Adobe Reports Record Revenue

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:05 pm EDT

Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth Highlight Third Quarter Results

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"We drove strong revenue and earnings performance in Q3, further distancing ourselves from our competitors"

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2016 ended Sept. 2, 2016.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.46 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 20 percent.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.54 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.75 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was a record $990 million, with Creative revenue growing 39 percent year-over-year to a record $803 million.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $3.70 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $285 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved record revenue of $404 million.
  • Year-over-year operating income grew 50 percent and net income grew 55 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 36 percent and net income grew 37 percent on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was a record $518 million, and deferred revenue grew to a record $1.80 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 3.5 million shares during the quarter, returning $344 million of cash to stockholders.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.

Executive Quotes

“We drove strong revenue and earnings performance in Q3, further distancing ourselves from our competitors,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and chief executive officer. “Our leadership in cloud-based content and data platforms make us a mission critical partner to the world's biggest brands as they transform how they engage with their customers.”

“Fiscal 2016 is shaping up to be another great year and Adobe's record results in Q3 reflect both our market leadership and strong execution,” said Mark Garrett, Adobe executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We are expecting another record quarter in Q4, and the leverage in our operating model is reflected in our increase to earnings targets for the year.”

Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call

Adobe will webcast its third quarter fiscal year 2016 earnings conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time from its investor relations website: www.adobe.com/ADBE. Earnings documents, including Adobe management’s prepared conference call remarks with slides, financial targets and an investor datasheet are posted to Adobe’s investor relations website in advance of the conference call for reference. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP earnings results and financial targets is also provided on the website.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to product adoption and innovation, business momentum, the importance of our products and services to our customers, revenue, annualized recurring revenue, bookings, earnings per share and operating cash flow, all of which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to develop, market and offer products and services that meet customer requirements, introduction of new products, services and business models by competitors, failure to successfully manage transitions to new business models and markets, risks associated with the timing of revenue recognition, uncertainty in economic conditions and the financial markets, risks associated with our cloud strategy, fluctuations in subscription renewal rates, risks associated with cyber-attacks and information security, potential interruptions or delays in hosted services provided by us or third parties, and failure to realize the anticipated benefits of past or future acquisitions. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please refer to Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2015 ended Nov. 27, 2015, and Adobe's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2016.

The financial information set forth in this press release reflects estimates based on information available at this time. These amounts could differ from actual reported amounts stated in Adobe’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for our quarter ended Sept. 2, 2016, which Adobe expects to file in Sept. 2016.

Adobe assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data; unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 2,   August 28, September 2,   August 28,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenue:
Subscription $ 1,168,602 $ 829,065 $ 3,322,560 $ 2,316,470
Product 180,960 275,338 578,572 840,650
Services and support 114,405   113,365   344,879   331,987  
Total revenue 1,463,967   1,217,768   4,246,011   3,489,107  
 
Cost of revenue:
Subscription 116,990 103,605 339,664 302,826
Product 15,435 24,545 51,490 65,715
Services and support 70,276   62,835   212,198   174,415  
Total cost of revenue 202,701   190,985   603,352   542,956  
 
Gross profit 1,261,266 1,026,783 3,642,659 2,946,151
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development 248,450 218,660 718,138 642,216
Sales and marketing 477,475 422,031 1,415,155 1,241,770
General and administrative 143,702 122,578 429,233 397,867
Restructuring and other charges (338 ) (751 ) (1,223 ) 1,038
Amortization of purchased intangibles 22,652   18,246   60,034   50,599  
Total operating expenses 891,941   780,764   2,621,337   2,333,490  
 
Operating income 369,325 246,019 1,021,322 612,661
 
Non-operating income (expense):
Interest and other income (expense), net 2,725 4,433 12,995 11,510
Interest expense (17,281 ) (16,519 ) (52,924 ) (47,669 )
Investment gains (losses), net 1,532   (1,314 ) (2,955 ) 339  
Total non-operating income (expense), net (13,024 ) (13,400 ) (42,884 ) (35,820 )
Income before income taxes 356,301 232,619 978,438 576,841
Provision for income taxes 85,513   58,154   209,269   169,995  
Net income $ 270,788   $ 174,465   $ 769,169   $ 406,846  
Basic net income per share $ 0.54   $ 0.35   $ 1.54   $ 0.82  
Shares used to compute basic net income per share 498,584   498,630   499,224   498,891  
Diluted net income per share $ 0.54   $ 0.34   $ 1.52   $ 0.80  
Shares used to compute diluted net income per share 503,669   505,809   505,135   507,124  
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except par value; unaudited)

 
  September 2,   November 27,
2016 2015
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 767,672 $ 876,560
Short-term investments 3,678,726 3,111,524
Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $6,066 and $7,293, respectively 731,166 672,006
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 241,146   161,802  
Total current assets 5,418,710 4,821,892
 
