VeriSign, Inc.
Apr 28, 2010
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VeriSign Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

Company Highlights Record New Domain Name Registrations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Apr 28, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

First Quarter GAAP Financial Results

VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries ("VeriSign") reported revenue of $264 million from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2010, up 1% from the prior quarter and up 4% from the same quarter in 2009. VeriSign reported net income attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $51 million and earnings per share attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $0.28 on a diluted basis for the first quarter of 2010, compared to net income attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $65 million and earnings per share attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $0.34 on a diluted basis in the same quarter in 2009. The operating margin for the first quarter of 2010 was 33.6% compared to 29.5% in the same quarter in 2009.

VeriSign reported segment revenue for Internet Infrastructure and Identity Services ("3IS"), or the "core" businesses of Naming Services and Authentication Services, of $263 million for the first quarter of 2010, up 1% from the prior quarter and up 4% from the same quarter in 2009. The non-core CPS business reported $1 million of revenue as part of continuing operations during the first quarter of 2010.

"Our first quarter results are a positive start to the year and reflect an improving economic environment," said Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of VeriSign. "We are executing well, and we will continue to focus on leveraging VeriSign's core strengths as a provider of Internet infrastructure services."

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results

For its core businesses, VeriSign reported net income attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $69 million and earnings per share attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $0.37 on a diluted basis for the first quarter of 2010, compared to net income attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $62 million and earnings per share attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders of $0.32 on a diluted basis in the same quarter in 2009. The operating margin for the first quarter of 2010 was 39.8% compared to 36.8% in the same quarter in 2009. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

"Our continued execution and operational discipline this quarter enabled us to optimize profitability," said Brian Robins, chief financial officer of VeriSign. "In addition, we were able to further strengthen our balance sheet as we generated healthy operating cash flow of $101 million."

Financial Highlights
    -- Naming Services delivered revenue of $162 million in the first
       quarter of 2010, up 9% from the same quarter in 2009.
       Authentication Services delivered revenue of $102 million in the
       first quarter of 2010, down 2% from the same quarter in 2009.
    -- VeriSign ended the first quarter with Cash, Cash Equivalents,
       Marketable Securities and Restricted Cash of $1.552 billion, an
       increase of $73 million from the prior quarter and an increase
       of $608 million from the same quarter in 2009.  As of March 31,
       2010, VeriSign held Marketable Securities of approximately
       $460 million.
    -- In the first quarter, VeriSign repurchased 2.1 million shares of
       its common stock for a cost of approximately $50 million.
    -- Cash flow from operations was $101 million for the first quarter,
       after giving effect to a classification of $8 million of excess
       tax benefits associated with stock-based compensation as
       financing cash flows.
    -- Deferred revenue on March 31, 2010 totaled $924 million for
       continuing operations, an increase of $36 million from the prior
       quarter and $52 million from the same quarter in 2009.
    -- Capital expenditures were $20 million in the first quarter.
    -- Net Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) was 17 days in the first quarter
       of 2010, down from 21 days the prior quarter.
Business and Corporate Highlights
    -- VeriSign Naming Services ended the quarter with approximately
       99.3 million active domain names in the adjusted zone for .com
       and .net, representing a 7% increase year-over-year.
    -- In the first quarter, VeriSign added 8.1 million new domain name
       registrations, a record in quarterly new registrations.
    -- VeriSign Business Authentication Services ended the quarter with
       1.25 million SSL certificates in the installed base, an increase
       of 9% over the same quarter last year.
    -- During the quarter, VeriSign announced the launch of Project
       Apollo, which is a 10-year initiative to strengthen and scale
       the .com and .net infrastructure, intended to grow the current
       infrastructure capacity 1,000 times from today's level to enable
       the processing of 4 quadrillion queries per day by 2020.
    -- VeriSign reports an average daily query load of 54 billion in the
       quarter, compared to 52 billion in the prior quarter and 38
       billion in the same quarter in 2009.
    -- In February, VeriSign introduced the VeriSign Trust Seal, a
       product that we expect will increase confidence, traffic and
       transactions for web sites that do not require SSL certificates.
       The VeriSign Trust Seal also offers customers a daily malware
       scan and is integrated within certain search results.
    -- VeriSign ended the first quarter of 2010 with approximately 2,200
       employees, down from 2,300 in the prior quarter.

