Elastic Reports Strong Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

February 24, 2021 4:10 PM EST

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Q3 Revenue of $157.1 million, Up 39% year-over-year
Q3 SaaS Revenue of $44.9 million, Up 79% year-over-year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Elastic (NYSE: ESTC) (“Elastic”), the company behind Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack, announced strong results for its third quarter of fiscal 2021 (ended January 31, 2021).

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue was $157.1 million, an increase of 39% year-over-year, or 36% on a constant currency basis
  • SaaS revenue was $44.9 million, an increase of 79% year-over-year, or 76% on a constant currency basis
  • Calculated billings was $173.2 million, an increase of 41% year-over-year, or 37% on a constant currency basis
  • Deferred revenue was $334.0 million, an increase of 59% year-over-year
  • GAAP operating loss was $34.5 million; GAAP operating margin was -22%
  • Non-GAAP operating loss was $0.0 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 0%
  • GAAP net loss per share was $0.43; non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.04
  • Operating cash flow was $19.4 million with free cash flow of $18.3 million
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $393.1 million as of January 31, 2021

“We had an excellent third quarter, and once again showed strong execution,” said Shay Banon, Elastic founder and chief executive officer. “We believe continued innovation across our three solutions is critical to global enterprises as they look to build resilience and adapt to the distributed environment of 2021.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights

Key Customer Metrics:

  • Total subscription customer count was over 13,800, compared to over 12,900 in Q2 FY21, and over 10,500 in Q3 FY20
  • Total customer count with Annual Contract Value (ACV) greater than $100,000 was over 670, compared to over 650 in Q2 FY21, and over 570 in Q3 FY20
  • Subscription revenue represented 94% of total revenue
  • Net Expansion Rate continued to be greater than 130%

Product Releases and Other Business Highlights

Elastic released new innovations with version 7.11 across its enterprise search, observability and security solutions that enable customers to optimize for cost, performance, insight and flexibility.

Foundational features in 7.11 that can be leveraged across all three solutions include the general availability of searchable snapshots and the cold data tier to help customers store and search more data while maintaining control over cost and performance. Additional features include the beta of schema on read, which allows customers to discover new data and new workflows by creating a schema on the fly, and the general availability of a new alerting framework, which provides customers with the flexibility to create, manage and monitor alerts across the Elastic Stack.

Expanded capabilities include:

Elastic Enterprise Search

  • Launched the beta of a new web crawler for Elastic App Search that makes content from publicly accessible websites easily searchable
  • Added Box as a content source to Elastic Workplace Search with a prebuilt connector and document-level permissions
  • Extended granular access controls for Elastic Workplace Search with document-level permissions for Atlassian Jira Cloud and Confluence Cloud

Elastic Observability

  • Launched a new service health overview in Elastic APM to accelerate root cause analysis and troubleshooting
  • Introduced a new host details view in the Elastic Metrics app to help users troubleshoot infrastructure issues faster and narrow down next steps of an investigation
  • Added new logging libraries in Elastic Common Schema to provide more context to application troubleshooting workflows by automatically linking logs and traces

Elastic Security

  • Automated detection and operationalized analytics with prebuilt machine learning jobs and detection rules supporting MITRE sub-techniques
  • Streamlined SOC workflows and accelerated response times with more customizable alert notifications and an expanded set of rule actions
  • Updated the Timeline workspace to drive more efficient threat hunting, alert triage and investigations

Elastic Cloud

  • Enhanced cross-cluster replication and cross-cluster search between regions and cloud providers to break down data silos and improve search performance
  • Scaled and streamlined cloud operations with autoscaling of data and machine learning nodes
  • Launched support for the new cold data tier to retain more data for longer at the same cost

Other Business Highlights

  • Moved our Apache 2.0-licensed source code in Elasticsearch and Kibana to be dual licensed under the Elastic License v2 and the Server Side Public License
  • Appointed Ashutosh Kulkarni as chief product officer
  • Delivered eight regional virtual ElasticON events, exhibited at AWS re:Invent and Black Hat Europe, and sponsored the DeveloperWeek Virtual Conference
  • Raised more than $400,000 on Giving Tuesday through the Elastic Cares initiative, an employee-match giving program

