Lam Research Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended March 25, 2018

17-04-2018

FREMONT, Calif., April 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lam Research Corp. (Nasdaq:LRCX) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 25, 2018 (the “March 2018 quarter”).

Highlights for the March 2018 quarter were as follows:

  • Shipments of $3.13 billion and revenue of $2.89 billion.

  • U.S. GAAP gross margin of 46.0%, U.S. GAAP operating margin of 28.6%, and U.S. GAAP diluted EPS of $4.33.

  • Non-GAAP gross margin of 46.8%, non-GAAP operating margin of 30.0%, and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $4.79.
 
Key Financial Data for the Quarters Ended
March 25, 2018 and December 24, 2017 
(in thousands, except per-share data, percentages, and basis points)
 
U.S. GAAP
    March 2018   December 2017   Change Q/Q
Shipments   $ 3,134,677     $ 2,631,723     + 19%
Revenue   $ 2,892,115     $ 2,580,815     + 12%
Gross margin as percentage of revenue   46.0 %   46.7 %   - 70 bps
Operating margin as percentage of revenue   28.6 %   28.6 %   — 
Diluted EPS   $ 4.33     $ (0.06 )   7317%
 
Non-GAAP
    March 2018   December 2017   Change Q/Q
Shipments   $ 3,134,677     $ 2,631,723     + 19%
Revenue   $ 2,892,115     $ 2,580,815     + 12%
Gross margin as percentage of revenue   46.8 %   47.6 %   - 80 bps
Operating margin as percentage of revenue   30.0 %   30.2 %   - 20 bps
Diluted EPS   $ 4.79     $ 4.34     + 10%

U.S. GAAP Financial Results

For the March 2018 quarter, revenue was $2,892 million, gross margin was $1,331 million, or 46.0% of revenue, operating expenses were $503 million, operating margin was 28.6% of revenue, and net income was $779 million, or $4.33 per diluted share on a U.S. GAAP basis. This compares to revenue of $2,581 million, gross margin of $1,206 million, or 46.7% of revenue, operating expenses of $468 million, operating margin of 28.6% of revenue, and net loss of $(10) million, or $(0.06) per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 24, 2017 (the “December 2017 quarter”). The December 2017 results were negatively impacted by a one-time provisional charge of $757 million associated with the recently enacted U.S. tax reform, which the Company will continue to evaluate during the measurement period.

Non-GAAP Financial Results

For the March 2018 quarter, non-GAAP gross margin was $1,353 million or 46.8% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses were $486 million, non-GAAP operating margin was 30.0% of revenue, and non-GAAP net income was $852 million, or $4.79 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP gross margin of $1,228 million or 47.6% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses of $449 million, non-GAAP operating margin of 30.2% of revenue, and non-GAAP net income of $788 million, or $4.34 per diluted share for the December 2017 quarter.

“Lam continues to deliver strong performance, again setting new records highlighted by shipments exceeding three billion dollars in the March quarter. Fundamental to this achievement is increased strategic relevance enabling primary technology inflections now critical to our customers’ success,” said Martin Anstice, Lam Research’s Chief Executive Officer. “We remain focused on delivering long-term outperformance and making the right investments for our future.”

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Results

Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and restricted cash and investments balances increased to $6.7 billion at the end of the March 2018 quarter compared to $6.0 billion at the end of the December 2017 quarter. This increase was primarily the result of approximately $1.1 billion of cash generated from operating activities, partially offset by approximately $80 million of net share settlement on employee stock-based compensation, $80 million of dividends paid to stockholders, $49 million of capital expenditures, and $29 million of net repayments of debt.

Deferred revenue and deferred profit at the end of the March 2018 quarter remained steady at $1.1 billion and $749 million, respectively, as compared to the end of the December 2017 quarter. Lam’s deferred revenue balance does not include shipments to customers in Japan, to whom title does not transfer until customer acceptance. Shipments to customers in Japan are classified as inventory at cost until the time of acceptance. The estimated future revenue from shipments to customers in Japan was approximately $526 million as of March 25, 2018 and $289 million as of December 24, 2017.

