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Adobe Reports Record Revenue

Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2020 ended May 29, 2020.­

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $3.13 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2020, which represents 14 percent year-over-year growth. Diluted earnings per share was $2.27 on a GAAP basis, and $2.45 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $2.23 billion, which represents 18 percent year-over-year growth. Creative revenue grew to $1.87 billion and Document Cloud revenue was $360 million. Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $9.17 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $443 million. Creative ARR grew to $7.93 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $1.24 billion.
  • Digital Experience segment revenue was $826 million, representing 5 percent year-over-year growth. Digital Experience subscription revenue was $707 million, representing 8 percent year-over-year growth. Digital Experience subscription revenue, excluding Advertising Cloud revenue, grew 18 percent year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating income in the second quarter was $1.02 billion, and non-GAAP operating income was $1.34 billion. GAAP net income was $1.10 billion, and non-GAAP net income was $1.19 billion.
  • Cash flows from operations was $1.18 billion.
  • Remaining Performance Obligation exiting the quarter was $9.92 billion.
  • Adobe repurchased approximately 2.6 million shares during the quarter.

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

Executive Quotes

“Adobe’s strategy to empower customers to create the world’s content, automate critical document processes and enable enterprises to engage with their customers digitally, drove record revenue in Q2,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “The tectonic shift towards ‘all things digital’ across all customer segments globally will serve as a tailwind to our growth initiatives as we emerge from this crisis.”

"Adobe delivered another quarter of record revenue and expanding profitability despite the challenging environment, demonstrating the resiliency of our business model," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We drove record Digital Media net new ARR for Q2, highlighting how mission-critical creative and document solutions are in engaging remotely.”

Advertising Cloud Update

Adobe also announced that given the macroeconomic environment, it significantly accelerated in Q2 its previously stated strategy of eliminating low-margin Advertising Cloud transaction-driven offerings. The company will continue to offer its Advertising Cloud software solutions. The macroeconomic environment and this strategic shift impacted Advertising Cloud targeted revenue in Q2 by approximately $50 million.

Adobe Provides Third Quarter Financial Targets

Adobe today is providing third quarter financial targets factoring current macroeconomic conditions, continued impacts of the pandemic, typical Q3 summer seasonality and its updated strategy for Advertising Cloud.

The following table summarizes Adobe’s third quarter fiscal year 2020 targets.

Total revenue

Approximately $3.15 billion

Digital Media segment revenue

Approximately 16 percent year-over-year growth

Digital Media annualized recurring revenue (ARR)

Approximately $340 million of net new ARR

Digital Experience segment revenue

Flat year-over-year

Digital Experience subscription revenue

~5% year-over-year growth

~14% year-over-year growth
(excluding Advertising Cloud)

Tax rate

GAAP: ~10 percent

Non-GAAP: ~10 percent

Share count

~485 million shares

Earnings per share

GAAP: ~$1.78

Non-GAAP: ~$2.40

In light of the macroeconomic environment and the strategic shifts for Advertising Cloud, Adobe is withdrawing the annual fiscal 2020 targets provided in December 2019.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP targets is provided at the end of this press release.

Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call

Adobe will webcast its second quarter fiscal year 2020 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 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, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and results of operations, market trends, customer success, revenue, profitability, operating margin, seasonality, annualized recurring revenue, non-operating other expense, tax rate on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, earnings per share on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, and share count, 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 compete effectively, failure to develop, acquire, market and offer products and services that meet customer requirements, introduction of new technology, information security and privacy, potential interruptions or delays in hosted services provided by us or third parties, macroeconomic conditions and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, risks associated with cyber-attacks, complex sales cycles, risks related to the timing of revenue recognition from our subscription offerings, fluctuations in subscription renewal rates, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of past or future acquisitions, failure to effectively manage critical strategic third-party business relationships, changes in accounting principles and tax regulations, uncertainty in the financial markets and economic conditions in the countries where we operate, and other various risks associated with being a multinational corporation. 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 2019 ended Nov. 29, 2019, and Adobe's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2020.

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, 2020, which Adobe expects to file in June 2020. 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 millions, except per share data; unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

May 29, 2020

May 31, 2019

May 29, 2020

May 31, 2019

Revenue:

Subscription

$

2,874

$

2,456

$

5,699

$

4,761

Product

128

153

271

323

Services and support

126

135

249

261

Total revenue

3,128

2,744

6,219

5,345

Cost of revenue:

Subscription

317

296

672

585

Product

9

9

16

21

Services and support

89

102

179

199

Total cost of revenue

415

407

867

805

Gross profit

2,713

2,337

5,352

4,540

Operating expenses:

Research and development

532

476

1,064

941

Sales and marketing

901

849

1,758

1,630

General and administrative

224

219

495

435

Amortization of intangibles

40

43

82

90

Total operating expenses

1,697

1,587

3,399

3,096

Operating income

1,016

750

1,953

1,444

Non-operating income (expense):

Interest expense

(28

)

(40

)

(61

)

(81

)

Investment gains (losses), net

(1

)

(3

)

