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[February 06, 2014]

Verisign Reports 10 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth in 2013

(Marketwire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) RESTON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/06/14 -- VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the global leader in domain names, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013 and year ended Dec. 31, 2013.

"2013 was a strong year for the company capped by solid performance across several metrics. We recorded double digit revenue growth, increased cash flows, expanded margins, and returned over $1 billion to shareholders in share repurchases while continuing to provide uninterrupted availability of the .com and .net domain name system (DNS) for over 16 years. We look forward to 2014 from a strong position," commented Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Fourth Quarter GAAP Financial Results VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries ("Verisign") reported revenue of $246 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, up 7 percent from the same quarter in 2012. The operating margin was 53.0 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 58.8 percent for the same quarter in 2012. Verisign reported net income of $292 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.94 for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $106 million and diluted EPS of $0.65 in the same quarter in 2012.

During the fourth quarter of 2013 Verisign liquidated for tax purposes one of its domestic subsidiaries which will allow it to claim a worthless stock deduction on its 2013 federal income tax return. Verisign recorded an income tax benefit during the fourth quarter of 2013 of $375.3 million related to the worthless stock deduction, net of valuation allowances and accrual for uncertain tax positions. The financial statement carrying value of this subsidiary was not material. The worthless stock deduction may be subject to audit and adjustment by the IRS, which could result in reversal of all, part or none of the income tax benefit, or could result in a benefit higher than the net amount recorded. If the IRS rejects or reduces the amount of the income tax benefit related to the worthless stock deduction, Verisign may have to pay additional cash income taxes which could adversely affect its results from operations, financial condition and cash flows. Verisign cannot guarantee what the ultimate outcome or amount of benefit to receive, if any, will be. Verisign also sold certain cost-method investments during the fourth quarter of 2013 and realized a pre-tax, non-operating, gain of $15.8 million.

Verisign evaluated various scenarios for realizing the tax benefits from the worthless stock deduction and determined that using part of the benefit to offset current year domestic income, combined with a repatriation of a portion of the cash held by foreign subsidiaries, as the most financially beneficial alternative. Accordingly, during the second or third quarter of 2014 Verisign intends to repatriate approximately $700 million to $800 million of cash held by foreign subsidiaries, in a tax efficient manner by using the tax benefits resulting from the worthless stock deduction to offset the taxable income generated in the U.S. as a result of the intended repatriation. The repatriation amount utilizes substantially all of the projected available distributable capital reserves of Verisign's foreign subsidiaries under applicable foreign statutes. During the fourth quarter of 2013, Verisign recorded an income tax expense of $167.1 million related to taxable income generated in the U.S. as a result of the intended repatriation. For funds remaining in the foreign subsidiaries after the intended repatriation that have not been previously taxed in the U.S., Verisign's intent remains to indefinitely reinvest those funds outside of the U.S. and accordingly Verisign has not provided deferred U.S. taxes.

Results for the fourth quarter of 2013 included the income tax benefit related to the worthless stock deduction, pre-tax non-operating gains from the sale of certain cost-method investments, and income tax expense related to taxable income generated in the U.S. as a result of the intended repatriation, discussed above, which collectively increased net income by $217.8 million and increased diluted EPS by $1.45.

Results for the fourth quarter of 2012 included certain pre-tax benefits as described in the fourth quarter 2012 earnings news release which, together, increased the operating margin by 4.9 percentage points and diluted EPS by $0.07.

Because Verisign has not fully completed the tax provision calculation process, tax provisions for both the fourth quarter and full year 2013 (including the income tax benefit related to the worthless stock deduction and income tax expense related to taxable income generated in the U.S. as a result of the intended repatriation) are still preliminary and therefore GAAP net income and GAAP earnings per share for these periods are also preliminary. Final tax provisions, GAAP net income, and GAAP earnings per share will be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, to be filed with the SEC and may differ materially from the amounts reported above.

Fourth Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $98 million and diluted EPS of $0.65 for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $96 million and diluted EPS of $0.59 for the same quarter in 2012. The non-GAAP operating margin was 56.9 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 62.0 percent for the same quarter in 2012. Results for the fourth quarter of 2013 included a pre-tax, non-operating, gain of $15.8 million from the sale of certain cost-method investments which increased non-GAAP net income by $11.4 million and diluted EPS by $0.07.