Financial Outlook

The Company is providing the following guidance:

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 (ending April 30, 2021):

  • Total revenue is expected to be between $158 million and $159 million
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between -8.5% and -7.5%
  • Non-GAAP net loss per share is expected to be between $0.18 and $0.15, assuming between 90.5 million and 91.5 million weighted average ordinary shares outstanding

For fiscal 2021 (ending April 30, 2021):

  • Total revenue is expected to be between $589 million and $590 million
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between -3.3% and -3.0%
  • Non-GAAP net loss per share is expected to be between $0.19 and $0.16, assuming between 87 million and 88 million weighted average ordinary shares outstanding

We continue to believe it is prudent to expect some near-term business headwinds as the economic impact from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic further unfolds. As such, our guidance includes the expected impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic on our business and results of operations based on information available to us today.

See the section titled “Forward-Looking Statements” below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially. A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, many of the costs and expenses that may be incurred in the future. These items necessary to reconcile such non-GAAP measures could be material and have a significant impact on the Company’s results computed in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call and Webcast

Elastic’s executive management team will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the Company’s financial results and business outlook. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on Elastic’s Investor Relations website at ir.elastic.co. Slides will accompany the webcast. The replay of the webcast and slides will be available for two months.

About Elastic

Elastic is a search company built on a free and open heritage. Anyone can use Elastic products and solutions to get started quickly and frictionlessly. Elastic offers three solutions for enterprise search, observability, and security, built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere. From finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats, Elastic makes data usable in real time and at scale. Founded in 2012, Elastic is a distributed company with Elasticians around the globe. Learn more at elastic.co.

Elastic and associated marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Elastic N.V. and its subsidiaries. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to Elastic’s financial results as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, please see the section of this press release titled “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risk and uncertainties, which include, but are not limited to, our expected financial results for the fiscal quarter and the fiscal year ending April 30, 2021, our expectations regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our assessments of the strength of our solutions and products, the expected performance or benefits of our offerings, and our expectations regarding the benefits of our investments. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our expectations and beliefs in light of currently available information regarding these matters may not materialize. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements due to uncertainties, risks, and changes in circumstances, including but not limited to those related to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the macroeconomic environment, on our business, operations, hiring and financial results, and on businesses of our customers and partners, including their spending priorities, the effect of lockdowns, restrictions and new regulations; our future financial performance, including our expectations regarding our revenue, cost of revenue, gross profit or gross margin, operating expenses (which include changes in sales and marketing, research and development and general and administrative expenses), and our ability to achieve and maintain future profitability; our ability to continue to deliver and improve our offerings and develop new offerings, including security-related product and SaaS offerings; customer acceptance and purchase of our existing offerings and new offerings, including the expansion and adoption of our SaaS offerings; our inability to realize value from investments in the business, including R&D investments; our ability to maintain and expand our user and customer base; the impact of our licensing model on the use and adoption of our software; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate and interest rate fluctuations on our results; our international expansion strategy; our operating results and cash flows; our beliefs and objectives for future operations; the sufficiency of our capital resources; our ability to successfully execute our go-to-market strategy, including by expanding our relationships with our partners, and expand in our existing markets and into new markets, and our ability to forecast customer retention and expansion; and general market, political, economic and business conditions (including developments and volatility arising from the COVID-19 pandemic).

