Switch Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

LAS VEGAS, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH) («Switch») today announced financial results for the quarter ended March…

LAS VEGAS, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH) («Switch») today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

«Switch sustained its robust sales momentum in the first quarter of 2021 as our team continues to execute favorably, achieving a record revenue backlog for the second consecutive quarter,» said Rob Roy, Founder and CEO of Switch. «Overall customer demand remains elevated across the Prime footprint and we are continuing our accelerated efforts to bring on additional inventory with a highly active construction pipeline. The recently announced agreement to acquire Data Foundry and launch of our Fifth Prime Campus in Texas will help to address near-term supply constraints while expanding our addressable market longer term, along with the strategic benefits of broadening Switch’s Fortune 500 customer base and geographic reach.»

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Total revenue of $130.9 million, compared to $128.1 million for the same quarter in 2020, an increase of 2%. Revenue growth was negatively impacted by 330 basis points due to a $4.0 million decrease in non-recurring fiber revenue, compared to the year ago quarter.
  • Income from operations of $24.2 million, an increase of 15% compared to $21.0 million for the year ago quarter.
  • Net income of $24.4 million, compared to a net loss of $3.5 million for the same quarter in 2020. Net income in the first quarter of 2021 includes a $5.4 million gain from the sale of our ownership interest in the international joint venture that held an equity interest in the SUPERNAP Italia data center, a $3.2 million gain on interest rate swaps, and a $2.8 million non-recurring license fee allowing our technology and patents to be used for data centers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Net income per diluted share in the first quarter of 2021 was $0.09 and adjusted net income per diluted share was $0.08.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $73.4 million, compared to $61.5 million for the same quarter in 2020, an increase of 19%. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 56.1%, compared to 48.0% in the year ago period. Adjusted EBITDA benefitted from $2.8 million in non-recurring license fee income, which increased Adjusted EBITDA margin by 210 basis points.
  • Capital expenditures of $100.4 million, compared to $80.9 million for the same quarter in 2020. Maintenance capital expenditures were $2.1 million, or 1.6% of total revenue.
  • Signed total contract value of $117 million, representing annualized revenue of $37 million at full deployment, including $18 million of incremental recurring revenue.

«Switch had a strong start to 2021, with our teams making favorable progress toward key strategic priorities including sales execution, construction, and customer installations,» said Thomas Morton, President of Switch. «We are excited for the next chapter of Switch’s domestic expansion efforts with the execution of the agreement to acquire Data Foundry, which will provide a tremendous platform for growth as we launch our Fifth Prime Campus in Texas

«We are pleased with our solid first quarter performance, particularly our improving margin profile as the Prime locations increase in scale,» said Gabe Nacht, CFO of Switch. «We are also encouraged by the continued growth in our sales pipeline and booked-not-billed backlog, which improves visibility toward accelerated revenue growth as we progress through the year.»

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2021, Switch’s total debt outstanding, including finance lease liabilities, net of cash and cash equivalents was $1.0 billion, resulting in a net debt to Q1 2021 annualized Adjusted EBITDA(1) ratio of 3.4x. As of March 31, 2021, Switch had liquidity of $538.9 million, including cash and cash equivalents and availability under its revolver.






(1)

Annualized Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as first quarter 2021 Adjusted EBITDA multiplied by four.

Capital Expenditures and Development

Capital expenditures for the first quarter totaled $100.4 million, including maintenance capital expenditures of $2.1 million, or 1.6% of total revenue. Growth capital expenditures, excluding land purchases, were $98.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $78.9 million in the same period last year.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2021, Switch invested (i) $59.6 million for data center construction and improvements in The Citadel Campus, primarily related to increased power and cooling capacity, the ongoing construction of a new sector scheduled for Q3 2021, and site work for the TAHOE RENO 2 facility scheduled to open in Q1 2023; (ii) $23.4 million in The Core Campus for continued construction of the LAS VEGAS 15 data center shell and site preparation for LAS VEGAS 14 and 16; (iii) $16.0 million in The Keep Campus for additional power, cooling, and tenant improvements at ATLANTA 1 and site preparation for the ATLANTA 3 data center scheduled to open in Q2 2023; and (iv) $1.4 million in The Pyramid Campus for equipment upgrades and incremental power and cooling capacity.

