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Juniper Networks Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today reported preliminary financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2023 and provided its outlook for the three months ending September 30, 2023.

Second Quarter 2023 Financial Performance

Net revenues were $1,430.1 million, an increase of 13% year-over-year and an increase of 4% sequentially.

GAAP operating margin was 9.9%, an increase from 8.5% in the second quarter of 2022, and an increase from 8.4% in the first quarter of 2023.

Non-GAAP operating margin was 16.9%, an increase from 13.9% in the second quarter of 2022, and an increase from 14.8% in the first quarter of 2023.

GAAP net income was $24.4 million, a decrease of 78% year-over-year, and a decrease of 71% sequentially, resulting in diluted net income per share of $0.07.

Non-GAAP net income was $189.0 million, an increase of 39% year-over-year, and an increase of 21% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.58.

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

“We delivered better than expected results during the June quarter as our teams continued to execute well and we benefited from improved supply,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “We were particularly encouraged by the momentum we experienced in our Enterprise business, which not only had a record quarter, but also represented both our largest and fastest growing vertical for a third consecutive quarter. Our Mist AI platform continues to win in the market, driving record revenue for our wireless, wired switching and SD-WAN offerings, along with a record number of full-stack wins, in the Q2 period. While we are currently facing some near-term order weakness from our Cloud and to a lesser degree our Service Provider customers, we remain confident in our ability to deliver long-term growth based on continued Enterprise momentum and our expectations for an eventual recovery in our Cloud business.”

“We delivered another quarter of improved profitability in Q2, as non-GAAP gross and operating margin both exceeded the mid-point of our guidance, which enabled us to achieve non-GAAP EPS toward the high-end of our outlook,” said Juniper’s CFO, Ken Miller. “While we expect revenue to be challenged over the next few quarters, we remain committed to delivering greater than 100 basis points of non-GAAP operating margin expansion in 2023.”

Balance Sheet and Other Financial Results

Total cash, cash equivalents, and investments as of June 30, 2023 were $1,296.4 million, compared to $1,285.6 million as of June 30, 2022, and $1,191.0 million as of March 31, 2023.

Cash flows provided by operations for the second quarter of 2023 were $343.0 million, compared to $266.9 million of cash flows used in operations in the second quarter of 2022, and $191.5 million of cash flows provided by operations in the first quarter of 2023.

Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable was 57 days in the second quarter of 2023, compared to 74 days in the second quarter of 2022, and 70 days in the first quarter of 2023.

Capital expenditures were $41.1 million, and depreciation and amortization expense was $48.0 million during the second quarter of 2023.

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.

For the third quarter, we expect to see continued weakness in bookings, particularly with our Cloud and, to a lesser extent, our Service Provider customers. We believe the softness in bookings is largely attributable to customer digestion of previously placed orders and certain projects being pushed to future periods. We expect the macro-economic environment to remain challenged, which may continue to impact customer spending. These factors are negatively impacting our revenue expectations.

Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to modestly increase in Q3 2023. This forecast assumes supply chain-related costs improve but remain elevated relative to pre-pandemic levels.

We will continue to manage non-GAAP operating expenses prudently and expect a sequential decline.

Q3 2023

Our guidance for the quarter ending September 30, 2023 is as follows:

  • Revenue will be approximately $1,385 million, plus or minus $50 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin will be approximately 58.5%, plus or minus 1.0%.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses will be approximately $585 million, plus or minus $5 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin will be approximately 16.3% at the mid-point of revenue guidance.
  • Non-GAAP tax rate will be approximately 19.0%.
  • Non-GAAP net income per share will be approximately $0.54, plus or minus $0.05. This assumes a share count of approximately 328 million shares.

For more detailed insight on guidance, please refer to the CFO Commentary that can be found on the Investor Relations section of our website at http://investor.juniper.net.

Capital Return

Our Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.22 per share to be paid on September 22, 2023 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 1, 2023. We remain committed to paying our dividend and remain opportunistic with respect to share buybacks.

Second Quarter 2023 Financial Commentary Available Online

A CFO Commentary reviewing the Company’s second quarter 2023 financial results, as well as the third quarter and full-year 2023 outlook will be 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, July 27, 2023, at 2:00 pm PT, to be broadcast live over the Internet at http://investor.juniper.net. To participate via telephone in the US, the toll-free number is 1-888-506-0062. Outside the US, dial +1-973-528-0011. Please call 10 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 manufacturing and supply constraints, and the consummation and integration of, and financial impact resulting from any acquisitions and divestitures on our guidance; our expectations regarding our liquidity, capital return program, supply constraints and access to sufficient supplies of semiconductors and other components; 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: general economic and political conditions globally or regionally, including adverse changes in China-Taiwan relations and any impact due to armed conflicts (such as the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine as well as governmental sanctions imposed in response); rising interest rates; inflationary pressures; monetary policy shifts; recession risks; 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 and, in particular, Cloud and telecommunication service providers; contractual terms that may result in the deferral of revenue; the timing of orders and their fulfillment; continuing manufacturing and supply chain challenges and logistics costs, constraints, changes or disruptions; availability and pricing of key product components, such as semiconductors; delays in scheduled product availability; order cancellations; 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 any worsening of the global business and economic environment or other disruptions due to geopolitical conditions and global health emergencies. 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-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023. 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-Q.

All forward-looking non-GAAP measures exclude estimates for amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation expenses, acquisition, divestiture, and strategic investment related charges, restructuring benefits or charges, impairment charges, strategic partnership-related charges, legal reserve and settlement charges or benefits, gain, loss and impairment charges 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.

