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VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014:

Quarterly Review

  • Total revenues for the fourth quarter were $1.70 billion, an increase of 15% from the fourth quarter of 2013, or up 16% year over year in constant currency.
  • License revenues for the fourth quarter were $777 million, an increase of 13% from the fourth quarter of 2013, or up 16% year over year in constant currency.
  • Operating income for the fourth quarter was $344 million, a decrease of 8% from the fourth quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $567 million, an increase of 7% from the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter was $326 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, a decrease of 2% per diluted share compared to $335 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $467 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, an increase of 7% per diluted share compared to $436 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2013. Both GAAP and Non-GAAP results on a year-over-year basis include the impact of the acquisition of AirWatch, completed in the first quarter of 2014.

Annual Review

  • Revenues for 2014 were $6.04 billion, an increase of 16% from 2013.
  • Operating income for 2014 was $1.03 billion, a decrease of 6% from 2013. Non-GAAP operating income for 2014 was $1.88 billion, an increase of 6% from 2013.
  • Net income for 2014 was $886 million, or $2.04 per diluted share, a decrease of 13% compared to $1.01 billion, or $2.34 per diluted share, for 2013. Non-GAAP net income for 2014 was $1.54 billion, or $3.56 per diluted share, an increase of 5% per diluted share compared to $1.46 billion, or $3.37 per diluted share, for 2013. Both GAAP and Non-GAAP results on a year-over-year basis include the impact of the acquisition of AirWatch, completed in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Operating cash flows for 2014 were $2.18 billion, a decrease of 14% from 2013, and free cash flows for the year were $1.83 billion, a decrease of 17% from 2013.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $7.08 billion and unearned revenues were $4.83 billion as of December 31, 2014.

VMware also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the purchase of up to $1 billion of its Class A common stock through the end of 2017. Stock will be purchased from time to time, in the open market or through private transactions, subject to market conditions. VMware now expects the stock repurchase program to more than offset dilution from its equity compensation programs in 2015. The new stock repurchase authorization is in addition to VMware's ongoing $1 billion stock repurchase program, originally announced August 6, 2014.

"Customers continue to partner with VMware because we offer a new model for IT designed to rapidly and automatically deliver any app, anywhere, without sacrificing the need for security, availability and compliance," said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. "In 2014, we surpassed the 6 billion dollar revenue mark for the first time, and in 2015 we're looking forward to providing our customers with extraordinary value through the strongest portfolio of products, services and solutions in our history."

"We are very pleased with our Q4 revenue growth of 16% on a constant currency basis and with our 2014 results, which met or exceeded our revenue and operating margin guidance for the quarter and the year," said Jonathan Chadwick, chief finance officer and chief operating officer, VMware. "Our portfolio of new disruptive products and services is experiencing significant customer momentum and driving strong growth into 2015. We are pleased to announce an additional $1 billion stock buyback, which reflects the opportunity we see ahead for VMware."

Recent Highlights & Strategic Announcements

  • AirWatch by VMware recently hit a landmark 15,000 customers globally, nearly double its closest competitor, and AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management was named a "Leader" or equivalent in key industry analyst reports this year.
  • Continuing its strong momentum, VMware now has more than 400 customers for VMware NSX, the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center.
  • With VMware-operated data centers across parts of North America, Europe and Asia, VMware announced further global expansion in Australia. In addition, on January 20, VMware announced new additions to VMware vCloud Air, including new disaster recovery capabilities, new advanced networking capabilities, and General Availability of vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.
  • In the past quarter, VMware announced three additional qualified EVO:RAIL partners, NetApp, HP and Hitachi Data Systems, bringing the total EVO:RAIL partners to nine.
  • VMware announced general availability of new vRealize Cloud Management solutions, including a significant update to VMware vRealizeTM Suite 6, a cloud management platform built for the hybrid cloud. These solutions simplify and automate how IT is managed, helping customers on their journey to deliver IT as a Service.
  • Following VMworld 2014 and VMworld 2014 Europe, where VMware hosted a combined total of over 32,000 registered attendees, VMware hosted VMware vForum customer and partner conferences in six countries across the Asia-Pacific Region hosting 31,500 attendees.

The company will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET to review financial results and business outlook. A live web broadcast of the event will be available on the VMware investor relations website at http://ir.vmware.com. Slides will accompany the web broadcast. The replay of the webcast and slides will be available on the website for two months. In addition, eight quarters of historical data for revenues and unearned revenues, excluding revenues generated each period by the products and services contributed to Pivotal Software, Inc. on April 1, 2013 and the products and services associated with the divestitures that occurred in 2013 will also be made available at http://ir.vmware.com in conjunction with the conference call.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:53 PM by David Marshall
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