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Applied Materials: Q2 results

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SANTA CLARA, California - Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), the global leader in precision materials engineering solutions for the semiconductor, display and solar industries, reported results for its second quarter ended April 26, 2015.

Second quarter orders were $2.52 billion, up 11 percent sequentially and down 4 percent year over year. Net sales were $2.44 billion, up 4 percent sequentially and up 4 percent year over year.

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, the company reported gross margin of 43.2 percent, operating income of $476 million, and net income of $362 million or $0.29 per diluted share. The company recorded GAAP gross margin of 41.6 percent, operating income of $416 million, and net income of $364 million or $0.29 per diluted share.

"Applied posted our highest quarterly revenue in the past three years and earnings near the top of our guidance range," said Gary Dickerson, president and CEO. "These results demonstrate that Applied is delivering the enabling products and services our customers need as they transition complex new devices into volume production."

Second Quarter Reportable Segment Results and Comparisons to the Prior Quarter

Silicon Systems Group (SSG) orders were $1.70 billion, up 19 percent, with increases in foundry, flash and DRAM more than offsetting a decline in logic/other. Net sales increased by 8 percent to $1.56 billion. Non-GAAP adjusted operating income increased by 19 percent to $418 million or 26.8 percent of net sales. GAAP operating income increased by 22 percent to $374 million or 24.0 percent of net sales.

SSG new order composition was: foundry 36 percent; DRAM 31 percent; flash 21 percent; and logic/other 12 percent.

Applied Global Services orders of $641 million declined 7 percent primarily due to a seasonal decline in service contract renewals. Net sales of $646 million increased by 11 percent. Operating income increased to $170 million or 26.3 percent of net sales on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

Display orders of $120 million were up 12 percent reflecting an increase in TV equipment orders. Net sales declined 41 percent to $163 million, which was in line with expectations. Operating income decreased to $40 million or 24.5 percent of net sales on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

Energy and Environmental Solutions orders remained flat at $50 million, and net sales increased by 33 percent to $73 million. EES reported a non-GAAP adjusted operating loss of $4 million and a GAAP operating loss of $5 million.

Applied's backlog remained essentially flat at $2.78 billion and included negative adjustments of $69 million, primarily consisting of order cancellations and other adjustments. Backlog composition by segment was:  SSG 53 percent; AGS 29 percent; Display 13 percent; and EES 5 percent.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, Applied expects net sales to be in the range of up 2 percent to up 6 percent from the previous quarter, the midpoint of which would be up 12 percent year over year. Non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.31 to $0.35, the midpoint of which would be up 18 percent year over year.

This outlook excludes known charges related to completed acquisitions of $0.03 per share and does not exclude other non-GAAP adjustments that may arise subsequent to this release.

Use of Non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures

Management uses non-GAAP adjusted results to evaluate the company's operating and financial performance in light of business objectives and for planning purposes. These measures are not in accordance with GAAP and may differ from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. Applied believes these measures enhance investors' ability to review the company's business from the same perspective as the company's management and facilitate comparisons of this period's results with prior periods. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

bout Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in precision materials engineering solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic industries. Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com

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