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Workday Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2018 Financial Results
[February 27, 2018]

Workday Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2018 Financial Results


Q4 Total Revenues of $582.5 Million, Up 32.5% Year Over Year
Subscription Revenue of $490.0 Million, Up 33.7% Year Over Year
Subscription Revenue Backlog of $5.2 Billion, Up 34.4% Year Over Year

Fiscal Year 2018 Total Revenues of $2.1 Billion, Up 36.1% Year Over Year
Subscription Revenue of $1.8 Billion, Up 38.5% Year Over Year
Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Cash Flows of $465.7 Million, Up 32.8% Year Over Year

PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Workday, Inc. (NASDAQ:WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended January 31, 2018.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results

  • Total revenues were $582.5 million, an increase of 32.5% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Subscription revenues were $490.0 million, an increase of 33.7% from the same period last year.
     
  • Operating loss was $81.3 million, or negative 14.0% of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $88.9 million, or negative 20.2% of revenues, in the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating profit for the fourth quarter was $55.5 million, or 9.5% of revenues, compared to a non-GAAP operating profit of $25.3 million, or 5.8% of revenues, in the same period last year.1
     
  • Net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.42, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.44 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.28, compared to a non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.16 in the same period last year.1

Fiscal Year 2018 Results

  • Total revenues were $2.1 billion, an increase of 36.1% from fiscal 2017. Subscription revenues were $1.8 billion, an increase of 38.5% from the prior year.
     
  • Operating loss was $303.2 million, or negative 14.1% of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $353.1 million, or negative 22.4% of revenues, in fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP operating profit was $215.6 million, or 10.1% of revenues, compared to a non-GAAP operating profit of $52.6 million, or 3.3% of revenues, in the same period last year.1
     
  • Net loss per basic and diluted share was $1.55, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $1.94 in fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $1.03, compared to a non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.23 last year.1
     
  • Operating cash flows were $465.7 million and free cash flows were $324.2 million.2
     
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $3.3 billion as of January 31, 2018. Unearned revenues were over $1.5 billion, a 25.8% increase from the same period last year.

Comments on the News
"Q4 was a great close to a very successful year. We delivered the best quarter to date for Workday Financial Management that included two new Fortune 500 customers, and extended our leadership in HR - now having over 175 of the Fortune 500 as Workday HCM customers," said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. "Combining our happy base of referenceable customers with our unique vision bringing together planning, execution, and analysis, as well as opening our cloud platform, puts Workday in a strong position for continued growth for years to come."

"Our fourth quarter capped a very strong year of growth where we continued to show momentum across our subscription revenue growth drivers, while also demonstrating the strength of our business model with record operating margins and cash flow," said Robynne Sisco, co-president and chief financial officer, Workday. "As we look ahead, our market position continues to strengthen giving us increasing confidence in the durability of growth over time. For fiscal 2019, we estimate that subscription revenues will be $2.265 to $2.280 billion or growth of 27-28%, which would put Workday on pace to be one of the fastest SaaS companies to surpass $2 billion in subscription revenue."

Recent Highlights

  • Workday held its annual Workday Rising Europe conference, bringing together more than 1,800 of the Workday community for education and collaboration in Barcelona, Spain.  
  • Workday announced extended personalization capabilities and tools in Workday HCM with a new people experience. With new functionality on the homepage for Workday HCM, employees will be able to easily perform various workplace tasks across Workday applications and third-party systems without needing to access an HR portal.
  • Workday announced it acquired SkipFlag, a disruptor in the enterprise knowledge management space, marking another step in Workday’s efforts to invest in areas such as machine learning, advanced search, and natural language processing.
  • Workday announced a partnership with Duo Security, helping complement Workday’s already robust, built-in security with seamless integrations that enable customers to leverage Duo’s multi-factor authentication functionality right within Workday’s user interface.
  • With data privacy and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being top-of-mind, Workday announced it joined the General Assembly of the EU Cloud Code of Conduct, a group of cloud service providers working to demonstrate to companies and regulators their compliance with privacy laws in advance of GDPR.

Earnings Call Details
Workday plans to host a conference call today to review its fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results and to discuss its financial outlook. The call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET and can be accessed via webcast. The webcast will be available live, and a replay will be available following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 90 days.

