NEEDHAM, MA, July 19, 2017 ‑ PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended July 1, 2017.

  • Total GAAP revenue was $291 million; total non-GAAP revenue was $292 million
  • GAAP operating income was $11 million or 4% of revenue; non-GAAP operating income was $45 million or 15% of revenue
  • GAAP net loss was $1 million or $0.01 per diluted share; non-GAAP net income was $33 million or $0.28 per diluted share
  • License and subscription bookings were $90 million and subscription mix was 64%; Annual Contract Value (ACV) of new subscription contracts signed in the quarter was $29 million
  • Total deferred revenue, billed and unbilled, increased $251 million to $909 million from the same period last year
  • Subscription Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) increased $171 million or 131% to $302 million from the same period last year

“PTC delivered total revenue and earnings per share at or near the high-end of our guidance,” said James Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC. “Led by subscription revenue growth of 135% and recurring software revenue growth of 11%, total software revenue grew 4% year-over-year, despite a higher mix of subscription bookings than last year. We remain focused on creating long-term shareholder value by driving growth, expanding margins and transitioning to a subscription-based business model.”

Heppelmann continued, “We are excited about both the transformation we are driving in our core business and our leadership position in IoT. In addition to attracting over 8,000 in-person and virtual attendees to LiveWorx, we recently received two 2017 Compass Intelligence IoT Awards, and our strong technology and market position received further validation in IDC’s MarketScape report, which placed PTC squarely in the IoT platform leadership category and also recognized PTC as the market share leader.”

Additional third quarter operating and financial highlights are set forth below. Information about our bookings and other reporting measures is provided beginning on page four. For additional details, please refer to the prepared remarks and financial data tables that have been posted to the Investor Relations section of our website at

  • License and subscription bookings were $90 million. License and subscription bookings were below our expectations in the quarter due to sales execution issues in Japan. Actions to improve performance in Japan are underway. Compared to Q3’16, license and subscription bookings were down 14% as reported and 13% in constant currency due almost entirely to Japan. Q3’16 bookings also present a tough comparison, as bookings grew 32% over Q3’15 as reported and 31% in constant currency. On a year-to-date basis, bookings were $275 million, an increase of 6% year-over-year as reported and 7% in constant currency, despite a year-to-date decline in bookings in Japan of $20 million.
  • Subscription bookings comprised 64% of total bookings, modestly below our expectations primarily due to subscription bookings performance below our expectations, but also due to one large IoT deal that closed as a perpetual license. Subscription mix of 64% increased from 58% in the same period last year.
  • Total deferred revenue – billed and unbilled - increased $251 million or 38% year-over-year and 3% sequentially to $909 million. Billed deferred revenue increased 9% year-over year and declined 6% sequentially to $465 million, as expected, due to timing of support contract billings during the year. Billed deferred revenue can fluctuate quarterly based upon the contractual billings dates in our recurring revenue contracts as well as the timing of our fiscal reporting periods.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP software revenue were both approximately $248 million, an increase of 4% year-over-year as reported and 5% year-over-year in constant currency, despite a higher mix of subscription bookings than last year.
  • Approximately 87% of software revenue came from recurring revenue streams, up from 81% in the same period last year.
  • Annualized recurring revenue (ARR) was approximately $865 million, an increase of 11% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating expenses were approximately $198 million, compared to $199 million in the same period last year; non-GAAP operating expenses were approximately $174 million, compared to $175 million in the same period last year.
  • Operating cash flows were $74 million, and free cash flow was $69 million, both of which include cash payments for restructuring of approximately $6 million and legal payments of approximately $2 million.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of the end of the third quarter was $311 million and total debt, net of deferred issuance costs, was $712 million.
  • We resumed share buybacks in Q3’17 and repurchased $35 million worth of shares in the quarter, which represents more than 50% of free cash flow in the quarter.

Fiscal 2017 Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, the company expects:

Fiscal 2017 Business Outlook

The fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP EPS guidance exclude the estimated items outlined in the table below, as well as any tax effects and discrete tax items (which are not known or reflected).

Fiscal 2017 Business Outlook Q3

PTC’s Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Results Conference Call, Prepared Remarks and Financial Data Tables

Prepared remarks and financial data tables have been posted to the Investor Relations section of our website at The Company will host a management presentation to discuss results at 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. To access the live webcast, please visit PTC’s Investor Relations website at at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to download any necessary audio or plug-in software. To participate in the live conference call, dial 800-857-5592 or 773-799-3757 and provide the passcode PTC. The call will be recorded and a replay will be available for 10 days following the call by dialing 800-813-5525 and entering the pass code 6125. The archived webcast will also be available on PTC’s Investor Relations website.

