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Brocade Reports Fiscal Q3 2015 Results




SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 08/20/15 — (NASDAQ: BRCD) today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended August 1, 2015. Brocade reported third quarter revenue of $552 million, up 1% year over year and up 1% sequentially. The Company reported GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.21, up from $0.20 in Q3 2014 and up from $0.18 in Q2 2015. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.27 for Q3 2015, up from $0.23 in Q3 2014 and up from $0.22 in Q2 2015. Tax benefits recognized in Q3 2015 increased both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted EPS by approximately $0.02 in the quarter.

“I am pleased with our Q3 2015 financial results as we delivered improved profitability and higher revenue year over year,” said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. “Our IP Networking revenue growth of 16% continues to outpace the market with strong performance from both service provider and U.S. federal customers. As the storage market evolves, our SAN business continues to demonstrate the vital role of Fibre Channel as customers connect both traditional disk storage and next-generation flash arrays. Brocade is well positioned with our customers, partners, and products heading into the final quarter of our fiscal year.”

Please see important note of explanation about the use of non-GAAP financial measures below, including a detailed reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP information in the tables included herein.

SAN product revenue was $309 million, down 5% year over year. The decline was primarily the result of softer demand for embedded and fixed-configuration Fibre Channel switches, partially offset by growth in director revenue. The sequential revenue decline of 1% was consistent with normal fiscal Q3 seasonality.

IP Networking product revenue was $154 million, up 16% year over year. The growth was across each product category with router sales up 35%, switch sales up 6%, and higher software networking revenue. The increased revenue year over year was primarily from service providers, up 43%, and U.S. federal, up 32%, partially offset by a decline in enterprise revenue of 3%. Sequentially, IP Networking revenue increased 6% due to higher switch revenue, which was up 26%, as well as higher software networking revenue, partially offset by lower routing revenue, which was down 23% primarily due to the timing of large service provider orders. Q3 2015 included a full quarter of revenue from the virtual application delivery software acquired in Q2 2015.

On June 17, 2015, Brocade hosted the fourth annual Federal Forum in Washington, D.C. The multi-vendor sponsored event has become the showcase for New IP technologies that can help transform government networks to significantly lower cost, improve service agility, and increase security. The event has continued to grow in size and influence, with approximately 1,000 attendees this year across a wide variety of federal agencies, and has become an important component in building brand preference to support Brocade–s revenue growth strategy.

The Brocade Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of the Company–s common stock. The dividend payment will be made on October 2, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of market on September 10, 2015.

Brocade management will host a conference call to discuss the fiscal third quarter results and the fiscal fourth quarter outlook today at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET). To access the webcast, please go to . A replay of the conference call, prepared comments and slides, as well as a written transcript, will be available at .

Other Q3 2015 product, customer, and partner announcements are available at .

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Please see important note of explanation about the use of non-GAAP financial measures below, including a detailed reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP information in the tables included herein.

(1) Revenues are attributed to geographic areas based on product delivery location. Since some OEM partners take delivery of Brocade products domestically and then ship internationally to their end users, the percentage of international revenues based on end-user location would likely be higher.

(2) SAN and IP Networking business revenues include hardware and software product, support, and services revenues.

(3) Product revenue by use category is estimated based on analysis of the information the Company collects in its sales management system. The estimated percentage of revenue by use category may fluctuate quarter-to-quarter due to seasonality and the timing of large customer orders.

(4) Each use category includes enterprise, service provider, and government revenues.

(5) The lower effective tax rates in Q3 2015 were, in part, due to various tax benefits recognized in the quarter including a domestic manufacturing deduction and releases of previously reserved tax provisions.

(6) Q3 2015 and Q2 2015 total debt, net of discount, includes the debt discount recorded for the conversion feature that is required to be separately accounted for as equity for the $575 million convertible debt, thereby reducing the carrying value of the debt. The unamortized debt discount for the conversion feature was $73 million as of August 1, 2015, and $77 million as of May 2, 2015.

(7) $1.3 million of the $77.1 million in shares repurchased in Q2 2015 were pending cash settlement as of May 2, 2015.

To supplement financial information presented on a GAAP basis, Brocade provides information presented on a non-GAAP basis. These non-GAAP financial measures are not computed in accordance with, or as an alternative to, financial information presented on a GAAP basis. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The most directly comparable GAAP information and a reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP amounts is provided in the tables at the end of this press release.

Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release allow management to gain a better understanding of Brocade–s comparative operating performance, both from period to period and relative to its competitors. These non-GAAP financial measures also help with the determination of Brocade–s baseline performance before gains, losses or charges that are considered by management to be outside of ongoing operating results. Accordingly, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for planning and forecasting of future periods and in making decisions regarding operations and the allocation of resources.

Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with Brocade–s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of Brocade–s ongoing operating results;

the ability to make more meaningful comparisons of Brocade–s operating performance relative to its competitors;

the ability to better identify trends in Brocade–s underlying business and to perform related trend analyses; and

a better understanding of how management plans and measures Brocade–s underlying business.

Management excludes certain gains or losses and benefits or costs in determining non-GAAP financial measures that are the result of infrequent events or events that arise outside the ordinary course of Brocade–s continuing operations. Management believes that it is appropriate to evaluate Brocade–s operating performance by excluding those items that are not indicative of ongoing operating results or limit comparability. Such items include, but are not limited to: (i) acquisition and integration costs; (ii) restructuring, goodwill impairment and other related costs (benefits); and (iii) gain on sale of non-marketable equity investments.

Management also excludes the following non-cash charges in determining non-GAAP financial measures: (i) stock-based compensation expense; (ii) amortization of purchased intangible assets; and (iii) non-cash interest expense related to the convertible debt.

Management believes that the exclusion of stock-based compensation allows for more accurate comparisons of Brocade–s operating results to Brocade–s peer companies because of the varying use of valuation methodologies and subjective assumptions and the variety of award types. In addition, the exclusion of the expense associated with the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets is appropriate because a significant portion of the purchase price for acquisitions may be allocated to intangible assets that have short lives, and the exclusion of amortization expense allows comparisons of operating results that are consistent over time for Brocade–s newly acquired and long-held businesses. In connection with the convertible debt, under the relevant accounting guidance, a non-cash interest expense is recognized for the convertible debt as an imputed interest expense for the conversion feature. Management believes excluding the non-cash interest expense related to the convertible debt from its non-GAAP financial measures is useful for investors because the expense does not represent a cash outflow and is not indicative of ongoing operating performance.

Finally, management believes that it is appropriate to exclude the tax effects of the items noted above in order to present a more meaningful measure of non-GAAP net income.

These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations because they do not include all items of income and expense that impact the company. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measurements reported by other companies. Management compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally. Management also provides robust and detailed reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, and management encourages investors to review carefully those reconciliations.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding Brocade–s financial results, goals, plans, strategy, business outlook and prospects. These statements are based on current expectations as of the date of this presentation and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ significantly. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to: the effect on Brocade of increasing market competition and changes in the industry; Brocade–s ability to execute on its sales strategy and plans for future operations; the impact on Brocade of macroeconomic trends and events and changes in IT spending levels; Brocade–s ability to introduce and achieve market acceptance of new products and support offerings on a timely basis; risks associated with Brocade–s international operations; and integration and other risks associated with acquisitions, divestitures and strategic investments. These and other risks are set forth in more detail in Brocade–s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 2, 2015, and in Brocade–s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 1, 2014. Brocade expressly assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements whether as the result of new developments or otherwise.

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world–s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. ()

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