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F5 Networks Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results Including Software Revenue Growth of 30%


Delivers GAAP EPS of $1.93 and non-GAAP EPS of $2.57 per diluted share

F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 second quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“The combination of demand for application security and our new software consumption models, including Enterprise Licensing Agreements, helped drive 30% software revenue growth in our second fiscal quarter,” said François Locoh-Donou, F5 President and Chief Executive Officer. "Security use cases are at the forefront of our customer conversations and customers globally rely on F5 to provide consistent application security and reliable performance as they deploy across private, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments.”

“Over the last 18 months, as part of our transition to a multi-cloud applications services company, we have made significant shifts in where and how we invest our resources and our customers already are benefitting. In addition to meaningfully expanding our software offerings, during the second quarter we launched F5 Cloud Services and our first SaaS offering on that platform. Our portfolio of solutions to reach every app, anywhere continues to expand at pace,” said Locoh-Donou.

Second Quarter Performance Summary

Revenue of $544.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 reflects 2% growth from $533.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, driven by software solutions revenue growth of 30%.

GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $116.1 million, or $1.93 per diluted share, and includes $39.5 million in stock-based compensation, $3.5 million in costs related to the announced acquisition of NGINX, $2.6 million in facility exit costs and $1.8 million in amortization of purchased intangible assets. This compares with second quarter fiscal year 2018 GAAP net income of $109.6 million, or $1.77 per diluted share.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $154.4 million, or $2.57 per diluted share, compared to $143.3 million, or $2.31 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 and the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 excludes the impact of stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets, and non-recurring tax expenses and benefits. Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 also excludes facility exit costs related to the Company’s headquarter move and costs related to the announced acquisition of NGINX.

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

F5 generated $194 million in cash flow from operations in the second fiscal quarter, which contributed to cash and investments totaling $1.6 billion at quarter end.

During the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, F5 repurchased approximately 617 thousand shares of its common stock at an average price of $162.06 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $100.0 million.

Business Outlook

Excluding any impact from the acquisition of NGINX, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 ending June 30, 2019, the Company expects to deliver revenue in the range of $550 million to $560 million with non-GAAP earnings in the range of $2.54 to $2.57 per diluted share.

All forward-looking non-GAAP measures included in the outlook exclude estimates for amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation expenses, significant effects of tax legislation and judicial or administrative interpretation of tax regulations, including the impact of income tax reform, non-recurring income tax adjustments, valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, and the income tax effect of non-GAAP exclusions, and do not include the impact of any future acquisitions or divestitures, restructuring charges, facility exit costs, or other non-recurring charges that may occur in the period. F5 is unable to provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the overall high variability and low visibility of most of the foregoing items that have been excluded. Material changes to any one of these items could have a significant effect on our guidance and future GAAP results. Certain exclusions, such as amortization of intangible assets and share-based compensation expenses, are generally incurred each quarter, but the amounts have historically varied and may continue to vary significantly from quarter to quarter.

Live Webcast and Conference Call

F5 will host a live webcast and conference call to review its financial results and outlook today, April 24, 2019, at 1:30 pm PT. The live webcast can be accessed at https://www.f5.com/company/investor-relations. To participate in the live call via telephone in the U.S., dial 866-209-3822. Outside the U.S., dial +1-647-689-5683. Please call 10 minutes prior to the call start time. The webcast replay will be archived on the IR portion of F5’s website at https://www.f5.com/company/investor-relations.

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, share repurchases, demand for application delivery networking, application delivery services, security, and software 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, and software and F5aaS 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 and other documents that we may file or furnish 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 GAAP net income excluding, as applicable, stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets, acquisition-related charges, net of taxes, restructuring charges, significant litigation and other contingencies 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 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.

The non-GAAP adjustments, and F5's basis for excluding them from non-GAAP financial measures, are outlined below:

Stock-based compensation. Stock-based compensation consists of expense for stock options, restricted stock and employee stock purchases through the company’s ESPP. Although stock-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation of F5’s employees and executives, management believes it is useful to exclude stock-based compensation expenses to better understand the long-term performance of the company’s core business and to facilitate comparison of the company’s results to those of peer companies.

Amortization of purchased intangible assets. Purchased intangible assets are amortized over their estimated useful lives and generally cannot be changed or influenced by management after the acquisition. Management does not believe these charges accurately reflect the performance of the company’s ongoing operations, therefor, they are not considered by management in making operating decisions. However, investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to F5’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to F5’s future period revenues as well.

Acquisition-related charges, net. F5 does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle and the terms and scope of each transaction can vary significantly and are unique to each transaction. F5 excludes acquisition-related charges from its non-GAAP financial measures to provide a useful comparison of the company’s operating results to prior periods and to its peer companies. Acquisition-related charges consist of planning, execution and integration costs incurred directly as a result of an acquisition.

Restructuring charges. F5 has incurred restructuring charges that are included in its GAAP financial statements, primarily related to workforce reductions and costs associated with exiting facility lease commitments. F5 excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures when evaluating its continuing business performance as such items vary significantly based on the magnitude of the restructuring action and do not reflect expected future operating expenses. In addition, these charges do not necessarily provide meaningful insight into the fundamentals of current or past operations of its business.

Significant litigation and other contingencies. F5, from time to time, may incur charges or benefits that are outside of the ordinary course of F5’s business related to litigation and other contingencies. F5 believes it is useful to exclude such charges or benefits, when significant, because it does not consider such amounts to be part of the ongoing operation of F5’s business and because of the singular nature of the claims underlying such matters.

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 measures of earnings and earnings per share provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the performance of the company’s core business and is used by management 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 these supplemental measures since, with reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide additional insight into the company’s operational performance and financial results.

For reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the section in our attached Consolidated Income Statements entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

About F5

F5 (FFIV) gives the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands the freedom to securely deliver every app, anywhere—with confidence. F5 delivers cloud and security application services that enable organizations to embrace the 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)
March 31, September 30,
  2019     2018  
Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 726,662 $ 424,707
Short-term investments 587,115 614,705
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $2,326 and $2,040 321,484 295,352
Inventories 33,463 30,568
Other current assets   138,736     52,326  
Total current assets   1,807,460     1,417,658  
Property and equipment, net 208,221 145,042
Long-term investments 301,357 411,184
Deferred tax assets 21,551 33,441
Goodwill 555,965 555,965
Other assets, net   95,682     42,186  
Total assets $ 2,990,236   $ 2,605,476  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 68,156 $ 57,757
Accrued liabilities 197,295 180,979
Deferred revenue   809,336     715,697  
Total current liabilities   1,074,787     954,433  
Other long-term liabilities 95,530 65,892
Deferred revenue, long-term 352,109 299,624
Deferred tax liabilities   402     35  
Total long-term liabilities   448,041     365,551  
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, 59,695 and 60,215 shares issued and outstanding

29,401 20,427
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (19,341 ) (22,178 )
Retained earnings   1,457,348     1,287,243  
Total shareholders' equity   1,467,408     1,285,492  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 2,990,236   $ 2,605,476  
F5 Networks, Inc.
Consolidated Income Statements
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
Net revenues
Products $ 237,859 $ 237,558 $ 471,736 $ 464,861
Services   307,036     295,746     616,929     591,634  
Total 544,895 533,304 1,088,665 1,056,495
Cost of net revenues (1)(2)
Products 43,547 44,127 85,957 87,392
Services   44,631     45,518     88,935     89,640  
Total   88,178     89,645     174,892     177,032  
Gross profit 456,717 443,659 913,773 879,463
Operating expenses (1)(2)
Sales and marketing 170,954 169,970 335,213 337,904
Research and development 96,314 91,056 188,352 176,945
General and administrative   46,656     39,276     89,199     79,260  
Total   313,924     300,302     612,764     594,109  
Income from operations 142,793 143,357 301,009 285,354
Other income, net   7,434     2,790     14,529     4,935  
Income before income taxes 150,227 146,147 315,538 290,289
Provision for income taxes   34,140     36,511     68,546     92,224  
Net income $ 116,087   $ 109,636   $ 246,992   $ 198,065  
Net income per share - basic $ 1.94   $ 1.79   $ 4.12   $ 3.20  
Weighted average shares - basic   59,686     61,420     59,954     61,812  
Net income per share - diluted $ 1.93   $ 1.77   $ 4.09   $ 3.18  
Weighted average shares - diluted   60,029     62,059     60,374     62,351  
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Net income as reported $ 116,087 $ 109,636 $ 246,992 $ 198,065
Stock-based compensation expense (3) 39,494 41,320 78,183 82,268
Amortization of purchased intangible assets 1,774 2,805 3,548 5,610
Facility exit costs 2,592 - 5,048 -
Acquisiton-related charges 3,530 - 3,530 -
Tax effects related to above items (9,036 ) (10,466 ) (19,322 ) (19,649 )
Tax on deemed repatriation of undistributed foreign earnings - - - 7,000
Remeasurement of net deferred tax assets due to change in U.S. tax rate - - - 11,584
Net income excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization of
purchased intangible assets, facility exit costs, acquisition-related charges        
and non-recurring tax expenses and benefits (non-GAAP) - diluted $ 154,441   $ 143,295   $ 317,979   $ 284,878  
Net income per share excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization
of purchased intangible assets, facility exit costs, acquisition-related charges
and non-recurring tax expenses and benefits (non-GAAP) - diluted $ 2.57   $ 2.31   $ 5.27   $ 4.57  
Weighted average shares - diluted   60,029     62,059     60,374     62,351  
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:
Cost of net revenues $ 4,946 $ 5,543 $ 10,034 $ 10,993
Sales and marketing 16,359 15,555 31,878 31,033
Research and development 10,269 12,497 20,561 24,903
General and administrative   7,920     7,725     15,710     15,339  
$ 39,494   $ 41,320   $ 78,183   $ 82,268  
(2) Includes amortization of purchased intangible assets as follows:
Cost of net revenues $ 1,043 $ 2,028 $ 2,086 $ 4,056
Sales and marketing 206 252 412 504
General and administrative   525     525     1,050     1,050  
$ 1,774   $ 2,805   $ 3,548   $ 5,610  
(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)
Six Months Ended
March 31,
  2019     2018  
Operating activities
Net income $ 246,992 $ 198,065
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Realized loss on disposition of assets and investments 47 52
Stock-based compensation 78,183 82,268
Provisions for doubtful accounts and sales returns (90 ) 691
Depreciation and amortization 28,246 30,049
Deferred income taxes 3,606 17,642
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (24,419 ) 314
Inventories (2,895 ) 322
Other current assets (35,735 ) 5,493
Other assets 2,683 (1,111 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 16,746 (5,308 )
Deferred revenue   78,046     46,235  
Net cash provided by operating activities   391,410     374,712  
Investing activities
Purchases of investments (211,087 ) (353,414 )
Maturities of investments 351,600 186,961
Sales of investments 2,499 9,248
Cash provided by sale of fixed asset - 1,000
Purchases of property and equipment   (50,056 )   (16,246 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   92,956     (172,451 )
Financing activities

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and purchases of stock under employee stock purchase plan

18,900 19,917
Repurchase of common stock   (201,045 )   (300,046 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (182,145 )   (280,129 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 302,221 (77,868 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (265 ) 576
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period   425,894     674,452  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $ 727,850   $ 597,160  

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