Nutanix Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results
Increase in Federal Sales and Large Deals Drive 46% Percent YoY Growth; Company Shifts Toward Software-Centric Business Model
SAN JOSE, Calif. — November 30, 2017 — Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended October 31, 2017.
First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Highlights
- Revenue: $275.6 million, growing 46% year-over-year from $188.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017
- Billings: $315.3 million, growing 32% year-over-year from $239.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017
- Net Loss: GAAP net loss of $61.5 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $140.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017; non-GAAP net loss of $24.7 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $26.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017
- Net Loss Per Share: GAAP net loss per share of $0.39, compared to a GAAP net loss per share of $1.89 and a pro forma GAAP net loss per share of $1.09 in the first quarter of fiscal 2017; non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.16, compared to a pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.20 in the first quarter of fiscal 2017
- Cash and Short-term Investments: $365.9 million, up 5% from the first quarter of fiscal 2017
- Deferred Revenue: $408.8 million, up 48% from the first quarter of fiscal 2017
- Operating Cash Flow: $10.1 million, compared to $4.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017
- Free Cash Flow: $(7.9) million, compared to $(7.8) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017
Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures are provided in the tables of this press release.
“We’re pleased to start our fiscal 2018 with a strong Q1 and a meaningful and engaging .NEXT conference in Europe,” said Dheeraj Pandey, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Nutanix. “Over the coming quarters we will thoughtfully adopt a software-centric strategy. Customers will continue to experience the same simple purchasing process and high-quality customer service. With a strong instinct for go-to-market, an imminent and differentiated roadmap for hybrid cloud, and a diverse executive team, I’m very much looking forward to a strong performance in the remainder of fiscal 2018.”
Recent Company Highlights
- Continued Customer Growth: Nutanix ended the first quarter of fiscal 2018 with 7,813 end-customers, adding over 760 new end-customers during the quarter. First quarter customer wins included ConocoPhillips; JLL; Leonardo SpA; Scholastic Inc.; Shinsegae; Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Trek Bicycle Corporation.
- Increased Number of $1 Million+ Deals: 49 customers with deals over $1 million in the quarter, up 36% YoY.
- Unveiled New Features to Run More Workloads: New services announced at .NEXT Europe 2017 address the unique needs of the diverse set of applications that enterprises need to deliver in a multi-cloud environment. The new Acropolis Object Storage Service, Acropolis Compute Cloud and Nutanix App Marketplace make it simple for IT teams to develop, test and run nearly any application within their enterprise clouds.
- Received Strong Participation in 3rd Annual Customer Conference in Europe: Largest-ever number of European attendees, including 1,085 customers and 670+ partners, joined Nutanix in Nice, France for its .NEXT Europe conference to hear more about the company’s vision for the multi-cloud era.
- Bolstered Board of Directors: Respected industry veterans Sue Bostrom and Craig Conway joined the Nutanix board, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise from companies including Cisco and Peoplesoft.
- Hired Industry Leaders in Key Roles: Enhanced the executive team with the addition of Lou Attanasio, Chief Revenue Officer; Tyler Wall, Chief Legal Officer; Inder Sidhu, EVP, Global Customer Success and Business Operations and Sherry Lautenbach, SVP, Americas Sales.
“While we will be focusing even more intently on selling software going forward, it’s worth noting what the past twelve months would have looked like had we chosen not to bill any pass-through hardware-related transactions. Nutanix would have recorded nearly $800 million(1) in pure software and support billings and delivered gross margins above 80%,(2) while continuing to be a leader in a very large market,” said Duston Williams, Chief Financial Officer of Nutanix. “Looking forward, we expect continued strong top line growth in the remainder of fiscal 2018.”
Q2 Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook
For the second quarter of fiscal 2018, Nutanix expects:
- Revenues between $280 and $285 million; assuming the elimination of approximately $12 million in pass-through hardware sales;
- Non-GAAP gross margin between 62.5% and 63.5%;
- Non-GAAP operating expenses of approximately $210 million;
- Non-GAAP net loss per share between $0.20 and $0.22, using 161 million weighted shares outstanding.
Supplementary materials to this earnings release, including the company’s first quarter fiscal 2018 investor presentation, can be found at http://ir.nutanix.com/company/financial/.
All forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures contained in this section titled “Q2 Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook” exclude stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets and may also exclude, as applicable, other special items. The company has not reconciled guidance for non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP loss per share to their most directly comparable GAAP measures because such items that impact these measures are not within its control and are subject to constant change. While the actual amounts of such items will have a significant impact on the company’s non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP loss per share, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort.
