Applied Materials Record Earnings Beat

February 17, 2017

Applied Materials reported results for its first quarter ended January 29, 2017.

First quarter new orders were $4.24 billion, up 86 percent year over year. Net sales of $3.28 billion were up 45 percent year over year.
But, investors were looking for Net sales of $3.29 billion.

The company recorded first quarter gross margin of 44.1 percent, up 3.5 points year over year. Operating margin grew 8.9 points year over year to 24.6 percent, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) grew by 160 percent year over year to $0.65. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, first quarter gross margin increased 3.0 points year over year to 45.4 percent, operating margin grew 8.2 points year over year to 26.0 percent, and diluted EPS grew by 158 percent year over year to $0.67.

Applied Materials' earnings per share (EPS) of 67 cents beat expectations by a penny.

The company generated $646 million in cash from operations and returned $238 million to shareholders through stock repurchases and cash dividends.

“We set new records for earnings and orders in our first quarter, and 2017 is shaping up to be an outstanding year for Applied Materials,” said Gary Dickerson, President and CEO. “Our inflection-focused innovation strategy is delivering results and we are increasingly confident that we can maintain our trajectory of sustainable growth and raise the ceiling on our performance.”

In the second quarter of fiscal 2017, Applied expects net sales to be in the range of $3.45 billion to $3.60 billion; the midpoint of the range would be an increase of approximately 44 percent, year over year. Non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.72 to $0.80; the midpoint of the range would be an increase of approximately 124 percent, year over year.

This outlook for non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS excludes known charges related to completed acquisitions of $0.04 per share, but does not reflect any items that are unknown at this time, such as any additional charges related to acquisitions or other non-operational or unusual items, as well as other tax related items, which we are not able to predict without unreasonable efforts due to their inherent uncertainty.

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