Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies Chief Executive Officer, said:
"In fiscal year 2015, we focused our efforts on our go-to-market strategy, introduced new products and strengthened relationships with our customers. As demonstrated by this quarter’s results, however, we still have work to do to drive the kind of growth that our company has the potential to achieve.
"I am convinced that we have set in place the appropriate strategy to transform CA and return it to growth. We are making progress in differentiating and building new products that help our customers succeed in the Application Economy. We have also significantly improved the underlying efficiency of our business.
"In fiscal year 2016, we will make the required investments to drive innovation, while continuing to demonstrate financial discipline by expanding full year operating margin by two percentage points to 39 percent*, excluding the impact of any future material acquisitions.
"Over the medium term, I am confident that we can achieve sustainable low- to mid-single digit cash flow growth."
*This is a non-GAAP metric. GAAP margin is expected to improve three percentage points to 30 percent.
REVENUE AND BOOKINGS
- Total revenue decreased primarily due to lower subscription and maintenance revenue. In addition, there was an unfavorable foreign exchange effect on total revenue of $53 million.
- The Company's bookings were affected by an unfavorable foreign exchange rate and fewer than expected early renewals, as well as a year-over-year decrease in new product sales and services engagements.
- The Company executed a total of 19 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $507 million. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company executed a total of 16 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $456 million.
- The weighted average duration of subscription and maintenance bookings for the quarter was 3.05 years, compared with 3.15 years for the same period in fiscal 2014.
- Total revenue decreased primarily due to lower subscription and maintenance revenue and professional services revenue. In addition, there was an unfavorable foreign exchange effect on total revenue of $71 million.
- The Company's total bookings were affected by a year-over-year decrease in renewals within subscription and maintenance bookings. Renewals were affected by a difficult year-over-year comparison that included a four-year contract renewal with a large systems integrator for more than $300 million in fiscal 2014 and by a lower value of contracts that renewed prior to their scheduled expiration dates.
- The Company executed a total of 51 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $1.448 billion. During fiscal 2014, the Company executed a total of 54 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $1.973 billion.
- The weighted average duration of subscription and maintenance bookings for fiscal 2015 was 3.24 years, compared with 3.35 years for fiscal 2014.
EXPENSES AND MARGIN
- GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses were favorably affected by foreign exchange.
- GAAP operating expenses in the fourth quarter fiscal 2014 were affected by $37 million in expenses associated with the Company's fiscal 2014 rebalancing plan (the Fiscal 2014 Plan), which resulted in an unfavorable effect of $0.08 per diluted share.
- GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses were favorably affected by lower selling and marketing costs and adversely affected by severance costs.
- GAAP EPS was positively affected by $0.06 due to a lower effective tax rate.
- Non-GAAP EPS was adversely affected by $0.11 due to a higher effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. The Company recognized a net benefit of approximately $181 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 which favorably affected the non-GAAP effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. This net discrete tax benefit was primarily as a result of the resolution of uncertain tax positions relating to U.S. and non-U.S. jurisdictions.
- GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses were favorably affected by foreign exchange.
- GAAP operating expenses were favorably affected by a decrease of $151 million in expenses associated with the Fiscal 2014 Plan, which resulted in a favorable effect of $0.30 per diluted share.
- GAAP and non-GAAP EPS were adversely affected by $0.36 and $0.50, respectively, due to a higher tax rate in fiscal 2015. The Company recognized a net benefit of approximately $168 million in fiscal 2014, primarily from the resolution of uncertain tax positions relating to U.S. and non-U.S. jurisdictions.
- Corporate announcements during the fourth quarter include:
- Jeffrey G. Katz, formerly the founding chairman, president and chief executive officer of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., was elected to the Company's Board of Directors.
- Michael C. Bisignano joined the Company as executive vice president and general counsel.
- The Company joined the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and appointed members to the WEF Technology Pioneers Selection Committee 2015.
- Solutions leadership for Fiscal 2015, CA is recognized as a Leader by industry analyst firms including Gartner and Forrester:
- Customer traction for CA Technologies innovations during fiscal 2015 included:
- A large health insurance company based in the U.S. selected CA Security solutions to authenticate application access for employees, business partners and consumer customers, ensuring that identities of its constituents are appropriately secured.
- Toyota Finance Australia selected CA Executive Playbook to help their business have better clarity of their IT expenditure and align investments with strategic objectives.
- A large financial services company is incorporating the full suite of CA Virtualization and Automation solutions to improve speed and quality of application production.
- Together with a partner, CA signed a multi-million dollar contract with a large government entity to help improve the quality of a high-profile, consumer-facing healthcare application.
- Tata Sky, India's leading direct broadcast television provider, selected CA Application Performance Management,CA Unified Infrastructure Management and CA Workload Automation.
- A French airline is now working with CA Service Virtualization to increase the speed and stability of application updates for their new mobile booking system.
- Mainframe Solutions revenue was lower compared with the year-ago period primarily due to an unfavorable foreign exchange effect and, to a lesser extent, insufficient revenue from prior period new sales.
- Enterprise Solutions revenue increased, excluding the unfavorable foreign exchange effect. Enterprise Solutions operating margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 increased compared with the year-ago period primarily driven by a decrease in selling and marketing expenses.
- Services revenue was lower as a result of the smaller size and number of services engagements during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Operating margin for the Company’s Services segment decreased as a result of an increase in severance costs.
- Mainframe Solutions revenue decreased primarily due to insufficient revenue from prior period new sales to offset the decline in revenue contribution from renewals. In addition, there was an unfavorable foreign exchange effect of $40 million for fiscal 2015.
- Enterprise Solutions revenue decreased compared with the year-ago period primarily due to an unfavorable foreign exchange effect and lower new sales. Enterprise Solutions operating margin for fiscal 2015 increased compared with the year-ago period primarily as a result of lower commissions and personnel-related expenses.
- Services revenue decreased primarily as a result of the smaller size and number of services engagements during fiscal 2015, including non-core engagements with government customers that are not directly related to the Company’s software product sales. Operating margin for the Company’s Services segment decreased as a result of an increase in severance costs.
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS
- Cash flow from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $485 million, compared with $478 million in the prior year.
- For the full year, cash flow from continuing operations was $1,030 million, compared with $973 million in the prior fiscal year. This increase was primarily due to lower cash tax payments.
- Cash, cash equivalents and investments at March 31, 2015 were $2.804 billion.
- With $1.263 billion in total debt outstanding and $138 million in notional pooling, the Company’s net cash, cash equivalents and investments position was $1.403 billion.
- In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased 2.9 million shares of common stock for $90 million. For fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased 7.2 million shares of stock for $215 million.
- As of March 31, 2015, the Company is currently authorized to purchase $785 million of its common stock under its current stock repurchase program that was authorized in May 2014.
- During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company distributed $111 million in dividends to shareholders. For fiscal 2015, the Company distributed $444 million in dividends to shareholders.
- The Company’s outstanding share count at March 31, 2015 was 436 million.
OUTLOOK FOR FISCAL 2016
The following outlook for fiscal 2016 contains "forward-looking statements" (as defined below).
The Company expects the following:
- Total revenue to decrease 2 percent in constant currency. At March 31, 2015 exchange rates, this translates to reported revenue of $3.95 billion to $3.99 billion.
- GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to increase in a range of 12 percent to 17 percent in constant currency. At March 31, 2015 exchange rates, this translates to reported GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.83 to $1.90.
- Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to increase in a range of 2 percent to 5 percent in constant currency. At March 31, 2015 exchange rates, this translates to reported non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $2.38 to $2.45.
- Cash flow from continuing operations to increase in a range of 2 percent to 7 percent in constant currency. At March 31, 2015 exchange rates, this translates to reported cash flow from continuing operations of $0.97 billion to $1.01 billion.
This outlook assumes no material acquisitions and a partial currency hedge of operating income. The Company expects a full-year GAAP operating margin of 30 percent and non-GAAP operating margin of 39 percent. The Company also expects a full-year GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rate of between 28 percent and 29 percent.
The Company anticipates approximately 433 million shares outstanding at fiscal 2016 year-end and weighted average diluted shares outstanding of approximately 437 million for the fiscal year.
