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Qualtrics Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Last updated:  January 26, 2022


2022-01-26

 

  • Full Year 2021 total revenue of $1,075.7M, up 41% year over year
  • Q4 2021 total revenue of $316.0M, up 48% year over year
  • Full Year 2021 subscription revenue of $870.7M, up 51% year over year
  • Q4 2021 subscription revenue of $259.0M, up 61% year over year
  • Total remaining performance obligations[1] of $1,732.8M, up 51% year over year
  • Next 12 months remaining performance obligations of $1,011.8M, up 57% year over year
 

PROVO, Utah and SEATTLE Jan. 26, 2022– Qualtrics (NASDAQ: XM), the leader and creator of the Experience Management (XM) category, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.  

“Q4 was an outstanding quarter, capping off a record year of growth for Qualtrics,” said Qualtrics CEO Zig Serafin. “Not only did we cross the $1 billion revenue milestone, but we’re accelerating past it, as experience management becomes even more critical to business success.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:  

  • Revenue: Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $316.0 million, up from $213.6 million one year ago, an increase of 48% year-over-year. Subscription revenue for the fourth quarter was $259.0 million, up from $160.4 million one year ago, an increase of 61% year over year.
  • Operating Income (Loss) and Margin: Fourth quarter operating loss was $(306.1) million, compared to $(11.0) million one year ago. Non-GAAP operating income (see discussion of non-GAAP operating income (loss) and margin measures below) was $0.3 million, compared to non-GAAP operating loss of $(4.7) million one year ago. For the fourth quarter, GAAP operating margin was (97)% and non-GAAP operating margin was 0.1%.
  • Net Loss and Net Loss Per Share: Fourth quarter net loss was $309.8 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $14.5 million, or $0.03 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020. Non-GAAP net loss (see discussion of the non-GAAP net income (loss) measure below) for the fourth quarter was $39.4 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $8.1 million, or $0.02 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020.
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents: Total cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2021 was $1,014.5 million.

Full Year 2021 Financial Highlights:  

  • Revenue: Total revenue for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 was $1,075.7 million, up from $763.5 million one year ago, an increase of 41% year-over-year. Subscription revenue was $870.7 million, up from $575.4 million one year ago, an increase of 51% year-over-year.
  • Operating Income (Loss) and Margin: Operating loss for the year was $(1,053.8) million, compared to operating loss of $(255.1) million in 2020. Non-GAAP operating income (loss) for the year was $31.9 million, compared to $(29.6) million in fiscal 2020. For the fiscal year 2021, operating margin was (98)% and non-GAAP operating margin was 3%.
  • Net Loss and Net Loss Per Share: Fiscal year 2021 net loss was $1,059.1 million, or $2.05 per share, compared to $272.5 million in fiscal year 2020, or $0.64 per Non-GAAP net loss for the year was $6.0 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to $46.0 million in fiscal year 2020, or $0.11 per share.

Financial Outlook:  

Qualtrics is providing guidance for its first quarter ending March 31, 2022 as follows:

  • Total revenue between $324 and $326 million.
  • Subscription revenue between $270 and $272 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin between 1% and 2%.
  • Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share between $(0.02) and $0.00 assuming 580 million weighted shares outstanding.

Qualtrics is providing its guidance for its full year ending December 31, 2022 as follows:

  • Total revenue between $1,402 and $1,406 million.
  • Subscription revenue between $1,177 and $1,181 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin between 1% and 3%.
  • Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share between $(0.02) and $0.00 assuming 595 million weighted shares outstanding.

The guidance provided above constitutes forward-looking statements and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the “Forward-Looking Statements” safe harbor section below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.  

Non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net loss, and non-GAAP net loss per share are non-GAAP financial measures. Additional information on Qualtrics’ reported results, including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP measures, is included in the financial tables below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty of expenses that may be incurred in the future, although it is important to note that these factors could be material to Qualtrics’ results computed in accordance with GAAP.  

A supplemental financial presentation and other information can be accessed through Qualtrics’ investor relations website at https://www.qualtrics.com/investors/.  

Qualtrics Earnings Call

Qualtrics plans to host a conference call today to review its fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results and to discuss its financial outlook. The call is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. MT/5:00 p.m. ET. Investors are invited to join the webcast by visiting: https://qualtrics.com/investors/events. The webcast will be available live, and a replay will be available following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 90 days.  

About Qualtrics

Qualtrics, the leader and creator of the Experience Management (XM) category, is changing the way organizations manage and improve the four core experiences of business—customer, employee, product and brand. Over 16,750 organizations around the world use Qualtrics to listen, understand and take action on experience data (X-data™)—the beliefs, emotions and intentions that tell you why things are happening, and what to do about it. The Qualtrics XM Platform™ is a system of action that helps businesses attract customers who stay longer and buy more, engage employees who build a positive culture, develop breakthrough products people love and build a brand people are passionate about.  

