FFIV
$145.03
F5 Networks
($.36)
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Earnings Details
1st Quarter December 2017
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:05:02 PM
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Summary

F5 Networks Beats

F5 Networks (FFIV) reported 1st Quarter December 2017 earnings of $2.31 per share on revenue of $523.2 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $2.04 per share on revenue of $521.5 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $2.08 per share. Revenue grew 1.4% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects second quarter earnings of $2.24 to $2.27 per share on revenue of $525.0 million to $535.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $2.10 per share on revenue of $529.2 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2018.

F5 Networks Inc provides Application Delivery Networking (ADN) technology that secures and optimizes the delivery of network-based applications and the security, performance and availability of servers, and other network resources.

Results
Reported Earnings
$2.31
Earnings Whisper
$2.08
Consensus Estimate
$2.04
Reported Revenue
$523.2 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$521.5 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

F5 Networks Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV) today announced revenue of $523.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, up 1.4% from $516.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Growth compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was driven by Services and software solutions.

GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $88.4 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, compared to $94.2 million, or $1.44 per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets, and non-recurring tax expenses, non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $141.6 million, or $2.26 per diluted share, compared to $130.3 million, or $1.98 per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

A reconciliation of net income, earnings per share, and other measures on a GAAP to non-GAAP basis is included on the attached Consolidated Income Statements.

"We continue to see momentum with our software offerings, driven by customers deploying our solutions on-premises and in the public cloud," said Francois Locoh-Donou, F5 President and Chief Executive Officer. "The organizational changes and go-to-market initiatives we began to put into place last year are gaining momentum and we expect to see increasing benefits as the current year progresses.

"Our recent State of Application Delivery report highlights a number of emerging trends across the global application landscape. It is clear, applications and related services are taking an increasingly important role as digital transformation reshapes the modern enterprise. We are well positioned to benefit from these broader industry trends as customers require more multi-cloud support, IT automation, and application security."

For the second quarter of fiscal 2018, ending March 31, the company has set a revenue goal of $525 million to $535 million with a GAAP earnings target of $1.66 to $1.69 per diluted share and a non-GAAP earnings target of $2.24 to $2.27 per diluted share.

A reconciliation of the company’s expected GAAP and non-GAAP earnings is provided in the following table:

Three months ended
March 31, 2018
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Reconciliation of Expected Non-GAAP Second Quarter Earnings
Low
High
Net income
$ 103.2
$ 105.1
Stock-based compensation expense
$
43.5
$
43.5
Amortization of purchased intangible assets
$
2.8
$
2.8
Tax effects related to above items
$ (10.2 )
$ (10.2 )
Non-GAAP net income excluding stock-based compensation expense and
$ 139.3
$ 141.2
amortization of purchased intangible assets
Net income per share - diluted
$
1.66
$
1.69
Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted
$
2.24
$
2.27

2018 Analyst and Investor Meeting

F5 will hold a meeting for analysts and investors at the Sofitel New York Hotel, on the morning of March 8, 2018.

For more information and to register online, please visit: https://interact.f5.com/2018Q2SAnalystandInvestorMeetingMAR08_2a-RegistrationPage.html

The meeting will also be webcast live, beginning March 8 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The link for the live webcast will be accessible from the Investor Relations Events page on f5.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the continuing strength and momentum of F5’s business, future financial performance, sequential growth, projected revenues including target revenue and earnings ranges, income, earnings per share, share amount and share price assumptions, demand for application delivery networking, application delivery services, security, virtualization and diameter products, expectations regarding future services and products, expectations regarding future customers, markets and the benefits of products, and other statements that are not historical facts and which are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions and other factors that, if they do not fully materialize or prove correct, could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: customer acceptance of our new traffic management, security, application delivery, optimization, diameter and virtualization offerings; the timely development, introduction and acceptance of additional new products and features by F5 or its competitors; competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into F5’s markets, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; increased sales discounts; uncertain global economic conditions which may result in reduced customer demand for our products and services and changes in customer payment patterns; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment; overall information technology spending; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, shareholder and other matters, and governmental investigations; natural catastrophic events; a pandemic or epidemic; F5’s ability to sustain, develop and effectively utilize distribution relationships; F5’s ability to attract, train and retain qualified product development, marketing, sales, professional services and customer support personnel; F5’s ability to expand in international markets; the unpredictability of F5’s sales cycle; F5’s share repurchase program; future prices of F5’s common stock; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. The financial information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in F5’s most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K as each may be amended from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available as of the date hereof and qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. F5 assumes no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements.

