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19 February 2014

Equinix Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

  • Reported 2013 annual revenues of $2,152.8 million, a 14% increase over the previous year
  • Announced 2014 annual guidance of revenues to be greater than $2,380.0 million, adjusted EBITDA to be greater than $1,100.0 million
  • Q4 Financials 2013 (PDF)

REDWOOD CITY, CA - February 19, 2014 - Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global interconnection and data center company, today reported quarterly and year-end results for the period ended December 31, 2013. The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, which are described further below and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP financial measures after the presentation of our GAAP financial statements.

Revenues were $564.7 million for the fourth quarter, a 4% increase over the previous quarter and a 12% increase over the same quarter last year. Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013, were $2,152.8 million, a 14% increase over 2012. Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services were $538.1 million for the fourth quarter, a 4% increase over the previous quarter, and $2,050.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 14% increase over 2012. Non-recurring revenues were $26.6 million for the fourth quarter and $102.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Churn for the fourth quarter was 2.3%, down from 2.5% for the previous quarter and consistent with prior guidance.

"In 2013, Equinix delivered over $2 billion of revenue and for the first time over $1 billion of adjusted EBITDA, demonstrating the strength of our business model. Fourth quarter results were positive, underpinned by significant growth in cloud and IT services," said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. "As we enter 2014, we see continued strength in the business and are well positioned to execute on emerging growth opportunities."

Cost of revenues were $269.7 million for the fourth quarter, a slight increase over the previous quarter, and $1,064.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 13% increase over 2012. Cost of revenues, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation of $95.4 million for the quarter and $385.6 million for the year, which we refer to as cash cost of revenues, were $174.3 million for the quarter, a slight increase from the previous quarter, and $678.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 14% increase over 2012. Gross margins for the quarter were 52%, up from 50% for the previous quarter and up from 51% for the same quarter last year. Gross margins were 51% for the year ended December 31, 2013, up from 50% for the prior year. Cash gross margins, defined as gross profit before depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation, divided by revenues, for the quarter were 69%, up from 68% for the previous quarter and unchanged from the same quarter last year. Cash gross margins were 68% for the year ended December 31, 2013, unchanged from the prior year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $165.7 million for the fourth quarter, a 5% increase over the previous quarter, and $621.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 17% increase over 2012. Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation of $38.8 million for the quarter and $148.4 million for the year, which we refer to as cash selling, general and administrative expenses, were $126.9 million for the quarter, a 5% increase from the previous quarter, and $473.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 17% increase over 2012.

The Company recorded a loss on debt extinguishment of $14.9 million for the quarter primarily attributed to the prepayment of financing liabilities for two of our IBX data centers. The loss on debt extinguishment of $108.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 was primarily attributed to the redemption of the entire principal amount of the $750.0 million 8.125% senior notes in April 2013.

Interest expense was $65.5 million for the fourth quarter, a 6% increase from the previous quarter, and $248.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 24% increase over 2012, primarily attributed to the $1.5 billion senior notes offering in March 2013, additional financings such as various capital lease and other financing obligations to support the Company's expansion projects and less capitalized interest expense. The Company recorded income tax expense of $2.0 million for the fourth quarter as compared to income tax expense of $12.4 million in the prior quarter and income tax expense of $16.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 as compared to income tax expense of $58.6 million in the prior year.

Net income attributable to Equinix for the fourth quarter was $45.2 million. This represents a basic net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.91 and a diluted net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.88 based on a weighted average share count of 49.8 million and 53.5 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter. Net income attributable to Equinix for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $94.7 million. This represents a basic net income per share attributable to Equinix of $1.92 and a diluted net income per share attributable to Equinix of $1.89 based on a weighted average share count of 49.4 million and 50.1 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2013. These amounts include the charges to the income statement for the loss on debt extinguishment of $14.9 million for the quarter and $108.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Income from continuing operations was $125.0 million for the fourth quarter, a 9% increase from the previous quarter, and $460.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 17% increase over 2012. Adjusted EBITDA, defined as income or loss from operations before depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges, impairment charges and acquisition costs, for the fourth quarter was $263.5 million, a 6% increase over the previous quarter, and $1,000.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 13% increase over 2012.

Capital expenditures, defined as gross capital expenditures less the net change in accrued property, plant and equipment in the fourth quarter, were $202.8 million, of which $134.8 million was attributed to expansion capital expenditures and $68.0 million was attributed to ongoing capital expenditures. Capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $572.4 million, of which $389.1 million was attributed to expansion capital expenditures and $183.3 million was attributed to ongoing capital expenditures.

To date, the Company has repurchased 0.5 million shares of its common stock under the $500 million share repurchase program authorized in December 2013 at an average price of $172.47 per share for total consideration of $92.5 million.

The Company generated cash from operating activities of $166.7 million for the fourth quarter as compared to $206.6 million in the previous quarter, primarily attributed to the first payment of semi-annual interest related to the $1.5 billion senior notes and an increase in cash paid for taxes in the fourth quarter. Cash generated from operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $604.6 million as compared to $632.0 million in the previous year. Cash used in investing activities was $233.4 million in the fourth quarter as compared to cash used in investing activities of $331.0 million in the previous quarter. Cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $1,169.3 million as compared to cash used in investing activities of $442.9 million in the previous year, primarily attributed to net purchases of investments in marketable securities during 2013. Cash used in financing activities was $70.6 million for the fourth quarter as compared to cash used in financing activities of $1.2 million in the previous quarter. Cash provided by financing activities was $574.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, primarily attributed to the issuance of the $1.5 billion senior notes offset by the redemption of the $750.0 million 8.125% senior notes, as compared to cash used in financing activities of $222.7 million in the previous year, primarily attributed to the settlement on the 2.50% convertible subordinated notes upon maturity during the year.