Non-GAAP Items

Non-GAAP financial results exclude the following items that are included under GAAP: discontinued operations, non-core businesses in continuing operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring costs and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 30% tax rate which differs from the GAAP tax rate. A table reconciling the GAAP to non-GAAP net income is appended to this release. All non-GAAP figures for each period presented herein have been conformed to exclude the foregoing items under GAAP. Prior disclosures of non-GAAP figures may not exclude these same items and as such should not be used for comparison purposes.

Today's Conference Call

VeriSign will host a live teleconference call today at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) to review the first quarter results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (US) or (913) 312-1273 (international). A listen-only live web cast and accompanying slide presentation of the earnings conference call will also be available at http://investor.verisign.com. A replay of this call will be available at (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 (passcode: 4121587) beginning at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on April 28 and will run through May 6. This press release and the financial information discussed on today's conference call are available on the Investor Relations section of the VeriSign website at http://investor.verisign.com.

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisign.com.

VRSNF

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 VeriSign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as increasing competition and pricing pressure from competing services offered at prices below our prices; the current global economic downturn; challenges to ongoing privatization of Internet administration; new or existing governmental laws and regulations; changes in customer behavior; the inability of VeriSign to successfully develop and market new services; the uncertainty of whether our new services, including the VeriSign Trust Seal, will achieve market acceptance or result in any revenues; system interruptions; security breaches; attacks on the Internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; challenges to the building of trust on the Internet; the uncertainty of the expense and duration of transition services and requests for indemnification relating to completed divestitures; and the uncertainty of whether Project Apollo will achieve its stated objectives. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, 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.

