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TMCNet:  Vonage 2017 Results Powered by 33% GAAP Business Revenue Growth; Company Continues to Execute on Its Strategic Growth Initiatives

[February 21, 2018]

Vonage 2017 Results Powered by 33% GAAP Business Revenue Growth; Company Continues to Execute on Its Strategic Growth Initiatives

HOLMDEL, N.J., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG), a business cloud communications leader, today announced results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Consolidated Results

"We had an excellent fourth quarter concluding a transformational year, highlighted by consolidated revenues crossing the billion dollar mark, Vonage Business becoming our majority revenue segment, and record OIBDA of $180 million," said Vonage CEO Alan Masarek.

"In addition to our strong financial performance, we continued to innovate aggressively to transform Vonage into a differentiated business cloud communications company. Vonage's unique offering provides better business outcomes for our customers by enabling them to operate more efficiently and engage their customers in new, more meaningful ways. Our end-to-end solution is particularly critical as cloud adoption moves up market, and larger companies undergo their own digital transformations."

For the full year 2017, Vonage reported revenues of $1.0 billion, up from $956 million in the prior year. Income from operations was $59 million, up from $44 million in the prior year. Adjusted Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted OIBDA")1 was $180 million, a 13% increase over the prior year. GAAP net income was a loss of $34 million or $(0.15) per share for the full year 2017, compared with $13 million or $0.06 per share in 2016. GAAP net income was impacted by a $69 million non-cash charge reflecting the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is primarily associated with the re-measurement of the Company's deferred tax balances at the 21% income tax rate. Adjusted net income2 was $67 million or $0.30 per share, up from $40 million, or $0.18 per share in the prior year.

For the fourth quarter of 2017, Vonage reported consolidated revenues of $254 million, up from $247 million in the year ago quarter. Income from operations was $23 million, up from $5 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted OIBDA for the fourth quarter was $51 million, up from $37 million in the year ago quarter. GAAP net income was a loss of $55 million, or $(0.24) per share, down from a loss of $2 million in the prior year period, or ($0.01) per share. GAAP net income was impacted by a $69 million non-cash charge reflecting the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as described above. Fourth quarter Adjusted net income was $21 million or $0.09 per share, up from $5 million or $0.02 per share.

Business Segment Results

  • Vonage Business revenues were $134 million, representing 53% of total revenues and 21% GAAP growth in the fourth quarter of 2017. Full year revenues increased 33% to $499 million.
  • Fourth quarter UCaaS revenues were $94 million, of which $74 million were service revenues. Service revenues increased 16% year-over-year on an organic3 basis.
  • UCaaS revenue churn was 1.2% in the fourth quarter of 2017, flat sequentially and down from 1.4% the prior year.
  • Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform revenues were $40 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, a year-over-year increase of 36% on an organic4 basis; full year Vonage API platform revenues were $140 million, up 39% year-over-year on an organic4 basis.
  • The Company increased its registered developers on the Vonage API Platform to 430,000, a sequential increase of 59,000.

Other Recent Vonage Business Highlights

  • Released Vonage Business Cloud, the Company's next-generation, proprietary cloud communications platform. Vonage Business Cloud includes advanced mobile and desktop applications as well as collaboration built on Amazon Chime. The entire platform is deployed on Amazon Web Services, enabling faster innovation and accelerated international expansion.
  • Expanded its award-winning SD-WAN solution, SmartWAN, to Vonage Business Cloud, allowing businesses to run their cloud communications using public broadband connections with Quality of Service.
  • Earned Frost & Sullivan's Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership award for the Company's ability to deliver better business outcomes for its customers through comprehensive UCaaS and CPaaS capabilities combined with extensive third-party solutions integrations.
  • Awarded FierceMarkets' Business Services Innovation Award for the Company's innovative, industry-leading Voice API.

Consumer Segment Results

  • Consumer revenues were $120 million in the fourth quarter, down 12% from the prior year quarter, and the fifth consecutive quarter of a lower year-over-year rate of decline in revenue. Full year 2017 revenues were $503 million, down 13%.
  • Consumer customer churn was 1.9%, flat sequentially and down from 2.2% in the year ago quarter.
  • Average revenue per line ("ARPU") in Consumer was $26.33, up from $26.11 in the year ago period.
  • The Consumer segment ended the fourth quarter with approximately 1.5 million subscriber lines.
  • Consumer's tenured customers, defined as those with the Company for more than two years, increased to 82% of the base. The churn rate of this tenured cohort is 1.5%.

