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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today reported the results of its first quarter of fiscal year 2016, ended July 3, 2015.

Michael A. Brown, president and CEO, said, "We made encouraging progress in several product segments, achieving growth in our enterprise security business for the first quarter in two years. However, our revenue was flat in Q1, adjusting for currency and an extra week in the June 2014 quarter. Reaching a definitive agreement to sell Veritas marks an important inflection point for Symantec. With a strong product pipeline of more than a dozen enterprise security products on track to be released this year, Symantec is now focused on extending its lead as the world's largest cybersecurity company."

Thomas Seifert, executive vice president and CFO, said, "The $8 billion sale price for Veritas delivers a certain and attractive valuation, and simplifies the separation process. We remain committed to returning significant cash to shareholders, by announcing an increase to our share repurchase authorization to $2.6 billion. We also intend to maintain our dividend at 15 cents per common share, which represents an increased and attractive payout ratio for a company of Symantec's size post-separation."

Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 (Dollars in millions, except EPS)

    1Q16   1Q15  

Reported

Y/Y

Change

 

FX

Adjusted

Y/Y

Change

 

FX and

14th Week

Adjusted

Y/Y

Change

GAAP                    
Revenue   $1,499   $1,735   (14%)   (7%)   0%
Operating Margin   13.4%   18.6%   (520) bps   (230) bps   N/A
Net Income   $117   $236   (50%)   N/A   N/A
Deferred Revenue   $3,419   $3,713   (8%)   (1%)   (1%)
EPS (Diluted)   $0.17   $0.34   (50%)   N/A   N/A
CFFO   $300   $293   2%   N/A   N/A
Non-GAAP                    
Operating Margin   27.4%   24.6%   280 bps   480 bps   N/A
Net Income   $275   $313   (12%)   N/A   N/A
EPS (Diluted)   $0.40   $0.45   (11%)   N/A   N/A
         

Second Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Guidance (Dollars in millions, except EPS and FX rate)

    2Q16   FY16
GAAP        
Revenue   $1,485 - $1,525   $6,210 - $6,350
Operating Margin   13.0% - 15.0%   14.5% - 15.5%
EPS (Diluted)   $0.19 - $0.22   $0.86 - $0.96
Non-GAAP        
Operating Margin   26.0% - 28.0%   29.0% - 30.0%
EPS (Diluted)   $0.40 - $0.43   $1.80 - $1.90
Tax Rate   24.0%   27.5%
Share Count   690 million   694 million
FX Rate (€/$)   $1.11   $1.13
   

Symantec's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share to be paid on September 16, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 26, 2015. The ex-dividend date will be August 24, 2015.

Symantec's Board of Directors has also authorized an increase to its share repurchase program to $2.6 billion.

In a separate press release, Symantec announced a definitive agreement to sell its information management business, Veritas, to a group of investors led by The Carlyle Group for $8 billion. The deal is expected to close by January 1, 2016.

Conference Call

Symantec has scheduled a conference call for 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT today to discuss its first quarter of fiscal year 2016 results, ended July 3, 2015 and to review guidance. Interested parties may access the conference call on the Internet at http://www.symantec.com/invest. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay and our prepared remarks will be available on the investor relations home page shortly after the call is completed.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings -- anytime, anywhere. Founded in April 1982, Symantec, a Fortune 500 company, operating one of the largest global data-intelligence networks, has provided leading security, backup and availability solutions for where vital information is stored, accessed and shared. The company's more than 19,000 employees reside in more than 45 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2015, it recorded revenues of $6.5 billion. To learn more go to www.symantec.com or connect with Symantec at: http://www.symantec.com/social/

Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains statements regarding our financial and business results and our proposed divestiture of our Veritas business, which may be considered forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. These include statements regarding the anticipated closing of the Veritas sale, as well as projections of future revenue, operating margin and earnings per share, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, stock-based compensation, and restructuring, separation and transition charges. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied in this press release. Such risk factors include those related to: the satisfaction of the conditions to closing of the Veritas divestiture; general economic conditions; risks related to the proposed divestiture of Veritas; maintaining customer and partner relationships; the anticipated growth of certain market segments, particularly with regard to security and storage; the competitive environment in the software industry; changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the timing and market acceptance of new product releases and upgrades; the successful development of new products and integration of acquired businesses, and the degree to which these products and businesses gain market acceptance. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. We assume no obligation, and do not intend, to update these forward-looking statements as a result of future events or developments. Additional information concerning these and other risks factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of our Form 10-K for the year ended April 3, 2015.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION: Our results of operations have undergone significant change due to the impact of stock-based compensation, charges related to the amortization of intangible assets, and certain other income and expense items that management considers unrelated to Symantec's core operations, including restructuring, separation and transition costs. To help our readers understand our past financial performance and our future results, we supplement the financial results that we provide in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, with non-GAAP financial measures. The method we use to produce non-GAAP results is not computed according to GAAP and may differ from the methods used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental, should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our management team uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing Symantec's operating results, as well as when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP results, which is attached to our quarterly earnings release and which can be found, along with other financial information, on the investor relations page of our website at: http://www.symantec.com/invest.