Non-GAAP results for the fourth quarter of 2012 included certain pre-tax benefits as described in the fourth quarter 2012 earnings news release which, together, increased the non-GAAP operating margin by 4.9 percentage points and diluted EPS by $0.05.

A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

2013 GAAP Financial Results For the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, Verisign reported revenue of $965 million, up 10 percent from $874 million in 2012. Verisign reported net income of $544 million and diluted EPS of $3.49 in 2013, compared to net income of $320 million and diluted EPS of $1.95 in 2012. The operating margin for 2013 was 54.7 percent compared to 52.4 percent in 2012. Results for 2013 included the income tax benefit recognized during the fourth quarter related to the worthless stock deduction, a pre-tax non-operating gain from the sale of certain cost-method investments, and income tax expense related to taxable income generated in the U.S. as a result of an intended repatriation in 2014 which collectively increased net income by $217.8 million and increased diluted EPS by $1.39.

2013 Non-GAAP Financial Results Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $374 million and diluted EPS of $2.40 for 2013, compared to net income of $322 million and diluted EPS of $1.97 in 2012. The non-GAAP operating margin for 2013 was 58.5 percent compared to 56.2 percent in 2012. Results for 2013 included a pre-tax, non-operating gain of $15.8 million recognized during the fourth quarter from the sale of certain cost-method investments which increased non-GAAP net income by $11.4 million and diluted EPS by $0.07.

A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

"I'm pleased with the hard work of our team which has culminated in recording a tax benefit during the fourth quarter, that we intend to use, in part, to repatriate a significant portion of our foreign domiciled cash," stated George Kilguss III, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Financial Highlights Verisign ended the fourth quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.7 billion, an increase of $167 million from year-end 2012. Cash flow from operations was $147 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and $579 million for the full year 2013 compared with $171 million for the same quarter in 2012 and $538 million for the full year 2012. Deferred revenues on Dec. 31, 2013, totaled $856 million, an increase of $43 million from year-end 2012. Capital expenditures were $15 million in the fourth quarter and $66 million for the full year. During the fourth quarter, Verisign repurchased 4.1 million shares of its common stock for $225 million. During the full year 2013, Verisign repurchased 21 million shares of its common stock for $1 billion. On Jan. 31, 2014, the Board of Directors approved an additional authorization for share repurchases of approximately $528 million of common stock, which brings the total amount to $1 billion authorized and available under Verisign's share buyback program, which has no expiration. For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the fourth quarter diluted share count included 13.7 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 6.4 million shares in the same quarter in 2012. These represent diluted shares and not shares that have been issued. Business Highlights Verisign Registry Services added 1.29 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 127.2 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 5 percent increase over the zone at the end of the fourth quarter in 2012. In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 8.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.0 million for the same period in 2012. During 2013, Verisign processed 34.0 million new domain name registrations as compared with 33.1 million for 2012. The final .com and .net renewal rate for the third quarter of 2013 was 72.7 percent compared with 72.5 percent for the same quarter in 2012. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter. Non-GAAP ItemsNon-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 starting from the third quarter of 2012, and 30 percent for all other periods presented herein, both of which differ 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 CallVerisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EST) to review the fourth quarter and full year 2013 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (913) 312-1488 (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 VerisignAs 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.

