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Subscription Revenues of $434.5 Million, Up 42% Year Over Year; Total Revenues of $525.3 Million, Up 41% Year Over Year

Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced results for the fiscal second quarter ended July 31, 2017.

  • Total revenues were $525.3 million, an increase of 40.6% from the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Subscription revenues were $434.5 million, an increase of 42.0% from the same period last year.
  • Operating loss was $81.6 million, or negative 15.5% of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $86.7 million, or negative 23.2% of revenues, in the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating profit for the second quarter was $49.0 million, or 9.3% of revenues, compared to a non-GAAP operating profit of $6.1 million, or 1.6% of revenues, in the same period last year.1
  • Net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.40, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.55 in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.24, compared to a non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.04 in the same period last year.1
  • Operating cash flows for the second quarter were $15.1 million and free cash flows were negative $23.4 million. For the trailing twelve months, operating cash flows were $376.4 million and free cash flows were $247.5 million.2
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $2.1 billion as of July 31, 2017. Unearned revenues were $1.2 billion, a 26.2% increase from the same period last year.

Comments on the News

“Our second quarter results underscore our belief that Workday is the leading provider of finance and HR in the cloud. Not only did we see continued traction in finance, but now more than 30% of the Fortune 500 have selected Workday for core HR,” said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. “Coupling this success with our increasing strength among medium enterprises and strong adoption of new products like Workday Planning gives us great confidence in our ability to continue growing market share globally while keeping customer satisfaction among the highest in the industry.”

“We were pleased to deliver our fourth consecutive quarter of over 40% subscription revenue growth, along with solid operating margins,” said Robynne Sisco, chief financial officer, Workday. “With the momentum from our second quarter results, we are raising our fiscal 2018 outlook and are now expecting subscription revenue of $1.750 to $1.757 billion, or growth of 36%. We expect our third quarter subscription revenue to be between $450 and $452 million, or growth of 33% to 34%. We continue to focus our investments on areas of the business that drive long-term growth, while delivering strong operating margins and cash flow expansion over time.”

Recent Highlights

  • Workday announced its intent to open the Workday Cloud Platform, equipping customers and, eventually, a broader ecosystem of partners, ISVs, and developers with a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering to build custom extensions and applications for customers’ business needs.
  • Workday was positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the first-ever Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large, and Global Enterprises. Workday was recognized as a leader based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision.3
  • Workday announced continued medium enterprise momentum with customers across industries deploying Workday and realizing business benefits including the ability to reduce risk, and rapidly scale and adjust their business.

Workday was named one of the Best Large Workplaces in Europe by the Great Place to Work Institute, ranking #3 on this year’s list. Workday was also ranked #1 in the Bay Area News Group’s top workplaces for the seventh consecutive year.

Workday plans to host a conference call today to review its second quarter financial results and to discuss its financial outlook. The call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET and can be accessed via webcast or through Workday’s Investor Relations website. The webcast will be available live, and a replay will be available following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 45 days.

Workday intends to use the Workday Blog as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

1 Non-GAAP operating profit (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share exclude share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, amortization expense for acquisition-related intangible assets, and debt discount and issuance costs associated with convertible notes. See the section titled “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

2 Free cash flows are defined as operating cash flows minus capital expenditures (excluding owned real estate projects). See the section titled “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

3 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises, 19 June 2017

Disclaimer – Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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