October 30, 2007
Equinix Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
FOSTER CITY, CA — October 30, 2007 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today reported quarterly results for the period ended September 30, 2007.
Revenues were $103.8 million for the third quarter, a 13% increase over the previous quarter and a 41% increase over the same quarter last year, including approximately $5.5 million of revenues from Europe as a result of the IXEurope acquisition that closed on September 14, 2007. Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services, were $99.3 million, a 13% increase over the prior quarter and a 42% increase over the same quarter last year. Non-recurring revenues were $4.5 million in the quarter.
Cost of revenues were $62.9 million for the third quarter, including $878,000 of stock-based compensation, a 13% increase over the previous quarter and a 28% increase over the same quarter last year, including cost of revenues of $4.0 million from Europe. Cost of revenues, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation of $22.7 million, were $40.2 million for the third quarter, a 19% increase over the previous quarter and a 35% 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%, down from 63% the previous quarter and up from 60% the same quarter last year. On a same IBX basis (defined as IBX centers which have been available for new customer installs for at least four full quarters), cash gross margins were 65%.??Selling, general and administrative expenses were $34.8 million for the third quarter, including $9.6 million of stock-based compensation, a 4% increase from the previous quarter and a 33% increase over the same quarter last year, including selling, general and administrative expenses of $2.0 million from Europe. Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation of $11.9 million, were $22.9 million for the third quarter, a 1% increase over the previous quarter and a 20% increase over same quarter last year.
Net income for the third quarter was $4.1 million, including stock-based compensation expense of $10.5 million. This represents basic net income per share of $0.13 and diluted net income per share of $0.12 based on a weighted average share count of 31.7 million and 33.1 million, respectively.
EBITDA, defined as income or loss from operations before depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation expense and restructuring charges, for the third quarter was $40.6 million, up from $35.3 million the previous quarter and up from $24.9 million the same quarter last year.
“Equinix continued to deliver strong results across all areas of the business,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Equinix. “As we look into 2008, the business has never been better and we intend to fully capitalize on the strong market fundamentals and our solid execution to maximize our global market leadership position.”
Capital expenditures in the third quarter were $88.9 million, of which $5.0 million was attributed to ongoing capital expenditures and $83.9 million was attributed to expansion capital expenditures. This result is less than expected, as certain capital expenditures attributed to expansion projects will move into the fourth quarter. In addition, the Company spent $65.0 million on real estate acquisition activities in the Silicon Valley and $541.7 million on the IXEurope acquisition, net of cash acquired, in the third quarter.
The Company generated cash from operating activities of $48.7 million as compared to $38.1 million in the previous quarter. Cash used in investing activities was $718.2 million as compared to $157.4 million in the previous quarter with the increase largely attributed to the IXEurope acquisition.
As of September 30, 2007, the Company's cash, cash equivalents and investments were $436.4 million, as compared to $324.0 million at the end of the previous quarter. This included net proceeds attributed to its $750.0 million concurrent underwritten public offering of 4,211,939 shares of common stock and the 3.00% Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2014, which closed on September 26, 2007 offset in part by the costs attributed to the IXEurope acquisition.
Other Company Developments & Metrics
- On a same IBX basis (defined as IBX centers which have been available for new customer installs for at least four full quarters), revenues were $97.1 million; cost of revenues were $53.9 million; cost of revenues, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation, were $34.3 million and cash gross margins for the quarter were 65%.
- On a weighted average basis, and excluding the impact of the IXEurope acquisition, the number of cabinets billing was approximately 20,100 representing an approximate utilization rate of 78%.
- U.S. interconnection service revenues were 21% of U.S. revenues for the quarter. Interconnection services represent approximately 18% of total worldwide revenues. We expect interconnection revenue to decline to 15% to 16% of total worldwide revenues as the full quarter impact of IXEurope revenues is reflected in the Company's results in the fourth quarter.
As previously announced, for the full year of 2007, total revenues are expected to be in the range of $416.0 to $417.5 million, including approximately $38.0 million anticipated from Europe. Total year cash gross margins are expected to be approximately 62%, including approximately $6.9 million of net cash costs attributed to its expansion IBXs. EBITDA for the year is expected to be between $153.0 and $154.0 million. Capital expenditures for 2007 are expected to be $405.0 to $415.0 million, including approximately $46.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and approximately $30.0 million of capital expenditures related to Europe. Expansion capital expenditures are for the build outs of the Frankfurt, London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Chicago expansions opened this year, as well as the announced expansions in London, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. metro areas.
For the full year of 2008, total revenues are expected to be in the range of $625.0 to $640.0 million, including $150.0 to $160.0 million anticipated from Europe. EBITDA for the year is expected to be between $240.0 and $250.0 million, including $42.0 to $50.0 million anticipated from Europe. Capital expenditures for 2008 are expected to be in a range of $300.0 to $310.0 million, comprised of approximately $45.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures, including $15.0 million related to Europe, and $255.0 to $265.0 million of expansion capital expenditures, including $50.0 million related to Europe.
The Company will discuss its results and guidance on its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. PDT). To hear the conference call live, please dial 1-210-839-8500 (domestic and international) and reference the pass code (EQIX). A simultaneous live Webcast of the call will be available over the Internet at www.equinix.com, under the Investor Relations heading. A replay of the call will be available beginning on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. PDT) by dialing 1-203-369-1656. In addition, the Webcast will be available on the Company's Web site at www.equinix.com. No password is required for either method of replay.
Equinix is the leading global provider of network-neutral data center and interconnection services, offering premium colocation, traffic exchange and outsourced IT infrastructure solutions. Global enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and network service providers look to Equinix Internet Business Exchange (IBX®) centers for world-class reliability and network diversity. Equinix IBX centers serve as critical, core hubs for IP networks and Internet operations worldwide. With 36 IBX centers located in 17 strategic markets across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Equinix enables customers to reliably operate their mission-critical infrastructure on a global basis.
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 non-GAAP revenues, 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 a non-recurring revenue adjustment with respect to 2006 results, depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and, with respect to 2006 results, the gain on Honolulu IBX sale, and with respect to 2007 results, the loss from conversion and extinguishment of debt. 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 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 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. 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 do not intend to build out now or in the future. With respect to its 2006 results, Equinix reports non-GAAP revenues and excludes the gain on Honolulu IBX sale. Non-GAAP revenues exclude a revenue adjustment recorded in the fourth quarter of 2006 in connection with our adoption of Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, which is a one-time adjustment and will not recur. The gain on Honolulu IBX sale represents a unique transaction for the Company and future sales of IBX centers are not expected. The Honolulu market was not considered a core, strategic market for the Company. With respect to its 2007 results, Equinix excludes the loss from conversion and extinguishment of debt as this activity is not typical for the company. Management believes such items as restructuring charges, the gain on the sale of an IBX center and the loss from conversion and extinguishment of debt are unique transactions that are not expected to recur, and consequently, does not consider these items as a normal component of expenses or income 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 core, 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, 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 nine months ended September 30, 2007 and 2006, 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 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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