FOSTER CITY, Calif., Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. For the quarter, the Company reported revenues of $82.7 million, net income under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) of $19.2 million, non-GAAP net income of $27.2 million, adjusted EBITDA of $39.2 million, GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.47, and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.66.
“We are pleased to report another strong quarter with robust growth in Qualys Cloud Agent subscriptions and multi-product adoption. We now have nearly 800 customers using our free groundbreaking Global IT Asset Discovery and Inventory solution, which provides customers real-time visibility of their devices across on-premises, endpoints, cloud, containers and mobile environments in a single-pane-of-glass view. This is very strategic as visibility in the new hybrid computing environment is the cornerstone of security,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys.
“As we continue to lay the foundation for our future growth, I am delighted to announce the promotion of three Qualys executives, Sumedh Thakar to President and Chief Product Officer, Laurie MacCarthy to EVP, Worldwide Field Operations and Dilip Bachwani to SVP, Cloud Platform, Ops and Dev Ops as well as a new addition to the team with Mustafa Mahudhawala joining us as our VP of Global Customer Service. Finally, I am pleased to announce our Board has authorized an additional 2-year $100 million open market share repurchase program, which reflects our commitment to minimize dilution and belief in our cloud model to continue growing shareholder value,” continued Courtot.
Qualys will be hosting an Analyst & Investor Luncheon on November 20 during the Qualys Security Conference (QSC) at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Details on agenda and registration are available here.
Third Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights
Revenues: Revenues for the third quarter of 2019 increased by 15% to $82.7 million compared to $71.7 million for the same quarter in 2018.
Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for the third quarter of 2019 increased by 19% to $65.6 million compared to $55.1 million for the same quarter in 2018. GAAP gross margin percentage was 79% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 77% for the same quarter in 2018. Non-GAAP gross profit for the third quarter of 2019 increased by 19% to $67.6 million compared to $56.6 million for the same quarter in 2018. Non-GAAP gross margin percentage was 82% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 79% for the same quarter in 2018.
Operating Income: GAAP operating income for the third quarter of 2019 increased by 24% to $22.5 million compared to $18.1 million for the same quarter in 2018. As a percentage of revenues, GAAP operating income was 27% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 25% for the same quarter in 2018. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter of 2019 increased by 28% to $33.1 million compared to $25.8 million for the same quarter in 2018. As a percentage of revenues, non-GAAP operating income was 40% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 36% for the same quarter in 2018.
Net Income: GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $19.2 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to $23.5 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2018. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $27.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $20.7 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) for the third quarter of 2019 increased by 23% to $39.2 million compared to $31.9 million for the same quarter in 2018. As a percentage of revenues, adjusted EBITDA was 47% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 45% for the same quarter in 2018.
Operating Cash Flow: Operating cash flow for the third quarter of 2019 increased by 45% to $45.7 million compared to $31.6 million for the same quarter in 2018. As a percentage of revenues, operating cash flow was 55% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 44% for the same quarter in 2018.
Third Quarter 2019 Business Highlights
Select New Customers:
Bupa Arabia, Carpenter Technology, City and County of Denver, DGS Denmark, Epson America, Inc., London Stock Exchange, Magna International, Marvel Entertainment, Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation Ltd, Oyo Rooms, Sogei S.p.A, Texas Instruments Inc., and The Endurance Group, Inc.
Launched the Qualys Global IT Asset Discovery and Inventory app as a free service for the IT and security communities at Black Hat, Las Vegas.
Introduced the Qualys Indication of Compromise (IOC) 2.0 app, which leverages the Qualys Cloud Agent to provide enhanced attack detection, investigation and response for security analysts, incident responders, and managed security service providers.
Awarded four patents for the Qualys Cloud Agent, which perform full security and compliance assessments of endpoints and cumulatively include over 100 claims of varying scope.
Expanded the Qualys Global Cloud Platform to the Canadian market, bringing the total number of global operations sites to eight locations on three continents.
Partnered with Proficio, a global managed security service provider, who integrated the Qualys suite of cloud-based solutions into its managed detection and response capabilities.
Financial Performance Outlook
Fourth Quarter 2019 Guidance: Management expects revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 to be in the range of $84.3 million to $84.9 million, representing 14% growth over the same quarter in 2018. GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.29 to $0.31, which assumes an effective income tax rate of 24%. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.57 to $0.59, which assumes a non-GAAP effective income tax rate of 22%. Fourth quarter 2019 earnings per share estimates are based on approximately 40.8 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the quarter.
