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Interxion Reports Q4 and Full Year 2016 Results

12% Constant Currency Revenue Growth in Fourth Quarter

AMSTERDAM 1 March 2017 – Interxion Holding NV (NYSE: INXN), a leading European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, announced its results today for the three months and year ended 31 December 2016.

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for the fourth quarter and full year (FY) increased by 10% and 9% to €110.5 million and €421.8 million, respectively (4Q 2015: €100.7 million; FY 2015: €386.6 million)
  • Net income for the fourth quarter and full year was €10.0 million and €39.9 million, respectively (4Q 2015: €12.1 million; FY 2015: €48.6 million)
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 for the fourth quarter and full year increased by 10% and 11% to €49.3 million and €190.9 million, respectively (4Q 2015: €44.9 million; FY 2015: €171.3 million)
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter was 44.6% and 45.3% for the full year, unchanged and up 100 basis points, respectively (4Q 2015: 44.6%; FY 2015: 44.3%)
  • Earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter and full year were €0.14 and €0.56, respectively (4Q 2015: €0.17; FY 2015: €0.69)
  • Adjusted net income1 for the fourth quarter and full year was €9.0 million and €36.6 million, respectively (4Q 2015: €12.1 million; FY 2015: €37.9 million)
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter and full year was €0.13 and €0.51, respectively (4Q 2015: €0.17; FY 2015: €0.54)
  • Capital expenditures2, including intangible assets, were €73.8 million in the fourth quarter and €250.9 million for full year 2016 (4Q 2015: €42.0 million; FY 2015: €192.6 million)

Operating Highlights

  • Equipped Space increased by 3,000 square metres in the fourth quarter and 9,600 square metres for the full year to 110,800 square metres
  • Revenue Generating Space increased by 3,100 square metres in the fourth quarter and 8,100 square metres for the full year to 87,200 square metres
  • Utilisation Rate was 79% at the end of the year
  • During the fourth quarter, Interxion opened two new data centres: the first phase of its AMS8 data centre in Amsterdam, and the first two phases of its DUB3 data centre in Dublin. In addition, Interxion opened a 500 sqm expansion at its PAR7 data centre in Paris.

“Interxion continued its momentum into the fourth quarter, capping 2016 with double digit annual growth for revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, and solid margin improvement. We experienced growth across our key target segments, and we saw a continuation of strong bookings across all deal sizes” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s Chief Executive Officer. ”Customers value our services, which are located in the main connectivity hubs across Europe, as they seek network-dense facilities where they create business value by gaining access to our vibrant Communities of Interest.”

Quarterly Review

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was €110.5 million, a 10% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2016. Recurring revenue3 was €103.4 million, a 9% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 3% increase over the third quarter of 2016. Recurring revenue in the quarter was 94% of total revenue. On a constant currency basis4, revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016 was 12% higher than the fourth quarter of 2015.

Cost of sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 was €43.0 million, a 10% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 6% increase over the third quarter of 2016.

Gross profit was €67.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 10% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2016.

Sales and marketing costs in the fourth quarter of 2016 were €7.6 million, a 3% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2016. Other general and administrative costs5 were €10.5 million, a 15% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 19% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was €49.3 million, a 10% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 2% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 44.6% in both the fourth quarter of 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2015, and 45.9% in the third quarter of 2016.

Depreciation, amortisation, and impairments in the fourth quarter of 2016 was €24.2 million, an increase of 20% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 10% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016.

Operating income during the fourth quarter of 2016 was €22.6 million, a 1% decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 4% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2016.

Net finance expense for the fourth quarter of 2016 was €9.5 million, an 18% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, and a 10% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016. Comparisons to previous periods are impacted by the bond tap in April 2016. Included in third quarter 2016 was a €1.4 million positive adjustment on finance lease obligations, lowering net finance expense.

Income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2016 was €3.0 million, an 18% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, and a 33% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2016. Income tax expense in the fourth quarter 2016 was impacted by the release of €0.8 million income tax accrual.
Net income was €10.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 17% decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 4% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2016.

Adjusted net income was €9.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 26% decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 5% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016.

Cash generated from operations, defined as cash generated from operating activities before interest and corporate income tax payments and receipts, was €50.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 32% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, and a 15% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016.

Capital expenditures, including intangible assets, were €73.8 million in the fourth quarter 2016 compared to €42.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and €64.5 million in the third quarter of 2016.
Cash and cash equivalents were €115.9 million at 31 December 2016, compared to €53.7 million at year end 2015. Total borrowings, net of deferred revolving facility financing fees, were €735.0 million at year end 2016 compared to €555.1 million at year end 2015. As of 31 December 2016, the company’s revolving credit facility was undrawn.

