AMES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Workiva Inc. (NYSE: WK), a leading provider of solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017.
“We posted strong results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2017,” said Matt Rizai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Workiva. “We are pleased to have surpassed the milestone of $200 million in annual revenue with more than 3,000 customers in 2017.”
“We continue to add new Wdesk users across public and private companies, state and local governments and universities,” said Rizai. “Over the past few quarters, we have accelerated investments in our platform and talent, and we have continued to build our ecosystem. The critical pieces of our enterprise plan are now in place to meet our growing customer demand for a broader-based, enterprise-wide Wdesk platform.”
“We are making solid progress toward selling larger-sized deals as shown by the data we are releasing today on the growing number of customers with larger annual contract values. We are encouraged by this trend and also by our pipeline of larger contracts,” said Rizai.
Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights
- Revenue: Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 reached $54.5 million, an increase of 17.5% from $46.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Subscription and support revenue contributed $45.5 million, up 18.8% versus the fourth quarter of 2016. Professional services revenue was $9.0 million, an increase of 11.3% compared to the same quarter in the prior year.
- Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $38.4 million compared with $33.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. GAAP gross margin was 70.5% versus 71.5% in the fourth quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $38.8 million, an increase of 16.1% compared with the prior year's fourth quarter, and non-GAAP gross margin was 71.1% compared to 72.0% in the fourth quarter of 2016.
- Loss from Operations: GAAP loss from operations for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $14.7 million compared with a loss of $7.4 million in the prior year's fourth quarter. Non-GAAP loss from operations was $8.4 million, compared with non-GAAP loss from operations of $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
- Net Loss: GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $14.3 million compared with a net loss of $7.5 million for the prior year's fourth quarter. GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.34, based on 42.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.18, based on 40.9 million weighted-average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2016.
- Non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $8.0 million compared with a net loss of $3.8 million in the prior year's fourth quarter. Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.19, based on 42.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.09, based on 40.9 million weighted-average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights
- Customers: Workiva had 3,063 customers as of December 31, 2017, a net increase of 291 customers from December 31, 2016.
- Revenue Retention Rate: As of December 31, 2017, Workiva's revenue retention rate (excluding add-on revenue) was 96.0%, and the revenue retention rate including add-on revenue was 107.6%. Add-on revenue includes the change in both seats purchased and seat pricing for existing customers.
- Large Contracts: As of December 31, 2017, Workiva had 324 customers with an annual contract value (ACV) of more than $100,000, up 37% from 236 customers at the end of 2016. In 2017, Workiva had 146 customers with an ACV of more than $150,000, up 52% from 96 customers in the fourth quarter of last year. For additional information, see Exhibit C at the end of this press release.
- Fortune’s Best Workplaces: Workiva was named number 12 on Fortune Magazine’s Best Workplaces in Technology list for 2018.
Full Year 2017 Financial Highlights
- Revenue: Total revenue for the full year 2017 was $207.9 million, an increase of 16.4% compared with $178.6 million in the prior year. Subscription and support revenue was $169.3 million, an increase of 18.3% on a year-over-year basis. Professional services revenue was $38.6 million, an increase of 8.6% on a year-over-year basis.
- Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for 2017 was $147.6 million compared with $127.0 million in the prior year. GAAP gross margin was 71.0% in 2017. Non-GAAP gross profit was $148.8 million, an increase of 16.3% compared with the prior year, and non-GAAP gross margin was 71.6%.
- Loss from Operations: GAAP loss from operations for the full year 2017 was $44.3 million compared with a loss of $43.6 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP loss from operations was $24.8 million compared with a loss of $29.3 million in 2016.
- Net Loss: GAAP net loss for 2017 was $44.4 million compared with a net loss of $44.0 million in the prior year. GAAP net loss per share was $1.07 based on 41.6 million weighted-average shares outstanding compared with a loss per share of $1.08 based on 40.7 million weighted-average shares outstanding in 2016.
- Non-GAAP net loss for 2017 was $25.0 million compared with a net loss of $29.7 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.60 based on 41.6 million weighted-average shares outstanding compared with a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.73 based on 40.7 million weighted-average shares in 2016.
