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WebEx Announces First Quarter 2007 Financial Results
For the first quarter of 2007, revenue was $107.2 million, an increase of 21% compared to $88.5 million in the first quarter of 2006.
For the first quarter of 2007, net income on a GAAP basis was $16.3 million, a 79% increase over the $9.1 million net income from the first quarter of 2006. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.31 per share in the first quarter of 2007, a 63% increase from $0.19 per share in the first quarter of 2006.
For the first quarter of 2007, net income on a non-GAAP basis was $21.0 million, a 39% increase over the $15.1 million net income from the first quarter of 2006. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.40 in the first quarter of 2007, a 29% increase from $0.31 per share in the first quarter of 2006. Non-GAAP EPS excludes the expense and tax impact of the SFAS 123R equity compensation rule, acquisition costs incurred related to the pending merger with Cisco Systems, Inc. and certain expenses associated with the acquisition of Intranets.com.
Cash and short-term investments at the end of the first quarter of 2007 were $396 million. Cash flow from operations was $30.6 million, partially offset by $2.0 million of capital expenditures, yielding free cash flow of $28.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007. "WebEx is off to an excellent start in 2007 underpinned by record bookings", said Subrah Iyar, chairman and chief executive officer of WebEx. "Looking forward, we feel the pending combination of WebEx with Cisco will further extend our strategy of going deeper with web collaboration and wider with WebEx Connect." On March 15, 2007, WebEx announced that it had signed a definitive agreement under which Cisco has agreed to acquire WebEx. For information regarding this transaction, see WebEx's Form 8-K filed on March 15, 2007 and its Schedule 14D-9 filed on March 29, 2007, as amended from time to time.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes financial measures for earnings per share and net income for our results for the first quarter of 2007 that have not been calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and may not necessarily be comparable to similarly-titled measures employed by other companies. These financial measures differ from GAAP in that they exclude (i) the expense and tax impact of the SFAS 123R equity compensation rule, (ii) certain expenses associated with WebEx's 2005 acquisition of Intranets.com, including the effects of non-cash amortization of intangible assets and certain employee retention expenses, and (iii) acquisition costs incurred by WebEx related to the pending merger with Cisco. WebEx uses these non-GAAP financial measures to enhance understanding of its operational financial performance.
WebEx believes that providing each of these non-GAAP financial measurements is useful to management and investors because they provide a consistent basis for comparison of WebEx's financial condition and results of operations between the current quarter and historical periods. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for earnings per share or net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of these GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is included in the attached tables.
Our non-GAAP financial measures reflect adjustments based on the following items:
* Stock-based compensation: Our GAAP income statement includes stockbased compensation expense and the tax impact related to the adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standard 123R, Share-Based Payment (SFAS No. 123R). SFAS No. 123R requires us to recognize a non-cash expense related to the fair value of all our employee stock-based compensation awards. WebEx has provided the non-GAAP financial measure excluding the expense and tax-impact related to SFAS No. 123R since WebEx's adoption of that standard and we believe that providing that information for the current period assists investors in comparing our operational results with prior periods. Stock-based compensation is a key incentive offered to our employees, and we believe it contributed to the revenue earned during the period. Our use of stock-based compensation is continuing and expenses associated with stock-based compensation continue to be reflected in our financial statements.
* Amortization of intangibles, Intranets.com Acquisition: We continued to incur charges relating to the amortization of intangible assets which were purchased in connection with our acquisition of Intranets.com in September 2005. These charges are included in our GAAP presentation of earnings from operations, operating margin, net earnings and net earnings per share. We exclude these charges for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our past operating performance.
* Employee Retention-Related Charges, Intranets.com Acquisition: Through and including the third quarter of 2006 but not thereafter, we incurred certain employee-retention costs in connection with the acquisition of Intranets.com that we would not have otherwise incurred. These GAAP costs were incurred to motivate individuals employed by Intranets.com prior to the acquisition to remain employed by us following the acquisition. We believe that eliminating these acquisition-related expenses for purposes of calculating the comparable non-GAAP financial measure facilitates a more meaningful evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our past operating performance. These charges have now been completed and will not recur in future quarters.
* Acquisition Costs Relating to Pending Cisco Systems Acquisition: In the first quarter of 2007, we incurred various legal, business advisory and other costs relating to the negotiation, execution and implementation of our definitive agreement with Cisco We will continue to incur such implementation costs until the acquisition transaction is completed or otherwise terminated. We believe that eliminating these acquisition-related expenses for purposes of calculating the comparable non-GAAP financial measure facilitates a more meaningful evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our past operating performance.
NOTE: MediaTone is a trademark of WebEx Communications, Inc This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements may be identified by use of the terms anticipates, believes, continue, could, estimates, expects, intends, may, plans, potential, predicts, should or will, or the negative of those terms or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those described in such statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties. In particular, these forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, increasing market penetration with our web collaboration suite leadership and expanding our offerings through our WebEx Connect platform, the anticipated benefits of merging with Cisco, the benefits to management and investors in providing non-GAAP financial measures, the contribution to revenue of stock-based compensation, the occurrence of related stock-based compensation expenses and the pending status of the planned Cisco Systems acquisition of WebEx. Factors which could contribute to risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, decrease in demand for WebEx collaboration applications and services, the failure of WebEx to meet projections in domestic and international direct sales activity, channel sales, customer retention and expense control, failures and interruptions in the software and systems underlying WebEx's services, the effects of competitive offerings, additional expenses associated with the further integration of Intranets.com, the commercial success of our core collaboration business, our success in making new applications available through the WebEx Connect platform, and the failure of the tender offer by and subsequent merger with Cisco to be completed at all or substantially in accordance with the terms of definitive agreement signed on March 15, 2007. A fuller discussion of risks and uncertainties that could affect WebEx Communications, Inc. is more fully set forth in WebEx Communications, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, WebEx's Form 10-K filed on February 27, 2007 and the Form 8-K filed on March 15, 2007. WebEx Communications, Inc. assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information contained in this press release.
Securities Law Disclosure
This press release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The solicitation and the offer to buy shares of WebEx common stock will be made only pursuant to an offer to purchase and related materials that Cisco Systems, Inc. has filed with the SEC on Schedule TO on March 27, 2007, as amended. WebEx also filed a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, as amended, with respect to the offer. WebEx stockholders and other investors should read these materials carefully because they contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the offer. WebEx stockholders and other investors will be able to obtain copies of these materials without charge from the SEC through the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, from Georgeson Inc., the information agent for the offer, toll-free at (888) 264-7052 (banks and brokers call (212) 440-9800), from Cisco (with respect to documents filed by Cisco with the SEC) by going to Cisco's Investor Relations Website at http://www.cisco.com/go/investors, or from WebEx (with respect to documents filed by WebEx with the SEC) by going to WebEx's Investor Relations Website at www.WebEx.com. Stockholders and other investors are urged to read carefully those materials prior to making any decisions with respect to the offer.
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