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Varonis Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

May 03, 2021

Total revenues grew 38% year-over-year to $74.8 million in Q1 2021
Subscription revenues increased 120% to $44.8 million year-over-year
Annual recurring revenues grew to $306.9 million, a 39% increase over first quarter 2020

NEW YORK, May 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Varonis Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNS), a pioneer in data security and analytics, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

"Our first quarter performance was strong, continuing the positive trajectory of 2020 and evidences the ongoing critical need for companies around the globe to protect their sensitive data. Secular trends which drive demand for our products have accelerated, and with our subscription offering, we are able to deliver on our customers' immediate requirements and longer-term needs," said Yaki Faitelson, Varonis CEO.

"Our customer lifetime value has increased significantly, driving revenue growth, margin expansion and cash flow generation," Mr. Faitelson continued. "Supported by a financial model which provides greater visibility and predictability, we believe we are well positioned to capitalize on these trends and are just scratching the surface of a large and growing market opportunity."

Financial Summary for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2021

  • Subscription revenues increased 120% to $44.8 million, compared with $20.4 million in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Maintenance and services revenues were $29.7 million, compared with $33.4 million in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Total revenues increased 38% to $74.8 million, compared with $54.2 million in the first quarter of 2020.
  • GAAP operating loss was ($34.1) million, compared to GAAP operating loss of ($32.7) million in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP operating loss was ($6.3) million, compared to non-GAAP operating loss of ($17.4) million in the first quarter of 2020.

The tables at the end of this press release include a reconciliation of GAAP loss to non-GAAP loss from operations and net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. An explanation of these measures is included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators."

Key Performance Indicators and Recent Business Highlights

  • Annual recurring revenues, or ARR, were $306.9 million as of the end of the first quarter, up 39% over the prior year period.
  • As of March 31, 2021, 66% of customers with 500 employees or more purchased four or more licenses, up from 55% as of March 31, 2020, and 32% purchased six or more licenses, up from 21% as of March 31, 2020.
  • For the first quarter of 2021, total revenues in North America increased 39% over the prior-year period to $52.8 million, total revenues in EMEA increased 38% over the prior-year period to $20.2 million, and total revenues from Rest of World were $1.7 million.
  • As of March 31, 2021, the Company had $824.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and short-term deposits.
  • During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company generated $20.4 million of cash from operations, compared to $3.9 million generated in the prior year period.
  • Strengthened the balance sheet through the placement of a $500.0 million follow-on offering.
  • Awarded a Cyber CatalystSM designation by MarshSM provided by leading cyber insurers to those they believe can have a meaningful impact on cyber risk.
  • Published the 2021 Healthcare Data Risk Report, which analyzed over 3 billion files and found that the average healthcare organization in the survey has 31,000 sensitive files open to everyone.

An explanation of ARR is included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators."

Financial Outlook
For the second quarter of 2021, the Company expects:

  • Revenues of $82.5 million to $84.0 million, or year-over-year growth of 24% to 26%.
  • Non-GAAP operating loss of ($2.5) million to ($1.5) million.
  • Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share in the range of ($0.04) to ($0.03), based on 106.4 million basic and diluted shares outstanding.

For full year 2021, the Company now expects:

  • Revenues of $365.0 million to $370.0 million, or year-over-year growth of 25% to 26%.
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $4.5 million to $8.5 million.
  • Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share in the range of ($0.01) to non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.02, based on 105.3 million basic and diluted shares outstanding and 116.5 million diluted shares outstanding, respectively.

Actual results may differ materially from the Company’s Financial Outlook as a result of, among other things, the factors described below under “Forward-Looking Statements”.

Stock Split
All common stock and per share data in this earnings release have been retroactively adjusted for the impact of the three-for-one split effective March 15, 2021.

