4]

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And I guess as my follow-up, moving on to the OpEx side and sticking with the margin target side, I get that you were squeezing things tight at the end of 2019 and some of the variable costs come back into the equation, but it still seems like a pretty big step-up. How should we think about the $25 million of cuts coming out? Even with that, it still seems like you're going to be a bit above where most of us had expected to be. So any trajectory and kind of color on when you can get to that 21% OpEx intensity target would be helpful.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [5]

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Well, we have that laid out for 2022. We are still absorbing the Quantenna OpEx, which is higher than what we had been running, so that has been a reason for being higher. Definitely, taking out $25 million should help us get closer by the end of 2020, but we should be looking at 2021 before we can get to that 21% level.

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Operator [6]

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And our next question comes from Chris Danely with Citi.

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Christopher Brett Danely, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD [7]

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Just a couple more questions on gross margins. So how big was the impact of the low-margin product that kind of ballooned up? And then how big was the facilities and scrap issues impact? And then what exactly were the facilities and scrap issues that you had?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [8]

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So we're not getting into a lot of those details, but I can say that the mix between like the underutilization/depreciation versus the one-off items is about half and half.

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Christopher Brett Danely, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD [9]

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Okay. Great. And then on the sale of the Belgian fab, generally, there's a lot of like exit costs and stuff like that associated with doing anything over in Belgium. Is there like a way to work around that? Or what's sort of the plan on getting through the costs associated with doing something with that fab?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [10]

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Yes. So Chris, we're looking at a similar arrangement that we've made both in Gresham and East Fishkill where we find an interested party who will be ramping the facility as we exit it. And so -- and that's a sales situation. You don't encounter any kind of exit costs that you're referring to.

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Operator [11]

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And our next question comes from Vivek Arya with Bank of America.

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Vivek Arya, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - Director [12]

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I had a few on margins as well. First, at what revenue level do you expect to get back to your historical 36%, 37% gross margins? And do you think getting to those kind of gross margins is possible in Q2 or Q3 of this year?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [13]

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Well, if you -- again, if you take the 50% fall-through or better-than-50% fall-through, we should be able to get back to those levels in the rest of the year for 2020.

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Vivek Arya, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - Director [14]

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Got it. And for my follow-up, I think you mentioned some contract price reset in Q1. I'm curious, how were those negotiations this year relative to prior years because there does appear to be somewhat of a gross margin hit? And I think one of challenges we are facing is to try and discern how much of the gross margin -- Q1 gross margin is because of that contract pricing versus underutilization trends. So if you could quantify how much of this Q1 gross margin, right, roughly 200 basis points or below trend, how much of that is because of pricing versus how much is due to the underutilization trends?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [15]

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So as you know, we have a good amount of our annual contracts for OEMs that are reset once per year, so we see as a result of that a once-per-year bigger impact. Our characterization is that the contract pricing has been pretty normal as compared to historical trends.

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Vivek Arya, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - Director [16]

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And any impact from underutilization? Is there a way to quantify that? And when will that disappear?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [17]

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We definitely need revenue increases to help us absorb that underutilization. So if we have normal seasonal patterns, we should see some good recovery in the second quarter and beyond.

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Operator [18]

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And our next question comes from Chris Caso with Raymond James.

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Christopher Caso, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [19]

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Just to clarify one of the other comments that you made regarding the underutilization charges, is what you're saying is that, that was one of the contributors to the gross margins being below what you had expected? I think you said it was about half and half. I'd just like -- I guess I don't fully understand why underutilization charges will be more than expected if revenue came in with slight upside. Were there changes in production during the quarter? Just some clarification, please.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [20]

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Yes. So a couple of comments there. One of them is we did also reduce inventories in the quarter. And the second thing, our mix of external versus internal was not -- was more -- a little bit more towards external, which hasn't helped us, has caused the underutilization to be bigger, and that was based on the mix of products we had demand for.