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Net revenues:

Product

$

963.2

$

839.8

$

1,875.8

$

1,584.1

Service

466.9

429.8

926.1

853.7

Total net revenues

1,430.1

1,269.6

2,801.9

2,437.8

Cost of revenues:

Product

470.7

431.9

925.6

810.4

Service

146.3

143.6

292.0

283.9

Total cost of revenues

617.0

575.5

1,217.6

1,094.3

Gross margin

813.1

694.1

1,584.3

1,343.5

Operating expenses:

Research and development

282.0

244.3

566.8

492.9

Sales and marketing

308.3

274.3

611.5

547.6

General and administrative

65.2

67.2

133.2

127.4

Restructuring charges

16.5

0.5

16.0

9.3

Total operating expenses

672.0

586.3

1,327.5

1,177.2

Operating income

141.1

107.8

256.8

166.3

Gain (loss) on privately-held investments, net (1) (2)

(92.2

)

5.9

(92.0

)

5.9

Gain on divestiture

45.8

45.8

Other expense, net (1)

(7.4

)

(14.0

)

(16.2

)

(26.9

)

Income before income taxes and loss from equity method investment

41.5

145.5

148.6

191.1

Income tax provision

15.0

31.6

34.6

21.5

Loss from equity method investment, net of tax

2.1

0.5

4.2

0.5

Net income

$

24.4

$

113.4

$

109.8

$

169.1

Net income per share:

Basic

$

0.08

$

0.35

$

0.34

$

0.53

Diluted

$

0.07

$

0.35

$

0.34

$

0.51

Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per share:

Basic

319.3

321.0

320.8

321.1

Diluted

326.0

328.1

327.6

329.3

__________________

(1)

The prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

(2)

Privately-held investments represent investments in privately-held debt and redeemable preferred stock securities and equity investments without readily determinable fair value.

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Net Revenues by Customer Solution

(in millions)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Customer Solutions:

Automated WAN Solutions

$

474.6

$

462.9

$

949.1

$

853.6

Cloud-Ready Data Center

200.3

200.9

393.9

389.7

AI-Driven Enterprise

371.1

227.3

688.1

441.3

Hardware Maintenance and Professional Services

384.1

378.5

770.8

753.2

Total

$

1,430.1

$

1,269.6

$

2,801.9

$

2,437.8

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Net Revenues by Vertical

(in millions)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Cloud

$

311.0

$

331.0

$

575.9

$

638.0

Service Provider

473.6

470.8

1,023.5

898.8

Enterprise

645.5

467.8

1,202.5

901.0

Total

$

1,430.1

$

1,269.6

$

2,801.9

$

2,437.8

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Net Revenues by Geographic Region

(in millions)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Americas

$

848.6

$

748.6

$

1,647.1

$

1,403.6

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

354.6

337.2

724.5

671.1

Asia Pacific

226.9

183.8

430.3

363.1

Total

$

1,430.1

$

1,269.6

$

2,801.9

$

2,437.8

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Preliminary Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP Financial Measures

(in millions, except percentages and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2023

March 31, 2023

June 30, 2022

GAAP operating income

$

141.1

$

115.7

$

107.8

GAAP operating margin

9.9

%

8.4

%

8.5

%

Share-based compensation expense

C

62.0

60.9

47.2

Share-based payroll tax expense

C

0.5

1.6

2.0

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

A

17.2

17.1

19.5

Restructuring charges (benefits)

B

16.5

(0.5

)

0.5

Acquisition related charges

A

0.7

0.8

Gain (loss) on non-qualified deferred compensation plan ("NQDC")

B

2.0

2.1

(4.8

)

Others

B

2.8

5.4

3.9

Non-GAAP operating income

$

242.1

$

203.0

$

176.9

Non-GAAP operating margin

16.9

%

14.8

%

13.9

%

GAAP net income

$

24.4

$

85.4

$

113.4

Share-based compensation expense

C

62.0

60.9

47.2

Share-based payroll tax expense

C

0.5

1.6

2.0

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

A

17.2

17.1

19.5

Restructuring charges (benefits)

B

16.5

(0.5

)

0.5

Acquisition related charges

A

0.7

0.8

Gain on divestiture

B

(45.8

)

Loss (gain) on privately-held investments (1)

B

92.2

(0.2

)

(5.9

)

Loss on equity investments (1)

B

0.6

1.2

0.3

Loss from equity method investment

B

2.1

2.1

0.5

Income tax effect of non-GAAP exclusions

B

(29.3

)

(17.1

)

Others

B

2.8

5.4

3.9

Non-GAAP net income

$

189.0

$

156.6

$

136.4

GAAP diluted net income per share

$

0.07

$

0.26

$

0.35

Non-GAAP diluted net income per share

D

$

0.58

$

0.48

$

0.42

Shares used in computing diluted net income per share

326.0

329.1

328.1

__________________

(1)

The prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

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 from these non-GAAP measures. 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. 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 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.

The above tables and reconciliations can also be found on our Investor Relations website at http://investor.juniper.net.

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 acquisitions results in 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. Moreover, had we internally developed the products acquired, the amortization of intangible assets, and the expenses of uncompleted research and development would have been expensed in prior periods. Accordingly, we analyze the performance of our operations in each period without regard to such expenses. In addition, acquisitions result in non-continuing operating expenses, which would not otherwise have been incurred by us in the normal course of our business operations. We believe that providing non-GAAP information for acquisition-related expense items in addition to the corresponding GAAP information allows the users of our financial statements to better review and understand the historic and current results of our continuing operations, and also facilitates comparisons to less acquisitive peer companies.

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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