Super Micro Computer, Inc. Announces 4th Quarter 2017 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, today announced fourth quarter and full-year financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. The final results are in line with the preliminary results announced by the Company on July 20, 2017.

Fiscal 4th Quarter Highlights

  • Quarterly net sales of $717.9 million, up 13.7% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and up 36.9% from the same quarter of last year.
  • GAAP net income of $17.1 million, up 2.8% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and up 145.7% from the same quarter of last year.
  • GAAP gross margin was 13.5%, down from 14.0% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and down from 14.1% in the same quarter of last year.
  • Server solutions accounted for 74.3% of net sales compared with 70.0% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 and 65.5% in the same quarter of last year.

Net sales for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2017 totaled $717.9 million, up 13.7% from $631.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017. No customer accounted for more than 10% of net sales during the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $17.1 million or $0.33 per diluted share, an increase of 145.7% from net income of $7.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share in the same period a year ago. Included in net income for the quarter is $5.1 million of stock-based compensation expense (pre-tax). Excluding this item and the related tax effect, non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $20.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $10.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the same quarter of the prior year. On a sequential basis, non-GAAP net income increased from the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 by $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share.

GAAP and Non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was 13.5% compared to 14.1% in the same period a year ago. GAAP and Non-GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 were both 14.0%.

The GAAP income tax provision for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $9.6 million or 35.8% of income before tax provision compared to $4.5 million or 39.0% in the same period a year ago and $5.1 million or 23.6% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was higher compared to the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 primarily due to higher foreign taxes.

The Company's cash and cash equivalents and short and long term investments at June 30, 2017 were $115.9 million compared to $183.7 million at June 30, 2016. Free cash flow for the year ended June 30, 2017 was $(125.8) million, primarily due to an increase in the Company's cash used in operating activities.

Fiscal Year 2017 Summary

Net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 were $2,529.9 million, up 14.2% from $2,215.6 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. GAAP net income for fiscal year 2017 decreased to $69.3 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, a decrease of 3.7% from $72.0 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2016. Included in net income for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 is $19.2 million of stock-based compensation expense (pre-tax). Excluding this item and the related tax effect, non-GAAP net income for the fiscal year 2017 was $82.8 million or $1.57 per diluted share, a decrease of 1.3% compared to $83.8 million or $1.59 per diluted share for fiscal year 2016.

Business Outlook & Management Commentary

The Company expects net sales of $625 million to $685 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 ending September 30, 2017. The Company expects non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.30 to $0.40 for the first quarter.

“Supermicro has built a strong foundation for sustained high growth while improving profitability. During the last couple of years we have made significant investments in global production capacity, engineering, quality, global services, and systems and datacenter management software. It is these investments that will power the new Supermicro 3.0,” said Charles Liang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Supermicro 3.0 positions us as the only Tier 1 IT Infrastructure Provider capable of both first to market product innovation and global scale, quality, services and support to engage our rapidly growing enterprise customer base deeply in their business requirements. The record high revenue and strong 27.6% second half growth over last year is a direct result of these Supermicro 3.0 investments. With the major investments in place and the new Skylake product portfolio shipping, future investment and expenses will begin to flatten driving improved profitability moving forward.”

It is currently expected that the outlook will not be updated until the Company’s next quarterly earnings announcement, notwithstanding subsequent developments. However, the Company may update the outlook or any portion thereof at any time. Such updates will take place only by way of a news release or other broadly disseminated disclosure available to all interested parties in accordance with Regulation FD.

Conference Call Information

Super Micro Computer will discuss these financial results in a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT, today. To participate in the conference, please call 1-888-352-6793 (International callers dial 1-719-325-4753) 10 minutes prior. A recording of the conference will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, August 17, 2017, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (International callers dial 1-412-317-6671) and entering replay PIN 7567416. The live web cast and recording of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section at www.supermicro.com two hours after the conference conclusion. They will remain available until the Company's next earnings call.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, to our expected financial and operating results, our ability to build and grow Super Micro Computer, the benefits of our products and our ability to achieve our goals, plans and objectives. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: our dependence on continued growth in the markets for X86, blade servers and embedded applications, increased competition, difficulties of predicting timing, introduction and customer acceptance of new products, poor product sales, difficulties in establishing and maintaining successful relationships with our distributors and vendors, shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain, our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, our ability to control the rate of expansion domestically and internationally, difficulty managing rapid growth and general political, economic and market conditions and events. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in such filings.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP gross margin discussed in this press release excludes stock-based compensation expense. Non-GAAP net income and net income per share discussed in this press release exclude stock-based compensation expense and the related tax effect of the applicable items. Management presents non-GAAP financial measures because it considers them to be important supplemental measures of performance. Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including analysis of the Company's performance against prior periods, the preparation of operating budgets and to determine appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. Management also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the Company's financial and operational performance. However, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool, and are not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Pursuant to the requirements of SEC Regulation G, detailed reconciliations between the Company's GAAP and non-GAAP financial results is provided at the end of this press release. Investors are advised to carefully review and consider this information as well as the GAAP financial results that are disclosed in the Company's SEC filings.