Bookings Metrics

We offer both perpetual and subscription licensing options to our customers, as well as monthly software rentals for certain products. Given the difference in revenue recognition between the sale of a perpetual software license (revenue is recognized at the time of sale) and a subscription (revenue is deferred and recognized ratably over the subscription term), we use bookings for internal planning, forecasting and reporting of new license and cloud services transactions. In order to normalize between perpetual and subscription licenses, we define subscription bookings as the subscription annualized contract value (subscription ACV) of new subscription bookings multiplied by a conversion factor of 2. We arrived at the conversion factor of 2 by considering a number of variables including pricing, support, length of term, and renewal rates. We define subscription ACV as the total value of a new subscription booking divided by the term of the contract (in days) multiplied by 365. If the term of the subscription contract is less than a year, the ACV is equal to the total contract value.

License and subscription bookings equal subscription bookings (as described above) plus perpetual license bookings plus any monthly software rental bookings during the period. Total ACV equals subscription ACV (as described above) plus the annualized value of incremental monthly software rental bookings during the period.

Because subscription bookings is a metric we use to approximate the value of subscription sales if sold as perpetual licenses, it does not represent the actual revenue that will be recognized with respect to subscription sales or that would be recognized if the sales were perpetual licenses, nor does the annualized value of monthly software rental bookings represent the value of any such booking.

Total Deferred Revenue

Total Deferred Revenue consists of Billed Deferred Revenue and Unbilled Deferred Revenue. We define Unbilled Deferred Revenue as contractually committed orders for license, subscription and support with a customer for which the associated revenue has not been recognized and the customer has not been invoiced. We do not record Unbilled Deferred Revenue on our Consolidated Balance Sheet until we invoice the customer. Billed Deferred Revenue primarily relates to software agreements invoiced to customers for which the revenue has not yet been recognized.

Software Revenue

Any reference to “total recurring software revenue” or “recurring software revenue” means the sum of subscription revenue and support revenue. Any reference to “total software revenue” or “software revenue” means the sum of subscription revenue, support revenue and perpetual license revenue. “Subscription revenue” includes cloud services revenue.

Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR)

To help investors understand and assess the success of our subscription transition, we provide an Annualized Recurring Revenue operating measure. Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) for a given quarter is calculated by dividing the portion of non-GAAP software revenue attributable to subscription and support for the quarter by the number of days in the quarter and multiplying by 365. (A related metric is Subscription ARR, which is calculated by dividing the portion of non-GAAP revenue attributable to subscription for the quarter by the number of days in the quarter and multiplying by 365.) ARR should be viewed independently of revenue and deferred revenue as it is an operating measure and is not intended to be combined with or to replace either of those items. ARR is not a forecast of future revenue, which can be impacted by contract expiration and renewal rates, and does not include revenue reported as perpetual license or professional services revenue in our consolidated statement of income. Subscription and support revenue and ARR disclosed in a quarter can be impacted by multiple factors, including but not limited to (1) the timing of the start of a contract or a renewal, including the impact of on-time renewals, support win-backs, and support conversions, which may vary by quarter, (2) the ramping of committed monthly payments under a subscription agreement over time, and (3) multiple other contractual factors with the customer including other elements sold with the subscription or support contract. These factors can result in variability in disclosed ARR.

Navigate Allocation

In fiscal 2016, we launched Navigate, a ThingWorx-based IoT solution for PLM. In fiscal 2017, revenue and bookings for Navigate are being allocated 50% to Solutions and 50% to IoT. Fiscal 2016 reported amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current presentation. The impact of the reclassification on fiscal 2016 revenue was immaterial.

Constant Currency Change Metric

Year-over-year changes in revenue and bookings on a constant currency basis compare reported results excluding the effect of any hedging converted into U.S. dollars based on the corresponding prior year’s foreign currency exchange rates to reported results for the comparable prior year period.

