F5 Networks Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Results

SEATTLE--()--F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced revenue of $525.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, up 6 percent from $496.5 million in the prior quarter and 5 percent from $501.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. For fiscal year 2016, revenue was $2.0 billion, up 4 percent from $1.92 billion last year.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $108.9 million ($1.64 per diluted share) compared to $91.8 million ($1.37 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2016 and $97.0 million ($1.36 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter a year ago. GAAP net income for the year was $365.9 million ($5.38 per diluted share) versus $365.0 million ($5.03 per diluted share) in fiscal year 2015.

Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $139.9 million ($2.11 per diluted share), compared to $121.7 million ($1.81 per diluted share) in the prior quarter and $130.7 million ($1.84 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. For fiscal year 2016, non-GAAP net income was $496.2 million ($7.30 per diluted share) versus $480.3 million ($6.62 per diluted share) in fiscal year 2015.

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.

"Strengthening product sales in the second half of fiscal 2016 culminated in strong fourth quarter results and record annual revenue and earnings,” said John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer. “On a regional basis, Americas, APAC and Japan all delivered solid sequential and year over year sales growth, while sales in EMEA were down significantly from the fourth quarter a year ago.

“We believe there are several emerging market conditions that are driving an increased appeal of our products with our customers. These include the ability to orchestrate SSL traffic flows, provision our proxy based security solutions to deploy a consistent security stack across on-premise, off-premise and public cloud infrastructures, and customers moving workloads to public and private cloud architectures. We believe these trends, combined with our new product offerings will drive our business forward in fiscal 2017 and beyond.

“During the current quarter, we will complete the rollout of our refreshed BIG-IP appliance family called the iSeries. In addition to massive performance and scalability across the entire line, these programmable, software-defined hardware platforms included features designed to simplify private cloud deployments and hybrid-cloud build-outs. Although the first BIG-IP iSeries products only began shipping in mid-September, customer response has been very positive and we expect to see sales ramp steadily throughout the year. As we have said previously, we are confident that the launch of the iSeries and all the other new products we have introduced in the second half of fiscal 2016 will drive a re-acceleration of product revenue growth in fiscal 2017.”

For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, ending December 31, the company has set a revenue target of $510 million to $520 million with a GAAP earnings target of $1.40 to $1.43 per diluted share. Excluding stock-based compensation expense and amortization of purchased intangible assets, the company's non-GAAP earnings target is $1.92 to $1.95 per diluted share.

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

  Three months ended
December 31, 2016
 
Reconciliation of Expected Non-GAAP First Quarter Earnings Low   High
Net income $ 92.1 $ 94.1
Stock-based compensation expense $ 43.0 $ 43.0
Amortization of purchased intangible assets $ 3.5 $ 3.5
Tax effects related to above items $ (12.6 ) $ (12.6 )
Non-GAAP net income excluding stock-based compensation expense and amortization of purchased intangible assets $ 126.0   $ 128.0  
Net income per share - diluted $ 1.40   $ 1.43  
Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted $ 1.92   $ 1.95  

Analyst/Investor Meeting

F5 will hold a meeting for analysts and investors at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

For more information and to register online, please visit: https://interact.f5.com/2017Q1S-Analyst-and-Investor-Meeting-NOV17_Landing-Page.html

The meeting will also be webcast live, beginning November 17th at 8:00 a.m. Central Time, and an archived version will be available through January 25, 2017. The link for the live webcast and the archived version is accessible from the Investor Relations Events page on f5.com.

About F5 Networks

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, telecommunications, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications and services to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. 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.

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 and acquisition-related charges, net of taxes, 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, expense related to a jury verdict and other associated costs of that patent litigation have been excluded from GAAP net income for the purpose of measuring non-GAAP earnings and earnings per share in fiscal 2016.

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.”

   
F5 Networks, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
 
September 30, September 30,
  2016     2015  
 
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 514,571 $ 390,460
Short-term investments 367,824 383,882
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $2,062 and $1,979 268,175 279,434
Inventories 34,051 33,717
Deferred tax assets 51,601 50,128
Other current assets   52,579     50,519  
Total current assets   1,288,801     1,188,140  
 
Property and equipment, net 123,248 95,909
Long-term investments 276,375 397,656
Deferred tax assets 2,044 6,492
Goodwill 555,965 555,965
Other assets, net   59,890     68,128  
Total assets $ 2,306,323   $ 2,312,290  
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 34,117 $ 50,814
Accrued liabilities 178,353 130,401
Deferred revenue   631,768     573,908  
Total current liabilities   844,238     755,123  
 
Other long-term liabilities 34,138 30,136
Deferred revenue, long-term 238,473 209,402
Deferred tax liabilities   4,212     901  
Total long-term liabilities   276,823     240,439  
 
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, 65,315 and 70,138
shares issued and outstanding 13,191 10,159
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (13,194 ) (15,288 )
Retained earnings   1,185,265     1,321,857  