About Super Micro Computer, Inc.

Supermicro®, a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and innovation is a premier provider of end-to-end green computing solutions for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro's advanced Server Building Block Solutions® offer a vast array of components for building energy-efficient, application-optimized, computing solutions. Architecture innovations include Twin, TwinPro, FatTwin™, Ultra Series, MicroCloud, MicroBlade, SuperBlade®, Simply Double, Double-sided Storage®, Battery Backup Power (BBP®) modules and WIO/UIO. Products include servers, blades, GPU systems, workstations, motherboards, chassis, power supplies, storage, networking, server management software and SuperRack® cabinets/accessories delivering unrivaled performance and value.

Founded in 1993 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its "We Keep IT Green®" initiative. The Company has global logistics and operations centers in Silicon Valley (USA), the Netherlands (Europe) and its Science & Technology Park in Taiwan (Asia).

Supermicro, FatTwin, TwinPro, SuperBlade, Double-Sided Storage, BBP, SuperRack, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

All other brands, names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 
SUPER MICRO COMPUTER, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  June 30,   June 30,
2017 2016
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 113,196 $ 180,964
Accounts receivable, net 483,400 288,941
Inventory 635,959 448,980
Prepaid income taxes 511 5,682
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,533   13,435  
Total current assets 1,246,599 938,002
Long-term investments 2,625 2,643
Property, plant and equipment, net 196,007 187,949
Deferred income taxes – noncurrent 29,305 28,460
Other assets 14,056   8,546  
Total assets $ 1,488,592   $ 1,165,600  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 382,585 $ 249,239
Accrued liabilities 80,353 55,618
Income taxes payable 1,679 5,172
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs 68,519   53,589  
Total current liabilities 533,136 363,618
Long term debt, net of current portion and debt issuance costs 92,927 40,000
Other long-term liabilities 62,310   40,603  
Total liabilities 688,373 444,221
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock and additional paid-in capital 305,322 277,339
Treasury stock (at cost) (20,491 ) (2,030 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (77 ) (85 )
Retained earnings 515,295   445,971  
Total Super Micro Computer Inc. stockholders' equity 800,049 721,195
Noncontrolling interest 170   184  
Total stockholders' equity 800,219   721,379  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,488,592   $ 1,165,600  
 
SUPER MICRO COMPUTER, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
June 30, June 30,
2017   2016 2017   2016
Net sales $ 717,869 $ 524,270 $ 2,529,915 $ 2,215,573
Cost of sales 621,071   450,474   2,171,349   1,884,048  
Gross profit 96,798 73,796 358,566 331,525
Operating expenses:
Research and development 38,264 34,148 141,358 123,994
Sales and marketing 18,790 17,664 70,026 62,841
General and administrative 12,247   10,145   45,305   37,840  
Total operating expenses 69,301   61,957   256,689   224,675  
Income from operations 27,497 11,839 101,877 106,850
Interest and other income, net (14 ) 40 9 171
Interest expense (792 ) (453 ) (2,177 ) (1,594 )
Income before income tax provision 26,691 11,426 99,709 105,427
Income tax provision 9,561   4,455   30,385   33,406  
Net income $ 17,130   $ 6,971   $ 69,324   $ 72,021  
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.35   $ 0.14   $ 1.43   $ 1.50  
Diluted $ 0.33   $ 0.13   $ 1.34   $ 1.39  
Weighted-average shares used in calculation of net income per common share:
Basic 48,804   48,463   48,383   47,917  
Diluted 51,866   52,274   51,679   51,836  
 
 
Stock-based compensation is included in the following cost and expense categories by period (in thousands):
 
Three Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
June 30, June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Cost of sales $ 350 $ 306 $ 1,318 $ 1,098
Research and development 3,257 2,755 12,246 10,178
Sales and marketing 563 511 2,102 1,841
General and administrative 976   791   3,526   3,014  
Stock-based compensation expense before taxes $ 5,146   $ 4,363   $ 19,192   $ 16,131  
 
