Financial News Release

Applied Materials Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Results
  • Quarterly revenue of $4.01 billion with GAAP EPS of $0.89 and non-GAAP EPS of $0.97
  • Record annual revenue and EPS
  • Returns $5.89 billion to shareholders in fiscal 2018

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) today reported strong revenue, operating income and earnings per share in its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Oct. 28, 2018.

Fourth Quarter Results

Compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Applied net sales increased slightly to $4.01 billion. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded gross margin of 44.3 percent, operating income of $1.02 billion or 25.3 percent of net sales, and earnings per share (EPS) of $0.89.

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, over the same period, the company reported gross margin of 45.5 percent, operating income of $1.07 billion or 26.6 percent of net sales, and EPS of $0.97.

The company returned $946 million to shareholders through $751 million in share repurchases and dividends of $195 million.

Full Year Results

In fiscal 2018, Applied grew net sales by 19 percent to $17.25 billion. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded gross margin of 45.3 percent, operating income of $4.80 billion, and EPS of $3.23. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, the company reported gross margin of 46.3 percent, operating income of $5.0 billion or 29.0 percent of net sales, and EPS of $4.45.

The company generated $3.79 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $605 million and used $5.28 billion to repurchase 102 million shares of common stock.

“In fiscal 2018, each of Applied’s major businesses delivered double-digit growth despite challenging conditions in the second half of the year,” said Gary Dickerson, president and CEO. “While near-term market headwinds remain, overall industry spending remains robust, and we are focused on positioning Applied Materials for the long term, expanding our role in the A.I.-Big Data era and winning the major technology inflections ahead.”

Results Summary

                Change
  Q4 FY2018   Q4 FY2017   FY2018   FY2017 Q4 FY2018
vs.
Q4 FY2017
  FY2018 vs.
FY2017
   
  (In millions, except per share amounts and percentages)
Net sales $ 4,014     $ 3,969     $ 17,253     $ 14,537   1 %   19 %
Gross margin 44.3 %   45.0 %   45.3 %   44.9 % (0.7) points   0.4 points
Operating margin 25.3 %   27.7 %   27.8 %   26.6 % (2.4) points   1.2 points
Net income $ 876     $ 982     $ 3,313     $ 3,434   (11 )%   (4 )%
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.89     $ 0.91     $ 3.23     $ 3.17   (2 )%   2 %
Non-GAAP Adjusted Results                    
Non-GAAP adjusted gross margin 45.5 %   46.2 %   46.3 %   46.1 % (0.7) points   0.2 points
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 26.6 %   28.7 %   29.0 %   27.9 % (2.1) points   1.1 points
Non-GAAP adjusted net income $ 956     $ 1,005     $ 4,569     $ 3,525   (5 )%   30 %
Non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS $ 0.97     $ 0.93     $ 4.45     $ 3.25   4 %   37 %

A reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted results is provided in the financial tables included in this release. See also “Use of Non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures” section.

Business Outlook

In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, Applied expects net sales to be in the range of $3.56 billion to $3.86 billion; the midpoint of the range would be down approximately 12 percent, year over year. Non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.75 to $0.83; the midpoint of the range would be a decrease of approximately 25 percent, year over year.

This outlook for non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS excludes known charges related to completed acquisitions of $0.01 per share, the normalized tax benefit of share-based compensation of $0.04 per share, and net income tax benefit related to intra-entity intangible asset transfers of $0.02 per share, but does not reflect any items that are unknown at this time, such as any additional charges related to acquisitions or other non-operational or unusual items, as well as other tax related items, which we are not able to predict without unreasonable efforts due to their inherent uncertainty.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Reportable Segment Information

Semiconductor Systems Q4 FY2018   Q4 FY2017   FY2018   FY2017
   
  (In millions, except percentages)
Net sales $ 2,309     $ 2,431     $ 10,903     $ 9,517  
Foundry 23 %   36 %   24 %   41 %
DRAM 26 %   12 %   27 %   16 %
Flash 34 %   38 %   36 %   34 %
Logic and other 17 %   14 %   13 %   9 %
Operating income 638     801     3,634     3,173  
Operating margin 27.6 %   32.9 %   33.3 %   33.3 %
Non-GAAP Adjusted Results                  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income $ 684     $ 847     $ 3,817     $ 3,357  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 29.6 %   34.8 %   35.0 %   35.3 %


