Akamai Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results


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  • Third quarter revenue of $396 million, up 15% year-over-year, or up 18% year-over-year adjusted for ADS divestiture
  • Third quarter GAAP net income of $80 million, up 65% year-over-year, or $0.44 per diluted share, up 63% year-over-year (includes $8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, depreciation benefit and $17 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, tax benefit)
  • Third quarter non-GAAP net income* of $90 million, up 31% year-over-year, or $0.50 per diluted share, up 32% year-over-year (includes $8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, depreciation benefit and $5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, tax benefit)
  • Board of Directors authorizes new $750 million share repurchase program

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — October 23, 2013 — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. Revenue for the third quarter of 2013 was $396 million, a 15% increase over third quarter 2012 revenue of $345 million, or up 18% adjusted for the Advertising Decision Solutions (ADS) divestiture.

Net income in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP, for the third quarter of 2013 was $80 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, a 29% increase from the prior quarter's GAAP net income of $62 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, and a 65% increase over third quarter 2012 GAAP net income of $48 million, or $0.27 per diluted share.

The Company generated non-GAAP net income* of $90 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, a 7% increase from the prior quarter's non-GAAP net income of $84 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, and a 31% increase over third quarter 2012 non-GAAP net income of $69 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.

GAAP and non-GAAP net income results for the third quarter of 2013 include an $8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, benefit from the previously-announced change in depreciation methodology effective on January 1, 2013. In addition, GAAP and non-GAAP net income results for the third quarter of 2013 include a tax benefit associated with the Company's retroactive adoption of a tax deduction related to its software development activities. The tax benefit due to this deduction was $17 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, included in GAAP net income, and $5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share included in non-GAAP net income.

"Akamai's strong third quarter and year-to-date financial performance highlights our ability to deliver innovative solutions to leading enterprises globally,” said Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. “We intend to continue to invest in the business, while also effectively managing the cost and efficiency of our network, to help our customers capitalize on the opportunities enabled by the hyperconnected world."

Adjusted EBITDA* for the third quarter of 2013 was $173 million, an increase from the prior quarter's Adjusted EBITDA of $166 million, and up from $157 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA margin* for the third quarter of 2013 was 44%, consistent with the prior quarter and down a point from the same period last year.

Cash from operations for the third quarter of 2013 was $158 million, or 40% of revenue. At the end of the third quarter of 2013, the Company had $1.2 billion of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.

Sales through resellers and sales outside the United States accounted for 21% and 28%, respectively, of revenue for the third quarter of 2013.

Share Repurchase Program
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized a new $750 million share repurchase program, effective from October 16, 2013 through December 31, 2016. The Company's goal for this program is to offset the dilution created by its employee equity compensation programs and provide the flexibility to increase capital distributions to its shareholders as business and market conditions warrant.

The timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined by the Company's management based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors. Repurchases will be executed in the open market subject to Rule 10b-18, and may also be made under a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit the Company to repurchase shares when the Company might otherwise be precluded from doing so under insider trading laws. Other structured repurchase programs may be considered from time to time. The Company may choose to suspend, expand or discontinue the repurchase program at any time.

During the third quarter of 2013, under the share repurchase program replaced by the one announced today, the Company spent approximately $30 million to repurchase 0.7 million shares of its common stock, at an average price of $45.32 per share. During the first three quarters of 2013, the Company spent approximately $112 million to repurchase 2.8 million shares of its common stock, at an average price of $39.65 per share.

The Company had approximately 179 million shares of common stock outstanding as of September 30, 2013.

*See Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures below for definitions.

Quarterly Conference Call
Akamai will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET that can be accessed through 1-877-415-3184 (or 1-857-244-7327 for international calls) and using passcode No. 51318276. 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. 10768137.

About Akamai
Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. 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.

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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 provides additional financial metrics that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP (non-GAAP). Management uses non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, to understand and compare operating results across accounting periods, for financial and operational decision making, for planning and forecasting purposes and to evaluate Akamai's financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and capital expenditures, as discussed below.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect Akamai's ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful comparisons and analysis of trends in its business, as they exclude expenses and gains that may be infrequent, unusual in nature and not reflective of the Company's ongoing operating results. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company's operating results and future prospects in the same manner as used by management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies.

