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Symantec Reports Record Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results

(January 25, 2012)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/25/12 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC)

  • GAAP Revenue of $1.715 billion, up 7%
  • Non-GAAP Operating Margin of 26.2%, up 2.6 percentage points
  • Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share of $0.42, up 20%
  • GAAP Deferred Revenue of $3.665 billion, up 8%
  • Cash Flow from Operations of $403 million

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today reported the results of its third quarter of fiscal year 2012, ended Dec. 30, 2011. GAAP revenue for the fiscal third quarter was $1.715 billion, up 7 percent year-over-year and up 6 percent after adjusting for currency.

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"Through consistent execution of our strategy, we met or exceeded revenue and earnings for the sixth consecutive quarter," said Enrique Salem, president and chief executive officer, Symantec. "With unprecedented information growth and the increasingly toxic threat landscape, customers understand the value of our portfolio and we continue to see good demand for our products and services across all geographies."


"We delivered record December quarter revenue and deferred revenue, as well as double digit earnings per share growth," said James Beer, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Symantec. "Our results were driven by strength in Data Loss Prevention, Authentication, Managed Security Services and Backup. Due to effective cross-selling of our industry leading portfolio, large deals hit an all time high."

GAAP Results: GAAP operating margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 was 17.5 percent compared with 14.3 percent for the same quarter last year. GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter was $240 million compared with net income of $132 million for the year-ago period, an increase of 82 percent year-over-year. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.32 compared with $0.17 for the year-ago quarter, an increase of 88 percent year-over-year.

GAAP deferred revenue as of Dec. 30, 2011, was $3.665 billion compared with $3.408 billion as of Dec. 31, 2010, up 8 percent on an actual and currency adjusted basis. Cash flow from operating activities for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 was $403 million compared with $460 million for the year ago period. Symantec ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $2.380 billion.

Non-GAAP Results: Non-GAAP operating margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 was 26.2 percent compared with 23.6 percent for the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter was $314 million compared with $272 million for the year-ago period, an increase of 15 percent year-over-year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.42 compared with earnings per share of $0.35 for the year-ago quarter, an increase of 20 percent year-over-year.

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, Symantec repurchased approximately 13 million shares for $220 million at an average price of $16.69. Symantec had $184 million remaining in the current board authorized stock repurchase plan at the end of the December quarter.

Business Segment and Geographic Highlights

For the December quarter, Symantec's Consumer segment revenue represented 31 percent of total revenue and increased 5 percent year-over-year on an actual and currency-adjusted basis. The Security and Compliance segment revenue represented 30 percent of total revenue and increased 17 percent year-over-year on an actual and currency-adjusted basis. The Storage and Server Management segment revenue represented 36 percent of total revenue and increased 3 percent year-over-year on an actual and currency-adjusted basis. Services segment revenue represented 3 percent of total revenue and decreased 13 percent year-over-year (12 percent after adjusting for currency), as expected due to the company's move to a partner-led consulting model.

International revenue represented 52 percent of total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and increased 6 percent year-over-year (5 percent after adjusting for currency). The Europe, Middle East and Africa region revenue represented 27 percent of total revenue for the quarter and decreased 1 percent year-over-year (flat after adjusting for currency). The Asia Pacific/Japan revenue for the quarter represented 18 percent of total revenue and increased 16 percent year-over-year (12 percent after adjusting for currency). The Americas, including the United States, Latin America and Canada, revenue represented 55 percent of total revenue and increased 8 percent year-over-year on an actual and currency-adjusted basis.

Acquisition Highlights

For the quarter, the Clearwell acquisition performed in line with expectations. Tighter technical integration between Symantec Enterprise Vault and the Clearwell eDiscovery Platform is on schedule and will help customers better protect information, establish retention policies and streamline the eDiscovery process.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Guidance

Guidance assumes an exchange rate of $1.30 per Euro for the March 2012 quarter versus the actual weighted average rate of $1.37 and actual end of period rate of $1.41 per Euro for the March 2011 quarter.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, ending March 30, 2012, revenue is estimated between $1.72 billion and $1.73 billion, up 2.8 to 3.4 percent year-over-year as reported and 4.9 to 5.5 percent on a currency adjusted basis.

GAAP diluted earnings per share are estimated between $0.23 and $0.24 up 5 to 9 percent year-over-year as reported. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are estimated between $0.41 and $0.42, up 8 to 10 percent year-over-year as reported.

