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Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012
                              Financial Results

PR Newswire

SHANGHAI, Feb. 26, 2013

SHANGHAI, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- Spreadtrum Communications,
Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRD; "Spreadtrum" or the "Company"), a leading fabless
semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G
wireless communications standards, today announced its unaudited financial
results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

FOURTH QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL SUMMARY:

  oTotal revenue was US$203.1 million, up 8.1% sequentially and 5.7%
    year-over-year (y-o-y), exceeding the Company's previously guided range of
    US$189 - US$196 million.
  oGross profit was US$75.3 million, up 7.5% sequentially and down 3.9%
    y-o-y. Gross margin was 37.1% compared to 37.3% in the prior quarter and
    40.8% in 4Q11.
  oCash flows used in operations were US$3.2 million, compared with cash flow
    generated from operations of US$45.7 million in the prior quarter and
    US$30.7 million in 4Q11.
  oGAAP net income was US$24.9 million, up 7.0% sequentially and down 29.3%
    y-o-y.
  oGAAP net income per basic and diluted ADS was US$0.52 and US$0.47,
    respectively, an increase from US$0.50 and US$0.44, respectively, in the
    prior quarter and a decrease from US$0.75 and US$0.66, respectively, in
    4Q11.
  oNon-GAAP net income was US$31.2 million, up 6.3% sequentially and down
    24.9% y-o-y. Non-GAAP net income per diluted ADS was US$0.59, an increase
    from US$0.56 in the prior quarter and a decrease from US$0.78 in 4Q11.

FISCAL YEAR 2012 FINANCIAL SUMMARY:

  oTotal revenue was US$725.2 million, up 7.6% y-o-y.
  oGross profit was US$270.9 million, down 3.5% y-o-y. Gross margin was 37.3%
    compared to 41.6% in 2011.
  oCash flows from operations were US$78.4 million, compared with US$122.4
    million for 2011.
  oGAAP net income was US$93.3 million, down 30.6% y-o-y.
  oGAAP net income per basic and diluted ADS was US$2.00 and US$1.79,
    respectively, a decrease from US$2.81 and US$2.48, respectively, in 2011.
  oNon-GAAP net income was US$119.4 million, down 20.9% y-o-y. Non-GAAP net
    income per diluted ADS was US$2.29, a decrease from US$2.78 in 2011.

FOURTH QUARTER 2012 BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS:

  oAchieved record revenues, exceeding top end of prior guidance, with more
    than 50% revenue contribution from smartphones;
  oAchieved strong ramp in smartphone chipset sales, exceeding prior target
    of 18 million units in fourth quarter shipments;
  oBegan shipments of 40nm GPRS/GSM baseband and SC8810 smartphone chipset to
    Samsung;
  oLaunched first mobile baseband platform with integrated wireless
    connectivity.

Commenting on the results, Dr. Leo Li, Spreadtrum's Chairman and CEO said,
"This quarter we achieved record revenues, exceeding our prior guidance and
outperforming typical fourth quarter seasonality. In particular, we achieved a
very fast ramp in our smartphone business, which accounted for more than fifty
percent of revenue in the quarter. In addition, we further expanded our
business with first tier handset makers and operators, starting shipments of
our 40nm GPRS/GSM baseband and low-cost TD-SCDMA smartphone chipset to
Samsung, the world's largest smartphone vendor. Looking ahead, our dual-core
1.2GHz TD-SCDMA/EDGE smartphone platform is now in the final stages of
qualification with China Mobile and we expect it to be shipping in customer
handsets in the very near future. This and other dual-core and quad-core
smartphone products supporting TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and LTE will expand our
addressable market, improve our product mix and position us for strong growth
this year.

"Looking ahead to 1Q13, we expect revenue to be in the range of US$180 million
to US$186 million, a sequential decrease of 8.4% to 11.4%, which is also
better than the typical first quarter seasonality that occurs in the China
market due to the Lunar New Year holiday. We expect our gross margin to remain
flat compared to the fourth quarter."

Shannon Gao, Spreadtrum's CFO added, "In the fourth quarter we achieved gross
margins that were in line with the previous two quarters, with our growth in
smartphones and cost down initiatives mitigating the impact of ongoing price
pressure. This year we are continuing to invest in R&D to deliver new products
in the smartphone, WCDMA and LTE markets. We continue to expect improvement in
product mix and increased operating leverage as these new, higher value
products begin to generate revenue in 2013."

FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2012 FINANCIAL REVIEW:

Revenue

Revenue in 4Q12 totaled US$203.1 million, up from US$187.9 million in 3Q12 and
from US$192.2 million in 4Q11. Revenue for the fiscal year 2012 totaled
US$725.2 million, up 7.6% from US$674.3 million in 2011.

In 4Q12, smartphone products accounted for 54% of chipset revenue, and feature
phone and other products accounted for 46% of chipset revenue. In 2012,
smartphone products accounted for 24% of chipset revenue.

Gross Profit and Margin

Gross profit for the quarter was US$75.3 million, up 7.5% from US$70.1 million
in 3Q12 and down 3.9% from US$78.4 million in 4Q11. Gross margin for the
quarter was 37.1%, down from 37.3% in 3Q12 and from 40.8% in 4Q11. Non-GAAP
gross margin, adjusted to exclude share-based compensation expenses, was
37.2%, down from 37.4% in 3Q12 and from 40.9% in 4Q11. For the fiscal year
2012, gross profit decreased 3.5% to US$270.9 million from US$280.6 million in
2011, with a gross margin of 37.3% in 2012 compared to 41.6% in 2011. Non-GAAP
gross margin for the full year 2012 was 37.4%, compared to 41.7% in 2011.

Cost of revenue in 4Q12 totaled US$127.8 million, an increase of 8.5% from the
previous quarter and 12.3% from 4Q11. Total cost of revenue for fiscal year
2012 was US$454.4 million, up 15.4% from US$393.6 million in 2011.

Operating Expense and Margin

The Company's operating margin for the quarter was 13.0%, down from 13.4% in
the previous quarter and 17.8% in 4Q11. The year-over-year decrease in
operating margin was primarily due to lower gross margin and higher research
and development (R&D) expenses as a percentage of revenue. Non-GAAP operating
margin, adjusted to exclude share-based compensation expenses was 16.1% in
4Q12, compared to 16.6% in 3Q12 and 21.1% in 4Q11. Operating margin for fiscal
year 2012 was 13.9%, compared to 20.2% in 2011.

Total operating expenses in 4Q12, including R&D expenses and selling, general
and administrative (SG&A) expenses, were US$48.9 million, an increase from
US$44.9 million in 3Q12 and from US$44.1 million in 4Q11. Total operating
expenses for fiscal year 2012 were US$170.0 million, up 17.8% from US$144.3
million in 2011.

R&D expenses increased 13.1% sequentially and 9.2% year-over-year to US$41.2
million in 4Q12. The sequential increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to
an increase in new product development engineering expenses and employee
compensation expenses, partially offset by an increase in recognized R&D
subsidies. The year-over-year increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to an
increase in new product development engineering expenses, employee
compensation expenses, amortization expenses and outside service expenses,
partially offset by an increase in recognized R&D subsidies. R&D expenses for
2012 totaled US$139.5 million, representing a 18.9% increase from US$117.3
million in 2011.

SG&A expenses decreased 9.7% sequentially and increased 19.6% year-over-year
to US$7.7 million in 4Q12. The sequential decrease in SG&A expenses was
primarily due to a decrease in legal expenses and employee compensation
expenses. The year-over-year increase in SG&A expenses was primarily due to
increases in freight expenses and employee compensation expenses including
share-based compensation. SG&A expenses were US$30.5 million in the full year
2012, compared to US$27.0 million in 2011.

Non-Operating Income

In 4Q12, the Company recorded interest income of US$1.3 million, down from
US$1.5 million in the previous quarter and US$2.1 million in 4Q11. Interest
expense in 4Q12 was US$1.0 million, down from US$1.1 million in the previous
quarter and from US$1.3 million in 4Q11. Other income (net) in 4Q12 was a gain
of US$16 thousand, compared to a loss of US$0.2 million in 3Q12 and a gain of
US$2.0 million in 4Q11. Other income (net) mainly represented net foreign
exchange gains and losses. Non-operating income for the full year 2012 totaled
US$2.1 million, compared to US$13.9 million in 2011.

