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October 29, 2014

Equinix Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

 

  • Reported revenues of $620.4 million, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 14% increase over the same quarter last year
  • Raising 2014 annual guidance for revenues to range between $2,433.0 and $2,437.0 million and adjusted EBITDA to range between $1,110.0 and $1,114.0 million
  • Q3 Financials 2014 (PDF)

REDWOOD CITY, CA—October 29, 2014—Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global interconnection and data center company, today reported quarterly results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. 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 $620.4 million for the third quarter, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 14% increase over the same quarter last year. Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services, were $588.4 million for the third quarter, a 2% increase over the previous quarter and a 14% increase over the same quarter last year. Non-recurring revenues were $32.0 million for the quarter. MRR churn for the third quarter was 1.9%, a decrease from the previous quarter and lower than prior guidance.

"Equinix delivered both revenue and adjusted EBITDA above the top end of our guidance range, despite significant currency headwinds,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “We are very pleased with our performance, driven by strength in the core business, global expansions with key customers and accelerated momentum in cloud. The robust growth of our ecosystems generated a record 5,700 additional cross-connects this quarter, 36% higher than our previous record, and reflects an increase in interconnection activity between our cloud, content and network customers.”

Cost of revenues were $304.1 million for the third quarter, a 4% increase over the previous quarter and a 13% increase from the same quarter last year. Cost of revenues, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation of $107.6 million for the quarter, which we refer to as cash cost of revenues, were $196.5 million for the quarter, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 13% increase over the same quarter last year. Gross margins for the quarter were 51%, down from 52% for the previous quarter and up from 50% for the same quarter last year. Cash gross margins, defined as gross profit before depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation, divided by revenues, for the quarter were 68%, unchanged from the previous quarter and the same quarter last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $181.5 million for the third quarter, a 3% decrease over the previous quarter and a 15% increase over the same quarter last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and stock-based compensation of $41.4 million for the quarter, which we refer to as cash selling, general and administrative expenses, were $140.1 million for the quarter, a 1% increase over the previous quarter and a 16% increase over the same quarter last year.

Interest expense was $63.8 million for the third quarter, a 5% decrease from the previous quarter and a 3% increase over the same quarter last year. The Company recorded income tax expense of $30.6 million for the third quarter as compared to income tax expense of $12.4 million in the same quarter last year.

Net income attributable to Equinix for the third quarter was $42.8 million. This represents a basic net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.81 and a diluted net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.79 based on a weighted average share count of 53.1 million and 55.2 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2014.

Income from operations was $135.1 million for the third quarter, an 8% increase from the previous quarter and a 17% increase over the same quarter last year. 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 third quarter was $283.9 million, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 14% increase over the same quarter last year.

Capital expenditures, defined as gross capital expenditures less the net change in accrued property, plant and equipment in the third quarter, were $156.0 million.

The Company has repurchased approximately 1.8 million shares of its common stock under the $500 million share repurchase program authorized in December 2013, at an average price of $191.95 per share, for total consideration of $346.8 million from December 5, 2013 through October 24, 2014.

In July 2014, the Company purchased Riverwood Capital L.P.’s interest in ALOG Data Centers do Brasil S.A. (“ALOG”), the approximate 10% of ALOG owned by ALOG management and vested and outstanding stock options for common shares of ALOG for cash consideration of approximately $226.3 million. As a result, the Company owns 100% of the outstanding shares of ALOG. The Company has fully consolidated ALOG’s results of operations in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the time the Company acquired a controlling equity interest in ALOG in April 2011.

The Company generated cash from operating activities of $216.4 million for the third quarter as compared to $99.0 million in the previous quarter and $206.6 million for the same quarter last year. The increase in cash from operating activities for the third quarter as compared to the previous quarter was primarily attributed to decreased tax payments related to both REIT and non-REIT related obligations and cash interest payments in the third quarter as compared to the previous quarter. Cash used in investing activities was $6.3 million in the third quarter as compared to cash provided by investing activities of $91.5 million in the previous quarter and cash used in investing activities of $331.0 million in the same quarter last year, primarily attributed to the purchase of a New York IBX data center and net sales and maturities of investments. Cash used in financing activities was $256.2 million for the third quarter as compared to cash used in financing activities of $278.9 million in the previous quarter and cash used in financing activities of $1.2 million in the same quarter last year.

As of September 30, 2014, the Company’s cash, cash equivalents and investments were $501.1 million, as compared to $1,030.1 million as of December 31, 2013.

In October 2014, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a special distribution of $416.0 million, or approximately $7.57 per share based on the number of shares outstanding on the declaration date (the “2014 Special Distribution”), to its common stockholders in connection with the Company’s plan to convert to a real estate investment trust (“REIT”). The 2014 Special Distribution is payable on November 25, 2014 to the Company’s common stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 27, 2014. Common stockholders can elect to receive payment of the 2014 Special Distribution in the form of stock or cash, with the total cash payment to all stockholders limited to no more than 20% of the total distribution.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company expects revenues to range between $627.0 and $631.0 million, which includes a negative foreign currency impact of approximately $11.0 million compared to the rates used from the Company’s prior guidance. Cash gross margins are expected to approximate 68% to 69%. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to approximate $139.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $291.0 and $295.0 million, which includes $6.0 million in professional fees and costs primarily related to the REIT conversion and a negative foreign currency impact of approximately $5.0 million compared to the rates used from the Company’s prior guidance. Capital expenditures are expected to range between $210.0 and $230.0 million, comprised of approximately $35.0 million of recurring capital expenditures and $175.0 to $195.0 million of expansion capital expenditures.

For the full year of 2014, total revenues are expected to range between $2,433.0 and $2,437.0 million, or an as-reported 13% year over year growth rate, which includes a negative foreign currency impact of approximately $15.0 million compared to the rates used from the Company’s prior guidance. Total year cash gross margins are expected to approximate 68% to 69%. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to approximate $553.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the year is expected to range between $1,110.0 and $1,114.0 million, which includes a negative foreign currency impact of approximately $8.0 million compared to the rates used from our prior guidance, and includes $32.0 million in professional fees and costs primarily related to the REIT conversion. Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to range between $630.0 and $650.0 million, comprised of approximately $110.0 million of recurring capital expenditures and $520.0 to $540.0 million of expansion capital expenditures.

The U.S. dollar exchange rates used for 2014 guidance, taking into consideration the impact of our foreign currency hedges, have been updated to $1.32 to the Euro, $1.63 to the Pound, S$1.28 to the U.S. dollar and R$2.43 to the U.S. dollar. The 2014 global revenue breakdown by currency for the Euro, Pound, Singapore dollar and Brazilian Real is 15%, 9%, 7% and 4%, respectively.

Company Metrics and Q3 Results Presentation

The Company will discuss its results and guidance on its quarterly conference call on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT). A simultaneous live webcast of the call will be available over the internet at Equinix.com under the Investor Relations heading. 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, October 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. ET through Friday, January 30, 2015, by dialing 1-402-220-0203 and referencing the passcode (2014). 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 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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