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Couchbase Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

September 8, 2021 GMT
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Couchbase, Inc. (NASDAQ: BASE), provider of a leading modern database for enterprise applications, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended July 31, 2021.

“We delivered strong performance and continued to gain momentum in our second quarter,” said Matt Cain, president and CEO of Couchbase. “With the introduction of our latest innovation in Couchbase Server 7, we have fused the strengths of relational with the flexibility of a modern database allowing customers to re-platform and modernize applications from legacy solutions while building new ones. Enterprises are increasingly relying on Couchbase to power their most mission critical applications, and we are driving a new paradigm in the database market.”

Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue: Total revenue for the quarter was $29.7 million, an increase of 18% year-over-year. Subscription revenue was $28.0 million, an increase of 19% year-over-year.
  • Annual recurring revenue (ARR): Total ARR for the quarter was $115.2 million, an increase of 20% year-over-year. See the section titled “Key Business Metrics” below for details.
  • Gross margin: Gross margin for the quarter was 88.1%, compared to 89.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2021. Non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 88.3%, compared to 89.5% for the second quarter of fiscal 2021. See the section titled “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the tables entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” below for details.
  • Loss from operations: Loss from operations for the quarter was $14.0 million, compared to $6.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021. Non-GAAP operating loss for the quarter was $12.0 million, compared to $5.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Cash flow: Cash flows used in operating activities for the quarter were $16.0 million, compared to $13.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2021. Capital expenditures were less than $0.1 million during the quarter, leading to negative free cash flow of $16.0 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $14.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Remaining performance obligations (RPO): RPO as of July 31, 2021 was $118.9 million, up 47% year-over-year.

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Second Quarter of Fiscal 2022 Business Highlights:

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  • Completed initial public offering of 9,589,999 shares at $24 per share, for total net proceeds of $214.9 million.
  • Released Couchbase Server 7, which bridges the best aspects of relational databases like ACID transactions with the flexibility of a modern database, allowing enterprises to confidently accelerate strategic initiatives such as more quickly moving business-critical applications into the cloud, improving application flexibility and increasing developer agility.
  • Appointed Carol Carpenter, Chief Marketing Officer at VMware, and Lynn Christensen, former Senior Vice President at Workday, to the board of directors.

Financial Outlook:

For the third quarter of fiscal 2022, Couchbase expects:

  • Total revenue between $29.3 million and $29.5 million
  • Total ARR between $117.9 million and $118.1 million
  • Non-GAAP operating loss between $14.3 million and $14.1 million

For the full fiscal year 2022, Couchbase expects:

  • Total revenue between $120.8 million and $121.2 million
  • Total ARR between $127.4 million and $127.6 million
  • Non-GAAP operating loss between $48.2 million and $47.8 million

The guidance provided above is based on several assumptions that are subject to change and many of which are outside our control. If actual results vary from these assumptions, our expectations may change. There can be no assurance that we will achieve these results.

Couchbase is not able, at this time, to provide GAAP targets for operating income for the third quarter or full year of fiscal 2022 because of the difficulty of estimating certain items excluded from non-GAAP operating loss that cannot be reasonably predicted, such as charges related to stock-based compensation expense. The effect of these excluded items may be significant.

Conference Call Information

Couchbase will host a conference call and webcast at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 to discuss its financial results and business highlights. To access this conference call, dial (888) 660-1027 from the United States and Canada or (409) 231-2719 internationally with conference ID 3360419. The live webcast and a webcast replay of the conference call can be accessed from the investor relations page of Couchbase’s website at investors.couchbase.com.

About Couchbase

At Couchbase, we believe data is at the heart of the enterprise. We empower developers and architects to build, deploy, and run their most mission-critical applications. Couchbase delivers a high-performance, flexible and scalable modern database that runs across the data center and any cloud. Many of the world’s largest enterprises rely on Couchbase to power the core applications their businesses depend on. For more information, visit www.couchbase.com.