SUPER MICRO COMPUTER, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Fiscal Year Ended
June 30,
2017   2016
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 69,324 $ 72,021
Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 15,926 13,282
Stock-based compensation expense 19,192 16,131
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation (2,326 ) (2,855 )
Allowance for doubtful accounts 687 1,278
Provision for inventory 8,996 9,313
Exchange loss (gain) 1,226 (1,233 )
Deferred income taxes, net (801 ) (6,133 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net (195,146 ) 32,375
Inventory (195,975 ) 5,200
Prepaid expenses and other assets 1,793 (8,210 )
Accounts payable 139,134 (54,301 )
Income taxes payable, net 2,817 (3,260 )
Accrued liabilities 22,628 9,027
Other long-term liabilities 16,081   24,874  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (96,444 ) 107,509  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (29,365 ) (34,108 )
Restricted cash (286 ) (1,020 )
Net cash used in investing activities (29,651 ) (35,128 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from debt, net of debt issuance costs 207,029 34,200
Repayment of debt (140,453 ) (34,100 )
Payment to acquire treasury stock (18,461 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 10,878 12,186
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 2,326 2,855
Payment of obligations under capital leases (254 ) (189 )
Advances (payments) under receivable financing arrangements 227 (21 )
Minimum tax withholding paid on behalf of employees for restricted stock units (3,554 ) (1,786 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 57,738   13,145  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash 589 (4 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (67,768 ) 85,522
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 180,964   95,442  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 113,196   $ 180,964  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Cash paid for interest $ 2,082 $ 1,632
Cash paid for taxes, net of refunds 30,809 36,951
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Equipment purchased under capital leases 314 299
Accrued costs for property, plant and equipment purchases 3,761 10,888
 
SUPER MICRO COMPUTER, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
June 30, June 30,
2017     2016   2017     2016  
GAAP GROSS PROFIT $ 96,798 $ 73,796 $ 358,566 $ 331,525
Add back stock-based compensation (a) 350   306   1,318   1,098  
Non-GAAP GROSS PROFIT $ 97,148   $ 74,102   $ 359,884   $ 332,623  
 
GAAP GROSS MARGIN 13.5 % 14.1 % 14.2 % 15.0 %
Add back stock-based compensation (a) 0.0 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 0.0 %
Non-GAAP GROSS MARGIN 13.5 % 14.1 % 14.2 % 15.0 %
 
GAAP INCOME FROM OPERATIONS $ 27,497 $ 11,839 $ 101,877 $ 106,850
Add back stock-based compensation (a) 5,146   4,363   19,192   16,131  
Non-GAAP INCOME FROM OPERATIONS $ 32,643   $ 16,202   $ 121,069   $ 122,981  
 
GAAP NET INCOME $ 17,130 $ 6,971 $ 69,324 $ 72,021
Add back stock-based compensation (a) 5,146 4,363 19,192 16,131
Add back adjustments to tax provision (b) (1,534 ) (971 ) (5,748 ) (4,312 )
Non-GAAP NET INCOME $ 20,742   $ 10,363   $ 82,768   $ 83,840  
 
GAAP NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE – BASIC $ 0.35 $ 0.14 $ 1.43 $ 1.50
Add back stock-based compensation and adjustments to tax provision (a) (b) 0.08   0.07   0.28   0.25  
Non-GAAP NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE – BASIC $ 0.43   $ 0.21   $ 1.71   $ 1.75  
 
GAAP NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE – DILUTED $ 0.33 $ 0.13 $ 1.34 $ 1.39
Add back stock-based compensation and adjustments to tax provision (a) (b) 0.06   0.07   0.23   0.20  
Non-GAAP NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE – DILUTED $ 0.39   $ 0.20   $ 1.57   $ 1.59  
 
WEIGHTED-AVERAGE SHARES USED IN COMPUTING NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE
BASIC –GAAP 48,804   48,463   48,383   47,917  
BASIC - Non-GAAP 48,804   48,463   48,383   47,917  
 
DILUTED – GAAP 51,866   52,274   51,679   51,836  
DILUTED - Non-GAAP 52,980   52,955   52,687   52,666  

(a) Amortization of Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718 stock-based compensation for the three months and fiscal years ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.

(b) The provision of income taxes used in arriving at the non-GAAP net income was computed using an income tax rate of 34.8% and 30.4% for the three months and fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, respectively, and 34.4% and 31.0% for the three months and fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, respectively.

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Contacts

Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Howard Hideshima, 408-503-8000
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
ir@supermicro.com
or
Perry G. Hayes
SVP, Investor Relations
ir@supermicro.com

Contacts

Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Howard Hideshima, 408-503-8000
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
ir@supermicro.com
or
Perry G. Hayes
SVP, Investor Relations
ir@supermicro.com