Any additional or unforeseen effect from the COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate these risks. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2020 and any subsequent reports filed with the SEC. SEC filings are available on the Investor Relations section of Elastic’s website at ir.elastic.co and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Elastic assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Contact Information

Anthony Luscri
Elastic Investor Relations
ir@elastic.co
(650) 695-1055

Lisa Boughner
Elastic Corporate Communications
lisa.boughner@elastic.co

Elastic N.V.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended January 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

License - self-managed

$

15,280

 

 

$

14,495

 

 

$

45,673

 

 

$

36,674

 

Subscription - self-managed and SaaS

131,969

 

 

89,703

 

 

357,127

 

 

241,593

 

Total subscription revenue

147,249

 

 

104,198

 

 

402,800

 

 

278,267

 

Professional services

9,866

 

 

8,983

 

 

28,079

 

 

25,730

 

Total revenue

157,115

 

 

113,181

 

 

430,879

 

 

303,997

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of license - self-managed

346

 

 

347

 

 

1,039

 

 

602

 

Cost of subscription - self-managed and SaaS

31,426

 

 

23,196

 

 

86,464

 

 

60,832

 

Total cost of revenue - subscription

31,772

 

 

23,543

 

 

87,503

 

 

61,434

 

Cost of professional services

10,196

 

 

9,862

 

 

27,744

 

 

26,983

 

Total cost of revenue

41,968

 

 

33,405

 

 

115,247

 

 

88,417

 

Gross profit

115,147

 

 

79,776

 

 

315,632

 

 

215,580

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

51,400

 

 

46,119

 

 

143,766

 

 

119,779

 

Sales and marketing

71,087

 

 

54,829

 

 

191,712

 

 

160,860

 

General and administrative

27,121

 

 

21,096

 

 

72,555

 

 

71,472

 

Total operating expenses

149,608

 

 

122,044

 

 

408,033

 

 

352,111

 

Operating loss

(34,461

)

 

(42,268

)

 

(92,401

)

 

(136,531

)

Other income (expense), net (1)

(2,377

)

 

(1,339

)

 

8,424

 

 

1,276

 

Loss before income taxes

(36,838

)

 

(43,607

)

 

(83,977

)

 

(135,255

)

Provision for income taxes

1,136

 

 

674

 

 

2,156

 

 

768

 

Net loss

$

(37,974

)

 

$

(44,281

)

 

$

(86,133

)

 

$

(136,023

)

Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.43

)

 

$

(0.55

)

 

$

(1.00

)

 

$

(1.75

)

Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted

88,341,038

 

 

80,737,237

 

 

86,296,028

 

 

77,713,604

 

(1) Includes a foreign currency transaction loss of $2.3 million and a foreign currency transaction gain of $8.3 million for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021, respectively, arising primarily from foreign exchange remeasurement of intercompany balances. Intercompany balances are eliminated on consolidation.

Elastic N.V.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

Assets

As of
January 31, 2021

 

As of
April 30, 2020

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

393,134

 

 

$

297,081

 

Restricted cash

2,355

 

 

2,308

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $1,831 and $1,247 as of January 31, 2021 and April 30, 2020, respectively

120,049

 

 

128,690

 

Deferred contract acquisition costs

29,596

 

 

19,537

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

28,906

 

 

32,623

 

Total current assets

574,040

 

 

480,239

 

Property and equipment, net

8,665

 

 

7,760

 

Goodwill

198,665

 

 

197,877

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

29,340

 

 

32,783

 

Intangible assets, net

39,823

 

 

50,455

 

Deferred contract acquisition costs, non-current

42,591

 

 

24,012

 

Deferred tax assets

3,970

 

 

3,164

 

Other assets

2,886

 

 

7,621

 

Total assets

$

899,980

 

 

$

803,911

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

5,825

 

 

$

11,485

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

25,224

 

 

22,210

 

Accrued compensation and benefits

42,507

 

 

48,409

 

Operating lease liabilities

8,176

 

 

7,639

 

Deferred revenue

289,689

 

 

243,324

 

Total current liabilities

371,421

 

 

333,067

 

Deferred revenue, non-current

44,321

 

 

16,378

 

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

23,769

 

 

27,827

 

Other liabilities, non-current

4,888

 

 

12,992

 

Total liabilities

444,399

 

 

390,264

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Convertible preference shares, €0.01 par value; 165,000,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2021 and April 30, 2020

 

 

 

Ordinary shares, par value €0.01 per share: 165,000,000 shares authorized; 89,644,940 shares issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2021 and 82,856,978 shares issued and outstanding as of April 30, 2020

