10-Q 1 adiq310-q7292017.htm 10-Q Document


 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549 
 
Form 10-Q
 
(Mark One)
þ
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended July 29, 2017
OR
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from             to             
Commission File No. 1-7819
 
Analog Devices, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
 
Massachusetts
 
04-2348234
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
One Technology Way, Norwood, MA
 
02062-9106
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
(781) 329-4700
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    YES  þ    NO  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    YES  þ    NO  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer
 
þ
  
Accelerated filer
 
¨
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
 
¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
  
Smaller reporting company
 
¨
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emerging growth company
 
¨
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    YES ¨    NO  þ
As of July 29, 2017 there were 367,667,745 shares of common stock of the registrant, $0.16 2/3 par value per share, outstanding.
 




PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
ITEM 1.
Financial Statements

ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
(thousands, except per share amounts)

 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Revenue
$
1,433,902

 
$
869,591

 
$
3,566,333

 
$
2,417,786

Cost of sales (1)
667,278

 
297,301

 
1,510,762

 
857,300

Gross margin
766,624

 
572,290

 
2,055,571

 
1,560,486

Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Research and development (1)
275,670

 
163,227

 
694,856

 
480,890

Selling, marketing, general and administrative (1)
183,980

 
122,909

 
505,325

 
342,557

Amortization of intangibles
112,153

 
17,447

 
199,003

 
52,224

Special charges

 

 
49,463

 
13,684

 
571,803

 
303,583

 
1,448,647

 
889,355

Operating income
194,821

 
268,707

 
606,924

 
671,131

Nonoperating expense (income):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense
73,073

 
18,476

 
187,323

 
49,993

Interest income
(5,524
)
 
(5,665
)
 
(27,945
)
 
(14,107
)
Other, net
474

 
(504
)
 
725

 
1,758

 
68,023

 
12,307

 
160,103

 
37,644

Income before income taxes
126,798

 
256,400

 
446,821

 
633,487

Provision for income taxes
57,882

 
25,970

 
67,212

 
67,980

Net income
$
68,916

 
$
230,430

 
$
379,609

 
$
565,507

Shares used to compute earnings per common share – basic
367,315

 
307,135

 
339,139

 
309,030

Shares used to compute earnings per common share – diluted
371,159

 
310,558

 
343,286

 
312,534

Basic earnings per common share
$
0.18

 
$
0.75

 
$
1.12

 
$
1.83

Diluted earnings per common share
$
0.18

 
$
0.74

 
$
1.10

 
$
1.81

Dividends declared and paid per share
$
0.45

 
$
0.42

 
$
1.32

 
$
1.24

           (1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           Cost of sales
$
4,375

 
$
1,844

 
$
8,885

 
$
5,922

           Research and development
$
15,781

 
$
6,682

 
$
34,712

 
$
20,032

           Selling, marketing, general and administrative
$
12,668

 
$
8,093

 
$
28,242

 
$
22,233

See accompanying notes.

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ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)
(thousands)

 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Net income
$
68,916

 
$
230,430

 
$
379,609

 
$
565,507

Foreign currency translation adjustments
3,119

 
(2,859
)
 
4,297

 
(2,923
)
Change in fair value of available-for-sale securities (net of taxes of $21, $7, $12 and $49, respectively)
30

 
(307
)
 
(426
)
 
223

Change in fair value of derivative instruments designated as cash flow hedges (net of taxes of $594, $371, $2,901 and $767, respectively)
5,172

 
(3,545
)
 
11,738

 
2,755

Changes in pension plans including prior service cost, transition obligation, net actuarial loss and foreign currency translation adjustments (net of taxes of $108, $50, $313 and $152 respectively)
(357
)
 
880

 
(537
)
 
1,240

Other comprehensive income
7,964

 
(5,831
)
 
15,072

 
1,295

Comprehensive income
$
76,880

 
$
224,599

 
$
394,681

 
$
566,802


See accompanying notes.









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ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
July 29, 2017
 
October 29, 2016
ASSETS
 

 
 

Current Assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
908,569

 
$
921,132

Short-term investments

 
3,134,661

Accounts receivable
692,552

 
477,609

Inventories (1)
519,695

 
376,555

Prepaid income tax
5,383

 
6,405

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
62,444

 
58,501

Total current assets
2,188,643

 
4,974,863

Property, Plant and Equipment, at Cost
 
 
 
Land and buildings
788,043

 
564,329

Machinery and equipment
2,335,354

 
1,994,115

Office equipment
65,024

 
58,785

Leasehold improvements
67,468

 
59,649

 
3,255,889

 
2,676,878

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
2,157,041

 
2,040,762

Net property, plant and equipment
1,098,848

 
636,116

Other Assets
 
 
 
Deferred compensation plan investments
31,506

 
26,152

Other investments
28,958

 
21,937

Goodwill
12,241,815

 
1,679,116

Intangible assets, net
5,440,692

 
549,368

Deferred tax assets
30,200

 
36,005

Other assets
54,333

 
46,721

Total other assets
17,827,504

 
2,359,299

 
$
21,114,995

 
$
7,970,278

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
Current Liabilities
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
228,127

 
$
171,439

Deferred income on shipments to distributors, net
449,663

 
351,538

Income taxes payable
22,301

 
4,100

Accrued liabilities
400,986

 
255,857

Total current liabilities
1,101,077

 
782,934

Non-current liabilities
 
 
 
Long-term debt
8,199,230

 
1,732,177

Deferred income taxes
1,730,253

 
109,931

Deferred compensation plan liability
31,506

 
26,152

Other non-current liabilities
130,029

 
153,466

Total non-current liabilities
10,091,018

 
2,021,726

Commitments and contingencies


 


Shareholders’ Equity
 
 
 
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 471,934 shares authorized, none outstanding

 

Common stock, $0.16 2/3 par value, 1,200,000,000 shares authorized, 367,667,745 shares outstanding (308,170,560 on October 29, 2016)
61,279

 
51,363

Capital in excess of par value
5,190,217

 
402,270

Retained earnings
4,730,146

 
4,785,799

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(58,742
)
 
(73,814
)
Total shareholders’ equity
9,922,900

 
5,165,618

 
$
21,114,995

 
$
7,970,278

(1)
Includes $4,628 and $2,486 related to stock-based compensation at July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016, respectively.
See accompanying notes.



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ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(thousands)

  
Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
379,609

 
$
565,507

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:
 
 
 
Depreciation
138,368

 
100,424

Amortization of intangibles
255,955

 
55,703

Cost of goods sold for inventory acquired
316,678

 

Stock-based compensation expense
71,839

 
48,187

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 
3,290

Excess tax benefit-stock options
(30,235
)
 
(7,180
)
Deferred income taxes
11,475

 
5,072

Other non-cash activity
(18,613
)
 
2,371

Changes in operating assets and liabilities
(653,403
)
 
20,537

Total adjustments
92,064

 
228,404

Net cash provided by operating activities
471,673

 
793,911

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
Purchases of short-term available-for-sale investments
(705,485
)
 
(5,855,930
)
Maturities of short-term available-for-sale investments
3,362,791

 
5,010,942

Sales of short-term available-for-sale investments
577,187

 
290,071

Additions to property, plant and equipment
(138,883
)
 
(86,173
)
Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired
(9,687,463
)
 
(2,203
)
Changes in other assets
(13,125
)
 
(18,048
)
Net cash used for investing activities
(6,604,978
)
 
(661,341
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
Payments of derivative instruments

 
(33,430
)
Proceeds from debt
11,156,164

 
1,235,331

Payments of deferred financing fees
(5,625
)
 
(22,208
)
Proceeds from derivative instruments
3,904

 

Debt repayments
(4,700,000
)
 
(378,156
)
Dividend payments to shareholders
(435,262
)
 
(383,537
)
Repurchase of common stock
(35,935
)
 
(368,649
)
Proceeds from employee stock plans
105,244

 
39,342

Changes in other financing activities
(7
)
 
(7,423
)
Excess tax benefit-stock options
30,235

 
7,180

Net cash provided by financing activities
6,118,718

 
88,450

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
2,024

 
(1,703
)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
(12,563
)
 
219,317

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
921,132

 
884,353

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
908,569

 
$
1,103,670

See accompanying notes.

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ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED JULY 29, 2017
(all tabular amounts in thousands except per share amounts and percentages)

Note 1 – Basis of Presentation
In the opinion of management, the information furnished in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements reflects all normal recurring adjustments that are necessary to fairly state the results for these interim periods and should be read in conjunction with Analog Devices, Inc.’s (the Company) Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 29, 2016 (fiscal 2016) and related notes. The results of operations for the interim periods shown in this report are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending October 28, 2017 (fiscal 2017) or any future period.
Certain amounts reported in previous periods have been reclassified to conform to the fiscal 2017 presentation. Such reclassified amounts are immaterial.
The Company has a 52-53 week fiscal year that ends on the Saturday closest to the last day in October. Fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016 are 52-week fiscal years.
Acquisition of Linear Technology Corporation
On March 10, 2017 (Acquisition Date), the Company completed the acquisition of Linear Technology Corporation (Linear), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of high performance analog integrated circuits. The total consideration paid to acquire Linear was approximately $15.8 billion, consisting of $11.1 billion in cash financed through existing cash on hand, net proceeds from bridge and term loan facilities and proceeds received from the issuance of senior unsecured notes, $4.6 billion from the issuance of the Company's common stock and $0.1 billion of consideration related to the replacement of outstanding equity awards held by Linear employees. The acquisition of Linear is referred to as the Acquisition. The condensed consolidated financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q include the financial results of Linear prospectively from the Acquisition Date. See Note 13, Debt and Note 15, Acquisitions, of these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.

