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Verisign Reports 5 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth in First Quarter 2014

RESTON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/24/14 -- VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the global leader in domain names, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014.

First Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries ("Verisign") reported revenue of $249 million for the first quarter of 2014, up 5 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $94 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $85 million and diluted EPS of $0.52 in the same quarter in 2013. The operating margin was 56.1 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 56.4 percent for the same quarter in 2013.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $95 million and diluted EPS of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $94 million and diluted EPS of $0.58 for the same quarter in 2013. The non-GAAP operating margin was 60.1 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 59.6 percent for the same quarter in 2013. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

"Results of the first quarter demonstrate the fundamental soundness of our strategy and discipline in execution," commented Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Financial Highlights

  • Verisign ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.7 billion, flat as compared with year-end 2013.
  • Cash flow from operations was $142 million for the first quarter compared with $151 million for the same quarter in 2013.
  • Deferred revenues on March 31, 2014, totaled $886 million, an increase of $30 million from year-end 2013.
  • Capital expenditures were $11 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • During the first quarter, Verisign repurchased 2.4 million shares of its common stock for $132 million. At March 31, 2014, $868 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program.
  • Verisign expects to complete in the second quarter of 2014 the intended repatriation of approximately $700 million to $800 million of cash held by foreign subsidiaries as described in the fourth quarter 2013 earnings release.
  • For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the first quarter diluted share count included 14.3 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 7.9 million shares in the same quarter in 2013. These represent diluted shares and not shares that have been issued.

Business Highlights

  • Verisign Registry Services added 1.28 million net new names during the first quarter, ending with 128.5 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 4 percent increase over the zone at the end of the first quarter in 2013.
  • In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.6 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.8 million for the same period in 2013.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 72.2 percent compared with 72.9 percent for the same quarter in 2012. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Non-GAAP Items
Non-GAAP financial results exclude the following items that are included under GAAP: Discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of the subordinated convertible debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on subordinated convertible debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 28 percent tax rate which differs from the GAAP tax rate. A table reconciling the GAAP to non-GAAP operating income and net income is appended to this release.

Today's Conference Call
Verisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) to review the first quarter 2014 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (913) 312-0970 (international), conference ID: Verisign. A listen-only live web cast of the conference call and accompanying slide presentation will also be available at http://investor.verisign.com. An audio archive of the call will be available at https://investor.verisign.com/events.cfm. This news release and the financial information discussed on today's conference call are available at http://investor.verisign.com.

About Verisign
As the global leader in domain names, Verisign powers the invisible navigation that takes people to where they want to go on the Internet. For more than 15 years, Verisign has operated the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains that today includes .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .gov, .jobs, .name and .cc, as well as two of the world's 13 Internet root servers. Verisign's product suite also includes Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, iDefense Security Intelligence Services and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit VerisignInc.com.

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Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of whether the U.S. Department of Commerce will approve any exercise by us of our right to increase the price per .com domain name, under certain circumstances, the uncertainty of whether we will be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Department of Commerce that market conditions warrant removal of the pricing restrictions on .com domain names and the uncertainty of whether we will experience other negative changes to our pricing terms; the failure to renew key agreements on similar terms, or at all; the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as restrictions on increasing prices under the .com Registry Agreement, changes in marketing and advertising practices, including those of third-party registrars, increasing competition, and pricing pressure from competing services offered at prices below our prices; changes in search engine algorithms and advertising payment practices; the uncertainty of whether we will successfully develop and market new products and services, the uncertainty of whether our new products and services, if any, will achieve market acceptance or result in any revenues; challenging global economic conditions; challenges of ongoing changes to Internet governance and administration; the outcome of legal or other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of registrars or registrants, or litigation generally; the uncertainty regarding what the ultimate outcome or amount of benefit we receive, if any, from the worthless stock deduction will be; new or existing governmental laws and regulations; changes in customer behavior, Internet platforms and web-browsing patterns; system interruptions; security breaches; attacks on the Internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; whether we will be able to continue to expand our infrastructure to meet demand; the uncertainty of the expense and timing of requests for indemnification, if any, relating to completed divestitures; and the impact of the introduction of new gTLDs, any delays in their introduction, the impact of ICANN's Registry Agreement for new gTLDs, and whether our gTLD applications or the applicants' gTLD applications for which we have contracted to provide back-end registry services will be successful; and the uncertainty regarding the impact, if any, of the delegation into the root zone of up to 1,400 new TLDs. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included in our filings with the SEC, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Verisign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement.

