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Illumina Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018

Illumina Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018

Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018.

Fourth quarter 2018 results:

Revenue of $867 million, an 11% increase compared to $778 million in the fourth quarter of 2017
GAAP net income attributable to Illumina stockholders for the quarter of $210 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, compared to $68 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2017; GAAP earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2017 included our provisional estimate of the one-time transition tax as a result of U.S. Tax Reform
Non-GAAP net income attributable to Illumina stockholders for the quarter of $197 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared to $212 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2017 (see the table entitled “Itemized Reconciliation Between GAAP and Non-GAAP Net Income Attributable to Illumina Stockholders” for a reconciliation of these GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures)

Cash flow from operations of $300 million compared to $294 million in the fourth quarter of 2017

Free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) of $235 million for the quarter compared to $218 million in the fourth quarter of 2017
Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 68.1% compared to 69.7% in the prior year period. Excluding amortization of acquired intangible assets, non-GAAP gross margin was 69.1% for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 70.9% in the prior year period.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $176 million compared to $137 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP R&D expenses as a percentage of revenue were 20.3%, including 0.8% attributable to Helix. This compares to non-GAAP R&D expenses as a percentage of revenue of 17.4% in the prior year period, including 0.7% attributable to Helix.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $217 million compared to $175 million in the prior year period. Excluding restructuring charges and acquisition related expense, non-GAAP SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue were 24.5%, including 1.6% attributable to Helix. This compares to 22.1% in the prior year period, including 1.2% attributable to Helix.

Depreciation and amortization expenses were $49 million and capital expenditures for free cash flow purposes were $65 million during the fourth quarter of 2018. At the close of the quarter, the company held $3.5 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared to $2.1 billion as of December 31, 2017.

Fiscal year 2018 results:

Revenue of $3,333 million, a 21% increase compared to $2,752 million in fiscal 2017
GAAP net income attributable to Illumina stockholders of $826 million, or $5.56 per diluted share, compared to $726 million, or $4.92 per diluted share, in fiscal 2017; GAAP earnings per share for fiscal 2017 included the one-time transition tax referenced previously
Non-GAAP net income attributable to Illumina stockholders of $850 million, or $5.72 per diluted share, compared to $591 million, or $4.00 per diluted share, in fiscal 2017 (see the table entitled “Itemized Reconciliation Between GAAP and Non-GAAP Net Income Attributable to Illumina Stockholders” for a reconciliation of these GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures)
Cash flow from operations of $1.1 billion compared to $875 million in fiscal 2017
Free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) of $846 million, compared to $565 million in fiscal 2017
Gross margin for fiscal 2018 was 69.0% compared to 66.4% in the prior year. Excluding amortization of acquired intangible assets, non-GAAP gross margin was 70.1% for fiscal 2018 compared to 68.4% in the prior year period.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for fiscal 2018 were $623 million compared to $546 million in the prior year. Excluding restructuring charges, non-GAAP R&D expenses as a percentage of revenue were 18.7%, including 0.9% attributable to Helix. This compares to 19.6% in the prior year period, including 1.0% attributable to Helix and GRAIL.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for fiscal 2018 were $794 million compared to $674 million in the prior year period. Excluding restructuring charges, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and acquisition related expense, non-GAAP SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue were 23.6%, including 1.3% attributable to Helix. This compares to 23.9% in the prior year period, including 1.7% attributable to Helix and GRAIL.

“With revenue growth of 21% in 2018, Illumina delivered its 20th consecutive year of growth, with increasing adoption of innovative sequencing applications across a wide range of customers and geographies,” said Francis deSouza, President and CEO. “From the evolving regulatory environment for oncology diagnostics to progress in reimbursement for non-invasive prenatal and undiagnosed disease testing, genomics is accelerating on its path into clinical standard of care.”

Updates since our last earnings release:

Signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pacific Biosciences to expand biological discovery and clinical insight by adding long-read sequencing technology
Launched TruSight Oncology 500 (TSO 500) pan-cancer assay broadening insights into Tumor Mutational Burden and Microsatellite Instability. TSO 500 is shipping now as a research-use-only product
Received Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA for Illumina’s TruSight Assay, which is based on the content of TSO 500. Illumina is seeking FDA approval of the assay as a companion diagnostic
Announced a new genotyping array and scientific contribution to support the All of Us research program
Repurchased approximately $98 million of common stock in the fourth quarter under the previously announced share repurchase program

Financial outlook and guidance

The non-GAAP financial guidance discussed below reflects certain pro forma adjustments to assist in analyzing and assessing our core operational performance. Please see our Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Guidance included in this release for a reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.

For fiscal 2019, the company projects revenue growth in the range of 13% to 14%, GAAP earnings per diluted share attributable to Illumina stockholders of $6.07 to $6.17 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share attributable to Illumina stockholders of $6.50 to $6.60. This guidance excludes any impact from the pending acquisition of Pacific Biosciences, which we expect to close in mid-2019.

Quarterly conference call information

The conference call will begin at 2:00 pm Pacific Time (5:00 pm Eastern Time) on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Interested parties may access the live teleconference through the Investor Relations section of Illumina’s website under the “company” tab at www.illumina.com. Alternatively, individuals can access the call by dialing 1 (800) 708-4539, or 1 (847) 619-6396 outside North America, both with passcode 47970793.

A replay of the conference call will be posted on Illumina’s website after the event and will be available for at least 30 days following.

Statement regarding use of non-GAAP financial measures

The company reports non-GAAP results for diluted net income per share, net income, gross margins, operating expenses, operating margins, other income, and free cash flow in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The company’s financial measures under GAAP include substantial charges such as amortization of acquired intangible assets, non-cash interest expense associated with the company’s convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash, and others that are listed in the itemized reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release. Management has excluded the effects of these items in non-GAAP measures to assist investors in analyzing and assessing past and future operating performance. Additionally, non-GAAP net income attributable to Illumina stockholders and diluted earnings per share attributable to Illumina stockholders are key components of the financial metrics utilized by the company’s board of directors to measure, in part, management’s performance and determine significant elements of management’s compensation.

The company encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand its business. Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP results are presented in the tables of this release.

Use of forward-looking statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including our financial outlook and guidance for fiscal 2019. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statements are: (i) our expectations and beliefs regarding future conduct and growth of the business and the markets in which we operate; (ii) the volume, timing and mix of customer orders among our products and services; (iii) our expectations regarding the pending acquisition of Pacific Biosciences; (iv) our ability to manufacture robust instrumentation and consumables; (v) the success of products and services competitive with our own; (vi) challenges inherent in developing, manufacturing, and launching new products and services, including expanding or modifying manufacturing operations and reliance on third-party suppliers for critical components; (vii) the impact of recently launched or pre-announced products and services on existing products and services; (viii) our ability to further develop and commercialize our instruments and consumables, to deploy new products, services, and applications, and to expand the markets for our technology platforms; (ix) our ability to successfully identify and integrate acquired technologies, products, or businesses; and (x) the application of generally accepted accounting principles, which are highly complex and involve many subjective assumptions, estimates, and judgments, together with other factors detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, or in information disclosed in public conference calls, the date and time of which are released beforehand. We undertake no obligation, and do not intend, to update these forward-looking statements, to review or confirm analysts’ expectations, or to provide interim reports or updates on the progress of the current quarter.