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Diodes Incorporated (DIOD) Q3 2022 Earnings Call Transcript

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Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ:DIOD) Q3 2022 Earnings Call dated Nov. 07, 2022.

Corporate Participants:

Leanne K. Sievers — Shelton Group — Analyst

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Brett Whitmire — Chief Financial Officer

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Analysts:

Matt Ramsay — Cowen — Analyst

Gary Mobley — Wells Fargo Securities — Analyst

David Williams — Benchmark — Analyst

Tristan Gerra — Baird — Analyst

William Stein — Truist Securities — Analyst

Presentation:

Operator

Good afternoon, and welcome to Diodes Incorporated Third Quarter 2022 financial results conference call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded today, Monday, November 7, 2022. I would now like to turn the conference over to Leanne Sievers of Shelton Group, Investor Relations. Leanne, please go-ahead.

Leanne K. Sievers — Shelton Group — Analyst

Good afternoon, and welcome to Diodes’ Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results Conference Call. I’m Leanne Sievers, President of Shelton Group, Diodes’ Investor Relations firm. Joining us today from Taiwan are Diodes’ Chairman and President and CEO, Dr. Keh-Shew Lu; Chief Financial Officer, Brett Whitmire; Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Emily Yang; Senior Vice President of Business Groups, Gary Yu; and Director of Investor Relations, Gurmeet Dhaliwal.

Before I turn the call over to Dr. Lu, I’d like to remind our listeners that the results announced today are preliminary as they are subject to the Company finalizing its closing procedures and customary quarterly review by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. As such, these results are unaudited and subject to revision until the Company files its Form 10-Q for its 2022 fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2012. In addition, management’s prepared remarks contain forward looking statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties and management may make additional forward looking statements in response to your questions. Therefore the company claims the protection of the Safe Harbor for forward looking statements that is contained in. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from those discussed today and therefore we refer you to a more detailed discussion of the risks and uncertainties in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 10-K and 10-Q. In addition, any projections as to the Company’s future performance represent management’s estimates as of today, November 7, 2012. Diodes assumes no obligation to update these projections in the future as market conditions may or may not change, except to the extent required by applicable law.

Additionally the Company’s press release and management statements during this conference call will include discussions of certain measures and financial information in GAAP and non-GAAP terms. Included in the Company’s press release are definitions and reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP items which provide additional details. Also, throughout the Company’s press release and management statements during this conference call, we refer to net income attributable to common stockholders as GAAP net income. For those of you unable to listen to the entire call at this time, a recording will be available via webcast for 90 days in the Investor Relations section of Diodes’ website at www.diodes.com. And now, I’ll turn the call over to Diodes’ Chairman, President and CEO, Dr. Keh-Shew Lu. Dr. Lu, please go ahead.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Thank you, Leanne. Welcome, everyone. And thank you for joining us today. I’m very pleased to be reporting today our fifth consecutive quarter of record gross margin, and the seventh consecutive quarter of record adjusted earnings per share and [Indecipherable]. Our record result was driven by outstanding execution by the team, especially considering the COVID related lockdown and power outage in certain regions of China for part of the quarter. Also, contributing to our strong performance was the achievement of record revenue in our automotive and industrial end-markets that together totaled 44% of product revenue, which is 4% points above our 2025 target model and above 40% of the third consecutive quarters. Diodes’ automotive business represented 16% of product revenue for the first time, reflecting the ongoing success of our customer and content expansion initiatives as well as share gain in this end-market.

Over the past several quarters, Diodes has consistently proved its ability to [Indecipherable] during one automotive [Indecipherable] supply chain environment that the industry has experienced and were still able to deliver multiple consecutive quarter of record result, expanding margin, and increased profitability. When looking back over the past two years, our revenue have grew 68%. Gross margin expanded 590 basis point. And adjusted earnings per share increased over 220%. Those achievements [Indecipherable] Diodes [Indecipherable] consistent operator through [Indecipherable] business and economic involvement. We are on our way toward our 2025 financial target of $2.5 billion in revenue and $1 billion in gross profit. With that, let me now turn the call over to Brett to discuss our third quarter financial results and our fourth quarter 2022 guidance in more detail.

