Press Release

Ixia Announces Financial Results for 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year

Posted 02/23/2016

Board of Directors Authorizes Share Repurchase Program

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 23, 2016-- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.

Total revenue for the 2015 fourth quarter was $138.5 million, up 9 percent, compared with $127.2 million reported for the 2014 fourth quarter and up 10 percent compared with $125.9 million reported for the 2015 third quarter. Total revenue for full year 2015 was $516.9 million, an increase of 11 percent compared with $464.5 million reported for full year 2014.

"The fourth quarter was a strong finish to a record year. We grew full year revenue 11 percent to surpass the $500 million annual revenue milestone,” said Bethany Mayer, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. “Our topline growth coupled with our continued focus on operational excellence and financial discipline drove significant earnings growth and the generation of nearly $100 million in cash flow from operations. We believe we are well positioned to execute our strategic objectives and are committed to returning value to our shareholders. Our implementation of a share repurchase program exemplifies this commitment."

On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income for the 2015 fourth quarter of $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared with net income of $0.3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the 2014 fourth quarter. The company recorded GAAP net income for full year 2015 of $6.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $41.6 million, or a loss of $0.54 per share, for full year 2014.

Non-GAAP net income for the 2015 fourth quarter was $18.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $15.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the 2014 fourth quarter. The company recorded non-GAAP net income for full year 2015 of $56.7 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, compared with $28.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for full year 2014.

Additional non-GAAP information and a reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for the 2015 and 2014 fourth quarters and full years may be found in the attached financial tables.

Ixia ended the 2015 fourth quarter with approximately $67 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments, compared with $175 million at September 30, 2015. Ixia’s cash, cash equivalents, and investments at the end of the fourth quarter reflect approximately $24 million in cash flow generated from operations during the fourth quarter offset by approximately $135 million used to repay the company’s convertible notes that matured on December 15, 2015.

Share Repurchase Program

Ixia also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program under which the company may, over the next 12 months, acquire up to $25 million of its common stock. Under the repurchase program, the company may, from time to time, and subject to general business and market conditions, alternative investment opportunities, and other factors, repurchase shares in open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions and/or through other means, and may include repurchases pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan. The repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time in the company’s discretion.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Ixia will host a conference call today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time (4:30 p.m. Eastern time) for analysts and investors to discuss the company’s 2015 fourth quarter and full year results and its business outlook and guidance for the 2016 first quarter. The call will be open to the public, and interested parties may listen to the call by dialing (804) 681-3728. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the “Investors” section of the company’s website (www.ixiacom.com/investors). Following the live webcast, an archived version will be available in the “Investors” section of the Ixia website for at least 90 days. Certain supplemental financial information will be posted promptly to the website following the issuance of this press release, and additional supplemental financial information will be posted just prior to the start of the conference call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), we have included certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release and in the attachments hereto. Specifically, we have provided non-GAAP financial measures (i.e., non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share) that exclude certain non-cash and/or non-recurring income and expense items such as expenses relating to internal investigations and any related remediation efforts, the restatement of our financial statements for the first and second quarters of 2013 and for the six months ended June 30, 2013, the pending securities class action and shareholder derivative action against the company and certain of its current and former officers and directors as well as an ongoing SEC investigation, stock-based compensation expenses, acquisition and other related costs, restructuring expenses, the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and the related income tax effects of these items, as well as certain other non-cash income tax impacts such as changes in the valuation allowance recorded against certain deferred tax assets. The aforementioned items represent income and expense items that may be difficult to estimate from period to period and/or that we believe are not directly attributable to and/or reflective of the underlying performance of our business operations. We believe that, by excluding these items, our non-GAAP measures provide supplemental information to both management and investors that is useful in assessing our core operating performance, evaluating our ongoing business operations, identifying and assessing financial and business trends, and comparing our results of operations on a consistent basis from period to period. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of our financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are also used by management to plan and forecast future periods and to assist management in making operating and strategic decisions. The presentation of this additional information is not prepared in accordance with GAAP. The information may not necessarily be comparable to that of other companies that may calculate their non-GAAP financial measures differently and should be considered as a supplement to, and not a substitute for or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures, which are included below in the attached financial tables and also posted on our website.

