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[August 09, 2012]

CEVA INC - 10-Q - MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

(Edgar Glimpses Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) You should read the following discussion together with the unaudited financial statements and related notes appearing elsewhere in this quarterly report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Any or all of our forward-looking statements in this quarterly report may turn out to be wrong. These forward-looking statements can be affected by inaccurate assumptions we might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include those set forth under in Part II - Item 1A - "Risk Factors," as well as those discussed elsewhere in this quarterly report. See "Forward-Looking Statements." BUSINESS OVERVIEW The financial information presented in this quarterly report includes the results of CEVA, Inc. and its subsidiaries. CEVA is the world's leading licensor of DSP cores and platform solutions. Our technologies are widely licensed and power many of the world's leading semiconductor and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) companies. In 2011, our licensees shipped more than one billion CEVA-powered chipsets targeted for a wide range of diverse end markets.

Shipments of CEVA-powered chipsets in 2011 increased 68% over 2010, illustrating continued, strong market deployment of our technology.

During the past six years, our business has shown profitability growth and market share expansion as a result of the widespread deployment of our DSP cores with all major handset OEMs - HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, ZTE and a major U.S.-based smartphone manufacturer. Based on internal data and Strategy Analytics' worldwide shipment data, CEVA's worldwide market share of cellular baseband chips that incorporate our technologies was approximately 43% of the worldwide shipment volume based on first quarter 2012 worldwide shipments. Revenues derived from the handsets and mobile broadband markets accounted for approximately 77% of our total revenues for 2011 and 79% for the first half of 2012. The mobile broadband space is a category of wireless-enabled products, among which are tablets, notebooks, electronic books, machine-to-machine devices, automotive applications and smart grids.

We believe the full scale migration to our DSP cores and technologies in the handsets and mobile broadband markets continues to progress. Specifically, we believe the emergence of merchant 3G cellular chips from companies such as Broadcom, Intel and Spreadtrum, all of whom are our customers, are strong positive drivers for our future market share expansion. Moreover, Strategy Analytics latest forecast estimates that worldwide cellular baseband shipments will grow by 4.87% in 2012 to reach 2.326 billion units. We believe that the majority of this growth will come from 3G enabled phones in developing countries and the broader adoption of 4G LTE-based advanced smartphones in mature markets.

We are well positioned to capitalize on the growth in the above segments, as well as growth from other mobile connected devices such as tablets, electronic books and other machine-to-machine devices, as key chip suppliers serving these markets use our technologies broadly. During the second quarter of 2012, we signed new agreements for our DSPs targeting the 4G LTE market, bringing the total number of LTE design wins for our DSPs to more than 20. This includes the first design win for our new, best of breed communications DSP, the CEVA-XC4000.

Beyond products enabled by our technologies for baseband in handsets and mobile broadband markets, we continue to strategically target growth in non-baseband applications, such as audio & voice, imaging, vision and connectivity. Advanced audio and wideband voice processing requires significantly more DSP performance than existing solutions used in smartphones, automotive and digital home applications. Our audio/voice product lines, including the CEVA-TeakLite-III and new CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSPs, are ideally positioned to address these requirements, and can enable us to continue to expand our licensing base in these markets.

We believe the following four market trends represent significant growth drivers for the company: • The evolution of cellular networks, specifically the growth of 3G networks in emerging countries and the migration from 3G to LTE in developed countries. CEVA is well positioned to leverage these opportunities with a broad range of technologies and broad customer base.

• The emergence of 3G and 4G connectivity in devices beyond handsets such as tablets, laptops, automotive and surveillance. Our range of baseband DSPs are ideal for these promising new segments.

• The mass adoption and feature set enhancements of smartphones. We offer a range of new DSPs and software technologies to address the needs for advanced imaging audio and wideband voice. It is an incremental business to our already strong foothold in the baseband market.

• The proliferation of smart devices in the home, including the emergence of smart-TVs smart set-top boxes and smart grid. We aim to leverage our mobile experience and technology base to expand into these markets.

