Sophos Group plc posts results for the quarter-ended 30 June 2019

Sophos Press Release

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

Oxford, 12 July 2019.  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

Statutory measures

$M

$M

%

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."

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

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.

About Sophos

As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyber threats. Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-powered solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cyberattack techniques, including ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, active-adversary breaches, phishing, and more. Sophos Central, a cloud-native management platform, integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of next-generation products, including the Intercept X endpoint solution and the XG next-generation firewall, into a single “synchronized security” system accessible through a set of APIs. Sophos has been driving a transition to next-generation cybersecurity, leveraging advanced capabilities in cloud, machine learning, APIs, automation, managed threat response, and more, to deliver enterprise-grade protection to any size organization. Sophos sells its products and services exclusively through a global channel of more than 53,000 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. More information is available at www.sophos.com.