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Christopher Caso, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [21]

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Okay. I guess, what a lot of us are struggling with the go-forward is kind of understanding gross margin issue that you saw and that was kind of short-term and transient, gets better as the year goes by, it gets much more persistent. As you said, the 50% plus incremental gross margins, I think, typically, you've said in the past, 50% is what you get just on increasing revenue and better fixed cost absorption. So is it some point during the year, some of these transient issues go away and we sort of see a step up in gross margins, and then you get back to that 50% rate? Just some clarification around that.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [22]

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Yes. We said that these transitionary items should last Q4 and Q1, and after Q1, they, for the most part, disappear.

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Christopher Caso, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [23]

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So we should see some degree of step-up as you go into Q2 therefore?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [24]

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That's correct.

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Operator [25]

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And our next question comes from Raji Gill with Needham & Company.

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Rajvindra S. Gill, Needham & Company, LLC, Research Division - Senior Analyst [26]

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Yes. If we kind of look past the temporary impacts to gross margins and kind of look to some of the margin tailwinds that could occur in your business, can you discuss in terms of the impact of qualifying to the 300-millimeter fab? How much kind of cost benefit, increase in utilization rate do you think you'll get as you start to transition more process flows to that 300-millimeter fab? And any color in terms of the sale of the 6-inch facility in Belgium, what that will do in terms of COGS? What percentage of that manufacturing is of your internal manufacturing? Just any color there in terms of trying to weigh the importance of that.

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [27]

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Yes. I'll give you kind of directionally the impacts that you're referring to. We'll give the specific models in August when we're ready to do that. The 300-millimeter factory, as we mentioned, is going to allow us to get some very cost-effective products to the market. We expect to see some nice and quick ramp there. So back to Bernard's comment on more than 50% fall-through, we think that's a strong contributor to that in the second half of the year. It also enables us to do more in-sourcing in the factory rationalizations. Selling of the Belgium factory also will contribute to that. We are not going to give specific numbers at this time, but all of those are factors that give us confidence in a much better than 50% fall-through as you go through the year.

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Rajvindra S. Gill, Needham & Company, LLC, Research Division - Senior Analyst [28]

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And just to follow-up on the margins again, and you might have touched on this, but how low is the gross margin percentage for those consumer products? And any color on what those products were? And why...

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [29]

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We're not going to get into details by product line. But definitely, we're substantially below the corporate average.

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Operator [30]

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And our next question comes from Vijay Rakesh with Mizuho.

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Vijay Raghavan Rakesh, Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Research Division - MD of Americas Research & Senior Semiconductor Analyst [31]

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Just following up on gross margin again. I know you talked about lowering inventories through the quarter, but also, it looks like year-on-year also, it was a headwind in terms of utilization. But just wondering, in the past, you've given utilization numbers. If you had some thoughts on where utilization were in Q4 that you expect in Q1 and how you expect that to progress.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [32]

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So in general terms, we expect flattish utilization in Q1.

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Vijay Raghavan Rakesh, Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Research Division - MD of Americas Research & Senior Semiconductor Analyst [33]

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Got it. And on the industrial side, you mentioned there's still some realignment of inventory going on. How -- do you expect that alignment to be mostly done as you go through Q1? Do you expect industrial to kind of return to some sort of growth into the back half?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [34]

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We think so. We don't know for sure, but our expectation is by the second quarter and definitely by the back half of the year, it should be done.

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Operator [35]

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(Operator Instructions) And our next question comes from Christopher Rolland with Susquehanna.

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Christopher Adam Jackson Rolland, Susquehanna Financial Group, LLLP, Research Division - Senior Analyst [36]

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About the consumer product again, what were the dynamics for the product? Was this a last-time buy? Or are you kind of expecting more after Q1? And the reason I ask is it ties into the bigger picture story on, for the last decade, you guys have been talking about looming up the value stack with your products and the gross margins would follow. This seems like it's a product that was probably not price optimized considering at volume, it doesn't have the margin profile that you want. So I guess, are there opportunities to review your entire product line to optimize pricing and eventually help the margin structure or even shutter some of these really low-margin businesses?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [37]

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Yes. Thank you. So really, the story there, you've seen the weakness in industrial, which is our highest-margin businesses in the company. At the same time, we had unexpected strength in the consumer segment. It is a segment that we were controlling pretty tightly, but we had some very strong demand for both Q4 and Q1 of 2020 deliveries. We have now taken the steps we need to dramatically change the profile there and expect it to not continue past Q1 from a margin inhibitor. So we do expect if you look at Q2 onwards, you'll see continued reduction in the consumer profile and increase in the industrial.

