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Verisign Reports 15 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth in First Quarter 2013

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RESTON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 -- VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the global leader in domain names, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

First Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc., and subsidiaries ("Verisign") reported revenue of $236 million for the first quarter of 2013, up 15 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Verisign reported net income of $85 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.52 for the first quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $68 million and diluted EPS of $0.42 in the same quarter in 2012. The operating margin was 56.4 percent for the first quarter of 2013 compared to 48.1 percent for the same quarter in 2012.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $94 million and diluted EPS of $0.58 for the first quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $68 million and diluted EPS of $0.42 for the same quarter in 2012. The non-GAAP operating margin was 59.6 percent for the first quarter of 2013 compared to 51.9 percent for the same quarter in 2012. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

"The first quarter demonstrates our continued focus and discipline in the execution of our strategic framework," commented Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"We are pleased with the successful completion of our $750 million senior unsecured notes offering," stated George Kilguss III, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Financial Highlights

•On April 16, 2013, Verisign issued $750 million of 4.625% Senior Notes due May 2023. Verisign used a portion of the proceeds from the offering to repay the $100 million in outstanding indebtedness under its existing revolving credit facility and intends to use the remaining amount for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, the repurchase of shares under its share repurchase program. •Verisign ended the first quarter with Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities and Restricted Cash of $1.57 billion, an increase of $9 million from year-end 2012. •Cash flow from operations was $151 million for the first quarter compared with $110 million for the same quarter in 2012. •Deferred revenues on March 31, 2013, totaled $847 million, an increase of $34 million from year-end 2012. •Capital expenditures were $17 million in the first quarter of 2013. •During the first quarter, Verisign repurchased approximately 3.0 million shares of its common stock for a cost of approximately $132 million. At March 31, 2013, approximately $844 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program. •For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the first quarter diluted share count included 7.9 million shares related to the subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 2.5 million shares in the same quarter in 2012. These represent diluted shares and not shares that have been issued. •Due to the stock price exceeding the subordinated convertible debentures trigger price during the first quarter of 2013, holders have the option to convert the debentures into common stock during the second quarter of 2013. Consequently, the debt component of the subordinated convertible debentures, the related embedded derivative, and deferred tax liability were reclassified from long-term liabilities to current liabilities, while the associated unamortized debt issuance costs were reclassified from long-term assets to current assets, as of March 31, 2013.

Business Highlights

•Verisign Registry Services added 1.99 million net new names and ended the first quarter with 123.1 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, representing a 5.5 percent increase year over year. •In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.8 million new domain name registrations as compared to 8.9 million for the same quarter a year prior.

Non-GAAP Items
Non-GAAP financial results exclude the following items that are included under GAAP: discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of the subordinated convertible debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on subordinated convertible debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 28 percent tax rate starting from the third quarter of 2012, and 30 percent for the other periods presented herein, both of which differ from the GAAP tax rate. A table reconciling the GAAP to non-GAAP operating income and net income is appended to this release.

Today's Conference Call
Verisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) to review the first quarter 2013 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (913) 981-5593 (international), conference ID 8794577. A listen-only live web cast and accompanying slide presentation of the first quarter 2013 earnings conference call will also be available at http://investor.verisign.com. An audio archive of the call will be available at https://investor.verisign.com/events.cfm. This news release and the financial information discussed on today's conference call are available at http://investor.verisign.com.

About Verisign
As the global leader in domain names, Verisign powers the invisible navigation that takes people to where they want to go on the Internet. For more than 15 years, Verisign has operated the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains that today include .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .gov, .jobs, .name and .cc, as well as two of the world's 13 Internet root servers. Verisign's product suite also includes Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, iDefense Security Intelligence Services and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit VerisignInc.com.

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Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute 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 statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of whether the U.S. Department of Commerce will approve any exercise by us of our right to increase the price per .com domain name, under certain circumstances, the uncertainty of whether we will be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Department of Commerce that market conditions warrant removal of the pricing restrictions on .com domain names and the uncertainty of whether we will experience other negative changes to our pricing terms; the failure to renew key agreements on similar terms, or at all; the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as restrictions on increasing prices under the .com Registry Agreement, increasing competition, pricing pressure from competing services offered at prices below our prices and changes in marketing and advertising practices, including those of third-party registrars; changes in search engine algorithms and advertising payment practices; challenging global economic conditions; challenges to ongoing privatization of Internet administration; the outcome of legal or other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of registrars or registrants, or litigation generally; new or existing governmental laws and regulations; changes in customer behavior, Internet platforms and web-browsing patterns; the uncertainty of whether we will successfully develop and market new services; the uncertainty of whether our new services will achieve market acceptance or result in any revenues; system interruptions; security breaches; attacks on the Internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; whether we will be able to continue to expand our infrastructure to meet demand; the uncertainty of the expense and timing of requests for indemnification, if any, relating to completed divestitures; and the impact of the introduction of new gTLDs, any delays in their introduction and whether our gTLD applications or the applicants' gTLD applications for which we have contracted to provide back-end registry services will be successful. More information about potential factors that could affect the our business and financial results is included in our filings with the SEC, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Verisign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement.