Dividend

Switch today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.05 per share of Switch’s Class A common stock. The dividend will be payable on June 4, 2021 to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 25, 2021. Prior to the payment of this dividend, Switch, Ltd. will make a cash distribution to all holders of record of common units of Switch, Ltd., including Switch, of $0.05 per common unit.

Future declarations of dividends are subject to the determination and discretion of Switch’s Board of Directors based on its consideration of many factors, including Switch’s results of operations, financial condition, capital requirements, restrictions in Switch, Ltd.’s debt agreements, and other factors that Switch’s Board of Directors deems relevant.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Announced the launch of Switch’s Fifth Prime Campus in Texas and agreed to acquire Data Foundry for $420 million in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition is expected to close in June 2021, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
  • Switch published its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report in April, highlighting the company’s leadership and innovation across the spectrum of environmental stewardship, social commitment, and sound corporate governance. The report was prepared in accordance with GRI, TCFD, and SASB reporting frameworks.
  • Executed a 5-megawatt expansion order with a Fortune 100 semiconductor manufacturer in The Citadel Campus totaling $7 million in annualized revenue and $38 million in contract value.
  • Signed a multi-year renewal and expansion order totaling over $9 million in contract value with a Fortune 500 biotechnology firm at The Core Campus.
  • An existing cloud computing customer at The Core Campus executed a 2-megawatt expansion option totaling $6 million of incremental contract value.
  • Signed a colocation expansion order with a leading regional banking customer at The Pyramid Campus totaling more than $4 million in contract value.
  • In February 2021, Switch sold its ownership interest in the international joint venture that held an equity interest in the SUPERNAP Italia data center and recognized a gain on sale of $5.4 million. In addition, in connection with the sale, Switch acquired a 30% direct ownership interest in SUPERNAP Thailand.
  • Switch signed a license agreement allowing its patented technology and industry leading designs to be used for data centers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2021 Guidance

Switch is adjusting its full year 2021 guidance, excluding any potential contributions from the announced agreement to acquire Data Foundry, as follows:

  • Revenue in the range of $543 million to $555 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $281 million to $290 million.
  • Capital expenditures, excluding land purchases, in the range of $330 million to $370 million.

Switch does not provide reconciliations for the non-GAAP financial measures included in the 2021 guidance above because we are unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items. This is due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliations, including net income (loss), depreciation and amortization expense, impairment charges, gains or losses on retirement of debt, gains or losses on interest rate swaps, and variations in effective tax rate, which are difficult to predict and estimate and are primarily dependent on future events, but which are excluded from Switch’s calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Switch management will participate in the following upcoming investor conferences:

  • Goldman Sachs 6th Annual Leveraged Finance Conference on May 17, 2021.
  • J.P. Morgan Global TMC Conference (Virtual) on May 24, 2021.
  • RBC Data Center and Connectivity Conference (Virtual) on May 25, 2021.
  • William Blair 41st Annual Growth Stock Conference (Virtual) on June 1, 2021.
  • Cowen & Company 49th Annual TMT Conference (Virtual) on June 2, 2021.
  • Credit Suisse 23rd Annual Communications Conference (Virtual) on June 14, 2021.

Conference Call Information

Switch will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 10, 2021. Parties in the United States can access the call by dialing 844-808-7137, parties in Canada can access the call by dialing 855-669-9657, and international parties can access the call by dialing 412-317-5287. Request to be joined to the Switch, Inc. earnings call.

The webcast will be accessible on Switch’s investor relations website at investors.switch.com for one year. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through Monday, May 17, 2021. To access the replay, parties in the United States should dial 877-344-7529, parties in Canada should dial 855-669-9658, and international parties should dial 412-317-0088. The replay access code is 10154691.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Switch’s condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America («GAAP»), Switch uses Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income attributable to Switch, Inc., adjusted net income per diluted share, net debt, and net debt to annualized Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures, in this press release. Switch defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted for interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of property and equipment and for specific and defined supplemental adjustments to exclude (i) non-cash equity-based compensation expense; (ii) equity in net losses of investments; and (iii) certain other items that Switch believes are not indicative of its core operating performance. Switch defines Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Switch defines adjusted net income attributable to Switch, Inc. as net income (loss) adjusted for gain (loss) on interest rate swaps, net of noncontrolling interest and income taxes calculated using the specific tax treatment applicable to the adjustments. Switch defines net debt as total debt outstanding, including finance lease liabilities, net of cash and cash equivalents. Switch defines net debt to last quarter annualized Adjusted EBITDA as net debt divided by quarterly Adjusted EBITDA multiplied by four. Switch uses net debt and net debt to last quarter annualized Adjusted EBITDA as measures to evaluate its net debt and leverage position. Switch believes that investors also may find such measures to be helpful in assessing its ability to pursue business opportunities and investments.

