NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) has reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, which ended on July 31, 2020.
“We executed well in the first quarter. Revenue, operating margin and EPS all exceeded our guidance, despite a challenging environment. Enterprises are increasingly prioritizing transformational and hybrid cloud projects, which drove our momentum as customers turn to NetApp to help them achieve these goals,” said George Kurian, chief executive officer. “We are building on a strong foundation of industry-leading data-centric software innovation, trusted customer relationships and an open-ecosystem approach that is strengthened by partnerships with the leading public cloud companies who endorse our Data Fabric Strategy. NetApp is uniquely positioned to help our customers unlock the best of cloud.”
First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results
- Net Revenues:$1.30 billion, compared to $1.24 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Net Income:GAAP net income of $77 million, compared to GAAP net income of $103 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020; non-GAAP net income2 of $163 million, compared to non-GAAP net income of $157 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Earnings per Share:GAAP net income per share3 of $0.35 compared to GAAP net income per share of $0.42 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020; non-GAAP net income per share of $0.73, compared to non-GAAP net income per share of $0.65 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments:$3.77 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2021
- Cash Provided by Operations:$240 million, compared to $310 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Dividend:Returned $107 million to shareholders through cash dividend
Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Outlook
The company provided the following financial guidance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 :
|Net revenues are expected to be in the range of:||$1.225 billion to $1.375 billion|
|Earnings per share is expected to be in the range of:||$0.28 – $0.36||$0.66 – $0.74|
Next cash dividend of $0.48 per share to be paid on October 28, 2020, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 9, 2020.
First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Business Highlights
Delivering Groundbreaking Product Innovations
- NetApp announced the latest release of NetApp Active IQ™, which uses advanced artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) to automate the proactive care and optimization of NetApp environments. It adds new interface features, new workloads, and a new customer experience.
- NetApp announced that NetApp HCInow offers a two-node storage cluster, providing a scalable entry point for customer workloads with the latest release of NetApp Element™ 12.0 and NetApp HCI 1.8.
Strategic Acquisitions and Partnerships
- NetApp acquired Spotto establish leadership in application-driven infrastructure (ADI), offering a portfolio of compute and storage services that monitor and analyze the needs of applications and automatically optimize cloud resources
- NetApp acquired a leading virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) player CloudJumperand launched the new NetApp Virtual Desktop Service, giving customers a simple and secure path to manage current environments alongside their new remote desktop.
- NetApp and Cleondrisexpanded their partnership to bring to market a simple, seamless disaster recovery experience for NetApp HCI with Cleondris HCI Control Center.
- NetApp and Commvaultpartnered to create a solution for backing up data with NetApp AFF and NetApp StorageGRID™ using Commvault software.
- NetApp announced support for HashiCorp Vault Enterprise 1.3, a key manager that complies with Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) and is secure, scalable, and easy to implement for NetApp ONTAP™ software-based and hardware-based data-at-rest encryption.
- NetApp announced a partnership with io, using the cnvrg.io dataset caching tool and NetApp ONTAP AIto deliver an AI and machine learning (AI/ML) data science pipeline solution that is streamlined and improves productivity and efficiency.
- The S. Department of Veterans Affairsexpanded its NetApp FlexPod™ converged infrastructure for remote access environments, enabling additional users and services.
- NetApp is offering 25TB of NetApp Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloudfree of charge for 90 days for IT teams that are addressing the digital fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NetApp Growth and Leadership
- NetApp is expanding its partner-first approach with updates to the Unified Partner Programto complement and align with its partners’ business capabilities and models.
- NetApp appointed Cesar Cernudaas president of NetApp, reporting to George Kurian and leading global go-to-market operations.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
NetApp will host a conference call to discuss these results today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To access the live webcast of this event, go to 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 be available on the website after 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time today.
“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, but are not limited to, all of the statements made in the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Outlook section, and statements about the momentum of our business, customer demand for our products and services, and our unique position in the market. 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 global political, macroeconomic and market conditions (including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic thereon), changes in U.S. government spending, revenue seasonality and matters specific to our business, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s business operations, financial performance and results of operations, our ability to expand our total available market and grow our portfolio of products, customer demand for and acceptance of our products and services, our ability to successfully execute new business models, our ability to successfully execute on our data fabric strategy to generate profitable growth and stockholder return and our ability to manage our gross profit margins. These and other equally important factors are described in reports and documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described under the section titled “Risk Factors” in our most recently submitted annual report on Form 10-K. We disclaim any obligation to update information contained in this press release whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Refer to the NetApp Usage of Non-GAAP Financial Information section below for an explanation of billings.
Non-GAAP net income excludes, when applicable, (a) amortization of intangible assets, (b) stock-based compensation expenses, (c) litigation settlements, (d) acquisition-related expenses, (e) restructuring charges, (f) asset impairments, (g) gains/losses on the sale or derecognition of assets, (h) COVID-19 charges and (i) 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. NetApp makes additional adjustments to the non-GAAP tax provision for certain tax matters as described below. A detailed reconciliation of our non-GAAP to GAAP results can be found at investors.netapp.com. NetApp’s management uses these non-GAAP measures in making operating decisions because it believes the measurements provide meaningful supplemental information regarding NetApp’s ongoing operational performance.
