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ServiceNow Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Subscription revenues of $1,293 million in Q1 2021, representing 30% year‑over‑year growth, 26% adjusted for constant currency
  • Current remaining performance obligations of $4.4 billion as of Q1 2021, representing 33% year‑over‑year growth, 29% adjusted for constant currency
  • 1,146 total customers with over $1 million in annual contract value

SANTA CLARA, Calif. ‑ April 28, 2021 ‑ ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), the leading digital workflow company making work, work better for people, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021, with subscription revenues of $1,293 million in Q1 2021, representing 30% year‑over‑year growth, 26% adjusted for constant currency.

As of March 31, 2021, current remaining performance obligations (“cRPO”), contract revenue that will be recognized as revenue in the next 12 months, was $4.4 billion, representing 33% year‑over‑year growth, 29% adjusted for constant currency. The company now has 1,146 total customers with more than $1 million in annual contract value, representing 23% year‑over‑year growth in customers.

"Our outstanding start to 2021 is rooted in our relentless focus to make the world of work, work better for people,” said Bill McDermott, ServiceNow president and CEO. “As the leading platform for digital transformation, our empathy for customers inspires our continuous innovation. Over the past 18 months, we doubled the features and functionality in our releases to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We are humbled to support turning millions of vaccines into vaccinations globally. There is no limit to the opportunities ahead as we strive to become the defining enterprise software company of the 21st century.”

ServiceNow CFO Gina Mastantuono said, “On the heels of a tremendous 2020, the team continued to execute well and delivered another strong quarter of out‑performance. We are focused, disciplined, and committed to helping our customers succeed. Every C‑suite leader wants to create great experiences for their employees and their customers, and ServiceNow is delivering. The Now Platform offers the speed, flexibility, and innovation companies need. We have strong momentum on our way to becoming a $10 billion revenue company.”

During the quarter, ServiceNow delivered the Now Platform Quebec release with new levels of innovation to help businesses thrive in a new era of work. This included the launch of ServiceNow’s new Creator Workflow with low‑code tools that put application development into the hands of “citizen developers.” ServiceNow launched Vaccine Administration Management to help turn vaccines into vaccinations by orchestrating the vaccine management process: distributing, administering, and monitoring vaccines. The acquisition of Intellibot will enable ServiceNow to deliver an unmatched intelligent workflow automation solution tying together RPA, AI, machine learning, and process mining native to the Now Platform. ServiceNow also recently released its Global Impact Report, which includes its environmental, social, and governance initiatives for creating meaningful impact in the world.

First Quarter 2021 GAAP and Non‑GAAP Results:

The following table summarizes our financial results for the first quarter 2021:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 2021
GAAP Results

 

First Quarter 2021 Non‑GAAP Results(1)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

Adjusted
Amount
($ millions)(2)

Adjusted
Year/Year
Growth (%)

Subscription revenues

$1,293

 

30%

 

 

 

$1,256

 

26%

Professional services and other revenues

$67

 

31%

 

 

 

$65

 

27%

Total revenues

$1,360

 

30%

 

 

 

$1,321

 

26%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription billings

 

 

 

$1,365

 

29%

$1,315

 

25%

Professional services and other billings

 

 

 

$70

 

46%

$68

 

42%

Total billings

 

 

 

$1,435

 

30%

$1,383

 

25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount
($ billions)

Year/Year
Growth (%)

 

 

 

Adjusted
Amount
($ billions)(2)

Adjusted
Year/Year
Growth (%)

cRPO

$4.4

 

33%

 

 

 

$4.3

 

29%

RPO

$8.8

 

34%

 

 

 

$8.6

 

30%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount
($ millions)

Margin (%)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Margin (%)

 

 

Subscription gross profit

$1,065

 

82%

 

$1,106

 

86%

 

 

Professional services and other gross profit (loss)

($4)

 

(6%)

 

$9

 

14%

 

