NETSCOUT SYSTEMS Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019

NETSCOUT

WESTFORD, Mass., January 30, 2019NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of service assurance, security, and business analytics, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended December 31, 2018. 

“The combination of relatively strong revenue, savings from recent restructuring actions and ongoing efforts to control costs facilitated an EPS performance at the high end of our plans,” stated Anil Singhal, NETSCOUT’s president and CEO. “We were pleased to see that our efforts to expand our enterprise product portfolio are starting to yield tangible results while we also continued to make progress fortifying our incumbency with our service provider customers. As we move forward, we remain focused on key product, go-to-market and other operational initiatives that can help us elevate our value proposition, expand customer relationships and achieve our financial objectives in fiscal year 2019.”

Notable developments and highlights:

  • In early November 2018, NETSCOUT enhanced its Arbor Sightline solution with the integrated Threat Mitigation System with new features and functionality. This platform has been pervasively deployed among service providers and large cloud operators to provide network-wide traffic engineering, peering analytics, traffic forensics and DDoS protection.
  • NETSCOUT made substantial progress implementing its previously disclosed actions to restructure key operations. As part of this strategic realignment, which began during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, NETSCOUT combined its previously separate service assurance and security engineering teams, began consolidating certain other facilities and implemented a voluntary separation program (VSP) and other related measures to reduce headcount. The VSP and other programs are still expected to result in a net reduction of approximately 145 employees. In conjunction with these actions, the Company recorded a restructuring charge of $13.9 million in the third quarter, nearly all of which was associated with the headcount reduction. NETSCOUT expects to record an additional restructuring charge in the range of $1.5 million to $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 primarily for severance costs. The Company expects that these actions will generate net annual run-rate savings of approximately $22 to $24 million, of which $4 million in savings was realized in the fiscal third quarter and $6 million is expected to be realized in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. 
  • In mid-December 2018, NETSCOUT launched its new “Visibility without Borders” marketing campaign to build broader brand awareness and showcase how its solutions can help customers worldwide improve performance management, elevate the end-user experience and enhance security across their network and broader technology infrastructures.
  • The Company plans to showcase its 5G service assurance capabilities at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in late February, highlight its market-leading DDoS and other new security solutions at RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco, CA in early March, and hold its annual Engage Technology and User Summit from April 14-17 in Nashville, TN.

Q3 FY19 Financial Results

Total revenue (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $246.0 million, compared with $268.9 million in the same quarter one year ago. Non-GAAP total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $246.3 million versus $272.0 million in the same quarter one year ago. Third-quarter non-GAAP revenue in fiscal year 2018 included $12.0 million attributable to the handheld network test (HNT) tools business that was divested in mid-September 2018. Excluding revenue from the HNT tools business, third-quarter fiscal year 2019 organic non-GAAP revenue declined by 5% from the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the attached financial tables. 

On April 1, 2018, NETSCOUT adopted Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, as amended (commonly referred to as ASC 606), using the modified retrospective approach. The adoption of ASC 606 had a slightly positive impact of approximately $0.7 million on third-quarter fiscal year 2019 revenue. In addition, starting in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, revenue and related costs for certain subscription-oriented security offerings were classified as services rather than product. Prior period revenue and related costs for those offerings have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation for comparability purposes and this information is available in the attached financial tables as supplementary data. 

Product revenue (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $134.1 million, which was approximately 55% of total revenue. This compares with third-quarter fiscal year 2018 product revenue (GAAP) of $146.6 million, which was approximately 54% of total revenue. On a non-GAAP basis, product revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was also $134.1 million, which was approximately 54% of total non-GAAP revenue. This compares with third-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP product revenue $147.3 million, which was approximately 54% of total non-GAAP revenue. Third-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP product revenue included $9.1 million associated with the divested HNT tools business.

Service revenue (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $111.9 million, or approximately 45% of total revenue versus service revenue (GAAP) of $122.4 million, or approximately 46% of total revenue, for the same period one year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, service revenue for fiscal year 2019’s third quarter was $112.1 million, or approximately 46% of total non-GAAP revenue, versus non-GAAP service revenue of $124.7 million, or approximately 46% of total non-GAAP revenue, for the same quarter one year ago. Third-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP service revenue included $3.0 million associated with the divested HNT tools business.