Balance Sheet

The Company generated Adjusted OIBDA of $51 million, and Adjusted OIBDA minus Capex5 of $43 million in the fourth quarter. For the full year, the Company generated Adjusted OIBDA of $180 million and Adjusted OIBDA minus Capex of $147 million. The Company reduced debt by $90 million in 2017, resulting in a net debt to Last Twelve Months Adjusted OIBDA ratio of 1.1x. Vonage also repurchased 1.6 million shares of stock for $10 million at an average price of $5.95 under its current four-year $100 million program.

2018 Outlook

The Company's guidance reflects the adoption of the new Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) revenue recognition standard that is effective beginning January 1, 2018. For 2018, Vonage expects the following:

  • Consolidated revenues in the range of $1,030 million to $1,045 million
  • Vonage Business revenues in the range of $590 million to $605 million, with first quarter 2018 Vonage Business revenues expected to be in the range of $136 million to $137 million
  • Consumer revenues in the range of $435 million to $440 million reflecting the Company's continued focus on optimizing the business for cash flow
  • Consolidated Adjusted OIBDA of at least $195 million, including the impact of Topic 606, with first quarter 2018 Adjusted OIBDA in the low $40 million area.
  • Capex of approximately $35 million; Adjusted OIBDA minus capex of at least $160 million.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results and other matters at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. To participate, please dial (866) 807-9684. International callers should dial (412) 317-5415.

A live webcast of the event will be available on the Vonage Investor Relations site. A replay of the call and webcast will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and may be accessed through Vonage's Investor Relations website or by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, passcode 10116395.

  1. This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 4 for a reconciliation to GAAP income from operations.
  2. This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 5 for a reconciliation to GAAP net income.
  3. We define organic UCaaS growth as the increase in UCaaS revenues after giving pro forma effect for the exclusion of one-time items. See Table 3 for reference.
  4. We define organic Vonage API Platform growth as the increase in Vonage API Platform revenues after giving pro forma effect for the change in accounting treatment with respect to certain Vonage API Platform revenues being recognized on a gross rather than net basis. See Table 3 for reference.
  5. This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 4 for a reconciliation to GAAP net income.

 




VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016 (1)


2017


2016 (1)


(unaudited)


(audited)

Statement of Operations Data:










Revenues

$

254,020



$

253,083



$

246,763



$

1,002,286



$

955,621












Operating Expenses:










Cost of services (excluding depreciation and amortization
of $6,811, $6,852, $7,211, $27,308, and $28,489,
respectively)

97,058



96,632



88,768



378,960



321,373


Cost of goods sold

6,208



6,306



7,768



25,994



33,777


Sales and marketing

78,006



73,576



84,293



313,251



330,969


Engineering and development

7,634



6,956



7,607



29,630



29,759


General and administrative

24,126



26,811



34,043



122,537



123,304


Depreciation and amortization

18,003



18,179



19,070



72,523



72,285



231,035



228,460



241,549



942,895



911,467


Income from operations

22,985



24,623



5,214



59,391



44,154


Other Income (expense):










Interest income

5



3



14



17



79


Interest expense

(3,483)



(3,821)



(3,565)



(14,868)



(13,042)


Other income (expense), net

322



465



(109)



1,253



(346)



(3,156)



(3,353)



(3,660)



(13,598)



(13,309)


Income before income tax expense

19,829



21,270



1,554



45,793



30,845


Income tax expense

(75,102)



(10,668)



(3,592)



(79,726)



(17,694)


Net (loss) income

$

(55,273)



$

10,602



$

(2,038)



$

(33,933)



$

13,151


Net (loss) income per common share:










Basic

$

(0.24)



$

0.05



$

(0.01)



$

(0.15)



$

0.06


Diluted

$

(0.24)



$

0.04



$

(0.01)



$

(0.15)



$

0.06


Weighted-average common shares outstanding:










Basic

$

229,339



$

227,943



$

218,375



$

225,311



$

215,751


Diluted

229,339



242,720



218,375



225,311



231,941



(1) Revised due to the correction of prior period financial statements.