Note 2 – Revenue Recognition
Revenue from product sales to customers is generally recognized when title passes, which is upon shipment in the U.S. and in certain foreign countries. Revenue from product sales to customers in other foreign countries is recognized subsequent to product shipment. Title for shipments to these other foreign countries ordinarily passes within a week of shipment. Accordingly, the Company defers the revenue recognized relating to these other foreign countries until title has passed. For multiple element arrangements, the Company allocates arrangement consideration among the elements based on the relative fair values of those elements as determined using vendor-specific objective evidence or third-party evidence. The Company uses its best estimate of selling price to allocate arrangement consideration between the deliverables in cases where neither vendor-specific objective evidence nor third-party evidence is available. A reserve for sales returns and allowances for customers is recorded based on historical experience or specific identification of an event necessitating a reserve.
Revenue from contracts with the United States government, government prime contractors and some commercial customers is generally recorded on a percentage of completion basis using either units delivered or costs incurred as the measurement basis for progress towards completion. The output measure is used to measure results directly and is generally the best measure of progress toward completion in circumstances in which a reliable measure of output can be established. Estimated revenue in excess of amounts billed is reported as unbilled receivables. Contract accounting requires judgment in estimating costs and assumptions related to technical issues and delivery schedule. Contract costs include material, subcontractor costs, labor and an allocation of indirect costs. The estimation of costs at completion of a contract is subject to numerous variables involving contract costs and estimates as to the length of time to complete the contract. Changes in contract performance, estimated gross margin, including the impact of final contract settlements, and estimated losses are recognized in the period in which the changes or losses are determined.
Revenue from product sales to certain international distributors are made under agreements that permit limited stock return privileges but not sales price rebates. Revenue on these sales is recognized upon shipment at which time title passes. 
The Company defers revenue and the related cost of sales on shipments to U.S. distributors and certain international distributors until the distributors resell the products to their customers. As a result, the Company’s revenue fully reflects end customer purchases and is not impacted by distributor inventory levels. Sales to certain of these distributors are made under

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agreements that allow such distributors to receive price-adjustment credits, as discussed below, and to return qualifying products for credit, as determined by the Company, in order to reduce the amounts of slow-moving, discontinued or obsolete product from their inventory. These agreements limit such returns to a certain percentage of the value of the Company’s shipments to that distributor during the prior quarter. In addition, such distributors are allowed to return unsold products if the Company terminates the relationship with the distributor.
Certain distributors are granted price-adjustment credits for sales to their customers when the distributor’s standard cost (i.e., the Company’s sales price to the distributor) does not provide the distributor with an appropriate margin on its sales to its customers. As distributors negotiate selling prices with their customers, the final sales price agreed upon with the customer will be influenced by many factors, including the particular product being sold, the quantity ordered, the particular customer, the geographic location of the distributor and the competitive landscape. As a result, the distributor may request and receive a price-adjustment credit from the Company to allow the distributor to earn an appropriate margin on the transaction.
Certain distributors are also granted price-adjustment credits in the event of a price decrease subsequent to the date the product was shipped and billed to the distributor. Generally, the Company will provide a credit equal to the difference between the price paid by the distributor (less any prior credits on such products) and the new price for the product multiplied by the quantity of the specific product in the distributor’s inventory at the time of the price decrease.
Given the uncertainties associated with the levels of price-adjustment credits to be granted to certain distributors, the sales price to the distributor is not fixed or determinable until the distributor resells the products to their customers. Therefore, the Company defers revenue recognition from sales to certain distributors until the distributors have sold the products to their customers.
Generally, title to the inventory transfers to the distributor at the time of shipment or delivery to the distributor, and payment from the distributor is due in accordance with the Company’s standard payment terms. These payment terms are not contingent upon the distributors’ sale of the products to their customers. Upon title transfer to distributors, inventory is reduced for the cost of goods shipped, the margin (sales less cost of sales) is recorded as “deferred income on shipments to distributors, net” and an account receivable is recorded. Shipping costs are charged to cost of sales as incurred.
The deferred costs of sales to distributors have historically had very little risk of impairment due to the margins the Company earns on sales of its products and the relatively long life-cycle of the Company’s products. Product returns from distributors that are ultimately scrapped have historically been immaterial. In addition, price protection and price-adjustment credits granted to distributors historically have not exceeded the margins the Company earns on sales of its products. The Company continuously monitors the level and nature of product returns and is in frequent contact with the distributors to ensure reserves are established for all known material issues.
As of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016, the Company had gross deferred revenue of $586.1 million and $432.3 million, respectively, and gross deferred cost of sales of $136.4 million and $80.8 million, respectively. As of July 29, 2017, approximately $89.5 million of the deferred revenue and $45.9 million of the deferred cost of sales related to the Acquisition.
The Company generally offers a twelve-month warranty for its products. The Company’s warranty policy provides for replacement of defective products. Specific accruals are recorded for known product warranty issues. Product warranty expenses during each of the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016 were not material.

Note 3 – Stock-Based Compensation
Stock-based compensation is measured at the grant date based on the grant-date fair value of the awards ultimately expected to vest, and is recognized as an expense on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, which is generally five years for stock options and three years for restricted stock units/awards. In addition to restricted stock units with a service condition, the Company grants restricted stock units with both a market condition and a service condition (market-based restricted stock units) and in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, granted restricted stock units with both a performance condition and a service condition. The number of shares of the Company's common stock to be issued upon vesting of market-based restricted stock units will range from 0% to 200% of the target amount, based on the comparison of the Company's total shareholder return (TSR) to the median TSR of a specified peer group over a three-year period. TSR is a measure of stock price appreciation plus any dividends paid during the performance period. Determining the amount of stock-based compensation to be recorded for stock options and market-based restricted stock units requires the Company to develop estimates to calculate the grant-date fair value of awards.
Linear Replacement Awards — In connection with the Acquisition, the Company issued equity awards, consisting of restricted stock awards and restricted stock units (replacement awards), to certain Linear employees in replacement of Linear equity awards. The replacement awards consisted of restricted stock awards and restricted stock units for approximately 2.8

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million shares of the Company's common stock with a weighted average grant date fair value of $82.20. The terms and intrinsic value of these replacement awards are substantially the same as the converted Linear awards. The fair value of the replacement awards associated with services rendered through the Acquisition Date was recognized as a component of the total preliminary estimated acquisition consideration, and the remaining fair value of the replacement awards associated with post-Acquisition services will be recognized as an expense on a straight-line basis over the remaining vesting period.
Modification of Awards — The Company has from time to time modified the vesting terms of its equity awards to employees and directors. The modifications made to the Company’s equity awards in the first nine months of fiscal 2017 or fiscal 2016 did not result in significant incremental compensation costs, either individually or in the aggregate.
Grant-Date Fair Value — The Company uses the Black-Scholes valuation model to calculate the grant-date fair value of stock option awards and the Monte Carlo simulation model to calculate the grant-date fair value of market-based restricted stock units. The use of these valuation models requires the Company to make estimates and assumptions, such as expected volatility, expected term, risk-free interest rate, expected dividend yield and forfeiture rates. The grant-date fair value of restricted stock units with a service condition and those with both a service and performance condition represents the value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant, reduced by the present value of dividends expected to be paid on the Company’s common stock prior to vesting.
Information pertaining to the Company’s stock option awards and the related estimated weighted-average assumptions to calculate the fair value of stock options using the Black-Scholes valuation model granted during the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016 are as follows:
  
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
Stock Options
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Options granted (in thousands)
98

 
23

 
1,474

 
1,738

Weighted-average exercise price

$79.85

 

$56.20

 

$82.97

 

$54.92

Weighted-average grant-date fair value

$15.75

 

$10.86

 

$17.12

 

$12.77

Assumptions:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average expected volatility
26.2
%
 
29.1
%
 
26.4
%
 
34.2
%
Weighted-average expected term (in years)
5.0

 
5.1

 
5.1

 
5.1

Weighted-average risk-free interest rate
1.8
%
 
1.2
%
 
2.1
%
 
1.4
%
Weighted-average expected dividend yield
2.3
%
 
3.0
%
 
2.2
%
 
3.1
%
The Company utilizes the Monte Carlo simulation valuation model to value market-based restricted stock units. The Monte Carlo simulation model utilizes multiple input variables that determine the probability of satisfying the market conditions stipulated in the award grant and calculates the fair market value for the market-based restricted stock units granted. The Monte Carlo simulation model also uses stock price volatility and other variables to estimate the probability of satisfying the market conditions, including the possibility that the market condition may not be satisfied, and the resulting fair value of the award. Information pertaining to the market-based restricted stock units and the related estimated assumptions used to calculate the fair value of the market-based restricted stock units granted during the nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016 using the Monte Carlo simulation model are as follows:
 
Nine Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
Market-based Restricted Stock Units
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Units granted (in thousands)
59

 
102

Grant-date fair value

$94.25

 

$58.95

Assumptions:
 
 
 
Historical stock price volatility
26.0
%
 
25.1
%
Risk-free interest rate
1.6
%
 
1.1
%
Expected dividend yield
2.2
%
 
3.0
%
The Company did not grant market-based restricted stock units during the three-month periods ended July 29, 2017 or July 30, 2016.
Expected volatility — The Company is responsible for estimating volatility and has considered a number of factors, including third-party estimates. The Company currently believes that the exclusive use of implied volatility results in the best

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estimate of the grant-date fair value of employee stock options because it reflects the market’s current expectations of future volatility. In evaluating the appropriateness of exclusively relying on implied volatility, the Company concluded that: (1) options in the Company’s common stock are actively traded with sufficient volume on several exchanges; (2) the market prices of both the traded options and the underlying shares are measured at a similar point in time to each other and on a date close to the grant date of the employee share options; (3) the traded options have exercise prices that are both near-the-money and close to the exercise price of the employee share options; and (4) the remaining maturities of the traded options used to estimate volatility are at least one year. The Company utilizes historical volatility as an input variable of the Monte Carlo simulation to estimate the grant date fair value of market-based restricted stock units.  The market performance measure of these awards is based upon the interaction of multiple peer companies.  Given the Company is required to use consistent statistical properties in the Monte Carlo simulation and implied volatility is not available across the population, historical volatility must be used.
Expected term — The Company uses historical employee exercise and option expiration data to estimate the expected term assumption for the Black-Scholes grant-date valuation. The Company believes that this historical data is currently the best estimate of the expected term of a new option, and that generally its employees exhibit similar exercise behavior.
Risk-free interest rate — The yield on zero-coupon U.S. Treasury securities for a period that is commensurate with the expected term assumption is used as the risk-free interest rate.
Expected dividend yield — Expected dividend yield is calculated by annualizing the cash dividend declared by the Company’s Board of Directors for the current quarter and dividing that result by the closing stock price on the date of grant. Until such time as the Company’s Board of Directors declares a cash dividend for an amount that is different from the current quarter’s cash dividend, the current dividend will be used in deriving this assumption. Cash dividends are not paid on options or restricted stock units. In connection with the Acquisition, the Company granted restricted stock awards to replace outstanding restricted stock awards of Linear employees. These restricted stock awards entitle recipients to voting and nonforfeitable dividend rights from the date of grant.
Stock-Based Compensation Expense
The amount of stock-based compensation expense recognized during a period is based on the value of the awards that are ultimately expected to vest. Forfeitures are estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates. The term “forfeitures” is distinct from “cancellations” or “expirations” and represents only the unvested portion of the surrendered stock-based award. Based on an analysis of its historical forfeitures, the Company has applied an annual forfeiture rate of 4.7% to all unvested stock-based awards as of July 29, 2017. This analysis will be re-evaluated quarterly and the forfeiture rate will be adjusted as necessary. Ultimately, the actual expense recognized over the vesting period will only be for those options that vest.
Additional paid-in-capital (APIC) Pool
The APIC pool represents the excess tax benefits related to share-based compensation that are available to absorb future tax deficiencies. If the amount of future tax deficiencies is greater than the available APIC pool, the Company records the excess as income tax expense in its condensed consolidated statements of income. During the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016, the Company had a sufficient APIC pool to cover any tax deficiencies recorded and as a result, these deficiencies did not affect its results of operations.
Stock-Based Compensation Activity
A summary of the Company’s stock option activity as of July 29, 2017 and changes during the three- and nine-month periods then ended is presented below:

