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FLEX REPORTS SECOND QUARTER FISCAL 2019 RESULTS

10/25/2018

FLEX REPORTS SECOND QUARTER FISCAL 2019 RESULTS

  • Quarterly revenue of $6.7 billion, increased 7% year-over-year
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.16, Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.29
  • Repurchased 4.4 million shares for approximately $60 million.
  • Winding down NIKE Mexico Operation

 

San Jose, CA, October 25, 2018 – Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX), the Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds Intelligent Products for a Connected World®, today announced results for its second quarter ended September 28, 2018.

 

US$ in millions, except earnings per share

Three-Month Periods Ended

 

September 28, 2018

 

September 29, 2017

Net sales

 $                      6,711

 

 $                      6,270

GAAP income before income taxes

                           109

 

                           218

Adjusted operating income

                           224

 

                           188

GAAP net income

                             87

 

                           205

Adjusted net income

                           153

 

                           142

GAAP EPS

                          0.16

 

                          0.38

Adjusted EPS

                          0.29

 

                          0.27

 

An explanation and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures is presented in Schedule II attached to this press release.

 

Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results of Operations

 

Net sales for the second quarter ended September 28, 2018 were $6.7 billion, growing 7% year-over-year, and within the guidance range of $6.6 to $7.0 billion. GAAP income before income taxes was $109 million for the quarter and adjusted operating income was $224 million, above the midpoint of the guidance range of $200 million to $230 million. GAAP net income was $87 million and adjusted net income for the quarter was $153 million. GAAP net income per share was $0.16 for the quarter and adjusted EPS was $0.29 for the quarter.

 

NIKE Update

 

The Company has worked hard with NIKE to make the footwear manufacturing operations in Mexico technically and commercially successful.  In recent weeks, however, it became clear that the Company would be unable to reach a commercially viable solution.   Accordingly, Flex and NIKE have mutually agreed to wind-down the footwear manufacturing operations in Guadalajara by December 31, 2018. The Company is in the process of finalizing the terms and details of the wind-down and is striving hard to retain many of the affected employees and repurpose the facility. In connection with the wind-down of the operation, the Company recognized $30 million of exit costs primarily related to an estimated impairment of fixed assets.  The Company may incur additional costs to complete the wind-down.

 

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

Flex ended the quarter with approximately $1.38 billion of cash on hand and total debt of approximately $2.9 billion. The balance sheet remains well positioned to support the business over the long term.  

 

Flex’s cash from operations was negative $764 million and negative $1.7 billion for the three and six-month periods ended September 28, 2018, respectively, and reflects the impacts due to cash collections under our ABS programs of the deferred purchase price for receivables sold of $885 million and $1.8 billion for those respective periods that due to a recent accounting change are now included as investing cash activities. Adjusted to exclude the impacts from the new accounting noted above, cash from operations was $120 million and $105 million for the three and six-month periods ended September 28, 2018, respectively.

 

The Company remains committed to return over 50% of annual free cash flow to its shareholders as it repurchased ordinary shares for approximately $60 million during the three-month period ended September 28, 2018.

 

Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Guidance

 

For the third quarter ending December 31, 2018, revenue is expected to be in the range of $6.6 to $7.0 billion. Adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.29 to $0.33 per diluted share. GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.19 to $0.23 and includes primarily stock-based compensation expense and intangible amortization.

 

Updated Fiscal Year 2019 Guidance

 

The Company is updating its fiscal 2019 guidance originally established at its May Investor and Analyst Day. This guidance has been updated for impacts from component shortages and incremental reductions from the India ramp due to capacity constraints as well as incremental pressures in both the automotive and industrial businesses. Our CTG performance has severely impacted our forecast and accounts for the majority of the downward guidance, which we are reducing to the following: revenue is expected to be in the range of $26.0 to $27.0 billion. Adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $1.05 to $1.15 per diluted share. GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.75 to $0.85 and includes stock-based compensation expense, intangible amortization, and other charges.