Net Income

The Company's net income totaled US$24.9 million in 4Q12, compared to US$23.2
million in 3Q12 and US$35.2 million in 4Q11. The sequential increase in net
income was primarily due to the increase in gross profit. Net margin was
12.2%, down from 12.4% in 3Q12 and from 18.3% in 4Q11. Basic and diluted
income per ADS were US$0.52 and US$0.47, respectively, in 4Q12, compared to
US$0.50 and US$0.44, respectively, in 3Q12, and US$0.75 and US$0.66,
respectively, in 4Q11. Net income for the fiscal year 2012 totaled US$93.3
million, down from US$134.5 million in 2011. Net margin for the year was
12.9%, compared to 19.9% for the full year 2011. For the full year 2012, basic
and diluted income per ADS was US$2.00 and US$1.79, respectively, compared to
US$2.81 and US$2.48, respectively, per basic and diluted ADS in 2011.

Excluding share-based compensation expenses, the Company's non-GAAP net income
for 4Q12 was US$31.2 million, up from a non-GAAP net income of US$29.3 million
in 3Q12 and down from US$41.5 million in 4Q11. Diluted non-GAAP net income per
ADS in 4Q12 was US$0.59, compared with US$0.56 per ADS in the prior quarter
and US$0.78 per diluted ADS in 4Q11. Excluding share-based compensation
expenses, non-GAAP net income for the full year 2012 was US$119.4 million,
compared to US$150.8 million in 2011. Diluted non-GAAP income per ADS for 2012
was US$2.29, compared with US$2.78 per ADS in 2011.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of December 31, 2012, the total balance of cash and cash equivalents and
term deposit with maturity dates over 90 days was US$165.2 million, compared
to US$190.0 million as of September 30, 2012. The total balance of short-term
and long-term restricted cash pledged to banks for short-term and long-term
loans was US$81.7 million, compared with $81.2 million as of September 30,
2012. In 4Q12, the Company used US$3.2 million in cash in operating
activities, including expenditures of US$4.9 million in cash on property and
equipment, US$3.5 million on intangible assets, US$3.2 million on equity
investments and US$9.4 million to pay quarterly dividends.

Accounts receivable increased by US$31.0 million from US$19.3 million as of
September 30, 2012 to US$50.3 million as of December 31, 2012. Average
accounts receivable days, calculated based on quarterly average accounts
receivable divided by quarterly revenue and multiplied by number of days in
the quarter, increased sequentially from 7 days to 16 days. Inventory as of
December 31, 2012 was US$128.8 million, an increase of US$4.3 million from
September 30, 2012. Inventory days, calculated based on quarterly average
inventory (excluding deferred cost) divided by quarterly cost of goods sold
and multiplied by number of days in the quarter, increased from 86 days in
3Q12 to 90 days in 4Q12. Deferred cost, which consists of products that have
shipped to customer where the rights and obligations of ownership have passed
to customers but revenue has not yet been recognized due to pending customer
acceptance, decreased from US$16.2 million as of September 30, 2012 to US$16.1
million as of December 31, 2012. Total assets as of December 31, 2012 were
US$700.2 million, up US$23.8 million from US$676.4 million as of September 30,
2012. The increase in total assets was primarily attributable to increases of
US$31.0 million in accounts receivable, US$10.7 million in prepaid expenses
and other current assets, US$4.3 million in inventory and US$2.3 million in
equity investment, partially offset by decreases of US$25.3 million in cash
and US$1.4 million in intangible assets.

Current liabilities decreased from US$238.0 million as of September 30, 2012
to US$234.0 million as of December 31, 2012, primarily due to a decrease of
US$7.9 million in advances from customers, offset by a US$5.0 million increase
in accrued expenses. Long-term liabilities as of December 31, 2012 were
US$82.4 million, compared to US$82.5 million as of September 30, 2012.

BUSINESS OUTLOOK:

Looking ahead, Spreadtrum expects revenue for the first quarter of 2013 to be
in the range of US$180 million – US$186 million, with a flat gross margin
relative to the fourth quarter 2012.

WEBCAST OF CONFERENCE CALL:

The Company's senior management will host a conference call at 7:00 am
(Eastern) / 4:00 am (Pacific) on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, which is 8:00 pm
(Hong Kong) and 1:00 pm (Barcelona) to discuss the financial results and
recent business activities. The conference call may be accessed by calling:

                            Toll
United States/International +1 718 354 1231
Hong Kong                   +852 2475 0994
Singapore                   +65 672 39381
United Kingdom              +44 20 3059 8139
Participant Passcode        "SPRD" or "Spreadtrum"

A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until March 6,
2013 at (US Toll / International) +1 646 254 3697, passcode: 93905688.

