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.Com & .Net Domains Ended 2015 At 139.8 Million Registrations (6.3% Increase & 71.9% Renewal Rate)

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VeriSign reported domain name business and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015.

Business Highlights:

  • Verisign Registry Services added 4.6 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 139.8 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 6.3 percent increase over the base at the end of the fourth quarter in 2014, as calculated including domain names on hold for both periods.
  • In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 12.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.2 million for the same quarter in 2014.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the third quarter of 2015 was 71.9 percent compared with 72.0 percent for the same quarter in 2014. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Fourth Quarter GAAP Financial Results

VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $273 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, up 6.5 percent from the same quarter in 2014. Verisign reported net income of $102 million and diluted earnings per share (“diluted EPS”) of $0.76 for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $65 million and diluted EPS of $0.48 for the same quarter in 2014. The operating margin was 58.1 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 55.6 percent for the same quarter in 2014.

As described in fourth quarter of 2014 earnings news release, net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was decreased by $26 million and diluted EPS was decreased by $0.19 primarily due to a non-U.S. income tax charge related to a reorganization of certain international operations and a change in estimate for U.S. income tax charges related to the repatriation of offshore assets.

Fourth Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results

Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $105 million and diluted EPS of $0.79 for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $95 million and diluted EPS of $0.70 for the same quarter in 2014. The non-GAAP operating margin was 62.4 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 59.4 percent for the same quarter in 2014. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

“We close 2015 marking more than five years, since completing the divestitures in 2010, of growing revenues, operating income and earnings while providing more than 18 years of uninterrupted availability of the Verisign DNS for .com and .net. During 2015 we repurchased 9.3 million shares returning $622 million to shareholders,” commented Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

2015 GAAP Financial Results

For the year ended Dec. 31, 2015, Verisign reported revenue of $1.06 billion, up 4.9 percent from $1.01 billion in 2014. Verisign reported net income of $375 million and diluted EPS of $2.82 in 2015, compared to net income of $355 million and diluted EPS of $2.52 in 2014. The operating margin for 2015 was 57.2 percent compared to 55.9 percent in 2014.

As described in the fourth quarter of 2014 earnings news release, net income for 2014 was decreased by $10 million and diluted EPS was decreased by $0.07 primarily due to the fourth quarter of 2014 non-U.S. income tax charge related to a reorganization of certain international operations and changes in estimates during 2014 for U.S. income taxes related to the 2013 worthless stock deduction and the 2014 repatriation of offshore assets.

2015 Non-GAAP Financial Results

Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $405 million and diluted EPS of $3.05 for 2015, compared to net income of $383 million and diluted EPS of $2.72 for 2014. The non-GAAP operating margin for 2015 was 61.5 percent compared to 60.2 percent for 2014.

Financial Highlights

  • Verisign ended 2015 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.9 billion, an increase of $491 million as compared with year-end 2014.
  • Cash flow from operations was $189 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $651 million for the full year 2015 compared with $170 million for the same quarter in 2014 and $601 million for the full year 2014.
  • Deferred revenues on Dec. 31, 2015, totaled $961 million, an increase of $71 million from year-end 2014.
  • Capital expenditures were $12 million in the fourth quarter and $41 million for the full year 2015.
  • During the fourth quarter, Verisign repurchased 1.8 million shares of its common stock for $150 million. During the full year 2015, Verisign repurchased 9.3 million shares of its common stock for $622 million.
  • Effective Feb. 11, 2016, the Board of Directors approved an additional authorization for share repurchases of approximately $611 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 21.4 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 14.7 million shares for the same quarter in 2014. These represent diluted shares and not shares that have been issued.
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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names and website and software development. He has been online since 1995 and a domain investor since 2002.

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