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F5 Reports 2% Revenue Growth In Its First Quarter Of Fiscal Year 2023


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SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–F5, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2023.

“Customers are focused on minimizing their spend and optimizing their existing investments while also continuing to drive revenue,” said François Locoh-Donou, F5's President and CEO.“We are enabling our customers to deliver the dynamic digital experiences that drive their businesses. At the same time, we are helping them consolidate solutions and use fewer resources to manage and secure their hybrid and multi-cloud applications.”

First Quarter Performance Summary

First quarter fiscal year 2023 revenue grew 2% from the year ago period, to $700 million, up from $687 million in fiscal year 2022. Global services revenue grew 5% from the year-ago period while product revenue declined 1%, reflecting 3% software revenue growth and a 4% decline in systems revenue from the year-ago period.

GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $72 million, or $1.20 per diluted share compared to $94 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.

Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023 was $149 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, compared to $179 million, or $2.89 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2022.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in the attached Consolidated Income Statements. Additional information about non-GAAP financial information is included in this release.

Business Outlook

“We continue to expect 9% to 11% revenue growth for the year, though the mix may look different than what we expected three months ago,” continued Locoh-Donou.“We remain committed to maintaining double-digit non-GAAP earnings growth this year and on an annual basis going forward and we will continue to evaluate our cost base and take further action as needed to achieve this goal.”

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, F5 expects to deliver revenue in the range of $690 million to $710 million, with non-GAAP earnings in the range of $2.36 to $2.48 per diluted share.

F5 to Acquire Lilac Cloud, Inc.

On January 22, 2023, F5 signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lilac Cloud, Inc. (Lilac) a provider of innovative application delivery services. F5 currently uses Lilac's Content Delivery Network (CDN) technology in its F5 Distributed Cloud Services. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on F5's operating results. F5 expects the transaction to close in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023.

All forward-looking non-GAAP measures included in the Company's business outlook exclude estimates for amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation expenses, significant effects of tax legislation and judicial or administrative interpretation of tax regulations (including the impact of income tax reform), non-recurring income tax adjustments, valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, and the income tax effect of non-GAAP exclusions, and do not include the impact of any future acquisitions or divestitures, acquisition-related charges and write-downs, restructuring charges, facility exit costs, or other non-recurring charges that may occur in the period. F5 is unable to provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP earnings guidance measures to corresponding U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the overall high variability and low visibility of most of the foregoing items that have been excluded. Material changes to any one of these items could have a significant effect on our guidance and future GAAP results. Certain exclusions, such as amortization of intangible assets and share-based compensation expenses, are generally incurred each quarter, but the amounts have historically varied and may continue to vary significantly from quarter to quarter.

Live Webcast and Conference Call

F5 will host a live webcast and conference call to review its financial results and outlook today, January 24, 2023, at 4:30 pm ET. The live webcast is accessible from the investor relations portion of F5.com. To participate in the live call via telephone in the U.S. and Canada, dial +1 (877) 407-0312. Outside the U.S. and Canada, dial +1 (201) 389-0899. Please call at least 5 minutes prior to the call start time. The webcast replay will be archived on the investor relations portion of F5's website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding F5's future financial performance including revenue, revenue growth, earnings growth, future customer demand, markets, the performance and benefits of products, and the resiliency of the Company's revenue base and business model. These, and other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions and other factors that, if they do not fully materialize or prove correct, could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: customer acceptance of offerings; continued disruptions to the global supply chain resulting in inability to source required parts for F5's products or the ability to only do so at greatly increased prices thereby impacting our revenues and/or margins; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment; overall information technology spending; F5's ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses' products with F5 technologies; the ability of F5's sales professionals and distribution partners to sell new solutions and service offerings; the timely development, introduction and acceptance of additional new products and features by F5 or its competitors; competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into F5's markets, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; increased sales discounts; the business impact of the acquisitions and potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement of completion of acquisitions; uncertain global economic conditions which may result in reduced customer demand for our products and services and changes in customer payment patterns; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, shareholder and other matters, and governmental investigations; potential security flaws in the Company's networks, products or services; cybersecurity attacks on its networks, products or services; natural catastrophic events; a pandemic or epidemic; F5's ability to sustain, develop and effectively utilize distribution relationships; F5's ability to attract, train and retain qualified product development, marketing, sales, professional services and customer support personnel; F5's ability to expand in international markets; the unpredictability of F5's sales cycle; the ability of F5 to execute on its share repurchase program including the timing of any repurchases; future prices of F5's common stock; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K and other documents that we may file or furnish from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. The financial information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in F5's most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K as each may be amended from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available as of the date hereof and qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. F5 assumes no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements.

