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Zuora Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

June 03, 2020
  • Subscription revenue grew 20% year-over-year; total revenue grew 15% year-over-year
  • Second quarter fiscal 2021 total revenue guidance provided of $72.5 million to $75.0 million

SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Zuora, Inc. (NYSE: ZUO), the leading cloud-based subscription management platform provider, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2020.

“There has never been a time when the importance of what we do for our customers is more apparent,” said Zuora Founder and CEO Tien Tzuo. “We had another healthy quarter of growth despite the challenges arising from the pandemic. Moments like these truly highlight the resilience of having a subscription revenue business, both for us and for our customers.”

First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results:

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $73.9 million, an increase of 15% year-over-year. Subscription revenue was $56.9 million, an increase of 20% year-over-year.

  • Loss from Operations: GAAP loss from operations was $17.7 million, compared to a loss of $20.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

    Non-GAAP loss from operations was $7.7 million, compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of $12.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Net Loss: GAAP net loss was $17.5 million, or 24% of revenue, compared to a net loss of $20.6 million, or 32% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. GAAP net loss per share was $0.15 based on 115.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared to a GAAP net loss per share of $0.19 based on 108.8 million weighted-average shares outstanding in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

    Non-GAAP net loss was $7.5 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $12.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.06 based on 115.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared to a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.11 based on 108.8 million weighted-average shares outstanding in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Cash Flow: Net cash provided by operating activities was $3.0 million, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $2.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Free cash flow was negative $2.2 million compared to negative $3.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Cash and Cash Equivalents and Short-term Investments: Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $172.6 million as of April 30, 2020.

A description of non-GAAP financial measures is contained in the section titled "Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below and a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is contained in the tables below.

Key Metrics and Business Highlights:

  • Customers with ACV equal to or greater than $100,000 was 643, which represents 18% year-over-year growth.
  • Dollar-based retention rate was 103%.
  • Customer usage of Zuora solutions grew, with $12.3 billion in transaction volume through Zuora’s billing platform during our first quarter, an increase of 27% year-over-year.
  • Launched Zuora Revenue, a new update to RevPro and fully integrated with the entire Zuora order-to-revenue (OTR) suite of applications, with new features that enable companies to achieve a faster quarter close, minimize compliance risk, and more precisely forecast the revenue impact of business decisions.
  • Announced the next generation of its Zuora® Central Platform and for six months, customers will receive free access to Zuora Workflow software for five specific use cases to address common challenges in response to COVID-19.
  • Notable recent go-lives included: Centrica, F5, Keysight, Procore, Seiko Epson and Yext.
  • Highlighted customers from multiple industries and geographies in press announcements including Briggs & Stratton and Kia Motors who launched new connected device services.
  • Launched the Subscribed Strategy Group, to provide customers with strategic guidance on the development and execution of business strategies to win in the Subscription Economy.
  • Working with its philanthropic arm Zuora.org, Zuora opened its first public grants cycle, to award $250,000 of its original $1.0 million grant. Zuora.org will also be making donations to Black Lives Matter, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and other organizations fighting against racial injustice.
  • Zuora announced Todd McElhatton will be joining as its Chief Financial Officer effective June 22, 2020.

Financial Outlook:

Given uncertainties related to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and associated impact to the global economic environment, we are withdrawing our previously issued full-year fiscal 2021 guidance provided on March 12, 2020.

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2021, Zuora currently expects the following results:

 

Second Quarter

Subscription revenue

$58.0M - $59.0M

Total revenue

$72.5M - $75.0M

Non-GAAP loss from operations

$(8.0M) - $(7.0M)

Non-GAAP net loss per share¹

$(0.08) - $(0.07)

(1)

Non-GAAP net loss per share was computed assuming 116.6 million weighted-average shares outstanding for the second quarter of fiscal 2021.

These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the “Forward-Looking Statements” safe harbor section below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Zuora has not reconciled its guidance for non-GAAP loss from operations to GAAP loss from operations or non-GAAP net loss per share to GAAP net loss per share because stock-based compensation expense cannot be reasonably calculated or predicted at this time. Accordingly, a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.

Webcast and Conference Call Information:

Zuora will host a conference call for investors on June 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the company’s financial results and business highlights. Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of the conference call by visiting https://investor.zuora.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for one year. The call can also be accessed live via phone by dialing (866) 393-4306 or, for international callers, (734) 385-2616 with conference ID 7527947. An audio replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or, for international callers, (404) 537-3406. The passcode for the replay is 7527947. The replay will be available through June 10, 2020.

Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release and the accompanying tables contain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP cost of subscription revenue, non-GAAP cost of professional services revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP subscription gross margin, non-GAAP total gross margin, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP general and administrative expense, non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, and free cash flow. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We use these non-GAAP measures in conjunction with GAAP measures as part of our overall assessment of our performance, including the preparation of our annual operating budget and quarterly forecasts, to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies and to communicate with our board of directors concerning our financial performance. We believe these non-GAAP measures provide investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of our operating results. We believe these non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry, as they generally eliminate the effects of certain items that may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

We exclude the following items from one or more of our non-GAAP financial measures:

  • Stock-based compensation expense. We exclude stock-based compensation expense, which is a non-cash expense, from certain of our non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that excluding this item provides meaningful supplemental information regarding operational performance. In particular, stock-based compensation expense is not comparable across companies given it is calculated using a variety of valuation methodologies and subjective assumptions.
  • Amortization of acquired intangible assets. We exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, which is a non-cash expense, from certain of our non-GAAP financial measures. We exclude these amortization expenses because we do not believe these expenses have a direct correlation to the operation of our business.
  • Internal-use software. We exclude non-cash adjustments for capitalization and the subsequent amortization of internal-use software, including any impairment charges, from certain of our non-GAAP financial measures. We capitalize certain costs incurred for the development of computer software for internal use and then amortize those costs over the estimated useful life. Capitalization and amortization of software development costs can vary significantly depending on the timing of products reaching technological feasibility and being made generally available. Moreover, because of the variety of approaches taken and the subjective assumptions made by other companies in this area, we believe that excluding the effects of capitalized software costs allows investors to make more meaningful comparisons between our operating results and those of other companies.

Additionally, Zuora’s management believes that the free cash flow non-GAAP measure is meaningful to investors because management reviews cash flows generated from operations after taking into consideration capital expenditures as these expenditures are considered to be a necessary component of ongoing operations.

Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. The non-GAAP measures we use may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP items excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures.

Operating Metrics

Annual Contract Value (ACV). We define ACV as the subscription revenue we would contractually expect to recognize from a customer over the next twelve months, assuming no increases or reductions in their subscriptions.

Dollar-based Retention Rate. We calculate our dollar-based retention rate as of a period end by starting with the sum of the ACV from all customers as of twelve months prior to such period end, or prior period ACV. We then calculate the sum of the ACV from these same customers as of the current period end, or current period ACV. Current period ACV includes any upsells and also reflects contraction or attrition over the trailing twelve months but excludes revenue from new customers added in the current period. We then divide the current period ACV by the prior period ACV to arrive at our dollar-based retention rate.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, statements regarding our GAAP and non-GAAP guidance for the second fiscal quarter of fiscal year 2021 and financial outlook and market positioning. Words such as “believes,” “may,” “will,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continues,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “expects,” “could,” “would,” “projects,” “plans,” “targets,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations as of the date of this filing and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond our control. Our actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, risks detailed in our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2020 as well as other documents that may be filed by us from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: the impact to our business due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; we have a history of net losses and may not achieve or sustain profitability; the shift by companies to subscription business models may develop slower than we expect; we may not be able to sustain or manage any future growth effectively; our sales and product initiatives may not be successful or the expected benefits of such initiatives may not be achieved in a timely manner; our security measures may be breached or our products may be perceived as not being secure; our products may fail to gain, or lose, market acceptance; we may be unable to attract new customers and expand sales to existing customers; customers may fail to deploy our solution after entering into a subscription agreement with us; customers may incorrectly or improperly deploy or use of our solution; we may not be able to develop and release new products and services; we may experience interruptions or performance problems, including a service outage, associated with our technology; we face intense competition in our markets and may not be able to compete effectively; weakened global economic conditions may adversely affect our industry; the risk of loss of key employees; challenges related to growing our relationships with strategic partners such as global systems integrators and their effectiveness in selling our products; changes in foreign exchange rates; general political or destabilizing events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; other business effects, including those related to industry, market, economic, political, regulatory and global health conditions, and other risks and uncertainties. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. We undertake no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Additionally, these forward-looking statements, particularly our guidance, involve risk, uncertainties and assumptions, including those related to the impact of COVID-19 on our business and global economic conditions. Uncertainties that we may face include, but are not limited to, our ability to achieve our long-term plans and key initiatives, increased requests for extended billing and payment terms from customers affected by COVID-19, the timeframes for and severity of the impact of COVID-19 on our customers’ purchasing and renewal decisions, and the length of our sales cycles, particularly for customers in certain industries highly affected by COVID-19.

