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Salesforce Announces Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Results

Raises FY18 Revenue Guidance to $10.25 Billion to $10.30 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM,  today announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2017.

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"With our outstanding first quarter results, we are thrilled to be raising our fiscal 2018 revenue guidance by $100 million and raising our GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share expectations for the year," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce. "Salesforce has once again been named the CRM market leader, and we continue to grow our share in CRM -- the fastest growing enterprise software market."

Salesforce delivered the following results for its fiscal first quarter 2018:

Revenue: Total Q1 revenue was $2.39 billion, an increase of 25% year-over-year, and 25% in constant currency. Subscription and support revenues were $2.2 billion, an increase of 24% year-over-year. Professional services and other revenues were $187 million, an increase of 32% year-over-year.

Earnings per Share: Q1 GAAP loss per share was ($0.01), and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.28.

Cash: Cash generated from operations for the first quarter was $1.23 billion, an increase of 17% year-over-year. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities finished the quarter at $3.22 billion.

Deferred Revenue: Deferred revenue on the balance sheet as of April 30, 2017 was $5.04 billion, an increase of 26% year-over-year, and 27% in constant currency. Unbilled deferred revenue, representing business that is contracted but unbilled and off balance sheet, ended the first quarter at approximately $9.6 billion, up 26% year-over-year. This includes approximately $450 million related to unbilled deferred revenue from Demandware.

As of May 18, 2017, the company is initiating revenue, earnings per share, and deferred revenue guidance for its second quarter of fiscal year 2018. In addition, the company is raising its full fiscal year 2018 revenue and earnings per share guidance, and maintaining its operating cash flow guidance, previously provided on February 28, 2017.

Q2 FY18 Guidance: Revenue is projected to be approximately $2.51 billion to $2.52 billion, an increase of 23% to 24% year-over-year.

GAAP diluted earnings per share is projected to be $0.00 to $0.01, while non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is projected to be $0.31 to $0.32.

On balance sheet deferred revenue growth is projected to be approximately 22% year-over-year.

Full Year FY18 Guidance: Revenue is projected to be approximately $10.25 billion to $10.30 billion, an increase of 22% to 23% year-over-year.

GAAP diluted earnings per share is projected to be $0.06 to $0.08, while non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is projected to be $1.28 to $1.30.

Operating cash flow growth is projected to be 20% to 21% year-over-year.

The following is a per share reconciliation of GAAP diluted earnings per share to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance for the next quarter and the full year:


Fiscal 2018


Q2

FY2018




GAAP diluted EPS range* 

 $0.00 - $0.01 

 $0.06 - $0.08 

Plus



Amortization of purchased intangibles

$            0.10

$                     0.39

Stock-based expense

$            0.33

$                     1.34

Amortization of debt discount, net

$            0.01

$                     0.04

Less



Income tax effects and adjustments**

$           (0.13)

$                    (0.55)

Non-GAAP diluted EPS

 $0.31 - $0.32 

 $1.28 - $1.30 




Shares used in computing basic net income per share (millions)

713

716

Shares used in computing diluted net income per share (millions)

729

733




* For Q2 GAAP diluted EPS, diluted number of shares used for calculation and expected tax rate of 65%. For FY18 GAAP diluted EPS, diluted number of shares used for calculation and expected tax rate of 58%.

** The Company's non-GAAP tax provision uses a long-term projected tax rate of 34.5%.


For additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures see the reconciliation of results and related explanations below.

Quarterly Conference Call
Salesforce will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. (PT) / 5:00 p.m. (ET) today to discuss its financial results with the investment community.  A live web broadcast of the event will be available on the Salesforce Investor Relations website at www.salesforce.com/investor.  A live dial-in is available domestically at 866-901-SFDC or 866-901-7332 and internationally at 706-902-1764, passcode 14740454.  A replay will be available at (800) 585-8367 or (855) 859-2056 until midnight (ET) June 18, 2017.

About Salesforce
Salesforce, Intelligent Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM provider, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. Salesforce has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM." For more information about Salesforce, visit: www.salesforce.com.

"Safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:  This press release contains forward-looking statements about our financial results, which may include expected GAAP and non-GAAP financial and other operating and non-operating results, including revenue, net income (loss), diluted earnings (loss) per share, operating cash flow growth, operating margin improvement, deferred revenue growth, expected revenue run rate, expected tax rates, stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of purchased intangibles, amortization of debt discount and shares outstanding.  The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  If any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, the company's results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements we make.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include -- but are not limited to -- risks associated with possible fluctuations in the company's financial and operating results; the company's rate of growth and anticipated revenue run rate, including the company's ability to convert deferred revenue and unbilled deferred revenue into revenue and, cash flow, and ability to maintain continued growth of deferred revenue and unbilled deferred revenue; foreign currency exchange rates; errors, interruptions or delays in the company's services or the company's Web hosting; breaches of the company's security measures; the financial and other impact of any previous and future acquisitions; the nature of the company's business model, including risks related to government contracts; the company's ability to continue to release, and gain customer acceptance of, new and improved versions of the company's services; successful customer deployment and utilization of the company's existing and future services; changes in the company's sales cycle; competition; various financial aspects of the company's subscription model; unexpected increases in attrition or decreases in new business; the company's ability to realize benefits from strategic partnerships and strategic investments; the emerging markets in which the company operates; unique aspects of entering or expanding in international markets, including the compliance with United States export control laws, the company's ability to hire, retain and motivate employees and manage the company's growth; changes in the company's customer base; technological developments; regulatory developments; litigation related to intellectual property and other matters, and any related claims, negotiations and settlements; unanticipated changes in the company's effective tax rate; factors affecting the company's outstanding convertible notes, term loan, and revolving credit facility; fluctuations in the number of company shares outstanding and the price of such shares; collection of receivables; interest rates; factors affecting the company's deferred tax assets and ability to value and utilize them; the potential negative impact of indirect tax exposure; the risks and expenses associated with the company's real estate and office facilities space; and general developments in the economy, financial markets, and the impact of current and future accounting pronouncements and other financial reporting standards and credit markets.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect the company's financial results is included in the reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.  These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Information section of the company's website at www.salesforce.com/investor.

Salesforce.com, inc. assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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salesforce.com, inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


As a % of
Total
Revenues


2016


As a % of
Total
Revenues

Revenues:








Subscription and support

$

2,200,908



92%



$

1,775,493



93%


Professional services and other

186,671



8



141,110



7


Total revenues

2,387,579



100



1,916,603



100


Cost of revenues (1)(2):








Subscription and support

462,921



19



351,101



18


Professional services and other

187,634



8



145,880



8


Total cost of revenues

650,555



27



496,981



26


Gross profit

1,737,024



73



1,419,622



74


Operating expenses (1)(2):








Research and development

376,081



16



260,970



14


Marketing and sales

1,109,504



46



895,860



46


General and administrative

260,321



11



210,806



11


Total operating expenses

1,745,906



73



1,367,636



71


Income (loss) from operations

(8,882)



0



51,986



3


Investment income

5,266



0



8,122



0


Interest expense

(22,196)



(1)



(22,011)



(1)


Other income (expense) (1)

2,849



0



(13,806)



(1)


Gains from acquisitions of strategic investments

0



0



12,864



1


Income (loss) before benefit from income taxes

(22,963)



(1)



37,155



2


Benefit from income taxes

13,756



1



1,604



0


Net income (loss)

$

(9,207)



0%



$

38,759



2%


Basic net income (loss) per share

$

(0.01)





$

0.06




Diluted net income (loss) per share

$

(0.01)





$

0.06




Shares used in computing basic net income (loss) per share

706,174





677,514




Shares used in computing diluted net income (loss) per share

706,174





686,799










(1)

Amounts include amortization of purchased intangibles from business combinations, as follows:




Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


As a % of
Total
Revenues


2016


As a % of
Total
Revenues

Cost of revenues

$

43,586



2%



$

22,215



1%


Marketing and sales

30,644



1



15,386



1


Other non-operating expense

375



0



706



0


 

(2)

Amounts include stock-based expense, as follows:




Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


As a % of
Total
Revenues


2016


As a % of
Total
Revenues

Cost of revenues

$

31,510



1%



$

26,634



1%


Research and development

63,915



3



35,168



2


Marketing and sales

118,996



5



95,474



5


General and administrative

37,148



2



31,643



2




 

salesforce.com, inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)



April 30,
 2017


January 31,
 2017


(unaudited)



Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,024,904



$

1,606,549


Marketable securities

1,194,646



602,338


Accounts receivable, net

1,439,875



3,196,643


Deferred commissions

297,419



311,770


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

447,647



279,527


Total current assets

5,404,491



5,996,827


Property and equipment, net

1,846,413



1,787,534


Deferred commissions, noncurrent

220,507



227,849


Capitalized software, net

141,685



141,671


Strategic investments

639,191



566,953


Goodwill

7,290,025



7,263,846


Intangible assets acquired through business combinations, net

1,041,384



1,113,374


Other assets, net

475,234



486,869


Total assets

$

17,058,930



$

17,584,923


Liabilities and stockholders' equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

