11/03/2021 09:12

Secureworks Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2021 Results

ATLANTA, March 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Secureworks (NASDAQ: SCWX), a global leader in cybersecurity, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year which ended on January 29, 2021.

Key Highlights

  • Nearly 400 customers on cloud-native Secureworks Taegis platform, resulting in annual recurring revenue (ARR) growth for the product of 266 percent since the beginning of the fiscal year, 31 percent from the third quarter to fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, to end fiscal year 2021 at $55 million.
  • Secureworks Taegis revenue totaled $32.1 million for fiscal year 2021.
  • Issuing Secureworks Taegis guidance of at least $150 million ARR by end of fiscal year 2022 and Taegis revenue of $90 to $100 million for fiscal year 2022.
  • Both GAAP and Non-GAAP full fiscal year 2021 gross margin up 6 percent over prior year.
  • Ended the fourth quarter with a record $220.3 million in cash and cash equivalents.

The ability to outpace the adversary at scale requires an integrated, open analytics platform that empowers the community to collectively defend against threats, said Michael R. Cote, chief executive officer, Secureworks. Nearly 400 customers around the world are now realizing the transformative power of that community through our cloud-native Taegis security analytics platform.

Financial Summary
We are pleased with the momentum in our Taegis platform, with over 266% annual growth in ARR for the product of $55 million, up from $15 million since the start of the fiscal year, said Paul Parrish, chief financial officer, Secureworks. Further, were excited about the future opportunity and see Taegis ARR growth continuing to accelerate.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021

  • For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, GAAP revenue decreased 1.6 percent to $139.7 million from $142.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • GAAP gross margin was 57.2 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared with 54.4 percent in the same period last year. Non-GAAP gross margin was 60.2 percent compared with 57.0 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • GAAP net loss was $9.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared with $5.2 million, or $0.06 per share, in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income was $0.3 million, or breakeven per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared with $1.9 million, or $0.02 per share, in the same prior year period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $3.2 million, compared with $2.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

Full Year Fiscal 2021

  • GAAP revenue in fiscal 2021 increased 1.5 percent to $561.0 million from $552.8 million in fiscal 2020.
  • GAAP gross margin was 56.8 percent in fiscal 2021, up from 54.3 percent in the prior year. Non-GAAP gross margin increased to 59.7 percent from 57.0 percent year-over-year.
  • GAAP net loss was $21.9 million, or $0.27 per share, in fiscal 2021, compared with a GAAP net loss of $31.7 million, or $0.39 per share, last year.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $17.9 million, or $0.22 per share, in fiscal 2021, compared to non-GAAP net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share, in fiscal 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $33.2 million, compared with $10.3 million in fiscal 2020.
  • Cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2021 was $60.7 million.

Business and Operational Highlights

  • During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, Secureworks unveiled threat detection and response security analytics improvements to Secureworks Taegis XDR (Extended Detection and Response) addressing customers need for a compelling SIEM alternative.
  • Secureworks Taegis XDR customers experience benefits of nearly $3.6 million over three years and ROI of 413% according to a commissioned Total Economic Impact study conducted by Forrester Consulting.
  • Secureworks recently introduced a new MSSP track within the Secureworks Global Partner Program, leveraging the Companys 20+ years of experience as a leading MSSP, enabling partners to deliver services on the cloud-native Secureworks Taegis platform, strengthening the security community and creating additional revenue streams.

Financial Outlook
For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, the Company expects:

  • Revenue of $134 to $136 million.
  • GAAP net loss per share of $0.16 to $0.17 and non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.02 to $0.04.

For the full fiscal year 2022, the Company expects:

  • Revenue of $535 to $545 million, reflecting our shift toward partner-delivered services as we scale our MSSP program.
  • GAAP net loss of $63 to $71 million and $0.76 to $0.86 on a per share basis.
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $18 to $26 million and $0.22 to $0.31 on a per share basis, primarily reflecting incremental investments in both R&D to extend the Taegis platform and in sales and marketing related to the expansion of our Partner Program and promotion of Taegis.
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be $13 to $23 million negative for the full year.
  • Cash flow from operations to range from breakeven to a $10 million use of cash.
  • Taegis ARR of at least $150 million at the end of fiscal year 2022, which translates to Taegis revenue of $90 to $100 million for fiscal year 2022, as we ramp new customer acquisition and accelerate the transition of existing customers looking to benefit from the additional capabilities offered by the new platform.  

Conference Call Information

As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2021 results and financial guidance on Mar. 11, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. U.S. ET. A live audio webcast of the conference call and the related supplemental financial information will be accessible on the Companys website at The webcast and supplemental information will be archived at the same location for one year.

Operating Metrics

The Company defines annual recurring revenue (ARR) as the value of its subscription contracts as of a particular date. Because the Company uses recurring revenue as a leading indicator of future annual revenue, it includes operational backlog. Operational backlog is defined as the recurring revenue associated with pending contracts, which are contracts that have been sold but for which the service period has not yet commenced.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release presents information about the Companys non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP research and development expenses, non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP net   income (loss), non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a supplement to the results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). A reconciliation of each of the foregoing non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is provided below for each of the fiscal periods indicated.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as anticipate, believe, confidence, could, estimate, expect, guidance, intend, may, plan, potential, outlook, should, will and would, or similar words or expressions that refer to future events or outcomes. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements in this press release with respect to the Companys expectations regarding revenue, GAAP net loss per share, and non-GAAP net loss per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, and revenue, GAAP net loss, GAAP net loss per share, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, Adjusted EBITDA, cash flow from operations, and annual recurring revenue and revenue for its Taegis platform for full year fiscal 2022, all of which reflect the Companys current analysis of existing trends and information. These forward-looking statements represent the Companys judgment only as of the date of this press release.

