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Silver Spring Networks Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) today announced preliminary financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter Financial Highlights (all comparisons made are against the prior year period, unless otherwise stated):

GAAP results:

  • Revenue was $261.6 million, up 114.5% year-over-year.
  • Cost of revenue was $205.0 million, or 78.4% of revenue, versus $57.4 million or 47.1% in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Operating expense was $38.3 million including a $1.2 million restructuring charge, versus $37.8 million in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Net income per diluted share was $0.34, versus $0.50 in the second quarter of last year.
  • Quarter-ending cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments was $117.8 million versus $113.1 million in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Cash flow from operations was $3.0 million, versus $3.8 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP metrics:

  • Billings were $78.7 million, up 9.6% year-over-year.
  • Cost of billings was $43.4 million or 55.2% of billings, versus $38.8 million or 54.0% in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Non-GAAP operating expense was $31.8 million, versus $31.5 million in the second quarter of 2016.

“In the second quarter, we delivered solid revenue, $3.0 million in cash flow from operations, and 9.6% growth in billings,” said Mike Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silver Spring Networks. “We are ramping our new customer programs, winning additional smart utility and smart city awards, and driving our technology into the broader Industrial Internet of Things opportunity.”

Business Highlights (through August 8, 2017, unless otherwise stated):

  • Silver Spring Networks has delivered more than 26.7 million cumulative network endpoints since inception through June 30, 2017, up 9% from a year ago.
  • Agreed to work with ESB Telecoms Ltd to develop a national Internet of Things (IoT) network, based on our Starfish™ standards-based Platform-as-a-Service solution, across Ireland.
  • Selected by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) for a Distribution Automation deployment, an extension of its existing smart grid investment, to further improve grid reliability and operational efficiency with connectivity solutions for intelligent grid devices throughout PHI’s service territory in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
  • Expanded our Starfish Platform-as-a-Service award in London, for an additional 28,000 street lights to be connected to new areas including the City of London, and the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, through our reseller agreement with urbancontrol.
  • Progressing with the network canopy installation for Dubai Electric & Water Authority (DEWA), to cover the Emirate of Dubai with Silver Spring’s IPv6 IoT communications platform. Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology will be integrated into smart electric meter devices from Honeywell Elster, which will be used to connect the first DEWA electric customers to the canopy.
  • The City of Chicago and our reseller partner, Ameresco, have finalized the contract to connect more than 250,000 street lights in what is believed to be the largest city-led wireless street lighting project in the U.S.
  • Expanded our relationship with Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to connect up to 110,000 street lights on the island of Jamaica.
  • Selected by Grant County Public Utility District for an AMI deployment to connect approximately 47,000 homes and businesses in Central Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Conference Call

Silver Spring Networks will host a conference call today at 2:00 pm PT (5:00 pm ET) to review its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 and its outlook for the future. During the course of this call, Silver Spring Networks may also disclose material developments affecting its business and/or financial performance. Listeners may access the conference call live at 877-407-0832 (U.S.) or 201-689-8433 (International) or via webcast at A dial-in replay of the conference call will be available until September 26, 2017 and can be accessed at 877-660-6853 (domestic) or 201-612-7415 (international) passcode 13666523. An audio webcast replay of the conference call will be available for one year at

About Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks enables the Internet of Important Things™ by reliably and securely connecting things that matter. Cities, utilities, and companies on five continents use the company’s cost-effective, high-performance IoT network and data platform to operate more efficiently, get greener, and enable innovative services that can improve the lives of millions of people. With more than 26.7 million devices delivered, Silver Spring provides a proven standards-based platform safeguarded with military grade security. Silver Spring Networks’ customers include Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, ComEd, Consolidated Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, and Singapore Power. Silver Spring has also deployed networks in Smart Cities including Copenhagen, Glasgow, Paris, Providence, and Stockholm. To learn more, visit

Non-GAAP and Other Financial Metrics

Silver Spring Networks supplements the results of operations presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, with certain non-GAAP metrics. Silver Spring Networks manages its business, makes planning decisions, evaluates its performance and allocates resources by assessing non-GAAP and other financial metrics such as billings, cost of billings, non-GAAP operating expense, and total backlog. Silver Spring Networks believes that these non-GAAP and other financial metrics, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, offer valuable supplemental information regarding the performance of its business, and will help investors better understand the sales volumes and profitability trends, as well as the cash flow characteristics, of its business. The non-GAAP metrics should not be considered in isolation from, are not a substitute for, and do not purport to be an alternative to, revenue, cost of revenue, operating expense, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Silver Spring Networks may consider whether other significant non-recurring items that arise in the future should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures it uses.

Billings represents amounts invoiced for products for which ownership, typically evidenced by title and risk of loss, has transferred or services that have been provided to the customer, and for which payment is expected to be made in accordance with normal payment terms. Billings excludes amounts for undelivered products, services to be performed in the future, and amounts paid or payable to customers. Billings are initially recorded as deferred revenue and are then recognized as revenue when all revenue recognition criteria has been met under Silver Spring Networks’ accounting policies as described in Silver Spring Networks’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Silver Spring Networks reconciles revenue to billings by adding revenue to the change in deferred revenue in a given period.

Cost of billings represents the cost associated with products and services that have been delivered to the customer, excluding stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles and acquisition-related charges. Cost of product shipments for which revenue is not recognized in the period incurred is recorded as deferred cost of revenue. Deferred cost of revenue is expensed in the statement of operations as cost of revenue when the corresponding revenue is recognized. Costs related to services are expensed in the period incurred. Silver Spring Networks reconciles cost of revenue to cost of billings by adding cost of revenue and the change in deferred cost of revenue, less stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles and acquisition-related charges, included in cost of revenue in a given period.

Non-GAAP operating expense consists of research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, excluding amortization and impairment of intangible assets, stock-based compensation, acquisition-related charges, restructuring and legal settlements.

Total backlog represents future product and service billings that Silver Spring Networks expects to generate pursuant to contracts entered into with its utility customers and meter manufacturers. Total backlog includes order backlog, which represents future billings for open purchase orders and other firm commitments.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the momentum in Silver Spring Networks’ business; future growth and market opportunity; the scope and timing of future deployments; expected benefits from our products; future investment; future innovation; customer and market activity; our expected project with ESB Telecoms Ltd; and future financial results. Statements including words such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate" or "expect" and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are preliminary estimates and expectations based on current...