ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 29, 2009--

Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a global leader in IT infrastructure services, today reported its first quarter 2009 financial results, with revenue of $221.5 million, compared to $203.3 million in the first quarter of 2008. First quarter 2009 revenue included $3.0 million of non-recurring, early termination fees. Income from operations was $15.6 million, compared to ($0.4) million in the first quarter of 2008. The company also reported net income of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a first quarter 2008 loss of ($7.3) million, or ($0.14) per share.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2009 was $58.8 million, compared to $40.3 million of adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2008. First quarter 2009 results included $3.0 million of non-recurring, early termination fees. Growth in hosting revenue and continued cost savings efforts contributed to the improvement in adjusted EBITDA.

For the second quarter in a row, Savvis reported positive adjusted free cash flow, with first quarter 2009 adjusted free cash flow of $33.2 million. For 2009, the company continues to expect to be adjusted free cash flow positive.

“Despite the challenging market conditions in the first quarter, Savvis continued to make significant progress. We posted an 18% year-over-year improvement in Hosting revenue and delivered $33.2 million of adjusted free cash flow,” said Phil Koen, chief executive officer of Savvis. “We are aware of the hurdles ahead, following the merger of the American Stock Exchange with NYSE Euronext, and our focus is to grow through these challenges.”

First Quarter Financial Results

US dollars in millions   Three months ended
    3/31/09     12/31/08     3/31/08  
Colocation   $84.2     $83.2     $67.9  
Managed Hosting   $68.1     $67.7     $61.3  
Hosting   $152.3     $150.9     $129.2  
Network Services   $69.2     $71.5     $74.1  
Total Revenue   $221.5     $222.4     $203.3  
                   
Cost of Revenue(1)(2)   $119.0     $123.6     $114.1  
SG&A Expenses(1)(2)   $43.7     $46.9     $48.9  
Non-Cash, Equity-Based Compensation(3)   $6.9     $2.0     $8.9  
Income from Operations(4)   $15.6     $15.0     ($0.4)  
Net Income (Loss)(4)   $0.6     ($0.3)     ($7.3)  
                   
Adjusted EBITDA   $58.8     $52.0     $40.3  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   26.5 %     23.4 %     19.8%   
                   

(1) Both cost of revenue and SG&A expenses exclude depreciation, amortization, accretion and non-cash, equity-based compensation. Total non-cash, equity-based compensation attributed to cost of revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2009, December 31, 2008, and March 31, 2008, was $1.5 million, $0.1 million and $1.4 million and to SG&A expenses was $5.4 million, $1.9 million and $7.5 million, respectively.

(2) Amounts include a reclassification from cost of revenue to SG&A expenses of $3.0 million and $3.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008, and March 31, 2008, respectively.

(3) Non-cash, equity-based compensation was favorably impacted in the three months ended December 31, 2008, by a change in estimated forfeiture rate and in the three months ended March 31, 2009, by net one-time adjustments of $0.9 million, which were primarily related to the impact of employee turnover.

(4) Income from operations and net income (loss) are restated from previously reported amounts due to Savvis’ adoption of FASB Staff Position APB 14-1. Interest expense increased $3.3 million and $3.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008, and March 31, 2008, respectively.

First Quarter Results

Total Savvis revenue for the first quarter - including a full quarter of American Stock Exchange revenue - was $221.5 million. In addition, the first quarter included a $1.4 million quarter-over-quarter negative impact from currency fluctuations. Revenue improved 9%, when compared to revenue of $203.3 million in the first quarter of 2008. When compared to fourth quarter 2008 revenue of $222.4 million, results were roughly flat, reflecting a continued decline in revenue from the company’s Network Services business.

Income from operations of $15.6 million showed an improvement from the ($0.4) million recorded in the first quarter of 2008. For the fourth quarter of 2008, the company reported income from operations of $15.0 million, which included a favorable non-cash compensation adjustment of $5.3 million.

Consolidated net income was $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared to a loss of ($7.3) million in the first quarter of 2008 and a loss of ($0.3) million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Earnings per share were $0.01 in the first quarter of 2009, compared to a loss per share of ($0.14) in the first quarter of 2008 and a loss per share of ($0.01) in the fourth quarter of 2008.

