Newsroom Press Release

27. April 2011

Equinix Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

  • Reported revenues of $363.0 million, a 5% increase over the previous quarter and a 46% increase over the same quarter last year
  • Reported adjusted EBITDA of $167.3 million, a 12% increase over the previous quarter and a 43% increase over the same quarter last year
  • Increased 2011 annual revenue guidance to greater than $1,525.0 million and increased 2011 adjusted EBITDA guidance to greater than $685.0 million
  • Sets target to exceed $2.0 billion in annual revenues in 2013
  • Download Q1 2011 Financial Statements

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — April 27, 2011 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today reported quarterly results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. 

Revenues were $363.0 million for the first quarter, a 5% increase over the previous quarter and a 46% increase over the same quarter last year.  Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services were $343.9 million for the first quarter, a 5% increase over the previous quarter and a 45% increase over the same quarter last year.  Non-recurring revenues were $19.1 million in the quarter.  

“We are extremely pleased with our first quarter results and are well positioned to achieve our 2011 financial objectives. Whether it’s cloud computing or mobile and video traffic, Internet growth is propelling demand for Platform Equinix,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “Due to this momentum, we are increasing our expansion investments to provide the capacity required to support greater than $2 billion in revenues, which we expect to achieve in 2013. We have a great opportunity for disciplined investment to meet our customers’ need for network-dense, global data center capacity while generating strong returns for our shareholders.”

Cost of revenues were $194.6 million for the first quarter, a 1% increase over the previous quarter and a 46% increase over the same quarter last year.  Cost of revenues, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation of $72.0 million, were $122.6 million for the first quarter, a 2% decrease from the previous quarter and a 44% increase over the same quarter last year.  Cash gross margins, defined as gross profit before depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation, divided by revenues, for the quarter were 66%, up from 64% for the previous quarter and unchanged from the same quarter last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $96.2 million for the first quarter, essentially flat over the previous quarter and a 54% increase over the same quarter last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation of $23.1 million, were $73.1 million for the first quarter, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 58% increase over the same quarter last year.

Restructuring charges were $0.5 million for the first quarter and the previous quarter, which were primarily related to Switch and Data.  Acquisition costs were $0.4 million for the first quarter and the previous quarter. 

Interest expense was $37.4 million for the first quarter, a 4% decrease from the previous quarter and a 46% increase over the same quarter last year.  The Company recorded income tax expense of $11.1 million for the first quarter as compared to an income tax benefit of $2.8 million in the prior quarter and income tax expense of $8.7 million in the same quarter last year.

Net income for the first quarter was $25.1 million.  This represents a basic net income per share of $0.54 and diluted net income per share of $0.53 based on a weighted average share count of 46.5 million and 47.2 million, respectively, for the first quarter of 2011. 

Adjusted EBITDA, defined as income or loss from operations before depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and acquisition costs for the first quarter, was $167.3 million, an increase of 12% over the previous quarter and a 43% increase over the same quarter last year.

Capital expenditures, defined as gross capital expenditures less the net change in accrued property, plant and equipment in the first quarter, were $172.5 million, of which $139.8 million was attributed to expansion capital expenditures and $32.7 million was attributed to ongoing capital expenditures.  In addition, the Company purchased a building in Paris for cash in March 2011 totaling $15.0 million.

The Company generated cash from operating activities of $115.2 million for the first quarter as compared to $122.9 million in the previous quarter and $99.8 million for the same quarter last year. Cash used in investing activities was $283.8 million in the first quarter as compared to cash provided by investing activities of $17.5 million in the previous quarter and cash used in investing activities of $31.6 million for the same quarter last year. Cash provided by financing activities was $26.1 million for the first quarter, which was primarily related to the proceeds from employee equity awards and draw downs of certain loans payable.    

As of March 31, 2011, the Company’s cash, cash equivalents and investments were $456.7 million, as compared to $592.8 million as of December 31, 2010.  

Company Metrics and Q1 Results Presentation

  • A presentation to accompany Equinix’s Q1 Results conference call, as well as the Company’s Non-Financial Metrics tracking sheet, have been posted on the Investors section of Equinix’s web site at www.equinix.com/investors

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2011, the Company expects revenues to be in the range of $376.0 to $378.0 million.  Cash gross margins are expected to be approximately 65%.  Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to be approximately $76.0 million.  Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $166.0 and $170.0 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $220.0 and $240.0 million, comprised of approximately $40.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and between $180.0 and $200.0 million of expansion capital expenditures. The anticipated results of ALOG are not included in the Company’s business outlook at this time.

