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CrowdStrike Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • Total revenue of $96.1 million, grew 103% year-over-year
  • Subscription revenue of $86.0 million, grew 116% year-over-year
  • Record ARR of $364.6 million, grew 114% year-over-year

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GlobeNewswire, CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc., (Nasdaq: CRWD), a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection, today announced financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2020, ended April 30, 2019.

“We are pleased with the strong start to the year. We achieved 103% year-over-year revenue growth in the first quarter, which is consistent with the preliminary results that we shared in our IPO prospectus. As the pioneer of cloud native endpoint security, CrowdStrike provides the only endpoint protection platform built from the ground up to stop breaches, while reducing security sprawl with its single-agent architecture,” said George Kurtz, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “Our continued innovation strengthens our category leadership in the Security Cloud and positions us as the fundamental endpoint platform for the future.”

First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $96.1 million, a 103% increase, compared to $47.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Subscription revenue was $86.0 million, a 116% increase, compared to $39.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. 
     
  • Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) increased 114% year-over-year and grew to $364.6 million as of April 30, 2019.
     
  • Subscription Gross Margin: GAAP subscription gross margin was 72%, compared to 62% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Non-GAAP subscription gross margin was 73%, compared to 62% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
     
  • Loss from Operations: GAAP loss from operations was $25.8 million, compared to $33.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Non-GAAP loss from operations was $21.9 million, compared to $31.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
     
  • Net Loss: GAAP net loss was $26.0 million, compared to $33.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. GAAP net loss per share was $0.55, compared to $0.77 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Non-GAAP net loss was $22.1 million, compared to $31.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.47, compared to $0.73 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
     
  • Cash Flow: Net cash generated from operations was $1.4 million, compared to a use of $6.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Free cash flow was negative $16.1 million, compared to negative $16.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
     
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $175.1 million as of April 30, 2019.

Recent Highlights

  • Added 543 net new subscription customers in the quarter for a total of 3,059 subscription customers as of April 30, 2019.
     
  • Raised $659.1 million in net proceeds from our initial public offering, which closed on June 14, 2019.
     
  • Announced the availability of the CrowdStrike Store, that opens the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform to third-party applications.
     
  • Announced the industry’s first endpoint detection and response solution for mobile devices, Falcon for Mobile.
     
  • Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: for Cybersecurity Incident Response Services, an independent assessment of today’s incident response market.

Financial Outlook

CrowdStrike is providing the following guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 (ending July 31, 2019) and its fiscal year 2020 (ending January 31, 2020):

  Q2 FY20
Guidance
Full Year FY20
Guidance
 

Total revenue

 

$103.0 – $104.0 million

 

$430.2 – $436.4 million

Non-GAAP loss from operations $(29.1) – $(28.6) million $(113.4) – $(110.4) million
Non-GAAP net loss $(30.5) – $(30.0) million $(105.9) – $(103.2) million
Non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.24) – $(0.23) $(0.72) – $(0.70)
Weighted average shares used in computing Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted 129.9 million 147.0 million

These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially as a result of many factors. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements safe harbor below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Guidance for non-GAAP financial measures excludes stock-based compensation expense and amortization expense of acquired intangible assets. We have not provided the most directly comparable GAAP measures because certain items are out of our control or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation for non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss, and non-GAAP net loss per share is not available without unreasonable effort.

Conference Call Information

CrowdStrike will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its earnings results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and outlook for its fiscal second quarter and year 2020 today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time). A recorded webcast of the event will also be available for one year on the CrowdStrike Investor Relations website ir.crowdstrike.com.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Dial-in number: 800-525-5356 or 409-937-8967, conference ID: 9936298
Webcast: ir.crowdstrike.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding our future financial and operating performance, including our financial outlook for the fiscal second quarter and year 2020. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including: our limited operating history; our ability to identify and effectively implement the necessary changes to address execution challenges; risks associated with managing our rapid growth; our limited experience with new product and subscription and support introductions and the risks associated with new products and subscription and support offerings, including the risk of defects, errors, or vulnerabilities; our ability to attract new and retain existing customers; the failure to timely develop and achieve market acceptance of new products and subscriptions as well as existing products and subscriptions and support; rapidly evolving technological developments in the market for security products and subscription and support offerings; length of sales cycles; and general market, political, economic, and business conditions.

Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect our financial results are included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” set forth from time to time in our filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b), dated June 11, 2019, copies of which are available on our website at ir.crowdstrike.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

You should not rely on these forward-looking statements, as actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements as a result of such risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

We believe that the presentation of non-GAAP financial information provides important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations. For further information regarding these non-GAAP measures, including the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please refer to the financial tables below, as well as the “Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this press release.

About CrowdStrike Holdings

CrowdStrike provides cloud-delivered endpoint protection. Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), the CrowdStrike Falcon platform protects customers against cyberattacks on endpoints on or off the network by offering visibility and protection across the enterprise.

2019 CrowdStrike, Inc. All rights reserved. CrowdStrike® and CrowdStrike Falcon are among the trademarks of CrowdStrike, Inc.

Investor Relations Contact
CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc.
Peter Daley, VP of Strategic Finance
investors@crowdstrike.com
669-721-0742

Press Contact
CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc.
Ilina Cashiola, Director of Public Relations
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CROWDSTRIKE HOLDINGS, INC.
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
   Three Months Ended April 30,
    2019       2018  
Revenue                
Subscription $   85,990     $   39,758  
Professional services   10,087       7,531  
Total revenue   96,077       47,289  
               
Cost of revenue (1)              
Subscription   23,691       15,171  
Professional services   5,582       4,223  
Total cost of revenue   29,273       19,394  
               
Gross profit   66,804       27,895  
               
Operating expenses              
Sales and marketing (1)   56,843       36,617  
Research and development (1)   23,875       17,615  
General and administrative (1)   11,861       6,777  
Total operating expenses   92,579       61,009  
               
Loss from operations   (25,775 )     (33,114 )
Interest expense   (1 )     (192 )
Other income (expense), net   394       (190 )
               
Loss before provision for income taxes   (25,382 )     (33,496 )
               
Provision for income taxes   (595 )     (121 )
               
Net loss   (25,977 )     (33,617 )
               
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $   (.55 )   $ (.77 )
               
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted   47,205       43,614  
               
               
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:              
               
        Three Months Ended April 30,
    2019       2018  
     
  (in thousands)
               
Cost of revenue $   368     $   109  
Sales and marketing   1,518         773  
Research and development   681         448  
General and administrative   1,185         389  
Total stock-based compensation expense $   3,752     $   1,719  

CROWDSTRIKE HOLDINGS, INC.  
                       
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
                       
                       
                April 30,   January 31,  
                  2019       2019    
Assets               
Current assets:          
  Cash and cash equivalents    $   92,993     $   88,408    
  Marketable securities       82,066         103,247    
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0.7 million and $1.0 million          
    as of April 30, 2019 and January 31, 2019, respectively       87,355         92,476    
  Deferred contract acquisition costs, current       26,193         28,847    
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets        22,644         18,410    
          Total current assets        311,251         331,388    
Property and equipment, net        86,349         73,735    
Deferred contract acquisition costs, noncurrent       38,004         9,918    
Goodwill           7,809         7,947    
Intangible assets, net       879         1,048    
Other assets        13,069         9,183    
          Total assets    $   457,361     $   433,219    
Liabilities, Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock, and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)           
Current liabilities:          
  Accounts payable   $   9,915     $   6,855    
  Accrued expenses       31,185         32,541    
  Accrued payroll and benefits        12,683         19,284    
  Deferred revenue       244,271         218,700    
  Other current liabilities        4,667         4,040    
          Total current liabilities        302,721         281,420    
Deferred revenue, noncurrent       70,941         71,367    
Other liabilities, noncurrent        10,964         10,313    
          Total liabilities        384,626         363,100    
Commitments and contingencies          
Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock           
  Redeemable convertible preferred stock, $0.0005 par value; 137,419 shares          
    authorized as of both April 30, 2019 and January 31, 2019; 131,268 shares          
    issued and outstanding as of both April 30, 2019 and January 31, 2019;          
    liquidation preference $545,000 as of both April 30, 2019 and January 31, 2019       557,912       557,912    
Stockholders’ Deficit          
  Common stock, $0.0005 par value; 220,000 shares authorized as of both April 30, 2019          
    and January 31, 2019; 48,127, and 47,421 shares issued and outstanding as of          
    April 30, 2019 and January 31, 2019, respectively       24       24    
  Additional paid-in capital        36,670       31,211    
  Accumulated deficit        (521,685 )     (519,126 )  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income        (186 )     98    
          Total stockholders’ deficit       (485,177 )     (487,793 )  
          Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock, and stockholders’ deficit   $   457,361     $   433,219    
                       

