NICE Systems Reports Record Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007; First Time Annual Revenues Cross the $500 Million Mark
Ra’anana, Israel, February, 2008 - NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE), a leading global provider of advanced solutions that enable organizations to extract Insight from Interactions to drive performance, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2007.
Record Fiscal Year 2007 non-GAAP Results Include:
* Revenues of $523 million, 25% growth over 2006
* Operating margins of 16.7% up from 15.1% in 2006
* Earnings per fully diluted share of $1.44
* $118 million cash generated from operations
Record Fourth Quarter 2007 non-GAAP Results Include:
* Revenues of $146 million; earnings per fully diluted share of $0.39
* Record bookings; Book-to-bill greater than 1 for the 15th consecutive quarter
* 36 7-digit deals, 3 times higher than fourth quarter 2006
Fourth quarter 2007 non-GAAP revenue was a record $145.8 million, representing a 21.1% increase from $120.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. Non-GAAP revenues for fiscal year 200 7 reached a record high of $522.7 million, a 25.0% increase from $418.1 million in 2006.
Fourth quarter 2007 non-GAAP gross margin reached a record 64.7%, up from 64.3% in the fourth quarter 2006. Non-GAAP gross margin for the year reached a record 63.5% compared with 60.4% for the year 2006.
Fourth quarter 2007 non-GAAP operating profit totaled a record $25.6 million, with operating margin of 17.6%, compared with $21.6 million, and 17.9% operating margin, in the fourth quarter of 2006. For the year, non-GAAP operating profit increased to $87.2 million, up from $63.2 million in 2006 and non GAAP operating margins reached 16.7%, up from 15.1% in 2006.
Fourth quarter 2007 non-GAAP net income was a record $ 24 .1 million or $0.39 per fully diluted share, up from $19.7 million or $0.37 per fully diluted share in the same quarter of 2006. Non-GAAP net income for the year was a record $81.5 million or $1.44 per fully diluted share, compared with net income of $61.1 million or $1.17 per fully diluted share for 2006.
On a GAAP basis: Fourth quarter 2007 revenue was $143.6 million, up from $116.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter 2007 gross profit was $86.5 million, up from $70. 5 million, in the fourth quarter of 2006; operating profit was $6.1 million, compared with operating profit of $8.8 million, in the fourth quarter of 2006; and fourth quarter 2007 net income was $8.3 million, or $0.13 per fully diluted share, compared with net income of $9.9 million, or $0.19 per share, on a fully diluted basis, for the fourth quarter of 2006.
Total cash and equivalents as at December 31, 2007 rose by $40.4 million during the quarter reaching to $398.2 million, with no debt, compared to $357.8 million at the end of September 30, 2007.
"2007 was a record year for our company as we crossed the $500 million mark for the first time. Our strong results are a reflection of the excellent execution of our growth strategy in both the enterprise and security markets. We had an excellent fourth quarter, which was driven by strong demand for our solutions across the board, and especially in financial services. Looking forward to 2008 we believe that NICE will further expand its global footprint in its respective markets,” said Haim Shani, Chief Executive Officer, NICE Systems. “Our solutions for risk management and compliance, operational efficiency, and customer retention are critical in today’s business environment and our unique security solutions for integrated audio and video are high on the agenda of governments and states in their need to protect citizens and assets. We expect that our growth will continue in 2008 and beyond.”
Guidance for Fiscal Year 2008
The company reiterates its full year 2008 guidance. Non-GAAP revenue is expected to be $615-630 million, and non-GAAP EPS guidance, on a fully diluted basis, in the range of $1.65-$1.75.
Guidance for First Quarter 2008
The company introduces for the first time, guidance for the first quarter 2008. Non-GAAP revenue is expected to be between $142 and $146 million, and non-GAAP EP S, on a fully diluted basis, is expected to be in the range of $0.34 – $0.37.
4th Annual Investor and Analyst Day
NICE senior management will host its annual Investor and Analyst Day in New York, on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 08:30 am EST. For further details on the event please click on the event banner on our website at http://www.nice.com/.
NICE will host a conference call to discuss the results and its business outlook today at 8:30 a.m. EST (15:30 Israel). Participants may access the conference call by dialing US toll-free 1-888-281-1167 or 1-800-994-4498; international: +972-3-918-0610; Israel: 03-918-0610. The call will also be broadcast live on the internet via NICE’s website at www.nice.com. A telephone replay will be available for up to 72 hours after the call. The replay information: US Toll-free: 1-888-326-9310; international: +972-3-9255930; Israel: 03-9255930.
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