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ASML reports EUR 10.9 billion net sales and EUR 2.6 billion net income in 2018

ASML expects sales growth in 2019 despite challenging environment and proposes to raise dividend by 50%

Veldhoven, the Netherlands, January 23, 2019

ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) today publishes its 2018 fourth-quarter and full-year results.


  • Q4 net sales of EUR 3.1 billion, net income of EUR 788 million, gross margin 44.3%
  • ASML has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nikon to settle patent dispute
  • 2018 net sales of EUR 10.9 billion, net income EUR 2.6 billion
  • Due to a fire at a supplier, the expected impact on Q1 2019 sales is around EUR 300 million, which is expected to be largely recovered in Q2
  • ASML expects Q1 2019 net sales of around EUR 2.1 billion and a gross margin around 40%
  • ASML proposes a 50% dividend increase to EUR 2.10 per share
(Figures in millions of euros unless otherwise indicated) Q3 2018 Q4 2018 FY 2017(3) FY 2018
Net sales 2,776 3,143 8,963 10,944
...of which Installed Base Management sales(1) 695 719 2,538 2,685
         
New lithography systems sold (units) 51 58 173 207
Used lithography systems sold (units) 2 6 24 17
         
Net bookings (2) 2,200 1,587 9,358 8,181
         
Gross profit 1,336 1,393 4,020 5,029
Gross margin (%) 48.1 44.3 44.9 46.0
         
Net income 680 788 2,067 2,592
EPS (basic; in euros) 1.60 1.87 4.81 6.10
         
End-quarter cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments 2,948 4,034 3,288 4,034
(1) Installed Base Management sales equals our net service and field option sales.
(2) Net bookings do not include High NA EUV orders. Q3 bookings include 1 EUV system shipped in Q4 to collaborative Research Center (imec). This system is not recognized in revenue.
(3) As of January 1, 2018, ASML has adopted the new Revenue Recognition Standard (ASC 606) and Lease Standard (ASC 842). The comparative numbers have been adjusted to reflect these changes in accounting policies.
Numbers have been rounded for readers' convenience. A complete summary of US GAAP Consolidated Statements of Operations is published on www.asml.com.

CEO statement

"Our fourth-quarter sales came in above expectations to wrap up a record 2018 in terms of sales and profitability. The past year was also crucially successful in terms of technology innovation, fueling our growth in the coming years. During Q4, we received five EUV orders. We have customer demand for 30 EUV systems in 2019 and these shipments will include the first volume production systems to DRAM memory customers. We expect that chips produced on our EUV scanners will start to become available to consumers and enterprises in 2019.


With regards to the markets that we serve, our customers responded late in Q4 to slowing demand in their end-markets by delaying deliveries of some of our litho systems from the first half of 2019 into the second half, in order to balance supply and demand. For the full year, the Logic segment is expected to be the growth driver, remaining on track to invest strongly in technology transitions and production capacity for our customers' most advanced nodes, which will drive demand for our EUV and immersion systems. In addition, we continue to see solid demand for shipments to China. Taken together, we reiterate that we see market demand that supports yet another sales growth year for ASML in 2019, with a significantly stronger second half versus the first half. We see a similar pattern in our gross margins, with lower margins expected in the first half of 2019, and we expect to increase to our longer-term trend line by the end of the year.


Despite some uncertainty in the current environment, we remain confident about our sales and profit targets for 2020 and beyond, as we communicated at our Investor Day in November, underlined by a proposal of a 50% increase in our dividend," said ASML President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink.


Nikon settlement

ASML has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nikon to settle its legal dispute over alleged patent infringements that were initiated by Nikon. Therefore, ASML has recorded a provision in its 2018 accounts. This has a negative impact of EUR 131 million on gross margin in 2018.


