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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-K

(Mark One)

þ ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

     For the Fiscal Year Ended March 28, 2014

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

     For the Transition Period from                    to                     .

Commission File Number 000-17781

 

 

SYMANTEC CORPORATION

(Exact name of the registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware    77-0181864

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

350 Ellis Street,    94043

Mountain View, California

(Address of principal executive offices)

   (zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(650) 527-8000

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

(Title of each class)

  

The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

(Name of each exchange on which registered)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

(Title of class)

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  Yes þ    No ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act.  Yes ¨    No þ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes þ    No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes þ    No ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer þ

   Accelerated filer ¨    Non-accelerated filer ¨    Smaller reporting company ¨
   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)                                        

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes ¨    No þ

Aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant, based upon the closing sale price of Symantec common stock on September 27, 2013 as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market: $17,261,356,899.

Number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock as of April 25, 2014: 691,693,986

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

The information called for by Part III will be included in an amendment to this Form 10-K or incorporated by reference from the registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A.

 

 

 


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SYMANTEC CORPORATION

FORM 10-K

For the Fiscal Year Ended March 28, 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I

 

Item 1.

   Business      4   

Item 1A.

   Risk Factors      11   

Item 1B.

   Unresolved Staff Comments      25   

Item 2.

   Properties      25   

Item 3.

   Legal Proceedings      26   

Item 4.

   Mine Safety Disclosures      26   
PART II   

Item 5.

   Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities      27   

Item 6.

   Selected Financial Data      28   

Item 7.

   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      30   

Item 7A.

   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk      50   

Item 8.

   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data      51   

Item 9.

   Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure      52   

Item 9A.

   Controls and Procedures      52   

Item 9B.

   Other Information      53   
PART III   

Item 10.

   Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance      54   

Item 11.

   Executive Compensation      54   

Item 12.

   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters      54   

Item 13.

   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence      54   

Item 14.

   Principal Accounting Fees and Services      54   
PART IV   

Item 15.

   Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules      55   

Signatures

     96   

“Symantec,” “we,” “us,” “our,” and “the Company” refer to Symantec Corporation and all of its subsidiaries. Symantec, the Symantec Logo, Norton, and Veritas are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec in the United States (“U.S.”) and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT FUTURE RESULTS

The discussion below contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to safe harbors under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements include references to our ability to utilize our deferred tax assets, as well as statements including words such as “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” and similar expressions. In addition, statements that refer to projections of our future financial performance, anticipated growth and trends in our businesses and in our industries, the anticipated impacts of acquisitions, our intent to pay quarterly cash dividends in the future, the actions we intend to take as part of our new strategy, the expected impact of our new strategy and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions, based on our current expectations about future events and may not prove to be accurate. We do not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events occurring or circumstances arising after the date of this report. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and our actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements on the basis of several factors, including those that we discuss under Item 1A, Risk Factors. We encourage you to read that section carefully.

 

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PART I

Item 1. Business

Overview

Symantec Corporation protects the world’s information and is a global leader in security, backup and availability solutions. Our market leading products and services protect people and information in any environment – from the smallest mobile device, to the enterprise data center, to cloud-based systems. Founded in April 1982, Symantec operates one of the largest global threat-intelligence networks, and provides leading security, backup and availability solutions. The company has more than 20,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our Internet home page is www.symantec.com. Other than the information expressly set forth in this annual report, the information contained or referred to on our website is not part of this annual report.

Strategy

The recent transformation of business and consumer technologies has driven pervasive mobility and an explosion of data resulting in the need for a new approach to protecting devices, applications, data and users. Further, the emergence of the Internet of Things, where new devices and everyday objects are becoming networked and connected to the Internet for the first time, highlights the need for comprehensive information security and management solutions to protect valuable data. We believe that the market for security and management solutions will benefit from these trends. As a platform-independent software company without bias to any individual operating system or hardware environment, Symantec helps customers manage more technologies with greater efficiency and on a wide range of virtual and mobile platforms.

In January 2013, we announced our strategy to transition from being device-centric or protecting endpoints and the data center, to having a broader focus of protecting and managing digital information. We track a vast number of threat indicators across the Internet and continuously collect new telemetry from hundreds of millions of mobile devices, endpoints, and servers across the globe. This massive amount of security data, combined with our years of experience analyzing such data allows us to provide advanced intelligence and protection for all of our customers.

During fiscal year 2014, we implemented changes in three areas: simplifying our organizational structure; redesigning our Go-To-Market (“GTM”) strategy, and changing our product offerings.

Simplifying our Organizational Structure

We aligned our organization by functional areas, rather than by market segments in order to reduce complexity, remove redundancies, increase the speed of decision making, and improve accountability and execution. We reduced the number of management layers from our previous structure and increased the average span of control for managers.

Redesigning our Go-To-Market Strategy

We split our direct field sales team into security and information management specialists focused on new business only and expanded their territories to be more effective for our enterprise customers. We also built a renewals group in order to extend the customer relationship and make it easier to renew and do business with us. We redesigned our global channel strategy focused on building partner competency, rewarding performance, and customer satisfaction.

 

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Changing our Product Offerings

With a portfolio of leading products, we focused our development efforts on making our point solutions better, designing new integrated solutions, and expanding our offerings by partnering with network security vendors to offer solutions that provide multi-tier protection.

Business Highlights

During fiscal 2014, we took the following actions in support of our business:

 

    We released new solutions. Storage Foundation includes a disruptive new capability that abstracts in-server memory, allowing the sharing of flash storage across servers without the need for expensive storage hardware. We offer a vendor-agnostic solution providing these benefits so customers can run any storage configuration while managing performance and redundancy entirely through software. NetBackup is designed for enterprise level scale, which can accommodate hundreds of thousands of virtual machines and petabytes of data while giving customers faster recovery capabilities. As IT organizations move to software-defined data centers, they can now simplify and automate the protection of massive and complex physical, virtual, and cloud environments which are the building blocks of a modern data center. Mobile App Center is an important enhancement to our integrated mobile workforce productivity solution and includes our Sealed program which delivers enterprise-class security and control for both internally-developed and third- party apps on both iOS and Android operating systems. Our new Disarm technology uses a technique to protect companies from targeted attacks and is included in our messaging offering. Norton solutions include new advanced repair capabilities, compatibility with the new features of Windows 8.1, and protect against new and evolving threats.

 

    We entered into key partnerships. We are working with Cisco to integrate technology into their Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture and extend into the infrastructure automation space. We continue to work with several customers to integrate next-generation firewalls with Symantec Endpoint Protection using our Managed Security Service. This initiative will seek to provide a new set of enhanced advanced threat detection capabilities that will enable our customers to automatically prioritize and provide comprehensive contextual intelligence for incidents based on correlation between network-based advanced threat detection, endpoint security, and Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network.

 

    We enhanced our eBusiness platform into a digital experience that enables existing and potential customers to discover, purchase, and receive product help online with real-time customer care. This improves our ability to reach and acquire a new set of customers by expanding our payment options, expanding our eBusiness platform on a global basis, and advancing our search capabilities.

 

    We attracted new technology executives, who bring valuable skills in holistic information protection product design, integrated IT implementation, cloud infrastructure, eCommerce, global operations, and customer experience.

 

    We implemented a capital allocation strategy pursuant to which we expect to return over time approximately 50% of free cash flow to stockholders through a combination of dividends and share repurchases, while still enabling our company to invest in its future. As part of this program we initiated a quarterly cash dividend, targeting a yield of approximately 2.5% based on our closing stock price on May 1, 2013. On May 2, 2013, our board of directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock, the first dividend in Symantec’s history.

 

    Our board of directors approved an additional $1.0 billion stock repurchase program. This program does not have an expiration date. As of March 28, 2014, we repurchased 21 million shares of our common stock for an aggregate amount of $500 million and $658 million remained authorized for future repurchases.

 

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Operating Segments and Products

Our current operating segments are strategic business units that offer different products and services distinguished by customer needs. In the first quarter of fiscal 2014, we modified our segment reporting structure to more readily match the new operating structure. The three operating segments are: User Productivity & Protection, Information Security, and Information Management.

User Productivity & Protection

Symantec’s User Productivity & Protection segment focuses on making it simple for customers to be productive and protected at home and at work. These products include our Norton solutions, endpoint security and management, encryption, and mobile offerings.

Our Norton products help customers protect against increasingly complex threats and address the need for identity protection, while also managing the rapid increase in mobile and digital data, such as personal financial records, photos, music, and videos. Our endpoint security and management offerings support the evolving endpoint, providing advanced threat protection while helping reduce cost and complexity. Our mobile solutions help organizations secure corporate data while gaining visibility into and control of all mobile platforms and enforcing security policies.

Information Security

Symantec’s Information Security segment protects organizations so they can securely conduct business while leveraging new platforms and data. These products include Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) Certificates, authentication, mail and web security, data center security, data loss prevention, and information security services offerings.

These products and services help our customers ensure their confidential information is secure wherever it resides in the network path, from the user’s device to the data’s resting place. In doing so, these products protect customer data from sophisticated threats such as advanced protection threats, malicious spam and phishing attacks, malware, drive-by website infections, hackers, and cyber criminals. In addition, these products help to prevent the loss of confidential data by insiders, and help customers achieve compliance with laws and regulations. These solutions are delivered through various methods, such as software, appliance, SaaS, and managed services.

Information Management

Symantec’s Information Management segment focuses on backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, storage and high availability solutions, helping to ensure that our customers’ IT infrastructure and mission-critical applications are protected, managed and available.

Our products enable customers to reduce cost and complexity as we improve the way information is managed through the ever-evolving cloud and virtualized environments. Our products are designed to ensure successful backup, recovery, availability, eDiscovery and archiving of information, applications, and systems for organizations ranging from small business to large enterprise.

Financial Information by Segment and Geographic Region

For information regarding our revenue by segment, revenue by geographical area, and property and equipment by geographical area, see Note 10 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report. For information regarding the amount and percentage of our revenue contributed by each of our segments and our financial information, including information about geographic areas in which we operate, see Item 7,

 

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Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Note 10 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report. For information regarding risks associated with our international operations, see Item 1A, Risk Factors.

Sales and Go-To-Market Strategy

In fiscal year 2014, we made changes to our GTM strategy, reorganizing our direct sales force into specialist areas of security and information management focused on selling new business. Concurrently, we created a dedicated renewals team that is focused on extending customer relationships and renewing our contracts. We also streamlined our indirect sales strategy to have fewer, more focused partners with specialized partner programs to enhance sales. We believe these changes provide customers with a high-quality sales and post-sales support experience, while also enabling us to expand our business.

Our GTM network includes a direct sales force, broad eCommerce capabilities, and indirect sales resources that support our global partner ecosystem. We also maintain important relationships with a number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”), Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”), and retail and online stores by which we market and sell our products.

We also made changes to our GTM marketing structure. We created a new Brand, Digital and Advertising team, focused on three GTM areas so that we can effectively market our different products and services distinguished by customer needs. Our three GTM focus areas are as follows: Consumer and Small Business, Commercial, and Enterprise.

Our Brand, Digital and Advertising team develops marketing activation plans to increase awareness, engagement, consideration, purchase, retention, and advocacy for our brands. Our Brand efforts include digital marketing, social media, paid advertising (i.e. search, print, digital), search engine optimization, brand partnerships, CRM, video and other content production, and other forms of demand generation and retention marketing. We also invest in cooperative marketing campaigns with distributors, resellers, retailers, OEMs, and industry partners.

Consumer and Small Business

We sell our consumer products and services to individuals, households and small businesses globally. We bring these products to market through our eCommerce platform, distributors, direct marketers, Internet-based resellers, system builders, ISPs, wireless carriers, and retailers worldwide. We also have partnerships with OEMs globally to distribute our Internet security suites and our online backup offerings.

Commercial

We sell and market our products and related services to small, medium and large enterprise customers through field sales and inside sales leveraging indirect sales partners around the world who are specifically trained and certified to sell our solutions. These partners include national solution providers, regional solution providers, national account resellers, global/federal system integrators and managed service providers. Our products are also available on our eCommerce platform, as well as through authorized distributors and OEMs who incorporate our technologies into their products, bundle our products with their offerings, or serve as authorized resellers of our products.

Enterprise

We sell and market our products and related services to the largest of enterprise organizations, including government and public sector customers, through our field sales force. This field sales team is responsible for approximately 2,000 named accounts around the world, leveraging our global partner ecosystem primarily targeting senior executives and IT department personnel responsible for managing a company’s highest-order IT initiatives.

 

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Research and Development

Symantec embraces a global research and development (“R&D”) strategy to drive organic innovation. Engineers and researchers throughout the Company pursue advanced projects to translate R&D into customer solutions by creating new technologies and integrating our unique set of technology assets. Symantec focuses on short, medium, and long-term applied research, develops new products in emerging areas, participates in government-funded research projects, drives industry standards, and partners with universities to conduct research supporting Symantec’s strategy.

Symantec’s Security Technology and Response organization is a global team of security engineers, threat analysts, and researchers that provides the underlying functionality, content, and support for many of our consumer, small business and enterprise security products. Our security experts monitor malicious code reports collected through the Global Intelligence Network to provide insight into emerging attacks, malicious code activity, phishing, spam, and other threats. The team uses this vast amount of data and insights to develop new technologies and approaches, such as Symantec’s reputation-based security technology, to protect customer information.

Research and development expenses, exclusive of in-process research and development associated with acquisitions, were $1,038 million, $1,012 million, and $969 million in fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively, representing approximately 16% of revenue in fiscal 2014 and 15% and 14% of revenue in fiscal 2013 and 2012, respectively. We believe that technical leadership is essential to our success and we expect to continue to commit substantial resources to R&D.

Support

Symantec has support facilities throughout the world, staffed by technical product experts knowledgeable in the operating environments in which our products are deployed. Our technical support experts assist customers with issue resolution and threat detection.

We provide consumers with various levels of support offerings. Consumers that subscribe to LiveUpdate receive automatic downloads of the latest virus definitions, application bug fixes, and patches for most of our consumer products. Our standard consumer support program provides self-help online services and phone, chat, and email support to consumers worldwide. Our Norton One membership features elite-level support, which includes an under two-minute wait time for phone calls, an instant call back feature, and virus protection assurance.

We provide customers various levels of enterprise support offerings. Our enterprise security support program offers annual maintenance support contracts, including content, upgrades, and technical support. Our standard technical support includes: self-service options delivered by telephone or electronically during the contracted-for hours, immediate patches for severe problems, periodic software updates, and access to our technical knowledge base and frequently asked questions.

Customers

In fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, there were no customers that accounted for more than 10% of our total net revenue.

Acquisitions

Our strategy will be complemented by business combinations that fit strategically and meet specific profitability hurdles. Our acquisitions are designed to enhance the features and functionality of our existing products and extend our product leadership in core markets. We consider time-to-market, synergies with existing products, and potential market share gains when evaluating the economics of acquisitions of technologies, product lines, or companies. We may acquire or dispose of other technologies, products, and companies in the future.

 

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We did not make any material acquisitions during fiscal 2014.

Competition

Our markets are consolidating, highly competitive, and subject to rapid changes in technology. The competitive landscape has changed significantly over the past few years, with new competition arising. Much of the market growth has come from startups whose focus is on solving a specific customer issue or delivering a specific niche-oriented product and from larger integration providers that increasingly are looking to put various types of protection, whether it is backup, high availability or security, into their platforms. We are focused on delivering comprehensive customer solutions, integrating across our broad product portfolio and partnering with other technology providers to differentiate ourselves from the competition. We believe that the principal competitive factors necessary to be successful in our industry include product quality and effectiveness, time-to-market, price, reputation, financial stability, breadth of product offerings, customer support, brand recognition, and effective sales and marketing efforts.

In addition to the competition we face from direct competitors, we face indirect or potential competition from retailers, application providers, operating system providers, network equipment manufacturers, and other OEMs who may provide various solutions and functions in their current and future products. We also compete for access to retail distribution channels and for spending at the retail level and in corporate accounts. In addition, we compete with other software companies, operating system providers, network equipment manufacturers, and other OEMs to acquire technologies, products, or companies and to publish software developed by third parties. We also compete with other software companies in our effort to place our products on the computer equipment sold to consumers and enterprises by OEMs.

The competitive environments for our security and management products are described below.

Security

Most of the channels in which our security products are offered are highly competitive. Some of our consumer competitors are intensely focused on customer acquisition, which has led competitors to offer their technology for free, engage in aggressive marketing, or enter into competitive partnerships. Our primary security competitors are McAfee, Inc., owned by Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”), and Trend Micro Inc. There are also several freeware providers and regional security companies that we compete against. For our consumer backup offerings, our primary competitors are Carbonite, Inc. and Mozy, Inc., owned by EMC Corporation (“EMC”). In the authentication services market, our primary competitors are Comodo Group, Inc., RSA, the security division of EMC, Entrust, Inc., and GoDaddy.com, Inc. In the Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) security market, our primary competitors are Google Inc.’s Postini Services and Microsoft. Our primary competitors in the managed services business are SecureWorks, Inc., owned by Dell, Inc., and Verizon Communications, Inc.

Information Management

The markets for storage management, backup, archiving, and eDiscovery are intensely competitive. Our primary competitors are CommVault Systems, Inc., EMC, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Oracle, and Veeam Software.

Intellectual Property

Protective Measures

We regard some of the features of our internal operations, software, and documentation as proprietary and rely on copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret laws, confidentiality procedures, contractual arrangements, and other measures to protect our proprietary information. Our intellectual property is an important and valuable asset that enables us to gain recognition for our products, services, and technology and enhance our competitive position.

 

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As part of our confidentiality procedures, we generally enter into non-disclosure agreements with our employees, distributors, and corporate partners and we enter into license agreements with respect to our software, documentation, and other proprietary information. These license agreements are generally non-transferable and have either a perpetual or subscription based time limited term. We also educate our employees on trade secret protection and employ measures to protect our facilities, equipment, and networks.

Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights, and Licenses

Symantec and the Symantec logo are trademarks or registered trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. In addition to Symantec and the Symantec logo, we have used, registered, or applied to register other specific trademarks and service marks to help distinguish our products, technologies, and services from those of our competitors in the U.S. and foreign countries and jurisdictions. We enforce our trademark, service mark, and trade name rights in the U.S. and abroad. The duration of our trademark registrations varies from country to country, and in the U.S. we generally are able to maintain our trademark rights and renew any trademark registrations for as long as the trademarks are in use.

We have more than 2,200 patents, in addition to foreign patents and pending U.S. and foreign patent applications, which relate to various aspects of our products and technology. The duration of our patents is determined by the laws of the country of issuance and for the U.S. is typically 17 years from the date of issuance of the patent or 20 years from the date of filing of the patent application resulting in the patent, which we believe is adequate relative to the expected lives of our products.

Our products are protected under U.S. and international copyright laws and laws related to the protection of intellectual property and proprietary information. We take measures to label such products with the appropriate proprietary rights notices, and we actively enforce such rights in the U.S. and abroad. However, these measures may not provide sufficient protection, and our intellectual property rights may be challenged. In addition, we license some intellectual property from third parties for use in our products, and generally must rely on the third party to protect the licensed intellectual property rights. While we believe that our ability to maintain and protect our intellectual property rights is important to our success, we also believe that our business as a whole is not materially dependent on any particular patent, trademark, license, or other intellectual property right.

Seasonality

As is typical for many large software companies, our business is seasonal. Software license and maintenance orders are generally higher in our third and fourth fiscal quarters and lower in our first and second fiscal quarters. A decline in license and maintenance orders is typical in the first quarter of our fiscal year as compared to license and maintenance orders in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. In addition, we generally receive a higher volume of software license and maintenance orders in the last month of a quarter, with orders concentrated in the latter part of that month. We believe that this seasonality primarily reflects customer spending patterns and budget cycles, as well as the impact of compensation incentive plans for our sales personnel. Revenue generally reflects similar seasonal patterns but to a lesser extent than orders because revenue is not recognized until an order is shipped or services are performed and other revenue recognition criteria are met, and because a significant portion of our in-period revenue comes from our deferred revenue balance.

Employees

As of March 28, 2014, we employed more than 20,800 people worldwide, approximately 44% of whom reside in the U.S. Approximately 6,600 employees work in sales and marketing, 7,000 in research and development, 5,400 in support and services, and 1,800 in management, manufacturing, and administration.

 

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Available Information

Our Internet address is www.symantec.com. We make available free of charge our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on our investor relations website located at www.symantec.com/invest. The information contained, or referred to, on our website is not part of this annual report unless expressly noted. The SEC maintains a website that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding our filings at http://www.sec.gov

Item 1A. Risk Factors

A description of the risk factors associated with our business is set forth below. The list is not exhaustive and you should carefully consider these risks and uncertainties before investing in our common stock.

If we are unsuccessful at addressing our business challenges, our business and results of operations may be adversely affected and our ability to invest in and grow our business could be limited.

In January 2013, under the direction of our then-new chief executive officer, we commenced a plan to revitalize our business model, with a focus on operations, sales and organizational structure with the goal of improving our existing products and services. At the same time we laid out a roadmap to develop new, innovative products and services that solve important unmet or underserved needs. One set of challenges relates to leadership under our new business model as, in recent periods, we have experienced transitions of several senior officers, including our chief executive officer. While our board of directors remains committed to our strategic direction, management transitions can be disruptive and result in loss of institutional focus and employee morale, making execution of business strategies more difficult. We are also in the process of seeking to address the challenges of dynamic and accelerating market trends, such as the decline in the PC market, the market shift towards tablets within mobility and architectural shifts in the provision of security and storage solutions, all of which has made it more difficult for us to compete effectively and requires us to improve our product and service offerings. A third set of challenges relates to GTM execution as we have significantly reorganized our sales structure and have only recently announced our new product strategy. We may experience delays in the anticipated timing of activities related to our efforts to address these challenges and higher than expected or unanticipated execution costs. In addition, we are vulnerable to increased risks associated with these efforts given our multiple business units and the broad range of geographic regions in which we and our customers and partners operate. If we do not succeed in these efforts, or if these efforts are more costly or time-consuming than expected, our business and results of operations may be adversely affected, which could limit our ability to invest in and grow our business.

If we are unable to attract and retain qualified employees, lose key personnel, fail to integrate replacement personnel successfully, or fail to manage our employee base effectively, we may be unable to develop new and enhanced products and services, effectively manage or expand our business, or increase our revenues.

Our future success depends upon our ability to recruit and retain key management, technical, sales, marketing, finance, and other personnel. Our officers and other key personnel are employees-at-will, and we cannot assure you that we will be able to retain them. Competition for people with the specific skills that we require is significant. In order to attract and retain personnel in a competitive marketplace, we believe that we must provide a competitive compensation package, including cash and equity-based compensation. The volatility in our stock price may from time to time adversely affect our ability to recruit or retain employees. In addition, we may be unable to obtain required stockholder approvals of future increases in the number of shares available for issuance under our equity compensation plans, and accounting rules require us to treat the issuance of equity-based compensation as compensation expense. As a result, we may decide to issue fewer equity-based incentives and may be impaired in our efforts to attract and retain necessary personnel. If we are unable to hire and retain qualified employees, or conversely, if we fail to manage employee performance or reduce staffing levels when required by market conditions, our business and operating results could be adversely affected.

 

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Effective succession planning is also important to our long-term success. Failure to ensure effective transfer of knowledge and smooth transitions involving key employees could hinder our strategic planning and execution. From time to time, key personnel leave our company and the incidence of this increased in recent periods following the transition within the office of the chief executive officer (“CEO”) in 2013. In addition, we could experience similar departures following our recent chief executive officer transition. While we strive to reduce the negative impact of such changes, the loss of any key employee could result in significant disruptions to our operations, including adversely affecting the timeliness of product releases, the successful implementation and completion of company initiatives, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal control over financial reporting, and the results of our operations. In addition, hiring, training, and successfully integrating replacement sales and other personnel could be time consuming, may cause additional disruptions to our operations, and may be unsuccessful, which could negatively impact future revenues. These risks may be exacerbated by the uncertainty associated with the successive transitions in the office of the chief executive officer.

Fluctuations in demand for our products and services are driven by many factors, and a decrease in demand for our products could adversely affect our financial results.

We are subject to fluctuations in demand for our products and services due to a variety of factors, including general economic conditions, competition, product obsolescence, technological change, shifts in buying patterns, financial difficulties and budget constraints of our current and potential customers, levels of broadband usage, awareness of security threats to IT systems, and other factors. While such factors may, in some periods, increase product sales, fluctuations in demand can also negatively impact our product sales. If demand for our products and solutions declines, whether due to general economic conditions or a shift in buying patterns, our revenues and margins would likely be adversely affected.

If we are unable to develop new and enhanced products and services that achieve widespread market acceptance, or if we are unable to continually improve the performance, features, and reliability of our existing products and services or adapt our business model to keep pace with industry trends, our business and operating results could be adversely affected.

