Equinix Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – Nov. 2, 2022

  • Quarterly revenues increased 10% over the same quarter last year to $1.8 billion, or 11% on a normalized and constant currency basis, representing the company’s 79th consecutive quarter of revenue growth—the longest streak of any S&P 500 company
  • Delivered sixth consecutive quarter of record channel bookings, accounting for more than 35% of total bookings and approximately 60% of new logos
  • Interconnection revenues continued to outpace colocation revenues in Q3 with total interconnections increasing to more than 443,000

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world’s digital infrastructure company™, today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. Equinix uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, which are described further below and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP financial measures after the presentation of our GAAP financial statements. All per share results are presented on a fully diluted basis.

Third Quarter 2022 Results Summary

  • Revenues
    • $1.8 billion, a 1% increase over the previous quarter
    • Includes a $17 million reduction in non-recurring revenues and a negative $9 million foreign currency impact when compared to prior guidance rates
  • Operating Income
    • $333 million, a 5% increase over the previous quarter, an operating margin of 18%
  • Net Income and Net Income per Share attributable to Equinix
    • $212 million, a 2% decrease from the previous quarter, primarily due to lower non-recurring xScale® fees, a Q2 favorable tax settlement, partially offset by higher income from operations from strong operating performance and lower net interest expense
    • $2.30 per share, a 3% decrease from the previous quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA
    • $871 million, a 1% increase over the previous quarter, an adjusted EBITDA margin of 47%
    • Includes a negative $5 million foreign currency impact when compared to prior guidance rates
    • Includes $4 million of integration costs
  • AFFO and AFFO per Share
    • $712 million, a 3% increase over the previous quarter, primarily due to strong operating performance and lower income tax, partially offset by seasonally higher recurring capital expenditures
    • $7.73 per share, a 2% increase over the previous quarter
    • Includes $4 million of integration costs

2022 Annual Guidance Summary

  • Revenues
    • $7.240 – $7.260 billion, an increase of 9% over the previous year, or a normalized and constant currency increase of 10 – 11%
    • An increase of $15 million compared to prior guidance, offset by a $44 million foreign currency impact compared to prior guidance rates
  • Adjusted EBITDA
    • $3.352 – $3.372 billion, a 46% adjusted EBITDA margin
    • An increase of $46 million compared to prior guidance including integration costs, offset by a $22 million foreign currency impact compared to prior guidance rates
    • Assumes $20 million of integration costs
  • AFFO and AFFO per Share
    • $2.676 – $2.696 billion, an increase of 9 – 10% over the previous year, or a normalized and constant currency increase of 10 – 11%
    • An increase of $52 million compared to prior guidance including integration costs, offset by a $17 million foreign currency impact compared to prior guidance rates
    • $29.10 – $29.32 per share, an increase of 7 – 8% over the previous year, or a normalized and constant currency increase of 9 – 10%
    • Assumes $20 million of integration costs

Equinix does not provide forward-looking guidance for certain financial data, such as depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation, net income (loss) from operations, cash generated from operating activities and cash used in investing activities, and as a result, is not able to provide a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for forward-looking data without unreasonable effort. The impact of such adjustments could be significant.

Equinix Quote

Charles Meyers, President and CEO, Equinix:

“We had another record quarter as global demand for digital infrastructure continues to grow and customer preferences trend convincingly toward architectures that are highly distributed, persistently hybrid, deeply cloud-connected, and increasingly on-demand — all factors fueling our position as a trusted partner in digital transformation. Even in a complex and challenging macro environment, our expansive global reach and robust interconnected ecosystems continue to attract a wide and diverse customer set, as businesses prioritize digital investments and embrace Platform Equinix as a point of nexus to support hybrid and multicloud.”

