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NETSCOUT Systems Reports Financial Results For Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016

Strong Quarterly Performance Following NETSCOUT’s Transformative Acquisition of Danaher’s Communications Business

Date: Thursday October 29, 2015

WESTFORD, Mass., October 29, 2015NETSCOUT Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a market leader in service assurance and cyber security solutions, today announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended September 30, 2015.

“NETSCOUT’s results this quarter reflect positively on the two-plus month contribution from Danaher’s Communications Business, which we acquired in mid-July,” stated Anil Singhal, NETSCOUT’s president and CEO. “We were pleased with the initial progress we made this quarter toward achieving our key strategic and financial objectives. Our revenue performance this quarter was underpinned by the success of a major project for a tier-one North American service provider, combined with ongoing efforts to address the near-term requirements of our global customer base in both the enterprise and service provider markets. In addition to our solid top-line results, our non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter also benefited from prudent expense management. Our integration activities, including certain product development initiatives, are underway and proceeding according to plan. Moving forward, we believe we are well positioned to help our customers thrive in the connected world through a broader range of compelling, high-value service assurance and cyber security solutions.”

Q2 FY16 Financial Results
NETSCOUT’s financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 include approximately two and one-half months of contribution from Danaher’s Communications Business, which NETSCOUT acquired on July 14, 2015. The timing and magnitude of the contributions from the acquired businesses impact year-over-year comparisons for the three-month and six-month periods ended September 30, 2015.

Total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $261.1 million. Non-GAAP total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $281.8 million. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the attached financial tables.

Product revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $175.8 million, or approximately 67% of total revenue. On a non-GAAP basis, product revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $181.5 million, or approximately 64% of total revenue. Service revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $85.4 million, or approximately 33% of total revenue. On a non-GAAP basis, service revenue for fiscal year 2016’s second quarter was $100.3 million, or approximately 36% of total revenue.

NETSCOUT’s loss from operations was $35.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016. Second-quarter fiscal year 2016 non-GAAP income from operations was $67.4 million. NETSCOUT’s non-GAAP operating margin for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 was 23.9%.

Net loss for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $7.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the second quarter was $43.6 million, or $0.47 per diluted share.

Other notable financial and operations highlights for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2016 included:

  • On July 14, 2015, NETSCOUT completed its $2.3 billion acquisition of the Communications Business from Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR). The purchase price was based on the issuance of 62.5 million shares of NETSCOUT common stock and the closing price of NETSCOUT’s common stock of $36.89 per share on July 13, 2015.
  • NETSCOUT’s effective non-GAAP second-quarter fiscal year 2016 tax rate was 34%, bringing the first-half fiscal year 2016 tax rate in line with the anticipated full year tax rate of 35%. The quarterly tax rate is lower than the previously anticipated range of 45% to 47% and favorably impacted non-GAAP earnings per share by approximately $0.08 per share.
  • For the first six months of fiscal year 2016, total revenue was $361.9 million and non-GAAP total revenue was $382.6 million.
  • Product revenue for the first half of fiscal year 2016 was $229.3 million and non-GAAP product revenue for the same period was $235.1 million. Service revenue for the first six months of fiscal year 2016 was $132.5 million and non-GAAP service revenue for the same period was $147.5 million.
  • NETSCOUT’s operating loss for the first six months of fiscal year 2016 was $22.9 million. The Company’s non-GAAP operating income for the first six months of fiscal year 2016 was $89.3 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 23.4%.
  • For the first six months of fiscal year 2016, NETSCOUT’s net loss was $0.2 million, or $0.00 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the first six months of fiscal year 2016 was $57.2 million, or $0.86 per diluted share.
  • As of September 30, 2015, the Company had drawn down $250 million on its new, five-year $800 million senior secured revolving credit facility to support general working capital requirements and to help finance the repurchase of its common stock. Interest expense associated with NETSCOUT’s credit facility negatively impacted second-quarter fiscal year 2016 non-GAAP earnings per share by $0.01 per share.
  • As of September 30, 2015, cash and cash equivalents, and short and long-term marketable securities were $351.4 million, a sequential increase of $83.9 million since the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The sequential increase reflects changes in working capital along with the aforementioned $250 million draw down of the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility.
  • During the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, NETSCOUT repurchased 4,496,596 shares of its common stock at an average price of $39.20 per share, totaling approximately $176.3 million in the aggregate. The Company’s share repurchase activity favorably impacted second-quarter fiscal year 2016 non-GAAP earnings per share by $0.01 per share.
  • For the first half of fiscal year 2016, NETSCOUT repurchased a total of 4,564,348 shares of its common stock at an average price of $39.23 per share, totaling approximately $179.1 million in the aggregate.

