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Vonage Announces Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results, Highlighted by 72% Growth in 2016 Vonage Business Revenue

- 2016 Consolidated Revenues of $956 Million, a 7% increase
- Operating Income of $44 Million; Adjusted OIBDA of $160 Million, an 11% increase
- Fourth Quarter Vonage Business Total Revenue of $111 Million, a 56% increase
- Fourth Quarter CPaaS Revenue of $27 Million, a 43% pro-forma increase
- Announced as Amazon Web Services launch partner for Amazon Chime; combination to bring unmatched productivity to Vonage Business users

HOLMDEL, N.J., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG, news, filings), a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Consolidated Results

"In 2016, we utilized our strong cash flows to invest in our growth, including the strategic acquisition of Nexmo and significant investments in the Vonage Business sales infrastructure," said Vonage CEO Alan Masarek.

"With these investments, we made great progress executing on our transformation and significantly advanced our strategy to become the Clear Leader in Cloud Communications. Through the integration of our UCaaS and CPaaS solutions, we have assembled the most comprehensive product offering in the global Cloud Communications market. This unique value proposition drives better outcomes for our business customers and deepens our customer relationships. At the same time, our team continues to deliver strong financial results. We generated consolidated revenue growth for the third consecutive year and the highest adjusted OIBDA in five years, driven by the successful optimization of our Consumer segment."

For the full year 2016, Vonage reported revenue of $956 million, up from $895 million in the prior year. Income from operations was $44 million, down from $53 million in the prior year. Adjusted Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted OIBDA")1 was $160 million, an 11% increase over the prior year. GAAP net income was $18 million or $0.08 per share for the full year 2016, down from $23 million or $0.11 per share in 2015. Adjusted net income2 was $45 million or $0.21 per share, up from $39 million, or $0.18 per share in the prior year.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, Vonage reported revenue of $247 million, up from $230 million in the year ago quarter. Income from operations was $5 million, down from $8 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted OIBDA for the fourth quarter was$37 million, up from $34 million in the year ago quarter. GAAP net income was breakeven, or $0.00 per share, down from $3 million in the prior year period, or $0.02 per share. Adjusted net income was $7 million or $0.03 per share, down from $8 million or $0.04 per share.

Additional Reporting Information

Consistent with Vonage's continued transformation into cloud communications, the Company is providing more visibility into the financial trends in its Business and Consumer segments.  The Company will report both revenue and cost of service for its Business segment, comprised of its Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) offerings, and for its Consumer segment, comprised of its legacy residential VoIP offerings. Vonage is reporting this additional information for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 and will continue reporting these metrics in the future.

Business Segment Results

  • Total Business revenue grew 56% year-over-year to $111 million in the fourth quarter of 2016; Full year revenue increased 72% year-over-year to $376 million.
  • Business service revenue was $92 million, a 69% increase from the fourth quarter of 2015; Full year service revenue was $302 million, up 77% from the prior year.
  • UCaaS revenue churn was 1.4% in the fourth quarter, flat sequentially and up from 1.1% in the year ago quarter.
  • UCaaS ending seats were 638,000, up from 542,000 seats in the year ago quarter, reflecting strong organic growth.
  • Announced by Amazon Web Services as a launch partner for Amazon Chime. This combination brings together the power of Vonage's cloud voice communications capabilities with Amazon Chime, a web-conferencing and collaboration suite, to provide a scalable, enterprise-grade unified communications solution for Vonage Business customers.
  • The Vonage API Platform, formerly Nexmo, generated fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $27 million, a 43% pro-forma year-over-year increase.
  • The Vonage API Platform increased its registered developer count to 207,000, a 54% year-over-year increase.
  • Announced Kenny Wyatt as the Company's new Chief Revenue Officer. Mr. Wyatt will set the global direction for sales and revenue across the Company's UCaaS and CPaaS offerings.