Deferred revenue is expected to be in the range of $3.915 billion and $3.935 billion, up 2.5 to 3.0 percent year-over-year as reported and 4.8 to 5.3 percent on a currency adjusted basis.

Conference Call
Symantec has scheduled a conference call for 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT today to discuss the results from the fiscal third quarter 2012, ended Dec. 30, 2011, 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 script of our officers' remarks will be available on the investor relations' home page shortly after the call is completed.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains statements regarding our financial and business results, which may be considered forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws, including projections of future revenue, earnings per share and deferred revenue, as well as projections of amortization of acquisition-related intangibles and stock-based compensation and restructuring 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: general economic conditions; 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 1, 2011.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION: Our results of operations have undergone significant change due to a series of acquisitions, the impact of SFAS 123(R), impairment charges and other corporate events. 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. Our non-GAAP results are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our management regularly uses our supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate our business and make operating decisions. These non-GAAP measures are among the primary factors management uses in planning for and forecasting 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 Web site at www.symantec.com/invest.

SYMANTEC CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In millions) December 30, April 1, 2011 2011 (1) (Unaudited) ------------- ------------ ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,327 $ 2,950 Short-term investments 53 8 Trade accounts receivable, net 1,009 1,013 Inventories 32 30 Deferred income taxes 222 223 Other current assets 243 262 ------------- ------------ Total current assets 3,886 4,486 ------------- ------------ Property and equipment, net 1,050 1,050 Intangible assets, net 1,379 1,511 Goodwill 5,725 5,494 Investment in joint venture - 27 Other long-term assets 143 151 ------------- ------------ Total assets $ 12,183 $ 12,719 ============= ============ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 268 $ 260 Accrued compensation and benefits 393 443 Deferred revenue 3,160 3,321 Current portion of long-term debt - 596 Income taxes payable 66 24 Other current liabilities 282 249 ------------- ------------ Total current liabilities 4,169 4,893 ------------- ------------ Long-term debt 2,025 1,987 Long-term deferred revenue 505 498 Long-term deferred tax liabilities 354 296 Long-term income taxes payable 315 361 Other long-term obligations 80 79 ------------- ------------ Total liabilities 7,448 8,114 ------------- ------------ ------------- ------------ Total Symantec Corporation stockholders' equity 4,649 4,528 ------------- ------------ Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary 86 77 ------------- ------------ Total stockholders' equity 4,735 4,605 ------------- ------------ Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 12,183 $ 12,719 ============= ============ (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 ---------------------------- ------------------------ December 30, December 31, Constant 2011 2010 (2) Actual Currency (1) ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Net revenue: Content, subscription, and maintenance $ 1,462 $ 1,349 8% 8% License 253 255 -1% -1% ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Total net revenue 1,715 1,604 7% 6% ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Cost of revenue: Content, subscription, and maintenance 233 233 License 16 7 Amortization of acquired product rights 22 24 ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Total cost of revenue 271 264 3% 2% ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Gross profit 1,444 1,340 8% 7% ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Operating expenses: Sales and marketing 711 704 Research and development 242 220 General and administrative 113 97 Amortization of other purchased intangible assets 73 70 Restructuring and transition 5 20 ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Total operating expenses 1,144 1,111 3% 3% ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Operating income 300 229 31% 28% ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Interest income 2 3 Interest expense (27) (37) Other expense, net (2) (18) ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Income before income taxes and loss from joint venture 273 177 54% N/A ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Provision for income taxes 32 35 Loss from joint venture - 10 ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Net income 241 132 83% N/A Less: Gain attributable to noncontrolling interest 1 - ------------- ------------- ---------- ------------ Net income attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders $ 240 $ 132 82% N/A ============= ============= ========== ============ Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- basic $ 0.33 $ 0.17 Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- diluted $ 0.32 $ 0.17 Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- basic 734 770 Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- diluted 740 778 (1) 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. (2) Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation from certain revenue from Content, subscription, and maintenance revenue to License revenue. This change had no impact on total revenue, segment revenue or total gross profit. SYMANTEC CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (In millions, except per share data, unaudited) Year-Over-Year Nine Months Ended Growth Rate -------------------------- ------------------------ December 30, December 31, Constant 2011 (2) 2010 (2) Actual Currency (1) ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Net revenue: Content, subscription, and maintenance $ 4,353 $ 3,856 13% 9% License 696 661 5% 2% ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Total net revenue 5,049 4,517 12% 8% ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Cost of revenue: Content, subscription, and maintenance 695 667 License 33 16 Amortization of acquired product rights 67 92 ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Total cost of revenue 795 775 3% 2% ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Gross profit 4,254 3,742 14% 10% ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Operating expenses: Sales and marketing 2,073 1,889 Research and development 728 636 General and administrative 324 290 Amortization of other purchased intangible assets 217 198 Restructuring and transition 25 88 ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Total operating expenses 3,367 3,101 9% 6% ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Operating income 887 641 38% 28% ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Interest income 10 7 Interest expense (87) (106) Other expense, net (4) (3) Loss on early extinguishment of debt - (16) ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Income before income taxes and loss from joint venture 806 523 54% N/A ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Provision for income taxes 166 75 Loss from joint venture 27 21 ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Net income 613 427 44% N/A Less: Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest - (2) ------------ ------------ ---------- ------------ Net income attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders $ 613 $ 429 43% N/A ============ ============ ========== ============ Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- basic $ 0.82 $ 0.55 Net income per share attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- diluted $ 0.82 $ 0.54 Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- basic 745 783 Weighted-average shares outstanding attributable to Symantec Corporation stockholders -- diluted 752 790 (1) 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. (2) Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation from certain revenue from Content, subscription, and maintenance revenue to License revenue. This change had no impact on total revenue, segment revenue or total gross profit. SYMANTEC CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (In millions, unaudited) Nine Months Ended -------------------------- December 30, December 31, 2011 2010 ------------ ------------ OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $ 613 $ 427 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 487 486 Amortization of discount on debt 43 75 Stock-based compensation expense 123 108 Loss on early extinguishment of debt - 16 Deferred income taxes 38 5 Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock options (6) (4) Loss from joint venture 27 21 Currency related adjustments from liquidation of foreign entities 1 21 Other 3 (8) Net change in assets and liabilities, excluding effects of acquisitions: Trade accounts receivable, net 12 (63) Inventories (3) (6) Accounts payable 9 21 Accrued compensation and benefits (49) 24 Deferred revenue (108) 84 Income taxes payable 3 (93) Other assets (9) 18 Other liabilities 30 (27) ------------ ------------ Net cash provided by operating activities 1,214 1,105 ------------ ------------ INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchases of property and equipment (199) (185) Proceeds from sale of property and equipment - 30 Cash payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (364) (1,537) Purchases of available-for-sale securities (47) - Proceeds from sale of available-for-sale securities 1 19 Other (2) (5) ------------ ------------ Net cash used in investing activities (611) (1,678) ------------ ------------ FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Net proceeds from sales of common stock under employee stock benefit plans 95 66 Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock options 6 4 Tax payments related to restricted stock issuance (22) (18) Repurchase of common stock (693) (690) Repayment of debt (600) (510) Proceeds from debt issuance, net of discount - 1,097 Proceeds from sale of bond hedge - 13 Debt issuance costs - (10) Repayment of other long-term obligations (2) (3) ------------ ------------ Net cash used in financing activities (1,216) (51) ------------ ------------ Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents (10) 40 ------------ ------------ Change in cash and cash equivalents (623) (584) Beginning cash and cash equivalents 2,950 3,029 ------------ ------------ Ending cash and cash equivalents $ 2,327 $ 2,445 ============ ============ SYMANTEC CORPORATION Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures (1) (In millions, except per share data, unaudited) Year-Over-Year Non-GAAP Growth Three Months Ended Rate -------------------------------------------- ----------------- December 30, 2011 December 31, 2010 Constant --------------------- --------------------- Non- Non- Currency GAAP Adj GAAP GAAP Adj GAAP Actual (2) ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Net revenue: $1,715 N/A $1,715 $1,604 N/A $1,604 7% 6% ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Gross profit: $1,444 $ 26 $1,470 $1,340 $ 29 $1,369 7% 7% Stock- based compensa- tion 4 5 Amortiza- tion of acquired product rights 22 24 ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Gross margin % 84.2% 85.7% 83.5% 85.3% 40 bps 40 bps ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Operating expenses: $1,144 $ 123 $1,021 $1,111 $ 121 $ 990 3% 3% Stock- based compensa- tion 42 32 Amortiza- tion of other intangible assets 73 70 Restructur- ing and transition 5 20 Acquisition/ divestiture -related expenses 3 (1) ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Operating expenses as a % of revenue 66.7% 59.5% 69.3% 61.7% -220 bps -180 bps ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Operating income $ 300 $ 149 $ 449 $ 229 $ 150 $ 379 18% 16% ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Operating margin % 17.5% 26.2% 14.3% 23.6% 260 bps 220 bps ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Net income: $ 240 $ 74 $ 314 $ 132 $ 140 $ 272 15% N/A Gross profit adjustment 26 29 Operating expense adjustment 123 121 Currency related adjustments from liquidation of foreign entities - 21 Non-cash interest expense 12 21 Joint venture: Amortiza- tion of other intangible assets - 2 Income tax effect on above items (45) (54) Release of pre- acquisi- tion tax contin- gencies (42) - ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Diluted net income per share attribut- able to Symantec Corporation stockhold- ers $ 0.32 $0.10 $ 0.42 $ 0.17 $0.18 $ 0.35 20% N/A ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- Diluted weighted- average shares outstanding attribut- able to Symantec Corporation stockhold- ers 740 740 778 778 -5% N/A ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- ------ ------- -------- (1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of these non-GAAP measures, please see Symantec's Explanation of Non-GAAP Measures in Appendix A. (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 Revenue and Deferred Revenue Detail (1) (In millions, unaudited) Three Months Ended -------------------------- December 30, December 31, 2011 2010 ------------ ------------ GAAP Revenue (3) Content, subscription, and maintenance $ 1,462 $ 1,349 License 253 255 ------------ ------------ Total Revenue $ 1,715 $ 1,604 ============ ============ GAAP Revenue Y/Y Growth Rate (3) Content, subscription, and maintenance 8% 5% License -1% -2% ------------ ------------ Total Y/Y Growth Rate 7% 4% ============ ============ GAAP Revenue Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency (3) Content, subscription, and maintenance 8% 6% License -1% 0% ------------ ------------ Total Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency 6% 5% ============ ============ GAAP Revenue by Segment (2) Consumer $ 525 $ 498 Security and Compliance 511 435 Storage and Server Management 617 600 Services 62 71 ============ ============ GAAP Revenue by Segment: Y/Y Growth Rate (2) Consumer 5% 4% Security and Compliance 17% 12% Storage and Server Management 3% 1% Services -13% -19% ============ ============ GAAP Revenue by Segment: Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency (2) Consumer 5% 5% Security and Compliance 17% 13% Storage and Server Management 3% 3% Services -12% -18% ============ ============ GAAP Revenue by Geography International $ 888 $ 837 US 827 767 Americas (U.S., Latin America, Canada) 932 862 EMEA 468 471 Asia Pacific & Japan 315 271 ============ ============ GAAP Revenue by Geography: Y/Y Growth Rate International 6% 6% US 8% 1% Americas (U.S., Latin America, Canada) 8% 5% EMEA -1% -3% Asia Pacific & Japan 16% 14% ============ ============ GAAP Revenue by Geography: Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency International 5% 9% US 8% 1% Americas (U.S., Latin America, Canada) 8% 5% EMEA 0% 5% Asia Pacific & Japan 12% 8% ------------ ------------ GAAP Deferred Revenue $ 3,665 $ 3,408 ============ ============ GAAP Deferred Revenue Y/Y Growth Rate 8% 12% ============ ============ GAAP Deferred Revenue Y/Y Growth Rate in Constant Currency 8% 12% ------------ ------------ (1) 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). (2) During the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, the company modified its segment reporting structure to more readily match its operating structure. The following modification was made to the segment reporting structure: managed security services (MSS) moved to the Security and Compliance segment from the Services segment. The historical period has been adjusted to reflect the modified reporting structure. (3) Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation from certain revenue from Content, subscription, and maintenance revenue to License revenue. This change had no impact on total revenue, segment revenue or total gross profit.