                      VERISIGN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
              (In thousands, except share and per share data)
                               (Unaudited)
                                                   March 31,   December 31,
                                                      2010         2009
                                                  -----------  -----------
                      ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                       $ 1,090,030  $ 1,477,166
  Marketable securities                               460,401          185
  Accounts receivable, net                             58,528       63,133
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets           134,481      168,574
    Total current assets                            1,743,440    1,709,058
                                                  -----------  -----------
Property and equipment, net                           398,563      403,821
Goodwill                                              288,399      289,980
Other intangible assets, net                           19,671       22,420
Other assets                                           42,115       44,865
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Total long-term assets                            748,748      761,086
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Total assets                                  $ 2,492,188  $ 2,470,144
                                                  ===========  ===========
       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        $   180,259  $   243,967
  Deferred revenues                                   668,582      642,507
    Total current liabilities                         848,841      886,474
                                                  -----------  -----------
Long-term deferred revenues                           255,374      245,734
Convertible debentures, including contingent
 interest derivative                                  575,545      574,378
Other long-term liabilities                           179,982      164,894
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Total long-term liabilities                     1,010,901      985,006
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Total liabilities                               1,859,742    1,871,480
                                                  -----------  -----------
Commitments and contingencies                               -            -
Stockholders' equity:
  VeriSign, Inc. stockholders' equity:
    Preferred stock--par value $.001 per share;
     Authorized shares: 5,000,000; Issued and
     outstanding shares: none                               -            -
    Common stock--par value $.001 per share;
     Authorized shares: 1,000,000,000; Issued and
     outstanding shares: 182,410,456 excluding
     126,679,737 held in treasury, at March 31,
     2010; and 183,299,463 excluding 124,434,684
     held in treasury, at December 31, 2009               309          308
    Additional paid-in capital                     21,719,214   21,736,209
    Accumulated deficit                           (21,143,079) (21,194,435)
    Accumulated other comprehensive income              7,038        7,659
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Total VeriSign, Inc. stockholders' equity         583,482      549,741
  Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary                48,964       48,923
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Total stockholders' equity                        632,446      598,664
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity    $ 2,492,188  $ 2,470,144
                                                  ===========  ===========
                      VERISIGN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                  (In thousands, except per share data)
                               (Unaudited)
                                                       Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                      --------------------
                                                        2010       2009
                                                      ---------  ---------
Revenues                                              $ 264,402  $ 253,557
                                                      ---------  ---------
Costs and expenses
  Cost of revenues                                       59,729     62,879
  Sales and marketing                                    48,699     38,189
  Research and development                               20,382     21,783
  General and administrative                             43,755     48,630
  Restructuring and other charges, net                      363      3,998
  Amortization of other intangible assets                 2,749      3,221
                                                      ---------  ---------
    Total costs and expenses                            175,677    178,700
                                                      ---------  ---------
Operating income                                         88,725     74,857
Other loss, net                                          (6,933)    (4,340)
                                                      ---------  ---------
Income from continuing operations before income taxes    81,792     70,517
Income tax expense                                      (27,798)   (23,200)
                                                      ---------  ---------
Income from continuing operations, net of tax            53,994     47,317
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of
 tax                                                     (1,554)    18,198
                                                      ---------  ---------
Net income                                               52,440     65,515
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling
 interest in subsidiary                                  (1,084)      (495)
                                                      ---------  ---------
Net income attributable to VeriSign,
 Inc. stockholders                                    $  51,356  $  65,020
                                                      =========  =========
Basic income per share attributable to VeriSign, Inc.
 stockholders from:
  Continuing operations                               $    0.29  $    0.24
  Discontinued operations                                 (0.01)      0.10
                                                      ---------  ---------
  Net income                                          $    0.28  $    0.34
                                                      =========  =========
Diluted income per share attributable to VeriSign,
 Inc. stockholders from:
  Continuing operations                               $    0.29  $    0.24
  Discontinued operations                                 (0.01)      0.10
                                                      ---------  ---------
  Net income                                          $    0.28  $    0.34
                                                      =========  =========
Shares used to compute net income per share
 attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders:
  Basic                                                 183,174    192,311
                                                      =========  =========
  Diluted                                               184,259    192,804
                                                      =========  =========
Amounts attributable to VeriSign, Inc. stockholders:
  Income from continuing operations, net of tax       $  52,910  $  46,822
  (Loss) Income from discontinued operations,
   net of tax                                            (1,554)    18,198
                                                      ---------  ---------
  Net income attributable to VeriSign, Inc.
   stockholders                                       $  51,356  $  65,020
                                                      =========  =========
The following table presents the classification of
 stock-based compensation:
  Cost of revenues                                    $   1,793  $   1,658
  Sales and marketing                                     2,811      2,427
  Research and development                                1,873      1,481
  General and administrative                              5,527      5,277
  Restructuring and other charges, net                      202        723
                                                      ---------  ---------
Stock-based compensation for continuing operations       12,206     11,566
Discontinued operations                                    (121)     2,362
                                                      ---------  ---------
Total stock-based compensation                        $  12,085  $  13,928
                                                      =========  =========
                      VERISIGN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                              (In thousands)
                                (Unaudited)
                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                  ------------------------
                                                      2010         2009
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net income                                      $    52,440  $    65,515
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
   provided by operating activities:
    Depreciation of property and equipment and
     amortization of other intangible assets           21,905       20,530
    Stock-based compensation                           12,085       13,928
    Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based
     compensation                                      (8,097)     (27,293)
    Other, net                                          6,270       (6,943)
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities,
     excluding the effects of acquisitions and
     divestitures:
    Accounts receivable                                 4,579        8,464
    Prepaid expenses and other assets                   9,689      (29,380)
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities          (33,734)     (32,175)
    Deferred revenues                                  35,983       25,792
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Net cash provided by operating activities       101,120       38,438
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash flows from investing activities:
  Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable
   securities and investments                          95,909       94,016
  Purchases of marketable securities and
   investments                                       (549,087)        (750)
  Purchases of property and equipment                 (19,898)     (20,994)
  Proceeds received from divestiture of
   businesses, net of cash contributed                 15,583        2,372
  Other investing activities                                -        3,485
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Net cash (used in) provided by investing
       activities                                    (457,493)      78,129
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash flows from financing activities:
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock from
   option exercises and employee stock purchase
   plans                                               17,393       17,133
  Repurchases of common stock                         (53,753)      (1,361)
  Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based
   compensation                                         8,097       27,293
  Other financing activities                             (346)           -
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Net cash (used in) provided by financing
       activities                                     (28,609)      43,065
                                                  -----------  -----------
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
 equivalents                                           (2,154)      (6,314)
                                                  -----------  -----------
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash
 equivalents                                         (387,136)     153,318
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period    1,477,166      789,068
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period        $ 1,090,030  $   942,386
                                                  ===========  ===========
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
  Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized
   interest                                       $    19,811  $    19,521
                                                  ===========  ===========
                      VERISIGN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                  STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS RECONCILIATION
                   (In thousands, except per share data)
                                (Unaudited)
                           Three Months Ended        Three Months Ended
                             March 31, 2010            March 31, 2009
                         ------------------------ ------------------------
                                    Net Income                Net Income
                                   attributable              attributable
                                   to VeriSign,              to VeriSign,
                         Operating     Inc.       Operating      Inc.
                          Income   stockholders     Income   stockholders
                         --------- -------------  ---------  -------------
GAAP as reported         $  88,725 $      51,356  $  74,857  $      65,020
  Discontinued
   operations                              1,554                   (18,198)
  Non-core businesses
   in continuing
   operations(1) (2)         1,161         1,083       (317)        (1,207)
  Adjustments:
   Stock-based
    compensation (2)        11,937        11,937     10,679         10,679
   Amortization of other
    intangible assets        2,749         2,749      3,220          3,220
   Restructuring costs         298           298      4,610          4,610
   Non-cash interest
    expense                                1,841                     1,649
  Tax adjustment (3)                      (2,064)                   (3,641)
                         --------- -------------  ---------  -------------
Non-GAAP as adjusted     $ 104,870 $      68,754  $  93,049  $      62,132
                         ========= =============  =========  =============
Diluted shares                           184,259                   192,804
Per diluted share,
 non-GAAP as adjusted              $        0.37             $        0.32
                                   =============             =============

