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Infinera Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results PDF Icon

Sunnyvale, Calif., February 21, 2019

Infinera Corporation, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, today released financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 29, 2018.

GAAP revenue for the quarter was $332.1 million compared to $200.4 million in the third quarter of 2018 and $195.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 25.5% compared to 35.0% in the third quarter of 2018 and 24.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (33.3)% compared to (12.6)% in the third quarter of 2018 and (36.0)% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(130.5) million, or $(0.75) per share, compared to $(32.6) million, or $(0.21) per share, in the third quarter of 2018 and $(74.0) million, or $(0.50) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP revenue for the quarter was $336.6 million compared to $200.4 million in the third quarter of 2018 and $195.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 31.9% compared to 38.4% in the third quarter of 2018 and 37.5% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (10.2)% compared to (2.6)% in the third quarter of 2018 and (9.3)% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(43.8) million, or $(0.25) per share, compared to $(6.7) million, or $(0.04) per share, in the third quarter of 2018, and $(18.6) million, or $(0.12) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

GAAP revenue for the year was $943.4 million compared to $740.7 million in 2017. GAAP gross margin for the year was 34.1% compared to 32.9% in 2017. GAAP operating margin for the year was (19.3)% compared to (24.7)% in 2017. GAAP net loss for the year was $(211.4) million, or $(1.34) per share, compared to $(194.5) million, or $(1.32) per share, in 2017.

Non-GAAP revenue for the year was $948.0 million compared to $740.7 million in 2017. Non-GAAP gross margin for the year was 38.4% compared to 39.3% in 2017. Non-GAAP operating margin for the year was (5.0)% compared to (10.1)% in 2017. Non-GAAP net loss for the year was $(59.1) million, or $(0.37) per share, compared to net loss of $(80.0) million, or $(0.54) per share, in 2017.

A further explanation of the use of non-GAAP financial information and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the GAAP equivalents can be found at the end of this release.

“In the fourth quarter we got off to a fast start on the integration of the combined company and delivered financial results that exceeded our guidance,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “We have already taken substantial costs out of the business, are seeing a significant uptick in opportunities from Tier-1 and ICP customers, have announced our Infinite Network Architecture, and are on track to begin driving vertical integration across the combined company portfolio in 2020. As we progress on our acquisition integration plan, we remain committed to returning to non-GAAP profitability in Q4 of this year.”

Financial Outlook

Infinera’s outlook for the quarter ending March 30, 2019 is as follows:

  • GAAP revenue is expected to be $308 million +/- $10 million. Non-GAAP revenue is expected to be $310 million +/- $10 million.
  • GAAP gross margin is expected to be 27% +/- 200 bps. Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be 31% +/- 200 bps.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be $163 million +/- $3 million. Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be $138 million +/- $3 million.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately (26)%. Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately (14)%.
  • GAAP EPS is expected to be $(0.51) +/- $0.02. Non-GAAP EPS is expected to be $(0.27) +/- $0.02.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Commentary Available Online

A CFO Commentary reviewing Infinera’s fourth quarter of 2018 financial results will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on Infinera’s Investor Relations website at investors.infinera.com. Analysts and investors are encouraged to review this commentary prior to participating in the conference call webcast.

Conference Call Information

Infinera will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 results and its outlook for the first quarter of 2019 today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). Interested parties may join the conference call by dialing 1-866-373-6878 (toll free) or 1-412-317-5101 (international). A live webcast of the conference call will also be accessible from the Events section of Infinera’s website at investors.infinera.com. Replay of the audio webcast will be available at investors.infinera.com approximately two hours after the end of the live call.

Contacts:
Media:
Anna Vue
Tel. +1 (916) 595-8157
avue@infinera.com

Investors:
Jeff Hustis
Tel. +1 (408) 213-7150
jhustis@infinera.com

About Infinera

Infinera is a global supplier of innovative networking solutions that enable carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and automate optical network operations. The Infinera end-to-end packet-optical portfolio delivers industry-leading economics and performance for long-haul, subsea, data center interconnect and metro transport applications. To learn more about Infinera visit www.infinera.com, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at www.infinera.com/blog.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, Infinera’s expectations regarding Infinera’s ability to execute on its integration plan; Infinera’s ability to achieve substantial cost synergies, Infinera’s ability to scale its business and drive vertical integration of its optical engine across the combined company portfolio; Infinera’s ability to grow over the course of 2019 and to drive profitability by the end of the year; Infinera’s expectations regarding the potential impact of restructuring-related activities and purchase price allocation adjustments related to the Coriant acquisition; and Infinera’s expectations regarding its financial outlook for the first quarter of 2019.

Forward-looking statements can also be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words. These statements are based on information available to Infinera as of the date hereof and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied due to risks and uncertainties. The risks and uncertainties that could cause Infinera’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, the combined company’s ability to promptly and effectively integrate the businesses; Infinera’s ability to realize synergies in a timely manner; market acceptance of the combined company’s end-to-end portfolio; the diversion of management time on issues related to the acquisition and integration; delays in the development and introduction of new products or updates to existing products and market acceptance of these products; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for products and services, including discounts given in response to competitive pricing pressures, as well as the timing of purchases by Infinera’s key customers; the effect that changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on Infinera’s gross margin; the effects of customer consolidation; Infinera’s ability to respond to rapid technological changes; aggressive business tactics by Infinera’s competitors; Infinera’s reliance on single and limited source suppliers; Infinera’s ability to protect Infinera’s intellectual property; claims by others that Infinera infringes their intellectual property; the effect of global macroeconomic conditions on Infinera’s business; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters and other circumstances that could disrupt the supply, delivery or demand of Infinera’s products; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Infinera’s SEC filings from time to time. More information on potential factors that may impact Infinera’s business are set forth in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended on September 29, 2018 as filed with the SEC on November 8, 2018, as well as subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC from time to time. These reports are available on Infinera’s website at www.infinera.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. When Infinera files its Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2018, the financial statements may differ from the results disclosed in this press release because judgments and estimates that management used in preparing the financial results reported in this press release may need to be updated to the date of the filing. Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to disclosing financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), this press release and the accompanying tables contain certain non-GAAP measures that exclude restructuring and related costs (credits), non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of debt discount on Infinera’s convertible senior notes, impairment charge and gain on the sale related to non-marketable equity investments, accretion of financing lease obligation, amortization and impairment of acquired intangible assets, acquisition and integration costs, and certain purchase accounting adjustments related to Infinera’s acquisitions of Coriant and Transmode AB, along with related tax effects. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the section titled, “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations.”

Infinera has included forward-looking non-GAAP information in this press release, including an estimate of certain non-GAAP financial measures for the first quarter of 2019 that exclude non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, acquisition and integration costs related to Infinera’s acquisition of Coriant, and amortization of acquired intangible assets and related tax effects. Please see the section titled, “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations of Financial Outlook” below on specific adjustments.

Infinera believes these adjustments are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of its underlying financial performance and also its prospects for the future and are considered by management for the purpose of making operational decisions. In addition, these results are the primary indicators management uses as a basis for its planning and forecasting of future periods. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for gross margin, operating margin, net loss, or basic and diluted net loss per share prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and are subject to limitations.

A copy of this press release can be found on the Investor Relations page of Infinera’s website at www.infinera.com.

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