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Adobe's Q4 earnings up 11 percent

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

SAN JOSE, Calif. (December 16, 2008) Adobe Systems Incorporated today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Nov. 28, 2008.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, Adobe achieved record revenue of $915.3 million, compared to $911.2 million reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and $887.3 million reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. The Company's reported fourth quarter revenue was slightly above the preliminary revenue range of $912 million to $915 million it provided on Dec. 3, 2008.

"Despite a difficult economic environment in 2008, we were able to achieve record revenue and double digit growth for the sixth consecutive year," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO. "In addition, our consistent execution and disciplined expense management enabled us to significantly exceed our profit targets. Although we expect 2009 will be a challenging year, we remain excited about the long term market trends driving our business, and are confident we will emerge from the current recession stronger than ever."

Adobe Reports Record Annual Revenue in Fiscal Year 2008

In fiscal year 2008, Adobe achieved record revenue of $3.580 billion, compared to $3.158 billion in fiscal 2007. On a year-over-year basis, annual revenue grew 13 percent and was in line with the growth target the Company provided at the outset of the year.

Adobe's annual GAAP net income was $871.8 million in fiscal 2008, compared to $723.8 million in fiscal 2007. Adobe's annual non-GAAP net income was $1.136 billion in fiscal 2008, compared to $965.8 million in fiscal 2007.

GAAP diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2008 were $1.59, compared to $1.21 in fiscal 2007. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2008 were $2.07, compared to $1.61 in fiscal 2007.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2008 GAAP Results

Adobe's GAAP diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 were $0.46, based on 534.9 million weighted average shares. This compares with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.38 reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 based on 587.9 million weighted average shares, and GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.35 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2008 based on 541.3 million weighted average shares.

GAAP operating income was $273.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $275.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and $219.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. As a percent of revenue, GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 was 29.8 percent, compared to 30.3 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and 24.7 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

GAAP net income was $245.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $222.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and $191.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2008 Non-GAAP Results

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 were $0.60. This compares with non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.49 reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.50 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Adobe's non-GAAP operating income was $374.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $362.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and $351.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008. As a percent of revenue, non-GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 was 41.0 percent, compared to 39.7 percent in both the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Non-GAAP net income was $320.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to $289.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and $269.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.

Reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release.

First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Financial Targets

For the first quarter of fiscal 2009, Adobe reaffirmed the financial targets that it previously provided on Dec. 3, 2008. The Company is targeting Q1 revenue of $800 million to $850 million, an operating margin of 26 percent to 28 percent on a GAAP basis, and an operating margin of 37 percent to 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis.

In addition, Adobe is targeting its share count to be between 530 million and 534 million shares in the first quarter. The Company also is targeting non-operating income to be between $3 million and $5 million. Adobe's GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are expected to be approximately 24 percent.

These targets lead to a first quarter diluted earnings per share target range of $0.30 to $0.35 on a GAAP basis, and an earnings per share target range of $0.43 to $0.47 on a non-GAAP basis.

Reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial targets is provided at the end of this press release.

 

 

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