Adobe Reports Record Revenue and Net Income

Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:05 pm EST

Company Achieves 22 Percent Year-Over-Year Annual Revenue Growth in Fiscal 2016

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"We enter 2017 with significant market momentum and strong technology tailwinds."

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

In its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.61 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 23 percent. In fiscal year 2016, Adobe achieved record annual revenue of $5.85 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 22 percent. The company also achieved record quarterly net income, cash flow and deferred revenue during its fourth quarter.

“Adobe’s market-leading digital media and digital marketing solutions are revolutionizing how customers design and deliver exceptional digital experiences,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe. “We enter 2017 with significant market momentum and strong technology tailwinds.”

“Across our business, Adobe had a strong 2016 as we met or exceeded all of our key financial targets for the year,” said Mark Garrett, Adobe executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We are uniquely positioned as a cloud provider to deliver both top line and bottom line growth.”

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.61 billion in its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, representing 23 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.80 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.90 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.08 billion, with Creative revenue growing 33 percent year-over-year to $886 million.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $4.01 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $316 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved record revenue of $465 million, representing 32 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Year-over-year operating income grew 63 percent and net income grew 79 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 44 percent and net income grew 45 percent on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was a record $696 million.
  • The company repurchased approximately 3.2 million shares during the quarter, returning $331 million of cash to stockholders.

Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record annual revenue of $5.85 billion in fiscal year 2016, representing 22 percent year-over-year growth.
  • The company reported annual GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.32 and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $3.01.
  • Adobe grew Digital Media ARR by $1.13 billion during the year and exited the year with $4.01 billion.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved $1.63 billion in annual revenue, representing 20 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Adobe generated $2.2 billion in operating cash flow during the year.
  • Deferred revenue grew to an all-time high of $2.01 billion, and unbilled backlog grew to approximately $3.42 billion.
  • The company repurchased 10.4 million shares during the year, returning $1.01 billion 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.

Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call

Adobe will webcast its fourth quarter and 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 and technology innovation, business momentum, the impact 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, uncertainty in economic conditions and the financial markets, fluctuations in subscription renewal rates, complex and unpredictable sales cycles for some enterprise offerings, risks associated with cyber-attacks and information security, potential interruptions or delays in hosted services provided by us or third parties, changes in accounting principles, 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for our year ended Dec. 2, 2016, which Adobe expects to file in January 2017.

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 Year Ended
December 2,     November 27, December 2,     November 27,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenue:
Subscription $ 1,262,273 $ 907,434 $ 4,584,833 $ 3,223,904
Product 221,926 284,496 800,498 1,125,146
Services and support 124,220   114,474   469,099   446,461  
Total revenue 1,608,419   1,306,404   5,854,430   4,795,511  
 
Cost of revenue:
Subscription 122,196 106,368 461,860 409,194
Product 17,427 24,320 68,917 90,035
Services and support 76,933   70,673   289,131   245,088  

Total cost of revenue

216,556   201,361   819,908   744,317  
 
Gross profit 1,391,863 1,105,043 5,034,522 4,051,194
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development 257,849 220,514 975,987 862,730
Sales and marketing 495,042 441,472 1,910,197 1,683,242
General and administrative 148,477 134,052 577,710 531,919
Restructuring and other charges (285 ) 521 (1,508 ) 1,559
Amortization of purchased intangibles 18,500   18,050   78,534   68,649  
Total operating expenses 919,583   814,609   3,540,920   3,148,099  
 
Operating income 472,280 290,434 1,493,602 903,095
 
Non-operating income (expense):
Interest and other income (expense), net 553 22,399 13,548 33,909
Interest expense (17,518 ) (16,515 ) (70,442 ) (64,184 )
Investment gains (losses), net 1,385   622   (1,570 ) 961  
Total non-operating income (expense), net (15,580 ) 6,506   (58,464 ) (29,314 )
Income before income taxes 456,700 296,940 1,435,138 873,781
Provision for income taxes 57,087   74,235   266,356   244,230  
Net income $ 399,613   $ 222,705   $ 1,168,782   $ 629,551  
Basic net income per share $ 0.81   $ 0.45   $ 2.35   $ 1.26  
Shares used to compute basic net income per share 495,641   498,384   498,345   498,764  
Diluted net income per share $ 0.80   $ 0.44   $ 2.32   $ 1.24  
Shares used to compute diluted net income per share 501,176   506,012   504,299   507,164  
 
       
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except par value; unaudited)

 
December 2,
2016
November 27,
2015
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,011,315 $ 876,560
Short-term investments 3,749,985 3,111,524
Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $6,214 and $7,293, respectively 833,033 672,006
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 245,441   161,802  
Total current assets 5,839,774 4,821,892
 
