Instructure Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

10/29/2018
Q3 2018 Revenue of $55.2 Million, Up 28% Year-Over-Year

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Instructure, Inc. (NYSE: INST), a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company in education, learning and employee development, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

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"We delivered a solid third quarter with $55.2 million in revenue and realized meaningful year-over-year improvements to our operating margin," said Josh Coates, CEO at Instructure. "During the quarter, we had great success executing against our long-term strategy of providing a more robust suite of Bridge offerings as well as winning key deals in the extended enterprise space."

Third Quarter Financial Summary


(in thousands, except per share data)




Three Months

Ended September 30,




2018



2017




(unaudited)



(unaudited)


Revenue


$

55,239



$

43,203


Gross Margin









GAAP



70.8

%



71.0

%

Non-GAAP(1)



72.5

%



71.9

%

Operating Loss









GAAP



(11,956)




(11,628)


Non-GAAP(1)



(5,672)




(7,361)


Operating Margin









GAAP



-21.6

%



-26.9

%

Non-GAAP(1)



-10.3

%



-17.0

%

Net loss









GAAP



(11,472)




(11,471)


Non-GAAP(1)



(5,188)




(7,219)


EPS









GAAP


$

(0.33)



$

(0.39)


Non-GAAP(1)


$

(0.15)



$

(0.24)


___________










(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 the warrant liability and the change in fair value of the contingent liability.

Third Quarter 2018 Business Highlights

  • Instructure continued to expand its customer base in the third quarter. A few highlights include:
    • U.S. Higher Education and K-12 Schools – In Texas, Frisco Independent School District and the University of Texas at Arlington chose Canvas for their 36,000 and 40,000 students, respectively. Oklahoma State, with close to 30,000 students and faculty, selected Canvas and Arc. Fresno State switched to Canvas for their 20,000 students. Additionally, Montgomery County Public Schools, the 17th largest school district in the U.S., selected Practice to train 28,000 faculty and staff.
    • International Education – Canvas was selected by the University College Cork in Ireland for their 17,000 students and Lund University in Sweden for their almost 27,000 students. The Faculdade das Américas (FAM) in Brazil with 20,000 students and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile with 31,000 students also switched to Canvas. Additionally, De La Salle University, one of the top institutions in the Philippines, selected Canvas for their 16,000 students.
    • Corporate – Vivint, a provider of smart home technology, expanded their relationship to include the full Bridge suite of Learn, Perform, Practice and Arc for their entire workforce of 17,000 employees. MassMutual Life Insurance selected Bridge Learn for their 25,000 field agents. Divisions of StubHub, the largest ticket marketplace, and Fiserv, a leader in financial services technology, chose Bridge Learn and Arc because of their ease of use. And finally, a division of a global, multi-billion dollar consumer goods company in the United Kingdom selected Bridge Learn and Arc to train channel and distribution partners.

Business Outlook

Today, Instructure issued financial guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2018. 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 the warrant liability, and the change in fair value of the contingent liability (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 fourth quarter ending December 31, 2018, Instructure expects revenue of approximately $55.2 million to $56.2 million, a non-GAAP net loss of ($5.8) million to ($4.8) million, and non-GAAP net loss per common share of ($0.16) to ($0.14).

For the full year ending December 31, 2018, Instructure expects revenue of approximately $208.5 million to $209.5 million, as compared to previously stated guidance of $205.1 million to $209.5 million, non-GAAP net loss of ($26.2) million to ($25.2) million, up from ($31.8) million to ($29.8) million, and non-GAAP net loss per common share of ($0.76) to ($0.74), up from ($0.93) to ($0.87).

Conference Call Details

Instructure will discuss its third quarter 2018 results today, October 29, 2018, via teleconference at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The call may be accessed at (800) 239-9838 or (323) 994-2093, passcode 1015715. 

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_Q32018EarningsCall.

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 the warrant liability, and the change in fair value of the contingent liability. 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 the warrant liability - 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 fourth quarter of 2018 and for the full year ending December 31, 2018, 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 June 30, 2018, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on August 1, 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.

About Instructure

Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver, and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors 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 the corporate market, at www.Instructure.com.

