Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Overall third quarter results provide further evidence that the strategy we put in place and our focus on rigorous execution continue to pay off. Although we saw a decline in third quarter sales, we are on track for the full year.
"At CA World this past November, we showcased our unique strength in serving customers in the Application Economy. The event highlighted the full breadth and leadership of our solutions, as well as our vision of the future, to thousands of customers and partners, many of whom experienced CA’s expanded portfolio for the first time.
"Looking ahead, while we do not expect fiscal 2016 total revenue to grow in constant currency, we believe we are on track to achieving our medium-term goals."
REVENUE AND BOOKINGS
- Total revenue declined primarily as a result of a decrease in subscription and maintenance revenue. There was an unfavorable foreign exchange effect of $28 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2015.
- The Company's third quarter total bookings were negatively affected by a year-over-year decrease in renewals due to the timing of the renewal portfolio within subscription and maintenance bookings. This timing reflects the lower value of contracts generally available for renewal compared with year-ago period.
- In addition, there was a tough year-over-year comparison from a four-year contract renewal with a large systems integrator for more than $300 million in the year-ago period.
- The Company executed a total of 18 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $394 million. During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company executed a total of 17 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $874 million.
- The weighted average duration of subscription and maintenance bookings for the quarter was 3.29 years, compared with 3.68 years for the same period in fiscal 2014.
EXPENSES AND MARGIN
*A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. Year-over-year non-GAAP results exclude purchased software and other intangibles amortization, share-based compensation, capitalization (an add-back) and amortization of internal software costs, Board approved workforce rebalancing initiatives and certain other gains and losses. The results also include gains and losses on hedges that mature within the quarter, but exclude gains and losses on hedges that do not mature within the quarter.
**CC: Constant Currency
- GAAP and non-GAAP third quarter operating expenses were lower compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2014 primarily as a result of the favorable effect of foreign exchange, offset by the costs associated with CA World '14. In addition, GAAP operating expenses were also positively affected by a decrease in depreciation and amortization of other intangible assets and capitalized software costs.
- Non-GAAP EPS in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was negatively affected by $0.10 from an increase in the Company's non-GAAP effective tax rate. The Company recognized a net discrete tax benefit of approximately $181 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 which impacted the non-GAAP effective tax rate for the third 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.
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUARTER
- At CA World, the Company announced:
- New and expanded API management solutions that accelerate mobile and web application delivery, improve customer engagements with frictionless access, and open new revenue channels and opportunities.
- New DevOps solutions and enhancements that further unify IT development and operations teams to drive faster and more effective development, deployment and management of high-quality applications.
- The Management Cloud - a broad portfolio of easy-to-use CA applications, delivered from the cloud, that enable customers to make the right portfolio decisions, deliver exceptional service experience and empower the modern, mobile workforce.
- Technology alliance with Samsung that expands CA Mobile API Gateway integration with Samsung KNOX offers end-to-end app security, controlling access to the app and API.
- Customer traction for CA Technologies innovations continued in the quarter.
- Solutions leadership:
- CA Technologies has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications” for the third year in a row. (1)
- 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. Operating margin declined primarily as a result of lower revenue and an increase in costs associated with CA World '14.
- Enterprise Solutions revenue decreased compared with the year-ago period primarily due to an unfavorable foreign exchange effect. Enterprise Solutions operating margin increased compared with the year-ago period primarily as a result of lower commissions and personnel-related expenses, partially offset by an increase in costs associated with CA World 2014.
- Services revenue decreased compared with the year-ago period primarily as a result of a decrease in the size and number of services engagements as well as an unfavorable foreign exchange effect. Operating margin was better as a result of a reduction in personnel-related costs.
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS
- Cash flow from operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $313 million, versus $419 million in the year ago period. Cash flow from operations decreased compared with the year-ago period primarily due to smaller cash collections, partially offset by lower income tax payments. In addition, there was a favorable effect of lower cash payments associated with the Company’s fiscal 2014 rebalancing plan.
- Cash, cash equivalents and investments at December 31, 2014 were $2.683 billion.
- With $1.26 billion in total debt outstanding and $138 million in notional pooling, the Company’s net cash, cash equivalents and investments position was $1.285 billion.
- In the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased 2.6 million shares of common stock for $75 million.
- As of December 31, 2014, the Company is currently authorized to purchase $875 million of its common stock under its current stock repurchase program.
- Effective January 2, 2015, the Company entered into an agreement to repurchase $75 million of its common stock to be delivered in March 2015.
- The Company distributed $111 million in dividends to shareholders.
- The Company’s outstanding share count at December 31, 2014 was 438 million.
OUTLOOK FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015
The Company updated its fiscal year 2015 outlook for GAAP and non-GAAP EPS. The following outlook contains "forward-looking statements" (as defined below).
The Company expects the following:
- Total revenue to decrease in a range of minus 2 percent to minus 1 percent in constant currency, unchanged from previous guidance. At December 31, 2014 exchange rates, this translates to reported revenue of $4.26 billion to $4.30 billion.
- GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of minus 7 percent to minus 4 percent in constant currency. Previous guidance was in the range of minus 12 percent to minus 8 percent in constant currency. At December 31, 2014 exchange rates, this translates to reported GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.76 to $1.83.
- Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of minus 17 percent to minus 14 percent in constant currency. Previous guidance was in the range of minus 20 percent to minus 18 percent in constant currency. At December 31, 2014 exchange rates, this translates to reported non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.45 to $2.52.
- Cash flow from continuing operations to increase in the range of 5 percent to 12 percent in constant currency, unchanged from previous guidance. At December 31, 2014 exchange rates, this translates to reported cash flow from continuing operations of $1.00 billion to $1.07 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 27 percent and non-GAAP operating margin of 37 percent, unchanged from previous guidance. The Company expects a full-year GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rate of approximately 28 percent, a reduction from the previously expected full-year GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rate, which was approximately 30 percent. When compared with fiscal year 2014, the full-year GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rate of approximately 28 percent has a negative impact on GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of approximately $0.38 and $0.53, respectively.
The Company anticipates approximately 436 million shares outstanding at fiscal 2015 year-end and weighted average diluted shares outstanding of approximately 440 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 third quarter 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.
(1) Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications,” Daniel B. Stang, Jim Duggan, November 18, 2014
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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, 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, effectively managing the Company's sales force to enable the Company to maintain and enhance its strong relationships in its traditional customer base and to increase penetration and accelerate growth in customer segments and geographic regions where the Company currently may not have a strong presence or the Company has underserved, enabling the sales force to sell new products, improving the Company's brand, technology and innovation awareness in the marketplace and ensuring the Company's set of cloud computing, application development and IT operations (DevOps), Software-as-a-Service, mobile device management and 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; global economic factors or political events beyond the Company's control; general economic conditions and credit constraints, or unfavorable economic conditions in a particular region, industry or business sector; the failure to innovate and/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 failure to expand partner programs; the ability to retain and attract adequate qualified personnel; the ability of the Company's products to remain compatible with ever-changing operating environments, platforms or third party products; the ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and products into the Company's existing business; the ability to adequately manage, evolve and protect the Company's information systems, infrastructure and processes; risks associated with sales to government customers; breaches of the Company's data center, network and software products, and the IT environments of the Company's vendors and customers; 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; 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; 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; the failure to renew large license transactions on a satisfactory basis; potential tax liabilities; changes in market conditions or the Company's credit ratings; fluctuations in foreign currencies; 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; 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.