Business Highlights

  • As businesses continue to globally rely upon Equinix for their critical digital infrastructure needs, they are increasingly accessing the value of Equinix’s market-leading global footprint and dense business ecosystem via its “as a Service” model that complements their colocation deployed infrastructure. Key momentum for Equinix’s Digital Services in the quarter included:
    • A collaboration with Orange in which the telecommunications leader leverages Equinix Metal® to speed the deployment of a service that provides business and wholesale customers with powerful on-demand Telco Cloud Points of Presence (PoPs). With this new Equinix-enabled service, Orange delivers essential services such as SD-WAN, CDN, 5G roaming and voice services into new metros, with an expected latency below ~10 milliseconds.
    • A recent Forrester analysis of six Equinix customers revealed that Equinix Digital Services help customers improve speed to market tenfold and reduce internally managed infrastructure costs by 60%.
    • The addition of industry veteran Scott Crenshaw as Equinix EVP & GM, Digital Services to drive the strategy and growth of Equinix’s suite of compute, storage, connectivity and networking digital services.
  • Equinix made significant advancements in the company’s ambitious ESG goals in Q3, including:
    • The launch of the Equinix Foundation with an initial financial commitment of $50 million aimed at advancing digital inclusion globally—from access to technology and connectivity to the skills needed to thrive in today’s digitally driven world.
  • Equinix continued to expand its Data Center Services with 46 major builds underway in 31 markets, across 21 countries. Recent activity includes:
    • $74 million expansion to Indonesia with plans for an International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in the heart of Jakarta, scheduled to open by the second half of 2024.
    • $45 million investment in Colombia for the construction of BG2, Equinix’s second IBX data center in Bogotá, scheduled to open in the first half of 2023.
    • The addition of six recently approved projects in Q3 in BarcelonaMilanMontrealJakarta, Silicon Valley and Tokyo.
  • Equinix continues to extend its leadership as the most interconnected platform with four cloud on-ramp wins this quarter bringing Equinix’s portfolio to more than 200 on-ramps across 44 markets. Equinix now has 11 metros enabled with five or more on-ramps to the largest cloud players.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2022, the Company expects revenues to range between $1.848 and $1.868 billion, an increase of approximately 1% over the previous quarter, or a normalized and constant currency increase of 2 – 3%. This guidance includes a negative $35 million foreign currency impact when compared to the average FX rates in Q3 2022. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $821 and $841 million. Adjusted EBITDA includes an increase in seasonal utility costs as well as an acceleration of discretionary costs into Q4, and a negative $16 million foreign currency impact when compared to the average FX rates in Q3 2022. For the quarter, integration costs from acquisitions are expected to be $6 million. Recurring capital expenditures are expected to range between $76 and $86 million.

For the full year of 2022, total revenues are expected to range between $7.240 and $7.260 billion, a 9% increase over the previous year, or a normalized and constant currency increase of 10 – 11%. This updated full-year guidance includes a raise of $15 million from better-than-expected business performance, offset by a $44 million foreign currency impact when compared to the prior guidance rates. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $3.352 and $3.372 billion, an adjusted EBITDA margin of 46%. This updated full-year guidance includes a raise of $46 million from better-than-expected business performance and lower integration costs, partially offset by a $22 million foreign currency impact when compared to the prior guidance rates. For the year, the Company now expects to incur $20 million in integration costs related to acquisitions. AFFO is expected to range between $2.676 and $2.696 billion, an increase of 9 – 10% over the previous year, or a normalized and constant currency increase of 10 – 11%. This updated AFFO guidance includes a raise of $52 million from better-than-expected business performance and lower integration costs, offset by a negative $17 million foreign currency impact when compared to the prior guidance rates. AFFO per share is expected to range between $29.10 and $29.32, an increase of 7 – 8% over the previous year, or a normalized and constant currency increase of 9 – 10%. Total capital expenditures are expected to range between $2.138 and $2.288 billion. Non-recurring capital expenditures, including xScale-related capital expenditures, are expected to range between $1.953 and $2.093 billion, and recurring capital expenditures are expected to range between $185 and $195 million. xScale-related on-balance sheet capital expenditures are expected to range between $125 and $145 million, which we anticipate will be reimbursed to Equinix from both the current and future xScale JVs.

The U.S. dollar exchange rates used for 2022 guidance, taking into consideration the impact of our current foreign currency hedges, have been updated to $1.11 to the Euro, $1.28 to the Pound, S$1.44 to the U.S. Dollar, ¥145 to the U.S. Dollar, A$1.56 to the U.S. Dollar, HK$7.85 to the U.S. Dollar, R$5.36 to the U.S. Dollar and C$1.38 to the U.S. Dollar. The Q3 2022 global revenue breakdown by currency for the Euro, British Pound, Singapore Dollar, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Brazilian Real and Canadian Dollar is 17%, 8%, 8%, 6%, 4%, 3%, 3% and 3%, respectively.

The adjusted EBITDA guidance is based on the revenue guidance less our expectations of cash cost of revenues and cash operating expenses. The AFFO guidance is based on the adjusted EBITDA guidance less our expectations of net interest expense, an installation revenue adjustment, a straight-line rent expense adjustment, a contract cost adjustment, amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts and premiums, income tax expense, an income tax expense adjustment, recurring capital expenditures, other income (expense), (gains) losses on disposition of real estate property, and adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures’ and non-controlling interests’ share of these items.

