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Brocade Reports Fiscal Q2 2017 Results




SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 05/25/17 — (NASDAQ: BRCD) today reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter, ended April 29, 2017. Brocade reported second quarter revenue of $553 million, up 6% year-over-year and down 5% quarter-over-quarter. The Company reported a GAAP diluted loss per share of $0.03, down from diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.11 in Q2 2016 and down from a diluted loss per share of $0.01 in Q1 2017. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.10 for Q2 2017, down from non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.22 and $0.16 in Q2 2016 and Q1 2017, respectively. The year-over-year decline in both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted EPS is primarily due to lower SAN and wired IP Networking revenue and the incremental operating expenses associated with the Ruckus Wireless acquisition. In addition, the year-over-year decline in GAAP diluted EPS also reflects the inclusion of certain acquisition-related expenses that negatively impacted Q2 2017 results. The sequential decline in the GAAP diluted loss per share and non-GAAP diluted EPS is primarily due to seasonally lower SAN revenue.

In light of the pending acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom Limited, Brocade will not provide fiscal Q3 2017 guidance and will not hold a conference call to discuss these financial results.

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 of $282 million was down 5% year-over-year. The decline was primarily the result of lower director and embedded switch sales, which declined 6% and 12% year-over-year, respectively. The year-over-year revenue performance was impacted by competition from alternative storage networking technologies and architectures, and customer uncertainty surrounding the pending acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom. Sequentially, SAN product revenue decreased 8%, consistent with historical seasonal revenue trends, with fixed-configuration and embedded switch revenues down 15% and 18%, respectively, partially offset by a 4% increase in director revenue.

IP Networking product revenue of $173 million, including $71 million of product revenue from Ruckus Wireless, was up 32% year-over-year. The increase was primarily due to added wireless revenue following the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, partially offset by lower wired switch and router revenue, due in part to Broadcom–s planned divestiture of Brocade–s IP Networking business. Sequentially, IP Networking product revenue was flat.

The Brocade Board of Directors has declared a regular third fiscal quarter cash dividend of $0.055 per share of the Company–s common stock. The dividend payment will be made on July 5, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of market on June 12, 2017.

Other Q2 2017 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.

To supplement financial information presented on a GAAP basis, Brocade provides information presented on a non-GAAP basis. These non-GAAP financial measures include non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP tax rate, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP EPS. 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.

In determining non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP tax rate, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS, management excludes certain gains or losses and benefits or costs that are the result of 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) impact to cost of revenues from purchase accounting adjustments to inventory; and (ii) acquisition, divestiture, and integration costs.

Management also excludes the following non-cash charges in determining these 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. This is due to 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 in the respective reporting periods 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 and (i) tax charges and benefits related to unusual or infrequent intercompany transactions; (ii) tax charges or benefits that are a result of the implementation of restructuring plans; and (iii) tax charges resulting from the integration of intellectual property assets from acquisitions. Management believes that the exclusion of these items from its non-GAAP tax provision provides a more meaningful measure of Brocade–s operational performance of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS.

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 press release 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; the impact on Brocade of conditions in the market for Storage Area Networking products; 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. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions also include, but are not limited to: the risk that the proposed acquisition by Broadcom may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect Brocade–s business and the price of the common stock of Brocade; the failure to satisfy any of the conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the proposed transaction on Brocade–s business relationships, operating results and business generally; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the proposed transaction; risks related to diverting management–s attention from Brocade–s ongoing business operations; the outcome of legal proceedings that have been and may in the future be instituted against Brocade related to the merger agreement or the proposed transaction; and unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction. Certain of these and other risks are set forth in more detail in Brocade–s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 28, 2017, and in Brocade–s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 29, 2016. Brocade does not assume any obligation to update or revise 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 turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today–s era of digital business. ()

Brocade and the B-wing symbol are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and many other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned herein may be trademarks of Brocade or others. Additional information about Brocade–s trademarks is available at: .

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