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Christopher Adam Jackson Rolland, Susquehanna Financial Group, LLLP, Research Division - Senior Analyst [38]

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Okay. Great. And on the distributor side of things, I think you said distributor inventories increased. I think the last update we had was maybe 11 to 13 weeks there. Maybe if you could give us an update there. And then also, you talked about increases from specific customer programs. Maybe you could describe those programs and whether they're related to some of the changes at TI, for example.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [39]

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So in general terms, what we said is the inventories increased, but we're still within our comfort zone where we like to operate at. I can't comment definitely on the customer programs, but they were differently linked -- some of the increases were linked to those programs.

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Operator [40]

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And our next question comes from Craig Ellis with F.B. Riley (sic) [B. Riley FBR].

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Craig Andrew Ellis, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD & Director of Research [41]

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It's B. Riley FBR. Bernard, I wanted to go back and take a longer-term look at gross margin. So from the level that we're guided to in the March quarter, we've got a 900 basis point gap to a better-than-50% target level. What I'm hoping you can do is just help characterize the trajectory of getting there. How linear is it towards target? How much of that gap is closed as we go through '20 and '21? And what are the big levers that you have to move the needle?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [42]

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They are the same that we have enumerated in our Analyst Day. The fall-through on incremental revenue definitely plays a significant role, and that was definitely a headwind in 2019 and expect that, that will resolve itself with better macros in the rest of the planning period. So we expect to get back into a nice growth rate, which will help us get some pretty good growth rates. The structural changes we're making in manufacturing as well as the ramping of the 300-millimeter fab should help us achieve the 130 or more basis points that will come from manufacturing cost savings.

The secular growth drivers where we are expecting to grow faster in high-margin end markets is also a contributing factor. That should be fairly gradual over time. Again, as we mentioned in the short term, we took some step back with this one-off consumer thing. But in the long term, we expect the mix to continue being a significant contributing factor.

So -- and we will continue doing the portfolio managing, which has allowed us to divest from certain businesses that will continue helping us on that front. So it's the same ones that we have talked about. It will definitely take us to good amount of revenue growth. It will take us to execute on our manufacturing cost savings, including the 300-millimeter fab and the mix.

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Craig Andrew Ellis, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD & Director of Research [43]

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But just to clarify that, the drivers are the same, but the gap is much more significant than it was when the target was first established. So which of those variables do you think you can get incremental leverage on so that we can close that gap and make it to 43%?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [44]

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I think there is a good chance that we can do more on the manufacturing front. We have a good amount of tools that we can do in flexibility with the new capacity we have for 300 millimeter. But definitely, we need the revenue. And the target model was predicated on a 5% CAGR, and we started 2019 with a negative. So that definitely puts a little bit of pressure on -- in terms of getting it done in the timing that we need.

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Craig Andrew Ellis, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD & Director of Research [45]

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That's helpful. And then the follow up is for Keith. Keith, we're seeing good automotive growth since the second quarter of last year. Is your sense that we're on a sustainable growth trajectory? And then switching gears on industrial, it seems like that business has continued to ease down. No surprise, maybe given global ISMs, but is your sense that industrial is at a bottom here in the March quarter? Or do you think there's some further risk just given the different dynamics that you see? And to the extent that it is the bottom, what kind of recovery trajectory do you see for industrial?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [46]

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Yes. I'll cover both automotive and industrial. The automotive piece, I think there is a feeling that we may see a return to more positive there. I think a lot of the dynamics is going to be accelerating more of the vehicle electrification at faster rates than we've seen in the past, which has a very large increase in our content, which gets us pretty excited about seeing a lot of good growth in automotive as we go through 2020. The industrial side has been weak, and it is generally the portion of the business that reflects kind of the GDP side of the equation. We do see that bottoming out, we're starting to see order patterns pick up. And like all of the sectors, the inventory piece appears to be getting back in control. So I would expect to see the industrial side start picking up again in the second quarter.

