☒ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended December 31, 2019
☐ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
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The number of shares of the registrant’s ordinary shares outstanding as of January 24, 2020 was 503,991,662.
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Flex Ltd.
Results of Review of Interim Financial Information
We have reviewed the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet of Flex Ltd. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2019, the related condensed consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), and shareholders' equity for the three-month and nine-month periods endedDecember 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the related condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the nine-month periods endedDecember 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, and the related notes. Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the accompanying interim financial information for it to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheet of Flex Ltd. and subsidiaries as of March 31, 2019 and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated May 20, 2019, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements and included an explanatory paragraph regarding changes in accounting principles. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2019 is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.
Basis for Review Results
The interim financial information is the responsibility of the Company’s management. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB, the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1. ORGANIZATION OF THE COMPANY AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Organization of the Company
Flex Ltd. ("Flex" or the "Company") was incorporated in the Republic of Singapore in May 1990. The Company's operations have expanded over the years through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. The Company is a globally-recognized, provider of Sketch-to-Scale® services - innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain services and solutions - from conceptual sketch to full-scale production. The Company designs, builds, ships and manages complete packaged consumer and enterprise products, from medical devices and connected automotive systems to sustainable lighting and cloud and data center solutions for companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets, through its activities in the following segments:
High Reliability Solutions ("HRS"), which is comprised of our health solutions business, including surgical equipment, drug delivery, diagnostics, telemedicine, disposable devices, imaging and monitoring, patient mobility and ophthalmology; and our automotive business, including vehicle electrification, connectivity, autonomous, and smart technologies;
Industrial and Emerging Industries ("IEI"), which is comprised of energy including advanced metering infrastructure, energy storage, smart lighting, smart solar energy; and industrial, including semiconductor and capital equipment, office solutions, household industrial and lifestyle, industrial automation and kiosks;
Communications & Enterprise Compute ("CEC"), which includes our telecom business of radio access base stations, remote radio heads and small cells for wireless infrastructure; our networking business, which includes optical, routing, and switching products for data and video networks; our server and storage platforms for both enterprise and cloud-based deployments; next generation storage and security appliance products; and rack-level solutions, converged infrastructure and software-defined product solutions; and
Consumer Technologies Group ("CTG"), which includes our consumer-related businesses in IoT enabled devices, audio and consumer power electronics, mobile devices; and various supply chain solutions for consumer, computing and printing devices.
The Company's service offerings include a comprehensive range of value-added design and engineering services that are tailored to the various markets and needs of its customers. Other focused service offerings relate to manufacturing (including enclosures, metals, plastic injection molding, precision plastics, machining, and mechanicals), system integration and assembly and test services, materials procurement, inventory management, logistics and after-sales services (including product repair, warranty services, re-manufacturing and maintenance) and supply chain management software solutions and component product offerings (including flexible printed circuit boards and power adapters and chargers).
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP” or “GAAP”) for interim financial information and in accordance with the requirements of Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2019 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.
The first quarters for fiscal years 2020 and 2019 ended on June 28, 2019, which is comprised of 89 days in the period, and June 29, 2018, which is comprised of 90 days in the period, respectively. The second quarters for fiscal years 2020 and 2019 ended on September 27, 2019 and September 28, 2018, which are comprised of 91 days in both periods. The Company's third quarters ended on December 31 of each year, which are comprised of 95 days and 94 days for fiscal years 2020 and 2019, respectively.
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Flex and its majority-owned subsidiaries, after elimination of intercompany accounts and transactions. The Company consolidates its majority-owned subsidiaries and investments in entities in which the Company has a controlling interest. For the consolidated majority-
owned subsidiaries in which the Company owns less than 100%, the Company recognizes a noncontrolling interest for the ownership of the noncontrolling owners. The associated noncontrolling owners' interest in the income or losses of these companies is not material to the Company's results of operations for all periods presented, and is classified as a component of interest and other, net, in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.