 

 

Retirement of CEO, Mike McNamara

 

The Company has published a separate press release that announced that Michael M. McNamara, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, has decided to retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective December 31, 2018. The Board has engaged Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. to conduct a search for a new Chief Executive Officer and will be considering both internal and external candidates. Michael D. Capellas, Chairman of the Board, will actively assist the Company’s management with the Chief Executive Officer transition.

 

 

Other Items

The Company continues to undertake measures to improve our internal control over financial reporting to address and remediate the material weaknesses described further in Item 9A “Controls and Procedures” of our fiscal 2018 Form 10-K. Many of our remediation efforts have been implemented already or are in the process of implementation.   Our initiatives are focused on enhancing site level controls, designing and implementing centralized reporting controls and enhancing the quality and frequency of training. While our remediation plan is being executed, we also have engaged and will continue to engage additional resources to support and supplement the Company’s existing internal resources. We are working to have the material weaknesses remediated as soon as possible.

 

Webcast and Conference Call

The Flex management team will host a conference call today at 2:00 PM (PT) / 5:00 PM (ET), to review second quarter fiscal 2019 results. A live webcast of the event and slides will be available on the Flex Investor Relations website at http://investors.flex.com. An audio replay and transcript will also be available after the event on the Flex Investor Relations website.

About Flex

 

Flex Ltd. (Reg. No. 199002645H) is the Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds Intelligent Products for a Connected World®. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. For more information, visit flex.com or follow us on Twitter @Flexintl. Flex – Live Smarter®

 

 

Contacts

 

Investors & Analysts
Kevin Kessel, CFA

(408) 576-7985                                                          

kevin.kessel@flex.com

 

Media & Press

Paul Brunato

(408) 576-7534                                                        

paul.brunato@flex.com

 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. securities laws, including statements related to future expected revenues and earnings per share and the Company’s plan to remediate material weaknesses in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These risks include: that future revenues and earnings may not be achieved as expected; the challenges of effectively managing our operations, including our ability to control costs and manage changes in our operations; litigation and regulatory investigations and proceedings relating to the previously-disclosed Audit Committee independent investigation; our identification of material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, which could, if not remediated result in a material misstatement in our financial statements; compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; the possibility that benefits of the Company’s restructuring actions may not materialize as expected; that the expected revenue and margins from recently launched programs may not be realized; our dependence on a small number of customers; the impact of capacity constraints on our business in India; the impact of component shortages, including its impact on our revenues; geopolitical risk, including the termination and renegotiation of international trade agreements; that recently proposed changes or future changes in tax laws in certain jurisdictions where we operate could materially impact our tax expense; the effects that the current macroeconomic environment could have on our business and demand for our products; and the effects that current credit and market conditions could have on the liquidity and financial condition of our customers and suppliers, including any impact on their ability to meet their contractual obligations

 

Additional information concerning these and other risks is described under “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q that we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current expectations and Flex assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Our share repurchase program does not obligate the Company to repurchase a specific number of shares and may be suspended or terminated at any time without prior notice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE I

 

 

FLEX

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three-Month Periods Ended

 

 

September 28, 2018

 

September 29, 2017

GAAP:

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 $                  6,710,604

 

 $                  6,270,420

 

Cost of sales

                     6,308,303

 

                     5,877,095

 

     Gross profit

                        402,301

 

                        393,325

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

                        227,683

 

                        274,149

 

Intangible amortization

                         18,234

 

                         16,376

 

Interest and other, net

                         41,060

 

                         27,554

 

Other charges (income), net

                           6,530

 

                      (143,167)

 

     Income before income taxes

                        108,794

 

                        218,413

 

Provision for income taxes

                         21,909

 

                         13,327

 

     Net income

 $                       86,885

 

 $                     205,086

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

GAAP

 $                          0.16

 

 $                          0.38

 

Non-GAAP

 $                          0.29

 

 $                          0.27

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted shares used in computing per share amounts

534,458

 

536,019

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Schedule II for the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures. See the accompanying notes on Schedule V attached to this press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLEX

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six-Month Periods Ended

 

 

September 28, 2018

 

September 29, 2017

GAAP:

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 $                 13,134,560

 

 $                 12,278,692

 

Cost of sales

                   12,354,405

 