(1) As of March 31, 2010, the Company's business consists of the following reportable segments: (a) 3IS and (b) Other Services. 3IS consists of core operations of Naming Services and Authentication Services. Authentication Services is comprised of Business Authentication Services and User Authentication Services. Other Services consists of the continuing operations of Content Portal Services, the remaining non-core business, and legacy products and services from divested businesses.

(2) Results of non-core businesses in continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 includes stock-based compensation of $67 and $164 respectively.

(3) Non-GAAP tax is calculated as 30% of income from continuing operations, excluding noncontrolling interest in subsidiary, which is presented net of tax on the Statement of Operations.

VeriSign provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, we typically disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information in our quarterly earnings release, on investor conference calls and during investor conferences and related events. This non-GAAP financial information does not include the following types of financial measures that are included in GAAP: discontinued operations, non-core businesses in continuing operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring costs and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 30% tax rate which differs from the GAAP tax rate. All non-GAAP figures for each period presented above has been conformed to exclude the foregoing items under GAAP. Prior disclosures of non-GAAP figures may not exclude these same items and as such should not be used for comparison purposes.

Management believes that this non-GAAP financial data supplements our GAAP financial data by providing investors with additional information that allows them to have a clearer picture of the company's core operations. 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. We believe that the non-GAAP information enhances the investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of the company's operating results from period to period. Above, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information that we provide each quarter with the comparable financial information reported in accordance with GAAP for the given period.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
                                           Three months ended
                               --------------------------------------------
                                March   December September  June    March
                                  31,      31,      30,      30,      31,
                                 2010     2009     2009     2009     2009
                               -------- -------- -------- -------- --------
Revenues from core
 operations (1)                $263,491 $261,643 $256,908 $255,248 $252,212
                               -------- -------- -------- -------- --------

Contacts
Investor Relations:
Nancy Fazioli
ir@verisign.com
650-426-5146

Media Relations:
Brad Williams
brwilliams@verisign.com
650-426-5298


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