Contacts:
Keaton Godfrey
Director, Investor Relations
Instructure
(866) 574-3127
kgodfrey@instructure.com

Becky Frost
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications
Instructure
(801) 869-5017
becky@instructure.com

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


(in thousands)




September 30,

2018



December 31,

2017




(unaudited)



(unaudited)


Assets









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

111,031



$

35,693


Short term marketable securities



60,390




5,697


Accounts receivable—net of allowances of $730 and $318 at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively



47,510




34,312


Prepaid expenses



11,114




11,492


Deferred commissions



8,126




7,086


Other current assets



1,803




2,419


Total current assets



239,974




96,699


Property and equipment, net



27,024




23,926


Goodwill



12,354




12,354


Intangible assets, net



6,936




9,048


Noncurrent prepaid expenses



4,075




2,939


Deferred commissions, net of current portion



11,292




11,160


Other assets



526




497


Total assets


$

302,181



$

156,623


Liabilities and stockholders' equity









Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

11,458



$

2,892


Accrued liabilities



14,345




13,702


Deferred rent



1,303




936


Deferred revenue



136,179




99,773


Total current liabilities



163,285




117,303


Deferred revenue, net of current portion



2,494




1,889


Deferred rent, net of current portion



10,437




9,201


Other long term liabilities



20




1,286


Total liabilities



176,236




129,679


Commitments and contingencies









Stockholders' equity:









Common stock



3




3


Additional paid-in capital



385,789




250,899


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(12)




(1)


Accumulated deficit



(259,835)




(223,957)


Total stockholders' equity



125,945




26,944


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

302,181



$

156,623



 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS


(in thousands, except per share data)




Three Months

Ended September 30,



Nine Months

Ended September 30,




2018



2017



2018



2017




(unaudited)



(unaudited)



(unaudited)



(unaudited)


Revenue:

















Subscription and support


$

49,235



$

38,290



$

137,539



$

103,557


Professional services and other



6,004




4,913




15,754




12,663


Total Net revenue



55,239




43,203




153,293




116,220


Cost of Revenue:

















Subscription and support



12,149




9,278




33,324




24,350


Professional services and other



3,989




3,245




11,397




8,908


Total cost of revenue



16,138




12,523




44,721




33,258


Gross profit



39,101




30,680




108,572




82,962


Operating expenses:

















Sales and marketing



25,641




21,397




73,670




58,596


Research and development



15,601




12,577




45,110




34,816


General and administrative



9,815




8,334




26,306




22,941


Total operating expenses



51,057




42,308




145,086




116,353


Loss from operations



(11,956)




(11,628)




(36,514)




(33,391)


Other income (expense):

















Interest income



761




84




1,528




199


Interest expense



(25)







(54)




(18)


Other income (expense), net



(177)




205




(531)




253


Total other income, net



559




289




943




434


Loss before income taxes



(11,397)




(11,339)




(35,571)




(32,957)


Income tax expense



(75)




(132)




(307)




(383)


Net loss


$

(11,472)



$

(11,471)



$

(35,878)



$

(33,340)


Net loss per common share, basic and diluted


$

(0.33)



$

(0.39)



$

(1.06)



$

(1.14)


Weighted average shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted



34,895




29,535




33,934




29,120


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(in thousands)




Three Months

Ended September 30,



Nine Months

Ended September 30,




2018



2017



2018



2017




(unaudited)



(unaudited)



(unaudited)



(unaudited)


Operating Activities:

















Net loss


$

(11,473)



$

(11,471)



$

(35,878)



$

(33,340)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

















Depreciation of property and equipment



2,320




1,629




6,438




4,322


Amortization of intangible assets



673




71




2,112




330


Amortization of deferred financing costs



5




8




15




24


Change in fair value of mark-to-market liabilities






15




(1,266)




98


Stock-based compensation



5,683




4,267




16,102




11,707


Other



142




24




(757)




(42)


Changes in assets and liabilities:

















Accounts receivable, net



45,993




37,219




(14,011)




(17,270)


Prepaid expenses and other assets



(1,550)




167




(168)




(1,868)


