Focused execution led to revenue of $239.8 million, up 18% year over year
GAAP gross margin increased 8 pts., non-GAAP gross margin increased 9 pts. to 77.6%
GAAP and non-GAAP operating margin improved 13 pts., non-GAAP profitability hit 7.8%
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#earnings—New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR), the all-in-one observability platform for every engineer, announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023.
“We executed the quarter with relentless focus on our customers, product innovation and operations, and beat the high end of our guidance for revenue and profitability,” said New Relic CEO Bill Staples. “We are well positioned for continued growth with our all-in-one observability platform and consumption business model. We are attracting new customers at a rapid pace and growing with our existing customer base as they expand their observability practices and continue with their digital transformation and cloud adoption. Profitability is turning into a strength for New Relic as we continue to accelerate our focus on profitable growth.”
Fiscal 2023 Third Quarter Results:
- Revenue: Third quarter revenue was $239.8 million, up 18% from $203.6 million one year ago.
- Gross Margin and Non-GAAP Gross Margin(1): Third quarter gross margin was 74.4%, compared to 66.2% one year ago, an increase of 8.2 percentage points year over year. Non-GAAP gross margin for the third quarter was 77.6%, compared to 68.2% one year ago, up 9.4 percentage points year over year.
- Operating Income and Non-GAAP Operating Income(1): Third quarter loss from operations was $(29.1) million, compared to $(51.9) million one year ago, an improvement of $22.8 million year over year, and an improvement of $16.2 million quarter over quarter. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter was $18.7 million, compared to $(10.6) million loss one year ago, an increase of $29.3 million year over year, and an increase of $11.8 million quarter over quarter.
- Operating Margin and Non-GAAP Operating Margin(1): Third quarter operating margin was (12.1)%, compared to (25.5)% one year ago, an increase of 13.4 percentage points year over year. Non-GAAP operating margin for the third quarter was 7.8%, compared to (5.2)% one year ago, up 13.0 percentage points year over year.
- Net Income Per Share and Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share(1): For the third quarter, fully diluted net loss per share was $(0.38), compared to $(0.96) one year ago, while non-GAAP fully diluted net income per share was $0.32, compared to $(0.18) loss per share one year ago.
- Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments: Third quarter cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $800.2 million.
- Cash Flows From Operating Activities and Free Cash Flow: Trailing four quarter cash flows from operating activities was $30.7 million, compared to $(17.8) million one year ago, an increase of $48.5 million year over year. Trailing four quarter free cash flow was $9.9 million, compared to $(37.1) million one year ago, an increase of $47.0 million year over year.
Recent Business Highlights:
- Landing New Customers — Its product-led growth (PLG) engine again added more than 800 net new paid platform customers during the third quarter. In addition, enterprise customers like BlackLine, Pandora, Hong Kong Airport Authority, and Veritas committed to the New Relic all-in-one platform as the observability platform for their businesses.
- Expanding into DevSecOps — Launched vulnerability management for general availability to help enterprises monitor their software security posture along with performance in one connected platform. Vulnerability management is now available out of the box to all eligible customers and available without additional configuration.
- Expanding its Cloud with Microsoft — Launched Azure Native service to allow all Azure customers to natively install supported New Relic agents from inside Azure. Customers can now discover, onboard and pay for New Relic via Azure marketplace and spend down Azure consumption commitments. In addition, they can choose to store their New Relic telemetry data in Azure.
- Broadening Platform Breadth — Launched change tracking for general availability, collaboration public preview, upgraded error tracking, Data Plus for self-service customers, Roku monitoring, and 10+ other significant innovations to give developers and engineers more integrated capabilities that alternate providers sell separately.
- Growing its Technology Partner Ecosystem — New Relic continued to grow its technology partner ecosystem, and now offers integrations with 525+ cloud services, open source tools, and enterprise technologies to empower every engineer to start with observability in minutes.
New Relic is providing guidance for its fiscal fourth quarter ending March 31, 2023 as follows:
- Revenue between $240 million and $242 million, representing year-over-year growth of 16.6% and 17.6% respectively.
- Non-GAAP operating income between $12 million and $14 million(2).
- Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Relic per diluted share between $0.20 and $0.23(2).
New Relic is providing raised guidance for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 as follows:
- Revenue between $923.1 million and $925.1 million, representing year-over-year growth of 17.5% and 17.8% respectively.
- Non-GAAP operating income between $20.4 million and $22.4 million(2).
- Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Relic per diluted share between $0.40 and $0.43(2).
Conference Call Information:
New Relic will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET to review the financial results and business outlook with the investment community. A live webcast and replay of the event will be available on the New Relic Investor Relations website at http://ir.newrelic.com.
