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Net revenues for the fourth quarter grew 11% year-over-year to $1.56 billion
- NetAppTM public cloud services annualized revenue run rate (ARR)1 increased 171% year-over-year to $301 million
- All-flash array annualized net revenue run rate2 increased 11% year-over-year to $2.9 billion
- Billings3 increased 12% year-over-year to $1.74 billion in the fourth quarter
- $559 million in cash provided by operations in the fourth quarter; $521 million in free cash flow3, an all-time high for the Company
SUNNYVALE, Calif.—June 2, 2021—NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021, which ended on April 30, 2021.
“We delivered fourth quarter results above expectations, capping off a solid year of growth. Our momentum underscores our value to customers in a hybrid, multi-cloud world. We are gaining share in key storage markets and our public cloud services are at a scale where they are positively impacting total company billings and revenue growth,” said George Kurian, chief executive officer. “Our focused execution last year has set us up well for FY22. I am excited about the year ahead and confident in our ability to grow revenue while delivering operating leverage as we support our customers on their cloud and digital transformation journeys.”
Fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 financial results
- Net revenues: $1.56 billion, compared to $1.40 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Net income: GAAP net income of $334 million, compared to $196 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020; non-GAAP net income4 of $268 million, compared to $265 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Earnings per share: GAAP net income per share5 of $1.46, compared to $0.88 in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020; non-GAAP net income per share of $1.17, compared to $1.19 in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Cash, cash equivalents and investments: $4.60 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021
- Cash provided by operations: $559 million, compared to $383 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020
- Share repurchase and dividends: Returned $181 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends
Fiscal year 2021 financial results
- Net revenues: $5.74 billion, compared to $5.41 billion in fiscal year 2020
- Net income: GAAP net income of $730 million, compared to $819 million in fiscal year 2020; non-GAAP net income of $917 million, compared to $944 million in fiscal year 2020
- Earnings per share: GAAP net income per share of $3.23, compared to $3.52 in fiscal year 2020; non-GAAP net income per share of $4.06, compared to $4.05 in fiscal year 2020
- Cash provided by operations: $1.33 billion compared to $1.06 billion in fiscal year 2020
- Share repurchase and dividends: Returned $552 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends
First quarter fiscal year 2022 financial outlook
|The Company provided the following financial guidance for the first quarter of fiscal year 2022:
|$1.37 billion to $1.47 billion
|$0.69 - $0.77
|$0.89 - $0.97
Full fiscal year 2022 financial outlook
|The Company provided the following financial guidance for the full fiscal year 2022:
|6% to 7%
|$425 million to $500 million
|66% - 67%
|67% - 68%
|16% - 17%
|21% - 22%
|$3.48 - $3.68
|$4.45 - $4.65
The Company will increase the first quarter fiscal year 2022 dividend by 4% to $0.50 per share. The quarterly dividend will be paid on July 28, 2021, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 9, 2021.
Share repurchase program
The Company authorized an additional $500 million for the repurchase of shares of its common stock under its existing share repurchase program.
Fourth quarter fiscal year 2021 business highlights
Delivering industry-leading products
- NetApp announced the general availability of NetApp AstraTM, a fully managed application-aware data management service built for Kubernetes workloads.
- NetApp announced Spot Wave by NetApp. In addition, Spot Ocean by NetApp now supports Azure Kubernetes Service. Together, these products provide customers with leading solutions for simple, scalable, and efficient infrastructure for cloud-native applications.
- NetApp introduced the Data Science Toolkit to simplify the performance of various data science tasks with NetApp storage.
- NetApp now supports BeeGFS for Kubernetes, providing infrastructure options for AI initiatives that offer customers a new cloud-native era. The Company also introduced NetApp EF-Series integration with nVIDIA DGX A100 systems, NetApp EF600 all-flash arrays, and the BeeGFS parallel file system with state-of-the-art InfiniBand networking.
- NetApp announced a FlexPodTM Cisco Validated Design (CVD), that enables customers and partners to confidently deploy a FlexPod solution with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.
NetApp partnering for innovation
- NetApp and NVIDIA announced a new integrated solution based on the field-proven NetApp ONTAPTM AI reference architecture.