Full Year 2019 Guidance: Management expects revenues for the full year 2019 to be in the range of $321.2 million to $321.8 million, representing 15% growth over 2018. GAAP net income per diluted share is now expected to be in the range of $1.47 to $1.49, up from the previous guidance range of $1.24 to $1.28. This assumes an effective income tax rate of 18%, down from the previous assumption of 19%. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share is now expected to be in the range of $2.28 to $2.30, up from the previous guidance range of $2.03 to $2.07. This assumes a non-GAAP effective income tax rate of 22%. Full year 2019 earnings per share estimates are based on approximately 41.2 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.
Investor Conference Call
Qualys will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its third quarter 2019 financial results at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. To access the conference call, dial (877) 881-2609 in the U.S. or (970) 315-0463 for international participants with conference ID # 9972927. A live webcast of the earnings conference call, investor presentation, prepared remarks, and supplemental historical financial spreadsheet can be accessed at https://investor.qualys.com/events-presentations. A replay of the conference call will be available through the same webcast link following the end of the call.
Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
About Qualys, Inc.
Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions with over 12,200 customers and active users in more than 130 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. Qualys helps organizations streamline and consolidate their security and compliance solutions in a single platform and build security into digital transformation initiatives for greater agility, better business outcomes and substantial cost savings. The Qualys Cloud Platform and its integrated cloud apps deliver businesses critical security intelligence continuously, enabling them to automate the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications on-premises, on endpoints and elastic clouds. Founded in 1999 as one of the first SaaS security companies, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform, and managed service providers and consulting organizations including Accenture, BT, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Deutsche Telekom, DXC Technology, Fujitsu, HCL Technologies, IBM, Infosys, NTT, Optiv, SecureWorks, Tata Communications, Verizon and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance. For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with GAAP, Qualys provides investors with certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA (defined as earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, interest income and other income (expense), net, non-recurring expenses, and acquisition-related expenses that do not reflect ongoing costs of operating the business) and non-GAAP free cash flows (defined as cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment and principal payments under capital lease).
In computing non-GAAP financial measures, Qualys excludes the effects of stock-based compensation expense, non-recurring expenses and acquisition-related expenses that do not reflect ongoing costs of operating the business. Qualys believes that these non-GAAP financial measures help illustrate underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the income or expenses, as well as the related tax effects, that are excluded in non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP free cash flows.
Furthermore, Qualys uses some of these non-GAAP financial measures to establish budgets and operational goals for managing its business and evaluating its performance. Qualys believes that non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP free cash flows provide additional tools for investors to use in comparing its recurring core business operating results over multiple periods with other companies in its industry.
Although Qualys does not focus on quarterly billings, Qualys provides calculated current billings (defined as total revenue recognized in a period plus the sequential change in current deferred revenue in the corresponding period) to assist investors and analysts in assessing its operating performance.
Qualys has not reconciled non-GAAP net income per diluted share guidance to GAAP net income per diluted share guidance because Qualys does not provide guidance on the various reconciling cash and non-cash items between GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income (i.e., stock-based compensation and non-recurring expenses). The actual dollar amount of reconciling items in the fourth quarter and full year 2019 is likely to have a significant impact on the Company’s GAAP net income per diluted share in the fourth quarter and full year 2019. Accordingly, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP net income per diluted share guidance to the GAAP net income per diluted share guidance is not available without unreasonable effort.
In order to provide a more complete picture of recurring core operating business results, the Company’s non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share include tax adjustments required to achieve the effective tax rate on a non-GAAP basis, which could differ from the GAAP effective tax rate. The Company believes its estimated non-GAAP effective tax rate of 22% in 2019 is a reasonable estimate under its global operating structure. The Company may adjust this rate during the year to take into account events or trends that it believes materially impact the estimated annual rate. The non-GAAP effective tax rate could be subject to change for a number of reasons, including but not limited to, significant changes resulting from tax legislation, material changes in geographic mix of revenues and expenses and other significant events.
The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included with the financial statements contained in this press release. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating its business internally and as such has determined that it is important to provide this information to investors.
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