Commvault Announces Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Financial Results

Investor Relations Contact:
Michael J. Melnyk, CFA
732-870-4581
mmelnyk@commvault.com

Third Quarter Highlights Include:

GAAP Results:Third Quarter
Revenues$176.4 million
Loss from Operations$(0.5) million
Operating Margin(0.3)%
Diluted Loss Per Share$(0.01)
Non-GAAP Results:
Income from Operations (EBIT)$28.9 million
EBIT Margin16.4%
Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.47

(Download Financial Tables)

Tinton Falls, N.J. – January 29, 2020 – Commvault [NASDAQ: CVLT] today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2019.

“I am pleased to report that we again delivered results above expectations and that we did it while refreshing our data management portfolio, launching our new SaaS offering, Metallic and integrating Hedvig, our first major acquisition,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, Commvault’s President and CEO.  “Our ability to achieve these results is a direct reflection of the progress we are making on the simplification, innovation and execution priorities we established at the start of the fiscal year. These priorities will be the foundation for our return to growth.”

Total revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 were $176.4 million, a decrease of 4% year over year and an increase of 5% sequentially.  Total repeatable revenue was $123.4 million, an increase of 2% year over year and 1% sequentially.  Subscription and utility annual contract value (ACV) grew 56% year over year to approximately $140.0 million.

Software and products revenue was $76.6 million, a decrease of 9% year over year, and an increase of 12% sequentially.

Services revenue in the quarter was $99.7 million, flat year over year and an increase of 1% sequentially.

On a GAAP basis, loss from operations was $0.5 million for the third quarter compared to income of $10.4 million in the prior year.  The third quarter GAAP results in fiscal 2020 included $4.4 million of transactions expenses associated with the acquisition of Hedvig, Inc. (“Hedvig”), $2.8 million of amortization related to the intangible assets recognized in the acquisition of Hedvig and a portion of the additional compensation expenses related to the retained employees of Hedvig. These expenses have been excluded from our non-GAAP results and are further discussed in Table IV.  Non-GAAP EBIT was $28.9 million in the quarter compared to $33.1 million in the prior year.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2020, Commvault reported GAAP net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $21.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share.

Operating cash flow totaled $0.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $31.1 million in the prior year quarter.  Operating cash flow in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 included approximately $5.0 million of payments related to Hedvig transaction costs and approximately $8.0 million of severance payments related to recent restructuring actions.  Total cash, restricted cash, and short-term investments were $345.0 million as of December 31, 2019 compared to $458.3 million as of March 31, 2019.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results has been provided in Financial Statement Table IV included in this press release. (Download Financial Tables)

An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Commvault has provided in this press release the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP income from operations margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and subscription and utility annual contract value (ACV).  This selected financial information has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Commvault uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions.  In addition, Commvault believes that these non-GAAP operating measures are useful to investors, when used as a supplement to GAAP financial measures, in evaluating Commvault’s ongoing operational performance.  Commvault 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, and in comparing its financial results with other companies in Commvault’s industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to the investment community.  Commvault has also provided software and products, services and total revenues on a constant currency basis. Commvault analyzes revenue growth on a constant currency basis in order to provide a comparable framework for assessing how the business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations.

All of these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, which are provided in Table IV included in this press release. (Download Financial Tables)

Non-GAAP income from operations and non-GAAP income from operations margin.  These non-GAAP financial measures exclude noncash stock-based compensation charges and additional FICA and related payroll tax expense incurred by Commvault when employees exercise in the money stock options or vest in restricted stock awards, as well as restructuring costs and costs related to a non-routine shareholder matter.  In fiscal 2020, Commvault also excluded transaction costs related to the acquisition of Hedvig, the noncash amortization of intangible assets and certain costs related to key employees of Hedvig from its non-GAAP results. These expenses are further discussed in Table IV.  Commvault believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful metrics for management and investors because they compare Commvault’s core operating results over multiple periods.  When evaluating the performance of Commvault’s operating results and developing short- and long-term plans, Commvault does not consider such expenses.

