Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to Property and Casualty insurers, today announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2017.
“We exceeded our guidance for revenue and operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018,” said Marcus Ryu, chief executive officer, Guidewire Software. “We were also gratified that our recent user conference attracted 25% greater attendance than last year. At Connections we showcased enhancements to our core, digital, and data products, our industry platform ambition, and our progress toward delivering all Guidewire products in the cloud. We also introduced our newly-acquired Cyence business, unveiled several next-generation digital and data analytics products, and expanded the scope of Guidewire Marketplace.”
Ryu continued, “Connections is also a key opportunity to refresh our understanding of how our customers and prospects are approaching their transformation journeys. This year our new cloud-based solutions received strong positive feedback, and we noted an increased willingness to consider cloud-based core systems as well. As a result, today we expect our mix of sales to feature more subscriptions and fewer perpetual and term sales than our initial expectations for fiscal 2018.”
First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Highlights
Total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $108.2 million, an increase of 15% from the same quarter in fiscal 2017. Services revenue was $59.1 million, an increase of 52%, and maintenance revenue was $18.9 million, an increase of 15%. License and other revenue was $30.1 million, a decrease of 22% from the first quarter of fiscal 2017.
Rolling four-quarter recurring term license and maintenance revenue was $324.8 million for the period ended October 31, 2017, an increase of 19% compared to the same metric for the period ended October 31, 2016.
GAAP loss from operations was $32.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared with a loss of $18.3 million in the comparable period in fiscal 2017.
Non-GAAP loss from operations was $8.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared with $1.0 million in the comparable period in fiscal 2017.
GAAP net loss was $8.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared with a net loss of $7.9 million for the comparable period in fiscal 2017. GAAP net loss per share was $0.12, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 75.2 million, compared with $0.11 net loss per share for the comparable period in fiscal 2017, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 73.3 million.
Non-GAAP net loss was $4.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared with a net income of $1.1 million in the comparable period in fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net loss per diluted share was $0.06, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 75.2 million, compared with net income per diluted share of $0.02 in the comparable period in fiscal 2017, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 74.6 million.
The Company had $653.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments at October 31, 2017, compared with $687.8 million at July 31, 2017. The Company used $31.2 million cash from operations in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, reflecting normal seasonal patterns.
Guidewire is issuing the following outlook for the second quarter and fiscal 2018, including the impact of the previously announced acquisition of Cyence, based on current expectations:
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: Non-GAAP operating income, Non-GAAP net income (loss), Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share and Non-GAAP tax provision (benefit). These Non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation and amortization of intangibles, and the tax effect of these adjustments for Non-GAAP net income (loss) and Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share.
Guidewire believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to Guidewire’s financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the Company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analysis, for purposes of determining executive and senior management incentive compensation and for budgeting and planning purposes. The Company 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 the Company’s financial measures with other software companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors.
Management of the Company does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management about which expenses and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures. Guidewire urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, which it includes in press releases announcing quarterly financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business.
Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are included with the financial tables at the end of this release.
About Guidewire Software
Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently. We combine digital, core, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. More than 400 insurers, from new ventures to the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire.
As a partner to our customers, we continually evolve to enable their success. We are proud of our unparalleled implementation track record, with 1,000+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry. Our marketplace provides hundreds of applications that accelerate integration, localization, and innovation.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook, market positioning and future investments. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date they were first issued and were based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “believe,” “hope,” “target,” “project,” “goals,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “may,” “will,” “might,” “could,” “intend,” variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond Guidewire’s control. Guidewire’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, risks detailed in Guidewire’s most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as other documents that may be filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: the market for our software may develop more slowly than expected or than it has in the past; quarterly and annual operating results may fluctuate more than expected; seasonal and other variations related to our revenue recognition may cause significant fluctuations in our results of operations and cash flows; our reliance on sales to and renewals from a relatively small number of large customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; our services revenues produce lower gross margins than our license and maintenance revenues; assertions by third parties that we violate their intellectual property rights could substantially harm our business; we face intense competition in our market; weakened global economic conditions may adversely affect the P&C insurance industry including the rate of information technology spending; our product development and sales cycles are lengthy; the risk of losing key employees; changes in foreign exchange rates; general political or destabilizing events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; and other risks and uncertainties. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Guidewire’s views as of the date of this press release. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. Guidewire undertakes no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Guidewire’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.