WDAY
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Workday
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Earnings Details
3rd Quarter October 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:01:00 PM
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Workday (WDAY) reported 3rd Quarter October 2018 earnings of $0.05 per share on revenue of $743.2 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.14 per share on revenue of $723.1 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.16 per share. Revenue grew 33.8% on a year-over-year basis.

Workday Inc is a provider of enterprise cloud-based applications for human capital management, payroll, financial management, time tracking, procurement and employee expense management.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.05
Earnings Whisper
$0.16
Consensus Estimate
$0.14
Reported Revenue
$743.2 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$723.1 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
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Earnings Release

Workday Announces Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Financial Results

Total Revenues of $743.2 Million, Up 33.8% Year Over Year
Subscription Revenue of $624.4 Million, Up 34.7% Year Over Year
Subscription Revenue Backlog of $5.9 Billion, Up 31.0% Year Over Year

PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Workday, Inc. (NASDAQ: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced results for the fiscal 2019 third quarter ended October 31, 2018.

Fiscal Third Quarter Results

  • Total revenues were $743.2 million, an increase of 33.8% from the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Subscription revenues were $624.4 million, an increase of 34.7% from the same period last year.
     
  • Operating loss was $182.8 million, or negative 24.6% of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $80.1 million, or negative 14.4% of revenues, in the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter was $49.7 million, or 6.7% of revenues, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $50.1 million, or 9.0% of revenues, in the same period last year.1
     
  • Net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.70, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.41 in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.31, compared to a non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.24 in the same period last year.2
     
  • Operating cash flows were $114.3 million and free cash flows were $58.9 million.3
     
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $1.6 billion as of October 31, 2018. Unearned revenues were approximately $1.6 billion, a 27.8% increase from the same period last year.

Comments on the News

"We had a great third quarter and continue to see significant momentum across our suite of products," said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. "We extended our market leadership in HCM, welcoming more Fortune 500 customers to the Workday community, and accelerated adoption of Workday Financial Management as more finance organizations move to the cloud. As we look to the remainder of fiscal 2019, we are confident that our commitment to customer satisfaction and product innovation, coupled with our strong company culture, will continue to deliver meaningful growth and customer success."

"We’re pleased with our strong performance in Q3, which resulted in accelerated growth across our core business metrics and gives us great momentum heading into year-end," said Robynne Sisco, co-president and chief financial officer, Workday. "The strength in our business is allowing us to raise our fiscal 2019 outlook and we now expect subscription revenue of $2.375 to $2.377 billion, or growth of 33%. We continue to prioritize investing in long-term growth initiatives, while delivering solid operating and cash flow margins over time."

Recent Highlights

  • Workday was ranked #1 on the Fortune Future 50 list, which recognizes the global companies with the best prospects for long-term growth. In addition, Workday was ranked #3 on the list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune and Great Place to Work Institute.
  • Building on the Adaptive Insights acquisition momentum, Workday announced it went live on Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud in just 10 weeks. In addition, Adaptive Insights announced it extended Business Planning Cloud with a new strategic workforce planning solution that empowers organizations to develop comprehensive workforce plans that seamlessly integrate with an organization’s larger plan.
  • Workday held its 12th annual customer conference, Workday Rising, in Las Vegas as well as its fifth annual European customer conference, Workday Rising Europe, in Vienna. Between both conferences, Workday welcomed more than 13,000 attendees as well as once again revealed its annual customer satisfaction rating, which came in at 98 percent. 
  • Workday announced the general availability of its skills cloud, a universal skills language that helps organizations cleanse, understand, and relate job skills data. Using its skills cloud as a foundation in Workday HCM, Workday aims to help customers more easily tap talent inside and outside of their organizations.
  • Workday unveiled Workday People Analytics, which leverages augmented analytics powered by artificial intelligence to provide customers with key metrics - accompanied by explanatory narratives called stories - on the most critical activities in their business.
  • Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to comprehensive privacy legislation, Workday shared its privacy principles – privacy first, innovate responsibly, and safeguard fairness and trust – which enable customers to accelerate innovation in their workplaces while enabling the protection of their data.

Earnings Call Details

Workday plans to host a conference call today to review its fiscal 2019 third quarter financial results and to discuss its financial outlook. The call is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET and can be accessed via webcast.

The webcast will be available live and a replay will be available following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 90 days.