Brett Whitmire — Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Dr. Lu, and good afternoon everyone. As part of my financial review today, I will focus my comments on the sequential change for each of the line items and would refer you to our press release for a more detailed review of our results as well as the year-over-year comparisons. Revenue for the third quarter 2022 was a record $521.3 million, an increase of 4.1% from $501million in the second quarter 2022. Gross profit for the third quarter was also a record at $217.8 million, representing a record 41.8% of revenue increasing 5.5% or 60 basis points from $206.5 million or 41.2% of revenue in the second quarter 2022.

GAAP operating expenses for the third quarter 2022 were $105.4 million or 20.2% of revenue, and on a non-GAAP basis were $101.3 million or 19.4% of revenue which excludes $3.9 million of amortization of acquisition-related intangible asset expenses and $0.1 million of acquisition-related costs. This compares to non-GAAP operating expenses in the prior quarter of $99.7 million or 19.9% of revenue. Total other expense amounted to approximately $3.3 million for the quarter consisting of $2.6 million of unrealized loss on investments, $2.7 million in interest expense, and a $1 million foreign currency loss, $2.2 million of other income, and $862,000 of interest income. Income before taxes and non-controlling interest in the third quarter 2022 was $109.1 million compared to $101.2 million in the previous quarter.

Turning to income taxes, our effective income tax rate for the third quarter was approximately 18.5%. GAAP net income for the third-quarter 2022 was a record $86.4 million or $1.88 per diluted share compared to GAAP net income of $80.2 million or $1.75 per diluted share in second-quarter 2022. GAAP earnings per share in the quarter increased 25.3% year-over-year from $1.50 per diluted share in the third quarter 2021. Share count used to compute GAAP diluted EPS for the third quarter 2022 was 46 million shares. Non-GAAP adjusted net income in the third quarter was a record $92.2 million or $2 per diluted share, which excluded net of tax $3.2 million of acquisition-related intangible asset costs, $2.1 million in non-cash mark-to-market investment adjustments, $0.1 million of acquisition-related costs, and $0.4 million gain on sale of investments. This represents a 5.3% improvement from last quarter of $1.90 per diluted share or $86.9 million and a 36.1% improvement from $1.47 per diluted share or $67.3 million in third quarter 2021.

Excluding non-cash share-based compensation expense of $8.1 million net of tax for third quarter, both GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP adjusted EPS would have increased by $0.18 per diluted share for the third quarter. EBITDA for the third quarter was a record $141.9 million or 27.2% of revenue compared to a $130.6 million or 26% of revenue in the prior quarter. On a year-over-year basis, EBITDA increased 23.9% from a $114.5 million in the third quarter 2021, highlighting our continued improvements over the past year. We have included in our earnings release a reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP adjusted net income, and GAAP net income to EBITDA which provides additional details.

Cash flow generated from operations was $132.2 million for the third quarter 2022. Free cash flow was $62.4 million, which included $69.8 million for capital expenditures. Net cash flow was a positive $78.3 million. Turning to the balance sheet, at the end of third quarter, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash plus short-term investments totaled approximately $393 million. Working capital was $765 million, and total debt including long-term and short-term was $296 million. In terms of inventory, at the end of the third quarter total inventory days were approximately 113 as compared to 115 last quarter. Finished goods inventory days were 32 which was flat to 32 last quarter. Total inventory dollars increased $3.5 million from the prior quarter to approximately $374.8 million. Total inventory in the quarter consisted of a $8.3 million increase in finished goods, a $6.7 million increase in raw materials, and an $11.5 million decrease in work in process.

Capital expenditures on a cash basis were $69.8 million for the third quarter, and for the first nine months approximately $148 million or 9.8% of revenue. The year-to-date capex is higher than our target model due to our assembly test and wafer fab capacity expansions, but we still expect to be within our target model of 5% to 9% for the full-year.

