BOSTON, MA, Jan 22, 2020 - PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 28, 2019.

“PTC continued to see solid demand for our product development and digital transformation technologies across all major geographies. Sales execution was strong in the quarter, and our partner ecosystem continued to expand our global reach,” said James Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC.

“PTC is entering this new decade with a robust portfolio that positions us to deliver an impressive combination of growth and profitability. We see a lot of momentum in the core CAD and PLM business, while our IOT and AR businesses continue to generate very strong growth,” continued Heppelmann.

“The addition of Onshape brings the industry’s only multi-tenant SaaS platform into our portfolio, providing significant new opportunities for companies who want to reap the benefits of developing products in a fully cloud-based environment,” concluded Heppelmann.

First quarter 2020 highlights [1]
Key operating and financial highlights are set forth below. 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
  • ARR was $1.16 billion. Growth of 11% compared to Q1’19 reflects solid performance in our Growth and Core product groups, and in our global channel.

  • Cash flow from operations was $8 million in Q1’20. Free cash flow was $3 million and adjusted free cash flow was $12 million, compared to negative free and adjusted free cash flow in Q1’19. On a trailing twelve-month basis, free cash flow growth was 27%, and adjusted free cash flow growth was 34% in Q1’20, compared to Q1’19.

  • Operating margin was 9% in Q1’20 on a GAAP basis compared to 9% in Q1’19; Q1’20 non-GAAP operating margin was 26%, compared to 24% in Q4’19, and 27% in Q1’19.

  • Total cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of the end of Q1’20 was $294 million; total debt, net of deferred issuance costs, was $1.12 billion.

Fiscal 2020 Outlook

“Given our solid Q1 performance, our visibility into the remainder of fiscal 2020, and favorable foreign exchange rates, we are raising our guidance ranges for ARR, Adjusted Free Cash Flow, Revenue and EPS,” said Kristian Talvitie, EVP and CFO, PTC.

[1] We include operating and non-GAAP financial measures in our operational highlights. We revised the definition of ARR on September 5, 2019. The detailed definitions of these items and reconciliations of Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP measures are included below and in the reconciliation tables at the end of this press release.

Fiscal 2020 Guidance

Our fiscal 2020 financial outlook includes the following general considerations:

  • Guidance includes the financial contribution from the recently completed Onshape acquisition.
  • Operating expenses are expected to grow roughly 9%, slightly elevated due to the Onshape acquisition.
  • Allows for potential impact of moderate weakening of macroeconomic conditions.
  • GAAP tax rate is expected to be 15%, 500 bps lower than previous guidance due to accounting related to the Onshape acquisition. Non-GAAP tax rate remains 19%.
  • Reflects operating cash flow of $245 million to $265 million.


  1. Free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow exclude capital expenditures of $27 million. Adjusted free cash flow also excludes restructuring payments of $42 million.
  2. The FY’20 non-GAAP guidance excludes the estimated expense items outlined in the table below, as well as any tax effects and discrete tax items (which are not known nor reflected).

PTC’s Fiscal First Quarter 2020 Results Conference Call, Prepared Remarks and 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 conference call to discuss results at 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

To access the live webcast, we recommend you visit PTC’s Investor Relations website at 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to download any necessary audio or plug-in software.

To participate in the live conference call, dial 773-799-3757 or 800-857-5592 and provide the passcode PTC. The call will be recorded, and replay will be available for 10 days following the call by dialling 800-308-7858 and entering the passcode 1308. The archived webcast will also be available on PTC’s Investor Relations website.

Important Disclosures

Important Information About Our Operating and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
PTC provides non-GAAP supplemental financial 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 our 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, fair value adjustment to deferred services cost, stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition-related and other transactional charges included in general and administrative costs, restructuring and headquarters relocation charges, and income tax adjustments. Additional information about the items we exclude from our non-GAAP financial measures and the reasons we exclude them can be found in “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019.

Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow - 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 goals and intent to return approximately 50% of our free cash flow to shareholders via stock repurchases. As a reminder, we suspended the share repurchase program for FY’20. 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, certain acquisition-related 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.

Constant Currency Change Metric - We present CC information for revenue, EPS, ARR, and FCF to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying business performed excluding the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present CC revenue, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars using the foreign exchange rate as of September 30, 2019, rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during that period.

Operating Measures
ARR - To help investors understand and assess the success of our subscription transition, we provide an ARR operating measure. On September 5, 2019, we revised the ARR definition. ARR represents the annualized value of our portfolio of recurring customer arrangements as of the end of the reporting period, including subscription software, cloud, and support contracts. This is a change from our prior definition where ARR for a quarter was calculated by dividing the portion of non-GAAP software revenue attributable to subscription and support under ASC 605 for the quarter by the number of days in the quarter and multiplying by 365.

We believe ARR is a valuable operating metric to measure the health of a subscription business because it captures expected subscription and support cash generation from new customers, existing customer expansions and includes the impact of churn (gross churn net of pricing).

Because this measure represents the annualized value of recurring customer contracts as of the end of a reporting period, ARR does not represent revenue or billings for any particular period or remaining revenue that will be recognized in future periods.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historic facts, including statements about our future financial and growth expectations and targets, 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 deteriorate due to, among other factors, the geopolitical environment, including the focus on technology transactions with non-U.S. entities and potential expanded prohibitions, and ongoing trade tensions and tariffs; our businesses, including our Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality and Onshape businesses, may not expand and/or generate the revenue we expect if customers are slower to adopt those technologies than we expect or adopt competing technologies; bookings associated with minimum ACV commitments under our Strategic Alliance Agreement with Rockwell Automation may not result in subscription contracts sold through to end-user customers; we may be unable to generate sufficient operating cash flow to repay the Onshape debt when or as we expect or to return 50% of free cash flow to shareholders and other uses of cash or our credit facility limits or other matters could preclude such repayments or share repurchases; we may be unable to expand our partner ecosystem as we expect; and our partners may not generate the revenue we expect. 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. 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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