Sunnyvale, Calif.- May 23, 2012
- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today reported results for the
fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012, which ended April 27, 2012.
Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 totaled $1.70
billion, up 19% compared to revenues of $1.43 billion for the same
period one year ago.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012,
GAAP net income was $181 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to GAAP net income of
$161 million, or $0.40 per share, for the same period a year ago.
Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 was
$252 million, or $0.66 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $237
million, or $0.59 per share for the same period a year ago.
Revenues for fiscal year 2012 totaled $6.23
billion, up 22% compared to revenues of $5.12 billion for fiscal
year 2011. GAAP net income for fiscal year 2012 totaled $605
million, or $1.58 per share, compared to GAAP net income of $673
million, or $1.71 per share for fiscal year 2011. Non-GAAP net
income for fiscal year 2012 totaled $926 million, or $2.41 per
share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $866 million, or $2.20
per share for fiscal year 2011.
"With a strong product offering and well
established partner ecosystem, NetApp delivered our ninth
consecutive quarter of over 20% year-over-year product revenue
growth. Our ability to generate cash remains robust as the fourth
quarter was our best ever quarter in terms of cash flow from
operations," said Tom Georgens, president and CEO. "As the
innovation leader in the industry, and the only company offering a
unified scale out platform, we are the clear choice for enterprises
as they re-architect their data centers to provide agility while
reducing complexity and cost."
NetApp's outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 reflects
the normal slower seasonality of the first quarter and increasing
uncertainty in the broader macro environment.
- NetApp estimates revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year
2013 to be in the range of $1.40 billion to $1.50 billion, which
equates to a sequential decline of approximately 12% to 18% and a
year-over-year decline of approximately 4% to an increase of
- NetApp estimates that first quarter fiscal year 2013 GAAP
earnings per share will be approximately $0.10 to $0.15 per share.
NetApp estimates that first quarter fiscal year 2013 non-GAAP
earnings per share will be approximately $0.34 to $0.39 per
- NetApp estimates that share count for the first quarter of
fiscal year 2013 will decrease to approximately 380 million shares,
including an estimated 7 million shares from the Company's
outstanding convertible notes. Share count does not include the Company's
outstanding note hedges which are expected to offset 80% of the
dilution from the convertible notes at maturity or conversion.
In its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, NetApp innovation
provided customers and partners with the storage foundation that is
enabling them to capitalize on data to help grow their business.
During the quarter, NetApp and Cisco built on the impressive
momentum of the FlexPod® design architecture by unveiling new
architectures to allow customers and partners to accelerate their
transition to the cloud. Additionally, customers around the world
continued to use NetApp® storage efficiency technologies to
leverage existing investments, significantly reduce costs, and help
support growth. Highlights during the quarter include the
More Than 850 Customers Build on the
NetApp and Cisco FlexPod Architecture to Leverage the
- NetApp and Cisco unveil new FlexPod architecture optimized for
smaller workloads. New FlexPod design architectures priced and
sized for smaller workloads with 500-1,000 users allow customers to
invest only in the infrastructure they require and enable simple
and rapid scaling to meet growing demands as their business needs
change. With the new entry-level FlexPod solution, customers are
able to maximize their investments with the ability to easily scale
architectures by simply adding incremental capacity as their needs
grow for larger application workloads.
- NetApp and Cisco help customers accelerate transition to
Microsoft private cloud with new validated FlexPod solution. The
new FlexPod design architecture for the Microsoft® private
cloud is designed to meet growing demand for choice and flexibility
as more customers transition to the cloud. The new design
architecture helps customers reduce infrastructure and application
deployment time from days to hours while helping achieve greater
utilization of physical and virtual resource pools. Additionally,
FlexPod is the first validated data center infrastructure to
support Microsoft System Center 2012.
SOFTBANK Utilizes NetApp Technology
to Help Transform IT Infrastructure and Contribute to Japan's
Recovery Process Following 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami
- By leveraging NetApp technology to consolidate and transform
its entire IT organization, SOFTBANK Group was able to deliver a
range of internal and external cloud services called White Cloud
that served as a catalyst for the company's continued growth and
success. Its newly transformed IT infrastructure also enabled the
company to deliver several of its cloud service offerings either at
highly discounted rates or free of charge to businesses, public
agencies, and nonprofit organizations just days after the disaster.
Additionally, SOFTBANK Group was able to extend its internal
virtual desktop service to 14,000 of its displaced employees in a
matter of weeks rather than the originally planned one-year
Customers Can Harness Big Data
Environments with Enhanced NetApp E-Series Platform
- New enhancements to the E-Series platform enable NetApp's
ecosystem of OEM partners to more effectively serve their
customers' growing big data requirements and serve as the platform
for many of NetApp's own big data solutions. The enhanced platform
provides improved management capabilities along with new data
protection technology to help customers optimize overall
Awards and Milestones
- Customers, Partners and Employees Help NetApp Make Its
Debut on FORTUNE 500 List
NetApp was named a FORTUNE 500 company by FORTUNE Magazine, the
annual ranking of America's largest publicly and privately-held
companies for which revenues are publicly available. NetApp's
inclusion was based on the company's fiscal year 2011 revenue of
$5.1 billion. The ranking marks the latest milestone in NetApp's
history and is further testament to the value that NetApp delivers
to its customers, partners, shareholders, and employees.
- 20 Years of Innovation Drive Customer and Partner
April 2012 marked a major milestone for NetApp as the company
celebrated its 20th anniversary. What began in 1992 with an idea
sketched on a placemat has grown into an industry-leading $6B+
company with over 12,000 employees who are committed to building a
model company. NetApp's 20-year achievement is a result of the
vision of NetApp's founders, the dedication of its employees, the
strength of its partnerships, and the success of all its customers.
Innovation has driven NetApp's growth throughout its history, and
this spirit of innovation remains strong as the company looks
forward to continuing to help customers in the future.
- NetApp Continues to Earn Recognition as a Great Place
Built on a culture of innovation committed to partner and customer
success, NetApp was ranked #4 on Crain's Chicago Business's 2012
"Best Places to Work" list. The annual list recognized NetApp as
the region's highest-ranked technology employer.
- NetApp Awarded 5-Star Partner Rating in CRN's 2012
Partner Programs Guide
NetApp's commitment to its partners' success is core to the
company's overall growth strategy. The CRN 5-Star Partner rating is
further validation that NetApp's channel program is one of the best
in the market today.
Webcast and Conference Call
The NetApp fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 results conference
call will be broadcast live on the Internet at investors.netapp.com on
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. This press
release and any other information related to the call will also be
posted on the Web site at that location. An audio replay Webcast
will be available after 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on the Web site.
NetApp uses a hybrid format for disclosing
key financial information associated with our quarterly results.
Concurrent with the press release, NetApp posts a supplemental
commentary with financial information and statistics to our Web
site at investors.netapp.com.
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NetApp Usage of Non-GAAP
The Company refers to the non-GAAP financial measures cited above
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 convertible 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 material limitations because they should not be used
to evaluate our Company without reference to their corresponding
GAAP financial measures. As such, we compensate for these material
limitations by using these 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.
GAAP earnings per share is calculated using
the diluted number of shares for all periods presented.
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
convertible 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
80% hedged on maturity or conversion of the