                   11,478,435

 

     Gross profit

                        780,155

 

                        800,257

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

                        490,565

 

                        524,960

 

Intangible amortization

                         36,751

 

                         36,277

 

Interest and other, net

                         82,802

 

                         54,430

 

Other income, net

                        (80,394)

 

                      (179,332)

 

     Income before income taxes

                        250,431

 

                        363,922

 

Provision for income taxes

                         47,511

 

                         34,126

 

     Net income

 $                     202,920

 

 $                     329,796

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

     
 

GAAP

 $                          0.38

 

 $                          0.61

 

Non-GAAP

 $                          0.53

 

 $                          0.51

         
 

Diluted shares used in computing per share amounts

535,027

 

536,311

         

 

See Schedule II for the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures. See the accompanying notes on Schedule V attached to this press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE II

 

 

FLEX

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (1)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

     

 

 

Three-Month Periods Ended

 

 

September 28, 2018

 

September 29, 2017

GAAP gross profit

 $                     402,301

 

 $                     393,325

 

Stock-based compensation expense

                           4,767

 

                           4,985

 

Customer related asset impairments (2)

                         30,100

 

                                -  

 

Contingencies and other (4)

                          (3,679)

 

                         18,933

Non-GAAP gross profit

 $                     433,489

 

 $                     417,243

 

 

     

GAAP income before income taxes

 $                     108,794

 

 $                     218,413

 

Intangible amortization

                         18,234

 

                         16,376

 

Stock-based compensation expense

                         19,081

 

                         20,464

 

Customer related asset impairments (2)

                         30,100

 

                           4,753

 

Contingencies and other (4)

                            (269)

 

                         43,933

 

Other charges (income), net (5)

                           6,530

 

                      (143,167)

 

Interest and other, net

                         41,060

 

                         27,554

Non-GAAP operating income

 $                     223,530

 

 $                     188,326

 

 

     

GAAP provision for income taxes

 $                       21,909

 

 $                       13,327

 

Intangible amortization benefit

                           2,225

 

                           2,250

 

Other adjustments for taxes (6)

                                1,387  

 

                           2,738

Non-GAAP provision for income taxes

 $                       25,521

 

 $                       18,315

 

 

     

GAAP net income

 $                       86,885

 

 $                     205,086

 

Intangible amortization

                         18,234

 

                         16,376

 

Stock-based compensation expense

                         19,081

 

                         20,464

 

Customer related asset impairments (2)

                         30,100

 

                           4,753

 

Contingencies and other (4)

                            (269)

 

                         43,933

 

Elementum deconsolidation (5)

                                -  

 

                      (151,574)

 

Other charges, net

                           2,905

 

                           8,407

 

Adjustments for taxes (6)

                          (3,612)

 

                          (4,988)

Non-GAAP net income

 $                     153,324

 

 $                     142,457

Diluted earnings per share:

 

GAAP

 $                          0.16

 

 $                          0.38

 

Non-GAAP

 $                          0.29

 

 $                          0.27

 

 

     

 

 

 

FLEX

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (1)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six-Month Periods Ended

 

 

September 28, 2018

 

September 29, 2017

GAAP gross profit

 $                     780,155

 

 $                     800,257

 

Stock-based compensation expense

                         10,171

 

                           8,304

 

Customer related asset impairments (2)

                         42,452

 

                                -  

 

New revenue standard adoption impact (3)

                           9,291

 

                                -  

 

Contingencies and other (4)

                           4,212

 

                         18,933

Non-GAAP gross profit

 $                     846,281

 

 $                     827,494

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP income before income taxes

 $                     250,431

 

 $                     363,922

 

Intangible amortization

                         36,751

 

                         36,277

 

Stock-based compensation expense

                         40,034

 

                         42,260

 

Customer related asset impairments (2)

                         47,464

 

                           4,753

 

New revenue standard adoption impact (3)

                           9,291

 

                                -  

 

Contingencies and other (4)

                         24,859

 

                         43,933

 

Other income, net (5)

                        (80,394)

 

                      (179,332)

 

Interest and other, net

                         82,802

 

