Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results
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Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results

  • Record full year gross revenue of $75.5 million, up 62% year-over-year

  • Record annual Bookings1 of $97.6 million, up 60% year-over-year

  • Record full year gross margin of 71%, up 400 basis points year-over-year

  • Annual dollar retention rate1 of 95%

  • Ended the year with over 800 clients and approximately 7.5 million users

SANTA MONICA, Calif. February 14, 2012 – Learning and talent management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. 

Gross revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $22.4 million, representing a 59% increase compared to the same period in 2010. Gross revenue for the full fiscal year of 2011 was $75.5 million, representing a 62% increase compared to the full fiscal year of 2010.

Bookings1, which the company defines as gross revenue plus the change in deferred revenue, were $38.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, representing a 58% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, and $97.6 million for the full fiscal year of 2011, a 60% increase compared to the full year 2010.  Deferred revenue at December 31, 2011 was $55.9 million, which was 65% higher than the balance at December 31, 2010.

“We had a strong finish to an outstanding first year as a public company,” said Adam Miller, President and CEO. “It is a testament to our team’s commitment to client success that we were able to sustain our high growth, maintain our exceptional rate of client retention, and continue to improve margins.”

“Now that both of our primary competitors—Taleo and SuccessFactors—are being acquired by ERP vendors,” Miller continued, “Cornerstone is well-positioned with the scale, opportunity and momentum to be the preeminent talent management provider for organizations of all sizes.”

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $16 million, representing a 128% year-over-year improvement compared to the same period in 2010.  Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2011 was 71% compared to 63% in the same period in 2010. The 2010 period includes a reduction of revenue of $2.9 million associated with the issuance of a common stock warrant issued to ADP.  On a non-GAAP basis1, gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2011 was 73% compared to 71% in the same period of 2010.

Gross profit for the full fiscal year of 2011 was $51.7 million, a 76% increase compared to 2010.  Gross margin for the full fiscal year of 2011 was 71% compared to 67% in the same period in 2010. On a non-GAAP basis1, gross margin for the full fiscal year of 2011 was 73% compared to 70% in the same period in 2010.

Cornerstone’s loss from operations for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $4.6 million compared to a loss from operations of $6.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, reflecting the company’s continued investments in scaling its operations. 

During the fourth quarter of 2011, net cash provided by operations was $4.9 million and the company generated approximately $4.2 million in unlevered free cash flow.1 For the full year, net cash provided by operations was $1.8 million and the company used approximately $1.4 million in unlevered free cash flow.1

At December 31, 2011, the company’s total cash and cash equivalents were $85.4 million and accounts receivable were $34.1 million. 

Cornerstone ended the year with 805 clients and approximately 7.5 million users, representing 67% and 52% year-over-year growth of the company’s client base and users, respectively.

In accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or on a “GAAP” basis, Cornerstone’s net loss for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $5.0 million compared to net loss of $16.9 million for the same period in 2010.  Non-GAAP net loss1 for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $3.0 million, or $(0.06) per share compared to non-GAAP net loss1 of $3.4 million, or $(0.32) per share, for the same period in 2010. 

Net loss for the full fiscal year 2011 was $63.9 million compared to net loss of $48.4 million for 2010.  Non-GAAP net loss1  for 2011 was $12.8 million, or $(0.32) per share compared to non-GAAP net loss1 of $10.2 million, or $(1.11) per share for 2010. 

Non-GAAP results exclude, if applicable for each given period, common stock warrant charges, expenses related to stock-based compensation and related employer-paid payroll taxes, changes in the fair value of preferred stock warrants, accretion related to preferred stock, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs, fees related to the early retirement of debt, and expenses associated with the company’s withdrawn secondary offering.

1 Bookings, unlevered free cash flow, annual dollar retention rate, non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share are non-GAAP measures.  Please see the discussion in the section “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and in the reconciliations at the end of the release.

Quarterly Conference Call

Cornerstone OnDemand will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 results at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. EST) today. A live audio webcast of the conference call, together with detailed financial information, can be accessed through the company's Investor Relations Web site at http://investors.cornerstoneondemand.com/events.cfm. The live call can be accessed by dialing (888) 357-3694 (U.S.) or 973-890-8276 (outside the U.S.) and referencing passcode: 5225-3594. A replay of the call will also be available at http://investors.cornerstoneondemand.com/events.cfm or via telephone until 9:00 p.m. PST on February 18, 2012 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or 404-537-3406 (outside the U.S.), and referencing passcode: 5225-3594.

About Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of a comprehensive learning and talent management solution.  We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution consists of the Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud*, the Cornerstone Performance Cloud, the Cornerstone Learning Cloud and the Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud. Our clients use our solution to develop employees throughout their careers, engage all employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors.  We currently empower approximately 7.5 million users across 179 countries and in 31 languages.  www.csod.com 

*Anticipated availability in early 2012.
Note:  Cornerstone® and Cornerstone OnDemand® are registered trademarks of Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. 

Forward-Looking Statements 

This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Cornerstone OnDemand's future financial performance, market growth, the demand for and benefits from the use of Cornerstone OnDemand's solutions, and general business conditions. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon Cornerstone OnDemand's historical performance and its current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Cornerstone OnDemand's expectations as of the date of this press announcement. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and Cornerstone OnDemand disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to attract new clients; the extent to which clients renew their subscriptions for our solution; our ability to compete as the talent management provider for organizations of all sizes; changes in the proportion of our client base that is comprised of enterprise or mid-sized organizations; our ability to manage our growth, including additional headcount and entry into new geographies; the timing and success of solutions offered by our competitors; unpredictable macro-economic conditions; reductions in information technology spending; the success of our new product and service introductions; a disruption in our hosting network infrastructure; costs and reputational harm that could result from defects in our solution; the success of our strategic relationships with third parties; the loss of any of our key employees; increased demands on our infrastructure and costs associated with operating as a public company; failure to protect our intellectual property; acts of terrorism or other vandalism, war or natural disasters; changes in current tax or accounting rules; and other risks and uncertainties. Further information on potential factors that could affect actual results is included in Cornerstone OnDemand's reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 14, 2011.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, Cornerstone OnDemand has provided in this release certain measures that have not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures include bookings, unlevered free cash flow, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share and non-GAAP gross margin. Cornerstone OnDemand uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating Cornerstone OnDemand's ongoing operational performance. Cornerstone OnDemand believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing its financial measures with other companies in Cornerstone OnDemand's industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. Non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share exclude common stock warrant charges, expenses related to stock-based compensation and related employer-paid payroll taxes, changes in the fair value of preferred stock warrants, accretion related to preferred stock, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs, fees related to the early retirement of debt, and expenses associated with our withdrawn secondary offering. These amounts are often difficult to predict and often excluded by other companies to help investors understand the operational performance of their business.  Non-GAAP financial measures that the Company uses may be different from measures that other companies may use. 

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in the tables included as part of this press release.

Investor Relations Contact:

Carolyn Bass
P: +1 (415) 445-3232
ir@csod.com

Press Contact:

Michelle Haworth
Cornerstone OnDemand
P: +1 (310) 752-0178
mhaworth@csod.com

Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results

 

 

 

 

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