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Operator [47]

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And our next question comes from Mark Lipacis with Jefferies.

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Mark John Lipacis, Jefferies LLC, Research Division - MD & Senior Equity Research Analyst [48]

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The -- just going back to the strong demand for the lower gross margin products, so the options sound like either discontinue or increase the ASPs. I just wanted to explore that. So in the process -- if the decision is made to discontinue, is that because the lower gross margin products also are lower operating margin products also? Is it total lower profitability, and you just want to get out of that business? Would that be the rationale? And if you decided to discontinue, would that hit your utilization rates and then cause a continued challenge for fixed-cost absorption? Or are these outsourced products? That's the first question.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [49]

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So I would say the answer is yes. This is both gross margin and operating margin in terms of problem. Definitely raising prices helps significantly, and it is outsourced.

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Mark John Lipacis, Jefferies LLC, Research Division - MD & Senior Equity Research Analyst [50]

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Okay. Got you. That makes sense. Okay. And then on the -- Keith, you mentioned resilient manufacturing activity in China. Is this -- were there particular end markets there? And do you have a sense of to the extent this is due to a restocking further downstream, or a -- if you got any read that this is real end-market consumption that's happening? That's all I had.

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [51]

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Yes. No, this is broad-based in China, and I think it's reflecting the inventories being back in line and still seeing economic growth in China. So I think it's just basically removing some of the headwinds there, and it's pretty broad-based.

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Operator [52]

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And our next question comes from Harlan Sur with JPMorgan.

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Harlan Sur, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Senior Analyst [53]

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On the improving business trends, could you just discuss them by geography? Last quarter, I think you guys saw some improvements in auto in China, continued weakness in EMEA, stabilization in U.S. Did you guys see the demand profile by geo start to broaden out in Q4 and here in Q1?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [54]

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So not a lot of change. Some incremental weakness in Europe; incremental strength in China; and the U.S. and the rest of the world, pretty much on par with what we saw in early Q3 and Q4.

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Harlan Sur, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Senior Analyst [55]

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Great. And Bernard, on the higher OpEx base starting the year, combined with the restructuring actions announced today, how should we think about the progression of OpEx as the year unfolds?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [56]

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Yes. So I would expect OpEx to be definitely not higher than Q1 and flat, trending towards slightly down.

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Operator [57]

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And our next question comes from Ambrish Srivastava with BMO.

And our next question comes from David O'Connor with Exane BNP Paribas.

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David O'Connor, Exane BNP Paribas, Research Division - Analyst of IT Hardware and Semiconductors [58]

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Maybe if I could go back to the 200-millimeter (sic) [300-millimeter] at the East Fishkill. The initial production there seems around mid-2020, we pull that in a bit. How aggressively, Keith, will you ramp East Fishkill? And what type of products are driving the initial ramp there?

And maybe then related to that, Bernard, can you remind us how much of the business is outsourced today and how much of that could be in-sourced as you ramp East Fishkill?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [59]

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Yes. The -- our 300-millimeter ramp will be driven largely by medium-voltage MOSFETs where we see a great deal of demand pickup in our automotive designs for vehicles of all sorts, actually and in the industrial sector across all the segments. So it is one of the high-growth areas, and we're seeing good demand pickup in the order patterns. And so that will be the first part to ramp in 300-millimeter.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [60]

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So -- and the external utilization, in our model, we like to do 80 inside, 20 outside. Right now, particularly for the front end, we're more in the middle 60s outsourced -- in-sourced and middle 30s outsourced.

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Operator [61]

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And our next question comes from Mark Delaney with Goldman Sachs.

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Mark Trevor Delaney, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division - Equity Analyst [62]

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I just wanted to understand of $26 million of synergies that were supposed to be taken out of the Quantenna (inaudible) and OpEx. How much of that has been realized so far? And if you could touch on the OpEx synergies, in particular from Quantenna, have those been realized?