 
 

SYMANTEC CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in millions, unaudited)
         

 

   July 3,   

 

   April 3,   

 

2015

 

2015 (1)

 
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,981 $ 2,874
Short-term investments 903 1,017
Trade accounts receivable, net 604 993
Deferred income taxes 152 152
Deferred commissions 115 131
Other current assets   267     255  
Total current assets   5,022     5,422  
 
Property and equipment, net 1,201 1,205
Intangible assets, net 596 628
Goodwill 5,849 5,847
Long-term deferred commissions 20 26
Other long-term assets   96     105  
Total assets $ 12,784   $ 13,233  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 184 $ 213
Accrued compensation and benefits 283 398
Deferred revenue 2,901 3,109
Current portion of long-term debt 348 350
Other current liabilities   348     383  
Total current liabilities   4,064     4,453  
 
Long-term debt 1,741 1,746
Long-term deferred revenue 518 555
Long-term deferred tax liabilities 335 308
Long-term income taxes payable 136 134
Other long-term obligations   94     102  
Total liabilities   6,888     7,298  
     
Total stockholders' equity   5,896     5,935  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 12,784   $ 13,233  
         
 
(1) Derived from audited consolidated financial statements.
 
 
SYMANTEC CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions, except per share data, unaudited)
 
 

 

Year-Over-Year

 

Three Months Ended

 

Growth Rate (1)

 

July 3,

 

July 4,

 

Constant

 

 

2015

 

 

 

2014

 

 

Actual

 

Currency (2)

 
Net revenue:
Content, subscription, and maintenance $ 1,352 $ 1,574 -14 % -8 %
License   147       161     -9 %   0 %

Total net revenue

  1,499       1,735     -14 %   -7 %
 
Cost of revenue:
Content, subscription, and maintenance 219 269
License 22 27
Amortization of intangible assets   13       13          
Total cost of revenue   254       309     -18 %   -13 %
Gross profit   1,245       1,426     -13 %   -6 %
 
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 521 644
Research and development 284 308
General and administrative 96 103
Amortization of intangible assets 19 29
Restructuring, separation, and transition   124       20          
Total operating expenses   1,044       1,104     -5 %   -2 %
Operating income   201       322     -38 %   -18 %
 
Interest income 3 3
Interest expense (20 ) (21 )

Other (expense) income, net

  (11 )     1          
Income before income taxes   173       305     -43 %   N/A  
 
Provision for income taxes   56       69          

Net income

$ 117     $ 236     -50 %   N/A  
 
Net income per share -- basic $ 0.17 $ 0.34
 
Net income per share -- diluted $ 0.17 $ 0.34
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding -- basic 682 692
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding -- diluted 691 697
 

Cash dividends declared per common share

  $ 0.15     $ 0.15          
 
(1) We have a 52/53 week fiscal accounting year. The three months ended July 3, 2015 consisted of 13 weeks, whereas the three months ended July 4, 2014 consisted of 14 weeks.
 
(2) Management refers to growth rates adjusting for currency so that the business results can be viewed without the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We compare the percentage change in the results from one period to another period in order to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars at the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective prior periods.
 
 
SYMANTEC CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in millions, unaudited)
 

 

Three Months Ended

 

July 3,

 

July 4,

 

 

2015

 

 

 

