Verint Systems (VRNT) Misses Q1 EPS by 16c, Revenues Miss

June 9, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

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Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT) reported Q1 EPS of $0.52, $0.16 worse than the analyst estimate of $0.68. Revenue for the quarter came in at $287.3 million versus the consensus estimate of $323.29 million.

“Following a strong February and March, in April we saw many customers delaying planned projects, primarily involving on-premises deployments. Looking forward, as offices re-open and travel restrictions are lifted, we expect a sequential improvement in Q2 and continued improvement in the second half of the year,” said Dan Bodner, CEO.

Bodner continued, “We are pleased to report significant progress on our plan to create two independent public companies, targeted for shortly after fiscal year-end. We recently completed an investment from Apax Partners and amended our term loan agreement to facilitate the separation. Jason Wright, lead technology partner at Apax, joined Verint’s Board to help drive our separation strategy and growth opportunities.”

Bodner added, “Verint’s solutions are mission critical, and I am very proud of our employees and how we have supported our customers and partners. From the onset of COVID-19, we quickly took steps to help our customers address the challenges of this new environment and we are pleased to have received positive feedback for our innovation, customer-centricity and the speed with which our employees have responded."

“In Customer Engagement, our solutions are driving workforce productivity, business analytics, compliance and fraud detection. The majority of our revenue is generated from our large existing customer base comprised primarily of financial services, healthcare, utilities, technology and government verticals, and our renewal rates remained strong during the quarter. Our cloud-first strategy is working well with new SaaS ACV growth and a steady increase in recurring software revenue mix. As organizations adjust to the new normal home-office work environment, Verint is well-positioned to help them evolve with new innovative solutions that we are launching,” said Bodner.

“In Cyber Intelligence, advanced data mining analytics is critical for organizations that are responsible for complex security investigations and generating actionable insights to fight crime and terror. Our solutions help maintain law and order both in times of peace and crisis and in Q1 we continued to win many large contracts with an increasing software mix. I am pleased to report that in Q1 our gross margin on an estimated and fully allocated basis increased ~400 bps year-over-year, following the steady improvement we delivered over the last couple of years. Our differentiated software model provides our customers with faster software refresh cycles that can quickly address changing security threats in the current environment. Our Cyber Intelligence business is well positioned to help our customers address these evolving threats, and to become a successful standalone company following the separation," said Bodner.

Outlook

Doug Robinson, CFO, added, “We expect our business results to improve throughout the year as delayed on-premises deals come back. We expect our cloud-first strategy in Customer Engagement and our software model strategy in Cyber Intelligence to continue momentum this year. We are targeting the separation shortly after fiscal year-end and have now put the necessary capital structure in place, having completed the first tranche of the Apax investment and the term loan amendment.”

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