 

Total gross profit

$1,061

 

78%

 

$1,115

 

82%

 

 

Income from operations

$97

 

7%

 

$372

 

27%

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$727

 

53%

 

 

 

 

 

Free cash flow

 

 

 

$627

 

46%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount
($ millions)

Earnings per
Basic/Diluted
Share ($)

 

Amount
($ millions)

Earnings per
Basic/Diluted
Share ($)

 

 

Net income

$82

$0.42/ $0.41

 

$306

$1.55/ $1.52

 

 

 

  1. We report non‑GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “GAAP to Non‑GAAP Reconciliation” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.
  2. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription revenues, professional services and other revenues, total revenues and professional services and other billings, cRPO and RPO are adjusted for constant currency. Non‑GAAP adjusted subscription billings and total billings are adjusted for constant currency and constant billings duration. See the section entitled “Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non‑GAAP measures, and the table entitled “GAAP to Non‑GAAP Reconciliation” for a reconciliation of GAAP to non‑GAAP measures.

Note: Numbers rounded for presentation purposes.

Financial Outlook

ServiceNow will provide forward‑looking guidance in connection with this quarterly announcement on its earnings conference call and webcast.

Conference Call Details

The conference call will begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (22:00 GMT) on April 28, 2021. Interested parties may listen to the call by dialing (833) 513‑0567 (Passcode: 6380767), or if outside North America, by dialing (236) 714‑2186 (Passcode: 6380767). Individuals may access the live teleconference from this webcast link:

https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3079908/98C398329F784744CCE4E95CB0BFA353

An audio replay of the conference call and webcast will be available two hours after its completion and will be accessible for 30 days. To hear the replay, interested parties may go to the investor relations section of the ServiceNow website or dial (800) 585‑8367 (Passcode: 6380767), or if outside North America, by dialing (416) 621‑4642 (Passcode: 6380767).

Investor Presentation Details

An investor presentation providing additional information, including forward‑looking guidance, and analysis can be found at https://investors.servicenow.com.

Financial Analyst Day

ServiceNow will host its Financial Analyst Day virtually on Monday, May 10th. The event will feature presentations by senior executives, who will provide updates on the company’s corporate and product strategy, financials and customer momentum. A webcast will be available the day of the event at https://investors.servicenow.com.

Event Details:

May 10, 2021 from 10:00 am ‑ 12:30 pm Pacific Time

Statement Regarding Use of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures

We report the following non‑GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

  • Adjusted revenues. We present revenues adjusted for constant currency to provide a framework for assessing how our business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current period results for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. Dollars (“USD”) are converted into USD at the average exchange rates in effect during the comparison period (for Q1 2020, the average exchange rates in effect for our major currencies were 1 USD to 1.10 Euros and 1 USD to 1.28 British Pound Sterling (“GBP”), rather than the actual average exchange rates in effect during the current period (for Q1 2021, the average exchange rates in effect for our major currencies were 1 USD to 1.21 Euros and 1 USD to 1.38 GBP). We believe the presentation of revenues adjusted for constant currency facilitates the comparison of revenues year‑over‑year.
  • Billings and Adjusted billings. We define subscription billings, professional services and other billings, and total billings as the applicable revenue plus the applicable change in deferred revenue, unbilled receivables and customer deposits as presented or derived from the statement of cash flows. We adjust billings for constant currency, as described above, and for constant duration by replacing the portion of multi‑year billings in excess of twelve months during the current period with the portion of multi‑year billings in excess of twelve months during the comparison period. We believe these adjustments facilitate greater comparability in our billings information year‑over‑year. We believe billings is one indicator of the performance of our business.
  • Adjusted remaining performance obligations and current remaining performance obligations. We present cRPO and remaining performance obligations (“RPO”) and related growth rates adjusted for constant currency, as described above, to provide a framework for assessing how our business performed. We believe the presentation of cRPO and RPO and related growth rates adjusted for constant currency facilitates the comparison of cRPO and RPO year‑over‑year, respectively.
  • Gross profit, Income from operations, Net income and Net income per share ‑ diluted. Our non‑GAAP presentation of gross profit, income from operations, and net income measures exclude certain non‑cash or non‑recurring items, including stock‑based compensation expense, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs related to our convertible senior notes, loss on early note conversions, amortization of purchased intangibles, legal settlements, business combination and other related costs, and the related income tax effect of these adjustments. The non‑GAAP weighted‑average shares used to compute our non‑GAAP net income per share ‑ diluted excludes the dilutive effect of the in‑the‑money portion of convertible senior notes as they are covered by our note hedges, and includes the dilutive effect of time‑based stock awards, the dilutive effect of warrants and the potentially dilutive effect of our stock awards with performance conditions not yet satisfied at forecasted attainment levels to the extent we believe it is probable that the performance condition will be met. We believe these adjustments provide useful supplemental information to investors and facilitates the analysis of our operating results and comparison of operating results across reporting periods.
  • Free cash flow. Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities plus cash paid for legal settlements and repayments of convertible senior notes attributable to debt discount, reduced by purchases of property and equipment. Free cash flow margin is calculated as free cash flow as a percentage of total revenues. We believe information regarding free cash flow and free cash flow margin provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of our business operations.