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VERISIGN, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except par value) (Unaudited) March 31, December 31, 2013 2012 ------------ ------------ ASSETSCurrent assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 78,620 $ 130,736 Marketable securities 1,483,827 1,425,700 Accounts receivable, net 13,617 11,477 Deferred tax assets 286 44,756 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 38,849 30,795 ------------ ------------ Total current assets 1,615,199 1,643,464 ------------ ------------Property and equipment, net 333,183 333,861Goodwill 52,527 52,527Long-term deferred tax assets 52,793 7,299Other long-term assets 17,411 25,325 ------------ ------------ Total long-term assets 455,914 419,012 ------------ ------------ Total assets $ 2,071,113 $ 2,062,476 ============ ============ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICITCurrent liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 119,986 $ 130,391 Subordinated convertible debentures, including contingent interest derivative 606,142 - Deferred revenues 591,356 564,627 Deferred tax liabilities 388,923 - ------------ ------------ Total current liabilities 1,706,407 695,018 ------------ ------------Long-term deferred revenues 255,438 247,955Subordinated convertible debentures, including contingent interest derivative - 597,614Long-term debt 100,000 100,000Long-term deferred tax liabilities 3,657 386,914Other long-term tax liabilities 44,747 44,298 ------------ ------------ Total long-term liabilities 403,842 1,376,781 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities 2,110,249 2,071,799 ------------ ------------Commitments and contingenciesStockholders' deficit: Preferred stock-par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 5,000; Issued and outstanding shares: none - - Common stock-par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 1,000,000; Issued shares: 319,745 at March 31, 2013 and 318,722 at December 31, 2012; Outstanding shares: 151,185 at March 31, 2013 and 153,392 at December 31, 2012 320 319 Additional paid-in capital 19,777,251 19,891,291 Accumulated deficit (19,816,032) (19,900,545) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (675) (388) ------------ ------------ Total stockholders' deficit (39,136) (9,323) ------------ ------------ Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $ 2,071,113 $ 2,062,476 ============ ============ VERISIGN, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, -------------------------- 2013 2012 ------------ ------------Revenues $ 236,447 $ 205,726 ------------ ------------Costs and expenses: Cost of revenues 47,254 41,256 Sales and marketing 18,104 27,815 Research and development 18,176 14,765 General and administrative 19,649 23,508 Restructuring charges - (548) ------------ ------------ Total costs and expenses 103,183 106,796 ------------ ------------Operating income 133,264 98,930Interest expense (12,596) (12,340)Non-operating (loss) income, net (5,777) 807 ------------ ------------Income from continuing operations before income taxes 114,891 87,397Income tax expense (30,378) (21,292) ------------ ------------Income from continuing operations, net of tax 84,513 66,105Income from discontinued operations, net of tax - 1,904 ------------ ------------Net income 84,513 68,009 ------------ ------------ Unrealized loss on investments, net of tax (267) (5) Realized gain on investments, net of tax, included in net income (20) (5) ------------ ------------Other comprehensive loss (287) (10) ------------ ------------Comprehensive income $ 84,226 $ 67,999 ============ ============Basic income per share: Continuing operations $ 0.55 $ 0.41 Discontinued operations - 0.02 ------------ ------------ Net income $ 0.55 $ 0.43 ============ ============Diluted income per share: Continuing operations $ 0.52 $ 0.41 Discontinued operations - 0.01 ------------ ------------ Net income $ 0.52 $ 0.42 ============ ============Shares used to compute net income per share Basic 152,543 159,344 ============ ============ Diluted 161,346 162,881 ============ ============ VERISIGN, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, -------------------------- 2013 2012 ------------ ------------Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 84,513 $ 68,009 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation of property and equipment and amortization of other intangible assets 15,118 12,741 Stock-based compensation 7,594 8,130 Excess tax benefit associated with stock- based compensation (11,808) (3,567) Deferred income taxes 4,787 10,560 Other, net 10,742 1,006 Changes in operating assets and liabilities Accounts receivable (2,280) 1,392 Prepaid expenses and other assets 3,210 9,822 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 4,549 (52,534) Deferred revenues 34,212 54,719 ------------ ------------ Net cash provided by operating activities 150,637 110,278 ------------ ------------Cash flows from investing activities: Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities 706,244 5,060 Purchases of marketable securities (764,268) (5,082) Purchases of property and equipment (17,115) (12,917) Other investing activities (3,426) - ------------ ------------ Net cash used in investing activities (78,565) (12,939) ------------ ------------Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of common stock from option exercises and employee stock purchase plans 8,733 11,390 Repurchases of common stock (142,892) (75,149) Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation 11,808 3,567 Other financing activities - 189 ------------ ------------ Net cash used in financing activities (122,351) (60,003) ------------ ------------Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,837) 2,355 ------------ ------------Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (52,116) 39,691Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 130,736 1,313,349 ------------ ------------Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 78,620 $ 1,353,040 ============ ============Supplemental cash flow disclosures: Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest $ 20,393 $ 20,036 ============ ============ Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received $ 729 $ 13,186 ============ ============ VERISIGN, INC. RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 March 31, 2012 -------------------- -------------------- Operating Net Operating Net Income Income Income Income --------- --------- --------- ---------GAAP as reported $ 133,264 $ 84,513 $ 98,930 $ 68,009 Discontinued operations (1,904) Adjustments: Stock-based compensation 7,594 7,594 8,130 8,130 Amortization of other intangible assets - - 323 323 Restructuring charges - - (548) (548) Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 6,433 813 Non-cash interest expense 1,914 1,620 Tax adjustment (6,255) (8,028) --------- --------- --------- ---------Non-GAAP $ 140,858 $ 94,199 $ 106,835 $ 68,415 ========= ========= ========= =========Revenues $ 236,447 $ 205,726Non-GAAP operating margin 59.6% 51.9% ========= =========Diluted shares 161,346 162,881Per diluted share, non-GAAP $ 0.58 $ 0.42 ========= =========