For the first quarter, adjusted EBITDA was $58.8 million, an improvement of 46% from adjusted EBITDA of $40.3 million in the first quarter of 2008 and 13% when compared to $52.0 million of adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2008. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 26.5%, which reflected a year-over-year improvement of more than 500 basis points and a quarter-over-quarter improvement of more than 200 basis points.

Hosting

US dollars in millions   Three months ended
    3/31/09   12/31/08     3/31/08  
Colocation   $84.2   $83.2     $67.9  
Managed Hosting   $68.1   $67.7     $61.3  
Total Hosting Revenue   $152.3   $150.9     $129.2  
Percentage change       1%     18%   
                 

Overall Hosting revenue was $152.3 million in the first quarter, and on a year-over-year basis, Hosting was up 18%. The improvement in hosting revenue reflects successful growth throughout the past year, despite the fact that the sales cycle has elongated, as the economy has become more challenging.

For the quarter, Managed Hosting contributed $68.1 million to overall Hosting revenue, or 45%. Year-over-year, Managed Hosting revenue grew 11%, while on a quarter-over-quarter basis, revenue was relatively flat. Although enterprises are actively looking at managed outsourcing, customers are navigating additional approval layers and, as a result, still reluctant to make quick decisions.

Colocation contributed $84.2 million to overall Hosting revenue in the first quarter, or 55%. Year-over-year, Colocation grew 24%, while on a quarter-over-quarter basis, Colocation grew 1%, reflecting churn related to the departure of a large customer in one of the Chicago data centers in December of 2008. Companies have continued to turn to outsourcing during the difficult economic times, however, enterprises have moved to just-in-time purchasing, whenever possible.

Network Services

US dollars in millions   Three months ended
    3/31/09   12/31/08     3/31/08  
Revenue   $69.2   $71.5     $74.1  
Percentage change       (3%)     (7%)  
                 

In the first quarter, Network Services revenue was 31% of overall revenue, or $69.2 million. Network Services revenue for Savvis declined (7%) from the first quarter of 2008 and (3%) when compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Savvis continues to shift its focus to network customers within its service profile, as relationships structured around the company’s hosting business provide the opportunity for greater profitability.

Highlights

For the first quarter of 2008, the Financial Vertical represented 26% of total revenue, or $57.2 million. This amount includes a complete quarter of revenue attributable to the American Stock Exchange. Financial Vertical revenue in the quarter was up 12%, compared to the first quarter of 2008, and down (3%), compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Financial-related companies maintained operation of their mission critical data center operations, while continuing to look for cost savings during these turbulent economic times.

During the quarter, Savvis demonstrated a further commitment to the Financial Vertical with the announcement of two new low latency offerings. Chi-X Canada and the Turquoise Multilateral Trading Facility in Europe joined NASDAQ OMX Group, BATS, CME Group and the London Stock Exchange as Savvis connectivity options. Savvis continues to be a leader in low latency Proximity Hosting solutions.

Also during the quarter, the company provided details around its first Cloud Compute offerings. Savvis’ suite of Cloud Compute and related services are expected to provide unprecedented control across a virtualized, enterprise-class hosting environment and will enable customers to reduce their costs and security risk, through enterprise-class security and reliability.

Savvis is also able to offer these advantages to its Software as a Service (SaaS) customers. Savvis SaaS offers an integrated SaaS hosting platform and enablement services, with 24/7 monitoring and support. SaaS continues to be a strong focus for Savvis, and revenue in this area grew 8%, quarter-over-quarter.

During the quarter, Savvis booked a very significant outsourcing deal with a large, online digital media services company, and this customer will be outsourcing more than 10 petabytes of storage to Savvis. The arrangement is expected to have five-year total revenue in excess of $40 million and calls for Savvis to re-architect the customer’s platform to drive efficiencies and cost savings. Savvis expects to target more outsourcing deals of this nature, as customers continue to focus on cost savings.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

Net cash provided by operating activities was $45.7 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared to $32.0 million in the first quarter of 2008. Cash capital expenditures for the quarter totaled $18.2 million.

