SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 11, 2021
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
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(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.001 Par Value Per Share||VRSN||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On February 11, 2021, VeriSign, Inc. (the “Company”) announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
The Company is required to disclose annually the following non-guarantor subsidiary financial information pursuant to section 4.2(d) of the indentures governing each of the Company’s senior notes:
As of December 31, 2020, the Company’s non-guarantor subsidiaries collectively had (1) liabilities (excluding intercompany liabilities) of $420.7 million (13.3% of the Company’s consolidated total liabilities), of which $342.4 million were deferred revenues, (2) assets (excluding intercompany assets) of $820.1 million (46.4% of the Company’s consolidated total assets), of which $781.7 million were cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities held by foreign subsidiaries and (3) assets (excluding cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, and intercompany assets) of $38.4 million (6.4% of the Company’s consolidated total assets, excluding cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities).
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, the Company’s non-guarantor subsidiaries collectively had Adjusted EBITDA of $293.4 million (31.6% of the Company’s consolidated Adjusted EBITDA), which includes intercompany transactions with the Company. Such intercompany transactions represent the majority of the Company’s non-guarantor subsidiaries’ aggregate expenses. Intercompany transactions and allocations of revenues and costs between the parent and the non-guarantor subsidiaries can vary significantly. Therefore, the Company believes that period-to-period comparisons of Adjusted EBITDA of the Company’s non-guarantor subsidiaries may not necessarily be meaningful.
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is calculated in accordance with the terms of the indentures governing the Company’s senior notes. Adjusted EBITDA refers to net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, unrealized gain/loss on hedging agreements, and gain on the sale of a business. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA supplements the financial data prepared in accordance with GAAP by providing investors with additional information that allows them to have a clearer picture of the Company’s operations and financial performance and the comparability of the Company’s operating results from period to period. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. The table below reconciles the Company’s consolidated Net Income, which is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), to the Company’s consolidated non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2020.
December 31, 2020
|Net Income||$||814.9 |
|Interest expense||90.1 |
|Income tax benefit||(64.6)|
|Depreciation and amortization||46.4 |
|Stock-based compensation||48.2 |
|Unrealized loss on hedging agreements||0.3 |
|Gain on sale of business||(6.4)|
|Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA||$||928.9 |
The information in this Item 2.02 of Form 8-K and the Exhibit attached hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Effective February 11, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional approximately $747.0 million of common stock under the Company’s share repurchase program, which, in addition to the approximately $253.0 million of common stock that remained available for repurchase under the program, resulted in a total repurchase authorization of up to $1.0 billion of common stock under the program. The share repurchase program has no expiration date. Purchases made under the share repurchase program can be effected through open market transactions, block purchases, accelerated share repurchase agreements or other negotiated transactions.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: February 11, 2021
/s/ Thomas C. Indelicarto
Thomas C. Indelicarto
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Verisign Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results
RESTON, VA - Feb. 11, 2021 - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020.
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $320 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, up 3.1 percent from the same quarter in 2019. Verisign reported net income of $157 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $1.38 for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to net income of $148 million and diluted EPS of $1.26 for the same quarter in 2019. The operating margin was 63.9 percent for the fourth quarters of 2020 and 2019.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 included recognition of $12.4 million of previously unrecognized income tax benefits as a result of the lapse of certain statutes of limitations. This income tax benefit increased diluted EPS by $0.11.
2020 Financial Results
Verisign reported revenue of $1.27 billion for 2020, up 2.7 percent from $1.23 billion in 2019. Verisign reported net income of $815 million and diluted EPS of $7.07 for 2020, compared to net income of $612 million and diluted EPS of $5.15 in 2019. The operating margin for 2020 was 65.2 percent compared to 65.5 percent in 2019.
