Delivers Software and Support Billings Growth of 67% YoY, Grows Software and Support Revenue 55% YoY
Expands Gross Margins While Executing on Transition to Software-Defined Business
Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Highlights
- Revenue: $289.4 million, growing 41% year-over-year from $205.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, reflecting the elimination of approximately $52 million in pass-through hardware revenue in the quarter as the company executes its shift toward increasing software revenue*
- Billings: $351.2 million, growing 50% year-over-year from $234.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit of $193.8 million, up 58% year-over-year from $122.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP gross profit of $197.8 million, up 57% year-over-year from $125.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Gross Margin: GAAP gross margin of 67.0%, up from 59.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP gross margin of 68.4%, up from 61.2% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Net Loss: GAAP net loss of $85.7 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $96.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP net loss of $34.6 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $45.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Net Loss Per Share: GAAP net loss per share of $0.51, compared to a GAAP net loss per share of $0.67 in the third quarter of fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.21, compared to a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.32 in the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Cash and Short-term Investments: $923.5 million, up 164% from the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Deferred Revenue: $539.9 million, up 62% from the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Operating Cash Flow: $13.3 million, compared to $(16.0) million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017
- Free Cash Flow: $(0.8) million, compared to $(29.2) million in the third 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.
“Investment in our innovation engine is delivering strong results. At .NEXT, we introduced major new products that extend our unique consumer-grade value into security, networking, database operations, and multi-cloud markets,” said Dheeraj Pandey, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Nutanix. “Our continued industry-leading Net Promoter Score proves that a relentless focus on our customers drives our continued success.”
“Demand for our solutions remains strong as we saw 67 percent growth in software and support billings and 55 percent growth in software and support revenue. We had strong success in our hiring in the quarter that positions us to deliver on our future growth plans, as we outlined at our March Investor Day,” said Duston Williams, CFO of Nutanix. “The continued growth in our software and support billings and gross margin expansion in the quarter demonstrates we are successfully executing on our transition to a software-defined business model.”
Recent Company Highlights
- Acquired Netsil, Inc.: Completed the acquisition of Netsil, Inc., a provider of application discovery and operations management that enables state-of-the-art observability in modern distributed cloud environments.
- Executed on Transition to Software-Defined Business Model: Grew software and support billings by 67 percent year-over-year, including three software and support deals worth more than $5 million each. Pass-through hardware billings decreased to 17 percent of total billings in the quarter, down from 25 percent in the year-ago quarter.
- Improved AHV Penetration: Grew adoption of AHV, the company’s built-in hypervisor, to 33%, based on a fourquarter rolling average of nodes using AHV as a percentage of NX nodes sold.
- Expanded Customer Base: Nutanix ended the third quarter of fiscal 2018 with 9,690 end-customers, adding 820 new end-customers during the quarter and growing deals greater than $1 million by 28 percent year-over-year.
- Announced Three New Innovative Products for Multi-Cloud Environments:
- Nutanix Flow, which completes its core infrastructure services offering and provides customers with a software-defined networking solution for the multi-cloud era. Nutanix Flow solves customers’ security concerns through a unique application-centric focus combined with native virtual machine (VM) microsegmentation that protects against internal and external threats.
- Nutanix Era, which expands on the company’s platform services offering. Beginning with Copy Data Management (CDM), Nutanix Era empowers database administrators to clone, restore, and refresh their databases to any point in time leveraging a virtual time-machine. Copy Data Management, along with other planned offerings from Nutanix Era, enables companies to address the complexity and cost of data sprawl with a sophisticated service that makes complex database operations simple.
- Nutanix Beam, which introduces the company’s first software-as-a-service offering to the market. Nutanix Beam enables IT managers to visualize, predict and manage cost, security, and regulations across multiple clouds. This offering helps application owners with the unexpectedly high costs of their cloud services and the lack of visibility and control of their service consumption.
- Increased Participation in 4th Annual .NEXT Conference: Nearly 5,000 attendees with 35+ customer speakers, 40+ partner sponsors, and keynote addresses from visionaries including Anthony Bourdain and renowned TED talk speaker Dr. Brené Brown; partners including Jason Lochhead, CTO, Infrastructure, Cyxtera; customers including Vijay Luthra, SVP, Global Head Of Technology Infrastructure Services, Northern Trust – Chicago; and strategic alliances including Brian Stevens, Chief Technology Officer of Google Cloud. Additionally, the company hosted 20,000+ attendees at .NEXT events around the world over the past year.
- Hired New MD of Operations in India: Hired Sankalp Saxena as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Operations of its India subsidiary to lead its India operations and execute on the company’s growth strategy, including product innovation, talent acquisition, and brand building.
- Named as a Top Public Cloud Company to Work For: Glassdoor and Battery Ventures ranked Nutanix one of the top 10 public cloud computing companies to work for in a recent report.
Q4 Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, Nutanix expects:
- Revenues between $295 and $300 million; assuming the elimination of approximately $95 million in pass-through hardware revenue* and an increased billings-to-revenue ratio of 1.25;
- Non-GAAP gross margin between 73% and 74%;
- Non-GAAP operating expenses between $250 and $260 million;
- Non-GAAP net loss per share between $0.20 and $0.22, using 171 million weighted shares outstanding.
*The elimination of hardware revenue is based on the estimated cost of hardware in transactions where our customers purchase such hardware directly from our contract manufacturers.
Supplementary materials to this earnings release, including the company’s third 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 “Q4 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.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Nutanix executives will discuss the company’s fiscal third 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 3890209. 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 3890209.
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 profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net loss, pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share, free cash flow, software and support revenue, and software and support billings. 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, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs 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. Non-GAAP gross profit, adjusted gross margin 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 stock-based compensation expense that may not be indicative of our ongoing core business operating results. Software and support revenue and software and support billings are performance measures that our management believes provide useful information to our management and investors as it allows us to better track the true growth of our software business without the amounts attributable to the pass-through hardware that we use to deliver our solutions. 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 profit, non-GAAP gross margin, 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 profit, gross margin, 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,” “Disaggregation of Revenue and Reconciliation of Software and Support Revenue to Software and Support 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.
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 new products, services, product features and technology that are under development or in process, and capabilities of such new products, services, product features and technology, the impact recent acquisitions to our business, our plans to introduce product features in future releases, the integration of recently acquired intellectual property and technology, 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 products, services, product features or technology on a timely or cost-effective basis; delays in or lack of customer or market acceptance of our new products, services, product features or technology; our ability to successfully integrate acquired companies, employees and intellectual property; 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; and other risks detailed in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2018, filed with the SEC on March 15, 2018. Additional information will also be set forth in our Form 10-Q that will be filed for the quarter ended April 30, 2018, 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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