ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At its Financial Analyst meeting held today in conjunction with its customer conference, Synergy, Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) is providing revenue and non-GAAP operating margin goals for its long-term financial model and announcing the next major step in its ongoing capital return plan.
2022 Financial Goals
Citrix is sharing an updated model for fiscal year ending 2022 as part of its transition to a subscription-based business, saying management is aiming for 2022 revenue growth of at least 6 percent, and a 2022 non-GAAP operating margin goal of at least 33 percent.
Citrix CFO Drew Del Matto stated: “Since the fourth quarter of 2017, Citrix has returned about $1.5 billion of capital to shareholders, and will complete its commitment for returning $2.0 billion of capital by the end of 2018.”
Citrix is announcing at Synergy that the company plans to continue targeting 75 percent of free cash flow available for capital return and strategic acquisitions.
As part of that plan, Del Matto said Citrix intends to declare a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share starting in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“Our capital allocation strategy will continue to focus on shareholder return - using cash flow for both buybacks and acquisitions – and now adding a cash dividend,” Del Matto stated.
A webcast of the Citrix Financial Analyst meeting is available live on the investor section of the Citrix website at www.investors.citrix.com. The webcast will include a slide presentation, and participants are encouraged to listen to the webcast and view the presentation. A replay of the webcast and the presentation will be available for approximately 30 days at http://www.investors.citrix.com.
Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) aims to power a world where people, organizations and things are securely connected and accessible to make the extraordinary possible. We help customers reimagine the future of work by providing the most comprehensive secure digital workspace that unifies the apps, data and services people need to be productive, and simplifies IT’s ability to adopt and manage complex cloud environments. Citrix solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations including 99 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Fortune 500.
For Citrix Investors
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Free cash flow is operating cash flow determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) less capital expenditures. Free cash flow is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures.
Non-GAAP operating margin differs from GAAP operating margin in that it excludes certain GAAP measurements in accordance with the Company’s past practices, including amortization of intangible assets primarily related to business combinations, non-cash charges associated with the expensing of equity-based compensation, non-cash charges related to amortization of debt discount, accruals related to patent litigation, charges related to the company’s restructuring programs, charges related to separation activities, and the tax effects related to these items. The company is unable to provide 2022 GAAP operating margin or a reconciliation of 2022 GAAP to non-GAAP operating margin without unreasonable effort due to the variability, complexity and limited visibility of the adjusting items that would be excluded from non-GAAP operating margin in future periods.
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