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Adobe Reports Record Revenue

Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2015 ended May 29, 2015.

Quarterly Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.16 billion.
  • Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $2.35 billion exiting the quarter, driven by an increase in Creative ARR of $230 million to $2.02 billion.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved revenue of $327 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.29 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.48 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Year-over-year, operating income grew 43 percent and net income grew 67 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 28 percent and net income grew 30 percent on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $471 million, and deferred revenue grew to an all-time high of $1.23 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2.6 million shares during the quarter, returning $200 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

"Strong execution against our Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Marketing Cloud businesses drove record revenue," said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and chief executive officer. "We are accelerating the pace of innovation in our Cloud offerings and are thrilled to be launching our best Creative Cloud release to date, which includes Adobe Stock – our new stock content service."

“With our business model transition largely behind us, the positive financial benefits are now reflected in our P&L,” said Mark Garrett, Adobe executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We are driving more profit, earnings per share, cash flow and deferred revenue and unbilled backlog.”

Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call

Adobe will webcast its second quarter fiscal year 2015 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 business momentum, product innovation, the success of our new stock image service, Adobe Stock, and capabilities and the strength of our cloud business and growth of our revenue, earnings, cash flow, deferred revenue and unbilled backlog, 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 distribute products and services that meet customer requirements, introduction of new products and business models by competitors, failure to successfully manage transitions to new business models and markets, 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, uncertainty in economic conditions and the financial markets, 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 2014 ended Nov. 28, 2014, and Adobe's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2015.

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 May 29, 2015, which Adobe expects to file in June 2015.

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

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

© 2015 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo and Creative Cloud are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data; unaudited)

Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
May 29, 2015May 30, 2014May 29, 2015May 30, 2014
Revenue:
Subscription $ 773,963 $ 476,694 $ 1,487,405 $ 900,257
Products 274,538 479,247 565,312 950,701
Services and support 113,657 112,267 218,622 217,370
Total revenue 1,162,158 1,068,208 2,271,339 2,068,328
Cost of revenue:
Subscription 103,694 84,147 199,221 160,879
Products 21,467 24,499 41,170 51,997
Services and support 60,012 46,258 111,580 90,537
Total cost of revenue 185,173 154,904 351,971 303,413
Gross profit 976,985 913,304 1,919,368 1,764,915
Operating expenses:
Research and development 208,047 209,092 423,556 418,617
Sales and marketing 426,998 426,830 819,739 836,971
General and administrative 130,208 129,138 275,289 268,122
Restructuring and other charges 34 (366 ) 1,789 297
Amortization of purchased intangibles 18,081 13,352 32,353 26,904
Total operating expenses 783,368 778,046 1,552,726 1,550,911
Operating income 193,617 135,258 366,642 214,004
Non-operating income (expense):
Interest and other income (expense), net 3,739 2,563 7,077 5,708
Interest expense (16,605 ) (17,103 ) (31,150 ) (33,693 )
Investment gains (losses), net 223 553 1,653 144
Total non-operating income (expense), net (12,643 ) (13,987 ) (22,420 ) (27,841 )
Income before income taxes 180,974 121,271 344,222 186,163
Provision for income taxes 33,481 32,744 111,841 50,590
Net income $ 147,493 $ 88,527 $ 232,381 $ 135,573
Basic net income per share $ 0.30 $ 0.18 $ 0.47 $ 0.27
Shares used to compute basic net income per share 499,290 497,931 499,022 497,439
Diluted net income per share $ 0.29 $ 0.17 $ 0.46 $ 0.27
Shares used to compute diluted net income per share 505,582 506,687 507,061 508,227

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except par value; unaudited)