New Relic third quarter of fiscal year 2023 results conference call
February 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
(1) This press release uses non-GAAP financial metrics that are adjusted for the impact of various GAAP items. See the section titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the tables entitled “Reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” below for details.
(2) New Relic has not reconciled its expectations as to non-GAAP income from operations or non-GAAP net income per diluted share to their most directly comparable GAAP measures as a result of uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, reconciling items such as stock-based compensation expense, lawsuit litigation cost and other expense, employer payroll taxes on equity incentive plans and gain or loss from lease modification. Accordingly, reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort, although it is important to note that these factors could be material to New Relic’s results computed in accordance with GAAP.
About New Relic
As a leader in observability, New Relic empowers engineers with a data-driven approach to planning, building, deploying, and running great software. New Relic delivers the only unified data platform that empowers engineers to get all telemetry—metrics, events, logs, and traces—paired with powerful full stack analysis tools to help engineers do their best work with data, not opinions. Delivered through the industry’s first usage-based consumption pricing that’s intuitive and predictable, New Relic gives engineers more value for the money by helping improve planning cycle times, change failure rates, release frequency, and mean time to resolution. This helps the world’s leading brands including adidas Runtastic, American Red Cross, Australia Post, Banco Inter, Chegg, GoTo Group, Ryanair, Sainsbury’s, Signify Health, TopGolf, and World Fuel Services (WFS) improve uptime, reliability, and operational efficiency to deliver exceptional customer experiences that fuel innovation and growth. www.newrelic.com.
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The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to, New Relic’s ability to determine optimal prices for its products and the potential challenges presented by New Relic’s evolving pricing models; the effect of the macroeconomic factors on New Relic’s business and on global economies and financial markets generally; unfavorable movements in foreign currency exchange rates; New Relic’s ability to generate sufficient revenue to achieve and sustain profitability, particularly in light of its significant ongoing expenses; New Relic’s short operating history in an evolving industry; New Relic’s ability to manage its significant recent growth; the dependence of New Relic’s business on its customers remaining on its platform and increasing their spend with New Relic; New Relic’s ability to develop enhancements to its products, increase adoption and usage of its products and introduce new products that achieve market acceptance; the dependence on customers expanding their use of New Relic’s products beyond the current predominant use cases; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Relic’s business and on global economies and financial markets generally; New Relic’s ability to expand its marketing and sales capabilities and increase sales of its solutions; privacy concerns, including changes in privacy laws and regulations, which could result in additional cost and liability to New Relic or inhibit sales; New Relic’s ability to effectively compete in intensely competitive markets and respond effectively to rapidly changing technology, evolving industry standards and changing customer needs, requirements or preferences; fluctuation of New Relic’s quarterly results; New Relic’s dependence on lead generation strategies to drive sales and revenue; interruptions or performance problems associated with New Relic’s technology and infrastructure; New Relic’s dependence on SaaS technologies and related services from third parties; defects or disruptions in New Relic’s products; estimates or judgments relating to New Relic’s critical accounting policies; the expense and complexity of New Relic’s ongoing and planned investments in cloud hosting providers and expenditures on transitioning its services and customers from its data center hosting facilities to public cloud providers; risks associated with international operations; New Relic’s ability to protect its intellectual property rights; risks related to the acquisition and integration of businesses or technologies; risks related to sales to government entities and highly regulated organizations; certain risks associated with incurring indebtedness, including risks related to servicing New Relic’s convertible senior notes and related capped call transactions; and other “Risk Factors” set forth in New Relic’s most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
Further information on these and other factors that could affect New Relic’s financial results and the forward-looking statements in this press release and in the earnings call referencing this press release is included in the filings New Relic makes with the SEC from time to time, particularly under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. Copies of these documents may be obtained by visiting New Relic’s Investor Relations website at http://ir.newrelic.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
All information provided in this press release and in the earnings call is as of the date hereof and New Relic assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
New Relic discloses the following non-GAAP financial measures in this press release and the earnings call referencing this press release: non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses (sales and marketing, research and development, general and administrative), non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to New Relic, non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to New Relic per diluted share, non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to New Relic per basic share and free cash flow. New Relic uses each of these non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand and compare operating results across accounting periods, for internal budgeting and forecasting purposes, for short- and long-term operating plans, and to evaluate New Relic’s financial performance. In addition, New Relic’s bonus plan for eligible employees and executives is based in part on non-GAAP income (loss) from operations. New Relic believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating its operational performance, as further discussed below. New Relic’s non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in its industry, as other companies in its industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently, particularly related to non-recurring and unusual items. In addition, there are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and exclude expenses that may have a material impact on New Relic’s reported financial results.
Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release.
