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Verisign Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and Internet security, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015.

First Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries ("Verisign") reported revenue of $258 million for the first quarter of 2015, up 3.9 percent from the same quarter in 2014. Verisign reported net income of $88 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.66 for the first quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $94 million and diluted EPS of $0.64 in the same quarter in 2014. The operating margin was 55.8 percent for the first quarter of 2015 compared to 56.1 percent for the same quarter in 2014.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $99 million and diluted EPS of $0.74 for the first quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $95 million and diluted EPS of $0.64 for the same quarter in 2014. The non-GAAP operating margin was 59.7 percent for the first quarter of 2015 compared to 60.1 percent for the same quarter in 2014. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

"Adherence to our strategy and disciplined execution have produced another solid quarter," commented Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"We are pleased with the successful completion of our $500 million senior unsecured notes offering," stated George E. Kilguss, III, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Financial Highlights

  • On March 27, 2015, Verisign issued $500 million of 5.25% Senior Notes due April 1, 2025. Verisign intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, the repurchase of shares under its share repurchase program.
  • On March 31, 2015, Verisign entered into a new, five-year, $200 million unsecured revolving credit facility that takes the place of the prior unsecured revolving credit facility.
  • Verisign ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.9 billion, an increase of $447 million as compared with year-end 2014.
  • Cash flow from operations was $133 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared with $142 million for the same quarter in 2014.
  • Deferred revenues on March 31, 2015, totaled $925 million, an increase of $35 million from year-end 2014.
  • Capital expenditures were $13 million in the first quarter of 2015.
  • During the first quarter, Verisign repurchased 2.7 million shares of its common stock for $160 million. At March 31, 2015, $917 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program which has no expiration. 
  • For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the fourth quarter diluted share count included 15.8 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 14.3 million shares in the same quarter in 2014. These represent diluted shares and not shares that have been issued.

Business Highlights

  • The company has appointed Todd B. Strubbe to the position of executive vice president, chief operating officer effective April 20, 2015. Strubbe reports directly to Jim Bidzos.
  • Verisign Registry Services added 1.51 million net new names during the first quarter, ending with 133.0 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 3.1 percent increase over the base at the end of the first quarter in 2014, as calculated including domain names on hold for both periods.
  • In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.6 million for the same period in 2014.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 72.5 percent compared with 72.2 percent for the same quarter in 2014. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Non-GAAP Items
Non-GAAP financial results exclude the following items that are included under GAAP: stock-based compensation, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on subordinated convertible debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP net income is decreased by amounts accrued, if any, during the period for contingent interest payable resulting from upside or downside triggers related to the subordinated convertible debentures and is adjusted for an income tax rate of 26 percent for 2015 and 28 percent for 2014, both of which differ from the GAAP income tax rate. A table reconciling the GAAP to non-GAAP operating income and net income is appended to this release.

Today's Conference Call
Verisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) to review the first quarter 2015 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (913) 312-1277 (international), conference ID: Verisign. A listen-only live web cast of the conference call and accompanying slide presentation will also be available at http://investor.verisign.com. An audio archive of the call will be available at https://investor.verisign.com/events.cfm. This news release and the financial information discussed on today's conference call are available at http://investor.verisign.com.

About Verisign
Verisign, a global leader in domain names and Internet security, enables Internet navigation for many of the world's most recognized domain names and provides protection for websites and enterprises around the world. Verisign ensures the security, stability and resiliency of key Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains and two of the Internet's root servers, as well as performs the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS). Verisign's Network Intelligence and Availability services include intelligence-driven Distributed Denial of Service Protection, iDefense Security Intelligence and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit VerisignInc.com.

