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Duck Creek Technologies Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

Duck Creek Technologies
·18 min read
  • First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Subscription revenue grew 59% year-over-year

  • SaaS Annual Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew 72% year-over-year

BOSTON, Jan. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Duck Creek Technologies (NASDAQ: DCT), a provider of SaaS-delivered enterprise software to the property & casualty (“P&C”) insurance industry, today announced its financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2020.

“Duck Creek’s strong business momentum continued into fiscal year 2021, with first quarter financial and operational results that were highlighted by 59% subscription revenue growth,” said Michael Jackowski, Duck Creek’s Chief Executive Officer. “We signed 4 new Duck Creek OnDemand deals, including a Tier 1 customer, and a number of add-on transactions during the quarter, further solidifying our position as the clear SaaS leader for the P&C industry.”

Mr. Jackowski added, “P&C carriers are increasingly recognizing the benefits of SaaS-based core systems as they look to deliver on their digital transformation programs to improve their operational outcomes and customer experiences. We believe Duck Creek is in a great position to be a primary beneficiary of the P&C industry’s move to the cloud, which we expect will enable us to continue delivering strong revenue growth and margin expansion over the long-term.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

Revenue

  • Total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 was $58.9 million, an increase of 26% from the first quarter in fiscal year 2020. Subscription revenue was $27.9 million, an increase of 59%; services revenue was $23.5 million, an increase of 6%; license revenue was $1.4 million, an increase of 29%; and maintenance revenue was $6.2 million, an increase of 4%.

  • SaaS annual recurring revenue, or SaaS ARR, was $103.9 million as of November 30, 2020, an increase of 72% from the comparable period in fiscal year 2020.

Profitability

  • GAAP loss from operations was $4.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with a GAAP loss from operations of $3.8 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2020.

  • Non-GAAP income from operations was $2.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with non-GAAP income from operations of $0.7 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2020.

  • GAAP net loss was $4.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with GAAP net loss of $4.0 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2020.

  • Non-GAAP net income was $2.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with non-GAAP net income of $0.5 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2020.

  • GAAP net loss per share was $0.04, based on basic weighted average shares outstanding of 130.8 million as of November 30, 2020. Non-GAAP net income per share was $0.02.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $3.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $1.4 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2020.

Liquidity

  • Duck Creek had $361.2 million in cash and cash equivalents at November 30, 2020. The Company used $22.2 million in cash from operating activities and had free cash flow of $(22.9) million during the first quarter of fiscal 2021, compared with $(10.6) million in the comparable period in fiscal year 2020.

The information presented above includes non-GAAP financial measures such as “non-GAAP income from operations,” “adjusted EBITDA,” “non-GAAP net income,” “non-GAAP net income per share,” and “free cash flow.” Refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Metrics” for a discussion of these measures and reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Business Outlook

Duck Creek is issuing the following outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 and full year of fiscal 2021 based on current expectations as of January 7, 2021:

Second Quarter Fiscal 2021

Full Year Fiscal 2021

Revenue

$58.5 million to $59.5 million

$246.0 million to $251.0 million

Subscription Revenue

$28.0 million to $29.0 million

$117.0 million to $119.0 million

Adjusted EBITDA

$(1.5) million to $(2.5) million

$3.5 million to $5.5 million

Conference Call Information

Duck Creek Technologies will host a conference call today, January 7, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss the Company’s financial results and business outlook. A live webcast of the call will be available on the “Investor Relations” page of the Company’s website at https://ir.duckcreek.com/. To access the call by phone, dial 1-833-570-1119 (domestic) or 1-914-987-7066 (international). A replay of this conference call will be available for a limited time at 1-855-859-2056 (domestic) or 1-404-537-3406 (international) using conference ID 6316238. A replay of the webcast will also be available for a limited time at https://ir.duckcreek.com/.

