NETSCOUT Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Results
Delivers Strong Financial Performance and Advances Strategic Growth Priorities
WESTFORD, Mass., October 27th, 2022 – NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of cybersecurity, service assurance, and business analytics solutions, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended September 30, 2022.
“We delivered strong financial results and drove progress across our strategic growth priorities in the second quarter,” stated Anil Singhal, NETSCOUT’s president and chief executive officer. “Our service assurance and cybersecurity product lines have continued to perform well, delivering healthy revenue growth in the second quarter and first half of fiscal year 2023 on a year-over-year basis. Looking ahead, we plan to continue managing our operations prudently for a balanced approach to revenue growth and profitability. We believe our business prospects remain solid, despite the challenging macroeconomic environment, which we continue to monitor closely.”
Singhal continued, “Organizations around the globe are facing an increasingly complex digital environment. As a result, our purpose as ‘Guardians of the Connected World’ is more important than ever. By providing a state-of-the-art platform for increased visibility and defensibility, we play a vital role in this ecosystem and remain confident in our ability to help our customers navigate these challenges.”
Q2 FY23 Financial Results
Total revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $228.1 million, compared with $211.9 million (GAAP and non-GAAP) in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables below.
Product revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $111.8 million, which was approximately 49% of total revenue in the period. This compares with product revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) of $101.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, which was approximately 48% of total revenue in the period.
Service revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $116.3 million, or approximately 51% of total revenue in the period. This compares with service revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) of $110.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, which was approximately 52% of total revenue for the period.
NETSCOUT’s income from operations (GAAP) was $21.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, compared with $12.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022. Non-GAAP EBITDA from operations in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $59.1 million, or 25.9% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue for the period. This compares to non-GAAP EBITDA from operations of $53.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, or 25.0% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue for the period. The Company’s operating margin (GAAP) was 9.4% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, versus 5.7% in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP income from operations was $54.0 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 23.7% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023. This compares to non-GAAP income from operations of $47.3 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 22.3% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.
Net income (GAAP) for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $17.4 million, or $0.24 per share (diluted), versus $7.9 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $41.3 million, or $0.57 per share (diluted), compared with $35.3 million, or $0.47 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.
As of September 30, 2022, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $367.1 million, compared with $703.2 million as of March 31, 2022, and $475.8 million as of September 30, 2021. The change in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities since March 31, 2022, was primarily driven by two factors. First, NETSCOUT entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement (the “ASR agreement”) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023 to repurchase $150 million of the Company’s common stock. NETSCOUT received 70 percent of the total shares estimated to be repurchased pursuant to the ASR agreement in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023, receiving approximately 3.3 million shares in the period, and expects to receive the remaining 30 percent when the ASR agreement transaction concludes, which is expected to occur no later than December 31, 2022. Second, NETSCOUT repaid $150 million of its outstanding debt balance under its revolving credit facility during the first quarter of fiscal year 2023. The Company’s outstanding debt balance under its revolving credit facility was $200 million as of September 30, 2022. The Company’s $800 million revolving credit facility will expire in July 2026.
First-Half FY23 Financial Results
- For the first half of fiscal year 2023, total revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) was $436.9 million, versus total revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) of $402.2 million in the first half of fiscal year 2022. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables below.
- Product revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the first half of fiscal year 2023 was $210.1 million, compared with $183.6 million in the first half of fiscal year 2022.
- Service revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the first half of fiscal year 2023 was $226.8 million, compared with $218.6 million in the first half of fiscal year 2022.
- NETSCOUT’s income from operations (GAAP) for the first half of fiscal year 2023 was $12.3 million, compared with $1.5 million in the first half of fiscal year 2022. The Company’s operating margin (GAAP) for the first half of fiscal year 2023 was 2.8%, versus 0.4% in the first half of fiscal year 2022. The Company’s non-GAAP EBITDA from operations for the first half of fiscal year 2023 was $88.9 million, or 20.4% of non-GAAP total revenue, versus non-GAAP EBITDA from operations of $80.6 million, or 20.0% of non-GAAP total revenue, in the first half of fiscal year 2022. The Company’s non-GAAP income from operations for the first half of fiscal year 2023 was $78.5 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 18.0%, compared with non-GAAP income from operations of $69.1 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 17.2% for the first half of fiscal year 2022.
- For the first half of fiscal year 2023, NETSCOUT’s net income (GAAP) was $10.3 million, or $0.14 per share (diluted), compared with a net loss (GAAP) of $3.4 million, or a loss of $0.05 per share (diluted), in the first half of fiscal year 2022. Non-GAAP net income for the first half of fiscal year 2023 was $59.4 million, or $0.81 per share (diluted), compared with non-GAAP net income of $50.3 million, or $0.67 per share (diluted), for the first half of fiscal year 2022.
