Applied Materials: Q4 and annual results

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SANTA CLARA, California - Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 30, 2016.

Fourth quarter new orders were $3.03 billion, up 25 percent year over year. Backlog of $4.58 billion was up 46 percent year over year. Net sales of $3.30 billion were up 39 percent year over year.

The company recorded fourth quarter gross margin of 42.4 percent, operating margin of 23.6 percent, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.56. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, fourth quarter gross margin increased 1.5 points year over year to 43.7 percent, operating margin grew 5.9 points year over year to 25.2 percent, and diluted EPS grew by 128 percent year over year to $0.66.

The company generated $797 million in cash from operations and returned $279 million to shareholders through stock repurchases and cash dividends.

Full Year Results

In fiscal 2016, new orders grew 23 percent to $12.42 billion and net sales increased 12 percent to $10.83 billion. The company recorded gross margin of 41.7 percent, operating income of $2.15 billion or 19.9 percent of net sales, and diluted EPS of $1.54. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, gross margin increased 300 basis points to 43.2 percent, operating income increased 24 percent to $2.35 billion or 21.7 percent of net sales, and diluted EPS increased 47 percent to $1.75.

The company generated $2.47 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $444 million and used $1.89 billion to repurchase 96 million shares of common stock at an average price of $19.82.

“In fiscal 2016, we grew orders, revenue, and earnings to the highest levels in the company’s history, and made significant progress towards our longer-term strategic and financial goals,” said Gary Dickerson, President and CEO. “We’ve focused our organization and investments to deliver highly differentiated solutions that enable customers to build new devices and structures that were never possible before.”

“As we look to 2017 and beyond, we see sustainable growth as new demand drivers layer on top of our traditional end markets in computing, mobility and consumer electronics,” said Bob Halliday, Senior Vice President and CFO. “The industries we serve are bigger and more attractive, our opportunity set is larger, our customer relationships are stronger, and we’re excited about our new product pipeline.”

About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future. Learn more at

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