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DIOD earnings call for the period ending December 31, 2020.

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Diodes Inc (DIOD 4.03%)
Q4 2020 Earnings Call
Feb 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good afternoon and welcome to Diodes Incorporated Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Financial Results Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded today, Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

I would now like to turn the call over to Leanne Sievers of Shelton Group, Investor Relations. Leanne, please go ahead.

Leanne Sievers -- Executive Vice President-Investor Relations, Shelton Group

Good afternoon and welcome to Diodes' fourth quarter and fiscal 2020 financial results conference call. I'm Leanne Sievers, President of Shelton Group, Diodes' investor relations firm.

Joining us today are Diodes' Chairman, President and CEO, Dr. Keh-Shew Lu; Chief Financial Officer, Brett Whitmire; Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Emily Yang; and Director of Investor Relations, Laura Mehrl.

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-K for its 2020 fiscal year ending December 31st, 2020. 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 question. Therefore the Company claims the protection of the Safe Harbor for forward-looking statement 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, February 16th, 2021. 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

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

Thank you, Leanne. Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us today. We ended the year achieving the highest quarterly revenue in Company's history, even when excluding the revenue contribution from our acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor that closed on November 30th. Total organic revenue grew 7.8% sequentially and 10.7% year-over-year, demonstrating the continued success of our product, content and customer expansion initiatives.

Revenue from our Pericom products and automotive market also reached record levels, with automotive revenue growing 24% sequentially and 40% year-over-year, both of which contributed to our solid market share gains in the quarter. All of those accomplishments are notable achievements, especially considering the ongoing global pandemic.

Following the successful completion of LSC acquisition, the integration process has been advancing smoothly. On December 1st, we initially announced the new operation structure for the combined companies and have named Gary Yu, Senior Vice President who is in charge of order, Business Groups and also has been trusted with all integration activities. We have been actively working to qualify Diodes products in the LSC factory and expect to beginning making production start in the mid of this year with the expectation of exiting 2021 with significant momentum in this area.

In regard to the product, customer and end market synergy, those are multi-year efforts that spend the product development process by working closely with our customer and serving them with our combined product portfolio.

As mentioned in our earnings release today, the LSC business was immediately accretive to our results adding $0.02 per share on a non-GAAP basis in the fourth quarter. As I just mentioned, we believe LSC also offers future opportunities for synergetic growth and expansion across our end market product offering, customer and the manufacturing footprint. In addition to growth synergies, the repurchasing of 14.7% of Diodes share that was previously held by LSC would drive additional earning powers when combined with Diodes solid operating leverage.

As we look to the first quarter, we expect to further extend this strong momentum and once again set a new revenue and gross profit record with sequential growth projected both organically and on a consolidated basis in what has previously been a seasonally down quarter for our business. This anticipated growth is being driven by record POS revenue in the fourth quarter.

We look forward to reporting our ongoing progress and remaining focused on integrating the LSC business, while capitalizing on the long-term opportunities for continued growth and earnings expansion.

With that, let me now turn the call over to Brett to discuss our fourth quarter financial results and our first quarter 2021 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 fourth quarter 2020 was a record $350.4 million which included $16.9 million of one month of revenue from LSC, an increase of 13.2% on a consolidated basis and 7.8% on an organic basis from the $309.5 million in the third quarter 2020. Gross profit for the fourth quarter was also a record at $122.7 million and included $2.5 million from LSC or 35% of revenue on a consolidated basis and 36% of revenue for Diodes only. This compares to $111.1 million or 35.9% of revenue in the third quarter 2020.

GAAP operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2020 were $82.9 million or 23.7% of revenue and on a non-GAAP basis were $75 million or 21.4% of revenue, which excludes $4 million of amortization of acquisition-related intangible asset expenses, $2.5 million restructuring costs and $1.5 million of other acquisition-related costs. This compares to non-GAAP operating expenses in the prior quarter of $73.2 million or 23.7% of revenue.

Total other expense amounted to approximately $3.7 million for the quarter, including $4 million in interest expense, $3.7 million in foreign currency loss, partially offset by $3.5 million of other income and $487,000 of interest income. Income before taxes and non-controlling interest in the fourth quarter 2020 was $36.1 million compared to $33.3 million in the previous quarter.