$

1,459,686



$

1,752,664


Deferred revenue

5,042,652



5,542,802


Convertible 0.25% senior notes, net

1,123,525



0


Total current liabilities

7,625,863



7,295,466


Convertible 0.25% senior notes, net

0



1,116,360


Term loan

497,509



497,221


Loan assumed on 50 Fremont

198,336



198,268


Revolving credit facility

0



196,542


Other noncurrent liabilities

802,734



780,939


Total liabilities

9,124,442



10,084,796


Stockholders' equity:




Common stock

712



708


Additional paid-in capital

8,398,380



8,040,170


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

9,513



(75,841)


Accumulated deficit

(474,117)



(464,910)


Total stockholders' equity

7,934,488



7,500,127


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

17,058,930



$

17,584,923


 

salesforce.com, inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Operating activities:




Net income (loss)

$

(9,207)



$

38,759


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

185,108



132,772


Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs

7,717



7,185


Gains from acquisitions of strategic investments

0



(12,864)


Amortization of deferred commissions

106,142



88,514


Expenses related to employee stock plans

251,569



188,919


Changes in assets and liabilities, net of business combinations:




Accounts receivable, net

1,757,507



1,307,312


Deferred commissions

(84,449)



(63,519)


Prepaid expenses and other current assets and other assets

(183,411)



(56,671)


Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

(301,242)



(286,228)


Deferred revenue

(500,150)



(293,117)


Net cash provided by operating activities

1,229,584



1,051,062


Investing activities:




Business combinations, net of cash acquired

(19,781)



(1,799)


Strategic investments, net

(458)



(22,061)


Purchases of marketable securities

(698,561)



(589,336)


Sales of marketable securities

103,837



222,934


Maturities of marketable securities

3,850



23,285


Capital expenditures

(156,602)



(83,301)


Net cash used in investing activities

(767,715)



(450,278)


Financing activities:




Proceeds from employee stock plans

159,807



89,141


Principal payments on capital lease obligations

(9,443)



(49,968)


Payments on revolving credit facility

(200,000)



0


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(49,636)



39,173


Effect of exchange rate changes

6,122



763


Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

418,355



640,720


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

1,606,549



1,158,363


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

2,024,904



$

1,799,083


 

salesforce.com, inc.

Additional Metrics

(Unaudited) 



Apr 30,
2017


Jan 31,
2017


Oct 31,
2016


Jul 31,
2016


Apr 30,
2016


Jan 31,
2016


Full Time Equivalent Headcount (1)

26,213



25,178



23,939



23,247



21,119



19,742



Financial data (in thousands):













Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

$

3,219,550



$

2,208,887



$

1,751,130



$

1,719,946



$

3,715,452



$

2,725,377



Strategic investments

$

639,191



$

566,953



$

555,968



$

548,258



$

520,750



$

520,721



Deferred revenue (2)

$

5,042,652



$

5,542,802



$

3,495,133



$

3,823,561



$

4,006,914



$

4,291,553



Unbilled deferred revenue, a non-GAAP measure (3)

$

9,600,000



$

9,000,000



$

8,600,000



$

8,000,000



$

7,600,000



$

7,100,000



Principal due on our outstanding debt obligations (4)

$

1,850,000



$

2,050,000



$

1,850,000



$

1,850,000



$

1,350,000



$

1,350,000





(1)

Full time equivalent headcount for July 31, 2016 includes 1,050 from the acquisition of Demandware, Inc.



(2)

Prior period balances include deferred revenue current and noncurrent.



(3)

Unbilled deferred revenue represents future billings under our non-cancelable subscription agreements that have not been invoiced and, accordingly, are not recorded in deferred revenue. 



(4)

In July 2016, the Company borrowed $500.0 million under a term loan facility to partially fund the acquisition of Demandware, Inc.

