VERISIGN INC/CA0001014473false00010144732020-10-222020-10-2200010144732021-04-222021-04-22

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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 22, 2021
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12061 Bluemont Way, 
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(703) 948-3200
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Item 2.02.
Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On April 22, 2021, VeriSign, Inc. issued a press release reporting its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2021. A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

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.
Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits
Inline XBRL for the cover page of this Current Report on Form 8-K

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: April 22, 2021
/s/ Thomas C. Indelicarto
Thomas C. Indelicarto
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Exhibit Index
Exhibit No.
Exhibit 99.1
Exhibit 104
Inline XBRL for the cover page of this Current Report on Form 8-K



Verisign Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

RESTON, VA - April 22, 2021 - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2021.

VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $324 million for the first quarter of 2021, up 3.6 percent from the same quarter in 2020. Verisign reported net income of $150 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $1.33 for the first quarter of 2021, compared to net income of $334 million and diluted EPS of $2.86 for the same quarter in 2020. The operating margin was 65.0 percent for the first quarter of 2021 compared to 66.0 percent for the same quarter in 2020.

Net income for the first quarter of last year included the recognition of $168 million of previously unrecognized income tax benefits. These benefits resulted from remeasurement of Verisign’s accrual for uncertain tax positions as previously noted in the first quarter 2020 earnings release. This income tax benefit increased diluted EPS by $1.44 for the first quarter of 2020.

“Our constant preparation for delivering our services in difficult situations has continued to serve the global internet community well, as we enter a second year of COVID. This preparation, along with our focus on mission and a strengthening economy, resulted in a strong first quarter,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Financial Highlights

Verisign ended the first quarter of 2021 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.18 billion, an increase of $14 million from the end of 2020.
Cash flows from operating activities were $198 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $180 million for the same quarter in 2020.
Deferred revenues as of March 31, 2021 totaled $1.10 billion, an increase of $36 million from the end of 2020.
During the first quarter of 2021, Verisign repurchased 0.9 million shares of its common stock for an aggregate cost of $173 million. As of March 31, 2021, there was $910 million remaining for future share repurchases under the share repurchase program which has no expiration date.

Business Highlights
Verisign ended the first quarter of 2021 with 168.0 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 4.6 percent increase from the end of the first quarter of 2020, and a net increase of 2.80 million during the first quarter of 2021.
During the first quarter of 2021, Verisign processed 11.6 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 10.0 million for the same quarter in 2020.
The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 73.5 percent compared to 73.8 percent for the same quarter in 2019. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Today’s Conference Call
Verisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) to review the first quarter 2021 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.

About Verisign

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, attempted security breaches, cyber-attacks, and DDoS attacks against our systems and services; the introduction of undetected or unknown defects in our systems; vulnerabilities in the global routing system; system interruptions or system failures; damage to our data centers; risks arising from our operation of root servers and our performance of the Root Zone Maintainer functions; any loss or modification of our right to operate the .com and .net gTLDs; changes or challenges to the pricing provisions of the .com Registry Agreement; new or existing governmental laws and regulations in the U.S. or other applicable foreign jurisdictions; economic, legal and political risks associated with our international operations; the impact of unfavorable tax rules and regulations; risks from the adoption of ICANN’s consensus and temporary policies, technical standards and other processes; the uncertainty of the impact of changes to the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance; the outcome of claims, lawsuits, audits or investigations; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to compete in the highly competitive business environment in which we operate; changes in internet practices and behavior and the adoption of substitute technologies, or the negative impact of wholesale price increases; our ability to expand our services into developing and emerging economies; our ability to maintain strong relationships with registrars and their resellers; our ability to attract, retain and motivate our highly skilled employees; and our ability to protect and enforce our intellectual property rights. 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, 2020, 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.

Investor Relations: David Atchley, datchley@verisign.com, 703-948-4643
Media Relations: James Barbour, jbarbour@verisign.com, 703-948-3800

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(In thousands, except par value)
March 31,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$246,811 $401,194 
Marketable securities934,365 765,713 
Other current assets54,374 51,033 
Total current assets1,235,550 1,217,940 
Property and equipment, net241,136 245,571 
Goodwill52,527 52,527 
Deferred tax assets67,577 67,914 
Deposits to acquire intangible assets145,000 145,000 
Other long-term assets41,108 37,958 
Total long-term assets547,348 548,970 
Total assets$1,782,898 $1,766,910 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$201,463 $208,642 
Deferred revenues808,754 780,051 
Total current liabilities1,010,217 988,693 
Long-term deferred revenues290,288 282,838 
Senior notes1,790,712 1,790,083 
Long-term tax and other liabilities95,441 95,494 
Total long-term liabilities2,176,441 2,168,415 
Total liabilities3,186,658 3,157,108 
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ deficit:
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: 354,025 at March 31, 2021 and 353,789 at December 31, 2020; Outstanding shares: 112,766 at March 31, 2021 and 113,470 at December 31, 202014,111,235 14,275,160 
Accumulated deficit(15,512,248)(15,662,602)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(2,747)(2,756)
Total stockholders’ deficit(1,403,760)(1,390,198)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit$1,782,898 $1,766,910 

(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
Revenues$323,621 $312,524 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues46,968 45,573 
Sales and marketing8,484 6,604 
Research and development20,311 17,358 
General and administrative37,451 36,725 
Total costs and expenses113,214 106,260 
Operating income210,407 206,264 
Interest expense(22,534)(22,535)
Non-operating income, net444 7,084 
Income before income taxes188,317 190,813 
Income tax (expense) benefit(37,963)143,303 
Net income150,354 334,116 
Other comprehensive income2,263 
Comprehensive income$150,363 $336,379 
Earnings per share:
Basic$1.33 $2.87 
Diluted$1.33 $2.86 
Shares used to compute earnings per share
Basic113,131 116,375 
Diluted113,296 116,730 

(In thousands)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$150,354 $334,116 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation of property and equipment11,574 11,232 
Stock-based compensation12,974 11,441 
Other, net1,155 (1,311)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Other assets(6,758)28 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities(7,613)(27,409)
Deferred revenues36,153 22,807 
Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities497 (170,844)
Net cash provided by operating activities198,336 180,060 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities793,857 805,748 
Purchases of marketable securities(962,340)(730,507)
Purchases of property and equipment(6,721)(11,013)
Proceeds received related to sale of business— 14,856 
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities(175,204)79,084 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repurchases of common stock(185,414)(275,623)
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan8,101 8,296 
Net cash used in financing activities(177,313)(267,327)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(202)(1,316)
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(154,383)(9,499)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period410,601 517,601 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$256,218 $508,102 
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
Cash paid for interest$13,156 $13,151 
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received$17,286 $15,914