|12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
|Restructuring and Related Activities [Abstract]
Cost Plan. In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, we announced a Cost Plan designed to align our cost structure to our long-term margin targets. As part of this plan, we have initiated a series of targeted actions across our businesses to reduce annual costs by $1 billion, excluding incremental costs resulting from any future acquisition of a business. We expect these cost reductions to be fully captured in fiscal 2019.
During fiscal 2018, we recorded restructuring and restructuring-related charges of $629 million in other expenses and charges of $58 million in investment and other income, net (Note 2), which consisted of restructuring charges of $353 million, primarily related to severance costs, and restructuring-related charges of $334 million, primarily related to asset impairment charges (and which was net of a $41 million gain resulting from fair value adjustments of certain contingent consideration related to a business combination). In connection with this plan, we expect to incur additional restructuring and restructuring-related charges of up to $100 million, which primarily consist of severance and consulting costs, and the vast majority of which are expected to be settled in cash.
The restructuring accrual, a portion of which was included in payroll and other benefits related liabilities with the remainder included in other current liabilities, is expected to be substantially paid within the next 12 months. Changes in the restructuring accrual for fiscal 2018 were as follows (in millions):
Strategic Realignment Plan. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, we announced a Strategic Realignment Plan designed to improve execution, enhance financial performance and drive profitable growth as we worked to create sustainable long-term value for stockholders. As part of this, among other actions, we implemented a cost reduction plan, which included a series of targeted reductions across our businesses, particularly in QCT, and a reduction to our annual share-based compensation grants. Restructuring activities were initiated in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, and the cost reduction initiatives were achieved by the end of fiscal 2016 and other activities under the plan were completed by the end of fiscal 2017. During fiscal 2017 and 2016, we recorded restructuring and restructuring-related charges of $37 million and $202 million (which was partially offset by a $48 million gain on the sale of our business that provided augmented reality applications), respectively.