 

Selected Balance Sheet Accounts (in thousands):



April 30,
 2017



January 31,
 2017

Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets





Prepaid income taxes

$

69,134




$

26,932


Other taxes receivable

33,687




34,177


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

344,826




218,418



$

447,647




$

279,527


Property and Equipment, net





Land

$

183,888




$

183,888


Buildings and building improvements

621,950




621,377


Computers, equipment and software

1,503,140




1,440,986


Furniture and fixtures

122,435




112,564


Leasehold improvements

696,902




627,069



3,128,315




2,985,884


Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

(1,281,902)




(1,198,350)



$

1,846,413




$

1,787,534


Intangible Assets Acquired Through Business Combinations, net





Acquired developed technology

$

471,016




$

514,232


Customer relationships

562,125




589,579


Trade name and trademark

4,091




4,601


Territory rights and other

3,096




3,530


50 Fremont lease intangibles

1,056




1,432



$

1,041,384




$

1,113,374







Other Assets, net





Deferred income taxes, noncurrent, net

$

29,312




$

28,939


Long-term deposits

23,874




23,597


Domain names and patents, net of accumulated amortization

34,784




39,213


Customer contract asset

255,387




281,733


Other

131,877




113,387



$

475,234




$

486,869







Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities





Accounts payable

$

128,065




$

115,257


Accrued compensation

434,899




730,390


Non-cash equity liability

60,870




68,355


Accrued other liabilities

562,848




521,405


Accrued income and other taxes payable

192,434




239,699


Accrued professional costs

38,098




38,254


Accrued rent

22,777




19,710


Financing obligation - leased facility, current

19,695




19,594



$

1,459,686




$

1,752,664


Other Noncurrent Liabilities





Deferred income taxes and income taxes payable

$

106,303




$

99,378


Financing obligation - leased facility

200,129




200,711


Long-term lease liabilities and other

496,302




480,850



$

802,734




$

780,939



 

Supplemental Revenue Analysis


Subscription and support revenue by cloud service offering (in millions):

Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Sales Cloud

$

829.6



$

724.6


Service Cloud

651.2



540.1


Salesforce Platform and Other

431.1



325.9


Marketing and Commerce Cloud

289.0



184.9



$

2,200.9



$

1,775.5




Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Total revenues by geography (in thousands):




Americas

$

1,755,358



$

1,413,229


Europe

409,615



327,854


Asia Pacific

222,606



175,520



$

2,387,579



$

1,916,603






Total revenues by geography as a percentage of total revenues:




Americas

74%



74%


Europe

17



17


Asia Pacific

9



9



100%



100%


 

Revenue constant currency growth rates

(as compared to the comparable prior periods)

Three Months Ended
April 30, 2017
compared to Three Months
Ended April 30, 2016


Three Months Ended
January 31, 2017
compared to Three Months
Ended January 31, 2016


Three Months Ended
April 30, 2016
compared to Three Months
Ended April 30, 2015

Americas

24%


29%


27%

Europe

29%


26%


33%

Asia Pacific

26%


30%


29%

Total growth

25%


28%


28%

We present constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars at the weighted average exchange rate for the quarter being compared to for growth rate calculations presented, rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during that period.


April 30, 2017
compared to
April 30, 2016


January 31, 2017
compared to
January 31, 2016


April 30, 2016
compared to
April 30, 2015

Deferred revenue constant currency growth rates (as compared to the comparable prior periods)






Total growth

27%


29%


32%

We present constant currency information for deferred revenue to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying business performed excluding the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations.  To present the information above, we convert the deferred revenue balances in local currencies in previous comparable periods using the United States dollar currency exchange rate as on the most recent balance sheet date.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Diluted Share Count Information

(share data in thousands)



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Weighted-average shares outstanding for basic earnings per share

706,174



677,514


Effect of dilutive securities: (1)




Convertible senior notes (2)

3,390



945


Employee stock awards

11,986



8,340


Adjusted weighted-average shares outstanding and assumed conversions for Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

721,550



686,799




(1)

The effect of these dilutive securities were not included in the GAAP calculation of diluted net loss per share for the three months ended April 30, 2017 because the effect would have been anti-dilutive.



(2)

The 0.25% senior notes were not convertible, however there was a dilutive effect for shares outstanding for all periods presented.

 

Supplemental Cash Flow Information

Free cash flow analysis, a non-GAAP measure

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Operating cash flow




GAAP net cash provided by operating activities

$

1,229,584



$

1,051,062


Less:




Capital expenditures

(156,602)



(83,301)


Free cash flow

$

1,072,982



$

967,761


Our free cash flow analysis includes GAAP net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. The capital expenditures balance does not include our strategic investments.

