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VeriSign Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Results

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Marketwire) - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the leading provider of intelligent infrastructure for the networked world, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.

Q4 2006 Financial Results

VeriSign reported total revenue of $413 million for the fourth quarter of 2006. VeriSign ended the fourth quarter with Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Short-term Investments of $749 million and deferred revenue of $614 million.

2006 Financial Results

For the year ended December 31, 2006, VeriSign reported total revenue of $1.58 billion, compared to $1.61 billion for 2005. The year over year decrease reflects a decline in mobile content revenues in the first half of the year.

"We enter 2007 with a strong portfolio of services that advances our mission of being in the center of the world's networked interactions," said Stratton Sclavos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VeriSign. "We are now focused on addressing the needs of our global customer base as they transform their businesses to a next generation digital world."

"We faced some challenges to top line growth in 2006, namely the divestiture of the payment gateway business and some instability in the mobile content business in the first half of the year," said Dana Evan, Chief Financial Officer of VeriSign. "Overall, we are pleased with our results and are well-positioned for 2007 with a strong balance sheet, excellent operating cash flows and nearly $750 million in cash and short-term investments."

VeriSign is not providing detailed GAAP or non-GAAP financials for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2006 due to the previously announced review and analysis of VeriSign's historical stock option grants being conducted by an ad hoc group of independent Directors. The ad hoc group's review and analysis has been substantially completed. The review did not find intentional wrongdoing by any current member of the senior management team.

VeriSign has determined that it must restate its historical financial statements for the years and interim periods from 2002-2005 and for the first quarter of 2006 to record additional non-cash, stock-based compensation expense related to past stock option grants. Based on the findings to date, VeriSign believes the non-cash charges to the financial statements for the periods 2002-2005 will be less than $200 million. VeriSign expects to complete its restatement of financial statements for all affected periods in the near future.

During the fourth quarter, VeriSign announced that the Department of Commerce gave final approval to the .com agreement between VeriSign and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The agreement outlines rules and processes for introducing new services while promoting the security and safety of the Internet and providing for continued investment in the infrastructure.

VeriSign also announced the issuance of Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates. These new certificates support Microsoft's IE7 and Vista operating system and help to increase consumer confidence when visiting Web sites by providing a visual cue, a green browser bar, that these sites are who they claim to be and that online transactions with these sites are secured by encryption.

In December, VeriSign announced that UK television broadcaster, Channel 4, integrated VeriSign's peer-to-peer solution to power its new Internet video on-demand service, making Channel 4 one of the first major broadcasters and the third large network customer for this solution in the UK. VeriSign's peer-to-peer broadband technology enables the secure delivery of Internet video, reduces the time it takes to download video content and produces a superior user experience.

Additional highlights from the quarter include the acquisition in November of inCode Wireless for approximately $52 million in cash and assumed debt. With a focus on next generation mobility solutions, inCode provides strategy consulting services to major wireless, wire line, cable operator and telecom equipment manufacturers, as well as leading enterprises.

Additional Financial Information

                --  VeriSign ended the fourth quarter with Cash, Cash Equivalents,
                Restricted Cash and Short-term Investments of $749 million.
                --  Deferred revenue on the balance sheet was $614 million as of December
                31, 2006, an increase of more than $100 million from the prior year.
                --  Net days sales outstanding (Net DSO), which takes into account the
                change in deferred revenue balances, was 48 days for Q4, down from the 50
                days recorded in Q3.
                --  During 2006, VeriSign repurchased approximately 6.4 million shares of
                its common stock for a net purchase price of $135 million. In 2006,
                VeriSign acquired seven companies totaling $648 million. At the end of Q4,
                VeriSign had an outstanding balance of $199 million under its previously
                announced $500 million credit facility established in June of 2006.
                --  Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2006 were approximately
                $40 million. For 2006, capital expenditures were $142 million.
                --  Earlier this month VeriSign announced a new functional business
                structure designed to better serve our customers' needs and streamline the
                company's operations. Under the new operating structure, VeriSign's three
                previous business units will be combined to deliver an integrated portfolio
                through a unified sales and service team across multiple industries. The
                company's two main functional units will be Sales and Consulting Services
                and Products and Marketing.
                --  In January 2007, VeriSign settled the shareholder class action lawsuit
                filed in 2002 against the company and certain current and former directors
                and officers. The settlement also resolved a related shareholder derivative
                suit filed against certain current and former officers and directors in
                which the company was a nominal defendant. Under the terms of the
                settlement, liability insurers for VeriSign paid $80 million in settlement
                of the lawsuits. The payment has no impact on VeriSign's financial position
                or results of operations, as the settlement amount is within applicable
                insurance limits.
Internet Services Group
                --  The Internet Services Group (ISG) –- which includes VeriSign Security
                Services (VSS) and VeriSign Information Services (VIS) –- delivered $205
                million of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2006.
                --  The VeriSign Web site certificate business issued approximately
                221,000 new and renewal certificates in Q4, ending the quarter with a base
                of more than 807,000 certificates, up from 781,000 at the end of the third
                quarter of 2006. The installed base excluding the GeoTrust certificates was
                548,000 at the end of the fourth quarter, equating to growth of 12% year
                over year.
                --  The VeriSign Information Services business ended the quarter with
                approximately 65 million active domain names in .com and .net, a net
                increase of approximately 3.6 million names, up 6% over Q3 and 30% year
                over year.
Communications Services Group
                --  VeriSign Communications Services (VCS) Group –- which provides
                intelligent communications, commerce and content services to
                telecommunications carriers and next generation service providers –-
                delivered revenues of $208 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.
                --  Within VCS, the Communications and Commerce group generated revenues
                of $113 million, including $17 million from Messaging services.
                --  The Content group generated revenues of $90 million, which includes
                $72 million for Jamba/Jamster B2C services and $18 million from B2B
                --  Consulting services from inCode Wireless generated revenue of $5
                million in Q4.
                --  VeriSign Communications Services Group ended Q4 with a base of
                approximately 10.4 million wireless billing customer subscribers, an
                increase of approximately 33% year over year.
                --  The VCS business supported 16 billion database queries in Q4 2006,
                relatively flat year over year.
                --  News Corporation and VeriSign finalized a joint venture today that
                combines Jamba and Fox Mobile Entertainment assets. VeriSign received
                approximately $188 million for the sale of a controlling interest in Jamba.
                VeriSign's 49% minority interest in the joint venture will be reported net
                of tax as Other Income below the Operating Income line in our future income
Today's Conference Call

VeriSign will host a live teleconference call today at 2:00 pm (PST) to review the quarter's results. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (800) 289-0544 (US) or (913) 981-5533 (international). A listen-only live web cast of the earnings conference call will also be available at http://investor.verisign.com. A replay of this call will be available at (888) 203-1112 (passcode: 2572145) or (719) 457-0820 (passcode: 2572145 - international) beginning at 5:00 pm (PST) on January 31 and will run through February 6. This press release and the financial information discussed on today's conference call are available on the Investor Relations section of the VeriSign website at http://investor.verisign.com.

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), operates intelligent infrastructure services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across the world's voice and data networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisign.com.

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