Verisign provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, we typically disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information in our quarterly earnings release, on investor conference calls and during investor conferences and related events. This non-GAAP financial information does not include the following types of financial measures that are included in GAAP: discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of the subordinated convertible debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on subordinated convertible debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 28 percent tax rate starting from the third quarter of 2012 and 30 percent for all other periods presented herein, both of which differ from the GAAP tax rate.

Management believes that this non-GAAP financial data supplements the GAAP financial data by providing investors with additional information that allows them to have a clearer picture of Verisign's operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the non-GAAP information enhances investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of Verisign's operating results from period to period. Above, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information that we provide each quarter with the comparable financial information reported in accordance with GAAP for the given period.


SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION The following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation: Three Months Ended March 31, --------------------------- 2013 2012 ------------- -------------Cost of revenues $ 1,540 $ 1,537Sales and marketing 1,487 1,516Research and development 1,895 1,242General and administrative 2,672 3,835 ------------- -------------Total stock-based compensation expense $ 7,594 $ 8,130 ============= ============= VERISIGN, INC. SUPPLEMENTARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)




Following the offering of the 4.625% Senior Notes due 2023 (the "Notes"), Verisign is disclosing its Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown below. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is calculated in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the Notes. Adjusted EBITDA refers to net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, unrealized loss (gain) on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures and unrealized loss (gain) on hedging agreements.

The following table reconciles GAAP net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown below (in thousands):


Three Months Ended March 31, -------------------------- 2013 2012 ------------ ------------Net Income $ 84,513 $ 68,009 Interest expense 12,596 12,340 Income tax expense 30,378 21,474 Depreciation and amortization 15,118 12,741 Stock-based compensation 7,594 8,130 Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 6,433 813 Unrealized gain on hedging agreements (894) (274) ------------ ------------Adjusted EBITDA $ 155,738 $ 123,233 ============ ============




Four Quarters Ended March 31, 2013 ---------------Net Income $ 336,535 Interest expense 50,452 Income tax expense 112,710 Depreciation and amortization 57,195 Stock-based compensation 32,826 Unrealized loss on contingent interest derivative on the subordinated convertible debentures 5,198 Unrealized gain on hedging agreements (321) ---------------Adjusted EBITDA $ 594,595 ===============




Verisign's management believes that presenting Adjusted EBITDA enhances investors' overall understanding of Verisign's financial performance and the comparability of Verisign's operating results from period to period. However, Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool. These limitations include, but are not limited to, the following:

•Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect Verisign's cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; •Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Verisign's working capital needs; •Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on Verisign's debts; •although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; •non-cash compensation is and will remain a key element of Verisign's overall long-term incentive compensation package, although Verisign excludes it as an expense when evaluating its ongoing operating performance for a particular period; and •other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than Verisign does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

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