Salesforce.com Announces Fiscal 2015 First Quarter Results
• Revenue of $1.23 Billion, up 37% Year-Over-Year
• Deferred Revenue of $2.32 Billion, up 34% Year-Over-Year
• Unbilled Deferred Revenue of Approximately $4.80 Billion, up 33% Year-Over-Year
• Operating Cash Flow of $473 Million, up 67% Year-Over-Year
• Raises FY15 Revenue Guidance to $5.30 - $5.34 Billion
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 20, 2014 – Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the world’s #1 CRM platform (http://www.salesforce.com/), today announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2014.
“Salesforce.com had a strong start to its fiscal year. We delivered 37% year-over-year growth in revenue, and 67% year-over-year growth in operating cash flow in the first quarter," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "Salesforce.com continues to be the #1 CRM platform, and is the fastest growing top ten software company in the world."
Salesforce.com delivered the following results for its fiscal first quarter:
Revenue: Total Q1 revenue was $1.23 billion, an increase of 37% year-over-year. Subscription and support revenues were $1.15 billion, an increase of 36% year-over-year. Professional services and other revenues were $79 million, an increase of 58% year-over-year.
Earnings per Share: Q1 diluted GAAP loss per share was ($0.16), and diluted non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.11. The company’s non-GAAP results exclude the effects of $131 million in stock-based compensation expense, $44 million in amortization of purchased intangibles, $11 million in net non-cash interest expense related to the company’s convertible senior notes, and $9 million related to the loss on conversions of our convertible 0.75% senior notes, due 2015, and is based on a projected long-term non-GAAP tax rate of 36.5%. GAAP EPS calculations are based on a basic share count of approximately 613 million shares. Non-GAAP EPS calculations are based on approximately 648 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter, including approximately 22 million shares associated with the company’s convertible 0.75% senior notes due 2015.
Cash: Cash generated from operations for the fiscal first quarter was $473 million, an increase of 67% year-over-year. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities finished the quarter at $1.53 billion.
Deferred Revenue: Deferred revenue on the balance sheet as of April 30, 2014 was $2.32 billion, an increase of 34% year-over-year. Current deferred revenue increased by 37% year-over-year to $2.29 billion. Non-current deferred revenue decreased by 38% year-over-year to $36 million. Unbilled deferred revenue, representing business that is contracted but unbilled and off balance sheet, ended the first quarter at approximately $4.80 billion, up 33% year-over-year.
As of May 20, 2014, salesforce.com is initiating revenue and EPS guidance for its second quarter of fiscal year 2015. In addition, the company is raising its full fiscal year 2015 revenue guidance and its EPS guidance previously provided on February 27, 2014.
Q2 FY15 Guidance: Revenue for the company’s second fiscal quarter is projected to be in the range of $1.285 billion to $1.290 billion, an increase of 34% to 35% year-over-year.
GAAP loss per share is expected to be in the range of ($0.13) to ($0.12), while diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.11 to $0.12. The non-GAAP estimate excludes the effects of stock-based compensation expense, expected to be approximately $139 million, amortization of purchased intangibles related to acquisitions, expected to be approximately $36 million, and net non-cash interest expense related to the convertible senior notes, expected to be approximately $10 million. EPS estimates assume a GAAP tax rate of approximately negative 36%, which reflects the estimated quarterly change in the tax valuation allowance, and a projected long-term non-GAAP tax rate of 36.5%. Note that the tax valuation allowance adds complexity, causing potential volatility in our forecasted GAAP tax rate. The GAAP EPS calculation assumes an average basic share count of approximately 618 million shares, and the non-GAAP EPS calculation assumes an average fully diluted share count of approximately 655 million shares.
Full Year FY15 Guidance: Revenue for the company’s full fiscal year 2015 is projected to be in the range of $5.30 billion to $5.34 billion, an increase of 30% to 31% year-over-year.
GAAP loss per share is expected to be in the range of ($0.49) to ($0.47) while diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.49 to $0.51. The non-GAAP estimate excludes the effects of stock-based compensation expense, expected to be approximately $578 million, amortization of purchased intangibles related to acquisitions, expected to be approximately $149 million, net non-cash interest expense related to the convertible senior notes, expected to be approximately $38 million, and loss on conversions of the convertible senior notes, expected to be approximately $9 million. EPS estimates assume a GAAP tax rate of approximately negative 21%, which reflects the estimated annual change in the tax valuation allowance, and a projected long-term non-GAAP tax rate of 36.5%. Note that the tax valuation allowance adds complexity, causing potential volatility in our forecasted GAAP tax rate. The GAAP EPS calculation assumes an average basic share count of approximately 622 million shares, and the non-GAAP EPS calculation assumes an average fully diluted share count of approximately 658 million shares.
The following is a per share reconciliation of GAAP EPS to diluted non-GAAP EPS guidance for the second quarter and full fiscal year:
Quarterly Conference Call
Salesforce.com will host a conference call to discuss its fiscal first quarter results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today. A live audio webcast of the conference call, together with detailed financial information, can be accessed through the company's Investor Relations Web site: http://www.salesforce.com/investor. In addition, an archive of the audiocast 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 at +1 706-902-1764, passcode 35765331. A replay will be available at 800-585-8367 or +1 855-859-2056, passcode 35765331, until midnight (Eastern Time) June 27, 2014.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures: This press release includes information about non-GAAP EPS and non-GAAP tax rates (collectively the “non-GAAP financial measures”). Non-GAAP EPS estimates exclude the impact of the following non-cash items: stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, the net amortization of debt discount on the company’s convertible senior notes, and gains/losses on conversions of the company’s convertible senior notes, as well as income tax adjustments. The purpose of the non-GAAP tax rate is to quantify the excluded tax adjustments and the tax consequences associated with the above excluded non-cash expense items. The company reports a projected long-term tax rate to eliminate the effects of non-recurring and period specific items which can vary in size and frequency. This projected long-term non-GAAP tax rate could be subject to change in the future for a variety of reasons, for example, significant changes in the company’s geographic earnings mix including acquisition activity, or fundamental tax law changes in major jurisdictions where the company operates. These non-GAAP financial measures are not measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The method used to produce non-GAAP financial measures is not computed according to GAAP and may differ from the methods used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with the company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.