Turning to income taxes. Our effective income tax rate for the fourth quarter was approximately 6.7%. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter 2020 was $29.7 million or $0.59 per diluted share, which included $0.03 per share from LSC and compared to GAAP net income of $27.2 million or $0.51 per diluted share in the third quarter 2020. The share count used to compute GAAP diluted EPS for the fourth quarter 2020 was 50.4 million shares, which reflects a reduction in the weighted average share count due to the repurchase of approximately 7.8 million Diodes shares from LSC for the one month since closing.

As mentioned in our press release today, we expect the share count for the first quarter to be approximately 45.7 million shares. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $37.3 million or $0.74 per diluted share, which excluded net of tax $4 million of acquisition related financing and other acquisition-related costs, $3.3 million of non-cash acquisition related intangibles expense, $2 million of restructuring costs and $1.7 million gain in value of certain LSC investments. LSC contributed $0.02 per share to fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings. Non-GAAP adjusted net income in the third quarter 2020 was $32.8 million or $0.62 per diluted share.

Included in the fourth quarter 2020 GAAP net income and non-GAAP adjusted net income was approximately $5.1million net of tax of non-cash share-based compensation expense. Excluding share-based compensation expense, both GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP adjusted EPS would have increased by $0.10 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2020 and $0.09 for the third quarter 2020.

EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $67.1 million or 19.1% of revenue compared to $63.3 million or 20.5% of revenue in the prior quarter. 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 $60.8 million for the fourth quarter 2020. Free cash flow was $33.5 million for the fourth quarter, which includes $27.3 million for capital expenditures. Net cash flow in the fourth quarter was a negative $319.3 million, which included the purchase of Lite-On Semiconductor during the quarter for approximately $453.4 million.

Turning to the balance sheet. At the end of fourth quarter, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash plus short-term investments totaled approximately $327 million. Working capital was $514 million and total debt, including long-term and short-term, was $451 million.

In terms of inventory, at the end of fourth quarter total inventory days decreased to approximately 114 in the quarter on a consolidated basis and 110 days for Diodes only as compared to 120 last quarter. Finished goods inventory days also decreased to 31 from 32 in the third quarter 2020.

Total inventory dollars increased $45.1 million to approximately $305.4 million, which reflects the addition of LSC. Total inventory in the quarter consisted of a $17.1 million increase in work in process, a $15.7 million increase in finished goods and a $12.3 million increase in raw materials. Capital expenditures on a cash basis for the fourth quarter 2020 were $27.3 million or 7.8% of revenue, which remains within our target model of 5% to 9%.

Now turning to our outlook. Building on our growth momentum in the fourth quarter and record POS results, we expect revenue in the first quarter of 2021 to increase to approximately $400 million plus or minus 3%, which represents a record on both an organic and consolidated basis for a combined increase of 14% sequentially at the midpoint. This guidance represents organic growth significantly better than the typical seasonality of sequentially down 5% on average in the same prior two-year periods. We expect GAAP gross margin on a consolidated basis to be 33.6% plus or minus 1%, which includes an approximately 3% impact due to a full quarter of LSC. Non-GAAP operating expenses, which are GAAP operating expenses adjusted for amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, are expected to be approximately 22% of revenue, plus or minus 1%. We expect net interest expense to be approximately $3.3 million.

Our income tax rate is expected to be 18% plus or minus 3% and shares used to calculate diluted EPS for the first quarter are anticipated to be approximately 45.7 million shares. Please note that purchasing accounting adjustments of $3.3 million after-tax for Pericom and previous acquisitions is not included in these non-GAAP estimates.

With that said, I'll now turn the call over to Emily Yang.

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Thank you, Brett, and good afternoon. In the fourth quarter revenue increased 13.2% quarter-over-quarter on a consolidated basis and 7.8% organically, which is at the high end of our guidance, primarily due to better than expected demand in Asia, followed by North America and Europe.

Looking more closely at the fourth quarter revenue. POS revenue reached record level which is driving our expectation for the continued growth in the first quarter. Distributor inventory in terms of weeks decreased quarter-over-quarter, which is slightly below our defined normal range of 11 to 14 weeks. We expect distributor inventories to return to our normal range in the near term. Looking at the global sales in the fourth quarter, Asia represented 81% of revenue, Europe 11%, and North America 8%. In terms of our end markets, computing represent 23%; industrial, 23%; consumer, 22% of revenue; communication, 20%; and automotive, 12% of revenue. We achieved record revenue in automotive and computing end markets with computing being driven by record quarterly revenue for our Pericom product.