17 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notwithstanding the various growth opportunities we have outlined above, our business operates in a highly competitive environment. Competition has historically increased pricing pressures for our products and decreased our average selling prices. Royalty payments under our existing license agreements also could be lower than currently anticipated for a variety of reasons, including decreased royalty rates triggered by larger volume shipments or lower royalty rates negotiated with customers due to competitive pressure. Moreover, some of our competitors have reduced their licensing and royalty fees to attract customers and expand their market share. In order to penetrate new markets and maintain our market share with our existing products, we may need to offer our products in the future at lower prices which may result in lower profits. In addition, our future growth is dependent not only on the continued success of our existing products but also the successful introduction of new products, which requires the dedication of resources into research and development which in turn may increase our operating expenses. Furthermore, since our products are incorporated into end products of our OEM customers, our business is very dependent on our OEM customers' ability to achieve market acceptance of their end products in the handsets and consumer electronic markets, which are similarly very competitive. In addition, macroeconomic trends may significantly affect our operating results. For example, consolidation among our customers may negatively affect our revenue sources and increase our existing customers' negotiation leverage. Also, since we derive a significant portion of our revenues from the handsets market, any negative trends in that market would adversely affect our financial results. According to Gartner Research, in the first quarter of 2012, sales of handsets to end-users declined 2% versus the first quarter of 2011. This was the first time since the second quarter of 2009 that the handsets market has contracted. This market downturn, which comes after 10 straight quarters of growth, is mainly due to the economic weakness in mature markets and slowing demand in the Asia Pacific region as consumers wait for new smartphone launches. Nonetheless, based on our shipment data, we managed to buck this global handsets market decline and expanded our shipment volumes by 2% versus 2011.

The ever-changing nature of the market also affects our continued business growth potential. For example, the success of our imaging and audio products is highly dependent on the market adoption of new services and products, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and set-top boxes. The low cost 2G feature phone market continues to witness fierce competition, putting pressure on the royalty ASP that we receive from these high volume products. In addition, our business is affected by market conditions in emerging markets, such as India, Latin America and Africa, where the penetration of handsets, especially low-cost phones, could generate future growth potential for our business. The maintenance of our competitive position and our future growth also are dependent on our ability to adapt to ever-changing technologies, short product life cycles, evolving industry standards, changing customer needs and the trend towards cellular connectivity, and voice, audio and video convergence in the markets that we operate.

We currently anticipate that revenues for the third quarter of 2012 will be lower than the first and second quarters of 2012. Notwithstanding our belief that we may return to a sequential increase in royalty revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 after a few quarters of sequential revenue declines, we further believe that our 2012 annual revenues may be lower than our 2011 annual revenues. We believe a variety of factors negatively affect our projected financial results; most significantly, the current uncertain macroeconomic environment, 3G inventory declines ahead of new smartphone introductions later in the year and intense pricing pressure in the 2G feature phone segment as consumers transition to low cost smartphones.

Furthermore, due to the uncertainty about the sustainability of the market recovery, it is extremely difficult for our customers, our vendors and us to accurately forecast and plan future business activities. Therefore, current economic conditions, and specifically the volatility in the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries, and consolidation in the semiconductor industry, could seriously impact our revenue and harm our business, financial condition and operating results. As a result, our past operating results should not be relied upon as an indication of future performance.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS Total Revenues Total revenues were $13.6 million and $28.7 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, representing a decrease of 6% and 3%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2011. The decrease in total revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012 reflected lower royalty and other revenues offset by slightly higher licensing revenues. Five largest customers accounted for 73% and 67% of our total revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, as compared to 49% and 59% for the comparable periods in 2011. Four customers accounted for 25%, 12%, 15% and 12% of our total revenues for the second quarter of 2012, as compared to one customer that accounted for 12% of our total revenues for the second quarter of 2011. Three customers accounted for 28%, 12% and 12% of our total revenues for the first half of 2012, as compared to four customers that accounted for 14%, 16%, 10% and 10% of our total revenues for the first half of 2011. Because of the nature of our license agreements and the associated large initial payments due, the identity of major customers generally varies from quarter to quarter, and we do not believe that we are materially dependent on any one specific customer or any specific small number of licensees. Our total revenues derived from the handsets and mobile broadband markets represented 80% and 79% of our total revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, as compared to 76% and 80% for the comparable periods in 2011.

