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$MU's gross margin slid to 32% for 2015 from 33% for 2014, on falls in average selling prices partially offset by manufacturing cost reductions. Gross margin in Compute and Networking Business Unit and Storage Business Unit slid on declines in average selling price, while Mobile Business Unit margin improved on manufacturing cost reductions.
$MU’s revenue increased 11% to $6.8Bil for the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year. Micron expects the new 64-layer NAND production to be more than 50% of total NAND production by 2H18 and 1X nm DRAM production to be more than 50% of total DRAM production by the end of CY18.
Following the resignation of $MU's Storage Business Unit VP Anand Jayapalan, who got accused by SEC on security fraud at his previous company SanDisk, Micron appointed Derek Dicker as VP and GM of Storage Business Unit. Previously, Dicker served as VP and Business Unit Manager of performance storage at $MSCC.
$MU said it is planning to offer around $1Bil shares of common stock in a public offering. The net proceeds from the offering is expected to be about $476MM. The company intends to use the amount to redeem approximately $438MM in aggregate principal amount of its 7.5% senior secured notes due 2023 and pay accrued and unpaid interest thereon.
$MU is excited about the demand requirements for DRAM as well as for NAND. The company is making great penetration with the hyperscale customers in terms of driving growth in DRAM. $MU remains bullish about the DRAM market environment through 2017 and believes there will be healthy demand supply balance in DRAM throughout 2018 as well.
In 4Q17, $MU’s Compute & Networking Business Unit revenue more than doubled YoY to $2.8Bil. The Mobile Business Unit delivered revenue of $1.2Bil, up 76% from 4Q16. The Storage Business Unit reported revenue of $1.3Bil, up 71% YoY. The Embedded Business Unit posted revenue of $827MM, up 61% YoY.
Late in 4Q17, $MU identified and corrected a flash component issue on select TLC 3D NAND products. Shipments of affected products were paused as $MU worked to find a solution. As a result, SSD revenue declined sequentially during 4Q17. Shipments have now restarted and $MU expects to resume solid sequential SSD revenue growth in 1Q18.
$MU reported a net income of $2.37Bil or $1.99 per share in 4Q17 compared to a net loss of $170MM or $0.16 per share in 4Q16. Adjusted net income totaled $2.39Bil or $2.02 per share in 4Q17. Revenues were $6.14Bil, up 91% compared to last year.
$MU has made strong progress over the past few quarters in Client SSDs as well as Enterprise and Cloud SSDs. The market share has also increased meaningfully. The market share in Enterprise and Cloud stands at sub 10% levels and in Client SSDs, the market share is in high single digits at present.
For 4Q17, $MU expects adjusted revenues to be $5.7-6.1Bil. Adjusted gross margin is expected to be 47-51%, adjusted Opex is expected to be $575-625MM and adjusted operating income is expected to be $2.2-2.4Bil. Adjusted EPS is expected to be $1.73-1.87.
During 3Q17, $MU’s embedded business unit recorded a 44% increase in revenue YoY to $700MM, driven by strong demand growth across all segments and a better pricing environment. The compute and networking business unit reported revenue of $2.4Bil. The storage business unit delivered revenue of $1.3Bil in 3Q17.
$MU had strong revenues in all business units in 3Q17, nearly doubling the company level’s YoY revenue performance. In the compute and networking business unit, all segments posted significant gains from year-ago levels. Revenue from cloud customers was more than four times higher YoY and $MU saw increased enterprise demand.
$MU reported net income of $1.65Bil or $1.40 per share for 3Q17 compared to a net loss of $215MM or $0.21 per share for 3Q16. Revenues were $5.57Bil, up 92% compared to 3Q16. The 3Q17 results reflects solid execution of cost reduction plans and favorable industry supply and demand dynamics.