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Juniper Networks Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today reported preliminary financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and provided its outlook for the three months ending March 31, 2022.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Performance

Net revenues were $1,299.9 million, an increase of 6% year-over-year, and an increase of 9% sequentially.

GAAP operating margin was 11.8%, an increase from 8.0% in the fourth quarter of 2020, and an increase from 10.1% in the third quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP operating margin was 18.3%, a decrease from 19.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020, and an increase from 16.6% in the third quarter of 2021.

GAAP net income was $132.9 million, an increase of 331% year-over-year, and an increase of 49% sequentially, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.40.

Non-GAAP net income was $184.7 million, an increase of 2% year-over-year, and an increase of 22% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.56.

Full-Year 2021 Financial Performance

Net revenues were $4,735.4 million, an increase of 7% year-over-year.

GAAP operating margin was 8.2%, an increase from 7.9% in fiscal year 2020.

Non-GAAP operating margin was 15.9%, an increase from 15.5% in fiscal year 2020.

GAAP net income was $252.7 million, a decrease of 2% year-over-year, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.76, a decrease of 1% year-over-year. The change in GAAP net income was primarily due to higher operating expenses and a higher tax rate, partially offset by higher revenue.

Non-GAAP net income was $576.2 million, an increase of 11% year-over-year, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $1.74, an increase of 12% year-over-year.

The reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results of operations is provided in a table immediately following the Preliminary Net Revenues by Geographic Region table below.

“We experienced better than expected demand during the December quarter, with strong double-digit order growth across all verticals, all customer solutions and all geographies,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “Our commitment to delivering products that simplify operations and deliver a superior end-user experience, what we call experience-first networking, is resonating with our customers and allowing us to capitalize on several large and growing markets. We believe this focus, along with the investments we’ve made in our go-to-market organization, will enable us to accelerate our growth in 2022.”

“Our teams executed extremely well during the December quarter, delivering better than expected sales and non-GAAP earnings per share, despite the challenging supply chain environment,” said Juniper’s CFO, Ken Miller. “Our continued order strength, record backlog and actions to further strengthen supply, provide confidence in our ability to accelerate growth and deliver improved profitability in the upcoming year.”

Balance Sheet and Other Financial Results

Total cash, cash equivalents, and investments as of December 31, 2021 were $1,693.5 million, compared to $2,430.6 million as of December 31, 2020, and $1,835.8 million as of September 30, 2021.

Net cash flows provided by operations for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $116.0 million, compared to $125.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, and $136.7 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable was 69 days in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 71 days in the fourth quarter of 2020, and 59 days in the third quarter of 2021.

Capital expenditures were $30.5 million, and depreciation and amortization expense was $56.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2021.

First Quarter 2022 Outlook

These metrics are provided on a non-GAAP basis, except for revenue and share count. Non-GAAP earnings per share is on a fully diluted basis. The outlook assumes that the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar to other currencies will remain relatively stable at current levels.

At the mid-point of guidance, revenue is expected to be up 7% year-over-year.

We are still experiencing significant supply chain related headwinds associated with rising component costs and shortages, as well as elevated freight costs, which are expected to continue at least through the first half of the year. While we have taken pricing actions to offset these headwinds, we do not expect these actions to have an impact until later in the year.

We expect first quarter non-GAAP operating expense to decrease slightly sequentially, primarily driven by the decline in variable compensation, partially offset by the typical seasonal increase of fringe costs.

Our guidance for the quarter ending March 31, 2022 is as follows:

  • Revenue will be approximately $1,150 million, plus or minus $50 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin will be approximately 58.0%, plus or minus 1%.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses will be approximately $532 million, plus or minus $5 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin will be approximately 11.8% at the mid-point of revenue guidance.
  • Non-GAAP tax rate will be approximately 20.0%.
  • Non-GAAP net income per share will be approximately $0.31, plus or minus $0.05. This assumes a share count of approximately 332 million.

For more detailed insight on guidance, please refer to the CFO Commentary that can be found on our website.

Juniper today announced a 5% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.21 per share, to be paid on March 22, 2022 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 1, 2022.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Commentary Available Online

A CFO Commentary reviewing the Company’s fourth quarter 2021 and fiscal year 2021 financial results, as well as the first quarter 2022 financial outlook will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on the Company’s website at http://investor.juniper.net. Analysts and investors are encouraged to review this commentary prior to participating in the conference call webcast.

Conference Call Webcast

Juniper Networks will host a conference call webcast today, January 27, 2022, at 2:00 pm PT, to be broadcast live over the Internet at http://investor.juniper.net. To listen to the conference call, the toll-free number is 888-506-0062, international callers dial +1-973-528-0011. Participant Access Code is 694105. Please dial in ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. The webcast replay will be archived on the Juniper Networks website.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks challenges the inherent complexity that comes with networking in the multicloud era. We do this with products, solutions and services that transform the way people connect, work and live. We simplify the process of transitioning to a secure and automated multicloud environment to enable secure, AI-driven networks that connect the world. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net).