18-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Licensing Revenues Licensing revenues were $5.4 million and $10.5 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, an increase of 3% and 2% from the second quarter and first half of 2011. The increase in licensing revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012, as compared to the corresponding periods of 2011, reflected higher revenues from our CEVA-TeakLite DSP core family of products and our Bluetooth IP, partially offset by lower revenues from our CEVA-X DSP core family of products and our SATA IP.

Licensing revenues accounted for 39% and 37% of our total revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to 36% and 35% for the comparable periods of 2011. During the second quarter of 2012, we concluded eight new license agreements. Six agreements were for CEVA DSP cores, platforms and software, and two agreements were for CEVA Bluetooth IP. Target applications for customer deployment are LTE smartphones, microcells, broadband communications and connectivity. Geographically, three of the agreements signed were in the U.S., and five were in Asia Pacific.

Royalty Revenues Royalty revenues were $7.6 million and $16.7 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, a decrease of 8% and 4% from the second quarter and first half of 2011. Royalty revenues accounted for 56% and 58% of our total revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to 58% and 59% for the comparable periods of 2011. The decrease in royalty revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012 reflected mainly a decrease in the average per unit royalty rate and lower quantities of 2G products shipped incorporating our technology, partially offset by higher quantities of 3G products shipped incorporating our technology which also bear higher royalty average selling prices. Our customers reported sales of 247 million chipsets and 525 million chipsets incorporating our technologies for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to 246 million and 482 million for the comparable periods of 2011. The five largest royalty-paying customers accounted for 82% and 83% of our total royalty revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to 72% and 76% for the comparable periods of 2011.

As of June 30, 2012, 28 licensees were shipping products incorporating our technologies pursuant to 36 licensing arrangements. As of June 30, 2011, 29 licensees were shipping products incorporating our technologies pursuant to 38 licensing arrangements.

Other Revenues Other revenues were $0.6 million and $1.5 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, a decrease of 31% and 8% from the second quarter and first half of 2011, respectively. The decrease in other revenues for the second quarter of 2012 reflected lower technical support revenues and lower sales of development systems. The decrease in other revenues for the first half of 2012 reflected lower technical support revenues, offset by higher sales of development systems. Other revenues accounted for 5% of our total revenues for both the second quarter and first half of 2012, compared to 6% for both the comparable periods of 2011. Other revenues include support and training for licensees and sales of development systems.

Geographic Revenue Analysis First Half First Half Second Quarter Second Quarter 2012 2011 2012 2011 (in millions, except percentages) United States $ 6.2 21% $ 6.5 22% $ 3.2 23% $ 3.4 23% Europe and Middle East (1) (2) $ 7.1 25% $ 11.3 39% $ 3.4 25% $ 3.8 27% Asia Pacific (3) (4) (5) $ 15.4 54% $ 11.6 39% $ 7.0 52% $ 7.2 50% (1) Germany $ 3.4 12% $ 7.7 26% $ 1.6 12% $ 2.2 15% (2) Switzerland $ *) *) $ 3.1 11% $ *) *) $ *) *) (3) Japan $ 3.1 11% $ *) *) $ *) *) $ *) *) (4) China $ 9.3 32% $ 6.3 22% $ 4.1 30% $ 3.6 25% (5) S. Korea $ *) *) $ *) *) $ 1.6 12% $ *) *) *) Less than 10% Due to the nature of our license agreements and the associated potential large individual contract amounts, the geographic split of revenues both in absolute and percentage terms generally varies from quarter to quarter.

19-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cost of Revenues Cost of revenues were $1.0 million and $1.9 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to $0.9 million and $1.8 million for the comparable periods of 2011. Cost of revenues accounted for 7% of our total revenues for both the second quarter and first half of 2012, compared to 6% for both the comparable periods of 2011. The increase for the second quarter of 2012 principally reflected higher salary and related costs. The increase for the first half of 2012 principally reflected higher salary and related costs, partially offset by lower customization work for our licensees. Included in cost of revenues for the second quarter and first half of 2012 were non-cash equity-based compensation expense of $53,000 and $104,000, respectively, compared to $61,000 and $110,000 for the comparable periods of 2011.

Gross Margin Gross margin for the second quarter and first half of 2012 were both 93%, compared to 94% for both the comparable periods of 2011. Gross margin decreased for the comparable periods mainly due to lower royalty revenues which have higher gross margins.

