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Mon, Apr. 20, 4:52 PM
- In addition to beating FQ3 estimates, Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) is guiding for FQ4 revenue of $1.46B (+/- $50M) and EPS of $1.46 (+- $0.07), above a consensus of $1.39B and $1.35.
- Shipments are expected to rise to $1.6B (+/- $50M) from FQ3's $1.497B (+20% Q/Q and topping a guidance midpoint of $1.45B). CEO Martin Anstice sings a well-known refrain. "Our differentiated products and services are directly addressing the market driving technology inflections of multi-patterning, 3D device architecture and advanced packaging."
- The deferred revenue balance rose 30% Q/Q to $485.2M. Gross margin (non-GAAP) fell 70 bps Q/Q and 80 bps Y/Y to 44.7%. Operating expenses rose 11% Y/Y to $355M. $124.9M was spent on buybacks.
- Shares have risen to $77.52 AH; the all-time high is $85.70. Goldman's table-pounding was well-timed.
- Peers are getting a lift: Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) is up 1.6% AH to $22.11, and KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) is up 1.1% to $59.20. KLA reports on Thursday.
- FQ3 results, PR
Fri, Jan. 23, 2:25 PM
- Applied Materials (AMAT -1.7%) and ASML (ASML -1.5%) are off moderately after chip equipment peer KLA-Tencor (KLAC -7.1%) offered soft guidance (for the third quarter in a row) to go with an FQ2 beat. The Nasdaq is up 0.3%
- On the CC (transcript), CEO Rick Wallace stated KLA has seen orders from both foundry and logic clients for sub-20nm manufacturing equipment "pushed to later in the calendar year." KLA thinks the delays "reflect yield and process stability issues associated with bringing these advanced device architectures to market."
- In July and October, KLA primarily referenced foundry clients when explaining its light guidance. The logic client reference could be about Intel (by the far the biggest of them), which provided a conservative 2015 capex budget last week.
- Wallace also mentioned some orders related to "trailing-edge" manufacturing processes have been "a bit elusive," and that (notably) KLA thinks this is due to "some competitive dynamics in terms of second source strategies and so on."
- Analysts pressed KLA regarding its foundry-related issues, given TSMC is spending heavily and ASML reported strong Taiwanese foundry bookings (presumably from TSMC) earlier this week. On the other hand, memory was a strong point for both KLA and ASML in calendar Q4, respectively accounting for 44% and 27% of the companies' bookings.
Thu, Jan. 22, 5:35 PM
- KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) guides on its FQ2 CC for FQ3 revenue of $685M-$762M and EPS of $0.63-$0.87, below a consensus of $790.5M and $0.98. Orders are expected to be in a $500M-$700M range (suggests book-to-bill will likely be below 1).
- Shares have fallen to $67.10 AH. KLA also provided light guidance in October and July, each time blaming delayed orders from a major foundry client for FinFET (3D transistor) process investments.
- FQ2 results, PR
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Nov. 20, 2014, 10:02 AM
- In addition to declaring its $16.50/share special dividend, KLA-Tencor (KLAC -0.3%) has adjusted its FQ2 guidance to account for the leveraged recap that had the dividend as its centerpiece.
- The chip equipment maker now expects FQ2 EPS of $0.37-$0.61, down from prior guidance of $0.46-$0.70 and mostly below a $0.58 consensus. Due to the debt taken on to pay for the dividend, other income/expense is expected to be -$30M.
Oct. 24, 2014, 12:54 PM
- Initially up over 15% yesterday in response to its leveraged recap plans, KLA-Tencor (KLAC +6.6%) has given back over half those gains after guiding on its FQ1 CC (transcript) for FQ2 revenue of $620M-$700M and EPS of $0.46-$0.70, below a consensus of $755M and $0.89.
- A broad bookings guidance range of $700M-$900M has been provided. FQ1 bookings totaled $567M, below guidance of $600M-$800M. As was the case 3 months ago, KLA blamed delayed orders from a foundry customer related to FinFET (3D transistor) process investments.
- Like many of its peers, KLA is maintaining an optimistic tone for 2015, predicting strong demand from foundry, logic, and memory clients due to investments in advanced technologies and processes (14nm/16nm FinFET, 3D NAND, etc.). After accounting for just 25% of FQ1 orders (lower than normal), foundries are expected to account for 62% of FQ2 orders.
- Credit Suisse and B. Riley have both downgraded KLA to Neutral. Each cites valuation.
Oct. 23, 2014, 4:40 PM
- In a leveraged recap, KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) plans to pay a $16.50/share special dividend (total value of $2.75B) by year's end. The company has also added $250M to its buyback, on top of the $1B authorization announced in July.
- The special dividend will be largely financed by raising $2.5B in debt. KLA also expects to obtain a credit facility.
- KLA: "The Board of Directors took a number of factors into account, including the substantial net cash on KLA-Tencor's balance sheet, the likely effects of increased leverage on the Company's ability to pursue its strategic initiatives, and the Company's ability to generate cash flows to service the Company's increased debt and fund operations and investments designed to grow the business and serve customer needs."
- FQ1 results, PR
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Jul. 25, 2014, 4:58 PM
- KLA-Tencor (KLAC -1.9%) guided on its FQ4 CC (transcript) for FQ1 revenue of $590M-$650M (-6% Y/Y at the midpoint) and EPS of $0.34-$0.54, well below a consensus of $740M and $0.88. Bookings are expected to drop to $600M-$800M from an FQ4 level of $898M (topped guidance of $625M-$825M).
- Several chip equipment peers underperformed following the numbers on a weak day for stocks. AMAT -2.4%. ASML -2%. RTEC -3.5%. UCTT -3.2%. MTSN -2.3%. The group has had a good run this year on optimism about industry consolidation and a strong up-cycle.
- Discussing its guidance, KLA observed delivery for major FQ4 orders for 14nm equipment from a foundry client (likely Samsung or Globalfoundries) isn't expected to start until FQ2. The company added it's generally cautious about 2014 foundry revenue.
- But KLA expects revenue growth to resume in FQ2, and is optimistic about 2015 demand, as foundry clients (responsible for 68% of FQ4 orders) invest heavily to ramp 16nm and 14nm production. Samsung and Globalfoundries have big 14nm plans for 2015; TSMC is attempting to counter with its 16nm FinFET+ process.
- FQ4 gross margin was 56%, missing KLA's guidance midpoint by 150 bps and contributing to an EPS miss. KLA blames product mix and higher-than-expected services costs. GM is expected to fall to 54%-55% in FQ1 due to lower revenue.
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