Workiva Announces First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

May 4, 2017

Q1 Revenue of $51.9 million, Up 16.5% from Q1 of 2016

Q1 Subscription and Support Revenue of $39.5 million, Up 17.7% from Q1 of 2016

AMES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Workiva Inc. (NYSE: WK), a leading provider of solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

“We posted strong results in the first quarter, highlighted by 16.5% revenue growth over the same quarter last year,” said Matt Rizai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Workiva. “We outperformed our guidance for quarterly revenue, operating loss and loss per share.”

“We continue to invest in technology and talent to execute our platform strategy,” said Rizai. “We also continue to sign more partners. Our consulting and accounting partners will offer our customers more services and capabilities. Our technology partners will enable data and process integrations to further streamline critical business functions as we capitalize on growing Wdesk demand for broader-based, enterprise-wide opportunities.”

First Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $51.9 million, an increase of 16.5% from $44.6 million in the first quarter of 2016. Subscription and support revenue was $39.5 million, an increase of 17.7% versus results in the first quarter of 2016. Professional services revenue was $12.4 million, an increase of 12.7% compared to the same quarter in the prior year.
  • Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $37.7 million compared with $31.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year. GAAP gross margin was 72.6% in the first quarter of 2017 versus 70.6% in the first quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $37.9 million, an increase of 19.7% compared with the prior year's first quarter, and non-GAAP gross margin was 73.1% compared to 71.1% in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Loss from Operations: GAAP loss from operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $6.0 million compared with a loss of $12.1 million in the prior year's first quarter. Non-GAAP loss from operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $1.8 million, compared with non-GAAP loss from operations of $8.7 million in the first quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP loss from operations as a percentage of revenue improved 1,600 basis points for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016.
  • Net Loss: GAAP net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $5.8 million compared with a net loss of $12.0 million for the prior year's first quarter. GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $0.14, based on 41.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.30, based on 40.5 million weighted-average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $1.7 million compared with a net loss of $8.7 million in the prior year's first quarter. Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $0.04, based on 41.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding, compared with a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.21, based on 40.5 million weighted-average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2016.

Operating Metrics

  • Customers: Workiva had 2,825 customers as of March 31, 2017, a net increase of 268 customers from March 31, 2016.
  • Revenue Retention Rate: As of March 31, 2017, Workiva's revenue retention rate (excluding add-on revenue) was 95.1%, and the revenue retention rate including add-on revenue was 106.6%. Add-on revenue includes the change in both seats purchased and seat pricing for existing customers.

Financial Outlook

As of May 4, 2017, Workiva is providing guidance for its second quarter 2017 and full year 2017 as follows:

Second Quarter 2017 Guidance:

  • Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $48.1 million to $48.6 million.
  • GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $12.5 million to $13.0 million.
  • Non-GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $8.0 million to $8.5 million.
  • GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.31 to $0.32.
  • Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.20 to $0.21.
  • Net loss per basic and diluted share is based on 41.3 million weighted-average shares outstanding.

Full Year 2017 Guidance:

  • Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $204.0 million to $206.0 million.
  • GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $44.0 million to $46.0 million.
  • Non-GAAP loss from operations is expected to be in the range of $26.0 million to $28.0 million.
  • GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $1.08 to $1.13.
  • Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.64 to $0.69.
  • Net loss per basic and diluted share is based on 41.4 million weighted-average shares outstanding.

Quarterly Conference Call

Workiva will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to review the Company’s financial results for the first quarter 2017, in addition to discussing the Company’s outlook for the second quarter and full year 2017. To access this call, dial 877-201-0168 (domestic) or 647-788-4901 (international). The conference ID is 91262090. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible in the “Investor Relations” section of Workiva’s website at www.workiva.com. A replay of this conference call can also be accessed through May 11, 2017 at 800-585-8367 (domestic) or 416-621-4642 (international). The replay pass code is 91262090. An archived webcast of this conference call will also be available an hour after the completion of the call in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.workiva.com.

About Workiva

Workiva (NYSE:WK) delivers Wdesk, an intuitive cloud platform that modernizes how people work within thousands of organizations, including over 70 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Wdesk is built upon a data management engine, offering controlled collaboration, data integration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. Wdesk helps mitigate risk, improves productivity and gives users confidence in their data-driven decisions. Workiva employs more than 1,200 people with offices in 16 cities. The company is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. For more information, visit workiva.com.