2014

 
 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 117 $ 236
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 70 74
Amortization of intangible assets 32 42
Amortization of debt issuance costs and discounts 1 1
Stock-based compensation expense 53 43
Deferred income taxes 31 20
Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock options (5 ) (3 )
Other 4 1
Net change in assets and liabilities, excluding effects of acquisitions:
Trade accounts receivable, net 391 308
Deferred commissions 22 -
Accounts payable (18 ) (57 )
Accrued compensation and benefits (115 ) (34 )
Deferred revenue (249 ) (185 )
Income taxes payable (26 ) (148 )
Other assets - 17
Other liabilities   (8 )     (22 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   300       293  
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (78 ) (92 )
Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired - (19 )
Purchases of short-term investments (183 ) (712 )
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments 222 77
Proceeds from sales of short-term investments   76       22  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   37       (724 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Repayments of debt and other obligations (17 ) (18 )
Net proceeds from sales of common stock under employee stock benefit plans 4 23
Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock options 5 3
Tax payments related to restricted stock units (33 ) (29 )
Dividends and dividend equivalents paid (107 ) (104 )
Repurchases of common stock (90 ) (125 )
Proceeds from other financing, net   -       34  
Net cash used in financing activities   (238 )     (216 )
 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents   8       7  
Change in cash and cash equivalents 107 (640 )
Beginning cash and cash equivalents   2,874       3,707  
Ending cash and cash equivalents $ 2,981     $ 3,067  
 
 
SYMANTEC CORPORATION
Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures (1)
(In millions, except per share data, unaudited)
 
    Year-Over-Year
Three Months Ended  

Non-GAAP Growth Rate (2)

July 3, 2015   July 4, 2014  

 

GAAP   Adj   Non-GAAP   GAAP   Adj   Non-GAAP   Actual  

Constant
Currency (3)

         
Net revenue $ 1,499     $ -     $ 1,499     $ 1,735     $ -     $ 1,735     -14 %   -7 %
 
Gross profit: $ 1,245 $ 18 $ 1,263 $ 1,426 $ 19 $ 1,445 -13 % -6 %
Stock-based compensation 5 6
Amortization of intangible assets       13               13              
 
Gross margin %   83.1 %     1.2 %     84.3 %     82.2 %     1.1 %     83.3 %   100 bps   120 bps
 
Operating expenses: $ 1,044 $ 191 $ 853 $ 1,104 $ 86 $ 1,018 -16 % -13 %
Stock-based compensation 48 37
Amortization of intangible assets 19 29
Restructuring, separation, and transition       124               20              
 
Operating expenses as a % of revenue   69.6 %     -12.7 %     56.9 %     63.6 %     -4.9 %     58.7 %   -180 bps   -360 bps
 
Operating income $ 201     $ 209     $ 410     $ 322     $ 105     $ 427     -4 %   11 %
 
Operating margin %   13.4 %     14.0 %     27.4 %     18.6 %     6.0 %     24.6 %   280 bps   480 bps
 
Net income: $ 117 $ 158 $ 275 $ 236 $ 77 $ 313 -12 % N/A
Gross profit adjustment 18 19
Operating expense adjustment 191 86
Income tax effect on above items       (51 )             (28 )            
 
Diluted net income per share $ 0.17     $ 0.23     $ 0.40     $ 0.34     $ 0.11     $ 0.45     -11 %   N/A  
 
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding     691       -       691       697       -       697     -1 %   N/A  
 
(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of these non-GAAP measures, please see Appendix A.
 
(2) We have a 52/53 week fiscal accounting year. The three months ended July 3, 2015 consisted of 13 weeks, whereas the three months ended July 4, 2014 consisted of 14 weeks.
 
(3) Management refers to growth rates adjusting for currency so that the business results can be viewed without the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We compare the percentage change in the results from one period to another period in order to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars at the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective prior periods.
 
 
SYMANTEC CORPORATION
Revenue and Deferred Revenue Detail (1)
(Dollars in millions, unaudited)
 
 
  Three Months Ended
    July 3, 2015   July 4, 2014
GAAP Revenue        
Content, subscription, and maintenance $ 1,352   $ 1,574
License     147       161  
Total Revenue   $ 1,499     $ 1,735  
GAAP Revenue - Y/Y Growth Rate        
Content, subscription, and maintenance -14 % 4 %
License     -9 %     -15 %
Total Y/Y Growth Rate     -14 %     2 %
GAAP Revenue - Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency (2)        
Content, subscription, and maintenance -8 % 2 %
License     0 %     -16 %
Total Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency (2)     -7 %     0 %
         
GAAP Revenue by Segment        
Consumer Security $ 430 $ 533
Enterprise Security 482 552
Information Management     587       650  
GAAP Revenue by Segment - Y/Y Growth Rate        
Consumer Security -19 % 2 %
Enterprise Security -13 % 1 %
Information Management     -10 %     1 %
GAAP Revenue by Segment - Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency (2)        
Consumer Security -13 % 1 %
Enterprise Security -6 % 0 %
Information Management     -3 %     0 %
         