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Activity during the Three Months Ended July 29, 2017
Options
Outstanding
(in thousands)
 
Weighted-
Average Exercise
Price Per Share
 
Weighted-
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Term in Years
 
Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value
Options outstanding at April 29, 2017
10,530

 

$50.49

 
 
 
 
Options granted
98

 

$79.85

 
 
 
 
Options exercised
(456
)
 

$39.42

 
 
 
 
Options forfeited
(59
)
 

$59.68

 
 
 
 
Options expired
(1
)
 

$48.94

 
 
 
 
Options outstanding at July 29, 2017
10,112

 

$51.22

 
6.3
 

$288,944

Options exercisable at July 29, 2017
5,602

 

$41.47

 
4.7
 

$211,596

Options vested or expected to vest at July 29, 2017 (1)
9,725

 

$50.59

 
6.2
 

$283,617

 
(1)
In addition to the vested options, the Company expects a portion of the unvested options to vest at some point in the future. The number of options expected to vest is calculated by applying an estimated forfeiture rate to the unvested options.
Activity during the Nine Months Ended July 29, 2017
Options
Outstanding
(in thousands)
 
Weighted-
Average Exercise
Price Per Share
Options outstanding at October 29, 2016
11,704

 

$44.43

Options granted
1,474

 

$82.97

Options exercised
(2,724
)
 

$38.81

Options forfeited
(335
)
 

$54.71

Options expired
(7
)
 

$34.10

Options outstanding at July 29, 2017
10,112

 

$51.22

During the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017, the total intrinsic value of options exercised (i.e., the difference between the market price at exercise and the price paid by the employee to exercise the options) was $19.9 million and $109.0 million, respectively, and the total amount of proceeds received by the Company from the exercise of these options was $18.0 million and $105.2 million, respectively.
During the three- and nine-month periods ended July 30, 2016, the total intrinsic value of options exercised (i.e., the difference between the market price at exercise and the price paid by the employee to exercise the options) was $13.0 million and $26.9 million, respectively, and the total amount of proceeds received by the Company from the exercise of these options was $16.6 million and $39.3 million, respectively.
A summary of the Company’s restricted stock unit/award activity as of July 29, 2017 and changes during the three- and nine-month periods then ended is presented below: 
Activity during the Three Months Ended July 29, 2017
Restricted
Stock Units/Awards
Outstanding
(in thousands)
 
Weighted-
Average Grant-
Date Fair Value
Per Share
Restricted stock units/awards outstanding at April 29, 2017
5,313

 

$70.59

Units/Awards granted
644

 

$75.59

Restrictions lapsed
(311
)
 

$79.14

Forfeited
(55
)
 

$70.94

Restricted stock units/awards outstanding at July 29, 2017
5,591

 

$70.69


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Activity during the Nine Months Ended July 29, 2017
Restricted
Stock Units/Awards
Outstanding
(in thousands)
 
Weighted-
Average Grant-
Date Fair Value
Per Share
Restricted stock units/awards outstanding at October 29, 2016
2,690

 

$50.11

Units/Awards granted (a)
4,307

 

$79.55

Restrictions lapsed
(1,241
)
 

$58.44

Forfeited
(165
)
 

$58.71

Restricted stock units/awards outstanding at July 29, 2017
5,591

 

$70.69

(a) includes replacement awards for 2.8 million shares of the Company's common stock that were granted to certain Linear employees to replace outstanding Linear equity awards.
As of July 29, 2017, there was $369.8 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested stock-based awards comprised of stock options and restricted stock units/awards. That cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 1.9 years. The total grant-date fair value of shares that vested during the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 was approximately $28.3 million and $95.2 million, respectively. The total grant-date fair value of shares that vested during the three- and nine-month periods ended July 30, 2016 was approximately $1.7 million and $59.0 million, respectively.

Note 4 – Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
The following table provides the changes in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (OCI) by component and the related tax effects during the first nine months of fiscal 2017.
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment
 
Unrealized holding gains on available for sale securities
 
Unrealized holding (losses) on available for sale securities
 
Unrealized holding gains (losses) on derivatives
 
Pension plans
 
Total
October 29, 2016
$
(24,063
)
 
$
800

 
$
(281
)
 
$
(18,884
)
 
$
(31,386
)
 
$
(73,814
)
Other comprehensive income (loss) before reclassifications
4,297

 
(697
)
 
283

 
7,582

 
(1,630
)
 
9,835

Amounts reclassified out of other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 
7,057

 
1,406

 
8,463

Tax effects

 
(3
)
 
(9
)
 
(2,901
)
 
(313
)
 
(3,226
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
4,297

 
(700
)
 
274

 
11,738

 
(537
)
 
15,072

July 29, 2017
$
(19,766
)
 
$
100

 
$
(7
)
 
$
(7,146
)
 
$
(31,923
)
 
$
(58,742
)
The amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) with presentation location during each period were as follows:

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Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
Comprehensive Income Component
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
Location
Unrealized holding losses (gains) on derivatives
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    Currency forwards
 
$
(106
)
 
$
46

 
$
2,842

 
$
1,672

 
Cost of sales
 
 
(354
)
 
93

 
1,154

 
783

 
Research and development
 
 
(195
)
 
(577
)
 
1,600

 
(231
)
 
Selling, marketing, general and administrative
     Interest rate derivatives
 
468

 
562

 
1,461

 
1,407

 
Interest expense
 
 
(187
)
 
124

 
7,057

 
3,631

 
Total before tax
 
 
(80
)
 
(141
)
 
(1,469
)
 
(807
)
 
Tax
 
 
$
(267
)
 
$
(17
)
 
$
5,588

 
$
2,824

 
Net of tax
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of pension components
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
     Transition obligation
 
$
3

 
$
4

 
$
9

 
$
12

 
(a)
     Prior service credit
 
(2
)
 

 
(6
)
 

 
(a)
     Actuarial losses
 
482

 
168

 
1,403

 
511

 
(a)
 
 
483

 
172

 
1,406


523

 
Total before tax
 
 
(109
)
 
(50
)
 
(313
)
 
(152
)
 
Tax
 
 
$
374

 
$
122

 
$
1,093

 
$
371

 
Net of tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
$
107

 
$
105

 
$
6,681

 
$
3,195

 
 
______________
a) The amortization of pension components is included in the computation of net periodic pension cost. For further information see Note 13, Retirement Plans, contained in Item 8 of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 29, 2016.
The Company estimates $5.2 million of forward foreign currency derivative instruments included in OCI will be reclassified into earnings within the next twelve months. There was no ineffectiveness related to designated forward foreign currency derivative instruments in the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016.
Gross unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities at July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016 were as follows:
 
July 29, 2017
 
October 29, 2016
Unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities
$
149

 
$
846

Unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities
(11
)
 
(294
)
Net unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities
$
138

 
$
552

As of July 29, 2017, the Company held 19 investment securities, 7 of which were in an unrealized loss position with gross unrealized losses of $0.01 million and an aggregate fair value of $194.7 million. As of October 29, 2016, the Company held 100 investment securities, 25 of which were in an unrealized loss position with gross unrealized losses of $0.3 million and an aggregate fair value of $729.6 million. These unrealized losses were primarily related to corporate obligations that earn lower interest rates than current market rates. None of these investments have been in a loss position for more than twelve months. As the Company does not intend to sell these investments and it is unlikely that the Company will be required to sell the investments before recovery of their amortized basis, which will be at maturity, the Company does not consider those investments to be other-than-temporarily impaired at July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016.
Realized gains or losses on investments are determined based on the specific identification basis and are recognized in nonoperating expense (income). There were no material net realized gains or losses from the sales of available-for-sale investments during any of the fiscal periods presented.


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Note 5 – Earnings Per Share
Basic earnings per share is computed based only on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share is computed using the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period, plus the dilutive effect of potential future issuances of common stock relating to stock option programs and other potentially dilutive securities using the treasury stock method. In calculating diluted earnings per share, the dilutive effect of stock options and restricted stock units is computed using the average market price for the respective period. In addition, the assumed proceeds under the treasury stock method include the average unrecognized compensation expense of stock options that are in-the-money and restricted stock units. This results in the “assumed” buyback of additional shares, thereby reducing the dilutive impact of in-the-money stock options. Potential shares related to certain of the Company’s outstanding stock options and restricted stock units were excluded because they were anti-dilutive. Those potential shares, determined based on the weighted average exercise prices during the respective periods, could be dilutive in the future. In connection with the Acquisition, the Company granted restricted stock awards to replace outstanding restricted stock awards of Linear employees. These restricted stock awards entitle recipients to voting and nonforfeitable dividend rights from the date of grant. These unvested stock-based compensation awards are considered participating securities and the two-class method is used for purposes of calculating earnings per share. Under the two-class method, a portion of net income is allocated to these participating securities and therefore is excluded from the calculation of earnings per share allocated to common stock, as shown in the table below.
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Net Income
$
68,916

 
$
230,430

 
$
379,609

 
$
565,507

Less: income allocated to participating securities
981

 

 
981

 

Net income allocated to common stockholders
$
67,935

 
$
230,430

 
$
378,628

 
$
565,507

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic shares:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding
367,315

 
307,135

 
339,139

 
309,030

Earnings per common share basic:
$
0.18

 
$
0.75

 
$
1.12

 
$
1.83

Diluted shares:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding
367,315

 
307,135

 
339,139

 
309,030

Assumed exercise of common stock equivalents
3,844

 
3,423

 
4,147

 
3,504

Weighted-average common and common equivalent shares
371,159

 
310,558

 
343,286

 
312,534

Earnings per common share diluted:
$
0.18

 
$
0.74

 
$
1.10

 
$
1.81

Anti-dilutive shares related to:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Outstanding share based awards
1,758

 
3,498

 
1,135

 
3,409


Note 6 – Special Charges
The Company monitors global macroeconomic conditions on an ongoing basis and continues to assess opportunities for improved operational effectiveness and efficiency, as well as a better alignment of expenses with revenues. As a result of these assessments, the Company has undertaken various restructuring actions over the past several years. These actions are described below.
The following tables display the special charges taken for actions in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016 and a roll-forward from October 29, 2016 to July 29, 2017 of the employee separation and exit cost accruals established related to these actions.
 