Our future success depends on our ability to respond to the rapidly changing needs of our customers by developing or introducing new products, product upgrades, and services on a timely basis. We have in the past incurred, and will continue to incur, significant research and development expenses as we strive to remain competitive. New product development and introduction involves a significant commitment of time and resources and is subject to a number of risks and challenges including:

 

    Managing the length of the development cycle for new products and product enhancements, which has frequently been longer than we originally expected
    Adapting to emerging and evolving industry standards and to technological developments by our competitors and customers
    Extending the operation of our products and services to new and evolving platforms, operating systems and hardware products, such as mobile devices
    Entering into new or unproven markets with which we have limited experience
    Managing new product and service strategies, including integrating our various security and storage technologies, management solutions, customer service, and support into unified enterprise security and storage solutions
    Addressing trade compliance issues affecting our ability to ship our products
    Developing or expanding efficient sales channels
    Obtaining sufficient licenses to technology and technical access from operating system software vendors on reasonable terms to enable the development and deployment of interoperable products, including source code licenses for certain products with deep technical integration into operating systems

 

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If we are not successful in managing these risks and challenges, or if our new products, product upgrades, and services are not technologically competitive or do not achieve market acceptance, our business and operating results could be adversely affected.

We operate in a highly competitive environment, and our competitors may gain market share in the markets for our products that could adversely affect our business and cause our revenues to decline.

We operate in intensely competitive markets that experience rapid technological developments, changes in industry standards, changes in customer requirements, and frequent new product introductions and improvements. If we are unable to anticipate or react to these competitive challenges or if existing or new competitors gain market share in any of our markets, our competitive position could weaken and we could experience a decline in our sales that could adversely affect our business and operating results. To compete successfully, we must maintain an innovative research and development effort to develop new products and services and enhance existing products and services, effectively adapt to changes in the technology or product rights held by our competitors, appropriately respond to competitive strategies, and effectively adapt to technological changes and changes in the ways that our information is accessed, used, and stored within our enterprise and consumer markets. If we are unsuccessful in responding to our competitors or to changing technological and customer demands, our competitive position and our financial results could be adversely affected.

Our competitors include software vendors that offer software products that directly compete with our product offerings. In addition to competing with these vendors directly for sales to end-users of our products, we compete with them for the opportunity to have our products bundled with the product offerings of our strategic partners such as computer hardware OEMs and ISPs. Our competitors could gain market share from us if any of these strategic partners replace our products with the products of our competitors or if these partners more actively promote our competitors’ products than our products. In addition, software vendors who have bundled our products with theirs may choose to bundle their software with their own or other vendors’ software or may limit our access to standard product interfaces and inhibit our ability to develop products for their platform. In the future, further product development by these vendors could cause our software applications and services to become redundant, which could significantly impact our sales and financial results.

We face growing competition from network equipment, computer hardware manufacturers, large operating system providers and other technology companies. These firms are increasingly developing and incorporating into their products data protection and storage and server management software that competes at some levels with our product offerings. Our competitive position could be adversely affected to the extent that our customers perceive the functionality incorporated into these products as replacing the need for our products.

Security protection is also offered by some of our competitors at prices lower than our prices or, in some cases is offered free of charge. Some companies offer the lower-priced or free security products within their computer hardware or software products that we believe are inferior to our products and SaaS offerings. Our competitive position could be adversely affected to the extent that our customers perceive these security products as replacing the need for more effective, full featured products and services such as those that we provide. The expansion of these competitive trends could have a significant negative impact on our sales and financial results by causing, among other things, price reductions of our products, reduced profitability and loss of market share.

Many of our competitors have greater financial, technical, sales, marketing, or other resources than we do and consequently may have the ability to influence customers to purchase their products instead of ours. Further consolidation within our industry or other changes in the competitive environment, such as Intel Corporation’s acquisition of McAfee, could result in larger competitors that compete with us on several levels. We also face competition from many smaller companies that specialize in particular segments of the markets in which we compete.

 

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Our business models present execution and competitive risks.

In recent years, our SaaS offerings have become increasingly critical in our business. Our competitors are rapidly developing and deploying SaaS offerings for consumers and business customers. Pricing and delivery models are evolving. Devices and form factors influence how users access services in the cloud. We are devoting significant resources to develop and deploy our own SaaS strategies. We cannot assure you that our investments in and development of SaaS offerings will achieve the expected returns for us or that we will be able to compete successfully in the marketplace. In addition to software development costs, we are incurring costs to build and maintain infrastructure to support SaaS offerings. These costs may reduce the operating margins we have previously achieved. Whether we are successful in this business model depends on our execution in a number of areas, including:

 

    Continuing to innovate and bring to market compelling cloud-based experiences that generate increasing traffic and market share; and
    Ensuring that our SaaS offerings meet the reliability expectations of our customers and maintain the security of their data.

Our business depends on customers renewing their arrangements for maintenance, subscriptions, managed security services and SaaS offerings.

A large portion of our revenue is derived from arrangements for maintenance, subscriptions, managed security services and SaaS offerings, yet existing customers have no contractual obligation to purchase additional solutions after the initial subscription or contract period, and given our limited operating history, we are unable to accurately predict our customer renewal rates. Our customers’ renewal rates may decline or fluctuate as a result of a number of factors, including the level of their satisfaction with our solutions or our customer support, customer budgets and the pricing of our solutions compared with the solutions offered by our competitors, any of which may cause our revenue to grow more slowly than expected, if at all. Accordingly, we must invest significant time and resources in providing ongoing value to our customers. If these efforts fail, or if our customers do not renew for other reasons, or if they renew on terms less favorable to us, our revenue may decline and our business will suffer.

Our increasing focus on the delivery of products in an appliance form factor creates new business and financial risks.

Since fiscal 2012, shipments of products to customers in an appliance form factor have represented an increasingly larger part of our revenues, and we expect this trend to continue. The delivery of solutions in the form of appliances creates business and financial risks, including the following:

 

    increased cost of components and contract manufacturing, as we do not own our manufacturing facilities;
    supply chain issues, including financial problems of contract manufacturers or component suppliers;
    a shortage of adequate component supply or manufacturing capacity that increases our costs and/or causes a delay in order fulfillment;
    excess inventory levels, which could lead to write-downs or obsolescence charges;
    additional reserves for product returns;
    challenges in managing our channel business;
    tax and trade compliance complications; and
    local field support of customers’ appliances.

 

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Defects, disruptions or risks related to the provision of our SaaS offerings could impair our ability to deliver our services and could expose us to liability, damage our brand and reputation or otherwise negatively impact our business.

Our SaaS offerings may contain errors or defects that users identify after they begin using them that could result in unanticipated service interruptions, which could harm our reputation and our business. Since our customers use our SaaS offerings for mission-critical protection from threats to electronic information, endpoint devices, and computer networks, any errors, defects, disruptions in service or other performance problems with our SaaS offerings could significantly harm our reputation and may damage our customers’ businesses. If that occurs, customers could elect not to renew, or delay or withhold payment to us, we could lose future sales or customers may make warranty or other claims against us, which could result in an increase in our provision for doubtful accounts, an increase in collection cycles for accounts receivable or the expense and risk of litigation.

We currently serve our SaaS-based customers from hosting facilities located across the globe. Damage to, or failure of, any significant element of these hosting facilities could result in interruptions in our service, which could harm our customers and expose us to liability. Interruptions or failures in our service delivery could cause customers to terminate their subscriptions with us, could adversely affect our renewal rates, and could harm our ability to attract new customers. Our business would also be harmed if our customers believe that our SaaS offerings are unreliable.

Our SaaS offerings also involve the storage and transmission of large amounts of our customers’ proprietary information, including sensitive and personally identifiable information. Breaches of our security measures or the accidental loss, inadvertent disclosure or unapproved dissemination of proprietary information or sensitive or confidential data about us or our customers, including the potential loss or disclosure of such information or data as a result of fraud or other forms of deception, could expose us, our customers or the individuals affected to a risk of loss or misuse of this information, result in litigation and potential liability for us, damage our brand and reputation or otherwise negatively impact our business. Despite our precautions and significant ongoing investments to protect against such breaches, our security measures could be breached at any time and could result in unauthorized third parties obtaining access to our, or our customers’ data. Any actual or perceived security vulnerabilities in our SaaS offerings could reduce sales, and constrain consumer and business customer adoption of our SaaS offering. In addition, the cost and operational consequences of implementing further security measures could be significant.

If we fail to manage our sales and distribution channels effectively or if our partners choose not to market and sell our products to their customers, our operating results could be adversely affected.

We sell our products to customers around the world through multi-tiered sales and distribution networks. Sales through these different channels involve distinct risks, including the following:

Direct Sales. A significant portion of our revenues from enterprise products is derived from sales by our direct sales force to end-users. Special risks associated with direct sales include:

 

    Longer sales cycles associated with direct sales efforts
    Difficulty in hiring, retaining, and motivating our direct sales force, particularly through periods of transition in our organization
    Substantial amounts of training for sales representatives to become productive in selling our products and services, including regular updates to cover new and revised products, and associated delays and difficulties in recognizing the expected benefits of investments in new products and updates

 

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Indirect Sales Channels. A significant portion of our revenues is derived from sales through indirect channels, including distributors that sell our products to end-users and other resellers. This channel involves a number of risks, including:

 

    Our lack of control over the timing of delivery of our products to end-users
    Our resellers and distributors are generally not subject to minimum sales requirements or any obligation to market our products to their customers
    Our reseller and distributor agreements are generally nonexclusive and may be terminated at any time without cause
    Our resellers and distributors frequently market and distribute competing products and may, from time to time, place greater emphasis on the sale of these products due to pricing, promotions, and other terms offered by our competitors
    The consolidation of electronics retailers has increased their negotiating power with respect to hardware and software providers such as us

OEM Sales Channels. A portion of our revenues is derived from sales through our OEM partners that incorporate our products into, or bundle our products with, their products. Our reliance on this sales channel involves many risks, including:

 

    Our lack of control over the volume of systems shipped and the timing of such shipments
    Our OEM partners are generally not subject to minimum sales requirements or any obligation to market our products to their customers
    Our OEM partners may terminate or renegotiate their arrangements with us and new terms may be less favorable due to competitive conditions in our markets and other factors
    Sales through our OEM partners are subject to changes in general economic conditions, strategic direction, competitive risks, and other issues that could result in a reduction of OEM sales
    The development work that we must generally undertake under our agreements with our OEM partners may require us to invest significant resources and incur significant costs with little or no assurance of ever receiving associated revenues
    The time and expense required for the sales and marketing organizations of our OEM partners to become familiar with our products may make it more difficult to introduce those products to the market
    Our OEM partners may develop, market, and distribute their own products and market and distribute products of our competitors, which could reduce our sales

If we fail to manage our sales and distribution channels successfully, these channels may conflict with one another or otherwise fail to perform as we anticipate, which could reduce our sales and increase our expenses as well as weaken our competitive position. Some of our distribution partners have experienced financial difficulties in the past, and if our partners suffer financial difficulties in the future because of general economic conditions or for other reasons, these partners may delay paying their obligations to us and we may have reduced sales or increased bad debt expense that could adversely affect our operating results. In addition, reliance on multiple channels subjects us to events that could cause unpredictability in demand, which could increase the risk that we may be unable to plan effectively for the future, and could result in adverse operating results in future periods.

Over the long term we intend to invest in research and development activities, and these investments may achieve delayed, or lower than expected, benefits which could harm our operating results.

While we intend to focus on managing our costs and expenses, over the long term, we also intend to invest in research and development activities as we focus on organic growth through internal innovation. We are likely to recognize the costs associated with these investments earlier than some of the anticipated benefits, and the return on these investments may be lower, or may develop more slowly, than we expect. If we do not achieve the benefits anticipated from these investments, or if the achievement of these benefits is delayed, our operating results may be adversely affected.

 

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Changes in industry structure and market conditions could lead to charges related to discontinuances of certain of our products or businesses and asset impairments.

In response to changes in industry and market conditions, we may be required to strategically reallocate our resources and consider restructuring, disposing of, or otherwise exiting businesses. Any decision to limit investment in or dispose of or otherwise exit businesses may result in the recording of special charges, such as inventory and technology-related write-offs, workforce reduction costs, charges relating to consolidation of excess facilities, or claims from third parties who were resellers or users of discontinued products. Our estimates with respect to the useful life or ultimate recoverability of our carrying basis of assets, including purchased intangible assets, could change as a result of such assessments and decisions. Although in certain instances, our supply agreements allow us the option to cancel, reschedule, and adjust our requirements based on our business needs prior to firm orders being placed, our loss contingencies may include liabilities for contracts that we cannot cancel, reschedule or adjust with contract manufacturers and suppliers. Further, our estimates relating to the liabilities for excess facilities are affected by changes in real estate market conditions. Additionally, we are required to evaluate goodwill impairment on an annual basis and between annual evaluations in certain circumstances, and future goodwill impairment evaluations may result in a charge to earnings.

Our inability to successfully recover from a disaster or other business continuity event could impair our ability to deliver our products and services and harm our business.

We are heavily reliant on our technology and infrastructure to provide our products and services to our customers. For example, we host many of our products using third-party data center facilities and we do not control the operation of these facilities. These facilities are vulnerable to damage, interruption or performance problems from earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, power loss, telecommunications failures and similar events. They are also subject to break-ins, computer viruses, sabotage, intentional acts of vandalism and other misconduct. The occurrence of a natural disaster or an act of terrorism, a decision to close the facilities without adequate notice or other unanticipated problems could result in lengthy interruptions in the delivery of our products and services.

Furthermore, our business administration, human resources and finance services depend on the proper functioning of our computer, telecommunication and other related systems and operations. A disruption or failure of these systems or operations because of a disaster or other business continuity event could cause data to be lost or otherwise delay our ability to complete sales and provide the highest level of service to our customers. In addition we could have difficulty producing accurate financial statements on a timely basis which could affect the trading value of our stock. Although we endeavor to ensure there is redundancy in these systems and that they are regularly backed-up, there are no assurances that data recovery in the event of a disaster would be effective or occur in an efficient manner.

Any errors, defects, disruptions or other performance problems with our products and services could harm our reputation and may damage our customers’ businesses. For example, we may experience disruptions, outages and other performance problems due to a variety of factors, including infrastructure changes, human or software errors, capacity constraints due to an overwhelming number of users accessing our website simultaneous, fraud or security attacks. In some instances, we may not be able to identify the cause or causes of these performance problems within an acceptable period of time. Interruptions in our products and services could impact our revenues or cause customers to cease doing business with us. In addition, our business would be harmed if any of events of this nature caused our customers and potential customers to believe our services are unreliable. Our operations are dependent upon our ability to protect our technology infrastructure against damage from business continuity events that could have a significant disruptive effect on our operations. We could potentially lose customer data or experience material adverse interruptions to our operations or delivery of services to our clients in a disaster recovery scenario.

 

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We are currently planning and designing information systems enhancements, and problems with the design or implementation of these enhancements could interfere with our business and operations.

We are currently in the process of significantly enhancing our information systems, including planning and designing a new enterprise resource planning system. The implementation of significant enhancements to information systems is frequently disruptive to the underlying business of an enterprise, which may especially be the case for us due to the size and complexity of our businesses. Any disruptions relating to our systems enhancements, particularly any disruptions impacting our operations during the design or implementation periods, could adversely affect our ability to process customer orders, ship products, provide services and support to our customers, bill and track our customers, fulfill contractual obligations, and otherwise run our business. Even if we do not encounter these adverse effects, the planning, designing and implementation may be much more costly than we anticipated. If we are unable to successfully plan, design or implement the information systems enhancements as planned, our financial position, results of operations, and cash flows could be negatively impacted.

We have grown, and may continue to grow, through acquisitions, which gives rise to risks and challenges that could adversely affect our future financial results.

We have in the past acquired, and we expect to acquire in the future, other businesses, business units, and technologies. Acquisitions can involve a number of special risks and challenges, including:

 

    Complexity, time, and costs associated with the integration of acquired business operations, workforce, products, and technologies
    Diversion of management time and attention
    Loss or termination of employees, including costs associated with the termination or replacement of those employees
    Assumption of liabilities of the acquired business, including litigation related to the acquired business
    The addition of acquisition-related debt as well as increased expenses and working capital requirements
    Dilution of stock ownership of existing stockholders
    Substantial accounting charges for restructuring and related expenses, write-off of in-process research and development, impairment of goodwill, amortization of intangible assets, and stock-based compensation expense

If integration of our acquired businesses is not successful, we may not realize the potential benefits of an acquisition or suffer other adverse effects. To integrate acquired businesses, we must implement our technology systems in the acquired operations and integrate and manage the personnel of the acquired operations. We also must effectively integrate the different cultures of acquired business organizations into our own in a way that aligns various interests, and may need to enter new markets in which we have no or limited experience and where competitors in such markets have stronger market positions.

Any of the foregoing, and other factors, could harm our ability to achieve anticipated levels of profitability from our acquired businesses or to realize other anticipated benefits of acquisitions.

Our international operations involve risks that could increase our expenses, adversely affect our operating results, and require increased time and attention of our management.

We derive a substantial portion of our revenues from customers located outside of the U.S. and we have significant operations outside of the U.S., including engineering, sales, customer support, and production. We plan to expand our international operations, but such expansion is contingent upon our identification of growth opportunities. Our international operations are subject to risks in addition to those faced by our domestic operations, including:

 

    Potential loss of proprietary information due to misappropriation or laws that may be less protective of our intellectual property rights than U.S. laws or that may not be adequately enforced

 

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    Requirements of foreign laws and other governmental controls, including trade and labor restrictions and related laws that reduce the flexibility of our business operations
    Regulations or restrictions on the use, import, or export of encryption technologies that could delay or prevent the acceptance and use of encryption products and public networks for secure communications
    Local business and cultural factors that differ from our normal standards and practices, including business practices that we are prohibited from engaging in by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws and regulations
    Central bank and other restrictions on our ability to repatriate cash from our international subsidiaries or to exchange cash in international subsidiaries into cash available for use in the U.S.
    Fluctuations in currency exchange rates, economic instability and inflationary conditions could reduce our customers’ ability to obtain financing for software products or that could make our products more expensive or could increase our costs of doing business in certain countries
    Limitations on future growth or inability to maintain current levels of revenues from international sales if we do not invest sufficiently in our international operations
    Longer payment cycles for sales in foreign countries and difficulties in collecting accounts receivable
    Difficulties in staffing, managing, and operating our international operations, including difficulties related to administering our stock plans in some foreign countries
    Difficulties in coordinating the activities of our geographically dispersed and culturally diverse operations
    Seasonal reductions in business activity in the summer months in Europe and in other periods in other countries
    Costs and delays associated with developing software and providing support in multiple languages
    Political unrest, war, or terrorism, or regional natural disasters, particularly in areas in which we have facilities

A significant portion of our transactions outside of the U.S. are denominated in foreign currencies. Accordingly, our revenues and expenses will continue to be subject to fluctuations in foreign currency rates. We expect to be affected by fluctuations in foreign currency rates in the future, especially if international sales continue to grow as a percentage of our total sales or our operations outside the United States continue to increase.

The level of corporate tax from sales to our non-U.S. customers is generally less than the level of tax from sales to our U.S. customers. This benefit is contingent upon existing tax regulations in the U.S. and in the countries in which our international operations are located. Future changes in domestic or international tax regulations could adversely affect our ability to continue to realize these tax benefits.

Our products are complex and operate in a wide variety of environments, systems, applications and configurations, which could result in errors or product failures.

Because we offer very complex products, undetected errors, failures, or bugs may occur, especially when products are first introduced or when new versions are released. Our products are often installed and used in large-scale computing environments with different operating systems, system management software, and equipment and networking configurations, which may cause errors or failures in our products or may expose undetected errors, failures, or bugs in our products. Our customers’ computing environments are often characterized by a wide variety of standard and non-standard configurations that make pre-release testing for programming or compatibility errors very difficult and time-consuming. In addition, despite testing by us and others, errors, failures, or bugs may not be found in new products or releases until after commencement of commercial shipments. In the past, we have discovered software errors, failures, and bugs in certain of our product offerings after their introduction and, in some cases, have experienced delayed or lost revenues as a result of these errors.

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customers or others. Many of our end-user customers use our products in applications that are critical to their businesses and may have a greater sensitivity to defects in our products than to defects in other, less critical, software products. In addition, if an actual or perceived breach of information integrity or availability occurs in one of our end-user customer’s systems, regardless of whether the breach is attributable to our products, the market perception of the effectiveness of our products could be harmed. Alleviating any of these problems could require significant expenditures of our capital and other resources and could cause interruptions, delays, or cessation of our product licensing, which could cause us to lose existing or potential customers and could adversely affect our operating results.

If we do not protect our proprietary information and prevent third parties from making unauthorized use of our products and technology, our financial results could be harmed.

Most of our software and underlying technology is proprietary. We seek to protect our proprietary rights through a combination of confidentiality agreements and procedures and through copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret laws. However, all of these measures afford only limited protection and may be challenged, invalidated, or circumvented by third parties. Third parties may copy all or portions of our products or otherwise obtain, use, distribute, and sell our proprietary information without authorization.

Third parties may also develop similar or superior technology independently by designing around our patents. Our shrink-wrap license agreements are not signed by licensees and therefore may be unenforceable under the laws of some jurisdictions. Furthermore, the laws of some foreign countries do not offer the same level of protection of our proprietary rights as the laws of the U.S., and we may be subject to unauthorized use of our products in those countries. The unauthorized copying or use of our products or proprietary information could result in reduced sales of our products. Any legal action to protect proprietary information that we may bring or be engaged in with a strategic partner or vendor could adversely affect our ability to access software, operating system, and hardware platforms of such partner or vendor, or cause such partner or vendor to choose not to offer our products to their customers. In addition, any legal action to protect proprietary information that we may bring or be engaged in, alone or through our alliances with the Business Software Alliance (“BSA”), or the Software & Information Industry Association (“SIIA”), could be costly, may distract management from day-to-day operations, and may lead to additional claims against us, which could adversely affect our operating results.

From time to time we are a party to class action and other lawsuits and investigations, which typically require significant management time and attention and result in significant legal expenses, and which could, if not determined favorably, negatively impact our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

We have been named as a party to class action lawsuits, and we may be named in additional litigation. For example, during the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we were advised by the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division and the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia that the government is investigating our compliance with certain provisions of our U.S. General Services Administration Multiple Award Schedule Contract No. GS-35F-0240T effective January 24, 2007, including provisions relating to pricing, country of origin, accessibility, and the disclosure of commercial sales practices. The expense of defending such litigation may be costly and divert management’s attention from the day-to-day operations of our business, which could adversely affect our business, results of operations, and cash flows. In addition, an unfavorable outcome in such litigation could result in significant fines, settlements, monetary damages or injunctive relief that could negatively impact our ability to conduct our business, results of operations, and cash flows.

Third parties claiming that we infringe their proprietary rights could cause us to incur significant legal expenses and prevent us from selling our products.

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in which we compete, the extensive patent coverage of existing technologies, and the rapid rate of issuance of new patents, it is possible that the number of these claims may grow. In addition, former employers of our former, current, or future employees may assert claims that such employees have improperly disclosed to us the confidential or proprietary information of these former employers. Any such claim, with or without merit, could result in costly litigation and distract management from day-to-day operations. If we are not successful in defending such claims, we could be required to stop selling, delay shipments of, or redesign our products, pay monetary amounts as damages, enter into royalty or licensing arrangements, or satisfy indemnification obligations that we have with some of our customers. We cannot assure you that any royalty or licensing arrangements that we may seek in such circumstances will be available to us on commercially reasonable terms or at all. We have made and expect to continue making significant expenditures to investigate, defend and settle claims related to the use of technology and intellectual property rights as part of our strategy to manage this risk.

In addition, we license and use software from third parties in our business. These third party software licenses may not continue to be available to us on acceptable terms or at all, and may expose us to additional liability. This liability, or our inability to use any of this third party software, could result in shipment delays or other disruptions in our business that could materially and adversely affect our operating results.

Fluctuations in our quarterly financial results have affected the price of our common stock in the past and could affect our stock price in the future.

Our quarterly financial results have fluctuated in the past and are likely to vary significantly in the future due to a number of factors, many of which are outside of our control and which could adversely affect our operations and operating results. If our quarterly financial results or our predictions of future financial results fail to meet our expectations or the expectations of securities analysts and investors, our stock price could be negatively affected. Any volatility in our quarterly financial results may make it more difficult for us to raise capital in the future or pursue acquisitions that involve issuances of our stock. Our operating results for prior periods may not be effective predictors of our future performance.

