Akamai Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 and Full-Year 2011 Financial Results


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  • Fourth quarter revenue grew to $324 million, up 15 percent from the prior quarter and 14 percent year-over-year, and annual revenue increased 13 percent year-over-year to $1,159 million
  • Fourth quarter GAAP net income increased 42 percent quarter-over-quarter and 14 percent year-over-year to $60 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, and full-year GAAP net income increased 17 percent year-over-year to $201 million, or $1.07 per diluted share
  • Fourth quarter normalized net income* increased 31 percent quarter-over-quarter and 9 percent year-over-year to $83 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, and full-year normalized net income* increased 5 percent year-over-year to $285 million, or $1.52 per diluted share
  • Full-year cash from operations of $453 million: year-end cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of over $1.2 billion

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — February 08, 2012 — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2011. Revenue for the fourth quarter 2011 was $324 million, a 15 percent increase over third quarter revenue of $282 million, and a 14 percent increase over fourth quarter 2010 revenue of $285 million. Total revenue for 2011 was $1,159 million, a 13 percent increase over 2010 revenue of $1,024 million.

"Akamai posted record results in the fourth quarter, with accelerated growth across our business." said Paul Sagan, President and CEO of Akamai. "We believe our Content Delivery and Cloud Infrastructure solutions are stronger than ever, and we look forward to further enhancing our Cloud Infrastructure portfolio with the completed acquisition of Blaze and the planned acquisition of Cotendo, which may close as early as the first quarter."

Net income in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP, for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $60 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. Full-year GAAP net income for 2011 was $201 million, or $1.07 per diluted share.

The Company generated normalized net income* of $83 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 31 percent increase over the prior quarter’s normalized net income of $63 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, and a 9 percent increase over fourth quarter 2010 normalized net income of $77 million, or $0.40 per diluted share. Full-year normalized net income grew 5 percent year-over-year to $285 million, or $1.52 per diluted share. (*See Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures below for definitions.)

Adjusted EBITDA* for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $148 million, up from $122 million in the prior quarter, and $129 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter was 46 percent, up 3 points from the prior quarter and up 1 point from the same period last year. For the full year, adjusted EBITDA was $525 million, up from $474 million in 2010. Full-year adjusted EBITDA margin in 2011 was at 45 percent, down one percent from 2010. (*See Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures below for definitions.)

Full-year cash from operations was $453 million, or 39 percent of revenue, consistent with the prior year. At year end, the Company had over $1.2 billion of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.

Sales through resellers and sales outside the United States accounted for 19 percent and 28 percent, respectively, of revenue for the fourth quarter 2011.

Share Repurchase Program
During the fourth quarter of 2011, under a share repurchase program that was approved by the Board of Directors in April 2011 and expanded in August 2011, the Company repurchased approximately 3 million shares of its common stock for $76 million, an average price of $26.38 per share. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had repurchased 12 million shares of its common stock for $325 million, at an average price of $26.45 per share, during fiscal 2011.

The Company had approximately 178 million shares of common stock outstanding as of December 31, 2011.

Quarterly Conference Call
Akamai will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET that can be accessed through 1-866-831-6247 (or 1-617-213-8856 for international calls) and using passcode No. 92823340. A live Webcast of the call may be accessed at www.akamai.com in the Investor section. In addition, a replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference through the Akamai Website or by calling 1-888-286-8010 (or 1-617-801-6888 for international calls) and using passcode No. 69462788.

About Akamai
Akamai® is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of the Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

Financial Statements







*Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to providing financial measurements based on generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), Akamai has historically provided additional financial metrics that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP (non-GAAP). Legislative and regulatory pronouncements discourage the use of and emphasis on non-GAAP financial metrics and require companies to explain why non-GAAP financial metrics are relevant to management and investors. We believe that the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures in this press release and our earnings call helps investors to gain a meaningful understanding of our past performance and future prospects, consistent with how management measures and forecasts our performance, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasts. Our management uses these non-GAAP measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring our core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of our competitors. These measures are also used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. There are limitations associated with reliance on these non-GAAP financial metrics because they are specific to our operations and financial performance, which may make comparisons with other companies' financial results more challenging. By providing both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, we believe that investors are able to compare our GAAP results to those of other companies while also gaining a better understanding of our operating performance as evaluated by management.

Akamai defines "Adjusted EBITDA" as net income, before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and benefits, acquisition related costs and benefits, certain gains and losses on investments, foreign exchange gains and losses, loss on early extinguishment of debt and gains and losses on legal settlements. Akamai considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important indicator of the Company's operational strength and performance of its business and a good measure of the Company's historical operating trend.

Adjusted EBITDA eliminates items that are either not part of the Company's core operations, such as investment gains and losses, foreign exchange gains and losses, early debt extinguishment and net interest income, or that do not require a cash outlay, such as stock-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes depreciation and amortization expense, which is based on the Company's estimate of the useful life of tangible and intangible assets. These estimates could vary from actual performance of the asset, are based on the historical cost incurred to build out the Company's deployed network, and may not be indicative of current or future capital expenditures.

Akamai defines "Adjusted EBITDA margin" as a percentage of Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues. Akamai considers Adjusted EBITDA margin to be an indicator of the Company's operating trend and performance of its business in relation to its revenue growth.

Akamai defines "capital expenditures" or "capex" as purchases of property and equipment, capitalization of internal-use software development costs and capitalization of stock-based compensation. Capital expenditures or capex are disclosed in Akamai's consolidated Statement of Cash Flows in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Akamai defines "normalized net income" as net income before amortization of other intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and benefits, acquisition related costs and benefits, certain gains and losses on investments, loss on early extinguishment of debt and gains and losses on legal settlements. Akamai considers normalized net income to be another important indicator of the overall performance of the Company because it eliminates the effects of events that are either not part of the Company's core operations or are non-cash.

Akamai defines "normalized net income per share" as normalized net income, plus interest add-back for diluted share calculation, divided by the basic weighted average or diluted common shares outstanding used in GAAP net income per share calculations. Akamai considers normalized net income per share to be another important indicator of overall performance of the Company because it eliminates the effect of non-cash items. Adjusted EBITDA and normalized net income should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, the Company's operating income and net income, as well as other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company is presenting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and reconciling the non-GAAP financial metrics to the comparable GAAP measures.



Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements concerning the closing of our proposed acquisition of Cotendo Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, inability to close the Cotendo acquisition within the anticipated time frame or at all, failure to maintain the prices we charge for our services, loss of significant customers, failure of the markets we address or plan to address to develop as we expect or at all, inability to increase our revenue at the same rate as in the past and keep our expenses from increasing at a greater rate than our revenues, changes in estimates we make about tax liabilities and other contingencies, a failure of Akamai's services or network infrastructure, delay in developing or failure to develop new service offerings or functionalities, and if developed, lack of market acceptance of such service offerings and functionalities particularly our content delivery and cloud infrastructure solutions, and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.

In addition, the statements in this press release represent Akamai's expectations and beliefs as of the date of this press release. Akamai anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause these expectations and beliefs to change. However, while Akamai may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Akamai’s expectations or beliefs as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
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