Press release

Nutanix reports Fourth Quarter and fiscal 2018 financial results

SYDNEY, Australia – Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: $303.7 million (at 77.7% non-GAAP gross margin), up from $252.5 million (at 62.6% non-GAAP gross margin) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, reflecting the elimination of approximately $95 million in pass-through hardware revenue in the quarter as the company continues to execute its shift toward increasing software revenue1
  • Software and Support Revenue: $267.9 million, growing 49% year-over-year from $179.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Billings: $395.1 million, growing 37% year-over-year from $289.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Software and Support Billings: $359.2 million, growing 66% year-over-year from $216.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Gross Margin: GAAP gross margin of 75.9%, up from 61.4% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP gross margin of 77.7%, up from 62.6% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Net Loss: GAAP net loss of $87.4 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $66.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP net loss of $19.0 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $26.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Net Loss Per Share: GAAP net loss per share of $0.51, compared to a GAAP net loss per share of $0.43 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.11, compared to a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.17 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Cash and Short-term Investments: $934.3 million, up 168% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Deferred Revenue: $631.2 million, up 71% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Operating Cash Flow: $22.7 million, compared to $5.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Free Cash Flow: $6.5 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: $1.16 billion (at 68.1% non-GAAP gross margin), up from $845.9 million (at 63.1% non-GAAP gross margin) in fiscal 2017, reflecting the elimination of approximately $169 million in pass-through hardware revenue in fiscal 2018 as the company continues to execute its shift toward increasing software revenue1
  • Software and Support Revenue: $898.1 million, growing 47% year-over-year from $609.6 million in fiscal 2017
  • Billings: $1.42 billion, growing 43% year-over-year from $990.5 million in fiscal 2017
  • Software and Support Billings: $1.16 billion, growing 54% year-over-year from $754.2 million in fiscal 2017
  • Gross Margin: GAAP gross margin of 66.6%, up from 61.3% in fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP gross margin of 68.1%, up from 63.1% in fiscal 2017
  • Net Loss: GAAP net loss of $297.2 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $379.6 million in fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP net loss of $101.5 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $120.7 million in fiscal 2017
  • Net Loss Per Share: GAAP net loss per share of $1.81, compared to a GAAP net loss per share of $2.96 in fiscal 2017; Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.62, compared to a pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.85 in fiscal 2017
  • Operating Cash Flow: $92.6 million, compared to $13.8 million in fiscal 2017
  • Free Cash Flow: $30.2 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $36.4 million in fiscal 2017

Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures are provided in the tables of this press release.

“We ended the year on a high note with a record quarter on many fronts, positioning us extremely well for the future. We will continue to invest in talent and hybrid cloud technology while incubating strategic multi-cloud investments such as Netsil, Beam, and now Frame,” said Dheeraj Pandey, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Nutanix. “Frame increases our addressable market, brings another service to our growing platform, and adds employees with insurgent mindsets who will help us continue to challenge the status quo.”

“The company’s strong achievement of 78 per cent non-GAAP gross margin, the best in our history, is the direct result of our successful execution toward a software-defined business model,” said Duston Williams, CFO of Nutanix. “We’re also tracking above our target performance we set using the ‘Rule of 40’ framework, demonstrating our ability to balance growth and cash flow.”

Recent Company Highlights

  • Completed the Acquisition of Frame: Acquired Frame, a leader in cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery, increasing the company’s addressable market. IDC estimates that the desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) software market is forecast to grow to $3 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 32%.2 With the addition of Frame, Nutanix customers will be able to deliver desktops-as-a-service from multiple clouds, combining the consumer-grade simplicity and web-scale design of cloud applications with the functionality of traditional virtual desktop applications.
  • Achieved Milestone of $1 Billion+ in Annual Revenue in Less Than a Decade from Inception: Grew fiscal 2018 revenue to $1.16 billion, excluding $169 million in pass-through hardware revenue eliminated, crossing the $1 billion milestone.
  • Expanded Customer Base Hitting Milestone 10,000+ Customers and Signed Largest Deal in History: Nutanix ended the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 with 10,6103 end-customers, adding 1,000 new end-customers in the quarter. Notably, the company passed an important milestone, adding its 10,000th customer during the quarter. The company also expanded an existing customer engagement by closing a deal greater than $20 million in the quarter, the largest in Nutanix history.
  • Successfully Continued Transition to a Software-Defined Business Model: Grew software and support billings by 66 per cent year-over-year in the fourth quarter. Pass-through hardware billings decreased to 9 per cent of total billings in the quarter, down from 25 per cent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Launched 12 Culture Principles Representative of Company Values: Codified the company’s corporate values with the articulation and launch of 12 culture principles. These principles serve as the foundation for how Nutanix employees work with each other, with partners, and with customers.
  • Added Two New Executives in Key Functions: Prabha Krishna joined Nutanix as the SVP of People and Places, and is responsible for the HR and facilities teams worldwide. In addition, Ben Ravani joined as the SVP of Xi Reliability Engineering to oversee building and operating Xi Cloud Services as well as serve as the General Manager of the Nutanix Seattle site.
  • Introduced New Velocity Program for Scaling Growth in the Mid-Market: The company launched its Velocity channel program in June, aimed at accelerating the selling processes, incentives, and marketing investments for strategic, mid-market focused channel partners. The program provides a frictionless experience for channel partners, giving them more leverage to grow their business.
  • Expanded its Global Workforce: Nutanix has rapidly increased and evolved its operations in India over the past five years and recently ranked second on “India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces 2018” list. Additionally, the company continues to increase its headcount in Bangalore, Belgrade and Berlin as it further disrupts traditional enterprise IT incumbents with an increasingly global workforce.
  • Certified as the First Hyperconvergence-Based Solution for SAP HANA®: In August, the company received certification from SAP for its AHV hypervisor and Enterprise Cloud OS platform as the first Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solution to pass SAP’s stringent criteria for running production SAP HANA® deployments. With this milestone achievement, customers combine the cost and operational benefits of modernised IT infrastructure with the scale and performance required for SAP HANA. For Nutanix, this presents a significant opportunity to broaden penetration in Global 2000 accounts.

Q1 Fiscal 2019 Financial Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2019, Nutanix expects:

  • Revenue between $295 and $310 million, implying software and support revenue growth of approximately 40-45% YoY;
  • Billings between $370 and $390 million, implying software and support billings growth of 50-55% YoY;
  • Bill-to-revenue ratio of approximately 1.26x;
  • Non-GAAP gross margin between 78% and 79%;
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses between $280 and $290 million;
  • Non-GAAP loss per share between $0.26 and $0.28, using approximately 176 million weighted shares outstanding

First quarter guidance reflects a faster removal of pass-through hardware than originally anticipated, accelerating the reduction of zero margin billings and revenue with the benefit of improved gross margins. Additionally, the Q1 expected bill-to-revenue ratio of 1.26x is higher than street consensus of 1.21x, implying an approximate $12 million in deferred revenue that would have otherwise been in revenue and gross profit.

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