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SanDisk Announces First Quarter 2016 Results

Apr 27, 2016

MILPITAS, Calif., Apr 27, 2016 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced results for the first quarter ended April 3, 2016.  First quarter revenue of $1.37 billion increased 3 percent on a year-over-year basis and decreased 11 percent sequentially.

On a GAAP(1) basis, first quarter net income was $78 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to net income of $39 million, or $0.17 per share, in the first quarter of 2015 and net income of $135 million, or $0.65 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.

On a non-GAAP(2)(3) basis, first quarter net income was $167 million, or $0.82 per share, compared to net income of $134 million, or $0.62 per share, in the first quarter of 2015 and net income of $257 million, or $1.26 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.  For a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables and footnotes.

“Our first quarter results mark a solid start to 2016,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer of SanDisk.  “We delivered year-over-year growth in revenue, earnings and cash flow, and are pleased with the strength of our Q1 revenue in enterprise solutions, client SSDs and removable products.  We are excited about the opportunities ahead as the combination of SanDisk and Western Digital will provide our customers with a tremendous breadth of solutions and deep expertise in storage across a range of applications.”




  • SanDisk and IBM announced a collaboration to bring out a unique class of next-generation, software-defined, all-flash storage solutions for the data center utilizing SanDisk’s InfiniFlash™ System and software defined storage featuring IBM Spectrum Scale™ filesystem from IBM. The joint solution addresses the escalating datacenter challenges of scale, performance, agility and break-through economics.
  • SanDisk expanded its automotive solutions with an automotive grade SD™ card featuring a new suite of smart features including enhanced power failure protection, and a memory health status monitor. SanDisk also extended these new smart features to its SanDisk Industrial and SanDisk Industrial XT SD cards.
  • SanDisk introduced new retail removable products, including introducing the world’s fastest microSD™ card, featuring transfer speeds of up to 275MB/s*, and the SanDisk Ultra® USB Type-C™ Flash Drive designed specifically for next-generation devices with USB Type-C connectors.

In light of the pending acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital”), SanDisk will not hold a conference call to discuss its financial results.  Concurrent with this press release, SanDisk has published business and financial commentary along with earnings presentation materials on its website at

Q1 2016 Financial Tables


SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions.  For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry.  Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs.  SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide.  For more information, visit

©2016 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and SanDisk Ultra are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries.  InfiniFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. SD is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC. USB Type-C is a trademark of USB Implementers Forum.  Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

* Up to 275 MB/s read; up to 100 MB/s write. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device, interface, usage conditions and other factors. 1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes

(1)       GAAP represents U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

(2)       Non-GAAP represents GAAP excluding the impact of share-based compensation, inventory step-up expense, amortization and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets, Western Digital acquisition-related expenses, gains and losses related to the shortened duration and expected liquidation prior to their effective maturity of marketable securities due to the pending acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital, gains and losses due to the modifications and terminations of warrants, non-cash economic interest expense associated with the convertible senior notes, non-cash change in fair value of the liability component of the convertible senior notes due to the conversion of a portion of the 1.5% Convertible Senior Notes due 2017 and related tax adjustments. 

(3)       Non-GAAP diluted shares are adjusted for the impact of expensing share-based compensation and include the impact of offsetting shares from the call options related to the convertible senior notes.

(4)       Net cash is defined as cash, cash equivalents, short and long-term marketable securities, minus the aggregate principal amount of the outstanding convertible senior notes.

(5)       Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less (a) acquisition of property and equipment, net, and (b) net investment and notes receivables activity with Flash Ventures.  Calculation of free cash flow may not agree to the sum of the components presented due to rounding.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including those regarding our pending acquisition by Western Digital, industry environment, our business prospects, our intended financial, operational and strategic plans and priorities, our future financial performance and market share, our customer base, customer qualifications and product mix, technology trends and adoption, strategic relationships, and new products and technologies, that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate.

Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include, among others:

