VMware Reports Fourth-Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Results

Virtualization Leader Grew Fourth Quarter Revenues 80% to $412 Million; Increased 2007 Revenues to $1.33 Billion

Supplemental Financial Tables

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Highlights

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 28, 2008— VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the data center, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2007:

  • Total revenues for the fourth quarter were $412 million, an increase of 80% compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $76 million compared to $37 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.  Non-GAAP operating income was $108 million, representing 26% of fourth-quarter revenues and an increase of 72% over the year-ago quarter.
  • GAAP net income for the quarter was $78 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $31 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.    Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $103 million, or $0.26 per diluted share.  GAAP and non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 include a $0.01 per diluted share benefit from a change in tax rate.
  • Total revenues for the full fiscal year 2007 were $1.33 billion, an increase of 88% compared to 2006.
  • GAAP operating income for the full fiscal year 2007 was $235 million compared to $121 million in 2006.  Non-GAAP operating income for the year was $338 million, representing 26% of full-year revenues and an increase of 77% over 2006. 
  • GAAP net income for the year was $218 million or $0.61 per diluted share, compared to $86 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in 2006.  Non-GAAP net income was $295 million or $0.82 per diluted share.

“VMware executed at a remarkable pace in 2007 as customer interest and partner attention increased several fold,” said Diane Greene, president and chief executive officer of VMware.  “We begin 2008 with more than 100,000 customers, 500 technology and consulting partners, nearly 10,000 go-to-market partners, and more than 5,000 employees.  As others begin to enter the market, VMware and our partners are continuing to broaden and deepen our highly reliable end-to-end virtualization solutions.

“From the desktop to the data center, VMware products are providing significant capital and operational cost savings to customers,” continued Greene. “VMware is enabling organizations of all sizes to deploy and manage two to three times the number of application workloads per administrator, while using four to 10 times less data center capacity. VMware’s vision for the virtual data center is delivering tremendous value to our customers today and our product pipeline for 2008 promises to deliver much more.”

VMware plans to host a conference call today to review its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results and provide forward-looking guidance for 2008.  The call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET and can be accessed via the Web at http://ir.vmware.com. The Internet broadcast and related slides will be available live, and a replay will be available following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 30 days. 

About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the data center.  Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion, more than 100,000 customers and more than 10,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies.  VMware is based in Palo Alto, California and on the web at www.vmware.com.

VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate, but are not limited, to continuing customer adoption and deployment of our products and architecture, achievement of data center efficiencies, our future product introductions and customer perceptions of their value.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) the ability to develop, and to transition to, new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology, and rapid technological and market change; (v) changes to product development timelines;  (vi) VMware’s relationship with EMC Corporation, and EMC’s ability to control matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of VMware’s board members; (vi) the ability to protect our proprietary technology; (viii) our ability  to attract and retain highly qualified employees; and (ix) fluctuating currency exchange rates.  These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

VMware has provided a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure used in this earnings release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.  These non-GAAP financial measures, which are used as measures of VMware’s performance, should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or in isolation from, measures of VMware’s financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  These measures differ from GAAP in that they exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, the write-off of in-process research and development, and the net effect of the amortization and capitalization of software development costs under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 86 (“FAS86”), VMware’s bases for these adjustments are described below.

VMware’s management uses the non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this release and shown in the accompanying schedules to gain an understanding of VMware’s comparative operating results (when comparing such results with previous periods or forecasts) and its future prospects and excludes the above-listed items (stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, write-off of in-process research and development, and the net effect of the amortization and capitalization of software development costs under FAS86) from its internal operating plans and measurement of financial performance, including budgeting, calculating bonus payments, and forecasting future periods.  These non-GAAP financial measures are used by VMware’s management in their financial and operating decision-making because management believes they reflect VMware’s ongoing business in a manner that allows meaningful period-to-period comparisons.  As the non-GAAP financial measures exclude non-cash expenses that VMware believes are not reflective of ongoing operating results, management believes the non-GAAP financial measures enable management to better analyze trends in its business.  VMware’s management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others (a) in understanding and evaluating VMware’s current operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose, and (b) in comparing in a consistent manner VMware’s current financial results with VMware’s past financial results. 

In addition to the foregoing, management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and others in assessing VMware’s operating performance due to the following factors:

  • Although stock-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation of VMware’s employees and executives, determining the fair value of the stock-based instruments involves a high degree of judgment and estimation and the expense recorded may bear little resemblance to the actual value realized upon the future exercise or termination of the related stock-based awards.  VMware does not believe these non-cash expenses are reflective of ongoing operating results. 
  • VMware’s amortization of intangible assets includes the effects of EMC’s acquisition of VMware in January 2004. Also,VMware does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle.   VMware therefore believes that the presentation of non-GAAP measures that adjust for the amortization of intangible assets and the write-off of in-process research and development, provide investors and others with a consistent basis for comparison across accounting periods and, therefore, are useful to investors and others in helping them to better understand VMware’s operating results and underlying operational trends.
  • The amortization and capitalization of software under FAS86 can vary significantly depending upon the timing of products reaching technological feasibility.  VMware does not believe that the variance in operating results caused by the net effect of applying FAS86 properly reflect underlying operational trends.

VMware’s non-GAAP financial measures may be defined differently than similar terms used by other companies and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.   There are significant limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures.  Specifically, the non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation, intangible amortization, in-process research and development, and the net effect of the amortization and capitalization of software development costs under FAS86, do not include all items of income and expense that affect VMware’s operations.  More specifically, in the case of stock-based compensation, if VMware did not pay out a portion of its compensation in the form of stock-based compensation, the cash salary expense included in costs of revenues and operating expenses would be higher. In the case of intangible amortization, while not directly affecting VMware’s cash position, it represents the loss of value of intangible assets over time.  As a result, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share, which exclude this expense, do not reflect the full economic loss in value of those intangible assets.  Management compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to VMware’s financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP, which reconciliations are set forth in the accompanying schedules to this release, in the current report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC on the date hereof and on http://ir.vmware.com.