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ServiceNow Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • Subscription revenues of $995 million in Q1 2020, representing 34% year‑over‑year growth, 36% adjusted for constant currency
  • 37 transactions over $1 million in net new annual contract value in Q1 2020, representing 48% year‑over‑year growth
  • 933 total customers with over $1 million in annual contract value, representing 30% year‑over‑year growth

SANTA CLARA, Calif. ‑ April 29, 2020 ‑ ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), the leading digital workflow company making work, work better for people, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2020, with subscription revenues of $995 million in Q1 2020, representing 34% year‑over‑year growth, 36% adjusted for constant currency.

During the quarter, ServiceNow closed 37 transactions with more than $1 million in net new annual contract value (ACV), representing 48% year‑over‑year growth. Deals included the company’s second‑largest new customer transaction ever, as well as the Asia Pacific region’s largest customer service management deal ever. The company now has 933 total customers with more than $1 million in ACV, representing 30% year‑over‑year growth in customers.

"This pandemic has allowed us to engage our customers in new ways, enabling them to focus on their most critical workflows,” said ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott. “Businesses are splitting apart old value chains and reassembling them in end‑to‑end, mobile‑first experiences on the Now Platform. Our Q1 results are a direct reflection of ServiceNow’s unique position as the workflow platform to create great employee and customer experiences ‑ even in these challenging conditions. With our outstanding team and culture, I am extremely confident in the long‑term growth trajectory of this company.”

“We are working closely with our customers to support them in this challenging environment,” said Gina Mastantuono, ServiceNow CFO. “In Q1, we exceeded the high end of our guidance for subscription revenues and billings and delivered another strong quarter of operating profit and free cash flow. With our recurring revenue model, we are in a strong financial position to manage through near‑term uncertainties and for long‑term growth. We continue to focus on customer‑driven innovation and remain confident in our path to $10 billion in revenue and beyond.”

First Quarter 2020 GAAP and NonGAAP Results:

The following table summarizes our financial results for the first quarter 2020:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 2020
GAAP Results

 

First Quarter 2020 Non‑GAAP Results(1)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

Adjusted Amount
($ millions)(2)

Adjusted Year/Year Growth (%)

Subscription revenues

$995

 

34%

 

 

 

$1,006

 

36%

Professional services and other revenues

$52

 

6%

 

 

 

$53

 

7%

Total revenues

$1,046

 

33%

 

 

 

$1,059

 

34%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription billings

 

 

 

$1,055

 

30%

$1,065

 

32%

Professional services and other billings

 

 

 

$48

 

0%

$49

 

2%

Total billings

 

 

 

$1,103

 

29%

$1,114

 

30%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount
($ millions)

Margin (%)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Margin (%)

 

 

Subscription gross profit

$835

 

84%

 

$863

 

87%

 

 

Professional services and other gross profit (loss)

($12)

 

(23%)

 

$0

 

0%

 

 

Total gross profit

$823

 

79%

 

$863

 

83%

 

 

Income from operations

$49

 

5%

 

$251

 

24%

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$492

 

47%

 

 

 

 

 

Free cash flow

 

 

 

$409

 

39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount
($ millions)

Earnings per
Basic/Diluted
Share ($)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Earnings per
Basic/Diluted
Share ($)

 

 

Net income

$48

$0.25 / $0.24

 

$207

$1.09 / $1.05

 

 

 

  1. 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. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “GAAP to Non‑GAAP Reconciliation” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.
  2. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription revenues, professional services and other revenues, total revenues and professional services and other billings are adjusted for constant currency. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription billings and total billings are adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “GAAP to Non‑GAAP Reconciliation” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.
  3. Note: Numbers rounded for presentation purposes.

Financial Outlook

While we believe we are in a strong financial position to weather impacts caused to our business by COVID‑19, many of our customers are now operating under very challenging circumstances, especially those in industries highly affected by COVID‑19, and may re‑evaluate their spend. As such, the second quarter 2020 guidance and updated full‑year 2020 guidance we are providing today factor in the expected impacts of COVID‑19 based on information available to us today. Our guidance is also based on the assumption that generally the most significant headwinds will occur in the second and third quarters of 2020 and there will be increased uncertainty around new business, renewal timing or billings terms, particularly with customers in these highly affected industries. We are further assuming that economic conditions will begin to open up more broadly by the end of the year. Significant variation from these assumptions could cause us to modify our guidance higher or lower.

Our guidance includes GAAP and non‑GAAP financial measures.