Reduction of Operating Costs Action
Early Retirement Action
Total Special Charges
Statements of Income
 
 
 
Fiscal 2016 - Workforce reductions
$
13,684

$

13,684

Fiscal 2017 - Workforce reductions
$
8,126

$
41,337

$
49,463


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Accrued Restructuring
Reduction of Operating Costs Action
Early Retirement Action
Balance at October 29, 2016
$
12,374

$

Fiscal 2017 - workforce reductions
8,126

41,337

Severance and other payments
(2,611
)
(199
)
Effect of foreign currency on accrual
(6
)

Balance at January 28, 2017
$
17,883

$
41,138

Severance and other payments
(3,987
)
(697
)
Effect of foreign currency on accrual
108


Balance at April 29, 2017
$
14,004

$
40,441

Severance and other payments
(6,811
)
(1,873
)
Effect of foreign currency on accrual
317


Balance at July 29, 2017
$
7,510

$
38,568


Early Retirement Offer Action
During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company initiated an early retirement offer. This resulted in a special charge of approximately $41.3 million for severance, related benefits and other costs in accordance with this program for 225 manufacturing, engineering and selling, marketing, general and administrative (SMG&A) employees. As of July 29, 2017, the Company still employed 45 of the 225 employees included in these cost reduction actions. These employees must continue to be employed by the Company until their employment is terminated in order to receive the severance benefits.

Reduction of Operating Costs Action
During the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded special charges of approximately $13.7 million for severance and fringe benefit costs in accordance with the Company's ongoing benefit plan for 123 manufacturing, engineering and SMG&A employees. As of July 29, 2017, the Company still employed 24 of the 123 employees included in this cost reduction action. These employees must continue to be employed by the Company until their employment is involuntarily terminated in order to receive the severance benefits.
During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company recorded special charges of approximately $8.1 million for severance and fringe benefit costs in accordance with the Company's ongoing benefit plan or statutory requirements at foreign locations for 177 manufacturing, engineering and SMG&A employees. As of July 29, 2017, the Company still employed 12 of the 177 employees included in this cost reduction action. These employees must continue to be employed by the Company until their employment is terminated in order to receive the severance benefits.

Note 7 – Segment Information
The Company operates and tracks its results in one reportable segment based on the aggregation of seven operating segments. As of the filing date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the assignment of goodwill resulting from the Acquisition to the Company's reporting units has not been completed. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of integrated circuits (ICs). The Chief Executive Officer has been identified as the Company's Chief Operating Decision Maker. The Company has determined that all of the Company's operating segments share the following similar economic characteristics, and therefore meet the criteria established for operating segments to be aggregated into one reportable segment, namely:
The primary source of revenue for each operating segment is the sale of ICs.
The ICs sold by each of the Company's operating segments are manufactured using similar semiconductor manufacturing processes and raw materials in either the Company’s own production facilities or by third-party wafer fabricators using proprietary processes.
The Company sells its products to tens of thousands of customers worldwide. Many of these customers use products spanning all operating segments in a wide range of applications.
The ICs marketed by each of the Company's operating segments are sold globally through a direct sales force, third-party distributors, independent sales representatives and via the Company's website to the same types of customers.
All of the Company's operating segments share a similar long-term financial model as they have similar economic characteristics. The causes for variation in operating and financial performance are the same among the Company's operating

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segments and include factors such as (i) life cycle and price and cost fluctuations, (ii) number of competitors, (iii) product differentiation and (iv) size of market opportunity. Additionally, each operating segment is subject to the overall cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry. Lastly, the number and composition of employees and the amounts and types of tools and materials required for production of products are proportionately similar for each operating segment.
Revenue Trends by End Market
The following tables summarize revenue by end market for the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016. The categorization of revenue by end market is determined using a variety of data points including the technical characteristics of the product, the “sold to” customer information, the “ship to” customer information and the end customer product or application into which the Company’s product will be incorporated. As data systems for capturing and tracking this data evolve and improve, the categorization of products by end market can vary over time. When this occurs, the Company reclassifies revenue by end market for prior periods. Such reclassifications typically do not materially change the sizing of, or the underlying trends of results within, each end market.
 
Three Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
Revenue
 
% of
Revenue*
 
Y/Y%
 
Revenue
 
% of
Revenue
Industrial
$
700,213

 
49
%
 
87
%
 
$
373,923

 
43
%
Automotive
227,462

 
16
%
 
69
%
 
134,804

 
16
%
Consumer
252,498

 
18
%
 
36
%
 
186,171

 
21
%
Communications
253,729

 
18
%
 
45
%
 
174,693

 
20
%
Total revenue
$
1,433,902

 
100
%
 
65
%
 
$
869,591

 
100
%
____________
* The sum of the individual percentages may not equal the total due to rounding.
 
Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
Revenue
 
% of
Revenue
 
Y/Y%
 
Revenue
 
% of
Revenue
Industrial
$
1,645,801

 
46
%
 
49
%
 
$
1,108,034

 
46
%
Automotive
548,068

 
15
%
 
37
%
 
399,868

 
17
%
Consumer
733,799

 
21
%
 
87
%
 
393,024

 
16
%
Communications
638,665

 
18
%
 
24
%
 
516,860

 
21
%
Total revenue
$
3,566,333

 
100
%
 
48
%
 
$
2,417,786

 
100
%
____________

Revenue Trends by Geographic Region
Revenue by geographic region, based on the primary end customer location, for the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016 were as follows:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
Region
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
United States
$
530,335

 
$
334,455

 
$
1,383,661

 
$
846,407

Rest of North and South America
25,961

 
22,677

 
76,548

 
64,812

Europe
346,436

 
232,324

 
865,949

 
694,200

Japan
153,188

 
73,753

 
338,368

 
213,938

China
239,701

 
146,069

 
590,893

 
425,732

Rest of Asia
138,281

 
60,313

 
310,914

 
172,697

Total revenue
$
1,433,902

 
$
869,591

 
$
3,566,333

 
$
2,417,786

In the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2016, the predominant country comprising “Rest of North and South America” is Canada; the predominant countries comprising “Europe” are Germany, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom; and the predominant countries comprising “Rest of Asia” are South Korea and Taiwan.

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Note 8 – Fair Value
The Company defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or be paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The Company applies the following fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value into three levels and bases the categorization within the hierarchy upon the lowest level of input that is available and significant to the fair value measurement. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements).
Level 1 — Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the reporting entity has the ability to access at the measurement date.
Level 2 — Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. If the asset or liability has a specified (contractual) term, a Level 2 input must be observable for substantially the full term of the asset or liability.
Level 3 — Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability in which there is little, if any, market activity for the asset or liability at the measurement date.
The tables below, set forth by level, presents the Company’s financial assets and liabilities, excluding accrued interest components that are accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis as of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016. The tables exclude cash on hand and assets and liabilities that are measured at historical cost or any basis other than fair value. As of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016, the Company held $192.4 million and $252.5 million, respectively, of cash and held-to-maturity investments that were excluded from the tables below.
 
July 29, 2017
 
Fair Value measurement at
Reporting Date using:
 
 
 
Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
for
Identical
Assets
(Level 1)
 
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant
Other
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Total
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available-for-sale:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Institutional money market funds
$
374,650

 
$

 
$

 
$
374,650

Corporate obligations (1)

 
341,500

 

 
341,500

Other assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred compensation investments

 
32,513

 

 
32,513

Interest rate derivatives

 
2,031

 

 
2,031

Forward foreign currency exchange contracts (2)

 
8,872

 

 
8,872

Total assets measured at fair value
$
374,650

 
$
384,916

 
$

 
$
759,566

Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contingent consideration

 

 
9,807

 
9,807

Total liabilities measured at fair value
$

 
$

 
$
9,807

 
$
9,807

 
(1)
The amortized cost of the Company’s investments classified as available-for-sale as of July 29, 2017 was $331.6 million.
(2)
The Company has a master netting arrangement by counterparty with respect to derivative contracts. See Note 9, Derivatives, of these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for more information related to the Company's master netting arrangements.

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October 29, 2016
 
Fair Value measurement at
Reporting Date using:
 
 
 
Quoted
Prices in
Active
Markets
for
Identical
Assets
(Level 1)
 
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant
Other
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Total
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available-for-sale:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Institutional money market funds
$
277,595

 
$

 
$

 
$
277,595

Corporate obligations (1)

 
415,660

 

 
415,660

Short-term investments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available-for-sale:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Securities with one year or less to maturity:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate obligations (1)

 
2,518,148

 

 
2,518,148

Floating rate notes, issued at par

 
29,989

 

 
29,989

Floating rate notes (1)

 
561,874

 

 
561,874

Other assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred compensation investments
26,916

 

 

 
26,916

Total assets measured at fair value
$
304,511

 
$
3,525,671

 
$

 
$
3,830,182

Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contingent consideration

 

 
7,555

 
7,555

Forward foreign currency exchange contracts (2)

 
5,231

 

 
5,231

Total liabilities measured at fair value
$

 
$
5,231

 
$
7,555

 
$
12,786

 
(1)
The amortized cost of the Company’s investments classified as available-for-sale as of October 29, 2016 was $3.5 billion.
(2)
The Company has a master netting arrangement by counterparty with respect to derivative contracts. See Note 9, Derivatives, of these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for more information related to the Company's master netting arrangements.
The following methods and assumptions were used by the Company in estimating its fair value disclosures for financial instruments:
Cash equivalents and short-term investments — These investments are adjusted to fair value based on quoted market prices or are determined using a yield curve model based on current market rates.
Deferred compensation plan investments — The fair value of these mutual fund, money market fund and equity investments are based on quoted market prices.
Forward foreign currency exchange contracts — The estimated fair value of forward foreign currency exchange contracts, which includes derivatives that are accounted for as cash flow hedges and those that are not designated as cash flow hedges, is based on the estimated amount the Company would receive if it sold these agreements at the reporting date taking into consideration current interest rates as well as the creditworthiness of the counterparty for assets and the Company’s creditworthiness for liabilities. The fair value of these instruments is based upon valuation models using current market information such as strike price, spot rate, maturity date and volatility.
Interest rate derivatives The fair value of the interest rate derivatives is estimated using a discounted cash flow analysis based on the contractual terms of the derivative.
Contingent consideration — The fair value of the contingent consideration was estimated utilizing the income approach and is based upon significant inputs not observable in the market. The income approach is based on two steps. The first step

