SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Instructure, Inc. (NYSE: INST), the leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that helps people learn and develop, from their first day of school to their last day of work, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.
"In 2018, we grew revenue 30% year over year, enhanced our operating structure, and defined and launched our growth initiatives," said Dan Goldsmith, CEO of Instructure. "With a strong management team in place and a clear focus on growth and operational excellence, Instructure is well-positioned for success in 2019 and beyond."
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Summary
(in thousands, except per share data)
Ended December 31,
Year Ended December 31,
(1) Non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation, reversal of estimated accruals related to payroll taxes on secondary stock purchase transactions, amortization of acquisition related intangibles, the change in fair value of mark-to-market liabilities, the change in fair value of the contingent liability and the deferred income tax benefit.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Business Highlights
Instructure continued to expand its customer base in the fourth quarter. A few highlights include:
Corporate – ETQ, a leading provider of quality and compliance management software, selected Bridge Learn to train their over 100,000 customers. Deloitte España will be using Bridge Learn not only for internal employee training, but also to deliver cyber security training to their clients. Chewy, the online pet retailer, chose Bridge Learn for their customer success team of 10,000 employees. In Canada, lululemon athletica selected Bridge Learn and Arc to assist them with employee training and development. And finally, The Pacific Financial Group chose Bridge Learn and Practice for their 3,000 financial representatives and clients.
U.S. Education – UC San Diego selected Canvas for their over 34,000 students and Harvard Medical School selected Practice in support of their global training for clinical research programs.
International Education – In Mexico, Canvas was selected by Tecnológico de Monterrey for their 200,000 learners. In Australia, the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology Sydney chose Canvas for their collective 80,000 students. Additionally, Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines with 70,000 learners and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in the United Kingdom with 30,000 learners also selected Canvas.
Today, Instructure issued financial guidance for the first quarter and full year 2019. The financial guidance discussed below is on a non-GAAP basis, except for revenue, and excludes stock-based compensation expense, reversal of payroll tax expense on secondary stock purchase transactions, amortization of acquisition related intangibles, the change in fair value of mark-to-market liabilities, the change in fair value of the contingent liability and the deferred income tax benefit (see tables below that reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the related GAAP measures). On January 1, 2018, Instructure adopted Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606 "Revenue from Contracts with Customers" using the full retrospective transition method.
For the first quarter ending March 31, 2019, Instructure expects revenue of approximately $56.9 million to $57.5 million, a non-GAAP net loss of ($5.6) million to ($5.0) million, and non-GAAP net loss per common share of ($0.16) to ($0.14).
For the full year ending December 31, 2019, Instructure expects revenue of approximately $256 million to $260 million, non-GAAP net loss of ($23.5) million to ($21.5) million, and non-GAAP net loss per common share of ($0.65) to ($0.59).
Conference Call Details
Instructure will discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results today, February 19, 2019, via teleconference at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The call may be accessed at (877) 201-0168 or (647) 788-4901, passcode 8690028.
The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Instructure Investor Relations website at ir.instructure.com. A replay of the call will be available at the same web address approximately two hours following the conclusion of the live event. You may register for the live webcast at http://bit.ly/INST_Q42018EarningsCall.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release and related conference call, Instructure's non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, non-GAAP free cash flow and 12-month billings are not presented in accordance with GAAP and are not intended to be used in lieu of GAAP presentations of results of operations.
Management presents these non-GAAP financial measures because it considers them to be important supplemental measures of performance. Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including analysis of the company's performance against prior periods, the preparation of operating budgets and to determine appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. Management also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the company's financial and operational performance. However, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and are not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. We intend to provide these non-GAAP financial measures as part of our future earnings discussions and, therefore, the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures will provide consistency in our financial reporting. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release. Our definitions may differ from the definitions used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. In addition, other companies may not publish these or similar metrics.
Non-GAAP measures exclude stock-based compensation, payroll taxes related to secondary stock purchase transactions or the reversal of such expense due to the retirement of the liability, amortization of acquisition related intangibles, the change in fair value of mark-to-market liabilities, the change in fair value of the contingent liability and the deferred income tax benefit. We believe investors may want to exclude the effects of these items in order to compare our financial performance between time periods:
Stock-based compensation - Although stock-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation of our employees and executives, management believes it is useful to exclude stock-based compensation in order to better understand the long-term performance of our core business. Unlike cash compensation, the value of equity awards is determined using a complex formula that incorporates factors, such as market volatility and forfeiture rates that are beyond our control.
Reversal of estimated accruals related to payroll taxes on secondary stock purchase transactions – Prior to our IPO, operating expenses included employer payroll tax-related items on employee sales of securities to investors. The amount of employer payroll tax-related items on these transactions was dependent on the fair market value of our stock. Beginning in the second quarter of 2016, operating expenses included the reversal of such payroll tax expense due to the reduction of the estimated liability, which will continue to occur in the second quarter of each year.
Amortization of acquisition related intangibles - Expense for the amortization of acquisition related intangibles is a non-cash item, and we believe that the exclusion of this expense provides for a useful comparison of our operating results to prior periods.
Change in fair value of mark-to-market liabilities - Under GAAP, we are required to record mark-to-market adjustments for the change in fair value of the liability for warrants issued in connection with term debt and our credit facility. This expense or gain is excluded from management's assessment of our operating performance because management believes that these non-cash items are not indicative of ongoing operating performance.
Change in fair value of the contingent liability - Under GAAP, we are required to record mark-to-market adjustments for the change in the fair value of the liability for contingent consideration related to an acquisition. The expense or gain recognized is excluded from management's assessment of our operating performance because management believes that these non-cash items are not indicative of ongoing operating performance.
Deferred income tax benefit - The deferred income tax benefit is a non-cash item created by the difference in the carrying amount and tax basis of the assets and liabilities acquired. This taxable temporary difference resulted in the recognition of a $0.6 million deferred tax liability which was recorded as an adjustment to goodwill on the consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2017. The creation of the deferred tax liability represents a source of future taxable income which supports the realization of a portion of the income tax benefit associated with historical net operating losses. The deferred income tax benefit is a non-cash item that is unique to the business combination, and we believe the exclusion of this deferred tax benefit provides for a useful comparison of our operating results to prior periods and our peer companies.
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 statements regarding the company's financial guidance for the first quarter of 2019 and for the full year ending December 31, 2019, the company's growth, customer demand and application adoption, the company's research and development efforts and future application releases, and the company's expectations regarding future revenue, expenses, cash flows and net income or loss. 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: risks associated with anticipated growth in Instructure's addressable market; competitive factors, including changes in the competitive environment, pricing changes, sales cycle time and increased competition; Instructure's ability to build and expand its sales efforts; general economic and industry conditions; new application introductions and Instructure's ability to develop and deliver innovative applications and features; Instructure's ability to provide high-quality service and support offerings; risks associated with international operations; and macroeconomic conditions. These and other important risk factors are described more fully in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on October 31, 2018, and other documents filed with the SEC 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 Instructure undertakes no duty to update this information except as required by law.
Instructure, Inc. is the leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that helps people learn and develop, from their first day of school to their last day of work. Its software solutions include Canvas, the learning platform that simplifies teaching and elevates learning, and Bridge, the employee development and engagement solution for people-focused companies. To date, Instructure has connected millions of educators and learners at more than 4,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K–12 and Bridge for companies at www.Instructure.com.