The following table summarizes our guidance for the second quarter 2020:

 

Second Quarter 2020
GAAP Guidance

 

Second Quarter 2020 Non‑GAAP Guidance(1)

 

Amount
($ millions)(2)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

 

Amount
($ millions)(2)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

Adjusted Amount
($ millions)(3)

Adjusted
Year/Year
Growth (%)

Subscription revenues

$995 ‑ $1,000

27% ‑ 28%

 

 

 

$1,008 ‑ $1,013

29% ‑ 30%

Subscription billings

 

 

 

$960 ‑ $980

18% ‑ 20%

$976 ‑ $996

20% ‑ 22%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margin (%)

 

 

Income from operations

 

 

 

 

23

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount
(millions)

 

 

 

Weighted‑average shares used to compute diluted net income per share

 

 

 

196

 

 

 

 

                   
  1. 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. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Guidance” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.
  2. Guidance for GAAP subscription revenues and non‑GAAP subscription billings is based on foreign exchange rates as of March 31, 2020 for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. Dollars.
  3. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription revenues are adjusted for constant currency. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription billings are adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Guidance” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.

The following table summarizes our guidance for full‑year 2020:

 

Full‑Year 2020
GAAP Guidance

 

Full‑Year 2020 Non‑GAAP Guidance(1)

 

Amount
($ millions)(2)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

 

Amount
($ millions)(2)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

Adjusted Amount
($ millions)(3)

Adjusted
Year/Year
Growth (%)

Subscription revenues

$4,125 ‑ $4,145

27%

 

 

 

$4,167 ‑ $4,187

28% ‑ 29%

Subscription billings

 

 

 

$4,600 ‑ $4,660

21% ‑ 23%

$4,664 ‑ $4,724

 23% ‑ 25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margin (%)

 

 

Subscription gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

86%

 

 

Income from operations

 

 

 

 

 

23%

 

 

Free cash flow

 

 

 

 

 

29%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount
(millions)

 

 

 

Weighted‑average shares used to compute diluted net income per share

 

 

 

196

 

 

 

 

                   
  1. 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. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Guidance” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.
  2. GAAP subscription revenues and non‑GAAP subscription billings for the future quarters included in our full‑year 2020 guidance are based on foreign exchange rates as of March 31, 2020 for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. Dollars.
  3. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription revenues are adjusted for constant currency. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription billings are adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Guidance” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.

The following table compares our updated full‑year 2020 guidance against our previously issued full‑year 2020 guidance dated January 29, 2020:

 

Comparison of Updated Full‑Year 2020 Guidance to Previously Issued Guidance(1)
($ millions)

 

Previous Guidance
Midpoint(2)

Currency
Impact(3)

Duration
Impact(4)

Guidance
Change

Current Guidance
Midpoint(5)

GAAP subscription revenues

$4,230

($52)

$0

($43)

$4,135

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑GAAP subscription billings(6)

$4,815

($62)

$0

($123)

$4,630

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Numbers rounded for presentation purposes.
  2. Refers to previously issued full‑year 2020 guidance dated January 29, 2020.
  3. GAAP subscription revenues and non‑GAAP subscription billings for the future quarters included in our full‑year 2020 guidance are based on foreign exchange rates in effect at the end of the current quarter for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. Dollars. Currency impact represents the sum of (i) the impact of the difference between the actual average rates in the period used to calculate our Q1 2020 actual results and the rates as of December 31, 2019 assumed in our previously issued guidance dated January 29, 2020 plus (ii) the impact of the difference between the exchange rates in effect as of March 31, 2020 assumed in our updated full‑year 2020 guidance, and the rates as of December 31, 2019 assumed in our previously issued guidance dated January 29, 2020.
  4. Represents the impact of billings greater than 12 months in excess of guidance assumptions.
  5. Represents the updated full‑year 2020 guidance presented in the table above.
  6. 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. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Guidance” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.

Conference Call Details

The conference call will begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (22:00 BST) on April 29, 2020. Interested parties may listen to the call by dialing (877) 824‑2843 (passcode: 5483537), or if outside North America, by dialing (647) 689‑5665 (passcode: 5483537). Individuals may access the live teleconference from this webcast link:

https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2160384/71CDE30CE54CE86C723B429F25CF2C35

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 (800) 585‑8367 (passcode: 5483537), or if outside North America, by dialing (416) 621‑4642 (passcode: 5483537).

