Delivers Record ACV Billings Aided by Strong Emerging Product Attach Rate
Drives Outperformance Across All Guided Metrics with Consistent Execution
Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in private, hybrid and multicloud computing, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended April 30, 2021.
“I am delighted with our strong quarterly results. For the third quarter in a row, we delivered outperformance across all guided metrics and demonstrated our ability to execute consistently,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, President and CEO of Nutanix. “We are also pleased with our progress on key priorities, including bolstering our ecosystem with our extended partnership with Lenovo, continued momentum with our core cloud software platform and an increased attach rate of our emerging products.”
“We saw record ACV billings, with growth accelerating to 18 percent year-over-year, while our disciplined spending delivered operating expenses below our guidance,” said Duston Williams, CFO of Nutanix. “Our growing renewals pipeline will help to drive future top line growth, offer substantial sales and marketing efficiencies, and increase the predictability in our business.”
Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures are provided in the tables of this press release.
Recent Company Highlights
- Partnered with Lenovo to Deliver As-a-Service Solution for Hosted Desktops: Lenovo announced a new solution with Nutanix to help customers as they navigate their transitions to hybrid work environments. This as-a-service solution for hosted desktops includes a choice of Lenovo client devices, choice of Citrix VDI or Nutanix Frame, and ThinkAgile HX Series servers (powered by Nutanix), all managed as-a-service, with the convenience of a single monthly payment and single point of contact for support.
- Extended Nutanix Cloud Platform to AWS GovCloud: Nutanix announced that its cloud platform now extends to AWS GovCloud, providing a unified hybrid cloud environment across Nutanix on-premises and bare metal Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instances running on Amazon Web Services GovCloud. This new solution helps enable U.S. public sector organizations looking for the strengthened security posture offered by AWS GovCloud to adopt the same software stack across their private and public clouds.
- Delivered Azure Arc Services to Nutanix-based Kubernetes Environments: Through a collaboration with Microsoft, Nutanix has enabled customers to manage and govern their on-premises Kubernetes clusters, deployed with Nutanix Karbon, alongside their Azure resources through the common control plane provided by Azure Arc. This provides customers with a consistent and reliable hybrid and multicloud solution, extending the Azure experience and Azure PaaS services to Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure.
- Recognized as a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Nutanix has been recognized as a Customers’ Choice for the third year in a row, with an average score of 4.7 out of 5. This recognition is based on customer feedback in the past year across multiple vendors in the hyperconverged infrastructure industry.
- Received Product and Customer Service Awards: Nutanix was awarded the Top Rated Award by leading review site TrustRadius in the hyperconverged infrastructure, server virtualization, software defined storage and virtual desktop infrastructure categories, as well as the NorthFace ScoreBoard Service Awardfor achieving excellence in the area of Customer Service for eight years in a row.
- Expanded Customer Base: Nutanix continued to add new customers, ending the third quarter of fiscal 2021 with a total of approximately 19,430 end-customers. Third quarter customers who invested in Nutanix as part of their multicloud journeys included the U.S. Air Force, as well as the following Global 2000 companies: Alimentation Couche-Tard (operator of the Circle K brand), ICICI Bank Limited, Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and NTT Communications Corporation.
- Announced Details for Investor Day 2021: Nutanix announced it will host a virtual Investor Day on Tuesday, June 22nd at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Nutanix leaders will provide updates on the company’s hybrid and multicloud strategy, solution portfolio, go-to-market initiatives and financial outlook. Please use this link to register.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Nutanix executives will discuss the company’s third quarter fiscal 2021 financial results on a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. To listen to the call via telephone, dial 1-833-227-5841 from within the United States or 1-647-689-4068 from outside the United States. The conference ID is 4881354. This call will be webcast live and available to all interested parties on our Investor Relations website at ir.nutanix.com. Shortly after the conclusion of the conference call, a replay of the audio webcast will be available on our Investor Relations website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week and can be accessed by calling 1-800-585-8367 or 1-416-621-4642, and entering the conference ID 4881354.
Definitions and Total Revenue Impact
1Annual Contract Value, or ACV, is defined as the total annualized value of a contract, excluding amounts related to professional services and hardware. The total annualized value for a contract is calculated by dividing the total value of the contract by the number of years in the term of such contract, using, where applicable, an assumed term of five years for contracts that do not have a specified term. ACV Billings for any given period is defined as the sum of the ACV for all contracts billed during the given period.
2Run-rate ACV at the end of any period is the sum of ACV for all contracts that are in effect as of the end of that period. For the purposes of this calculation, Nutanix assumes that the contract term begins on the date a contract is booked, irrespective of the periods in which the company would recognize revenue for such contract.
3Average Contract Term represents the dollar-weighted term, calculated on a billings basis, across all subscription and life-of-device contracts, using an assumed term of five years for life-of-device licenses, executed in the quarter.
4Revenue was negatively impacted by a year-over-year decline in the average contract term associated with Nutanix’s ongoing transition to a subscription-based business model.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Performance Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial and other key performance measures: billings, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, free cash flow, subscription revenue, subscription billings, Annual Contract Value Billings (or ACV Billings), Run-rate Annual Contract Value (or Run-rate ACV), and professional services billings. In computing these non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures, we exclude certain items such as stock-based compensation and the related income tax impact, costs associated with our acquisitions (such as amortization of acquired intangible assets, income tax-related impact, and other acquisition-related costs), impairment of operating lease-related assets, change in fair value of derivative liability, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs, non-cash interest expense, other non-recurring transactions and the related tax impact, and the revenue and billings associated with pass-through hardware sales. Billings is a performance measure which we believe provides useful information to investors because it represents the amounts under binding purchase orders received by us during a given period that have been billed, and we calculate billings by adding the change in deferred revenue between the start and end of the period to total revenue recognized in the same period. Non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net loss, and non-GAAP net loss per share are financial measures which we believe provide useful information to investors because they provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures such as stock-based compensation expense that may not be indicative of our ongoing core business operating results. Free cash flow is a performance measure that we believe provides useful information to our management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after necessary capital expenditures, and we define free cash flow as net cash used in operating activities less purchases of property and equipment. Subscription revenue, subscription billings, and professional services billings are performance measures that we believe provide useful information to our management and investors as they allow us to better track the growth of the subscription-based portion of our business, which is a critical part of our business plan. ACV Billings and Run-rate ACV are performance measures that we believe provide useful information to our management and investors as they allow us to better track the topline growth of our business during our transition to a subscription-based business model because they take into account variability in term lengths. We use these non-GAAP financial and key performance measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. However, these non-GAAP financial and key performance measures have limitations as analytical tools and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Billings, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, and free cash flow are not substitutes for total revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, net loss, net loss per share, or net cash (used in) provided by operating activities, respectively; subscription revenue is not a substitute for total revenue; and subscription and professional services billings are not substitutes for subscription and professional services revenue, respectively. There is no GAAP measure that is comparable to ACV Billings or Run-rate ACV, so we have not reconciled the ACV Billings and Run-rate ACV numbers included in this press release to any GAAP measure. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures as tools for comparison. We urge you to review the reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures included below in the tables captioned “Reconciliation of Revenue to Billings,” “Disaggregation of Revenue and Billings,” “Reconciliation of Subscription and Professional Services Revenue to Subscription and Professional Services Billings,” “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Profit Measures,” and “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Cash Used In Operating Activities to Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow,” and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.
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