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NetScout Systems Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter & Fiscal Year End 2014

Date: Thursday April 24, 2014

Q4 Product Revenue Up Year-over-Year: 18% (GAAP and Non-GAAP)
Q4 Revenue Up Year-over-Year: 15% GAAP; 14% Non-GAAP

FY 2014 Product Revenue up 18% Year-over-Year (GAAP and Non-GAAP)
FY 2014 Revenue Up 13% Year-over-Year (GAAP and Non-GAAP)
FY 2014 Net Income Up Year-over-Year: 21% GAAP; 15% Non-GAAP

FY 2014

Q4 FY 2014

GAAP

Non-GAAP

GAAP

Non-GAAP

Revenue (in millions)

$396.6

$397.2

$112.3

$112.5

Net income (in millions)

$49.1

$64.2

$16.7

$20.2

Net income per share

$1.17

$1.53

$0.40

$0.48

WESTFORD, Mass.,  April 24,  2014 NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), an industry leader for advanced network, application and service assurance solutions, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

“We are pleased to report continuing strong financial results for our fourth quarter as well as the completion of a very successful FY 2014,” said Anil Singhal, President and CEO of NetScout Systems.  “This year was marked by the successful launch of our new nGeniusONE product, continuing market share gains in Service Provider and increasing traction in our complementary packet flow switch product line.  As a result of our evolving strategy, differentiated technology and expanded product portfolio, we have quadrupled our total addressable market to over $4 billion. We look forward to FY 2015, as we continue to innovate with our newly patented Adaptive Session Intelligence (ASI) software.  Our guidance for FY 2015 demonstrates our continued confidence.”

ASI and nGeniusONE provide actionable operational intelligence combined with performance analytics that will expand the Company’s footprint in Application Performance Management (APM) in FY 2015.
Total GAAP revenue for the fourth quarter was $112.3 million; non-GAAP revenue was $112.5 million.  A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the attached financial tables.

Product revenue for the fourth quarter, on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis was $70.4 million.  Service revenue on a GAAP basis was $41.9 million and non-GAAP service revenue was $42.1 million.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $16.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share.  GAAP income from operations was $26.0 million.  On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the quarter was $20.2 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, and non-GAAP income from operations was $31.4 million.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, NetScout reported total GAAP revenue of $396.6 million and non-GAAP revenue was $397.2 million.   GAAP net income for the fiscal year was $49.1 million, or $1.17 per diluted share.  GAAP income from operations was $78.0 million.  Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal year was $64.2 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, and non-GAAP income from operations was $101.0 million.  A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the attached financial tables.

Fiscal year 2014 GAAP net income per share results were above the original guidance range of $1.06 to $1.16.  Non-GAAP net income per share results were above the original guidance range of $1.40 to $1.50.  In January 2014, the company narrowed the revenue and net income per share guidance for fiscal year 2014.  Fiscal year 2014 revenue results on a GAAP basis were above the narrowed range of $391 million to $394 million, while non-GAAP revenue was also above the range of $392 million to $395 million.  Fiscal year 2014 GAAP and non-GAAP net income per diluted share results were above the narrowed guidance ranges.  GAAP net income per diluted share range was narrowed to be in the range of $1.12 to $1.14.  The non-GAAP net income per diluted share was raised to be between $1.48 and $1.50.

Financial Highlights:

For the fourth quarter:

  • GAAP revenue increased 15% year-over-year and increased 2% sequentially.  Non-GAAP revenue increased 14% year-over-year and increased 2% sequentially.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP product revenue increased 18% year-over-year and increased 3% sequentially.
  • GAAP operating margin was 23%, up one point from 22% a year ago. Non-GAAP operating margin was 28%, consistent with a year ago.