New Relic defines non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses (sales and marketing, research and development, general and administrative), non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to New Relic, non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to New Relic per diluted share and non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to New Relic per basic share as the respective GAAP balances, adjusted for, as applicable: (1) stock-based compensation expense, (2) amortization of stock-based compensation capitalized in software development costs, (3) the amortization of purchased intangibles, (4) employer payroll tax expense on equity incentive plans, (5) amortization of debt discount and issuance costs, (6) the transaction costs related to acquisitions, (7) lawsuit litigation cost and other expense, (8) net loss and adjustment to redeemable non-controlling interest, and (9) restructuring charges. Non-GAAP net income (loss) per basic and diluted share is calculated as non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to New Relic divided by weighted-average shares used to compute net income (loss) attributable to New Relic per share, basic and diluted, with the number of weighted-average shares decreased to reflect the anti-dilutive impact of the capped call transactions entered into in connection with the 0.50% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 issued in May 2018. New Relic defines free cash flow as GAAP cash from operations, minus capital expenditures and minus capitalized software. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors and others in assessing New Relic’s operating performance due to the following factors:
Stock-based compensation expense and amortization of stock-based compensation capitalized in software development costs. New Relic utilizes share-based compensation to attract and retain employees. It is principally aimed at aligning their interests with those of its stockholders and at long-term retention, rather than to address operational performance for any particular period. As a result, share-based compensation expenses vary for reasons that are generally unrelated to financial and operational performance in any particular period.
Amortization of purchased intangibles. New Relic views amortization of purchased intangible assets as items arising from pre-acquisition activities determined at the time of an acquisition. While these intangible assets are evaluated for impairment regularly, amortization of the cost of purchased intangibles is an expense that is not typically affected by operations during any particular period.
Employer payroll tax expense on equity incentive plans. New Relic excludes employer payroll tax expense on equity incentive plans as these expenses are tied to the exercise or vesting of underlying equity awards and the price of New Relic’s common stock at the time of vesting or exercise. As a result, these taxes may vary in any particular period independent of the financial and operating performance of New Relic’s business.
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs. Following New Relic’s adoption of ASU No. 2020-06, Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contract on an Entity’s Own Equity, the expense for the amortization of debt issuance costs (including those attributable to New Relic’s convertible senior notes due in 2023) is a non-cash item, and New Relic believes the exclusion of this interest expense will provide for a more useful comparison of our operational performance in different periods.
Transaction costs related to acquisitions. New Relic may from time to time incur direct transaction costs related to acquisitions. New Relic believes it is useful to exclude such charges because it does not consider such amounts to be part of the ongoing operation of New Relic’s business.
Lawsuit litigation cost and other expense. New Relic may from time to time incur charges or benefits related to litigation that are outside of the ordinary course of New Relic’s business. New Relic believes it is useful to exclude such charges or benefits because it does not consider such amounts to be part of the ongoing operation of New Relic’s business and because of the singular nature of the claims underlying the matter.
Net loss and adjustment to redeemable non-controlling interest. New Relic allocates the net loss and adjusts the value of redeemable non-controlling interest in connection with its joint venture in New Relic K.K. Starting from the period ended December 31, 2022, New Relic also includes the net loss attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest as a non-GAAP item. As such, prior periods have been adjusted to reflect this change. New Relic believes it is useful to exclude the net loss and adjustment to redeemable non-controlling interest because it may not be indicative of future operating results and that investors benefit from an understanding of the company’s operating results without giving effect to this adjustment.
Restructuring charges. In April 2021, New Relic commenced a restructuring plan to realign its cost structure to better reflect significant product and business model innovation over the prior 12 months. In August 2022, New Relic commenced a new restructuring plan to realign its cost structure with its business needs as it moves to focus its resources on top priorities. As a result of each of these restructuring plans, New Relic incurred charges of approximately $7.2 million and $12.6 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, for employee terminations and other costs associated with the restructuring plans. New Relic believes it is appropriate to exclude the restructuring charges because they are not indicative of its future operating results.
Anti-dilutive impact of capped call transactions. In connection with the issuance of its convertible senior notes due in 2023, New Relic entered into capped call transactions to offset potential dilution from the embedded conversion feature in the notes. Although New Relic cannot reflect the anti-dilutive impact of the capped call transactions under GAAP, New Relic does reflect the anti-dilutive impact of the capped call transactions in non-GAAP net loss attributable to New Relic per share, basic and diluted, to provide investors with useful information in evaluating the financial performance of the company on a per share basis.
Additionally, New Relic’s management believes that the non-GAAP financial measure free cash flow is meaningful to investors because management reviews cash flows generated from operations after taking into consideration capital expenditures and the capitalization of software development costs due to the fact that these expenditures are considered to be a necessary component of ongoing operations.
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