SYMANTEC CORPORATION Operating Margin by Segment Detail (1, 2) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended ------------------------- December 30, December 31, 2011 2010 ------------ ------------ GAAP Operating Margin by Segment Consumer 48% 44% Security and Compliance 27% 12% Storage and Server Management 39% 46% Services 18% 3% ------------ ------------ (1) Excluded from this table is our Other segment which is comprised of sunset products nearing the end of their life cycle. The Other segment also includes general and administrative expenses; amortization of acquired product rights, intangible assets, and other assets; goodwill impairment charges; charges such as stock-based compensation and restructuring; and certain indirect costs that are not charged to the other operating segments. (2) During the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, the company modified its segment reporting structure to more readily match its operating structure. The following modification was made to the segment reporting structure: managed security services (MSS) moved to the Security and Compliance segment from the Services segment. The historical period has been adjusted to reflect the modified reporting structure. SYMANTEC CORPORATION Guidance and Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (In billions, except per share data, unaudited) We include certain non-GAAP measures in the tracking and forecasting of our earnings and management of our business. For a detailed explanation of these non-GAAP measures, please see our Explanation of Non-GAAP Measures in Appendix A. Revenue guidance Three Months Ending March 30, 2012 ----------------------------------------- Year-Over-Year Growth Rate --------------------------- Range Actual ------------- --------------------------- GAAP revenue range $1.72 - $1.73 2.8% - 3.4% ------------- --------------------------- Three Months Ending March 30, 2012 ----------------------------------------- Year-Over-Year Growth Rate --------------------------- Earnings per share guidance and reconciliation Range Actual ------------- --------------------------- GAAP diluted earnings per share range $0.23 - $0.24 5% - 9% Add back: Stock-based compensation, net of tax $0.04 Amortization of acquired product rights and other intangible assets and non-cash interest expense, net of tax $0.14 ------------- --------------------------- Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share range $0.41 - $0.42 8% - 10% ------------- --------------------------- Three Months Ending March 30, 2012 ----------------------------------------- Year-Over-Year Growth Rate --------------------------- Deferred revenue guidance Range Actual ------------- --------------------------- GAAP deferred revenue range $3.915 - 3.935 2.5% - 3.0% ------------- --------------------------- SYMANTEC CORPORATION Explanation of Non-GAAP Measures Appendix A The non-GAAP financial measures included in the tables adjust for the following items: business combination accounting entries, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, charges related to the amortization of intangible assets and acquired product rights, impairments of assets and certain other items. We believe the presentation of these non- GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's operating performance for the reasons discussed below. Our management 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 these non-GAAP financial measures. Stock-based compensation: Consists of expenses for employee stock options, restricted stock units, restricted stock 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 a complex formula that incorporates factors, such as market volatility, that are beyond our control. Three months ended December 30, December 31, 2011 2010 ------------- ------------- Cost of revenue $ 4 $ 5 Sales and marketing 20 15 Research and development 13 11 General and administrative 9 6 ------------- ------------- Total stock-based compensation $ 46 $ 37 ============= ============= Amortization of acquired product rights and other 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 intangibles. 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 and transition: We have engaged in various restructuring, transition and transformation activities over the past several years that have resulted in costs associated with severance, benefits, outplacement services and excess facilities. Each restructuring and transformation 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 activities in the ordinary course of business. While our operations previously benefited from the employees and facilities covered by our various restructuring 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. Acquisition/divestiture-related expenses: The authoritative guidance on business combinations requires us to record in the statement of income, certain items that at the time of an acquisition would have been recorded to goodwill under the old authoritative guidance. We have excluded the effect of acquisition-related expenses from our non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measures. We incurred expenses in connection with our acquisitions, which we generally would not have otherwise incurred in the periods presented as a part of our continuing operations. We announced our divestiture of our joint venture with Huawei during third quarter of fiscal 2012. Acquisition/divestiture-related expenses consist of professional service expenses. We believe it is useful for investors to understand the effects of these items on our operations. Although acquisition/divestiture- related expenses generally diminish over time with respect to past transactions, we generally will incur these expenses in connection with any future transactions. Currency related adjustments from liquidation of foreign entities: These items are the result of currency translation adjustments on the liquidation of dormant entities. We exclude the impact of these items because they are not closely related to, or a function of, our ongoing operations. Non-cash interest expense: Effective April 4, 2009, we adopted authoritative guidance on convertible debt instruments, which changes the method of accounting for our convertible notes. Under this authoritative guidance, our EPS and net income calculated in accordance with GAAP have been reduced as a result of recognizing incremental non-cash interest expense. We believe it is useful to provide a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes this incremental non-cash interest expense 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. Joint venture: As noted above, we exclude amortization of other intangible assets related to the joint venture from our non-GAAP net income. Release of pre-acquisition tax contingencies: 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 have contested $80 million of tax assessed and all penalties. As a result of negotiations with the IRS Appeals in the December 2011 quarter, we have remeasured certain tax accruals related to this matter. Accordingly, we realized a benefit to GAAP net income of $52 million and a non-GAAP benefit of $10.5 million. The non- GAAP benefit was due to the reversal of accrued interest attributed to the Veritas tax assessment that was recorded to our income statement during post-acquisition periods. Accordingly, the amount of these accruals has not been excluded from Symantec's non-GAAP results.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Kenyon
Symantec Corp.
650-527-5547
nicole_kenyon@Symantec.com

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Helyn Corcos
Symantec Corp.
650-527-5523
Hcorcos@symantec.com


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