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Adobe Announces Its Financial Results for Q4 of Fiscal Year 2018

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Adobe reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 ended Nov. 30, 2018. In its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.46 billion, which represents 23 percent year-over-year growth. In fiscal year 2018, Adobe achieved record annual revenue of $9.03 billion, which represents 24 percent year-over-year growth.

“Adobe achieved record revenue of greater than $9 billion and delivered outstanding earnings performance in fiscal 2018,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “In 2018 we made significant investments across our product portfolio, entered new markets, and made strategic acquisitions which we believe will fuel continued top and bottom-line performance.”

“We finished the year strong with record results across the board, meeting or exceeding all of our annual and quarterly targets which did not include Marketo,” said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe.“We’re excited to add Marketo and the expanded market opportunity it provides. We look forward to delivering strong revenue growth, accelerating earnings growth and healthy margin expansion during fiscal 2019.”

Adobe acquired Marketo, Inc. on Oct. 31, 2018, which added approximately $21 million of revenue in the fourth quarter. This press release provides key financial information with and without the impact of the Marketo transaction to enable evaluation of the Company’s performance based on financial targets provided before the acquisition.-

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

    Q4 FY2018 Targets
excl. Marketo1
  Q4 FY2018 Results
excl. Marketo2
  Q4 FY2018 Results
As reported, incl. Marketo
Total revenue   $2.42 billion   $2.44 billion   $2.46 billion
GAAP EPS   $1.42   $1.48   $1.37
Non-GAAP EPS2   $1.87   $1.90   $1.83
Digital Media segment revenue   ~22 percent y/y growth   23 percent y/y growth   23 percent y/y growth
Digital Experience segment revenue   ~20 percent y/y growth   22 percent y/y growth   25 percent y/y growth
Net new Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”)   ~$385 million   $430 million   $430 million
1 Adobe provided Q4 FY2018 targets on Sept. 13, 2018 and reaffirmed them on Oct. 15, 2018, both of which preceded its acquisition of Marketo on Oct. 31, 2018
2 A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website

Other financial highlights in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 include:

  • Operating income grew 11 percent and net income grew 35 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 18 percent and net income grew 44 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was a record $1.11 billion.
  • Deferred revenue grew to $3.05 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 1.6 million shares during the quarter, returning $397 million of cash to stockholders.

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

    FY2018 Targets
excl. Magento & Marketo1
  FY2018 Results
As reported, incl. Magento & Marketo
Total revenue   $8.725 billion   $9.03 billion
Digital Media segment revenue   ~23 percent y/y growth   26 percent y/y growth
Digital Experience segment revenue   ~15 percent y/y growth   20 percent y/y growth
Adobe Experience Cloud subscription revenue2   ~20 percent y/y growth   26 percent y/y growth
Net new Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”)   ~$1.1 billion   $1.45 billion
GAAP EPS   $4.40   $5.20
Non-GAAP EPS3   $5.50   $6.76
 

1 Adobe provided annual FY2018 targets on Dec. 14, 2017

2 Includes revenue from SaaS, managed service and term offerings for Analytics Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Magento Commerce Cloud, as well as total revenue for Adobe Advertising Cloud
3 A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website
 

Other financial highlights in fiscal year 2018 include:

  • Operating income grew 31 percent and net income grew 53 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 31 percent and net income grew 56 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Adobe generated $4.03 billion in operating cash flow during the year.
  • The company repurchased 8.7 million shares during the year, returning $2.00 billion of cash to stockholders.

ASC 606 Update

Adobe will report its financial results based on Accounting Standards Coding Topic 606 (“ASC 606”) in its fiscal year 2019, beginning in March 2019 with its first quarter earnings report. The financial targets Adobe is providing today remain based on ASC 605 as the Company integrates its acquisition of Marketo into its financial systems. Adobe continues to believe that moving to 606 in fiscal year 2019 reporting will not materially impact its revenue. However, the Company now expects there will be a slight improvement to earnings through fiscal year 2019 due to benefits from capitalization of sales commissions.

