Workday Announces Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Financial Results as well as Full Year Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

Subscription Revenues of $490.0 Million, Up 33.7% Year Over Year; Q4 Total Revenues of $582.5 Million, Up 32.5% Year Over Year, Fiscal Year 2018 Total Revenues of $2.1 Billion, Up 36.1% Year Over Year

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- Workday, Inc. (NASDAQ: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended January 31, 2018.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results​


Total revenues were $582.5 million, an increase of 32.5% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Subscription revenues were $490.0 million, an increase of 33.7% from the same period last year.
Operating loss was $81.3 million, or negative 14.0% of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $88.9 million, or negative 20.2% of revenues, in the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating profit for the fourth quarter was $55.5 million, or 9.5% of revenues, compared to a non-GAAP operating profit of $25.3 million, or 5.8% of revenues, in the same period last year.1 
Net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.42, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.44 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.28, compared to a non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.16 in the same period last year.


Fiscal Year 2018 Results


Total revenues were $2.1 billion, an increase of 36.1% from fiscal 2017. Subscription revenues were $1.8 billion, an increase of 38.5% from the prior year.
Operating loss was $303.2 million, or negative 14.1% of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $353.1 million, or negative 22.4% of revenues, in fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP operating profit was $215.6 million, or 10.1% of revenues, compared to a non-GAAP operating profit of $52.6 million, or 3.3% of revenues, in the same period last year.1
Net loss per basic and diluted share was $1.55, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $1.94 in fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $1.03, compared to a non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.23 last year.1
Operating cash flows were $465.7 million and free cash flows were $324.2 million.2
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $3.3 billion as of January 31, 2018. Unearned revenues were over $1.5 billion, a 25.8% increase from the same period last year.


Comments on the News

"Q4 was a great close to a very successful year. We delivered the best quarter to date for Workday Financial Management that included two new Fortune 500 customers, and extended our leadership in HR - now having over 175 of the Fortune 500 as Workday HCM customers," said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. "Combining our happy base of referenceable customers with our unique vision bringing together planning, execution, and analysis, as well as opening our cloud platform, puts Workday in a strong position for continued growth for years to come."

"Our fourth quarter capped a very strong year of growth where we continued to show momentum across our subscription revenue growth drivers, while also demonstrating the strength of our business model with record operating margins and cash flow," said Robynne Sisco, co-president and chief financial officer, Workday. "As we look ahead, our market position continues to strengthen giving us increasing confidence in the durability of growth over time. For fiscal 2019, we estimate that subscription revenues will be $2.265 to $2.280 billion or growth of 27-28%, which would put Workday on pace to be one of the fastest SaaS companies to surpass $2 billion in subscription revenue."

Recent Highlights


Workday held its annual Workday Rising Europe conference, bringing together more than 1,800 of the Workday community for education and collaboration in Barcelona, Spain.  
Workday announced extended personalization capabilities and tools in Workday HCM with a new people experience. With new functionality on the homepage for Workday HCM, employees will be able to easily perform various workplace tasks across Workday applications and third-party systems without needing to access an HR portal.
Workday announced it acquired SkipFlag, a disruptor in the enterprise knowledge management space, marking another step in Workday’s efforts to invest in areas such as machine learning, advanced search, and natural language processing.
Workday announced a partnership with Duo Security, helping complement Workday’s already robust, built-in security with seamless integrations that enable customers to leverage Duo’s multi-factor authentication functionality right within Workday’s user interface.
With data privacy and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being top-of-mind, Workday announced it joined the General Assembly of the EU Cloud Code of Conduct, a group of cloud service providers working to demonstrate to companies and regulators their compliance with privacy laws in advance of GDPR.


Earnings Call Details

Workday plans to host a conference call today to review its fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results and to discuss its financial outlook. The call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET and can be accessed via webcast. The webcast will be available live, and a replay will be available following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 90 days.

Workday intends to use the Workday Blog as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

1 Non-GAAP operating profit (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share exclude share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, amortization expense for acquisition-related intangible assets, and debt discount and issuance costs associated with convertible notes. See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

2 Free cash flows are defined as operating cash flows minus capital expenditures (excluding owned real estate projects). See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to Workday's financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, please see the section of the tables titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures." A reconciliation of our forward outlook for non-GAAP operating margin with our forward-looking GAAP operating margin is not available without unreasonable efforts as the quantification of stock-based compensation expense, which is excluded from our non-GAAP operating margin, requires additional inputs such as number of shares granted and market price that are not ascertainable.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding Workday's fiscal year 2019 subscription revenue projections and growth, business model, and market position. The words "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "expect," "plans," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If the risks materialize or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks include, but are not limited to: (i) breaches in our security measures, unauthorized access to our customers' data or disruptions in our data center operations; (ii) our ability to manage our growth effectively; (iii) competitive factors, including pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors and new applications and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) the development of the market for enterprise cloud services; (v) acceptance of our applications and services by customers; (vi) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (vii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; and (viii) changes in sales, which may not be immediately reflected in our results due to our subscription model. Further information on risks that could affect Workday's results is included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2017 and our future reports that we may file with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. Workday assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Any unreleased services, features, or functions referenced in this document, our website, or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Workday's discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Workday services should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features, and functions that are currently available.
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