Adobe Reports Strong Q1 FY2015 Financial Results

Company Announces Newest Offering, Adobe Document Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2015 ended Feb. 27, 2015.

Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $1.11 billion, above the high end of the targeted range of $1.05 billion to $1.10 billion.
  • Adobe added 517 thousand net new Creative Cloud subscriptions in the quarter, which represents 28 percent year-over-year growth when compared to net new subscription additions in Q1 fiscal year 2014.
  • Creative Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $1.79 billion, and total Digital Media ARR grew to $2.09 billion.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud revenue was $311 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.17 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.44 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $183 million and deferred revenue grew to a record $1.18 billion.
  • A record 70 percent of Adobe’s Q1 revenue was from recurring sources, compared to 52 percent of Q1 revenue in fiscal 2014.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2.4 million shares during the quarter, returning $174 million of cash to stockholders.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.

Executive Quotes

"Adobe Marketing Cloud and Creative Cloud continue to be growth engines for Adobe," said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and chief executive officer. "We are excited about today's announcement of the Adobe Document Cloud, which brings innovative new capabilities, including built-in e-signing, to millions of customers."

“Fiscal 2015 is off to a strong start, and Q1 revenue and earnings are evidence of successful execution against our strategy,” said Mark Garrett, Adobe executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call

Adobe will webcast its first quarter fiscal year 2015 earnings conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time from its investor relations website: Earnings documents, including Adobe management’s prepared conference call remarks with slides, financial targets and an investor datasheet are posted to Adobe’s investor relations website in advance of the conference call for reference. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP earnings results and financial targets is also provided on the website.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to business momentum, product innovation and capabilities and the strength of our cloud business and growth of our revenue and earnings, all of which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to develop, market and distribute products and services that meet customer requirements, introduction of new products and business models by competitors, failure to successfully manage transitions to new business models and markets, fluctuations in subscription renewal rates, risks associated with cyber-attacks and information security, potential interruptions or delays in hosted services provided by us or third parties, uncertainty in economic conditions and the financial markets, and failure to realize the anticipated benefits of past or future acquisitions.

For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please refer to Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2014 ended Nov. 28, 2014.

The financial information set forth in this press release reflects estimates based on information available at this time. These amounts could differ from actual reported amounts stated in Adobe’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for our quarter ended Feb. 27, 2015, which Adobe expects to file in March 2015.

Adobe assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data; unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
February 27,
  February 28,
Subscription $ 713,442 $ 423,563
Products 290,774 471,454
Services and support 104,965   105,103  
Total revenue 1,109,181   1,000,120  
Cost of revenue:
Subscription 95,527 76,732
Products 19,703 27,498
Services and support 51,568   44,279  
Total cost of revenue 166,798   148,509  
Gross profit 942,383 851,611
Operating expenses:
Research and development 215,509 209,525
Sales and marketing 392,741 410,141
General and administrative 145,081 138,984
Restructuring and other charges 1,755 663
Amortization of purchased intangibles 14,272   13,552  
Total operating expenses 769,358   772,865  
Operating income 173,025 78,746
Non-operating income (expense):
Interest and other income (expense), net 3,338 3,145
Interest expense (14,545 ) (16,590 )
Investment gains (losses), net 1,430   (409 )
Total non-operating income (expense), net (9,777 ) (13,854 )
Income before income taxes 163,248 64,892
Provision for income taxes 78,360   17,846  
Net income $ 84,888   $ 47,046  
Basic net income per share $ 0.17   $ 0.09  
Shares used to compute basic net income per share 498,754   496,948  
Diluted net income per share $ 0.17   $ 0.09  
Shares used to compute diluted net income per share 507,526   508,340  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except par value; unaudited)

February 27,
November 28,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 712,884 $ 1,117,400
Short-term investments 2,463,936 2,622,091
Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $7,201 and $7,867, respectively 532,427 591,800
Deferred income taxes 60,470 95,279
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 202,442   175,758  
Total current assets 3,972,159 4,602,328
Property and equipment, net 784,314 785,123
Goodwill 5,396,174 4,721,962
Purchased and other intangibles, net 629,317 469,662
Investment in lease receivable 80,439 80,439
Other assets 146,019   126,315  
Total assets $ 11,008,422   $ 10,785,829  
Current liabilities:
Trade payables $ 71,670 $ 68,377
Accrued expenses 564,211 683,866
Debt and capital lease obligations 64 603,229
Accrued restructuring 2,580 17,120
Income taxes payable 19,934 23,920
Deferred revenue 1,129,701   1,097,923  
Total current liabilities 1,788,160 2,494,435
Long-term liabilities:
Debt 1,901,554 911,086
Deferred revenue 53,568 57,401
Accrued restructuring 4,495 5,194
Income taxes payable 245,063 125,746
Deferred income taxes 348,644 342,315
Other liabilities 77,918   73,747  
Total liabilities 4,419,402 4,009,924
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 2,000 shares authorized
Common stock, $0.0001 par value 61 61
Additional paid-in-capital 3,897,838 3,778,495
Retained earnings 6,756,803 6,924,294
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (103,810 ) (8,094 )
Treasury stock, at cost (100,786 and 103,350 shares, respectively), net of reissuances (3,961,872 ) (3,918,851 )
Total stockholders' equity 6,589,020   6,775,905  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 11,008,422   $ 10,785,829  