Workday uses the Workday Blog as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

1 Non-GAAP operating income excludes share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, and amortization expense for acquisition-related intangible assets. See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

2 Non-GAAP net income per share excludes share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, amortization expense for acquisition-related intangible assets, non-cash interest expense related to our convertible senior notes, and income tax effects. See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

3 Free cash flows are defined as operating cash flows minus capital expenditures (excluding owned real estate projects). See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details.

About Workday

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to Workday's financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, please see the section of the tables titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures." A reconciliation of our forward outlook for non-GAAP operating margin with our forward-looking GAAP operating margin is not available without unreasonable efforts as the quantification of share-based compensation expense, which is excluded from our non-GAAP operating margin, requires additional inputs such as number of shares granted and market price that are not ascertainable.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding Workday's fiscal year 2019 subscription revenue projections and growth, products, and customer success. The words "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "expect," "plans," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If the risks materialize or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks include, but are not limited to: (i) risks related to our ability to successfully integrate Adaptive Insights’ operations or failure to achieve the expected benefits of this or any other acquisition transaction; (ii) our ability to implement our plans, objectives, and other expectations with respect to the Adaptive Insights business or that of any other acquired company; (iii) breaches in our security measures, unauthorized access to our customers' data or disruptions in our data center operations; (iv) our ability to manage our growth effectively; (v) competitive factors, including pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors and new applications, and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (vi) the development of the market for enterprise cloud services; (vii) acceptance of our applications and services by customers; (viii) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ix) delays or reductions in information technology spending; and (x) changes in sales, which may not be immediately reflected in our results due to our subscription model. Further information on risks that could affect Workday's results is included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2018 and our future reports that we may file with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. Workday assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Any unreleased services, features, or functions referenced in this document, our website, or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Workday's discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Workday services should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features, and functions that are currently available.

© 2018. Workday, Inc. All rights reserved. Workday and the Workday logo are registered trademarks of Workday, Inc. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


Workday, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 October 31, 2018 January 31, 2018
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$540,430  $1,134,355 
Marketable securities1,041,709  2,133,495 
Trade and other receivables, net486,044  528,208 
Deferred costs70,608  63,060 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets132,488  97,860 
Total current assets2,271,279  3,956,978 
Property and equipment, net735,443  546,609 
Deferred costs, noncurrent151,150  140,509 
Acquisition-related intangible assets, net332,583  34,234 
Goodwill1,377,615  159,376 
Other assets132,229  109,718 
Total assets$5,000,299  $4,947,424 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$28,779  $20,998 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities131,170  121,879 
Accrued compensation205,602  148,247 
Unearned revenue1,460,650  1,426,241 
Current portion of convertible senior notes, net229,684  341,509 
Total current liabilities2,055,885  2,058,874 
Convertible senior notes, net961,139  1,149,845 
Unearned revenue, noncurrent109,694  110,906 
Other liabilities40,432  47,434 
Total liabilities3,167,150  3,367,059 
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock220  211 
Additional paid-in capital4,049,785  3,354,423 
Treasury stock(178,801)  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)3,768  (46,413)
Accumulated deficit(2,041,823) (1,727,856)
Total stockholders’ equity1,833,149  1,580,365 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$5,000,299  $4,947,424 
        
        

Workday, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenues:       
Subscription services$624,416  $463,568  $1,712,224  $1,297,831 
Professional services118,773  91,821  321,328  262,739 
Total revenues743,189  555,389  2,033,552  1,560,570 
Costs and expenses (1):       
Costs of subscription services103,310  71,898  271,078  197,627 
Costs of professional services119,691  91,657  330,124  260,834 
Product development318,003  239,588  874,427  657,130 
Sales and marketing246,156  176,121  641,391  503,782 
General and administrative138,784  56,184  259,533  163,085 
Total costs and expenses925,944  635,448  2,376,553  1,782,458 
Operating loss(182,755) (80,059) (343,001) (221,888)
Other income (expense), net26,617  (3,742) 24,382  (4,467)
Loss before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(156,138) (83,801) (318,619) (226,355)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(2,807) 1,745  (4,722) 5,767 
Net loss$(153,331) $(85,546) $(313,897) $(232,122)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.70) $(0.41) $(1.46) $(1.12)
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted217,694  209,188  215,588  206,715 


(1)  Costs and expenses include share-based compensation expenses as follows:    
Costs of subscription services$10,205  $6,899  $26,603  $19,170 
Costs of professional services15,702  9,956  39,012  27,278 
Product development86,304  59,116  230,169  167,068 
Sales and marketing38,720  25,517  93,699  74,618 
General and administrative57,993  20,991  99,163  63,656 
            