                         54,430

Non-GAAP operating income

 $                     411,238

 

 $                     366,243

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP provision for income taxes

 $                       47,511

 

 $                       34,126

 

Intangible amortization benefit

                           4,517

 

                           4,016

 

Other adjustments for taxes (6)

                            (7,709)

 

                           2,738

Non-GAAP provision for income taxes

 $                       44,319

 

 $                       40,880

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net income

 $                     202,920

 

 $                     329,796

 

Intangible amortization

                         36,751

 

                         36,277

 

Stock-based compensation expense

                         40,034

 

                         42,260

 

Customer related asset impairments (2)

                         47,464

 

                           4,753

 

New revenue standard adoption impact (3)

                           9,291

 

                                -  

 

Contingencies and other (4)

                         24,859

 

                         43,933

 

Elementum deconsolidation (5)

                                -  

 

                      (151,574)

 

AutoLab deconsolidation (5)

                        (87,348)

 

                                -  

 

Other charges (income), net (5)

                           4,132

 

                        (27,758)

 

Adjustments for taxes (6)

                           3,192

 

                          (6,754)

Non-GAAP net income

 $                     281,295

 

 $                     270,933

Diluted earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

GAAP

 $                          0.38

 

 $                          0.61

 

Non-GAAP

 $                          0.53

 

 $                          0.51

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE III

 

FLEX

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of September 28, 2018

 

As of March 31, 2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 $                        1,377,720

 

 $                1,472,424

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

                           2,859,409

 

                   2,517,695

 

Contract assets

                              418,158

 

                              -  

 

Inventories

                           4,442,855

 

                   3,799,829

 

Other current assets

                              935,030

 

                   1,380,466

Total current assets

                         10,033,172

 

                   9,170,414

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

                           2,277,885

 

                   2,239,506

Goodwill

                           1,082,523

 

                   1,121,170

Other intangible assets, net

                              375,407

 

                      424,433

Other assets

                              957,217

 

                      760,332

Total assets

 $                      14,726,204

 

 $               13,715,855

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Bank borrowings and current portion of long-term debt

 $                        55,640

 

 $                     43,011

 

Accounts payable

                       6,236,018

 

                   5,122,303

 

Accrued payroll

                          406,368

 

                      383,332

 

Other current liabilities

                      1,456,519

 

                   1,719,418

Total current liabilities

                       8,154,545

 

                   7,268,064

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net of current portion

                     2,869,551

 

                  2,897,631

Other liabilities

                          532,561

 

                      531,587

 

 

 

 

 

Total shareholders' equity

                   3,169,547

 

             3,018,573

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 $                  14,726,204

 

 $               13,715,855

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE IV

 

FLEX

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six-Month Periods Ended

 

 

 

September 28, 2018

 

September 29, 2017

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 $                  202,920

 

 $                  329,796

 

 

Depreciation, amortization and other impairment charges

 269,062

 

 264,718

 

 

Gain from deconsolidation of AutoLab

 (86,614)

 

 —

 

 

Gain from deconsolidation of Elementum

 —

 

 (151,574)

 

 

Changes in working capital and other

 (2,092,964)

 

 (2,614,917)

 

 

          Net cash used in operating activities

 (1,707,596)

 

 (2,171,977)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 (363,373)

 

 (264,030)

 

 

Proceeds from the disposition of property and equipment

 12,973

 

 36,123

 

 

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

 —

 

 (273,167)

 

 

Proceeds from divestiture of businesses, net of cash held in
divested businesses

 264,438

 

 (2,949)

 

 

Cash collections of deferred purchase price

 1,812,945

 

 2,452,782

 

 

Other investing activities, net

                     (24,411)

 

 (114,063)

 

 

          Net cash provided by investing activities

 1,702,572

 

 1,834,696

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from bank borrowings and long-term debt

 650,023

 

 —

 

 

Repayments of bank borrowings and long-term debt

 (652,600)

 

 (26,483)

 

 

Payments for repurchases of ordinary shares

 (59,980)

 

 (145,005)

 

 

Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares

 131

 

 1,211

 

 

Other financing activities, net

 —

 