Applied Global Services Q4 FY2018   Q4 FY2017   FY2018   FY2017
   
  (In millions, except percentages)
Net sales $ 977     $ 831     $ 3,754     $ 3,017  
Operating income 289     232     1,102     817  
Operating margin 29.6 %   27.9 %   29.4 %   27.1 %
Non-GAAP Adjusted Results                  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income $ 290     $ 232     $ 1,104     $ 821  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 29.7 %   27.9 %   29.4 %   27.2 %

 

Display and Adjacent Markets Q4 FY2018   Q4 FY2017   FY2018   FY2017
   
  (In millions, except percentages)
Net sales $ 702     $ 677     $ 2,498     $ 1,900  
Operating income 202     212     679     502  
Operating margin 28.8 %   31.3 %   27.2 %   26.4 %
Non-GAAP Adjusted Results                  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income $ 206     $ 215     $ 694     $ 507  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 29.3 %   31.8 %   27.8 %   26.7 %
                       

Use of Non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures

Applied provides investors with certain non-GAAP adjusted financial measures, which are adjusted for the impact of certain costs, expenses, gains and losses, including certain items related to mergers and acquisitions; restructuring charges and any associated adjustments; impairments of assets, or investments; gain or loss on sale of strategic investments; tax effect of share-based compensation; certain income tax items and other discrete adjustments. Additionally, the fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 non-GAAP results exclude estimated discrete income tax expense items associated with changes to recent U.S. tax legislation. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are provided in the financial tables included in this release.

Management uses these non-GAAP adjusted financial measures to evaluate the company’s operating and financial performance and for planning purposes, and as performance measures in its executive compensation program. Applied believes these measures enhance an overall understanding of our performance and investors’ ability to review the company’s business from the same perspective as the company’s management, and facilitate comparisons of this period’s results with prior periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our ongoing operating performance. There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, and may exclude certain items that may have a material impact upon our reported financial results. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Webcast Information

Applied Materials will discuss these results during an earnings call that begins at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today. A live webcast will be available at www.appliedmaterials.com. A replay will be available on the website beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time today.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those regarding anticipated growth and trends in our businesses and markets, industry outlooks and demand drivers, technology transitions, our business and financial performance and market share positions, our capital allocation, our investment and growth strategies, our development of new products and technologies, our business outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements and their underlying assumptions are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements include, without limitation: the level of demand for our products; global economic and industry conditions; global trade issues and changes in trade policies; consumer demand for electronic products; the demand for semiconductors; customers’ technology and capacity requirements; the introduction of new and innovative technologies, and the timing of technology transitions; our ability to develop, deliver and support new products and technologies; the concentrated nature of our customer base;  our ability to expand our current markets, increase market share and develop new markets; market acceptance of existing and newly developed products; our ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights in key technologies; our ability to achieve the objectives of operational and strategic initiatives, align our resources and cost structure with business conditions, and attract, motivate and retain key employees; the variability of operating expenses and results among products and segments, and our ability to accurately forecast future results, market conditions, customer requirements and business needs; changes in U.S. tax laws and regulation, and our interpretations of them; and other risks and uncertainties described in our SEC filings, including our most recent Forms 10-Q and 8-K. All forward-looking statements are based on management’s current estimates, projections and assumptions, and we assume no obligation to update them.

About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.

Contact:

Ricky Gradwohl (editorial/media) 408.235.4676
Michael Sullivan (financial community) 408.986.7977

 

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
(In millions, except per share amounts) October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
  October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
Net sales $ 4,014     $ 3,969     $ 17,253     $ 14,537  
Cost of products sold 2,234     2,182     9,436     8,005  
Gross profit 1,780     1,787     7,817     6,532  
Operating expenses:              
Research, development and engineering 518     466     2,019     1,774  
Marketing and selling 127     105     521     456  
General and administrative 119     118     481     434  
Total operating expenses 764     689     3,021     2,664  
Income from operations 1,016     1,098     4,796     3,868  
Interest expense 60     57     234     198  
Interest and other income, net 42     33     132     61  
Income before income taxes 998     1,074     4,694     3,731  
Provision for income taxes 122     92     1,381     297  
Net income $ 876     $ 982     $ 3,313     $ 3,434  
Earnings per share:              
Basic $ 0.90     $ 0.92     $ 3.27     $ 3.20  
Diluted $ 0.89     $ 0.91     $ 3.23     $ 3.17  
Weighted average number of shares:              
Basic 974     1,064     1,013     1,073  
Diluted 984     1,076     1,026     1,084  
                       

 