Workday intends to use the Workday Blog as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

1 Non-GAAP operating profit (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share exclude share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, amortization expense for acquisition-related intangible assets, and debt discount and issuance costs associated with convertible notes. See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

2 Free cash flows are defined as operating cash flows minus capital expenditures (excluding owned real estate projects). See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

About Workday
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to Workday's financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, please see the section of the tables titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures." A reconciliation of our forward outlook for non-GAAP operating margin with our forward-looking GAAP operating margin is not available without unreasonable efforts as the quantification of stock-based compensation expense, which is excluded from our non-GAAP operating margin, requires additional inputs such as number of shares granted and market price that are not ascertainable.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding Workday's fiscal year 2019 subscription revenue projections and growth, business model, and market position. The words "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "expect," "plans," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If the risks materialize or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks include, but are not limited to: (i) breaches in our security measures, unauthorized access to our customers' data or disruptions in our data center operations; (ii) our ability to manage our growth effectively; (iii) competitive factors, including pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors and new applications and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) the development of the market for enterprise cloud services; (v) acceptance of our applications and services by customers; (vi) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (vii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; and (viii) changes in sales, which may not be immediately reflected in our results due to our subscription model. Further information on risks that could affect Workday's results is included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2017 and our future reports that we may file with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. Workday assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Any unreleased services, features, or functions referenced in this document, our website, or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Workday's discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Workday services should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features, and functions that are currently available.

© 2018. Workday, Inc. All rights reserved. Workday and the Workday logo are registered trademarks of Workday, Inc. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Workday, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 January 31,
 2018 2017
  *As Adjusted
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$1,134,355  $539,923 
Marketable securities2,133,495  1,456,822 
Trade and other receivables, net528,208  409,780 
Deferred costs63,060  51,330 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets97,860  66,590 
Total current assets3,956,978  2,524,445 
Property and equipment, net546,609  365,877 
Deferred costs, noncurrent140,509  117,249 
Acquisition-related intangible assets, net34,234  48,787 
Goodwill159,376  158,354 
Other assets109,718  53,570 
Total assets$4,947,424  $3,268,282 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$20,998  $26,824 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities121,879  61,582 
Accrued compensation148,247  110,625 
Unearned revenue1,426,241  1,086,212 
Current portion of convertible senior notes, net341,509   
Total current liabilities2,058,874  1,285,243 
Convertible senior notes, net1,149,845  534,423 
Unearned revenue, noncurrent110,906  135,331 
Other liabilities47,434  36,677 
Total liabilities3,367,059  1,991,674 
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock211  202 
Additional paid-in capital3,354,423  2,681,200 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(46,413) 2,071 
Accumulated deficit(1,727,856) (1,406,865)
Total stockholders’ equity1,580,365  1,276,608 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$4,947,424  $3,268,282 

* Prior-period information has been restated for the adoption of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which we adopted on February 1, 2017.

Workday, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 Three Months Ended January 31, Year Ended January 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
  *As Adjusted  *As Adjusted
Revenues:       
Subscription services$490,002  $366,585  $1,787,833  $1,290,733 
Professional services92,478  72,999  355,217  283,707 
Total revenues582,480  439,584  2,143,050  1,574,440 
Costs and expenses (1):       
Costs of subscription services75,834  58,165  273,461  213,389 
Costs of professional services95,118  72,016  355,952  270,156 
Product development253,454  191,556  910,584  680,531 
Sales and marketing179,585  153,273  683,367  565,328 
General and administrative59,824  53,513  222,909  198,122 
Total costs and expenses663,815  528,523  2,446,273  1,927,526 
Operating loss(81,335) (88,939) (303,223) (353,086)
Other income (expense), net(7,096) (2,291) (11,563) (32,427)
Loss before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(88,431) (91,230) (314,786) (385,513)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes669  (2,961) 6,436  (814)
Net loss$(89,100) $(88,269) $(321,222) $(384,699)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.42) $(0.44) $(1.55) $(1.94)
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted210,909  201,530  207,774  198,214 


(1)  Costs and expenses include share-based compensation expenses as follows:    
Costs of subscription services$7,110  $5,936  $26,280  $20,773 
Costs of professional services10,314  8,135  37,592  26,833 
Product development62,751  49,279  229,819  166,529 
Sales and marketing26,144  23,786  100,762  86,229 
General and administrative20,316  18,581  83,972  78,265 

*Prior-period information has been restated for the adoption of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which we adopted on February 1, 2017.

