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 Lam Research Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December 23, 2018
   Wednesday, January 23, 2019 4:05:00 PM ET

FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lam Research Corporation ( the "Company," "Lam," "Lam Research") today announced financial results for the quarter ended December 23, 2018 (the “December 2018 quarter”).

Highlights for the December 2018 quarter were as follows:

•         Revenue of $2.52 billion.

•         U.S. GAAP gross margin of 45.4%, U.S. GAAP operating income as a percentage of revenue of 27.4%, and U.S. GAAP diluted EPS of $3.51.



•         Non-GAAP gross margin of 46.3%, non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of revenue of 28.8%, and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $3.87.


Key Financial Data for the Quarters Ended
December 23, 2018 and September 23, 2018
(in thousands, except per-share data, percentages, and basis points)
 
U.S. GAAP
  December 2018 September 2018 Change Q/Q
Revenue $2,522,673  $2,330,691  + 8%
Gross margin as percentage of revenue 45.4% 45.4%  
Operating income as percentage of revenue 27.4% 25.4% + 200 bps 
Diluted EPS $3.51  $3.23  + 9%
       
Non-GAAP
  December 2018 September 2018 Change Q/Q
Revenue $2,522,673  $2,330,691  + 8%
Gross margin as percentage of revenue 46.3% 46.4% - 10 bps 
Operating income as percentage of revenue 28.8% 27.0% + 180 bps 
Diluted EPS $3.87  $3.36  + 15%

U.S. GAAP Financial Results

For the December 2018 quarter, revenue was $2,523 million, gross margin was $1,145 million, or 45.4% of revenue, operating expenses were $455 million, operating income was 27.4% of revenue, and net income was $569 million, or $3.51 per diluted share on a U.S. GAAP basis. This compares to revenue of $2,331 million, gross margin of $1,058 million, or 45.4% of revenue, operating expenses of $466 million, operating income of 25.4% of revenue, and net income of $533 million, or $3.23 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 23, 2018 (the “September 2018 quarter”).

Non-GAAP Financial Results

For the December 2018 quarter, non-GAAP gross margin was $1,167 million or 46.3% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses were $440 million, non-GAAP operating income was 28.8% of revenue, and non-GAAP net income was $628 million, or $3.87 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP gross margin of $1,081 million or 46.4% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses of $451 million, non-GAAP operating income of 27.0% of revenue, and non-GAAP net income of $555 million, or $3.36 per diluted share for the September 2018 quarter.

“Lam delivered solid results in the December quarter, and concluded the 2018 calendar year with record revenue and earnings per share performance,” said Timothy Archer, Lam Research’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “While near-term market trends reflect adjustments after a period of tremendous growth in semiconductor demand, I am confident that our focus on Deposition and Etch technology leadership as well as growth in our installed-base business positions us well for the long term.”

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Results

Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and restricted cash and investments balances remained steady at $3.9 billion at the end of the December 2018 quarter as compared to the end of the September 2018 quarter. Cash flow generated by operating activities during the December 2018 quarter of $642 million was primarily used for $360 million of repayments on short-term borrowings; $168 million of dividends paid to stockholders; and $106 million of capital expenditures.

Deferred revenue and deferred profit at the end of the December 2018 quarter decreased to $493 million and $432 million, respectively, as compared to $626 million and $542 million, respectively, at the end of the September 2018 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 $262 million as of December 23, 2018 and $454 million as of September 23, 2018.

Geographic Distribution

The geographic distribution of revenue during the December 2018 quarter is shown in the following table:

RegionRevenue
Japan27%
Korea25%
Taiwan17%
China14%
Southeast Asia7%
United States5%
Europe5%

Outlook

For the March 2019 quarter, Lam is providing the following guidance:

 U.S. GAAP Reconciling Items Non-GAAP
Revenue$2.4 Billion+/-$150 Million  $2.4 Billion+/-$150 Million
Gross margin as a percentage of revenue 43.6%+/- 1% $22 Million  44.5%+/- 1%
Operating income as a percentage of revenue 23.6%+/- 1% $34 Million  25.0%+/- 1%
Net income per diluted share$3.21 +/-$0.20  $30 Million $3.40 +/-$0.20 
Diluted share count159 Million  159 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, restructuring, balance sheet valuation adjustments, financing arrangements, other investments, 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 as a percentage of revenue - amortization related to intangible assets acquired through business combinations, $22 million.

•        Operating income as a percentage of revenue - amortization related to intangible assets acquired through business combinations, $34 million.

•        Earnings per share - amortization related to intangible assets acquired though business combinations, $34 million; amortization of note discounts, $1 million; and associated tax benefit for non-GAAP items ($5 million); totaling $30 million.