937

 

 

856

 

Treasury stock

(369

)

 

(369

)

Additional paid-in capital

1,033,598

 

 

898,788

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(8,568

)

 

(1,377

)

Accumulated deficit

(570,017

)

 

(484,251

)

Total shareholders’ equity

455,581

 

 

413,647

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

899,980

 

 

$

803,911

 

Elastic N.V.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended
January 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss (1)

$

(37,974

)

 

$

(44,281

)

 

$

(86,133

)

 

$

(136,023

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

4,290

 

 

5,235

 

 

12,856

 

 

8,573

 

Amortization of deferred contract acquisition costs

10,282

 

 

6,660

 

 

28,455

 

 

20,581

 

Non-cash operating lease cost

1,822

 

 

2,156

 

 

5,256

 

 

5,170

 

Stock-based compensation expense

25,227

 

 

15,588

 

 

65,305

 

 

42,775

 

Non-cash acquisition expense settled with shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,834

 

Deferred income taxes

(2

)

 

50

 

 

(288

)

 

(621

)

Foreign currency transaction (gains) loss (2)

1,461

 

 

 

 

(9,463

)

 

 

Other

22

 

 

809

 

 

11

 

 

1,132

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

15,183

 

 

6,023

 

 

15,246

 

 

10,873

 

Deferred contract acquisition costs

(16,740

)

 

(9,416

)

 

(54,612

)

 

(26,441

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

3,717

 

 

(3,526

)

 

4,817

 

 

(4,345

)

Other assets

1,197

 

 

1,874

 

 

5,237

 

 

3,780

 

Accounts payable

(3,683

)

 

2,900

 

 

(6,321

)

 

7,104

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

2,757

 

 

(1,852

)

 

1,696

 

 

1,520

 

Accrued compensation and benefits

(5,168

)

 

(12,837

)

 

(5,859

)

 

3,377

 

Operating lease liabilities

(1,867

)

 

(1,798

)

 

(5,402

)

 

(4,586

)

Deferred revenue

18,877

 

 

9,188

 

 

53,309

 

 

33,666

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (3)

19,401

 

 

(23,227

)

 

24,110

 

 

(24,631

)

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(1,076

)

 

(1,007

)

 

(2,732

)

 

(4,237

)

Business acquisition, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

 

 

 

(24,373

)

Other

 

 

 

 

1,320

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,076

)

 

(1,007

)

 

(1,412

)

 

(28,610

)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of stock options

22,324

 

 

11,054

 

 

67,554

 

 

50,622

 

Payment of withholding taxes related to acquisition expense settled in shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,834

)

Repayment of notes payable

 

 

(30

)

 

 

 

(90

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

22,324

 

 

11,024

 

 

67,554

 

 

47,698

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

3,529

 

 

2,029

 

 

5,848

 

 

1,630

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

44,178

 

 

(11,181

)

 

96,100

 

 

(3,913

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

351,311

 

 

307,548

 

 

299,389

 

 

300,280

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

395,489

 

 

$

296,367

 

 

$

395,489

 

 

$

296,367

 

(1) Includes foreign currency transaction losses of $1.5 million and gains of $9.5 million for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021, respectively, arising primarily from foreign exchange remeasurement of intercompany balances. Intercompany balances are eliminated on consolidation.

(2) Removes the foreign currency transaction losses of $1.5 million and gains of $9.5 million for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021, respectively, included in net loss.

(3) Unaffected by foreign currency transaction gains.

Elastic N.V.