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involves a projection of the cash flows that is based on the Company’s estimates of the timing and probability of achieving the defined milestones. The second step involves converting the cash flows into a present value equivalent through discounting. The discount rate reflects the Baa costs of debt plus the relevant risk associated with the asset and the time value of money.
The fair value measurement of the contingent consideration encompasses the following significant unobservable inputs: 
Unobservable Inputs
Range
Estimated contingent consideration payments
$10,500
Discount rate
0% - 2%
Timing of cash flows
1 - 3 years
Probability of achievement
90% - 100%
Changes in the fair value of the contingent consideration are recognized in operating income in the period of the estimated fair value change. Significant increases or decreases in any of the inputs in isolation may result in a fluctuation in the fair value measurement.
The following table summarizes the change in the fair value of the contingent consideration measured using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) from October 29, 2016 to July 29, 2017: 
 
Contingent
Consideration
Balance as of October 29, 2016
$
7,555

Contingent consideration liability recorded (1)
2,000

Fair value adjustment (2)
252

Balance as of July 29, 2017
$
9,807

(1) Represents liability related to acquisitions that were not material to the Company on either an individual or aggregate basis.
(2) Recorded in research and development expense in the Company's condensed consolidated statements of income.
Financial Instruments Not Recorded at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis
On June 3, 2013, the Company issued $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.875% senior unsecured notes due June 1, 2023 (the 2023 Notes) with semi-annual fixed interest payments due on June 1 and December 1 of each year, commencing December 1, 2013. The fair value of the 2023 Notes as of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016 was $504.6 million and $501.3 million, respectively, and is classified as a Level 1 measurement according to the fair value hierarchy.
On December 14, 2015, the Company issued $850.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.9% senior unsecured notes due December 15, 2025 (the 2025 Notes) and $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of 5.3% senior unsecured notes due December 15, 2045 (the 2045 Notes) with semi-annual fixed interest payments due on June 15 and December 15 of each year, commencing June 15, 2016. The fair value of the 2025 Notes and 2045 Notes as of July 29, 2017 was $894.1 million and $468.8 million, respectively, and are classified as a Level 1 measurements according to the fair value hierarchy. The fair value of the 2025 Notes and 2045 Notes as of October 29, 2016 was $901.5 million and $425.1 million, respectively.
On December 5, 2016, the Company issued $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.5% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2021 (the 2021 Notes), $550.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.125% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2023 (the December 2023 Notes), $900.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.5% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2026 (the 2026 Notes) and $250.0 million aggregate principal amount of 4.5% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2036 (the 2036 Notes) with semi-annual fixed interest payments due on June 5 and December 5 of each year, commencing June 5, 2017. The fair value of the 2021 Notes, December 2023 Notes, 2026 Notes and 2036 Notes as of July 29, 2017 was $401.1 million, $559.8 million, $911.5 million and $259.9 million, respectively, and are classified as a Level 1 measurements according to the fair value hierarchy.
On the Acquisition Date, the Company entered into a 90-day Bridge Credit Agreement that provided for unsecured loans in an aggregate principal amount of up to $4.1 billion and borrowed under a term loan agreement consisting of a 3-year unsecured term loan in the principal amount of $2.5 billion, due March 10, 2020 and a 5-year unsecured term loan in the principal amount of $2.5 billion, due March 10, 2022. In the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company repaid all of the $4.1 billion of outstanding loans under the 90-day Bridge Credit Agreement, repaid $350.0 million of principal on the 3-year unsecured term loan and repaid $250.0 million of principal on the 5-year unsecured term loan. The carrying amounts of the loans approximate fair value. The loans are classified as a Level 2 measurements according to the fair value hierarchy.

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Note 9 – Derivatives
Foreign Exchange Exposure Management — The Company enters into forward foreign currency exchange contracts to offset certain operational and balance sheet exposures from the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Such exposures result from the portion of the Company’s operations, assets and liabilities that are denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, primarily the Euro; other significant exposures include the Philippine Peso, the Japanese Yen and the British Pound. These foreign currency exchange contracts are entered into to support transactions made in the normal course of business, and accordingly, are not speculative in nature. The contracts are for periods consistent with the terms of the underlying transactions, generally one year or less. Hedges related to anticipated transactions are designated and documented at the inception of the respective hedges as cash flow hedges and are evaluated for effectiveness monthly. Derivative instruments are employed to eliminate or minimize certain foreign currency exposures that can be confidently identified and quantified. As the terms of the contract and the underlying transaction are matched at inception, forward contract effectiveness is calculated by comparing the change in fair value of the contract to the change in the forward value of the anticipated transaction, with the effective portion of the gain or loss on the derivative reported as a component of accumulated OCI in shareholders’ equity and reclassified into earnings in the same period during which the hedged transaction affects earnings. Any residual change in fair value of the instruments, or ineffectiveness, is recognized immediately in other (income) expense.
The total notional amount of forward foreign currency derivative instruments designated as hedging instruments of cash flow hedges denominated in Euros, British Pounds, Philippine Pesos and Japanese Yen as of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016 was $174.1 million and $179.5 million, respectively. The fair value of forward foreign currency derivative instruments designated as hedging instruments in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets as of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016 was as follows:
 
 
 
Fair Value At
 
Balance Sheet Location
 
July 29, 2017
 
October 29, 2016
Forward foreign currency exchange contracts
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
$
6,709

 
$

Forward foreign currency exchange contracts
Accrued liabilities
 
$

 
$
5,260

Additionally, the Company enters into forward foreign currency contracts that economically hedge the gains and losses generated by the re-measurement of certain recorded assets and liabilities in a non-functional currency. Changes in the fair value of these undesignated hedges are recognized in other (income) expense immediately as an offset to the changes in the fair value of the asset or liability being hedged. As of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016, the total notional amount of these undesignated hedges was $94.7 million and $46.2 million, respectively. The fair value of these undesignated hedges in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets as of July 29, 2017 was $2.2 million and was immaterial as of October 29, 2016.
All of the Company’s derivative financial instruments are eligible for netting arrangements that allow the Company and its counterparties to net settle amounts owed to each other. Derivative assets and liabilities that can be net settled under these arrangements have been presented in the Company's condensed consolidated balance sheet on a net basis. As of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016, none of the master netting arrangements involved collateral. The following table presents the gross amounts of the Company's derivative assets and liabilities and the net amounts recorded in the Company's condensed consolidated balance sheet:
 
July 29, 2017
 
October 29, 2016
Gross amount of recognized assets (liabilities)
$
9,694

 
$
(5,788
)
Gross amounts of recognized (liabilities) assets offset in the condensed consolidated balance sheet
(822
)
 
557

Net assets (liabilities) presented in the condensed consolidated balance sheet
$
8,872

 
$
(5,231
)
Interest Rate Exposure Management — The Company's current and future debt may be subject to interest rate risk. The Company utilizes interest rate derivatives to alter interest rate exposure in an attempt to reduce the effects of these changes.
The market risk associated with the Company’s derivative instruments results from currency exchange rate or interest rate movements that are expected to offset the market risk of the underlying transactions, assets and liabilities being hedged. The counterparties to the agreements relating to the Company’s derivative instruments consist of a number of major international financial institutions with high credit ratings. Based on the credit ratings of the Company’s counterparties as of July 29, 2017 and October 31, 2016, nonperformance is not perceived to be a significant risk. Furthermore, none of the Company’s derivatives are subject to collateral or other security arrangements and none contain provisions that are dependent on the

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Company’s credit ratings from any credit rating agency. While the contract or notional amounts of derivative financial instruments provide one measure of the volume of these transactions, they do not represent the amount of the Company’s exposure to credit risk. The amounts potentially subject to credit risk (arising from the possible inability of counterparties to meet the terms of their contracts) are generally limited to the amounts, if any, by which the counterparties’ obligations under the contracts exceed the obligations of the Company to the counterparties. As a result of the above considerations, the Company does not consider the risk of counterparty default to be significant.
The Company records the fair value of its derivative financial instruments in its condensed consolidated financial statements in other current assets, other assets or accrued liabilities, depending on their net position, regardless of the purpose or intent for holding the derivative contract. Changes in the fair value of the derivative financial instruments are either recognized periodically in earnings or in shareholders’ equity as a component of OCI. Changes in the fair value of cash flow hedges are recorded in OCI and reclassified into earnings when the underlying contract matures and, for interest rate exposure derivatives, over the term of the corresponding debt instrument. Changes in the fair values of derivatives not qualifying for hedge accounting or the ineffective portion of designated hedges are reported in earnings as they occur.
For information on the unrealized holding gains (losses) on derivatives included in and reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income into the condensed consolidated statement of income related to forward foreign currency exchange contracts, see Note 4, Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) of these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.

Note 10 – Goodwill and Intangible Assets
Goodwill
The Company evaluates goodwill for impairment annually, as well as whenever events or changes in circumstances suggest that the carrying value of goodwill may not be recoverable. The Company tests goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level (operating segment or one level below an operating segment) on an annual basis on the first day of the fourth quarter (on or about August 1) or more frequently if indicators of impairment exist. For the Company's latest annual impairment assessment that occurred as of July 31, 2016, the Company identified its reporting units to be its seven operating segments. As of the filing date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the assignment of goodwill resulting from the Acquisition to the Company's reporting units has not been completed. The performance of the test involves a two-step process. The first step of the quantitative impairment test involves comparing the fair values of the applicable reporting units with their aggregate carrying values, including goodwill. The Company determines the fair value of its reporting units using a weighting of the income and market approaches. Under the income approach, the Company uses a discounted cash flow methodology which requires management to make significant estimates and assumptions related to forecasted revenues, gross profit margins, operating income margins, working capital cash flow, perpetual growth rates, and long-term discount rates, among others. For the market approach, the Company uses the guideline public company method. Under this method the Company utilizes information from comparable publicly traded companies with similar operating and investment characteristics as the reporting units to create valuation multiples that are applied to the operating performance of the reporting unit being tested in order to obtain their respective fair values. In order to assess the reasonableness of the calculated reporting unit fair values, the Company reconciles the aggregate fair values of its reporting units (determined as described above) to its current market capitalization, allowing for a reasonable control premium. If the carrying amount of a reporting unit, calculated using the above approaches, exceeds the reporting unit’s fair value, the Company performs the second step of the goodwill impairment test to determine the amount of impairment loss. The second step of the goodwill impairment test involves comparing the implied fair value of the affected reporting unit’s goodwill with the carrying value of that reporting unit. There was no impairment of goodwill in any period presented. The Company's next annual impairment assessment will be performed as of the first day of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The following table presents the changes in goodwill during the first nine months of fiscal 2017:
 
Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
Balance as of October 29, 2016
$
1,679,116

Goodwill related to acquisition of Linear (Note 15)
10,555,688

Goodwill related to other acquisitions (1)
4,851

Foreign currency translation adjustment
2,160

Balance as of July 29, 2017
$
12,241,815

(1) Represents goodwill related to acquisitions that were not material to the Company on either an individual or aggregate basis.