Factors associated with our industry, the operation of our business, and the markets for our products may cause our quarterly financial results to fluctuate, including:

 

    Reduced demand for any of our products
    Customer renewal rates
    Entry of new competition into our markets
    Competitive pricing pressure for one or more of our classes of products
    Our ability to timely complete the release of new or enhanced versions of our products
    How well we execute our strategy and operating plans and the impact of changes in our business model that could result in significant restructuring charges
    Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates
    The number, severity, and timing of threat outbreaks (e.g. worms and viruses)
    Our resellers making a substantial portion of their purchases near the end of each quarter
    Enterprise customers’ tendency to negotiate site licenses near the end of each quarter
    Cancellation, deferral, or limitation of orders by customers
    Changes in the mix or type of products sold
    Movements in interest rates
    The rate of adoption of new product technologies and new releases of operating systems
    Weakness or uncertainty in general economic or industry conditions in any of the multiple markets in which we operate that could reduce customer demand and ability to pay for our products and services
    Political and military instability, which could slow spending within our target markets, delay sales cycles, and otherwise adversely affect our ability to generate revenues and operate effectively
    Budgetary constraints of customers, which are influenced by corporate earnings and government budget cycles and spending objectives

 

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    Disruptions in our business operations or target markets caused by, among other things, earthquakes, floods, or other natural disasters affecting our headquarters located in Silicon Valley, California, an area known for seismic activity, or our other locations worldwide
    Acts of war or terrorism
    Intentional disruptions by third parties
    Health or similar issues, such as a pandemic

Any of the foregoing factors could cause the trading price of our common stock to fluctuate significantly.

Adverse global economic events may harm our business, operating results and financial condition.

Adverse macroeconomic conditions could negatively affect our business, operating results or financial condition under a number of different scenarios. During challenging economic times and periods of high unemployment, current or potential customers may delay or forgo decisions to license new products or additional instances of existing products, upgrade their existing hardware or operating environments (which upgrades are often a catalyst for new purchases of our software), or purchase services. Customers may also have difficulties in obtaining the requisite third-party financing to complete the purchase of our products and services. An adverse macroeconomic environment could also subject us to increased credit risk should customers be unable to pay us, or delay paying us, for previously purchased products and services. Accordingly, reserves for doubtful accounts and write-offs of accounts receivable may increase. In addition, weakness in the market for end users of our products could harm the cash flow of our distributors and resellers who could then delay paying their obligations to us or experience other financial difficulties. This would further increase our credit risk exposure and, potentially, cause delays in our recognition of revenue on sales to these customers.

In addition, the onset or continuation of adverse economic conditions may make it more difficult to obtain financing for our operations, investing activities (including potential acquisitions) or financing activities. Specific economic trends, such as declines in the demand for PCs, servers, and other computing devices, or softness in corporate information technology spending, could have an even more direct, and harmful, impact on our business.

Our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected if we do not effectively manage our liabilities.

As a result of the sale of our 2.75% senior notes (“2.75% notes due 2015”) and 4.20% senior notes (“4.20% notes”) in September 2010, and 2.75% senior notes (“2.75 notes due 2017”) and 3.95% senior notes (“3.95% notes”) in June 2012, we have notes outstanding in an aggregate principal amount of $2.1 billion that mature at specific dates in calendar years 2015, 2017, 2020, and 2022. In addition, we have entered into a credit facility with a borrowing capacity of $1 billion. From time to time in the future, we may also incur indebtedness in addition to the amount available under our credit facility. The maintenance of our debt levels could adversely affect our flexibility to take advantage of certain corporate opportunities and could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations. We may be required to use all or a substantial portion of our cash balance to repay these notes on maturity unless we can obtain new financing.

Our software products, SaaS Offerings and website may be subject to intentional disruption that could adversely impact our reputation and future sales.

Despite our precautions and significant ongoing investments to protect against security risks, data protection breaches, cyber-attacks and other intentional disruptions of our products and offerings, we expect to be an ongoing target of attacks specifically designed to impede the performance of our products and offerings and harm our reputation as a company. Similarly, experienced computer programmers may attempt to penetrate our network security or the security of our website and misappropriate proprietary information or cause interruptions of our services. Because the techniques used by such computer programmers to access or sabotage networks

 

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change frequently and may not be recognized until launched against a target, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques. The theft or unauthorized use or publication of our trade secrets and other confidential business information as a result of such an event could adversely affect our competitive position, reputation, brand and future sales of our products, and our customers may assert claims against us related to resulting losses of confidential or proprietary information. Our business could be subject to significant disruption, and we could suffer monetary and other losses and reputational harm, in the event of such incidents and claims.

Some of our products contain “open source” software, and any failure to comply with the terms of one or more of these open source licenses could negatively affect our business.

Certain of our products are distributed with software licensed by its authors or other third parties under so-called “open source” licenses, which may include, by way of example, the GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License, the Mozilla Public License, the BSD License, and the Apache License. Some of these licenses contain requirements that we make available source code for modifications or derivative works we create based upon the open source software, and that we license such modifications or derivative works under the terms of a particular open source license or other license granting third parties certain rights of further use. By the terms of certain open source licenses, we could be required to release the source code of our proprietary software if we combine our proprietary software with open source software in a certain manner. In addition to risks related to license requirements, usage of open source software can lead to greater risks than use of third party commercial software, as open source licensors generally do not provide warranties or controls on origin of the software. We have established processes to help alleviate these risks, including a review process for screening requests from our development organizations for the use of open source, but we cannot be sure that all open source is submitted for approval prior to use in our products. In addition, many of the risks associated with usage of open source cannot be eliminated, and could, if not properly addressed, negatively affect our business.

If we are unable to adequately address increased customer demands on our technical support services, our relationships with our customers and our financial results may be adversely affected.

We offer technical support services with many of our products. We may be unable to respond quickly enough to accommodate short-term increases in customer demand for support services. We also may be unable to modify the format of our support services to compete with changes in support services provided by competitors or successfully integrate support for our customers. Further customer demand for these services, without corresponding revenues, could increase costs and adversely affect our operating results.

We have outsourced a substantial portion of our worldwide consumer support functions to third party service providers. If these companies experience financial difficulties, do not maintain sufficiently skilled workers and resources to satisfy our contracts, or otherwise fail to perform at a sufficient level under these contracts, the level of support services to our customers may be significantly disrupted, which could materially harm our relationships with these customers.

We sell products to the U.S. government under contracts that include special compliance obligations and subject us to audits and reviews by various agencies of the U.S. government. Any failure to meet these obligations, or an adverse outcome in an audit or investigation, could result in civil damages and/or penalties being assessed against us by the government.

We have sold products through our GSA Schedule contract. Our GSA Schedule contract contains provisions that require us to provide customers purchasing through that contract with negotiated favorable pricing as compared to certain non-federal customers, and requires us to monitor aspects of our commercial sales practices to ensure compliance with that pricing obligation. In the ordinary course of business, sales under our GSA Schedule contract may be subject to audit or investigation by the U.S. government. Noncompliance with the provisions of the contract identified as a result of such reviews (as well as noncompliance identified on our own) could subject us to damages and other penalties, which would adversely affect our operating results and financial condition.

 

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On June 4, 2012, we were advised by the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division and the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia that the government is investigating our compliance with certain provisions of our GSA Schedule contract, including provisions relating to pricing, country of origin, accessibility, and the disclosure of commercial sales practices. The Department of Justice has requested that we preserve, among other things, all records relating to GSA Schedule contracting activity. As reported on the GSA’s publicly-available database, our total sales under the GSA Schedule contract were approximately $222 million from the period beginning January 2007 and ending September 2012.

We are cooperating with the investigation and we are unable, at this time, to predict the likely outcome. It is possible that the investigation could lead to claims or findings of violations of the False Claims Act in connection with our GSA contracting activity. Violations of the False Claims Act could result in the imposition of damages, including up to treble damages, plus civil penalties in some cases. To the extent the investigation leads to any such claims or findings, the cost to resolve this matter would adversely affect our operating results and financial condition. Any negative publicity related to our government customer contracts or any proceedings surrounding them, regardless of the outcome of this matter, may also damage our business by affecting our ability to compete for new contracts.

Accounting charges may cause fluctuations in our quarterly financial results.

Our financial results have been in the past, and may continue to be in the future, materially affected by non-cash and other accounting charges, including:

 

    Amortization of intangible assets
    Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets
    Stock-based compensation expense
    Restructuring charges
    Loss on sale of a business and similar write-downs of assets held for sale

Our effective tax rate may increase, which could increase our income tax expense and reduce (increase) our net income (loss).

Our effective tax rate could be adversely affected by several factors, many of which are outside of our control, including:

 

    Changes in the relative proportions of revenues and income before taxes in the various jurisdictions in which we operate that have differing statutory tax rates
    Changing tax laws, regulations, and interpretations in multiple jurisdictions in which we operate, including possible corporate tax reform in the United States, and proposed actions by international bodies such as the OECD, as well as the requirements of certain tax rulings
    The tax effects of purchase accounting for acquisitions and restructuring charges that may cause fluctuations between reporting periods
    Tax assessments, or any related tax interest or penalties that could significantly affect our income tax expense for the period in which the settlements take place

The price of our common stock could decline if our financial results are materially affected by an adverse change in our effective tax rate.

We report our results of operations based on our determination of the aggregate amount of taxes owed in the tax jurisdictions in which we operate. From time to time, we receive notices that a tax authority in a particular jurisdiction believes that we owe a greater amount of tax than we have reported to such authority. We are regularly engaged in discussions and sometimes disputes with these tax authorities. We are engaged in disputes of this nature at this time. If the ultimate determination of our taxes owed in any of these jurisdictions is for an

 

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amount in excess of the tax provision we have recorded or reserved for, our operating results, cash flows, and financial condition could be adversely affected.

Our stock price may be volatile in the future, and you could lose the value of your investment.

The market price of our common stock has experienced significant fluctuations in the past and may continue to fluctuate in the future, and as a result you could lose the value of your investment. The market price of our common stock may be affected by a number of factors, including:

 

    Announcements of quarterly operating results and revenue and earnings forecasts by us that fail to meet or be consistent with our earlier projections or the expectations of our investors or securities analysts
    Announcements by either our competitors or customers that fail to meet or be consistent with their earlier projections or the expectations of our investors or securities analysts
    Rumors, announcements, or press articles regarding our or our competitors’ operations, management, organization, financial condition, or financial statements
    Changes in revenue and earnings estimates by us, our investors, or securities analysts
    Accounting charges, including charges relating to the impairment of goodwill
    Announcements of planned acquisitions or dispositions by us or by our competitors
    Announcements of new or planned products by us, our competitors, or our customers
    Gain or loss of a significant customer, partner, reseller or distributor
    Inquiries by the SEC, NASDAQ, law enforcement, or other regulatory bodies
    Acts of terrorism, the threat of war, and other crises or emergency situations
    Economic slowdowns or the perception of an oncoming economic slowdown in any of the major markets in which we operate

The stock market in general, and the market prices of stocks of technology companies in particular, have experienced extreme price volatility that has adversely affected, and may continue to adversely affect, the market price of our common stock for reasons unrelated to our business or operating results.

Unforeseen catastrophic or other global events could harm our operating results and financial condition

We are a global company and conduct our business inside and outside the United States. Our business operations and financial results could be adversely impacted by unforeseen catastrophic or other global events, including an epidemic or a pandemic, acts of war or terrorist attacks, cyber-attacks, natural disasters, or political unrest or turmoil. Unforeseen political turmoil, military escalations, and armed conflict pose a risk of economic disruption in the countries in which they occur and in other countries, which may increase our operating costs. Such incidences of uncertainty could disrupt customers’ spending on our products and services which may adversely affect our revenue. In addition, our corporate headquarters are located in the Silicon Valley area of Northern California, a region known for seismic activity. A significant natural disaster, such as an earthquake, could have a material adverse impact on our business operations, target markets, operating results, and financial condition.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

There are currently no unresolved issues with respect to any Commission staff’s written comments that were received at least 180 days before the end of our fiscal year to which this report relates and that relate to our periodic or current reports under the Exchange Act.

Item 2. Properties

Our properties consist primarily of owned and leased office facilities for sales, research and development, administrative, customer service, and technical support personnel. Our corporate headquarters is located in Mountain View, California where we occupy facilities totaling approximately 1,067,000 square feet, of which

 

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724,000 square feet is owned and 343,000 square feet is leased. We also lease an additional 89,000 square feet in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our leased facilities are occupied under leases that expire on various dates beyond fiscal 2023. The following table presents the approximate square footage of our facilities as of March 28, 2014:

 

     Approximate Total Square
Footage(1)
 
     Owned      Leased  
     (In thousands)  

Americas (U.S., Canada and Latin America)

     1,546         1,335   

EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)

     307         550   

Asia Pacific/Japan

     251         1,986   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     2,104         3,871   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

    (1) Included in the total square footage above are vacant, available-for-lease properties totaling approximately 33,000 square feet. Total square footage excludes approximately 35,000 square feet relating to facilities subleased to third parties.

We believe that our existing facilities are adequate for our current needs and that the productive capacity of our facilities is substantially utilized.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

Information with respect to this Item may be found under the heading “Litigation Contingencies” in Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report which information is incorporated into this Item 3 by reference.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

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PART II

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Price Range of Common Stock

Our common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “SYMC.” The high and low sales prices set forth below are as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market during each quarter of the two most recent years.

 

     Fiscal 2014      Fiscal 2013  
     Fourth
Quarter
     Third
Quarter
     Second
Quarter
     First
Quarter
     Fourth
Quarter
     Third
Quarter
     Second
Quarter
     First
Quarter
 

High

   $   23.97       $   25.06       $   26.44       $   24.45       $   24.73       $   19.09       $   19.20       $   18.80   

Low

   $ 18.20       $ 21.20       $ 21.93       $ 21.06       $ 18.82       $ 17.33       $ 13.18       $ 13.89   

Stockholders

As of March 28, 2014, there were 2,098 stockholders of record.

Dividends

During fiscal 2014 we declared and paid common stock dividends of $418 million or $0.60 per share. Dividends declared and paid each quarter during fiscal 2014 were $0.15 per share. No dividends and dividend equivalents were paid in any periods prior to fiscal 2014. Each quarterly dividend was recorded as a reduction to additional paid-in capital. In addition, our board of directors approved dividend equivalent rights entitling holders of restricted stock and performance-based stock to dividend equivalents to be paid in the form of cash upon vesting, for each share of the underlying units. On May 8, 2014, we announced a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.15 per share of common stock to be paid on June 25, 2014 to all stockholders of record as of June 10, 2014. All future dividends and dividend equivalents are subject to the approval of our board of directors.

Repurchases of our equity securities

Stock repurchases during the three months ended March 28, 2014 were as follows:

 

   
 
 
Total Number of
Shares
Purchased
  
  
  
   
 
Average Price Paid
per Share
  
  
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Number of
Shares
Purchased
Under Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   
 
 
 
 
 
Maximum Dollar
Value of Shares
That May Yet Be
Purchased Under
the Plans or
Programs
  
  
  
  
  
  
    (In millions, except per share data)  

December 28, 2013 to January 24, 2014

    4      $                 23.17        4      $                 695   

January 25, 2014 to February 21, 2014

    2      $ 22.14        2      $ 658   

February 22, 2014 to March 28, 2014

    -      $ -        -      $ 658   
 

 

 

     

 

 

   

Total

    6      $ 22.85        6     
 

 

 

     

 

 

   

Through our stock repurchase programs we have repurchased shares on a quarterly basis since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, our board of directors authorized a new $1.0 billion stock repurchase program which commenced in fiscal 2014. Our active stock repurchase programs have $658 million remaining authorized for future repurchase as of March 28, 2014, and neither program has an expiration date.

 

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Stock performance graph

This performance graph shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of Symantec under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act.

The graph below compares the cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock with the cumulative total return on the S&P 500 Composite Index and the S&P Information Technology Index for the five years ended March 28, 2014 (assuming the investment of $100 in our common stock and in each of the other indices on the last day of trading for the fiscal 2009, and the reinvestment of all dividends). The comparisons in the graph below are based on historical data and are not intended to forecast the possible future performance of our common stock.

COMPARISON OF FIVE-YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN

Among Symantec Corporation, The S&P 500 Index

And The S&P Information Technology Index

 

LOGO

 

     2009      2010      2011      2012      2013      2014  

Symantec Corporation

     100.00         103.33         113.74         115.22         152.06         121.93   

S&P 500

     100.00         142.85         164.80         177.99         202.84         246.25   

S&P Information Technology

     100.00         147.92         165.20         198.77         196.53         216.41   

Item 6. Selected Financial Data

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this annual report and with Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. Historical results may not be indicative of future results.

Five-Year Summary

 

     Fiscal (a)  
     2014      2013      2012      2011      2010  
     (In millions, except per share data)  

Consolidated Statements of Income Data:

              

Net revenue

   $ 6,676       $ 6,906       $ 6,730       $ 6,190       $ 5,985   

Operating income (b)

     1,183         1,106         1,104         927         927   

Net income attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders (b)(c)

   $ 898       $ 755       $ 1,187       $ 626       $ 711   

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — basic (b)(c)

   $ 1.29       $ 1.08       $ 1.60       $ 0.80       $ 0.88   

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — diluted (b)(c)

   $ 1.28       $ 1.06       $ 1.59       $ 0.76       $ 0.87   

Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — basic

     696         701         741         778         810   

Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — diluted

     704         711         748         786         819   

Cash dividends per share attributable to Symantec Corporation (g)

   $ 0.60       $ -       $ -       $ -       $ -   

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:

              

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 3,707       $ 4,685       $ 3,162       $ 2,950       $ 3,029   

Total assets (b)

     13,539         14,508         13,158         12,841         11,317   

Deferred revenue

     3,322         3,496         3,444         3,321         2,835   

Current portion of long-term debt (d)

     -         997         -         596         -   

Long-term debt(d) (e)

     2,095         2,094         2,039         1,987         1,871   

Long-term deferred revenue (f)

     581         584         596         565         436   

Symantec Corporation stockholders’ equity (b) (f) (g) (h)

   $ 5,797       $ 5,476       $ 5,159       $ 4,558       $ 4,567   

Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary

     -         -         78         77         -   

Total stockholders’ equity (b) (f) (g)

   $ 5,797       $ 5,476       $ 5,237       $ 4,635       $ 4,567   

 

 

(a) We have a 52/53-week fiscal year. Fiscal 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 each consisted of 52 weeks.

 

(b)  Effective March 30, 2013, we changed our accounting policy for sales commissions that are incremental and directly related to customer sales contracts in which revenue is deferred. The adoption of this accounting policy change has been applied retrospectively for all periods presented. See Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report for information regarding the change in accounting policy for sales commissions.

 

(c)  In fiscal 2008, we formed a joint venture with a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies Co., Limited (“Huawei”). In fiscal 2012, we sold our 49% ownership interest in the joint venture to Huawei for $530 million in cash. The gain of $530 million, offset by costs to sell the joint venture of $4 million, was included in gain from sale of joint venture in our fiscal 2012 Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

(d)

In the first quarter of fiscal 2007, we issued $1.0 billion in principal amount of 1.00% Convertible Senior Notes (“1.00% notes”), due in June 2013. On June 15, 2013, the principal balance on those notes matured and was settled by a cash payment of $1 billion, along with the $5 million semi-annual interest payment. In addition, we elected to pay the conversion value above par value of the 1.00% notes in cash in the amount of

 

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$189 million. Concurrently with the payment of the conversion value we received $189 million from the note hedge we entered into at the time of the issuance of the 1.00% notes. At the time of issuance of the 1.00% notes, we granted warrants to affiliates of certain initial purchasers of the notes whereby they had the option to purchase up to 52.7 million shares of our common stock at a price of $27.1330 per share. All the warrants expired unexercised on various dates during the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and there was no dilutive impact from the warrants on our earnings per share for fiscal 2014.

 

(e) In fiscal 2011, we issued $350 million in principal amount of 2.75% senior notes due September 2015 (“2.75% notes due 2015”) and $750 million in principal amount of 4.20% senior notes due September 2020 (“4.20% notes”). In fiscal 2013, we issued $600 million in principal amount of 2.75% senior notes due June 2017 (“2.75% notes due 2017”) and $400 million in principal amount of 3.95% senior notes due June 2022 (“3.95% notes”).

 

(f)  See Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report for information regarding the correction of an error related to deferred revenue. The out-of-period effect on net income of correcting this error in fiscal 2014 is $22 million and the effect on Symantec Corporation stockholders’ equity as of the beginning of fiscal 2012 was $49 million. Long-term deferred revenue and Total stockholders’ equity as of fiscal 2011 and 2010 have also been adjusted. However, income statement data for fiscal years 2011 and 2010 have not been adjusted as the impact on Net income in each of these years was not material.

 

(g)  During fiscal 2014, we declared and paid common stock cash dividends. Dividends were recorded as a reduction to additional paid-in capital. No dividends or dividend equivalents were paid prior to fiscal 2014. See Note 5 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report for information regarding dividends and dividend equivalents.

 

(h)  During fiscal 2012, we recorded an impairment of $19 million as a cumulative-effect adjustment in accumulated deficit, related to an implied fair value measurement made for our former Services reporting unit upon the adoption of a new accounting standard.

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

OVERVIEW

Our business

Symantec Corporation protects the world’s information and is a global leader in security, backup and availability solutions. Our market leading products and services protect people and information in any environment – from the smallest mobile device, to the enterprise data center, to cloud-based systems. Founded in April 1982, Symantec operates one of the largest global threat-intelligence networks, and provides leading security, backup and availability solutions. The company has more than 20,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our Internet home page is www.symantec.com. Other than the information expressly set forth in this annual report, the information contained or referred to on our website is not part of this annual report.

Fiscal calendar

We have a 52/53-week fiscal year ending on the Friday closest to March 31. Unless otherwise stated, references to years in this report relate to fiscal year and periods ended March 28, 2014, March 29, 2013 and March 30, 2012. Fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012 each consisted of 52 weeks. Our 2015 fiscal year will consist of 53 weeks and will end on April 3, 2015.

 

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Strategy

The recent transformation of business and consumer technologies has driven pervasive mobility and an explosion of data resulting in the need for a new approach to protecting devices, applications, data and users. Further, the emergence of the Internet of Things, where new devices and everyday objects are becoming networked and connected to the Internet for the first time, highlights the need for comprehensive information security and management solutions to protect valuable data. We believe that the market for security and management solutions will benefit from these trends. As a platform-independent software company without bias to any individual operating system or hardware environment, Symantec helps customers manage more technologies with greater efficiency and on a wide range of virtual and mobile platforms.

In January 2013, we announced our strategy to transition from being device-centric or protecting endpoints and the data center, to having a broader focus of protecting and managing digital information. We track a vast number of threat indicators across the Internet and continuously collect new telemetry from hundreds of millions of mobile devices, endpoints, and servers across the globe. This massive amount of security data, combined with our years of experience analyzing such data allows us to provide advanced intelligence and protection for all of our customers.

During fiscal year 2014, we implemented changes in three areas: simplifying our organizational structure, redesigning our GTM strategy, and changing our product offerings.

Simplifying our Organizational Structure

We aligned our organization by functional areas, rather than by market segments in order to reduce complexity, remove redundancies, increase the speed of decision making, and improve accountability and execution. We reduced the number of management layers from our previous structure and increased the average span of control for managers.

Redesigning our Go-To-Market Strategy

We split our direct field sales team into security and information management specialists focused on new business only and expanded their territories to be more effective for our enterprise customers. We also built a renewals group in order to extend the customer relationship and make it easier to renew and do business with us. We redesigned our global channel strategy focused on building partner competency, rewarding performance, and customer satisfaction.

Changing our Product Offerings

With a portfolio of leading products, we focused our development efforts on making our point solutions better, designing new integrated solutions, and expanding our offerings by partnering with network security vendors to offer solutions that provide multi-tier protection.

Financial Implications of New Strategy

We have developed a three-pronged approach to our product offering strategy which includes managing our portfolio of point solutions and reallocating resources to the offerings we estimate have the greatest growth potential, expanding our total addressable market by delivering innovative new offerings that integrate our technologies to solve our customers’ most significant problems, and focusing on developing relationships with other industry leaders that will begin the process of building ecosystems that delivers more value to our customers.

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sales organization into new and renewals business teams. We also reorganized our direct sales force into functional areas of information security and information management. The focus of these specialized teams is to generate new business through new customer acquisition or through broadening existing customer relationships. We expect that by separating our direct sales force into specialized teams and focusing on new business, we will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our sales process. Concurrently, we created a dedicated renewals team that is focused on extending existing customer relationships and renewing contracts.

We are also investing in our indirect sales channels to build stronger, more strategic relationships that enable us to better serve consumers, small business and mid-market customers. Through our channel partner program we are seeking to align our offerings with the optimal route to market, leveraging our channel partner capabilities. We also plan to align the economics and incentives under these relationships based on the value created by the partner and their commitment to Symantec and our customers. We believe these changes will help us provide our end customer with high-quality sales and post-sales support experiences while expanding our business.

