Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), the platform Property and Casualty (“P&C”) insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently, today announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2021.
"We ended fiscal year 2021 with great momentum across Guidewire Cloud" said Mike Rosenbaum, chief executive officer, Guidewire Software. "We closed a record 17 core cloud deals in the fourth quarter, including 16 for InsuranceSuite, and strength across cloud migrations, new deals, and expansions all pushed ARR, total revenue, and profitability above our guidance ranges. We enter the new fiscal year with confidence in our cloud vision, strategy, and execution, and are well positioned to drive increasing ARR growth going forward."
Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Highlights
Total revenue for fiscal year 2021 was $743.3 million, an increase of less than 1% from fiscal year 2020. Subscription and support revenue was $252.4 million, an increase of 24%; license revenue was $303.8 million, a decrease of 8%; and services revenue was $187.1 million, a decrease of 10%.
As of July 31, 2021, annual recurring revenue, or ARR, was $582 million, or $575 million based on currency exchange rates as of July 31, 2020. We measure ARR on a constant currency basis during the fiscal year and revalue ARR at year end to current currency rates. ARR grew in fiscal year 2021 by 13%, or 12% on a constant currency basis.
GAAP loss from operations was $105.6 million for fiscal year 2021, compared with $23.9 million for fiscal year 2020.
Non-GAAP income from operations was $26.0 million for fiscal year 2021, compared with $104.8 million for fiscal year 2020.
GAAP net loss was $66.5 million for fiscal year 2021, compared with $27.2 million for fiscal year 2020. GAAP net loss per share was $0.79, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.6 million, compared with net loss per share of $0.33 for fiscal year 2020, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 82.9 million.
Non-GAAP net income was $41.3 million for fiscal year 2021, compared with $105.8 million for fiscal year 2020. Non-GAAP net income per share was $0.49, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 84.4 million, compared with net income per share of $1.26 for fiscal year 2020, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.7 million.
The Company had $1.3 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and investments at July 31, 2021, compared to $1.4 billion at July 31, 2020. The Company generated $111.6 million in cash from operations and had positive free cash flow of $82.7 million during fiscal year 2021.
During fiscal year 2021, the Company used $162.5 million to repurchase 1.5 million shares of its common stock.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Highlights
Total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 was $229.4 million, a decrease of 6% from the same quarter in fiscal year 2020. Subscription and support revenue was $70.0 million, an increase of 29%; license revenue was $109.7 million, a decrease of 20%; services revenue was $49.8 million, a decrease of 4%.
GAAP loss from operations was $0.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with GAAP income from operations of $44.3 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2020.
Non-GAAP income from operations was $32.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with $76.4 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2020.
GAAP net loss was $1.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with net income of $38.8 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2020. GAAP net loss per share was $0.01, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.2 million, compared with net income per share of $0.46 for the same quarter in fiscal year 2020, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.9 million.
Non-GAAP net income was $31.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with net income of $69.5 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2020. Non-GAAP net income per share was $0.37, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.7 million, compared with net income per share of $0.83 for the same quarter in fiscal year 2020, based on diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 83.9 million.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, the Company used $38.8 million to repurchase 0.4 million shares of its common stock.
Guidewire is issuing the following outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 based on current expectations:
ARR between $586 million and $590 million
Total revenue between $162 million and $166 million
Operating income (loss) between $(60) million and $(56) million
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) between $(27) million and $(23) million
Guidewire is issuing the following updated outlook for fiscal year 2022 based on current expectations:
ARR between $657 million and $667 million
Total revenue between $780 million and $790 million
Operating income (loss) between $(180) million and $(170) million
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) between $(38) million and $(28) million
Operating cash flow between $30 million and $40 million
Conference Call Information
What: Guidewire Software Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results Conference Call
When: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET)
Live Call: (877) 705-6003, Domestic
(201) 493-6725, International
Replay: (844) 512-2921, Passcode 13722593, Domestic
(412) 317-6671, Passcode 13722593, International
Webcast: https://ir.guidewire.com/ (live and replay)
The webcast will be archived on Guidewire’s website for a period of three months.
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, amortization of intangibles, and COVID-19 Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy benefits. 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 quantify the annualized recurring value outlined in 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 professional services) are excluded. In some arrangements with multiple performance obligations, a portion of recurring license and support or subscription contract value is allocated to services revenue for revenue recognition purposes. This allocation only impacts the initial term of the contract and does not impact ARR. This means that as we increase arrangements with multiple performance obligations that include services at discounted rates, more of the total contract value will be recognized as services revenue. In fiscal year 2021, the recurring license and support or subscription contract value recognized as services revenue was $5.5 million.
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.
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 future business momentum related to our cloud vision and strategy. 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.