VRSNF 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 to ongoing privatization of Internet 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, 2012, 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.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except par value) (Unaudited) December 31, December 31, 2013 2012 ------------ ------------ ASSETS ------------------------------------------------ Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 339,223 $ 130,736 Marketable securities 1,384,062 1,425,700 Accounts receivable, net 13,631 11,477 Deferred tax assets 1,743 44,756 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 64,540 30,795 ------------ ------------ Total current assets 1,803,199 1,643,464 ------------ ------------ Property and equipment, net 339,653 333,861 Goodwill 52,527 52,527 Long-term deferred tax assets 437,643 7,299 Other long-term assets 27,745 25,325 ------------ ------------ Total long-term assets 857,568 419,012 ------------ ------------ Total assets $ 2,660,767 $ 2,062,476 ============ ============ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT ------------------------------------------------ Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 149,276 $ 130,391 Subordinated convertible debentures, including contingent interest derivative 624,056 -- Deferred revenues 595,221 564,627 Deferred tax liabilities 660,633 -- ------------ ------------ Total current liabilities 2,029,186 695,018 ------------ ------------ Long-term deferred revenues 260,615 247,955 Senior notes 750,000 -- Subordinated convertible debentures, including contingent interest derivative -- 597,614 Credit facility -- 100,000 Long-term deferred tax liabilities -- 386,914 Other long-term tax liabilities 44,524 44,298 ------------ ------------ Total long-term liabilities 1,055,139 1,376,781 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities 3,084,325 2,071,799 ------------ ------------ 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: 320,358 at December 31, 2013 and 318,722 at December 31, 2012; Outstanding shares: 133,724 at December 31, 2013 and 153,392 at December 31, 2012 320 319 Additional paid-in capital 18,935,302 19,891,291 Accumulated deficit (19,356,095) (19,900,545) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,085) (388) ------------ ------------ Total stockholders' deficit (423,558) (9,323) ------------ ------------ Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $ 2,660,767 $ 2,062,476 ============ ============ VERISIGN, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Year Ended December December 31, 31, -------------------- -------------------- 2013 2012 2013 2012 --------- --------- --------- --------- Revenues $ 245,630 $ 230,196 $ 965,087 $ 873,592 --------- --------- --------- --------- Costs and expenses: Cost of revenues 46,575 42,040 187,013 167,600 Sales and marketing 25,064 20,753 89,337 97,809 Research and development 17,766 16,059 70,297 61,694 General and administrative 26,051 16,024 90,208 89,927 Restructuring charges -- (35) -- (765) --------- --------- --------- --------- Total costs and expenses 115,456 94,841 436,855 416,265 --------- --------- --------- --------- Operating income 130,174 135,355 528,232 457,327 Interest expense (21,237) (12,657) (74,761) (50,196) Non-operating income, net 7,508 8,596 3,300 5,564 --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations before income taxes 116,445 131,294 456,771 412,695 Income tax benefit (expense) 175,704 (30,205) 87,679 (100,210) --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations, net of tax 292,149 101,089 544,450 312,485 Income from discontinued operations, net of tax -- 4,552 -- 7,547 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income 292,149 105,641 544,450 320,032 --------- --------- --------- --------- Realized foreign currency translation adjustments, included in net income 81 -- 81 -- Unrealized (loss) gain on investments, net of tax (28) 221 (369) 2,757 Realized loss (gain) on investments, net of tax, included in net income 69 (6) (2,409) (61) --------- --------- --------- --------- Other comprehensive income (loss) 122 215 (2,697) 2,696 --------- --------- --------- --------- Comprehensive income $ 292,271 $ 105,856 $ 541,753 $ 322,728 ========= ========= ========= ========= Basic income per share: Continuing operations $ 2.15 $ 0.65 $ 3.77 $ 1.99 Discontinued operations -- 0.03 -- 0.05 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $ 2.15 $ 0.68 $ 3.77 $ 2.04 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted income per share: Continuing operations $ 1.94 $ 0.62 $ 3.49 $ 1.91 Discontinued operations -- 0.03 -- 0.04 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $ 1.94 $ 0.65 $ 3.49 $ 1.95 ========= ========= ========= ========= Shares used to compute net income per share Basic 135,759 154,642 144,591 156,953 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted 150,422 162,034 155,786 163,909 ========= ========= ========= ========= VERISIGN, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In thousands) (Unaudited) Year Ended December 31, ------------------------ 2013 2012 ----------- ----------- Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 544,450 $ 320,032 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation of property and equipment and amortization of other intangible assets. 