PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sept. 13, 2004 – During its July 28, 2004 conference call and in its second quarter earnings release, ON Semiconductor provided guidance that it expected its third quarter 2004 revenues to be up 2 to 5 percent and gross margin to be up 50 to 100 basis points as compared to the second quarter of 2004. The company’s revenues for the second quarter of 2004 were $333.5 million and gross margin was 33.7 percent. Based upon weaker than anticipated end-market demand and sell-thru revenue by distributors, ON Semiconductor now expects that revenues for the third quarter of 2004 will decline by approximately 6 percent and that gross margins will decline by approximately 150 basis points as compared to the second quarter of 2004 mainly due to lower manufacturing efficiencies.
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