Now turning to our outlook. For the fourth quarter of 2022, we expect revenue to be approximately $494 million, plus or minus 3%, in line with typical seasonality. GAAP gross margin is expected to be 41.0% plus or minus 1%. Non-GAAP operating expenses which are GAAP operating expenses adjusted for amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets are expected to be approximately 21.0% of revenue plus or minus 1%. We expect net interest expense to be approximately $4 million. Our income tax rate is expected to be 19% plus or minus 3%, and shares used to calculate EPS for the fourth quarter are anticipated to be approximately $46.5 million. Not included in these non-GAAP estimates is amortization of $3.2 million after tax for previous acquisitions. With that said, I will now turn the call over to Emily Yang.

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Thank you, Brett, and good afternoon. In the third quarter, revenue increased 4.1% sequentially reflecting our achievement of record revenue in the automotive and industrial end-markets that also contributed to record revenue in North America and Europe. Additionally, our POS revenue was a record. Distributor inventory in terms of weeks increased slightly quarter over quarter and is within our defined normal range of 11 weeks to 14 weeks. Overall demand and backlog remains strong across all regions.

Looking at global sales in the third quarter, Asia represented 73% of revenue, Europe 16%, and North-America 12%. In terms of our end-markets, Industrial represented 28% of Diodes product revenue, computing 23%, consumer 18%, Communication 15%, and our automotive end-market reached a record 16% of product revenue. Our automotive and industrial end-markets combined total 44% of product revenue which is 4% point above our 2025 target and above 40% for the third consecutive quarter.

Now let me review the end-market in greater detail. Beginning with automotive, revenue increased 48% year-over-year and 17% sequentially to set another quarterly record which is the ninth consecutive quarter. Our consistent growth has been driven by our ongoing demand creation efforts as well as market share gains. In connected driving which consists of ADAS, telematic and infotainment systems, we continue to see increased interest for USB Type-C re-drivers being rear-seat entertainment and smart cockpit applications. Also our video switches for MEP, DisplayPort USB 3.0, and our USB CMOS and analog switches are also winning [Indecipherable] in ADAS, infotainment, and smart cockpit applications. Our DC/DC buck converters, CMOS, LDO, switching diodes, power switches and diode controllers experienced strong demand as well. For comfort, style and safety we secured increasing [Indecipherable] for our DC/DC buck converters, bipolar transistors and LED drivers for exterior LED lighting, along with our buck booster controllers, [Indecipherable] LED drivers and Zener diodes for interior and exterior lighting, electrification and mobility system.

During the quarter our gate driver ICs were designed into wireless charges, while our low voltage MOSFET were designed for automotive USB card charges and power source low switch applications. In addition, our operational amplifiers were designed into [Indecipherable] DC/DC converters, battery management [Phonetic] system, pumps, airbags, position sensors and Occupancy Detection Systems. In powertrain which covers conventional hybrid electric vehicles, we secured increasing designs for automotive IO extenders for EV central control unit as well as design wins for our bipolar power transistors and Zener diodes in the power modules electrification system. Additionally, our TVS devices experienced strong demand for EV battery protection, DC fan motor controllers, generators, and starter applications. We also saw solid demand in automated transmission and powertrain applications as we added seven new automotive grade products to our protection portfolio.

In the industrial end-market, revenue reached another record and grew approximately 30% year-over-year and 6% sequentially, representing a sixth consecutive quarter of growth. Our PCI Express 2.0, 3.0 packaged switches and SBR product were designed into multiple power over Ethernet adapters for security and civilians applications, which is an area that HDMI six gigabit per second and [Indecipherable] gigabit per second drivers are also being used as well. We also saw healthy demand from our gate driver IC TVS Diodes, Zener Diodes, DC/DC buck converters, LED drivers, linear regulators, and MOSFET products in various applications like energy storage, power distribution system, DC fans, power supply, air condition, and oil pump applications. Also, our [Indecipherable] product families continue to enjoy solid demand from the power tools and E meter applications. We also continue to see strong demand for our application-specific multi-chip circuits in industrial lighting and blood glucose monitoring systems.