REVENUE BY TYPE

(amounts in thousands, except percentages)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended January 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

Amount

 

% of
Total
Revenue

 

Amount

 

% of
Total
Revenue

 

Amount

 

% of
Total
Revenue

 

Amount

 

% of
Total
Revenue

Self-managed subscription

$

102,320

 

65%

 

$

79,105

 

70%

 

$

287,816

 

66%

 

$

214,947

 

71%

License

15,280

 

10%

 

14,495

 

13%

 

45,673

 

11%

 

36,674

 

12%

Subscription

87,040

 

55%

 

64,610

 

57%

 

242,143

 

55%

 

178,273

 

59%

SaaS

44,929

 

29%

 

25,093

 

22%

 

114,984

 

27%

 

63,320

 

21%

Total subscription revenue

147,249

 

94%

 

104,198

 

92%

 

402,800

 

93%

 

278,267

 

92%

Professional services

9,866

 

6%

 

8,983

 

8%

 

28,079

 

7%

 

25,730

 

8%

Total revenue

$

157,115

 

100%

 

$

113,181

 

100%

 

$

430,879

 

100%

 

$

303,997

 

100%

Elastic N.V.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA

CALCULATED BILLINGS

(amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended January 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Total revenue

$

157,115

 

 

$

113,181

 

$

430,879

 

 

$

303,997

 

Add: Increase in deferred revenue

18,877

 

 

9,188

 

53,309

 

 

33,666

 

Less: Decrease (increase) in unbilled accounts receivable

(2,790

)

 

535

 

(3,214

)

 

(64

)

Calculated billings

$

173,202

 

 

$

122,904

 

$

480,974

 

 

$

337,599

 

Elastic N.V.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA

FREE CASH FLOW

(amounts in thousands, except percentages)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended January 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

19,401

 

 

$

(23,227

)

 

$

24,110

 

 

$

(24,631

)

Less: Purchases of property and equipment

(1,076

)

 

(1,007

)

 

(2,732

)

 

(4,237

)

Free cash flow

$

18,325

 

 

$

(24,234

)

 

$

21,378

 

 

$

(28,868

)

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(1,076

)

 

$

(1,007

)

 

$

(1,412

)

 

$

(28,610

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

$

22,324

 

 

$

11,024

 

 

$

67,554

 

 

$

47,698

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (as a percentage of total revenue)

13

 %

 

(20

)%

 

6

 %

 

(8

)%

Less: Purchases of property and equipment (as a percentage of total revenue)

(1

)%

 

(1

)%

 

(1

)%

 

(1

)%

Free cash flow margin

12

 %

 

(21

)%

 

5

 %

 

(9

)%

Elastic N.V.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA

(amounts in thousands, except percentages, share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended January 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Gross Profit Reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP gross profit

$

115,147

 

 

$

79,776

 

 

$

315,632

 

 

$

215,580

 

Stock-based compensation expense

3,198

 

 

1,887

 

 

8,352

 

 

4,947

 

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

589

 

 

37

 

 

911

 

 

457

 

Amortization of acquired intangibles

2,110

 

 

3,007

 

 

6,328

 

 

4,659

 

Non-GAAP gross profit

$

121,044

 

 

$

84,707

 

 

$

331,223

 

 

$

225,643

 

Gross Margin Reconciliation(1):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP gross margin

73.3

%

 

70.5

%

 

73.3

%

 

70.9

%

Stock-based compensation expense

2.0

%

 

1.7

%

 

1.9

%

 

1.6

%

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

0.4

%

 

0.0

%

 

0.2

%

 

0.2

%

Amortization of acquired intangibles

1.3

%

 

2.7

%

 

1.5

%

 

1.5

%

Non-GAAP gross margin

77.0

%

 

74.8

%

 

76.9

%

 

74.2

%

Operating Loss Reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP operating loss

$

(34,461

)

 

$

(42,268

)

 

$

(92,401

)

 

$

(136,531

)

Stock-based compensation expense

25,227

 

 

15,588

 

 

65,305

 

 

42,775

 

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

5,685

 

 

739

 

 

10,436

 

 

6,648

 

Amortization of acquired intangibles

3,538

 

 

4,458

 

 

10,630

 

 

6,518

 

Acquisition-related expenses

 

 

1,328

 

 

 

 

17,762

 

Non-GAAP operating loss

$

(11

)

 

$

(20,155

)

 

$

(6,030

)

 

$

(62,828

)

Operating Margin Reconciliation(1):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP operating margin

(21.9

)%

 