Actual results and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those relating to, among others: the Companys ability to achieve or maintain profitability; the Companys ability to enhance its existing solutions and technologies and to develop or acquire new solutions and technologies; the rapidly evolving market in which the Company operates; the Companys reliance on personnel with extensive information security expertise; fluctuations in the Companys quarterly results and other operating measures; intense competition in the Companys markets; the Companys ability to attract new customers, retain existing customers and increase its annual contract values; the Companys reliance on customers in the financial services industry; the Companys ability to manage its growth effectively; the Companys ability to maintain high-quality client service and support functions; terms of the Companys service level agreements with customers that require credits for service failures or inadequacies; the Companys ability to continue expansion of its sales force; the Companys long and unpredictable sales cycles; risks associated with the Companys international sales and operations; the effect of Brexit on the Companys operations; the Companys ability to expand its key distribution relationships; the Companys technology alliance partnerships; real or perceived defects, errors or vulnerabilities in the Companys solutions or the failure of its solutions to prevent a security breach; the risks associated with cyber attacks or other data security incidents; the effect of adverse legislative or regulatory tax changes or unfavorable outcomes in tax audits and other tax compliance matters; the ability of the Companys solutions to interoperate with its customers IT infrastructure; the Companys ability to use third-party technologies; the effect of evolving information security and data privacy laws and regulations on the Companys business; the Companys ability to maintain and enhance its brand; risks associated with the Companys acquisition of other businesses; the Companys recognition of revenue ratably over the terms of its managed security and threat intelligence contracts; estimates or judgments relating to the Companys critical accounting policies; the Companys exposure to fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the effect of governmental export or import controls on the Companys business; the Companys compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar laws; the Companys ability to maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures; the effect of natural disasters, public health issues and other catastrophic events on the Companys ability to serve its customers, including the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; the Companys reliance on patents to protect its intellectual property rights; the Companys ability to protect, maintain or enforce its non-patented intellectual property rights and proprietary information; claims by third parties of infringement of their proprietary technology by the Company; the Companys use of open source technology; and risks related to the Companys relationship with Dell Technologies Inc. and Dell Inc. and control of the Company by Dell Technologies Inc.
This list of risks, uncertainties and other factors is not complete. The Company discusses these matters more fully, as well as certain risk factors that could affect the Companys business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, under the caption Risk Factors in the Companys annual report on Form 10-K, as well as in the Companys other SEC filings. Any or all forward-looking statements the Company makes may turn out to be wrong and can be affected by inaccurate assumptions the Company might make or by known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those identified in this press release. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements made in this press release, which speak only as of its date. The Company does not undertake to update, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update, any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of circumstances or events that arise after the date the statements are made, new information or otherwise.

About Secureworks
Secureworks (NASDAQ: SCWX) is a global cybersecurity leader that protects customer progress with Secureworks® Taegis, a cloud-native security analytics platform built on 20+ years of real-world threat intelligence and research, improving customers ability to detect advanced threats, streamline and collaborate on investigations, and automate the right actions.

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Consolidated Statements of Operations and Related Financial Highlights
(in thousands, except per share data and percentages)
     Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
     January 29,
 January 31,
 January 29,
 January 31,
Net revenue $139,736   $141,986   $561,034   $552,765  
Cost of revenue 59,745   64,792   242,167   252,796  
 Gross margin 79,991   77,194   318,867   299,969  
 Research and development 29,218   23,364   105,008   94,964  
 Sales and marketing 37,048   40,708   144,934   157,674  
 General and administrative 27,936   25,643   101,760   99,505  
  Total operating expenses 94,202   89,715   351,702   352,143  
 Operating loss (14,211)  (12,521)  (32,835)  (52,174) 
Interest and other, net 90   (111)  1,034   850  
 Loss before income taxes (14,121)  (12,632)  (31,801)  (51,324) 
Income tax expense (benefit) (4,590)  (7,404)  (9,899)  (19,658) 
 Net income (loss) $(9,531)  $(5,228)  $(21,902)  $(31,666) 
Net income (loss) per common share (basic)$(0.12)  $(0.06)  $(0.27)  $(0.39) 
Net income (loss) per common share (diluted)$(0.12)  $(0.06)  $(0.27)  $(0.39) 
Weighted-average common shares        
 outstanding (basic) 81,602   80,591   81,358   80,563  
Weighted-average common shares        
 outstanding (diluted) 81,602   80,591   81,358   80,563  
Percentage of Total Net Revenue        
Gross margin 57.2 % 54.4 % 56.8 % 54.3 %
Research and development 20.9 % 16.5 % 18.7 % 17.2 %
Sales and marketing 26.5 % 28.7 % 25.8 % 28.5 %
General and administrative 20.0 % 18.1 % 18.1 % 18.0 %
Operating expenses 67.4 % 63.2 % 62.7 % 63.7 %
Operating loss (10.2)% (8.8