As part of our enhanced capital allocation strategy, in fiscal 2014 we initiated a quarterly cash dividend in addition to our on-going share repurchases activity. We paid a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.15 per share of common stock in each quarter of fiscal 2014, for an aggregate of $418 million or $0.60 per share, during fiscal 2014. All shares of common stock issued and outstanding, and unvested restricted stock and performance-based stock as of the record date for any dividend will be entitled to the dividend and dividend equivalents, respectively. Any future dividends and dividend equivalents will be subject to the approval of our board of directors.

Our revenue, income and cash flows may be impacted by severance, other charges, and capital expenditures as we execute our organic growth strategy.

New enterprise resource planning system

During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, following our final testing and data conversion stages, we implemented the critical financial reporting module of a new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system. The costs, other than capital expenditures, associated with this first phase of implementation of the core operating systems have been recorded in operating expenses as restructuring and transition expenses.

Change in management

On March 20, 2014, the board of directors of the Company appointed board member Michael A. Brown as interim president and CEO, following the termination of Stephen M. Bennett as the Company’s president and chief executive officer. Mr. Bennett also resigned from the Company’s board of directors. This change within our management leadership team resulted in certain severance and accelerated stock based compensation expenses.

Our operating segments

Our current operating segments are strategic business units that offer different products and services distinguished by customer needs. In the first quarter of fiscal 2014, we modified our segment reporting structure to more readily match the new operating structure. The three reporting segments, which are the same as our operating segments are as follows: User Productivity & Protection, Information Security, and Information Management. For further description of our operating segments see Note 10 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report.

 

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Financial results and trends

Revenue decreased by $230 million for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013, primarily due to decreases in revenue from our User Productivity & Protection segment and Information Management segment following the transition of our sales force into new and renewal business teams. We experienced revenue declines domestically and internationally in fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013. The Asia Pacific and Japan region experienced the largest net revenue decrease followed by Americas, while the EMEA region experienced net revenue growth for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013. The Asia Pacific and Japan region revenue declined primarily due to foreign currency translation adjustments resulting from the weakening of the Japanese yen compared to the U.S. dollar, while we experienced favorable foreign currency effects in the EMEA region.

Cost of revenue decreased by $26 million for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013, primarily due to decreases in revenue and decreases in intangible assets amortization as certain developed technologies became fully amortized early in fiscal 2014.

Operating expenses decreased by $281 million for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013, primarily due to lower salaries and wages resulting from lower headcount, lower advertising and promotion expenses and lower amortization of intangible assets as various customer relationship intangibles became fully amortized early in fiscal 2014. For fiscal 2014, we recognized $270 million of restructuring and transition costs. We are focused on five priorities for fiscal 2015. These include optimizing our businesses based on lifecycle and growth potential; prioritizing investments for growth in our enterprise businesses; further reducing costs and improving efficiencies across the company; rounding out our talented executive team; and continuing to return significant cash to shareholders.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES

The preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes included in this annual report in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, requires us to make estimates, including judgments and assumptions, that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue, and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. We have based our estimates on historical experience and on various assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. We evaluate our estimates on a regular basis and make changes accordingly. Historically, our critical accounting estimates have not differed materially from actual results; however, actual results may differ from these estimates under different conditions. If actual results differ from these estimates and other considerations used in estimating amounts reflected in our Consolidated Financial Statements included in this annual report, the resulting changes could have a material adverse effect on our Consolidated Statements of Income, and in certain situations, could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and financial condition.

A critical accounting estimate is based on judgments and assumptions about matters that are uncertain at the time the estimate is made. Different estimates that reasonably could have been used or changes in accounting estimates could materially impact our operating results or financial condition. We believe that the estimates described below represent our critical accounting estimates, as they have the greatest potential impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements. See also Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in this annual report.

Revenue recognition

We recognize revenue primarily pursuant to the requirements under the authoritative guidance on software revenue recognition, and any applicable amendments or modifications. Revenue recognition requirements in the software industry are very complex and require us to make estimates.

 

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For software arrangements that include multiple elements, including perpetual software licenses and maintenance or services, packaged products with content updates, and subscriptions, we allocate and defer revenue for the undelivered items based on the fair value using vendor specific objective evidence (“VSOE”), and recognize the difference between the total arrangement fee and the amount deferred for the undelivered items as revenue. VSOE of each element is based on the price for which the undelivered element is sold separately. We determine fair value of the undelivered elements based on historical evidence of our stand-alone sales of these elements to third parties or from the stated renewal rate for the undelivered elements. When VSOE does not exist for undelivered items, the entire arrangement fee is recognized ratably over the performance period. Our deferred revenue consists primarily of the unamortized balance of enterprise product maintenance, consumer product content updates, managed security services, subscriptions, and arrangements where VSOE does not exist. Deferred revenue totaled approximately $3.9 billion as of March 28, 2014, of which $581 million was classified as long-term deferred revenue in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Changes to the elements in a software arrangement, the ability to identify VSOE for those elements, the fair value of the respective elements, and increasing flexibility in contractual arrangements could materially impact the amount recognized in the current period and deferred over time.

For arrangements that include both software and non-software elements, we allocate revenue to the software deliverables as a group and non-software deliverables based on their relative selling prices. In such circumstances, the accounting principles establish a hierarchy to determine the selling price to be used for allocating revenue to deliverables as follows: (i) VSOE, (ii) third-party evidence of selling price (“TPE”) and (iii) best estimate of the selling price (“ESP”). When we are unable to establish a selling price using VSOE or TPE, we use ESP to allocate the arrangement fees to the deliverables.

For our consumer products that include content updates, we recognize revenue and the associated cost of revenue ratably over the term of the subscription upon sell-through to end-users, as the subscription period commences on the date of sale to the end-user. We defer revenue and cost of revenue amounts for unsold product held by our distributors and resellers.

We expect our distributors and resellers to maintain adequate inventory of consumer packaged products to meet future customer demand, which is generally four or six weeks of customer demand based on recent buying trends. We ship product to our distributors and resellers at their request and based on valid purchase orders. Our distributors and resellers base the quantity of orders on their estimates to meet future customer demand, which may exceed the expected level of a four or six week supply. We offer limited rights of return if the inventory held by our distributors and resellers is below the expected level of a four or six week supply. We estimate reserves for product returns as described below. We typically offer liberal rights of return if inventory held by our distributors and resellers exceeds the expected level. Because we cannot reasonably estimate the amount of excess inventory that will be returned, we primarily offset deferred revenue against trade accounts receivable for the amount of revenue in excess of the expected inventory levels.

Arrangements for maintenance, subscriptions, managed security services and SaaS offerings are generally offered to our customers over a specified period of time, and we recognize the related revenue ratably over the maintenance, subscription, or service period.

Reserves for product returns. We reserve for estimated product returns as an offset to revenue or deferred revenue based primarily on historical trends. We fully reserve for obsolete products in the distribution channels as an offset to deferred revenue. Actual product returns may be different than what was estimated. These factors and unanticipated changes in the economic and industry environment could make actual results differ from our return estimates.

Reserves for rebates. We estimate and record reserves for channel and end-user rebates as an offset to revenue or deferred revenue. For consumer products that include content updates, rebates are recorded as a ratable offset to revenue or deferred revenue over the term of the subscription. Our estimated reserves for channel

 

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volume incentive rebates are based on distributors’ and resellers’ actual performance against the terms and conditions of volume incentive rebate programs, which are typically entered into quarterly. Our reserves for end-user rebates are estimated based on the terms and conditions of the promotional programs, actual sales during the promotion, the amount of actual redemptions received, historical redemption trends by product and by type of promotional program, and the value of the rebate. We also consider current market conditions and economic trends when estimating our reserves for rebates. If actual redemptions differ from our estimates, material differences may result in the amount and timing of our net revenues for any period presented.

Valuation of goodwill, intangible assets and long-lived assets

Business combination valuations. When we acquire businesses, we allocate the purchase price to tangible assets and liabilities and identifiable intangible assets acquired. Any residual purchase price is recorded as goodwill. The allocation of the purchase price requires management to make significant estimates in determining the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed, especially with respect to intangible assets. These estimates are based on information obtained from management of the acquired companies and historical experience. These estimates can include, but are not limited to:

 

    cash flows that an asset is expected to generate in the future;

 

    expected costs to develop the in-process research and development into commercially viable products and estimated cash flows from the projects when completed;

 

    the acquired company’s brand and competitive position, as well as assumptions about the period of time the acquired brand will continue to be used in the combined company’s product portfolio;

 

    cost savings expected to be derived from acquiring an asset; and

 

    discount rates.

These estimates are inherently uncertain and unpredictable, and if different estimates were used, the purchase price for the acquisition could be allocated to the acquired assets and liabilities differently from the allocation that we have made. In addition, unanticipated events and circumstances may occur which may affect the accuracy or validity of such estimates, and if such events occur we may be required to record a charge against the value ascribed to an acquired asset or an increase in the amounts recorded for assumed liabilities.

Goodwill impairment. We review goodwill for impairment on an annual basis on the first day of the fourth quarter of each fiscal year, and on an interim basis whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable, at the reporting unit level. Our reporting units are the same as our operating segments. A qualitative assessment is first made to determine whether it is necessary to perform quantitative testing. This initial assessment includes, among others, consideration of: (i) past, current and projected future earnings and equity; (ii) recent trends and market conditions; and (iii) valuation metrics involving similar companies that are publicly-traded and acquisitions of similar companies, if available. If this initial qualitative assessment indicates that it is more likely than not that impairment exists, a second step is taken, involving a comparison between the estimated fair values of our reporting units with their respective carrying amounts including goodwill. The methods for estimating reporting unit values include asset and liability fair values and other valuation techniques, such as discounted cash flows and multiples of earnings or revenues. If the carrying value exceeds estimated fair value, there is an indication of potential impairment, and a third step is performed to measure the amount of impairment. The third step involves calculating an implied fair value of goodwill by measuring the excess of the estimated fair value of the reporting units over the aggregate estimated fair values of the individual assets less liabilities. If the carrying value of goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of goodwill, an impairment charge is recorded for the excess.

 

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The process of estimating the fair value and carrying value of our reporting units’ equity requires significant judgment at many points during the analysis. Many assets and liabilities, such as accounts receivable and property and equipment, are not specifically allocated to an individual reporting unit, and therefore, we apply judgment to allocate the assets and liabilities, and this allocation affects the carrying value of the respective reporting units. Similarly, we use judgment to allocate goodwill to the reporting units based on relative fair values. The use of relative fair values has been necessary for certain reporting units due to changes in our operating structure in prior years. To determine a reporting unit’s fair value, we use the income approach under which we calculate the fair value of each reporting unit based on the estimated discounted future cash flows of that unit. We evaluate the reasonableness of this approach by comparing it with the market approach, which involves a review of the carrying value of our assets relative to our market capitalization and to the valuation of publicly traded companies operating in the same or similar lines of business.

Applying the income approach requires that we make a number of important estimates and assumptions. We estimate the future cash flows of each reporting unit based on historical and forecasted revenue and operating costs. This, in turn, involves further estimates, such as estimates of future revenue and expense growth rates. In addition, we apply a discount rate to the estimated future cash flows for the purpose of the valuation. This discount rate is based on the estimated weighted-average cost of capital for each reporting unit and may change from year to year. Changes in these key estimates and assumptions, or in other assumptions used in this process, could materially affect our impairment analysis for a given year.

As of March 28, 2014, our goodwill balance was $5.9 billion amongst our reporting units. Based on a qualitative impairment analysis performed as of December 28, 2013, we determined that it was more likely than not that there was no impairment in any of our reporting units.

A number of factors, many of which we have no ability to control, could affect our financial condition, operating results and business prospects and could cause actual results to differ from the estimates and assumptions we employed. These factors include:

 

    a prolonged global economic crisis;

 

    a significant decrease in the demand for our products;

 

    the inability to develop new and enhanced products and services in a timely manner;

 

    a significant adverse change in legal factors or in the business climate;

 

    an adverse action or assessment by a regulator;

 

    successful efforts by our competitors to gain market share in our markets;

 

    a loss of key personnel;

 

    our determination to dispose of one or more of our reporting units;

 

    the testing for recoverability of a significant asset group within a reporting unit; and

 

    recognition of a goodwill impairment loss.

Intangible asset impairment. We assess the impairment of identifiable finite-lived intangible assets whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that an asset group’s carrying amount may not be recoverable. Recoverability of certain finite-lived intangible assets, particularly customer relationships and finite-lived trade names, would be measured by the comparison of the carrying amount of the asset group to which the

 

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assets are assigned to the sum of the undiscounted estimated future cash flows the asset group is expected to generate. If an asset is considered to be impaired, the amount of such impairment would be measured as the difference between the carrying amount of the asset and its fair value. Recoverability and impairment of other finite-lived intangible assets, particularly developed technology and patents, would be measured by the comparison of the carrying amount of the asset to the sum of undiscounted estimated future product revenues offset by estimated future costs to dispose of the product to which the asset relates. For indefinite-lived intangible assets, we review impairment on an annual basis consistent with the timing of the annual evaluation for goodwill. These assets generally include trade names and trademarks. Similar to goodwill impairment testing, a qualitative assessment is first made to determine whether it is necessary to perform quantitative testing. This initial assessment includes consideration of, among other things: (i) past, current and projected future revenues; (ii) recent trends and market conditions, including discount rates; and (iv) valuation metrics, such as royalty rates, involving similar companies that are publicly-traded, if available. If this initial qualitative assessment indicates that it is more likely than not that impairment exists, a second step is taken. This step involves a comparison between the fair values of the assets and their respective carrying amounts. Any excess of the carrying amount over the fair value would be recognized as an impairment charge. Our cash flow assumptions are based on historical and forecasted future revenue, operating costs, and other relevant factors. Assumptions and estimates about the remaining useful lives of our intangible assets are subjective and are affected by changes to our business strategies. If management’s estimates of future operating results change, or if there are changes to other assumptions, the estimate of the fair value of our identifiable intangible assets could change significantly. Such change could result in impairment charges in future periods, which could have a significant impact on our operating results and financial condition.

Long-lived assets. We assess long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the long-lived assets may not be recoverable. Based on the existence of one or more indicators of impairment, we assess recoverability of long-lived assets based on a projected undiscounted cash flow method using assumptions determined by management to be commensurate with the risk inherent in our current business model. If an asset is not recoverable, impairment is measured as the difference between the carrying amount and its fair value. Our estimates of cash flows require significant judgment based on our historical and anticipated results and are subject to many factors which could change and cause a material impact to our operating results or financial condition. We record impairment charges on long-lived assets held for sale when we determine that the carrying value of the long-lived assets may not be recoverable. In determining fair value, we obtain and consider market value appraisal information from third parties.

Stock-based compensation

We account for stock-based compensation in accordance with the authoritative guidance on stock compensation. Under the fair value recognition provisions of this guidance, stock-based compensation is measured at the grant date based on the fair value of the award and is generally recognized as expense ratably over the requisite service period, which is generally the vesting period of the respective award.

We issue performance-based restricted stock units (“PRUs”) and performance-contingent stock units (“PCSUs”) representing hypothetical shares of our common stock. Each PRU and PCSU grant reflects a target number of shares that may be issued to the award recipient. The actual number of PRUs the recipient receives is determined at the end of a three-year performance period as follows: (1) our achievement of an annual target earnings per share for the first fiscal year of grant and (2) our two and three year cumulative relative total shareholder return ranked against that of other companies that are included in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The PCSUs vest based upon the performance of Symantec’s common stock over a three-year period, and are also subject to an underlying continued service vesting condition. We estimate the fair value of PRUs using the Monte Carlo simulation option pricing model (“Monte Carlo model”), as the total shareholder return modifier contains a market condition. We estimate the fair value and derived service period of PCSUs using the Monte Carlo model, as this statistical model can simulate a range of possible future stock prices for Symantec. Because our PRUs include dividend-equivalent rights, the fair values of PRUs are not discounted by the dividend yield.

 

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Determining the fair value of stock-based awards at the grant date requires judgment. We use the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model (“BSM model”) to determine the fair value of stock options. The determination of the grant date fair value of options using an option pricing model is affected by our stock price as well as assumptions regarding a number of complex and subjective variables. These variables include our expected stock price volatility over the expected life of the options, actual and projected employee stock option exercise and cancellation behaviors, risk-free interest rates, and expected dividends.

We estimate the expected life of options granted based on an analysis of our historical experience of employee exercise and post-vesting termination behavior considered in relation to the contractual life of the option. Expected volatility is based on the average of historical volatility for the period commensurate with the expected life of the option and the implied volatility of traded options. The risk free interest rate is equal to the U.S. Treasury constant maturity rates for the period equal to the expected life. If options are granted or assumed without dividend-equivalents rights, the fair values are discounted by the dividend yield. Prior to the initial declaration of a quarterly cash dividend on May 2, 2013, the fair value of options was measured based on an expected dividend yield of 0% as we did not historically pay cash dividends on our common stock. For awards granted on or subsequent to June 27, 2013, we used an annualized dividend yield based on the per share dividends declared by our board of directors. See Note 15 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report.

In accordance with the authoritative guidance on stock compensation, we record stock-based compensation expense for awards that are expected to vest. As a result, judgment is required in estimating the amount of stock-based awards that are expected to be forfeited. Although we estimate forfeitures based on historical experience, actual forfeitures may differ. If actual results differ significantly from these estimates, stock-based compensation expense and our results of operations could be materially impacted when we record an adjustment for the difference in the period that the awards vest or are forfeited.

Contingencies and litigation

We evaluate contingent liabilities including threatened or pending litigation in accordance with the authoritative guidance on contingencies. We assess the likelihood of any adverse judgments or outcomes from potential claims or legal proceedings, as well as potential ranges of probable losses, when the outcomes of the claims or proceedings are probable and reasonably estimable. A determination of the amount of accrued liabilities required, if any, for these contingencies is made after the analysis of each separate matter. Because of uncertainties related to these matters, we base our estimates on the information available at the time of our assessment. As additional information becomes available, we reassess the potential liability related to our pending claims and litigation and may revise our estimates. Any revisions in the estimates of potential liabilities could have a material impact on our operating results and financial position.

Income taxes

We are required to compute our income taxes in each federal, state, and international jurisdiction in which we operate. This process requires that we estimate the current tax exposure as well as assess temporary differences between the accounting and tax treatment of assets and liabilities, including items such as accruals and allowances not currently deductible for tax purposes. The income tax effects of the differences we identify are classified as current or long-term deferred tax assets and liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Our judgments, assumptions, and estimates relative to the current provision for income tax take into account current tax laws, our interpretation of current tax laws, and possible outcomes of current and future audits conducted by foreign and domestic tax authorities. Changes in tax laws or our interpretation of tax laws and the resolution of current and future tax audits could significantly impact the amounts provided for income taxes in our Consolidated Balance Sheets and Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

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Our effective tax rate includes the impact of certain undistributed foreign earnings for which no U.S. taxes have been provided because such earnings are planned to be indefinitely reinvested outside the United States. While we do not anticipate changing our intention regarding indefinitely reinvested earnings outside the United States, material changes in our estimates of such earnings or tax legislation that limits or restricts the amount of such earnings could materially impact our income tax provision and effective tax rate. If certain foreign earnings previously treated as indefinitely reinvested outside the United States are repatriated, the related U.S. tax liability may be reduced by any foreign income taxes paid on these earnings.

We account for uncertain tax positions pursuant to authoritative guidance based on a two-step approach to recognize and measure those positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. The first step is to determine if the weight of available evidence indicates that it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on audit, including resolution of any related appeals or litigation processes. The second step is to measure the tax benefit as the largest amount that is more than 50% likely to be realized upon ultimate settlement. We adjust reserves for our uncertain tax positions due to changing facts and circumstances, such as the closing of a tax audit, the refinement of estimates, or the realization of earnings or deductions that differ from our estimates. To the extent that the final outcome of these matters is different than the amounts recorded, such differences will impact our tax provision in our Consolidated Statements of Income in the period in which such determination is made.

We must also assess the likelihood that deferred tax assets will be realized from future taxable income and, based on this assessment establish a valuation allowance, if required. The determination of our valuation allowance involves assumptions, judgments and estimates, including forecasted earnings, future taxable income, and the relative proportions of revenue and income before taxes in the various domestic and international jurisdictions in which we operate. To the extent we establish a valuation allowance or change the valuation allowance in a period, we reflect the change with a corresponding increase or decrease to our tax provision in our Consolidated Statements of Income.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Total net revenue

 

     Fiscal
2014
    Change in     Fiscal
2013
    Change in     Fiscal
2012
 
       $     %       $     %    
     (Dollars in millions)  

Content, subscription, and maintenance revenue

   $         5,960     $         (61     (1 )%    $ 6,021     $ 198       3   $ 5,823  

Percentage of total net revenue

     89         87         87

License revenue

     716       (169             (19 )%      885       (22             (2 )%      907  

Percentage of total net revenue

     11         13         13
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 6,676     $ (230     (3 )%    $         6,906     $         176       3   $         6,730  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013:

Content, subscription and maintenance revenue represented 89%, 87% and 87% of total net revenue for the fiscal years ended 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Content, subscription, and maintenance revenue decreased primarily due to decreases from our User Productivity & Protection segment of $48 million and Information Management segment of $26 million offset by an increase of $13 million from our Information Security segment. License revenue includes sales of software licenses, appliances, and certain revenue sharing arrangements. License revenue decreased primarily due to declines from our Information Management segment of $89 million, User Productivity & Protection segment of $62 million and Information Security segment of $17 million.

 

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Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012:

Content, subscription, and maintenance revenue increased primarily due to increases from our Information Management segment of $97 million and Information Security segment of $96 million. License revenue decreased primarily due to a decline from our Information Management segment of $26 million.

Net revenue and operating income by segment

User Productivity & Protection

 

     Fiscal
2014
    Change in     Fiscal
2013
    Change in     Fiscal
2012
 
       $     %       $     %    
     (Dollars in millions)  

User Productivity & Protection revenue

   $         2,869     $         (110         (4 )%    $     2,979     $ 4       0   $ 2,975  

Percentage of total net revenue

     43         43         44

User Productivity & Protection operating income

   $ 1,061     $ 46       5   $ 1,015     $     (41             (4 )%    $         1,056  

User Productivity & Protection operating margin

     37         34         35

Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013:

User Productivity & Protection revenue declined primarily due to a $53 million decline in endpoint management sales, as well as declines in PC tools revenue of $21 million and decreases in certain services activities and encryption revenues of $30 million. User Productivity & Protection operating income increased primarily due to lower advertising and promotional expenses of $123 million, as well as a decline in salaries and wages of $34 million.

Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012:

User Productivity & Protection revenue remained relatively flat. User Productivity & Protection operating income decreased primarily due to increased salaries and wages of $35 million, partially offset by lower advertising and promotional expenses of $59 million.

Information Security Segment

 

     Fiscal
2014
    Change in     Fiscal     Change in     Fiscal
2012
 
       $     %     2013     $      %    
     (Dollars in millions)  

Information Security revenue

   $         1,294     $ (4       $     1,298     $     101        8   $ 1,197  

Percentage of total net revenue

     19         19          18

Information Security operating income

   $ 186     $         148           389   $ 38     $ 143                136   $         (105

Information Security operating margin

     14         3          (9 )% 

Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013:

Information Security revenue remained relatively flat year over year. The increase in operating income was mainly due to lower salaries and wages of $57 million, lower advertising and promotion expenses of $12 million, lower outside services expenses of $26 million and reductions in other expenses of $54 million.

Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012:

Information Security revenue increased primarily due to the growth in our user authentication and trust services offerings of $73 million, managed security services of $24 million and data loss prevention products of $14 million, partially offset by a decline in our hosted security suite offerings of $12 million. Information Security operating income increased primarily due to higher revenue and lower salaries and wages of $37 million.

 

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Information Management Segment

 

     Fiscal
2014
    Change in     Fiscal
2013
    Change in     Fiscal
2012
 
       $     %       $     %    
     (Dollars in millions)  

Information Management revenue

   $     2,513     $ (116     (4 )%    $     2,629     $     71       3   $     2,558  

Percentage of total net revenue

     38         38         38

Information Management operating income

   $ 574     $ (133     (19 )%    $ 707     $ (64     (8 )%    $ 771  

Information Management operating margin

     23         27         30

Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013:

Information Management revenue decreased primarily due to an $80 million decline in our information availability offerings, a decrease of $50 million from our Backup Exec products and a decrease of $12 million from our Enterprise Vault products. These decreases were partially offset by growth in our NetBackup appliance business of $31 million. Information Management operating income decreased primarily from decreases in revenue and higher materials costs related to our appliances business, coupled with higher costs associated with our services business.

Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012:

Information Management revenue increased primarily due to increases in our NetBackup business of $151 million coupled with increases in our Enterprise Vault products of $35 million, partially offset by declines in our Backup Exec offerings of $80 million and declines in our information availability offerings of $47 million. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to higher cost of revenue of $62 million, higher salaries and wages of $24 million, higher equipment costs, outside services and other costs of $49 million.