(37.3

)%

 

(21.4

)%

 

(44.9

)%

Stock-based compensation expense

16.1

 %

 

13.8

 %

 

15.2

 %

 

14.1

 %

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

3.6

 %

 

0.7

 %

 

2.4

 %

 

2.2

 %

Amortization of acquired intangibles

2.3

 %

 

3.9

 %

 

2.5

 %

 

2.1

 %

Acquisition-related expenses

0.0

 %

 

1.2

 %

 

0.0

 %

 

5.8

 %

Non-GAAP operating margin

0.0

 %

 

(17.8

)%

 

(1.4

)%

 

(20.7

)%

Net Loss Reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net loss

$

(37,974

)

 

$

(44,281

)

 

$

(86,133

)

 

$

(136,023

)

Stock-based compensation expense

25,227

 

 

15,588

 

 

65,305

 

 

42,775

 

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

5,685

 

 

739

 

 

10,436

 

 

6,648

 

Amortization of acquired intangibles

3,538

 

 

4,458

 

 

10,630

 

 

6,518

 

Acquisition-related expenses

 

 

1,328

 

 

 

 

17,762

 

Income tax(2)

(427

)

 

(51

)

 

(577

)

 

(1,165

)

Non-GAAP net loss

$

(3,951

)

 

$

(22,219

)

 

$

(339

)

 

$

(63,485

)

Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.04

)

 

$

(0.28

)

 

$

 

 

$

(0.82

)

Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted

88,341,038

 

 

80,737,237

 

 

86,296,028

 

 

77,713,604

 

(1) Totals may not sum, due to rounding. Gross margin, operating margin, and earnings per share are calculated based upon the respective underlying, non-rounded data.

(2) Non-GAAP financial information for the quarter is adjusted for a tax rate equal to our annual estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income. This rate is based on our estimated annual GAAP income tax rate forecast, adjusted to account for items excluded from GAAP income in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures presented above as well as significant tax adjustments. Our estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income is determined annually and may be adjusted during the year to take into account events or trends that we believe materially impact the estimated annual rate including, but not limited to, significant changes resulting from tax legislation, material changes in the geographic mix of revenue and expenses and other significant events. Due to the differences in the tax treatment of items excluded from non-GAAP earnings, as well as the methodology applied to our estimated annual tax rates as described above, our estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income may differ from our GAAP tax rate and from our actual tax liabilities.

Elastic N.V.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA

(amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended January 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Cost of revenue reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP cost of license - self-managed

$

346

 

 

$

347

 

 

$

1,039

 

 

$

602

 

Amortization of acquired intangibles

(346

)

 

(347

)

 

(1,039

)

 

(602

)

Non-GAAP cost of license - self -managed

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

GAAP cost of subscription - self-managed and SaaS

$

31,426

 

 

$

23,196

 

 

$

86,464

 

 

$

60,832

 

Stock-based compensation expense

(1,839

)

 

(1,008

)

 

(5,065

)

 

(2,869

)

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

(267

)

 

(21

)

 

(487

)

 

(321

)

Amortization of acquired intangibles

(1,764

)

 

(2,660

)

 

(5,289

)

 

(4,057

)

Non-GAAP cost of subscription - self-managed and SaaS

$

27,556

 

 

$

19,507

 

 

$

75,623

 

 

$

53,585

 

GAAP cost of professional services

$

10,196

 

 

$

9,862

 

 

$

27,744

 

 

$

26,983

 

Stock-based compensation expense

(1,359

)

 

(879

)

 

(3,287

)

 

(2,078

)

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

(322

)

 

(16

)

 

(424

)

 

(136

)

Non-GAAP cost of professional services

$

8,515

 

 

$

8,967

 

 

$

24,033

 

 

$

24,769

 

Operating expenses reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP research and development expense

$

51,400

 

 

$

46,119

 

 

$

143,766

 

 

$

119,779

 

Stock-based compensation expense

(9,516

)

 

(6,256

)

 

(24,309

)

 

(17,087

)

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

(1,243

)

 

(238

)