Couchbase has used, and intends to continue using, its investor relations website and the corporate blog at blog.couchbase.com to disclose material non-public information and to comply with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, you should monitor our investor relations website and the corporate blog in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, we believe certain non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance. We use certain non-GAAP financial measures, collectively, to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, may be helpful to investors because they provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance and meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our business, results of operations or outlook. Non-GAAP financial measures are presented for supplemental informational purposes only, have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP and may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures (provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release), and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders and non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders: We define these non-GAAP financial measures as their respective GAAP measures, excluding expenses related to stock-based compensation expense and litigation-related expenses. We use these non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with GAAP measures to assess our performance, including in the preparation of our annual operating budget and quarterly forecasts, to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies and to communicate with our board of directors concerning our financial performance.

Free cash flows: We define free cash flow as cash used in operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, which includes capitalized internal-use software costs. We believe free cash flow is a useful indicator of liquidity that provides our management, board of directors and investors with information about our future ability to generate or use cash to enhance the strength of our balance sheet and further invest in our business and pursue potential strategic initiatives.

Please see the reconciliation tables at the end of this release for the reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results.

Key Business Metrics

We review a number of operating and financial metrics, including Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR), to evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate business plans and make strategic decisions.

We define ARR as of a given date as the annualized recurring revenue that we would contractually receive from our customers in the month ending 12 months following such date. Based on historical experience with customers, we assume all contracts will be automatically renewed at the same levels unless we receive notification of non-renewal and are no longer in negotiations prior to the measurement date. ARR excludes revenue from on-demand arrangements. Although we seek to increase ARR as part of our strategy of targeting large enterprise customers, this metric may fluctuate from period to period based on our ability to acquire new customers and expand within our existing customers. We believe that our ARR is an important indicator of the growth and performance of our business.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, quotations of management, the “Financial Outlook” section, and statements about Couchbase’s market position, strategies, and potential market opportunities, including its positioning in the market. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and, in some cases, can be identified by terms such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “potential,” “remain,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “would” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. However, not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including factors beyond our control, which may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to: our history of net losses and ability to achieve or maintain profitability in the future; our ability to continue to grow on pace with historical rates; our ability to manage our growth effectively; intense competition and our ability to compete effectively; cost-effectively acquiring new customers or obtaining renewals, upgrades or expansions from our existing customers; the market for our products and services being relatively new and evolving, and our future success depending on the growth and expansion of this market; our ability to innovate in response to changing customer needs, new technologies or other market requirements; our limited operating history, which makes it difficult to predict our future results of operations; the significant fluctuation of our future results of operations and ability to meet the expectations of analysts or investors; our significant reliance on revenue from subscriptions, which may decline and, the recognition of a significant portion of revenue from subscriptions over the term of the relevant subscription period, which means downturns or upturns in sales are not immediately reflected in full in our results of operations; and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information on risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from forecasted results are included in our filings with the SEC that we may file from time to time, including our final prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4) on July 22, 2021. Additional information will be made available in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2021 that will be filed with the SEC, which should be read in conjunction with this press release and the financial results included herein. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons if actual results differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.

Couchbase, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Revenue:

















License


$

4,416



$

3,010



$

8,694



$

5,540


Support and other



23,613




20,627




45,800




39,269


Total subscription revenue



28,029




23,637




54,494




44,809


Services



1,670




1,523




3,160




3,396


Total revenue



29,699




25,160




57,654




48,205


Cost of revenue:

















Subscription(1)



2,072




1,276




4,124




2,273


Services(1)



1,453




1,407




2,793




3,087


Total cost of revenue



3,525




2,683




6,917




5,360


Gross profit



26,174




22,477




50,737




42,845


Operating expenses:

















Research and development(1)



12,623




9,237




25,164




18,279


Sales and marketing(1)



22,263




16,475




42,897




33,702


General and administrative(1)



5,278




3,468




10,775




6,861


Total operating expenses



40,164




29,180




78,836




58,842


Loss from operations



(13,990)




(6,703)




(28,099)




(15,997)


Interest expense



(252)




(2,495)




(497)




(4,016)


Other income (expense), net



(77)




614




7




307


Loss before income taxes



(14,319)




(8,584)




(28,589)




(19,706)


Provision for income taxes



151




254




480




482


Net loss


$

(14,470)



$

(8,838)



$

(29,069)



$

(20,188)


Cumulative dividends on Series G redeemable convertible
preferred stock



(1,438)