Q4 2018 product and business highlights
  • In our DUV lithography business, the TWINSCAN NXT:2000i ramp-up continued. We achieved a record level time-to-maturity at Memory customers. We reached a high level of reliability within two months after install, compared with six months for the previous generation.
  • ASML successfully introduced three new options for the TWINSCAN XT:860M KrF scanner, aimed to increase the productivity for both thick and regular resist applications. For the latter, more than 6,000 wafers per day were successfully demonstrated at a customer site.
  • For 3D NAND customers utilizing warped wafers, we delivered the first upgrades with an Advanced Wafer Clamping System (AWACS) to increase the range of wafer deformation that can be processed on both the XT and NXT platforms.
  • Our Applications portfolio has continued to see strong adoption in all segments. Highlights include significant adoption of our Yieldstar 375 at Memory manufacturing customers and the introduction of new technologies from our Brion and HMI product groups that together result in substantial OPC model accuracy improvements.
  • In our EUV business, we have announced the NXE:3400C, specified at 170 wafers per hour and with >90%  availability. The system will be available to our customers in the second half of 2019.
Outlook

Due to a fire at one of our suppliers of electronics components and modules (as announced in a press release on December 3, 2018), work in progress and part of the inventory was lost. Due to the integral cycle time of around one quarter for these modules, we expect ASML's first-quarter sales to be negatively impacted by approximately EUR 300 million, which we expect to largely recover in Q2, with the remainder expected to be recovered in the second half of 2019.


For the first quarter of 2019, ASML expects net sales of around EUR 2.1 billion, and a gross margin around 40%. R&D costs of around EUR 480 million, and SG&A costs of around EUR 130 million. Our target effective annualized tax rate is around 14%.


Dividend proposal

ASML will submit a proposal to the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to declare a dividend in respect of 2018 of EUR 2.10 per ordinary share (for a total amount of approximately EUR 0.9 billion), compared with a dividend of EUR 1.40 per ordinary share paid in respect of 2017.


Update share buyback program

As part of ASML’s financial policy to return excess cash to shareholders through dividends and regularly timed share buybacks, in January 2018 ASML announced its intention to purchase up to EUR 2.5 billion of shares to be executed within the 2018–2019 time frame. ASML intends to cancel these shares after repurchase, with the exception of up to 2.4 million shares, which will be used to cover employee share plans.


Through December 31, 2018, ASML has acquired 7 million shares under this program for a total consideration of EUR 1.1 billion.


The current program may be suspended, modified or discontinued at any time. All transactions under this program are published on ASML’s website on a weekly basis.


Quarterly video interview, press conference and investor and media conference call

With this press release, ASML has published a video interview in which CEO Peter Wennink discusses the Q4 and full-year results and 2019 outlook, which can be viewed on www.asml.com.


CEO Peter Wennink and CFO Roger Dassen will host a press conference in Veldhoven on January 23, 2019, at 11:00 Central European Time, which will be webcast live on www.asml.com.


A conference call for investors and media will be hosted by CEO Peter Wennink and CFO Roger Dassen on January 23, 2019, at 15:00 Central European Time / 09:00 U.S. Eastern Time. To register for the call and receive dial-in information, follow the link below. Listen-only access is also available via www.asml.com.


About ASML


ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Our vision is a world in which semiconductor technology is everywhere and helps to tackle society’s toughest challenges. We contribute to this goal by creating products and services that let chipmakers define the patterns that integrated circuits are made of. We continuously raise the capabilities of our products, enabling our customers to increase the value and reduce the cost of chips. By helping to make chips cheaper and more powerful, we help to make semiconductor technology more attractive for a larger range of products and services, which in turn enables progress in fields such as healthcare, energy, mobility and entertainment. ASML is a multinational company with offices in more than 60 cities in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We employ more than 23,000 people on payroll and flexible contracts (expressed in full-time equivalents). ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. More information about ASML, our products and technology, and career opportunities is available on www.asml.com.

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US GAAP financial reporting


ASML's quarterly financial reporting is prepared in accordance with US GAAP, the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The consolidated balance sheets of ASML Holding N.V. as of March 31, 2019, the related consolidated statements of operations and consolidated statements of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2019 as presented in this press release are unaudited and available on www.asml.com.

Forward-looking statements


This press release contains forward looking statements, which you can generally identify by the use of words like "may," "will," "expect," "contemplate," and variations of these words or comparable words. The forward looking statements contained herein include statements relating to the Memorandum of Understanding, the expectation of executing a definitive settlement and cross-license agreement and dismissal of all legal proceedings in February 2019 and the terms of such agreements and related matters. These statements are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections and you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the risk that definitive agreements are not entered into within the expected time-frame indicated above or at all and risks relating to the terms of such agreements and other risks indicated in the risk factors included in ASML’s Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this document. We do not undertake to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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