NICE Reports $226M Non-GAAP Revenue, $0.81 Non-GAAP EPS in Q1

Continued Strong Growth in Operating Margin and Earnings Per Share in First Quarter 2016, Company Raises Full-Year Earnings Per Share Guidance

​May 5th, 2016​

Paramus, New Jersey, May 5, 2016 - NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter 2016 non-GAAP Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues of $226.1 million, up 4.3% year-over-year
  • Gross margin of 70.6%, up from 69.8% last year
  • Operating income of $57.8 million, up 14.6% year-over-year
  • Operating margin of 25.6%, up from 23.3% last year
  • Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.81, up 17.4% year-over-year
  • Record cash from operations of $112.8 million, compared to $104.1 million last year

“We are pleased to begin the year on a high note, as we reported first quarter 2016 revenue of $226 million, along with year-over-year 15% growth in operating income, further improvement in the operating margin and earning per share of $0.81, which represented an increase of 17% compared to the first quarter of 2015,” said Barak Eilam, CEO of NICE.

Mr. Eilam
continued, “Our continued strong quarterly performances are the result of the ongoing progress we are making in executing our strategy and the Company’s transformation. Part of this strategy is an emphasis on portfolio expansion and analytics, which has led to a growing number of large deals, and has allowed us to capitalize on many growth opportunities, as well as expand our market share.”

Dividend Declaration
The Company declared a cash dividend for the first quarter of 2016 of $0.16 per share. The record date will be May 18th, 2016 and the payment date will be June 2nd, 2016. Tax will be withheld at a rate of 15%.

Investor Day - Interactions 2016
The Company will be hosting its Investor Day on May 23rd and 24th in conjunction with its annual user conference in Orlando, Florida. The user conference will host notable key speakers and more than 1,500 customers. The special program for investors will include product and technology sessions, meetings with NICE management and a tour of the solutions showcase.

Analysts and investors who would like to register, please email IR@NICE.com.​

Non-GAAP Financial Highlights for the First Quarter Ended March 31:

The following non-GAAP financial data are from continuing operations, which exclude the results of the Intelligence and Physical Security divisions for both 2016 and 2015.

Revenues: First quarter 2016 non-GAAP total revenues were $226.1 million, up 4.3% from $216.7 million for the first quarter of 2015.

Gross Profit: First quarter 2016 non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin increased to $159.7 million and 70.6%, respectively, from $151.3 million and 69.8%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2015.

Operating Income: First quarter 2016 non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin increased to $57.8 million and 25.6%, respectively, from $50.5 million and 23.3%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2015.

Net Income from Continuing Operations: First quarter 2016 non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net margin increased to $49.6 million and 21.9%, respectively, from $42.3 million and 19.5%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2015.

Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations: First quarter 2016 non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share increased 17.4% to $0.81, compared to $0.69 for the first quarter of 2015.

GAAP Financial Highlights for the First Quarter Ended March 31:

The following GAAP financial data, excluding cash flow and cash balance, are from continuing operations, which exclude the results of the Intelligence and Physical Security divisions for both 2016 and 2015.

Revenues: First quarter 2016 total revenues increased 4.3% to $226.0 million compared to $216.6 million for the first quarter of 2015.

Gross Profit: First quarter 2016 gross profit and gross margin increased to $151.1 million and 67.0%, respectively, from $143.4 million and 66.2%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2015.

Operating Income: First quarter 2016 operating income and operating margin increased to $37.5 million and 16.6%, respectively, from $33.2 million and 15.3%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2015.

Net Income from Continuing Operations:: First quarter 2016 net income and net margin increased to $35.3 million and 15.6%, respectively, compared to $28.6 million and 13.2%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2015.

Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations: Fully diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2016 was $0.58 compared to $0.47 for the first quarter of 2015.​

Operating Cash Flow and Cash Balance: First quarter 2016 operating cash flow was $112.8 million. In the first quarter, $22.7 million was used for share repurchases and $9.5 million for dividends. As of March 31, 2016, total cash and cash equivalents, short term investments and marketable securities were $765.1 million, with no debt.


