NetApp Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results

Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share of $0.75, Up 12% Year over Year



  • Net revenues of $1.610 billion
  • Cash from operations of $332 million; free cash flow 17% of revenue
  • Clustered Data ONTAP® node shipments up almost 300% year over year

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended January 24, 2014.

Third Quarter Financial Results
Net revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 were $1.610 billion. GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $192 million, or $0.55 per share,[1] compared to GAAP net income of $158 million, or $0.43 per share, for the comparable period of the prior year. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $261 million, or $0.75 per share,[2] compared to non-GAAP net income of $243 million, or $0.67 per share, for the comparable period of the prior year.

Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Investments
NetApp ended the third quarter of 2014 with $5.069 billion of total cash, cash equivalents, and investments and during the quarter generated approximately $332 million in cash from operations. The Company returned $557 million to shareholders during the quarter through share repurchases and a cash dividend. The next dividend in the amount of $0.15 per share will be paid on April 22, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 10, 2014.

“We are pleased with our strong operational execution again this quarter,” said Tom Georgens, president and CEO. “With our strategy of delivering best-of-breed cloud-integrated and flash-accelerated solutions and our unique ability to manage data seamlessly across on- and off-premise environments, we are well positioned to create ongoing opportunity in the evolving IT landscape.”

Q4 Fiscal Year 2014 Outlook
The Company is providing the following financial guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014:

  • Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $1.620 billion to $1.720 billion
  • GAAP earnings per share is expected to be in the range of $0.57 to $0.62 per share
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share is expected to be in the range of $0.77 to $0.82 per share

Business Highlights
In its third quarter of fiscal year 2014, NetApp continued to execute one of the industry’s most innovative roadmaps with a focus on delivering cloud-integrated and flash-accelerated storage and data-management solutions that address customers’ shared and dedicated infrastructure requirements. Highlights include:

  • Continued Adoption of Clustered Data ONTAP. The attach rate of clustered ONTAP increased across every product line, with the FAS3000 family showing the largest increase. Clustered node shipments in the quarter increased by almost 300% year over year.
  • NetApp Introduces New All-Flash Array. The new NetApp® EF550 all-flash array delivers high performance and consistent low latency for business-critical applications that require responsiveness and enterprise reliability. NetApp continues to execute its flash technology roadmap, solidifying its position as one of the established leaders in flash technology innovation.
  • NetApp Unveils Performance-Optimized Enterprise Storage Systems. The new NetApp E2700 offers simple and flexible management for small remote/branch offices requiring optimal price/performance. The updated NetApp E5500 delivers enhanced performance, density, and modular flexibility for the widest range of data-intensive workloads.
  • NetApp Simplifies and Accelerates Deployment of OpenStack Cloud Services. NetApp announced new contributions to OpenStack that include solutions for OpenStack Havana, incubation of a service for OpenStack Icehouse, and expanded support for partners and customers, including options that provide lower cost, faster innovation, flexibility, and no vendor lock-in.
  • Leading Analyst Firm Ranks NetApp #1 in Storage System Capacity Shipped for Public Cloud Infrastructure. Recently, IDC ranked NetApp as having the #1 storage solution shipped for 2012 for public cloud infrastructure from the perspective of external system capacity. The ranking was conducted as part of IDC’s biannual Storage User Demand Study,[3] which analyzes current and future deployments of enterprise storage systems for particular data uses.
  • NetApp Once Again Recognized as a Best Company to Work for in America. The recognition marks the 12th consecutive year that NetApp was named to this list of 100 elite companies by FORTUNE magazine.

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 and other information related to the call will be posted on the Investor Relations website. An audio replay will also be available after 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time today on the website.

Historical supplemental data tables, providing historical multi-period financial information, are available on our investor relations website at investors.netapp.com.

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 go further, faster at www.netapp.com.

Press Contact:
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NetApp
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Investor Contact:
Kris Newton
NetApp
408-822-3312
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“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 Q4 Fiscal Year 2014 Outlook section relating to the financial guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, the benefits to us and our customers of our products and services, including our cloud and flash storage solutions and the ability of our products to address data management demands across integrated on-premise and off-premise IT environments. 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. 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.

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

[2] Non-GAAP net income excludes 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. Non-GAAP earnings per share is calculated using the diluted number of shares for all periods presented. A detailed reconciliation of our non-GAAP to GAAP results can be found at investors.netapp.com

[3] IDC Storage Users Demand Study 2013–Spring Edition, IDC #244209, November 2013

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 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. 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. We have historically reported similar non-GAAP financial measures to our investors and believe that the inclusion of comparative numbers provides consistency in our financial reporting at this time.