Workday, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 Three Months Ended January 31, Year Ended January 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
  *As Adjusted  *As Adjusted
Cash flows from operating activities       
Net loss$(89,100) $(88,269) $(321,222) $(384,699)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:       
Depreciation and amortization34,594  32,646  136,974  115,885 
Share-based compensation expenses126,635  105,717  478,425  372,272 
Amortization of deferred costs15,397  12,428  57,562  45,345 
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs17,924  6,876  43,916  26,947 
Gain on sale of cost method investment    (720) (65)
Impairment of cost method investment592    692  15,000 
Other(12,919) (3,660) (9,602) (1,982)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of business combinations:       
     Trade and other receivables, net(174,076) (117,044) (114,613) (91,755)
     Deferred costs(42,489) (41,041) (92,552) (82,848)
     Prepaid expenses and other assets(45,610) (5,426) (68,983) (16,794)
     Accounts payable(10,079) 4,256  (7,249) 6,336 
     Accrued expense and other liabilities(2,273) (6,252) 47,515  23,367 
     Unearned revenue307,952  209,500  315,584   323,617 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities126,548  109,731  465,727  350,626 
Cash flows from investing activities       
Purchases of marketable securities(686,766) (345,482) (2,515,997) (1,917,238)
Maturities of marketable securities405,824  371,536  1,591,554  1,986,031 
Sales of available-for-sale securities20,904  41,100  243,727  133,292 
Business combinations, net of cash acquired(5,744)   (5,744) (147,879)
Owned real estate projects(44,660) (21,518) (124,811) (106,997)
Capital expenditures, excluding owned real estate projects(36,059) (32,278) (141,536) (120,813)
Purchases of cost method investments(5,477)   (16,199) (300)
Sales and maturities of cost method investments  5,000  1,026  5,315 
Purchase of other intangible assets(11,000)   (11,000)  
Other1,000      (296)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities(361,978) 18,358  (978,980) (168,885)
Cash flows from financing activities       
Proceeds from borrowings on convertible senior notes, net of issuance costs    1,132,101   
Proceeds from issuance of warrants    80,805   
Purchase of convertible senior notes hedges    (175,530)  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock from employee equity plans32,555  24,812  69,056  58,079 
Other(58) 596  (170) 1,602 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities32,497  25,408  1,106,262  59,681 
Effect of exchange rate changes490  28  751  385 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(202,443) 153,525  593,760  241,807 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the beginning of period1,338,097  388,369  541,894  300,087 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of period$1,135,654  $541,894  $1,135,654  $541,894 
                 
 Three Months Ended January 31, Year Ended January 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
  *As Adjusted  *As Adjusted
Supplemental cash flow data       
Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized$12  $452  $76  $3,156 
Cash paid for income taxes159  513  3,418  5,315 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:       
Vesting of early exercised stock options$105  $438  $775   $1,803 
Purchases of property and equipment, accrued but not paid51,545  27,696  51,545  27,696 
Non-cash additions to property and equipment4,120  1,112  5,396  2,094 


 January 31, 2018 January 31, 2017
  *As Adjusted
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
as shown in the statement of cash flows
   
Cash and cash equivalents$1,134,355  $539,923 
Restricted cash included in Other assets1,299  1,971 
Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash$1,135,654  $541,894 

*Prior-period information has been restated for the adoption of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which we adopted on February 1, 2017.

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Three Months Ended January 31, 2018
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based
Compensation
Expenses
 Other Operating
Expenses (3)
 Amortization of
Debt Discount
and Issuance
Costs
 Non-GAAP
Costs and expenses:         
Costs of subscription services$75,834  $(7,110) $(3,821) $  $64,903 
Costs of professional services95,118  (10,314) (560)   84,244 
Product development253,454  (62,751) (3,784)   186,919 
Sales and marketing179,585  (26,144) (1,169)   152,272 
General and administrative59,824  (20,316) (859)   38,649 
Operating income (loss)(81,335) 126,635  10,193    55,493 
Operating margin(14.0)% 21.7% 1.8% % 9.5%
Other income (expense), net(7,096)     17,924  10,828 
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(88,431) 126,635  10,193  17,924  66,321 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (1)669        669 
Net income (loss)$(89,100) $126,635  $10,193  $17,924  $65,652 
Net income (loss) per share (2)$(0.42) $0.60  $0.05  $0.05  $0.28 


(1) Workday’s GAAP tax provision is primarily related to state taxes and income tax in profitable foreign jurisdictions. We maintain a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the US. Accordingly, there is no tax impact associated with the non-GAAP adjustments.
(2) GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 210,909 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 237,164 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(3) Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $5.3 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $4.9 million.


