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Applied Materials: Q4 & Full Year results

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 12, 2015 - Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT), the global leader in materials engineering solutions for the semiconductor, display and solar industries, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 25, 2015.

Fourth quarter orders were $2.42 billion, down 16 percent sequentially and up 7 percent year over year. Net sales were $2.37 billion, down 5 percent sequentially and up 5 percent year over year.

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, the company reported fourth-quarter gross margin of 42.2 percent, operating margin of 19.3 percent, and net income of $347 million or $0.29 per diluted share. The company recorded GAAP gross margin of 40.5 percent, operating margin of 17.9 percent, and net income of $336 million or $0.28 per diluted share.

The company generated $471 million in cash from operations during the fourth quarter, paid dividends of $119 million and used $700 million to repurchase 44 million shares of common stock at an average price of $15.78.

Full Year Results

In fiscal 2015, orders grew 5 percent to $10.10 billion, net sales increased 6 percent to $9.66 billion, non-GAAP adjusted gross margin declined 1.2 percentage points to 42.9 percent, non-GAAP adjusted operating margin remained at 19.6 percent, and non-GAAP adjusted net income increased by 10.9 percent to $1.46 billion or $1.19 per diluted share. The company recorded GAAP gross margin of 40.9 percent, operating income of $1.69 billion or 17.5 percent of net sales, and net income of $1.38 billion or $1.12 per diluted share.

The company generated $1.16 billion in cash from operations in fiscal 2015, paid dividends of $487 million and used $1.33 billion to repurchase 76 million shares of common stock.

"In fiscal 2015, Applied Materials delivered year-over-year growth across our semiconductor, display and service businesses resulting in our highest earnings in four years," said Gary Dickerson, president and CEO. "We have positioned the company for sustainable profitable growth and we are winning share, growing our service business and expanding our available market."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2016, Applied expects net sales to be down 2 percent to 9 percent sequentially. Non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.23 to $0.27.

This outlook excludes known charges related to completed acquisitions of $0.04 per share and does not exclude other non-GAAP adjustments that may arise subsequent to this release.

About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) is the global leader in 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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