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    FLEX   SG9999000020

FLEX LTD.

(FLEX)
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FLEX LTD. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (form 10-Q)

07/29/2022 | 04:54pm EDT

Unless otherwise specifically stated, references in this report to "Flex," "the Company," "we," "us," "our" and similar terms mean Flex Ltd., and its subsidiaries.

This report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The words "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "plans" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements which refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly disclose any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring subsequent to filing this Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, those risks and uncertainties discussed in this section, as well as any risks and uncertainties discussed in Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and in Part II, Item 7, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022. In addition, new risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risk factors on our business. Accordingly, our future results may differ materially from historical results or from those discussed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, the reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

OVERVIEW

We are the diversified manufacturing partner of choice that helps market-leading brands design, build and deliver innovative products that improve the world. Through the collective strength of a global workforce across approximately 30 countries with responsible, sustainable operations, we deliver advanced manufacturing solutions and operate one of the most trusted global supply chains, supporting the entire product lifecycle with fulfillment, after-market, and circular economy solutions for diverse industries including cloud, communications, enterprise, automotive, industrial, consumer devices, lifestyle, healthcare, and energy. Our three operating and reportable segments are:

•Flex Agility Solutions ("FAS"), which is comprised of the following end markets:

•Communications, Enterprise and Cloud, including data infrastructure, edge infrastructure and communications infrastructure;

•Lifestyle, including appliances, consumer packaging, floorcare, micro mobility and audio; and

•Consumer Devices, including mobile and high velocity consumer devices.

•Flex Reliability Solutions ("FRS"), which is comprised of the following end markets:

•Automotive, including next generation mobility, autonomous, connectivity, electrification, and smart technologies;

•Health Solutions, including medical devices, medical equipment and drug delivery; and

•Industrial, including capital equipment, industrial devices, and renewables and grid edge.

•Nextracker, the leading provider of intelligent, integrated solar tracker and software solutions used in utility-scale and ground-mounted distributed generation solar projects around the world. Nextracker's products enable solar panels to follow the sun's movement across the sky and optimize plant performance.

Our strategy is to provide customers with a full range of cost competitive, vertically-integrated global supply chain solutions through which we can design, build, ship and service a complete packaged product for our customers. This enables our customers to leverage our supply chain solutions to meet their product requirements throughout the entire product lifecycle.

Over the past few years, we have seen an increased level of diversification by many companies, primarily in the technology sector. Some companies that have historically identified themselves as software providers, Internet service providers or e-commerce retailers have entered the highly competitive and rapidly evolving technology hardware markets, such as mobile devices, home entertainment and wearable devices. This trend has resulted in a significant change in the manufacturing and supply chain solutions requirements of such companies. While the products have become more complex, the supply chain solutions required by such companies have become more customized and demanding, and it has changed the manufacturing and supply chain landscape significantly.


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We use a portfolio approach to manage our extensive service offerings. As our customers change the way they go to market, we have the capability to reorganize and rebalance our business portfolio in order to align with our customers' needs and requirements in an effort to optimize operating results. The objective of our business model is to allow us to be flexible and redeploy and reposition our assets and resources as necessary to meet specific customers' supply chain solution needs across all the markets we serve and earn a return on our invested capital above the weighted average cost of that capital.

We believe that our continued business transformation to improve our portfolio mix is strategically positioning us to take advantage of the long-term, future growth prospects for outsourcing of advanced manufacturing capabilities, design and engineering services and after-market services.

Update on the Impact of COVID-19, Component Shortages and Logistical Constraints on our Business

With the second wave of the global pandemic including follow-on variants of COVID-19, there have been renewed disease control measures being taken to limit the spread including movement bans and shelter-in-place orders. Although not materially impacting our results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023, most recently, with the lockdowns in China, we experienced temporary plant closures and/or restrictions at certain of our manufacturing facilities in China. We continue to closely monitor the situation in all the locations where we operate. Our priority remains the welfare of our employees. In addition, our end markets continue to be impacted by the global supply chain disruptions. Component shortages and logistical constraints are pervasive across the entire value chain. COVID-19 related restrictions also contributed to a declining workforce, including at ports and warehouses, as well as creating driver shortages around the world. We expect persistent waves of COVID-19 to remain a headwind into the near future. Component shortages and significantly increased logistic costs are also expected to persist at least in the near future as we are continuing to see increasing supply constraints and costs. We continue to carefully monitor potential supply chain disruptions due to ongoing tightness in the overall component environment. Refer to "Risk Factors - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has materially and adversely affected our business and results of operations. The duration and extent to which it will continue to adversely impact our business and results of operations remains uncertain and could be material." and "-- Supply chain disruptions, manufacturing interruptions or delays, or the failure to accurately forecast customer demand, could affect our ability to meet customer demand, lead to higher costs, or result in excess or obsolete inventory. We have been and continue to be adversely affected by supply chain issues, including shortages of required electronic components." as disclosed in Part I, "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.

We are continuously evaluating our capital structure in response to the current environment and expect that our current financial condition, including our liquidity sources are adequate to fund future commitments. See additional discussion in the Liquidity and Capital Resources section below.

