Red Hat reports first quarter results for fiscal year 2017

Via Red Hat Newsroom

Jun 23, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. — June 22, 2016 —

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended May 31, 2016.

“Digital transformation and cloud computing are changing the way companies compete in virtually every industry today. Organizations that rapidly embrace agile IT technology are succeeding as industry innovation accelerates around them. Our open source-based technologies are helping customers capture the business benefits associated with this rapid rate of change,” stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. “Strong adoption of our technologies has been reflected in our total revenue growth including 18% year-over-year growth in Q1 that was driven in part by 39% growth of our Application Development-related and emerging technologies.”

“The first quarter was a strong start to FY17,” stated Frank Calderoni, Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat. “The momentum of our business and solid execution by our sales team was evidenced by the record number of deals over $1 million closed in Q1, up 50% compared to the year-ago period.”

Revenue: Total revenue for the quarter was $568 million, up 18% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and as measured in constant currency. Constant currency references in this release are detailed in the tables below. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $502 million, up 18% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and as measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue in the quarter was 88% of total revenue.

Subscription Revenue Breakout: Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $403 million, an increase of 14% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and 13% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue from Application Development-related and other emerging technologies offerings for the quarter was $98 million, an increase of 39% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and as measured in constant currency.

Operating Income: GAAP operating income for the quarter was $75 million, up 6% year-over-year. After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets, non-GAAP operating income for the first quarter was $124 million, up 9% year-over-year. Non-GAAP references in this release are detailed in the tables below. For the first quarter, GAAP operating margin was 13.3% and non-GAAP operating margin was 21.8%.

Net Income: GAAP net income for the quarter was $61 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared with $48 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. During the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, GAAP net income and earnings per diluted share benefited by $8 million and $0.04, respectively, from the early adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2016-09 ("ASU 2016-09"), which affects, among other items, the accounting for excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements. Under ASU 2016-09, excess tax benefits are no longer recognized as additional paid-in capital but instead recognized as a reduction to income tax expense in the income statement.1

After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense and excess tax benefits related to share-based payments, amortization of intangible assets, and non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount, non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $92 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, as compared to $81 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP diluted weighted average shares outstanding excludes any dilution resulting from the convertible notes because any potential dilution is expected to be offset by our convertible note hedge transactions. In the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, both GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share benefited from the one-time earned revenue adjustment of approximately $0.02.

Cash: Operating cash flow was $232 million for the first quarter, an increase of 8% on a year-over-year basis. The company’s consolidated statements of cash flows are presented including the adoption of ASU 2016-09 which requires excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements be classified along with other income tax cash flows as an operating activity rather than a financing activity. We elected to apply the ASU 2016-09 amendment related to classification of excess tax benefits on the statement of cash flows using a retrospective transition method. As a result, $6 million of excess tax benefits previously presented as a financing source of cash for first quarter of the prior fiscal year are now presented as an operating cash flow.

Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of May 31, 2016 was $2.12 billion after repurchasing approximately $66 million, or approximately 900 thousand shares, of common stock in the first quarter. As of May 31, 2016, the company had used approximately $329 million of the $500 million stock repurchase program.

Deferred revenue: At the end of the first quarter, the company’s total deferred revenue balance was $1.69 billion, an increase of 18% year-over-year. The full year positive impact to total deferred revenue from changes in foreign exchange rates was $10 million year-over-year. On a constant currency basis, total deferred revenue would have been up 17% year-over-year.

Outlook : Red Hat’s outlook assumes current business conditions, current foreign currency exchange rates and the impact of the anticipated acquisition of 3scale, Inc., announced today in a separate press release. For the full year:

  • Revenue is expected to be $2.380 billion to $2.420 billion in U.S. dollars.

  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 14.3% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 23.0%.

  • Fully-diluted GAAP earnings per share (EPS) is expected to be approximately $1.37 to $1.41 per share. Fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $2.19 to $2.23 per share. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $1 million to $2 million per quarter forecast for other income. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS also assume an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items and 184 million fully-diluted shares outstanding.

  • Operating cash flow guidance range is expected to be approximately $800 million to $820 million.

For the second quarter:

  • Revenue guidance is $587 million to $593 million.

  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 13.4% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 22.8%.

  • Fully-diluted GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.31 per share. Fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.54. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $1 million to $2 million forecast for other income. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS also assume an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items and 184 million fully-diluted shares outstanding.

GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation:

Full year non-GAAP operating margin guidance is derived by subtracting the estimated full year impact of non-cash share-based compensation expense of approximately $180 million, amortization of intangible assets of approximately $29 million, and transaction costs related to business combinations of less than $1 million. Full year fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS guidance is derived by subtracting the expenses listed in the previous sentence and the full year impact of non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount of approximately $19 million and an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items. Additionally, full year fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS excludes approximately $15 million of discrete tax benefits related to share-based compensation that are included in full year fully-diluted GAAP EPS.

Second quarter non-GAAP operating margin guidance is derived by subtracting the estimated impact of non-cash share-based compensation expense of approximately $47 million, amortization of intangible assets of approximately $8 million, and transaction costs related to business combinations of less than $1 million. Second quarter fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS guidance is derived by subtracting the expenses listed in the previous sentence and non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount of approximately $5 million and an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items. Additionally, second quarter fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS excludes approximately $1 million of discrete tax benefits related to share-based compensation that are included in second quarter fully-diluted GAAP EPS.

Webcast and Website Information

A live webcast of Red Hat's results will begin at 5:00 pm ET today. The webcast, in addition to a copy of our prepared remarks and slides containing financial highlights and supplemental metrics, can be accessed by the general public at Red Hat's investor relations website at http://investors.redhat.com . A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the live event has ended. Additional information on Red Hat's reported results, including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP adjusted results, are included in the financial tables below.

  • Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements are considered discrete tax items and as a result are not included in our fiscal year 2017 estimated annual effective tax rate of 27%. Additionally, ASU 2016-09 requires that recognition of excess tax benefits in the income statement be adopted and applied on a prospective basis and, as a result, we have not adjusted fiscal year 2016 tax expense for the $6 million that was recognized as additional paid-in capital during the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
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