GAAP Revenue by Geography        
International $ 732 $ 903
U.S. 767 832
Americas (U.S., Latin America, Canada) 855 940
EMEA 391 495
Asia Pacific & Japan     253       300  
GAAP Revenue by Geography - Y/Y Growth Rate        
International -19 % 3 %
U.S. -8 % 0 %
Americas (U.S., Latin America, Canada) -9 % 1 %
EMEA -21 % 5 %
Asia Pacific & Japan     -16 %     -2 %
GAAP Revenue by Geography - Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency (2)        
International -6 % 0 %
U.S. -8 % 0 %
Americas (U.S., Latin America, Canada) -9 % 1 %
EMEA -3 % 0 %
Asia Pacific & Japan     -6 %     -1 %
         
GAAP Deferred Revenue   $ 3,419     $ 3,713  
GAAP Deferred Revenue - Y/Y Growth Rate     -8 %     -4 %
GAAP Deferred Revenue - Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency (2)     -1 %     -6 %
 
(1) We have a 52/53 week fiscal accounting year. The three months ended July 3, 2015 consisted of 13 weeks, whereas the three months ended July 4, 2014 consisted of 14 weeks.
 
(2) Management refers to growth rates adjusting for currency so that the business results can be viewed without the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We compare the percentage change in the results from one period to another period in order to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed. To exclude the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars at the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective prior periods (or, in the case of deferred revenue, converted into United States dollars at the actual exchange rate in effect at the end of the prior period).
 
 
SYMANTEC CORPORATION
Operating Margin by Segment Detail (1)
(Dollars in millions, unaudited)
 
 
  Three Months Ended
    July 3, 2015   July 4, 2014
Operating Income by Segment        
Consumer Security $ 245   $ 268
Enterprise Security 30 70
Information Management     135       89  

Total Operating Income by Segment

    410       427  
Reconciling Items:
Stock-based compensation 53 43
Amortization of intangible assets 32 42
Restructuring, separation, and transition     124       20  
Total Consolidated Operating Income   $ 201     $ 322  
         
Operating Margin by Segment        
Consumer Security 57 % 50 %
Enterprise Security 6 % 13 %
Information Management     23 %     14 %
 
(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of these non-GAAP measures, please see Appendix A.
 
 
SYMANTEC CORPORATION
Guidance and Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Margin and Earnings Per Share (1)
(Dollars in millions, except per share data, unaudited)
 
Fiscal Year 2016

 

  Year Ended April 1, 2016
  Year-Over-Year Growth Rate (2) (3)

Revenue Guidance

  Range   Actual   Constant Currency (4) (5)
 
Revenue range   $6,210 - $6,350   (5.0)% - (2.9)%  

0.0% - 2.3%

 
Year Ended April 1, 2016
Year-Over-Year Increase (Decrease) (2)
Operating Margin Guidance and Reconciliation   Range   Actual   Constant Currency (4) (5)
 
GAAP operating margin 14.5% - 15.5% (320) bps - (220) bps (108) bps - (8) bps
Add back:
Stock-based compensation 4.6%
Other non-GAAP adjustments 9.9%        
Non-GAAP operating margin   29.0% - 30.0%   170 bps - 270 bps   330 bps - 430 bps
 
Year Ended April 1, 2016
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate (2)
Earnings Per Share Guidance and Reconciliation   Range   Actual
 
GAAP diluted earnings per share range $0.86 - $0.96 (31.7)% - (23.8)%
Add back:
Stock-based compensation, net of taxes $0.30
Other non-GAAP adjustments, net of taxes $0.64    
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share range   $1.80 - $1.90   (4.3)% - 1.1%
 
Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016

 

Three Months Ended October 2, 2015
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate

Revenue Guidance

  Range   Actual   Constant Currency (4)
 
Revenue range   $1,485 - $1,525  

(8.2)% - (5.7)%

 

(2.5)% - 0.1%

 
Three Months Ended October 2, 2015
Year-Over-Year Increase (Decrease)
Operating Margin Guidance and Reconciliation   Range   Actual   Constant Currency (4)
 
GAAP operating margin 13.0% - 15.0% (850) bps - (650) bps (634) bps - (433) bps
Add back:
Stock-based compensation 4.4%
Other non-GAAP adjustments 8.6%        
Non-GAAP operating margin   26.0% - 28.0%   (270) bps - (70) bps   (103) bps - 96 bps
 

Three Months Ended October 2, 2015

Year-Over-Year Growth Rate

Earnings Per Share Guidance and Reconciliation   Range   Actual
 
GAAP diluted earnings per share range $0.19 - $0.22 (45.7)% - (37.1)%
Add back:
Stock-based compensation, net of taxes $0.07
Other non-GAAP adjustments, net of taxes $0.14    
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share range   $0.40 - $0.43   (16.7)% - (10.4)%
 
(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of these non-GAAP measures, please see Appendix A.
 