Now, let me review the end market in greater details. Starting with automotive, Diodes continued its strong growth momentum achieving record quarterly revenue and reaching 12% of the total revenue. This represents a growth of almost 24% sequentially and 40% year-over-year. There are three application areas where Diodes continued to gain significant traction, including connected driving, which consists of ADAS, telematic and infotainment system, comfort, style and safety including lighting and brushless DC motors as well as powertrain covers conventional hybrid electric vehicles.

In connected driving, we saw demand for our new product in infotainment, lighting control system, speedometer, horn, alarm system. More specifically Diodes automotive grade switching, TVS, Zener diodes and crystal oscillators contributed to the growth in this application.

In comfort, style and safety we had strong success with our MOSFET brushless DC motor controllers, Linux drivers and bipolar transistors in applications such as daylight running light, styling, instrument lighting, as well as gate driver ICs and interior wireless charging. Our LED drivers and our power transistors are also gaining market share in this space for tail light, interior illumination and exterior lighting applications. Our unit holder Hall effect switch family is also gaining strong market traction for seat belt, seat position, sunroof as well as trunk and window openers applications.

In vehicle powertrain Diodes supplies into conventional internal combustion engine powertrain, as well as for hybrid electric vehicles. Our SBR rectifier has been designed into many of these applications. We have also secured multiple design wins and opportunities for switching and Zener diodes, rectifiers and discrete MOSFET and battery management system for electric vehicles, as well as emergent applications like mini-electric vehicles, micro, mild hybrid and e-scooter system.

In the industrial market, revenue increased 18% sequentially as we continued to expand our momentum in applications, including solar power inverters, power distribution system and smart metering system, all of which were the main contributors in driving growth for our products. We also continued to see strong demand for our high voltage rectified products in smart infrastructure solutions as well as adoption of our PCI Express packet switch in the industrial applications to connect multiple PCIe endpoints with a CPU.

Also during the quarter we began to see increasing new design-ins for LED drivers in UV-C lighting applications as well as numerous design-in and design wins for our YvLDO [Phonetic] product family. We also saw record growth for our newly released DC-DC converters in LED lighting, e-meter, power tools and charging applications. Additionally, our series of voltage regulators and SBR devices continued to gain traction in DC fan applications with the MOSFET demand increasing for both discrete based inverters and module based inverters.

In the consumer market shipments for the adapter power IC continued to grow throughout the year. We also saw high demand in the gaming and the high resolution display market as end user increasingly require high quality video provided through HDMI and DisplayPort. As a result of this trend, our HDMI and DisplayPort redrivers are gaining traction with key chipset vendor reference design. We're also seeing an increased number of design-ins for our LED drivers as well as demand for larger monitor continues to grow.

Also in the consumer we continued to see strong interest for our discrete products including bipolar transistors, ultra small size transistors and Schottky barrier diodes in applications like amplifiers, the Bluetooth headphones and drums.

Turning to communication market. Wireless communication applications continue to expand driving revenue generation with Zener TVS diodes in Bluetooth earbuds, smart speakers and smart lighting, as well as point to point and point to multipoint links. Our high search TVS for smartphone power line protection has gained strong growth momentum in new fast-charging applications along with video cameras, access control panels and audio broadcasting system.

We're also seeing more design-ins and design wins in mobile phones, cable modems, optical network terminals, 5G CPE routers, radio remote units and base stations applications for our MOSFET, low saturated high voltage transistors, low voltage Hall sensors and RF LDO products. Bipolar junction transistors SBR and XRQ products are also gaining traction in applications like 5G outdoor access point, CPE, access point routers, power over Ethernet switches, cable modem, WiFi-routers, IoT gateways and mobile battery applications.

Lastly, in computing, we reached record quarterly revenue driven by record quarterly revenue for our Pericom product due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place continue to drive demand for new and upgraded laptops, tablets and other related products. We are also seeing strong demand for power management, LDO, Hall sensor, DC to DC converters, low switches and audio amplifier product in the notebook and monitor applications. ESD protection for USB Type-C in the notebook and portable devices also continued to be strong area for our TVS, SBR, XRQ products.

Also during the quarter growth momentum continued in software applications along with good momentum in our timing product family to support PCI Express Gen4 and Gen5 requirements. This provides flexibility to our customers with seamless migration from PCI Express Gen4 to PCI Express Gen 4 in the future without changing the timing path design.

In summary, we ended 2020 achieving the highest quarterly revenue in the Company's history and are guiding for another quarter of growth in the first quarter both organically and on a consolidated basis to set a stage for a strong year in 2021. This growth reflects the success we've been achieving with our total solution sales approach and demand creation efforts to increase the content and share across new and existing customers and applications.

