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Adobe Beats Estimates, Says Rest of the Year Will Be Flat, Settles Lawsuit

Friday, June 15, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 14-- Adobe Systems Incorporated today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 1, 2001. In the second quarter of fiscal 2001, Adobe achieved revenue of $344.1 million, compared to $300.1 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2000 and $329 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2001. This represents 15 percent year-over-year revenue growth, with application revenue growth of 19 percent. Pro forma diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2001, excluding non-operating gains and losses, were $0.34. "Given the tough economic environment, I am extremely pleased with Adobe's financial results in the quarter,'' said Bruce R. Chizen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe. "Record revenue for Adobe Acrobat 5.0, resulting in 67 percent year-over-year growth in our ePaper Solutions segment, combined with our continued focus on operational excellence, drove another quarter of solid performance.'' Net income, which includes non-operating gains and losses, was $61.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2001, compared to $65.8 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2000, and $69.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2001. Including non-operating gains and losses, diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2001 were $0.25 based on 250.1 million weighted average shares. This compares with diluted earnings per share of $0.26 reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2000, based on 255.3 million weighted average shares, and diluted earnings per share of $0.28 reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2001, based on 253.6 million weighted average shares. Excluding the amortization of goodwill and restructuring and other charges, Adobe's operating profit was $121.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2001, compared to $97 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2000 and $119 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2001. This represents 25 percent year-over-year operating profit growth. As a percent of revenue, operating profit for the second quarter was 35.3 percent, compared to 32.3 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2000 and 36.2 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2001. "In Q2, we saw weakness in North America and Europe and we expect this to continue in Q3. Additionally, we are factoring in a potential slowdown in Asia,'' stated Murray J. Demo, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Adobe. "Because of continued economic uncertainty, as well as a tough year-over-year compare, we are expecting our Q3 fiscal 2001 year-over-year revenue will be approximately flat.'' "Looking to Q4, although our visibility remains low, we believe our year-over-year revenue growth will improve as we enter a new major product upgrade cycle,'' added Demo. For both the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2001, the Company announced that it continues to target a gross margin of 93 percent and an operating margin of 31 percent. As a percent of revenue, Adobe continues to target expenses by category as follows: * Research & Development -- approximately 19 to 20 percent * Sales & Marketing -- approximately 33 to 34 percent * General & Administrative -- approximately 9 percent In addition, Adobe is targeting its share count range to be between 252 and 254 million shares in third quarter of fiscal 2001, and between 254 and 256 million shares in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001. The Company continues to target other income to be approximately $4 million per quarter, and a tax rate of 33 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Adobe Board of Directors declared this quarter's cash dividend of $0.0125 per share, payable on July 9, 2001 to stockholders of record as of June 26, 2001. Adobe also announced that it has signed an agreement to settle a securities class action lawsuit brought against the Company and a number of present and former officers and directors in connection with Adobe's acquisition of Frame Technology. The suit was filed on February 6, 1996 in superior court in San Jose, Calif. "We are delighted with this outcome,'' said Chizen. "It has no material impact on Adobe's financial results and it concludes a matter that has been pending for more than five years.'' The settlement amount will be paid in full by insurance, and Adobe and its insurers will split the defense costs. The settlement is subject to approval by the court, and further terms of it are confidential.

 

 

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