The primary purpose of these non-GAAP measures is to provide supplemental information that may prove useful to investors who wish to consider the impact of certain non-cash items on the company’s operating performance. Non-cash stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, the net amortization of debt discount on the company’s convertible senior notes, and gains/losses on conversions of the company’s convertible senior notes, are being excluded from the company’s FY15 financial results because the decisions which gave rise to these expenses were not made to increase revenue in a particular period, but were made for the company’s long-term benefit over multiple periods. While strategic decisions, such as those related to the issuance of equity awards, resulting in stock-based compensation, the acquisitions of companies, or the issuance of convertible senior notes, are made to further the company’s long-term strategic objectives and impact the company’s statement of operations under GAAP measures, these items affect multiple periods and management is not able to change or affect these items in any particular period. As such, supplementing GAAP disclosure with non-GAAP disclosure using the non-GAAP measures provides management with an additional view of operational performance by excluding expenses that are not directly related to performance in any particular period, and management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP measures when planning, monitoring, and evaluating the company’s performance.
In addition, the majority of the company’s industry peers report non-GAAP operating results that exclude certain non-cash or non-recurring items, such as certain one-time charges. As significant unusual or discrete events occur, such as the changes in valuation allowance against the company’s deferred tax assets, the results may be excluded in the period in which the events occur. Management believes that the provision of supplemental non-GAAP information will enable a more complete comparison of the company’s relative performance.
Specifically, management is excluding the following items from its non-GAAP EPS for Q1 and its non-GAAP estimates for Q2 and FY15:
• Stock-Based Expenses: The company’s compensation strategy includes the use of stock-based compensation to attract and retain employees and executives. It is principally aimed at aligning their interests with those of our stockholders and at long-term employee retention, rather than to motivate or reward operational performance for any particular period. Thus, stock-based compensation expense varies for reasons that are generally unrelated to operational decisions and performance in any particular period.
• Amortization of Purchased Intangibles: The company views amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, such as the amortization of the cost associated with an acquired company’s research and development efforts, trade names, customer lists and customer relationships, as items arising from pre-acquisition activities determined at the time of an acquisition. While these intangible assets are continually evaluated for impairment, amortization of the cost of purchased intangibles is a static expense, one that is not typically affected by operations during any particular period.
• Amortization of Debt Discount: Under GAAP, certain convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash (or other assets) on conversion are required to be separately accounted for as liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the instrument in a manner that reflects the issuer’s non-convertible debt borrowing rate. Accordingly, for GAAP purposes we are required to recognize imputed interest expense on the company’s $575 million of convertible senior notes due 2015 that were issued in a private placement in January 2010 and the company’s $1.15 billion of convertible senior notes due 2018 that were issued in a private placement in March 2013. The imputed interest rates were approximately 5.9% for the convertible notes due 2015 and approximately 2.5% for the convertible notes due 2018, while the actual coupon interest rates of the notes were 0.75% and 0.25%, respectively. The difference between the imputed interest expense and the coupon interest expense, net of the interest amount capitalized, is excluded from management’s assessment of the company’s operating performance because management believes that this non-cash expense is not indicative of ongoing operating performance. Management believes that the exclusion of the non-cash interest expense provides investors an enhanced view of the company’s operational performance.
• Non-Cash Gains/Losses on Conversion of Debt: Upon settlement of the company’s convertible senior notes, we attribute the fair value of the consideration transferred to the liability and equity components of the convertible senior notes. The difference between the fair value of consideration attributed to the liability component and the carrying value of the liability as of settlement date is recorded as a non-cash gain or loss on the statement of operations. Management believes that the exclusion of the non-cash gain/loss provides investors an enhanced view of the company’s operational performance. Beginning in the second quarter of FY15, this will be included in the Amortization of Debt Discount line.
• Income Tax Effects and Adjustments: Beginning in the first quarter of FY15, the Company computes and provides a fixed long-term projected non-GAAP tax rate. When projecting this long-term rate, the company excluded the income tax effects of the non-cash items described above. Additionally, the company evaluated its current long-term projections, current tax structure and other factors such as the company’s existing tax positions in various jurisdictions and key legislations in major jurisdictions where the company operates. The company intends to re-evaluate this long-term rate only on an annual basis. This long-term non-GAAP tax rate eliminates the effects of non-recurring and period specific items which can vary in size and frequency, and will provide better consistency among the interim reporting periods. Examples of the non-recurring and period specific items include but are not limited to changes in the valuation allowance related to deferred tax assets, effects resulting from acquisitions, and unusual or infrequently occurring items. This long-term rate could be subject to change for a variety of reasons, for example, significant changes in the geographic earnings mix including acquisition activity, or fundamental tax law changes in major jurisdictions where the company operates.
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Further information on these and other factors that could affect the company’s financial results is included in the reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the company’s Form 10-Q that will be filed for the first quarter ended April 30, 2014, and our Form 10-K filed for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2014. These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Information section of the company’s website at www.salesforce.com/investor.
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