SOURCE: SMART Modular Technologies

SMART Modular Technologies

September 30, 2010 16:01 ET

SMART Modular Technologies Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Results

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2010) - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. ("SMART" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of memory modules and solid state storage products, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 27, 2010.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2010 Highlights:
--  Net sales of $218.7 million
--  Gross profit of $49.8 million
--  GAAP diluted EPS of $0.26
--  Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.29
--  Adjusted EBITDA of $33.2 million

Fiscal 2010 Highlights:
--  Net sales of $703.1 million
--  Gross profit of $166.1 million
--  GAAP diluted EPS of $0.81
--  Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.87
--  Adjusted EBITDA of $106.4 million

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 were $218.7 million, as compared to $201.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, and $99.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Net sales for the fiscal year 2010 were $703.1 million, compared to $441.3 million for fiscal year 2009.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 was $49.8 million, compared to $45.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, and $21.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Gross profit for fiscal year 2010 was $166.1 million compared to $89.8 million for fiscal 2009.

On a GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 was $17.0 million or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $14.9 million or $0.23 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, and a net loss of $0.3 million or $0.00 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. For fiscal year 2010, SMART reported GAAP net income of $52.6 million or $0.81 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $11.4 million or ($0.18) per diluted share for fiscal 2009.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $18.8 million or $0.29 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $17.3 million or $0.26 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, and net income of $3.1 million or $0.05 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. For fiscal year 2010, SMART reported non-GAAP net income of $56.4 million or $0.87 per diluted share, compared to $11.0 million or $0.17 per diluted share for fiscal 2009. Non-GAAP net income excludes certain charges related to stock-based compensation expense, goodwill impairment charges, restructuring charges, and other infrequent or unusual items.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 was $33.2 million, compared to $29.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, and $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. For fiscal year 2010, Adjusted EBITDA was $106.4 million, compared to $35.6 million for fiscal 2009.

Please refer to the Non-GAAP Information section and the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" table below for further detail on non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA.

"SMART's results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 exceeded our expectations and demonstrate the continuing success of our strategic initiatives and the strength of our business model and market position," commented Iain MacKenzie, President and CEO of SMART. "The results were driven by the ongoing strength of the Brazilian PC unit demand; our capacity expansion, which enabled us to meet the robust demand for our products; and by demand in our defense and embedded flash businesses. This was an excellent finish to a year in which we continued SMART's strong earnings growth and long term track record of non-GAAP profitability and cash flow generation."

"Our enterprise solid state storage and our Brazil flash business initiatives are moving forward as planned. In the near term, we plan to further accelerate R&D activities in our solid state storage business by investing to gain access to enabling technologies and to speed up hardware and firmware development. We believe we are well positioned for success as our existing momentum continues, and the fast growing markets that we are targeting allow us to leverage our strong customer relationships, technology integration expertise, established global manufacturing and supply chain capabilities, and our reputation for operational excellence," added Mr. MacKenzie.

Business Outlook

The following statements are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2011, SMART expects net sales will be in the range of $210 to $230 million, gross profit in the range of $47 to $50 million. We expect to incur a charge related to gaining access to technology in order to accelerate our development of enterprise solid state drives. This technology access charge is currently estimated to be approximately $7.5 million. Net income per diluted share, after taking into account the technology access charge, is estimated to be in the range of $0.09 to $0.11 on a GAAP basis. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the technology access charge and stock-based compensation expense, SMART expects net income per diluted share will be in the range of $0.23 to $0.25. The guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 includes an income tax provision expected in the range of $7.7 to $8.0 million. Please refer to the Non-GAAP Information section and the "Reconciliation of Q1-11 Guidance for Non-GAAP Financial Measures" table below for further detail.

Conference Call Details

SMART's fourth quarter fiscal 2010 teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on Thursday, September 30, 2010. The call may be accessed U.S. toll free by calling (877) 941-4774 or U.S. toll by calling (480) 629-9760. Please join the conference call at least ten minutes early in order to register. The access code is 4364370. SMART will also offer a live and archived webcast of the conference call, accessible from the Company's website at http://www.smartm.com. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through midnight PDT, October 15, 2010, by dialing (303) 590-3030 and entering passcode 4364370.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release, or in the teleconference or webcast, including the quotations attributed to Mr. MacKenzie and other members of management, that are not statements of historical fact, including any statements that use the words "will," "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends" or similar words that describe the Company's or its management's future expectations, plans, objectives, or goals, are "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include projections regarding the Company's financial performance, the success of our strategic initiatives including investments in our solid state storage growth strategy, the benefits associated with operational efficiencies, the DRAM market, new product introductions, market growth, expansion of capacity and strength in markets in the United States, Brazil and Asia, the launch of our Flash initiatives in Brazil, customer relationships, and end user and customer demand for products.

Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results and/or from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, production or manufacturing difficulties, competitive factors, new products and technological changes, difficulties with or delays in the introduction of new products, fluctuations in product prices and raw material costs and availability, dependence upon third-party vendors, customer demand, end user markets, changes in industry standards or release plans, fluctuations in the quarterly effective tax rate and related tax provision, failure to receive continued favorable tax treatment or renewals of exemptions from certain taxes in foreign countries, higher than anticipated costs from increasing capacity, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, intellectual property disputes, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2009 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended November 27, 2009, February 26, 2010 and May 28, 2010. Such risk factors as outlined in these reports may not constitute all factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statement. The Company operates in a continually changing business environment and new factors emerge from time to time. The Company cannot predict such factors, nor can it assess the impact, if any, from such factors on the Company or its results. Accordingly, our future results may differ materially from projections and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. These forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company does not intend, and has no obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

Non-GAAP Information

Certain non-GAAP financial measures are included in this press release, including Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share. We define Adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income (loss) plus net interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization expense, goodwill impairment charges, restructuring charges, stock-based compensation expense, display business divestiture charges, and other infrequent or unusual items, less net gain on repurchase of notes and gain on legal settlement. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and should be viewed as a supplement to, not a substitute for, our results of operations presented on the basis of U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA also does not purport to represent cash flow provided by, or used in, operating activities in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be used as a measure of liquidity.

Non-GAAP financial results do not include stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, goodwill impairment charges, net gain on repurchase of notes, gain on legal settlement and other infrequent or unusual items. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of our financial performance. By excluding these charges and gains, as well as any related tax effects, our non-GAAP results provide information to management and investors that is useful in assessing SMART's core operating performance and in evaluating and comparing our results of operations on a consistent basis from period to period. These non-GAAP financial measures are also used by management to evaluate financial results, to plan and forecast future periods, and to assess performance of certain executives for compensation purposes. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be a substitute for the corresponding financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, these measures may not be used similarly by other companies and therefore may not be comparable between companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures, which are included below.

About SMART

SMART is a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs. SMART offers more than 500 standard and custom products to OEMs engaged in the computer, enterprise, industrial, networking, gaming, telecommunications, defense, aerospace and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART also offers high performance, high capacity solid state drives, or SSDs, for enterprise, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and supply-chain management worldwide. See www.smartm.com for more information.


          SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. and Subsidiaries
              Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
             (In thousands, except per share data; unaudited)


                           Three Months Ended           Year Ended
                     -------------------------------- --------------------
                     August 27,  May 28,  August 28, August 27,  August 28,
                       2010       2010       2009       2010       2009
                     ---------- ---------- ---------  ---------  ---------

Net income (loss)    $   16,980 $   14,917 $    (289) $  52,571  $ (11,403)
Add:
  Stock-based
   compensation
   expense charged
   to operating
   expense, net
   of tax                 1,815      1,896     3,384      7,173      8,424
  Display business
   divestiture, no
   tax effect                 -        486         -        486          -
  Gain on legal
   settlement, no
   tax effect                 -          -         -     (3,044)         -
  Gain on repurchase
   of notes, no tax
   effect                     -          -         -     (1,178)         -
  Loan fees written
   off on repurchase
   of notes, no
   tax effect                 -          -         -        353          -
  Relocation of
   corporate
   headquarter
   charges, net
   of tax                     -          -         -          -        820
  Goodwill
   impairment, no
   tax effect                 -          -         -          -     10,416
  Restructuring
   charges, net of
   tax                        -          -         -          -      2,756
                     ---------- ---------- ---------  ---------  ---------
Non-GAAP net income  $   18,795 $   17,299 $   3,095  $  56,361  $  11,013
                     ========== ========== =========  =========  =========

Non-GAAP net income
 per diluted share   $     0.29 $     0.26 $    0.05  $    0.87  $    0.17
                     ========== ========== =========  =========  =========
Shares used in
 computing non-GAAP
 net income per
 diluted share:          65,175     65,502    63,626     64,942     63,443
                     ========== ========== =========  =========  =========

Net income (loss)    $   16,980 $   14,917 $    (289) $  52,571  $ (11,403)
  Interest expense,
   net                      747        837     1,530      4,410      6,609
  Income taxes            8,434      7,354     1,763     28,938      5,571
  Depreciation and
   amortization           5,225      4,250     3,491     17,004     13,077
                     ---------- ---------- ---------  ---------  ---------
EBITDA                   31,386     27,358     6,495    102,923     13,854
Adjustments:
  Stock-based
   compensation
   expense charged
   to operating
   expenses               1,827      1,908     3,398      7,220      8,475
  Display business
   divestiture
   expenses                   -        486         -        486          -
  Gain on legal
   settlement                 -          -         -     (3,044)         -
  Gain on repurchase
   of notes                   -          -         -     (1,178)         -
  Goodwill
   impairment                 -          -         -          -     10,416
  Restructuring
   charges                    -          -         -          -      2,810
                     ---------- ---------- ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA      $   33,213 $   29,752 $   9,893  $ 106,407  $  35,555
                     ========== ========== =========  =========  =========




