NEWS & EVENTS
Avaya Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2017 Financial Results
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2017:
- Revenue of $790 million
- Gross margin 62.7%, non-GAAP gross margin 63.2%,
- Operating income of $64 million, non-GAAP operating income of $178 million or 22.5% of revenue
- Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $225 million or 28.5% of revenue
- Net income of $27 million, non-GAAP net income of $162 million or 20.5% of revenue
- Positive cash flow from operations of $166 million for the fourth quarter
Fiscal Year 2017:
- Revenue of $3,272 million
- Gross margin 61.1%, non-GAAP gross margin 61.7%
- Operating income of $137 million, non-GAAP operating income of $669 million or 20.4% of revenue
- Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $866 million or 26.5% of revenue,
- Net loss of $182 million, non-GAAP net income of $448 million or 13.7% of revenue
- Positive cash flow from operations of $291 million for the year
Santa Clara, Calif., — Dec. 22, 2017 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (OTCQX: AVYA) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.
Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $790 million, down $13 million compared to the prior quarter and down $168 million year-over-year primarily as a result of the sale of the Networking business and lower demand for products and services primarily due to extended procurement cycles resulting from the chapter 11 filing. Fourth quarter 2017 results include $5 million of revenue from the Networking business sold on July 14, 2017. Excluding the impact of the sale of the Networking business, revenue improved approximately 5% from the prior quarter and declined approximately 10% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP gross margin was 62.7% for the fourth quarter. Non-GAAP gross margin was 63.2%, which compares to 61.6% for the prior quarter and 61.8% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP operating income was $64 million, which compares to a GAAP operating loss of $55 million for the prior quarter, and an operating loss of $425 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Non-GAAP operating income was $178 million which compares to $157 million for the prior quarter and $232 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP net income was $27 million, which compares to a net loss of $98 million for the prior quarter, and a net loss of $483 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Non-GAAP net income was $162 million which compares to $149 million for the prior quarter and $174 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. For the fourth quarter, adjusted EBITDA(1) was $225 million or 28.5% of revenue, and compares to adjusted EBITDA of $204 million or 25.4% for the prior quarter and $284 million or 29.6% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.
For fiscal 2017, Avaya reported revenue of $3,272 million, down 12% compared to fiscal 2016, or down 11% in constant currency. GAAP gross margin for fiscal 2017 was 61.1%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 61.7%. GAAP operating income was $137 million, reflecting $117 million of impairments of both goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets, as well as $30 million of restructuring charges. Non-GAAP operating income was $669 million or 20.4% of revenue in fiscal 2017, which compares to $756 million or 20.4% of revenue in fiscal 2016. GAAP net loss for fiscal 2017 was $182 million which compares to a net loss of $730 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income for fiscal 2017 was $448 million, or 13.7% of revenue, which compares to $342 million for fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 adjusted EBITDA of $866 million represented 26.5% of revenue, and compares to $940 million for fiscal 2016.
Cash provided by operating activities was $166 million for the fourth fiscal quarter 2017, which compares to $72 million during the third fiscal quarter 2017, and $83 million during the fourth fiscal quarter 2016. Cash provided by operating activities for the fiscal year 2017 was $291 million compared to $113 million for fiscal 2016. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $876 million as of September 30, 2017, an increase of $147 million from the prior quarter and up $540 million from the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016.
“Our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 financial results were outstanding given the backdrop of chapter 11,” said Jim Chirico, president and CEO. “The results demonstrate the resilience of our business model, the loyalty of our customers and partners, and the commitment of our employees. They also provide us solid momentum in our emergence as a public company.”
“The reduction of our debt and certain other long-term obligations will improve annual cash flow by approximately $300 million compared to fiscal 2016,” Chirico added. “These savings will enable Avaya to pursue future growth opportunities with a goal of creating long-term value for our new stockholders. We are excited to enter the New Year as a stronger and more competitive company, with new management, innovative products, and an abundance of opportunities ahead of us.”