Equipped space at year end 2016 was 110,800 square metres compared to 101,200 square metres at year end 2015 and 107,800 square metres at the end of the third quarter 2016. Revenue generating space at year end 2016 was 87,200 square metres compared to 79,100 square metres at year end 2015 and 84,100 square metres at the end of the third quarter 2016. Utilisation rate, the ratio of revenue-generating space to equipped space, was 79% at year-end 2016 compared to 78% at year-end 2015 and 78% at the end of the third quarter 2016.

Annual Review

Revenue for 2016 was €421.8 million, a 9% increase compared to 2015. Recurring revenue for 2016 was €400.0 million, a 10% increase compared to 2015, and accounted for 95% of total revenue in 2016 compared to 94% in 2015. On a constant currency basis, revenue in 2016 was 11% higher than in 2015.

Gross profit was €259.2 million in 2016, a 10% increase compared to 2015. Gross profit margin was 61.5% in 2016, an increase of 70 bps compared to 2015.

Sales and marketing costs for 2016 were €29.9 million, a 6% increase compared to 2015.
Adjusted EBITDA for 2016 was €190.9 million, an 11% increase compared to 2015. Adjusted EBITDA margin for 2016 was 45.3%, an increase of 100 bps compared to 2015.

Net income was €39.9 million in 2016, compared to €48.6 million in 2015. Diluted earnings per share in 2016 were €0.56 on a weighted average of 71.2 million diluted shares, compared to €0.69 on a weighted average of 70.5 million diluted shares in 2015. Net income and earnings per share in 2016 were impacted by €2.4 million of M&A transaction costs, and other one-time items having a net positive impact €2.7 million. Net income and earnings per share in 2015 were impacted by €11.8 million of M&A transaction costs, €20.9 million of M&A transaction break fee income, and a €2.3 million gain on the sale of a financial asset.

Adjusted net income was €36.6 million in 2016, a 4% decrease compared to 2015. Adjusted earnings per diluted share were €0.51 on a weighted average of 71.2 million diluted shares, compared to €0.54 on a weighted average of 70.5 million diluted shares in 2015.

Cash generated from operations, defined as cash generated from operating activities before interest and corporate income tax payments and receipts, was €183.4 million in 2016, an increase of 8% compared to 2015.

Capital expenditures, including intangible assets, were €250.9 million in 2016 compared to €192.6 million in 2015.

During 2016, Interxion opened 9,600 square metres of new Equipped Space, and installed a net 8,100 Revenue Generating Square Metres, increasing utilisation to 79% from 78%.

Business Outlook

The company today is providing guidance for full year 2017:

Revenue €468 million – € 483 million
Adjusted EBITDA € 212 million – € 222 million
Capital expenditures (including intangibles)

€ 250 million – € 270 million

 

Capital expenditure guidance does not include ~€78 million for the acquisition of the Vancis data centre business in Amsterdam in 1Q 2017.

Conference Call to Discuss Results

Interxion will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET (1:30 pm GMT, 2:30 pm CET) to discuss Interxion’s 4Q and 2016 year end results.

To participate on this call, U.S. callers may dial toll free 1-866-966-9439; callers outside the U.S. may dial direct +44 (0) 1452 555 566. The conference ID for this call is INXN. This event also will be webcast live over the Internet in listen-only mode at investors.interxion.com.
A replay of this call will be available shortly after the call concludes and will be available until 14 March 2017. To access the replay, U.S. callers may dial toll free 1-866-247-4222; callers outside the U.S. may dial direct +44 (0) 1452 550 000. The replay access number is 56607932

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Forward-looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from Interxion’s expectations include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of reducing operating expenses in the short term, the inability to utilise the capacity of newly planned data centres and data centre expansions, significant competition, the cost and supply of electrical power, data centre industry over-capacity, performance under service level agreements, certain other risks detailed herein and other risks described from time to time in Interxion’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
Interxion does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this report.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

Included in these materials are certain non-IFRS financial measures, which are measures of our financial performance that are not calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, within the meaning of applicable SEC rules. These measures are as follows: (i) EBITDA; (ii) adjusted EBITDA; (iii) revenue on a constant currency basis, (iv) recurring revenue; (v) recurring revenue on a constant currency basis (vi) adjusted net income; (vii) adjusted basic earnings per share and (viii) adjusted diluted earnings per share.