As previously disclosed, the Company has made certain immaterial corrections to net sales previously reported for the first, second, and third quarters of fiscal year 2019 primarily to reflect revenue from certain contracts with customers on a net basis. As a result of correcting these errors, net sales and cost of sales in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations for the three-month and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2018 have been reduced by $22 million and $95 million, respectively, from previously reported amounts. These corrections had no impact on gross profit, segment income or net income for the periods presented. Amounts presented for the three-month and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2018 related to the disaggregation of revenue in the CTG segment in Note 4, and CTG segment net sales and total net sales in Note 16, have also been restated accordingly. The Company evaluated these corrections, considering both qualitative and quantitative factors, and concluded they are immaterial to the previously issued financial statements.
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncement
In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU No. 2016-02, "Leases", and subsequent updates (collectively, referred to as Accounting Standard Codification 842 or “ASC 842”). ASC 842 requires a lessee to recognize a right of use (“ROU”) asset and lease liability. Leases will be classified as finance or operating, with classification affecting the recognition of expense and presentation in the income statement.
The Company adopted ASC 842 on April 1, 2019 using the optional transition method, by which companies may elect not to recast the comparative periods presented in financial statements in the period of adoption and recognize a cumulative effect adjustment in the period of adoption. As a result, the Company was not required to adjust its comparative period financial information for effects of the standard or make the new required lease disclosures for periods before the Company's adoption date. The Company has elected to adopt the package of transition practical expedients and, therefore, has not reassessed (1) whether existing or expired contracts contain a lease, (2) lease classification for existing or expired leases or (3) the accounting for initial direct costs that were previously capitalized. In addition, the Company has elected the short-term lease recognition and measurement exemption for all classes of assets, which allows the Company to not recognize ROU assets and lease liabilities for leases with a lease term of 12 months or less and with no purchase option the Company is reasonably certain of exercising. The Company has also elected the practical expedient to account for the lease and nonlease components as a single lease component, for all classes of underlying assets. Therefore, the lease payments used to measure the lease liability include all of the fixed considerations in the contract. Lease payments included in the measurement of the lease liability comprise the following: fixed payments (including in-substance fixed payments), and variable payments that depend on an index or rate (initially measured using the index or rate at the lease commencement date). As the Company cannot determine the interest rate implicit in the lease for its leases, the Company uses its estimate of the incremental borrowing rate as of the commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments. The Company’s estimated incremental borrowing rate is the rate of interest it would have to pay on a collateralized basis to borrow an amount equal to the lease payments under similar terms. The lease term for all of the Company’s leases includes the non-cancellable period of the lease plus any additional periods covered by either an option to extend (or not to terminate) the lease that the Company is reasonably certain to exercise, or an option to extend (or not to terminate) the lease controlled by the lessor.
The adoption of ASC 842 had a material impact to the Company’s consolidated balance sheet, but did not materially impact the consolidated statement of income or consolidated statement of cash flows. The most significant changes to the consolidated balance sheet relate to the recognition of new ROU assets and lease liabilities for operating leases. The Company’s accounting for finance leases remains substantially unchanged and the balances are not material for any periods presented.
As a result of adopting ASC 842 as of April 1, 2019, the Company recognized additional operating liabilities of $658 million with a corresponding ROU asset of $624 million and a deferred gain of $22 million for sale leaseback transactions to opening retained earnings.