 

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA - (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016 (1)


2017


2016 (1)


(unaudited)


(audited)

Statement of Cash Flow Data:










Net cash provided by operating activities

$

47,458



$

47,907



$

23,842



$

128,058



$

93,456


Net cash used in investing activities

(7,111)



(9,349)



(2,812)



(30,737)



(191,449)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(39,485)



(35,379)



(25,210)



(96,242)



68,054


Capital expenditures, intangible assets, and development of software
assets

(8,061)



(9,349)



(8,767)



(33,289)



(37,734)



(1) Revised due to the adoption of new Accounting Standard Updates and the correction of prior period financial statements.

 



For the years ended December
31,



2017


2016 (1)



(audited)


(audited)

Balance Sheet Data (at period end):





Cash and cash equivalents


$

31,360



$

29,078


Marketable securities




601


Restricted cash


1,967



1,851


Accounts receivable, net of allowance


44,159



36,688


Inventory, net of allowance


2,971



4,116


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


30,196



29,188


Deferred customer acquisition costs, current and non-current


1,418



3,136


Property and equipment, net


46,754



48,415


Goodwill


373,764



360,363


Software, net


22,252



21,971


Intangible assets, net


173,270



199,256


Deferred tax assets


110,892



184,210


Other assets


19,678



16,793


Total assets


$

858,681



$

935,666


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

115,176



$

139,946


Deferred revenue, current and non-current


30,576



32,892


Total notes payable, net of debt related costs and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, including current portion


232,515



318,874


Capital lease obligations


140



3,428


Other liabilities


7,376



3,985


Total liabilities


$

385,783



$

499,125


Total stockholders' equity


$

472,898



$

436,541



(1) Revised due to the correction of prior period financial statements.

 

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 2. SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED OPERATING DATA

(Dollars in thousands, except per line/seat amounts)

(unaudited)


     The table below includes revenues and cost of revenues that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the business focused portion of our business:


 Business

Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenues:










   Service

$

113,992



$

109,483



$

91,663



$

419,591



$

301,877


   Product (1)

12,661



13,085



12,655



52,498



52,450


      Service and Product

126,653



122,568



104,318



472,089



354,327


   USF

7,447



6,738



6,193



26,833



22,025


Total Business Revenues

$

134,100



$

129,306



$

110,511



$

498,922



$

376,352












Cost of Revenues:










   Service (2)

$

51,716



$

50,777



$

38,697



$

190,934



$

111,485


   Product (1)

12,666



12,702



12,664



51,026



51,129


      Service and Product

64,382



63,479



51,361



241,960



162,614


   USF

7,447



6,738



6,193



26,833



22,036


Cost of Revenues

$

71,829



$

70,217



$

57,554



$

268,793



$

184,650












Service margin %

54.6

%


53.6

%


57.8

%


54.5

%


63.1

%

Gross margin % ex-USF (Service and product margin %)

49.2

%


48.2

%


50.8

%


48.7

%


54.1

%

Gross margin %

46.4

%


45.7

%


47.9

%


46.1

%


50.9

%


(1) Includes customer premise equipment, access, professional services, and shipping and handling.

(2) Excludes depreciation and amortization of $5,169, $5,053, $5,013 for the quarters ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 30, 2016, respectively and $20,100 and $18,820 for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

 

     The table below includes revenues and cost of revenues that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the consumer focused portion of our business:


Consumer

Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenues:










   Service

$

107,674



$

111,913



$

123,114



$

454,340



$

522,515


   Product (1)

27



94



188



525



702


      Service and Product

107,701



112,007



123,302



454,865



523,217


   USF

12,219



11,770



12,950



48,499



56,052


Total Business Revenues

$

119,920



$

123,777



$

136,252



$

503,364



$

579,269












Cost of Revenues:










   Service (2)

$

17,485



$

19,434



$

22,834



$

80,454



$

100,054


   Product (1)

1,733



1,517



3,198



7,208



14,394


      Service and Product

19,218



20,951



26,032



87,662



114,448


   USF

12,219



11,770



12,950



48,499



56,052


Cost of Revenues

$

31,437



$

32,721



$

38,982



$

136,161



$

170,500












Service margin %

83.8

%


82.6

%


81.5

%


82.3

%


80.9

%

Gross margin % ex-USF (Service and product margin %)

82.2

%


81.3

%


78.9

%


80.7

%


78.1

%

Gross margin %

73.8

%


73.6

%


71.4

%


72.9

%


70.6

%


(1) Includes customer premise equipment, access, professional services, and shipping and handling.