CROWDSTRIKE HOLDINGS, INC.
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
  
  
  Three Months Ended April 30,
  2019     2018  
Operating activities              
Net loss $   (25,977 )   $   (33,617 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization   4,873       2,983  
Amortization of intangible assets   146       166  
Amortization of deferred contract acquisition costs   7,345       5,596  
Change in fair value of redeemable convertible preferred stock warrant liability   1,167        
Allowance for doubtful accounts   (254 )     85  
Stock-based compensation expense   3,752       1,719  
Accretion of marketable securities purchased at a discount   (513 )     (7 )
Other   (424 )     47  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of impact of business combinations              
Accounts receivable   5,375       20,684  
Deferred contract acquisition costs   (8,471 )     (5,026 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (4,049 )     1,202  
Accounts payable   2,818       2,316  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   (2,407 )     (7,328 )
Accrued payroll and benefits   (6,601 )     (4,297 )
Deferred revenue   24,812       9,395  
Other liabilities, noncurrent   (177 )     (311 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   1,415       (6,393 )
Investing activities              
Purchases of property and equipment   (15,541 )     (8,649 )
Capitalized internal-use software   (1,984 )     (1,707 )
Purchases of marketable securities   (51,805 )      
Proceeds from sales of marketable securities   4,473        
Maturities of marketable securities   68,995       2,600  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   4,138       (7,756 )
Financing activities              
Repayment of notes receivable from related parties         198  
Payments of indemnity holdback         (500 )
Payments of deferred offering costs   (2,392 )      
Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options   1,510       751  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (882 )     449  
               
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents   (86 )     (74 )
               
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   4,585       (13,774 )
               
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   88,408       63,179  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $   92,993     $   49,405  

CROWDSTRIKE HOLDINGS, INC.
 
Non-GAAP Financial Measures with Reconciliation to GAAP
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
   
   
  Three Months Ended April 30,
  2019     2018  
   
  (in thousands)
           
GAAP Subscription revenue $   85,990     $   39,758  
           
GAAP Subscription gross profit $   62,299     $   24,587  
Add: Stock-based compensation expense   270       63  
Add: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   104       96  
Non-GAAP subscription gross profit $   62,673     $   24,746  
           
GAAP Subscription gross margin   72 %     62 %
           
Non-GAAP subscription gross margin   73 %     62 %
           
           
  Three Months Ended April 30,
  2019     2018  
   
  (in thousands)
           
GAAP total revenue $   96,077     $   47,289  
           
GAAP loss from operations $   (25,775 )   $   (33,114 )
Add: Stock-based compensation expense   3,752       1,719  
Add: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   146       166  
Non-GAAP loss from operations $   (21,877 )   $   (31,229 )
           
GAAP operating margin   (27 %)     (70 %)
           
Non-GAAP operating margin   (23 %)     (66 %)
           
           
           
  Three Months Ended April 30,
  2019     2018  
   
  (in thousands)
           
GAAP Net loss $   (25,977 )   $   (33,617 )
           
Add: Stock-based compensation expense   3,752       1,719  
Add: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   146       166  
           
Non-GAAP net loss $   (22,079 )   $   (31,732 )
           
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per  share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted   47,205       43,614  
           
GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted (.55 )   (.77 )
           
Non- GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted (.47 )   (.73 )
           
           
           
  Three Months Ended April 30,
  2019     2018  
   
  (in thousands)
           
GAAP total revenue $   96,077     $   47,289  
           
GAAP net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   1,415       (6,393 )
Less: Purchases of property and equipment   (15,541 )      (8,649 )
Less: Capitalized internal-use software   (1,984 )     (1,707 )
Free cash flow $   (16,110 )   $   (16,749 )
           
GAAP net cash provided by (used in) investing activities $   4,138     $   (7,756 )
GAAP net cash provided by (used in) financing activities $   (882 )   $   449  
           
GAAP net cash provided by (used in) operating activities as a percentage of revenue   1 %     (14 %)
Less: Purchases of property and equipment as a percentage of revenue   (16 %)     (18 %)
Less: Capitalized internal-use software as a percentage of revenue   (2 %)     (4 %)
Free cash flow margin   (17 %)     (35 %)

CROWDSTRIKE HOLDINGS, INC.
       
