Polycom Reports Strong Growth in Operating Performance on Revenues of $349 Million in Fourth Quarter 2014
Non-GAAP EPS grows 50 percent year-over-year / GAAP EPS grows 1600 percent year-over-year
"I am pleased with the significant turnaround in our Company's operating performance during 2014," stated Peter Leav , President and Chief Executive Officer. "Polycom's strategic pillars to drive profitable growth, optimize our cost structure, lead customer success, and build a culture of one winning team will continue to be foundational elements in how we run our business in 2015."
"Operating margins grew significantly on both a quarterly and full year basis," said Laura Durr , Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. "Polycom also generated $91 million in operating cash flow and repurchased $25 million in common stock during the fourth quarter of 2014."
On a comparative basis, consolidated financial results were:
In Q4 2014, Polycom generated a total of $91 million in operating cash flow. Operating cash flow on a trailing 12 month basis was $205 million. Cash and investments at the end of Q4 2014 totaled $688 million, of which approximately $293 million is located onshore. Net of existing debt, cash and investments at the end of Q4 2014 totaled $446 million.
Earnings Call Details
Polycom will hold a conference call today, January 22, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT to discuss these fourth quarter 2014 financial results and guidance for the first quarter 2015. You may participate by listening to the webcast at www.polycom.com/investors or, for callers in the U.S. and Canada, you may participate by calling 1.800.381.7839 and for callers outside of the U.S. and Canada, by calling 220.127.116.1100. The pass code for the call is "Polycom." A replay of the call will also be available at www.polycom.com or, for callers in the U.S. and Canada, at 1.800.633.8284 and, for callers outside of the U.S. and Canada, at 1.402.977.9140. The access number for the replay is 21759155. A replay of the call will be available on www.polycom.com for at least three months.
Forward Looking Statements and Risk Factors
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding our future financial and operating performance, including profitable growth and optimization of our cost structure. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the impact of competition on our product sales and for our customers and partners and any resulting loss of business; the impact of increased competition due to consolidation in our industry or competition from companies that are larger or that have greater resources than we do; potential fluctuations in results and future growth rates; risks associated with global economic conditions and external market factors; the market acceptance of our products and changing market demands, including demands for differing technologies or product and services offerings; our ability to successfully implement process improvements and cost containment initiatives; changes to our strategic areas of focus; our ability to successfully integrate our acquisitions into our business; possible delays in the development, availability and shipment of new products due to engineering, manufacturing or other delays; increasing costs and the availability and differing uses of capital; changes in key personnel that may cause disruption to the business; the impact of restructuring actions; and the impact of global conflicts that may adversely impact our business. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, and in other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or obligations to update these forward-looking statements.
Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.
GAAP to non-GAAP Reconciliation
To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, Polycom uses non-GAAP measures of operating results, net income and income per share, which are adjusted to exclude certain costs, expenses, gains and losses we believe appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our past financial performance and also our prospects for the future. These adjustments to our current period GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of Polycom's underlying operational results and trends and our marketplace performance. For example, the non-GAAP results are an indication of our baseline performance before gains, losses, or other charges that are considered by management to be outside of our core operating results. In addition, these adjusted non-GAAP results are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for our planning and forecasting of future periods. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or diluted net income per share prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
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