 60,591

 

 

          Net cash provided used in financing activities

 (62,426)

 

 (109,686)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

 (27,254)

 

 (14,206)

 

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 (94,704)

 

 (461,173)

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 1,472,424

 

 1,830,675

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 $               1,377,720

 

 $               1,369,502

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (1)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 $             (1,707,596)

 

 $             (2,171,977)

 

 

Cash collections of deferred purchase price

 1,812,945

 

 2,452,782

 
 

          Adjusted net cash provided by operating activities

 105,349

 

 280,805

 
 

Net Capital Expenditures

 (350,400)

 

 (227,907)

 
 

          Free Cash Flow

 $                (245,051)

 

 $                    52,898

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE V

FLEX AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO SCHEDULES I, II, III, & IV

 

  1. To supplement Flex’s unaudited selected financial data presented consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain charges, including non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share.  These supplemental measures exclude restructuring charges, stock-based compensation expense, intangible amortization, other discrete events as applicable and the related tax effects. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative for GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with Flex’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate Flex’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.  The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures.  We compensate for the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of the Company’s performance. 

 

In calculating non-GAAP financial measures, we exclude certain items to facilitate a review of the comparability of the Company’s operating performance on a period-to-period basis because such items are not, in our view, related to the Company’s ongoing operational performance. We use non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of our business, for comparison with forecasts and strategic plans, for calculating return on investment, and for benchmarking performance externally against competitors. In addition, management’s incentive compensation is determined using certain non-GAAP measures.  Also, when evaluating potential acquisitions, we exclude certain of the items described below from consideration of the target’s performance and valuation.  Since we find these measures to be useful, we believe that investors benefit from seeing results “through the eyes” of management in addition to seeing GAAP results.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

  • the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s on-going operating results;
  • the ability to better identify trends in the Company’s underlying business and perform related trend analyses;
  • a better understanding of how management plans and measures the Company’s underlying business; and
  • an easier way to compare the Company’s operating results against analyst financial models and operating results of competitors that supplement their GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures.

 

The following are explanations of each of the adjustments that we incorporate into non-GAAP measures, as well as the reasons for excluding each of these individual items in the reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures:

 

Stock-based compensation expense consists of non-cash charges for the estimated fair value of stock options and unvested restricted share unit awards granted to employees and assumed in business acquisitions.  The Company believes that the exclusion of these charges provides for more accurate comparisons of its operating results to peer companies due to the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types.  In addition, the Company believes it is useful to investors to understand the specific impact stock-based compensation expense has on its operating results.

 

Intangible amortization consists primarily of non-cash charges that can be impacted by, among other things, the timing and magnitude of acquisitions.  The Company considers its operating results without these charges when evaluating its ongoing performance and forecasting its earnings trends, and therefore excludes such charges when presenting non-GAAP financial measures.  The Company believes that the assessment of its operations excluding these costs is relevant to its assessment of internal operations and comparisons to the performance of its competitors.

 

Customer related asset impairments consist primarily of non-cash impairments of certain property and equipment to estimated fair value for customers we are in the process of disengaging as well as additional provisions for doubtful accounts receivable for customers that are experiencing significant financial difficulties. Certain inventory on hand could be subject to impairment to net realizable value for these customers as well. These costs are excluded by the Company’s management in assessing current operating performance and forecasting its earnings trends and are therefore excluded by the Company from its non-GAAP measures.

 

Contingencies and other consists primarily of costs not directly related to ongoing or core business results such as (1) costs incurred relating to the independent investigation undertaken by the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors completed in June 2018, (2) certain charges related to Multek China that was divested in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, (3) damages incurred from a typhoon that impacted a China facility in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, and (4) certain legal matters for which loss contingencies are believed to be probable and estimable in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. It also includes certain restructuring charges primarily related to severance for rationalization at existing sites and corporate functions. These costs are excluded by the Company’s management in assessing current operating performance and forecasting its earnings trends and are therefore excluded by the Company from its non-GAAP measures.

