Strong Q1 performance; Raising low end of FY’22 constant currency ARR guidance
BOSTON, MA, January 26, 2022 - PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today reported financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2021.
“Our fiscal 2022 is off to a solid start with our key operating and financial metrics showing strong performance. In Q1, we delivered constant currency ARR growth of 16% to end the quarter at $1.51 billion, plus operating cash flow of $138 million and adjusted free cash flow of $145 million,” said James Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC.
“In Q1 we saw growth across our product portfolio and in all geographies over the same period last year as our customers continue to invest in our offerings to drive their digital transformation initiatives”, continued Heppelmann. “Demand for SaaS offerings is high as shown by high growth rates of our cloud-native Onshape and Arena products, and our CAD and PLM businesses continue to outpace market growth.”
“We are accelerating our multi-year SaaS transformation, and our strong performance this quarter has enabled us to raise the low end of our constant currency ARR guidance and positions us well to deliver on our cash flow targets for 2022,” concluded Heppelmann.
First quarter 2022 highlights
Key operating and financial highlights are set forth below. For additional details, please refer to the Q1’22 earnings presentation and financial data tables that have been posted to the Investor Relations section of our website at investor.ptc.com.
Q2’22 and Fiscal 2022 Guidance
“PTC delivered strong first quarter results modestly exceeding our expectations,” said Kristian Talvitie, EVP and CFO, PTC. “While we are reducing the range for the total restructuring charge from $45 to $50 million to $40 to $45 million, and the expected restructuring related cash payments from $50 to $55 million to $45 to $50 million, from a cash flow perspective, we continue to expect approximately $430 million of cash from operations, approximately $400 million of Free Cash Flow, and approximately $450 million of Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the full fiscal year of 2022.”
(1) On a constant currency basis, using our FY’22 Plan foreign exchange rates for all periods. Based on foreign exchange rate fluctuations as of the end of Q1’22, we currently expect a $13 million headwind, relative to our constant currency ARR guidance for FY’22, and a $12 million headwind, relative to our constant currency ARR guidance for Q1’22.
(2) (Free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow guidance are net of expected capex of approximately $30 million in FY’22 and $8 million in Q2’22. FY’22 cash from operations and free cash flow guidance include expected restructuring and acquisition-related payments of approximately $45 million - $50 million, which are excluded from FY’22 adjusted free cash flow guidance. Q2’22 cash from operations and free cash flow guidance include expected restructuring and acquisition-related payments of approximately $20 million, which are excluded from Q2’22 adjusted free cash flow guidance.
Our FY’22 financial guidance includes the assumptions below.
Q2’22 Guidance and Assumptions:
PTC’s Fiscal First Quarter Results Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call to discuss results at 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. To participate in the live conference call, dial (888) 330-2508 or (240) 789-2735 and provide the passcode 7328695, or log in to the webcast, available on PTC’s Investor Relations website. A replay will also be available.
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 credits; 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 24 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021. In FY’21, we incurred tax expense related to a South Korean tax matter which is excluded from our non-GAAP financial measures as it is related to prior periods and not included in management’s view of results for comparative purposes. We also recorded a tax benefit in FY’21 related to the release of our U.S. valuation allowance as a result of the Arena acquisition and our conclusion that it is now more likely than not that we will realize the majority of our deferred tax assets in the U.S. 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 and Adjusted Free Cash Flow - - PTC 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. Free cash flow is net cash provided by (used in) operations net of capital expenditures. Adjusted free cash flow is free cash flow net of restructuring payments, acquisition-related payments, and non-ordinary course tax-related payments or receipts. Free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow are not measures of cash available for discretionary expenditures.
Constant Currency (CC) 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, FY21 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, 2021, rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during that period.
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.
Statements in this press release that are not historic facts, including statements about our future financial and growth expectations and targets, and potential stock repurchases, 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; our strategic initiatives and investments, including our restructuring and our accelerated investments in our transition to SaaS, may not deliver the results when or as we expect; we may be unable to generate sufficient operating cash flow to repay amounts under our credit facility 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 repayment and/or repurchases; foreign exchange rates may differ materially from those we expect; and orders associated with minimum 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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