Fourth Fiscal Quarter Highlights
- Reached a global resolution in chapter 11 restructuring with emergence as a public company
- Announced a new management team including Jim Chirico as Chief Executive Officer
- Signed over 3,600 major customer contracts since filing for chapter 11 through September 30, 2017
- Closed on the sale of the Networking business to Extreme Networks on July 14, 2017
- Company book-to-bill was greater than 1. Total bookings for the fourth fiscal quarter increased 7% from the prior quarter and were 17% below the prior year, in constant currency. Excluding the impact of the sale of the Networking business, total bookings increased 13% sequentially and were 10% lower year-over-year, in constant currency
- Software and services accounted for over 79% of total revenue
- Recurring revenue represented 57% of total revenue, up from 50% year-over-year, in constant currency
- Net Promoter Score of 50 for customer satisfaction driven by industry-leading service and support
- Product revenue of $343 million decreased 1% from the prior quarter and decreased 27% year-over-year, in constant currency. Excluding the impact of the sale of the Networking business, product revenue grew 12% sequentially and was 15% lower year-over-year, in constant currency
- Service revenue of $447 million was down 3% sequentially and decreased 9% year-over-year, each in constant currency. Excluding the impact of the sale of the Networking business, service revenue decreased less than 1% sequentially and was 7% lower year-over-year, in constant currency
- For the fourth fiscal quarter, percentage of revenue by geography was:
- U.S. – 57% - EMEA – 24% - Asia-Pacific – 10% - Americas International – 9%
Fiscal Year Highlights
- Announced post-emergence board of directors
- Software and services accounted for 78% of total revenue in fiscal 2017, up from 75% for fiscal 2016
- Recurring revenue represented 56% of total revenue for fiscal 2017, up from 51% of revenue for fiscal 2016, in constant currency
- Cloud and managed services and professional services each accounted for >8% of total revenue for fiscal 2017
- Non-GAAP gross margin was 61.7%, compared to 61.5% for fiscal 2016
- Adjusted EBITDA was $866 million or 26.5% of revenue, compared to $940 million or 25.4% of revenue for fiscal 2016
- For the fiscal year, percentage of revenue by geography in was:
- U.S. – 55% - EMEA – 26% - Asia-Pacific – 10% - Americas International – 9%
Links to this financial results press release and accompanying slides are available on the investor page of Avaya’s website (https://investors.avaya.com/).
Avaya is a leading global business communications company, providing an expansive portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications—offered on premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid solution. Today’s digital world requires communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com.
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 Refer to Supplemental Financial Information accompanying this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP numbers and for reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
Use of non-GAAP (Adjusted) Financial Measures
The information furnished in this release includes non-GAAP financial measures that differ from measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”), including adjusted EBITDA.
EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before income taxes, interest expense, interest income and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA further adjusted to exclude certain charges and other adjustments described in our SEC filings.
We believe that including supplementary information concerning adjusted EBITDA is appropriate because it serves as a basis for determining management and employee compensation. In addition, we believe adjusted EBITDA provides more comparability between our historical results and results that reflect purchase accounting and our current capital structure. Accordingly, adjusted EBITDA measures our financial performance based on operational factors that management can impact in the short-term, such as our pricing strategies, volume, costs and expenses of the organization and it presents our financial performance in a way that can be more easily compared to prior quarters or fiscal years.
EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools. EBITDA measures do not represent net income (loss) or cash flow from operations as those terms are defined by GAAP and do not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. While EBITDA measures are frequently used as measures of operations and the ability to meet debt service requirements, these terms are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to the potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters that we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations. In particular, our formulation of adjusted EBITDA allows adjustment for certain amounts that are included in calculating net income (loss) including, but not limited to reorganization, restructuring and impairment charges, certain fees payable to our private equity sponsors and other advisors, resolution of certain legal matters and a portion of our pension costs and post-employment benefits costs which represents the amortization of pension service costs and actuarial gain (loss) associated with these benefits. However, these are expenses that may recur, may vary and are difficult to predict.
The estimate of adjusted EBITDA provided in this press release has been determined consistent with the methodology for calculating adjusted EBITDA as set forth in Avaya Holdings Corp. Form 10 for the fiscal year end September 30, 2017.
These non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and have limitations as analytical tools in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. As such, these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.
The following tables reconcile GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures:
Source: Avaya Newsroom