GAAP net income per share and non-GAAP net income per share are calculated using the diluted number of shares.
NetApp Usage of Non-GAAP Financial Information
To supplement NetApp’s condensed consolidated financial statement information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), NetApp provides investors with certain non-GAAP measures, including, but not limited to, historical non-GAAP operating results, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP effective tax rate, free cash flow, billings, and historical and projected non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. NetApp also presents the hardware and software components of our GAAP product revenues. Because our revenue recognition policy under GAAP defines a configured storage system, inclusive of the operating system software essential to its functionality, as a single performance obligation, hardware and software components of our product revenues are considered non-GAAP measures. The hardware and software components of our product revenues are derived from an estimated fair value allocation of the transaction price of our contracts with customers, down to the level of the product hardware and software components. This allocation is primarily based on the contractual prices at which NetApp has historically billed customers for such respective components.
NetApp believes that the presentation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP effective tax rates, and non-GAAP earnings per share data, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations.
NetApp believes that the presentation of free cash flow, which it defines as the net cash provided by operating activities less cash used to acquire property and equipment, to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors because it reflects cash that can be used to, among other things, invest in its business, make strategic acquisitions, repurchase common stock, and pay dividends on its common stock. As free cash flow is not a measure of liquidity calculated in accordance with GAAP, free cash flow should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the analysis provided in the statement of cash flows.
NetApp believes that the presentation of the software and hardware components of our product revenues is meaningful to investors and management as it illustrates the significance of the Company’s software and provides improved visibility into the value created by our software innovation and R&D investment.
NetApp approximates billings by adding net revenues as reported on our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the period to the change in total deferred revenue and financed unearned services revenue as reported on our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the same period. Billings is a performance measure that NetApp believes provides useful information to management and investors because it represents the amounts under purchase orders received by us during a given period that have been billed.
NetApp’s management uses these non-GAAP measures in making operating decisions because it believes the measurements provide meaningful supplemental information regarding NetApp’s ongoing operational performance. 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.
NetApp excludes the following items from its non-GAAP measures when applicable:
A. Amortization of intangible assets. NetApp records amortization of intangible assets that were acquired in connection with its business combinations. The amortization of intangible assets varies depending on the level of acquisition activity. Management finds it useful to exclude these charges to assess the appropriate level of various operating expenses to assist in budgeting, planning and forecasting future periods and in measuring operational performance.
B. Stock-based compensation expenses. NetApp excludes stock-based compensation expenses from its non-GAAP measures primarily because they are non-cash expenses. While management views stock-based compensation as a key element of our employee retention and long-term incentives, we do not view it as an expense to be used in evaluating operational performance in any given period.
C. Litigation settlements. NetApp may periodically incur charges or benefits related to litigation settlements. NetApp excludes these charges and benefits, when significant, because it does not believe they are reflective of ongoing business and operating results.
D. Acquisition-related expenses. NetApp excludes acquisition-related expenses, including (a) due diligence, legal and other one-time integration charges and (b) write down of assets acquired that NetApp does not intend to use in its ongoing business, from its non-GAAP measures, primarily because they are not related to our ongoing business or cost base and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning and forecasting.
E. Restructuring charges. These charges consist of restructuring charges that are incurred based on the particular facts and circumstances of restructuring decisions, including employment and contractual settlement terms, and other related charges, and can vary in size and frequency. We therefore exclude them in our assessment of operational performance.
F. Asset impairments. These are non-cash charges to write down assets when there is an indication that the asset has become impaired. Management finds it useful to exclude these non-cash charges due to the unpredictability of these events in its assessment of operational performance.
G. Gains/losses on the sale or derecognition of assets. These are gains/losses from the sale of our properties and other transactions in which we transfer control of assets to a third party. Management believes that these transactions do not reflect the results of our underlying, on-going business and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning or forecasting.
H. COVID-19 charges. NetApp has excluded certain non-recurring expenses incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Management believes such nonrecurring costs do not reflect the results of its underlying, on-going business and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning or forecasting.
I. Income tax adjustments. NetApp’s non-GAAP tax provision is 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. 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, statute lapses and/or court decisions, (b) tax charges or benefits that are attributable to unusual or non-recurring 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) tax charges resulting from the integration of intellectual property from acquisitions. Management believes that the use of non-GAAP tax provisions provides a more meaningful measure of the Company’s operational performance.
These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. NetApp believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. NetApp management compensates for these limitations by analyzing current and projected results on a GAAP basis as well as a non-GAAP basis. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The non-GAAP financial measures are meant to supplement, and be viewed in conjunction with, GAAP financial measures.