            

Workday, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Cash flows from operating activities       
Net loss$(153,331) $(85,546) $(313,897) $(232,122)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:       
Depreciation and amortization57,602  34,727  138,492  100,025 
Share-based compensation expenses187,971  122,479  467,693  351,790 
Amortization of deferred costs18,165  14,519  51,586  42,165 
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs12,342  12,257  47,971  25,992 
Other(30,990) (1,133) (45,173) 5,052 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of business combinations:       
Trade and other receivables, net(9,379) 19,070  54,565  59,463 
Deferred costs(33,226) (19,245) (69,775) (50,063)
Prepaid expenses and other assets(5,985) (11,355) (2,943) (23,373)
Accounts payable(12,148) (7,383) 1,793  2,830 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities63,896  59,171  60,341  49,788 
Unearned revenue19,379  6,470  (34,508) 7,632 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities114,296  144,031  356,145  339,179 
Cash flows from investing activities       
Purchases of marketable securities(89,294) (930,783) (1,523,636) (1,829,231)
Maturities of marketable securities369,771  372,389  1,711,652  1,185,730 
Sales of marketable securities3,388  32,886  945,685  222,823 
Owned real estate projects(37,302) (27,616) (126,072) (80,151)
Capital expenditures, excluding owned real estate projects(55,427) (36,356) (157,635) (105,477)
Business combinations, net of cash acquired(1,447,600)   (1,474,337)  
Purchase of other intangible assets    (1,000)  
Purchases of non-marketable equity and other investments(29,375) (5,272) (32,775) (10,722)
Sales and maturities of non-marketable equity and other investments17,771  294  17,771  1,026 
Other(11) (1,000) (11) (1,000)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities(1,268,079) (595,458) (640,358) (617,002)
Cash flows from financing activities       
Proceeds from borrowings on convertible senior notes, net of issuance costs  1,132,101    1,132,101 
Proceeds from issuance of warrants  80,805    80,805 
Purchase of convertible senior notes hedges  (175,530)   (175,530)
Payments on convertible senior notes(3)   (350,008)  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock from employee equity plans2,767  1,974  44,064  36,501 
Other(60) (36) (176) (112)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities2,704  1,039,314  (306,120) 1,073,765 
Effect of exchange rate changes(213) (322) (795) 261 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(1,151,292) 587,565  (591,128) 796,203 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the beginning of period1,695,818  750,532  1,135,654  541,894 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of period$544,526  $1,338,097  $544,526  $1,338,097 


 Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Supplemental cash flow data       
Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized$1  $18  $34  $64 
Cash paid for income taxes633  651  3,839  3,259 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:       
Vesting of early exercised stock options$  $106  $  $670 
Purchases of property and equipment, accrued but not paid60,800  47,055  60,800  47,055 
Non-cash additions to property and equipment2,314  649  2,679  1,276 


  October 31,
  2018 2017
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash as shown in the statements of cash flows    
Cash and cash equivalents $540,430  $1,336,984 
Restricted cash included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 3,966   
Restricted cash included in Other assets 130  1,113 
Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash $544,526  $1,338,097 
         
         

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Three Months Ended October 31, 2018
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based Compensation Expenses Other Operating Expenses (2) Amortization of Debt Discount and Issuance Costs Income Tax Effects (3) Non-GAAP
Costs and expenses:           
Costs of subscription services$103,310  $(10,205) $(11,432) $  $  $81,673 
Costs of professional services119,691  (15,702) (495)     103,494 
Product development318,003  (86,304) (3,082)     228,617 
Sales and marketing246,156  (38,720) (7,717)     199,719 
General and administrative138,784  (57,993) (758)     80,033 
Operating income (loss)(182,755) 208,924  23,484      49,653 
Operating margin(24.6)% 28.1% 3.2% % % 6.7%
Other income (expense), net26,617      12,341    38,958 
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(156,138) 208,924  23,484  12,341    88,611 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(2,807)       17,870  15,063 
Net income (loss)$(153,331) $208,924  $23,484  $12,341  $(17,870) $73,548 
Net income (loss) per share (1)$(0.70) $0.96  $0.11  $0.06  $(0.12) $0.31 


(1)   GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 217,694 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 238,590 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(2)   Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $4.2 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $19.3 million.
(3)   We utilize a fixed long-term projected tax rate in our computation of the non-GAAP income tax provision to provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods. For fiscal 2019, we have determined the projected non-GAAP tax rate to be 17%.
     