Second Quarter and Full Year 2016 Guidance:
Second Quarter 2016: Second quarter 2016 non-GAAP total revenues are expected to be in a range of $229 million to $239 million. Second quarter 2016 non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share are expected to be in a range of $0.72 to $0.78.

Full Year 2016: Full year 2016 non-GAAP total revenues are expected to be in a range of $995 million to $1,015 million. The Company increased its full year 2016 non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share to be in a range of $3.41 to $3.55.


Quarterly Results Conference Call
NICE management will host its earnings conference call today, May 5th, 2016 at 8:30 AM EDT, 13:30 GMT, 15:30 Israel, to discuss the results and the company's outlook. To participate in the call, please dial in to the following numbers: United States 1-866-804-8688 or +1-718-354-1175, International +44(0)1296-480-100, United Kingdom 0-800-783-0906, Israel 1-809-242-041. The Passcode is 526 899 24. Additional access numbers can be found at http://www.btconferencing.com/globalaccess/?bid=54_attended. The call will be webcast live on the Company’s website at http://www.nice.com/news-and-events/ir-events. An online replay will also be available approximately two hours following the call. A telephone replay of the call will be available for 7 days after the live broadcast, and may be accessed by dialing: United States 1-877-482-6144, International +44(0)20-7136-9233, United Kingdom 0-800-032-9687. The Passcode for the replay is 482 796 13.

Non-GAAP financial measures consist of GAAP financial measures adjusted to exclude: amortization of acquired intangible assets, re-organization expenses, share-based compensation, certain business combination accounting entries and tax adjustment re non-GAAP adjustments. The purpose of such adjustments is to give an indication of our performance exclusive of non-cash charges and other items that are considered by management to be outside of our core operating results. Our non-GAAP financial 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 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. Business combination accounting rules requires us to recognize a legal performance obligation related to a revenue arrangement of an acquired entity. The amount assigned to that liability should be based on its fair value at the date of acquisition. The non-GAAP adjustment is intended to reflect the full amount of such revenue. We believe this adjustment is useful to investors as a measure of the ongoing performance of our business. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide consistent and comparable measures to help investors understand our current and future operating cash flow performance. These non-GAAP financial measures may differ materially from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Reconciliation between results on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis is provided in a table immediately following the Consolidated Statements of Income.

About NICE
NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of software solutions that enable organizations to take the next best action in order to improve customer experience and business results, ensure compliance, fight financial crime, and safeguard people and assets. NICE’s solutions empower organizations to capture, analyze, and apply, in real time, insights from both structured and unstructured Big Data. This data comes from multiple sources, including phone calls, mobile apps, emails, chat, social media, video, and transactions. NICE solutions are used by over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies. www.nice.com.

Trademark Note: NICE and the NICE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NICE Systems.  All other marks are trademarks of their respective owners.  For a full list of NICE Systems' marks, please see: http://www.nice.com/nice-trademarks

Investors

Marty Cohen, +1 212 574 3635, ir@nice.com, ET

Yisca Erez, +972 9 775-3798, ir@nice.com, CET​

Media Contact

Erik Snider, +1 877 245 7448, erik.snider@nice.com​

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, including the statements by Mr. Eilam, are based on the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of NICE-Systems Ltd. (the Company).  In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as believe, expect, may, will, intend, project, plan, estimate or similar words.  Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially from those described herein, including but not limited to the impact of the global economic environment on the Company’s customer base (particularly financial services firms) potentially impacting our business and financial condition; competition; changes in technology and market requirements; decline in demand for the Company's products; inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; difficulties or delays in absorbing and integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel; loss of market share; an inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements; and the effect of newly enacted or modified laws, regulation or standards on the Company and our products. For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, refer to the Company's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise them, except as required by law.