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Sophos Group plc Results for the quarter-ended 30 June 2019

/EIN News/ -- Group revenue growth of 7% at constant currency
Next generation(1) billings(2) grew 43% at constant currency

OXFORD, United Kingdom, July 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sophos Group plc (the “Group” / LSE: SOPH), a leading provider of next-generation cloud-enabled enduser and network cybersecurity solutions, today issues its trading update for the quarter-ended 30 June 2019 (“Q1 FY20”).

Financial highlights

  • Revenue of $180.2M increased by 3% year-over-year (“YOY”), or by 7% at constant currency
    - Strong subscription revenue growth of 10% at constant currency, offsetting a reduction in hardware revenue of -11%
    - MSP(3) ARR(4) now at $31.8 million, an increase of 78% YOY at constant currency
  • Billings of $183.1M increased by 5% in the period, or by 9% at constant currency
    - Next generation (“next-gen”) business, including Sophos Central and XG Firewall, grew 43% at constant currency to $100.2 million, and represented 54% of billings in the quarter
    - Within next-gen business, Sophos Central billings grew 49% to $64.3 million
    - Renewal rate(5) was 118% in the period, compared to 115% in the prior-year period
    - Enduser billings rose by 17% in the quarter at constant currency, whilst Network billings grew 1% reflecting as anticipated the phasing of new product releases, with subscription growth offset by lower hardware billings
  • Profitability improved
    - Adjusted operating profit(6) increased by 10% YOY, reflecting revenue growth and phasing of expenses
    - Reported operating profit at breakeven, compared to a profit of $6.2 million in the prior-year; primarily impacted by a one-off exceptional restructuring charge
    - Cash EBITDA(7) of $26.6 million increased by 31% YOY reflecting in equal proportions the strength of billings and the impact of IFRS 16 in the quarter
  • Cash flow continued to be strong in the quarter
    - Net cash flow from operating activities of $54.4 million, compared to $40.4 million in the prior-year period, the improvement principally reflecting timing differences on working capital; with unlevered free cash flow(8) at $55.6 million, compared to $39.6 million in the prior-year period
  • Total customers now exceed 397,000 when including MSP customers (Q1 FY19: 341,000)


Financial summary
           
  Q1 FY20   Q1 FY19 Growth  
  $M   $M %  
Statutory measures        
Revenue 180.2   175.5 2.7  
Profit / (Loss) before taxation (4.0 ) 7.3 nm  
Net cash flow from operating activities 54.4   40.4 34.7  
Alternative performance measures        
Billings 183.1   174.9 4.7  
Cash EBITDA 26.6   20.3 31.0  
Adjusted operating profit 24.1   21.9 10.0  
Unlevered free cash flow(8) 55.6   39.6 40.4  
           

Chief Executive Officer, Kris Hagerman, commented:

“This has been an encouraging start to the year which underpins our confidence in our prospects for the full year.  The demand environment continues to be strong, and as we noted at the full-year, we believe we have a highly effective and differentiated next-generation security product portfolio that positions Sophos very well.  Along with encouraging overall company growth, we saw significant continued growth in our next-generation products, including Sophos Central, Intercept X endpoint, XG Firewall, and our MSP business.  Consequently, we believe we are well positioned for continued future growth.”

IFRS 16
The results for Q1 FY19 reflect the adoption of IFRS 16 “Leasing”.  The impact is consistent with the expected impact disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year-ended 31 March 2019; though the Directors will continue to monitor industry practice and experience of implementation through the coming months and update their assessment of the impact on the Group if required. 

About
As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects nearly 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats.  Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cybercriminal tactics and techniques, including automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, phishing, and more.  The award-winning Sophos Central cloud-based platform integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of best-of-breed products, from the Intercept X endpoint solution to the XG Firewall, into a single system called Synchronized Security. Sophos products are exclusively available through a global channel of more than 47,000 partners and Managed Service Providers (“MSPs”).  Sophos also makes its innovative commercial technologies available to consumers via Sophos Home.  The company is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH”.  More information is available at www.sophos.com.

Forward-looking statements
Certain statements in this announcement constitute “forward-looking statements”.  These forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Group’s actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  These factors include general economic and business conditions; changes in technology; timing or delay in signing, commencement, implementation and performance or programmes, or the delivery of products or services under them; structural change in the security industry; relationships with customers; competition; and ability to attract personnel.  You are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this announcement.  The Group undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances.

For the full report, please go to Sophos’ Investor page on Sophos.com.

Contact

Sophos Group plc
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 559 933
Kris Hagerman, Chief Executive Officer
Nick Bray, Chief Financial Officer
Derek Brown, Vice President Investor Relations
Financial Public Relations
James Macey White / Mat Low
Tulchan Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7353 4200

 

End Notes

  1. The next-gen product portfolio consists of the Group’s most advanced products, managed in Sophos Central, notably including Sophos Intercept X for endpoint protection and the Sophos XG Firewall.
  2. Billings represents the value of products and services invoiced to customers after receiving a purchase order from the customer and delivering products and services to them, or for which there is no right to a refund.  Billings does not equate to statutory revenue.
  3. MSP Billings exclude Reflexion.
  4. Annual Recurring Revenue is defined as the annualised equivalent of term licenses, subscription agreements and maintenance contracts including OEM and MSP but excluding perpetual licenses.
  5. Renewal rates are calculated by comparing the US dollar amount of contracts renewed in a period (including instances of cross-sell and upsell) to the US dollar amount of contracts available for renewal in the period, where MSP business is treated as new business and is excluded from the calculation.  New business grew 4.3% year-on-year of which term business was $1.3 million lower and MSP business grew $3.1 million.
  6. Adjusted Operating Profit represents the Group’s operating profit / (loss) adjusted for amortisation charges, share option charges and exceptional items.
  7. Cash earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (“Cash EBITDA”) is defined as the Group’s operating profit/ (loss) adjusted for depreciation and amortisation charges, any gain or loss on the sale of tangible and intangible assets, share option charges, unrealised foreign exchange differences and exceptional items, with billings replacing recognised revenue.
  8. Unlevered free cash flow represents Cash EBITDA less purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangibles, plus cash flows in relation to changes in working capital and taxation.

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