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ServiceNow Reports Financial Results for First Quarter 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 26, 2017 – ServiceNow® (NYSE: NOW) today announced the financial results for its first quarter 2017.

First Quarter 2017 GAAP Results:

  • Subscription revenues of $376.1 million, representing 41% year‑over‑year growth.
  • Professional services and other revenues of $40.6 million, representing 6% year‑over‑year growth.
  • Total revenues of $416.8 million, representing 36% year‑over‑year growth.
  • Subscription gross profit of $305.8 million, representing 81% of subscription revenues.
  • Professional services and other gross loss of $5.4 million, representing negative 13% of professional services and other revenues.
  • Total gross profit of $300.3 million, representing 72% of total revenues.
  • Loss from operations of $42.5 million, representing negative 10% of total revenues.
  • Net loss of $40.7 million, or loss of $0.24 per basic and diluted share.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $187.4 million, representing 45% of total revenues.

First Quarter 2017 Non‑GAAP Results:

We report non‑GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. For the following non‑GAAP results, see the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures and the corresponding growth rates, and the table entitled "GAAP to Non‑GAAP Reconciliation” for a reconciliation of non‑GAAP to GAAP measures and corresponding growth rates.

  • Subscription revenues of $382.7 million, representing 43% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency.
  • Professional services and other revenues of $41.3 million, representing 8% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency.
  • Total revenues of $424.0 million, representing 39% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency.
  • Subscription billings of $478.7 million, representing 44% year‑over‑year growth (or $466.2 million, representing 41% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration).
  • Professional services and other billings of $50.5 million, representing 11% year‑over‑year growth (or $51.2 million, representing 13% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • Total billings of $529.2 million, representing 40% year‑over‑year growth (or $517.5 million, representing 37% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration).
  • Subscription gross profit of $317.3 million, representing 84% of subscription revenues.
  • Professional services and other gross profit of $1.5 million, representing 4% of professional services and other revenues.
  • Total gross profit of $318.8 million, representing 76% of total revenues.
  • Income from operations of $52.3 million, representing 13% of total revenues.
  • Net income of $41.9 million, or earnings of $0.25 per basic share and $0.24 per diluted share.
  • Free cash flow of $154.2 million, representing 37% of total revenues.

“We’re off to a strong start in Q1, continuing to diversify our business mix,” said John Donahoe, president and chief executive officer, ServiceNow. “Now 73 percent of all our customers license more than one product up from 50 percent two years ago. As Frank passes the torch, the company is well positioned to deliver on its goals with loyal customers and a growing partner ecosystem.”

“We continue to see success with our land and expand strategy, adding 26 new Global 2000 customers in Q1, compared to 21 in the same period last year,” said Michael Scarpelli, chief financial officer, ServiceNow. “We now have 370 customers each paying us more than $1 million in annualized contract value, an increase of 51 percent year‑over‑year.”

Financial Outlook

Our guidance is based on foreign exchange rates as of March 31, 2017. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures and the corresponding growth rates, and the table entitled "Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Guidance” for a reconciliation of non‑GAAP to GAAP metrics and corresponding growth rates.

For the second quarter of 2017, we expect:

  • GAAP subscription revenues between $400 and $404 million, representing 38% to 39% year‑over‑year growth (or non‑GAAP subscription revenues between $409 and $413 million, representing 41% to 42% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency). 
  • GAAP professional services and other revenues between $58 and $59 million, representing 15% to 17% year‑over‑year growth (or non‑GAAP professional services and other revenues between $60 and $61 million, representing 18% to 20% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • GAAP total revenues between $458 and $463 million, representing 34% to 36% year‑over‑year growth (or non‑GAAP total revenues between $469 and $474 million, representing 37% to 39% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • Non‑GAAP subscription billings between $444 and $448 million, representing 33% to 35% year‑over‑year growth (or between $460 and $464 million, representing 38% to 39% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration).
  • Non‑GAAP professional services and other billings between $47 and $48 million, representing 12% to 14% year‑over‑year growth (or between $49 and $50 million, representing 16% to 19% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • Non‑GAAP total billings between $491 and $496 million, representing 31% to 32% year‑over‑year growth (or between $509 and $514 million, representing 36% to 37% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration).
  • Non‑GAAP operating margin of 11%.
  • Non‑GAAP weighted average shares used to compute diluted net income per share of approximately 179 million shares.

For the full year 2017, we expect:

  • GAAP subscription revenues between $1,670 and $1,685 million, representing 37% to 38% year‑over‑year growth (or non‑GAAP subscription revenues between $1,693 and $1,708 million, representing 39% to 40% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • GAAP professional services and other revenues between $190 and $195 million, representing 13% to 15% year‑over‑year growth (or non‑GAAP professional services and other revenues between $193 and $198 million, representing 14% to 17% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • GAAP total revenues between $1,860 and $1,880 million, representing 34% to 35% year‑over‑year growth (or non‑GAAP total revenues between $1,886 and $1,906 million, representing 36% to 37% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • Non‑GAAP subscription billings between $2,030 and $2,045 million, representing 34% to 35% year‑over‑year growth (or between $2,064 and $2,079 million, representing 37% to 38% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration).
  • Non‑GAAP professional services and other billings between $205 and $210 million, representing 14% to 17% year‑over‑year growth (or between $208 and $213 million, representing 16% to 18% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency).
  • Non‑GAAP total billings between $2,235 and $2,255 million, representing 32% to 33% year‑over‑year growth (or between $2,272 and $2,292 million, representing 34% to 36% year‑over‑year growth adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration).
  • Non‑GAAP subscription gross margin of 84%.
  • Non‑GAAP professional services and other gross margin of 15%.
  • Non‑GAAP total gross margin of 77%.
  • Non‑GAAP operating margin of 16%.
  • Non‑GAAP free cash flow margin of 25%.
  • Non‑GAAP weighted average shares used to compute diluted net income per share of approximately 179 million shares. 