(2) We have a 52/53-week fiscal accounting year. The fiscal year ended April 1, 2016 consists of 52 weeks, whereas the fiscal year ended April 3, 2015 consisted of 53 weeks.
 
(3) Growth rates are calculated using fiscal year 2015 non-GAAP revenue.
 
(4) Management refers to growth rates adjusting for currency fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates so that the business results can be viewed without the impact of these fluctuations. We compare the percent change of the results from one period to another period in order to provide a consistent framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed. To exclude the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars at the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective prior periods.
 
(5) These calculations are adjusted for the extra week in the June 2014 quarter.
 

SYMANTEC CORPORATION
Explanation of Non-GAAP Measures
Appendix A

Objective of non-GAAP measures: We believe our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's operating performance for the reasons discussed below. Our management team uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's operating results, as well as when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate comparisons of the Company's performance to prior periods and to our peers and that investors benefit from an understanding of the non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP.

Stock-based compensation: Consists of expenses for employee stock options, restricted stock units, performance based awards and our employee stock purchase plan determined in accordance with the authoritative guidance on stock-based compensation. When evaluating the performance of our individual business units and developing short- and long-term plans, we do not consider stock-based compensation charges. Our management team is held accountable for cash-based compensation, but we believe that management is limited in its ability to project the impact of stock-based compensation and accordingly is not held accountable for its impact on our operating results. Although stock-based compensation is necessary to attract and retain quality employees, our consideration of stock-based compensation places its primary emphasis on overall shareholder dilution rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants. In addition, for comparability purposes, we believe it is useful to provide a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes stock-based compensation in order to better understand the long-term performance of our core business and to facilitate the comparison of our results to the results of our peer companies. Furthermore, unlike cash-based compensation, the value of stock-based compensation is determined using complex formulas that incorporate factors, such as market volatility, that are beyond our control.

 
Three Months Ended
July 3,     July 4,
2015 2014
Cost of revenue $ 5 $ 6
Sales and marketing 19 17
Research and development 19 13
General and administrative 10 7
Total stock-based compensation $ 53 $ 43
 

Amortization of intangible assets: When conducting internal development of intangible assets, accounting rules require that we expense the costs as incurred. In the case of acquired businesses, however, we are required to allocate a portion of the purchase price to the accounting value assigned to intangible assets acquired and amortize this amount over the estimated useful lives of the acquired intangible assets. The acquired company, in most cases, has itself previously expensed the costs incurred to develop the acquired intangible assets, and the purchase price allocated to these assets is not necessarily reflective of the cost we would incur in developing the intangible asset. We eliminate these amortization charges from our non-GAAP operating results to provide better comparability of pre- and post-acquisition operating results and comparability to results of businesses utilizing internally developed intangible assets.

Restructuring, separation, and transition: We have engaged in various restructuring, separation, and transition activities over the past several years that have resulted in costs associated with severance, facilities, transition, and other related costs. Separation and other related costs consist of consulting and disentanglement costs incurred to separate our security and information management businesses into standalone companies, as well as costs to prune selected product lines that do not fit either the Company's growth or margin objectives. Transition and other related costs consist of consulting charges associated with the implementation of new Enterprise Resource Planning systems. Each restructuring, separation, and transition activity has been a discrete event based on a unique set of business objectives or circumstances, and each has differed from the others in terms of its operational implementation, business impact and scope. We do not engage in restructuring, separation, or transition activities in the ordinary course of business. While our operations previously benefited from the employees and facilities covered by our various restructuring and separation charges, these employees and facilities have benefited different parts of our business in different ways, and the amount of these charges has varied significantly from period to period. We believe that it is important to understand these charges and we believe that investors benefit from excluding these charges from our operating results to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of current operating performance and comparisons to past operating performance.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Symantec Corp.
Kristen Batch, 650-527-5152
kristen_batch@symantec.com
or
INVESTOR CONTACT:
Symantec Corp.
Sean Hazlett, 650-527-6273
sean_hazlett@symantec.com

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