Conference Call and Webcast
Varonis will host a conference call today, Monday, May 3, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss the Company's first quarter 2021 financial results. To access this call, dial 877-425-9470 (domestic) or 201-389-0878 (international). The passcode is 13718049. A replay of this conference call will be available through May 10, 2021 at 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 412-317-6671 (international). The replay passcode is 13718049. A live webcast of this conference call will be available on the "Investors" page of the Company's website (www.varonis.com), and a replay will be archived on the website as well.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators
Varonis believes that the use of non-GAAP operating income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) is helpful to our investors. These measures, which the Company refers to as our non-GAAP financial measures, are not prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP operating income (loss) is calculated as operating income (loss) excluding (i) stock-based compensation expense, (ii) payroll tax expense related to stock-based compensation, and (iii) amortization of acquired intangible assets and acquisition related expenses.

Non-GAAP net income (loss) is calculated as net income (loss) excluding (i) stock-based compensation expense, (ii) payroll tax expense related to stock-based compensation, (iii) amortization of acquired intangible assets and acquisition related expenses, (iv) foreign exchange gains (losses) which includes exchange rate differences on lease contracts as a result of the implementation of ASC 842, and (v) amortization of debt discount and issuance costs.

The Company believes that the exclusion of these expenses provides a more meaningful comparison of our operational performance from period to period and offers investors and management greater visibility to the underlying performance of our business. Specifically:

  • Stock-based compensation expenses utilize varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and a variety of equity instruments that can impact a company's non-cash expenses;
  • Payroll taxes are tied to the exercise or vesting of underlying equity awards and the price of our common stock at the time of vesting or exercise, factors which may vary from period to period;
  • Acquired intangible assets are valued at the time of acquisition and are amortized over an estimated useful life after the acquisition, and acquisition-related expenses are unrelated to current operations and neither are comparable to the prior period nor predictive of future results;
  • The Company incurs foreign exchange gains or losses from the revaluation of its significant operating lease liabilities in foreign currencies as well as other assets and liabilities denominated in non-U.S. dollars, which may vary from period to period; and
  • Amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs, which relate to the Company’s convertible senior notes issued in 2020, is a non-cash item.

Each of our non-GAAP financial measures is an important tool for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating our own operating results over different periods of time. The non-GAAP financial measures do not represent our financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to operating income (loss) or net income (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in our industry, as other companies in our industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently, particularly related to non-recurring, unusual items. In addition, there are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, and exclude expenses that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. Further, stock-based compensation expense and payroll tax expense related to stock-based compensation have been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, significant recurring expenses in our business and an important part of the compensation provided to our employees. Also, the amortization of intangible assets are expected recurring expenses over the estimated useful life of the underlying intangible asset and acquisition-related expenses will be incurred to the extent acquisitions are made in the future. Additionally, foreign exchange rates may fluctuate from one period to another, and the Company does not estimate movements in foreign currencies. Finally, the amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs are expected recurring expenses until the maturity of the senior notes in 2025.

The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Varonis urges investors to review the reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included below, and not to rely on any single financial measures to evaluate our business.

A reconciliation for non-GAAP operating income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) referred to in our “Financial Outlook” is not provided because, as forward-looking statements, such reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort due to the high variability, complexity, and difficulty of estimating certain items such as charges to stock-based compensation expense and currency fluctuations which could have an impact on our consolidated results. The Company believes the information provided is useful to investors because it can be considered in the context of the Company’s historical disclosures of this measure.