- Balance Sheet: As of December 31, 2017, Workiva had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaling $76.7 million, compared with $77.8 million as of September 30, 2017. Capital lease and financing obligations totaled $19.6 million as of December 31, 2017.
- Cash Flow: Net cash provided by operating activities was $5.5 million in 2017, compared to cash used in operating activities of $10.4 million in 2016.
“We are pleased to have generated positive operating cash flow in 2017. We expect operating cash flow to be positive again in 2018,” said Stuart Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Workiva.
The guidance provided below reflects the impact of ASC 606, which Workiva adopted January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective transition method. Workiva will report its financial results under both ASC 606 and the previous standard (ASC 605) each quarter in 2018. Workiva's preliminary estimates relating to this accounting change are as follows: a favorable impact of approximately $4.5 million on operating expenses for 2018, an unfavorable impact of approximately $2.0 million on services revenue in the first quarter, and an insignificant impact on total revenue for 2018. These impacts are addressed in the guidance below.
As of February 22, 2018, Workiva is providing guidance for its first quarter 2018 and full year 2018 as follows:
First Quarter 2018 Guidance:
- Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $57.3 million to $57.8 million.
- GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $13.7 million to $14.2 million.
- Non-GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $7.8 million to $8.3 million.
- GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.33 to $0.34.
- Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.19 to $0.20.
- Net loss per basic and diluted share is based on 42.6 million weighted-average shares outstanding.
Full Year 2018 Guidance:
- Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $234.0 million to $236.0 million.
- GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $57.1 million to $59.1 million.
- Non-GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $32.0 million to $34.0 million.
- GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $1.35 to $1.40.
- Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.77 to $0.82.
- Net loss per basic and diluted share is based on 43.4 million weighted-average shares outstanding.
“Our plans to capture larger enterprise deals and achieve our long-term financial targets remain unchanged. Our 2018 non-GAAP operating loss guidance reflects the necessary investments to execute our strategy. As we stated last quarter, we expect to see progress from our enterprise strategy in bookings in the second half of 2018 and in revenue in 2019,” said Miller.
Quarterly Conference Call
Workiva will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to review the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017, in addition to discussing the Company’s outlook for the first quarter and full year 2018. To access this call, dial 866-393-4306 (domestic) or 734-385-2616 (international). The conference ID is 6689369. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible in the “Investor Relations” section of Workiva’s website at www.workiva.com. A replay of this conference call can also be accessed through March 1, 2018 at 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international). The replay pass code is 6689369. An archived webcast of this conference call will also be available an hour after the completion of the call in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.workiva.com.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The non-GAAP adjustments referenced herein relate to the exclusion of stock-based compensation. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP historical financial measures has been provided in Exhibit A at the end of this press release. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP guidance has been provided in Exhibit B at the end of this press release.
Workiva believes that the use of non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin, non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share is helpful to its investors. These measures, which are referred to as non-GAAP financial measures, are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. Non-GAAP gross profit is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense attributable to cost of revenues from gross profit. Non-GAAP gross margin is the ratio calculated by dividing non-GAAP gross profit by revenues. Non-GAAP loss from operations is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense from loss from operations. Non-GAAP net loss is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense, net of tax, from net loss. Non-GAAP net loss per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net loss by the weighted- average shares outstanding as presented in the calculation of GAAP net loss per share. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of equity instruments that can impact a company’s non-cash expenses, Workiva believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation expense allows for more meaningful comparisons between its operating results from period to period. Workiva’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as tools for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating Workiva’s own operating results over different periods of time.
Non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in Workiva’s industry, as other companies in the industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently. In addition, there are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and exclude expenses that may have a material impact on Workiva’s reported financial results. Further, stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in Workiva’s business and an important part of the compensation provided to its employees. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included below, and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate Workiva’s business.