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands; unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
February 27,
  February 28,
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 84,888 $ 47,046
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, amortization and accretion 79,635 77,636
Stock-based compensation expense 84,193 82,750
Unrealized investment (gains) losses, net (9,687 ) 975
Changes in deferred revenue 19,044 52,275
Changes in other operating assets and liabilities (75,058 ) (9,009 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 183,015   251,673  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases, sales and maturities of short-term investments, net 152,402 (61,746 )
Purchases of property and equipment (35,546 ) (29,393 )
Purchases and sales of long-term investments, intangibles and other assets, net (14,885 ) (3,283 )
Acquisitions, net of cash (800,342 )  
Net cash used for investing activities (698,371 ) (94,422 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Purchases of treasury stock (200,000 ) (200,000 )
Cost of reissuance of treasury stock, net (93,697 ) (53,776 )
Proceeds from debt 989,280
Repayment of debt and capital lease obligations (602,189 ) (4,433 )
Debt issuance costs (7,718 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 33,599    
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities 119,275   (258,209 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (8,435 ) 318  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (404,516 ) (100,640 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,117,400   834,556  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 712,884   $ 733,916  

Non-GAAP Results

(In thousands, except per share data)

The following tables show Adobe's GAAP results reconciled to non-GAAP results included in this release.

  Three Months Ended
February 27,
  February 28,
  November 28,
Operating income:
GAAP operating income $ 173,025 $ 78,746 $ 124,505
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 86,597 83,549 85,025
Restructuring and other charges 1,755 663 19,385
Amortization of purchased intangibles 33,791 32,054 31,331
Loss contingency   10,000    
Non-GAAP operating income $ 295,168   $ 205,012   $ 260,246  
Net income:
GAAP net income $ 84,888 $ 47,046 $ 88,136
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 86,597 83,549 85,025
Restructuring and other charges 1,755 663 19,385
Amortization of purchased intangibles 33,791 32,054 31,331
Investment (gains) losses (1,430 ) 409 (343 )
Loss contingency 10,000
Income tax adjustments 18,728   (22,383 ) (27,872 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 224,329   $ 151,338   $ 195,662  
Diluted net income per share:
GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.17 $ 0.09 $ 0.17
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 0.17 0.16 0.17
Restructuring and other charges 0.04
Amortization of purchased intangibles 0.07 0.06 0.06
Loss contingency 0.02
Income tax adjustments 0.03   (0.03 ) (0.05 )
Non-GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.44   $ 0.30   $ 0.39  
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share 507,526 508,340 507,451

Three Months

February 27,
Effective income tax rate:
GAAP effective income tax rate 48.0 %
One-time charge related to acquisition (42.0 )
Retroactive reinstatement of 2014 R&D tax credit 16.0
Income tax adjustments (1.0 )
Non-GAAP effective income tax rate 21.0 %

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adobe continues to provide all information required in accordance with GAAP, but believes evaluating its ongoing operating results may not be as useful if an investor is limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Adobe uses non-GAAP financial information to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Adobe's management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adobe presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate Adobe's operating results. Adobe believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. This allows institutional investors, the analyst community and others to better understand and evaluate our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management.

Adobe's management believes it is useful for itself and investors to review, as applicable, both GAAP information that may include items such as stock-based and deferred compensation expenses, restructuring and other charges, amortization of purchased intangibles and certain activity in connection with technology license arrangements, investment gains and losses, loss contingencies and the related tax impact of all of these items, income tax adjustments, the income tax effect of the non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes, and the non-GAAP measures that exclude such information in order to assess the performance of Adobe's business and for planning and forecasting in subsequent periods. Whenever Adobe uses such a non-GAAP financial measure, it provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure as detailed above.


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Investor Relations Contact
Mike Saviage, 408-536-4416
Public Relations Contact
Edie Kissko, 408-536-3034