Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

- Q4 Revenue: $718 million

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 4, 2020 — (PRNewswire) —  Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in infrastructure semiconductor solutions, today reported financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and the full fiscal year, ended February 1, 2020. Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $718 million

Marvell completed the acquisition of Avera Semiconductor ("Avera"), the Application Specific Integrated Circuit ("ASIC") business of GlobalFoundries on November 5, 2019.  Marvell's results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and fiscal year 2020 include the results of Avera from the acquisition date, while prior periods presented do not. 

On December 6, 2019, the Company completed the divestiture of the Wi-Fi Connectivity business to NXP. The Company received $1.7 billion in cash proceeds.  The divestiture resulted in a pre-tax gain on sale of $1.1 billion. Marvell's results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and fiscal year 2020 include the results of the Wi-Fi Connectivity business through the divestiture date, while prior periods presented include the results of the Wi-Fi Connectivity business for the entire period.

On December 31, 2019, the Company completed an intra-entity asset transfer of certain of the Company's intellectual property to a subsidiary in Singapore. The internal restructuring aligns the global economic ownership of the Company's intellectual property rights with the Company's current and future business operations. The internal restructuring resulted in an income tax benefit of approximately $763 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and for fiscal year 2020, which primarily captures the tax effect of future deductions.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $1.8 billion, or $2.62 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $117 million, or $0.17 per diluted share.

Revenue for fiscal 2020 was $2.7 billion. GAAP net income for fiscal 2020 was $1.6 billion, or $2.34 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for fiscal 2020 was $444 million, or $0.66 per diluted share.

"Marvell delivered fourth quarter revenue above the mid-point of guidance with solid results from both our networking and storage businesses. Our guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 reflects the reduction of approximately 5 percent of revenue to account for coronavirus impacts we are aware of so far," said Matt Murphy, Marvell's President and CEO. "Our customer and design win traction in the wireless infrastructure market continues to grow and Nokia announced an expanded relationship with Marvell to develop multiple generations of leading 5G silicon solutions. We also announced the extension of our long-term collaboration with Samsung on the radio access network."

Marvell's first quarter guidance takes into account the U.S. Government's export restriction on certain Chinese customers. Given the ongoing uncertainty associated with the coronavirus, we also have temporarily widened the guidance range on revenue. 

First Quarter of Fiscal 2021 Financial Outlook

  • Revenue is expected to be $680 million +/- 5%.
  • GAAP gross margin is expected to be approximately 47.5%.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be approximately 63%.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be $410 million +/- $3 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be $310 million +/- $2.5 million.
  • GAAP diluted loss per share is expected to be $(0.20) to $(0.12) per share.
  • Non-GAAP diluted income per share is expected to be $0.11 to $0.17 per share.

Conference Call

Marvell will conduct a conference call on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2020. Interested parties may join the conference call by dialing 1-844-647-5488 or 1-615-247-0258, passcode 3670507. The call will be webcast and can be accessed at the Marvell Investor Relations website at with a replay available following the call until Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of share-based compensation expense, amortization of the inventory fair value adjustment associated with the Aquantia and Avera acquisitions, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition and divestiture-related costs, restructuring and other related charges, resolution of legal matters, and certain expenses and benefits that are driven primarily by discrete events that management does not consider to be directly related to Marvell's core business.

Marvell uses a non-GAAP tax rate to compute the non-GAAP tax provision. This non-GAAP tax rate is based on Marvell's estimated annual GAAP income tax forecast, adjusted to account for items excluded from GAAP income in calculating Marvell's non-GAAP income, as well as the effects of significant non-recurring and period specific tax items which vary in size and frequency. Marvell's non-GAAP tax rate is determined on an annual basis and may be adjusted during the year to take into account events that may materially affect the non-GAAP tax rate such as tax law changes; significant changes in Marvell's geographic mix of revenue and expenses; or changes to Marvell's corporate structure. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, a non-GAAP tax rate of 4.5% has been applied to the non-GAAP financial results.

Marvell believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to Marvell's financial condition and results of operations. While Marvell uses non-GAAP financial measures as a tool to enhance its understanding of certain aspects of its financial performance, Marvell does not consider these measures to be a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Consistent with this approach, Marvell believes that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures to the readers of its financial statements provides such readers with useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP financial measures, allows for greater transparency in the review of its financial and operational performance.

Externally, management believes that investors may find Marvell's non-GAAP financial measures useful in their assessment of Marvell's operating performance and the valuation of Marvell. Internally, Marvell's non-GAAP financial measures are used in the following areas:

  • Management's evaluation of Marvell's operating performance;
  • Management's establishment of internal operating budgets;
  • Management's performance comparisons with internal forecasts and targeted business models; and
  • Management's determination of the achievement and measurement of certain performance-based equity awards (adjustments may vary from award to award).

Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the costs associated with the operations of Marvell's business as determined in accordance with GAAP. As a result, you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Marvell's results as reported under GAAP. The exclusion of the above items from our GAAP financial metrics does not necessarily mean that these costs are unusual or infrequent.

Forward-Looking Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve risks and uncertainties. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "can," "may," "will," "would" and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future activity or future performance. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: the risk that the company may not realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisitions of Aquantia Corp. and the Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) business of GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the divestiture of NXP (collectively, the "Transactions"); the effect of the consummation of the Transactions on the company's business relationships, operating results, and business generally; potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the Transactions; the ability of Marvell to successfully integrate operations and product lines related to the acquisitions; the ability of Marvell to implement its plans, forecasts, and other expectations with respect to the Transactions and realize the anticipated synergies and cost savings in the time frame anticipated or at all; the impact of international conflict and economic volatility in either domestic or foreign markets including risks related to trade conflicts, bans and tariffs; the risks associated with manufacturing and selling products and customers' products outside of the United States ; Marvell's ability to define, design and develop products for the 5G market; Marvell's ability to market its 5G products to Tier 1 infrastructure customers; the effects of transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the impact of any change in the income tax laws in jurisdictions where Marvell operates and the loss of any beneficial tax treatment that Marvell currently enjoys; the risk of downturns in the highly cyclical semiconductor industry; Marvell's dependence upon the storage and networking markets, which are highly cyclical and intensely competitive; the outcome of pending or future litigation and legal and regulatory proceedings; Marvell's dependence on a small number of customers; the impact and costs associated with changes in international financial and regulatory conditions; Marvell's ability and the ability of its customers to successfully compete in the markets in which it serves; Marvell's reliance on independent foundries and subcontractors for the manufacture, assembly and testing of its products; the effects of epidemics like the coronavirus on Marvell's employees, customers and suppliers; Marvell's ability and its customers' ability to develop new and enhanced products and the adoption of those products in the market; decreases in gross margin and results of operations in the future due to a number of factors; Marvell's ability to estimate customer demand and future sales accurately; Marvell's ability to scale its operations in response to changes in demand for existing or new products and services; risks associated with acquisition and consolidation activity in the semiconductor industry; the effects of any other potential acquisitions, divestitures or investments; Marvell's ability to protect its intellectual property;  Marvell's maintenance of an effective system of internal controls; severe financial hardship or bankruptcy of one or more of Marvell's major customers; and other risks detailed in Marvell's SEC filings from time to time. For other factors that could cause Marvell's results to vary from expectations, please see the risk factors identified in Marvell's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended November 2, 2019 as filed with the SEC on December 4, 2019 , and other factors detailed from time to time in Marvell's filings with the SEC. Marvell undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly update any forward-looking statements.

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