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SanDisk Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, announced today results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Total third quarter revenue of $1.27 billion declined 10% on a year-over-year basis and increased 23% on a sequential basis.

On a GAAP (1) basis, third quarter net income was $77 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to net income of $233 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 and $13 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

On a non-GAAP (2) basis, third quarter net income was $118 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to net income of $292 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 and net income of $51 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. For reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables and footnotes.

“Our retail business delivered strong results in Q3 and we believe we gained share across all major geographies worldwide on the strength of the SanDisk brand,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer of SanDisk. “Our results also reflect a solid recovery in our mobile embedded business and we made good progress toward expanding our SSD product roadmap. We believe we are well positioned to build on our business momentum and improved industry fundamentals to deliver strong sequential growth in the fourth quarter.”

Metric   GAAP   Non-GAAP
in millions of US$, except %   Q312   Q311   Q212   Q312   Q311   Q212
Revenue   $1,273     $1,416     $1,032     $1,273     $1,416     $1,032  
Gross Profit $383   $612   $281   $395   $627   $292
% of revenue   30.1 %   43.2 %   27.2 %   31.0 %   44.3 %   28.3 %
Operating Income $132 $386 $36 $164 $417 $68
% of revenue   10.4 %   27.3 %   3.5 %   12.9 %   29.4 %   6.6 %


SanDisk’s third quarter of fiscal 2012 conference call is scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Pacific Time, Thursday, October 18, 2012. The conference call will be webcast and can be accessed live, and throughout the quarter, at SanDisk’s website at To participate in the call via telephone, the dial-in number is 719-457-2086 and the dial-in password is 1746867. A copy of this press release will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on a current report on Form 8-K and will be posted to our website prior to the conference call.


This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements about our business prospects, including our expectations regarding our business, industry fundamentals and expected financial performance in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, supply/demand balance, and our expectations for our SSD products, that are based on our current expectations and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate and may significantly harm our business, financial condition and results of operations. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others:
  • competitive pricing pressures, resulting in lower average selling prices and lower or negative product gross margins;
  • potential delays in product development or lack of customer acceptance of our solutions, particularly OEM products such as our embedded flash storage solutions, and client and enterprise SSD solutions;
  • unpredictable or changing demand for our products, including for different form factors, capacities and underlying memory technologies;
  • excess or mismatched captive memory output or capacity, which could result in write-downs for excess inventory, lower of cost or market charges, lower average selling prices, fixed costs associated with under-utilized capacity or other consequences;
  • inability to maintain or gain market share in client and enterprise SSD markets; 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2012.


GAAP represents U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.


Non-GAAP represents GAAP excluding the impact of share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, non-cash economic interest expense associated with the Company’s convertible debt, the non-cash change in fair value of the liability component associated with the repurchased portion of SanDisk’s convertible debt and related tax adjustments.


SanDisk Corporation is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for OEM and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk’s innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk’s diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSD) for the computing and enterprise markets. SanDisk’s products are used by consumers and enterprise customers around the world.

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