SanDisk Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

MILPITAS, Calif.--()--SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, announced today results for the first quarter ended April 1, 2012. Total first quarter revenue of $1.21 billion declined 7% on a year-over-year basis and declined 24% on a sequential basis.

On a GAAP(1) basis, first quarter net income was $114 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, compared to net income of $224 million, or $0.92, per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and $281 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

On a non-GAAP(2) basis, first quarter net income was $156 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, compared to net income of $251 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and net income of $317 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. For reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables and footnotes.

“Our first quarter results were adversely impacted by lower-than-expected pricing and demand weakness in certain segments and we expect similar trends in the second quarter as well,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer. “We believe a seasonally stronger demand environment in the second half of the year, combined with our diversifying portfolio of mobile and SSD solutions, will allow us to deliver strong sequential revenue growth in the third and fourth quarters.”

FIRST QUARTER 2012 KEY FINANCIAL METRICS

Metric

in millions of US$, except %

  GAAP   Non-GAAP
  Q112   Q111   Q411   Q112   Q111   Q411
Revenue   $1,206   $1,294   $1,577   $1,206   $1,294   $1,577
Gross Profit

% of revenue

  $417

34.5%

  $552

42.6%

  $662

42.0%

  $432

35.8%

  $558

43.1%

  $676

42.9%

Operating Income

% of revenue

  $192

15.9%

  $349

27.0%

  $416

26.4%

  $227

18.8%

  $369

28.5%

  $449

28.5%

CONFERENCE CALL

SanDisk’s first quarter of fiscal 2012 conference call is scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Pacific Time, Thursday, April 19, 2012. The conference call will be webcast and can be accessed live, and throughout the quarter, at SanDisk’s website at http://www.sandisk.com/IR. To participate in the call via telephone, the dial-in number is 719-234-0008 and the dial-in password is 4015842. A copy of this press release will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on a current report on Form 8-K and will be posted to our website prior to the conference call.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements about our business prospects and our expectations regarding our business, financial results, and pricing, seasonality and demand trends for the second quarter and second half of fiscal 2012, including the potential benefits of our diversifying portfolio of mobile and SSD products, that are based on our current expectations and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate and may significantly harm our business, financial condition and results of operations. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others:

  • competitive pricing pressures, resulting in lower average selling prices and lower or negative product gross margins;
  • unpredictable or changing demand for our products, particularly for certain form factors, such as embedded flash memory, or capacities, or the mix of X2 and X3 technologies;
  • excess captive memory output or capacity which could result in write-downs for excess inventory, lower of cost or market charges, fixed costs associated with under-utilized capacity, or other consequences;
  • increased memory component and other costs as a result of currency exchange rate fluctuations to the U.S. dollar, particularly with respect to the Japanese yen;
  • lower than anticipated demand, including due to general economic weakness in our markets;
  • expansion of industry supply, including low-grade supply useable in limited markets, creating excess supply, causing our average selling prices to decline faster than our costs;
  • insufficient supply from captive flash memory sources, inability to obtain non-captive flash memory supply of the right product mix and quality in the time frame necessary to meet demand, or inability to realize a positive margin on non-captive purchases; and
  • the other risks detailed from time-to-time under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2012.

(1) GAAP represents U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

(2) Non-GAAP represents GAAP excluding the impact of share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, non-cash economic interest expense associated with the Company’s convertible debt and related tax adjustments.

ABOUT SANDISK

SanDisk Corporation is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for OEM and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk’s innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk’s diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSD) for the computing and enterprise markets. SanDisk’s products are used by consumers and enterprise customers around the world.

SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

SanDisk Corporation
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)
   
 
Three months ended  
April 1, 2012 April 3, 2011  
Revenues:
Product $ 1,106,422 $ 1,210,247
License and royalty   99,139     83,953  
Total revenues 1,205,561 1,294,200
 
Cost of product revenues 775,320 737,492
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   13,731     5,116  
Total cost of product revenues 789,051 742,608
     
Gross profit 416,510 551,592
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development 140,957 119,542
Sales and marketing 49,035 47,457
General and administrative 32,591 35,299
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   2,063    
Total operating expenses   224,646     202,298  
 
Operating income 191,864 349,294
Other income (expense)   (25,316 )   (18,366 )
 