Net revenue by geographic region

 

     Fiscal
2014
    Change in     Fiscal
2013
    Change in     Fiscal
2012
 
       $     %       $     %    
     (Dollars in millions)  

Americas (U.S., Canada and Latin America)

              

User Productivity & Protection segment

   $     1,638      $ (62     (4 )%    $ 1,700      $ 22        1   $ 1,678   

Information Security segment

     676        (11     (2 )%      687        59        9     628   

Information Management segment

     1,303        (54     (4 )%      1,357        38        3     1,319   
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total Americas

   $ 3,617      $ (127     (3 )%    $ 3,744      $ 119        3   $ 3,625   

Percentage of total net revenue

     54         54         54

EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)

              

User Productivity & Protection segment

   $ 768      $         19        3   $ 749      $ (28     (4 )%    $ 777   

Information Security segment

     350        25        8     325        6        2     319   

Information Management segment

     773        (11     (1 )%      784        22        3     762   
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total EMEA

   $ 1,891      $ 33        2   $ 1,858      $ -        0   $ 1,858   

Percentage of total net revenue

     28         27         28

Asia Pacific/Japan

              

User Productivity & Protection segment

   $ 463      $ (67     (13 )%    $ 530      $ 10        2   $ 520   

Information Security segment

     268        (18     (6 )%      286        36        14     250   

Information Management segment

     437        (51     (10 )%      488        11        2     477   
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total Asia Pacific/Japan

   $ 1,168      $ (136     (10 )%    $ 1,304      $ 57        5   $ 1,247   

Percentage of total net revenue

     18         19         18
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total

   $ 6,676      $ (230     (3 )%    $ 6,906      $ 176        3   $ 6,730   
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

U.S.

   $ 3,198      $ (139     (4 )%    $ 3,337      $ 97        3   $ 3,240   

U.S. percentage of total net revenue

     48         48         48

International

     3,478        (91     (3 )%      3,569        79        2     3,490   

International percentage of total net revenue

     52         52         52
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total

   $ 6,676      $ (230     (3 )%    $     6,906      $     176        3   $     6,730   
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

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Fluctuations in the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies unfavorably impacted our international revenue by approximately $20 million for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013. This was due to a $90 million unfavorable foreign currency fluctuation in the Asia Pacific and Japan region partially offset by a favorable foreign currency fluctuation of $70 million in the EMEA region. For fiscal 2013 as compared 2012, we had an unfavorable foreign currency exchange effect of $141 million, $118 million from the EMEA region, while the remainder of the variance was from the Asia Pacific and Japan region.

Our international sales are and are expected to continue to be a significant portion of our revenue. As a result, revenue is expected to continue to be affected by foreign currency exchange rates as compared to the U.S. dollar. We are unable to predict the extent to which revenue in future periods will be impacted by changes in foreign currency exchange rates. If international sales become a greater portion of our total sales in the future, changes in foreign currency exchange rates may have a potentially greater impact on our revenue and operating results.

Cost of revenue

 

     Fiscal
2014
    Change in     Fiscal
2013
    Change in     Fiscal
2012
 
       $     %       $     %    
     (Dollars in millions)  

Cost of content, subscription, and maintenance

   $         1,008     $ (9     (1 )%    $ 1,017     $ 74         $ 943  

As a percentage of related revenue

     17          17          16 

Cost of license

   $ 87     $ (2     (2 )%    $ 89     $ 41       85    $ 48  

As a percentage of related revenue

     12          10         

Amortization of intangible assets

   $ 54     $ (15     (22 )%    $ 69     $ (22     (24 )%    $ 91  

As a percentage of total net revenue

                    
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,149     $ (26     (2 )%    $         1,175     $         93         $         1,082  
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

Gross margin

     83          83          84 

Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013:

Cost of content, subscription, and maintenance consists primarily of technical support costs, costs of billable services, and fees to OEMs under revenue-sharing agreements. Cost of license consists primarily of royalties paid to third parties under technology licensing agreements, appliance manufacturing costs, and other direct material costs.

Intangible assets are primarily comprised of developed technologies and patents from acquired companies. Amortization decreased for fiscal 2014 as certain developed technologies became fully amortized early in fiscal 2014.

Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012:

Cost of content, subscription, and maintenance increased for fiscal 2013 primarily due to higher technical support, services, and OEM royalty costs. The increased costs were due to growth in our business and higher royalty payments to major OEM partners as part of revenue-sharing arrangements. Cost of license increased primarily due to higher direct costs associated with the appliance business.

Amortization decreased for fiscal 2013 due to certain developed technologies becoming fully amortized, partially offset by the incremental amortization associated with our fiscal 2012 acquisitions.

 

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Operating expenses

 

       Fiscal      Change in     Fiscal      Change in     Fiscal  
       2014      $      %     2013      $      %     2012  
       (Dollars in millions)  

Sales and marketing expense

     $ 2,435      $ (317      (12 )%    $ 2,752      $ (37      (1 )%    $ 2,789  

Percentage of total net revenue

       36            40            41 

Research and development expense

     $ 1,038      $ 26          $ 1,012      $ 43          $ 969  

Percentage of total net revenue

       16            15            14 

General and administrative expense

     $ 445      $ (5)         (1 )%    $ 450      $ 13          $ 437  

Percentage of total net revenue

       7            7           

Amortization of intangible assets

     $ 156      $ (130      (45 )%    $ 286      $ (3      (1 )%    $ 289  

Percentage of total net revenue

       2            4            4 

Restructuring and transition

     $ 270      $     145        116    $ 125      $     69        123    $ 56  

Percentage of total net revenue

       4            2            1 

Impairment of intangible assets

     $ -       $ -         *      $ -       $ (4      *      $ 4  

Percentage of total net revenue

       -           -           -
    

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

         

 

 

 

Total

     $     4,344      $ (281      (6 )%    $     4,625      $ 81        2   $     4,544  
    

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

* Percentage not meaningful

Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013:

Sales and marketing expense decreased for fiscal 2014, primarily due to lower salaries and wages of $159 million resulting from lower headcount and lower advertising and promotion expenses of $146 million. Our sales and marketing expense in fiscal 2014 was also impacted by the changes in our go-to-market strategy as described above under “Overview-Strategy-Redesigning our Go-To-Market-Strategy.”

The increase in research and development for fiscal 2014, was primarily due to higher equipment cost including depreciation and amortization of $23 million.

Amortization of intangible assets decreased by $130 million primarily as a result of various customer relationship intangibles becoming fully amortized early in fiscal 2014.

Restructuring and transition costs consist of severance, facilities, transition and other related costs associated with our organization simplification. For fiscal 2014, we recognized $212 million of restructuring, $49 million in transition costs related to our ERP system and $9 million in other transition costs. For further information on restructuring and transition costs, see Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

We experienced favorable foreign currency effects on our operating expenses of $42 million in the year ended March 28, 2014, as compared to the same period last year.

Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012:

Sales and marketing expense decreased primarily due to lower advertising and promotional expenses of $73 million, which was attributed to lower placement fees. This decrease was offset by higher salaries and wages of $53 million due to higher headcount.

Research and development expense increased due to higher salaries and wages expenses of $36 million, which was attributed to increased headcount to support our continued investment in product development.

 

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Restructuring and transition costs consist of transition, severance, facilities, and other related costs. For fiscal 2013, we recognized $114 million of transition and other related costs, $10 million of severance, and $1 million of facilities costs. For further information on restructuring and transition costs, see Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report.

We experienced favorable foreign currency effects on our operating expenses of $99 million in the year ended March 29, 2013, as compared to the year ended in fiscal 2012.

Non-operating income (expense)

 

       Fiscal     Change in     Fiscal     Change in     Fiscal  
     2014     $        %     2013     $      %     2012  
       (Dollars in millions)  

Interest income

     $ 12             $ 12           $ 13   

Interest expense

       (84            (139          (115

Other income (expense), net

           45                       27             (6

Loss from joint venture

       -               -             (27

Gain from sale of joint venture

       -               -             526   
    

 

 

   

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     $ (27   $     73           73    $ (100   $ (491      (126 )%    $         391   
    

 

 

   

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Percentage of total net revenue

       -            (1 )          6

Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013:

The decrease in non-operating expense, net, is primarily driven by a realized gain from sale of short-term investments of $32 million during fiscal 2014, coupled with a decrease in interest expense of $55 million as we experienced lower amortization of debt issuance costs and discounts following the maturity of our $1.0 billion 1.00% notes in June 2013.

Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012:

In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we issued $600 million in principal amount of 2.75% interest-bearing senior notes due June 2017 and $400 million in principal amount of 3.95% interest-bearing senior notes due June 2022, which resulted in interest expense of $26 million in fiscal 2013. Other income (expense), net increased due to a tax incentive received from the China tax bureau in the form of value-added tax refunds of $33 million.

Provision for income taxes

 

     Fiscal     Change in     Fiscal     Change in     Fiscal  
   2014     $      %     2013     $     %     2012  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Provision for income taxes

   $         258      $         7           $         251      $ (57     (19 )%    $ 308   

Effective tax rate on earnings

     22           25                  21 

Our effective tax rate was approximately 22%, 25%, and 21% in fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.

The tax expense in fiscal 2014 was reduced by the following benefits: (1) $33 million for the resolution of a tax matter related to the sale of our 49% ownership interest in the joint venture with Huawei during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, (2) $24 million for tax benefits related to the settlement of the Symantec 2005 through 2008 Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) audit, (3) $15 million tax benefit related to certain foreign operations, and (4) $13 million from lapses of statutes of limitation. These tax benefits were partially offset by $12 million in tax expense, resulting from the sale of short-term investments.

 

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The tax expense in fiscal 2013 was reduced by the following benefits: (1) $17 million tax benefits arising from the Veritas 2002 through 2005 IRS Appeals matters, including adjustments to state liabilities and a reduction of interest accrued, (2) $13 million in tax benefits resulting from tax settlements and adjustments to prior year items, (3) $10 million from lapses of statutes of limitation, and (4) $2 million for the benefit of the research credit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 resulting from the extension of the federal research credit as part of the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act. These tax benefits were offset by a $9 million tax expense from an increase in valuation allowance on state research tax credits.

The tax expense in fiscal 2012 was reduced by the following benefits: (1) $52 million tax benefit arising from the Veritas 2002 through 2005 IRS Appeals matters, (2) $14 million from lapses of statutes of limitation, (3) $17 million from the settlements and effective settlements with tax authorities and related remeasurements, and (4) $5 million tax benefit from adjustments related to prior year items. This benefit was partially offset by a $5 million tax expense resulting from a change in valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets.

The effective tax rates for all periods presented otherwise reflect the benefits of lower-taxed international earnings and losses from our joint venture with Huawei Technologies Co., Limited, domestic manufacturing incentives, and research and development credits (the U.S. federal Research and Development credit expired on December 31, 2013), partially offset by state income taxes. Pretax income from international operations was significantly higher in fiscal 2012 due to the sale of our 49% ownership interest in the joint venture to Huawei on March 30, 2012 for $526 million. A significant portion of the sale proceeds was attributable to international tax jurisdictions resulting in a 20% tax rate on the sale of the joint venture reducing the overall tax rate in fiscal 2012 by 3%.

We are a U.S.-based multinational company subject to tax in multiple U.S. and international tax jurisdictions. A substantial portion of our international earnings were generated from subsidiaries organized in Ireland and Singapore. Our results of operations would be adversely affected to the extent that our geographical mix of income becomes more weighted toward jurisdictions with higher tax rates and would be favorably affected to the extent the relative geographic mix shifts to lower tax jurisdictions. Any change in our mix of earnings is dependent upon many factors and is therefore difficult to predict.

For further information on the impact of foreign earnings on our effective tax rate, see Note 12 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

See Critical Accounting Estimates above for additional information about our provision for income taxes.

In assessing the ability to realize our deferred tax assets, we considered whether it was more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. We considered the following: we have historical cumulative book income, as measured by the current and prior two years, we have strong, consistent taxpaying history, we have substantial U.S. federal income tax carryback potential; and we have substantial amounts of scheduled future reversals of taxable temporary differences from our deferred tax liabilities. Levels of future taxable income are subject to the various risks and uncertainties discussed in Part I, Item 1A, Risk Factors, set forth in this annual report. We have concluded that this positive evidence outweighs the negative evidence and, thus, that the deferred tax assets as of March 28, 2014 of $347 million, after application of the valuation allowances described above, are realizable on a “more likely than not” basis.

On December 2, 2009, we received a Revenue Agent’s Report from the IRS for the Veritas 2002 through 2005 tax years assessing additional taxes due. We contested $80 million of the tax assessed and all penalties. As a result of negotiations with IRS Appeals in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, we remeasured our liability for unrecognized tax benefits, resulting in a tax benefit of $52 million. We executed the final closing agreement for the Veritas 2002 through 2005 tax years on December 26, 2012. Accordingly, we recorded a further tax benefit of $3 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2013 based on the closing agreement. Further, we amended our state tax returns for the Veritas 2002 through 2005 tax years in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 to reflect the adjustments in the closing agreement and remeasured our state liability resulting in a benefit of $7 million.

 

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The timing of the resolution of income tax examinations is highly uncertain, and the amounts ultimately paid, if any, upon resolution of the issues raised by the taxing authorities may differ materially from the amounts accrued for each year. Although potential resolution of uncertain tax positions involve multiple tax periods and jurisdictions, it is reasonably possible that the gross unrecognized tax benefits related to these audits could decrease (whether by payment, release, or a combination of both) in the next 12 months by between $20 million and $140 million.

We continue to monitor the progress of ongoing tax controversies and the impact, if any, of the expected tolling of the statute of limitations in various taxing jurisdictions.

Noncontrolling interest

In fiscal 2011, we completed the acquisition of the identity and authentication business of VeriSign, including a controlling interest in its subsidiary VeriSign Japan K.K. (“VeriSign Japan”), a publicly traded company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Given our majority ownership interest of 54% in VeriSign Japan, the accounts of VeriSign Japan have been consolidated with our accounts, and a noncontrolling interest had been recorded for the noncontrolling investors’ interests in the equity and operations of VeriSign Japan. During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, we completed a tender offer and paid $92 million to acquire VeriSign Japan common shares and stock rights, which increased our ownership percentage to 92%. During the third quarter of fiscal 2013, we acquired the remaining 8% interest for $19 million and VeriSign Japan became a wholly-owned subsidiary. The payment was made in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. See Note 14 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report for additional information. For fiscal 2013 and 2012 the loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest in VeriSign Japan was approximately $0 million.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Sources of cash

We have historically relied on cash flow from operations, borrowings under a credit facility, and issuances of debt and equity securities for our liquidity needs. As of March 28, 2014, we had cash and cash equivalents of $3.7 billion and an unused credit facility of $1.0 billion resulting in a liquidity position of $4.7 billion. As of March 28, 2014, $2.5 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable equity securities were held by our foreign subsidiaries. We have provided U.S. deferred taxes on a portion of our undistributed foreign earnings sufficient to address the incremental U.S. tax that would be due if we needed such portion of these funds to support our operations in the U.S.

Senior Notes: In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we issued $600 million in principal amount of 2.75% senior notes due June 2017 and $400 million in principal amount of 3.95% senior notes due June 2022, for an aggregate principal amount of $1.0 billion. In the second quarter of fiscal 2011, we issued $350 million in principal amount of 2.75% senior notes due September 2015 and $750 million in principal amount of 4.20% senior notes due September 2020, for an aggregate principal amount of $1.1 billion.

Revolving Credit Facility: In the second quarter of fiscal 2011, we entered into a $1.0 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility (“credit facility”), which was amended in the first quarter of 2013 to extend the term to June 2017. Under the terms of this credit facility, we must comply with certain financial and non-financial covenants, including a debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) covenant. As of March 28, 2014, we were in compliance with all required covenants, and there was no outstanding balance on the credit facility.

We believe that our existing cash and investment balances, our available revolving credit facility, our ability to issue new debt instruments, and cash generated from operations will be sufficient to meet our working capital

 

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and capital expenditure requirements, as well as to fund any cash dividends, principal and interest payments on debt and repurchases of our stock, for at least the next 12 months and foreseeable future. We have implemented a capital allocation strategy pursuant to which we expect to return over time approximately 50% of free cash flow to stockholders through a combination of dividends and share repurchases, while still enabling our company to invest in its future. Our strategy emphasizes organic growth through internal innovation and will be complemented by acquisitions that fit strategically and meet specific internal profitability hurdles.

Uses of Cash

Our principal cash requirements include working capital, capital expenditures, payments of principal and interest on our debt, and payments of taxes. Also, we may, from time to time, engage in the open market purchase of our notes prior to their maturity. Furthermore, our capital allocation strategy contemplates a quarterly cash dividend. In addition, we regularly evaluate our ability to repurchase stock, pay debts, and acquire other businesses.

Acquisitions: In fiscal 2013, we acquired a privately-held provider of mobile application management for an aggregate payment of $28 million, net of cash acquired. In fiscal 2012, we acquired Clearwell, LiveOffice, and another company for an aggregate amount of $508 million, net of cash acquired.

Convertible Senior Notes: On June 15, 2013, the principal balance on our 1.00% notes matured and was settled by a cash payment of $1.0 billion, along with the $5 million semi-annual interest payment. In addition, we elected to pay the conversion value above par value of the notes in cash in the amount of $189 million. Concurrently with the payment of the conversion value, we received $189 million from the settlement of the note hedge we entered into at the time of the issuance of the 1.00% notes.

Stock Repurchases: Our board of directors authorized a new $1.0 billion stock repurchase program during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. In fiscal 2014, we repurchased 21 million shares, or $500 million, of our common stock. In fiscal 2013, we repurchased 49 million shares, or $826 million, of our common stock. In fiscal 2012, we repurchased 51 million shares, or $893 million, of our common stock. Our active stock repurchase programs have $658 million remaining authorized for future repurchase as of March 28, 2014, with no expiration date.

Dividend Program: During fiscal 2014 we declared and paid common stock dividends of $418 million or $0.60 per share. Each quarterly dividend was recorded as a reduction to additional paid-in capital. In addition, our board of directors approved dividend equivalent rights entitling holders of restricted stock and performance-based stock to dividend equivalents to be paid in the form of cash upon vesting for each share of the underlying units. No dividends and dividend equivalents were paid in any periods prior to fiscal 2014. Any future dividends and dividend equivalents are subject to the approval of our board of directors.

Restructuring Plan: In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, we announced our strategy focusing on three priority areas, developing innovative products and services, changing our GTM plans and investing in people, process and technology infrastructure to make it easier to do business with us and improve our execution. In connection with this strategy we initiated a restructuring plan in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 to reduce management and redundant personnel resulting in headcount reductions across the Company. As of March 28, 2014, total costs related to our plan incurred from inception were $222 million, primarily related to severance and related employee benefits.

Noncontrolling Interest: In July 2012, we completed a tender offer and paid $92 million to acquire VeriSign Japan common shares and stock rights, which increased our ownership percentage to 92%. In November 2012, we acquired the remaining 8% interest for $19 million and it became a wholly-owned subsidiary. The payment for the remaining 8% interest was made in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

 

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Cash Flows

The following table summarizes, for the periods indicated, selected items in our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows:

 

       Fiscal 2014      Fiscal 2013      Fiscal 2012  
       (Dollars in millions)  

Net cash provided by (used in):

          

Operating activities

     $         1,281       $         1,593       $         1,901   

Investing activities

       (583      (319      (318

Financing activities

       (1,712      308         (1,386

Operating activities

We expect cash from our operating activities to fluctuate in future periods as a result of a number of factors, including the timing of our billings and collections, our operating results, the timing and amount of tax and other liability payments.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.3 billion for fiscal 2014, which resulted from net income of $898 million adjusted for non-cash items, including depreciation and amortization charges of $498 million and stock-based compensation expense of $156 million. These amounts were partially offset by decreases in deferred revenue of $223 million.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.6 billion for fiscal 2013, which resulted from net income of $755 million adjusted for non-cash items, including depreciation and amortization charges of $698 million and stock-based compensation expense of $164 million, and an increase in deferred revenue of $119 million. These amounts were partially offset by an increase in trade accounts receivable, net of $107 million.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.9 billion for fiscal 2012, which resulted from net income of $1.2 billion adjusted for non-cash items, which included depreciation and amortization charges of $712 million, stock-based compensation expense of $164 million, an increase in deferred revenue of $177 million, a decrease in trade accounts receivable, net of $89 million, and an increase in accounts payable other liabilities of $77 million. Additionally, net income was adjusted for the net gain of $526 million from the sale of the joint venture with a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies Co., Limited, as the gross proceeds were included as a cash inflow provided by investing activities.

Investing activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $583 million for fiscal 2014 and was primarily due to payments of $260 million for capital expenditures, and $492 million in purchases of short-term investments, partially offset by $186 million in net proceeds from the sale of our short-term investments.

Net cash used in investing activities was $319 million for fiscal 2013 and was primarily due to payments of $336 million for capital expenditures, partially offset by $46 million in net proceeds from the sale of our short-term investments.

Net cash used in investing activities was $318 million for fiscal 2012, which was used to pay for fiscal 2012 acquisitions, net of cash acquired, of $508 million, payments of $286 million for capital expenditures, and $47 million in purchases of short-term investments, partially offset by the gross proceeds from the sale of the joint venture of $530 million.

 

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Financing activities

Net cash used by financing activities was $1.7 billion for fiscal 2014, which was primarily due to the repayment of our convertible senior notes of $1 billion, repurchases of our common stock of $500 million and cash dividends paid of $418, million partially offset by net proceeds from sales of common stock through employee stock plans of $234 million.

Net cash provided by financing activities of $308 million for fiscal 2013 was primarily due to the proceeds from our issuance of $600 million in principal amount of 2.75% interest-bearing senior notes due June 2017 and $400 million in principal amount of 3.95% interest-bearing senior notes due June 2022, net of discount, of $996 million, and net proceeds from sales of common stock through employee stock plans of $281 million, partially offset by repurchases of our common stock of $826 million and the purchase of additional equity interest in subsidiary of $111 million.

Net cash used in financing activities was $1.4 billion for fiscal 2012, which was due to the repurchases of our common stock of $893 million and repayment of our debt and other obligations of $607 million under the 0.75% notes, partially offset by net proceeds from sales of common stock through employee stock plans of $147 million.

Contractual obligations

The following is a schedule by years of our significant contractual obligations as of March 28, 2014:

 

     Payments Due by Period  
     Total      Fiscal 2015      Fiscal 2016
and 2017
     Fiscal 2018
and 2019
     Fiscal 2020
and
Thereafter
     Other  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Senior Notes (1)

   $     2,100       $ -       $ 950       $ -       $ 1,150       $ -   

Interest payments on Senior Notes (1)

     401         75         131         98         97         -   

Purchase obligations (2)

     523         483         40         -         -         -   

Operating leases (3)

     493         103         152         114         124         -   

Recorded tax positions (4)

     252         -         -         -         -         252   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $     3,769       $     661       $     1,273       $     212       $     1,371       $     252   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

  (1) In fiscal 2011, we issued $350 million in principal amount of 2.75% notes due September 2015 and $750 million in principal amount of 4.20% notes due September 2020. In fiscal 2013, we issued $600 million in principal amount of 2.75% notes due September 2017 and $400 million in principal amount of 3.95% notes due September 2022. Interest payments were calculated based on terms of the related notes. For further information on the notes, see Note 6 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report.

 

  (2)  These amounts are associated with agreements for purchases of goods or services generally including agreements that are enforceable and legally binding and that specify all significant terms, including fixed or minimum quantities to be purchased; fixed, minimum, or variable price provisions; and the approximate timing of the transaction. The table above also includes agreements to purchase goods or services that have cancellation provisions requiring little or no payment. The amounts under such contracts are included in the table above because management believes that cancellation of these contracts is unlikely and we expect to make future cash payments according to the contract terms or in similar amounts for similar materials.

 

  (3)  We have entered into various noncancelable operating lease agreements that expire on various dates beyond fiscal 2020. The amounts in the table above exclude expected sublease income and includes $3 million in exited or excess facility costs related to restructuring activities.

 

  (4)  As of March 28, 2014, we reflected $252 million in long-term income taxes payable related to uncertain tax positions. At this time, we are unable to make a reasonably reliable estimate of the timing of payments in individual years beyond the next twelve months due to uncertainties in the timing of the commencement and settlement of potential tax audits and controversies. For further information, see Note 12 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this annual report.

 

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Indemnifications

In the ordinary course of business, we may provide indemnifications of varying scope and terms to customers, vendors, lessors, business partners, subsidiaries and other parties with respect to certain matters, including, but not limited to, losses arising out of our breach of agreements or representations and warranties made by us. In addition, our bylaws contain indemnification obligations to our directors, officers, employees and agents, and we have entered into indemnification agreements with our directors and certain of our officers to give such directors and officers additional contractual assurances regarding the scope of the indemnification set forth in our bylaws and to provide additional procedural protections. We maintain director and officer insurance, which may cover certain liabilities arising from our obligation to indemnify our directors and officers. It is not possible to determine the aggregate maximum potential loss under these indemnification agreements due to the limited history of prior indemnification claims and the unique facts and circumstances involved in each particular agreement. Such indemnification agreements might not be subject to maximum loss clauses. Historically, we have not incurred material costs as a result of obligations under these agreements and we have not accrued any liabilities related to such indemnification obligations in our Consolidated Financial Statements.