Russian Invasion of Ukraine

We are monitoring and responding to the escalating conflict in Ukraine and the associated sanctions and other restrictions. As of the date of this report, there is no material impact to our business operations and financial performance in Ukraine. The full impact of the conflict on our business operations and financial performance remains uncertain and will depend on future developments, including the severity and duration of the conflict and its impact on regional and global economic conditions. We will continue to monitor the conflict and assess the related restrictions and other effects and pursue prudent decisions for our team members, customers, and business.

Other Developments

On April 28, 2021, we announced that we confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the SEC relating to the proposed initial public offering of Nextracker's Class A common stock. The initial public offering and its timing are subject to market and other conditions and the SEC's review process, and there can be no assurance that we will proceed with such offering or any alternative transaction. Refer to "Risk Factors - We are pursuing alternatives for our Nextracker business, including a full or partial separation of the business, through an initial public offering of Nextracker or otherwise, which may not be consummated as or when planned or at all, and may not achieve the intended benefits." as disclosed in Part I, "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.

On February 1, 2022, we sold Series A Preferred Units representing a 16.7% interest in Nextracker to TPG Rise for an aggregate purchase price of $500 million. The sale of the 16.7% interest in Nextracker reflects an implied value for Nextracker as of the date of the sale of $3.0 billion. See Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022 for further information.

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2022 does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction.


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Business Overview

We are one of the world's largest providers of global supply chain solutions, with revenues of $7.3 billion for the three-month period ended July 1, 2022 and $26.0 billion in fiscal year ended March 31, 2022. We have established an extensive network of manufacturing facilities in the world's major consumer and enterprise markets (Asia, the Americas, and Europe) to serve the growing outsourcing needs of both multinational and regional customers. We design, build, ship, and service consumer and enterprise products for our customers through a network of over 100 facilities in approximately 30 countries across four continents. We also provide intelligent, integrated solar tracker and software solutions used in utility-scale and ground-mounted distributed generation solar projects around the world. The following tables set forth the relative percentages and dollar amounts of net sales by region and by country, and net property and equipment by country, based on the location of our manufacturing sites (amounts may not sum due to rounding):

                                          Three-Month Periods Ended
                                   July 1, 2022                     July 2, 2021
                                                (In millions)
Net sales by region:
Americas                $      3,315                 45  %    $     2,579        41  %
Asia                           2,517                 34  %          2,365        37  %
Europe                         1,515                 21  %          1,398        22  %
                        $      7,347                          $     6,342

Net sales by country:
China                   $      1,584                 22  %    $     1,531        24  %
Mexico                         1,555                 21  %          1,221        19  %
U.S.                           1,216                 17  %            876        14  %
Malaysia                         570                  8  %            411         6  %
Brazil                           527                  7  %            464         7  %
Hungary                          286                  4  %            352         6  %
Other                          1,609                 21  %          1,487        24  %
                        $      7,347                          $     6,342


                                                 As of                        As of
         Property and equipment, net:         July 1, 2022                March 31, 2022
                                                            (In millions)
         Mexico                         $       643        30  %    $         626        29  %
         U.S.                                   350        16  %              354        17  %
         China                                  304        14  %              299        14  %
         Malaysia                               123         6  %              110         5  %
         India                                  120         6  %              129         6  %
         Hungary                                116         5  %              118         6  %
         Other                                  479        23  %              489        23  %
                                        $     2,135                 $       2,125

We believe that the combination of our extensive open innovation platform solutions, design and engineering services, advanced supply chain management solutions and services, significant scale and global presence, and manufacturing campuses in low-cost geographic areas provide us with a competitive advantage and strong differentiation in the market for designing, manufacturing and servicing consumer and enterprise products for leading multinational and regional customers. Specifically, we offer our customers the ability to simplify their global product development, manufacturing process, and after sales services, and enable them to meaningfully accelerate their time to market and cost savings.

Our operating results are affected by a number of factors, including the following:

•the impacts on our business due to component shortages, disruptions in transportation or other supply chain related constraints including as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic;

•the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic on our business and results of operations;


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•changes in the macro-economic environment and related changes in consumer demand;

•the mix of the manufacturing services we are providing, the number, size, and complexity of new manufacturing programs, the degree to which we utilize our manufacturing capacity, seasonal demand, and other factors;

•the effects on our business when our customers are not successful in marketing their products, or when their products do not gain widespread commercial acceptance;

•our ability to achieve commercially viable production yields and to manufacture components in commercial quantities to the performance specifications demanded by our customers;

•the effects that current credit and market conditions (including as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine) could have on the liquidity and financial condition of our customers and suppliers, including any impact on their ability to meet their contractual obligations;

•the effects on our business due to certain customers' products having short product lifecycles;

•our customers' ability to cancel or delay orders or change production quantities;

•our customers' decisions to choose internal manufacturing instead of outsourcing for their product requirements;

•integration of acquired businesses and facilities;

•increased labor costs due to adverse labor conditions in the markets we operate;

•changes in tax legislation; and

•changes in trade regulations and treaties.

We are also subject to other risks as outlined in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP" or "GAAP") requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, there has been and will continue to be uncertainty and disruption in the global economy and financial markets. We have made estimates and assumptions taking into consideration certain possible impacts due to COVID-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These estimates may change, as new events occur, and additional information is obtained. Actual results may differ from those estimates and assumptions.

Refer to the accounting policies under Item 7, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022, where we discuss our more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements.


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