Conference Call Details

The conference call will begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (21:00 GMT) on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Interested parties may listen to the call by dialing 844.464.3153 (passcode: 95378330), or if outside North America, by dialing +1.508.637.5575 (passcode: 95378330). Individuals may access the live teleconference from the investor relations section of the ServiceNow website at http://investors.servicenow.com.

An audio replay of the conference call and webcast will be available two hours after its completion and will be accessible for 30 days. To hear the replay, interested parties may go to the investor relations section of the ServiceNow website or dial 855.859.2056 (passcode: 95378330), or if outside North America, by dialing +1.404.537.3406 (passcode: 95378330).

Investor Presentation Details

An investor presentation providing additional information and analysis can be found at http://investors.servicenow.com

Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures

We report non‑GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

We present revenues adjusted for constant currency and corresponding growth rates to provide a framework for assessing how our business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current period results for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. Dollars are converted into U.S. Dollars at the exchange rates in effect during the prior period presented, rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the current period. We believe the presentation of revenues adjusted for constant currency facilitates the comparison of revenues year‑over‑year.

We believe billings is a useful leading indicator regarding the performance of our business. We present subscription billings, professional services and other billings, and total billings, and corresponding growth rates, as the applicable revenue plus the applicable change in deferred revenue as presented or derived from the statement of cash flows. While we typically bill customers annually for our subscription services, customers sometimes request, and we accommodate, multi‑year billings, which are billings with durations in excess of the typical 12 month term. Accordingly, to facilitate greater comparability in our billings information, we further present billings adjusted for constant billings duration, in addition to adjusting for constant currency. To present this information, we adjust subscription billings and total billings for constant currency as described above, and adjust for constant duration by replacing the portion of multi‑year billings in excess of twelve months during the current period with the portion of multi‑year billings in excess of twelve months during the prior period presented. We also present professional services and other billings and corresponding growth rates adjusted for constant currency as described above.

Our non‑GAAP presentation of gross profit, income from operations and net income measures exclude stock‑based compensation expense, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs related to the convertible senior notes, amortization of purchased intangibles, legal settlements, business combination and other related costs, and the related income tax effect of these adjustments. We believe the presentation of operating results that exclude these non‑cash or non‑recurring items provides useful supplemental information to investors and facilitates the analysis of our operating results and comparison of operating results across reporting periods.

Free cash flow, which is a non‑GAAP financial measure, is calculated as net cash provided by operating activities plus cash paid for legal settlements, reduced by purchases of property and equipment. Free cash flow margin is calculated as free cash flow as a percentage of total revenues. We believe information regarding free cash flow and free cash flow margin provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of our business operations. However, our calculation of free cash flow and free cash flow margin may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.

The company encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non‑GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand its business. Please see the tables included at the end of this release for the reconciliation of GAAP and non‑GAAP results.

Use of Forward‑Looking Statements

This release contains “forward‑looking statements” regarding our performance, including but not limited to the section entitled “Financial Outlook.” Forward‑looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward‑looking statements. If any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, our results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward‑looking statements we make.

Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in any forward‑looking statements include: (i) errors, interruptions, delays, or security breaches in or of our service or web hosting, (ii) our ability to grow at our expected rate of growth, including our ability to convert deferred revenue and backlog into revenue, add and retain customers, sell additional subscriptions to existing customers and enter new geographies and markets, (iii) our ability to continue to release, and gain customer acceptance of, improved versions of our services, (iv) our ability to develop and gain customer acceptance of new products and services, including our platform, and (v) our ability to compete successfully against existing and new competitors.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results are included in our Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our Form 10‑Q that will be filed for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

We undertake no obligation, and do not intend, to update these forward‑looking statements, to review or confirm analysts’ expectations, or to provide interim reports or updates on the progress of the current financial quarter.

About ServiceNow

Your enterprise needs to move faster, but lack of process and legacy tools hold you back. Every day, thousands of customer requests, IT incidents, and HR cases follow their own paths—moving back and forth between people, machines and departments. Unstructured. Undocumented. Unimproved for years. With the ServiceNow® System of Action™ you can replace these unstructured work patterns of the past with intelligent workflows of the future. Now every employee, customer and machine can make requests on a single cloud platform. Every department working on these requests can assign and prioritize, collaborate, get down to root cause issues, gain real‑time insights and drive to action. Your employees are energized. Your service levels improve. And you realize game‑changing economics. Work at Lightspeed™. To find out how, visit www.servicenow.com.

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ServiceNow Q1 2017 complete financial tables (download PDF)