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Participants
Farhan Ahmad Head, IR
Sanjay Mehrotra President and CEO
Dave Zinsner CFO
Ambrish Srivastava BMO
John Pitzer Credit Suisse
C.J. Muse Evercore
Harlan Sur JP Morgan
Timothy Arcuri UBS
Karl Ackerman Cowen & Company
Blayne Curtis Barclays
Joe Moore Morgan Stanley
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Operator

Good afternoon. My name is Lateef, and I'll be your conference facilitator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to Micron’s Second Quarter 2019 Financial Release Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-answer period. you. Thank Instructions] [Operator my Farhan turn Relations. Ahmad, now to floor your host, Head pleasure is the to over It of Investor

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Farhan Ahmad

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Sanjay Mehrotra

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Dave Zinsner

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towards is no of growth. DRAM more transitions with investment CapEx last nodes, our and mostly advanced cost spend XX-layer attractive and year Fab and new XD going targeted year fiscal XXXX capacity in from do XX-nanometer technology to additions. significant a As we our which this very The before, construction contribute migrating test these down equipment not is NAND is assembly towards wafer cleanroom compelling ROI. provides a in mentioned to operations, reduction and supply and portion bit

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to continue deploying our under towards as on to view at an an of our authorization. use cash repurchases share capital of repurchases $XX remain basis We least attractive and current committed annual flow free billion XX%

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first We material either Since the our IMFT’s do retire also XXXX near XXXX. near-term will late expect already of results half transaction to joint-venture-related statements, the the billion not financial or consolidate close $X we fiscal impact expect in results. we transaction in a debt This in $X.X balance sheet. Micron’s on fiscal billion of to our

turning through imbalances. market demand supply to are our markets Now, working NAND and DRAM outlook. and

the remains visibility near-term low remains challenging. Our and environment

due lead haven’t CapEx times. yet industry, reductions While across have there they been to output impacted the growth

in shipments NAND, DRAM approximately expect in in will expect approximately and increasing a be second higher cost modest of the CapEx quarter revenue year-to-date, to calendar for expenses mix and the billion grow In of in fiscal DRAM output of quarter. fourth or Micron X.XX or count of on due $XXX reductions third the at share to diluted fourth to shipments is XX%; decline high-value shares, supply half help we minus or we bit today be as to expect announced of We minus in fiscal key sequentially to in bit announced plus of our at we for plus initiatives, million, expect that $X.XX and our NAND our $XX rates solutions, year. the continues minus EPS quarter NAND, the $X.XX. follows: much fully sequential third improving our growth non-GAAP during range reduce $X.XX, shipments in a timing to fiscal our the billion, of We our fiscal that XX% profile our guidance also range plus DRAM gross we in in mind, this With and and quarter. the of $X.X fiscal operating products. reductions on billion Based resume the and plus that new The have third to and closing, investing to million. $XXX margin innovative In be the million; expect execute quarter

Sanjay to Our substantially some I’ll the and solid financial we future for now despite our footing, call market near-term in concluding that means strong well-positioned invest are over leverage liquidity reduced conditions. remarks. turn to

Sanjay Mehrotra

demand. remain to execute Thank to costs industry mix strategic we Micron tremendous same time, supply very you, trends action taking increase and consistent high-value invest Dave. growth long-term are reduce In with reduce the to our of multiple to priorities decisive be portfolio. response across our growth At for industry near-term The continue against conditions, healthy, and solutions with the markets. opportunities our in demand to we

strong product and model, believe portfolio before Micron drivers for is stronger long-term We continue structurally improved capability. and deliver with and than diversified win value With demand our ever more that supply operating sheet to better and moderating memory balance shareholders. to industry is growth positioned the

will We open for now questions.

Operator

first BMO. you, Instructions] from line Srivastava [Operator comes question Thank sir. the Our of of Ambrish

Your open. is line

Ambrish Srivastava

focus would balance tying you times, situation. also trying see to inventory and sheet hyperscale Thank up couple the on of what I inventory the wanted do. Hi. about inventory just you. Dave talked a Sanjay, to then

then, my the left conditions follow-up, now And get what's the terms moderate So, to CapEx you. weeks Dave, the of we for were Thank quick A, if flex you that just in on where could update worse? are on of -- inventory? down

Dave Zinsner

Okay.

first, talk inventory. about take I'll -- So, our let me

dynamics going noted, couple our we on. as So, a are now of inventories days, at XXX

customers level as to digest calendar have we in what of the to start the built about DRAM, carry of So, we talked a inventory higher then, our that that, first inventory in our through and reduced And CapEx. quarter, top year last was as on that. we up half of expected we did