GAAP to non-GAAP Reconciliation

F5’s management evaluates and makes operating decisions using various operating measures. These measures are generally based on the revenues of its products, services operations and certain costs of those operations, such as cost of revenues, research and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses. One such measure is net income excluding stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets, acquisition-related charges, net of taxes, and certain non-recurring tax expenses and benefits, which is a non-GAAP financial measure under Section 101 of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. This measure consists of GAAP net income excluding, as applicable, stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges. This measure of non-GAAP net income is adjusted by the amount of additional taxes or tax benefit that the company would accrue if it used non-GAAP results instead of GAAP results to calculate the company’s tax liability. Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense that F5 has accounted for since July 1, 2005 in accordance with the fair value recognition provisions of Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 718 Compensation--Stock Compensation ("FASB ASC Topic 718"). Amortization of intangible assets is a non-cash expense. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contribute to revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to revenues in future periods. Acquisition-related expenses consist of professional services fees incurred in connection with acquisitions. In addition, restructuring charges have been excluded from GAAP net income for the purpose of measuring non-GAAP earnings and earnings per share in fiscal 2017, and litigation expenses primarily related to a jury verdict and other associated costs of that patent litigation have been excluded in fiscal 2016 and 2017.

Management believes that non-GAAP net income per share provides useful supplemental information to management and investors regarding the performance of the company’s core business operations and facilitates comparisons to the company’s historical operating results. Although F5’s management finds this non-GAAP measure to be useful in evaluating the performance of the core business, management’s reliance on this measure is limited because items excluded from such measures could have a material effect on F5’s earnings and earnings per share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, F5’s management will use its non-GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, in conjunction with GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, to address these limitations when evaluating the performance of the company’s core business. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial performance measures in accordance with GAAP.

F5 believes that presenting its non-GAAP measure of earnings and earnings per share provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the performance of the company’s core business and which management uses in its own evaluation of the company’s performance. Investors are encouraged to look at GAAP results as the best measure of financial performance. However, while the GAAP results are more complete, the company provides investors this supplemental measure since, with reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide additional insight into the company’s operational performance and financial results.

For reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, please see the section in our Consolidated Income Statements entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

About F5

F5 (FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to f5.com. You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