We look forward to capitalizing on the synergies and opportunities that lie on semiconductors, offers to Diodes across our end markets, product offerings, customers and manufacturing footprint.

With that, we'll now open the floor to questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers:


Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And our first question comes from the line of Gary Mobley with Wells Fargo.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Hey, everyone. Hope you're staying warm in frigid Dallas. I wanted to start out by asking some questions about Lite-On now that you've had a couple of months with the company under your belt. I know in your prepared remarks you talked about qualifying some of your existing Diodes products on some of the Lite-On manufacturing facilities. But could you just speak about the timeline for some of the sales synergies to be rung out of the acquisition?

Keh-Shew Lu -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Gary. Yeah, we are aggressively to qualify the product in the, we call, JK Fab, OK. And currently we are almost done and probably one more quarter we should be completed to finish the qualifications, OK. But it takes time to do the PCN, to notify the customer, to get customer set the site change. And so we are looking at probably ramp up the JK Fab. Currently it's about 50% loaded. We are looking at somewhere around 70% in end of third quarter and probably 80% by end of the year because it takes time for customer to asses our change notice and some of them take even much longer. So we are looking at that kind of schedule.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

I do have a follow-up.

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Right. So, Gary this is Emily. So just to add a little bit color related to the sales synergy, I think this just really depends on the market segment and also the customer qualification schedule. I think for that area of synergy it's probably going to take somewhere between, I would say, six months, the best scenario, to maybe a couple of years, right. So again it's really down to the market segment and also the customer specifics.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. I wanted to -- I had a follow-up question as well related to Lite-On. In an industry with an itchy backdrop where a lot of your competitors are capacity constrained, in what ways could Diodes benefit from having this underutilized manufacturing capacity at Lite-On assuming all the qualifications go according to plan? In other words, how easy given those circumstances will be for you guys to take some market share from your competitors who are again capacity constrained?

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Okay. Gary, let me address that question. I think overall, right, the current global shortfall for semiconductor supply actually help Diodes, right. If we just look at the 4Q, we did have a record revenue with 7.8% sequentially and 10.7% year-over-year growth, which is really a strong evidence of our continued success in the product content and customer expansion initiatives, right.

So if we just look at the first quarter guidance, we actually guided 14% quarter-over-quarter growth at the midpoint and compared to our seasonality slowdown, in average we talk about for the last two quarters about 5% drop. This is again a significant sign of the continued success, right. So we do see some of the constraints. So other than the MOSFET we actually see some of the tightness. But what we've been doing is actually aggressively working with the customers, understand their true demand and we're able to resolve some of the bottlenecks, right.

I think for the MOSFET we've been very aggressively working with our foundry partners to really kind of resolve the out of balance problem. And at this moment we are working also, if you remember the SFAB 2 into expansion as well as the GFAB that we acquired more than a year ago to expand our capacity in both of these fabs and both of these areas, right. So I think in longer term we do have enough wafer fab capacity. That's actually again the GFAB right, majority is 8-inch, also some of the 6-inch fab capacity. And also with the Lite-On Semiconductor acquisition that we recently closed in November, and that will also give us additional 6-inch capacity at the JK Fab that Dr. Lu mentioned.

So I think with all this, right -- so I think we are well positioned for our future growth and this is really focusing on the additional business with our internal capacity to support it.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Appreciate it. Thank you.

Keh-Shew Lu -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

In addition to what Emily is talking about, we actually ramped it up our Shanghai FAB as SFAB 8-inch -- ramped up to 8-inch capacity in Shanghai FAB.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst



Thank you. And our next question comes from the line of Matt Ramsay with Cowen.

Joshua Buchalter -- Cowen -- Analyst

Hi. This is Josh Buchalter on behalf of Matt. Thanks for taking the question and congrats on the great results. I guess asking the previous question a little differently. Are you able to help us understand a little bit how much of the significant above seasonal first quarter guidance is indeed being driven by you guys being in a pretty unique situation of having some slack in your own internal capacity and able to fill orders that some of your peers aren't?

Brett Whitmire -- Chief Financial Officer

Well, I think that's exactly right. Some of that seasonality strength that we have is a couple of things. One, it's the fact that we have capacity that we're continuing to be able to take advantage of through the -- all the various avenues, meaning LSC, GFAB expansion as well as SFAB. On top of that, it's the continued strength we're seeing across a broad market and actions we've been taking across time to make sure and be prepared for that. So I think it's a blend of those things that allow us to enjoy the above seasonal growth in the first quarter.