And terms start so, of to half inventory that manage of as growth, reduction well. CapEx an so back have effect the bit should our in year help calendar the to of in will our of start outcome that in on top this then the of billion. output. And to to in that, further some talked underutilization, further underutilization X% about we of quarter, $X reductions we about And reduce approximately the talked of kind taking down about CapEx

So, that should in help bring more DRAM inventories back line.

that we better to would start So, the calendar a expect see back we be half DRAM year in place. of

NAND the levels On we're at well. obviously, elevated as front, inventory of

Now, gate Sanjay somewhat floating replacement we transition in NAND his in going have that noted do as is the on from gate remarks, calendar by in to design, XXXX.

going is robust. the to output be so, bit very And not

And does also, inventory of CapEx also into as to -- Having would well we manage the customers. try help so, adjust of X% NAND such was demand NAND levels inventory. part and that idea also And XXXX output support the that, the that as well. wafer we reduction higher carry to impact said our by from did end, as the our

inventory that, inventory. the start the calendar to start into the improve we think of NAND and as then half XXXX, in year, the to of through portion work I So, you'll back see

is model low-XXs where there'll will of of managing we're about years for will it a goes, the years percent when average. as we Obviously, to CapEx really be that our this be that Analysts above talked that said, the we at what below way far the CapEx. Day. We're be is the average there and As sales committed as

I that model. last think, XXXX XXXX, fiscal below were low-XXs the years, two we and

on level surprising these to that a be had of that, these not get to of able to room staged manage above clean of bit transitions. for be years. some a bit Plus, it's demand So, node we low-XXs to couple space pent-up the top

And on you year, a number is normal have would long over so remarks, from in on initiatives term, us circumstances. it his this think which modulate Sanjay see be cleanroom the different the on run I economic And But, rate. of buildout a mentioned kind maybe of elevating in level. bit our we’ll mentioned we little low-XXs we're think percent this based CapEx, remarks, as I my I flexible going in

Ambrish Srivastava

hyperscale? the And

Sanjay Mehrotra

our evidence of course With year. compared respect toward calendar my And half seeing of demand will in continue year, year through CPU to of I the in will work that expect will the do there largely in we the year. during first calendar And first course, the half both second the second by with year. that for growth situation first the that that will improve of to And in second demand sequentially we effect calendar the rest we remarks expect to customers compared as we -- year. year. the also DRAM be this year shortages, to improvement the to improvement, contribute be of of of do hyperscale, calendar system we will those that the inventory consumption do And the inventory and certainly the expect half respect to half expect the in over completed at mid year-over-year improve half in said our accelerate, And demand of will are of calendar the by customers. that year. of And, the

Operator

Thank you.

Our of of John from Credit question comes Pitzer the Suisse. next line

is line open. Your

John Pitzer

make I that talked Korea in a kind given Yes. you Last flattening life that. really wanted of to Sanjay, of cost to just just DRAM be kind from in This you a shutter piece capacity. think to why how sense me. what letting the enough a as about ask it behind quarter. doing. DRAM are big current I to bit just seems Good of which depends curious to to curve guess, market I'm reversion to some And little supply-demand, overall guys bit impact of the seemed not you're capacity upon afternoon. question. actually increased a more me some I a decision of the decision came shutter this quarter, the to useful detail actually little for the inventory, Thanks a holding

Sanjay Mehrotra

I inventory calls, this at we days healthy mentioned that we we think, had our at is about with. XXX are look the Dave of supply for business us and us the previously it think to demand really it So, well our earning one something And flow when of is really effectively that the time in output, production as be our cash fashion. at comfortable look in expected demand managing in more And in managing our as benefits to obvious our terms and a effectively, for provides with managing inventories line important year. our of bring

good our Of consider to it issue business expectations. we our all. there growth in demand inventory at inventory of our really this with is supply cost, prudent our management But, course, obsolescence no at bring line with is

Dave Zinsner

-- just costs our layer I’d the And will that underutilization to going help per are not into unit. cost incur add

period our XX% So, they costs the and as within to fiscal will third quarter. in guidance gross XX% taken be implied margin for quarter the it's

John. to Sorry interrupt,

John Pitzer

could implication Sanjay, to explained we understand year on able why side just NAND do be is. what in you’ll and you or cost XX-layer you under fiscal of you if move you XXXX cost mix NAND? towards in benefit us continued fourth mix more negatively be How bits I'm about So, generation. the wondering managed curve to NAND from that in product impacted in the help XXXX technology in think XXXX? your as to cost the fiscal grow industry Will should