Geographic Distribution

The geographic distribution of shipments and revenue during the March 2018 quarter is shown in the following table:

Region Shipments   Revenue
Korea 36%   36%
China 14%   17%
Japan 20%   14%
Taiwan 11%   12%
Southeast Asia 8%   8%
United States 6%   8%
Europe 5%   5%
       

Outlook

For the June 2018 quarter, Lam is providing the following guidance:

  U.S. GAAP   Reconciling
Items
  Non-GAAP
Shipments $3.000 Billion +/-  $150 Million     $3.000 Billion +/-  $150 Million
Revenue $3.100 Billion +/-  $150 Million     $3.100 Billion +/-  $150 Million
Gross margin  46.8% +/-  1%   $ 22   Million    47.5% +/-  1%
Operating margin  29.7% +/-  1%   $ 39   Million    31.0% +/-  1%
Net income per diluted share $4.77  +/- $0.20    $ 36   Million   $5.00  +/- $0.20 
Diluted share count 179 Million   1   Million   178 Million
               

The information provided above is only an estimate of what the Company believes is realizable as of the date of this release, and does not incorporate the potential impact of any business combinations, asset acquisitions, divestitures, balance sheet valuation adjustments, financing arrangements, other investments, measurement period adjustments associated with U.S. tax reform, or other significant transactions that may be completed after the date of this release. U.S. GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items provided include only those items that are known and can be estimated as of the date of this release. Actual results will vary from this model and the variations may be material. Reconciling items included above are as follows:

  • Gross margin - amortization related to intangible assets acquired through business combinations, $22 million.
  • Operating margin - amortization related to intangible assets acquired through business combinations, $39 million.
  • Earnings per share - amortization related to intangible assets acquired though business combinations, $39 million; amortization of note discounts, $2 million; and associated tax benefit for non-GAAP items ($5 million); totaling $36 million.
  • Diluted share count - impact of a note hedge issued contemporaneously with the convertible notes due 2018, 1 million shares.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results

In addition to U.S. GAAP results, this press release also contains non-GAAP financial results. The Company’s non-GAAP results for both the March 2018 and December 2017 quarters exclude amortization related to intangible assets acquired through business combinations, acquisition and integration costs associated with a business combination, amortization of note discounts, and tax benefit of non-GAAP items. Additionally, the March 2018 quarter non-GAAP results exclude realized loss on sale or impairment of investments associated with repatriation and tax benefit on the conclusion of tax matters related to a prior business combination. The December 2017 quarter non-GAAP results exclude costs associated with business process reengineering and estimated income tax expense associated with U.S. tax reform.

Management uses non-GAAP gross margin, operating expense, operating income, operating margin, net income, and net income per diluted share to evaluate the Company’s operating and financial results. The Company believes the presentation of non-GAAP results is useful to investors for analyzing business trends and comparing performance to prior periods, along with enhancing investors’ ability to view the Company’s results from management’s perspective. Tables presenting reconciliations of non-GAAP results to U.S. GAAP results are included at the end of this press release and on the Company’s website at http://investor.lamresearch.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that are not of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate to, but are not limited to: the estimated future revenue from shipments to customers in Japan; our revenue, industry, performance and general outlooks, and their drivers; our future strategic relevance to customers; our vision of the Company's future; technology demand trends; the legal and business factors that may affect our future tax rate; and our guidance for shipments, revenue, gross margin, operating margin, net income or earnings per diluted share, provisional tax estimate, and diluted share count. Some factors that may affect these forward-looking statements include: business conditions in the consumer electronics industry, the semiconductor industry and the overall economy may deteriorate or change; and the actions of our customers and competitors may be inconsistent with our expectations, as well as the other risks and uncertainties that are described in the documents filed or furnished by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including specifically the Risk Factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 25, 2017 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended September 24, 2017 and December 24, 2017. These uncertainties and changes could materially affect the forward looking statements and cause actual results to vary from expectations in a material way. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information or statements made in this release.

About Lam Research

Lam Research Corp. is a global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. As a trusted, collaborative partner to the world’s leading semiconductor companies, we combine superior systems engineering capability, technology leadership, and unwavering commitment to customer success to accelerate innovation through enhanced device performance. In fact, today, nearly every advanced chip is built with Lam technology. Lam Research (Nasdaq:LRCX) is a FORTUNE 500® company headquartered in Fremont, Calif., with operations around the globe. Learn more at www.lamresearch.com. (LRCX-F)

Consolidated Financial Tables Follow.