NETSCOUT’s loss from operations (GAAP) was $0.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019, compared with income from operations (GAAP) of $38.3 million in the comparable quarter one year ago. The Company’s third-quarter fiscal year 2019 (GAAP) operating margin was -0.3% versus 14.2% in the prior fiscal year’s third quarter. NETSCOUT’s third-quarter fiscal year 2019 loss from operations included $13.9 million of restructuring charges associated with previously disclosed actions to combine its previously separate service assurance and security engineering teams, consolidate certain facilities and implement a voluntary separation program (VSP) and other related measures to reduce headcount. The Company’s third-quarter fiscal year 2018 income from operations included restructuring charges of $3.4 million and it also benefited from one-time actions that removed approximately $25 million in operating expenses primarily through adjusting variable incentive compensation. Third-quarter fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP EBITDA from operations was $60.4 million, or 24.5% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue, which compares with $93.6 million, or 34.4% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. Third-quarter fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP income from operations was $52.6 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 21.4%. This compares with third-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP income from operations of $83.9 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 30.9%. 

Net loss (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $3.6 million, or $0.05 per share (diluted) versus net income (GAAP) of $89.7 million, or $1.02 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $35.2 million, or $0.45 per share (diluted), which compares with $60.7 million, or $0.69 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. 

As of December 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents, and short and long-term marketable securities were $475.8 million, compared with $452.1 million as of September 30, 2018 and $447.8 million as of March 31, 2018. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2019, NETSCOUT did not repurchase any of its common stock. 

Nine-Months FY19 Financial Results

  • For the first nine months of fiscal year 2019, total revenue (GAAP) was $674.9 million and non-GAAP total revenue was $676.3 million versus total revenue (GAAP) of $751.6 million and non-GAAP total revenue of $760.8 million for the comparable nine-month period of fiscal year 2018. Non-GAAP revenue for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2018 included $18.1 million and $33.4 million, respectively, from the divested HNT tools business. Excluding revenue from the HNT tools business, organic non-GAAP revenue for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 declined by 10% from the first nine months of fiscal year 2018.
  • Product revenue (GAAP) for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019 was $341.8 million compared with $398.2 million in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP product revenue for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was $342.2 million compared with $400.4 million in the same period one year ago. Non-GAAP product revenue for the HNT tools business for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was $13.4 million versus $24.3 million for the comparable period of fiscal year 2018. 
  • For the first nine months of fiscal year 2019, service revenue (GAAP) was $333.1 million versus $353.4 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP service revenue for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was $334.1 million, compared with $360.4 million for the comparable period of fiscal year 2018. The HNT tools business non-GAAP service revenue for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was $4.7 million versus $9.1 million for the comparable period of fiscal year 2018. 
  • NETSCOUT’s loss from operations (GAAP) during the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was $100.8 million, compared with income from operations (GAAP) $3.5 million for the comparable nine-month period of fiscal year 2018. The Company’s operating margin (GAAP) for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was -14.9% versus 0.5% in the comparable period of fiscal year 2018. During the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019, the Company’s non-GAAP EBITDA from operations was $117.0 million, or 17.3% of non-GAAP total revenue versus non-GAAP EBITDA from operations of $169.4 million, or 22.3% of non-GAAP total revenue, in the first nine months of fiscal year 2018. The Company’s non-GAAP income from operations for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019 was $92.9 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 13.7%, compared with non-GAAP income from operations for the same period of fiscal year 2018 of $140.9 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 18.5%. 
  • For the first nine months of fiscal year 2019, NETSCOUT’s net loss (GAAP) was $92.5 million, or $1.17 per share (diluted) compared with net income of $63.0 million, or $0.70 per share (diluted) in the same nine-month period one year ago. Non-GAAP net income for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019 was $57.3 million, or $0.72 per share (diluted) versus non-GAAP net income for the same period of fiscal year 2018 of $94.5 million, or $1.05 per share (diluted).
  • NETSCOUT completed its Accelerated Share Repurchase during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 and the Company did not repurchase any stock during the third quarter of fiscal year 2019. As of December 31, 2018, there were 14,902,841 shares available for repurchase under NETSCOUT’s previously disclosed 25 million share repurchase program. 