Comprehensive Income

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Net income (loss)

$

(9,207)



$

38,759


Other comprehensive income, before tax and net of reclassification adjustments:




Foreign currency translation and other losses

14,024



10,256


Unrealized gains on investments

71,330



11,084


Other comprehensive income, before tax

85,354



21,340


Tax effect

0



0


Other comprehensive income, net of tax

85,354



21,340


Comprehensive income

$

76,147



$

60,099



 

salesforce.com, inc.

GAAP Results Reconciled to non-GAAP Results

The following table reflects selected GAAP results reconciled to non-GAAP results.

(in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited) 



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Non-GAAP gross profit




GAAP gross profit

$

1,737,024



$

1,419,622


Plus:




Amortization of purchased intangibles (a)

43,586



22,215


Stock-based expense (b)

31,510



26,634


Non-GAAP gross profit

$

1,812,120



$

1,468,471


Non-GAAP operating expenses




GAAP operating expenses

$

1,745,906



$

1,367,636


Less:




Amortization of purchased intangibles (a)

(30,644)



(15,386)


Stock-based expense (b)

(220,059)



(162,285)


Non-GAAP operating expenses

$

1,495,203



$

1,189,965


Non-GAAP income from operations




GAAP income (loss) from operations

$

(8,882)



$

51,986


Plus:




Amortization of purchased intangibles (a)

74,230



37,601


Stock-based expense (b)

251,569



188,919


Non-GAAP income from operations

$

316,917



$

278,506


Non-GAAP non-operating loss (c)




GAAP non-operating loss

$

(14,081)



$

(14,831)


Plus:




Amortization of debt discount, net

6,383



6,226


Amortization of acquired lease intangible

375



706


Less:




Gains from acquisitions of strategic investments

0



(12,864)


Non-GAAP non-operating loss

$

(7,323)



$

(20,763)


Non-GAAP net income




GAAP net income (loss)

$

(9,207)



$

38,759


Plus:




Amortization of purchased intangibles (a)

74,230



37,601


Amortization of acquired lease intangible

375



706


Stock-based expense (b)

251,569



188,919


Amortization of debt discount, net

6,383



6,226


Less:




Gains from acquisitions of strategic investments

0



(12,864)


Income tax effects and adjustments

(120,566)



(91,814)


Non-GAAP net income

$

202,784



$

167,533




Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share




GAAP diluted net income (loss) per share

$

(0.01)



$

0.06


Plus:




Amortization of purchased intangibles

0.10



0.05


Amortization of acquired lease intangible

0.00



0.00


Stock-based expense

0.35



0.28


Amortization of debt discount, net

0.01



0.01


Less:




Gains from acquisitions of strategic investments

0.00



(0.02)


Income tax effects and adjustments

(0.17)



(0.14)


Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

$

0.28



$

0.24


Shares used in computing Non-GAAP diluted net income per share

721,550



686,799



a)     Amortization of purchased intangibles were as follows:



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Cost of revenues

$

43,586



$

22,215


Marketing and sales

30,644



15,386



$

74,230



$

37,601



b)     Stock-based expense was as follows:



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Cost of revenues

$

31,510



$

26,634


Research and development

63,915



35,168


Marketing and sales

118,996



95,474


General and administrative

37,148



31,643



$

251,569



$

188,919




c) 

GAAP non-operating loss consists of investment income, interest expense, other expense and gains from acquisitions of strategic investments.

 

salesforce.com, inc.

Computation of Basic and Diluted GAAP and non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) Per Share

(in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

GAAP Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Share




Net income (loss)

$

(9,207)



$

38,759


Basic net income (loss) per share

$

(0.01)



$

0.06


Shares used in computing basic net income (loss) per share

706,174



677,514









Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Non-GAAP Basic Net Income Per Share




Non-GAAP net income

$

202,784



$

167,533


Basic Non-GAAP net income per share

$

0.29



$

0.25


Shares used in computing basic Non-GAAP net income per share

706,174



677,514









Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

GAAP Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Share




Net income (loss)

$

(9,207)



$

38,759


Diluted net income (loss) per share

$

(0.01)



$

0.06


Shares used in computing diluted net income (loss) per share

706,174



686,799









Three Months Ended April 30,


2017


2016

Non-GAAP Diluted Net Income Per Share




Non-GAAP net income

$

202,784



$

167,533


Diluted Non-GAAP net income per share

$

0.28



$

0.24


Shares used in computing diluted Non-GAAP net income per share

721,550



686,799


Non-GAAP Financial Measures:  This press release includes information about non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP tax rates, non-GAAP free cash flow, and constant currency revenue and constant currency deferred revenue growth rates (collectively the "non-GAAP financial measures"). These non-GAAP financial measures are measurements of financial performance that are not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and computational methods may differ from those used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP measures when planning, monitoring, and evaluating the company's performance.