Investors and others should note that the Company announces material financial and operational information to its investors using its Investor Relations website, press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts. The Company also intends to use the Twitter account @JuniperNetworks and the Company’s blogs as a means of disclosing information about the Company and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. The social media channels that the Company intends to use as a means of disclosing information described above may be updated from time to time as listed on the Company’s Investor Relations website.

Juniper Networks, the Juniper Networks logo, Juniper, Junos, and other trademarks are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor; Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release concerning Juniper Networks’ business, economic and market outlook, including currency exchange rates; our financial guidance and the expected continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including supply chain constraints; our expectations regarding our liquidity, capital return program, expected timing of price increases; supply constraints; deal, customer and product mix; costs; backlog; share buybacks, and our overall future prospects are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act that involve a number of uncertainties and risks. Actual results or events could differ materially from those anticipated in those forward-looking statements as a result of several factors, including: the duration, extent and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; general economic and political conditions globally or regionally; inflationary pressures; business and economic conditions in the networking industry; changes in overall technology spending by our customers; the network capacity and security requirements of our customers; contractual terms that may result in the deferral of revenue; the timing of orders and their fulfillment; manufacturing, and continuing supply chain and logistics costs, constraints, changes or disruptions; availability and pricing of key product components; delays in scheduled product availability; our customers canceling orders that are included in the calculation of backlog, which they may do without significant penalty; adoption of or changes to laws regulations, standards or policies affecting Juniper Networks’ operations, products, services or the networking industry; product defects, returns or vulnerabilities; significant effects of tax legislation and judicial or administrative interpretation of new tax regulations, including the potential for corporate tax increases and changes to global tax laws; legal settlements and resolutions, including with respect to enforcing our proprietary rights; the potential impact of activities related to the execution of capital return, restructurings and product rationalization; the impact of import tariffs and changes thereto; and other factors listed in Juniper Networks’ most recent report on Form 10-Q or 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, many of the foregoing risks and uncertainties are, and could be, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and any worsening of the global business and economic environment as a result of the pandemic. We cannot at this time predict the extent of the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and any resulting business or economic impact, but it could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Note that our estimates as to the tax rate on our business are based on current tax law and regulations, including current interpretations thereof, and could be materially affected by changing interpretations as well as additional legislation and guidance. All statements made in this press release are made only as of the date set forth at the beginning of this release. Juniper Networks undertakes no obligation to update the information made in this release in the event facts or circumstances subsequently change after the date of this press release. We have not filed our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. As a result, all financial results described in this earnings release should be considered preliminary, and are subject to change to reflect any necessary adjustments or changes in accounting estimates, that are identified prior to the time we file our Form 10-K.

All forward-looking non-GAAP measures exclude estimates for amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation expenses, acquisition and strategic investment related charges, restructuring benefits or charges, impairment charges, strategic partnership-related charges, legal reserve and settlement charges or benefits, supplier component remediation charges and recoveries, gain or loss on equity investments, loss on extinguishment of debt, retroactive impact of certain tax settlements, significant effects of tax legislation and judicial or administrative interpretation of tax regulations, including the impact of income tax reform, non-recurring income tax adjustments, valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, and the income tax effect of non-GAAP exclusions, and do not include the impact of further changes to tariffs and the impact of any future acquisitions, divestitures, or joint ventures that may occur in the period. Material changes to any one of these items could have a significant effect on our guidance and future GAAP results. Certain exclusions, such as amortization of intangible assets and share-based compensation expenses, are generally incurred each quarter, but the amounts have historically varied and may continue to vary significantly from quarter to quarter.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Juniper Networks believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial information provides important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the company’s financial condition and results of operations. For further information regarding why Juniper Networks believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors, the specific manner in which management uses these measures, and some of the limitations associated with the use of these measures, please refer to the “Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this press release. The following tables and reconciliations can also be found on our Investor Relations website at http://investor.juniper.net.