(1,150)




(2,917)




(1,150)


Net loss attributable to common stockholders


$

(15,908)



$

(9,988)



$

(31,986)



$

(21,338)


Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders,
basic and diluted


$

(1.76)



$

(1.76)



$

(4.16)



$

(3.77)


Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per
share attributable to common stockholders, basic and
diluted



9,045




5,662




7,696




5,660




















(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:




Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Cost of revenue—subscription


$

30



$

19



$

57



$

34


Cost of revenue—services



24




17




46




27


Research and development



569




394




1,139




640


Sales and marketing



688




412




1,229




676


General and administrative



670




524




1,339




830


Total stock-based compensation expense


$

1,981



$

1,366



$

3,810



$

2,207


Couchbase, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

(unaudited)




As of

July 31,



As of

January 31,




2021



2021


Assets









Current assets









Cash and cash equivalents


$

239,246



$

37,297


Short-term investments



14,321




19,546


Accounts receivable, net



20,183




35,897


Deferred commissions



8,645




8,353


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



8,099




2,449


Total current assets



290,494




103,542


Property and equipment, net



5,578




6,506


Deferred commissions, noncurrent



5,394




4,941


Other assets



1,316




2,199


Total assets


$

302,782



$

117,188


Liabilities, Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders'
Equity (Deficit)









Current liabilities









Accounts payable


$

7,153



$

2,428


Accrued compensation and benefits



9,020




9,110


Other accrued liabilities



3,575




4,154


Deferred revenue



48,980




57,168


Total current liabilities



68,728




72,860


Long-term debt



24,963




24,948


Deferred revenue, noncurrent



5,356




4,542


Other liabilities



1,312




1,358


Total liabilities



100,359




103,708


Redeemable convertible preferred stock






259,822


Stockholders' equity (deficit)









Preferred stock







Common stock







Additional paid-in capital



515,245




37,410


Accumulated other comprehensive income






1


Accumulated deficit



(312,822)




(283,753)


Total stockholders' equity (deficit)



202,423




(246,342)


Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and
stockholders' equity (deficit)


$

302,782



$

117,188


Couchbase, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Cash flows from operating activities

















Net loss


$

(14,470)



$

(8,838)



$

(29,069)



$

(20,188)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in

operating activities

















Depreciation and amortization



698




383




1,406




607


Amortization of debt issuance costs



15




405




15




460


Debt prepayment costs






375







375


Stock-based compensation



1,981




1,366




3,810




2,207


Amortization of deferred commissions



3,368




2,438




6,326




4,505


Foreign currency transaction (gains) losses



80




(605)




5




(279)


Other



34




13




68




45


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

















Accounts receivable



(2,712)




(4,027)




15,845




13,014


Deferred commissions



(4,353)




(3,256)




(7,071)




(4,758)


Prepaid expenses and other assets



(3,950)




(5)




(5,848)




(364)


Accounts payable



3,532




(490)




4,553




462


Accrued compensation and benefits



3,183




2,660




(91)




(1,244)


Other accrued liabilities



(1,081)




(865)




(1,749)




(794)


Deferred revenue



(2,311)




(2,872)




(7,375)




(13,514)


Net cash used in operating activities



(15,986)




(13,318)




(19,175)




(19,466)


Cash flows from investing activities

















Purchases of short-term investments



(5,407)







(7,133)





Maturities of short-term investments



7,095







12,285





Purchases of property and equipment



(20)




(785)




(250)




(2,626)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities



1,668




(785)




4,902




(2,626)


Cash flows from financing activities

















Payments of debt






(31,777)







(31,777)


Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of issuance costs












6,402


Proceeds from issuance of Series G redeemable convertible

preferred stock, net of issuance costs






104,316







104,316


Proceeds from exercise of stock options



2,841




58




4,288




144


Proceeds from initial public offering, net of underwriting
discounts and commissions



214,854







214,854





Payments of deferred offering costs



(1,356)







(2,795)





Net cash provided by financing activities



216,339




72,597




216,347




79,085


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents

and restricted cash



(119)




300




(125)