This news release and the accompanying tables should be read in conjunction with additional content that is available on the Company’s website, including a supplemental financial package, as well as a conference call and webcast that the Company will host at 5:00 p.m. ET today to discuss its unaudited fourth quarter and full fiscal year results. The webcast will be archived on the website. Individuals can access the webcast, as well as the press release and supplemental financial information at http://ca.com/invest or can listen to the call at 1-877-561-2748. The international participant number is 1-720-545-0044.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news release, the accompanying tables and the additional content that is available on the Company's website, including a supplemental financial package, include certain financial measures that exclude the impact of certain items and therefore have not been calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Non-GAAP metrics for operating expenses, operating income, operating margin, income from continuing operations and diluted earnings per share exclude the following items: share-based compensation expense; non-cash amortization of purchased software and other intangible assets; charges relating to rebalancing initiatives that are large enough to require approval from the Company's Board of Directors, fiscal 2007 restructuring costs and certain other gains and losses, which include the gains and losses since inception of hedges that mature within the quarter, but exclude gains and losses of hedges that do not mature within the quarter. The Company began expensing costs for internally developed software where development efforts commenced in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. As a result, product development and enhancement expenses are expected to increase in future periods as the amount capitalized for internally developed software costs decreases. Due to this change, the Company also adds back capitalized internal software costs and excludes amortization of internally developed software costs previously capitalized from these non-GAAP metrics. The effective tax rate on GAAP and non-GAAP income from operations is the Company's provision for income taxes expressed as a percentage of pre-tax GAAP and non-GAAP income from continuing operations, respectively. These tax rates are determined based on an estimated effective full year tax rate, with the effective tax rate for GAAP generally including the impact of discrete items in the period in which such items arise and the effective tax rate for non-GAAP generally allocating the impact of discrete items pro rata to the fiscal year's remaining reporting periods. Adjusted cash flow from operations excludes payments associated with the fiscal 2014 Board-approved rebalancing initiative as described above, capitalized software development costs as described above, and restructuring and other payments. Free cash flow excludes purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software development costs. The Company presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how the Company's underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. dollars are converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate in effect on the last day of the Company's prior fiscal year (i.e., March 31, 2015, March 31, 2014, March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012, respectively). Constant currency excludes the impacts from the Company's hedging program. The constant currency calculation for annualized subscription and maintenance bookings is calculated by dividing the subscription and maintenance bookings in constant currency by the weighted average subscription and maintenance duration in years. These non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. By excluding these items, non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results and cash flows, to competitors' operating results and cash flows, and to estimates made by securities analysts. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to evaluate its performance and they are key variables in determining management incentive compensation. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency of supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. In addition, the Company has historically reported similar non-GAAP financial measures to its investors and believes that the inclusion of comparative numbers provides consistency in its financial reporting. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, which are attached to this news release.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The declaration and payment of future dividends is subject to the determination of the Company's Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, after considering various factors, including the Company's financial condition, historical and forecast operating results, and available cash flow, as well as any applicable laws and contractual covenants and any other relevant factors. The Company's practice regarding payment of dividends may be modified at any time and from time to time.
Repurchases under the Company's stock repurchase program are expected to be made with cash on hand and may be made from time to time, subject to market conditions and other factors, in the open market, through solicited or unsolicited privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. The program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock, and it may be modified or suspended at any time at the Company's discretion.
Certain statements in this communication (such as statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "targets" and similar expressions relating to the future) constitute "forward-looking statements" that are based upon the beliefs of, and assumptions made by, the Company's management, as well as information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the ability to achieve success in the Company's strategy by, among other things, enabling the Company's sales force to accelerate growth of new product sales (at levels sufficient to offset any decline in revenue in the Company's Mainframe Solutions segment), improving the Company's brand, technology and innovation awareness in the marketplace, ensuring the Company's offerings for cloud computing, application development and IT operations (DevOps), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and mobile device management, as well as other new offerings, address the needs of a rapidly changing market, while not adversely affecting the demand for the Company's traditional products or its profitability to an extent greater than anticipated, and effectively managing the strategic shift in the Company's business model to develop more easily installed software, provide additional SaaS offerings and refocus the Company's professional services and education engagements on those engagements that are connected to new product sales, without affecting the Company's performance to an extent greater than anticipated; the failure to innovate or adapt to technological changes and introduce new software products and services in a timely manner; competition in product and service offerings and pricing; the ability of the Company's products to remain compatible with ever-changing operating environments, platforms or third party products; global economic factors or political events beyond the Company's control; the failure to expand partner programs; the ability to retain and attract qualified professionals; general economic conditions and credit constraints, or unfavorable economic conditions in a particular region, industry or business sector; the ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and products into the Company's existing business; risks associated with sales to government customers; breaches of the Company's data center, network as well as the Company's software products, and the IT environments of the Company's vendors and customers; the ability to adequately manage, evolve and protect the Company's information systems, infrastructure and processes; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; discovery of errors or omissions in the Company's software products or documentation and potential product liability claims; the failure to protect the Company's intellectual property rights and source code; the failure to renew large license transactions on a satisfactory basis; access to software licensed from third parties; risks associated with the use of software from open source code sources; third-party claims of intellectual property infringement or royalty payments; fluctuations in the number, terms and duration of the Company's license agreements, as well as the timing of orders from customers and channel partners; events or circumstances that would require the Company to record an impairment charge relating to the Company's goodwill or capitalized software and other intangible assets balances; potential tax liabilities; changes in market conditions or the Company's credit ratings; the failure to effectively execute the Company's workforce reductions, workforce rebalancing and facilities consolidations; successful and secure outsourcing of various functions to third parties; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; and other factors described more fully in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should the Company's assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as believed, planned, anticipated, expected, estimated, targeted or similarly expressed in a forward-looking manner. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
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