And then related to that, and maybe I'll just ask my second question now, the new $25 million OpEx reduction plan that was announced, is that entirely separate from the Quantenna synergies? Or some of that capture the Quantenna synergies that were previously anticipated?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [63]

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So they are completely separate programs. One has nothing to do with the other. I would say, on the Quantenna, a good portion -- a good sizable portion of the OpEx has already been realized, and we should see a little bit dribs or drabs still coming into the -- 2020. But for the most part, it's all done. And the other one will be all incremental.

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Operator [64]

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And our next question comes from Tristan Gerra with Baird.

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Tristan Gerra, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst [65]

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I know your guidance does not include any impact from the coronavirus, but could you provide some color on what you're seeing so far in terms of factory shutdowns at some of the ODMs, and whether there's a risk that there could be some inventory holding? And is some of this potentially benefiting your Q1 revenue outlook? If you could provide any color on what you're seeing, understanding it's still very early in the process?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [66]

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Yes. It's developed rapidly and the changes have been quite quick. We don't think there was opportunities for any inventory hoarding prior to any actions going on in China. What we have seen is a request in China for factories to remain shut down after Chinese New Year longer than they normally would be. It looks like it's approximately a week. And of course, there is some capacity slack in the system as we've been talking about utilizations are not full, so we anticipate most people will be looking to recover that extra shutdown during the first quarter. So at this stage, really don't have much more visibility than that. But it doesn't look like it will be a significant impact, at least based on today's data.

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Tristan Gerra, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst [67]

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Okay. Great. And then sorry if I missed it, did you mention what percentage of capacity will be removed from the fab in Belgium?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [68]

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We didn't.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [69]

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No, we haven't.

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [70]

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We don't have a number yet.

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Operator [71]

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And our next question comes from Gary Mobley with Wells Fargo Securities.

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Gary Wade Mobley, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division - Senior Analyst [72]

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I want to go back to the automotive side of the business. And if I'm not mistaken, in years past, you've talked about having roughly 7% automotive sales growth against a flat SAAR environment, and that appears to be the consensus view as it relates to auto sales in 2020. So against that backdrop, are you confident you can see that mid- to high single-digit percent growth in your specific auto sales?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [73]

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We are. And we think if we look at the numbers in 2019, it supported that type of rate. The comments I made earlier today, though, I think there's more acceleration toward the hybrid and electric vehicles, so that might actually get better for us as we go through 2020. So we are expecting that high single-digit or better this year.

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Gary Wade Mobley, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division - Senior Analyst [74]

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Okay. Bernard, I just had a follow-up question. I just wanted to verify, for distribution, was the sell-in greater than the sell-out during the quarter?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [75]

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Very slightly.

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Operator [76]

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And our next question comes from Ambrish Srivastava with BMO.

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Ambrish Srivastava, BMO Capital Markets Equity Research - MD of Semiconductor Research & Senior Research Analyst [77]

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Can you hear me, guys?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [78]

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Yes.

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [79]

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Yes.

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Ambrish Srivastava, BMO Capital Markets Equity Research - MD of Semiconductor Research & Senior Research Analyst [80]

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Yes. Sorry about that. I just wanted to get back to gross margin, and I'm not sure I caught the response on an earlier question on the quantification of the 3 different factors. How much of underutilization also contributed? And then I'm not sure I understood this, the underut charge is going to go away as we go into Q3? Or there's going to be lagging underutilization charges in Q3 as well?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [81]

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So what we characterized there is we said that about half of the issues were underutilization/depreciation and half were transitionary one-off items. There is a small lag in terms of the impact of underutilization impacts in the quarter. But for the -- and obviously, it will depend on how strong seasonally the second quarter is in terms of the rebound revenue, which will dictate how much the utilizations will be.

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Operator [82]

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And our next question comes from John Pitzer with Crédit Suisse.

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John William Pitzer, Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division - MD, Global Technology Strategist and Global Technology Sector Head [83]

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Just wanted to follow up. To the extent that you end up getting out of some businesses in the consumer sector going into the second quarter, for modeling purposes, is there any way to try to quantify what the impact might be to revenue going into the June quarter maybe relative to seasonal?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [84]

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We're still expecting seasonal or better behavior as we go through this year. As I mentioned, we're through -- we think we're through the inventory correction phase. And so you should be seeing -- in a relatively stable economic environment, you should be seeing better performance this year without those headwinds. And so we're really not attributing a significant lessening of that with the consumer business.