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three months ended
|Year ended December 31,|
|Subscription and support||$||45,549||$||38,329||$||169,283||$||143,120|
|Cost of revenue|
|Subscription and support (1)||8,779||7,244||32,646||27,895|
|Professional services (1)||7,310||5,964||27,599||23,730|
|Total cost of revenue||16,089||13,208||60,245||51,625|
|Research and development (1)||18,870||14,533||68,172||57,438|
|Sales and marketing (1)||21,949||18,196||84,161||80,466|
|General and administrative (1)||12,271||7,845||39,594||32,695|
|Total operating expenses||53,090||40,574||191,927||170,599|
|Loss from operations||(14,673||)||(7,408||)||(44,303||)||(43,578||)|
|Other income, net||797||348||1,783||1,500|
|Loss before (benefit) provision for income taxes||(14,327||)||(7,515||)||(44,365||)||(43,953||)|
|(Benefit) provision for income taxes||(6||)||1||61||24|
|Net loss per common share:|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.34||)||$||(0.18||)||$||(1.07||)||$||(1.08||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted||42,108,764||40,872,772||41,618,838||40,671,133|
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:
Three months ended
|Year ended December 31,|
|Cost of revenue|
|Subscription and support||$||216||$||128||$||738||$||493|
|Research and development||658||578||2,224||2,365|
|Sales and marketing||842||604||2,983||2,075|
|General and administrative||4,424||2,279||13,066||8,903|
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|As of December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||60,333||$||51,281|
|Accounts receivable, net||28,800||22,535|
|Total current assets||115,292||98,042|
|Property and equipment, net||40,444||42,590|
|Intangible assets, net||1,118||1,012|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||20,212||20,695|
|Deferred government grant obligation||217||1,022|
|Current portion of capital lease and financing obligations||1,168||1,285|
|Current portion of long-term debt||—||20|
|Total current liabilities||129,341||99,887|
|Deferred government grant obligation||278||1,000|
|Other long-term liabilities||3,896||4,100|
|Capital lease and financing obligations||18,425||19,743|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||72||291|
|Total stockholders’ deficit||(16,934||)||(3,125||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit||$||157,715||$||143,143|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Three months ended
|Year ended December 31,|
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||934||904||3,546||3,820|
|Stock-based compensation expense||6,276||3,685||19,476||14,247|
|(Recovery of) provision for doubtful accounts||(258||)||107||(517||)||185|
|Realized gain on sale of available-for-sale securities, net||—||—||—||(6||)|
|Amortization of premiums and discounts on marketable securities, net||18||36||101||147|
|Recognition of deferred government grant obligation||(635||)||(231||)||(1,578||)||(1,141||)|
|Deferred income tax||—||(25||)||—||(32||)|
|Changes in assets and liabilities:|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||(675||)||3,616||(758||)||604|
|Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities||(6,228||)||9,952||5,520||(10,369||)|
|Cash flows from investing activities|
|Purchase of property and equipment||(54||)||(801||)||(1,188||)||(1,901||)|
|Purchase of marketable securities||(3,002||)||(499||)||(14,369||)||(1,301||)|
|Maturities of marketable securities||1,600||—||9,281||—|
|Sale of marketable securities||—||—||—||7,197|
|Purchase of intangible assets||(53||)||(38||)||(197||)||(190||)|
|Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities||(1,509||)||(1,338||)||(6,473||)||3,805|
|Cash flows from financing activities|
|Proceeds from option exercises||5,816||237||12,485||1,597|
|Taxes paid related to net share settlements of stock-based compensation awards||(189||)||—||(1,125||)||(761||)|
|Repayment of other long-term debt||—||—||(73||)||(18||)|
|Principal payments on capital lease and financing obligations||(300||)||(417||)||(1,435||)||(1,863||)|
|Proceeds from government grants||29||—||51||183|
|Payments of issuance costs on line of credit||—||—||(81||)||(33||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||5,356||(180||)||9,822||(895||)|
|Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash||(4||)||5||183||(10||)|
|Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents||(2,385||)||8,439||9,052||(7,469||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||62,718||42,842||51,281||58,750|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||60,333||$||51,281||$||60,333||$||51,281|
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION
(in thousands, except share and per share)
Three months ended
|Year ended December 31,|
|Gross profit, subscription and support||$||36,770||$||31,085||$||136,637||$||115,225|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||216||128||738||493|
|Gross profit, subscription and support, non-GAAP||$||36,986||$||31,213||$||137,375||$||115,718|
|As a percentage of subscription and support revenue, non-GAAP||81.2||%||81.4||%||81.2||%||80.9||%|
|Gross profit, professional services||$||1,647||$||2,081||$||10,987||$||11,796|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||136||96||465||411|
|Gross profit, professional services, non-GAAP||$||1,783||$||2,177||$||11,452||$||12,207|
|As a percentage of professional services revenue, non-GAAP||19.9||%||27.1||%||29.7||%||34.4||%|
|Gross profit, as reported||$||38,417||$||33,166||$||147,624||$||127,021|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||352||224||1,203||904|
|Gross profit, non-GAAP||$||38,769||$||33,390||$||148,827||$||127,925|
|As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP||71.1||%||72.0||%||71.6||%||71.6||%|
|Research and development, as reported||$||18,870||$||14,533||$||68,172||$||57,438|
|Less: Stock-based compensation||658||578||2,224||2,365|
|Research and development, non-GAAP||$||18,212||$||13,955||$||65,948||$||55,073|
|As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP||33.4||%||30.1||%||31.7||%||30.8||%|
|Sales and marketing, as reported||$||21,949||$||18,196||$||84,161||$||80,466|
|Less: Stock-based compensation||842||604||2,983||2,075|
|Sales and marketing, non-GAAP||$||21,107||$||17,592||$||81,178||$||78,391|
|As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP||38.7||%||37.9||%||39.1||%||43.9||%|
|General and administrative, as reported||$||12,271||$||7,845||$||39,594||$||32,695|
|Less: Stock-based compensation||4,424||2,279||13,066||8,903|
|General and administrative, non-GAAP||$||7,847||$||5,566||$||26,528||$||23,792|
|As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP||14.4||%||12.0||%||12.8||%||13.3||%|
|Loss from operations||$||(14,673||)||$||(7,408||)||$||(44,303||)||$||(43,578||)|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||6,276||3,685||19,476||14,247|
|Loss from operations, non-GAAP||$||(8,397||)||$||(3,723||)||$||(24,827||)||$||(29,331||)|
|As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP||(15.4||)%||(8.0||)%||(11.9||)%||(16.4||)%|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||6,276||3,685||19,476||14,247|
|Net loss, non-GAAP||$||(8,045||)||$||(3,831||)||$||(24,950||)||$||(29,730||)|
|As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP||(14.8||)%||(8.3||)%||(12.0||)%||(16.6||)%|
|Net loss per basic and diluted share:||$||(0.34||)||$||(0.18||)||$||(1.07||)||$||(1.08||)|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||0.15||0.09||0.47||0.35|
|Net loss per basic and diluted share, non-GAAP||$||(0.19||)||$||(0.09||)||$||(0.60||)||$||(0.73||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted, non-GAAP||42,108,764||40,872,772||41,618,838||40,671,133|
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP GUIDANCE
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three months ending March 31, 2018||Year ending December 31, 2018|
|Loss from operations, GAAP range||$||(13,700||)||-||$||(14,200||)||$||(57,100||)||-||$||(59,100||)|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||5,900||5,900||25,100||25,100|
|Loss from operations, non-GAAP range||$||(7,800||)||-||$||(8,300||)||$||(32,000||)||-||$||(34,000||)|
|Net loss per share, GAAP range||$||(0.33||)||-||$||(0.34||)||$||(1.35||)||-||$||(1.40||)|
|Add back: Stock-based compensation||0.14||0.14||0.58||0.58|
|Net loss per share, non-GAAP range||$||(0.19||)||-||$||(0.20||)||$||(0.77||)||-||$||(0.82||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted||42,600,000||42,600,000||43,400,000||43,400,000|
Customer Count by Annual Contract Value
|Annual Contract Value $100k+||45||55||67||73||85||111||125||144||166||183||205||236||250||275||302||324|
|Annual Contract Value $150k+||14||18||24||27||29||36||49||56||72||85||93||96||101||121||131||146|
Annual contract value (“ACV”) for each customer is calculated by annualizing the subscription and support revenue recognized during each quarter.