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product

$

874.6

 

$

810.2

 

 

$

3,078.1

 

 

$

2,845.0

 

Service

 

425.3

 

 

412.4

 

 

 

1,657.3

 

 

 

1,600.1

 

Total net revenues

 

1,299.9

 

 

1,222.6

 

 

 

4,735.4

 

 

 

4,445.1

 

Cost of revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product

 

399.1

 

 

360.2

 

 

 

1,409.4

 

 

 

1,278.6

 

Service

 

150.4

 

 

145.4

 

 

 

585.9

 

 

 

592.8

 

Total cost of revenues

 

549.5

 

 

505.6

 

 

 

1,995.3

 

 

 

1,871.4

 

Gross margin

 

750.4

 

 

717.0

 

 

 

2,740.1

 

 

 

2,573.7

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

254.9

 

 

242.5

 

 

 

1,007.2

 

 

 

958.4

 

Sales and marketing

 

278.8

 

 

246.1

 

 

 

1,052.7

 

 

 

938.8

 

General and administrative

 

62.7

 

 

77.2

 

 

 

249.8

 

 

 

255.4

 

Restructuring charges

 

0.1

 

 

53.1

 

 

 

42.9

 

 

 

68.0

 

Total operating expenses

 

596.5

 

 

618.9

 

 

 

2,352.6

 

 

 

2,220.6

 

Operating income

 

153.9

 

 

98.1

 

 

 

387.5

 

 

 

353.1

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

(55.0

)

 

 

(60.6

)

 

 

(55.0

)

Other income (expense), net

 

7.4

 

 

(3.9

)

 

 

(16.8

)

 

 

(32.9

)

Income before income taxes

 

161.3

 

 

39.2

 

 

 

310.1

 

 

 

265.2

 

Income tax provision

 

28.4

 

 

8.4

 

 

 

57.4

 

 

 

7.4

 

Net income

$

132.9

 

$

30.8

 

 

$

252.7

 

 

$

257.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.41

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

0.78

 

 

$

0.78

 

Diluted

$

0.40

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

0.76

 

 

$

0.77

 

Weighted-average shares used in computing net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

322.6

 

 

328.7

 

 

 

324.4

 

 

 

330.4

 

Diluted

 

332.2

 

 

332.7

 

 

 

331.6

 

 

 

335.2

 

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Net Revenues by Customer Solution

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Customer Solutions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automated WAN Solutions

$

498.0

 

$

462.7

 

$

1,665.0

 

$

1,622.2

Cloud-Ready Data Center

 

173.1

 

 

190.1

 

 

727.1

 

 

677.1

AI-Driven Enterprise

 

244.3

 

 

189.9

 

 

830.4

 

 

656.2

Hardware Maintenance and Professional Services

 

384.5

 

 

379.9

 

 

1,512.9

 

 

1,489.6

Total

$

1,299.9

 

$

1,222.6

 

$

4,735.4

 

$

4,445.1

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Net Revenues by Vertical

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Cloud

$

333.4

 

$

280.7

 

$

1,228.0

 

$

1,081.2

Service Provider

 

511.4

 

 

474.9

 

 

1,839.1

 

 

1,761.7

Enterprise

 

455.1

 

 

467.0

 

 

1,668.3

 

 

1,602.2

Total

$

1,299.9

 

$

1,222.6

 

$

4,735.4

 

$

4,445.1

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Net Revenues by Geographic Region

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Americas

$

748.6

 

$

632.5

 

$

2,649.1

 

$

2,445.1

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

 

343.2

 

 

363.6

 

 

1,314.5

 

 

1,233.8

Asia Pacific

 

208.1

 

 

226.5

 

 

771.8

 

 

766.2

Total

$

1,299.9

 

$

1,222.6

 

$

4,735.4

 

$

4,445.1

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP Financial Measures

(in millions, except percentages and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

December 31, 2021

 

September 30, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

GAAP operating income

 

$

153.9

 

 

$

120.1

 

 

$

98.1

 

 

$

387.5

 

 

$

353.1

 

GAAP operating margin

 

 

11.8

%

 

 

10.1

%

 

 

8.0

%

 

 

8.2

%

 

 

7.9

%

Share-based compensation expense

C

 

59.7

 

 

 

54.9

 

 

 

50.9

 

 

 

222.6

 

 

 

189.6

 

Share-based payroll tax expense

C

 

0.4

 

 

 

1.0

 

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

5.4

 

 

 

6.0

 

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

A

 

20.1

 

 

 

20.1

 

 

 

11.9

 

 

 

79.4

 

 

 

40.6

 

Restructuring charges

B

 

0.1

 

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

53.1

 

 

 

42.9

 

 

 

68.0

 

Acquisition related charges

A

 

2.5

 

 

 

(0.2

)

 

 

17.7

 

 

 

8.9

 

 

 

24.6

 

Gain on non-qualified deferred compensation plan (“NQDC”)

B

 

1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.9

 

 

 

4.1

 

 

 

4.9

 

Others

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.2

 

Non-GAAP operating income

 

$

238.1

 

 

$

197.8

 

 

$

236.3

 

 

$

750.8

 

 

$

688.0

 

Non-GAAP operating margin

 

 

18.3

%

 

 

16.6

%

 

 

