Salesforce.com Announces Record Fiscal First Quarter Results

First Ever Software-as-a-Service Company to Exceed $950M Annual Revenue Run Rate

  • Record Revenue of $248 Million, up 52% Year-Over-Year
  • Record Operating Cash Flow of $84 Million, up 128% Year-Over-Year
  • GAAP EPS of $0.08, up from $0.01 Year-Over-Year
  • Net Paying Customers Rise 2,600 to a record 43,600
  • Total Cash and Marketable Securities Increases $303 Million Year-Over-Year to $751 Million
  • Company Raises FY09 Revenue & GAAP EPS Guidance to $1.060 - $1.065 Billion and $0.33 - $0.34 Respectively

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 21, 2008 – Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the market and
technology leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today
announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2008.

“First quarter revenues were up 52% year-over-year, and well above our guidance,” said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO. “And our growing profitability contributed to GAAP EPS of eight cents per share, up from one cent a year ago, and record operating cash of $84M, an increase of 128% from the prior year. Salesforce.com has now generated more than a quarter billion dollars of operating cash in the last 12 months alone.”

Salesforce.com delivered the following results for its first quarter fiscal year 2009:

Revenue: Total Q1 revenue was $247.6 million, an increase of 52% on a year-over-year basis and an increase of 14% on a quarter-over-quarter basis. Subscription and support revenues were $225.3 million, an increase of 53% on a year-over-year basis and an increase of 15% on a quarter-over-quarter basis. Professional services and other revenues were $22.3 million, an increase of 51% on a year-over-year basis and an increase of 9% on a quarter-over-quarter basis.

Earnings per Share: Q1 GAAP diluted earnings per share were approximately $0.08, including approximately $18 million in stock based compensation and approximately $1.3 million in amortization of purchased intangibles related to previously announced acquisitions. For the basis of Q1 GAAP EPS calculations, there was an average of approximately 124 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter.

Customers Additions: Net paying customers rose approximately 2,600 during the quarter to approximately 43,600. Compared with the year ago quarter, net paying customers have grown by approximately 11,300.

Cash: Cash from operations for the fiscal first quarter was approximately $84 million, up 128% year-over-year, up 4% from Q4, and a company record for the 3rd consecutive quarter. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities finished the quarter at approximately $751 million, an increase of approximately $81 million from Q4 and up approximately $303 million from the year prior.

Deferred Revenue: Deferred revenue on the balance sheet as of April 30, 2008 was approximately $470 million, an increase of 59% on a year-over-year basis and a decline of 2% on a quarter-over-quarter basis.

As of May 21, 2008, salesforce.com is initiating guidance for its second quarter, fiscal year 2009. In addition, for its full fiscal year 2009 the company is raising its revenue and EPS guidance.

Q2 FY09: Revenue for the company’s second fiscal quarter is projected to be in the range of approximately $258 million to approximately $259 million. GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of approximately $0.07 to $0.08. This estimate includes the effects of stock based compensation and the amortization of purchased intangibles. For the second fiscal quarter, stock based compensation expense is expected to be approximately $19 million, and the expense associated with amortization of purchased intangibles is now expected to be approximately $1.3 million. For purposes of the Q2 GAAP EPS calculation, the company is expecting an average diluted shares count of approximately 125 million shares, and a GAAP tax rate of 48%.

Full Year FY09: The company today is raising the full year revenue guidance it provided on February 27, 2008, with revenue now expected to be approximately $1.060 billion to approximately $1.065 billion. The company is also raising its earnings outlook for the full year, expecting GAAP diluted EPS to be in the range of approximately $0.33 to $0.34. GAAP EPS estimates include the effects of stock based compensation and the amortization of purchased intangibles. For the full fiscal year 2009, stock based compensation expense is expected to be approximately $83 million, and the expense associated with the amortization of purchased intangibles is currently expected to be approximately $5.3 million. For purposes of the full fiscal year 2009 GAAP EPS calculation, the company is expecting an average diluted shares count of approximately 125 million shares, and a GAAP tax rate of 48%.

Quarterly Conference Call

Salesforce.com will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2009 results today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. A live audio webcast of the conference call, together with detailed financial information, can be accessed through the company's Investor Relations Web site at http://www.salesforce.com/investor. In addition, an archive of the webcast can be accessed through the same link. Participants who choose to call in to the conference call can do so by dialing domestically 866-901-SFDC or 866-901-7332 and internationally 706-902-1764. A replay will be available at (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, passcode 46678383, until midnight Eastern Time June 13, 2008.

 

About salesforce.com

Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-asa- Service (PaaS). The company's portfolio of SaaS applications, including its award-winning CRM, available at http://www.salesforce.com/products/, has revolutionized the ways that customers manage and share business information over the Internet. The company’s Force.com PaaS enables customers, developers and partners to build powerful on-demand applications that deliver the benefits of multi-tenancy across the enterprise. Applications built on the Force.com platform, available at http://www.force.com/, can be easily shared, exchanged and installed with a few simple clicks via salesforce.com's AppExchange marketplace available at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/.

As of April 30, 2008, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 43,600 customers including ABN AMRO, Dow Jones Newswires, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, Sprint Nextel, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

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