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



7,231




5,999




10,241




8,197


Deferred revenue



6,147




6,053




37,011




35,692


Deferred rent



(233)




351




1,603




(63)


Deferred commissions



(240)




(732)




(1,172)




(3,833)


Other liabilities






(32)







(32)


Net cash provided by operating activities



54,698




43,568




20,270




3,922


Investing Activities:

















Purchases of property and equipment



(1,498)




(3,875)




(8,888)




(10,830)


Purchases of intangible assets












(301)


Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment



26




12




78




50


Purchases of marketable securities



(43,729)




(8,088)




(92,170)




(8,088)


Maturities of marketable securities



32,150







37,850




23,900


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities



(13,051)




(11,951)




(63,130)




4,731


Financing Activities:

















Proceeds from common stock offerings, net of offering costs









109,789





Proceeds from issuance of common stock from employee equity plans



1,511




1,453




8,760




5,769


Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock



(78)




(91)




(333)




(214)


Payments for financing costs






(7)




(18)




(31)


Net cash provided by financing activities



1,433




1,355




118,198




5,524


Net increase in cash



43,080




32,972




75,338




14,177


Cash, beginning of period



67,951




25,744




35,693




44,539


Cash, end of period


$

111,031



$

58,716



$

111,031



$

58,716


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP GROSS MARGIN


(in thousands, except percentages)


(unaudited)




Three Months

Ended September 30,



Nine Months

Ended September 30,




2018



2017



2018



2017


GAAP gross profit


$

39,101



$

30,680



$

108,572



$

82,962


Stock-based compensation



603




372




1,578




950


Amortization of acquisition related intangibles



332







1,007





Reversal of payroll tax expense on secondary stock purchase transactions









(49)





Non-GAAP gross margin


$

40,036



$

31,052



$

111,108



$

83,912



















GAAP gross margin %



70.8

%



71.0

%



70.8

%



71.4

%

Non-GAAP gross margin %



72.5

%



71.9

%



72.5

%



72.2

%

 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING LOSS


(in thousands, except percentages)


(unaudited)




Three Months

Ended September 30,



Nine Months

Ended September 30,




2018



2017



2018



2017


Loss from operations


$

(11,956)



$

(11,628)



$

(36,514)



$

(33,391)


Stock-based compensation



5,683




4,267




16,102




11,707


Reversal of payroll tax expense on secondary stock purchase transactions









(1,225)




(534)


Amortization of acquisition related intangibles



601







1,895





Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liability









(1,144)





Non-GAAP operating loss


$

(5,672)



$

(7,361)



$

(20,886)



$

(22,218)



















GAAP operating margin



-21.6

%



-26.9

%



-23.8

%



-28.7

%

Non-GAAP operating margin



-10.3

%



-17.0

%



-13.6

%



-19.1

%

 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP NET LOSS


(in thousands, except per share data)


(unaudited)




Three Months

Ended September 30,



Nine Months

Ended September 30,




2018



2017



2018



2017


Net loss


$

(11,472)



$

(11,471)



$

(35,878)



$

(33,340)


Stock-based compensation



5,683




4,267




16,102




11,707


Reversal of payroll tax expense on secondary stock purchase transactions









(1,225)




(534)


Amortization of acquisition related intangibles



601







1,895





Change in fair value of warrant liability






(15)




(122)




(98)


Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liability









(1,144)





Non-GAAP net loss


$

(5,188)



$

(7,219)



$

(20,372)



$

(22,265)


Non-GAAP net loss per common share, basic and diluted


$

(0.15)



$

(0.24)



$

(0.60)



$

(0.76)


Weighted average common shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share



34,895




29,535




33,934




29,120


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF FREE CASH FLOW


(in thousands)


(unaudited)




Three Months Ended

September 30,



Nine Months Ended

September 30,




2018



2017



2018



2017


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

54,698



$

43,568



$

20,270



$

3,922


Purchase of property and equipment and intangibles



(1,498)




(3,875)




(8,888)




(11,131)


Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment



26




12




78




50


Free cash flow


$

53,226



$

39,705



$

11,460



$

(7,159)


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF 12-MONTH BILLINGS


(in thousands)


(unaudited)