Although noncash stock-based compensation and the additional FICA and related payroll tax expenses are necessary to attract and retain employees, Commvault places its primary emphasis on stockholder dilution as compared to the accounting charges related to such equity compensation plans.  Commvault believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude noncash stock-based compensation expense and the additional FICA and related payroll tax expenses incurred on stock option exercises and vesting of restricted stock awards allow investors to make meaningful comparisons between Commvault’s operating results and those of other companies.

Amortization of intangible assets and transaction costs related to business combinations result from mergers and acquisitions. Expense for the amortization of intangible assets is a noncash item.  Commvault believes the exclusion of this amortization expense provides for a useful comparison of operating results to prior periods and to other companies. Business combinations result in non-routine operating expenses which would not otherwise have been incurred in the normal course of business operations. The exclusion of acquisition related expenses allows for financial results that are more indicative of continuing operations and provides for a useful comparison of Commvault’s operating results to prior periods and to other companies.

There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP income from operations and non-GAAP income from operations margin.  The most significant limitation is that these non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain operating costs, primarily related to noncash stock-based compensation, which is of a recurring nature.  Noncash stock-based compensation has been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a significant recurring expense in Commvault’s operating results.  In addition, noncash stock-based compensation is an important part of Commvault’s employees’ compensation and can have a significant impact on their performance.  Lastly, the components that Commvault excludes in its non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the components that its peer companies exclude when they report their non-GAAP financial measures.

Commvault’s management generally compensates for the limitations described above related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures by providing investors with a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Further, Commvault management uses non-GAAP financial measures only in addition to, and in conjunction with, results presented in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS).  In addition to the adjustments discussed in non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS incorporate a non-GAAP effective tax rate of 27%.

Commvault anticipates that in any given period its non-GAAP tax rate may be either higher or lower than the GAAP tax rate as evidenced by historical fluctuations. The GAAP tax rates in recent fiscal years were not meaningful percentages due to the dollar amount of GAAP pre-tax income.  For the same reason as the GAAP tax rates, the estimated cash tax rates in recent fiscal years are not meaningful percentages. Commvault defines its cash tax rate as the total amount of cash income taxes payable for the fiscal year divided by consolidated GAAP pre-tax income. Over time, Commvault believes its GAAP and cash tax rates will align.

Commvault considers non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS useful metrics for Commvault management and its investors for the same basic reasons that Commvault uses non-GAAP income from operations and non-GAAP income from operations margin. In addition, the same limitations as well as management actions to compensate for such limitations described above also apply to Commvault’s use of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS.

Conference Call Information

Commvault will host a conference call today, January 29, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (5:30 a.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its financial results.  To access this call, dial 844-742-4247 (domestic) or 661-378-9470 (international).  The live webcast can be accessed under the “Events” section of Commvault’s website. An archived webcast of this conference call will also be available following the call.

About Commvault

Commvault is the recognized leader in data backup and recovery. Commvault’s converged data management solution redefines what backup means for the progressive enterprise through solutions that protect, manage and use their most critical asset — their data. Commvault software, solutions and services are available from the company and through a global ecosystem of trusted partners. Commvault employs more than 2,300 highly-skilled individuals across markets worldwide, is publicly traded on NASDAQ (CVLT), and is headquartered in Tinton Falls, New Jersey in the United States. To learn more about Commvault visit www.commvault.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding financial projections, which are subject to risks and uncertainties, such as competitive factors, difficulties and delays inherent in the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of software products and related services, general economic conditions, outcome of litigation and others. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties affecting Commvault’s business, see “Item IA. Risk Factors” in our annual report in Form 10-K and “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our most recent quarter report in Form 10-Q. Statements regarding Commvault’s beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results. Commvault does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements. The development and timing of any product release as well as any of its features or functionality remain at our sole discretion.

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