Tableau Reports Record Q4 and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results Due To Strong Enterprise Demand


Record results driven by strong enterprise demand and growth in new customer accounts

Publish Date: February 4, 2015 - 1:00pm

Tableau Software, Inc. (NYSE: DATA) today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights:

  • Total revenue grew to $142.9 million, up 75% year over year.
  • License revenue grew to $101.4 million, up 75% year over year.
  • International revenue grew to $32.8 million, up 86% year over year.
  • Added more than 2,600 new customer accounts.
  • Closed 304 transactions greater than $100,000, up 70% year over year.
  • Diluted GAAP earnings per share were $0.27; diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.42.

Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Highlights:

  • Total revenue grew to $412.6 million, up 78% year over year.
  • License revenue grew to $279.9 million, up 75% year over year.
  • International revenue grew to $93.8 million, up 105% year over year.
  • Added more than 9,100 new customer accounts.
  • Closed 781 transactions greater than $100,000, up 72% year over year.
  • Diluted GAAP earnings per share were $0.08; diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.52.

"Tableau's quarterly and fiscal 2014 results were excellent. I'm proud to say that our investments in people, product and customers paid off in 2014 with record revenue, strong customer adoption and accelerated growth in our enterprise business," said Christian Chabot, Chief Executive Officer of Tableau. "In 2014, we experienced the strongest demand we've seen in our history, as the move to agile analytics grows faster than ever."

"We will continue investing in product innovation and advancing our platform to bring even more value to our growing customer base. We are excited to announce that we expect Tableau 9.0, the next step in our journey to help people achieve more with data, to be released in the next 90 days," added Chabot.

Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2014
Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $142.9 million, representing a 75% increase from the fourth quarter of 2013. License revenue was $101.4 million, representing a 75% increase from the fourth quarter of 2013. Maintenance and services revenue was $41.5 million, representing a 77% increase from the fourth quarter of 2013.

GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $16.1 million, compared to a GAAP operating income of $9.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $20.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted common share, compared to GAAP net income of $11.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, was $31.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $14.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, net of tax, was $31.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, or $0.42 per diluted common share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $14.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Financial Highlights for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2014
Total revenue for 2014 was $412.6 million, representing a 78% increase from 2013. License revenue was $279.9 million, representing a 75% increase from 2013. Maintenance and services revenue was $132.7 million, representing an 83% increase over 2013.

GAAP operating income for 2014 was $6.3 million, compared to a GAAP operating income of $3.7 million for 2013. GAAP net income for 2014 was $5.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted common share, compared to GAAP net income of $7.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted common share, for 2013.

Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, was $53.3 million for 2014, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $18.1 million for 2013. Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, net of tax, was $38.5 million for 2014, or $0.52 per diluted common share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $18.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted common share, for 2013.

Business Highlights

  • Partnered with global consultancy and solutions provider, Infosys, to integrate Tableau's software into the solutions it deploys to help clients unlock the power of big data.
  • KLAS Research placed Tableau among the top broad-use BI vendors in a survey. Tableau placed first in ease-of-use and noted high satisfaction with customers in the healthcare industry.
  • Released Tableau 8.3, an update that delivers support for Kerberos for Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Cloudera Impala. Kerberos support provides single sign-on from the desktop or browser all the way to the database.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
In conjunction with this announcement, Tableau will host a conference call at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) today to discuss Tableau’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results. A live audio webcast and replay of the call, together with detailed financial information, will be available in the Investor Relations section of Tableau’s website at http://investors.tableau.com. The live call can be accessed by dialing (855) 592-5013 (U.S.) or (678) 224-7834 (outside the U.S.) and referencing passcode: 66992370. A replay of the call can also be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (outside the U.S.), and referencing passcode: 66992370.

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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 regarding the company’s growth momentum, product adoption, the Company's research and development efforts and future product releases, and the company’s expectations regarding future revenues, expenses 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 Tableau’s addressable market; competitive factors, including changes in the competitive environment, pricing changes, sales cycle time and increased competition; Tableau’s ability to build and expand its direct sales efforts and reseller distribution channels; general economic and industry conditions, including expenditure trends for business intelligence and productivity tools; new product introductions and Tableau’s ability to develop and deliver innovative products; Tableau'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 documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Tableau’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 7, 2014, and other reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and could cause actual results to vary from expectations. All information provided in this release and in the conference call is as of the date hereof and Tableau undertakes no duty to update this information except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Tableau believes that the use of non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin, non-GAAP operating income (loss) and operating margin, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per basic and diluted common share is helpful to its investors. These measures, which are referred to as non-GAAP financial measures, are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. Non-GAAP gross profit is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense attributable to cost of revenues from gross profit. Non-GAAP gross margin is the ratio calculated by dividing non-GAAP gross profit by revenues. Non-GAAP operating income (loss) is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense from operating income (loss). Non-GAAP operating margin is the ratio calculated by dividing non-GAAP operating income (loss) by revenues. Non-GAAP net income (loss) is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense, net of tax, from net income (loss). Non-GAAP net income (loss) per basic and diluted common share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income (loss) by the basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding as presented in the calculation of GAAP net income (loss) per share. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of equity instruments that can impact a company’s non-cash expenses, Tableau believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation expense allow for more meaningful comparisons between its operating results from period to period. All of these non-GAAP financial measures are important tools for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating Tableau’s own operating results over different periods of time.

Non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in Tableau’s industry, as other companies in the industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently, particularly related to non-recurring, unusual items. In addition, there are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and exclude expenses that may have a material impact on Tableau's reported financial results. Further, stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in Tableau’s business and an important part of the compensation provided to its employees. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included below, and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate Tableau’s business. International revenues as described above represent revenues outside the United States and Canada.

Full financial tables can be found at http://investors.tableau.com/overview/default.aspx.