- Cisco and NetApp celebrated the 10-year anniversary of FlexPod and announced the next decade of collaboration with the tech preview of NetApp ONTAP integration with Cisco Intersight.
- Ducati Corse announced that its NetApp sponsorship would continue for a fourth straight year. The sponsorship plays a critical role in helping the Ducati Corse division fully exploit data’s potential in the racing world.
- NetApp and Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team announced a partnership, unlocking the very best of cloud by outfitting the team with world-class data and cloud services.
Leadership matters—driving inclusion at NetApp
NetApp announced that Carrie Palin, former senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Splunk, has joined as a member of the Board of Directors.
Webcast and conference call information
NetApp will host a conference call to discuss these results today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To access the live webcast of this event, go to the NetApp Investor Relations website at investors.netapp.com. In addition, this press release, historical supplemental data tables, and other information related to the call will be posted on the Investor Relations website. An audio replay will be available on the website after 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time today.
“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, but are not limited to, all of the statements made in the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Outlook section and the Full Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Outlook section and statements about our ability to gain share, scale our cloud business, grow revenue and deliver operating leverage. 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 global political, macroeconomic and market conditions (including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic thereon), changes in U.S. government spending, revenue seasonality and matters specific to our business, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s business operations, financial performance and results of operations, our ability to expand our total available market and grow our portfolio of products, customer demand for and acceptance of our products and services, our ability to successfully execute new business models, our ability to successfully execute on our data fabric strategy to generate profitable growth and stockholder return and our ability to manage our gross profit margins. These and other equally important factors are described in reports and documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described under the section titled “Risk Factors” in our most recently submitted annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q. We disclaim any obligation to update information contained in this press release whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
NetApp usage of non-GAAP financial information
To supplement NetApp’s condensed consolidated financial statement information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), NetApp provides investors with certain non-GAAP measures, including, but not limited to, historical non-GAAP operating results, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP effective tax rate, free cash flow, billings, and historical and projected non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. NetApp also presents the hardware and software components of our GAAP product revenues. Because our revenue recognition policy under GAAP defines a configured storage system, inclusive of the operating system software essential to its functionality, as a single performance obligation, hardware and software components of our product revenues are considered non-GAAP measures. The hardware and software components of our product revenues are derived from an estimated fair value allocation of the transaction price of our contracts with customers, down to the level of the product hardware and software components. This allocation is primarily based on the contractual prices at which NetApp has historically billed customers for such respective components.
NetApp believes that the presentation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP effective tax rates, and non-GAAP earnings per share data, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations.
NetApp believes that the presentation of free cash flow, which it defines as the net cash provided by operating activities less cash used to acquire property and equipment, to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors because it reflects cash that can be used to, among other things, invest in its business, make strategic acquisitions, repurchase common stock, and pay dividends on its common stock. As free cash flow is not a measure of liquidity calculated in accordance with GAAP, free cash flow should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the analysis provided in the statement of cash flows.
NetApp believes that the presentation of the software and hardware components of our product revenues is meaningful to investors and management as it illustrates the significance of the Company’s software and provides improved visibility into the value created by our software innovation and R&D investment.
NetApp approximates billings by adding net revenues as reported on our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the period to the change in total deferred revenue and financed unearned services revenue as reported on our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the same period. Billings is a performance measure that NetApp believes provides useful information to management and investors because it represents the amounts under purchase orders received by us during a given period that have been billed.
NetApp’s management uses these non-GAAP measures in making operating decisions because it believes the measurements provide meaningful supplemental information regarding NetApp’s ongoing operational performance. 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.
NetApp excludes the following items from its non-GAAP measures when applicable:
A. Amortization of intangible assets. NetApp records amortization of intangible assets that were acquired in connection with its business combinations. The amortization of intangible assets varies depending on the level of acquisition activity. Management finds it useful to exclude these charges to assess the appropriate level of various operating expenses to assist in budgeting, planning and forecasting future periods and in measuring operational performance.
B. Stock-based compensation expenses. NetApp excludes stock-based compensation expenses from its non-GAAP measures primarily because they are non-cash expenses. While management views stock-based compensation as a key element of our employee retention and long-term incentives, we do not view it as an expense to be used in evaluating operational performance in any given period.
