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TMCNet:  NetApp Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results

[August 14, 2014]

NetApp Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 14 August 2014 Release date- 13082014 - Sunnyvale, Calif.- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 ended July 25, 2014.

First Quarter Financial Results Net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 were $1.49 billion. GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 was $88 million, or $0.27 per share,[1] compared to GAAP net income of $82 million, or $0.23 per share, for the comparable period of the prior year. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 was $198 million, or $0.60 per share,[2] compared to non-GAAP net income of $192 million, or $0.53 per share, for the comparable period of the prior year.

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments NetApp ended the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 with $5.56 billion of total cash, cash equivalents and investments and during the quarter generated $216 million in cash from operations. The company returned $172 million to shareholders during the quarter through share repurchases and a cash dividend. The next dividend in the amount of $0.165 per share will be paid on October 22, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 10, 2014.

'More large enterprises are relying on NetApp to help them bridge the on-premises architectures of today with the requirement to leverage multiple cloud services in the future,' said Tom Georgens, Chairman and CEO. 'Our best-in-class portfolio is driving momentum, enabling us to invest in continued innovation while delivering shareholder value.' Q2 Fiscal Year 2015 Outlook The Company provided the following financial guidance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015: Net revenues are expected to be in the range of $1.49 billion to $1.59 billion GAAP earnings per share is expected to be in the range of $0.45 to $0.50 per share Non-GAAP earnings per share is expected to be in the range of $0.66 to $0.71 per share Business Highlights NetApp Delivers New Products: ?NetApp FAS8080 EX. The unified FAS8080 EX array is purpose-built for the most demanding business-critical applications with advanced quality-of-service capabilities to enable predictable performance.

?NetApp FAS2500. The FAS2500 delivers optimal price/performance at an entry-level price point, while simplifying storage management operations.

?All-flash FAS Products. New NetApp all-flash FAS products combine the high performance and low latency of flash with the enterprise reliability and extensive data management of NetApp Data ONTAP software.

?Updated OnCommand Portfolio. OnCommand enables customers to better control clustered Data ONTAP and multivendor storage environments, driving down storage costs, improving service delivery through open integration, and maximizing investment by providing flexible reporting and cost analysis.

NetApp Strengthens Partnerships: ?Delivered NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure. Building on its portfolio of Microsoft Cloud solutions, NetApp introduced NPS for Microsoft Azure, enabling customers to extend their IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure to create a seamless, secure hybrid cloud environment.

?Deepened Equinix Hybrid Cloud Partnership. The Equinix Cloud Exchange can dynamically connect NetApp Private Storage customers to multiple public clouds so that they can confidently explore multi-cloud deployments to handle large, complex workflows more efficiently.

?Achieved $3 billion in FlexPod Joint Sales for NetApp and Cisco. The industry's leading integrated infrastructure solution has generated $3 billion in joint sales since its launch in 2010.

NetApp Provides Cloud Service Architecture: ?State Government Agency Implements NetApp Private Cloud Architecture. The State of California Natural Resources Agency is a model for cloud service architectures deploying NetApp's clustered Data ONTAP operating system, OnCommand System Manager, and FAS hybrid storage systems as part of its multitenant private cloud.

Webcast and Conference Call Information NetApp will host a conference call to discuss these results today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. To access the live webcast of this event, visit the NetApp Investor Relations website at investors.netapp.com. In addition, this press release, historical supplemental data tables and other information related to the call will be posted on the Investor Relations website. An audio replay will also be available on the website after 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time today.

About NetApp NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world at www.netapp.com.

NetApp, the NetApp logo, Data ONTAP, Flex Pod, and OnCommand are trademarks of NetApp, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

'Safe Harbor' Statement Under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include all of the statements under the Q2 Fiscal Year 2015 Outlook section relating to the financial guidance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 and statements regarding the benefits to us and our customers of our products and partnerships, including those statements under the Business Highlights section. All of these forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty. Actual results may differ materially from these statements for a variety of reasons, including, without limitation, general economic and market conditions, changes in U.S. government spending, revenue seasonality, and matters specific to our business, such as customer demand for and acceptance of our products and services and changes in storage consumption models. These and other equally important factors are described in reports and documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the factors described under the sections titled 'Risk Factors' in our most recently submitted Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, respectively. We disclaim any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

NetApp Usage of Non-GAAP Financials The Company refers to the non-GAAP financial measures in making operating decisions because they provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's ongoing operational performance. Non-GAAP net income excludes, when applicable, the amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation, acquisition-related income and expenses, restructuring and other charges, asset impairments, non-cash interest expense associated with our debt, net losses or gains on investments, and our GAAP tax provision, but includes a non-GAAP tax provision based upon our projected annual non-GAAP effective tax rate for the first three quarters of the fiscal year and an actual non-GAAP tax provision for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year. Effective the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the non-GAAP tax provision also excludes, when applicable, (a) tax charges or benefits in the current period that relate to one or more prior fiscal periods that are a result of events such as changes in tax legislation, authoritative guidance, income tax audit settlements and/or court decisions, (b) tax charges or benefits that are attributable to unusual or non-reoccurring book and/or tax accounting method changes, (c) tax charges that are a result of a non-routine foreign cash repatriation, (d) tax charges or benefits that are a result of infrequent restructuring of the Company's tax structure, (e) tax charges or benefits that are a result of a change in valuation allowance, and (f) the impact of a temporary lapse of tax law, such as the federal R&D credit, if such extensions have routinely been granted based on past legislative history and are expected to be reinstated in the near future.

We have excluded these items in order to enhance investors' understanding of our ongoing operations. The use of these non-GAAP financial measures has limitations and they should not solely be used to evaluate our Company without reference to their corresponding GAAP financial measures. As such, we provide both non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with GAAP financial measures.

These non-GAAP financial measures are used to: (1) measure Company performance against historical results, (2) facilitate comparisons to our competitors' operating results, and (3) allow greater transparency with respect to information used by management in financial and operational decision making. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are used to measure Company performance for the purposes of determining employee incentive plan compensation.

[1] GAAP earnings per share is calculated using the diluted number of shares for all periods presented.

[2] Non-GAAP net income excludes, when applicable, the amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation, acquisition-related income and expenses, restructuring and other charges, asset impairments, non-cash interest expense associated with our debt, net losses or gains on investments, and our GAAP tax provision, but includes a non-GAAP tax provision based upon a projected annual non-GAAP effective tax rate for the first three quarters of the fiscal year and an actual non-GAAP tax provision for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year. Effective the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the non-GAAP tax provision also excludes, when applicable, (a) tax charges or benefits in the current period that relate to one or more prior fiscal periods that are a result of events such as changes in tax legislation, authoritative guidance, income tax audit settlements and/or court decisions, (b) tax charges or benefits that are attributable to unusual or non-reoccurring book and/or tax accounting method changes, (c) tax charges that are a result of a non-routine foreign cash repatriation, (d) tax charges or benefits that are a result of infrequent restructuring of the Company's tax structure, (e) tax charges or benefits that are a result of a change in valuation allowance, and (f) the impact of a temporary lapse of tax law, such as the federal R&D credit, if such extensions have routinely been granted based on past legislative history and are expected to be reinstated in the near future. Non-GAAP earnings per share is calculated using the diluted number of share for all periods presented. A detailed reconciliation of our non-GAAP to GAAP results can be found at investors.netapp.com.

Press Contact: Investor Contact: Meghan Fintland NetApp (408) 822-1389 mehgan.fintland@netapp.com Kris Newton NetApp (408) 822-3312 kris.newton@netapp.com (c) 2014 Electronic News Publishing -

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