First quarter revenue of $527 million, up 16% year-over-year and up 20% adjusted for foreign exchange*
First quarter GAAP net income of $78 million, up 7% year-over-year, or $0.43 per diluted share, up 8% year-over-year and up 16% adjusted for foreign exchange*
First quarter non-GAAP net income* of $111 million, up 6% year-over-year, or $0.61 per diluted share, up 5% year-over-year and up 12% adjusted for foreign exchange*
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Revenue for the first quarter of 2015 was $527 million, a 16% increase over first quarter 2014 revenue of $454 million and a 20% increase when adjusted for foreign exchange*.
"Q1 was another strong quarter for Akamai driven by continued solid revenue performance across all of our geographies and all of our major product lines, with especially strong growth from our Cloud Security Solutions," said Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. "We continued to make major investments in the expansion of our platform and product portfolio to make the Internet fast, reliable and secure for our customers."
GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $78 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, a decrease from the prior quarter's GAAP net income of $97 million, and a 7% increase over first quarter 2014 GAAP net income of $73 million, or $0.40 per diluted share.
Non-GAAP net income* for the first quarter of 2015 was $111 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, a decrease from the prior quarter's non-GAAP net income of $127 million, and a 6% increase over first quarter 2014 non-GAAP net income of $105 million, or $0.58 per diluted share.
Adjusted EBITDA* for the first quarter of 2015 was $223 million, a decrease from the prior quarter's Adjusted EBITDA of $232 million and up from $204 million in the first quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA margin* for the first quarter of 2015 was 42%, down a percentage point from the prior quarter and down three percentage points from the same period last year.
GAAP income from operations for the first quarter of 2015 was $122 million, a decrease from the prior quarter's GAAP income from operations of $136 million and up from $121 million in the first quarter of 2014. GAAP operating margin for the first quarter of 2015 was 23%, down two percentage points from the prior quarter and down four percentage points from the same period last year.
Non-GAAP income from operations* for the first quarter of 2015 was $163 million, a decrease from the prior quarter's non-GAAP income from operations of $175 million and up from $159 million in the first quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP operating margin* for the first quarter of 2015 was 31%, down two percentage points from the prior quarter and down four percentage points from the same period last year.
Cash from operations for the first quarter of 2015 was $100 million, or 19% of revenue. The Company had $1.5 billion of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of March 31, 2015.
Share Repurchase Program
During the first quarter of 2015, under the share repurchase program authorized by the Board of Directors in October 2013, the Company spent $63 million to repurchase 0.9 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $67.24 per share. The Company had approximately 179 million shares of common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2015.
*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 1-866-314-5232 (or 1-617-213-8052 for international calls) and using passcode No. 67440042. 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. 49904142.
As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.
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 income from operations, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, capital expenditures, revenue adjusted for ADS divestiture and impact of foreign currency exchange rates, as discussed below.
Amortization of acquired intangible assets – Akamai has incurred amortization of intangible assets, included in its GAAP financial statements, related to various acquisitions Akamai 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 from its non-GAAP financial measures 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 paid 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 from its non-GAAP financial measures in order to highlight the performance of Akamai's core business and to be consistent with the way investors evaluate its performance and compare its operating results to peer companies.
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 Akamai's initial estimated amounts of contingent consideration and indemnifications 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 from its non-GAAP financial measures to provide a useful comparison of Akamai's operating results to prior periods and to its peer companies because such amounts vary significantly based on the magnitude of the acquisition transactions.
Restructuring charges – Akamai has incurred restructuring charges that are included in its GAAP financial statements, primarily related to workforce reductions and estimated costs of existing facility lease commitments. Akamai excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures when evaluating its continuing business performance as such items are not consistently recurring and do not reflect expected future operating expense, nor provide meaningful insight into the fundamentals of current or past operations of its business.