NETSCOUT is reiterating its revenue outlook (GAAP and non-GAAP) as well as its diluted net income per share outlook (GAAP and non-GAAP) for fiscal year 2023, all of which were previously issued by the Company on August 4, 2022, in its first quarter fiscal year 2023 earnings press release. NETSCOUT’s financial outlook for fiscal year 2023 remains as follows:
- Revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) is expected to remain in the range of $895 million to $925 million.
- GAAP net income per share (diluted) is expected to remain in the range of $0.62 to $0.68. Non-GAAP net income per share (diluted) is expected to remain in the range of $1.97 to $2.03.
- A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP numbers for NETSCOUT’s fiscal year 2023 outlook is included in the financial tables below.
Recent Developments and Highlights
- In October 2022, Swisscom, NETSCOUT, and Ericsson jointly announced what’s believed to be the world’s first solution to enable 5G packet data processing in the cloud. The combination of Ericsson’s cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core with built-in software probes and NETSCOUT’s vSTREAM addresses the industry challenge of providing end-to-end monitoring and securing 5G networks when handling cloudification and encryption. By enabling cloud-based packet data processing and network function monitoring, this solution allows for dramatic improvements in network service assurance, analytics, and cybersecurity. The solution has been introduced to Swisscom’s newly deployed cloud-native, TLS-encrypted 5G network.
- In late September 2022, NETSCOUT announced the findings from its 1H2022 DDoS Threat Intelligence Report. The findings demonstrate how sophisticated cybercriminals have become at bypassing defenses with new Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack vectors and successful methodologies. By constantly innovating and adapting, these attackers are designing new and more effective DDoS attack vectors, as well as doubling down on those existing methodologies that are already effective. According to the report, there were more than six million global DDoS attacks in the first half of 2022. In addition, attackers conducted more pre-attack reconnaissance, exercised a new attack vector called TP240 PhoneHome, created a tsunami of TCP flooding attacks, and rapidly expanded high-powered botnets to plague network-connected resources. The report also highlighted the significant geopolitical implications of DDoS attackers today, as many of these bad actors have openly embraced online aggression to cause geopolitical unrest through high-profile DDoS attack campaigns.
- In mid-September 2022, NETSCOUT announced that it had completed validation of the integration of its Omnis® Cyber Intelligence (OCI), the central console for its advanced network detection and response solution, with Palo Alto Networks Panorama™ management platform, which centrally manages all form factors of Palo Alto Networks market-leading ML-Powered Next-Generation Firewalls. This integration will provide enterprise security operation teams with end-to-end, packet-based visibility at scale, which is critically important for blocking threats with speed and consistency. In addition, this partnership will allow joint customers to solve their network and security challenges more easily.
- In early September 2022, NETSCOUT announced its successful collaboration with Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, to test and validate the use of NETSCOUT services with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud WAN and Aruba EdgeConnect Enterprise SD-WAN. As a result, shared customers can now leverage an architecture that offers end-to-end visibility into the performance of workloads and application services deployed across data centers, remote sites, and the AWS global network.
- In August 2022, NETSCOUT introduced Arbor® Insight, a groundbreaking technology that, when combined with Arbor Sightline, dramatically enhances and extends threat detection, service delivery, and network operator visibility to address the evolving threat landscape. This combination extends NETSCOUT’s DDoS leadership to unparalleled levels.
Conference Call Instructions:
NETSCOUT will host a conference call to discuss its second-quarter fiscal year 2023 financial results 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) 424-1677. The conference call ID is NTCTQ223. A replay of the call will be available after 12:00 p.m. ET today, for approximately one week. The number for the replay is (800) 839-3516 for U.S./Canada callers and (402) 220-7238 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 gross profit, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted net income per share and non-GAAP earnings before interest and other expense, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) from operations. Non-GAAP gross profit removes expenses related to the amortization of acquired intangible assets, share based compensation, and acquisition-related depreciation. Non-GAAP income from operations includes the aforementioned adjustments and also removes business development and integration expense, compensation for post-combination services, restructuring charges, and transitional service agreement expenses. Non-GAAP net income includes the foregoing adjustments related to non-GAAP income from operations, and also removes loss on extinguishment of debt, net of related income tax effects. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share removes the share impact of non-GAAP adjustments utilized in the calculation of non-GAAP net income. Non-GAAP EBITDA from operations includes the aforementioned items related to non-GAAP income from operations and also removes non-acquisition related depreciation expense. 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.
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 margin, net income, and diluted net income per share), and may have limitations because they do not reflect all 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) protects the connected world from cyberattacks and performance disruptions through advanced network detection and response and pervasive network visibility. Powered by our pioneering deep packet inspection at scale, we serve the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and public sector organizations. Learn more at www.netscout.com or follow @NETSCOUT on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.
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