The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain recurring expenses that have been and will continue to be significant expenses of Switch’s business.

Switch believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating its operating results, enhancing the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects, and allowing for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics used by its management in financial and operational-decision making. For more information on Switch’s non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures, please see the «Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA» and the «Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Switch, Inc. to Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Switch, Inc.» tables in this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or Switch’s future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as «may,» «will,» «should,» «expects,» «plans,» «anticipates,» «could,» «intends,» «target,» «projects,» «contemplates,» «believes,» «estimates,» «predicts,» «potential» or «continue» or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern the company’s expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to Switch’s expectations regarding its future growth outlook; Switch’s expectations regarding the transaction to acquire Data Foundry; Switch’s expectations regarding building toward its long-term strategic goals, including to entrench itself as a leading destination for mission critical enterprise colocation and secure hybrid cloud ecosystems, Switch’s anticipated operating results and capital expenditures for the year ending December 31, 2021, Switch’s expectations regarding key transactions and its sales pipeline for the remainder of 2021, expectations regarding future declarations of dividends and cash distributions, and expectations regarding anticipated capital investment in infrastructure across the four Prime campus locations. Switch’s expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to inherent risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstance that are difficult or impossible to predict. The risks and uncertainties that could affect Switch’s financial and operating results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release include, without limitation (i) its ability to successfully implement its business strategies and effectively manage its growth and expansion plans; (ii) its ability to successfully close the transaction to acquire Data Foundry and integrate the Data Foundry operations; (iii) delays or unexpected costs in development and opening of data center facilities; (iv) any slowdown in demand for its existing data center resources; (v) its ability to attract new customers, realize the anticipated benefits of its new contracts and achieve sufficient customer demand to realize future expected returns on its investments; (vi) its ability to effectively compete in the data center market; (vii) its ability to license space in its existing data centers; (viii) the geographic concentration of its data centers in certain markets; (ix) local economic, credit and market conditions that impact its customers in these markets; (x) the impact of delays or disruptions in third-party network connectivity; (xi) developments in the technology and data center industries in general that negatively impact Switch, including development of new technologies, adoption of new industry standards, declines in the technology industry or slowdown in the growth of the Internet; (xii) its ability to adapt to evolving technologies and customer demands in a timely and cost-effective manner; (xiii) its ability to obtain necessary capital to fund our capital requirements and our ability to continue to comply with covenants and terms in its credit instruments; (xiv) fluctuations in interest rates and increased operating costs, including power costs; (xv) significant disruptions, security breaches, including cyber security breaches, or system failures at any of its data center facilities; (xvi) loss of significant customers or key personnel; (xvii) the impact of future changes in legislation and regulations, including changes in real estate and zoning laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, environmental and other laws that impact its business and industry, in addition to those under the captions «Risk Factors» and «Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations» and elsewhere in Switch’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in Switch’s other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission («SEC»). Switch’s SEC filings are available on the Investors section of Switch’s website at investors.switch.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Switch as of the date hereof, and Switch disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Switch’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

ABOUT Switch

Switch (NYSE: SWCH), is the independent leader in exascale data center ecosystems, edge data center designs, industry-leading telecommunications solutions and next-generation technology innovation. Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solutions.

We innovate to sustainably progress the digital foundation of the connected world with a focus on enterprise-class and emerging hybrid cloud solutions. The Switch PRIMES, located in Las Vegas and Tahoe Reno, Nevada; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia are the world’s most powerful exascale data center campus ecosystems with low latency to major U.S. markets. Visit switch.com for more information or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

Switch, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share data)



March 31,


December 31,


2021


2020


(unaudited)



ASSETS




CURRENT ASSETS:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

38,882



$

90,719


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $712 and $792, respectively

21,134



21,723


Prepaid expenses

8,685



8,171


Other current assets, net of allowance for credit losses of $2 and $0, respectively