       
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data and percentages)
(unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  March 25,
2018
    December 24,
2017
    March 26,
2017
    March 25,
2018
    March 26,
2017
 
Revenue $  2,892,115     $ 2,580,815     $ 2,153,995     $ 7,951,070     $  5,668,713  
Cost of goods sold 1,561,401     1,375,248     1,182,591     4,265,446     3,134,315  
Gross margin 1,330,714     1,205,567     971,404     3,685,624     2,534,398  
Gross margin as a percent of revenue 46.0 %   46.7 %   45.1 %   46.4 %   44.7 %
Research and development 305,412     281,311     265,986     861,801     748,030  
Selling, general and administrative 197,791     186,885     167,000     565,719     492,175  
Total operating expenses 503,203     468,196     432,986     1,427,520     1,240,205  
Operating income 827,511     737,371     538,418     2,258,104     1,294,193  
Operating income as a percent of revenue 28.6 %   28.6 %   25.0 %   28.4 %   22.8 %
Other expense, net (55,810 )   (3,152 )   (7,838 )   (64,464 )   (86,015 )
Income before income taxes 771,701     734,219     530,580     2,193,640     1,208,178  
Income tax benefit (expense) 7,099     (744,174 )   44,133     (834,105 )   (36,839 )
Net income (loss) $ 778,800     $ (9,955 )   $ 574,713     $ 1,359,535     $ 1,171,339  
Net income (loss) per share:                  
Basic $ 4.80     $ (0.06 )   $ 3.52     $ 8.40     $ 7.22  
Diluted $ 4.33     $ (0.06 )   $ 3.10     $ 7.45     $ 6.40  
Number of shares used in per share calculations:                  
Basic 162,378     161,135     163,408     161,885     162,225  
Diluted 179,779     161,135     185,094     182,565     182,885  
Cash dividend declared per common share $ 0.50     $ 0.50     $ 0.45     $ 1.45     $ 1.20  
                                       


 
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
 
  March 25,
2018
  December 24,
2017
  June 25,
2017
        (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (1)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,698,995     $ 1,745,173     $ 2,377,534  
Investments 1,785,976     3,954,526     3,663,628  
Accounts receivable, net 2,082,632     2,279,044     1,673,398  
Inventories 1,693,128     1,507,435     1,232,916  
Other current assets 165,066     179,944     195,022  
Total current assets 10,425,797     9,666,122     9,142,498  
Property and equipment, net 826,500     807,340     685,595  
Restricted cash and investments 256,587     255,984     256,205  
Goodwill and intangible assets 1,825,891     1,866,159     1,796,668  
Other assets 328,724     316,660     241,799  
Total assets $ 13,663,499     $ 12,912,265     $ 12,122,765  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Current portion of debt and capital leases $ 1,423,265     $ 1,401,660     $ 908,439  
Other current liabilities 2,525,155     2,510,035     2,041,676  
Total current liabilities 3,948,420     3,911,695     2,950,115  
Long-term debt and capital leases 1,781,731     1,789,958     1,784,974  
Income taxes payable 818,700     818,880     120,178  
Other long-term liabilities 230,620     118,177     280,186  
Total liabilities 6,779,471     6,638,710     5,135,453  
Temporary equity, convertible notes 80,973     130,424     169,861  
Stockholders’ equity (2) 6,803,055     6,143,131     6,817,451  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 13,663,499     $ 12,912,265     $ 12,122,765  
                       


(1 ) Derived from audited financial statements.
(2 ) Common shares issued and outstanding were 164,100 as of March 25, 2018, 159,451 as of December 24, 2017, and 161,723 as of June 25, 2017.


       
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands,  unaudited)
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    March
25, 2018
    December 
24, 2017
    March 26, 
2017
    March  
25, 2018
    March  
26, 2017
 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                                      
Net income (loss) $ 778,800     $ (9,955 )   $ 574,713     $ 1,359,535     $ 1,171,339  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:                  
Depreciation and amortization 82,236     79,898     76,242     241,276     227,869  
Deferred income taxes 19,060     (271,478 )   27,619     (209,214 )   69,867  
Equity-based compensation expense 41,095     42,124     35,323     125,002     106,173  
Impairment of investment 42,456             42,456      
Loss on extinguishment of debt                 36,325  
Amortization of note discounts and issuance costs 4,342     4,539     6,136     13,469     19,168  
Other, net 17,866     (1,108 )   (4,738 )   23,327     10,777  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities 64,524     184,684     (292,607 )   341,538     (341,508 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,050,379     28,704     422,688     1,937,389     1,300,010  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                  
Capital expenditures and intangible assets (49,057 )   (84,693 )   (44,116 )   (193,814 )   (122,608 )
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (84 )       (115,697 )    
Net sale (purchase) of available-for-sale securities 2,134,886     (205,701 )   (418,566 )   1,811,411     (1,977,744 )
Transfers of restricted cash and investments (603 )   61     (982 )   (382 )   (5,736 )
Other, net 638     (4,396 )   (3,586 )   (14,358 )   (11,627 )
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities 2,085,864     (294,813 )   (467,250 )   1,487,160     (2,117,715 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                  
Principal payments on long-term debt and capital lease obligations and payments for debt issuance costs (228,166 )   (47,522 )   (69,227 )   (577,415 )   (1,685,868 )
Net proceeds from issuance of commercial paper 199,024     798,947         997,971      
Proceeds from borrowings on revolving credit facility     750,000         750,000      
Repayments of borrowings on revolving credit facility     (750,000 )       (750,000 )    
Treasury stock purchases (80,105 )   (1,111,450 )   (216,373 )   (1,346,940 )   (285,894 )
Dividends paid (79,739 )   (73,127 )   (73,337 )   (225,604 )   (169,786 )
Reissuance of treasury stock related to employee stock purchase plan     34,057     17,223     34,057     36,543  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 2,517     3,073     7,964     6,632     12,544  
Other, net 7         (70 )   11     (124 )
Net cash used for financing activities (186,462 )   (396,022 )   (333,820 )   (1,111,288 )   (2,092,585 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 4,041     842     2,992     8,200     (462 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2,953,822     (661,289 )   (375,390 )   2,321,461     (2,910,752 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,745,173     2,406,462     2,503,960     2,377,534     5,039,322  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 4,698,995     $ 1,745,173     $ 2,128,570     $ 4,698,995     $ 2,128,570  
                                       


