Verisign Reports First Quarter 2018 Results
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and internet security, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2018.
First Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $299 million for the first quarter of 2018, up 3.7% percent from the same quarter in 2017. Verisign reported net income of $134 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $1.09 for the first quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $116 million and diluted EPS of $0.94 for the same quarter in 2017. The operating margin was 62.0 percent for the first quarter of 2018 compared to 60.7 percent for the same quarter in 2017.
First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $132 million and diluted EPS of $1.07 for the first quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $119 million and diluted EPS of $0.96 for the same quarter in 2017. The non-GAAP operating margin was 66.3 percent for the first quarter of 2018 compared to 65.1 percent for the same quarter in 2017. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.
“The continued focus and discipline of our employees has generated another quarter of solid financial performance and value creation,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
- On Feb. 15, 2018, Verisign called for the redemption of all its outstanding subordinated convertible debentures, with a redemption date of May 1, 2018. If holders elect to convert their debentures, Verisign will settle the principal amount, up to $1.25 billion, in cash and the remaining value through the issuance of shares of Verisign’s common stock.
- Verisign ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $2.4 billion, a decrease of $58 million from year-end 2017.
- During the first quarter, Verisign repatriated $1.15 billion of cash held by foreign subsidiaries, net of foreign withholding taxes.
- Cash flow from operating activities was $90 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared with $148 million for the same quarter in 2017. The first quarter 2018 amount reflects approximately $61 million in withholding taxes paid in connection with the repatriation.
- Deferred revenues on March 31, 2018, totaled $1.03 billion, an increase of $27 million from year-end 2017.
- During the first quarter, Verisign repurchased 1.1 million shares of its common stock for $125 million. At March 31, 2018, $938 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 25.6 million shares related to the subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 21.3 million shares for the same quarter in 2017.
- Verisign ended the first quarter with 148.3 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 3.2 percent increase from the end of the first quarter of 2017, and a net increase of 1.91 million during the first quarter of 2018.
- In the first quarter, Verisign processed 9.6 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 9.5 million for the same quarter in 2017.
- The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 72.2 percent compared with 67.6 percent for the same quarter in 2016. 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 for contingent interest payable through August 15, 2017, related to the subordinated convertible debentures, and is adjusted for an income tax rate of 22 percent starting from the first quarter of 2018, 25 percent for the second through the fourth quarters of 2017, and 26 percent for the first quarter of 2017, all of which differ 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 senior notes. 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, unrealized gain / loss on hedging agreements and gain on the sale of a business.
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 2018 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (323) 794-2149 (international), conference ID: Verisign. A listen-only live web cast of the conference call and accompanying slide presentation will also be available at https://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 https://investor.verisign.com .
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 Distributed Denial of Service Protection and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com .
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, 2017, 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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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except par value)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||1,703,722||$||465,851|
|Other current assets||52,066||31,402|
|Total current assets||2,408,528||2,446,153|
|Property and equipment, net||257,536||263,513|
|Deferred tax assets||15,425||15,392|
|Deposits to acquire intangible assets||145,000||145,000|
|Other long-term assets||26,307||18,603|
|Total long-term assets||496,795||495,035|
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||181,567||$||219,603|
|Subordinated convertible debentures||630,824||627,616|
|Total current liabilities||1,548,946||1,560,528|
|Long-term deferred revenues||289,970||286,097|
|Deferred tax liabilities||214,400||444,108|
|Other long-term tax liabilities||303,582||128,197|
|Total long-term liabilities||2,591,111||2,640,931|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 5,000; Issued and outstanding shares: none||—||—|
|Common stock—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 1,000,000; Issued shares: 325,956 at March 31, 2018 and 325,218 at December 31, 2017; Outstanding shares: 97,005 at March 31, 2018 and 97,591 at December 31, 2017||326||325|
|Additional paid-in capital||16,305,653||16,437,135|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(2,698||)||(2,941||)|
|Total stockholders’ deficit||(1,234,734||)||(1,260,271||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit||$||2,905,323||$||2,941,188|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
|Costs and expenses:|
|Cost of revenues||48,152||50,669|
|Sales and marketing||17,275||18,322|
|Research and development||15,375||13,344|
|General and administrative||33,067||31,008|
|Total costs and expenses||113,869||113,343|
|Non-operating income, net||7,804||1,301|
|Income before income taxes||152,435||147,549|
|Income tax expense||(18,172||)||(31,137||)|
|Other comprehensive income||243||346|
|Earnings per share:|
|Shares used to compute earnings per share|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Three Months Ended
|Cash flows from operating activities:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation of property and equipment||12,117||13,102|
|Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs||3,918||3,493|
|Amortization of discount on investments in debt securities||(4,128||)||(1,764||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||(36,271||)||(67,608||)|
|Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities||(59,108||)||20,775|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||89,989||148,186|
|Cash flows from investing activities:|
|Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities||1,931,930||1,049,795|
|Purchases of marketable securities||(631,456||)||(813,459||)|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(7,662||)||(9,654||)|
|Other investing activities||(160||)||11,748|
|Net cash provided by investing activities||1,292,652||238,430|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan||7,811||7,997|
|Repurchases of common stock||(152,741||)||(173,048||)|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(144,930||)||(165,051||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash||167||738|
|Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash||1,237,878||222,303|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period||475,139||241,581|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period||$||1,713,017||$||463,884|
|Supplemental cash flow disclosures:|
|Cash paid for interest||$||43,326||$||28,189|
|Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received||$||72,959||$||17,861|
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|GAAP as reported||$||185,419||$||134,263||$||175,271||$||116,412|
|Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures||—||893|
|Non-cash interest expense||3,918||3,493|
|Contingent interest payable on subordinated convertible debentures||—||(3,808||)|
|Non-GAAP operating margin||66.3||%||65.1||%|
|Diluted EPS, non-GAAP||$||1.07||$||0.96|
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EBITDA
The following table reconciles GAAP net income to non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown below:
Three Months Ended
|Income tax expense||18,172||31,137||128,799|
|Depreciation and amortization||12,117||13,102||48,893|
|Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures||—||893||—|
|Unrealized (gain) loss on hedging agreements||(117||)||495||(355||)|
|Gain on sale of business||—||—||(10,421||)|
|Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA||$||218,201||$||203,625||$||843,438|
|STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION CLASSIFICATION|
The following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation:
Three Months Ended
|Cost of revenues||$||1,609||$||1,735|
|Sales and marketing||1,448||1,429|
|Research and development||1,721||1,496|
|General and administrative||8,200||7,903|
|Total stock-based compensation expense||$||12,978||$||12,563|