As of March 31, 2009, the long-term debt and capital leases for Savvis (net of current portion) totaled $555.1 million. The company’s cash position at March 31, 2009, was $145.9 million, compared to $121.3 million at December 31, 2008.

Financial Outlook

“While we are pleased with our year-to-date financial performance, we are mindful that we will be facing challenging economic conditions in the second half of 2009,” said Jeff Von Deylen, senior vice president of global operations and client services for Savvis. “While we are seeing increased customer interest in IT outsourcing, we are still modeling for a weak economy and a continued high level of uncertainty in IT spending.”

“We recognize that we had a very strong first quarter, and now that we have more clarity around the departure of the American Stock Exchange, we are updating our full year outlook,” continued Von Deylen.

Reflecting its first quarter results, Savvis now expects the following for full year 2009:

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $190 to $200 million, an increase over previous guidance of $185 to $195 million
  • Total cash capital expenditures of $110 to $140 million
  • Cash interest expense (net) of approximately $40 to $45 million
  • Adjusted free cash flow of $20 to $35 million, an increase over previous guidance of $15 to $30 million

Investor Conference Call

Savvis will webcast an investor conference call today, April 29, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Both the webcast and supporting presentation will be available at savvis.net on the Investor Relations page. A live conference call will also be available by telephone at (866) 836-4700 (toll free in North America) and at (703) 639-1416. A replay will be available on the Web site for six months. Investors may also access the replay by telephone through Wednesday, May 13, at (888) 266-2081 (toll free in North America) and at (703) 925-2533, by using the access code 1350297.

About Savvis

Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) is an outsourcing provider of managed computing and network infrastructure for IT applications. By outsourcing to Savvis, enterprises can focus on their core business while Savvis ensures the quality of their IT infrastructure. Leading IT organizations around the world have selected Savvis to help them improve their service levels, reduce capital expense and deal with the rising costs of bandwidth, energy, real estate, staff and expertise. As a pioneer in utility computing, Savvis understands and harnesses the latest advances in technology like virtualization, cloud computing and support process automation. For more information about Savvis, visit www.savvis.net

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from Savvis’ expectations. Certain factors that could adversely affect actual results are set forth as risk factors described in Savvis’ SEC reports and filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and subsequent filings. Those risk factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainties in economic conditions, including conditions that could pressure enterprise IT spending; introduction of, demand for and market acceptance of Savvis’ products and services; whether or not Savvis is able to sign additional outsourcing deals; variability in pricing for those products and services; merger and acquisition activity by Savvis customers or other customer activity that affects the level of business done with Savvis; rapid evolution of technology; changes in our operating environment; and changes in regulatory environments. The forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of publication, April 29, 2009. Subsequent events and developments may cause the company’s forward-looking statements to change, and the company will not undertake efforts to revise those forward-looking statements to reflect events after this date.

* Non-GAAP Measures

Savvis includes information pertaining to certain non-GAAP measures in conjunction with reporting of its quarterly financial results. “Adjusted EBITDA” represents income from operations before depreciation, amortization and accretion, gains and losses on sales of assets, and non-cash, equity-based compensation. We have included information concerning adjusted EBITDA because we believe that in our industry such information is a relevant measurement of a company's operating financial performance and liquidity. “Adjusted free cash flow” represents adjusted EBITDA less cash capital expenditures and less cash interest, net. We have included information concerning adjusted free cash flow because we believe that in our industry such information is a relevant measurement of a company's operating financial performance and liquidity. The calculations of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted free cash flow are not specified by United States generally accepted accounting principles. Our calculations of adjusted EBITDA and of adjusted free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies.