(2) Excludes depreciation and amortization of $1,642, $1,799, $2,198 for the quarters ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 30, 2016, respectively and $7,208 and $9,669 for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

 

     The table below includes key operating data that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the business focused portion of our business:


 Business

Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenues (1)

$

134,100



$

129,306



$

110,511



$

498,922



$

376,352


Average monthly revenues per seat (2)

$

43.71



$

43.53



$

44.65



$

43.86



$

44.94


Seats (at period end) (2)

727,085



709,736



638,096



727,085



638,096


Revenue churn (2)

1.2

%


1.2

%


1.4

%


1.3

%


1.4

%


(1) Includes revenues of $39,885, $38,364, and $26,541, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2016 and $139,665 and $58,148, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 from CPaaS, which was acquired on June 3, 2016.

(2) UCaaS only.

 

     The table below includes key operating data that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the consumer focused portion of our business:


Consumer

Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenues

$

119,920



$

123,777



$

136,252



$

503,364



$

579,269


Average monthly revenues per line

$

26.33



$

26.29



$

26.11



$

26.19



$

26.43


Subscriber lines (at period end)

1,492,067



1,543,760



1,711,366



1,492,067



1,711,366


Customer churn

1.9

%


1.9

%


2.2

%


2.0

%


2.2

%

 

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 3. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP BUSINESS REVENUES TO ADJUSTED BUSINESS REVENUES

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016


2017


2016

Total Business revenues(1)

$

134,100



$

129,306



$

110,511



$

498,922



$

376,352












Total UCaaS revenues (1)

$

94,215



$

90,942



$

83,971



$

359,257



$

318,205


Early termination letter









(500)


Bad debt policy reclassification









(431)


Accounts receivable write-down





300



319




Adjusted total UCaaS revenues

94,215



90,942



84,271



359,576



317,274


Hosted Infrastructure Sale





(1,660)



(2,721)



(6,262)


Adjusted total UCaaS revenues

94,215



90,942



82,611



356,855



311,012


Less: Product revenues

12,661



13,085



12,655



52,498



52,450


Less: USF revenues

7,447



6,738



6,193



26,833



22,025


Adjusted total UCaaS service revenues

$

74,107



$

71,119



$

63,763



$

277,524



$

236,537












Total CPaaS revenues (1)

$

39,885



$

38,364



$

26,541



$

139,665



$

58,148


Nexmo pre-acquisition revenues









34,225


Pro forma CPaaS revenues

39,885



38,364



26,541



139,665



92,373


Net-to-gross revenue reporting adjustment





2,827



3,374



10,267


Adjusted total CPaaS revenues

$

39,885



$

38,364



$

29,368



$

143,039



$

102,640



(1) Total Business revenues is comprised of revenues from UCaaS and CPaaS

 

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 4. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

 TO ADJUSTED OIBDA AND TO ADJUSTED OIBDA MINUS CAPEX

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016


2017


2016

Income from operations

$

22,985



$

24,623



$

5,214



$

59,391



$

44,154


Depreciation and amortization

18,003



18,179



19,070



72,523



72,285


Share-based expense

8,035



7,594



9,462



30,105



30,253


Acquisition related transaction and integration costs



15



(219)



172



4,863


Acquisition related consideration accounted for as
compensation

823



886



6,813



12,782



16,780


Change in contingent consideration





(4,110)





(11,472)


Organizational transformation

1,101







5,101



2,435


Loss on sublease





744





744


Adjusted OIBDA

$

50,947



$

51,297



$

36,974



$

180,074



$

160,042


Less:










Capital expenditures

$

(6,125)



$

(6,795)



$

(6,166)



$

(21,915)



$

(26,146)


Intangible assets

$



$



$

(50)



$



$

(50)


Acquisition and development of software assets

$

(1,936)



$

(2,554)



$

(2,551)



$

(11,374)



$

(11,538)


Adjusted OIBDA Minus Capex

$

42,886



$

41,948



$

28,207



$

146,785



$

122,308


 

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 5. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO

NET INCOME EXCLUDING ADJUSTMENTS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016 (1)


2017


2016 (1)

Net (loss) income

$

(55,273)



$

10,602



$

(2,038)



$

(33,933)



$

13,151


Amortization of acquisition - related intangibles

9,220



9,257



8,706



36,545



32,016


Acquisition related transaction and integration costs



15



(219)