     

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Three Months Ended October 31, 2017
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based Compensation Expenses Other Operating Expenses (2) Amortization of Debt Discount and Issuance Costs Non-GAAP
Costs and expenses:         
Costs of subscription services$71,898  $(6,899) $(2,468) $  $62,531 
Costs of professional services91,657  (9,956) (200)   81,501 
Product development239,588  (59,116) (3,780)   176,692 
Sales and marketing176,121  (25,517) (598)   150,006 
General and administrative56,184  (20,991) (683)   34,510 
Operating income (loss)(80,059) 122,479  7,729    50,149 
Operating margin(14.4)% 22.1% 1.3% % 9.0%
Other income (expense), net(3,742)     12,257  8,515 
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(83,801) 122,479  7,729  12,257  58,664 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes1,745        1,745 
Net income (loss)$(85,546) $122,479  $7,729  $12,257  $56,919 
Net income (loss) per share (1)$(0.41) $0.59  $0.04  $0.02  $0.24 


(1)   GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 209,188 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 235,341 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(2)   Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $2.9 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $4.8 million.
     
     

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Nine Months Ended October 31, 2018
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based Compensation Expenses Other Operating Expenses (2) Amortization of Debt Discount and Issuance Costs Income Tax Effects (3) Non-GAAP
Costs and expenses:           
Costs of subscription services$271,078  $(26,603) $(19,671) $  $  $224,804 
Costs of professional services330,124  (39,012) (2,715)     288,397 
Product development874,427  (230,169) (15,839)     628,419 
Sales and marketing641,391  (93,699) (11,336)     536,356 
General and administrative259,533  (99,163) (3,356)     157,014 
Operating income (loss)(343,001) 488,646  52,917      198,562 
Operating margin(16.9)% 24.0% 2.7% % % 9.8%
Other income (expense), net24,382      47,970    72,352 
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(318,619) 488,646  52,917  47,970    270,914 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(4,722)       50,740  46,018 
Net income (loss)$(313,897) $488,646  $52,917  $47,970  $(50,740) $224,896 
Net income (loss) per share (1)$(1.46) $2.27  $0.25  $0.22  $(0.33) $0.95 


(1)   GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 215,588 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 237,293 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(2)   Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $23.2 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $29.7 million.
(3)   We utilize a fixed long-term projected tax rate in our computation of the non-GAAP income tax provision to provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods. For fiscal 2019, we have determined the projected non-GAAP tax rate to be 17%.
     
     

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Data
Nine Months Ended October 31, 2017
(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)
(unaudited)

 GAAP Share-Based Compensation Expenses Other Operating Expenses (2) Amortization of Debt Discount and Issuance Costs Non-GAAP
Costs and expenses:         
Costs of subscription services$197,627  $(19,170) $(3,222) $  $175,235 
Costs of professional services260,834  (27,278) (1,485)   232,071 
Product development657,130  (167,068) (19,344)   470,718 
Sales and marketing503,782  (74,618) (3,398)   425,766 
General and administrative163,085  (63,656) (2,755)   96,674 
Operating income (loss)(221,888) 351,790  30,204    160,106 
Operating margin(14.2)% 22.5% 2.0% % 10.3%
Other income (expense), net(4,467)     25,992  21,525 
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes(226,355) 351,790  30,204  25,992  181,631 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes5,767        5,767 
Net income (loss)$(232,122) $351,790  $30,204  $25,992  $175,864 
Net income (loss) per share (1)$(1.12) $1.70  $0.15  $0.03  $0.76 


(1)   GAAP net loss per share is calculated based upon 206,715 basic and diluted weighted-average shares of common stock. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated based upon 232,918 diluted weighted-average shares of common stock.
(2)   Other operating expenses include total employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions of $15.7 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $14.5 million.
     
     

Workday, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Cash Flows from Operations to Free Cash Flows
(A Non-GAAP Financial Measure)
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$114,296  $144,031  $356,145  $339,179 
Capital expenditures, excluding owned real estate projects(55,427) (36,356) (157,635) (105,477)
Free cash flows$58,869  $107,675  $198,510  $233,702 


 Trailing Twelve Months Ended October 31,
 2018 2017
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$482,693  $448,910 
Capital expenditures, excluding owned real estate projects(193,694) (137,755)
Free cash flows$288,999  $311,155 
        

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide investors and others with additional information regarding Workday’s results, we have disclosed the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, and free cash flows. Workday has provided a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure used in this earnings release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP operating income (loss) differs from GAAP in that it excludes share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets. Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share differs from GAAP in that it excludes share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, non-cash interest expense related to our convertible senior notes, and income tax effects. Free cash flows differ from GAAP cash flows from operating activities in that it treats capital expenditures (excluding owned real estate projects) as a reduction to cash flows.

