NETSCOUT Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

Company Raises EPS Outlook for FY’21

WESTFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of service assurance, security, and business analytics, today announced financial results for its third-quarter fiscal year 2021 ended December 31, 2020.

“We are pleased with our third-quarter results and strong year-to-date earnings per share performance compared with our prior fiscal year,” stated Anil Singhal, NETSCOUT’s president and chief executive officer. “Our offerings are being well received in the market given our ability to provide service assurance, with real-time, pervasive visibility and insight, and security solutions that mitigate disruption for our customers regardless of their underlying infrastructure. This is important as customers further safeguard their Information Technology infrastructure in this pandemic environment that is straining networks in terms of volume and attempted security breaches. Our focus during these challenging times has been to keep our team safe and productive, to serve our customers well with the highest quality solutions and service, and to drive overall margin expansion while preserving liquidity to maintain a strong balance sheet and financial flexibility.”

Singhal continued, “Our relevant solutions, trusted brand, strong customer relationships, dedicated team, and solid financial profile have positioned us well as we continue to weather the current macro-economic environment. We remain committed to enhancing our profitability and are raising our fiscal year 2021 earnings per share outlook given our performance year-to-date. With long-term market trends, such as digital transformation, cloud migration, cyber threats, and 5G networks, in NETSCOUT’s favor, we believe we are well-positioned as “Guardians of the Connected World” when we emerge from this global crisis.”

Notable developments and highlights:

Notable developments and highlights in the third quarter included extending partnerships with AWS and Vodafone, custom research on the Information Technology challenges brought about by the pandemic, announcement of NETSCOUT’s Engage 21 Virtual Technology and User Summit, and sponsorship and grant funding to provide digital services to underserved students.

  • NETSCOUT announced the extension of its Smart Perimeter Protection to AWS. The combination of NETSCOUT’s Cyber Investigator (NCI) and CyberStream software with new AWS packet access services helps contain costs and achieve better efficiencies in mitigating novel security threats as enterprises move applications to the cloud. As the threat surface expands, the solution uses packet data and powerful cyber analytics to get to the root cause of cybersecurity issues quickly.
  • NETSCOUT announced the extension of its long-term partnership with Vodafone. The exclusive, multi-year agreement leverages NETSCOUT’s InfiniStreamNG platform to help provide real-time, end-to-end visibility across Vodafone’s hybrid environment.
  • NETSCOUT announced findings from a survey it commissioned to understand the network infrastructure challenges associated with keeping employees connected in remote-work environments. The findings confirmed the increased use of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions since the start of the pandemic and the impact and challenges the increased use has had on Information Technology teams.
  • NETSCOUT plans to host, virtually, customers and partners at its annual Engage Technology and User Summit from April 19th through April 30th. Over the two-week Engage 2021 event, it will showcase its Security, Service Assurance and DDoS capabilities through presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on training. An annual tradition, the event is a highlight of the year for the Company given the opportunity to meet with its user and partner community and discuss how it truly offers Visibility Without Borders.
  • NETSCOUT announced it has partnered with Tech Goes Home (TGH), a Massachusetts nonprofit dedicated to ending digital inequity, to provide digital devices, internet access, and digital skills training to more than 160 households in Roxbury, MA. Through a grant, NETSCOUT is sponsoring virtual Tech Goes Home courses at Roxbury partner sites, including Boston Central Adult High School and Vine Street Community Center.

Q3 FY21 Financial Results

Total revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 was $228.7 million, compared with $260.0 million (GAAP) and $260.1 million (non-GAAP) in the same quarter one year ago. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the attached financial tables.

Product revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 was $115.0 million, which was approximately 50% of total revenue. This compares with third-quarter fiscal year 2020 product revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) of $143.3 million, which was approximately 55% of total revenue.

Service revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 was $113.8 million, or approximately 50% of total revenue versus service revenue (GAAP) of $116.7 million and (non-GAAP) of $116.8 million, or approximately 45% of total revenue, for the same quarter one year ago.

NETSCOUT’s income from operations (GAAP) was $31.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with income from operations (GAAP) of $36.8 million in the comparable quarter one year ago. Third-quarter fiscal year 2021 non-GAAP EBITDA from operations was $70.9 million, or 31.0% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue, which compares with $77.3 million, or 29.7% of non-GAAP quarterly revenue in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020. The Company’s third-quarter fiscal year 2021 (GAAP) operating margin was 13.9% versus 14.2% in the prior fiscal year’s same period. Third-quarter fiscal year 2021 non-GAAP income from operations was $64.5 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 28.2%. This compares with third-quarter fiscal year 2020 non-GAAP income from operations of $70.9 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 27.3%.

Net income (GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 was $29.0 million, or $0.39 per share (diluted) versus net income (GAAP) of $36.7 million, or $0.49 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 was $48.9 million, or $0.66 per share (diluted), which compares with $54.7 million, or $0.73 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020.

As of December 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents, and short and long-term marketable securities were $490.4 million, compared with $427.8 million as of September 30, 2020, and $389.1 million as of March 31, 2020. In addition, NETSCOUT had $450.0 million outstanding on its $1.0 billion credit facility. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, NETSCOUT repurchased a total of 154,271 shares of its common stock at an average price of $21.23 per share, totaling approximately $3.3 million in the aggregate.