Net income for the full year of 2020 included the recognition of $204.2 million of previously unrecognized income tax benefits. These benefits resulted from remeasurements of Verisign’s accrual for uncertain tax positions as previously noted in the first and third quarter 2020 earnings releases and also due to the lapse of certain statutes of limitations noted above. Cumulatively, these income tax benefits increased diluted EPS by $1.77 for 2020.
“Reliance on internet services increased significantly due to the global events of 2020. Our resilient network design and preparedness over decades for challenging scenarios, and our agility and preparation for working remotely, enabled us to reliably and securely meet increased global dependence on the internet,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
•Verisign ended 2020 with cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $1.17 billion, a decrease of $51 million from year-end 2019.
•Cash flow from operations was $195 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 and $730 million for the full year of 2020 compared with $194 million for the same quarter in 2019 and $754 million for the full year 2019.
•Deferred revenues as of Dec. 31, 2020, totaled $1.06 billion, an increase of $29 million from year-end 2019.
•During the fourth quarter of 2020, Verisign repurchased 0.8 million shares of its common stock for $170 million. During the full year of 2020, Verisign repurchased 3.7 million shares of its common stock for $735 million.
•Effective Feb. 11, 2021 the Board of Directors approved an additional authorization for share repurchases of approximately $747 million of common stock, which brings the total amount to $1.0 billion authorized and available under Verisign’s share repurchase program, which has no expiration.
•Verisign ended the fourth quarter of 2020 with 165.2 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 4.0 percent increase from the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, and a net increase of 1.46 million registrations during the fourth quarter of 2020.
•In the fourth quarter of 2020, Verisign processed 10.5 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 10.3 million for the same quarter in 2019.
•The final .com and .net renewal rate was 73.7 percent for the third quarters of 2020 and 2019. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.
•Verisign announces that it will increase the annual registry-level wholesale fee for each new and renewal .com domain name registration from $7.85 to $8.39, effective Sept. 1, 2021.
Today’s Conference Call
Verisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EST) to review the fourth quarter and full year 2020 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (786) 789-4776 (international), conference ID: Verisign. A listen-only live web cast of the conference call and accompanying slide presentation will also be available at https://investor.verisign.com. An audio archive of the call will be available at https://investor.verisign.com/events.cfm. This news release and the financial information discussed on today’s conference call are available at https://investor.verisign.com.
Verisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com.
Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, risks arising from the agreements governing our business; new or existing governmental laws and regulations in the U.S. or other applicable foreign jurisdictions; system interruptions, security breaches, attacks on the internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; the uncertainty of the impact of changes to the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance; risks arising from our operation of two root zone servers and our performance of the Root Zone Maintainer functions; changes in internet practices and behavior and the adoption of substitute technologies; the success or failure of the evolution of our markets; the highly competitive business environment in which we operate; whether we can maintain strong relationships with registrars and their resellers to maintain their marketing focus on our products and services; the possibility of system interruptions or failures; challenging global economic conditions; economic, legal and political risk associated with our international operations; our ability to protect and enforce our rights to our intellectual property and ensure that we do not infringe on others’ intellectual property; the outcome of legal or other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of registrars or registrants, or litigation generally; the impact of our new strategic initiatives, including our IDN gTLDs; whether we can retain and motivate our senior management and key employees; and the impact of unfavorable tax rules and regulations. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included in our filings with the SEC, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Verisign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement.