Guidance:
For fiscal year 2016, NETSCOUT is refining the guidance that was originally issued in July 2015 to reflect updated estimates related to the deferred revenue fair value adjustment and a range of anticipated expenses primarily related to the acquisition, as well as the anticipated impact of the Company’s share repurchase activity through the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 and anticipated full-year interest expense:

  • NETSCOUT now expects GAAP revenue to be in the range of approximately $997 million to $1.047 billion compared with the prior GAAP revenue guidance range of $1.006 billion to $1.056 billion. The Company’s non-GAAP revenue guidance, which ranges from $1.05 billion to $1.1 billion, is unchanged.
  • GAAP net loss per diluted share is now expected to be in the range of ($0.10) to ($0.25), and non-GAAP net income per diluted share is now anticipated to be in the range of $1.82 to $1.97 versus prior GAAP net income per diluted share guidance that ranged between $0.40 to $0.55 and non-GAAP net income per diluted share guidance in the range of $1.80 to $1.95.
  • For the fiscal year 2016, the non-GAAP net income per diluted share expectation excludes the estimated amortization of acquired intangible assets of approximately $81 million, anticipated deferred revenue fair value adjustment of approximately $53 million, anticipated compensation expense for post-combination services of approximately $34 million, a projected inventory fair value adjustment of approximately $29 million, forecasted share-based compensation expenses of approximately $27 million, estimated business development expenses of approximately $25 million, projected acquisition-related depreciation expense of approximately $4 million and the related impact of these adjustments on the provision for income taxes of $81 million.

Conference Call Instructions:
NETSCOUT will host a conference call to discuss its second-quarter fiscal year 2016 financial results today at 8:30 a.m. ET. This call 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 53716905. A replay of the call will be available after 11:30 a.m. ET on October 29, 2015 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 53716905.

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 service revenue, non-GAAP income from operations, effective non-GAAP tax rate, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share, and non-GAAP operating margin. Non-GAAP revenue eliminates the GAAP effects of acquisitions by adding back revenue related to deferred revenue revaluation, revenue affected by the timing of the delayed transfer of certain acquired foreign entities, and revenue impacted by the amortization of intangible assets. Non-GAAP income from operations includes the aforementioned revenue adjustments and also removes expenses related to the amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation, certain expenses relating to acquisitions including inventory fair value adjustments, depreciation costs, compensation for post-combination services and business development and integration costs. The effective non-GAAP tax rate reflects adjustments made to the tax rate resulting from the aforementioned eliminations to both revenue and expenses. Non-GAAP net income includes the aforementioned items related to non-GAAP income from operations, 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. Non-GAAP operating margin is calculated based on the non-GAAP financial metrics discussed above.

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.

About NETSCOUT Systems, Inc.
NETSCOUT Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cyber security solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.NETSCOUT.com.

Safe Harbor
Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other federal securities laws. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release, which are not strictly historical statements, including without limitation, the statements related to the financial guidance for NETSCOUT, the statements related to the Company’s integration activities, and the statements related to being well positioned to help customers thrive in the connected world through a broader range of compelling, high-value service assurance and cyber security solutions, constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements due to known and unknown risk, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors. Such factors include slowdowns or downturns in economic conditions generally and in the market for advanced network and service assurance solutions specifically; the volatile foreign exchange environment; the Company’s relationships with strategic partners; dependence upon broad-based acceptance of the Company’s network performance management solutions; the presence of competitors with greater financial resources than ours and their strategic response to our products; our ability to retain key executives and employees; and the ability of NETSCOUT to successfully integrate the merged assets and the associated technology and achieve operational efficiencies. For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with the Company, please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETSCOUT assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

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Contact Information

Andrew Kramer

Vice President of Investor Relations

Phone: 978-614-4279

Donna Candelori

Senior Public Relations Manager

Phone: 408-571-5226


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