In the computing market, although the PC and notebook and Chromebook market was soft, we continue to focus on cloud surface storage and SSD applications. As I mentioned last quarter, our ability to quickly adjust our support from slowing market to high-demand markets segment is a strong testament to our team’s execution and also has been a contributor to our consistent growth. In terms of design-wins during the quarter, we continue to secure designs for our USB CMOS switches in the enterprise SSD applications, as well as new wins for our SM pack, [Indecipherable] family in cloud surfer [Phonetic] products. Our customized Zener Diodes products also being used in cloud computing platforms. We also remain well positioned to support cloud computing and data center customers with a complete timing offering, including crystal, oscillators, PCI Express clock generators and PCI Express clock buffers.

Also during the quarter we continue to see adoption of our embedded display core re-drivers and embedded display core [Indecipherable] in gaming mobile applications, and our newly released PCI Express 5.0 clock buffers family are now able to support 4, 6, 8 and 12 output. Lastly, our current limit power switches continue to see solid uptake from USB-A and USB-C power source applications in mobile, desktop and docking stations. In the communication market, our SBR CSP products continued to gain traction in the low earth-orbit satellites and 5G applications, and our Schottky products are being designed into 5G WiFi applications. Several diode switching and Zener diodes also continued to gain momentum in the mobile phone segments for various applications, including peripherals such as quick chargers. And finally, in consumer market, we continue to drive increased adoption of our HDMI 6 gigabit per second and 12 gig per second re-drivers and display for HDMI switches in projectors and digital [Indecipherable] camera applications. While our DC/DC buck converters and audio amplifier also have solid demand from home appliance market for monitor and interactive storytelling devices.

We also continued to gain traction for our current limit power switches and USB-C power delivery controllers from USB power applications in gaming consoles and smart speakers. And our LV MOSFET CSP and LED drivers won several desizing wearables and portable devices like health, sport watches, wireless earphones and keyboards.

In summary, with achievement of our seventh consecutive quarter of record results, Diodes continues to prove our ability to consistently execute and quickly adjust our support from slowing end market to high-demand market segments. Additionally, the ongoing success of our customer and content expansion initiatives as well as share gain in both the automotive industrial market has greatly increased our revenue contribution and mix, which has also contributed to our consistent margin improvement. We believe we are well positioned to continue driving future growth and expansion towards our 2025 target of $2.5 billion in revenue and $1 billion in gross profit. With that, we now open the floor to questions. Operator.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] And our first question will come from Matt Ramsay of Cowen. Please go-ahead.

Matt Ramsay — Cowen — Analyst

Hey, guys thanks for taking my questions. And congrats on the awesome results. I wanted to ask a little bit about your end markets. I mean, we’ve seen all through this earnings season consumer and computing from your peers has come in weaker, and there are some signs of industrial softening, but your results don’t seem to indicate that on the industrial side. Can you just help us understand what you’re seeing in industrial and in particular, how good you feel about visibility into that market in the next couple of quarters and what you’re seeing in the channel? Thank you.

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Yeah, hi, Matt. Good afternoon. So Industrial overall, the backlog and everything still sees a lot of strength overall. We do see some specific applications or specific end devices that adjusting a little bit forecast here and there. But if you take the overall picture, it’s still strong. And from the visibility point of view, we still have pretty good backlog in place that we’re not definitely seeing a significant change overall.

Matt Ramsay — Cowen — Analyst

Understood. And I just wanted to ask about geopolitics a little bit. I know you guys have a pretty material footprint over in China and your products and your manufacturing shouldn’t fall under any of the restrictions as they’re written now. But I guess, are you anticipating any future potential disruptions? Or I guess, how are you thinking about potential risk? Because we’ve seen some ancillary disruptions across the supply chain as there’s been more of a crackdown in China and whatnot. Thank you.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Okay, Matt, actually, we have been doing well even during last — this year, especially when China has different area of the lockdown. And so we know how to handle. And so far you can see our operation second quarter in Shanghai area, they have a lockdown for two months and we’re still okay. And even the third quarter, we had CAT [Indecipherable] area that have a power problem and we have again, the COVID 19 shutdown problem, but we’re still able to move some of the operation to Shanghai to support the CIT for almost one month after shutdown. So we are — we know how to handle these different locations, the operational shutdown. And we call [Indecipherable] operation, and we are able to move around our operation from Chengdu to Shanghai or [Indecipherable] or even move to some other other manufacturing area. So I really not put too much concern in this area.