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 December 2018 and September 2018 quarters exclude amortization related to intangible assets acquired through business combinations, restructuring charges, amortization of note discounts, tax benefit of non-GAAP items, and estimated income tax impacts associated with U.S. tax reform. Additionally, the December 2018 quarter non-GAAP results exclude income tax benefit on the conclusion of tax matters related to a prior business combination.

Management uses non-GAAP gross margin, operating expense, operating income, 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; the timing and amount of revenue and profit earned from any booked deferred revenue and profit; market trends and semiconductor demand; our technology leadership; our installed base growth; our long term positioning; technology demand trends; the legal and business factors that may affect our future tax rate; our engineering capabilities; our commitment to customer success; our continued ability to accelerate innovation and enhance device performance; and our guidance for revenue, gross margin, operating income (both as a dollar value and a percentage of revenue), net income or earnings per diluted share, and diluted share count. Some factors that may affect these forward-looking statements include: business, political and/or regulatory 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 24, 2018 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 23, 2018. 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 Corporation 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 Six Months Ended
 December 23,
 2018
 September 23,
2018
 December 24,
 2017
 December 23,
 2018
 December 24,
 2017
Revenue$2,522,673  $2,330,691  $2,580,815  $4,853,364  $5,058,955 
Cost of goods sold1,377,640  1,272,493  1,375,248  2,650,133  2,704,045 
Gross margin1,145,033  1,058,198  1,205,567  2,203,231  2,354,910 
Gross margin as a percent of revenue45.4% 45.4% 46.7% 45.4% 46.5%
Research and development285,556  291,672  281,311  577,228  556,389 
Selling, general and administrative169,098  174,775  186,885  343,873  367,928 
Total operating expenses454,654  466,447  468,196  921,101  924,317 
Operating income690,379  591,751  737,371  1,282,130  1,430,593 
Operating income as a percent of revenue27.4% 25.4% 28.6% 26.4% 28.3%
Other expense, net(30,649) (377) (3,152) (31,026) (8,654)
Income before income taxes659,730  591,374  734,219  1,251,104  1,421,939 
Income tax expense(90,875) (58,014) (744,174) (148,889) (841,204)
Net income (loss)$568,855  $533,360  $(9,955) $1,102,215  $580,735 
Net income (loss) per share:         
Basic$3.67  $3.43  $(0.06) $7.10  $3.59 
Diluted$3.51  $3.23  $(0.06) $6.73  $3.16 
Number of shares used in per share calculations:         
Basic155,022  155,658  161,135  155,340  161,638 
Diluted162,170  165,327  161,135  163,749  183,958 
Cash dividend declared per common share$1.10  $1.10  $0.50  $2.20  $0.95 


 
 LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
 
 December 23,
 2018
 September 23,
2018
 June 24,
 2018
 (unaudited) (unaudited) (1)
ASSETS     
Cash and cash equivalents$3,359,793  $2,568,085  $4,512,257 
Investments275,670  1,050,863  437,338 
Accounts receivable, net1,868,842  1,846,845  2,176,936 
Inventories1,703,307  1,874,194  1,876,162 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets148,233  175,886  147,218 
Total current assets7,355,845  7,515,873  9,149,911 
Property and equipment, net1,013,306  951,376  902,547 
Restricted cash and investments255,292  255,924  256,301 
Goodwill and intangible assets1,736,468  1,767,562  1,802,740 
Other assets407,547  466,842  367,979 
Total assets$10,768,458  $10,957,577  $12,479,478 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     
Current portion of convertible notes, capital leases and commercial paper$187,102  $550,369  $610,030 
Other current liabilities1,979,735  2,274,596  2,540,278 
Total current liabilities2,166,837  2,824,965  3,150,308 
Long-term debt and capital leases1,813,190  1,805,091  1,806,562 
Income taxes payable859,232  845,740  851,936 
Other long-term liabilities87,827  100,144  90,629 
Total liabilities4,927,086  5,575,940  5,899,435 
Temporary equity, convertible notes57,009  58,812  78,192 
Stockholders’ equity (2)5,784,363  5,322,825  6,501,851 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$10,768,458  $10,957,577  $12,479,478 


(1)Derived from audited financial statements.
(2)Common shares issued and outstanding were 153,961 as of December 23, 2018, 153,384 as of September 23, 2018, and 156,892 as of June 24, 2018.