C. Litigation settlements. NetApp may periodically incur charges or benefits related to litigation settlements. NetApp excludes these charges and benefits, when significant, because it does not believe they are reflective of ongoing business and operating results.
D. Acquisition-related expenses. NetApp excludes acquisition-related expenses, including (a) due diligence, legal and other one-time integration charges and (b) write down of assets acquired that NetApp does not intend to use in its ongoing business, from its non-GAAP measures, primarily because they are not related to our ongoing business or cost base and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning and forecasting.
E. Restructuring charges. These charges consist of restructuring charges that are incurred based on the particular facts and circumstances of restructuring decisions, including employment and contractual settlement terms, and other related charges, and can vary in size and frequency. We therefore exclude them in our assessment of operational performance.
F. Asset impairments. These are non-cash charges to write down assets when there is an indication that the asset has become impaired. Management finds it useful to exclude these non-cash charges due to the unpredictability of these events in its assessment of operational performance.
G. Gains/losses on the sale or derecognition of assets. These are gains/losses from the sale of our properties and other transactions in which we transfer control of assets to a third party. Management believes that these transactions do not reflect the results of our underlying, on-going business and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning or forecasting.
H. Gains/losses on the sale of investments in equity securities. These are gains/losses from the sale of our investment in certain equity securities. Typically, such investments are sold as a result of a change in control of the underlying businesses. Management believes that these transactions do not reflect the results of our underlying, on-going business and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning or forecasting.
I. Debt extinguishment costs. NetApp excludes certain non-recurring expenses incurred as a result of the early extinguishment of debt. Management believes such nonrecurring costs do not reflect the results of its underlying, on-going business and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning or forecasting.
J. COVID-19 charges. NetApp has excluded certain non-recurring expenses incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Management believes such nonrecurring costs do not reflect the results of its underlying, on-going business and, therefore, cannot be relied upon for future planning or forecasting.
K. Income tax adjustments. NetApp’s non-GAAP tax provision is based upon a 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. The non-GAAP tax provision also excludes, when applicable, (a) tax charges or benefits in the current period that relate to one or more prior fiscal periods that are a result of events such as changes in tax legislation, authoritative guidance, income tax audit settlements, statute lapses and/or court decisions, (b) tax charges or benefits that are attributable to unusual or non-recurring book and/or tax accounting method changes, (c) tax charges that are a result of a non-routine foreign cash repatriation, (d) tax charges or benefits that are a result of infrequent restructuring of the Company’s tax structure, (e) tax charges or benefits that are a result of a change in valuation allowance, and (f) tax charges resulting from the integration of intellectual property from acquisitions. Management believes that the use of non-GAAP tax provisions provides a more meaningful measure of the Company’s operational performance.
These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. NetApp believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. NetApp management compensates for these limitations by analyzing current and projected results on a GAAP basis as well as a non-GAAP basis. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The non-GAAP financial measures are meant to supplement, and be viewed in conjunction with, GAAP financial measures.
NetApp is a global cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The Company provides systems, software, and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services, and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere. Learn more at www.netapp.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.
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Public cloud services annualized revenue run rate (ARR) is calculated as the annualized value of all public cloud services customer commitments as of the last day of the quarter, with the assumption that any commitment expiring during the next 12 months will be renewed with its existing terms.
All Flash Array annualized net revenue run rate is determined by products and services revenue for the current quarter, multiplied by 4.
Refer to the NetApp Usage of Non-GAAP Financial Information section below for an explanation of billings and free cash flow.
Non-GAAP net income excludes, when applicable, (a) amortization of intangible assets, (b) stock-based compensation expenses, (c) litigation settlements, (d) acquisition-related expenses, (e) restructuring charges, (f) asset impairments, (g) gains/losses on the sale or derecognition of assets, (h) gains/losses on the sale of investments in equity securities, (i) debt extinguishment costs, (j) COVID-19 charges and (k) 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. NetApp makes additional adjustments to the non-GAAP tax provision for certain tax matters as described below. A detailed reconciliation of our non-GAAP to GAAP results can be found at http://investors.netapp.com. NetApp’s management uses these non-GAAP measures in making operating decisions because it believes the measurements provide meaningful supplemental information regarding NetApp’s ongoing operational performance.
GAAP net income per share and non-GAAP net income per share are calculated using the diluted number of shares.