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Flex has announced net sales of $6.75 billion for the third quarter ended December 31, 2017, growing 10% year-over-year and above the high end of the guidance range of $6.3 to $6.7 billion. GAAP income before income taxes was $141 million for the quarter and adjusted operating income was $220 million, at the mid-point of the guidance range of $205 million to $235 million. GAAP net income was approximately $118 million and adjusted net income for the quarter was $164 million.
"Our third quarter displayed continued revenue growth acceleration and the advancement of our portfolio evolution," said Mike McNamara, CEO at Flex. "This marked our fourth straight quarter of accelerating year-over-year revenue growth, with all four of our business groups beating the mid-point of their revenue guidance ranges. In addition, both our HRS and IEI businesses set new records for quarterly revenue and adjusted operating profits."
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
Flex generated cash from operations of $150 million and $431 million for the three and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2017, respectively. The company remains committed to return over 50% of annual free cash flow to its shareholders as it repurchased ordinary shares for approximately $35 million and $180 million during the three and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2017, respectively.
Flex ended the quarter with approximately $1.3 billion of cash on hand and total debt of approximately $2.9 billion. The balance sheet remains strong and is well-positioned to support the business over the long-term.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Guidance
The company plans to initiate targeted restructuring activities during its fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The objective of the activities is to make Flex a faster, more responsive company, and one that will continuously adapt to the incredible marketplace opportunities ahead. While a detailed action plan has not been finalized, the company expects to incur a minimum charge of $50 million in the fourth quarter and will substantially complete all the associated activities by the end of this fiscal year.
For the fourth quarter ending March 31, 2018, revenue is expected to be in the range of $6.1 to $6.5 billion. Adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.28 to $0.32 per diluted share. GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.10 to $0.15 and includes stock-based compensation expense, intangible amortization, and restructuring charges.
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.