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains express and implied “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our financial outlook for the first quarter of 2022 and full year 2022. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “project,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “predict,” “potential,” “target,” “explore,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. By their nature, these statements are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks, including factors beyond our control, that could cause actual results, performance, or achievement to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the statements, including: our future financial performance, including our revenue, cost of revenue, gross profit, operating expenses, ability to generate positive cash flow, and ability to be profitable; our ability to grow at or near historical growth rates; anticipated technology trends, such as the use of and demand for experience management software; our ability to attract and retain customers to use our products; our ability to respond to and overcome challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to attract enterprises and international organizations as customers for our products; our ability to expand our network with content consulting partners, delivery partners, and technology partners; the evolution of technology affecting our products and markets; our ability to introduce new products and enhance existing products and to compete effectively with competitors; our ability to successfully enter into new markets and manage our international expansion; the attraction and retention of qualified employees and key personnel; our ability to effectively manage our growth and future expenses and maintain our corporate culture; our anticipated investments in sales and marketing and research and development; our ability to maintain, protect, and enhance our intellectual property rights; our ability to successfully defend litigation brought against us; our ability to maintain data privacy and data security; the sufficiency of our cash and cash equivalents to meet our liquidity needs; our ability to comply with modified or new laws and regulations applying to our business; and our reduced ability to leverage resources at SAP as an independent company from SAP. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements are and/or will be included under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Qualtrics’ Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any subsequent public filings. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made and are based on information available to Qualtrics at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events. Qualtrics assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, except as required by law.  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial results, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, as described below, to understand and evaluate our core operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures, which may be different than similarly-titled measures used by other companies, are presented to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our financial performance and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.  

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about our financial performance, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to important metrics used by our management for financial and operational decision-making. We are presenting these non-GAAP measures to assist investors in seeing our financial performance using a management view, and because we believe that these measures provide an additional tool for investors to use in comparing our core financial performance over multiple periods with other companies in our industry. You should consider non-GAAP results alongside other financial performance measures and results presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, in evaluating non-GAAP results, you should be aware that in the future we will incur expenses such as those that are the subject of adjustments in deriving non-GAAP results and you should not infer from our non-GAAP results that our future results will not be affected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items.  

Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, free cash flow, free cash flow margin: We define these non-GAAP financial measures as the respective GAAP measures, excluding equity and cash settled stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition related costs, changes in the fair value of our distribution liability for our tax sharing agreement with SAP, and the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments, as applicable. When evaluating the performance of our business and making operating plans, we do not consider these items (for example, when considering the impact of equity award grants, we place a greater emphasis on overall stockholder dilution rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants). We believe it is useful to exclude these expenses in order to better understand the long-term performance of our core business and to facilitate comparison of our results to those of peer companies and over multiple periods.            

Investor Relations:

Steven Wu

Head of FP&A and Investor Relations

investors@qualtrics.com  

Public Relations:

Gina Sheibley

Chief Communications Officer

press@qualtrics.com        

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  • (a) As a result of the SAP Acquisition, our stock-based compensation expense reflects the recognition of both equity-classified awards and liability-classified awards. Liability-classified awards are settled in cash in accordance with SAP’s employee equity compensation programs. Our stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 consisted of $292.5 million and $6.0 million, respectively, of liability-classified and equity-classified awards. During the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, awards of $2.5 million and $104.6 million, respectively, were settled in cash. Our stock-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 consisted of $1,057.1 million and $224.0 million, respectively, of liability-classified and equity-classified awards. During the year ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, awards of $79.4 million and $388.6 million, respectively, were settled in cash. Liability-classified awards are recorded according to mark-to-market accounting.

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We calculate non-GAAP operating income (loss), as GAAP operating loss excluding equity and cash settled stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and acquisition related costs. Non-GAAP operating margin is calculated as non-GAAP operating income (loss) divided by total revenue.  

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We calculate non-GAAP net loss as GAAP net loss excluding equity and cash settled stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition related costs, changes in the fair value of our distribution liability for our tax sharing agreement with SAP, and the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments. Non-GAAP net loss per share is calculated as non-GAAP net loss divided by the weighted-average Class A and Class B shares attributable to common stockholders.  

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We calculate free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Free cash flow margin is calculated as free cash flow divided by total revenue. We incurred significant cash outflows in connection with the settlement of liability-classified, stock-based awards in accordance with SAP’s employee equity compensation programs. Our free cash flow for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 includes $2.5 million and $104.6 million, respectively, in cash outflows related to the settlement of liability-classified, stock-based awards. Our free cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 includes $79.4 million and $388.6 million, respectively, in cash outflows related to the settlement of liability-classified, stock-based awards.  

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  • (1) Our stock-based compensation expense reflects the recognition of both equity-classified awards and liability-classified awards. Liability-classified awards are settled in cash in accordance with SAP’s employee equity compensation programs. Liability-classified awards are recorded according to mark-to-market accounting. On January 28, 2021, the Company completed a voluntary exchange offer pursuant to which 5.4 million cash-settled legacy restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit (RSU) awards, and options (together, Qualtrics Rights) and 1.3 million cash-settled SAP RSU awards were exchanged into 12.8 million equity-settled Qualtrics RSU awards, representing 93% of the outstanding Qualtrics Rights and SAP RSU awards. On September 13, 2021, the Company completed an additional voluntary exchange offer for certain employees in Australian that were not eligible for the January 28, 2021 exchange, pursuant to which less that 0.1 million cash-settled Qualtrics Rights and SAP RSU awards were exchanged and modified into equity-settled Qualtrics RSU awards.
[1] Remaining performance obligations represent all contracted future revenue that has not yet been recognized, including both deferred revenue and non-cancelable contracted amounts that will be invoiced and recognized as revenue in future periods.