Keysight Technologies Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2017 Results

First Half Fiscal 2018 Outlook

Keysight provides guidance based on current market conditions and expectations. Given Keysight’s headquarters was under mandatory evacuation for more than three weeks due to the northern California wildfires, the seasonality of revenue will be impacted in the next few quarters and the company is focusing its guidance on the first half of fiscal year 2018.

Keysight’s first half of 2018 GAAP revenue is expected to be approximately $1,748 million and non-GAAP revenue for the first half of 2018 is expected to be approximately $1,775 million. Keysight’s first quarter 2018 GAAP revenue is expected to be in the range of $762 million to $802 million and non-GAAP revenue is expected to be in the range of $780 million to $820 million, reflecting unusual seasonality due to the impact to operations from the northern California wildfires.

Non-GAAP earnings per share for the first half of 2018 are expected to be approximately $1.29 and first quarter 2018 non-GAAP earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.29 to $0.43. Non-GAAP earnings per share as projected for the first quarter and first half of fiscal year 2018 exclude items that pertain to future events and are not currently estimable with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Therefore, no reconciliation to GAAP amounts has been provided. Further information is discussed in the section titled “Non-GAAP Measures” below.

Webcast

Keysight’s management will present more details about its fourth quarter FY2017 financial results and its first half FY2018 outlook on a conference call with investors today at 1:30 p.m. PT. Listeners may log on to the call at www.investor.keysight.com under the “ Upcoming Events” section and select “ Q4 2017 Keysight Technologies Inc. Earnings Conference Call” to participate or dial +1 844-579-6824 (U.S. only) or +1 763-488-9145 (International). The webcast will remain on the company site for 90 days.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT, Dec. 6 through Dec. 13 by dialing +1 855-859-2056 (or +1 404-537-3406 from outside the U.S.), and entering access code 94173241.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect the expected results and are based on certain key assumptions of Keysight’s management and on currently available information. Due to such uncertainties and risks, no assurances can be given that such expectations or assumptions will prove to have been correct, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Keysight undertakes no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, information and future guidance on the company’s goals, priorities, revenues, demand, growth opportunities, customer service and innovation plans, new product introductions, financial condition, earnings, the continued strengths and expected growth of the markets the company sells into, operations, operating earnings, and tax rates that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Keysight’s results to differ materially from management’s current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in the demand for current and new products, technologies, and services; customer purchasing decisions and timing, and the risk that we are not able to realize the savings or benefits expected from integration or restructuring activities. The words “anticipate,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “forecast,” “project,” and similar expressions, as they relate to the company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

In addition to the risks above, other risks that Keysight faces include those detailed in Keysight’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2016, and Keysight’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 31, 2017.

Segment Data

Segment data reflects the results of our reportable segments under our management reporting system. Segment revenue and income from operations are consistent with the respective non-GAAP measures as explained below and in the attached supplemental schedules. Segment data are provided on page 8 of the attached tables.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP (“GAAP”), this document also contains certain non-GAAP financial measures based on management’s view of performance, including:

  • Non-GAAP Core Revenue
  • Non-GAAP Revenue
  • Non-GAAP Income from Operations
  • Non-GAAP Net Income
  • Non-GAAP Diluted EPS

See the attached supplemental schedules for reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure for the three months ended Oct. 31, 2017 and FY17 and for projected non-GAAP revenue amounts for the three months ended Jan. 31, 2018 and first half of FY2018. Following the reconciliations is a discussion of the items adjusted from our non-GAAP financial measures and the company’s reasons for including or excluding certain categories of income or expenses from our non-GAAP results.

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