Important Information about Non-GAAP References

PTC provides non-GAAP supplemental information to its financial results. We use these non-GAAP measures, and we believe that they assist our investors, to make period-to-period comparisons of our operational performance because they provide a view of our operating results without items that are not, in our view, indicative of our operating results. We believe that these non-GAAP measures help illustrate underlying trends in our business, and we use the measures to establish budgets and operational goals, communicated internally and externally, for managing our business and evaluating our performance. We believe that providing non-GAAP measures affords investors a view of our operating results that may be more easily compared to the results of peer companies. In addition, compensation of our executives is based in part on the performance of our business based on these non-GAAP measures. However, non-GAAP information should not be construed as an alternative to GAAP information as the items excluded from the non-GAAP measures often have a material impact on PTC’s financial results and such items often recur. Management uses, and investors should consider, non-GAAP measures in conjunction with our GAAP results.
Non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS exclude the effect of the following items:

  • Fair value of acquired deferred revenue is a purchase accounting adjustment recorded to reduce acquired deferred revenue to the fair value of the remaining obligation, so our GAAP revenue after an acquisition does not reflect the full amount of revenue that would have been reported if the acquired deferred revenue was not written down to fair value. We believe excluding these adjustments to revenue from these contracts (and associated costs in fair value adjustment to deferred services cost) is useful to investors as an additional means to assess revenue trends of our business.
  • Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense relating to stock-based awards issued to executive officers, employees and outside directors and to our employee stock purchase plan. We exclude this expense as it is a non-cash expense and we assess our internal operations excluding this expense and believe it facilitates comparisons to the performance of other companies in our industry.
  • Amortization of acquired intangible assets is a non-cash expense that is impacted by the timing and magnitude of our acquisitions. We believe the assessment of our operations excluding these costs is relevant to our assessment of internal operations and comparisons to the performance of other companies in our industry.
  • Acquisition-related charges included in general and administrative costs are direct costs of potential and completed acquisitions and expenses related to acquisition integration activities, including transaction fees, due diligence costs, severance and professional fees. In addition, subsequent adjustments to our initial estimated amount of contingent consideration associated with specific acquisitions are included within acquisition-related charges. These costs are not considered part of our normal operations as the occurrence and amount will vary depending on the timing and size of acquisitions.
  • U.S. pension plan termination-related costs include charges related to our plan that we began terminating in the second quarter of 2014. Costs associated with the termination are not considered part of our regular operations.
  • Restructuring charges include excess facility restructuring charges and severance costs resulting from reductions of personnel driven by modifications to our business strategy and not considered part of our normal operations. These costs may vary in size based on our restructuring plan.
  • Non-operating credit facility refinancing costs are non-operating charges we record as a result of the refinancing of our credit facility. We assess our internal operations excluding these costs and believe it facilitates comparisons to the performance of other companies in our industry.
  • Income tax adjustments include the tax impact of the items above and assumes that we are profitable on a non-GAAP basis in the U.S. and one foreign jurisdiction, and eliminates the effect of the valuation allowance recorded against our net deferred tax assets in those jurisdictions. Additionally, we exclude other material tax items that we view as non-ordinary course.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to GAAP results is provided within this press release.

PTC also provides information on “free cash flow” and “adjusted free cash flow” to enable investors to assess our ability to generate cash without incurring additional external financings and to evaluate our performance against our announced long term goal of returning approximately 40% of our free cash flow to shareholders via stock repurchases. Free cash flow is net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures; adjusted free cash flow is free cash flow excluding restructuring payments and certain identified non-ordinary course payments. Free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow are not measures of cash available for discretionary expenditures.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historic facts, including statements about our fourth quarter and full fiscal 2017 targets and other future financial and growth expectations and targets, and anticipated tax rates, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include: the macroeconomic and/or global manufacturing climates may not improve or may deteriorate; customers may not purchase our solutions when or at the rates we expect; our businesses, including our Internet of Things (IoT) business, may not expand and/or generate the revenue we expect; foreign currency exchange rates may vary from our expectations and thereby affect our reported revenue and expense; the mix of revenue between license & subscription solutions, support and professional services could be different than we expect, which could impact our EPS results; our customers may purchase more of our solutions as subscriptions than we expect, which would adversely affect near-term revenue, operating margins, and EPS; customers may not purchase subscriptions as we expect, which could impact our ability to achieve targeted subscription bookings and subscription mix; sales of our solutions as subscriptions may not have the longer-term effect on revenue that we expect; we may be unable to improve performance in Japan when or as we expect; we may be unable to generate sufficient operating cash flow to return 40% of free cash flow to shareholders and other uses of cash or our credit facility limits could preclude share repurchases; and any repatriation of cash held outside the U.S., which constitutes a significant portion of our cash, could be subject to significant taxes. In addition, our assumptions concerning our future GAAP and non-GAAP effective income tax rates are based on estimates and other factors that could change, including the geographic mix of our revenue, expenses and profits and loans and cash repatriations from foreign subsidiaries. Other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected are detailed from time to time in reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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