Matt Ramsay — Cowen — Analyst

Understood. Thank you for all the color.

Operator

Our next question comes from Gary Mobley of Wells Fargo Securities. Please go ahead.

Gary Mobley — Wells Fargo Securities — Analyst

Hello everybody, thanks for taking my question. I wanted to double click on your response Dr. Lu related to how you’re operating your business over in China amidst a backdrop of a bunch of COVID lockdowns. I understand that you’re able to operate those facilities in Chengdu and Shanghai using that closed-loop working environment, but seems to be from what we’re hearing over here in the U.S. that there seems to be a bit of an employee backlash in — at least in some parts of the country. So I’m curious to know how you’re managing that. And well, let’s just start with there.

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Well, maybe, Gary, let me make a comment first, right? So when and what’s going to happen next is something hard to predict. The market overall, the situation in China is still pretty dynamic, right? I think Dr. Lu’s point is with our experience in the expertise in the manufacturing side and how to operate during the crisis I think definitely gives us confidence that no matter what’s going to happen next, we’ll be able to adjust our strategy and our solution to best support the customers. So I think that’s pretty much — we don’t know what’s going to happen next, but I think we’re ready whatever it’s going to happen.

Gary Mobley — Wells Fargo Securities — Analyst

Okay. Thanks, Emily. Just a couple of follow-up questions. Any notable change in customer order lead times, whether that be overall or by market, where they’re still [Indecipherable] And then as well, I wanted to ask how truly fungible is your manufacturing capacity whereby you can reallocate manufacturing for end markets that still remain strong. Is that truly possible in end markets like automotive where you need automotive grade qualification or whatnot? And that’s it for me. Thank you.

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Yes. So I think let me answer the first question about lead time. Overall, there’s really no significant changes of lead time. All along, even during the last two years, we’ve been focusing on understanding the true customers’ demand and making adjustments. I think the second part of your question is really about our ability to quickly adjust our capacity and support from one market segment to the others, right? I think the Q3 result is a good testament of our ability. So we did actually quickly adjust it from the slow demand markets like the low MPC consumers or the smartphone and to the automotive and industrial customer base, right? So all our factories automotive qualified. And so that gives us the capability to quickly adjust. So not only the second — the Q3 but also the second quarter, I think we talked about the same thing as well. So I hope that will give you guys the confidence that we do have the capability and the flexibility to quickly adjust our support.

Gary Mobley — Wells Fargo Securities — Analyst

Thanks, Emily.

Operator

The next question comes from David Williams of Benchmark. Please go ahead.

David Williams — Benchmark — Analyst

Hey, good afternoon and congratulations on the really solid results especially in this macro.

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Thank you.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Thank you.

David Williams — Benchmark — Analyst

Emily, just first, maybe you just kind of thinking about the automotive growth, you’re clearly seeing a lot of traction, and you’ve had this initiative to really drive the content and the share gains there. I’m just kind of wondering, it seems like you’ve had really solid growth over the last several quarters and this quarter particularly. But just are you seeing anything maybe being pulled in? Or is this really just because of the demand that you’re seeing and the new design wins, or is there anything there that we should be thinking about in terms of maybe slowing later on the automotive side?