43

Other income (expense), net

12

2

30

7

Total non-operating income (expense), net

(16

)

(39

)

(34

)

(31

)

Income before income taxes

1,000

711

1,919

1,413

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

(100

)

78

(136

)

106

Net income

$

1,100

$

633

$

2,055

$

1,307

Basic net income per share

$

2.28

$

1.30

$

4.26

$

2.68

Shares used to compute basic net income per share

481

488

482

488

Diluted net income per share

$

2.27

$

1.29

$

4.23

$

2.65

Shares used to compute diluted net income per share

485

492

486

493

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions; unaudited)

 

May 29, 2020

November 29, 2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

3,044

$

2,650

Short-term investments

1,307

1,527

Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $22 and $10, respectively

1,366

1,535

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

932

783

Total current assets

6,649

6,495

Property and equipment, net

1,387

1,293

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

489

Goodwill

10,695

10,691

Other intangibles, net

1,535

1,721

Deferred income taxes

231

Other assets

617

562

Total assets

$

21,603

$

20,762

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Trade payables

$

289

$

209

Accrued expenses

1,303

1,399

Debt

3,149

Deferred revenue

3,321

3,378

Income taxes payable

166

56

Operating lease liabilities

85

Total current liabilities

5,164

8,191

Long-term liabilities:

Debt

4,114

989

Deferred revenue

140

123

Income taxes payable

503

616

Deferred income taxes

107

140

Operating lease liabilities

498

Other liabilities

196

173

Total liabilities

10,722

10,232

Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock

Common stock

Additional paid-in-capital

6,892

6,504

Retained earnings

16,428

14,829

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(195

)

(188

)

Treasury stock, at cost

(12,244

)

(10,615

)

Total stockholders’ equity

10,881

10,530

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

21,603

$

20,762

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions; unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

May 29, 2020

May 31, 2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

1,100

$

633

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

188

188

Stock-based compensation

227

204

Unrealized investment (gains) losses, net

(1

)

2

Other non-cash adjustments

(137

)

9

Changes in deferred revenue

(154

)

(84

)

Changes in other operating assets and liabilities

(39

)

157

Net cash provided by operating activities

1,184

1,109

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases, sales and maturities of short-term investments, net

176

100

Purchases of property and equipment

(96

)

(85

)

Purchases and sales of long-term investments, intangibles and other assets, net

(5

)

Net cash provided by investing activities

80

10

Cash flows from financing activities:

Purchases of treasury stock

(850

)

(750

)

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards, net of proceeds from treasury stock re-issuances

(53

)

(22

)

Other financing activities, net

2

Net cash used for financing activities

(901

)

(772

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(7

)

(3

)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

356

344

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

2,688

1,739

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

3,044

$

2,083

Non-GAAP Results

(In millions, except per share data)

The following table shows Adobe’s GAAP results reconciled to non-GAAP results included in this release.

 

Three Months Ended

May 29, 2020

May 31, 2019

February 28, 2020

Operating income:

GAAP operating income

$

1,016

$

750

$

937

Stock-based and deferred compensation expense

227

204

214

Amortization of intangibles

92

96

94

Non-GAAP operating income

$

1,335

$

1,050

$

1,245

Net income:

GAAP net income

$

1,100

$

633

$

955

Stock-based and deferred compensation expense

227

204

214

Amortization of intangibles

92

96

94

Investment (gains) losses, net

1

3

Income tax adjustments

(232

)

(33

)

(159

)

Non-GAAP net income

$

1,187

$

901

$

1,107

Diluted net income per share:

GAAP diluted net income per share

$

2.27

$

1.29

$

1.96

Stock-based and deferred compensation expense

0.47

0.41

0.44

Amortization of intangibles

0.19

0.20

0.19

Investment (gains) losses, net

0.01

Income tax adjustments

(0.48

)

(0.07

)

(0.33

)

Non-GAAP diluted net income per share

$

2.45

$

1.83

$

2.27

Shares used in computing diluted net income per share

485

492

488

The following table shows Adobe's second quarter fiscal year 2020 GAAP tax rate reconciled to the non-GAAP tax rate included in this release.

Second Quarter
Fiscal 2020

Effective income tax rate:

GAAP effective income tax rate

(10.0

)

%

Trading structure change

22.5

Income tax adjustments

(1.0

)

Stock-based and deferred compensation expense

(1.1

)

Amortization of intangibles

(0.4

)

Non-GAAP effective income tax rate

10.0

%

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Targets
(Shares in millions)

The following table shows Adobe's third quarter fiscal year 2020 GAAP earnings per share target reconciled to the non-GAAP financial target included in this release.

Third Quarter
Fiscal 2020

Diluted net income per share:

GAAP diluted net income per share

$

1.78

Stock-based and deferred compensation expense

0.50

Amortization of intangibles

0.19

Income tax adjustments

(0.07

)

Non-GAAP diluted net income per share

$

2.40

Shares used to compute diluted net income per share

485

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 intangibles, 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.

Contacts:

Investor Relations Contact
Jonathan Vaas
Adobe
ir@adobe.com

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