Safe Harbor under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements made in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements regarding the company’s positioning to execute on its strategic objectives and its share repurchase program. In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "project," "predict," "potential," or the like. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other factors, may cause our future results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include, among others: our success in developing, producing, and introducing new products and in keeping pace with the rapid technological changes that characterize our market; our success in developing new sales channels and customers; market acceptance of our products; competition; changes in the global economy and in market conditions; consistency of orders from significant customers; our success in leveraging our intellectual property portfolio, expertise and market opportunities; our expectations regarding the transition into Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV); with respect to our share repurchase program, any decision to delay, suspend, or discontinue the program, the market price of the company’s common stock prevailing from time to time, the availability of funding for share repurchases, the availability and nature of alternative investment opportunities presented to the company, and changes in general business and market conditions; material weaknesses in our internal controls; and war, terrorism, political unrest, natural disasters, cybersecurity attacks, and other circumstances that could, among other consequences, reduce the demand for our products, disrupt our supply chain, and/or impact the delivery of our products. The factors that may cause future results to differ materially from our current expectations also include, without limitation, the risks identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Ixia

Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA) provides testing, visibility, and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate. Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of their networks to make their applications stronger.

Learn more at www.ixiacom.com.

Ixia and the Ixia logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Ixia in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

IXIA

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

     
    December 31,
    2015   2014
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 52,472     $ 46,394  
Marketable securities   14,504     79,760  
Accounts receivable, net   121,932     99,528  
Inventories   33,289     44,826  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   44,384     45,957  
Total current assets   266,581     316,465  
Property and equipment, net   36,536     37,648  
Intangible assets, net   103,660     145,108  
Goodwill   338,873     338,873  
Other assets   34,227     30,697  
Total assets   $ 779,877     $ 868,791  
         
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 15,346     $ 16,902  
Accrued expenses and other   70,029     45,271  
Deferred revenues   108,436     100,170  
Convertible senior notes       198,880  
Term loan, net   3,045      
Total current liabilities   196,856     361,223  
Deferred revenues   22,117     18,046  
Other liabilities   7,406     8,431  
Term loan, net   34,487      
Total liabilities   260,866     387,700  
         
Shareholders’ equity:        
Common stock, without par value; 200,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2015 and 2014; 80,805 and 78,575 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively   201,087     187,397  
Additional paid-in capital   225,432     206,913  
Retained earnings   93,525     87,574  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (1,033 )   (793 )
Total shareholders’ equity   519,011     481,091  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 779,877     $ 868,791  

IXIA

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

         
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
    2015   2014   2015   2014
Revenues:                
Products   $ 97,352     $ 89,200     $ 361,923     $ 325,455  
Services   41,126     38,006     155,014     139,003  
Total revenues   138,478     127,206     516,937     464,458  
Costs and operating expenses: (1)                
Cost of revenues – products (2)   25,307     25,608     97,415     98,815  
Cost of revenues – services   3,956     4,038     16,443     16,166  
Research and development   29,520     27,477     113,443     115,156  
Sales and marketing   41,331     37,410     155,211     151,765  
General and administrative   14,651     17,179     68,925     66,475  
Amortization of intangible assets   10,125     10,915     42,315     46,901  
Acquisition and other related costs   10     (103 )   656     3,277  
Restructuring   10     1,623     (517 )   10,310  
Total costs and operating expenses   124,910     124,147     493,891     508,865  
Income (loss) from operations   13,568     3,059     23,046     (44,407 )
Interest income and other, net   220     (554 )   (372 )   (24 )
Interest expense   (1,479 )   (2,437 )   (8,331 )   (8,266 )
Income (loss) before income taxes   12,309     68     14,343     (52,697 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   6,558     (218 )   8,392     (11,105 )
Net income (loss)   $ 5,751     $ 286     $ 5,951     $ (41,592 )
Earnings (loss) per share:                
Basic   $ 0.07     $ 0.00     $ 0.07     $ (0.54 )
Diluted   $ 0.07     $ 0.00     $ 0.07     $ (0.54 )
Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:                
Basic   80,511     78,404     79,633     77,629  
Diluted   82,362     79,563     81,459     77,629  
                 
(1) Stock-based compensation included in:                
Cost of revenues – products   $ 82     $ 114     $ 315     $ 331  
Cost of revenues – services   31     44     120     126  
Research and development   1,609     1,925     6,625     6,843  
Sales and marketing   1,295     1,484     4,730     5,624  
General and administrative   1,638     1,840     7,186     3,595  
(2)  

Cost of revenues – products excludes amortization of intangible assets related to purchased technologies of $6.4 million for both the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, and $25.7 million and $28.9 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, which are included in Amortization of intangible assets.

