Cloud Security

Cloud Security Co. CrowdStrike Reports Q1 2022 Financial Results

CrowdStrike
  • Achieves ending ARR of $1.19 billion driven by net new ARR of $144 million
  • Adds 1,524 net new subscription customers
  • Delivers record operating and free cash flow for the second consecutive quarter

CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint and cloud workload protection, today announced financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2022, ended April 30, 2021.

“CrowdStrike kicked off the new fiscal year with strong momentum and delivered outstanding first quarter results that exceeded our expectations. We saw strength in multiple areas of the business, added $144 million in net new ARR in the quarter and grew ending ARR 74% year-over-year to exceed $1.19 billion. The CrowdStrike name has become synonymous with best-in-class cybersecurity protection and a platform that just works. Customers of all sizes are increasingly choosing CrowdStrike as their security platform of record with 1,524 net new subscription customers added in the quarter and half of total subscription customers now adopting at least five cloud modules. We believe the robust demand environment driven by secular trends, such as digital and security transformation, cloud adoption and a heightened threat environment, provides a runway for long-term sustainable growth,” said George Kurtz, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

Commenting on the company’s financial results, Burt Podbere, CrowdStrike’s chief financial officer, added, “In the first quarter, we continued to recognize strong operating leverage in our SaaS model and delivered record operating and free cash flow even as we increased investments in our global reach and cloud platform. We believe the investments we are making today will lead to sustained growth over the long-term and maintain our pole position as the trusted security partner of choice.”

First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $302.8 million, a 70% increase, compared to $178.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Subscription revenue was $281.2 million, a 73% increase, compared to $162.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) increased 74% year-over-year and grew to $1.19 billion as of April 30, 2021, of which $143.8 million was net new ARR added in the quarter, including $3.6 million from the acquisition of Humio.
  • Subscription Gross Margin: GAAP subscription gross margin was 77% in the first quarter of fiscal 2022andfiscal2021. Non-GAAP subscription gross margin was 79%, compared to 78% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Income/Loss from Operations: GAAP loss from operations was $31.3 million, compared to $22.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Non-GAAP income from operations was $29.8 million, compared to $1.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Net Income/Loss Attributable to CrowdStrike: GAAP net loss attributable to CrowdStrike was $85.0 million, including $48.8 million in tax costs related to the intellectual property integration from the Humio acquisition. This compares to $19.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. GAAP net loss per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders was $0.38, compared to $0.09 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Non-GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike was $23.3 million, compared to $4.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Non-GAAP net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders, diluted, was $0.10, compared to $0.02 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Cash Flow: Net cash generated from operations was a record $147.5 million, compared to $98.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Free cash flow was a record $117.3 million, compared to $87.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents was $1.68 billion as of April 30, 2021.

Recent Highlights

  • Added 1,524 net new subscription customers in the quarter, including 119 from the acquisition of Humio, for a total of 11,420 subscription customers as of April 30, 2021, representing 82% growth year-over-year.
  • CrowdStrike’s subscription customers that have adopted four or more modules, five or more modules and six or more modules increased to 64%, 50%, and 27%, respectively, as of April 30, 2021.
  • Recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader for the second time and placed furthest for Completeness of Vision in the 2021 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms.
  • Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Managed Detection and Response (MDR), Q1 2021, External Threat Intelligence Services, Q1 2021 and Endpoint Security Software As A Service, Q2 2021 reports.
  • Announced Falcon Fusion, a unified and extensible framework purpose-built on the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform to orchestrate and automate complex workflows improving security operation center efficiency.
  • Announced new features for CrowdStrike Falcon Horizon Cloud Security Posture Management including continuous threat detection, monitoring and correlation across cloud and on-premises environments.
  • Added new unique Zero Trust, macOS and threat hunting updates to the CrowdStrike Falcon platform.
  • Strengthened the alliance between CrowdStrike and EY and announced that CrowdStrike Falcon was selected as one of the EY preferred cybersecurity technology platforms, introducing new joint offerings and expanding into new geographies.
  • Announced new product integrations with Zscaler, including cross-platform workflow and data sharing to shorten response times and help combat the increasing volume and sophistication of attacks.
  • Announced new product integrations with Google Cloud, enabling more seamless sharing of telemetry and data between the two security platforms.
  • Achieved 100% detection coverage in all 20 steps of the MITRE ATT&CK evaluations and achieved 100% Protection Rate in the AV Comparatives Business Real-World Protection Test for the March-April 2021 period and the highest AAA rating in the Q1 Enterprise Endpoint Protection evaluation from independent testing organization SE Labs.
  • Awarded Best Cloud Computing Security Solution and Best Managed Security Service at the 2021 SC Awards. Additionally, Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike Services and chief security officer, was awarded the inaugural Security Executive of the Year award.