About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is a leading provider of core system solutions to the P&C and General insurance industry. By accessing Duck Creek OnDemand, the company’s enterprise Software-as-a-Service solution, insurance carriers are able to navigate uncertainty and capture market opportunities faster than their competitors. Duck Creek’s functionally-rich solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes certain disclosures which contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “expect,” “believe,” “target,” “project,” “goals,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “may,” “will,” “might,” “could,” “forecast,” “outlook” and variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Duck Creek’s expected outlook for second quarter fiscal 2021 and full year fiscal 2021, are based on Duck Creek’s current expectations and assumptions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, which are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements will be set forth in Duck Creek’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 3, 2020 and any subsequent public filings. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: the impact of pandemics, including the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, on U.S. and global economies, Duck Creek’s business and results and financial condition, its employees, demand for its products, sales and implementation cycles, and the health of its customers’ and partners’ businesses; Duck Creek’s history of losses; changes in Duck Creek’s product revenue mix as it continues to focus on sales of its SaaS solutions, which will cause fluctuations in its results of operations and cash flows between periods; Duck Creek’s reliance on orders and renewals from a relatively small number of customers for a substantial portion of its revenue, and the substantial negotiating leverage customers have in renewing and expanding their contracts for Duck Creek’s solutions; the success of Duck Creek’s growth strategy focused on SaaS solutions and its ability to develop or sell its solutions into new markets or further penetrate existing markets; Duck Creek’s ability to manage its expanding operations; intense competition in Duck Creek’s market; third parties may assert Duck Creek is infringing or violating their intellectual property rights; U.S. and global market and economic conditions, particularly adverse in the insurance industry; additional complexity, burdens and volatility in connection with Duck Creek’s international sales and operations; the length and variability of Duck Creek’s sales and implementation cycles; data breaches, unauthorized access to customer data or other disruptions of Duck Creek’s solutions; the significant influence of Duck Creek’s largest shareholders on its management, business plans, and policies and any conflicts of interests therewith; and Duck Creek’s continued reliance on “controlled company” exemptions under the corporate governance standards of Nasdaq during the applicable phase-in periods.

Any forward-looking statement in this release speaks only as of the date of this release. Duck Creek undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable laws.

Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Metrics

This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP income from operations, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share, and free cash flow. Adjusted EBITDA excludes provision for income taxes, other (income)/expense, interest expense, net, depreciation of property and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation expense, and change in fair value of contingent earnout liability. Non-GAAP income from operations excludes share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets and change in fair value of contingent earnout liability. Non-GAAP gross margin excludes share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, and amortization of capitalized internal-use software. Non-GAAP net income excludes share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets and change in fair value of contingent earnout liability and the tax effect of such adjustments. Free cash flow consists of net cash provided by operating activities less cash used for purchases of property and equipment and capitalized internal-use software. See below for a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Other metrics include SaaS ARR and SaaS Net Dollar Retention, which are calculated for all SaaS continuing software services, excluding the subscription revenue related to one legacy contract for a service no longer offered separately by the Company. SaaS ARR is calculated by annualizing recurring revenue recorded in the last month of the measurement period. SaaS Net Dollar Retention is a rate calculated by annualizing recurring revenue recorded in the last month of the measurement period for those customers in place throughout the entire measurement period. We divide the result by annualized recurring revenue from the month that is one year prior to the end of the measurement period, for all customers in place at the beginning of the measurement period.

The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures and other metrics provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to Duck Creek’s financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures and other metrics to manage its business, make planning decisions, evaluate its performance and allocate resources. The Company believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures and other metrics help investors and analysts in comparing its results across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that the Company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the analysis of other GAAP financial measures, including net income and cash flows from operating activities.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not universally consistent calculations, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures. Other companies may calculate similarly titled financial measures differently than the Company does or may not calculate them at all. Additionally, these non-GAAP financial measures are not measurements of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP. In order to facilitate a clear understanding of its consolidated historical operating results, readers should examine the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with its historical GAAP financial information.

To the extent that the Company provides guidance on a non-GAAP basis, it does not provide reconciliations of such forward-looking non-GAAP measures to GAAP due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation, including adjustments that could be made for the charges reflected in the Company’s reconciliation of historic numbers, the amount of which, based on historical experience, could be significant.