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John William Pitzer, Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division - MD, Global Technology Strategist and Global Technology Sector Head [85]

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That's helpful. And I think it probably shouldn't be that important because it doesn't impact free cash flow, but Bernard, I'm just kind of curious, as you march towards that 40-plus percent target for gross margins, how do we think about depreciation from the December quarter levels? What does CapEx look like, especially as you start to really facilitate and build out East Fishkill?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [86]

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So basically, what we said from the CapEx point of view, we guided for $125 million to $145 million for the very short term for the first quarter and said that a good portion of that CapEx is devoted towards the 300-millimeter fab. And then we expect that to taper off throughout the year and go to a lower level in 2021. At this stage, I would expect CapEx and depreciation to converge and be pretty much aligned. So I don't expect any significant amount of increased depreciation on our P&L as we normalize the CapEx.

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Operator [87]

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And our next question comes from Shawn Harrison with Longbow Research.

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Shawn Matthew Harrison, Longbow Research LLC - Senior Research Analyst [88]

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Keith, the commentary on a return to normal seasonality. Does that also apply to kind of the 5G infrastructure-related portion of the portfolio?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [89]

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Yes. So I think, again, the comments are similar. I think the inventory absorption piece is on track to be behind us here in Q1. So I would expect that to also look much more seasonal. However, secularly, it's going to grow, and so you should see basically no headwinds to that growth as you get through this year -- go through this year.

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Shawn Matthew Harrison, Longbow Research LLC - Senior Research Analyst [90]

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And then as a follow-up, Bernard. I know on a dollar basis, the cash tax has not much changed from the fourth quarter but it's up on a percentage basis. I just -- maybe any dynamics here in the March quarter associated with that or how it tracks maybe on a percentage basis or dollar basis post the March quarter?

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Bernard Gutmann, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CFO, Executive VP & Treasurer [91]

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Yes. So CapEx -- cash CapEx by its nature is lumpy. So I would say that Q1 is a little bit -- or tax is -- sorry, tax is lumpy. And it is in the $14 million to $18 million range for Q1. We expect for the year to be 10% or less as a percent of profit, but again, it is a little bit lumpy.

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Operator [92]

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And our next question comes from Chris Danely with Citi.

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Christopher Brett Danely, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD [93]

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Just a quick follow-up on consumer gross margin issue. Did Chinese competition have anything to do with the gross margin issue, either from Nexperia or somebody else out there?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [94]

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No. Not at all. This was just a business that we thought was going to decline, and then there was a surprise upside. So it had nothing to do with any new competitive dynamics.

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Operator [95]

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And our next question comes from Craig Hettenbach with Morgan Stanley.

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Craig Matthew Hettenbach, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - VP [96]

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Keith, just thoughts on the end markets for 2020. It sounds like you said kind of auto's high single-digit growth could kind of lead, industrial near term is lagging a bit. But just how do you see over the course of the year kind of the puts and takes by end market?

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Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corporation - CEO, President & Director [97]

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So on the industrial side, yes, we think it's still lagging right now, primarily the portions of that, that go into new factory buildings and new residential buildings. That has been kind of a drag piece. The medical piece that's in there has been strong and growing quite nicely. We expect that trend will continue, and our mil/aero piece has been holding up quite well. So the changes that we're looking in the industrial side are twofold. One, we think the energy infrastructure will be a secular positive. We're seeing more solar installations, wind installations. We see growth in that as we go through this year. And then on the building side, hopefully, we will have cleared through all the inventory here in Q1, and you will see a return to normality from a seasonality perspective after that.

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Operator [98]

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And I'm not showing any further questions at this time. I will now turn the call back to Parag Agarwal for any further remarks.

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Parag Agarwal, ON Semiconductor Corporation - VP of IR [99]

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Thank you, everyone, for joining the call today. We hope to see you at various conferences during the quarter. Goodbye.

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Operator [100]

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Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's conference. Thank you for participating. You may now disconnect.