Yext Transforms Search with Brand Verified Answers
- Second Quarter Revenue grew by 32% Year-over-Year to $72.4 Million
- Unearned Revenue Increased 42% Year-over-Year to $122.7 Million
- Issues Revenue Guidance of $75.5 Million – $76.5 Million for the Third Quarter Fiscal 2020
- Updates Revenue Guidance for Fiscal 2020 to $299 Million – $301 Million
Yext, Inc. (NYSE: YEXT), the platform for Brand Verified Answers in search, today announced its results for the three months ended July 31, 2019, or the Company’s second quarter of fiscal 2020.
“We closed another strong quarter, with solid revenue growth driven by some of the biggest brands worldwide, including our first CPG brand with no physical retail stores. The second quarter represented a tipping point for Yext, from a product-based solution to a platform-based solution for our customers,” said Howard Lerman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yext. “The paradigm shift taking place in the world of search, from keywords to questions, has created a massive market opportunity for Yext. We are responding to that opportunity with Yext Answers, and customer interest is strong.”
“We continue to build a strong sales team, with nearly a 35% increase in hiring quota carrying salespeople year over year,” Lerman continued. “We are building momentum across the business, across all geographies, vertical markets, the enterprise and mid-market. As a result, we are preparing to support Yext’s long-term growth with the expansion of our teams and facilities worldwide, including investing in the build-out of our new Global Headquarters in New York during the second half of the year.”
Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights:
Note to the reader: Yext adopted the revenue accounting standard ASC 606 for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2019 and the results for all periods presented below are reported on that basis.
- Revenue of $72.4 million, a 32% increase as compared to the $54.9 million reported in the second quarter fiscal 2019.
- Gross Profit of $53.1 million, a 30% increase as compared to the $40.8 million reported in the second quarter fiscal 2019. Gross margin of 73.4% as compared to 74.4% reported in second quarter fiscal 2019. The slightly lower margin was driven by increased cost of revenue, including from the timing of one-time publishing fees.
- Net Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss:
- Net loss of $29.3 million increased 51% as compared to the $19.4 million net loss in second quarter fiscal 2019. The increased loss was driven primarily by higher operating expenses, due to an overall increase in headcount, including sales and marketing, in connection with efforts to acquire new customers and the impact of new leases in New York City, Washington D.C., and London.
- Non-GAAP net loss of $12.7 million increased 52% as compared to the $8.4 million non-GAAP net loss in the second quarter fiscal 2019. The increased loss was driven primarily by higher operating expenses, due to an overall increase in headcount, including sales and marketing, in connection with efforts to acquire new customers and the impact of new leases in New York City, Washington D.C., and London.
- Net Loss Per Share and Non-GAAP Net Loss Per Share:
- Net loss per share of $0.26 in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to a net loss per share of $0.20 in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
- Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.11 in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.09 in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
- Net loss per share and non-GAAP net loss per share were based on 111.8 million weighted-average basic shares outstanding for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 and 97.5 million weighted-average basic shares outstanding for the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
- Balance Sheet: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $274.2 million as of July 31, 2019, an increase of $131.4 million from January 31, 2019. Unearned revenue of $122.7 million as of July 31, 2019, an increase of $36.5 million from July 31, 2018.
- Remaining Performance Obligations (“RPO”): RPO as of July 31, 2019 was $259.0 million, with $241.7 million expected to be recognized over the next 24 months and the balance to be recognized thereafter. RPO does not include amounts under contracts subject to certain accounting exclusions.
- Cash Flow: Net cash used by operating activities for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 was $11.4 million as compared to net cash used by operating activities of $4.4 million in the same period of fiscal 2019.
Readers are encouraged to review the tables labeled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this release.
Recent Business Highlights:
- Yext appoints Mary Fratto Rowe as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. Bringing more than 30 years of experience in customer success and leadership at companies like Salesforce and Accenture to her new role, Rowe will lead Yext’s customer success organization.
- Named a top 10 workplace on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces in New York by Fortune and Great Place to Work®.
- Announced a new global integration with Hootsuite, the global leader in social media management, that allows mutual customers to manage all of their reviews and social channels from a single platform.
Yext is also providing the following guidance for its third fiscal quarter ending October 31, 2019 and the fiscal year ending January 31, 2020.
- Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Outlook:
- Revenue is projected to be $75.5 million to $76.5 million.
- Non-GAAP net loss per share is projected to be $0.19 to $0.18 which assumes 113.6 million weighted-average basic shares outstanding.
- Full Year Fiscal 2020 Outlook:
- Revenue is projected to be $299 million to $301 million.
- Non-GAAP net loss per share is projected to be $0.41 to $0.43, which assumes 111.9 million weighted-average basic shares outstanding.
Conference Call Information
Yext will host a conference call today at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time (2:00 P.M. Pacific Time) to discuss its financial results with the investment community. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Yext Investor Relations website at http://investors.yext.com. A live dial-in is available domestically at (877) 883-0383 and internationally at (412) 902-6506, passcode 0367689.
A replay will be available domestically at (877)-344-7529 or internationally at (412) 317-0088, passcode 10134244, until midnight (ET) Sept. 19, 2019.
The customer journey starts with a question. And consumers expect answers. Yext puts businesses in control of their facts online with brand-verified answers in search. By serving accurate, consistent, brand-verified answers to consumer questions, Yext delivers authoritative information straight from the source – the business itself – no matter where or how customers are searching. Taco Bell, Marriott, Jaguar Land Rover, and businesses around the globe use Yext to capture consumer intent and drive digital discovery, engagement, and revenue – all from a single source of truth. Yext’s mission is to provide perfect answers everywhere.
Yext has been named a Best Place to Work by Fortune and Great Place to Work®, as well as a Best Workplace for Women. Yext is headquartered in New York City with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, London, Miami, Milan, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo and the Washington, D.C. area.
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For Further Information Contact:
Conrad Grodd, Vice President
Yext Investor Relations