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Commvault Announces Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

Commvault today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2017.

N. Robert Hammer, Commvault's Chairman, President and CEO stated, "Our fiscal second quarter was adversely impacted by lower than expected close rates on large enterprise deals, as these deals are both complex and have timing risk.  However, we made excellent progress against many of our strategic initiatives, including the successful launch of Commvault HyperScale, a modern reference architecture solution for scale-out storage and data protection, where we won a number of marquee customers during the second quarter.  We also made excellent progress enhancing our distribution leverage both in the enterprise with Cisco, who will resell our HyperScale solution, as well as with our key channel partners who are now positioned to market our hardware appliance version of Commvault HyperScale that will start shipping this quarter.  In addition, we continue to strengthen our strategic partnership with Microsoft.  We believe these initiatives have the potential to positively contribute to our financial results in our fiscal third quarter and accelerate into our fiscal fourth quarter."

Hammer added, "I am also pleased that both leading industry analyst firms have positioned Commvault as a leader in their respective reports: Gartner in their Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions and Forrester in their Forrester Wave for Data Resiliency Solutions.  We believe this is strong, independent validation of our innovation and unparalleled customer service. Despite the financial results for the quarter, we continue to believe we are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities in front of us during the second half of fiscal 2018 and into fiscal 2019."

Total revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 were $168.1 million, an increase of 5% year-over-year, and 1% sequentially. Software revenue was $72.0 million, an increase of 2% year-over-year, and a decrease of 4% sequentially. Services revenue in the quarter was $96.1 million, an increase of 8% year-over-year and 5% sequentially.

On a GAAP basis, loss from operations (EBIT) was $4.7 million for the second quarter compared to a loss of $0.1 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP EBIT was $15.6 million in the quarter compared to $18.9 million in the prior year.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2018, Commvault reported a GAAP net loss of $1.0 million, or $0.02 loss per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $10.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.

Operating cash flow totaled $9.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $20.2 million in the prior year quarter. Total cash and short-term investments were $494.6 million as of September 30, 2017 compared to $450.2 million as of March 31, 2017.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2018, Commvault repurchased 192,000 shares of its common stock totaling $11.3 million. As of October 24, 2017, there is approximately $114 million available under the share repurchase program that currently expires on March 31, 2018. There have been no borrowings against the line of credit during fiscal 2018.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results has been provided in Financial Statement Table IV included in this press release. (Download Financial Tables).

An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Recent Business Highlights:

  • On October 17, 2017, Commvault announced Commvault HyperScale, an industry leading solution for data protection on scale-out infrastructures. The solution is available both as a purpose-built appliance for workloads up to 100TB, and as Commvault HyperScale Software, allowing customers to implement a scale-out approach based on their own choice of hardware configurations. Commvault HyperScale provides a unified, modern approach to data protection and storage, with cloud-like agility, resiliency and availability to on-premises data and applications.

  • On October 2, 2017, Commvault announced it would highlight its support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure at Oracle OpenWorld, which was held Oct. 1-5, 2017, in San Francisco. Through this new milestone in its longstanding partnership with Oracle, Commvault support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps customers to protect and recover data workloads in and to the cloud. Using Commvault software with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, customers can facilitate the extension of the enterprise to the cloud while still managing data as if it never left the physical data center. Customers can also use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a disaster recovery target to mitigate risk and potential loss of business and reputational damage.

  • On September 27, 2017, Commvault announced additional support for Microsoft Azure, advancing the digital transformation for customers in the cloud as the needs for data management, including protection, archive and disaster recovery become increasingly impactful on their business. The announcement was made at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando Florida, where Commvault highlighted new support for Archive Blob Storage, Azure Data Box and further data management integration for Azure Stack.

  • On September 25, 2017, Commvault announced it has been positioned by Forrester as a Leader in the Forrester WaveTM: Data Resiliency Solutions, Q3 2017. Commvault received the highest score in the Current Offering category. According to the report, "Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top data resiliency vendors. After examining past research, client inquiries, user needs assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, we developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria." Commvault received the highest possible scores in the backup options, revenue, customer base and the technology partners criteria. Commvault also received the highest score among all vendors in the platform support and customer feedback criteria.

  • On August 7, 2017, Commvault announced it was positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the recently released Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions published in July 2017. Among vendors in the Leaders quadrant, Gartner positioned Commvault furthest on completeness of vision. This is the seventh consecutive year Commvault has been named a leader in Gartner's market evaluation for backup and recovery.

  • Commvault executives, customers, partners and other thought leaders will gather to speak on enterprises' evolving backup and recovery requirements and other key data management issues at Commvault GO 2017, the industry's leading event dedicated to protecting and activating data, Nov. 6-8, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Commvault GO 2017.
Published Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:28 AM by David Marshall
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