Claim not confirmed by FORTUNE or Time Inc. FORTUNE 500® is a registered trademark of Time Inc. and is used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Workiva Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The non-GAAP adjustments referenced herein relate to the exclusion of stock-based compensation. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP historical financial measures has been provided in Table I at the end of this press release. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP guidance has been provided in Table II at the end of this press release.

Workiva believes that the use of non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin, non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share is helpful to its investors. These measures, which are referred to as non-GAAP financial measures, are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. Non-GAAP gross profit is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense attributable to cost of revenues from gross profit. Non-GAAP gross margin is the ratio calculated by dividing non-GAAP gross profit by revenues. Non-GAAP loss from operations is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense from loss from operations. Non-GAAP net loss is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense, net of tax, from net loss. Non-GAAP net loss per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net loss by the weighted- average shares outstanding as presented in the calculation of GAAP net loss per share. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of equity instruments that can impact a company’s non-cash expenses, Workiva believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation expense allows for more meaningful comparisons between its operating results from period to period. Workiva’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as tools for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating Workiva’s own operating results over different periods of time.

Non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in Workiva’s industry, as other companies in the industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently. In addition, there are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and exclude expenses that may have a material impact on Workiva’s reported financial results. Further, stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in Workiva’s business and an important part of the compensation provided to its employees. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included below, and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate Workiva’s business.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are subject to the safe harbor created thereby. These statements relate to future events or the Company’s future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. In particular, statements about the Company’s expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, future events or future performance contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “outlook,” “guidance” or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology.

Please see the Company’s documents filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual reports filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and any amendments thereto for a discussion of certain important risk factors that relate to forward-looking statements contained in this report. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. These and other important factors may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

    Three months ended March 31,
2017     2016
(unaudited)
Revenue
Subscription and support $ 39,540 $ 33,585
Professional services 12,364   10,966  
Total revenue 51,904   44,551  
Cost of revenue
Subscription and support (1) 7,637 6,918
Professional services (1) 6,581   6,188  
Total cost of revenue 14,218   13,106  
Gross profit 37,686   31,445  
Operating expenses
Research and development (1) 15,536 14,516
Sales and marketing (1) 18,713 20,088
General and administrative (1) 9,421   8,953  
Total operating expenses 43,670   43,557  
Loss from operations (5,984 ) (12,112 )
Interest expense (455 ) (490 )
Other income, net 612   576  
Loss before provision for income taxes (5,827 ) (12,026 )
Provision for income taxes 9   19  
Net loss $ (5,836 ) $ (12,045 )
Net loss per common share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.14 ) $ (0.30 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted 41,108,611 40,451,668

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:

   
Three months ended March 31,
2017     2016
(unaudited)
Cost of revenue
Subscription and support $ 140 $ 118
Professional services 100 122
Operating expenses
Research and development 493 584
Sales and marketing 659 455
General and administrative 2,747 2,111
 
   

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

 
March 31, 2017     December 31, 2016
(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 52,204 $ 51,281
Marketable securities 12,498 11,435
Accounts receivable, net 19,580 22,535
Deferred commissions 1,867 1,864
Other receivables 705 1,545
Prepaid expenses 8,580   9,382  
Total current assets 95,434 98,042
Property and equipment, net 41,949 42,590
Intangible assets, net 1,021 1,012
Other assets 1,418   1,499  
Total assets $ 139,822   $ 143,143  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 1,867 $ 849
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 14,898 20,695
Deferred revenue 79,087 76,016
Deferred government grant obligation 832 1,022
Current portion of capital lease and financing obligations 1,258 1,285
Current portion of long-term debt 20   20  
Total current liabilities 97,962 99,887
Deferred revenue 22,573 21,485
Deferred government grant obligation 653 1,000
Other long-term liabilities 4,092 4,100
Capital lease and financing obligations 19,473 19,743
Long-term debt 53   53  
Total liabilities 144,806 146,268
Stockholders’ deficit
Common stock 41 41
Additional paid-in-capital 221,463 217,454
Accumulated deficit (226,747 ) (220,911 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 259   291  
Total stockholders’ deficit (4,984 ) (3,125 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 139,822   $ 143,143  
 
 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

 
    Three months ended March 31,
2017     2016
(unaudited)
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss $ (5,836 ) $ (12,045 )

