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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reports Record Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2005 Results

Sunnyvale, California (February 24, 2005) – arvell® Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL), the technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications and storage solutions, today reported financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and year ended January 29, 2005.

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 was a record $340.3 million, an increase of 40% over net revenue of $243.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 and a 7% sequential increase from net revenue of $317.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.  Net income under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) was $54.9 million, or $0.18 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, compared with a net income under GAAP of $19.8 million, or $0.07 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004.

Net revenue for the year ended January 29, 2005 was $1,224.6 million, an increase of 49% over net revenue of $819.8 million for the year ended January 31, 2004. Net income under GAAP was $141.7 million, or $0.47 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 29, 2005, compared with a net income under GAAP of $45.5 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 31, 2004.

Marvell reports net income and basic and diluted net income per share in accordance with GAAP and additionally on a non-GAAP basis, referred to as pro forma.  Pro forma net income, where applicable, excludes the effect of amortization and write-off of acquired intangible assets and other, amortization of stock-based compensation and charges related to facilities consolidation.  Pro forma net income was $75.2 million, or $0.24 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, compared with pro forma net income of $41.3 million, or $0.14 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004.  Shares used in computing net income per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 increased to 308.0 million, compared with 288.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004. 

Pro forma net income was $250.6 million, or $0.84 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 29, 2005, compared with pro forma net income of $130.8 million, or $0.47 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 31, 2004.  Shares used in computing pro forma net income per share for the year ended January 29, 2005 increased to 299.0 million, compared with 276.5 million for the year ended January 31, 2004. 

These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the results prepared in accordance with GAAP.  A reconciliation of GAAP net income to pro forma net income is included in the financial statements portion of this release as well as on our website in the Investors section at www.marvell.com.

Marvell’s management believes the non-GAAP information is useful because it can enhance the understanding of the Company’s ongoing economic performance and Marvell therefore uses pro forma reporting internally to evaluate and manage the Company’s operations.  Marvell has chosen to provide this information to investors to enable them to perform comparisons of operating results in a manner similar to how the Company analyzes its operating results.   

 “We are pleased to announce the results of another outstanding year and fourth quarter for Marvell,” stated Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell’s President and CEO. “As we enter fiscal 2006, we are excited about the growing breadth of the several large volume markets we are serving as we expand our offerings into the consumer electronics markets.  We expect continued strong market adoption of our advanced technologies into a variety of emerging consumer applications as well as continued solid growth from the enterprise markets.”

Revenue for the fourth quarter was a record for Marvell and represented the 29th consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth.  During the quarter, Marvell continued to generate strong positive cash flows and reported its highest level of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments with a balance of $660.0 million.  The following is a review of some of the recent highlights that occurred since last quarter’s earnings release:

  • During the quarter, Marvell announced the world’s first 802.11 a/g solution embedding TCP/IP networking to provide the most advanced wireless LAN solution for mobile consumer applications.  By combining embedded TCP, UDP and IP networking functions with Marvell’s proven multimode 802.11 a/g technology, Marvell enables new usage models such as peer to peer printing, ad-hoc gaming, streaming audio/video and a variety of Voice over IP applications.  This ultra-low power and small size device is designed to meet the unique requirements of consumer products.
  • Marvell expects continued strong growth from the consumer market’s adoption of hard disk drives into a variety of high volume applications ranging from small form factor disk drives utilized in such applications as MP3 players to high capacity 3.5 inch desktop drives used in digital video recorders and gaming consoles.  In January, two new customers introduced new one inch small form factor drives based upon Marvell’s advanced system-on-chip solutions.
  • Marvell expects to continue to drive widespread adoption of WLAN into a variety of consumer electronic devices.  During the quarter, Marvell experienced strong WLAN shipments into new emerging applications such as the Sony PSP.  Also, new WLAN based products such as digital still cameras and printers were introduced into the market based on Marvell’s ultra compact, low power solutions.

Marvell will be conducting a conference call today at 1:45 p.m. PST to discuss its fourth quarter financial results.  To listen to the conference call, investors can dial (706) 679-0800 approximately ten minutes prior to the initiation of the teleconference and refer to conference code 3830407.  Replay of the conference call will be available until March 4, 2005 at midnight PST by dialing (706) 645-9291.  The conference call will also be available via the web at www.marvell.com. Please visit the Investor Events section.  Replay on the Internet will be available until February 24, 2006.

The financial results included in this release are unaudited.  The complete, audited financial statements of the Company for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2005, including our assessment of internal controls, as well as our independent auditor’s report on internal controls, will be included in Marvell’s Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC on or before April 14, 2005.

About Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leading global semiconductor provider of complete broadband communications and storage solutions.  The Company’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure, including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking.  As used in this release, the terms “Company” and “Marvell” refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries, including Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (MSI), Marvell Asia Pte Ltd. (MAPL), Marvell Japan K.K., Marvell Taiwan Ltd., Marvell International Ltd. (MIL), Marvell U.K. Limited, Marvell Semiconductor Israel Ltd. (MSIL), RADLAN Computer Communications Ltd., and SysKonnect GmbH.  MSI is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and designs, develops and markets products on behalf of MIL and MAPL.  MSI may be contacted at (408) 222-2500 or at www.marvell.com.

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