NICE Reports 7% Increase in Non-GAAP Revenue and 27% Increase in Non-GAAP EPS for the Third Quarter 2015

Company Raises Full-Year 2015 EPS Guidance

October 29, 2015

Ra’anana, Israel, October 29, 2015 - NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015. 

Third Quarter 2015 Non-GAAP Financial Highlights:
  • Revenue of $221 million, up 7% year-over-year
  • Gross margin of 69.8% compared to 67.2% last year
  • Operating profit increased 45% year-over-year to $56 million
  • Operating margin increased to 25.2% compared to 18.5% last year
  • Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.75, up 27% year-over-year

“It was another strong quarter for NICE resulting from all around solid execution,” said Barak Eilam, CEO of NICE. “We reported very good year-over-year top and bottom line results in which revenues increased 10%, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, and earnings per share grew 27% supported by an operating margin that exceeded 25%. Backed by strong demand and a healthy pipeline, we are looking forward to a strong finish for the year.”

Mr. Eilam continued, “The execution of our long term strategic initiatives continues to move forward as planned.  We are now a more simplified, true enterprise software company focused on analytics, and our business is aligned across all dimensions, including  technologies, customers, and markets.”

Dividend Declaration
The Company declared a cash dividend for the third quarter of 2015 of $0.16 per share. The record date will be November 10th, 2015 and the payment date will be November 24th, 2015. Tax will be withheld at a rate of 15%.



Non-GAAP Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended September 30:

The following non-GAAP financial data are from continuing operations, which exclude the results of the Intelligence and Physical Security divisions for both 2015 and 2014.

Revenues: Third quarter 2015 non-GAAP total revenues were $221.1 million, up 6.5% from $207.5 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Gross Profit: Third quarter 2015 non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin increased to $154.3 million and 69.8%, respectively, from $139.5 million and 67.2%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2014. 

Operating Income: Third quarter 2015 non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin increased to $55.7 million and 25.2%, respectively, from $38.5 million and 18.5%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2014. 

Net Income from Continuing Operations: Third quarter 2015 non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net margin increased to $46.3 million and 21.0%, respectively, from $35.4 million and 17.1%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2014. 

Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations: Third quarter 2015 non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share increased 27.1% to $0.75, compared to $0.59 for the third quarter of 2014. 



GAAP Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended September 30:

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 2015 and 2014.

Revenues: Third quarter 2015 total revenues increased 6.5% to $221.1 million compared to $207.5 million for the third quarter of 2014. 

Gross Profit: Third quarter 2015 gross profit and gross margin increased to $146.5 million and 66.3%, respectively, from $131.5 million and 63.4%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2014. 

Operating Income: Third quarter 2015 operating income and operating margin increased to $37.8 million and 17.1%, respectively, from $17.3 million and 8.4%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2014. 

Net Income from Continuing Operations: Third quarter 2015 net income and net margin increased to $29.5 million and 13.3%, respectively, compared to $20.9 million and 10.1%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2014.

Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations: Fully diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2015 increased 41.2% to $0.48, compared to $0.34 for the third quarter of 2014. 

Operating Cash Flow and Cash Balance: Third quarter 2015 operating cash flow was $49.5 million. In the third quarter, $30.0 million was used for share repurchases and $9.6 million for dividends. As of September 30, 2015, total cash and cash equivalents, short term investments and marketable securities were $808.3 million, with no debt. 



Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Guidance:

Fourth Quarter 2015: Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP total revenues are expected to be in a range of $262 million to $278 million. Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share are expected to be in a range of $0.97 to $1.08.

Full-Year 2015: The Company has reiterated and narrowed the range of its full-year 2015 non-GAAP total revenues to an expected range of $916 million to $932 million. The Company increased its full-year 2015 non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share to be in a range of $3.06 to $3.17. 



Quarterly Results Conference Call 

NICE management will host its earnings conference call today, October 29th, 2015 at 8:30 AM EDT, 12:30 GMT, 14:30 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 418 416 32. 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 176 851 57. 

Non-GAAP financial measures consist of GAAP financial measures adjusted to exclude: amortization of acquired intangible assets, re-organization expenses, restructures expenses, share-based compensation, certain business combination accounting entries, settlement and related expenses 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.


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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.