Investor Contact:
Brian Denyeau
ICR
646-277-1251
Brian.denyeau@icrinc.com

Media Contact:
Paul Rechichi
Racepoint Global
617 624 3295
prechichi@racepointglobal.com

Sam A. Shay
Duck Creek Technologies
857 201 5784
sam.shay@duckcreek.com

Duck Creek Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands)

November 30,

August 31,

2020

2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

361,160

$

389,878

Accounts receivable, net

27,854

29,149

Unbilled revenue

19,850

18,121

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

11,838

12,186

Total current assets

420,702

449,334

Property and equipment, net

17,552

18,113

Operating lease assets

17,368

18,171

Goodwill

272,455

272,455

Intangible assets, net

77,599

81,687

Deferred tax assets

1,721

1,550

Unbilled revenue, net of current portion

3,489

3,487

Other assets

16,318

16,303

Total assets

$

827,204

$

861,100

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

1,432

$

1,802

Accrued liabilities

32,895

58,202

Contingent earnout liability

5,172

3,701

Lease liability

3,439

3,611

Deferred revenue

25,978

30,397

Total current liabilities

68,916

97,713

Contingent earnout liability, net of current portion

3,391

Lease liability, net of current portion

20,946

21,739

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

240

379

Other long-term liabilities

5,720

4,121

Total liabilities

95,822

127,343

Stockholders' Equity

Common stock, 133,411,494 shares issued and 130,854,463 shares outstanding at November 30, 2020, 133,269,301 shares issued and 130,713,745 shares outstanding at August 31, 2020, 300,000,000 shares authorized at November 30, 2020 and August 31, 2020, par value $0.01 per share

1,334

1,333

Preferred stock, 0 shares outstanding, 50,000,000 shares authorized at November 30, 2020 and August 31, 2020, par value $0.01 per share

Treasury stock, common shares at cost; 2,557,031 shares at November 30, 2020 and 2,555,556 shares at August 31, 2020

(64,745

)

(64,688

)

Accumulated deficit

(28,985

)

(24,334

)

Additional paid in capital

823,778

821,446

Total stockholders' equity

731,382

733,757

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

827,204

$

861,100


Duck Creek Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited, in thousands except share and per share amounts)

For the Three Months Ended
November 30,

2020

2019

Revenue:

Subscription

$

27,909

$

17,537

License

1,350

1,045

Maintenance and support

6,190

5,926

Professional services

23,457

22,062

Total revenue

58,906

46,570

Cost of revenue:1

Subscription

10,084

7,277

License

388

326

Maintenance and support

842

878

Professional services

13,716

12,042

Total cost of revenue

25,030

20,523

Gross margin

33,876

26,047

Operating expenses:1

Research and development

11,104

9,219

Sales and marketing

12,597

10,571

General and administrative

14,418

9,985

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

3

44

Total operating expenses

38,122

29,819

Loss from operations

(4,246

)

(3,772

)

Other (expense) income, net

(47

)

373

Interest expense, net

(43

)

(281

)

Loss before income taxes

(4,336

)

(3,680

)

Provision for income taxes

315

334

Net loss

$

(4,651

)

$

(4,014

)

Net loss per share information2

Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted

$

(0.04

)

Weighted average shares of common stock - basic and diluted

130,788,359

(1) Amounts include share-based compensation expense as disclosed in the following table:

Three Months Ended
November 30,

2020

2019

Cost of subscription revenue

$

80

$

Cost of maintenance and support revenue

7

1

Cost of services revenue

610

26

Research and development

511

90

Sales and marketing

899

77

General and administrative

985

242

Total share-based compensation expense

$

3,092

$

436

(2) Prior to Duck Creek’s initial public offering in August 2020, there were no shares of common stock outstanding, and the membership structure of Duck Creek Technologies consisted of limited partnership units. Accordingly, comparable period net loss per share has not been presented because it would not be meaningful to the users of the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

Duck Creek Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)

For the Three Months Ended
November 30,

2020

2019

Operating activities:

Net loss

$

(4,651

)

$

(4,014

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation of property and equipment

787

737

Amortization of capitalized software

498

Amortization of intangible assets

4,087

4,267

Amortization of deferred financing fees

28

11

Share-based compensation expense

3,092

436

Loss on change in fair value of contingent earnout liability

3

44

Bad debt expense

14

(40

)

Deferred taxes

(171

)