IXIA

Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

     
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
    2015   2014
GAAP net income   $ 5,751     $ 286  
Adjustments:        
Stock-based compensation (a)   4,655     5,407  
Amortization of intangible assets (b)   10,125     10,915  
Acquisition and other related costs (c)   10     (103 )
Restructuring (d)   10     1,623  
Investigations, shareholder litigation and related matters (e)   (660 )   4,019  
Income tax effect (f)   (1,187 )   (6,518 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 18,704     $ 15,629  
         
GAAP diluted income per share   $ 0.07     $ 0.00  
Adjustments:        
Stock-based compensation (a)   0.06     0.07  
Amortization of intangible assets (b)   0.12     0.14  
Acquisition and other related costs (c)   0.00     0.00  
Restructuring (d)   0.00     0.02  
Investigations, shareholder litigation and related matters (e)   (0.01 )   0.05  
Income tax effect (f)   (0.01 )   (0.08 )
Convertible senior notes (g)   (0.01 )   (0.01 )
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share   $ 0.22     $ 0.19  
         
Shares used in computing GAAP diluted earnings per common share   82,362     79,563  
Effect of reconciling item (g)(h)   5,677     10,229  
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per common share   88,039     89,792  
(a)   This reconciling item represents stock-based compensation. As stock-based compensation represents a non-cash charge that is not directly attributable to the underlying performance of our business operations, we believe that by excluding stock-based compensation, we provide investors supplemental information that is useful in comparing our operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance. While we expect to continue to recognize stock-based compensation in the future, management also excludes this expense when evaluating current performance, forecasting future results, measuring core operating results, and making operating and strategic decisions.
(b)   This reconciling item represents the amortization of intangible assets related to the acquisitions of various businesses and technologies. As amortization expense represents a non-cash charge that is not directly attributable to the underlying performance of our business operations, we believe that by excluding the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, we provide investors with supplemental information that is useful in evaluating our ongoing operations and performance. While the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets is expected to continue in the future, management also excludes this expense when evaluating current performance, forecasting future results, measuring core operating results, and making operating and strategic decisions.
(c)   This reconciling item represents costs associated with acquisition-related activities. Acquisition and other related costs consist primarily of transaction and integration-related costs such as: professional fees for legal, accounting, tax, due diligence, valuation and other related services; amortization of deferred compensation; consulting fees; required regulatory costs; certain employee, facility and infrastructure costs; and other related expenses. We believe that by excluding acquisition and other related costs, we provide investors with supplemental information that is useful in comparing our ongoing operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance.
(d)   This reconciling item represents costs associated with our restructuring plans. During the first quarter of 2014, we initiated a plan to restructure certain of our operations following our December 5, 2013 acquisition of Net Optics, Inc. During the third quarter of 2014, we implemented a company-wide restructuring initiative to restructure our operations to better align our operating costs with our business opportunities. The restructuring costs associated with our restructuring plans primarily relate to employee termination benefits, lease exit costs, and other related costs. We believe that by excluding restructuring costs, we provide investors with supplemental information that is useful in comparing our operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance.
(e)   This reconciling item represents costs incurred related to (i) internal investigations and any related remediation efforts, (ii) the June 2014 restatement of our financial statements for the first quarter of 2013 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, (iii) the securities class action against the company and certain of its current and former officers and directors as well as a shareholder derivative action, and (iv) an SEC investigation. These costs consist primarily of legal and accounting fees, recruiting and consulting expenses, severance and retention costs, and other related expenses. We believe that by excluding these non-recurring costs, we are providing our investors with supplemental information that is useful in comparing our operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance.
(f)   This adjustment represents the income tax effects of the reconciling items noted in footnotes (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e), as well as certain other non-cash income tax impacts such as changes in the valuation allowance relating to certain deferred tax assets.
(g)   This reconciling item for the non-GAAP diluted earnings per share calculation includes the impact of our convertible senior notes as these were anti-dilutive for the equivalent GAAP earnings per share calculations.
(h)   This adjustment represents the effects of stock-based compensation on diluted common equivalent shares outstanding as well as any adjustments required due to a change from a net loss to a net income position.

