Lam Research Corporation
LAM RESEARCH CORP (Form: 8-K, Received: 04/18/2017 16:03:20)



FORM 8-K

  Current Report
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 18, 2017
   
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
Delaware
 
0-12933
 
94-2634797
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification Number)
4650 Cushing Parkway
Fremont, California 94538
(Address of principal executive offices including zip code)
(510) 572-0200
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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Table of Contents
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.02.
  
Results of Operations and Financial Condition
 
3
Item 9.01.
  
Financial Statements and Exhibits
 
3
SIGNATURES
 
4
EXHIBIT INDEX
 
5
EX-99.1
 
 







 Item 2.02.
Results of Operations and Financial Condition
On April 18, 2017 , Lam Research Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2017 , the text of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the exhibit, is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section. Furthermore, the information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the exhibit, shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into the filings of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.
 
 Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits
99.1 Press Release dated April 18, 2017 announcing financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2017
 
 







SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date:
April 18, 2017
 
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
 
 
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
/s/ Douglas R. Bettinger
 
 
 
Douglas R. Bettinger
 
 
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
 
 
 
(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)
 







EXHIBIT INDEX
99.1     Press Release dated April 18, 2017 announcing financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2017
 





Exhibit 99.1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        
Lam Research Corporation Contacts:
Satya Kumar, Investor Relations, phone: 510-572-1615, e-mail: investor.relations@lamresearch.com
Lam Research Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended March 26, 2017
FREMONT, Calif., April 18, 2017 - Lam Research Corp. (Nasdaq: LRCX) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 26, 2017 (the “ March 2017 quarter”).
Highlights for the March 2017 quarter were as follows:
Shipments of $2.41 billion and revenue of $2.15 billion .
U.S. GAAP gross margin of 45.1% , U.S. GAAP operating margin of 25.0% , and U.S. GAAP diluted EPS of $3.10 .
Non-GAAP gross margin of 46.1% , non-GAAP operating margin of 26.9% , and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $2.80 .
Key Financial Data for the Quarters Ended
March 26, 2017 and December 25, 2016
(in thousands, except per-share data, percentages, and basis points)  
U.S. GAAP
 
  
March 2017
 
December 2016
 
Change Q/Q
Shipments
  
$
2,412,656

 
$
1,922,549

 
+ 25%
Revenue
  
$
2,153,995

 
$
1,882,299

 
+ 14%
Gross margin as percentage of revenue
  
45.1
%
 
45.0
%
 
+ 10 bps
Operating margin as percentage of revenue
  
25.0
%
 
23.4
%
 
+ 160 bps
Diluted EPS
  
$
3.10

 
$
1.81

 
+ 71%
 
Non-GAAP
 
  
March 2017
 
December 2016
 
Change Q/Q
Shipments
  
$
2,412,656

 
$
1,922,549

 
+ 25%
Revenue
  
$
2,153,995

 
$
1,882,299

 
+ 14%
Gross margin as percentage of revenue
  
46.1
%
 
46.4
%
 
- 30 bps
Operating margin as percentage of revenue
  
26.9
%
 
26.0
%
 
+ 90 bps
Diluted EPS
  
$
2.80

 
$
2.24

 
+ 25%
U.S. GAAP Financial Results
For the March 2017 quarter, revenue was $2,154 million , gross margin was $971 million , or 45.1% of revenue, operating expenses were $433 million , operating margin was 25.0% of revenue, and net income was $575 million , or $3.10 per diluted share on a U.S. GAAP basis. This compares to revenue of $1,882 million , gross margin of $847 million, or 45.0% of revenue, operating expenses of $407 million, operating margin of 23.4% of revenue, and net income of $333 million, or $1.81 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 25, 2016 (the “ December 2016 quarter”). March 2017 earnings per diluted share also benefited from an income tax benefit on the conclusion of tax matters primarily related to a prior business combination.
Non-GAAP Financial Results
For the March 2017 quarter, non-GAAP gross margin was $993 million or 46.1% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses were $414 million , non-GAAP operating margin was 26.9% of revenue, and non-GAAP net income was $508 million , or $2.80 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP gross margin of $874 million or 46.4% of revenue, non-GAAP operating expenses of $384 million , non-GAAP operating margin of 26.0% of revenue, and non-GAAP net income of $405 million, or $2.24 per diluted share for the December 2016 quarter.
“The company continues to perform extremely well, again setting new records of financial performance with underlying business levels almost 70% higher than the year ago equivalent quarter. This accomplishment is made possible by our broad competitive strength, with products and services increasingly enabling the success of our customers,” said Martin Anstice, Lam Research’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our outlook for the year has improved, and we are increasingly convinced by the potential for sustainable value creation from long-term diverse and secular technology demand trends.”







Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Results
Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and restricted cash and investments balances remained steady at $6.1 billion at the end of the March 2017 compared to the end of the December 2016 quarter. Cash flows from operating activities during the March 2017 quarter of $423 million were primarily utilized for approximately $216 million of share repurchases, including net share settlement on employee stock-based compensation; approximately $69 million of principal payments on debt, primarily related to our convertible notes; approximately $73 million of dividends paid to stockholders; and approximately $44 million of capital expenditures.

Deferred revenue at the end of the March 2017 quarter increased to $842 million as compared to $673 million at the end of the December 2016 quarter. Deferred profit at the end of the March 2017 quarter increased to $527 million as compared to $408 million at the end of the December 2016 quarter. Lam’s deferred revenue balance does not include shipments to Japanese customers, to whom title does not transfer until customer acceptance. Shipments to Japanese customers are classified as inventory at cost until the time of acceptance. The estimated future revenue from shipments to Japanese customers was approximately $260 million as of March 26, 2017 and $129 million as of December 25, 2016.
Geographic Distribution
The geographic distribution of shipments and revenue during the March 2017 quarter is shown in the following table:
Region
Shipments
 
Revenue
Korea
35
%
 
34
%
Taiwan
22
%
 
28
%
China
15
%
 
11
%
Japan
15
%
 
11
%
United States
7
%
 
9
%
Europe
3
%
 
4
%
Southeast Asia
3
%
 
3
%
Outlook
For the June 2017 quarter, Lam is providing the following guidance:
 
U.S. GAAP
 
Reconciling Items
 
Non-GAAP
Shipments
$2.5 Billion
+/-
 $100 Million
 
 
$2.5 Billion
+/-
 $100 Million
Revenue
$2.3 Billion
+/-
 $100 Million
 
 
$2.3 Billion
+/-
 $100 Million
Gross margin
45.1%
+/-
1%
 
$
21

Million
 
46.0%
+/-
1%
Operating margin
25.3%
+/-
1%
 
$
39

Million
 
27.0%
+/-
1%
Net income per diluted share
$2.73
+/-
$0.12
 
$
38

Million
 
$3.00
+/-
$0.12
Diluted share count
184 Million
 
4

Million
 
180 Million
The information provided above is only an estimate of what the Company believes is realizable as of the date of this release, and does not incorporate the potential impact of any business combinations, asset acquisitions, divestitures, balance sheet valuation adjustments, financing arrangements, other investments, or other significant transactions that may be completed or determined after the date of this release. U.S. GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items provided include only those items that are known and can be estimated as of the date of this release. Actual results will vary from this model and the variations may be material. Reconciling items included above are as follows:
Gross margin - amortization related to intangible assets acquired in the Novellus transaction, $21 million.
Operating margin - amortization related to intangible assets acquired in the Novellus transaction, $37 million; costs associated with business process reengineering, $2 million; totaling $39 million.
Earnings per share - amortization related to intangible assets acquired in the Novellus transaction, $37 million; amortization of note discounts, $6 million; costs associated with business process reengineering, $2 million; and associated tax benefit for non-GAAP items ($7) million; totaling $38 million.
Diluted share count - impact of a note hedge issued contemporaneously with the convertible notes due 2018, 4 million shares.







Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results
In addition to U.S. GAAP results, this press release also contains non-GAAP financial results. The Company’s non-GAAP results for both the March 2017 and December 2016 quarters exclude amortization related to intangible assets acquired in the Novellus transaction, the amortization of note discounts, and tax benefit of non-GAAP items. Additionally, the March 2017 quarter non-GAAP results exclude costs associated with business process reengineering, and income tax benefit on the conclusion of tax matters related to a prior business combination; and the December 2016 quarter non-GAAP results exclude costs associated with campus consolidation, product rationalization charges, litigation settlement, KLA-Tencor acquisition funding net interest expense, and costs related to the early termination of the KLA-Tencor acquisition funding.
Management uses non-GAAP gross margin, operating expense, operating income, operating margin, net income, and net income per diluted share to evaluate the Company’s operating and financial results. The Company believes the presentation of non-GAAP results is useful to investors for analyzing business trends and comparing performance to prior periods, along with enhancing investors’ ability to view the Company’s results from management’s perspective. Tables presenting reconciliations of non-GAAP results to U.S. GAAP results are included at the end of this press release and on the Company’s website at http://investor.lamresearch.com .
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements made in this press release that are not of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate to, but are not limited to; the estimated future revenue from shipments to Japanese customers; our revenue, industry, performance and general outlooks, and their drivers; the potential for value creation; technology demand trends; our ability to transform atomic-scale engineering and enable our customers to shape the future of technology; the legal and business factors that may affect our future tax rate; and our guidance for shipments, revenue, gross margin, operating margin, net income or earnings per diluted share, and diluted share count. Some factors that may affect these forward-looking statements include: business conditions in the consumer electronics industry, the semiconductor industry and the overall economy may deteriorate or change; and the actions of our customers and competitors may be inconsistent with our expectations, as well as the other risks and uncertainties that are described in the documents filed or furnished by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including specifically the Risk Factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 26, 2016 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended December 25, 2016 . These uncertainties and changes could materially affect the forward looking statements and cause actual results to vary from expectations in a material way. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information or statements made in this release.
About Lam Research
Lam Research Corp. (Nasdaq: LRCX) is a trusted global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. Lam's broad portfolio of market-leading deposition, etch, and clean solutions helps customers achieve success on the wafer by enabling device features that are 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand, resulting in smaller, faster, more powerful, and more power-efficient chips. Through collaboration, continuous innovation, and delivering on commitments, Lam is transforming atomic-scale engineering and enabling its customers to shape the future of technology. Based in Fremont, Calif., Lam Research is a Nasdaq-100 Index® and S&P 500® company whose common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market SM under the symbol LRCX. For more information, please visit http://www.lamresearch.com. (LRCX-F).

Consolidated Financial Tables Follow.
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LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data and percentages)
(unaudited)  
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
March 26,
2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
March 27,
2016
 
March 26,
2017
 
March 27,
2016
Revenue
$
2,153,995

 
$
1,882,299

 
$
1,314,055

 
$
5,668,713

 
$
4,339,632

Cost of goods sold
1,182,591

 
1,035,502

 
742,790

 
3,134,315

 
2,419,494

Gross margin
971,404

 
846,797

 
571,265

 
2,534,398

 
1,920,138

Gross margin as a percent of revenue
45.1
%
 
45.0
%
 
43.5
%
 
44.7
%
 
44.2
%
Research and development
265,986

 
246,804

 
221,494

 
748,030

 
676,457

Selling, general and administrative
167,000

 
160,165

 
159,018

 
492,175

 
478,666

Total operating expenses
432,986

 
406,969

 
380,512

 
1,240,205

 
1,155,123

Operating income
538,418

 
439,828

 
190,753

 
1,294,193

 
765,015

Operating income as a percent of revenue
25.0
%
 
23.4
%
 
14.5
%
 
22.8
%
 
17.6
%
Other expense, net
(7,838
)
 
(55,023
)
 
(29,834
)
 
(86,015
)
 
(86,890
)
Income before income taxes
530,580

 
384,805

 
160,919

 
1,208,178

 
678,125

Income tax benefit (expense)
44,133

 
(52,014
)
 
(17,468
)
 
(36,839
)
 
(23,015
)
Net income
$
574,713

 
$
332,791

 
$
143,451

 
$
1,171,339

 
$
655,110

Net income per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
3.52

 
$
2.05

 
$
0.90

 
$
7.22

 
$
4.13

Diluted
$
3.10

 
$
1.81

 
$
0.82

 
$
6.40

 
$
3.76

Number of shares used in per share calculations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
163,408

 
162,659

 
159,039

 
162,225

 
158,605

Diluted
185,094

 
183,543

 
174,373

 
182,885

 
174,329

Cash dividend declared per common share
$
0.45

 
$
0.45

 
$
0.30

 
$
1.20

 
$
0.90


 

