In October 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-16 “Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Inclusion of the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) Overnight Index Swap (OIS) Rate as a Benchmark Interest Rate for Hedge Accounting Purposes” to expand the lists of eligible benchmark interest rates to include OIS based on SOFR to facilitate the marketplace transition from LIBOR. The Company adopted the guidance during the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 with an immaterial impact on the Company's financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15 "Intangibles-Goodwill and Other-Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract” to provide guidance on a customer's accounting for implementation, set-up, and other upfront costs incurred in a cloud computing
arrangement that is hosted by the vendor, i.e., a service contract. Under the new guidance, customers will apply the same criteria for capitalizing implementation costs as they would for an arrangement that has a software license. The new guidance also prescribes the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow classification of the capitalized implementation costs and related amortization expense, as well as requires additional quantitative and qualitative disclosures. The guidance is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 with early adoption permitted. The Company early adopted the guidance during the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 with an immaterial impact to its condensed consolidated financial statements.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-13 "Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework-Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement”, which amends ASC 820 to add, remove, and modify fair value measurement disclosure requirements. The Company adopted the guidance during the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 with an immaterial impact on the Company's financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
In June 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-07 "Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvement to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting" with the objective of simplifying several aspects of the accounting for nonemployee share-based payment transactions in current GAAP. The Company adopted this guidance during the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 with an immaterial impact on its consolidated financial statements.
In August 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-12 "Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities" with the objective of improving the financial reporting of hedging relationships and simplifying the application of the hedge accounting guidance in current GAAP. The Company adopted this guidance during the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 with an immaterial impact on its consolidated financial statements.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13 “Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments” and also issued subsequent amendments to the initial guidance: ASU 2018-19, ASU 2019-04, ASU 2019-05, ASU 2019-10, and ASU 2019-11, which replaces the existing incurred loss impairment model with an expected credit loss model and requires a financial asset measured at amortized cost to be presented at the net amount expected to be collected. The guidance is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently assessing and expects the new guidance to have an immaterial impact on its consolidated financial statements, and it intends to adopt the guidance when it becomes effective in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
In October 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-17 “Consolidation (Topic 810): Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities” to provide a new private company variable interest entity exemption and change how decision makers apply the variable interest criteria. The guidance is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 with early adoption permitted. The Company expects the new guidance will have an immaterial impact on its consolidated financial statements, and it intends to adopt the guidance when it becomes effective in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12 "Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes", which removes certain exceptions for recognizing deferred taxes for investments, performing intraperiod allocation and calculating income taxes in interim periods. The ASU also adds guidance to reduce complexity in certain areas, including recognizing deferred taxes for tax goodwill and allocating taxes to members of a consolidated group. The guidance is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 with early adoption permitted. The Company expects the new guidance will have an immaterial impact on its consolidated financial statements, and intends to adopt the guidance when it becomes effective in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
2. BALANCE SHEET ITEMS
The components of inventories, net of applicable lower of cost and net realizable value write-downs, were as follows:
The following table summarizes the activity in the Company’s goodwill account for each of its four reporting units (which align to the Company's reportable segments) during the nine-month period endedDecember 31, 2019:
Balance, beginning of the year
Foreign currency translation adjustments
Balance, end of the period
The components of acquired intangible assets are as follows:
As of December 31, 2019
As of March 31, 2019
Gross Carrying Amount
Net Carrying Amount
Gross Carrying Amount
Net Carrying Amount
Licenses and other intangibles
Goodwill is tested for impairment on an annual basis and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is below its carrying value. Recoverability of goodwill is measured at the reporting unit level by comparing the reporting unit's carrying value, including goodwill, to the fair value of the reporting unit, which typically is measured based upon, among other factors, market multiples for comparable companies as well as a discounted cash flow analysis. As previously disclosed, at the date of its most recent annual impairment test the fair value of the CTG reporting unit exceeded its carrying value by 22%. The Company has assessed whether an interim impairment test should be performed on the CTG reporting unit in light of recent CTG’s financial performance. Management has concluded that it is more likely than not that CTG’s fair value exceeds its carrying value as of December 31, 2019, thus a full interim impairment test was not completed. The Company shall perform its next annual impairment test on January 1, 2020. As the Company continues to refine its long-term strategy for the CTG reporting unit, it is reasonably possible that changes in circumstances could require management to perform additional impairment tests for CTG. In the event that CTG is determined to be impaired during the annual impairment test, the resulting charge could be material to the consolidated results of operations.
The gross carrying amounts of intangible assets are removed when fully amortized. The estimated future annual amortization expense for intangible assets is as follows: