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Verisign Reports 14% Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth in Third Quarter 2011

(October 27, 2011)

DULLES, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/27/11 -- VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011.

Third Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries ("Verisign") reported revenue of $197 million for the third quarter of 2011, up 4% from the prior quarter and up 14% from the same quarter in 2010. Verisign reported net income of $59 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.36 for the third quarter of 2011. This is compared to net income attributable to Verisign stockholders of $785 million and earnings per share attributable to Verisign stockholders of $4.48 on a diluted basis in the same quarter in 2010, which included a net gain of $737 million, net of tax of $244 million, on the sale of the Authentication Services business. The operating margin was 45.2% for the third quarter of 2011 compared to 34.8% for the same quarter in 2010.

Third Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Verisign reported net income of $64 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.39 for the third quarter of 2011, compared to net income of $49 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.28 in the same quarter in 2010. The operating margin was 50.1% for the third quarter of 2011 compared to 43.1% for the same quarter in 2010. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

"The third quarter was another solid quarter marked by continued strong operating and financial performance," said Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer of Verisign.


"We remain committed to our long-term financial priorities of growth and a strong balance sheet," said John Calys, interim chief financial officer of Verisign.

In addition, Verisign announced that the company will not be conducting a search for a new chief executive officer and that Jim Bidzos will stay in this role going forward.

Financial Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2011, Verisign repurchased approximately 7.9 million shares of the company's common stock for a cost of $235 million.
  • Verisign ended the third quarter of 2011 with Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities and Restricted Cash of $1.239 billion, a decrease of $160 million from the prior quarter and a decrease of $1.313 billion from the same quarter in 2010.
  • Cash flow from operations was $108 million for the third quarter of 2011. Excess tax benefits of $1 million for the third quarter of 2011 that are associated with stock-based compensation were classified as financing cash flows.
  • Deferred revenues ended the third quarter of 2011 totaling $723 million, an increase of $9 million from the prior quarter and $69 million from the same quarter in 2010.
  • Capital expenditures were $34 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Business and Corporate Highlights

  • Verisign Registry Services ended the quarter with 112 million active domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net, representing an 8% increase year-over-year.
  • In the third quarter of 2011, Verisign processed 7.9 million new domain name registrations, representing a 6% increase year-over-year.
  • On Sept. 26, 2011 Verisign announced that the company had appointed John Calys, vice president and controller to the additional position of interim chief financial officer.
  • Verisign ended the third quarter of 2011 with 1,010 employees, compared to 1,040 at the end of the prior quarter.

Non-GAAP Items
Non-GAAP financial results exclude the following items that are included under GAAP: discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of our Convertible Debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on Convertible Debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 30% tax rate which differs from the GAAP tax rate. A table reconciling the GAAP to non-GAAP operating income and net income attributable to Verisign stockholders is appended to this release. All non-GAAP figures for each period presented herein have been conformed to exclude the foregoing items under GAAP. Prior disclosures of non-GAAP figures do not exclude the same items and as such should not be used for comparison purposes.

Today's Conference Call
Verisign will host a live teleconference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to review the third quarter results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (US) or (913) 312-0421 (international). A listen-only live web cast and accompanying slide presentation of the earnings conference call will also be available on the Investor Relations section of the Verisign website at www.verisigninc.com. A telephone replay of this call will remain available at (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 (passcode: 5408944) for one week after the conference call. This press release and the financial information discussed on today's conference call are available on the Investor Relations section of the Verisign website at www.verisigninc.com.

About Verisign
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, Verisign helps companies and consumers all over the world connect between the dots. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisigninc.com.

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Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Verisign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as increasing competition, pricing pressure from competing services offered at prices below our prices and changes in marketing practices including those of third-party registrars; challenging global economic conditions; challenges to ongoing privatization of Internet administration; the outcome of legal or other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of registrars or registrants; new or existing governmental laws and regulations; changes in customer behavior, Internet platforms and web-browsing patterns; the inability of Verisign to successfully develop and market new services; the uncertainty of whether our new services will achieve market acceptance or result in any revenues; system interruptions; security breaches; attacks on the Internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional acts of vandalism; the uncertainty of the expense and duration of transition services and requests for indemnification relating to completed divestitures; the uncertainty of whether Project Apollo will achieve its stated objectives; potential introduction of new gTLDs; the uncertainty of whether the .com Registry Agreement renewal will occur by December 1, 2012, if at all; and when a Chief Financial Officer will be named. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in Verisign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Verisign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement.