 
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
 
 
March 26,
2017
 
December 25,
2016
 
June 26,
2016
 
 
(unaudited)
 
(unaudited)
 
(1)
 
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
2,128,570

 
$
2,503,960

 
$
5,039,322

 
Investments
3,755,036

 
3,329,425

 
1,788,612

 
Accounts receivable, net
1,636,090

 
1,426,307

 
1,262,145

 
Inventories
1,133,196

 
1,018,891

 
971,911

 
Other current assets
223,056

 
225,291

 
151,160

(2)  
Total current assets
8,875,948

 
8,503,874

 
9,213,150

 
Property and equipment, net
675,707

 
672,553

 
639,608

 
Restricted cash and investments
256,157

 
255,175

 
250,421

 
Goodwill and intangible assets
1,835,150

 
1,873,581

 
1,951,197

 
Other assets
232,224

 
215,876

 
209,939

(2)  
Total assets
$
11,875,186

 
$
11,521,059

 
$
12,264,315

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current portion of convertible notes and capital leases
$
905,288

 
$
957,895

 
$
947,733

(2)  
Other current liabilities
1,851,451

 
1,700,123

 
1,470,308

 
Total current liabilities
2,756,739

 
2,658,018

 
2,418,041

 
Long-term debt and capital leases
1,777,297

 
1,768,713

 
3,378,129

(2)  
Income taxes payable
137,173

 
238,968

 
231,514

 
Other long-term liabilities
282,615

 
262,351

 
134,562

 
Total liabilities
4,953,824

 
4,928,050

 
6,162,246

 
Temporary equity, convertible notes
175,108

 
197,313

 
207,552

 
Stockholders’ equity (3)
6,746,254

 
6,395,696

 
5,894,517

 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
11,875,186

 
$
11,521,059

 
$
12,264,315

 
 
(1)
Derived from audited financial statements.
(2)
Adjusted for effects of retrospective implementation of ASU 2015-3, regarding the simplification of the presentation of bond issuance costs, which requires that bond issuance costs related to a recognized liability be presented on the balance sheet as a direct reduction from the carrying amount of that debt liability, consistent with debt discounts.
(3)
Common shares issued and outstanding were 163,969 as of March 26, 2017, 162,357 as of December 25, 2016, and 160,201 as of June 26, 2016.
 







 
LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands, unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
March 26,
2017
 
December 25,
2016
 
March 27,
2016
 
March 26,
2017
 
March 27,
2016
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
574,713

 
$
332,791

 
$
143,451

 
$
1,171,339

 
$
655,110

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
76,242

 
77,065

 
73,664

 
227,869

 
216,052

Deferred income taxes
27,619

 
34,615

 
(4,908
)
 
69,867

 
(2,295
)
Equity-based compensation expense
35,323

 
32,255

 
34,716

 
106,173

 
103,060

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 
36,325

 

 
36,325

 

Amortization of note discounts and issuance costs
6,136

 
6,202

 
22,458

 
19,168

 
55,938

Other, net
(4,738
)
 
(1,292
)
 
9,306

 
10,777

 
29,869

Changes in operating assets and liabilities
(292,607
)
 
(113,863
)
 
(95,776
)
 
(341,508
)
 
(131,281
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
422,688

 
404,098

 
182,911

 
1,300,010

 
926,453

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures and intangible assets
(44,116
)
 
(36,513
)
 
(46,007
)
 
(122,608
)
 
(123,604
)
Net (purchase) sale of available-for-sale securities
(418,566
)
 
(1,990,928
)
 
181,938

 
(1,977,744
)
 
192,937

(Issuance) repayment of notes receivable

 
(500
)
 
(200
)
 
(500
)
 
7,882

Transfers of restricted cash and investments
(982
)
 
465

 

 
(5,736
)
 

Other, net
(3,586
)
 
259

 

 
(11,127
)
 
(6,246
)
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities
(467,250
)
 
(2,027,217
)
 
135,731

 
(2,117,715
)
 
70,969

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Principal payments on long-term debt and capital lease obligations and payments for debt issuance costs
(69,227
)
 
(1,616,270
)
 
(8,479
)
 
(1,685,868
)
 
(36,949
)
Treasury stock purchases
(216,373
)
 
(67,668
)
 
(20,092
)
 
(285,894
)
 
(131,275
)
Dividends paid
(73,337
)
 