GAAP to non-GAAP Reconciliation

F5's management evaluates and makes operating decisions using various operating measures. These measures are generally based on the revenues of its products, services operations, and certain costs of those operations, such as cost of revenues, research and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses. One such measure is GAAP net income excluding, as applicable, stock-based compensation, amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets, facility-exit costs, acquisition-related charges, net of taxes, restructuring charges, and certain non-recurring tax expenses and benefits, which is a non-GAAP financial measure under Section 101 of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. This measure of non-GAAP net income is adjusted by the amount of additional taxes or tax benefit that the Company would accrue if it used non-GAAP results instead of GAAP results to calculate the Company's tax liability.

The non-GAAP adjustments, and F5's basis for excluding them from non-GAAP financial measures, are outlined below:

Stock-based compensation. Stock-based compensation consists of expense for stock options, restricted stock, and employee stock purchases through the Company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Although stock-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation of F5's employees and executives, management believes it is useful to exclude stock-based compensation expenses to better understand the long-term performance of the Company's core business and to facilitate comparison of the Company's results to those of peer companies.

Amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets. Purchased intangible assets are amortized over their estimated useful lives, and generally cannot be changed or influenced by management after the acquisition. On a non-recurring basis, when certain events or circumstances are present, management may also be required to write down the carrying value of its purchased intangible assets and recognize impairment charges. Management does not believe these charges accurately reflect the performance of the Company's ongoing operations; therefore, they are not considered by management in making operating decisions. However, investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to F5's revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to F5's future period revenues as well.

Facility-exit costs. F5 has incurred charges in connection with the exit of facilities as well as other non-recurring lease activity. These charges are not representative of ongoing costs to the business and are not expected to recur. As a result, these charges are being excluded to provide investors with a more comparable measure of costs associated with ongoing operations.

Acquisition-related charges, net. F5 does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle and the terms and scope of each transaction can vary significantly and are unique to each transaction. F5 excludes acquisition-related charges from its non-GAAP financial measures to provide a useful comparison of the Company's operating results to prior periods and to its peer companies. Acquisition-related charges consist of planning, execution and integration costs incurred directly as a result of an acquisition.

Restructuring charges. F5 has incurred restructuring charges that are included in its GAAP financial statements, primarily related to workforce reductions and costs associated with exiting facility-lease commitments. F5 excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures when evaluating its continuing business performance as such items vary significantly based on the magnitude of the restructuring action and do not reflect expected future operating expenses. In addition, these charges do not necessarily provide meaningful insight into the fundamentals of current or past operations of its business.

Management believes that non-GAAP net income per share provides useful supplemental information to management and investors regarding the performance of the Company's core business operations and facilitates comparisons to the Company's historical operating results. Although F5's management finds this non-GAAP measure to be useful in evaluating the performance of the core business, management's reliance on this measure is limited because items excluded from such measures could have a material effect on F5's earnings and earnings per share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, F5's management will use its non-GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, in conjunction with GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, to address these limitations when evaluating the performance of the Company's core business. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial performance measures in accordance with GAAP.

F5 believes that presenting its non-GAAP measures of earnings and earnings per share provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the performance of the Company's core business and is used by management in its own evaluation of the Company's performance. Investors are encouraged to look at GAAP results as the best measure of financial performance. However, while the GAAP results are more complete, the Company provides investors these supplemental measures since, with reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide additional insight into the Company's operational performance and financial results.

For reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the section in our attached Condensed Consolidated Income Statements entitled“Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

About F5

F5 is a multi-cloud application services and security company committed to bringing a better digital world to life.​​​​​​​ F5 partners with the world's largest, most advanced organizations to secure and optimize every app and API anywhere-on premises, in the cloud, or at the edge. F5 enables organizations to provide exceptional, secure digital experiences for their customers and continuously stay ahead of threats. For more information, go to f5.com. (NASDAQ: FFIV)

You can also follow @F5 on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies. F5 and BIG-IP are trademarks, service marks, or tradenames of F5, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

F5 is a trademark, service mark, or tradename of F5, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

F5, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands)
December 31, September 30,

2022

2022

Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

605,739

$

758,012

Short-term investments

54,015

126,554

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $6,417 and $6,020

485,277

469,979

Inventories

59,197

68,365

Other current assets

510,279

489,314

Total current assets

1,714,507

1,912,224

Property and equipment, net

167,709

168,182

Operating lease right-of-use assets

223,953

227,475

Long-term investments

7,812

9,544

Deferred tax assets

208,562

183,365

Goodwill

2,259,277

2,259,282

Other assets, net

503,748

516,122

Total assets

$

5,085,568

$

5,276,194

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable

$

71,760

$

113,178

Accrued liabilities

330,524

309,819

Deferred revenue

1,131,195

1,067,182

Current portion of long-term debt

349,772

Total current liabilities

1,533,479

1,839,951

Deferred tax liabilities

2,973

2,781

Deferred revenue, long-term

628,924

624,398

Operating lease liabilities, long-term

267,700

272,376

Other long-term liabilities

70,143

67,710

Total long-term liabilities

969,740

967,265

Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity
Preferred stock, no par value; 10,000 shares authorized, no shares outstanding