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Intangible Assets
The Company reviews finite-lived intangible assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of assets may not be recoverable. Recoverability of these assets is determined by comparison of their carrying value to the estimated future undiscounted cash flows the assets are expected to generate over their remaining estimated useful lives. If such assets are considered to be impaired, the impairment to be recognized in earnings equals the amount by which the carrying value of the assets exceeds their fair value determined by either a quoted market price, if any, or a value determined by utilizing a discounted cash flow technique.
Indefinite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment on an annual basis on the first day of the fourth quarter (on or about August 1) or more frequently if indicators of impairment exist. The impairment test involves a qualitative assessment on the indefinite-lived intangible assets to determine whether it is more likely-than not that the indefinite-lived intangible asset is impaired. If it is determined that the fair value of the indefinite-lived intangible asset is less than the carrying value, the Company would recognize into earnings the amount by which the carrying value of the assets exceeds the fair value. No impairment of intangible assets resulted from the impairment tests in any of the fiscal periods presented.
Definite-lived intangible assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives or on an accelerated method of amortization that is expected to reflect the estimated pattern of economic use. In-process research and development (IPR&D) assets are considered indefinite-lived intangible assets until completion or abandonment of the associated research and development (R&D) efforts. Upon completion of the projects, the IPR&D assets are reclassified to technology-based intangible assets and amortized over their estimated useful lives.
As of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016, the Company’s intangible assets consisted of the following:
 
July 29, 2017
 
October 29, 2016
 
Gross Carrying
Amount
 
Accumulated
Amortization
 
Gross Carrying
Amount
 
Accumulated
Amortization
Customer relationships
$
4,671,288

 
$
353,735

 
$
649,159

 
$
158,979

Technology-based
1,097,049

 
66,841

 
38,731

 
9,958

Trade-name
72,800

 
4,252

 
600

 
60

Backlog
200

 
150

 
200

 

IPR&D
24,333

 

 
29,675

 

Total (1)(2)
$
5,865,670

 
$
424,978

 
$
718,365

 
$
168,997

___________
(1) Foreign intangible asset carrying amounts are affected by foreign currency translation.
(2) Increases in intangible assets primarily relate to the Acquisition and other acquisitions. See Note 15, Acquisitions, of these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.
  
Intangible assets, along with the related accumulated amortization, are removed from the table above at the end of the fiscal year they become fully amortized.
For the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017, amortization expense related to finite-lived intangible assets was $147.2 million and $256.0 million, respectively. For the three- and nine-month periods ended July 30, 2016, amortization expense related to finite-lived intangible assets was $18.9 million and $55.7 million, respectively. The remaining amortization expense will be recognized over an estimated weighted average life of approximately 4.8 years.
The Company expects annual amortization expense for intangible assets to be:
Fiscal Year
Amortization Expense
Remainder of fiscal 2017

$147,239

2018

$587,637

2019

$584,448

2020

$584,210

2021

$583,789


Note 11 – Pension Plans
The Company has various defined benefit pension and other retirement plans for certain non-U.S. employees that are consistent with local statutory requirements and practices. The Company’s funding policy for its foreign defined benefit

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pension plans is consistent with the local requirements of each country. The plans’ assets consist primarily of U.S. and non-U.S. equity securities, bonds, property and cash.
Net periodic pension cost of non-U.S. plans is presented in the following table:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Service cost
$
1,687

 
$
1,390

 
$
4,993

 
$
4,163

Interest cost
904

 
921

 
2,678

 
2,792

Expected return on plan assets
(1,031
)
 
(940
)
 
(3,054
)
 
(2,880
)
Amortization of initial net obligation
3

 
4

 
9

 
12

Amortization of prior service cost
(2
)
 

 
(6
)
 

Amortization of net loss
482

 
168

 
1,403

 
511

Net periodic pension cost
$
2,043

 
$
1,543

 
$
6,023

 
$
4,598


Note 12 – Revolving Credit Facility
On December 19, 2012, the Company entered into a five-year, $500.0 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility with certain institutional lenders (the Credit Agreement). On July 10, 2015, the Credit Agreement was amended and restated to increase the available borrowings to $750.0 million and extend the term to July 10, 2020. On September 23, 2016, in connection with the planned acquisition of Linear, the Company amended and restated the Credit Agreement. On the Acquisition Date, the aggregate amount of commitments under the revolving credit facility increased to $1.0 billion and the maximum covenant level was temporarily revised. To date, the Company has not borrowed under this revolving credit facility but may borrow in the future and use the proceeds for repayment of existing indebtedness, stock repurchases, acquisitions, capital expenditures, working capital and other lawful corporate purposes. Revolving loans under the Credit Agreement (other than swing line loans) bear interest, at the Company's option, at either a rate equal to (a) the Eurodollar Rate (as defined in the Credit Agreement) plus a margin based on the Company's debt rating or (b) the Base Rate (defined as the highest of (i) the Bank of America prime rate, (ii) the Federal Funds Rate (as defined in the Credit Agreement) plus 0.50% or (iii) one month Eurodollar Rate plus 1%). The Credit Agreement imposes restrictions on the Company’s ability to undertake certain transactions, to create certain liens on assets and to incur certain subsidiary indebtedness. In addition, the Credit Agreement contains a consolidated leverage ratio covenant of total consolidated funded debt to consolidated EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) of not greater than 5.0 to 1.0. As of July 29, 2017, the Company was compliant with these covenants.

Note 13 – Debt
On July 26, 2016, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Linear (the Merger Agreement). In connection with the Acquisition, the Company announced that it had obtained commitment financing in the form of a 364-day senior unsecured bridge facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to $7.5 billion (364-day Bridge Commitment) and a 90-day senior unsecured bridge facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to $4.1 billion (90-day Bridge Commitment). As discussed below, as a result of entering into the term loan facility and the issuance of $2.1 billion senior unsecured notes, the 364-day Bridge Commitment was terminated and $13.7 million and $7.2 million of unamortized bridge fees relating to the 364-day Bridge Commitment were accelerated and amortized into interest expense in fiscal 2016 and first quarter of fiscal 2017, respectively. Total fees incurred by the Company for the 364-day Bridge Commitment were approximately $27.5 million.
On the Acquisition Date, the Company entered into a 90-day Bridge Credit Agreement (the Bridge Credit Agreement) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and several banks and other financial institutions as lenders. The Bridge Credit Agreement provided for unsecured loans in an aggregate principal amount of up to $4.1 billion. In the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company repaid all of the $4.1 billion of outstanding loans under the Bridge Credit Agreement. Total fees incurred by the Company for the 90-day Bridge Commitment and Bridge Credit Agreement were approximately $15.0 million.
On September 23, 2016, the Company entered into a term loan facility consisting of a 3-year unsecured term loan facility in the principal amount of $2.5 billion and a 5-year unsecured term loan facility in the principal amount of $2.5 billion established pursuant to a credit agreement with JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent and other banks identified therein as lenders (Term Loan Agreement). The Term Loan Agreement replaced $5.0 billion of the 364-day Bridge Commitment. On the Acquisition Date, the Company borrowed under the Term Loan Agreement, consisting of a 3-year unsecured term loan in the principal amount of $2.5 billion, due March 10, 2020 and a 5-year unsecured term loan in the

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principal amount of $2.5 billion, due March 10, 2022. The 5-year term loan requires repayment in quarterly installments on the last business day of each March, June, September and December with the first required payment due June 2017. Prepayments of principal on the term loans can be made at any time without penalty. In the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company repaid $250.0 million of principal on the 5-year unsecured term loan, which satisfied the quarterly obligations due through March 2019. In addition, in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company repaid $350.0 million of principal on the 3-year unsecured term loan. The term loans bear interest at a rate per annum equal to the Eurodollar Rate plus a margin based on the Company’s debt ratings from time to time of between 0.75% and 1.63% in the case of the 3-year term loan, and a margin of between 0.88% and 1.75% in the case of the 5-year term loan. As a result of entering into the Term Loan Agreement and drawing on the available borrowings, the Company incurred fees of approximately $11.5 million. The Company recorded these costs as deferred financing costs and will amortize them on a straight-line basis through interest expense over the expected 3- and 5-year terms of the term loans. The Company also paid ticking fees based on the Company’s debt rating accruing beginning 60 days following the effectiveness of the Term Loan Agreement through the Acquisition Date.
On December 5, 2016, the Company issued $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.5% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2021 (the 2021 Notes), $550.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.125% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2023 (the December 2023 Notes), $900.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.5% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2026 (the 2026 Notes) and $250.0 million aggregate principal amount of 4.5% senior unsecured notes due December 5, 2036 (the 2036 Notes, and together with the 2021 Notes, the December 2023 Notes and the 2026 Notes, the Notes) with semi-annual fixed interest payments due on June 5 and December 5 of each year, commencing June 5, 2017. The Notes were issued in an underwritten public offering pursuant to the terms of an underwriting agreement, dated as of November 30, 2016, among the Company and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and MUFG Securities Americas Inc., as representatives of the several underwriters named therein. The net proceeds of the offering were $2.1 billion, after discount and issuance costs. Debt discount and issuance costs will be amortized through interest expense over the term of the Notes. The Notes were issued pursuant to an indenture, as supplemented by a supplemental indenture, and the indenture and supplemental indenture contain certain covenants, events of default and other customary provisions. As of July 29, 2017, the Company was compliant with these covenants. The Notes rank without preference or priority among themselves and equally in right of payment with all other existing and future senior unsecured debt and senior in right of payment to all of the Company's future subordinated debt. The issuance of the Notes replaced the remaining $2.5 billion of the 364-day Bridge Commitment.
The Company’s debt consisted of the following as of July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016:
 
July 29, 2017
 
October 29, 2016
 
Principal
 
Unamortized discount and debt issuance costs
 
Principal
 
Unamortized discount and debt issuance costs
3-Year term loan
2,150,000

 
3,620

 

 

5-Year term loan
2,250,000

 
4,999

 

 

2021 Notes, due December 2021
400,000

 
3,982

 

 

2023 Notes, due June 2023
500,000

 
3,586

 
500,000

 
4,047

2023 Notes, due December 2023
550,000

 
5,611

 

 

2025 Notes, due December 2025
850,000

 
7,373

 
850,000

 
8,034

2026 Notes, due December 2026
900,000

 
11,972

 

 

2036 Notes, due December 2036
250,000

 
4,033

 

 

2045 Notes, due December 2045
400,000

 
5,594

 
400,000

 
5,742

   Total Debt
$
8,250,000

 
$
50,770

 
$
1,750,000

 
$
17,823


Note 14 – Inventories
Inventories are valued at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out method) or market. The valuation of inventory requires the Company to estimate obsolete or excess inventory as well as inventory that is not of saleable quality. The Company employs a variety of methodologies to determine the net realizable value of its inventory. While a portion of the calculation to record inventory at its net realizable value is based on the age of the inventory and lower of cost or market calculations, a key factor in estimating obsolete or excess inventory requires the Company to estimate the future demand for its products. If actual demand is less than the Company’s estimates, impairment charges, which are recorded to cost of sales, may need to be recorded in future periods. Inventory in excess of saleable amounts is not valued, and the remaining inventory is valued at the lower of cost or market.

