Software analytics company New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.
“Fiscal 2016 was a record breaking year for New Relic, as we continued to execute our vision to be the first, best place for companies of all sizes to understand their digital business," said Lew Cirne, founder and CEO, New Relic. "What's really exciting is that we're beginning to see the world's most innovative and the world's biggest companies standardize on New Relic. In fact, in the past year, our enterprise business grew over 90%, as we crossed through 1,500 Enterprise paid business accounts. As we enter fiscal 2017, we remain focused on extending further into the enterprise via our multi-product software analytics strategy.”
“We were thrilled to be able to maintain strong growth in fiscal 2016 while improving our non-GAAP operating margins by 1,000bps for the second consecutive year,” said Mark Sachleben, CFO, New Relic. “Looking ahead, we are pleased to be able to guide to a similar level of improvement for a third year in a row in fiscal 2017, as we continue to see great leverage in our operating model.”
Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights:
● Revenue of $52.5 million, up 57% compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 and 10% from the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
● GAAP loss from operations was $19.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with $14.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Non-GAAP loss from operations was $12.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with $10.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.
● GAAP net loss per share was $0.39 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 based on 49.6 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with $0.32 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 based on 47.0 million weighted-average shares outstanding. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.24 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 based on 49.6 million non-GAAP weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with $0.22 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 based on 47.0 million non-GAAP weighted-average shares outstanding.
● Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $191.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with $191.0 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
Fiscal 2016 Financial Highlights:
● Revenue of $181.3 million, up 64% compared with fiscal 2015.
● GAAP loss from operations was $67.6 million for fiscal 2016, compared with $49.9 million for fiscal 2015. Non-GAAP loss from operations was $41.2 million for fiscal 2016, compared with $36.2 million for fiscal 2015.
● GAAP net loss per share was $1.39 for fiscal 2016 based on 48.4 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with $1.98 for fiscal 2015 based on 25.3 million weighted-average shares outstanding. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.85 for fiscal 2016 based on 48.4 million non-GAAP weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with $0.85 for fiscal 2015 based on 42.7 million non-GAAP weighted-average shares outstanding.
● Paid Business Accounts as of March 31, 2016 of 13,518.
● Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate for the fourth quarter of 140%.
● New customers in the fourth quarter included: Creative Assembly, Immobilien Scout GmbH, Irish Continental Group, John Lewis, Kiva Microfunds, PointClickCare, PowerSchool, PT Global Digital Niaga (Blibli.com), SAVO Group, Things Remembered, Woodbine Entertainment Group and Xero.
● Expanded customer relationships in the fourth quarter included: Adobe Systems Inc., CareerBuilder, Cisco, Concur, Discovery Education, DocuSign Inc., Dunkin’ Brands Inc., Harvard Business Publishing, LinkedIn, Norwegian Cruise Line, Pearson, Rakuten, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Under Armour and Unilever.
Fourth Quarter & Recent Business Highlights:
● Partnered with Major League Baseball; joining the world’s most data-driven sport with the world’s most powerful software analytics platform.
● Expanded presence in Australia, both through new customer wins, as well as additional field representatives in the region.
● Announced a set of new features across the New Relic Software Analytics Cloud that offer IT operations teams increased visibility, and the ability to diagnose and resolve performance problems quickly.
● Appointed Sohaib Abbasi and James Tolonen to New Relic’s Board of Directors.
New Relic is initiating its outlook for its first quarter of fiscal 2017, as well as the full fiscal year 2017.
● First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Outlook:
o Revenue between $56.2 million and $57.2 million, representing year-over-year growth of between 47% and 50%.
o Non-GAAP loss from operations of between $11.5 million and $12.5 million.
o Non-GAAP net loss per share of between $0.23 and $0.25. This assumes 50.4 million non-GAAP weighted average common shares outstanding.
● Full Year Fiscal 2017 Outlook:
o Revenue between $248 million and $253 million, representing year-over-year growth of between 37% and 40%.
o Non-GAAP loss from operations of between $31.5 million and $35.5 million.
o Non-GAAP net loss per share of between $0.61 and $0.69. This assumes 51.6 million non-GAAP weighted average common shares outstanding.
Conference Call Details:
● What: New Relic financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2016 and outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 and the full year of fiscal 2017
● When: May 10, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Pacific Time (5:00 P.M. Eastern Time)
● Dial in: To access the call in the U.S., please dial (877) 201-0168, and for international callers, please dial (647) 788-4901. Callers may provide confirmation number 86764652 to access the call more quickly, and are encouraged to dial into the call 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start to prevent any delay in joining.
● Webcast: http://ir.newrelic.com (live and replay)
● Replay: Following the completion of the call through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 17, 2016, a telephone replay will be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 from the United States or (404) 537-3406 internationally with conference ID 86764652.