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Yes. So David, if we look at the result, so you’re absolutely right. For Q3, we actually achieved 16%, which is definitely a record for automotive. If we compare year-over-year, that’s 48% growth and even quarter-over-quarter, that’s 17% growth. So — but I want to also point attention not just for the third quarter. So we’ve been openly talking about from 2013 to 2021, we actually have a compounded annual growth rate of 30%. So this is not just a one quarter or few quarter, but consistently over many years. So we established automotive focus years back. What we’re seeing is actually a significant change from the topology and design structure point of view. So I’ve been talking about the excitement is we start seeing a lot of new proto costs expanded into different areas. So one good example is Pericom product family, right? We start seeing PCI Express as gigabit Ethernet being adapted. And this adoption is the beginning of the adoption. So that gives us a lot of confidence about the growth in the future. We also look at our design pipeline, so it continued to grow significantly. So that’s the reason to support our ongoing growth quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Yes, David, we implement a policy in the activities. All the new product if possible, need to be automotive great qualified, we call two part. So most of our new product when we visit, we focus on two parts if possible. And therefore, we have a lot of design win, and you know the automotive bid part, they ramp up much slower than consumer or other market seen. It takes us two years for the part to — for the new product to be ramped up. Okay? And so if you look at, we have been consistently year-over-year, quarter-over-quarter to increase a percent of the revenue. And that’s another key measurement we implement is automotive segment as a percent of the total revenue. And you can see now we are getting to 16% of our revenue is coming from automotive segment. So this is not a very short term. This is the long-term driver. And so I don’t see that growth will be — it might be taper a little bit, but you won’t go to the other direction, then we as a percent of the revenue will continue. Okay?

David Williams — Benchmark — Analyst

Okay. Fantastic. Thank you Shew Lu for the color there. And then maybe last one for me, just a broader question. But was there anything maybe in the quarter that surprised you either from demand shifting or maybe things that are stronger than you would have anticipated? Anything that you should be or maybe we should think about in terms of the next few quarters where we could see some shifting around or any caution?

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Yes. So I would say, definitely the demand from automotive side is still very, very strong. So that’s really a positive news, and it gives us an opportunity to balance with some of the other slow demand markets. I think the second surprise is really the power constraint in Chengdu. But again, we demonstrated our strong capability to manage through the crisis as well, right?

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

And if you say — you’re asking for any surprise, you can see we still meet our guidance. And therefore, you know we can see much clear, well, may not be two, three quarters later, but at least in the third quarter when we make the third quarter guidance, we can see much clear. And now we’re in the fourth quarter, and again, we can see much clear in the fourth quarter business and market.

David Williams — Benchmark — Analyst

Thanks so much. Appreciate the help.

Operator

Our next question comes from Tristan Gerra of Baird. Please go ahead.

Tristan Gerra — Baird — Analyst

Hi, good afternoon or good morning. Given the commentary about automotive upsetting pockets of weakness in some other end markets, which has been well advertised through this earnings season. How sustainable is the pricing environment? And also, would you expect there’s been a lot of noncancelable orders to tests for the rest of this year for the second half of this year across your peers. Would you expect those noncancelable orders to be in place in the first half of next year? Or are we going to see kind of a normalization of how contracts are made with customers?

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Yeah, hi, Tristan. Overall pricing trend is still stable. So we don’t expect any significant change in the coming short term. And then from the NC/NR, non-cancelling, non-returning policy, we’re also not making significant change. We implement that a few quarters back. Again, we don’t expect that to be significantly changed overall for first half or the second half of the year.

Tristan Gerra — Baird — Analyst

Great. And then as my follow-up question, so we know China is weak, but there were also some Q3 specific items in terms of the lockdown and the power constraint. So how would we quantify the nonrecurring portion of that weakness that happened in Q3, even as China continues to be weak in Q4 and in outer quarters, how much of a potential recovery we get from assuming there is no additional lockdowns from versus what happened in Q3?

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Well, I think, Tristan, overall the market is still extremely dynamic. I think it’s difficult for us to predict what exactly is going to happen or the recovery. But one thing we did is actually we look at all different factors, and we put the backlog information, the record POS resell by the end of the Q3, everything together, and we come out with the Q4 guidance, right? So I would say we did our best based on best knowledge. We put everything into our estimated guidance already. It’s a little bit difficult for us to really predict when the recovery is going to happen in China.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

But if you look at even in China situation that you mentioned, we still [Indecipherable] part of revenue like a similarity. So typically, in the fourth quarter, we typically are down significantly — seasonality-wise 5%, and a good time, we may be a little bit better than 5% down. And then even this year, we said we have a difficulty of we said the market had difficulty. We still guide our fourth quarter somewhere around…

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Seasonality.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

5%. So I think we — yes, the market is very dynamic, very unstable, but we’re still able to guide and running our business very close to the seasonality type of [Indecipherable]

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Right. I think one more thing I want to add is the China local, local business from the consumer portion, it’s actually a very small portion of the Diodes’ overall business.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Yes.

