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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reports Record Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2006 Results

Marvell’s Board Approves a 2 for 1 Stock Split

Santa Clara, California (February 23, 2006) – arvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL), the leader in development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today reported financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and year ended January 28, 2006.

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 was a record $489.0 million, an increase of 43.7% over net revenue of $340.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 and a 14.8% sequential increase from net revenue of $426.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2006.  Net income under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) was $97.5 million, or $0.30 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006, compared with a net income under GAAP of $54.9 million, or $0.18 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

Net revenue for the year ended January 28, 2006 was $1,670.3 million, an increase of 36.4% over net revenue of $1,224.6 million for the year ended January 29, 2005. Net income under GAAP was $331.4 million, or $1.05 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 28, 2006, compared with a net income under GAAP of $141.7 million, or $0.47 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 29, 2005.

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 non-GAAP.  Pro forma non-GAAP net income, where applicable, excludes the effect of amortization and write-off of acquired intangible assets and other, acquisition related charges and amortization of stock-based compensation.  Pro forma non-GAAP net income was $134.6 million, or $0.42 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006, compared with pro forma non-GAAP net income of $75.2 million, or $0.24 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.  Shares used to compute GAAP and pro forma non-GAAP net income per share for the fourth quarter ended January 28, 2006 increased to 322.6 million, compared with 308.3 million for the fourth quarter ended January 29, 2005.

Pro forma non-GAAP net income was $429.6 million, or $1.36 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 28, 2006, compared with pro forma non-GAAP net income of $250.6 million, or $0.84 per share (diluted), for the year ended January 29, 2005.  Shares used in computing GAAP and pro forma non-GAAP net income per share for the year ended January 28, 2006 increased to 315.7 million, compared with 299.5 million for the year ended January 29, 2005.

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 non-GAAP 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 report the results of another outstanding year and fourth quarter for Marvell” stated Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell’s President and CEO. “As we begin fiscal 2007, we have positioned the company to enjoy continued strong growth and success alongside our customers.   We also remain very focused on continuing to expand upon our leadership position as we broaden our world class technology and solutions for both the enterprise and consumer markets.”

Revenue for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2006 were both records for Marvell and the quarterly revenue increase represented the 33rd 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 $921.0 million.  The following is a review of some of the recent highlights that occurred since last quarter’s earnings release:

  • In January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Marvell demonstrated its latest high performance wireless local area networking (WLAN) chipset which is fully compliant to the IEEE 802.11n draft specification.  The Marvell 88W836X family leverages the Marvell Total System Solution for the industry’s highest TCP/IP and layer 3 throughput with special optimizations for high reliability video and media transport.  This first to market family allows scaleable gateway and access point solutions delivering data rates between 300 to 600 Mbps and incorporates Marvell’s proprietary Feroceon™ ARM CPU architecture to maximize performance and minimize power usage.
  • Also at CES in January, Marvell announced the Marvell Orion product family which powers a range of media vault platforms, each capable of delivering simultaneous streams of rich, multimedia content seamlessly across wired and wireless networks.  Orion based media vault platforms allow users to instantly access rich multimedia and data content throughout the home including multiple streams of HDTV.  With an outstanding price/performance advantage, the scalable storage, networking and smart media processing architecture of Orion is targeted at standalone home storage appliances, integrated storage appliances such as access points and digital video recorders and also next generation broadband service provider applications.
  • In December, Marvell was honored to be recognized at the Fabless Semiconductor Association’s annual awards dinner with three prestigious awards, including the Most Respected Public Fabless Company award.

Marvell’s Board Approves a 2 for 1 Stock Split

Additionally, Marvell’s Board of Directors has approved a 2 for 1 stock split of the Company’s common stock, to be effected pursuant to the issuance of additional shares.  The stock split is subject to shareholder approval of an increase in the Company’s authorized share capital at the Company’s 2006 Annual General Meeting tentatively scheduled for June 2006.  If approved by Marvell’s shareholders, Marvell expects the declaration and payment of the additional shares to occur within 30 days following the Annual General Meeting.

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 4145587.  Replay of the conference call will be available until March 2, 2006 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 23, 2007.

About Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon 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 Santa Clara, 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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