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Verisign Reports: .Com/Net Over 130 Million Domains; Revenue Up 4.7%; $1.5 Billion In The Bank

Posted on the 23 October 2014 by Worldwide @thedomains

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported its results for the third quarter of 2014, reporting revenue of $255 millionup 4.7% from the same quarter in 2013.

Verisign reported net income of $95 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69 for the third quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $81 million and diluted EPS of $0.53 in the same quarter in 2013.

The operating margin was 54.7 percent for the third quarter of 2014 compared to 54.5 percent for the same quarter in 2013.

Financial Highlights

  • Verisign ended the third quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.5 billion, a decrease of $249 million as compared with year-end 2013.
  • Cash flow from operations was $168 million for the third quarter compared with $134 million for the same quarter in 2013.
  • Deferred revenues on Sept. 30, 2014, totaled $893 million, an increase of $37 million from year-end 2013.
  • Capital expenditures were $11.3 million in the third quarter of 2014.
  • During the third quarter, Verisign repurchased 4.2 million shares of its common stock for $226 million. At Sept. 30, 2014, $833 million remained authorized and available under Verisign’s share buyback program, which has no expiration.
  • For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the third quarter diluted share count included 13.2 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 10.5 million shares in the same quarter in 2013. These represent diluted shares and not shares that have been issued.

Business Highlights

  • Verisign Registry Services added 1.15 million net new names during the third quarter, ending with 130.0 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 3.3 percent increase over the zone at the end of the third quarter in 2013.
  • In the third quarter, Verisign processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.3 million for the same period in 2013.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the second quarter of 2014 was 71.8 percent compared with 72.7 percent for the same quarter in 2013. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

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