Form 8-K



Washington, DC 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 24, 2008


Sun Microsystems, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Delaware   0-15086   94-2805249

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


4150 Network Circle

Santa Clara, California

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(650) 960-1300

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition

This information shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

On January 24, 2008, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (“Sun”) issued a press release regarding Sun’s financial results for the fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2007. The full text of Sun’s press release, together with the related Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and Operations Analysis—Consolidated, are attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

The press release and the related conference call contain non-GAAP financial measures. Sun utilizes a number of different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing its overall business performance, for making operating decisions and for forecasting and planning future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures include EBIDTA and Adjusted EBIDTA. EBITDA is defined as earnings before net interest, taxes, amortization of acquisition related intangibles and other depreciation and amortization. We further exclude stock-based compensation, gain on equity investments, net, and settlement income to determine Adjusted EBITDA. These measures are used by some investors when assessing the performance of Sun. Sun believes the assessment of its operations excluding these items is relevant to the assessment of internal operations and comparisons to industry performance.

Reasons for Presenting Non-GAAP Measures. Sun believes these non-GAAP measures help indicate Sun’s baseline performance before gains, losses or charges that are considered by Sun to be outside on-going operating results. Accordingly, Sun uses these non-GAAP measures to gain a better understanding of Sun’s comparative operating performance from period-to-period and as a basis for planning and forecasting future periods. Sun believes these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with Sun’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of Sun’s on-going operating results;

the ability to better identify trends in Sun’s underlying business and perform related trend analysis;

a better understanding of how management plans and measures Sun’s underlying business; and

an easier way to compare Sun’s most recent results of operations against investor and analyst financial models.

Items Excluded From Non-GAAP Measures. As described above, the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA (and, in some cases, EBITDA) excludes items in the following general categories, which are discussed in more detail below:

Stock-based Compensation. Stock-based compensation is a key incentive offered to our employees, and Sun believes such compensation contributed to the revenues earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues. Nevertheless, Sun believes that the exclusion of non-cash stock-based compensation allows management and investors to compare Sun’s recurring core business operating results over multiple periods. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types that companies can use to account for stock-based compensation under FAS 123R, Sun’s management believes that providing a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes stock-based compensation allows investors to make meaningful comparisons between Sun’s recurring core business operating results and those of other companies, as well as providing Sun’s management with an important tool for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating Sun’s own recurring core business operating results over different periods of time. In addition, Sun prepares and maintains its budgets and forecasts for future periods excluding stock-based compensation. Stock-based compensation expenses will recur in future periods.

Amortization of Acquisition Related Intangibles. Sun excludes amortization of intangible assets resulting from acquisitions to allow more accurate comparisons of its financial results to its historical operations, forward-looking guidance and the financial results of peer companies. In recent years, Sun has completed the acquisition of StorageTek and the acquisition of other assets and technologies, which resulted in operating expenses that would not otherwise have been incurred. Sun believes that providing non-GAAP information for amortization of intangible assets allows the users of its financial statements to review both the GAAP expenses in the period, as well as the non-GAAP expenses, thus providing for enhanced understanding of historic and future financial results and facilitating comparisons to peer companies. Additionally, had Sun internally developed these intangible assets, the amortization of intangible assets would have been expensed historically, and Sun believes the assessment of its operations excluding these costs is relevant to the assessment of internal operations and comparisons to industry performance. Amortization of Acquisition Related Intangibles will recur in future periods.

Net Interest Expense, Taxes, Other Depreciation and Amortization, Net Gain (Loss) on Equity Investments and Settlement Income. Sun excludes these items because it believes that they are not directly related to the underlying performance of Sun’s core business operations. Each of these items are expected to recur in future periods.

Limitations. Each of the non-GAAP financial measures described above, and used in this press release and the related conference call, should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, a measure of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, investors are cautioned that there are inherent limitations associated with the use of each of these non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In particular, these non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and many of the adjustments to the GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion of items that are recurring and will be reflected in Sun’s financial results for the foreseeable future. In addition, other companies, including other companies in Sun’s industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than Sun does, limiting their usefulness as a comparative tool. Sun compensates for these limitations by providing specific information in the reconciliation included in this press release regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures. In addition, as noted above, Sun evaluates the non-GAAP financial measures together with the most directly comparable GAAP financial information.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

The following exhibit is filed herewith:






Text of press release issued by Sun Microsystems, Inc., dated January 24, 2008, titled “Sun Microsystems Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Results, Improved Margins and Bookings Signal Strength in Customer Demand,” together with related Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and Operations Analysis - Consolidated.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: January 24, 2008





/s/ V. Kalyani Chatterjee


V. Kalyani Chatterjee

Chief Accounting Officer