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions) October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,440     $ 5,010  
Short-term investments 590     2,266  
Accounts receivable, net 2,565     2,338  
Inventories 3,722     2,930  
Other current assets 430     374  
Total current assets 10,747     12,918  
Long-term investments 1,568     1,143  
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,407     1,066  
Goodwill 3,368     3,368  
Purchased technology and other intangible assets, net 213     412  
Deferred income taxes and other assets 470     512  
Total assets $ 17,773     $ 19,419  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 2,721     $ 2,450  
Customer deposits and deferred revenue 1,347     1,665  
Total current liabilities 4,068     4,115  
Long-term debt 5,309     5,304  
Income taxes payable 1,254     392  
Other liabilities 303     259  
Total liabilities 10,934     10,070  
Total stockholders’ equity 6,839     9,349  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 17,773     $ 19,419  
               

 

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions) Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:              
Net income $ 876     $ 982     $ 3,313     $ 3,434  
Adjustments required to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization 120     105     457     407  
Share-based compensation 65     58     258     220  
Deferred income taxes (18 )   (17 )   94     (11 )
Other     (24 )   4     (9 )
Net change in operating assets and liabilities 34     (395 )   (339 )   (252 )
Cash provided by operating activities 1,077     709     3,787     3,789  
Cash flows from investing activities:              
Capital expenditures (165 )   (124 )   (622 )   (345 )
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (1 )   (12 )   (6 )   (68 )
Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments 453     921     3,276     2,743  
Purchases of investments (416 )   (1,314 )   (2,077 )   (4,856 )
Cash provided by (used in) investing activities (129 )   (529 )   571     (2,526 )
Cash flows from financing activities:              
Debt borrowings, net of issuance costs             2,176  
Debt repayments             (205 )
Proceeds from common stock issuances 68     50     124     97  
Common stock repurchases (751 )   (385 )   (5,283 )   (1,172 )
Tax withholding payments for vested equity awards (4 )   (6 )   (164 )   (125 )
Payments of dividends to stockholders (195 )   (107 )   (605 )   (430 )
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities (882 )   (448 )   (5,928 )   341  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 66     (268 )   (1,570 )   1,604  
Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period 3,374     5,278     5,010     3,406  
Cash and cash equivalents — end of period $ 3,440     $ 5,010     $ 3,440     $ 5,010  
Supplemental cash flow information:              
Cash payments for income taxes $ 19     $ 26     $ 300     $ 194  
Cash refunds from income taxes $ 12     $ 44     $ 63     $ 61  
Cash payments for interest $ 76     $ 76     $ 219     $ 186  
                               

 

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Corporate and Other

(In millions) Q4 FY2018   Q4 FY2017   FY2018   FY2017
Unallocated net sales $ 26     $ 30     $ 98     $ 103  
Unallocated cost of products sold and expenses (74 )   (119 )   (459 )   (507 )
Share-based compensation (65 )   (58 )   (258 )   (220 )
Total $ (113 )   $ (147 )   $ (619 )   $ (624 )

Additional Information

  Q4 FY2018   Q4 FY2017   FY2018   FY2017
           
Net Sales by Geography (In millions)          
United States 366     415     1,532     1,474  
% of Total 9 %   10 %   9 %   10 %
Europe 250     227     1,066     816  
% of Total 7 %   6 %   6 %   6 %
Japan 721     507     2,405     1,518  
% of Total 18 %   13 %   14 %   10 %
Korea 537     1,175     3,603     4,052  
% of Total 13 %   30 %   21 %   28 %
Taiwan 608     718     2,732     3,291  
% of Total 15 %   18 %   16 %   23 %
Southeast Asia 201     330     802     640  
% of Total 5 %   8 %   4 %   4 %
China 1,331     597     5,113     2,746  
% of Total 33 %   15 %   30 %   19 %
               
Employees (In thousands)              
Regular Full Time 21.0     18.4          
                   

 

 APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED RESULTS

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
(In millions, except percentages) October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
  October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
Non-GAAP Adjusted Gross Profit              
Reported gross profit - GAAP basis $ 1,780     $ 1,787     $ 7,817     $ 6,532  
Certain items associated with acquisitions1 45     45     179     172  
Non-GAAP adjusted gross profit $ 1,825     $ 1,832     $ 7,996     $ 6,704  
Non-GAAP adjusted gross margin 45.5 %   46.2 %   46.3 %   46.1 %
Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income              
Reported operating income - GAAP basis $ 1,016     $ 1,098     $ 4,796     $ 3,868  
Certain items associated with acquisitions1 50     49     197     191  
Acquisition integration and deal costs 3         5     3  
Other gains, losses or charges, net     (9 )       (12 )
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income $ 1,069     $ 1,138     $ 4,998     $ 4,050  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 26.6 %   28.7 %   29.0 %   27.9 %
Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income              
Reported net income - GAAP basis $ 876     $ 982     $ 3,313     $ 3,434  
Certain items associated with acquisitions1 50     49     197     191  
Acquisition integration and deal costs 3         5     3  
Impairment (gain on sale) of strategic investments, net (15 )   (7 )   (25 )   (3 )
Loss on early extinguishment of debt             5  
Other gains, losses or charges, net     (9 )       (12 )
Income tax effect of share-based compensation2 13              
Income tax effect of changes in applicable U.S. tax laws3 23         1,112      
Resolution of prior years’ income tax filings and other tax items 6     (11 )   (26 )   (79 )
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments4     1     (7 )   (14 )
Non-GAAP adjusted net income $ 956     $ 1,005     $ 4,569     $ 3,525  


1   These items are incremental charges attributable to completed acquisitions, consisting of amortization of purchased intangible assets.
2   Applied adopted the accounting standard related to share-based compensation (ASU 2016-09) in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, which resulted in $51 million tax benefit on a GAAP basis for fiscal 2018; this benefit was being recognized ratably over the fiscal year on a non-GAAP basis.
3   Charges to income tax provision related to a one-time transition tax and a decrease in U.S. deferred tax assets as a result of the recent U.S. tax legislation.
4   Adjustment to provision for income taxes related to non-GAAP adjustments reflected in income before income taxes.
     

 

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED RESULTS

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
(In millions, except per share amounts) October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
  October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
Non-GAAP Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share              
Reported earnings per diluted share - GAAP basis $ 0.89     $ 0.91     $ 3.23     $ 3.17  
Certain items associated with acquisitions 0.05     0.04     0.18     0.16  
Impairment (gain on sale) of strategic investments, net (0.01 )       (0.02 )    
Income tax effect of share-based compensation 0.01              
Income tax effect of changes in applicable U.S. tax laws 0.02         1.08      
Resolution of prior years’ income tax filings and other tax items 0.01     (0.01 )   (0.02 )   (0.07 )
Other gains, losses or charges, net     (0.01 )       (0.01 )
Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share $ 0.97     $ 0.93     $ 4.45     $ 3.25  
Weighted average number of diluted shares 984     1,076     1,026     1,084  

 

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED RESULTS

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
(In millions, except percentages) October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
  October 28,
 2018
  October 29,
 2017
Semiconductor Systems Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income              
Reported operating income - GAAP basis $ 638     $ 801     $ 3,634     $ 3,173  
Certain items associated with acquisitions1 46     46     183     184  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income $ 684     $ 847     $ 3,817     $ 3,357  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 29.6 %   34.8 %   35.0 %   35.3 %
AGS Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income              
Reported operating income - GAAP basis $ 289     $ 232     $ 1,102     $ 817  
Certain items associated with acquisitions1             1  
Acquisition integration costs 1         2     3  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income $ 290     $ 232     $ 1,104     $ 821  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 29.7 %   27.9 %   29.4 %   27.2 %
Display and Adjacent Markets Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income              
Reported operating income - GAAP basis $ 202     $ 212     $ 679     $ 502  
Certain items associated with acquisitions1 4     3     14     5  
Acquisition integration costs         1      
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income $ 206     $ 215     $ 694     $ 507  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating margin 29.3 %   31.8 %   27.8 %   26.7 %


1   These items are incremental charges attributable to completed acquisitions, consisting of amortization of purchased intangible assets.
     

Note: The reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted segment results above does not include certain revenues, costs of products sold and operating expenses that are reported within corporate and other and included in consolidated operating income.

 

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EFFECTIVE INCOME TAX RATE

  Three Months Ended
(In millions, except percentages) October 28, 2018
   
Provision for income taxes - GAAP basis (a) $ 122  
Income tax effect of share-based compensation (13 )
Income tax effect of changes in applicable U.S. tax laws (23 )
Resolutions of prior years’ income tax filings and other tax items (6 )
Non-GAAP adjusted provision for income taxes (b) $ 80  
   
Income before income taxes - GAAP basis (c) $ 998  
Certain items associated with acquisitions 50  
Acquisition integration and deal costs 3  
Impairment (gain on sale) of strategic investments, net (15 )
Non-GAAP adjusted income before income taxes (d) $ 1,036  
   
Effective income tax rate - GAAP basis (a/c) 12.2 %
   
Non-GAAP adjusted effective income tax rate (b/d) 7.7 %

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