Joshua Buchalter -- Cowen -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you. And then I guess given the above seasonal fourth quarter and first quarter, and I realize you're not guiding the full year, but anything you can provide us on visibility into the second quarter and the rest of the year or how we should think about the seasonality of the rest of the year? Thanks and congrats again.

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

So, this is Emily. Let me maybe start by making a few comments. So we don't usually provide guidance beyond the first quarter. I think Dr. Lu mentioned before overall, the markets feel extremely dynamic, right. So we just need to monitor the situation closely. I think overall, this is not specific to Diodes. I think everybody expects 2021 to be an up market. I think we're definitely not in the position to call the percentage or provide guidance at this moment, but we'll keep you posted as we progress throughout the year.

Joshua Buchalter -- Cowen -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you.


Thank you. And our next question comes from the line of William Stein with Truist Securities.

William Stein -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Hi. Great. Thank you for taking my question. I want to add my congratulations, especially on the very strong Q1 guidance. There is one aspect of it though that's a little surprising. The opex that you're guiding to looks like it's more than what the stand-alone companies would have delivered combined together sort of almost a dis-synergy.

I think Dr. Lu, you've talked about this as related to incremental R&D required and perhaps that's to qualify the Diodes products on to Lite-On production line. Can you maybe quantify that a little bit? What that investment is and perhaps as a follow-up, you can talk about what if any incremental costs are required to develop the Lite-On portfolio to a level where it's something that you can effectively cross sell to the heritage Diodes customers? Thank you.

Keh-Shew Lu -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, the R&D expense in LSC is lower than the level of Diodes. So I intend to do is increase the R&D to about the same level as Diodes currently has. So that is what we intend to -- I intend to do.

Secondly is we need to start to focus of -- introduce the differentiated type of products. Currently the product -- most of them is a commodity type of product. And my intention is driving the focus -- drive the product as I mentioned and to introduce differential type of product using the special technology.

And what's the another question?

William Stein -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

I was asking about the effort to cross sell the Lite-On product into your traditional customer base. I think you referred to an incremental R&D investment to make that happen. Perhaps you can -- perhaps you can discuss that a bit. Is it a matter of just proving out the quality of these products to your heritage customers or is it in developing new products altogether?

Keh-Shew Lu -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, yeah, not just that -- that it's not just that. Number one is, I think we are talking about three synergies -- we're talking about. One is market synergy, because they are very weak in the industrial and automotive market segment. So, we intend to do will be introduce the product into those two markets -- those market segments. Number two is customer synergies. They typically cannot design in to the multi-nation customers and that's another focus we're going to do to improve the focus, improve the design in in those major customers.

Number three is the product portfolio. We are focused on solution sale instead of component sales. And that solution sales is -- it's in the product portfolio through different acquisition inside Diodes in the past. And LSC is the ADAS acquisition we had and we are going to -- we are going to adding the product line into our total product portfolios and to introduce them into solution -- customer solution requirements. So those are what we intend to do other than qualify their product good enough for the major customer. That's just one of the actions. But the key one will be the three synergies we're going to go after.

William Stein -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Thank you.


[Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from the line of David Williams with Loop Capital. Pardon me. David, please check your mute button.

David Williams -- Loop Capital -- Analyst

My apologies there. I had [Indecipherable] pressed mute. But congrats on the quarter and thanks for letting me hop on and ask a question. Certainly appreciate it. I wanted to ask a little bit about maybe some of the share gains that you're seeing today and how sticky you think those may be just in terms of picking up new customers from maybe where your competitors maybe have been unable to supply? Do you think that's fairly sticky in terms of those wins or do you see a reversal or maybe some of those returning to the competitor as you get capacity constraints begin to fall off?

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Right. So, David, I think -- this is Emily. Let me address that question, right. So any time there is a market change always create opportunity for Diodes, right. So one of the key focus for us is really focused on the content expansion and customer expansion that we talk about. So I believe that new opportunity, new doors open to us and that will be a long-term opportunity [Indecipherable] is not going to be a short-term. So I think again the total solution sales that we've been focusing on and continue to expand our technology what Dr. Lu just mentioned earlier and continue to drive the content expansion. So we just need to capture the opportunity when it's present and make sure we continue to support the customer and build a strong customer relationship. So that will be on long-term business in rather short term.

