Tableau Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Publish Date: November 5, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) today reported results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

  • Total revenue grew to $170.8 million, up 64% year over year.
  • License revenue grew to $109.5 million, up 57% year over year.
  • International revenue grew to $42.2 million, up 75% year over year.
  • Added more than 3,100 new customer accounts.
  • Closed 296 transactions greater than $100,000.
  • Diluted GAAP loss per share was $0.19; diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.14.

"I am very pleased with Tableau's performance this quarter. We continue to demonstrate solid business growth as more customers embrace the Tableau way of analytics with great enthusiasm and success," said Christian Chabot, Chief Executive Officer of Tableau Software. "As a result, we had another record quarter of new customer wins. More than 3,100 new customer accounts were added in Q3, bringing the total to more than 35,000 worldwide."

"We remain focused on product innovation and advancing our platform to bring even more value to our growing customer base," continued Chabot. "At the Tableau Customer Conference last month, we demonstrated some of our newest innovations in visual analytics, data integration, data preparation, server administration, cloud and mobile, some of which are slated for Tableau 10 next year."

Financial Highlights
Total revenue increased 64% to $170.8 million, up from $104.5 million in the third quarter of 2014. License revenue increased 57% to $109.5 million, up from $69.8 million in the third quarter of 2014. International revenue grew to $42.2 million, up 75%, from $24.1 million in the third quarter of 2014.

GAAP operating loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $13.2 million, compared to a GAAP operating loss of $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2014. GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $13.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted common share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $4.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2014.

Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, was $18.4 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $8.7 million for the third quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense and related income tax adjustments, was $10.6 million for the third quarter of 2015, or $0.14 per diluted common share, compared to a non-GAAP net income of $3.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2014.

Recent Business Highlights

Tableau held its eighth annual Tableau Customer Conference October 19-23 in Las Vegas. The conference sold out again this year, with more than 10,000 customers and partners in attendance. More than 100 customers spoke at the conference including Cisco, Credit Suisse, Comcast, Target and PepsiCo, among others. In addition, 70 partners including InfoSys, Deloitte, HP, Cloudera, Amazon Web Services, Informatica, Splunk, Alteryx, and Accenture, among others, participated in the expo showcase, demonstrating the breadth of Tableau's partner ecosystem.

In recent months Tableau also:

  • Released Tableau 9.1, giving users more ways to answer questions with data, an entirely new mobile experience, new options for connecting to data and easier security and authentication for the enterprise.
  • Signed an alliance with Deloitte Consulting LLP to enhance Deloitte's ability to deliver self-service analytics to enterprise customers.
  • Announced new integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS), including a connector for Amazon Aurora as well as the launch of Tableau Server listings in AWS Marketplace.
  • Launched the Tableau for Non-Profits free software program to enable small non-profits to benefit from using Tableau.
  • Named as a Gold Medalist in Puget Sound Business Journal's 2015 Washington's Best Workplaces.
  • Announced expansion into China with the launch of an office in Shanghai.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
In conjunction with this announcement, Tableau will host a conference call at 1:30pm PT (4:30pm ET) today to discuss Tableau's third quarter 2015 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 The live call can be accessed by dialing (877) 201-0168 (U.S.) or (647) 788-4901 (outside the U.S.) and referencing passcode 53730820. 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: 53730820.

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Forward-Looking Statements
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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 and related income tax adjustments 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. Non-GAAP diluted weighted average shares outstanding includes the effect of dilutive shares in periods of non-GAAP net income. 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.

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