24


Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and
restricted cash



201,902




58,794




201,949




57,017


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of
period



37,887




16,990




37,840




18,767


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period


$

239,789



$

75,784



$

239,789



$

75,784


Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted
cash within the consolidated balance sheets to the amounts
shown above:

















Cash and cash equivalents


$

239,246



$

75,241



$

239,246



$

75,241


Restricted cash included in other assets



543




543




543




543


Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


$

239,789



$

75,784



$

239,789



$

75,784


Couchbase, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Reconciliation of GAAP total gross profit to non-
GAAP total gross profit:




Total revenue


$

29,699



$

25,160



$

57,654



$

48,205


Gross profit


$

26,174



$

22,477



$

50,737



$

42,845


Add: Stock-based compensation expense



54




36




103




61


Non-GAAP gross profit


$

26,228



$

22,513



$

50,840



$

42,906


Gross margin



88.1

%



89.3

%



88.0

%



88.9

%

Non-GAAP gross margin



88.3

%



89.5

%



88.2

%



89.0

%



Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to
non-GAAP operating expenses:

















GAAP research and development


$

12,623



$

9,237



$

25,164



$

18,279


Less: Stock-based compensation expense



(569)




(394)




(1,139)




(640)


Non-GAAP research and development


$

12,054



$

8,843



$

24,025



$

17,639



















GAAP sales and marketing


$

22,263



$

16,475



$

42,897



$

33,702


Less: Stock-based compensation expense



(688)




(412)




(1,229)




(676)


Non-GAAP sales and marketing


$

21,575



$

16,063



$

41,668



$

33,026



















GAAP general and administrative


$

5,278



$

3,468



$

10,775



$

6,861


Less: Stock-based compensation expense



(670)




(524)




(1,339)




(830)


Less: Litigation-related expenses






(138)







(213)


Non-GAAP general and administrative


$

4,608



$

2,806



$

9,436



$

5,818




Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Reconciliation of GAAP operating loss to non-
GAAP operating loss:




Total revenue


$

29,699



$

25,160



$

57,654



$

48,205


Loss from operations


$

(13,990)



$

(6,703)



$

(28,099)



$

(15,997)


Add: Stock-based compensation expense



1,981




1,366




3,810




2,207


Add: Litigation-related expenses






138







213


Non-GAAP operating loss


$

(12,009)



$

(5,199)



$

(24,289)



$

(13,577)


Operating margin



(47)

%



(27)

%



(49)

%



(33)

%

Non-GAAP operating margin



(40)

%



(21)

%



(42)

%



(28)

%



Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Reconciliation of GAAP net loss attributable to
common stockholders to non-GAAP net loss
attributable to common stockholders:




Net loss attributable to common stockholders


$

(15,908)



$

(9,988)



$

(31,986)



$

(21,338)


Add: Stock-based compensation expense



1,981




1,366




3,810




2,207


Add: Litigation-related expenses






138







213


Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common
stockholders


$

(13,927)



$

(8,484)



$

(28,176)



$

(18,918)


GAAP net loss per share attributable to common
stockholders


$

(1.76)



$

(1.76)



$

(4.16)



$

(3.77)


Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to
common stockholders


$

(1.54)



$

(1.50)



$

(3.66)



$

(3.34)


Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and
diluted



9,045




5,662




7,696




5,660


The following table presents a reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash used in operating
activities, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, for each of the periods indicated
(unaudited, in thousands):




Three Months Ended July 31,



Six Months Ended July 31,




2021



2020



2021



2020


Net cash used in operating activities


$

(15,986)



$

(13,318)



$

(19,175)



$

(19,466)


Less: Purchases of property and equipment



(20)




(785)




(250)




(2,626)


Free cash flow


$

(16,006)



$

(14,103)



$

(19,425)



$

(22,092)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities


$

1,668



$

(785)



$

4,902



$

(2,626)


Net cash provided by financing activities


$

216,339



$

72,597



$

216,347



$

79,085


Couchbase, Inc.

Key Business Metrics

Annual Recurring Revenue

(in millions)

(unaudited)





As of




April 30,



July 31,



Oct. 31,



Jan. 31,



April 30,



July 31,




2020



2020



2020



2021



2021



2021


ARR


$

89.8



$

96.2



$

101.4



$

107.8



$

109.5



$

115.2



























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