About Zuora, Inc.

Zuora provides the leading cloud-based subscription management platform that functions as a system of record for subscription businesses across all industries. Powering the Subscription Economy®, the Zuora platform was architected specifically for dynamic, recurring subscription business models and acts as an intelligent subscription management hub that automates and orchestrates the entire subscription order-to-cash process, including billing and revenue recognition. Zuora serves more than 1,000 companies around the world, including Box, Rogers, Schneider Electric, Xplornet and Zendesk. Headquartered in the Silicon Valley, Zuora also operates offices around the world in the U.S., EMEA and APAC. To learn more about the Zuora platform, please visit www.zuora.com.

© 2020 Zuora, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Zuora, Subscribed, Subscription Economy, Powering the Subscription Economy, and Subscription Economy Index are trademarks or registered trademarks of Zuora, Inc. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

SOURCE: Zuora Financial

ZUORA, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
April 30,

 

2020

 

2019

Revenue:

 

 

 

Subscription

$

56,896

 

 

$

47,311

 

Professional services

17,002

 

 

16,798

 

Total revenue

73,898

 

 

64,109

 

Cost of revenue:

 

 

 

Subscription

13,615

 

 

11,933

 

Professional services

18,682

 

 

20,098

 

Total cost of revenue

32,297

 

 

32,031

 

Gross profit

41,601

 

 

32,078

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Research and development

17,543

 

 

17,015

 

Sales and marketing

28,496

 

 

25,501

 

General and administrative

13,265

 

 

10,445

 

Total operating expenses

59,304

 

 

52,961

 

Loss from operations

(17,703)

 

 

(20,883)

 

Interest and other income (expense), net

378

 

 

535

 

Loss before income taxes

(17,325)

 

 

(20,348)

 

Income tax provision

163

 

 

244

 

Net loss

(17,488)

 

 

(20,592)

 

Comprehensive loss:

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(427)

 

 

(75)

 

Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities

157

 

 

24

 

Comprehensive loss

$

(17,758)

 

 

$

(20,643)

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.15)

 

 

$

(0.19)

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding used in calculating net loss per share, basic and diluted

115,139

 

 

108,821

 

ZUORA, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

April 30, 2020

 

January 31, 2020

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

84,694

 

 

$

54,275

 

Short-term investments

87,898

 

 

117,662

 

Accounts receivable, net

59,365

 

 

68,875

 

Deferred commissions, current portion

10,080

 

 

9,585

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

15,550

 

 

16,387

 

Total current assets

257,587

 

 

266,784

 

Property and equipment, net

36,074

 

 

33,489

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

52,857

 

 

54,286

 

Purchased intangibles, net

5,197

 

 

5,620

 

Deferred commissions, net of current portion

18,748

 

 

19,591

 

Goodwill

17,632

 

 

17,632

 

Other assets

4,076

 

 

4,825

 

Total assets

$

392,171

 

 

$

402,227

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

5,343

 

 

$

2,098

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

14,083

 

 

17,731

 

Accrued employee liabilities

23,807

 

 

24,193

 

Debt, current portion

4,432

 

 

4,432

 

Deferred revenue, current portion

107,728

 

 

111,411

 

Operating lease liabilities, current portion

6,268

 

 

5,755

 

Total current liabilities

161,661

 

 

165,620

 

Debt, net of current portion

4,991

 

 

6,094

 

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

782

 

 

1,007

 

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

60,359

 

 

62,307

 

Deferred tax liabilities

1,591

 

 

1,569

 

Other long-term liabilities

954

 

 

971

 

Total liabilities

230,338

 

 

237,568

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Class A common stock

10

 

 

10

 

Class B common stock

2

 

 

2

 

Additional paid-in capital

570,239

 

 

555,307

 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(82)

 

 

188

 

Accumulated deficit

(408,336)

 

 

(390,848)

 

Total stockholders’ equity

161,833

 

 

164,659

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

392,171

 

 

$

402,227

 

ZUORA, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

As Adjusted¹

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(17,488)

 

 

$

(20,592)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

3,495

 

 

2,285

 

Stock-based compensation

10,884

 

 

7,959

 

Provision for doubtful accounts

992

 

 

1,344

 

Amortization of deferred commissions

2,623

 

 

2,306

 

Reduction in carrying amount of right-of-use assets

2,286

 

 

1,736

 

Other

167

 

 

11

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

8,518

 

 

