TI updates fourth-quarter 2008 business outlook

DALLAS, Dec 08, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --

In a scheduled update to its business outlook for the fourth quarter of 2008, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today lowered its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS).

The company currently expects its financial results to fall within the following ranges:

    -- Revenue:  $2.30 - 2.50 billion, compared with the prior range of
       $2.83 - 3.07 billion

    -- EPS:  $0.10 - 0.16, compared with the prior range of $0.30 - 0.36.

The company will hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Central time today to discuss this update. This conference call will be available live at http://www.ti.com/ir. TI's original fourth-quarter outlook was published in the company's third-quarter 2008 earnings release on October 20, available at http://www.ti.com/ir. TI's fourth quarter ends on December 31.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as TI or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "foresees," "forecasts," "estimates" or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements herein that describe the Company's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements.

We urge you to carefully consider the following important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations of TI or its management:

    -- Market demand for semiconductors, particularly in key markets such as
       communications, entertainment electronics and computing;
    -- TI's ability to maintain or improve profit margins, including its
       ability to utilize its manufacturing facilities at sufficient levels to
       cover its fixed operating costs, in an intensely competitive and
       cyclical industry;
    -- TI's ability to develop, manufacture and market innovative products in
       a rapidly changing technological environment;
    -- TI's ability to compete in products and prices in an intensely
       competitive industry;
    -- TI's ability to maintain and enforce a strong intellectual property
       portfolio and obtain needed licenses from third parties;
    -- Expiration of license agreements between TI and its patent licensees,
       and market conditions reducing royalty payments to TI;
    -- Economic, social and political conditions in the countries in which TI,
       its customers or its suppliers operate, including security risks,
       health conditions, possible disruptions in transportation networks and
       fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
    -- Natural events such as severe weather and earthquakes in the locations
       in which TI, its customers or its suppliers operate;
    -- Availability and cost of raw materials, utilities, manufacturing
       equipment, third-party manufacturing services and manufacturing
    -- Changes in the tax rate applicable to TI as the result of changes in
       tax law, the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned
       and taxed, the outcome of tax audits and the ability to realize
       deferred tax assets;
    -- Losses or curtailments of purchases from key customers and the timing
       and amount of distributor and other customer inventory adjustments;
    -- Customer demand that differs from our forecasts;
    -- The financial impact of inadequate or excess TI inventory that results
       from demand that differs from projections;
    -- TI's ability to access its bank accounts and lines of credit or
       otherwise access the capital markets;
    -- Product liability or warranty claims, claims based on epidemic or
       delivery failure or recalls by TI customers for a product containing a
       TI part;
    -- TI's ability to recruit and retain skilled personnel; and
    -- Timely implementation of new manufacturing technologies, installation
       of manufacturing equipment and the ability to obtain needed third-party
       foundry and assembly/test subcontract services.

For a more detailed discussion of these factors, see the text under the heading "Risk Factors" in Part II, Item 1A of the Company's Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2008. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com.


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