©2014 VeriSign, Inc. All rights reserved. VERISIGN, the VERISIGN logo, and other trademarks, service marks, and designs are registered or unregistered trademarks of VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and in foreign countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


                               VERISIGN, INC.
                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                      (In thousands, except par value)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                    March 31,   December 31,
                                                       2014         2013
                                                   ------------ ------------
                      ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                        $   267,053  $   339,223
  Marketable securities                              1,450,155    1,384,062
  Accounts receivable, net                              15,437       13,631
  Income tax receivables and other current assets       57,553       66,283
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total current assets                             1,790,198    1,803,199
                                                   ------------ ------------
Property and equipment, net                            329,711      339,653
Goodwill                                                52,527       52,527
Long-term deferred tax assets                          409,616      437,643
Other long-term assets                                  27,297       27,745
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total long-term assets                             819,151      857,568
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total assets                                   $ 2,609,349  $ 2,660,767
                                                   ============ ============
       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities         $   108,994  $   149,276
  Deferred revenues                                    620,593      595,221
  Subordinated convertible debentures, including
   contingent interest derivative                      621,061      624,056
  Deferred tax liabilities                             693,149      660,633
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total current liabilities                        2,043,797    2,029,186
                                                   ------------ ------------
Long-term deferred revenues                            265,627      260,615
Senior notes                                           750,000      750,000
Other long-term tax liabilities                          7,544       44,524
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total long-term liabilities                      1,023,171    1,055,139
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total liabilities                                3,066,968    3,084,325
                                                   ------------ ------------
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' deficit:
  Preferred stock--par value $.001 per share;
   Authorized shares: 5,000; Issued and
   outstanding shares: none                                 --           --
  Common stock--par value $.001 per share;
   Authorized shares: 1,000,000; Issued shares:
   321,301 at March 31, 2014 and 320,358 at
   December 31, 2013; Outstanding shares: 131,994
   at March 31, 2014 and 133,724 at December 31,
   2013                                                    321          320
  Additional paid-in capital                        18,806,804   18,935,302
  Accumulated deficit                               (19,261,67   (19,356,09
                                                             2)           5)
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss                  (3,072)      (3,085)
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total stockholders' deficit                       (457,619)    (423,558)
                                                   ------------ ------------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit    $ 2,609,349  $ 2,660,767
                                                   ============ ============



                               VERISIGN, INC.
          CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
                    (In thousands, except per share data)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                     -----------------------
                                                         2014        2013
                                                     ----------- -----------
Revenues                                             $  248,796  $  236,447
                                                     ----------- -----------
Costs and expenses:
  Cost of revenues                                       48,026      47,254
  Sales and marketing                                    20,289      18,104
  Research and development                               18,439      18,176
  General and administrative                             22,457      19,649
                                                     ----------- -----------
    Total costs and expenses                            109,211     103,183
                                                     ----------- -----------
Operating income                                        139,585     133,264
Interest expense                                        (21,385)    (12,596)
Non-operating income (loss), net                          6,516      (5,777)
                                                     ----------- -----------
Income before income taxes                              124,716     114,891
Income tax expense                                      (30,293)    (30,378)
                                                     ----------- -----------
Net income                                               94,423      84,513
                                                     ----------- -----------
  Unrealized gain (loss) on investments, net of tax           8        (267)
  Realized loss (gain) on investments, net of tax,
   included in net income                                     5         (20)
                                                     ----------- -----------
Other comprehensive income (loss)                            13        (287)
                                                     ----------- -----------
Comprehensive income                                 $   94,436  $   84,226
                                                     =========== ===========

Income per share:
  Basic                                              $     0.71  $     0.55
                                                     =========== ===========
  Diluted                                            $     0.64  $     0.52
                                                     =========== ===========
Shares used to compute net income per share
  Basic                                                 133,417     152,543
                                                     =========== ===========
  Diluted                                               148,600     161,346
                                                     =========== ===========



                               VERISIGN, INC.
               CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                               (In thousands)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                     -----------------------
                                                         2014        2013
                                                     ----------- -----------
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net income                                         $   94,423  $   84,513
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
   provided by operating activities:
    Depreciation of property and equipment and
     amortization of other intangible assets             16,008      15,118
    Stock-based compensation                              9,993       7,594
    Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based
     compensation                                            --     (11,808)
    Deferred income taxes                                22,179       4,787
    Unrealized (gain) loss on contingent interest
     derivative on Subordinated Convertible
     Debentures                                          (5,269)      6,433
    Other, net                                            2,371       4,309
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities
      Accounts receivable                                (1,806)     (2,280)
      Prepaid expenses and other assets                   7,925       3,210
      Accounts payable and accrued liabilities          (34,579)      4,549
      Deferred revenues                                  30,384      34,212
                                                     ----------- -----------
        Net cash provided by operating activities       141,629     150,637
                                                     ----------- -----------
Cash flows from investing activities:
  Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable
   securities                                           718,177     706,244
  Purchases of marketable securities                   (784,090)   (764,268)
  Purchases of property and equipment                   (11,262)    (17,115)
  Other investing activities                                 34      (3,426)
                                                     ----------- -----------
          Net cash used in investing activities         (77,141)    (78,565)
                                                     ----------- -----------
Cash flows from financing activities:
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock from option
   exercises and employee stock purchase plans            8,668       8,733
  Repurchases of common stock                          (145,556)   (142,892)
  Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based
   compensation                                              --      11,808
                                                     ----------- -----------
        Net cash used in financing activities          (136,888)   (122,351)
                                                     ----------- -----------
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
 equivalents                                                230      (1,837)
                                                     ----------- -----------
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents               (72,170)    (52,116)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period        339,223     130,736
                                                     ----------- -----------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period           $  267,053  $   78,620
                                                     =========== ===========
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
  Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized
   interest                                          $   20,209  $   20,393
                                                     =========== ===========
  Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds
   received                                          $    7,651  $      729
                                                     =========== ===========