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Inventories at July 29, 2017 and October 29, 2016 were as follows:
 
July 29, 2017
 
October 29, 2016
Raw materials
$
32,997

 
$
20,263

Work in process
349,991

 
232,196

Finished goods
136,707

 
124,096

Total inventories
$
519,695

 
$
376,555


Note 15 – Acquisitions
Linear Technology Corporation
On the Acquisition Date, the Company completed its acquisition of all of the voting interests of Linear, an independent manufacturer of high performance analog integrated circuits. Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Linear stockholders received, for each outstanding share of Linear common stock, $46.00 in cash and 0.2321 of a share of the Company's common stock at the closing. The combination creates the premier analog technology company with the industry’s most comprehensive suite of high-performance analog offerings. The results of operations of Linear from the Acquisition Date are included in the Company’s consolidated statements of income for the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017. The amount of revenue attributable to Linear included in the Company's consolidated statements of income for the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 was $368.6 million and $516.1 million, respectively.
The Acquisition Date fair value of the consideration transferred in the Acquisition consisted of the following:
(in thousands)
 
Cash consideration (a)
$
11,092,047

Issuance of common stock (b)
4,593,655

Fair value of replacement share-based and cash awards (c)
70,954

Total estimated purchase consideration
$
15,756,656

_______________
(a)The cash consideration was funded utilizing cash on hand, the net proceeds from the bridge and term loan agreements and the proceeds received from the Company's issuance of the Notes. This reflects the cash portion of the purchase consideration paid to Linear stockholders of approximately $11.1 billion, as well as $16.3 million for the cash-settled portion of consideration paid to holders of restricted stock and restricted stock awards that automatically vested at the effective time of the Acquisition pursuant to pre-existing change-of-control agreements.
(b) The fair value is based on the issuance of approximately 55.9 million shares of the Company's common stock with a per-share value of $82.20 (the closing price of the Company's common stock on The NASDAQ Global Select Market on the Acquisition Date).
(c) In connection with the Acquisition, the Company issued equity and cash awards to certain Linear employees to replace Linear equity awards. The amount represents the portion of the fair value of the replacement equity and cash awards associated with services rendered though the Acquisition Date and have been included as a component of the total estimated purchase consideration.
The preliminary fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of the Acquisition Date are set forth in the table below. The excess of the purchase consideration over the aggregate Acquisition Date value of identifiable net assets acquired was recorded as goodwill. None of the goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes. These preliminary Acquisition Date values were generally determined through established and generally accepted valuation techniques and are subject to change during the measurement period as valuations are finalized. As a result, the Acquisition accounting is not complete and additional information that existed at the Acquisition Date may become known to the Company during the remainder of the measurement period. During the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company recorded acquisition accounting adjustments of $28.6 million to goodwill, $21.9 million to deferred tax liabilities, $6.0 million to inventory and $0.7 million to fixed assets.The adjustment to inventory and fixed assets included a portion of which would have been recognized as an expense in the prior quarter if it was recognized as of the acquisition date. As of the filing date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the Company is still in the process of valuing Linear's assets, including inventory, fixed assets, intangible assets, and liabilities, including deferred revenue and related income tax accounting.

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(in thousands)
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
1,419,193

Marketable securities
100,246

Accounts receivable (a)
146,532

Inventories
443,907

Prepaid expenses and other assets
14,782

Property, plant and equipment
462,265

Intangible assets (Note 10)
5,140,400

Goodwill (Note 10)
10,555,688

Total assets
$
18,283,013

Assumed liabilities
138,452

Deferred tax liabilities
2,387,905

Total estimated purchase consideration
$
15,756,656

____________
(a)
The fair value of accounts receivable was $146.5 million, with the gross contractual amount being $148.2 million, of which the Company estimates that $1.7 million is uncollectible.
The acquired intangible assets consisted of the following, which are being amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives or on an accelerated method of amortization that is expected to reflect the estimated pattern of economic use.
 
Fair Value
 (in thousands)
Weighted Average Useful Lives
 (in Years)
Technology-based
$
1,046,100

8
Trade name
72,200

7
Customer relationships
4,022,100

11
    Total amortizable intangible assets
$
5,140,400

10
The goodwill recognized is attributable to synergies which are expected to enhance and expand the Company’s overall product portfolio and opportunities in new and existing markets, future technologies that have yet to be determined and Linear's assembled workforce. Future technologies do not meet the criteria for recognition separately from goodwill because they are part of future development and growth of the business. As of the filing date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the assignment of goodwill resulting from the Acquisition to the Company's reporting units has not been completed.
There were no significant contingencies assumed as part of the Acquisition.
The Company recognized $7.8 million and $54.7 million of transaction-related costs, including legal, accounting and other related fees that were expensed in the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017, respectively. These costs are included in the condensed consolidated statements of income in operating expenses within SMG&A expenses. The Company may incur additional transaction-related costs within the next twelve months related to the Acquisition that will be expensed as incurred.
The following unaudited pro forma consolidated financial information combines the unaudited results of the Company for the three-and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and the unaudited results of Linear for the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 and assumes that the Acquisition, which closed on March 10, 2017, was completed on November 1, 2015 (the first day of fiscal 2016). The pro forma consolidated financial information has been calculated after applying the Company’s accounting policies and includes adjustments for amortization expense of acquired intangible assets, transaction-related costs, a step-up in the value of acquired inventory and property, plant and equipment, compensation expense for ongoing share-based compensation arrangements replaced and interest expense for the debt incurred to fund the Acquisition, together with the consequential tax effects. These pro forma results have been prepared for comparative purposes only and do not purport to be indicative of the operating results of the Company that would have been achieved had the Acquisition actually taken place on November 1, 2015. In addition, these results are not intended to be a projection of future results and do not reflect events that may occur after the Acquisition, including but not limited to revenue enhancements, cost savings or operating synergies that the combined Company may achieve as a result of the Acquisition.

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 (thousands, except per share data)
Pro Forma Three Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Revenue
$
1,452,684

 
$
1,241,283

Net income
$
279,608

 
$
216,633

Basic net income per common share
$
0.76

 
$
0.60

Diluted net income per common share
$
0.75

 
$
0.59

 (thousands, except per share data)
Pro Forma Nine Months Ended
 
July 29, 2017
 
July 30, 2016
Revenue
$
4,161,671

 
$
3,460,954

Net income
$
625,366

 
$
64,315

Basic net income per common share
$
1.70

 
$
0.18

Diluted net income per common share
$
1.68

 
$
0.17

Other Acquisitions
The Company has not provided pro forma results of operations for any other acquisitions completed in the three- and nine-month periods ended July 29, 2017 or July 30, 2016 herein as they were not material to the Company on either an individual or an aggregate basis. The Company included the results of operations of each acquisition in its consolidated statement of income from the date of each acquisition.

Note 16 – Income Taxes
The Company has provided for potential tax liabilities due in the various jurisdictions in which the Company operates. Judgment is required in determining the worldwide income tax provision. In the ordinary course of global business, there are many transactions and calculations where the ultimate tax outcome is uncertain. Some of these uncertainties arise as a consequence of cost reimbursement arrangements among related entities. Although the Company believes its estimates are reasonable, no assurance can be given that the final tax outcome of these matters will not be different from that which is reflected in the historical income tax provisions and accruals. Such differences could have a material impact on the Company’s income tax provision and operating results in the period in which such determination is made.
The Company’s effective tax rate reflects the applicable tax rate in effect in the various tax jurisdictions around the world where the Company's income is earned. The Company's effective tax rate is generally lower than the U.S. federal statutory rate of 35%, primarily due to lower statutory tax rates applicable to the Company's operations in jurisdictions in which the Company earns a portion of its income.  
The Company had filed a petition with the U.S. Tax Court for a matter relating to fiscal years 2006 and 2007 that pertained to Section 965 of the Internal Revenue Code related to the beneficial tax treatment of dividends paid from foreign owned companies under The American Jobs Creation Act. The Company recorded a $36.5 million reserve for this potential liability in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. A favorable ruling was rendered by the U.S. Tax Court on November 22, 2016. On February 27, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court’s Decision Order was entered and the 90-day period for the Internal Revenue Service to file a Notice of Appeal lapsed on May 30, 2017. As a result, on May 30, 2017, the Company released the $50.5 million reserve, which was comprised of the $41.7 million in originally-recorded and subsequent accruals for this potential liability, plus $8.8 million of net interest.
All of the Company's U.S. federal tax returns prior to fiscal year 2013 are no longer subject to examination.
All of the Company's Ireland tax returns prior to fiscal year 2012 are no longer subject to examination.
Unrealized Tax Benefits
The following table summarizes the changes in the total amounts of unrealized tax benefits for the nine months ended July 29, 2017.

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Unrealized Tax Benefits
Balance, October 29, 2016
$
68,535

Additions related to acquisitions
12,332

Additions for tax positions related to current year
127

Additions for tax positions related to prior years

Reductions for tax positions related to prior years
(43,046
)
Reductions due to lapse of applicable statute of limitations
(650
)
Balance, July 29, 2017
$
37,298


Note 17 – New Accounting Pronouncements
Standards Implemented
Business combinations
In September 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2015-16, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Simplifying the Accounting for Measurement-Period Adjustments (ASU 2015-16). The update requires that an acquirer recognize adjustments to provisional amounts that are identified during the measurement period in the reporting period in which the adjustment amounts are determined. The update also requires that the acquirer record, in the financial statements of the period in which adjustments to provisional amounts are determined, the effect on earnings of changes in depreciation, amortization, or other income effects, if any, as a result of the change to the provisional amounts, calculated as if the accounting had been completed at the acquisition date. The new standard is effective prospectively for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. The Company adopted ASU 2015-16 in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.
Intangibles-Goodwill and other
In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-05, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other - Internal Use Software (Subtopic 350-40) - Customer's Accounting for Fees Paid in a Cloud Computing Arrangement (ASU 2015-05), which provides guidance to customers about whether a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license. If a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license, then the customer should account for the software license element of the arrangement consistent with the acquisition of other software licenses. If a cloud computing arrangement does not include a software license, the customer should account for the arrangement as a service contract. Consequently, all software licenses within the scope of Subtopic 350-40 will be accounted for consistent with other licenses of intangible assets. The guidance in ASU 2015-05 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015 and early adoption is permitted. The adoption of ASU 2015-05 in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 did not impact the Company's financial position or results of operations.
Compensation - Retirement Benefits
In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-04, Practical Expedient for the Measurement Date of an Employer’s Defined Benefit Obligation and Plan Assets (ASU 2015-04), which provides a practical expedient for entities with a fiscal year-end that does not coincide with a month-end, that permits the entity to measure defined benefit plan assets and obligations using the month-end that is closest to the entity’s fiscal year-end and apply that practical expedient consistently from year to year. Entities are required to disclose the accounting policy election and the date used to measure defined benefit plan assets and obligations. ASU 2015-04 is effective for fiscal years, and for interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2015. Early application is permitted. Amendments should be applied prospectively. The adoption of ASU 2015-04 in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 did not impact the Company’s financial position or results of operations.
Consolidation
In February 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-02, Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis (ASU 2015-02). ASU 2015-02 affects reporting entities that are required to evaluate whether they should consolidate certain legal entities. ASU 2015-02 modifies the evaluation of whether limited partnerships and similar legal entities are variable interest entities (VIEs) or voting interest entities, eliminates the presumption that a general partner should consolidate a limited partnership and affects the consolidation analysis of reporting entities that are involved with VIEs, particularly those that have fee arrangements and related party relationships. ASU 2015-02 is effective for fiscal years, and for interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. A reporting entity may apply the amendments in this guidance using a modified retrospective approach by recording a cumulative-effect adjustment to equity as of the beginning of the fiscal year of adoption. A reporting entity also may apply the amendments retrospectively. The adoption of ASU 2015-02 in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 did not impact the Company’s financial position or results of operations.

