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Verisign Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

RESTON, VA - July 23, 2020 - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2020.

VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $314 million for the second quarter of 2020, up 2.6 percent from the same quarter in 2019. Verisign reported net income of $152 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $1.32 for the second quarter of 2020, compared to net income of $148 million and diluted EPS of $1.24 for the same quarter in 2019. The operating margin was 65.8 percent for the second quarter of 2020 compared to 65.9 percent for the same quarter in 2019.

“For many people who are working from home and isolating at home, online services are critical. More businesses and individuals than ever depend on internet infrastructure for their livelihood. Commitment to our mission of maintaining our unparalleled record of uninterrupted .com and .net DNS is our priority,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Financial Highlights

Verisign ended the second quarter of 2020 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.19 billion, a decrease of $23 million from the end of 2019.
Cash flow from operating activities was $215 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $165 million for the same quarter in 2019.
Deferred revenues as of June 30, 2020 totaled $1.06 billion, an increase of $30 million from the end of 2019.
During the second quarter of 2020, Verisign repurchased 0.7 million shares of its common stock for an aggregate cost of $150 million. As of June 30, 2020, there was $676 million remaining for future share repurchases under the share repurchase program which has no expiration date.

Business Highlights
Verisign ended the second quarter of 2020 with 162.1 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 3.8 percent increase from the end of the second quarter of 2019, and a net increase of 1.41 million during the second quarter of 2020.
During the second quarter of 2020, Verisign processed 11.1 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 10.3 million for the same quarter in 2019.
The final .com and .net renewal rate for the first quarter of 2020 was 75.4 percent compared with 75.0 percent for the same quarter in 2019. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.
Verisign announces that it will extend the freeze on registry prices for all of its Top-Level Domains, including .com and .net, through March 31, 2021. Additionally, Verisign announces the extension of the waiver of the wholesale restore fee for expired domains through the end of 2020.

Today’s Conference Call
Verisign will host a live conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) to review the second quarter 2020 results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (786) 789-4772 (international), conference ID: Verisign. A listen-only live web cast of the conference call and accompanying slide presentation will also be available at https://investor.Verisign.com. An audio archive of the call will be available at https://investor.Verisign.com/events.cfm. This news release and the financial information discussed on today’s conference call are available at https://investor.Verisign.com.

About Verisign

Verisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com.


Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks arising from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; risks arising from the agreements governing our business; new or existing governmental laws and regulations in the U.S. or other applicable foreign jurisdictions; system interruptions, security breaches, attacks on the internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; the uncertainty of the impact of changes to the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance; risks arising from our operation of two root zone servers and our performance of the Root Zone Maintainer functions; changes in internet practices and behavior and the adoption of substitute technologies; the success or failure of the evolution of our markets; the highly competitive business environment in which we operate; whether we can maintain strong relationships with registrars and their resellers to maintain their marketing focus on our products and services; the possibility of system interruptions or failures; challenging global economic conditions; economic, legal and political risk associated with our international operations; our ability to protect and enforce our rights to our intellectual property and ensure that we do not infringe on others’ intellectual property; the outcome of legal or other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of registrars or registrants, or litigation generally; the impact of our new strategic initiatives, including our IDN gTLDs; whether we can retain and motivate our senior management and key employees; and the impact of unfavorable tax rules and regulations. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included in our filings with the SEC, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Verisign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement.

Investor Relations: David Atchley, datchley@verisign.com, 703-948-4643
Media Relations: James Barbour, jbarbour@verisign.com, 703-948-3800

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(In thousands, except par value)
June 30,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$306,701  $508,196  
Marketable securities887,872  709,863  
Other current assets55,075  60,530  
Total current assets1,249,648  1,278,589  
Property and equipment, net250,290  250,283  
Goodwill52,527  52,527  
Deferred tax assets82,048  87,798  
Deposits to acquire intangible assets145,000  145,000  
Other long-term assets40,613  39,812  
Total long-term assets570,478  575,420  
Total assets$1,820,126  $1,854,009  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$235,671  $209,988  
Deferred revenues782,661  755,178  
Total current liabilities1,018,332  965,166  
Long-term deferred revenues281,649  278,702  
Senior notes1,788,824  1,787,565  
Long-term tax and other liabilities131,645  312,676  
Total long-term liabilities2,202,118  2,378,943  
Total liabilities3,220,450  3,344,109  
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ deficit:
Preferred stock—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 5,000; Issued and outstanding shares: none—  —  
Common stock and additional paid-in capital—par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 1,000,000; Issued shares: 353,637 at June 30, 2020 and 353,157 at December 31, 2019; Outstanding shares: 115,011 at June 30, 2020 and 116,715 at December 31, 201914,592,929  14,990,011  
Accumulated deficit(15,990,895) (16,477,490) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(2,358) (2,621) 
Total stockholders’ deficit(1,400,324) (1,490,100) 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit$1,820,126  $1,854,009  

(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
Revenues$314,365  $306,289  $626,889  $612,697  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues43,608  44,066  89,181  89,570  
Sales and marketing8,890  12,399  15,494  22,918  
Research and development18,202  14,953  35,560  31,085  
General and administrative36,885  33,178  73,610  67,179  
Total costs and expenses107,585  104,596  213,845  210,752  
Operating income206,780  201,693  413,044  401,945  
Interest expense(22,535) (22,635) (45,070) (45,266) 
Non-operating income, net7,403  11,436  14,487  23,639  
Income before income taxes191,648  190,494  382,461  380,318  
Income tax (expense) benefit(39,169) (42,960) 104,134  (70,257) 
Net income152,479  147,534  486,595  310,061  
Other comprehensive (loss) income(2,000) 35  263  84  
Comprehensive income$150,479  $147,569  $486,858  $310,145  
Earnings per share:
Basic$1.32  $1.24  $4.20  $2.60  
Diluted$1.32  $1.24  $4.19  $2.59  
Shares used to compute earnings per share
Basic115,347  118,965  115,861  119,359  
Diluted115,544  119,361  116,137  119,837  

(In thousands)
Six Months Ended
June 30,
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$486,595  $310,061  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation of property and equipment22,841  22,884  
Stock-based compensation23,428  25,617  
Amortization of discount on investments in debt securities(5,095) (5,679) 
Other, net(3,006) 894  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Other assets(10,146) (10,254) 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities25,796  (39,351) 
Deferred revenues30,430  31,857  
Net deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities(175,471) 16,146  
Net cash provided by operating activities395,372  352,175  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities995,194  1,466,303  
Purchases of marketable securities(1,167,680) (1,021,741) 
Purchases of property and equipment(21,891) (20,189) 
Proceeds received (payments made) related to sale of business20,009  (6,311) 
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities(174,368) 418,062  
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repurchases of common stock(429,826) (384,532) 
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan8,296  8,253  
Net cash used in financing activities(421,530) (376,279) 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(965) 243  
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(201,491) 394,201  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period517,601  366,753  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$316,110  $760,954  
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
Cash paid for interest$43,708  $43,708  
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds received$26,472  $62,214