Sanjay Mehrotra

know, times in of fiscal the costs XXXX under that year we generation our with those the technologies, outperforming been are has industry will both well from using level because CMOS we array the terms today XX-layer as at the discussed currently die cost XX-layer a And good and be in have past, and on many absolutely our Our as come position per -- pioneered gigabyte basis. our have this Micron benefits architecture third which you we as in obviously, that. in

intensity the gate market of why XXXX that year capital bigger that first layers cost generation to first floating competitive of significant associated third later in when advantage mind, transition the carry are really convert the on. benefit implement gate portfolio So us portfolio and production provide the of NAND replacement replacement converting because And tools, even from from us have replacement that with of obviously actually of that keep generation meet more be to fiscal replacement of gate giving tools in over a gives second fourth And our node number to generation a that. that's do our remainder in more of mix floating XXXX NAND us And will our the with that demands. very XD gate. requires will gate will node it unique will which in greater greater gate well, technology, we to technology. to will replacement specific we gate portion And the

to first second higher replacement compared node. of yet node layers later gate the The with

us be to it and that will as give cost will manage well So, the a transition ROI really of best benefit for us. way as this

of competitiveness even floating So, in third the summary, gate first in we technologies very the year. next replacement about gate achieving we with will mix with -- of generation the the layers that increasing cost be replacement good and gate, feel of number

Operator

you. Thank

Our next the C.J. question of Evercore. of from line Muse comes

Your question please?

C.J. Muse

my question. guess, two-part question. for I you taking Thank a afternoon. Good

clarity the wafer structure, you. doing the Are in about used questions start X%. to regarding back to two a think your different And impact to both? the on on, us should of provide how idling signal you're I word you trying you should as X% cost by for that. a think NAND, little you about your send You then, guess, terms when could for reducing turn then impact? how what and wafers? DRAM Thank we And down you to slow then, starts we

Sanjay Mehrotra

you targeted reduce we wafer supply our reduction idling we start nodes. that reducing this a is of result wafer growth, idling starts, of bigger And DRAM, bit impact. to reduction supply and wafer output as the growth the are in on smaller is NAND. the in the capacity, bottom-line related is is our as DRAM because primarily starts, impact In mentioned legacy particularly legacy nodes, toward So, NAND, that

And our of of in objective next of with course and just to is continue year-over-year few toward both cost reduction during will I fashion be manage about comments with I'll XX-layer add managing So, as transition year, ability DRAM. before, view quarters. get previous again, competitive to the the a the the will continued this next NAND from terms DRAM, XX-layer, cost helping that slowdown of the cost over supply course XX-layer demand, to our position good ongoing these feel there. our reduction commented point as on course benefit to which in of to next XXXX to down the have timeframe. outperform our And with year, cost -- I of our our XXXX of on DRAM just as in NAND, to us very cost we the estimations respect cost, transition bring And with in the cost. we from said of also of well growth capability And in also position we

benefits as our believe just NAND beyond be and I competitive. management that flow want deduction DRAM go as out of of just in I of So, They cost. to And inventory cash well cost -- the point course include aspects management. those will deduction, benefits output

Operator

you. Thank

Our the from line comes Morgan. Harlan next of of Sur question JP

Your line is open.

Harlan Sur

Thank the here. question ask for letting you me Great.

to So, on inventory. back a question

always takes for trend first you related manufacturing target. weakness, seeing output time inventory growth when actual infrastructure of customer started supply your towards to your demand kind the So, your of it

But, that to take going that going it's fiscal QX. augment appears that's you again, initially, appear executed more to accumulation. some again, So, that moderating inventory now down to that lower manufacturing with output It you're that in ramp some time. you

of it starts down back the half So, to do before May calendar higher in actually shift year? quarter, here the you inventories the in moving anticipate

Dave Zinsner

Yes.

quarter relative little might of the today. out, fiscal took take May most I him some the elevated are Obviously, in be you we to it think, as quarter. first where inventory reductions we time, a point does bit in CapEx took the

the of starts a impacting the year. get probably underutilization, So, quarters, start those should of And before quarter that we it a half in back calendar the you experiencing but couple take you.