Workday’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to understand and compare operating results across accounting periods, for internal budgeting and forecasting purposes, for short- and long-term operating plans, and to evaluate Workday’s financial performance and the ability of operations to generate cash. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures reflect Workday’s ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful period-to-period comparisons and analysis of trends in Workday’s business, as they exclude expenses that are not reflective of ongoing operating results. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating Workday’s operating results and prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. Additionally, management believes information regarding free cash flows provides investors and others with an important perspective on the cash flows generated by normal recurring activities to make strategic acquisitions and investments, to fund ongoing operations, and to fund other capital expenditures.

Management believes excluding the following items from the GAAP Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations is useful to investors and others in assessing Workday’s operating performance due to the following factors:

  • Share-based compensation expenses. Although share-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation of our employees and executives, management believes it is useful to exclude share-based compensation expenses to better understand the long-term performance of our core business and to facilitate comparison of our results to those of peer companies. Share-based compensation expenses are determined using a number of factors, including our stock price, volatility, and forfeiture rates that are beyond our control and generally unrelated to operational decisions and performance in any particular period. Further, share-based compensation expenses are not reflective of the value ultimately received by the grant recipients.
  • Other operating expenses. Other operating expenses includes employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets. The amount of employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions is dependent on our stock price and other factors that are beyond our control and do not correlate to the operation of the business. For business combinations, we generally allocate a portion of the purchase price to intangible assets. The amount of the allocation is based on estimates and assumptions made by management and is subject to amortization. The amount of purchase price allocated to intangible assets and the term of its related amortization can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition and thus we do not believe it is reflective of ongoing operations.
  • Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs. Under GAAP, we are required to separately account for liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the convertible senior notes that were issued in private placements in June 2013 and September 2017. Accordingly, for GAAP purposes we are required to recognize the effective interest expense on our convertible senior notes and amortize the issuance costs over the term of the notes. The difference between the effective interest expense and the contractual interest expense, and the amortization expense of issuance costs are excluded from management’s assessment of our operating performance because management believes that these non-cash expenses are not indicative of ongoing operating performance. Management believes that the exclusion of the non-cash interest expense provides investors an enhanced view of Workday’s operational performance.
  • Income tax effects. We utilize a fixed long-term projected tax rate in our computation of the non-GAAP income tax provision to provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods. In projecting this long-term non-GAAP tax rate, we utilize a three-year financial projection that excludes the direct impact of share-based compensation and related employer payroll taxes, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and amortization of debt discount and issuance costs. The projected rate considers other factors such as our current operating structure, existing tax positions in various jurisdictions, and key legislation in major jurisdictions where we operate. For fiscal 2019, we have determined the projected non-GAAP tax rate to be 17% after including our acquisition of Adaptive Insights, Inc., which did not have a significant impact to this rate. We will periodically re-evaluate this tax rate, as necessary, for significant events, based on our ongoing analysis of the 2017 U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, relevant tax law changes, material changes in the forecasted geographic earnings mix, and any significant acquisitions.

Additionally, we believe that the non-GAAP financial measure free cash flows is meaningful to investors because we review cash flows generated from or used in operations after deducting certain capital expenditures that are considered to be an ongoing operational component of our business. Capital expenditures deducted from cash flows from operations do not include purchases of land and buildings or construction costs of our new development center and of other owned buildings. We exclude these owned real estate projects as they are infrequent in nature. For the current fiscal year, these costs primarily represent the construction of our new development center, which is anticipated to be completed in fiscal 2020.

The use of non-GAAP operating income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share measures has certain limitations as they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect Workday’s operations. Workday compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore comparability may be limited. Management encourages investors and others to review Workday’s financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Investor Relations Contact:
Michael Magaro
+1 (925) 379-6000
Michael.Magaro@Workday.com

Media Contact:
Nina Oestlien 
+1 (415) 828-3034
Nina.Oestlien@Workday.com

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Source: Workday, Inc.