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VERISIGN, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except par value) (Unaudited) September 30, December 31, 2011 2010 ------------- ------------- ASSETS ---------------------------------------------- Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,202,788 $ 1,559,628 Marketable securities 32,136 501,238 Accounts receivable, net 14,831 14,874 Deferred tax assets and other current assets 113,935 102,217 ------------- ------------- Total current assets 1,363,690 2,177,957 ------------- ------------- Property and equipment, net 205,304 190,319 Goodwill and other intangible assets, net 54,172 55,146 Other assets 34,543 20,584 ------------- ------------- Total long-term assets 294,019 266,049 ------------- ------------- Total assets $ 1,657,709 $ 2,444,006 ============= ============= LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY ---------------------------------------------- Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 137,307 $ 195,235 Deferred revenues 501,924 457,478 ------------- ------------- Total current liabilities 639,231 652,713 ------------- ------------- Long-term deferred revenues 221,019 205,560 Convertible debentures, including contingent interest derivative 586,566 581,626 Long-term deferred tax liabilities 336,880 309,696 Other long-term liabilities 40,751 17,981 ------------- ------------- Total long-term liabilities 1,185,216 1,114,863 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities 1,824,447 1,767,576 ------------- ------------- Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' (deficit) equity: Preferred stock -- par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 5,000; Issued and outstanding shares: none - - Common stock -- par value $.001 per share; Authorized shares: 1,000,000; Issued shares: 316,351 at September 30, 2011 and 313,313 at December 31, 2010; Outstanding shares: 159,032 at September 30, 2011 and 172,736 at December 31, 2010 316 313 Additional paid-in capital 20,110,522 21,040,919 Accumulated deficit (20,274,391) (20,363,468) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,185) (1,334) ------------- ------------- Total stockholders' (deficit) equity (166,738) 676,430 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities and stockholders' (deficit) equity $ 1,657,709 $ 2,444,006 ============= =============

VERISIGN, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, -------------------- -------------------- 2011 2010 2011 2010 --------- --------- --------- --------- Revenues $ 196,965 $ 172,286 $ 568,332 $ 501,749 --------- --------- --------- --------- Costs and expenses: Cost of revenues 41,694 39,751 123,230 118,411 Sales and marketing 25,090 18,412 69,660 62,861 Research and development 13,488 14,468 40,156 40,483 General and administrative 24,775 33,514 86,610 101,155 Restructuring charges 2,971 6,269 12,160 14,042 --------- --------- --------- --------- Total costs and expenses 108,018 112,414 331,816 336,952 --------- --------- --------- --------- Operating income 88,947 59,872 236,516 164,797 Interest expense (11,797) (12,140) (135,473) (36,104) Non-operating income, net 3,591 4,640 15,218 13,318 --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations before income taxes 80,741 52,372 116,261 142,011 Income tax expense (22,126) (7,267) (23,034) (40,312) --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations, net of tax 58,615 45,105 93,227 101,699 Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 301 740,440 (4,150) 772,660 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income 58,916 785,545 89,077 874,359 Less: Net income from discontinued operations, net of tax, attributable to noncontrolling interest in subsidiary - (642) - (2,887) --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income attributable to Verisign stockholders $ 58,916 $ 784,903 $ 89,077 $ 871,472 ========= ========= ========= ========= Basic income (loss) per share attributable to Verisign stockholders from: Continuing operations $ 0.36 $ 0.26 $ 0.56 $ 0.57 Discontinued operations - 4.26 (0.03) 4.29 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $ 0.36 $ 4.52 $ 0.53 $ 4.86 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Verisign stockholders from: Continuing operations $ 0.36 $ 0.26 $ 0.55 $ 0.56 Discontinued operations - 4.22 (0.02) 4.26 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $ 0.36 $ 4.48 $ 0.53 $ 4.82 ========= ========= ========= ========= Shares used to compute net income per share attributable to Verisign stockholders: Basic 163,046 173,572 167,492 179,240 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted 163,902 175,034 169,176 180,634 ========= ========= ========= ========= Amounts attributable to Verisign stockholders: Income from continuing operations, net of tax $ 58,615 $ 45,105 $ 93,227 $ 101,699 Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 301 739,798 (4,150) 769,773 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income attributable to Verisign stockholders $ 58,916 $ 784,903 $ 89,077 $ 871,472 ========= ========= ========= ========= The following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation: Cost of revenues $ 1,443 $ 987 $ 5,279 $ 3,256 Sales and marketing 1,305 360 4,856 2,964 Research and development 1,094 1,508 3,965 3,812 General and administrative 2,528 4,944 16,306 15,429 Restructuring charges 723 931 5,701 1,043 --------- --------- --------- --------- Stock-based compensation for continuing operations 7,093 8,730 36,107 26,504 Discontinued operations - 8,161 - 15,697 --------- --------- --------- --------- Total stock-based compensation expense $ 7,093 $ 16,891 $ 36,107 $ 42,201 ========= ========= ========= ========= VERISIGN, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In thousands) (Unaudited) Nine Months Ended September 30, ------------------------ 2011 2010 ----------- ----------- Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 89,077 $ 874,359 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Net gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax - (735,491) Depreciation of property and equipment and amortization of other intangible assets 41,455 53,379 Stock-based compensation 36,107 42,201 Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation (1,851) (167,194) Other, net 6,804 8,435 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, excluding the effects of acquisitions and divestitures: Accounts receivable (38) 11,154 Deferred tax assets and other assets (12,434) 2,074 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (7,338) 8,607 Deferred revenues 59,905 70,955 ----------- ----------- Net cash provided by operating activities 211,687 168,479 ----------- ----------- Cash flows from investing activities: Proceeds from maturities and sales of marketable securities and investments 543,503 239,680 Proceeds received from divestiture of businesses, net of cash contributed - 1,165,030 Purchases of marketable securities and investments (75,705) (714,592) Purchases of property and equipment (63,444) (68,646) Other investing activities (1,179) (4,688) ----------- ----------- Net cash provided by investing activities 403,175 616,784 ----------- ----------- Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of common stock from option exercises and employee stock purchase plans 41,510 56,442 Repurchases of common stock (548,803) (434,234) Payment of dividends to stockholders (463,498) - Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation 1,851 167,194 Other financing activities (1,117) (736) ----------- ----------- Net cash used in financing activities (970,057) (211,334) ----------- ----------- Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,645) 9,100 ----------- ----------- Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (356,840) 583,029 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,559,628 1,477,166 ----------- ----------- Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 1,202,788 $ 2,060,195 =========== =========== Supplemental cash flow disclosures: Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest $ 140,047 $ 39,628 =========== =========== VERISIGN, INC. STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS RECONCILIATION (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 September 30, 2010 ----------------------- ----------------------- Net Income Net Income Attributable Attributable Operating to Verisign Operating to Verisign Income Stockholders Income Stockholders ---------- ------------ ---------- ------------ GAAP as reported $ 88,947 $ 58,916 $ 59,872 $ 784,903 Discontinued operations (301) (739,798) Adjustments: Stock-based compensation 6,370 6,370 7,799 7,799 Amortization of other intangible assets 323 323 323 323 Restructuring charges 2,971 2,971 6,269 6,269 Unrealized (gain) loss on contingent interest derivative on Convertible Debentures (250) 625 Non-cash interest expense 1,642 1,984 Tax adjustment (5,413) (13,545) ---------- ------------ ---------- ------------ Non-GAAP as adjusted $ 98,611 $ 64,258 $ 74,263 $ 48,560 ========== ============ ========== ============ Diluted shares 163,902 175,034 Per diluted share, non- GAAP as adjusted $ 0.39 $ 0.28 ============ ============