For the 2014 fiscal year:

  • GAAP and non-GAAP revenue increased 13% year-over-year.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP product revenue increased 18% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating margin was 20%, up two points from 18% in fiscal year 2013.  Non-GAAP operating margin was 25.4%, up from fiscal year 2013.
  • As of March 31, 2014 cash and cash equivalents and short and long-term marketable securities were $218.8 million, up $36.6 million from $182.2 million as of the end of the prior quarter.  Year-over-year, cash and securities increased $64.7 million due to cash provided from operating activities offset by stock buyback activity.

Guidance:

For fiscal year 2015, we expect GAAP and non-GAAP revenue to be in the range of $450 million to $465 million.  GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $1.36 to $1.43 and non-GAAP net income per diluted share between $1.74 and $1.81.

For fiscal year 2015, the non-GAAP net income per diluted share expectation excludes forecasted share-based compensation expenses of approximately $16.3 million, estimated amortization of acquired intangible assets of approximately $7.1 million, compensation for post combination services of approximately $1.2 million, and the related impact of these adjustments on the provision for income taxes of $8.5 million.

Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors expanded the existing open market share repurchase program to enable the Company to purchase up to an additional $100 million in shares based on the Company’s continuing strong cash from operations and free cash flow.

CONFERENCE CALL INSTRUCTIONS:

NetScout invites shareholders to listen to its conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET, which will be webcast live through NetScout’s website at http://ir.netscout.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=92658&p=irol-irhome.  Alternatively, people can listen to the call by dialing (866) 701-8242 for U.S./Canada and (763) 416-6912 for international callers and using conference ID: 28534992.  A replay of the call will be available after 11:30 a.m. ET on April 24, 2014 for approximately one week.  The number for the replay is (855) 859-2056 for U.S./Canada and (404) 537-3406 for international callers.  The conference ID is:  28534992.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information 

To supplement the financial measures presented in NetScout’s press release in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), NetScout also reports the following non-GAAP measures: non-GAAP total revenue, non-GAAP product revenue, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share and non-GAAP product margin.  Non-GAAP revenue eliminates the GAAP effects of acquisitions by adding back revenue related to deferred revenue revaluation.  Non-GAAP net income includes the foregoing adjustment and also removes inventory fair value adjustments, expenses related to the amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation, restructuring, certain expenses relating to acquisitions including compensation for post-combination services and business development charges, net of related income tax effects.  Non-GAAP diluted net income per share also excludes these expenses as well as the related impact of all these adjustments on the provision for income taxes.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with GAAP, should not be considered an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP (revenue, net income and diluted net income per share), and may have limitations in that they do not reflect all of NetScout’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.  These non-GAAP measures should only be used to evaluate NetScout’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.  The presentation of non-GAAP information is not meant to be considered superior to, in isolation from or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

NetScout believes these non-GAAP financial measures will enhance the reader’s overall understanding of NetScout’s current financial performance and NetScout’s prospects for the future by providing a higher degree of transparency for certain financial measures and providing a level of disclosure that helps investors understand how the Company plans and measures its own business.  NetScout believes that providing these non-GAAP measures affords investors a view of NetScout’s operating results that may be more easily compared to peer companies and also enables investors to consider NetScout’s operating results on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis during and following the integration period of NetScout’s acquisitions. Presenting the GAAP measures on their own would not be indicative of NetScout’s core operating results.   Furthermore, NetScout believes that the presentation of non-GAAP measures when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding present and future business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations.

NetScout management regularly uses supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and to make operating decisions.  These non-GAAP measures are among the primary factors that management uses in planning and forecasting future periods.

About NetScout Systems, Inc.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) is the market leader in application and network performance management solutions that enable enterprise and service provider organizations to assure the quality of the user experience for business and mobile services. Used by 92 percent of Fortune 100 organizations and more than 165 service providers worldwide, NetScout’s technology helps these organizations proactively manage service delivery and identify emerging performance problems, helping to quickly resolve issues that cause business disruptions or negatively impact users of information technology. For more information about NetScout, visit www.netscout.com.

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