 

 

Other charges (income), net consists of various other types of items that are not directly related to ongoing or core business results, such as the gain or loss from certain divestitures and impairment charges associated with non-core investments. We exclude these items because they are not related to the Company’s ongoing operating performance or do not affect core operations.  Excluding these amounts provide investors with a basis to compare Company performance against the performance of other companies without this variability.

 

Adjustment for taxes relates to the tax effects of the various adjustments that we incorporate into non-GAAP measures in order to provide a more meaningful measure on non-GAAP net income and certain adjustments related to non-recurring settlements of tax contingencies or other non-recurring tax charges, when applicable.

 

Adjustment for operating cash flows and free cash flow metrics due to a recently issued accounting standard.   In Q1 fiscal year 2019, the adoption of the new cash flow accounting standard resulted in a reclassification of cash flows related to the collection of certain receivables sold through the Company’s asset-backed receivable securitization program from operating activities to investing activities. The Company utilizes net cash flow from its various A/R sales programs as a low-cost source to fund operations and as a critical net working capital management tool.  Cash flow from operations is also a critical metric that investors use to evaluate a company’s earnings power. The Company views and manages all collections under the program similarly without bifurcation and accordingly provides the adjustment to reflect cash flows from operations inclusive of all collections of receivables sold through the programs.

 

In addition, we define our free cash flow metric to be GAAP net cash flows from operating activities, plus cash collection of deferred purchase price, less purchases of property and equipment net of proceeds from dispositions to reflect this change and present cash flows on a consistent basis for investor transparency.  We believe Free Cash Flow is an important liquidity metric because it measures, during a given period, the amount of cash generated that is available to repay debt obligations, make investments, fund acquisitions and for certain other activities. Since Free Cash Flow includes investments in operating assets, we believe this non-GAAP liquidity measure is useful in addition to the most directly comparable GAAP measure – “net cash used in operating activities.”
 

    

 

 

 

(2) Customer related asset impairments for the three-month and six-month periods ended September 28, 2018 relate to additional provisions for doubtful accounts receivable, inventory and impairment of other assets for certain customers experiencing significant financial difficulties as well as $30 million of exit costs primarily related to our estimated impairment of fixed assets considered not recoverable in conjunction with the wind-down of our NIKE footwear manufacturing operations in Guadalajara.

 

(3) During the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the Company amended certain non-substantive terms of its existing contracts for its smaller customers. The amendments removed the consideration regarding over-time recognition under ASC 606. Accordingly, these customer contracts are now accounted for consistent with prior accounting and revenue is recognized upon shipment of product.

 

(4) Contingencies and other during the three and six-month periods ended September 28, 2018 primarily consists of costs incurred relating to the independent investigation undertaken by the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors which was completed in June 2018 and certain charges of the China based Multek operation that was divested in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

 

During the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, the Company incurred charges in connection with certain legal matters where it believed losses were probable and estimable. Additionally, the Company incurred various other charges predominately related to damages incurred from a typhoon that impacted a China facility.

 

During the six-month period ended September 29, 2017 and September 28, 2018, the Company also incurred certain restructuring charges primarily related to severance for rationalization at existing sites and corporate functions.

 

(5) During the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the Company transferred employees and equipment along with certain related software and IP, into AutoLab AI which later received additional equity funding from third party investors and changed the composition of the Board of directors removing Flex’s control.  As such, we deconsolidated the entity and recognized a gain of approximately $92 million in other income, net for the quarter ended June 29, 2018. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, the Company reduced the gain recognized in the first quarter by $4 million based on the final fair value provided by an independent valuation firm.

 

The Company sold its Wink business during the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 to an unrelated third-party venture backed company in exchange for contingent consideration fair valued at $59 million and recognized a gain on sale of $38.7 million.

 

During the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, the Company and other minority shareholders of Elementum amended certain agreements and as a result, the Company concluded it no longer had majority control and accordingly, deconsolidated the entity. As part of the deconsolidation, the Company recognized a gain of $151.6 million.

      

(6) Primarily related to adjustment for exchange rate fluctuation on income tax receivable position of an operating subsidiary recognized in a prior period and tax effects of the various adjustments that we incorporate into Non-GAAP measures.