A live webcast of the conference call and replay, along with an accompanying
quarterly results presentation, will be available in the investor relations
section of the Company's website.

DISCUSSION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES:

In addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with US
GAAP, the Company's earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures that
exclude the effects of share-based compensation and other non-recurring items.
The non-GAAP financial measures used by management and disclosed by the
Company exclude the income statement effects of all forms of share-based
compensation.

The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be
considered a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with US
GAAP. The financial results reported in accordance with US GAAP and
reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results should be carefully evaluated. The
non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be prepared differently
from and, therefore, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used
by other companies.

The Company provides the presentation of non-GAAP gross margin, non- GAAP
operating margin, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS,
all excluding share-based compensation expenses. The Company believes that
these non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information
to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating
to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. The non-GAAP
diluted earnings per ADS are calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income by the
US GAAP weighted average diluted shares outstanding.



Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
(in thousands of US dollars, except per share data and percentages)
(unaudited)
                         Three months ended
                         December 31, September  December  4Q12 change from
                                       30,        31,
                         2011          2012       2012       3Q12     4Q11
Revenue from third       192,224       185,505    203,129    9.5%     5.7%
parties
Revenue from a related   -             2,367      -          -100.0%  -
party
Total revenue            192,224       187,872    203,129    8.1%     5.7%
Cost of revenue          113,852       117,810    127,805    8.5%     12.3%
Gross profit             78,372        70,062     75,324     7.5%     -3.9%
Operating expenses
Research & development   37,746        36,461     41,235     13.1%    9.2%
Selling, general and     6,399         8,475      7,651      -9.7%    19.6%
administrative
Total operating expenses 44,145        44,936     48,886     8.8%     10.7%
Operating income         34,227        25,126     26,438     5.2%     -22.8%
Non-operating income
(expense)
Interest income          2,089         1,530      1,270      -17.0%   -39.2%
Interest expense         (1,253)       (1,058)    (980)      -7.4%    -21.8%
Other income(expense),   2,034         (196)      16         -108.2%  -99.2%
net
Total non-operating      2,870         276        306        10.9%    -89.3%
income
Income before income tax
and equity in loss of    37,097        25,402     26,744     5.3%     -27.9%
affiliates
Income tax expense       (2,298)       (2,288)    (1,619)    -29.2%   -29.5%
Equity in loss of        (55)          (119)      (372)      212.6%   576.4%
affiliates, net of taxes
Net income               34,744        22,995     24,753     7.6%     -28.8%
Net loss attributable to 432           241        114        -52.7%   -73.6%
non-controlling interest
Net income attributable
to Spreadtrum            35,176        23,236     24,867     7.0%     -29.3%
Communications, Inc.
Income per ADS, basic    0.75          0.50       0.52
Income per ADS, diluted  0.66          0.44       0.47
Margin analysis:
Gross margin             40.8%         37.3%      37.1%
Operating margin         17.8%         13.4%      13.0%
Net margin               18.3%         12.4%      12.2%
Weighted average ADS
equivalent: ^ [1]
Basic                    46,943,520    46,876,567 47,572,178
Diluted                  53,460,397    52,412,164 52,682,347
ADS equivalent
outstanding at end of    46,994,086    47,280,006 47,805,783
period
[1] Assumes all outstanding ordinary shares are represented by ADSs.Each ADS
represents three ordinary shares.



Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
(in thousands of US dollars, except per share data and percentages)
(unaudited)
                                   Twelve Months ended
                                   December 31,     December 31,
                                   2011             2012            Change
Revenue from third parties         674,256          720,820         6.9%
Revenue from a related party       -                4,425           -
Total revenue                      674,256          725,245         7.6%
Cost of revenue                    393,624          454,370         15.4%
Gross profit                       280,632          270,875         -3.5%
Operating expenses
Research &development              117,302          139,462         18.9%
Selling, general and               26,958           30,494          13.1%
administrative
Total operating expenses           144,260          169,956         17.8%
Operating income                   136,372          100,919         -26.0%
Non-operating income(expense)
Interest income                    6,339            6,680           5.4%
Interest expense                   (3,931)          (4,291)         9.2%
Other income(expense), net         11,520           (286)           -102.5%
Total non-operating income         13,928           2,103           -84.9%
Income before income tax and       150,300          103,022         -31.5%
equity in loss of affiliates
Income tax expense                 (15,092)         (9,980)         -33.9%
Equity in loss of affiliates, net  (1,184)          (601)           -49.2%
of taxes
Net income                         134,024          92,441          -31.0%
Net loss attributable to           432              869             101.2%
non-controlling interest
Net income attributable to         134,456          93,310          -30.6%
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Income per ADS, basic              2.81             2.00            -28.8%
Income per ADS, diluted            2.48             1.79            -27.7%
Margin analysis:
Gross margin                       41.6%            37.3%
Operating margin                   20.2%            13.9%
Net margin                         19.9%            12.9%
Weighted average ADS equivalent: ^
[1]
Basic                              47,770,808       46,665,234
Diluted                            54,234,018       52,057,685
[1] Assumes all outstanding ordinary shares are represented by ADSs.Each ADS
represents three ordinary shares.



Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of US dollars)
(unaudited)
                                    As of
                                    December 31, September 30, December 31,
                                    2011          2012           2012
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents           193,215       157,441        132,156
Restricted cash                     69,907        17,849         17,969
Short-term deposit                  72,495        32,583         32,995
Accounts receivable, net            10,707        19,261         50,313
Inventories                         93,222        124,466        128,758
Deferred cost                       64,690        16,202         16,112
Deferred tax assets                 2,913         3,147          2,450
Prepaid expenses and other current  14,335        16,989         27,671
assets
Total current assets                521,484       387,938        408,424
Property and equipment, net         41,527        50,373         51,339
Acquired intangible assets, net     58,370        74,451         73,089
Equity investment                   13,494        50,538         52,813
Deferred tax assets                 820           818            771
Goodwill                            36,208        38,908         38,908
Long-term restricted cash           -             63,343         63,759
Indemnification assets              5,567         5,567          5,567
Other long-term assets              3,587         4,461          5,485
Total assets                        681,057       676,397        700,155
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
EQUITY
Current liabilities
Short-term loans and current        111,626       14,113         14,090
portion of a long-term loan
Accounts payable                    66,092        133,568        132,684
Advances from customers             91,858        28,383         20,472
Income tax payable                  19,137        13,356         13,226
Accrued expenses and other current  66,655        48,536         53,489
liabilities
Total current liabilities           355,368       237,956        233,961
Long-term loan                      -             69,949         70,000
Other long-term obligations         5,532         5,349          5,223
Long-term tax liabilities           5,567         5,567          5,567
Deferred tax liabilities            1,612         1,612          1,612
Total long term liabilities         12,711        82,477         82,402
Total liabilities                   368,079       320,433        316,363
Non-controlling shareholder         2,065         1,617          396
interest
Shareholders' equity                310,913       354,347        383,396
Total liabilities and shareholders' 681,057       676,397        700,155
equity



Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results
(in thousands of US dollars, except per share data and percentages)
(unaudited)
                                    Three Months ended
                                    December 31, September 30, December 31,
                                    2011          2012           2012
Cost of revenue                    113,852       117,810        127,805
Adjustment for share-based         (171)         (135)          (149)
compensation
Cost of revenue (non-GAAP)         113,681       117,675        127,656
Operating income                   34,227        25,126         26,438
Adjustment for share-based
compensation within: Cost of        171           135            149
revenue
Research and development           4,786         4,404          4,607
Selling, general, and              1,367         1,541          1,539
administrative
Operating income (non-GAAP)       40,551        31,206         32,733
Net income                         35,176        23,236         24,867
Adjustment for share-based
compensation within: Cost of        171           135            149
revenue
Research and development           4,786         4,404          4,607
Selling, general, and              1,367         1,541          1,539
administrative
Net income (non-GAAP)*             41,500        29,316         31,162
Net income per ADS, diluted        0.66          0.44           0.47
Adjustment for share-based         0.12          0.12           0.12
compensation
Net income per ADS, diluted        0.78          0.56           0.59
(non-GAAP)*
Gross margin                       40.8%         37.3%          37.1%
Adjustment for share-based         0.1%          0.1%           0.1%
compensation
Gross margin (non-GAAP)           40.9%         37.4%          37.2%
Operating margin                   17.8%         13.4%          13.0%
 Adjustment for share-based        3.3%          3.2%           3.1%
compensation
Operating margin (non-GAAP)*       21.1%         16.6%          16.1%
Net margin                        18.3%         12.4%          12.2%
Adjustment for share-based          3.3%          3.2%           3.1%
compensation
Net margin (non-GAAP)*             21.6%         15.6%          15.3%
Operating expenses                 44,145        44,936         48,886
Adjustment for share-based
compensation:
Research and development           (4,786)       (4,404)        (4,607)
Selling, general and               (1,367)       (1,541)        (1,539)
administrative
Operating expenses (non-GAAP)      37,992        38,991         42,740
* There is no tax effect resulting from these adjustment items.



Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results
(in thousands of US dollars, except per share data and percentages)
(unaudited)
                                                   Twelve Months ended
                                                   December 31, December 31,
                                                   2011          2012
Cost of revenue                                   393,624       454,370
Adjustment for share-based compensation           (558)         (605)
Cost of revenue (non-GAAP)                        393,066       453,765
Operating income                                  136,372       100,919
Adjustment for share-based compensation within:   558           605
Cost of revenue
Research and development                          11,681        19,315
Selling, general, and administrative              4,151         6,145
Operating income (non-GAAP)                      152,762       126,984
Net income                                        134,456       93,310
Adjustment for share-based compensation within:   558           605
Cost of revenue
Research and development                          11,681        19,315
Selling, general, and administrative              4,151         6,145
Net income (non-GAAP)*                            150,846       119,375
Net income per ADS, diluted                       2.48          1.79
Adjustment for share-based compensation           0.30          0.50
Net income per ADS, diluted (non-GAAP)*           2.78          2.29
Gross margin                                      41.6%         37.3%
Adjustment for share-based compensation           0.1%          0.1%
Gross margin (non-GAAP)                          41.7%         37.4%
Operating margin                                  20.2%         13.9%
 Adjustment for share-based compensation          2.4%          3.6%
Operating margin (non-GAAP)*                      22.6%         17.5%
Net margin                                       19.9%         12.9%
Adjustment for share-based compensation            2.4%          3.6%
Net margin (non-GAAP)*                            22.3%         16.5%
* There is no tax effect resulting from these adjustment items.

ABOUT SPREADTRUM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRD; "Spreadtrum") is a fabless
semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones,
feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and
4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum's solutions combine its
highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and
reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to
achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum's
customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile
products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. For
more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT:

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation,
statements regarding the Company's expectations with respect to its dual-core
1.2GHz TD-SCDMA/EDGE smartphone platform being shipping in customer handsets
in the very near future; the Company's expectations with respect to its
dual-core and quad-core smartphone products being expanding its addressable
market, improving its product mix and positioning it for strong growth this
year; the Company's expectations with respect to revenue in 1Q13 being in the
range of US$180 million - US$186 million, a sequential decrease of 8.4% to
11.4%, with a flat gross margin relative to the fourth quarter 2012; and the
Company's expectations with respect to improvement in product mix and
increased operating leverage as the new, higher value products begin to
generate revenue in 2013. The Company uses words like "believe," "anticipate,"
"intend," "estimate," "expect," "project" and similar expressions to identify
forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements
contain these words. These statements are forward-looking in nature and
involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual market trends and the
Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied
in these forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Potential risks
and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continuing competitive
pressure in the semiconductor industry and the effect of such pressure on
prices; unpredictable changes in technology and consumer demand for mobile
phones; the rate at which the market adoption of TD-SCDMA technology will
grow; the demand for the Company's smartphone products; the state of and any
change in the Company's relationship with its major domestic and international
customers and Chinese government agencies; and changes in political, economic,
legal and social conditions in China. For additional discussion of these risks
and uncertainties and other factors, please consider the information contained
in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the
"SEC") and the annual report on Form 20-F filed on April 10, 2012 especially
the section under "Risk Factors" and such other documents that the Company may
file with the SEC from time to time, including on Form 6-K. The Company
assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply
only as of the date of this press release, and does not intend to update any
forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise except as required by law.

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SOURCE Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.

Website: http://www.spreadtrum.com
Contact: Investor Relations, +1-650-308-8148, ir@spreadtrum.com
 
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