Strong ARR, Revenue, EPS, and Cash Flow Performance for the Third Quarter

BOSTON, MA, July 28, 2021 - PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2021.

“Our performance in the third quarter and year to date reflects continued strong execution. We again delivered double-digit top line growth, leading to solid operating and free cash flow results,” said James Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC.

“This performance reflects how PTC’s ‘Digital Transforms Physical’ strategy is resonating with customers and driving demand for our Core CAD and PLM solutions as well as our new Onshape and Arena SaaS offerings,” said Heppelmann. “Our breakthrough technologies across the product portfolio are gaining mindshare as customers are realizing the value these innovative solutions can bring to their organizations.”

“The SaaS delivery model is just beginning to disrupt the industrial technology market and I am excited that PTC has carved out a leadership position at the forefront of that paradigm shift,” continued Heppelmann. “By delivering CAD, PLM, IOT, and AR technologies in the cloud, customers can work faster, reduce total cost of ownership, be more efficient and increase the return on their investment over the long-term.”

Third quarter 2021 highlights [1]

Key operating and financial highlights are set forth below. For additional details, please refer to the Q3’21 earnings presentation and financial data tables that have been posted to the Investor Relations section of our website at

  • ARR was $1.42 billion in Q3’21, representing growth of 18%, or 15% in constant currency, compared to Q3’20, in line with our guidance. Organic growth was 14% in Q3’21, or 11% in constant currency, compared to Q3’20.

  • Revenue was $436 million in Q3’21 compared to $352 million in Q3’20, growth of 24%, or 19% in constant currency, driven primarily by strong execution, as well as the impact of up front license revenue recognition under ASC 606, and a modest contribution from Arena.

  • Cash flow from operations was $88 million and free cash flow was $85 million in Q3’21, in line with our expectations, compared to Q3’20 cash flow from operations of $105 million and free cash flow of $99 million.

  • Operating margin was 17% in Q3’21, compared to 18% in Q3’20. Non-GAAP operating margin in Q3’21 was 31%, compared to 29% in Q3’20.

  • Total cash and cash equivalents as of the end of Q3’21 was $366 million; gross debt was $1.5 billion. We repaid $30 million on our revolver in Q3’21.
    1We include operating and non-GAAP financial measures in our operational highlights. 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 2021 Guidance

“Year to date, PTC has delivered strong ARR, Revenue, EPS, Operating Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow, consistent with our guidance throughout the year. We remain on track to deliver against our full year guidance on a constant currency basis,” said Kristian Talvitie, EVP and CFO, PTC.

Our FY’21 financial guidance includes the assumptions below, which remain unchanged other than updating currency impact on ARR:

  • Our current guidance assumes a ~60 bps positive currency effect in FY’21.
  • Macroeconomic conditions related to the COVID-19 crisis improve in the second-half of FY’21.
  • Organic ARR growth of 10% to 12% on a constant currency basis and Arena contributes ~400 basis points of ARR growth.
  • FY’21 ARR growth is inclusive of a ~2% headwind from lower-than-expected Deferred ARR exiting FY’20, primarily due to lower bookings in FY’20 reflecting the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ARR YoY growth rates, on an organic constant currency basis, are expected to be approximately linear each quarter throughout FY’21.
  • Organic churn improves ~100 bps YoY.
  • GAAP tax rate is expected to be ~20%, including a benefit of $42 million related to the tax effects for Arena Solutions and an approximately $35 million tax reserve related to a tax matter in a non-US jurisdiction. Non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be ~19%.