172



4,863


Acquisition related consideration accounted for as
compensation

823



886



6,813



12,782



16,780


Change in contingent consideration





(4,110)





(11,472)


Organizational transformation

1,101







5,101



2,435


Loss on sublease





744





744


Tax impact on TCJA

69,378







69,378




Tax effect on adjusting items

(4,604)



(4,197)



(4,931)



(22,558)



(18,743)


Net income excluding adjustments

$

20,645



$

16,563



$

4,965



$

67,487



$

39,774


Net (loss) income per common share:










Basic

$

(0.24)



$

0.05



$

(0.01)



$

(0.15)



$

0.06


Diluted

$

(0.24)



$

0.04



$

(0.01)



$

(0.15)



$

0.06


Weighted-average common shares outstanding:










Basic

229,339



227,943



218,375



225,311



215,751


Diluted

229,339



242,720



218,375



225,311



231,941


Net income per common share, excluding adjustments:










Basic

$

0.09



$

0.07



$

0.02



$

0.30



$

0.18


Diluted

$

0.08



$

0.07



$

0.02



$

0.28



$

0.17


Weighted-average common shares outstanding:










Basic

229,339



227,943



218,375



225,311



215,751


Diluted

245,725



242,720



237,670



241,933



231,941



(1) Revised due to the correction of prior period financial statements.

 

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 6. FREE CASH FLOW

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2017


2016 (1)


2017


2016 (1)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

47,458



$

47,907



$

23,842



$

128,058



$

93,456


Less:










Capital expenditures

(6,125)



(6,795)



(6,166)



(21,915)



(26,146)


Intangible assets





(50)





(50)


Acquisition and development of software assets

(1,936)



(2,554)



(2,551)



(11,374)



(11,538)


Free cash flow

$

39,397



$

38,558



$

15,075



$

94,769



$

55,722



(1) Revised due to the adoption of new Accounting Standard Updates and the correction of prior period financial statements.

 

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 7. RECONCILIATION OF NOTES PAYABLE, INDEBTEDNESS UNDER REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY, AND CAPITAL LEASES TO NET DEBT

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)




For the years ended December 31,



2017


2016






Current maturities of capital lease obligations


$

140



$

3,288


Current portion of notes payable


18,750



18,750


Notes payable and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, net of current maturities and debt related costs


213,766



300,124


Unamortized debt related costs


672



1,064


Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities




140


Gross debt


233,328



323,366


Less:





Unrestricted cash and marketable securities


31,360



29,679


Net debt


$

201,968



$

293,687


 

About Vonage

Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of cloud communications services for business. Vonage transforms the way people work and businesses operate through a portfolio of cloud-based communications solutions that enable internal collaboration among employees, while also keeping companies closely connected with their customers, across any mode of communication, on any device. Vonage's API Platform provides tools for voice, messaging and phone verification services, allowing developers to embed contextual, programmable communications into mobile apps, websites and business systems, enabling enterprises to easily communicate relevant information to their customers in real time, anywhere in the world, through text messaging, chat, social media and voice. For more information, visit www.vonage.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by Regulation G adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, including: adjusted Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization ("adjusted OIBDA"), adjusted OIBDA less Capex, adjusted net income, net debt (cash), free cash flow and adjusted revenues.

Adjusted OIBDA

Vonage uses adjusted OIBDA as a principal indicator of the operating performance of its business.

Vonage defines adjusted OIBDA as GAAP income (loss) from operations excluding depreciation and amortization, share-based expense, acquisition related transaction and integration costs, change in contingent consideration, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, organizational transformation costs and loss on sublease.

Vonage believes that adjusted OIBDA permits a comparative assessment of its operating performance, relative to its performance based on its GAAP results, while isolating the effects of depreciation and amortization, which may vary from period to period without any correlation to underlying operating performance; of share-based expense, which is a non-cash expense that also varies from period to period; of one-time acquisition related transaction and integration costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation and change in contingent consideration, organizational transformation costs and loss on sublease.

The Company provides information relating to its adjusted OIBDA so that investors have the same data that the Company employs in assessing its overall operations. The Company believes that trends in its Adjusted OIBDA are valuable indicators of the operating performance of the Company on a consolidated basis.

The Company does not reconcile its forward-looking adjusted OIBDA to the corresponding GAAP measure of income from operations due to the significant variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts with respect to the various expenses we exclude, as they may be significantly impacted by future events the timing and nature of which are difficult to predict or are not within the control of management.  As such, the Company has determined that reconciliations of this forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure to the corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable effort.