F5 Networks, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands)
December 31,
September 30,
2017
2017
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents
$
611,996
$
673,228
Short-term investments
392,560
343,700
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $2,052 and $1,815
291,093
291,924
Inventories
29,112
29,834
Other current assets
56,056
67,538
Total current assets
1,380,817
1,406,224
Property and equipment, net
117,310
122,420
Long-term investments
348,210
284,802
Deferred tax assets
39,719
53,303
Goodwill
555,965
555,965
Other assets, net
51,718
53,775
Total assets
$ 2,493,739
$ 2,476,489
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable
$
46,748
$
50,760
Accrued liabilities
176,534
187,379
Deferred revenue
721,994
696,404
945,276
934,543
Total current liabilities
Other long-term liabilities
51,970
44,589
Deferred revenue, long-term
269,279
267,902
Deferred tax liabilities
36
63
Total long-term liabilities
321,285
312,554
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity
Preferred stock, no par value; 10,000 shares authorized, no shares
-
-
outstanding
Common stock, no par value; 200,000 shares authorized, 61,844 and
62,594
shares issued and outstanding
20,029
17,627
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(19,478 )
(17,997 )
Retained earnings
1,226,627
1,229,762
Total shareholders’ equity
1,227,178
1,229,392
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$ 2,493,739
$ 2,476,489
F5 Networks, Inc.
Consolidated Income Statements
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
September 30,
December 31,
2017
2017
2016
Net revenues
Products
$
227,303
$
248,990
$
239,483
Services
295,888
289,008
276,475
Total
523,191
537,998
515,958
Cost of net revenues (1)(2)
Products
43,265
46,641
41,676
Services
44,122
43,900
43,586
Total
87,387
90,541
85,262
Gross profit
435,804
447,457
430,696
Operating expenses (1)(2)
Sales and marketing
167,934
162,068
164,514
Research and development
85,889
85,479
87,050
General and administrative
39,984
37,832
41,678
Litigation expense
-
525
-
Restructuring charges
-
12,718
-
Total
293,807
298,622
293,242
Income from operations
141,997
148,835
137,454
Other income, net
2,145
5,027
2,643
Income before income taxes
144,142
153,862
140,097
Provision for income taxes
55,713
18,119
45,879
Net Income
$
88,429
$
135,743
$
94,218
Net income per share - basic
$
1.42
$
2.15
$
1.45
Weighted average shares - basic
62,195
63,088
65,195
Net income per share - diluted
$
1.41
$
2.14
$
1.44
Weighted average shares - diluted
62,550
63,446
65,645
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Net income as reported
$
88,429
$
135,743
$
94,218
Stock-based compensation expense (3)
40,948
41,586
46,611
Amortization of purchased intangible assets
2,805
2,788
3,403
Litigation expense
-
525
-
Restructuring charges
-
12,718
-
Tax effects related to above items
(9,183 )
(17,472 )
(13,966 )
Non-recurring foreign tax credit benefit
-
(21,000 )
-
Tax on deemed repatriation of undistributed foreign earnings
7,000
-
-
Remeasurement of net deferred tax assets due to change in U.S. tax
11,584
-
-
rate
Net income excluding stock-based compensation expense,
$
141,583
$
154,888
$
130,266
amortization of purchased intangible assets, litigation expense,
restructuring charges and non-recurring tax expenses and benefits
(non-GAAP) - diluted
Net income per share excluding stock-based compensation expense,
$
2.26
$
2.44
$
1.98
amortization of purchased intangible assets, litigation expense,
restructuring charges and non-recurring tax expenses and benefits
(non-GAAP) - diluted
Weighted average shares - diluted
62,550
63,446
65,645
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:
Cost of net revenues
$
5,450
$
5,280
$
5,217
Sales and marketing
15,478
16,918
17,050
Research and development
12,406
12,004
13,932
General and administrative
7,614
7,384
10,412
$
40,948
$
41,586
$
46,611
(2) Includes amortization of purchased intangible assets as follows:
Cost of net revenues
$
2,028
$
2,027
$
2,785
Sales and marketing
252
252
252
General and administrative
525
509
366
$
2,805
$
2,788
$
3,403
(3) Stock-based compensation is accounted for in accordance with
the fair value recognition provisions of Financial Accounting
Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC")
Topic 718, Compensation - Stock Compensation ("FASB ASC Topic 718")
F5 Networks, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
2017
2016
Operating activities
Net income
$
88,429
$
94,218
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Realized loss on disposition of assets and investments
49
30
Stock-based compensation
40,948
46,611
Provisions for doubtful accounts and sales returns
593
291
Depreciation and amortization
15,180
14,887
Deferred income taxes
14,226
(2,945 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable
238
(45,327 )
Inventories
722
374
Other current assets
11,517
(306 )
Other assets
(696 )
391
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
(8,216 )
37,082
Deferred revenue
26,967
44,006
Net cash provided by operating activities
189,957
189,312
Investing activities
Purchases of investments
(238,632 )
(98,983 )
Maturities of investments
113,771
105,744
Sales of investments
9,248
11,211
(Increase) decrease in restricted cash
(21 )
32
Cash provided by sale of fixed asset
1,000
-
Acquisition of intangible assets
-
(4,000 )
Purchases of property and equipment
(6,491 )
(14,133 )
Net cash used in investing activities
(121,125 )
(129 )
Financing activities
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation
-
2,940
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and purchases of stock
19,915
18,836
under employee stock purchase plan
Repurchase of common stock
(150,025 )
(150,021 )
Net cash used in financing activities
(130,110 )
(128,245 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
(61,278 )
60,938
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
46
(2,575 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
673,228
514,571
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$
611,996
$
572,934

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F5 Networks, Inc.
Investor Relations
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or
Public Relations
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