Total shareholders' equity

  1,185,262     1,316,728  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 2,306,323   $ 2,312,290  
 
       
F5 Networks, Inc.
Consolidated Income Statements
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
  2016     2015     2016     2015  
 
Net revenues
Products $ 252,984 $ 257,719 $ 944,469 $ 991,539
Services   272,365     243,582    

1,050,565

    928,284  
Total 525,349 501,301 1,995,034 1,919,823
 
Cost of net revenues (1)(2)
Products 43,591 44,505 166,624 174,225
Services   41,358     40,153     170,581     158,036  
Total   84,949     84,658     337,205     332,261  
Gross Profit 440,400 416,643 1,657,829 1,587,562
 
Operating expenses (1)(2)
Sales and marketing 158,198 151,653 628,743 602,540
Research and development 83,746 77,665 334,227 296,583
General and administrative 35,193 39,726 138,431 135,540
Litigation expense   630     -     9,051     -  
Total   277,767     269,044     1,110,452     1,034,663  
 
Income from operations 162,633 147,599 547,377 552,899
Other income, net   268     1,865     2,514     8,445  
Income before income taxes 162,901 149,464 549,891 561,344
Provision for income taxes   53,966     52,427     184,036     196,330  
Net Income $ 108,935   $ 97,037   $ 365,855   $ 365,014  
 
 
Net income per share - basic $ 1.66   $ 1.37   $ 5.43   $ 5.07  
Weighted average shares - basic   65,772     70,679     67,433     71,944  
 
Net income per share - diluted $ 1.64   $ 1.36   $ 5.38   $ 5.03  
Weighted average shares - diluted   66,262     71,098     67,984     72,547  
 
 
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 
Net income as reported $ 108,935 $ 97,037 $ 365,855 $ 365,014
Stock-based compensation expense (3) 38,317 41,634 156,760 145,553
Amortization of purchased intangible assets 3,462 3,409 13,902 13,231
Litigation expense 630 - 9,051 -
Tax effects related to above items (11,433 ) (11,414 ) (49,385 ) (43,461 )
Net income excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization of        
purchased intangible assets and litigation expense (non-GAAP) - diluted $ 139,911   $ 130,666   $ 496,183   $ 480,337  
 
Net income per share excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization of
purchased intangible assets and litigation expense (non-GAAP) - diluted $ 2.11   $ 1.84   $ 7.30   $ 6.62  
 
Weighted average shares - diluted   66,262     71,098     67,984     72,547  
 
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:
Cost of net revenues $ 4,601 $ 3,723 $ 18,530 $ 14,220
Sales and marketing 15,203 13,992 61,165 56,754
Research and development 12,949 11,629 52,550 46,129
General and administrative   5,564     12,290     24,515     28,450  
$ 38,317   $ 41,634   $ 156,760   $ 145,553  
 
(2) Includes amortization of purchased intangible assets as follows:
Cost of net revenues $ 2,706 $ 2,682 $ 10,705 $ 10,650
Sales and marketing 391 487 1,850 1,946
General and administrative   365     240     1,347     635  
$ 3,462   $ 3,409   $ 13,902   $ 13,231  
 
(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)
 
 
Years Ended
September 30,
  2016     2015  
 
Operating activities
Net income $ 365,855 $ 365,014
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Realized loss on disposition of assets and investments 693 282
Stock-based compensation 156,760 145,553
Provisions for doubtful accounts and sales returns 1,526 1,488
Depreciation and amortization 56,776 52,583
Deferred income taxes 2,967 (12,571 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 9,732 (38,680 )
Inventories (334 ) (9,246 )
Other current assets (1,876 ) (6,533 )
Other assets (712 ) 569
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 33,217 39,521
Deferred revenue   86,931     146,561  
Net cash provided by operating activities   711,535     684,541  
 
Investing activities
Purchases of investments (354,708 ) (609,875 )
Maturities of investments 418,821 461,327
Sales of investments 66,848 205,292
Increase in restricted cash (3 ) (357 )
Acquisition of intangible assets (4,750 ) (6,779 )
Purchases of property and equipment   (63,488 )   (60,307 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   62,720     (10,699 )
 
Financing activities
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 2,608 9,517
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and
purchases of stock under employee stock purchase plan 44,869 40,439
Repurchase of common stock   (700,124 )   (606,858 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (652,647 )   (556,902 )
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 121,608 116,940
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 2,503 (7,982 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   390,460     281,502  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 514,571   $ 390,460  

Contacts

F5 Networks, Inc.
Investor Relations
John Eldridge, 206-272-6571
j.eldridge@f5.com
or
Public Relations
Nathan Misner, 206-272-7494
n.misner@f5.com

Contacts

F5 Networks, Inc.
Investor Relations
John Eldridge, 206-272-6571
j.eldridge@f5.com
or
Public Relations
Nathan Misner, 206-272-7494
n.misner@f5.com