ARR is a key performance indicator defined as the annualized value of active term-based subscription license contracts and maintenance contracts related to perpetual licenses in effect at the end of that period. Subscription license contracts and maintenance for perpetual license contracts are annualized by dividing the total contract value by the number of days in the term and multiplying the result by 365. The annualized value of contracts is a legal and contractual determination made by assessing the contractual terms with our customers. The annualized value of maintenance contracts is not determined by reference to historical revenues, deferred revenues or any other GAAP financial measure over any period. ARR is not a forecast of future revenues, which can be impacted by contract start and end dates and renewal rates.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains, and statements made during the above referenced conference call will contain, "forward-looking" statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including regarding the Company's growth rate and its expectations regarding future revenues, operating income or loss or earnings or loss per share. These statements are not guarantees of future performance but are based on management's expectations as of the date of this press release and assumptions that are inherently subject to uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements include the following: the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the budgets of our clients and on economic conditions generally; the impact of potential information technology, cybersecurity or data security breaches; risks associated with anticipated growth in Varonis’ addressable market; Varonis’ ability to predict the timing and rate of subscription renewals and their impact on the Company’s future revenues and operating results; competitive factors, including increased sales cycle time, changes in the competitive environment, pricing changes and increased competition; the risk that Varonis may not be able to attract or retain employees, including sales personnel and engineers; Varonis’ ability to build and expand its direct sales efforts and reseller distribution channels; general economic and industry conditions, such as foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and expenditure trends for data and cybersecurity solutions; risks associated with the closing of large transactions, including Varonis’ ability to close large transactions consistently on a quarterly basis; new product introductions and Varonis’ ability to develop and deliver innovative products; risks associated with international operations; Varonis’ ability to provide high-quality service and support offerings; risks associated with our convertible notes and capped-call transaction; and risks associated with the acquisition of Polyrize including, without limitations, integration of the acquisition may not occur as anticipated and the acquisition may not achieve the outcomes anticipated, undisclosed liabilities may be discovered and attempts to retain key personnel may not succeed. These and other important risk factors are described more fully in Varonis’ reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and could cause actual results to vary from expectations. All information provided in this press release and in the conference call is as of the date hereof, and Varonis undertakes no duty to update or revise this information, whether as a result of new information, new developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Varonis

Varonis is a pioneer in data security and analytics, fighting a different battle than conventional cybersecurity companies. Varonis focuses on protecting enterprise data: sensitive files and emails; confidential customer, patient and employee data; financial records; strategic and product plans; and other intellectual property. The Varonis Data Security Platform detects cyberthreats from both internal and external actors by analyzing data, account activity and user behavior; prevents and limits disaster by locking down sensitive and stale data; and efficiently sustains a secure state with automation. Varonis products address additional important use cases including data protection, data governance, zero trust, compliance, data privacy, classification and threat detection and response. Varonis started operations in 2005 and has customers spanning leading firms in the financial services, public, healthcare, industrial, insurance, energy and utilities, technology, consumer and retail, media and entertainment and education sectors.

To find out more about Varonis, visit www.varonis.com

 
Varonis Systems, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
       
  Unaudited
Revenues:      
Subscriptions $ 44,828     $ 20,365  
Maintenance and services 29,671     33,423  
Perpetual licenses 286     388  
Total revenues 74,785     54,176  
       
Cost of revenues 13,482     10,180  
       
Gross profit 61,303     43,996  
       
Operating costs and expenses:      
Research and development 30,062     22,688  
Sales and marketing 51,493     42,580  
General and administrative 13,823     11,398  
Total operating expenses 95,378     76,666  
       
Operating loss (34,075 )   (32,670 )
Financial income (expenses), net (1,022 )   1,453  
       
Loss before income taxes (35,097 )   (31,217 )
Income taxes (559 )   (213 )
       
Net loss $ (35,656 )   $ (31,430 )
       
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted $ (0.36 )   $ (0.34 )
       
Weighted average number of shares used in computing net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted 100,246,972     92,679,000  
           


 
Stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 is included in the Consolidated Statements of Operations as follows (in thousands):
       
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
       
  Unaudited
Cost of revenues $ 1,589     $ 785  
Research and development 7,158     4,081  
Sales and marketing 7,742     4,729  
General and administrative 4,890     3,288  
  $ 21,379     $ 12,883  
               


 
Payroll tax expense related to stock-based compensation for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 is included in the Consolidated Statements of Operations as follows (in thousands):
       
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
       
  Unaudited
Cost of revenues $ 565     $ 267  
Research and development 160     100  
Sales and marketing 3,215     1,617  
General and administrative 785     380  
  $ 4,725     $ 2,364  
               


 
Amortization of acquired intangibles and acquisition-related expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 is included in the Consolidated Statements of Operations as follows (in thousands):
       
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
       
  Unaudited
Cost of revenues $ 381     $  
Research and development 1,308      
Sales and marketing 3      
General and administrative      
  $ 1,692     $  
               