This press release and the earnings call referencing this press release contain “forward-looking” statements, as that term is defined under the federal securities laws, including but not limited to statements regarding New Relic’s future financial performance, including its outlook on financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 and for the full year of fiscal 2017, expected improvements in non-GAAP operating margins, our expectations for improvements throughout fiscal 2017 in operating loss, our longer-term expectations in future years, non-GAAP operating income, operating cash flow and free cash flows, market trends and opportunity, customer adoption and momentum of New Relic’s products, including by enterprise customers, competitive advantages, our ability to increase capacity and potential growth, particularly in Europe and Australia, New Relic’s value proposition to its customers, the benefits of the addition of the two new members of the Board of Directors, effect of potential pricing changes, benefits and outcome of partnership with Amazon Web Services and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and New Relic’s ability to execute on its vision. These forward-looking statements are based on New Relic’s current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and are subject to substantial risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause New Relic’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement.
The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to, New Relic's ability to generate sufficient revenue to achieve and sustain profitability, particularly in light of its significant ongoing expenses; New Relic's short operating history in an evolving industry; New Relic’s ability to manage its significant recent growth; fluctuation of New Relic’s quarterly results; the development of the overall market for SaaS business software; the dependence of New Relic’s business on its customers purchasing additional subscriptions and products from it and renewing their subscriptions; New Relic’s ability to develop enhancements to its products, increase adoption and usage of its products and introduce new products that achieve market acceptance; New Relic’s ability to persuade New Relic’s customers to expand their use of New Relic’s products to additional use cases; New Relic’s ability to determine optimal prices for its products; New Relic’s ability to expand its marketing and sales capabilities and increase sales of its solutions to large enterprises while mitigating the risks associated with serving such customers; privacy concerns, which could result in additional cost and liability to New Relic or inhibit sales; changes in privacy laws, regulations and standards; New Relic’s ability to effectively compete in the intensely competitive market for application performance monitoring solutions and respond effectively to rapidly changing technology, evolving industry standards and changing customer needs, requirements or preferences; New Relic’s dependence on lead generation strategies to drive sales and revenue; interruptions or performance problems associated with New Relic’s technology and infrastructure; defects or disruptions in New Relic’s products; the expense and complexity of New Relic’s ongoing and planned investments in data center hosting facilities; risks associated with international operations; New Relic’s ability to protect its intellectual property rights; and other “Risk Factors” set forth in New Relic’s most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).=
Further information on these and other factors that could affect New Relic’s financial results and the forward-looking statements in this press release is included in the filings we make with the SEC from time to time, particularly under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” including the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015. Copies of these documents may be obtained by visiting New Relic’s Investor Relations website at http://ir.newrelic.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
New Relic assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
New Relic discloses the following non-GAAP financial measures in this release and the earnings call referencing this press release: non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP sales and marketing, non-GAAP research and development, non-GAAP general and administrative and non-GAAP weighted average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders. New Relic uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating its ongoing operational performance. New Relic believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends.
Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
New Relic defines non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP sales and marketing, non-GAAP research and development, non-GAAP general and administrative, non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP net loss as the respective GAAP balances, adjusted for: (1) stock-based compensation expense, (2) amortization of stock-based compensation capitalized in software development costs, (3) the amortization of purchased intangibles, (4) lawsuit litigation expense, (5) the transaction costs related to acquisition, and (6) employer payroll tax expense on equity incentive plans, as applicable. New Relic excludes employer payroll tax expense on equity incentive plans as these expenses are tied to the exercise or vesting of underlying equity awards and the price of New Relic's common stock at the time of vesting or exercise. As a result, these taxes may vary in any particular period independent of the financial and operating performance of New Relic’s business. Non-GAAP net loss per share is calculated as non-GAAP net loss divided by the non-GAAP weighted average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders that are adjusted to assume the conversion of outstanding preferred shares to common shares as of the beginning of the period.
With respect to New Relic’s outlook provided under "Outlook" above and in the earnings call referencing this press release, New Relic has not reconciled its expectations as to non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss per share, or free cash flow to their most directly comparable GAAP measure because certain items such as stock-based compensation, lawsuit litigation expenses and employer payroll taxes on equity incentive plans are out of New Relic’s control or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.
New Relic’s dollar-based net expansion rate compares its recurring subscription revenue from customers from one period to the next. It is increased when customers increase their use of New Relic’s products, use additional products, or upgrade to a higher subscription tier. New Relic’s dollar-based net expansion rate is reduced when customers decrease their use of New Relic’s products, use fewer products, or downgrade to a lower subscription tier.
New Relic's monthly recurring revenue represents the revenue that New Relic would contractually expect to receive from those customers over the following month, without any increase or reduction in any of their subscriptions.