Stock Update (NASDAQ:AVGO): Broadcom Ltd Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results and Interim Dividend


Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) reported financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended October 30, 2016, and provided guidance for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017.

Basis Of Presentation

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.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 GAAP Results

Net revenue was $4,136 million, an increase of 9 percent from $3,792 million in the previous quarter and an increase of 125 percent from $1,840 million in the same quarter last year.

Gross margin was $2,171 million, or 52.5 percent of net revenue. This compares with gross margin of $1,782 million, or 47.0 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and gross margin of $997 million, or 54.2 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Operating expenses were $1,790 million. This compares with $2,046 million in the prior quarter and $483 million for the same quarter last year.

Operating income was $381 million, or 9 percent of net revenue. This compares with operating loss of $264 million, or 7 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and operating income of $514 million, or 28 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Net loss, which includes the impact of discontinued operations, was $668 million, or $1.59 per diluted share. This compares with net loss of $315 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, for the prior quarter, and net income of $429 million, or $1.49 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shares was $632 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 $36 million.

The Company’s cash balance at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter was $3,097 million, compared to $1,961 million at the end of the prior quarter.

During the fourth quarter, the Company generated $1,352 million in cash from operations and received $200 million in net cash proceeds from the completion of divestitures. In the fourth quarter, the Company spent $193 million on capital expenditures.

On September 30, 2016, the Company paid a cash dividend of $0.51 per ordinary share, totaling $202 million. On the same date, the Partnership, of which the Company is the General Partner, paid holders of REUs a corresponding distribution of $0.51 per REU, totaling $11 million.

Fourth 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 $4,146 million, an increase of 9 percent from $3,802 million in the previous quarter, and an increase of 124 percent from $1,853 million in the same quarter last year.

Gross margin from continuing operations was $2,522 million, or 60.8 percent of net revenue. This compares with gross margin of $2,297 million, or 60.4 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and gross margin of $1,149 million, or 62.0 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Operating income from continuing operations was $1,719 million, or 41 percent of net revenue. This compares with operating income from continuing operations of $1,489 million, or 39 percent of net revenue, in the prior quarter, and $811 million, or 44 percent of net revenue, in the same quarter last year.

Net income from continuing operations was $1,549 million, or $3.47 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $1,293 million, or $2.89 per diluted share last quarter, and net income of $737 million, or $2.51 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.

“Fiscal 2016 was clearly transformative for our company with the acquisition of Broadcom Corporation. We finished the year on a very strong note, delivering a record level of revenue with 9 percent sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter,” said Hock Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom Limited. “Reflecting the operating leverage from our larger scale and improved profitability, we announced today a doubling of our dividend.”

Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results From Continuing Operations

Net revenue from continuing operations was $13,240 million, an increase of 94 percent from $6,824 million in the prior year. Gross margin was $5,940 million, or 44.9 percent of net revenue, versus $3,553 million, or 52.1 percent of net revenue, in fiscal year 2015. Operating loss was $409 million compared with operating income of $1,632 million in the prior year. Net loss, which includes the impact from discontinued operations, was $1,861 million, or $4.86 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $1,364 million, or $4.85 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2015. Net loss attributable to ordinary shares was $1,739 million in fiscal year 2016.  Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest REUs in the Partnership was $122 million.

Fiscal Year 2016 GAAP Results           Change
  (Dollars in millions, except per share data)      2016       2015     Y/Y
  Net revenue   $   13,240     $   6,824       +94 %
  Gross margin     44.9 %     52.1 %   -720bps
  Operating expenses   $   6,349     $   1,921     +$ 4,428  
  Net income (loss)   $   (1,861 )   $   1,364     -$ 3,225  
  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest   $   (122 )   $   –      -$ 122  
  Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shares   $   (1,739 )   $   1,364     -$ 3,103  
  Earnings (loss) per share – diluted   $   (4.86 )   $   4.85     -$ 9.71

Non-GAAP net revenue from continuing operations was $13,292 million, an increase of 92 percent from $6,905 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP gross margin was $8,046 million, or 60.5 percent of net revenue, versus $4,184 million, or 60.6 percent of net revenue, in fiscal year 2015. Non-GAAP operating income from continuing operations was $5,320 million. This compares with $2,926 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income was $4,672 million, or $11.45 per diluted share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $2,613 million, or $8.98 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2015.

Fiscal Year 2016 Non-GAAP Results           Change
  (Dollars in millions, except per share data)      2016       2015     Y/Y
  Net revenue   $   13,292     $   6,905       +92 %
  Gross margin     60.5 %     60.6 %   -10bps
  Operating expenses   $   2,726     $   1,258     +$ 1,468  
  Net income   $   4,672     $   2,613     +$ 2,059  
  Earnings per share – diluted   $   11.45     $   8.98     +$ 2.47

First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Business Outlook

Based on current business trends and conditions, the outlook for continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, ending January 29, 2017, is expected to be as follows:

           
      GAAP   Reconciling Items   Non-GAAP
  Net revenue   $4,065M +/- $75M   $10M   $4,075M +/- $75M
  Gross margin   47.0% +/- 1%   $588M   61.5% +/- 1%
  Operating expenses   $1,473M   $688M   $785M
  Interest expense and other   $101M    –    $101M
  Provision for income taxes   $113M   $40M   $73M
  Diluted share count   437M   9M   446M
  • 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 $558 million of amortization of intangible assets, $14 million of share-based compensation expense, and $6 million of restructuring charges;
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude $441 million of amortization of intangible assets, $196 million of share-based compensation expense, $30 million of acquisition-related costs, and $21 million of restructuring charges;
  • Non-GAAP tax provision excludes $40 million of tax provision representing the tax effects of the projected 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 first fiscal quarter are expected to be approximately $330 million. For the first fiscal quarter, depreciation is expected to be $116 million and amortization is expected to be approximately $999 million. Cash taxes expected to be paid during fiscal year 2017 are approximately $400 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 with investors on January 4-6, 2017, at the 2017 International CES and presenting at the J.P. Morgan 15th Annual Tech Forum at the 2017 International CES on January 5, 2017 and the Citi 2017 Internet, Media and Telecommunication Conference in Las Vegas on January 5, 2017.

Interim Dividend

The Company’s Board of Directors has approved a quarterly, interim cash dividend of $1.02 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 $1.02 per REU.

The dividend and the distribution are both payable on December 30, 2016 to shareholders or unitholders of record, as applicable, at the close of business (5:00 p.m.) Eastern Time on December 16, 2016. (Original Source)

Shares of Broadcom are up 2.5% to $175 in after-hours trading. AVGO has a 1-year high of $179.42 and a 1-year low of $114.25. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $171.87 and its 200-day moving average is $164.38.

On the ratings front, AVGO stock has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on December 5, Oppenheimer analyst Rick Schafer reiterated a Buy rating on AVGO, with a price target of $200, which represents a potential upside of 18% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on November 30, Brean Capital’s Mike Burton reiterated a Buy rating on the stock .

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Rick Schafer and Mike Burton have a yearly average return of 15.1% and 11.8% respectively. Schafer has a success rate of 74% and is ranked #22 out of 4271 analysts, while Burton has a success rate of 66% and is ranked #121.

Sentiment on the street is mostly bullish on AVGO stock. Out of 15 analysts who cover the stock, 14 suggest a Buy rating and one recommends to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $203.30, which implies an upside of 20% from current levels.

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.