Common stock, no par value; 200,000 shares authorized, 60,117 and 59,860 shares issued and outstanding

129,060

91,048

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(23,219

)

(26,176

)

Retained earnings

2,476,508

2,404,106

Total shareholders' equity

2,582,349

2,468,978

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

5,085,568

$

5,276,194

F5, Inc.
Consolidated Income Statements
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
December 31,

2022

2021

Net revenues
Products

$

340,558

$

343,149

Services

359,820

343,951

Total

700,378

687,100

Cost of net revenues (1)(2)(3)(4)
Products

98,855

81,662

Services

56,152

53,411

Total

155,007

135,073

Gross profit

545,371

552,027

Operating expenses (1)(2)(3)(4)
Sales and marketing

233,105

234,035

Research and development

142,323

130,271

General and administrative

69,991

65,661

Restructuring charges

8,740

7,909

Total

454,159

437,876

Income from operations

91,212

114,151

Other income (expense), net

4,702

(2,431

)

Income before income taxes

95,914

111,720

Provision for income taxes

23,512

18,161

Net income

$

72,402

$

93,559

Net income per share – basic

$

1.20

$

1.54

Weighted average shares – basic

60,096

60,810

Net income per share – diluted

$

1.20

$

1.51

Weighted average shares – diluted

60,387

61,882

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Net income as reported

$

72,402

$

93,559

Stock-based compensation expense

62,874

63,757

Amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets

12,685

19,437

Facility-exit costs

2,006

2,742

Acquisition-related charges

7,737

16,891

Restructuring charges

8,740

7,909

Tax effects related to above items

(17,170

)

(25,264

)

Net income excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets, facility-exit costs, acquisition-related charges, restructuring charges and non-recurring tax expenses and benefits (non-GAAP) – diluted

$

149,274

$

179,031

Net income per share excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets, facility-exit costs, acquisition-related charges, restructuring charges and non-recurring tax expenses and benefits (non-GAAP) – diluted

$

2.47

$

2.89

Weighted average shares – diluted

60,387

61,882

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:
Cost of net revenues

$

7,636

$

7,545

Sales and marketing

25,721

26,753

Research and development

18,542

18,583

General and administrative

10,975

10,876

$

62,874

$

63,757

(2) Includes amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets as follows:
Cost of net revenues

$

9,959

$

9,959

Sales and marketing

2,389

8,915

General and administrative

337

563

$

12,685

$

19,437

(3) Includes facility-exit costs as follows:
Cost of net revenues

$

201

$

482

Sales and marketing

663

749

Research and development

641

912

General and administrative

501

599

$

2,006

$

2,742

(4) Includes acquisition-related charges as follows:
Cost of net revenues

$

93

$

87

Sales and marketing

1,315

6,164

Research and development

3,768

5,994

General and administrative

2,561

4,646

$

7,737

$

16,891

F5, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
December 31,

2022

2021

Operating activities
Net income

$

72,402

$

93,559

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Stock-based compensation

62,874

63,757

Depreciation and amortization

27,472

30,260

Non-cash operating lease costs

10,167

9,663

Deferred income taxes

(25,070

)

(6,407

)

Impairment of assets

6,175

Other

358

(1,123

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding effects of the acquisition of businesses):
Accounts receivable

(15,837

)

(77,223

)

Inventories

9,168

1,260

Other current assets

(20,602

)

(44,286

)

Other assets

(1,252

)

(21,774

)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(19,981

)

(25,387

)

Deferred revenue

68,540

76,065

Lease liabilities

(10,608

)

(14,173

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

157,631

90,366

Investing activities
Purchases of investments

(680

)

(36,205

)

Maturities of investments

63,519

38,138

Sales of investments

12,167

34,549

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

(67,911

)

Purchases of property and equipment

(13,104

)

(10,564

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

61,902

(41,993

)

Financing activities
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and purchases of stock under employee stock purchase plan

22,180

27,581

Repurchase of common stock

(40,005

)

(125,011

)

Payments on term debt agreement

(350,000

)

(5,000

)

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

(7,037

)

(13,595

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(374,862

)

(116,025

)

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(155,329

)

(67,652

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

3,079

(861

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

762,207

584,333

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

609,957

$

515,820

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities

$

13,665

$

16,500

Cash paid for interest on long-term debt

2,970

1,252

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash activities
Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations

$

6,193

$

818

SOURCE: F5, Inc.

Contacts

Investors
Suzanne DuLong

+1 (206) 272-7049

Media
Rob Gruening

+1 (206) 272-6208

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