Salesforce Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2019 Results
- Fourth Quarter Revenue of $3.60 Billion, up 26% Year-Over-Year, 27% in Constant Currency
- Full Year Revenue of $13.28 Billion, up 26% Year-Over-Year, 26% in Constant Currency
- Unearned Revenue of $8.56 Billion, up 22% Year-Over-Year, 24% in Constant Currency
- Remaining Performance Obligation of Approximately $25.7 Billion, up 25% Year-Over-Year
- Fourth Quarter Operating Cash Flow of $1.33 Billion, up 27% Year-Over-Year
- Full Year Operating Cash Flow of $3.40 Billion, up 24% Year-Over-Year
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Mar. 4, 2019 — Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended January 31, 2019.
“We had another year of outstanding revenue growth, surpassing $13 billion in revenue faster than any other enterprise software company in history,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and co-CEO, Salesforce. “As companies of all sizes turn to Salesforce, we’re enabling them to put the customer at the center of their digital transformation through our intelligent Customer 360 platform. I’ve never been more excited about the opportunity ahead.”
“Our relentless focus on delivering innovation and customer success has fueled our growth and solidified our leadership in the enterprise,” said Keith Block, co-CEO, Salesforce. “This is just the beginning, which is why we’re now targeting $26 to $28 billion in revenue by FY23 – organically doubling our revenue again in the next four years.”
Salesforce delivered the following results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2019:
Total fourth quarter revenue was $3.60 billion, an increase of 26% year-over-year, and 27% in constant currency. Subscription and support revenues were $3.38 billion, an increase of 26% year-over-year. Professional services and other revenues were $228 million, an increase of 16% year-over-year.
Full fiscal year 2019 revenue was $13.28 billion, an increase of 26%year-over-year, and 26% in constant currency. Subscription and support revenues were $12.41 billion, an increase of 27% year-over-year. Professional services and other revenues were $869 million, an increase of 12% year-over-year.
Earnings per Share:
Fourth quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.46, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.70. GAAP diluted earnings per share benefited by $0.17 related to the net benefit of tax adjustments. Mark-to-market accounting of the company’s strategic investments, required by ASU 2016-01, benefited GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.12 based on the US tax rate of 25% and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.12 based on our non-GAAP tax rate of 21.5%.
For fiscal year 2019, GAAP diluted earnings per share was $1.43, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $2.75. Mark-to-market accounting of the company’s strategic investments, required by ASU 2016-01, benefited GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.52 based on the US tax rate of 25% and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.55 based on our non-GAAP tax rate of 21.5%.
Cash generated from operations for the fourth quarter was $1.33 billion, an increase of 27% year-over-year. Cash generated from operations for the full fiscal year 2019 was $3.40 billion, an increase of 24% year-over-year. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities ended the fourth quarter at $4.34 billion.
Remaining Performance Obligation:
Remaining performance obligation, representing future revenues that are under contract but have not yet been recognized, ended the fourth quarter at approximately $25.7 billion, an increase of 25% year-over-year. This includes approximately $450 million related to the remaining performance obligation from MuleSoft. Current remaining performance obligation, which represents the future revenues under contract expected to be recognized over the next 12 months, ended the fourth quarter at approximately $11.9 billion, an increase of 24% year-over-year.
Unearned revenue on the balance sheet as of January 31, 2019 was $8.56 billion, an increase of 22% year-over-year, and 24% in constant currency.
As of March 4, 2019, the company is initiating revenue, earnings per share and current remaining performance obligation growth guidance for its first quarter of fiscal year 2020. For the full fiscal year 2020, the company is raising its revenue guidance previously provided November 27, 2018, and is initiating earnings per share guidance and operating cash flow growth guidance. The guidance below assumes no change to the value of our strategic investment portfolio resulting from ASU 2016-01 as it is not possible to forecast future gains and losses. While historically our investment portfolio has had a positive impact on our financial results, that may not be true for future periods, particularly in periods of significant market fluctuations that affect the publicly traded companies within our strategic investment portfolio. The impact of future gains or losses from our strategic portfolio could be material. In addition, the guidance below is based on estimated GAAP tax rates that reflect the company’s currently available information, and exclude discrete tax items such as excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation. The GAAP tax rates may fluctuate due to future acquisitions or other transactions.
The following is a per share reconciliation of GAAP diluted earnings per share to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance for the next quarter and the full year:
For additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures see the reconciliation of results and related explanations below.
Quarterly Conference Call
Salesforce will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. (PT) / 5:00 p.m. (ET) today to discuss its financial results with the investment community. A live web broadcast of the event will be available on the Salesforce Investor Relations website at www.salesforce.com/investor. A live dial-in is available domestically at 866-901-SFDC or 866-901-7332 and internationally at 706-902-1764, passcode 9678599. A replay will be available at (800) 585-8367 or (855) 859-2056 until midnight (ET) April 3, 2019.
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Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share excludes, to the extent applicable, the impact of the following items: stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, and previously the net amortization of debt discount on the company’s convertible senior notes, as well as income tax adjustments. These items are excluded because the decisions that give rise to them are not made to increase revenue in a particular period, but instead for the company’s long-term benefit over multiple periods.
Specifically, management is excluding the following items from its non-GAAP earnings per share, as applicable, for the periods presented in the Q4 FY19 financial statements and for its non-GAAP estimates for Q1 and FY20:
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