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except par value)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||401,194 ||$||508,196 |
|Marketable securities||765,713 ||709,863 |
|Other current assets||51,033 ||60,530 |
|Total current assets||1,217,940 ||1,278,589 |
|Property and equipment, net||245,571 ||250,283 |
|Goodwill||52,527 ||52,527 |
|Deferred tax assets||67,914 ||87,798 |
|Deposits to acquire intangible assets||145,000 ||145,000 |
|Other long-term assets||37,958 ||39,812 |
|Total long-term assets||548,970 ||575,420 |
|Total assets||$||1,766,910 ||$||1,854,009 |
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||208,642 ||$||209,988 |
|Deferred revenues||780,051 ||755,178 |
|Total current liabilities||988,693 ||965,166 |
|Long-term deferred revenues||282,838 ||278,702 |
|Senior notes||1,790,083 ||1,787,565 |
|Long-term tax and other liabilities||95,494 ||312,676 |
|Total long-term liabilities||2,168,415 ||2,378,943 |
|Total liabilities||3,157,108 ||3,344,109 |
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 5,000; Issued and outstanding shares: none||— ||— |
|Common stock and additional paid-in capital—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 1,000,000; Issued shares: 353,789 at December 31, 2020 and 353,157 at December 31, 2019; Outstanding shares: 113,470 at December 31, 2020 and 116,715 at December 31, 2019||14,275,160 ||14,990,011 |
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(2,756)||(2,621)|
|Total stockholders’ deficit||(1,390,198)||(1,490,100)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit||$||1,766,910 ||$||1,854,009 |
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
| ||Three Months Ended December 31, ||Year Ended December 31, |
|Revenues||$||320,284 ||$||310,543 ||$||1,265,052 ||$||1,231,661 |
|Costs and expenses:|
|Cost of revenues||45,972 ||46,454 ||180,177 ||180,467 |
|Sales and marketing||12,907 ||13,862 ||36,790 ||46,637 |
|Research and development||19,403 ||15,101 ||74,671 ||60,805 |
|General and administrative||37,494 ||36,560 ||149,213 ||137,625 |
|Total costs and expenses||115,776 ||111,977 ||440,851 ||425,534 |
|Operating income||204,508 ||198,566 ||824,201 ||806,127 |
|Non-operating income, net||925 ||9,123 ||16,187 ||43,260 |
|Income before income taxes||182,896 ||184,977 ||750,244 ||758,776 |
|Income tax (expense) benefit||(25,582)||(36,652)||64,644 ||(146,477)|
|Net income||157,314 ||148,325 ||814,888 ||612,299 |
|Other comprehensive (loss) income||(15)||(202)||(135)||190 |
|Comprehensive income||$||157,299 ||$||148,123 ||$||814,753 ||$||612,489 |
|Earnings per share:|
|Basic||$||1.38 ||$||1.27 ||$||7.08 ||$||5.17 |
|Diluted||$||1.38 ||$||1.26 ||$||7.07 ||$||5.15 |
|Shares used to compute earnings per share|
|Basic||113,872 ||117,169 ||115,058 ||118,513 |
|Diluted||114,107 ||117,658 ||115,298 ||118,968 |
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Cash flows from operating activities:|
|Net income||$||814,888 ||$||612,299 |
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation of property and equipment||46,352 ||46,330 |
|Stock-based compensation||48,243 ||50,626 |
|Amortization of discount on investments in debt securities||(6,131)||(14,777)|
|Gain on sale of business||(6,402)||(817)|
|Other, net||3,425 ||3,668 |
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||2,227 ||(24)|
|Deferred revenues||29,009 ||16,191 |
|Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities||(192,214)||43,675 |
|Net cash provided by operating activities||730,183 ||753,892 |
|Cash flows from investing activities:|
|Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities||2,305,732 ||2,247,904 |
|Purchases of marketable securities||(2,355,405)||(2,030,521)|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(43,395)||(40,316)|
|Proceeds (Payments) from sale of business||20,810 ||(9,872)|
|Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities||(72,258)||167,195 |
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Repurchases of common stock||(777,454)||(782,583)|
|Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan||12,577 ||13,152 |
|Other financing activities||— ||(872)|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(764,877)||(770,303)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||(48)||64 |
|Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||(107,000)||150,848 |
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period||517,601 ||366,753 |
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period||$||410,601 ||$||517,601 |
|Supplemental cash flow disclosures:|
|Cash paid for interest||$||87,354 ||$||87,683 |
|Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received||$||132,683 ||$||89,974 |