As of December 31, 2013, the Company's cash, cash equivalents and investments were $1,030.1 million, as compared to $546.5 million as of December 31, 2012.

Revision of Previously-Issued Financial Statements

In November 2013, we completed our evaluation of whether a lengthening of the estimated period over which non-recurring installation fees are recognized, which we originally incorrectly considered a change in estimate that we began to recognize prospectively beginning in the second quarter of 2013, should have been applied in earlier periods. We concluded that these longer lives should have been identified and utilized for revenue recognition purposes beginning in 2006. We assessed the materiality of this error individually and in the aggregate on prior periods' financial statements in accordance with the SEC's Staff Accounting Bulletins No. 99 and 108 and, based on an analysis of quantitative and qualitative factors, determined that the error was not material to any of our prior interim and annual financial statements and, therefore, the previously-issued financial statements could continue to be relied upon and that amendment of previously filed reports with the SEC was not required. We also determined that correcting the cumulative amount of the non-recurring installation fees of $27.2 million as of December 31, 2012 in 2013 would be material to the projected 2013 consolidated financial statements, and, as such, we revised our previously-issued consolidated financial statements accordingly, commencing with our Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2013. Such adjustment has no effect on our total cash flows. As part of the revision to our previously-issued consolidated financial statements noted above, we also revised our consolidated financial statements for several previously identified immaterial errors that were either uncorrected or corrected in a period subsequent to the period in which the error originated, as more fully described in Note 2 of our Form 10-Q filed for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2013. The financial results contained herein are the as revised financial statements.

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2014, the Company expects revenues to range between $572.0 and $576.0 million. Cash gross margins are expected to approximate 68% to 69%. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to range between $133.0 and $137.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $256.0 and $260.0 million, which includes $11.0 million in professional fees and costs primarily related to the REIT conversion. Capital expenditures are expected to range between $130.0 and $140.0 million, comprised of approximately $60.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and $70.0 to $80.0 million of expansion capital expenditures.

For the full year of 2014, total revenues are expected to be greater than $2,380.0 million, or an as reported 11% year over year growth rate, which includes negative foreign currency headwinds of approximately $12.0 million compared to the rates used from our prior guidance. Total year cash gross margins are expected to approximate 69%. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to range between $530.0 and $550.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the year is expected to be greater than $1,100.0 million, which includes negative foreign currency headwinds of approximately $5.0 million compared to the rates used from our prior guidance, and includes $37.0 million in professional fees and costs primarily related to the REIT conversion. Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to range between $550.0 and $650.0 million, comprised of approximately $200.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and $350.0 to $450.0 million for expansion capital expenditures.

The U.S. dollar exchange rates used for 2014 guidance are $1.36 to the Euro, $1.64 to the Pound, S$1.26 to the U.S. dollar and R$2.39 to the U.S. dollar. The 2014 global revenue breakdown by currency for the Euro, Pound, Singapore dollar and Brazilian Real is 15%, 9%, 6% and 4%, respectively.

Company Metrics and Q4 Results Presentation

The Company will discuss its results and guidance on its quarterly conference call on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT). A simultaneous live Webcast of the call will be available on the Equinix investors website located at www.equinix.com/investors. To hear the conference call live, please dial 1-210-234-8004 (domestic and international) and reference the passcode (EQIX). A presentation to accompany the call as well as the Company's Non-Financial Metrics tracking sheet, will also be available on the website. A replay of the call will be available beginning on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) through Tuesday, May 20, 2014, by dialing 1-203-369-1841 and reference the passcode (2013). In addition, the webcast will be available on the investors section of the Company's website over the same time period. No password is required for the replay or the webcast.

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), connects more than 4,500 companies directly to their customers and partners inside the world's most networked data centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 32 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Equinix provides 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 adjusted EBITDA, cash cost of revenues, cash gross margins, cash operating expenses (also known as cash selling, general and administrative expenses or cash SG&A), adjusted EBITDA margins, free cash flow, adjusted free cash flow, discretionary free cash flow and adjusted discretionary free cash flow to evaluate its operations. In presenting these non-GAAP financial measures, Equinix excludes certain items that it believes are not good indicators of the Company's current or future operating performance. These items are depreciation, amortization, accretion of asset retirement obligations and accrued restructuring charges, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges, impairment charges and acquisition costs. Legislative and regulatory requirements 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 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 competitors.

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 10 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 charges, as these expenses represent costs which Equinix believes are not meaningful in evaluating the Company's current operations. Equinix excludes stock-based compensation expense as it primarily represents expense attributed to equity awards that have no current or future cash obligations. As such, we, and many 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 did not intend to build out, or our decision to reverse such restructuring charges or severance charges related to the Switch and Data acquisition. Equinix also excludes impairment charges related to certain long-lived assets. The impairment charges are related to expense recognized whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of long-lived assets are not recoverable. Finally, Equinix excludes acquisition costs from its non-GAAP financial measures. The acquisition costs relate to costs the Company incurs in connection with business combinations. Management believes such items as restructuring charges, impairment charges and acquisition costs are non-core transactions; however, these types of costs will or may occur in future periods.

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 provides consistency and comparability with past reports and provides 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, stock-based compensation, 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 they were calculated for the periods 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 companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired 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; 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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