     Reconciliation of Q1-11 Guidance for Non-GAAP Financial Measures
              (In millions, except per share data; unaudited)


                              Three Months Ending November 26, 2010
                        ---------------------------------------------------
                               GAAP                          Non-GAAP
                        Range of Estimates              Range of Estimates
                        -------------------             -------------------
                          From       To     Adjustments   From       To
                        --------- --------- ----------- --------- ---------

Net income              $     5.7 $     7.0 $   9.7 (a) $    15.4 $    16.7
                        ========= =========             ========= =========
Net income per diluted
 share                  $    0.09 $    0.11             $    0.23 $    0.25
                        ========= =========             ========= =========
Shares used in
 computing net income
 per diluted share           66.0      66.0                  66.0      66.0
                        ========= =========             ========= =========

(a) Reflects estimated adjustments for $7.5M technology access charge and
    $2.2 million stock-based compensation expense.




          SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. and Subsidiaries
              Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
             (In thousands, except per share data; unaudited)


                              Three Months Ended          Year Ended
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                            August 27,  August 28,  August 27,  August 28,
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net sales                   $  218,652  $   99,808  $  703,090  $  441,317
Cost of sales                  168,872      78,489     537,034     351,478
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Gross profit                 49,780      21,319     166,056      89,839

Operating expenses:
   Research and development      7,496       4,755      25,102      19,811
   Selling, general and
    administrative              16,083      13,671      60,120      55,505
   Restructuring charges             -           -           -       2,810
   Goodwill impairment               -           -           -      10,416
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
      Total operating
       expenses                 23,579      18,426      85,222      88,542
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
      Income from
       operations               26,201       2,893      80,834       1,297
Interest expense, net             (747)     (1,530)     (4,410)     (6,609)
Other income (expense), net        (40)        111       5,085        (520)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
      Total other income
       (expense)                  (787)     (1,419)        675      (7,129)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Income (loss) before
 provision for income taxes     25,414       1,474      81,509      (5,832)
Provision for income taxes       8,434       1,763      28,938       5,571
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
      Net income (loss      $   16,980  ($     289) $   52,571  ($  11,403)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Net income (loss) per
 share, basic               $     0.27  ($    0.00) $     0.84  ($    0.18)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Net income (loss) per
 share, diluted             $     0.26  ($    0.00) $     0.81  ($    0.18)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Shares used in computing
 net income (loss) per
 ordinary share                 62,662      61,863      62,344      61,699
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Shares used in computing
 net income (loss) per
 diluted share                  65,175      61,863      64,942      61,699
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========




          SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. and Subsidiaries
                  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                (Unaudited)



                                                    August 27,  August 28,
                                                       2010        2009
                                                    ----------- -----------
ASSETS                                                  (In thousands)
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                         $   115,474 $   147,658
  Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $1,660
   and $1,591 as of August 27, 2010 and August 28,
   2009                                                 208,377     130,953
  Inventories                                           112,103      63,115
  Prepaid expense and other current assets               33,488      12,628
                                                    ----------- -----------
     Total current assets                               469,442     354,354
Property and equipment, net                              46,221      36,263
Goodwill                                                  1,061       1,061
Other intangible assets, net                              6,460       7,475
Other non-current assets                                 21,217       4,585
                                                    ----------- -----------
     Total assets                                   $   544,401 $   403,738
                                                    =========== ===========
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                                  $   151,885 $    68,928
  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities         29,318      16,615
                                                    ----------- -----------
     Total current liabilities                          181,203      85,543
Long-term debt                                           55,072      81,250
Other long-term liabilities                               4,546       2,120
                                                    ----------- -----------
     Total liabilities                                  240,821     168,913
                                                    ----------- -----------
Shareholders' equity:
  Ordinary shares                                            10          10
  Additional paid in capital                            118,123     109,264
  Accumulated other comprehensive income                 11,658       4,333
  Retained earnings                                     173,789     121,218
                                                    ----------- -----------
       Total shareholders' equity                       303,580     234,825
                                                    ----------- -----------
       Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $   544,401 $   403,738
                                                    =========== ===========



          SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. and Subsidiaries
                      Summary Cash Flow Information
                                (Unaudited)


                                                         Year Ended
                                                  ------------------------
                                                  August 27,   August 28,
                                                      2010         2009
                                                  -----------  -----------
                                                       (In thousands)

Net cash provided by operating activities         $    15,438  $    52,518
Net cash used in investing activities             $   (25,314) $   (21,074)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing
 activities                                       $   (23,367) $       645

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