The non-GAAP financial measures do not replace the presentation of the Company's GAAP financial results and should only be used as a supplement to, not as a substitute for, the Company's financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. Akamai has provided a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure used in its financial reporting to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. This reconciliation captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" can be found on the Investor Relations section of Akamai's website.

The non-GAAP adjustments, and Akamai's basis for excluding them from non-GAAP financial measures, are outlined below:
  • Amortization of acquired intangible assets – Akamai has incurred amortization of intangible assets, included in its GAAP financial statements, related to various acquisitions the Company has made. The amount of an acquisition's purchase price allocated to intangible assets and term of its related amortization can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition. Therefore, Akamai excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets to provide investors with a consistent basis for comparing pre- and post-acquisition operating results.
  • Stock-based compensation and amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation – Although stock-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation to Akamai's employees and executives, the expense varies with changes in the stock price and market conditions at the time of grant, varying valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types. This makes the comparison of Akamai's current financial results to previous and future periods difficult to interpret. Therefore, Akamai believes it is useful to exclude stock-based compensation and amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation in order to better understand the performance of Akamai's core business performance and to be consistent with the way the investors evaluate its performance and comparison of its operating results to peer companies.
  • Restructuring charges – Akamai has incurred restructuring charges, included in its GAAP financial statements, primarily due to workforce reductions and estimated costs of exiting facility lease commitments. Akamai excludes these items when evaluating its continuing business performance as such items are not consistently recurring, do not reflect expected future operating expense, nor provide meaningful insight into the current and past operations of its business.
  • Acquisition related costs – Acquisition related costs include transaction fees, due diligence costs and other one-time direct costs associated with strategic activities. In addition, subsequent adjustments to the Company's initial estimated amount of contingent consideration associated with specific acquisitions are included within acquisition related costs. These amounts are impacted by the timing and size of the acquisitions. Akamai excludes acquisition related costs and benefits to provide a useful comparison of the Company's operating results to prior periods and to its peer companies because such amounts vary significantly based on magnitude of its acquisition transactions.
  • Gain and other activity related to divestiture of a business – Akamai recognized a gain and other activity associated with the divestiture of its Advertising Decision Solutions business. Akamai excludes gains and other activity related to divestiture of a business because sales of this nature occur infrequently and are not considered part of the Company's core business operations.
  • Income tax-effect of non-GAAP adjustments – The non-GAAP adjustments described above are reported on a pre-tax basis. The income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments is the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP income tax expense. Non-GAAP income tax expense is computed on non-GAAP pre-tax income (GAAP pre-tax income adjusted for non-GAAP adjustments) and excludes certain discrete tax items (such as recording or release of valuation allowances), if any. Akamai believes that applying the non-GAAP adjustments and their related income tax effect allows the Company to more properly reflect the income attributable to its core operations.
Akamai's definitions of its non-GAAP financial measures are outlined below:

Non-GAAP net income – GAAP net income adjusted for the following tax-effected items: amortization of acquired intangible assets; stock-based compensation; amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation; restructuring charges; acquisition related costs; certain gains and losses on investments; gains and other activity related to divestiture of a business; loss on early extinguishment of debt; gains and losses on legal settlements and other non-recurring or unusual items that may arise from time to time.

Non-GAAP net income per share – Non-GAAP net income divided by the basic weighted average or diluted common shares outstanding used in GAAP net income per share calculations.

Adjusted EBITDA – GAAP net income excluding the following items: interest; income taxes; depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets; stock-based compensation; amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation; restructuring charges; acquisition related costs; certain gains and losses on investments; gains, losses and other activity related to divestiture of a business; foreign exchange gains and losses; loss on early extinguishment of debt; gains and losses on legal settlements and other non-recurring or unusual items that may arise from time to time.

Adjusted EBITDA margin – Adjusted EBITDA stated as a percentage of revenue.

Revenue, adjusted for ADS divestiture - Revenue excluding the impact of Akamai's Advertising Decision Solutions (ADS) divestiture.

Capital expenditures – Purchases of property and equipment, capitalization of internal-use software development costs and capitalization of stock-based compensation.

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 about future business plans and opportunities. 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, effects of increased competition including potential failure to maintain the prices we charge for our services and 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; 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 or failure of such solutions to operate as expected, 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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