2,125



2,235


Total current assets

70,826



122,848


Property and equipment, net

1,801,302



1,737,415


Long-term deposit

2,789



2,626


Deferred income taxes

227,299



203,201


Other assets, net of allowance for credit losses of $91 and $87, respectively

55,429



48,366


TOTAL ASSETS

$

2,157,645



$

2,114,456






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY




CURRENT LIABILITIES:




Accounts payable

$

22,627



$

14,588


Accrued salaries and benefits

7,129



4,884


Accrued interest

1,551



7,132


Accrued expenses and other

10,651



9,686


Accrued construction payables

22,768



27,162


Deferred revenue, current portion

18,401



14,870


Customer deposits

12,804



12,348


Interest rate swap liability, current portion

9,314



9,418


Operating lease liability, current portion

3,867



3,512


Total current liabilities

109,112



103,600


Long-term debt, net

991,608



991,213


Operating lease liability

27,474



25,536


Finance lease liability

57,471



57,516


Deferred revenue

24,803



23,862


Liabilities under tax receivable agreement

311,342



278,865


Other long-term liabilities

17,108



22,897


TOTAL LIABILITIES

1,538,918



1,503,489


Commitments and contingencies




STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:




Preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share, 10,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding




Class A common stock, $0.001 par value per share, 750,000 shares authorized, 127,546 and 119,009 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

128



119


Class B common stock, $0.001 par value per share, 300,000 shares authorized, 113,915 and 121,640 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

114



122


Class C common stock, $0.001 par value per share, 75,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding




Additional paid in capital

283,505



266,129


Retained earnings

5,088



9


Accumulated other comprehensive income

18



79


Total Switch, Inc. stockholders’ equity

288,853



266,458


Noncontrolling interest

329,874



344,509


TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

618,727



610,967


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

2,157,645



$

2,114,456


 

 

Switch, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended

March 31,


2021


2020

Revenue

$

130,866



$

128,096


Cost of revenue

71,693



67,029


Gross profit

59,173



61,067


Selling, general and administrative expense

34,998



40,116


Income from operations

24,175



20,951


Other income (expense):




Interest expense, including $583 and $409, respectively, in amortization of debt issuance costs and original issue discount

(8,757)



(7,435)


Gain (loss) on interest rate swaps

3,205



(17,555)


Equity in net losses of investments

(220)




Gain on sale of equity method investment

5,374




Other

3,271



277


Total other income (expense)

2,873



(24,713)


Income (loss) before income taxes

27,048



(3,762)


Income tax (expense) benefit

(2,654)



273


Net income (loss)

24,394



(3,489)


Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

12,753



(2,273)


Net income (loss) attributable to Switch, Inc.

$

11,641



$

(1,216)






Net income (loss) per share:




Basic

$

0.09



$

(0.01)


Diluted

$

0.09



$

(0.01)






Weighted average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share:




Basic

126,641



94,366


Diluted

129,110



94,366






Other comprehensive income (loss):




Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of reclassification and tax of $0

(474)




Comprehensive income (loss)

23,920



(3,489)


Less: comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

12,340



(2,273)


Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Switch, Inc.

$

11,580



$

(1,216)


 

 

Switch, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands)

(unaudited)


Three Months Ended

March 31,


2021


2020

Net income (loss)

$

24,394



$

(3,489)


Interest expense

8,757



7,435


Interest income

(39)



(33)


Income tax expense (benefit)

2,654



(273)


Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

38,791



32,518


(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment

(193)



60


Equity-based compensation

7,297



7,524


(Gain) loss on interest rate swaps

(3,205)



17,555


Equity in net losses of investments

220




Gain on sale of equity method investment

(5,374)




Acquisition-related costs

140




Shareholder-related litigation expense



192


Adjusted EBITDA

$

73,442



$

61,489


 

 

Switch, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Switch, Inc. to

Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Switch, Inc.

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended

March 31,


2021


2020

Net income (loss) attributable to Switch, Inc.

$

11,641



$

(1,216)


(Gain) loss on interest rate swaps

(3,205)



17,555


Income tax impact on adjustment(1)

355



(1,459)


Noncontrolling interest impact on adjustment

1,514



(10,608)


Adjusted net income attributable to Switch, Inc.

$

10,305



$

4,272






Adjusted net income per share—diluted

$

0.08



$

0.04


Weighted average shares used in computing adjusted net income per share—diluted

129,110



96,460








(1)

The income tax impact is derived by applying the U.S. statutory tax rate to Switch, Inc.’s portion of the adjustment.

 

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