Other companies may present EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, revenue on a constant currency basis, recurring revenue, recurring revenue on a constant currency basis, adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share differently than we do. Each of these measures are not measures of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to operating income or as a measure of liquidity or an alternative to Profit for the period attributable to shareholders (“net income”) as indicators of our operating performance or any other measure of performance implemented in accordance with IFRS.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, revenue on a constant currency basis, recurring revenue and recurring revenue on a constant currency basis

We define EBITDA as net income plus income tax expense, net finance expense, depreciation, amortisation and impairment of assets.
We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA adjusted for the following items, which may occur in any period, and which management believes are not representative of our operating performance:

  • Share-based payments – primarily the fair value at the date of grant to employees of equity awards, is recognised as an employee expense over the vesting period. We believe that this expense does not represent our operating performance.
  • Income or expense related to the evaluation and execution of potential mergers or acquisitions (“M&A”) – under IFRS, gains and losses associated with M&A activity are recognised in the period incurred. We exclude these effects because we believe they are not reflective of our ongoing operating performance.
  • Adjustments related to terminated and unused datacentre sites – these gains and losses relate to historical leases entered into for certain brownfield sites, with the intention of developing datacentres, which were never developed and for which management has no intention of developing into data centres. We believe the impact of gains and losses related to unused datacentres are not reflective of our business activities and our ongoing operating performance.

In certain circumstances, we may also adjust for items that management believes are not representative of our current ongoing performance. Examples of this would include: adjusting for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle or estimate, impairment losses, litigation gains and losses or windfall gains and losses.

We believe EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding our ongoing operational performance because it helps us and our investors evaluate the ongoing operating performance of the business after removing the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest expense) and our asset base (primarily depreciation and amortisation). Management believes that the presentation of adjusted EBITDA, when combined with the primary IFRS presentation of net income provides a more complete analysis of our operating performance. Management also believes the use of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA facilitates comparisons between us and other data centre operators and other data centre operators that are REITs and other infrastructure based businesses. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are also relevant measures used in the financial covenants of our €100 million revolving facility and our 6.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2020.

A reconciliation from net income to EBITDA and EBITDA to adjusted EBITDA is provided in the tables attached to this press release.

Recurring revenue comprises revenue that is incurred monthly from colocation, connectivity and associated power charges, office space, amortized set-up fees and certain recurring managed services (but excluding any ad hoc managed services) provided by us directly or through third parties. Rents received for the sublease of unused sites are excluded. We present recurring revenue as we believe it assists investors understand our operating performance.
We present constant currency information for revenue and recurring revenue to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than Euro are converted into Euro using the average exchange rates from the prior period rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the current period.

We believe that revenue growth is a key indicator of how a company is progressing from period to period and presenting constant currency information for revenue and recurring revenue provides useful supplemental information to investors regarding our ongoing operational performance because it helps us and our investors evaluate the ongoing operating performance of the business after removing the impact of currency exchange rates.

Adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share

We define adjusted net income as net income adjusted for the following items and the related income tax effect, which may occur in any period, and which management believes are not reflective of our operating performance:

  • Income or expense related to the evaluation and execution of potential mergers or acquisitions (“M&A”) – under IFRS, gains and losses associated with M&A activity are recognised in the period incurred. We exclude these effects because we believe they are not reflective of our ongoing operating performance.
  • Adjustments related to provisions – these adjustments are made for adjustments in provisions that are not reflective of the ongoing operating performance of Interxion. These adjustments may include changes in provisions for onerous lease contracts.
  • Adjustments related to capitalised interest – Under IFRS we are required to calculate and capitalise interest allocated to the investment in data centres and exclude it from net income. We believe that reversing the impact of capitalised interest provides information about the impact of the total interest costs and facilitates comparisons with other data centre operators.

In certain circumstances, we may also adjust for items that management believes are not representative of our current ongoing performance. Examples of this would include: adjusting for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle or estimate, impairment losses, litigation gains and losses or windfall gains and losses.

Management believe that the exclusion of certain items listed above, provides useful supplemental information to net income to aid investors in evaluating the operating performance of our business and to aid investors compare our operating performance with other data centre operators and infrastructure companies. We believe the presentation of adjusted net income, when combined with net income (loss) prepared in accordance with IFRS is beneficial to a complete understanding of our performance.

Adjusted basic earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share amounts are determined on adjusted net income.

Interxion does not provide forward-looking estimates of net income, operating income, depreciation, amortisation, and impairments, share-based payments, M&A transaction costs or increase/decrease in provision for onerous lease contracts, and income from sub-leases of unused data centre sites, which it uses to reconcile to adjusted EBITDA. The Company is, therefore, unable to provide forward-looking reconciling information for adjusted EBITDA.
A reconciliation from reported net income to adjusted net income is provided in the tables attached to this press release.

About Interxion

Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 45 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With over 600 connectivity providers, 21 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.  For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.

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