Tableau Software, Inc. (NYSE: DATA) today reported results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
Total revenue grew to $171.7 million, up 32% year over year.
"Tableau's ability to deliver great value to customers resulted in a really strong quarter for new customer growth. In Q1, we added more than 3,500 new customer accounts, the second highest quarterly addition in our history," said Christian Chabot, Chief Executive Officer of Tableau. "Customers are turning to Tableau for fast, agile, visual analytics that provide people with the ability to ask and answer their own questions, while providing IT with the governance, performance, security and reliability they require."
Total revenue increased 32% to $171.7 million, up from $130.1 million in the first quarter of 2015. License revenue increased 14% to $96.4 million, up from $84.4 million in the first quarter of 2015. International revenue grew to $48.1 million, up 52% from $31.7 million in the first quarter of 2015.
GAAP operating loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $46.4 million, compared to a GAAP operating loss of $13.8 million for the first quarter of 2015. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $45.6 million, or $0.62 per diluted common share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $10.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2015.
Non-GAAP operating loss, which excludes stock-based compensation expense and expense related to amortization of acquired intangible assets, was $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $8.4 million for the first quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, expense related to amortization of acquired intangible assets and related income tax adjustments, was $0.4 million for the first quarter of 2016, or $0.00 per diluted common share, compared to a non-GAAP net income of $5.8 million, or $0.08 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2015.
During the quarter, Tableau 9.3 was launched, bringing faster data analysis, sharing and collaboration to its suite of products. New features include the new "always connected" Tableau Desktop, improved global map coverage, faster ways to prepare data for analysis, more governance features and easier administration. In addition, Tableau announced a direct, live connection to the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, a cloud data warehouse.
Also during the quarter, Tableau announced the acquisition of HyPer, a high-performance main-memory database system initially developed as a research project at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). HyPer's main-memory database system is being integrated into Tableau’s product lines to provider faster data analysis, enhanced data integration, transformation and data blending, richer analytics and expanded support for big data. Tableau also announced the opening of a development office in Munich to leverage the talent from TUM to drive further innovation for Tableau.
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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 first quarter 2016 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 80061588. 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 80061588.
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In order to provide better consistency across interim reporting periods and to eliminate the effects of non-recurring and period-specific items, Tableau utilizes a fixed projected non-GAAP tax rate for each quarter in a fiscal year in our computation of non-GAAP net income (loss). To determine this long-term rate, Tableau evaluates a three-year financial projection that excludes the impact of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, expense related to amortization of acquired intangible assets and the related direct income tax benefit. The projected rate takes into account other factors including our current operating structure, our existing tax positions in various jurisdictions and key legislation in major jurisdictions where we operate. The non-GAAP tax rate applied to the three months ended March 31, 2015 was 43% and did not assume the U.S. federal R&D tax credit would be extended. In December 2015, the federal R&D tax credit was permanently extended. Accordingly, the Company revised its long-term non-GAAP tax rate to 30% and applied this rate to the three months ended March 31, 2016. The long-term non-GAAP tax rate assumes the Company’s deferred income tax assets will be realized based upon projected future taxable income excluding stock-based compensation expense. The Company anticipates using this non-GAAP tax rate in future periods. The Company may provide updates to this rate on an annual basis upon the completion of each fiscal year, or more frequently if material changes occur.
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