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs and amortization of capitalized interest expense – In February 2014, Akamai issued $690 million of convertible senior notes due 2019 with a coupon interest rate of 0%. The imputed interest rate of the convertible senior notes was approximately 3.2%. This is a result of the debt discount recorded for the conversion feature that is required to be separately accounted for as equity, thereby reducing the carrying value of the convertible debt instrument. The debt discount is amortized as interest expense together with the issuance costs of the debt which are recorded as an asset in the consolidated balance sheet. All of Akamai's interest expense is comprised of these non-cash components and is excluded from management's assessment of the company's operating performance because management believes the non-cash expense is not indicative of ongoing operating performance.
Loss on investments and legal matters – Akamai has incurred losses from the impairment of certain investments and the settlement of legal matters. In addition, Akamai has incurred costs with respect to its internal investigation relating to sales practices in a country outside the U.S. Akamai believes excluding these amounts from non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors as they occur infrequently and are not representative of Akamai's core business operations.
Income tax-effect of non-GAAP adjustments and certain discrete tax items – 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 Akamai to highlight income attributable to its core operations.
Non-GAAP income from operations – GAAP income from operations adjusted for the following items: amortization of acquired intangible assets; stock-based compensation; amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation; amortization of capitalized interest expense; other operating expenses (comprised of acquisition-related costs; restructuring charges; benefit from adoption of software development activities; gains and other activity related to divestiture of a business; gains and losses on legal settlements; and costs incurred with respect to Akamai's internal investigation relating to sales practices in a country outside the U.S); and other non-recurring or unusual items that may arise from time to time.
Non-GAAP operating margin – Non-GAAP income from operations stated as a percentage of revenue.
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; other operating expenses (comprised of acquisition-related costs, restructuring charges, benefit from adoption of software development activities, gains and other activity related to divestiture of a business, gains and losses on legal settlements, and costs incurred with respect to Akamai's internal investigation relating to sales practices in a country outside the U.S.); loss on early extinguishment of debt; amortization of debt discount and issuance costs; amortization of capitalized interest expense; certain gains and losses on investments; 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 basic weighted average or diluted common shares outstanding. Basic weighted average shares outstanding are those used in GAAP net income per share calculations. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding are adjusted in non-GAAP per share calculations for the shares that would be delivered to Akamai pursuant to the note hedge transaction entered into in connection with the issuance of $690 million of convertible senior notes due 2019. Under GAAP, shares delivered under hedge transactions are not considered offsetting shares in the fully diluted share calculation until they are delivered. However, the company would receive a benefit from the note hedge transaction and would not allow the dilution to occur, so management believes that adjusting for this benefit provides a meaningful view of net income per share. Until Akamai's weighted average stock price is greater than $89.56, the initial conversion price, there will be no difference between GAAP and non-GAAP diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.
Adjusted EBITDA – GAAP net income excluding the following items: interest income; income taxes; depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets; stock-based compensation; amortization of capitalized stock-based compensation; other operating expenses (comprised of acquisition-related costs; restructuring charges; benefit from adoption of software development activities; gains and other activity related to divestiture of a business; gains and losses on legal settlements; and costs incurred with respect to Akamai's internal investigation relating to sales practices in a country outside the U.S.); foreign exchange gains and losses; loss on early extinguishment of debt; amortization of debt discount and issuance costs; amortization of capitalized interest expense; certain gains and losses on investments; 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.
Capital expenditures – Purchases of property and equipment, capitalization of internal-use software development costs, capitalization of stock-based compensation and capitalization of interest expense.
Revenue, adjusted for ADS divestiture – Revenue excluding the impact of Akamai's Advertising Decision Solutions (ADS) divestiture.
Impact of Foreign Currency Exchange Rates – Revenue and earnings from international operations have historically been an important contributor to Akamai's financial results. Consequently, Akamai's financial results have been impacted, and management expects they will continue to be impacted, by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. For example, when the local currencies of Akamai's foreign subsidiaries weaken, consolidated results stated in U.S. dollars are negatively impacted.
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.