Workday, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Three Months Ended January 31, 2017
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based
Compensation
Expenses
 Other Operating
Expenses (3)
 Amortization of
Debt Discount
and Issuance
Costs
 Non-GAAP
 *As Adjusted    *As Adjusted
Costs and expenses:         
Costs of subscription services$58,165  $(5,936) $(160) $  $52,069 
Costs of professional services72,016  (8,135) (312)   63,569 
Product development191,556  (49,279) (6,381)   135,896 
Sales and marketing153,273  (23,786) (858)   128,629 
General and administrative53,513  (18,581) (853)   34,079 
Operating income (loss)(88,939) 105,717  8,564    25,342 
Operating margin(20.2)% 24.1% 1.9% % 5.8%
Other income (expense), net(2,291)     6,876  4,585 
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(91,230) 105,717  8,564  6,876  29,927 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (1)(2,961)       (2,961)
Net income (loss)$(88,269) $105,717  $8,564  $6,876  $32,888 
Net income (loss) per share (2)$(0.44) $0.52  $0.04  $0.04  $0.16 


(1)  Workday’s GAAP tax provision is primarily related to state taxes and income tax in profitable foreign jurisdictions. We maintain a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the US. Accordingly, there is no tax impact associated with the non-GAAP adjustments.
(2)  GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 201,530 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 210,846 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(3) Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $3.5 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $5.1 million.

*Prior-period information has been restated for the adoption of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which we adopted on February 1, 2017.

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Year Ended January 31, 2018
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based
Compensation Expenses
 Other Operating
Expenses (3)
 Amortization of
Debt Discount
and Issuance
Costs
 Non-GAAP
Costs and expenses:         
Costs of subscription services$273,461  $(26,280) $(7,043) $  $240,138 
Costs of professional services355,952  (37,592) (2,045)   316,315 
Product development910,584  (229,819) (23,128)   657,637 
Sales and marketing683,367  (100,762) (4,567)   578,038 
General and administrative222,909  (83,972) (3,614)   135,323 
Operating income (loss)(303,223) 478,425  40,397    215,599 
Operating margin(14.1)% 22.3% 1.9% % 10.1%
Other income (expense), net(11,563)     43,916  32,353 
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(314,786) 478,425  40,397  43,916  247,952 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (1)6,436        6,436 
Net income (loss)$(321,222) $478,425  $40,397  $43,916  $241,516 
Net income (loss) per share (2)$(1.55) $2.30  $0.19  $0.09  $1.03 


(1) Workday’s GAAP tax provision is primarily related to state taxes and income tax in profitable foreign jurisdictions. We maintain a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the US. Accordingly, there is no tax impact associated with the non-GAAP adjustments.
(2) GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 207,774 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 234,089 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(3) Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $21.0 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $19.4 million.

 

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Year Ended January 31, 2017
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based
Compensation Expenses
 Other Operating
Expenses (3)
 Amortization of
Debt Discount
and Issuance
Costs
 Non-GAAP
 *As Adjusted    *As Adjusted
Costs and expenses:         
Costs of subscription services$213,389  $(20,773) $(730) $  $191,886 
Costs of professional services270,156  (26,833) (1,199)   242,124 
Product development680,531  (166,529) (18,533)   495,469 
Sales and marketing565,328  (86,229) (3,316)   475,783 
General and administrative198,122  (78,265) (3,302)   116,555 
Operating income (loss)(353,086) 378,629  27,080    52,623 
Operating margin(22.4)% 24.0% 1.7% % 3.3%
Other income (expense), net(32,427)     26,947  (5,480)
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(385,513) 378,629  27,080  26,947  47,143 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (1)(814)       (814)
Net income (loss)$(384,699) $378,629  $27,080  $26,947  $47,957 
Net income (loss) per share (2)$(1.94) $1.91  $0.14  $0.12  $0.23 


(1) Workday’s GAAP tax provision is primarily related to state taxes and income tax in profitable foreign jurisdictions. We maintain a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the US. Accordingly, there is no tax impact associated with the non-GAAP adjustments.
(2) GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 198,214 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 208,453 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(3) Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $14.3 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $12.7 million.