Adobe Updates Financial Targets for Fiscal Year 2019 to Include Marketo

Adobe provided preliminary fiscal year 2019 financial targets at its Financial Analyst Meeting on Oct. 15, 2018, before it had closed its acquisition of Marketo. The Company today is updating those targets and providing earnings per share targets to reflect the impact of:

  • The acquisition of Marketo, including revenue, operating expense and the write-down of deferred revenue due to purchase accounting, and higher other expense in order to fund the acquisition; and
  • Adverse changes in global currency rates since Sept. 2018, which was the time period used for spot currency rates as a basis for providing the preliminary fiscal year 2019 targets in mid-October.

The following table and subsequent commentary summarizes Adobe’s annual fiscal year 2019 targets:

Adobe total fiscal year 2019 revenue   ~$11.150 billion
Digital Media segment revenue   ~20 percent year-over-year growth
Digital Experience segment revenue   ~34 percent year-over-year growth
Digital Media annualized recurring revenue (“ARR”)   ~$1.450 billion of net new ARR
Digital Experience annual subscription bookings1   ~25 percent year-over-year growth
Tax rate   GAAP: ~10 percent   Non-GAAP: ~11 percent
Earnings per share   GAAP: ~$5.54   Non-GAAP: ~$7.75
1 Includes annualized subscription value of SaaS, managed service and term offerings under contract for Analytics Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Magento Commerce Cloud
 

During fiscal year 2019, after the first quarter Adobe expects revenue in each quarter to grow by approximately the same year-over-year growth percentage implied in its targeted revenue for the year. In addition, the Company expects net new Digital Media ARR in each quarter to be sequentially similar as that achieved in past fiscal years from quarter to quarter – with typical summer seasonality which can lead to sequentially lower net new ARR in the third quarter, as well as normal year-end sequential strength in fourth quarter net new ARR.

As the financial impact of lost deferred revenue from recent acquisitions due to purchase accounting tapers off during fiscal year 2019, after the first quarter Adobe expects quarterly operating margins and quarterly earnings per share growth rates to increase sequentially during the year.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP targets is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.

Adobe Provides First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Targets

The following table summarizes Adobe’s first quarter fiscal year 2019 targets:

Adobe total Q1 fiscal year 2019 revenue   ~$2.540 billion
Digital Media segment revenue   ~20% year-over-year growth
Digital Experience segment revenue   ~31% year-over-year growth
Net non-operating other expense   ~$39 million
Tax rate   GAAP: ~3%   Non-GAAP: ~11%
Share count   ~495 million shares
Earnings per share   GAAP: ~$1.14   Non-GAAP: ~$1.60
Net new Digital Media annualized recurring revenue (“ARR”)   ~$330 million
 

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP targets is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website. 

Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call

Adobe will webcast its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 earnings conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time from its investor relations website: www.adobe.com/ADBE. Earnings documents, including Adobe management’s prepared conference call remarks with slides, financial targets and an investor datasheet are posted to Adobe’s investor relations website in advance of the conference call for reference. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP earnings results and financial targets is also provided on the website. 

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to business momentum, our market opportunity, revenue, operating margin, the impact of new accounting standards, subscription bookings, seasonality, annualized recurring revenue, non-operating other expense, tax rate on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, earnings per share on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, and share count, all of which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to compete effectively, failure to develop, acquire, market and offer products and services that meet customer requirements, introduction of new technology, risks associated with cyber-attacks, potential interruptions or delays in hosted services provided by us or third parties, information security and privacy, complex sales cycles, risks related to the timing of revenue recognition from our subscription offerings, fluctuations in subscription renewal rates, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of past or future acquisitions, changes in accounting principles and tax regulations, uncertainty in the financial markets and economic conditions in the countries where we operate, and other various risks associated with being a multinational corporation. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please refer to Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2017 ended Dec. 1, 2017, and Adobe’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2018.

The financial information set forth in this press release reflects estimates based on information available at this time. These amounts could differ from actual reported amounts stated in Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our year ended Nov. 30, 2018, which Adobe expects to file in Jan. 2019.