Q3 2022 Results Conference Call and Replay Information

Equinix will discuss its quarterly results for the period ended September 30, 2022, along with its future outlook, in its quarterly conference call on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT). A simultaneous live webcast of the call will be available on the company’s Investor Relations website at www.equinix.com/investors. To hear the conference call live, please dial 1-517-308-9482 (domestic and international) and reference the passcode EQIX.

A replay of the call will be available one hour after the call through Wednesday, February 15, 2023, by dialing 1-866-363-1806 and referencing the passcode 2022. In addition, the webcast will be available at www.equinix.com/investors (no password required).

Investor Presentation and Supplemental Financial Information

Equinix has made available on its website a presentation designed to accompany the discussion of Equinix’s results and future outlook, along with certain supplemental financial information and other data. Interested parties may access this information through the Equinix Investor Relations website at www.equinix.com/investors.

Additional Resources

About Equinix

Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) is the world’s digital infrastructure company, enabling digital leaders to harness a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that powers their success. Equinix enables today’s businesses to access all the right places, partners and possibilities they need to accelerate advantage. With Equinix, they can scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences and multiply their value.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Equinix provides all information required in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), but it believes that evaluating its ongoing operating results may be difficult if limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, Equinix uses non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate its operations.

Equinix provides normalized and constant currency growth rates, which are calculated to adjust for acquisitions, dispositions, integration costs, changes in accounting principles and foreign currency.

Equinix presents adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income excluding income tax expense, interest income, interest expense, other income or expense, gain or loss on debt extinguishment, depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, impairment charges, transaction costs and gain or loss on asset sales.

In presenting non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted EBITDA, cash cost of revenues, cash gross margins, cash operating expenses (also known as cash selling, general and administrative expenses or cash SG&A), adjusted EBITDA margins, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow, Equinix excludes certain items that it believes are not good indicators of Equinix’s current or future operating performance. These items are depreciation, amortization, accretion of asset retirement obligations and accrued restructuring charges, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges, impairment charges, transaction costs and gain or loss on asset sales. Equinix excludes these items in order for its lenders, investors and the industry analysts who review and report on Equinix to better evaluate Equinix’s operating performance and cash spending levels relative to its industry sector and competitors.

Equinix excludes depreciation expense as these charges primarily relate to the initial construction costs of a data center, and do not reflect its current or future cash spending levels to support its business. Its data centers are long-lived assets, and have an economic life greater than 10 years. The construction costs of a data center do not recur with respect to such data center, although Equinix may incur initial construction costs in future periods with respect to additional data centers, and future capital expenditures remain minor relative to the initial investment. This is a trend it expects to continue. In addition, depreciation is also based on the estimated useful lives of the data centers. These estimates could vary from actual performance of the asset, are based on historic costs incurred to build out our data centers and are not indicative of current or expected future capital expenditures. Therefore, Equinix excludes depreciation from its operating results when evaluating its operations.

In addition, in presenting the non-GAAP financial measures, Equinix also excludes amortization expense related to acquired intangible assets. Amortization expense is significantly affected by the timing and magnitude of acquisitions, and these charges may vary in amount from period to period. We exclude amortization expense to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our prior periods. Equinix excludes accretion expense, both as it relates to its asset retirement obligations as well as its accrued restructuring charges, as these expenses represent costs which Equinix also believes are not meaningful in evaluating Equinix’s current operations. Equinix excludes stock-based compensation expense, as it can vary significantly from period to period based on share price and the timing, size and nature of equity awards. As such, Equinix and many investors and analysts exclude stock-based compensation expense to compare its operating results with those of other companies. Equinix excludes restructuring charges from its non-GAAP financial measures. The restructuring charges relate to Equinix’s decision to exit leases for excess space adjacent to several of its IBX® data centers, which it did not intend to build out, or its decision to reverse such restructuring charges. Equinix also excludes impairment charges generally related to certain long-lived assets. The impairment charges are related to expense recognized whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of assets are not recoverable. Equinix also excludes gain or loss on asset sales as it represents profit or loss that is not meaningful in evaluating the current or future operating performance. Finally, Equinix excludes transaction costs from its non-GAAP financial measures to allow more comparable comparisons of the financial results to the historical operations. The transaction costs relate to costs Equinix incurs in connection with business combinations and formation of joint ventures, including advisory, legal, accounting, valuation and other professional or consulting fees. Such charges generally are not relevant to assessing the long-term performance of Equinix. In addition, the frequency and amount of such charges vary significantly based on the size and timing of the transactions. Management believes items such as restructuring charges, impairment charges, transaction costs and gain or loss on asset sales are non-core transactions; however, these types of costs may occur in future periods.