(1) Pure software and support billings during the last twelve months of nearly $800 million is calculated as billings, less direct hardware costs of approximately $268 million for the last twelve months.
(2) Pure software and support gross margin of above 80% is calculated using non-GAAP gross profit divided by revenue, adjusted to exclude direct hardware costs for the last twelve months.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Nutanix executives will discuss the company’s fiscal first quarter financial results on a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time/1:30 p.m. Pacific time today. To listen to the call via telephone, dial 1-833-227-5841 in the United States or 1-647-689-4068 from outside the United States. The conference ID is 5083258. This call will be webcast live and available to all interested parties on our Investor Relations website at ir.nutanix.com. Shortly after the conclusion of the conference call, a replay of the audio webcast will be available on the Nutanix Investor Relations website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week following the conference call at 1-800-585-8367 or 1-416-621-4642, conference ID 5083258.
New Accounting Standard
The Company adopted ASC 606, the new standard related to revenue recognition effective August 1, 2017. Prior period information has been adjusted to reflect the adoption of this new standard.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Performance Measures
To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial and other key performance measures: billings, non-GAAP gross margin percentage, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net loss, pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share, and free cash flow. In computing these non-GAAP financial measures, we exclude certain items such as stock-based compensation and the related income tax impact, costs associated with our acquisitions (such as amortization of acquired intangible assets, revaluation of contingent consideration, income tax-related impact, and other acquisition-related costs), loss on debt extinguishment, and changes in the fair value of our preferred stock warrant liability. Billings is a performance measure which our management believes provides useful information to investors because it represents the amounts under binding purchase orders received by us during a given period that have been billed, and we calculate billings by adding the change in deferred revenue between the start and end of the period to total revenue recognized in the same period. Free cash flow is a performance measure that our management believes provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after necessary capital expenditures, and we define free cash flow as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment. Adjusted gross margin percentage and non-GAAP operating expense are performance measures which our management believes provides useful information to investors because they provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures such as stockbased compensation expense that may not be indicative of our ongoing core business operating results. We use these non-GAAP financial and key performance measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. However, these non-GAAP financial and key performance measures have limitations as analytical tools and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Billings, non-GAAP gross margin percentage, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net loss, pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share, and free cash flow are not substitutes for total revenue, gross margin percentage, operating expenses, net loss, net loss per share, or net cash (used in) provided by operating activities, respectively. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures as tools for comparison. We urge you to review the reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures included below in the tables captioned “Reconciliation of Revenue to Billings,” “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Profit Measures,” and “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Cash (Used In) Provided By Operating Activities to Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow,” and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains express and implied forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to our competitive differentiation, our plans and expectations relating to product sales and shifts in the mix of whether our solutions are sold as an appliance or as software-only, our plans and expectations regarding product features and technology that are under development or in process, and capabilities of such product features and technology, our plans to introduce product features in future releases, and anticipated future financial results, including but not limited to our guidance on estimated revenues, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses and non-GAAP net loss per share for future fiscal periods. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts and instead are based on our current expectations, estimates, opinions, and beliefs. Consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements. The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events and involves risks, uncertainties, and other factors beyond our control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, new product features or technology on a timely or cost-effective basis; delays in or lack of customer or market acceptance of our new product features or technology; the failure of our software to interoperate on different hardware platforms; delays in the formation of new strategic partnerships and the possibility that we may not receive anticipated results from forming such strategic partnerships; delays in the transition to focus primarily on software-only transactions; the rapid evolution of the markets in which we compete; our ability to sustain or manage future growth effectively; factors that could result in the significant fluctuation of our future quarterly operating results, including, among other things, anticipated changes to our revenue and product mix which will slow revenue growth during such transition and make forecasting future performance more difficult, the timing and magnitude of orders, shipments and acceptance of our solutions in any given quarter, our ability to attract new and retain existing end-customers, changes in the pricing of certain components of our solutions, and fluctuations in demand and competitive pricing pressures for our solutions; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, new product features or technology on a timely or costeffective basis; and other risks detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on September 18, 2017. Additional information will also be set forth in our Form 10-Q that will be filed for the quarter ended October 31, 2017, which should be read in conjunction with these financial results. Our SEC filings are available on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at ir.nutanix.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances.
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