Adobe assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.

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Tata Tele business service hosts a Successful discussion with CXOs for resilience & business growth in Post COVID world

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Tata Tele Business Services (TTBS), hosted CXO Round Table Discussion with industry leaders on building a new mindset for business resilience and growth. The discussion centered around Respond, Reboot and Reinvent as key imperatives; with large Enterprises reinventing their business models as they continue to respond effectively to the aftershocks of the crisis.

 While the potential requirement for many organizations is to build digital competency, the larger goal is to be data-driven and leveraging the cloud capabilities. Moreover, witnessing variable cost structures, agile operations, and automation which could create stronger capabilities with digital presence and security.

According to an IDC report, ‘By 2022, 70% of all organizations will have accelerated use of digital technologies, transforming existing business processes to drive customer engagement, employee productivity, and business resiliency.’

Industry representatives such asUpkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd., Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan, Yogesh Kothari – Sr. Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions shared their expertise upon business agility, examples from their professional career and how they are successfully driving the digital transformation journey for their organization.

Addressing the session, Mr. Shibhu Davies, Sales Head – North and East, Tata Communications Ltd. said, “There is a plethora of technology available in the market, understanding the most suitable one for a particular business is the key factor. To thrive in the next normal, companies must be data driven to make critical and timely decisions. While there is an uptick in the businesses investing in data and nimble technologies like cloud and AI, many are still struggling to maintain momentum. Businesses need to get out of cultural obstacles, address data privacy and governance challenges to enhance their degree of business transformation.” 

Elaborating further on increasing adoption of Cloud communication, Mr. Shibhu Davies explained, “Cloud Communication suite like Smartflo being offered by Tata Teleservices are inherently designed for a digital or hybrid environment and is well-equipped to deal with the growing overlap between digital technology and enterprise operations. Besides enhanced efficiency and operational flexibility, it offers more robust security to your business with a pre-configured unified threat management system.”

Mr. Upkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd said “Covid has created an unprecedented impact across all regions – organizations that are flexible both from technology and operational perspective have been able to RESPOND in time, REBOOT their functions and are now REINVENTING result oriented approach”

Mr. Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan said, “During times of catastrophes, leadership plays a very important role in adoption to change. Composure, calmness, honoring and supporting every internal and external stakeholder through thick and thin helps revive business and defines leadership by example.” 

Mr. Yogesh Kothari – Sr Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions said, “Challenges that enterprises are facing in the current times is resistance to change. There is a lack of vision for creating a digital journey for the customer and technology know how for their business” 

Highlights of discussion: 

Challenges in Technology Adoption 

The key challenges faced by enterprises for adopting new technologies extend both towards the changing customer experience along with employee pushback. Merely purchasing and implementing a solution in response to a localized issue does not equate to technology adoption and agility. Organizations are considering two key points, recognizing and responding to the shifting trends in consumer behavior and avoiding the initiatives that target specific issues.

The post-covid world has led to unexpectedly increased customer readiness towards trying new channels for interacting with businesses. 

Organizations adopting to technology, lead to driving changes strategically through an ongoing process where being receptive to changing consumer trends helps in the formulation of effective roadmaps. These roadmaps can then be used to build better value propositions by leveraging the right technological advancements, leading to business growth and benefits.

Role of Leadership In Bringing Organizational Change

Leadership plays a very critical role while dealing with catastrophes. From healthcare solutions to virtual classrooms, from facilitating remote work and learning, from re-imagining online business models and digital revenue lines, to stepping up the cyber security, organizations are working on new challenges.

The pandemic has accelerated transformation multifariously for businesses in India. Organizations are re-imagining their business models, relooking at talent management strategies, and fast-tracking digitalization efforts to be more resilient to disruption. 

Organizations are simplifying and enhancing their IT landscape, architecting systems for integration, balancing operational and capital expenses using the cloud. Investments are being made towards intelligent systems that provide incremental learning abilities. 

