NETSCOUT Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2019
WESTFORD, Mass., May 2, 2019–NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of service assurance, security, and business analytics, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2019 ended March 31, 2019.
“Our fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 performance was fundamentally consistent with the preliminary results that we announced last month,” stated Anil Singhal, NETSCOUT’s president and CEO. “Our fourth-quarter revenue was lower than planned primarily due to delayed revenue recognition on a large service assurance project at an international mobile operator. Nevertheless, we produced a good quarter in our enterprise customer segment with solid organic expansion due to strong growth in our DDoS product area and relatively stable results in the service assurance product area. Our operating profitability was driven by strong gross margins due in part to higher software sales and lower operating expenses, with EPS exceeding our preliminary estimate due to a lower-than-anticipated tax rate.”
Commenting on the Company’s plans and outlook for fiscal year 2020, Singhal said, “We move forward with a broader and more compelling range of higher margin, software-centric products that address our customers’ most pressing performance management and security needs arising from their digital transformation initiatives. We also have taken important steps during the past year to adjust our cost structure, refine our product lines, and realign our global sales organization to drive better cross-selling of our solutions into our installed base. With the most severe headwinds behind us, we are optimistic about our prospects for improved organic revenue performance and modest EPS expansion in fiscal year 2020.”
Notable developments and highlights:
- In mid-April, NETSCOUT held its annual user conference, Engage19, where it showcased its solutions to over 700 attendees representing many of the world’s largest and most innovative service providers and enterprises, highlighted product roadmaps including new enterprise threat analytics and packet forensics, and provided hands-on tutorial workshops.
- NETSCOUT has continued to advance key partnerships to help enterprises extend application visibility across hybrid cloud environments and quickly identify and resolve issues impacting application performance. In late March, NETSCOUT announced that it is co-sell ready to collaborate with Microsoft sales to assist mutual customers with migrating and managing applications and services in hybrid Microsoft Azure In mid-February, the Company’s nGeniusONE Service Assurance Platform was verified as Citrix Ready on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.
- In late February, the Company showcased its market-leading service assurance solutions for leading mobile, fixed line and cable operators at Mobile World Congress.
- NETSCOUT appointed Michael Szabados, the Company’s chief operating officer, and Vivian Vitale, an experienced human resources executive at top technology companies, to its Board of Directors in late February with Szabados becoming vice chairman. In conjunction with these appointments, Vincent J. Mullarkey, a NETSCOUT director since 2000, retired from the Board.
- NETSCOUT completed its previously announced restructuring program that began in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. The restructuring included a voluntary separation program (VSP) and other related measures that resulted in a net reduction of approximately 140 employees. In conjunction with these actions, the Company recorded a restructuring charge of $1.2 million in the fourth quarter associated with the headcount reduction. NETSCOUT’s restructuring actions are expected to produce total run-rate annual cost savings of approximately $23 million. The Company realized cost savings of approximately $6 million in the fourth quarter. The Company expects to generate savings of approximately $6 million in both the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2020.
Q4 FY19 Financial Results
Total revenue (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $235.0 million, compared with $235.2 million in the same quarter one year ago. Non-GAAP total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $235.2 million versus $238.5 million in the same quarter one year ago. Fourth-quarter non-GAAP revenue in fiscal year 2018 included $10.7 million attributable to the handheld network test (HNT) tools business that was divested in mid-September 2018. Excluding revenue from the HNT tools business, fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 organic non-GAAP revenue grew by 3% from the fourth 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 positive impact of $10.7 million on fourth-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 and non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $125.5 million, which was approximately 53% of total revenue. This compares with fourth-quarter fiscal year 2018 product revenue (GAAP) of $122.2 million, which was approximately 52% of total revenue, and fourth-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP product revenue of $123.1 million, which was approximately 52% of total non-GAAP revenue. Fourth-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP product revenue included $7.8 million associated with the divested HNT tools business.
Service revenue (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $109.5 million, or approximately 47% of total revenue versus service revenue (GAAP) of $113.0 million, or approximately 48% of total revenue, for the same period one year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, service revenue for fiscal year 2019’s fourth quarter was $109.8 million, or approximately 47% of total non-GAAP revenue, versus non-GAAP service revenue of $115.3 million, or approximately 48% of total non-GAAP revenue, for the same quarter one year ago. Fourth-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP service revenue included $2.9 million associated with the divested HNT tools business.
NETSCOUT’s income from operations (GAAP) was $29.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, compared with a loss from operations (GAAP) of $7.5 million in the comparable quarter one year ago. The Company’s fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 (GAAP) operating margin was 12.4% versus -3.2% in the prior fiscal year’s fourth quarter. Fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP EBITDA from operations was $76.0 million, or 32.3% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue, which compares with $51.5 million, or 21.6% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. Fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP income from operations was $68.7 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 29.2%. This compares with fourth-quarter fiscal year 2018 non-GAAP income from operations of $42.5 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 17.8%.