Consumer Segment Results

  • Revenue in Consumer was $136 million in the fourth quarter, down 14% from the prior year's quarter. Full year 2016 revenue was $579 million, down 14%, reflecting the Company's decision to redeploy capital into the Vonage Businesssegment.
  • Consumer customer churn was 2.2% in the fourth quarter, in line with the year ago quarter.
  • Average revenue per line ("ARPU") in Consumer Services was $26.11, down from $26.93 in the year ago period.
  • The Consumer segment ended the fourth quarter with 1.7 million subscriber lines.

Patent Portfolio

Vonage continues to develop innovative technologies and to protect its valuable intellectual property. The Company was granted a record 40 new patents in 2016,  and as of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 146 U.S. patents, with nearly 200 U.S. patent applications pending.

Share Repurchase

Vonage repurchased 7.4 million shares for $33 million at an average price of $4.43 in 2016. This represents approximately one-third of the four-year, $100 million authorization the Company initiated in the beginning of 2015. The Company has repurchased 55.6 million shares for $181 million, at a highly accretive average price of $3.26, since the Company began repurchasing stock in August 2012. Vonage's share repurchase program has provided strong returns for shareholders and it continues to be one of the key components of the Company's capital allocation plan. The execution of the buyback program is subject to change as market conditions, M&A opportunities and capital allocation priorities warrant.

2017 Outlook

For full year 2017, Vonage expects the following:

  • Consolidated revenues in the range of $970 million to $985 million
  • Total Business revenue, which includes UCaaS and CPaaS, in the range of $487 million to $493 million
  • Consumer revenue in the range of $483 million to $492 million  reflecting the Company's continued focus on optimizing the business for profitability and cash flow
  • Consolidated Adjusted OIBDA of at least $165 million
  • Capex of approximately $40 million

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will host a webcast discussion of the fourth quarter, full year 2016, and other matters on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. To participate, please dial (877) 359-9508 approximately 10 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial (224) 357-2393.

The webcast will be broadcast live through Vonage's Investor Relations website at http://ir.vonage.com. A replay of the call and webcast will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and may be accessed through Vonage's Investor Relations website at http://ir.vonage.com or by dialing (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial (404) 537-3406. The replay passcode is 63295132.

(1) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 3 for a reconciliation to GAAP income from operations.
(2) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 4 for a reconciliation to GAAP net income.

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

(unaudited)

(audited)

Statement of Operations Data:

Revenues

$

246,763

$

248,359

$

230,124

$

955,621

$

895,072

Operating Expenses:

Direct cost of telephony services (excluding depreciation and amortization of $7,211, $7,460, $6,724, $28,489, and $24,868, respectively)

88,768

87,377

68,513

321,373

261,768

Cost of goods sold

7,768

8,591

8,597

33,777

34,210

Sales and marketing

84,293

83,731

89,919

330,969

347,896

Engineering and development

7,607

8,075

6,921

29,759

27,220

General and administrative

34,043

27,538

29,897

123,304

109,153

Depreciation and amortization

19,070

18,018

17,979

72,285

61,833

241,549

233,330

221,826

911,467

842,080

Income from operations

5,214

15,029

8,298

44,154

52,992

Other expense:

Interest income

14

19

24

79

89

Interest expense

(3,565)

(3,974)

(2,541)

(13,042)

(8,786)

Other (expense) income, net

(109)

(495)

(247)

(346)

(842)

(3,660)

(4,450)

(2,764)

(13,309)

(9,539)

Income from continuing operation before income tax expense

1,554

10,579

5,534

30,845

43,453

Income tax expense

(1,553)

(1,501)

(2,128)

(12,938)

(18,418)

Income from continuing operations

1

9,078

3,406

17,907

25,035

Loss from discontinued operations

(1,615)

Loss on disposal, net of taxes

(824)

Discontinued operations

(2,439)

Net income

1

9,078

3,406

17,907

22,596

Plus: Net loss from discontinued operations attributable to noncontrolling interest

59

Net income attributable to Vonage

$

1

$

9,078

$

3,406

$

17,907

$

22,655

Net income per common share - continuing operations:

Basic

$

$

0.04

$

0.02

$

0.08

$

0.12

Diluted

$

$

0.04

$

0.01

$

0.08

$

0.11

Net loss per common share - discontinued operations attributable to Vonage:

Basic

$

$

$

$

$

(0.01)

Diluted

$

$

$

$

$

(0.01)

Net income per common share - attributable to Vonage:

Basic

$

$

0.04

$

0.02

$

0.08

$

0.11

Diluted

$

$

0.04

$

0.01

$

0.08

$

0.10

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic

$

218,375

$

217,000

$

213,864

$

215,751

$

213,147

Diluted

237,670

234,868

227,751

231,941

224,110

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA - (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

(unaudited)

(audited)

Statement of Cash Flow Data:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

21,757

$

26,694

$

46,105

$

87,012

$

129,731

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,836)

(5,751)

(14,413)

(190,733)

(152,696)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(23,125)

(12,666)

(33,622)

74,498

40,205

Capital expenditures, intangible assets, and development of software assets

(8,767)

(7,364)

(13,996)

(37,734)

(34,006)

For the years ended December 31,

2016

2015

(audited)

(audited)

Balance Sheet Data:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

29,078

$

57,726

Marketable securities

601

9,908

Restricted cash

1,851

2,587

Accounts receivable, net of allowance

36,688

19,913

Inventory, net of allowance

4,116

5,542

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

29,176

15,659

Deferred customer acquisition costs

3,136

4,505

Property and equipment, net

48,415

49,483

Goodwill

357,916

222,106

Software, net

21,971

20,710

Debt related costs, net

2,333

2,053

Intangible assets, net

199,256

138,199

Total deferred tax assets, including current portion, net

191,368

226,572

Other assets

14,459

9,603

Total assets

$

940,364

$

784,566

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

139,888

$

138,925

Deferred revenue

32,892

33,456

Total notes payable and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, including current portion

318,874

210,392

Capital lease obligations

3,428

7,761

Other liabilities

3,985

5,291

Total liabilities

$

499,067

$

395,825

Total stockholders' equity

$

441,297

$

388,741

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 2. SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED OPERATING DATA

(unaudited)

The table below includes revenues and cost of revenues that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the business focused portion of our business:

 Business

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

Revenues:

   Service

$

91,663

$

86,662

$

54,169

$

301,877

$

170,489

   Product (1)

12,655

13,618

12,646

52,450

35,545

      Service and Product

104,318

100,280

66,815

354,327

206,034

   USF

6,193

6,029

4,134

22,025

12,993

Total Business Revenues

$

110,511

$

106,309

$

70,949

$

376,352

$

219,027

Cost of Revenues:

   Service (2)

$

38,697

$

34,858

$

14,363

$

111,485

$

44,997

   Product (1)

12,664

13,101

11,573

51,129

31,185

      Service and Product

51,361

47,959

25,936

162,614

76,182

   USF

6,193

6,029

4,152

22,036

13,022

Cost of Revenues

$

57,554

$

53,988

$

30,088

$

184,650

$

89,204

Service margin %

57.8

%

59.8

%

73.5

%

63.1

%

73.6

%

Gross margin % ex-USF (Service and product margin %)

50.8

%

52.2

%

61.2

%

54.1

%

63.0

%

Gross margin %

47.9

%

49.2

%

57.6

%

50.9

%

59.3

%

(1) Includes customer premise equipment, access, professional services, and shipping and handling.

(2) Excludes depreciation and amortization of $5,013, $5,015, $4,310 for the quarters ended December 31, 2016, September 30, 2016 and December 30, 2015, respectively and $18,820 and $15,819 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The table below includes revenues and cost of revenues that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the consumer focused portion of our business:

Consumer

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

Revenues:

   Service

$

123,114

$

128,167

$

144,346

$

522,515

$

612,822

   Product (1)

188

207

213

702

645

      Service and Product

123,302

128,374

144,559

523,217

613,467

   USF

12,950

13,676

14,616

56,052

62,578

Total Business Revenues

$

136,252

$

142,050

$

159,175

$

579,269

$

676,045

Cost of Revenues:

   Service (2)

$

22,834

$

24,972

$

28,011

$

100,054

$

123,580

   Product (1)

3,198

3,331

4,394

14,394

20,616

      Service and Product

26,032

28,303

32,405

114,448

144,196

   USF

12,950

13,676

14,616

56,052

62,578

Cost of Revenues

$

38,982

$

41,979

$

47,021

$

170,500

$

206,774

Service margin %

81.5

%

80.5

%

80.6

%

80.9

%

79.8

%

Gross margin % ex-USF (Service and product margin %)

78.9

%

78.0

%

77.6

%

78.1

%

76.5

%

Gross margin %

71.4

%

70.4

%

70.5

%

70.6

%

69.4

%

(1) Includes customer premise equipment, access, professional services, and shipping and handling.