Income before income taxes 166,548 330,928
Provision for income taxes   52,163     106,804  
Net income $ 114,385   $ 224,124  
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.47 $ 0.94
Diluted $ 0.46 $ 0.92
 
Shares used in computing net income per share:
Basic 242,883 237,473
Diluted 247,102 243,404
SanDisk Corporation
Reconciliation of Preliminary GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results (1)
(in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)
   
Three months ended
April 1, 2012 April 3, 2011
 
SUMMARY RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME
GAAP NET INCOME $ 114,385 $ 224,124
Share-based compensation (a) 19,080 14,591
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (b) 15,794 5,116
Convertible debt interest (c) 21,887 23,365
Income tax adjustments (d) (14,830) (16,616)
NON-GAAP NET INCOME $ 156,316 $ 250,580
 
 
GAAP COST OF PRODUCT REVENUES $ 789,051 $ 742,608
Share-based compensation (a) (1,537) (943)
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (b) (13,731) (5,116)
NON-GAAP COST OF PRODUCT REVENUES $ 773,783 $ 736,549
 
GAAP GROSS PROFIT $ 416,510 $ 551,592
Share-based compensation (a) 1,537 943
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (b) 13,731 5,116
NON-GAAP GROSS PROFIT $ 431,778 $ 557,651
 
GAAP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES $ 140,957 $ 119,542
Share-based compensation (a) (10,027) (7,244)
NON-GAAP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES $ 130,930 $ 112,298
 
GAAP SALES AND MARKETING EXPENSES $ 49,035 $ 47,457
Share-based compensation (a) (3,629) (2,174)
NON-GAAP SALES AND MARKETING EXPENSES $ 45,406 $ 45,283
 
GAAP GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES $ 32,591 $ 35,299
Share-based compensation (a) (3,887) (4,230)
NON-GAAP GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES $ 28,704 $ 31,069
 
GAAP TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES $ 224,646 $ 202,298
Share-based compensation (a) (17,543) (13,648)
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (b) (2,063) -
NON-GAAP TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES $ 205,040 $ 188,650
 
GAAP OPERATING INCOME $ 191,864 $ 349,294
Cost of product revenues adjustments (a) (b) 15,268 6,059
Operating expense adjustments (a) (b) 19,606 13,648
NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME $ 226,738 $ 369,001
 
GAAP OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) $ (25,316) $ (18,366)
Convertible debt interest (c) 21,887 23,365
NON-GAAP OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) $ (3,429) $ 4,999
 
GAAP NET INCOME $ 114,385 $ 224,124
Cost of product revenues adjustments (a) (b) 15,268 6,059
Operating expense adjustments (a) (b) 19,606 13,648
Convertible debt interest (c) 21,887 23,365
Income tax adjustments (d) (14,830) (16,616)
NON-GAAP NET INCOME $ 156,316 $ 250,580
 
Diluted net income per share:
GAAP $ 0.46 $ 0.92
Non-GAAP $ 0.63 $ 1.03
 
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share:
GAAP 247,102 243,404
Non-GAAP 247,192 243,441
SanDisk Corporation
Reconciliation of Preliminary GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results (1)
 
 
 
(1) To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we use non-GAAP measures of operating results, net income and net income per share, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain expenses, gains and losses. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of our current financial performance and our prospects for the future. Specifically, we believe the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results and because it is consistent with the financial models and estimates published by many analysts who follow the Company. For example, because the non-GAAP results exclude the expenses we recorded for share-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets related to acquisitions of Matrix Semiconductor, Inc. in January 2006, Pliant Technology, Inc. in May 2011 and FlashSoft Corporation in February 2012, non-cash economic interest expense associated with the convertible debt and related tax adjustments, we believe the inclusion of non-GAAP financial measures provide consistency in our financial reporting. These non-GAAP results are some of the primary indicators management uses for assessing our performance, allocating resources and planning and forecasting future periods. Further, management uses non-GAAP information that excludes certain non-cash charges, such as amortization of purchased intangible assets, share-based compensation, non-cash economic interest expense associated with our convertible debt and related tax adjustments, as these non-GAAP charges do not reflect the cash operating results of the business or the ongoing results. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may be different than the non-GAAP measures used by other companies.
 
(a) Share-based compensation expense.
 