David Williams -- Loop Capital -- Analyst

Okay, thanks. And then maybe in terms of the gross margin, Brett. If you kind of think about how the utilization rates come up in the next couple of quarters, how do you think the gross margin benefits and when can you get the LSC margin profile maybe more in line with the corporate average or maybe the Diodes legacy kind of average?

Brett Whitmire -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, David, I think that what you'll see and I think what you'll see in the guide is that we are consistently improving the Diodes' organic margin consistent to what we had said and we're basically bringing in the LSC business consistent to what we had imagined the impact would be. The immediate thing we're working on, as Dr. Lu talked about a little bit, was the qualification of the Diodes products in the LSC factories, which will help the LSC margins.

We expect to be able to start making those starts middle of the year, which gives us a decent amount of momentum as we come out of the year. And then the other synergies that were listed, these are more multi-year areas of synergy and so the real key, as Dr. Lu mentioned, invest more in the product line, immediately start getting traction with design in and design win. And so some of those longer lead-time synergies we can get some traction on that quickly. But I think this is going to be a gradual multi-year activity to bring the LSC margins in line with our expectations for continued growth.

David Williams -- Loop Capital -- Analyst

Thanks so much.


Thank you. And our next question comes from the line of Tristan Gerra with Baird.

Dustin Scaringe -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Yeah. Hi, everyone. This is Dustin speaking for Tristan today. Thanks for taking our questions. For our first question, I know you guys talked earlier about some supply constraints in MOSFETs. First just wanted to clarify that that's mostly in automotive and maybe if you guys can just give an expectation on when those supply constraints may disappear. And then secondarily, are you able to tweak mix, given the tightness and do you plan on raising ASPs? Then I have a follow-up after.

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Right. So let me address that question. I think for the overall shortage in the industry, this is really no surprise. It's driven a lot by the 8-inch shortage that we've seen, right. So, I don't think we are in a position to predict when this is actually going to be over. What Diodes has been focusing is really expanding some of our internal capacities to support our future growth, right.

So we talked about the GFAB being acquired more than a year ago. And by the second half of the year we're going to ramp up some significant capacity in both 8-inch and also in 6-inch. Dr. Lu talked a little bit about the SFAB2 8-inch capacity increase as well. And with the Lite-On Semiconductor acquisition increased more 6-inch capacity for us, right. So overall I think what we focus on is really position ourselves to really support the customers' true demand and be able to continue to expand from that area.

So the second question you have is related to the product mix. So changing the product mix, improving margin have been an ongoing focus for Diodes throughout the last few years, and you could definitely see some of the results that we demonstrated to you guys already and that will continue to be the focus. So we want to continue to focus on driving good new products with better margin profile to really support the customers' need. So that strategy will not change. It fitted really well with our total solution strategy. So I think that's really your second part of the question right. So again price increase is definitely not the key focus for Diodes. Again, we really want to focus on the product mix improvement as well as total solution sales, demand creation and also the content expansion.

Dustin Scaringe -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Got it. Great. Thanks, Emily. And obviously, POS has been very strong. I think you guys just said it was a record. Just wondering overall how pricing has been acting recently and if there has been significant changes, maybe you guys could quantify them? And then finally, have you seen any evidence of double ordering at either Tier 1 or Tier 2 customers? Thank you.

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Right. So definitely in my -- I mean in my speech that we have a record revenue at POS. We're definitely seeing strong momentum actually across all the regions, which is the reason we actually guided really strong 1Q 14% growth as a mid-point, right. So when the demand-supply -- I mean, the demand is getting tight, definitely we are seeing pricing is holding more firm than before, which is normal that we are seeing overall. I think again sales focus is really more focusing on working with the customers, understand their true demand so we can actually provide a better support with them and build a long-term relationship with them to continue to expand our portfolio, right. So that's always been our focus and will continue to be our focus.

Dustin Scaringe -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Thank you.


Thank you. I'm showing no further questions. So with that, I'll turn the call back over to Chairman, President and CEO, Dr. Lu for any closing remarks.

Keh-Shew Lu -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

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

Duration: 48 minutes

Call participants:

Leanne Sievers -- Executive Vice President-Investor Relations, Shelton Group

Keh-Shew Lu -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Brett Whitmire -- Chief Financial Officer

Emily Yang -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Joshua Buchalter -- Cowen -- Analyst

William Stein -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

David Williams -- Loop Capital -- Analyst

Dustin Scaringe -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

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