(2) Excludes depreciation and amortization of $2,198, $2,445, $2,414 for the quarters ended December 31, 2016, September 30, 2016 and December 30, 2015, respectively and $9,669 and $9,049 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The table below includes key operating data that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the business focused portion of our business:

 Business

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

Revenues (1)

$

110,511

$

106,309

$

70,949

$

376,352

$

219,027

Average monthly revenues per seat (2)

$

44.65

$

45.50

$

44.79

$

44.94

$

42.79

Seats (at period end) (2)

638,096

615,728

541,884

638,096

541,884

Revenue churn (2)

1.4

%

1.4

%

1.1

%

1.4

%

1.2

%

Registered developers (3)

206,734

175,759

N/A

206,734

N/A

(1) Includes revenues of $26,541 and $23,909, respectively, of CPaaS revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2016, and $58,148 for the year ended December 31, 2016.

(2) UCaaS only.

(3) CPaaS only.

The table below includes key operating data that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the consumer focused portion of our business:

Consumer

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

Revenues

$

136,252

$

142,050

$

159,175

$

579,269

$

676,045

Average monthly revenues per line

$

26.11

$

26.36

$

26.93

$

26.43

$

27.58

Subscriber lines (at period end)

1,711,366

1,767,212

1,940,825

1,711,366

1,940,825

Customer churn

2.2

%

2.2

%

2.2

%

2.2

%

2.3

%

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 3. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

TO ADJUSTED OIBDA AND TO ADJUSTED OIBDA MINUS CAPEX

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

Income from operations

$

5,214

$

15,029

$

8,298

$

44,154

$

52,992

Depreciation and amortization

19,070

18,018

17,979

72,285

61,833

Share-based expense

9,462

6,526

7,460

30,253

27,541

Acquisition related transaction and integration costs

(219)

(68)

71

4,863

2,610

Acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation

6,813

6,655

16,780

Change in contingent consideration

(4,110)

(7,362)

(11,472)

Organizational transformation

2,435

2,435

Loss on sublease

744

744

Loss from discontinued operation, excluding income tax

(1,615)

Depreciation from discontinued operation

132

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

59

Adjusted OIBDA

$

36,974

$

41,233

$

33,808

$

160,042

$

143,552

Less:

Capital expenditures

$

(6,166)

$

(4,032)

$

(7,745)

$

(26,146)

$

(17,323)

Intangible assets

$

(50)

$

$

$

(50)

$

(2,500)

Acquisition and development of software assets

$

(2,551)

$

(3,332)

$

(6,251)

$

(11,538)

$

(14,183)

Adjusted OIBDA Minus Capex

$

28,207

$

33,869

$

19,812

$

122,308

$

109,546

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 4. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO VONAGE TO
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO VONAGE EXCLUDING ADJUSTMENTS
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

Net income attributable to Vonage

$

1

$

9,078

$

3,406

$

17,907

$

22,655

Amortization of acquisition - related intangibles

8,706

8,074

7,880

32,016

24,592

Acquisition related transaction and integration costs

(219)

(68)

71

4,863

2,610

Acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation

6,813

6,655

16,780

Change in contingent consideration

(4,110)

(7,362)

(11,472)

Organizational transformation

2,435

2,435

Loss on sublease

744

744

Tax effect on adjusting items

(4,932)

(4,022)

(3,286)

(18,745)

(11,240)

Net income attributable to Vonage excluding adjustments

$

7,003

$

14,790

$

8,071

$

44,528

$

38,617

Net income attributable to Vonage per common share:

Basic

$

$

0.04

$

0.02

$

0.08

$

0.11

Diluted

$

$

0.04

$

0.01

$

0.08

$

0.10

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic

218,375

217,000

213,864

215,751

213,147

Diluted

237,670

234,868

227,751

231,941

224,110

Net income attributable to Vonage excluding adjustments per common share, excluding adjustments:

Basic

$

0.03

$

0.07

$

0.04

$

0.21

$

0.18

Diluted

$

0.03

$

0.06

$

0.04

$

0.19

$

0.17

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic

218,375

217,000

213,864

215,751

213,147

Diluted

237,670

234,868

227,751

231,941

224,110

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 5. FREE CASH FLOW

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

For the Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2016

2016

2015

2016

2015

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

21,757

$

26,694

$

46,105

$

87,012

$

129,731

Less:

Capital expenditures

(6,166)

(4,032)

(7,745)

(26,146)

(17,323)

Intangible assets

(50)

(50)

(2,500)

Acquisition and development of software assets

(2,551)

(3,332)

(6,251)

(11,538)

(14,183)

Free cash flow

$

12,990

$

19,330

$

32,109

$

49,278

$

95,725

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.

TABLE 6. RECONCILIATION OF NOTES PAYABLE, INDEBTEDNESS UNDER REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY, AND CAPITAL LEASES TO NET DEBT

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

For the years ended December 31,

2016

2015

Current maturities of capital lease obligations

$

3,288

$

4,398

Current portion of notes payable

18,750

15,000

Notes payable and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, net of current maturities and debt related costs

300,124

195,392

Unamortized debt related costs

1,064

1,108

Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities

140

3,363

Gross debt

323,366

219,261

Less:

Unrestricted cash and marketable securities

29,679

67,634

Net debt

$

293,687

$

151,627

About Vonage

Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of cloud communications services for business. Vonage transforms the way people work and businesses operate through a portfolio of cloud-based communications solutions that enable internal collaboration among employees, while also keeping companies closely connected with their customers, across any mode of communication, on any device. Vonage's API Platform provides tools for voice, messaging and phone verification services, allowing developers to embed contextual, programmable communications into mobile apps, websites and business systems, enabling enterprises to easily communicate relevant information to their customers in real time, anywhere in the world, through text messaging, chat, social media and voice. The Company also provides a robust suite of feature-rich residential communication solutions. In 2015 and 2016, Vonage was named a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant forUnified Communications as-a-Service, Worldwide. Vonage has also earned the Frost & Sullivan Growth Excellence Leadership Award for Hosted IP and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) Services. For more information, visitwww.vonage.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the Securities and Exchange Commission, including: adjusted Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization ("adjusted OIBDA"), adjusted OIBDA less Capex, adjusted net income, net debt (cash) and free cash flow.

Adjusted OIBDA

Vonage uses adjusted OIBDA as a principal indicator of the operating performance of its business.

Vonage defines adjusted OIBDA as GAAP income (loss) from operations excluding depreciation and amortization, share-based expense, acquisition related costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, change in contingent consideration, costs associated with organizational transformation, loss on sublease, loss from discontinued operation excluding income tax, depreciation from discontinued operation, and net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest.

Vonage believes that adjusted OIBDA permits a comparative assessment of its operating performance, relative to its performance based on its GAAP results, while isolating the effects of depreciation and amortization, which may vary from period to period without any correlation to underlying operating performance; of share-based expense, which is a non-cash expense that also varies from period to period; of one-time acquisition related costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation and change in contingent consideration; of one-time costs associated with organizational transformation; and of loss from discontinued operation, depreciation from discontinued operation, and net loss attributable to our noncontrolling interest, each of which relate to one time effects caused by the termination of our Brazilian joint venture.

The Company provides information relating to its adjusted OIBDA so that investors have the same data that the Company employs in assessing its overall operations. The Company believes that trends in its Adjusted OIBDA are valuable indicators of the operating performance of the Company on a consolidated basis.