 
Varonis Systems, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
  March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
  Unaudited    
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 753,606     $ 234,092  
Marketable securities 28,080     34,117  
Short-term deposits 42,284     30,053  
Trade receivables, net 51,302     94,229  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 24,564     27,357  
Total current assets 899,836     419,848  
Long-term assets:      
Operating lease right-of-use asset 54,000     47,924  
Property and equipment, net 35,930     37,163  
Intangible assets, net 5,462     5,846  
Goodwill 23,135     23,135  
Other assets 19,444     21,566  
Total long-term assets 137,971     135,634  
Total assets $ 1,037,807     $ 555,482  
       
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
Trade payables $ 637     $ 850  
Accrued expenses and other short-term liabilities 87,026     83,198  
Deferred revenues 91,596     98,588  
Total current liabilities 179,259     182,636  
Long-term liabilities:      
Convertible senior notes, net 220,149     218,460  
Operating lease liability 54,383     54,540  
Deferred revenues 2,152     2,778  
Other liabilities 3,274     2,997  
Total long-term liabilities 279,958     278,775  
       
Stockholders’ equity:      
Share capital      
Common stock 106     95  
Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,191     9,371  
Additional paid-in capital 920,691     395,347  
Accumulated deficit (346,398 )   (310,742 )
Total stockholders’ equity 578,590     94,071  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,037,807     $ 555,482  
               


 
Varonis Systems, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
       
  Unaudited
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (35,656 )   $ (31,430 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation 2,349     2,098  
Stock-based compensation 21,379     12,883  
Amortization of deferred commissions 4,157     3,249  
Noncash operating lease costs 2,242     1,960  
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs 1,689      
       
Changes in assets and liabilities:      
Trade receivables 42,927     36,785  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (1,673 )   342  
Deferred commissions (3,873 )   (2,236 )
Other long-term assets 900     (82 )
Trade payables (213 )   (174 )
Accrued expenses and other short-term liabilities (5,029 )   (6,922 )
Deferred revenues (7,618 )   (12,603 )
Other long-term liabilities (1,198 )   4  
Net cash provided by operating activities 20,383     3,874  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Increase in short-term deposits (12,225 )   (4,805 )
Decrease in marketable securities 6,036     7,794  
Decrease in long-term deposits 2,460     34  
Purchases of property and equipment (1,116 )   (2,609 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (4,845 )   414  
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from follow-on offering, net 500,034      
Proceeds from employee stock plans, net 3,942     4,316  
Net cash provided by financing activities 503,976     4,316  
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 519,514     8,604  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 234,092     68,929  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 753,606     $ 77,533  
               


 
Varonis Systems, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to non-GAAP
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
       
  Unaudited
Reconciliation to non-GAAP operating loss:      
       
GAAP operating loss $ (34,075 )   $ (32,670 )
       
Add back:      
Stock-based compensation expense 21,379     12,883  
Payroll tax expenses related to stock-based compensation 4,725     2,364  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets and acquisition-related expenses 1,692      
       
Non-GAAP operating loss $ (6,279 )   $ (17,423 )
       
Reconciliation to non-GAAP net loss:      
       
GAAP net loss $ (35,656 )   $ (31,430 )
       
Add back:      
Stock-based compensation expense 21,379     12,883  
Payroll tax expenses related to stock-based compensation 4,725     2,364  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets and acquisition-related expenses 1,692      
Foreign exchange rate differences, net (*) (1,564 )   (1,239 )
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs 1,689      
       
Non-GAAP net loss $ (7,735 )   $ (17,422 )
       
Non-GAAP weighted average number of shares used in computing net loss per share of common stock - basic and diluted 100,246,972     92,679,000  
GAAP weighted average number of shares used in computing net loss per share of common stock - basic and diluted 100,246,972     92,679,000  
       
Non-GAAP net loss per share of common stock - basic and diluted $ (0.08 )   $ (0.19 )
GAAP net loss per share of common stock - basic and diluted $ (0.36 )   $ (0.34 )

(*) Exchange rate differences for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 include exchange rate differences on lease contracts of $1,523 and $875, respectively, as a result of the implementation of ASC 842, as well as other assets and liabilities denominated in non-U.S. dollars.


Investor Relations Contact:
James Arestia
Varonis Systems, Inc.
646-640-2149
investors@varonis.com

News Media Contact:
Rachel Hunt
Varonis Systems, Inc.
877-292-8767 (ext. 1598)
pr@varonis.com

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