(b) Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, primarily core technology, developed technology, customer relationships and trademarks related to the acquisitions of Matrix Semiconductor, Inc. (January 2006), Pliant Technology, Inc. (May 2011) and FlashSoft Corporation (February 2012).
 
(c) Incremental interest expense relating to the non-cash economic interest expense associated with the Company's 1% Sr. Convertible Notes due 2013 and 1.5% Sr. Convertible Notes due 2017.
 
(d) Income taxes associated with certain non-GAAP to GAAP adjustments.
SanDisk Corporation
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)
   
 
April 1, 2012 January 1, 2012
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,093,263 $ 1,167,496
Short-term marketable securities 1,575,339 1,681,492
Accounts receivable from product revenues, net 362,580 521,763
Inventory 764,003 678,382
Deferred taxes 97,202 100,409
Other current assets   192,159     206,419  
Total current assets 4,084,546 4,355,961
 
Long-term marketable securities 2,803,622 2,766,263
Property and equipment, net 453,032 344,897
Notes receivable and investments in Flash Ventures 1,821,841 1,943,295
Deferred taxes 190,353 199,027
Goodwill 197,669 154,899
Intangible assets, net 287,794 287,691
Other non-current assets   173,250     122,615  
Total assets $ 10,012,107   $ 10,174,648  
 
LIABILITIES
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable trade $ 224,290 $ 258,583
Accounts payable to related parties 201,072 276,275
Other current accrued liabilities 299,394 337,517
Deferred income on shipments to distributors and retailers and deferred revenue   179,375     220,999  
Total current liabilities 904,131 1,093,374
 
Convertible long-term debt 1,627,234 1,604,911
Non-current liabilities   451,781     415,524  
Total liabilities   2,983,146     3,113,809  
 
EQUITY
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 4,988,521 4,934,808
Retained earnings 1,870,356 1,796,849
Accumulated other comprehensive income   173,758     332,701  
Total stockholders' equity 7,032,635 7,064,358
Non-controlling interests   (3,674 )   (3,519 )
Total equity   7,028,961     7,060,839  
Total liabilities and equity $ 10,012,107   $ 10,174,648  
SanDisk Corporation
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands, unaudited)
   
Three months ended  
April 1, 2012 April 3, 2011  
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 114,385 $ 224,124
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
Deferred taxes 5,503 6,174
Depreciation 33,178 29,775
Amortization 45,146 32,839
Provision for doubtful accounts (1,285 ) (2,745 )
Share-based compensation expense 19,080 14,591
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation (8,597 ) (6,412 )
Impairment, restructuring and other (5,454 ) (13,177 )
Other non-operating 29,662 20,448
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable from product revenues 160,474 131,464
Inventory (85,212 ) 16,379
Other assets 65,706 (23,749 )
Accounts payable trade (34,293 ) (36,309 )
Accounts payable to related parties (75,203 ) (30,496 )
Other liabilities   (195,916 )   35,733  
Total adjustments   (47,211 )   174,515  
 
Net cash provided by operating activities   67,174     398,639  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of short and long-term marketable securities (756,357 ) (637,501 )
Proceeds from sale of short and long-term marketable securities 625,736 497,603
Proceeds from maturities of short and long-term marketable securities 192,842 117,240
Acquisition of property, land and equipment (144,218 ) (33,745 )
Investment in Flash Ventures (12,526 ) (61 )
Notes receivable issuance to Flash Ventures (51,130 ) (213,951 )
Notes receivable proceeds from Flash Ventures 63,833 85,096
Purchased technology and other assets (28 ) (100,000 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (54,538 )   (15,000 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (136,386 )   (300,319 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from employee stock programs 45,318 42,148
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation 8,597 6,412
Share repurchase program (60,911 )
Net cash received in settlement of stock repurchase contracts   1,142    
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (5,854 )   48,560  
 
Effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on cash   833     (1,579 )
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (74,233 ) 145,301
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   1,167,496     829,149  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 1,093,263   $ 974,450  

Contacts

SanDisk Corporation
Jay Iyer, 408-801-2067 (Investors)
Lee Flanagin, 408-801-2463 (Media)

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SanDisk Corporation
Jay Iyer, 408-801-2067 (Investors)
Lee Flanagin, 408-801-2463 (Media)