We provide limited product warranties and the majority of our software license agreements contain provisions that indemnify licensees of our software from damages and costs resulting from claims alleging that our software infringes on the intellectual property rights of a third party. Historically, payments made under these provisions have been immaterial. We monitor the conditions that are subject to indemnification to identify if a loss has occurred.

Recently issued authoritative guidance

There was no recently issued authoritative guidance that had a material impact to our Consolidated Financial Statements.

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

We are exposed to various market risks related to fluctuations in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, and equity prices. We may use derivative financial instruments to mitigate certain risks in accordance with our investment and foreign exchange policies. We do not use derivatives or other financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.

Interest rate risk

As of March 28, 2014, we had $2.10 billion in principal amount of fixed-rate senior notes outstanding, with a carrying amount of $2.10 billion and a fair value of $2.17 billion, which fair value is based on level 2 inputs of market prices for similar debt instruments and resulting yields. We have performed sensitivity analyses as of March 28, 2014 by using a modeling technique that measures the change in the fair values arising from a hypothetical 50 bps movement in the levels of interest rates across the entire yield curve, with all other variables held constant. On March 28, 2014, a hypothetical 50 bps increase or decrease in market interest rates would change the fair value of the fixed-rate senior notes by a decrease of approximately $48 million and an increase of approximately $49 million, respectively. However, this hypothetical change in interest rates would not impact the interest expense on the fixed-rate debt.

Foreign currency exchange rate risk

We conduct business in 38 currencies through our worldwide operations and, as such, we are exposed to foreign currency risk. Foreign currency risks are associated with our cash and cash equivalents, investments, receivables, and payables denominated in foreign currencies. Our exposure to foreign currency transaction gains

 

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and losses is the result of certain net receivables due from our foreign subsidiaries and customers being denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the subsidiary, primarily the Euro and Singapore dollar. Our foreign subsidiaries conduct their businesses in local currency. We have entered into foreign exchange forward contracts with up to six months in duration, to offset the foreign exchange risk on certain monetary assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the subsidiary. We considered the historical trends in currency exchange rates and determined that it was reasonably possible that adverse changes in exchange rates for all currencies could be experienced. The estimated impacts of a five or ten percent appreciation or depreciation in value are as follows:

 

    Value of Contracts Given X%
Appreciation of Foreign Currency
     Notional
Amount
    Value of Contracts Given X%
Depreciation of Foreign Currency
 

Foreign Forward
Exchange Contracts

  10%      5%        (5)%     (10)%  
    (Dollars in millions)  

Purchased, March 28, 2014

  $         168       $ 161       $     154      $ 146      $ 137   

Sold, March 28, 2014

  $ 218       $         228       $ 240      $         252      $         266   

We do not use derivative financial instruments for speculative trading purposes, nor do we hedge our foreign currency exposure in a manner that entirely offsets the effects of the changes in foreign exchange rates.

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

Annual financial statements

The Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures included in Part IV, Item 15 of this annual report are incorporated by reference into this Item 8.

Selected quarterly financial data

 

    Fiscal 2014     Fiscal 2013  
    Mar. 28,
2014
    Dec. 27,
2013
    Sep. 27,
2013
    Jun. 28,
2013
    Mar. 29,
2013
    Dec. 28,
2012
    Sep. 28,
2012
    Jun. 29,
2012
 
    (In millions, except per share data)  

Net revenue

  $   1,625      $   1,705      $   1,637      $   1,709      $   1,748      $   1,791      $   1,699      $   1,668   

Gross profit

    1,343        1,422        1,353        1,409        1,440        1,492        1,415        1,384   

Operating income

    306        405        248        224        255        304        297        250   

Net income

    217        283        241        157        190        216        189        160   

Less: Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

    -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders

  $ 217      $ 283      $ 241      $ 157      $ 190      $ 216      $ 189      $ 160   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — basic

  $ 0.31      $ 0.41      $ 0.34      $ 0.23      $ 0.27      $ 0.31      $ 0.27      $ 0.22   

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — diluted

  $ 0.31      $ 0.40      $ 0.34      $ 0.22      $ 0.27      $ 0.31      $ 0.27      $ 0.22   

 

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Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

None.

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

 

  a) Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The SEC defines the term “disclosure controls and procedures” to mean a company’s controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. “Disclosure controls and procedures” include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management. Our management (with the participation of our interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer) has conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act). Based on such evaluation, our interim Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at the reasonable assurance level as of the end of the period covered by this report.

 

  b) Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) for Symantec. Our management, with the participation of our interim Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, has conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of March 28, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”).

Our management has concluded that, as of March 28, 2014, our internal control over financial reporting was effective based on these criteria.

The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm has issued an attestation report regarding its assessment of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of March 28, 2014, which is included in Part IV, Item 15 of this annual report.

 

  c) Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 28, 2014 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

  d) Limitations on Effectiveness of Controls

Our management, including our interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, does not expect that our disclosure controls and procedures or our internal controls will prevent all errors and all fraud. A control system, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met. Further, the design of a control system must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of controls must be considered relative to their costs. Because of

 

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the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within our company have been detected.

Item 9B. Other Information

None.

 

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PART III

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

The information required by this item will be included in an amendment to this annual report on Form 10-K or incorporated by reference from Symantec’s definitive proxy statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A.

Item 11. Executive Compensation

The information required by this item will be included in an amendment to this annual report on Form 10-K or incorporated by reference from Symantec’s definitive proxy statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A.

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

The information required by this item will be included in an amendment to this annual report on Form 10-K or incorporated by reference from Symantec’s definitive proxy statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A.

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

The information required by this item will be included in an amendment to this annual report on Form 10-K or incorporated by reference from Symantec’s definitive proxy statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A.

Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services

The information required by this item will be included in an amendment to this annual report on Form 10-K or incorporated by reference from Symantec’s definitive proxy statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A.

 

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PART IV

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

Upon written request, we will provide, without charge, a copy of this annual report, including the Consolidated Financial Statements and financial statement schedule. All requests should be sent to:

Symantec Corporation

Attn: Investor Relations

350 Ellis Street

Mountain View, California 94043

650-527-8000

The following documents are filed as part of this report:

 

        

Page
Number

1.

   Consolidated Financial Statements:  
   Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm   56
   Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 28, 2014 and March 29, 2013   57
   Consolidated Statements of Income for the years ended March 28, 2014, March 29, 2013 and March 30, 2012   58
   Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the years ended March 28, 2014, March 29, 2013 and March 30, 2012   59
   Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended March 28, 2014, March 29, 2013 and March 30, 2012   60
   Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended March 28, 2014, March 29, 2013 and March 30, 2012   61
   Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements   62

2.

   Financial Statement Schedule: The following financial statement schedule of Symantec Corporation for the years ended March 28, 2014, March 29, 2013 and March 30, 2012 is filed as part of this Form 10-K and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of Symantec Corporation  
   Schedule II: Valuation and Qualifying Accounts   97
   Schedules other than those listed above have been omitted since they are either not required, not applicable, or the information is otherwise included.  

3.

   Exhibits: The information required by this Item is set forth in the Exhibit Index that follows the signature page of this Annual Report.  

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The Board of Directors and Stockholders

Symantec Corporation:

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Symantec Corporation and subsidiaries as of March 28, 2014 and March 29, 2013, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended March 28, 2014. In connection with our audits of the consolidated financial statements, we have also audited the related financial statement schedule listed in Item 15. We also have audited the internal control over financial reporting of Symantec Corporation as of March 28, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Management of Symantec Corporation is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, the financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A.b). Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements, the financial statement schedule and an opinion on the internal control over financial reporting of Symantec Corporation based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Symantec Corporation and subsidiaries as of March 28, 2014 and March 29, 2013, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended March 28, 2014, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also in our opinion, the related financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein. Also in our opinion, Symantec Corporation maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 28, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).

As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, Symantec Corporation has elected to change its method of accounting for sales commissions. The adoption of this accounting policy change has been applied retrospectively to all periods presented.

/s/   KPMG LLP

Santa Clara, California

May 16, 2014

 

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SYMANTEC CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

     March 28,
2014
     March 29,
2013
 
     (In millions,
except par value)
 
ASSETS   

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 3,707       $ 4,685   

Short-term investments

     377         62   

Trade accounts receivable, net

     1,007         1,031   

Inventories, net

     14         24   

Deferred income taxes

     142         169   

Deferred commissions

     115         130   

Other current assets

     290         315   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     5,652         6,416   

Property and equipment, net

     1,116         1,122   

Intangible assets, net

     768         977   

Goodwill

     5,858         5,841   

Long-term deferred commissions

     21         29   

Other long-term assets

     124         123   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 13,539       $ 14,508   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   

Current liabilities:

     

Accounts payable

   $ 282       $ 334   

Accrued compensation and benefits

     365         422   

Deferred revenue

     3,322         3,496   

Current portion of long-term debt

     -         997   

Other current liabilities

     337         318   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     4,306         5,567   

Long-term debt

     2,095         2,094   

Long-term deferred revenue

     581         584   

Long-term deferred tax liabilities

     425         409   

Long-term income taxes payable

     252         318   

Other long-term obligations

     83         60   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     7,742         9,032   

Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)

     

Stockholders’ equity:

     

Symantec Corporation stockholders’ equity:

     

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 3,000 shares authorized; 909 and 912 shares issued; 695 and 698 shares outstanding, respectively

     7         7   

Additional paid-in capital

     6,744         7,313   

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     194         202   

Accumulated deficit

     (1,148      (2,046
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Symantec Corporation stockholders’ equity

     5,797         5,476   

Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary

     -         -   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     5,797         5,476   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $         13,539       $         14,508   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

 

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SYMANTEC CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 

     Year Ended  
     March 28,
2014
    March 29,
2013
    March 30,
2012
 
     (In millions, except per share data)  

Net revenue:

      

Content, subscription, and maintenance

   $ 5,960      $ 6,021      $ 5,823   

License

     716        885        907   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net revenue

     6,676        6,906        6,730   

Cost of revenue:

      

Content, subscription, and maintenance

     1,008        1,017        943   

License

     87        89        48   

Amortization of intangible assets

     54        69        91   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cost of revenue

     1,149        1,175        1,082   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     5,527        5,731        5,648   

Operating expenses:

      

Sales and marketing

     2,435        2,752        2,789   

Research and development

     1,038        1,012        969   

General and administrative

     445        450        437   

Amortization of intangible assets

     156        286        289   

Restructuring and transition

     270        125        56   

Impairment of intangible assets

     -        -        4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     4,344        4,625        4,544   

Operating income

     1,183        1,106        1,104   

Interest income

     12        12        13   

Interest expense

     (84     (139     (115

Other income (expense), net

     45        27        (6

Loss from joint venture

     -        -        (27

Gain from sale of joint venture

     -        -        526   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     1,156        1,006        1,495   

Provision for income taxes

     258        251        308   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 898      $ 755      $ 1,187   

Less: Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

     -        -        -   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders

   $ 898      $ 755      $ 1,187   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — basic

   $ 1.29      $ 1.08      $ 1.60   

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — diluted

   $ 1.28      $ 1.06      $ 1.59   

Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — basic

     696        701        741   

Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — diluted

     704        711        748   

Cash dividends declared per common share

   $             0.60      $                 -      $                 -   

The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

 

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SYMANTEC CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

     Year Ended  
     March 28,
2014
    March 29,
2013
    March 30,
2012
 
     (Dollars in millions)  

Net income

   $ 898      $ 755      $ 1,187   

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes:

      

Foreign currency translation adjustments:

      

Translation adjustments

     1        5        2   

Reclassification adjustments for gain included in net income

     4        2        3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net foreign currency translation adjustments

     5        7        5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Available-for-sale securities:

      

Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities, net of taxes of $1 million, $11 million, and $0 million for fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively

     1        15        -   

Reclassification adjustments for realized gain included in net income, net of taxes of $(10) million, $0 million and $0 million for fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively

     (14     -        -   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities

     (13     15        -   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes

     (8     22        5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

     890        777        1,192   

Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

     -        (2     2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders

   $         890      $         779      $         1,190   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

 

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SYMANTEC CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

    Common Stock     Additional
Paid-In
Capital
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
    Accumulated
Earnings
(Deficit)
    Total Symantec
Corporation
Stockholders’
Equity
    Noncontrolling
Interest in
Subsidiary
    Total
Stockholders’
Equity
 
    Shares     Amount              
    (In millions)        

Balances as of April 1, 2011

    758     $ 8     $ 8,361     $ 175     $ (3,986   $ 4,558     $ 77     $ 4,635  

Net income

    -        -        -        -        1,187       1,187       -        1,187  

Other comprehensive income

    -        -        -        3       -        3       2       5  

Issuance of common stock under employee stock plans

    11       -        147       -        -        147       -        147  

Repurchases of common stock

    (51     (1     (892     -        -        (893     -        (893

Tax payments related to restricted stock units

    6       -        (41     -        -        (41     -        (41

Stock-based compensation, net of estimated forfeitures

    -        -        161       -        -        161       -        161  

Income tax benefit from employee stock transactions

    -        -        30       -        -        30       -        30  

Dividend declared to noncontrolling interest in subsidiary

    -        -        -        -        -        -        (1     (1

Adjustments to goodwill related to stock options assumed in business combination

    -        -        7       -        -        7       -        7  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balances as of March 30, 2012

    724       7       7,773       178       (2,799     5,159       78       5,237  

Net income

    -        -        -        -        755       755       -        755  

Other comprehensive income (loss)

    -        -        -        24       -        24       (2     22  

Issuance of common stock under employee stock plans

    17       -        281       -        -        281       -        281  

Repurchases of common stock

    (49     -        (826     -        -        (826     -        (826

Tax payments related to restricted stock units

    6       -        (36     -        -        (36     -        (36

Stock-based compensation, net of estimated forfeitures

    -        -        165       -        -        165       -        165  

Income tax benefit from employee stock transactions

    -        -        (11     -        -        (11     -        (11

Purchase of additional equity interest in subsidiary

    -        -        (33     -        (2     (35     (76     (111
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balances as of March 29, 2013

    698       7       7,313       202       (2,046     5,476       -        5,476  

Net income

    -        -        -        -        898       898       -        898  

Other comprehensive loss

    -        -        -        (8     -        (8       (8

Issuance of common stock under employee stock plans

    18       -        234       -        -        234       -        234  

Repurchases of common stock

    (21     -        (500     -        -        (500     -        (500

Tax payments related to restricted stock units

    -        -        (45     -        -        (45     -        (45

Dividends paid and accrued

    -        -        (429     -        -        (429     -        (429

Stock-based compensation, net of estimated forfeitures

    -        -        157       -        -        157       -        157  

Income tax benefit from employee stock transactions

    -        -        14       -        -        14       -        14  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balances as of March 28, 2014

    695     $ 7     $ 6,744     $ 194     $ (1,148   $ 5,797     $ -      $ 5,797  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

     Year Ended  
     March 28,
2014
    March 29,
2013
    March 30,
2012
 
     (Dollars in millions)  

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

      

Net income

   $ 898     $ 755     $ 1,187  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

      

Depreciation

     281       283       273  

Amortization of intangible assets

     210       355       380  

Amortization of debt issuance costs and discounts

     7       60       59  

Stock-based compensation expense

     156       164       164  

Deferred income taxes

     47       31       25  

Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock options

     (17     (11     (8

Net gain from sale of short-term investments

     (32     -        -   

Impairment of intangible assets

     -        -        4  

Net gain from sale of joint venture

     -        -        (526

Loss from joint venture

     -        -        27  

Liquidation of foreign entities

     -        2       3  

Other

     8       14       (1

Net change in assets and liabilities, excluding effects of acquisitions:

      

Trade accounts receivable, net

     30       (107     89  

Inventories, net

     10       4       2  

Deferred commissions

     26       17       (25

Accounts payable

     (75     33       30  

Accrued compensation and benefits

     (58     12       (31

Deferred revenue

     (223     119       177  

Income taxes payable

     7       (31     39  

Other assets

     (21     (68     (14

Other liabilities

     27       (39     47  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     1,281       1,593       1,901  

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

      

Purchases of property and equipment

     (260     (336     (286

Cash payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (17     (28     (508

Purchases of equity investments

     -        -        (10

Proceeds from sale of joint venture

     -        -        530  

Purchases of short-term investments

     (492     -        (47

Proceeds from maturity and sales of short-term investments

     186       46       3  

Other

     -        (1     -   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (583     (319     (318

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

      

Repayments of debt and other obligations

     (1,189     -        (607

Proceeds from convertible note hedge

     189       -        -   

Net proceeds from sales of common stock under employee stock benefit plans

     234       281       147  

Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock options

     17       11       8  

Tax payments related to restricted stock units

     (45     (36     (41

Dividends paid, net

     (418     -        -   

Repurchases of common stock

     (500     (826     (893

Purchase of additional equity interest in subsidiary

     -        (111     -   

Proceeds from debt issuance, net of discount

     -        996       -   

Debt issuance costs

     -        (7     -   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

     (1,712     308       (1,386

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents

     36       (59     15  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

     (978     1,523       212  

Beginning cash and cash equivalents

     4,685       3,162       2,950  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending cash and cash equivalents

   $ 3,707     $ 4,685     $ 3,162  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income taxes paid (net of refunds)

   $ 224     $ 252     $ 234  

Interest expense paid

   $ 79     $ 69     $ 56  

The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

 

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SYMANTEC CORPORATION

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Business

Symantec Corporation (“we,” “us,” “our,” and “the Company” refer to Symantec Corporation and all of its subsidiaries) is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings – anytime, anywhere.

Principles of consolidation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements of Symantec Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries are prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Noncontrolling interest positions of certain of our consolidated entities are reported as a separate component of consolidated equity from the equity attributable to our stockholders for fiscal 2013 and 2012. In fiscal 2013, an entity in which we held a noncontrolling interest became a wholly-owned subsidiary, see Note 14 for details. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated. Certain amounts in 2013 and 2012 Consolidated Financial Statements have been reclassified to be comparable with classifications used in our 2014 Consolidated Financial Statements.

Fiscal calendar

We have a 52/53-week fiscal year ending on the Friday closest to March 31. Our fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012 were 52-week years and our fiscal 2015 will consist of 53 weeks.

Use of estimates

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Estimates are based upon historical factors, current circumstances and the experience and judgment of management. Management evaluates its assumptions and estimates on an ongoing basis and may engage outside subject matter experts to assist in its valuations. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Significant items subject to such estimates and assumptions include those related to the allocation of revenue recognized and deferred amounts, valuation of goodwill, intangible assets and long-lived assets, valuation of stock-based compensation, contingencies and litigation, and the recognition and measurement of current and deferred income taxes (including the measurement of uncertain tax positions).

Segment reporting change

We modified our segment reporting structure to match our operating structure and how our Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”) views the business and allocates resources, beginning from the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The CODM function is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and President of Products and Services. Reclassifications of prior period financial information have been made to conform to the current period presentation. This change does not impact previously reported Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company. See Note 10 for additional information on our segment reporting change.

 

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Foreign currency

The functional currency of our foreign subsidiaries is generally the local foreign currency. Assets and liabilities denominated in non-functional currencies are remeasured into the functional currencies at current exchange rates, and the gains or losses from such remeasurement are recorded in other income (expense), net. Assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated using the exchange rate on the balance sheet dates. Revenues and expenses are translated using monthly average exchange rates prevailing during the year. The translation adjustments resulting from this process are included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are established on the cumulative translation adjustment attributable to unremitted foreign earnings that are not intended to be indefinitely reinvested. In the event of liquidation of a foreign subsidiary, the cumulative translation adjustment attributable to that foreign subsidiary is reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income and included in other income (expense), net. For fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, net foreign currency transaction losses were $6 million for each of the three years. These net losses are included in other income (expense), net, in our Consolidated Statements of Income.

Revenue recognition

We market and distribute our software products both as stand-alone products and as integrated product suites. We recognize revenue when 1) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, 2) delivery has occurred or services have been rendered, 3) fees are fixed or determinable and 4) collectability is probable. If we determine that any one of the four criteria is not met, we will defer recognition of revenue until all the criteria are met.

We derive revenue primarily from sales of content, subscriptions, and maintenance and licenses. We present revenue net of sales taxes and any similar assessments.

Content, subscriptions, and maintenance revenue includes arrangements for software maintenance and technical support for our products, content and subscription services primarily related to our security products, revenue from arrangements where vendor-specific objective evidence (“VSOE”) of the fair value of undelivered elements does not exist, arrangements for managed security services, and Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) offerings. These arrangements are generally offered to our customers over a specified period of time, and we recognize the related revenue ratably over the maintenance, subscription, or service period. We enter into perpetual software license agreements through direct sales to customers and indirect sales with distributors and resellers. The license agreements generally include product maintenance agreements, for which the related revenue is included with content, subscriptions, and maintenance and is deferred and recognized ratably over the period of the agreements.

Content, subscriptions, and maintenance revenue also includes professional services revenue, consisting primarily of the fees we earn related to consulting and educational services. We generally recognize revenue from professional services as the services are performed or upon written acceptance from customers, if applicable, assuming all other conditions for revenue recognition noted above have been met.

License revenue is derived primarily from the licensing of our various products and technology. We generally recognize license revenue upon delivery of the product, assuming all other conditions for revenue recognition noted above have been met. License revenue also includes appliance product revenue. We generally recognize appliance product revenue as each product is delivered, assuming all other conditions for revenue recognition noted above have been met.

For software arrangements that include multiple elements, including perpetual software licenses, maintenance, services, and packaged products with content updates and subscriptions, we allocate and defer revenue for the undelivered items based on VSOE of the fair value of the undelivered elements, and recognize the difference between the total arrangement fee and the amount deferred for the undelivered items as license revenue. VSOE of each element is based on historical evidence of our stand-alone sales of these elements to third

 

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parties or from the stated renewal rate for the undelivered elements. When VSOE does not exist for undelivered items, the entire arrangement fee is recognized ratably over the performance period. Our deferred revenue consists primarily of the unamortized balance of enterprise product maintenance, consumer product content updates, managed security services, subscriptions, and arrangements where VSOE does not exist for an undelivered element.

For arrangements that include both software and non-software elements, we allocate revenue to the software deliverables as a group and non-software deliverables based on their relative selling prices. In such circumstances, the accounting principles establish a hierarchy to determine the selling price used for allocating revenue to the deliverables as follows: (i) VSOE, (ii) third-party evidence of selling price (“TPE”) and (iii) the best estimate of the selling price (“ESP”). Our appliance products, SaaS and certain other services are considered to be non-software elements in our arrangements.

When we are unable to establish a selling price using VSOE or TPE, we use ESP in the allocation of arrangement consideration. The objective of ESP is to determine the price at which we would transact a sale if the product or service were sold on a stand-alone basis. The determination of ESP is made through consultation with and formal approval by our management, taking into consideration the go-to-market strategy, pricing factors, and historical transactions.

Indirect channel sales

We sell consumer packaged software products through a multi-tiered distribution channel. For consumer products that include content updates, we recognize revenue ratably over the term of the subscription upon sell-through to end-users, as the subscription period commences on the date of sale to the end-user. For most other consumer products, we recognize packaged product revenue on distributor and reseller channel inventory that is not in excess of specified inventory levels in these channels. We offer the right of return of our products under various policies and programs with our distributors, resellers, and end-user customers. We estimate and record reserves for product returns as an offset to revenue or deferred revenue. We fully reserve for obsolete products in the distribution channel as an offset to deferred revenue for products with content updates and to revenue for all other products.

For security and storage products, we generally recognize revenue from the licensing of software products through our indirect sales channel upon sell-through or with evidence of an end-user. For licensing of our software to Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”), royalty revenue is recognized when the OEM reports the sale of the software products to an end-user, generally on a quarterly basis. In addition to license royalties, some OEMs pay an annual flat fee and/or support royalties for the right to sell maintenance and technical support to the end-user. We recognize revenue from OEM support royalties and fees ratably over the term of the support agreement.

We offer channel and end-user rebates for our products. Our estimated reserves for channel volume incentive rebates are based on distributors’ and resellers’ actual performance against the terms and conditions of volume incentive rebate programs, which are typically entered into quarterly. Our reserves for end-user rebates are estimated based on the terms and conditions of the promotional program, actual sales during the promotion, the amount of actual redemptions received, historical redemption trends by product and by type of promotional program, and the value of the rebate. We estimate and record reserves for channel and end-user rebates as an offset to revenue or deferred revenue. As of March 28, 2014 and March 29, 2013, we had reserves for rebates of $68 million and $79 million, respectively. For consumer products that include content updates, rebates are recorded as a ratable offset to revenue or deferred revenue over the term of the subscription.

