Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) reported second-quarter fiscal 2019 non-GAAP earnings of $3.87 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 20 cents. The figure increased 15.2% sequentially but was down 10.8% year over year.
Adjusted revenues increased 8.2% sequentially but decreased 2.2% year over year to $2.52 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.5 billion.
The sequential growth is attributed to robust performance of both etch and deposition technologies, which in turn resulted in the expansion of its serviceable addressable market.
Management stated that memory segments will likely weaken during this year as customers continue to reign in both NAND and DRAM spending. However, it expects non-memory segments to grow in 2019, driven by continued rise in 3D architectures, along with technology innovation for transistor, interconnect and advanced packaging applications.
Following the company's strong quarterly results, share price of Lam Research was up 6.4% in the after-hour trading session. However, shares of Lam Research have lost 35% in the past 12 months compared with its industry 's decline of 28.4%.
Top Line in Detail
In the quarter, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China accounted for 27%, 25%, 17% and 14% of the company's total revenues. Southeast Asia's contribution was 7%, while both the United States and Europe contributed 5% each.
It experienced rising demand for DRAM application and NAND Flash, which led to increasing adoption of dielectric etch technology. Moreover, Lam Research benefited from its transition to new data-enabled economy, in which DRAM and NAND continue to gain from density growth.
Non-GAAP gross margin came in at 46.3%, which contracted 10 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis.
Non-GAAP operating expenses were $440 million, reflecting a decrease of 2.4% sequentially. As a percentage of sales, research and development expenses increased, while selling, general and administrative expenditure marked a decline.
Adjusted operating margin was 28.8%, expanding 180 bps sequentially. The increase was due to solid execution and operating leverage.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
At the end of the fiscal second quarter, cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments decreased to $3.6 billion from $3.9 billion in the fiscal first quarter.
Cash flow from operating activities was $642 million, down from $720.3 billion in the fiscal first quarter. Capital expenditures were $106 million, up from $56 million in the fiscal first quarter.
During the quarter, Lam Research paid dividends of $168 million.
For third-quarter fiscal 2019, Lam Research projects revenues to be $2.4 billion (+/- $150 million). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $2.45 billion.
Gross margin is predicted at around 44.5% (+/-1%) and operating margin is expected to be 25% (+/-1%).
Non-GAAP earnings are projected at $3.40 (+/- 20 cents) per share on a share count of nearly 159 million. The corresponding Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $3.41.
Lam Research Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Lam Research carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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