Adjusted OIBDA less Capex

Vonage uses adjusted OIBDA less Capex as an indicator of the operating performance of its business. The Company provides information relating to its adjusted OIBDA less Capex so that investors have the same data that the Company employs in assessing its overall operations. The Company believes that trends in its Adjusted OIBDA less Capex are valuable indicators of the operating performance of the Company on a consolidated basis because they provide our investors with insight into current performance and period-to-period performance.

Adjusted net income

Vonage defines adjusted net income, as GAAP net income (loss) excluding amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, acquisition related transaction and integration costs, change in contingent consideration, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, loss on sublease and tax effect on adjusting items.

The Company believes that excluding these items will assist investors in evaluating the Company's operating performance and in better understanding its results of operations as amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets is a non-cash item, one-time acquisition related transaction and integration costs, change in contingent consideration, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, loss on sublease and tax effect on adjusting items are not reflective of operating performance.

Net debt (cash)

Vonage defines net debt (cash) as the current maturities of capital lease obligations, current portion of notes payable, notes payable and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, net of current maturities and debt related costs, and capital lease obligations, net of current maturities, less unrestricted cash and marketable securities.

Vonage uses net debt (cash) as a measure of assessing leverage, as it reflects the gross debt under the Company's credit agreements and capital leases less cash available to repay such amounts. The Company believes that net cash is also a factor that first parties consider in valuing the Company.

Free cash flow

Vonage defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures, purchase of intangible assets, and acquisition and development of software assets.

Vonage considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management about the amount of cash generated by the business that, after the acquisition of equipment and software, can be used by Vonage for debt service and strategic opportunities. Free cash flow is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures since the Company has certain non-discretionary obligations such as debt service that are not deducted from the measure.

The non-GAAP financial measures used by Vonage may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in accounting policies and items excluded or included in the adjustments, which limits its usefulness as a comparative measure. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

Adjusted Revenues

Vonage uses adjusted Business revenues to illustrate the impact of one-time items for UCaaS and CPaaS revenues.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about acquisitions, acquisition integration, growth priorities or plans, revenues, adjusted OIBDA, churn, seats, lines or accounts, average revenue per user, cost of telephony services, the Company's share repurchase plan, capital expenditures, new products and related investment, and other statements that are not historical facts or information, that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, other statements in this press release that are not historical facts or information may be forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available at the time the statements are made and/or management's belief as of that time with respect to future events and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to be materially different. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the competition we face; the expansion of competition in the cloud communications market; our ability to adapt to rapid changes in the cloud communications market; the nascent state of the cloud communications for business market; our ability to retain customers and attract new customers; the risk associated with developing and maintaining effective internal sales teams and effective distribution channels; risks related to the acquisition or integration of businesses we have acquired; security breaches and other compromises of information security; risks associated with sales of our services to medium-sized and enterprise customers; our reliance on third party hardware and software; our dependence on third party facilities, equipment, systems and services; system disruptions or flaws in our technology and systems; our ability to scale our business and grow efficiently; our dependence on third party vendors; the impact of fluctuations in economic conditions, particularly on our small and medium business customers; our ability to comply with data privacy and related regulatory matters; our ability to obtain or maintain relevant intellectual property licenses; failure to protect our trademarks and internally developed software; fraudulent use of our name or services; intellectual property and other litigation that have been and may be brought against us; reliance on third parties for our 911 services; uncertainties relating to regulation of VoIP services; risks associated with legislative, regulatory or judicial actions regarding our CPaaS products; the impact of governmental export controls or sanctions on our CPaaS products; our ability to establish and expand strategic alliances; risks associated with operating abroad; risks associated with the taxation of our business; risks associated with a material weakness in our internal controls; our dependence upon key personnel; governmental regulation and taxes in our international operations; liability under anti-corruption laws; our dependence on our customers' existing broadband connections; differences between our services and traditional telephone service; restrictions in our debt agreements that may limit our operating flexibility; foreign currency exchange risk; the market for our stock; our ability to obtain additional financing if required; any reinstatement of holdbacks by our credit card processors; our history of net losses and ability to achieve consistent profitability in the future; and other factors that are set forth in the "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. While the Company may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, and therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to today.

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SOURCE Vonage Holdings Corp.


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