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Stock Compensation
In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-12, Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period (ASU 2014-12), which requires that a performance target that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period be treated as a performance condition. ASU 2014-12 is effective for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. The adoption of ASU 2014-12 in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 did not impact the Company's financial position or results of operations.
Standards to Be Implemented
Intangibles - Goodwill and Other
In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-04, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other (Topic 350) (ASU 2017-04). ASU 2017-04 simplifies the subsequent measurement of goodwill by removing the second step of the two-step impairment test. The amendment requires an entity to perform its annual, or interim goodwill impairment test by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. A goodwill impairment will be the amount by which a reporting unit’s carrying value exceeds its fair value, not to exceed the carrying amount of goodwill. The amendment should be applied on a prospective basis. ASU 2017-04 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted for interim or annual goodwill impairment tests performed on testing dates after January 1, 2017. ASU 2017-04 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending October 30, 2021 (fiscal 2021). The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Business combinations
In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805) Clarifying the Definition of a Business (ASU 2017-01). ASU 2017-01 clarifies the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses. The definition of a business affects many areas of accounting including acquisitions, disposals, goodwill, and consolidation. The guidance is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those periods. The Company will adopt ASU 2017-01 in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending November 2, 2019 (fiscal 2019). The impact of the adoption on the Company's financial position and results of operations will be dependent upon any future acquisitions or disposals.
Income Taxes
In October 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-16, Income Taxes (Topic 740) (ASU 2016-16). ASU 2016-16 will require an entity to recognize the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer of an asset, other than inventory, when the transfer occurs. ASU 2016-16 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted as of the beginning of an annual reporting period for which financial statements have not been issued or made available for issuance. ASU 2016-16 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Statement of Cash Flows
In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments (ASU 2016-15). ASU 2016-15 provides guidance on several specific cash flow issues, including debt prepayment or extinguishment costs, settlement of certain debt instruments, contingent consideration payments made after a business combination, proceeds from the settlement of certain insurance claims and distributions received from equity method investees. ASU 2016-15 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted in any interim or annual period. ASU 2016-15 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its statement of cash flows.
Equity Method Investments
In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-07, Investments - Equity Method and Joint Ventures (Topic 323): Simplifying the Transition to the Equity Method of Accounting (ASU 2016-07). ASU 2016-07 eliminates the requirement that when an investment, initially accounted for under a method other than the equity method of accounting, subsequently qualifies for use of the equity method, an investor must retrospectively apply the equity method in prior periods in which it held the investment. This requires an investor to determine the fair value of the investee’s underlying assets and liabilities retrospectively at each

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investment date and revise all prior periods as if the equity method had always been applied. The new guidance requires the investor to apply the equity method prospectively from the date the investment qualifies for the equity method. The investor will add the carrying value of the existing investment to the cost of the additional investment to determine the initial cost basis of the equity method investment. ASU 2016-07 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted in any interim or annual period. ASU 2016-07 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending November 3, 2018 (fiscal 2018). The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Derivatives and Hedging
In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-06, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Contingent Put and Call Options in Debt Instruments (ASU 2016-06). ASU 2016-06 clarifies the requirements for assessing whether contingent call (put) options that can accelerate the payment of principal on debt instruments are clearly and closely related to their debt hosts. An entity performing the assessment under ASU 2016-06 is required to assess the embedded call (put) options solely in accordance with the four-step decision sequence. ASU 2016-06 is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those annual periods. ASU 2016-06 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Leases
In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) (ASU 2016-02). ASU 2016-02 requires a lessee to recognize most leases on the balance sheet but recognize expenses on the income statement in a manner similar to current practice. The update states that a lessee will recognize a lease liability for the obligation to make lease payments and a right-to-use asset for the right to use the underlying assets for the lease term. Leases will continue to be classified as either financing or operating, with classification affecting the recognition, measurement and presentation of expenses and cash flows arising from a lease. ASU 2016-02 is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within those fiscal years. ASU 2016-02 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending October 31, 2020 (fiscal 2020). The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Financial Instruments
In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326), Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (ASU 2016-13). ASU 2016-13 requires a financial asset (or group of financial assets) measured at amortized cost basis to be presented at the net amount expected to be collected. The allowance for credit losses is a valuation account that is deducted from the amortized cost basis of the financial asset(s) to present the net carrying value at the amount expected to be collected on the financial asset. ASU 2016-13 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and for interim periods within those fiscal years. ASU 2016-13 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-01, Financial Instruments-Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (ASU 2016-01). ASU 2016-01 requires equity investments to be measured at fair value with changes in fair value recognized in net income; simplifies the impairment assessment of equity investments without readily determinable fair values by requiring a qualitative assessment to identify impairment; eliminates the requirement for public business entities to disclose the method(s) and significant assumptions used to estimate the fair value that is required to be disclosed for financial instruments measured at amortized cost on the balance sheet; requires public business entities to use the exit price notion when measuring the fair value of financial instruments for disclosure purposes; requires an entity to present separately in other comprehensive income the portion of the total change in the fair value of a liability resulting from a change in the instrument-specific credit risk when the entity has elected to measure the liability at fair value in accordance with the fair value option for financial instruments; requires separate presentation of financial assets and financial liabilities by measurement category and form of financial assets on the balance sheet or the accompanying notes to the financial statements and clarifies that an entity should evaluate the need for a valuation allowance on a deferred tax asset related to available-for-sale securities in combination with the entity’s other deferred tax assets. ASU 2016-01 is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. ASU 2016-01 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Inventory
In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-11, Inventory (Topic 330) - Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory (ASU 2015-11), which simplifies the subsequent measurement of inventories by replacing the lower of cost or market test with a

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lower of cost and net realizable value test. The guidance applies only to inventories for which cost is determined by methods other than last-in first-out (LIFO) and the retail inventory method. The guidance in ASU 2015-11 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016 and early adoption is permitted. ASU 2015-11 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Presentation of Financial Statements
In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements - Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40) (ASU 2014-15), which provides guidance about management's responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about an entity's ability to continue as a going concern and to provide related footnote disclosures. The update requires management to assess an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern by incorporating and expanding upon certain principles that are currently in U.S. auditing standards. Specifically, the update (1) provides a definition of the term "substantial doubt", (2) requires an evaluation every reporting period including interim periods, (3) provides principles for considering the mitigating effect of management’s plans, (4) requires certain disclosures when substantial doubt is alleviated as a result of consideration of management’s plans, (5) requires an express statement and other disclosures when substantial doubt is not alleviated, and (6) requires an assessment for a period of one year after the date that the financial statements are issued (or available to be issued). ASU 2014-15 is effective for annual reporting periods ending after December 15, 2016, and for annual periods and interim periods thereafter. Early adoption is permitted. ASU 2014-15 is effective for the Company for its annual period ending October 28, 2017. The Company does not expect the adoption to have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.
Stock Compensation
In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-09, Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting (ASU 2017-09). The new guidance clarifies when a change to the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award must be accounted for as a modification. ASU 2017-09 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017, with early adoption permitted. ASU 2017-09 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company is currently evaluating the adoption date and the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting (ASU 2016-09). ASU 2016-09 simplifies several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, and classification on the statement of cash flows. ASU 2016-09 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2016 and allows for prospective, retrospective or modified retrospective adoption, depending on the area covered in the update, with early adoption permitted. ASU 2016-09 is effective for the Company in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Company is currently evaluating the impact, if any, adoption will have on its financial position and results of operations.
Revenue Recognition
In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASU 2014-09), which supersedes nearly all existing revenue recognition guidance under U.S. GAAP. The core principle of ASU 2014-09 is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. Additionally, the guidance requires improved disclosures to help users of financial statements better understand the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. The FASB has issued several amendments and updates to the new revenue standard, including guidance related to when an entity should recognize revenue gross as a principal or net as an agent and how an entity should identify performance obligations.  As amended, ASU 2014-09 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2017, which is the Company's first quarter of fiscal 2019. Early adoption is permitted for all entities only as of annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim reporting periods within that reporting period. The Company has developed a project plan for the implementation of the guidance, including a review of all revenue streams to identify any differences in the timing, measurement or presentation of revenue recognition. The Company has reviewed its revenue streams and is nearing completion in assessing all potential impacts of the standard, including any impacts from recently issued amendments, and retrospectively adjusting financial information for prior fiscal years.  The Company has also made progress on its impact assessment of the recent acquisition of Linear.  While the Company is still in the process of completing its evaluation of the standard, it currently believes the most significant impact will be related to the timing of recognition of sales to certain distributors. As described in Note 2, Revenue Recognition, of these Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company currently defers revenue and the related cost of sales on shipments to certain distributors until the distributors resell the products to their customers. Upon adoption of ASU 2014-09, the Company will no longer be permitted to defer revenue until sale by the distributor to the end

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customer, but rather, will be required to estimate the effects of returns and allowances provided to distributors and record revenue at the time of sale to the distributor. The Company is continuing to evaluate the future impact and method of adoption of ASU 2014-09 and related amendments on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures. The Company is considering early adoption of the new standard using the full retrospective method in the fiscal year ending November 3, 2018. While the Company has made significant progress on its project plan, the Company's ability to early adopt using the full retrospective method is dependent on system readiness and the completion of its analysis of information necessary to restate prior period financial statements.

Note 18 – Subsequent Events
On