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

Depreciation and amortization 891 997
Stock-based compensation expense 4,139 3,390
Provision for doubtful accounts 286 122
Realized gain on sale of available-for-sale securities, net (2 )
Amortization of premiums and discounts on marketable securities, net 31 39
Recognition of deferred government grant obligation (538 ) (433 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 2,686 (881 )
Deferred commissions (2 ) (12 )
Other receivables 840 (224 )
Prepaid expenses 804 (186 )
Other assets (23 ) (63 )
Accounts payable 1,017 (696 )
Deferred revenue 4,096 (3,215 )
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (5,811 ) (5,869 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 2,580   (19,078 )
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of property and equipment (121 ) (412 )
Purchase of marketable securities (4,091 )
Maturities of marketable securities 3,001
Sale of marketable securities 4,793
Purchase of intangible assets (31 ) (55 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (1,242 ) 4,326  
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from option exercises 806 284

Taxes paid related to net share settlements of stock-based compensation awards

(936 ) (761 )
Principal payments on capital lease and financing obligations (297 ) (432 )
Proceeds from government grants   183  
Net cash used in financing activities (427 ) (726 )
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash 12 (46 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 923 (15,524 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 51,281   58,750  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 52,204   $ 43,226  
 
 

TABLE I

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RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION

(in thousands, except share and per share)

 
    Three months ended March 31,
2017     2016
Gross profit, subscription and support $ 31,903 $ 26,667
Add back: Stock-based compensation 140   118  
Gross profit, subscription and support, non-GAAP $ 32,043   $ 26,785  
As a percentage of subscription and support revenue, non-GAAP 81.0 % 79.8 %
 
Gross profit, professional services $ 5,783 $ 4,778
Add back: Stock-based compensation 100   122  
Gross profit, professional services, non-GAAP $ 5,883   $ 4,900  
As a percentage of professional services revenue, non-GAAP 47.6 % 44.7 %
 
Gross profit, as reported $ 37,686 $ 31,445
Add back: Stock-based compensation 240   240  
Gross profit, non-GAAP $ 37,926   $ 31,685  
As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP 73.1 % 71.1 %
 
Research and development, as reported $ 15,536 $ 14,516
Less: Stock-based compensation 493   584  
Research and development, non-GAAP $ 15,043   $ 13,932  
As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP 29.0 % 31.3 %
 
Sales and marketing, as reported $ 18,713 $ 20,088
Less: Stock-based compensation 659   455  
Sales and marketing, non-GAAP $ 18,054   $ 19,633  
As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP 34.8 % 44.1 %
 
General and administrative, as reported $ 9,421 $ 8,953
Less: Stock-based compensation 2,747   2,111  
General and administrative, non-GAAP $ 6,674   $ 6,842  
As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP 12.9 % 15.4 %
 
Loss from operations $ (5,984 ) $ (12,112 )
Add back: Stock-based compensation 4,139   3,390  
Loss from operations, non-GAAP $ (1,845 ) $ (8,722 )
As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP (3.6 )% (19.6 )%
 
Net loss $ (5,836 ) $ (12,045 )
Add back: Stock-based compensation 4,139   3,390  
Net loss, non-GAAP $ (1,697 ) $ (8,655 )
As percentage of revenue, non-GAAP (3.3 )% (19.4 )%
 
Net loss per basic and diluted share: $ (0.14 ) $ (0.30 )
Add back: Stock-based compensation 0.10   0.09  
Net loss per basic and diluted share, non-GAAP $ (0.04 ) $ (0.21 )

Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted, non-GAAP

41,108,611 40,451,668
 
 

TABLE II

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RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP GUIDANCE

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
   

Three months ending June 30,
2017

   

Year ending December 31,
2017

   
Loss from operations, GAAP range $ (12,500 ) - $ (13,000 ) $ (44,000 ) - $ (46,000 )
Add back: Stock-based compensation 4,500   4,500   18,000   18,000  
Loss from operations, non-GAAP range $ (8,000 ) - $ (8,500 ) $ (26,000 ) - $ (28,000 )
 
Net loss per share, GAAP range $ (0.31 ) - $ (0.32 ) $ (1.08 ) - $ (1.13 )
Add back: Stock-based compensation 0.11   0.11   0.44   0.44  
Net loss per share, non-GAAP range $ (0.20 ) - $ (0.21 ) $ (0.64 ) - $ (0.69 )
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted 41,300,000 41,300,000 41,400,000 41,400,000
 

Source: Workiva Inc.

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