Aruba Networks Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Aruba Networks, Inc. has a market cap of $2.4 billion; its shares were traded at around $20.17 with a P/E ratio of 534.3 and P/S ratio of 4.6.
Highlight of Business Operations:We have a history of losses, with a few quarters of profitability during fiscal 2012 and 2011. We experienced a net loss of $8.9 million for fiscal 2012, net income of $70.7 million for fiscal 2011, and net loss of $34.0 million for fiscal 2010. As of July 31, 2012 and 2011, our accumulated deficit was $113.8 million and $104.9 million, respectively. Expenses associated with the continued development and expansion of our business, including expenditures to hire additional personnel for sales and marketing and technology development, could limit our ability to sustain operating profits. If we fail to increase revenue or manage our cost structure, we may not sustain profitability in the future. As a result, our business could be harmed, and our stock price could decline.
Our future success is highly dependent upon establishing and maintaining successful relationships with a variety of VADs, VARs, and OEMs, which we refer to as our indirect channel. We have dedicated a significant amount of effort to increase the use of our VADs and VARs in each of our theatres of operations. The percentage of our total revenue fulfilled from sales through our indirect channel was 92.5%, 93.0% and 92.4% for fiscal 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively. We expect that over time, indirect channel sales will continue to constitute a significant majority of our total revenue. Accordingly, our revenue depends in large part on the effective performance of our channel partners. The table below represents the percentage of total revenue from our top channel partners (*represents less than 10%):
During fiscal 2012, sales and marketing expenses increased 28.6% compared to fiscal 2011. Personnel and related costs increased $25.6 million and stock-based compensation expense increased of $10.1 million due to a 23% increase in headcount. The increase in personnel and related costs included commission expense, which increased $7.3 million due to higher revenue in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011. Marketing expenses increased $3.6 million to support product demand generation and pipeline building. Pre-sales and training expenses also increased by $1.6 million due to increase in activity. Facilities and IT-related expenses related to our worldwide sales and marketing efforts also increased $2.3 million, of which $2.0 million is due to increased allocated costs which were previously classified in General and Administrative expenses.
During fiscal 2011, sales and marketing expenses increased 41.0% compared to fiscal 2010. Personnel and related costs increased $29.6 million primarily due to an increase in headcount of 122 employees. An increase in stock-based compensation and associated payroll taxes of $11.4 million contributed to the increase in personnel and related costs. Commission expense increased $10.0 million corresponding to the increase in revenue. Marketing expenses increased $3.7 million due to new product launches, specifically for our MOVE architecture launch, and user-group conventions we hosted. Recruiting expenses increased $0.7 million as we increased our headcount. Amortization expense of our purchased intangible assets increased $0.6 million as a result of our acquisitions. Finally, depreciation expense increased $0.3 million primarily due to purchases of computer equipment to support the increase in headcount.
In the three months ended July 31, 2012, we recorded adjustments to increase the vacation accrual by $0.5 million and recorded additional deferred cost of revenue of $0.3 million. In the three months ended April 30, 2012, we recorded adjustments to reduce tax expense of $0.8 million and recorded additional stock-based compensation expense of $0.5 million, related to the fiscal quarters ended October 31, 2011 and January 31, 2012, respectively. The impact of the adjustments made in fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2012 and April 30, 2012 would have resulted in a decrease in net loss of $0.1 million for the years ended July 31, 2010 and 2011, and a decrease in the net loss of $0.9 million for the year ended July 31, 2012. On a quarterly basis for fiscal 2012, the impact would be to decrease the net loss by $0.1 million, $0.3 million and $0.1 million in the three months ended October 31, 2011, January 31, 2012 and July 31, 2012, respectively, and to increase net income by $0.4 million for the three months ended April 30, 2012. We have assessed the impact of these adjustments on the Consolidated Balance Sheets and Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income as of and for the periods ended July 31, 2012, 2011, and 2010, and we have concluded that the adjustments are not material, either individually, or in the aggregate, to the previously reported financial statements. On that basis, we have recorded the adjustments in the three months ended April 30, 2012 and July 31, 2012.
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