The primary purpose of using non-GAAP measures is to provide supplemental information that may prove useful to investors and to enable investors to evaluate the company's results in the same way management does. Management believes that supplementing GAAP disclosure with non-GAAP disclosure provides investors with a more complete view of the company's operational performance and allows for meaningful period-to-period comparisons and analysis of trends in the company's business. Further, to the extent that other companies use similar methods in calculating non-GAAP measures, the provision of supplemental non-GAAP information can allow for a comparison of the company's relative performance against other companies that also report non-GAAP operating results.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share excludes the impact of the following items: stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, amortization of acquired leases, the net amortization of debt discount on the company's convertible senior notes, gains/losses on sales of land and building improvements, gains/losses on company-initiated acquisitions of entities in which the company held an equity investment, and termination of office leases, as well as income tax adjustments.  These items are excluded because the decisions which gave rise to these items were not made to increase revenue in a particular period, but were made for the company's long-term benefit over multiple periods.

Specifically, management is excluding the following items from its non-GAAP earnings per share, as applicable, for the periods presented in the Q1 FY18 financial statements and for its non-GAAP estimates for Q2 and FY18:

  • Stock-Based Expenses: The company's compensation strategy includes the use of stock-based compensation to attract and retain employees and executives. It is principally aimed at aligning their interests with those of our stockholders and at long-term employee retention, rather than to motivate or reward operational performance for any particular period. Thus, stock-based compensation expense varies for reasons that are generally unrelated to operational decisions and performance in any particular period.
  • Amortization of Purchased Intangibles and Acquired Leases: The company views amortization of acquisition- and building-related intangible assets, such as the amortization of the cost associated with an acquired company's research and development efforts, trade names, customer lists and customer relationships, and acquired lease intangibles, as items arising from pre-acquisition activities determined at the time of an acquisition. While these intangible assets are continually evaluated for impairment, amortization of the cost of purchased intangibles is a static expense, one that is not typically affected by operations during any particular period.
  • Amortization of Debt Discount: Under GAAP, certain convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash (or other assets) on conversion are required to be separately accounted for as liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the instrument in a manner that reflects the issuer's non-convertible debt borrowing rate. Accordingly, for GAAP purposes we are required to recognize imputed interest expense on the company's $1.15 billion of convertible senior notes due 2018 that were issued in a private placement in March 2013. The imputed interest rate was approximately 2.5% for the convertible notes due 2018, while the actual coupon interest rate of the notes is 0.25%. The difference between the imputed interest expense and the coupon interest expense, net of the interest amount capitalized, is excluded from management's assessment of the company's operating performance because management believes that this non-cash expense is not indicative of ongoing operating performance.
  • Gains from Acquisitions of Strategic Investments: The company views gains on sales of its strategic investments resulting from acquisitions initiated by the company in which an equity interest was previously held as discrete events and not indicative of operational performance during any particular period.
  • Income Tax Effects and Adjustments: The company utilizes a fixed long-term projected non-GAAP tax rate in order to provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods by eliminating the effects of items such as changes in the tax valuation allowance and tax effects of acquisitions-related costs, since each of these can vary in size and frequency. When projecting this long-term rate, the company evaluated a three-year financial projection that excludes the direct impact of the following non-cash items: stock-based expenses, amortization of purchased intangibles, amortization of acquired leases, amortization of debt discount, gains/losses on the sales of land and building improvements, gains from acquisitions of strategic investments, and termination of office leases. The projected rate also assumes no new acquisitions in the three-year period, and considers other factors including the company's tax structure, its tax positions in various jurisdictions and key legislation in major jurisdictions where the company operates. This long-term rate could be subject to change for a variety of reasons, such as significant changes in the geographic earnings mix including acquisition activity, or fundamental tax law changes in major jurisdictions where the company operates. The company re-evaluates this long-term rate on an annual basis or if any significant events that may materially affect this long-term rate occur. The non-GAAP tax rate for fiscal 2018 is 34.5 percent.

The company defines the non-GAAP measure free cash flow as GAAP net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures.  For this purpose, capital expenditures does not include our strategic investments, nor does it include any costs or activities related to our purchase of 50 Fremont land and building, and building - leased facilities.

 

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