Immaterial correction of previously provided financial information

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in an understatement of deferred revenue that affected multiple accounting periods. We corrected the error by (i) adjusting our April 1, 2011 stockholders’ equity balance to correct misstatements in years prior to fiscal 2012 and (ii) recognizing an adjustment in our fiscal 2014 Consolidated Statements of Income to correct misstatements in fiscal years 2014, 2013 and 2012. The adjustment recognized in the fourth quarter of our fiscal 2014 Consolidated Statements of Income reduced revenue by $28 million and net income by $22 million. The adjustment related to years prior to fiscal 2012 decreased stockholders’ equity by $49 million and increased long-term deferred revenue by $67 million as of April 1, 2011. The errors were not material to the Consolidated Statements of Income in our fiscal years 2013 and 2012 or the quarters in our fiscal year 2014. The adjustment to correct the cumulative misstatement to stockholders’ equity was also not material as of April 1, 2011.

The following table presents the changes to financial statement line items to correct the cumulative misstatement in our fiscal 2012 Consolidated Balance Sheet:

 

     As of March 30, 2012  
     As Reported      Adjustment     As Adjusted  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Long-term deferred revenue

   $ 529       $ 67      $ 596   

Long-term deferred tax liabilities

   $ 288      $ (18 )   $ 270   

Accumulated deficit (1)

   $                     (2,859)       $                     60     $                     (2,799)   

(1) Adjustment includes a decrease of $109 million to accumulated deficit related to change in accounting policy for sales commissions, offset by an increase of $49 million related to the correction in deferred revenue. See sales commissions policy below.

The misstatement did not affect our balance of cash and cash equivalents and as a result did not change net cash flows from operating, investing, or financing activities in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

Financial instruments

For assets and liabilities measured at fair value, such amounts are based on an expected exit price representing the amount that would be received on the sale of an asset or paid to transfer a liability, as the case may be, in an orderly transaction between market participants. As such, fair value may be based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability. The authoritative guidance on fair value measurements establishes a consistent framework for measuring fair value on either a recurring or nonrecurring basis whereby inputs used in valuation techniques are assigned a hierarchical level.

The following methods were used to estimate the fair value of each class of financial instruments for which it is practicable to estimate that value:

Cash equivalents. We consider all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. Cash equivalents are carried at amounts that approximate fair value due to the short period of time to maturity.

Short-term investments. Short-term investments consist of marketable equity and investment securities that are classified as available-for-sale and recognized at fair value using Level 1 and Level 2 inputs, which are quoted using market prices, independent pricing vendors, or other sources, to determine the fair value. Unrealized gains and losses, net of tax, are included in accumulated other comprehensive income. We regularly review our investment portfolio to identify and evaluate investments that have indications of impairment. Factors considered in determining whether a loss is other-than-temporary include: the length of time and extent to which the fair value has been lower than the cost basis, the financial condition and near-term prospects of the investee, credit quality, likelihood of recovery, and our ability to hold the investment for a period of time sufficient to allow for any anticipated recovery in market value.

 

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Equity investments. We make equity investments in privately-held companies whose businesses are complementary to our business. These investments are accounted for under the cost method of accounting, as we hold less than 20% of the voting stock outstanding and do not exert significant influence over these companies. The investments are included in other long-term assets. We assess the recoverability of these investments by reviewing various indicators of impairment. If indicators are present, a fair value measurement is made by performing a discounted cash flow analysis of the investment. If a decline in value is determined to be other-than-temporary, impairment would be recognized and included in other income (expense), net. As of March 28, 2014 and March 29, 2013, we held equity investments in privately-held companies of $13 million and $14 million, respectively.

Debt. Our debt has included senior unsecured notes, convertible senior notes, and a revolving credit facility. Our senior unsecured notes are recorded at cost based upon par value at issuance less discounts. The discount associated with our senior unsecured notes represents the amount by which the face value exceeds the issuance price. The discount and issuance costs (recognized initially in the other long-term assets) are amortized using the effective interest rate method over the term of the debt as a non-cash charge to interest expense. Borrowings under our $1.0 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility (“credit facility”) would be recognized at cost plus accrued interest based upon stated interest rates.

Trade accounts receivable

Trade accounts receivable are recorded at the invoiced amount and are not interest bearing. We maintain an allowance for doubtful accounts to reserve for potentially uncollectible trade receivables. Additions to the allowance for doubtful accounts are recorded as general and administrative expenses. We review our trade receivables by aging category to identify specific customers with known disputes or collectability issues. In addition, we maintain an allowance for all other receivables not included in the specific reserve by applying specific percentages of projected uncollectible receivables to the various aging categories. In determining these percentages, we analyze our historical collection experience and current economic trends. We exercise judgment when determining the adequacy of these reserves as we evaluate historical bad debt trends, general economic conditions in the U.S. and internationally, and changes in customer financial conditions. We also offset deferred revenue against accounts receivable when channel inventories are in excess of specified levels and for transactions where collection of a receivable is not considered probable.

The following table summarizes trade accounts receivable, net of allowances and reserves, for the periods presented:

 

     March 28,
2014
    March 29,
2013
 
     (Dollars in millions)  

Trade accounts receivable

   $ 1,034      $ 1,054   

Allowance for doubtful accounts

     (7     (5

Reserve for product returns

     (20     (18
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Trade accounts receivable, net

   $                     1,007      $                 1,031   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Inventories

Inventories are carried at the lower of cost or market. Cost is principally determined using the first-in, first-out method. Adjustments to reduce the cost of inventory to its net realizable value are made, if required, for estimated excess, obsolescence or impaired balances. Inventory predominantly consists of deferred costs of revenue and finished goods. Deferred costs of revenue were $9 million as of March 28, 2014 and $15 million as of March 29, 2013. Finished goods were $10 million as of March 28, 2014 and $11 million as of March 29, 2013.

 

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Property and equipment

Property, equipment, and leasehold improvements are stated at cost, net of accumulated depreciation. We capitalize costs incurred during the application development stage related to the development of internal use software and enterprise cloud computing services. We expense costs incurred related to the planning and post-implementation phases of development as incurred. Depreciation is provided on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives. Estimated useful lives for financial reporting purposes are as follows: buildings, 20 to 30 years; leasehold improvements, the lesser of the life of the improvement or the initial lease term; computer hardware and software, and office furniture and equipment, 3 to 5 years.

The following table summarizes property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation by categories for the periods presented:

 

     March 28,
2014
    March 29,
2013
 
     (Dollars in millions)  

Computer hardware and software

   $                     1,797      $                     1,820   

Office furniture and equipment

     140        172   

Buildings

     539        530   

Leasehold improvements

     356        310   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     2,832        2,832   

Accumulated depreciation

     (1,823     (1,853
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     1,009        979   

Construction in progress

     28        64   

Land

     79        79   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,116      $ 1,122   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Depreciation expense was $281 million, $283 million, and $273 million in fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.

Business combinations

We use the acquisition method of accounting under the authoritative guidance on business combinations. Each acquired company’s operating results are included in our Consolidated Financial Statements starting on the date of acquisition. The purchase price is equivalent to the fair value of consideration transferred. Tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of the date of acquisition are recorded at the acquisition date fair value. Goodwill is recognized for the excess of purchase price over the net fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed.

Amounts allocated to assets and liabilities are based upon fair values. Such valuations require management to make significant estimates and assumptions, especially with respect to the identifiable intangible assets. Management makes estimates of fair value based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable and that of a market participant. These estimates are based on historical experience and information obtained from the management of the acquired companies and the estimates are inherently uncertain. The separately identifiable intangible assets generally include developed technology, customer relationships and trade names. We estimate the fair value of deferred revenue related to product support assumed in connection with acquisitions. The estimated fair value of deferred revenue is determined by estimating the costs related to fulfilling the obligations plus a normal profit margin. The estimated costs to fulfill the support contracts are based on the historical direct costs related to providing the support.

 

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For any given acquisition, we may identify certain pre-acquisition contingencies. We estimate the fair value of such contingencies, which are included under the acquisition method as part of the assets acquired or liabilities assumed, as appropriate. Differences from these estimates are recorded in our Consolidated Statements of Income in the period in which they are identified.

Goodwill and intangible assets

Goodwill. Our methodology for allocating the purchase price relating to acquisitions is determined through established valuation techniques. Goodwill is measured as the excess of the cost of the acquisition over the sum of the amounts assigned to tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired less liabilities assumed. We review goodwill for impairment for each reporting unit on an annual basis during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value of goodwill may be impaired. A qualitative assessment is first made to determine whether it is necessary to perform quantitative testing. This initial assessment includes, among others, consideration of: (i) past, current and projected future earnings and equity; (ii) recent trends and market conditions; and (iii) valuation metrics involving similar companies that are publicly-traded and acquisitions of similar companies, if available. If this initial qualitative assessment indicates that it is more likely than not that impairment exists, a second analysis is performed, involving a comparison between the estimated fair values of our reporting units with their respective carrying amounts including goodwill. If the carrying value exceeds estimated fair value, there is an indication of potential impairment, and a third analysis is performed to measure the amount of impairment. The third analysis involves calculating an implied fair value of goodwill by measuring the excess of the estimated fair value of the reporting unit over the aggregate estimated fair values of the individual assets less liabilities. If the carrying value of goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of goodwill, an impairment charge is recorded for the excess.

To determine the reporting units’ fair values in the second step, we would use the income approach which is based on the estimated discounted future cash flows of that reporting unit. The estimated fair value of each reporting unit under the income approach is corroborated with the market approach which measures the value of a business through an analysis of recent sales or offerings of a comparable entity. We also consider our market capitalization on the date of the analysis to ensure the reasonableness of the sum of our reporting units’ estimated fair value.

Our cash flow assumptions are based on historical and forecasted revenue, operating costs, and other relevant factors. To determine the reporting units’ carrying values, we allocated assets and liabilities based on either specific identification or by using judgment for the remaining assets and liabilities that are not specific to a reporting unit. Goodwill was allocated to the reporting units based on a combination of specific identification and relative fair values.

Intangible assets. In connection with our acquisitions, we generally recognize assets for customer relationships, developed technology (which consists of acquired product rights, technologies, databases, and contracts), in-process research and development, trademarks, and trade names. Indefinite-lived intangible assets are not subject to amortization. Finite-lived intangible assets are carried at cost less accumulated amortization. Such amortization is provided on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the respective assets, generally from one to eleven years. Amortization for developed technology is recognized in cost of revenue. Amortization for customer relationships and certain trade names is recognized in operating expenses.

We assess the impairment of identifiable intangible assets whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that an asset group’s carrying amount may not be recoverable. Recoverability of certain finite-lived intangible assets, particularly customer relationships and finite-lived trade names, would be measured by the comparison of the carrying amount of the asset group to which the assets are assigned to the sum of the undiscounted estimated future cash flows the asset group is expected to generate. If an asset is considered to be impaired, such amount would be measured as the difference between the carrying amount of the asset and its fair

 

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value. Recoverability and impairment of other finite-lived intangible assets, particularly developed technology and patents, would be measured by the comparison of the carrying amount of the asset to the sum of undiscounted estimated future product revenues offset by estimated future costs to dispose of the product. In addition, for indefinite-lived intangible assets, we review such assets for impairment on an annual basis consistent with the timing of the annual evaluation for goodwill. Similar to goodwill impairment testing, a qualitative assessment is first made to determine whether it is necessary to perform quantitative testing. This initial assessment includes, among others, consideration of: (i) past, current and projected future revenues; (ii) recent trends and market conditions, including discount rates among others; and (iii) valuation metrics, such as royalty rates, involving similar companies that are publicly-traded, if available. If this initial qualitative assessment indicates that it is more likely than not that impairment exists, a second step analysis is performed, involving a comparison between the fair values of the asset or asset group with its respective carrying amounts and the impairment amount is measured as the excess of the carrying amount over the fair value. These assets generally include trade names and trademarks. Recoverability of indefinite-lived intangible assets would be measured by the comparison of the carrying amount of the asset to the sum of the discounted estimated future cash flows the asset or asset group is expected to generate. If an asset group is considered to be impaired, such amount would be measured as the difference between the carrying amount of the asset group and its fair value. Our cash flow assumptions are based on historical and future revenue, operating costs, and other relevant factors. Assumptions and estimates about the remaining useful lives of our intangible assets are subjective and are affected by changes to our business strategies. These estimates may be subject to change.

Restructuring

Restructuring actions generally include significant actions involving employee-related severance charges and contract termination costs. Employee-related severance charges are largely based upon substantive severance plans, while some are mandated requirements in certain foreign jurisdictions. These charges are reflected in the period when both the actions are probable and the amounts are estimable. Contract termination costs for leased facilities primarily reflect costs that will continue to be incurred under the contract for its remaining term without economic benefit to the Company. These charges are reflected in the period when the facility ceases to be used.

Income taxes

The provision for income taxes is computed using the asset and liability method, under which deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the expected future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities, and for operating loss and tax credit carryforwards in each jurisdiction in which we operate. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using the currently enacted tax rates that apply to taxable income in effect for the years in which those tax assets are expected to be realized or settled. We record a valuation allowance to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount that is believed more likely than not to be realized.

We are required to compute our income taxes in each federal, state, and international jurisdiction in which we operate. This process requires that we estimate the current tax exposure as well as assess temporary differences between the accounting and tax treatment of assets and liabilities, including items such as accruals and allowances not currently deductible for tax purposes. The income tax effects of the differences we identify are classified as current or long-term deferred tax assets and liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Our judgments, assumptions, and estimates relative to the current provision for income tax take into account current tax laws, our interpretation of current tax laws, and possible outcomes of current and future audits conducted by foreign and domestic tax authorities. Changes in tax laws or our interpretation of tax laws and the resolution of current and future tax audits could significantly impact the amounts provided for income taxes in our Consolidated Balance Sheets and Consolidated Statements of Income. We must also assess the likelihood that deferred tax assets will be realized from future taxable income and, based on this assessment, establish a valuation allowance, if required. Our determination of our valuation allowance is based upon a number of

 

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assumptions, judgments, and estimates, including forecasted earnings, future taxable income, and the relative proportions of revenue and income before taxes in the various domestic and international jurisdictions in which we operate. To the extent we establish a valuation allowance or change the valuation allowance in a period, we reflect the change with a corresponding increase or decrease to our tax provision in our Consolidated Statements of Income.

We apply the authoritative guidance on income taxes that prescribes a minimum recognition threshold a tax position is required to meet before being recognized in the consolidated financial statements. It also provides guidance on derecognition, measurement, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure and transition.

This guidance prescribes a two-step process to determine the amount of tax benefit to be recognized. The first step is to evaluate the tax position for recognition by determining if the weight of available evidence indicates that it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained on audit, including resolution of related appeals or litigation processes, if any. The second step requires us to estimate and measure the tax benefit as the largest amount that is more than 50% likely to be realized upon ultimate settlement. It is inherently difficult and subjective to estimate such amounts, as this requires us to determine the probability of various possible outcomes. We reevaluate these uncertain tax positions on a quarterly basis. This evaluation is based on factors including, but not limited to, changes in facts or circumstances, changes in tax law, effectively settled issues under audit, and new audit activity. Such a change in recognition or measurement would result in the recognition of a tax benefit or an additional charge to the tax provision in the period.

Stock-based compensation

Stock-based compensation is measured at the grant date based on the fair value of the award and is generally recognized as expense ratably on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period, which is generally the vesting period of the respective award. No compensation cost is ultimately recognized for awards for which employees do not render the requisite service and are forfeited. As a result, judgment is required in estimating the amount of stock-based awards that are expected to be forfeited. Although we estimate forfeitures based on historical experience, actual forfeitures may differ. If actual results differ significantly from these estimates, stock-based compensation expense and our results of operations could be materially impacted when we record an adjustment for the difference in the period that the awards vest or are forfeited.

Fair value of stock-based awards. We have five types of stock-based awards: stock options, restricted stock units, restricted stock awards, performance-based restricted stock units, and performance-contingent stock units. The fair value methodologies and the assumptions and inputs used to derive those fair values are the following:

 

    Stock options. We use the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model (“BSM model”) to determine the fair value of stock options. The determination of the grant date fair value of options using an option pricing model is affected by our stock price as well as assumptions regarding a number of complex and subjective variables. These variables include our expected stock price volatility over the expected life of the awards, actual and projected employee stock option exercise and cancellation behaviors, risk-free interest rates and expected dividends. We estimate the expected life of options granted based on an analysis of our historical experience of employee exercise and post-vesting termination behavior considered in relation to the contractual life of the option. Expected volatility is based on the average of historical volatility for the period commensurate with the expected life of the option and the implied volatility of traded options. The risk-free interest rate is equal to the U.S. Treasury constant maturity rates for the period equal to the expected life. If options are granted or assumed without dividend-equivalents rights, the fair values are discounted by the dividend yield.

 

    Restricted stock units and restricted stock awards. The fair value of each Restricted Stock Unit (“RSU”) and Restricted Stock Award (“RSA”) is equal to the market value of Symantec’s common stock on the date of grant. Because the Company’s RSUs and RSAs include dividend-equivalent rights, the fair values are not discounted by the dividend yield.

 

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    Performance-based restricted stock units and performance-contingent stock units. We use the Monte Carlo simulation option pricing model (“Monte Carlo model”) to determine the fair value of each performance-based restricted stock unit (“PRU”) and the fair value and derived service period of each performance-contingent stock unit (“PCSU”). The determination of the grant date fair value and derived service periods using a simulation model is affected by our stock price as well as assumptions regarding a number of complex and subjective variables. These variables include our expected stock price volatility over the expected life of the awards, risk-free interest rates and expected dividends. Expected volatility is based on the average of historical volatility for the period commensurate with the expected life of the PRUs and PCSUs. The risk-free interest rate is equal to the U.S. Treasury constant maturity rates for the period equal to the expected life. For all periods prior to Fiscal 2014 we did not pay cash dividends on our common stock, and therefore our expected dividend rate was zero for all such periods presented. For awards granted on or subsequent to June 27, 2013, we used an annualized dividend yield based on the per share dividends declared by our board of directors. The compensation expense for PRUs is initially based on the probability of achieving the target level of the company-specific performance condition, and is adjusted for subsequent changes in the estimated or actual outcome of this performance condition. The compensation expense for PCSUs is amortized ratably using the graded vesting attribution method over the derived service periods. Because the Company’s granted PRUs and PCSUs include dividend-equivalent rights, the fair values of PRUs are not discounted by the dividend yield.

Changes in the valuation assumptions and our related estimates may change the fair value for stock-based compensation and the related expense recognized. There have not been any material changes to our stock-based compensation expense due to changes in our valuation assumptions.

Concentrations of credit risk

A significant portion of our revenue and net income is derived from international sales and independent agents and distributors. Fluctuations of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies, changes in local regulatory or economic conditions, piracy, or nonperformance by independent agents or distributors could adversely affect operating results.

Financial instruments that potentially subject us to concentrations of credit risk consist principally of cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and trade accounts receivable. Our investment policy limits the amount of credit risk exposure to any one issuer and to any one country. We are exposed to credit risks in the event of default by the issuers to the extent of the amount recorded in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. The credit risk in our trade accounts receivable is substantially mitigated by our credit evaluation process, reasonably short collection terms, and the geographical dispersion of sales transactions. We maintain reserves for potential credit losses and such losses have been within management’s expectations. See Note 10 for details of significant customers.

Advertising and other promotional costs

Advertising and other promotional costs are charged to operations as incurred and included in operating expenses. These costs totaled $451 million, $594 million, and $667 million for fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.

Contingencies

We evaluate contingent liabilities including threatened or pending litigation and government investigations in accordance with the authoritative guidance on contingencies. We assess the likelihood of any adverse judgments or outcomes from potential claims or proceedings, as well as potential ranges of probable losses, when the outcomes of the claims or proceedings are probable and reasonably estimable. A determination of the amount of accrued liabilities required, if any, for these contingencies is made after the analysis of each separate matter. Because of uncertainties related to these matters, we base our estimates on the information available at the time

 

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of our assessment. As additional information becomes available, we reassess the potential liability related to our pending claims, litigation and government investigations, and may revise our estimates. Any revisions in the estimates of potential liabilities could have a material impact on our operating results and financial position.

Sales Commissions

Effective March 30, 2013, we changed our accounting policy for sales commissions that are incremental and directly related to customer sales contracts in which revenue is deferred. These commission costs are accrued and capitalized upon execution of a non-cancelable customer contract, and subsequently expensed over the term of such contract in proportion to the related future revenue streams. For commission costs where revenue is recognized, the related commission costs are recorded in the period of revenue recognition. Prior to this change in accounting policy, commission costs were expensed in the period in which they were incurred. The adoption of this accounting policy change has been applied retrospectively to all periods presented in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, in which the cumulative effect of the change has been reflected as of the beginning of the first period presented. Deferred commissions as of March 28, 2014 and March 29, 2013 were $136 million and $159 million, respectively. During the year ended March 28, 2014, we capitalized $172 million of commission costs and amortized $195 million to sales expense, respectively. During the years ended March 29, 2013, and March 30, 2012, we deferred $190 million and $210 million of commission costs and amortized $208 million and $186 million to sales expense, respectively.

We believe this change in accounting policy is preferable as the direct and incremental commission costs are closely related to the revenue, and therefore they should be recorded as an asset and recognized as an expense over the same period that the related revenue is recognized.

The cumulative effect of the change on accumulated deficit was $98 million as of April 1, 2011. The cumulative effect of the change on accumulated deficit and accumulated other comprehensive income was $109 million and $3 million, respectively, as of March 30, 2012. The following tables present the changes to financial statement line items as a result of the accounting change for the periods presented in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements:

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

 

     March 29, 2013  
     As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Deferred income taxes

   $         198      $ (29   $ 169   

Deferred commissions

   $ -      $         130      $ 130   

Long-term deferred commissions

   $ -      $ 29      $ 29   

Other long-term assets

   $ 124      $ (1   $ 123   

Other current liabilities

   $ 313      $ 5      $ 318   

Long-term deferred tax liabilities (1)

   $ 403      $ 6      $         409   

Accumulated other comprehensive income (1)

   $ 197      $ 5      $ 202   

Accumulated deficit (1)

   $ (2,096   $ 50      $ (2,046

(1) Adjustment includes a decrease of $17 million in long-term deferred tax liability, an increase of $3 million in accumulated other comprehensive income, and an increase of $49 million in accumulated deficit, related to the correction of the deferred revenue error. See discussion of immaterial correction of previously provided financial information above.

 

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

 

    Year Ended
March 29, 2013
    Year Ended
March 30, 2012
 
    As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted     As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted  
    (In millions, except per share data)  

Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing

  $     2,735      $         17      $     2,752      $     2,814      $ (25   $     2,789   

Provision for income taxes

  $ 258      $ (7   $ 251      $ 298      $ 10      $ 308   

Net income attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders

  $ 765      $ (10   $ 755      $ 1,172      $ 15      $ 1,187   

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — basic

  $ 1.09      $ (0.01   $ 1.08      $ 1.58      $     0.02      $ 1.60   

Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — diluted

  $ 1.08      $ (0.02   $ 1.06      $ 1.57      $ 0.02      $ 1.59   

Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — basic

    701        -        701        741        -        741   

Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders — diluted

    711        -        711        748        -        748   

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

 

    Year Ended
March 29, 2013
    Year Ended
March 30, 2012
 
    As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted     As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted  
    (Dollars in millions)  

Net income

  $         765        $         (10)      $         755      $         1,172      $         15      $         1,187   

Net foreign currency translation adjustments (1)

  $ 7        $              -      $ 7      $ 4      $ 1      $ 5   

Comprehensive income (1)

  $ 789        $         (10)      $ 779      $ 1,174      $ 16      $ 1,190   

(1) Adjustment includes an increase of $1 million in net foreign currency and comprehensive income for the year ended March 29, 2013, and an increase of $2 million in net foreign currency and comprehensive income for the year ended March 30, 2012, related to the correction of the deferred revenue error. See discussion of immaterial correction of previously provided financial information above.

The change in accounting policy does not affect our balance of cash and cash equivalents and as a result did not change net cash flows from operating, investing, or financing activities in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows for the year ended March 29, 2013.

There have been no other material changes in our significant accounting policies for the year ended March 28, 2014, as compared to the significant accounting policies described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 2013, other than as discussed above.

 

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Recently issued authoritative guidance

There was no recently issued authoritative guidance that had a material impact to our Consolidated Financial Statements.

Note 2. Fair Value Measurements

For assets and liabilities measured at fair value, such amounts are based on an expected exit price representing the amount that would be received on the sale of an asset or paid to transfer a liability, as the case may be, in an orderly transaction between market participants. As such, fair value may be based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability. The authoritative guidance on fair value measurements establishes a consistent framework for measuring fair value on either a recurring or nonrecurring basis whereby inputs, used in valuation techniques, are assigned a hierarchical level. The following are the hierarchical levels of inputs to measure fair value:

 

    Level 1: Observable inputs that reflect quoted prices (unadjusted) for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.