Nine-Months FY21 Financial Results

  • For the first nine months of fiscal year 2021, total revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) was $617.9 million versus total revenue (GAAP) of $662.5 million and total revenue (non-GAAP) of $662.6 million for the comparable nine-month period of fiscal year 2020. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included in the attached financial tables.
  • Product revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 was $278.6 million, compared with $321.8 million in the same period one year ago.
  • For the first nine months of fiscal year 2021, total service revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) was $339.3 million versus (GAAP) $340.7 million and (non-GAAP) $340.8 million in the same period last year.
  • NETSCOUT’s income from operations (GAAP) during the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 was $21.1 million, compared with income from operations of $5.1 million for the comparable nine-month period of fiscal year 2020. The Company’s operating margin for the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 (GAAP) was 3.4% versus 0.8% in the comparable period of fiscal year 2020. During the first nine months of fiscal year 2021, the Company’s non-GAAP EBITDA from operations was $144.3 million, or 23.4% of non-GAAP total revenue versus non-GAAP EBITDA from operations of $134.7 million, or 20.3% of non-GAAP total revenue, in the first nine months of fiscal year 2020. The Company’s non-GAAP income from operations for the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 was $125.0 million with a non-GAAP operating margin of 20.2%, compared with non-GAAP income from operations for the same period of fiscal year 2020 of $114.6 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 17.3%.
  • For the first nine months of fiscal year 2021, NETSCOUT’s net income (GAAP) was $7.9 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted) compared with a net loss of $10.1 million, or a loss of $0.13 per share (diluted) in the same nine-month period one year ago. Non-GAAP net income for the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 was $89.3 million, or $1.21 per share (diluted) versus non-GAAP net income for the same period of fiscal year 2020 of $81.6 million, or $1.07 per share (diluted).
  • During the first three quarters of fiscal year 2021, NETSCOUT repurchased a total of 154,271 shares of its common stock at an average price of $21.23 per share, totaling approximately $3.3 million in the aggregate.

Guidance:

NETSCOUT is updating its fiscal year 2021 guidance, originally issued on October 29, 2020, with one quarter remaining in the fiscal year. The expected revenue range is being narrowed, while maintaining the mid-point, and the expected net income per share range is being raised. The Company’s guidance for fiscal year 2021 is now as follows:

  • Revenue, GAAP and non-GAAP, is expected to be in the range of $825 million to $840 million.
  • GAAP net income per share (diluted) is now expected to be in the range of $0.21 to $0.28.
  • Non-GAAP net income per share (diluted) is now expected to be in the range of $1.60 to $1.67.
  • A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP revenue and net income per share (diluted) for NETSCOUT’s guidance is included in the attached financial tables.

NETSCOUT also plans to repay $100 million on its revolving credit facility during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Conference Call Instructions:

NETSCOUT will host a conference call to discuss its third-quarter fiscal year 2021 financial results today at 8:30 a.m. ET. This call will be webcast live through NETSCOUT’s website at https://ir.netscout.com/investors/overview/default.aspx. Alternatively, people can listen to the call by dialing (785) 424-1667. The conference call ID is NTCTQ321. A replay of the call will be available after 12:00 p.m. ET on January 28, 2021 for approximately one week. The number for the replay is (800) 283-8183 for U.S./Canada and (402) 220-0867 for international callers.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information:

To supplement the financial measures presented in NETSCOUT’s press release in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), NETSCOUT also reports the following non-GAAP measures: non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share (diluted) and non-GAAP earnings before interest and other expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from operations. Non-GAAP revenue eliminates the GAAP effects of acquisitions by adding back revenue related to deferred revenue revaluation. Non-GAAP gross profit includes the aforementioned revenue adjustments and also removes expenses related to the amortization of acquired intangible assets, share-based compensation, and acquisition-related depreciation. Non-GAAP income from operations includes the aforementioned adjustments and also removes business development and integration expense, compensation for post-combination services, legal expenses related to a civil judgment, restructuring charges, and costs related to new accounting standard implementation, and adds back transitional service agreement income. Non-GAAP net income includes the foregoing adjustments related to non-GAAP income from operations, net of related income tax effects while removing transitional service agreement income and changes in contingent consideration. Non-GAAP EBITDA from operations includes the aforementioned items related to non-GAAP income from operations and also removes non-acquisition related depreciation expense. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures included in the attached tables within this press release.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with GAAP, should not be considered an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP (revenue, gross profit, operating margin, net income and diluted net income per share), and may have limitations because they do not reflect all of NETSCOUT’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures should only be used to evaluate NETSCOUT’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. The presentation of non-GAAP information is not meant to be considered superior to, in isolation from or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

NETSCOUT believes these non-GAAP financial measures will enhance the reader’s overall understanding of NETSCOUT’s current financial performance and NETSCOUT’s prospects for the future by providing a higher degree of transparency for certain financial measures and providing a level of disclosure that helps investors understand how the Company plans and measures its own business. NETSCOUT believes that providing these non-GAAP measures affords investors a view of NETSCOUT’s operating results that may be more easily compared to peer companies and also enables investors to consider NETSCOUT’s operating results on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis during and following the integration period of NETSCOUT’s acquisitions. Presenting the GAAP measures on their own, without the supplemental non-GAAP disclosures, might not be indicative of NETSCOUT’s core operating results. Furthermore, NETSCOUT believes that the presentation of non-GAAP measures when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures provides useful information to management and investors regarding present and future business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations.