Trailing Twelve Months Ended

September 30,




2018



2017


Total net revenue


$

198,020



$

147,874











Total deferred revenue









Beginning balance



110,328




83,581


Ending balance



138,673




110,328


Net change in current deferred revenue



28,345




26,747











Total 12-month billings


$

226,365



$

174,621


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING EXPENSES


Three Months Ended September 30, 2018


(in thousands)


(unaudited)




GAAP



Stock-based Compensation Expense



Reversal of Payroll Tax Associated with Equity Transactions



Amortization of
acquired intangibles



Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liability



NON-GAAP


Operating expenses:

























Sales and marketing


$

25,641




(1,385)







(269)






$

23,987


Research and development



15,601




(2,026)













13,575


General and administrative



9,815




(1,669)













8,146


Total operating expenses


$

51,057




(5,080)







(269)






$

45,708


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING EXPENSES


Three Months Ended September 30, 2017


(in thousands)


(unaudited)




GAAP



Stock-based Compensation Expense



Reversal of Payroll Tax Associated with Equity Transactions



Amortization of
acquired intangibles



Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liability



NON-GAAP


Operating expenses:

























Sales and marketing


$

21,397




(1,255)












$

20,142


Research and development



12,577




(1,637)













10,940


General and administrative



8,334




(1,003)













7,331


Total operating expenses


$

42,308




(3,895)












$

38,413


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING EXPENSES


Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018


(in thousands)


(unaudited)




GAAP



Stock-based Compensation Expense



Reversal of Payroll Tax Associated with Equity Transactions



Amortization of
acquired intangibles



Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liability



NON-
GAAP


Operating expenses:

























Sales and marketing


$

73,670




(4,404)




430




(888)






$

68,808


Research and development



45,110




(5,953)




616










39,773


General and administrative



26,306




(4,167)




130







1,144




23,413


Total operating expenses


$

145,086




(14,524)




1,176




(888)




1,144



$

131,994


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING EXPENSES


Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017


(in thousands)


(unaudited)




GAAP



Stock-based Compensation Expense



Reversal of Payroll Tax Associated with Equity Transactions



Amortization of
acquired intangibles



Change in fair value of contingent earn-out liability



NON-
GAAP


Operating expenses:

























Sales and marketing


$

58,596




(3,405)




256









$

55,447


Research and development



34,816




(4,375)




256










30,697


General and administrative



22,941




(2,977)




22










19,986


Total operating expenses


$

116,353




(10,757)




534









$

106,130


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP NET LOSS GUIDANCE


(in thousands)


(unaudited)




Three Months Ending

December 31,



Full Year Ending

December 31,




2018



2018



2018



2018




LOW



HIGH



LOW



HIGH


Net loss


$

(12,490)



$

(11,490)



$

(48,370)



$

(47,370)


Stock-based compensation



6,100




6,100




22,200




22,200


Reversal of payroll tax expense on secondary stock purchase transactions









(1,230)




(1,230)


Amortization of acquisition related intangibles



600




600




2,500




2,500


Change in fair value of warrant liability









(120)




(120)


Change in fair value of contingent liability









(1,140)




(1,140)


Non-GAAP net loss


$

(5,790)



$

(4,790)



$

(26,160)



$

(25,160)


 

INSTRUCTURE, INC.


RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE GUIDANCE


(unaudited)




Three Months Ending

December 31,



Full Year Ending

December 31,




2018



2018



2018



2018




LOW



HIGH



LOW



HIGH


Net loss per common share


$

(0.35)



$

(0.33)



$

(1.41)



$

(1.39)


Stock-based compensation



0.17




0.17




0.65




0.65


Reversal of payroll tax expense on secondary stock purchase transactions









(0.04)




(0.04)


Amortization of acquisition related intangibles



0.02




0.02




0.07




0.07


Change in fair value of warrant liability









(0.00)




(0.00)


Change in fair value of contingent liability









(0.03)




(0.03)


Non-GAAP net loss per common share, basic and diluted


$

(0.16)



$

(0.14)



$

(0.76)



$

(0.74)


Non-GAAP weighted average common shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share (in thousands)



35,200




35,200




34,200




34,200


 

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