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Tableau Software, Inc. (NYSE: DATA) today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.
"In Q4, a record 3,600 new customer accounts chose Tableau, bringing our total to more than 39,000 worldwide. This speaks to the immense popularity of Tableau’s products and continued strong demand from customers around the world," said Christian Chabot, Chief Executive Officer of Tableau. "I remain optimistic that Tableau is best positioned to address the large and growing market opportunity for self-service visual analytics."
Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2015
Total revenue increased 42% to $202.8 million, up from $142.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. License revenue increased 31% to $133.1 million, up from $101.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. International revenue grew to $53.7 million, up 63% from $32.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
GAAP operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $7.1 million, compared to a GAAP operating income of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $41.3 million, or $0.57 per diluted common share, compared to a GAAP net income of $20.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.
The fourth quarter income tax expense was $34.1 million due to the recognition of a valuation allowance. We believe that it is more likely than not that the benefit from our U.S. federal and state deferred tax assets will not be realized. In recognition of this risk, we have provided a valuation allowance of $46.7 million on the deferred tax assets relating to these jurisdictions. Excluding the impact of the valuation allowance, the income tax benefit was $12.7 million for the fourth quarter primarily as a result of the permanent extension of the federal R&D tax credit.
Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, was $30.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $31.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense and related income tax adjustments, was $26.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, or $0.33 per diluted common share, compared to a non-GAAP net income of $31.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2015
Total revenue increased 58% to $653.6 million, up from $412.6 million in 2014. License revenue increased 51% to $423.8 million, up from $279.9 million in 2014. International revenue grew to $164.3 million, up 75% from $93.8 million in 2014.
GAAP operating loss for 2015 was $52.0 million, compared to a GAAP operating income of $6.3 million for 2014. GAAP net loss for 2015 was $83.7 million, or $1.17 per diluted common share, compared to a GAAP net income of $5.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted common share, for 2014.
Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, was $67.4 million for 2015, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $53.3 million for 2014. Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense and related income tax adjustments, was $48.1 million for 2015, or $0.62 per diluted common share, compared to a non-GAAP net income of $38.5 million, or $0.52 per diluted common share, for 2014.
Recent Business Highlights
Record Customer Adoption
Employee and Office Growth
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 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 http://investors.tableau.com. The live call can be accessed by dialing (877) 201-0168 (U.S.) or (647) 788-4901 (outside the U.S.) and referencing passcode 17889112. 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: 17889112.
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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.
Full financial tables can be found at investors.tableau.com.