    May 29, 2015    

November 28, 2014
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 956,147 $ 1,117,400
Short-term investments 2,457,101 2,622,091
Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $7,226 and $7,867, respectively 502,617 591,800
Deferred income taxes 71,218 95,279
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 191,314 175,758
Total current assets 4,178,397 4,602,328
Property and equipment, net 785,199 785,123
Goodwill 5,388,971 4,721,962
Purchased and other intangibles, net 583,198 469,662
Investment in lease receivable 80,439 80,439
Other assets 149,179 126,315
Total assets $ 11,165,383 $ 10,785,829
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Trade payables $ 56,539 $ 68,377
Accrued expenses 647,784 683,866
Debt and capital lease obligations 603,229
Accrued restructuring 1,695 17,120
Income taxes payable 55,473 23,920
Deferred revenue 1,175,542 1,097,923
Total current liabilities 1,937,033 2,494,435
Long-term liabilities:
Debt 1,904,376 911,086
Deferred revenue 52,613 57,401
Accrued restructuring 4,347 5,194
Income taxes payable 244,799 125,746
Deferred income taxes 326,922 342,315
Other liabilities 85,190 73,747
Total liabilities 4,555,280 4,009,924
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 2,000 shares authorized
Common stock, $0.0001 par value 61 61
Additional paid-in-capital 3,994,652 3,778,495
Retained earnings 6,879,444 6,924,294
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (129,473 ) (8,094 )
Treasury stock, at cost (102,558 and 103,350 shares, respectively), net of reissuances (4,134,581 ) (3,918,851 )
Total stockholders' equity 6,610,103 6,775,905
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 11,165,383 $ 10,785,829

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands; unaudited)

Three Months Ended
May 29, 2015May 30, 2014
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 147,493 $ 88,527
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, amortization and accretion 85,929 77,653
Stock-based compensation expense 84,649 83,005
Unrealized investment gains, net (276 ) (352 )
Changes in deferred revenue 44,772 47,517
Changes in other operating assets and liabilities 108,917 71,186
Net cash provided by operating activities 471,484 367,536
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases, sales and maturities of short-term investments, net 3,541 (117,967 )
Purchases of property and equipment (35,730 ) (27,198 )
Purchases and sales of long-term investments, intangibles and other assets, net (1,083 ) (2,767 )
Acquisitions, net of cash (5,637 )
Net cash used for investing activities (38,909 ) (147,932 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Purchases of treasury stock (200,000 ) (150,000 )
Proceeds of reissuance of treasury stock, net 2,911 12,824
Repayment of capital lease obligations (3,626 )
Debt issuance costs (153 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 11,140 4,875
Net cash used for financing activities (186,102 ) (135,927 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (3,210 ) (573 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 243,263 83,104
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 712,884 733,916
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 956,147 $ 817,020

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
May 29, 2015May 30, 2014February 27, 2015
Operating income:
GAAP operating income $ 193,617 $ 135,258 $ 173,025
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 85,374 83,600 86,597
Restructuring and other charges 34 (366 ) 1,755
Amortization of purchased intangibles 40,080 31,835 33,791
Non-GAAP operating income $ 319,105 $ 250,327 $ 295,168
Net income:
GAAP net income $ 147,493 $ 88,527 $ 84,888
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 85,374 83,600 86,597
Restructuring and other charges 34 (366 ) 1,755
Amortization of purchased intangibles 40,080 31,835 33,791
Investment (gains) losses (223 ) (553 ) (1,430 )
Income tax adjustments (30,829 ) (16,771 ) 18,728
Non-GAAP net income $ 241,929 $ 186,272 $ 224,329
Diluted net income per share:
GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.29 $ 0.17 $ 0.17
Stock-based and deferred compensation expense 0.17 0.16 0.17
Amortization of purchased intangibles 0.08 0.06 0.07
Income tax adjustments (0.06 ) (0.02 ) 0.03
Non-GAAP diluted net income per share $ 0.48 $ 0.37 $ 0.44
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share 505,582 506,687 507,526

Non-GAAP Results

Three Months

Ended

May 29, 2015
Effective income tax rate:
GAAP effective income tax rate 18.5 %
Resolution of income tax examinations 6.0
Amortization of purchased intangibles, stock-based and deferred compensation expense (2.5 )
Income tax adjustments (1.0 )
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 that may include 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, loss contingencies and the related tax impact of all of these items, income tax adjustments, the income tax effect of the non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes, and the non-GAAP measures that exclude such information in order to assess the performance of Adobe's business and for planning and forecasting in subsequent periods. Whenever Adobe uses such a non-GAAP financial measure, it 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.

Contacts:

Investor Relations Contact
Adobe
Mike Saviage, 408-536-4416
ir@adobe.com
or
Public Relations Contact
Adobe
Edie Kissko, 408-536-3034
kissko@adobe.com

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