Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reports Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

  • Q4 Revenue: $571 Million
  • Q4 GAAP gross margin of 57.3%; Non-GAAP gross margin of 57.6%
  • Q4 GAAP diluted loss per share from continuing operations of ($0.15); Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.22
  • Cash and short-term investments: $1.67 Billion

Santa Clara, California (March 2, 2017) – Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL), a leader in storage, networking, and wireless connectivity semiconductor solutions, today reported financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and the full fiscal year, ended January 28, 2017. Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were $571 million, which exceeded the midpoint of the Company's guidance provided on November 17, 2016. 

GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $77 million, or ($0.15) per share. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $114 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $119 million.

Revenue for fiscal year 2017 was $2.3 billion. GAAP net income from continuing operations for the full year was $44 million or $0.09 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the full year was $331 million, or $0.63 per diluted share.

"Marvell delivered another strong performance in Q4'17, which demonstrates our team's ongoing commitment to the Company's transformation and the growing power of our business model," said Matt Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our performance also demonstrates the strength of our portfolio in the data storage, network infrastructure and wireless connectivity markets, which are core to our business."

First Quarter of Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook

  • Revenue is expected to be $570 million plus or minus 2%, better than normal seasonality.
  • GAAP and Non-GAAP Gross Margins are expected to be approximately 59%. 
  • GAAP Operating Expenses are expected to be $250 million to $265 million.
  • Non-GAAP Operating Expenses are expected to be $220 million to $225 million.             
  • GAAP Diluted EPS from continuing operations are expected to be in the range of $0.12 to $0.18. 
  • Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from continuing operations are expected to be in the range of $0.19 to $0.23.

Discontinued Operations
The Company's financial results for prior periods presented herein have been recast to reflect certain businesses that were classified as discontinued operations during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Conference Call
Marvell will conduct a conference call on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2017. Interested parties may join the conference call by dialing 1-844-647-5488 or 1-615-247-0258, pass-code 67685468. The call will be webcast by Thomson Reuters and can be accessed at the Marvell Investor Relations website at http://investor.marvell.com/ with a replay available following the call until March 10, 2017.    

Investor Day
Marvell will hold its 2017 Investor Day at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on March 10, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The live webcast and presentation materials will be available at www.marvell.com/investors. During the presentation, Marvell's leadership team will provide an update on the company's strategy, business and products, and answer questions from attendees. 

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of share-based compensation expense, amortization and write-off of acquired intangible assets, acquisition-related costs, restructuring and other  related charges, litigation settlement, and certain expenses and benefits that are driven primarily by discrete events that management does not consider to be directly related to Marvell's core operating performance. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share from continuing operations is calculated by dividing Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations by Non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding (diluted).  For purposes of calculating Non-GAAP diluted net income per share, the GAAP weighted average shares outstanding (diluted) is adjusted to exclude the potential benefits of share-based compensation expected to be incurred in future periods but not yet recognized in the financial statements. The expected compensation costs are treated as additional proceeds assumed to be used to repurchase shares under the GAAP treasury stock method. 

Marvell believes that the presentation of Non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to Marvell's financial condition and results of operations. While Marvell uses Non-GAAP financial measures as a tool to enhance its understanding of certain aspects of its financial performance, Marvell does not consider these measures to be a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Consistent with this approach, Marvell believes that disclosing Non-GAAP financial measures to the readers of its financial statements provides such readers with useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP financial measures, allows for greater transparency in the review of its financial and operational performance. 

Externally, management believes that investors may find Marvell's Non-GAAP financial measures useful in their assessment of Marvell's operating performance and the valuation of Marvell. Internally, Marvell's Non-GAAP financial measures are used in the following areas:

  • Management's evaluation of Marvell's operating performance;
  • Management's establishment of internal operating budgets;
  • Management's performance comparisons with internal forecasts and targeted business models; and
  • Management's determination of the achievement and measurement of certain performance-based equity awards (adjustments may vary from award to award).

Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the costs associated with the operations of Marvell's business as determined in accordance with GAAP. As a result, you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Marvell's results as reported under GAAP. Marvell expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the Non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from Marvell's Non-GAAP net income should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.   

Forward-Looking Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve risks and uncertainties, including: Marvell's expectations regarding its first quarter of fiscal 2018 financial outlook; and Marvell's use of Non-GAAP financial measures as important supplemental information. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "can," "may," "will," "would" and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements.  These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future activity or future performance. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: adverse impacts of litigation or regulatory activities; Marvell's ability to implement its restructuring in a timely manner; the amount and timing of anticipated charges associated with the restructuring; Marvell's ability to increase its operational efficiency and decrease its operating expenses to the anticipated level; its ability to divest certain non-strategic businesses within the anticipated timeframes and with the anticipated cost savings; actions that may be taken by Marvell as a result of the Audit Committee's investigation; Marvell's ability to compete in products and prices in an intensely competitive industry; Marvell's reliance on the hard disk drive and wireless markets, which are highly cyclical and intensely competitive; costs and liabilities relating to current and future litigation; Marvell's reliance on a few customers for a significant portion of its revenue; severe financial hardship or bankruptcy of one or more of Marvell's major customers; Marvell's ability to develop and introduce new and enhanced products in a timely and cost effective manner and the adoption of those products in the market; seasonality in sales of consumer devices in which Marvell's products are incorporated; uncertainty in the worldwide economic conditions; risks associated with manufacturing and selling a majority of Marvell's products and Marvell's customers' products outside of the United States; risks associated with acquisition and consolidation activity in the semiconductor industry; and other risks detailed in Marvell's SEC filings from time to time. For other factors that could cause Marvell's results to vary from expectations, please see the risk factors identified in Marvell's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 29, 2016 as filed with the SEC on December 6, 2016, and other factors detailed from time to time in Marvell's filings with the SEC. Marvell undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.

About Marvell 
Marvell first revolutionized the digital storage industry by moving information at speeds never thought possible. Today, that same breakthrough innovation remains at the heart of the Company's storage, network infrastructure, and wireless connectivity solutions. With leading intellectual property and deep system-level knowledge, Marvell's semiconductor solutions continue to transform the enterprise, cloud, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. To learn more, visit: www.marvell.com

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