60,655 54,819 Stock-based compensation 36,649 33,362 Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation (19,320) (18,436) Deferred income taxes (112,688) 71,800 Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on Subordinated Convertible Debentures 17,801 (422) Gain on sale of investments (18,861) (102) Other, net 13,360 11,505 Changes in operating assets and liabilities Accounts receivable (2,500) 3,327 Prepaid expenses and other assets (2,694) (9,344) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 19,291 (12,922) Deferred revenues 43,254 84,011 ----------- ----------- Net cash provided by operating activities 579,397 537,630 ----------- ----------- Cash flows from investing activities: Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities and investments 3,508,569 1,234,156 Purchases of marketable securities (3,450,068) (2,622,898) Purchases of property and equipment (65,594) (53,023) Other investing activities (3,969) (588) ----------- ----------- Net cash used in investing activities (11,062) (1,442,353) ----------- ----------- Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of common stock from option exercises and employee stock purchase plans 20,667 29,303 Repurchases of common stock (1,035,617) (325,680) Proceeds from senior notes, net of issuance costs 738,297 -- Repayment of borrowings (100,000) -- Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation 19,320 18,436 Other financing activities -- 189 ----------- ----------- Net cash used in financing activities (357,333) (277,752) ----------- ----------- Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (2,515) (138) ----------- ----------- Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 208,487 (1,182,613) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 130,736 1,313,349 ----------- ----------- Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 339,223 $ 130,736 =========== =========== Supplemental cash flow disclosures: Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest $ 58,928 $ 41,276 =========== =========== Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received $ 26,133 $ 19,436 =========== =========== VERISIGN, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended December 31, ------------------------------------------ 2013 2012 -------------------- -------------------- Operating Net Operating Net Income Income Income Income --------- --------- --------- --------- GAAP as reported $ 130,174 $ 292,149 $ 135,355 $ 105,641 Discontinued Operations -- (4,552) Adjustments: Stock-based compensation 9,643 9,643 6,971 6,971 Amortization of other intangible assets -- -- 533 533 Restructuring charges -- -- (35) (35) Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 8,078 (7,549) Non-cash interest expense 2,292 1,961 Tax adjustment (213,912) (7,085) --------- --------- --------- --------- Non-GAAP $ 139,817 $ 98,250 $ 142,824 $ 95,885 ========= ========= ========= ========= Revenues $ 245,630 $ 230,196 Non-GAAP operating margin 56.9% 62.0% ========= ========= Diluted shares 150,422 162,034 Per diluted share, non-GAAP $ 0.65 $ 0.59 ========= ========= 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 INFORMATIONThe following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation: Three Months Ended December 31, ------------------------------- 2013 2012 --------------- --------------- Cost of revenues $ 1,517 $ 1,275 Sales and marketing 1,596 1,045 Research and development 1,885 1,832 General and administrative 4,645 2,819 --------------- --------------- Total stock-based compensation expense $ 9,643 $ 6,971 =============== =============== VERISIGN, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Year Ended December 31, ------------------------------------------ 2013 2012 -------------------- -------------------- Operating Net Operating Net Income Income Income Income --------- --------- --------- --------- GAAP as reported $ 528,232 $ 544,450 $ 457,327 $ 320,032 Discontinued operations (7,547) Adjustments: Stock-based compensation 36,649 36,649 33,362 33,362 Amortization of other intangible assets -- -- 1,321 1,321 Restructuring charges -- -- (765) (765) Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 17,801 (422) Non-cash interest expense 8,608 7,370 Tax adjustment (233,231) (30,860) --------- --------- --------- --------- Non-GAAP $ 564,881 $ 374,277 $ 491,245 $ 322,491 ========= ========= ========= ========= Revenues $ 965,087 $ 873,592 Non-GAAP operating margin 58.5% 56.2% ========= ========= Diluted shares 155,786 163,909 Per diluted share, non-GAAP $ 2.40 $ 1.97 ========= ========= 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 starting from the third quarter of 2012 and 30 percent for all other periods presented herein, both of which differ 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 INFORMATIONThe following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation: Year Ended December 31, ------------------------- 2013 2012 ------------ ------------ Cost of revenues $ 6,156 $ 5,754 Sales and marketing 6,252 6,091 Research and development 7,199 6,023 General and administrative 17,042 15,494 ------------ ------------ Total stock-based compensation expense $ 36,649 $ 33,362 ============ ============ 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 December 31, -------------------- 2013 2012 --------- --------- Net Income $ 292,149 $ 105,641 Interest expense 21,237 12,657 Income tax (benefit) expense (175,704) 33,516 Depreciation and amortization 15,240 15,167 Stock-based compensation 9,643 6,971 Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 8,078 (7,549) Unrealized loss on hedging agreements 1 723 --------- --------- Adjusted EBITDA $ 170,644 $ 167,126 ========= ========= Year Ended December 31, 2013 ----------------- Net Income $ 544,450 Interest expense 74,761 Income tax benefit (87,679) Depreciation and amortization 60,655 Stock-based compensation 36,649 Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 17,801 Unrealized gain on hedging agreements (703) ----------------- Adjusted EBITDA $ 645,934 ================= 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.

Source: VeriSign, Inc.

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