19

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

Accounts receivable

1,280

(1,339

)

Unbilled revenue

(1,730

)

(1,169

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

319

987

Other assets

(15

)

87

Accounts payable

712

(230

)

Accrued liabilities

(16,629

)

(4,700

)

Deferred revenue

(4,558

)

(3,642

)

Operating leases

(161

)

312

Cash settlement of vested phantom stock

(6,677

)

Other long-term liabilities

1,600

93

Net cash used in operating activities

(22,172

)

(8,141

)

Investing activities:

Capitalized internal-use software

(536

)

(862

)

Purchase of property and equipment

(188

)

(1,636

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(724

)

(2,498

)

Financing activities:

Payment of deferred IPO costs

(3,650

)

(735

)

Payment of deferred Class E offering costs

(192

)

Proceeds from issuance of Class E Units, net of issuance costs

115,454

Payment on redemption of Class A and Class B Units

(98,000

)

Purchase of treasury stock

(57

)

Payments of contingent earnout liability

(1,923

)

(3,182

)

Proceeds from revolving credit facility

5,000

Payments on revolving credit facility

(5,000

)

Payment of deferred financing costs

(228

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(5,822

)

13,309

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(28,718

)

2,670

Cash, cash equivalents – beginning of period

389,878

11,999

Cash, cash equivalents – end of period

$

361,160

$

14,669

Supplemental disclosure of other cash flow information:

Cash paid for income taxes

730

577

Cash paid for interest

187

Fair value of contingent consideration

5,529

7,377

Deferred IPO costs in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

1,450


Duck Creek Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended
November 30,

($ in thousands)

2020

2019

GAAP Gross Margin

$

33,876

$

26,047

Share-based compensation expense

697

27

Amortization of intangible assets

1,186

1,186

Amortization of capitalized internal-use software

498

Non-GAAP Gross Margin

$

36,257

$

27,260


Three Months Ended
November 30,

($ in thousands)

2020

2019

GAAP Loss from Operations

$

(4,246

)

$

(3,772

)

Share-based compensation expense

3,092

436

Amortization of intangible assets

3,994

3,994

Change in fair value of contingent earnout liability

3

44

Non-GAAP Income from Operations

$

2,843

$

702


Three Months Ended
November 30,

($ in thousands)

2020

2019

GAAP Net Loss

$

(4,651

)

$

(4,014

)

Provision for income taxes

315

334

Other (income) expense

47

(373

)

Interest expense, net

43

281

Depreciation of property and equipment

787

737

Amortization of intangible assets

3,994

3,994

Share-based compensation expense

3,092

436

Change in fair value of contingent earnout liability

3

44

Adjusted EBITDA

$

3,630

$

1,439


Three Months Ended
November 30,

($ in thousands)

2020

2019

GAAP Net Loss

$

(4,651

)

$

(4,014

)

Share-based compensation expense

3,092

436

Amortization of intangible assets

3,994

3,994

Change in fair value of contingent earnout liability

3

44

Tax effect of adjustments (1)

Non-GAAP Net Income

$

2,438

$

460

Non-GAAP Net Income per Share (Basic) (2)

$

0.02

nm

Shares used in computing Non-GAAP Net Income per Share (Basic) (2)

130,788,359

nm

(1)

Our tax provision is primarily related to state taxes and income taxes in profitable foreign jurisdictions. We maintain a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the U.S. Accordingly, there is no tax impact associated with the non-GAAP adjustments in the U.S. We have not included the insignificant tax benefit associated with the non-GAAP adjustments related to our foreign jurisdictions that are taxed on a cost-plus basis.

(2)

Prior to Duck Creek’s initial public offering in August 2020, there were no shares of common stock outstanding, and the membership structure of Duck Creek Technologies consisted of limited partnership units. Accordingly, comparable period net loss per share has not been presented because it would not be meaningful to the users of the Company’s consolidated financial statements.


Three Months Ended
November 30,

($ in thousands)

2020

2019

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

(22,172

)

$

(8,141

)

Purchases of property and equipment

(188

)

(1,636

)

Capitalized internal-use software

(536

)

(862

)

Free Cash Flow

$

(22,896

)

$

(10,639

)