Operating Expenses Total operating expenses were $9.4 million and $19.0 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to $9.5 million and $18.7 million for the comparable periods of 2011. The decrease in total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2012 principally reflected higher research grants received from the Office of Chief Scientist of Israel, partially offset by higher project-related expenses. The increase in total operating expenses for the first half of 2012 principally reflected higher salary and related costs, project-related expenses, travel expenses and non-cash equity-based compensation expenses, partially offset by lower commission expenses and higher research grants received from the Office of Chief Scientist of Israel.

We currently anticipate that our operating expenses will be lower in 2012 in comparison to 2011.

Research and Development Expenses, Net Our research and development expenses, net were $5.4 million and $10.9 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to $5.4 million and $10.7 million for the comparable periods of 2011. Research and development expenses, net for the second quarter of 2012 principally reflected higher project-related expenses in comparison to the second quarter of 2011, partially offset by higher research grants received from the Office of Chief Scientist of Israel in comparison to the second quarter of 2011. The net increase for the first half of 2012 principally reflected higher salary and related costs and higher project-related expenses, partially offset by higher research grants received from the Office of Chief Scientist of Israel. Included in research and development expenses for the second quarter and first half of 2012 were non-cash equity-based compensation expenses of $394,000 and $859,000, respectively, compared to $484,000 and $862,000 for the comparable periods of 2011. Research and development expenses as a percentage of our total revenues were 40% and 38% for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to 38% and 36% for the comparable periods of 2011.

The number of research and development personnel was 129 at June 30, 2012, compared to 131 at June 30, 2011.

Sales and Marketing Expenses Our sales and marketing expenses were $2.1 million and $4.4 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to $2.3 million and $4.5 for the comparable periods of 2011. The decrease for the second quarter of 2012 principally reflected lower marketing and trade show expenses and lower commission expenses. The decrease for the first half of 2012 principally reflected lower commission expenses, partially offset by higher marketing and trade show expenses and travel expenses. Included in sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter and first half of 2012 were non-cash equity-based compensation expenses of $200,000 and $439,000, respectively, compared to $255,000 and $456,000 for the comparable periods of 2011. Sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of our total revenues were 15% for both the second quarter and first half of 2012, compared to 16% and 15% for the comparable periods of 2011.

The total number of sales and marketing personnel was 24 at the end of both June 30, 2012 and 2011.

General and Administrative Expenses Our general and administrative expenses were $1.8 million and $3.7 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to $1.7 million and $3.5 million for the comparable periods of 2011. The increase for the second quarter of 2012 principally reflected higher professional services cost. The increase for the first half of 2012 principally reflected higher non-cash equity-based compensation expenses. Included in general and administrative expenses for the second quarter and first half of 2012 were non-cash equity-based compensation expenses of $430,000 and $920,000, respectively, compared to $371,000 and $697,000 for the comparable periods of 2011. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of our total revenues were 14% and 13% for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, compared to 12% for both the comparable periods of 2011.

20-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The number of general and administrative personnel was 24 at June 30, 2012, compared to 23 at June 30, 2011.

Financial Income, Net (in millions) First Half First Half Second Quarter Second Quarter 2012 2011 2012 2011 Financial income, net $ 1.92 $ 1.25 $ 0.97 $ 0.70 of which: Interest income and gains and losses from marketable securities, net $ 1.89 $ 1.34 $ 0.92 $ 0.71 Foreign exchange loss $ 0.03 $ (0.09 ) $ 0.05 $ (0.01 ) Financial income, net, consists of interest earned on investments, gains and losses from marketable securities, amortization of discounts and premiums on marketable securities and foreign exchange movements.

The increase in interest income and gains and losses from marketable securities, net, during the second quarter and first half of 2012 principally reflected higher combined cash, bank deposits and marketable securities balances held and higher yields.

We review our monthly expected non-U.S. dollar denominated expenditures and look to hold equivalent non-U.S. dollar cash balances to mitigate currency fluctuations. This has resulted in a foreign exchange gain of $52,000 and $34,000 for the second quarter and first half of 2012, respectively, and a foreign exchange loss of $9,000 and $93,000 for the comparable periods of 2011.