Guidance:

NETSCOUT’s fiscal year 2019 guidance, which was last provided in November 2018, has been updated to primarily reflect the Company’s results to date, the benefits associated with the recent restructuring actions, ongoing expense management initiatives and fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 revenue plans. · The Company’s fiscal year 2019 GAAP revenue is now expected to be around $923 million versus its prior November 2018 guidance that ranged from $923 million to $958 million. The Company’s fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP revenue is now expected to be around $925 million, compared with its November 2018 guidance that ranged from $925 million to $960 million. · The Company’s fiscal year 2019 GAAP net loss per share (diluted) is now expected range from $0.96 to $0.89 versus its prior November 2018 guidance that ranged from $0.93 to $0.78. The Company’s fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP net income per share (diluted) performance is now expected to range from $1.30 to $1.35, compared with the November 2018 guidance range of $1.30 to $1.40. · A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP revenue and net income per share (diluted) for NETSCOUT’s guidance is included in the attached financial tables.

Conference Call Instructions:

NETSCOUT will host a conference call to discuss its third-quarter fiscal year 2019 financial results, its outlook for fiscal year 2019 and other matters today at 8:30 a.m. ET. This call will be webcast live through NETSCOUT’s website at https://ir.netscout.com/investors/overview/default.aspx. Alternatively, people can listen to the call by dialing (785) 424-1669. The conference call ID is NTCTQ319. A replay of the call will be available after 12:00 p.m. ET on January 30, 2019 for approximately one week. The number for the replay is (800) 677-7320 for U.S./Canada and (402) 220-0666 for international callers. 

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, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP earnings before interest and other expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from operations, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP net income per share (diluted). Non-GAAP revenue (total, product and service) eliminates the GAAP effects of acquisitions by adding back revenue related to deferred revenue revaluation, as well as 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, transitional service agreement income, restructuring charges, intangible asset impairment charges, loss on divestiture, costs related to new accounting standard implementation, and certain expenses relating to acquisitions including depreciation costs, compensation for post-combination services and business development and integration costs while adding back transitional service agreement income. Non-GAAP EBITDA from operations, which has been presented herein as a measure of NETSCOUT’s performance, includes the aforementioned items related to non-GAAP income from operations and also removes non-acquisition-related depreciation expense. Non-GAAP operating margin is calculated based on the non-GAAP financial metrics discussed above. Non-GAAP net income includes the aforementioned items related to non-GAAP income from operations and removes transitional service agreement income, 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. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures included in the attached tables within this press release. NETSCOUT also references organic non-GAAP revenue, which includes all of the aforementioned revenue adjustments for non-GAAP revenue and also removes revenue associated with the HNT tools business for comparability purposes with the Company’s quarterly and year-to-date fiscal year 2019 results.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with GAAP, should not be considered an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP (revenue, gross profit, operating profit, net income and diluted net income per share), and may have limitations because 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, without the supplemental non-GAAP disclosures, might 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 provides 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.

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About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) assures digital business services against disruptions in availability, performance, and security. Our market and technology leadership stems from combining our patented smart data technology with smart analytics. We provide real-time, pervasive visibility, and insights customers need to accelerate and secure their digital transformation. Our approach transforms the way organizations plan, deliver, integrate, test, and deploy services and applications. Our nGenius service assurance solutions provide real-time, contextual analysis of service, network, and application performance. Arbor security solutions protect against DDoS attacks that threaten availability and advanced threats that infiltrate networks to steal critical business assets. To learn more about improving service, network, and application performance in physical or virtual data centers, or in the cloud, and how NETSCOUT’s performance and security solutions, powered by service intelligence can help you move forward with confidence, visit www.netscout.com or follow @NETSCOUT and @ArborNetworks on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

 

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 financial guidance for NETSCOUT; the statement that the Company remains focused on key product, go-to-market and other operational initiatives that can help the Company elevate its value proposition, expand customer relationships and achieve its financial objectives in fiscal year 2019; the statement related to the magnitude and timing of cost savings related to recent restructuring actions; the statement regarding anticipated fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 restructuring charges, and the statement regarding plans to participate in various industry conferences to showcase its offerings to current and prospective customers. 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, service assurance and cybersecurity solutions specifically; the volatile foreign exchange environment; the Company’s relationships with strategic partners and resellers; dependence upon broad-based acceptance of the Company’s network performance management solutions; the presence of competitors with greater financial resources than we have, and their strategic response to our products; our ability to retain key executives and employees; the Company’s ability to realize the anticipated savings from recent restructuring actions and other expense management programs; lower than expected demand for the Company’s products and services; and the timing and magnitude of stock buyback activity based on market conditions, corporate considerations, debt agreements, and regulatory requirements. 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, 2018 and the Company’s subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, all of which are 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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Andrew Kramer
Vice President of Investor Relations