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Slack Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

Sep 04, 2019

Q2FY20 total revenue of $145.0 million up 58% year-over-year

SAN FRANCISCO, September 4, 2019—Slack Technologies, Inc., (NYSE: WORK) the leading global collaboration hub that makes people’s working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive, today reported financial results for its fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2019.

Management Commentary:

“This is an entirely new category of software enabling a once-in-a-generation shift in the way people work together. We believe channel-based collaboration is so superior to email-based communication for work, that this shift is inevitable,” said Stewart Butterfield, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Slack. “Customers are choosing Slack because we offer a great user experience, a rich application platform and ecosystem, and a growing network for inter-company collaboration via shared channels.”

“Revenue growth was 58% year-over-year, despite a one-time revenue headwind from credits issued in the quarter related to service level disruption,” said Allen Shim, Chief Financial Officer at Slack. “We remain focused on expansion within existing customers and growing our large enterprise customer base, and ended the quarter with 720 Paid Customers greater than $100,000 in annual recurring revenue, which is up 75% year-over-year.”

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Total revenue was $145.0 million, an increase of 58% year-over-year. Revenue was negatively impacted by $8.2 million of credits related to service level disruption in the quarter.
  • Calculated Billings was $174.8 million, an increase of 52% year-over-year.
  • GAAP gross profit was $113.9 million, or 78.5% gross margin, compared to $80.7 million, or 87.7% gross margin, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. Non-GAAP gross profit was $126.3 million, or 87.1% gross margin, compared to $80.7 million, or 87.7% gross margin, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.
  • GAAP operating loss was $363.7 million, or 251% of total revenue, compared to a $33.7 million loss in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, or 37% of total revenue. GAAP operating loss includes $307.0 million of stock based compensation and related employer payroll taxes, primarily related to the satisfaction of the performance vesting condition on outstanding RSUs in connection with Slack’s direct listing on June 20, 2019. Non-GAAP operating loss was $55.6 million, or 38% of total revenue, compared to a $32.0 million loss in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, or 35% of total revenue.
  • GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.98. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.14.
  • Net cash provided by operations was $0.3 million, or 0% of total revenue, compared to cash provided by operations of $1.5 million, or 2% of total revenue, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. Free Cash Flow was $(7.9) million, or 5% of total revenue, compared to $(7.7) million, or 8% of total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Second Quarter Highlights:
    • Ended the quarter with over 100,000 Paid Customers, up 37% year-over-year.
    • Net dollar retention rate was 136%.
    • The number of Paid Customers greater than $100,000 in annual recurring revenue was 720, up 75% year-over-year.

Financial Outlook:

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, Slack currently expects:

  • Total revenue of $154 million to $156 million, representing year-over-year growth of 46% to 48%.
  • Non-GAAP operating loss of $49 million to $47 million.
  • Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.09 to $0.08, assuming weighted average shares outstanding of 544 million.

For the full fiscal year 2020, Slack currently expects:

  • Total revenue of $603 million to $610 million, representing year-over-year growth of 51% to 52%.
  • Non-GAAP operating loss of $180 million to $176 million, including approximately $30 million of one-time direct listing related expenses.
  • Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.42 to $0.40, assuming weighted average shares outstanding of 399 million.
  • Calculated Billings of $740 million to $760 million, representing year-over-year growth of 43% to 47%
  • Free Cash Flow net burn of $100 million to $110 million, including approximately $30 million of one-time direct listing related expenses and $21 million of one-time direct listing related cash taxes related to RSU vesting.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables contain the following non-GAAP financial measures: calculated billings, free cash flow, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses, non-GAAP research and development expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net loss, and non-GAAP net loss per share. Certain of these non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets.

Slack believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to Slack’s financial condition and results of operations. Slack’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare Slack’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analysis, and for budgeting and planning purposes. Slack believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing Slack’s financial measures with other software companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. The non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Management does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in Slack’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management about which expenses and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures. Slack urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, which it includes in press releases announcing quarterly financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate Slack’s business.

Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are included with the financial tables at the end of this release. Slack has not reconciled its outlook as to non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP net loss per share to their most directly comparable GAAP measure because certain items are out of Slack’s control or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation for forward-looking non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP net loss per share is not available without unreasonable effort.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook and market positioning. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date they were first issued and were based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “believe,” “hope,” “target,” “project,” “goals,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “may,” “will,” “might,” “could,” “intend,” “shall” and variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond Slack’s control. Slack’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, risks detailed in Slack’s final prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, on June 20, 2019. Further information on potential risks that could affect actual results will be included in the subsequent periodic and current reports and other filings that Slack makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2019. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: Slack’s recent growth rates may not be indicative of its future growth; Slack may experience quarterly fluctuations in its results of operations due to a number of factors that make its future results difficult to predict and could cause its results of operations to fall below analyst or investor expectations or to fluctuate more than expected; Slack may fail to manage its growth effectively and may be unable to execute its business plan or maintain high levels of service and customer satisfaction; real or perceived errors, failures, vulnerabilities, or bugs in Slack could harm Slack’s business, results of operations, and financial condition; a security incident may allow unauthorized access to Slack’s systems, networks, or data or the data of organizations on Slack, harm its reputation, create additional liability, and harm its financial results; any actual or perceived failure by Slack to comply with privacy, data protection, information security, consumer privacy, data residency, or telecommunications laws, regulations, government access requests, and obligations in one or multiple jurisdictions could result in proceedings, actions, or penalties against Slack and could harm its business and reputation; the risk of interruptions or performance problems, including a service outage, associated with Slack’s technology or infrastructure; the market and software categories in which Slack participates are competitive, new, and rapidly changing, and if it does not compete effectively with established companies as well as new market entrants its business, results of operations, and financial condition could be harmed; a protracted infringement claim, a claim that results in a significant damage award, or a claim that results in an injunction could harm Slack’s results of operations; adverse general economic and market conditions; Slack’s ability to attract and retain qualified employees and key personnel; changes in foreign exchange rates; general political or destabilizing events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; and other risks and uncertainties. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Slack’s views as of the date of this press release. Slack anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. Slack undertakes no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Slack’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Additional information regarding these and other factors that could affect Slack's results is included in Slack’s SEC filings, which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations website at investor.slackhq.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

Earnings Webcast

Slack will hold a public webcast at 2:00 p.m. PDT today to discuss the results for its second quarter fiscal 2020. The live public call can be accessed by dialing (866) 211-3197 within the U.S., and (647) 689-6597 internationally. The conference ID is 5175868. The webcast replay, and audio download will also be available on our Investor Relations website at investor.slackhq.com.

About Slack

Slack is where work happens. Slack is a new layer of the business technology stack that brings together people, applications and data – a hub for collaboration where people can effectively work together, access critical applications and services, and find important information to do their best work. People around the world use Slack to connect their teams, unify their systems and drive their business forward.

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CONTACTS:

Jesse Hulsing                                                                 Karesha McGee

Investor Relations                                                          Media Relations

ir@slack.com                                                                 pr@slack.com

 

 

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