Adjusted OIBDA less Capex

Vonage uses adjusted OIBDA less Capex as an indicator of the operating performance of its business. The Company provides information relating to its adjusted OIBDA less Capex so that investors have the same data that the Company employs in assessing its overall operations. The Company believes that trends in its Adjusted OIBDA less Capex are valuable indicators of the operating performance of the Company on a consolidated basis because they provide our investors with insight into current performance and period-to-period performance.

Adjusted net income

Vonage defines adjusted net income, as GAAP net income (loss) excluding amortization of acquisition - related intangibles, acquisition related transaction and integration costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, change in contingent consideration, organizational transformation, loss on sublease, and tax effect on adjusting items.

The Company believes that excluding these items will assist investors in evaluating the Company's operating performance and in better understanding its results of operations as  amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets is a non-cash item, one-time acquisition related costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, change in contingent consideration, and one-time costs associated with organizational transformation are not reflective of operating performance.

Net debt (cash)

Vonage defines net debt (cash) as the current maturities of capital lease obligations, current portion of notes payable, notes payable and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, net of current maturities and debt related costs, unamortized debt related costs, and capital lease obligations net of current maturities, less unrestricted cash and marketable securities.

Vonage uses net debt (cash) as a measure of assessing leverage, as it reflects the gross debt under the Company's credit agreements and capital leases less cash available to repay such amounts. The Company believes that net cash is also a factor that first parties consider in valuing the Company.

Free cash flow

Vonage defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures, intangible assets, and acquisition and development of software assets.

Vonage considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management about the amount of cash generated by the business that, after the acquisition of equipment and software, can be used by Vonage for debt service and strategic opportunities. Free cash flow is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures since the Company has certain non-discretionary obligations such as debt service that are not deducted from the measure.

The non-GAAP financial measures used by Vonage may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in accounting policies and items excluded or included in the adjustments, which limits its usefulness as a comparative measure. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about acquisitions, acquisition integration, growth priorities or plans, revenues, adjusted OIBDA, churn, seats, lines or accounts, average revenue per user, cost of telephony services, the Company's share repurchase plan, capital expenditures, new products and related investment, and other statements that are not historical facts or information, that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, other statements in this press release that are not historical facts or information may be forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available at the time the statements are made and/or management's belief as of that time with respect to future events and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to be materially different. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the competition we face; the expansion of competition in the unified communications market; our ability to adapt to rapid changes in the market for voice and messaging services; risks associated with the market for CPaaS products and services; our ability to retain customers and attract new customers, including in a cost effective manner; the risk associated with developing and maintaining effective internal sales teams; the risk associated with developing and maintaining effective distribution channels; risks related to the acquisition or integration of future businesses; security breaches and other compromises of information security; risks associated with sales of our UCaaS services to medium-sized and enterprise customers; our dependence on third party facilities, equipment, systems and services; system disruptions or flaws in our technology and systems; our ability to scale our business and grow efficiently; risks associated with our third-party vendor cloud infrastructure; our reliance on third party hardware and software; our dependence on third party vendors; the impact of fluctuations in economic conditions, particularly on our small and medium business customers; our ability to obtain or maintain relevant intellectual property licenses; intellectual property and other litigation that have been and may be brought against us; failure to protect our trademarks and internally developed software; obligations and restrictions associated with data privacy; uncertainties relating to regulation of VoIP services; results of regulatory inquiries into our business practices; uncertainties regarding the regulation of CPaaS services; customer misuse of our CPaaS products; the impact of export controls and economic sanctions regulations; fraudulent use of our name or services; our ability to establish and expand strategic alliances; risks associated with operating abroad; liability under anti-corruption laws; governmental regulation and taxes in our international operations; the impact of domestic and international tax regulations on our CPaaS products and services; our dependence upon key personnel; our dependence on our customers' existing broadband connections; restrictions in our debt agreements that may limit our operating flexibility; foreign currency fluctuations; our ability to obtain additional financing if required; any reinstatement of holdbacks by our vendors; our history of net losses and ability to achieve consistent profitability in the future; and other factors that are set forth in the "Risk Factors" section and other sections of Vonage's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. While the Company may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, and therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to today.

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