 
SAVVIS, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
        2008
    2009   (Revised)
               
Revenue   $ 221,523   $ 203,283  
Operating Expenses:              

Cost of revenue (including non-cash, equity-based compensation of $1,483 and $1,455) (1)

    120,521     115,533  

Sales, general and administrative expenses (including non-cash, equity-based compensation of $5,408 and $7,486) (1)

    49,069     56,426  
Depreciation, amortization and accretion     36,335     31,744  
Total Operating Expenses     205,925     203,703  
Income from Operations     15,598     (420)  
Other income and expense     14,426     6,086  
Income (Loss) before Income Taxes     1,172     (6,506)  
Income tax expense     555     817  
Net Income (Loss)   $ 617   $ (7,323)  
Net Income (Loss) per Common Share              
Basic   $ 0.01   $ (0.14)  
Diluted   $ 0.01   $ (0.14)  
Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding (2)              
Basic     53,609     53,099  
Diluted     53,774     53,099  
               
     
(1)   Excludes depreciation, amortization and accretion, which is reported separately.
     
(2)  

For the three months ended March 31, 2009, the effects of including the incremental shares associated with unvested restricted stock awards and the Convertible Notes are anti-dilutive, and as such, are not included in the diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding. For the three months ended March 31, 2008, the effects of including the incremental shares associated with options, unvested restricted preferred units, unvested restricted stock units, unvested restricted stock awards, and the Convertible Notes are anti-dilutive, and as such, are not included in the diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding.

     
 
SAVVIS, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
 
 
        December 31,
    March 31,   2008
    2009   (Revised)
ASSETS                
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 145,862     $ 121,284  
Trade accounts receivable, net     49,531       51,745  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     24,533       23,641  
Total Current Assets     219,926       196,670  
Property and equipment, net     714,222       736,646  
Other non-current assets     15,048       16,379  
Total Assets   $ 949,196     $ 949,695  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
                 
Current Liabilities:                
Payables and other trade accruals   $ 37,752     $ 41,538  
Current portion of long-term debt and lease obligations     13,946       13,049  
Other accrued liabilities     64,420       71,675  
Total Current Liabilities     116,118       126,262  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     364,837       360,249  
Capital and financing method lease obligations, net of current portion     190,223       191,419  
Other accrued liabilities     72,366       71,588  
Total Liabilities     743,544       749,518  
                 
Stockholders' Equity:                
Common stock     542       535  
Additional paid-in capital     841,542       834,882  
Accumulated deficit     (612,966)       (613,583)  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (23,466)       (21,657)  
Total Stockholders' Equity     205,652       200,177  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 949,196     $ 949,695  
                 
 
SAVVIS, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
 
 
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
        2008
    2009   (Revised)
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:                
Net income (loss)   $ 617     $ (7,323)  

Reconciliation of net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

               
Depreciation, amortization and accretion     36,335       31,744  
Non-cash, equity-based compensation     6,891       8,941  
Accrued interest     7,028       6,618  
Other, net     53       25  
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Trade accounts receivable, net     2,203       375  
Prepaid expenses and other current and non-current assets     991       (3,205)  
Payables and other trade accruals     27       3,911  
Other accrued liabilities     (8,495)       (9,102)  
Net cash provided by operating activities     45,650       31,984  
                 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:                
Payments for capital expenditures     (18,252)       (43,293)  
Net cash used in investing activities     (18,252)       (43,293)  
                 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:                
Proceeds from long-term debt     2,066       -  
Proceeds from stock option exercises     4       737  
Payments for employee taxes on equity-based instruments     (444)       (2,250)  

Principal payments on long-term debt

    (1,650)       (673)  
Principal payments under capital lease obligations     (1,950)       (1,223)  
Net cash used in financing activities     (1,974)       (3,409)  

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

    (846)       (3,781)  
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents     24,578       (18,499)  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period     121,284       183,141  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period   $ 145,862     $ 164,642  
                 
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:                
Cash paid for interest   $ 7,488     $ 4,995  
Cash paid for income taxes     1,165       322  
                 
 
SAVVIS, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Selected Condensed Consolidated Financial Information
(in thousands)
 
 
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   December 31,
    2009   2008   2008
Revenue:                        
Colocation   $ 84,232     $ 67,908     $ 83,245  
Managed hosting     68,086       61,308       67,672  
Total hosting     152,318       129,216       150,917  

Network Services

    69,205       74,067       71,537  
Total Revenue   $ 221,523     $ 203,283     $ 222,454  
                         