*Prior-period information has been restated for the adoption of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which we adopted on February 1, 2017.

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Cash Flows from Operations to Free Cash Flows
(A Non-GAAP Financial Measure)
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 Three Months Ended January 31, Year Ended January 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
  *As Adjusted  *As Adjusted
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$126,548  $109,731  $465,727  $350,626 
Capital expenditures, excluding owned real estate projects(36,059) (32,278) (141,536) (120,813)
  Free cash flows$90,489  $77,453  $324,191  $229,813 

*Prior-period information has been restated for the adoption of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which we adopted on February 1, 2017.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors and others with additional information regarding Workday’s results, we have disclosed the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, and free cash flows. Workday has provided a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure used in this earnings release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. The non-GAAP financial measures of non-GAAP operating income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share differ from GAAP in that they exclude share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and non-cash interest expense related to our convertible senior notes. Free cash flows differ from GAAP cash flows from operating activities in that it treats capital expenditures (excluding owned real estate projects) as a reduction to cash flows.

Workday’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to understand and compare operating results across accounting periods, for internal budgeting and forecasting purposes, for short- and long-term operating plans, and to evaluate Workday’s financial performance and the ability of operations to generate cash. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures reflect Workday’s ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful period-to-period comparisons and analysis of trends in Workday’s business, as they exclude expenses that are not reflective of ongoing operating results. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating Workday’s operating results and prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. Additionally, management believes information regarding free cash flows provides investors and others with an important perspective on the cash flows generated by normal recurring activities to make strategic acquisitions and investments, to fund ongoing operations, and to fund other capital expenditures.

Management believes excluding the following items from the GAAP Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations is useful to investors and others in assessing Workday’s operating performance due to the following factors:

  • Share-based compensation expenses. Although share-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation of our employees and executives, management believes it is useful to exclude share-based compensation expenses to better understand the long-term performance of our core business and to facilitate comparison of our results to those of peer companies. Share-based compensation expenses are determined using a number of factors, including our stock price, volatility, and forfeitures rates, that are beyond our control and generally unrelated to operational decisions and performance in any particular period. Further, share-based compensation expenses are not reflective of the value ultimately received by the grant recipients.

  • Other operating expenses. Other operating expenses includes employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets. The amount of employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions is dependent on our stock price and other factors that are beyond our control and do not correlate to the operation of the business. For business combinations, we generally allocate a portion of the purchase price to intangible assets. The amount of the allocation is based on estimates and assumptions made by management and is subject to amortization. The amount of purchase price allocated to intangible assets and the term of its related amortization can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition and thus we do not believe it is reflective of ongoing operations.

  • Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs. Under GAAP, we are required to separately account for liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the convertible senior notes that were issued in private placements in June 2013 and September 2017. Accordingly, for GAAP purposes we are required to recognize the effective interest expense on our convertible senior notes and amortize the issuance costs over the term of the notes. The difference between the effective interest expense and the contractual interest expense, and the amortization expense of issuance costs are excluded from management’s assessment of our operating performance because management believes that these non-cash expenses are not indicative of ongoing operating performance. Management believes that the exclusion of the non-cash interest expense provides investors an enhanced view of Workday’s operational performance.

Additionally, we believe that the non-GAAP financial measure, free cash flows, is meaningful to investors because we review cash flows generated from or used in operations after deducting certain capital expenditures that are considered to be an ongoing operational component of our business. Capital expenditures deducted from cash flows from operations do not include purchases of land and buildings or construction costs of our new development center and of other owned buildings. We exclude these owned real estate projects as they are infrequent in nature. For fiscal 2018, these costs primarily represented the construction of our new development center, which is anticipated to be completed in fiscal 2020.

The use of non-GAAP operating income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share measures has certain limitations as they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect Workday’s operations. Workday compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore comparability may be limited. Management encourages investors and others to review Workday’s financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Investor Relations Contact:
Michael Magaro
+1 (925) 379-6000
Michael.Magaro@Workday.com 

Media Contact:
Jeff Shadid
+1 (405) 834-7777
Jeff.Shadid@Workday.com

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