 
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands, unaudited)

 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 December 23,
2018
 September 23,
2018
 December 24,
2017
 December 23,
2018
 December 24,
2017
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:         
Net income (loss)$568,855  $533,360  $(9,955) $1,102,215  $580,735 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:         
Depreciation and amortization81,794  79,805  79,898  161,599  159,040 
Deferred income taxes20,797  (83,501) (271,478) (62,704) (228,274)
Equity-based compensation expense38,806  50,343  42,124  89,149  83,907 
Amortization of note discounts and issuance costs1,031  1,245  4,539  2,276  9,127 
Other, net(1,343) 2,191  (1,108) 848  5,461 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities(67,521) 136,843  184,684  69,322  277,014 
Net cash provided by operating activities642,419  720,286  28,704  1,362,705  887,010 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:         
Capital expenditures and intangible assets(105,923) (56,098) (84,693) (162,021) (144,757)
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired    (84)   (115,697)
Net sale (purchases) of available-for-sale securities773,223  (612,583) (205,701) 160,640  (323,475)
Other, net(369) (3,650) (4,396) (4,019) (14,996)
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities666,931  (672,331) (294,874) (5,400) (598,925)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:         
Principal payments on debt(6,440) (79,831) (47,522) (86,271) (349,249)
Net (repayments) proceeds from issuance of commercial paper(359,518) (86) 798,947  (359,604) 798,947 
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(1,519) (1,735,895) (1,111,450) (1,737,414) (1,266,835)
Dividends paid(167,907) (174,372) (73,127) (342,279) (145,865)
Reissuance of treasury stock related to employee stock purchase plan32,920    34,057  32,920  34,057 
Proceeds from issuance of common stock109    3,073  109  4,115 
Other, net(13,198) (9)   (13,207) 4 
Net cash used for financing activities(515,553) (1,990,193) (396,022) (2,505,746) (924,826)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(2,721) (2,311) 842  (5,032) 4,159 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash791,076  (1,944,549) (661,350) (1,153,473) (632,582)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period2,824,009  4,768,558  2,662,507  4,768,558  2,633,739 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$3,615,085  $2,824,009  $2,001,157  $3,615,085  $2,001,157 


 
Non-GAAP Financial Summary
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
(unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended
 December 23,
 2018
 September 23,
2018
Revenue$2,522,673  $2,330,691 
Gross margin$1,167,375  $1,080,540 
Gross margin as percentage of revenue46.3% 46.4%
Operating expenses$439,808  $450,540 
Operating income$727,567  $630,000 
Operating income as a percentage of revenue28.8% 27.0%
Net income$628,196  $555,460 
Net income per diluted share$3.87  $3.36 
Shares used in per share calculation - diluted162,170  165,327 


 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 December 23, 2018 September 23,
2018
 June 24,
2018
 March 25,
2018
 December 23, 2018
U.S. GAAP net income$568,855  $533,360  $1,021,146  $778,800  $2,902,161 
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:         
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations - cost of goods sold22,342  22,342  22,342  22,342  89,368 
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations - selling, general and administrative12,490  12,490  16,069  17,074  58,123 
Restructuring charges - selling, general and administrative2,356  3,417      5,773 
Business combination acquisition and integration related costs - selling, general and administrative    728  107  835 
Amortization of note discounts - other expense, net886  900  1,851  2,860  6,497 
Realized loss on sale or impairment of investments - other expense, net      46,641  46,641 
Net income tax benefit on non-GAAP items(5,704) (5,838) (4,686) (11,518) (27,746)
Income tax benefit on the conclusion of certain tax matters(1,635)   (9,656) (4,511) (15,802)
Income tax expense (benefit) associated with U.S. tax reform28,606  (11,211) (115,838)   (98,443)
Non-GAAP net income$628,196  $555,460  $931,956  $851,795  $2,967,407 
Non-GAAP net income per diluted share$3.87  $3.36  $5.31  $4.79  $17.44 
GAAP net income per diluted share$3.51  $3.23  $5.82  $4.33  $17.00 
U.S. GAAP number of shares used for per diluted share calculation162,170  165,327  175,432  179,779  170,677 
Effect of potential dilutive securities:         
Effect of convertible note hedge      (1,993) (498)
Non-GAAP number of shares used for per diluted share calculation162,170  165,327  175,432  177,786  170,179 


 
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 perce
 
 Three Months Ended
 December 23,
 2018
 September 23,
2018
U.S. GAAP gross margin$1,145,033  $1,058,198 
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:   
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations22,342  22,342 
Non-GAAP gross margin$1,167,375  $1,080,540 
U.S. GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue45.4% 45.4%
Non-GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue46.3% 46.4%
U.S. GAAP operating expenses$454,654  $466,447 
Pre-tax non-GAAP items:   
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired through certain business combinations(12,490) (12,490)
Restructuring charges(2,356) (3,417)
Non-GAAP operating expenses$439,808  $450,540 
U.S. GAAP operating income$690,379  $591,751 
Non-GAAP operating income$727,567  $630,000 
U.S. GAAP operating income as percent of revenue27.4% 25.4%
Non-GAAP operating income as a percent of revenue28.8% 27.0%


Lam Research Corporation Contacts:

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


 

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