Micron Technology, Inc., Reports Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2018
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Micron Technology, Inc., Reports Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2018

BOISE, Idaho, March 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc., (NASDAQ:MU) today announced results of operations for its second quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended March 1, 2018.

Fiscal Q2 2018 Highlights

"Micron executed exceptionally well in the second quarter, delivering record results and strong free cash flow driven by broad-based demand for our memory and storage solutions. Our performance was accentuated by an ongoing shift to high-value solutions as we grew sales to our cloud, mobile and automotive customers and set new records for SSDs and graphics memory," said Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra. "Secular technology trends are driving robust demand for memory and storage, and Micron is well-positioned to address these growing opportunities."

Quarterly Financial Results
(in millions except per share amounts)GAAP (1) Non-GAAP (2)
FQ2-18FQ1-18FQ2-17 FQ2-18FQ1-18FQ2-17
Net sales$7,351 $6,803 $4,648  $7,351 $6,803 $4,648 
Gross margin$4,270 $3,747 $1,704  $4,296 $3,769 $1,789 
percent of net sales 58.1%  55.1%  36.7%   58.4%  55.4%  38.5% 
Operating income$3,567 $3,097 $1,044  $3,630 $3,157 $1,177 
percent of net sales 48.5%  45.5%  22.5%   49.4%  46.4%  25.3% 
Net income attributable to Micron$3,309 $2,678 $894  $3,495 $2,994 $1,031 
Diluted earnings per share$2.67 $2.19 $0.77  $2.82 $2.45 $0.90 

Revenues for the second quarter of 2018 were 8 percent higher compared to the first quarter of 2018, reflecting increased demand broadly across our products and end markets. Our overall consolidated gross margin of 58.1 percent for the second quarter of 2018 was higher compared to 55.1 percent for the first quarter of 2018 primarily due to execution across our product portfolio.

Investments in capital expenditures, net of amounts funded by partners, were $2.11 billion, which resulted in adjusted free cash flows of $2.2 billion for the second quarter of 2018. We ended the second quarter with cash, marketable investments, and restricted cash of $8.68 billion.

We will host a conference call on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. MT to discuss our financial results. The call, audio, and slides will be available online at investors.micron.com. A webcast replay will be available on our website until March 22, 2019. A taped audio replay of the conference call will also be available at 1-404-537-3406 or 1-855-859-2056 (conference number: 4687088) beginning at 5:30 p.m. MT, Thursday, March 22, 2018 and continuing through Thursday, March 29, 2018. For Investor Relations and other company updates, follow @MicronTech on Twitter at twitter.com/MicronTech.

We are an industry leader in innovative memory and storage solutions. Through our global brands – Micron®, Crucial®, and Ballistix® – our broad portfolio of high-performance memory and storage technologies, including DRAM, NAND, NOR Flash, and 3D XPoint™ memory, is transforming how the world uses information to enrich life. Backed by nearly 40 years of technology leadership, our memory and storage solutions enable disruptive trends, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous vehicles in key market segments like cloud, data center, networking, and mobile. Our common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit micron.com.

The Micron logo and Micron symbol are trademarks of Micron Technology, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the industry and our strategic position and financial results. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Please refer to the documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements. These certain factors can be found at www.micron.com/certainfactors. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results.

(1) GAAP represents U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
(2) Non-GAAP represents GAAP excluding the impact of certain activities which our management excludes in analyzing our operating results and understanding trends in our earnings. Non-GAAP also includes the impact on shares used in per share calculations of our outstanding capped call transactions and from the exclusion of stock-based compensation. For a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see the accompanying financial tables and footnotes.

(in millions except per share amounts)
 2nd Qtr. 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. Six Months Ended
 March 1,
 November 30,
 March 2,
 March 1,
 March 2,
Net sales$7,351  $6,803  $4,648  $14,154  $8,618 
Cost of goods sold3,081  3,056  2,944  6,137  5,903 
Gross margin4,270  3,747  1,704  8,017  2,715 
Selling, general, and administrative196  191  187  387  346 
Research and development523  448  473  971  943 
Other operating (income) expense, net(16) 11    (5) 23 
Operating income3,567  3,097  1,044  6,664  1,403 
Interest income (expense), net (1)(61) (101) (153) (162) (285)
Other non-operating income (expense), net (1)(53) (204) 34  (257) 20 
Income tax (provision) benefit (2)(143) (114) (38) (257) (69)
Equity in net income (loss) of equity method investees1    7  1  5 
Net (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests(2)     (2)  
Net income attributable to Micron$3,309  $2,678  $894  $5,987  $1,074 
Earnings per share         
Basic$2.86  $2.36  $0.81  $5.23  $1.00 
Diluted2.67  2.19  0.77  4.86  0.95 
Number of shares used in per share calculations         
Basic1,156  1,134  1,099  1,145  1,070 
Diluted1,238  1,225  1,160  1,232  1,125 