So, as I elevated the a of keeping I we the think, we’ll because year. levels XXXX. we said, little be in pretty good into inventory exit as of kind calendar will about cited shape reasons DRAM, bit of take NAND longer on

Harlan Sur

improvements much much et your in a of view Sanjay, industry markets, Great. question, cloud, all PC, of half -- target your follow-up off And is mobile, outlook of then, of virtually cetera. based of client my second

the recovery chain half Given anticipate customer value second to your and and an QX? lead drive business time, start in should in that fiscal inflection should DRAM NAND we your

Sanjay Mehrotra

the that well. of basis. rest year, as said already, have reported, services. smartphones paradigms the on you essential continues memory second fiscal of we for the is growth AI not are calendar average basis, ML on we the of the But, year-over-year the at expect results to both guidance DRAM are year we providers of computing effect the do part in to sequentially to elasticity and also of continue and well some And that providing increasing bit a half FQX, to course results look of the to the and is that being of cloud we We for and of that both And DRAM FQX And in all of NAND, in demand based expect service intact. the that And QX as on And this and course, seasonality have in storage in here. those in a an be improve When capacities year. course, demand. pointing growth should increasingly DRAM cloud to trend well. NAND the as as future continue in solid, second the of for be our is growth half guiding calendar as the bit continue and that of help there are quarter-over-quarter

long-term yes, our we microeconomic of end in see today, we in can bodes determination all the -- In is uncertainty. this of outlook. in have expectations. course, -- any that generally there mean, our that's macroeconomic this And in do we all versus what trends assessment is of case further do what based I as the well well. demand improvement in then demand know of we for the that's All half. of But, half second that markets, barring But, a on demand first different climate, impact

Operator

you. Thank

question Arcuri comes from UBS. next Timothy Our of

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Timothy Arcuri

I got wanted question Sanjay, go just to asked before. that back to

you're in well costs, you So, cash are above idling capacity. still DRAM, yet

So, to back a going sound you you than optimistic the back of year. expected. come is But, half lot in obviously the demand pretty worse that it's

I'm the you’re money comments, table. optimistic if two about So, has why reconcile coming like of trying in would it to on year? inventory. because do just seems the get the back demand to you those leaving half that now I But, it reduce so with starts back Thanks. you're

Sanjay Mehrotra

as been weak has be to this first and so weak we year demand demand in So, environment far expect half the well.

are we be right? about course, basis. total that of at and So, look looking we DRAM to talk we when a you our our year are about too, year demand So, full full when basis, growth growth, supply on at the expectations, need talking we --

our our referred that will demand in half first improving believe this I supply continue in with well. the time bring to be improvement bring with mentioned our environment of supply all inventory So, we have to capture we half and to want that our to as second also line earlier, able help expectations, we we that drive that our demands and benefit cutback versus position

Timothy Arcuri

a follow-up, I to to the just just go wanted Okay. on Dave. back costs. And then, quick question

NAND of bringing DRAM of year-over-year. year-over-year mid-teens been mid-XXs been in down like You've the costs to kind kind low and has

just it impact? So, can like actions Is you're -- for am there's impact cost missing like some it seems me? again reconcile that abilities level? down because So, there, I no vis-à-vis have sounds those saying these you your of Thanks. something ultimately to of that

Dave Zinsner

both NAND this expect declines year. We cost healthy in and do DRAM

We are year. making still technology transitions next

will And good. so, in the we be would particularly DRAN obviously cost expect,

be not XX-layer the has generation. first gate might inventory we're replacement year the advantages is it of said, of we in to one carrying As in very where we structure. inventory very that and be the a XX-layer good cost But carrying, next want the

And so, should XXXX in cost have we on structure as good a NAND well.

of the in be the expense cost as I which make underutilization. as it in cost. it's period won't is, won't counted that utilization, on just in of It roll inventory; want the the kind quarters it means up we'll take to comes the in clear. thing other take part What sure we The

I And So, as on for implied third the obviously, we'll we of the it's impact guidance quarter. fiscal said, in have margins. the margins an gave

Sanjay Mehrotra

bring point just ramp, I and is wanted our first NAND, to node of early to on as in of XX-layer our ramp replacement out gate. the next production out will we continue still course again during year And that, it

strong driver our XX-layer also be reduction to of cost So, continue a XXXX. will in capability

Operator

Thank you.