   
Non-GAAP Financial Summary
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
  March 25,
2018
  December 24,
2017
Revenue $ 2,892,115     $ 2,580,815  
Gross margin $ 1,353,056     $ 1,227,961  
Gross margin as percentage of revenue 46.8 %   47.6 %
Operating expenses $ 486,022     $ 448,667  
Operating income $ 867,034     $ 779,294  
Operating margin as a percentage of revenue 30.0 %   30.2 %
Net income $ 851,795     $ 787,863  
Net income per diluted share $ 4.79     $ 4.34  
Shares used in per share calculation - diluted 177,786     181,655  
           


Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income and U.S. GAAP number of dilutive shares to Non-
GAAP number of dilutive shares
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
  March 25,
2018
    December 24,
2017
 
U.S. GAAP net income (loss) $ 778,800     $ (9,955 )
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:      
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations - cost of goods sold 22,342     22,394  
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations - selling, general and administrative 17,074     17,074  
Costs associated with business process reengineering - selling, general and administrative     1,362  
Business combination acquisition and integration related costs - selling, general and administrative 107     1,093  
Amortization of note discounts - other expense, net 2,860     3,410  
Realized loss on sale or impairment of investments - other expense, net 46,641      
Net income tax benefit on non-GAAP items (11,518 )   (4,404 )
Income tax benefit on the conclusion of certain tax matters (4,511 )    
Income tax expense associated with U.S. tax reform     756,889  
Non-GAAP net income $ 851,795     $ 787,863  
Non-GAAP net income per diluted share $ 4.79     $ 4.34  
GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share $ 4.33     $ (0.06 )
U.S. GAAP number of shares used for per diluted share calculation 179,779     161,135  
Effect of potentially dilutive securities:      
Employee stock plans     2,757  
Convertible notes     15,423  
Warrants     4,721  
Effect of convertible note hedge (1,993 )   (2,381 )
Non-GAAP number of shares used for per diluted share calculation 177,786     181,655  
           

 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Gross Margin, Operating Expenses and Operating Income to Non-GAAP Gross Margin, Operating
Expenses and Operating Income
(in thousands, except percentages)
(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
  March 25,
2018
  December 24,
2017
U.S. GAAP gross margin 1,330,714     $  1,205,567  
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:              
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations 22,342     22,394  
Non-GAAP gross margin $ 1,353,056     $ 1,227,961  
U.S. GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue 46.0 %   46.7 %
Non-GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue 46.8 %   47.6 %
U.S. GAAP operating expenses $ 503,203     $ 468,196  
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:      
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations (17,074 )   (17,074 )
Costs associated with business process reengineering     (1,362 )
Business combination acquisition and integration related costs (107 )   (1,093 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 486,022     $ 448,667  
Non-GAAP operating income $ 867,034     $ 779,294  
U.S. GAAP operating margin as percent of revenue 28.6 %   28.6 %
Non-GAAP operating margin as a percent of revenue 30.0 %   30.2 %
           

Lam Research Corporation Contacts:

Satya Kumar, Investor Relations, phone: 510-572-1615, e-mail: investor.relations@lamresearch.com

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