IXIA

Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

     
    Year Ended
December 31,
    2015   2014
GAAP net income (loss)   $ 5,951     $ (41,592 )
Adjustments:        
Stock-based compensation (a)   18,976     16,519  
Amortization of intangible assets (b)   42,315     46,901  
Acquisition and other related costs (c)   656     3,277  
Restructuring (d)   (517 )   10,310  
Investigations, shareholder litigation and related matters (e)   6,454     15,908  
Inventory adjustments (f)       1,393  
Income tax effect (g)   (17,160 )   (24,562 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 56,675     $ 28,154  
         
GAAP diluted income (loss) per share   $ 0.07     $ (0.54 )
Adjustments:        
Stock-based compensation (a)   0.23     0.21  
Amortization of intangible assets (b)   0.52     0.60  
Acquisition and other related costs (c)   0.01     0.04  
Restructuring (d)   (0.01 )   0.14  
Investigations, shareholder litigation and related matters (e)   0.08     0.20  
Inventory adjustments (f)       0.02  
Income tax effect (g)   (0.21 )   (0.31 )
Convertible senior notes (h)   (0.02 )    
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share   $ 0.67     $ 0.36  
         
Shares used in computing GAAP diluted earnings per common share   81,459     77,629  
Effect of reconciling item (h)(i)   8,350     1,152  
Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted earnings per common share   89,809     78,781  
(a)   This reconciling item represents stock-based compensation. As stock-based compensation represents a non-cash charge that is not directly attributable to the underlying performance of our business operations, we believe that by excluding stock-based compensation, we provide investors supplemental information that is useful in comparing our operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance. While we expect to continue to recognize stock-based compensation in the future, management also excludes this expense when evaluating current performance, forecasting future results, measuring core operating results, and making operating and strategic decisions.
(b)   This reconciling item represents the amortization of intangible assets related to the acquisitions of various businesses and technologies. As amortization expense represents a non-cash charge that is not directly attributable to the underlying performance of our business operations, we believe that by excluding the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, we provide investors with supplemental information that is useful in evaluating our ongoing operations and performance. While the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets is expected to continue in the future, management also excludes this expense when evaluating current performance, forecasting future results, measuring core operating results, and making operating and strategic decisions.
(c)   This reconciling item represents costs associated with acquisition-related activities. Acquisition and other related costs consist primarily of transaction and integration-related costs such as: professional fees for legal, accounting, tax, due diligence, valuation and other related services; amortization of deferred compensation; consulting fees; required regulatory costs; certain employee, facility and infrastructure costs; and other related expenses. We believe that by excluding acquisition and other related costs, we provide investors with supplemental information that is useful in comparing our ongoing operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance.
(d)   This reconciling item represents costs associated with our restructuring plans. During the first quarter of 2014, we initiated a plan to restructure certain of our operations following our December 5, 2013 acquisition of Net Optics, Inc. During the third quarter of 2014, we implemented a company-wide restructuring initiative to restructure our operations to better align our operating costs with our business opportunities. The restructuring costs associated with our restructuring plans primarily relate to employee termination benefits, lease exit costs, and other related costs. We believe that by excluding restructuring costs, we provide investors with supplemental information that is useful in comparing our operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance.
(e)   This reconciling item represents costs incurred related to (i) internal investigations and any related remediation efforts, (ii) the June 2014 restatement of our financial statements for the first quarter of 2013 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, (iii) the securities class action against the company and certain of its current and former officers and directors as well as a shareholder derivative action, and (iv) an SEC investigation. These costs consist primarily of legal and accounting fees, recruiting and consulting expenses, severance and retention costs, and other related expenses. We believe that by excluding these non-recurring costs, we are providing our investors with supplemental information that is useful in comparing our operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance.
(f)   This reconciling item represents the amortization of the purchase price accounting adjustment related to the fair value of inventory as a result of our acquisition of Net Optics, Inc. While we may have additional amortization charges in the future resulting from purchase price accounting adjustments, management excludes these expenses when evaluating current performance, forecasting future results, measuring core operating results, and making operating and strategic decisions. We believe that by excluding these charges, we provide investors with supplemental information that is useful in comparing our operating results from period to period and in evaluating our core operations and performance.
(g)   This adjustment represents the income tax effects of the reconciling items noted in footnotes (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f), as well as certain other non-cash income tax impacts such as changes in the valuation allowance relating to certain deferred tax assets.
(h)   This reconciling item for the non-GAAP diluted earnings per share calculation for the year ended December 31, 2015 includes the impact of our convertible senior notes as these were anti-dilutive for the equivalent GAAP earnings per share calculations.
(i)   This adjustment represents the effects of stock-based compensation on diluted common equivalent shares outstanding as well as any adjustments required due to a change from a net loss to a net income position.

 

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