Company Update (NASDAQ:AVGO): Broadcom Ltd Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results and Interim Dividend


Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO), a leading semiconductor device supplier to the wired, wireless, enterprise storage, and industrial end markets, reported financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2016, ended July 31, 2016, and provided guidance for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016.

Recent Developments

Broadcom Limited is the successor to Avago Technologies Limited (“Avago”). Following Avago’s acquisition of Broadcom Corporation(“BRCM”) on February 1, 2016 (the “Acquisition”), Broadcom Limited became the ultimate parent company of Avago and BRCM. Financial results for the fiscal periods prior to the Acquisition relate solely to the Company’s predecessor, Avago. Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this press release to “Broadcom,” “the Company,” “we,” “our,” “us” and similar terms are to Broadcom Limited from and after the effective time of the Acquisition and, prior to that time, to its predecessor, Avago. The financial results from businesses that have been classified as discontinued operations in the Company’s financial statements are not included in the results presented below, unless otherwise stated.

Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 GAAP Results

Net revenue was $3,792 million, an increase of 7 percent from $3,541 million in the previous quarter and an increase of 119 percent from $1,735 million in the same quarter last year.

Gross margin was $1,782 million, or 47.0 percent of net revenue. This compares with gross margin of $1,046 million, or 29.5 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and gross margin of $884 million, or 51.0 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Operating expenses were $2,046 million. This compares with $2,047 million in the prior quarter and $585 million for the same quarter last year.

Operating loss was $264 million, or 7 percent of net revenue. This compares with operating loss of $1,001 million, or 28 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and operating income of $299 million, or 17 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Net loss, which includes the impact of discontinued operations, was $315 million, or $0.75 per diluted share. This compares with net loss of $1,255 million, or $3.02 per diluted share, for the prior quarter, and net income of $240 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.
Net loss attributable to ordinary shares was $298 million. Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest (restricted exchangeable limited partnership units (“REUs”)) in the Company’s subsidiary, Broadcom Cayman L.P. (the “Partnership”), was $17 million. 

The Company’s cash balance at the end of the third fiscal quarter was $1,961 million, compared to $2,041 million at the end of the prior quarter.

During the third quarter, the Company generated $963 million in cash from operations and received $630 million in net cash proceeds from the completion of previously announced divestitures. In the third quarter, the Company repaid $1,306 million of its outstanding term loans and spent $232 million on capital expenditures.

On June 30, 2016, the Company paid a cash dividend of $0.50 per ordinary share, totaling $199 million. On the same date, the Partnership, of which the Company is the General Partner, paid holders of REUs a corresponding distribution of $0.50 per REU, totaling$12 million.

Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Non-GAAP Results From Continuing Operations

The differences between the Company’s GAAP and non-GAAP results are described generally under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below, and presented in detail in the financial reconciliation tables attached to this release.

Net revenue from continuing operations was $3,802 million, an increase of 7 percent from $3,562 million in the previous quarter, and an increase of 117 percent from $1,750 million in the same quarter last year.

Gross margin from continuing operations was $2,297 million, or 60.4 percent of net revenue. This compares with gross margin of$2,138 million, or 60.0 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and gross margin of $1,063 million, or 60.7 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Operating income from continuing operations was $1,489 million, or 39 percent of net revenue. This compares with operating income from continuing operations of $1,329 million, or 37 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and $733 million, or 42 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Net income from continuing operations was $1,293 million, or $2.89 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $1,120 million, or $2.53 per diluted share last quarter, and net income of $660 million, or $2.24 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.

“We delivered strong third quarter financial results with 7 percent sequential growth in revenue and 14 percent sequential growth in EPS, a clear demonstration of the leverage inherent in our operating model” said Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom Limited. “We are expecting an even stronger performance in the fourth quarter, driven by robust growth in our wireless segment.”

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Business Outlook

Based on current business trends and conditions, the outlook for continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, endingOctober 30, 2016, is expected to be as follows:

  • Non-GAAP net revenue includes $10 million of licensing revenue not included in GAAP revenue, as a result of the effects of purchase accounting for acquisitions;
  • Non-GAAP gross margin includes the effects of $10 million of licensing revenue, and excludes the effects of $86 million of inventory step-up charges to record BRCM inventory at fair value, as part of the purchase accounting for the Acquisition, $224 million of amortization of intangible assets, $14 million of share-based compensation expense, and $7 million of restructuring charges;
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude $356 million of amortization of intangible assets, $199 million of share-based compensation expense, $46 million of restructuring charges, and $41 million of acquisition-related costs;
  • Non-GAAP interest expense and other excludes $49 million of losses on extinguishment of long-term debt;
  • Non-GAAP tax provision excludes $366 million tax benefit representing the tax effects of the reconciling items noted above; and
  • Non-GAAP diluted share count excludes the impact of share-based compensation expense expected to be incurred in future periods and not yet recognized in the Company’s financial statements, which would otherwise be assumed to be used to repurchase shares under the GAAP treasury stock method.

Capital expenditures for the fourth fiscal quarter are expected to be approximately $325 million. For the fourth fiscal quarter, depreciation is expected to be $114 million and amortization is expected to be approximately $580 million.

The guidance provided above is only an estimate of what the Company believes is realizable as of the date of this release. Among other things, this guidance is based on an initial estimate of purchase accounting adjustments and allocations, all of which are subject to revision. The guidance also excludes the impact of any additional mergers, acquisitions and divestiture activity that may occur during the quarter. Actual results will vary from the guidance and the variations may be material. The Company undertakes no intent or obligation to publicly update or revise any of these projections, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Broadcom will be meeting investors at the Deutsche Bank 2016 Technology Conference in Las Vegas, on September 14, 2016.

Interim Dividend

The Company’s Board of Directors has approved a quarterly, interim cash dividend of $0.51 per ordinary share. A corresponding distribution will also be paid by the Partnership, of which the Company is the General Partner, to holders of REUs, in the amount of$0.51 per REU.

The dividend and the distribution are both payable on September 30, 2016 to shareholders or unitholders of record, as applicable, at the close of business (5:00 p.m.) Eastern Time on September 19, 2016. (Original Source)

Shares of Broadcom are down nearly 2% to $174 in after-hours trading. AVGO has a 1-year high of $179.42 and a 1-year low of $111.53. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $168.50 and its 200-day moving average is $153.98.

On the ratings front, Broadcom has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report released yesterday, Oppenheimer analyst Rick Schafer reiterated a Buy rating on AVGO, with a price target of $190, which implies an upside of 7.4% from current levels. Separately, on August 30, Merrill Lynch’s Vivek Arya reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $210.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Rick Schafer and Vivek Arya have a total average return of 15.0% and 11.9% respectively. Schafer has a success rate of 71.4% and is ranked #21 out of 4129 analysts, while Arya has a success rate of 55% and is ranked #302.

Overall, 25 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $195.00 which is 10% above where the stock opened today.

Broadcom Ltd. designs, develops and supplier of a broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions. It serves four primary end markets: wired infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise storage and industrial & other. The company product’s includes data center networking, home connectivity, broadband access, telecommunications equipment, smartphones and base stations, data center servers and storage, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and displays.