Our presentation of non‑GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. We encourage investors to carefully consider our results under GAAP, as well as our supplemental non‑GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand our business. Please see the tables included at the end of this release for the reconciliation of GAAP and non‑GAAP results.

Use of Forward‑Looking Statements

This release contains “forward‑looking statements” regarding our performance. Forward‑looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward‑looking statements. If any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, our results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward‑looking statements we make.

Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in any forward‑looking statements include: (i) the continued impact and duration of COVID‑19 on our business, future financial performance and global economic conditions including the effectiveness, extent and duration of mitigation efforts such as “shelter in place”, availability of vaccinations and similar directives; (ii) our ability to compete successfully against existing and new competitors, (iii) our ability to comply with evolving privacy laws, data transfer restrictions, and other foreign and domestic standards related to data and the Internet, (iv) our ability to predict, prepare for and respond promptly to rapidly evolving technological, market and customer developments, (v) errors, interruptions, delays, or security breaches in or of our service or data centers, (vi) our ability to grow our business, including converting remaining performance obligations into revenue, adding and retaining customers, selling additional subscriptions to existing customers, selling to larger enterprises, government and regulated organizations with complex sales cycles and certification processes, and entering new geographies and markets, (vii) our ability to develop and gain customer acceptance of new and improved products and services, including those acquired through strategic transactions, and (viii) material changes in the value of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. Dollar. Additionally, these forward‑looking statements involve risk, uncertainties and assumptions, including those related to the continued impacts of COVID‑19 on our business, future financial performance and global economic conditions. Many of these assumptions relate to matters that are beyond our control and changing rapidly, including, but not limited to, the timeframes for and severity of social distancing and other mitigation requirements, the timing of headwinds from COVID‑19, the continued impact of COVID‑19 on new or existing customers’ purchasing decisions and the length of our sales cycles, renewal timing or billings terms, particularly for customers in certain industries highly affected by COVID‑19. Significant variation from the assumptions underlying our forward‑looking statements could cause our actual results to vary, and the impact could be significant.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results are included in our Form 10‑K filed for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our Form 10‑Q that will be filed for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

We undertake no obligation, and do not intend, to update these forward‑looking statements, to review or confirm analysts’ expectations, or to provide interim reports or updates on the progress of the current financial quarter.

About ServiceNow

ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) is making the world of work, work better for people. Our cloud‑based platform and solutions deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity for employees and the enterprise. For more information, visit: www.servicenow.com.

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ServiceNow Q1 2021 complete financial tables (download PDF)

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