                         
Adjusted EBITDA(1) Reconciliation:                        
Income from operations   $ 15,598     $ (420)     $ 15,017  
Depreciation, amortization and accretion     36,335       31,744       35,003  
Non-cash, equity-based compensation     6,891       8,941       1,957  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 58,824     $ 40,265     $ 51,977  
                         
Adjusted Free Cash Flow:                        
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 58,824     $ 40,265     $ 51,977  
Cash Capital Expenditures     (18,252) )     (43,293)       (36,889)  
Cash Interest Paid     (7,488) )     (4,995)       (11,179)  
Interest Income     114       1,585       447  

Adjusted Free Cash Flow(2)

  $ 33,198     $ (6,438)     $ 4,356  
                         
Headcount     2,321       2,272       2,280  
                         
     
(1)   "Adjusted EBITDA" represents income from operations before depreciation, amortization, accretion and non-cash, equity-based compensation. We have included information concerning adjusted EBITDA because we believe that in our industry such information is a relevant measurement of a company's operating financial performance and liquidity. The calculation of adjusted EBITDA is not specified by United States generally accepted accounting principles. Our calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
     
(2)   "Adjusted Free Cash Flow" represents adjusted EBITDA less cash capital expenditures and less cash interest, net. We have included information concerning adjusted free cash flow because we believe that in our industry such information is a relevant measurement of a company's operating financial performance and liquidity.
     
 
SAVVIS, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Supplemental Revenue Information
(in thousands, except per square foot amounts)
 
 
Hosting Supplemental Information:   Three Months Ended
    March 31,   June 30,   September 30,   December 31,   March 31,
    2008   2008   2008   2008   2009
Data Center Revenue                              
Colocation   $ 67,908   $ 74,762   $ 78,382   $ 83,245   $ 84,232
Managed hosting     61,308     64,714     66,518     67,672     68,086
Hosting area network     16,922     17,231     17,166     17,711     17,562
Total Data Center Revenue   $ 146,138   $ 156,707   $ 162,066   $ 168,628   $ 169,880
                               
Average Billed Square Feet (1)                              
Colocation     566.7     613.2     631.8     611.3     590.5
Managed hosting     17.2     18.2     19.6     20.5     21.2
Total Average Billed Square Feet     583.9     631.4     651.4     631.8     611.7
                               

Average Monthly Data Center Revenue Per Billed Square Foot (1) (2)

                             
Colocation   $ 39.9   $ 40.6   $ 41.4   $ 45.4   $ 47.6
Managed hosting     1,189.9     1,186.3     1,133.2     1,101.4     1,069.2
Hosting area network (3)     9.7     9.1     8.8     9.3     9.6

Total Average Monthly Data Center Revenue Per Billed Square Foot

  $ 83.4   $ 82.7   $ 82.9   $ 89.0   $ 92.6
 
(1) In the quarter ending June 30, 2008, average billed square feet results were revised for all periods to reflect improved reporting from physical space records within our data centers. Average monthly data center revenue per billed square foot was also recalculated based on the new average billed square feet results.
 
(2) Average monthly data center revenue per billed square foot is calculated as the revenue per quarter divided by the average billed square feet per quarter stated on a monthly basis.
 
(3) Hosting area network average monthly revenue per billed square foot is calculated as the hosting area network revenue per quarter divided by the total average billed square feet per quarter stated on a monthly basis.
 
Network Services Supplemental Information:
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   June 30,   September 30,   December 31,   March 31,
    2008   2008   2008   2008   2009
Network Services                              
Managed network   $ 44,424   $ 43,989   $ 43,689   $ 41,801   $ 39,831
Hosting area network     16,922     17,231     17,166     17,711     17,562
Bandwidth     12,721     12,245     12,608     12,025     11,812
Total Network Services   $ 74,067   $ 73,465   $ 73,463   $ 71,537   $ 69,205

Investors:
Peggy Reilly Tharp
(314) 628-7491
peggy.tharp@savvis.net

Media: 
Amanda Gomez 
(314) 628-7417 
amanda.gomez@savvis.net