VERISIGN INC/CA0001014473false00010144732022-04-282022-04-28

Washington, D.C. 20549
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 28, 2022
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12061 Bluemont Way, 
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Item 2.02.
Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On April 28, 2022, VeriSign, Inc. issued a press release reporting its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2022. 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 28, 2022
/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 2022 Results

RESTON, VA - April 28, 2022 - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2022.

VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $347 million for the first quarter of 2022, up 7.2 percent from the same quarter in 2021. Verisign reported net income of $158 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $1.43 for the first quarter of 2022, compared to net income of $150 million and diluted EPS of $1.33 for the same quarter of 2021. The operating margin was 64.8 percent for the first quarter of 2022 compared to 65.0 percent for the same quarter of 2021.

“As global reliance on online services continues to increase, so does the importance of delivering uninterrupted and accurate DNS resolution. Our focus remains on operating, protecting, and enhancing our critical internet infrastructure, and I thank all our employees who continuously execute our complex mission,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Financial Highlights

Verisign ended the first quarter of 2022 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.21 billion, an increase of $4 million from year-end 2021.
Cash flow from operations was $207 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $198 million for the same quarter of 2021.
Deferred revenues as of March 31, 2022 totaled $1.18 billion, an increase of $28 million from year-end 2021.
During the first quarter of 2022, Verisign repurchased 0.9 million shares of its common stock for an aggregate cost of $196 million. As of March 31, 2022, there was $893 million remaining for future share repurchases under the share repurchase program which has no expiration date.

Business Highlights
Verisign ended the first quarter of 2022 with 174.7 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 4.0 percent increase from the end of the first quarter of 2021, and a net increase of 1.23 million during the first quarter of 2022.
During the first quarter of 2022, Verisign processed 10.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 11.6 million for the same quarter of 2021.
The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 74.8 percent compared to 73.5 percent for the same quarter of 2020. 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 2022 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, 2021, 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 millions, except par value)
March 31,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$758.5 $223.5 
Marketable securities451.1 982.3 
Other current assets58.1 62.9 
Total current assets1,267.7 1,268.7 
Property and equipment, net244.9 251.2 
Goodwill52.5 52.5 
Deferred tax assets230.8 230.7 
Deposits to acquire intangible assets145.0 145.0 
Other long-term assets32.3 35.7 
Total long-term assets705.5 715.1 
Total assets$1,973.2 $1,983.8 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$211.1 $226.6 
Deferred revenues877.4 847.4 
Total current liabilities1,088.5 1,074.0 
Long-term deferred revenues304.2 306.0 
Senior notes1,786.3 1,785.7 
Long-term tax and other liabilities79.3 78.6 
Total long-term liabilities2,169.8 2,170.3 
Total liabilities3,258.3 3,244.3 
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ deficit:
Preferred stock—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 5.0; Issued and outstanding shares: none— — 
Common stock and additional paid-in capital—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 1,000.0; Issued shares: 354.4 at March 31, 2022 and 354.2 at December 31, 2021; Outstanding shares: 109.8 at March 31, 2022 and 110.5 at December 31, 202113,438.2 13,620.1 
Accumulated deficit(14,720.3)(14,877.8)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(3.0)(2.8)
Total stockholders’ deficit(1,285.1)(1,260.5)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit$1,973.2 $1,983.8 

(In millions, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
Revenues$346.9 $323.6 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues50.7 47.0 
Research and development22.9 20.3 
Selling, general and administrative48.5 45.9 
Total costs and expenses122.1 113.2 
Operating income224.8 210.4 
Interest expense(18.8)(22.5)
Non-operating income, net0.3 0.4 
Income before income taxes206.3 188.3 
Income tax expense(48.8)(37.9)
Net income157.5 150.4 
Other comprehensive loss(0.2)— 
Comprehensive income$157.3 $150.4 
Earnings per share:
Basic$1.43 $1.33 
Diluted$1.43 $1.33 
Shares used to compute earnings per share
Basic110.2 113.1 
Diluted110.3 113.3 

(In millions)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$157.5 $150.4 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation of property and equipment11.9 11.6 
Stock-based compensation expense14.2 13.0 
Other, net0.6 1.1 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Other assets8.3 (6.9)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities(14.9)(7.6)
Deferred revenues28.3 36.2 
Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities1.2 0.5 
Net cash provided by operating activities207.1 198.3 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities696.0 793.8 
Purchases of marketable securities(164.9)(962.3)
Purchases of property and equipment(6.6)(6.7)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities524.5 (175.2)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repurchases of common stock(204.6)(185.4)
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan8.2 8.1 
Net cash used in financing activities(196.4)(177.3)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(0.1)(0.2)
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash535.1 (154.4)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period228.8 410.6 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$763.9 $256.2 
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
Cash paid for interest$13.1 $13.2 
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received$2.2 $17.3