Technology Investments for a Digital Future

Over the last couple of months, it has become increasingly evident that digital adoption is not negotiable. Having the right technology to power up digital strategies is fundamental in today’s business world. It is a business requirement without which organizations are not able to grow in a rapidly evolving market landscape.

A good business continuity solution that delivers digital workspaces to access critical applications, have accelerated the performance of organizational applications on remote connections. With right platform and solutions clubbed with excessive trainings, organizations have managed to continue with their operations without major loss in productivity or efficiency.

Digital technologies have caused a shift in customer expectations, resulting in a new kind of modern buyer. Today’s consumers are constantly connected and aware of what they can do with technology. Bringing the employees up to speed to cater to the new age customers has been one of the key form of investments for various organizations. 

Respond, Reboot and Reinvent – The New Mindset for Growth

Organizations have taken immediate actions focused on keeping people safe and essential business functions operating. This has been relatively marked with high effort and possibly chaotic activity.

Organizations are adopting to the wholistic approach, recognizing evolving customer demand, channels of information consumption, building continued incremental intelligence including technology that provides agility. Agile decision making and strategy setting by enterprises have outsized performance and established a lead over the competition that sustains long after the initial disruption. By reinventing themselves, organizations have learnt to conduct operational processes and workflows in new, repeatable, and scalable ways.

Key Takeaways

  • Gaining New perspectives, relooking at business models and embracing new models of harnessing technology have become business priorities.  
  • Reinvent on an ongoing basis to build an agile, adaptive & resilient enterprise for a sustainable future. 
  • Uninterrupted connectivity between all stakeholders, internally within employees and externally with customers and vendors across platforms and touch points is of critical importance.

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Bharti Airtel Announces 5G Ready Network

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In a major landmark, Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) announced that it has become the country’s first telco to successfully demonstrate & orchestrate LIVE 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.

Airtel did this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non Stand Alone) network technology. Using a first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel seamlessly operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block. This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains – Radio, Core and Transport. 

Airtel 5G is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone. This demonstration has underlined the company’s technology capabilities. The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to our customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals received.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said: “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future proofed as this game changing test in Hyderabad proves. With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere.” 

“We believe India has the potential to become a global hub for 5G innovation. To make that happen we need the eco system to come together – applications, devices and network innovation. We are more than ready to do our bit.” added Gopal Vittal.                  

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Airtel Xstream Fiber Rolls Out Gigabit Wi-Fi Experience

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Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) has kicked off the New Year with some exciting news for customers with the launch of hyper-fast Wi-Fi experience. 

Airtel Xstream Fiber customers can now enjoy 1 Gbps data speeds over Wi-Fi and no longer have to be constrained by a dedicated LAN cable. The Airtel Xstream Fiber Rs 3999 plan now comes with a complimentary 1 Gbps Wi-Fi router to go with unlimited data quota and massive bundled content.  

The highly advanced 4×4 Wi-Fi router, will enable seamless 1 Gbps Wi-Fi coverage across Homes and Small Offices. This will unlock a great experience for online gaming and animation and for work or study from home with large number of concurrently connected devices. Small Offices will be able to deploy multiple high speed connections for applications such as stock trading and online collaboration that requires reliable high speed connectivity with zero downtime.      

Says Vir Inder Nath, CEO – Homes, Bharti Airtel: “Reliable high speed connectivity is a lifeline in today’s digital first world and Airtel is proud to be at the forefront of India’s broadband revolution. A key ask from our customers was liberation from the LAN cable to enjoy the 1Gbps experience and we are delighted to make that happen.”        

Airtel Xstream Fiber’s 1 Gbps broadband plan at Rs 3999 also comes with a complimentary Airtel Xstream Box that offers 550 TV channels and OTT content from the Airtel Xstream app library that includes over 10,000 movies & shows aggregated across 7 OTT apps and 5 studios. It offers subscription to premier video streaming apps such as Amazon Prime Video and ZEE5, all accessible through the Airtel Xstream Box.

Airtel is India’s largest private sector broadband service provider with presence in over 150 cities. 

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