Net income (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $19.2 million, or $0.24 per share (diluted) versus net income (GAAP) of $16.8 million, or $0.20 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $52.0 million, or $0.66 per share (diluted), which compares with $30.1 million, or $0.36 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018.
As of March 31, 2019, cash and cash equivalents, and short and long-term marketable securities were $487.0 million, compared with $475.8 million as of December 31, 2018 and $447.8 million as of March 31, 2018. During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, NETSCOUT repurchased 543,251 shares of its common stock at an average price of $26.63 per share, totaling approximately $14.5 million in the aggregate. In addition, during the fourth quarter, NETSCOUT repaid $50.0 million of the $600.0 million outstanding on its $1.0 billion revolving credit facility.
Full-Year FY19 Financial Results
- For fiscal year 2019, total revenue (GAAP) was $909.9 million and non-GAAP total revenue was $911.5 million versus total revenue (GAAP) of $986.8 million and non-GAAP total revenue of $999.3 million in fiscal year 2018. Non-GAAP revenue for fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2018 included $18.0 million and $44.1 million, respectively, from the divested HNT tools business. Excluding revenue from the HNT tools business, organic non-GAAP revenue in fiscal year 2019 declined by 6% from fiscal year 2018.
- Product revenue (GAAP) in fiscal year 2019 was $467.3 million compared with $520.4 million in fiscal year 2018. Non-GAAP product revenue in fiscal year 2019 was $467.7 million compared with $523.5 million in fiscal year 2018. Non-GAAP product revenue for the HNT tools business for fiscal year 2019 was $13.4 million versus $32.1 million in fiscal year 2018.
- For fiscal year 2019, service revenue (GAAP) was $442.6 million versus $466.4 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP service revenue in fiscal year 2019 was $443.8 million, compared with $475.8 million in fiscal year 2018. The HNT tools business non-GAAP service revenue in fiscal year 2019 was $4.6 million versus $12.0 million in fiscal year 2018.
- NETSCOUT’s loss from operations (GAAP) in fiscal year 2019 was $71.6 million, compared with a loss from operations (GAAP) of $4.1 million in fiscal year 2018. The Company’s operating margin (GAAP) in fiscal year 2019 was -7.9% versus -0.4% in fiscal year 2018. In fiscal year 2019, the Company’s non-GAAP EBITDA from operations was $193.0 million, or 21.2% of non-GAAP total revenue versus non-GAAP EBITDA from operations of $220.9 million, or 22.1% of non-GAAP total revenue, in fiscal year 2018. The Company’s fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP income from operations was $161.6 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 17.7%, compared with non-GAAP income from operations in fiscal year 2018 of $183.4 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 18.4%.
- NETSCOUT’s net loss (GAAP) in fiscal year 2019 was $73.3 million, or $0.93 per share (diluted) compared with net income of $79.8 million, or $0.90 per share (diluted) in fiscal year 2018. Non-GAAP net income in fiscal year 2019 was $109.2 million, or $1.38 per share (diluted) versus non-GAAP net income in fiscal year 2018 of $124.7 million, or $1.41 per share (diluted).
- In addition to the common stock repurchased during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, NETSCOUT also completed its $300 million Accelerated Share Repurchase in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. As of March 31, 2019, there were 14,359,590 shares available for repurchase under NETSCOUT’s previously disclosed 25 million share repurchase program.
NETSCOUT’s fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP revenue of $911.5 million included revenue of $18.0 million associated with the since divested handheld network testing (HNT) tools business, which had roughly breakeven operating profitability and no impact on fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP net income per share (diluted) of $1.38. The Company’s guidance for fiscal year 2020 is as follows:
- NETSCOUT expects GAAP and non-GAAP revenue in the range of $895 million to $915 million in fiscal year 2020 with organic revenue growth (which excludes the $18.0 million in HNT tools revenue from fiscal year 2019) in the low single digit range.
- The Company’s fiscal year 2020 GAAP net income per share (diluted) is expected to range from $0.03 to $0.08. NETSCOUT’s fiscal year 2020 non-GAAP net income per share (diluted) performance is expected to range from $1.40 to $1.45.
- 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 fourth-quarter and full-year fiscal year 2019 financial results, its outlook for fiscal year 2020 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) 424-1667. The conference call ID is NTCTQ419. A replay of the call will be available after 12:00 p.m. ET on May 2, 2019 for approximately one week. The number for the replay is (800) 283-8217 for U.S./Canada and (402) 220-0868 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, share-based compensation, 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 also removes changes in contingent consideration, 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.
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.
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 moves forward with a broader and more compelling range of higher margin, software-centric products that address its customers’ most pressing performance management and security needs arising from their digital transformation initiatives; the statement that the most severe headwinds are behind the Company; the statement that we are optimistic about our prospects for improved organic revenue performance and modest EPS expansion in fiscal year 2020; the statement that NETSCOUT’s restructuring actions are expected to produce total run-rate annual cost savings of approximately $23 million; and the statement that the Company expects to generate savings of approximately $6 million in both the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2020; constitute forward looking statements that 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, 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 Reports 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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