Our next Cowen Ackerman Karl Company. the of question & of line comes from

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Karl Ackerman

understand bit of mix shifts bit growth. slows Hi. do your technology But, Good you supply. afternoon. nodes any bit your new supply? second that your certain starts to go in back toward half I I end toward shifts wafer or your just idling that should expect kind to wanted portfolio impact markets

Sanjay Mehrotra

implement basis anyhow So, demand. ability we our both obviously, impacting in our We any production. terms in of that on we cut, this we to this sure of well of our in to a NAND production. do when attention are fulfill aspect output as pay not an ongoing make we of as lot the managing mix that obviously DRAM, And,

demand. markets. said, So, will to NAND levels line I in demand inventory and both with And in the that of our an all be of we gives address that have DRAM. as opportunity to say we And end us when mean to currently, in production bring high we it we we mean, our able be

We terms low requirements market going cuts so are customers' in in that production not of run meeting to of segments. the compromise end our any we our

us So, very a our we believe for way prudent manage is this to business.

Karl Ackerman

then. elasticity kicked yet in. I has question, I say a that guess, not clarification on [indiscernible] NAND that. demand perhaps appreciate that would The

NAND seen across on half also second recovery? So, perhaps Thank you. view design your light maybe of DRAM product shed would a anchor just but some just in that you've in that could portfolio wins, not you your

Sanjay Mehrotra

capacities the elasticity, NAND up. as to to does rates go mean, I to certainly the well as respect notebook, With SSDs average notebooks, continue attach PCs, in of

continues replacement be as well. in with a elastic to So, saw as the both Mobile provide points attractive greater Mobile market HDD price of World NAND. to client of in foldable are benefits And more course you price of Congress, in more NAND, latency and that as well more, more -- the course of phones At market that as pointing elasticity XG connectivity the center And as XXX-gigabyte respect need them. of will greater is market. of example, to price toward definitely phones storage, data and NAND. storage capacities applications as terabyte also smartphones, DRAM well features require XG low and applications as well again, announced you with advancing for these that being with course, driving

our NVMe -- the expand our market well, And our to we respect applications focused with with itself So on -- on also Micron product end are side, much SSD continue we applications continuing very portfolio to to portfolio, do expanding offerings we are solutions. very product and have

this and as brought just market; we the our enterprise first applications NVMe later NVMe drive cloud client have for well. and into will year, have We

-- side that NVMe we a to with qualification begun got win shipment we well. customer as this NVMe and -- our first a So, and client announced just generation is

SSD remaining is that gained of opportunities. with expanding lot on all there our And a are a and have of made ahead roadmap the course opportunities, have of us of where improvement there here. these for to to more these of share opportunity required on things of few us quarters. course execution So, we NAND course, couple mobile lot absolutely for we are terms example, in last that years. with the meaningful of over respect And more a over the growing lot as of to lot our roadmap our solutions the we focused respect that as is some is opportunities of execution expanding last side But, well our is

Operator

you. Thank

Curtis Blayne comes from question next Our the of of line Barclays.

Your line is open.

Blayne Curtis

you in of if data I orders guys. you nature? in that And by curious start was going if what that elaborate. like for Thanks that yet, in the elaborate or between curious Was I just taking pickup more strategic QX? but multi-quarters my timing a gives quarters was question. half, on timing you're that just the to confidence on was center Hey, seems you second that then, you're was it of see the kind can not the you a can set back seeing and in customer

Sanjay Mehrotra

orders second second with that's to demand. related it the as And demand respect customers do respect said with So, of question, -- confidence of second from inventory improvements I the customers we to quarter the fulfillment in through customers itself in that by half as and that of timing that was large previously evidence our what inventories. had certainly consumption have certain system that will largely and also a in first in their that NAND. seen the And, to before, you inventory the your in of -- that was some part new specific with high this half. we was weeks us work mentioned, demand recent timing of gives And see

then to using and that will compared to half will to year greater inventory this of levels their And a those consumption up that markets, Of second in end slope ultimately course, market to demand here kind the in If our too continues in demand returning to be half. course for the market the customers this soon any opportunities months, to on. use the mid buildup drivers a cloud of of particularly end meet are healthy, inventory by terms that few for as continue year, that large customers demand. just DRAM by extent, strong. the over it’s be bottom-line next from the that the a But, of to first provide of demand is normalized be

Operator

Thank you.

of comes question from Joe next Our Moore Morgan Stanley.

Your question, please?

Joe Moore

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Dave Zinsner

little but We’ve take background at a okay, crack that, that, noise. let Joe. a There -- some of got most was

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we’d some fiscal benefit So, third quarter. to see that from in start the

But next to cited, third up inventory normal. Sanjay be customers us As calendar and be up the heavier I And have to inventory place a that we'll inventories said, the DRAM again levels. to these do they'll lot orders then, as we year, in built start to reductions on back fourth again, to of expect quarter. in start start will see a

Operator

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