Lam Research Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December 29, 2013

GAAP Financial Results
Revenue for the period was $1,116 million, gross margin was $487.8 million, or 43.7% of revenue, operating expenses were $323.3 million, and net income was $149.0 million, or $0.87 per diluted share on a GAAP basis. This compares to revenue of $1,015 million, gross margin of $431.9 million, or 42.5% of revenue, operating expenses of $326.5 million, and net income of $85.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the September 2013 quarter.

Non-GAAP Financial Results
Non-GAAP gross margin was $510.8 million, or 45.8% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses were $302.1 million, and non-GAAP net income was $188.7 million, or $1.10 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP gross margin of $456.7 million, or 45.0% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses of $291.9 million, and non-GAAP net income of $139.2 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the September 2013 quarter.

"Calendar 2013 was an extraordinary year for Lam Research, highlighted by strong operating and financial performance. Our December quarter results closed the year with record shipments, record revenues and earnings that exceeded our expectations," stated Martin Anstice, Lam Research's president and chief executive officer. "Our outlook for continued healthy levels of wafer fab equipment spending in 2014 reflects our customers' planned investments in key technology inflections tempered by their focus on maintaining balanced supply and demand. Against this industry back drop, we are further strengthening our emphasis on customer trust and improving competitiveness to reinforce the opportunities for future growth and enhanced financial performance of Lam."

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Results
Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and restricted cash and investment balances increased to $2.7 billion at the end of the December 2013 quarter compared to $2.6 billion at the end of the September 2013 quarter. This increase was primarily the result of approximately $129 million in cash flows from operating activities during the December 2013 quarter, partially offset by $48 million of stock repurchases.

Deferred revenue and deferred profit balances at the end of the December 2013 quarter increased to $405.0 million and $224.4 million, respectively, as compared to $334.0 million and $188.4 million, respectively, at the end of the September 2013 quarter. Lam's deferred revenue balance does not include shipments to Japanese customers, to whom title does not transfer until customer acceptance. Shipments to Japanese customers are classified as inventory at cost until the time of acceptance. The anticipated future revenue from shipments to Japanese customers was approximately $53.5 million as of December 29, 2013.

Geographic Distribution
The geographic distribution of shipments and revenue during the December 2013 quarter is shown in the following table:

                                                                            
                   Region                       Shipments        Revenue    
-------------------------------------------- --------------- ---------------
North America                                             9%       13%      
Europe                                                    7%        5%      
Japan                                                    13%       17%      
Korea                                                    24%       19%      
Taiwan                                                   22%       28%      
Asia Pacific                                             25%       18%      
                                                                            

Outlook

For the March 2014 quarter, Lam is providing the following guidance on a non-GAAP basis:

  • Shipments of approximately $1.250 billion plus or minus $30 million
  • Revenue of approximately $1.215 billion plus or minus $30 million
  • Gross margin of approximately 45.0% plus or minus 1.0%
  • Operating margin as a percent of revenue of approximately 19.5% plus or minus 1.0%
  • Earnings per share of approximately $1.15 plus or minus $0.05, assuming a diluted share count of 173 million

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results
In addition to U.S. GAAP results, this press release also contains non-GAAP financial results. The Company's non-GAAP results for both the December 2013 and September 2013 quarters exclude costs associated with the fair-value impact of acquisition-related inventory, amortization related to intangible assets acquired in the Novellus transaction, certain integration-related costs, rationalization of certain product configurations, the impairment of a long-lived asset, the amortization of convertible note discounts, and the tax benefit on successful resolution of certain tax matters. Additionally, the December 2013 quarter non-GAAP results exclude the gain on sale of an investment and the September 2013 quarter non-GAAP results excluded certain restructuring charges and the tax expense associated with legal-entity integration.

Management uses non-GAAP gross margin, operating income, operating expenses, operating margin, net income, and net income per diluted share to evaluate the Company's operating and financial results. The Company believes the presentation of non-GAAP results is useful to investors for analyzing business trends and comparing performance to prior periods, along with enhancing the investors' ability to view the Company's results from management's perspective. Tables presenting reconciliations of non-GAAP results to U.S. GAAP results are included at the end of this press release and on the Company's web site at http://investor.lamresearch.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements made in this press release that are not of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate to, but are not limited to, the anticipated revenue from shipments to Japanese customers, our opportunities for growth, our financial performance, our wafer fab equipment spending outlook, the expected rate of investment in key technology inflections, the success of our strategies for maintaining customer trust and improving competitiveness, the support from our customers, and our guidance for shipments, revenue, gross margin, operating margin, and earnings per share. Some factors that may affect these forward-looking statements include: business conditions in the consumer electronics industry, the semiconductor industry and the overall economy; the strength of the financial performance of our existing and prospective customers; the introduction of new and innovative technologies; the occurrence and pace of technology transitions and conversions; the actions of our competitors, consumers, semiconductor companies and key suppliers and subcontractors; and the success of research and development and sales and marketing programs. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including specifically our report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2013 and Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 29, 2013. These uncertainties and changes could cause actual results to vary from expectations. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information or statements made in this press release.

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