Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), provider of the platform Property and Casualty (“P&C”) insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently, today announced its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2020.
“We had a strong fourth quarter, adding 10 InsuranceSuite Cloud customers and growing subscription revenue for the year by 84%,” saidMike Rosenbaum, chief executive officer, Guidewire Software. “Additionally, we launched Aspen, our first cloud-optimized release of InsuranceSuite, taking a major leap forward in our mission to provide the cloud platform that enables P&C insurers around the world to engage, innovate and grow efficiently.”
Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Highlights
Total revenue for fiscal year 2020 was $742.3 million, an increase of 3% from fiscal year 2019. Subscription and support revenue was $203.5 million, an increase of 35%; license revenue was $331.5 million, an increase of 4%; services revenue was $207.3 million, a decrease of 17%.
Annual recurring revenue, or ARR, was $514 million as of July 31, 2020, up from $460 million as of July 31, 2019, an increase of 12%, or 11% on a constant currency basis. We measure ARR on a constant currency basis during the fiscal year and revalue ARR at year end to current currency rates. Currency rate changes between the end of fiscal year 2019 and the end of fiscal year 2020 have resulted in a $5 million dollar benefit to ARR.
GAAP loss from operations was $23.9 million for fiscal year 2020, compared to income of $1.5 million for fiscal year 2019.
Non-GAAP income from operations was $104.8 million for fiscal year 2020, compared to $122.1 million for fiscal year 2019.
GAAP net loss was $27.2 million for fiscal year 2020, compared to income of $20.7 million for fiscal year 2019. GAAP net loss per share was $0.33, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 82.9 million, compared to net income per share of $0.25 for fiscal year 2019, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 82.7 million.
Non-GAAP net income was $105.8 million for fiscal year 2020, compared to $119.9 million for fiscal year 2019. Non-GAAP net income per share was $1.26, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.7 million, compared to $1.45 for fiscal year 2019, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 82.7 million.
The Company had $1.4 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and investments at July 31, 2020, compared to $1.3 billion at July 31, 2019. The Company generated $113.1 million in cash from operations and had positive free cash flow of $87.4 million during fiscal year 2020.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Highlights
Total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $243.7 million, an increase of 17% from the same quarter in fiscal year 2019. Subscription and support revenue was $54.1 million, an increase of 29%; license revenue was $137.5 million, an increase of 28%; services revenue was $52.0 million, a decrease of 11%.
GAAP income from operations was $44.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, compared to $21.1 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2019.
Non-GAAP income from operations was $76.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, compared to $51.1 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2019.
GAAP net income was $38.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, compared to $23.0 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2019. GAAP net income per share was $0.46, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.9 million, compared to $0.28 for the same quarter in fiscal year 2019, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 82.9 million.
Non-GAAP net income was $69.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, compared to $46.3 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2019. Non-GAAP net income per share was $0.83, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.9 million, compared to $0.56 for the same quarter in fiscal year 2019, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 82.9 million.
Guidewire is issuing the following outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 based on current expectations:
ARR between $509 million and $512 million
Total revenue between $162 million and $166 million
Operating loss between $44 million and $40 million
Non-GAAP operating loss between $10 million and $6 million
Guidewire is issuing the following outlook for the fiscal year 2021 based on current expectations:
ARR between $560 million and $571 million
Total revenue between $723 million and $733 million
Operating loss between $155 million and $145 million
Non-GAAP operating (loss) income between $(5) million and $5 million
Operating cash flow between $60 million and $70 million
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Metrics
This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP income tax provision (benefit), non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, and free cash flow. Non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP income (loss) from operations exclude stock-based compensation and amortization of intangibles. Non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP income tax provision (benefit), and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share also exclude the amortization of debt discount and issuance costs from our convertible notes, changes in fair value of our strategic investments, and the related tax effects of the non-GAAP adjustments. Free cash flow consists of net cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities less cash used for purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software development costs. These Non-GAAP measures enable us to analyze our financial performance without the effects of certain non-cash items such as depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and changes in fair value of strategic investments.
Annual recurring revenue ("ARR") is used to identify the annualized recurring value of active customer contracts at the end of a reporting period. ARR includes the annualized recurring value of term licenses, subscription agreements, support contracts, and hosting agreements based on customer contracts, which may not be the same as the timing and amount of revenue recognized. All components of the licensing and other arrangements that are not expected to recur (primarily perpetual licenses and services) are excluded.
Guidewire believes that these non-GAAP financial measures and other metrics 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 and other metrics 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 and other metrics 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 and other metrics 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 the financial tables at the end of this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business.
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 and our progress in developing cloud-based core systems. 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: quarterly and annual operating results may fluctuate more than expected; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our employees and our business and the businesses of our customers, system integrator ("SI") partners, and vendors; seasonal and other variations related to our customer agreements and related 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 revenue; our ability to successfully manage any changes to our business model, including the transition of our products to cloud offerings and the costs related to cloud operations; our products or cloud-based services may experience data security breaches; we face intense competition in our market; our services revenue produces lower gross margins than our license, subscription and support revenue; our product development and sales cycles are lengthy and may be affected by factors outside of our control; changes in accounting guidance, such as revenue recognition, which have and may cause us to experience greater volatility in our quarterly and annual results; assertions by third parties that we violate their intellectual property rights could substantially harm our business; weakened global economic conditions may adversely affect the P&C insurance industry including the rate of information technology spending; general political or destabilizing events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; our ability to sell our products is highly dependent on the quality of our professional services and SI partners; the risk of losing key employees; the challenges of international operations, including changes in foreign exchange rates; 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.