For the full year of 2011, total revenues are expected to be greater than $1,525.0 million.  Total year cash gross margins are expected to range between 65% and 66%.  Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to approximate $315.0 million.  Adjusted EBITDA for the year is expected to be greater than $685.0 million.  Capital expenditures for 2011 are expected to be in the range of $615.0 to $665.0 million, comprised of approximately $115.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and $500.0 to $550.0 million for expansion capital expenditures.  The anticipated results of ALOG are not included in the Company’s business outlook at this time. 

The Company will discuss its results and guidance on its quarterly conference call on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).  A presentation to accompany the call will be available on the Company’s website at www.equinix.com/investors.  To hear the conference call live, please dial 210-234-8004 (domestic and international) and reference the passcode (EQIX).  A simultaneous live Webcast of the call will also be available at www.equinix.com/investors.  

A replay of the call will be available beginning on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) through May 28, 2011, by dialing 402-998-1022.  In addition, the webcast will be available on the company's web site at www.equinix.com/investors over the same time period.  No password is required for the replay or the webcast.

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high performance data centers, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. More than 3,350 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies connect to more than 650 network service providers and rely on Platform Equinix to grow their business, improve application performance and protect their vital digital assets. Equinix operates in 37 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and continually invests in expanding its platform to power customer growth. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Equinix provides all information required in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but it believes that evaluating its ongoing operating results may be difficult if limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures.  Accordingly, Equinix uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted EBITDA, cash cost of revenues, cash gross margins, cash operating expenses (also known as cash selling, general and administrative expenses or cash SG&A), adjusted EBITDA margins, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow to evaluate its operations.  In presenting these non-GAAP financial measures, Equinix excludes certain items that it believes are not good indicators of the Company's current or future operating performance.  These items are depreciation, amortization, accretion of asset retirement obligations and accrued restructuring charges, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and acquisition costs. Legislative and regulatory requirements encourage use of and emphasis on GAAP financial metrics and require companies to explain why non-GAAP financial metrics are relevant to management and investors.  Equinix excludes these items in order for Equinix's lenders, investors, and industry analysts who review and report on the Company, to better evaluate the Company's operating performance and cash spending levels relative to its industry sector and competitors.

Equinix excludes depreciation expense as these charges primarily relate to the initial construction costs of our IBX centers and do not reflect our current or future cash spending levels to support our business.  Our IBX centers are long-lived assets, and have an economic life greater than 10 years. The construction costs of our IBX centers do not recur and future capital expenditures remain minor relative to our initial investment.  This is a trend we expect to continue.  In addition, depreciation is also based on the estimated useful lives of our IBX centers.  These estimates could vary from actual performance of the asset, are based on historic costs incurred to build out our IBX centers, and are not indicative of current or expected future capital expenditures.  Therefore, Equinix excludes depreciation from its operating results when evaluating its operations.

In addition, in presenting the non-GAAP financial measures, Equinix excludes amortization expense related to certain intangible assets, as it represents a cost that may not recur and is not a good indicator of the Company's current or future operating performance.  Equinix excludes accretion expense, both as it relates to its asset retirement obligations as well as its accrued restructuring charges, as these expenses represent costs which Equinix believes are not meaningful in evaluating the Company's current operations.  Equinix excludes non-cash stock-based compensation expense as it represents expense attributed to equity awards that have no current or future cash obligations.  As such, we, and many investors and analysts, exclude this stock-based compensation expense when assessing the cash generating performance of our operations.  Equinix excludes restructuring charges from its non-GAAP financial measures.  The restructuring charges relate to the Company's decision to exit leases for excess space adjacent to several of our IBX centers, which we did not intend to build out, or our decision to reverse such restructuring charges or severance charges related to the Switch and Data acquisition.  Equinix excludes acquisition costs from its non-GAAP financial measures.  The acquisition costs relate to costs the Company incurs in connection with business combinations.  Management believes such items as restructuring charges and acquisition costs are non-core transactions; however, these types of costs will or may occur in future periods.

Our management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.  However, we have presented such non-GAAP financial measures to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate our operating results in a manner that focuses on what management believes to be our core, ongoing business operations.  Management believes that the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures provides consistency and comparability with past reports and provides a better understanding of the overall performance of the business and its ability to perform in subsequent periods. Equinix believes that if it did not provide such non-GAAP financial information, investors would not have all the necessary data to analyze Equinix effectively.

Investors should note, however, that the non-GAAP financial measures used by Equinix may not be the same non-GAAP financial measures, and may not be calculated in the same manner, as that of other companies.  In addition, whenever Equinix uses such non-GAAP financial measures, it provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure.  Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Equinix does not provide forward-looking guidance for certain financial data, such as depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation, net income (loss) from operations, cash generated from operating activities and cash used in investing activities, and as a result, is not able to provide a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for forward-looking data.  Equinix intends to calculate the various non-GAAP financial measures in future periods consistent with how it was calculated for the periods presented within this press release.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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