As of March 1,
 November 30,
 August 31,
Cash and short-term investments $8,042  $6,174  $5,428 
Receivables 4,437  3,876  3,759 
Inventories 3,184  3,160  3,123 
Total current assets 15,836  13,358  12,457 
Long-term marketable investments 520  314  617 
Property, plant, and equipment, net 21,864  20,723  19,431 
Total assets 41,263  37,191  35,336 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 4,194  3,766  3,664 
Current debt (1) 1,514  1,401  1,262 
Total current liabilities 6,135  5,583  5,334 
Long-term debt (1) 7,802  7,644  9,872 
Total Micron shareholders' equity (3) 25,697  22,526  18,621 
Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries 869  867  849 
Total equity 26,566  23,393  19,470 

  Six Months Ended
  March 1,
 March 2,
Net cash provided by operating activities $7,984  $2,543 
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities (a) (3,843) (5,385)
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities (1,420) 2,341 
Depreciation and amortization 2,296  1,837 
Investments in capital expenditures (4,370) (2,461)
Acquisition of Inotera   (2,634)
Repayments of debt (3,379) (556)
Proceeds from issuance of stock 1,554  68 
Proceeds from issuance of debt 650  2,961 
(a) March 2, 2017 amount adjusted for the retrospective adoption of ASU 2016-18 – Restricted Cash.      

(1) In the first and second quarters of 2018, Intel Corporation provided non-interest bearing convertible debt financing of $150 million and $500 million, respectively, to IM Flash Technologies, LLC ("IMFT") pursuant to the terms of the IMFT joint venture agreement.

In the second quarter of 2018, we settled convertible notes with aggregate principal amount of $65 million for cash of $295 million. Additionally, holders converted $71 million of aggregate principal amount of our convertible notes in the second quarter of 2018, which resulted in an increase to the carrying value of $238 million. As a result of the conversions, we recognized non-operating losses of $23 million in the second quarter of 2018. We will settle the conversions entirely in cash in the third quarter of 2018. In the first quarter of 2018, we redeemed notes with an aggregate principal amount of $2.25 billion for cash of $2.42 billion and recognized non-operating losses of $190 million.

(2) On December 22, 2017, the U.S. government enacted comprehensive tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") that lowers the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% and significantly affects how income from foreign operations is taxed in the United States. As a result of our fiscal year-end, our U.S. statutory federal rate will be 25.7% for 2018 (based on the 35% corporate rate through December 31, 2017 and 21% from that date through the end of fiscal year 2018) and 21% for subsequent years. The Tax Act imposes a one-time transition tax in 2018 on the higher of our accumulated foreign income, as determined as of November 2, 2017 or December 31, 2017 (the "Repatriation Tax"); provides a U.S. federal tax exemption on foreign earnings distributed to the United States; and, beginning in 2019, creates a new minimum tax on certain foreign earnings in excess of a deemed return on tangible assets (the "Foreign Minimum Tax"). The Tax Act allows us to elect to pay any Repatriation Tax due in eight annual interest-free payments in increasing amounts beginning in December 2018. In connection with the provisions of the Tax Act, we are continuing to evaluate whether to account for the Foreign Minimum Tax provisions that begin for us in 2019 as a period cost or in our measurement of deferred taxes.

The Securities and Exchange Commission's Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118 allows the use of provisional amounts (reasonable estimates) if our analyses of the impacts of the Tax Act has not been completed when our financial statements for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 are issued. Provisional amounts may be adjusted during a one-year measurement period as accounting for the income tax effects of the Tax Act are completed or as estimates are revised. Our income tax (provision) benefit consisted of the following:

 Second Quarter First
 Six Months
 2018 2017 2018 2018 2017
Provisional estimate for the Repatriation Tax, on substantially all of our accumulated foreign earnings, net of adjustments related to uncertain tax positions$(1,335) $  $  $(1,335) $ 
Remeasurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities reflecting the lower U.S. corporate tax rates(133)     (133)  
Provisional estimate for the release of the valuation allowance on the net deferred tax assets of our U.S. operations1,337      1,337   
Utilization of and other changes in net deferred tax assets of MMJ, MMT, and MTTW(17) (8) (26) (43) (21)
Other income tax (provision) benefit5  (30) (88) (83) (48)
 $(143) $(38) $(114) $(257) $(69)

(3) In October 2017, we issued 34 million shares of our common stock for $41.00 per share in a public offering, for proceeds of $1.36 billion, net of underwriting fees and other offering costs.