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Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of the impact of the U.S. government's transition of key Internet domain name functions (the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ("IANA") function) and related root zone management functions, whether the U.S. Department of Commerce will approve any exercise by us of our right to increase the price per .com domain name, under certain circumstances, the uncertainty of whether we will be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Department of Commerce that market conditions warrant removal of the pricing restrictions on .com domain names and the uncertainty of whether we will experience other negative changes to our pricing terms; the failure to renew key agreements on similar terms, or at all; the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as restrictions on increasing prices under the .com Registry Agreement, changes in marketing and advertising practices, including those of third-party registrars, increasing competition, and pricing pressure from competing services offered at prices below our prices; changes in search engine algorithms and advertising payment practices; the uncertainty of whether we will successfully develop and market new products and services, the uncertainty of whether our new products and services, if any, will achieve market acceptance or result in any revenues; challenging global economic conditions; challenges of ongoing changes to Internet governance and administration; the outcome of legal or other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of registrars or registrants, or litigation generally; the uncertainty regarding what the ultimate outcome or amount of benefit we receive, if any, from the worthless stock deduction will be; new or existing governmental laws and regulations; changes in customer behavior, Internet platforms and web-browsing patterns; system interruptions; security breaches; attacks on the Internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; whether we will be able to continue to expand our infrastructure to meet demand; the uncertainty of the expense and timing of requests for indemnification, if any, relating to completed divestitures; and the impact of the introduction of new gTLDs, any delays in their introduction, the impact of ICANN's Registry Agreement for new gTLDs, and whether our new gTLDs or the new gTLDs for which we have contracted to provide back-end registry services will be successful; and the uncertainty regarding the impact, if any, of the delegation into the root zone of over 1,300 new gTLDs. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included in our filings with the SEC, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Verisign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement.

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VERISIGN, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(In thousands, except par value) 
(Unaudited) 
  
  March 31,
 2015
  December 31,
 2014
 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
 Cash and cash equivalents $705,879   $191,608  
 Marketable securities  1,165,443    1,233,076  
 Accounts receivable, net  14,656    13,448  
 Other current assets  54,006    52,475  
  Total current assets  1,939,984    1,490,607  
Property and equipment, net  311,870    319,028  
Goodwill  52,527    52,527  
Long-term deferred tax assets  266,508    266,954  
Other long-term assets  36,821    25,743  
  Total long-term assets  667,726    664,252  
  Total assets $2,607,710   $2,154,859  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT          
Current liabilities:          
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $150,482   $190,278  
 Deferred revenues  648,439    621,307  
 Subordinated convertible debentures, including contingent interest derivative  635,453    631,190  
 Deferred tax liabilities  487,817    477,781  
  Total current liabilities  1,922,191    1,920,556  
Long-term deferred revenues  276,497    269,047  
Senior notes  1,250,000    750,000  
Other long-term tax liabilities  106,899    98,722  
  Total long-term liabilities  1,633,396    1,117,769  
  Total liabilities  3,555,587    3,038,325  
Commitments and contingencies          
Stockholders' deficit:          
 Preferred stock-par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 5,000; Issued and outstanding shares: none  -    -  
 Common stock-par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 1,000,000; Issued shares: 322,707 at March 31, 2015 and 321,699 at December 31, 2014; Outstanding shares: 116,429 at March 31, 2015 and 118,452 at December 31, 2014  323    322  
 Additional paid-in capital  17,967,312    18,120,045  
 Accumulated deficit  (18,912,597 )  (19,000,835 )
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2,915 )  (2,998 )
  Total stockholders' deficit  (947,877 )  (883,466 )
  Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $2,607,710   $2,154,859  
  
  
VERISIGN, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 
(In thousands, except per share data) 
(Unaudited) 
  
   Three Months Ended March 31,  
   2015   2014  
Revenues  $258,422   $248,796  
 Costs and expenses:           
 Cost of revenues   48,353    48,026  
 Sales and marketing   22,382    20,289  
 Research and development   17,152    18,439  
 General and administrative   26,298    22,457  
  Total costs and expenses   114,185    109,211  
Operating income   144,237    139,585  
Interest expense   (22,017 )  (21,385 )
Non-operating (loss) income, net   (5,555 )  6,516  
Income before income taxes   116,665    124,716  
Income tax expense   (28,427 )  (30,293 )
Net income   88,238    94,423  
 Unrealized gain on investments   87    8  
 Realized (gain) loss on investments, included in net income   (4 )  5  
Other comprehensive income   83    13  
Comprehensive income  $88,321   $94,436  
            
Income per share:           
 Basic  $0.75   $0.71  
 Diluted  $0.66   $0.64  
Shares used to compute net income per share           
 Basic   117,139    133,417  
 Diluted   133,850    148,600  
  
  
VERISIGN, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(In thousands) 
(Unaudited) 
  
