2018 Press Releases

May 07, 2018

Commvault Announces Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Financial Results and Unveils Strategic Transformation Initiative

Commvault announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 and unveiled Commvault Advance, a multi-pronged transformation initiative spanning a series of actions completed over the past year, currently underway, and still to come that together are designed to drive sustained business performance.  

N. Robert Hammer, Commvault's Chairman, President and CEO stated, "We concluded our fiscal year achieving quarterly software and products revenue of $83.5 million, representing 7% growth year over year, and total revenues of $184.9 million, which increased 11% year over year.  Our software and products revenue growth was driven by a record number of enterprise transactions and significant acceleration of our subscription-based pricing model.  For the fourth quarter, approximately 37% of our software and products revenue was attributable to subscription-based pricing which resulted in full year fiscal 2018 subscription-based pricing being 25% of our software and product revenues.  We are also pleased with the early success of our Commvault HyperScale™ Appliance, Commvault HyperScale™ Software, and Platform enhancements that had a significant impact to product revenues in the quarter." 

"These results show the progress we are making in strengthening our competitive technology position, enhancing and expanding distribution, and realigning resources to drive our go-to-market as a partner-led organization.  However, we know we can and must do more in order to return the Company to sustainable, profitable growth.  The transformation plan announced today, Commvault Advance, is designed to accelerate our margin improvement and ensure we fully capitalize on Commvault's market leadership, with value creation for our shareholders and customers alike.  Finally, we remained opportunistic during the fourth fiscal quarter repurchasing $21 million of our common stock bringing our full fiscal year 2018 repurchases to $112 million," said Hammer.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were $184.9 million, an increase of 11% year-over-year and 3% sequentially.  Software and products revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $83.5 million, an increase of 7% year-over-year and 3% sequentially.  Services revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $101.4 million, an increase of 15% year-over-year and 2% sequentially.

For the full fiscal year, total revenues were $699.4 million, an increase of 8% from fiscal 2017.  Software and products revenue for the full fiscal year was $311.7 million, an increase of 7% from fiscal 2017.  Services revenue for the full fiscal year was $387.6 million, an increase of 9% from fiscal 2017.

On a GAAP basis, income from operations (EBIT) increased to $4.6 million for the fourth quarter compared to a loss of $1.8 million in the same period of the prior year.  Non-GAAP income from operations (EBIT) increased to $22.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $17.6 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

On a GAAP basis, loss from operations (EBIT) for the full fiscal year was $0.9 million.  Non-GAAP income from operations (EBIT) increased 2% to $76.0 million in fiscal 2018 compared to $74.5 million in fiscal 2017.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, Commvault reported net loss of $1.7 million.  Non-GAAP net income for the quarter increased to $14.5 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, from $11.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the same period of the prior year. 
For the full fiscal year, Commvault reported a net loss of $61.9 million.  During the year, Commvault recorded approximately $52.5 million of non-cash income tax charges related to the combined impact of the lower US corporate income tax rate on deferred tax assets and recording a valuation allowance against the remaining value of deferred tax assets.  Non-GAAP net income for the full fiscal year increased to $48.7 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, from $47.1 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, in fiscal 2017.

Operating cash flow totaled $23.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $29.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. For the full fiscal year, operating cash flow was $84.2 million, compared to $100.0 million for fiscal 2017. Total cash and short-term investments were $462.4 million as of March 31, 2018 compared to $450.2 million as of March 31, 2017.  During the fiscal fourth quarter, Commvault repurchased $21.0 million of common stock (0.4 million shares) bringing the fiscal 2018 total repurchases to $112.2 million (2.1 million shares).  Commvault made no borrowings against its line of credit in fiscal 2018.  Commvault terminated the line of credit in February 2018. 

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results has been provided in Financial Statement Table IV included in this press release.  An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Commvault Advance 

Increasing the rate of top line growth and getting Commvault back to sustainable growth in operating margins are at the core of the Commvault Advance initiative.  Commvault Advance began implementation internally with product improvements developed over the course of the past 18 months, followed by strategic partner actions late in 2018, and was designed to accelerate change and to be announced at the beginning of the company's new fiscal year, staring April 1, 2018.

Commvault has already taken important actions toward achieving these objectives, including:

  • Established product solution groups that more tightly bridge between product development and product go-to-market, speeding the time from product conception to market availability.

  • Made changes over the past year to deliver solutions that are simpler for customers to implement and use, including a powerful yet simple, web-based user interface, and appliance offerings.

  • Made changes in pricing and packaging, making it easier for customers to buy Commvault products, including subscription-based pricing models that have accounted for approximately 37% of Q4 and 25% of FY'18 software and product revenue.

  • Launched new products into market to extend Commvault's innovation leadership, including Commvault HyperScale Software and Appliances; data migration and cloud management solutions; and the portfolio of software-as-a-service and outcomes-based offerings.  For example, in their first full quarter of being in market, Commvault HyperScale Technology and ScaleProtect with Cisco UCS had a significant contribution to quarterly software and product revenue.

  • Over the past year, we have established a much broader, stronger partner ecosystem with announcements with the following key strategic partners: Cisco, HPE, Microsoft and AWS; and new relationships with Infinidat, and Google and Oracle,and others. 

  • Added new senior leadership to drive a strategic re-focusing of Commvault's go-to-market with partners, including new worldwide heads of partnerships, alliances and channels. 

Commvault announced today that it is implementing a series of new transformational moves under Commvault Advance.  These steps include:

  • Immediate moves to create a more efficient go-to-market team by restructuring and reorganizing field-facing resources in sales and marketing to be directly tied to key routes to market with alliances, distribution, service provider, and global SI partners. 

  • A worldwide cost-reduction effort, with actions underway to reduce, consolidate and align resources across all functional areas.  This effort will include an examination of the use of contracted employees, third party expenses, T&E and targeted headcount reductions of approximately 4% of the workforce. 

  • Supplemental pricing and packaging options in the company's core data protection offering, and upcoming new product announcements that are aligned with key routes to market. 

In addition, as separately announced today in connection with our agreement with Elliott Management, Commvault and its Board of Directors have initiated new governance initiatives and a comprehensive review of Commvault's business and capital allocation to identify additional opportunities for improvement and value creation.