 

(2,702

)

 

(1,886

)

Acquisition-related expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

(34

)

Non-GAAP research and development expense

$

40,641

 

 

$

39,625

 

 

$

116,755

 

 

$

100,772

 

GAAP sales and marketing expense

$

71,087

 

 

$

54,829

 

 

$

191,712

 

 

$

160,860

 

Stock-based compensation expense

(8,372

)

 

(4,540

)

 

(22,519

)

 

(13,506

)

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

(1,723

)

 

(335

)

 

(3,494

)

 

(2,816

)

Amortization of acquired intangibles

(1,428

)

 

(1,451

)

 

(4,302

)

 

(1,859

)

Acquisition-related expenses

 

 

(395

)

 

 

 

(508

)

Non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses

$

59,564

 

 

$

48,108

 

 

$

161,397

 

 

$

142,171

 

GAAP general and administrative expense

$

27,121

 

 

$

21,096

 

 

$

72,555

 

 

$

71,472

 

Stock-based compensation expense

(4,141

)

 

(2,905

)

 

(10,125

)

 

(7,235

)

Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions

(2,130

)

 

(129

)

 

(3,329

)

 

(1,489

)

Acquisition-related expenses

 

 

(933

)

 

 

 

(17,220

)

Non-GAAP general and administrative expense

$

20,850

 

 

$

17,129

 

 

$

59,101

 

 

$

45,528

 

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we believe the non-GAAP measures listed below are useful in evaluating our operating performance. We use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that non-GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance. However, non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In particular, free cash flow is not a substitute for cash used in operating activities. Additionally, the utility of free cash flow as a measure of our liquidity is further limited as it does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for a given period. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly-titled non-GAAP measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. A reconciliation of our historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measure stated in accordance with U.S. GAAP has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. Investors are cautioned that there are a number of limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics as analytical tools. Investors are encouraged to review these reconciliations, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

Non-GAAP Gross Profit and Non-GAAP Gross Margin

We define non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin as GAAP gross profit and GAAP gross margin, respectively, excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions, and amortization of acquired intangible assets. We believe non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin provide our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of operations, as these metrics generally eliminate the effects of certain variables from period to period for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Operating Margin

We define non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP operating margin as GAAP operating loss and GAAP operating margin, respectively, excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and acquisition-related expenses. We believe non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP operating margin provide our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of operations, as these metrics generally eliminate the effects of certain variables from period to period for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

Non-GAAP Net Loss Per Share

We define non-GAAP net loss per share as GAAP net loss per share, excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition-related expenses and the tax effects related to the foregoing. We believe non-GAAP net loss per share provides our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitates period-to-period comparisons of operations, as this metric generally eliminates the effects of certain variables from period to period for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Margin

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment. Free cash flow margin is calculated as free cash flow divided by total revenue. We believe that free cash flow and free cash flow margin are useful indicators of liquidity that provide information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated from our core operations that, after the purchases of property and equipment, can be used for strategic initiatives, including investing in our business and selectively pursuing acquisitions and strategic investments.

Calculated Billings

We define calculated billings as total revenue plus the increase in total deferred revenue as presented on or derived from our consolidated statements of cash flows less the (increase) decrease in total unbilled accounts receivable in a given period. Calculated billings exclude deferred revenue and unbilled accounts receivable acquired through acquisitions in the period of acquisition. We typically invoice our customers annually in advance, and to a lesser extent multi-year in advance, quarterly in advance, monthly in advance, monthly in arrears or upon delivery. Our management uses calculated billings to understand and evaluate our near-term cash flows and operating results.

Constant Currency

We compare the percent change in certain results from one period to another period using constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. In presenting this information, current and comparative prior period results are converted into United States dollars at the exchange rates in effect on the last day of our prior fiscal year, rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective periods.

Anthony Luscri
Elastic Investor Relations
ir@elastic.co
(650) 695-1055

Lisa Boughner
Elastic Corporate Communications
lisa.boughner@elastic.co

Source: Elastic N.V.



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