Statements of Operations: GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended April 30,
    2019       2018  
  (in thousands)
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP      
GAAP cost of revenue $   29,273     $   19,394  
Less:      
Stock based compensation expense     368         109  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     104         96  
Non-GAAP cost of revenue $   28,801     $   19,189  
       
       
GAAP subscription gross profit $   62,299     $   24,587  
Add:      
Stock based compensation expense     270         63  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     104         96  
Non-GAAP subscription gross profit $   62,673     $   24,746  
       
       
GAAP professional services gross profit $   4,505     $   3,308  
Add:      
Stock based compensation expense     98         46  
Non-GAAP professional services gross profit $   4,603     $   3,354  
       
       
GAAP Sales and marketing operating expenses $   56,843     $   36,617  
Less:      
Stock based compensation expense     1,518         773  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     31         17  
Non-GAAP sales and marketing operating expenses $   55,294     $   35,827  
       
       
GAAP research and development operating expenses $   23,875     $   17,615  
Less:      
Stock based compensation expense     681         448  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     11         53  
Non-GAAP research and development operating expenses $   23,183     $   17,114  
       
       
GAAP general and administrative operating expenses $   11,861     $   6,777  
Less:      
Stock based compensation expense     1,185         389  
Non-GAAP general and administrative operating expenses $   10,676     $   6,388  
       
       
GAAP loss from operations $   (25,775 )   $   (33,114 )
Add:      
Stock based compensation expense     3,752         1,719  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     146         166  
Non-GAAP loss from operations $   (21,877 )   $   (31,229 )
       
       
GAAP net loss $   (25,977 )   $   (33,617 )
Add:      
Stock based compensation expense     3,752         1,719  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     146         166  
Non-GAAP net loss $   (22,079 )   $   (31,732 )
       

Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our results determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we believe the following non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating our operating performance. We use the following non-GAAP financial information to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that non-GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance. However, non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP.

Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly titled non-GAAP measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison.  In addition, the utility of free cash flow as a measure of our financial performance and liquidity is limited as it does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for a given period.

Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

Non-GAAP Subscription Gross Profit and Non-GAAP Subscription Gross Margin

We define non-GAAP subscription gross profit and non-GAAP subscription gross margin as GAAP subscription gross profit and GAAP subscription gross margin, respectively, excluding stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquired intangible assets. We believe non-GAAP subscription gross profit and non-GAAP subscription gross margin provide our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of operations, as these measures eliminate the effects of certain variables unrelated to our overall operating performance.

Non-GAAP Loss from Operations

We define non-GAAP loss from operations as GAAP loss from operations excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and acquisition-related expenses. We believe non-GAAP loss from operations provides our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of operations, as this metric generally eliminates the effects of certain variables unrelated to our overall operating performance.

Non-GAAP Net Loss per Share Attributable to Common Stockholders, Basic and Diluted

We define non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, as non-GAAP net loss divided by the weighted-average shares outstanding, which includes the dilutive effect of potentially diluted common stock equivalents outstanding during the period.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net cash used in operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, capitalized internal-use software, acquisition of intangible assets, and cash used for business combinations.  We monitor free cash flow as one measure of our overall business performance, which enables us to analyze our future performance without the effects of non-cash items and allow us to better understand the cash needs of our business. While we believe that free cash flow is useful in evaluating our business, free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that has limitations as an analytical tool, and free cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to, or substitute for, net cash used in operating activities in accordance with GAAP. The utility of free cash flow as a measure of our liquidity is further limited as it does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for any given period. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate free cash flow differently or not at all, which reduces the usefulness of free cash flow as a tool for comparison.

Explanation of Operational Measures

Annual Recurring Revenue

ARR is calculated as the annualized value of our customer subscription contracts as of the measurement date, assuming any contract that expires during the next 12 months is renewed on its existing terms. To the extent that we are negotiating a renewal with a customer after the expiration of the subscription, we continue to include that revenue in ARR if we are actively in discussion with such an organization for a new subscription or renewal, or until such organization notifies us that it is not renewing its subscription.

Magic Number

Magic Number is calculated by performing the following calculation for the most recent four quarters and taking the average: annualizing the difference between a quarter’s Subscription Revenue and the prior quarter’s Subscription Revenue, and then dividing the resulting number by the previous quarter’s Non-GAAP Sales & Marketing Expense. Magic Number = Average of previous four quarters: ((Quarter Subscription Revenue – Prior Quarter Subscription Revenue) x 4) / Prior Quarter Non-GAAP Sales & Marketing Expense.