Q4 Elastic Cloud Revenue of $87.7 million, Up 71% year-over-year (72% in constant currency)
FY22 Revenue of $862.4 million, Up 42% year-over-year (41% in constant currency)
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Elastic (NYSE: ESTC) ("Elastic"), the company behind Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack, announced strong results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year (ended April 30, 2022).
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Highlights
- Total revenue was $239.4 million, an increase of 35% year-over-year, or 37% on a constant currency basis
- Elastic Cloud revenue was $87.7 million, an increase of 71% year-over-year, or 72% on a constant currency basis
- GAAP operating loss was $59.6 million; GAAP operating margin was -25%
- Non-GAAP operating loss was $7.9 million; non-GAAP operating margin was -3%
- GAAP net loss per share was $0.70; non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.16
- Operating cash flow was -$3.1 million with adjusted free cash flow of -$5.3 million
- Cash and cash equivalents were $860.9 million as of April 30, 2022
Full Fiscal 2022 Financial Highlights
- Total revenue was $862.4 million, an increase of 42% year-over-year, or 41% on a constant currency basis
- Elastic Cloud revenue was $298.6 million, an increase of 80% year-over-year, or 79% on a constant currency basis
- GAAP operating loss was $173.7 million; GAAP operating margin was -20%
- Non-GAAP operating profit was $0.9 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 0%
- GAAP net loss per share was $2.20; non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.33
- Operating cash flow was $5.7 million with adjusted free cash flow of $10.7 million
“We had a strong fourth quarter and closed out an excellent year, driven by robust growth in Elastic Cloud, which grew 80% year-over-year in fiscal year 2022, and increased to 37% of total revenue in Q4,” said Ash Kulkarni, CEO, Elastic. “The strong momentum in Elastic Cloud puts us on the path to deliver over 50% of total revenue from Elastic Cloud exiting Q4 of fiscal year 2024, which is ahead of our prior outlook. The enormous market opportunity, the strategic relevance of our solutions to our customers and partners, and the momentum in Elastic Cloud make us confident that we can achieve $2 billion in total revenue in fiscal year 2025.”
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights
Key Customer Metrics
- Total subscription customer count was over 18,600, compared to over 17,900 in Q3 FY22, and over 15,000 in Q4 FY21
- Total customer count with Annual Contract Value (ACV) greater than $100,000 was over 960, compared to over 890 in Q3 FY22, and over 730 in Q4 FY21
- Net Expansion Rate was just under 130%, and was flat compared to Q3 FY22
Cloud Partner Momentum
- Announced expanded collaboration with AWS to accelerate momentum and build, market, and deliver seamless access for shared customers
- Announced expanded strategic partnership with Microsoft to simplify cloud operations, launch co-selling activities, and make it easy to bring data from Azure services into Elastic, and added four new Azure regions in the Americas, Asia, and Africa
- Joined the Data Cloud Alliance, led by Google Cloud, as a founding member to accelerate the path to value creation and solve the modern data challenges of today’s enterprises
Product Innovations and Updates
- Announced Elastic 8.1 with new capabilities to help customers defend against cyberattacks and accelerate app development with expanded data integrations, faster indexing speeds, and more efficient storage utilization
- Announced Elastic 8.2 with new capabilities that enable customers to build seamless search experiences, accelerate troubleshooting of cloud-native services, and streamline security analyst workflows
- Enhanced machine learning and natural language processing capabilities across both releases to deliver more relevant results
- Achieved Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) compliance across all Elastic Cloud regions
Other Business Highlights
- Named a Strong Performer by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Providers, Q2 2022
- Appointed Carolyn Herzog as chief legal officer
- Appointed Janesh Moorjani as chief operating officer in addition to his role as chief financial officer
The Company is providing the following guidance:
For the first quarter of fiscal 2023 (ending July 31, 2022):
- Total revenue is expected to be between $244 million and $246 million, representing 27% year-over-year growth at the midpoint (32% year-over-year constant currency growth at the midpoint)
- Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between -3.8% and -2.8%
- Non-GAAP net loss per share is expected to be between $0.20 and $0.16, assuming between 94.0 million and 95.0 million weighted average ordinary shares outstanding
For fiscal 2023 (ending April 30, 2023):
- Total revenue is expected to be between $1,080 million and $1,086 million, representing 26% year-over-year growth at the midpoint (29% year-over-year constant currency growth at the midpoint)
- Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between 0.0% and 0.5%
- Non-GAAP net loss per share is expected to be between $0.36 and $0.28, assuming between 95.0 million and 97.0 million weighted average ordinary shares outstanding
See the section titled “Forward-Looking Statements” below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially. We present forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. See the section entitled “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of these non-GAAP measures. A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures for operating margin and net loss per share is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, many of the costs and expenses that may be incurred in the future. These items necessary to reconcile such non-GAAP measures could be material and have a significant impact on the Company’s results computed in accordance with GAAP.
Conference Call and Webcast
Elastic’s executive management team will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the Company’s financial results and business outlook. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available through Elastic’s Investor Relations website at ir.elastic.co. Slides will accompany the webcast. The replay of the webcast and slides will be available for two months.
Elastic (NYSE: ESTC) is a leading platform for search-powered solutions. We help organizations, their employees, and their customers accelerate the results that matter. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we enhance customer and employee search experiences, keep mission-critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Delivered wherever data lives, in one cloud, across multiple clouds, or on-premise, Elastic enables its customers to achieve new levels of success at scale and on a single platform. Learn more at elastic.co.
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(1) Totals may not sum, due to rounding. Gross margin, operating margin, and earnings per share are calculated based upon the respective underlying, non-rounded data.
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