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Verisign Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and internet security, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2017.

First Quarter GAAP Financial Results

VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $289 million for the first quarter of 2017, up 2.4 percent from the same quarter in 2016. Verisign reported net income of $116 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $0.94 for the first quarter of 2017, compared to net income of $107 million and diluted EPS of $0.82 for the same quarter in 2016. The operating margin was 60.7 percent for the first quarter of 2017 compared to 59.2 percent for the same quarter in 2016.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results

Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $119 million and diluted EPS of $0.96 for the first quarter of 2017, compared to net income of $112 million and diluted EPS of $0.85 for the same quarter in 2016. The non-GAAP operating margin was 65.1 percent for the first quarter of 2017 compared to 63.3 percent for the same quarter in 2016. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

“I’m pleased with the first quarter results and the consistency of our teams in generating growth and delivering long-term value for our stockholders,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Financial Highlights

  • Verisign ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.8 billion, a decrease of $12 million from year-end 2016.
  • Cash flow from operations was $148 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with $150 million for the same quarter in 2016.
  • Deferred revenues on March 31, 2017, totaled $1.01 billion, an increase of $37 million from year-end 2016.
  • During the first quarter, Verisign repurchased 1.8 million shares of its common stock for $150 million. At March 31, 2017, $920 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program which has no expiration.
  • For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the first quarter diluted share count included 21.3 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 21.1 million shares for the same quarter in 2016. These represent dilutive shares and not shares that have been issued.

Business Highlights

  • Verisign ended the first quarter with 143.6 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 1.0 percent increase from the end of the first quarter of 2016, and a net increase of 1.4 million during the first quarter of 2017.
  • In the first quarter, Verisign processed 9.5 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 10.0 million for the same quarter in 2016.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 67.6 percent compared with 73.3 percent for the same quarter in 2015. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Adjusted EBITDA

Verisign provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, management typically discloses and discusses certain non-GAAP financial information in quarterly earnings releases, 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 the contingent interest derivative on the 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 which differs from the GAAP income tax rate.

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

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 Verisign’s operations and financial performance and the comparability of Verisign’s operating results from period to period. 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.

The tables appended to this release include a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information to the comparable financial information reported in accordance with GAAP for the given periods.

Today’s Conference Call

Verisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) to review the first quarter 2017 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (913) 312-1504 (international), conference ID: Verisign. A listen-only live web cast of the conference call and accompanying slide presentation will also be available at An audio archive of the call will be available at This news release and the financial information discussed on today’s conference call are available at

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 function for the core of the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Verisign’s Security Services include intelligence-driven Distributed Denial of Service Protection and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit


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, 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; new or existing governmental laws and regulations in the U.S. or other applicable foreign jurisdictions; system interruptions, security breaches, attacks on the internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; the uncertainty of the impact of changes to the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance; changes in internet practices and behavior and the adoption of substitute technologies; the success or failure of the evolution of our markets; the operational and other risks from the introduction of new gTLDs by ICANN and our provision of back-end registry services; the highly competitive business environment in which we operate; whether we can maintain strong relationships with registrars and their resellers to maintain their marketing focus on our products and services; challenging global economic conditions; economic, legal and political risk associated with our international operations; our ability to protect and enforce our rights to our intellectual property and ensure that we do not infringe on others’ intellectual property; the outcome of legal or other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of registrars or registrants, or litigation generally; the impact of our new strategic initiatives, including our IDN gTLDs; whether we can retain and motivate our senior management and key employees; the impact of unfavorable tax rules and regulations; and our ability to continue to reinvest offshore our foreign earnings. 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, 2016, 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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(In thousands, except par value)


    March 31,
    December 31,


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 454,592 $ 231,945
Marketable securities 1,331,780 1,565,962
Other current assets   30,852     44,435  
Total current assets   1,817,224     1,842,342  
Property and equipment, net 262,352 266,125
Goodwill 52,527 52,527
Deferred tax assets 20,264 9,385
Deposits to acquire intangible assets 145,000 145,000
Other long-term assets   18,152     19,193  
Total long-term assets   498,295     492,230  
Total assets $ 2,315,519   $ 2,334,572  


Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 155,006 $ 203,920
Deferred revenues 718,488 688,265
Subordinated convertible debentures, including contingent interest derivative   625,893     629,764  
Total current liabilities   1,499,387     1,521,949  
Long-term deferred revenues 293,890 287,424
Senior notes 1,237,648 1,237,189
Deferred tax liabilities 359,137 371,433
Other long-term tax liabilities   113,206     117,172  
Total long-term liabilities   2,003,881     2,013,218  
Total liabilities   3,503,268     3,535,167  
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: 324,973 at March 31, 2017 and 324,118 at December 31, 2016; Outstanding shares: 101,843 at March 31, 2017 and 103,091 at December 31, 2016

325 324
Additional paid-in capital 16,838,202 16,987,488
Accumulated deficit (18,023,169 ) (18,184,954 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (3,107 )   (3,453 )
Total stockholders’ deficit   (1,187,749 )   (1,200,595 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 2,315,519   $ 2,334,572  



(In thousands, except per share data)


    Three Months Ended March 31,
2017     2016
Revenues $ 288,614   $ 281,876  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues 50,669 50,582
Sales and marketing 18,322 20,027
Research and development 13,344 16,743
General and administrative   31,008     27,757  
Total costs and expenses   113,343     115,109  
Operating income 175,271 166,767
Interest expense (29,023 ) (28,804 )
Non-operating income, net   1,301     3,121  
Income before income taxes 147,549 141,084
Income tax expense   (31,137 )   (33,628 )
Net income   116,412     107,456  
Unrealized gain on investments 365 935
Realized gain on investments, included in net income   (19 )   (66 )
Other comprehensive income   346     869  
Comprehensive income $ 116,758   $ 108,325  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 1.14   $ 0.98  
Diluted $ 0.94   $ 0.82  
Shares used to compute earnings per share
Basic   102,467     109,592  
Diluted   124,464     131,581  



(In thousands)


    Three Months Ended March 31,
2017     2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 116,412 $ 107,456
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation of property and equipment 13,102 14,867
Stock-based compensation 12,563 11,759
Payment of contingent interest (7,719 ) (6,544 )
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs 3,493 3,267
Other, net (1,436 ) (1,844 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Other assets 14,196 2,745
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (59,889 ) (31,537 )
Deferred revenues 36,689 30,998
Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities   20,775     18,477  
Net cash provided by operating activities   148,186     149,644  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities 1,049,795 900,810
Purchases of marketable securities (813,459 ) (874,031 )
Purchases of property and equipment (9,654 ) (7,082 )
Other investing activities   12,092      
Net cash provided by investing activities   238,774     19,697  
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan 7,997 8,084
Repurchases of common stock (173,048 ) (172,360 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (165,051 )   (164,276 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   738     301  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 222,647 5,366
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   231,945     228,659  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 454,592   $ 234,025  
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
Cash paid for interest $ 28,189   $ 27,028  
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received $ 17,861   $ 13,711  



(In thousands, except per share data)


Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016



Net Income



Net Income
GAAP as reported $ 175,271 $ 116,412 $ 166,767 $ 107,456
Stock-based compensation 12,563 12,563 11,759 11,759
Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 893 (1,065 )
Non-cash interest expense 3,493 3,267
Contingent interest payable on subordinated convertible debentures (3,808 ) (3,346 )
Tax adjustment         (10,642 )         (5,813 )
Non-GAAP $ 187,834   $ 118,911   $ 178,526   $ 112,258  
Revenues $ 288,614 $ 281,876
Non-GAAP operating margin   65.1 %   63.3 %
Diluted shares 124,464 131,581
Diluted EPS, non-GAAP $ 0.96   $ 0.85  



(In thousands)



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

Three Months Ended
March 31,

Four Quarters

March 31,

2017 2016 2017
Net Income $ 116,412 $ 107,456 $ 449,601
Interest expense 29,023 28,804 115,783
Income tax expense 31,137 33,628 138,037
Depreciation and amortization 13,102 14,867 56,402
Stock-based compensation 12,563 11,759 50,848
Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 893 (1,065 ) (444 )
Unrealized loss (gain) on hedging agreements   495   562     (156 )
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA $ 203,625 $ 196,011   $ 810,071  



(In thousands)



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

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
Cost of revenues $ 1,735 $ 1,841
Sales and marketing 1,429 1,633
Research and development 1,496 1,703
General and administrative   7,903     6,582  
Total stock-based compensation expense $ 12,563   $ 11,759  

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