Investor Presentation Details

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

Statement Regarding Use of NonGAAP Financial Measures

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

  • Adjusted revenues. We present revenues adjusted for constant currency 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 (USD) are converted into USD at the average exchange rates in effect during the comparison period (for Q1 2019, the average exchange rates in effect for our major currencies were 1 USD to 0.8804 Euros and 1 USD to 0.7679 British Pound Sterling (GBP)), rather than the actual average exchange rates in effect during the current period (for Q1 2020, the average exchange rates in effect for our major currencies were 1 USD to 0.9069 Euros and 1 USD 0.7807 GBP). Similarly, in our guidance, we apply the average exchange rates in effect during the comparison period rather than the exchange rates for the guidance period. We believe the presentation of revenues adjusted for constant currency facilitates the comparison of revenues year‑over‑year.
  • Billings and Adjusted billings. We believe billings is a useful leading indicator regarding the performance of our business. We define subscription billings, professional services and other billings, and total billings as the applicable revenue plus the applicable change in deferred revenue, unbilled receivables and customer deposits as presented or derived from the statement of cash flows. We adjust billings for constant currency, as described above, and for constant duration by replacing the portion of multi‑year billings in excess of twelve months during the current or guidance period with the portion of multi‑year billings in excess of twelve months during the comparison period. We believe these adjustments facilitate greater comparability in our billings information year‑over‑year.
  • Gross profit, Income from operations, Net income and Net income per share ‑ diluted. Our non‑GAAP presentation of gross profit, income from operations, and net income measures exclude certain non‑cash or non‑recurring items, including stock‑based compensation expense, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs related to our convertible senior notes, loss on early note conversions, amortization of purchased intangibles, legal settlements, business combination and other related costs, and the related income tax effect of these adjustments. The non‑GAAP weighted‑average shares used to compute our non‑GAAP net income per share ‑ diluted excludes the dilutive effect of the in‑the‑money portion of convertible senior notes as they are covered by our note hedges, and includes the dilutive effect of time‑based stock awards, the dilutive effect of warrants and the potentially dilutive effect of our stock awards with performance conditions not yet satisfied at forecasted attainment levels to the extent we believe it is probable that the performance condition will be met. We believe these adjustments provide useful supplemental information to investors and facilitates the analysis of our operating results and comparison of operating results across reporting periods.
  • Free cash flow. Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities plus cash paid for legal settlements and repayments of convertible senior notes attributable to debt discount, 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.

Our presentation of non‑GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. We encourage investors to carefully consider our results under GAAP, as well as our supplemental non‑GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand our business. Please see the tables included at the end of this release for the reconciliation of GAAP and non‑GAAP results and guidance.

Use of ForwardLooking Statements

This release contains “forward‑looking statements” regarding our performance, including but not limited to statements in 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.

Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in any forward‑looking statements include: (i) the impact and duration of the health impact of COVID‑19 and the economic impact of safety measures to mitigate its impact; (ii) our ability to compete successfully against existing and new competitors, (iii) our ability to comply with privacy laws, data transfer restrictions, and other foreign and domestic standards related to data and the Internet, (iv) our ability to predict, prepare for and respond promptly to rapidly evolving technological, market and customer developments, (v) errors, interruptions, delays, or security breaches in or of our service or datacenters, (vi) our ability to grow our business, including converting remaining performance obligations into revenue, adding and retaining customers, selling additional subscriptions to existing customers, selling to larger enterprises, government and regulated organizations with complex sales cycles and certification processes, and entering new geographies and markets, (vii) our ability to develop and gain customer acceptance of new and improved products and services, including those acquired through strategic transactions, and (viii) material changes in the value of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. Dollar. Additionally, these forward‑looking statements, particularly our guidance, involve risk, uncertainties and assumptions, including those related to the impacts of COVID‑19 on our business and global economic conditions. Many of these assumptions relate to matters that are beyond our control and changing rapidly, including, but not limited to, the timeframes for and severity of social distancing and other mitigation requirements, the impact of COVID‑19 on our customers’ purchasing decisions and the length of our sales cycles, particularly for customers in certain industries highly affected by COVID‑19. Significant variation from the assumptions underlying our forward‑looking statements could cause our actual results to vary, and the impact could be significant.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results are included in our Form 10‑Q that will be filed for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our Form 10‑K filed for the year ended December 31, 2019.

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

ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) is making the world of work, work better for people. Our cloud‑based platform and solutions deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity for employees and the enterprise. For more information, visit: www.servicenow.com.

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ServiceNow Q1 2020 complete financial tables (download PDF)

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Investor Contact:
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408.831.6040
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