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Texas Instruments handily beats 1Q estimates, offers favorable outlook

CEO says product demand 'continued to be strong in the industrial and automotive markets'

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Semiconductor giant expects operating tax rate going forward to be lower than previously expected

Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ:TXN) is up nicely in premarket trading after reporting first-quarter results that handily beat analyst estimates and offering a favorable outlook for the second quarter.

The semiconductor giant said net income in the first quarter climbed 37%, to nearly US$1.37bn, or US$1.35 a share, from US$997mln, or US$0.97 a share, in the first quarter of 2017. Yahoo Finance put the average earnings estimate of analysts at US$1.11 a share.

Revenue at Texas Instruments rose 11%, to US$3.79bn from US$3.40bn. Yahoo Finance put the average revenue estimate of analysts at US$3.65bn.

Texas Instruments was up around 4.5% in early trading on the news, at US$102.80.

Rich Templeton, Texas Instruments chairman, president and CEO, said demand for the company's Analog and Embedded Processing products "continued to be strong in the industrial and automotive markets."

Looking ahead, Texas Instruments said its second-quarter outlook is for revenue in the range of US$3.78bn to US$4.10bn and for earnings per share in the range of US$1.19 to US$1.39, which includes an estimated US$10mln discrete tax benefit. Yahoo Finance puts analysts' average revenue estimate for the second quarter at US$3.9bn and the average earnings estimate at US$1.23 a share.

According to CEO Templeton, "We now expect our ongoing annual operating tax rate to be about 16% starting in 2019 and 20% in 2018, lower than our previous expectations of 18% and 23%, respectively."

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