Provision for Income Taxes Our income tax expenses were $0.7 million and $1.4 million for the second quarter and first half of 2012, compared to $0.6 million and $1.4 million for the comparable periods of 2011. Higher income tax expenses for the second quarter of 2012 in comparison to the second quarter of 2011 primarily reflected a higher tax rate for our Israeli subsidiary as a result of an increase in the tax rate of one of its investment programs from a tax exempt status for the first half of 2011 to a tax rate of 10% for this investment program beginning in the first half of 2012, partially offset by less income before taxes on income.

We have significant operations in Israel, and a substantial portion of our taxable income is generated there. Currently, our Israeli and Irish subsidiaries are taxed at rates substantially lower than U.S. tax rates.

Our Irish subsidiary qualified for a 12.5% tax rate on its trade. Interest income generated by our Irish subsidiary is taxed at a rate of 25%.

Our Israeli subsidiary is entitled to various tax benefits by virtue of the "Approved Enterprise" and/or "Benefited Enterprise" status granted to its eight investment programs, as defined by the Israeli Investment Law. In accordance with the Investment Law, our Israeli subsidiary's first five investment programs were subject to corporate tax rate of 25% for the first half of 2012, and our Israeli subsidiary's sixth, seventh and eighth investment programs were subject to corporate tax rate of 10% for the first half of 2012. The tax benefits under our Israeli subsidiary's active investment programs are scheduled to gradually expire starting in 2014.

21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To maintain our Israeli subsidiary's eligibility for the above tax benefits, it must continue to meet certain conditions under the Investment Law. Should our Israeli subsidiary fail to meet such conditions in the future, these benefits would be cancelled and it would be subject to corporate tax in Israel at the standard corporate rate and could be required to refund tax benefits already received, with interest and adjustments for inflation based on the Israeli consumer price index.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and related disclosures. We evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis. Our estimates are based on historical experience and various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Our actual results could differ from these estimates.

We believe that the assumptions and estimates associated with allowance for doubtful accounts, fair value of financial instruments, share-based compensation and income taxes have the greatest potential impact on our consolidated financial statements. Therefore, we consider these to be our critical accounting policies and estimates.

See our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed with the SEC on March 15, 2012, for a discussion of additional critical accounting policies and estimates. There have been no changes in our critical accounting policies as compared to what was previously disclosed in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES As of June 30, 2012, we had approximately $20.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, $61.6 million in short term bank deposits, $54.5 million in marketable securities, and $19.3 million in long term bank deposits, totaling $155.9 million, compared to $164.5 million at December 31, 2011. During the first half of 2012, we invested $49.0 million of cash in bank deposits and available-for-sale marketable securities with maturities up to 35 months. In addition, during the same period, bank deposits and available-for-sale marketable securities were sold or redeemed for cash amounting to $64.1 million.

All of our marketable securities are classified as available-for-sale. The purchase and sale or redemption of available-for-sale marketable securities are considered part of investing cash flow. Available-for-sale marketable securities are stated at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses reported in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), a separate component of stockholders' equity, net of taxes. Realized gains and losses on sales of investments, as determined on a specific identification basis, are included in the interim condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income. We did not recognize any other-than-temporarily-impaired charges on marketable securities during the first half of 2012. For more information about our marketable securities, see Notes 3 to the attached Notes to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.

Bank deposits are classified as short-term bank deposits and long-term bank deposits. Short-term bank deposits are non-tradable deposits with maturities of more than three months but less than one year, whereas long-term bank deposits are non-tradable deposits with maturities of more than one year. Non-tradable deposits are presented at their cost, including accrued interest, and purchases and sales are considered part of cash flows from investing activities.

Operating Activities 22 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash provided by operating activities for the first half of 2012 was $9.8 million and consisted of net income of $8.3 million, adjustments for non-cash items of $2.2 million, and changes in operating assets and liabilities of $0.7 million. Adjustments for non-cash items primarily consisted of $2.6 million of depreciation and equity-based compensation expenses, $0.8 million of amortization of premiums on available-for-sale marketable securities, and $0.9 million of accrued interest on bank deposits. The decrease in cash from changes in operating assets and liabilities primarily consisted of an increase in deferred tax assets, net, of $0.4 million, a decrease in accrued expenses and other payables of $1.8 million, and a classification of excess tax benefit from equity-based compensation expenses of $0.8 million as financing cash flows, partially offset by a decrease in trade receivables of $0.4 million, a decrease in prepaid expenses and other accounts receivable of $0.6 million, an increase in trade payables of $0.4 million and an increase in income taxes payable of $1.0 million.