Financial Outlook

CrowdStrike is providing the following guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 (ending July 31, 2021) and increasing its guidance for fiscal year 2022 (ending January 31, 2022):

 Q2 FY22
Guidance
 Full Year FY22
Guidance
Total revenue$318.3 – $324.4 million $1,347.0 – $1,365.7 million
Non-GAAP income from operations$26.3 – $30.7 million $115.7- $129.6 million
Non-GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike$17.7 – $22.1 million $83.1 – $97.0 million
Non-GAAP net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders, diluted$0.07 – $0.09 $0.35 – $0.41
Weighted average shares used in computing non-GAAP net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders, diluted238 million 239 million

These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially as a result of many factors. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements safe harbor below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Guidance for non-GAAP financial measures excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization expense of acquired intangible assets, amortization of debt issuance costs and discount, gain (loss) on strategic investments, acquisition-related expenses, and tax costs for intellectual property integration relating to the Humio acquisition. We have not provided the most directly comparable GAAP measures because certain items are out of our control or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation for non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike, and non-GAAP net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders is not available without unreasonable effort.

Conference Call Information

CrowdStrike will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its earnings results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and outlook for its fiscal second quarter and year 2022 today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time). A recorded webcast of the event will also be available for one year on the CrowdStrike Investor Relations website ir.crowdstrike.com.

Date: June 3, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Dial-in number: 409-937-8967, conference ID: 3054026
Webcast: ir.crowdstrike.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding our future growth, and future financial and operating performance, including our financial outlook for the fiscal second quarter and fiscal year 2022. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including: our limited operating history; risks associated with managing our rapid growth; our ability to identify and effectively implement the necessary changes to address execution challenges; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our and our customers’ business; our limited experience with new product and subscription and support introductions and the risks associated with new products and subscription and support offerings, including the risk of defects, errors, or vulnerabilities; our ability to attract new and retain existing customers; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions; the failure to timely develop and achieve market acceptance of new products and subscriptions as well as existing products and subscriptions and support; our ability to collaborate and integrate our products with offerings from other parties to deliver benefits to customers; rapidly evolving technological developments in the market for security products and subscription and support offerings; length of sales cycles; and general market, political, economic, and business conditions, including those related to COVID-19.

Further information on risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect our financial results are included in the filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) from time to time, including our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

You should not rely on these forward-looking statements, as actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements as a result of such risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

We believe that the presentation of non-GAAP financial information provides important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations. For further information regarding these non-GAAP measures, including the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please refer to the financial tables below, as well as the “Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this press release.

Channels for Disclosure of Information

We intend to announce material information to the public through the CrowdStrike Investor Relations website ir.crowdstrike.com, SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, and public webcasts. We use these channels, as well as social media and our blog, to communicate with our investors, customers, and the public about our company, our offerings, and other issues. It is possible that the information we post on social media and our blog could be deemed to be material information. As such, we encourage investors, the media, and others to follow the channels listed above, including the social media channels listed on our investor relations website, and to review the information disclosed through such channels. Any updates to the list of disclosure channels through which we will announce information will be posted on the investor relations page on our website.

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