(48,397
)
 
(47,539
)
 
(169,786
)
 
(143,094
)
Reissuance of treasury stock related to employee stock purchase plan
17,223

 

 
16,387

 
36,543

 
35,632

Proceeds from issuance of common stock
7,964

 
3,121

 
308

 
12,544

 
1,858

Other, net
(70
)
 
(44
)
 
2,255

 
(124
)
 
7,686

Net cash used for financing activities
(333,820
)
 
(1,729,258
)
 
(57,160
)
 
(2,092,585
)
 
(266,142
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
2,992

 
(5,364
)
 
2,666

 
(462
)
 
(798
)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
(375,390
)
 
(3,357,741
)
 
264,148

 
(2,910,752
)
 
730,482

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
2,503,960

 
5,861,701

 
1,967,873

 
5,039,322

 
1,501,539

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
2,128,570

 
$
2,503,960

 
$
2,232,021

 
$
2,128,570

 
$
2,232,021








 
Non-GAAP Financial Summary
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 26,
2017
 
December 25,
2016
Revenue
$
2,153,995

 
$
1,882,299

Gross margin
$
992,654

 
$
874,174

Gross margin as percentage of revenue
46.1
%
 
46.4
%
Operating expenses
$
414,229

 
$
384,241

Operating income
$
578,425

 
$
489,933

Operating margin as a percentage of revenue
26.9
%
 
26.0
%
Net income
$
507,751

 
$
405,190

Net income per diluted share
$
2.80

 
$
2.24

Shares used in per share calculation - diluted
181,539

 
180,613

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income and U.S. GAAP number of dilutive shares to Non-GAAP number of dilutive shares
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)  
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 26,
2017
 
December 25,
2016
U.S. GAAP net income
$
574,713

 
$
332,791

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:
 
 
 
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired in Novellus transaction - cost of goods sold
21,250

 
21,250

Product rationalization - cost of goods sold

 
6,127

Costs associated with campus consolidation - research and development

 
995

Product rationalization - research and development

 
1,650

Amortization related to intangible assets acquired in Novellus transaction - selling, general and administrative
16,083

 
16,083

Costs associated with business process reengineering - selling, general and administrative
2,674

 

Litigation settlement - selling general and administrative

 
4,000

KLA-Tencor acquisition funding interest expense, net - other expense, net

 
2,682

Amortization of note discounts - other expense, net
5,654

 
5,671

Costs related to early termination of KLA-Tencor acquisition funding - other expense, net

 
34,518

Net income tax benefit on non-GAAP items
(6,418
)
 
(20,577
)
Income tax benefit on conclusion of certain tax matters
(106,205
)
 

Non-GAAP net income
$
507,751

 
$
405,190

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share
$
2.80

 
$
2.24

U.S. GAAP number of shares used for per diluted share calculation
185,094

 
183,543

Effect of convertible note hedge
(3,555
)
 
(2,930
)
Non-GAAP number of shares used for per diluted share calculation
181,539

 
180,613









 
Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Gross Margin, Operating Expenses and Operating Income to Non-GAAP Gross Margin, Operating Expenses and Operating Income
(in thousands, except percentages)
(unaudited)  
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 26,
2017
 
December 25,
2016
U.S. GAAP gross margin
$
971,404

 
$
846,797

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:
 
 
 
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired in Novellus transaction
21,250

 
21,250

Product rationalization

 
6,127

Non-GAAP gross margin
$
992,654

 
$
874,174

U.S. GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue
45.1
%
 
45.0
%
Non-GAAP gross margin as a percentage of revenue
46.1
%
 
46.4
%
U.S. GAAP operating expenses
$
432,986

 
$
406,969

Pre-tax non-GAAP items:
 
 
 
Amortization related to intangible assets acquired in Novellus transaction
(16,083
)
 
(16,083
)
Costs associated with business process reengineering
(2,674
)
 

Costs associated with campus consolidation

 
(995
)
Product rationalization

 
(1,650
)
Litigation settlement

 
(4,000
)
Non-GAAP operating expenses
$
414,229

 
$
384,241

Non-GAAP operating income
$
578,425

 
$
489,933

U.S. GAAP operating margin as percent of revenue
25.0
%
 
23.4
%
Non-GAAP operating margin as a percent of revenue
26.9
%
 
26.0
%