4,453

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

1,591

 

 

(2,471)

 

Deferred commissions

(2,275)

 

 

(1,924)

 

Accounts payable

2,096

 

 

4

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

(2,469)

 

 

(202)

 

Accrued employee liabilities

(386)

 

 

3,638

 

Deferred revenue

(3,908)

 

 

1,477

 

Operating lease liabilities

(3,175)

 

 

(2,186)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

2,951

 

 

(2,162)

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(5,120)

 

 

(1,676)

 

Purchases of short-term investments

(10,901)

 

 

(67,705)

 

Sales of short-term investments

2,511

 

 

3,496

 

Maturities of short-term investments

38,500

 

 

55,900

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

24,990

 

 

(9,985)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options

4,022

 

 

4,846

 

Repurchases of unvested common stock

(7)

 

 

(40)

 

Principal payments on long-term debt

(1,110)

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

2,905

 

 

4,806

 

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

(427)

 

 

(75)

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

30,419

 

 

(7,416)

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

54,275

 

 

70,024

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

84,694

 

 

$

62,608

 

(1)

Effective February 1, 2019, the Company adopted Topic 842 using the modified retrospective approach.

ZUORA, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF SELECTED GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended April 30, 2020

 

GAAP

 

Stock-based
Compensation

 

Amortization
of Acquired
Intangibles

 

Internal-use
Software

 

Non-GAAP

Cost of revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of subscription revenue

$

13,615

 

 

$

(852)

 

 

$

(423)

 

 

$

(149)

 

 

$

12,191

 

Cost of professional services revenue

18,682

 

 

(1,650)

 

 

 

 

 

 

17,032

 

Gross profit

41,601

 

 

2,502

 

 

423

 

 

149

 

 

44,675

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

17,543

 

 

(3,542)

 

 

 

 

1,428

 

 

15,429

 

Sales and marketing

28,496

 

 

(3,005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

25,491

 

General and administrative

13,265

 

 

(1,835)

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,430

 

Loss from operations

(17,703)

 

 

10,884

 

 

423

 

 

(1,279)

 

 

(7,675)

 

Net loss

$

(17,488)

 

 

$

10,884

 

 

$

423

 

 

$

(1,279)

 

 

$

(7,460)

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted(1)

$

(0.15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

(0.06)

 

Gross margin

56

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60

%

Subscription gross margin

76

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

79

%

 

Three Months Ended April 30, 2019

 

GAAP

 

Stock-based
Compensation

 

Amortization
of Acquired
Intangibles

 

Internal-use
Software

 

Non-GAAP

Cost of revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of subscription revenue

$

11,933

 

 

$

(493)

 

 

$

(503)

 

 

$

(354)

 

 

$

10,583

 

Cost of professional services revenue

20,098

 

 

(1,359)

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,739

 

Gross profit

32,078

 

 

1,852

 

 

503

 

 

354

 

 

34,787

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

17,015

 

 

(3,191)

 

 

 

 

425

 

 

14,249

 

Sales and marketing

25,501

 

 

(1,852)

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,649

 

General and administrative

10,445

 

 

(1,064)

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,381

 

Loss from operations

(20,883)

 

 

7,959

 

 

503

 

 

(71)

 

 

(12,492)

 

Net loss

$

(20,592)

 

 

$

7,959

 

 

$

503

 

 

$

(71)

 

 

$

(12,201)

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted(1)

$

(0.19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

(0.11)

 

Gross margin

50

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54

%

Subscription gross margin

75

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

78

%

(1)

GAAP and Non-GAAP net loss per share are calculated based upon 115,139 and 108,821 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock for the three months ended April 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

ZUORA, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF SELECTED GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES (CONTINUED)

(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)

(unaudited)

Free Cash Flow

 

Three Months Ended
April 30,

 

2020

 

2019

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

2,951

 

 

$

(2,162)

 

Less:

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(5,120)

 

 

(1,676)

 

Free cash flow

$

(2,169)

 

 

$

(3,838)

 

The following reconciliation of non-GAAP sales and marketing expense is used in calculating Growth Efficiency Index:

 

GAAP

 

Stock-based
Compensation

 

Non-GAAP

Twelve months ended April 30, 2020

$

111,259

 

 

$

(12,282)

 

 

$

98,977

 

 

Investor Relations Contact:
Joon Huh
investorrelations@zuora.com
650-419-1377

Media Relations Contact:
Jayne Gonzalez
press@zuora.com
408-348-1087

Source: Zuora, Inc.

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