                               VERISIGN, INC.
                RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
                    (In thousands, except per share data)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                       Three Months Ended March 31,
                              ----------------------------------------------
                                       2014                    2013
                              ----------------------  ----------------------
                               Operating      Net      Operating      Net
                                 Income      Income      Income      Income
                              -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------
GAAP as reported              $  139,585   $ 94,423   $  133,264   $ 84,513
  Adjustments:
    Stock-based compensation       9,993      9,993        7,594      7,594
    Unrealized (gain) loss
     on contingent interest
     derivative on the
     subordinated
     convertible debentures           --     (5,269)          --      6,433
    Non-cash interest
     expense                          --      2,443           --      1,914
  Tax adjustment                      --     (6,634)          --     (6,255)
Non-GAAP                      $  149,578   $ 94,956   $  140,858   $ 94,199
                              ===========  =========  ===========  =========

Revenues                      $  248,796              $  236,447
Non-GAAP operating margin           60.1%                   59.6%
                              ===========             ===========
Diluted shares                              148,600                 161,346
Per diluted share, non-GAAP                $   0.64                $   0.58
                                           =========               =========

Verisign provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, we typically disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information in our quarterly earnings release, on investor conference calls and during investor conferences and related events. This non-GAAP financial information does not include the following types of financial measures that are included in GAAP: discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of the subordinated convertible debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on subordinated convertible debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 28 percent tax rate, which differs from the GAAP tax rate.

Management believes that this non-GAAP financial data supplements the GAAP financial data by providing investors with additional information that allows them to have a clearer picture of our operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the non-GAAP information enhances investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of our operating results from period to period. Above, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information that we provide each quarter with the comparable financial information reported in accordance with GAAP for the given period.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation:


                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                             March 31,
                                                      ----------------------
                                                         2014        2013
                                                      ----------  ----------
Cost of revenues                                      $    1,598  $    1,540
Sales and marketing                                        1,848       1,487
Research and development                                   1,872       1,895
General and administrative                                 4,675       2,672
                                                      ----------  ----------
Total stock-based compensation expense                $    9,993  $    7,594
                                                      ==========  ==========


                               VERISIGN, INC.
                     SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
                                 (Unaudited)

Following the offering of the 4.625% senior notes due 2023 (the "Notes"), we disclose our Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown below. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is calculated in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the Notes. Adjusted EBITDA refers to net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures and unrealized loss (gain) on hedging agreements.

The following table reconciles GAAP net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown below (in thousands):


                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                     -----------------------
                                                         2014        2013
                                                     ----------- -----------
Net Income                                           $   94,423  $   84,513
  Interest expense                                       21,385      12,596
  Income tax expense                                     30,293      30,378
  Depreciation and amortization                          16,008      15,118
  Stock-based compensation                                9,993       7,594
  Unrealized (gain) loss on contingent interest
   derivative on the subordinated convertible
   debentures                                            (5,269)      6,433
  Unrealized loss (gain) on hedging agreements              135        (894)
                                                     ----------  ----------
Adjusted EBITDA                                      $  166,968  $  155,738
                                                     ==========  ==========

                                                         Four Quarters Ended
                                                            March 31, 2014
                                                         -------------------
Net Income                                               $          554,360
  Interest expense                                                   83,551
  Income tax benefit                                                (87,765)
  Depreciation and amortization                                      61,545
  Stock-based compensation                                           39,048
  Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on
   the subordinated convertible debentures                            6,099
  Unrealized loss on hedging agreements                                 327
                                                         -------------------
Adjusted EBITDA                                          $          657,165
                                                         ===================

Verisign's management believes that presenting Adjusted EBITDA enhances investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of our operating results from period to period. However, Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool. These limitations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • non-cash compensation is and will remain a key element of our overall long-term incentive compensation package, although we exclude it as an expense when evaluating its ongoing operating performance for a particular period; and
  • other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

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