(in millions except per share amounts)
 2nd Qtr. 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr.
 March 1, 2018 November 30, 2017 March 2, 2017
Net sales$7,351 $ $7,351  $6,803 $ $6,803  $4,648 $ $4,648 
Cost of goods sold3,081 (26)3,055  3,056 (22)3,034  2,944 (85)2,859 
Gross margin4,270 26 4,296  3,747 22 3,769  1,704 85 1,789 
percent of net sales58.1%  58.4%  55.1%  55.4%  36.7%  38.5% 
Selling, general, and administrative196 (16)180  191 (18)173  187 (30)157 
Research and development523 (14)509  448 (14)434  473 (14)459 
Other operating (income) expense, net(16)(7)(23) 11 (6)5   (4)(4)
Operating expenses703 (37)666  650 (38)612  660 (48)612 
Operating income3,567 63 3,630  3,097 60 3,157  1,044 133 1,177 
percent of net sales48.5%  49.4%  45.5%  46.4%  22.5%  25.3% 
Interest income (expense), net(61)26 (35) (101)29 (72) (153)31 (122)
Other non-operating income (expense), net(53)53   (204)204   34 (34) 
 3,453 142 3,595  2,792 293 3,085  925 130 1,055 
Income tax (provision) benefit(143)44 (99) (114)23 (91) (38)7 (31)
Equity in net income (loss) of equity method investees1  1      7  7 
Net income3,311 186 3,497  2,678 316 2,994  894 137 1,031 
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests(2) (2)        
Net income attributable to Micron$3,309 $186 $3,495  $2,678 $316 $2,994  $894 $137 $1,031 
Shares used in calculations1,238 2 1,240  1,225 (5)1,220  1,160 (14)1,146 
Diluted earnings per share$2.67 $0.15 $2.82  $2.19 $0.26 $2.45  $0.77 $0.13 $0.90 

(in millions)
 2nd Qtr. 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr.
 March 1,
 November 30,
 March 2,
Non-GAAP adjustments     
Cost of goods sold     
Stock-based compensation$22  $20  $23 
Flow-through of Inotera inventory step up    60 
Other4  2  2 
 26  22  85 
Selling, general, and administrative     
Stock-based compensation16  18  18 
Other    12 
 16  18  30 
Research and development     
Stock-based compensation14  13  14 
Other  1   
 14  14  14 
Other operating (income) expense, net     
Restructure and asset impairments7  6  4 
Interest income (expense), net     
Amortization of debt discount and other costs26  29  31 
Other non-operating income (expense)     
Loss on debt repurchases and conversions23  195   
(Gain) loss from changes in currency exchange rates27  9  28 
(Gain) loss from business acquisition activities    (71)
Other3    9 
 53  204  (34)
Income taxes     
Impact of U.S. income tax reform131     
Estimated tax effects of above, including tax benefits from stock-based compensation, and non-cash changes in net deferred taxes(87) 23  7 
 44  23  7 
 $186  $316  $137 

The tables above reconcile GAAP to non-GAAP results, diluted shares, and diluted earnings per share. The non-GAAP adjustments above may or may not be infrequent or nonrecurring in nature but are a result of periodic or non-core operating activities. We believe this non-GAAP information is helpful to understanding trends and in analyzing our operating results and earnings. We are providing this information to investors to assist in performing analysis of our operating results. When evaluating performance and making decisions on how to allocate our resources, management uses this non-GAAP information and believes investors should have access to similar data when making their investment decisions. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures increase transparency by providing investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enabling enhanced comparison of our operating results between periods and with peer companies. The presentation of these adjusted amounts vary from numbers presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to amounts reported by other companies.

Our management excludes the following items in analyzing our operating results and understanding trends in our earnings:

Our outstanding capped call transactions are anti-dilutive in GAAP earnings per share but are expected to mitigate the dilutive effect of our convertible notes. In periods with non-GAAP income attributable to Micron, non-GAAP diluted shares include the impact of the capped calls, based on the average share price for the period the capped calls are outstanding. Non-GAAP diluted shares are also adjusted for the impact of additional shares resulting from the exclusion of stock-based compensation from non-GAAP income.


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