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SanDisk Reports Second Quarter 2006 Results

Jul 24, 2006

  • Revenues of $719 million, up 40% year-over-year
  • GAAP EPS $0.47; Non-GAAP EPS $0.58

SUNNYVALE, CA, July 24, 2006 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), the world's largest supplier of flash storage card products, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 2, 2006. Total second quarter revenues increased 40% on a year-over-year basis to $719 million. Second quarter net income as reported in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) was $96 million, or $0.47 per diluted share.

Excluding the impact of stock compensation expense and amortization of acquisition related intangible assets and the related tax effect, second quarter non-GAAP net income grew 67% to $118 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, which compares to the second quarter 2005 GAAP results of $70 million, or $0.37 per diluted share.

"The second quarter was an excellent quarter for both our OEM and our retail business. Mobile cards sold into handsets were the star performer with more than 15 million cards sold in the quarter. Our microSDTM card has become our number one product in units and our second largest product by revenue. Our SansaTM e200 audio players have been well received, solidifying our clear #2 share for flash players in U.S. retail in the second quarter. Our SanDisk ExtremeTM high performance cards for professional photographers were our fastest growing product line in the quarter. Solid execution of the 300-millimeter fab ramp and 8 gigabit 70-nanometer MLC shipments contributed to improved product margins despite a challenging industry-wide pricing environment. The cumulative pricing reductions implemented over the past two quarters are showing positive demand elasticity as evidenced by 20% growth in average capacity and 46% more megabytes sold compared to the first quarter," said Eli Harari, chairman and chief executive officer of SanDisk Corporation. "We are optimistic about growth in demand in our target markets in the second half and with Fab 3 costs steadily declining and our captive capacity ramping, we believe we are well positioned for the anticipated demand upswing in the back half of this year."

Metrics and Highlights

  • Product revenues grew 40% and license and royalty revenue grew 35% year-over-year.
  • Megabytes sold in the second quarter increased 178% year-over-year and 46% from the first quarter of 2006.
  • Average density per card sold in retail grew 15% sequentially to 758 megabytes. Average density per card sold across all channels grew 20% sequentially.
  • Average price per megabyte sold declined 19% sequentially and 49% from the second quarter of 2005.
  • Total GAAP gross margin was 40% of revenues compared to 42% in the second quarter of 2005 and 38% in the first quarter of 2006.
  • GAAP product gross margin for the second quarter of 2006 was 32% of revenues compared to 34% in the second quarter of 2005 and 28% in the first quarter of 2006.
  • GAAP operating income for the second quarter of 2006 was $129 million or 18% of revenues. Non-GAAP operating income was $159 million or 22% of revenue compared to $106 million or 21% of revenue in the second quarter of 2005. 
  • Cash flow from operations was $59 million, and total cash and investments increased sequentially by $933 million to $2.7 billion.
  • SanDisk sold $1.15 billion aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due in 2013.
  • SanDisk introduced high capacity new products including the 4 gigabyte (GB) SD High Capacity card and the 4GB Memory Stick PRO DuoTM game card.
  • Retail presence grew to more than 187,000 storefronts including 54,000 in the mobile channel.
  • SanDisk and Toshiba signed a definitive agreement to build a new 300-millimeter NAND wafer fabrication facility in Yokkaichi, Japan with initial production expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Scheduled Interviews
SanDisk Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Harari, is scheduled to appear on CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo," on July 24, 2006 at approximately 1:10 p.m. PDT.  Judy Bruner, SanDisk's Executive Vice President, Administration and CFO is scheduled to appear on Bloomberg Radio's "Bloomberg Radio Report," July 25, 2006 at approximately 3:20 a.m. PDT.

Conference Call
SanDisk's second quarter 2006 conference call is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. PDT, Monday, July 24, 2006. The conference call will be webcast by CCBN and can be accessed live, and throughout the quarter, at SanDisk's website at and at for registered users.  To participate in the call via telephone, the dial-in number is (913) 981-4901. A copy of this press release will be filed with 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.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements about our business prospects and outlook for the second half of 2006, including anticipated increased demand for our products, market supply and demand, expected captive manufacturing cost reductions  and scheduled appearances by our CEO and CFO that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate and may significantly and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.  Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: slower than expected growth in market demand for our products or a slower adoption rate for these products in current and new markets that we are targeting, any interruption of or delay in supply from any of the semiconductor manufacturing or subcontracting facilities, including test and assembly facilities that supply products to us, slower than expected expansion of our global sales channels, fluctuations in operating results, unexpected yield variances related to our conversion to 70-nanometer NAND flash technology or the ramp-up of the 300mm flash fabrication facility, our inability to make additional planned smaller geometry conversions in a timely manner, future average selling price erosion that may be more severe than our expectations due to decreased demand or possible excess industry capacity of flash memory from ourselves as well as from existing suppliers or from new competitors, less than expected growth in the average megabyte capacity per card, price increases from non-captive flash memory sources and third-party subcontractors, higher than expected operating expenses, higher than anticipated capital equipment expenditures, adverse global economic and geo-political conditions, including adverse currency exchange rates and acts of terror and war, the timely development, internal qualification and customer acceptance of new products that are based on 70-nanometer NAND technology, fluctuations in license and royalty revenues, business interruption due to earthquakes, hurricanes, pandemics, power outages or other natural disasters, particularly in areas in the Pacific Rim and Japan where we manufacture and assemble products, potential impact of high energy prices and other global events outside of our control which could adversely impact consumer confidence and hence reduce demand for our products, scheduled appearances by our executives could be cancelled or delayed by us or the network, 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 Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2006 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.  Future results may differ materially from those previously reported.  We do not intend to update the information contained in this release.

About SanDisk  
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology.  SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, CA and has operations worldwide with more than half its sales outside the U.S.

SanDisk and SanDisk Extreme are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Memory Stick PRO is a trademark of Sony Corporation. 







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