14. August 2006
Equinix Reports Second Quarter 2006 Results
Foster City, CA — August 14, 2006 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today reported quarterly results for the period ended June 30, 2006.
The independent review by the Audit Committee has been completed, and, as originally disclosed on August 2, 2006, the Committee reached the conclusion that the accounting measurement dates of certain stock option grants issued in the past differ from their actual grant dates. Accordingly, Equinix recorded an additional non-cash stock-based compensation charge of $445,000 for the second quarter. The Audit Committee concluded that the Company did not engage in intentional or fraudulent misconduct in the granting of stock options. This one-time charge, the cumulative effect for the correction of errors related to prior periods, was not material to any particular prior quarter, and thus there is no restatement to the Company's previously filed financial statements. Also, the Company has filed its Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2006 today.
As reported August 2, 2006, revenues were $68.5 million for the second quarter, a 6% increase over the previous quarter and a 31% increase over the same quarter last year. Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services, were $65.1 million, a 5% increase over the previous quarter and a 32% increase over the same quarter last year. Non-recurring revenues were $3.4 million in the quarter, consisting primarily of professional services and installation fees.
Note: Equinix uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, cash cost of revenues, cash gross margins, cash operating expenses (also known as cash selling, general and administrative expenses or cash SG&A), non-GAAP net income (loss), free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow to evaluate its operations. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure is attached to this release and commences at the bottom of our condensed consolidated statements of operations - GAAP presentation.
Cost of revenues were $45.6 million for the second quarter, including $963,000 of stock-based compensation, a 5% increase over the previous quarter and a 17% increase over the same quarter last year. Cost of revenues, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation of $18.8 million, were $26.8 million for the second quarter, a 6% increase over the previous quarter and a 15% increase over the same quarter last year. Cash gross margins, defined as gross profit less depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation, divided by revenues, for the quarter were 61%, the same as the previous quarter and up from 56% the same quarter last year.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $26.2 million for the second quarter, including $7.9 million of stock-based compensation, an 8% increase over the previous quarter and a 62% increase over the same quarter last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation of $8.5 million, were $17.7 million for the second quarter, a 5% increase over the previous quarter and a 35% increase over same quarter last year.
Net loss for the second quarter, including stock-based compensation expense of $8.9 million, was $5.3 million. This represents a basic and diluted net loss per share of $0.19 based on a weighted average share count of 28.5 million. Excluding stock-based compensation, the Company was net income positive for the second quarter, with a non-GAAP net income of $3.6 million. This was a $939,000 improvement from the previous quarter's result of $2.7 million and a $4.6 million improvement over the same quarter last year.
EBITDA, defined as income or loss from operations before depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation expense and restructuring charges, for the second quarter was $24.0 million, up 5% over the previous quarter and up from $16.1 million the same quarter last year.
“We continue to experience strong momentum across all areas of our business,” said Peter Van Camp, chairman and CEO, Equinix. “We are pleased the Audit Committee has completed the investigation and found no intentional misconduct in our prior stock option grant practices. We intend to continue to cooperate with the ongoing inquiries from the SEC and DOJ.”
Capital expenditures in the second quarter were $29.7 million, of which $8.9 million was attributed to ongoing capital expenditures and $20.8 million was attributed to expansion capital expenditures. In addition, the Company also purchased the previously announced Chicago IBX expansion property in the second quarter for $9.8 million, which the Company paid for in full with cash in June 2006.
The Company generated cash from operating activities of $16.1 million as compared to $12.8 million in the previous quarter. Cash used in investing activities was $35.8 million as compared to $24.1 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted free cash flow was a negative $9.9 million in the second quarter. Adjusted free cash flow is defined as net cash generated from operating activities less net cash used in investing activities (excluding the purchases, sales and maturities of short-term and long-term investments and the purchase and sale of real estate).
As of June 30, 2006, the Company's cash, cash equivalents and investments were $147.9 million, as compared to $162.2 million in the previous quarter.
For the third quarter 2006, revenues are expected to be in the range of $72.0 to $73.0 million. Cash gross margins will be approximately 60%. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to be approximately $18.0 million. EBITDA for the third quarter is expected to be approximately $25.0 million. Net loss is expected to be approximately $6.0 million, including the impact of approximately $8.0 million of stock-based compensation expense. Net interest expense will be approximately $2.5 million. The weighted average shares outstanding will be approximately 28.9 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $55.0 to $60.0 million, including $45.0 to $50.0 million of expansion capital expenditures.
For the full year of 2006, total revenues are expected to be in the range of $280.0 to $286.0 million. Cash gross margins are expected to be in the range of 60% to 61% including approximately $4.0 million of net cash costs attributed to our expansion IBXs. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to be in the range of $68.0 to $70.0 million, including incremental professional fees attributed to the stock option investigation. EBITDA for the year is expected to be $100.0 to $104.0 million. Capital expenditures for 2006 are expected to be in a range of $180.0 to $185.0 million, comprised of approximately $30.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and $150.0 to $155.0 million of expansion capital expenditures for the build out of the Chicago, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley expansions opened this year, as well as the greenfield expansions in the Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York metro areas.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Equinix continues to provide 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 EBITDA, cash cost of revenues, cash gross margins, cash operating expenses (also known as cash selling, general and administrative expenses or cash SG&A), non-GAAP net income (loss), free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow to evaluate its operations. In presenting these non-GAAP financial measures, Equinix excludes certain non-cash or non-recurring items that it believes are not good indicators of the Company's current or future operating performance. These non-cash or non-recurring items are depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation and restructuring charges. Recent legislative and regulatory changes 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 non-cash or non-recurring 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 competitor base.
Equinix excludes depreciation expense as these charges primarily relate to the initial construction costs of our IBX centers and IBX expansion projects or acquired 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 ten 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 non-cash 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 charge liabilities, 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 stock awards that have no current or future cash obligations. As such, we, and our investors and analysts, exclude this stock-based compensation expense when assessing the cash generating performance of our operations. The restructuring charges relate to the Company's decision to exit leases for excess space adjacent to several of our IBX centers, which we do not intend to build out now or in the future. Management believes such restructuring charges were unique costs that are not expected to recur, and consequently, does not consider these charges as a normal component of expenses related to current and ongoing operations.
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 ongoing business operations. Management believes that the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures provide consistency and comparability with past reports and provide 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, net income (loss) from operations, interest income, 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 three and six months ended June 30, 2006 and 2005, presented within this press release.
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 IXEurope into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out 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; the results of any litigation relating to past stock option grants and practices; 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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