Verisign provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, we typically disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information in our quarterly earnings release, on investor conference calls and during investor conferences and related events. This non-GAAP financial information does not include the following types of financial measures that are included in GAAP: discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of our Convertible Debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on Convertible Debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 30% tax rate which differs from the GAAP tax rate. All non-GAAP figures for each period presented above have been conformed to exclude the foregoing items under GAAP. Prior disclosures of non-GAAP figures do not exclude the same items and as such should not be used for comparison purposes.

Management believes that this non-GAAP financial data supplements our GAAP financial data by providing investors with additional information that allows them to have a clearer picture of the Company's operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the non-GAAP information enhances the investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of the company's operating results from period to period. Above, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information that we provide each quarter with the comparable financial information reported in accordance with GAAP for the given period.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION Three months ended -------------------------------------------------------------- September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30, 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 ------------- --------- ---------- ------------- ------------- Revenues $ 196,965 $ 189,844 $ 181,523 $ 178,829 $ 172,286 ============= ========= ========== ============= ============= VERISIGN, INC. STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS RECONCILIATION (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Nine Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 September 30, 2010 ----------------------- ----------------------- Net Income Net Income Attributable Attributable Operating to Verisign Operating to Verisign Income Stockholders Income Stockholders ---------- ------------ ---------- ------------ GAAP as reported $ 236,516 $ 89,077 $ 164,797 $ 871,472 Discontinued operations 4,150 (769,773) Adjustments: Stock-based compensation 30,406 30,406 25,461 25,461 Amortization of other intangible assets 968 968 970 970 Restructuring charges 12,160 12,160 14,042 14,042 Contingent interest payment to holders of Convertible Debentures 100,020 - Unrealized gain on contingent interest derivative on Convertible Debentures (500) (1,125) Non-cash interest expense 4,985 5,635 Tax adjustment (56,256) (15,786) ---------- ------------ ---------- ------------ Non-GAAP as adjusted $ 280,050 $ 185,010 $ 205,270 $ 130,896 ========== ============ ========== ============ Diluted shares 169,176 180,634 Per diluted share, non- GAAP as adjusted $ 1.09 $ 0.72 ============ ============

Verisign provides quarterly and annual financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, we typically disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information in our quarterly earnings release, on investor conference calls and during investor conferences and related events. This non-GAAP financial information does not include the following types of financial measures that are included in GAAP: discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of our Convertible Debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on Convertible Debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 30% tax rate which differs from the GAAP tax rate. All non-GAAP figures for each period presented above have been conformed to exclude the foregoing items under GAAP. Prior disclosures of non-GAAP figures do not exclude the same items and as such should not be used for comparison purposes.

Management believes that this non-GAAP financial data supplements our GAAP financial data by providing investors with additional information that allows them to have a clearer picture of the Company's operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the non-GAAP information enhances the investors' overall understanding of our financial performance and the comparability of the company's operating results from period to period. Above, we have provided a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information that we provide each quarter with the comparable financial information reported in accordance with GAAP for the given period.


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