  • the announcement and pendency of our agreement to be acquired by Western Digital or the failure of our pending acquisition by Western Digital to be completed on a timely basis, or at all, or any materially burdensome conditions that may be imposed, or inability to achieve the expected benefits from the acquisition;
  • failure to effectively or efficiently execute on our financial, operational or strategic plans or priorities, which may change, may not have the effects that we anticipate or otherwise be successful on the timeline that we expect or at all or may have unanticipated consequences;
  • changes in industry supply and demand environment, and production and pricing levels being different than what we anticipate;
  • competitive pricing pressures or product mix changes, resulting in lower average selling prices, lower revenues and reduced margins;
  • excess or mismatched captive memory output, capacity or inventory, resulting in lower average selling prices, financial charges and impairments, lower gross margin or other consequences, or insufficient or mismatched captive memory output, capacity or inventory, resulting in lost revenue and growth opportunities;
  • inability to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing or ramping with acceptable yields, new technologies, such as 3D NAND technology, 3D ReRAM, or the failure of new technologies to effectively compete with those of our competitors;
  • inability to reduce product costs to keep pace with reductions in average selling prices, resulting in lower or negative product gross margin;
  • potential delays in product development or lack of customer acceptance and qualification of our solutions, including on new technologies, particularly our 3D NAND technology, enterprise solutions, client SSDs and embedded flash storage solutions;
  • slower than anticipated growth, lower than anticipated demand or weakness in demand in one or more of our product categories, such as enterprise, embedded products or SSDs, or adverse changes in our product or customer mix;
  • failure to successfully sell enterprise solutions on the timelines or in the quantities we expect or transition our enterprise customers to our leading edge solutions;
  • failure or delays in making new products or technologies available in the manner and capacities we anticipate, whether due to technology or supply chain difficulties or other factors;
  • our 15-nanometer process technology, our X3 NAND memory architecture, our 3D NAND technology or our solutions utilizing these new technologies may not be available when we expect, in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected;
  • failure to continue to expand or manage the risks associated with our ventures, strategic partnerships and commercial relationships, such as with Toshiba, including the risk of early termination;
  • inability to achieve the expected benefits from acquisitions and strategic relationships in a timely manner, or at all;
  • industry and technology trends not occurring in the timeline we anticipate or at all;
  • capital investments requiring additional cash or the unavailability of lease financing on terms acceptable to us;
  • the failure of all-flash storage systems to achieve the various functionality, performance and cost benefits currently anticipated, potential delays in product development or lack of customer acceptance of all-flash storage systems, and failure to manage and continue the collaboration with IBM; and
  • the other risks detailed from time-to-time under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended January 3, 2016.

All statements made in this news release are made only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to update the information in this release in the event facts or circumstances change after the date of this release.

All references to annual and quarterly periods refer to our fiscal year and fiscal quarters.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this document, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These forward-looking statements are based on SanDisk Corporation’s (“SanDisk”) current expectations, estimates and projections about the proposed merger, its business and industry, management’s beliefs, and certain assumptions made by SanDisk and Western Digital, all of which are subject to change.  Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words.  Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger and the expected date of closing of the merger with Western Digital’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Schrader Acquisition Corporation.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Important risk factors that may cause such a difference in connection with the proposed merger include, but are not limited to, the following factors: (1) the failure to satisfy conditions to completion of the merger, including the receipt of all regulatory approvals related to the merger; (2) uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the merger and the ability of each party to consummate the merger; (3) risks that the proposed merger disrupts the current plans and operations of Western Digital or SanDisk; (4) the ability of Western Digital and SanDisk to retain and hire key personnel; (5) competitive responses to the proposed merger; (6) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; (7) the outcome of any legal proceedings that could be instituted against Western Digital, SanDisk or their respective directors related to the merger agreement; (8) potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; (9) the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, cost savings and synergies from the merger; (10) delays, challenges and expenses associated with integrating the combined companies’ existing businesses and the indebtedness planned to be incurred in connection with the merger; and (11) legislative, regulatory and economic developments.  These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed merger, are more fully discussed in the joint proxy statement/prospectus that is included in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with the proposed merger.  The forward-looking statements in this document speak only as of the date of the particular statement.  Neither SanDisk nor Western Digital undertakes any obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.

In addition, actual results are subject to other risks and uncertainties that relate more broadly to SanDisk’s overall business, including those more fully described in SanDisk’s filings with the SEC including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2016, and its quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q for fiscal year 2015, and Western Digital’s overall business and financial condition, including those more fully described in Western Digital’s filings with the SEC including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 3, 2015 and its quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q for the current fiscal year.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval.  Western Digital filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 which includes a joint proxy statement/prospectus of SanDisk and Western Digital.  The Registration Statement on Form S-4 was declared effective on February 5, 2016.  Each of SanDisk and Western Digital are providing the joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective stockholders.  SanDisk and Western Digital also plan to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed merger.  This document is not a substitute for the joint proxy statement/prospectus or registration statement or any other document which SanDisk or Western Digital may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger.  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF SANDISK AND WESTERN DIGITAL ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER.  You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this merger, free of charge, at the SEC’s website (  In addition, copies of the documents filed with the SEC by SanDisk will be available free of charge on SanDisk’s website at  Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Western Digital will be available free of charge on Western Digital’s website at

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