Cash provided by operating activities for the first half of 2011 was $13.8 million and consisted of net income of $8.8 million, adjustments for non-cash items of $3.0 million, and changes in operating assets and liabilities of $2.0 million. Adjustments for non-cash items primarily consisted of $2.4 million of depreciation and equity-based compensation expenses, $1.0 million of amortization of premiums on available-for-sale marketable securities, and $0.5 million of accrued interest on bank deposits. The increase in cash from changes in operating assets and liabilities primarily consisted of a decrease in trade receivable of $2.3 million, a decrease in prepaid expenses and other accounts receivable of $1.2 million, an increase in trade payables of $0.2 million, an increase in deferred revenues of $3.0 million, and an increase in income taxes payable of $0.4 million, partially offset by an increase in deferred tax assets, net, of $1.7 million, a decrease in accrued expenses and other payables of $1.7 million, and a classification of excess tax benefit from equity-based compensation expenses of $1.8 million as financing cash flows.

Cash flows from operating activities may vary significantly from quarter to quarter depending on the timing of our receipts and payments. Our ongoing cash outflows from operating activities principally relate to payroll-related costs and obligations under our property leases and design tool licenses. Our primary sources of cash inflows are receipts from our accounts receivable and interest earned from our cash, deposits and marketable securities. The timing of receipts of accounts receivable from customers is based upon the completion of agreed milestones or agreed dates as set out in the contracts.

Investing Activities Net cash provided by investing activities for the first half of 2012 was $14.9 million, compared to $24.8 million of net cash used in investing activities for the comparable period of 2011. We had a cash outflow of $20.4 million and a cash inflow of $35.0 million in respect of investments in marketable securities during the first half of 2012, as compared to cash outflow of $27.6 million and a cash inflow of $20.5 million in respect of investments in marketable securities during the first half of 2011. For the first half of 2012, we had net proceeds of $0.5 million from bank deposits, as compared to a net investment of $17.4 million in bank deposits for the comparable period of 2011.

Financing Activities Net cash used in financing activities for the first half of 2012 was $19.2 million, compared to $8.4 million of net cash provided by financing activities for the comparable period of 2011.

In January 2012, our Board of Directors reaffirmed its authorization for the repurchase by the company of 1,966,700 shares of common stock pursuant to Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. During the first half of 2012, we repurchased 1,066,742 shares of common stock pursuant to our share repurchase program, at an average purchase price of $19.49 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $20.8 million. No repurchases were done during the first half of 2011.

During the first half of 2012, we received $0.9 million from the issuance of common stock and treasury stock upon exercises of stock options and purchases under our employee stock purchase plan, as compared to $6.6 million received during the first half of 2011 from the issuance of common stock upon exercises of stock options and purchases under our employee stock purchase plan. During the first half of 2012 and 2011, we classified $0.8 million and $1.8 million, respectively, of excess tax benefit from equity-based compensation expenses as financing cash flows.

We believe that our current cash on hand, short-term deposits and marketable securities, along with cash from operations, will provide sufficient capital to fund our operations for at least the next 12 months. We cannot provide assurances, however, that the underlying assumed levels of revenues and expenses will prove to be accurate.

In addition, as part of our business strategy, we occasionally evaluate potential acquisitions of businesses, products and technologies and minority equity investments. Accordingly, a portion of our available cash may be used at any time for the acquisition of complementary products or businesses or minority equity investments. Such potential transactions may require substantial capital resources, which may require us to seek additional debt or equity financing. We cannot assure you that we will be able to successfully 23-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- identify suitable acquisition or investment candidates, complete acquisitions or investments, integrate acquired businesses into our current operations, or expand into new markets. Furthermore, we cannot provide assurances that additional financing will be available to us in any required time frame and on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. See "Risk Factors-We may seek to expand our business in ways that could result in diversion of resources and extra expenses." for more detailed information.

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