Like Micron, SanDisk Beats But Stock Tanks After Hours

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SanDisk shot the lights out on Q2 earnings, as expected.

However, the company's gross margins (non-GAAP basis) declined to 48% from 51% year-over-year due to competitive pricing pressure.

The stock sold off over 8% after-hours as the market was not happy with the company's outlook.

Yesterday SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) had its Q2 2014 earnings release and shot the lights out just like we predicted. Second quarter revenue of $1.63 billion increased 11 percent on a year-over-year basis and increased 8 percent sequentially. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $329 million, or $1.41 per share, compared to net income of $262 million or $1.06 per share for Q2 2013. SanDisk exceeded analysts' expectations of $1.39 per share.

However, on a non-GAAP basis, the company's gross margin of 48% for Q2 2014 declined from the 51% achieve in Q2 2013. According to management, the margin decline was caused by the following, [i] increased mix of custom embedded solution and [ii] blended price per gigabyte decline was 16%, but cost per gigabyte decline was only 12%. Earnings per share was also aided by a decline of 2.7 million shares outstanding due to share buybacks. The market reacted negatively to the gross margin compression, as a sell off after-hours drove the stock down $9.02 (8.4%) to $98.81 per share. Below is the company's historical performance on a GAAP basis:

On a GAAP basis:

  • Revenue grew 11% to $1.63 billion in Q2 2014 from $1.48 billion in Q2 2013.
  • Gross margin and EBITDA margin were flat at 46% and 34%, respectively.
  • Net income grew about 5% annually to $274 million during the quarter.
  • The after-hours share price of $98.81 equates to a market capitalization of about $22.4 billion. That said, the company trades at about 21.2x net income for last 12 months ended through June 29 2014 ("LTM0614").

The "Micron Conundrum?"

SanDisk's competitor, Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) also shot the lights out on its Q3 earnings report in late June. Revenue for Q3 2014 was up 72% versus Q3 2013. The company earned $0.79 per share during the quarter, beating analysts' expectation of $0.70 per share. However, the stock traded down after-hours. Since the company's results were flat versus Q2 2014, the market questioned Micron's outlook going forward. In my previous article, I explained the "Micron conundrum":

Micron's Q3 earnings were impressive. However, results were lower in comparison to Q2 financial results which may have caused the stock to fall in the after-market. I expect furious trading today as investors decide how to value the company going forward. I rate the stock a hold.


SanDisk's Q2 earnings exceeded analysts' expectations. However, its gross margin on a non-GAAP basis declined year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, its gross profit margin and EBITDA margin were flat - unbecoming for a growth stock. The market has high expectations for semiconductor manufacturers like SanDisk and Micron. However, if these companies are not firing on all pistons the market can be unforgiving. I rate SanDisk a hold.

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