 

    Level 2: Observable inputs that reflect quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not active; quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets; inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the assets or liabilities; or inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

 

    Level 3: Unobservable inputs reflecting our own assumptions incorporated in valuation techniques used to determine fair value. These assumptions are required to be consistent with market participant assumptions that are reasonably available.

Assets measured and recorded at fair value on a recurring basis

Cash equivalents. Cash equivalents consist of money market funds that are classified as level 1, and corporate securities and commercial paper classified as level 2, all of which have an original maturity of three months or less, and the carrying amount is a reasonable estimate of fair value.

Other short-term investments. Other short-term investments consist of U.S. government securities with original maturities greater than three months and are classified as recurring level 1. Also included in other short-term investments are commercial paper, federal agency and corporate securities with original maturities greater than three months, which are classified as level 2. Other short-term investments are priced using inputs such as actual trade data, benchmark yields, broker/dealer quotes, and other similar data, which are obtained from quoted market prices, independent pricing vendors, or other sources, to determine the fair value of these assets.

Marketable equity securities. Marketable equity securities are classified as level 1 and are recorded at fair value using quoted prices in active markets for identical assets.

There have been no transfers between fair value measurement levels during fiscal 2014. The following table summarizes our assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis, by level, within the fair value hierarchy:

 

     March 28, 2014      March 29, 2013  
     Level 1      Level 2      Total      Level 1      Level 2      Total  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Cash equivalents

   $ 2,380       $ 40       $ 2,420       $ 3,469       $     -       $ 3,469   

Other short-term investments

     95         236         331         -         -         -   

Marketable equity securities

     6         -         6         62         -         62   

 

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Assets and liabilities measured and recorded at fair value on a nonrecurring basis

Goodwill. In fiscal 2012, we recorded an impairment of $19 million as a cumulative-effect adjustment in accumulated deficit, related to an implied fair value measurement made for our former Services reporting unit upon the adoption of a new accounting standard. The valuation technique used to estimate the implied fair value of goodwill was an income approach which relied upon level 3 inputs, which included discounted estimated future cash flows or profit streams.

Indefinite-lived intangible assets. In fiscal 2012, we recorded impairment charges of $4 million, which reduced the gross carrying value of indefinite-lived trade names. The fair value amounts were derived using an income approach which required level 3 inputs such as discounted estimated future cash flows on profit streams. These impairment charges were due to reductions in expected future cash flows for certain indefinite-lived trade names related to the Information Security segment. These impairment charges were recorded within impairment of intangible assets in our Consolidated Statements of Income.

Disclosure of the Fair Value of Financial Instruments

See Note 6 for information regarding long-term debt including fair value disclosures.

Note 3. Business Combinations

Fiscal 2013

On April 2, 2012, we completed the acquisition of a privately-held provider of mobile application management. In exchange for all of the voting equity interests of the acquired company, we paid a total purchase price of $28 million in cash. The objective of the acquisition is to extend our enterprise mobility portfolio to include a cross-platform mobile application protection solution to help organizations protect and isolate corporate data and applications across both corporate-owned and personally-owned devices. The results of operations of the acquired company have been included in our User Productivity & Protection segment. Supplemental pro forma information for the acquired company was not material to our financial results and therefore has not been included. The purchase price allocation resulted in goodwill of $24 million and intangible assets of $4 million. Goodwill, which is not tax deductible, resulted primarily from our expectation of synergies from the integration of the acquired company’s technology into our product offerings. Intangible assets included developed technology and customer relationships, which are amortized over their estimated useful lives of five and nine years, respectively.

Fiscal 2012

Clearwell Systems Inc.

On June 24, 2011, we completed the acquisition of Clearwell Systems Inc. (“Clearwell”), a privately-held provider of eDiscovery solutions. In exchange for all of the voting equity interests of Clearwell, we transferred a total consideration of $392 million, which consists of $364 million in cash, net of $20 million cash acquired, and $8 million of assumed stock options. The objective of the acquisition was to enhance our eDiscovery, archiving and backup offerings to our customers. The results of operations of Clearwell are included as part of the Information Management segment. Supplemental pro forma information for Clearwell was not material to our financial results and therefore not included.

 

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The following table presents the purchase price allocation included in our Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions):

 

Net tangible assets (1)

   $             33   

Intangible assets (2)

     154   

Goodwill (3)

     268   

Net tax liabilities

     (63
  

 

 

 

Total purchase price

   $ 392   
  

 

 

 

 

 

(1)  Net tangible assets included deferred revenue which was adjusted down from $13 million to $3 million, representing our estimate of the fair value of the contractual obligation assumed for support services.

 

(2)  Intangible assets included customer relationships, developed technology, and trade names of $82 million, $60 million, and $12 million, respectively, which are amortized over their estimated useful lives of seven to nine years.

 

(3)  Goodwill is not tax deductible. The amount resulted primarily from our expectation of synergies from the integration of Clearwell product offerings with our existing product offerings.

Other

In addition to Clearwell, we completed the acquisitions of LiveOffice LLC (“LiveOffice”) and another privately-held company for an aggregate purchase price of $151 million, which consisted of $144 million in cash, net of $7 million cash acquired. The results of operations for the acquired companies have been included in the Information Management segment. Supplemental pro forma information for these acquisitions was not material to our financial results and therefore not included. For fiscal 2012, we recorded acquisition-related transaction costs of $2 million, which were included in general and administrative expense.

The following table presents the purchase price allocation included in our Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions):

 

     LiveOffice     Other      Total  

Acquisition date

     January 13, 2012        March 2, 2012      

Net tangible (liabilities) assets (1)

   $ (5   $ 2       $ (3

Intangible assets (2)

     51        8         59   

Goodwill (3)

     69        26         95   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total purchase price

   $ 115      $ 36       $ 151   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

(1)  Net tangible (liabilities) assets included deferred revenue, which was adjusted down from $12 million to $6 million, representing our estimate of the fair value of the contractual obligation assumed for support services.

 

(2)  Intangible assets included primarily developed technology of $44 million and customer relationships of $15 million, which are amortized over their estimated useful lives of four to ten years. The weighted-average estimated useful lives were 4.8 years for developed technology and 9.9 years for customer relationships.

 

(3)  Goodwill is partially tax deductible. The goodwill amount resulted primarily from our expectation of synergies from the integration of the acquisitions’ product offerings with our existing product offerings.

 

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Note 4. Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Goodwill

The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill are as follows:

 

     User Productivity
& Protection
    Information
Security
    Information
Management
    Total  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Net balance as of March 30, 2012

   $             1,641      $             1,473      $             2,712      $         5,826   

Additions (1)

     10        14        -        24   

Adjustments (2)

     (2     (2     (5     (9
  

 

 

 

Net balance as of March 29, 2013

   $ 1,649      $ 1,485      $ 2,707      $ 5,841   

Additions (1)

     -        16        -        16   

Adjustments (2)

     -        1        -        1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net balance as of March 28, 2014

   $ 1,649      $ 1,502      $ 2,707      $ 5,858   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)  Additions due to an acquired business.
(2)  Adjustments made to goodwill primarily reflect foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Effective in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, we evaluated our segment reporting structure and modified the reporting to match our new operating structure. Our reporting units for goodwill are the same as our reportable operating segments, and the net goodwill balance has been allocated to the reporting units based on their relative fair value. See Note 10 of these Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding the changes related to segment information.

As a result of the change in our segments, we assessed goodwill for impairment immediately prior to the changes to the new reporting units and determined that the estimated fair value of our reporting units exceeded their respective carrying amount including goodwill. Based on the results of our impairment analysis, we do not believe that impairment existed as of the date of the change in our segments.

Intangible assets, net

 

    March 28, 2014   March 29, 2013
    Gross
Carrying
Amount (2)
    Accumulated
Amortization (2)
    Net
Carrying
Amount
     Weighted-
Average
Remaining
Useful Life
  Gross
Carrying
Amount (2)
    Accumulated
Amortization
(2)
    Net
Carrying
Amount
    Weighted-
Average
Remaining
Useful Life
    (Dollars in millions)

Customer relationships

  $     766        $        (469)      $     297       3 years   $     2,157        $    (1,718)      $     439      2 years

Developed technology

    287        (142)        145       4 years     377        (180)        197      4 years

Finite-lived tradenames

    125        (103)        22       2 years     125        (89)        36      2 years

Patents

    21        (14)        7       4 years     21        (13)        8      5 years

Indefinite-lived tradenames (1)

    297        -        297       Indefinite     297        -        297      Indefinite
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total

  $     1,496        $        (728)      $     768       3 years   $     2,977        $    (2,000)      $     977      2 years
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

  (1)  See Note 2 for information regarding impairment charges.

 

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  (2)  Certain intangible assets from prior acquisitions primarily related to Veritas, were removed as they were fully amortized at the end of the fiscal 2014, in accordance with our current policy.

Total future amortization expense for intangible assets that have finite lives is as follows:

 

     March 28,
2014
 
     (Dollars in millions)  

2015

   $                   157   

2016

     106   

2017

     87   

2018

     66   

2019

     35   

Thereafter

     20   
  

 

 

 

Total

   $ 471   
  

 

 

 

Note 5. Supplemental Financial Information

    Dividends

During fiscal 2014 we declared and paid common stock dividends of $418 million or $0.60 per share. Each quarterly dividend was recorded as a reduction to additional paid-in capital. In addition, our board of directors approved dividend equivalent rights entitling holders of restricted stock and performance-based stock to dividend equivalents to be paid in the form of cash upon vesting, for each share of the underlying units. No dividends and dividend equivalents were paid in any periods prior to fiscal 2014. All dividends and dividend equivalents are subject to the approval of our board of directors.

    Changes in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income by Component

Components of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income, on a net of tax basis, were as follows:

 

    Foreign Currency
Translation Adjustments
    Unrealized Gain On
Available-For-Sale
Securities
    Total  
    (Dollars in millions)  

Balance as of March 29, 2013

  $ 186      $ 16      $ 202   

Other comprehensive income before reclassifications

    5        -        5   

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other

comprehensive income

    -        (13     (13
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance as of March 28, 2014

  $                           191      $                         3      $         194   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The effects on net income of amounts reclassified from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income were as follows:

 

     Year Ended
March 28, 2014
     
     (Dollars in millions)      

Details about Accumulated Other

Comprehensive Income Components                    

        

Affected Line Item in the Condensed

Consolidated Statement of Income

Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities

   $ 24      Other (expense) income, net

Tax effects

     (10   Provision for income taxes
  

 

 

   

Total amount reclassified, net of taxes

   $                     14     
  

 

 

   

 

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Gain from sale of joint venture

In fiscal 2008, Symantec formed a joint venture with a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies Co., Limited (“Huawei”). On March 30, 2012, we sold our 49% ownership interest in the joint venture to Huawei for $530 million in cash. The gain of $530 million, offset by costs to sell the joint venture of $4 million, was included in gain from sale of joint venture in our Consolidated Statements of Income.

Other income (expense), net

In fiscal 2013, we began receiving a tax incentive from the China tax bureau in the form of value-added tax (“VAT”) refunds. The tax incentive is provided to companies that perform software research and development activities in China. The refunds relate to VAT collected on qualifying software product sales. This tax incentive plan enables companies to retrospectively apply the rules back to January 2011. As of March 28, 2014, we recognized cumulative refunds of $33 million, which were included in other income (expense), net in our Consolidated Statements of Income.

Note 6. Debt

The following table summarizes components of our debt:

 

     March 28, 2014   
     Face Value        
 
Effective
Interest Rate
  
  
   
 
Fair
Value (1)
  
  
     (Dollars in millions)  

3.95% Senior Notes, due June 2022 (“3.95% Notes”)

   $ 400         4.05    $ 401   

2.75% Senior Notes, due June 2017 (“2.75% Notes due 2017”)

     600         2.79      618   

4.20% Senior Notes, due September 2020 (“4.20% Notes”)

     750         4.25      795   

2.75% Senior Notes, due September 2015 (“2.75% Notes due 2015”)

     350         2.76      357   
     March 29, 2013   
    

 

Face

Value

  

  

    
 
Effective
Interest Rate
  
  
   

 

Fair

Value (1)

  

  

     (Dollars in millions)  

3.95% Senior Notes, due June 2022 (“3.95% Notes”)

   $ 400         4.05    $ 412   

2.75% Senior Notes, due June 2017 (“2.75% Notes due 2017”)

     600         2.79      620   

4.20% Senior Notes, due September 2020 (“4.20% Notes”)

     750         4.25      799   

2.75% Senior Notes, due September 2015 (“2.75% Notes due 2015”)

     350         2.76      363   

1.00% Convertible Senior Notes, due June 2013 (“1.00% notes”)

             1,000         6.78  %    (2)              1,291   

 

 

(1)  The fair value of debt relies on level 2 inputs, which are based on market prices for similar debt instruments and resulting yields. For convertible senior notes, the fair value represents that of the liability component. See Note 1 for our accounting policy of estimating the fair value of our debt.

 

(2)  Represents the interest rate on our debt for accounting purposes while taking into account the effects of amortization of debt discount. Although the effective interest rates of the 1.00% notes were 6.78% for fiscal 2013 and 2012, we made cash interest payments at the stated coupon rates of 1.00%.

 

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As of March 28, 2014, future maturities of debt by fiscal years are as follows:

 

    

 

March 28,

2014

  

  

     (Dollars in millions)  

2015

   $ -   

2016

     350   

2017

     -   

2018

     600   

2019

     -   

Thereafter

     1,150   
  

 

 

 

Total

   $                 2,100   
  

 

 

 

Senior Notes

In fiscal 2013, we issued the 3.95% notes and 2.75% notes due 2017. These are senior unsecured obligations that rank equally in right of payment with all of our existing and future unsecured, unsubordinated obligations and are redeemable by us at any time, subject to a “make-whole” premium. Our proceeds were $1.0 billion, less issuance discount of $4 million resulting from sale of the notes at a yield slightly above the stated coupon rate. We also incurred issuance costs of $6 million. Both the discount and issuance costs are being amortized as incremental interest expense over the respective terms of the notes. Interest on these notes is payable semiannually. Contractual interest expense was $32 million and $26 million in fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013, respectively.

In fiscal 2011, we issued the 4.20% notes and 2.75% notes due 2015. These are senior unsecured obligations that rank equally in right of payment with all of our existing and future unsecured, unsubordinated obligations and are redeemable by us at any time, subject to a “make-whole” premium. Our proceeds from the issuance of the senior notes were $1.1 billion, net of an issuance discount. Interest on these notes is payable semiannually. Contractual interest expense was $41 million for each of the fiscal years 2014, 2013, and 2012.

Convertible Senior Notes

In the first quarter of fiscal 2007, we issued $1.0 billion in principal amount of 1.00% Convertible Senior Notes, due in June 2013. On June 15, 2013, the principal balance on those notes matured and was settled by a cash payment of $1.0 billion, along with the $5 million semiannual interest payment. In addition, we elected to pay the conversion value above par value in cash in the amount of $189 million. Concurrently with the payment of the conversion value we received $189 million from the note hedge, we entered into at the time of issuance of the 1.00% notes.

At the time of issuance of the 1.00% notes, we granted warrants to affiliates of certain initial purchasers of the notes whereby they had the option to purchase up to 52.7 million shares of our common stock at a price of $27.1330 per share. All the warrants expired unexercised on various dates during the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and there was no dilutive impact from the warrants on our earnings per share for fiscal 2014.

Interest on our convertible senior notes was payable semiannually. Contractual interest expense was $2 million, $10 million, and $11 million in fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively. Amortization of the debt discount was $3 million, $55 million, and $56 million in fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.

 

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The following table summarizes information regarding the equity and liability components of the convertible senior notes as of March 29, 2013:

 

    

 

March 29,

2013

  

  

     (Dollars in millions)   

Principal amount

   $                     1,000   

Equity component

     313   

Liability component

     997   

Unamortized discount

     3   

There is no remaining liability as of March 28, 2014.

Revolving credit facility

In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we amended our senior unsecured revolving credit facility agreement. The amendment extended the term of the credit facility to June 7, 2017 and revolving loans under the credit facility will bear interest, at our option, either at a rate equal to a) LIBOR plus a margin based on debt ratings, as defined in the credit facility agreement or b) the bank’s base rate plus a margin based on debt ratings, as defined in the credit facility agreement. Under the terms of this credit facility, we must comply with certain financial and non-financial covenants, including a covenant to maintain a specified ratio of debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). As of March 28, 2014, we were in compliance with all financial covenants, and no amounts were outstanding.

Note 7. Restructuring and Transition

Our restructuring and transition costs and liabilities consist primarily of severance, facilities costs, and transition and other related costs. Severance generally includes severance payments, outplacement services, health insurance coverage, and legal costs. Facilities costs generally include rent expense and lease termination costs, less estimated sublease income. Transition and other related costs primarily consist of severance costs associated with acquisition integrations in efforts to streamline our business operations, and cost associated with the planning, design, testing, and data conversion phases of a new ERP system. Restructuring and transition costs are managed at the corporate level and are not allocated to our reportable segments. See Note 10 of these Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding the reconciliation of total segment operating income to total consolidated operating income.

Restructuring plan

We initiated a restructuring plan in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 to reduce management and redundant personnel resulting in headcount reductions across the Company. As of March 28, 2014, total costs related to this plan incurred since inception were $222 million, primarily related to severance and related employee benefits. The costs for severance and benefits are substantially complete, however we expect to incur immaterial adjustments to existing reserves in subsequent periods.

Other exit and disposal costs

Our other exit and disposal costs consist primarily of costs associated with closing or consolidating certain facilities. Largely as a result of business acquisitions, management may deem certain leased facilities to be in excess and make a plan to exit them either at the time of acquisition or after the acquisition in conjunction with our efforts to integrate and streamline our operations. As of March 28, 2014, liabilities for these excess facility obligations at several locations around the world are expected to be paid over the respective lease terms, the longest of which extends through fiscal 2018.

 

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Restructuring and transition summary

 

    March 29, 2013       
 
Costs, Net of
Adjustments (1)
  
  
    Cash Payments        March 28, 2014       
 
Cumulative
Incurred to Date
  
  
    (Dollars in millions)  

Restructuring liabilities:

         

Restructuring plan — severance

  $                 10      $                 212        $               (184)      $                 38      $                 222   
         

 

 

 

Other exit and disposal costs

    3        -        (3)        -     
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total restructuring liabilities

  $ 13      $ 212        $               (187)      $ 38     
 

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

   

Transition and other related costs

      58         
   

 

 

       

Total restructuring and transition

    $ 270         
   

 

 

       

Balance Sheet:

         

Other current liabilities

  $ 11          $ 37     

Other long-term obligations

    2            1     
 

 

 

       

 

 

   

Total restructuring liabilities

  $ 13          $ 38     
 

 

 

       

 

 

   

 

(1) Adjustments primarily relate to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Note 8. Commitments and Contingencies

Lease commitments

We lease certain of our facilities, equipment, and co-locations under operating leases that expire at various dates beyond fiscal 2019. We currently sublease some space under various operating leases that will expire on various dates through fiscal 2019. Some of our leases contain renewal options, escalation clauses, rent concessions, and leasehold improvement incentives. Rent expense under operating leases was $121 million, $124 million, and $111 million for fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.

The minimum future rentals on noncancelable operating leases are as follows:

 

     March 28, 2014   
     (Dollars in millions)   

2015

   $                     103   

2016

     83   

2017

     69   

2018

     61   

2019

     53   

Thereafter

     124   
  

 

 

 

Total minimum future lease payments

   $ 493   

Sublease income

     (2
  

 

 

 

Total minimum future lease payments, net

   $ 491   
  

 

 

 

 

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Purchase obligations

We have purchase obligations that are associated with agreements for purchases of goods or services. Management believes that cancellation of these contracts is unlikely and we expect to make future cash payments according to the contract terms. The following reflects unrecognized purchase obligations:

 

     March 28, 2014   
     (Dollars in millions)  

2015

   $                     483   

2016

     34   

2017

     6   

2018

     -   

2019

     -   

Thereafter

     -   
  

 

 

 

Total purchase obligations

   $ 523   
  

 

 

 

Indemnification

In the ordinary course of business, we may provide indemnifications of varying scope and terms to customers, vendors, lessors, business partners, subsidiaries and other parties with respect to certain matters, including, but not limited to, losses arising out of our breach of agreements or representations and warranties made by us. In addition, our bylaws contain indemnification obligations to our directors, officers, employees and agents, and we have entered into indemnification agreements with our directors and certain of our officers to give such directors and officers additional contractual assurances regarding the scope of the indemnification set forth in our bylaws and to provide additional procedural protections. We maintain director and officer insurance, which may cover certain liabilities arising from our obligation to indemnify our directors and officers. It is not possible to determine the aggregate maximum potential loss under these indemnification agreements due to the limited history of prior indemnification claims and the unique facts and circumstances involved in each particular agreement. Such indemnification agreements might not be subject to maximum loss clauses. Historically, we have not incurred material costs as a result of obligations under these agreements and we have not accrued any liabilities related to such indemnification obligations in our Consolidated Financial Statements.

We provide limited product warranties and the majority of our software license agreements contain provisions that indemnify licensees of our software from damages and costs resulting from claims alleging that our software infringes on the intellectual property rights of a third party. Historically, payments made under these provisions have been immaterial. We monitor the conditions that are subject to indemnification to identify if a loss has occurred.

Litigation contingencies

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we were advised by the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division and the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia that the government is investigating our compliance with certain provisions of our U.S. General Services Administration (“GSA”) Multiple Award Schedule Contract No. GS-35F-0240T effective January 24, 2007, including provisions relating to pricing, country of origin, accessibility, and the disclosure of commercial sales practices. As reported on the GSA’s publicly-available database, our total sales under the GSA Schedule contract were approximately $222 million from the period beginning January 2007 and ending September 2012. We are fully cooperating with the investigation and in January 2014 met with representatives of the government who presented us with an initial analysis of our actual damages exposure in the amount of approximately $145 million. We are currently in the process of evaluating the government’s initial analysis. Since the initial meeting, the government’s analysis of our potential damages exposure has fluctuated.

 

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It is possible that the investigation could lead to claims or findings of violations of the False Claims Act, and could be material to our results of operations and cash flows for any period. Resolution of False Claims Act investigations can ultimately result in the payment of between one and three times the actual damages proven by the government, plus civil penalties in some cases, depending upon a number of factors. Considering the preliminary stage of the negotiated resolution process with the government, our current estimate of the low end of the range of estimated loss from this matter is $25 million, which we have recorded as an offset to Revenue.

We are also involved in a number of other judicial and administrative proceedings that are incidental to our business. Although adverse decisions (or settlements) may occur in one or more of the cases, it is not possible to estimate the possible loss or losses from each of these cases. The final resolution of these lawsuits, individually or in the aggregate, is not expected to have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition or cash flow.

Note 9. Stock Repurchases

The following table summarizes our stock repurchases:

 

     Year Ended  
     March 28, 2014      March 29, 2013      March 30, 2012  
     (In millions, except per share data)  

Total number of shares repurchased

        21            49            51   

Dollar amount of shares repurchased

      $ 500          $ 826          $ 893   

Average price paid per share

      $     23.87          $     16.98          $     17.62   

Range of price paid per share

   $     20.41 -         27.09       $     13.09 -         22.27       $     15.38 -         20.51   

Through our stock repurchase programs we have repurchased shares on a quarterly basis since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, our board of directors authorized a new $1.0 billion stock repurchase program which commenced in fiscal 2014. Our active stock repurchase programs have $658 million remaining authorized for future repurchases as of March 28, 2014, and neither program has an expiration date.

Note 10. Segment Information

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, we announced a new strategy and created three new business segments which offer different products and services distinguished by customer needs. We also made changes in our organizational structure. As of the first quarter of fiscal 2014, we modified our segment reporting structure to more readily match the new operating structure based on information reviewed by our CODM. The three reporting segments, which are the same as our operating segments, are as follows:

 

    User Productivity & Protection: Our User Productivity & Protection segment focuses on making it simple for customers to be productive and protected at home and at work. These products include our Norton solutions, endpoint security and management, encryption, and mobile offerings.

 

    Information Security: Our Information Security segment protects organizations so they can confidently conduct business while leveraging new platforms and data. These products include our SSL, authentication, mail & web security, data center security, data loss prevention, and information security services offerings.

 

    Information Management: Our Information Management segment focuses on backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, storage and high availability solutions, ensuring that our customers’ IT infrastructure and mission-critical applications are protected, managed and available.

 

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There were no intersegment sales for the periods presented. The historical information presented has been retrospectively adjusted to reflect the new segment reporting. Our chief operating decision maker evaluates performance primarily based on net revenue and operating income. Except for goodwill, as disclosed in Note 4, the majority of our assets are not discretely identified by segment.

 

    
 
User Productivity
& Protection
  
  
   
 
Information
Security
  
  
   
 
Information
Management