Equinix also presents funds from operations (“FFO”) and adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”), both commonly used in the REIT industry, as supplemental performance measures. Additionally, Equinix presents AFFO per share, which is also commonly used in the REIT industry. AFFO per share offers investors and industry analysts a perspective of Equinix’s underlying operating performance when compared to other REIT companies. FFO is calculated in accordance with the definition established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). FFO represents net income or loss, excluding gain or loss from the disposition of real estate assets, depreciation and amortization on real estate assets and adjustments for unconsolidated joint ventures’ and non-controlling interests’ share of these items. AFFO represents FFO, excluding depreciation and amortization expense on non-real estate assets, accretion, stock-based compensation, stock-based charitable contributions, restructuring charges, impairment charges, transaction costs, an installation revenue adjustment, a straight-line rent expense adjustment, a contract cost adjustment, amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts and premiums, gain or loss on debt extinguishment, an income tax expense adjustment, recurring capital expenditures, net income or loss from discontinued operations, net of tax and adjustments from FFO to AFFO for unconsolidated joint ventures’ and non-controlling interests’ share of these items. Equinix excludes depreciation expense, amortization expense, accretion, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges, impairment charges and transaction costs for the same reasons that they are excluded from the other non-GAAP financial measures mentioned above.

Equinix includes an adjustment for revenues from installation fees, since installation fees are deferred and recognized ratably over the period of contract term, although the fees are generally paid in a lump sum upon installation. Equinix includes an adjustment for straight-line rent expense on its operating leases, since the total minimum lease payments are recognized ratably over the lease term, although the lease payments generally increase over the lease term. Equinix also includes an adjustment to contract costs incurred to obtain contracts, since contract costs are capitalized and amortized over the estimated period of benefit on a straight-line basis, although costs of obtaining contracts are generally incurred and paid during the period of obtaining the contracts. The adjustments for installation revenues, straight-line rent expense and contract costs are intended to isolate the cash activity included within the straight-lined or amortized results in the consolidated statement of operations. Equinix excludes the amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts and premiums as these expenses relate to the initial costs incurred in connection with its debt financings that have no current or future cash obligations. Equinix excludes gain or loss on debt extinguishment since it represents a cost that is not a good indicator of Equinix’s current or future operating performance. Equinix includes an income tax expense adjustment, which represents the non-cash tax impact due to changes in valuation allowances and uncertain tax positions that do not relate to the current period’s operations. Equinix excludes recurring capital expenditures, which represent expenditures to extend the useful life of its IBX and xScale data centers or other assets that are required to support current revenues. Equinix also excludes net income or loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, which represents results that are not a good indicator of our current or future operating performance.

Equinix presents constant currency results of operations, which is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not meant to be considered in isolation or as an alternative to GAAP results of operations. However, Equinix has presented this non-GAAP financial measure to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate its operating results without the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, thereby facilitating period-to-period comparisons of Equinix’s business performance. To present this information, Equinix’s current and comparative prior period revenues and certain operating expenses from entities with functional currencies other than the U.S. dollar are converted into U.S. dollars at a consistent exchange rate for purposes of each result being compared.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation, but should be considered together with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Equinix presents such non-GAAP financial measures to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate its operating results in a manner that focuses on what management believes to be its core, ongoing business operations. Management believes that the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures provides consistency and comparability with past reports and provides a better understanding of the overall performance of the business and its ability to perform in subsequent periods. Equinix believes that if it did not provide such non-GAAP financial information, investors would not have all the necessary data to analyze Equinix effectively.

Investors should note that the non-GAAP financial measures used by Equinix may not be the same non-GAAP financial measures, and may not be calculated in the same manner, as those of other companies. Investors should, therefore, exercise caution when comparing non-GAAP financial measures used by us to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures of other companies. Equinix does not provide forward-looking guidance for certain financial data, such as depreciation, amortization, accretion, stock-based compensation, net income or loss from operations, cash generated from operating activities and cash used in investing activities, and as a result, is not able to provide a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for forward-looking data without unreasonable effort. The impact of such adjustments could be significant. Equinix intends to calculate the various non-GAAP financial measures in future periods consistent with how they were calculated for the periods presented within this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, risks to our business and operating results related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the current inflationary environment; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; increased costs to procure power and the general volatility in the global energy market; the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX and xScale data centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix products and solutions; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenues from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; risks related to our taxation as a REIT and other risks described from time to time in Equinix filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see recent and upcoming Equinix quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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