Property and equipment, net 816,264 787,421
Goodwill 5,406,474 5,366,881
Purchased and other intangibles, net 414,405 510,007
Investment in lease receivable 80,439 80,439
Other assets 149,758   159,832  
Total assets $ 12,707,114   $ 11,726,472  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Trade payables $ 88,024 $ 93,307
Accrued expenses 739,630 679,884
Income taxes payable 38,362 6,165
Deferred revenue 1,945,619   1,434,200  
Total current liabilities 2,811,635 2,213,556
 
Long-term liabilities:
Debt 1,902,068 1,907,231
Deferred revenue 69,131 51,094
Income taxes payable 184,381 256,129
Deferred income taxes 217,660 208,209
Other liabilities 97,404   88,673  
Total liabilities 5,282,279 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 4,616,331 4,184,883
Retained earnings 8,114,517 7,253,431
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (173,602 ) (169,080 )
Treasury stock, at cost (106,580 and 103,025 shares, respectively), net of reissuances (5,132,472 ) (4,267,715 )
Total stockholders' equity 7,424,835   7,001,580  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 12,707,114   $ 11,726,472  
 
   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands; unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
December 2,
2016
    November 27,
2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 399,613 $ 222,705
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, amortization and accretion 81,860 86,359
Stock-based compensation expense 87,530 81,022
Gain on sale of property (21,415 )
Unrealized investment gains, net (771 ) (662 )
Changes in deferred revenue 216,765 179,265
Changes in other operating assets and liabilities (89,396 ) (92,759 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 695,601   454,515  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases, sales and maturities of short-term investments, net (97,891 ) (277,566 )
Purchases of property and equipment (48,633 ) (64,676 )
Proceeds from the sale of property 57,779
Purchases and sales of long-term investments, intangibles and other assets, net 3,426   (1,524 )
Net cash used for investing activities (143,098 ) (285,987 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Purchases of treasury stock (300,000 ) (125,000 )
Proceeds from (costs of) issuance of treasury stock, net (6,283 ) 42
Repayment of capital lease obligations (22 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 5,836   9,808  

Net cash used for financing activities

(300,469 ) (115,150 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (8,391 ) (6,110 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 243,643 47,268
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 767,672   829,292  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 1,011,315   $ 876,560  
 
       
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 Year Ended
December 2,
2016
    November 27,
2015
    September 2,
2016
December 2,
2016
    November 27,
2015
Operating income:
 
GAAP operating income $ 472,280 $ 290,434 $ 369,325 $ 1,493,602 $ 903,095
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 86,584 81,705 86,070 351,553 338,047
Restructuring and other charges (285 ) 521 (338 ) (1,508 ) 1,559
Amortization of purchased intangibles 31,143 37,678 36,082 136,056 152,590
Loss contingency reversal         (10,000 )
Non-GAAP operating income $ 589,722   $ 410,338   $ 491,139   $ 1,979,703   $ 1,385,291  
 
Net income:
 
GAAP net income $ 399,613 $ 222,705 $ 270,788 $ 1,168,782 $ 629,551
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 86,584 81,705 86,070 351,553 338,047
Restructuring and other charges (285 ) 521 (338 ) (1,508 ) 1,559
Amortization of purchased intangibles 31,143 37,678 36,082 136,056 152,590
Investment (gains) losses, net (1,385 ) (622 ) (1,532 ) 1,570 (961 )
Gain on sale of property assets (21,415 ) (21,415 )
Loss contingency reversal (10,000 )
Income tax adjustments (63,118 ) (8,674 ) (14,569 ) (137,350 ) (35,826 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 452,552   $ 311,898   $ 376,501   $ 1,519,103   $ 1,053,545  
 
Diluted net income per share:
 
GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.80 $ 0.44 $ 0.54 $ 2.32 $ 1.24
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 0.17 0.16 0.17 0.70 0.67
Amortization of purchased intangibles 0.06 0.07 0.07 0.27 0.30
Gain on sale of property assets (0.04 ) (0.04 )
Loss contingency reversal (0.02 )
Income tax adjustments (0.13 ) (0.01 ) (0.03 ) (0.28 ) (0.07 )
Non-GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.90   $ 0.62   $ 0.75   $ 3.01   $ 2.08  
 
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share 501,176 506,012 503,669 504,299 507,164
 
          Three Months
Ended
December 2,
2016
Effective income tax rate:
 
GAAP effective income tax rate 12.5 %
Resolution of income tax examinations 10.5
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense (1.5 )
Amortization of purchased intangibles (0.5 )
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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