Tristan Gerra — Baird — Analyst

Okay, that’s very useful. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And our next question will come from William Stein of Truist Securities. Please go-ahead.

William Stein — Truist Securities — Analyst

Great, thanks for taking my question. And I want to add my congratulations on the very good results and outlook. I think I want to sort of distill this to what I think is the big sort of point of contention between investors and many companies right now. We’re seeing — we’ve already seen some of these consumer end markets weaken pretty significantly. We’re seeing that in your model for the last couple of quarters even. And I think the consensus among investors is, look, this is a downturn and it’s just rolling across end markets from one to the next. And when we think about industrial and automotive, it’s just a matter of time. What we’re hearing from some companies is that it’s not really right, that the downturn is really just in a couple of bad end markets and then you have automotive and industrial which are holding up pretty well, and we don’t think they’re going to move. I wonder which of those scenarios Diodes sees as likely to play out in the next few quarters? Are you expecting automotive and industrial to sort of take their punishment just like the other end markets have? Or do you anticipate these are going to remain strong? Thank you.

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Well, first of all, we don’t really forecast more than a quarter and provide guidance. I think what — maybe I’ll just share my personal view over this. I think consumer, computing, and communication is definitely seeing a bigger adjustment. What I’m seeing is really more, I call it, inventory rebalancing, right? So over the quarters the buildup of certain inventory, they need to adjust it and then reset it. So with industrial and automotive, we’ve been seeing some adjustments already. It’s not like we haven’t seen, but it’s just the scale is a little bit different, right? So I would let Dr. Lu to make a few more comments. That’s how I see it.

William Stein — Truist Securities — Analyst

Actually, [Indecipherable] is much important than the short-term market the extras, okay? If, for example, automotive, actually, the electronic component of the automotive is increasing, it’s not going down. And therefore from the [Indecipherable] point of view, that trend is same, is continuing going up 1% over last quarter after quarter, not a big change. So our strategy, how we’re going to participate in this market. And we expect like I mentioned, we will pull our new product to be automotive [Indecipherable] and we spent a lot of time to sale and support also [Indecipherable] And this is the way how do we handle the market softens, we’re still able to continue growth or strong strength in the market. Looking at Industrial and even consumer, communication, if we use a similar way. For example, we focus more — from the computing, we focus more in the high MPC, server data center. If you start focus more in that area, then if PC area could be slow down, but the high-end PC or server and data center, it could be picked up, okay? So that give you a different balance of the market. So that’s the way we are able to continue growing and we are able to meet our guidance because we are very confident on how do we go. Consumer, IoT and communication, 5G, high-end dose is the one how we balance — or how do we improve our market softness, how do we handle it. I appreciate that. If I can ask one follow-up. I’m hoping you might give us an update on how the South Portland fab is progressing under your ownership? I forget if you’re already manufacturing and selling product out of this facility or if that’s more of a future plan? And any other update you can offer us that would be helpful. Thank you.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Well, SP Fab is — we just acquired in June this year. And so we are supporting or we have the contract to support their demand. Okay? And if we take that opportunity to develop our own process and qualify our own product, but it takes time, okay? So for example, to implement the BCD process in that product, we have more than one year, it probably will take one year to improvement and then codify the product. And then it probably take a while to [Indecipherable]. So yes, we might have a tough time. But virtually, we have supported to our — well, actually now they’re our customer, to support them for the existing product or for their need for a while, okay? So…

Emily Yang — Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Okay. So yes so I would say everything is on track based on our plan. It’s progressing well.

William Stein — Truist Securities — Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

This concludes our question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to Dr. Keh Shew Lu for any closing remarks.

Keh-Shew Lu — Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Thank you for your participation on today’s call. Operator, you may now disconnect.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

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