Lam Research Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes, and services semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits worldwide. The company offers thin film deposition products, including SABRE electrochemical deposition products for copper damascene manufacturing; ALTUS systems to deposit conformal atomic layer films for tungsten metallization applications; VECTOR plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition systems to deposit oxides, nitrides, and carbides for hardmasks, multiple patterning films, anti-reflective layers, multi-layer stack films, and diffusion barriers; and Striker atomic layer deposition systems that deliver conformal dielectric films for spacer-based patterning and liner applications in various advanced memory and logic structures. Its thin film deposition products also comprise SPEED high-density plasma CVD products for applications in shallow trench isolation, pre-metal dielectrics, inter-layer dielectrics, inter-metal dielectrics, and passivation layers; and SOLA ultraviolet thermal processing products for treatment of back-end-of-line (BEOL) low-k dielectric films and front-end-of-line silicon nitride strained films. In addition, the company offers plasma etch products, such as Kiyo that provide solutions for conductor etch applications; Versys metal products, which offer a platform for BEOL metal etch processes; Flex for dielectric etch applications; and Syndion to address various through-silicon via etch and complementary image sensor etch applications. Further, it provides single-wafer clean products comprising EOS, Da Vinci, DV-Prime, and SP series products for wet etch and clean applications in wafer-level packaging; and Coronus plasma-based bevel clean products to enhance die yield by removing particles, residues, and unwanted films from the wafer's edge, as well as legacy products. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.
Business Analysis of Lam Research
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- Revenue Growth: Lam Research reported a revenue growth of 11.9% year-on-year during 2016. Semiconductor Industry grew at 5.9% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research spent 55.5% of its total revenues on COGS. Semiconductor industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 49.2%
- R&D share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research spent 15.5% of its total revenues on R&D. Semiconductor industry average R&D spending in the same period was 18.4%
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research spent 10.7% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Semiconductor industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 12.4%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research spent 16.5% of its total revenues on Inventories. Semiconductor industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 12.5%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research invested 5.9% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Semiconductor industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 8.8%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research invested 21.4% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Semiconductor industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 12.3%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research invested 10.9% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Semiconductor industry average PPE investment in the same period was 36.5%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Lam Research invested 33.2% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Semiconductor industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 56.1%
- Net Margins: Lam Research Net Margins in the year 2016 were 15.5%. Semiconductor industry average Net Margins in the same period were 11.6%
Sector and Industry Association of Lam Research
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Lam Research is associated with Technology Sector and Semiconductor Industry.
Technology sector is comprised of the following industries: Computers Systems and Peripherals; Software; Semiconductor; IT Consulting and Outsourcing Services; Networking Equipment and Services; Internet; Other. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Computers Systems and Peripherals industry includes companies primarily engaged in manufacturing of personal computers, servers, mainframes, workstations, and other computer accessories and peripherals such as storage drives, mice, keyboards and printers. It also includes manufacturers of mobile phones and tablets.
- Software industry includes businesses providing software products such as operating systems, productivity suites, enterprise software, data and analysis software, advertising and marketing software, engineering and manufacturing software, networking software, and IT management software. It also includes companies providing industry-specific software focused on different sectors such as Financials, Automotive, Telecom, Utilities, Travel, Real Estate, Media, and Publishing.
- Semiconductor industry includes companies primarily engaged in manufacturing and distribution of semiconductor products such as microprocessors, chipsets, motherboards, flash memory, and wired and wireless connectivity products. It also includes companies that provide semiconductor equipment and services to the semiconductor industry.
- IT Consulting and Outsourcing Services industry includes companies primarily engaged in providing information technology consulting and outsourcing services to other businesses. The services include IT consulting, systems integration, application development and management, IT infrastructure management, and network operations management.
- Networking Equipment and Services industry includes companies primarily engaged in manufacturing and distribution of networking and communications equipment for transporting data, voice, and video traffic across intranets, extranets, and the Internet. The key products include routers and switches for local and wide-area networks, cable modems, teleconferencing equipment, and wireless access points.
- Internet industry includes Internet-based businesses providing products and services such as search engines, social networking, web hosting, email, domain name registration, and eCommerce. It also includes industry information/services portals focused on different sectors such as Financials, Automotive, Travel, Health, Real Estate, Media, and Publishing.
- Other industry includes companies providing products such as photocopiers, fax machines, point of sale machines, audio/video technologies, and video games. It also includes technology companies that are not part of other six technology industries.
Industry Ranking of Lam Research
With $5.9 billion revenues, Lam Research ranked number 7 of all the companies in the US Semiconductor industry. There were a total of 70 public companies in the US Semiconductor industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Semiconductor industry by revenues during 2016 were:
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