NETSCOUT management regularly uses supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and to make operating decisions. These non-GAAP measures are among the primary factors that management uses in planning and forecasting.

About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) assures digital business services against disruptions in availability, performance, and security. Our market and technology leadership stems from combining our patented smart data technology with smart analytics. We provide real-time, pervasive visibility, and insights customers need to accelerate and secure their digital transformation. Our approach transforms the way organizations plan, deliver, integrate, test, and deploy services and applications. Our nGenius service assurance solutions provide real-time, contextual analysis of service, network, and application performance. Arbor security solutions protect against DDoS attacks that threaten availability and advanced threats that infiltrate networks to steal critical business assets. To learn more about improving service, network, and application performance in physical or virtual data centers, or in the cloud, and how NETSCOUT’s performance and security solutions, powered by service intelligence can help you move forward with confidence, visit www.netscout.com or follow @NETSCOUT and @ArborNetworks on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Safe Harbor

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other federal securities laws. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release, which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding NetScout’s revenue and earnings per share financial performance for fiscal year 2021, that NetScout’s offerings are being well received in the market given our ability to provide service assurance, with real-time, pervasive visibility and insight, and security solutions that mitigate disruption for our customers regardless of their underlying infrastructure, that it is important as customers further safeguard their IT infrastructure in this pandemic environment that is straining networks in terms of volume and attempted security breaches, that our focus during these challenging times has been to keep our team safe and productive, to serve our customers well with the highest quality solutions and service, and to drive overall margin expansion while preserving liquidity to maintain a strong balance sheet and financial flexibility, that NetScout’s relevant solutions, trusted brand, strong customer relationships, dedicated team, and solid financial profile have positioned it well as it continue to weather the current macro-economic environment, that NetScout remains committed to enhancing its profitability and is raising its fiscal year 2021 earnings per share outlook given its performance year-to-date, and that long-term market trends, such as digital transformation, cloud migration, cyber threats, and 5G networks, are in NetScout’s favor and have NetScout well-positioned as “Guardians of the Connected World” when it emerges from this global crisis constitute forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements due to impacts known and unknown risk, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors. Such factors include impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, slowdowns or downturns in economic conditions generally and in the market for advanced network, service assurance and cybersecurity solutions specifically; the volatile foreign exchange environment; the Company’s relationships with strategic partners and resellers; dependence upon broad-based acceptance of the Company’s network performance management solutions; the presence of competitors with greater financial resources than we have, and their strategic response to our products; our ability to retain key executives and employees; the Company’s ability to realize the anticipated savings from restructuring actions and other expense management programs; lower than expected demand for the Company’s products and services; and the timing and magnitude of stock buyback activity based on market conditions, corporate considerations, debt agreements, and regulatory requirements. For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with the Company, please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020 and the Company’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetScout assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

December 31,

 

December 31,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Revenue:
Product

$

114,965

 

$

143,309

 

$

278,637

 

$

321,803

 

Service

 

113,774

 

 

116,715

 

 

339,256

 

 

340,666

 

Total revenue

 

228,739

 

 

260,024

 

 

617,893

 

 

662,469

 

 
Cost of revenue:
Product

 

24,263

 

 

34,197

 

 

72,392

 

 

90,500

 

Service

 

31,012

 

 

31,388

 

 

94,763

 

 

88,960

 

Total cost of revenue

 

55,275

 

 

65,585

 

 

167,155

 

 

179,460

 

 
Gross profit

 

173,464

 

 

194,439

 

 

450,738

 

 

483,009

 

 
Operating expenses:
Research and development

 

43,769

 

 

48,606

 

 

135,605

 

 

142,391

 

Sales and marketing

 

60,934

 

 

67,653

 

 

180,668

 

 

214,245

 

General and administrative

 

21,718

 

 

25,048

 

 

67,444

 

 

72,436

 

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

 

15,273

 

 

16,120

 

 

45,897

 

 

48,395

 

Restructuring charges

 

 

 

193

 

 

62

 

 

466

 

 
Total operating expenses

 

141,694

 

 

157,620

 

 

429,676

 

 

477,933

 

 
Income from operations

 

31,770

 

 

36,819

 

 

21,062

 

 

5,076

 

Interest and other expense, net

 

(3,583

)

 

(3,915

)

 

(11,757

)

 

(11,930

)

 
Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)

 

28,187

 

 

32,904

 

 

9,305

 

 

(6,854

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

(834

)

 

(3,821

)

 

1,390

 

 

3,236

 

Net income (loss)

$

29,021

 

$

36,725

 

$

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