   Three Months Ended March 31,  
   2015   2014  
Cash flows from operating activities:         
 Net income  $88,238   $94,423  
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:           
  Depreciation of property and equipment   15,747    16,008  
  Stock-based compensation   10,128    9,993  
  Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation   (5,993 )  -  
  Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on Subordinated Convertible Debentures  7,019    (5,269 )
  Payment of contingent interest   (5,225 )  -  
  Other, net   2,701    1,004  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities           
   Accounts receivable   (1,282 )  (1,806 )
   Prepaid expenses and other assets   (3,084 )  7,925  
   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (28,816 )  (34,579 )
   Deferred revenues   34,582    30,384  
   Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities   18,654    23,546  
    Net cash provided by operating activities   132,669    141,629  
Cash flows from investing activities:           
 Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities   325,399    718,177  
 Purchases of marketable securities   (257,415 )  (784,090 )
 Purchases of property and equipment   (13,042 )  (11,262 )
 Other investing activities   (3,787 )  34  
    Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   51,155    (77,141 )
Cash flows from financing activities:           
 Proceeds from issuance of common stock from option exercises and employee stock purchase plans   8,776    8,668  
 Repurchases of common stock   (178,330 )  (145,556 )
 Proceeds from borrowings, net of issuance costs   493,824    -  
 Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation   5,993    -  
    Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   330,263    (136,888 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   184    230  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   514,271    (72,170 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   191,608    339,223  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $705,879   $267,053  
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:           
 Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest  $25,494   $20,209  
 Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received  $12,970   $7,651  
  
  
VERISIGN, INC. 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES 
(In thousands, except per share data) 
(Unaudited) 
  
   Three Months Ended March 31,  
   2015   2014  
   Operating Income   Net Income   Operating Income   Net Income  
GAAP as reported  $144,237   $88,238   $139,585   $94,423  
 Adjustments:                     
  Stock-based compensation   10,128    10,128    9,993    9,993  
  Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures        7,019         (5,269 )
  Non-cash interest expense        2,706         2,443  
  Contingent interest payable on subordinated convertible debentures        (2,690 )       -  
 Tax adjustment        (6,369 )       (6,634 )
Non-GAAP  $154,365   $99,032   $149,578   $94,956  
                      
Revenues  $258,422        $248,796       
Non-GAAP operating margin   59.7 %       60.1 %     
Diluted shares        133,850         148,600  
Per diluted share, non-GAAP       $0.74        $0.64  

Verisign provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, we typically disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information in our quarterly earnings release, on investor conference calls and during investor conferences and related events. This non-GAAP financial information does not include the following types of financial measures that are included in GAAP: stock-based compensation, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on subordinated convertible debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP net income is decreased by amounts accrued, if any, during the period for contingent interest payable resulting from upside or downside triggers related to the subordinated convertible debentures and is adjusted for an income tax rate of 26 percent for 2015 and 28 percent for 2014, both of which differ from the GAAP income tax rate.

Management believes that this non-GAAP financial data supplements the GAAP financial data by providing investors with additional information that allows them to have a clearer picture of our operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the non-GAAP information enhances investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of our operating results from period to period. Above, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information that we provide each quarter with the comparable financial information reported in accordance with GAAP for the given period.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 The following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation:

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2015  2014
 Cost of revenues $ 1,739  $ 1,598
 Sales and marketing  1,299   1,848
 Research and development  1,721   1,872
 General and administrative  5,369   4,675
Total stock-based compensation expense $ 10,128  $ 9,993

VERISIGN, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)

On a quarterly basis we disclose our Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is calculated in accordance with the terms of the indentures governing our 4.625% senior notes due 2023 and our 5.25% senior notes due 2025. Adjusted EBITDA refers to net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures and unrealized loss (gain) on hedging agreements.

The following table reconciles GAAP net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown below (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
  2015   2014  
Net Income $88,238   $94,423  
 Interest expense  22,017    21,385  
 Income tax expense  28,427    30,293  
 Depreciation and amortization  15,747    16,008  
 Stock-based compensation  10,128    9,993  
 Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures  7,019    (5,269 )
 Unrealized (gain) loss on hedging agreements  (456 )  135  
Adjusted EBITDA $171,120   $166,968  
    
   Four Quarters Ended
March 31, 2015
 
Net income   349,076  
 Interest expense   86,626  
 Income tax benefit   126,185  
 Depreciation and amortization   63,430  
 Stock-based compensation   44,112  
 Unrealized gain on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures   10,039  
 Unrealized gain on hedging agreements   (743 )
Adjusted EBITDA  $678,725  

Verisign's management believes that presenting Adjusted EBITDA enhances investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of our operating results from period to period. However, Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool. These limitations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • non-cash compensation is and will remain a key element of our overall long-term incentive compensation package, although we exclude it as an expense when evaluating its ongoing operating performance for a particular period; and
  • other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.