Property and equipment, net 811,524 787,421
Goodwill 5,433,180 5,366,881
Purchased and other intangibles, net 454,230 510,007
Investment in lease receivable 80,439 80,439
Other assets 169,358   159,832  
Total assets $ 12,367,441   $ 11,726,472  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Trade payables $ 83,444 $ 93,307
Accrued expenses 666,278 679,884
Income taxes payable 10,662 6,165
Deferred revenue 1,745,282   1,434,200  
Total current liabilities 2,505,666 2,213,556
 
Long-term liabilities:
Debt 1,916,591 1,907,231
Deferred revenue 52,703 51,094
Income taxes payable 276,131 256,129
Deferred income taxes 238,459 208,209
Other liabilities 99,945   88,673  
Total liabilities 5,089,495 4,724,892
 
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 2,000 shares authorized
Common stock, $0.0001 par value 61 61
Additional paid-in-capital 4,541,798 4,184,883
Retained earnings 7,714,904 7,253,431
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (134,111 ) (169,080 )
Treasury stock, at cost (103,809 and 103,025 shares, respectively), net of reissuances (4,844,706 ) (4,267,715 )
Total stockholders' equity 7,277,946   7,001,580  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 12,367,441   $ 11,726,472  
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands; unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended
September 2,   August 28,
2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 270,788 $ 174,465
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, amortization and accretion 84,014 87,550
Stock-based compensation expense 84,503 85,975
Unrealized investment losses (gains), net (1,471 ) 1,415
Changes in deferred revenue 116,353 77,720
Changes in other operating assets and liabilities (36,302 ) (66,637 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 517,885   360,488  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases, sales and maturities of short-term investments, net (247,601 ) (394,944 )
Purchases of property and equipment (55,213 ) (48,984 )
Purchases and sales of long-term investments, intangibles and other assets, net (3,774 ) (1,138 )
Acquisitions, net of cash   (20,025 )
Net cash used for investing activities (306,588 ) (465,091 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Purchases of treasury stock (400,000 ) (100,000 )
Proceeds from issuance of treasury stock, net 71,128 68,641
Repayment of capital lease obligations (65 )
Debt issuance costs (957 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 3,980   13,606  
Net cash used for financing activities (324,957 ) (18,710 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (5,047 ) (3,542 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (118,707 ) (126,855 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 886,379   956,147  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 767,672   $ 829,292  
 
Non-GAAP Results

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

The following tables show Adobe's GAAP results reconciled to non-GAAP results included in this release.

 
  Three Months Ended
September 2,   August 28,   June 3,
2016 2015 2016
Operating income:
 
GAAP operating income $ 369,325 $ 246,019 $ 344,239
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 86,070 84,371 87,209
Restructuring and other charges (338 ) (751 ) (466 )
Amortization of purchased intangibles 36,082 41,041 32,567
Loss contingency reversal   (10,000 )  
Non-GAAP operating income $ 491,139   $ 360,680   $ 463,549  
 
Net income:
 
GAAP net income $ 270,788 $ 174,465 $ 244,074
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 86,070 84,371 87,209
Restructuring and other charges (338 ) (751 ) (466 )
Amortization of purchased intangibles 36,082 41,041 32,567
Investment (gains) losses, net (1,532 ) 1,314 3,318
Loss contingency reversal (10,000 )
Income tax adjustments (14,569 ) (15,051 ) (9,260 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 376,501   $ 275,389   $ 357,442  
 
Diluted net income per share:
 
GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.54 $ 0.34 $ 0.48
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 0.17 0.17 0.17
Amortization of purchased intangibles 0.07 0.08 0.06
Investment (gains) losses, net 0.01
Loss contingency reversal (0.02 )
Income tax adjustments (0.03 ) (0.03 ) (0.01 )
Non-GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.75   $ 0.54   $ 0.71  
 
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share 503,669 505,809 504,725
 
 

Three Months Ended

September 2,
2016
Effective income tax rate:
 
GAAP effective income tax rate 24.0 %
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense (2.1 )
Amortization of purchased intangibles (0.9 )
Non-GAAP effective income tax rate 21.0 %
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adobe continues to provide all information required in accordance with GAAP, but believes evaluating its ongoing operating results may not be as useful if an investor is limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Adobe uses non-GAAP financial information to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Adobe's management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adobe presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate Adobe's operating results. Adobe believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. This allows institutional investors, the analyst community and others to better understand and evaluate our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management.

Adobe's management believes it is useful for itself and investors to review, as applicable, both GAAP information as well as non-GAAP measures, which may exclude items such as stock-based and deferred compensation expenses, restructuring and other charges, amortization of purchased intangibles and certain activity in connection with technology license arrangements, investment gains and losses, the related tax impact of all of these items, income tax adjustments, and the income tax effect of the non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes. Adobe uses these non-GAAP measures in order to assess the performance of Adobe's business and for planning and forecasting in subsequent periods. Whenever such a non-GAAP measure is used, Adobe provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. 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 measure as detailed above.

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