19.3

%

 

 

15.9

%

 

 

15.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net income

 

$

132.9

 

 

$

88.9

 

 

$

30.8

 

 

$

252.7

 

 

$

257.8

 

Share-based compensation expense

C

 

59.7

 

 

 

54.9

 

 

 

50.9

 

 

 

222.6

 

 

 

189.6

 

Share-based payroll tax expense

C

 

0.4

 

 

 

1.0

 

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

5.4

 

 

 

6.0

 

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

A

 

20.1

 

 

 

20.1

 

 

 

11.9

 

 

 

79.4

 

 

 

40.6

 

Restructuring charges

B

 

0.1

 

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

53.1

 

 

 

42.9

 

 

 

68.0

 

Acquisition related charges

A

 

2.5

 

 

 

(0.2

)

 

 

17.7

 

 

 

8.9

 

 

 

24.6

 

Gain on equity and strategic investments

B

 

(14.6

)

 

 

(0.7

)

 

 

(2.3

)

 

 

(14.1

)

 

 

(3.2

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55.0

 

 

 

60.6

 

 

 

55.0

 

Recognition of previously unrecognized tax benefits

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(54.5

)

Income tax effect of non-GAAP exclusions

B

 

(16.4

)

 

 

(13.9

)

 

 

(31.8

)

 

 

(82.2

)

 

 

(60.2

)

Others

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4.0

)

 

 

 

 

 

(4.0

)

Non-GAAP net income

 

$

184.7

 

 

$

152.0

 

 

$

181.8

 

 

$

576.2

 

 

$

519.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP diluted net income per share

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

0.27

 

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

0.76

 

 

$

0.77

 

Non-GAAP diluted net income per share

D

$

0.56

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.55

 

 

$

1.74

 

 

$

1.55

 

Shares used in computing diluted net income per share

 

 

332.2

 

 

 

331.1

 

 

 

332.7

 

 

 

331.6

 

 

 

335.2

 

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Juniper Networks believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial information provides important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the company’s financial condition and results of operations. Juniper is unable to provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the overall high variability and low visibility of most of the foregoing items that have been excluded. For example, share-based compensation expense is impacted by the Company’s future hiring needs, the type and volume of equity awards necessary for such future hiring, and the price at which the Company’s stock will trade in those future periods. Amortization of intangible assets is significantly impacted by the timing and size of any future acquisitions. The items that are being excluded are difficult to predict and a reconciliation could result in disclosure that would be imprecise or potentially misleading.

This press release, including the tables above, includes the following non-GAAP financial measures derived from our Preliminary Consolidated Statements of Operations: operating income; operating margin; net income; and diluted net income per share. These measures are not presented in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for GAAP. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. The non-GAAP financial measures used in the table above should not be considered in isolation from measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In particular, certain of the adjustments to our GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion of items that are recurring and will be reflected in our financial results for the foreseeable future.

We utilize a number of different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of our business, in making operating decisions, forecasting and planning for future periods, and determining payments under compensation programs. We consider the use of the non-GAAP measures presented above to be helpful in assessing the performance of the continuing operation of our business. By continuing operation, we mean the ongoing revenue and expenses of the business, excluding certain items that render comparisons with prior periods or analysis of on-going operating trends more difficult, such as expenses not directly related to the actual cash costs of development, sale, delivery or support of our products and services, or expenses that are reflected in periods unrelated to when the actual amounts were incurred or paid. Consistent with this approach, we believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures to the readers of our financial statements provides such readers with useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, allows for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance. In addition, we have historically reported non-GAAP results to the investment community and believe that continuing to provide non-GAAP measures provides investors with a tool for comparing results over time. In assessing the overall health of our business for the periods covered by the table above and, in particular, in evaluating the financial line items presented in the table above, we have excluded items in the following three general categories, each of which are described below: Acquisition and Strategic Investment Related Charges, Other Items, and Share-Based Compensation Related Items. We also provide additional detail below regarding the shares used to calculate our non-GAAP net income per share. Notes identified for line items in the table above correspond to the appropriate note description below. With respect to the items excluded from our forward-looking non-GAAP measures and reconciliation of such measures, please see the “Outlook” section above.

Note A: Acquisition Related Charges. We exclude certain expense items resulting from acquisitions including amortization of purchased intangible assets associated with our acquisitions. The amortization of purchased intangible assets associated with our acquisitions results in our recording expenses in our GAAP financial statements that were already expensed by the acquired company before the acquisition and for which we have not expended cash.

Contacts

Investor Relations:
Jess Lubert

Juniper Networks

(408) 936-3734

jlubert@juniper.net

Media Relations:
Leslie Moore

Juniper Networks

(408) 936-5767

llmoore@juniper.net

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