    (1) Cash from operations and free cash flow include ~$15 million of restructuring payments, ~$15 million of acquisition-related payments, ~$18 million of un-forecasted payments related to the prior period tax exposure from a non-U.S. tax dispute, and ~$5 million of incremental interest related to the Arena acquisition; free cash flow is net of capital expenditures of ~$25 million.
    (2) The FY’21 non-GAAP guidance excludes the estimated items outlined in the table below, as well as any additional tax effects and discrete tax items (which are not known or reflected). Our FY’21 non-GAAP guidance also excludes tax expense of ~$35 million related to a non-U.S. prior period tax exposure related to foreign withholding taxes and a tax benefit of ~$42 million related to Arena Solutions. Our FY'21 guidance and the table below do not reflect any anticipated gains related to our investment in Matterport, Inc.

PTC’s Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Results Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss results at 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

To participate in the live conference call, dial (833) 670-0719 or (236) 714-2933 and provide the passcode 4499023, or log in to the webcast, available on PTC’s Investor Relations website. A replay will also be available.

Important Disclosures

Important Information About Our Non-GAAP Financial Measures
PTC provides supplemental non-GAAP financial measures to its financial results. We use these non-GAAP financial measures, and we believe that they assist our investors, to make period-to-period comparisons of our operating performance because they provide a view of our operating results without items that are not, in our view, indicative of our operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an alternative to GAAP results as the items excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures often have a material impact on our operating results, certain of those items are recurring, and others often recur. Management uses, and investors should consider, our non-GAAP financial measures only in conjunction with our GAAP results.

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: stock-based compensation; amortization of acquired intangible assets; acquisition-related and other transactional charges included in general and administrative expenses; restructuring and other charges, net; certain non-operating 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” on page 25 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020. In the first nine months of FY’21, we incurred tax expense related to a South Korean tax exposure which is excluded from our non-GAAP financial measures as it is related to prior periods and not included in management’s view of Q3’21 results for comparative purposes. We also incurred a tax benefit related to the release of a valuation allowance as a result of the Arena acquisition. As the non-GAAP tax provision is calculated assuming that there is no valuation allowance, this benefit has been excluded from our non-GAAP financial measures.

Free Cash Flow - PTC provides information on 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. Free cash flow is net cash provided by (used in) operations net of capital expenditures. Free cash flow is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures.

Constant Currency Change Metric - We present CC information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying business performed excluding the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present CC information, 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, 2020, rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during that period.

Operating Measure
ARR - To help investors understand and assess the performance of our business as a SaaS and on-premise subscription company we provide an ARR (Annual Run Rate) operating measure. ARR represents the annualized value of our portfolio of active subscription software, cloud, SaaS, and support contracts as of the end of the reporting period. ARR includes orders placed under our Strategic Alliance Agreement with Rockwell Automation, including orders placed to satisfy contractual minimum commitments.

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 customers.

Deferred ARR (DARR) - DARR represents the incremental annualized exit value of customer contracts that are committed as of the end of the reporting period to start or increase in value in a future period.

Because these measures represent the annualized value of customer contracts as of a point in time, they do not represent revenue for any particular period or remaining revenue that will be recognized in future periods.

Bookings - We define Bookings as the annualized value, based on the final month of the contract, of new renewable software contracts committed to in a period. For contracts with terms of less than one year that are not associated with an existing contract, the booking is equal to the total contract value.

Bookings can flow into ARR or DARR, depending on the start date of the contract, or in the case of ramp deals, the start dates of each subsequent tranche of the ramp.

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 not improve when or as we expect, or may deteriorate, due to, among other factors, the COVID-19 pandemic, which could cause customers to delay or reduce purchases of new software, reduce the number of subscriptions they carry, or delay payments to us, all of which would adversely affect ARR and our financial results, including cash flow; our businesses, including our SaaS businesses, may not expand and/or generate the revenue or ARR we expect if customers are slower to adopt our technologies than we expect or if they adopt competing technologies; foreign exchange rates may differ materially from those we expect; and orders associated with minimum purchase commitments under our Strategic Alliance Agreement with Rockwell Automation may not result in subscription contracts sold through to end-user customers, which could cause the ARR associated with those orders to churn. 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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PTC Q3’21 Earnings Presentation (PDF)