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Verisign Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2019.

First Quarter GAAP Financial Results

VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $306 million for the first quarter of 2019, up 2.4 percent from the same quarter in 2018. Verisign reported net income of $163 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $1.35 for the first quarter of 2019, compared to net income of $134 million and diluted EPS of $1.09 for the same quarter in 2018. The operating margin was 65.4 percent for the first quarter of 2019 compared to 62.0 percent for the same quarter in 2018.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results

Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $158 million and diluted EPS of $1.31 for the first quarter of 2019, compared to net income of $132 million and diluted EPS of $1.07 for the same quarter in 2018. The non-GAAP operating margin was 69.4 percent for the first quarter of 2019 compared to 66.3 percent for the same quarter in 2018. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes the items described under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Adjusted EBITDA” below) is appended to this news release.

“We’re pleased to deliver another solid quarter,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Financial Highlights

  • Verisign ended the first quarter of 2019 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.25 billion, a decrease of $17 million from the end of 2018.
  • During the first quarter of 2019, Verisign repatriated $249 million of cash held by foreign subsidiaries, net of foreign withholding taxes.
  • Cash flow from operating activities was $187 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared with $90 million for the same quarter in 2018.
  • Deferred revenues as of March 31, 2019 totaled $1.05 billion, an increase of $29 million from the end of 2018.
  • During the first quarter of 2019, Verisign repurchased 1.0 million shares of its common stock for an aggregate cost of $175 million. As of March 31, 2019, there was $891 million remaining for future share repurchases under the share repurchase program which has no expiration date.

Business Highlights

  • Verisign ended the first quarter of 2019 with 154.8 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 4.4 percent increase from the end of the first quarter of 2018, and a net increase of 1.82 million during the first quarter of 2019.
  • During the first quarter of 2019, Verisign processed 9.8 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 9.6 million for the same quarter in 2018.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 74.3 percent compared with 72.2 percent for the same quarter in 2017. 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 measures in quarterly earnings news releases, on investor conference calls and during investor conferences and related events. These non-GAAP financial measures do not include the following items that are included in the comparable GAAP financial measures: stock-based compensation, non-cash interest expense through June 30, 2018, and loss on debt extinguishment. Non-GAAP net income is adjusted for an income tax rate of 22 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 senior notes. Adjusted EBITDA refers to net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, unrealized gain / loss on hedging agreements, gain on the sale of a business, and loss on debt extinguishment.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures supplement the GAAP financial measures 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 these non-GAAP financial measures is not meant to be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The tables appended to this release include a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable financial measures 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 2019 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (786) 789-4776 (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 provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. 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, risks arising from the agreements governing our Registry Services business; 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; risks arising from our operation of two root zone servers and our performance of the Root Zone Maintainer functions; changes in internet practices and behavior and the adoption of substitute technologies; the success or failure of the evolution of our markets; 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; the possibility of system interruptions or failures; 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; and the impact of unfavorable tax rules and regulations. 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, 2018, 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 $ 779,625 $ 357,415
Marketable securities 473,365 912,254
Other current assets 62,277   47,365  
Total current assets 1,315,267   1,317,034  
Property and equipment, net 252,237 253,905
Goodwill 52,527 52,527
Deferred tax assets 120,192 104,992
Deposits to acquire intangible assets 145,000 145,000
Other long-term assets 34,453   41,046  
Total long-term assets 604,409   597,470  
Total assets $ 1,919,676   $ 1,914,504  


Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 183,996 $ 215,208
Deferred revenues 757,284   732,382  
Total current liabilities 941,280   947,590  
Long-term deferred revenues 289,730 285,720
Senior notes 1,785,676 1,785,047
Long-term tax and other liabilities 309,119   281,621  
Total long-term liabilities 2,384,525   2,352,388  
Total liabilities 3,325,805   3,299,978  
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: 352,872 at March 31, 2019 and 352,325 at December 31, 2018; Outstanding shares: 119,391 at March 31, 2019 and 120,037 at December 31, 2018 353 352
Additional paid-in capital 15,523,542 15,706,774
Accumulated deficit (16,927,262 ) (17,089,789 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,762 ) (2,811 )
Total stockholders’ deficit (1,406,129 ) (1,385,474 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 1,919,676   $ 1,914,504  
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019   2018
Revenues $ 306,408   $ 299,288  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues 45,504 48,152
Sales and marketing 10,519 17,275
Research and development 16,132 15,375
General and administrative 34,001   33,067  
Total costs and expenses 106,156   113,869  
Operating income 200,252 185,419
Interest expense (22,631 ) (40,788 )
Non-operating income, net 12,203   7,804  
Income before income taxes 189,824 152,435
Income tax expense (27,297 ) (18,172 )
Net income 162,527   134,263  
Other comprehensive income 49   243  
Comprehensive income $ 162,576   $ 134,506  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 1.36   $ 1.38  
Diluted $ 1.35   $ 1.09  
Shares used to compute earnings per share
Basic 119,757   97,250  
Diluted 120,317   123,506  
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019   2018
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 162,527 $ 134,263
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation of property and equipment 11,593 12,117
Stock-based compensation 12,462 12,978
Amortization of discount on investments in debt securities (3,854 ) (4,128 )
Other, net (147 ) 4,005
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Other assets (226 ) (987 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (31,609 ) (36,271 )
Deferred revenues 29,219 27,120
Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities 7,365   (59,108 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 187,330   89,989  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities 939,561 1,931,930
Purchases of marketable securities (496,779 ) (631,456 )
Purchases of property and equipment (9,133 ) (7,662 )
Other investing activities (2,958 ) (160 )
Net cash provided by investing activities 430,691   1,292,652  
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan 8,253 7,811
Repurchases of common stock (204,302 ) (152,741 )
Net cash used in financing activities (196,049 ) (144,930 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 255   167  
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 422,227 1,237,878
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period 366,753   475,139  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period $ 788,980   $ 1,713,017  
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
Cash paid for interest $ 13,063   $ 43,326  
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received $ 14,185   $ 72,959  
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019   2018


  Net Income


  Net Income
GAAP as reported $ 200,252 $ 162,527 $ 185,419 $ 134,263
Stock-based compensation 12,462 12,462 12,978 12,978
Non-cash interest expense 3,918
Tax adjustment   (17,206 )   (19,081 )
Non-GAAP $ 212,714   $ 157,783   $ 198,397   $ 132,078  
Revenues $ 306,408 $ 299,288
Non-GAAP operating margin 69.4 % 66.3 %
Diluted shares 120,317 123,506
Diluted EPS, non-GAAP $ 1.31   $ 1.07  

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


Three Months Ended
March 31,

2019   2018
Cost of revenues $ 1,598 $ 1,609
Sales and marketing 983 1,448
Research and development 1,589 1,721
General and administrative 8,292   8,200
Total stock-based compensation expense $ 12,462   $ 12,978

The following table reconciles GAAP net income to non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA:


Year Ended
March 31, 2019

Net Income $ 610,753
Interest expense 96,689
Income tax expense 156,152
Depreciation and amortization 47,844
Stock-based compensation 51,988
Unrealized loss on hedging agreements 119
Gain on sale of business (55,550 )
Loss on debt extinguishment 6,554  
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA $ 914,549  

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