F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced preliminary results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, ended March 31. Revenue for the quarter is expected to be $350.2 million, below the company's guidance of $370 million to $380 million. GAAP EPS is expected in the range of $0.79 to $0.80 per diluted share, compared to guidance of $0.93 to $0.96 per diluted share. Non-GAAP EPS is expected in the range of $1.06 to $1.07 per diluted share, compared to guidance of $1.21 to $1.24 per diluted share.
John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer, said the revenue shortfall resulted primarily from a slowdown in North American and to a lesser extent EMEA sales, while sales in Japan and Asia-Pacific were essentially in line with the company's expectations.
"From a market perspective, Telco bookings were down sharply on both a sequential and year-over-year basis. U.S. Federal sales were also down significantly from the second quarter a year ago.
"Currently, we are looking into all the factors affecting the quarter's results and we plan to provide more color during our regularly scheduled release and conference call on April 24," McAdam said.
A reconciliation of the company's anticipated GAAP and non-GAAP earnings is provided in the following table:
|Three months ended March 31, 2013 (Anticipated)|
|Reconciliation of Expected Non-GAAP Second Quarter Earnings||Low||High|
|Stock-based compensation expense||$27.6||$27.6|
|Amortization of purchased intangible assets||$1.0||$1.0|
|Tax effects related to above items||($7.2)||($7.2)|
|Non-GAAP net income excluding stock-based compensation expense and amortization of purchased intangible assets||$84.2||$85.0|
|Net income per share - diluted||$0.79||$0.80|
|Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted||$1.06||$1.07|
F5 will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific (5:00 p.m. Eastern) to discuss its preliminary second quarter results.
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The company will report final results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 in its regularly scheduled earnings release and conference call on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Call-in numbers and webcast information are available at http://www.f5.com/about/investor-relations/events-calendar.html.
F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to f5.com. You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.
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F5's management evaluates and makes operating decisions using various operating measures. These measures are generally based on the revenues of its products, services operations and certain costs of those operations, such as cost of revenues, research and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses. One such measure is net income excluding stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges, net of taxes, which is a non-GAAP financial measure under Section 101 of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. This measure consists of GAAP net income excluding, as applicable, stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges. This measure of non-GAAP net income is adjusted by the amount of additional taxes or tax benefit that the company would accrue if it used non-GAAP results instead of GAAP results to calculate the company's tax liability. Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense that F5 has accounted for since July 1, 2005 in accordance with the fair value recognition provisions of Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 718 Compensation—Stock Compensation ("FASB ASC Topic 718"). Amortization of intangible assets is a non-cash expense. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contribute to revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to revenues in future periods. Acquisition-related expenses consist of professional services fees incurred in connection with acquisitions.
Management believes that non-GAAP net income per share provides useful supplemental information to management and investors regarding the performance of the company's core business operations and facilitates comparisons to the company's historical operating results. Although F5's management finds this non-GAAP measure to be useful in evaluating the performance of the core business, management's reliance on this measure is limited because items excluded from such measures could have a material effect on F5's earnings and earnings per share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, F5's management will use its non-GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, in conjunction with GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, to address these limitations when evaluating the performance of the company's core business. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial performance measures in accordance with GAAP.
F5 believes that presenting its non-GAAP measure of earnings and earnings per share provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the performance of the company's core business and which management uses in its own evaluation of the company's performance. Investors are encouraged to look at GAAP results as the best measure of financial performance. However, while the GAAP results are more complete, the company provides investors this supplemental measure since, with reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide additional insight into the company's operational performance and financial results.
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